If you are leaving Bangor on M-43 to the west, you will notice across from the bowling alley the remains of an old house. At one time, this house was a real eye catcher. It was built by John "Jack" James probably sometime in the early 1920.'s. Mr. James made a name for himself by starting a string of motels in California at a time when car travel was not so prevalent. He eventually made Chicago his home. While looking for a retreat in the country, he found Bangor to be a community suitable to his needs. Fifty-two acres were purchased west of Bangor and the above English Tudor home was constructed. There was a large lawn with seating around many trees and a pond with a fountain. After the death of Mr. James and his wife, the house was sold. It was only briefly occupied and then left to the deteriorating hands of weather and time.