A Short History of the Life of Abe James
Abe James was born on March 20, 1896 at
Colonial Diez (sic), Chihuahua, Mexico. His parents were Joseph
James and Mary Eliza Bloomfield James. His parents had gone to
Mexico as colonizers for the church.
He came to the states at the age of
fourteen years, when Poncho Villa and his men were driving the
saints out. They had to leave all their earthly possessions
behind. Abe visited the old home there many times. He said it
looked the same as when they were living there. He said the
pigs and the chickens looked like the same ones they had when
they were living there.
While there, his father was killed trying
to save a Mexican worker’s life. His father had a sawmill and
they were running logs down a shute (sic) when they jammed.
Abe helped his widowed mother support the
younger children left at home. He had limited scholling (sic),
but it could not be said that he was uneducated. He took every
advantage to learn about many things.
When the family left Mexico, they settled
in Ramah, New Mexico where he met and married Amy Doris Fuller.
Three children were born to this union; Lucy Lucille James Edens,
Walter A. James, and Preston William James. Lucille is
presently living in Salt Lake City, Utah, Walter in Kingman,
Arizona, and Preston in Glendale, Arizona.
While in Ramah, Abe bought and operated a
lumber mill. He was deputized during a small pox epidemic. It
had started with the Indian and Mexicon people there.
He nearly completed building a home in
Ramah. One night he came home and told Amy that he had a chance
to sell the nearly completed home. He told Amy that they could
take the money and go to the Salt Lake Temple and have she and
Lucille and Walter sealed to him. He said it was the last time
he was going to ask her to go. They sold the home that night,
and the next morning as they were leaving to go to the temple,
they stopped at the post office to get the mail. They received
a package from Amy’s mother. When they opened it, it contained
a white dress for Lucille, and a white suit for Walter that Lucy
Fuller had made for them.
Abe served in the first World War (sic).
He joined in 1918, and served in France for one year. He would
not take a pension for his service to his country.
The family moved to Clardale (sic) in 1922,
when Lucille and Walter were very small. Lucille was born in
Chandler, Arizona while her father was overseas. Walter was
also born in Chandler. Preston was born in Clarkdale, Arizona.
Abe worked at the Phelps Dodge Smelter in Clarkdale. He also
served as ward clerk while living there.
The smelter closed down in 1930, and he
worked three days a week as watchman for the company. During
that time, he was building a home for the family in Cottonwood.
He had a mortgage on it, and a car to pay for, besides feeding
his family. Amy went to work to help out as Abe’s job was so
uncertain. The smelter closed for good in 1950. Abe was
transferred to Ajo, Arizona where he worked as a trained
craneman. He poured the first copper poured at the new
smelter. He was promoted to shift boss. He worked there for a
year and a half.
When he worked at the smelter iin
Clarkdale, he worked shift work. When he was off during the
day, he built James Court with twenty five rooms. Also he built
a store building located on main street (sic). The Western Auto
Store was located in this building for many years. Later, Abe
and Amy had a clothing store in this building. The store was
The Valley Clothing.
When he retired from Ajo, he helped his
son-in-law in his shop until he and Amy opened the clothing
Abe served as fire chief of Cottonwood
Volunteer Fire Department for a number of years. While chief,
he was instrumental in getting a retirement fund for the
firemen. He never received any thing from it.
He was an avid outdoorsman and took his
family to Kiabab hunting many times. He liked to fish. He went
fishing in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico (sic).
He also took several fishing trips to Rocky Point, Mexico. He
took many trophies in elk and deer.
He was a very compassionate and wonderful
husband, father and grandfather. He loved babies, baby boys the
best, and held everyone of his grandchildren with great pride.
He left a legacy uncomparable (sic) to many men today. He died
May 20, 1980 at 5:15 A.M. in Phoenix, Arizona. He is buried in
Cottonwood, Arizona. He was buried May 23, 1980.
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