Word was received in Dallas last night announcing the death at Houston of J.I. Campbell, president of the incorporated firm of J.I. & L.W. Campbell of this city. At the time of his death Mr. Campbell was about 60 years of age.
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Houston, Tex., March 24. -- James Ira Campbell, president of the J. I. Campbell Lumber Company of Houston, and senior member of the firm of J.I. & L.W. Campbell of Dallas, died this morning at his residence in this city.
The end was not unexpected. The news was none the less a shock.
During the nine years of his residence in Houston, and his many years of active and successful operations over the State, Mr. Campbell made a name throughout the South and prominent in the business circles of the country. He was also well known to the millmen of the West and Northwest.
Mr. Campbell is survived by a widow and one son, Ira Lee Campbell, of the immediate family.
Three brothers and two sisters are still living—W. T. Campbell, a stockman of Childress County; C. M. Campbell, a lumberman of Temple; Mrs. J. E. Stevens of Coleman. L.W. Campbell of Dallas and Mrs. J. M. Presler of Comanche.
Mr. Campbell was born in Austin County, Tex., Aug. 31, 1850.
The family lived on a farm and there James Ira Campbell spent the years of his boyhood and early manhood.
It was while living in Comanche County that he married Miss Sarah McHenry Lee. In 1880 Mr. Campbell sold the farm upon which he was raised and moved to Albany, Tex. Two years later he opened his first lumber yard at Leon, Comanche County. His business prospered and more yards were acquired over the State. Mr. Campbell and his family removed to Lampasas. There they remained until nine years ago, when they removed to Houston. Since that time the J. I. Campbell Lumber Company has become one of the most important anil extensive corporations of this city.
The business was wholesale. Mills were acquired an constructed over the State and yards were opened in many of the cities.