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Luther James

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Anothor of WanhLenaw's pioneers han talten ais doparture to the land beyond ttie coldrlver. Itis familiar face will áppGAf no more ainong his lt-llow pioueers nor upon our streets. Luther Jumes was hor In the town of Qoftben. Ma--., on the l'lth ui 'July, 1Sü:í, carne to Michigan in li'i, and li l ut Wuukesha, Wis., July 3.5,1888, aged 83 vearsund 12 days. I Mirm „' t hc imi ly part of hls resldence tn t lus couuty, he was engaud In such apéenla tive euterprisea as seemed to ¦uu-k. and as it proved, Juatjudginent in sucli matters to prorhlse varest pronts- flrst buylng horses in Ohlo and disposing of them in this viclnIty, afterwivds In imyiii and shipping wool, by whlch lie greatly encouraged wool-xrowing in this state. He was ut one time the largest wool-buyer in tlie Ntate. In later yeara he engaged pnncipally in loanins mouoy. Hy ÏD6M mrans Mr. James placed h i in sel t 11 n uncial ly atnong Washteuuw's toost wealtliy citizens. Although carefully exact in hle transactious. Mr. James was also sLrictty hoiicst and {tossessed beuides a very generous nature. Thedonation of the clock that both adorna and ut l li ' the tower of our court house is an inslancu ol hts more public benefactlous, whlle thenumerous instanoes of private as ms tan rendered wortby individuals who were strnggling for better situattons, were cooducted ko wlrlctly on gospel principies- not letting the left hand know wbat the right hand doeth- that hls most tntimute fi u-mis have seldom known anything abuut tnein. Helng a bachelor and havlng do famlly of hls own, he often expressed his atfection lor and appreoiation of hls iminerous relatlves by ap propriate and useful presents, also, ui late years, by maklng eucli an annual vUit. Xbese kind attenttons wi 11 be greatly missed. Mr. James was not a inember ot an y ctmrch, bat he showed his respect lor CUrUtianity by holding a pew in tlie Congreatlonul churcti at Chelsea, where he claimed his home, contrlbutlng to the support of the gospel and cei tuin benevolencOH. and attending divine worshij. Hè often carae to Chelsea to speud the Sabbat h for that especial purpose. Mr. Jaineshealth been gradually fallingformany ycars, and li ts nephew, James L. Babcock ha been hts constant companlnn, dcjing his correspoudence, transacllug his business and serving hun iu a mout falthful, devoted and patiënt manner, as corapensatioo for whlob Mr. James lias made hlm hi8 principie heir. Funeral services were held at Waukesha on tiit' ¦J'üii, ufter which his remalus were shipped to the old tamily burying-grounds at WUJlamöburg, Mass., near hls birthplace, atlended by Tnomai s. ideara, of CheUea. and interred wlth appropriate services.


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