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Male, born 1911-02-10, died 2001-05-29

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Payne, James L., AIA, Architect

Professional History


Military service, US Navy, Seabees Civil Engineers Unit, 1943-1945.

Architect, L.P. Bartholomew, Architect, Salem, OR, -10/1948.

Principal, James L. Payne, AIA, Architect, Salem, OR, 11/1948-1964.

Partner, Payne and Settecase, Architects, Salem, OR, 1964-

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Licensed Architect in the State of OR, 1948.

Professional Awards

Recipient, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Distinguished Service Award, 2000.


The The Payne Settecase Smith Architecture Collection, 2017.053 has been maintained by the Willamette Heritage Center, Salem, OR. Their excellent website has been the source for much of the information in PCAD on James Payne, Phillip Settecase, and their associates. (See Willamette Heritage, "Collection Overview: Payne Settecase Smith Architecture Collection, 2017.053," accessed 03/17/2023.)



James Lucas Payne was born into the large family of Augy Earl Young and John Houston Payne at 1110 Emma Avenue in Fort Smith, AR. (See, Source Citation Arkansas Department of Vital Records; Little Rock, Arkansas; Birth Certificates; Year: 1911, accessed 03/17/2023.)

In 1930, the Paynes continued to live on Emma Avenue, as per the US Census, at 1010, not 1110 as noted on his birth certificate. James's name was listed as residing in the house (although the abbreviation "ab" was used after his name, suggesting his absence), along with his mother Early, his four brothers and two sisters, his maternal grandmother Augie E. Young (born c. 1860 in MO), uncle, J. Ross Young (born c. 1880 in MO) and J. Ross's wife, Anna M. Young (born c. 1885 in IN). J. Ross worked as a real estate agent in 1930, and his wife worked as a bookbinder at a printing company. Their real estate was valued at $15,000, far more than neigboring properties, which ranged from $800 to $4,000. (See, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Fort Smith, Sebastian, Arkansas; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0046; FHL microfilm: 2339830, accessed 03/17/2023.)

Payne and his family moved to Salem, OR, following his service in the US Navy in 1945.

The architect passed away at age 90 in Salem, OR.


His father was John Hamilton Payne , his mother Augy Earl "Early" Young (born 08/31/1882 in MO-d. 08/31/1971 in Fort Smith, AR). His father was a farmer and a member of the Cherokee Nation, according to James's birth certificate. (See, Source Citation Arkansas Department of Vital Records; Little Rock, Arkansas; Birth Certificates; Year: 1911, accessed 03/17/2023.) His mother partnered with John to sustain its operation.

His siblings included John Houston Payne, Jr., (born 03/28/1913 in AR-d. 05/23/1979 in Richardson, TX),


He wed Alma C. Jones on 04/05/1931 in Fort Smith, AR. (See, Source Information Arkansas, U.S., County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011, accessed 03/17/2023.)

Associated Locations

PCAD id: 6836