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S.H. James
Monona Twp.

S. H. James is a native of Grafton County, N. H., born Oct. 1, 1820, and was a son of Joseph and Ann (Calfe) James. In 1850 he invented a shingle and clapboard machine which was used extensively throughout the East, which business he followed for five years. In 1842 he married Eliza J. Dow, who was born in 1825. The fruit of this marriage is four children, three living – Susan A., wife of A. V. DePugh; Alfred W., who died April 9, 1879; George H., and Abbie, wife of Douglass McBride. In 1844 he left his home in New Hampshire and emigrated to Marquette County, Wis., where he remained six years. Thence to Allamakee County, Ia. In 1861 he came to Clayton County, where he has resided since. He has 200 acres of land, 160 under cultivation, and valued at $40 per acre. In politics he is a Jacksonian Democrat, and while in Wisconsin was elected as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1045


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