Research of Lt. Kyle Coleman on Charles Francis Stevens
Like Father, Like Son.....but killed in the line of duty 40 years later........
Prohibition Agent Charles F. Stevens began his long and respected law enforcement career at the age of 18, with the Bexar County Sheriffs as a Jailer when his father, Edward A. Stevens was Bexar County Sheriff. At the age of 23, Stevens was elected and served 3 terms as a Bexar County Constable. Stevens was then appointed as a Bexar County Deputy Sheriff in 1898 during the 1st term of Sheriff John Tobin. In 1908 He ran for Sheriff against Ben Lindsey, but was defeated. After Tobin was re-elected Bear County Sheriff, Stevens was appointed his Chief Deputy. In 1910 he was appointed a Texas Ranger Captain of Company â€œBâ€ Patrolling the Border from Brownsville to El Paso. Stevens was appointed in 1912 as Captain of the San Antonio Police Department by Mayor Gus Jones, and in 1921 he served as Supervisor for the U.S. Customs service until his appointment as a U.S. Prohibition Agent.
Prohibition Agent Charles F. Stevens was the son of Edward Alexander Stevens, pioneer Indian fighter, Confederate Solider and Bexar County Sheriff. Sheriff E.A. Steven was shot in the line of duty and later succumbed to his wounds in 1885. Sheriff Stevens came to Texas from Harpers Ferry Va. The mother of Charles Stevens was Mrs. Elisa Fromanties Stevens. She came to Southwest Texas in 1949, with her mother who was part of a group of early French settlers locating in the San Antonio area.
Charles Francis Stevens, 60, was survived by his wife, Mrs. Trixie Cross Stevens, 615 Ave E, Satex, formerly of Greenville, brother, Oliver A. Stevens, 235 Dashiell St Satex; 3 sisters, Mrs. Adele Mueller of Buffalo, New York, Mrs. David Jones of San Antonio, and Mrs. Elizabeth Bowsky of Paris France. He was also survived by a nephew, Oliver Jones, brother in laws Dave Jones and D.S. Cross of San Antonio and mother in law, Mrs. E.S. Cross of Alpine, Texas. He was a member of San Fernando Cathedral and was a native of San Antonio and educated in San Antonio Public Schools. Charles F. Stevens's funeral services were held on Thursday, September 26 at San Fernando Cathedral and his body was interred at San Jose Cemetery.
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