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Dobbins, Chaney (Connor) Berry

There were two deaths among the colored population of this city during the holidays. The wives of Fed[sic] Dobbins and Cass Adams died and were buried in the colored people’s cemetery west of town.

Weimar Mercury, January 4, 1908, page 4

Dobbins, Florence A. (Kuykendall)

Eagle Lake, May 22.--Mrs. Florrie Dobbins, wife of R. B. Dobbins of this city, passed away last night at 9:30 o’clock after an illness of several months. She has lived in Eagle Lake all her life, being about 45 years of age at the time of her death. She leaves a husband and two sons, Messrs. Claude and Roy of this city. All her life Mrs. Dobbins has been a devoted member of the Methodist church, and served all her friends and family to the very highest. Eagle Lake has lost in Mrs. Dobbins’ death one of her most beloved daughters. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, May 27, 1905, page 8

Dobbins, Fred

“Uncle Fred” Dobbins, a well known and respected colored citizen of this place, who through[sic] blindness has been a familiar figure on our streets for a number of years, died very suddenly at his home Saturday night. He had been down in town the day before, was apparently in good health, and the end came suddenly and unexpectedly. HIs remains were buried in the colored people’s cemetery west of town Monday afternoon. “Uncle Fed” was a good old man, religious, honest and a good citizen. His death is regretted.

Weimar Mercury, December 15, 1911, page 1

Dobbins, Jonathan A.


Death has again visited our little city and left sorrow and gloom in his wake. This time two of our most prominent citizens—John A. Dobbins and Henry S. Tracy—were taken suddenly from the world and transplanted on the eternal shore. Mr. Dobbins was taken sick Friday night, and died Sunday evening, and was buried in the Masonic cemetery Monday evening with Masonic honors. Mr. Tracy had been sick about a week, and died also on Sunday evening, a short time after Mr. Dobbins, and was buried on the lake Tuesday morning by the A. O. U. W. and K. and L. of Honor. Eagle Lake has indeed suffered great loss. Our heartfelt sympathies are extended the bereaved relatives and friends.

Colorado Citizen, January 15, 1891, page 3

Dobbins, Robert Benton


Passed Away at Home of Son in Houston Wednesday Morning

Mr. R. B. Dobbins, one of Eagle Lake’s old and substantial citizens, died at 11 o’clock Wednesday morning at the home of his son, Mr. C. L. Dobbins, in Houston, after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Dobbins has not been in good health for nearly two years, and was visiting his son in Houston at the time of his death. The remains were brought to Eagle Lake on the noon train yesterday and taken to the family home in this city, the funeral services being conducted at the residence at 2 o’clock by Rev. J. G. Lovett, the Methodist pastor. Interment was made in the Masonic cemetery under Masonic ceremonies.

Mr. Dobbins was born in Rusk county, Texas, in 1951, and moved to Colorado county in January, 1875, and resided here since that time. He was with the firm of J. A. Harbert & Co. of this city for about eight years, and also with the firm of Converse & Co., then known as the Railroad Store, for two years, after which he engaged in the furniture business for himself in 1890. His business house and most of his stock of furniture were destroyed by fire when one side of the town was burned in 1890. He rebuilt and continued in the furniture business until 1904, at which time he sold out to G. Hermann of Brenham. After selling his furniture business, Mr. Dobbins engaged in the wholesale grain and grocery business, the firm being R. B. Dobbins & Co., conducting this business until two years ago when he sold out to Brown & Schleicher.

Mr. Dobbins was one of the old and substantial citizens of Eagle Lake. He possessed a wide acquaintance of friends and was liked by everyone who knew him.

He leaves to mourn his loss a sister, Mrs. Mason, and two sons, Claude L.. and Roy A. both of Houston.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 9, 1912, page 1

Dobecka, Anna (Pokluda)

Mrs. Annie Dubeska[sic] Dies in El Campo, Buried Here Monday

Mrs. Annie Dubeska[sic], 45, who died in an El Campo hospital Friday, was buried here Monday in St. Michael's Cemetery, with the Rev. Holub of El Campo officiating.

She was the daughter of Mr. L. J. Pokluda of Weimar who survives, along with her husband, three children. two step-children, five brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Dobeska[sic] was born January 21,1896. She was married in 1927 to Joe Dubeska of El Campo. She lived here for awhile, moving to Nada and then to El Campo.

The Mercury extends heartfelt sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, October 3, 1941, page 1

Dobecka, Antonie


Our friend, Joe Dobecka, living a few miles north of town, had a double portion of hard luck the first of the week. A little baby born to himself and wife died and was buried [St. Michael's Cemetery] Monday, and the mother followed the babe in death a few hours later. Both were buried the first of the week. Mrs. Dobecka was a victim of pneumonia. In this double affliction, Mr. Dobecka has the sympathy of all our people.

Weimar Mercury, March 5, 1920

Dobecka, John


Mr. John Dobecka, well known farmer living a short distance east of this place, and who had been in ill health for some time past, died at the family home Sunday last, and the remains were laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery Tuesday morning, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

John Dobecka was a good man and citizen, possessed the respect and esteem of all who knew him, and his death at the early age of 36 years is deeply deplored by all.

He is survived by his widow and several small children, to whom the heartfelt sympathy of all is extended.

Weimar Mercury, September 12, 1930, page 1

Dobecka, Unknown child

May 12.--The little child of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dobecka died Monday morning after a brief illnesss of whooping cough. Burial took place Tuesday in St. Michael’s Cemetery

Weimar Mercury, May 15, 1914, page 8

Dobecka, Victor Joe

Lightning Kills Sheridan Man

Victor J. Dobecka, 42, of Sheridan, son of Mrs. Albina Dobecka of Weimar, was killed Tuesday evening by a bolt of lightning that struck him as he was working in the garden at his home.

His wife found him at 7 p.m., and a Hallettsville justice of the peace who gave a verdict of accidental death estimated he had been dead from one to two hours. The area had had some lightning during a small shower around 5 or 6 o’clock.

Mr. Dobecka’s side was blackened, his clothes torn and one shoe split, mute evidence of what had occurred.

He and his wife, the former Miss Bernice Migl of Moulton, have four children, the oldest about 11. He was originally from Weimar but had worked at Sheridan for a number of years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving 30 months overseas in the Air Force and attaining the rank of sergeant.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m., at Hubbard Funeral Home, continuing at St. Michael’s Catholic Church at 10:15 a.m. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

A parish rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 8 p.m., followed by the Knights of Columbus rosary at 8:15.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, September 10, 1964
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Dobresky, Unknown

A little daughter of Joe Dobresky and wife who live on the W. W. Williams farm west of town, died Monday last. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved parents. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, July 15, 1914, page 4

Dodd, Edgar Jackson “Jack”


Funeral services were held, Thursday, August 22 for Edgar Jackson "Jack" Dodd, age 55 of Alleyton. Services were held at Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with the Bro. Warren Richardson officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Burial was held at Chesterville Cemetery.

Mr. Dodd was born August 4, 1930 in Texas to Edgar Jackson Dodd, Sr. and Lecy Frances Smith Dodd.

He was a resident of Alleyton area most of all his life.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Joe Semora; one daughter, Grace Ann Dodd; four sisters, Mrs. George Pryor, Mrs. Jay Anderson, Mrs. Dexter Anderson, and Mrs. Mary Semora; numerous nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, August 29, 1985

Dodd, Harry Ernest


Harry Ernest Dodd, 56, of Sheridan, died on Feb. 3. A private family memorial service was held.

Dodd was born on Nov. 20, 1950 to Harry Charles and Rita Boyd Dodd in Anaconda, Mont.

He served his country in the U.S. Army where he worked in the Pentagon, and served in the Vietnam War during which time he received a Purple Heart. He was a standing member of the American Legion Post 022 in New York for over 30 years.

Dodd was a building contractor for many years in California. He then moved to the New England area where he continued working as a contractor. Later, he graduated from Boston College with an associates degree in nursing, and several other degrees, including computer science.

While in New England, Dodd was involved in community endeavors such as acting, singing, and dancing roles in the community theater. He was also part owner of "East End Collectables" an antique and collectables shop. Later he moved to be near his only sister, Marguriette Dodd and worked at various facilities as a registered nurse, such as Richmond State School where he met his future wife Penny Botard Cosper, a LVN. Dodd had worked in the local area as a registered nurse at St. Marks Medical Center in La Grange, Weimar Hospital, Lavaca Medical Center, and Hallettsville Rehabilitation Center.

Dodd is survived by his wife; sister; son, Donald Dean Dodd; stepson Naval Chief Coby Cosper and wife Brooke and their two children, Ian Scott and Kenzy Marie of Imperial Beach, Calif.; stepdaughter Brianna Cosper Linnemier and husband Joe Jr. and their child Ashlin Grace of Sheridan; niece Lisa Malina Hines and husband Ron and their children, Ariel Elizabeth, and Isaac Allan, of Orlando, Fla; and niece Julie Kayegarbs and husband Kevin of Rosenburg.

Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettesville was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, February 14, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Dodson, Dick

Last Saturday night Dick Dodson, colored, was killed on the Seymour farm, near Columbus, by another colored youth named Coley Jackson. In the party a number of negroes were returning from the drill of the colored military company in town, Dodson having his musket with bayonet on it. In their conversation the talk chanced upon a colored party at the quarters on Warren Stafford’s place, at which Jackson said they had a nice time the night before. Dodson (who had separated from his wife, who was at the party,) told Jackson that “he was treading on his toes when he spoke of the nice time at the party, as his wife was there.” To this Jackson disclaimed any allusion to his wife, but spoke of the party generally. One word brought on another, till Dodson told them all to get out of the way and he would kill Jackson, at the same time telling him Capt. Jones ordered them always to load their guns when going home from drill and that his was loaded, and pointing it at Jackson. This was all a “bluff,” as the gun was not loaded. Jackson had a pistol, with which he fired at Dodson three times, the second shot taking effect in Dodson’s breast, who ran 150 yards and fell dead. Justice Putney had an examining trial, and placed Jackson under $200 bond for his appearance, which he gave. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, December 22, 1887

Dodson, unknown


A little child of Mr. Dodson died on Mrs. Everett's farm, on Sunday, and was buried on Monday, in the Alleyton cemetery.

Colorado Citizen, March 4, 1887

Doescher, J. Heinrich


Frelsburg, Tex., Feb. 18.—J. H. Doescher, an old citizen of this town, and who is well known in Galveston as connected with the flour mills, died here this morning of heart disease in his 68th year. [Interred at Edward Weishuhn Cemetery.]

The Galveston Daily News, February 21, 1894, page 2

Doggett, Frances E. (Card)

Mrs. Doggett, 93, Weimar’s Oldest Resident, Expires

Weimar’s oldest citizen, Mrs. Frances Doggett, died Saturday night in Houston at the age of 93. Funeral services were held from the Hubbard Funeral Home here Monday morning, Rev. W. E. Brown of the First Baptist Church officiating. [Interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Born at Cedar, near L Grange, on Feb. 11, 1857, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Cord [Card]. Her father died when she was 10 years old, and of her six sisters and brothers only one, Mrs. Jessie Cord Wehling, is living. Mrs. Doggett attended school at Flatonia, moving later to Schulenburg, where she stayed with the Dr. Walker family. Still later she moved to her mother’s farm near Weimar, where she was married Jan. 14, 1883, to T. S. Doggett. For more than 60 years, she had lived in the same house in Weimar, near her daughter, Mrs. J. O. Boettcher. She was a devout member of the Baptist faith and for many years the oldest member of the local church.

Mrs. Wehling and Mrs. Boettcher, are her only immediate survivors. A son, John Doggett, died April 17, 1948.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Billie Doggett, Thomas J. Doggett, F. O. Boettcher, F. Brasher, Elgin Miculka, and A. H. Plagens.

Weimar Mercury, April 21, 1950, page 1

Doggett, Sam P.

Mr. Sam P. Doggett Succumbs to Injuries

Mr. Sam P. Doggett, who with his little daughter, Mary Louise, was taken to the Baptist Hospital at Houston on Wednesday morning of last week, following the destructive fire which destroyed the Mrs. Bertha Shaver residence, burned to death Mrs. Louise Doggett, and so severely burned Mr. Doggett and little daughter that it was deemed best to take them to a Houston hospital immediately for treatment, succumbed to his injuries Thursday night, after making an heroic fight for life, in which he was aided by the best physicians and nurses that Houston could furnish. Mr. Doggett was conscious almost up to the very last, and the fire in his eye and apparent determination to live and the further fact that he recognized all who called to see him and talked with them deceived many into the belief that his condition was not as serious as the doctors and nurses would have them believe. However, along toward the last poor Sam himself seemed to realize that the end was near, and so stated, with the remark that he was ready and willing to go. His death followed soon afterward.

The poor, horribly burned body was tenderly prepared for burial and brought here on the 1 o'clock train, being first taken to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Doggett, thence to the Methodist Church, where services of a touching character were held by Revs. C. E. Bludworth of Elgin, J. H. Hall and C. C. McKinney of this city, after which the remains were taken to the Masonic Cemetery for interment by the side of his beloved wife, who also was a victim of the terrible fire which destroyed the Shaver home.

One of the largest crowds ever assembled at a funeral in Weimar was present on this occasion, attesting the popularity and esteem in which decedent was held and showing the universal sympathy of the people of this section for the family in their misfortune. There were many visitors from a distance. The floral offerings were among the most beautiful and profuse ever seen in our city.

Pall bearers for he occasion of Mr. Doggett's funeral were Messrs. W. J. Black, J. T. Green, Tye Holman, B. M Hinkel, Geo. Herder, Jr., and Chas D. Ammann.

Mr. Doggett's was the second death resulting from this tragic event, and so horrible were the details connected with both deaths that our people were left absolutely stunned. For two of the leading people of our community to be snatched away in such terrible fashion, in the twinkling of an eye, as it were, was beyond their comprehension. Words are inadequate to express the feelings of our people. among whom Mr. and Mrs. Doggett had spent practically all their lives. It was indeed a terrible happening, and all hope that we may never live to see its repetition in our community.

Sam P. Doggett, a son of Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Doggett of this community, was born and raised here, and was about 39 years of age at the time of his death. Practically all of his life was spent in this immediate section. He was a man of courage, determination, genial disposition, and highly regarded by all. He was devoted to his family and parents, a true and sincere friend always, and in his passing in such tragic manner, all feel that our community has sustained a distinct and irreparable loss.

He is survived by his parents, one son, Thomas J. Doggett, one daughter, Mary Louise ( who is under treatment at Houston for terrible burns received at the time their home was destroyed and whose condition is still serious, but with a chance of recovery), one sister, Mrs. J. O. Boettcher of this city, and one brother, Mr. John F. Doggett of Bay City; also his mother-in-law, Mrs. Bertha Shaver, and brother-in-law, Mr. G. W. Shaver.

To the bereaved ones the heartfelt sympathy of the Mercury, as well as the people of this entire community, is extended. May the gracious Father above comfort the m in their deep bereavement as He alone can!

Weimar Mercury, May 31, 1929

Doggett, Thomas Stapleton

Honored Weimar Citizen Goes to His Eternal Reward

The people of this community were greatly shocked last Saturday morning when news spread like wildfire that an honored and popular citizen of Weimar--Mr. T. S. Doggett--had been claimed by death. Very few of our people knew of his illness, hence the shock was greater. It was known that Mr. Doggett, due to advancing age, was getting very feeble, but hardly anyone realized that the end was so near. The decline in his condition became very marked beginning Monday of last week, and as the week end approached it was evident that he could last but a little longer. The end came about 2 a. m Saturday.

The funeral took place Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Odd Fellows' Cemetery, and was attended by a large circle of mourning relatives and friends. The pall bearers were Messrs. Ben B. Holt, W. J. Black, J. F Walker, A. H. Plagens, W. W. Williams. Jr. and Sam C. Holloway. Rev. J. H. Hall, local Baptist minister, officiated in a touching burial service at the home and grave,

Thomas Stapleton Doggett, beloved and honored resident of Weimar for many years, was born May 2, 1850, and lived to the ripe old age of 80 years, 8 months and 22 days. Mr. Doggett was one of Colorado county's oldest citizens. He came to Texas at the age of 19 years and settled near Flatonia. On Jan. 14, 1883, he was united in marriage to Miss Frankie Card, to which union was born one daughter and three sons. Of these the widow, one daughter, Mrs. J. 0. Boettcher, and one son, Mr. John F. Doggett of Bay City, are the survivors. Two brothers and two sisters of deceased reside in Virginia. As a young man Mr. Doggett professed faith in the Lord and united with the Baptist Church, wherein he served faithfully and conscientiously throughout his long life. For many years he was. deacon and Sunday School superintendent

Mr. Doggett was a man of strong convictions, but honest and straight in every transaction he had with his fellowman. He was as true as steel to his friends and willing at all times to do anything In his power for a friend. He ever proved himself a good neighbor and citizen, a believer in law enforcement and right, and in his passing all realize that a truly good man has passed from among us.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, January 30, 1931

Doggett, unknown


We regret to chronicle the death of the little infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Doggett, which sad event occurred Monday morning. The little one was interred in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Monday evening at 4 o’clock, in their family lot, a concourse of friends attending the funeral.

Colorado Citizen, December 11, 1890, page 3

Dolch, Joyce (Heathcott)


Joyce Dolch, 77, of Columbus passed away on Sept. 24, 2007 at St. Catherine Hospital in Katy.

She was born on Feb. 10, 1930 to Baron and Leone (Collier) Heathcott in Chicago, Ill. She married Harlow L. Dolch on Sept. 26, 1947. A resident of Columbus since 1978, she worked as a homemaker and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her husband; daughter Diane Fuller of Hallettsville; son Michael L. Dolch and wife Lisa of Montgomery; sister Sue Dean of Hilltop Lakes; brothers, Edward Heathcott of Jersey Village and Donald Heathcott of Montgomery; grandchildren, Randolph Abbey, Keith Dolch, Sierra Dolch and Cheyenne Dolch and great grandchildren, Allison and Alaina Abbey.

Funeral services took place on Saturday, Sept. 29 at First United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Pastor J. Paul Bruhn officiating. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers scheduled were Cameron Heathcott, Casey Heathcott, Randy Abbey, Baron Clifford, Ron Dolch, Dan Dolch, Dennis Dolch and Keith Dolch.

Colorado County Citizen, October 3, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Dolezal, Alzebeta "Elizabeth" (Pokorny)

Death of Mrs. Elisabeth Dolezal of Borden

Many hearts were saddened over the passing of Mrs. Elizabeth Dolezal, beloved wife of Mr. Frank Dolezal of the Borden community, which occurred at the family home Wednesday night of last week, after an illness of several weeks, and interment took place at St. Michael's Cemetery the following Friday morning, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

Mrs. Dolezal, who before marriage was a Miss Elisabeth Pokorny, was born in Obristvi, Melnik, Czechoslovakia, in the year 1877. At time of death she was 53 years. 6 months and 17 days old. She was united in rnar-[sic] in, Czechoslovakia. June 6, 1899. The[sic] in, Czechosovakia[sic]. June 6. 1899. The couple came to America in 1906, landing at Galveston. In 1908 they moved from Galveston to Fayette county, settling near Dubina, where they lived until 1920. In this year they bought a farm in the Borden community, where the family has lived ever since. Besides her husband Mrs. Dolezal is survived by five sons and two daughters, as follows: Jim, Anton, Walter, Victor, Charlie, Misses Frieda and Mary Dolezal. One daughter, Mrs. Bessie Matlocha, is dead. There are also four grandchildren, one brother, Boh. Pokorny, living near Weimar, another brother, John Pokorny. living in Jugoslavia[sic], S A. S. and four sisters in Czechoslovakia.

Mrs. Dolezal was an attentive, good wife and mother at all times, a kind and accommodating friend and neighbor, popular with all those who knew her, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, October 24, 1930, page 1

Dolezal, Cecilie (Tumis)

Cecilie Dolezal Funeral Held Here June 20

Funeral services for Cecilie Dolezal, 90, a resident of Parkview Manor, were held Monday, June 20, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Rev. John BUy officiated.
Mrs. Dolezal died at 9:45 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Parkview Manor

Born Nov. 9, 1897, in Fayette County, she was a daughter of Josh and Marie (Neiser) Tumis. She was married to Jim Dolezal Apr 28, 1926 at Ammannsville. She was a member of St. Michael's Church and Christian Mothers.

Mrs. Dolezal's husband died June 14, 1970. She is survived by three daughters; Mrs. Loretta Cernoch of Weimar, Mrs. Alma Dusek of Schulenburg and Mrs. Janie Kallus of Navasota; and seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Three brothers and five sisters preceded her in death.

Mrs. Dolezal's two great-grandsons, Charles Charles Kusy and. Zak Cernoch, served as altar boys. The lector was her grandson, Chris Kallus. Offetory gifts were presented by granddaughters Beckie Berger, Peggy Kusy, Jennifer Cernoch Bailey, and Brigette Barnett. Her son-in-law, Edward Kallus, was the Eucharistic minister. The eulogy was delivered by Deacon Joey Targac. The organist was Mrs. Margie Janecka.

The pallbearers were grandsons Ron Dusek, Danny Cernoch, Tom Bailey, David Berger, Randy Barnett, and Edward Kusy.

Weimar Mercury, June 23, 1988, page 10

Dolezal, Frank

Final Rites For Frank Dolezal, 69, Held Here Saturday

Funeral services for Frank Dolezal, 69-year-old El Campo farmer, father of Jim Dolezal of Weimar , were held from the Columbus Funeral Home Saturday with services being held in the Catholic Church at Columbus. Interment was made in St. Michael’s Cemetery here, the Rev. A. Raska officiting[sic].

Mr. Dolezal died in the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo. He had been in ill health for the past eight years.

He was born in Czecho-Slovakia in February, 1872, the son of Mr. nd Mrs. Vaclav Dolezal. He was married there in 1896 to Miss Elizabeth Pokorny, and they came to America in 1906, landing at Galveston. The couple lived in Galveston two years and then moved to Colorado County. Mrs. Dolezal died on October 15, 1930. Mr. Doleza[sic] had lived in Weimar thirty years when he moved to El Campo, in Wharton County, and spent the two remaining years of his life. A daughter preceded him in death also. She was Mrs. Jim Matlock, who died January 25, 1927.

Surviving are five sons, Jim of Weimar, Walter, Anton, Victor and Charles, all of El Campo; and two daughters, Mrs. Freda Foytik and Mrs. Mary Brune of El Campo. One sister, Mrs. Charles Vojacek of El Campo, and eight grandchildren also survive.

Pallbearers were Dan Foytik, Edmund Brune, Jim Skues, B. J. Skalicky, J. P. Martinka and Charles Vojacek.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the family in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, January 30, 1942, page 1

Dolezal, Jim

Stroke Victim Jim Dolezal, 69, Buried Tuesday

Funeral services for Jim Dolezal, 69, who died early Sunday at Parkview Manor, were held Tuesday morning, June 16, at Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Rev. Henry Rolf, Rev. Oswald Kahlich and Rev. Gerald Hubertius officiated in the concelebration mass. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mr. Dolezal who had been a bus driver for St. Michael’s parish for ten years, suffered a stroke in January and a second stroke in April, after which he was partially paralyzed. He died at 2:20 a.m. Sunday.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Church and Ammannsville KJT Lodge.

Born January 21, 1901, in Czechoslovakia, he was a son of Frank and Elizabeth Pokorny Dolezal, who brought him to this country as a small boy. He married Miss Cecille Tumis in Ammannsville on April 28, 1926, and they lived there until moving to Weimar ten years ago.

Mrs. Dolezal survives along with three daughters, Mrs. Joe (Loretta) Cernoch of Weimar, Mrs. Cyril (Alma) Dusek of Schulenburg and Mrs. Eddie (Jane) Kallus of Navasota; three grandchildren; three brothers, Tom of Bay City and Charlie and Walter of El Campo; and two sisters, Mrs. Daniel (Frieda) Fojtik of Pt. Lavaca and Mrs. Mary Brune of Palacious.

A brother, Victor, and a sister, Mrs. Bessie Matlock, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Ron J. Dusek, Danny Joe Cernoch and Chris Kallus, grandsons; and Billy Ray Dolezal, Laverne Brune, and Johnny Tumis, nephews.

Weimar Mercury, June 18, 1970

Dolin, James


James Dolin died at New Philadelphia Monday morning fromthe effects of the wound he received in the terrible tragedy in that town last week, in which four men were prematurely launched nto eternity. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, December 24, 1891, page 3

Dollins, Bettie

Weimar Local Matters

It is with extreme regret that we chronicle the death of Mrs. Bettie Dollins, wife of Mr. R. C. Dollins of this city, which sad event occurred at her residence, of congestion, Wednesday of last week, February 4th, at 1 o’clock. Mrs. Dollins was in her 59th year and came to Texas in 1876, settling in Bandera county, and from there she and her husband moved to Weimar and settled here. She was a consistent member of the Christian church, a lady ever ready to serve in any manner those needing assistance. She leaves a devoted husband and many friends to mourn her loss. Her remains were interred in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Friday morning at 9 o’clock attended by a very large concourse of friends. The CITIZEN extends its sympathy to the bereaved husband.

Colorado Citizen, February 11, 1892

Doole, unnamed boy

Baby Boy Is Buried Here Thursday Morning

The Headlight extends its deepest sympathy to Dr. and Mrs. T. P. Doole in the death of their infant baby boy, and sorrows with them in their sad disappointment.

The little one lived but three hours, the little white casket being shipped here on the noon train yesterday from Houston and tenderly laid away by friends neath a little mound of fragrant flowers, in the Masonic Cemetery. Dr. Doole was unable to come of the funeral, he being at the hospital with Mrs. Doole whose life has hung by a slender thread for forty-eight hours. News from the hospital today is that her condition is improved and hopes are entertained for her recovery. Mrs. J. O. Rogers of this city is also with Mrs. Doole at the Hospital, and he mother passed through the city on the early train this morning en route from El Paso.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 23, 1921
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Dopslauf, Lawrence F.

Lawrence F. Dopslauf

Funeral services for Lawrence F. Dopslauf of Sheridan were held Wednesday at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsvile.  The Rev. Roger Q. Burtner and the Rev. Bernard Helge officiated.

Mr. Dopslauf, a rancher and rice farmer died at Diagnostic Hospital in Houston Sunday.

He was born in Houston, the son of Willie F. Dopslauf and Maxine Dopslauf.

Mr. Dopslauf was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Sheridan, the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department and the Sheridan Lions Club.

Survivors include his wife, Venita of Sheridan; his father, Willie Dopslauf; and two sons, DeWayne and DeWight of Sheridan.  His mother and one son, Darrell, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Vic Muehr, Kenny Nance, Kenneth Nance, Tex Potter, Ray Lee Jackson and Bennie Ondruch.  [Interred at Cheetham Cemetery.]

Colorado County Citizen, April 12, 1979
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Doree, Franz

We regret to hear of the death of Mr. Frank Dory of the Bernard neighborhood. He died last Sunday of Malarial fever. [Interment in St. Roch’s]

Colorado Citizen, September 9, 1886

Dorman, George W.

Glen Flora Cor. in Wharton Spectator: Mr. G. W. Dorman of Glen Flora, departed this life March 10th at 8:30 a.m.

Mr. Dorman was born in Bremerhaven, Germany in the year 1837, being at the time of his death 67 years and 10 months old. Although a German by birth, he has been a faithful and zealous citizen of the United States for nearly 50 years. He was for several years in the wholesale commission business at New Orleans. Later he moved to St. Louis, where he followed the same business for awhile, afterwards becoming Commissioner of Supplies in the city of St. Louis. In the year 1884 he came to Texas and settled at Eagle Lake, where he was a much loved and honored citizen. Later he moved to his plantation at Glen Flora, Wharton county, where he spent the remainder of his days in sad affliction, having contracted that dreadful disease, asthma, several years ago. Mr. Dorman was a good Christian and a member of the Lutheran faith. He was a 32d degree Mason and a member of Good Hope Lodge No. 218, A. F. and A. M., of St. Louis. Although unable to lend his presence to this worthy order, he was always exceedingly loyal and the welfare of his lodge was of the greatest interest to him. [Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery.]

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 25, 1904, page 6


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Dorner, Emanuel M.

Rock Island citizen died during holidays

Mr. Emanuel M. Dorner died at Rock Island on December 23rd. He was born in Iowa in 1856, moving to Texas some years ago and located on a farm at Rock Island, where he engaged in stock raising. Mr. Dorner was a good man and attended strictly to his own affairs and was always ready to help, in any way, those who needed help. His wife preceded him in death several years ago, and since her death his health has been failing. Just before his death, Mr. Dorner went to be with his brother and sister, who live nearby, living only a few days after being taken to his brother’s home. He died suddenly while sitting in a chair. The remains were laid away in the Rock Island [Myrtle] Cemetery on Christmas Eve to await the resurrection morn, Rev. E.R. McLaughlin conducting the funeral services.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 3, 1925
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Dorner, Franciska

Rock Island News

Miss Fannie Dorner aged 76 years died at her home here Tuesday morning at 1:20 after several months suffering.  She came to this community several years ago from the North.  She is survived by a brother Mr. E.G. Dorman.  Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 9:30 at the Baptist church and interment in Myrtle cemetery.  Rev. G.L. Neely conducting the services. 

Colorado County Citizen,  August 8, 1929
Subitted by Regena Williamson

Dornon, Adolphus Milton

Adolphus Milton Dornon, 82, of Eagle Lake, passed away Monday, January 1, 1990 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born on November 2, 1907 in Neosha Falls, Kansas, the youngest child of Mary Ellen Gentry and James Dornon. He moved to the Rock Island area in 1909 with his family and lived there his entire life. He had made his home at the Heritage House in Eagle Lake for the past 12 years, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Blanche Ziegler and Maude Dornon, and three brothers, Paul, Loyal and Albert Dornon. Survivors include a niece, Mrs. Hope Causey and her husband, Ed Survivors include a niece, Mrs. Hope Causey and her husband, Ed Causey Jr., of Houston, and numerous other relatives and loved ones. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Mann, pastor of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, officiating. Burial followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; January 11, 1990
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Dornon, James Truston

James T. Dornon Buried at Rock Island

Funeral services for James T. Dornon, 82, were held Sunday at the Rock Island Myrtle Cemetery, Rev. W.T. Veatch, Pastor of the Rock Island Methodist Church officiating. Burial was under direction of Columbus Funeral Home. Mr. Dornon died at the family home in Rock Island Saturday. He was born in Ohio August 30th, 1858. He married Miss Mary Ellen Jentery in 1884 and to this union seven children were born. He had been a resident of Rock Island since 1909. Survivors are his wife; six children, Paul and Albert Dornon of Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Blanch Zigler, Miss Maude Dornon, Loyal and Adolphus Dornon of Rock Island; one brother, Mack Dornon of Kansas.

The Colorado County Citizen, May 22, 1941, page 1
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Dornon, Mary Ellen (Gentry)

Last Rites Aug 2, for Mary Ellen Dornon, 85, in R.I.

Funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist Church in Rock Island Saturday, August 2nd at 5 p.m. for Mrs. Mary Ellen Dornon a resident of the Rock Island community for over forty years. Final interment was made in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island with Columbus Funeral Home in charge. Mrs. Dornon had been bedfast for over four years; however her death brought great sorrow to her many friends of the community and to her family. She died at her home Thursday morning. She was born in Kansas on the 24th of December 1866 and had passed the midway mark of her 86th year. Her life was full one and her friends were numbered by her many acquaintances. Survivors include six children: Paul Dornon of Culver City, California, Loyal of Alvin, Albert of Fresno, California and Adolphus of Rock Island; two daughters, Mrs. Pete Ziegler of Rock Island and Maude of Rock Island. A large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 7, 1952
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Dornon, Maude Lee

Maude Lee Dornon passed away at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital Friday. Services were held at the First Baptist Church in Rock Island Saturday where Miss Dornon had been a member since 1929. The Rev. Bernard Helge of the Sheridan Baptist Church officiated, and Leland Williams rendered favorite hymns at the piano.

Burial was in Myrtle Cemetery, with Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in charge. Miss Dornon was born in Neosha Falls, Kan., Nov. 6, 1899. She moved to Rock Island with her parents, James and Mary Ellen Dornon in 1909. She lived there until a few years ago when she moved to Garwood, She resided at the Heritage House in Eagle Lake the past nine months. Survivors include one brother, Adolphus Dornon of the Heritage House, one nephew and many nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and three brothers. Pallbearers were Max Girndt, Ralph Williams, Orval Curry, Cecil Owers, Lonnie Owers and Melvin Bryant.

Colorado County Citizen, May 10, 1979
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Dorsey, Margaret Byrd (Mansfield)

Dorsey, Margaret

Mrs. Richard P. Dorsey (Margaret Byrd Mansfield) died Dec. 25 in a Seguin hospital after a prolonged illness.

Funeral services were held from the Episcopal Church in Sequin Dec. 28. Burial was in the family plot at Eagle Lake [Masonic Cemetery]. Graveside services were conducted by Rev. Irvin Krache, rector of the Eagle Lake Episcopal Church.

A daughter of the Hon. J. J. Mansfield and Annie Bruce Mansfield, Mrs. Dorsey was born Feb. 1, 1893 in the home of her grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Bruce in Eagle Lake. She grew up in Columbus and graduated from Columbus High School and attended Bellmont College, she went to live in Washington, D.C. in 1916 when her father became congressman of the district.

She married Richard P. Dorsey of Baltimore and resided there until his death, after which she returned to Washington.

Colorado County Citizen, December 31, 1970
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Dorsey, Vera Louise (Graves) Crump


Vera Louise Graves Dorsey, 77, of Palacios, passed away Sept. 24, at Palacios Health Care Center.

She was born Nov. 5, 1925 in Eagle Lake, to Roy and Elvira (Karlson) Graves. She was a 1944 graduate of Eagle Lake High School and resided in the Houston area most of her life working as a clerical secretary for Harris County Precinct No. 1. She had been a resident of Palacios for almost 15 years and a resident of the Palacios Health Care Center for over five of those years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, George Crump; sisters, Clara Hough and Mary Tedder; and brother, Raymond "Jiggs" Graves.

Graveside services were conducted Sept. 27, from Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with the Rev. David King, pastor of Eagle Lake and Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Churches presiding.

Pallbearers were nephews, Charlie Hough, Randy Hough, Shane Hough and Tim Austin.

Colorado County Citizen, October 1, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Dostal, Gladys (Kulhanek)


Gladys Kulhanek Dostal, 80, passed away Sept. 23 at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

She was born Jan. 4, 1927 in Santa Anna Community to Albert Kulhanek and Annie Tomastik. She worked as a wedding cake designer and a member of the Altar Society and K.J.Z.T.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry James Dostal; son-in-law, Robert Love; sisters, Julie Kovar, Bessie Novasod, Claudia Schneider, Sidonla Baumbach, and Laura Baca; and brothers, Robert and Jerry Kulhanek.

She was survived by her daughters, Carol Love, of Yoakum; Jane Spakes and husband Jimmy, of Alvin; sons, Henry James Dostal, Jr. and wife Patricia, of Hockley; Terry Dostal and wife Susan, of Richmond; grandchildren, James Love, Lee Love, Jennifer Dostal Koon and husband Jason, T.J. Dostal and wife Jessica, Jordan Muegge and Jacob Dostal; great-grandchildren, Julia Koon and Holly Dostal; sisters, Lillie Zapalac, of La Grange, Nolie Schobel, of Columbus and Margie Halfmann, of Columbus.

Funeral services are Sept. 27 at Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church in Eagle Lake with Father Robert Guerra officiating. Interment will follow at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers are T.J. Dostal, Bo Schobel, Ed Peters, John Polach, Floyd Spenrath, Earl Braden Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, September 25, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Dostal, Henry James


Henry J. Dostal, 91, of Eagle Lake, passed away from a lengthy illness Aug. 11, at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

He was born Sept. 17, 1915, to Frank and Veronica (Zincar) Dostal and married Gladys Kulhanek Oct. 8, 1946. He was a retired farm implement mechanic from Eagle Lake Implement Co. and was a member of the fourth degree Knights of Columbus Christopher Columbus Assemble No. 1136. He was a retired Eagle Lake Volunteer Fireman and served in the U.S. Army during WWII from Dec. 1, 1941 to Sept. 22, 1945 as a Master Sergeant with the 216th AAA.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Alice Hintz; and son-in-law, Robert Love.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Carol Love, of Yoakum and Jane Spakes and husband, Jimmy, of Alvin; sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Patricia Dostal, of Hockley and Terry and Susan Dostal, of Richmond; sister, Elinor Burns, of Eagle Lake; grandchildren, James and Lee Love, Jennifer Dostal Koon and husband, Jason, T.J. Dostal and wife, Jessica, Jordan Muegge and Jacob Dostal; and great-grandchildren, Julia Koon and Holly Dostal.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church in Eagle Lake with Father Robert Guerra officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Michael Burns, Edward Peters, Tommy Burns, T.J. Dostal, Earl Braden and Brandon Mathis. Honorary pallbearers were Margie Halfmann, Donna Schobel, Melody Morgan, Beverly Mason, Floyd Spenrath and retired members of Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Colorado County Citizen, August 15, 2007
Courtesy the Citizen

Dostal, Veronica Nettie (Zincar)

Last Rites For Mrs. Dostal Thurs.

Citizens in the community were deeply saddened to learn this week of the death of Mrs. F. H. Dostal, a resident of this community for the past fifty years. Mrs. Dostal passed away on Tuesday night, Dec. 18th at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. She has been in failing health for the past year or so.

Funeral services were held from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Edward Geiser officiating at the Requiem Mass at ten o’clock Thursday morning, Dec. 20th. She was placed to a final rest in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Henry (Bubba) Dostal, Jr., Terry Dostal, Charles Dittrich, John Perry, Michael Burns and Robin Law. Named as honorary pallbearers were Jerry Holiha and Leon Sodek of Temple; Albin Sodek of Fayetteville; John Mahalitc, Sr., Fred R. Frnka, L. J. Spanihel, Joe Koudelka, Victor Mascheck and R. F. Spanihel of this city.

Rosary was recited at the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening with the Rev. Father Geiser leading in the prayers.

Mrs. Veronica Nettie Dostal was born in Nada, Texas on May 11, 1893 and she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Zincar. She spent her childhood days in Weimar.

She was united in marriage to Frank H. Dostal in St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar on March 31, 1913. In December of 1924 the family came to the Eagle Lake community and Mr. Dostal was a shoemaker. The family have been prominent residents here since that time.

Mr. Dostal preceded her in death on Dec. 25, 1944 and she was also preceded in death by a brother, Ben Dornak of Ellinger on Feb. 5, 1969.

Surviving are three children Mrs. Alice Hintz, Mrs. Elinor Burns and Henry Dostal, all of this city; also nine grandchildren Mrs. John Perry, Mrs. Charles Dittrich, Michael Burns, Carol Dostal, Henry Dostal, Jr., Terry Dostal, Jane Dostal, Mrs. Robin Law and Tommy Burns; also three [great] grandchildren, Theresa Dittrich, Paul Dittrich and Mellisa Perry; and other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Dostal was a kind person who dedicated her life in caring for her family and in seeing to the care and needs of others. She always had that friendly smile and courteous word that won for her the love and admiration of all who came to know her.

She shall be missed dearly by her loved ones and her many friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Friday, December 21, 1973
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Dougan, Pat

An Irishman named Pat Dougan was brought from Eagle Lake to the Railroad hospital here, suffering with congestion. He died in an hour and forty minutes after arrival. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, March 31, 1881, page 3

Douglas, Janie Mae (Grays)

Janie Mae Douglas “Nanny” & “Jane O.”

Janie Mae Douglas was born October 27, 1911 in Matthews, Colorado County to John and Lucy Scott Grays.

Her sunset came on Tuesday, June 16 at the age of 97 years.

She was educated at Calhoun Elementary School in Eagle Lake and Joe Williams High School in Wallis.

Janie Mae married A.C. Douglas and to this union three children were born, A.C. Douglas, Jr. (deceased), Mildred Douglas (deceased) and Freddie Charles Douglas, Sr.

She was baptized at an early age under the leadership of Rev. A.D. Foster at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Matthews; and was a current member of Greater Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Eagle Lake under the leadership of Rev. Dave Curry.

Janie Mae served her church as Sunday School secretary, church secretary, mission president, pastor’s aide president, mission treasurer, food pantry committee, usher board, church nursery, mission chorus, trustee board and cafeteria committee.

Her organizations included E.H. Henry Alumni, E.H. Henry Historical Corporation, E.H. Henry Parent-Teacher Association, Senior Citizen Weekly Program, Heroines of Jericho Court #42 in Eagle Lake, Heroines of Jericho Pride of Glen Flora Court #305 in Colorado County, and Colorado County Tri-County Senior Citizens Walk-A-Thon first place winner.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons; five brothers, Benny Grays, Johnny Grays, Eldridge Grays, Nathanial Grays and Clifton Grays; and two sisters, Wilma Grays and Arthur Mae Lovings.

She leaves to mourn her passing one son, Freddie Charles Douglas, Sr. of Eagle Lake; eight grandchildren, Rhonda Hogan of Houston, Keith Douglas of Henderson, Alvin Wiley (Sharon) of Rosenberg, Minnie Jefferson of Galveston, Deidre Douglas, Kristen Carter and Keisha Tillman all of Columbus, and Freddie Charles Douglas, Jr. (Stephanie) of El Campo; 13 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Joyce Speaker (Elbert) of Egypt, Texas; one niece, Gladys Campbell of Houston; one cousin, Willie B. Thomas of Eagle Lake; and one very special friend, Christina Williams of Eagle Lake; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 20 at 11 a.m. from Greater Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Obie Rhodes, pastor of White Cloud Missionary Baptist Church, officiating. Interment followed in Eagle Lake Cemetery East.

Another life celebration by Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Maurice Shropshire, Richard Davidson, Rev. Ira Cotton, Willie Daniels, Roney Carroll and Adrian Carroll.

Honorary pallbearers were grandsons of Janie M. Douglas, Deacons and Trustees of Greater Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 25th, 2009

Douglas, John

Husband and Wife Die Within Four Hours

Mr. Vinc Melnar of the Bila Hora community was in the city Friday and reported an unusual happening on his farm the preceding Wednesday night. He had an aged negro couple living on his place. Wednesday night he was summoned to the house occupied by the couple--John and Louise Douglas--on receipt of word that the wife, aged 65 years, was very ill. Upon arrival, there he found this to be so, but within a few moments she died,

Mr. Melnar went over to Oakland for the justice of the peace and preceded to make necessary funeral arrangements. This was in the early part of the night--about 8:30. He then returned home and went to bed.

Shortly after midnight he was again aroused with the information that the husband, John Douglas, aged 75 years, had also expired without warning. At the time of this latest death a violent storm was raging, so he had to wait until morning to again summon the justice of the peace to hold an inquest and make necessary funeral arrangements. The second death occurred at 12:30 same night. [Interment was in the Oakland Hill cemetery.]

For husband anti wife to both die within four hours of each other is indeed an unusual occurrence. This aged couple we understand had lived on the Melnar for a good while.

Weimar Mercury, Mqy 12, 1933, page 1

Douglass, Doris Marie


The funeral of little Doris Marie Douglass, the three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Douglass, who died on last Friday morning after a week’s illness, was held on last Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock, the services being conducted at the Presbyterian church by Dr. T. C. Johnston of Houston. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Doris was one of the sweetest and most attractive children in the town and the idol of her parents hearts, and a universal favorite with all who knew her. Her death is a great blow to the parents, who have the sincere sympathy of all the people of the town.

Among those who were here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. S. S. White of San Antonio; Mrs. C. E. Saunders of San Antonio; Messrs. J. D. and C. L. Secrest of Port Arthur; Mrs. R. E. Snavely of Luling; Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Knox of Kenedy; Mrs. Laura Saunders of Smithville; Mrs. Ida Renick and Rev. J. M. Renick of Smithville; Dr. T. C. Johnston of Houston and Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Davis of El Campo.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 11, 1918, page 7

Doyle, Margaret

Margaret Doyle Died May 6 in Georgia

Margaret Doyle, a Weimar resident from 1945 until 1979, died on May 6 at the age of 95, in Athens, Ga. A memorial service was held last week in Georgia.

Her husband, the late Clay Doyle, was superintendent of the Weimar Independent School District from 1945 until his death in 1965.

She had a full life of teaching English literature in high schools in Arkansas and Texas until 1979 and participating in volunteer activities in Albuquerque, N.M., in recent years.

In 2002, she moved to Athens, Ga.

She will be missed by several generations of students, friends and family.

Mrs. Doyle is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and George Bunch of Las Vegas, N. M.; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Terry Doyle of Athens, Ga.; grandsons, George Clay Bunch and wife Megan, Charles Bunch Spring and wife Carol, and Clement Doyle and wife Mary Margaret; and great-grandchildren, Carina Elizabeth Bunch and Harris Clay Doyle.

Memorial contributions may by made to the United Methodist Church of Weimar and the Colorado County Habitat for Humanity. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery)

The Weimar Mercury, May 15, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Drake, Elsie Marie (Janak)

Elsie Marie Janak Drake, 70, of Wharton, passed away April 17 in Wharton.

She was born September 29, 1935 in Damon, Texas the daughter of Frank L. and Annie Kveton Janak.

Elsie was employed as an operator for Southwestern Bell.

Preceded in death by her husband; parents; and a sister, Sophie Janak; survivors include her sister and brother-in-law, Elvina and Daniel Maretka of Wharton.

Graveside services were held Friday, April 21 at 3 p.m. from Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with Rev. Buzz Synder officiating. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Calvin Harris, Butch Meyer, George Perry, Johnnie Kujawa, Alvin Kocurek and Frank Navarro.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 27th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Drane, Robert Alexander

We regret to chronicle the death of such a good citizen as Mr. R. A. Drane, which occurred at his residence near this city last Monday night at 11 o’clock. He had been sick for eight days, suffering with pneumonia. Mr. Drane has resided in this county since the close of the war, was a quiet, unobtrusive gentleman, a good neighbor and citizen, and was universally esteemed. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his untimely demise. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, February 17, 1881, page 3

Drapela, Bohumil Jerome

B. J. Drapela

Advocate News Service
EL CAMPO -- B. J. Drapela, 75, a native of the Nada-Garwood community, died at a local hospital Wednesday.

He was born in Nada, May 28, 1903.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada, with the Rev. Victor Schmidtzinsky officiating.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

The body will lie in state at the church until the services on Friday.

Triska Funeral Home of El Campo is in charge of services.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Victoria Drapela of Garwood; two daughters, Mrs. Madelyn Sides of New York City, N.Y., and Mrs. Karen McCall of Maryland,; a son, Weldon Drapela of Lake Jackson; three sisters, Mrs. Annie Pauler of Baytown, Mrs. Mary Pokluda of Houston and Mrs. Frances Sicinski of Rosenberg; five brothers, Charles, August and Albert Drapela of Houston, Louis Drapela of Anderson, Texas, and Ben Drapela of Pennsacola, Fla.; and 12 grandchildren.

Victoria Advocate, December 1, 1978
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Drapela, Jan "John" J.

John J. Drapela Succumbs After Lenghty [sic] Illness

John J. Drapela, 84, retired farmer of the Garwood community passed away last Friday, August 24th at the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo after a prolonged illness.

Funeral services were held from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada Monday, August 27th at 9:00 a.m. with Requiem High Mass with the Rev. Edmund Bily officiating. Interment was in the Nada Catholic Cemetery with Richard Krenek, Chas. Pavlu, Jim Kallina, Leo Koronek, L. Zbranek, and Adolph Koronek as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were members of the K. J. T. Lodge.

Rosary had been cited Sunday evening at the family home.

Mr. Drapela was born June 25, 1867 in Austria. He came to America when only 7 years of age. His family settled in Weimar.

He married Anna Miculka in Dubina, Texas in 1892 and they gave birth to ten sons and three daughters [line omitted] ed him in death April 25, 1951.

Survivors are his widow Mrs. John Drapela; daughters, Mrs. E. E. Pauler, Baytown, Mrs. J. L. Pokluda, Houston, Mrs. Thos. Sicinski, Rosenberg; sons, John, Emil, Ed, Charles, Louis, August and Albert of Houston, Ben, a Chief Gunners Mate in the U. S. Navy in Pensacola, Florida; and Boham__ of Garwood. Also a brother, Joe Drapela, Rosenberg, 17 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

A host of relatives and friends attended the services.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, August 30, 1951
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Drapela, Rosalie (Michan)

(By Garwood Correspondent.)

Mrs. Joe Drapella, who died at the St. Joseph Infirmary in Houston at 10 p.m., on June 14th, was buried at Nada [St. Mary's Cemetery] Friday morning, Father B. Held conducting the funeral service. Mrs. Drapela, who was Miss Rosie Mecan, was born September l, 1873, in Dubina, Fayette county. She was married in November 1891, to Mr. Joe Drapela, and to this union twelve children were born. Infant twins died at the age of three days and a daughter, Mrs. Lewis Bucanek, died in March 1920, at age 21 years. The surviving children are Mr. Henry Drapela of Houston, Mrs. Frances Vacek and Mrs. Rosie Drostata, Taiton; Mrs. Mary Brecanek of Rosenberg, Misses Josephine and Annie, Joe, Jr., Johnnie and Rudolph. She is also survived by four brothers, one sister and twelve grandchildren, and her husband. The sorrowing relatives have our deepest sympathy in their hour of sadness.--Eagle Lake Headlight.

Weimar Mercury, July 1, 1921, page 6

Draub, Charles 

Killed at Eagle Lake--On last Friday night in a rencounter (?) in a barroom in Eagle Lake, Colorado county, between James C. Harbert and Charles Draub, the latter was killed by a stab in his neck. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery] Reports of the occurrence are conflicting and unsatisfactory, and we presume the truth will not be known until the trial.  Harbert was arrested, and held to bail before justice Ziegler in the sum of $2,500, which amount he gave, and is now at liberty.

Colorado Citizen, February 6, 1879
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Draub, Ferdinand

Mr. FERDINAND DRAUB, an old citizen of Eagle Lake, died Monday night. He was 70 years of age, and was one of the first settlers of that town. [Interment at Lakeside]

Weimar Mercury, May 30, 1891


Another landmark has been removed. Another venerable citizen of his place has been called to cross the mystic river, and try the realities of that mysterious country, from which no traveler has ever returned. Mr. Ferdinand Draub, an old veteran [Mexican War] in his 71st year, passed quietly away Monday night and was buried in the graveyard on the lake Tuesday evening. Mr. Draub was one of the first settlers of this community, and was well and favorably known by all. He will be greatly missed. The sympathies of the Citizen are extended the bereaved family.

Colorado Citizen, May 26, 1891, page 3

Draub, Francis Ann (Lowry)


Mrs. Ferdinand Draub, wife of the late Ferd. Draub, one of the oldest and earliest settlers of this community, died last week. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, January 16, 1897
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Drescher, Elsie Ann (Wendel)

Elsie Ann Drescher, 68, of Mentz, died Monday, July 18, 1994, in a Wharton medical center.

Born Nov. 25, 1925, in Hillje, she was the daughter of Otto H. and Emilie (Schindler) Wendel. On Feb. 24, 1979, she married Eugene H. Drescher. Mrs. Drescher was retired as a ward clerk for Gulf Coast Hospital in Wharton. She had lived in Mentz since 1985 and was a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz, the Altar Society, Sons of Hermann 243 in Bernardo and AARP No. 1901 in Columbus.

Funeral services were held July 21, at St. Roch's Catholic Church with Father Dan Morales and Father George Henniger officiating. Interment followed in St. Roch's Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Ronnie Wick, John Tallas, Daniel Janik, Mike Wick, Milton Nelson and James Helfrich.

Mrs. Drescher is survived by her husband, of Mentz; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Dennis Marling of Wharton and Frances and Paul Aaronson of Houston; sons and daughter-in-law, Conrad and Donna Janus of Houston and Michael Janus of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; sister, Martha Janik of Wharton; brothers, Herman Wendel of Wharton and Herbert Wendel of Bay City and grandchildren Malinda Marling and Zachary Aaronson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister. Gertrude 'Trudy' Moritz.

Colorado County Citizen, July 27, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright



Drescher, Evelyn Ann (Luedecke)

Funeral services for Evelyn Ann Drescher, 69, of Columbus were held Friday, October 29, at Henneke Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating. Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mrs. Drescher was born May 25, 1913, in Sealy to Christian H. and Emelia Bischoff Luedecke. She married Theodore J. Drescher November 7, 1933.

She was a member of the Lutheran Church and a housewife.

She is survived by her husband, Theodore J. Drescher of Columbus; one daughter, Carol Kech of Austin; two sons, Lee Allen Drescher of New Braunfels and Gilbert Drescher of Columbus; two brothers, Walter Luedecke of Houston and Alfred Luedecke of Sealy; three grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mike Wick, Bill Wick Harry Luedecke, Wilfred Luedecke, Albert Noska and Eugene Drescher.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, November 4, 1982
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Drescher, Linda (McKnight)


Linda McKnight Drescher, 60, of Columbus died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007 at Ben Taub Hospital in Houston.

She was a native of Beaumont and longtime resident of Corpus Christi before moving to Columbus six years ago.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, David William Drescher of Columbus; daughter, Kristie Weaver and her husband Daniel; father and mother, Wilburn "Shorty" and Joyce McKnight; sisters and brother, Melissa Littlepage and husband Marvin, Melanie "Dee Dee" Sims and husband Dee, Bryan McKnight and wife Denise all of Lumberton; sisters-in-law, Pat Mackey and Janet Drescher of Columbus and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, G. E. and Margaret Drescher; brother-in-law, Roy Drescher; and grandparents, Jay and Curley McKnight and Red and Lillian Stafford.

Graveside services took place, Jan. 3 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Beaumont with the Rev. Steve Kerr of First Presbyterian Church of Silsbee officiating.

Pallbearers were Shane Smith, Patrick Mackey, Shane Smith Jr., Weston McKnight, Ashley Sims and Matt Tate.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Texas School for the Deaf, 1102 South Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78704-1728, where Drescher was a graduate.

Colorado County Citizen, January 9, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Drescher, Margaret (Ulrich)


Margaret A. Drescher, 91, of Columbus, passed away Aug. 2, at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born Aug. 15, 1915, in Hungerford to Vince G. and Annie Schindler Ulrich. She worked as a homemaker and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Mary Queen of the Snows. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and playing bingo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gregory Drescher; son, Roy Drescher; sisters, Annie Juroska, Dorothy Weidner and Martha Koenning and brothers, Alvin Ulrich and Richard Ulrich.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia M. Mackey, of Columbus; son, David and Linda Drescher, of Columbus; daughter-in-law, Janet Drescher, of Sugar Land; grandchildren, Dawn Mackey Smith and husband Shane, Valarie Mackey Spalek, Patrick Mackey and friend Beth Wiseman, Melody Mackey Siewert and husband Scott, Laura Jean Odem, Jeff Drescher and wife Macy, Melissa Drescher and friend Michael Skaer, Kristi Lynn Weaver; great-grandchildren, Shane Smith II, Samantha Smith, Joshua Siewert and Jessica Siewert, Zachary Spalek, Jenna Drescher, Jeffery Drescher and Wesley Odem; brothers, Otto Ulrich, of LaGrange and Anton Ulrich, of Ganado.

Funeral services were Aug. 5 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment followed at St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery in Mentz.

Pallbearers were Charles Fojtik, Rusty Neuendorff, Lonnie Hoffman, Marvin Ulrich, Joe Juroska Jr. and Billy Willenburg. Honorary pallbearers were Shane Smith, Shane Smith II, Patrick Mackey, Scott Siewert, Joshua Siewert, Zackary Spalek, Michael Skaer, Jeff Drescher, Jeffrey Drescher, Ronny Daley and Welsey Odem.

Colorado County Citizen, August 8, 2007
Courtesy of The Citizen.

Drescher, Mary A. (Stock)

Mrs. Drescher, 78, Mrs. Alfred Wick's Mother, Buried

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary A. Drescher, 78, of Mentz, mother of Mrs. Alfred Wick of Weimar, were held at Untermeyer Funeral Home, Columbus, October 7, with further services at St. Roch's Catholic Church at Mentz and interment in St. Roch's Cemetery.

Rev. Andrew Didner officiated, assisted by Rev. Clarence Leopold of Weimar.

Mrs. Drescher, a lifelong resident of the Mentz community, died at Youens Hospital here October 5. She was a member of St. Roch's Altar Society.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four daughters, Mrs. John Tallas of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Paul Hagan of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Ed Klimple of Rock Island and Mrs. Alfred Wick of Weimar; four sons, G. E. and T. J. Drescher of Columbus, Eugene Drescher of Mentz and Alvin Drescher of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one sister, Mrs. Theresa Henneke of Bernardo; two brothers, Henry Stock of Violet and George Stock of Alice; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Henry Weber, Freddie Janak, Erwin Miller, Reuben Maertz, Henry Becker and George Sebesta.

Weimar Mercury, October 16, 1953
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Dreitner, Anton

Anton Dreitner, 75, Dies; Rites Friday Morning

Funeral services for Anton Dreitner, 75, will be held from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church Friday morning, Oct. 22, at 9:30 o'clock, with Msgr. Anthony Drozd officiating. Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mr. Dreitner, a retired farmer, had been a resident of the Weimar area for 68 years, and since 1888 had made his home a short distance south of here, where he died Wednesday morning after three weeks' serious illness.

The son of Joseph and Therisa Haas Dreitner, he was born Nov. 14, 1872, at Weiskirchen, Austria. It was on his 8th birthday that he and his parents arrived at Sedan, north of Weimar, to settle. On Oct.27, 1896, at Weimar, he married Miss Emily Ulrich, who died on Nov. 27, 1932. Mr. Dreitner was a member of St Michael's Catholic Church and St. Joseph's Society.

Surviving him are one daughter, Mrs. Annie Wick, and three sons, Joseph, Henry and Edmund, all of the Weimar area. Five grandchildren also survive. Two sisters, Mrs. Mary Guenther and Mrs. Veronica Kainer, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Reinhardt Schneider, Eddie Guenther, Otto Ulrich, Rudy Ulrich, Emil Ulrich and Henry Schneider.

The Weimar Mercury, October 22, 1948
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Dreitner, Daniel Lee

Little Baby Taken To Heavenly Home

The little baby son, Daniel Lee, that was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dreitner of this community last Sunday survived but a few hours, when the Heavenly Father saw fit to take their little darling back to his heavenly abode, there to await the coming of his loved ones. The funeral of the babe took place at St. Michael’s Cemetery Wednesday afternoon, Rev. John Morkovsky officiating in a touching service.

To friend Joe and wife our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, December 2, 1938, page 1

Dreitner, Edmund Herbert “Toby”

Final Rites For E. H. Dreitner, 56, Held Monday

Funeral services for Edmond Dreitner, 56, operator of a Humble service station here the past 18 years, were held Monday morning, Dec. 17, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Rev. Wm. Halata of El Campo, a nephew, officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

“Toby,” as he was affectionately known to his many friends, died at noon Friday, Dec. 14, after a stroke, in Youens Hospital. He had been a patient there 10 days.

He was a lifelong resident of the Weimar area. Born March 26, 1906, he was the son of Anton and Emilia Dreitner. He married Mrs. Mary Huffmeyer here Jan. 19, 1942. He operated a tailor shop here several years before becoming a Humble dealer. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Society and the Chamber of Commerce.

Surviving in addition to his widow are 2 stepchildren, Dr. John Huffmeyer of Las Vegas, Nev., and Mrs. Carlyle (Barbara) Watson of Richmond, Ky.; a daughter, Miss Patricia Ann Dreitner of Houston; 3 granddaughters; a brother, Henry Dreitner of Weimar; and a sister, Mrs. Steve (Annie) Wick of Weimar. A brother, Joe, preceded him in death in 1951.

Pallbearers were H. H. Seifert, Ed Klosel, Clarence Kloesel, John Hajovsky, Joe Adamcik and Raphael Veselka.

The Weimar Mercury, December 20, 1962.
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Submitter’s note: His wife’s maiden name was Olsovsky.

Dreitner, Emilie (Ulrich)

Community Shocked By Sudden Death of Estimable Lady

Our little community was terribly shocked last Sunday morning when at an early hour news flashed from home to home that Mrs. Emilie Dreitner, beloved wife of Mr. Anton Dreitner, well known farmer residing a short distance south of town had been claimed by death. The news was so sudden and unexpected that our citizens could hardly believe it to be true. However, it proved only too true!

Mrs. Dreitner was up and about her household duties as late as Thursday of last week, we are informed. However, she was not feeling real well and we are told was taken down in bed the following day. It was quickly revealed that her illness was of a serious type and considerable uneasiness prevailed. However, she seemed better early Sunday morning, but the change came so suddenly and unexpectedly that Death had claimed its victim almost before those at the home could realize it.

Funeral arrangements were made and the body laid to rest in St. Michael's Cemetery Monday morning, after appropriate services at St. Michael's Church by her pastor, Rev. Jos. Szysmanski.

Mrs. Emilie Dreitner was born Nov. 20, 1876, in Fayette county; died Nov. 27, 1932, aged 58 years and 7 days. She was untied in marriage on Oct. 27, 1896, to Mr. Anton Dreitner. She and Mr. Dreitner lived in Fayette county eight years after their marriage, then moved to Colorado county, locating on a farm one and a half miles south of Weimar, where she lived up to the time of her death. Four children were born to this union, all of whom are still living. They are Mrs. Steve Wick, Messrs. Joe, Henry and Edmund Dreitner, all of Weimar. Surviving are her heart-broken husband, Mr. Anton Dreitner, four children, four brothers, Messrs. Joe, Fred, Frank and John Ulrich, and one sister, Mrs. Emil Schneider of the New Brunn community, and two grandchildren.

The pall bearers were her nephews, Messrs. Eddie Guenther, Henry Schneider, Emil, Rudolf, Fred and John Ulrich.

Mrs. Dreitner was a lovable type of woman. She was a devoted wife and mother, and to her friends and neighbors she was near and dear, always ???ing and glad to render to them any neighborly service. She was a good, christian worker, devoted to her church and in her passing the home, the church, the community, has lost one of its best and most faithful members.

May God be merciful to her bereaved ones in the sincere wish of the Mercury.

Weimer Mercury, December 2, 1932
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Dreitner, Joe E.

Funeral Services For Joe Dreitner, 51, Held Friday

Funeral services for Joe E. Dreitner, Sr., 51, whose death occurred suddenly at his home April 18, after a heart stroke, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Msgr. Antony[sic] Drozd and Rev. Alois Goertz officiating.

Interment was made in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

A lifelong resident of this area, Mr. Dreitner was born near this city, in Fayette County, June 17, 1899, the son of Anton and Emelia Ulrich Dreitner. He married Miss Lydia Freis, October 30, 1928, and for about 12 years was a farmer. In 1944, the family moved to Weimar, and from then until his death he had been a carpenter. Mr. Dreitner was a member of St. Michael’s Church and St. Joseph’s Society.

Surviving him are his widow; three children, Dorothy, Joe, Jr., and Cathlyn; one sister, Mrs. Steve (Annie) Wick; and two brothers, Henry and Edmund. All live here. One son, Daniel died as a two-day-old infant.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Frank Gold, Alex Demel, Frank Freis, Jr., Bennie Helmcamp and Steve Wick, all brothers-in-law, and Frank Lebeda.

Weimar Mercury, April 27, 1951, page 1

Dreitner, Mary (Olsovsky) Huffmeyer

Mary Dreitner Funeral Held Here Saturday

Funeral services for Mary Olsovsky Dreitner, 77, of Weimar were held Saturday, June 25, from St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery.

Father John Bily and Mrs. Dreitner’s nephews, Father George Olsovsky and Father William Halata, officiated.

Mrs. Dreitner, a retired nurse, died Wednesday, June 22, at 10:10 a.m. in Houston.

Born Nov. 21, 1910, at Moravia, she was a daughter of Frank and Veronika (Kresta) Olsovsky. She graduated from Santa Rosa Hospital School of Nursing, San Antonio, and was a registered nurse. She was married to Edmund Dreitner here on Jan. 19, 1942. He died in 1962.

Mrs. Dreitner was a member of Santa Rosa Nurses Alumni, St. Ann Society, and KJZT.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Barbara H. Watson of Richmond, Kentucky and Mrs. Patricia D. Hollas of Kingwood; one son, Dr. John H. Huffmeyer of San Antonio; ten grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Emil (Willie Jo) Neiser and Mrs. (Frances) Janak of Weimar and Mrs. Joe (Aloysia) Halata of Moravia; and one brother, Henry Olsovsky of Moravia. Four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Jodie Dreitner, James H. Janak, Paul Neiser, Chris Hollas, Matt Hollas, John C. Watson, and Henry James Dreitner.

The Weimar Mercury, June 30, 1988
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Dreyer, Carl


On Feb. 1st, Mr. C. Dryer [sic.] of this place died after an illness of about four years. His earthly remains were interred in the Lutheran cemetery Feb. 2. Rev. F. Gerstman, the local pastor, performing the last sad rites. Deceased leaves a wife and one son, Prof. H. Dryer of Zapp, to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. We extend our sincere condolence.

Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1899, page 8

Dreyer, Minna

Miss Minna Dreyer, 86, Buried Here Thursday

Funeral services for Miss Minna Dreyer, 85, who died Jan. 7 in a Houston hospital, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Thursday, Jan. 8, with interment in Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery. Rev. Howard MacAllister, Methodist minister, officiated.

Mis Dreyer was born in this area, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Dreyer. Her parents died when she was very young and she was reared by her grandmother, Mrs. Henry Bock, near Weimar. For many years she made her home with the S. C. Holloway family, later moving to Houston to live with her sister, a Mrs. Dunn. A niece and grandniece also survive. [Actually Minna was the niece of Mrs Henry Bock being the daughter of Harmon Dreyer, Mrs. Bock's brothr. DA]

Weimar Mercury, January 16, 1959, page 1

Dreyer, Sophie


Dr. Denton, manager of the State Lunatic Asylum, writes that Mrs. Sophie Dreyer, who it will be remembered was sent to the Asylum from this county some time ago, died in the Asylum on the 6th day of last January.

Colorado Citizen, November 26, 1885

Driscoll, Ruby (Frnka)


Ruby Frnka Driscoll, 88, of Columbus, passed away Oct. 21 at Columbus Health and Rehab Center.

She was born in Columbus, Oct. 12, 1915 to Joseph Vinc and Anna (Noska) Frnka. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and former member of CDA in Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Meteor Frnka and Earl Joe Frnka Sr.; and sisters, Lillie George, Evelyn Pidgen, Roxie Frnka and Ida Anna Frnka.

She is survived by sisters and brother-in-law, Mildred Hoeninghaus of Houston and Margaret Schulz and Lawrence Janicek of Wallis; and sister-in-law, Eva C. Frnka of Columbus.

Funeral services were conducted Oct. 24 at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus with Fr. Dan Kahlich and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Gary Sens, Carlos Sens, Charles Owen, Patrick J. Frnka, Ron Frnka, Earl J. Frnka Jr., Alan Frnka and Weldon Neuendorff.

Colorado County Citizen, October 29, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Drisdale, Isac

There were two deaths among the colored populaton of this city the latter part of last week. A daughter of Isom Morgan died, and on Saturday morning Ike Drisdale, a well known negro resident, died. The latter was buried Sunday afternoon. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, October 17, 1903, page 8

Drlik, Doris Mae (Cloat)


Doris Mae Cloat Drlik, 68, of Garwood, passed away Aug. 23 at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston.

She was born in Columbus, Jan. 7, 1939 to Jack L. and Elda (Ladewig) Cloat and married James J. Drlik, June 25, 1958. She was a homemaker and member of the Catholic Daughters of America Court lady of the Rosary 1595 and St. Mary Catholic Church in Nada.

She was preceded in death by her father; and brother, Charlie Cloat.

She is survived by her husband; mother; daughters and sons-in-law, Patti and Gerald Heintschel of Columbus, Susan and Roger Chumchal of Houston and Donna and Steve Simon of Magnolia; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Valerie Drlik of Garwood; sisters, Aline McQueen, Linda Daley and Maybelle Barnett, all of Columbus; brothers, Ervin Cloat of Frelsburg and Roy Cloat of Columbus; 14 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 25 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Father Joe Vrana officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Nada.

Pallbearers were Nicholas, Myles and Garrett Chumchal, Keith Drlik, Ervin Herzik Jr. and Jack Cloat.

Honorary pallbearers were Aaron Simon, Gary Peters, Stephen Drlik, Wesley Heintschel, Rick Restivo, Logan Daley and Alan Restivo.

Colorado County Citizen, August 30, 2007
Courtesy of The Citizen

Drlik, Edith (Korenek)

Edith Korenek Drlik of Garwood passed away Aug. 28, 2012 at the age of 73. She was born July 28, 1939 in Nada to Leo and Annie Janish Korenek. She was a homemaker and a member of the KJZT, Catholic Daughters of America and Christian Mothers. She will be remembered for her gardening, quilting and baking.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Raymond Drlik of Garwood; daughter, Ann Pleasant and husband Donald of Sealy; sons, Anthony Drlik and wife Amy and Stephen Drlik of Nada; grandchildren Nicole, Dylan, Jacob, Natalie and Aaron Drlik, and Zachery, Reiss, Savannah, and Blake Pleasant; sister, Bessie Loranc of Bandera and brother, Eugene Korenek of El Campo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Lillie Petter and Mary Ann Gold, and brothers, Allen, Joseph and Leonard Korenek.

Visitation will begin 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 at Triska Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. A rosary will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at St. Mary’s Church in Nada with a funeral Mass following at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to Garwood Volunteer Fire Department or St. Mary’s Hall Fund.

Words of condolence may be left for the family at

Arrangements by Triska Funeral Home, El Campo.

El Campo Leader News, August 30, 2012
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Drlik, Evelyn (Pavlu)

Evelyn Pavlu Drlik, 78, of Garwood passed away Sept. 24 at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

She was born in Vox Populi, Nov. 8, 1923 to Henry and Sophie (Zapalac) Pavlu and married Rudolf A. Drlik Sr., Jan. 29, 1946. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada, Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters of America and KJZT.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Jake Allen of Livermore, Calif.; sons and daughters-in-law, Ken W. Drlik, Rudy Jr. and Carol Drlik all of Garwood; sister, Adela Korenek of Nada; brother, Ben Pavlu of Garwood; two grandchildren, Lisa Drlik and Vicki and husband Todd Nelson; and one great-grandchild, Randice Nelson.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 27 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with Father Joe Koebel officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers were Zeke Zickuhr, Dennis Korenek, Todd Nelson, John Lee Korenek Jr., Jerome Waligura and Charles Drlik.

Colorado County Citizen, October 2, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Drlik, John V.

John V. Drlik, 74, Funeral Is Held; Retired Farmer

Last rites for john V. Drlik, 74, long-tIme resident of the Garwood area, were held at. the family home Tuesday morning and at St. Mary's Catholic church in Nada with Rev. Edmund Bily officlatIng.

Mr. Drlik, retired rice and cotton grower, died suddenly Saturday, reportedly of a heart attack.

He had lived in the Garwood area for 68 years, having moved there from Fayette county, where he was born Feb. 13, 1880, a son of Valentina and Clara Drlik. He was married to Mary Matcek Nov. 18, 1905.

Survivors are his widow: 4 sons, John Drlik of Houston, Rudolph, Jimmie and Leo Drlik of Garwood; 3 daughters, Mrs. Justine Cranek of Fairchild, Mrs. Adele Parr of Houston and Mrs. Mary Hoelscher of San Angelo.

Thirteen grandchildren and 3 great-grandchIldren also survive.

Burial was in the Nada Catholic church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ben H. Waligura, William J. Huvar,. Charles Matcek, Leo Labay, Bennie Matcek and Johnny Dorotlk.

Colorado County Citizen, December 16, 1954

Drlik, Klara/Clara (Stanislav)

Mrs. Clara Drlik

The death of Mrs. Clara Drlik occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Labay last Friday. Funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon with Rev. Father Pustka of the Nada Catholic church in charge of the services.

Clara Stanslavie was born in Stramberk, Moravia, Austria July 15, 1844, where she was married to Valentine Drlik. They came to America in 1873. She is survived by one brother and one sister who reside in West Texas, by five children; one son, John Drlik, four daughters Mrs. Clara Dorotek of Taiton, Mrs. Annie Labay of Nada, Mrs. Frances Waligura and Mrs. Carrie Labay. She is also survived by 34 grand children and 26 great grand children. She was preceeded[sic] in death by her husband who died Jan. 19, 1925 and by two children.

Pall bearers were six grandsons Hy. and Ed. Labay, Leo Drlik, Chas. Waligura, Joe Dorotek and Louis Labay. [Interment was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery]

Sympathy of the the entire community is extended the bereaved relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, October 1, 1931, page 3


We wish to thank all who helped us during the illness and death of our beloved mother Mrs. Clara Drlik who passed to the life beyond at the age of 87 years 2 months and 9 days.

Especially do we wish to thank Father J. A. Pustka for his words of comfort at the home, church and cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. John Drlik
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dorotek
Mr. and Mrs. Joe F. Labay
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Labay
Mr. and Mrs. John Waligura
The grand children and great grand children.

Colorado County Citizen, October 1, 1931, page 2

Drlik, Leo Ben, Jr.

Leo Ben Drlik, Jr., 71, of Nada, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2002.

Born September 29. 1931, in Garwood, he was the son of Leo Sr. and Rosie Prihoda Drlik.

Leo was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada and the KJT Society.

He attended Sam Houston Trade School, worked at a line-type setter for the Palacios Beacon and Port Lavaca News and later pursued an occupation in farming.

Survivors include his sisters, Henrietta Herzik of El Campo and Mary Ann Peters of Ganado; brothers, Raymond, Stanley and James Drlik of Garwood; and numeous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were to be held Wednesday, October 30, at 10 a.m. from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with Father Joseph Koebel officiating.

Interment was to follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

Pall bearers scheduled were Charles and Stephen Drlik, Ervin Jr. and David Herzik, Gerald Heintschell and Glen Peters.

Honorary pallobearers were to be Elliot Stancik, Gary Peters and Johnny Merta.

For those wishing, memorials may be made to the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department or St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 31, 2002

Drlik, Leo Ben Sr.


Funeral services for Leo Ben Drlik, Sr., 77, of Garwood were held at Sunday, May 13, in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with Bishop Hugo Gerbermann officiating.

Interment was in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Triska Funeral Home. A rosary was recited Saturday, May 1, in the Triska Chapel.

Mr. Drlik, a native of Garwood, died Friday, May 11 In El Campo Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.

He was born on Dec. 9, 1906, the son of the late John and Mary Matcek Drlik. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the K.J.T. Society, and St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife Rode Drlik of Garwood; two daughters, Henrietta Herzik of El Campo and Mary Ann Peters of Ganado; four sons, James Drlik, Raymond Drlik, and Leo Drlik, Jr.; of Garwood and Stanley Drlik of El Campo; three sisters, Adell Parr of Garwood, Justina Cranek of Needville, and May Hoelscher of Garden City; two brothers, Rudolph Drlik and Jimmie Drlik of Garwood; 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother John Drlik.

Pall bearers were Charles Drlik, Anthony Drlik, Ervin Herzik Jr., Michael Herzik, Glenn Peters, Gary Peters, David Herzik and Stephen Drlik.

Colorado County Citizen, May 24, 1984, page 2

Drlik, Mary (Matcek)

Mrs. John Drlik Dies In Rosenberg

Mrs. John Drlik passed away in Polly Ryan Hospital in Rosenberg last Saturday morning, March 6th. Funeral services were held from Triska’s Chapel last Monday morning, followed by a Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Nada with Father Henry Rolf officiating. Interment was in the Nada cemetery.

Mrs. Drlik lived in the Garwood community until a few years ago, when she went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Bill Cranek at Needville. She is survived by four sons, Leo and Rudy of Garwood, Jim of Houston and John of San Antonio; three daughters, Mrs. H. P. (Adele) Parr of Houston, Mrs. Arthur (Mary) Hoelscher of San Angelo, and Mrs. Bill (Justina) Cranek of Needville.

Sympathy is extended to the family, relatives and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Mar. 11, 1971
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Drlik, Rudolf A. “Rudy”


Rudolf A. “Rudy” Drlik Sr., 78, of Garwood died Saturday, May 11, 1996 at Transitional Hospital’s Cooperation Hospital in Houston.

Born April 11, 1918 in Garwood, he was the son of John V. and Mary (Matcek) Drlik.  On Jan. 29, 1946, he married Evelyn Pavlu.  Mr. Drlik, who was a retired farmer, was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada and a lifetime resident of Garwood.  He was a member of Knights of Columbus Nada Council and served in World War II.

Funeral services were held May 14 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada with Monsignor Victor Schmidtzinsky officiating.  Interment followed in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Nada.  Funeral services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were James Drlik, Dennis Korenek, John Lee Korenek, Jerome Waligura, Gregory Lobpries and Clifton Labay.

Mr. Drlik is survived by his wife of Garwood; daughter and son-in-law Gloria Ann and Jake Allen of San Diego, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law Rudy Jr. and Carol Drlik of Garwood and Kenneth Wayne Drlik of Houston; sister Adell Parr of Garwood; brother Jimmie Drlik of Garwood; and grandchildren Lisa Renee Drlik and Vicki Lynn Drlik.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Leo Drlik and John Drlik; and sisters Justina Cranek and Mary Hoelscher.

Colorado County Citizen, May 15, 1996, page 14
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Drlik, Stanley

Stanley Drlik

Stanley Drlik, 83, of Garwood passed away on May 14, 2012. He was born May 6, 1930 in Garwood to Leo Drlik Sr. and Rosie Prihoda Drlik. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Knight’s of Columbus and the KJT Society.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Ann Peters of Ganado; brothers, Raymond Drlik and James Drlik, both of Garwood and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Drlik; sister, Henrietta Herzik and brother, Leo Drlik.

Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada. A Rosary will be recited at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. with Rev. Joe Vrana officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Pallbearers are Gary Peters, Charles Drlik, Anthony Drlik, Stephen Drlik, David Herzik and Mike Herzik.

Memorials may be made to the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Arrangements by Triska Funeral Home, El Campo

El Campo Leader News, May 14, 2012
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Drlik, Valentine


Mr. Valentine Drlik, a resident of Vox Populi for the past 40 years, died at his home in that place last Sunday night after an illness of about three days.

Funeral services were held at the Nada Catholic church Tuesday at eleven o’clock and the body laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Drliik[sic] was born in Bohemia and came to this country in 1876 and settled near Weimar.

He is survived by a wife and 5 children, John Drlik of Garwood; Mrs. Clara Doricek of Wharton county; Mrs. Annie Labay of Nada; Mrs. Kataline Labay, of Vox Populi and Mrs. Frances Waliguar of Garwood, to whom the Citizen extends its sincere sympathy.

Colorado Citizen, January 22, 1925, page 4

Dromgoole, James Augusta

Eagle Lake Man Dies In Accident

Mr. J. A. Dromgoole, prominent citizen of Eagle Lake, died Monday enroute to a Houston hospital, after an accident when his Ford car hit the curb of a bridge on the highway west of that city.

His car tore down a portion of the bridge railing and plunged into a deep ditch. Mr. Dromgoole was alone in the car.

Funeral services were held at Eagle Lake yesterday at 3:30. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, February 4, 1932, page 1

Drymalla, Annie (Schmitt)

Annie Drymalla, 87, of Ramsey, passed away October 30, 1995, at Rice Community Hospital in Eagle Lake.

She was born April 28, 1908, in Bernardo, the daughter of John and Frances Drymalla Schmitt.

Drymalla was united in marriage with Elvoit Drymalla on February 6, 1951. She was a housewife and a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz.

Drymalla was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Tillie Schmitt, Mary Schmidt, and Pauline Schmidt; and a nephew, John DeShazo.

Survivors include two sisters, Maggie Schmitt and Bettie DeShazo, both of Eagle Lake; three nieces; and a nephew.

Funeral services were held Thursday, November 2, at St. Roch's Catholic Church with the Revs. Wayne Flagg and Dan Morales officiating.

Burial followed at St. Roch's Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were James DeShazo, Bernard Smaistrla, Leslie Koehl, Fred Hammons, Walter Frnka, and Felix Lepok.

Henneke Funeral Home Inc., Columbus, was in charge of arrangements.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 9, 1995
Submitted by Ron New

Drymalla, Anton


Mr. Anton Drymalla died at his home, about eight miles from Eagle Lake, in the Bernardo section, Sunday night at nine o’clock. The funeral took place at Mentz Monday afternoon. [Interment in St. Roch’s Cemetery] The deceased was about 82 years of age and has lived in the Bernardo section for about 30 years, having moved there from Schdsiean, Austria. He was unable to speak either the English or German languages, being able to use only the Bohemian language. He is survived by a wife and six grown children, and leaves a brother, Sebastan Drymalla, who lives near Sealy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 23, 1914, page 1

Drymalla, Elnora (Wendel)

Drymalla, Mrs. Anton

Funeral services were held at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz at 3 p.m. Sunday for Mrs. Anton Drymalla, 81. She died Friday in the Columbus Hospital after a 3-month illness. She was born Feb. 13, 1889, at Mentz. Officiating at the funeral was Father Snock of St. Roch's. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Alvin Wendel, Frank Wendel, Irvin Ulmann, Rublee Drymalla and Victor and Edmund Lepok.

Rosary was recited Saturday night at 8:30 by Father Werner Buckholt of Frelsburg.

Mrs. Drymalla is survived by 4 children, Elvon of Ramsey, J. L. of Columbus, Mrs. Elo (Elnora) Kotrla and Leon, both of Cat Spring; 4 grandchildren; one great-grandchildren; one great-grandchild and one brother, Lee Wendel of Alleyton.

Untermeyer-Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, August 27, 1970
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Drymalla, Jay Lee


Jay Lee Drymalla born March 27, 1920 in Bernardo, Texas to Anton and Nora Wendel Drymalla, married to Norma Klaus on October 6, 1942. He passed away at home in the early morning hours of October 8,1999. They had two daughters Lois who is married to L. J. Braden and Sharon who is married to Chuck Hall both live in Columbus. They have two grandsons, Jason Hall of Houston and Jared Hall of Columbus.

Mr. Drymalla worked as a welder in Houston shipyard from 1941 to 1944 during WWII building ships. He then worked as a switchman for Southern Pacific Railroad from 1944 to 1946. He began Drymalla Construction Company, a commercial construction company in 1946, in Columbus with 4 men, himself, his brother in law, uncle and one helper and by the time he sold the company in 1980 he employed over 150 men and built commercial buildings all over south Texas.

Across South Texas are scattered numerous buildings attesting to his success in the construction business. Locally he built Columbus State Bank, First State Bank, Coastal Bank, Columbus High School, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Columbus Community Hospital, the old KC hall that is now used as St. Anthony's School cafeteria and supervised the building of the new KC Hall on IH 10.

Mr. Drymalla was a lifetime member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church where he served on many boards and in many different capacities. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2971 where he served as Past Grand Knight and Past District Deputy and he was instrumental in designing and building the new KC Hall in Columbus. This organization was most dear to his heart and he continued going to meetings and functions up until the time of his death.

Mr. Drymalla served many years on the Board of Directors at the First State Bank and Columbus Chamber of Commerce. He was named Citizen of the Year in the early 90's . He was appointed by Governor Preston Smith as Director of Texas State Plumbing Board and served on this committee making regulations for plumbing industry for 14 years before retiring. He was a member of the Associated General Contractors of America Houston Chapter and served as a director and upon his retirement in 1980 he was made an Honorary Lifetime Member.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his two brothers Elvoit and Leon Drymalla both of Columbus. He is survived by his wife Norma of 57 years, his two daughters and sons in law, 2 grandsons, his sister Lenora Kotrla of Columbus, and nieces and nephews.

Rosary was held at 7:30 PM on Sunday Oct. 10, 1999 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus and funeral services were held Monday Oct. 11, 1999 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with interment in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery, Columbus, Texas.

Pallbearers were: Earl Pitchford, Charles Labay, Sam Kaiser, DeWayne Kotrla, Leon Stepanski, and Ed Templin. Honorary pallbearers were all members of KC Council 2971 of Columbus, and special honorary pallbearers Roy Heffley, Raymond Zajicek, Glennon Trojacek and Charles Yearwood.

Colorado County Citizen, October 13, 1999

Drymalla, John

Services Monday for John Drymalla of Bernardo Area

Death came to John Drymalla of Bernardo at the age of 82 years and 8 months in a Sealy hospital Friday at 4:05 a.m. after he had suffered a stroke. Born in Silesia (Europe), he came to America at the age of 4 with his parents, 2 brothers and a sister and settle in the Bernardo area.

Funeral services were held Monday at 8:45 a.m. at Untermeyer Funeral home with continued services in St. Roch's Catholic Church at Mentz, Rev. Leonard Kaszynski officiating and Rev. A. W. Didner assisting. [Interment at St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery]

Rev. Alex Kraus led the rosary Saturday evening and Rev. Kaszynski led in prayer for the rosary Friday and Sunday evenings in the funeral home.

Mr. Drymalla was married to Mary Wendel in 1904 and they made their home at Bernardo where he farmed. They would have been married 54 years last Sunday.

Survivors include his widow of Bernardo; 3 sons, Sylvester of Bernardo, Rublee of Eagle Lake and Urban of Alleyton; a brother, Phillip of Victoria; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were 3 nephews, Alvin Wendel, Edwin Drymalla d Elvoit Drymalla; and 3 grandsons, Jack Waddell, Charles Lambert and Wilfred Luedecke.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, January 30, 1958
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Drymalla, Leon

Drymalla Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Leon Drymalla of Cat Spring were held Wednesday, January 20, 1993 at 10:00 a.m. from St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz with Father George Henninger officiating.

Interment was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Drymalla passed away January 17 in the Columbus Community Hospital. He was 65 years of age.

A lifetime resident of the Bernardo area, he was born August 31, 1927, the son of Anton and Elnora (Wendel) Drymalla. He married the former Leona Steinhauser July 21, 1973 and was a concrete finisher. He was a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church of Mentz and the Herman Sons Bernardo Lodge N 243.

Survivors include his wife, Leona Drymalla of Bernardo; stepdaughter. Martha Lynn Blair of Columbus; step-sons, Tommy Blair and John Blair of Columbus, Dwyne[sic] Blair of Bastrop and Nathan Blair of San Diego, Texas; sister, Lenora Kotrla of Columbus; brother, Jay Lee Drymalla of Columbus; and 13 grandchildren.

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

Pallbearers were Ellis Neuendorff, Dwayne Kotrla, Christopher Kotrla, Aubrey Thompson, R. E. Campbell, Bryan Kotrla, Jason Hall.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, January 28, 1993, page 4

Drymalla, Meta (Herm)


Meta Herm Drymalla, 85, of Columbus, died Friday, July II, 1997, in Houston.

Born July 3, 1912 in Carmine, she was the daughter of Richard and Martha (Duesterhoft) Herm. On April 14,1931, she married Urban Drymalla. Mrs. Drymalla, who had lived in Columbus for 53 years, was a homemaker and member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Services were held July 13 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Frank Fidgeon officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Ken Lambert, Gary Lambert, Steven Venghaus, Byron Venghaus, David Lambert and Leroy Drymalla. Honorary pallbearers were J. L. Drymalla, Vernon Venghaus, Johnny Drymalla, Reuben Henneke, Al Wynn, Ray Venghaus, Buddy Polanski and Robert Stickle.

Mrs. Drymalla is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Glorine and Claude Venghaus of Columbus and Ruby Lois and Charles Lambert of Houston; brother Adelbert Herm of Sealy; grandsons Kenneth Lambert, Gary Wayne Lambert, Steven Venghaus and Byron Venghaus; great-grandchildren Jennifer Lambert, Kristy Lambert, David Lambert, Lori Lambert, Heather Lambert, Alyson Venghaus, Courtney Venghaus and Dillan Venghaus; and a great-great-granddaughter, Cassidy Lambert.

She was preceded in death by her husband on May 6, 1973; her parents; and sisters Florine Hardy and Mable Lee Koehler.

Colorado County Citizen, July 16, 1997

Duarte, Andrea (Longoria)

Andrea Longoria Duarte

Andrea Longoria Duarte, 87 of Eagle Lake, passed away June 17.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Toribio Duarte and brothers, Ernesto Longoria, Pedro Longoria and sister, Mauricia Longoria; step-daughters, Anita D. Carlin and Ramona D. Ybarra; and Mike V. Duarte.

Left to cherish her memories are her surviving siblings, Candelaria Longoria Contreras, Genoveva Longoria Martinez, Severa Longoria and Gerardo Longoria; daughters, Mary Helen Servantes and husband, August, of Eagle Lake, Mary Delores Cisneros and husband, Arturo, of Stafford and Suse Duarte Dodson and husband, Daton, of Houston. She also leaves behind numerous grand and great grandchildren.

During her lifetime she was employed as a master gardener with Wetherford Farms Nursery in Stafford. She was passionate about gardening and competing in Houston area fun runs. She was an avid Parishioner of the Parish of the Nativity Roman Catholic Church of Victoria in Eagle Lake.

Visitation was held on Sunday, June 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. Rosary was recited from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Funeral Services were held on Monday, June 22 at 9 a.m. with Father Robert Guerra officiating at the Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church, Eagle Lake. Burial was held at Woodlawn Funeral Home in Houston.

Pallbearers were Mark Servantes, Jason Duarte, Michael Duarte, David Ybarra, George Carlin, Jr. and Randall Duarte.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to: Parish of the Nativity Memorial Building Fund, P.O. Box 307, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 25th, 2009

Duddleston, Charles N.

Charles Nelson Duddleston, Sr.

Charles N. Duddleston Sr., age 96, of Eagle Lake, passed away Friday,October 30, 1992, at Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a brief illness.

He was a native of Moultrie County, Illinois, born November 5, 1895, to O. E. and Alice Yakey Duddleston.

As a young man, his family came to Texas and settled in Chesterville. He moved to Eagle Lake, then to Bernardo and later returned to Eagle Lake where he lived most of his life.

He owned and operated an auto mechanic business in Bernardo and worked for the Ford auto dealer in Columbus. Later, he began his career in agriculture, farming rice in our area for many years before retirement.

Duddleston had been honored with induction into the South Central Texas Baseball "Hall of Fame". He was a member and faithful servant of the Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake, serving as councilman and committeeman whenever asked.

He met Mary Diedrich of Bernardo. They were united in marriage in Bernardo on November 27, 1916.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his devoted wife of 71 years on April 5, 1988; his son, Charles N. Duddleston Jr.; sisters, Mary Duddleston and Helen Quarles; brothers, Karl and Loy Duddleston; grandson, James Donald Duddleston; great grandsons, John David Konesheck and Jeffrey Todd Victorin,and son-in-law, David O. Konesheck.

Survivors include daughters and son-in-law, Lucille and Henry Kretzschmar and Charlene Konesheck, all of Eagle Lake; daughter-in-law,Dorothy Duddleston of Lake Charles, La; 11 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren; five great, great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

Funeral services were held 2 p. m. Monday, November 2, 1992, from the Dulaney Funeral Home Chapel of Eagle Lake with Rev. Walter Meyer, Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in the Lakeside Cemetery of Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Henry L. Kretzschmar Jr., Russell and John Konesheck, Glenn and Marvin Duddleston and Kenneth Nunez.

The family requested memorial contributions be made to the Grace Lutheran Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 875, Eagle Lake, Tx 77434.

"Mr. Charlie" will always be lovingly remembered as hard working, quiet and totally devoted to his family. He loved his grandkids, his fishing and his friends. He will be missed by all.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Nov 5, 1992
Submitted by John Konesheck

Duddleston, Mary Daniella (Diedrich)

Mary Daniella Diedrich Duddleston

Mrs. Mary D. Duddleston, 87, of Eagle Lake, died Tuesday, April 5 at her residence following a lengthy illness. She was born October 12, 1900 in Bernardo, a daughter of Frank and Emma Meyer Diedrich. She married Charles N. Duddleston in Bernardo on November 27, 1916, later moving to Eagle Lake, where she had lived most all of her life. She was an active and faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Thursday, April 7 from the Dulaney Funeral Home Chapel of Eagle Lake with Rev. Al Flathmann, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; one grandson, James Donald Duddleston; two great grandsons, John David Konesheck and Jeffrey Todd Victorin, and a son-in-law, David O. Konesheck.

Survivors include her husband of 71 years, Charlie Duddleston Sr. of Eagle Lake; two daughters and a son-in-law, Lucille and Henry Kretzschmar, and Charlene Konesheck, all of Eagle Lake; a son and daughter-in-law,

Charles N. and Dorothy Duddleston Jr. of Cameron, Louisiana; 11 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and loved ones.

Pallbearers were Russell and John Konesheck, Glenn and Marvin Duddleston, Henry L. Kretzschmar Jr., Michael Kretzschmar, Daniel Victorin and Scott Ripper.

The family request memorial contributions be made to the Grace Lutheran Church, 408 N. Stevenson, Eagle Lake, 77434.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 14, 1988
Submitted by John Konesheck

Dudley, June

Oakland Notes

An old-time darkey, June Dudley, was carried to his last resting place last Thursday. "Uncle June,: as he was familiarly known, was 80 years of age, had resided and done the chores about here for near 20 years, and everybody here knew "Uncle June." But now he is gone. The morning of his death he had risen early and was moving about a table near the fireplace, when he suddenly fell to his knees and called to his wife, saying: "Nancy, I'll never see you any more!" and expired. C. C. Gooper, a colored minister here, by request from deceased a month before his death to take a list to his white friends for sufficient means for his burial, did so, and "Uncle June" was decently interred. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, December 20, 1888

Dudley, unkown


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Dudley died the 6th inst. in this city. [Place of interment unknown]
Colorado Citizen, March 13, 1884

Duerr, Caesar (son of Caesar)

Our condolence is extended Mr. and Mrs. Caesar Duerr, on the loss of their little boy, Caesar last Monday. “Twas a sad Christmas in that household, while all around was joy and happiness. Little Caesar was a sprightly intelligent little fellow, and his early demise is a sad blow to his doting parents. His remains were consigned to the dust in the City Cemetery at 4 o’clock last Monday.

Colorado Citizen, December 27, 1883

Duerr, Caesar

Last Rites Held For Caesar Duerr

Funeral services for Caesar Duerr, 56, who died Friday, December 6th, at his home three miles north of Columbus were held Monday at the residence of E. E. J. Untermeyer, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest, Untermeyer Bros. directing.

Mr. Duerr was born January 29th, 1884 in Columbus. He was married in 1913 to Miss Frieda Linke. His wife died November 28th.

He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. H. J. Burger of Columbus and Mrs. Werner Lampe of La Grange, and two brothers, Walter Duerr and Henry Duerr of Glen Flora.

Colorado County Citizen, December 12, 1940

Duerr, Caeser Christian

About half-past 3 o’clock last Monday afternoon Mr. Caeser C. Duerr, city clerk and salesman in the establishment of Weete & Ilse, of this city committed suicide by jumping head foremost in the well at his residence. Since the death of his wife on the 9th inst. he has been suffering with melancholy and depression, and last Friday told Dr. Harrison, the family physician, that he meditated such an act. The doctor used his efforts to dissuade him, reminding him of his duty to his family of little children, assuring him that with a little time this depression would pass away and he would be prepared for the battle of life. The doctor thought he had succeeded in convincing him of his duty to his family and encouraged him to surive[sic] for its accomplishment. His mind was, however, undoubtedly unbalanced and it is presumed in a fit of dementia he committed the rash act, going to the well, pulling off his slippers and deliberately leaping in. Mr. Duerr was a reliable business man, attentive to his duties, and had many friends. He leaves five little children, the eldest about 12, to mourn his loss. His remains were committed to the dust at 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, [cemetery unknown] under the auspices of the Knights of Honor, the Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss officiating.

Colorado Citizen, August 28, 1890, page 3

Duerr, Emilie Dorothea Charlotte (Jordt)

Columbus Items

Died, at her residence in this city last Saturday, Mrs. Emilie Duerr,the wife of Mr. C. C. Duerr. The funeral took place from the residence last Sunday at 10 am., Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss officiating. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, August 15, 1890, page 2

Died at her residence in this city last Saturday, after a short illness, of inflammation of the bowels, Mrs. Emilie Duerr, consort of Mr. C. C. Duerr, aged 37 years and 10 months. The deceased was a daughter of Mr. Charles Jordt, born at Frelsburg, in this county, in 1853. She was a lady of estimable character, truly a home spirit enjoying the happiness of its comforts with her husband and children, and in the family circle finding her greatest satisfaction. To the bereaved ones her loss is beyond reparation, as evidences of her ministering care and tender love can but remind them of the sweet guardian angel who has gone to the home of the blessed. The obsequies took place from the family residence in this city at 10 o’clock last Sunday morning, Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss officiating. The Citizen tenders the bereaved husband and five motherless children the sincerest sympathy in their poignant sorrow.

“Hope looks beyond the bounds of time
When, what we now deplore,
Shall rise in full immortal prime
And bloom to fade no more.”

Colorado Citizen, August 14, 1890, page 3

Duerr, Fanny (Herold)

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Oswald Duerr, 76, Held Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Oswald Duerr, 76, former Weimar resident but for the past several years of Glidden, were held last Friday morning, July 28, from Hubbard Funeral Home, Rev. C. Emigholz of Weimar officiating.

Interment was in City Cemetery.

Mrs. Duerr had been an invalid for the past two years. She died in Youens Hospital here last Thursday morning after several weeks of severe illness.

Born Fanny Herold, in Czechoslovakia in 1874, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Herold. She came to America in 1906 and in that same year was married to Mr. Duerr at his brother’s home in Flatonia. For nearly 40 years they lived in Weimar. Five years ago Mr. Duerr sold his filling station and home here and they moved to Glidden.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Duerr’s closest surviving relatives are a niece, Miss Valerie Holzapfel of Cuero; and three nephews, Herbert, Henry and Edmund Duerr of San Antonio.

Pallbearers were Henry Brune, Henry Reimers, Herbert Reimers, Oswald Leidolf, John Heger, and Frank Tanecka.

Weimar Mercury, August 4, 1950, page 1

Duerr, Freida (Linke)

Funeral Services Held Friday for Mrs. Freida Duerr

Funeral services for Mrs. Freida Duerr who died Thursday night at her home three miles north of Columbus were held at the residence Friday afternoon at four o’clock, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was in Oddfellows Rest under the direction of Untermeyer Bros.

Mrs. Duerr had been ill two years. She was born October 3rd, 1888 at Rockhouse in Fayette County, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Linke. She was married to Ceasar Duerr in 1913.

Survivors include her husband, her mother, Mrs. Pauline Linke of Columbus; two brothers, Elo and Alvin Linke of Eagle Lake; two sisters, Mrs. Ralph White and Mrs. H. C. Gillon of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, December 5, 1940
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Duerr, Ida (Rohde)

Mrs. Ida Duerr

The death of Mrs. Ida Duerr, 76, occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. J. Burger, in this city Friday, following a period of poor health. Funeral services wee held at the residence Saturday at three o'clock, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating, and interment was made in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mrs. Duerr, nee Miss Ida Rohde, was reared in the Frelsburg community. She was preceded to the grave by her husband, Mr. Robert Duerr, some eight years ago.

She is survived by six children: Mrs. Nannie Lampe of La Grange; Walter Duerr, Henry Duerr and Mrs. Henry Heyne of Glen Flora; Mrs. H. J. Burger of this city and Caesar Duerr of Buescher and, also, by twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The bereaved one have the sympathy of the community.

Colorado County Citizen, June 2, 1932
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Duerr, Oswald

Funeral Services For Oswald Duerr, 85, Held At Cuero

Funeral services for Oswald Duerr, 85, former Weimar citizen who died Thursday evening at Cuero, were held Saturday morning from St. Michaels Church of that city, Rev. Jansen officiating. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery at Cuero.

Mr. Duerr had made his home at Cuero since November 1, 1951, with his niece, Mrs. August Holzapfel, and family.

Born in Austria May 10, 1867, he came to the United States in 1906, settling in Weimar. He married Miss Fannie Herold in that year at Flatonia, in the home of his brother, Anton, and for the next 40 years the coupe lived at Weimar. A barber for many years, he was best known to his many Weimar friends as “Barber” Duerr, even after he gave up the trade and became a service station operator. In 1946 he sold his home and station to Bennie Getschmann and moved to Glidden, where Mrs. Duerr died July 28, 1950.

Survivors in addition to Mrs. Holzapfel are three nephews, Edmund, Henry and Herbert Duerr, all of San Antonio.

Pallbearers were Frank Tanecka, Bennie Getschmann, Emil Vacek, Henry Reimers, August Rabel and John Heger, all of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, October 24, 1952, page 1

Duerr, William

William Duerr Dead

William Duerr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duerr, died at the home of his parents 3 miles north of this city Monday, October 26, 1921.

Deceased was born February 8, 1872, at Frelsburg, and has spent his entire life in Colorado county. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

About fifteen years ago Mr. Duerr met with a railroad accident in which he lost both legs, and has been almost an invalid since that time.

Besides his parents, he is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Otto Heyne of Glen Flora, Mrs. Henry Burger of this city, Mrs. Henry Heyne of Glen Flora, Mrs. Nannie Lampke of La Grange; three brothers, Ceasar[sic] Duerr of this city, and Henry and Walter Duerr of Glen Flora, all of whom have the sympathy of a large number of friends.

Colorado Citizen, October 28, 1921

Duff, Mary Ann (Rutta)

Mary Ann Duff, 57, of Richmond, died Monday, Sept. 5, 1994, in a Richmond hospital.

Born April 30, 1937, in Columbus, she was a member of the First Baptist Church of Richmond, the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Richmond Garden Club, Rosenberg Women's Club and the Republican Party of Fort Bend county. She also served as a volunteer at Helping Hands.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the First Baptist Church in Richmond with Dr. John Lockhart officiating. Interment will follow at 12:30 p.m. in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Services are under the direction of Garmany and Carden Funeral Directors, Inc., Rosenberg.

Serving as pallbearers will be George Nino, Frank Baethe, Robert Gruy, Wayne Moore, Bart Little and Harold Henson.

Mrs. Duff is survived by her husband, Dan Peyton Duff of Richmond; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Duff, also of Richmond; mother and stepfather Mattie and David Krosnick of Columbus; brother Charles Rutta of Maryland; sisters JoAnn Friberg of Arlington, Texas, Fran Gillen of Arlington, Va. And Martha Hester of Corpus Christi; nephews Joe and Emil Friberg and Bradley Duff; nieces, Vicki Friberg, Alexandra Gillen, Joely, Joanne and Andi Duff.

Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 502 S. 5th Street, Richmond, TX 77469 or Helping Hands, 802 Morton, Richmond, TX 77469.

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

Duke, Bedford B.
Duke, Joseph Matthews
Delano, Oliver H.


A terrible tragedy occurred Monday evening at New Philadelphia, six miles east of this place, which resulted in the death of three men and the wounding of one. Frank Sparks, B. B. Duke and O. H. Dilno [Delano] became involved in a difficulty and Sparks shot and instantly killed both Dilno [Delano] and Duke with a double barrel shotgun. After the killing Sparks left and we understand went to Wharton and gave himself up to the deputy sheriff. As soon as the news of the unfortunate occurrence reached this pace, J. M. Duke, the father of B. B. Duke, went in haste to the bloody battle field and soon after arriving got into a difficulty with James Dolin, in which Dolin was shot through the arm with a pistol, while Joe M. Duke was shot through the bowels with the same gun so effectually used by Sparks, from the effects of which he died Tuesday about 12 o’clock. Reports are very conflicting, and owing to the excitement it is impossible to get the exact facts relative to the origin of the trouble. The above unfortunate victims were buried in the Masonic cemetery in Eagle Lake Wednesday.

Colorado Citizen, December 17, 1891, page 3

Duke, Hubbard

Mr. Hubbard Duke died at his home in this city yesterday morning at 11 o’clock after a lingering illness. He was in his 76th year of his age and was one of Colorado county’s oldest citizens. He had no children, and his wife had preceeded[sic] him to the great beyond about a year ago. He was a devout member of the Methodist church and was liked by and commanded the respect of all who knew him. Another of Eagle Lake’s oldest citizen’s has been called to his last resting place. Peace to his ashes! The funeral will take place this morning at 10 o’clock. Interment in Lakeside cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 29, 1905, page 3

Dukes, Carol Ann

Borden Happenings
By Mrs. Walter Lucko

Child Suffers Burns

Pfc. Clarence Hattermann, who was stationed in Germany, was called home in emergency and arrive Friday because his little stepdaughter, who got third-degree burns in a trailer house at Sealy about 10 days ago while her mother was on duty at a cafe working.

Mrs. Hattermann had the child taken at once to John Sealy Hospital at Galveston, where the little girl is in serious condition, was the report we had gotten last week end. But hope and trust hat she pulls through safely.

The grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hattermann Sr., have been to see the little girl one day last week in Galveston.

Weimar Mercury, February 24, 1956

Hattermann Child, 3, Dies of Burns; Rites Held Tuesday

Carol Ann, 3 1/2-year-old daughter of Pfc. and Mrs. Clarence Hattermann, died Sunday, March 11, in John Sealy Hospital at Galveston, from burns received a month earlier.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. Wolf, Lutheran pastor of Columbus, officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery here.

The little girl suffered severe burns in an accident in her parents’ home at Sealy Feb. 11. She was rushed to the Galveston hospital, and her father, stationed with the U. S. Army in Germany, was called home on emergency leave.

Carol Ann was born Aug. 8, 1852, in Montana. Surviving her in addition to her parents are her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jones of Gainesville, Georgia, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hattemann of the Borden section.

Weimar Mercury, March 16, 1956

Dullahan, Dolores Rita (Spanihel)

Dolores Rita Spanihel Dullahan, 72, of Orange, passed away Sept. 24, at her residence.

A native of Colorado County, she was born in Eagle Lake Sept. 17, 1930 to Bertha Anne (Mikulenka) and Rudolph Frank (Rudy) Spanihel. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Orange, an active Bridge player and a sustaining member of the Orange Service League

She is survived by her husband of John Dullahan; daughter, Cathleen Dullahan of New York, N.Y.; sister, Grace Marie Spanihel of Eagle Lake; brother, Leon J. "Sonny" Spanihel and wife, Charlyne of Eagle Lake; and grandchildren, John-Miles Dullahan-Bates and Caitlin Grace Dullahan-Bates.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, from St. Mary's Catholic Church, Orange, with the Rev. Joseph Daleo officiating.

Graveside service and interment followed at 4:30 pm, Saturday, from Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Eddie Winkler, pastor of the Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake officiating. Cynthia Sunderman served as soloist and cantor.

Pallbearers included Shawn Spanihel, Stephen Spanihel, Joe Mike Spanihel, Jim David, Larry David and Chris Benefield.

Colorado County Citizen, October 2, 2002
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Dunklin, Hallie (Atkins) Milburn

Mrs. Hallie Dunklin

Former Newspaper Woman Dies Here at the Age of 72

Mrs. Hallie Milburn Dunklin, aged 72, a former newspaper woman, died Saturday at her home, 4 West 105th Street.  She was born in Columbus, Texas, and was a daughter of the late Judge and Mrs. Benjamin F. Atkins and the widow of Dr. William Wathin Dunklin of Waco, Texas.  Mrs. Dunklin was the first woman newspaper proprietor and editor in Texas, and owned and conducted the Waco Daily Telephone in that city.  She also was editor of The Confederate Soldier and Daughter, published in Dallas, and assistant editor of the magazine Southland.  Mrs. Dunklin has been President of the Texas Woman’s Press Association and the Texas Woman’s Press Club and was the organizer of the first public library at Galveston.  She came to New York in 1902.

New York Times, April 14, 1924
Transcribed by David Hahn

Dunlavy, Alexander


Columbus, Texas, Nov. 5, 1877
To the W.M., Wardens and Brethren of Caledonia Lodge, No. 68, A.F.& A.M.

      The committee appointed to draft resolutions in regard to the death of Brother Alexander Dunlavy, beg leave to submit the following:

WHEREAS, it having pleased Almighty God to call from labor to refreshment our worthy Brother, ALEXANDER DUNLAVY, who died on the 27th day of October, A.D. 1877, in the full assurance of a life of immortality; therefore be it

      Resolved, 1.  That we his Brothers do most sincerely mourn the loss of so true a Brother from our midst.

      2.  That though we so deeply mourn his loss to us, and will feel so sensibly his absence from our regular meetings, yet we bow in humble submission to the will of Him who doeth all things well.

     3.   That we offer to his bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy in their great affliction.

     4.   That we wear the usual badge of mourning for the space of thirty days, and that a page of the Records of the Lodge be set apart and suitably illustrated as a memorial to our Brother.

     5.   That a copy of these Resolutions be sent to the widow of our Brother and a copy to the COLORADO CITIZEN with request to publish them.

Henry Wagenfuhr
E.E.Riley                             P.J. Oakes

(The above article appeared in the Nov. 8, 1877 issue of the Colorado Citizen)


To the officers and members of Columbus Lodge, No. 51, and Kosmos Lodge, No. 128, I.O.O.F.

      Your joint committee from Columbus Lodge and Kosmos Lodge, appointed for the purpose of drafting resolutions, expressive of our sincere regrets over the death of our worth Brother, Alex Dunlavy, beg leave to report as follows:

WHEREAS, it has pleased the wise and beneficent Author of all to remove from his home on earth to his mysterious home in the Great Beyond our well and truly beloved Brother, ALEXANDER DUNLAVY.  We realize the fullness of that truth in which it is said, "dust thou art and unto dust shalt thour return."  Therefore be it.

     Resolved 1.  That it is our feeling, as it should be with all good and true Odd Fellows, to bow in humble submission to the inexorable decree of Almighty God, in doing that which to him seemed best by removing our Brother from the paths of labor and love on earth, to the scenes of greater missions in the Grand Lodge above.  That in Brother Dunlavy we recognized a true and faithful vtary at the shrine of our beloved order, and one whose whole life and conduct afforded no reproach upon the exalted character which Odd Fellowship enjoins.  That we strive to emulate the many and ennobling virtues of our deceased Brother; and like him, rear above us that which will survive when the body shall have returned to the dust as it was, and the spirit unto God who gave it.

     2.  That we condole and sympathize with the heart stricken family in their sad bereavement and admonish them that what seems to be an irreparable loss to them on earth is to him an eternal gain in heaven.

     3.  That these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of our separate Lodges, and that the Hall of our Order be draped in mourning for the period of thirty days, and that a copy of these resolutions be furnished the family of our deceased Brother, and that the same be published in the COLORADO CITIZEN.

C.J. Strockbridge
L. Mendel
J.A. Toliver
John Zwiegel
J. W. Johnson


  Adopted and spread upon the minutes of both Lodges.

(The above appeared in the Nov. 15, 1877 Colorado Citizen newspaper)

Submitted by Sue Dunlavy McIlveen

Dunlavy, Edwin H.

Edwin Dunlavy Funeral Services Here Yesterday

Funeral services for Edwin Dunlavy, 87, were held at Columbus Funeral home yesterday (Wednesday) at 2 p.m., with Rev. G. Wolf officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. Dunlavy, a retired farmer, had lived in Columbus since 1940. He was originally of the Mentz community. His wife, Emma, had been dead since 1942. Born Feb. 18, 1871, he had spent all his life in Colorado county. He was a member of Herman Sons lodge.

Survivors include one son, Lee Dunlavy, of Fort Smith, Ark., a sister, Mrs. Wm. Meyer of Cat Spring, and a grandson.

Pallbearers were Walter Gartner, Forrest Brooks, Hubert Girndt, Henry Reimers, Rudy Lichey and John Wessels.

Colorado County Citizen, December 18, 1958, page 1

Dunlavy, Hattie (Kuhn)

Services At Mentz For. Mrs. Dunlavy

Funeral services for Mrs. Alex Dunlavy, 70, were held at Mentz Monday with interment in the Mentz Catholic cemetery with the Rev. Andrew Didner officiating. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Dunlavy was born Hattie Kuhn In Colorado county on February 20, 1874. Her father, Fritz Kuhn, was a native of Switzerland. She died Saturday after having spent her entire life in this county.

She is survived by her husband, Alex Dunlavy; a sister, Mrs. Josephine Fuchs of Bernardo and a brother, Jake Kuhn of Bernardo.

Colorado County Citizen, October 19, 1944, page 1

Dunlavy, Hazel Reid (Cochran)


Mrs. Hazel Reid Dunlavy, age 77, of Eagle Lake, passed away Friday, March 18 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Dunlavy Sunday, March 20 from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake with Pastor Al Flathmann of Grace Lutheran Church officiating.
Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Hazel Reid Dunlavy was born August 4, 1910 on a farm near Garwood to K. M. "Mace" Cochran and Nellie Reid Cochran, She had been a resident of Eagle Lake most all of her life having moved in 1921.

She married Clyde Dunlavy in Eagle Lake in 1941. A marriage that lasted over 30 years until his death in 1972.

Mrs. Dunlavy was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake and had worked for Wilcox Minimax of Eagle Lake for 20 years before retirement.

She was preceded In death by her parents, her husband, a brother, Robert, and recently a nephew, Donald Mason Cochran II.

Survivors include brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Frieda Cochran Sr. of Eagle Lake; niece and nephews, Robert K. Cochran of San Antonio and Dudley and DiAnn Suggs of Magnolia; a step-son, Bob Dunlavy of Corpus Christi; and other relatives and a host of loved ones. Pallbearers were Robert P. Wilcox, Floyd Hodde, Earl Braden, Pete Canaris, Jim Mathis and Leonard Walker.

Colorado County Citizen, March 31, 1988, page 2

Dunlavy, Lillie

Death of Miss Lillie Dunlavy

     The sad news of the death of Miss Lillie Dunlavy, at Eagle Lake was received here Friday morning, and caused quite a wave of sorrow among our people, who had known and loved her for so long a time.  Miss Lillie had been in ill health for some time past.  For several months she had been making her home with her brother, Mr. R. H. Dunlavy of Eagle Lake.  The remains were brought to Weimar Friday night, and the following morning at 10 o'clock were committed to mother earth at the Masonic cemetery, Revs. Isaac Sellers and J.E. Stack, Baptist ministers, officiating, the funeral taking place from the residence of a relative W. S. Shaver.  Miss Lillie was well and favorably known to all our people.  She was an ever welcome visitor in the sick room, always bringing with her good cheer and comfort to those ill or in distress.  She delighted in administering to the sick and afflicted, was always present with comforting words for the bereaved, and in many other ways proved herself a good, true, Christian woman.  She leaves two brothers, Mr. R. H. Dunlavy of Eagle Lake and Mr. Alex Dunlavy of Oklahoma, also one sister, Mrs. Ben Beckham of Arizona.  Our heart-felt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, January 26, 1917, page 1
Submitted by Sue Dunlavy McIlveen

Dunlavy, Robert H.

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Dunlavy, William D.

Alleyton, Nov. 26.--Mr. W. D. Dunlavey, an old and respected Civil War veteran, aged 67 years, died here last night and was interred in the local cemetery this afternoon. Deceased leaves three grown children--a son, Claude, and two married daughters, Mrs. Addie McFarlane of Eagle Lake and A. W. Floeck of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, November 30, 1907, page 1

Dunn, Adrian

Tumbling Accident Fatal For Young Athlete

Rites for Adrian Dunn, 17, Held This Morning

A feeling of shock and grief gripped Weimar Wednesday afternoon when residents heard that 17-year-old Adrian Dunn, a Weimar High School student, had died as a result of a fall in the school gymnasium.

The young athlete, a star in all sports activities and called by his teachers an "outstanding student", died at 4:13 o'clock, 13 minutes after falling on a tumbling mat and breaking his neck. Dr. Willis Youens arrived a minute or two before Adrian died, but he was beyond human help. Completing Track Workout Adrian's coach, Allen Winters, had just entered the gym after returning from some district tennis matches in Hallettsville when the tragic event occurred. Adrian, Lee Billings, James Vasek, Lewis Friedel and Eugene Juergens were doing some tumbling exercises (acrobatics on a large mattress-like mat) in connection with their track workout. The trackmen had done their running exercises and were completing the workout on the tumbling mat.

Jumped From Shoulders

Adrian stood on the shoulders of James Vasek and jumped off. Apparently he intended to attempt the comparatively simple trick of turning a forward flip and landing on his feet. But as his fellow athletes and a number of other students looked on, he landed instead on, his head. Coach Winters sent one boy for the doctor and another for the first aid supplies, and gave as much aid as any doctor could have under the circumstances.

Adrian remained conscious about four minutes, the coach said.

Had Bright Future

The youngest of ten children of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Dunn, Adrian was one of the most popular boys on the campus. Good-looking and ambitious, he had a promising future. His smile alone was enough to gain one's friendship, and he had a disposition to go with it. His cooperative attitude in all school activities was exemplary, and often brought praise from his teachers.

Outstanding Athlete

Since he was in knee-pants, Adrian had wanted to be a good athlete. And he became one of the best in the school. As a junior this year, this best year of athletics was still ahead of him.

Because he always had twice the amount of courage and stamina for one of his size, classmates nicknamed him "Skeeter". He lettered three years in football and basketball, was a captain of last year's football team, and of this year's basketball team, and was a member of the tennis, track and baseball teams. In addition he was active in FFA and junior class work. He was a member of the Methodist Church here, where he attended regularly.

Adrian was born in Weimar December 6, 1933, and spent his whole life here, attending Weimar Public School,

In addition to his parents, he is survived by six sisters, Mrs. T. N Glowka of San Antonio, Mrs. C. W. White and Mrs. Anita Shown of Houston, Mrs. Steve Hajovsky of Holman, Mrs. C. C. Lester and Mrs. Merle Sine of Weimar; and three brothers, Raymond and Alvin of Weimar and Altus of San Antonio.

Funeral services were held from Hubbard Funeral Home this Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. J. M, McDonald officiating, assisted by Rev. W. E. Brown. Burial was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were six of his fellow athletes: A. J. Seifert, Lee Billings, Harold Brandt, Eugene Juergens, James Vasek and James Salas.

Weimar stores closed during the funeral, and the school was closed all morning.

Weimar Mercury, March 23, 1951, page 1

Dunn, Annie Edna (Morgan)

Final Rites For Mrs. Dunn, 84

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Dunn, 84, were held Wednesday January 2, in the Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Wayne Williams pastor of First Baptist Church here, and Rev. Charles Young of Palacious, Mrs. Dunn’s former pastor here, officiated.

Pallbearers were six grandsons, David Hajovsky, Donald Ray Dunn, Michael Douglas, Larry Merle Sine, Arthur John Glowka, and Kenneth Glowka.

Mrs. Dunn died at 6:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, in Youens Memorial Hospital, where she had been admitted Friday. She had been ill for some time.

Born June 23, 1888, in Atlanta Georgia, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Morgan, she was married to Arthur S. Dunn in East Texas on July 17, 1905. They moved to Weimar in 1930, Mr. Dunn establishing a tomato buying business here and at Hallettsville. He preceded Mrs. Dunn in death by 11 years to the day, Dec. 31, 1961.

Suviving are five daughters, Mrs. Tony (Arlin) Glowka of San Antonio, Mrs. Clayton C. (Alma) Lester and Mrs. Merle (Aline) Sine of Weimar, Mrs. Rubin (Avie) Kveton of Cat Spring, and Mrs. William (Anita) Douglas of Houston; two sons, Alvin of Weimar and Altus of San Antonio; and 26 grandchilden, 43 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Three of her childen preceded her in death, Adrian at age 17 in 1951, Mrs. C. W. (Agnes) White in 1961, and A. R. (Raymond) Dunn in 1962.

Weimar Mercury, January 11, 1973

Dunn, Arlis Raymond

Arlis Dunn Dies Suddenly; Buried At Weimar

Funeral services for Arlis Raymond Dunn, 54, were held at the United Church of Christ in Weimar yesterday afternoon, Rev. F. H. Horak Jr. officiating. Burial was in Masonic cemetery at Weimar.

Mr. Dunn died suddenly at his home in Weimar Monday evening after a heart attack. His wife, the former Erna Lichey, who had been away from home, found him dead when she returned.

He had worked with the Southern Pacific Railroad since the 30's. He was a native of Tyler.

Besides his wife, he is survived by 2 sons, Donald and Robert of Weimar, a granddaughter, Valerie Dunn, and a number of brothers and sisters. One brother, Alvin, drives a bread truck and lives at Weimar. A sister, Mrs. Reuben Kveton, lives between Columbus and Sealy.

His nephews were pallbearers.

Colorado County Citizen, September 21, 1967
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Dunn, Arthur S.

Stroke Is Fatal For A. S. Dunn, 77; Buried Tuesday

A stroke he suffered at home Wednesday became fatal at 11:50 a. m. Sunday for Arthur S. Dunn, 77-year-old retired businessman and dairyman.

He died in Youens Hospital, where he had been moved Saturday when his condition worsened.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev. Charles Young, pastor of First Baptist Church, of which Mr. Dunn was a member, officating[sic]. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Dunn had been a Weimar resident 29 years. Born Nov. 2, 1884, in Birmingham, Alabama, he moved to East Texas as a young man and there married Miss Annie Morgan, a Georgia native, on July 17, 1904. They lived in East Texas until moving here in 1933, when Mr. Dunn and his sons established a tomato packing business. Later he turned to farming and dairying, retiring in 1951 after his only son remaining at home, Adrian, died in a school campus accident.

A daughter, Mrs. C. W. White, and a granddaughter, Judith Louise White, preceded Mr. Dunn in death just last September.

Surviving him in addition to his widow are five daughters, Mrs. T. N. Glowka of San Antonio, Mrs. Clayton Lester and Mrs. Merle Sine of Weimar, Mrs. Steve Hajovsky of Holman and Mrs. W. E. Douglas of Houston; three sons, Raymond and Alvin of here and Altus of San Antonio; and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Mr. Dunn’s grandsons, Paul, Charles , Arthur John and Kenneth Glowka, Larry Merle Sine, David Hajovsky, Michael Shown, and Robert Dunn.

Weimar Mercury, January 4, 1962, page 1

Dunn, Frank


Again we are called to lament the death of a good man, Mr. Frank Dunn, who departed this life Tuesday night, at the residence of Mr. Clapp at Frazarville. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 21, 1890, page 3

Dunnegan, Joe


Joe Dunnegan, a colored barber of this place, died while sitting in a chair before the fire, of heart disease, the 8th inst. He was apparently well, and fell out of the chair dead. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 13, 1887

Dunning, Eddie

Ed Dunning, a well known and popular young man of Borden, died at Marlin, after a brief illness, Wednesnesday[sic] afternoon. He was a son of Mrs. F. S. Harvey of Borden, and brother of Mr. Wm. Dunning of San Antonio. The body was shipped to Borden and laid to rest in the cemetery there Friday. Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved family in the loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, May 4, 1901, page 5

Dunovant, Alexander Quay

Dunovant, Alexander Quay; born: Aug 18, 1815; died: Nov 11, 1878

Buried Lakeside Cemetery

Picture submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Dunovant, Mary


Dunovant, Mary; born: Nov 20, 1847; died: Jun 18, 1879

Buried Lakeside Cemetery

Picture submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Dupre, Audrey (Adams)

Audrey Adams Dupre


Audrey Adams Dupre, 93, of Sheridan, passed away on Monday, November 9, in Hallettsville.

Audrey was born on October 31, 1916, in a small shotgun house in Samstown, Louisiana, the first of 10 children born to Lawrence Adams and Agnes Hebert Adams.

She will be remembered by family and friends for her remarkable memory concerning facts about family, friends, birthdays, deaths, towns where she lived, and places where she visited.

She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and loved to be with all of her family, reminiscing, telling stories, laughing, and having fun. She especially loved times in the family when there were new babies.

Audrey was always interested in what was happening in the world and was always up to date on current events and trends because she had always “just read an article.” The bus trips with her friends, Teel Blanchard and Mary Dunn, brought her great enjoyment, and for many years, Thursday of each week was devoted to a 42 party with her friends.

During the 1940’s, Audrey, her husband, and sons lived in many places in Louisiana and Texas as a result of her husband’s employment with Shell Oil Company. Living in small apartments, “tourist courts”, and with family on occasion was difficult, but Audrey was always up to the challenge. The moving around finally came to an end, and in 1950 the family made their last move and made Sheridan, their permanent home.

Audrey is survived by her sons, Warren C. Dupre Jr., and Wayne L. Dupre and wife, Natalie of Sheridan; grandchildren, Mark Dupre and wife, Kim of New Braunfels, Michael Dupre of Baltimore, Maryland, Matthew Dupre and wife, Ashley of Spring, Byron J. Dupre and wife, Julie of Austin, and Lara Dupre Sudik and husband, James of Port Lavaca; great-grandchildren, April Dupre, Hannah Dupre, Taylor Dupre, Tristan Dupre, Scarlett Dupre, Story Sudik and Aston Sudik; brother, L.G. “Sonny” Adams and wife, Bitsy; sisters, Norma Doiron, Connie Cardinal and Betty Richard of White Castle, Louisiana; and Willia LaRue of LaPorte; brother-in-law, Robert “Buck” Suarez of White Castle; cousins; and many nieces and nephews.

Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, W.C. Dupre, Sr.; parents, Lawrence and Agnes H. Adams; sisters, Sybil Comeaux, Lorraine Suarez, Faye Strayhorn; and baby sister, Calvin Elizabeth Adams.

Visitation will be held starting at 2 p.m., Thursday, November 12 at Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville.

Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, November 13 at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Officiating at the graveside service will be Rev. John Peters of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Rev. Lundy Hooten of First United Methodist Church of Hallettsville.

Pallbearers scheduled are Mark Dupre, Michael Dupre, Matthew Dupre, B.J. Dupre, James Sudik, and Bo Vavrusa.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be given to the Sheridan Memorial Library or Hospice of South Texas.

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Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 12th, 2009

Dupre, Infant

The little baby of Mrs. Al Dupre, who is visiting at the residence of Mr. J. Q. Smith, died Monday, and was buried at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery the following day. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved mother in her loss.

Weimar Mercury, March 13, 1897, page 4
Submitted by Rox Ann Johnson

Dupre, Warren C.

Dupre, W.C.

W.C. Dupre, 84, of Sheridan, passed away Jan. 11.

He was born, Oct. 6, 1916 in Pierre Part, La. to Clarence Irvin and Zeniade (leglue) Dupre.

He was a past-president of Sheridan’s Lions Club, past vice-president of Colorado Valley Shriner Club, past master of Murchinson Masonic Lodge #80 of Hallettsville, member of Masonic Lodge #366 of Eagle Lake and the Scottish Rite Temple in Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Audrey A. Adams Dupre; sons, Warren C. Dupre Jr. of Sheridan and Wayne L. Dupre and wife Natalie Dupre of Sheridan; grandchildren, Mark and Kim Dupre of New Braunfels, Michael Dupre of HOUston, Matthew and Jolyn Dupre of Houston, B.J. Dupre and Julie Dupre of Hallettsvile, Lara and James Sudik of Port Lavaca; and four great-grandchildren, April Ann Dupre, Hannah Lee Dupre, Taylor Renee Dupre and Sory Dupre Sudik.

Graveside services were conducted under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge Jan. 15 at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan with Rev. Lundy Hooten officiating.

Pallbearers were: Mark Dupre, Michael Dupre, Matthew Dupre, James Sudik, Bo Vavrusa and Franklin Walker.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Sheridan Lions Club.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arabia Temple Shrine Hospital Benefit, P.O. Box 20625, Houston, TX 77225.

Undated Eagle Lake Headlight news clipping
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Dupre, Wayne Lawrence

Wayne Lawrence Dupre

(February 10, 1940 - June 21, 2011)

Wayne Lawrence Dupré, 71, of Sheridan, Texas, passed away June 21, 2011. He was born on February 10, 1940 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to the late Warren Clarence Dupré and Audrey Adams Dupré. Wayne was a loving and wonderful Husband, Dad, Papa, Brother, and Friend. God, Family, and Country were his priorities. He loved Sheridan, Texas and at every opportunity he would proudly say that he was the “Self-Appointed Mayor of Sheridan”. He was a Christian and practiced love and kindness every day of his life. He never met a stranger and was able to talk to anyone on just about any subject. He was known everywhere and would be surprised when someone on the street somewhere would say, “Hi, Mr. Dupré”, they recognized him and many times he didn’t know them.

During the years that he worked in the Hallettsville area on weekends, if this job permitted, he would come to church in his work clothes because church was a priority. He never apologized for coming to church in his work clothes, because he was of the opinion that when God called him and it was his time, God wasn’t going to give him time to change clothes. He was unpretentious and never realized that he had many friends and was cared by so many.

Wayne loved to be in Louisiana with his aunts, uncles, and cousins, laughing, telling jokes, family stories about childhood memories, and at times arguing politics. He loved all his Sheridan High School classmates and teachers. He looked forward each year to the Sheridan Class Reunions and being able to be with those of the Sheridan Classes that attended.

Wayne was a member of the Sheridan Lions Club with perfect attendance record of 31 years. He cared deeply for the Sheridan Lions Club and was proud of the good work that all Lions do for others. He truly typified the Lions Motto “We Care”. Wayne was a member of Murchison Lodge No. 80 A.F. & AM., Houston Scottish Rite Bodies, Arabia Shrine Temple, and the Colorado Valley Shrine Club. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hallettsville, and was in church every Sunday that he could be there. He loved the hymns that were sung by the congregation and by the choir. He was the Amen corner.

Wayne is survived by: his wife Natalie; daughter Lara Dupré Sudik & husband James of Port Lavaca, Texas; grandchildren Story Dupre´ Sudik and James Aston Sudik; brother Warren C. Dupré of Sheridan; nephews, Mark Dupre´ & wife Kim of New Braunfels, Texas, Michael Dupré of Baltimore, Maryland, Matthew Dupré & wife Ashley of Spring, Texas, and B. J. Dupré & wife Julie of Austin, Texas; nieces, Shannan Matula Beason & husband Billy of Katy, Texas, Len Matula Estrada & husband Ron of Hallettsville; brother-in-law Len Matula & wife Pat of Eagle Lake, Texas; and beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and untold number of friends.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, June 25, at First United MFuneral services are scheduled Saturday, June 25, at First United Methodist Church in Hallettsville with the Rev. Lundy Hooten officiating. Interment will follow at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Pallbearers scheduled are Don DeShazo, J. L. Vawter, Richard Murphy, Ben Smith, Raymond Mayes, Mike Sonntag, Bobby Tesch and Frank Gosney.

Honorary pallbearers are members of the Sheridan Lions Club, all classmates of Sheridan High School, and Wayne's poker playing buddies.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Lone Star Lions Eye Bank, 102 East Wheeler, St. Manor, TX 78653; Shriners Hospital for Children, 6977 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030-3701; or Sheridan Community Center, P.O. Box 262, Sheridan, TX 77475.

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Citizen June 23, 2011
Contributed by Regena Williamson


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Dutcher, Jewell (Barnett)

Irene Sunderman’s mother dies

Mrs. Jewell Dutcher, mother of Irene Sunderman, died Friday in the Ganado Hospital after a sudden illness. Mrs. Dutcher was 78. Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 2 from the United Methodist Church Ganado. Pastor Bernard Ritchea officiated at the service.

Mrs. Dutcher was born June 15, 1904 in Markham, Texas to Captain J. A. and Vina Barnett. In 1925 she married Albert Dutcher and was a long time resident of Lissie and owner of Granny’s Grocery Store until moving to Ganado in 1966.

She was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church of Ganado and the United Methodist Women.

Mrs. Dutcher was preceded in death by her husband, Albert W. E. Dutcher who died in 1951 and a son James Dutcher who died in 1967. She is survived by a son, Albert Dutcher of Ganado; her daughter, Mrs. Eleanor Sunderman of Eagle Lake; a sister, Mrs. Jimmy Hall of Pledger; thirteen grandchildren: 9 great grandchildren; and numerous other nieces, nephews and loved ones.

Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Local arrangements were made under the direction of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home.

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

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 3, 1983

Dutcher, Lillian D. (Cherry)


Lillian D. Dutcher, 63, of Columbus, passed away June 21, in Brenham.

She was born July 11, 1941 in Columbus and worked as a travel agent and an antique dealer.

She was survived by her son, Kim Collins, of New Orleans, La.; daughter, Stephanie Brunson, of Bryan; brother, Harry V. Cherry Jr., of Premont; and sister, Jo Ann McLaughlin, of Columbus.

Graveside services are at 1 p.m. July 2, at the Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery in Weimar.

Colorado County Citizen, June 29, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Duty, Frank Delma

County Commissioner Frank D. Duty Killed By Train Here Last Friday Night At 10:17

A tribute of the affection and respect felt for Commissioner Frank Delma Duty was in evidence last Sunday when one of the largest crowds ever to attend a funeral here gathered at the Mill Funeral Home at three o’clock and followed his casket to Lakeside Cemetery for burial.

Rev. O. E. Linstrum, pastor of the Colly Memorial Methodist Church officiated at the funeral services. Mrs. J. W. Brisbois, Mrs. Ben Brasher, Mrs. H. J. Cosgrove and Mrs. A. P. McNeil of the Methodist choir, R. L. Duncan, S. H. Broyles, E. H. Shirley, Mrs. H. D. Swearingen, Mrs. B. H. Tolliver and Mrs. E. L. Henry of the First Baptist Church sang “Abide with Me” and “The Old Rugged Cross” accompanied by Miss Marian Wozencraft at the piano.

The W. Cherry-M. Perry Post of the American Legion, assisted by the Wm. Lee Stapleton Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, was in charge of the military services at the grave. Pallbearers included: Frank Mazac, Jr., J. W. Wesson, Fred G. Frnka, Harry Larson, D. S. Taylor and William Ted Brunner. The color bearers and color guards included E. J. Parma, H. J. Kretzschmar, Henry Kretzchmar and Kennie Bauer. The Fireing [sic] squad included Fred R. Frnka, Franklin Reese, M. A. Beard, Elmer Schindler, Harrison Walker, Wesley I. Walls, Roland Campbell, L. J. Spahihel and Joe Reed. Martin Hale blew taps and the responses were by Jimmy Jochetz.

A wealth of flowers covered the grave and overflowed to the surrounding lot.

Mr. Duty was en route home at about 10:17 o’clock on last Friday night when he was struck by an east bound Southern Pacific freight train at the Ramesy Hotel crossing in downtown Eagle Lake. He was rushed to Laughlin Hospital but was dead upon arrival, and is said to have been killed instantly.

The tragic news spread over the entire community, where the young commissioner was intensely popular, and brought sadness to the entire vicinity.

He was born on February 25, 1909 near Salinas Texas and resided in a number of Communities before coming to McDow near Eagle Lake when still a boy. The family later moved to Eagle Lake and he graduated form Eagle Lake High School.

A number of years ago he purchased the Vick Truck Line which he still operated at the time of his death. He volunteered for services with the United States Marine Corps early in World War II and served for more than three years, most of which was in the South Pacific where he participated in prominent campaigns such as Guam, Bougainville and Iwo Jima.

He entered politics for the first time in 1946 filing for the office of County Commissioner of Precinct Four of Colorado County, which had been left vacant by the resignation of E. H. Rogers, Sr. when he became City Business Manager. Mr. Duty was one of the two high men candidates in the July Primary that year and won the run-off election the following August.

He has devoted his utmost attention to the needs of his precincts and assisted in all county and city matters. He has earned an enviable reputation as a capable commissioner and much credit was heaped upon him for the excellent condition of his roads and for the financial standing of his precinct.

He was serving as director of the Houston-Wallis-Eagle Lake Highway association and was actively working to see this project fulfilled.

Mr. Duty was also a member of the Eagle Lake Lions Club and the W. Cherry-M. Perry Post of the American Legion. He had attended the Lions meeting the night before making inquiries of a speaker talking on new highway laws and mentioning the railroad crossings.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Edith Jones Duty, formerly of Bay City, whom he married in Lake Charles on July 1, 1933. Other survivors include his young son, Bobby, his mother, Mrs. Emma Duty of Eagle Lake, his father, R. S. Duty, Sr. of Rosenberg; two sisters, Mrs. J. O. Walker of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Roy Matthews of Washington, D.C., three brothers, R. S. Duty, Jr. of Houston, W. B. Duty of Citronell, Alabama and John Duty associated with an oil company in Venezuela, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Known throughout the entire community and along his truck route to Houston to everyone as Frank, he possessed an outstanding personality with a good sense of humor, making him extremely well liked by old and young, rich and poor and people of all walks of life. This bevy of friends join with the Headlight in expressing deepest sympathy to the family in his untimely death, just a few days before his 39th birthday anniversary.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 27, 1948
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Duty, Gilbert J.

Gilbert Duty Funeral Held At Eagle Lake

Funeral services for Gilbert Duty, 68, of Eagle Lake were held Wednesday, June 9, from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. Melburn. Sibley officiating.

Burial was in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery.

Duty died unexpectedly Monday, June 7, at, 5:35 p.m. in Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Born July 24,1913, at Dime Box, he was a son of Emmett Boothe and Tempa (Bruton) Duty. He married Eunice Fogle at Austin on June 6, 1938. He and his wife had resided In Eagle Lake since 1956. He retired in 1976 after 25 years with Getty Oil Co.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one daughter, Sandra Radford of Tyler; two grandchildren, Sharon and Michael Radford of Tyler; three sisters, Juanita Cope of Victoria, Marjorie Turpin . of Lancaster, Wisconsin, and Marie. Renfrow of Houston; and one brother Lloyd Duty of Houston. Two brothers, Harlen and E. B. Duty Jr., preceded him in death.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, and a member and past worshipful master of Eagle Lake Masonic Lodge No. 3M.

Serving as pallbearers were H. E. Tate, W. C. Alley, Lloyd Spalinger, Buford Ashley, Dan Hooper and Marcus Gunter.

Weimar Mercury, June 17, 1982, page 6

Duty, Robert Franklin

Duty, Robert F. "Bobby"

Robert F. "Bobby" Duty, 58, of Eagle Lake died Saturday, March 19, 1994 at his residence.

Born Oct. 18, 1935, in Eagle Lake, he was the son of Franklin and Edith (Jones) Duty. He was an long-time area resident, who had also resided in Houston. Mr. Duty graduated from Eagle Lake High School and served in the U. S. Army from 1958 to 1960.

Graveside services were held Saturday, March 26 at Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake, with Rev. Larry Bailey, pastor of Eagle Lake United Methodist Church officiating.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Edith Duty of Eagle Lake and a daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Jimmy Corbit of Pasadena, Texas.

Colorado County Citizen, March 30, 1994

Duve, Frederic B.

Ex-Resident F. B. Duve Expires

Funeral services were held July 11 at Eagle Lake for Frederic B. Duve of Rockport, a former Weimar resident, who died July 9 of a heart attack as he worked in his yard. [Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery]

He had been in business a few years in Eagle Lake. His wife was a native of this county.

Mr. Duve was born in Oklahoma on Oct. 5, 1904, and as a young boy came to Weimar with his family. His father was a doctor here for many years. Mr. Duve married Ruby Barker at Columbus on July 17, 1926. They lived at Eagle Lake, Galveston, and La Porte in the years following, and when he retired they moved to Rockport.

His wife is his only survivor. A son, Glenn, died in 1968 and a brother, Rex, died four years ago.

Weimar Mercury, July 9, 1975

Duve, Rosalie (Brasher)


Mrs. Chas. E. Duve Passes Away After Long Illness, Funeral Saturday.

Wasted by a lingering Hines of many months, the poor tired spirit of Mrs. Rosalie Duve, beloved wife of Dr. C. E. Duve, was wafted unto its Creator last Friday morning at the family residence in this city. Around the bedside at the time were the family and numerous relatives and friends. The body was tenderly prepared for burial, and on Saturday afternoon was conveyed to the Masonic Cemetery, where interment took place in the presence of a large assemblage of mourning relatives and friends. Rev. C. E. Bludworth, Methodist pastor, conducted the touching burial service.

The pall bearers were Messrs. C. G. Cook, T. W. Hill, W. J. Black, Chester Grobe, W. Kindred and B. L. Townsend.

Mrs. Duve, a daughter of the late Charles and Laura Brasher, was born and reared in this community. Here she attended school and grew to young womanhood. Some thirty years ago she was united in marriage to Dr. Chas. E. Duve, and to this union were born two sons, Frederick and Rex, both of whom survive. Beside the devoted husband and two sons, there also survive one sister, Mrs. G. A. Moore of Bay City, and one brother, H. Brasher of this city.

Throughout her life Mrs. Duve ever proved herself to be a devoted wife and mother. She was a member of the Methodist Church for many years, as well as one of the most prominent members of the Order of the Eastern Star, and in both she ever proved a valued member, having the interests of each on her heart at all times. Ill health attacked her a few years ago, since which time she had to relinquish many of the cares and responsibilities encumbent[sic] upon her. She was a lady of many attainments, a good neighbor and a friend tried and true. In her passing we feel that we have lost a valued friend and citizen, and we drop the tear of sympathy for her bereaved ones. May God comfort them in their terrible sorrow!

Weimar Mercury, March 25, 1927

Duyka, Anton A.

Anton A. Duyka

January 23, 1912 - January 9, 1996

Anton A Duyka, 83, of Eagle Lake, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 1996, at 5:13 p.m. in Rice District Community Hospital, Eagle Lake. He was born January 23, 1912, in Texarkana, the son of Joseph and Ruth Adamik Duyka. Following high school and two years of formal education, Anton and Marie Ondrias were united in marriage at St. John's Catholic Church in Hungerford on October 26,1936. He owned and operated a grocery store in Hungerford for a number of years before the family moved to Eagle Lake in 1951. He worked in the meat markets of Rodgers’ and Miller Grocery and later retired from Wilcox Minimax in 1985. He was a member and faithful servant of the Parish of the Nativity of Eagle Lake, where he enjoyed participating in the choir and serving as organist on occasion. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mrs. Tillie Sablatura;and brothers, Joe and Louis Duyka. Survivors include his devoted wife of 59 years, Marie of Eagle Lake; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Larry Austin of Eagle Lake; sons and daughter-in-law, Anthony and Shirley Duyka of Wharton, Clint and Mary Duyka of Houston, Greg and Dana Duyka of Manchaca; sisters, Christine Mican of Hungerford and Lillie Skia of Wharton; brothers, Rudolph and Raymond Duyka, both of Wharton; grandchildren, Christine Duyka of Houston, Gregory David Duyka of Manchaca; a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and loved ones. Vigil service was held at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 11, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 12, from Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Sanctuary, Roman Catholic Parish of die Nativity, with Rev. Fadier Eddie Winkler officiating. Interment followed in St. John’s Cemetery in Hungerford. Serving as pallbearers were his nephews, Tim and Rudy Duyka, Daniel Skiar and Ronald, Darrell and Ernie Clinton Ondrias. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; January 18. 1996
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Dvorak, Edward J.

Edward J. (Ed) Dvorak, 26, of Columbus, died Saturday, June 18, 1994, as a result of injuries received in an auto accident.

Born July 11, 1967, in Weimar, he was the son of Justin and Louise (Shimek) Dvorak. On Sept. 2, 1989, he married Valarie Mackey. A life-long resident of the Columbus area, Mr. Dvorak was a self-employed heavy equipment operator and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 21, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Royce Hughes officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Franklin "Pete" Besch, Rick Mayo, Andy Novak, Mike Reese, Glen Noska, Mike LeJuene, Lary Douglas and Dean Kocurek. Honorary pallbearers were all Mr. Dvorak's cousins.

He is survived by his wife, of Columbus; sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Nathan Lapham of Giddings and Darleen and Barry Snyder of Rockport, WV; brothers and sister-in-law, Randy and Helen Dvorak of Sealy and Justin Dvorak Jr. of Columbus; nieces, Brittany and Taylor Snyder and Amanda Dvorak and Nephews, Brad Lapham and Jason Dvorak.

Colorado County Citizen, June 22, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Dvorak, Justin


Justin Dvorak, 77, of Columbus, passed away Oct. 3 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 10, 1927 to Vaclav Dvorak and Mary Kulhanek and married Louise Shimek on April 5, 1959. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Texas Lumber and Construction and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of K of C Council 2971, V.F.W. Post 6113 in Columbus and St. Anthony Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brother, Raymond Dvorak; son, Edward Dvorak; and granddaughter, Jenna Snyder.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Nathan Lapham, of Giddings and Darleen and Barry Snyder, of Rock Port, W.Va.; sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Helen Dvorak, of Sealy and Justin Jr. and Sandra Dvorak, of Columbus; sisters, Evelyn Zapalac, of La Grange, Bessie Wilde, of San Angelo and Lydia ”Lillie“ Evanicky, of Rosenburg; brothers, Victor Dvorak, of Frelsburg, Wilbert Dvorak, of Frelsburg and Jerome Dvorak, of Columbus; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Oct. 7 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Inter-ment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Brad Dvorak, Jason Dvorak, Dewayne Dvorak, Victor Dvorak Jr., Jacob Egerton and Glen Noska. Honorary pallbearers were Nathan Lapham and Barry Snyder.

Colorado County Citizen, October 11, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Dvorak, Louise (Shimek)


Louise A. Dvorak, 64, of Columbus, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 1996, at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Born March 7, 1932 in Crosby, she was the daughter of John Shimek and Otillia (Wychopen) Shimek. On April 5, 1959, she married Justin A. Dvorak. A homemaker, Mrs. Dvorak lived all her life in the Columbus and Fayetteville area. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus and Veterans of Foreign War Post 6113 Ladies Auxiliary.

Services were held Dec. 24 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Dan Kahlick officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Dewayne Dvorak, Victor Dvorak Jr., Glen Dvorak, Eric Dvorak, Kenny Zapalac and Donald Polasek.

Mrs. Dvorak is survived by: her husband, of Columbus; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Nathan Lapham of Giddings and Darleen (Dolly) and Barry Snyder of Rockport, W. Va.; sons and daughters-in-law, Justin Dvorak Jr. of Columbus and Randy and Helen Dvorak of Sealy; daughter-in-law, Valarie Dvorak of Columbus; sisters, Lydia Simcik of Columbus, and Lillie Krenek and Tina Weishuhn, both of Fayetteville, Loretta Peschel of Industry and Leona Padgett and Lucille Haws, both of Houston; brother, Johnnie Shimek of Yoakum; grandchildren, Brad Dvorak, Amanda Dvorak, Jason Dvorak, Wendy Isbell, Brittany Snyder and Talor Snyder and great-granddaughter, Whittney Isbell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Edward Dvorak; granddaughter, Jenna Snyder; daughter-in-law, Susan Dvorak and one brother.

Colorado County Citizen, January 1, 1997
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Dvorak, Mary (Kulhanek)

Dvorak Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Mary Dvorak of Frelsburg were held Saturday, July 17, 1993 at 9:30 a.m. from Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Father Dan Morales officiating.

Interment was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Dvorak passed away July 14 in a Columbus nursing home. She was 95 years of age.

Born in Frelsburg August 15, 1897, she was the daughter of Mauric and Theresa Canik Kulhanek. She married Vaclav Dvorak on October 24, 1922 and became a housewife. A lifetime resident of the Freslburg[sic] area, she was a member of St. Ann's Altar Society of Frelsburg.

Her husband preceded her in death on December 18, 1956.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Doris Dvorak of Columbus, Justin and Louise Dvorak of Columbus, Victor and Charlene Dvorak of Frelsburg, Wilbert Dvorak of Frelsburg and Jerome and Barbara Dvorak of Columbus; daughters and sons-in-law, Bessie and Dennis Wilde of San Angelo, Evyline Zapalac of La Grange and Lydia Evanicky of Richmond; 24 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one grandchild, one great-grandchild and one great - great -grandchild.

Pallbearers were Dane Danford, Randy Dvorak, Sylvester Zapalac Jr., Victor Dvorak Jr., Dennis W. Wilde and Jerry Dvorak.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, July 22, 1993, page 3

Dvorak, Vaclav

Vaclav Dvorak, 60, Dies Suddenly At Brush Home

List rites for Vaclav Dvorak of Brushy are to be held at 9 a.m. this morning at Untermeyer Funeral home and later at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Frelsburg with Rev. Edward Geiser officiating.

Mr. Dvorak, a farmer. who had lived In the Frelsburg area for about 55 years, died suddenly at his home Tuesday about 4:30 p.m. He was born at Industry Sept. 28. 1896.

Holy Rosary services were held last night at 7:30 p.m. at the Funeral home.

Survivors are his widow; his father, Alois Dvorak of Brushy; 3 daughters, Mrs. Dennis Wilde of San Angelo, Mrs. Sylvester Zapalac of Ellinger and Mrs. A. D. Eddie of Columbus; 5 sons, R. M. Dvorak of Columbus, Justin, Wilbert and Jerry Dvorak of Brushy and Victor Dvorak of Frelsburg; 9 grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Miss Helen Dvorak of Brushy and Mrs. John Barborak of East Bernard.

Burial was in the Catholic cemetery at Frelsburg.

Colorado County Citizen, December 20, 1956

Dvorak, Victor Vaclav


Victor Vaclav Dvorak Sr., 76, of Frelsburg, passed away Oct. 8 at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan.

He was born in Lone Oak, April 6, 1934 to Vaclav and Mary (Kulhanek) Dvorak and married Charlene Gully on Oct. 5, 1954. He was the owner/operator of Dvorak’s Meat Processing for 20 years and worked for Colorado County Precinct 3. He served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the Frelsburg Volunteer Fire Department and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Emil Gully Sr.; brothers, Raymond and Justin Dvorak; brothers-in-law, Dennis Wilde, Eddie Evanicky and Sylvester Zapalac; and sister-in-law, Louise Dvorak.

He is survived by his wife; sons and daughters-in-law, DeWayne and Adeline Dvorak of New Ulm and Victor and Gail Dvorak Jr. of New Ulm; daughters and son-in-law, Beatrice and Donald Polasek of La Grange and Patricia Brune of Ellinger; brothers and sister-in-law, Wilbert Dvorak of Fayetteville and Jerome and Barbara Dvorak of Columbus; sisters, Bessie Wilde of San Angelo, Evelyn Zapalac of La Grange and Lydia Evanicky of Rosenberg; sister-in-law, Doris Dvorak of Columbus; mother-in-law, Celestine Gully of Columbus; brothers-in-law, Emil Gully Jr. and wife Carol of Frelsburg and Darrell Gully and wife Jo Marie of Columbus; and grandchildren, Paula Polasek and fiancé Chris Dybala, Andrea Polasek, Brian Polasek, Richard Polasek, Sarah Dvorak, Daniel Dvork, Kevin Dvorak, David Dvorak and fiancé Jessica Bertling, James Dvorak, Brittany Brune and Preston Brune.

Funeral services were conducted Oct. 12 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Brian and Richard Polasek, Daniel, David, Kevin and James Dvorak and Preston Brune.

Colorado County Citizen, October 12, 2010

Dybala, Bernard Herman
Wied, Rose Marie

Local Girl 2nd Victim of Accident

An early Sunday morning traffic accident yesterday at 4 a.m. claimed the life of Rosie Wied, 18, of Columbus who died in Hermann hospital at Houston.

The one-car crash on Highway 77 near Hostyn, in Fayette county, also claimed the life of Bernard Herman Dybala, 20, of Altair and seriously injured Jo Ann Janda, 18, of Hostyn and Wilbert Dale Gundelach, 20, of Columbus.

A 5th occupant of the car, Calvin Fulkerson of Alleyton, was less seriously injured but was still in La Grange hospital

Driver Killed

Young Dybala, driver of the 1957 Ford that went out of control and traveled 544 feet after leaving the highway, was killed instantly. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Dybala who live on the Tait ranch near Altair.

Gundelach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Gundelach of Columbus is improving in Columbus hospital. He suffered bad breaks in his right leg, and other injuries.

Miss Janda, daughter of Mrs. Frances Janda of Hostyn, was report to be still in a critical condition in a La Grange hospital with skull, and other injuries.

She had not regained consciousness yesterday.

Funeral Set

Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at Columbus Funeral home and later at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Nada for Miss Wied, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wied. Exact hour of the services is to be announced this morning, Funeral Director P. K. Shatto said. [Interment in St. Mary's cemetery]

The quintet had been to a dance at Alleyton and were taking Miss Janda home when the accident occurred. Patrolmen Charles E. Wade and A. H. Hall of La Grange are quoted as saying they believe a tire blew out on the car, causing Dybala to lose control.

The car knocked down several fence posts and plowed into an embankment of a small creek but did not turn over.

Funeral services for Dybala were held in the Koenig Funeral home at Fayetteville and at 9 a.m. in the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Frelsburg Tuesday. Rev. Edward Geiser officiated.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his parents; 2 brothers, Pvt. Leonard Dybala, who is stationed at Ft. Sam Houston and who was granted emergency leave to attend the funeral, and James Dybala of Altair; and 2 sisters, Dorothy Mae and Doris Jean at home.

Miss Wied is survived by her parents; 2 sisters, Mrs. Jack Marek of Houston and Mrs. George Steinhauser of Columbus; and a brother, Louis Wied of Fayetteville.

Colorado County Citizen April 30, 1959, page 1

Dybala, Frank C.

Dybala Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Frank C. Dybala, formerly of Fayetteville, were held Monday, September 30, 1991 at 10 a.m. from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating.

Burial was in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Mr. Dybala passed away September 26 at a Rockdale hospital. He was 84 years of age.

Born November 26, 1906 in Ellinger, he was the son of Frank and Anna (Volcik) Dybala. He married the former Ida Moeller November 6, 1928 and had lived in the Fayetteville area most of his lifetime. His wife preceded him in death on April 26, 1985.

Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy Simcik of Lexington and Doris Demel of Killeen; sons, James Dybala of Columbus and Leonard Dybala of Houston; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida; one son. Bernard; and one sister, Vlasta Smidovec.

Pallbearers were Gary Dybala, David Demel, John Cufr, Larry Daley, Leland Moeller and Leonard Volcik. Honorary pallbearers were Glen Dybala and Martin Demel.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of funeral arrangements.

New Ulm Enterprise, October 3, 1991, page 3

Dybala, Ida Marie (Moeller)


Funeral service were held for Ida Marie Dybala April 29 at St. John's Catholic Church in Fayetteville with Father Ben Mazurkewitz officiating.

The arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home and the burial was at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Ida Dybala was born March 4, 1909 in Frelsburg to Alois Moeller and Katherine Henneke Moeller.

She married Frank C. Dybala on November 26, 1928. She lived a lifetime in Frelsburg-Fayetteville as a housewife.

Survivors include her husband Frank C. Dybala of Fayetteville; two daughters, Dorothy Simcik of Lexington and Doris Demel of :Killeen; two sons, James Dybala of Columbus and Leonard Dybala of Houston; five sisters, Helen Machinsky of New Ulm, Berdina and Angeline Machinsky both of Columbus;. Katherine Chovanec of Brenham, Elenora Geistmann of Willow Spring; four brothers, Albert, Henry,and Alois Moeller all of Frelsburg, and Frank Moeller of Ellinger, twelve grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were: Gary, Glenn, and Jimmy Dybala, and David and Martin Demel, and Larry Daley.

Colorado County Citizen, May 2, 1985

 Dybala, James G.


James G. Dybala, 73, of Columbus, passed away Nov. 14 in the Heart Hospital of Austin.

He was born Feb. 10, 1932 to Frank and Ida Mae (Moeller) Dybala and married Elsie Votaw Dybala Dec. 8, 1954. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Ideal Inc.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Bennie Dybala and Frank Dybala Jr.

He is survived by his wife; sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Dianna Dybala, of Columbus, Gary and Betty Dybala, of Columbus and James and Tina Dybala, of Eden, Vt.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Frank Simcik, of Lexington and Doris and Larry Demel, of Killeen; brother, Leonard and wife, Barbara Dybala, of Hallettsville; grandchildren, Kristina Simcik, of La Grange, Christopher Dybala, of Columbus, Jennifer Dybala, of Leander, Jeremy Dybala, of Columbus and James, Jesse and Brandi Dybala, of Eden, Vt.; and one great granddaughter, Summer Dybala, of Columbus.

Funeral services were Nov. 19 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Christopher Dybala, Jeremy Dybala, Marty Demel, David Demel, Robert Chambers, Jody Chambers and Jerry Marusik.

Colorado County Citizen, November 30, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Dziadek, Emil

Emil Dziadek Funeral Held Here April 29

Funeral services for Emil Dziadek, 71, of Weimar were held Monday, April 19, from St. Michael Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Father John Bily officiated.

Dziadek, a truck driver for M-G Egg Division for 27 years, died Thursday night, April 25, at his home of a heart attack.

Born May 9, 1919, at Yoakum, he was a son of Rudolf and Anna (Chovanec) Dziadek. He married Alvera Berger here on June 1, 1957. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and St. Joseph's Society.

His wife survives him, along with two daughters, Barbara Dziadek of Weimar and Jane Dziadek of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Emily Orange of Brookshire and Annie Klanika of Sealy; a sister-in-law, Frances Dziadek of Sealy and an aunt, Katherine Chovanec of Danbury. He was preceded in death by a son, James Dziadek and two brothers, Willie Dziadek and Paul Dziadek.

Pallbearers were Leo Dziadek, Clint Havran, Robert Simonds, Vernon Goebel, Richard Goebel and Oswald Wayne Berger.

The Weimar Mercury, May 9, 1991
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Dziadek, James

7-Month-Old Son of Emil Dziadeks Buried Tuesday

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 18, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church for James Dziadek, 7-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil G. Dziadek.

Rev. John Muggivan officiated. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

James died Monday at Caney Valley Memorial Hospital, Wharton, of pneumonia. He had been in the hospital 10 days.

He was born July 10, 1968, and was baptized in St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Surviving in addition to his parents are two sisters, Barbara, 8, and Jane, 6.

Weimar Mercury, February 20, 1969, page 1
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