WILLIAM JOSEPH MARION HAMES was born March 1852-died Dec 1947, age 95, Georgia. He was a great-great grandson of John Hames (1764-1860), Revolutionary soldier from Georgia who was reburied in Marietta, GA in 1911. At one time W.J.M. Hames owned Kennesaw Mountain, part of which, the summit, had been sold in 1886 by Sam Hames. [If anyone can add to this, I would be interested. Virginia Sanders-Mylius]
August 28, 1885, Macon Weekly Telegraph: Marietta, GA: A crowd of boys and girls of this place visited Kennesaw Mountain last night, and while there broke into Mr. WILLIAM HAMES vineyard. They pulled half ripe bunches and in other ways demolished the vines. There is a high barbed wire fence around the vineyard and the gate is kept locked, so it is a wonder how they got in. Mr. Hames was in town this morning and vows he will prosecute every one of the parties, but on account of the young ladies [involved] it is thought he will desist.
April 9, 1886: The summit of Kennesaw Mountain has been bought by Mr. Joseph M. Brown. He paid Mr. SAM HAMES $600 for it – Marietta Journal.
July 14, 1888, Marietta Journal: During the past year of my business has grown to such dimensions that it requires something less than 100 hands to run it, but I have, through the politeness and efficiency of my men, at last found time to thank the public for their liberal patronage in the past, and to ask a continuance of the same. Of course, it requires great tact and energy to sustain the heavy pressure of so voluminous a business, but occupying a house of huge dimensions and having special railroad rates, and working on borrowed capital, for which usurious rates are charged, I am prepared, as heretofore, to sell gods at 10 to 20 percent cheaper than my competitors, to whom I feel it my duty to apologize for having secured the bulk of their trade. Over fifty percent of my force of men are men of families, therefore the profits of this business goes to women and children that would starve to death were it not for my strong constitution and generosity. This being a free country, you are at liberty to trade with me too. Respectfully. W.J.M. HAMES
November 29, 1888, Marietta Journal: By mutual agreement, W.J.M. HAMES this day withdraws from the Marietta & North Georgia Real Estate and Investment Company. The company has no liabilities and all monies due or becoming due the company are payable to J.H. Mountain, manager. This notice is given so as to relieve W.J.M. HAMES from obligations or liabilities that may be created by said company on or after this date. Nov 19th, 1888.
April 4, 1889, Marietta Journal: Notice: W.J.M. HAMES has this day sold his interest in the Marietta Land Co., to A. Armstrong, who will continue the business. A. ARMSTRONG, W.J.M. HAMES, Marietta, GA, March 12, 1889.
May 16, 1889, Marietta Journal: MRS. W.J.M. HAMES and children are visiting relatives in Conyers.
January 30, 1890, Marietta Journal: Mr. WILL J.M. HAMES, last week, accidentally shot one of his toes with a parlor rifle.
July 14, 1911: Hero of Revolution Buried In Marietta; Major John Hames Fought in the Army of Washington: The remains of Major JOHN HAMES, the Revolutionary soldier, great-great grandfather of Mr. W.J.M. HAMES and Mr. D.C. HAMES, of Marietta, were interred in the National Cemetery in this city, Tuesday, with appropriate ceremonies, conducted by the DAR. [Have longer transcript of article about this.]
October 11, 1915, Marietta Journal: NORRELL-HAMES: Miss LOLA ALBERTA NORRELL and Mr. WILLIAM J.M. HAMES were married on Saturday evening at the residence of Rev. G.S. Tumlin who performed the ceremony. There were no attendants and the bridal pair went after the ceremony to the home awaiting them on Hansell Street. The bride has been the operator in the Postal-Cable Telegraph office here for some time and has won many friends by her sweet and gentle disposition, agreeable manner, and efficiency in business. She has relatives in Atlanta and August and is a writer of verses that are accepted by high class publications. Mr. HAMES has always lived here and has many friends to congratulate him on winning such a lovely bride. The Journal claims both as its friends and wishes them all the happiness life can bring to congenial minds and hearts. [Perhaps she was a 2nd wife]
May 9, 1929: W.J.M. (Happy Bill) HAMES: Sauntering into our office recently came Happy Bill Hames, now 77 years old, with the cheering announcement that he was the first “printer’s devil” ever employed by The Marietta Journal. With a broad smile on his face, ex-Printer’s Devil Hames gladly recollected how volume one, number one, the first edition of The Marietta Journal, came from the press on January 1, 1866. He told how he had become grimy inking the old Washington hand press and described the precise expletives used by his employers, the printers, when he dropped a form filled with thousands of pieces of type laboriously set by hand. [More to this article not transcribed, which included a picture of the gray-hairs Bill Hames.] [Note, his birthday was in March, as noted in the March 26, 1940 Marietta Journal which wished him happy birthday.]
November 11, 1943: MRS. W.J.M. HAMES, COLORFUL PIONEER OF COBB CO, DIES: Mrs. W.J.M. Hames, life-long resident of Cobb County until recently when the Marietta Aircraft Assembly Plant took her home, was buried Wednesday in City Cemetery, with brief graveside services conducted by Rev. Alton Ginsure. Mrs. Hames is survived by her husband, who is 91 years of age. She was 81 at the time of her death. Mr. Hames was the first printer’s devil in the Marietta Journal office after it was founded in 1866. Mrs. Hames had a lively interest in life, wrote interesting poems and studied Southern history and traditions. She was a friend of Mrs. Helen Dortch Longstreet, widow of the Confederate general, and now studying airplane mechanics at Rickenbacker Aircraft Training school, to prepare for war work. Mrs. Hames often visited the Journal office even in her advanced years when she and her husband retired to the foot of Kennesaw Mountain to live the rest of their lives. They were thwarted in that when the land was made part of the national part there, and they moved near Jonesville. That property was condemned for the bomber plant and they moved to Atlanta.
December 15, 1947, Marietta Journal: WILLIAM HAMES, PIONEER CITIZEN, SUCCUMBS AT 95: WILLIAM JOSEPH MARION HAMES, 95-year old native of Cobb County, died Saturday afternoon at his home in Atlanta at 652 Armwood Avenue. Funeral services were held today at 2 pm from the chapel of Mayes Ward and Company, the Rev. C.L. Allgood officiating. Burial was in the Citizen’s Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers and honorary escort were members of Kennesaw Lodge F. & A.M. No. 33. Mr. Hames had been a member of the Masonic Lodge for approximately 45 years. He was one-time owner of Kennesaw Mountain, and is credited with starting the first delivery service between Marietta and Atlanta. Widely known as “Uncle Billy”, Mr. Hames was born in Cobb County and attended public schools here. He was a printer by trade. His survivors include two daughters, Miss LOUIE HAMES and Mrs. I.K. KENAN of Atlanta; a son, Dr. FRED HAMES of Pine Bluff, Ark., and one granddaughter, Mrs. C.V. Ware, Jr. of Pine Bluff.