William Bruce Ford Sr. and Rosa Bell Quinsenberry Ford
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FORD, William Bruce Sr.
Born: Jan 21, 1893 in Matheston, MS
Father: J.W. FORD
Mother: Margaret CALLAHAN
Married: Dec 22, 1903 in Red River Co.
Spouse: Rosa Belle QUISENBERRY
Father: George W. QUISENBERRY
Mother: Mary Elizabeth GABRIEL
Moved to Texas 1900; moved to Crosby Co. 1915

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Funeral services for William Bruce Ford, 68, were held Wed., Sept. 26, 1951 at the First Methodist Church in Spur with Rev. Cal C. Wright officiating.

Ford was born January 21, 1883 at Mathiston, MS, the son of J.W. Ford and Margaret Callahan Ford.

He came to Lamar county Texas with his family in 1900, and moved to Red River county in 1902. In 1903 he married Rosa Bell Quisenberry. They farmed in Red River and Lamar counties and moved to Kalgary in the fall of 1915.

Ford was a pioneer in the Dickens-Crosby area; his original farm was a quarter section bought from S.M. Swenson and Sons. He led his community and much of the area in the use of the tractor and early saw the value of complete mechanization in farming. He was years ahead of his time in conservation practices.

He was a valued member of both the Kalgary and Spur communities, and labored for better roads and schools in this area. The Star Route between Post and Spur was established through his efforts.

During his lifetime he saw the South of the reconstruction, pioneer life in both East and West Texas and the rise of farming to its present status.

Ford died at 10:30 a.m. September 24, 1951 following an acute coronary occlusion. His health had been poor for the past 15 years and he had been largely inactive since 1941.

Burial was in the Spur cemetery with Campbells Funeral Chapel in charge.

Survivors are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Ivory English, Phoenix; one son, R.D.,; and 2 grandsons, William Bruce III and Robert D. Ford.

He is preceded in death by two sons, Benny who died in infancy and W.B. Ford, Jr. who died in 1943 at the age of 24; and one daughter, Bonnie Chlorine who died at one year of age.

©The Texas Spur, September 20, 1951
from the records of Lillian Grace Nay

Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church for Mrs. Rosa Belle Ford, 90. Rev. Archie Echols, church pastor officiated, assisted by Rev. W.D. McReynolds, Santa Fe, NM.

Mrs. Ford, died February 3 in the Crosbyton Hospital. She had resided in the Kalgary community from 1914 to 1957 when she moved to Spur. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, Golden Age Circle and the First United Methodist Church, Spur.

Survivors include Mrs. Ivorie English, a daughter from Phoenix; and one son, R.D. Ford, Spur and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers included Cox Berry, Mike Berry, Boney Winkler, Robert David Ford, William Bruce Ford, Charles Amon Ford.

Burial was in Spur Cemetery.

©The Texas Spur, February 10, 1977
from the records of Lillian Grace Nay


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