In October 1884, Eames started into business for himself at Seventh and Broadway in the Chico Soda Works, which was originally established in 1870 by Amos Blood. In 1893, he purchased the site on the corner of Fifth and Ivy Streets and in 1895 he built the Soda Works plant as well as the Eames House at 630 West Fifth Street.
Later Eames would build his own ice and cold-storage plant, known as Chico Ice and Cold Storage, located on Park Avenue. He conducted this enterprise until 1913, when he sold the business off. He then devoted his time to the original plant on Fifth Street.
In 1908 H.K. Eames of Chico, CA operated the Chico Ice & Cold Storage Co. and offered farmers the facilities of his plant for storing their fresh meat. In 1917 Mr. Eames added another room with a chopping block and set of butcher’s tools, but the farmer had to do his own cutting, wrapping and placing of meats in the locker.Harriett M. Abbe, a native of Colusa, daughter of Sanford Abbe. Mr. and Mrs. Eames were parents of three daughters: Helen, Maryann, and Elizabeth Hortense. Mr. and Mrs. Eames attended the Episcopal Church.
He was president of the Chico Chamber of Commerce, a member of Chico Lodge, No. 113, I. O. O. F, a member of Chico Lodge, No. 423, B. P. O. Elks, and a member of the Second Regiment of the California National Guard.
Mr. Eames spent nine months traveling around the world, and was in England at the outbreak of WWI. He toured the globe by way of Japan, China, India and Egypt. He returned to America more than ever satisfied with California and Chico. He is buried in the Chico Cemetery.