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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
variety of its undeveloped resources, is attracting
the eyes of capitalists and home-seekers, resident
not only in other parts of this country, but in all
lands and countries. Especially is this true of that
portion embraced within the territorial limits of
Texas. To these natural advantages in Texas, are
added the attraction of wise constitutional and
statutory provisions that guarantee immunities
and privileges, provision for the enjoyment of
which has been made by a broad and enlightened
statesmanship that had in view alone the
happiness and prosperity of all the people who
might thereafter make their homes in the State.
The ten or fifteen years that are at hand, will constitute
an era of wonderful settlement and development
of the State and also of the section of which
it is a part. All this vast region is naturally
tributary to Galveston, and that city with deep
water (now assured) will in these years become one
of the principal commercial depots of the world.
From its harbor fleets will bear away the varied
productions and manufactures of its tributary territory
and other ships from Mexico, Central and
South America, Europe and Asia, will bring countless
cargoes in return. It requires neither a
prophet nor a son of a prophet, toforetell so much;
for the future depicted is not remote, but near at
a logical sequence of natural conditions
and the inevitable increase of population and
Mr. Trueheart in time past has been a tireless
and effective worker for Galveston, and during the
period of development upon the threshold of which
we are now pausing, his experience, insight and
wisdom will be of invaluable service to the city and
The late lamented John Stafford, for many years
a prominent citizen of Colorado County, Texas,
was of Welsh-English descent and born in Wayne
County, Ga., April 2d, 1849.
His parents were Robert and Martha A. Stafford.
His father was a prosperous stock raiser and farmer.
The subject of this brief memoir was left an
orphan when fourteen, his mother dying when he
was two years of age and his father in 1868. He
moved to Colorado County, Texas, in 1867, accompanied
by two sisters and four brothers. Of an
ambitious and enterprising spirit and persistent
energy he, when sufficiently matured in years, engaged
in the cattle business with his brother,
Robert E. Stafford, at which they greatly prospered
and amassed handsome fortunes.
At various times, as organizer and promoter, he
was connected with important enterprises and few
men in his time did more for the development of
the commercial resources of Texas. Every movement
giving reasonable promise of inuring to the
public good received his active support both in the
exercise of his influence and the liberal expenditure
of his time and private means.
His success in life, achieved despite many obstacles
and from a small beginning, was due solely to
the employment of his natural capacity for business
and unswerving rectitude. Those associated with
him in financial transactions reposed in him the most
unbounded confidence and deferred in important
matters to his judgment, the soundness of which
they recognized from long experience.
Kind, genial, generous and brave, he was respected
and beloved by the people of the community in which
he spent the best years of his life. Strange, indeed,
that such a man should fall by violence
down without warning in the flower of his days and
usefulness. But such was his sad and tragic fate.
July 7th, 1890, about 7 o'clock in the evening,
he and his brother, Robert E. Stafford, became involved
in a personal difficulty and, although unarmed
and unable to defend themselves, were shot and
killed upon the streets of Columbus.
In the death of Mr. John Stafford, Colorado
County was not only deprived of a good and
valuable citizen, but his family of an affectionate
husband and father, and many of a friend true and
tried. Of a loving and retiring disposition, to know
him was to like him. While he had encountered
many vicissitudes and had had to fight his way up
from poverty to independence there was nothing
cold, callous or selfish in his disposition. These
trials seemed to have broadened, deepened and
intensified his sympathy for his kind.
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