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Olean Times Herald, July 23, 1954
JAMES W. RILEY OF COLD STORAGE FIRM DIES TODAY
James W. Riley, a former New York State senator and president of the Riley and Wands Cold Storage co. and the Olean-Kansas Oil Company, died unexpectedly today (July 23, 1954) in Olean General Hospital.
Mr. Riley, who had retired in 1948, was born and educated in Olean and had lived here all his life.He lived at 210 N. Barry St.
The son of Millard F. Riley Sr. and Martha Wayne Wands Riley, Mr. Riley is survived by one brother, Millard F. Riley, Olean; two sisters, Mrs. James R. Coon, Bronxville NY and Mrs. Fay Greene, Winfield, Kansas, and several nieces and nephews.
A member of First Methodist Church, he was a 50 year member of Olean Lodge 252, Free and Accepted Masons.He was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Olean, and a member of the Buffalo Consistory; a member of the Ismailis Temple, Buffalo, and of Olean Lodge 491, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
The body has been removed to Halwig Funeral Home, where Masonic services will be held Sunday (July 25, 1954) at 1:30 PM
Burial will be in Mount View Cemetery.
James Wands Riley never married.He was New York state assemblyman and then a state senator for some years.His Senate desk with the number engraved on it is in the Fay PerryGreene home (Little Run Farm, WIlliamstown, West Virginia).
Fay Greene, nephew of James Riley,remembers that his Uncle Jim was always very kind to him and they got along very well.James Riley never forgot his young nephew at Christmas -and during the Depression years, Fay can remember a Christmas when the only gift Fay received was from his Uncle Jim.Jim helped Fay get a job at the Worlds' Fair in New York.
From a Winfield, Kansas newspaper, date not known:
MRS. FAY GREENE's BROTHER IS RE-ELECTED
James W. Riley, of Olean, NY, brother of Mrs. Fay P. Greene of Winfield, was re-elected state senator from the district for a second term at the recent election, according to word received by Mrs. Greene.Mr. Riley was elected on the Republican ticket by a majority of 26,000 over his opponent.
Mr. Riley visited in Winfield three years ago when he came to see Mrs. Greene, and his brother, who was ill in the hospital.
(Note by L. Greene:"his brother" probably refers to Ralph Riley, who was living in Tulsa OK at the time.)
Letter from James W. Riley to his sister Edith Riley Greene, dated May 19, 1926.Letter sent on letterhead of Riley and Wands Company Wholesale Grocers & Cold Storage in Olean NY to Vermont Heights, St. Augustine, FL.
My dear Sister Edith,
How is everything going.Dad is improving, but slowly.He can stand it I got the Blue Spruce tree.Put 2 trees one on each side of walk going in.I think they will be nice if they only live.Fay has an insurance policy I think around $14.00 due June 1st.I am at store there is no use sending the _____ (not readable) slip down there.He can sent the money to Prudential but better send it to me and I will get the receipt or I can pay it - You had better get in shape before you come although I think he will get a good deal more for it next spring than he could get now.Everything going along slow.Can not seem to get the place rented.But have got a party trying to rent it for me.I suppose if I had more time to devote to it.Would have made it before the garden all planted.I have not rented the garage as yet - I don’t have the time.When it gets too hot down there come up and we will get things in shape.
Your Bro, Jim
Love to Fay and Cornelius
Letter from JAMES WANDS RILEY to FAY PERRY GREENE, Jr., his nephew.Sent from Olean to Winfield Kansas, dated March 19, 1932.Letterhead: Assembly Chamber, State of New York, Albany.
My dear Fay,
Uncle Jim had figured on writing you before your birthday, the 17th of Ireland.How is everything going.It is slow here and no mistake.We had no snow all winter until the 2nd week in March and we have had some tough weather since then.I enclose a check for you to buy something.Will write Edith soon.Hope you are all well and Uncle Ralph and his family.I think the thing will break soon and things get better.Love from all of us here.
(Edith refers to Jim’s sister and Fay’s mother.Ralph refers to Jim’s brother, uncle to Fay).
Letter from James Wands Riley to his sister Edith Riley Greene, dated August 22, 1940.Letterhead:
The SENATE of STATE OF NEW YORK, ALBANY
James W. Riley
Chairman, Committee on Penal Institutions
Dear E -
I am writing you to let you know everything working out ok.I should win by 20,000 or better.Gave a tough egg to beat - I enclose picture in Banquet Room. This is state wide organizations of_______(not readable.) I have not been away except to work in Chautauqua County and out in our county some days. I have a lawyer from Salamanca running against me Attorney Kelley.The man Dr. Barnes of Dunkirk who was endorsed quit but I did not care as I will run strong in both counties.Hope you are both coming along ok I don't think I can make Martha's wedding as I will be pushed to keep in front at that time.
(Note by Laura Greene, grand-niece of Jim Riley: Jim used no periods or punctuation marks in his letters.)
From:1935 Redbook of New York Legislators, Assembly Biographies:
JAMES W. RILEY
James W. Riley, Republican, representing Cattaraugus County in the assembly, resides at Olean NY.He is secretary of the Riley and Wands Company, wholesale grocers and cold storage.
Death Certificate of James Wands Riley:
Name: James W. Riley
Date of Birth:1876
Place of Birth: Olean, NY
Age:78 years, 1 month
Address:210 N. Barry St. Olean
Date of Death:July 23, 1954 in Olean
Cause of Death: Coronary Thrombosis (Aerotic myocarditis
Place of Burial: Mt. View, Olean, on July 26, 1954
Usual Occupation: President (Ret) Riley and Wands Co. - Cold Storage Warehouse
Father's Name:Millard F. Riley Sr.
Mother's Name: Martha W. Wands
Never in Military
Informant:Millard F. Riley Jr.