THE GOLDEN ROLL


| May/June 1984



JOHN L. JAMES, 83, of Lancaster, Ohio passed away February 1, 1984 at University Hospital, Columbus a week following surgery for heart failure.

He was born July 21, 1900 on the farm of his father, Wesley James near Somerset, Ohio. As a young man he worked on his father's farm. His father was a sales representative for J. I. Case Co. and later for the Advance-Rumely Co. John also worked several seasons for a local thresherman who operated a Case threshing outfit. John became an automobile mechanic and following his marriage moved to Lancaster, Ohio.

His love for steam engines was realized when, in 1967 he acquired his 'pride and joy' a 50 HP Case steam engine No. 33646, which he completely restored and exhibited at many steam shows in the central Ohio area. He was a charter member of Hocking Valley Steam and Antique Power Club, Lancaster, and more recently Mad River Valley Club at Urbana.

He read and enjoyed every issue of Iron Men Album. John was very knowledgeable about steam engines in general, and could quote statistics of Case engines and the Case Company. He was a skillful and safety-conscious engineer. He was quick to correct ignorant or careless operators. When anyone had an unusual problem the question eventually was taken to John for his solution.

He will be sorely missed by his many friends from the shows where he exhibited. A picture of John's engine was in IMA Jan-Feb 1970.

Submitted by his life-long friend and neighbor Homer E. Ridenour, 900 E. Fifth Avenue, Lancaster, Ohio.