Harvey D. Eames (1880 – 1921)

”EAMES, Harvey D.,

Business Man, World War Veteran.

In the commercial life of Medfield, Massachusetts, one of the most familiar names of recent years has been that of Harvey D. Eames, whose position as manager of the Boston Branch Store, of Medfield, brought him into wide prominence. A man of broad sympathies and lofty ideals, his business relations were not the only means through which his influence reached the people and advanced their welfare, and his death, on September 14, 1921, was felt to be a bereavement which affected the entire community.

Mr. Eames came of a family long prominent in this part of the State of Massachusetts, always noteworthy figures in personality as well as in their various fields of industrial or commercial activities, their fine stature and impressive build being noteworthy family characteristics. …

Dexter Morse Eames was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, November 2, 1847, and was educated in the schools of his native town. Following farming untiling an interest only in the handling of nursery stock for his son. He married Emma Althea Daniels Ware, who was born in Boston, April 25, 1846, and died September 13, 1911. She was a daughter of Lewis Daniels, who was born in Sherborn, Massachusetts, but was adopted by Nancy Ware, who was born in Sherborn, about 1837, and died in the city of her birth, about 1905.

Harvey D. Eames, son of Dexter Morse and Emma A. Daniels (Ware) Eames, was born in Sherborn, Middlesex county, Massachusetts, August 21, 1880, and died in Medfield, Massachusetts, September 14, 1921. As boy and youth, Mr. Eames gained a practical foundation for his business career in the schools of Holliston and Medfield, including a business training. For three years following the close of his studies, he worked in a wire mill, but he was endowed with mercantile ability, and was wise enough to make the change which placed him in a more congenial environment. He entered the employ of the Boston Branch Store in Medfield, and for two years acted as clerk. His ability was recognized, however, and at the end of that time was made manager. The constant growth and uninterrupted success of this business was largely due to his aggressive and farsighted policies in governing the activities in connection with this store, and his untimely death, while still in the prime of his manhood, removed from the business life of the community a force for progress and prosperity which could ill be spared.

Mr. Eames was a man of few interests outside the daily routine of business, in the Home Guard during the World War, 1917-18, and for a considerable time was in camp in Framingham, Massachusetts. He was a member of the Unitarian church. He never married.

Two sisters survive Mr. Eames: Luna E., and C. Maude, who married brothers. …”

Source:  American Biography: A New Cyclopedia, Vol. 10, by William Richard Cutter, published by The American Historical Society, Inc., New York, 1922


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