LITTLE ALICE ANN STAFFORD
The hearts of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Winton Stafford were made happy on Sunday, August 25th, by the arrival of a little daughter, Alice Ann, but their happiness was not to last, for this fair little flower was too frail for this earth, and on Sept. 2nd the death angel took her away, to join the host of God’s little cherubs, who sing around His throne. The cherished remains were taken to Weimar Tuesday, and laid to rest in the family lot in the Odd Fellows’ [Masonic] cemetery. The family have the sincere sympathy of a host of friends.--Columbus Citizen.
Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1918, page 6
Mrs. Annie Stafford died at her home in Columbus Wednesday, September 1,1909, of Bright 's disease, with which she had been a sufferer for about one year. The deceased was 56 years of age. born in Washington county, Georgia, August 19, 1853, and was brought here when three months old, at which time her mother died of cholera contracted in Houston. February 20, 1870, Miss Annie Walker became Mrs. B. F. Stafford. To this union were born seven children, two girls and two boys preceding their mother to the grave. The remaining children are John, Charles and Whit. Lois Stafford is the only granddaughter. One sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Strahan, lives at Eagle Lake.--Columbus Citizen. [Interment in Odd Fellows’ Rest]
Weimar Mercury, September 10, 1909, page 2
MRS. CARRIE STAFFORD DIED AT EL PASO MONDAY
Mrs. Carrie Stafford died in El Paso Monday morning, October 14. Mrs. Stafford was born in Columbus, Texas September 11, 1862. She was the widow of Warren D. Stafford. She was married in Columbus and lived there until nine years ago, at which tie she moved to Houston and made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Whit Boyd. At the time of her death she was living with her son, J. W. Stafford. She was buried in Columbus [Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery] Thursday morning at 9:30. The service was held in the residence of her brother J. W. Cassagne. She was a member of the St. Paul's M. E. Church of Columbus and the Jefferson Davis Chapter, U.D.C. She is survived by one son, J. W. Stafford of El Paso; a daughter, Mrs. Whit Boyd of Houston; a sister, Mrs. F. W. Allen of Houston, two brother, J. W. and Frank Cassagne of Columbus; four granddaughters, Misses Carrie and Margaret Boyd and Elizabeth and Margaret Stafford; one nephew, Fred Allen, Jr.
Eagle Lake Headlight, October 26, 1918
County Capitol Comments
The remains of Mrs. Lizzie McBroom-Stafford, who died Wednesday while on a visit to Wharton, were brought back here for interment [Columbus City Cemetery] Thursday morning, the funeral taking place from the residence of Ms. J. L. Townsend, a full account of which will be forwarded next week.
Weimar Mecury, June 1, 1907, page 7
Mrs. C. B. Stafford Lifetime Resident, Is Laid to Rest:
Funeral service for Mrs. Charles B Stafford were held Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock at Columbus Funeral home, with Rev. Claud W. Behn Jr. of Sealy officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.
Mrs. Stafford, who had been In frail health for several years, died at her home at about 12:15 a.m. Monday.
Born Ella Caroline Zwiener, in Columbus Dec. 15, 1879, she was a daughter of Wenzel F and Ida Matilda Dietrich Zwiener. She. had spent her entire life In Columbus. In 1902 she was married to Charles B. Stafford, who survives. The couple had their Golden Wedding celebration here In December, 1952.
Mrs. Stafford was a member of St. John's Episcopal church and of the Columbus Eastern Star chapter.
BesIdes her husband she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Roy Burt Sr., 2 grandchildren, Mrs. Le Roy Stein and Le Roy. Burt Jr., and 3 great-grandchildren; also 2 brothers, Charles W. Zwiener of Austin and Dr. Leon F. Zwiener of Fredericksburg.
Pallbearers were Doug Zwiener of. Houston, Charles Zwiener of Galveston, Lonny Zwiener of Austin, and Le Roy Burt,Jr., Le Roy Stein, R L. McMillan, T. W. Glithero and R. C. Tolbirt of Columbus.
Colorado County Citizen, April 4, 1957
Passed from death unto life eternal, on the evening of July 4th, 1882, Stella Louise, in the 4th year of her age, daughter of John and Grace N. Stafford. Thus suddenly and unexpectedly has the loved one departed from the view of those who deeply mourn the loss. A lovely flower just blooming into life has been transplanted into the Paradise of God. May the Lord comfort her parents with a sense of His goodness, and lead them to the place where little Stella awaits them. Her remains were interred in the Wright burial ground. [Reinterred in Odd Fellows’ Rest]
“Ah, Lord Jesus, grant that we
Colorado Citizen, July 13, 1882, page 3
Columbus, Sept. 5.--Henry Johnson Stafford, 24 years old, died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Annie Stafford, at 10 o’clock this morning. He was born and raised in Columbus, but had lived the past several years in Jefferson county, Texas. His health became bad there and he came home about three weeks ago. The funeral will be held at Odd Fellows Rest at 9 o’clock tomorrow morning.
Weimar Mercury, September 14, 1907, page 3
DEPARTED this life at his home in Colorado county, Sept. 5th, 1886, Mr. James R. Stafford, in the 50th year of his age. Mr. Stafford was born in Liberty county, Ga., in 1837, and removed to Florida in 1847, and from thence to Texas in 1881, settling in this county, where with his family he has enjoyed the respect and esteem of this community. Like others of his fellows he had been called to pass through sorrows in the loss of dear ones, whom he has joined in the land where partings are no more. He had connected himself with the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1870 and endeavored to live a consistent life in accordance with his profession. His remains were brought to Columbus on Monday and a large number of relatives and friends followed them to the Odd Fellows’ Rest, Revs. Duncan and Howard officiating. He is at rest from the trials and sorrows of earth.
Colorado Citizen, September 9 1886
Died, at the residence of Mr. H. M. Johnson, in Columbus, on the 4th instant, little JESSIE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. Stafford, of Colorado county. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]
Colorado Citizen, July 10, 1879, page 3
Died, May 2, 1882, at the residence of her husband, Wm. H. Stafford, Mrs. Leona L. in the 33d year of her age. By this sad affliction three little ones are left motherless and a home desolate. Her demise was sudden and unexpected, teaching us the oft repeated lesson of preparation of the visit of the dread messenger whose command is imperative. Blessed are they who have made the Savior their friend before the hour of departure. Her remains were interred in the Wright burial ground, Rev. H. C. Howard officiating.
Colorado Citizen, May 11, 1882, page 2
In the afternoon of July 8th, the soul of Miss Martha Stafford ascended to the “land of pure delight.” Miss Martha had been a sufferer for several weeks with typho-malaria fever, and having previously exhausted her energies nursing a loved one through the same malady was illy prepared to ward off the foe which laid siege to her life. She was a naive of Georgia, but had resided in our midst for some years, and her pure Christian graces and exemplary life endeared her to all with whom she was associated. She was a member of the Episcopal Church, and her remains were conveyed from her residence to that building Saturday morning, and after impressive services by the Rev. C. H. Howard, were followed to the Odd Fellows’ Rest by a large cortege of mourning relatives and sympathizing friends. We tender our earnest condolences to the loving hearts thus sadly bereaved. Full many were the sheaves, heavy with golden grain, she laid at the feet of the Lord of the harvest, and she has received her rich reward, a crown resplendent with jewels of light. The going down of her sun has dimmed the sky of many, but there is a light streaming from Mount Calvary that will shine for them with brighter radiance.
Colorado Citizen, July 14, 1881, page 3
DIED, in this county, Saturday last, after a brief illness, Robert E. youngest child of Capt. and Mrs. R. E. Stafford. Robert was a dear little boy, possessing the most winning virtues of head and heart which rendered him a general favorite. The bright, fleeting days of his glad young life stand out among memory’s treasured like great white pearls upon a golden cord. He was a precious bud, redolent of fragrance, whose velvety petals only began to expand and give hints of the transcendent loveliness therein inclosed[sic], ruthlessly torn from the parent stem. To the bereaved parents we tender our earnest sympathies. We know that he is free evermore from suffering and sorrow, but the thought bears not the healing balm of consolation to hearts wrung, with the anguish of the parting hour, and their many true friends sorrow with them in the loss of their little sunbeam. The death angel laid waste and desolate all earthly hopes and promises centered in him, but in exchange he wafted him to realms of bliss where flowers never fade and love never dies.
“Oh, pure placid River,
[Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]
Colorado Citizen, October 14, 1880
Post Special: Columbus, Jan 9.--Mr. Robert E. Stafford, aged 20, died at 8 o’clock last night. The body was conveyed from the home residence to the Methodist church at 2:30 this afternoon, and funeral service there conducted by Rev. C.. M. Thompson, the pastor in charge, who later continued the obsequies at the grave at Odd Fellows’ Rest. Mr. Stafford received considerable benefit at a mineral spring in Mississippi and hopes were at that time entertained for his recovery. He has lately returned from an extended stay in San Antonio. The surviving members of his immediate family are his mother, Mrs. C. P. Boon; his sister, Mrs. Whitworth Boyd, and his brother, Joseph Stafford. He was a grandson and namesake of the late R. E. Stafford, who was in his lifetime the head of one of the wealthiest families in Texas.
Weimar Mercury, January 17, 1903, page 1
The Citizen regrets to record the death of Mr. Warren D. Stafford, son of Capt R. E. and Mrs. Sarah Stafford, which occurred at his home three miles west of town, last Monday, of pneumonia. He was born and reared in this county, and had many excellent traits of character. His remains were committed to earth in the family burial ground six miles south of town [later reinterred at Odd Fellows Rest] last Tuesday morning, in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends, Rev. G. H. Collins officiating. Peace to his remains.
Colorado Citizen, March 19, 1891, page 5
Rites Said for Whit Stafford Here Saturday
Burial services for Whit Tait Stafford, 47, were held at Odd Fellows Rest here Saturday, the Rev. B. A. Park officiating. The Rev. D.F. Murphy officiated at funeral services held in Dallas Friday.
Mr Stafford was born in Columbus on June 6, 1896, a son of Ben and Annie Stafford. He had lived in Dallas for the past 16 years, having retired two years ago as secretary-treasurer of the Texas Electric Railway company. A veteran of World War I, he died Wednesday night at Veterans hospital, Lishon, following a heart attack. C. B, Stafford of Columbus is his only surviving close relative.
Here from Dallas for the services were Mr. and Mrs. A. R, Wright, Mrs. J. B. Browning and Miss Olene Miller.
Pall bearers were W. H. Miekow, H. Braden, Sam K. Seymour Jr., E. G. Miller, O. G. Hoegemeyer and E. H. Rabel.
Colorado County Citizen, March 30, 1944
William Stafford died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Henry Johnson, Tuesday, and his remains were shipped to Altair on the Aransas Pass for interment. Eagle Lake Advertiser [Place of interment unknown.]
Weimar Mercury, December 22, 1900