Wayne James will serve as 2016 Grand Marshal

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
James attended Columbus School on Cottonwood Creek, riding his horse to the one-room schoolhouse about two and one-half miles. He attended the 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.

Wayne James and his horse Toby (1)

Wayne James and his horse Toby

Wayne James about a year old 1935 or 36

Wayne James about a year old around 1935 or 1936

Wayne James and his horse Toby (2)

Wayne James and his horse Toby

Wayne James first day of GHS

Wayne James first day of GHS

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