Mrs. Boettcher, First PTA Head Here, Succumbs
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for Mrs. J. O. Boettcher, 79, first president of the Weimar High School PTA and a prominent businesswoman here several decades ago.
Ms. Boettcher died at noon Sunday in the Sievers Convalescent Home at Gonzales. She had been an invalid the past 10 years.
Mrs. Boettcher was the former Miss Agnes Doggett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Doggett. Born Jan 12, 1884 on a farm near Weimar, she attended the public school here and Sam Houston State Teaches College, where she was graduated in 1904. She was married to J. O Boettcher on April 25, 1906, and took an active part in the thriving Boettcher Co. which he headed for many years. After his death Nov. 8, 1935, she assumed management of the company, also serving as vice-president of the Texas Pickle Co. and the Weimar Canning Co.
She was first president of the Mother’s Club, forerunner of the PTA, when it was re-organized in 1915, serving as president also in 1916-17 and 1927 to 1929.
Mrs. Boettcher is survived by one son, Francis O. Boettcher, and one daughter, Mrs. F. F. Brasher, both of Weimar; 3 grandchildren, John Boettcher of Dallas, Thomas Brasher of Houston and Mrs. Frank Perez of Albuquerque, N. M.; 2 great-grandchildren, Lisa and Steve Boettcher of Dallas; 2 nephews, Wm. F. Dogget[sic] of Richmond and Thomas J. Doggett of Houston; and 3 nieces, Mrs. Mary Louise Kennedy of Chicago and Mrs. Jane Scott and Mrs. Lucille Brown, both of Richmond.
Weimar Mercury, December 5, 1963, page 1
DEATH OF MRS. A. L. BOETTCHER
Mrs. A. L. Boettcher, 70 years old, died at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. V. Neuhaus, 2116 San Jacinto street. Mrs. Boettcher was born in Munchen-Gladbach, Germany, October 2, 1839. She married F. Boettcher October 6, 1860 at Brussels, Belgium. The American consul performed the ceremony.
Mrs. Boettcher had been a resident of Texas for more than 50 years. Her first home was at Content, Colorado county, Texas. Mrs. Boettcher’s husband died in 1894.
She is survived by 12 children, Mrs. C. L. Neuhaus, F. A. Boettcher, Mrs. J. V. Neuhaus, Mrs. W. H Millam, Mrs. F. H. Neuhaus, Mrs. E. W. Sharvin, all of Houston; R. C. Boettcher of Schulenburg; J. O. boettcher of Weimar; Mrs. Lester Holt of Halletsville; V. H. Boettcher of Oklahoma City, Okla., E. O. Boettcher of Hico, Texas, and Mrs. E. A. O’Donnell of El Paso; twenty-three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 9:30 a. m. Wednesday from the residence of J. V. Neuhaus, 2116 San Jacinto street. Rev. T. J. Windham will officiate. Mrs. Boettcher’s eight grandson will be pallbearers. They are H. V. Neuhaus, Lester Neuhaus, Victor Neuhaus, Charles Neuhaus, Fred Boettcher, Joe Sharvin, Kessler Boettcher, Vernon Neuhaus.
The body will be forwarded to Weimar where funeral services will be held. Rev. Paul Piepenbrok will officiate. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows' Cemetery] Honorary pallbearers will be T. A. Hill, T. S. Doggett, George Herder, Sr., E. B. Kessler, G. Cranz, W. A. VanAlstyne, P. J. Shaver, Charles Fahrenthold, J. W. Holt, G. Buske. Active pallbearers will be George Herder, Jr., H. J. Laas, O. A. Rose, Ben B. Holt, Sam P. Doggett, Grady Shaver.--Houston Post
Mrs. Boettcher was one of the oldest settlers of this section. Living with her husband and family for a number of years at Content, afterward moving to Weimar, she lived here up to a few years go, when she was induced to make her home during the winter months with her children in Houston. However, each summer she came back to the old family home and with visits from her children elected to spend a few months of the year at the dearest spot on earth--home. Mrs. Boettcher was known and loved by all our people. She was a lady of engaging personality, loved to have young people around her, and in days gone by her home was ever a haven of pleasure to the young, who loved to gather within its hospitable walls. Her devotion to her children was marked, and in return their devotion to the aged mother was equally so. In her declining years she was surrounded by every comfort that heart could desire, her children doing everything possible for mother’s comfort. Mrs. Boettcher raised a family of twelve children, and it is a remarkable fact she lived to see all of them grown into maturity. Not a death has ever occurred among the twelve--a record that is truly remarkable. Our people feel keenly the loss of this beloved, good woman, so long a citizen of our community, and extend heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved children in their irreparable loss. God comfort them in their bereavement is our sincere prayer.
Weimar Mercury, May 30, 1919
WEIMAR LOCAL MATTERS
Quite a sad accident occurred in our city last Saturday at about 6 o’clock, p.m., that has cast quite a gloom over our community. Chas Boettcher, an old citizen of this county, came in town in a two-horse wagon on Saturday, and late in the evening started home, and going down a small slant near the Methodist church, in which a little rut had been washed out by the recent rains, driving rather fast, was throw from his seat in the wagon upon the hard ground, the hind wheels of the wagon passing over his body, from the effect of which he died in a very few minutes. An inquest was held which elicited the above facts. Charlie leaves a wife and five small children and a host of friends to mourn his loss. His family are left in good circumstances as to this world’s goods. His remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Sunday evening at 5 o’clock. Rev. C. Geiger, of the Lutheran Church, performing the burial obsequies.
Colorado Citizen, May 14, 1885
Chas. Boettcher, Former Postmaster, Buried Here Sunday
Funeral services for Charles Frederick Boettcher, 75, former Weimar postmaster, were held Sunday morning, July 23, from the home of his niece, Mrs. N. C. Means, in East Bernard. Burial was in Weimar’s City Cemetery.
The son of Karl and Jacobina Boettcher, he was born January 1, 1875, on a farm near Content. He attended school there and after graduation from the Weimar Institute clerked at Herder Mercantile Company. He also taught school several years before moving to Amarillo in 1909 to engage in the dairy business. Returning later to Weimar, he kept up his dairying and farming interests and served as postmaster here for about 12 years.
After his postmastership he continued on his farm here until his health began to fail about five years ago, at which time he moved to his niece’s home in East Bernard.
Surviving are his brother. R. B. Boettcher of East Bernard, three nieces and three nephews.
Pallbearers were Henry Beken, Henry Hasse, D. O Brandes,Joe Kozelsky, Albert Dutcher, Alvin Hoffman, Calvin Wright and Jerry Stach.
Weimar Mercury, July 28, 1950, page 1
Cause of Death Of Mrs. Boettcher Being Investigated.
Funeral services are to be held at 2 p.m. today for Mrs. Norman Boettcher, 22, of Columbus who died in bed at her home in the T. W. Kotzebue apartment building north of Columbus about 3:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Services will be conducted by Rev. Raymond Durst of Reutersville[sic] in the Untermeyer Funeral home. [Interment in Brune Cemetery]
The mother of a year-old daughter and a 2-month old son apparently died of an overdose of an undetermined kind of drug, County Health Officer W. T. Youens said.
Results of a chemical analysis of the contents of her stomach are being awaited from the Texas Department of Public Safety before a verdict on the cause of death is rendered.
Justice of the Peace R. K. Jackson and sheriff’s department officers were called after a doctor had been called by Mr. Boettcher who told them his wife had awakened him with some sort of noise.
After failing to rouse her, he went to the nearby home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Petrosky to telephone and seek aid, Sheriff J. O. said he was told.
The sheriff said that Mr. Boettcher, an employe of the State Highway maintenance department here, told him that he and Mrs. Boettcher had taken some pills for colds the evening before her death.
The husband was quoted as saying that his wife was up about 1:30 a.m. with one of the babies, but had gone back to bed without complaining of any illness.
Mr. and Mrs. Boettcher were married 2 years ago in Richmond and have been living in Columbus since last January.
She is survived by her husband; the daughter, Anne Marie; the son, Norman James Boettcher Jr.; and her mother who was expected to arrive here late yesterday from California.
Colorado County Citizen, August 27, 1959, page 1
F. O. Boettcher Dies In Car-Truck Wreck
A car-truck crash near Blessing, Matagorda County, last Thursday night claimed the life of Francis O. Boettcher, 56, owner of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Weimar.
Mr. Boettcher, returning from a goose hunt at the bay, was killed instantly when his 1963 Corvair sideswiped a Ryder Transport Co. truck.
The wreck occurred at 7:15 p.m. on an underpass curve about a mile from Blessing and about 15 miles from the bay where Mr. Boettcher and his wife had a vacation cabin.
He was driving alone and for some reason was heading back toward the bay when the accident occurred, probably returning for something he had forgotten at the cabin. The truck driver told police that the Corvair was on the truck’s side of the center line as it approached and did not swerve. The two vehicles hit with their left fenders, then the van of the truck caught the small car, shearing off its left side. The car was spun around and flung up on an embankment at its right but did not turn over.
Mr. Boettcher was dead on arrival at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, January 11, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in Masonic Cemetery, Rev. Charles Young and Rev. Howard MacAllister officiating.
Pallbearers were Willie Leihardt, Lawrence Rose, Eddie Anders, Rudolf Wanjura, Erwin Zapalac and Edgar Kainer.
Mr. Boettcher was born here January 14, 1907, the son of John Oscar and Agnes Doggett Boettcher, and spent his entire life here. After graduation from San Marcos Academy in 1926, he joined his father in the produce and soft drink bottling business. He married Miss Lillian Vacek on July 5, 1927.
The elder Mr. Boettcher was killed in a car wreck in 1935, and the son and his mother continued operating the business together until he purchased her interest in 1950. The company, which had begun bottling soft drinks here in 1913, began bottling Pepsi-Cola in 1934, and gradually the produce business and other interests were disposed of as the bottling business grew. In 1962 the Pepsi-Cola franchise was changed to a partnership between Mr., Boettcher and his wife, and in August of last year they opened their new plant on South Eagle Street, to supply dealers in seven counties.
He had more than the ordinary liking for hunting and fishing and the little camp at the bay was like a second home for him and his wife. He w as a member of numerous state and national bottling associations, First Baptist Church here, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Boettcher is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lillian Boettcher of Weimar; one son John Boettcher, and two grandchildren, Steve and Lisa Boettcher, of Pasadena; and one sister, Mrs. F. F. Brasher of Weimar. His mother preceded him in death just over a month ago, Dec. 1, 1963.
Weimar Mercury, January 16, 1964, page 1
THE DEATH OF MR. F. BOETTCHER
Another sad death occurred last Sunday morning at 11:20, when the spirit of Mr. F. Boettcher took its flight to “that bourne from whence no traveler returns.” Mr. Boettcher left this city several weeks go in search of health, and went direct to Comfort, Kendall county, where he hoped, by rest and quietness, to be restored to his former good health. For a time there was noticeable improvement, but the troubles and trials of an active business life of twenty-nine years had thoroughly shattered the robust constitution which he at one time possessed, and it soon became evident that the tide of life was fast ebbing away. His loving wife was present during his illness and ministered to his every want, sleep never touching her eyelids except when bodily fatigue absolutely compelled it. As the devoted husband and companion of a life-time grew weaker, she feared the worse and sent for her sons, Robert and Oscar, that they might assist in removing the husband and father to his home at Weimar. But when they arrived Saturday night, it was plainly evident he was rapidly growing weaker, and that he was reaching the end. Sunday morning at 11:20 he breathed his last, passing away as peacefully as a child falling asleep. The remains were brought here Monday evening, carried to the family residence, and on Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, Messrs. F. Olfenbuettel, A. F. Rose, Geo. Herder, C. Limberger, T. A. Hill, W. A. Baar, W. A. VanAlstyne and W. C. Munn acting as pall-bearers. The funeral procession was the longest ever seen in Weimar. Mr. Boettcher was born at Elberfeld, in the province of Prussia Germany, in the year 1834. He came to this county in 1946, first settling at Fayetteville, Fayette county, and moving from there to Content a little village a few miles south of Weimar, where he remained for several years, moving to Weimar in 1883. He was a gentleman favorably known in all sections, and was one of Weimar’s foremost business men. He was aged 59 years, 6 months and 2 days at the time of his death. He leaves a devoted wife and twelve children to survive him, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy in this sad hour of affliction.
Weimar Mercury, June 30, 1894, page 3
Herman Boettcher Dies Monday
Herman Boettcher of the Shaw’s Bend area died about 1 p.m. Monday in Columbus hospital.
Untermeyer Funeral home has charge of arrangements, which have been tentatively set for Dec. 26. No other information could be learned. [Interment in Brune cemetery]
Colorado County Citizen, December 23, 1963, page 1
Herman Boettcher, 66, of Shaws Bend died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1994, in Victoria.
Born March 3, 1927, in Shaws Bend, he was the son of William and Mary (Jez) Boettcher. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellinger and had been an active resident of River Oaks Convalescent Center in Columbus for the past five years.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 27, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Interment followed at Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.
Pallbearers were John Boettcher, Wade Gibson, Larry Urban, Vince Slominski, Roy Till and James Kallus.
Mr. Boettcher is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Leonard Boettcher of Shelby, Texas and Edward and Suzy Boettcher of Columbus; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Delores and Martin Mutschler of Vancouver, Wash., Diane and Frank Castillo of Safford, Ariz., Dorothy Hawkins of Irving, Texas and Mary and Tim Chance of Glidden; one sister, Rosalee McCane of Rosenberg; three brothers, Willie and Charlie Boettcher, both of Rosenberg, and Woodrow Boettcher of San Jose, California; nine grandchildren, Jacob and Lindsey Mutschler, Frankie, Chad and Rachel Castillo, Jake and Anna Boetcher, Nicole Hawkins, Bethany chance; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Gladys Marshall.
Colorado County Citizen, February 2, 1994
Prominent Business Man of County Dies in Automobile Crash
J. O. Boettcher Victim of Wreck As He Was Returning From Trip To Dallas Last Thursday
Colorado County, and Weimar in particular, lost one of her most enterprising business men last Thursday when Mr. J. O. Boettcher, owner and manager of The Boettcher Company of Weimar, succumbed to injuries received in a car accident a short distance from Schulenburg on the LaGrange-Schulenburg road.
Mr. Boettcher had been to Dallas on a business trip and was traveling alone, driving a Chevrolet Coupe. The crash was the result of skidding on a wet asphalt road, the car being thrown into a farmyard. Mr. Boettcher was thrown through the top of the car. He was picked up by a car and taken to Schulenburg where he was taken to the office of Dr. L. J. Peters. While waiting for an ambulance to take him to Houston, he fell from his chair to the floor, dead.
Examination showed that he had sustained a fractured skull, a broken leg and other injuries.
Funeral was held at the family residence Saturday morning, Rev. M. M. Wolf of Houston officiating, and burial took place at Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.
Mr. Boettcher was 64 years of age and had been in business in Weimar for many years. He had built up one of the biggest poultry, turkey, eggs and pecan businesses in Texas, and had done more to encourage and develop the poultry industry than any other person in this section of the state. He was prominent in several organizations of the produce dealers and was acknowledged to be one of the dozen or fewer men in Texas who control produce prices.
His passing is a subject t of deep regret by a wide circle of business associates over the nation as well as an endless host of farm folks who had business dealings with him and whom he had helped in one way or another. His group of industries in Weimar have furnished employment to many families and brought a large quantity of trade to that center. His knowledge of and interest in poultry has materially increased the revenue of the county.
His place will be hard to fill.
He is survived by the wife, one son, Francis, and one daughter, Mrs. Francis Brasher. He is also survived by three brothers and six sisters, Robert of San Antonio, Victor of Virginia, Eric of Dallas, Mrs. Adelia Neuhaus, Mrs. Millie Neuhaus, Mrs. Alma Millem of Houston, Mrs. Hettie Sharvin of El Paso, Mrs. Edith O'Donnell of Los Angeles, and Mrs. Martha Holt, Hallettsville.
Colorado County Citizen, November 7, 1935