Listed in the obit of her uncle James Raymond Campbell; Josie was from Columbus, Ohio. "The Anaconda Standard" March 7, 1898
An Anaconda Pioneer Death of James R. Campbell, the Well-Known Brick Maker Was Ill for Many Months
One of Two Survivors of the Mexican War Residing in this City - A California Forty-Niner and a Montana Trail Blazer.
James R. Campbell, aged 75 years and 4 days, died at his late residence, No. 723 West Sixth Street, yesterday morning at 9:30 o'clock.The death of Mr. Campbell removes one of the pioneers of Anaconda.
Mr. Campbell was born near Dover, Ohio, March 4, 1823.When a young man he engaged in the manufacture of brick in his native state.He served in the Mexican was until 1848, and went from Kansas City to California with one of the first parties of gold seekers to explore the gold fields of that state. He engaged in mining there and also followed other pursuits for a number of years.He went to Colorado, where he spent a few years, and came to Confederate gulch, this state in 1864.When Butte was a new mining camp he located there an again engaged in the manufacture of bricks.Early in 1883 he came to Anaconda and made the first bricks that were used in the building of the smelters here.From that year until 1890 he followed the business of brick making, and since 1890 he had not been actively engaged in any business.
For about a year Mr. Campbell had been falling in health, until the 6th of last month when he was stricken by paralysis. Since that date he rapidly sank until the end.He also was a sufferer from Bright's disease. Two months ago Mr. Campbell's two nieces, Mrs. Josie Atcheson and Miss Amanda Campbell, came here from Columbus Ohio, where a brother of Mr. Campbell resides. They with Mrs. Campbell, her son Wesley Hayes and his wife, have been constant attendants on the sick man.Mr. Campbell leaves a son and daughter, the former a resident of East St. Louis and the latter of Kansas city.They have been telegraphed to but as yet no reply has been received from either of them.
Mr. Campbell was well known as a keep observer of things generally and a shrewd business man, who had accumulated a fair share of the worldly goods.He owned ... on Park avenue, besides his fine brick home on Sixth street. He was a retiring disposition and took no active part in politics yet was in sympathy with everything that pertained to the welfare of the community.He was generous when occasion required, a man of temperate habits, quiet and reserved.During the long months of his confinement he was a constant reader of newspapers, ever eager to keep posted on affairs of national and local importance.during the last few days of his life he asked his attendants to tell him the latest reports from Washington and Spain concerning the Maine affair.
Wherever there was a parade in this city in which the old soldiers marched there was always one carriage in the procession in which were seated James R. Campbell and R. P. McDaniel, the only survivors of the Mexican was residing in Anaconda. As far as known Mr. Campbell left no will.