View Full Version : Rest in Peace: Jim Lammers (19?? - 2008)
02-06-2008, 12:06 AM
It is my sad duty to announce that Jim Lammers,ower of Cedar Creek Supply Depot,passed away today,Feb. 5,from a heart attack.Jim was one of the few men who had a decent set of painted leathers on the market.He was also a good guy who was always a pleasure to chat with,whether it was politics or the latest cell phone.He and Linda,married 42 years,were some of the nicest people I have met in the hobby.Please keep his family,especially Linda,in your prayers.
02-06-2008, 05:43 AM
Sorry to hear, he was a really nice fella.-ELI GEERY
02-06-2008, 06:32 AM
Jim was REALLY a nice fellow. He was also the only one I know who reproduced a set of Mann's Patent Infantry Accoutrements. You are right, though, he loved to talk and would always make time for you.
Too many gone, too fast.....
02-06-2008, 06:53 AM
I have spent countless hours just sitting in Jim's shop watching him and listening to countless stories and learning countless things. Jim was a great man and he will be greatly missed. Please keep his family in your prayers. Jim I'll miss you.
02-06-2008, 07:21 AM
I got this news last night and I am really sorry to hear about Jim's passing. He was always one of the nicest guys on sutler row. I was just talking to him last week about about the upcoming Chickamauga event.
Most reenactors are unaware that while we are competitors on sutler row, we also act like a nomadic family. We set up together on Wednesday or Thursday before you get there, and don't leave until Sunday night or Monday after you've left. We do more events together as a 'unit' than most reenactors do. We have most of our meals together either before you are awake, during your battles or after you've gone to bed.
Sulters have thrown birthday parties for my son. We've helped each other in storms when all the tents have gone down. We've shared resources and we've redirected customers to other vendors when we're out of stock on something.
Jim was a good guy and will be greatly missed in our sutler row family.
02-06-2008, 08:31 AM
I parrot what Chris said. He was one of the nicest, most helpful people you could have the pleasure of meeting. I was looking forward to "jaw" with him this season. Our prayers go out to his family.
John & Beth
02-06-2008, 09:13 AM
It is a sad day to hear about Jim passing. I purchased my first pairs of shoes from him and 6-7 years later still wear them. He was one of the nicest guys and agree loved to talk. But he also remembered a customer.
Our prayers go out to him and his family.
02-06-2008, 10:19 AM
Jim used to set up at just about every local event here in Michigan, and ever after the move down to Tennessee it was not hard to come across him and his wife two or three times a year. Beautiful people with good hearts.
Jim's work was something to be very proud of. He helped more than a few of us take our first steps toward better kits, especially where leathers were concerned, and he did a great deal to better this hobby.
He will be sorely missed.
02-06-2008, 02:06 PM
I'll mirror what Dan has said, but also add that Jim was more than happy to work with me closely on a knapsack project several years ago. He was always friendly and very approachable; I remember when I first met him several years ago we must have talked about accouterments and knapsacks for two hours straight.
I was looking forward to seeing Jim again this year. I'm saddened to hear of this awful news and wish his friends and family well.
02-06-2008, 02:48 PM
I got the call last night at 9:30 when I was at work. When the phone started ringing at that time of night. You know it cannot be a good call. Jim you are one of the best guys that I know. You always had a smile on your face even in the darkest of times. For the ones of you that did not know Jim you knew his work. His work is at mainsteam to Campaigner events. He made some of the best leather gear and shoes on the market. I knew Jim for the past 8 years and he was like a second father to me. I remember the first time I met Linda and Jim at a small event down here in Tennessee. From that point on they both left a life lasting impression on me. As Sean Cooper said we spent countless nights at Jim's house learning about leather gear and the meaning of just being a good person. I will miss all the times we would go out to eat at the local events. You were so proud of me when I joined the Army and so afraid for me when I went to Iraq. I will never forget last year at Mill Springs. My first event after coming back from over there. When you saw me you hugged me and said "Thank god he sent you back home safe." Well, what I did not know was he would be sending you home a few months later. Jim your shoes can never be filled and I will wear your shoes and leather gear with pride. Jim the one thing you did not teach me was how to move pass this and I will have to learn this one on me own. You will be missed and I am proud to have called you my friend.
The service for Jim is Sunday, Feb 10 at Mayes Mortuary in Morristown
444 W Main St, Morristown, TN 37814
viewing is 5-7, service at 7
Internement the following day, but I was driving and could not write down where, I think she said the VA cemetery in Morristown
Hudson River War Hornets
02-06-2008, 04:05 PM
I had met Jim a number of times - incredibly decent fellow. I'm pained to see this news.
I'll pray for Jim's family.
02-06-2008, 04:37 PM
So sad. Jim was a great guy. I still use much of the gear I got from him when I first started out in the hobby. He will be missed. :(
02-06-2008, 09:47 PM
I also heard this morning. Like so many touched by this kind man I am deeply saddened today. I bought my first uniform from him and still use some of his leather gear.
I had just seen him and Linda a couple of weeks ago at Brooksville Florida. He was his usual spry self. I guess it goes to show that we should relish every day we are allowed to be on this planet. I certainly count him and Linda s friends of mine. I will certainly miss seeing him on Sutler Row as a re-enactor and fellow vendor. I sent Linda a note this morning but am sure she has more to deal with than looking at e-mails so if any of you happen to have contact with her please tell her that Lori and I are praying for her and her family and if there is anything we can do to let us know (my contact info was in the e-mail I sent her). :(
02-06-2008, 09:48 PM
Hell of a good guy. I still use quite a bit of his leather goods.
02-06-2008, 10:13 PM
Jim was a great guy and this hobby has suffered yet another loss! I have never seen Jim mad or even complain at an event for that matter. No matter when or where you saw him he was always glad to be there and ready to talk shop. He will be missed greatly. I will keep Linda and the rest of her family in my prayers.
02-07-2008, 12:44 PM
I'm very saddened by the news. The Lammers were always at one of our small Michigan events-often the only sutler there. I always made a point of buying things from him, even when I really didn't need another. As has been said,they were always cheerful and friendly. More and more people were starting to realize the quality of his gear-I'll miss seeing him very much.
This is truly sad. I will treasure the items he made for me. Let's remember to keep Linda in our prayer.
02-07-2008, 04:31 PM
I did read that Cedar Creek will stay open in his memory.It will be ran by Linda and his daughter.
02-07-2008, 06:06 PM
I did read that Cedar Creek will stay open in his memory.It will be ran by Linda and his daughter.
That is good news indeed. Linda and Jim worked very hard to build that business. Granted manyof their items may not be to the authenticity level many here would expect, it was much better than what most of the folks on sutler row sell. I look forward to seeing her again soon and will be pained to not see Jim there working on a pair of shoes or belt or ...... :(
02-07-2008, 08:41 PM
I hope to see them at one of our Michigan events. Your right about not seeing Jim sitting there working on leather gear.
02-08-2008, 09:39 PM
Jim Lammers was a really nice guy, i bought a pair of buckle shoes off of him a few years back. I called him on the phone to see if he had a pair and he said not to worry he would make me a pair in time for the event i was attending. He was a great guy, both him and his wife. He would chat to you all day just like he knew you your whole life. It won't be the same without looking over in the corner of his tent, hobnailing some shoes, or other leather work. Him and his family will be remembered in my prayers.
Craig L Barry
02-09-2008, 03:02 PM
Moved post on Lammers Memorial Fund to its own thread.
02-11-2008, 08:09 AM
Hmm, that really sinks! I used to love stopping by and saying hi to him and his wife. They were the highest quality of people. A number of years ago, I kept trying to get him to reproduce cavalry boots, since I loved doing business with him. He and his wife started calling be Boots since I would whisper "boots" whenever I passed his tent. It was kind of comical. Since I moved back to Wisconsin, it has been awhile since I have seen the two. I suppose that I will never see him again in this life, and that just saddens me. My most humble sympathies to his family.
Craig L Barry
02-11-2008, 10:44 AM
I was present in the bustling metropolis of Morristown, TN for the funeral service last evening, which was very well attended. Despite the fact that the Lammers had the large chapel which seats over 100, well wishers were spilling out the door into the lobby for the funeral service. I was able to learn a few points of interest. First, Linda Lammers and the four adult kids will continue operating Cedar Creek Supply Depot as an internet business, but do not plan on attending events. This would not affect anyone here as the only events Cedar Creek Supply Depot attended were larger mainstream events or gun shows for the most part. Point being, you can still order online from www.cedarcreeksupplydepot.com, if that is how you made your purchases before.
Additionally, since several of the kids (3 daughters, 1 son) helped Jim produce his leather goods, these will continue to be available. Specifically the well made brogans for which he was best known. I have a pair myself and they are quite decent. The only possible exception with regard to his leather goods might be some of the cartridge boxes, the secrets for the sewing of which Jim took with him to the sweet bye and bye. Jim Lammers was 61 years old when he passed away.
Ross L. Lamoreaux
02-11-2008, 04:48 PM
Craig, I'm really glad you got to go, as even up to the last minute I was trying to figure out a way to get up there myself from Central Florida and my old sled of a ride wasn't up to the challenge. It really bothered me that I couldn't go, but I'm sure there were enough of Jim's good friends and extended family to share my sentiments and prayers. Thanks for the continued reports and updates.
02-11-2008, 08:49 PM
I sat in Jim's shop at his house just a few weeks ago as I was purchasing some buttons and replacement straps for an old knapsack that I had decided to bring out of retirement. We discussed the different items used for blanket straps (suspenders, old slings, etc). I complemented Jim (as I always do) on my brogans that he made...they seem to be everlasting....not different from their maker. We discussed that unfortunately when you make a good product your customers do not need to replace them. Jim was a wonderful guy and will be deeply missed!
03-14-2008, 08:15 PM
Jim Lammers will long rest in my memories for his kindness and friendship from years past. About 20 years ago, he made me a gift of one of his Federal knapsacks with only the comment of: "Just tell 'em where you got it". I hope his family is well and I will miss him...
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