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David "Cap" James

1871 - 1956

David 'Cap' James, 1st Police Chief of Farrell, Dies

Headed Malleable's Protection Force in Later Years

David (Cap) James, who served as Farrell's first chief of police, died at 4:30 a.m. today [7 Jan 1956] in his home 1100 Negley St., Farrell, following a three day illness.  He was 84.
The highly regarded Farrell man who, as one friend said, "was owned by everybody" affectionately was nicknamed "Cap" by his legion of friends while working as a police captain at the National Malleable & Steel Castings Co. He headed the protection staff there for 32 years, from April 1917 until June 1949, when he entered retirement.

Mr. James was one of Farrell's pioneer residents and had lived in that city for 51 of his 84 years. When he was appointed chief in 1901 when the town was incorporated as the Borough of South Sharon, the town had only one other policeman.

Born in Cleveland on Sept. 18, 1871, Mr. James was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James James.

David "Cap" James
He was a charter member of the Eagles Lodge of Sharon and was a member of the Maccabees Lodge.

Mr. James' first wife, Catherine, died in 1931.  He married his present wife, the former Minnie H. Gardner, on Aug. 20, 1934.

Besides his wife, Mr. James leaves behind three sons, Elmer M. of Farrell, William M. and Leo D., both of Sharon; five grandchildren and six great- grandchildren.  A daughter Mrs. Katherine Edwards, died in 1950.

Source: Sharon Herald January 7, 1956

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