"At the end of each sketch, to the extent possible, is shown the source and date of original publication. There are numerous sketches from the Fannie O. Jones Scrap Book. These will be identified by the term, 'FOJ Collection'. In some cases, dates of publication were unavailable." Wayne Spiller , Compiler of McCulloch County History, Vol. I. 1976
James Finlay, Fife, missed being a native of McCulloch by only three years, but he did the next best thing by being a native Texan. He was born in Austin, September 1, 1879, locating in McCulloch with his parents in 1882, and since attaining manhood, has been engaged in stock farming at Fife. He was married to Miss Mary Jordan in Brady April 21, 1909. Mr. Finlay is a Presbyterian; he also is a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to both the Chapter and the Commandery. He is also a member of the Woodmen of the World and the F. E. and C. Union. In addition to being a leader and useful citizen of his home community, Mr. Finlay, an independent Democrat, served eight years in the Texas legislature as representative of the 93rd district composed of McCulloch, San Saba, and Lampasas counties. Incidentally he established a record for consecutive terms in the three-county district.