The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Saturday, March 2, 1905
'PIONEER RESIDENT PASSES AWAY' ----------------------- W.J. JAMES of Liberty Township Answers The Final Call.
With heartfelt sorrow the Leader notes the death of W.J. JAMES of Liberty Township who died at his residence in Oakley on Monday, February 27, l905, at 11:50 a.m., after an illness of only six days with rheumatism of the heart, although he had been in ill health for several years. Funeral services conducted by Rev. M.E. Young were held at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Wednesday forenoon at 11 o'clock, after which the remains were gently laid to rest, to await the resurrection morn.
W.J. JAMES was born in Mulenburge, Kentucky, on September 12, 1832. While yet in his teens he moved from there with his parents to Colchester, Ill., where he grew to manhood. On February 18, 1856, he was married in McDonough County, Ill., to MISS ELIZABETH WELCH of the same place, who died on June 11th of last year. They were the parents of seven children, two of whom died in infancy. The five who survive are A.M. and FLORETTA JAMES of Oakley; E.C. of Chariton; MRS. C.H. STIERWALT of Murray and BERT JAMES of St. Joe, Mo. In 1856 MR. JAMES and family came to Lucas County where he resided until his death. He was always cheerful and pleasant and was everybody's friend. He was a model, upright man whose life is well worthy of emulation. At the age of twenty years he united with the Primitive Baptist church and has since been a devoted and conscientious follower of Christ. During his residence of almost fifty years in this county he won the high regard of all with whom he came in contact and his death is mourned by a host of friends who will extend heartfelt sympathy to the sorrowing children.