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Abel, Kenneth Ray


Kenneth Ray Abel, 69, of Eagle Lake, passed away March 11, at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, following an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 29, 1934 in Hico, only child born to W.A. "Bill" and Amy Lillian (Chumney) Abel. He was a longtime resident of League City, before moving to Eagle Lake in 1977. He was a graduate of Webster High School Class of 1951 and attended Alvin Junior College. He married Jean Routh in League City on Dec. 18, 1954. He served his communities as a volunteer fireman and policeman for the city of League City, former vice president of the Eagle Lake Chamber of Commerce and life member of the Colorado County Fair Association. He also led a distinguished career in the trucking industry for many years in both Kemah and Eagle Lake. He served as president of the Sand and Gravel Motor Carriers Association and a Director for Texas Motor Transportation Association. He was a member of Texas Avenue Baptist Church in League City and later a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, William R. "Bill" Abel.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa Abel and Ricky Lloyd of League City, Myrna Abel and John Norman of Friendswood; grandchildren, William Michael Griffith and wife, Courtney of League City, Amy Michele Griffith of League City, Jessica Raye Norman of Friendswood, Ricky Lloyd Jr. and wife, Katrina of League City, Christopher Norman of Friendswood, and Megan M. Lloyd of League City; great-grandchildren, Gwendolynn Rose Griffith and Faith Lloyd; mother-in-law, Neoma Routh of Nashoba, Okla.; sisters-in-law, Patricia Lynn Crain of Nashoba, Okla. and Joan Norman of Marshall.

Funeral services were conducted March 15, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake and from the Chapel of Forest Park East in Webster, with the Rev. Chris Thacker, pastor, of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake officiating. Interment followed at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster.

Pallbearers were Miguel Castillo, Joe Mike Spanihel, John Walker, Paul Vasut, Willard Lange, Robert Felts, Donnie Foytik, Gerald Moore, William Griffith and Ricky Lloyd Jr.

Memorial contributions may be made to The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486 or American Cancer Society, Colorado County Unit, P.O. Box 772, Columbus, TX 78934-0772.

The Colorado County Citizen, March17, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Abel, William “Bill” Sr.

Bill Abell Dies; Was One of Oldest Garwood Natives

GARWOOD--Bill Abell Sr., one of the oldest natives of the Garwood area was laid to rest Tuesday in an El Campo cemetery after services at the ODHS cemetery conducted by Rev. Paul Grout, pastor ot the Garwood Methodist church.

Mr. Abell was 82, having being[sic] born here July 20, 1877. He was a farmer and rancher all his life. He died in an El Campo hospital at 11:15 p.m. Sunday after becoming ill the previous Tuesday. Prior to that, he had appeared to [be] in good health.

Mr. Abell was well known over the county usually serving as a bailiff for each grand jury that met in the county.

Survivors include a daughter, Miss Sadie Abell of Garwood; 2 sons, Arthur Abell and William Abell Jr. of Garwood; and 2 grandchildren, Sheryl Ann and Robert B. Abell.

Colorado County Citizen, April 7, 1960, page 8

Abell, Elizabeth (Stockman)

Eagle Lake Advertiser: Mrs. Able, wife of R. A. Able, died at her home near Garwood at 6:30 on the morning of the 13th of June. She was 52 years of age, having been born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1853.

In 1867 she in company with her widowed mother and three brothers came to Texas and settled on Skull Creek, where she was married to R. A. Able in 1871. She leaves beside her devoted husband, two sons, Walter, now a resident of Tampico, Mex., and Will, of Garwood, Texas. [Interment was in the Abell (Jones) Cemetery]

She was truly a lovable lady most kind and charitable. The writer of this with her many other friends will sorely miss her sweet companionship.

Weimar Mercury, July 1, 1905, page 6

Abell, Henry Simpson


Departed this life on Tuesday, February 5, 1884, at his residence in Colorado county, Texas, Henry Simpson Abell, after an illness of eight days. Mr. Abell was born in Colorado county September 21, 1847, and has resided here ever since. His father, the late Col. J. C. Abell, was an old and prominent citizen of Texas, coming to the State at an early day from Maryland. The deceased was married to Anna Kuykendall in June, 1877, who, with two children, survives him. He was a kind, generous, openhearted friend and neighbor, and a large circle of friends and relatives mourn his early demise. The loss to the widow and orphans is irreparable.
[Buried Abell Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, February 14, 1894

Abell, Leona (Billeck)


Leona Billeck Abell of Garwood, passed away on November 23, 2010 at the age of 92 in Columbus, Texas.

Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Mary Catholic Church in Nada, Texas on Friday November 26, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. with Father Greg Korenek officiating. Followed by a graveside ceremony at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Billeck, Glenn Woodruff, Layton Gold, Paul Billeck, Todd Krenek and James Henneke.

She was born March 14, 1918 in Weimar, Texas to the late Frank and Ernestine Manofsky Billeck.

She married William “Bill” Abell of Garwood September 14, 1953 and lived there the rest of her life. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Nada, TX. Over 60 years a member of the Catholic Daughters of America in Weimar also their pianist for the degree team for many years, 30-year member of St. Michael’s Choir in Weimar, pianist for the Weimar Rotary Club for 15 years. Lifetime member of the Disabled Veterans Auxiliary, Teacher of piano, tap dancing and voice in Weimar, Schulenburg and Garwood for many years.

A few years after high school she played piano and sang in a band called “The Melody Boys.” In 1942 she and Babe Schindler joined Bill Cornelson Orchestra of Schulenburg. About 5 months later they joined Lee Prause Orchestra 1942 cause he was playing more dances and making more money.

Some years later she joined Rhine Winklers Orchestra 1947, Schmittys Orchestra 1949 and Ray Jurecka’s Orchestra in 1952. She played piano and sang in all these bands. Her last dance she played was on July 3, 1959 in Cat Spring.

She is survived by her daughter Sheryl Fucik Carnes and husband Tim, grandson Chad Fucik and wife Amy and great granddaughters Addyson Leona Fucik and Willa Eleanora Fucik. Also a son Robert Abell and wife Ruthamne, two granddaughters Audrey Lynn Abell and Alicia Renee Abell, and grandsons Marty Saul Abell and Robert Abell, Jr., step grandson Stephen Rush all of Garwood, Texas.

She is preceded in death by her husband William Abell and her parents Frank and Ernestine Billeck.

Colorado County Citizen, November 30, 2010

Abell, Robert A.


After only a few days illness Mr. R. A. Abell died of Pneumonia at Garwood on Tuesday night.

Mr. Robert A. Abell, seventy-two years of age died at the home of his son, Mr. W. H. Abell at Garwood at 9:45 Tuesday night after only a few days illness of pneumonia.  On Wednesday and Thursday before his death Mr. Abell rode horseback all day, and during that time remarked to his companions that he never felt better in his life than he was feeling then.  On Thursday he ate a hearty dinner at Garwood and starter horseback to Matthews.  Before reaching the river bridge he complained of feeling ill and arrived at Matthews continued to grow sick and went to bed.  He was taken on Sunday from Matthews to the home of his son at Garwood, where his death resulted on Tuesday night.  Mr. Abell was one of the oldest citizens of the Garwood community, having been born and raised in that section, and spent practically all of his life in that neighborhood.  He was a Confederate Veteran, having served thought the Civil War.  Mr. Abell was well known in Eagle Lake and throughout this section of the country.  He was in the city a few days before he was taken ill, and seemed in the best of health.  Up to the time of his illness, Mr. Abell enjoyed the best of health.  He was exceptionally strong and active for one of his age, and did not appear to be a man of more than 70 years.  The many friends of "Uncle Bob" throughout Colorado County will regret sincerely to learn of his death.  He is survived by two sons, W. H. Abell of Garwood and Walter Abell of Rancho Grande besides numerous friends all over the county.  The funeral took place at half past 2:00 Wednesday afternoon with services at the home of his son in Garwood and were conducted by Rev. L. C. Lilly of Eagle Lake.

Interment was made in Jones Graveyard near Vox Populi being buried by the side of his wife who preceded him in death in 1903.*

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 3, 1916
*Date incorrect.  Sadie Abell of Garwood states that she died in 1905.  She was Lizzie Stockman who died 13 June 1905. Submitted by Dorothy Elkins Cox

Abell, Sarah E. (Perry)Bridge


On the 24th of April, 1881, Mrs. SARAH E. ABELL joined the innumerable caravan that moves silently and unceasingly to the other world. Mrs. Abell was born in North Carolina 1823, and at an early age emigrated to Tennessee, thence to Texas in 1841. In 1847 she was married to Mr. Wm Bridge, by whom she had two surviving children. Mr. Bridge died in 1862, and the subject of this sketch was married to Mr. J. C. Abell in 1864, who died in 1879. Mrs. Abell was a lady in whom centered all the virtues essential to the formation of a happy home and deep and lasting friendships. Thoroughly unostentatious she performed her part with the perfection that can only arise from the inspiration of pure love, guided by clear judgment, and has, we believe, received the verdict of eternal justice: “Well and faithfully done, enter thou into joy and sit down by my throne.” We condole with her surviving relatives upon their irreparable loss in being compelled to bid her a final adieu. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, May 5, 1881

Adair, Betty

The negro smallpox patient, Betty Adair, who was reported in our last issue to be improving, was suddenly taken worse Saturday afternoon, and died about 1 o’clock, which was a surprise to Dr. Cook, the physician who had considered her improving rapidly. She was buried in the Colored people’s cemetery west of town that night. The mother of the girl is still under quarantine, but, as she has been vaccinated, it is probable that she will only have a mild case of varioloid

Weimar Mercury, February 21, 1891

One of the negro women who had been attending the smallpox case in this city a week or two ago, skipped out for San Antonio Wednesday night of last week. We are informed that the other nurse, who was still under quarantine, has been going around among the negroes of the city during the past week, many of whom were brought into close contact with her. The city council should have this matter investigated, for if it is true, we are likely to have smallpox spread all over our fair city.

Weimar Mercury, February 28, 1891

Adam, Grace Meriwether(Mahon)


Mrs. Grace Adam of Columbus died at her home in that city of influenza last Friday evening. She was thirty-five years of age, the wife of Willis E. Adam, a daughter of Judge and Mrs. Felix G. Mahon. She was born and lived all her life in the home in which she died. Besides her husband, parents, two sisters and a brother, she leaves two children, little girls. [Interment in Odd Fellow Rest]

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 21, 1918

Adamcik, Joe V. 


Joe V. Adamcik was born February 25, 1923 to Charles and Albina Adamcik in Dubina, Texas, and deceased on July 6, 1984.

He attended grammar school at Dubina and Sedan. Later he attended Weimar High School and graduated in 1941.

In 1943 he entered the military service as a member of the 398th Corp of Engineers and received his honorable discharge in October, 1945.

In 1945 he was employed by the First State Bank of Weimar for one year before entering St. Mary's Seminary in San Antonio.

After two years he returned to Weimar and was re-employed by the First State Bank, where he was employed for the next 37 years until the time of his death. He worked at different positions reaching the rank of Executive Vice President and was a member of the Board of Directors. During this period he also was President of the South Central Texas Bankers Association.

On July Il, 1954, he married Aline Wienken and they had two children, Sheryl and Dean. He spent his entire adult life in Weimar where he was active in the Catholic Church, served on the St. Michaels Parish Board and as a lector and extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. He was active in many other parish functions also being a member of the KJT Society and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus.

He was active in many business and community affairs. At the time of his death, he was serving on the Board of Directors of the Youens Memorial Hospital. He was a charter member of the VFW Post 5875 in Weimar and was district commander of the VFW District 16. He was a charter member and past president of the Lions Club in Weimar.

With all of his responsibilities he will be remembered most for his acts of kindness and support to those in need.

Joe was preceded In death by his parents, one brother, Edward, and one sister, Janie Adamcik Krecrner.

His survivors include his wife, Aline; his daughter and son-In-law, Dr. and Mrs. Justin V. (Sheryl) Bartos III; his son and daughter-In-law. Dean and Sandy Hagan Adamcik; three granddaughters; two brothers, George and Henry Adamcik; two sisters, Hattie Adamcik Buskemper and Alice Adamcik Korenek; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were under the direction of Hubbard Funeral Home with mass and Interment at St. Michaels Catholic Church and Mausoleum. Serving as pallbearers were his nephews, Tom and Andy Korenek, Roy and Mark Adamcik, Frank and Robert Krecmer, Alan Buskemper, and Bill Cross: Honorary pallbearers were members of the KC 4th Degree. Graveside services were conducted by the VFW members.

Priest officiating: Fr. Gregory O'Connor, main celebrant, Weimar; Fr. John Bily, Ganado, co-celebrant; Fr. Benton Thurmond, El Campo, co-celebrant; Fr. Anthony Matula, Flatonia, co-celebrant; and Fr. Wm. Halata; Hostyn, oo-celebrant.

Colorado County Citizen, July 19, 1984, page 2

Adamek, Earline (Lilie)


Funeral services for Earline Lilie Adamek, 76, of Frelsburg, Texas were held March 9 from the Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, Texas with Reverend John Hunsicker officiating. Burial followed in the Kaiser Cemetery in the Brushy Community.

She was born July 6, 1923 in Frelsburg, Texas, the daughter of William and Otelia Georg Lilie. She married Johnnie J. Adamek on September 6, 1948. She was a homemaker and a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Ewald, Elo and Elmo Lilie.

Survivors include her husband Johnnie Adamek of Frelsburg; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Jimmy Ryba of Weimar; son, Larry Adamek of Lone Oak; sister, Edna Supak of Columbus; brother, Lee Roy Lilie of Columbus; grandchildren Wayne Supak, Kari Kalina, Stacy Supak and Donna Adamek; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were George Bergfeld, Ronnie Supak, Gene Frankum, Pat Kalina, Jimmy Ryba and James Ryba. Funeral services were handled by Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus, Texas.

New Ulm Enterprise, March 16, 2000
Submitted by Terry


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Adam-Woodson, Rosezena

Adams-Woodson Funeral Services Held March 5

Mrs. Rosezena Adams-Woodson, 96, of Houston and formerly of Weimar died Thursday, Feb. 24 at Sugar Land Health Care in Sugar Land.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, March 5 at Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Weimar with Rev. Jarvis W. Nelson officiating. Interment followed in Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Adams-Woodson was born Oct. 15, 1908 in Lavaca County to Ambrose Adams and Molly Foley Adams.

She married Grady Woodson on Jan 3, 1929 in Weimar. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by a son, Grady and wife Frankie Woodson Jr. of Houston and a daughter, Sanada Burnett of Houston. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Byron Jubert, Derwin Woodson, Cedric Kirby, Paul Woodson, Melvin Thomas, Herbert Fisher Jr., Cedric Woodson and Aquilla McGrew IV.

Honorary pallbearers were Joseph Ray Woodson, Fredick James Woodson, Derrick Jamonte Anderson, Audran Kent McGrew, Carlton Woodson, Maurice Woodson, Aquilla McGrew III, Joe Lewis Burnett and Harry Paul Woodson.

Weimar Mercury, March 10, 2005

Adcock, Alton Walter

Alton W. Adcock

Alton W. Adcock, 81, of Columbus, passed away Nov. 21 at his residence.

He was born in Houston, Nov. 2, 1928 to Walter and Elizabeth (Cowart) Adcock and married Margaret Bruton, June 1, 1949. He was a retired state trooper having served the state for 30 years and was chief deputy for Colorado County for 12 years. He was also a master electrician. He was a member of the Texas State Troopers Association.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Mason Stuart “Bill” Adcock; and sister, Joyce Terry.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Fay and Rick Altman of Columbus; sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Evon Adcock of Clute, Neal and Laurie Adcock of Columbus and Hal Adcock of Lone Grove, Okla.; grandchildren, Shaye Altman Craig and husband Zac of Austin, Tiffany Altman Parker and husband Garth of Tennessee Colony, Bruce Adcock and wife Christina of Cibolo, Mandy Adcock and boyfriend Paul Yankwitt of Austin, Brian Adcock of El Campo and Britney Altman Culver and husband Taylor of Tomball; and great-granddaughter, Madelynn Craig of Austin.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 24 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Victor Morrison officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Texas State Troopers and Colorado County police officers.

Colorado County Citizen, November 24, 2009

Adcock, Margaret (Bruton)

Margaret Bruton Adcock

Margaret Adcock, 78, of Columbus died Sept. 21 at Katy Hermann Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 2, 1931 to Jesse Bruton and Mattie Agnes Campbell Bruton in Waco. On June 1, 1949 she married Alton Walter Adcock.

She worked as a financial secretary before retiring. She lived in Columbus for 53 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Agnes Bruton; and brothers, Clarence Bruton and Jesse Bruton Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Alton Walter Adcock of Columbus; daughter, Fay Altman and husband Rick of Columbus; sons, Craig Adcock and wife Evon of Clute, Neal Adcock and wife Laurie of Columbus and Hal Adcock of Lone Grove, Ok.; sister, Marie Fuller of Madisonville, Ky.; brother, Billy Bruton and wife Ann of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Shaye Altman Craig and husband Zac of Austin, Tiffany Altman Parker and husband Garth of Tennessee Colony, Bruce Adcock and wife Christina of Cibolo, Mandy Adcock and boyfriend Paul Yankwitt of Austin, Brian Adcock of El Campo and Britney Altman Culver and husband Taylor of Tomball; and great granddaughter, Madelyn Craig of Austin.

Funeral services took place Sept. 24 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with Victor Morrison of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial took place in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Bruce Adcock, Zac Craig, Garth Parker, Taylor Culver, Paul Yankwitt and Rick Altman. Honorary pallbearers were Jared Sloan and Terry Hays.

Colorado County Citizen, September 29, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Addicks, Albert August

Funeral Rites for A. A. Addicks, 81, Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Albert August Addicks, 81, were held Wednesday from the Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev. C. Emigholz, local Lutheran pastor, officiating. Interment was made in the Osage Cemetery north of Weimar.

Mr. Addicks was born at Sublime on May 8, 1863, and spent most of his life in that section. He died Monday night, May 15, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hardy McMillan in Weimar, after an illness of about six weeks.

He was united in marriage on October 15, 1891, to Miss Bertha Paweleck. To this union eight children were born, several of whom survive; one died in infancy. He had been making his home for the past several years with his daughter here. His wife died in December, 1938.

Mrs. C. H. Pagel, Mrs. Hardy McMillan; five sons, Robert, Fred, Bennie, Louis and Oscar Addicks; fifteen grandchildren also survive.

The Mercury extends condolence to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, 19 May 1944
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Addicks, Antonia "Tonie" Pokorny

Mrs. Addicks Succumbs at 62, Rites Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Antonia (Tonie) Addicks, were held Monday afternoon, October 6, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. David Miller officiated.

'Mrs. Addicks died Saturday, Oct 4, at her home. Arthritis had made her an invalid for 34 years, confining her to bed the past three years.

Born June 23, 1913, in Colorado County, she was the daughter of Bohumil and Eliska (Foytik) Pokorny. She was married to Mr. Addicks at Columbus on Nov. 20, 1933, and they settled in this area. She was a member of First Baptist Church here.

Surviving in addition to her husband are one daughter, Mrs. Kermit (Evelyn) Thuemler,. and a brother Frank Pokorny, both of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Edwin Stock Jr., Edwin Stock Sr., Robert Moore, Henry Mozisek, all of Weimar; and four nephews, Lawrence and Franklin Addicks of Weimar, Roger Addicks of Fort Worth, and Roy Addicks of Eagle Lake. Bill Shaw of Weimar was named as honorary pallbearer.

Weimar Mercury, October 9, 1975

Addicks, Bennie Walter

Suicide Ruled In Death of Bennie Addicks

Justice of the Peace H. W. Hasse Sr. returned a verdict of suicide in the death Saturday morning of Bennie Addicks, 51-year-old New Bielau farmer.

Mr. Addicks was found by his two sons, Lawrence and Franklin, who had been helping him with the milking on the family’s well-kept Grade-A dairy farm. Lawrence’s home is on the adjoining place and Franklin still lives at home, attending Wharton County Junior College.

The tragedy occurred at 5:45 a.m. Mr. Addicks was found behind a shed, a 30-30 rifle beside him. He had been shot in the head.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, April 24, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the New Bielau Cemetery. Rev. Frank Horak officiated.

Mr. Addicks was born Sept. 22, 1915, south of New Bielau, a son of Albert and Bertha Paweleck Addicks. He married Miss Mary Annie Wanjura on Oct. 31, 1936, and they settled at New Bielau.

Won Farming Honors

Ten years ago this month Mr. Addicks was recognized as “Conservation Farmer of 1956” of Colorado Soil Conservation District, for the way he and his family had started with a few acres of poor land and built their operation to a highly successful Grade-A dairy. He went on to be named one of the top 25 conservation farmers in Texas, chosen from the 172 district winners.


Before settling on his own farm he had served two years in the army during World War II, receiving his discharge in 1944, and had worked on the R. T. Herin ranch near Weimar for six years.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Mary Addicks; the two sons, Lawrence and Franklin; two brothers, Oscar of Weimar and Fred of Eagle Lake; and a sister, Miss Donnie Addicks of Yoakum. Two brothers, Louis and Robert and a sister, Mrs. Leona McMillan, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Alvin Prause, Joe Adamcik, David Wanjura, Victor Wanjura Jr., Sylvester Bittner Jr., and Kermit Thuemler.

Weimar Mercury, April 27, 1967, page 1

 Addicks, Bertha (Pawelcek)

Mrs. Albert Addicks Passes Away

Mrs. Albert Addicks, 69-year-old resident of the New Bielau-Harmony section, died Monday about 6 p. m. Funeral was held at the Osage Cemetery at 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. Flachmeier, Lutheran pastor, officiating.

Mrs. Addicks had been a life long resident of this section. She leaves a husband and several children.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, 30 December 1938
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Addicks, Leroy L.

Cpl. Leroy Addicks Killed by Land Mine In Germany

Cpl. Leroy L. Addicks, 22, was killed by a land mine while with the American armed forces in Germany about May 1, according to reports received here.

Corporal Addicks was a son of the late Louis Addicks and Mrs. Minnie Addicks, and enlisted in the army from Colorado county about two years ago. He had been overseas about one year and was with the 739th Medium Tank Bn. S. P. Mine Exploders. It was while with this outfit that a mine exploded and he was electrocuted, it is reported

He lived with his family here until time of his induction into the army, since which time the family moved to the Yoakum section,

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Minnie Addicks of Yoakum; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Knox of Virginia, Irene Addicks and Ruby Addicks of Yoakum and one brother, Alvin Addicks, with the U. S. Navy.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the family in the loss of their son and brother, and an American soldier.

Weimar Mercury June 16, 1945

Addicks, Oscar Hugo

Services Held Dec. 13 for Oscar Addicks

Funeral services for Oscar Hugo Addicks, 87, were held December 13 at first Baptist Church with Rev. Jerry Adkins officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Addicks died on Dec. 9 at Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange.

He was born May 14, 1907 in Weimar to Albert and Bertha (Pawelek) Addicks. On Nov. 20, 1933, he married Tonie Pokorney.

He was member of the First Baptist Church in Weimar.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; four brothers, Louie, Robert, Fred and Bennie; and two sisters, Dorthea Pagel and Leona McMillian.

Pallbearers were nephews, Lawrence Addicks; A.J. Stock, James Stock, Francis Truchard and Edwin Stock.

The Weimar Mercury December22, 1994
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Addicks, Robert

Funeral Services For Robt. Addicks, 68, Held Monday

Funeral services for Robert Addicks, 68, lifelong resident of this area, were held Monday at Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the Osage Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Bawel officiated.

Born here in 1892, he was the son of Albert and Bertha Addicks. He died Friday, Feb. 12 in the state hospital at Austin. He was member of the Lutheran faith.

Mr. Addicks never married. His survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Donie Pagel of Yoakum and Mrs. Hardy McMillan of here; three brothers, Oscar and Bennie of here and Fred of Eagle Lake, and several nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers were Walter Rutledge, Ray F. Addicks, Roger Lee Addicks, Lawrence Addicks and Frank Pekorny.

Weimar Mercury, 19 February 1960
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Adkins, Jeannie Smith (Bowers)

Mrs. J. S. Adkins, 86, Buried at Columbus

Columbus. Sept. 4.-- Funeral services were held here Friday for Mrs. Jeannie Smith Adkins, 86, with Rev. J. Yount officiating and interment being made at Odd Fellows Rest.

Mrs. Adkins was the daughter of early Columbus pioneers, having been born here on September 28, 1858. Her parents were Dr. John H. and Anne Griffith Bowers.

Doctor Bowers, originally from Alsace, practiced in India before coming to Texas, and this experience proved advantageous when Asiatic cholera entered Texas in the 1840s.

During the imprisonment of Santa Anna in Brazoria County, after the battle of San Jacinto, Doctor Bowers furnished opium to the Mexican general. Physician to the family of Lawrence Washington, grand-nephew of George Washington, Doctor Bowers was presented with many of the Washington family effects, and considerable portion of the Washington library is still preserved in the Adkins home here.

Jeannie Smith Bowers and William Lucious Adkins were united in marriage on January 15, 1879, and Mr. Adkins practiced law here until his death in 1920.

Surviving are a son, John Bowers Adkins of Columbus; a sister, Mrs. B. L. Vineyard of Eagle Lake; two nieces, Mrs. J. H. Foster of Houston and Mrs. T. P. Haley of Eagle Lake; a grand niece, Mrs. Gus Franz of Wichita, Kan., and a grand nephew, Tom Haley of Eagle Lake.

Weimar Mercury, September 8, 1944, page 2

Adkins, John Bowers

Last Rite For John B. Adkins Held Here Sunday

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Columbus Funeral home for John Bowers Adkins, who died at his home about noon the preceding day. He would have been 75, Nov. 15.

Mr. Adkins, a member of one of the county’s oldest pioneer families, had been in frail health much of his life and had been an invalid since falling at his home about 3 years ago.

Dr. Norman L. Roberts of the First Baptist church officiated and burial was In the family plot in Odd Fellows Rest.

A grandson of Dr. John H. Bowers, prominent physician in the county In the 1800',s. Mr. Adkins had spent his entire life here. His grandfather practiced medicine In the family of Lawrence Washington, great nephew of George Washington, who once lived In the south part of Colorado county. Some ot the relicts of the Washington family remain in the Adkins home here.

Mr. AdkIns, a bachelor; had lived alone since the death of his mother, Mrs. Jennle Bowers Adkins, in 1944. His father, WilIiam Lucious Adkins, a lawyer, died In 1920.

Closest surviving relatives are an aunt, Mrs. B. L. Vineyard, and 2 first cousins, Mrs. J. H. Foster and Mrs. T. P. Haley, all of Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Sam K. Seymour, Gus Miller, Creston and Ernest Gay, Jim Youens and. Sam Harbert Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, November 11, 1954
Photo courtesy Sally Weeks

Adkins, William Lucious

Able Attorney Succumbs to the Grim Reaper.

The sad news was received here on Monday of the death of Hon. W. L. Adkins, one of the leading attorneys of Columbus, after a long illness, and the funeral took place in that city Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Isaac Sellers of Weimar, assisted by Rev. Garrard, Columbus Baptist pastor, officiating.

The funeral was largely attended, attesting the esteem in which this truly good man was held by the people of Colorado county. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows’ Rest]

Luce Adkins, as he was familiarly known to his friends, was almost regarded as a citizen of this immediate section, having been raised to young manhood on the Adkins Lake farm property northwest of Weimar, now owned by the Brandt family, and he held this section and people in such great love and esteem that he had often remarked to the writer of these lines that he “always felt at home up there.”

“Luce” Adkins was an honorable, honest, upright man, true as steel to his friends, never varying in his attitude toward those for whom he had a friendly feeling, open as the day in all his dealings with his fellow-man, and a man whose friendship was treasured by all. Knowing him for a matter of forty odd years. the writer feels that he has lost one of his truest, best friends.

Mr. Adkins leaves a widow and one son, John Bowers Adkins, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, September 17, 1920, page 4

Agnello, Joseph Jr.


Joe Agnello Jr., 91, passed away on April 11.

He was born Sept. 20, 1912 to Joseph and Frances (Jebbia) Agnello in Millican. While a teenager he moved to Stafford, where he remained for 78 years and where his life centered around farming, ranching and real estate investments. In the 1960s, his donation of a portion of his farm land helped to secure the location of Highway 59, which contributed to the economic prosperity of the Stafford-Sugar Land area.

Through out his lifetime, he was involved in the community as a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Fort Bend Farm Bureau, Stafford Economic Development Council and Stafford City Council where he was a charter member. He was also instrumental in starting the Special Education program at Fort Bend ISD. At the age of 85, Agnello was still actively involved in family, ranching and outdoor activities. He leaves a legacy of hard work and love of his land.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers John and Lebon; and sisters Janie Failla and Elizabeth Vitale.

He is survived by his wife, Regina Walla Agnello; and daughters and sons-in-law, Rita and Mac Ruffeno, Lucy and Scotty Ray Hanley, JoAnn and Rick Amick and Theresa Agnello; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A rosary was recited April 14 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Missouri City, with visitation immediately following. Funeral Mass was conducted April 15, at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father Damian Hinojosa officiating. Interment followed at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg with Father Wayne Flagg officiating.

Pallbearers were LeBon Agnello, MacDonald Ruffeno, Craig Martell, John Procter, Kevin Keller, Nick Amick, Eric Amick, Gray Gilbert, Brian Gabbert and Jason Sweatt.

The Colorado County Citizen, April 21, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Aguilar, Gilberta Hernandez

Mrs. Gilberta Aguilar

September 1986- August 17, 1984

Mrs. Gilberta Henandez Aguilar, 48, passed away at 12:30 a.m. August 17 at her Kendleton residence following a lengthy illness. Services were conduct at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 18 from the Vine of the Lord Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Bernardo Garcia officiating. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home. She was born September 1986 near Edna and moved to this area seven years ago.  She is a member of the Vine of the Lord Church in Eagle Lake, where her husband served as Minister.   Survivors include her widower. Paul Aguilar of Kendleton; Two daughters, Esmeralda Munoz and Alice Garza, both of Kendleton; five sons, Paul Jr. and Amado of Kendleton, Israel and David of Eagle Lake and Johnny of Corpus Christi; five sisters; five brothers; 17 grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and loved ones.  The Family served as pallbearers.   Sympathy is extended to the family.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Aug. 23, 1984
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Ahlers, Henry William



Final rites for Henry W. Ahlers, 48, former Weimar resident whose death occurred suddenly at Eagle Lake last Thursday morning, were held there Friday afternoon from the family home. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery there, where American Legion services were held

Mr. Ahlers was born in Victoria. However, as a lad, he moved with the parents to Weimar where until he was approximately 20 years of age, he resided. He move to Eagle Lake from here and had been a 28-year resident of that town.

During that same period of time, he had worked for the Frank Stephens Company of Eagle Lake.

For the past six years he had been cashier for the Stephens IGA Store at Eagle Lake and in that capacity, bevcoming intimately acquainted with the residents of that section, had made countless friends, all of whom esteemed Mr. Ahlers highly.

The deceased was a World War veteran, enlisting for service and serving overseas for the entire length of time of his enlistment. A member of the Methodist Church, he was also fire marshall of Eagle Lake, and was a prominent Rotarian, being one of that organization's few 100 per cent attendance members.

Seventeen years ago, he was united in marriage to Miss Ruby Bell of San Antonio, a former faculty member of Eagle Lake High School, who survives. He is also survived by one brother, Ben Ahlers of Eagle Lake. The deceased was also related to the Shaver families of Weimar.

In respect for the deceased, practically all stores in Eagle Lake were closed from 2 p.m. Thursday [Friday]until after the funeral hour.

Active pallbearers were Albert Pustejovsky, Max Conner, W. G. Darby, Helmer Seaholm, D. S. Taylor, and Carl Siebrecht of Wharton.

To bereaved familhy members and relatives, the Mercury publisher extends his most sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, April 28, 1939

Ahlers, J. Fred

Fred Ahlers, A Former Popular Citizen Here Passed Away Saturday

Had Gone To Kerrville Only Two Weeks Previous For His Health And News Of His Death Came As Shock To Friends Here.

J. Fred Ahlers, 67, oil operator and resident of Richmond for the past fifteen years, died at 6 p.m. Saturday at Kerrville, where he had gone two weeks previous for the benefit of his health.

Mr. Ahlers was born at Frelsburg in this county, and as a young man made his home in Columbus. He came to Eagle Lake about thirty-five years ago and continued to make this place his home until his removal to Richmond fifteen years ago. He was well and favorably known to all of the people of this section.

Fred Ahlers was one of the biggest hearted men we have ever known. He numbered his friends by his acquaintances and always had a kind work and a friendly greeting for everyone. News of his death was received here with genuine regret.

The writer’s acquaintance with Fred extends back over a long period of years. He was the very first man to enter his name on the Headlight’s subscription list when the paper was established thirty years ago. We remember it as if it were yesterday. Two weeks or more before the paper had issued its initial number, he handed in the amount of subscription and said, “I want to be the first subscriber on your list.” And his name has been constantly on the list since that time.

To all within the circle of his acquaintance, Fred Ahlers was known as an honest and honorable man. He was a useful citizen and his conduct was such as to win for him the supreme confidence and high esteem of those with whom he associated.

Mr. Ahlers was given much credit for the development of the Big Creek oil field about ten miles from Richmond, as he succeeded in interesting the Gulf Company in the project. He continued in the oil business and at the time of his death is said to have been interested in several probably oil ventures in the Texas coast section.

Funeral services were held in Eagle Lake from the home of his nephew, H. W. Ahlers, at half past 3 o’clock Monday afternoon and were largely attended, many being present from Richmond, Columbus, Houston and other placed as well as a large crowd of people from this place. The services ere conducted by Rev. T. J. Windham of Houston, Rev. L. R. Goodrich of Wharton, both Episcopal rectors, Rev. O. J. Cole, Baptist pastor of Richmond and Rev. N. G. Ozment, Methodist pastor of Eagle Lake. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

The active pallbearers were Dr. E. P. Newton, W. L. Ansel, A. E. Meyer and W. H. Hinson of Richmond and M. G. Calvert, Hayes Stephens, Dr. P. T. Gordon and H. W. Graves of Eagle Lake.

Honorary pallbearers were H. W. Carothers, Judge Whit Boyd, Henry Montgomery, W. G. Pryor, Dr. Benjamin J. Smith and Walter F. Brown of Houston; John Hester, John Hastedt and S. K. Seymour, Sr., of Columbus; W. B. Winner, C. E. Nash, T. B. Winston, Ed Winston, J. H. Jones, H. T. Darst, D. R. Pierson, L. A. Priester, Joe Rostrom, I. G. Pleasants, J. R. Farmer, J. C. Johnson, Jr., and Judge J. M. Moore, Jr. of Richmond; Dr. Howard Fitzgerald of San Antonio, J. W. Hampil of Thompson; T. R. Both of Booth and John Baxter of Rock Island.

Mr. Ahlers is survived by two nephews, H. W. and Ben Ahlers both of Eagle Lake, who have the sympathy of all the people of our city, for the people of Eagle Lake liked and esteemed Fred Ahlers and are grieved over his passing.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 4, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Ahlers, Juliet Willella "Ella" (Shaver)

Death of Mrs. Ella Ahlers

Died at her home in Weimar, Texas, Saturday, December 12, 1915, Mrs. Ella Ahlers, Age, 58 years. She was born at Fayetteville, Fayette county, Texas, and was married to Mr. Louis Ahlers in 1886. Two children were born to this union - Ben and Henry Ahlers. Mrs. Ahlers was left a widow when her boys were 2 and 4 years old. The deceased was a Miss Ella Shaver, sister of our townsmen, Messrs. W. S. and P. J. Shaver. Surprise and sorrow filled the hearts of our people when they learned of her death, which was very sudden and unexpected; although she was an invalid for a number of years, she was not confined to her bed. Diabetes being the main cause. Mrs. Ahlers has been a widow for 23 years, the shock of her husband’s death undermined her health, yet she fought the battle of life for her children’s sake, often remarking that if God in His Goodness would let her live to see her boys grown and self sustaining she would be glad to go and join her companion, whom she idolized, and who spoiled her like a baby. Ella, before her health gave away, was an excellent nurse and was ever ready to administer to the sick and afflicted, did everything in her power for everyone around her, was a woman who never showed resentment or harbored ill feelings towards anyone, her only weakness was her sensitiveness about her boys, because as she has often said, she had to be both mother and father to them. She was a member of the Methodist Church from early girlhood, was strict with her children and made them attend Church and Sunday school, her watch care over their spiritual welfare has left its imprint upon their character and lives. A devoted mother, a living wife and an affectionate daughter and sister has gone at last to rest. Got saw that she had suffered enough so he sent death, the healer, to set her spirit free. May He still watch over her boys and beloved relatives and comfort them in this dark hour, and at last reunite them around His throne where there will be no more farewells spoken.

Can I not walk with meek content,
   The path that Jesus trod?
Can I not bear the sorrow sent,
   To bring me near to God?
Oh! With submission may my eyes,
   Be ever fixed on thee,
That far beyond earth’s cloudy skies,
   Thy sunlight I may see.

K. M. B.

The active pall bearers were Will F. Miller, Leon F. Baar, Geo. Herder, Jr., H. J. Insall, Dr. E. B. Gelsendorff, Chas. Ammann.

The Honorary pall bearers were Dr. Chas. G. Cook, W. A. Baar, T. A. Hill, Geo. Herder, Sr., Fred Hillje of San Antonio, Sam K. Seymour of Columbus, A. P. Shatto, J. J. Armstrong, Sr., Dr. Adolf Potthast, Prof. J. W. Holt, H. Brasher, H. Birkmann.

The funeral services ere held Sunday afternoon at the Masonic cemetery, Rev. Roy G. Rader, Methodist minister officiating.

Weimar Mercury, December 17, 1915
Transcribed by David Hahn

Ahlers, Louis Ben

Last Rite Held Sun. For Ben Ahlers, Longtime Resident

Citizens of this community were saddened to hear last week-end of the sudden death of Louis Ben Ahlers, a citizen of this community for over twenty-five years. Mr. Ahlers suffered a heart attack while relieving employees of the Eagle Lake Furniture Company for lunch shortly before noon last Friday, August 17th. He was rushed to Laughlin Hospital where he passed away at 1:30 .m.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, August 19th at 4:00 p.m. from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Walton, Pastor of Colly Memorial Methodist Church officiating. A favorite hymn, “In The Garden” was sung by Miss Mary Carolyn Nash, accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Clara Mae Nash.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery with members of the Eagle Lake Chapter A. F. & A. M. officiating at the burial rites.

Louis Ben Ahlers was born November 9, 1889 in Victoria, Texas to the late Lou and Ella Ahlers. He resided in the Weimar community for over thirty years before coming to Eagle Lake. Here he was employed with the Frank Stephens Company hardware department, with the Eagle Lake Lumber Company and more recently with the Eagle Lake Furniture Company.

His untiring devotion to his employers and his multitude of friends in the community brought him high esteem in the community. His sudden passing was felt in the hearts of many both young and old.

He was a member of the Eagle Lake Masonic Lodge, the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 483, and of the American Legion, having served his country in World War I.

Survivors include a cousin, Grady Shaver, of Weimar; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Ruby Ahlers of Donna, Texas.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 28, 1956
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Ahlers, Louis W.

The many friends and relatives of Mr. Louis W. Ahlers of Victoria were indeed sorry to learn of his death, which occurred at Victoria Monday night, he being shot down by a Mexican desperado named Santiago Mareno, whom he was trying to arrest, in his official capacity as deputy marshal.
Mr. Ahlers leaves a wife and two children. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery] He was a brother-in-law of our friend, Mr. W. S. Shaver. Mr. S. went to Victoria Tuesday. Our sincere sympathy is extended the afflicted wife, children and relatives of the deceased. Below we give an account of the deplorable affair, clipped from the Galveston News:

Victoria, Tex., Aug. 8.--Last night about 11 o’clock Policeman L. W. Ahlers was called upon to arrest a Mexican named Jim Mareno, who had dawn a knife on another Mexican. Ahlers proceed to a locality known as the Flat, located in the second ward, and having found his man, called upon him to surrender, and the Mexican replied with a pistol shot. Ahlers drew his pistol and fired one shot; the Mexican fired three more in rapid succession and fled. When people attracted by the firing arrived on the spot they found Policeman Ahlers lying on his face in the street dead, with a bullet hole through his heart. The murderer made his escape for the time being, but his capture is almost certain. The dead man leaves a wife and two small children. He was a member of the Knights of Honor.

Weimar Mercury, August 23, 1893

Ahlers, unnamed boy

A son was born to L. W. Ahlers and wife, but it lived only two hours. [Interment made in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Gimlet, March 1, 1888

Ahlgrim, Elo


Mrs. Janetta Ahlgrim of Columbus has received word that her husband Pfc. Elo A. Ahlgrim, who was reported missing in action since May 21, 1945, was killed in action on that date.

Mrs. Ahlgrim, employed at Boyd’s Variety store, received the information Tuesday in a War department letter from Major Gen. Edward F. Witsell.

Pfc. Ahlgrim, an infantryman, was reported missing during action on Okinawa.

Colorado County Citizen, May 9, 1946

Posthumous Honor Given

" . . . for heroic service in connection with military operations against the enemy on Okinawa island on 21 May 1945."

That was the notation from the War department accompanying the Bronze Star Medal sent to Mrs. Janetta Ahlgrim and which has been awarded posthumously to her husband, Pfc. Elo Ahlgrim.

The citation continued, "When the second platoon received the order to attack around the left flank of the company and drew enemy fire from the crest of the hill just short of reaching their objective, they were momentarily halted by heavy enemy machine gun and rifle fire."

"At that moment Pfc. Ahlgrim displayed exceptional heroism, he continued to crawl forward to the crest of the hill; there he observed 12 enemy riflemen and a heavy machine gun preparing to counter attack. He called to his platoon leader requesting mortar fire, and staying in an exposed position, directed the mortars. He then opened fire with an automatic rifle. Pfc. Ahlgrim's action was directly responsible for the killing of 12 Japs and the destruction of their heavy machine gun."

The letter advised Mrs. Ahlgrim that her husband was also entitled to the following awards: the Good Conduct medal, the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars for the Ryukus and Southern Philippines campaigns, the World War II Victory ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star. The Purple Heart was sent Mrs. Ahlgrim in July of this year.

Colorado County Citizen, October 17, 1946
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Ahlgrim, Henrietta Margratte (Mehrens)

Columbus Killing Suspect Shot Attempting Escape
Deputy, Tired Chasing, Shoots and Wounds Max Ahlgrim

Max Ahlgrim, 53, charged with the murder of his wife, who was found dead in a stock tank near their home in the vicinity of Columbus Saturday, was in critical condition in the columbus Hospital this week after he was shot while attempting to escape while being questioned at his home Monday.

Deputy Sheriff J. C. Hinds said that he shot Ahlgrim once through the body and once through the leg after chasing him for about a mile.

He said that he and Rangers Johnnie Klebenhaven and Eddie Oliver of Houston had taken Ahlgrim to his home at Ahlgrim’s statement that he would re-enact the events leading to his wife's being shot.

No Water In Lungs

Mrs. Ahlgrim was found shot, lying In the stock tank, Deputy Hinds said. Dr. S. H. Kirkham reported that no water was found in the lungs and that she was dead before she was placed In the water.

Deputy Hinds said that a .22 caliber bullet had pierced her heart. The Ahlgrims lived alone about four miles north of Columbus.

Arrested at Grave

Justice Bob Welshuhn held the inquest after Mrs. Ahlgrim's body was found and issued the warrant for Ahlgrim's arrest. He was taken into custody by Sheriff Harvey Lee and other officers at the grave side Sunday afternoon. He was placed in here Sunday night.

Deputy Hinds said that Ahlgrim dashed from the house after he had changed clothes and after he had lunged toward a knife on the dining room table.

The deputy sheriff said that he upset the table to prevent Ahlgrim from getting the knife. Then he and the two rangers gave chase through the woods near the Ahlgrim home.

Tiring after the long chase, the deputy said he dropped to one knee and fired twice.

Woman's Funeral Held

Funeral services for Mrs. Ahlgrim, who was 54, were held at La Grange Sunday afternoon, with interment in the Brunes Cemetery.

A sister of Mrs. Willie Poppe of Weimar, she was Miss Henrietta Mehrens before her marriage Nov. 19, 1915, at Weimar to Mr. Ahlgrim. She was a native of Holman.

Surviving In addition to her sister are the husband, Max Ahlgrim; two other sisters, Mrs. Chas. Ahlgrim and Mrs. Chas. Balzer, both of Columbus; one brother, Theo. Mehrens of Columbus; and two grandchildren. Her son, Elo was killed overseas during the recent war.

Weimar Mercury, April 11, 1947, page 1

Ahlgrim, Lillian Carolyn (Schmidt)


Lillian Carolyn Schmidt Ahlgrim, 84, of Lone Oak, passed away Aug. 12, at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born Dec. 10, 1921, near Willow Springs to Charles William Schmidt and Lillie Helena Amanda Albrecht Schmidt.

As a small child, she moved to Lone Oak. She attended school at St. Joseph School in 1929. To receive more education, her father sent her to Dallas to live with his sister while she attended John H. Reagan Elementary School for six years. During her high school years, she returned to Fayetteville. She completed high school at Fayetteville High School. She played piano in the high school band and was involved in tennis and softball. She received her diploma on May 25, 1940, after achieving perfect attendance all four years of high school. After graduation, she returned to Dallas to attend business college.

Later she returned to Lone Oak where she met Raymond August Ahlgrim. They were married July 18, 1950, at the parsonage of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus. Two years later they had a daughter, Barbara Ann and in 1957, another daughter Sandra Kay was born. She had the misfortune to lose her husband on June 21, 1967. He was only 42 years old.

She went to work for Raymond and Justin Dvorak at Texas Lumber and Construction Company. She worked there until she retired and later worked part-time for Columbus Tree and Lawn and was a substitute at the cafeteria of Columbus Elementary School.

She loved the outdoors and gardening. She was proud of her Hereford cattle and loved her golden retriever, Hunter. She loved handwork, mainly crochet and hand embroidery. She sewed for other people and even sewed both of her daughter's wedding gowns. Later in life, she met Gus Hruska, of Ellinger. They loved to dance, travel, visit with friends and play "straight" dominos.

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Martinek and husband, Douglas of Columbus, and Sandy Zettel and husband, Jimmy of Brenham; grandsons, Travis Martinek, of College Station, and Jeremy and Matthew Zettel, of Brenham.

A memorial service was conducted Aug. 15 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Private family burial followed at Fayetteville City Cemetery in Fayetteville

Colorado County Citizen, August 16, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Ahlgrim, Max

Ahlgrim Deaths Investigated By Prosecutors.

Funeral Is Held For Man Shot While Fleeing Officers

District Attorney Denver Perkins and County Attorney Otto P. Moore Tuesday conducted a court of inquiry into the death of Mrs. Max Ahlgrim, April 5 and into the shooting of Max Ahlgrim April 7.

Mr. Ahlgrim died of bullet wounds in the Columbus hospital late Wednesday night, April 16.

The attorneys heard statements from Sheriff Harvey Lee, Deputy J. C. Hinds and Rangers Johnnie Kiebenhaven and Eddie Oliver in a hearing which Justice of the Peace Bob Weishuhn also attended.

To Be Given Grand Jury

Information gained so far in the investigation will be turned over to the next grand jury. Mr. Moore said.

Deputy Hinds has stated that Mr. Ahlgrim was shot as he fled from officers near his home where he was taken for questioning.

Funeral services for Mr. Ahlgrim were held Friday in Brune cemetery near Shaw's Bend with Rev. G. Wolf officiating.

Survivors Named

Pallbearers were his nephews Raymond Ahlgrim, Alvin and Leroy Stancik, Arnold Balzer, Adolph Poppe and Leon Kahlden.

Mr. Ahlgrim is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Joe Stancik of Shaw's Bend and Mrs. Ida Kahlden of Weimar; one brother, Charles of Columbus and two grandchildren, Gloria Jean and Ronald Elo Ahlgrim of Columbus.

A son, Elo was killed at Okkinawa in 1945.

Colorado County Citizen, April 24, 1947. page 1


Ahlgrim, Minnie Johanna (Mehrens)

Services For Mrs. Ahlgrim Are Held Yesterday

Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Mehrens Ahlgrim, 67, were held yesterday (Wednesday) in Columbus Funeral Home, the Rev. G. Wolf of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was in Brune's Cemetery at Shaw's Bend.

Mrs. Ahlgrim, who had been in frail health for about 2 years, died in Columbus Hospital Monday morning. She had been suffering with a heart ailment and complications.

Born near Holman, Feb. 26, 1885, she was a daughter of William and Johanna Mehrens.

Besides her husband, she is survived by 3 sons, Raymond of Frelsburg; Lawrence of Houston and Ruben, who has been paralyzed at the family home for 7 years since an accident; and a daughter, Mrs. Robert Zrkala of Rosenberg. A daughter and 2 sons died earlier. Other survivors include a brother, Theodore Mehrens and a sister, Mrs. William Poppe of Osage and another sister, Mrs. Charles Balzer of Columbus, Rt. 2, and 8 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Alvin, Arthur and Leroy Stancik, Arnold Balzer, Melvin Heinsohn and Victor Leopold.

The Colorado County Citizen, May 17, 1962
Submitted by Joyce Stancik


Ahlgrim, Raymond August

Raymond Ahlgrim Dies Suddenly; Funeral Friday

Funeral services were [sic] held at Columbus Funeral home last Friday for Raymond August Ahlgrim of the Lone Oak community, who died suddenly at his home the preceding Wednesday after a heart attack. The Rev. Harold Fehler officiated and burial was in Brune cemetery at Shaw's Bend.

Mr. Ahlgrim was a son of Charles Ahlgrim of Columbus, Route 1, and the late Mrs. Ahlgrim. He was a farmer and rancher.

He is survived by his widow, the former Lillian Schmidt; 2 daughters, Barbara and Sandra; his father, brothers, Reuben Ahlgrim of Columbus, Route l, and Lawrence of Houston, and a sister, Mrs. Robert Srkala of Kingman, Ariz.

Pallbearers were Raymond, Wilbert, Justin and Victor Dvorak, Leroy Schultz and Ewald Krenek.

Colorado County Citizen, June 29, 1967


Ahlgrim, Robert Lee

R. L. Ahlgrim Killed, Wife and Children Hurt in Accident

A Christmas trip to visit relative ended in tragedy Christmas Eve at about 8:30 p.m., when Robert Lee Ahlgrim, 29, was killed and his wife and 2 children were injured in a head-on auto collision.

Occupants of the other car were a man and his wife. The man, who was driving, was reported killed and his wife had not regained consciousness yesterday. Their names were not available.

The accident happened about 15 miles from Port Arthur while the family was en- route to see Mrs. Ahlgrim's parents in Esterwood, La. Details of the accident have not been learned.

Mrs. Ahlgrim, her 2-year-old daughter, Lynn Marie, and her 2 month-old son, David Wayne, are in St. Mary's Hospital in Port Arthur recovering from their injuries.

Legs Broken

Mrs. Ahlgrim suffered a broken nose and cuts on her leg and head. Lynn Marie has a fractured skull and David Wayne, a fractured skull and a broken leg. The children were removed from their oxygen tents Tuesday morning.

Mr. Ahlgrim's body was brought to Columbus for burial. Services were held Tuesday morning at Columbus Funeral Home with continued rites in St. Anthony's Catholic Church, the Rev. Alex J. Kraus officiating. Burial was in Shaw's Bend [Brune] Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Melvin Heinshon, Edgar Schobel, Ronnie Ahlgrim, Victor Leopold, Garrett Miller and Arnold Balzer.

His mother, who suffered a stroke last October, is in bed most of the time. The invalid brother, Reuben was taken to the funeral home Monday night by P. K. Shatto. The mother attended services at the funeral home, but was unable to go to the church and the cemetery.

Room Number Given

The injured family of the dead man are in Room 313 at St. Mary's Hospital in Port Arthur, if their friends would like to commnicate with them. They are reported recovering nicely.

Born in Shaw's Bend, Nov. 24, 1931, Robert Lee was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ahlgrim of Route 1, Columbus, who survive. He attended school in Columbus and worked for Walter Henicke and Spindler Concrete Pipe Co. before he began doing oilfield work. At the time of his death, he and his family were living in Dickinson. Mr. Ahlgrim was married in 1956 to the former Margaret LeJeune.

Besides his parents, his wife and 2 children, he is survived by a brother, Reuben of Columbus, who has been an invalid since breaking his neck in a fall in 1955, and 2 other brothers, Raymond of Pisek, and Lawrence of Houston, also a sister, Mrs. Robert Srkala of Rosenberg.

The Colorado County Citizen, December 29, 1960
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Ahlgrim, Ruby Charline

Child Dies

Miss Ruby, two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Ahlgrim of Shaws Bend, departed this life on June 25th., following an illness of several months. Burial took place [at Brune Cemetery] Saturday, Rev. O. Lindenberg of Frelsburg officiating.

The sad parents and brothers and sisters have our sincere sympathy in their loss.

Colorado County Citizen, June 30, 1932, page 1

Ahlschlager, Clarence A.


Clarence A. Ahlschlager, Sr., 61, of Columbus died November 23 after a four day stay in Columbus Community Hospital. Services were held Saturday, November 26 at the Henneke Funeral Home: Burial followed at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery with Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating.

Mr. Ahlschlager was born to Hugo Ahlschlager and Leona (Busch) Ahlschlager in Warda on August 27, 1927. He was a resident of Columbus for 31 years and was a self-employed painter.

Mr. Ahlschlager married Lillie Mae (Voitle) Ahlschlager on October 22, 1952. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Preceeded[sic] in death by his father and one brother Leroy. Mr. Ahlschlager is survived by his wife Lillie Ahlschlager of Columbus; mother Leona Ahlschlager Piekert of Columbus; daughters, Carol Ahlschlager of Columbus and Janice Ahlschlager of Ft. Bragg, N. Carolina; sons, Clarence Ahlschlager, Jr., Schulenburg and Dean Ahlschlager of Columbus; sisters, Bernice Koehl of La Grange; brothers, Curtis Ahlschlager of League City, Monroe Ahlschlager of Columbus and Eugene Ahlschlager of Houston; 1 great - grandchild, Jessica Lynn Ahlschlager.

Pallbearers were Randy Ahlschlager, Gary Ahlschlager, Ronald Ahlschlager, Donnie Koehl, David Voitle, Gary Voitle. Honary[sic] pallbearers were Roy Gene Koehl. Sgt. Gilbert Kiel, Lawrence Ripper, Clarence Bertsch, Henry Berger and Keaton Lilie.

Colorado County Citizen, November 30, 1988, page 2

Ahrens, unknown


The infant child of Mr. and Mr. W. Ahrens died in this place the 13th instant. [Place of interment unknown but probably Weimar Odd Fellows]

Colorado Citizen, August 20, 1885

Ahrens, unknown (child 2)


We regret to chronicle the death of the infant child of Mr. Wm. Ahrens on the morning of the 21st. It was buried in the Odd Fellows’ rest the same evening.

Colorado Citizen, July 28, 1887, page 3

Ahrens, Mrs. William


It is with deep regret that we chronicle the death of Mrs. Wm. Ahrens, that occurred in this place at 7 o'clock, p.m. Monday evening. As noted above her infant child died a few days ago, and she has gradually grown worse since the birth of the child. The death of Mrs. Ahrens casts a gloom over this entire community.

She was a devoted wife, an affectionate mother and a good neighbor. She leaves a husband and three little children so [sic] mourn her untimely end. She was buried in the Odd Fellows' Rest by the side of her child on last Tuesday evening. May the Great God who cares for us all throw his protecting arm over the bereaved.

Colorado Citizen, July 28, 1887, page 3

Aiken, Rodney M.

Rodney M. Aiken

On July 20, 1980 a handsome baby boy was born at Riverside General Hospital in Houston to Robert and Mary Aiken. They gave him the precious name of Rodney Marcel Aiken. He was the baby of four boys.

Rodney accepted Christ at an early age at Greater Zion Young Baptist Church in Augusta, GA.

In his teenage years, Rodney moved from Augusta to Houston where he graduated from Elsik High School in the Alief Independent School District.

Following graduation, he furthered his education at National Institute of Technology receiving a Degree in Electronics.

In June 2002, he met Miss Demetria Dancy and they entered into a beautiful courtship.

Shortly thereafter, he moved to Eagle Lake to be close to his fiancé and their lovely daughter, Rayel who was born in 2003. After four years of courtship, Rodney and Demetria entered into holy matrimony on January 7, 2007.

Along with their daughter together, he was blessed to be a part of the upbringing of Demetria’s son, Shakora.

Supporting his family, Rodney was employed in Sealy at BAE Systems as an Operator 3 for approximately two and a half years.

Aside from working his full-time job, he loved working on computers for the community neighbors.

During his pastime, he enjoyed spending quality time with his daughter and stepson.

He made it a point to always attend Rayel’s school functions and every game his stepson was playing in. He will be truly missed.

Rodney was planning on going back to school to receive an Associates Degree in Computer Networking beginning January 2010.

But as he planned, God also had a plan. Shockingly on Sunday, September 20, Rodney Marcel Aiken departed this life to be with his paternal grandmother, Diana Aiken; maternal grandfather, William Bryant; four uncles, Bobby Bryant, Chester Bryant, William Ellis Bryant, Jr. and Armond Purdeaux; and one god-mother, LaFawnya Williams.

Her leaves to cherish his memories a wife, Demetria Aiken; one daughter, Rayel Aiken; one stepson, Shakora Norris; a mother, Mary Aiken; a father, Robert Aiken; a mother-in-law, Mary Nell Dancy of Eagle Lake; three brothers, Byron Dunn (Lakeishia) of Katy, Keith Dunn of Augusta, and Jermaine Aiken of Katy; one god-father, Gary Williams of Katy; one god-brother, Tyrone Paige of Houston; maternal grandmother, Martha Bryant of Augusta; paternal grandfather, Lawrence Aiken of San Antonio; six uncles, Horris Green (Mattie) of South Carolina, Larry Aiken of San Antonio, Bernard Aiken of Houston, William Bryant of Augusta, Chester Myers of Augusta, and Bobby Bryant of Augusta; seven aunts, Ella Lou Barret (Willie) of Staten Island, New York, Emma Gene Purdeaux of San Antonio, Delaine Aiken, Delores Aiken and Debra Aiken all of San Antonio, Sherrill Aiken of Atlanta, Georgia and Lucinda Laws (Roger) of Houston. He also leaves a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 26 at 1 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church with Rev. Obie Rhodes officiating. Interment followed at Eagle Lake Cemetery East.

Another life celebration by Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Henry Morgan, Jonathon Nadler, Greg Sparks, Philip Amy, Eric Bluntson, Wayne Langford, Mike Soto and Joe Willie.

Honorary pallbearers were Shakora Norris, Robert Aiken, Jermaine Aiken, Byron Dunn, Keith Dunn and Tyrone Paige.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 1st, 2009

Alaniz, Annita (Ramos)


Mrs. Annita Ramos Alaniz, age 68, of East Bernard passed away Thursday, May 29 at the M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Alaniz Sunday, June 1 at Dulany Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Melburn Sibley, pastor, First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake, officiating. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Mrs. Alaniz was born January 31, 1918 in Ellinger to Joe and Sophia Ramos. She had been a resident of this area all, her life. She married Manuel Alaniz in Wharton, on June 22, 1932.

Survivors include her husband, Alaniz of East Bernard; two daughters, Glorianna A. Foster of Houston and Michal Alaniz of Los Angeles, California; two sons, Victor Lloyd Alaniz of Waelder and David Manuel Alaniz of Kingsport, Tennessee; grandchildren, Trina Alaniz of Kingsport, Tennessee, Elena Marie Foster of Houston, Larry Alaniz of Kingsport, Tennessee and Victor Dan Alaniz of Waelder; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were Willis Masters, Dawson Kay, August Jochec, Jr., John Talbert, Victor L. Alaniz and David M Alaniz.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, June 19, 1986

Albert, Frederick Henry Charles


On the 25th instant, at 10, a.m., suddenly died, at the residence of his son, (Mr. Anton Albert, of Sublime, Lavaca county,) Mr. Frederick Henry Charles Albert, father of Mr. Gustav Albert and Mrs. Wm. Schott, of this place, aged eighty-seven. [Buried in Smoothing Iron Cemetery in Lavaca County]

Colorado Citizen, October 29, 1885

Albert, Auguste Regine

Oakland Notes

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Albert died at their residence here last Sunday evening, after a short illness, and is at home with the Father. [Buried in Geiger Cemetery in Lavaca County]

Colorado Citizen, November 29, 1888

Albert, Wendell Norbert


Wendell Norbert Albert, 61, of Weimar passed away Jan. 20, at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin.

Albert was born on May 7, 1941 to Oscar John and Regina (Meischen) Albert in Fayette County. He lived most of his life in the Houston and Aldine area before moving to Fayette County and the Weimar area. On June 16, 1962, he married Karen Hahn in Houston.

He was a member of the St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Prairie Valley. He also was a member of several organizations which include the Sons of Hermann for 51 years, Bowie FFA Alumni, Columbus FFA Alumni, and a lifetime member of Aldine FFA Alumni. Wendell's favorite hobby was making things out of wood or metal. He also enjoyed shopping for antiques.

He was preceded in death by his father, Oscar John Albert.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Albert of Weimar; son, Wade Albert and wife Dione of Wimberley; daughter, Wendy Page and husband, Kevin of Weimar; his mother, Regina Albert of Thrall; five brothers, Daniel Albert and wife, Sharon of Thornton, Davis Albert and wife Joan of Houston, William Albert and wife Charlotte of Thrall, Oscar Albert and wife Shannon of Thrall, and Randy Albert and wife Deborah of Houston; eight grandchildren, Jenna Schatte Page, Kelsey Page, Garrett Schatte Page, Hallie Page, Kolton Page, Carson Albert, Kameron Page and Ryan Albert; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A memorial service was conducted Thursday, Jan. 23, at St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Coupland with the Rev. Ernie Dean and the Rev. Mark Porterfield officiating. [Place of interment unknown}

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720 or to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

Colorado County Citizen, January 30, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Albright, Vera Jewel (Wegenhoft)


Vera Jewel Wegenhoft Albright, 92, of Columbus, passed away March 16 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Oak Grove, July 4, 1913 to John Franklin Wegenhoft Sr. and Mollie Louise (Obenhaus) Wegenhoft. She worked as a secretary for S.K. Seymour Lumber Yard and was City Secretary of Columbus for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Leon, Ford, Roy, Lavo, Oliver and John Wegenhoft; and sisters, Esther Safstrom and Lavine Daab.

She is survived by her son, Chester Thomas Albright Jr.; and grandchildren, Lida Christine McCloskey of Iraan and Thomas Edel Albright of Waller.

Funeral services were conducted March 19 at The First Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest, Columbus]

Pallbearers were John Atnip, John Gertson, Bill Taylor, Kenneth and Travis Wegenhoft and Tommy Albright.

Colorado County Citizen, March 22, 2006
Courtesy of the Citizen

Aldaco, Facunda

Eagle Lake, Texas, July 22.--Facunda Aldaco, a Mexican, about 40 years of age, was shot and instantly killed at Matthews, six miles south of here, Thursday. M. L. Anderson, a highly respected young man of the Matthews community surrendered to Sheriff T. J. Balhorn and was released on an appearance bond of $1000. Eight shots were fired, seven of which took effect in the Mexican’s body.. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, July 27, 1917, page 5

Aldredge, T. Brandon

T. B. Aldredge

Mr. T. Brandon Aldredge passed away February 8 in Houston.

Funeral services were held at The Chapel of The Garden in Houston at l2:30, February 10, 1984 with burial services at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus at 3 p.m. The Rev. Laurell Akers and Rev. David Schultz officiating.

Mr. Aldredge was born to nr[sic]. and Mrs. Lester Aldredge in Lufkin on August 9, 1938. He had been an employee of Dresser Industries for eighteen years in Houston.

Suvivors[sic] are a wife, Peggy Kulhanek Aldredge; step daughter, Lauri Ann; two sons, Thomas and Roger. One grandson, Brandon Wayne all of Houston. Father and mother, two sisters Mrs. Owen Belinsky ad Mrs. Ken Kirkland all of Lufkin.

Colorado County Citizen, February 23, 1984, page 2

Aldridge, Clarece Yvonne (Vann)

Clarece Yvonne Vann Aldridge

Clarece Yvonne Vann Aldridge passed away August 5.

She was the first of four baby girls born to the union of Ella Anderson Vann and Johnnie Louis Vann on September 3, 1923 in Pierce, Wharton County, Texas.

Clarece was united in matrimony to Booker T. Dabney in her younger years, there were no children born to this union.

Some years later she united in holy matrimony to Rev. Harris Aldridge, Sr. on December 22, 1990. She became stepmother, step grandmother and step great-grandmother.

She confessed Christ at an early age joining Grove Hill Baptist Church. In the later years, she joined South Point Baptist Church where she served until her demise.

Clarece attended Grove Hill Elementary School and Powell Point Academy in Kendleton. She attended Central High School in Galveston and later attended Business College also in Galveston.

Her favorite pastime was cooking, and she really could spice up some wild game. She loved preparing food for her family and friends whom she loved dearly.

Her parents; and a sister, Marian Vann McGrew, preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memories are her loving husband, Harris Aldridge, Sr., two sisters, Lois Faye Zollicoffer of Houston and Arva Burkes of Chicago, Illinois; step son, Harris Aldridge, Jr., of San Diego, California; six nieces, Jannet Edwards of Garwood, Beverly Hamilton (General), Veronica Daniels, Lemmie Parker, (William), and Caryl McGrew, all of Houston, and Rosalyn Thomas of Chicago, Illinois; one nephew, Johnnie Gill (Jeneva) of Chicago, Illinois; seven great-nephews; two step granddaughters, Lorrain Benson and Lenore Aldridge; one step granddaughter, Jasmine Benson; and a host of great-great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

A home going victory celebration was held Saturday, August 12 at 11 a.m. at South Point Missionary Baptist Church in Garwood, with Rev. Truman Scott, pastor of Rising Star Baptist Church, officiating. Interment followed in Williams Paradise Cemetery in Vox Populi. Final arrangements entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Twaymon Boone, Isley D. Edwards, Thurman Aldridge, Douglas Tillman, Rodney Sanford and Melvin Carter.

Honorary pallbearers were Harris Aldridge, Jr., Johnny Gill, Ron McGrew, Twaymon Boone, Durvard Purdue, Isley Edwards, Audie Gilmore, Harris Aldridge, Clement Aldridge, and Rodney Aldridge.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.  

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 17th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Aldis, Susan/Susana

News Special: Alleyton, Tex., July 25.--Mrs. Susana Aldis, late of Alleyton, departed this life in Houston, at the home of her son, George Aldis, on July 24. Horace Aldis built the first house in the town of Alleyton; he was an Englishman, served twelve months in the Mexican war, enlisted for five years, was discharged in Texas, served through the confederate war as a lieutenant and drill master, settled in Alleyton and remained until his death. Mrs. Aldis leaves three sons--William, George and Harris. She was interred in Alleyton, in the family cemetery, on July 25.

Weimar Mercury, July 29, 1899, page 5

Aldridge, Ella Boyce (McCormick)

Mrs. Aldridge Grave Service Here Thursday

Graveside services were held at Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery Thursday, Aug. 25, for Mrs. George Erie Aldridge, with Rev. Richard Worringharn, Methodist pastor, officiating

Mrs. Aldridge was the former Ella Boyce McCormick She was born here Oct. 8, 1890, a daughter of Stephen and Hattie (Simpson) McCormick. Both the Simpsons and the MeCormicks were early settlers of Colorado County. Mrs. Aidridge's grandfather, W. B. McCormick, established a lumber yard here in 1873 when the railroad came through and the town was founded Her other grandfather, James Headley Simpson, founded the first bank in Colorado County --in 1873 at Columbus. It was a private bank.

Mrs. Aldridge became a member or the Methodist Church in her early girlhood. She was graduated from high school in Brenham and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown. In 1920 she was married to Mr. Aldridge of Fort Worth. He died in 1959. but she continued to maintain her home there until a few years ago when she returned to Weimar and lived at Parkview Manor.

Six nieces survive her.

Pallbearers named by her family were Dan Herder, Francis Brasher, Jack Montgomery, Leslie Townsend, Henry Brasher and John Hajovsky.

Weimar Mercury, September 1, 1977

Aldridge, George Erle

G. E. Aldredge, 71, Dies in Ft. Worth; Buried Here Monday

Graveside services were held at Masonic Cemetery here Monday afternoon for G. E. Aldredge, 71, of Fort Worth, husband of the former Miss Ella Boyce McCormick of Weimar.

The body was brought here after services Monday morning in Shannon Chapel, Fort Worth.

Mr. Aldredge, a retired plumbing contractor, died after a heart attack Saturday night. He was a lifelong resident of Fort Worth.

Surviving in addition to his wife, whom he married in 1920, are a brother and a sister, both of Fort Worth.

Weimar Mercury, January 1. 1960, page 1

Aldridge, Leroy

Leroy Aldridge, 55, of Eagle Lake, died Saturday, June 25, 1994, in an Eagle Lake hospital.

Born March 1, 1939, in Rosharon, Brazoria County, he was the son of Benjamin and Margaret Lilly Aldridge. An Eagle Lake resident for most of his life, Mr. Aldridge attended E. H. Henry High School and was a member of Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 29, at Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Rudolph Kaiser officiating. Interment followed in Community Cemetery North in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Henry Flowers, Alvin Milligan, Freddie Cloud, Ray Chavis, Roland Christal, Earline Davis and Jerri Flowers. Honorary pallbearers were Alex J. Williams Jr., Rocky Williams, Aaron Kirkwood, Robert Davis, Eric Christal, Charles Baker, Charlie Maxwell, Alfred Aldridge, Rev. Harris Aldridge, Thurman Aldridge, Ray Martindale and Anthony McTear.

Mr. Aldridge is survived by his mother, of Eagle Lake; daughter, Shantay Harris of Oxon Hill, MD; sisters Eola McTear and Othe Aldridge, both of Eagle Lake and Joyce Christal of Houston; brothers Alfred Aldridge of Eagle Lake, Rev. Harris Aldridge of Garwood and Thurman Aldridge of LaMarque; aunts Eva Abram and Ruth Cloud, both of Eagle Lake and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, July 6, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Aldridge, Margaret (Lillie)

Margaret Aldridge

Margaret “Mother” was born to the proud parents of Hayes and Katy Lillie on March 12, 1912 in Hempstead.

Margaret accepted Christ as her personal savior and was baptized in Hempstead.

She attended the Hempstead public schools.

Margaret and her lovely daughter, Eola Steward moved to Eagle Lake in the 1930’s. While in Eagle Lake, Mother united with Lake Live Oak under the pastorage of Rev. N. Boldin, which later became Providence Baptist Church.

There she continued her Christian walk under the leadership of the Rev. Coby Shorter, Jr.

In the 1930’s Margaret met and married Benjamin Aldridge. To this union were born four children, Joyce, Leroy, Othe and Alfred.

Margaret and Ben also raised a granddaughter, Margaret Ellanese.

God allowed mother to live and see six generations in her family.

On September 22 at 6 a.m. the sunset and mother quietly slipped away to her eternal resting home to be with God.

Mother was preceded in death by both of her parents, her beloved husband, Ben; two children, Leroy and Othe; a sister, Eva Abram; three grandchildren, Sharonda Christal, Eric Christal, and Carol McTear Martindale; and one great-grandson, LaDell Williams.

To cherish her memories are two very devoted daughters, Eola (Sally) McTear and Joyce Christal; one devoted son, Alfred Aldridge (Mary); one step-son, Rev. Harris Aldridge, Sr.; a sister, Ruby Cloud; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; and one great-great-great grandchild; a special cousin, Georgia Holiday; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 27 at 2 p.m. at Greater Mount Oliver Baptist Church with Rev. Dave Curry officiating. Interment followed at Eagle Lake Community Cemetery North.

Final arrangements entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jonathan Baker, Jarred Christal, Bennie Gibson, III, De Andrea Kirkwood, Quinton Pipkins and Jarred Williams.

Honorary pallbearers were Harris Aldridge, Jr., Eddie Cloud, Freddie Cloud, Bennie Gibson, Jr., Aaron Kirkwood, Alex Williams, III, Alex Williams, Jr., Chris Wilson and Ricky Williams.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 1st, 2009

Alexander, Annie (Schwartz)

Mrs. S. H. Alexander Dead

The news that Mrs. S. H. Alexander, nee Miss Annie Schwartz was dead cast a gloom over our town. Death claimed her at her home in San Antonio at 5:30 a.m. Friday, June 20th, after an illness of pneumonia, developing into tuberculosis and finally terminating into meningitis of the brain.

Her remains were conveyed to Hallettsville and were laid to rest Sunday afternoon in the Jewish cemetery, Rabbi Marks of San Antonio officiating.

Mrs. Alexander was born and reared in our city and by her sweet and friendly disposition she was loved and esteemed by old and young alike. She was in her thirty-fifth year at the time of her death. She leaves a husband and two twin boys, five years of age, two manly little fellows, one sister, Mrs. R. H. Knolle of LaGrange and four brothers, Max and Julius of this city, Leopold of Bay City and Henry Schwartz of San Antonio, to mourn her untimely demise, to whom the Stiegler extends its most heartfelt sympathy.

Those from Schulenburg who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Max Schwartz and son, Isdore; Mr. and Mrs. Julius Schwartz, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Baumgarten, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Eilers, Mesdames W. H. Neuhaus, B. F. Johnson, R. Norhausen, Messrs. Joseph Stanly, Henry Russek, R. Schaefer, Otto Schultz and perhaps others.
Schulenburg Stickler

Colorado County Citizen, July 4, 1913
Transcribed by Judy Talkington


Deaths of 2 Eagle Lake Negro Women At Their Homes Ruled Natural Causes

Two Eagle Lake Negro women died alone at their homes and from natural causes, Justice of the Peace E. J. Frnka of Columbus ruled Monday after being called to substitute for Precinct 8 Justice of the Peace Max Conner, who is ill, in holding the inquests.

Elizabeth Alexander, about 88, was found dead in bed about 10:30 a.m. Monday by her grandniece, Bernice Ward of Garwood. The Alexander woman lived a short distance from Eagle Lake and had been to Schulenburg recently to see a doctor. She was believed suffering from infirmities of old age. [Interred in Rising Star Cemetery)

Pirley Ballard, 55, was the other woman who was found dead at her home by her husband, Lee Ballard, about 5:30 p.m. Monday when he returned from work.

Judge Frnka is quoted as saying she probably had been dead since morning. She was said to have had a bad heart.

Deputy Sheriff Marvin Buller and Eagle Lake Officers-- James Adams and Bill Chavis--investigated the deaths.

Colorado County Citizen, March 6, 1958

Alexander, John Talmadge

Death Claims Oakland School Prncipal

Brief notice was made in last week’s Mercury of the illness of Prof. J. C[sic]. Alexander, principal of the Oakland school. At the time our information was to the effect that he was threatened with pneumonia. Due to bad roads definite information was difficult to secure. Friday morning it was learned that Prof. Alexander had died suddenly and unexpectedly Thursday night about 7:30. HIs physician, Dr. A. H. Potthast of this city, we understand was out to see him Thursday morning and found him getting along about as well as could be expected. The change came very suddenly and unexpectedly and the end came like a flash, according to our information.

The remains were prepared for burial and taken to Schulenburg Friday morning, and from that point the body was taken to San Antonio, where interment took place Saturday.

Prof. Alexander is survived by his widow, a son, Gordon, and two daughters, Misses Josephine and Bernice; a sister, Mrs. Dave Parks of San Antonio, and three brothers, Thomas E. of Dallas, Walter B. of Daisetta, and Gresham of Austin.

While Prof. Alexander had not resided in this section very long, yet in that time he had won many friends. He was a man devoted to his calling, upright and conscientious in his deportment, and highly regarded by all who knew him.

His death is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Weimar Mercury, January 31, 1930, page 1

Alexander, L. M.

L.M. Alexander

Mr. L.M. Alexander was born on August 27, 1931, and went home to be with the Lord on January 6 at Houston Hospice surrounded by his loving family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin Alexander and Ricee Cook Alexander.

Mr. Alexander is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Lavera Hurd Alexander of Eagle Lake; their marital union produced three loving daughters, Leveral A. Montgomery and husband, James, of Missouri City; Sharon A. Higgins and husband, Gregory and Carol L. Bluntson, both of Houston; a loving step-mother, Julia Alexander of Los Angeles, California. Additionally his legacy continues with his four grandchildren, Cornelius Alexander of Missouri City, Terris Alexander and Samantha Bluntson of Houston, and Alexis Hence of Atlanta, Georgia; two great-grandchildren, Tranessa and Terris Alexander II. Also left to cherish his memory is one brother, James Alexander and wife, Sallie of Dallas; one sister, Nettie Stevenson and husband, Leon of Los Angeles, California; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.

L. M. professed Christ at an early age and was baptized by the late Rev. Gardner uniting with the White Cloud Baptist Church where he was a dedicated and devoted member serving faithfully as deacon and church treasurer.

He attended E. H. Henry School and furthered his education in Welding Mechanics, where he received his certification.

As a retiree of B&B Gravel Co., L.M. enjoyed his retirement years as a local small businessman serving Eagle Lake and its surrounding communities.

L.M. was a soft-spoken gentleman who performed deeds for others that were both great and small, yet never asking in return. He is a jewel that will be enormously missed and will always be treasured in our hearts.

Funeral services and entombment were held Saturday, January 12 at noon from White Cloud Baptist Church. Geo. H. Lewis & Sons was in charge of arrangements.

Casket bearers were Lloyd Middleton, Preston Hemphill, Leo Cordova, John Lee Tillman, Norman Henderson and Gary Henderson.

Honorary pallbearers were Cornelius O. Alexander, James Montgomery, Terris Alexander, Jr., Terris Alexander, Sr., Gregory Higgins and Ellis Hurd.

“Always protect your name and reputation.” – L.M. Alexander

For those desiring, contributions in memory of Mr. L.M. Alexander may be directed to the Houston Hospice and Palliative Care System, 1905 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. [Interred at Lakeside Cemetery.]

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 24th, 2008
Submitted by John Konesheck

Alexander, Paul

Negro Killed Near Mr. Herbert’s Place Saturday Night

Paul Alexander, a negro, whose home is near Vox Populi, was killed between the hours of 11 and 12 o’clock last Saturday night near the Herbert plantation. Tom Lewis, a young white man living near Garwood was arrested. Judge J. K. Davidson of this city went out to the scene of the killing early Sunday morning to hold the inquest, and from him we learn the facts of the killing, which in substance are about as follows:

Mr. Lewis rode into Garwood, tied his horse in front of one of the stores and went inside to buy a collar. When he returned about fifteen minutes later, he found his horse gone, and knowing that he had tied the animal securely, did not think it could have become untied and wandered off alone. In company with other Garwood parties, Mr. Lewis started on a search for the horse. After going some distance the party met a boy, who informed them that he had seen a man going the same direction they were headed, riding a white horse. At Henry Daniel’s place, Mr. Lewis saw his horse tied on the inside of the fence, but the negro had evidently seen Mr. Lewis and the other parties just about the same time, for he mounted the horse and started off in a run. Mr. Lewis called to him to halt, but he failed to halt. Again he called to the negro to stop, that if he didn’t stop he would shoot, but the negro kept on going and Mr. Lewis fired, the full load of BB shot taking effect in the negro’s face and head as he was looking back. The negro rolled off of the horse dead. Judge Davidson, after obtaining the evidence, allowed Mr. Lewis bond in the sum of $500, which he readily gave with a number of the Garwood citizens signing the bond. [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 28, 1911, page 1

Alexander, Tom


Tom Alexander, an aged negro who was janitor at the court house in Columbus for a long time, was shot and killed in that city last Saturday by a young negro named Brinkley. From newspaper accounts the killling seems to have been without provocation. A Winchester was the weapon used. Brinkley was lodged in jail. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury August 3, 1917

Alexander, Verdell/Virdell (Johnson)

Verdell Alexander Buried in City Cemetery Sunday

Last rites were held Sunday afternoon In the Davis Funeral chapel for Verdell Alexander, aged 60, who died Saturday in the home of her brother-In-law and sister, Stokes and Lola Johnson, with whom she had lived for the past 6 years. She came here from Dallas and had been an invalid for a long time.

The Negro woman was taken critically ill the Wednesday preceding her death. Besides her sister, Lola, she leaves another sister, Hattie Steen of Columbus, 3 brothers, and 3 children in California.

Rev. H. B. Sanders officiated and burial was in the City cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, August 23,1956

Alford, Julius Leslie

J.L. Alford Died Suddenly Funeral Tomorrow

Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock in the Baptist church at Sheridan for Julius Leslie Alford, production foreman of the Shell Oil company of Sheridan, who died in the Laughlin hospital in Eagle Lake yesterday morning after suffering a heart attack at his home.

Burial will be in the Cheatham cemetery with Revs. M.F. Dollar and Raymond Pratt officiating. Columbus Funeral Home will be in charge.

Mr. Alford was born in Mill Creek, La., Jan 20, 1895, a son of J.D. and Mary Simmons Alford.  He had lived in Sheridan 10 years and was a member of the Baptist church.  He and Mrs. Alford were married in Shelby county, Jan. 18, 1914.  He had been with the Shell company since 1934.

Survivors are his widow; 3 daughters, Mrs. Isam Brisco Jr., of Sheridan, Mrs. Charles Koenig of Cleveland and Miss Tootsie Alford of Beeville, and a son L.J. Alford of Sheridan; also six sisters, Mrs. Ollie Alexander or Beaumont, Mrs. Kate Collins and Mrs. Gertrude Arnold of Lufkin and Mrs. Nell Brinkley, Mrs. Ethel Wilcox and Mrs. Luella Moses of Houston.  Other survivors are three brothers, Seab and Herman Alford of Houston and Willie Alford of Lufkin, and 6 grandchildren. 

Colorado County Citizen, March 13, 1952
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Alford, Omie (Runels)

Mrs. Alford, 76, Buried

Funeral services for Mrs. J. L. (Mom) Alford, 76, of Sheridan were held Friday, March 3, at Mill-Bauer Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, with burial in the Cheatham Cemetery near Sheridan.

Rev. M. F. Dollar officiated.

Mrs. Alford, a Sheridan resident since February 1942, died March 1 of a heart attack.

Born in Appelby, Texas, Feb 5, 1896, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Runels, she was married to J. L. Alford Jan 18, 1914 in Shelby, County. She was a member of First Christian Church of Orangefield.

Mr. Alford died March 12, 1952. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Emmett Koenig, July 28, 1969; a great-grandson, Luther Jerry Alford Jr., Aug. 2, 1969; and three brothers, Adron, Azmon, and Jack Runels.

Surviving are a son, Luther Alford of Rock Island; three daughters, Mrs. E. N. (Dorothy) Mahan and Mrs. Isam (Helen) Brisco Jr. of Sheridan and Miss Tootsie M. Alford of Kodiak, Alaska; six grandchildren, Luther J. (Butch) Alford of Sugar Land, Mary Lou Alford and Charles L. Koenig of Houston, Jimmie Brisco of Kodiak, Alaska, and Hellene and Regeneld Brisco of Sheridan; six great-grandchildren, Lisa and Tracie Alford of Sugar Land, Binky, Richard, Cindy and Sheila Koenig of Houston; five foster children and five foster brothers.

Pallbearers were Jim Ross, Johnie Garze, Howard Criswell, Bob Criswell, Lavo Brisco, and Albert Botard.

Weimar Mercury March 9, 1972

Alford, Tootsie Mae


Tootsie Mae Alford, 72, of Sheridan, passed away April 16, in Hallettsville.

She was born Aug. 14, 1932 in Orangefield, to Leslie and Omie (Runnels) Alford. She taught school and coached girls basketball both in Texas and Kodiak, Alaska for many years, and was later associated with the Valdez Alaska newspaper as a carrier. After her retirement, she moved back to Sheridan in 1998.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Luther Alford; sister, Dorothy Mahan; nephew, Emmett Koenig; great nephew, Luther Alford; and brothers-in-law, Ted Mahan and Isam Brisco Jr.

She is survived by sons, Lawrence Babb and wife, Kathy and Woodrow Babb and wife, Kathy all of St. Louis, Mo.; three grandchildren of St. Louis, Mo.; one-step grandson of St. Louis, Mo.; and sister, Helen Brisco of Sheridan.

Graveside services were conducted April 22 at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan with Beverly Stephenson officiating under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were nephews, Luke (Butch) Alford, Charles (Buddy) Koenig, Isam (Jim) Brisco III, Reggie Brisco, Isam Brisco IV, Dustin Brisco, John Mieth Jr., and Ben Mieth.

Honorary pallbearer was Richard Koenig.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cheetham Cemetery, P.O. Box 54, Sheridan, TX 77475 or the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, April 20, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Alka, Mattie Moss (Calhoun)

Mrs. Homer Alka, Former Oakland Resident, Expires

Mrs. Homer H. Alka of Mt. Carmel, Ill., 67, the former Miss Mattie Moss Calhoun of Oakland, died Saturday, Oct. 2, in the Wabash General Hospital in Mt. Carmel, Ill., after a long illness.

The daughter of John C. and Ruth (Harris) Calhoun, she was born at Oakland March 11, 1909. Her husband died in 1970.

Survivors include two sisters, Mesdames Ivy Toliver of Egypt, Texas, and Bernice Hathcost of Tulsa, Okla. two nephews, J J. Hathcost of Tulsa and W. F Calhoun of Houston; four great nieces and four great nephews.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the Mt. Carmel Christian Church, of which she was a member.

Weimar Mercury, October 21 1976

Alkek, Anton

News was received here Monday of the death of Anton Alkek, which occurred at Eagle Lake that morning at 6 o'clock, of dropsy, after an Illness of several months. Mr. Alkek was formerly a resident of this city, being in the general merchandise business, and had many friends here who learned with regret of his untimely death. The remains were laid to rest in the [Lakeside] cemetery at Eagle Lake Monday afternoon. The sympathy of numerous friends In this city and section goes out to the family in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, August 12, 1905, page 4


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Alleway, Derek


Derek Alleway, 64, of Altair, passed away April 17, at the Memorial Hermann Hospital of Katy following a battle with cancer.

He was born July 24, 1939 in England to George and Dora (Skinner) Alleway. Alleway led a distinguished career as a construction estimator specializing in commercial buildings and had worked for Gilbane Builders and Lyn Tile. He was involved in the construction of the George R. Brown Convention Center and Space Center Houston. He married Vera Vawter in Houston on Dec. 20, 1980, has been a resident of Altair since 1984 and a member of the Church of England.

He is survived by his wife, Vera Vawter Alleway of Altair; daughters and sons-in-law, Monica and Tony Webster of West Palm Beach, Fla., Robyn and Shaun McNabb of Yoakum, Jakki Alleway of Houston; granddaughters, Brooklyn Webster and Elizabeth McNabb.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Peter.

The family will be receiving visitors at their residence during the week. The body will lie in state at the church from 12 p.m., Saturday, April 24 until service time. Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m., April 24, at First Baptist Church of Sheridan with the Rev. Mack Helms, pastor, officiating with the Rev. Brent Pittman assisting. Interment will follow at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Pallbearers scheduled are Shaun McNabb, Tony Webster, Stafford Parks, Dan Peevy, Tommy Capak and Weston Starks.

Honorary pallbearer is Johnny Janssen.

For those desiring, the family has requested memorial contributions be made to Robert Christ Scholarship Memorials, c/o Helen Croft, P.O. Box 735, Proctor, TX 76468.

The Colorado County Citizen, April 21, 2004
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Alleyn, Shirley J. (Khrovjak)


Shirley J. Alleyn, 56, of Houston, passed away June 16 of a short illness.

She was born Dec. 1, 1951 in Columbus to Ladik and Elsie Khrovjak. She was a longtime employee with the Fort Bend Independent School District.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ladik Khrovjak.

She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Mike Alleyn; sons, Brent and Blake Alleyn; mother, Elsie Khrovjak; brother, Donnie Khrovjak; sister, Susan Patino; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Baines Middle School, 9000 Sienna Ranch Road, Missouri City, 77459.

Please join us in honoring our loved one by visiting Her memorial at Through this site we invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories with our family.

Colorado County Citizen, June 24, 2008
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Shirley J. Alleyn, passed away on Monday, June 16, 2008 in Houston after a short illness. Shirley was a longtime employee with the Fort Bend I.S.D.

She is preceded in death by her father, Ladik Khrovjak. Shirley is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Mike Alleyn; sons, Brent and Blake Alleyn; mother, Elsie Khrovjak; brother, Donnie Khrovjak; sister, Susan Patino; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six until eight o’clock in the evening on Wednesday, the 18th of June at The Settegast – Kopf Co. at Sugar Creek.

A memorial service celebrating Shirley’s life will be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Thursday, the 19th of June in the Morrow Chapel at The Settegast – Kopf Co. at Sugar Creek with Rev. Kevin Kinchen officiating. A reception will follow immediately in the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Baines Middle School, 9000 Sienna Ranch Road, Missouri City, TX 77459.

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Allgood, Lavine Frances (Huebel)


Lavine Frances Huebel Allgood, 87, of Belton, passed away in Plano June 26.

She was born June 21, 1917 to Frank and Mary (Blaschke) Huebel in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hayden Ree Allgood; parents; and brother, Howard Huebel.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. and Mrs. Leonard Allgood of Plano; sister, Ruby Mae Long of Woodward, Okla.; grandchildren, Larry Allgood and wife, Barbara of Greenville, and Sheree Allgood Freeman and husband, Phillip of Waxahachie; great-grandchildren, Chris Allgood, Alicia Fogleman, Kari Beyer, Kami Freeman and Kasi Boerigter; great-great-grandchildren, Kali Beyer, Colton Beyer, Colby Beyer and Sidney Fogleman; and nieces and nephews, Jack Long, Shelia Luckey, Veronica Williams, Lana Braum.

Funeral Service were conducted at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, Tuesday, June 29, with the Rev. Larry Allgood and the Rev.Phillip Freeman officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Jack Brown, Julius Kurtz, Jack Long and Mark Boerigter.

Memorials may be given to First Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 316, Plano, Texas, 75086.

Colorado County Citizen, June 30, 2004
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Allison, Carl Pierpont

Heart attack Fatal To C. P. Allison

C. P. Allison of Corpus Christi, husband of the former Miss Leona Goode of Weimar, died at 8:30 p. m. Tuesday shortly after a heart attack.

Funeral services were held late Wednesday at Corpus Christi and burial was at 11 a.m. Thursday in Cuero, his former home town.

Mr. Allison, who had retired, had formerly been employed with an oil company.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter, Mrs. Earl Jackson, and a grandson, both living in California.

Weimar Mercury, July 29, 1960, page 1

Allison, Gladys Marie (Hadash)

Gladys Allison Funeral Services Slated May 24

Gladys M. Allison, 73, of Jourdanton died on Monday, May 15. Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, May 24 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar at 1 p.m. with Father John C. Bily officiating.

Interment will follow at the St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.

Gladys was born on Oct. 15, 1932 in Weimar.

Mrs. Allison will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her daughter, Katheryne Sternberg and husband Melvin; son, Russell Allison and wife Barbara; brothers, Marvin Hadash, Erwin Hadash, and James Hadash; grandchildren, Daryl Caiollla, Colette Myers, Ginger Potts, Allison Sternberg, and Christopher Lemery; great-grandchildren, Ellie Myers, Arianna Caiolla, Isaac Myers, Alexander Caiolla, and Cody Potts, and numerous other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Clarence Hadash, and daughter, Debra Lemery.

Weimar Mercury, May 25, 2006

Allison, Leona (Goode)

Leona Goode Allison

Leona Goode Allison. 97, passed away January 27, at the Canterbury Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Mrs. Allison was born March 15, 1908 in Osage, Colorado County. She was the youngest of four children and only daughter of John "Jack" and Harriet Caroline "Hattie" Rankin Goode. Her three brothers, Johny, James Allen, and Robert Lee Goode preceded her in death.

She married Carl Pierpont Allison in 1930. Her husband took a job with Standard Oil of New Jersey in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She joined him in December 1934. Their only child was born in December 1935.

Shortly thereafter, the family returned to America and settled in Corpus Christi. Her husband passed away in 1960.

In 1972 Leona moved to Charles Town, West Virginia to reside with her daughter.

Survived by one daughter, Virginia Allison Jackson; son-in-law, Earl L. Jackson Jr.; two grandsons, Earl L. Jackson III of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Carl W. Jackson; Carl's wife, Caroline; and two great-grandchildren, C. Austin and Alexandra C. Jackson of Berryville, Virginia.

Interment will be in the Weimar I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Donations in memory of Mrs. Allison may be made to the Salvation Army.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.  

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 2, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Allison, Viola (Stevens)

Two of Colored Race Die Sunday Night.

There were two deaths Sunday night of well known negro women of this city. “Aunt Easter” Robertson, an aged woman who has lived here by many years, died that night, and the other death was that of the wife of Jesse Allison, a well known negro man of this place. Both funerals were held the first of the week at the colored people’s burying ground west of town.

Weimar Mercury, March 16, 1917, page 1

Almanza, Steve Jr.


Steve Almanza Jr., 57 of Eagle Lake, passed away Jan. 9, at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital of Houston, following an extended illness.

He was born in Rosenberg, Oct. 6, 1946 to Steve and Victoria (Rodriguez) Almanza Sr. He attended schools in Richmond and Eagle Lake and had resided in Eagle Lake since 1960. He married Yolanda Sosa Oct. 1, 1966 and led a 20-year career working for Walter and Johnny Meitzen's Phillips 66 station of Eagle Lake, then 15 years with Jim Klopsteck's Schindler Butane of Eagle Lake. He was a member of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity, Knights of Columbus Council No. 4843 of Eagle Lake, was active in the community, softball leagues, Little League, fishing, hunting and guiding.

He is survived by wife; daughters, Becky Almanza and husband, Earnest Fields Jr. of Eagle Lake, and Kelly Almanza of Eagle Lake; son, Steve Almanza III of Columbus; brother, Lupe Almanza and wife, Debbie of Sealy; and four grandchildren, Ryan, Lee, Jadelynn and Aaliyah.

A Mass of christian burial was conducted Jan. 13 from the Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary with the Rev. Dan Kahlich, pastor, St. Anthony's Parish of Columbus officiating. Interment followed in the Nativity Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Mike Grigar, Jim Klopsteck, Julian Flores Jr., Melvin Schmitt, Ben Castillo, Neal Stevens, John Young and Joe Leivas. Honorary pallbearers named were Johnny Meitzen, Gilbert Sosa and Larry Contreras.

In lieu of flowers, donations towards medical expenses may be made to the Steve Almanza Memorial Fund, c/o First National Bank, P.O. Box 247, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434.

The Colorado County Citizen, January 14, 2004
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Almond, Ada K. (Burns)


Mrs. Ada Almond of Sheridan, a sister of Mr. John W. Burns of Calhoun, died here Monday evening after a three weeks illness with appendicitis. Mrs. Almond came to Eagle Lake ill three weeks ago and was confined to her room at the Eagle Lake Hotel some time, later being moved to the Fitzgerald Sanitarium.

She was forty years old, and a woman of charming personality and many admirable traits of character. She was very poplar with all who knew her and was held in the highest esteem wherever she was known. She is survived by her husband, and three little girls, who are making their home with the family of their uncle at Calhoun since their mother’s death, her father, Mr. Theo. Burns; her brother, Mr. J. W. Burns; her sister, Mrs. W. C. Terrel.

The funeral was held at three o’clock Tuesday afternoon, interment being made in the Lakeside Cemetery, Rev. Mr. Baine of Rock Island, conducting the funeral services.

The Headlight joins the people of Eagle Lake and community in extending its sincerest sympathy to the sorrowing relatives.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 9, 1918

Almond, Woodson N.


Mr. W. N. Almond, long-time resident of Colorado county, died early Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. C. Schaller in Glen Flora, at the age of 82 years.

Mr. Almond was born near Keysville, Virginia, in 1854. He united early in life with the Christian Church. He was first married to Miss Emma Murdock. A son and a daughter were born to this union. Mrs. Emma Almond preceded him in death by forty-six years. In 1906 he was married to Miss Ada Burns, who preceded him in death in 1918. To this union were born three daughters.

Mr. Almond came to Colorado County from New Mexico in 1912, and located at Calhoun, where he remained three years. From Calhoun he moved to Sheridan, where he resided until 1930, when he moved to Glen Flora to make his home with his daughter:

Although Mr. Almond had been confined to his bed for several years and was not conscious for the last few days preceding his death, it came as a sorrowful shock to his relatives and friends. His many fiends will miss him.

He is survived by one son. L. M. Almond of Wichita, Kansas. and four daughters, Mrs. Carry Graves of California, Mrs. A. C. Schaller of Glen Flora. Mrs. W. Martin of Houston and Miss Nora Almond of Glen Flora, and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday morning at the family home In Glen Flora, with Rev. Mr. Lampe, pastor of the Glen Flora Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment was made In the Lakeside Cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 6, 1936, page 1

Alstadter, Simon

Simon Alstadter, a young man about 20 years of age, in the employ of F. Boettcher as a clerk, died in this place last Friday morning, the 21st., of flux, after being sick only a few days. A short time since he came here from Chicago a perfect stranger, and was employed by Mr. Boettcher. At his death he was without funds. His death was telegraphed to friends in Chicago who answered: “Give him a decent burial,” which was done. [Place of interment unknown, possibly Weimar Odd Fellows]

Colorado Citizen, May 27, 1886


Altieri, Katherine Marjorie Ruth (Peebles-Graham)


Katherine Marjorie Ruth Altieri, called Kay, died on Friday, Oct. 19, at Triumph Southwest Hospital in Sugar Land, after a long illness. She died with great dignity and peace.

Kay was a remarkable person who lived a happy, full life. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all her knew her. Her sense of humor and lively spirit brought joy and laughter to her family and friends.

Kay was unique from her first moments; she entered the world on Jan. 23, 1932, in a taxi cab on the way to the hospital in Somerville, Mass. She was the daughter and third child of Thomas Henry and Irene Dunbar Peebles. Her mother died of pneumonia in 1933, and Kay was legally adopted by close family friends William and Margaret Graham of Warren, Mass. Kay attended Warren Elementary School and later graduated from Acton High School in 1949. Later that year, she went on to Pierce Secretarial School in Boston, Mass. After completing her certificate, Kay worked at Sabin Robbins Paper Company in Somerville for two years.

Kay moved on to Technology Instruments in Acton, Mass., where she became the secretary to Joseph Robert Altieri, a young electrical engineer. The two fell in love and married on March 15, 1954. The same day they wed, they set off on a cross-country road trip honeymoon for Joe's new job in California. Kay held various secretarial jobs in Los Angeles until they moved back to the East Coast to New York, where they had two children; Pamela Joy was born in 1959 and Joseph William in 1964. The family moved to Lexington, Mass., and finally, Springfield, Vt., in 1969.

Always active, Kay became a Notary Public for the state of Vermont and a licensed real estate broker. She conducted business under the name Altieri Real Estate Agency (A.R.E.A.) for 30 years.

Reading was Kay's lifelong hobby. She always had a book by her bedside or in her purse. After she moved to Columbus, in 2003, Kay served on the Nesbitt Memorial Library Board of Directors for two years and enjoyed it very much. She was also a member of the Pilot Club.

Along with reading, Kay liked to write in journals and sent many humorous letters to her loved ones or any celebrity she felt needed to hear what she had to say. She would even save funny newspaper articles to share with her friends and family.

Kay was also extremely passionate about her faith. She loved God and became a born-again Christian as a young woman. She attended Rock Island Full Gospel Church with her family and was a member of the Columbus Christian Ladies' Association. Her weekly visit to church always brought her joy and peace.

Kay was predeceased by her husband, Joe, and her brother, Tom.

She is survived by her daughter, Pamela, and her husband, David Bateman of Alpharetta, Ga.; her son, Jay, and his wife, Kathy Altieri, of Columbus; her grandchildren, Ashleigh, Dexter and Meredith Bateman, and Andrew and William Altieri; her sister T. Anna Mae Gilliatt of Burnaby, British Columbia, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services for Kay Altieri were conducted by Rev. Floyd "Buzz" Snyder at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, on Sunday, Oct. 21. Her burial was in Springfield, next to her husband, on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Arrangements were under the direction of Davis Memorial Chapel.

Colorado County Citizen, October 31, 2007
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Altman, Rhymer Edward


Rhymer Edward "R.E." Altman, 93, of Eagle Lake, passed away Saturday, June 26, at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

He was born October 20, 1910 in Inez to Max and Emma (Weige) Altman. He was baptized in Frelsburg and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Eagle Lake. He grew up in the New Ulm Community and was educated at the New Ulm School.

He married Verna Mae Schumaker Sept. 27, 1936 in El Campo. The couple resided in San Antonio for two years, where he was a butcher for Home Owned Food Stores. In 1938, the family moved to Eagle Lake to make their home. He was employed for a short time by Ben's Grocery as a butcher, and then hired by the Universal Motor Company as a salesman for 15 years before owning his own business. He owned and operated Eagle Lake Motors for 37 years. He was a rancher for 59 years and a member of the Colorado County Farm Bureau. His special interest were raising cattle, playing baseball for the New Ulm Fire Department and the Universal Motor Company teams. He enjoyed playing dominoes with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Verna Mae Altman; parents; sisters, Ivy Muench and Florence Gross; and brother, Lester Altman.

He was survived by his daughter, Glenda Altman Eberhart of Brenham; son, Charles Altman and wife, Gale, of Coldspring; granddaughter, Vickie Dannhaus and husband, Roy; grandsons, Michael Altman and wife, Sabrina, and Lance Altman and wife, Shannon, all of Brenham; step-granddaughter, D'Ann Adams and husband, Ward of Coldspring; step-grandson, Joe Woodruff and wife, Anna, of Coldspring; great-grandchildren, Kaci Dannhaus, Garrett Altman, Colson Altman, Kennedy Altman and Keaton Altman, all of Brenham; step-great-grandchild, Ashley Adams of Coldspring; special friends, Pearlie Hurd Ford and Rubin Noska; and special sitters, Jackie Chrystal and Willie B. "Jo" Jones.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with Pastor
Milroy Gregor officiating. Interment will follow in the New Ulm Cemetery.

Pallbearers scheduled are Milton Kuba, Joe Herbert McCreary, Chris McCreary, James Moore, Travis Wegenhoft and Ernest Baumgart

Honorary Pallbearers named are Oscar Miller, George Hagan, Henry Potter, Gene Brown, Paul Powers, Butch Szymanski and Marshall

Colorado County Citizen, June 30, 2004
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Altman, Verna Mae (Schumaker)


Mrs. Verna Mae Altman, age 67, of Eagle Lake, passed away suddenly, Wednesday April 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. Born, July 24, 1917 in Taiton, Texas to Charles Schumaker and Minna Schoenfield Schumaker.

She was baptized, January 19, 1918 at Trinity Lutheran Church of El Campo.

She attended Jones Creek School and completed her education at El Campo High School. She was married to Rhymer E. Altman on September 27, 1936 in Taitoon[sic] and then moved to Eagle Lake in 1938.

She was faithful to her Lord and a active member of Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake, serving on the Altar Society and belonging to the Women of the Church.

Survivors include: husband, Rhymer Altman, Eagle Lake; daughter, Glenda Eberhart, Brenham; son, Charles Altman and wife, Virginia, Brenham; granddaughter, Vickie Eberhart, Brenham; grandsons, Mike and Lance Altman also of Brenham; sisters, Amelia Gerth and husband, Helmuth, of San Antonio; Alvena Niemeir, Taiton, Lillie Pavelka, George West, Texas, brothers; Emil Schumaker and wife, Ester, of Taiton, Garrett Schumaker and wife, Edith, of San Antonio. Many cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of loved ones.

Mrs. Altman was prceeded[sic] in death by parents, and brother, Larden Schumaker of Taiton.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 6 , from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel, Pastor Edwin F. Lampe officiating. Interment was at the New Ulm Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Andy Barrass, Phd., Roy Heffley, Bill Appelt, Mickey Kochwelp, Wilton Niemeier, Bill Emmel, Les Euers, and Bobby Walla.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, April 18, 1985

Alton, James H.

Died, near Columbus on November 12th Mr. J. H. Alton, son of Mr. G. W. Alton. The deceased was born in Memphis Tenn. Moved to Texas in 1861, settled in Gonzales county, and removed to Colorado county, where he has been living until his death. He was a good, honest young man, and died in the 22d year of his age. In his death his parents lose a great treasure. He leaves a father, mother, five brothers, three sisters and a great many friends to mourn his loss. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 17, 1881
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Alvarado, Lena (Rubio)


Lena Rubio Alvarado, 87, of Eagle Lake passed away at her residence Nov. 19, following an extended illness.

She was born in Beeville to Miguel and Cecilia (Vargas) Rubio Oct. 26, 1916 and married Richard Alvarado on Jan. 19, 1944. She was a resident of Eagle Lake for most of her life. She was a member of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity of Eagle Lake and led a career in home healthcare for most of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Alvarado Sr.; and grandson, Donald Richard Barela.

She is survived by her children, Virginia Barela and husband, Simon of Van Vleck, Frances Castillo and husband, Ben of Eagle Lake, Richard Alvarado Jr. and wife Carolyn of Van Vleck and Gilbert Alvarado Sr. of Eagle Lake; sister, Otilia Rubio of Commerce; brother, David Vargas of Beeville; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral Mass took place Saturday, Nov. 22, from the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary with the Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were John Scholten, Gilbert Alvarado Sr., Gilbert Alvarado Jr., Albert Perez, Richard Alvarado Sr. and Richard Alvarado Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, November 26, 2003
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Alvarado, Richard Sr.

Alvarado Sr.

Richard Alvarado Sr., age 72, of Eagle Lake, passed away Thursday, February 4, at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston following a Iengthy illness.

Funeral services were held for Richard Alvarado Sr. Saturday, February 6 from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Fr. Jesse Euresti officiating.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Richard Alvarado Sr. was born September 23, 1915 in Brookshire to Frank Alvarado Sr. and Frances Contreras Alvarado. He moved with his parents to Eagle Lake in 1932 and later married Lena Rubio in Eagle Lake at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church,

He worked for over 30 years as a heavy equipment operator for Lone Star Industries until his health failed him.

Mr. Alvarado was also a member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of Eagle Lake.

He was preceeded[sic] in death by his father, Frank Alvarado Sr. and a grandson from Bay City, Donald Richard Barela.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lena Alvarado of Eagle Lake; mother, Mrs. Frances Alvarado of Eagle Lake; daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Ben (Frances) Castillo of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Simon (Virginia) Barela of Bay City; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Carolyn Alvarado Jr. of Bay City and Gilbert and Janie Alvarado Sr. of Eagle Lake; sister, Evita Gallegos of Houston; brothers, Mike Alvarado of Houston, Frank Alvarado Jr. and Manuel Alvarado both of Eagle Lake; seven grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Fred Sosa, Lolo Yanez, Louis and Joe Gutierrez, Clem Contreras, Julian Flores Sr. and Isadore Ramirez.

Colorado County Citizen, February 11, 1988, page 2

Alvarado, Trinidad “Trine” (Padilla)

Trinidad "Trine" Alvarado

Trinidad "Trine" Alvarado, 87, of Eagle Lake passed away Monday, October 15 at the Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

She was born September 9, 1920 in Gonzales and was a homemaker.

Trine was preceded in death by her parents Juan Padilla and Mercedes Mendoza; grandparents, Leondro Mendoza, and Romalda Rodriguez; five brothers, Lasaro Padilla, Alfred Padilla, Marcos Padilla, Luis Padilla and Juan Padilla; and three sister, Cecilia Guerra, Julia Ortega and Angelita Padilla.

She is survived by her five daughters, Mary Camarillo, Mercy Fling, Sylvia Contreras, all of Eagle Lake, and Janie Castillo of Katy, and Estella Urbina of Wharton; five sons, Tony Alvarado and Leroy Alvarado of Eagle Lake, Henry Alvarado of Florida, Manuel Alvarado of Dallas and Freddie Alvarado of Pledger; one brother, William Padilla of Houston; 30 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren, 17 great-great grandchildren and one great-great-great grandchild; and other relatives and loved ones.

Visitation was held Thursday, October 18 at 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

A prayer service was held Thursday, October 18 at 7 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 19 at 10 a.m. at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Fling officiating. Burial followed at Lakeside Mausoleum. Arrangements were under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Henry Alvarado, Manuel Alvarado, Freddie Alvarado, Tony Alvarado, Leroy Alvarado, Faustino Castillo, and Larry Contreras.

For those so desiring, memorials may be made to the Living Hope Church, P.O. Box 953, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434 or Rice Medical Center, 600 S. Austin Rd., Eagle Lake, Texas 77434.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 25th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck


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Amos, Arch

Arch or Jack Amos, son of Henry Amos, the young negro who was run over by a freight train at Luling a few days ago and his feet badly crushed, and who was taken to the railroad hospital at San Antonio, died Saturday. The body was brought to Weimar for burial. [Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, November 25, 1910, page 5

Amos, Loston


In memory of my husband, Loston Amos, who passed away a year ago.
Where he sat and talked with me
There’s just an empty chair,
And the silence now at evening
Seems more than I can bear.
He is gone but not forgotten.
Sadly missed by wife and children,
Lutishia Amos,
Henrietta Gantt,
Loston C. Amos Jr.,
Leatha M. Beans,
Oscar D.Amos,
Lorenzo L. Amos
[Interment in Good Hope Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, August 1, 1963, page 9

Amos, Lutishia (Bratcher)


Funeral services were held for Lutishia (Bratcher) Amos Tuesday, August. 30 from Olive Branch Baptist Church at Glidden under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home, Inc. in Columbus, with Rev. Lemmie McGrew officiating.

Burial was at Good Hope Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Lutishia (Bratcher) Amos was born to the late Mike and Pinkie Bratcher. She united at an early age with Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

She was united in marriage to the late Loston Amos Sr. in 1924. To this union eight children were born; three preceded Sister Amos in death.

She leaves to mourn her passing two daughters, Henrietta Gantt and husband, James, and Leathia Bean and husband, Willie, of San Antonio; three sons, Loston Amos Jr. and wife, Cynthia, and Lorenzo Lee Amos Sr. and wife, Marsha of San Antonio, Oscar D. Amos Sr and wife, Maggie of Austin; two sisters, Rosie Lee Burley of Weimar and Maydell Wilkerson of San Antonio; also twenty grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Anthony Bernard Bean, Lorenza Lee Amos Jr., Oscar D. Amos Jr., Charles H. Gantt, Clarence J. Gantt and Gregory D. Amos.

Honorary pallbearers were her sons and sons-in-law.

Colorado County Citizen, September 8, 1988, page 2

Amos, Ruby Lee

Ruby Lee Amos

On February 26, 1943, a baby girl named Ruby Lee was born to the Willie B. Robinson and Emmitt Montgomery. She grew up in the Garwood Community under the care of her adoptive mother, Viola Johnson.

She attended E.H. Henry School.

Later, she gave birth to four sons, Robert, Lester, Timothy and Ronterio; and one daughter, Lotronda.

Ruby was a well known lady who was well respected by many family members and friends. She will be truly missed.

On January 9 she entered into eternal rest.

She was preceded in death by her parents; adoptive mother; son, Robert Earl Amos; one sister, Ruth Thelma Montgomery; and one brother, L.C. Montgomery.

Ruby leaves to cherish her memory three sons, Lester Paul Amos of San Antonio, Timothy Wayne Montgomery and Ronterio Amos of Garwood; one daughter, Lotronda Coleman of Lewisville; six grandchildren, Ashley Jackson, (Dammeriax), Nelson Dabney, Jr., Shametria Gonzales, Oleatha Coleman, Tobias Cotton and Norisha Holloway; one great-grandchild, Dammeriax Jackson, Jr.; one brother, Elmo Montgomery of Garwood; one God sister, Katie Johnson; three special nieces, Roslyn Johnson, Catherine Pettus, and Regina Yell; three nephews, Lynn Montgomery, Kim Montgomery, and Roy Johnson, Jr.; a best friend, Amelia Holloway; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 17 at 2 p.m. at White Cloud Baptist Church with Evangelist Vernon Johnson officiating. Interment followed at Williams Paradise Cemetery in Vox Populi.

Another life celebration by Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Jay Johnson, Joe Lee Rice, Shaun Johnson, Kenny Johnson, Eric Dunmore, George Johnson and Harold Davis.

Honorary pallbearers were Lester Paul Amos, Timothy Montgomery, Ronterio Amos, Nelson Dabney, Jr., Lynn Montgomery, and Roy Johnson, Jr.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 22, 2009


(browse all obituaries with Anders surname)

Anderson, A. E.


A. E. Anderson, sixty-three years of age, was found dead Saturday morning, near Matthews. The body was found to the side of the road, with hat under head, as if used for a pillow. Mr. Anderson, with Dr. G. S. Love, moved here four years ago, and since that time the two old men have lived together in a little house on the Ramsey road, about two and a half miles west of town. The two old men “bached” together in Nebraska before coming to Eagle Lake. While Mr. Anderson had not been in the best of health for some time past, Dr. Love states that he was not in poor health. He left the house Tuesday morning to come to town for some groceries, and was not seen by Dr. Love any more until after the discovery of his dead body. Dr. Love states that he believes the old man thought he was coming back out home, which is just to one side of the Southern Pacific railroad, but instead of walking out the Southern Pacific track, took the Santa Fe and walked until in the vicinity of Matthews. Then he is thought to have left the railraod and strolled around in an effort to locate himself, when the chilly night overtook him and he lay down to sleep. During the night it is believed he got so cold that he was never able to revive, and died where he had slept. The body was buried inthe Lakeside cemetery Sunday.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 8, 1913, page 1

Anderson, Arthur Haley

A. H. Anderson Passes Away on Tuesday

Funeral services were held at two o'clock on Thursday afternoon at the Evangelical United Brethren Church, Lissie for Arthur H. Anderson, prominent citizen of the Chesterville area, who died at the Memorial Hospital in Houston at 12:10 Tuesday morning. He had been ill only a few weeks.

Rev. Paul R. Servey Sr., of San Antonio and Rev. P. L. Davis of El Campo officiated at the funeral services. Three favorite hymns were sung at the church. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were D. R. Wintermann, Mose Thomas, J. H. Clipson, J. L. Adkins of Eagle Lake, L. S. Sklar of Sealy, Ed Causey and M. E. Isenhower of Lissie and Illey Crow of Chesterville.

Mr. Anderson was born on August 9, 1891 at Providence, Illinois and came to the Chesterville community when a lad of six years old with his family where he has resided since.

In 1920 he was married to Miss Clara M. Segelquist at Lissie, and she survives with two children, Rev. Joe R. Anderson, pastor of the Evangelical Brethren Church at Wichita Falls and Miss Donna Rae Anderson, freshman student in the Eagle Lake High School. One brother, Ben Anderson of Chesterville; a sister, Miss Ruth Anderson of Houston and three grandchildren also survive.

Mr. Anderson had spent all of his life in a farming community and was himself a prominent and efficient farmer, dealing particularly in rice farming. He was associated with the American Rice Growers Association here for many years.

He served for twenty-five years as Superintendent of the Sunday School of the Lissie church to which office he devoted much time and attention. He was an extremely devout man, and family, his church and his community all felt the worth of his justice and kindness. He was ever present at community affairs in the Chesterville and Lissie areas and took a great deal of interest in activities in Eagle Lake.

The many friends of the family join in expressing deepest sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 12, 1947

Anderson, Carolyn (Kelley)

Graveside services for Carolyn Kelly Anderson, 54, of Columbus and formerly of Rock Island, were held August 11,1992, at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island with Bro. Brent Pittman officiating. Anderson died August 8,1992 at Eagle Lake Community Hospital. She was born March 3,1938, in Austin, the daughter of George Curtis and Katherine Leona Fritz Kelley. She was a waitress and a member of New Bielau Lutheran Church. She was preceded in death by her father and an infant sister, George Ann Kelley. Survivors include her mother, Katherine Kelley of Columbus; a daughter and son-in-law. Donna and David Venghaus of Rock Island; a son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Sharon Anderson of Bellville; and four grandchildren, Joshua and Justin Venghaus and Amanda and Christopher Anderson. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.
Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 13, 1992
Contributed by Patt Hall-Smith

Anderson, Effie Estelle (Morton)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Anderson Held Yesterday

Last rites were held yesterday at Columbus Funeral home for Mrs. T. C. Anderson of Glidden Hill, who died in Youens hospital at Weimar Monday morning. Burial was in the Live Oak cemetery, between Borden and Weimar. Rev William F. Hathaway of the Columbus Methodist church officiated.

Mrs. Anderson, whose maiden name was Effie Estelle Morton, was born April 28, 1890, in Colorado county. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Tom Morton. She had spent her entire life in this area.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Dickson of Houston; a sister, Mrs. A. Funicella of Port Arthur and a brother, Grady Morton, of George West.

Pallbearers were relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, November 12, 1959, page 8

Anderson, Esther

Eagle Lake News

After a long and painful illness, Miss Esther, the twenty-nine year old daughter of Mr. P. Anderson of Chesterville, died at the sanitarium in Eagle Lake Sunday evening and was buried in Chesterville Monday. Miss Esther was a most lovable girl and by her consistent christian life, endeared herself to all who met her. The grief stricken relatives have the sympathies of he entire community

Colorado Citizen, January 12, 1923, page 5

Anderson, Fannie

Murder Most Foul

A Negro Crazed with Jealousy and Rage, Cuts his Wifes Throat, and Kills Her, with a Razor.

On last Monday morning our usually quiet town was thrown into a state of excitement by the announcement that Max Anderson, a colored ex-barber of Columbus, had killed Fannie Anderson with a razor, by cutting her throat.  Repairing to the spot, immediately north of the depot, a horrid sight met the view.  Fannie was lying on the ground, cold in death, with several cuts on her arms and hands, and it seemed a dozen ghastly gashes about her neck and throat.  The crime was committed by her husband, Max Anderson, with a razor; and although in a public part of town, and the victim screaming for help, the dark deed was so quickly accomplished that no one could interfere to prevent it.  It seems that the parties were married some months ago, and had lived together for a time, but Max being a shiftless fellow and doing little for their support, Fannie had concluded to leave him and work for herself; but going to a disreputable house, Max threatened to kill her if she didn’t leave there, and a few weeks since got a dray and hauled her to a place he had rented. But she did not remain there long, and returned to her former haunts.  On Monday morning Max met her at the well, and committed the crime above narrated.  Immediatly[sic] after the commission of the deed, he started to run towards the wagon bridge north of town, officer S. D. Harbert and some others in pursuit.  And he would doubtless have effected his escape had not Mr. James Ramsey brought him to the ground with a brick, when he was secured.  Finding he could not escape he dropped his razor in the sand; and attempted to cover it up.  He was immediately placed in jail.  The colored citizens are very indignant, and there was some talk of swinging Anderson up without judge or jury by them, but better com[illegible] prevailed. . . [Fannie Anderson’s place of interment is unknown.]

Colorado Citizen, May 22, 1879, page 3
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Anderson, John

The many friends of Col. John Anderson in this city will regret to hear of the old gentleman’s death. He died at Racine, Wisconsin, on the 13th ult., in the 84th year of his age. He was the father of Mr. T. W. Anderson, formerly telegraph manager at this place, and on his occasional visits to his son he had by his genial disposition and kindliness of heart, made numerous friends. He has spent a long and useful life, and passed away deeply lamented by many relatives and friends.

Colorado Citizen, March 1, 1883

Anderson, Joseph Pinckney

J. P. Anderson Dies Suddenly.

Eagle Lake, Tex., Aug. 3.-J. P. Anderson, known throughout this section as "Uncle Pink" died suddenly this morning at 8 o'clock of heart failure. Mr. Anderson went out to his farm yesterday afternoon and became overheated while walking over the fields. He came home and was quite ill for a while, but soon rallied and was thought to be all right again. He was up this morning and said he was coming to town but was advised not to do so. His body was found in the yard at his home where he had fallen. His wife and other relatives are in Corpus Christi, where they are spending the summer. Besides his wife, Mr. Anderson leave one daughter, Mrs. J. R. Dennis of Wharton. Mr. Anderson was one of the most popular men in Colorado County.

He was born in Marshall County, Alabama, in 1844, and moved to Texas in 1855, locating in Wharton County. He moved to Colorado County the follow in year, having settled in the southwest end of this country. Mr. Anderson's death is the third in his family within the past month. Three weeks ago his sister, Mrs. Julia Cobb Frazar, died at her home here and two weeks ago his brother, Mr. Dock Anderson died after only a few days illness. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, August 9, 1912, page 7

Anderson, Keith Leon

Keith Leon Anderson

February 16, 1930 • January 16, 1993

Keith L Anderson,. age 62, of El Campo, passed away Saturday, January 16,1993, at 11:30 a.m. in the Garden Villas Nursing Home in EI Campo. He was born, February 16,1930, to Oscar and Emma Lindquist Anderson.. Mr. Anderson graduated from El Campo High School in 1948. He moved to California and returned to El Campo two years ago. He was a crop duster working as chief pilot for Lakeland Aviation in California. He was member of the First Lutheran Church of El Campo and a member of B.P.O.E. Lodge. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Joan Reid Anderson. Survivors are his daughters and sons-in law: Jean and Peter Spangenberg of Little Rock, Ark., Janet and Mike Holyfield of Templeton, Cal.; son and daughter-in-law, Reid and Susie Power of Visalia, Cal; brothers, Cecil Anderson of El Campo and Carl Anderson of Bay City; six grandsons, one granddaughter, beloved nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Following the cremation, memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Thursday January 21, from the First Lutheran Church of El Campo with Pastor John Willmann officiating. Committed services and interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Memorials may be made to die First Lutheran Church, 304 Oscar St, El Campo, Tx. 77437. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; January 21, 1993
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Anderson Mary Walker (McNeill)

Died at the Knotts’ House, Columbus, of congestion of the lungs, Col. Harry McNeill, of Eagle Lake, Colorado County. The deceased was a graduate of West Point and colonel of Tom Green’s Brigade of Texas Rangers. He was extensively known in our state and has many friends who will mourn for his loss.

His sister Mrs. T. Scott Anderson, died of pneumonia, superinduced by sitting up with her brother, on Sunday last. She was one of the most accomplished ladies of this section. The father, Mr. Angus McNeill, has the sympathies of the community generally at his irreparable loss.

[No mention made of loss to H. C. McNeill’s wife, Maggie Murray McNeill, and she was still alive. And McNeill was not in Texas Rangers; it was the 5th Texas Calvary. Place of interment is unknown.]

Colorado Citizen, Nov. 30, 1876---almost same wording in Galveston News Dec. 2, 1876
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Anderson, Robert


Henry Thomas, a negro on the Carter place in the bottom, in the upper edge of Wharton county, shot and instantly killed Robert Anderson, his brother-in-law, one night last week, about 12 o’clock at night. Thomas heard an unusual noise and went out to investigate and discovered a man on top of his house. The man was hailed but refused to answer, when Thomas called to his wife for his gun. In the mean time Anderson jumped down and endeavored to escape and while running was shot with the above fatal results. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 21, 1892, page 3

Anderson, Robert L. “Bob”


Robert L. "Bob" Anderson, 70, of Rock Island, passed away May 11.

He was born in Seattle, Wash., Dec. 29, 1934 to Andrew and Katherine (Besel) Anderson and married Pat Kresta, March 7, 1981 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hallettsville. He was a member of the Rock Island Volunteer Fire Deparment and Lutheran Men in Mission.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons; and a nephew.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Donna Venghaus of Columbus and Debbie Henry of Arizona; son, Jimmy Dole Anderson of Fayetteville; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and good friends, Keith Nance and Lee Girndt.

A memorial service was conducted May 15 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hallettsville with the Rev. Herb Beyer officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Rock Island Volunteer Fire Department.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bob Anderson Park; Hospice of South Texas in Hallettsville or St. Peter Lutheran Church in Hallettsville.

Colorado County Citizen, May 18, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Anderson, Ruth (McElhinney)

Ruth McElhinney Anderson

Ruth McElhinney Anderson, 89, of Eagle Lake, died on July 20 in Roswell, New Mexico at approximately 1 p.m.

Services were held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24 from Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake with the Rev. George Welsch officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

She was born on October 8, 1895 in Crowley, Louisiana, a daughter of Samuel B. and Grace L. Veall McElhinney. She was an Eagle Lake resident most of her life recently moving to Roswell to be close to her daughter. She was affiliated with Christ Episcopal.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Meriweather Lewis Anderson in 1965.

Survivors include: a daughter, Mrs. Phelps (Judith) White of Roswell, New Mexico; a son, David Meriweather Anderson of El Paso; three grandsons, four granddaughters and two great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Fulton Dromgoole Sr., Joe Lee McCreary, George Stratman, Joe N. Frazar, David Wintermann, Arthur Mahalitc, George Cason and Bill Harrison Jr.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Sympathy is extended to the family.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 25, 1985
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Anderson, Sarah

Sarah Anderson, the aged mother of Hattie Green, both well known colored residents of this place died Wednesday morning. She was born in Mockenberg [Mecklenburg?] county, N. C., and was brought to Texas at the age of 10 years by the late Jos. Walker. During her life time she accumulated five $20 gold pieces, which she tenaciously clung to, but just before her death she gave one to each of her surviving children. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon. [Burial place unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 28, 1916, page 5

Anderson, Susan Ann


To the Memory of Susan Ann Anderson, 69 Years old, Departed this Life October 12, 1881, Affectionately Dedicated to her Husband, John W. Anderson and Family.

We shed the tear of bitter grief
Over our Mother’s doom
Can our sad hearts find no relief
When we mourn for thee in the tomb?

Yes, while we mourn over the departed our hearts are no more gladdened by the kindly smile and gentle footsteps. Can we not give the[sic] up, sweet Mother, to dwell in a home of bliss? Fare thee well, dear Mother, thou didst “twine thyself as a beautiful garland around the hearts of many; gentle and kind thou wast.” Thou wast too pure for earth, thou wast kind indeed, so we miss they presence here, in vain we look for thy sweet smile that once gladdened our hearts like a beautiful sun beam dispelling care and trouble from our beloved home. In vain we listen for they sweet voice that is now hushed beneath the silent tomb, and long for one clasp of the hands that are now folded quietly over thy peaceful breast. Sleep on, gentle Mother, no care will disturb thy peaceful slumber here. . . [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, November 3, 1881, page 3

Anderson, Thomas Creed

Thomas Anderson Funeral Is Held

Thomas Creed Anderson, who died last Saturday in Austin, was buried in Live Oak cemetery Tuesday, after services in Columbus Funeral home at 2 p.m., the Rev. H. L. McAllister, Methodist minister of Weimar, officiating.

A native of Yoakum, Mr. Anderson was born May 11, 1877, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Hampton Anderson. His wife, who was a sister of the mother of Sykes Butler, died several years ago. The couple had made their home on Glidden Hill for about 10 years.

He is survived by a son in San Antonio and several grandsons and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Dorothy Dixon of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, September 5, 1963, page 10

Anderson, Will

FATAL ACCIDENT.--About 11 o’clock last Sunday an orphan negro boy named Will Anderson, about fifteen years old, met his death from an accident on the railroad. He had jumped upon the freight train going East, and had been put off by the Conductor, when he ran ahead several car lengths and attempted to again board the train while in motion. Slipping, he fell upon the track and his knee cap ws cut smoothly off, and his leg broken and terribly mutilated. He was picked up and Dr. R. H. Harrison, director of the railroad hospital at this place, was sent for to minister to his wounds, but the boy never rallied and died with a few hours, having received fatal internal injured, from which he bled to death. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, April 21, 1887

Anderson, William Jasper

We were pained to hear of the death of our friend and former countyman, W. Jasper Anderson, of Wharton county, which occurred at Hot Springs, Ark. on the 21st, from congestion. He was en route to Eureka Springs, at the time for the benefit of his health. Mr. Anderson was a quiet, unobtrusive gentleman, with many virtues of head and heart, and singularly free from every thing approaching evil. He led a blameless life, and died in its prime, lamented by a large circle of relatives. He was buried by the side of his mother on Saturday last with Masonic rites. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, June 29, 1882
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Andreas, Frank F.

Frank Andreas

Funeral services for Frank F. Andreas, 54, of Columbus will be held today, Thursday, May 30 at 2 p.m. from Henneke Funeral Home, with the Rev. Don Vlasek officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. Andreas died at his home May 28. A son of Joe and Agnes Woznick Andreas, he was born Sept. 16, 1919 in Fayetteville. He lived in Columbus the past 30 years. He was a plant operator, working for Thorstenberg Materials Co.

Survivors are his wife, Vivian Andreas of Columbus; mother, Mrs. Agnes Andreas of Columbus; one son, Frankie Joe Andreas of Austin; 2 sisters, Mrs. Frank Krenek of Fayetteville and Mrs. Louis Richter of Lone Oak.

Pallbearers are Wilburn Wessels, Floyd Borski, Albert Prasifka, Fritz Andreas, Denver Meyer and C. J. Orask.

Colorado County Citizen, May 30, 1974
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Andreason, Charlie

Funeral Held At Sheridan

Funeral services were held at Sheridan Nov. 2 for Charlie Andreason, about 89, who had lived in the Sheridan community for the past 37 years, having come to this country from Denmark, his native land.

Mr. Andreason died suddenly Nov. 1 at his home near Sheridan. He was a retired carpenter.

Burial was in the Cheetham cemetery with Rev. M. F. Dollar of the Sheridan Baptist church officiating. Untermeyer Bros. were in charge.

Colorado County Citizen, November 14, 1946

Andriano, Charles Joseph

The Citizen regrets to announce the death of Mr. Charles J. Andriano, who departed this life in this city last Tuesday. He contracted cold in LaGrange, which develped into pneumonia after his return to Columbus, from which he never rallied. He has been a resident of Weimar and Columbus many years, engaged in the restaurnt, fish and oyster business. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his loss. His remains were buried at the city [Odd Fellows Rest] cemetery at 10 o’clock yesterday morning. The Citizen joins relatives and friends in condolence.

Weimar Mercury, January 12, 1901

Andriano, Mary Louise (Paulsen)

Mrs. Andriano Dies; Long-Time Member of M.E. Church

Last rites for Mrs. Mary Louise Andriano, who died Friday, were held in Columbus Funeral home Saturday afternoon, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.  The Rev. William F. Hathaway of First Methodist church officiated.  Mrs. Andriano had interesting history, both in the family of her parents and of her husband.  She was born in High Hill, near Schulenburg, Oct. 19, 1871, coming here in 1882.  She would have been 90, had she lived until today.  Her parents were Gustav and Mary Baumgarten Paulsen, her father having been a cabinetmaker who made the heavy doors and other woodwork still used on the present Colorado county courthouse and who worked for the old G.H. & S. A. railroad when its shops were in Harrisburg, helping to build railway cars.  Before that, he served with the Confederate army.  She was married in 1885 to Charles Joseph Andriano, who came to this country from Germany.  Mr. Andriano was once postmaster at Osage and later operated a restaurant in Columbus.  He died young of pneumonia in 1901.  While a young man in St. Louis, he was taken to Vienna, Austria, where he had a part of his lung removed.   He came south because of his health.  The family has his citizen ship papers, dated 1859.  Mrs. Andriano had been a member of the local Methodist church longer than anyone else, having joined in 1880, when the church was on Prairie st.  She had been blind for years and had been under doctor's care since 1954.  She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. A. N. Evans Sr., Mrs. Charline Lewis and Miss Mary Andriano; a brother, Herman Paulsen; 3 grandchildren, Mrs. Joe L. McKinzie and Arthur Evans Jr. of Columbus and Mrs. R. E. Koenig of Houston; and 7 great- grandchildren.  Pallbearers were Gus Miller Jr., Jack Allen, Billy Paulsen, R. E. Wolters, Raymond Burger, Delmar Fehrenkamp and Jack Gillespie.

The Colorado County Citizen, October 19, 1961
 Submitted by David Hahn

Andrus, Nannie (Thatcher)

Episcopalians To Get New Church

Late Mrs. Nannie Andrus Bequeaths Funds For Building Modern Fire-proof Church In City. Other Churches Also Remembered.

By the terms of the last will and testament of the late Mrs. Nannie Andrus, who departed this life last Thursday, the local congregation of the St. John's Episcopal Church is to have a new modern, fire-proof church building.

The will authorizes and instructs Mr. Owen G. Hoegemeyer, independent executor, to sell the property of the estate and allocate $20,000 to the building of a modern fire-proof church building for that church. It also provides that a like amount be used to construct such a building for the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of this city, and the residue, if any, be given to the Methodist Church for improvement of its property, unless said residue exceeds $15,000 in which case it must be used to build a church.

Made in 1925, the will would have had sufficient property supporting it, likely, to have cared for all bequests made, but since real estate and other property is not worth as much now as then, it is extremely doubtful whether funds becoming available under the will can reach much beyond the first church item.

Mrs. Andrus directed in her will that her body be laid beside that of her mother, Mrs. Thatcher, in the City Cemetery and that the remains of her first husband, Mr. Cass Byars, be moved to her side. A monument to cost not less than $1,800 was ordered placed above their graves. Disposal of the property is ordered to be completed within three years and the purposes of her will accomplished within five years.

"Miss Nannie" was a benevolent Christian soul, and has chosen to dispose of her worldly goods in a manner that will make her name and her life long remembered among living peoples. Outspoken and quick to form an opinion, she sometimes appeared even abrupt, yet underlying that exterior of business briskness acquired by long time dealing with subordinates on her farm properties, she had a heart of gold and an understanding sympathy as pure as the sun's rays.

Her bequests are a monument to her memory far more valuable and real than the stone ordered placed at the head of her resting place.

Colorado County Citizen, October 28, 1937
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Anhaiser, Anton

Funeral Rites for Anton Anhaiser, 72, Set Friday Morning

Funeral services for Anton Anhaiser Sr., 72, who died Tuesday morning at his home in the Dubina section, will be held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church tomorrow (Friday) morning.

Services in the funeral home chapel will begin at 8:30, and the church rites at 9. Rosary will be recited tonight at 7:30 at the funeral home. Burial will in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mr. Anhaiser had been ill for about a year.

A native of Schulenburg, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Anhaiser, he was born July 29, 1881. On Nov. 4, 1904, he married Miss Mary Nohavitz and they settled on a farm near here. They had lived in the Dubina-Weimar area ever since.

Surviving in addition to his widow are three sons, Ray of Sugar Land; Anton Jr. of Fairchild, Washington; and Joe of Houston; five daughters, Mrs. Helen Tannich of Deming, New Mexico; Mrs. Ann Gassmann of Schulenburg; Mrs. Mary Heinrich, Grand Prairie; Mrs. Agnes Heinrich of Weimar; and sister James Marie of Port Isabel; a sister, Mrs. Annie Blaschke of Schulenburg; 30 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A daughter, Louise, preceded him in death, in 1929.

Weimar Mercury, December 18, 1953, page 1

Anhaiser, Magdaline


While not unexpected, due to advanced age and continued ill health, yet the death of Mrs. Magdaline Anhaiser, aged mother of Mr. Anton Anhaiser of the Dubina section early last Sunday morning, brought a wave of sadness to the hearts of many of our citizens, who for so long a time had known this respected lady.

The funeral took place Monday morning, at St. Michael's Cemetery, this city, with Rev. J. J. Hildebrand officiating in a touching burial service. The pall bearers were as follows: Messrs. Anton Beck, Chas. Mazoch, Felix Gassmann, John Gassmann, Rudolf Hollas and Ferd. Kloesel.

Mrs. Anhaiser was born in Austria in 1854 and was slightly over 79 years of age at time of death. She was united in marriage to Mr. Anton Anhaiser in the old country and soon afterward the couple came to America, first settling in the Schulenburg section. This was about 1873. From there they moved to the Oakland section, thence to the Sedan section, where the remainder of her life was spent. For a number of years she made her home with her son, Mr. Anton Anhaiser of Dubina community.

To Mr. and Mrs. Anhaiser three children were born and are still living, as follows: Mrs. Mary Popp and Mrs. Alois Blaschke of Schulenburg and Mr. Anton Anhaiser of the Dubina community. Also surviving are fifteen grandchildren and several great-grand-children.

Mrs. Anhaiser was greatly beloved by all who knew her. She was a good, true, christian lady, ever proving herself to be a devoted wife and mother, a good neighbor and friend, and one whose presence was always welcome at every gathering. She will be greatly missed in the community where she lived for so long a time.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, June 9, 1933, page 1

Anhaiser, Maria (Nohavitza) Wanja

Mrs. Mary A. Wanja, 67, Dies Suddenly On Wedding Day

A happy wedding celebration came to a tragic end at Dubina last Thursday night as Mrs. Mary Anhaiser Wanja, 67, suffered a fatal heart attack just a few hours after her marraige[sic] to Frank Wanja.

The wedding had been held that morning in the Dubina Catholic church, followed by an all-day celebration. She was at the Anhaiser borne at Dubina when the attack came; she succumbed before a doctor could reach there, at about 10:30.

Funeral services were held Sunday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church, with Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiating, assisted by Rev. Clarence Leopold and Rev. Benton Thurmond. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

A lifelong resident of the Weimar area, she was born Dec. 12, 1836, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Nohavitza. She was married in 1904 to Anton Anhaiser, who died In 1953. Mrs. Wanja was a member of the Dubina church, KJZT, and St. Ann's Society.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Frank Wanja of Weimar, are three sons, Ray of Sugar Land, Anton Jr. of Fairchild, Wash, and Joe of Houston; five daughters, Mrs. Helen Tannich of Deming, N. M., Mrs. Ann Gassmann of Schulenburg, Mrs. Mary Heinrich of Weimar, and Sister James Marie of Corpus Christi; three sisters, Mrs. Jerry Zapalac, Mrs. Joe Sekerka and Mrs. Frank Sekerka; one brother, Adolph Nohavitza; 30 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three step-children, Lawrence and James Wanja and Mrs. Thomas Brinegar, all of Dallas.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Ray Anhaiser Jr., Leonard Joe Anhaiser, Leon Anhaiser, Edwin Gassmann Jr., Daniel Gassmann and Edwin Vacek.

Weimar Mercury, July 16, 1954, page 1

Anthony, David L.


David L. Anthony died March 5, 2007, husband of Elizabeth (Betty) Anthony.

He was a native of Swampscott, Mass.

Navy service in World War II was in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater as a petty officer on the USS Panamint.

A retired electrical engineer, he held degrees from WPI and Northeastern University. Resident of Columbus for 35 years, Dave served as a Lions Club president and was a seven-year member of the Columbus Com-munity Hospital Board of Trustees.

He leaves two daughters, Susan Munson and Judith Anthony and two grandsons, Christopher and Matthew Munson. He also leaves a brother, Stephen R. Anthony of Cranston, R.I.

There will be no services. [Place of interment not given]

Colorado County Citizen, March 7, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen
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