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Dabney, Booker Talleferio Jr.

Booker Talleferio "Booker T" Dabney, Jr.

Booker Talleferio "Booker T" Dabney, Jr. was born in Eagle Lake, on November 2, 1944 to Jessie Bell Harris and Booker T. Dabney, Sr.

He grew up in Garwood and attended G.W. Carver Elementary and E.H. Henry High School (graduating class of 1963) where he was a true scholar.

Awarded a full scholarship, Booker T. attended the University of Texas and received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics.

From 1967 through 1970, Booker T. served in the Armed Forces (including the Vietnam War).

Booker T. accepted Christ at his personal Savior at an early age and was a member in good standing at New Home Baptist Church.

Booker T. departed this life to be with God on Wednesday, February 27.

He leaves to mourn his passing a devoted mother, Jessie Bell Harris; three sisters, Katherine Formby Mann (Horace), Shirley Formby Wilturner (Bufford), and Margie Formby Brumfield (Bobby); three nieces, La-Juanna Scott, Sharonda Formby, and Charzett O'Neal; two nephews, Derrick Wilturner and Jamaal Brumfield; six very special cousins, Mamie Williams, Wayne Cotton, Sandra Cotton Johnson, Johnnie Cotton, Sharon Cotton, and Gregory Cotton; an a host of great nieces, great nephews, other special cousins, relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 4 at 11 a.m. at New Home Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Williams officiating. Another life celebration by Ben Davis Funeral Home. [Place of interment unknown]

Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Brumfield, Arthur (Sonny) Dabney, Carl Johnson, Horace Mann, Isaiah Ware, Tucker Williams, Bufford Wilturner, and Wayne Cotton.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 13,2008, page 4
Submitted by John Konesheck

Dabney, Virginia E. (Brown)

Mrs. Virginia E. Dabney, 56, a Garwood native, died Sunday, April 24, 1994.

Born June 2, 1937, she was the daughter of Patience Brown. She was a member of New Home Baptist Church of Garwood where she was president of mission, a member of the senior choir, served as usher and was secretary of the Busy Bee Club. She was married to Booker T. Dabney.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 30, at New Home Baptist Church, Rev. L McGrew, church pastor and Rev. C. A. Williams officiating. Interment followed in Williams Paradise Cemetery, Vox Populi. Ben Davis Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Audery Carter Sr., Dennis Johnson, Joe Johnson, Roy Johnson, Willie Smith Jr., Tony Black, Roscoe Stevens and Clemon Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Rev. K. Wicks, Nelson Dabney, Wayne Dabney, Ronald Wicks, Rodney Eaton, Sydney Francis and Craig Dabney.

Mrs. Dabney is survived by her husband; sons, Ronald Wicks of round Rock, Kenneth Wicks of Garwood, Craig Dabney and Nelson Dabney, both of Eagle Lake, Wayne Dabney of Houston; daughters, Brenda Eaton of Garwood, Vickie Wicks of Weimar and Pricilla Dabney of Eagle Lake; grandmother Beatrice Johnson of Garwood; a brother, Otis Carter of Wharton; seven sisters, Betty Jean McAfee, Fannie Dunmore, Mammie Johnson and Sharon Johnson of San Antonio, Katie Johnson and Jo Johnson of Garwood and Evelyn Johnson of Eagle Lake; three aunts, Dorothy Carter of Garwood, Lola Montgomery of San Antonio and Cornelius Washington of Austin; two uncles; 21 grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother and brother.

Colorado County Citizen, May 4, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Daeschner, Don Wesley

Daeschner, Don Wesley

Don Wesley Daeschner, 76, passed away at his home in Columbus on July 28.

He was born August 31, 1932 to Milton Davis Daeschner and Rose Marie Hathaway in Houston where he lived for more than 60 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean War. He worked for Maxwell House as a Purchasing Manager in Houston and later for Buckeye Molding Company in New Vienna, Ohio.

He had many interests. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and friends. “He never met a stranger.” He was an avid reader with an inquiring mind and he always had something to share.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by daughters, Jeanette Marie Daeschner of Houston, Melanie Ann Pulos and husband Mark of Bellville; stepson, Edward McConnell Willy and wife Shani of San Antonio; brother, Richard Davis Daeschner and wife Mary of Rockport; sister, Rose Marie Ehrlich and husband Robert of Houston; grandchildren, Tara, Casey, Channing, Glenn and Paiten; great-grandchildren, Paige and Corbin and numerous nieces and nephews.

Burial and service arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Houston Public Library, museum, zoo, Baylor College of Medicine Research or favorite charity. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, August 4, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington. Photo courtesey of The Citizen


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Daley, Larry Carl


Larry Carl Daley, 43, of Brenham, passed away Jan. 9 in Louisiana.

He was born in Fort Smith, Ark., Feb. 6, 1962 to White Cloud and Stella Lorraine (Trotti) Daley and married Sheila Dybala, March 5, 1983. He served in the U.S. Marines and worked as a field technician for M.H. Pyramid in Katy.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife; mother; daughters, Stephanie Daley of Abilene and Tiffany and Barbara Daley of Brenham; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Lonny and Linda Daley and Ronny and Gigi Daley of Columbus.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 14 at the First Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Vernon Griffin and the Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were John Manning, Steven Hopper, Johnnie David, Charles Tompkins, Logan Daley and John L. Cufr.

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

Dallas, Unnamed Boy

Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Dallas in the loss of their boy baby who was born in Houston Sunday night and buried at Eagle Lake [Masonic Cemetery] on Monday. Many friends assembled at the family home to receive the little white casket, covered with lilies and white carnations, that held the blasted hopes of two families. Mrs. Ziegler is in Houston at the bedside of Mrs. Dallas. We extend sympathy to Capt. Ziegler and wife also, who looked forward with joyful expectations, to the coming of the first grand child.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 15,1909, page 2

Dallmeyer, Carl Fred

Funeral services for Carl Dallmeyer, 58, of Columbus were held Tuesday at the First Methodist Church, with the Rev. Richard Worringham officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Mr. Dallmeyer was born in Washington County on July 27, 1919, the son of Herman and Mollie Fuchs Dallmeyer. On Nov. 25, 1966 he married Juanita Benegas. He was a heavy equipment operator for Lone Star Industries, and was a resident of Columbus for 26 Years. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He died in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital Feb. 5. Survivors include his wife, of Columbus; one daughter, Mrs. Joyce Klozik of Flatonia; 5 step-daughters, Angelina Powers of Imley City, Mich., Phenny Mayhugh of San Antonio, Felicia Rau of LaPeer, Mich., Beatrice Pujek of Davison, Mich., and Marie Lamb of Imley City, Mich.; 5 step-sons, Jake Rameriz of Imley City, Mich., Paul Rameriz of La Peer, Mich., Raymond Rameriz of La Peer, Mich., Manuel Rameriz of Columbus; 3 sisters; 2 brothers, 4 grandchildren and 9 step-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Sammie Dantone, Jerry Faldyn. Elo Stock, Randy Mayhugh, Roy Pulido and Louis Nieman.

The Colorado County Citizen, Feb 9, 1978
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Dallmeyer, Juanita “Janie” (Banegas)


Juanita (Janie) Dallmeyer, 76, of Davison, Mich., passed away June 5.

She was born in Rosebud to Manuel and Telesfora (Arquello) Banegas on June 25, 1928. She spent most of her life in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Dallmeyer; son, Manuel Ramirez; brother, Pete Banegas; and grandsons, Dewayne, Darrell and Jacob Ramirez.

She is survived by brothers, Natividad Banegas of Columbus, Trinidad Banegas of Pinehurst, Jesse Banegas of Columbus; sisters, Tina Gonzalez and Lupe Rodriguez of Dallas.

Funeral services were conducted June 9 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Ryan and Troy Banegas, Stephen Whittington, J.J. Hernandez, Manuel Ramirez, Alan Peters and Gary Sutton.

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Diabetes Association.

The Colorado County Citizen, June 16, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Dalton, Nathan Jr.


Nathan Dalton Jr., 59, of Columbus, passed away, Nov. 12 at his residence.

He was born in Hayard, Ky., May 23, 1951 to Helen (Combs) and Nathan Dalton Sr. He worked as a truck driver for Matlack Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter, Sonnie Kay Dalton.

He is survived by daughter, Shelley Dalton of Houston; sisters, Linda Thornton of Cold Springs, Debbie Hodges of Clear Lake and Donna Odum of Pasadena; and brothers, Charles Cornett of Columbus, Gary Clay of Lexington, Ky., Scotty Cornett of Deer Park, Kenneth Cornett of Santa Fe and John Cornett of Deer Park.

Funeral services are planned for Saturday, Nov. 20 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. The Rev. Jeffrey Marsh is scheduled to officiate. No burial is scheduled.

Colorado County Citizen, November 16, 2010

Daly, Evelyn Augusta (Braden)


Evelyn Augusta Braden Daly, 91, of Galveston, passed away March 29.

She was born in 1914 to Herman and Elizabeth Jacobs Braden in Columbus where she attended Colum-bus High School. She was a member of many clubs, served as a business manager and editor of the yearbook and graduated salutatorian of her class. She was Miss Columbus in 1932 and attended the University of Texas. She was also a member of Mortar Board, Orange Jackets, Good Fellows and Chi Omega. She graduated summa cum laude in 1936.

Later, she worked as a nutritionist at UTMB and married Elbert Thomas Daly in 1940. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, the Altar Society and was a Cub Scout den mother.

She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth B. Carter, of San Antonio; sons, Thomas Braden and Nancy Perich Daly, of Houston, Michael Edward and Nanette Brecher Daly, of Spring, Patrick James and Julia Forsythe Daly, of Coppell and Mark Alan and Joan Shepherd Daly, of Cypress; grandchildren, Eve, Paul, Anne and her husband Matthew Hagan, James, Rose, Jean Clare Daly, Quintin and Erin Daly, Allison, John and Ellen Daly; great-grandchildren, John Thomas and Tyler Joseph; and 11 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., April 1, at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father John Paul Flajole, OFM, officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dickinson.

Pallbearers were Douglas Jerome Daly, Robert Timothy Daly, Charles Adrian Mattei, Joseph Braden Mattei, Angelo Urbani and Patrick Smith. Honorary pallbearer was Leon Dreyfus.

In lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church Restoration Fund, 1010 35th St., Galveston, TX 77550, or Hospice Care Team, Inc., 1708 Amburn, Ste C, Texas City, TX 77591.

Colorado County Citizen, Aprik 6, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

D’Amico, Brenda S.

Brenda S. D'Amico

Brenda S. D'Amico, 50, of Altair, formerly of Byram, New Jersey passed away Tuesday, February 13 in Houston.

She was born April 29, 1956 in Santa Paula, California.

Brenda was a Registered Nurse and was of the Christian faith.

Survivors include her parents, Warren Schneider and Beth Sipes of Sheridan; husband, Frank M. D'Amico of Altair; two sons, Richard D'Amico of Altair and Andrew D'Amico of Netcong, New Jersey; brother, Alan "Tige" Schneider of Sheridan; sister, Linda Schneider of Sheridan; and other relatives and loved ones.

Services were held Saturday, February 17 at Eagle Lake Funeral Home in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home. [Cremated]

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 22nd, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Damon, Charles Prentiss

Our deepest sympathy is extended Mr. and Ms. Sam P. Damon of Smithville in the death of their little twelve months’ old son, Charles Prentiss, which occurred at their home in Smithville Tuesday morning. The little casket was brought here on the early Cane Belt train Wednesday morning, the funeral taking place at three o’clock in the afternoon from the residence of Mr. T. W. Davis; interment in the Masonic cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 9, 1907, page 3

Damro, Alvina

Mrs. Damrow, the aged mother of Mrs. Theo. Havemann of the Content neighborhood, died Wednesday and was buried the following day. [Place of interment Weimar Odd Fellows] She was fully 80 years old, a lady of many excellent traits, and beloved by all who knew her. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, February 2, 1901, page 2

Dancy, Anna (Nichols)

Anna Dancy, 83, died Sunday, April 10, 1994, at her Garwood residence.

Born Dec. 6, 1910, in Colorado County, she was the daughter of Austin and Martha Nichols and attended school in Vox Populi. On March 19, 1946, she married Jerry Dancy. Mrs. Dancy was a long-time member of South Point Baptist Church in Vox Populi.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 16, at South Point Baptist Church with Rev. H. Aldridge officiating. Interment followed in William Paradise Cemetery, Vox Populi. Funeral services were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Roy Johnson, Audrey Carter, Melvin Bluntson, Roscoe Stevens, Royal Stevens and Tony Black. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Johnson, Maxie Calhoun, Lawrence Axel, Darryl Axel, Willie Johnson, Carl Johnson, Floyd Calhoun and Vernon Johnson.

Mrs. Dancy is survived by her Husband; two step-daughters, Thelma Axel of Garwood and Helen Calhoun of Houston; three brothers, Ernest Nichols, Oliver Nichols and Joe Nichols of Garwood; 13 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Dorothy Johnson; two sisters and four brothers.

Colorado County Citizen, April 20, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Dancy, Henry


Henry Dancy, 14 year old boy of Whidby Dancy and wife, colored residents of the Garwood section, was struck by an automobile in the road near Vox Populi at about 7:30 Sunday night.l He had been playing in the road with two other boys and all three started to run across the road from behind a standing truck. The other two got across the road, but Henry was struck by a passing car driven by Bert Hoag. He was picked up by Mr. Hoag immediately and taken to Garwood for medical aid but the doctor was out of town and the boy was hurriedly brought to Columbus.

He died late Sunday from the injuries. [Interment in Vox Populi Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, June 25, 1936

Dancy, Jeremiah “Jerry”

Jeremiah 'Jerry' Dancy passed away July 15.

Born December 16, 1910 in Vox Populi, he was the 14th child of Daniel and Alberta Williams Dancy.

'Jerry' attended school in Vox Populi and accepted Christ as his savior at an early age and united with South Point Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. W.L. Gibbs, where he was a faithful member until his health began to fail.

He loved his church and served as a Deacon on the Deacon Board, the church secretary, treasurer and Sunday School Superintendent for over 50 years.

In April of 1935, he was united in holy matrimony to Carrie Usher and to this union three children were born, Thelma, Helen and Jeremiah, Jr.

In March of 1946, he later remarried Anna Nichols and became stepfather to her daughter, Dorothy.

His parents; wives, Carrie and Anna; son, Jeremiah, Jr.; stepdaughter, Dorothy; six brothers; and seven sisters; preceded him in death.

'Jerry' leaves to cherish his memories and celebrate his life, two daughters, Thelma Axel of Garwood and Helen Calhoun of Houston; nine grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; 44 step great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; 51 step great-great grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 22 at 11 a.m. from South Point Baptist Church in Garwood with Rev. Dave Curry, pastor, officiating. Rev. Truman Scott, master of ceremony.

Interment followed in Williams Paradise Cemetery in Vox Populi. Final arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Daryl Axel, Jeremy Axel, Lawrence Axel, Floyd Calhoun, Jr., Maxie Calhoun, Maxie Calhoun, Jr., and Brandon Graves.

Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of South Point Baptist Church.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 27, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Dancy, Joe Leonard

Eagle Lake Youth Is Killed in Cycle Crash

A 20-year-old Eagle Lake man was killed instantly at 6:40 p.m. Sunday when his motorcycle hit a highway sign near the Eagle Lake Recreation Center on Hwy. 90A.

The victim, Joe Loyce Dancy, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace M. M. Jones who ruled accidental death.

The collision was almost head-on, all but tearing off Dancy's right arm and breaking his neck.

Police Roy Chisum, who investigated, assisted by Officer Buford Ashley and Highway Patrolman Rodney Green, said Dancy's body landed 45 feet from the sign and that the motorcycle went end over end 210 feet from the spot. Dancy's helmet and one shoe were found on the opposite side of the four-lane road.

Dancy was a 1973 graduate of Rice Consolidated High School at Altair and was an employee of Lone Star Industries in that area.

His funeral was set for Wednesday, this week. [Interment in Rising Star Cemetery]

The Weimar Mercury, September 25, 1975
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Dancy, John

John Dancy, Well Known Colored Man Died Tuesday

John Dancy, one of the old and well known colored citizens of this section, was buried in the colored cemetery last Tuesday. He had been in ill health for some time past. John Dancy had spent his entire life in this section and was well known to many people, both white and black, throughout this secedtion [sic]. John was a+

farmer and has farmed for various plantation owners throughout this community. He is survived by many relatives, quite a number of whom are with the American army in France. [Place of interment unknown] [Death certificate gives place of burial as Eagle Lake. Also states that he was the son of Nathan and Fanny Dancy]

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 12, 1918

Dancy, Sam, Jr.

Sam Dancy Jr., 72, of Eagle Lake, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 1994, in a Houston hospital.

Born July 4, 1922, in Calhoun, he was the son of Sam Sr. and Annie (Gordon) Dancy. On Dec. 28, 1945, he married Elnor Davis. Mr. Dancy was a retired welder who had been a long-time resident of Eagle Lake. He was a member of White Cloud Baptist Church in Eagle Lake, the local Masonic Lodge AF&AM and was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Funeral services were held Nov. 5, at White Cloud Baptist Church with Rev. O.B. Rhodes officiating. Interment followed in Rising Star Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, was in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were Oliver Thomas, Malcolm Thomas, Edward Thomas, Raymond Thomas, Victor Davis, Craig Davis, Gerry Henderson and David Henderson. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Davis, Leonard Davis, Jeff Curtis Davis, Robert Davis, Billy Amos, Kevin Henderson, Lester Dancy and Thomas Glover.

Mr. Dancy is survived by daughters, Betty Fay Smith of Wharton and Odessa Dancy and Katherine Green, both of Missouri city; sons Sam Dancy III of Columbus, Ray Charles Dancy of Victoria and Willie N. Dancy and Richard Lee, both of Eagle Lake; brothers Harold Boneta Dancy and Jimmie Lyons, also both of Eagle Lake; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, in 1972; a son, Joe Leonard Dancy; grandson Mike Dancy; three sisters and one brother.

Colorado County Citizen, November 9, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Danforth, Waldeen "Dee" (Townley)

Waldeen “Dee” Townley Danforth

August 23, 1938 - February 14, 1993

Mrs. Waldeen "Dee" Townley Danforth, age 54, of Houston passed away Sunday, February 14, 1993 in Houston. "Dee" was born, August 23, 1938, in Yoakum to Waldo Townley and Grace M. Morrow Townley. She graduated from Reagan High School in 1955. She had been associated with Theater Suburbia for several years and she retired from Riseden Services Inc., where she served as Comptroller.

She was preceded by death by her mother, Mrs. Grace Morrow Townley, in 1991. Survivors include her husband, Lester Danforth of Houston; father, Waldo Townley of Houston; children Laura Granberry and Brenda Meyers, both of Houston, Wendy Danforth of Tulsa, OK. DJ. Phillips of Lufkin; brother, James Townley of Atlanta, GA.; six grandchildren, and other relatives and loved ones. Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 17, at 10 a.m., from the Chapel of Pat H. Foley Funeral Home in Houston with Rev. Dow Harleston, pastor of Westberry Methodist Church, officiating. Graveside services and interment followed at 2 p.m., Wednesday, at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with Rev. Larry Bailey, pastor of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church, officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Rick Riseden, Mac Thompson, LJ. Petrovic, Pete Phillip, Lalo Porto and Dan Linnet. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; February 18, 1983
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Dangler, Joseph Edward “Ed”

Joseph "Ed" Dangler

Funeral services for Joseph Edward "Ed" Dangler were conducted from Christ Episcopal church Saturday afternoon with Rev. George Welsch officiating. Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery following cremation under the direction of Mill-Bauer Funeral Home.

Dangler died at 9:10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

He was born in Greenville, Ohio on July 15, 1905. He was a Seabrook resident for over 30 years and resided in Eagle Lake for the past four years.

Dangler was the former manager of the Sears store in Baytown for many years and retired after 16 years of service as postmaster for Seabrook.
He married Martha Fontaine Flourney in Weatherford on Feb. 13, 1944.

Dangler was an active member of the Seabrook Kiwana and Rotary Club and played a major role in the development of the Seabrook, Clear Lake and NASA areas for many years. He was noted for his work with the Seabrook Bi-Centennial Celebration and was honored by having a street named after him. He is survived by his wife, Martha of Eagle Lake, two daughters, Nancy Lang and her husband T. Lang of Eagle Lake. and Margaret Elizabeth Adams and her husband Ed of Alabama; a son Joseph Edward Dangler Jr. and his wife Norma of Louisiana; two sisters, Grace Dangler of Florida and Gertrude Babcock of Ohio; and five grandchildren. Jeff and Joe T. Lang, Rebecca Adams, Dash Adams II and Martha Fontain Adams.

Pallbearers al the funeral were Piere Lapeyre of Houma, La., Robert Samuel Martin, Walter Thomas of Seabrook. Wayne Lawson of Seabrook. Dr. Raymond Thomas. Ray Martin of Houston, Douglas Reed of Houston, Gene Lundquist of Webster and Wayne Bihm of Louisiana.

Colorado County Citizen, October 1, 1981, page 2

Daniel, Enos

Mr. Enos Daniel,died at the residence of his son, in this county on the 10th inst, in the eighty-ninth year of his age. For a quarter of a century he has been a good citizen of this county, and in his demise he leaves numerous relatives and friends to mourn his loss. He was buried in the City Cemetery at this place on the 11th instant, from the residence of Mr. P E. Farmer.

Colorado Citizen, May 25, 1882

Daniel, Enos R.

MR. ENOS R. DANIEL, an old and esteemed citizen of the county, died at Glidden last Saturday, and his remains were committed to earth in the city cemetery last Sunday, Elder A. J. Nave officiating,in the absence of the pastor. The CITIZEN tenders bereaved relatives sincere condolence.

Colorado Citizen, September 17, 1891, page 3

Daniel, Pennia E.

We chronicle with regret the death of Mrs. P. E. DANIEL, consort of Mr. W. B. Daniel, of this city on the 16th instant. Deceased was born in Nash county, N. C., on the 29th September, 1836. She was a lady much esteemed for her many virtues of hand and heart and was noted for her domestic qualities and love of home. On Tuesday her remains were followed to their last resting place by sorrowing friends and relatives, and interred in the city cemetery.

“Oh! who could wish thy longer stay
In such a world as this,
Since thou has gained the realms of day
Amid pure, undying bliss?”

Colorado Citizen, October 19, 1882, page 3

Daniels, Cynthia

Alleyton, Tex., April 15.--Mrs. Cynthia DANIELS died here Saturday morning. She was 84 years old, and one of the old Texans, and has been drawing a pension for years. [Place of interment unkinown]

Dallas Morning News, April 17 1889, Page 6

Daniels, James Williamson

James Daniels Buried In Family Plot

Funeral services were held at two o'clock Saturday afternoon, September 23, 1946, at the First Baptist church in Columbus for James Williamson Daniels, who was born in Columbus July 19, 1860, and died at the home 2704 Brazos, Houston, at 1:45 p.m. September 26, Rev. W. MN. Davis, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiated.

Mr. Daniels was the son of Amanda Fitzgerald and James Williamson Daniels and the grandson of William and Rebecca Fitzgerald, pioneer settlers of Colorado County, who set aside a portion of their estate to be used as a burial ground [Fitzgerald Cemetery] by people living in Shaw's Bend. It was here in the family plot, that Mr. Daniels was buried.

As his mother died when he and his sister, Sallie, were small, the children were reared by their grandmother, who willed the old homestead in Shaw's Bend to them. On December 27, 1885, Mr. Daniels married Lena Hundt, who died on February 8, 1930. Mr. Daniels was a cattleman and farmer and had a reputation for being a shrewd trader. In 1917, the family moved to Houston.

Mr. Daniels is survived by his daughters, Mrs. Fay Oakes, Mrs. A. R. Payte and Miss. Irma Daniels, all of Houston; two sons, Emory H. Daniels, Houston, and Clarence E. Daniels, Long Beach, California; a brother, Victor Daniels, Corpus Christi. Other survivors are three granddaughters, Mrs. A. D. Sexias, Mrs. J. J. Clayton and Miss Fay Aline Payte, one grandson, Emory H. Daniels, Jr. and a great-grandson, James A. Clayton all of Houston. Numerous relatives are living in Columbus. The only two members of the family of his generation now living are his cousins, Mrs. Nora Neavitt Goodson of San Antonio and Mrs. Laura Shaw Towell of Houston.

Among those present at the funeral from out of town, besides members of the immediate family, were Durell Carothers, Billy H. Towell, Mesdames J. W. Towell, Carey Shaw, H. W. Carothers, D, Hahn McKay, J. E. Gamble, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stuckley and Misses Ina Mae Towell and Zue Belle Shaw of Houston and R. H. Towell of Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Weldon, Jack and Clifford Leyendecker, Marvin Lange, Ellis Miller and Forrest Brooks.

Colorado County Citizen, October 3, 1946
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Daniels, Lena (Hundt)

Houston Lady Brought Here for Burial Sunday

The earthly remains of Mrs. Lena Daniels were brought here for burial last Sunday and funeral services were held at the residence of Mrs. Adam Leyendecker at three o'clock, Rev. H. D. Swearingen of Lissie officiating. Interment was made in the Shaws Bend [Fitzgerald] cemetery.

Mrs. Daniels departed this life at her home at 2704 Brazos St., Houston, at 1:15 o'clock Saturday morning at the age of 69.

She was a former resident of Shaws Bend.

She is survived by the husband, Mr. J. W. Daniels, three daughters, Mrs. Fay Oakes, Mrs. A. R. Payte and Miss Irma Daniels of Houston, two sons, Emory of Houston and Clarence of Long Beach, Calif., four grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. John Lange and Mrs. Adam Leyendecker of this city.

Pall bearers were Messrs. J. H.Willrodt, Henry Kuhn, Henry Buescher, Frank Auerbach, Harvey G. Hope, Ed Rudicil, W.R. Sronce and E. J. Brune

Colorado County Citizen, February 13, 1930

Daniels, Si

There were two funerals among the colored people Sunday afternoon. Si Daniels, a negro man, was one, and the other was the wife of Grant North, colored porter at the depot, who died at San Antonio Saturday, following an operation and long illness. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, June 4, 1909, page 4

Danklefs, Hilda (Lundquist)


The entire community was saddened Tuesday afternoon when word was received stating that Mrs. Elmer Danclifs[sic] had passed away. Mrs. Danclifs[sic] who was before her marriage Miss Hilda Lundquist, was reared in the Colter community and had many friends here. The family moved to Elgin about two years ago.

Mrs. Danclifs[sic] is survived by her husband and three small children. The grief stricken parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Lundquist, one sister, Mrs. E. E. Engstrom. four brothers, Dave, Carl and Arthur of Garwood and Oscar of Elgin [survive]. A number of relatives and friends from here attended the funeral.

Colorado County Citizen, March 19, 1931, page 6

Dannelley, Florence (Ector)

Mrs. Florence Dannelley, 87, passed away Wednesday, June 6, at her Eagle Lake residence after a sudden illness.  She was born in New Boston, Texas on March 31, 1903, to Joseph and Juanita Lennox Ector.  She attended local schools, later graduating from Texas Womens University in Dallas.  Prior to retirement at age 75, Mrs. Dannelley spent most of all her life teaching and working with children.  She distinguished herself through her work with the Dallas Society for Crippled Children where she served as a Speech Therapist and in Child Evaluations.  She was a member of the Baptist Church and had been living in Eagle Lake at her daughters home since December of 1989.  She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Mrs. Merle Pickens and her husband, Henry Dannelley.  Survivors include daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Larson, Earlville, Ill., Mrs. John (Jodie) Canaris, Eagle Lake.  Brother, Joe Ector, San Antonio.  Three grandchildren, John Terry Canaris, Dallas, Jane Stoll, Redland, Ca, Rev. Jim Larson, Chicago, Ill.  Five great-grandchildren, other relatives and loved ones.  Following visitation for local family and friends, the remains were taken to the Restland Funeral Home in Dallas where funeral services followed Monday, June 11, from the Restland's Wildwood Chapel.  Interment followed at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.  Mrs. Dannelley's grandson, Rev. Jim Larson officiated the services.

Colorado County Citizen, June 6, 1990
Submitted by David Hahn

Dannels, Marilyn Corrine (Scogins)

Marilyn Corrine Dannels

Marilyn Corrine Dannels, born August 26, 1923 in Moline, Kansas, passed away quietly and peacefully in her sleep Sunday, March 30.

She was born to Perl Eugene Scogins and Jaxie Arron Smith.

Marilyn was an only child.

She grew up in Kansas, graduating high school at Winfield, Kansas. Following high school she moved to Kansas City to attend design school, following which she moved to California to persue her design career, working for Edith Head for awhile.

Marilyn married and moved back to Kansas to raise a family of three children. Following her divorce, she taught ballroom dancing at Arthur Murry School of Dance. Following that she studied and became a draftsman for Boeing Aircraft in Wichita, Kansas.

She met and married Jack S. Dannels in July of 1953 and the entire family moved to Eagle Lake.

Marilyn was artistic in all her endeavors, but her passion was in the teaching of ballroom dancing, Bishop sewing classes, duplicate bridge, and painting. For the past 25 years, she studied and taught oil painting. She received numerous awards for her art across the area.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her only son, Mike Dannels; and her oldest grandson, Trip Clipson.

Marilyn is survived by her husband Jack; her two daughters, Terry D. Stedman of Eagle Lake and Kay Niemeyer and husband, Victor John, of Knippa, Texas; grandchildren, Terah and Eli Lebow of San Antonio; and Casey and Robin Clipson of Harlingen, Texas; great-grandchildren, Courtney Clipson of Eagle Lake, Cassity and Colton Lebow of San Antonio; Corrie Wilson, Carlie and Caleb Clipson of Harlingen.

A private family interment will be held in lieu of funeral services.

Please make donations to the Rice Medical Center in lieu of flowers.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 3, 2008, page 4
Submitted by John Konesheck

Danyluk, John

John Danyluk, 56, Dies Unexpectedly; Rites Held Monday

Stricken as he prepared to drink a cup of coffee in the home of his neighbors, John Danyluk, 56-year-old Borden farmer, died a few seconds after a heart attack last Friday morning.

He had arrived at the Hugo Richter home as the Richters were eating breakfast, having come to help them lay some linoleum. He complained of feeling ill and asked them to take him to the doctor when they finished eating. Minutes later he slumped over dead.

Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church Monday morning, with Msgr. A. F. Drozd, Rev. Thomas Flanagan and Rev. Benton Thurmond officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Born in Europe, in what was then Austria, he came to this country with his widowed mother and a brother, now both dead, when he was 12 years old. They settled in the Borden section and he lived here the rest of his life. He was a bachelor, and after his mother’s death he had lived alone.

His only survivors are several step-brothers and step-sisters, among them Miss Mary Harbus of Baytown, Jim Harbus of Louise and Paul Harbus of San Diego, Calif.

Pallbearers for the funeral were Joe Sekerka, Frank Sekerka, Alfred J. Kainer, Frankie Harbus, Frank Kroboth and Hugo Richter.

Weimar Mercury, March 1, 1957, page 1

Danyluk, Nicolaus

Nicolaus Danyluk Is Claimed By Death

Mr. Nicolaus Danyluk, 39-year-old son of Mrs. Paraska Harbus of the Borden community, passed away at the family home one day last week and the remains were laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery the following day (Thursday), Rev. John Morkovsky officiating

Mr. Danyluk was born in Austria Aug. 12. 1898, and with his mother, then Mrs. Paraska Danyluk, came to this country when he was 16 years of age, together with a brother, John Danyluk. Soon after arrival in this country his mother was united in marriage to Mr. Harbus of the Borden community and the family has resided there ever since. That was in 1914. Mr. Danyluk was a single man and was well thought of by those who knew him. He several weeks ago went to San Antonio for an operation, and following this operation his condition grew worse rapidly, his death following the past week.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, May 21, 1937, page 1

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Darden, William John Jr.

Death of Hon W. J. Darden

Our little city was thrown into a state of gloom Sunday morning at the announcement that the Hon. W. J. Darden was found early that morning lying prone upon the dampened earth cold in the embrace of death. The particulars were soon learned, and the news rapidly spread throughout the town causing universal sorrow. He had been at Eagle Lake in this count they day before attending Court and returned home by the 10 o’clock express train. Sheriff Townsend was on the same train and assisted him to the street from the platform, the night being very dark and the infirmities of sight and carriage rendering such assistance necessary. At the request of Mr. Darden they halted and rested at the Rosenfield corner, and again on the porch at the Tooke house, so that deceased, as he expressed it, could “catch his breath.” Mr. Townsend left him at the hotel and it is presumed he remained there until the rain was over, or perhaps till early morning. He then attempted to reach his home, and was found next morning within a few yards of his gate on the side-walk. A jury of Inquest was held, who determined that he died of heart disease.

William J. Darden was born in Norfolk, Va., June 12, 1825. When he was fourteen years of age his father removed to Washington City and Mr. Darden received his education at Columbia College, D. C. graduating with distinction at the early age of nineteen. Removing to Texas, he was married at the age of twenty-one to Miss Fannie A. D. Baker, daughter of Gen. Mosely Baker, she being at that time seventeen years of age. They were married January 26th, 1847. Two children, boys, blessed the union, the older of whom died at the age of four years and the youngest at twenty-four. The family removed to Columbus in 1852, where they have since resided. Deceased twice represented Colorado county in the Legislature before the war, was a consistent member of St. John’s Episcopal Church at this place, being a Vestryman of the parish at its organization, and continued in the position, to the close of his life. He was an unassuming christian gentleman. At the breaking out of the war he entered Capt. John C. Upton’s company (B) as a private, and was a gallant members of Hood’s Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia, until disabled by wounds from serving his country. He was an ardent lover of the South and her institutions, and overcome all physical infirmities with a fixedness of purpose remarkable in order to serve her. At one time, he was Quartermasters Sergeant, but always remitted his duties to another during the progress of a battle, and joined his comrades in the field. He was wounded and captured at Eltham’s Landing, and was also wounded and captured at Sharpsburg.

Since the war, broken in fortune and deeply grieved at the change in government, he has devoted himself to the practice of law, mixing little with the public save his immediate circle of friends, confining himself to his office and his home. Depending, as he did upon his home for his highest happiness, he was particularly fortunate in the selection of a wife. Generous in her nature, social in her tastes and cordial in her manner, she was his constant and congenial companion, and the proper and presiding spirit for the home he loved so well. Esthetic in taste, she took commendable pride in adorning and beautifying their little home, to which he always returned as to a haven of rest and of peace. At his office his splendid library was to him boon companionship. Thus the later years of his life have been spent, his wants simple and few, which were supplied at his office and his home. Deceased was the oldest member of the bar at this place, was an able man, learned not only in his profession, but having a rich store of information upon all subjects. He had a premonition of his early demise, and often spoke of it to his friends, seeming to regard it his rest from trouble, and the realization of the completeness of happiness.

In this community he was universally esteemed, as the saddened countenances of all last Sunday attested. The funeral was the largest we ever noticed in Columbus, the services being conducted at the house, the church and the grave [Odd Fellows Rest] by Rev. Mr. Howard of the Episcopal church, and by members of the Masonic fraternity.

“The words of sorrow redeem nothing from the grave,” and no words of sympathy can soothe the grief of his earliest love, his sorrowing companion. Offering our condolence, we think of the form of our cherished friend reposing in solemn stillness amid the shimmering gray and cold of the tomb, and of his spirit as supremely blest and at peace with the Father.

Colorado Citizen, June 2, 1881
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Darnell, Johnnie Lee

Johnnie Lee Darnell

Johnnie Lee Darnell, 39, of Eagle Lake, passed away Wednesday, February 22.

He was born February 12, 1967 in Odessa the son of Charles Lee and Ruby Matthews Darnell.

Johnnie was a heavy equipment operator and a member of the First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake.

Survivors include his parents; and a daughter, Kayla Darnell all of Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m. from the Eagle Lake Funeral Home Chapel with

Rev. Chris Thacker, pastor of First Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed in the Lakeside Mausoleum in Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Darrell Stancik, Butch Estlinbaum, Mike Ward, Mike Breichth, Howard Wilkerson and Ed Thomas.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 329, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.  

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

Daugherty, Lena


A few weeks since the body of a woman, torn to pieces by wild animals, was found in the Frelsburg section. There were very few clues as to her identity, no one apparently missing from this section, hence it looked as if identity of the body would never be revealed. However, the bones of the body, a few scraps of clothing, the woman's hat and a few articles of clothing were preserved. Several have gone to look at these slight clues, but up to the first of this week identity of the body had not been revealed.

However, the first of this week several citizens of Weimar began to remark and wonder what had become of a woman who made this city her head quarters for several months, sellling pencils and soliciting help from our citizens. She was afflicted with an incurable disease and said to have been a morphine fiend, besides. Our people helped her, and she spent most of her time here, although her wanderings carried her up and down the highway for many miles.

This woman left here the latter part of July or first of August and from that time until the present no word has ever come from her. She left a coat at her stopping place in Weimar, expecting to return for it later. Many people from time to time have wondered what became of the poor old soul.

By some mysterious telepathy several of our people this week began to connect this woman with the body found near Frelsburg and several have gone down to look at the ghastly relics in charge of Sheriff Jack Hillmer. A visit to the scene where the body was found, on Tuesday, revealed further evidence, and now the sheriff and other familiar with the circumstances believe it really and truly is the poor woman who made her home here at one time. Many bits of evidence point to this being true. One party living in Weimar who knew the woman better perhaps than anyone else will likely go down to Columbus in a day or two to look at the clothing, hat, etc., in an effort to identify same, which may or many not clea up the mystery.

Several of our people believe the woman begged a ride from someone, got over in the Frelsburg section, tried to make her way back to the highway on foot, became confused and lost, got down sick and died all alone in an abandoned cottage, her body possibly being torn to pieces fefore she died by wil animals. The woman evidently died early in August, and the body or skeleton, was not found until the first part of November. The next few days will doubtless bring forth additional and important particulars regarding this mystery.

Weimar Mercury, November 21, 1930


Mystery has drawn her shroud closer about the [woman's] skeleton found by Percy Kollmann on his father's farm near Frelsburg.

Mrs. Steve Heller, who with her husband operates a cafe at Weimar, viewed the mutilated bones that dogs or wolves had chewed and scattered over an acre of ground, and the clothing that is believed to have belonged to the dead woman, and told Sheriff T. W. Hillmer that she believed the skeleton is that of Mrs. Lena Daugherty, whom she has not seen since last June.

According to Mrs. Heller, Mrs. Daugherty, who was suffering from an incurable disease and had become a drug addict, left an overcoat in her keeping at Weimar last June. Mrs. Heller also told the sheriff that Mrs. Daughterty formerly operatd a hotel in Dallas, and that she was a widow and had parents living in Mineral Wells.

Sheriff Hilmer learned by phone from Police Chief Lawrence of Mineral Wells that he had located a man believed to be a brother of the lady and details will be sent by mail in the next few days.

In reply to a wire the Dallas chief of police reported that no one by the name of Mrs. Lena Daughterty was known there.

Is the woman Mrs. Daugherty? [burial place unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, November 27, 1930

Daughtrey, Herman Loyd (H. L.) Sr.

Herman Loyd (H. L.) Daughtrey Sr., 65, of Weimar, died Friday, Sept. 23, 1994.

Born March 26, 1929, in Burnet, he was the son of Willie E. and Lula L. (Nichols) Daughtrey. On July 24, 1951, he married Doris Stavinoha. Mr. Daughtrey was a retired self-employed truck driver and Baptist.

Funeral services were held Sept. 25, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Dennis Keen officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Daughtrey is survived by his wife of Weimar; sons and daughters-in-law, Herman and Betty Ann Daughtrey Jr. of Industry. Edward and Kathy Daughtrey of Industry and Alan and Kathy Daughtrey of Weimar; sisters, Lula Mae Parks and husband Jack of Sommerville, Eula Mae Carroll of Junction and Leta Anderwald of Bandera and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Colorado County Citizen, September 28, 1994
Translated by Dennis Boatright

Davenport, Clara Mae (Nitschmann)

Funeral For Mrs. Davenport Here Saturday

Funeral services for Clara Mae Davenport, 61, of sugar Land were held Saturday, June 23, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Robert H. Rezash officiated.

Mrs. Davenport died June 21, at 4 p.m. in Methodist Hospital at Houston, of ALS (Lou Gehrig disease).

Born July 22, 1928, in the Weimar area, she was the daughter of Henry and Caroline (Juergens) Nitschmann. She graduated from Weimar High School. On February 20, 1948, she was married to Jeff Davenport of Houston.

Her husband survives, along with two daughters and sons-in-law, Durinda and Gene Gardner of Sugar Land and Mitzi and Greg Ohl of Plano; five grandchildren, David and Olivia Gardner, Heidi, Travis and Ashley Ohl; her father, Henry Nitschmann Jr. of Weimar and her brother, Hilbert Nitschmann of Weimar. Her mother preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Eugene Nitschmann, Lawrence Rose, David McCoskey, Eugene Juergens, Harvey Lee and Charlie Huepers.

Weimar Mercury, June 28, 1990
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Davenport, Coleman


Both are Negroes; Davenport Shot in Back of Head on Waddell Farm at Noon Last Sunday.

Sam Benson, a negro was arrested last Sunday by Constable J. M. Callison and Deputy Sheriff W. M. Conner on a charge of murder.

Benson is charged with shooting to death Coleman Davenport, a negro who lived on Judge W. S. Strickland’s place in the bottom.

The killing took place on the Thatcher place, now the J. L. Waddell farm, about 12 o’clock last Sunday.

Only one shot was fired. Davenport being shot in the back of the head with a load of bird shot fired from a shotgun. From best accounts it seems that Davenport was sitting in the front door of a house when the shot that caused his death was fired from somewhere within the house.

After the shooting Benson left the scene, and was apprehended by the officers later in the day on the Matthews farm. He was brought to Eagle Lake and here turned over to Sheriff John F. Wegenhoft of Columbus who came down for the prisoner and took him back to Columbus and lodged him in the county jail. [Placeof interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 7, 1919, page 1

Davenport, Douglas H.


Funeral services were held for Douglas H. Davenport Saturday, August 16 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. H. V. Brannon officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Davenport was born March 8, 1921 in Humble to Lee Davenport and Katherine McKey Davenport. He married Frances Reeh Davenport February 25, 1948.

He was a gravel pit field foreman for Parker Brothers. The lodge he was affiliated with were Columbus V.F.W. and Woodman of the World. He was in WW II-Navy.

Survivors, include one daughter, June Davenport Rutta of Corpus Christi, one son Karl Douglas Davenport of Columbus; four sisters, Bessie Murphee and Gayle Mason both of Cuero, Ethel Taylor of Houston, and Clarkye Hanks of Athens; and one granddaughter, Karia Davenport of Katy.

Pallbearers were Tom Teague, Dan Kovar, Edgar Horndt, Benny Isgrig, Bob Perrard and Raymond Zajicek.

Colorado County Citizen, August 21, 1986

Davenport, George

Sheridan News.

Died, last Friday, the 9th inst., at 4 p.m., Geo. Davenport, the 17-year-old step son of C. S. Woodward of this place. Deceased had been in bad health for several months with catarrh of the lungs, but had improved to the extent that hopes were being entertained for his speedy and complete recovery. But suddenly he was taken worse on Friday evening, and died within a very few minutes, only members of his immediate family being at his bedside when he breathed his last. His remains were laid to rest in the Sheridan cemetery Saturday evening, Rev. Young, Methodist minister of Rock Island, conducting the funeral service. deep and sincere regret is expressed on every hand over his untimely death. To the bereaved relatives our heart felt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, July 16, 1909, page 8

David, Sallie L. (Strahan)

Mrs. Sallie David, wife of Mr. R. A. David, died at her home in Winters, Runnels county, last Saturday morning of pneumonia. The remains were brought to Eagle Lake on the Cane Belt Monday morning, being met at the station by a large number of friends of the deceased and the member of the Woodmer[sic] Circle, and were taken to the Christian church were services were held at 3 o’clock in the afternoon by Rev. Mr. Murphy, the Christian minister. At the Lakeside cemetery the funeral ceremony was conducted by the ladies of the Woodman Circle according to the ritual of that order. Mrs. David, with her family, formerly lived near Ramsey’s Point, in this county, having moved to Winters about ten years ago. She was a niece of Mr. J. R. Strahan and a cousin of Mrs. R. G. Delano, and leaves hosts of friends throughout this community who were pained to learn of her death. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Viola Curry and Miss Carrie Bell David, and one son, Leslie, to whom the HEADLIGHT extends its sincere sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 19, 1910, page 2

David, William

William David was born in Stokes county, North Carolina; November 19, 1799 and died at his residence in Colorado county June 8, 1876. The deceased immigrated to Texas in the year 1837[?], and settled in this county, where he lived until his death. As a citizen of Colorado county, he has borne a spotless reputation in private as well as public life. At a time in this county when merit claimed and received its reward, he was elected to the office of Chief Justice of Colorado county and discharged the duties of his office with great credit to himself and his constituents. Other offices of trust were committed to his care with like results. Since passing the meridian of life, he retired from public duties and led a quiet and peaceful life, in the full enjoyment of home association and employed his time in the more delightful pursuits of husbandry and stock growing. He was entirely resigned when the summons came and announced his sudden departure. He called his dear children around his bed and begged and admonished them to avoid every temptation that might leave a stain upon their character, and to so [unreadable] when the Messenger came they would not fear to die. He leaves an aged companion to mourn the loss of his society and affections in the winter of her life [unreadable] ever-ruling Providence will afford a "balm for every wound."

Thus Colorado has lost another of her time worn citizens who, like "giant oaks," have stood the storms of nearly forty years while Texas struggled to be free. The writer, who conducted the funeral services at the burial ground, was led to admonish all that in "the trials of life we are in death" and the words of the poet ran through our mind—

"Ye proud and [unreadable] young and gay Who drink the spirit of the garden day; And triumph in existence, come within [unreadable] And in the mouldering corpse your picture see. What you and all must soon or later be."

Williamson Daniels
Alleyton, June 12, 1876

[William David's burial place is unknown.]

Colorado Citizen, June 15, 1876
Contributed by Susan Glover

Davidge, Martha Emily (Robbins)

IN MEMORIAM.—Mrs. Mattie E. Davidge departed this life Saturday last, at her residence, after all[sic] illness of two weeks. She leaves three small sons, a devoted sister and a number of loving friends to mourn her loss. Her husband preceded her to the better land eight or nine years, since which time she has heroically struggled with fate, and won the lasting regard of all who knew her. Truly it seems incomprehensible to us who see through the glass darkly, that one so nobly capacitated[sic] to perform her earthly mission should have been called from her life’s work while her sun was still rising =in pristine splendor. She was a consistent member of the Episcopal Church, and last Sunday her body was consigned to its last rest place [Odd Fellows Rest] by that impressive burial service, the Rev. C. H. Howard officiating. The bereaved sister and orphaned boys have our tenderest sympathy. We sorrow with them in their irreparable loss, though their beloved relative has now entered “the beautiful land of rest.”

Colorado Citizen, June 30, 1881, page 3

Davidson, Alma Helen (Miller)

Alma Davidson, life long resident here, dies

Mrs. Alma Helen Davidson, life long resident of Eagle Lake, passed away Saturday morning at her residence after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services for Mrs. Davidson were held Monday at 2 p.m. from the Mill-Bauer Chapel with the Reverend Charles Runk officiating and Mrs. Lorena Matthews serving as organist.

Pallbearers were T. J. Smith, W. C. Alley, Doyle Waldrop, J. O. Stein, Vic Scott and Mike Beard. Honorary pallbearers were Dale Cassady, Roy Van Nort, A. W. Kohleffel, Simon Sinclair, Louis Muzny, Lloyd Spalinger, Dr. R. R. Thomas, Jim Clipson, Harold Thomas and Albert Putejovsky.

Interment followed at the Lakeside Cemetery.

Alma Helen Davidson was born to William G. Miller and Helen Teetzen on October 2, 1908 in Lissie. She married Sam J. Davidson on March 15, 1931. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Davidson was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Gus and Ernest. She is survived by her husband, Sam J. Davidson; daughter, Ernie Sommerlatte and husband Lonnie; sisters Polly Sens of Eagle Lake, Emma Ledbetter of Brenham, Freida Tallas of Bay City and Elsie Tubbs of Houston; her grandchildren Debbie Mascheck of Houston, Keith Sommerlatte of San Marcos and numerous nieces and nephews and other loved ones.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home.

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

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 10, 1983

Davidson, Barbara (Reese)


Barbara Reese Davidson, 84, of Eagle Lake, passed away 6 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24, at the Columbia Gulf Coast Medical Center Hospital in Wharton.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Colorado County born in Eagle Lake on Dec. 29, 1919 to Russell Herbert Reese, Sr. and Cora Mae Forrest Reese. She was a graduate of Eagle Lake High School Class of 1939 and a member of Christ Episcopal Church of Eagle Lake. She and Frank Norman Davidson were married on May 17, 1941 at Christ Episcopal Church. Until 1974, Barbara worked as a sales clerk and bookkeeper for Albert's Variety Store and later Fink's Variety Store of Eagle Lake.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Eleanor Reese McCreary; brothers, Franklin Forrest Reese and Russell Herbert Reese Jr.

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Nancy Marie Davidson Rogers and husband, Barry Wayne of Fairport, N.Y.; sisters, Mildred Reese Carlile of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Helen Reese Warnken and husband, Albert of Erik, Okla.; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Wayne Rogers and wife, Sarah of Kalamazoo, Mich., Tina Marie Rogers of Jacksonville, Fla.; two great grandchildren, Nathaniel David Rogers and Michael Wayne Rogers, both of Kalamazoo, Mich.; nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones including, brother-in-law, Joe Lee McCreary, Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, from Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Stephen R. Whitfield officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Friends and family are encouraged to send memorials to the Christ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 577, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434 or your favorite charity

Colorado County Citizen, September 8, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Davidson, Jack Young

Funeral Rites For Former Resident Held Here Saturday

Relatives and friends were shocked and deeply grieved Saturday when the news of the death of Jack Young Davidson was announced in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Davidson had made his home at Calvert for the past five years. He had suffered an attack of acute influenza on January 12, but had seemingly recovered. He had been at work in the drug store where he was pharmacist. His brother, Sam Davidson, of Huntsville, who had spent almost a seek with him, returned home Wednesday of last week.

About four o'clock Friday afternoon, Mr. Davidson had just finished filling a prescription, when collapsed. Friends who were near rendered immediate aid but to no avail. He failed to regain consciousness and passed away in a few hours. His death was attributed to cerebro [sic] hemorrhage.

Jack Davidson was born at Alleyton in Colorado County, June 7, 1885. He finished the Eagle Lake High School and later attended Baylor University at Waco. In 1910 he graduated from Baylor University Medical School at Dallas in Pharmacy. He held many responsible positions in his chosen profession at various points over the state. During his late residence in Calvert, he drew about him a large circle of close friends who are numbered among those who mourn his home going.

The body arrived here Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock and was placed in the first Baptist Church of which he had been one of the earliest members. During his three-year residence in Kingsville, he served as superintendent of the Sunday School of the First Baptist Church. Impressive rites were conducted here at four o'clock with the local pastor, the Rev. Vernon Yearby officiating, assisted by the Rev. G. A. Schulze pastor of the Methodist Church.

Mrs. J. R. Laughlin presided at the instrument rendering a number of consoling hymns. A special male quartet composed of rev. Schulze, Martin Hale, Gerald Shirley and Barney Davis gave the comforting hymns "Rock of Ages" and "Asleep in Jesus." The last sad rites of committal were conducted in the Masonic Cemetery.

Casket bearers were B. F. Purl and J. H. Middleton of Calvert, D. S. Taylor, Winn Poole, Jake Wood and A. H. Seaholm. Many beautiful floral tributes adorned his last resting place.

Surviving relatives include three sisters. Mrs. Maggie Putney, Miss Mollie Davidson of Eagle Lake and Mrs. R. L. Cox of Houston, also two brothers --Frank N. Davidson of Eagle Lake and Sam Davidson of Huntsville. Many other distant relatives and hosts of friends throughout this section mourn his passing.

Mr. Davidson is the first of a family of six to die and he was the youngest member of his family circle. His father and mother, Dr. and Mrs. J. K. Davidson and a favorite uncle, Dr. F. O. Norris preceded him to the grave.

It was fitting that the body of Jack Davidson should be brought home and placed to rest in the community where he grew up as a lad and where he was much beloved. He possessed qualities of mind and heart that endeared him to many.

In his adopted home he was considered a valued employee and had developed scores of friends. Although he left his old hometown many years ago, he maintained a deep interest its happenings and remained a regular and consistent reader of the Headlight throughout the years.

His going leaves a vacancy is his family and also in his circle of friendships that cannot be replaced, to all of whom the Headlight offers comforting sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 6, 1942
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Davidson, Jane Elizabeth (Norris)

Beloved Citizen of Eagle Lake is Buried Saturday

A gloom of sorrow was cast over our town and entire community when it was learned on last Saturday morning that Mrs. J. K. Davidson, one of Eagle Lake's old and highly respected citizens was dead.

Mrs. Davidson's death was sudden, and a great shock to her husband and family and friends. She had gone to the home of her relatives, Mr. J. T. Carney's home, for a visit and while sitting in a rocking chair talking and laughing, she suffered a sudden stroke of paralysis, and sank into unconsciousness from which she never rallied. She was removed to the family home where she died at 3 o'clock Saturday morning.

Mrs. Davidson was one of the best women in the world, a woman of the old Southern type, and was loved and highly esteemed by every person who knew her. She was born in Dallas county, Alabama, on October 16th, 1848, and before her marriage to Dr. Davidson, was Miss Jane Elizabeth Norris. She and Dr. Davidson were married in Clark County, Alabama, on August 12th., 1869, and on that date in the month of August just past they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. She moved to Texas with her husband in 1875, and settled at Alleyton where they remained for about a year and from that place moved to Eagle Lake where she continued to make her home until the time of her death.

She united with the Baptist church while a girl in Alabama and has always lived a consistent Christian life. She was devoted to her church, her family and her friends. She was a woman of education and refinement. She was a devoted wife and a loving, tender mother, and in her death one of Eagle Lake's best citizens has passed on to her home beyond.

Besides her heart-broken husband, Mrs. Davidson is survived by three daughters and three sons, Mrs. Maggie Putney, Miss Mollie Davidson, and Mrs. John Nash of Houston, Sam A. Davidson of Houston, Frank N. Davidson of Eagle Lake, county surveyor of Colorado county, and Jack V. Davidson of Kingsville, all of whom were here for the funeral.

The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon at four o'clock, with interment in the Masonic cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. E. B. McLaughlin of the Baptist church.

The Headlight joins the people of the entire community in extending to Dr. Davidson and his sons and daughters its deepest sympathy in their great sorrow and irreparable loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 20, 1919

Davidson, John King


Justice of the Peace Here For Many Years. Old Confederate Veteran, Is Dead.

As a ripened sheaf is gathered into the garner, even so Dr. J.K. Davidson old in years and honored by all who knew him, was transported by the silent boatman from the shores of Time to the shores of Eternity on last Sunday afternoon at half past three. There was not a struggle, and perhaps not a pain, to mark the close of the long pilgrimage on earth. The old soldier and citizen was borne to the eternal home on a "tide that seemed asleep," so noiseless and so still it was when the call came to him to depart.

When the final rolls have been completed and the records of our little city are presented to Him who holds the universe in the hollow of His hand no name will shine more resplendent on the pages of the volume than that of Dr. J. K. Davidson. Of him it will be written that his heart was warmed by the noble virtues praised by God and loved by men. The unfolding leaves will bear testimony to a life that was never tinged with selfishness; that was too large, too loving and too glorious to dwell in humanity's narrow cells and give direction to baser thoughts or sordid aims. As the spirits of the just made perfect on high scan the pages that tell of those who lived and wrought in the little city of Eagle Lake they will pause and read with joy the lines that record the life-work of Dr. Davidson, and no doubt that great company of the blest will say,. "Here truly was a man whose heart-beats echoed the heart-beats of the Master and whose hand, like His, lifted from his fellows every burden that it could."

We say it is great to leave a record like this when one steps from the shores of Time to the silent barge that bears him to Eternity--and truly it is. It is great to live so unselfishly and so well that when life's fitful fever ends friends come from far and near to stand beside the casket and the marble clay and say, "I have lost a friend." Surely it is great for one to have scattered the flowers of love with such a lavish hand that when the heart is numb and the hand is cold hundreds of flowers come as tributes of love from those who loved and esteemed him while he lived.

Dr. Davidson was born in Clark county, Alabama, in 1842. Went to war in '61, enlisting from Mobile and Joining Company I of Wirt Adam's Cavalry. He served through the entire war. He was wounded while skirmishing before Vicksburg. While his arm was in a shooting position a bullet struck him in the left hand, passing through the arm and lodging in his left side. This wound he carried with him to his grave, and his left arm was practically useless to him ever since the war. At the close of the war Dr. Davidson returned to his home in Alabama and went to bookkeeping in order to lay aside enough money to enter a medical college. He graduated from the Medical College of Alabama in 1873 and came to Texas and located in Colorado county in 1875. He entered the practice of his profession soon after his arrival here and always enjoyed a good practice. Dr. Davidson was mayor of Eagle Lake for four consecutive terms, and has also served the city in the capacity of alderman and a member of the school board. He was elected Justice of the Peace of this precinct in 1890 and retained that office with credit to himself and to the office to the time of his death.

The funeral was held at ten o'clock Monday morning from the Methodist church, Rev. J. F. Tyson, Methodist pastor, and Rev. J. A. Phillips, Baptist pastor, conducting the services. At the grave [Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery] the services were conducted by the Masons, and when the grave had been filled in six members of the Ku Klux Klan, in full regalia of that organization, carrying an American flag and crosses, marching in twos, came from the school building near by and placed flowers and the crosses on the grave. One of the Klansman made a short talk saying that Dr. Davidson was one of their members.

The love of the people for this man was shown by the great outpouring of men, women and children at his funeral. It seemed that every person in town and country was there; they came from Wharton, Glen Flora, Houston, Alleyton, Columbus and other neighboring towns.

As a barefoot boy the writer of this article spent many a day at Dr. Davidson's home. He has been our friend and our family's friend as far back as our memory runs and with those so sorely bereaved we mingle our tears and sympathy with the utmost.

Farewell--and may your last, long sleep be sweet, old friend.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 20, 1923

Davidson, Mollie Jean

Last Rites Held For Miss Mollie Davidson

Miss Mollie Davidson, a beloved resident of this community for nearly a full century, passed away at the Columbus Convalescent Home last Thursday, April 1st, at the age of ninety-six years.

"Miss Molly" as she was affectionately known to her relatives and friends was born Mary Jean Davidson on March 6th, 1875 at Prairie Bluff, Monroe County in Alabama on the banks of the Alabama River, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. K. Davidson. She came to Alleyton, Texas with the family in 1876 and shortly afterward to Eagle Lake where she lived until she moved to the Columbus Rest Home for the remaining four and a half years of her full and abundant life.

She was united with the Baptist Church while attending Baylor University in Waco. For a number of years Miss Mollie taught a women's Sunday School class in First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake, and was a teacher of Mathematics for a number of years at intermittent periods in the Eagle Lake High School.

She was one of the first two accredited graduates of Eagle Lake High School with the class of 1892. The other was the late Miss Mary Gilmer.

Also in the early days of the Eagle Lake Headlight, Miss Mollie assisted the editor of that period, Bruce W. McCarty, with criticism and correction of the paper.

Funeral services were held from the First Baptist church at ten o'clock Saturday morning, April 3rd, 1971, with the Rev. Raymond L. Woodruff, pastor of the church, officiating.

She was placed to final rest in the Masonic Cemetery.; Serving as pallbearers were Frank Norman Davidson, J. K. Davidson, Robert Samuel Martin, Orville Powers, Roy Taylor and Charles Lee Spalinger, Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are a brother, Frank Norris Davidson of Eagle Lake, twelve nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Relatives from out of town here for the funeral services were: Mrs. Ann Lowery, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Nash, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Putney, Mrs. Roy A. Taylor, Roy A. Taylor, Jr., Claire Nash, all of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hall of Hearne; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Davidson, and Anson R. Nash, of Corpus Christi.

Miss Davidson was one of the community's oldest living residents and she was called on oftentimes to share her great wealth of knowledge about the early Eagle Lake community life with her family and friends. Her contribution to the education of the youth of the community and participation in the church activities brought her in contact with hundreds of citizens. She shall be dearly missed and will be remembered in the hearts of her loved ones and friends forever.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 8, 1971

Davidson, Sam Armstrong

S. A. Davidson Funeral Rites Thursday Morning

This community lost another revered citizen and friend with the sudden passing of S. A. Davidson in Columbus Wednesday, just after the noon hour.

Mrs. Davidson, following her usual custom had carried his lunch to the Columbus Drug Store, where Mr. Davidson was employed as pharmacist for the past several months. She visited with him a while and both left the drug store together, he to go to the bank while she left for the Post Office. When he entered the drug store upon his return he remarked to Mrs. Brune that he stumbled almost in the doorway and he guessed people would think he was drinking, as his steps were so unsteady. While talking he leaned against the counter for support and she suggested that some one drive him home. At this time she saw his body slump to the floor and he had passed away.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning at ten o'clock from the Mill Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Chas. Culpepper, Jr., pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating, assisted by the Rev. J. W. Griffin of the Colly Memorial Methodist Church. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

S. A. Davidson was born August 14, 1877, at Alleyton, Texas, the son of Dr. and Mrs. J. K. Davidson. He attended the Eagle Lake School graduating with the class of 1897. He entered Baylor University where finished with a degree in pharmacy.

He was married to Miss Hattie May Bentley December 25, 1899. Two children survive this union. Major N. B. Davidson, Indian Town Gap, Pennsylvania and Mrs. J. S. Caton, Houston. Two grandsons, Sam Francis and Norman B. Jr., of Huntsville also survive and one brother and three sisters, Frank Davidson, Sr., Mrs. R. J. Putney, Miss Mollie Davidson, Eagle Lake; Mrs. R. L. Cox, Houston.

At one time Mr. Davidson had business interests in Eagle Lake and Houston and had followed his profession in Huntsville, Calvert, and Columbus.

In all of these places he formed lasting friendships and many will regret to hear of his sudden passing. His death was not entirely unexpected as he had been in failing health for several years. However he seemed much improved of late. He and Mrs. Davidson spent nearly every Sunday with relatives here. Both returned to Columbus Sunday night and he seemed much better that usual.

Upon the special request of the family, Dick Putney, a nephew of deceased from Houston gave two solos, "Does Jesus Care," and "Rock of Ages." Mrs. Chas. Culpepper, Jr., presided at the instrument.

Casket attendants were: H. A. Seaholm, J. M. Chumney, Herbert Matthews, V. T. Matthews, Eagle Lake; Albert Hahn and W. Miekow, Columbus.

Honorary pallbearers named were: Dr. Bill Veazy, Gene Addison, Huntsville; Dr. E. W. Anderson, Freeport; Gene Gibson, Calvert; C. J. Williams, Sam Towell, Brenham; B. L. Vineyard, Wharton; Dr. Thomas Youens, Houston; Eugene Roberts, Austin; J. H. Wooten, Columbus; J. N. Frazar, Henry Beckman, Joe D. Luna, Max Conner, Eagle Lake.

Among out o town relatives and friends in attendance at the last sad rites were: Jack Putney, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Putney, Mrs. Harry Orlu, John Nash, Mrs. R. L. Cox, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Caton, Houston: Mrs. Kate Barr Ross, Mrs. N. B. Davidson, Norman Davidson, Sam Davidson, Huntsville; Mrs. R. A. Taylor, Dallas; John A. Norris, Austin; Mrs. Mary E. Brune, Mrs. Faye Youens, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Hahn, Mrs. Jim Pinchback, Mr. and Mrs. Kunz, Columbus.

His only son, Major Davidson, made every effort to reach here by plane from Pennsylvania in time for the funeral but all planes were grounded due to unfavorable weather. He is expected to join his mother not later than Sunday making the trip by train.

We offer sympathy to all as they pass through the shadowy way.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 23, 1945
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Davie, Jane Elizabeth (Harris)

DAVIE, JANE ELIZABETH HARRIS. Passed away Sunday, June 1, 2003 surrounded by her family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. Jane was born Nov 7, 1923 in Eagle Lake, Texas. She was preceded in death, by her husband, Jim Davie; her parents Y.T. and Bess Harris and her sister, Maurine Harris Huggins. Jane is survived by her son, Christopher Huggins of Dallas, her sister, Ellen Price of Colorado Springs; her step daughter, Diane Davie Shire of Houston, Tx; her nieces and nephews Judy Conway of Dallas, Tx, Michael Huggins of Dallas, Tx, Jean A Machos, Larry Price and Margo Price of Colorado Springs; and Great nieces and nephews Lacie Huggins, Jennifer Bennett, Jamie Nelson, Jeremy Bennett, Joel Bennett, Lisa Machos, and Jeffrey Machos. Jane was raised in Cockrell Hill, Texas. She worked for Henry S Miller/Grubb & Ellis for over 50 years. She was a very active member of Grace United Methodist Church. She and her husband Jim, were two of the founders of the Antique Automobile Club of America, which sparked a passion for antique cars that lasted a lifetime. Her family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, June 3rd from 6-8 p.m. at Sparkman Crane Funeral Home and services will be held on Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church at 1 pm. Interment, Grove Hill Cemetery. Memorials to Grace United Methodist Chruch. Dignity Memorial Sparkman Crane 10501 Garland Rd. Dallas (214) 327-8291

Dallas Morning News, 6/3/2003.
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan

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Davison, Belle J.

We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Belle J. Davison, which sad event occurred at the hotel formerly known as the Colorado House yesterday evening about 7 o’clock.  She was born and reared in Columbus, and was a general favorite from a child, and everybody who knew her loved her.  Her faults were few, and her virtues many. Cut down in the prime of life by the fell destroyer, consumption, she leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn her untimely demise.  The funeral will take place, from the Colorado House, this evening at 4 1/2 o’clock.  To the bereaved husband and the two bright little girls, we tender our sincere condolence.  [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, May 3, 1877, page 3
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Davit, Franz L.

Frank the infant son of Mr and Mrs. Ludwig Davit of this city, died Monday morning at 10 o’clock, after an illness of several weeks’ duration, aged 1 year and 8 months. The little babe was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery Tuesday morning. In the loss of their beloved little child, the sorrowing parents have the sympathy of the entire community.

Weimar Mercury, August 13, 1898

Dawes, Charles

Columbus Citizen: ...
Last Tuesday night George Howard killed Charles Dawes in Eagle Lake bottom, in his own (Dawes’) house. It is said a woman living with Howard had a quarrel with him recently , left him and went to Dawes’ house. Howard followed, broke open the door and shot Dawes to death. The parties are all colored. Howard protests his innocence. Officer J. M. Callison arrested Howard and placed him in jail yesterday. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 13 1895

Dawson, Fayette

Thomas Dawson, colored porter at the Southern Pacific passenger depot, received a message yesterday of the death of his grandson, Fayette Dawson, aged 16, which occurred at Glidden. He was trying to jump on a car of a moving train, when he fell and the wheels passed over his legs. He died from the shock.--San Antonio Light. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, May 18, 1901 page 1

Dawson, Georgia Mae “Kitty” (Brown)

Georgia Dawson

Mrs. Georgia Mae “Kitty” Dawson, 80, of Eagle Lake passed away Thursday, April 19, at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston.

She was Born January 15, 1904 in Eagle Lake to William Brown and Chancy Roy Brown, one of 13 children. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Matthews, and a resident of this area all her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, three sisters.

Survivors include: daughter, Mrs. Willie Mae Fromby of Eagle Lake; sisters. Mrs. Suronia Hemphill, Mrs. Pinkie West, both of Eagle Lake; brother, Fritz Brown of Eagle Lake; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were Saturday, April 21. from the White Cloud, Baptist Church, Eagle Lake, Rev. C. Williams and Rev. O. Rhodes officiating. Interment, Boykins Cemetery, Matthews.

Pallbearers were Clarence Davis, Clarence King, Woodrow Coleman, Leroy Hemphill, Rodell Ashton, Robert Davis, A. C. Foster, Jimmy Foster. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, April 26, 1984, page 2

Dawson, Ida Mae (Matthews)


Mrs. Ida Mae Dawson, age 54, of Eagle Lake, passed away March 14, at her residence following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held from the Friendship Baptist Church of Eagle Lake Thursday, March 17 under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home with the Rev. R. J. Williams officiating.

Burial was at F.I.S. Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Dawson was born in Hallettsville on August 31, 1933 to Willie Matthews and Henrietta Chylis Matthews. She moved to Eagle Lake in her childhood and has been a resident of our area most all of her life.

She married Edward Lee Dawson on December 23, 1950 in Eagle Lake and was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy.

Survivors include her husband, Edward L. 'Sonny" Dawson Sr. of Eagle Lake; mother, Mrs. Henrietta Matthews of Angleton; daughter, Mrs. GIadys Mae Hughes of Richmond; sons, Rev. Edward Lee Dawson Jr. of Houston, Emerson Charles Dawson of Eagle Lake, Kenneth Wane Dawson of Houston and Ronald Rae Dawson of Houston; sisters, Dorothy Mae Thomas of Brazoria, Willie Mae Holloway of El Campo and Lara B. Matthews of Angleton; brother Willie Earl Matthews of Texas City; 13 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, March 24, 1988, page 2

Day, Burnetta M. (Wilkerson)

Burnetta M. Wilkerson Day, 90, of Conroe, died Friday, Jan. 21, 1994 in Conroe.

Born June 8, 1903, in Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma Territory (now the State of Oklahoma), she was the daughter of Henry and Sadie (Eichman) Wilkerson. On Dec. T, 1927, she married Donald Walter Day. Mrs. Day lived in Columbus from 1952 to 1968 and was a Methodist.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 24, 1994, at Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus with Rev. Charles Downey officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Carl Hawley, Jeffrey Day, Donald Day, Tommy Vanzant, Brian Rodriquez, Jack Meyer, Byron Opperman and Jim Hawley.

She is survived by a daughter, Bonita LaVerne Hawley of Hobbs, NM; a son, Conrad Dale Day of Conroe; sisters, Jewel Wilkerson Lacey and "Tude" Stella Berger, both of Oklahoma City, OK; and Margaret of Earlsboro, OK; her brother, Herschel "Buster" Wilkerson of Seminole OK; sister-in-law Arlena Wilkerson of Seminole; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Day was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on March 6, 1968; two daughters, JoAnne Day Rodriquez Price and Sandra Jean Vanzant; one son, Jack Donald Day; three brothers, Babe Wilkerson, Lee Wilkerson and James Wilkerson.

Memorials may be made to the Nesbitt Memorial Library in Columbus or the American Cancer Society.

Colorado County Citizen, Jan 26, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Day, Conrad Dale


Conrad Dale Day, 61, of Conroe died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 1995 at his residence.

Born June 5, 1934 in Seminole, Okla., he was the son of Donald W. and Burnetta M. (Wilkerson) Day. Raised in Oklahoma and Texas, he graduated from Drumright High School in Oklahoma and entered the U. S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge from the Marines, Mr. Day attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating with a degree in petroleum engineering. He spent 35 years in the oil industry employed by Phillips Petroleum Company, Mesa Petroleum Company and Kilroy of Texas prior to becoming an independent consultant for various companies.

Funeral services were held Dec. 16 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Friar Jim Lynes and the Rev. Charles Downey officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Erick Meyer, Jack Meyer, Byron Oppermann, Aaron Oppermann, Jim Howley, Jeremy Anderson, Eric Brown and Wayne Brown, all great-nephews of Mr. Day.

Mr. Day is survived by his wife of 34 years, Alice Anne (Vacek) Day; son and daughter-in-law Dwayne A. and Nina Sue (Pavlicek) Day of Dadl, N.M.; sons Jeffrey D. Day and Donald W. Day, both of Conroe; daughter Susan A. Day and husband Frank Krauskopf of Conroe; sister Bonita L. (Day) Hawley of Hobbs, N.M.; and six grandchildren.

He is also survived by Randy Ray of Seminole Texas and Angel Koth Arthur of Ralls; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Jack D. Day; sisters Joanne D. Rodriquez and Sandra J. (Day) Vanzant.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crown of Texas Hospice, 100 I-45 North, Suite 100, Box 103, Conroe, Texas 77301, or to the organization of the donors choice.

Colorado County Citizen, December 27, 1995, page 10

Dayvault, Mozelle (Shaw)


Funeral services were held for Mozelle Shaw Dayvault, age 84, on Monday. Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. at the Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Walker officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mozelle Shaw Dayvault was born Sept. 18,1904 in Columbus to Josiah Shaw and Josie Carter.

She was a lifetime resident of Columbus, a member of the First United Methodist Church, D.A.R.. Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Garden Club and U.D.C. She was a retired insurance agent and former owner of City Insurance Agency.

Mozelle Dayvault was preceeded[sic] in death by her parents, and two sisters; Norma Shaw and Bernice Shaw Goodwin. Survivors include a sister, Joe Beth Hewitt, Richmond; two nieces, Patricia Jezek, Houston and Cherie Moore, Seabrook, two nephews, Joe H. Hewitt, Richmond and Nathan L. Goodwin Jr. Houston.

Pallbearers were Nat Goodwin Jr., Paul Jezek, Tom Moore, Doak Hartley, Dennis Hartley, Harry Henkhaus, and Lee Hammons.

Colorado County Citizen, September 29, 1988, page 2

Deakle, Martha


"The death angel has visited our town and taken from us Mrs. C. W. Deakle. Mrs. Deakle was born in Franklin, Robertson county, Texas, April 29, 1859; died June 28, 1900. She was married to Charles W. Deakle June 4, 1876. She leaves a husband and eight children to mourn her demise. She has gone to meet her two babes who have passed over the Jordan of death. She was a loving wife and mother. May God, in Hls goodness, protect the heartbroken husband and children, and may they so live that some day they may meet her in that home where parting is no more. Oh, how hard it is for us to give up our loved ones. But the husband and children of this dear lady can console themselves by knowing that she lived the life of one who is promised life beyond the grave. She was a member of the Christian church, and obeyed the commands that promises us that life eternal in the heavens. [Interred in Wortham Cemetery, Freestone County] A FRIEND."

Weimar Mercury, July 14, 1900, page 1

Decherd, Hosmer (Carey)

Just nine months ago, THE MERCURY was called upon to chronicle the happy marriage of Mr. Alfred D. Decherd and Miss Hosmer Carey. It now becomes our sad duty to chronicle the death of the youthful and happy bride, her death occurring Tuesday evening at 6:30, at their residence, 417 Preston street, Houston, after a short illness. Mrs. Decherd was a daughter of W. D. Carey, traveling agent for the Post, was 23 years of age, and was born in Lockhart, Caldwell county, Texas, passing her early girlhood in her native town and at Gonzales, where her father was postmaster for many years. Mrs. Decherd was possessed of many lovable traits of mind and heart, and her death has caused many aching hearts among relatives and friends. The remains were brought to Weimar Wednesday on the 11:20 train, where, after appropriate services at the Methodist church by Rev. H. M. Haynie, they were removed and interred in the family lot at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, a long line of relatives and sympathizing friends attending the burial. It is indeed hard on a young husband to follow his bride to the grave after nine short months of happy wedded life, and we trust that God will comfort him in this the saddest of all hours.

Weimar Mercury, October 17, 1891

Decherd, Kittie C. (Douglass)

MRS. K. C. DECHERD, widow of Prof. R. T. Decherd, formerly of this place, died at her residence in Houston about 9 o’clock the night of Dec. 22nd, after an illness of about four days with malarial fever. Her death was a great shock to her family and friends, as she was thought to be improving and in a fair way to recover. “In the midst of life we are in death.” She suddenly became worse, and in a brief time and with little warning she passed to eternity. Her remains were brought to Weimar next day, accompanied by Miss Julia and Alfred Decherd, her son and daughter, and were buried in the Weimar cemetery by the side of her departed husband and daughter. Friends to the family met the remains at the depot and many eyes were dim with tears of sympathy and regret. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. H. M. Haynie. After the conclusion of the services, numerous friends followed the remains to their last resting place, though many were ignorant of the sad event on account of the short notice given. Mrs. Decherd was a consistent member of the Methodist church, and lived and died a christian. Her home was at Weimar for a number of years, and by her christian example and many other traits of character she won the high esteem and tender regard of all who had the good fortune to be in the circle of her acquaintance. Over a year ago she moved with her family from Weimar to Houston, to the regret of many friends at this place. She leaves three sons and two daughters to mourn her loss. They are all grown, one son and one daughter being married. Her married daughter, Mrs. Guess, arrived in Houston on a visit, and was shocked to learn that her mother was a corpse and that the house was draped in mourning. Frowning fate had been there to change happy anticipations to grief and tears. Sorrow for the dead is unavailing, but still it is of a kind that cannot be mitigated except by time. The grieved ones have the sincere sympathy of THE MERCURY and of this entire community.

Weimar Mercury, January 3, 1891

Decherd, R. P.


Another good man has gone to his reward. Prof. R. P. Decherd died at his home in this place last Sunday morning, the 12th, of Bright’s disease. He has been in bad health for several months, and had returned the Monday before from Slack’s wells, to which place he had gone with the hopes of relief. Came home feeling badly, went to bed Tuesday evening, and gradually grew worse til death came. He has been an active and devoted member of the Church since early manhood. Prof. Decherd was born in Winchester, Franklin county, Tenn., March 15, 1825, was educated at Cumberland University, Lebanon, of the same State, was married to Miss Kittie C. Douglass, in 1851, who still survives him. He made teaching his profession, in which business he has been regularly engaged for forty-three years. Came to Texas in 1855, has taught in many places in this State, and stood among the first of our educators. His life has been one continued struggle to better his fellow man intellectually and morally. The Professor had a happy faculty of imparting knowledge to his students and in his teaching he never neglected that important part of education, the morals of his pupils. “Though he be dead, he still liveth” in the minds of many that he has assisted in molding. He truly has left his footprints on the sands of time by precept and example to perpetuate his memory. He will be sadly missed, not only around the home fireside to comfort the loved ones, but in Church and State. He was a devoted husband, an affectionate father, a kind neighbor, none knew him only to love and respect. The writer of this short notice has known him for thirty years. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his loss, but they have blessed assurance that he has gone to that “beautiful heaven,” that he saw upon his death bed. His remains were carried to the Methodist Church, where the funeral services were conducted by the Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss in a very solemn and impressive manner, after which they were followed to the grave by a large concourse of people and laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery at 5 o’clock, p.m., Sunday evening. We presume some one will write a proper obituary of this good man.

Colorado Citizen, June 16, 1887

Card of Thanks

The wife and family of the late Prof. R. P. Decherd wish to express their sincere appreciation of the kindness extended to them in their great bereavement. Their heartfelt thanks are given to those that watched with them around the bedside of their dear one, who has passed over the river of death. Weimar friends, we are grateful to you all.

Colorado Citizen, Jun 16, 1887

Deckard, Isaac

Isaac Deckard, a well known and respected negro man of this city, died last Saturday morning, and was buried the following day. He was quite an old man, and his death was not unexpected. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, February 2, 1901, page 4

DeFoor, Andrew Jackson

Andrew J. DeFoor Funeral Rites Held Here Wednesday

Funeral services for Andrew J. DeFoor, 60, of Houston,father of Mrs. Walter W. Williams, Jr., of this vicinity, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Wednesday morning, July 16, the Rev.D. E. Hogan and Rev. C.L. Boone officiating.

Interment was in the Weimar Cemetery.

Mr. DeFoor, well and favorably known by many Weimar people, died at his home in Houston, Monday, July 14, after two days' illness, victim of a heart stroke.

Son of Mattie K. and Samuel DeFoor, he was born at Hubbard, Texas, in 1887. In 1908, he married Miss Ethel McMillan, daughter of Mr. Robert McMillan of this city, at Columbus. He had been in the oil field supply business in Houston for many years.

Surviving are his widow Mrs. Ethel DeFoor of Houston; one daughter, Mrs. Waler W. Williams, Jr., of Weimar; three brothers, Thomas Young DeFoor of Los Angeles, Calif., James Moody DeFoor of Los Angeles, Wm. M. DeFoor of Houston; and one sister, Mrs. Waler Shelby of Norwalk,California.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Adolf Kristek, R. S.Wooldridge, Hy. Brasher, Felix Melor, Ray Kusey, Milton Booth, and William Ratliff.

Weimar Mercury, July 18, 1947
Photo courtesy of Harold Thomas Matthews

DeFoor, Calista Estella (Humbird)

Mrs. Stella Defour[sic]
(Mrs. M. I. Nicewander)

Mrs. Stella Defour, wife of W. B. Defour died Dec. 15th, after an illness of several months. Funeral service were held at the Christian Church, Saturday afternoon at three o’clock, service conducted by Mr. Edgar Cury of this place. Mrs. Defour came to Texas when a child and had made her home here where she has legions of friends who extend the husband four sons and three daughters sincere sympathy. She is also survived by her father H. D. Humbird, seven brothers and two sisters. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, December 21, 1933, page 1

DeFoor, Douglas


Graveside services and interment for Douglas DeFoor, age 75, were held Monday, May 19, at the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island, with Mr. James Fuller officiating.  Mr. DeFoor, a resident of Rock Island, died Friday, May 16 at the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

He was born Feb. 26, 1922 in Rock Island to William B. and Calista E. Humbird DeFoor, and married Juanita Marie Swindler DeFoor in Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 7, 1942.  Mr. DeFoor worked as a factory production worker in the auto parts industry in Kansas City, Mo. For 23 years prior to retirement and returned to Rock Island in 1987.  He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is survived by one sister, Trudy DeFoor of Independence, Mo.; and one brother, Samuel DeFoor of Rock Island.  Mr. DeFoor was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Juanita Marie DeFoor in 1986; a daughter, Rebecca Ann; two sisters, Etta and Joy DeFoor; and two brothers, William and Walton DeFoor.

The Weimar Mercury, May 22, 1997, Pg. 2
Transcribed by David Hahn

DeFoor, Josephine (Burts)

Mrs. Josephine DeFoor

Mrs. Josephine DeFoor was born August 8, 1854, in Madison County, Texas. She passed away at 2:30 p.m., December 16, 1932, at the age of 78 years, four months and eight days. Having been a life-long resident of Texas.

She was united in marriage to T. W. DeFoor June 19, 1873. To this union were born eight children.

Her husband, two sons and two daughters have preceded her in death. She is survived by a daughter, Miss Mollie DeFoor, Rock Island, Texas; three sons, B. W., Rock Island, Texas; A. F., Houston, Texas, T. T., Sugarland, Texas; one brother, Sam Burts, Hearne, Texas; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Church of Christ. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, December 22, 1932, page 1

DeFoor, Mary Rebecca "Mollie"

Funeral Services for Mrs. [sic.] DeFoor In Rock Island

Funeral services were conducted yesterday morning for Mrs. Mollie DeFoor, 70, of Rock Island. Mrs. DeFoor was born January 1, 1879 near Austin, and had lived in Rock Island for thirty-five years. She had raised a family of nieces and nephews, but had no children of her own. Rev. Nichols officiated at the services held at the Methodist Church, with interment in the Rock Island Cemetery. Mill Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Members of the Highway Maintenance Department, with whom one of her nephews is associated, were pallbearers. Mrs. DeFoor is survived by three brothers, Barker DeFoor of . . . , Austin and Tom DeFoor of Houston.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 25, 1949
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

DeFoor, Samuel Young

Rock Island Ex-Soldier Answers Call

Mr. Young Defoor, 40 years of age, passed out of this life at the home of his mother in Rock Island at about eleven o’clock Tuesday. He was a victim of gas in the World War in France and contracted tuberculosis after returning home. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

He was in a hospital in Arizona for some time and returned home five months ago.

He is survived by a mother, three brothers and one sister, to whom the Citizen extends sympathy.

Colorado Citizen, March 5, 1925, page 1

DeFoor, William Barker

W. B. DeFoor Is Buried Friday in Myrtle Cemetery.


Funeral services were held in Houston Friday for Will B. DeFoor, 64, who died the preceding Tuesday at his home in Channelview. Burial was in Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island.

Mr. DeFoor, a former Rock Island resident, moved to Channelview several years ago.

He is survived by his widow; sons, R. A. (Buster) DeFoor of Rock Island; W. D. DeFoor, Kansas City, Mo., and Douglas DeFoor of Houston; daughters, Mrs. Etta Hackett and Mrs. Gertrude Odor, Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Joy Pemberton, Independence, Mo.; a brother, Francis A. DeFoor, Houston; a stepson, Clyde Norton of the U. S. army, and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Gloria Rumney, Channelview.

Colorado County Citizen, July 5, 1956, page 6

DeGraffenreid, Thomas E.

MORE KILLING.—The Columbus (Colorado co.) Times of the 3d records the killing of Mr. L. G. [sic.] De Graffenried and a young man named Hudson in the edge of the county of Fayette, on the previous Wednesday. The parties had a difficulty about De Graffenreid's hogs getting into a field which the two young Messrs. Hudson had rented from him. On Wednesday Mr. G. heard of the boys setting the dogs on the hogs—one account says shooting them—and rode into the field where they were . He remonstrated, and finally attempted to correct the younger Hudson—shoving the boy with his gun, he being still on horseback. The elder Hudson told aim [sic.] if he did not desist he would kill him; but Mr. De G. did not appear to notice him, and puushed the boy again with his gun, whereupon the elder Hudson drewa pistol and shot Mr. De Graffenreid through the heart. As the latter was falling he levelled his gun on the elder Hudson and inflicted a mortal wound, of which he soon died—De Graffenreid falling off his horse and expiring almost instantly. The Times says:

Of young Hudson we have no knowledge, but learn that he was an industrious, peaceable young man. Mr. De Graffenreid was a gentleman of character and good standing. The difficulty must have been the result of sudden passion. [Buried at Clear Creek Cemetery.]

The Galveston Daily News, August 8, 1867
T. E. DeGraffenreid was paying property taxes in Fayette County in the 1860s and no record has been found of an L. G. DeGraffenreid.

DeGraffenreid, Thomas Tscharner

Death of one of Hood's Brigade

A telegram from Mr. C. C. Maigne, Weimar, on the 17th, announced the death of Dr. Thomas T. deGraffenried at 11, P. M. on the 16th at the residence of Mr. P. H. Hargan, Oakland. He was a native of Mecklenberg, Va., but a resident of Texas some twenty years. At the breaking out of the war he enlisted in Capt. Jno. C. Upton's company, of this county, and went to his native State to do battle for the cause he loved so well. At Richmond the company was attached to the 5th Texas Regiment, Hood's Brigade, and known as "B" company. Dr. de Graffenried, though never very robust, served as a private in the company to the close of the war. Returning to Columbus, he pursued the practice of Dentistry, until a short time since his failing health forced him to discontinue the practice. His disease was consumption, to which was added cancer of the tongue. His afflictions were borne with patient----and fortitude. He was a kind-hearted husband and father, and one of the most worthy and useful citizens. Peaceful be his last sleep. [Buried Clear Creek Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, Aug, 19, 1875
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm


Dehmer, Mary (Koech)

Mrs. Dehmer,84, Laid to Rest in Mentz Cemetery

Mrs. Mary Dehmer, 84, who suffered a cerebral hemorrhage April 21, died May 7 in Laughlin hospital at Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were held Friday morning at Untermeyer Funeral home with continued services in St. Roch’s Catholic church at Mentz. Rev. A. W. Didner of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic church at Eagle Lake officiated and burial was in the Mentz Catholic cemetery. Rosary was recited last Thursday evening at the funeral home by St. Roch’s Altar society of which Mrs. Dehmer had been a member.

Native of Colorado county, she was born Nov. 11, 1873, daughter of Rosina Wink and Max Koech. Her husband died 26 years ago, and she had made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Frank Wade, at Alleyton.

Other survivors are another daughter, Mrs. L. L. White of Galveston, a son, Louis Dehmer, of Alleyton; 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Wilburn Wade of Devine, Louis and Phillip Dehmer and Larry Pasqua of New Gulf, Bill Swain of Lake Jackson and Joe Louis Wade of Columbus. Michael Dehmer was altar boy.

Colorado County Citizen, May 15, 1958, page 12

Dehmer, Peter

Mr. Peter Dehmer

Mr. Peter Dehmar[sic], 64, prominent citizen of the Alleyton community for some forty five years, passed out of this life at his home there Tuesday evening at about seven o’clock.

Funeral services were held at the house this morning at 9:30 and interment took place at the Catholic cemetery in Mentz at ten o’clock, Rev. Sullivan of the Mentz Catholic Church officiating.

Mr. Dehmar[sic] was born in Germany and came to this country when he was 18 years of age, settling near Alleyton. He was married to Miss Mary Koch in 1896. He was one of the substantial, progressive citizens of the county, held in high esteem by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife and three children, Louis and Miss Madeline of Alleyton and Mrs. Frank Wade of Goose Creek, to whom the sympathy of the community is extended in their great loss.

Colorado County Citizen, January 7, 1932, page 1

De Jardo, Gertrude (Smithson)

De Jardo

Gertrude De Jardo was born on June 14, 1913 to Anderson Lloyd Smithson and Fannie Novosad Smithson. She went to be with her maker on Sunday, March 9, 2008 at the age of 94.

Gertie, as she was lovingly called, was born in Temple, Texas and graduated from Wallis High School. She married John G. De Jardo in August 1932 and they moved to Columbus in 1936 and have lived in Columbus ever since.

Gertie loved to sew, upholster furniture, fix Venetian blinds, quilt and work in her garden. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Columbus and in Glidden attending both of them until she was no longer able to do so. She took care of the nursery at the Columbus Baptist Church on Sunday while the parents attended services. In fact, she was the babysitter for one of our local physicians when he was a little boy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John, brothers Anderson Lloyd Jr. and Raymond Smithson, sisters Irene Drummond, Annabell Phillips, Tincy Ashcraft and great grand-daughter Christine Jones.

She is survived by her daughter, Dolores De Jardo Jones and husband August Sr. of Mentz/Bernardo. Four grandchildren and their spouses: August "Sonny" and Carolyn Jones of Columbus, Yvonne "Bonnie" and husband Daniel Norris Mascheck of Wharton, John Raymond and Dianne Jones of Bastrop and Sandra "Sandy" and Marvin Wied of Mentz/Bernardo. Ten (10) Great Grandchildren and their spouses - Denise and Jason Pawlik, Christopher and Stephanie Jones, and Allison and Nathan Zwahr all of Columbus. Daniel and Jennifer Mascheck of Houston, Christina and David Martinez and Brandy and Scott Janak of Wharton. John Anthony Jones of College Station and Joshua and Mary Jones of San Antonio. Courtney and Adam Collins of College Station and Christian Trent Wied of Mentz/Bernardo. Thirteen (13) Great, Great Grandchildren - Madison and Tyler Pawlik, Jacob and Jackson Jones, Alexa and Alyssa Zwahr, Kent and Samantha Mascheck. Christian and David Martinez, Brandon Mascheck, and Cameron and James Raymond Jones.

Funeral services were held on March 13 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Gertrude's Grandson Pastor John Raymond Jones officiating. Internment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers included Christopher Jones, John Anthony Jones, Joshua Jones, Nathan Zwahr, Jason Pawlik, Daniel Mascheck Sr., Marvin Wied and Christian Trent Wied.

Those wishing to do so may give a contribution, in Gertrude's memory, to the Glidden Baptist Church or a charity of your choice. A very special thanks to the staff of Columbus Nursing and Rehabilitation, to Dr. Tom Hancher and to the Brazos Valley Hospice for their excellent care given to Gertrude. Thank you also goes to the Bernardo Volunteer Fire Department for the use of the Fire Station for a gathering after the funeral service.

Colorado County Citizen, March 19, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

DeJardo, John G.


Funeral services were held for John G. De Jardo Friday, October 17 at Henneke Funeral Home with the Rev. Raymond Cox officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. John G. De Jardo as born January 26, 1908 in Giddings to Wesley De Jardo and Maria Morger De Jardo. He married Gertrude Smithson De Jardo August 28, 1932.

He was a retired bridge building foreman for the Southern Pacific Railroad. He lived in the city for 50 years. Mr. De Jardo was a member of the First Baptist Church and he was affiliated with Caledonia Lodge No. 68 in Columbus. He served in WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Gertrude De Jardo of Columbus; daughter, Delores Jones of Bernardo; sister, Gertrude Krause of Gonzales; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were August Henry Jones, Jr., John Raymond Jones, W. C. Templeton, Gene Commander, Max Rogers and Marvin Wied.

Honorary Pallbearers were Donnie Mascheck and Tony Mikulenka.

Colorado County Citizen, October 23, 1986

DeLaney, Mrs. Peter


The body of Mrs. Peter DeLaney, a former citizen of Eagle Lake was brought to Eagle Lake, Wednesday and buried in the Masonic cemetery, her husband was buried there several years ago.

Colorado Citizen, September 13, 1918, page 5

Delaney, unknown child


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Delany died last week. The greatly bereaved parents have the universal sympathies of the people. [Interment in Masonic Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, May 22, 1890, page 3

Delano, Oliver C.

Eagle Lake cor. Citizen:
While running a horse race at Sealy last Sunday Al. Delno, Jr., was thrown from his horse and received wounds from the effects of which he died Tuesday evening. He was buried in the Masonic cemetery at this place Wednesday.

Weimar Mercury, September 16, 1893

Delany, Caroline (Tait)


Columbus, Nov. 27.--Mrs. W. S. Delany, about 87 years old, died suddenly at her residence Sunday night. She was born at Camden Ala. Her maiden name was Miss Caroline Tait. She was first married to Captain John Shropshire, who was killed during the civl war in the battle at Florietta[sic], New Mexico, after which she married Judge W. S, Delany. She is survived by two sons, Irvin Delany of California and Will Delany of Wharton. She was one of the oldest inhabitants of this place, was a charter member of the Shropshire Upton Chapter of the United Daughters of he Confederacy. It was in her honor the chapter was named. Burial took place here Tuesday at the Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. Gaynor Banks, Episcopal minister of Eagle Lake, officiating.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 1, 1917

Delany, Sallie V.


Died in this city Friday last at 11 o’clock, p.m. Mrs. S. V. Delany, wife of Judge S. D. Delany. She had been in delicate health a number of years, a victim to asthma, the incipiency of which dread malady was contracted by exposure while heroically ministering to wounded Confederate soldiers. The hope of restoring her health was the occasion of her family’s removal from their Kentucky home to this place some eight years since, but the fell destroyer had too surely gained a foothold, and though partially arrested by our milder climate, triumphed at last. A long sad sorrowing cortege followed her remains to the Odd Fellows’ Rest Sunday afternoon, where the Rev. H. C. Howard, Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Columbus, tenderly and sacredly committed the casket--strewn with floral tributes silently eloquent of the great love of their donors--to earth. She leaves three children, two sons residents of this place, and a daughter in Uniontown, Ky., several grandchildren, and a husband to mourn their sad affliction.

The CITIZEN extends condolence, and were words of any avail would pour the balm of sympathy on the bleeding heart of the bereaved husband. For forty-five years had their destinies been linked, and together they had journeyed through life’s sunshine and shadow. In commenting on the life and character of our dear departed friend, no words of praise could be extravagant. Her presence was like the lamp of naphtha in the alabaster vase, or perfume from an unseen censer, and her friendship nestled close in the recipient’s heart, a treasure beyond compare. Such a wife, such a mother, such a friend, God seldom gives.

She was a exemplary member of the Episcopal Church, also had taken several degrees in Masonry, and as she “ stood before the Orient,” and offered her blocks to the Grand Maser above to be proved by his unerring square, we may confidently believe that they were as perfect as mortal hands could render them.

Her earthly career is ended, but the example of her self-sacrifice, her loving devotion, “whether her work was in joy or pain, patient ever, and kind and true,” can never die. Its impress will still be felt beyond the penetration of finite intelligence, though she has ascended to --
---”the ceaseless psalm,
The eternal Sabbath of the soul.”

Colorado Citizen, March 20, 1884

Delany, Samuel Daviess

Judge S. D. Delany, brother of Judge W. S. Delany, late of the Court of Commissioners of Appeal, died at his residence here last Monday afternoon, after a few days’ illness. His remains were interred at Odd Fellows’ Rest Tuesday afternoon. Judge Delany had been a resident of our city whither he immigrated from Kentucky, about eight years and by his kindly, generous nature and unassuming deportment, had made many friends, who mourn his demise. Peace to his memory.

Colorado Citizen, May 17, 1888, page 3

de Lemos, Charles

Columbus Citizen

Died in this city Tuesday night last, Mr. Charles de Lomes [sic.], city clerk and for many years a resident of Columbus. Deceased was an excellent book-keeper and business man, but of late had been somewhat irregular in his habits. He had many friend (sic) in this section, who regret his untimely demise. He was a member of Columbus Lodge, No. 41 [?], I.O.O.F., and was buried at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon with the rites of ceremonials of that order.

Weimar Mercury, April 25, 1896
While it might be assumed from his I.O.O.F. membership that Charles de Lemos was buried in the Columbus Odd Fellows Cemetery, his grave is not marked and we must list his place of interment as unknown. Transcribed by Deborah Smith

Delgado, Piedad

Mrs. Delgado Buried Here Tuesday Morn

Funeral services wee held at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16th for Mrs. Sirilio Delgado of this city who passed away at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital after a five-week illness early Monday.

The last rites were held from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Edward Geiser officiating.

Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery.

Rosary was recited by relatives and friends at the chapel of the Mill-Baurer Funeral Home at 7:30 Monday evening.

Mrs. Delgado was born on March 2, 1897 and was 75 years of age at her death. She was a naturalized citizen of the United States.

Surviving are her husband Sirilio Delgado of this city; five sons, three daughters, one sister, two brothers and a large number of other relatives and friends. On daughter Abigail preceded her in death in July 1971.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 18, 1973

Delgado, Seferina (Silva)

Seferina (Silva) Delgado

Seferina (Silva) Delgado, 82, of Beasley, passed away Wednesday, August 2 in her home.

She was born on April 21, 1924 in Weimar, the daughter of Abelardo and Benigna (Molina) Silva.

Seferina was a long time resident of Beasley.

She married Jesus Delgado on October 9, 1940 in Rosenberg. He preceded her in death on December 22, 1992.

Seferina worked as a homemaker and also had the hardest job of all, Mother. She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Wharton.

Seferina enjoyed cooking, quilting, growing flowers, working in her vegetable garden, and her new past time, Bingo.

Rosary services were held Friday evening at the Wharton Funeral Home.

Funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 5, at Mt. Carmel Catholic Church with Father Raymond Jackson officiating. Interment followed in the Lakeside Latin Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Survivors include her daughters, Margarita

Delgado, Juanita Montalbo and Maria Guadalupe Delgado, all of Beasley, Maria Del Carmen Luna and husband, Pedro, and Cecilia Delgado both of Wharton; sons, Antonio Delgado and Jose Luis Delgado and wife, Daisy, all of Wharton, Augustine Delgado and wife, Elicia, Simon Delgado, Raymond Delgado, Juan Delgado and wife, Pricilla, Vicente Delgado, Jesus Delgado, and Pedro Delgado and wife, Angelita, all of Beasley, Jose Daniel Delgado and wife, Anita, of Wallis; sisters, Mary Silva, Margarita Martinez and husband, Francisco, Carol Pickens, Guadalupe Mendez, Adella Carranza and Candelaria Carranza; brother, Candelario Silva; 39 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 204 Second St., Wharton, Tx 77488 or American Heart Association, P.O. Box 15186, Austin, Tx 78761.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, Aug. 10th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Delgado, Simon


Simon Delgardo, a Mexican boy of ten yeas of age, son of Joe Delgardo, living on the Waldo Terrell farm died at 9 o’clock Monday night of lockjaw. [Place of interment Lakeside] Tetanus or lockjaw resulted from a splinter which the boy stuck in his foot twelve days previous.

A physician was not called, it is said, until the boy’s condition had grown serious. Dr. T. P. Doole removed the splinter after it had been in the boy’s foot for twelve days,and succeeded to pulling the patient thru for six days after lockjaw had set in.--Eagle Lake Headlight.

Weimar Mercury, August 8, 1930, page 6

Delgado, Sirilo C.

Sirilo C. Delgado, 96, of Eagle Lake, died Friday, Feb. 25, 1994, in Eagle Lake.

Born April 15, 1897, in Numaran, Micohacan, Mexico, he was the son of Daniel and Maria Jesusita (Contreras) Delgado. He had resided in Eagle Lake since 1919. Mr. Delgado had been a life-long farmer and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 27, at our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. Father Eddie Winkler officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Latin Cemetery.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Andrea and Eloisa Delgado and Mary and Antonio Valles, all of Eagle Lake; sons and daughters-in-law Carlos Delgado of Eagle Lake, Pete and Selia Delgado of Lissei, Manuel and Delores Delgado, Lane city, Moses and Helen Delgado of Houston and David and Victoria Delgado of Eagle Lake; sisters Trinedad Delgado of Katy and Josephine Sosa of Houston; 24 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

Mr. Delgado was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Piedad Duran Delgado in 1973; a daughter Maria Abigale Delgado; one sister and three brothers.

Colorado County Citizen, March 2, 1994
Translated by Dennis Boatright

DeMent, Unknown

A little child of Mrs. Dement died in our city last Saturday, and was buried on Sunday, Rev. Mr. F. M. McShan, of the Methodist church, performing the sad rites.[Place of interment unknown]
“A loverly bud, so soft and fair,
Called hence by early doom;
Just sent to show how sweet a flower,
In Paradise could bloom.”

Colorado Citizen, August 26, 1880

DeMent, William John

Fatal Accident.— On Tuesday last, as Mr. De Ment, living near Columbus, was repairing a well for Mrs. Ehlinger, in Fayette county, the earth caved in upon him, burying him sixteen feet beneath its surface.  He was not taken out until late at night, though citizens were at work all the time, and when rescued life was extinct.  He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his loss.  He was brought home and buried yesterday. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, October 4, 1877, page 3
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

DeMent, Willie

LAST Sunday the remains of Master Willie DeMent were committed to the dust in the City Cemetery, the funeral obsequies being impressively performed by Rev. J. A. Duncan, of the M. E. Church. Willie died very suddenly Saturday night of a relapse of dengue and a complication of other diseases, aged 12 or 14 years. Taken off just as he was arriving at that age to become a stay and support to his widowed mother, the blow is particularly sad and deplorable. His schoolmates of the Sunday School, (of which Willie had long been a member,) and many of our citizens, attended the sad rites of interment. To his stricken mother and bereaved relatives our condolence is extended.

Colorado Citizen, December 24, 1885

Denisch, Mary

Luling Signal

Died, at the family residence in this city, Tuesday night at 10:30, Miss Mary Denisch, aged 23 years. The body was carried by the 4 o’clock Southern Pacific train to Columbus for interment. While but a recent resident of Luling, Miss Denisch had made a host of friends, who are overwhelmed with sorrow at her death. To her sorrowing relatives we extend our sincerest sympathy. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, July 13, 1895

Denk, Elizabeth (Hillebrand) Birkmann

Mrs. Leo Denk

Mrs. Leo Denk was called from this life at the La Grange Hospital Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services will be conduced from the family residence and the Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. today, Rev. W. A.Flachmeier officiating. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Elizabeth Hillebrand was born in Fayetteville on August 18, 1870 as a daughter of Herman and Elizabeth Hillebrand. In infancy she was baptised in the old Lutheran Church at Ross Prairie. At the early age of eleven she was confirmed at Round Top. Some years later she married Mr. John Birkmann. One daughter was born to the young couple and given the name Elizabeth. Mr. Birkmann died in 1901 and the young woman returned to her mother. In 1909 she married Mr. Leo Denk, with whom she moved to Columbus in 1912.

The quality of her character is evident from the following incident.

When the Lutheran Church was organized here it needed an organist and choir leader. Mrs. Denk had played as a girl but had found little opportunity to develop her talents in the days of her first marriage and widowhood. But now that the need arose she purchased an organ and son[sic] regained her former ability. For a number of years she served as organist of the church and as leader of its choir. Her beautiful also voice sounded at many a funeral and at many a festive occasion. She was always a modest and faithful worker.

Her death is mourned by the bereaved husband, Mr. Leo Denk, her daughter, Mrs. T. R. Brooks, three grandchildren, Forrest, Jeanette and Laura Jean Brooks, two brothers, Reinhard and Henry Hillebrand of Sealy, and three sisters, Mrs. Gus Marburger of Round Top, Mrs. W. F. Neumann of Houston, and Mrs. J. M. Brooks of Houston, the entire membership of the local Lutheran Church, and many other friends and relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, August 19, 1937

Denk, Sophie (Loeve)

Funeral Services For Mrs. E. Denk Held in Columbus

Funeral services for Mrs. Edward Denk of Glidden were held today at Columbus Funeral Home and St, Anthony's Catholic church, with interment at Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. Vaclav Bily of Weimar officiating.

Mrs. Denk, born Sophie Leve, in Ellinger, had lived in Glidden since 1903 and was a member of the Catholic Church.

Surviving are here husband; a son, Bruno Denk of Houston; a grandson, Edward Denk of Houston; four sisters, Mrs. F. H. Lilie, Mrs. H. G. Girndt, Mrs. Henry Zapalac and Mrs. Emma Girndt and three brothers, Herman, Otto and Henry Leve.

Colorado County Citizen, April 1, 1943
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Denley, Ben Earnest

Gun Accident Takes Life of Ben Earnest Denley

Death came to Ben Earnest Denley, aged 30, at 4 a.m. Sunday at his home in Sugar Land, when he was demonstrating to his wife that a pistol he was holding was not loaded. He fired one shell thinking he had emptied the barrel, and pressed the gun to his head, pulling the trigger.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Methodist church in Columbus tomorrow (Wednesday) at 1 p.m., Rev. E. Thomas, pastor of Mt. Pleasant Baptist church in Sugar Land and Rev. Mason Johnson of the Columbus church officiating. Rev. I. B. Kemp will give remarks. [Place of interment unknown]

Ben Earnest was born in Columbus Dec. 13, 1934, to Clay and Virgie Denley. He grew up in Columbus and attended school here. At the time of his death he was employed by the Imperial Sugar Refining co. in Sugar Land.

He is survived by his wife, the former Johnny Lola Williams, and 3 children, twins Kim Edward and Tim Earnest, and Bobbie Charles; also his parents, brothers Will A., Clay S., Virge, Campbell and Lavo, and 3 sisters, Patsy Jean Denley and Mrs. Ellie Collins.

Pallbearers were Cleveland Gilcrease, Charles Thomas, Thomas James Axes, D. C. Pickett, Elwin Allen and Frank Jenkins Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, December 24, 1964

Denley, John Henry Jr.


John H. Denley Jr., 62, of Columbus, passed away Dec. 11 at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston.

He was born Aug. 11, 1941 in Alleyton to Henry and Gladys Denley. He attended school in Columbus and later joined the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Marshall Denley; and daughter, Sandra Caldwell.

He is survived by daughters, Nina Waddle, Gloria Williams and Vanessa Gonzales all of Columbus; son, Mitchell Denley; step-daughter, Ura Evans of Columbus; brothers, Herbert, James and Lawrence Denley all of California; two sisters, Hattie Denley of Columbus and Catherine Roy of Alleyton; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 15 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Charles Purnell officiating. Interment followed in the Alleyton Cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, December 17, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Denley, Judy Rainbolt (Wilson)


Judy Rainbolt-Denley, 68, of Houston passed away July 19 at her residence.

She was born in Houston, May 6, 1935 to Tom and Willie B. (Windle) Wilson and married Virgil Denley Aug. 12, 1977.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Melvin Hill and Eddie Waddle.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Debera and Andre Blain, Bridgette and Michael Freels and Shanequa Denley, all of Houston; sons, Thomas (Tootie), Darrell and Alvin (Bubba) Rainbolt, all of Houston; sisters, Doris Herndon of Houston, Lillian Ashton of Portland, Ore., Carol Waddle of Columbus and Marilyn Waddle of Glidden; brothers, Roland Shirley of San Antonio, Robert Waddle of Columbus, Willie Charles Waddle of Houston and James Percy Waddle of Glidden; grandchildren, Johnunthon Denley, Michael Freels Jr., Kendra Denley, Charles Rainbolt, Nikia Blain and Correy Blain; and great-grandson, Cameron Blain.

Funeral services were conducted July 22 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Michael Freels officiating. Interment followed at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Percy Waddle, Robert Waddle, Charlie Waddle, Bubba Rainbolt, Correy Blain and Charles Rainbolt

Colorado County Citizen, July 23, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Denley, Will

Will Denley, Colored Resident Funeral Today

Funeral services are scheduled at 2. p.m. In St. Paul Methodist church this afternoon for Will Denley, 65, colored resident who died Saturday In Youens hospital at Weimar. Rev. Lavalle Lowe will officiate and Davis Funeral home will be in charge. [Place of interment Columbus City]

He was a son of John and Mary Denley who worked for Bob and John Stafford many years ago and was born in Colorado county. Will had been blind for several years. Before that he was employed by John Wegenhoft, P. F. Heller and James Sykora.

SurvIvor are 2 daughters, Willie Mae Denley of Columbus and Dorothy Lee Evans of Ohio and 2 sons, John Henry of Columbus and Leonard of Houston; also 3 brothers, Clay, Roosevelt and Cheastee of Columbus and 4 sisters, Gail Stallion of San Antonio, Marie Taylor of Houston, Trula Matthews of Franklin, La., and Glenn Johnson of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, September 13, 1956

Denley, William Lavoe "Bo"


William Lavoe "Bo" Denley, 61, of Columbus passed away June 5, after a lengthy illness.

He was born July 2, 1942 to Clay and Virgie Denley of Columbus and married Laura Dean Sam in Beaumont in 1964.

He was a longtime Houston resident and returned to Columbus several years ago where he resided at the time of his death He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church of Columbus. He was a 1961 graduate of Columbus Colored High School.

He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings; Will, Ellis, Clay, Virge, Clifton, Ben and Patsy; and daughter, Virgie Mary.

He is survived by his daughter LaDonna Denley-Walker; siblings Campbell Denley and Margaret Denley; aunts, Cora Urps and Bernice Fountain; four grandchildren Trimecka, Clarence, Terrance and Sharecka Walker; numerous nephews including, Gregory and Rovin Denley; aunts, Cora Urps and Bernice Fountain; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted June 13, at St. Paul United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Purnell officiating. Interment followed at City Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Doug Bratcher, Stanley Mitchell, Troy Denley, Gregory Denley, Albert Denley and Leon Denley.

Honorary pallbearers were nephews and cousins.

Colorado County Citizen, June 18, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Dennis, Abe


Fourteen Year Old Ramseyville Boy is Wounded on Christmas Day, Died on Wednesday Morning.

A sad accident occurred near Ramseyville at one o'clock on Christmas day which resulted in the death of Abe Dennis, fourteen years of age. The boy, with a companion, was out hunting and in crossing a creek or ravine, while holding the muzzle of his gun in one hand , the gun was discharged. Practically all of the fingers on the hand holding the gun were blown away, the charge of bird shot entering his side, and some of the shot striking him in the head. He lived in this condition, though realized that he could not recover, until nine o'clock Wednesday morning, when death relieved him of his great suffering.

The funeral was held late Wednesday evening, with interment in the Ramseyville [unknown] cemetery. Rev. E. B. McLaughlin, the Baptist pastor, conducting the services.

The boy lived with his widowed mother, about a half mile from Ramseyville. He is also survived by two older brothers and a married sister, who live at Gonzales.

The citizens of Eagle Lake, always generous to a fault, made up a purse to meet all funeral expenses.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 29, 1917

Dennis, Alron Mayor Sr.


Alron Mayor Dennis, Sr. passed away January 9, at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston.

Funeral services were held January 11 at Henneke Funeral Home with Reverend Raymond Cox officiating. Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

He was born October 23, 1912 in Gonzales to Hassie Varner Dennis and Isaac Dennis. He married Lula Lee Fisher Dennis in 1940. Alron had lived in Houston for the past 25 years where he was a retired from Geophysical Oil Exploration.

Survivors include one son, Al M. Dennis, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Paula Dennis of Baytown; one grandson, Chad Dennis of Baytown.

Pallbearers Include Bill Dennis, Mack Logan, Ronnie Kluch, C. D. Hart, Jiggs Aston and Bimbo Kleimann.

Colorado County Citizen, January 17, 1985, page 2

Dennis, Chester Lee

Funeral services for Chester Lee Dennis of Columbus were held Saturday at Hennecke Funeral Home.  Interment was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  The Rev. Clarence James officiated.

Mr. Dennis passed away July 17 at Columbus Community Hospital.  He was 80 years of age.

He was born to Isaac and Mare Hassie Varner Dennis on Jan. 19, 1900 at Chestam, Texas.  He was a retired railroad and ranch hand.

He had resided in Columbus the past 20 years and was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Hassie May Voelcker and Mrs. Judy Jackson, both of Seguin; two sons, James of El Campo and Melvin L. of Palestine; one sister, Mrs. Willie Mangum of Gonzales; three brothers, Lester of Columbus, Woodie B. of Waco and Alron of Baytown, and eight grandchildren.

Pallbearers were David, Tom, Kenny, Bill and Donald Dennis, and Bill Kleimann.

Colorado County Citizen, July 24, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Dennis, Infant Daughter

The little eleven month old daughter or Mr. and Mrs. Isaac W. Dennis of Columbus died last Tuesday night, and was laid to rest in the Cheetham cemetery Wednesday, the 6th inst., at 8 o'clock.

"By the struggling moonbeams misty light,
And the lanterns dimly burning."

Our deepest sympathy goes out spontaneously to the bereaved parents and relatives.

Weimar Mercury, May 16, 1903
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Dennis, James Tracy

Final Rites for James Dennis, 54, Thursday

Funeral Services for James Tracey Dennis, 54, of Houston will be held at Hubbard Funeral Home here at 2pm Thursday, Nov. 14, with interment in Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Dennis died unexpectedly during his sleep early Tuesday morning.

A retired army mess sergeant, he married Mrs. Marie Baumgarten Potthast, formerly of here, on Oct 24, 1965 at Waco, and they settled in Houston. For the past two and a half years he had been assistant manager of Houston Country Club there. Recently he had become assistant manager of Riverside Country Club in Lake Jackson and they were preparing to move there.

Mr. Dennis served 21 years in the army and was retired as a staff sergeant. He served during both World War II and the Korean conflict.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons and two daughters, one stepson and three stepdaughters, two grandchildren and 22 step-grandchildren. A brother and sister preceded him in death.

The Weimar Mercury, November 14, 1968
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Dennis, Marie (Baumgarten) Potthast

Marie Dennis Funeral Services Held Aug. 28

Marie Potthast Dennis, 98, of Weimar, died Aug. 25. Funeral Services were held Thursday, Aug. 28, at St. Michael's Church in Weimar.

Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas for 55 years. Marie was a manager of Elkins 5 & 10 cents store and also Consolidated Locker Plant in Weimar while raising her family as a widowed mother of four. While living in Houston she worked at several major department stores.

She is survived by four children, son, Albert Potthast and wife, Sally, daughters Mary Ann Janecka and husband Albert, Jacquelyn Fox and husband James, and Florence Hempel and husband Victor. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Albert O. Potthast and James T. Dennis, brothers Bill and Wilson and sister Wilhelmina Baumgarten.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Jimmy and Curtis Fox, Jerry and Kevin Janecka, Michael Hempel and Karl Potthast. Honorary pallbearers were remaining grandsons.

GiGi, as her great-grandchildren called her, was a classy lady, full of character and somewhat quirky, too.

She lived a long and full life. She was a matriarch of her family, an avid fisherman, loved a party, and no matter how old she got, she never lost her beauty and with her love, she blessed our lives.

Contributions may be made to St. Michael's Church or St. Michael's School Endowment fund.

The Weimar Mercury, September 4, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Dennis, R.. W.

R. W. Dennis, once of this place, died last Friday morning at Bay City and his remains were shipped to Cheetham and interred here the next day. Mr. Dennis has many friends at this place who deeply sympathize with his family in their affliction.
John Dennis of Richmond, Henry McMicken and wife, Jim Mayes and family and Jesse Dennis of Bay City attended the funeral of their father, R. W. Dennis, at this place last Saturday.

Weimar Mercury, November 18, 1905, page 1

Dennis, Rosa Pearl (Waldrep)

Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Pearl Dennis were held July 17, at Columbus Funeral Home with the Rev. Clarence James, assisted by the Rev. John Sheppard, officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mrs. Dennis died in Parkview Manor Rest Home in Weimar July 15 after a long illness.

She was born in Polk County Jan. 15, 1905, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Boone Waldrep. She married Lester Dennis Dec. 7, 1922 in Coleman and they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Dec. 7, 1972.

A retired telephone operator, Mrs. Dennis started work with Southwestern Telephone Company in 1922. She quit for a while but started back to work for the company Marc 30, 1926 and worked continuously until she retired Aug. 28, 1955.

After retiring from the telephone company, she assisted Mr. Dennis in managing the Dennis Processing Company until he retired 6 years ago.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W. H. Kleimann of La Grange; 2 sons, Donald and Bill of Columbus; 8 grandchildren; 6; great-grandchildren; 5 sisters, Mrs. Eatha Love of Beeville, Mrs. Elsie Barker of Coleman, Mrs. Lissie Curry of Poolville, Mrs. Virginia Bloberg of Texas City, and Mrs. Alvis Ward of Orange Cove, Calif.; and one brother, Raymond Waldrep of Copperas Cove.

Pallbearers were Nelson Schmidt, Lex Sutton Jr., Don Hengst, Mike Bertsch, Lester William Kleimann, Sam Trammel, Jimmy Bartosh and Scott Gorman.

Colorado County Citizen, July 24, 1975
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Dennis, William Robert “Bill”


William Robert "Bill" Dennis, 78, of Ellinger, passed away Aug. 5 at Oakland Manor Nursing Facility in Giddings.

He was born in Columbus, Nov. 23, 1925, to Lester and Pearl Dennis and married Marguerite Hendrix Sutton June 9, 1952 in Edna. A 1943 graduate of Columbus High School, he served over two years in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was a crewman and driver of the 9th Battalion Amphibian Trac, serving in Guadacanal, Okinawa and Guam. He was co-owner of Dennis Processing Company in Columbus for over 37 years and then worked at Columbus Bearing in Columbus until retirement in 2003. He was a member of West End Baptist Church, where he served as an usher. He also was a member of Columbus Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6113. He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed sports, and making bird feeders and birdhouses for his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald Dennis; mother-in-law, Hester Hendrix; and daughter-in-law, JoAnn Sutton.

He is survived by his wife; son and daughter-in-law, Lex "Skippy" and Ruby Sutton of Ellinger; daughter and son-in-law, Lurraine "Rainey" and Nelson Schmidt of Fayetteville; four grandchildren and their spouses, William "Billy" and Tammy Schmidt of Weimar, Matthew and Jovana Schmidt of Madisonville, Jessica and Elroy Spanihel of Fayetteville and Chris and Brandi Sutton of Houston; two great-grandchildren, Ashley Schmidt of La Grange and Logan Spanihel of Fayetteville; sister and brother-in-law, Laverne and W.L. Kirschke of La Grange; sister-in-law, Helen Dennis of Columbus; and step-grandchildren, Paul and Donna Smith and their children, Dylan, Emilie, Alea and Brent, and Tiffany and Chris Thompson and their children, Taite and Thaley.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 8 at West End Baptist Church in Industry with the Rev. Dennis Keen officiating. Interment followed at Hawcreek Cemetery in the Shelby area with military honors by VFW Post 6113 of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Dwayne Snow, John Winship, Cedric Mahon, Huey Hayes, Hal Stall and Clifton Krupala.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the super senior citizens Sunday school class.

Memorial contributions can be made to Brazos Valley Hospice, 705 S. Austin St., Brenham, TX 77833-4124.

Colorado County Citizen, August 11, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Denson, Elizabeth Ann

Infant Dies

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Denson, born Friday evening, passed out of this life Sunday morning at about six o’clock. Simple burial services were held at the Odd Fellows Rest Sunday.

The many friends of the family sympathize deeply with the sorrowing parents and relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, September 15, 1932, page 1

Denson, Kizer Jane

Services For WUP [West University Place] Girl Conducted In Columbus

Funeral services were held yesterday for Miss Kizer Jane Denson, 13, who died in her home Monday night after a prolonged illness. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Denson of 3224 Albans.

Burial was in Columbus yesterday after the services in the Second Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Willard K. Weeks. Other survivors included her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Goeppinger of Columbus. [Interred at Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Southwestern Times,Houston/Bellaire, Texas, 3 June 1948, page 8
Contributed by Matt Cross

Dent, Baby Girl

This paper sympathizes with Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dent, in the loss of their little baby girl, aged about twelve hours, last Friday night. The little form was laid to rest in the Osage cemetery Saturday afternoon. God comfort the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, 15 December 1894
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Dent, Mary (Slack)


A letter from our friend, Tom C. Dent of North Fort Worth, informs us of the death of his beloved wife and life companion, which occurred on the 20th of October. Mrs. Dent was a Miss Mary Slack before marriage, a relative of the Fisher and Hefner families of this city, and was a most estimable, good woman, well and favorably known to many of the old time citizens of this section. They lived in the Osage section for many years. In the loss of his beloved wife, Mr. Dent has the sympathy of many friends in and around Weimar. God comfort him in this terrible affliction, is our sincere wish.

Weimar Mercury, November 8, 1918

Dent, Virginia (Cannon)


At the home of her daughter Laura V. Stockton, in Lometa, Lampasas County, Texas, on the 22nd day of March, A. D. 1913, Mrs. Virginia D. Dent departed this life at the advanced age of 83 years. She was the daughter of Simeon R. and Mary Omie Cannon, and was born in Barnwell County, South Carolina, March 5 1830. At an early age she moved with her family to Eufaula, Alabama, where she was married on the 5th day of December, 1949, to Theodore Dent. In 1959 they removed to Texas, locating on their plantation near New Ulm, in Fayette County, where they Iived, the wife conducting the plantation after the death of her husband in 1863, until the year I873 when the family located on the home farm near Osage, in Colorado county. Mrs. Dent lived on this farm and in Columbus until a few years since when site went to live with her daughter in Lometa. She was the mother of seven children, of which Laura V, Stockton and Frank W Dent of Lometa, T. C. Dent, of Fort Worth, and George M. Dent M. of Houston, survive she has a number of grandchildren, of which are two sons, Alvin and Milton Wirtz of Columbus, of her deceased daughter, Dora, and Several great grandchildren.

Mrs. Dent has been a devoted Christian all of her long, full and useful life, irnpressing the many with whom she has come in contact with her Christian love and fortitude, always remaining cheerful, kind and loving under the most trying circumstance, and meeting a Christian's end as she had lived. Her life will remain an inspiration for all who knew her. A Nephew

Weimar Mercury, April 4 , 1913, page 1

Denton, Mary Pearl (Horn)


Friends in the community learned with great sadness of the death of Mrs. Mary Pearl Denton, a native of Wallis and longtime resident of the Lissie and Chesterville communities.  Mrs. Denton died at about 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 5th in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital after an illness of seven weeks.

Funeral services were held from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, July 6th with the Rev. Sherrill Hall, pastor of the Lissie Baptist Church, officiating at the services.  Mrs. Dexter Anderson rendered a favorite hymn, "In the Garden" accompanied by Jerrol Higgins.
     She was placed to final rest in the Lakeside Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were Roland Ingram, Royce Ingram, Ted Denton, Dexter Anderson, Jay Anderson and W. M. Thomas, Jr.
     Mrs. Denton was born Mary Pearl Horn on March 28, 1889, in Wallis, Texas, the daughter of Elizabeth and Mack Horn.  She was united in marriage with Joseph R. Denton Sept. 3, 1904 in Wallis.  The family spent most of their married life in the Chesterville and Lissie community.
     He preceded her in death two years ago.  A son, Millard, also preceded her in death.
     Surviving are: one daughter, Mrs. L. L. Ingram of this city; seven sons, Aubrey and Clem of Houston, Irvin of Pasadena, Joe of Rosenberg, Glenn of Greensburg, Miss., Virl of Sour Lake, and Mace of Fresno, Calif.  Also surviving are 27 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
     Mrs. Denton was a member of Lissie United Methodist Church.  She was a devoted wife and mother and a faithful and dedicated neighbor in her community.  She will be missed greatly by all of her family and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 13, 1972 page five
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Depmore, Virginia A.

OBITUARY.--Departed this life on the 11th July, 1883, Mrs. Virginia A. Depmore, consort of Mr. Gus Depmore of this city. Deceased was born on the 11th of December 1842 and was raised in this county. She was a day of many estimable virtues, a devoted wife and consistent friend. At the bedside of the sick and suffering she was a ministering angel, never wearying, never neglecting deed of kindness. In graces she was sweet and womanly, attracting all hearts. At her funeral many kind friends attended the services being conducted by Rev. Mr. Armstrong of this city. Her sufferings were great, and she sleeps in peace. T her bereaved husband and relatives we tender ___ our condolences. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, July 19, 1883

Derr, Audrey Ann (Voskamp) Schonenberg


Audrey Ann Voskamp Derr, 82, of Columbus died Dec. 28, 2003.

She was born July 26, 1921 in New Ulm to Ardnie Dietrich Voskamp and Leila Henrietta Vogelsang.

She graduated from Columbus High School in 1939 and Kings Daughters School of Nursing in 1943. She joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corp in January 1945 and served in the China-Burma-India Theatre of War at the 372nd Station Hospital in Kaliakunda, India. During active service in India, she met and married Henry G. Schonenberg on August 17, 1945 in Kaliakunda. By the marriage to Henry, she had three children. He preceded her in death in a mid-air collision on Dec. 15, 1950. She then married Francis E. Derr of Houston on Jan. 2, 1953. They resided in Columbus where she served as a registered nurse.

She was a nurse at Columbus Community Hospital and employed at Columbus Eye Associates for 23 years. She was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion (Past Post Commander), Columbus Hospital Auxiliary, China-Burma-India Veterans Association, Magnolia Homes Tour and St. Paul Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Derr; parents; brother, A. D. Voskamp Jr. and brother-in-law, Richard L. Brown.

She is survived by sons and daughter-in-laws, Henry G. "Dutch" Schonenberg II and wife Cathy of San Antonio, Curtiss R. Schonenberg and wife Marian of Columbus; daughter and son-in-law, DyAnn E. Schonenberg Lauzon and husband E. A. "Zeb" Lauzon of Columbus; grandchildren Rachel Schonenberg Krhovjak and husband Chris, Erin Schonenberg Kethley and husband Jeremy, Curtiss "Cory" Schonenberg, Tracey Schonenberg, Frances Ann "Tootie" Lauzon and E. A. "Sonny" Lauzon; great-grandchildren Cody Pate and Ryan Kethley; sister, Waldene Brown of Houston, and sister-in-law, Sally Voskamp of Hallettsville.

Services were Jan. 2 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Burial was at the New Ulm Cemetery in New Ulm.

Pallbearers were Cory Schonenberg, Sonny Lauzon, Jeremy Kethley, Chris Krhovjak, Joshua Werland and Jason Werland. Honorary pallbearers were Todd Barfield M.D., R.J. Lowe M.D., Tom B. Hancher M.D., H.T. Youens M.D. and Russell W. Leyendecker.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church and Columbus Community Hospital.

Colorado County Citizen, January 7, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Derr, Francis Edward

Francis Edward Derr, 58, expired at St. Luke's Hospital on October 15, after a sudden illness.

He had been director of Austin County Educational Coop, based in Sealy, serving Sealy ISD, Wallis-Orchard ISD and Bellville ISD.

He became ill suddenly on October 12, the day after his birthday.

Derr graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in psychology and, after receiving his teachers accreditation, began teaching in Columbus ISD in 1954.

In 1956, after it became apparent that special education was to play a vital role in the Texas education system, he returned to college for the necessary certification to teach the learning problems of students. He eventually became assistant director of the Special Education Program in the Columbus ISD and then finally the director of the Austin County Education Coop. He had received his master's degree of special education at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, and in addition had attended the University of Texas and Texas A&M for post graduate work.

He was born in Houston, October 11, 1924, to Ernest Derr, Sr. and Claire Reumuth Derr. He married Audrey Ann Derr in 1953. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ernest Derr, Jr.

He served during World War II in the Navy for three and one half years, and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 383 of Columbus. He was active in the Lions Club and served as charter president of the evening club and had been a director of the Lions Eye Bank in Austin.

Survivors are his widow, Ann Derr of Columbus; sons, Dr. Henry G. Schonenberg of San Antonio, Curtiss R. Schonenberg of Columbus; and a daughter, DyAnn Lauzon, also of Columbus; six grandchildren, Erin, Tracey, Cory and Rachel Schonenberg and Eusebe Aime and Frances Ann Lauzon; three sisters, Katherine Clarke, Mary Frances LeRoy and Emily Derr, all of Houston; and many nieces and nephews.

Burial services were conducted by Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus at the St. Paul Lutheran Church by Rev. Robert Schlortt on Oct. 17. Burial was at the New Ulm Cemetery in New Ulm.

Pallbearers were his nephews: Gene LeRoy, Ernest Derr II, Sterling LeRoy, Kevin Clarke and Robert B. Brown of Houston and Tanner Voskamp of Hallettsville.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, October 21, 1982
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Derrick, William Hunt


William Hunt Derrick, age 56, of Katy, passed away March 18, at the Katy Community Hospital following a sudden illness.

Funeral services were held for Mr. William Hunt Derrick Friday, March 21, at Schmidt Funeral Home Chapel in Katy with the Rev. Melburn Sibley officiating. Local arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Burial was held at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Derrick was born May 22, 1929, in Tyronza, Arkansas to Julius Elliot Derrick and Martha Smith Derrick. He married Ola Mae Sides in Turell, Arkansas in 1949.

He was a former longtime resident of Eagle Lake moving to Katy in 1978. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake.

Survivors include: his wife, Ola Derrick of Katy; two daughters, Pamela Kay Derrick of Houston and Martha Lou Humphrey of Breaux Bridge, La.; four grandchildren, John William, Andrew Derrick, Michael Allen and David Ray Humphrey all of Louisiana; one sister, Ruth Keel of Ayuca, Mississippi; one brother, James Boyd Derrick of Victoria and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Ray Lee Jackson, Kenneth Nance, Jack, Smokey, Crocket and David Leyendecker.

Honorary pallbearers were Davis and Gary Waddell and Emmett Kveton.

Colorado County Citizen, April 3, 1986
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

DeShazo, Bettie (Drymalla)


Bettie DeShazo, 91, of Eagle Lake, passed away Dec. 5 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Bernardo, Sept. 17, 1914 to John and Frances (Drymalla) Schmitt and married Hoy DeShazo, Sept. 17, 1932. She was a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz as well as the Altar Society at the Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, John DeShazo; and five sisters, Tillie Schmitt, Mary Schmidt, Annie Drymalla, Maggie Schmitt and Pauline Schmitt.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Nellie DeShazo Frnka of Spicewood, Betty Hammons of Seabrook and Carol and Bernard Smaistrla of Manvel; daughter-in-law, Karen DeShazo of Port Lavaca; son, James DeShazo and wife Vela of Houston; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services took place Dec. 8 at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers were Randal Frnka, Richard Hammons, Blake Smaistrla, Jeff Smaistrla, Brett DeShazo and Kyle DeShazo.

Colorado County Citizen, December7, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

DeSerin, Count Leon


Mrs. F. O. Forris[Norris] received a letter last week from Paris, France, announcing the death of her grandfather, Count Leon de Serin, at the age of 89 years. Count de Serin once resided in Colorado county, and his only descendants, the children of A. A. Williamson, were brought up here. He was the neighbor and friend of Victor Hugo, and belonged to one of the oldest lines of French nobility.

Colorado Citizen, November 5, 1891, page 3

DeShazo, Hoy

Hoy DeShazo

Hoy DeShazo, 76, of Eagle Lake, died at 12:36 p.m. February 28 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston following a sudden illness. He was born in Aspermont, Stonewall County, on November 8, 1911, a son of Edward and Nellie Paige DeShazo. He had resided in Eagle Lake since early childhood. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Eagle Lake and had been an active member in the Knights of Columbus until his health failed. In 1932 he married Bettie Schmitt in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. He had spent most of his entire career working in the sand and gravel quarries in Eagle Lake as dragline operator and other heavy equipment.

A Knights of Columbus rosary was recited at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel followed by a parish rosary at 7:30 p.m. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 2 from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Eagle Lake with Father Jesse Euresti officiating. Burial followed at St. Roch’s Cemetery in Mentz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, John Hoy DeShazo, and three brothers, Ernest, Sterling and Bert DeShazo.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mrs. Bettie Schmitt DeShazo of Eagle Lake; three daughters, Nellie Frnka of Henderson, Betty Hammons of Seabrook and Carol Smzistrla of Manvel; a son, James E. DeShazo of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Motie Thompson of San Antonio; 14 grandchildren; six great grandchildren, and numerous other relatives and loved ones.

Pallbearers scheduled were his grandsons, Brett,Kyle and Chris DeShazo, Jeff and Blake Smaistrla, Richard Hammons and Michael and Randall Frnka.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 3, 1988

Deveny, Infant

Stillborn Infant Of Former Residents Is Buried Here

An infant born to Dr. and Mrs. James A. Deveny, former residents of Columbus, was buried at Odd Fellows Rest this weekend with Columbus Funeral home in charge of arrangements.

The baby was born Saturday night in Coleman. Dr. Deveny practiced here as chiropractor several years ago.

Colorado County Citizen, March 28, 1946

deWaal, Stanley


At age 81. Stanley deWaal, died January 4. He was formerly of Columbus. Funeral services were held January 7 at Sunset Funeral Chapel with Reverend Knox Duncan officiating. Masonic services were under the auspices of Community Lodge No. 1201.

Mr. deWaal was born in San Antonio in 1904 and was in the refrigeration business before World War II first in Columbus and later in San Antonio. When World War II broke out, deWaal joined the civil services. After the war, he worked for 23 years as a refrigerator engineer in Okinawa, where he taught local students the trade.

A pianist who enjoyed tinkering with player pianos, deWaal performed with a local orchestra several years ago. He played drums in a group called Sis and Her Buddies.

On his retirement in 1969, Mr,. deWaal was presented a plaque signed by Hayao Gakiya and 15 students deWaal taught in his field.

When the 15 students In Okinawa learned of Mr. deWaal's death, they donated $1,000 to the Alzafar Shrine Crippled Children's Hospital In his name. The group also sent flowers.

The San Antonio native, besides being active in the lodge No. 1201, was a member of the Alzafar Temple, Scottish Rite Bodies of San Antonio, United Ostomy Association Inc. and the Musicians Society of San Antonio.

In addition to his wife, Mr. deWaal is survived by a daughter, Shirley Wilson of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, January 17, 1985, page 2

Diaz, Robert Gallegos


Robert Gallegos Diaz, 60, of Eagle Lake, died Saturday Oct. 7, 1995 at Leisure Lodge Nursing Home in Rosenberg.

Born May 8, 1935 in San Antonio, he was the son of H. S. Sr. and Elizabeth (Gallegos) Diaz. He lived in the Eagle Lake area for most of his life, and was a retired mill operator and service station attendant. He served in the U. S. Army from 1954-1957 and was in the U. S. Army Reserve until 1962.

Funeral services were held Oct. 12 at Iglesia Bastista Getsemani in Eagle Lake, with Rev. Mario Vasquez officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Dulaney[sic] Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Diaz is survived by his daughters, Rhonda L. Diaz of Richmond and Roberta L. Gonzales of Angleton; sisters Esther Contrera and Martha Sosa, both of Eagle Lake and Rachel Braswell of Florida; grandchildren Jason Ross Bowes and Everitt Troy Grounds II; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, October 18, 1995, page 14


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Dickens, Dorothy Mae “Dot” (Tatum)


Dorothy Mae (Dot) Tatum Dickens, 63, of Los Angeles, Calif. died Saturday, July 26, 1995.
Born September 10, 1931 in Columbus, she was the daughter of Joel and Willie Mae Tatum. She attended Columbus public schools, and was an honor student in the class of 1949. While in Columbus, she was a member of Saint Paul United Methodist Church. She later moved to Arizona, where she taught school before relocating to Los Angeles. In 1964, she married Lonzo Dickens.

Funeral services were held Aug. 3 at New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Columbus with Rev. G. W. Clark and Rev. Robert Waddell officiating. Interment followed in Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus. William Richard Spaulding Mortuary of California and Pendergrass-Fowler-Dillard Chapel of Columbus were in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were Robert Waddell, Raymond Dillard, Thurman Kirby, Ronald McMillian, Johnnie Kirby Jr. and Elvin Irvin. Honorary pallbearrs were Leon E. Tatum, Robert E. Tatum, Joe L. Tatum and James L. Tatum.

Mrs. Dickens is survived by her husband; daughter Cherrie Renee Dickens; grandcildren James, Jody, Nyla Dorothy and Robert Jr.; sisters Barbara T. Usher of Glidden, Olivia L. Mack of Miami, Fla., Helen T. Brown of San Antonio and Joyce E. Tatum of Philadelphia, Pa.; four brothers, Leon E. Tatum and James L. Tatum of Houston, Robert E. Tatum of Los Angeles, Joe L. Tatum of Miami, Fla., sisters-in-law, Wanda Tatum and Jewel Tatum; uncles, L. D. Waddle of Columbus and Eugene Waddle of Waco; and a host of nieces, nephews and numerous cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Nyla Denise Brown; her parents; a sister and a nephew..

Colorado County Citizen, August 23, 1995, page 16

Dickerson, Hannah and Grace

Dickerson Twins

Infant twins, Hannah and Grace Dickerson, new born to parents, Nancy and David Dickerson of Eagle Lake, passed away January 13. Grace passed away at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital and Hannah did just hours later at the Memorial Southwest Hospital in Houston after being rushed into Houston by the Eagle Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

A private graveside service was held January 16, at the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with Reverend Alan McCall of Sugarland officiating.

Survivors include parents, David A. Dickerson and Nancy L. Nordyke Dickerson; sister, Sarah Lorraine Dickerson of Eagle Lake; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Manier West of Nashville, Tenn., Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dickerson of Lake Whitney; great grandparents, Mrs. Charles E. Hailey of Nashville, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Nordyke of San Francisco, Mrs. Beulah Nelson Tuttle of Los Angeles and Norman C. Dickerson of McKinney.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home,

Colorado County Citizen, January 24, 1985, pages 2 and 6

Dickey, James


James Dickey, the latest of the smallpox patients to be sent to the detention camp, and who had the disease in very bad farm, died Monday. The remains were buried [at the pest camp] as soon as possible. There have been no other cases, in fact it is not believed there will be any further cases, and it is possible the quarantine will soon be abolished.

Weimar Mercury, June 14, 1918, page 1

Dickey, Ella (Lee)


Ella Dickey, 69[sic], wife of Green Dickey, well-known colored freight hauler for Herder Truck Lines, was buried last Thursday in the Weimar Colored Cemetery.

A native of Fayette County where she was born in 1879, she was marrid to Green in 1896 and they moved to Weimar in 1907, living here since that time. Ella died Jan 15 after a heart attack.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, and a son and one grandson.

Weimar Mercury, January 27, 1950, page 1

Dickey, Elmo


Elmo Dickey, son of Johnson Dickey and wife, well known colored couple of this community, who died in a Los Angels, Calif. hospital a few day ago, following an operation for locked bowels, was buried in the colored people's burying ground [Paradise Garden] west of town Sunday afternoon, and the funeral was attended by a very large crowd of mourning relalives and friends. The body reached here late Saturday evening.

Elmo was a steady, industrious young colored man, well known and highly regarded by both whites and blacks, and his death is sincerely deplored by all. Much sympathy is expressed for his parents in the loss of a beloved son.

Weimar Mercury, May 27, 1938

Dickson, Ida Lois (Hancock)

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Lois Dickson, 89, Held Wednesday

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Weimar Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock for Mrs. Lois Dickson, 89, former Weimar lady, with the Rev. H. B. Yount, Baptist minister, officiating. Interment was made in the Odd Fellows Cemetery here.

Mrs. Dickson was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Hancock and was born Sept. 1. 1855, near Frelsburg. She died at the home of her daughter. Mrs. C. W. Gray in Comanche, Texas. She was united in marriage to James Dickson in 1892. Mr. Dickson was a State Senator of Lexington.

Mrs. Dickson was a long time resident of Weimar and about eighteen years ago moved to Comanche to live with her daughter. She was ill about two weeks. Double pneumonia was reported as the cause of her death. "Miss Lois" had many friends here in Weimar.

Survivors include a son, Hinton Dickson of San Antonio; four daughters, Mrs. C. W. Gray of Comanche, Mrs. S. O. Breeden of San Antonio, Mrs. Archie Knox of Rockport, Mrs. R. S. McCartney of Beaumont.

Among others here to attend the funeral were four granddaughters, Mrs. William B. Blanchet of Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Adolf Hoese of San Antonio. Mrs. G. S. Smelser of Fort Collins, Colo., and Miss Norma Lou Breeden of San Antonio.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, September 1, 1944, page 1

Dickson, William Robert "Bill"

W. R. Dixon [sic.] Buried In Rock Is. Tuesday

W. R. (Bill) Dixon, 73, passed away at his home in Wharton early this week and was buried in the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. He was a resident of Rock Island in the early 1900’s, making his home with his parents. Other family members at that time were 2 sisters, Miss Katherine, a teacher in the schools and Grace; 2 brothers, John and Tom.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 29, 1961
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Diedrich, Emma

The death of Mrs. Frank Diedrich, who passed away Tuesday of last week brought great sorrow to her family and friends and to many who held her near and dear.

Mrs. Diedrich's death occurred in the Sealy hospital, where she had been taken for skilled medical attention and nursing in the hope of restoring her to normal health, but all proved futile and of no avail.

Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon from the family home with Rev. Flachmier officiating, burial being in the Mentz Lutheran cemetery. [Zoar Cemetery] P. K. Shatto of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Deceased was born February 4, 1865 and at the time of her death was 76 years, 5 months and 11 days old. She was the daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. Daniel Meyer and a lifelong resident of the Cat Spring and Mentz community. On December 3, 1940, she and her husband enjoyed their 51st wedding anniversary. God called the quiet, patient, trusting soul to her Heavenly home, where she will ever rest from pain and sorrow. All of her daughters were at her bedside when the final summons came.

Mrs. Diedrich was a member of the Lutheran church over a period of many years and was held in high esteem by all who knew her. She is survived by her grief stricken husband and four daughters, Mrs. Annie Stuessel of Sealy, Mrs. Bennie Kenter of Bellville, Mrs. Ed. Dittmar of Cat Spring and Mrs. Mary Duddleston of Bernardo. Ten grandchildren also survive as follows, Orville and Estella Stuessel of Sealy, Lee Allen Dittmar of Houston, Mrs. Henry Kretzschmar of Eagle Lake, Mrs. David Konesheck of Telferner, Chas. Duddleston, Jr., of Columbus, Glen Dittmar of Cat Spring, Franklin and Leslie Kenter of Houston and Mrs. Juluist Vykukal of Sealy. The following five great grandchildren are also left, Joy Arlene and Reva Louise Kenter of Houston, Henry Lloyd Kretzschmar of Eagle Lake and Lowell Wayne and Eloise Kay Stuessel of Sealy. Three sisters and three brothers survive, Mrs. Juluist Kotzebue of Columbus, Mrs. Phillip Kansteiner of Cat Spring, Mrs. Edwin Berger, Henry and Dan Meyer of the Cat Spring Community and Louis Meyer of New Ulm together with numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were her six grandsons Orville Stuessel, Franklin and Leslie Kenter, Charlie Duddleston, Lee Allen and Glenn Dittmar.

The Headlight joins many friends in extending sympathy to the family circle in their grief.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 1941
Submitted by John Konesheck

Diedrich, Frank Henry

Ninety-three-year-old Frank H. Diedrich, father of Mrs. C. N. Duddleston Sr. of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Ed Dittmar of Cat Spring, was laid to rest in the Mentz Lutheran cemetery [Zoar Cemetery] last Thursday after death came the preceding Tuesday morning after a brief illness. The Rev. Walter Miller, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Eagle Lake, officiated.

He had made his home in Eagle Lake with Mr. And Mrs. Duddleston for the past 5 years.

Born in the Shaw's Bend community Sept 16, 1863, Mr. Diedrich was a farmer until he retired about 8 years ago. During his lifetime he lost his wife and 2 daughters by death. Mrs. Diedrich died in 1941. She was the former Emma Meyer. The couple celebrated their Golden anniversary several years before Mrs. Diedrich's death.

Besides his daughters he is survived by 10 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Charles Duddleston Jr. and Henry Kretzschmar Sr., Eagle Lake; David Konesheck and Franklin Kenter, Houston; Lee Allen Dittmar and Orville Stuessel, Sealy, and Herbert Meyer, Bernardo.

Unknown Newspaper, November 1956
Submitted by John Konesheck

Dieringer, Winnie Robbie (Besch) Eastland

Mrs. Dieringer’s Services Held in Rock Island Nov. 27

Funeral services were held at the Rock Island Baptist church Tuesday for Mrs. Hugo J. Dieringer and burial was in Myrtle [Cheetham] cemetery there. Dr. Norman L. Roberts of the First Baptist church of Columbus officiated.

Mrs. Dieringer would have been 44 Dec. 12. She died Monday at Renger hospital in Hallettsville after an illness of about 5 months. An adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Besch, her maiden name was Winnie Robbie Besch. She had spent most of her life in Rock Island.

She was married in 1927 to Curham W. Eastland of Garwood and the couple had a son Curham Paul, and a daughter, Margaret Ann. This marriage was terminated and in 1955 she was married to Hugo J. Dieringer.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her father; her son and daughter and a foster brother, Alfred Besch of Winnie, and a granddaughter Cynthia Gayle Eastland.

Pallbearers were Ernest Moss Sr., E. J. Hudson, S. A. Defoor, Harry Townsend, Dan Hooper Jr. and Max Girndt Sr.

Colorado County Citizen, November 29, 1956, page 4

Dierschke, Georgie Marie (Jasek)

Georgie Marie Jasek Dierschke

Georgie Marie Jasek Dierschke beloved wife, mother and "granny" passed away peacefully Friday, September 7, at the age of 73, at Spring Branch Medical Center in Houston.

She was born August 8, 1934 in Moulton.

Georgie was a dedicated volunteer in her community and a devoted parishioner of the church of the Nativity.

Her love for her family was second only to her love for the Lord. Her beautiful gardens and incredible kolaches were famous among her family and friends.

Georgie was loved by everyone who met her and her amazing spirit brought out the best in every life she touched.

Georgie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Clara Jasek.

Survivors include her husband, James D. Dierschke of Eagle Lake; daughter, Renae and husband, Joe Moore, of Cypress; sons, Nicky and wife, Pattie Dierschke of Clear Lake; Donny and wife, Angela Dierschke, of Flower Mound, Robert Dierschke of Sheridan; sister, Olga Cunda of Rosenberg; brothers, Johnny Jasek of San Antonio, Ernest Jasek of Cebilo; six grandchildren and other relatives and loved ones.

Visitation was held Monday, September 10, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home. A rosary was held Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 11, at 11 a.m. at the Parish of the Nativity Church in Eagle Lake with Father Robert Guerra officiating. Burial followed at the Nativity Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Al Mahalitc, Charles Besch, Daryl Cunda, Bruce Hardin, Joe Wendel, and Howard Wilkerson.

Honorary pallbearers were Whitney and Cody Moore, Jacob, Joshua, Layne and Chase Dierschke.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 13th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Dietzel, Sadie Florine (Wallace)

Sadie Dietzel Funeral Service Set Saturday

Graveside services for Sadie Wallace Dietzel are planned for Saturday morning at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Dietzel died Monday in Bethany, Mo., where she had lived for the past several years.

She is the sister of Dorothy Albrecht of La Grange.

The time of the service was pending Tuesday afternoon. Arrangements are under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

A more complete obituary will appear later.

Weimar Mercury, June 22, 2006

Sadie Dietzel Funeral Services Held June 24

Sadie Florine (Wallace) Dietzel, 84, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 in Bethany, Mo. Funeral services were held at the Weimar Cemetery Chapel on June 24 with Dr. Jerry Carpenter officiating.

Burial followed in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Sadie was born in Glidden on December 27, 1921 to Keity L. and Jimmie (Taylor) Wallace and later moved to Columbus where she graduated from Columbus High School.

She was a resident of San Antonio for most of her adult life and worked at Kelly Air Force Base.

She enjoyed traveling, sewing, and needlepoint, and doted upon her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She moved to Bethany in 2001 to be nearer her daughter.

Sadie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sandi and Bill McKeel of Bethany; her daughter-in-law, Carolyn Kenworthy of San Antonio; grandchildren; Rusty Dietzel of Austin, Michael Dietzel, Michele Funk, Marcia Dietzel and Stephanie Parker all of San Antonio, Samantha Dietzel of New York and Lisa Preston of Missouri.

The newest lights in her life were her great-grandchildren, Brianna Preston, Adam Dietzel, Tomas Chavira and Luke Funk.

She is also survived by her brother, Fred L. Wallace of Columbus and her sister, Dorothy Wallace Albrecht of La Grange. A half sister-in-law, Lois Wallace of Glidden also survives as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jimmy; three half-brothers, Charles Brunson, Carey L. and James K. Wallace; and her half-sister, Madlyn Besch.

Weimar Mercury, June 29, 2006

Sadie Dietzel, 84, Bethany, died Tuesday, June 20, 2006 at a healthcare facility in Bethany.

She was born Dec. 27, 1921 in Glidden Texas, daughter of Alonzo Frederick and James Lettie (Taylor) Wallace

Survivors include daughter, Sandy McKeel, Bethany; sister, Dorothy Albright [sic.], LaGrange, Texas; brother, Fred Wallace, Columbus, Texas; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Sadie was preceded in death by her parents and son, James Dietzel.

A graveside service and burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2006 at Weimar Masonic Cemetery in Weimar, Texas.  Local arrangements made at Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Bethany, Mo. 64424

Bethany Republican Clipper
Friday, June 23, 2006

Dillard, Alberta Ray (Parker)

See obituaary for Berla Lee (Hardison) Parker

Dillard, Bertha M.

Mrs. Bertha M. Dillard

Mrs. Bertha M. Dillard of Columbus passed away Dec. 18 at Herman Hospital in Houston.

Funeral services were held Dec. 21 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, with Rev. H. T. Franks officiating, with interment in Willing Workers Cemetery.

Ben Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Dillard taught school for 40 years in Columbus, Alleyton and other Texas schools. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, the Golden Sheath Court, No. 19 Progressive Order of Pilgrims and the Retired State of Texas Teachers’ Association.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Colorado County Citizen, December 27, 1979

Dillard, Joseph W.


Joe Dillard, 34, was shot and almost instantly killed at a house in the colored section of town last Sunday at about noon. Clarence Campbell (colored) was taken in custody charged with the killing.

[Interment was in Gay Hill Cemetery.]

It is alleged that Dillard was advancing upon Campbell with a .45 pistol in his hand when the killing occurred.

An inquest was held by Squire H. L.B. Skinner and a verdict of murder at the hands of Campbell was returned. The examining trial of Campbell was set for yesterday.

Colorado County Citizen, September 14, 1933

Dillard, Ola

Ola Dillard, Lifetime County Resident, Dies

Funeral services for Ola Dillard, 78, lifetime resident of Colorado county, were held Sunday and burial was in the family cemetery at Gay Hill. Rev. J. W. Elliott officiated and Davis Funeral home was in charge.

Ola, who never married, was born April 22, 1882, a daughter of Simon and Sally Alton Dillard. She died suddenly April 7.

She and her sister, Sarah Dillard, assisted by their brother, Will, ran the Dillard farm. She was a member of St. Paul Methodist church.

Surviving are 2 brothers, Willie and Jesse and 2 sisters, Sarah Dillard and Minnie Alley. All are of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, April 14, 1960, page 2

Dillard, Sarah

Police Say Burglary Was Motive


A 28-year-old Columbus man has been charged with capital murder in the deer-rifle slaying of his 80-year old aunt Monday night at her home near Columbus.

Investigating officers believe he shot the woman in the hack from about 50 yards away, then ransacked her home, taking $108 in cash.

Dead is Mrs. Sara Dillard, 80, whose home is just off the Steward-Rau road north of Columbus.

Find Rifle

Charged is Elvin Rubin Alley Jr. of Columbus. He was arrested in Columbus shortly after daylight Tuesday morning by one group of officers at about the same time another group was finding a 30-30 rifle believed to be the murder weapon.

He has given the officers a complete statement, details of which were not released.

For the officers the case began at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday when the sheriff's office was notified that Mrs. Dillard was missing from her home, where she lived alone.

While they were enroute to her place, a niece, Ruth Ward, called and said she had been found, just off the porch.

Shot in Back

When the officers arrived they found she had been shot in the back, apparently as she stood in the yard near the house, for there was no blood anywhere else.

An investigation was begun by Sheriff Doe Mueller, Chief Deputy Jim Broussard, Deputy Bryon Touchek, and Constables Billy Joe Schindler and David Zajicek.

Justice of the Peace Richard Schmidt pronounced Mrs. Dillard dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy by Houston pathologists.

Mrs. Dillard's home had been ransacked.

From information from people who gathered at the scene, the officers began thinking of Alley as a suspect, but they waited until they could make a more thorough check of the premises at daylight,

50 Yards from House

At that time Deputy Emil Martinez found the rifle in a e pasture about 50 yards from the house. The officers believe it was the murder weapon and that the killer fired from about where it was found.

Just as they were examining the rifle, they heard a radio report from the constables that they and Roy Cleat, a Columbus restaurant owner, had found the suspect at a parking lot in Columbus, near Riverside Terrace. He was e arrested without resistance.

At the sheriff's office he was charged with murder and bond was denied. He had $1O8 and some change which the officers believe he took from his aunt's home after shooting her. [Interment in Gay Hill Cemetery]

The rifle and other evidence have been sent to Houston for laboratory examination.

Earlier Case Similar

The case is similar in several respects to another still very fresh on the investigating officers' minds. Two months ago the body of a 63-year-old Eagle Lake woman was found near her home, bearing multiple stab wounds and indications that her hands had been tied behind her hack. She had been reported missing about two months earlier and it appeared she may have been dead about that long.

That was Mrs. Alice Brooks, and after several weeks of investigation in which officers checked out 15 persons thoroughly, murder charges were filed against David Coats, 26, and his common-law wife Dorothy. Louise Thomas, 18. Coats is still in jail; Miss Thomas is out after posting $10,000 bond. Investigation of that case is still going on.

3 Cases for Jury

A third murder case also is awaiting the fail grand jury.

Cecil Lee Williams was charged in the latter part of April after James Clifton Murphy died of a gunshot wound he had received about two weeks earlier. Police said he was shot in the face with a 22-Caliber pistol by Miss Williams as they argued in front of her home here.

Weimar Mercury, June 23, 1977

Dilworth, Ruby Lee (Williams)


Ruby Lee Dilworth, 75, of Columbus, died Friday, Dec. 15, 1995.

Born Jan. 6, 1920 in Milam county, she was the daughter of Riane Williams and Mary Jackson. In 1956, she married Willie Dilworth.

Funeral services were held Dec. 20 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus with Rev. G. W. Clark officiating. Interment followed in Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Stanley Conner, Joe Whitfield, Elmer Lee, (Peg) Stovall, Bubba Seals and Gary Gray. Honorary pallbearers were Mrs. Dilworth’s family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of Columbus; step-daughter Diane Cyphers of San Antonio; sister Helen Dean Williams of San Antonio; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by two sisters.

Colorado County Citizen, December 27, 1995, page 10

Dinsmore, Sarah C. (Wirick)

Aged Lady Called to Her Eternal Home

Several months since Mrs. S. C. Dinsmore, an aged and popular lady of this city, sustained a bad fall at the home of her daughter. Mrs. T. W. Brown, in the western part of the city, receiving injuries which caused her to be bed-ridden ever since. From the first the seriousness of her condition was realized, and every attention and comfort was showered upon her by family and friends. Mrs. Dinsmore bore up cheerfully, despite her sufferings, and it was hoped she might survive and be able in time to be up and about. But it was a vain wish. The last few weeks her condition became gradually worse, and it was soon realized the end was near.

Tuesday night of last week there was a brIef struggle and the poor, tired spirit of this truly good woman had gone to join those who had preceded her to that heavenly home above. Her death occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. W. Brown.

Funeral arrangements were made and the body committed to mother earth the following day. Funeral services were held at the house and grave [Weimar Masonic Cemetery] by her late pastor. Rev. W. L. Hightower. The floral offerings were many and beautifuL

Mrs. Sarah C. (nee Wirick) Dinsmore was born in Mansfield, Ohio, Dec. 24, 1842. Her death occurred at Weimar at 3 a n, Dec 23,1931, just lacking one day of her 89th birthday. She lived for a number of years with the family of Rev. Thomas Dinsmore, where she met Wm. L. Dinsmore, with whom she ws united in marriage Aug. 21, 1891. Three children were born to them--Robert S. Dinsmore, living now in Gulfport, Miss., Mrs. Margaret Elisabeth Brown and Wm. H. Dinsmore of Weimar, five grandchildren three great-grandchildren, all of whom survive her.

Mrs. Dinsmore was a woman of lovable disposition. During the years she resided in Weimar she easily won friendship and esteem of our people by her kindly and cheerful disposition, ever having a word of friendly greeting for those with whom she came in contact. Despite her advanced age she was active up to the time of accident referred to and it was remarkable how she could and did get about. She was always a christian and one whose deeds of kindness made her everyone’s friend.

In her death the heartfelt sympathy of all goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, January 1, 1932, page 1

Dinsmore, William Henry


Mr. William Henry Dinsmore, 71, died at his home here Tuesday morning at 5:30 o’clock, after an illness of eleven weeks. He had been in ill health for some time, due partly to an injury received in an automobile accident three years ago.

Mr. Dinsmore, who became a citizen of Weimar twelve years ago when he moved here from Iowa, was born in Marshall County, Iowa, January 29, 1871. He was a member of the Weimar Methodist Church, which he attended regularly until a short time before his death, although he was crippled much of the time. A photographer by trade, Mr. Dinsmore was also an adept gunsmith and cabinet maker. He has made his home here with his sister, Mrs. T. W. Brown, since 1930.

Funeral services were held from the Hubbard Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon, and interment was made in the Masonic Cemetery, with the Rev. S. R. Horwood, Methodist pastor, directing the services.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nora Dinsmore of Cedar Falls, Iowa; two children, Mrs. Helen Gafney and Mrs. Dorothy Huntley, both of Cedar Falls; One sister, Mrs. T. W. Brown, of this city; one brother, R. S. Dinsmore, of Gulfport, Miss.; and a nephew, Pvt. Milton Booth of Ellington Field, Texas. Three grandchildren also survive.

Weimar Mercury, December 25, 1942, page 1

Dipple, Arthur Henry “Sunshine”

‘Sunshine’ Dipple of Eagle Lake Is Heart Attack Victim

Funeral services were held in the First Baptist church of Eagle Lake Saturday afternoon for A. H. (Sunshine) Dipple, who died of a heart attack last week, while en route home from La Grange where he had been bowling.

Mr. Dipple , who was in his 50’s, was driving the car, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Frnka of Eagle Lake, when the attack came, and he told Mr. Frnka to take the wheel as quickly as possible.

He was taken immediately to the Eagle Lake Hospital, but was dead on arrival. He had suffered several previous attacks.

He was cashier at the First National bank of Eagle Lake and was active in work with the Baptist church. He had been fire chief of Eagle Lake for about 25 years. Several years ago he was connected with the Department of Public Welfare office here.

His widow, the former Edna Earl Hoover, survives. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, March 15, 1956, page 10

Dippel, August


Bookkeeper For Lakeside Irrigation Company, Citizen of Eagle Lake For Fifteen Years, Died suddenly After An Illness of Only a Few Days.

August Dippel, Bookkeeper for the Lakeside Irrigation company, died at 2:20 Saturday morning, following an illness of about a wee, of heart trouble. He was 65 years of age.

Mr. Dippel was born in Kassel, German, April 6, 1870, and spent his early childhood there. When a boy of thirteen years, he emigrated to America, and for many years resided in Brenham and in other towns of that section of the state. He was married in 1899 to Miss Mathilda Welch, who died thirty years ago, after only a few years of happy married life. True to her memory, he never remarried. Mr. Dippel was a splendid citizen, of a kindly, courteous disposition, and a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church. He had many friends.

Mr. Dippel's father preceded him in death seventeen years ago, and his mother eleven years ago. He was the first of a family of ten children to answer the call from the shadows.

His surviving children are Mrs. Albert Quebe of Brenham, Arthur Dippel of Eagle Lake, and Mrs. Gus Sager of Boerne. One child passed away in infancy. He is also survived by five grandchildren, four brothers -- Will Dippel, H. W. Dippel, Christ Dippel and C. f. Dippel, all of Brenham, and five sisters -- Mrs. Miss Lena Dippel and Mrs. Adolph Flescher of Brenham, and Mrs. Ben Glese of Houston.

Numerous relatives and many warm friends mourn the sudden death of Mr. Dippel and extend sympathy to the members of the bereaved family. He was a member of one of the pioneer families of Texas and for many years resided in Brenham and nearby sections. He moved to Eagle Lake about fifteen years ago, and was well and most favorably known to many people of this section.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Hoover, with Rev. W., M. Logan, local Presbyterian minister, officiating, and the funeral cortege proceeded overland to Brenham where burial was made in the Prairie Lee Cemetery.

The pallbearers were Ed Hanly, A. L. Wahrmund, A. L. Baring, E. F. Hoover, Ernst Seaholm and Mose Thomas.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 27, 1935
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Dipprey, Margaret Octavia (Lewis)

Funeral services for Margaret Octavia Dipprey of Austin were held Monday at Columbus-Day Funeral Home, with interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  The Rev. Clarence James  officiated.

Mrs. Dipprey died in Austin Saturday.  She was 91 years of age.

She was born April 22, 1989 in Missouri, the daughter of William C. Lewis and Missouri O. Shippe.

Her husband, Albert, preceded her in death in 1977.

She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Colorado County Citizen, August 28, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Dittman, Anna Pauline (Hinkel)

Aged Lady of Alleyton Dies

Mrs. Anna Dittman, one of the early settlers of Colorado County, passed out of this life at her home in Alleyton last Thursday evening. Funeral services were held at the family residence at 2:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon and the remains laid to rest in the Alleyton Cemetery, Rev. Piepenbrook of Weimar conducting the service.

A large crowd paid their last respects to the deceased and the new mound was heaped high with floral offerings in testimony of the deep respect in which she was held.

Mrs. Dittman was born in Germany and came to this country when a little child. She and her husband settled at Alleyton in the early sixties and they conducted a store there ever since. She was 83 years of age.

She is survived by four children: Mrs. R. H. Harrison of Alleyton, Mrs. A. F. Mitchell of Cameron and Henry and William Dittman of Alleyton, to whom our sympathy is extended.

Colorado Citizen, December 4, 1924


Mrs. Anna Dittman, a pioneer citizen of Colorado county, and one of the most prominent and influential women of this section, died at her home in Alleyton at 7:25 Thursday evening.

Mrs. Dittman was born in Lengefeld, Germany, July 10, 1842, and was 82 years of age last July.

Funeral services will be conducted from the family residence in Alleyton Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Interment will be made in the Alleyton cemetery.

Mrs. Dittman was the mother of ten children, four of whom, Mrs. R. Henry Harrison of Alleyton, Mrs. A. F. Mitchel of Cameron, and Messrs. Henry and William Dittman of Alleyton, survive, to whom the Headlight extends its sincere sympathy in their great sorrow. Eagle Lake Headlight.

Weimar Mercury, December 5, 1924, page 6

Dittmann, Charles Augustus

The Citizen regrets to announce the death of Mr. Charles A. Dittmann, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of the county, which occurred at his residence in Alleyton about 9 o’clock last Sunday morning. Mr. Dittmann was born in Prussian Silesia in 1830, and immigrated to this country at an early age, locating in 1859 at Alleyton. [Interment in Alleyton Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, April 1, 1893

Dittman, Henry August

Mr. Henry A. Dittman, one of Colorado county’s most prominent citizens, died at his residence in Alleyton Wednesday. The burial will take place this, Thursday, afternoon at 3 o’clock, at Alleyton.

Weimar Mercury, October 1, 1926, page 4

Dittman, William H.

William H. Dittman Dies From Injuries

Wm. H. ("Willie") Dittman, only surviving son of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Dittman, pioneer merchants of Alleyton, met with a fatal accident early Monday morning returning home by auto from Schulenburg. Traveling with Mr. Burt Cox, a young man of LaGrange, in a light Ford truck, the car lights went bad and they landed in the ditch on north side of right-of-way after crossing railroad tracks near the Navidad bridge. Occupants of a passing automobile conveyed the injured man (other was unhurt) to Schulenburg, where Dr. W. O. Luedemann was called and rendered first aid to the unconscious patient, after which he was taken to his home by a relative. Injuries consisted of several broken ribs, slight laceration of the throat and a fractured skull, resulting in concussion of the brain, and death Tuesday morning at 4 o’clock at his home in Alleyton.

“Willie” or, as he was familiarly called by intimates, “Colonel,” was 57 years old last June, unmarried, possessed of a jovial disposition and numbered his friends by the score. Practically all his early associates, boys and girls, have either passed away or have moved to other localities and few now reside here. Some names now recalled are: Misses Alice and Laura Cook, Hattie Aldis, Annie Hollien, Messrs. Henry and Willie Gaedeke, Fred Ahlers, Mortimer LeTulle, Adolf and Will Reinhardt and many others.

His father died in 1893, the mother two years ago, and his remaining brother, Henry A. Dittman, in September of this year. The only surviving near relatives are two sisters, Mrs. A. F. Mitchell of Cameron, Texas and Mrs. R. Henry Harrison of Alleyton.

Burial was in the Alleyton cemetery at 2:30 p.m., Rev. W. A. Flachmeier, Lutheran minister of Columbus, officiating. Relatives from Weimar, Oakland, Hackberry, Catspring and Cotulla attend the funeral. Corr.

Weimar Mercury, December 10, 1926, page 1

Dittmar, Anna (Runge)

With the death of Mrs. Paul Dittmar the Bernardo community lost a prominent pioneer citizen. After a long illness due to old age, she passed to her final reward on June 9, 1935.

Funeral service was held the following day, Rev. Schleisser of the Bellville and Cat Spring Lutheran Churches officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the Cat Spring Lutheran Cemetery.

Mrs. Dittmar was born at Galveston, February 6, 1853 and moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Runge, to New Ulm, where she lived until she was married to Mr. Paul Dittmar, January 7, 1886. They moved to Bernardo and lived on the farm till her death. Here on their farm she became respected and honored as a neighbor and devoted housewife. To this union were born 4 children, one daughter, Mrs. Alvin Glueck, Eagle Lake; and three sons, Willie Dittmar, Sharp, Texas, Ernest Dittmar, Cat Spring, Texas and Edmund of Bernardo.

Deceased is mourned by her devoted husband, her four children and 9 grandchildren. One of her grandchildren is serving very creditably in the United States Marine. In addition she is survived by three brothers, Herman Runge of New Ulm, Carl of Yoakum, Willie of New Braunfels, also one sister, Mrs. Wm. Perskey. Four brothers John, Arnold, Eugene and Rudolph preceded her in death.

The sympathy of the community goes to the bereaved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, June 20, 1935
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Dittmar, Edmund

Funeral Services for Edmund Dittmar, 62, Held in Bellville

Funeral services for Edmund Dittmar of Cat Spring were held from the chapel of the Pete E. Etlinger Funeral Home in Bellville at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, with interment in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Cat Spring.  The Rev. Marvin Ottmers officiated.

Pallbearers were Max Tipp, Milton Stuessel, Ben Andreas, Arnold Uhlig, John Barremore, and Walter Renken.

Mr. Dittmar was born in the Bernardo community July 30, 1893, and attended school there.  On September 6, 1916 he married Miss Luella Diedrich in Bernardo, together following the farming vocation there until 1951, when they moved to Cat Spring.

Mr. Dittmar died suddenly at 7:30 p.m. on January 30, having reached the age of 62 years, 6 months and 1 day.  He was a member of the Lutheran Church in Cat Spring.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Luella Dittmar of Cat Spring; two sons, Glenn E. and Lee Allen of Houston; one sister, Mrs. Alvin Glueck of Eagle Lake; two brothers, William of Rockdale, and Ernest of Cat Spring; and one grandchild, Thomas Edward.

Unknown newspaper, February 2, 1956.
Submitted by John Konesheck

Dittmar, Lu Ella (Diedrich)

Lu Ella Dittmar

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 22 for Mrs. Lu Ella Dittmar of Cat Spring, the sister of Mrs. C. N. Duddleston, Sr., of Eagle Lake.  Mrs. Dittmar passed away in the Sealy Hospital at 1:54 a.m. August 20th following an illness of four months.  She was 74 years of age.

Funeral services were held at the chapel of the Pete E. Etlinger Funeral Home in Bellville at 5:30 p.m., August 22nd with the Rev. William Feller officiating.  She was placed to final rest in the St. John Lutheran Cemetery at Cat Spring.  She was a long-time and faithful member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Dittmar was born the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Diedrich in the Bernardo community, Colorado County.  She was reared and attended school at Bernardo and on September 6, 1917 was united in marriage to Edmund Dittmar in a ceremony in Cat Spring.

To this union were born two sons, Glenn E. and Lee Allen Dittmar.  Her husband preceded her in death on January 30, 1956 and a son, Glenn E. Dittmar, died Feb. 9, 1969.

Surviving are one son, Lee Allen Dittmar of Houston; a grandson, Rommy Dittmar of Bellaire, Texas; one sister, Mrs. C. N. Duddleston, Sr., of Eagle Lake; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers for the services were her nephews Chas. Duddleston, Jr., of Cameron, La., Leslie Kenter of Bellville, Herbert Glueck, Olin Dittmar, Finley Dittmar and Franklin Kenter of Houston.  Favorite hymns, "How Great Thou Art" and "Just As I Am" were rendered by soloists during the services.

Mrs. Dittmar was a kind and loving mother and sister and she shall be remembered always by relatives and many friends throughout the area.

Among the relatives attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Duddleston, Jr., of Cameron, La.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kretzschmar of Sugar Land; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Glueck of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Duddleston, Sr., Mrs. David Konesheck, and Mrs. Alvin Glueck of Eagle Lake.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 1970
Submitted by John Konesheck


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Divin, Annie Mae (Minarcik)


Annie Mae (Minarcik) Divin, 81, of Ellinger and formerly of Columbus, passed away May 17.

She was born Sept. 8, 1925 in Willow Springs, the daughter of Robert and Frances (Roesler) Minarcik. She married Dennis Divin on March 14, 1948. She was a store clerk and worked for Fehrenkamp Grocery and Berger Grocery.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Violet Vitek.

Survivors include her husband; daughter, Diane Cherry and husband Michael of Canyon Lake; sons, Donnie Divin and wife Cherri of Avon, Conn., Tom Divin and wife Pat and Ron Divin and wife Kay, all of Columbus; sister Bernice Svrcek of La Grange; eight grandchildren, Chuck Divin and wife Mary, Danny Divin, Andy Divin, Megan Divin and Zach Divin, Kristen Hall and husband Jared and Andrea Cherry; and two great-grandchildren, Jessica and Leigh Koenig.

Services were held Sunday, May 20 at 1 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church with a rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Interment was in St. Anthony Catholic Church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chuck Divin, Danny Divin, Andy Divin, Megan Divin, Zach Divin, Andrea Cherry, Cheryl Koenig and Kristen Hall.

Colorado County Citizen, May 23, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Divin, Charles J.


Charles J. Divin, 93, of Rt. 1 Ellinger passed away Sunday at Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services were held this Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ellinger. The Rev. Ben Mazurkiewica will officiate with burial in the Columbus Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Divin, a retired farmer, was born Nov. 8, 1897 in Ellinger, the son of the late John P. and Frances (Bubela) Divin. He was united in marriage with Mary Krenek who preceded him in death. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and SPJST Lodge #51.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Annie May Divin of Columbus, Odis and Betty Divin of Highlands and Charlie and Agnes Divin of Ellinger; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Sophie Divin of Ellinger; 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother and a grandson.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The Fayette County Record, February 26, 1991

Divin, Doris O. (Orsak)


Doris O. Divin, 67, of Columbus died Tuesday, Oct 10, 1995 at Polly Ryan Hospital in Richmond.

Born April 21, 1928 in Ellinger, she was the daughter of John and Annie (Becka) Orsak. On June 27, 1950, she married Harry J. Divin. Mrs. Divin, who was a cafeteria worker at Columbus Elementary School and a lifetime resident of Columbus, was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and St. Anthony Altar Society.

Funeral services were held Oct. 12 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Monsignor Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Henneke Funeral home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were James Divin, Anton Becka, Joe C. Orsak, Tom Divin, Lad Becka and Thomas Baca.

Mrs. Divin is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Kathryn and Leroy Richter of Richmond and Denise and Robert Upchurch of Bedias; daughter Elizabeth Divin of Columbus; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Cathy Divin of Weimar; a son Robert Divin of Houston; a sister Anita Baca of Fayetteville; and nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 14, 1981 and her parents.

Colorado County Citizen, October 18, 1995, page 14

Divin, Harry John

Harry Divin

Funeral services for Harry John Divin, 59, of Columbus, were conducted Wednesday morning from St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Father Arnold Anders officiated.

Interment was in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Divin died Monday afternoon.

He was born March 17, 1922 in Ellinger, the son of Emil and Julia Kocian Divin.

He married Doris Orsak on June 27, 1950. Divin had resided in Columbus for 31 years at the time of his death. He was an employee of Texas Manufactured Marble.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the V.F.W. and served in World War II. Divin also belonged to the Catholic Church

He is survived by his wife, Doris Divin of Columbus; three daughters, Kathryn Richter of Richmond, Denise Divin of Columbus and Elizabeth Divin of Columbus; two sons, David Divin of Cat Spring and Robert Divin of Columbus; four brothers, Arnold Divin of La Grange, Bennie Divin of La Grange, Walter Divin of Columbus and Leslie Divin of El Campo; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers at the funeral were James Divin, Dennis DivIn, Thomas Baca, Anton Becka, Odis Divin and Joe Orsak.

Colorado County Citizen, December 17, 1981, page 2

Divin, Mary C. (Krenek)

Mrs. Mary Divin, Ellinger Native, Is Buried Here

Last rites for Mrs. Mary Divin, aged 69[sic], mother of D. L. Divin of Columbus, were held at the Jecmenek funeral home in Ellinger Nov. 21, with continued services in the Live Oak Hill Catholic cemetery [sic], Revs. Francis Kolar and Alex J. Kraus officiating. Burial was in St. Anthony’s Catholic cemetery here.

Mrs. Divin died Nov. 19 in Fayette Memorial hospital, La Grange.

She would have been 58 Nov. 27. She was born in Ellinger in 1898, daughter of Joe and Mary Shimek Krenek and spent her entire life there.

Her husband, Charles Divin survives along with 3 sons, Mr. Divin of Columbus and O. F. and Charles Divin of Houston.

Surviving sisters are Mesdames Pete Michalsky, Fayetteville, Louis Blaha, Plum, and Sylvan Pokorny, Crosby and brothers are Henry and John Shimek of Columbus.

Pallbearers were her nephews Walter, Harry and Johnny Divin, George and Daniel Krenek and Ludwig Kocian.

Colorado County Citizen, November 29, 1956, page 10

Divin, Tom

Tom Divin Services Held Jan. 13

Tom Divin, 57, of Columbus died Jan. 10, at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus.

He was born March 26, 1951, to Dennis L. and Annie Mae (Minarcik) Divin in Columbus.

He married Pat Holub on Dec. 18, 1970.

He was general manager for Mikeska Bar-B-Q Catering Service.

Tom was a member of the K of C Council 10249 in Mentz.

Funeral services were held Jan. 13 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating.

Burial followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Zachary Divin, Megan Divin, Andrea Cherry, Chuck Divin, Danny Divin, Andy Divin, Jack Janecka, Willie Janecka, Hank Janecka, Kim Hamilton, Chris Brzozowski, Casey Jo Richardson, Ashton Guy, Daniel Guy, Julie Guy, Caroline Guy and Sam Guy.

Tom is survived by his wife; father Dennis L. Divin of Ellinger; daughters Kristen Hall and husband Jared of Cypress, Cheryl Koenig and husband Sean of Weimar; sister Diane Cherry and husband Michael of Canyon Lake and brothers Donnie Divin and wife Cherri of Avon, Conn., and Ron Divin and wife Kay of Columbus.

Grandchildren who survive him are Jessica Rae Koenig, Leigh Koenig and Jaclynn Rae Hall.

He was preceded in death by his mother and nephews Clayton Janecka and Thomas Guy.

The Weimar Mercury, January 15, 2009
Contributed by Joyce Stancik

Dixon, Joe

Mr. Joe Dixon

Our community was again saddened Saturday morning when the news was passed around that Joe Dixon had passed to his reward.
Joe had gone to Houston Thursday night with a truck load of cotton on returning home, he collided with another truck wrecking the truck and injuring him severely. He was picked up and taken to the hispital[sic] at Rosenberg were he was given medical attention. Although everything loving hands and care could do, was done he never regained consciousness. His mother Ms. Grace Dixon and other relatives were at his bedside constantly. He passed away Friday at 10:00 P.M. The funeral was held from the Baptist Church at Eagle Lake Saturday at three o’clock with interment in the Masonic Cemetery. He is survived by a heart broken mother and four brothers and three sisters. The brothers are: Mr. Elmer Dixon of Eagle Lake, Floyd, Coy and Clyde. Sisters are Mrs. Roy Thrasher, Alice and Mary.

Joe was born in Missouri 17 yrs. ago last February. The family moved to Oklahoma and about three years ago they came to this vicinity where they have since resided. Joe was a kind hearted boy loved by all who knew him. Sympathy is extended the heart broken family.

Colorado County Citizen, October 8, 1931, page 3

Dixon, Mrs. Leoda

Services For Mrs. Leoda Dixon Set Today

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 o'clock this morning, Thursday, July 24th at Mill-Bauer Funeral Home for Mrs. Leoda Dixon, formerly of Garwood, who died at a rest home at Schulenburg at 9:20 Tuesday morning.

Interment will be in the Lakeside Cemetery here.

As far as can be learned only survivors are: two half-brothers, Sam Trammell formerly of Eagle Lake and Herman Trammel of Garwood.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 24, 1958
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Dixon , W. M.

DIED.--Mr. W. M. Dixon, for some years a resident of our county, and for several months engaged in the livery business in this city, died at the residence of Mrs. Jno. R. Brooks on the 21st last. He was a gentleman advanced in years, quiet and unobtrusive in deportment, and greatly esteemed by those who knew him well. Hs remains were removed to the family burial ground in the western part of the county for interment. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, February 26, 1885

Dixon, Will N.

(Mrs. M. L. Heiman)

Mr. Will Dixon, who has been critically ill for the past month, passed away Monday noon at the Caney Valley Hospital at Wharton, Monday noon. Burial will take place at the Lakeside cemetery today Tuesday. He is survived by his wife and several sisters.

Colorado County Citizen, September 22, 1932, page 3
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