McLennan County, Texas
May 1917

Waco Daily Times Herald
May 3, 1917


Pioneer McLennan County Officer Passed Away at 12:20 Noon Today Had Lived in County Nearly Half a Century and Was Elected Constable Before was 21

An illness that had confined him to his bed only since Tuesday resulted in the death at 12:20 noon today of Jailer Ed Costley, aged 60. He passed away at his home, 219 North Sixth street.  The body will be taken from the family residence here tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock and will be carried to Crawford in the motor hearse of Undertaker F.M. Compton, the funeral to take place at Crawford tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock.  Mr. Costley returned home last Friday from Crawford, and though ill at that time, he was able to be out Monday, but Tuesday he became seriously ill, and his condition seemed desperate, almost from the time he was forced to take his bed.  Death resulted from a complication of ailments.
A native Texan, Ed Costley was born in Bastrop county.  He came to McLennan County in 1868, hence had spent 49 years of his life in this county.  He was constable for many years of the Crawford precinct, and elected to that office before he was 21.  For ten years was Mr. Costley jailer when County Clerk John Baker was sheriff, and he had been jailer little more than four years, under Sheriff S.S. Fleming. He was also a member of the police force for several years.
Ed Costley was one of the best known peace officers in McLennan County. Brave and fearless in the discharge of his duties. the fact that he was vested with authority, practically even before he attained manhood's estate, did not, in any instance, result in his abusing that authority.  When told that Jailer Costley was dead, the majority of the inmates of the county jail turned away and wept silently.  They had been the recipients of many kindnesses at the hands of Mr. Costley, who was one of the most humane and conscientious keepers the McLennan County jail has ever had, and the regret felt by the inmates of the jail, at his passing away, was sincere and genuine.
There were few men in McLennan County better known more highly esteemed, or held in greater affection than Ed Costley.  Courteous and companionable at all times, he was loyal to his friends in every emergency.  He measured up to the full standard of a man in all things.
Sheriff Fleming was visibly affected by the death of Mr. Costley.  In referring to the dead jailer, Mr. Fleming said: "Ed Costley was one of the truest, most faithful and most efficient officers I ever came in contact with. He was always trustworthy, could always be depended on, regardless of the element of danger involved, and one who could be relied upon at all times. I feel that I have lost one of my best and truest friends."
Beside his wife, who had been seriously ill for the last six weeks, Mr. Costley is survived by four sons and one daughter: Grover, Corsicana; Dean, John, Luther and Miss Ada Costley, Waco. He also has two brothers and one sister, Lurn Costley, Jack Costley, Indian Gap; Mrs. Jennie Frownfelter, Stephenville. These have the sympathy of many in their great bereavement. Temporarily, Deputy Sheriff Joe Roberts will be in charge of the jail.

Waco Daily Times Herald
May 4, 1917


The remains of Judge R. E. Baylor, founder of Baylor College at Belton and Waco, will be reinterred at Belton on the college campus Sunday afternoon, May 6. The remains were recently disinterred from its resting place in Independence and conveyed to Belton by order of the last general Baptist Convention, the object being to have the grave located where it could receive the best and constant attention. Memorial Services will be conducted twice at Belton Sunday and among those who will speak are Dr. A. E. Baten of Brownwood, Dr. S. P. Brooks of Waco, Dr. George W. Truett of Dallas, Dr. George Balnes of San Marcos and Dr. J. M. Carroll of San Antonio.

May 5, 1917


 Mrs. Amelia Blocker McAlpine, aged 74, died at the home of Miss Ella Horn, South Third street, last night at 11:50 o'clock.  Mrs. McAlpine was one of the pioneer residents of Waco, having moved here in 1872 and continued to make her home here until the time of her death.  She was born in Tuscumbia, Franklin County, Alabama, May 7, 1843.  Her death came three days before her seventy-fourth birthday anniversary.  Deceased is survived by three brothers, Jim Ray, Will Ray, and Ed Ray, all of Waco, and also a niece, Miss Minnie Watson, who had made her home with Mrs. McAlpine for some time past.
The funeral services will be held from the residence on South Third street this afternoon at 5 o'clock, Rev. John Morris, pastor of the Fifth Street Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The pallbearers will be Davis Gurley, John Gurley, Ed Blocker, Cliff Torrence, Pierce Kimbrough, and V.V. Damon.

MAY 5, 1917


Mrs. Ida Costley, aged 58, wife of Jailer Ed Costley, who died last Thursday, passed away this afternoon at 2:15 at her home, 219 North Sixth street. Funeral services will be conducted at the family residence about 1:30 tomorrow afternoon, Rev. F.N. Calvin officiating, after which the body will be taken overland in the F.M. Compton motor hearse to Crawford, to be laid to rest beside that of Mr. Costley, who was buried in the Crawford cemetery yesterday afternoon.
Mrs. Costley had been ill for some time, but the sudden shock of her husband's death last Thursday hastened dissolution.  She had been unable to leave her bed for the last three weeks. Born in Arkansas, Mrs. Costley came to Texas with her parents when but a small child locating at Crawford, and it was there that she married Mr. Costley. She was a sincere and devout member of the Central Christian Church.  Mrs. Costley was greatly esteemed by a host of friends throughout the county.
Four sons and one daughter survive. John, Dean and Luther and Miss Ada Costley, Waco; Grover Costley, Corsicana. These have the sincere sympathy of many in the great affliction they are called on to bear in the loss of both father and mother within the last two days.
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