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James Rush Staggs
Birth: Feb. 2, 1897
Walker County
Alabama, USA
Death: May 30, 1957
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA

James Rush Staggs was born in Alabama and not much of his early years is known by me. According to Grandpa, James Rush came to Louisiana to seek work. He had served in World War I.

Mr. James "Frank" Basinger, Sr. put him to work at the sawmill in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. When that mill shut down, they went to Benton, Bossier Parish, Louisiana.

On 6 May 1923 in Bossier Parish, Louisiana at the age of 26, he married Harriet Cornelia Leola "Leo" Basinger, 15. Within 5 months, the newlyweds were expecting their first child.

Sometime following the marriage, they moved to Sarepta, Webster Parish, Louisiana. There James owned a gas station which served as a "front" for his liquor because he was a bootlegger.

It has been told that James worshipped his "little wife" and loved her deeply. Unfortunately, this marriage would be short-lived, due to Leo's death shortly after giving birth to twin sons in 1924, but the love continued until James' death. It was said that James was devasted over his wife's death.

The surviving baby, my Grandpa, was raised by his maternal grandparents. I spoke to Grandpa on Friday, 1 December 2000 to ask more questions about his birth Daddy. Grandpa said that his Dad was a watchmaker and a hobo who jump the trains. He loved to hunt rabbits and drink anything with alcohol. Both Grandma and Grandpa said they had to hide items that contained alcohol in their house when James Rush Staggs came to visit. These items included shaving lotion, vanilla, and rubbing alcohol. Grandpa said that many times when his Dad left his house, he would say he'd be back in a few hours but not return for several months. Did it bother Grandpa? "No, It was just one of those things".

James never remarried or had any other children.

One of my most treasured possession is the "love letters" written in 1924 between my great-grandparents when she was pregnant with the twins and he was incarcerated at the Minden Jail.



Police Thursday were seeking to identify a man killed by a hit and run driver in the 1100 block of New Laredo Hwy.

The man was struck at 1:30 a.m. Thursday and was dead on arrival at Robert B. Green Hospital.

Patrolman Bill Lentz reported the only identification found was a laundry mark on his shirt - the initials D. G.

Witnesses said the man was crossing the street at an angle when he struck by a fast-traveling northbound truck. He was knocked 106 feet and suffered multiple fractures of the legs and internal injuries.

Police described him as about 60 years old and poorly dressed. He was wearing unmatched socks and had no shoes when he arrived at the hospital. Detectives had no leads on identity of the driver of the truck.

The total traffic deaths for San Antonio now stands at 26. Last year at this time there had been 19.

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By The Associated Press

At least nine persons died violently in Texas over the Memorial Day holiday.

Traffic took at least three lives and two others drowned during the 30-hour period from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 12 p.m. Thursday. Four persons were shot to death.

Only one death was reported Wednesday night. Charles Hunsaker, 45, who had a long police record as a gambler, was shot to death outside his tavern in Dallas.

Deaths Thursday included:

Alfred Mokry, 15, drowned while swimming in a stock tank on the Johnny Hyzak farm six miles northeast of Granger.

Roger Dale Stone, 2, of Dallas, drowned in a pond on a farm where his family was visiting near Wolfe City.

Frank Singleton, 32, of Galveston, was killed when his car struck a freight train box car.

Jimmy Stagg, about 55, was killed in San Antonio when he was struck by a hit-and-run truck, police reported.

Three persons were found shot to death in San Antonio in separate shootings. Each victim had a gun beside them.

They were Adolf Barkowitz, 44, a grocer; Vernon Bell, 70, a city public service board employee who had been in ill health, and Frank Russell, 65, a Bexar County investigator, also reported in ill health recently.

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Grandpa, You have been gone so long and I still remember you like it was yesterday. I was only 10 and now you have three great grandchildren and a great great grandson. I think of you a lot. Your only grandchild, Shirley
Family links: 
  William R Staggs (1840 - 1926)
  Cynthia Rebecca Wilburn Staggs (1852 - 1900)
  Harriet Cornelia Leola "Leo" Basinger Staggs (1908 - 1924)
  Leon Rush Staggs (1924 - 1924)*
  Leo Riley Staggs (1924 - 2008)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Sarepta Cemetery
Webster Parish
Louisiana, USA
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Rest in sweet peace, James. Such a sad and hard life for a man to withstand - I am sorry for your loss of your wife and infant son. Your other son grew to be a fantastic man and was loved by all. You are now with him and your beloved Leo. You are being re...(Read more)
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