Photo by Lorie Palmer
Grangeville-area rancher Wayne James will serve as the 2016 Border Days Grand Marshal. He is seen here with his 25-year-old Appaloosa, Toby, whom he will ride in the parades.
Border Days is July 1-4.
As of Tuesday, June 7, 2016
RESERVATION LINE ROAD – Area rancher Wayne James will serve as the Border Days Grand Marshal 2016.
“I’m so honored – I never thought I’d be chosen for this,” James smiled from his 200-plus acre ranch on the outskirts of Grangeville. “But, to be honest, I do have the family history for it.”
James’ grandfather moved with his family from Missouri in 1910, settling on property adjacent to where James currently resides.
“My dad was about 6 years old at that time,” James said.
That following year, the family attended a September 1911 Border Days event that a picture documents: on the back is written, “Taken at Border Days Sept. ’11.”
“That’s how far my family goes back to Border Days,” James smiled. “The first one which probably just had a couple of horse races, some games and food.”
James and his family ranched in the area, and he still runs cattle on the family acreage.
“Between my father and me, we also actually had a continuous running hog operation for 63 years,” he said.
James attended Columbus School on Cottonwood Creek, riding his horse to the one-room schoolhouse about two and one-half miles. He attended through the eighth grade, and then he started at Grangeville High School.
He graduated from GHS in 1953 and it was then that his parents gave him a possession he treasures and uses to this day: a custom-made Ray Holes saddle. The leather tooling design may be worn, but the saddle shows signs of a life of hard work and love of being atop a horse.
In 1964, James met the love of his life, Sandra. The couple lived a full life together, married just short of 39 years, when she died in 2005.
“The best day of my life was when I held her hand and married her in Coeur d’Alene,” James smiled. “The worst day of my life was when I held her hand as she died.”
James plans to ride his 25-year-old Appaloosa, Toby, in the parades and has been riding Toby around the ranch to get him in shape.
“I’m looking forward to spending time with my friends and family during Border Days,” he smiled.
A full story on James will appear in the upcoming Grangeville Border Days special section.