This gentleman is James Rufus RENIFF, son of Rufus R. RENIFF (b. ~1814 Tioga Co, NY, d.1882 buried Cedar Hill Cem. Knox Co, NE) and brother of my Ggrandmother Hattie E. RENIFF, who married Darwin Cornwall GROW. Additional information is found in Andreas' "History of the State of Nebraska" (1882) Hall County biographies:
"JAMES R. RENIFF, foreman car department, has 100 men under his supervision. Came to Grand Island,December, 1881, took charge of above department soon after. Born in Greenfield, Mass., February 9, 1842. Lived in his native State until 1847, when his parents moved to Springfield, Mass., and lived there three years, then two years in New Haven, Conn., then to Seymour, Conn., two years, when they moved to
Springfield, Ill., and lived there three years, then to Chicago, in the employ of the Illinois Central Railroad as an apprentice in car shops, then to Bloomington, Ill., in the car department of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. Was there draughtsman and general foreman about eighteen years, having charge of 125 men, then moved to Jacksonville, Ill., and was superintendent of the Jacksonville Car Company a year, then to St. Paul, Minn., as master car-builder of the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad a year, then to Grand Island, Neb., as foreman car department of the Union Pacific Railroad Company's car shops. They have a capacity of turning out eight box-cars per day. Was married in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1865, to Miss Sarah E. Taylor, of the latter place. They have two daughters--Grace and Jessie; he enlisted in August 1862, in Company H, Seventy-second Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Participated in the battles of Champion Hills, Miss., two charges on Vicksburg, Atlanta, Ga., and near Goldsboro, N. C.; mustered out in May 1865, Washington, D. C.; he is a member of Lyon Post No. 11, G. A. R., of Grand Island, Neb."
Uncle Jim was evidently a favorite uncle of my grandmother Lucy Alberta GROW (who married Max Adriel JEFFORDS). My dad has a hand-drawn cartoon self-caricature Uncle Jim drew of himself as a hobo on a postcard that he sent Lucy in the early 1900's. Jim is buried in the Wenatchee City Cemetery
(Wenatchee, Chelan Co, WA, the same town where Max and Lucy
lived and my dad grew up).