I can vividly remember Jim from my earliest years. I never once saw him angry or lose his temper. He spent many hours at the Plain City Fairgrounds watching and encouraging us as we rode our horses preparing for upcoming contests and the Madison County Fair. He showed no partiality between us and his own children. He gave us total encouragement and knew how to give us the spark we needed.
Michele had a beautiful quarter horse that looked "expensive". If I remember correctly, Denise had a pony called Buffalo. I apologize if this memory of mine failed me again. When the time for the Plain City Fair came, I lived there wanting to be close to our entries. Tim used to stay in a stall watching over all of us.
Our first entry as the Durango Dudes 4-H club was greatly helped by Jim. He had made green cut-outs of 4 leaf clovers that had each of our names in the center. We were all so thrilled that our club took the blue ribbon against all the others in the county.
I never saw Jim again after I moved to Tucson, Arizona, but carry the fondest memories imaginable. I know the people in Plain City will share my sadness knowing he is gone.
I will miss you, Jim.
Plain City has lost a true treasure. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Converse family during this difficult time.
Aggie Hall, Secretary
on behalf of the Plain City Historical Society