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James Washington Calfee
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Birth: Mar. 27, 1878
Tazewell County
Virginia, USA
Death: Apr. 10, 1935
Eckman
McDowell County
West Virginia, USA

James was the son of William M. Calfee and Landona Penelope Johnson. He married Irene Clifford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Clifford of Bluefield on May 13, 1904. They divorced two years later, and he married Aileen Anna Jamotton.

He began his career as a conductor of the Pocahontas Division, then became a deputy sheriff in McDowell Co., WV. By 1920, they were living in Eckman, WV, and he ran (and lost) for the Rebuplican nomination for Assessor of McDowell County. James was a detective with the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency, a security company composed of agents and guards for the railroads and coal mines. Coal operators employed them to cope with disturbances, especially strikes, at the mines and in mining camps.

JAMES W. CALFEE, FORMER RESIDENT BLUEFIELD, DIES
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon for James W. Calfee, 57, widely known former resident of Bluefield, who died at 11:30 o'clock Wednesday night at his home in Eckman. The services will be held at the Eckman Methodist Church and will be conducted by the Rev. G.T. Jordon, the pastor, assisted by the Rev. W. S. Barbery of Crumpler and the Rev. Ben Johnson, pastor of the First Christian Church of Bluefield. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery on the Bluefield-Bramwell Road. Mr. Calfee was a victim of heart disease. Although he had suffered repeated attacks, none had appeared serious. Leaving his home early Wednesday night, Mr. Calfee was stricken suddenly while he walked along the streets of Eckman. He was removed to his home where he died within a short time. James Washington Calfee was born March 27, 1878, a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Calfee of Abbs Valley, Va. Mr. Calfee came to Bluefield when a boy and served his trade as a machinist at the Norfolk and Western Railway shops in this city. He continued in the service of the railway until 1913 when he moved to Eckman. At the time of his death, he was weighmaster for the Pulaski Iron Coal and Coke Company and for a number of years had held a commission as deputy sheriff in McDowell County. Mr. Calfee was widely known and highly esteemed, was a member of the Methodist Church, a Mason, Shriner, Elk, Odd Fellow and member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was married March 9, 1914, at Eckman to Miss Aileen Jamotton. He is survived by his wife and four children, James, Ann, Billie and Mary Jane, all of Eckman; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Calfee, 1916 Walton Avenue, this city; two sisters, Mrs. W.F. Perkins of Walton Avenue and Mrs. William Meadows of Hardy, Va. His only brother, Charles Calfee of Bluefield, died a few years ago.
(Obituary from the "Bluefield Daily Telegraph," April 12, 1935.) 
 
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 Parents:
  William M. Calfee (1854 - 1940)
  Landona Penelope Johnson Calfee (1859 - 1945)
 
 Spouse:
  Aileen Anna Jamotton Calfee (1894 - 1963)
 
 Children:
  James Washington Calfee (1915 - 1993)*
  Virginia Ann Calfee Kitts (1918 - 1997)*
  William Joseph Calfee (1919 - 1976)*
  Mary Jane Calfee Parks (1928 - 2004)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Washington Calfee (1878 - 1935)
  Hattie Cogil Calfee Meador (1880 - 1978)*
  Annie Belle Calfee Perkins (1884 - 1954)*
  Charles Eugene Calfee (1887 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Woodlawn Cemetery
Bluewell
Mercer County
West Virginia, USA
 
Created by: Judy Llamas
Record added: Jan 28, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17723524
James Washington Calfee
Added by: Judy Llamas
 
James Washington Calfee
Added by: Judy Llamas
 
James Washington Calfee
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