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Jesse James Family Reunion 2002 Video – Pt. 14

This is the last episode from the Jesse James family reunion of 2002. Among all the fourteen episodes, this is my favorite, because it represents the spirit of the reunion as we experienced it then, both simply and beautifully.

Please read the closing credits. The people who put this event together deserve every appreciation. The event could not have been as effective as it was without their advice, guidance, help, and support.

The music that accompanies this montage is performed by the gospel group Mountain Glory. This is a group brought to our attention by David Best. David’s grandfather baptized Jesse James’ daughter in the years before her passing.

One event that never made it into our video, due to technical difficulties, was the enactment by Mary Mimms of Zerelda, Frank & Jesse’s mother. If you ever have a chance to catch Mary in her performance again, don’t miss it.

On the morning when everyone was leaving the Paso Robles Inn, I stood outside saying goodbye. Charles Broomfield, who helped effect the donation of James farm in Kearney to Clay County, when he was a Clay County commissioner, asked me, “Why don’t we ever have something as good as this in Missouri?” I answered Charlie, saying, “Because no one has ever invited us.” I’m still waiting for that invitation.

Until then…Merry Christmas and best regards.

NOTE: If you think you missed Part 11, you haven’t. It just hasn’t been posted yet. Look for Part 11 and Part 13 after Christmas.                          OR…SUBSCRIBE ABOVE and be notified. Merry Christmas.


Jesse James Family Reunion 2002 Video – Pt. 5

Rarely does the owner of an image claimed to be that of Jesse Woodson James ever proceed to the costly process of a formal authentication. The process itself is lengthy, and requires an administrator who is highly trained.

Antiquarian Gary Taylor was pretty sure of what he had, enough to commit further resources to prove it. In this video, Gary talks about his reward. Gary present’s Jesse’s great-grandson, Judge James R. Ross, with a photo-copy.

Jesse James Gang & Family Reunion 2002 Video – Pt. 3

D. W. JamesThe third video in our series of “home movies” from the Jesse James family reunion in 2002 is now available for viewing. In this one, I offer a half hour presentation, talking about Jesse’s uncle Drury Woodson James, who founded Paso Robles, California, and who almost became governor of California, had not his wife Louise stopped it.

My talk was based upon the slide show about Uncle Drury that I had published on Stray Leaves in 2001. Our technology setup at the Paso Robles Inn went awry, and I could not project the slide show on the screen behind me. That’s why you see me reading off the small screen of my laptop, and why the various reference slides pop up in the video from the slide show. You still can review the slide show at your leisure, and read the text that accompanies each slide.

This video also will give you a preview of Volume V of Jesse James Soul Liberty, which will be devoted entirely to the biography of Drury Woodson James, far more comprehensively than you find in either this video or the slide show.

Christmas Rap from the Family of Frank & Jesse James

Season’s Greetings from Stray Leaves.

For over fifteen years, the late Thurston James played Santa Claus at the Sherman Oaks Galleria in Sherman Oaks, California. Countless children, former children, and children at heart recall Thurston fondly.

Here Thurston shares a special Christmas tune he wrote and performed for his own grandchildren. The pictures are from the 1909 Victorian home in Danville, Kentucky, of Thomas Stratton Lanier Sr. & his wife Margaret Sallee, related to the James family. The home as seen was formerly owned by Stray Leaves publisher Eric James.