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ILLIAM JAMES, president
of the James,
and Schow Company,
Jamestown, on the
Interurban, was born i
_ at Greenville, Alabama,
March 24, 1862. His father was
Thomas Randle James, whose birthplace
was in Jones county, Georgia;
his mother was Mary Jane Hagerman
of Talberton County, Georgia.
The future Texas harness manufacturer
had all of his schooling confined
to a few brief years at Greenville,
Alabama, where he attended
the common schools. He was a student
for four years, from eight to
twelve. That ended his school education,
the rest being gained by experience
and by his successful battle
with the world. Colleges, he considers
useful for ornamentation only. I
In business, Mr. James has pros- A
pered until now he is at the head
of one of the biggest manufacturing
plants of its kind in Texas. Though
an influential Democrat all his life
in a Democratic community, Mr.
James has never sought political
honor and his office holding has
been limited to the position of school
trustee. Mr. James has been prominently
identified with Masonic affairs
in Texas and is past grand
master of the State. Mr. and Mrs.
James have four children, aged respectively
eight and three. The great harness
manufacturer admits that his only
hobby is "work." Upon the institution
of Moslah Temple Shrine,
in Fort Worth, Mr. James was chosen
Chief Rabban, an honor which places
him next in line to become Potentate.
He is a consistent booster for
Fort Worth and one of its chief trade
exponents upon trade excursions of
the Chamber of Commerce.
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Newspaper Artists' Association, Forth Worth. Makers of Fort Worth, book, 1914; Fort Worth. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth41334/m1/73/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Amon Carter Museum.