Sarah Standifer & Elizabeth Standifer
FOUR MISSOURI COUPLE SET MATRIMOIAL JIECOR1> One of the most remarkable •women in Texas history was Sarah Standifer, Missouri-born. Sarah, later Sarah Litton, adapted herself to t&e lusty, perilous, gaudy life of the early state without eren a backward look at the home she had left. She reared 14 children and presided, at the last without the help of her •ftusbapd, over a saloon' and hotel which was the scene of many a drunken killing. Sarah married seven times, but always the same John Litton, her first 16ve. The status of Texas changed repeatedly while she ran her establishment at Hog-Eye,' a stop on an old emigrant trail between Brenham and Austin,'and each time Sarah and John ma'de the friendly pesture of being remarried under the new state. They ran up eventually,-a total of five civil and two tribal ceremonies, for they kept peace the same way with the Indian tribes. Sarah came to Texas with her mother, Elizabeth Standifer, a Missouri widow, and five other >oungsters almost exactly a century ago. Enroute in their cov- - er-od- wagon, they-met- John Litton, and he took them to the home of his uncle, Lenian Parker. Elizabeth married Leman, and then John and Sarah set out upon their career of marriage. Hog-Eye, where they settled, made a convenient stage stop, and to the Litton inn came every type of man the frontier had attracted, ranchers, gamblers, adventurers and outlaws. Sarah stayed serenly at her post, puffing on her clay pipe, keeping an eye on the children and seeing that her customers got what they wanted. She went along just as quietly after John died shortly after the birth of their fourteenth child. In its Centennial year, Texas is paying honor to Sarah Standifer and the others who were the first developers of what Is now one of tb,e richest states in the American union. The state's one hundredth birthday party, a $25,000,000 World's Fair, opening in Dallas June 6, is its tribute to the pioneers. The six-month Texas Centennial Exposition will be at the same time a dramatization of the glamorous past in which Sarah Standifer participated and a celebration of the achievements the men and women of her day made possible.