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Ames patent

Galt wagon maker and blacksmith Alden Thayer Ames submitted a patent for a clamp guide for pump rods in 1906. Born in Massachusetts in 1852, Ames came to Galt after his mother Nancy’s death in 1886. He married Viola Young, an Amador County resident, in 1890. After setting up his blacksmith/wagon making business, Ames saw the need for water pumps in the heavily agricultural south Sacramento County area. He began experimenting with pump manufacturing and came up with this patent. Water pump rods (or pipes) are sunk into a water well and bring water to the surface with a pump’s help. The clamps fasten sections of rods together. Around 1910, the Ames family moved to Alameda County, where Alden went into manufacturing hydraulic machinery.