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Marshall Field’s Christmas & Anna Knaff James

F M James and Anna Emalia Knaff 300x241Anna Emelian Knaff (1883-1954) met Frank James when she was working at Chicago’s Marshall Field’s Department Store. A fire had broken out at the Iroquois Theatre nearby. She ran into the street to assist, and met her future husband Francis Marion James (1880-1931), as he was dragging dead bodies out of the theatre.

In years to come, Anna brought her seven children, as well as her grandchildren, back to Marshall Field’s every Christmas to see the store’s magical windows filled with fanciful Christmas displays. Inside Field’s, they stood in wonderment before the giant five-story tall tree that graced the store’s atrium. Then came that special visit with Santa Claus, to whom they whispered their Christmas wishes.

During the year, Anna brought her granddaughters to the store’s dining room. There, she taught her granddaughters to luncheon like ladies, and to always wear white gloves.

Little did any of us know then that the Marshall Field family and the James are distant cousins, through our mutual kin in Colonial Virginia.

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Friday April 16th, 2021
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I'm imagining my grandmother Anna Emalen Knaff clocking into her sales job in 1903 at Marshall Field & Co. department store in the morning. In the late afternoon, she met my grandfather Francis Marion "Frank" James during the tragic Iroquois Theater fire in Chicago as they both tended to the injured, dead, and dying. ... See MoreSee Less

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It's really great to have such hero's in the family. Strong giving people, wish I could of open them and heard their stories.

Thursday April 8th, 2021
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Sisters, Hadie Alice Herrin-White & Mirna Florence Herrin-Criswell, in 1956 standing before 106 James St. in Somerset, Pulaski Co KY. They are 2nd great-granddaughters of Rev. Joseph Martin James & Rhoda May by Susan Harriet James & Joseph Allen Herrin. Photo courtesy of Hadie's son, Terry Joseph White. ... See MoreSee Less

Sisters, Hadie Alice Herrin-White & Mirna Florence Herrin-Criswell, in 1956 standing before 106 James St. in Somerset, Pulaski Co KY. They are 2nd great-granddaughters of Rev. Joseph Martin James & Rhoda May by Susan Harriet James & Joseph Allen Herrin. Photo courtesy of Hadies son, Terry Joseph White.

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Eric, My mom's name is Hadie. Ben is my dad. We used both names when setting up their Facebook account.

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