Mayors of Ames: William L. Allan

Lifespan:              1887-1961

Profession:            owner of Allan Machine Shop

First Term as Mayor:    1934-1938

Interesting Facts:

  • Instrumental in establishing the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) in Ames
  • Grand Avenue underpass completed
  • The library, hospital and electric plant were built

Second Term as Mayor:    1948-1953

Interesting Facts:

  • Parking meters were installed on Main Street
  • A new sewage plant was built South of Ames
  • City Council term changed from two to four years