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Wilbert Emmet JAMES


Posted By: Sarah Thorson Little (email)
Date: 4/20/2021 at 14:29:44

Wilbert Emmet James
1 January 1873 ---- 8 May 1951

Wilbert E. James, 78, died at the Colonial hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, Tuesday, May 8 at 1:30 p.m. following a stroke suffered during the early morning hours Sunday.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Kastler Funeral Home. Rev. H. G. Dawes of the Methodist church will officiate, and burial will be in the family lot in Rose Hill cemetery.

Mr. James had been in poor health for several weeks and had gone to Rochester Wednesday a week ago to go through the clinic there. He was accompanied by his niece, Mrs. Dorothy Tanck.

Sunday morning early, he suffered a stroke and was taken to the hospital where he died Tuesday. Sunday his sister, Mrs. Sam Middleton, his brother Walter, and his nephew, Bruce Middleton flew to Rochester with Dean Latta. Bruce returned with Latta that afternoon but his brother and sister with Mrs. Tanck remained with him until his death.

"Web" as he was known to everyone was the son of George and Sarah Stanley James. He was born January 1, 1873 on a farm in Humboldt county near Renwick.

He moved near Eagle Grove with his parents and family in 1893 when his father purchased 700 acres of land in Eagle Grove township. He engaged in farming with his father until his father's death in 1916. Since that time, he has been engaged in farming and business operations, with his brother Walter. Mr. James never married,

He is survived by two brothers, Walter, and Edward M. and one sister, Mrs. Etta James Middleton. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Charles, and one sister, Mrs. Adele James Brown.

Mr. James with his brother had added to the original family land holdings until through good farm management they have extensive land holdings and business enterprises in and around Eagle Grove.

Mr. James was a quiet unassuming man with few known interests outside of his farming operations. He lived with his brother at their home at 808 West Broadway. Few people realized the extent of his wealth as he never made any show of it.

In business he was known as a kind and extremely fair man to do business with. Many farmers in this neighborhood can attribute a big "leg up" in their start in farming to Mr. James and his brother. It is a community axiom that a renting farmer is fortunate to get on a James farm.

EAGLE GROVE EAGLE --- Eagle Grove, Iowa
Thursday, May 10, 1951

source ---- Paul Wilde


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