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Brace, Leslie H.

Leslie H. Brace

The death of Mr. Leslie H. Brace occurred at a hospital in San Antonio Tuesday, following an illness of about three years with tuberculosis. The remains were brought here by train and funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at two thirty yesterday afternoon, Rev. A. Guyon officiating, The remains were laid to rest in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Brace was born in west Texas in 1894 and lived in this city with his parents a number of years, He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Georgia Brace, and three brothers, John, Frank and Seely all of Houston, and by a wife and two little sons in Jacksonville, Texas, all of whom were present at the obsequies here.

The Citizen extends deep sympathy.

Colorado County Citizen, February 9, 1928

Bracket, Jefferson


Last Saturday news reached here of the killing of one Jeff. Bracket, colored, aged 20 years, by another colored boy, Henry Turner, in this county, and about 3 miles north of this place. Judge Laidley having been informed of the unnatural death, summoned a jury of six good and lawful men and repaired to place of death, and after taking testimony, the jury gave their verdict in the cause as follows: “We, the jury, find that the deceased, Jeff. Bracket, came to his death by a gun-shot wound, in the hands of Henry Turner, accidentally.”
S. J. Townsend, W. P. Watson, Chas. Bock, Jr., W. T. Bennett, Wm. C. Grobe, S. B. Townsend.
[Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, April 28, 1887

Weimar Gimlet, April 28, 1887
Jeff Brackett, a young negro boy, killed out on Clear Creek by the accidental discharge of a gun, while out hunting with a party of companions.

Weimar Mercury, August 5, 1904, page 7

Braddock, Spicer Christopher

Braddock, S.C.

Funeral Services for S.C. Braddock, 89, retired farmer who died at his home near El Campo, September 24th, were held last Saturday at the Baptist Church, Rev. Knithg officiated. Interment was made in the Hahn cemetery under the direction of Wheeler Funeral home.

Mr. Braddock was born in Florida on May 20, 1855 and came to Texas when a small boy. He was married November 20, 1904 to Miss Lillian Henderson.

Surviving him besides his wife are four children; Carl Albert, Mrs. Lillian Johnson, Mrs. Alice Anderson and Mrs. Pearl Thornagard. Also one brother and one sister.

El Campo Citizen September 27, 1935
Contributed by Regena Williamson who points out that this grave is not marked at the Hahn [or Nada] Cemetery, but there is a marker at the Cheetham Cemetery

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Bradford, Christopher C.

Bradford Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Christopher C. (C. C.) Bradford of Rt. 1, Columbus were held Wednesday. December 23. 1992 at 2 p.m. from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Father Richard Jones officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Bradford passed away December 21 at his residence. He was 80 years of age.

Born in Manor, Texas May 29, 1912, he was the son of Wallace C. and Frances (Ballerstedt) Bradford. He was a retired butcher and member of K.C. Council 5157 of Frelsburg. He had lived in the Frelsburg area some 15 years.

He was united in marriage with the former Imogene Shields February 10, 1935.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Imogene Bradford of Columbus; daughters, Shirley Jean Briscoe of Pasadena, Nancy Leyendecker of Columbus. Nancy (Lollie) Hayden of Houston and Caroline Sue Fowler of League City; son. Douglas Bradford of Columbus: grandchildren, Donnie Briscoe, Douglas Briscoe, Rhonda Farley, Chassi Hainebach, Tonn Hayden, Arron Hayden, Donna Leyendecker, Stacy McKim, Tommie Fowler, Crystal Fowler, Amy Bradford, Audra Bradford, Douglas Bradford Jr. and Stephen Bradford: six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son. Christopher C. Bradford Jr.

Pallbearers were Doug Bradford, Russell Leyendecker, Gene Herzik, Donald Ray Briscoe, Ron Fowler, Laddie Vacek, Doug Bradford and Stephen Bradford.

Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

New Ulm Enterprise, December 31, 1992, page 2

Brailey, Agnes O. (Collingsworth)

Mrs. Agnes O. Brailey, wife of our section foreman, Mr. W. L. Brailey, died last Sunday night, after a short illness, and was buried Monday afternoon in the Masonic cemetery. Typhoid malaria was the cause of her death, we are informed. Mrs. Brailey was a most excellent lady, of kindly heart and disposition, a consistent christian, and had made many friends during her residence here. She leaves a devoted husband and six small children to whom the Mercury's heartfelt sympathy goes out in this dark hour of trial.

Weimar Mercury, December 1, 1894.
Photo courtesy Deborah Smith

Branan, George Hicks

Funeral Services For Hicks Branan Held At Garwood
Special to The Citizen

Garwood, Oct. 16--Funeral services were held here today for Hicks Branan, 27, who died at an Eagle Lake hospital Saturday after a long illness which originated from an injury sustained on the Frnka ranch near here over a year ago. Burial was in the Garwood cemetery [St. Mary’s] with Rev. Thompson and the Rev. A. J. Weber officiating.

Mr. Branan, a native of Lufkin, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C Branan of that place, was located at Columbus about two year ago with the F.S.A., later moving to Hallettsville with his wife and young son, George Edward. His wife is he former Charlyne Frnka.

He received his education at Sam Houston State Teachers college, Huntsville, taking his degree in 1939.

His parents, his wife and son nd a brother, J. I. Branan of Houston survive.

Attending the funeral from Columbus were Mrs. B. H. Meinert, Jos. V. Frnka, Henry Buescher and W. H. Miekow.

Pallbearers were J. I. Branan, Houston; W. R. Frnka, W. J. Huvar, J. J. Kallina, Garwood; J. E. Butler, Lufkin, and L. J. Meyer, Ellinger.

Flower committee included Mrs. Otto Braden and Miss Sylvia Kallina.

Colorado County Citizen, October 19, 1944, page 1

Branch, Ottle/Ouida N.

. . . Negress Found Dead

. . . EAGLE LAKE – Death from natural causes was ruled in the death of Odie Branch, 62, an Eagle Lake Negro woman who was found dead in the bathroom of her home at the corner of B and 2nd sts. here Tuesday about 11:30 a.m.

Justice of the Peace M. M. Jones said that she apparently died of a stroke or similar cause. There were no marks of violence on the body or in the well-kept home, he said.

Mrs. Branch lived alone and was last seen Saturday, Mr. Jones said.

Two of her neighbors, Bernice Williams and Hazel Hurd found the body, Judge Jones said.

Mrs. Branch apparently had started to the bathroom. She had a washcloth in one hand and apparently had bled some from the nose and mouth, Judge Jones said. [Burial in Eagle Lake Community Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, 23 May 1963, page 1
Contributed by Matt Cross

Brandenburg, Charles Jesse James

Charles Jesse James Brandenburg

July 25, 1923 - February 17, 1995

Charles Jesse James Brandenburg, 71, of Ralston, Oklahoma, died February 17,1995, at his residence in Ralston.  He was born July 25,1923, in Ralston to Paterson Clark and Clara Hatch Brandenburg.

Brandenburg attended Union Center School and was a member of the General Assembly of the Church First Born.   During WW II, he served in the Army in the South Pacific. He was a retired carpenter, living in Ralston all of his life.  He married his first wife Marybell Blagg in Border, Texas, on August 25, 1941. She preceded him in death on August 25, 1968.  He later married Loretta Staggs in Pawnee, Oklahoma, on May 13, 1969.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, three brothers, George, Burch and Merrill Brandenburg.  Survivors include three daughters; Sharon Binkley of Ralston, Shirley Sanford of Sheridan, Sherry Brandenburg of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two sons, Pat Brandenburg of Sheridan, Chuck Brandenburg of Ralston, Okla.; two brothers, Kelly and Willard Brandenburg both of Ralston; 12 grandchildren and I8 great-grandchildren.  Graveside services were held on Monday, February 20, 1995, at Riverside Cemetery in Ralston with Rev. Crowley officiating. Hunsaker-Wooten Funeral Home of Fair Fax, Oklahoma, was in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; Feb.  23, 1995
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith


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Brandon, Kenneth McCord

The little child of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Brandon died at Columbus Tuesday night. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, December 7, 1898


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Brannon, Edith Ellen (Eshelman)


Edith Ellen Eshelman Brannon, 84, of Columbus, passed away March 15 in Austin.

She was born March 8, 1920 to Ira Charles and Alberta Eshelman on the family farm in Grant County Oklahoma. After high school graduation she attended God's Bible School in Cincinnati, Ohio where she met Herbert V. Brannon. They were married Sept. 4, l942 in Cincinnati.

She followed her husband to various towns in Oklahoma and Texas where he served as pastor in the Free Methodist Church. In 1960 she took classes at the Woodward, Okla. Hospital and became a licensed vocational nurse. She worked in the Woodward Hospital, the Wakita Hospital in Wakita, Okla., the Hempstead Nursing Home and Park View Manor in Weimar. She retired from nursing in 1993. She and her husband moved to Columbus in 1981 and resided on the family land until her death.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Eunice Stewart and Mabel Eshelman of Caldwell, Kan.

She is survived by her husband; one brother, Earl Eshelman of Caldwell, Kan.; sisters, Jane Dunkleburger of Enid, Okla. and Bonnie Collins of Blackwell, Okla.; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Mahlon Lighthill of Columbus; three grandchildren, Brian Lighthill, Mark Lighthill and wife, Nicole of Houston, and Faith Ellen Reihl and husband, Timothy of Columbus; two great-grandchildren, Jacob Lighthill of Houston and Mary Faith Locker of Columbus.

Services were conducted March 18 at the Weimar United Church of Christ with the Rev. Karen Nelson officiating under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Interment followed in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Pallbearers were Dr. Kirk Anderson, Dickie Muehr, Alan Koehn, Kenneth Krizak, Wilton Leppin and Kervy Kahlden.

The Colorado County Citizen, March24, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Brannon, Herbert V. Jr.


Herbert V. Brannon Jr., 87, of Columbus, passed away Aug. 12 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born in Beaver, Pa., Nov. 29, 1917 to Herbert and Sadie Marie (Courtney) Brannon Sr. and married Edith Brannon, Sept. 4, 1942.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters, Dulcie Hoppie, Mary Champerlain and Myrtle Bevington; and brothers, Kenneth, Dale and Odine Brannon.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Mahlon Lighthill of Columbus; grandchildren, Faith and Timothy Riehl of Columbus, Brian Lighthill of Houston and Mark and Nicole Lighthill of Houston; great-grandchildren, Mary Locker of Columbus and Jacob Lighthill of Houston; and step-great-grandson, Michael Riehl of Columbus.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 15 at Weimar United Church of Christ with the Rev. Dr. Jerry Carpenter officiating. Interment followed at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dr. Kirk Anderson, Dickie Muehr, Tim Riehl, Kenneth Krizak, Frank Gosney and Kervy Kahlden.

Colorado County Citizen, August 17, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Brannon, Thomas Lee


Thomas Lee Brannon, 47 of Houston, passed away Feb. 11 at his residence.

He was born Feb. 10, 1957 to Delbert and Christine (Mayo) Brannon and married Danette Malmin April 20, 1990. He served in the U.S. Army in the 7th Calvary.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Odell Mayo.

He is survived by his wife; parents; grandmother, Essie Mayo of Columbus; daughters, Stephanie Brannon of Houston and Tanya Brannon of Katy; son, Steve Brannon of Houston; and sisters, Debbie Linsey of Katy and Laura Wharton of Magnolia.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 16, at Henneke Funeral Home. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Herbert Lake, Drew Wharton, Sam Hanson and Dennis Lindsey, Josh Malmin and Dan Remington.

The Colorado County Citizen, February 18, 2004
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Brast, Otto Louis


Private Otto L. Brast, son of Mr. and Mrs. Theo Brast of Cat Spring, died on May 27th at Newport News, at the age of twenty-three years. His death was cased by typhoid fever, following pneumonia. The body arrived at Cat Spring on June 2nd and was interred Tuesday afternoon. Private Brast died on the same day and hour that he had entered the service one year previous. He served overseas about nine months. He leaves his parents, two sisters and one brother.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 14, 1919, page 11

Brate, LeRoy


Mr. L. R. Brate who has lived at Garwood for the past twenty years passed away at his home here last Monday morning. Although Mr. Brate has been an invalid for nearly two years his death was unexpected and came as a shock to the entire community. The funeral took place at the home conducted by Rev. J. R. Murray assisted by Rev. John Van Dyke and at the Masonic cemetery at Eagle Lake where Masonic rites were observed. Out of town relatives attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Agnew, Mrs. Nannie Lee Agnew of Baby City and Mr. Gerard of Pennsylvania.

Colorado County Citizen, July 2, 1931, page 7

Prominent Citizen of Garwood Passes Away
(Eagle Lake Headlight)

The people of this section generally were shocked to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of L. R. Brate, which occurred at his home in Garwood Monday morning.

Mr. Brate arose as usual and apparently was feel about as well as he usually did. He became suddenly ill at about 8 o’clock and passed away a few minutes before 10 o’clock.

He was born in Rialto, Ohio, on April 19, 1870, and died June 22, 1931. Mr. and Mrs. Brate came to Texas in 1912, arriving at Garwood on October 19 of that year. He was engaged in the meat market and ice business and also in the hotel business in Garwood, having been actively engaged in the affairs of business until November, 1929, when he contracted a severe attack of influenza, and during this illness suffered a stroke of paralysis and remained in bed during the entire winter, lingering between life and death. In the following spring he was able to be put in a wheel chair and since then he has been in the wheel chair each day.

Mr. Brate possessed a most friendly and jovial disposition. Though he was a large man, he was unusually active and not many men much his junior could move about as he did. Mr. Brate enjoyed a very wide circle of friendship. He always took an active part in any movement for the betterment of the town and community. He was a member of the Methodist church for twenty-five years. He is survived by his devoted wife, Mrs. Clara Brate, who has been so kind, so loving, so patient during his long illness,doing everything within her power to lessen his sufferings and help him to enjoy life. He is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. May Penney of Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Margaret Geisler, Mrs. Laura Huls and Mrs. Nellie Beckett of Hamilton, Ohio, and one brother, Walter Brate of Cincinnati.

Funeral services were held at the home in Garwood at 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, services being conducted by Rev. J. R. Murray of the Methodist church and Rev. John Van Dyke of the Presbyterian church. Beautiful and many were the floral offerings.

The body was laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery at Eagle Lake at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Active pallbearers in the service at Garwood were J. R. Pinchback J. G. Cooper, C. L. Raver, Frank Arnold, F. W. Goodell and W. D. Williams. Pallbearers acting during the Masonic services at the grave were G. W. Keith, W. M. Conner, Ernest Seaholm, Helmer Seaholm and J. B. Smith.

Sympathy deep and sincere is extended Mrs. Brate and the other sorrowing relatives in their great sorrow.

Colorado County Citizen July 2, 1931, page 7

Braun, Arnold W.
Colley, Bobby Otera

Short Circuit in Pool Kills Two at Bonus

Wharton, Texas, Aug. 29---A. W. Braun, 45, prominent resident of the Bonus community near here, and Bobby Colley, 17-year-old Eagle Lake girl, were electrocuted Sunday night in the private swimming pool at the rear of the Braun home.

Justice of the Peace George Kreuger of Glen Flora, who investigated the electrocutions, said he believed that short circuit in the wiring for lights around the pool caused the water to become charged.

The Colley girl was the first to enter the pool and a few minutes later appeared to be in trouble.

A guest at the home, a Mr. Matthews, leaped into the water to aid her. He cried to Mr. Braun: "Don't come in, the water's charged." Mr. Braun disregarded the warning and jumped in.

Braun reached for the supports of the diving board and his hand touched metal completing the circuit. The charge killed him instantly.

Matthews succeeded in bring the child out. He climbed out safely on to the concrete rim of the pool.

Two ambulance crews from Houston worked vainly for several hours trying to resuscitate the two.

Braun is survived by his widow and two children, Duane, 14, a son, and a daughter, Patricia, 16.

The bodies were taken to Eagle Lake. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. [Interment was in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, September 2, 1938
Transcription by Bill Stein

Braun, Burleson Beall Jr.

Burleson Braun Funeral Services Held Oct. 19

Burleson Beall Braun, 81, of Weimar died Oct. 16 at Columbus Community Hospital.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Weimar with Pastor Lee Everett officiating.

Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Burleson was born Nov. 10, 1924 in Weimar to Burleson Beall Sr. and Isabel Grace (Herzik) Braun.

He attended Weimar High School and Texas A&M University.

Mr. Braun served in the Navy from May 1943 to May 1946.

Burleson married Alma Louise (Quitta) Braun on June 14, 1948 in Hallettsville.

He lived 11 years in Austin and the rest here in Weimar.

Mr. Braun was a member of the Masons, Shriners, Weimar Lions Club, Weimar Fire Department and Weimar Golf Club. He worked in Sales at Texaco.

He is survived by his wife, Alma Braun of Weimar; son, Gary Braun and wife Barbara of Columbus; daughter, Sandi Hartensteiner and husband Larry of Weimar; and four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant daughter, Betty Braun.

Pallbearers were Russell Braun, James Bittner, Mike Brasher, Glen Hodgson, Kenny Schramek, Ronnie Schramek and Jim Quitta.

Honorary pallbearers were Jack Brasher, Buddy Seifert and Gene Vacek.

Weimar Mercury, October 26, 2006, page 2A

Braun, Burleson Beall Sr.

Ex-Businessman B. B. Braun Sr. Expires at 75

Funeral services were held here Saturday afternoon for B. B. Braun Sr., 75, bulk agent for Texaco for 45 years until his retirement in 1965.

Mr. Braun died at 11:45 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient ten days. He had been ill for six years.

A native of Devine, Texas, he .was born July 23, 1895, the son of Louis and Sara Beall Braun; He also lived at Del Rio during his boyhood, coming to Weimar In 1919. He served in World War I as an Army second lieutenant. He married Miss Isabel H. Shimek here Sept. 15, 1920.

Mr. Braun was a charter member of the American Legion post here, a 50-year Mason, a member of the Methodist Church, and past member of the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, B. B. Braun Jr. of Weimar and two grandchildren, Gary Braun and Mrs. Rick (Sandra) Hall. Three brothers preceded him in death.

Rev. John Robinson officiated in services at Hubbard Funeral Home. Interment was in Masonic. Cemetery, where fellow Masons shared in the service.

Pallbearers were Gary Braun, J. D. Keesee, James Weatherred, Glenn Hodgson, Major F. Joe Shimek II, Jack Brasher and Mike Brasher. Ail his many friends were named as honorary pallbearers.

Weimar Mercury, March 18. 1971, page 1

Braun, John Daniel

Last rites for John Braun

John Daniel Braun, who retired and moved to Eagle Lake two years ago, died suddenly at his home Sunday. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. from the Mill Bauer Chapel with Pastor Paul Krupicka officiating. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Pallbearers were member of Grace Lutheran Church. They were Alvin Kohleffel, Bill Appelt, Arthur Behrens and Rhymer Altman.

John Daniel Braun was born to John Braun and Louise Machost in Yorktown, Texas on January 3, 1909. He resided in Houston for most of his life then moved to Commerce. He married Serena Rice on October 7, 1947 in Little Rock Arkansas. Mr. and Mrs. Braun chose Eagle Lake as their place of retirement in 1981.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church and a life member of the Painters Union Local #130 in Houston.

Mr. Braun is survived by his wife, Serena Braun of Eagle Lake, sisters, Emma Hornsby of Commerce and Alma Mengers of Fredericksburg; brothers, Lee Mueller of Houston and Alvin Mueller of San Antonio.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Mill Bauer Funeral Home. Sympathy is express[sic] upon loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 3, 1983

Braun, Serena (Rice)

Serena Rice Braun
May 11, 1911 - Nov 25, 1990

Mrs. Serena Rice Braun, age 79, of Eagle Lake, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 1990 at 6:15 p.m. at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Eagle Lake following a brief illness.

Born May 1, 1911 in Big Springs, Texas, to Samuel Rice and Louella Spears Rice, she married Johnny D. Braun in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Oct. 7, 1947. They resided in Houston most of their lives before moving to Commerce and then to Eagle Lake in 1981. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband who passed away in Feb. of 1983.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Florence Pate, of Leonardville, Kansas; nieces, Mrs. Norma Hargrave, of Randolph, Kansas; Mrs. Ruth Wohler, of Kingmas, Kansas and sister-in-law, Mrs. Lisa Mueller, of Pearland, Texas.

Graveside services and interment were held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home with Rev. David Mann, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, officiating.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 29, 1990

Bravo, Porfera (Tobar)


Funeral services for Mrs. Porfera Tobar Bravo were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Gonzales, in Glidden Sunday afternoon, with interment in Lakeside cemetery, Eagle Lake. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge.

Mrs. Bravo died in Glidden Friday afternoon.

Born in Mexico Sept. 15, 1880, she was a daughter of Venture and Manuela Perez Tobar. Her mother survives.

Other surviving relatives include Mrs. Gonzales and two other daughters, Mrs. Lupe Carona and Mrs. Beneda Silva; two sons, Louis and Peter, a brother and a sister.

Colorado County Citizen, February 17, 1949

Braziel, George Jr.

George Braziel Funeral Services Held April 12

George Braziel, 93, of Weimar, died Tuesday, April 8 at Parkview Manor Nursing Center in Weimar

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 12 at Mt. Arie Baptist Church in Weimar with Rev. Danny Henderson officiating. Interment followed at Paradise Gardens Cemetery.

Mr. Braziel was born Feb. 19, 1910 in Borden to George Braziel and Pinky (Jones) Braziel.

He was a truck driver and affiliated with Mt. Arie Baptist Church in Weimar.

He served his country in the United States Army during World War II.

He was married to Myrtle (Johnson) Braziel for 42 years.

Mr. Braziel is survived by his wife, Myrtle Braziel of Weimar; daughters, Margaret Sampson and husband Herman of Houston, Georgia Cunningham, Ivory Johnson and husband Horace, Gloria Webb and Elizabeth Banks and husband Ivory, all of San Antonio; son, Melvin Braziel and wife Guandell of San Antonio.

He is also survived by one brother, Nathan Braziel and wife Beatrice of Houston; 16 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, and five siblings.

The Weimar Mercury, April 17, 2003
Transcribed byJohn Konesheck
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Breeding, Hubert

Hubert Breeding Services At Glidden, May 27th

Funeral services were held May 27 in the Olive Branch Baptist church at Glidden for Hubert Breeding, who died suddely May 23. Burial was in the Glidden cemetery with Rev. A. N. Simmons officiating.

Born in Colorado county, he was a son of Johnston and Angeline Simmond Breeding. He married Joanna Courtney in 1904.

He live in Beaumont until 1915, when he returned to Glidden and worked for the Southern Pacific until 1927, after which he was employed by Louis Schulenburg until his death.

His widow and a brother, Ulysees Breeding, survive.

Colorado County Citizen June 7, 1956, page 4

Breeding, Johnson

Columbus Column

Johnson Breeding a highly respectable old colored man died after a short illness at his home between Glidden and Oakland, last week. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, February 26, 1898, page 1
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Breit, Hilda J.

Breit Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Miss Hilda Breit of Rt. 2, New Ulm were held Monday, June 1, 1987, at 10:00 a.m. from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church In Frelsburg with Msgr. Werner Bockholt officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Miss Breit passed away Saturday, May 30, In a Columbus nursing home at the age of 81 years.

Born March 23, 1906 In Frelsburg, she was the daughter of Max and Friedricka (Ernst) Breit. She was a lifetime resident of the area and a retired housekeeper. Miss Breit was a member of St. Ann's Altar Society at Frelsburg, the Catholic Daughters in Columbus and St. Anthony's Altar Society in Columbus.

Survivors Include one sister, Margaret Minar of New Ulm; a half-sister, Mary Breit of Columbus; a brother, Joe Breit of New Ulm.

Pallbearers were Darry Meyer, Leebert Brune, Lambert Brune, Elbert Brune, Mike Anders and Frank Braden.

Honorary pallbearers were Donald Braden, Kenneth Braden, Delbert Brune, Bennie Moeller, Victor Moeller and Charley Moeller.

Funeral Services were under the direction of the Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

New Ulm Enterprise, June 4, 1987, page 2

Breit, Joe


Funeral services were held for Joe Breit Monday, May 2 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church under the direction of Koenig-Peel Funeral Home with Msgr. Werner Bockholt officiating.

Burial was at Frelsburg Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Breit was born May 30. l907 in Frelsburg to Max Breit and Fredicka Ernst Breit. He married Estella Koslovsky Breit October 30, 1949 in Frelsburg.

He was a Catholic and a farmer. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by four sisters and a brother.

Survivors include his wife, EstelIa Breit of New Ulm son, Steve Breit of New Ulm; daughter, Lisa Melvin of Columbus; sister, Mary Breit of Columbus; son-in-law, George Melvin and his wife, Dottie of Tampa, Florida; one grandson, Timothy Melvin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, May 12, 1988, page 2

Breit, Johanna

We regret to chronicle the sudden death of Mrs. A. Breit, who died last Sunday night, three miles west of here. Her earthly remains were buried in the Catholic cemetery here on Monday afternoon. Two daughters and two sons mourn the loss of a loving mother. Our sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, May 13, 1899, page 8

Breit, Mary Amalia


Mary Amalia Breit, 74 of Columbus died June 20, at the Columbus Community Hospital. She was born on July 21, 1916 in Frelsburg, to Max and Amalia Suchadoll [Breit].

She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, as well as a member of Catholic Daughters of America Court, Mary Queen of the Snows, and St. Anthony Altar Society.

Funeral Services were held Sunday June 23 at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Burial was at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg, with Msgr. Werner Bockholt[sic] officiating.

Survivors: Best Friend, Ilse Miller of Columbus, Sister-in-law Estella Breit of New Ulm, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers: Lambert Brune, Delbert Brune, Mike Anders, Leebert Brune, Elbert Brune, Darry Meyer.

Colorado County Citizen, June 26, 1991


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Breitkreutz, Bertha S.

Mrs. Bertha Breitkreutz

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Breitkreutz, 67. were held at Eagle Lake Tuesday, Rev. W, A, Flachmeier of the Lutheran Church here officiating. Burial took place at the [Trinity] Lutheran Cemetery at Frelsburg, where Rev. Poehlmann assisted Rev.Flachmeier with the service.

Mrs. Breitkreutz was born in Frelsburg July 23, 1866, was married to Mr. Leo Breitkreutz in 1896. She is survived by four children, Otto, Ella, Adeline and Mrs. Horace Kelso, and tow sisters Mrs. Pauline Marsback[Warschak] of Frelsburg and Mrs. Marie Stems[Siems[ of Moulton, also a half sister Mrs. Wm. Harff [Mrs. Charles Korff]of Austin to whom sympathy is extended in their loss.

Colorado County Citizen, April 12, 1934
Adddition/correction from Edith M. Betts

Breitkreuz, Arthur Henry

Breitkreuz Rites Held Here Feb. 4

Funeral services for Arthur H. Breitkreuz Sr., 71, of Ammannsville were held Saturday, Feb. 4, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Ehlers of Swiss Alp officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Breitkreuz died at 5 a.m. February 2, at Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient for two days.

Born here April 29, 1906, he was a son of Otto and Louise (Tieman) Breitkreuz. He married Clara Heller here in March 3, 1928. They lived in Houston until 1950, when they moved to Ammannsville. In Houston he worked for W. D. Cleveland Coffee Co. for 13 years.

Mr. Breitkreuz was a member of United Evangelical Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp.

His wife survived, along with a son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Breitkreuz of Houston; seven grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Ella Welchar of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1978
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Breitkreuz, Clara (Heller)

Breitkreuz Funeral Held On Aug. 6

Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Breitkreuz, 93, of La Grange, were held Wednesday, Aug. 6, from the United Evangelical Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp.
Pastor Walter F. Hildebrandt officiated.

Interment followed in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Breitkreuz died Monday morning, Aug. 4, at the Kateland Square Geriatric Center in Richmond.

She was born Dec. 5, 1903 in La Grange, the daughter of Moritz and Laura (Leuders) Heller.

Mrs. Breitkreuz married the late Arthur Henry Breitkreuz in 1927 in Weimar and moved to Houston where she lived until 1950 when she returned to La Grange

She was a long time member of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a retired farmer, rancher and homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years. Arthur H. Breitkreuz, Sr; her parents; and sisters, Vera Berger, Irma Fietsam and Ruby Antosh.

Survivors include her son, Arthur H. Breitkreuz, Jr. and wife Betty of Missouri City; a brother, Leo Heller of Ammannsville; a sister, Elma Ulrich of Weimar; grandchildren, Pattie Blackwell, Jenna Scott, Arthur Breitkreuz, III, Bradley Breitkreuz, Mark Breitkreuz and Kent Duncan. Sixteen great-grandchildren also survive.

Those servings as pallbearers were Arthur Breitkreuz, III, Bradley Breitkreuz, Mark Breitkreuz, Kent Duncan, Jeff Blackwell and Rex Scott.

For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Historical Restoration of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Schulenburg, TX 78956.

The Weimar Mercury August 14, 1997
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli 

Breitkreuz, John C.

John Breitkreuz, 57, To Be Buried Here Saturday

Funeral services for John C. Breitkreuz, 57, who died in a California Hospital, will be held from Hubbard Funeral Home here Saturday morning at 9:45, with continued services at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Interment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

His remains will arrive on the 6 o’clock evening train here this Thursday evening, and rosary will be recited at the Funeral Home Friday evening at 7:30 o’clock.

Mr. Breitkreuz, who had resided here all but the past four years of his life, had suffered a heart stroke last Thursday night at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fehner, with whom he lived, in Gardenas, California. He was taken to the hospital, where he expired at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon. He had been a semi-invalid for about five years.

A native of the New Bielau section, Mr. Breitkreuz was born February 2, 1894, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Breitkreuz. On Oct. 21, 1915, he married Miss Sophie Kainer, who preceded him in death six years ago. The couple lived at Ammannsville four years before moving to Weimar, where Mr. Breitkreuz worked for August Rabel for several years and eight or nine years at the Brasher Motor Company as a mechanic. After suffering a heart stoke in January, 1947, which left him partially paralyzed, Mr. Breitkreuz moved to California in June of that year to make his home with one of his daughters, Mrs. Oneta Bordelon.

He was an honorary member of the Weimar volunteer fire department, having served that organization for more than 20 years. Firemen will meet his train this evening and participate as a group in his funeral Saturday.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Louise Breitkreuz, of Weimar; two daughters, Mrs. Harry Fehner of Gardenas and Mrs. Oneta Bordelon of Los Angeles; three sisters, Mrs. Will VanAlstyne of Ammannsville, Mrs. John Walchar of Houston and Mrs. Jerome Miculka of Weimar; a brother Arthur Breitkreuz of Ammannsville; and three grandsons.

Weimar Mercury, November 9, 1951, page 1

Breitkreuz, Louise (Tiemann)

Last Rites for Mrs. L. Breitkreuz, 79, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Breitkreuz, 79, resident of Weimar for about 60 years, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, with Rev. C. Emigholz, pastor of the Evangelical & Reformed Church, officiating.

Interment was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Breitkreuz died Saturday afternoon at 1:45 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. Miculka. She had been ill for about a year.

Born November 27, 1873, at Brenham, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Tiemann. She married Otto Breitkreuz at Content on December 6, 1892, and had spent most of her married life in Weimar.

Surviving are three daughters, Ms. Jerome Miculka of Weimar, Mrs. Will VanAlstyne of La Grange and Mrs. John Walchar of Houston; a son, Arthur Breitkreuz of La Grange; a brother, Willie Tiemann of New Ulm; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandsons, and several nieces and nephews. A son, John Breitkreuz Jr., died in 1951, and two brothers and two sisters also preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Lester Miculka, Floyd Walcher, Arthur Breitkreuz Jr., Dave Merrill, Oscar Henicke Sr. and Oscar Henicke Jr.

Weimar Mercury, July 17, 1953, page 1

Breitkreuz, Otto Edward

Weimar Citizen Succumbs After Long Illness


Mr. Otto Edward Breitkreuz, after several years illness, passed away at the family home on Monday of this week. Mr. Breitkreuz was about 74 years of age at the time of his death.

Funeral services were hesd at the family home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. R. Uhlhorn, pastor of the Weimar Evangelical Church, officiating. Interment was made in the Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Joe Seifert, Joe Kasper, Adolf Schindler, Emil Gold, Henry Guenther and Joe Rabel.

Otto Edward Breitkreuz was born in Berlin, Germany, on Aug, 20, 1865, coming to America in 1883 at the age of 18. He made his home at Hackberry, moving from there to New Bielau in 1890. On Dec. 6, 1892, he married Miss Louise Tiemann. The couple moved to Hallettsville in 1901 and back to Weimar in 1907, where he worked for Mr. F. E. Leidolf in the light plant for six years. The couple tried farming for awhile and then in 1917 moved to Weimar again,and for nineteen years Mr. Breitkreuz was a faithful employe of Mr.Joe Rabel in the meat market, being forced to retire from this occupation on account of ill health.

Mr. Breitkreuz had been in very bad health for several years, and although his death was not unexpected it created much regret on the part of those who knew him best. He was a good man, well-liked, and was ever faithful to family and friends.

Survivors are his widow and five children besides several grandchildren. The children are Mrs Jerome Miculka and Mr. John Breitkreuz of Weimar, Mrs. Will VanAlstyne of La Grange, Mrs. John Walchar and Mr. Arthur Breitkreuz of Houston.

Out-of-town relatives present at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Tiemann, Mrs. Oscar Tiemann and Mrs. Grobe Miller of Hallettsville; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tiemann and Mr. and Mrs. Ernst Tiemann of McKinney; Mr. Chas. Schultz and Mr. and Mrs. Willie Goettle of Hackberry Mr Otto Anders, Mr. Herman Anders, Mr. and Mrs. Will Tiemann and family, Mr. John Grobe and Mr. Alfred Grobe of Nelsonville; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ahrens of Brenham; Mr. and Mrs. Will VanAlstyne of La Grange; Mr. and Mrs. John Walchar and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Breitkreuz of Houston.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Weimar Mercury, June 9, 1939

Breitkreuz, Sophie (Kainer)

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Breitkreuz Are Held Sunday

Funeral services were held Sunday morning from the Hubbard Funeral Home for Mrs. John C. Breitkreuz, 47, with services being held at St. Michael's Church at 10:30. The Rev. J. V. Hamala read the Requiem Mass, and interment was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Pallbearers appointed by the family included Edgar Kainer, Lester Miculka, Oscar Henicke, Herbert Guenther, Freddie Anders and Rudy Kloesel.

A daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. Kainer, Mrs. Breitkreuz was born on May 14, 1897 in Fayette county. She was taken to the Hallettsville Hospital about two weeks ago for an operation, had returned home and was feeling quite well when her heart gave out and she died in a short time on Thursday morning of last week.

She was united in marriage to John C. Breitkreuz on October 24, 1916, and to this union three daughters were born. For four years the couple lived at Ammannsville and then moved to Weimar where they have lived since. She was a member of the Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, John C. Breitkreuz; two daughters Mrs. Oneta Bordelon of Los Angeles Calif.; and Miss Gladys Breitkreuz of Weimar; one daughter, Mrs. Clark Ward preceded her in death four years ago. Other survivors include three grandsons, Maurice and Larry Bordelon of Los Angeles and John David Ward of Houston; three sisters Mrs. Otto Thuemler of La Grange Misses Annie and Christine Kainer of Weimar; one brother, Ed B. Kainer of Weimar; one half-sister, Mrs. John Ulrich and one half-brother, Joe B. Kainer.

Out-of-town people attending the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Otto Thuemler and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Will VanAlstyne, Mr. and Mrs. George Prilop and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Thuemler and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Petrash, all of La Grange; Mr., and Mrs. John Walchar, Mrs. Edgar Walla, Mr. arid Mrs. Herman Juergens, Miss Margaret Thuemler, Miss Lydia Fritsch and H. A. Ward, Jr., of Houston; Miss Elsie Kainer of Pasadena, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Henicke and son, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Ward, Sr., of Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Teimann[sic], Mr. and Mrs. Grover Mueller, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Henneke, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Tiemann, Charlie Schulz and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Klatt of Hallettsville; Mr. and Mrs. Willie Tiemann and Otto Andreas of Bellville.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, February 2, 1945, page 1

Bremby, Joe Lee

Heart Attack Fatal to Bremby, School Bus Driver

Joe Lee Bremby, 54, bus driver for Karl Downs School and parttime farm worker, died at his home at 2:30 p.m. Thursday of a heart attack.

Funeral services were held Sunday Feb. 6, at Good Hope Baptist Church, and he was buried in the Good Hope Cemetery.

Mr. Bremby was a lifelong resident of Weimar, a member of St. Paul Baptist church and the Masonic Lodge. He had been a school bus driver for several years.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Marie Bremby of Weimar; two sons, James at home and Joe Alvin in the army stationed at Austin; four daughters, Gladys at home, Charles Ann and Mrs. Joyce Jones of Houston and Mrs. Dorothy Rose of Weimar; 10 grandchildren, three brothers and two sisters.

Weimar Mercury, February 10, 1966, page 8

Card of Thanks

The family of the late Joe Lee Bremby wish to express their sincere thanks to those who sent flowers, food, condolences, and those who helped in every way. Special thanks to Dr. Tannen and Masonic Lodge. Your kindness will always be remembered. May God Bless you. Mrs. Marie Bremby

Weimar Mercury, February 10, 1966, page 4

Bremby, Stewart

Death of Well Known Weimar Negro

Stewart Bremby, a well known Weimar negro, who for a number of years past has been living in Washington, D. C., engaged in the government service, died there Sunday of last week and the remains were brought here for burial, arriving in Weimar Friday morning. Waiting for relatives from a distance, the remains were held over until last Sunday afternoon, when they were laid to rest in the colored people’s burying ground west of town, the funeral being attended by a large crowd. Stewart was a school teacher living here for a number of years. He was a quiet, law-abiding man and well thought of by both whites and blacks.

Weimar Mercury, February 2, 1917, page 8

Brending, Edward "Cat"


Edward "Cat" Brending, 50, of Industry passed away Sept. 11 at his residence.

He was born Oct. 17, 1952 to Edward Sr. and Annie Brending in Brenham. He marrried Sheryl Ann Neuendorff on March 27, 1971. He was employed as a welder at Amertrail in Bellville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Brending, Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Sheryl Ann Brending of Industry; mother, Annie Brending of Wesley; daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Jared Ripple of Bellville; daughter, Tammy Adams and special friend Wain Utter of Industry; sisters, Florence Krause of Industry and Mary Jozwiak of Wesley; brothers, Johnnie Brending of Industry and Roger Brending of La Grange; and grandson Kaleb Adams of Industry.

Funeral services were held Sept. 13 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with the Rev. Bill Mosley and the Rev. Milton Maly officiating.

Interment followed at Zoar Lutheran Cemetery in Mentz.

Pallbearers were Glenn Dahlmeyer, Stanley Cendalski, Leroy Brending, James Brending, Leslie Behrens and Herman Brending.

Colorado County Citizen, September 17, 2003
Courtesy of The Citizen

Brewer, Carl M. "Jack"

Last Rites Held Friday for “Jack” Brewer

Funeral services were held here at 10 a.m. last Friday, November 5th for Carl M. (Jack) Brewer of Coleman, Texas, the son-in-law of Mrs. Elsie Beane of this city. Mr. Brewer was in process of towing a pickup behind his car from Coleman to a sale in Fort Worth. At an Intersection near Grandbury, Texas, a car pulled in front of the Brewer car. He manage to dodge the vehicle but lost control of the car and the vehicle and the truck it was towing turned over and Mr. Brewer was thrown from the car and crushed beneath it as i t rolled over. He was killed instantly.| The accident occurred at 5:30 p.m. Tues., Nov. 2nd. Services were held from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Fri, Nov. 5th- with the Rev. Raymond Woodruff, Pastor of the . . . Church, officiating. Interment was in the Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island. Serving as pallbearers were Billy Hennecke, Allen Marquart, Johnnie Schmidt Henry Sunderman, Edward Sunderman, and George Birdwell. He was born April 24, 1939 in Dugger, Ind., the son of Carl W. and Amy Brewer of Dugger. He resided in Dugger and later in Eagle Lake before moving to Coleman. He was united in' marriage with Ettie Beane of this city in Lissie on July 22, 1958. Surviving are his wife, two sons, Michael, 12, Victor, 8, and one daughter, Dianna, 10; his parents; three brothers, Ed. Kenneth and Ralph of Sullivan, Ind.; six sisters, Mrs. Shirley Renard of Dugger, Ind., Mrs. Doris Wade of Sullivan, Ind., Mrs. Marilyn Harmon of Shelburn, Ind., Mrs. Esther Montgomery of Linton, Ind., Mrs. Jane Snapp of Sullivan, Ind., Mrs. Linda Cox of Linton; and a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Linton, Ind. He shall be missed dearly by his loved ones and many friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 11, 1971
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smit

Brewer, Claude A.

C. A. Brewer Rites Held Here Sat.

Last rites were held from the Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23rd for C. A. Brewer, 86, a resident of this area for the past forty-five years. Mr. Brewer, who had been in failing health for some time, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Friday, July 22nd at the Heritage House where he was a resident.

The Rev. George Welsch, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, officiated at the services. Mrs. Robert R. Wells rendered favorite hymns at the organ.

F. M. Dromgoole served as crossbearer and pallbearers were Emil, Jon and Charlie Vasut, Louis Balas, Sidney Perry and Lester Bunge. His body was placed to a final rest in Masonic Cemetery. Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Claude Augustus Brewer was born April 13, 1891, in Rice, Texas the son of Ben H. and Melissa O"Thompson Brewer.

He came to the Eagle Lake area in 1932 from Ennis, where he was a dairyman. He and his family settled in the Eldridge area where Mr. Brewer was engaged in farming and operated a dairy for many years prior to this retirement.

He was united in marriage with Miss Jewell Vineyard in Houston, Texas on Dec. 30, 1918. Mrs. Brewer preceded him in death Oct. 7, 1975.

Surviving are a son, Claude A. Brewer Jr., this city; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Anna Lynn Hash of Arlington, Mrs. Jo Ann Hash McCreary of Arlington; a nephew Jimmy Hash of Houston; and another nephew , Harvey Riesen of Houston. A brother preceded him in death in infancy.

Mr. Brewer was a former member of the Order of the Masonic Lodge and a member of Christ Episcopal Church. He always expressed an interest in activities far and near and was always willing to render a helping hand where needed. He shall be missed dearly by his loved ones and friends throughout the area.

Eagle Lake Headlight July 28,1977
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Brewer, Claude A. Jr.

Brewer Jr.

Claude A. Brewer, Jr., age 64, Eagle Lake, passed away April 29 at the, Heritage House Nursing Home following a brief illness.

Funeral services were held for Claude A. Brewer, Jr. Thursday, May 1, from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel of Eagle Lake with the Rev. George Welsch of Christ Episcopal Church officiating.

Burial was at Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Mr. Brewer, Jr. was born August 25, 1921 in Breckenridge to Claude A. Brewer, Sr. and Jewel S. Vineyard Brewer.He had been a resident of Eagle Lake and Houston most of his life, attending Eagle Lake schools and Landig College of Mortuary Science in Houston. He worked in Houston for the funeral homes there, before going to work for and retiring from the City of Houston.

Mr. Brewer served in the Pacific Theater with the US Army during WW II and he was a member of Christ Episcopal Church of Eagle Lake.

Survivors include cousins, JoAnn McCreary of Granbury, Jimmy Hash of Arlington and Harvey Risien of San Antonio plus other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were the fellow members of VFW Post No. 3783 of Eagle Lake and honor guards.

Colorado Citizen, May 8, 1986, page 2

Brewer, Tommie Elman Otho

Funeral Services Held Mar. 18 for Tommie Brewer

Tommie Elman Otho Brewer,70, of Flatonia died March 16 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center at Weimar.

He was born to Hugh I. and Mae K. (Boone) Brewer on September 21, 1924 in DeWitt County near Yorktown.

Burial was March 18 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Flatonia with military services by American Legion Post 94 of Flatonia and VFW Post 5875 of Weimar. Rev. Clarence Ehler officiated at the Lutheran burial service.

Tommie was inducted into the Army on March 15, 1943. He served in South Pacific battles and was honorably discharged January 13, 1946.

On July 20, 1946, he married Gladys Ulbricht in Trinity Lutheran Church at New Bielau. To this union are three children: Raymond Earl Brewer, Sr. of Seguin, Sharon Kay (Collins) Benton of Moulton and Fayline Elsa Brewer of Seattle. Washington.

Survivors include his wife and children, five grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild and one brother, Cecil Brewer of Flatonia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, James Henry Earl Brewer, two sisters, Zelma Gertrude “Tee” Lacina and Lottie Mae (Dunseth) Koele.

Weimar Mercury, March 23, 1995
Submitted by Kim Brown

Bretschneider, Egmont

Cat Spring, Austin Co., Jan. 16. Prof. E. Bretschneider died here Wednesday at the age of 75 years. Deceased served in the Confederacy four years and was a school teacher for twenty-five years. One son, William, of Houston, and several daughters survive. He was highly respected by all. Interment will be conducted by the Sons of Herman at the family burying ground.

Weimar Mercury, January 25, 1908, page 6

Bricker, Mattie (Harrington)


Mrs. Mattie Bricker, age 98, of San Antonio, passed away. August 29 at the Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio at 10:35 a.m. following a lengthy illness.

Graveside services were held for Mrs. Mattie Bricker at 4 p.m., Sunday, August 31 at the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake, with Rev. Melburn Sibley, pastor, First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Mrs., Bricker was born January 7, 1888, in Waelder, later moving to the Eagle Lake area where she resided most all of her life until moving to the Hillside Manor Nursing Home in San Antonio, five years ago. Mrs. Bricker was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle.

She was preceeded(sic) in death by her parents and husband, William Bricker in 1958, also a son, Edgar Lee Bricker.

Survivors include one son, Robert,Bricker of Sealy(formerly of Bay City); two sisters, Maggie Wright of Sealy and Effie Zahradnick of Eagle Lake; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

Grandsons served as pallbearers; Jack, Richard, Michael, David, Bob and Torn Bricker.

Colorado County Citizen, September 11, 1986

Bricker, Nancy Jane

Nancy Jane Bricker, 82, of Garland, died Monday, Aug. 29, 1994, in Rowlett, Texas.

Born in Calhoun in Colorado County, she was a former longtime resident of Nederland and was a retired teacher from the Nederland Independent School District, particularly Langham Elementary. She had resided in Garland for the past four years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Nederland.

Funeral services were held Aug. 31, in the chapel of Pat A. Riley Funeral Home in Nederland Rev. Larry Bailey of Eagle Lake Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed in Eagle Lake's Lakeside Cemetery. Local arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

She is survived by her husband, Edgar Lee Bricker; sons, William Robert Bricker of Garland and Thomas Lee Bricker of Austin and two grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, September 7, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Bricker, Robert

Robert Bricker

Sept. 21, 1921 - April 21, 2006

Robert Bricker, age 84, of Bay City, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 21, 2006 after a lengthy illness.

He was born September 21, 1921, in Eagle Lake, Texas to the late William and Mattie Herrington Bricker. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Edgar "Dutch" Bricker. Robert was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. He served in the U. S. Marine Corp during World War II and retired from Phillips Petroleum after 32 years.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Flossie Bertsch Bricker, and four children, Jack Bricker and wife Ruth of Tomball, Richard Bricker and wife Paula of Bay City, Mike Bricker and wife Phyllis of Beach City and David Bricker and wife Michelle of Houston. He is also survived by nine grand children, Jeffrey Bricker, Stephanie Bricker, Shane Bricker, Timothy Bricker, Mark Bricker, Jennifer Mammoser, Christina Bricker, Lauren Bricker and Madeleine Bricker and four great grandchildren, Kathryn Bricker, Hunter Mammoser, Mikey Mammoser and Maci Bricker.

Robert was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a quiet and kind man with gentle, loving spirit. He will be sorely missed.

Arrangements are being conducted by Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City with visitation on Sunday, April 23, 2006 from 5 to 7 o'clock p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Graveside services will be held at 2 o'clock p.m. on Monday April 24, 2006 at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Eric Klimpel of St. Peter's Lutheran Church officiating. Sons and grandson will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the St. Peter's Lutheran Church Building Fund, 1909 Peach, Bay City, Texas 77414.

Bay City Tribune, 26 Apr 2006
Contributed by Matt Cross

Bricker, William

Last Rites Held Monday For Wm. Bricker, 72

Funeral services were held at 4:00 p.m. Monday afternoon, July 7th from Mill-Bauer Funeral Home for William Bricker, 72, a resident of this community for the past forty-eight years. Mr. Bricker, who resided in the Matthews community five miles south of Eagle Lake, passed away Sunday morning, July 6th in Laughlin following a lengthy illness.

The Rev. Calvin Frisch of St. Peters Lutheran Church f Bay City officiated at the services. Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery.

Mr. Bricker was born on November 17, 1885 in Gonzales, Texas to Elliott and Katie Boone Bricker. On August 14, 1910, he married Matte Harrington in Eagle Lake and in 1912, the family settled at Matthews where he was a farmer for a number of years and later became field foreman for the Matthews Bros.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Edgar Bricker of New Gulf and Robert Bricker of Bay City; two brothers and 6 grandsons.

Mr. Bricker was well known in the community and was highly respected for his farming methods and his friendliness to all.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 10, 1958
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Bridge, Walter Eldridge “Dickie”


News was received here Monday afternoon of the death of W. E. Bridge, a well known and popular citizen of Columbus, after a long and painful illness. The remains were buried the following day in the Odd Fellows’ Rest at Columbus. Mr. Bridge was one of the oldest citizens of our county, and had resided in this county practically all his life. It has been said of him that he probably knew more men , women and children in Colorado county than any man that ever resided within its border, and in a great measure he possessed the friendship and esteem of all, for no man was more courteous and kindly in demeanor He had a kind word for everyone, rarely if ever lost his temper, treated both friend and foe courteously, was honest, upright, unswerving in his fealty to his friends, had served as tax collector and sheriff of our county for many years, and was regarded by all as one of Colorado county’s most useful and best citizens. Ill health for several years past had made him a great sufferer and death to him was doubtless a relief. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved widow.

Weimar Mercury, September 20, 1918

Briggs, Ada Ruth (Dutcher) Wood

Funeral for Mrs. Briggs

Funeral services were held last Thursday at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Ada Ruth Briggs, 86. Mrs. Briggs passed away on February 15 in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital after a brief illness. Services were held from the Mill Bauer Chapel with Reverend Bill Couvillion officiating.

Clara Mae Nash provided the organ music and Ed Causey sang “How Great Thou Art,” and “The Lord’s Prayer.”

Pallbearers were Albert Dutcher, Jr., Jimmy Dutcher, Earl Dutcher, Henry Sunderman, Charlie Spalinger and Lawrence Herring.

Ada Ruth Briggs was born April 29, 1896 in Iowa to Charlie Dutcher and Tillie Hayden. She moved with her family to the Eagle Lake area as a child. Mrs. Briggs was a member of the Lissie United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband Jake Wood, a son, Leon Wood, and a brother, Albert Dutcher, Sr. Mrs. Briggs is survived by her husband, J. Warren Briggs of Lissie, a daughter Mrs. R. J. “Betty” Campbell of Hallettsville; grandsons, Dale Campbell of Victoria, Alan Campbell of Hallettsville, and Dean Campbell of San Marcos and two great grandchildren.

Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery under the direction of Mill Bauer Funeral Home.

Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 3, 1983

Briggs, Heurie

Miss Heurie Briggs, the 19-year-old daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Briggs, died at Columbus last Sunday after a brief illness, and her remains were taken to Schulenburg Monday afternoon for interment.

Weimar Mercury, November 30, 1895

Briggs, James

A stranger calling himself James Briggs, a machinist, came into our town last Monday week, and asked permission to stop over night with Mr. James Carlin.  On Tuesday he was taken sick, but declined to have a doctor until Saturday, when Dr. Weller was called, but too late, and the patient died last Monday.  He was an Englishman by birth, but latterly from New York, and was in destitute circumstances.  [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, September 6, 1877, page 3
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Briggs, Lillie Mae Mott

Lillie Mae Briggs

August 31, 1896-April 16, 1984

Mrs. Lillie Mae Mott Briggs, age 87, passed away  April 16 at her Austin  residence. Born on August 31, 1896, in the Brenham area and has lived in Eagle Lake  for over 40 years before she moved to Austin 5 years  ago, she was a member of the Eagle Lake Mission.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 18 at 1:00 p.m. from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry B. Walker officiating. Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery.  Survivors are: a daughter, Mrs. Roberta James of Palacios; sons, George Mott of Austin and Virgil Mott of Sugarland; brothers, Walter Kagler of Waco, Ed, Valley and Charlie Fred Kagler all of Blooming Grove. Texas. She has six grandchildren and five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 19, 1984
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Briggs, Maurice B.

Maurice B. Briggs

M. B. Briggs, 78, Passes Away Sunday Morning

Maurice B. Briggs, 78, a resident of the Lissie community for over fifty years, passed away at 3 a.m. Sunday in the Schuhmann Hospital in East Bernard, Texas.  Mr. Briggs was a retired rice farmer.

Funeral services were held at the Mill-Bauer Funeral Chapel at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5th with the Rev. Thomas Kirby, pastor of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, of which Mr. Briggs was a member, officiating.  Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were: Vic Corman, P.D. Gertson, Fred Isenhower and Louis Sindel of Lissie; Bob Newmann and Ervin Ullman of Wharton.  The deceased was born on Mar. 3, 1885 in DeWitt, Nebraska, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Edith Mae Briggs.  He moved to the Chesterville community in 1906 and then to Lissie a few weeks later. He was united in marriage with Mary Edith R ? , April 14th, 1921 in Columbus, Texas.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Edith Briggs; two sons, Charles Briggs of Wharton and Ben Briggs of Wharton and Ben Briggs of Alvin; one daughter, Mrs. Joyce Briggs Krivett of Houston; three brothers, Roy, Guy and Warren Briggs of Eagle Lake; one sister, Mrs. Bernice Walter of Florida; and six grandchildren; and other relatives. Sympathy is extended by friends to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 7, 1963
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Brigham, Angus

DIED, at the residence of Mrs. Lizzie Stafford, in this city, on the 16th instant, of typhoid fever, little Angus, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Brigham, of the Eagle Lake neighborhood. The fond parents had brought their sick darling to Columbus for medical treatment, in the hope of an early recovery, but were doomed to disappointment, death having set his seal on the fair young brow. God claimed his own. To the bereaved parents our sorrowful condolence is extended. [Place of interment unknown. Father, mother and little sister later interred in Odd Fellows Rest. DA]

Colorado Citizen, September 23, 1886

Brigham, Belle
Brigham, Mary (McNeill)


Mother and Daughter Buried Here Tuesday Amidst Immense Throng of Sorrowing Friends and Relatives

Mrs. J. E. Brigham succumbed, in a hospItal at Sugarland last Friday night soon after an accident occurred on the highway some four miles west of that place in which she sustained a broken neck. Miss Belle Brigham was taken to the Herman Hospital in Houston in an unconscIous condition, and passed out of this life at about three o'clock Monday morning, without having regained consciousness.

Miss Etta McCormick, also in an unconscious condition, was taken to the Herman Hospital and is still in a very precarious condition, her life hanging by a thread.

The three ladies were enroute to Houston from this city in a Chevrolet sedan, Miss Belle Brigham driving, when their car was crashed into by another car from the rear, crumpling the rear of the car into a wrecked mass and causing injuries which may cost three lives. The back seat of the car was jambed through the front seat, so forceful was the concussion. Passers by stopped and took the wounded ones from the wreckage and carried them to Sugarland, where Mrs. Brigham survived only a few minutes. The other two were taken to Houston for the best medical aid that could be obtained.

Definite information as to the identity of the colliding car, or details as to how it occurred, is not available. The only survivor has not been able to give any information, and the two victims were not conscious at any time after the accident.

It is believed that Miss Belle, who is known to have been a very careful driver, slowed down or stopped her car and was crashed into by some rapidly moving vehicle from the west

One of the most-impressive funeral services ever witnessed in this section took place here at one o'clock Tuesday when the entire town en masse attended the first double funeral this city has ever solemnized. The Methodist church was filled to overflowing. The church, decorated in the beautiful white clusters of wild peach and plum, was banked with lovely floral pieces about the caskets which were only a small portion. of the mass of floral offerings of the many friends of the family.

Rev. A. Guyon of the Methodist Church of this city was assisted by Rev. J. C. Wilson of Eagle Lake and Rev. Terry Wilson of Bay City in one of the most touching services, and a beautiful legendary story was told by Mr. J. C. Wilson in his eulogy to the dead. A quartette number and the simple strains 'of "'Rock' of, Ages" by the choir formed the music.

The local chapter 0. E. S., of which Miss Belle was a leading figure, served lunch for those from a distance, at the Masonic Temple.

The funeral was in charge of Untermeyer Bros., local undertakers, and Wall & Stabe of Houston. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

At the grave the High School girls glee club sweetly sang "Asleep in Jesus" and the Order of the Eastern Star enacted their service, paying their last 'homage' to an honored member.

Mrs. Brigham was a pioneer resident of this city. She was born in Eagle Lake, as Miss Mary McMurray[sic], and has lived in this city many years. Her many noble traits of character endeared her to a wide circle of friends, and she was one of the staunch Christian characters of this section.

Miss Belle Brigham was born and reared in this city, graduated from the Columbus school, attended normal at Palacios and at Alpine and did some work at Huntsville. She has taught in the Columbus school eight years, the last three of which were in the high school.

The entire community mourns the loss of this worthy mother and daughter, and hopes for the recovery of Miss Etta McCormick, who is in an extremely critical condition at the present time.

Colorado Citizen, February 27, 1930

Brigham, John E


The community was shocked yesterday morning by the news that Mr. J. E. Brigham, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this place, had passed out of this life at his home in the early hours of the day.

Funeral services were held at the residence at ten o'clock this morning Rev. M. L. Darby of the Methodist church officiating, and the remains laid to rest in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Brigham was born in this county, about seven miles from Eagle Lake on December 22nd, 1856. He married Miss Mary McNeill in 1883 and they lived in and about Columbus since that time. Mr. Brigham was a farmer and a man whom everybody loved.

He is survived by the heartbroken wIfe and four children, Mrs. W; E. Devant of Bay CIty, Joe. W. and Harry of Houston and. Miss Belle. of this city, to whom our sincere sympathy is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, September 1, 1927

Brilling, Marie

Mrs. Mary Brilling, wife of Mr. Wm. Brilling of this city, died last Tuesday morning of consumption, after a comparatively brief illness. Her remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery Wednesday morning, Rev. Father Bruckleu performing the funeral obsequies, a large crowd of sympathizing friends witnessing the last sad rites. Mrs. Brilling was a kind-hearted, good woman, beloved by a large circle of friends, and her death is deeply regretted. To the grief-stricken husband and little babe our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, September 4, 1897, page 5

Brinkley, Louise (Keiner)

Brinkley Funeral Held on Jan. 18 In Weimar

Funeral services for Louise Keiner Brinkley, 94, of Deer Park were held Jan. 18 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar with Father John Bily officiating. Burial followed in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mrs. Brinkley died on Jan. 15 in Deer Park of cancer.

She was born Sept. 5, 1902 in Nada to Edward and Mary Bittner Keiner. She married D. Roy Brinkley on Sept. 25, 1940 in Houston. She lived in Deer Park for the past 33 years and Houston for 60 years.

Louise was employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital Dietary Department for 28 years, having retired at the age of 78 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann Brinkley of Dayton and a son, Harold Lee Brinkley of Pasadena; four grandchildren; one sister, Mary Keiner Brune of Weimar; three nephews and three nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1982; parents; one sister, Bertha Kasper and one brother, Edmund Keiner.

Pallbearers were Johnny Kasper, Maurice Kasper, Joe Orsak, glen Hoegermeyer, Joshua Kastl and Edward Kastl.

Weimar Mercury, January 23, 1997
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Brinkley, Mary

We regret to chronicle the death of Mrs. Mary Brinkley, wife of John Brinkley and sister-in-law of Mr. Joe Brinkley, who died at her home on the Mitchell place six miles north of Weimar Monday morning at four o'clock, of general debility. She leaves a large family and an affectionate husband to mourn her loss. The remains were interred in the Osage cemetery Monday evening, a large attendance of friends assisting in the last sad rites.

Weimar cor. Citizen.
Colorado Citizen, 28 July 1894
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Brinkley, Peter

Columbus, Aug. 27.--Peter Brinkley, an old, respected citizen, died at the residence of F. A. Tanner, about two miles from here, at the age of 80 years. Mr. Brinkley was sick for a long time, being helpless for eighteen months, and was taken care of by the family of Mr. Tanner. He was an Odd Fellow, and his remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ Rest here this afternoon at 3 o’clock under the auspices of that order.

Weimar Mercury, September 4, 1908

Brinson, Peter


Peter Brinson, a freedman renting land from Mr. Willie Van Alstyne, had a charge of rape made against him by his mistress upon the person of her daughter. Justice Barnett issued a warrant for his arrest, which was placed in the hands of Constable Schrimsher. Last Monday morning the officer arrested Brinson and started to bring him in, and when near town the prisoner made a break from the Constable and jumped through a barbed wire fence, saying as he did so, “ Here’s at you!” pointing his hand, which the Constable thought concealed something — looked like a pistol. Schrimsher followed the man, who ran through the bushes and across a pasture in a northeasterly direction. When the prisoner threw up his hand at him, the Constable drew his revolver to fire, but the cartridge did not explode. In passing the house of Mr. Ledbetter Mr. S. asked for a gun, and a Winchester rifle was handed him. He called to the man to stop, without avail, when Mr. S. fired at the prisoner, the ball taking effect just behind the shoulder, lodging in the chest, inflicting a mortal wound. He was placed in a wagon by the Constable, and brought to town. Constable Schrimsher has the sympathies of the community in this unfortunate affair, as he was acting in the discharge of duty, and did only what he thought was right and proper in the matter. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, April 22, 1886, page 3


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Brittain, Daisie (Weisler)

Daisie Weisler Brittain, 96, of Beaumont died Aug. 24, 2001, at Morris Health Care.

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park under the direction of L.M. Williams & Sons Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

A native of Garwood, she lived in Beaumont and was an Altair school district teacher.

Survivors include her son, Roy L. Brittain Jr. of Beaumont; grandsons, Roy Lee Brittain III and Patrick George Brittain, both of Beaumont; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Beaumont Enterprise, The (TX), A12 ,August 26, 2001
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan

Britton, Ellen (Pickett)


Mrs. Ellen Britton, age 79, of Wharton, passed away December 30 at the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Ellen Britton Saturday, January 2 froth the Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle. Lake with the Rev. J. D. Russell, pastor, Bonus Baptist Church officiating.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr.[sic] Britton was born on April 16, 1908 in Rock Island to Watson Tarpley Pickett and Ellen Purkle Pickett. Growing up in Colorado County she later married Luther Britton on November 5, l924.

She and her husband owned and ran a dairy in the Bonus area for many years; She moved to Hillje Nursing Home in November 1987 as her health was failing.

Mrs. Britton grew up in the Baptist Faith and was a member of the Bonus Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, who passed December 26, 1966, also daughter, Mrs. Lucille Tedder, in 1966, two sisters, Maud Michulka and Pearl Brooks, two brothers, Bill and Harvey Pickett.

Survivors include daughters, Betty Briggs and Clara Talafuse both of Wharton; three sons, Clayton and Norbert both of Wharton and Lloyd of Apple Valley, California: two sisters, Bessie McDonald of Lake Charles, La. and Ruby McGinnis of Alvin; brothers, Clyde Pickett and Clifford Pickett both of Alvin; 21 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Gilbert Talafuse, Jr., Joe Talafuse, Frank Becak, Earl Britton, Karl Britton and Don Shanks.

Colorado County Citizen, January 7, 1988, page 2

Britton, James Brown

Another confederate soldier has passed over death's bar and joined the innumerable host beyond. Died at his late residence on Wednesday, the 3rd inst., at 6 o';clock, p.m. Mr. J. A. Britton, of congestion of the brain, aged 53. Mr. Britton was a native of North Carolina, and resided in this section before the war, through which he served a brave soldier at the front. He was wounded by a musket ball just above the left eye that left a deep scar in the forehead which of late years gave him frequent pain. His remains were interred the old Clear Creek cemetery

Colorado Citizen, Feb. 11, 1892
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm


Mr. Jas. A. Britton died at his home some five miles east of here on the 5th instant, and was buried at the old Clear Creek cemetery. His wife was a Henderson, who survives him with a family of seven children. Brit was a good, true Confederate soldier and carried the scar of the minnie ball. May his spirit rest in peace, safe in the heaven of eternal rest.

Weimar Mercury, February 13, 1892 

Broadbridge, unknown

Last Saturday the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Broadbridge died in this city, and was buried in the evening. The family has been reduced by sickness on the part of the father to distressed circumstances and have the sympathy of the community. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 6, 1885

Broadstone, Ralph

Ralph Broadstone, 76, a 50-year resident of Columbus, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 1994, in Columbus.

Born Feb. 2, 1917 in Augusta, KS, he was the son of Bruce and Kate (Cyphers) Broadstone. On May 13, 1944, he married Alberta Henneke. Mr. Broadstone had been an employee of Thorsenberg Materials Company and a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 8, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Patrick Fidgeon officiating. Interment followed at in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were David Moland, Chad Moland, Allen Kansteiner, A. J. Hickerson, Drew Hickerson and Patrick Moeller.

Mr. Broadstone is survived by his wife of Columbus; son Ralph F. Broadstone and wife Charlene of Weimar; daughters Barbara Moeller and husband Arthur of Columbus and Betty Moland and husband bob of Deer Park; brother Glenn Broadstone of Oklahoma City, OK; grandchildren Kim Kansteiner, Kellie Broadstone, David Moland, Chad Moland, Jeff Moeller and April Moeller.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.

Colorado County Citizen, January 12, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Brock, Elmer Van “Sparky”

E. V. Brock Funeral Held June 30

E. V. “Sparky” Brock, age 84, died June 27 in Houston. He was a resident of Weimar since 1974.

Funeral services were held on June 30 at Hubbard Funeral Home with the Rev. Judith Sellers officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Brock was born on Oct. 1, 1912 in Noble, Okla., and married Arvabell McShane Brock in Jan. 1967 in Sugar Land.

He attended elementary school in Palacios and was a maintenance foreman at Imperial Sugar Refinery for 45 years.

He was also, an active member of the Weimar Golf Club, enjoyed fishing and visiting with his friends.
Mr. Brock was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters

He is survived by his wife, Arvabell “Mickey” Brock of Weimar; one daughter, Mary Lavon Terzian of Houston; one son, E. Van Brock, Jr. of Huntsville; one step-daughter Darlene Crvrtuk of Houston.

Three sisters, Eura Boehm of Sugar Land, Nina Edwards of Galveston and Blanch Tyer of Fort Worth; and ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.

Pallbearers were: Mike Terzian, David Terzian, Mark McCullough, Justin Brock, Bradley Brock, Mike Kleypas, Tom Crvrtuk.

The Weimar Mercury July 31, 1997
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Brock, Walter Ferguson

Walter Brock Funeral Held Here Nov. 13

Funeral services for Walter Ferguson Brock, 78, of Rt. 1, Weimar, were held Friday, Nov. 13, from Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Adkins officiated

Brock, a retired millwright worker, died Nov. 10 at 8:30 p.m. of a massive stroke.

Born Oct. 9. 1914, at Yoakum, he was the son of D. B. and Minnie (Davis) Brock. He married Jacqueline A. Brock on Nov. 18, 1942, at Houston. He served in the U.S. Arm Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the American Legion, and Disabled Veterans. He had lived in the Weimar area 12 years. Previously he lived in Houston 40 years and in Humble 10 years.

His wife survives him, along with two sons, Walter E. Brock of Schulenburg and Paul B. Brock of Weimar; two daughters, Dolores A. Archer of Humble and Brenda K. Motl of Porter; eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Fern Jones of Rock Island. Two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.

The family said, “He enjoyed his cattle, knew each one by name. He also enjoyed his pecan trees.

Oct. 9. 1914 - Nov 10, 1992

Alzheimer’s took you from us after too short a time,
Robbed us of you and your loving mind.
We stayed by and loved you,
And did for you all we could do.
Now the Lord has seen fit
To take you in His arms from IT,
To the person we know and love,
And place you at home in Heaven above.
Your Loving Family

Weimar Mercury, November 19, 1992

Brocker, Joe Lee

Brocker, Joe Lee

Joe Lee Brocker, 74, of Sheridan, died at 9:15 a.m., sagurday, May 2, 1981 in a Eagle Lake hosptital, after a long illness. 

Born in Victoria County, Dec.24, 1906, he was a retired cafe owner in Sheridan.  He married Rosalie Mladenka on Jan. 9, 1929, at Sweet Home and was a charter member of the Sheridan Lions Club.

Funeral Services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, May 4 at the Kubena Funeral Home with the Rev. Bernard Helge officiating.  Burial was in the Cheetham Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife; a son, Jerry L. Brocker of Saudia Arabia; daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Hot of Sheridan: a brother, Scott Brocker of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Lillie Tuttle of Hallettsville: seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jack Dromgoole, Tommy Holt, Doug Holt, Louis Sieds[sic], James Hagen and William Tuttle.

Lavaca County Tribune Herald May 5, 1981
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Brocker, Rosalie (Mladenka)

Rosalie Brocker

Mrs. Rosalie Brocker, 96, of Sheridan, died April 19.

She was born March 3, 1912 to Jerome and Linnie Ebener Mladenka in Koerth, Texas.

She married Joe Lee Brocker on January 9, 1929 in Sweet Home, Texas and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Rosalie is survived b[y] a son Jerry L. Brocker and wife, Mayebeth of Sheridan; daughter, Evelyn Holt of Sheridan; brother, Elo Mladenka of Matagorda; sister, Dorothy Gast of Hallettsville; seven grandchildren, Tommy Holt, Doug Holt, Elaine Dromgoole, Buddy Brocker, Sandy Brocker, Glenna Sides and Debbie Emmons; 13 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Rosalie was preceded in death by her husband, Joe on May 2, 1981; infant daughter; son, Joe Lee Brocker Jr.; parents; brother E. J. Mladenka; and three sisters, Betty Mladenka, Julie Van House, and Joyce Georgia.

Funeral services were held 10 am, Tuesday, April 22, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. John Peters. Burial followed at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Visitation was held at 1 p.m. Monday at Kubena Funeral Home.

Rosary was held at 7 p.m., Monday at Kubena Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Tommy Holt, Doug Holt, Justin Oaks, Buddy Brocker, Dan Pustka, and Chris Brocker.

Honorary pallbearers were great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

Memorials can be made to Sheridan Public Library.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 24, 2008, page 4
Submitted by John Konesheck

Brod, Anna Maria (Lamby)

—Mr. Louis Wendel received the sad news last week of the death of his aunt, Mrs. Anna Brod of Alleyton, wife of Mr. Nic Brod. [Interred in St. Roch Cemetery]

Shiner Gazette, 27 Feb 1908, Local News column
Contributed by Matt Cross

Brod, Calvin Gerhard

Brod Infant Buried After Services Friday

Calvin Gerhard, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Brod of Bernardo, was buried [St. Roch Cemetery] after services Friday morning at the Untermeyer funeral home and later in the Mentz Catholic church, with Rev. Andrew Didner officiating.

The infant died 3 hours after his birth last Thursday in Columbus hospital. His mother is the former Doris Peikert. The Brods have another son, James, aged 3.

Colorado County Citizen, July 15, 1954

Brod, Josephine (Burttschell)

Mrs. Brod Died at Columbus

Mrs. Josephine Brod, born in Germany, 91 years old, died at her residence in Columbus Sunday evening and was buried Tuesday morning at the Mentz cemetery, Father George Barberich officiating. Mrs. Brod came to Colorado county before the civil war. She is survived by four sons, Jacob of Cameron, Frank of San Antonio, Charley of Waco and another son living at Wallis.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 2, 1918

Brod, Lucile (Weishuhn)

Mrs. Reinhard Brod (Lucile), age 78 of Bernardo, passed away May 27, in Columbus Community Hospital. Mrs. Brod was born February 4, 1911, and was a resident in Bernardo since 1936. Services were held Monday, May 29, at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home and with Father George Henniger, Father Tim Kosler, Father Ralph Schmidt, and Father Milam Kleas officiating. Burial was at St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery, in Mentz. Mrs. Brod is survived by daughters Hazel Braden, of Mentz and Irene Morgan of Katy, Sons, Karen Brod, of Bernardo, Cecil Brod, of El Campo and Marvin Brod of Bernardo. sisters, Bernice Heinsohn of Willow Spring, TX., and Lavern Weige of New Ulm. Brothers Franklin Weishuhn, Leory Weishuhn, and Lester Weishuhn all of Frelsburg. Also 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Cecil Brod, Marvin Brod, Kent Brod, Ray Braden, Lynn Braden, and Bob Morgan. Honorary pallbearers were Karen Brod, Troy Brod, Jake Brod, Josh Brod, Jordan Brod and Keith Huskey.

Colorado County Citizen, June 1, 1989
Submitted by David Hahn

Brod, Maria Emilie A.

Report of Vital Statistics

For the month of November, 1908:


Emilie Brod, Nov. 9, 2 yrs., 5 months. [Interred at St. Roch]

Weimar Mercury, December 18, 1908

Brod, Nicklaus

Shot Dead During Quarrel

Columbus, Tex., Aug. 1.--W. A. Liesman, a blacksmith, shot Nick Brod, a saloon keeper, through the mouth with a shotgun this evening about 6 o’clock, killing him instantly. the trouble occurred in front of the blacksmith shop. It is rumored the difficulty arose over the partial burning of Liesmann’s shop a few days ago. [Interment in St. Roch Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, August 7, 1914, page 4

Nic Brod Shot to Death

Columbus, Texas, Aug. 1st--Nic Brod, aged 65 years, was shot to death Saturday evening at 7 o’clock, a charge from a shotgun taking effect in his mouth causing instant death. William Lierman was placed under arrest and charged with the shooting. The trouble occurred at the blacksmith shop of Lierman. There had been trouble between the two men for several days and in a difficulty two days ago Lierman was beaten over the head by Brod. The attempt to burn Lierman’s shop several nights ago had caused some feeling. Brod has two grown sons, while Lierman has a wife and several children.

Hallettsville Herald, August 7, 1914, page 1

Brod, Reinhard J.


Funeral service were held for Reinhard J. Brod Tuesday at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. The Father Bernard Snock officiated. Burial was at the St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery in Mentz.

Reinhard J. Brod was born in Mentz February 1, 1909, to Gerhard Brod and Addie Braden Brod. He married Lucile Weishuhn Brod February 8, 1934. Reinhard was a retired farmer and rancher and County Commissioner Precinct 3 for 1957 to 1969. He spent his lifetime in Bernardo.

Survivors include his wife, Lucile Brod of Bernardo, two daughters, Hazel Braden of Mentz and Irene Morgan of Katy, three sons, Karen Brod of Bernardo, Cecil Brod of El Campo, and Marvin Brod of Bernardo, four sisters, Hilda Kansteiner of Bernardo, Adeline Weishuhn of Frelsburg, Frances Kotzebue and Ernestine Brod, both of Mentz, one brother, Gerhard Brod of Mentz, 10 grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and. one sister.

Pallbearers were Marvin Brod, Cecil Brod, Kent Brod, Lynn Braden, Ray Braden, Bob Morgan, and Karen Brod and the honorary pallbearers were Troy Brod, Jordan Brod, Jake Brod, and Josh Brod.

Colorado County Citizen, May 9, 1985

Brod, Roy Lee

Funeral services for Roy Lee Brod of Alleton were held Monday at St. Roch’s Catholic Church, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.   Interment was at St. Roch’s Catholic Cemetery, Mentz.

Father Bernard Snoch officiated at the services.

Mr. Brod, a farmer and rancher, died Friday at Rosewood General Hospital in Houston.  He was 63 years of age. 

He was born Jan. 10, 1917 at Mentz, the son of Gerhard Brod and the former Addie Braden.  He resided in the Mentz area all of his life.

He was a member of the Catholic Church and Bernardo Lodge 243 of Hermann Sons.  He saw service during World War II as an Army engineer.

Survivors include five sisters, Mrs. Hilda Kansteiner of Bernardo, Mrs. Martha Miller of Columbus, Mrs. Adeline Weishuhn of Frelsburg, and Mrs. Francis Kotzebue and Ernestine Brod, both of Mentz; four brothers, Allen, Oscar and Gerhard Jr., all of Mentz, and Reinhard of Bernard, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were James Brod, Leonard Brod, Oliver Weishuhn, Karen Brod, Cecil Brod and Thomas Weishuhn.

Colorado County Citizen, August 14, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Brodhage, Charles K.

C. K. Brodhage Funeral Held On Last Friday

Funeral services were held at three o’clock on last Friday afternoon from the Mill Funeral Home for Charles K. Brodhage who died on New Year’s Day.

Rev. O. E. Linstrum, pastor of the Colly Memorial Methodist Church officiated at the services. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were E. H. Rodgers, Sr., R. P. Wilcox, N. C. Ney, G. A. Seaholm, S. O. Boothe and Robert Martin.

A native of Richview, Illinois Mr. Brodhage had made his home in Eagle Lake during the last thirty years.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 9, 1948
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Broesche, Annie Marie (Bartek)

Annie Marie Broesche

Annie Marie Broesche, 75, of Eagle Lake passed away Wednesday, August 1 at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake. She was born March 30, 1932 in Moulton, Texas.

Mrs. Broesche was in the catering business for 31 years and catered for many organizations around the State. She enjoyed cooking & canning and loved to play bingo.

She was a member of V.F.W. and American Legion ladies auxiliary and was of the Catholic faith.

Annie was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Minnie Mugurauer Bartek; brother, Bill Bertek; grandson Kevin Broesche.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Franklin Broesche of Eagle Lake; daughter, Betty Zahradnik and husband, Jerome, of Hungerford; sons, Fred "Butch" Broesche and wife, Lynn, of Eagle Lake, Larry "Pinto" Broesche and wife, Monica, of Eagle Lake, Billy "Bubba" Broesche and wife, Bonnie, of Hungerford; sister, Lillie Schuenemann of Port Lavaca; sister-in-law, Pauline Jaster of Brenham; grandchildren, Preston and Becky Broesche, Neil and Christy Broesche, Mischel Hearrean, Jayson and Erin Zahradnik, Jonica and Brian Kielman, Jan Zahradnik, Bryron and Beth Black, Keith Broesche; great grandchildren, Connor Broesche, Abbey Broesche, Alexis Broesche, Jemma Zahradnik, Thomas Kielman and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on Thursday, August 3, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Parish of the Nativity Church. A rosary was held Thursday, August 3 at 7 p.m. at the Parish of the Nativity Church. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 4 at 10 a.m. at the Parish of the Nativity Church with the Father Robert Guerra officiating. Burial followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of the Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Keith Broesche, Neil Broesche, Preston Broesche, Brian Kielman, Jayson Zahradnik and Byron Black.

Honorary pallbearers were Erin Zahradnik, Beth Black, Jonica Kielman, Jan Zahradnik, Becky and Christy Broesche, Mischel Hearrean, Pete and Jeanette Canaris, Eagle Lake Fire Department, Eagle Lake Knights of Columbus, Her nieces and nephews.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 9th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Brokmeyer, Annie F.

Mrs. H. B. Brockmeyer[sic]

Although relatives were apprised by hospital attendants that no hopes were being held out for the recovery of Mrs. Annie Brockmeyer, 48, who was under treatment in a hospital in Temple, the message announcing her earthly departure bore heavily on her loved ones as well as on her neighbors and friends, by whom she was held in high esteem.

Decedent, nee Annie Wilde, was born at Rockhouse about 48 years ago and spent her entire life in that community. Her school days were bright and undimmed. She grew up into beautiful maidenhood under the care of her parents and was surrounded by conditions which made life attractive and her popularity among her associates added materially to the happiness of her future life.

After reaching marriageable age she was united in the Holy bonds of matrimony with H. B. Brockmeyer with whom she shared the blessing and ills of married life “till death do us part.” Only a few short years ago the couple’s happy home was invaded by the angel of death who took therefrom their darling baby after all medical skill and tender nursing failed to restore the heath of the little tot. Soon thereafter, Mrs. Brockmeyer, the heartbroken mother, became indisposed and despite the best medical attention and most tender care her condition improved only temporarily. She rallied off and on and felt somewhat relieved at times only to suffer another attack which necessitated her removal to a hospital where more scientific treatment was possible. All attempts to restore her health proved in vain. Death ensured Friday morning, May 22nd. Her remains were brought overland to her late residence and biered until Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock when funeral took place from the family residence with interment in the Catholic cemetery at Frelsburg with services by Rev. Father Stindle and Rev. Father Klobouk of Fayetteville, in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives, neighbors and friends of whom many came a long distance to attend the funeral obsequies.

Decedent bore her afflictions with remarkable fortitude and lived in hopes that the All Wise Counsel of God would spare her and grant her a few years more of life for the sake of her loved ones. Her aged mother, her sisters and brothers joined her family in fervent prayers that God may spare her and that she might live, but God loved her ever better and removed her from her earthly abode to that of heavenly bliss, where there is no more suffering, no weeping and no parting.

Surviving her are her disconsolate husband; two boys, Clemens and Raymond; her aged mother; three sisters and four brothers.

The Enterprise management joins the many friends of the Brockmeyer-Wilde families in extending them heartfelt sympathy and condolence in the hour of their irreparable loss.

Peace to her ashes and honor to her memory.--New Ulm Enterprise.

Mrs. Brockmeyer was a sister of Mr. Ben Wilde of this city. Our sympathy is extended to him and the other sorrowing ones.

Colorado County Citizen, June 4, 1931, page 8

Brokmeyer, Bertha C. (Klimek)

Mrs. Brokmeyer

Funeral services for Mrs. Leo (Bertha) Brokmeyer will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg Thursday, June 12 at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Harold Fehler officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

A lifetime resident of the Frelsburg area, Mrs. Brokmeyer died in St. Jude Hospital in Brenham June 10. She was a daughter of Joseph and Marie Janek Klimek, born April 8, 1899. She was married to Leo Brokmeyer in 1924 and he preceded her in death in 1970.

Mrs. Brokmeyer is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Layne Hoppe, Remi Halfman, Ronald Brune, Bruce Brokmeyer, James Brokmeyer and John E. Pierce. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Brokmeyer, Albert Hopee, Luke E. Pierce, Donald Brokmeyer and Floyd Tonn.

Colorado County Citizen, June 12, 1975
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Brokmeyer, Bertha Magdalene


Bertha Magdalene Brokmeyer was born March 18, 1915, in the Brushy community in Colorado County, near Frelsburg, Texas, to Charles and Minnie Goetz Brokmeyer, and was baptized Sept. 5, 1915 in the Christian faith in Trinity Lutheran Church by Pastor Szillat.

She started Sunday School at age 6, and was confirmed on Oct. 6, 1929 by pastor O.L. Lindenburg. Her memory verse was Titus 2:11-12: “For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright and Godly lives.”

Bertha taught Sunday School 43 years, during that time also teaching Vacation Bible School each year at Trinity and St. John Lutheran Church, New Ulm. She was a life-long member of the Women of the ELCA. She was custodian and cleaned the church over 40 years, planted the flowerbeds and kept them watered. She was active in attending worship, lay reading, and singing in the choir. She was godmother to five children.

Bertha loved art and wrote poetry, and was a good hand at drawing. She attended grade school in Buggy Branch, St. Joseph and Herman Seminary. Her first public job was with Lone Star Laundry. She then took nurse's training at Columbus Community Hospital and worked there four years. To be closer to home she worked for Leslie and Dale Heinsohn, caring for their babies Brandy and Heidi. She also cared for her mother and father and brother, Charlie.

Bertha enjoyed handwork, reading, visiting, and dancing. She was never married, but had devoted friends. “Through all this I was not alone. God was with me, and for this I am very thankful.” -Bertha

Bertha Brokmeyer passed to her eternal rest on Dec. 12, 2005, in Columbus, Texas. A prayer service was held on December 14, 2005 at the Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Her funeral service was held on Dec. 15, 2005 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg, Texas, with Pastor Bill Mosley officiating. Burial was in the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetary.

Pallbearers were James Weishuhn, Gerald Trojacek, Eudene Richter, Heidi Heinsohn, James C. Andreas, Gary Wagner, Ronald Luedke and Carol Mikulenka. Honorary pallbearers were all of her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Frieda Weishuhn, Lucy Suchadoll and Lena Suchadoll; brother Charles Brokmeyer, nephews Florence Weishuhn, Jr. and Leland Suchadol; and niece Joyce Marek.

Colorado County Citizen, December21, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Brokmeyer, Charles Henry

Chas. Brokmeyer Succumbs At 88; Frelsburg Funeral

Last rites for Charles H. Brokmeyer, 88, were held Monday at Untermeyer Funeral home, with continued services in Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg, Rev. Harold Fehler officiating. Burial was in the Trinity Lutheran cemetery at Frelsburg.

Mr. Brokmeyer who had been ill a long time, died in Columbus hospital Friday. He had been there 2 weeks. Born in the Frelsburg community, he spent his entire life there. He was a son of August and Francesca Zeiner Brokmeyer. His wife, the former Minnie Goetz whom he married in 1905, died last Mar. 10. He was a retired farmer.

Surviving include: a son, Charlie, a daughter, Miss Bertha Brokmeyer and three other daughters, Mesdames Rubin Suchadoll, Herbert Suchadoll and Florenz Weishuhn, all of Frelsburg area; 12 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Wilfred Gross, Ernest Richter, Edgar Van Minden and Waldo, Roy and Leslie Weishuhn.

Colorado County Citizen, September 14, 1967
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Brokmeyer, Charlie H.

Brokmeyer Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Charlie H. Brokmeyer of Frelsburg were held Wednesday, April 22, 1992 at 3 p.m. from Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with Pastor Milroy Gregor officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Brokmeyer, a lifetime resident of the Frelsburg area, passed away April 20 In the Columbus Community Hospital. He was 75 years of age.

Born in Willow Springs June 23, 1916, he was the son of Charles Henry and Minnie (Goetz) Brokmeyer. He served in the Army in World War II and was a general laborer by occupation. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Frelsburg and had never married.

Survivors include three sisters, Lucy Suchadoll, Lena Suchadoll and Bertha Brokmeyer, all of Frelsburg.

He was preceded In death by one sister, Frieda Weishuhn.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Weishuhn, Gary Wagner, James Weishuhn, Leland Suchadoll Jr., Ronald Luedke and Bennie Zajicek.

Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

New Ulm Enterprise, April 30, 1992, page 3

Brokmeyer, Elenora O. (Buxkemper)

Brokmeyer Funeral Services.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Elenora O. Brokmeyer of Frelsburg were held Wednesday, May 16, 1990 from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Msgr. Werner A. Bockholt officiating.

Burial was in the Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Brokmeyer passed away Monday, May 14, in BellvIlle at the age of 75 years.

Born in Frelsburg July 27, 1914, she was the daughter of Emil and Caroline (Gully) Buxkemper. She was united in marriage with Clemens W. Brokmeyer November 26, 1935 in Frelsburg and was a homemaker and life-long resident of the Frelsburg area. She was a member of St. Anns Altar Society and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Survivors include four daughters and sons- in-law, Florian and Lambert Skubal of Rockdale, Madeline and John Kovar of Rockdale, Margaret and Jerry Kubala of Fayetteville and Genevieve and Raymond Broz of Bleiblerville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Darwin C. and Jeanette Brokmeyer of Houston and Leslie Gene and Johnnie Mae Brokmeyer of Houston; six sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene and Alois Henneke of Frelsburg, Viola and Clarence Warschak of Frelsburg, Sophie and Manley Leyendecker of Columbus, Isabelle and James Wilde of Lyford, Cora and Justin Wostarek of La Grange and Ottilia and Frank Lesikar of Columbus; brother and sister-in-law, Leonard and Juanita Buxkemper of Wimberly; sister-in-law, Loreda Buxkemper of Columbus; 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clements W. Brokmeyer in 1969. her parents, 1 brother, Felix, and an infant brother, Benjamin.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge of funeral arrangements.

New Ulm Enterprise, May 29, 1990, page 3

Brokmeyer, Minnie Magdalene (Goetz)

Mrs. Brokmeyer, German Native, Rites in Frelsburg

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Untermeyer Funeral home, with continued services in Trinity Lutheraan church in Frelsburg for Mrs. Minnie Madalne Brokmeyer, 88, who died in Columbus hospital Friday after a week’s illness. Rev. Harold Fehler officiated and burial was in Trinity Lutheran cemetery.

Mrs. Brokmeyer was born in Germany, daughter of Fred and Fredericka Harms Goetz, and came to this country at the age of 3. She was married to Charles Brokmeyer in 1906. Her husband survives. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last December.

Besides her husband, she is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Florenz Weishuhn of Lone Oak and Mrs. Hubert Suchadoll, Mrs. Rubin Suchadoll and Miss Bertha Brokmeyer of Frelsburg and a son Charles Jr., also of Frelsburg; 12 grandchilden and 35 great-grandchilden.

Her grandson[sic] were pallbearers.

Colorado County Citizen, March 15,1967


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Brosch, unknown

An aged farmer of the Sedan neighborhood, Brosch by name, died and was buried here [Place of interment unknown] Thursday afternoon.

Weimar Mercury, January 5, 1907

Brosig, Charles Henry

C. H. Brosig

Funeral Rites here Thursday

It is with sadness and much regret that we chronicle the death of Charles Harry Brosig, who passed away in Houston after a three week serious illness in the hospital. A message to relatives Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 told of Mr. Brosig's death. The Mill Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was called to come for the remains. Mr. Brosig was born Sept. 16, 1871. and had he lived a few days longer he would have passed his seventy-third anniversary.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. R, F. Graf and Mrs. W. I. Alderson, both of Houston. Three grandchildren are also left and one brother, Fritz Brosig of Peters.

Impressive funeral services were held here at the Mill Funeral home, Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock, with the Rev. Richard A Park of Christ Episcopal Church officiating. He was placed at rest in the Masonic cemetery by the side of his wife, Emma Werlla Brosig. who preceded him to the grave, September 16, 1930. The local Masonic Lodge conducted services at the grave.

Mr. Brosig resided in Eagle Lake for 36 years, having moved away only four years ago. He numbered his friends by his acquaintances and it was fitting that he should be brought home to rest among the friends and business associates of by gone days. .Sincere expressions of sorrow were heard in this community when the death message was received. Those who tenderly and gentlv bore the last remains of their brother, comrade and friend to their last resting place were G. A. Seaholm, G. E. Thomas. Jr., Emanuel Roos, A.H. Dipple, M.L. Anderson, S. O. Bixvthe, Ernest Seaholm and Harold Thomas. The beautiful floral tributes bespoke silent but fragrant messages of sympathy to the bereaved.
To those who held him near and dear the Headlight offers abiding sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 1, 1944
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Brosig, Emma M. (Werlla)

Mrs. Brosig passed away early Tuesday Morning

Mrs. C. H. Brosig, one of Eagle Lakes's most prominent and most beloved women, passed away at the family home at 2 o'clock Tuesday morning, following a long illness. She had been in ill health for a number of years, during which time she submitted to several major operations, each time apparently rallying from the ordeal and was believed to be on the road to recovery, only to be called back to the hospital. For weeks preceding her death she was confined in hospitals in Houston, and was unable to leave her bed for nearly two months, after her stay in a Houston hospital.

Mrs. Brosig was one of the gentlest, sweetest women it has been our lot to know. A devoted wife and mother, a helpful neighbor, a friend who was always true, she lived a life that was beautiful, leaving a memory pure and sweet and an influence for good that can never be lost. Many will nilss her here, but how glorious the thought that she who suffered so long is with her Savior now in the beautiful home where sickness entereth not and pain is unknown.

Mrs. Brosig was formerly Miss Emma Werlla and was born at Mlllheim, in Austin county, fifty-one years ago. She was married at the home of her birth to Mr. C.H. Brosig on January 24th, 1900, and following her marriage , she and her husband made their home in Ballnger for three years, moving to Eagle Lake in 1903.

For many years Mrs. Brosig has been prominently connected with the social business and church life of Eagle Lake, and until her last illness she was on duty at the White House Hotel, in which Mr. Brosig is jointly interested with Mr. L. J. Burger in its ownership and management.

She possessed a wide acquaintance and was universally popular with all who knew her. She was a faithful member of the Episcopal church, and lived a devoted Christian life.

Mrs. Brosig is survived by her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Gladys Alderson and Mrs. Willie Graf, both of Houston, and both of whom were at their mother's bedside for the past several weeks, her mother, Mrs. Julia Werlla, of this city; live brothers, Gus C .Werlla of Altair, Ed. Wertta of Dallas, Chas. Werlla of Denison, Phllip Werlla of San Antonio and Julius Werlla of Houston, four sisters, Mrs. Louis Hintz of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Chas. Stafford of San Antonio, Mrs. C. J. Harter of Houston and Mrs. T. I. Tillson of Dallas and two grandchildren. Harriet Claire aiid Wayne Alderson.

Wednesday afternoon a sweetly solemn a trumphant funeral service was conducted at the home by Rev. Philip Werleln of Houston and then the body was given sepulture In the Masonic Cemetery. The funeral was largely attended, with many out-of-town people in attendance.

There were visitors here for the funeral from Schulenburg, Sealy, Bellvillt, Brenham, Houston, Navasota, Millhelm, Galveston and Oklahoma. The floral offerings were many and beautiful, the new-made mound in the cemetery being banked high with flowers of-sweetest fragrance tokens of love and esteem from friends who enjoyed her sweet fellowship in Life and who are deeply grieved ever her passing.

With one occord our people sympathlze with the stricken loved ones of the good woman who has been called from the scenes of earth to the home of the faithful and Just.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 20, 1930
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Brossman, Edgar James

Schulenburg GI Edg. Brossman Killed in Vietnam

First Sgt. Edgar J. Brossman, 38, formerly of Schulenburg, husband of the former Florence Heger of Weimar, has become this area’s first fatality in the Vietnam war.

Sgt. Brossman died Feb. 28 in Communist mortar and rocket shelling at the Tan Son Nhut air base outside Saigon.

A 20-year army veteran, he left for Vietnam Jan. 14. He was a medic assigned to Co. C. 9th Medic Battalion, and stationed at the air field’s hospital.

His 20 years would have been up this month; however, he still would have had to complete his year in Vietnam.

The sergeant’s body was expected to arrive in California Wednesday, and he will be buried in the National Cemetery in San Antonio, but relatives here did not know Wednesday what day the funeral would be.

Besides his wife, he is survived by four children, Daniel Wayne, 13, Bruce, 12, Ann Elizabeth , 10, and William Joseph, 7; his mother, Mrs. Joe Brossman of Schulenburg; and several sisters and brothers.

A brother, Joe C. Brossman Jr. died in a car wreck in 1958 at the age of 21.

he sergeant’s wife is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Heger of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, March 7, 1968, page 1

Brossman, Joe

Got Hold of Wrong Bottle

Joe Brossman, a well known character of this section, who for some time past has been employed by Mrs. John Norhavitza, a short distance west of town, as a farm hand, made a mistake Saturday evening which cost him his life. As we understand it, one of the Norhavitzas, returning from town in a wagon, had brought along a bottle of whiskey for Brossman, also a bottle of “high life” to be used for some other purpose. Brossman, so we are told, took a drink of the whiskey, replaced same in wagon, and proceeded with his work. Afterward he went back to the wagon to get another drink of the whiskey, but through mistake secured the wrong bottle, and before he discovered the mistake had taken a large drink of the poisonous fluid, his death resulting a short time afterward. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at St. Michael’s cemetery. Brossman was a quiet, inoffensive man, and his tragic death is deeply regretted.

Weimar Mercury, February 19, 1915, page 1

Brower, George McClain

The sad message was received Frlday night of the death of Mr. George Brower, of Houston, after months of suffering. He leaves to mourn his death his widow and five children. I.awrence, Tom and Roy, Miss Juanlta Brower, Mrs. Rex Elston of Beaumont. Mr. Brower had lived in this place for  a number of years, and had many friends here. His remains were laid to rest Saturday  evening at Rock Island [Myrtle Cemetery]. To the bereaved  we extend our heart felt sympathy in  their hour of sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 28, 1923
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith 

Brower, Harry Edward

Eagle Lake community lost another of its outstanding citizens Monday, November 6th, 1967 when Harry Edward Brower succumbed to a heart attack in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital after a short illness. Mr. Brower, a native of the Rock Island community, had spent most of his life in the Eagle Lake community. He began work as a locomotive engineer with Gilmer and Tanner gravel company in 1922 and continued in that capacity with the company when it began operations here in 1928 and changed to Texas Construction Material Co. in 1929, until the time of his recent illness.

He was a past officer of the Eagle Lake Lodge A. F. & A M. No. 366 and was active in the Arabia Temple Shrine, and in the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake. Many friends and relatives gathered at the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 7th, 1967, to pay final respects to this loved one. The Rev Henry Adrion of Houston, former pastor of First Baptist Church, and the Rev. Richard B. Douglass, presently pastor of First Baptist Church, officiated at the services. Mrs. Clara May Nash rendered favorite hymns at the organ.

His body was placed to final rest in the Masonic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Raymond Hoffman and Lawrence Ripper of Octnribtis,- Dr. Raymond fliomaar; Paul Powers. Joe Lee McCreary, and James Clipson, Jr. of this city.

Harry Edward Brower was born on September 23, 1903 in Rock Island, the son of Betty Jackson and Jacob N. Brewer. He lived to the age of 64 years and a few months before his life's work on earth was ended. He had a great love and concern for his fellow man and was always on hand to render aid and comfort to all whenever the occasion arose. On November 26th, 1928 he was united in marriage with Miss Leona Johnson and  she survives to mourn his passing; along with 2 daughters, Mrs. Lillian Epperly of San Antonio and Mrs Elizabeth Martinak of Gilberts, Illinois; one son, W. J. Brower of San Antonio; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Lorene Brower Guillett ot Austin; three nieces and five nephews; and other relatives and friends. Friends throughout the area join in extending deepest sympathy to the family in the death of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 9, 1967
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith 

Brower, Jodie V.

Mrs. J. N. Brower Passes Away Sun.

Mrs. J. N. (Jodie) Brower closed her eyes to peaceful rest in the Galveston County Memorial Hospital last Sunday, April 2nd at 2:30 p.m. following a lengthy illness. She has been residing in the La Marque Rest Home for ten months before her illness.

Funeral services were held from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 4th with interment in Lakeside Cemetery. The Rev. Raymond Woodruff, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiated.

Pallbearers were deacons of the church, Earl Braden, Orville Powers, Paul Powers, J. K. Davidson, Robert Griffith and Dale Cassady.

Mrs. Brower was born Oct. 26, 1880 in Dalton, Georgia. She lived in Eagle Lake for approximately fifty years. She and her husband were baptized into the First Baptist Church on April 4, 1923. She was the oldest living member of the congregation of the First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband May 30, 1937, and also by a stepson, Harry Brower of this city Nov. 6, 1967, and another stepson.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Edwy [sic] Brown of Hitchcock and two sons, William Raymond Dyer of Lake Charles, La. and Wesley Dyer of Corpus Christi; also one stepdaughter, Mrs. Lorene Gillette of Austin and three grandchildren.

Many citizens of the community were touched by the kindness of Mrs. Brower and she shall be missed dearly and remembered forever by all who came to know her.

Eagle Lake Headlight  April 6, 1972
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Brower, Leona (Johnson)

Final Rites Held Sat. For Mrs. Brower

Citizens of the community learned with great sadness of the death of  Mrs. Harry E. Brower in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital at 6:15 a.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25th. Mrs. Brower suffered a severe stroke some two months ago and has been confined to  the hospital since that time. Funeral services were held from the chapel of the Mlll-Bauer Funeral Home at 10:00 o'clock Saturday mornlng, Dec. 26th with the Rev. Raymond Woodruff, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. She was placed to final rest in the Masonic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Charles L. Spallnger, Earl H. Rodgers, Joe L. McCreary, Allen D. Cassady, Frank N. Davidson, and W. L. Bauer.

She was born Leona Johnson, the daughter of Allen and Lillian Green Johnson In the Rock Island community Nov. 1st, 1903. She was united In marriage with Harry E. Brower in La Grange, Texas on November 26, 1929. She had been a resident of the Eagle Lake community for nearly all of her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband who died Nov. 6, 1967. Surviving to mourn the loss of this loved one are: 

A sister, Mrs. Viola Linke of this city; a nephew, Gene Linke and a niece, Mrs. Betty Wegenhoft, Both also of this city; and other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Brower spent much of her life caring for the needs of others as was exemplified In. the fact that she spent more hours as a volunteer "pink lady" of the Community Hospital Auxiliary than any other member. She demonstrated through this service and In many other ways her love for for her fellowman.

She was an active member of the First Baptist Church and member of the Eagle Lake Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a past Worthy Matron of the Eagle Lake Chapter.

She shall be missed dearly by her loved ones and by all who were touched by her kindness, throughout life's Journey.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 31, 1970
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Brower, Robert Wesley

Garwood Gatherings

Robert Wesley, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brower of Houston was buried at Rock Island on Friday afternoon. He was born on December 14th, and passed away on Jan 12th at a Houston hospital. A short funeral service was held here on Friday at noon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Schilling by Rev. E. H. Miller, local Methodist pastor, following which the body was taken overland to Rock Island and laid to rest in the [Myrtle] cemetery at that place. The child’s body was accompanied by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brower, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Beckmeyer and son, of Dickerson, Mrs. John Woodruff and daughter of Houston. They were joined here by relatives and friends, who accompanied them to Rock Island.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 21, 1933

Brower, Uintah Josephine (Jackson)

Last Rites Held For Mrs. Geo. Brower

Funeral services were held at the Garwood Methodist Church last Wednesday, April 19th at 2:00 p.m. ____?___ Mrs. George (Wintah) Brower who passed away on April 17th.

Mrs. Brower made her home in Garwood with her daughter, Mrs. Juanita George. She had been a partial invalid for several years but always remained in a cheerful mood, never complaining and was cared for with ever loving kindness by her daughter. Mrs. Brower was born in New Bloomfield, Mo., on Feb 13, 1874 and observed her 87th birthday last February. 

She had been a member of the Baptist Church for many years. The Brower family were among the early settlers of Garwood.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Katie Timbrook of Jacinto City and Mrs Juanita George of Jacinto City;  and one son, Tom of Beaumont; nine grandchildren and a member of the Baptist Church. Among the great grandchildren are Gerald and Deborah Green of El Campo. A number of nieces and nephews and other relatives survive including two sisters, Mrs. John Crawford and Mrs. Ola Wright, both of Houston. She was preceeded in death by her husband and two sons, Lawrence and Roy. The Rev. Paul Grout, pastor of the Methodist Church, held the service. Mrs, F. B. Priesmeyer sang the favorite hymn, "In the Garden"  accompanied by Mrs. C. P. Hopkins at the organ, 

Burial was in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. The funeral was widely attended by relatives and friends from Houston, Boling, Eagle Lake, Austin, Rock Island and many local friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 27, 1961
Uintah Brower was the daughter of T. B. and Katie (Taylor) Jackson. Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith 

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Brownschidel, Alice M. (Henderson)

A. Brownschidel Memorial Service Held Sept. 24

On the morning of Sept. 21, 2002 loving spirits guided our mother, sister, grandmother and friend Alice M. Brownschidel to the everlasting, joining husband, Arnold Brownschidel; father and mother, C. W. and Erma Dunn Henderson; brothers William and Morgan Henderson and a host of family and dear friends. [Place of interment unknown]

She was born on Feb. 9, 1935 in Pledger, Texas and a longtime resident of Colorado County.

Alice’s lifetime career as a nurse ended with her retirement of 20 years of devoted service with Columbus Community Hospital.

Alice is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela Ritchie and Lawrence Haba of Sealy, Dee Dee King and Joe Robinson of Palatka, Fla. And Jennifer and Ed Vader of Niton Junction, Alberta Canada; and sons and daughters-in-law, Wes and Lynn Sutherland of Dripping Springs, Joe and Kathy Sutherland of Sealy, and Jon and Katherine Sutherland of Bellville.

She is also survived by a brother D. F. Henderson of Livingston and sister, Winnie Friar of Porter; 17 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and devoted friends, Dr. Tom Hancher and Jay Hicks.

Alice’s love for nature, gardening, hunting, fishing and sharing those memorable times with family and friends will remain and guide us all forever.

A celebration of life for Alice was held on Sept. 24.

Memorial contributions may be made to Columbus Community Hospital Foundation.

The Weimar Mercury September 26, 2002
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Brownschidel, Arnold Emil


Arnold Emil Brownschidel, 77, of Weimar, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1995 at Columbus Community Hospital.

Born Aug. 19, 1918 in Fayetteville, he was the son of Otto and Mary (Hubenak) Brownschidel. Mr. Brownschidel attended Fayetteville schools, residing here until 1939, when he moved to Houston. He had lived in the Weimar area since 1973. He was married for 35 years to his first wife, Eleanora Henrichsen, then in 1975, he married Alice Henderson in Odessa. Mr. Brownschidel was a truck driver, welder, rancher and farmer. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, Texas Sportsman Association and the Gulf Coast Conservation Association.

Funeral services were held Dec. 8 at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with Rev. John Bily officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Herbert Helmcamp, Alvin Emmel, Kermit Brune, Kenneth Pesak, Robert Pesak and Douglas Pesak. Honorary pallbearers were Melvin Williams, Ellis Ilse, Leroy Janda, Shakey Jones, Dr. Tom Hancher, Hogie Morgan, Jay Hicks, Paul Hattermann and members of Mr. B’s Coffee Club.

Mr. Brownschidel is survived by his wife, of Weimar; daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Lawrence Haba of Sealy, Dee Dee and Joe of Florida and Jennifer and Ed Vader of Niton Junction, Alberta, Can.; sons and daughters-in-law, Wes and Lynn Sutherland of Kyle, Joe and Kathy Sutherland of Katy; a sister, Lillian Lively of Victoria; brother Leroy Brownschidel of Fountain, Colo; 20 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers Frank, Theo and James Brownschidel; and his parents.

Colorado County Citizen, December 13, 1995, page 14

Brownson, Almond Bates

Funeral Service for Rock Island Man Held Tuesday

Funeral services for A.B. Brownson, 68, Rock Island cattleman who died suddenly at local hospital of heart attack Monday, were held Tuesday afternoon at the family home at Rock Island. Rev. Frank D. Charlton officiating.

He is survided by his wife, Mrs. Lee Brownson, three daughters, Mrs. Ethel Gantenbein, Mrs. Lena Balusek, and Mrs. Selma Garrett; one son, Herman Brownson; four sisters, Mrs. Jane Weisler, Mrs. Mose Townsend, Mrs. Daisy Pinchback and Mrs. Flossie Eubank.

Burial was in Golden Rod Cemetery fourteen miles south of Rock Island. Columbus Funeral Home directing.

Pallbearers were Lee Partin, James Brownson, John Bates Balusek, William Garrett, Charles Griffitts, Edwin Pinchback, Paul White, and Ed Sloane.

The Colorado County Citizen.Thursday, March 23, 1939
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan
Photo courtesy Catherine Balusek Ryan

Brownson, Edwin L.

Edwin L. Brownson, age 39, of Dripping Springs, died Tuesday, April 8, 1997. Edwin was a kidney and pancreas transplant recipient.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lewis Brownson.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa Brownson; daughters, Monica Beth and Melissa Anne Brownson, all of Dripping Springs; mother and stepfather, Norma and Dennis Berry; sister, Glenda Brownson; brother, Thomas Dale Brownson, all of Austin; grandfather, Thomas Mattox of Lake Charles, Louisiana; two nieces, one nephew and many loving family and friends.

Edwin was a former employee and was affiliated with Dahill Industries. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 10, 1997 at Harrell Funeral Home in Austin, Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, 1997 at Harrell Funeral Chapel in Dripping Springs with Pastor Bob Milby officiating. Interment in Phillips Cemetery, Dripping Springs.

Arrangements by Harrell Funeral Chapel, Dripping Springs, 512-858-5666.

Austin American-Statesman (TX), B6, April 10, 1997
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan

Brownson, Lee Estella (Chambless)

Resident of Ranch for 60 Years Dies in El Campo

Last rites for Mrs. Lee Estelle Brownson, 85, who died Sunday in the El Campo home of her daughter, Mrs. Ethel Davis, were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Wheeler Funeral home in El Campo.

Born in Sept. 1872 in Macon, Ga., she had lived on the Brownson ranch between Rock Island and El Campo for 60 years.

Other survivors are a son, Herman Brownson of Dripping Springs, and 2 other daughters; Mrs. Lena Balusek of Nada and Mrs. Selma Ann Garrett of Bloomington; 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Burial was in the Goldenrod cemetery near the ranch.

Colorado County Citizen, May 8, 1958

Funeral Rites For Mrs. Lee Estella Brownson

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Lee Estella Brownson, 85, a resident of the Nada community for 60 years, Tuesday afternoon, at Wheeler Funeral with the Rev. B.D. Vanderslice, First Baptist Church officiating.

Mrs. Brownson was a native of Georgia but came to Texas as a young girl and married Almond Bates Brownson. She resided on the Brownson ranch for 60 years.

One son, Herman Brownson of Dripping Springs, and 3 daughters, 13 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. The daughters are Beulah Davis of El Campo, Mrs. Lena Balusek of Nada and Mrs. Selma Ann Garrett of Bloomington.

El Campo Leader News. May 7, 1958
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan
Photo courtesy Catherine Balusek Ryan

Brownson, Lewis

Lewis Brownson is Laid to Rest Monday Down on Goldenrod..

Mr. Lewis Brownson, ninety-one years of age, well and favorably known throughout the greater part of Colorado county, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. C. Weisler in this city, on last Sunday at 1:40 p.m. Owning to his advanced age, he had been in feeble health for some time, and since being brought here to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Weisler, in January he has been confined to his bed for the greater part of the time. He was a man dearly loved by those who knew him and possessed a large circle of friends, For eight years Mr. Brownson's eyesight has been so impaired that he has been unable to read or write. Funeral services were conducted at the Weisler home at 1 O'clock Monday afternoon with Rev. J. R .Murray, Methodist pastor at Garwood, conducting the services. Interment was made in the Goldenrod cemetery down on the Sandies. The pallbearers, Julian E. Weisler, Albert Loughridge, Legon Loughridge, Duke Griffitts, Charlie Griffitts and Edwin Pinchback, were all grandsons of the deceased. He was survived by sister, Mrs. Jane Yelvington, Springfield, Missouri, five daughters: Mrs. G. C. Weisler of this city, Mrs. W. S. Griffitts, Dayton, Mrs. Mose Townsend, Rock Island, Mrs. W. H. Pinchback, Garwood; Mrs. .A. B. Eubanks of Eagle Lake; one son, A. B. Brownson, Rock Island; six stepchildren, Mrs. E. T. Williams and Miss Alice Brake, both of Springfield, Mo.; Mrs. Jessie Baker, Denison; Marsh Brake, William Brake, and Ann Brake of Springfield, Mo.; Twenty-six grandchildren and nineteeen great grandchildren.

"Headlight Newspaper" May 30, 1931
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan
Photo courtesy Catherine Balusek Ryan

Brownson, Lewis Edwin

Accidentally Shot and Killed

Mr. Lewis Edwin Brownson, a prominent and popular young man, living with his parents about twelve miles from Garwood, accidentally shot and killed himself Sunday morning about 6:30 o'clock. He had just gotten out of bed and was dressing when his mother informed him that a number of cows and hawks were near the house, and after finishing dressing, went into another room to get his shotgun. In reaching for the gun, a 12-guage L.C. Smith hammerless, he caught hold of it by the barrel when in some unaccountable manner it was discharged, the whole load of No. 7 1/2 shot taking effect just below the heart, ranging downward. He was evidently in a stooping position when shot. Medical aid was summoned immediately but he expired before the arrival of the doctors. Mr. Brownson regained consciousness shortly after being shot and spoke a few words, but life was extinct about one hour later from the time of the fatal and deplorable accident occurred. [Interment in Golden Rod Cemetery]

Mr. Brownson was a young man of high standing, an excellent gentleman and well liked by all who knew him, and the news of the sad accident that befell him was received with regret here. (Garwood Express)

Weimar Mercury, February 21, 1913
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan

Brownson, Sidney Ann (Harris)

Mrs. L. Brownson

News was received here Saturday afternoon of the death of Mrs. Bronson, which occurred at 11 a.m., at her home on the Sandies after a two weeks' illness. At the time of her death Mrs. Bronson was 68 years of age. She was before her marriage Miss Sidney Ann Harris. In 1869 she was married to Mr. L. Bronson, their home at that time being Missouri. In 1869 she was married to Mr. L. Bronson, their home at that time being Missouri. In 1872 they came to Texas and have been residents of Colorado county for 31 years. Mrs. Bronson is survived by her husband, one son Mr. Bates Bronson, five daughters, Mrs. Gus Weisler of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Mose Townsend of Rock Island, Mesdames W.S. Griffitts, W.H. Pinchback and Albert Loughridge of Garwood and a number of grandchildren. Mrs. Bronson had been a member of the Methodist church since she was a little girl and lived an exemplary Christian life, Internment took place at the family cemetery [Golden Rod Cemetery], near their home at 2 p.m. Sunday. Rev. Mr. Baine conducted the funeral ceremonies. The Garwood Red Cross, the Missionary Society and the W.C.T.U. sent beautiful floral offerings. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of every one in the community.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 26, 1918
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan
Photo courtesy Catherine Balusek Ryan

Broz, David


David Broz, 46, of San Antonio, passed away June 24 at Southwest General Hospital in San Antonio.

He was born in San Antonio, Oct. 13, 1961 to Otto and Kathern (Hastings) Broz and married Audrey Venghaus Sept. 12, 1981.

He was preceded in death by his father and brother, Alan Dale Broz.

He is survived by his wife; mother; and daughters, Kyla Broz of San Marcos and Mallory Olvera and husband Brandon of New Braunfels.

A memorial service is scheduled at a later date.

Colorado County Citizen, July 16, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Broze, Leona


Leona Broze passed away Monday, May 17th, one day after her 91st birthday.

A celebration of her life will be held Sunday, May 30th at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 1229 Milam Street. In addition to her children and grandchildren, she is survived by her dear friends and neighbors. Leona moved to Columbus twenty years ago and considered those years some of the best in her life. Until her illness one month ago, she was a vibrant, independent woman who loved working in her garden, visiting with her neighbors and walking all around town. On many occasions she was offered rides but declined, in order to get in her exercise regimen. She often accepted rides because she enjoyed meeting people. Her positive and joyful outlook were an inspiration to all who knew her. She loved Columbus and insisted on voting in the last election from her hospital bed. She embraced life in Columbus and was embraced by many of its citizens.

Please join us for the memorial service in her honor.

The Colorado County Citizen, May 26, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Bruce, Douglas Rivers

Little Rivers, the bright, intelligent eighteen-months old son of Dr. and Mrs. J. S. Bruce, of Eagle Lake, died in this city last Saturday night. We offer our sincere condolence to the bereave parents in their deep affliction. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

“God called him from this weary world
To one of Heavenly peace—
Death laid his fingers on his heart,
And made life’s music cease.”

Colorado Citizen, November 30, 1882, page 3

Died, at the residence of Mrs. Thatcher, in this city, November 26, 1882, Rivers, only son of Dr. J. S. and Mrs. Susie R. Bruce, aged five years and twenty days.

Alas! for the fond hopes that lie buried with that precious form, and for the aching hearts that so bitterly bewail his going!
Yet should there be a healing balm in he though, that there[sic] cherished one is resting safe in the arms of Jesus, forever freed from touch of pain or woe.

Colorado Citizen, December 7, 1882, page 3

Bruce, Mabel


Entered into rest August 5th, 1881, from the residence of her parents at Eagle Lake, MABEL, the beloved daughter of Dr. J. S. and Susan R. Bruce, in the 6th year of her age. And thus has passed from our midst a lovely flower transplanted into the Paradise of God. Although the hearts of the parents are bowed down with the deepest grief, and they miss the presence of their darling in the household, yet they have the satisfaction of knowing that the dear one is safe in the hands of their loving heavenly Father who doeth all things well. She may not return to them but they may go to her in the realms of blessedness where partings are no more. “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God” are the Saviour’s words. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, August 11, 1881

Bruce, Susie (Rivers)


Eagle Lake, Tex., Aug. 21.--Mrs. J. S. Bruce, 69 years of age, one of this city’s oldest and most influential citizens,passed away at the family home here late Sunday afternoon following a year’s illness. She had lived in Eagle Lake for nearly 50 years. She is survived by her aged husband, Dr. J. S. Bruce and two daughters, Mrs. M. E. Guynn and Mrs. T. W. Oliphant, and was also the stepmother and aunt of Mrs. Mansfield, wife of Congressman J. J. Mansfield of the Ninth Congressional District. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, September 1, 1922, page 6

Brueckner, Margaret (Singleton)

Mrs. Brueckner Buried Tuesday at Shaws Bend

Funeral services for Mrs. Maggie Brueckner, 72, woe died here Sunday, were held from the home Tuesday with Rev. Leo Simon officiating. Untermeyer Bros. was in charge of the arrangements and burial was in Brune cemetery at Shaws Bend.

Mrs. Brueckner, born in Houston on August 27, 1876, was a daughter of Margaret Hoffman Singleton and Reed Singleton, both natives of Houston. She was the widow of Max Brueckner who died here in 1934. She had lived in Columbus ten years and was a member of the Lutheran church.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Addie Shackleford who is a patient in the Lutheran Sanatorium, San Antonio, three brothers, Henry Singleton, St. Louis; Jeff Singleton , Porter and another who resides in Louisiana; two sisters, Mrs. Ada Thacker and Mrs. Martha Long, both of Houston. A son, Byron Brueckner, died in east Texas 15 years ago.

Pallbearers were Otto Cholllett, W. T. Stolle, O. F Stolle, Awald Kansteiner, O. J. Miller and Charles Horndt.

Colorado County Citizen, January 4, 1943

Brueckner, Max William Neal

Max William Neal Brueckner was born near Ellinger on January 4th, 1880. As a young man he was confirmed in the Lutheran Church by Pastor Juren. While clerking in a store in Humble, he met and married Miss Margaret Singleton. Two children were born to the young couple, a son and a daughter. The son, Byron, was killed in an accident about four years ago. The daughter Addie, is now in a Houston hospital recovering from pneumonia. Mr. Brueckner worked in various oil fields when he quit clerking, until he lost his arm. A little more than two years ago he moved to Columbus. Last winter he was so sick that his end was expected daily, but he recovered sufficiently to be about town. He died early on September 5th. On the following day his remains were taken to the Brune cemetery near Shaws Bend for burial, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating.

Mr. Brueckner is survived by his sorrowing widow, Mrs. Maggie Brueckner and his daughter, Mrs. Addie Shackelford as well as his brother Charles Brueckner of Taylor He is further survived by the following half brothers and sisters: Henry Hillmer of Shaws Bend, Mary Hillmer of San Antonio, Emil Hillmer of Brenham, Mrs. Herman Chollett of Shaws Bend, Mrs. Chas. Schmidt of New Ulm, Mrs. Eliza Kansteiner of Columbus, Fred Hillmer of Shaws Bend, Willie Hillmer of New Ulm.

Colorado County Citizen, September 12, 1935

Brueckner, William H.

WM. H. BRUECKNER, an old resident of this county, residing in Brushy settlement, was found dead by his wife in bed on last Saturday morning. Cause of death not reported. Mr. Brueckner was engaged in teaching school as a calling. He was probably 45 years of age. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 26, 1886

Brueger, Ewald


We are sorry to report the following deaths during last week: Miss Emily Moeckel, Mrs. John Richter and babe, Mrs. T. Seitscheck, and the baby of Mr. and Mrs. Brueger. [Interment in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. See Trinity Lutheran Church Records]

Weimar Mercury, October 20, 1900, page 1

Brueggmann, Rosie (Schenk) Sobotik

Pedestrian Killed by Car

Mrs Rosie Sobotik Brueggmann, 62, died late Saturday night at Youens Memorial Hospital four hours after being struck by a car as she was walking across Highway 90.

City Marshall Fred Vornsand filed no charges against the driver of the car...His investigation, based partly on statements from three eye witnesses, indicated the accident was unavoidable.

She had been to Handy Shop drive-in grocery and was returning to her home at 403 W. Post Office, the officer said.

Leg Broken

Mrs. Brueggmann was taken to Youens Memorial Hospital, where it was found she had a broken leg, dislocated hip, and a head injury. She died at 11:15 p.m.

Mrs. Brueggmann, who had lived in Weimar two years, was a native of Dubina, born June 18, 1908, a daughter of Frank and Annie Kainer Schenk. She was married at Ammannsville in 1927 to Raymond F. Sobotik, who died Oct. 4, 1953.

Funeral Monday

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 19 at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church, with Rev. O. B. Kahlich officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Miksch, George Nail, Edwin Kainer, Eddie F. Anders, Charles Anders. and Ed Kloesel.

Surviving Mrs. Brueggmann are her husband, Elton Brueggmann of Freyburg, one son, W. R. Sobotik of Rankin, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Loretta (Emil Joe) Dusek of Weimar and Mrs. Ellen Brandt of Sealy; six grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Schenk of Schulenburg and Emil Schenk of Eagle Lake; three sisters, Mrs. Annie Miksch of Weimar, Mrs. Josephine Schimcek of El Campo and Mrs. Edward David of Schulenburg; and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schenk of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, October 22, 1970
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Brummie, Baby Boy


It seems that the hand of affliction is laid heavily upon our friend, C. Brummie. Last week he took his little children to his mother in New Braunfels, and Tuesday last he received a telegram announcing the death of his baby boy. Within one month he has lost a father, wife and child. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 18, 1886

Brummie, Charles

Chas. Brumme[sic], a butcher in the employ of C. L. Neese, died yesterday (Wednesday) morning at 5 o’clock. His death was unexpected and a surprise to all, as he had been seen and talked to Tuesday night as late as 10 o’clock. The cause of his death we failed to learn. He became violently ill at 11 o’clock and expired at 5 o’clock the next morning. He leaves two children, a boy and a girl, and other relatives to mourn his loss. His remains were interred in the city cemetery at 6 o’clock p. m. --LaGrange Journal.

Charley Brummie was an old-time citizen of Weimar. Although he was absent for months at a time during the later part of his life, he always claimed this city as his home. He had a large circle of friends in this section, and was popular wherever known. He was a faithful member of the Odd Fellows’ lodge of this city and was buried under the auspices of that order, at La Grange, Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock. Peace to his memory.

Weimar Mercury, May 28, 1898

Brummie, Rosie

Weimar Local Matters

Mrs. Rosie Brummie, consort of Charles Brummie, died in this city Monday morning last of abcess of the liver afer a lingering sickness of nearly twelve months. She leaves a devoted husband and three small children to mourn the loss of a wife and mother. How sad in death is it to be cut off in the prime of life. All that was motal of this good wife was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery on Monday last, there to await the last trump. Mr. Brummie has the sympathy of the entire community in this hour of bereavement.

Colorado Citizen, November 4, 1886

Brummie, Therese

Our city was shocked Wednesday afternoon when the sad tidings of the death of Mrs. Therese Brummie wife of Mr. Chas. Brummie, was learned. Her death was sudden, no one being aware of the terrible fact until several minutes after the breath forsook the body. The direct cause of her death, it is believed, was dropsy of the heart. She was in her 39th year. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn her death, besides a host of sympathizing friends. Her remains were buried at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, from the family residence. Our sincere, heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved husband and children.

Weimar Mercury, October 17, 1891


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Brunner, Louise (Waddell)

Louise Waddell Brunner

Louise Waddell Brunner, 92, of Eagle Lake passed away Friday, May 2.

She was born on September 7, 1915 in Lissie and attended school in Egypt and Eagle Lake graduating in 1933.

Louise attended college at Victoria Jr. College, North Texas Teacher's College and Southwest Texas State Teacher's College.

She taught school at the Matthews School and Willow School near Eagle Lake as well as at the schools in Eagle Lake.

She was married on May 28, 1944 in Alexandria, Louisiana to William Joseph (Ted) Brunner.

She was a faithful member of First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake where she was an Elder, Sunday school teacher, and Presbyterian Women leader for many years.

Louise was a Girl Scout leader for 11 years, member of Eagle Lake Garden Club, Eagle Lake Study Club and Tom Waddell Nature Club and Prairie Edge Museum Thrift Shop worker.

Louise was preceded in death by her son, William Waddell Brunner; parents, William and Zeta Catherine (Sunderman) Waddell; brothers, Bruce William Waddell and Raymond Henry Waddell; brothers-in-law, Lawton Walsh and Leon Herzik; sister-in-law, Rosemary Waddell.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, William J. (Ted) Brunner; daughter, Kay Beth Barr and son-in-law, David Barr of San Antonio; grandchildren, Shanna Kay Callis and husband, Jonathan Caben Callis, of San Antonio, Jason William Brunner of Houston and fiancé Caleche Laurel Cranek, Kyle William Barr of San Antonio and Ashley Brunner Barr both of San Antonio; great-grandchildren, Cason William Callis and Hunter Caben Callis of San Antonio; sisters, Evelyn Catherine Walsh of Katy, Zeta Mae Herzik of Schulenburg and Myra Lucille ("T") English and husband, William C. (Bill) of Corpus Christi; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation was held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 4 at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 5 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Ed Triem and Rev. Howard Reed officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Forest William English, Davis Ray Waddell, Gary Paul Waddell, James Michael Waddell, Vance Cameron Duncan and Alan Louis Herzik.

Honorary pallbearers were Fred and Eunice Frnka, Beth Waddell, Julie Gannon, Emily Lee, Women of the First Presbyterian Church and Waddell nieces and nephews.

Special thanks for the love and care given to Louise by Vera Fry, Beatrice Cunningham and Oralia Torres.

Memorial contributions may be given to First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 605, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434; Houston Hospice El Campo, P. O. Box 1417, El Campo, Texas 77437; Prairie Edge Museum, 408 E. Main St., Eagle Lake, Texas 77434.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 8, 2008, page 4
Submitted by John Konesheck

Brunner, Molly (Rainosek)

Funeral for Mrs. Brunner Held Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Molly Brunner, 78, were held Friday, Aug. 21, from St Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery.

She died August 13 at her home.

A 48-year resident of Weimar, she was born Nov. 6, 1902, at Hostyn, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Rainosek, and was married there to Paul Henry Brunner on Jan. 26, 1925. They lived at La Grange until moving here in 1932. Mr. Brunner died in 1959.

Mrs. Brunner was a member of St. Michael’s Church, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and the KJZT.

Surviving are two sons, Leroy Paul Brunner of Dallas and Father James Brunner of El Campo; one daughter, Mrs. Elaine Drozd of Brazoria; six grandchildren; three brothers, Edward and Jerome Rainsosek of Houston and Emil Rainosek of Odessa; and three sisters, Mrs. Rosie Svrcek of Schulenburg, Mrs. Edith Cernoch of El Campo and Mrs. Leona Schulte of Strattton, Colorado. Four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Weimar Mercury, August 27, 1981

Brunner, Paul Henry

Paul H. Brunner, Grocer Here 27 Years, Succumbs

Funeral services for Paul Henry Brunner, 67, a grocer here since 1932, were held Monday Morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

He died at 6:22 a. m. last Friday, Nov. 20, in Youens Hospital of a heart attack. He had not been feeling well for several days prior to that, and entered the hospital Tuesday afternoon.

One of his sons, the Rev. James C. Brunner, presently doing advanced study in a Catholic university in Washington D.C., sang the Solemn Requiem Mass. The Rev. Eustace Hermes of Schulenburg was deacon and the Rev. Henry Hilscher of Boerne was sub-deacon. The Rev. Thomas Flanagan was master of ceremonies. Local veterans formed an honor guard.

Pallbearers were Edgar Banse, John Heger, John Hajovsky, Carl Schroeder, E. J. Seifert and Joe Wick.

Born June 29, 1892, at Rutersville, Fayette County, Mr. Brunner was the son of Leopold and Mary Baron Brunner. He lived at Rabb’s Prairie and La Grange a number of years before coming to Weimar in 1932 as a partner with Melvin Dippel of La Grange in the Minimax Store. The store was located on Main Street first, then for several years at what is now the Western Auto corner, and in 1947 was moved into a new building, its present site, west of the City Hall. Later a third partner, Edgar Banse, was taken into the firm and the name was changed from Minimax to BB&D.

Mr. Brunner was a World War I veteran, part of his service being with the AEF in the Meuse-Argonne area. He was a 40-year member of the American Legion, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Surviving him are his wife, the former Miss Molly Rainosek, whom he married Jan. 6, 1925, at Hostyn; two sons, Father James Brunner of Washington, D. C. and Capt. Leroy Brunner, stationed with the Air Force at Marietta, Ga.; one daughter, Miss Elaine Brunner, RN, employed at the Medical and Surgical Hospital in Pasadena; three grandchildren, Michele, Paul and Mariana Brunner of Barietta[sic], Ga.; five sisters, Mrs. Sophie Weber, Mrs. Otto Legler, Mrs. John Peters, and Mrs. Glen Prause of La Grange, and Mrs. Mary Malilak of Houston; and four brothers, Alfred Brunner and Louis Brunner of La Grange, Joseph Brunner of Taylor and Peter Ewald of San Angelo.

Priests present in addition to those mentioned were Msgr. Zientek, Msgr. Joseph L. Manning, Msgr. A. A. Leopold, Fr. B. F. Bonazza, Fr. Geo. Stuebben, Fr. Emil Wesselsky, Fr. Louis Fritz, Fr. Maurice Breen, Fr. Peter Higgins, Fr. Edmund Carmody, Fr. James Brandes, Fr. Albert Henkes, Fr. Harry Marzurkievic, Fr. Henry Psencik, Fr. Alfons Padalecki, Fr. Michael Sullivan, Fr. Marcus Valenta, Fr. Alex Kraus, Fr. Roman Janak, Fr. Edmund Bily, Fr. Wm. Halata, Fr. Benton Thurmond, Fr. Michael O’Shaugnaessy, Fr. Arnold Anders, Fr. Victor Raska and Fr. Thomas O’Callaghan.

Weimar Mercury, November 27, 1959, pages 1 and 8

Brunson, Charles

"Uncle Charlie" Brunson Ill With Pneumonia

Mr. Charles Brunson, better known to the people of Columbus and others, as "Uncle Charlie," has been quite sick this week, suffering from a slight attack of pneumonia. "Uncle Charlie" is one of Columbus' oldest and most popular citizens, and is much loved and liked by all who know him. He was taken to bed last Friday with chills, and on Monday his illness turned to a slight attack of pneumonia. We are glad to note that as this is being written (Wednesday) he is much improved and on the way to recovery. His many friends here were very much concerned about his illness and are glad to know that he is not now seriously ill. -- Columbus Citizen

Weimar Mercury, December 22, 1916

"Uncle Charlie" Brunson Dead.

Many Weimar friends were deeply pained to learn of the death of "Uncle Charlie" Brunson, which occurred at the family residence in Columbus Thursday before Christmas. His condition had been critical for some days previous to his death, hence his death was not unexpected. He was a unique figure in the history of this section. Known to practically every man, woman and child of this section, he had a cherry greeting always for each and everyone. He was a man of most generous impulses, whose purse was always open to the poor and needy, and his benefactions were many. Many friends throughout this section join with us in heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved widow. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, January 5, 1917
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Bryant, John R.

Former Rock Island Citizen Dies In Alta Loma

Funeral services were held at two o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, December 24th in Rock Island for John R. Bryant who died on the previous Sunday at six o’clock in the evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. N. Foster at Alta Loma. The funeral was in charge of the Johnston-Young Funeral Home of Galveston, and burial was in the Rock Island [Myrtle] Cemetery. Mr. Bryant was bom in Winsor, Canada on November 29, 1854, he had reached the age of 92 years and 22 days at the time of his death. At one time Mr. Bryant was a prominent rancher of the Rock Island area. He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. L.V. Skillen of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, Mrs. Perry Wright of Westphalia, Kansas, Mrs. E.N. Foster of Alta Loma, Mrs. Walter Ussery of Luling and Mrs. Rutus Chaney of San Antonio; four sons, John Henry of Hockley, Howard M. of Hockley, Vernon W. of Alta Loma and Melvin I. of San Marcos; 14 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Albert Caston of Reserve, Kansas. Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family in their sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 02, 1948
Contributed by Patti Hall Smith

Bryant-Jones, Carla Renee

July 20,1962 - October 22,2006

Services for Carla Reneé Bryant-Jones, 44, of Columbus were held Oct. 28 at New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Joseph Hargrove officiating. [Place of interment unknown]

Bryant-Jones died Oct. 22 at Memorial Herman Northwest in Houston.

She was born on July 20, 1962, in Columbus, the daughter of Leo Dillard and Ethel Bell Bryant.

Bryant-Jones was united in marriage with Otis Jones.

She was a nurses aide and affiliated. with New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church.

Bryant-Jones was preceded in death by father and grandparents.

Survivors include her mother, Ethel Bryant of Fort Worth; brother and sister-in-law, Bennie and Mary Mitchell of Fort Worth; and two nieces, two nephews and a host of cousins.

Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home Inc., La Grange, director.

Banner Press Newspaper, November 2, 2006, page 16A

Bryson, Charles Robert “Chuck”


Funeral services were held for Charles Robert "Chuck" Bryson Wednesday, August 10 from First Baptist Church in Columbus with Rev. Raymond Cox, Pastor, officiating.

Mr. Bryson, died from injuries received in an auto accident in Vernal, Utah.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Charles Robert "Chuck" Bryson was born September. 15, 1959 in Houston to Robert Smith Bryson and Jean Hazel Harck Bryson. He moved to Columbus as a child.
Charles was a Baptist.

He was a shift foreman for Deseret Generation and Transmission Co - Operative Power Plant in Vernal, Utah.

Survivors include his parents, Robert S. and Jean Bryson of' Columbus; grandmother, Mrs. Mattie Bryson of Piedmont, S. C.; sisters, Bonnie Gibson of Missouri City, Doreen Vail of Columbus, Pat Holland, Lynn Rodriguez and Brenda McVay, all of Houston; brother, Bradley Bryson of Columbus; and a[sic] numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Charles was a 1978 Graduate of Columbus High School and he was very active in sports and academics, voted most popular.

Pallbearers were Mike Leopold, Bubba Renick, Doug Wessels, John Miller, J. R. Saul and Jim Stein.

Honorary pallbearers were Columbus High School Class of 1978 and co-workers of Utah.

Colorado County Citizen, August 11, 1988, page 2

Bubela, Clarence A.


Clarence A. Bubela, 65, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 9 at Columbus Commu-nity Hospital.

He was born in El Campo, Feb. 18, 1940 to Frank F. and Lucy (Krenek) Bubela and married Joyce Haney, Feb. 27, 1960. He was the owner/operator of Columbus Tree and Lawn and Mr. B's Food Mart in Columbus. He was also a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Knight of Columbus Coun-cil 2971, was a fourth degree Knights of Colum-bus, was a past Grand Knight of the Christopher Columbus Assembly 1136 and a member of the Texas Association of Nurseymen and National Arborist Association.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife; mother; sons and daughters-in-law, Corky and Sherry Bubela of Schulenburg and Patrick and Michele Bubela of Columbus; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Patrick Rosenauer of Weimar and Sandy and Jimmy Dwigans of La Grange; sisters and brothers-in-law, Vlasta and Jerry Faldyn of Columbus, Doris and Daniel Priesmeyer of El Campo and Janet and Frank Miculka of East Bernard; brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Patsy Bubela of El Campo, Larry and Janet Bubela of Hungerford and Allen Bubela and special friend Ruth Kunz of Columbus; and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 12 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Fr. Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers were Stephen Taylor, Don Noska, Leon and Alvin Langhamer, Eugene Kubicek, James Hargrove, Frank Bubela and Johnny Popp.

Colorado County Citizen, January 18, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Bubela, Lucy Georgia (Kenek)

Lucy Bubela

Lucy Georgia Bubela, 92, of Nada, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2007.

She was born on April 6, 1915 in Wharton County to John and Mary Labay Krenek. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada and the Christian Mothers Society.

Survivors include her daughters, Vlasta Faldyn and husband Jerry of Columbus, Doris Priesmeyer and husband Daniel of El Campo, Janet Miculka and husband Frank of East Bernard; sons, Frank J. Bubela and wife Patsy of El Campo, Larry Bubela and wife Janet of Hungerford, Allen Bubela and wife Ruth of Columbus; daughter-in-law, Joyce Bubela of Columbus; 19 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren.

Also, sister, Martha Narolaski of Chicago, Ill.; sisters-in-law, Celestina Ammann of Garwood, Lorine Bubela of Nada, and Martha Bubela of New Taiton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank F. Bubela; son, Clarence Bubela; daughter-in-law, Arlene Bubela; grandson, Ernie Bubela; sisters, Agnes Popp, Mary Spacek, Albina Sholtz, Jenny Fields, Lillian Baggs and Annie Krenek; brothers, Bill, Louis and Alphonse Krenek.

A Parish Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada. Funeral services will be today, Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada with the Rev. Joe Vrana officiating and the Rev. Gary Janak assisting. Burial will follow at the St. Mary’s Cemetery under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Brent Bubela, James Priesmeyer, Patrick Bubela, Anthony Faldyn, Ryan Bubela and David Miculka.

Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials in memory of Lucy Bubela may be made to St. Mary’s Church, Hospice Support Care or St. Philip School.

El Campo, Leader - News OnLine August 8, 2007 

Bubela, Mary (Mikulec)

Mrs. Frank Bubela Succumbs at 85; Burial at Nada

NADA -- Funeral services were held at St. Mary's Catholic church Saturday, June 17, at 9:30 a.m. for Mrs. Frank (Mary) Bubela Sr., 85. She died at the Hillje Home for the Aged Friday.

Rev. E. J. Bily officiated at the services and Requiem Mass. Burial was in St. Mary's cemetery.

She was born in Moravia, Czechoslovakia July 20, 1881. She was a member of the Christian Mother's society.

Her husband and 2 sons, Robert and Charles, died earlier.

Surviving are 6 daughters, Mrs. Amelia Kasmiersky and Mrs. Julie Becak of Nada, Mrs. Mary Bilek and Mrs. Leona Socha of El Campo and Mrs. Celestine Ammann of Garwood; 5 sons, Hugo and Frank of Nada, Joe and August of El Campo and John of Taiton; 55 grandchildren; 87 great-grandchildren and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

Casket bearers were grandsons, Raymond Kasmiersky, Dale Ammann, Daniel, Robert, Ronnie and Larry Bubela.

[Note: only 5 daughters were listed—RE]

Colorado County Citizen, June 22, 1967
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Bubela, Mary C. (Staff)

Funeral Services Held Friday For Mrs. Mary Bubela

Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Mrs. Mary Cecilia Bubela, 63 of Nada who was buried after Requiem mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church last Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.

She is survived by her husband, Hugo Bubela and two sons, Hugo and Frank. [Interred at St. Mary's.]

Eagle Lake Headlight, Friday, October 22, 1948
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Bubolz, Edna L. (Radtke)

Edna L. Bubolz Funeral Services Held June 8

Edna L. Bubolz, 101, a resident at regency Nursing Center, died June 7 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

Mrs. Bubolz was born June 22, 1896 to Paul and Emelia Radtke in Lebanon, Wis.

She married Edward H. Bubolz Oct. 24, 1923 in Ashippon, Wis.

Mrs. Bubolz’s occupation was a housewife. She lived in many places in Texas and in this area since 1946.

Funeral services were held June 8 at Zion Lutheran Church, in Schulenburg, with Rev. Bernard Schey officiating. Burial followed at Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Kent Saathoff, Shawn Mikesky, Ed Parham, Randy Manteufel, Richard Boriak and Allen Heintze. John Wade served as honorary pallbearer.

Survivors include: a son, Robert Bubolz of Shiner; four grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Bubolz was preceded in death by: her husband in 1965; a son, Edward Bubolz in 1945; one brother and one sister.

The Weimar Mercury, June 11, 1998
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Bubolz, Edward H. Jr.

Edward Bubolz Reported Dead In Europe, May 7

Staff Sgt. Edward H. Bubolz Jr., 20, died in the European theater of war on May 7, according to a War Department telegram received by his mother here. His father is on a construction job at Refugio. The message said that a letter with details would follow.

Sgt. Bubolz who was based in England when his parents last heard from him was waist gunner on a B-17 bomber. He had been overseas since last December. A graduate of Hubbard high school he was employed with George King company before entering the service. His last letter received here was dated May 4.

Besides his parents he is survived by a ten-year-old brother.

Colorado County Citizen, May 24, 1945

Buck, B. G.

B. G. Buck, 54, Dies in Hospial, Funeral Saturday

Funeral services were held here Saturday for B. G. Bueck[sic], 54, pharmacist of La Grange, with the Rev. J. W. Shepherd pastor of La Grange Methodist Church officiatning. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery here.

A son of Rev. and Mrs. J. E. Buck, Mr. Buck was born July 6, 1890, in Mississippi. He had been a resident of La Grange for the past twenty years as a pharmacist at the Meyenburg Drug Store. He passed away at the La Grange Hospital on December 8 after a long illness.

Mr. Buck was united in marriage to Miss Mattie Garrett of Weimar on September 2, 1914. Mrs. Garrett[sic] died several years ago.

He was a member of the Methoidst church. He lived a good christian life and was a favorite with his many friends who knew him best,

Survivors include his parents, Rev. and Mrs. J. E. Buck, Austin; 2 sisters, Mrs. H. A. Seymour of Eagle Pass, and Miss Lois Buck of Austin; three brothers, S. M. Buck of Evanston, Ill., Edwin Buck of California, and John Buck of San Antoniio.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence to the bereaved family.

Wemar Mercury December 15, 1944

Buck, Mattie Ora (Garrett)


Funeral services for Mrs. B. G. Buck, daughter of the late Mrs. M. E. Garrett of Weimar and a descendant of a pioneer Weimar family, whose decease occured at her La Grange home Friday morning, were held Sunday afternoon at the Kroll Funeral Home in La Grange.

Rev. J. E. Roth, Baptist pastor of La Grange, officiating. Burial was in the Weimar Cemetery, were the Rev. S. M. Bailey, Methodist La Grange pastor, conducted final rites.

Mrs. Buck, nee Mattie Ora Garrett, was a Weimar native, and her girlhood days were spent here, having attended the Weimar school. In 1914, she married B. G.. Buck, well known La Gange pharmacist and had made her home in La Grange for a number of years. Plagued with ill health for many years, she expired Friday at her home.

Numerous Weimar friends attended the services in La Grange and in Weimar additionally.

Survivors include her husband, B. G. Buck, La Grange phamacist; a sister, Mrs. Leon Baar of Plum; and two brothers, Richard L. (Dick) Garrett of New York City and Glenn E. Garrett of New Orleans, La.

To sorrowing survivors,the Mercury staff extends its sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, March 29, 1940

Buckalew, Morris Edward


Morris Edward Buckalew, age 67, died Sept. 23 at Columbus Community Hospital.

Graveside services were held at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Father George Henninger officiating .

Morris Buckalew was born Sept. 24,1920 in Spur, Texas to George T. Buckalew and Nolla Mobley. He was a retired truck driver.

He is survived by a son, Kenneth Edward Buckalew; sisters, Viviah, Wavra, Mentz, Viola Lundsford, Onalaska, Doris Mae Taylor, Sterling,. Kansas, Tommie Casey, Onalaska and Carmen Nedbalack, Chireno; brother, A. J. Buckalew, Onalaska and two grandchildren. children.[sic]

Pallbearers were Leonard Wavra, Merle Wavra, Larry Tietze, Joe Nadbalek, Gary Foster and Michael Casey.

Colorado County Citizen, September 29, 1988, page 2

Buckley, Eugene

Eugene Buckley, Sheridan, Rites Held Sunday

Funeral services were held Sunday for Eugene Buckley of the Sheridan community who died last Friday, Nov. 14th in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. He had been ill only five days when his untimely death came to the sorrow of friends and relatives.

Final rites were held from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16th, with the Rev. Ray Campbell, pastor of the Sheridan Baptist Church, officiating. Music was rendered by the Sheridan Baptist Choir.

He was placed to final rest in the Cheatham Cemetery near Sheridan. Serving as pallbearers were E. I. Enloe, W. C. Warthan, W. C. Dupre, E. Tesch, J. Jones, and J. B. Franklin. The Temple Lodge No. 4, Houston, of which he was a member, conducted the graveside rites.

The family named as honorary pallbearers, E. F. Waits, A. T. Blanchard, A. L. Toups, Ross Hancock, R. F. Kloppenburg, and George Kettering.

He was born February 22, 1903 in Hassey, Texas, the son of Robert and Alice Buckley. He was an employee of Shell Oil Company for some thirty years and the family had resided for the past 22 years in the Sheridan community. He was retired from duties with Shell Oil Company.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Glennie Buckley of Sheridan; one son, Glenn Buckley of Atlanta, Ga.; five brothers, Rufus, Harvey, Burnel, J. D., Robert and Floyd; and a sister, Mrs. D. E. Wisdom.

Eagle Lake Headlight, 20 Nov 1969, page 4
Contributed by Matt Cross

Buckley, Glennie (Bagwell)

Glennie Buckley

December 17, 1903 – October 21, 1992

Mrs. Glennie Buckley, age 88, of Sheridan, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 1992, at 11:32 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a lengthy illness.

She was a native of Eastland County, Texas, born December 17, 1903, to William A. and Mary Bagwell.

Mrs. Buckley had lived in Sheridan almost 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Buckley, in 1969.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Glen and Claire Buckley of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; her brother, Fred Bagwell of Houston; grandsons, John Brenan Buckley and Patrick Mahlon Buckley both of North Carolina, and other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Graveside services and interment were held at the Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, October 24, with Rev. Brent Pittman, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sheridan, officiating.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, 29 Oct 1992, page 4
Contributed by Matt Cross

Buckley, Lois (Holloway)

City's Oldest, Mrs. Buckley, Expires at 102

Funeral services were held Friday morning, Nov. 14, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel for Weimar's oldest citizen, Mrs. Lois Holloway Buckley, who died Tuesday, Nov. 13, two months of her 103rd birthday.

Rev. David Miller officiated. Mrs. Buckley was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Houston where she lived for many years. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Mrs. Buckley, whose parents were Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Holloway, was born on what was known as the Holloway Plantation north of Holman in Fayette County. After her marriage to W. E. Buckley on Aug. 15, 1883, they lived in Weimar for a few years. Her husband operated a shoe store in partnership with her brother, Oliver Holloway. They moved to Houston about 1900 where Mr. Buckley was both a manufacturer and a retailer of shoes.

Some years after her husband's death, Mrs. Buckley and her daughter, Mrs. Edward (Elliott) Lewis, moved back to Weimar in 1957. Mrs. Lewis preceded her mother in death by eight years.

Mrs. Buckley was the last surviving of the seven Holloway children. A brother and a sister, Davis Holloway and Mrs. Mariella Jones died in October 1974 and another sister, Mrs. Ben Holt, died in April of this year. The other were Oliver, Lyt and Sam Holloway.

Survivors are one nephew and three nieces.

Pallbearers were Joe Kaye, Werner Stavinoha, John Hajovsky, Daniel Ulbricht, Jack Montgomery and F. F. Brasher.

Weimar Mercury, November 20, 1975
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Buckley, William E.

W. E. Buckley Dies, Rites Here Friday

Will E. Buckley, about 85, w h o died at Houston Wednesday night, will be buried here Friday, local relatives were notified by phone this (Thursday) morning.

Funeral arrangements were not complete at this writing. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Ben Holt of Weimar. His wife, the former Miss Lois Holloway, survives, along with a daughter, Mrs. E. Lewis.

Mr. Buckley was a Houston resident most of his life, but for a period of seven or eight years lived here, operating a shoe store In partnership with the late Oliver Holloway, a brother-in-law.

Weimar Mercury, March 25, 1955, page 1

Buckner, Joe

Columbus Citizen: Joe Buckner, the 13 -year-old negro boy accidentally shot in the head at church with a pistol in the hands of another negro boy named Will Sterling,on the night of the 21st ult., died Thursday night. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, Oct 5, 1895

Buckner, John

John Buckner, colored, was shot and killed last Saturday night, one mile north of Columbus, by Charley Fields, also colored, and at the latter’s examining trial, he was released on $500 bond. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 7, 1894

Buechman, Herbert Louis Fred

Mentz Items

On Dec. 2nd the death angel took as tribute the baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Buechman, child was about four and one-half years old and was the only child. The interrment[sic] took place Monday Morning at the Lutheran cemetery, funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. Zlillate[sic] of Frelsburg.

Weimar Mercury, December 15, 1911, page 3

Buegeler, Heinrich J.


Died at his home near Rockhouse Mr. H. Buegeler, an old resident of the Northern edge of Colorado county on the 31st day of May, 1911, after a lingering illness of about 8 months duration, and was buried on June 1st at the Catholic[Sts Peter and Paul] cemetery. His funeral was one of the largest attended lately. His age was 59 years, one month and 29 days. May he rest in peace. B. J. Fehrenkamp.

Colorado Citizen, June 3, 1911
Submitted by Janice (Buegeler) Saunders

Buehler, George John Jr.

GEORGE JOHN (JACK) BUEHLER, JR., Age 78 of Katy, Tx. died Aug. 5, 1999 in Katy. He was born June 20, 1921 in Springville, Utah. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a Pearl Harbor Survivor. He is survived by his wife, Ann Buehler of Katy, Tx.; Daughter, Angela Buehler Adams of Katy, Tx.; Sons, G. John Buehler III and wife Brenda of Columbus, Tx., and Larry Buehler of The Woodlands, Tx.; five grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at The First Baptist Church in Columbus, Tx. Monday, Aug. 9, 1999 at 11:00 A.M. Visitation at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, Tx. Sunday from 2:00 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. Henneke Funeral Home Columbus, Texas 409-732-2143 [burial place unknown]

Houston Chronicle, 8 Aug 1999
Contributed by Matt Cross

Buehring, Fred

Fred Buehring Funeral Services Held June 7

Fred Buehring, 89, of Weimar died Friday, June 4. Funeral services were held Monday, June 7 at the Weimar United Church of Christ with Rev. Jerry Carpenter officiating.

Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

He was born Oct. 26, 1914 in Cistern. Fred was the oldest child of two children in the Theodore and Lula (Stewart) Buehring family.

He attended school in Cistern through the tenth grade.

In 1939, Fred and Willie Mae Koepp were married in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Seguin.

They lived in Luling and San Antonio, where Fred took his apprenticeship in Iron Works and worked at Kelly Air Force Base.

From there, Fred was appointed head of the Machine Department at Hondo. He worked a cookie route in various cities.

Fred had a dump truck and hauled in San Antonio. He worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad in San Antonio for one year as a switchman, moving to Houston where Fred worked as a brakeman and conductor for Southern Pacific Railroad.

His normal route was from Houston to Glidden and back to Houston. After 31 years of employment with the railroad, he retired in 1975. At that time, he and his family moved to the Weimar area.

Fred was an active member of Weimar United Church of Christ. He served the Men's Brotherhood as treasurer for many years. He Was instrumental in the annual Fish Fry, and the coon hunts.

Fred was an active member of the Weimar Masonic Lodge No. 423, Scottish Rite, Arabia Shrine Temple of Houston and Colorado Valley Shrine Club.

Fred also loved to travel. His love of the outside was evident as he kept his yard and outside areas in park-like condition.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Willie Mae Buehring; one son, Davis C. Buehring; one sister, Elizabeth Morrow; one stepsister, Wilma Hopkins; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Fred Jr.; and his stepfather, J. N. Hopkins.

Pallbearers were Harry Burns, Elliott Koehn, Wilton Leppin, Ray McGlothlin, Claude Miller and Tommy Morrow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Weimar United Church of Christ or to the charity of one's choice.

Weimar Mercury, June 17, 2004

Buehring, Margarethe

Mr. Fritz Buehring of Swiss Alp plassed through the city Tuesday afternoon, en roue to New Bielau to attend the burial of his little granddaughter, an account of whose death will be found elsewhere in this paper.

[in another column on the same page]

Mr. F. J. Walicek of New Bielau was in this city Tuesday to secure a coffin for his little grandchild, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Buehring, who died the previous evening. [Interment in New Bielau Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, December 10, 1898, page 5

Buescher, Edward Frederich

The sudden and unexpected death of E. F. Buescher. which occurred Wednesday morning, was a shock to his family and friends, many of whom did not know he was seriously sick until they were informed of his death. He was boarding at the home of Placide Heller, on Milam street, where he died. He had been in poor health for several weeks, with kidney trouble, and was taken Saturday night with pneumonia, in acute form. The attending physician had no hope of his recovery from the start. Mr. Buescher was born and raised in the north part of the county and was well known as an honest and upright citizens. He leaves a widow and six children, all grown, and all living in Houston, except the oldest son. The burial took place Thursday at the city cemetery, west of town.--Columbus Citizen.

Weimar Mercury, March 18, 1910, page 3

Buescher, Emma S. (Kollmann)


Mrs. H. A. Buescher was taken by death Friday following a very brief illness. Funeral service was held at the residence Sunday at three o'clock, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating, and burial took place at Odd Fellows Rest in this city.

Miss Emma Kollmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kollmann, was born at Frelsburg on Feb. 20, 1860. She was married to Mr. H. A. Buescher and to this union eight children were born, five of whom survive her, as follows; Mrs. W. C. Papenberg, Miss Hattie Buescher, Henry Buescher of this city, Mrs. Ola Kollman of Dallas, and Mr. R. V. Landig of Houston. Other survivors are three brothers and four sisters, Judge F. G. Kollmann of Frelsburg, T E. Kollmann of Hondo, Edwin Kollmann of Kenedy, Mrs. Anna Bothwell and Mrs. Alma Mitchell of San Antonio, Mrs. Lena Baron of Bellville, and Mrs. Ophelia Black of California, also nine grandchildren.

The many friends of the family extend sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, January 30, 1936

Buescher, Henry Jr.


HENRY, born in Columbus, Texas, November 23, 1928, to Judge and Mrs. Henry Buescher, died on July 10, 2001, in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from Columbus High School in 1946, Henry attended Texas A & M for 2 1/2 years and completed his degree at the University of Houston in 1951. In 1948, Henry married his high school sweetheart, Lajuana Marie Davis, each devoted to one another for over 52 years. Henry was ordained a deacon in the Baptist church in 1954. For 22 years he served as a deacon at Park Cities Baptist Church and was actively involved in the STEP program. Most recently, Henry was a member of Prestonwood Baptist Church, the Believers Sunday School Class and BridgeBuilders, a group of concerned 'Christians serving the South Dallas community. Henry's career in the automotive industry spanned almost 40 years. He considered it a privilege to serve as general manager under owners and dear friends that included Art Grindle in Texas City, Houston and Dallas; W. O. Bankston in Dallas; Carl Westcott in Dallas and Los Angeles, CA.; Sam Lingard in Hurst; and Gus Shaffar in Dallas and Joplin, MO. Of all his accomplishments, Henry will be remembered for his devotion to family and friends. His smile, generosity, enthusiasm and integrity endeared him to them. He is survived by his wife, Lajuana Marie Buescher; three sons and daughters-in-law, Davis and Lori of Frisco, Byron and Becky of Austin and Alan and Rhonda of Nashville, TN.; his daughter, Diane Buescher of Dallas; eight grandchildren, Tracy, Brooke, Dave, Kyle, David, Leah, Bailey and Brett; his three sisters, Annie Louise Otting, Jewel McNabb and Joyce Covel and two sisters-in-law Geraldine Buescher and Erna Lyn Buescher. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Jennison Buescher and Bennett Buescher, his two sisters Lynn Fowler and Ruth Miller and his beloved grandson, Byron Keith Buescher, Jr. Mr. Buescher will lie in state for visitation on Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at his residence, 9006 Drumcliffe Lane. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 13, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. at Sparkman/Hillcrest Northwest Hwy. Chapel, Rev. Leroy Summers and Rev. Scott Seal, officiating. Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Houston, Texas, Memorials may be made to BridgeBuilders at Prestonwood Baptist Church.

The Dallas Morning News, July 12, 2001, page 26A

Buescher, Henry A.


Mr. H. A. Buescher, Sr., a prominent citizen and farmer, residing three miles northwest of Columbus, known as the Buescher community, died yesterday morning at ten o’clock. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at ten o’clock. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery] Decedent is survived by his wife and four children, Mrs. W. C. Papenberg of Columbus, Frank Kollman of Dallas, Misses Hattie and Earline and H. A. Buescher, Jr., of Columbus.--Eagle Lake Headlight

Weimar Mercury, April 30, 1920, page 3

Buescher, Robert H.


The sad news of the death of Robert Buescher, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. H. A.. Buescher is announced. The Reaper has called the sweetest flower in the home garden. We can not realize that this noble boy is dead. what will that home be without this loved one? How t ears flow for the sorrow stricken parents and brothers and sisters who will all through life miss his cheery presence and loving companionship. The mother, for whom his last act was a labor of love, how can she, and the father, who idolized his boys, live without him? God the Father alone can prepare the tempest-tossed souls for their burden. Few boys were as true and noble as he. His love for his parents had been so marked all his life. Our heartfelt and sincere sympathy goes out to the bereaved family in their loss. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, June 23, 1900, page 1

Buffington, Daniel C.

Daniel C. Buffington Buried Here Monday

Died In Colorado Springs On February 5th – Body Shipped Here – Interment in Lakeside Cemetery

The body of Daniel C. Buffington, nearly thirty-six years of age, son of MR. and Mrs. J. B. Buffington of this city, who died in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on February 5th, reached here last Monday. Funeral services were held at the family residence at 4 o’clock, Rev. H. B. Adkins, the Methodist pastor, conducting the services. Interment was made in the Lakeside Cemetery.

Owing to the little daughter of the deceased having scarlet fever at the time of her father’s death, and the family being in quarantine, the body was held at Colorado Springs until the quarantine was lifted and Mrs. Buffington and her two children, Elizabeth and Courtney, could accompany the remains here.

Dan Buffington was a splendid young man and an expert electrician, having followed that occupation in Houston for a number of years. He went to Colorado during the month of November for the benefit of his health and while there contracted pneumonia, death resulting after only a few days’ illness.

While living with his family in Eagle Lake, Dan enlisted in the United States Navy as wireless operator and served four years in the service as operator on various battleships, and while in the service visited nearly all of the countries in the world.

The active pall bearers were R. H. Dunlavy, H. E. Carey, W. H. Lasater, J. H. McCreary, G. W. Keith and Helmer Seaholm. The honorary pall bearers were Max Otto, A. J. Lewis, L. W. Melvin, Max Schroeder, all of Houston, H. C. Reynolds of Sioux City, Iowa, and S. P. Damon of this city.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 2, 1918
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Bullard, Cynthia Renee (Balas)

Cynthia Renee Balas Bullard
July 20, 1971 – September 25, 1996

The hearts of so many were saddened on September 25, 1996, when Renee Balas Bullard lost her life due to complications of Lupus following the birth of her son.

Renee was born on July 20, 1971 to Steve and Linda Thomas Balas in Corpus Christi. She grew up in Eagle Lake among many loving relatives and friends.

She attended grade school in Eagle Lake and graduated from Rice High School in Altair in May 1989.

Renee was an ambitious and motivated young girl who succeeded throughout school in both academics and extra-curricular activities. She was an honor roll student, heat twirler in the band, cheerleader, class officer, voted most beautiful of her senior class, on the student council and in many other activities and received many honors.

Renee attended Texas A& M University where she completed her pre-pharmacy studies and then graduated from Pharmacy School with a BS in pharmacy from The University of Texas in Austin in December 1994.

She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority at Texas A&M and a member of Kappa Epsilon Pharmacy Fraternity at The University of Texas.

She met her wonderful husband on a ski trip in Colorado and they were married two years later on May 29, 1993, at The United Methodist Church in Eagle Lake.

To this union a blessing was given on August 16, 1996, when their son, Trevor Thomas Bullard, was born. Trevor was 12 weeks early, weighing only two pounds, eight ounces but is up to four pounds and doing wonderfully.

Renee became ill with meningitis on August 14, 1996, and the baby was delivered by C-Section to ease the complications. Renee fought long and hard with such courage to overcome further complications but lost her battle on September 25, 1996.

Renee was employed as a pharmacist for Walgreen’s Drug Store in San Antonio where she and her husband lived.

Renee’s life was cut short, but she lived to the fullest from her earliest years. She loved life and people and brought so much fun and laughter to all who knew her.

She will be so deeply missed, but her lovely spirit and contagious smile will be remembered forever by all.

Survivors include her loving husband, Steven Bullard, and infant son, Trevor Thomas Bullard, of San Antonio; her parents, Steve and Linda Balas; brother and sister-in-law, Brian and Tess Balas of Eagle Lake; grandparents Jimmie and Evelyn Thomas of Eagle Lake, Ruth and Louis Balas of Jacksonville, and Joe and Bill Reilly of Smithville; mother-in-law, Janice Walker, father-in-law, Gordon Bullard; grandparents-in-law, Ruth Bullard of Montgomery and Ruby Cantwell of Florence; great grandmother, Mrs. Lora Thomas of Eagle Lake; loving aunts, uncles, cousins and her special “two-mama”, Debbie Curtis of Wisconsin.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 28, at 3 p.m. from Eagle Lake United Methodist Church with Rev. Barry Bauerschlag officiating.

Interment followed in the Masonic Cemetery, Eagle Lake. Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Kevin Bendy, Billy, Robby and Ronnie Cook, Scott Immel, Steven Meinecke, Stephen Taylor and Bryan Wiese.

Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church, 609 Melody Lane, Eagle Lake, TX 77434; or, The Lupus Foundation of America, 3730 Kirby Dr. Suite #720, Houston, TX; or, Rice Medical Foundation, P. O. Box 277, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 3, 1996
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Bullard, Dora (Brisco)

Mrs. Dora Bullard Dies At Age Of 84

Our sympathy to the family of Mrs. Dora Bullard, who passed away at the age of 84, August 16, 1971, at 1 a.m. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., August 17th in the Columbus Funeral Home with interment in the Cheatham Cemetery near Sheridan.

Rev. James Heath, of Fort Worth, Texas was in charge of services.

Mrs. Bullard was preceded in death by her husband William A. Bullard, in 1962. A son, Walter A. Bullard of Sheridan; two brothers, Isam Brisco, Sr., Sheridan and H. A. Brisco of Eagle Lake, and a sister, Mrs. Eli Varley of Columbus are survivors of the deceased.

She had made her home in Sheridan for over 20 years.

Eagle Lake Headlight April 26, 1971
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Bullard, Reita Belle

Sheridan News

By Velma Kutzer

Mrs. Walter Bullard Dies

Our sympathy is extended to a friend and neighbor, Walter Bullard. His wife, Reita Belle, passed away Monday, Oct. 12, in the Eagle Lake Hospital. Private burial services were held Tuesday morning in Cheatham Cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight, 15 Oct 1981, page 14
Contributed by Matt Cross

Bullard, William

Wm. Bullard Dies July 16 at Sheridan Home

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. last Tuesday, July 17th in Columbus for William Bullard, 75, of Sheridan, who died at his home Monday, July 16th, apparently from a heart attack.

He once worked with the Texas Gulf Sulphur Co. at New Gulf but was retired and had lived in Sheridan for about 15 years.

Surviving are his widow; one son, Walter Bullard, also of Sheridan.

Burial was in the Cheatham cemetery near Sheridan.

July 23, 1962 newsclipping
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Bullen, Frank J.

Mr. F. J. Bullen died in Sugarland last Thursday, and his remains were brought to Columbus and interred in Odd Fellows Rest last Friday afternoon, the Rev. T. J. Windham officiating. He was an energetic, correct business man, for many years connected with Cunningham & Co. in their extensive business. He was married about three years ago to Miss Dee Hahn of this city, who, with one child, survives him. To the berieved the Citizen tenders sincere sympathy.

Colorado Citizen, January 4, 1900
From files of David Hahn
[Note:   Frank was the husband of Dilue Rose Hahn, daughter of Christian Joseph & Laura Harris Hahn DH]

Bullock, Wyatt

White[sic] Bullock, a rice farmer residing on one of George Gray’s rice farms near Chesterville, was struck by lightning and killed at 5 o’clock yesterday. The bolt struck him in the left temple, tearing a hole. His left side was burned to the ankle. He was about 42 years old. [Buried in an unmarked grave in the Chesterville Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, November 12, 1909
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Bunge, Fred William

Funeral Services For F. W. Bunge Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Fred William Bunge, 68, were held Wednesday morning from St. Anthony's Catholic church, Rev. Fr. Joseph Szymanski officiating. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements and interment was in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Bunge, retired farmer and ranchman, died at 12:40 Tuesday morning at a La Grange hospital, where his wife was also a patient. He was born at Millheim on November 8, 1875, and came to Columbus 27 years ago. He was a member of St. Anthony's church.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Celeste Heller Bunge; his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Bunge and a daughter, Miss Freddie Louise Bunge.

Nephews who served as pall bearers were William, Oscar, Lester and James Louis Bunge, Leon and Garland Wessels, Alvin Baumbach and Arthur Speis.

Honorary pall bearers were E. C. Fehrenkamp, W. A. Struss, F. A. Miekow, W. H. Miekow, E. G. Miller, H. Braden, Ben Wilde, A. I. Chapman and Dr. S. H. Kirkham.

Colorado County Citizen, April 20, 1944

Bunge, Geneva Margaret

Geneva Margaret Bunge

Geneva Margaret Bunge, 84, was born July 27, 1924 in Eagle Lake. She died April 29, 2009 in Schulenburg.

Geneva was the fifth child born to Ida Marie Heller Bunge and Louis Placide Bunge. Being born prematurely, she weighed-in at two and one-half pounds. It has been said that she, as a baby, was primarily kept alive by the extreme heat experienced during July in Texas.

Because she was such a delicate little girl, she was always cared-for in a very special way by her parents and much older siblings. Geneva lived most of her life on the Bunge Ranch north of Garwood with her mother and sister Loueva Bunge. She traveled extensively with family members and was always ready to go on trips...anywhere. She was especially devoted to her Catholic faith. She was a member of Catholic Daughters of America until her death.

After the passing of her sister Loueva, she lived with her eldest brother Lester Bunge and wife Margaret. Later, she moved to College Place Assisted Living Center in Schulenburg. Geneva lived her last years at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center enjoying the wonderful support and love of the Regency staff caregivers. She was known there as a happy lady, who never had a negative thing to say and who always announced “Good morning everybody” at breakfast.

Indeed, Geneva’s life was that of a happy “Texas Prairie Princess,” loved by all who ever helped care for her.

She outlived her parents and all her siblings...losing her last sister-in-law Margaret on April 11, 2009.

Geneva is survived by five nieces and nephews: Carole Bunge Halla and husband Billy Ray Emfinger of Weimar, Les Bunge, Jr. and friend Karol Kallina of Garwood, Oscar L. Bunge and wife Barbara of Wharton, Betty Bunge Meadows and husband Dean of Baytown, and James Bunge, Jr. and wife JoAnn of Garwood, along with numerous great nieces and nephews.

Services took place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada on Saturday, May 2 at 10 a.m. Burial followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Rosary was recited at Eagle Lake Funeral Home on Friday.

Pallbearers were Billy Ray Emfinger, Carl Bunge Halla, Korby Halla, Keith Hatfield, Landon Hatfield and Stephen Spanihel.

Colorado County Citizen, May 6, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Bunge, Ida Marie (Heller)

Last Rites Held Monday for Mrs. Ida (L. P.) Bunge

Mrs. Ida (L .P.)  Bunge, a longtime and well known, resident of Colorado County succumbed Friday, April 17th, 1965 in the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo following a short illness.

Funeral services were held from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 3:00 p.m. Monday, April 20th, followed by interment in the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Ida Marie Heller was born on January 28, 1881 in Halstead, Fayette County, Texas. During early Childhood she moved, with her parents, to the Bernardo community of Colorado County. She married the late Louis Placide Bunge in 1897. Mr. and Mrs. Bunge reared five children all of whom live today in the county. They are: Lester, Loueva, Geneva, and James (Bubba) Bunge of Garwood, and Oscar (Buster) Bunge of Eagle Lake. After Mr. Bunge passed away in June of 1942, Mrs. Bunge moved from Eagle Lake to their ranch near the Garwood community where she resided until her death last Friday  Besides her five children, she is survived by five grandchildren, Betty Bunge McMillon of Alameda, California, James Bunge, Jr., of Garwood, Carole Bunge Halla of Houston, Les Bunge, Jr. and Oscar Bunge of Garwood. Before her death, Mrs. Bunge also welcomed and enjoyed five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Bunge has two living sisters who mourn her death, Mrs. Angela Stein of Sequin and Mrs. Celestine Bunge of Columbus, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of burial services. Rev. E. J. Bily led a congregational Rosary at the funeral home on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. A Requiem Mass and services were held Monday at 3:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Eagle Lake with the Rev. E. J. Bily and the Rev. A. W. Didner officiating.

Interment in Lakeside Cemetery followed. Active pallbearers were: Oscar Heller of Weimer, Leroy Stein of Columbus, L. V. Cranek and Clarence Martin of Garwood, Daniel Cornelius of Markham, J. O. Walker, Joe Lee McCreary and Miles Theuman of Eagle Lake.

The family named as honorary pallbearers the followin:  Albert Arnold, Wm. K. Lehrer, Wm. N. Lehrer, Clarence Frels, Dick Shaw, Joe Schoelmann, Ludwig Schoelmann, Henry Priesmeyer, Robert Schiurring and Ed Franka of Garwood:  Frank Hoegemeyer, Hollis Massey, W. H. Miedow, Elbert Tait, Ellis Miller, John Meismer, Raymand Rau, Sam K. Seymour and Gus Scronce of Columbus: Also Dr. J. R. Laughlin, Simon White, Jimmy Frnka, Joe Luna, Charles Stephens, Sidney Ricks, Lyle Phillips, Ervin Terrell, R. F. Spanihel, George Cook, W. E. Lenhart, and Claude Brewer of Eagle Lake; Charles Allen and George Kusey of Weimer:  Dr. B. D. Arbuckle, Dr. E. W. Wienheimer, Elmer Kainer, and Ben Woodruff of El Campo; Sam W. Becker and John Gideon of Houston; Zeno Smith of San Antonio: E. E. Werlla of Altair; Mentor Northington of Egypt; Simon Cornelius of Victoria; Leonard Cornelius and Charles Cobb of Bay City.

A great host of friends and relatives from out of town were among those who gathered to pay final tribute t this loved one last Monday. Included were friends and relatives from Houston, San Antonio, Sequin, El Campo, Wharton, Sealy, Columbus, Markham, Victoria, Halletsville. Weimer, Garwood, Nada, Altair, Eagle Lake and possibly others.

Mrs. Bunge was a kind and loving person and made friends with every acquaintance. She shall  be missed dearly by her loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 22, 1965
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Bunge, Lester P. W. Sr.

Bunge, Sr.

Lester P. W. Bunge, Sr., age 86, of Garwood, passed away Thursday, April 17 at the El Campo Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were held Saturday. April 19 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Msgr. Victor Schmidtzinsky officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Lester P. W, Bunge, Sr. was born in Altair to Louis P. Bunge and Ida Heller Bunge. He married Margaret Lois Anderson on December 22, 1938 at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz.

Mr. Bunge graduated from Eagle Lake High School and he attended Texas A & M University and Alamo Business College of San Antonio. He returned home and went into farming and ranching in Garwood.

Mr. Bunge was a prominent pioneer in the cattle industry. He was a charter member of the American Brahman Breeders Association and the Pan American Zebu Breeders Association. He was also a member of the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

Mr. Runge was a director for 30 years and life member of the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo and later was awarded Director Emeritus. He was a founder of the Texas Trailriders Association and served as their first trail boss.

He was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Nada and the Columbus Council of the Knights of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Loueva Bunge.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Anderson Bunge of Garwood, one daughter, Carol Halla of Weimar and Houston; two,sons, Les Bunge, Jr. of Garwood and Oscar J. Bunge of Wharton; one sister, Geneva Bunge of Garwood; grandchildren, Loueva and Bunge Halla of Houston and Weimar, Alexis Bunge Scott, Loris Bunge and Lada DeLong all of Houston and Tonda Bunge at Victoria; great-granddaughter, Lindsey DeLong of Houston, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were Arlin Miller, Jerome Waligura, Randy Waligura, Judge Lester Cranek, Louis Cranek, Jr., Eddie Balusek, Leon Cranek, James Cranek, Heine Beken and Daniel Cornelius.

Colorado County Citizen, May 1, 1986, page 1

Bunge, Loris Marie (Wines)


Loris Marie Bunge, 87, of Garwood, passed away Feb. 2, at St. James House Nursing Home in Baytown.

She was preceded in death by her husband James Louis Bunge Sr.; parents, Ruth and F. Everal Wines and granddaughter Dana Marie McMillon.

Loris Bunge is survived by her daughter; Betty Ruth Bunge Meadows and husband Dean of Baytown; son, James Louis Bunge Jr. and wife Jo Ann of Garwood; grandchildren; Jay bunge and wife Tanya of Garwood, Judy Bunge of San Antonio, and Linda Loris Pratt and husband Michael of Baytown; great-grandchildren Briana, Bethany and Blair Bunge, and Kagen and Louis Pratt; and other relatives Margaret Bunge of Garwood, Carol Halla of Weimar, Oscar Bunge and wife Barbara of Wharton, Lester Bunge and wife Karol Kalina of Garwood and Geneva Bunge of Schulenburg.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 7 at Dulany Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. David King officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Michael Dion Pratt, Jay Bunge, Jerry Zbranek, Lawrence Berger, M.G. Lanier and Frank Kasmiersky.

Colorado County Citizen, February 9, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Bunge, Loueva Clemens

Loueva C. Bunge

Loueva Clemens Bunge, age 82 of Garwood, passed away Friday, March 16 at the El Campo Memorial Hospital in El Campo at 7:15 a.m. Born Oct. 18, 1901 in Altair, she had been a resident of this area all her life. She was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church of Nada and Catholic Daughters. Also was a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy.

Survivors included a sister, Geneva Bunge of Garwood. Brothers, Lester P. Bunge of Garwood; Oscar A. Bunge of Eagle Lake; James L. Bunge of Garwood. Numerous neices[sic] and nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Monday, March 19, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada. The Most Rev. Hugo M. Gerbermann officiating. Interment was at the Lakeside[sic] CeFmeFtery[sic] in Eagle Lake.

A parish rosary was led by Msgr. Victor Schmidtzinsky at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 18. and the Catholic Daughters Rosary was led by Freda Kubesch. and Annie Rek at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Both rosaries were held in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada.

Mrs. Agnes Martin was the organist at the funeral service and Bernice Popp and Bernice Kallina were soloists.

The family requests donations be made to St. Mary's School in Nada or your favorite charity.

Pallbearers were James L. Bunge, Jr., Les Bunge, Jr., Oscar L. Bunge, Carl Halla, Jr., John McMillon, James L. Bunge III and Carl Bunge Halla.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home of Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, March 22, 1984, page 2

Bunge, Louis Placide


Funeral services for L. P. Bunge, well known rancher who died at his home Saturday night of a heart attack, were held Monday at his home in Eagle Lake.

Burial was in the Lakeside Cemetery, with Father Class officiating.

Mr. Bunge, who was 68 years, had been in ill health for several months. He had lived in Eagle Lake for the past 28 years.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. L. P. Bunge; his mother, who is 93; three sons, Lester Bunge of El Campo, Buster Bunge of Eagle Lake and James Louis Bunge of Wichita Falls; two daughters, Mrs. Frank Causey, Jr., of Wichita Falls and Miss Geneva Bunge of Eagle Lake; a brother Fred Bunge of Columbus and three grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, June 26, 1942


L. P. Bunge, Native Texan, Planter, Stockman, Laid To Rest Monday. Great Concourse of Friends Gathered In Final Tribute To His Memory

One of the largest attended funerals held in Eagle Lake in recent years attested the high esteem in which L. P. Bunge was held by his friends and acquaintances, not only here, but throughout this entire section. Many came from great distances Monday morning June 22, to attend the services held in the family home at 10 o’clock. His pastor, the Rev. F. J. Klass of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church officiated at the home and at the grave in beautiful Lakeside Cemetery.

Miss Charlyne Stephens presided at the instrument with a choir of select voices rendering "Jesus Savior of My Soul” and “Nearer My God To Thee.” The personnel of the singers included Mrs. J. W. Kearney, Mrs. Lewis Kopecky, Mrs. Pearl Adams, Misses Lurlene Theuman, Josephine Frnka, Georgia Jochetz and R. Duyka. Draper Stephens and Jimmie Jochetz served as altar boys.

The entire community was shrouded in sadness when it became known early Sunday morning that Mr. Bunge had passed away during the night, having suffered a heart attack about 8 p.m. For 5 months Mr. Bunge had been confined to his home most of the time, but the fact that so often he would rally and for a time appear his normal self again, led his loved ones to believe that he would eventually overcome his illness.

Throughout the sabbath, which was Father’s Day, his remains lay in state in the hermetically sealed copper tone casket. A constant stream of friends passed continuously before his bier in mute tribute to one they had known and esteemed throughout the years.

L. P. Bunge was born at Milheim, June 27, 1873, and in a few days would have reached his sixty-ninth milestone. He had resided in Colorado County fifty years and during that half century he became one of the county’s best and most favorably known citizens. His splendid traits of character drew about him a wealth of steadfast friends and associates.

He had at one time been engaged in the ginning business at Altair and he continued to hold large ranching and farming interests in that vicinity. He had been a resident of Eagle Lake for 28 years.

In august 1897, he was married to Miss Ida Heller of Bernardo and in a few months they would have celebrated their forty-fifth wedding anniversary. His wife who has been his devoted companion and shared with him his energetic and successful business career over the years is bowed with grief. The children who survive are Lester Bunge of El Campo, Oscar of Eagle Lake and James L. Bunge of Wichita Falls; two daughters Loueva and Geneva at home.

His aged mother, Mrs. Louise Bunge, 93 years of age, also feels keenly the loss of her son, with whom she made her home. One brother, Fred Bunge of Columbus also survives and 3 grandchildren, Betty, Jimmie and Carole Bunge. A nephew and two nieces are among those who mourn his loss.

Mr. Bunge was a native Texan of staunch and pioneer parentage. His father, William Bunge, was born in France and his mother, Louisa Bunge, was a native of Switzerland. His years were crowded with a full life. The living room of his spacious home was a bower of loveliness. The choicest blossoms from home gardens and hot house conservatories breathed fragrant messages of sympathy and comfort to the bereaved.

Casket bearers were M. C. Theuman, Chas. Stephens, R. F. Spanihel of Eagle Lake; R. B. Shaw and Albert Arnold of Garwood, Walter Braden of Nada; Chas. Rau of Columbus and Chas. Allen of Weimar. The business houses closed during the hour of service.

Named as honorary pallbearers were H. Lee Johnston , W. R. Terrell, W. C. Elkins, A. Townley, A. C. McClanahan, Eagle Lake; Chas. Walker, Gus Werlla, Altair; Chas. Menke, L. A. Machemehl, Bellville, J. D. Hudgins, Hungerford; Dr. William States Jacob, Fred Neuhaus, C. House, J. W. Sartwelle, W. S. Woodruff, Houston; Roby Hadden, Bill Sronce, Elbert Tait, Herman Braden, E. B. Mayes, Adam Burttschell, Ramsey; Will Cornelius and Bennie Heller, Markham; George Herder, Weimar.

Outstanding among Mr. Bunge’s characteristics was his interest in and kindliness to the colored people. They have indeed suffered an irreparable loss. It was impossible to secure the names of the friends and relatives from out of town who were in attendance at the last sad rites. The following towns were represented Houston, Galveston, San Antonio, Seguin, El Campo, Wharton, Cat Spring, Sealy, Bellville, East Bernard, Columbus, Mentz, Markham, Garwood, Nada and Altair.

Following the committal service by Rev. Klass, Dr. William States Jacob of Houston was accorded the privilege of speaking a tribute to his departed friend. He spoke of their associations over a period of years and stated he had always found L. P. Bunge a true, honorable and loyal citizen and friend. His kindly disposition, his sense of honor and justice are left as a rich heritage to his family.

The great concourse of friends gathered to pay a final farewell bespoke the prominence of Mr. Bunge. Dr. Jacobs stated, and bore evidence to the fact that he was much beloved. He said he had been in close contact with the deceased when fortune smiled upon him and when reverses came and always found him determined and never faltering in any situation. The eloquent tribute spoken by Dr. Jacobs to his departed friend will linger long in the memory of those who heard it.

Many friends throughout this section will join the Headlight in extending to the bereaved members of the family sincere sympathy in their great sorrow. May he rest in peace and the light of eternity shine upon him

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 26, 1942
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Bunge, Margaret Lois (Anderson)

Bunge, Margaret Lois

Sept. 13, 1920—April 11, 2009

Margaret Lois Bunge was born Sept. 13, 1920. She lived in the central Gulf Coast Area of Texas for 88 happy years. Margaret departed this world April 11, 2009.

Born Margaret Lois Anderson, she grew-up in Matagorda County, and graduated with the Class of ‘38 at Boling High School. That fall, she met Lester P.W. Bunge and married the already prominent rice farmer-cattleman on December 22, 1938.

Margaret became the consummate farmer-rancher’s wife, starting out with a honeymoon cottage at the Clay Ranch... northwest of El Campo... with no electricity or telephone and with the closest all weather road 3 miles away. Margaret and Lester moved to their home on Highway 71 north of Garwood in 1945 where they raised their three children (Carole, Les and Oscar) and where Margaret continued to reside after Lester’s death in 1986. In January 2008, she moved to Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center in Schulenburg. She departed this world peacefully after a short illness at Methodist Hospital with family members by her side.

Throughout life, she was a major part of her community. She served in leadership positions in each and every organization she chose from Church organizations like the Catholic Daughters, Christian Mothers, and Associates of the Sisters of the Incarnate groups like the County Republican Women , the Columbus Music Club, the Midfield Cemetery Association, and both San Antonio and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, to name a few. There was not a charitable cause proposed to her that she did not immediately see as worthy of her donation of both time and money.

She said, “We must all strive to be beautiful. True beauty comes from within and starts with loving The Lord.”

Margaret practiced that mantra her entire life. She loved people and touched everyone with her beauty, her love and her lightheartedness. Margaret had to have music in her life. Gifted with an outstanding Contralto voice, she performed for The Lord, at weddings, graduations and many other private and public events. During the last decade or so of her life, she found the Country Opry.

Prior to her death, she was attending at least nine Oprys a month in various towns. She was in fact, attending the Giddings Country Opry when she became ill on April 6, 2009. She loved to dance and always bragged that she was married to the best dancer in Texas... in fact, she met Lester during a dance at the Palacios Pavilion. She enjoyed her last dance (as far as we know) with her son-in-law at a Valentine Ball on February 14, 2009.

Her home was the center for parties throughout her life as she graciously hosted memorable events for her family and friends. Beautiful ladies luncheons, ladies’ tea parties, and children’s parties always seemed to be on the menu. She hosted her last formal Dinner Party for twenty-five at Christmas 2008.

Throughout a very busy and bountiful life, Our Lord was always right there with her and her rosary was never more than arms length away. None could ever question that The Lord came first with this lady. Her religion was paramount! Margaret would pray with you and tell you a joke, sometime almost simultaneously... The Lord must have given her the idea. She was forever the great lady... and truly the Queen of her family.

Upon becoming a grandmother in 1964, she became MOMMA B and remained MOMMA B right down to the license plate on her wheelchair accessible van, which she seemed to always have on the road, going from one social event to another.

Margaret Bunge is survived by her brother, Halley Anderson and wife Dorothy, her sister-in-law, Geneva Bunge and by her three children: Carole B. Halla and husband Billy Ray Emfinger, Les Bunge and friend Karol Kallina, and Oscar L. Bunge and wife Barbara. She is survived by her six grandchildren: Loueva Halla Hatfield and husband Keith, Carl Bunge Halla and wife Tara, Alexis Bunge Eakes and husband Phil, Loris Bunge Boggs, Lada Bunge Lomax, and Tonda Bunge Sellers and husband Shawn and her two step grandchildren, Joshua Wilson Emfinger and wife Jennifer and Todd Slaughter.

Margaret lived to enjoy 12 great-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.

A Rosary and Wake Service was held at St. Mary’s Church, Nada at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2009. Funeral Mass and Services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at St. Mary’s Church, Nada.

Internment was a private family event at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were: Great Grandson Logan Hatfield, Great Grandson Landon Hatfield, Great Grandson Korby Halla, Great Grandson Brandon Scott; Randy Waligura and Billy Ray Krenek. Honorary Pallbearers are Louis Cranek, Leon Cranek, Johnny Poole, Ed Moeller and Bill Carpenter.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Mary’s Church, Nada.

Colorado County Citizen, April 21, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Bunge, Margie (Parker)


Mrs. Margie P. Bunge, age 82, of Eagle Lake, passed. away Sunday, November 9 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital, following, a sudden illness.

Funeral services were held for Margie Bunge on Tuesday, November 11, from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Melburn Sibley, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake officiating.

Burial followed at the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Bunge was born on November 13, 1903 in Mt. Herman, Louisiana to Walter Parker and Georgie Tate Parker, moving to the Eagle' Lake area, with her parents at the age of six.

Mrs. Bunge attended the University of Texas and taught for a short time. She married Oscar Bunge in Sealy, on September 22, 1935 and was a member of the Baptist Church.

Mrs. Bunge was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers.

Survivors include, her husband, Oscar Bunge of Eagle Lake; numerous, nieces and nephews; sister-in-laws Mrs. Frances Parker, Mrs. Gladys Parker, and. Mrs. Billie Parker; plus other relatives from the Bunge family; and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were Dan and Pat Parker, Les Bunge, Jr., Oscar Bunge, Carl Halla, Jimmy Bunge, Arlin Miller and John McMillon.

Colorado County Citizen, November 20, 1986

Bunge, unnamed babies

News Notes From Altair

Mr. L. P. Bunge and wife have the sympathy of this community in the loss of their two babies, who died last week. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, October 17, 1903, page 4

Burda, Edward J.

Edward J. Burda, World War I Vet, Dies at Rock Island
by Mrs. M. E. Nicewander

ROCK ISLAND--Edward J. Burda, born on a farm near Oxford Junction, Iowa, Nov. 5, 1894, died at the family home, Wednesday, Oct 2.

He was married to Frances Kula in 1919. To this union, 3 children were born. He served in the army during World War I and returned to Oxford Junction where he entered the banking profession.

In 1951 he, with his family, moved to Rock Island where he became affiliated with the Rock Island school district. Two years ago Mr. Burda encountered heart trouble.

Besides his wife, he is survived by 2 sons, Edward of Los Angeles and Robert of Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Olga Lundquist of Rock Island; 5 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother Delbert Burda of Oxford Junction.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Mill-Bauer Funeral home and Our Lady of Perpetual Help church in Eagle Lake.

Interment was in the Nada Catholic cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, October 10, 1963, page 12

Burda, Robert L.

Robert L. Burda,76,of Rock Island,passed away Jan.30,at Rice MedicalCenter in Eagle Lake.

He was born June 11,1925 in Oxford Junction, Iowa to Edward and Frances(Kula)Burda. He graduated from Oxford Junction High School, served honorably with the U.S.Navy during World War II and retired as an electronic technician with Halliburton.

Mr.Burda was a member of St.Mary 's Catholic Church in Nada.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Edward. He is survived by his sister, Olga Lundquist of Rock Island; and step-daughters, Deborah Love and Zoe Ann Shepherd.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 1 at St. Mary 's Catholic Church in Nada with the Rev. Joseph Koebel officiating. Other ministers included acolytes Layton Gold and Danny Shimek, organist Patty Stephens and St.Mary 's Choir.Interment followed in St.Mary 's Catholic Cemetery, Nada.

Pallbearers were Rudy Love,Mike Spears,Keith Lundquist,Vernon Brown,Frank Hlozek and Ervin Buchta

Colorado County Citizen, February 6, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Bures, James William

El Campo – James William Bures, a longtime resident of El Campo area and grocery store operator at Nada, passed away in Nightingale Hospital Saturday, February 5, 1966 at the age of 70 years, 5 months and 2 days, having been born in Weimar, September 3, 1895.

Funeral services were held in Triska Chapel Monday afternoon, February 7 followed by a Mass in Nada Catholic Church, with the Rev. Edmund Bily officiating.

Burial was in Nada Catholic cemetery with Frank and Ralph Pokluda, Shirley [as printed] Frankie B. and Franklin Trojcak and Edwin Kana pallbearers.

In 1920 he married Miss Frances Trojcak at Hallettsville.

He served in the U.S. Army in World War I and was a member of the American Legion for 31 years.

Mr. Bures is survived by his wife, Frances of Nada; two daughters, Mrs. Jaro (Jimmie) Joyce) Netardus Jr. and Mrs. Frank (Josephine) Barcak of Garwood; one son, Gene Bures of El Campo; 14 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Pokluda of Houston and Mrs. Bessie Miller of Hallettsville and one brother, Gene Bures of El Campo.

Shiner Gazette, Thursday, February 17, 1966
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


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Burke, Estelle

Columbus, May 5.--Miss Estelle Burke died yesterday a the home of her mother, Mrs. L Dewees. Miss Burke’s health has been precarious several months. At 10 o’clock yesterday morning she stated she would take a nap, and her mother, not wishing to disturb her, did not enter her room until 5 o’clock in the afternoon, when it was discovered she had been dead some time. She was 35 years of age. The funeral was held at the city cemetery [Odd Fellows’ Rest] at 3 o’clock this afternoon.

Weimar Mercury, May 12, 1906, page 1

Burke, Thomas


Last Tuesday night about 8 o’clock a man was killed on the railroad track within the city limits by an east-bound freight train. When first observed he was walking up the track. As the engine approached very near him he sat down, folded his arms and threw himself across the track. The engineer promptly reversed the engine, but in vain, for he had too well planned his own destruction. A coroner’s inquest was held, which resulted in a verdict of suicide. From an identification paper, from section 204, LaGrange branch, found on his person, it was learned that his name was Thomas Burke. He appeared to have been about 35 years old. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 10, 1891

Burley, Katie Polk Bishops (Johnson)

Kate Polk Burley, 64, Dies: funeral Services Sunday

Kate Polk Bishop Burley, wife of S. V. Burley, Colored citizen of Weimar, died Wednesday, August 11, at her home here in Weimar, after a long illness. Funeral services were held Sunday with Rev. Coats of the A.M.E. Church and Dr. Howard, presiding elder of San Antonio, officiating. the remains were laid to rest in the colored people's cemetery west of the city.

Kate was 64 years old at time of her death, and was the mother of two children, Robt. A. Polk and Emma B. Polk.

Kate was well known to everyone here, was quite a church worker, and during her lifetime had worked in many homes of the city, and was well liked by both white and colored citizens.

Weimar Mercury, August 20, 1943

Burley, Ofra Lee (Wilson)

Ofra Lee Burley Funeral Services Held March 19

Mrs. Ofra Lee Wilson Burley, 96 died Sunday, March 13 in Wichita Falls. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 19 at Mt. Arie Baptist Church in Weimar with Rev. Danny Henderson officiating.

Interment followed at the Paradise Cemetery in Weimar.

“Mudear” as she was so lovingly called was the youngest child born to the late Joe and Sadie Wilson of Holman.
Ofra would always go the last mile of the way for any and all that she came to know.

She was survived by her one daughter, Deborah D. Ward and Forrest of Wichita Falls; granddaughters, Ingrid Ward of Denton, and Sibyl (Keith) Ward-Stanberry of Missouri City, great-grandchildren, Michael, Jasmine, Raven and Brooks; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Sayers T. Burley, Jr.; a sister, Birdie Mae Wilson Maxie, a brother, Napoleon Wilson, and a nephew, Elmer Wilson.

Pallbearers were Harvey Stewart, Charlie Rowe, Leon Blue, Donnell Wilson, Ronnell Wilson and Alvin Stevenson.

Honorary pallbearers were Lawrence Wilson, Keith Stanberry, Michael Ward, Dr. Horace O. Boston, Sr., Moses Adams and Rev. Michael Jackson.

Weimar Mercury, March 24, 2005

Burley, Sinia


Funeral services for Sinia Burley, were held Sunday, May 20[sic], at Mt. Arie Baptist Church, with burial in the Weimar Colored Cemetery. Rev. G. A. Williams officiated.

Born at Mullins Prairie, she had lived in Weimar about 60 years and until she became too feeble had worked in several Weimar homes.
She is survived by one son, Warsaw Burley of Weimar, a grandson, Terry Burley of Tennessee. whom she raised. and several great-grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, May 18, 1956

Burley, Thomas J.


Thos. J. Burley, 76, passed away at his home here Monday of last week after a long illness. The remains were buried in the colored people’s cemetery west of town Thursday afternoon.

Tom Burley was a school teacher by profession and had taught in Weimar and other colored schools for 55 years.

Weimar Mercury, July 7, 1944, page 1

Burley, Warsaw P.

Final Rites for Warsaw Burley, 82, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Warsaw P. Burley, 82, were held Sunday,  Feb. 8, at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church here, with Rev. T. R. Simmons officiating.

Burial was in Paradise Garden cemetery.

Mr. Burley died at his home January 31 after a lengthy illness.

Born in Weimar Aug. 22, 1887, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Burley.  He attended Guadalupe Baptist College at Seguin and Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College, Prairie View.

He married Hattie Mann Amos, and one son, Terry J., was born to this union.  She preceded him in death many years ago.  He married Nellie Lee, and four sons were born to this union.

His wife survives along with the five sons, Rev. Terry J. Burley of Lynchburg, Va., Rev. George T. Burley and Sylvester Burley, both of Houston, Joe Leonard Burley of Weimar and Warsaw Burley Jr. of Brenham.

Weimar Mercury, February 12, 1970, page 2
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Burney, Viola L.

DEPARTED this life, at Eagle Lake, on Sunday evening, December 13, 1885, VIOLA L., daughter of Asa A. and Caroline E. Burney, in the 23d year of her age. On Monday, the 14th, she was laid in her final resting place in the Masonic Cemetery, amid large number of sorrowing and sympathizing friends. Language is powerless to express the profound, heartfelt sorrow which the decease of our loved one has occasioned. The ties of kindred, the bonds of friendship, have been suddenly and unexpectedly broken. She has left us to join the blessed company of the Redeemed in Paradise, in full hope of the glory which awaits all those who die in the faith and love of the Lord Jesus. Words are but poor comforters at such seasons. It is for us to be still and bow in humble submission to the will of Divine Providence. “God doeth all things well,” and we remember the blessed savior’s words: “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am there ye may be also.”
Dear “Sister,” thou has left us.
But our thoughts shall be with thee,
Thou ne’er gav’at aught but pleasure
To those who mourn for thee.
God in His providence,
Has called thee to His home,
And we bow in humble weakness
Saying, :Father, Thy will be done.” R. C. H.

Colorado Citizen, December 17,1885

Burns, Floyd Johnny

Johnny F. Burns, 78, of Eagle Lake, passed away Oct. 28, 2003 at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

He was born May 21, 1925 in Sallisaw, Okla. to Huey Edward "Buster" and Grace (Wright) Burns and had resided in the Eagle Lake area since 1946. He and Elinor Dostal were married on Aug. 25, 1947 from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Eagle Lake. Burns served as a sergeant with the U.S. Army during World War II. He served at Normandy, northern France, the Rhineland and Central Europe Ground Combat. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, EAME Theater Ribbon and Silver Star.

Following the war, He worked in the oilfield, then Dr. Pepper Bottling Company of Eagle Lake and A.J. Struss Auto Supply. Burns retired in 1990 following 35 years of service as irrigation plant operator for the Lakeside Division of Lower Colorado River Authority. Since his retirement from the LCRA and until his death, Burns worked cattle for the Travis Wegenhoft Ranch in Colorado County. Burns also served his community with over 20 years of service with the Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, James "Bub" Burns and John Edward Burns.

He is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Tim Watson of Somerville; sons and daughter-in-law, Mike Burns, Tommy and Peggy Burns of Richmond; sisters, Marie Osburn, Bonnie Knight all of Sallisaw, Okla; brother, William Burns, of Sallisaw, Okla.; and grandchildren, T.J. Watson, Ty Watson, Shelly Burns, Randy Burns and Nikki Burns.

Funeral Services will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 31, from the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home with the Rev. Eddie Winkler, pastor of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake. Burial with military honors will follow in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers scheduled are Ralph Johnson, Alex Woolridge, Travis Wegenhoft, James Stock, Alex Ramirez Jr. and Phillip Cooper.

Honorary Pallbearers named are Len Matula, Ernest Fields, Sidney Perry, Charles Dittrich, Butch Herman and the grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, October 29, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Burns, Jesse Jasper

Jesse Burns Funeral Services Held Nov. 1

Jesse J. Burns, 65, of Flatonia, died Oct. 28 as a result of an automobile accident in Columbus.

Funeral services were held Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at Equippers Outreach in Weimar with Minister Jerry Adkins officiating. Interment followed at Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Burns was born Aug. 23, 1937 in Bridge Creek, Okla. to Jesse Jackson Burns and Goldie Keys Burns.

He attended school at Bridge Creek, Okla., and high school in Quail, Texas.

Mr. Burns was a retired insurance salesman and lived in Flatonia for 10 years, also living in Pampa.

He served his country in the Air Force and Army National Guard, and was involved with the Boy Scouts of Flatonia.

He married Sharon Burns on Aug. 9, 1975 in Marlow, Okla.

Mr. Burns is survived by wife Sharon Burns of Flatonia; children, Jim D. Burns of Alice, Paul D. Burns of Hereford, Lewis Burns of Kress, Tammine D. Burns of Elks, Nev., Jake Burns of Flatonia, and Jamie Burns of Flatonia; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by siblings, Herman Burns of Madera, Calif., Rachel Bartlett of Stockton, Calif., Rob Hudson of Mack; Colo., Herschel Burns of Pampa, Dorlean Darnell of Amarillo and Dwight L. Burns of Plainview.

He ws preceded in death by his parents, one brother Bill Burns; and two sons, Jesse J. Burns III and Jeffrey D. Burns.

Pallbearers were Jim Burns, Paul Burns, Lewis Burns, Tammie Burns, Jake Burns, Bob Hudson, Dwight Burns, Charles Patterson and Jeremy Burns.

Weimar Mercury, November 7, 2002

Burns, Paula

Mentz Items

On the 11th the death of Mrs. John Burns was announced. The deceased suffered for several years with consumption. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon, at the Catholic cemetery at Mentz; the services were conducted by Rev. J. Klein and the Saint Rochus society. The deceased is survived by her husband and several small children.

Weimar Mercury, February 24, 1911

Burns, Theodore


Mr. Theodore Burns, eighty-eight, years of age, died Wednesday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. C. Terrell, at Calhoun.
While he had been in failing health for some time, he was ill only a few days before his death.

Mr. Burns was born in Marion county Illinois, in 1843, and with his family he moved to Posey county, Indiana, where he made his home for some time. Later the family moved to Saline county, Missouri, and from that state Mr. Burns moved to Wharton county, Texas, in 1907, and from there moved to Eagle Lake, and located at Calhoun in 1909, where he continued to make his home until the time of his death.
Mr. Burns was married in Indiana, his wife having preceded him in death a number of years ago.

He was a veteran of the civil war, having volunteered when he was eighteen years of age and fought on the Federal side throughout the four-year conflict.

Mr. Burns was a splendid gentleman and was liked and esteemed by every one who knew him. It was interesting to hear him relate war time stories, the realties of the war in which he had a part, and to tell of his experiences of the early days.

Funeral services were held at the home of his daughter at Calhoun yesterday afternoon at half past 3 o’clock, interment being made in the Lakeside Cemetery.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Terrell and one son, J. W. Burns of Brownsville, who have the sympathy of all who know them.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 7, 1931

Burris, Buford James


Buford J. Burns, 71, of' Columbus died September 29 in ie Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held Thursday, October 1 at the Sheridan Baptist Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Jordan officiating.

Mr. Buford J. Burris was born March 12, 1916, to Vollie Burris and Clara Girndt Burris of Colorado County, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

He retired from the Colorado County Road Maintenance Department, Precinct I. Mr. Burris was a member of Sons of Herman Lodge, Woodmen of the World and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, Edith Fuller Burris and Elma Muegge Burris, brothers Elvy Lee and Chester Harris Burris.

Survivors include brother, Beverly Burns, Columbus; sisters, Mrs. Virginia Walker, Temple and Mrs. Mary Ann Carter, Yoakum; 14 nieces and nephews and 30 great nieces and. nephews

Pallbearers were Gerard Bruton, Larry Burns, David Pilsner, Bruno Burris; David Fuller and Bert Ray Burris.

Burial was in the Cheetham Cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, October 8, 1987, page 2

Burris, Burt

Burt Burris, 37, of Columbus, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 1994, in a Houston hospital.

Born Jan. 28, 1957, n Columbus, he was the son of Beverly and Angeline (Wittmann) Burris. Mr. Burris was an employee of Saxet Fire Protection Co. and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Funeral services were held Aug. 4, at Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, with Pastor H. L. Anderson officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Barry White, Boo Boo Girndt, Gordy Gundelach, Ricky Mayo, Edwin Gundelach, Jimmy Skutca, Gerard Bruton and Bryan Gundelach. Honorary pallbearers were Russell Maertz, Kelly Wilburn, tom Wine, David Lowery, Freddy Pelts, Gary Douglas and Chris Pilsner.

Mr. Burris is survived by his mother, Angie Wade of Columbus; daughter Jessica Raye Burris, also of Columbus; sister Beverly Pilsner of Alleyton; and brothers Bruno Burris of Columbus, Norman Schverak of Houston, Douglas Schaeffer of Salado and George Schaeffer of Moscow, Russia.

He was preceded in death by his father and his grandmother, Julia Wittmann.

Colorado County Citizen, August 10, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Burris, Chester H.

Chester H. Burns

Funeral Services were held Friday. April 20 at Henneke Funeral Home, for Mr. Chester H. Burns, who passed away April 18 at Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar.

The deceased was born September 26, 1919 In Columbus. He was a retired Rancher and a member of the Columbus VFW, a World War II Veteran.

He was married to Laura Zikuhr Burris December 24, 1946 and is survived by her.

His parents were Mr. Voile Burris and Clara (Girndt) Burris, both deceased.

Pastor Robert Schlortt officiated services. Interment (with flag) was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Burris of Columbus, daughters, Mrs. Ronald (Linda) Bridges of Columbus, Mrs. Leroy (Janice) Brewer of Columbus, son, Larry Burris of Columbus, sisters Mrs. Mary Ann Carter of Yoakum, Mrs. Virginia Walker of Temple and brothers Beverly Burris of Columbus and Buford Burris of Sheridan. Also surviving are five grandchildren. Lori Bridges, Jeffrey Bridges, Amber Burris, Kyle Burris, Michelle Burris.

Pallbearers Jarius Wayne Zickuhr, Bert Burris, Gerard Bruton, Bruno B. Burris, Joe D. Orsak Jr., David Pilsner.

Colorado County Citizen, April 26, 1984, page 2

Burris, Edith Mae (Fuller)

Last Rites for Mrs. Edith Burris

Our sympathy is extended to the family of Mrs. Edith Mae Burris of Sheridan who passed away April 28th in the Scott and White Hospital of Temple at the age of 43 years and 24 days.  She is survived by her husband Bufford J. Burris; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harley Fuller; three sisters, Mrs. Lester Tesch, Mrs. O.L. Botard of Sheridan and Mrs. Melvin Brinkmeyer of Rosenberg.  Also three brothers, Harley Fuller, Jr., I.W. Fuller and Howard Fuller all of Sheridan and another brother, Roy A. Fuller of Rosenberg. 

Services were held under the direction of the Columbus Funeral Home with the Rev. Ray Campbell in charge of the services at the First Baptist Church of Sheridan at 2 p.m. April 30th.

Interment was in the Cheatham Cemetery near Sheridan.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 8, 1969
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Burris, Elma H. (Muegge)


Funeral services for Mrs. Elma Muegge Burns, age 63. of Sheridan. Texas. were held February 9. 1985, at the Sheridan Baptist Church. Rev. Robert Hessong officiated. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Mrs. Burns was born in Rosenburg[sic]. Texas on February 23. 1921, to Louis H. and Henrietta Wiesepape Muegge. She was married to B. J. Burris May 20, 1972.

She was a member of the Sheridan Baptist Church and A.A.R.P. and Hermann Sons in Rosenburg[sic].

She is survived by husband. B. J. Burris: sisters Elsie Traulson and Tehkla Klingle of Rosenburg[sic]. Mildred Jannise of Anahuac. and Ida Bell Sanders of Friendswood: brother; Louis Muegge of Rosenburg[sic].

Pallbearers were Harvey Muegge. Kenny Muegge. Larry Muegge, David Muegge, Tom Jannise and David Fuller.

Burial was in Sheridan Cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, February 14, 1985, page 2

Burris, Naomi Della (Foster)

Mrs. O. E. Burris

The death of Mrs. O. E. Burris, 36, occurred at the family home in the north part of town late Tuesday, following an illness of about a week with diphtheria.

Funeral will be held this (Thursday) afternoon. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest.]

Mrs. Burris, nee Naomi Della Foster, was born in Kansas and has been a resident of this place for some twelve years. Mr. Burris is an employee of the highway maintenance force in this district.

She is survived by the husband and six young children.

Colorado County Citizen, December 20, 1934

Burris, Vollie Basil

Last Rites Held For Vollie Burris Of Rock Island
(By Mrs. G. C. Edds)

Rock Island &endash; Funeral services for Vollie Burris who succumbed at his home in Rock Island July 22, were held at Columbus Funeral home n Columbus July 24, with Dr. N. L. Roberts officiating. Interment was in the Columbus Cemetery.

The deceased was a native of Texas and (was) born July 14, 1893, son of John and Vada Burris. Survivors include: his wife, Ada Burris; 3 sons, B. J. of Sheridan, Chester and Beverly of Columbus; 2 daughters, Mrs. Howard Huebel of Belton and Mary Ann Burris of Columbus; one brother, Onnie Burris of Matthews, one sister, Mrs. Owen Ross of Pollok, 14 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

His wife by a former marriage, Mrs. Clara Girndt Burris, lives in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Herman, Elo, Ewald, Max, Alfred and Hubert Girndt.

Colorado County Citizen, April 3, 1986
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Burt, Ann Mary (Lowther)

Death Claims Mrs. J. C. Burt 4 Months After Husband Dies

Funeral services for Mrs. J. C. Burt, 90, were held at Untermeyer Funeral home Saturday morning, with continued services in St. Anthony’s Catholic church, Rev. Alex Kraus officiating. Burial was in St. Anthony’s parish cemetery. Rosary was recited Friday evening in the funeral home.

Mrs. Burt, who had been in failing health for several months, died at 1:56 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, at her home, after a siege of pneumonia.

Born Annie Lowther in Seguin, her birthday was May 29. She and J. C. Burt were married in Seguin Nov. 28, 1890. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary here together in 1958. Mr. Burt, who was active until he fell and broke a hip, died last Aug. 9.

Survivors are 3 sons, James of Port Arthur and Roy and Leonard of Columbus and 3 daughters, Mrs. Agnes Wood and Miss Leonora Burt of Columbus and Mrs. S. J. Burttschell of Weimar, also a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Ida Kennedy of Houston, also survives.

Pallbearers were Sam K. Seymour, Ellis Miller, Tanner Walker, Lester Hastedt, Reginald Taylor, R. E. Tait and Ernest Lawrence of Columbus and Frank Schmidt of Kingsbury.

Among out of town relatives and friends here for the services were Mr. and Mrs. Burt of Port Arthur, Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt and daughter Violet Virginia of Kingsbury, Mrs. Woodrow Semmler of Seguin, Joe Leonard Burttschell of Houston and Robert Hall of Austin.

Colorado County Citizen, December 24, 1959, page 11B

Burt, John Clemons

Mrs. Burttschell’s Father, 89, Dies; Rites At Columbus

John C. Burt, 80-year-old-father of Mrs. S. J. Burttschell of Weimar died Sunday, Aug. 9, at his home in Columbus. Funeral services were held the following morning at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church there, with burial in the church cemetery, Rev. Alex Kraus officiating.

Mr. Burt had broken his hip in a fall and had been hospitalized 10 days. He had been out of the hospital only one day when he died.

A native of the Austin area, he was among the earliest to enter the gravel industry around Columbus, from which he retired about 25 years ago. He was married 68 years ago to Miss Annie Lowther, who survives, along with 3 sons, J. L. Burt of Port Arthur, Roy and Leonard Burt of Columbus; 3 daughters, Mrs. Burttschell of here and Mrs. Howard Wood and Miss Leonora Burt of Columbus; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, August 21, 1959, page 1

Burt, LeRoy John, Jr.

LeRoy Burt Jr. Dies at Age 48

Funeral services for LeRoy J. Burt Jr. were held Wednesday at St. John's Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Jack Lowrey of Marlin, officiating.

A Requiem was held at St. Johns Church Tuesday evening. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. Burt died at his home early Monday after a long illness. He was 48.

A lifetime resident of Columbus, he was born April 1, 1927, a son of Mrs. Lois Stafford Burt and the late LeRoy Burt of Columbus.

On Oct. 16, 1954, he was married to Nina Kraft. He was engaged in ranching and was tax assessor for the Columbus Independent School District.

He was a member of the Vestry of St. John's Episcopal Church, member of Magnolia Homes Tour, former Texas A. & M. Student Association, South Texas Breeders Horse Club, Texas Gulf Coast and Central Texas appaloosa Horse Club and was an adult 4-H Horse Club leader. He was also a veteran of World War II.

In addition to his wife and mother, Mr. Burt is survived by one son, Walter Stafford (Buck) Burt of Columbus; one sister, Mrs. LeRoy (Lillian Lois) Stein of Columbus, one niece and 4 nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. R. C. Marburger, Dr. Rudy Koenig, N. L. Goodwin, J. R. Saul, Henry J. Hajovsky, Ford Wegenhoft, Mac Ruffeno, Don McAlister, S. K. Seymour III and Roy William Wegenhoft.

Pallbearers were Dean Alexander, Robert Sronce III, Charles H. Wood, Mike Kulhanek, Jerry Zatopek, Delmar Fehrenkamp, E H. Baumgart Jr. and James Dunn Seymour.

Colorado County Citizen, July 17, 1975
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Burt, LeRoy John Sr.


Last rites for LeRoy Burt Sr. were held Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Werner Bockholt officiating, assisted by The Rev. James Watt. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Mr. Burt died at the Columbus Convalescent Home at 9 a.m. Saturday. He had been in ill health for some time and had resided at the home 10 months. Born in Seguin July 21, 1897, he was a son of John and Annie Lowther Burt. He lived in Columbus most of his life. In November, 1924, he married Miss Lois Stafford of Columbus. He was a gravel superintendent until he retired in 1966. He was a charter member of Lions Club. Rosary was recited Sunday at 8 p.m. by Father Bockholt at the Henneke Funeral Chapel. Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. LeRoy Stein of Columbus; one son, LeRoy Burt Jr. of Columbus; 3 sisters, Mrs. Agnes Wood, Mrs. Cecile Burtchaell and Miss Leonora Burt, all of Columbus; one brother, Leonard Burt of Columbus, and 5 grandchildren. Pallbearers were Allen Reyer, Justin Stein, Lester Hastedt, Tanner Walker, Earl Morgan, Raymond Hoffman, Dr. Charles Moeller and Nat Goodwin.

The Colorado County Citizen, August 9, 1973
Submitted by David Hahn

Burt, William Maxwell

William Burt, 47, Mrs. Burttschell’s Brother, Expires

Funeral services for William Maxwell Burt, 47, of Columbus, brother of Mrs. S. J. Burtschell[sic] of Weimar, were set for 3 o’clock this (Thursday) afternoon at the Catholic Church in Columbus, with Rev. Bauman officiating. Interment was to be in the Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Burt succumbed at one o’clock Wednesday morning after a heart stroke. He had been in all[sic] health for a number of years.

Born at Kingsbury, Jan 18, 1904, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Burt. They have been Columbus residents since 1913. Mr. Burt was a member of the Catholic Church and Columbus volunteer fire department.

Surviving are his parents; three brothers; James of Port Arthur, Roy of Columbus and Leonard of Venezuela, South America; and three sisters, Mrs. Agnes Wood of Columbus, Mrs. S. J. Burttschell of Weimar, and Miss Lenora Burt of Columbus.

Weimar Mercury, March 16, 1951, page 1

Burtle, Ona Dale (Cherry)

Ona Dale Burtle Services Held On Dec. 2

Ona Dale Cherry Burtle, 93, passed away on Nov. 29 at Parkview Manor in Weimar.

Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 2, at the Hubbard Funeral Home with Pastor Judith Sellers officiating. Burial services were held at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Burtle was born on March 15, 1903 in Oakland to James O. and Sallie Frazer Cherry.

She was married to Frank T. Burtle. She attended Stephen F. Austin College for a teaching certificate. Mrs. Burtle taught school at Oakland and Goose Creek which is now a part of Baytown.
Mrs. Burtle resided in Elmendorf, for approximately 30 years. She was a resident of Parkview Manor since 1986.

She is preceded in death by her husband in 1979, brothers, Irl, Harry, and Jack Cherry; and sister, Iris Strunk.

She is survived by her step-daughter, Mary Curtis and husband Bob of Austin; sister-in-law, Gladys Cherry of Houston; nieces, Dee Pagel and husband Bill of Beeville; Sally Morrill of Beeville; Jo Ann Locklin and husband Hal of Katy; Cissy Dutcher of Columbus; Sharon Goodman and husband James of Houston; nephew, Harry V. Cherry and wife Susan of Premont.

Pallbearers were great-grandnephews, Kirk, Steven, and Neal Locklin, Anthony Goodman; nephews-in-law, William Pagel, and Tom Brunson.

The Weimar Mercury, December 5, 1996
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Burton, Eliza

Colorado Citizen:
Eliza Burton, colored, died Tuesday morning at the home of her son-in-law, Nat Campbell, 2 miles west of Columbus at the age of 112 years. This old darkey was able to get about the place with ease up to within a few months of her death, and was without doubt one of the oldest inhabitants of the state. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, August 7, 1914, page 1


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Busch, Annie Lee (Allen)

Well Known Former Weimar Lady Claimed By Death Last Week

Many hearts throughout this community were saddened last Saturday morning when word came from San Antonio that Mrs. Annie Lee Busch had died.

Mrs. Busch had been ill for a number of weeks and at all times her condition was considered critical, but she bore up with so much courage that many believed she would conquer disease and again take her place among us. But it was not to be. She was hopeful of recovery until toward the last. Realizing finally that the fight was hopeless, she calmly told those about her of her last wishes, and soon hereafter dropped into that last, long sleep from which there is no awakening.

Suffice it to say, her every wish was faithfully carried out. The remains were brought back home from San Antonio for burial by the Hubbard Undertaking Service, after many vexatious delays, due to flood waters cutting off communication and travel in almost every direction, so much so that although the body was sent for early Saturday morning it did not get here until 3 o’clock Sunday morning. Burial took place Sunday afternoon in the cemetery west of town, the pall bearers being life-time friends selected by Annie Lee before she lost consciousness, as we are told. Rev. Shad Medlin, a visiting minister from Bastrop, officiated in a touching burial service.

Active pall bearers were as follows: Jack Brasher, M. C. Rosenthal, S. B. Chapman, W. J. Black, Geo. Lauterstein and John Mozisek, Jr. Honorary pall bearers named by the family were as follows: Messrs. Stephen McCormick, Alfred Reissner, Geo. Herder, Jr., Chas. Herder, Sr., T. W. Hill, Dr. C. G. Cook, Leon F. Baar, Jesse T. Green, Clair Graham and John Patten.
Annie Lee (Allen) Busch, 36 years of age, was born in the Weimar community, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Allen. She lived here up to young womanhood, when she decided to take up nursing as a career. For many years she followed this profession. Recently while in Austin she was attacked by illness. Her mother, Mrs. Mollie Allen, and brother, Mr. Charlie Allen, at once went to her bedside. It was learned she was in a serious condition, evidently in need of a serious operation, and so she was taken to Santa Rosa Hospital, where a skilled surgeon performed the operation. But it was too late. Disease had made such headway, we are told, that it was realized there was no hope. However, she continued hopeful almost to the last moment. Every effort was made to save her by skilled surgeons, family and friends, but it was of no avail. Sweetly and peacefully she at last answered the summons, nestled in the arms of her Savior, there to await the coming of her loved ones left behind.

Annie Lee was an attractive girl and woman. During her girlhood days here she always numbered a large circle of friends, possessing a charming personality that won for her friends wherever she went, and her passing is viewed with deep and genuine regret by all our people.

To the bereaved mother and brother our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, May 24, 1935, page 1

Buske, Adelia (Rose)

Death of Mrs. A. G. Buske

On Friday morning of last week a pretty little girl baby came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred C. Buske, and there was joy in that home such as only the first born brings. Happi__________ days thereafter when a change was noticed in Mrs. Buske’s physical condition. Skilled physicians were called in, and everything possible done to stay the hand of Death, which seemed imminent, but to no avail, and the noble wife and mother gave up the battle of life and the spirit passed unto its Creator. Her’s is indeed a sad death. A young wife but a year, only 20 years of age, with the promise of a life of usefulness before her, it was doubly sad to give her up. Mrs. Buske was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Rose, was married to Mr. Alfred C. Buske about a year ago, and wherever known her genial disposition and natural friendliness won her scores of friends. The hearts of all our people bowed down in sorrow when they heard of her dangerous condition, and many a prayer went up to the Father of all that he might spare her. The remains were laid to rest Tuesday afternoon at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, a large concourse of grief-stricken relatives and friends witnessing the last sad rites. God pity and comfort the bereaved ones is the sincere wish of the Mercury.

Weimar Mercury, March 8, 1902

Buske, Alfred Carl

Death of Alfred Buske

The people of our community were inexpressibly shocked Tuesday at noon to learn of the tragic death of Alfred C. Buske. Mr. Buske was up town that morning apparently in his usual good spirits, but was noticed going toward home about 10 o’clock. His wife, Lizzie Buske, who assists her father, Postmaster Owen Heyer, in the local office, went home shortly before the noon hour. Upon entering the home, she noticed Mr. Buske lying upon the bed, and spoke to him, inquiring if he was ill. Receiving no reply,she went to the bedside and was horrified to find him cold in death. Neighbors and a physician were quickly summoned, but poor alfred was beyond all human help. A brief note was left to the devoted wife, bidding her farewell and requesting that their property be divided between herself and a little daughter of Mr. Buske by a previous marriage. An empty bottle of strychnine told the tale of how the poor fellow had come to his death. Judge W. A. VanAlstyne held the inquest and reported as a result of his findings that decedent came to his death through strychnine poisoning, self administered.

Brooding over the recent death of his mother,to whom he was devotedly attached, is believed to have partially unhinged the poor fellow’s mind and caused him to commit the horrible deed.

The remains were prepared for burial and on Wednesday afternoon were committed to the grave in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery. Rev. G. T. gibbons, local Methodist minister, officiated at the grave. The local lodge of Hermann Soehne of which decedent had long been a valued member, also took part in the funeral services, also the Weimar Fire Companies.

Alfred Buske was well and favorably known throughout this section. Possessing a genial disposition, he had a pleasant word for everybody. Kind and gentle as a woman, a devoted husband, father and son, his presence was always welcomed, and he possessed the friendship of all our people, among whom e was very popular. His death is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Mr. Buske leaves a heartbroken widow and little daughter, an aged father, Mr. G. Buske, and several sisters, to whom our heartfelt condolence is extended.

Weimar Mercury, April 17, 1914

Buske, Charles (Carl F.)

Mr. Carl F. Buske, an old and respected citizen of this place, a brother of Mr. Gottlieb Buske, died Monday afternoon, aged about 78 years. The remains were interred at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery the following afternoon, Rev. F. Piepenbrok performing the funeral ceremony. Mr. Buske was born in the old country, but came here along with his family about forty years ago. He located at Galveston, and remained there until June, 1900, leaving just a few months before the great storm. Since his arrival here he has made his home with his brother, G. Buske. He was a quiet, good citizen, and those who knew and appreciated his many good qualities sincerely regret his death. The family has the sympathy of the community.

Weimar Mercury, October 12, 1907, page 4

Buske, Ernestine G. Engels

Ernestine G. Buske

Died at her home in this city at 9:30 o’clock Thursday night, Feb. 26, 194, after an illness of about six weeks duration, Mrs. Ernestine G Buske. Mrs. Buske was born in Steinhoeffel, Prussia, Germany; came to Texas while yet a young girl, with her brother; lived in Galveston a short time, where she was married to Mr. B. Engels in 1859, to which union eight children were born--Bernard and Frank preceding her to grave. Her husband died soon after the war, in the year 1871. In June 1872, she was married to Mr. G. Buske, to which union three children were born. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive, besides a large circle of relatives and friends. She had reached the advanced age of 70 years, 11 months and 7 days. The children surviving are Mr. Adolph Engels, Mrs. Hilda Hoegmeyer[sic], Ms. Ida Dahse, Mrs. Alvina Sachs, Mrs. Pauline Gertsenberger[sic], Mrs. Olga Guenther, Mr. Alfred Busky[sic], all of Weimar and vicinity Mrs. Emma Oswald of Clifton and Mrs. Clara Laas of Columbus, all of whom were at her bedside.

“Grandma” Buske, as she was affectionately called, lived in and near Weimar for nearly fifty years. She was loving, tender and self-sacrificing mother, a faithful and devoted friend, a valued and active member of he community, a bright, cheerful and kindly soul, always ready with ministrations of mercy, a word of comfort for the depressed, and an inspiration for all with whom she come in contact. The effect of her life cannot be measured, and time alone can gather up the good she has done and show it forth in all its richness and glory.

She was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery Feb. 28, 1914. Her life and faith to which she held call to mind these words:

“There is no death,
The stars go down,
To rise upon some fairer shore,
And bright in Heaven’s jeweled crown,
They shine forever more.”

Weimar Mercury, March 6, 1914, page 1

Buske, Gottlieb

Old-Time Citizen Dies at Houston

Mr. G. Buske, Formerly of Weimar, Died Thursday Last--Buried Here

Although news of his death was not unexpected, still when the sad message was flashed over the wires early last Thursday morning, conveying the intelligence that Mr. G. Buske, an old-time resident of this community was no more, it caused a feeling of sadness to pervade many homes thoughout this section, where this truly good man has passed so many years of his life and where his friends were as numerous as the sands of the seashore.

Funeral arrangements were made and the body of the old pioneer was brought here for interment in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. The funeral took place from the passenger depot, appropriate and touching services being held at the Lutheran Church, of which decedent had long been a faithful and consistent member. At the grave the Hermann Sons Lodge took charge of the service. Mr. Buske having long been a valued member of said order. A large crowd from this and neighboring counties was present to pay the last sad tribute to one who had spent a life-time as a citizen and business man among them Many beautiful floral emblems were placed upon the grave at the conclusion of the services.

Mr. Buske was 78 years old at the time of death. He was born April 6, 1844, at Craetzig, Germany; emigrated to the United States in the early sixties, locating in Colorado county, Texas. He was married to Mrs. Ernestine Engels June 7, 1872. His wife preceded him to the grave eight years ago last February. He died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Anton Guenther, 5504 Harrisburg Road, Houston, after a long and painful illness. He is survived by seven daughters--Mrs. H. J. Laas of Weimar, Mrs. Anton Guenther of Houston, Mrs. John Oswald of Clifton, Texas; Mrs. Chas. Hoegemeyer of Weimar, Mrs. H. P. Sachs of Weimar and Mrs. Chas. Gerstenberg of Weimar and two sons--Adolf Engels of Weimar and Emil Buske, besides nine-grandchildren and forty great-grandchildren.

Mr. Buske was a kindly, good man in every respect, a man who stood high in the community in which he lived. He ever proved a good husband, father, neighbor and friend, and if he possessed the enmity of any man we never heard of it. He was liked by all and all were his friends. His death has caused a deep and lasting sadness in many homes of this section.

The active pall bearers at the funeral were F. J. Nistchmann, Henry Oncken, O. Hilden, Henry Birkmann, Joe Rabel and Henry Guenther. The honorary pall bearers were L. Richter, F. A. Boettcher, Chas. Elsemann, W. C. Munn, T. A. Hill, Anton Beck, Sr., W. A. Van Alstyne, L. Fahrenthold, Sr., Louis Hillje, Ferd. Hillje, F. E. Brandes, Aug. Brandes, Fritz Beken, Sr., J. R. Holman and J. J. Armstrong, Sr.

Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved family in the heavy loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, November 3, 1922, page 1

Buske, Hilda (Sachs)Wern

Mrs. H. Buske, Ex-Resident, Buried Here

Funeral services for Mrs. Hilda Wern Buske, 81, of La Grange, a native of the Weimar area, were held Jan. 10 from St. Paul Lutheran Church in La Grange, with Rev Clarence Oestreich officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery here.

Mrs. Buske died Sunday night, Jan 8, at Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept 11, 1896, near Weimar she was a daughter of Herman Paul and Albina (Engels) Sachs. She was married to Charles Mr. Wern here January 30,1918. They settled here, Mr. Wern joining his father-in-law in the ice business. In 1927, they moved to La Grange, where he operated a creamery until retiring. Mr. Wern died on Nov 18, 1971. Mrs. Wern's second husband, Alfred Buske preceded her in death in 1976.

She was a piano teacher and in her early years played with the Babe Schindler Orchestra. She was a member of the Ladies Aid Circle.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Hollis D. (Florence) Bremer of La Grange; one son, Dr. George H. Wern of Dallas; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded her in death as infants.

Weimar Mercury, January 19, 1978
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Busse, Alice Marie (Babin)

Last Rites Held Friday For Mrs. Henry Busse

Many friends and relatives gathered Friday morning at nine o'clock to pay final homage to Mrs. Henry Busse, 82, who passed away suddenly last Wednesday, June 25th.

The Rev. A. W. Didner officiated at the Requiem Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: W. S. Gordy, Albert Pustejovsky, Henry Reuther and L. J. Spanihel of Eagle Lake, Fred Hoegemeyer of Weimar and Raymond Taylor of Cleveland.

Named as honorary pallbearers were: David Wintermann, J. R. Laughlin, B. H. McElhinney, T. W. Scott, Elo Linke, Robert Miles and Harry Brower.

Rosary was recited at Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 7:30 p.m. last Thursday and at 7:45 a.m. Friday morning.

Alice Marie (Babin) Busse was born on February 16th, 1875, at Donaldsville, La., to Evalina Landry and Alexander Babin. She and Henry Joseph Busse were united in marriage in Donaldsville on December 9th, 1903. In 1914, the family moved to Eagle Lake and have been prominent residents of this community for the past forty-seven years.

Survivors include: her husband, Henry Busse; two daughters, Mrs. F. L. Graves of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Frank Fojtik of Columbus; 3 grandchildren, F. L. Graves, Jr., Frank Henry Fojtik, Mary Alice Fojtik; 2 great-grandchildren, Donna and Sharon Fojtik and a foster brother, Hudson Gaudin of New Orleans, La. She was preceded in death by Evalina Lucille Busse, her daughter and the twin sister of Mrs. F. L. Graves, in infancy.

Mrs. Busse was a faithful member of the Catholic Church. She was loved by all for her friendliness and she shall be missed by loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 3, 1958
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Busselman, Irene (Schulze)


Irene Schulze Busselman, 94, of Columbus died Friday, Jan 5, 1996 at River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus.

Born Feb. 17, 1901 in Shelby, she was the daughter of Richard and Ida (Voelkel) Schulze. On July 23, 1924, she married J. W. Busselman. Mrs. Busselman, who was a housewife and former owner and operator of Columbus Cafe,was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and had resided in Columbus for 76 years.

Funeral services were held Jan. 7 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor John Hunsicker and Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were James Dunn Seymour, Kelly Wilburn Victor Lange, Donnie Rau, Wade Prause and Wade Busselman.

Mrs. Busselman is survived by a daughter-in-law, Patsy Hintz Busselman of Columbus, sisters Viola Reininger of Poth, Gertrude Zahn of Pleasanton and Delia Schulze, Clara Belle Mazac and Lucille Treybig, all of San Antonio; brothers Milton Schulze and Hilmer Schulze of Poth; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 6, 1986; a son, Donald J. Busselman; and sister Essa Reininger.

Colorado County Citizen, January 10, 1996, page 10

Busselman, John William


Funeral services were held for J. W. Busselman Saturday, February 8 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating.

Mr. J. W. Busselman was born August 28, 1903 in Columbus to Herman William Busselman and Mary Johnson Busselman. He married Irene Marie Schultz Busselman on July 23, 1924.

Mr. Busselman was a retired cafe owner and operator of. Columbus Cafe.

Burial was held at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

He was a resident of Columbus for 63 years and was affiliated with the Mason-Calidonia Lodge No. 68 in Columbus.

Mr. Busselman was baptized April 28, 1907 in Floresville and he was confirmed in February 12, 1922 in Three Oaks.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Busselman of Columbus; one son, Donald Busselman of Columbus; three brothers, August Busselman of San Antonio, George Busselman of Floresville, and Otto Busselman of Carnes[sic] City, two grandchildren, Peggy Anderson and Gregg Busselman; and five-great-grandchildren,

Mason Pallbearers were A. N Evans, C. L. "Buddy" Prause, James Dunn Seymour, Jr., Maxwell Rogers, L. Boyd Smith II, and L. Boyd Smith III.

Honorary Pallbearers were H. P. Meyer, Sam K. Seymour II, Charles Klein, Nat Goodwin, Rev, Clarence James and Ernest Moore.

Colorado County Citizen, February 6, 1986, page 2

Busselman, Patsy Ruth (Hintz)


Patsy Busselman, 78, of Columbus, passed away Nov. 23 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Weimar.

She was born Sept. 15, 1928 in Sealy to William and Marguerite (Pugh) Hintz and married Donald James Busselman, July 12, 1946[1947]. She worked as a secretary for Seymour Lumber and Busselman Contract Pumping and Gauging and was also a former owner of the Country Shelf Flower Shop.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband.

She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Anderson of Columbus; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Valerie Busselman of Columbus; sister, Billie Rau of Columbus; grandchildren, Brad, Nicole, Travis, Donald and John Busselman, Rebecca Anderson-Moore and Willie Anderson; and great-granddaughter, Madeleine Moore.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Nov. 26 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbus with the Rev. Patricia E. Whittington officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Brad, Travis, Donald and John Busselman, Willie Anderson and Tim Rau.

Honorary pallbearers were the Columbus High School Class of 1946.

Funeral services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, December 6, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Bussey, Milton Ned

Former Resident Of Glidden Dies Of Heart Attack

Funeral services were held at Daisetta last Friday for M. N. Bussey, 66, with burial in Odd Felows[sic] Rest at Columbus, the Rev. Harris, Baptist minister of Daisetta, officiating.

Mr. Bussey died of a heart attack in his office at his motion picture theater in Daisetta last Wednesday. He was born in North Carolina, moving to Glidden about 25 years ago.  In 1919 he was married to Miss Ora Wegenhoft.  He worked in Glidden as telegrahp[sic] operator for the Southern Pacific until he moved about ten years ago to Freeport where he managed a theater.  At the time of his death he had lived in Daisetta for two years

Besides his wife he is survived by two sisters of North Carolina and one brother of Florida; a foster daughter, Mrs. F. B. Jones of Texarkana and a nephew, Capt. Leroy Ray of Camp Swift.

Here for the funeral were Carl Milentz and Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Milentz of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Milentz of Liberty, Dr. and Mrs. Bob Milentz of Sweetwater and Mr. and Mrs. Jones of Texarkana.

Colorado County Citizen, July 27, 1944, page 6
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Butler, Charles Homer


Charles Homer Butler, age 65, of Eagle Lake passed away July 1 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston following a lengthy illness.

Graveside services and interment were held from the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus, Monday, July 4 with Rev, David Mann, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake officiating.

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

Mr. Charles Homer Butler was born December 23, 1922 in Colorado County to Jesse T. Butler and Alma Pearl Morton Butler, he had been a resident of our area for many years.

He served with the US: Army in both the European and Pacific Theaters during WW II.

Survivors include sisters, Mrs. Lola Mae Dinhoble of Sweeny, Mrs. Jessie Loraine Sims of Yorktown, and Mrs. Mattie Kohleffel of Eagle Lake; brother, Henry T. Butler of Omro, Wisconsin; numerous nieces and nephews; and other, relatives and loved ones.

Pallbearers were Louis Semora, Norman Clark Jr., Emil Ulbrich, Cecil Ulbrich, Louis W Sides and P. L. Butler.

Colorado County Citizen, July 14, 1988, page 2

Butler, Henry

Sheridan News

Aug. 19. Your correspondent was pained to learn of the tragic and untimely death of Henry Butler of Live Oak. In the long ago Henry and I were school mates and in our childhood we rambled in the woods together, swam in the same clear limped pools, and together chased the numerous molly cottontail rabbits. We fought the same wasp and bumble bees nest, and as the memory of those childhood days come sweeping over me, I can not realize that Henry is dead. Henry had lived at the same place since his marriage and was doing well and his untimely death, while in the prime of manhood is very deplorable. To his mother, brothers and sister, and his family, we extend our heartfelt sympathy. [Interment in Live Oak Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, August 23, 1912
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Butler, Ron


Ron Butler, 61, of Columbus, passed away March 8 at his residence.

He was born Sept. 9, 1942 in Beaumont, to Perlin and Lucille (Bouleware) Butler and married Vivian Burkley Brake, July 3, 1976. Mr. Butler was the owner/operator of Butler Office Supply in Columbus and was a former director of Magnolia Homes Tour, Inc. and a former Lions Club member.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Odessa Butler; and step-son, Jeffery Douglas.

He is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Jay Briggs of Beaumont; step-daughter and husband, Vivian and Stafford Parks of Columbus; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Nancy Butler and Carlton and Polly Butler of Beaumont; step-son and wife, Ronald and Monica Douglas of Illinois; half-sister, Velma Koch of Labelle; step-sister and husband, Judy and Skeeter Smith of Arlington; step-brother and wife, Gary and Annette Griffin of Henderson; brothers-in-law, Matthew Brake and Paul Brake of Newfoundland, Canada; and sister-in-law, Helen Norris of Newfoundland, Canada; and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled Tuesday, March 11 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Rick Atkinson officiating. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers scheduled are Lanier Ripple, James McDonald, J.P. Sims, Jim Rutta, Ralph Savino and Branden Butler.

Honorary pallbearers scheduled are Glen Vogelsang, Denver Schilling and Bill Rutta.

Colorado County Citizen, March 13, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Butler, Wess/West

Oakland News Notes

Wess Butler, an old negro who has lived here by many years, died last Wednesday and was buried the following Thursday. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 22, 1909, page 4

Butler, Wilson T. C.

Mr. W. T. C. Butler, a well-known and popular farmer living about seven miles southeast of Weimar, died last Friday after a brief illness. and was buried the following day. [Interment in Borden Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, October 5,1895

Butschek, Marian Joyce (Audilet)

Mrs. Walter Butschek, 55, of Yorktown, a relative of several Weimar families, died July 6, two hours after being bitten by a rattlesnake. She and her husband had been out in the yard watching the moon eclipse. As they started back to the house, she was bitten. She was rushed to the hospital but did not respond to the anti-venom treatment.

Weimar Mercury, July 22, 1982
Submitted by Jeanne Walshak Boothe

Buttigig, Emma M. (Kapelman)


Relatives and friends here were informed of the death of Mrs. Emma Buttigig, widow of the late Jos. Buttigig Sr., of this city, which occurred in Houston early Wednesday morning. She had been making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Herbert Dahse of that city, for a number of years. A statement in the Houston Chronicle of Wednesday evening said that the body would be brought to Weimar Thursday and laid to rest n the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery at 3 p.m.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Wells Townsend of Weimar, Mrs. Herbert Dahse of Houston; two sons, Messrs. Joe and Otto Buttigig of Lafayette, La., and four grandchildren.

We hope to publish a suitable obituary of this splendid good woman in our next issue. [No additional information found.]

Weimar Mercury, November 4, 1938, page 1

Buttigig, Gato

Former Weimar Citizen Dies at Lafayette, La

Many hearts were saddened here when news was flashed over the wires telling of the death of Mr. Gato Buttigig, which occurred Saturday at a hospital in Lafayette, La., following an operation for appendicitis. The remains were brought here Sunday on the 1 o'clock p.m. train, and interment took place that afternoon at 4 o'clock from the residence of his sister, Mrs. Wells Townsend, burial being in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery, Rev. A. Hanson of El Campo, Methodist minister, officiating in the presence of a large assemblage of mourning relatives and friends.

From particulars gleaned from members of the family we learn that pour Gato was attacked by a severe case of appendicitis, was rushed to the hospital, operated on and for a day or two appeared to be getting along finely, but there was a kidney complication after the second day, and the end came quickly. He was out on his run as a railroad conductor at the time of attack, we understand.

Gato Buttigig was born and raised in this city. He was a son of the late Jos. Buttigig and Mrs. Emma Buttigig, and his entire life up to the time he was practically a grown man was spent in our city. In early life he took a fancy to railroading, and this was his life's calling. He proved his efficiency and competency, and the railroad company, appreciating this, promptly promoted him until he was a conductor on their lines. Throughout his employment he ever proved faithful and true to his employers' interest and was regarded as one of the most valuable men in the service. Gato was about 42 or 43 years of age at the time of his death.

We are told that Gato ever had in his heart to save up a competency and return to Weimar to spend his declining days. We learn, also, that he had very nearly achieved this ambition, when Death stepped in and thwarted his plans. As one who knew Gato from boyhood up to the time of his death, we can say without exaggeration that he was one of the finest boys and men we ever knew. Energetic, ambitious, steady as a clock, honest, friendly, one whose friendship was to be treasured, he was one of nature's noblemen in every sense of the term. He was a dutiful son, a devoted husband, and wherever known was held in the highest esteem by his fellow men.

Funeral services were held under auspices of the Masonic fraternity, of which decedent had long been a faithful and devoted member.

He is survived by his widow, two step-children, two sisters, Mrs. Wells Townsend of this city and Mrs. Herbert Dahse of San Antonio, and two brothers, Jos. Buttigig of Houston, and Otto Buttigig of Lafayette, La., to all of whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1929, page 1

Buttigig, George

George, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Buttigig, died last Friday night, after a brief illness of some infantile trouble, and was buried Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery. In the loss of their little babe they have the sympathy of the entire community. God pity and comfort them, is the sincere wish of the writer.

Weimar Mercury, January 13, 1900, page 5

Buttigig, Joseph

In the death of Mr. Joe Buttigig at his residence in this city last Tuesday night, Weimar lost one of its most interesting and best citizens, Mr. Buttigig had been a sufferer from dropsical troubles for some time past, and while his death was not unexpected, It nevertheless caused a wave ot sadness to pervade the hearts of our people, who for so long a time had known and loved poor old Joe, the biggest hearted, most generous man Weimar ever possessed as a citizen. Mr. Buttigig was a native of Italy. He came to this country at an early age, settling at Columbus, thence following the railway as it was built into Weimar. Here he remained up to the time of his death, but with a single absence of any duration, that being the time when he went back to Italy to visit an aged mother and sister. From the time of his arrival in Weimar and for several years afterwards he prospered and was at one time considered quite a wealthy man, being worth In the neighborhood of $10,000, with no debts, Through his generous-heartedness, however, be fell a prey to designing ones, who succeeded In mulcting him of the major portion of his fortune, and for the last few years of his life he was In very reduced circumstances. Despite the fact, however, that he was poor in this world's goods during the latter part of his life, his generosity continued to the end, and he was ever ready to divide him portion with those he considered less fortune, or to whom he felt at obligations. In this respect he was a remarkable personage. His benefactions, in proportion to his means, were greater than any man In this section. Poor man, it gave him greater satisfactlon to do good than to receive blessings at the hands of those far more able to afford it. His funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon at the Odd Fellows' cemetery, a large crowd witnessing the last sad rites so feelingly administered by Rev. J. W Gates, pastor of the Christian church. Mr. Buttigig is survived by a widow and five children, to whom the heartfelt sympathy and condolence of this community Is extended. He was a member of the local lodge of Knights of Honor and was buried under the auspices of that order. In the death of this good man, than whom the writer never had a better friend, our heart goes out in sorrow and sympathy to the bereaved ones, and we trust that God in His infinite wisdom and mercy will console them in the loss of beloved husband and father.

Weimar Mercury, March 18, 1905, page 4

Button, Eugene Robert


Sgt. Eugene Robert Button, 41, was tragically killed in an automobile accident Wednesday, July 20, 2005 in Rapid City, South Dakota. He was born May 8, 1964 in United States Air Force Hospital on Westover AFB, MA to Richard D. and Dorothy (Halfmann) Button. After traveling around the country with his military family he came to Columbus in 1981 where he attended Columbus High School for his senior year. Following high school he attended Wharton and Blinn Junior Colleges obtaining an associate degree from Blinn Jr. College.

On July 20, 1988 he married Jennifer Darden from Sheridan, TX and had two children. August of 1989 Eugene joined the air force. During his 16 years of service he was a veteran of Desert Storm, in the Pentagon during the 9-11 attack and witnessed the plane hitting the Pentagon, a deployment to the Iraq war zone and was scheduled to return to the war zone about the middle of August.
Eugene is survived by his wife Jennifer; daughter, Brittany Button; and son, Christopher Button, all of Hubbard, TX; parents, Richard and Dorothy Button, of Frelsburg, TX; brother, Richard A. Button, of Frelsburg, TX; sister, Cheryl Gold, of The Woodlands, TX; half sister, Barbara Button, of Fort Worth, TX; half brothers, Robert and Gary Button, of Fort Worth, TX; aunts, Jean Ellis and husband, Ed, of Frelsburg, TX, Patsy Henderson and husband, Steed, of Frelsburg, TX, Leona Marshall and husband, Dennis, of Houston, TX, Ruth Ann Styres, of Williamsport, PA, and Doris Button, of Palmyra, NY; great aunts, Alice Hermsdorfer, of New Ulm, TX and Tressie Hermsdorfer, of Beaumont, TX; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. His grandparents Leo and Maybell Hermsdorfer Halfmann and Walter and Stella Green Button preceded Eugene in death.

A vigil prayer service and rosary is scheduled 6:30 P.M., Thursday, July 28, 2005 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, TX and K of C rosary at the Church, Friday at 9:30 A.M. Funeral services will be at 10 A.M., Friday, July 29, 2005 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg, TX with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. A full military honors burial service is scheduled at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg, TX. Serving as pallbearers are Richard Button, Robert Button, Gary Button, Cody Marshall, Johnny Englehart, and Steed Henderson.

Colorado County Citizen, August 3, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Button, Harold E.

Harold E. Button, 62, of Van Vleck, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 1994, in Bay City.

Born Jan. 16, 1932, in Lock Haven, Pa., he was the son of Walter U. and Stella (Green) Button. Mr. Button was a ranch worker who had resided in Van Vleck for 19 years.

Funeral services were held Aug. 22, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Dan Morales officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Eugene Button, James Botsford, Clyde Ashcraft, Danny Andel, Richard Button, John Engelhardt, John Ashcraft and Dennis Edwards.

He is survived by sisters, Ruth Ann Styles, Helen Schaefer of Burbank, Calif., Eunice DeWitt of Garland and Doris Button of Palmyra, N.Y. and brother Richard Button of Frelsburg.

Colorado County Citizen, August 24, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

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Buzek, Lucy (Labay)

Lucy Buzek
January 19, 1914 - March 22, 2004

Lucy Buzek, 90, of El Campo passed away Monday, March 22, 2004.

Born January 19, 1914 in Nada, she was the daughter of Joseph and Annie Drlik Labay.

A homemaker, she was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Nada K. J. Z. T. #17 and Christian Mothers.

Preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Paul Kubecka; second husband, Louis Buzek Sr.; eight sisters; and five brothers; survivors include her daughters, Connie Schoellmann of Nada, Juliana Kotulek of El Campo and Anna Lee Peikert of Egypt; sons, Leroy and Louis Buzek of El Campo; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and one step-great-great grandchild.

Rosary was recited Thursday, March 25, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada.

Funeral services followed at 2 p.m. Thursday from St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Joseph Koebel officiating.

Burial followed in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Triska Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Danny, Allan and Paul Labay; Mark and Larry Wayne Kotulek; and B. J. Peikert.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, March 25, 2004
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Buzek, Theresa (Krumpholtz) Brovec

Taiton October 20. - Also, it is unfortunate for me to again furnish you the sad news that pitiless death again visited our circle and chose as the victim our sister Theresa Bůžek, wife br. F. Bůžka. For almost three months she was in medical treatment, then was taken to Houston for a daring operation. She weathered this well and seemed to be already on the road to recovery, so all the more the sad news surprised us when after about a three-week stay at home on October 1st she suddenly passed away of a heart defect. She leaves besides a grieving husband and three adolescent children . [Interred at St. Mary Cemetery]

Obzor Hospodárský, Thursday, November 1, 1906

Taiton, 20. října. - Též, bohužel, jest me podati opět smutnou zprávu, že nelitostná smrt' zase navštívila náš kruh a za obět vyvolila si sestru naši Terezii Bůžek, manželku br. F. Bůžka. Sestra ona téměř po tři měsíce byla v lékařském opatrování, na to pak do Houstonu k odvážné operaci byla odvezena. Přestála tuto št'astně a zdálo se, že je již na cestě k uzdravení, proto tím více nás tato smutná zprava překvapila, když asi po třítýdenním doma pobytu 1. října náhle na srdeční vadu skonala. Zanechává kromě truchlícího manžela ještě tři nedospělé dítky.

Obzor Hospodárský, Thursday, November 1, 1906

You are hereby notified that Sister Theresa Bůžek from the Order of the Star of the South, no. 30, died on October 1, 1906 at the age of 37 years of a heart defect. She joined the order on 22nd Dec. 1902.The Certificate number 2371 and according to the statutes is entitled to support in the amount of $1,000.00.

Obzor Hospodárský, Thursday, November 1, 1906

Tímto se Vám oznamuje, že sestra Terezie Bůžek od řádu Hvězda Jihu, čís. 30., zemřela dne 1. října 1906 v stáří 37 let na srdeční vadu. K Jednotě přistoupila 22. pros. 1902. Číslo certifikátu 2371 a dle stanov oprávněna jest k podpoře v částce $1000.00.

Obzor Hospodárský, Thursday, November 1, 1906
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
Translated by Alfred Ermis

Byars, Casper W.

[Illegible] OF DR. C. W. BYARS

[Illegible] like a pall overspread our little city last Monday upon the receipt of the sad news of the death of Dr. Cas. Byars in Wharton county at the hands of a negro. Particulars of the tragedy were eagerly sought for, the deceased being a former resident of Colorado county, and a general favorite, but the dispatch to his brothers here simply announced the fact, without details. Dr. Jas. Byars and Mr. Henry R. Byars left on the afternoon train for the scene, returning with the body next day at noon.

It seems that the negro, whose name is Gabe Elias, was indebted to Dr. Byars for medical attention last fall; that he had repeatedly promised, but failed to pay, the debt; that Dr. Byars with Mr. Snell, went to the negro’s horse[sic] in Mr. R. B. Huston’s field last Monday to get a mortgage on the negro’s house; that he told the negro this and that he did not want to hurt him; only to secure his debt; that on being thus addressed, the negro went into the house, ostensibly to get paper upon which to write the mortgage but closed the door and the window, the latter having an ordinary wooden shutter; that both gentlemen asked the negro to come out, as they only wanted the paper, and would not molest him; that the Doctor knocked at the door but received no reply, that he went around to the rear of the house to the window, which was high from the ground, and got on a small block, holding to the house with the left hand, and pushed the shutter in with the other hand in which was the shot-gun loaded with bird-shot; that the negro grabbed the gun and wrenched it from the Doctor’s hands, turned it and fired, the charge taking effect near the right eye, killing him instantly, the Doctor firing his pistol in the ceiling of the house as he fell off the block.

Mr. Snell reported the matter to a neighbor, and the negro jumped on his horse, went to Wharton and surrendered to the authorities.

The remains arrived here last Tuesday and were committed to dust in the city cemetery at 4 o’clock in the afternoon, Rev. T. J. Morris officiating. Universal sympathy is tendered the bereaved young wife of only a few months, and the large circle of relatives of the deceased.

Colorado Citizen, June 7, 1888, page 3

Byars, Conrad

John H. Brooks was called to the vicinity of Columbus Sunday afternoon by the death of his life long friend, Conrad Byars. Mr. Byars was stricken with apoplexy Saturday night at the supper table, became unconscious and remained so until Sunday morning at 5 o'clock, when death ensued The funeral took place at the Odd Fellows Rest near Columbus Monday morning at 10 o'clock, same being under the auspices of the Woodmen of the World, of which order deceased had long been a member. Mr. Byars had visited our city a number of times in years gone by , and was well and favorably known. He was a brother of Henry R. Byars., former tax assessor of this county, and Dr. Jim Byars of Wharton. Another brother, Tom Byars, lives near Altair. Mr. Byars leaves a heart broken widow and numerous relatives and friends, to whom the heartfelt sympathy of this community is extended.

Weimar Mercury April 3, 1914

Byars, Emma Octavia (Bennett)


Columbus, Texas, May 16,--Mrs. Octavia Byars, wife of Thomas W. Byars and mother of Richard W. Byars, died at the family residence, six miles south of Columbus Wednesday afternoon. The funeral was held at Odd Fellows’ Rest here Thursday afternoon.

Weimar Mercury, May 24, 1918, page 2

Byars, Grace Ann (Walker) Stafford


Life-Long Citizen of County, Who Was Prominent in Cattle Business, Buried in Odd Fellows Rest, At Columbus, Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Grace Ann Byars were held Sunday afternoon with Rev. Frank D. Charlton, Methodist minister, officiating in a most impressive service.

Mrs. Byars was born January 5, 1858, near Columbus and was a life-long resident of Colorado County.

"Miss Gracie," as she was affectionately known, was twice married, her first husband being John Stafford, who, together with his brother, R. E. Stafford, was prominently identified with the cattle industry of South Texas.

Five years after the death of her first husband, in 1890, Mrs. Stafford was married to Conrad Byars, well known citizen of Columbus, and together they carried on a cattle business until his death in 1914.

Mrs. Byars was the mother of three children: Stella, who died in childhood; Mrs. Carrie Stafford Harbert, who died several years ago, and a son, Joseph Winston Stafford, who survives his mother. She is also survived by a granddaughter, Mrs. Robert r. Wells of Columbus, a grandson, J. W. Stafford, Jr., of Kilgore; a half brother, Charles Walker of Altair and five great-grandchildren.

Active pallbearers were W. H. Miekow, S. A. Harbert, Sr., E. B. Miller, Walter Dick, A,. W. Hahn, N. L. Goodwin, Aubrey Chapman and Ned Burford.

Interment was made in Odd Fellows Rest.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Friday, April 19, 1940
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Byars, James A.

Dr. Jas. A. Byars Dead

Dr. James A. Byars, at one time one of Columbus' most prominent physicians, and well and favorably known to many Weimar citizens, died at the Confederate Home at Austin a few days ago. The remains were brought to Columbus for interment [Columbus City Cemetery] beside his wife, who preceded him in death many years ago.

Dr. Byars was an ex-Confederate soldier, having enlisted when but a stripling of a boy. He served his beloved Southland bravely and well. Returning from the war, he took up the study and practice of medicine, in which he was singularly successful.

He was a man of many fine attainments, true as steel to his friends, a kind hearted, good man in every respect, and his departure into the Great Beyond is deeply and sincerely deplored by many friends throughout this section.

He is survived by a son, Dr. Ralph Byars, with the United States Army in California.

Weimar Mercury, September 26, 1930

Byars, Katie

Our condolence is extended Mr. and Mrs. Vic Byars, upon the loss, on the 2d inst., of their little daughter, Katie, aged thirteen months. She was a bright and beautiful little child, too pure for this earth, and God has claimed his own. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 6, 1884

Byars, Richard Walden “Dick”


Last rites for Richard Walden (Dick) Byars were held in Columbus Funeral Home Monday afternoon the Rev. Gregory Robertson of First Methodist church officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest. Mr. Byars, one of Columbus oldest residents, lived to be 91. He was active until shortly before his death in Columbus hospital Sunday. Born here Aug. 24, 1876, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Byars. His wife, who survives, is the former Mary Ann Schulenburg. Mr. and Mrs. Byars lived on their large ranch southwest of Columbus until his health became frail. They had lived in Columbus several years. Pallbearers were Otis Pouncey, David Foster, C. W. Kearney, Allen Reyer, John Peters, Jr. and Owen Mehrens.

The Colorado County Citizen, November 9, 1967
Submitted by David Hahn

Byars, Rodney Edward

 Lightning Kills Rodney W. Byars and Horse.

 Columbus, Texas June 21.--Rodney W. Byars was killed by lightning last night.

The tragedy occurred on the Rock Island raod[sic], forty yeard[sic] from the home of his uncle, Conrad Byars, four miles south of town, his watch indicating the time at 7:44 o'clock. He was riding horseback to his home seven miles from town, from the Westmoreland place, when the bolt struck him.

His feet never left the stiffups[sic]. A portion of his hair is burned away, there is a hole in the skull, his left hand and leg were burned and his clothing torn and burned. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, June 24, 1910
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Byars, Sallie (Simmons)

Columbus, Sept. 10.--The remains of Mrs. Sallie Byars, wife of Dr. James Byars of this place, were brought here last night from Comfort, where she died Saturday, and were interred at the City cemetery at 4 o'clock this afternoon. Mrs. Byars had been sick for about two years, and for several months her condition was considered serious. The doctor and Mrs. Byars were old residents. of Columbus, but moved to Bay City a few years ago, where they continued to reside until last winter, when they returned to their old homestead here. Mrs. Byars failed to improve in health after returning here, and the doctor took her, about two months ago, to llermanos, Mexico, from which place, they returned about one week ago and went to Comfort, and from there to Nichols’ ranch, five miles in the country, where her last moments were spent. Mrs. Byars was of one of the oldest and best families of the county, and in addition to her husband she leaves a family of three children, Mrs. Hennye Adams of Waco, Dr. R. C. Byars, surgeon in the United States army, now stationed at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, and Mr. Gus Byars of Bay City.

The funeral took place at a late hour this afternoon from the family residence to the City cemetery, conducted by Rev. C. E. Mills of the Methodist church. A long procession of friends were in attendance, and the floral tributes were profuse. J. R. Wooten, Charles J. G. Leesemann, H. S. Williams, S. L Green, Dr. H. E. Yarborough, W. E. Bridge and J. J. Mansfield acted as pallbearers.

Weimar Mercury, September 15, 1906, page 1

Byars, unknown

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor H. Byars died last Thursday after prolonged suffering, and its little form committed to earth next day [place unknown], in the presence of many mourning relatives and sympathizing friends. The CITIZEN tenders sympathy to grieved parents in this affliction. The little spirit was too pure for earth, and the Father took her to His protecting care.

“She came and went, as comes and goes
The dewdrop on the morning rose,
Or as the tender lights that die
As shut of day along the sky.”

Colorado Citizen, June 4, 1891, page 3

Byrne, Addie (Miekow)


Final services for Mrs. Addle Byrne were held August 4, 1984 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Bishop Hugo Gerberman and Monsignor Tom Collins officiating. Burial was held at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Mrs. Byrne was born September 4, 1896 in Alleyton and has lived in Columbus for the last 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 14 years, Mr. W. B. Byrne in 1955.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers included Neville Miekow, Ervin Heffley, Frank Rucker, Paul Mascherkra, Doug Stehling, Dick Heffley, and Chris Stein.

Colorado County Citizen, August 9, 1984, page 2

Byrne, William Eugene

W. E. Byrne Rites Held At Catholic Church Monday

Funeral services were held Monday morning in St. Anthony's Catholic Church for William E. Byrne, who died Sunday in Columbus hospital. Rev. Alex Kratis officiated, assisted by Rev. A. Didner, and burial was in the local Catholic cemetery. The body lay in state in Untermeyer Funeral home before services were held.

Mr. Byrne came to Columbus with his wife, the former Addie Miekow, only a short time ago and the couple had bought a home here in the Taylor addition.

He was a native of Oklahoma. A civil engineer, he was with the engineering department of Los Angeles, Calif., for over 25 years, retiring in 1953.

He belonged to the American society of Civil Engineers, the City Hall post of the American Legion of Los Angeles, the Knights of Columbus and St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He was a registered civil engineer in California , Texas and Oklahoma.

Besides his widow he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary Adella Dare of Long Beach, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were W. A. Kuchar, Gus Sronce, J. E. Meismer, Frank Bartosh, W. G. Dick and E. L. Litzmann.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, May 5, 1955
Transcription by Dennis Boatright
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