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Royal Dexter James

Male 1883 - 1959  (75 years)


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  • Name Royal Dexter James  [1
    Born 20 Apr 1883  Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 8 Aug 1886  Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Emmanuel Episcopal Church, sponsors the parents and Miss Maria Adams
    Confirmation 23 Apr 1897  Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Emmanuel Episcopal Church
    HEAL Death followed an illness of about two years  [1
    Died 3 Mar 1959  Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6
    Buried 7 Mar 1959  Rushford Lutheran Cemetery, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Notes 
    • Funeral services for Roy James were held last Saturday afternoon, March 7at 2:00 o'clock at the Rushford Lutheran Church, where he was a member. Pastor Foehringer officiated. During the services, Mrs. Myron Forsythe sang "The Old Rugged Cross," "In The Garden" and "The Beautiful Isle of Somewhere". Burial was made in the Rushford Lutheran cemetery. The pall bearers were Carrol Julsrud, George Betz, John Sennes, Arwin Overby, Rudolph Paulson and Harold Johnson. Royal Dexter James, son of George and Harriet James, was born April 20, 1883, at Rushford, and passed on to his eternal resting place on March 3, 1959, at the age of 75 years, 10 months and 4 days. Death followed an illness of about two years. Mr. James was a lifelong resident of Rushford, and was employed as a delivery man for grocery stores here. On January 13, 1905, he was united in marriage to Christine Laumb, the service being performed by the Rev. Sidney Smith of the Episcopal Church. To this union seven children were born, six of whom survive to mourn his passing, one son, Gordon, having died in 1955. He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Catherine, Mrs. Clarence Niggle of Rushford; Edna, Mrs. Conrad Olness of La Crosse; Verna, Mrs. Robert Betz of Rushford; three sons, Melvin and Martin of Rushford, and Vernon of Mabel; and his only brother, George James who is a patient at the Halvorson Bell home in Houston. Also surviving are eight grandchildren; also three great grandchildren. Also numerous nieces and nephews survive. Preceding him in death, besides his one son, were two sisters, Caroline, Mrs. Conrad Eggen, and Nellie James of Rushford. The flowers and wreath we place upon our fathers grave may wither and decay, But the love for him who sleeps beneath will never fade away.

      Listed as a child of George James, residing in Rushford, MN in Probate petition re: Henry James to Columbia County Surrogates Court by George Tator, 13 Jun 1893

      1885 MN State Census, Rushford City, Fillmore Co., George James 58, Hattie 39, Nellie 9, George Jr. 6, Royal 2

      1900 MN Census, Rushford, Fillmore County, Enum. Dist. 35, p. 3B, Royal D. James, born Apr 1883 in MN, 17 years old, single, farm laborer

      1920 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Rushford, Roy D. James, 36, wagon driver-groceries, with wife Christian M. 40, children Melvin W. 14, Cathrin H. 13, Martin D. 11, George G. 6, Edna H. 4, Vernon 1-4/12, Verna 1-4/12

      1930 US Census, Minmesota, Fillmore, Rushford, Roy D. James, owns home $1500, age 48, first married age 22, delivery stores, with wife Christine M. 50, Melvin M. 24, delivery oil truck, Martin E. 21, driver taxi-truck, Gordon G. 16, Edna H. 14, Vernon 11, Verna 11

      1940 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Rushford, Roy James, 56, education 8, born MN, delivering grocery store, wife Christine, 57, education 8, born MN, son Martin, 30, single, education 8, born MN, truck driver state highway, worked 24 weeks, wages 470, son Vernon, 21, single, education H4, born MN, pin setter bowling alley, worked 52 weeks, wages 468, daughter Edna, 24, single, education H4, born MN, clerk department store, worked 52 weeks, wages 572

      Mr. and Mrs. Royal D. James celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, Jan. 10, 1954 with a 4:30 buffet supper at the Clarence Niggle home. Forty members of the immediate family were present. A special guest was Mrs. Molly Christiansen, Winona, one of their attendants of 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Ole Laumb, the other attendants, were unable to be present. Christine Mathilda Laumb and Royal D. James were married Jan. 11, 1904, at the Dauchy residence by the Rev. Mr. Smith of the Episcopalian Church. Their seven children are Melvin James, Mrs. Clarence (Catherine) Niggle, and Martin James, Rushford; Gordon James, Burlington, Iowa; Mrs Conrad (Edna) Olness, La Crosse; Vernon James, Mabel; Mrs. Robert (Verna) Betz, Rushford. They have eight grandchildren. Assisting at the anniversary gathering were Mrs. Melvin James and Mrs. Martin James, pouring, Mrs. Vernon James, guest book, and Mrs. Clarence Niggle, who cut the wedding cake.

      Alternate marriage date: 11 Jan 1905 [1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13]
    Person ID I13193  Mindrum
    Last Modified 29 Jul 2014 

    Father George James,   b. 6 Apr 1832, Spetisbury, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1907, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Harriet Elizabeth Dauchy,   b. 17 Apr 1846, New Canaan, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1918, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 21 Aug 1875  Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Photos
    James, George - House in Rushford, Minnesota
    James, George - House in Rushford, Minnesota
    James, George - House in Rushford, Minnesota
    James, George - House in Rushford, Minnesota
    Family ID F9157  Group Sheet

    Family Christine (Tillie) Mathilda Laumb,   b. 4 Aug 1879, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1971, Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 11 Jan 1904  Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    • Dauchy residence, by Rev. Mr. Smith of the Episcopalian Church
    Children 
     1. Melvin Wilfred James,   b. 23 Jun 1905, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1985, Community Memorial Hospital, Winona, Winona, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Catharine Harriet James,   b. 11 Nov 1906, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 2004, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
     3. Martin Dexter James,   b. 29 Dec 1908, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1967, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     4. George Gordon James,   b. 14 Aug 1913, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1955, Austin, Mower, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     5. Edna Hazel James,   b. 3 Sep 1915, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 2008, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     6. Vernon James,   b. 8 Aug 1918, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1996, Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Center, La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     7. Verna James,   b. 8 Aug 1918, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 2005, Rushford, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 20 Oct 2017 
    Family ID F9162  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    James Siblings
    James Siblings
    L-R, Nellie, George, Royal, Carolyn
    James Siblings
    James Siblings
    L-R, George, Nellie, Carolyn, Royal
    James, Royal
    James, Royal
    James, Roy and Tillie 50th Wedding Anniversary
    James, Roy and Tillie 50th Wedding Anniversary
    L-R, George James, Kristi James, Tillie James, Roy James at home of Catharine James Niggle

    Documents
    James, Royal and Carrie baptism records
    James, Royal and Carrie baptism records

    Headstones
    James, Royal and Christine Laumb
    James, Royal and Christine Laumb

  • Sources 
    1. [S1037]

    2. [S8160] Fillmore County Birth Records, 1870-1921, Fillmore County Historical Society, Fountain, Minnesota.

    3. [S8142] Book 1, Baptisms, page 58.

    4. [S8142] Book 1, Confirmed, page 83.

    5. [S1026]

    6. [S7975]

    7. [S183] Probate petition re: Henry James to Columbia County Surrogates Court by George Tator, 13 Jun 1893.

    8. [S94] 1885 Minnesota State Census.

    9. [S97] 1900 US Census, Minnesota, Fillmore, Rushford, Enum. Dist. 35, p. 8B.

    10. [S2557]

    11. [S2571]

    12. [S6585]

    13. [S1038]