James' obituary indicated that he was an engineer for the railroad and had worked for the railroad for forty years upon his retirement.
Date: Monday, August 11, 1952
Paper: Journal Star (Peoria, IL)--obtained on GenealogyBank.com
Based upon information on the National Archives-Atlanta website, the Retirement Board records for James are in their collection. I've got a request in to see if there are records for James.