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Death Of Luther James

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Lutlier James died in Waukesha, Wisconsin,on"ednesday of strangulated bernia. Although Mr. James had reached the advanced age of 85, his death was a surprise to his friends in this city and county, where Mr. James spent so many years of his long life. Luther James was born in Goshen, Mass., July 13,1SO3, and lived in Massachusetts until he was 32 years of age. There he received his education m„the district schools and the academy of old Hadley and there he formed the business habits, which enabled him to amass wealth. His ancestors were among the pilgrim fathers and he was one of a family of eleven children. Of late years, he has been making anunal visits to his old home in the east. He located in this county early in 1835 and began dealing injhorses, which he purchased in ühio for sale here. Afterward he began purchasing wool here and sending ït to the east. He took in all this part of the state and was at one time the largest wool buyer in gan. Mr. James interested himself largely in the building of the present courthouse in this county and presented the fine clock which keeps such accurate time in the court house tower to the county at au expense to himself of $1 ,00q. During nis later years, he was constantly attended by his nephew, James L. Babcock, who took the best of care of him. Mr. James' wealth is variously estimated as between 8300,000 and $-500,000. It is known that he left a will.


Ann Arbor Argus
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