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Book Royalties of Jesse James Author Donated to James Farm & Museum

Author Ted Yeatman


Book royalties from Frank & Jesse James, The Story Behind the Legend by Ted Yeatman are being donated to James Farm & Museum.

The author died November 1, 2009 in Maryland after a lengthy illness. His family has approved the donation.

James Farm & Museum is owned by the County of Clay in Missouri, and is operated by its Parks & Recreation Department.

The first royalty check of over $1,200 has been received, representing funds due to Yeatman from the times of his passing to the psring of 2010.

Yeatman’s book first appeared in 2000, and has consistently remains the defintive enclopedic accounting of the careers of Frank and Jesse James.

James Preservation Trust Gets New VP

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.”