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James Preservation Trust Gets New VP

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Charles S. Broomfield has been named to the board of directors of The James Preservation Trust, filling the seat vacated by the passing of Judge James R. Ross, the great grandson of the American outlaw icon Jesse James.

The former Clay County, Missouri, judge & county commissioner has a long association with the historical interests of the James family. When he was a county commissioner, Broomfield arranged for the acquisition of James Farm from Jesse’s grandson Lawrence Barr, preserving the James family farm as a county museum, open to visitors.

Recently, Judge Broomfield assisted the James Preservation Trust in addressing the issue of missing artifacts from the museum. Museum managers did not maintain an adequate management system of verifiable inventory. Clay County Commissioners have since employed a professional archivist.

Since attending the James family’s reunion in 2002, Judge Broomfield consistently has supported the actions of the Trust. “I think it’s important that The James Preservation Trust stay involved with the County and Museum.”

Formerly, Judge Broomfield served four terms in the Missouri House of Representatives. For two terms, he served as Assistant Majority Floor Leader. Recently, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed him Chairman of the Clay County Election Board. Broomfield is a graduate of William Jewell College.

In welcoming Broomfield as vice president of the Trust, president Eric James stated, “Before Judge Ross died, he made several recommendations for new directors of the Trust. Charlie was among the top of the list. But we had to wait some time until Charlie stopped cruising the world as a retiree. We’re thrilled to put him back to work in Clay County to represent the historical interests of the James family and the James Preservation Trust.”

Route 80 Expansion in Pulaski County Dead

i-66-louisville-courierThe planned Route 66 expansion over Route 80 through Somerset east to Shopville and beyond is dead. This road cuts through the historical lands of Pulaski County’s first judge-executive and founder John M. James (1751-1823). The Louisville Courier-Journal reported yesterday, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has halted work on the highway, concluding, “There is little prospect that construction funds will be available in the foreseeable future.”

For a couple of years, I was a consulting party for I-66, representing The James Preservation Trust and the historical interests of the James family. I’m pleased the project’s been rendered comatose.

Particularly distressing during the review process was the despicable practice of the Transportation Cabinet to rename historical properties in the road’s path, despite panel objections. Long historic names were removed. Historical properties were re-identified by the names of current occupants. This corruption was intended to avoid potential mitigation for historical properties. Panel objections voiced during public hearings were voided by the Transportation Cabinet.

Also, a construction permit was granted at Route 80 & James Rd. for a gravel pit and mine on a site where enslaved where known to have been interred. This location was for former site of the James mansion house, once occupied by Rev. Jeremiah & Betsy James Vardeman, Rev. Daniel Fields James, and Sen. Jack Griffin. This site was planned for a roadway interchange linking Route 80 to a newly constructed by-pass around Somerset.

As a 4th great grandson of Pulaski County’s first judge-executive & founder, John M. James, I don’t believe John would have objected to this road through his historic lands, where the road truly needed. Traffic projections, however, concluded the road isn’t needed at all, now nor in the foreseeable future.

New Leaf – Mack Quinn Mohrbutter

Mack looks like he’s going to be a charmer.
Clark is thrilled to have a new brother.
Mother Barbara will rest later.

GENEALOGY UPDATE: Descendants of Mary Lee James
Mary Lee James – b. Oct. 16, 1946 + Donald Novotny
….2 Barbara (ne Maria James) Gilmore + Curtis Theodore Mohrbutter
……..3 Clark Lawrence Mohrbutter – b. 2007
……..3 Mack Quinn Mohrbutter – b. 2009