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Faber, Augusta

Columbus Citizen: Mrs. Augusta Faber died at the residence of Mr. W. A. Obenhaus in this city yesterday morning. She was a native of Germany, but for twenty years a resident of the United States, most of the time of Columbus. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 4, 1893

Faber, Damon Charles

Funeral Services For Damon Faber To Be Tomorrow

Damon Charles Faber, 32, of Pasadena, son of Mrs. Annie Faber, died in a Pasadena hospital at 1:30 a. m. Thurday. He was born in Eagle Lake May 2, 1910 and had been in the employ of the Champion Paper and Fibre Company of Pasadena as a chemical engineer for the past five years.

The remains were brought to Eagle Lake and services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday from the Presbyterian Church. Interment will be made in Lakeside Cemetery. Sincere sorrow is expressed by many friends here over the passing of Mr. Faber.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 26, 1942

Faber, Ernst August William Frederick

Ernst Faber, Citizen Of Eagle Lake for Nearly Fifty Years Buried At Lakeside Yesterday

Born In Germany And Came To America At Age Of Seven Years Settling At Columbus, Coming Here In Young Manhood

Mr. Ernst August Faber, 71 years of age, an old citizen of Eagle Lake, passed away at his home in this city shortly after noon Wednesday, following a long illness.

Mr. Faber was born in Luxenwald, Germany, on November 9th, seventy-one years ago, and with his family came to Texas when he was seven years of age, the family settling at Columbus when Alleyton was the western terminal of the Southern Pacific railroad. His parents died in his early youth, and he is the last of the original Faber family that came over from Germany. His two brothers, Herman and George, and two sisters, Betty, who became Mrs. Obenhaus and Mary, who became Mrs. Nicholis, both having married at Columbus, preceded him in death.

Mr. Faber came to Eagle Lake from Columbus when he was a young man, having for some time worked as a clerk in the general store of J. W. McCarty, at the same time that O. S. Gibson, who recently passed away at Houston, was connected with the same business. Later he went with the old-time Eagle Lake firm of Vineyard & Walker as a clerk, and for some time remained with the Frank Stephens Company when that firm took over the Vineyard & Walker business. Later, and for many years, he was connected with the store at Eldridge, which was under the firm name of Faber Mercantile Company, and in later years conducted the mercantile store of H. Matthews & Vogelsang at Matthews until the death of Mr. Matthews some four years ago when the business was discontinued.

Mr. Faber was married in Eagle Lake to Miss Annie Perkins, who with two daughters and two sons, B. H. Faber of Liberty; Misses Beatrice and Ernest, and Damon Faber survive him. Damon, the youngest son, is a student at the A. & M. College.

Mr. Faber was a quiet, pleasant and useful citizen and up to a few years ago, when his health failed, was an active man for his age. He had been confined to his home with illness for a number of months. He enjoyed the friendship, confidence and esteem of all who knew him, and at no time during his long life among us have we ever heard a word of him ill spoken.

Funeral services were conducted at the home at 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon, Rev. N. G. Ozment, the local Methodist pastor conducting the services. Interment was made in the Lakeside Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were G. W. Keith, S.O. Boothe, Ben Ahlers, Dr. P. T. Gordon, Dr. Otto Rogers and J. E. Truitt.

Honorary pallbearers named were Hayes Stephens, B. L. Vineyard, S. O. McCarty, G. B. Skelton, Bruce McCarty, M. O. Calvert, Dr. L. C. Wozencraft, Geo. H. Heck, W. W. Little, A. L. Wahrmund, Judge W. S. Strickland, Vic Engelhard, and W. Y. Westmoreland of this city; O. A. Zumwalt, S. K. Seymour, Dr., and S. A. Harbert of Columbus; John H. Brooks of Weimar and Chas. Davis, formerly of Eldridge, who is now making his home at Corpus Christi.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 15, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington
Photo courtesy Ernest Mae Seaholm

Faber, George

The killing of Mr. Geo. Faber at Waelder on Monday morning last—particulars of which are published elsewhere—was sadly and sorrowfully received. George was a young man with many generous and noble traits of character, and universally esteemed by those knowing him best. HIs remains were yesterday laid to rest in the presence of quite a number of our citizens in the City Cemetery, Rev. H. C. Howard officiating. Our sincere condolence is offered his bereaved relatives.

Colorado Citizen, June 28, 1883, page 3

Fatal Accident at Waelder

The Killing of Mr. Geo. Faber, of this place—Carelessness of a Negro Brakeman—Particulars of Accident
(Special Correspondence of the CITIZEN.)
Waelder, Texas, June 26.

Editor Citizen:
A serious and sad accident occurred this morning at this station, causing the wreck of a freight train and locomotive of passenger train, and sudden death of a fireman. Some time before the west-bound passenger or mixed train (due at this station at 3:45) was due, a freight train containing a number of flat-cars, going east, pulled into the station and backed on the side track to wait for the mixed passenger to pass. Soon after this train backed in, a special going east went by, and the negro brakesman who held the switch key, thinking, probably, that this was the train his freight was waiting for, went back to the switch stand to open the switch for his train to pass out on the main track. It is supposed that he opened the switch, and as his train did not come out, he went to sleep, leaving the switch open, so that when the passenger train approached the station, instead of following the main track, it entered the sidetrack, too late for the engineer to discover and avert the danger. Geo. Faber, (fireman of the freight,) while his train was lying on the side-track waiting for the passenger to pass, went back of his engine and lay down to sleep on one of the flat-cars. After the collision, he was found dead on the flat, with another flat on top of him. It is probable that after going to sleep on the flat, he never woke again. He was but slightly disfigured—some bruises about the head and side. The jury are now holding an inquest on the body.

Colorado Citizen, June 28, 1883, page 2


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Falardeau. Theodora

89-Year-Old Woman Of Rock Island Found Dead in Home

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning in Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Eagle Lake for Miss Theodora Falardeau, aged 89, who was found dead in her home Sunday morning by Mr. and Mrs. Ed Burda.

The Rev. A. W. Didner officiated and burial was in Lakeside cemetery of Eagle Lake.

It was the custom of the Burdas to take Miss Falardeau to church in Eagle Lake each Sunday morning. They went by for her Sunday but could not find her, so after church they investigated and found her body.

Miss Falardeau came to Rock Island from San Antonio 20 years ago. She was originally from Michigan. A niece, the late Mrs. Paul Lowe, once lived in Rock Island, but whereabouts of most of her relatives is unknown. One nephew from San Antonio, whose name could not be learned, was present for the services.

Miss Falardeau had gotten about well for her age up to the time of her death.

Colorado County Citizen, November 27, 1958, page 1

Falcon, Rafaelito - Ralph


Funeral services for Ralph Falcon. age 3, were held January 14 at Henneke Funeral Home with Reverend Brian Crookes officiating.

Burial was in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Ralph was born August 6, 1981 in Bellville to Wanda Candelaria Falcon and Thomas Falcon.

Ralph was a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Falcon; one brother. Thomas Falcon. Jr. of Columbus; grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. Rafael landetaria[sic] of Elizabeth, N. J. and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Falcon, also of Elizabeth.

Pallbearers included Richard Falcon, Norberto Rodriguez, Ralph Candelaria and Alfred Falcon.

Colorado County Citizen, January 17, 1985, page 2

Faldyn, Joseph Jimmie Jr.


Joe Faldyn Jr., 73, a lifetime resident of Frelsburg, passed away Oct. 27 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

He was born March 4, 1932 to Joseph Jimmie Faldyn Sr. and Mary Zatopek. He married Virginia Halfmann Faldyn Oct. 5, 1958 and worked as a machinist for Daniel Industries. He served in the U.S. Army and was a lifetime member of the V.F.W.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Isabel Faldyn; and brothers, George Faldyn and Wilbert Faldyn.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Larry Roberts, of Katy, and Rhonda and Mike Sadler, of Katy; sons and daughters-in-law, Arthur and Wanda Faldyn, of Frelsburg and Russell and Cindie Faldyn, of Katy; sisters, Georgia Belota, of Plum, Vlasta Vaclavik, of Plum and Lillian Zapalac, of Ellinger; brothers, Allen Faldyn, of La Grange, Johnny Faldyn, of Smithville, Jerry Faldyn of Columbus and Edward Faldyn, of Columbus; special caregiver, Ernestine Evanicky, of Frelsburg; and grandchildren, Lindsey Roberts, Landon Roberts, Damon Faldyn, Matthew Faldyn, Kourtney Faldyn, Shawn Faldyn, Makayla Faldyn and Allyson Sadler.

Funeral services were Oct. 31 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Pallbearers were Stephen Vasek, John Huebel, Damon Faldyn, Shawn Faldyn, Matthew Faldyn and Landon Roberts.

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

Falke, Adolph H.

Last Rites for Adolph H. Falke, 80, Held Friday

Funeral services for Adolph H. Falke, who would have been 81 years old in June, were held last Friday afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev. C. Emigholz officiating. Interment was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Falke died at 12:45 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, April 23, at Youens Hospital, where he had been a patient for five days. In ill health since last November, his death was caused by coronary thrombosis.

Born June 9, 1871, at Brenham, he moved to this area as a child. He married Miss Albina Pudich at Weimar October 7, 1893, and that same year they moved to Taylor. The returned to the Dubina community in 1902, and that had been his home ever since. Mrs. Falke preceded her husband in death October 12, 1932. Mr. Falke was a farmer and carpenter before retiring in 1940; after retiring he made his home with his son, Adolph R. Falke. He was the son of the late Lawrence and Louise Gansky Falke.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Oswald (Lillie) Leidolf of Weimar and Miss Annie Falke of Schulenburg; two sons, Gus and Adolph R. both of Weimar; a brothers, Paul, of Schulenburg; a sister, Mrs. Alvina Thiel of Austin and two granddaughters, Joyce Falke of Yorktown and Eileen Falke of Weimar. A daughter, Lavine, died in 1907 at the age of 9.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Robert Falke, Willie Falke, Louis Falke, Henry Reimers, Joe Barton and Oswald Heinrich.

Weimar Mercury, May 2, 1952, page 1

Falke, Albina (Pudich)

Dearly Beloved Lady Is Claimed By Death

As briefly mentioned in last Issue of the Mercury, Mrs. Albina Falke, beloved wife of Mr. Adolph Falke of the Dubina section, passed away at a San Antonio hospital Wednesday morning of last week. She had been taken there the previous day, and was about to be placed on the operating table, as we understand it, when she suddenly expired. The remains were tenderly prepared for burial and were brought hack to the family home that night. On Friday afternoon the funeral took place at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery, with Rev. Paul Piepenbrok of Schulenburg officiating in a tender burial service.

The pall bearers were Messrs. Henry J. Laas, Fred Billeck, Sr., F. F. Anders, Rudolf Mozisek, Fred Ripper and Emil

Mrs. Albina Falke was born at Zabrechu, Czecho-Slovakia Feb. 26, 1875. She was a daughter of John and Mary Pudich. She came to America with her parents in the year 1882. As she grew, to young womanhood she was united in marriage to the husband of her choice, Mrs. Adolph H. Falke. To this union five children were born: Mrs. Lillie Leidolf, Gustav C. Falke, Miss Annie Falke and Adolph Falke, Jr. One daughter, Lavine, died at the age of 9 years, in 1907. She is also survived by her aged mother, Mrs. Mary Pudich; two sisters, Mrs. Frances Barton, living near Weimar, and Mrs. Mary Marek of Sublime; one brother, John Pudich of near Weimar, and one grandchild, Joyce Katherine Falke.

After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Falke moved to the Taylor section, where they lived for ten years. They then moved back to this section and resided in and around Dubina up to the time of her death. At the of death Mrs. Falke was 51 years, 7 months and 18 days old.

Mrs. Falke was a lady of many excellent qualities. Kind hearted, generous, thoughtful 'of those about her, devoted to her husband, family and friends, as good a neighbor as anyone could desire, in her passing all feel that they have indeed sustained an Irreparable lost
May God. in His infinite wisdom and goodness, be merciful to her bereaved ones is our Sincere wish. They have our heartfelt sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, October 21, 1932, page 1

Falke, Alvina Helen (Hurta)

Alvina Falke Funeral Service Held May 26

Funeral services were held for Alvina Helen Hurta Falke, 98, May 26 in the United Church of Christ, with Rev. Norman Sirnic officiating. Burial was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Her death occurred in the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, May 24 after a short illness.

Mrs. Falke was a lifetime resident of the Weimar area; a member of the United Church of Christ and the Dorcas Circle.

She was born Nov. 6, 1899 to Joseph and Katherine Volcik Hurta in the Bila Hora Community, Lavaca County.

The family later moved to Oakland, and she attended school there.

Alvina married Gus Falke, Dec 22, 1920.

She was a housewife spending her youth and married life on a firm.

After the death of her husband she moved into Weimar.

Surviving Mrs. Falke is a daughter, Joyce Sanders; a granddaughter, Rebecca Golson and her husband Stephen; a great-grandson, Grant Thomas Golson and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Mrs. Falke in death were her parents, her husband; grandson, Mark Sanders; son-in-law, Wilbur Sanders; brother, Charles Hurta; sisters, Theresa Fojt and Emma Fojt.

Pallbearers at the funeral were: Thomas Falke, Joe Hurta, James Fojt, Albin Fojt, Ewald Friedrich Sr., and Daniel Ulbricht.

The Weimar Mercury, June 4, 1998
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Falke, Annie R.

Annie R. Falke Funeral Held Here Sept. 11

Funeral services for Miss Annie R. Falke, 80 of Weimar were held Saturday, Sept. 11, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. D. L. R. McDougle officiated.

Miss Falke died Thursday, Sept. 9, in St. Luke's Hospital, Houston.

Born March 25, 1896, at Taylor, she was a daughter of Adolph and Albina (Pudich) Falke. She was five years old when she and her parents moved to Dubina. In 1940 she moved to Schulenburg and in 1960 she retired and moved to Weimar, where she lived alone until her death.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Oswald (Lillie) Leidolf and one brother, Adolph Falke, both of Weimar; two nieces, Mrs. Wilbur Sanders of Weimar and Mrs. James J. Piwetz, Jr. of

Andrews; one nephew, Thomas W. Falke of Austin; and a great-nephew and a great-niece, Mark and Rebecca Sanders of Weimar.

Preceding her in death were a brother, Gus C. Falke, and a sister, Layene.

Pallbearers were Thomas Falke, Wilbur Sanders, Joe Dusek, Emil Barton, Willie Holub, and John Hajovsky.

Weimar Mercury, September 16, 1979

Falke, Gus C.

Gus Falke Funeral Held Here Sept. 3

Funeral services for Gus C. Falke, 80, were held Wednesday afternoon, Sept 3, from Weimar United Church of Christ with burial in the Masonic Cemetery. Rev. D. L. R. McDougle officiated.

Mr. Falke died early Tuesday morning, Sept 2, in Youens Memorial Hospital. He had been in failing health the past four years.

He had lived in this area most of his life. Born December 25, 1894, at Taylor, he was the son of Adolph and Albina (Pudich) Falke. The family moved to Dubina when he was a boy . He served in the Medical Branch of the army in World War I, including overseas service.

Mr. Falke married Alvina Hurta of Oakland on December 22, 1920.

He was a farmer and carpenter all his life here. He was a member of the United Church of Christ and the American Legion.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Alvina Falke; one daughter, Mrs. Wilbur Sanders and two grandchildren, Mark and Rebecca Sanders of Weimar; one brother, Adolph Falke of Weimar, and two sisters, Mrs. Lillie Leidolf and Miss Annie Falke, also of Weimar. A sister, Lavina Falke, preceded him in death.

Serving as pallbearers were Oscar Leppin, Henry Poppe, James Fojt, Charles Hurta, Louis Falke, Joe Dusek, Emil Bartos, and Charles Edwards. Honorary pallbearers were all members of American Legion Post 259.

Weimar Mercury, September 11, 1975

Falwell, Charlotte R. (Little)

Death of an Estimable lady

Thursday of last week the spirit of life left its tenement of clay and joined the innumerable throng of loved ones gone on before. Thus passed Mrs. C. R. Falwell, one of this city's most estimable and beloved ladies, one who had spent practically a lifetime among our people, and who was known far and wide for her many estimable traits of character. The funeral took place Friday afternoon in the presence of a large throng of mourning relatives and friends, Rev. J. C. Wilson, Methodist pastor and, officiating.

Active pallbearers at Mrs. Falwell's funeral were M. H. Fulford, W. P. Ammann, Charles Ammann, H. Brasher Jr., Felix Melor and G. W. Shaver. Honorary pallbearers were as follows: J. J. Armstrong Sr., W. P. Watson, W. W. Williams, T. A. Hill, P. J. Shaver, W. S. Shaver, F. W. Koltermann and Will F. Miller of Houston.

Mrs. Falwell, nee Little, was born near Nashville, Tenn., May 16, 1836, and was slightly over 88 years old at the time of her death. Few indeed of us will ever live to attain such a ripe old age! She came to Texas in 1858, when our state was a comparative wilderness, and endured all the hardships and privations incident to early life in our state. Practically all her life from that time on was spent in Colorado County. The family lived on a farm in the Clear Creek section for many years, and here this good woman raised a family of good boys and girls, who were ever a comfort and pleasure to her. At the time of here death, she had been a widow for 42 years.

Mrs. Falwell leaves two sons, Jack and Tom, and two daughters, Mrs. Wm. Jordan of Wilmar, Ark., and Mrs. Jno. Armstrong Jr., of this city. She also has four brothers living. She joined the church at the age of 15, and for 73 years had lived a consistent, Christian life. At all times she was cheerful, neighborly, self-reliant, religious, and ready to go and meet her loved ones gone on before, whenever the Master called her. Mrs. Falwell was truly a good woman in every sense of the term.

Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

The Weimar Mercury, July 18, 1924
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Falwell, John

Weimar Local Matters

Our neighbor, John Falwell, who was reported sick in last Items, quietly passed away last Saturday evening, and was laid away in the Odd Fellows Rest, Sunday at 3 o’clock, :P M., there to await the “last summons.” Mr. F. was a consistent member of the M. E. Church. He leaves a sorrowing wife and a large family of children to mourn his loss. May the grace of God sustain the widow and orphans in the hour of sorrow and bereavement.

Colorado Citizen, March 1, 1883

Falwell, John E.

This community was again shadowed in gloom this week over the death of Mr. John E. Falwell, which sad event occurred Monday afternoon at 2:25 o’clock. Mr. Falwell was taken sick some eight weeks ago with typhoid pneumonia, and all was done that medical science and attention could do, but to no avail. It was the call of the Master, and he expressed a perfect willingness to go. He was in his 28th year--a young man whose qualities of heart and mind had endeared him to his many friends, and by whom he will be sadly missed. He was buried in the family lot at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Tuesday afternoon, under the auspices of Weimar lodge No 201, I.O.O.F., and the Weimar fire department, of which organization he was a member. A large number of relatives and friends of the deceased followed the remains to their last resting place. Our deepest sympathy is extended the bereaved mother, sisters, brothers and other relatives.

Weimar Mercury, December 21, 1889

Faner, unknown

KILLING AT BERNARD STATION.--In a difficulty at Bernard station last Friday between Todd Fitzgerald and ______Faner, brothers-in-law, the latter was killed, and the former seriously, though not dangerously wounded. We were unable to learn full particulars, farther than that it was the result of a family feud. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, December 9, 1886

Fanning, Ira A.

Mr. Ira A. Fanning of Clodin, Fort Bend county, Texas, died at the home of Mr. Mack Garrett near Osage at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday morning, August 3, of that dreaded disease, consumption. He had been a sufferer for several months, and was traveling overland in the hopes of being benefited. He left a wife and mother, two sisters and three brothers to mourn his untimely death. He was 26 years, 7 months and 19 days old at the time of his death. The interment took place at Osage cemetery at 5 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. The Mercury's sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, August 5. 1898
From files of Dorothy Albrecht

Farek, LaVerne (Guthmann)


LaVene Farek, 82, of Columbus, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and aunt passed into the loving arms of our Lord, on January 30. She left this world as peacefully as she entered after a beautiful life of motherhood, service, and profound friendship to every person with whom she came in contact. Her job in life was her family, and her most treasured times were spent surrounded by all of them in her home enjoying her famous pies and Southern cooking. We grieve for our loss but we are comforted by our belief that she is resting in eternal peace.

Her life began on June 29, 1924 in New Ulm, the daughter of Emil and Valerie Wavra Guthmann. She was united in marriage to Ben Farek on June 11, 1950. First and foremost, she embraced her role as mother and homemaker, but she also used her sense of style to manage Magnolia Fashions for 10 years in Columbus.

She was an active member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus, belonging to the Catholic Daughters and a Bible Study group. She had a knack for gardening, and was a member of the Garden Club where she was recently made an honorium member. She also was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary to the V.F.W., and until the last few years she participated in their fund raising activities. She was a member of the Magnolia Homes Tour, serving as a docent. She always enjoyed a good game of cards or dominoes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and daughter, Phyllis, who was killed tragically on March 11, 1972.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Ben Farek. Also, her daughters, Judy Quick and husband Jonathan of Huntington Beach, California, and Kathy Gabel and husband Frank of Cincinnati, Ohio. She has two granddaughters, Elyse and Natalie Gabel. She is also survived by her sister, Elvira Orsak of Pearland, and brothers Henry Guthmann of New Ulm, and Frank Lesikar of Columbus.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 3, 2007 at Henneke Funeral Home with Father Dan Kahlich and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Gary Guthmann, Elton Lesikar, Dale Orsak, Roland Gassmann, Vic Hyek, Ed Krenek, Thomas Wostarek, and Joey Barten. Manual Schneider served as honorary pallbearer.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for the loving care she received from Delores Horndt, Bernice Kollaja, Dorothy Poncik and Eunice Bratcher.

There will be a void in each of us who knew and loved LaVene. We were blessed to have had her for 82 years. Now, Our Lord has plans for her in Heaven.

Memorials may be given to St. Anthony's Catholic Church of Columbus or to the Greater Houston Chapter of the ALS Association, P.O. Box 271561, Houston, Texas 77277.

Colorado County Citizen, February 7, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Farek, Phyllis Ann

Columbus Girl Killed in Crash

Phyllis Farek, 16, a Columbus High School sophomore, was killed and Janet Koehl, 16, a classmate was critically injured early Saturday in a traffic accident south of Weimar.

The post-midnight tragedy, the second of a similar nature to strike Columbus in less than 45 days, occurred on F.M.155 about 4.5 miles south of Weimar following a dance at New Bielau.

The highway patrol said the 2 girls were struck by a car driven by Ruben Lewis Hoehne, son of the chief of police at La Grange.

Hoehne had driven up on another accident that had occurred a few minutes earlier involving 4 vehicles in a chain-reaction stop.

Were Passengers

Miss Farek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benny Farek, and Miss Koehl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Koehl of Alleyton, were passengers in one of the cars involved in the earlier collision.

There were conflicting stories even among the witnesses who were there, about what happened, and the highway patrol said its investigation of the tragedy is continuing.

According to one witness, the accident scene "looked like an automobile junk-yard with a lot of people standing around."

"It was a great big mess," said another.

As near as can be determined by the highway patrol here is what happened.

A car driven by J. B. Rogers, 17 of New Ulm, either slowed down or stopped because of a car in front of him causing a chain-reaction smashup involving 4 cars proceeding north behind him.

The other cars were driven by R. L. Menke, 16, of Cat Spring; Chester Brian Naumann, 18, of Columbus, and Julius Edward Bartek, 24, of Weimar.

Go Off Road

The vehicles driven by Rogers and Naumann went off the road into a ditch on the right, and the vehicle driven by Bartek went off the road into a ditch on the left. The vehicle driven by Menke remained on the highway.

The drivers and their 8 passengers got out to survey the wreckage. A few minutes later Hoehne's car drove up on the accident, striking the 2 Columbus girls who were standing on the highway.

Hoehne, the highway patrol said, did not see the wreckage or the people until it was too late to stop. His car left skid marks, but the vehicle itself, its front splattered with blood, never left the roadway.

Lights Knocked Out

Highway Patrolman Alton Adcock said the rear lights on the vehicles in the first crash had been knocked out in the chain-reaction stop. He said the only light on the highway was a flashlight one of the passengers was using to signal oncoming traffic.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Gilbert Kiel said no major traffic charges are contemplated, although some minor traffic citations may be issued in connection with the first crash.

The highway patrol said 3 pedestrians were struck by the Hoehne car; Miss Farek, Miss Koehl and Clarence Noska 16, of Columbus. Noska suffered minor bruises and abrasions.

Four Passengers

Miss Farek and Miss Koehl, along with Renee Duncan, 16, and Cindy Calhoun, 16 both of Columbus were passengers in Naumann's car.

Noska and Howard Hayek, 16, of Columbus were riding with Rogers. John David Brown, 19 of Columbus was a passenger in Menke's car, and Bartek apparently was alone in his vehicle.

Riding with Hoehne were Donna Halek, 16, Debbie Knebel, 17 and Larry Ulbrich, 19 all of Weimar.

The highway patrol said all of the youths had been to a dance at New Bielau and were returning home after the dance had ended.

Regular Patrol

Kiel said the highway patrol has one patrol car assigned to the road on dance nights, but the car happened to be at the other end of the highway when the first accident happened.

A passerby reported the first accident to Adcock and his partner, Ray Scholton, the investigating officer. The second accident happened while the 2 patrolmen were enroute to the scene.

Miss Farek died at the scene. Miss Koehl was picked up by a Henneke Funeral Home ambulance and later hospitalized at Methodist Hospital in Houston where her condition at noon Wednesday was reported by the hospital authorities as critical.

The fatal accident rocked Columbus, coming only 45 days after a similar tragedy Jan. 31 that took the lives of Johnny Rutta 17, and his sister, Linda, 16, in a2-car crash 4 miles south of Columbus on S.H. 71.

Five County Fatalities

The latest fatality is the fifth in Colorado County this year, 3 of them involving Columbus High School students.

Funeral services for Miss Farek were held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. Monday, with Father Patrick Palmer officiating. Interment was in St Anthony's Catholic Cemetery. A Christian Wake was at 7 p.m. Sunday at Henneke Funeral Home.

Miss Farek was a member of the Columbus High School band, the Spanish Club, the Young Americans, Future Teachers of America, and the stage band. She was reporter for the sophomore class and taught a religion class at St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Survivors include her parents; 2 sisters, Judy Kristynik of Huntsville and Kathy Farek of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Mark Jensen, John Seymour, Tom Rau, Gregory Mikeska, Clayton Adams and Chester Naumann.

Colorado County Citizen, March 16, 1972
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Farley, Louisa C.

Mrs. Farley, mother of the late lamented Frank Farley who was downed last May in Lavaca county, and of Mrs. John Mullen of Oakland, died at the home of her daughter Thursday morning at 2 o’clock, and was buried in the Weimar cemetery yesterday at 10 o’clock. Mrs. Farley was in her 84 year and during her latter days was a great sufferer, being confined to her bed over ten years.

Weimar Mercury, August 30, 1902

Farmer, Jesse P.

Our town and our community was saddened when the news spread on last Monday afternoon that Jesse Farmer was dead. His death was due to pneumonia following an attack of influenza. He was only ill about ten days.

Jesse, as he was familiarly known to all of his friends, was one of the best men we have ever known. He was so good natured, so jolly and always of such a happy frame of mind that he won for himself a wide circle of friends.

Jesse P. Farmer was born in Columbus, Texas, August 2nd, 1876 and was married to Miss Bettie Lowrey Sept. 3rd, 1905[1900]. Two children; Jessie and Lyle blessing the union.

He was a valuable employee of the Southern Pacific railroad and has made his home in Glidden for the past sixteen years. He was a good citizen, a most faithful husband and father, was honest, upright and respected by all.

He leaves a wife, two children, three sisters, two brothers and a host of friends to mourn his loss.

To those to whom his life was devoted it is hard to say a word of comfort yet a star of hope illuminates the night of their sorrow for he was a good chiristian and died happy in the security of his love and salvation The same thought that brightened his dying hours, thought that every night of death is followed by a morning of resurrection, is the comfort of those left behind.

The blessed doctrine of the resurrection throws a halo over every Christians headstone and makes each grave an open gate leading into glory, for after all Death is but a path that must be trod, If man would ever pass to God.

His remains were committed to earth in the Odd Fellows Rest Tuesday afternoon under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge.

Rev, Stack of Weimar and Rev. J. B. Marshall of Columbus officiating at the residence.

Colorado Citizen, November 1, 1918

Farmer, Lena (Boedeker)


It was a great shock to the many fiends of the family when news was received in Columbus last Sunday that Mrs. Farmer was dead. Mrs. Farmer was born in Columbus and had lived here all of her life, but for the past six or eight months had been visiting her children in Houston and Palacios, and at the time of her death was at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tom Brandon, at Palacios. She had not been in the best of health for some months, but was not confined to her bed, and apparently was feeling very well last Sunday but shortly after eating dinner she started across the room and fell, and in a few moments was dead,

The body was brought to Columbus Tuesday for burial and was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brandon of Palacios, Mr. and Ms. Henry Farmer, and Miss Myrtle Farmer of Houston, also a number of other relatives and friends.

Services were held at the family home Tuesday afternoon at 4:30, and interment was in the City cemetery, Rev. C. P. P.[sic] Morgan officiating.

Colorado Citizen, March 14, 1919, page 1


Our hearts were grieved when the message came that Mrs. Lena Farmer had died suddenly in Palacios at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Tom Brandon. Mrs. Farmer had lived all her life in Columbus, and her friends were numbered by her acquaintances.

Miss Lena Boediker[sic] was born in Columbus, Sept. 15th., 1863, and died in Palacios march[sic] 9th, 1919. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Boediker. Her mother died when Mrs. Farmer was a child. Her father died after her marriage. He was for many years a trusted and faithful Treasurer of Colorado County. She was married to Robert Edward Farmer, a lawyer and a native of Columbus, who died several years ago. One son and two daughters came to bless this union. Mrs. Farmer was naturally endowed with a cheerful and lovable disposition, and seemed happiest when making others happy around her. Loving and tender in friendship, she was always ready with words of comfort and encouragement, where needed. She was of a retiring nature, and her true worth was most appreciated by those who knew her well in her home. She gave her heart to God and united with the Methodist Church, and was a loved and devoted member of that church when she died. We shall miss her sweet face and form in her accustomed place in church.

Her christian life will be to her children a sweet legacy, like a star of hope ever pointing them to the haven of rest, and her influence will remain as a sweet perfume to bless and encourage them. She leaves three children, Mrs. Tom Brandon of Palacios, Henry and Myrtle Farmer of Houston, one grand-son, Tom Brandon, Jr. and one brother, Charles Boediker of Houston, besides other relatives and friends whose sympathy and tears are mingled with her loved ones in their grief.

She was buried in Columbus in the City Cemetery, Tuesday, March 11, 1919. The remains was accompanied to Columbus by her children, brother and grand-son, and other friends. The large gathering of friends at her home and at the cemetery, the flower covered mound told of love for her. We shall meet her when the night is past, and day dawns in the land of God. The services were conducted by Rev. C. P. Morgan of the Methodist church.

The pall bearers were Messrs. Albert Hahn, Alex McCormick, Chriss Grobe, C. K. Quinn, Will Wirtz and John Hastedt.
A Friend

Colorado Citizen, March 21, 1919, page 1

Farmer, Mahala Elizabeth (Daniels)

With the death of Mrs. Mahala Farmer, (nee Daniels) which occurred at the family residence last Tuesday, (Feb 7, 1899), there passed away an old and respected citizen of Columbus. She had an attack of la grippe, from which she recovered, but unfortunately relapsed, and tenderest care and best medical aid failed to relieve her. Mrs. Farmer was born in Wilson, Edgecombe county, N. C., Feb 5, 1836; was married to Mr. Pharoah Farmer in 1854; immigrated to Texas in 1857, and has resided in Columbus over 40 years. She was not a member of any church, but her pronounced Christian principles and life of close adherence to religious works, her moral precept and example were well known and admired by her intimate friends. She was the mother of fourteen children, seven of whom -- Mrs. Sallie A. Cousins, Mrs. Indella Wilson, Miss Lula, Messrs. Robert E., George L., Thomas S. and Jesse P. Farmer -- survive her, and mourn her irreparable loss. Her remains were interred in the city cemetery yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock, in the presence of many sorrowing friends. To the stricken relatives and friends the CITIZEN tenders sorrowful condolence.

Colorado County Citizen February 9, 1899
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Farmer, Pharoah Luke

Old Citizen Dead

Wednesday night, March 8th, 1911, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sallie Cousins, P. Farmer died of heart failure; after suffering acutely for only two or three days. Mr. Farmer was one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Columbus. He was born in Wilson, N. C., Feb. 23rd, 1830, being a little past 81 years old. He moved to Lavaca county 55 yeas ago, lived rhere one year, then moved to Columbus and has lived here ever since. He was married 57 years ago to Miss Mahala Daniels, who has been dead about 12 years. There are seven children living, Mrs. Sallie Cousins of Columbus, Mrs. Geo. H. Wilson of Houston, Ms. Lela Coleman of Bay City, R. E., Geo., Thomas and Jesse Farmer. He was one of he oldest members of Caledonia Lodge A.F.&A.M., the funeral and burial being conducted by the Masons. The funeral was conducted from the residence of Mrs. Sallie Cousins and the body was interred in the City Cemetery. Thus passes away one of the old land marks, and one who commanded the respect and veneraioin of the whole community.--Colorado Citizen

Weimar Mercury, March 17, 1911, page 1

Farris, William Leon

William Leon Farris

William Leon “Bill” Farris, age 84, died at his beloved home on Lakeside Drive, Wednesday, 26 December 2012, with his devoted wife, Helyn, holding him and caring for him until he was at permanent rest.  He had struggled for a number of years with myelodysplasia   and all of the extended ramifications of this blood disorder.  He was a tough, determined character who dealt with this challenge head on, determined to squeeze every good moment of life possible out of his remaining years – enjoying every precious moment with his family and friends. 

Several puzzling years of illness preceded the myelodysplasia diagnosis shortly after Bill’s 75th birthday and he was told there was no cure.  He liked to say that his “new car warranty” expired when he reached 75.  Typical of Bill, he accepted the restrictions put on his remaining years with grace, never any self-pity or complaint.  He was always grateful for the added days that allowed him to be part of grandchildren’s weddings, great grandchildren’s births and birthdays….and the birth of his last grandson, the only one to carry the Farris name into the future.

A fifth generation Texan,  Bill was  proud of his ancestor’s contribution  in winning Texas independence and settlement of the area of present-day  Montgomery,  Grimes, Madison and Walker Counties.  He was born 21 March 1928, in the family home 10 miles southwest of Huntsville in Walker Co., the eldest child of Emmett Lester Farris and Emmie Edna Leonard Farris.   His parents were 5th cousins, both descended from 17th century immigrants along the James River of Virginia, later they were early settlers of middle Tennessee before permanent settlement in Texas in the 1830’s.

Bill met and courted his future wife while on a ten day furlough before deploying with the Signal Corps of the 40th Infantry Division for Japan and Korea in 1951.  It was a wartime, whirlwind courtship with both committing to each other before his departure.  Upon his return following 18 months overseas in the Korean War, he immediately married Helyn Lorena Hobbs in the wedding chapel of Riverside Methodist Church, Houston, TX.  24 November 1952.    They have been lovers, best friends, business partners, and constant companions ever since.  Bill’s long life allowed them to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary at their home surrounded by their family 24 November 2012.

The love and joy of his family was at the core of Bill’s life.  The children born to his marriage and today  all survive him are Candyce Dawn Farris Dixon and husband, Dale, of Huntsville, TX;  Melody Leigh Farris Grigar and husband, Michael, of Eagle Lake;  William Richard “Rich” Farris of Plano, TX.  Grandchildren: Alyssa Dixon Crockett and husband, Paul,  of Houston;  William Dale Dixon and wife, Melissa of Houston; Lucas Dixon of Los Angeles, CA;  Lance Grigar and wife, Carrie of Fulshear, TX;  Lori Grigar Chapman and husband, Will of Fulshear, TX;  Nicole Farris  and Dylan Farris of Plano, TX.  Also five great grandchildren:  Laila and Caine Chapman, Gunner and Halleigh Grigar, and Brayden Dixon.

Other survivors are a brother, Harold Farris and wife, Nancy, of Victoria;  sisters,  Mrs. Robert H. (Doris) Turner and Mrs. Delbert (Della) Robinson;  and brother-in-law James L. “Red” Wells, all of Huntsville. Also surviving him are many cousins, nieces and nephews.  Preceding Bill in death were his parents; a brother, Carl Gaylord Farris; and a sister, Anna Merle Farris Wells.

A long life allowed two lengthy careers.  Bill retired from A.T. &T after 30 years service.  At the end of his telephone career he was supervisor of the central offices of Columbus, Eagle Lake, Sealy, Hempstead, Prairie View, and Waller.  This was followed by a 20 year career as owner of The Farris 1912, the local hotel that he and Helyn restored and operated as a widely known hunting lodge and hospitality facility.

Bill Farris left his legacy on many local organizations.  He was a past president of Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Little League, and United Way. He also was County Chairman of the American Red Cross and served on the Eagle Lake city council.  He served as president of the Eagle Lake I.S.D. school board as well as Rice Consolidated I.S. D. board.  He gave a total of 10 years to the betterment of education for the children of southern Colorado County. He and Helyn were instrumental in the organization of Texas Historic Hotels and Inns Association in the 1980’s.

The three things that Bill cited as the great satisfactions in his life were his family, the role he played in the creation of Rice Consolidated School District, and service for his country as a platoon sergeant in Korea where he served in the 40th Infantry Division’s Signal Corps in communications at Command Headquarters.

At Bill’s request no funeral or memorial service was scheduled.   His cremains will remain with his family until they are interred in the future with Helyn’s at the base of a red, Indian granite monument in the Farris Cemetery in Huntsville that he gave serious thought in designing and wording.  The monument is inscribed “From Eternity to Eternity, in Between the Sweet Grass Grows,” a line that conveys the personal philosophy he lived by.   He was an avid student of the western settlement of America.  He had read all of Louis Lamour’s 250 plus books, all of Elmer Kelton’s books and those of Larry McMurtry.  His all time favorite was McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove.
The family of William Leon “Bill” Farris wishes to express their gratitude for the care and devotion given to him through these years by Dr. Russell Thomas and the staff of Rice Medical Center.  Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider  the following:  Rice Medical Center Employee  Volunteers,  Prairie Edge Museum,  Wintermann Library, all in Eagle Lake, TX;  Farris Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 343, Huntsville, TX 77342;  or the church or charity of your  choice.

A celebration and commemoration of the life of William Leon Farris will be held at a later date by family and friends at the Farris home.

Colorado County Citizen, January 9, 2013
Contributed by Helyn Farris

Farrow, Jimmie Earl

Jimmie Earl Farrow

Jimmie Earl Farrow, 68, passed away April 2.

He was born September 14, 1941 in Columbus to Cora Farrow and Jim Farrow.

He received his education from the Columbus public schools, worked for Coca-Cola for 22 years, McCoy’s for 19 years and HEB for five years.

He married Bobbie Farrow and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Debbie Sampson; one brother, Archie Clayborne; two sisters, Betty Collins and Evelyn Shine; three uncles, Howard Booker, James “Bo” Johnson and Willie Glenn, Sr.; and two aunts, Josey Carter and Minnie Banks.

He is survived by two sons, Eddie and Henry; three sisters, Jessie Johnson (James) of Houston, Roslyn Phlegm (Tommie) of Tomball and Margaret Sampson (the Rev. Herman) of Houston; three uncles, Jack Farrow, Gus Farrow and Jim Carter; two aunts, Mable Johnson and Ester Glenn; several grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral service took place Saturday, April 11 at Booker Memorial Temple Church of God in Christ with the Rev. Carl Evans, Sr. Pastor and the Rev. Mayberry officiating.

Interment was at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Earl Evans, Rodney Garcia, Robert Bryant, Steve Theiss, Jessie Theiss, Jimmie Johnson and Anthony Sampson.

Honorary pallbearers were Michael Johnson, James Sampson, Herman Sampson, Todd Hewitt and Edward Sampson.

Colorado County Citizen, April 15, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Farrow, Sarah M. (Dancy)

Sarah M. ‘Madea’ Dancy Farrow
March 15, 1913 - June 18, 2004

Sarah M. “Madea” Dancy Farrow passed away Friday, June 18, 2004.

She was born March 15, 1913 in Colorado County to Daniel and Alberta Dancy, the 13th of 14 children.

Sarah attended school in Vox Populi. She confessed Christ at an early age and united with the South Point Baptist Church where she was a faithful member until her health failed.

She united in Holy Matrimony to Gus Farrow on March 25, 1936. To this union, no children were born. They adopted and raised a baby girl, Angel L. Farrow, who they loved very much.

Preceded in death by her parents; a niece who was raised as a daughter, Earma Jean Farrow Lee; six brothers, Elvy, Whidly, Golden, Martin, Ben and Lawrence; and six sisters, Myrtle, Georgia, Pearl, Mary, Martha and Bertha; survivors include a loving husband of 68 years, Gus Farrow of Columbus; a devoted daughter, Angel L. Farrow of Houston; a brother, Jerry Dancy of Garwood and other family members and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 26, from South Point Baptist Church in Garwood with Rev. Obie Rhodes, master of ceremony.

Interment followed in Williams Paradise Cemetery in Vox Populi.

Arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were nephews, family and friends.

Honorary pallbearers were Jerry and Tim Dancy; Herbert McGrew; Arthur Dabney; Robert Scott Jr. and Rev. Truman Scott Sr.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, July 1, 2004
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Faykus, Emilia “Millie” (Marek)

Emilia “Millie” Faykus, 103, of Garwood, passed away Aug. 3 at El Campo Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Engle, Sept. 21, 1905 to Vinc and Anna (Trojacek) Marek and married Alfons G. Faykus, June 12, 1922.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters and Christian Mothers in Nada.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four sisters; and one brother.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Viola and William Zboril of Garwood; sons and daughters-in-law, Max Henry and Martha Faykus of Victoria and Preston T. and Mary Jo Faykus of El Campo; sister, Julie Pesek of Schulenburg; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 6 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Joe Vrana and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Praha.

Pallbearers were Ronald, Wesley, Robert and Emily Zboril, Jordan Faykus and Preston Faykus Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, August 11, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Fearing, Jeannine Lucille (Young)


Jeannine Lucille Young Fearing, 57, passed away Dec. 30, 2004 in Eagle Lake, where she had been a resident for more than 22 years, with her daughters and a few family and friends by her side.

Born Dec. 23, 1947 in La Marque she was one of five children born to Leo and Shirley Young. She graduated from La Marque High School and continued her education at Lamar University in Beaumont. There she earned a bachelor of science degree focusing in medical technology.

She met John Fearing while she was working at Memorial Southwest in Houston. They were later married in Minnesota where they resided for almost two years. They moved to Lockhart to purchase an interest in the Lockhart Post-Register. On Oct. 6, 1981, a new addition to the family, Amelia Janel "Amy" Fearing was born.

After only a few months they decided to move to Eagle Lake because they purchased the Eagle Lake Headlight from Eunice and Fred Frnka.

About two years later Sarah Catherine "Cathy" Fearing joined the family on Feb. 15, 1984.

Jeannine and John Fearing later divorced and Jeannine Fearing continued to run the Eagle Lake Headlight as owner/editor.

Jeannine became very supportive of the Rice High School football team and took pictures every week, no matter how far away the game was. She supported her two daughters in everything that they did and even if she wasn't able to make a specific function, due to work, they knew she loved them and could be there if the situation was different. She worked constantly and even if you happened to catch her complaining, she still got up and went to work.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring of 2001. She began treatment and went into remission for about six months. Her doctor then discovered that the cancer had metastasized to bone cancer; for which she went on treatment immediately. In the summer of 2004, while at the doctor with her daughter Cathy, she was told that she also had a small brain tumor. She went on radiation for that right away.

Unfortunately the treatments were not enough and the cancer continued to win the battle over her body. She never missed an issue of the Eagle Lake Headlight, because as she said "they will miss their news." She was stronger than her body would allow her to be. Even in the end she fought and strove to live on. Unfortunately on Dec. 30, 2004 her body failed her, but her soul lives on in the hearts and minds of her two daughters, sisters, brother, and extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her daughters; her four siblings and their spouses, Gerre and Joe Hodges of Kingsland, Janet and Donald Lancon of Cortez, Colo., Joyce and Les Boelsche of Richardson and Leo and Susan Young of Arlington; many nieces and nephews and their spouses, Adriene Lancon Tanamachi of Beaumont, Donald Lancon of Austin, Troy and Loren Hodges of Manilla, Philippians, Chris and Eva Hodges of Dallas, Ellen (Boelsche) and John Rees of Austin, Linda Boelsche of Richardson, Megan and Leo Clifford III "Trey" Young of Arlington; and numerous cousins and extended family including two of her cousins, Judy Sheridan of Columbus and Philip Cunningham of Colorado.

A loving sister, mother and friend, she was always there when you truly needed her and took control of any situation that needed to be handled. She was a proud woman, proud of her family, daughters and friends; to whom she loved and cared for, showing that in her own way. She will be greatly missed by friends and family.

Services were conducted Jan. 4 at First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Chris Thacker officiating. A small graveside service will follow at Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were her brothers-in-law, Joe Hodges, Don Lancon and Les Boelsche, nephews Troy Hodges, Donald Lancon, Chris Hodges and Trey Young, and long time friend Doug Schwemm.

Arrangements are under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or to the El Campo Hospice (a branch of Houston Hospice)

Colorado County Citizen, January 5, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Jeannine Fearing

Jeannine Lucille Young Fearing, 57, publisher of the Eagle Lake Headlight, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004 in Eagle Lake where she had been a resident for more than 22 years.

Born Dec. 23, 1947 in La Marque, she was one of five children born to Leo and Shirley Young. She graduated from La Marque High School and Lamar University in Beaumont, where she earned a BS degree focusing on medical technology.

She and her husband, John Fearing, met at Memorial Southwest Hospital and were later married in Minnesota. Two years later they moved to Lockhart to purchase an interest in the Lockhart Post-Register.

A few months later they moved to Eagle Lake where they had purchased the Eagle Lake Headlight from Eunice and Fred Frnka.

Jeannine and John Fearing later divorced and Jeannine continued to run the Eagle Lake Headlight as owner/editor.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in the spring of 2001. She began treatment and went into remission for about six months. Her doctor then discovered that the cancer had metastasized to the bone, and treatment began. In the summer of 2004 she learned that she also had a small brain tumor, and radiation began on that.

Despite battling cancer, Mrs. Fearing never missed an issue of the Eagle Lake Headlight, because as she said, “they will miss their news.”

Preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Shirley Young, she is survived by her two daughters, Amy and Cathy Fearing; sisters Gerre Hodges of Kingsland, Janet Lancon of Cortez, Colo., Joyce Boelsche of Richardson and brother Leo Young of Arlington.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005 at First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Chris Thacker officiating. A graveside service will follow at Lakeside Cemetery under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or to the El Campo Hospice.

The El Campo Leader-News online edition for Wed., 5 Jan 2005
Submitted by Matt Cross


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Felder, Linda Lou (Ford)

Linda Ford Felder
September 3, 1941 - March 23, 2003

On Sunday morning, March 23, 2003, Linda Ford Felder's Heavenly Father redeemed her reservation - which was made long ago. She took her flight on the wings of the morning dove to join all those who have gone on before her. All who knew her can receive comfort in knowing that she had made her reservation and was ready for her journey.

Born September 3, 1941 in Altair, she was the daughter of Lester D. and Magnolia Ford.

She attended Altair schools and graduated in 1959 from E. H. Henry High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Hutson Tillotson in Austin; was a Certified Medical Technologist, Veterans Administration Hospital; Post Graduate Studies at the University of Houston, Clearlake.

Felder was entrepreneur of UNIGLOBE Bay Area Travel in La Porte; supervisor and laboratory technician, Exxon, in Baytown; laboratory tech at Veterans, Ben Taub and Jefferson Davis Hospitals, Harris County Hospital District Clinic in Houston and Baytown and a substitute teacher at G. W. Carver High School in Baytown.

She later married Joseph Cephus Felder. To this union, two children were born.

She was a member of Logan Chapel United Methodist Church, McNair; St. Mark's United Methodist, La Port; President of United Methodist Women, Secretary of United Methodist Women, Houston East District, numerous church committees; Soror, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Tau Zeta Omega Chapter, UNIGLOBE Owners

Association, Treasurer, La Porte-Bayshore Chamber of Commerce, director, Baytown Resource and Assistance Center, Exxon Volunteer Involvement Program, Sisters Sipping Tea Book Club, Optimist Club, La Porte, San Jacinto College Business Dev. Program, Acres Homes Coalition of Schools, Founding member of Black Women's Awareness Club Inc., Charter member, Top Ladies of Distinction, Baytown chapter, United Way solicitor, Sickle Cell Association, Partners in Education, Kids-N-Chemistry and numerous other organizations.

After retirement, Felder purchased the UNIGLOBE Bay Area Travel Agency.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Joseph; children, Teresa Faye Felder Black and Lester James Felder; grandchildren, Chanel Dianne Felder and Bryce Joseph Black; siblings, Mella Dee McDuffie, Brenda Ford, Erma Lee Rideau, Rev. Dr. Arthur C. (Jacquie) Banks, Bernadine (Joe) Tolliver, John Wayne (Sandra) Smith, Verna Jean Ford, Jacqueline Jones, Leonard Smith; adopted sister, Jessie Banks of Garwood; aunt, Erma Mayes; great-aunts, Eva Wills and Earline Junious; in-laws, Willie Mae Phillips and Laura Eugene Henderson; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, family and friends.

Additionally, she leaves to cherish her memory a large extended family including Elsie Eames, Annie Pearl White, Cisselon Nichols-Hurd and numerous others. Also nieces and nephews include Melvin Carter, Yolanda Hemphill, Raymond Ford, Renee and Susie Smith; cousins, Leona Smith and Trula Garner; and special family friend, Frauké Bartels. [Interment in Williams Paradise Cemetery]

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 17, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Felts, James E.

Mr. Jas. Felts, a relative of Mrs. J. J. Armstrong, died the first of the week at the Santa Rosa hospital in San Antonio, from the effects of injuries received several months ago in being knocked from a freight train by the railroad bridge at Columbus, he being a brakeman at the time. His remains were brought here Thursday evening, and laid to rest in the Weimar cemetery. Peace to his ashes.

Weimar Mercury, November 3, 1894, page 2

Felty, Joseph Dungen

Joseph Dungen Felty, 16, a Houston high school student, died Wednesday, April 27, 1994, in Houston.

Born Aug. 22, 1977, he was the of Ronald L. and Yeola Jo (Dungen) Felty. Joseph was a member of the Waltrip High School Football team and was manager of the baseball team. He was also active with the Child Care Lab at Waltrip and a member of St. rose of Lima Catholic Church in Houston.

Funeral Services were held Saturday, April 30, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with Father Steve Laliberte and Father Dan Morales officiating. Interment followed in St Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus. Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Dwain Dungen , Dodie Dungen, Ken Sly, John Amour, Tony Zucarrini and Ted Smastrla. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Waltrip High School baseball team.

He is survived by his parents of Houston; his brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Lee Ann Felty of Houston; grandparents, Joe and Leola Dungen, Columbus; grandmother, Eleanor Felty of Houston and numerous other relatives and friends.

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

Fendley, E. D. "Red"

E.D. 'Red' Fendley

Mar. 29, 1913 – Feb.  15, 1995

E.D. "Red" Fendley, 81, of Eagle Lake, passed away on Wednesday, February 15,1995, at 1:35 a.m. at Eagle Lake Community Hospital.  He was born on March 29, 1913, in Ellinger to John Walter and Georgie Lee Holliday Fendley.

Fendley was a graduate of Richmond High School, Class of 1934, and had resided in the Katy-Brookshire area most of his life where he was engaged in rice farming and ranching.  He was a member and faithful servant of the First Baptist Church of Brookshire and had resided in Eagle Lake for the past two years.  He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary and his twin, Merle; brothers, George and Clarence Fendley.  Survivors include his wife Thelma Estelle Stahl Fendley of Eagle Lake; sister  Anita Schmidt, of Freeport; brothers, Ernest and Pete Fendley both of Sugarland; sister-in-law, Marie Cooper of Eagle Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews which include Anna Mae Wiese and Harvey Cooper of Eagle Lake.  Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 18, at 10:30 a.m. from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with Rev. Richard Rogers,  Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Brookshire, officiating. Funeral services were under the direction of  Dulany  Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.  Pallbearers were David Wiese, Henry Stahl, Bill and John Schmidt, Gary Henneke and Dan Boren.  Honorary pallbearers were Dan Young, Ed Schanner, Andrew Highrabedian, Milford Dollar, Willie Ivy, Joe Wood, Howard Wiese and Deacons from the First Baptist Church of Brookshire.  Memorials may be made to die First Baptist Church of Brookshire, P.O. Box 190, Brookshire, Texas 77423.  Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.  [Interred in Myrtle Cemetery.]

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

Fendley, Thelma Estelle (Stahl)

Thelma Estelle Stahl Fendley

February 28,1916 - February 7,1998

Thelma Estelle Stahl Fendley, 81, of Eagle Lake, passed away at 3:20 p.m. Saturday, February 7, 1998, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Eagle Lake.

She was born February 28, 1916, in Yoakum to Lee I. and Emma Crosby Stahl.

She was raised and attended school in Rock Island, graduating from Eagle Lake High School with the Class of 1935.

She and Earl D. "Red" Fendley were married in Richmond August24, 1939; a union that lasted 56 years until his death in 1995.

Fendley was a resident of the Brookshire area most of her life. That was where her husband farmed and she led a distinguished career in nursing. She worked in doctors' offices for many years, then nursing homes in the area before retiring.

She was a member and faithful servant of the First Baptist Church of Brookshire and a resident of Eagle Lake for the past five years.

Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Elmer and John Henry Stahl.

Survivors include her sisters, Marie Cooper of Eagle Lake and Emma Lee Newman of Marysville, California; niece, Anna Mae Wiese and husband, Donnie, of Eagle Lake; nephews, Harvey Cooper and wife, Judy, of Eagle Lake and Rev. Henry Lee Stahl of Oakmulgee, Oklahoma; sisters-in-law, Billie Stahl Walker of Porter, Oklahoma, and Anita Fendley Schmidt of Freeport; brother-in-law, Ernest Fendley of Sugar Land; great nieces; nephews; other relatives and loved ones.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, February 10, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with her nephew, Rev. Henry Lee Stahl, pastor of Freewill Baptist Church of Oakmulgee, officiating.

Serving as soloist was Barbara Kosclskie and organist, Carol Joyce Ripper.

Interment followed in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.
Dulany Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were David Wiese, Bobby Marsalia, C.J. "Charlie" Schoppa; Noble Anderson, Vic Corman and Donnie Wiese.

Honorary pallbearers were Joe Woods, Willie Ivy, Milford Dollar, Dan Young, Ed Schanner, Andrew Highrabedian, Dr. Bob Stout, Dan Boren and Howard Wiese.

Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 190, Brookshire, Texas 77423.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, Page 4, Thursday, February 12,1998
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Ferguson, Elmo Ware “Bill”


Elmo Ware “Bill” Ferguson, 79, of Liberty, passed away July 26 in Park Plaza Hospital in Houston.

He was born March 1, 1927 in Houston to Elmo Ware Ferguson Sr. and Marjorie Etie Ferguson and graduated from Jeff Davis High School in Houston. He served in the armed forces during World War II. He married Baby Ruth Hill on Sept. 3, 1948 in Columbus.

He owned Trico Fishing and Rental Tools Co. in Liberty since 1964 and actively operated this business until his recent illness. He supported the Trinity Valley Exposition, St. Joseph's Hospital in Houston, and many other charitable causes. He didn't have many typical hobbies, as work and family were his hobbies, his enjoyment, and his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Marshall Ware Ferguson; brothers, Gerald Gerome Ferguson and S.T. Ferguson; and sister, Katherine Ware Lipani.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Becky Moss and husband, Alan; brother, Edgar Ferguson and wife, Louise; sisters, Esther Willie Croan and Ida Mae Caraway; sister-in-law, Betty Jo Seifert and husband, Buddy; grandchildren, Bart Alan Moss and wife, Kalicia, Eric Dale Moss, Andrew Thomas Moss, and Madison Elizabeth Ferguson; great-grandchildren, Krissy Marie Moss, Kirsten Ann Moss, Brett Kaitlyn Moss; and longtime secretary and extended family member Dana Campbell.

Funeral services were July 29 at the Allison Funeral Service Chapel in Liberty with the Rev. Jimmy Clemmons officiating. Interment followed at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, August 2, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Ferguson, James Cleveland

Died, in this city, Wednesday night last, James Cleveland, the 4-months’-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ferguson, after a brief illness, of some childish complaint. The remains were laid to rest Thursday afternoon in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved parents in their sad loss.

Weimar Mercury, April 15, 1893, page 3

Ferguson, Katie

It is our unpleasant duty to record the death of little Katie Ferguson, the three-year-old daughter of Henry Ferguson. She died of croup the 21st of Dec. At the time of her death her father was at Beeville. A telegram was sent him, but we are sorry to say that he was in bed quite sick and unable to come. In fact on account of his sickness he was unable to return to Weimar till last Monday. The remains of the little girl were buried in the Odd Fellows’ graveyard the day after her death, Dec. 22nd. THE MERCURY extends sympathy to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, January 3, 1891

Ferguson, Willie G.

Rites Held Here For Paris Victim of Scooter Mishap

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 4, for Airman Third Class Willie G. Ferguson, 21, who was fatally injured in a motor scooter accident in Paris, France on July[sic] 19.

A son of Grant and Ethel Ferguson of Weimar, he was a lifelong resident of this area until entering the service and was a graduate of Karl Downs High School. He had served in the Air Force 2 years and 4 months, including a year and 8 months overseas.

Survivors in addition to his parents include 7 sisters, Mrs. Inie Mae Weeks, Mrs. Estella Williams, Mrs. Vera Lee Sheppard, Mrs. Adell Polk, and Zelma Ferguson, all of San Antonio, Mrs. Clara Mae Johnson of Los Angeles and Joan Ferguson here; and 2 brothers Sylvester Ferguson of San Antonio and Lonnie Ferguson of here.

Services were held in St. James AME Church, with burial in Good Hope Cemetery. Rev. A. R. Nelson presented the Eulogy. Rev. G. A. Williams and Rev. P. D. Saddler also took part in the service.

Weimar Mercury, July 10, 1959, page 1

Fernandez, Elena (Mendoza)

Mrs. Elena Mendoza Fernandez

Mrs. Elena Mendoza Fernandez. 104, of Eagle Lake, died February 22 at her daughter’s home in Thrall (near Taylor) following a sudden illness. She was born on August 18, 1883 in a small town in the Rio Grande Valley near what is now Falcon Lake. Her parents were Anastacio and Conception Racindez Mendoza. She moved to Eagle Lake with her parents before the turn of the century and had lived here most all of her life.

The remains of Mrs. Fernandez were taken to Mission Bautista of Eagle Lake where she laid in state until funeral services at noon Thursday, Feb. 25, Rev. Roger Rodriguez officiated at the services. Burial followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Dulaney Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of arrangements.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus A. Fernandez, 1936; parents, nine children and three brothers.

Survivors include four daughters, Guadalupe Lopez of San Antonio, Anita Mesa of Edna, Rita Sanchez of Thrall, Conception Escobedo of California; three sons, Fred Fernandez of California, Ralph Fernandez of Rosenberg and Ramundo Fernandez of Eagle Lake; 42 grandchildren, 84 great grandchildren; 23 great great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, and other relatives.

Her grandsons served as active and honorary pallbearers. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 3, 1988

Fernandez, Fernando M.

Fernando M. Fernandez
May 5, 1912 - April 19, 2004

Fernando M. Fernandez, 92, of Eagle Lake, passed away Monday, April 19, 2004, at his residence following a sudden illness.

Born May 5, 1912 in Colorado County, he was the son of Jesus Fernandez and Elena Mendoza Fernandez.

He lived most of his life in San Francisco, California, led a career in the dry cleaning industry and returned to Eagle Lake in 1996.

He was member of Getsemani Iglesia Bautista of Eagle Lake.

Survivors include sisters, Anita Mesa of Edna and Conception Fernandez of California; nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

A Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, from Getsemani Iglesia Bautista.

Funeral services will follow at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 22, with Rev. Mario Vasquez, Pastor, officiating.

Burial will follow in Lakeside Cemetery of Eagle Lake

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, April 22, 2004
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Fernandez, Raymond “Coos”


Raymond “Coos” Fernandez, 76, of Eagle Lake, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 1995 in Eagle Lake.

Born March 15, 1919, near Garwood, he was the son of Jesus A. and Elena (Mendoza) Fernandez. A lifelong resident of the area, Mr. Fernandez was retired after a career in local sand and gravel quarries. He was a U. S. Army veteran who served in World War II and a member of the Inglesia Bastista Getsemani in Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were held Sept. 3 at Iglesia Bastista Getsemani with Rev. Mario Vasquez officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake under the auspices of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8783. Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, was in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were David Sosa, Jesse Yanez, Rupert Contreras, Greg Contreras, Frank Valdez and Ruben Mesa.

Mr. Fernandez is survived by his daughter, Elena Fernandez of Victoria; son Isabel Gonzales of Columbus; sisters Guadalupe Lopez of San Antonio, Anita Mesa of Edna, Rita Sanchez of Eagle Lake and Conception Escohedo of California; and a brother, Fernando Fernandez of San Francisco, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Ralph, Jesse, Luis, Paul and Eduardo; and a son, Raymond Fernandez Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, September 6, 1995, page 12

Fernwood, Mabel

Mabel Fernwood, an unfortunate woman,died here Monday night, after an illness of several months’ duration. She was buried Tuesday afternoon in the city cemetery. But little is know of her past. While a resident of this city although the life she led was not above reproach, she was known as a very kind-hearted, good woman. Whether or not she was more sinned against than sinning we cannot tell. Let God be the judge. Requiescat in pace.

Weimar Mercury, March 26, 1892

Ferrel, Gabriela Alexis


Gabriela Alexis Ferrel, age 8 of Eagle Lake, died on Saturday, June 17, 2006. She was born on June 24, 1997 in Houston, Texas to Christina Ferrel and William Cuellar. She is survived by her parents; sisters, Britany and Casandra Ferrel; brother, Eric Allen Cuellar; great grandparents, Benina Ferrel and Josephina Sandoval; grandparents, Aristeo Ferrel and Maria Rosa Ferrel, Maria Cuellar and Mario Vega; and also many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Visitation was held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 in the chapel of Forest Park Westheimer. Interment followed in Forest Park Westheimer Cemetery.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 22nd, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Ferrel, Nellie

Sheridan News

March 9.--Since my last letter appeared in the Mercury Miss Nellie Ferrell, an aged spinster residing with her sister, Mrs. Maggie Powell near here, died and was buried in the cemetery at Cheetham. She has lived here for years, and was a devout christian lady, and had many friends who grieve because of her death. To the bereaved relatives we extend our deepest sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, March 13, 1914

Ferrell, Fannie



The people of this community were greatly shocked Sunday morning when the news was flashed over the city that Mrs. Fannie Ferrell had suddenly passed away. Mrs. Ferrell had not been in robust health for a number of years, but no one had an inkling that Death hovered so near. She was noted at church during the recent Methodist revival and while in rather feeble condition, no one realized that the end for her was so near at hand. The end came peacefully and with scarcely a struggle. Sunday School at the Methodist Church had just been started, but upon announcement that Mrs. Ferrell was dead, it was adjourned and many of the attendants went over to extend condolence and offer their services. The body was prepared for burial and Monday afternoon was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery in the presence of a large gathering of mourning relatives and friends of this most estimable lady. Rev. J. C. Wilson, Methodist pastor, performed the burial service.

Mrs. Ferrell was born May 23, 1849, at Macon, Baker county, Georgia. She came to Texas at the age of 3 years, settling with her parents a short distance south of Weimar and lived there and in this city continuously up to the time of her death. She joined the Methodist Church at an early age and lived a consistent, christian life ever afterward. She was a daughter of the late Elizabeth and John Tooke and was married to J H Ferrell Oct. 22, 1869. Two children survive--Mrs. H. Brasher, Sr., and Miss Kate Ferrell, both of this city also four grandchildren, and seven sisters, namely: Mrs. Bettie Kindred of Columbus, Mrs. L. D. Herndon of Houston, Mrs. M. A. Tooke of Lockhart, Mr. G. G. Nolen and Mrs. Smma[sp] Stockton of Louise, Mrs. Nannie Rhodes and Miss Callie Tooke of Fort Worth.

Mrs. Ferrell was a most estimable, popular lady, one who endeared herself to all by her gentle disposition and interest in the welfare of all those with whom she came in contact. She took great interest in church work, and up to the time when her health failed was an active worker in the Master’s cause. She was a devoted mother, and greatly beloved by neighbors and friends wherever known. Her death is sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, June 16, 1922, page 1

Ferrell, Johnnie N. “Hop”

Died--In Weimar, on last Saturday the 5th inst., Johnnie N., son of Mrs. Fannie Ferrill. He was buried in the Weimar cemetery on last Sunday eve. We extend to the mother our sympathies in her sad bereavement.

La Grange Journal, June 10, 1886

Ferrell, Joseph H.


It is with sadness we are called upon to announce the death of another one of our valuable citizens. J. H. Ferrell died at home in this city, Wednesday evening last, at 4 o’clock, the 21st inst. Mr. Ferrell leaves a widow and three little children, and a host of fiends to mourn his loss. His remains were laid to rest Thursday evening last in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, by the brethren of Thos. Q. Mullin Lodge, No 1500, K. of H., of this place, of which he was a member. See resolutions respecting his death elsewhere in this issue.
Died at his residence, in Weimar, May 21, 1884, after a painful illness, Mr. Joe Ferrell. As a more extended obituary notice of the worthy dead is doubtless intended, I propose a few lines only as a personal tribute to his memory. Mr. Ferrell wa s a man in whom were combined all the elements that make ups [sic] truly noble and dignified manhood. He was a gentleman. No dark shadows shall fall upon his past. He was a husband of purest type, a father of tenderest affection, and a citizen whom every good man loved. He was a firm believer in the Holy Bible and in our Lord Jesus Christ, and a warm though undemonstrative adherent of the M. E. Church South. In the death of Joe Ferrell, the family has sustained an irreparable loss and Weimar and the county one of the best men.
M. G. Jenkins
[Interment in Weimar Odd Fellow Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, May 29, 1884

Ferrell, Kate

Final Rites for Miss Kate Ferrell, 82, Held Monday

Funeral services for Miss Kate Ferrell, 82, who died at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, May 18, in Youens Hospital after a long illness, were held Monday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home.

Rev. Howard L. MacAllister, Methodist pastor officiated. Interment was in Masonic Cemetery.

A lifelong resident of the Weimar area, she was a member of the Methodist Church and the Woman's Society of Christian Service in that church.

Born Oct. 31, 1875, on a farm four miles south of Weimar, she was a daughter of Joe H. and Fannie Ferrell. The family moved to town when Miss Kate was a small child and after the death of her mother in 1922 she made her home with her sister, Mrs. H. Brasher Sr.

Mrs. Brasher is her only immediate survivor. A brother died as a youth.

Pallbearers for the services were Chas. Ammann, Milton Booth, Jack Montgomery, Bill Hopper, Frank Smith, F. O. Boettcher, Ben Holt and Clay Doyle.

Weimar Mercury, May 23, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Feyrer, Edward C.


Weimar, Texas, February 16.--One of the soldier boys who went down on the Tuscania was Edward C. Feyrer, son of a widow, Mrs. Johanna Feyrer, who lives on the W. E. Burford farm near this city. Mrs. Feyrer is the mother of five sons, and of these one, William, is already in France, another, Frank, is in England, Edward, the one lost on the Tuscania; Primus, in training at San Antonio, and one son at home, although he is expected to go in the next call. Mrs. Feyrer is of German descent, but no more loyal lady exists anywhere. The name of her son, Edward, was erroneously listed as from Weinert, Texas.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 23, 1918


All doubt as to the fate of Edward Feyrer, the soldier son of Mrs. Johanna Feyrer, who was on the ill fated Tuscania, recently sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine, was dispelled Tuesday morning, when the government authorities officially notified the mother that her son was among those lost. In the loss of her son, one of the first of our boys to meet a watery grave through the cowardly methods of the German submarine, Mrs. Feyrer has the sincere sympathy of all our people.

Weimar Mercury, March 1. 1918

Feyrer, Jaynice Helen (Ulbricht)

Jaynice Feyrer Services Held In Weimar

Jaynice Helen Feyrer, 63, died Feb. 16, of cancer at River Oaks Convalescent Center in Columbus.

Funeral services were held February 17 at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar, with Reverend Skip Sirnic officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Feyrer was born Jan. 24, 1933, to Hugo and Elsie (Stech) Ulbricht in Colorado County. She married Joseph Stanley Feyrer on November 18, 1950. They were lifelong residents of Houston.

She was a member of the New Bielau Ladies Aid at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Feyrer was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph; her daughter, Linda McCaffrey; her son, Howard Wayne Feyrer; a sister, Gladys Brewer; a brother, Marvin Ulbricht; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Leroy Rosenauer, a friend; Marv Ulbricht, Raymond Brewer, and Matt Benton, nephews; and Daniel Ulbricht and Gilbert Stech, cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society and /or the Hospice Association at Bryan or Brenham.

The Weimar Mercury, February 22, 1996
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Feyrer, Marie A.

Tragic Error Causes Death of Daughter

A favorite of the entire section where she lived, pretty 7-year old Marie Feyrer, daughter of Osage residents, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Feyrer, died Saturday morning, victim of tragic error.

Ailing from a minor sickness which had been accompanied by fever, the parents of the 7-year-old child obtained from the medicine cabinet capsules which they thought contained quinine. Shortly after the young girl had taken the "medicine" she was seized with convulsions.

The "quinine," it was discovered, was strychnine.

Called too late, a Weimar physician's efforts were futile.

Funeral services were held from the family residence Sunday afternoon, the Rev. J. O. Palmer of Weimar officiating. [Buried Osage Cemetery]

To the sorrowing parents, family members and relatives the publishers extend their most sincere sympathy in the untimely loss of their daughter and sister.

Weimar Mercury, 20 January 1939
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Feyrer, Martha (Manofsky)

Funeral Services for Martha Feyrer of Weimar were held June 25 at Hubbard Funeral Chapel. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Ernest Dean Jr. officiated.

Mrs. Feyrer died June 22 at Columbus hospital.  She was 87 years of age.

She was born April 12, 1893 in Fayette County, the daughter of Joseph and Annie Munster Manofsky.  She was married to Stanley Feyrer in Colorado County in December, 1919.  She resided in the Weimar area all of her life.

Survivors include one son, Joseph of Houston; one daughter, Adela Stewart of Waco, four sisters, Mrs. Ernestine Billeck of Weimar, Mrs. Annie Muzny of El Campo, Mrs. Lidia Feyrer of Houston and Mrs. Elizabeth Dahse of Houston, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Edwin Haidusek, Joe Adamcik, Daniel Ulbricht, John Hajovsky, Otto Kahlden Jr. and Kervy Kahlden.

Colorado County Citizen, July 3, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Feyrer, Stanley L.

Stroke Fatal to Stanley Feyrer, 74, Buried Saturday

Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home Saturday afternoon, August 15, for Stanley Feyrer, 74-year-old Osage farmer who died Thursday after a stroke.

Rev. Frank Horak of Weimar United Church of Christ officiated. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Feyrer had entered Heights Hospital in Houston two weeks earlier for a cataract operation, and suffered his first stroke while he was in the hospital. He was moved to Colonial Rest Home in Schulenburg, where he died two days later.

Born Nov. 1, 1889, at Praha, Fayette County, he was the son of Joseph and Johanna Feyrer. He married Miss Martha Manofsky at Columbus on Dec. 18, 1918, and they settled in the Weimar area, where they had lived since.

Mrs. Feyrer survives, along with one son, Joseph R. Feyrer of Houston; one daughter, Mrs. Johnny E. Stewart of Waco; three brothers, Primus A. Fryrer of Theodore, Ala., Frank Feyrer of Lufkin and Rudolph Feyrer of San Antonio; and one sister, Mrs. Mary Franke of Westhoff.

A daughter, Marie Ann Feyrer, died at the age of 8. Also preceding him in death were two brothers, Edward and William Feyrer; and a half-sister, Mrs. Mary Langhammer of Schulenburg.

Pallbearers were Fred Manofsky, James Vauhn, Fritz Poppe, Alvin Langhammer, Johnnie Feyrer and David Barnard.

Weimar Mercury August 20, 1964

Feyrer, William Thomas

W. T. Feyrer, 56, Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for William Thomas Feyrer, 56, of Houston, former Weimar resident, were held Sunday afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Home here, with interment in the City Cemetery.

Mr. Feyrer, a medical corps veteran of World War I, during which he served 20 months overseas, died in the Naval hospital in Houston last Saturday, April 15.

A native of Praha, Texas, he was born February 27, 1894. He married Miss Lydia Manofsky, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Manofsky of Osage, and they lived first in San Antonio and later in Weimar for about three years. In 1929 they moved to Houston, where he was in the cafe business for 15 years before retiring.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter, Mrs. Joe Cirtaus of Houston; four brothers, Frank F. of Houston, Rudolph and Primus of San Antonio, and Stanley of Weimar; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Franke of Westhoft and Mrs. John Langhammer of Schulenburg; and two grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, April 24, 1950, page 1

Fiala, Matka Anna (Kunetka)

Former Resident Here, Mrs. Fiala, Succumbs at 91

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Fiala, 91, of Blessing, former Weimar resident, were held Thursday May 17, in Triska Funeral Chapel with Rev. Gordon Hejl of Rosenberg officiating. Interment was in Masonic Cemetery at Weimar.

Born April 24, 1871, in Austria, she was the daughter of Joe and Anna Barton Kunetka., She was two years old when her parents and family came to America and settled in Fayette County, where she spent her childhood. In 1890 she married Joe Fiala and the couple lived in the Weimar community for 10 years. They moved to Wharton county and settled in the Taiton community, where they lived for 46 years. When her husband died in 1946, Mrs. Fiala moved to Blessing to make her home with her granddaughter, Mrs. Ed. Baras, for the remainder of her life.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Albina Jurasek of Louise; two sons, John and Ed of El Campo, one sister, Mrs. Mary Barta of Weimar; 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, May 25, 1962, page 4

Ficklen, John F.

Mr. John F. Ficklen died at two o’clock Wednesday morning, July 4th, at the residence of Dr. F. O. Norris. Mr. Ficklen was an old and honored citizen of Eagle Lake, having been a merchant and extensive property owner here many years ago. For the past fifteen years he has resided in Waco; having returned to Eagle Lake at the beginning of the present year for the purpose of engaging in the rice culture. His health had been failing rapidly for some months and his demise was not unexpected. His wife and two sons, John F. Jr. and Irving, survive him. [Place of interment unknown] Eagle Lake Advertiser

Weimar Mercury, July 14, 1900

Fiedler, Arthur

Final Rites for Arthur Fielder, 72, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Arthur Fiedler, 72, resident of Weimar for 32 years, were held Sunday at Hubbard Funeral Home with the Rev. Frank H. Horal Jr. officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Fiedler died Thursday, Nov. 11, at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, where he had been under treatment two weeks for a brain tumor. He had been ill about a month.

Born Jan. 10, 1883 in Germany, son of Mr. and Mrs. Armand Fiedler, he was a grocer in that country before emigrating to America. He married Miss Helen Emma Lichey in 1909 and they came here in 1923, settling at Weimar. Mr. Fiedler was a member of the Evangelical & Reform Church.

His widow is his only immediate survivor.

Pallbearers were six nephews; Ernest Lichey, Rudolph Lichey, Robert Lichey, Henry Menke, Ed Tiechman and Raymond Dunn.

The Weimar Mercury, November 18, 1955
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Field, Benjamin S.

The Passing of B. S. Field, 82, Is Mourned Here

Death closed the book of life for B. S. Field, 82, Wednesday morning at dawn after a lingering illness. The final chapter was one of heroic struggle against an incurable malady. His health failed two years ago and during the past five months he had never left his bed.

Mr. Filed was born in Indiana, December 18, 1861. In early childhood he moved with his parents to Shelbyville, Illinois, and resided there until his decision to make Texas his home. He located in Colorado County at Rock Island, and later moved to Eagle Lake. His death marked 47 years residence in this county, thirty years of the time spent in Eagle Lake.

He was married to Miss Mary Alice Stewardson on New Year's Day 1885. Surviving from this union are two daughters, Mrs. Emmett McCaleb of Galveston and Mrs. C. K. Brodhage of Eagle Lake. One granddaughter, Mrs. Tom Harrington, and one great granddaughter, Mari Lee Harrington, who have been making their home here for some time while Capt. Harrington is overseas. Other survivors include a brother, K. H. Field of Kalispel, Montana, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Brief but impressive funeral services were conducted Thursday morning from the Mill Funeral Home by his pastor, the Rev. J. W. Griffin, assisted by the Rev. Amos Watkins of the Mission Church. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery by the side of his wife who preceded him to the grave thirteen years ago. A beloved granddaughter, Melva McCaleb-Ney also preceded him to the grave in 1933.

Casket attendants were N. C. Ney, W. C. Reed, H. Lee Johnson, Winn Pool, E. H. Rogers and J. H. McCreary.

Mr. Field was a devout and loyal member of the Methodist Church having served in an official capacity over a long period of years, and he always took an active interest in all of its work. He was of the most faithful of his church's membership. After becoming too ill to attend the sessions of the church governing board he was named to honorary memberships of the Board of Stewards.

He was placed at rest under a coverlet of summer time blossoms. He passed gently and peacefully away surrounded by his immediate family circle to whom he was devoted. The love and esteem which his life won for him is written in the hearts of the many sorrowing friends. He was a highly valued man and citizen. 

The Headlight joins the hosts of friends in extending sympathy to his dear ones in the passing of their loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight July 21, 1944
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Fields, Earnest Lee "Sonny"

Earnest Lee “Sonny” Fields

Earnest Lee “Sonny” Fields Sr., 65, of Eagle Lake passed away June 6 at the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.

He was born in Eagle Lake on Oct. 23, 1943 to John Eddie “Dewey” Fields and Mattie (Lewis) Fields.

He was a lifetime resident of Eagle Lake and a Lower Colorado River Authority pump operator for 22 years.

He graduated from E.H. Henry High School in Eagle Lake and attended Prairie View A&M University.

He married Barbara Smith Fields March 10, 1963.

He was a Deacon at Friendship Baptist Church in Eagle Lake.

He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Lester Smith; and sister-in-law, Jennifer Barrow.

He is survived by his wife; mother; daughters, Patricia James and husband, Roderick, Lisa Fields and Stefanie Fields, Ericka Wright and husband John and Valarie Fields all of Eagle Lake and Ellana Brown and husband Curtis of Virginia Beach, Va.; sons, Melvin R. Carter and wife Bertina of Vox Populi, Earnest Lee Fields, Jr. of Eagle Lake and Eddie L. Fields and wife Youlanda of Beaumont; sister, Veola Spann of Oxnard, Calif.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Stanley Smith, Lewis Smith (Pam), Debra Smith, Gene Smith (Jackie), Paul Smith (Prince), Paulette Lowe and John Smith; 28 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services took place Saturday, June 13 at Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Coby Shorter Jr. officiating. Interment followed at Eagle Lake Cemetery North.

Pallbearers were Terrance Carter, Ian Hargrove, Dennis and Victor Davis, Larry Haynes, Ralph Hurd, Robert Frazier and Michael Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were the E.H. Henry Class of 1962 and the L.C.R.A. retirees and staff.

Colorado County Citizen, June 16, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Fields, James Loyd


James Loyd Fields, 76, passed into eternal rest on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.

Born in Columbus, Fields was the only child of James and Mae Lily (Winn) Fields. He graduated from high school and joined the U.S. Air Force shortly thereafter. He served for nearly 22 years and retired as a technical sergeant in 1969.

After military service, Fields joined Allstate Insurance Company, from which he retired in 1993. He was also a 32 Deg. Mason, and held the office of treasurer for the Harris Lodge 16, in San Jose, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son Timothy and various other family members.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret E. of San Jose, Calif.; son, Darryl of Tracy; daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa and Dale Turner of Long Beach, and Carole and Jose) Sinang of San Jose, Calif.; his newest grandchild, "JJ", Joseph James, is also his namesake and Timothy James, Yesinia, Andrea Fields and their children. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church on Saturday Nov. 17, in Campbell, Calif. and Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Burial followed at Columbus City Cemetery in Columbus with full military honors by the U.S. Air Force.

Those wishing to make memorial donations may direct them to Second Harvest Food Bank, 705 Curtner Ave., San Jose, CA 95125-2218 in Field's memory.

Colorado County Citizen, November 28, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Fields, Mae Lillie (Winn)

Mae Lillie Fields

Funeral services for Mae Lillie Fields, 79, of Columbus were held Saturday afternoon from St.Paulo United Methodist Church in Columbus, Rev. Austin Frederick officiated.

Interment was in thye City Cemetery under the directioin of Ben Davis Funeral Home, Inc.

Mrs. Fields died Wednesday Jan. 13, at the Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Colorado County on Dec. 5, 1902, the daughter of Booker and Paralee Winn.

She was married to James Fields, who preceded her in death in 1961.

Mrs. Fields was a member of St. Paul United: Methodist Church.

She is survived by one son, James L. Fields of San Jose, Calif.; one brother, Wesley Winn of Houston; five grandchildren; and various nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, January 21, 1981, page 2

Fietsam, Catherine (Laux)

A death that caused much sadness in our city occurred yesterday (Friday) morning at 5:10 o’clock. Mrs. Katharine Fietsam, beloved wife of Mr. Jos. G. Fietsam, passing away to that other and better world above, after a painful illness of eight week’s duration. In her death Weimar looses a good citizen, relatives and friend, a loved and faithful companion. She was an estimable lady, possessed of a legion of friends wherever known, and her death has caused many hearts to be bowed down with sorrow. Mrs. Fietsam was born March 28, 1831, in Elz, Dukedom of Nassau, Germany; was a daughter of P. Laux; emigrated to Texas in the fall of 1845; and she and her husband have lived in Weimar for many years. Her death was caused from catarrh of the stomach, aggravated by an attack of dengue fever. At the time of her death she was 66 1/2 years old. She leaves a grief-stricken husband and several sons and daughters to mourn her death. The funereal will take place at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery west of town today (Saturday) at 10 a.m. Friends and acquaintances of the family are respectfully invited to attend same.

Our sincere condolence is extended the family in their irreparable loss.

Weimar Mercury, October 2, 1897, page 8

Fietsam, Emma


Funeral services for Miss Emma Fietsam, 71, resident of Weimar for the past 53 years, whose death occurred here Friday at 12:15 p.m., were held Sunday with Requiem Mass observed by Rev. Louis Blinka. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemtery]

Miss Fietsam was a native of Bluff, near La Grange, and moved to Weimar, along with her parents in 1887. Widely known throughout this section, she was an early employe of the Weimar post office and for many years was a part-owner and employe of one of Weimar’s drug stores. She made her home here with her sister, Mrs. Bertha Tell, at whose residence she expired.

An additional survivor is another sister, Mrs. Mary Hilden of Shiner. There are also a number of nephews and nieces.

Pall bearers were six nephews, Joe and Roy Fietsam, Oscar Schindler, Edgar Banse, Clarence and Arthur Munke.

“Miss Emma”, as she was known to many here, had scores of friends throughout this area and in the passing of this good woman, Weimar has lost a good citizen and one who will be long remembered by those who knew her.

To sorrowing survivors, the Mercury staff extends sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, May 3, 1940, page 1

Fietsam, Henry P.

Weimar Local Matters

One of the most horrible of all murders and robberies was committed between the hours of 11 and 12 o’clock on the night of Monday, August 15, 1892, and is recorded among the black deeds perpetrated at Weimar. It seems some deep-dyed villain, intent on robbery, entered the north window of Mr. H. P. Fietsam’s residence by cutting the blind and raising the latch--passed through the parlor, rifled the secretary in the bed room, then safely crept to the head of the bed where lay asleep Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. Fietsam, felt under the pillow and succeeded in removing his purse (containing currency and gold) and pistol. It is supposed that at that time Mr. Fietsam was aroused and attempted to raise his head when the dastardly villain--right in Fietsam’s own residence in his own bedroom, by the side of his own beloved wife, with his own pistol--shot and immediately killed one of the best citizens of Weimar. The ball took effect in the top of the head, blowing out his brains, and killed Mr. F. instantly. The wife was aroused by the shot and says the heartless murderer fired another shot, evidently intended for her, but missed her and buried itself in the calf of the right leg of the murdered man. The perpetrator of the terrible deed removed the money from the purse, dropped the purse on the floor near the bed, made his escape the same way he entered, dropping the pistol on the outside of the window; and also in his hurry dropped a $5 gold piece. Officers Hatch York, Joda Shiver, Sheriff Townsend and Sam Rees were soon on hand, and will do everything in their power to bring the guilty scoundrel to justice. The remains of Henry P. Fietsam were interred in the family lot in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Tuesday evening, under the auspices of Weimar Lodge No 13, Herman Soehne, of which he was ex-president, followed by a large concourse of relatives and deeply sympathizing citizens. The CITIZEN condoles with the deeply distressed family in the untimely loss of their protector and best friend.

Colorado Citizen, August 18, 1892
Contributed by Deborah Smith


A dispatch from Weimar to the San Antonio Express last Saturday reads as follows:

"Henry R. Michalke, a well-to-do citizen of Weimar, was arrested here this evening by Sheriff Sam Rees and carried to the Columbus jail charged with the murder of Henry Feitsam [sic.] at this place several years ago. The murder has been wrapped in mystery. Michalke has since the murder married the widow of the murdered man. The alleged evidence is kept secret."

Briefly told the circumstances of the killing for which Michalke stands charged are as follows: About five years ago Henry Feitsam, a saloon and hotel man and former postmaster of Weimar, was killed as he lay in bed with his wife by his side. The murderer entered the house and shot Feitsam with his own pistol--a 38-cililbre (sic) Smith and Wesson. The ball entered the back of the head and lodged in the throat. A second bullet burned Mrs. Feitsam's night dress. Her screams called in the neighbors who found where the murderer had jumped out of the window and traced him for a long distance, but finally lost the trail. A freight train passed through town about the time of the killing and it was thought that the murderer caught the train and went to Columbus. Henry Michalke, upon whom suspicion rested, was a ginner and beer agent. A short time after this his wife died under suspicious circumstances. He then married Mrs. Feitsam.

The progress of the case will be watched with great interest.

Shiner Gazette, September 8, 1897, Page 4
Contributed by Deborah Smith

Fietsam, Joseph George

In chronicling the death of Mr. Joseph G. Fietsam, which occurred at the family residence Tuesday afternoon at 5:30, the Mercury editor has a sad duty to perform, for “Uncle Joe,” as he was known to many, was one of the staunchest, best friends the writer has ever possessed. Mr. Fietsam was inclined to be of retiring disposition, made more so during the latter years of his life by reason of his infirmities, but to those who knew him intimately he was the soul of genialty[sic] and good fellowship. Oftentimes in years gone by he was wont to drop in at the Mercury office and have a friendly chat, and we are not exaggerating when we say that the editor enjoyed his companionship, for there was a sincerity about Mr. Fietsam that drew people to him in strong bonds of friendship. He was honest, honorable in every dealing, and a man of most upright character in every respect. Those who knew and loved him feel keenly the loss occasioned through the death of this grand, good old gentleman. He was postmaster at this place for a number of years in years gone by, and served the public acceptably and well. The latter years of his life were marred by ill health, and he suffered greatly, but bore up under same patiently and with great fortitude. The remains were laid to rest by the side of his beloved wife in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Wednesday afternoon, a large concourse of relatives nd friends being present. Rev. Jos. Szymanski, rector of St. Michael’s church, held appropriate services at the residence. Mr. Fietsam was born on the 12th of February, 1825, at Oestrich, Dukedom of Nassau, Germany, came to Galveston in 1846, and spent many years of the latter part of his life in this city. It is our intention to publish next week a brief biographical sketch of this gentleman, for whom we always entertained a strong feeling of friendship. To the grief stricken family our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury., May 19, 1906, page 8

Fietsam, Meta B.

Weimar Local Matters

Gloom has been cast over two homes in our little city by the death of two precious little lambs the present week. H. P. Fietsam’s little child about nine months old, died Saturday last, and Mr. and Mr. W. A. Baar lost their only child, little John, Monday evening, aged nineteen months. This poor little darling has been a sufferer for the last five or six months. Oh how heart-rending it is to see these little buds snatched from us. None but a parent can properly sympathize with the bereaved. But how consoling to know that these pure little ones are now safe in the arms of Him who said “Suffer little children to come unto me.” [Both were interred in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, October 4, 1883

Files, Rufus B.

(Rock Island Correspondent)

Last rites for Rufus Files were held Tuesday, who died Monday at his residence here. Mr. Edgar Curry had charge of the funeral services.

Mr. Files was born in Rochester, Mo. In 1866 and moved to Rock Island 18 years ago. He was respected and esteemed by all who knew him and in his passing Rock Island has lost a splendid citizen.

Surviving him are his sisters, Mrs. J. I. Deming of Savannah, Mo., Miss Clara Files of St. Joseph, Mo., and Miss Mary Files of Rock Island.

Burial was in Myrtle Cemetery

Colorado County Citizen, April 26, 1934
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Finch, J. A.


J. A. Finch, an old citizen of this county, died at the residence of Jas. C. Harbert, in the bottom, Tuesday night. Mr. Finch was well and favorable known in this part of the county, and his death gives unusual sorrow. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 21, 1890, page 3

Findeisen, Arthur H.


Funeral Services for Arthur H. Findeisen of Rt. 1, Fayetteville, were held Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 7, at 3:00 p.m., at the Frelsburg Lutheran Church.

Burial was in the church cemetery with Rev. Harold Fehler officiating at the Services.

Mr. Findeisen passed away Sunday, September 5, at his home near Willow Springs at the age of 85 years.

Born November 27. 1885 at Cat Spring, he was the son of Gottolob and Maria Hartmann Findeisen. He was united in marriage with Bertha Matuska who died May 28, 1930. He was married to Emma Hartfield February 16, 1932, at Frelsburg.

He was a retired farmer and lived his life in the Cat Spring, Sealy and Willow Springs area.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Emma Findeisen of Willow Springs, and one son, Erwin Findeisen of Willow Springs.

Koenig Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.

New Ulm Enterprise, September 9, 1971

Findeisen, Emma M. (Hartfiel)

Funeral Services For Mrs., Findeisen

Funeral Services for Mrs. Emma M. Findeisen are scheduled for Friday, September 25, 1981 at 2 p.m. from Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with Rev. Lynn Rostedt officiating.

Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Findeisen passed away Monday night in a Brenham hospital. She was 95 years of age.

Born December 15, 1835 in Germany. she was the daughter of Henry and Johanna Lange Hartfiel. She was reared in the Frelsburg and Fayetteville areas and married Arthur Findeisen February 16, 1932 at Frelsburg. He preceded her in death September 5, 1971.

Surviving are one stepson, Erwin Findeisen of Fayetteville; two brothers, Emil Hartfiel of Fayetteville and Otto Hartfiel of Houston.

She was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Pallbearers were Herbert Dabelgott, Kervin Albers, Lester Foster, Leland Oeser, Walter Matuska and Hugo Richter.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home, Inc. of La Grange and Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville are in charge of funeral arrangements.

The body will remain at Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville until 12 noon Friday.

New Ulm Enterprise, September 24, 1981, page 1

Findeisen, Erwin E.

Erwin Findeisen -Services will be held for Erwin Findeisen, 78, of Temple will be at 10 am Friday at Frelsburg Cemetery in Frelsburg with the family officiating.

He died Sunday in a Temple hospital.

He was born in Sealy to Arthur and Bertha Matuska Findeisen. He served in the U. S. Army during World War ll. He was a retired farmer and rancher,

He is survived by a brother, Oscar Findeisen of Elgin.

Scanio- Harper Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to any charity.

Temple Telegram, May 14, 1998
Submitted by Joye Lynn Johnson

Findeisen, Herman J.

H. Findeisen Funeral Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Herman L. Findeisen, 80, of Weimar were held Tuesday afternoon, March 4, from Faith Lutheran Church, with Rev. Robert Cordes officiating.

Burial was in Shaw's Bend [Brune] Cemetery.

Mr. Findeisen, a 20-year resident of this area, died Sunday.

Born Nov. 6, 1899, in this county, he was a son of Mathis and Emma (Boettcher) Findeisen. He married Vlasta Slovacek on March 8, 1927.

His wife survives, along with two daughters, Mrs. Emma Lee Hunter of Spring and Mrs. Hermasella Dittrich of Angleton; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Howard Hunter, Carl Benton, Tracy Doyle, David Dittrich, Bobby Schoellkopf and John Kobersky.

Weimar Mercury, March 4, 1980
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Fink, Dorothy Mae (Wanja)

Dorothy Fink

Mrs. Dorothy Mae Fink of Chicago, Ill. Died Sept. 22 after a short illness. She was 49 years of age.

She was a daughter of Joe and Mary Kasper [line inked over] in Woodsboro, Texas. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1944, joined the Armed Forces (WACS) and was married to Sgt. Joe Fink who was killed in the Korean conflict. Mrs. Fink resided in Chicago 23 years.

Rosary was recited at the Henneke Funeral Chapel Sept. 23.

Services were held from the Henneke Funeral Home Sept. 24, with continued services at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. Patrick Palmer officiated, and Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wanja of Columbus; 3 sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Harry, Mrs. Barney Kuhn and Mrs. Jack Rau, all of Columbus, 10 nieces and nephews and 5 great-nieces and nephews. A brother, Edgar Wanja preceded her in death in March of 1972.

Pallbearers were Barney Kuhn, Alfred Schindler, Joe and Tom Rau, and Russell and Kenneth Harry.

Colorado County Citizen, September 30, 1976
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Fink, Jerry Lynn


Jerry L. Fink, 47 of Wharton, and former resident of Eagle Lake, passed away May 2, at the Gulf Coast Medical Center Emergency Room in Wharton.

He was a native of Harris County, born in Pasadena Sept. 27, 1956 to W.A. "Bill" and Betty Jean (Redmond) Fink. He resided in Eagle Lake most all his life, was raised in the Methodist Church and was a graduate of Rice High School. He was a supervisor for Nan Ya Plastics USA in Wharton.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kyle Ryan Fink.

He is survived by his parents; brothers, Dennis Fink and wife, Georgi of Houston, Gary Fink and wife Merit of Lipan; God granddaughter, Kylie Lynn Fink of Travis A.F.B. Calif.; nieces, Carrie, Kristi, Kelle, Ashley, Gabby and Emily; and nephews, Joshua, Nathan and Thomas.

Funeral services were conducted May 5, from the United Methodist Church of Eagle Lake with the Rev. David King, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Mausoleum in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Mark Cunningham, Greg Housos, Mark Price, Ron Janow, Duane Austin and Wilton Sappington.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials be directed to the Kyle Fink Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o First National Bank, P.O. Box 247, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434.

Colorado County Citizen, May 12, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Finkelstein, William

Weimar Items
Murder Most Foul and Brutal

Wm. Finklestein[sic] was most brutally murdered by Sam Lewis, a negro, at Natt Holman’s on last Tuesday. It seems that Finklestein[sic] was on his way to find a crossing over the river and lost his road, and got to Holman’s gin, when Sam Lewis stopped him and asked him if he had goods for sale. He told him yes. Lewis told him to show up--would like to buy something. Finklestein showed him his goods and finally after some parlying, sold him a lady’s sack for $2.00. Sam took the sack and asked Kellis, another negro, if he did not think it was cheap. Kellis told him yes. Kellis told Sam, you stay here and run the gin and I’ll go down and see if I can’t buy something. Went down to see what he could get and was on a trade for a pair of pants, but could not agree as to price. Finklestein followed Kellis up stairs to induce him to buy , when Sam got to talking about the sack. Finally he said: “I don't want the sack--give me back my money.” F. told him; “I don’t do business that way; you bought the sack, took up my time, and I gave it to you at your own price, and I won’t give you back the money.” “By G--d, you will!” Finkelstein then started to go off, when Sam picked up a long-handled shovel near by and struck him on the head, breaking his skull. Sam went back to Kelllis and said: “By G--d, I fixed him.” Kellis asked how, and went to see what he had done, saw deceased lying on his face, went back to arrest Sam, when the murderer jumped down and ran into the river bottom. About twenty or thirty armed men are after him, with a probability of capturing him. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, October 23, 1879

Finley, Paul K.

P. K. Finley, Retired Magnolia Engineer, Dies

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Columbus Funeral home for Paul K. Finley, 70, who died in a Harlingen hospital Friday, after having been in frail health 2 years. Rev. George Ricker and Rev. A. Guyon of the Methodist church officiated, and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. Finley had lived in Columbus for many years when he was chief engineer for Magnolia Pipeline co. He retired in 1952 and he and Mrs. Finley moved to Harlingen to be near their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Pace.

Mr. and Mrs. Finley were married in Oil City, Pa., in 1914. She was the former Ada Chapln[sic]. Mr. Finley’s birth date was Dec 4, 1887, and his birthplace, McKeesport, Pa.

Besides his widow and his daughter, he is survived by a son, Murray, of Houston; 2 grandsons, Stephen and Robert Finley, 2 sisters, Misses Hazel and Phoebe Finley of Warren, Pa., and a brother, Thomas W. Finley of Elmira, N.Y.

Pallbearers were Kelly Bryan, Gus Lewis and T. H. Elkins of Luling and B. C. Smith, C. M. Eastman and John Rickard of Sealy.

Among out of town friends and relatives attending the rites were B. J. Pace Brownsville, Mrs. C. O. Dale, Mercedes; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Arvin and daughter Carol Ann and Mr. Seth Westfall, Harlingen; Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Tilford, Corpus Christi; Mrs. Lena Pace and Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Holder, Waco; Mr. and Mrs. Murray Graham, Austin;

Also, Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Elkins and daughter Nancy, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Lewis and Mr. and Mrs. . Bryan, Luling; Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Joyce, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Haynie, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Batey, Richards;

Also, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Kelly and daughter Janet, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Wehner and Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Roeheiser Houston; Mrs. J. R. McMichael, Freer; Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Eastman, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Smith and son John and Mr. and Mrs. John Rikard[sic], Sealy.

Colorado County Citizen, June 19, 1958, page 1

Finney, Clark

DIED, at his residence near Alleyton, last Thursday morning of inflammation of the bowels, Mr. Clark Finney, aged about 62 years. The deceased was a quiet, industrious, good citizen, with many friends wherever known. Our condolence is extended the bereaved family in their irreparable loss. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, October 14, 1886

Finney, Isabella


Died, at her residence at Alleyton, June 27th, 1893, at 5:15 .m., Mrs. Isabella Finney, aged 57 years, after a lingering illness of several weeks. Death came taking from our midst the beloved form and gently bore the true and noble spirit from this world of sin and strife to that blessed haven of rest beyond the river--where she waits and watches for the coming of those who are left to mourn her loss Mrs. Finney has been a devout christian a number of years and a faithful member of the M. E. Church, South, always maintaing[sic] the same gentle demeanor characteristic of the life of the just and which made her beloved by all. ‘Tis useless for us to dwell on what her life has been. Let those who knew her best say to the world “she hath done well.” To the many sorrowing friends and bereft children we offer our heartfelt sympathy, and would say to those so lately bereft of a mother’s love “weep not for her,” nor wish her back to this vain world of sin, but strive ever to live the life of the just, and when death comes to claim his own, your souls, too, shall be wafted on high, to that blissful realm of perfect day, where you shall have a home at the right hand of God, and shall ever dwell in sweet communion with her who is “not dead, but gone before. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, July 6, 1893

Finney, Kenneth Ray

Kenneth Ray Finney

Kenneth Ray Finney, 52 unexpectedly went to be with our Lord on May 23.

Kenny was born on February 6, 1956 in Eagle Lake, and was the son of longtime residents Robert and Laura Finney.

Kenny is preceded in death by his two brothers, Robert Jr. and Clark.

He is survived by his mother and father, Robert and Laura-Finney; his sister, Ada Wren and brother-in-law Glen Wren of Wimberley; and nephew, Matthew Gunn of Brenham. Surviving aunts and uncles include, Isabel Vecera of Eagle Lake, Emily Clark of Yoakum, James and Betty Finney of Texas City, Daniel and Marietta Becker of El Campo, Gene and Edna Street of LaPlace, Louisiana; and numerous cousins to include, Mary Gertson and Lucky of Eagle Lake.

Kenny spent his career as a handyman, working on automobiles as a mechanic, repairing houses, and various other odd jobs.

A memorial service will be held at his parent’s home at 618 Post Office Street in Eagle Lake on Saturday, May 31 at 3 p.m. [Place of interment unknown]

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

 Eagle Lake Headlight, May 29th, 2008
Submitted by John Konesheck

Finucane, Fannie M. (Kuykendall)

Mrs. Fannie Finucane

The death of Mrs. Fannie Finucane, one of Colorado County's pioneer residents, occurred at the home in Glidden yesterday morning at about noon. Funeral services will be held today. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Mrs. Finucane was Miss Fannie Kuykendall, born in Hallettsville on July 6th, 1849, and married to Mr. James Finucane of Columbus Oct. 10th, 1877.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs.Vallie Lacy of San Antonio and Mrs. John Duncan of Glidden, three children, Mrs. George Pfarr of Akron, Ohio, James of Dennison and Herf[sic] of San Antonio, to whom our sympathy is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, October 26, 1933

Finucane, Lyle

See newspaper account of the axe murder of Lyle Finucane and the Monroe family.

Fischer, Agnes (Lange)

Mrs. Agnes Lange Fischer, 80, died Sunday at her home. She was born the daughter of Carl and Louisa Schultz Lange at Post Oak Point. Mr. Fischer died in 1928. Burial was in the New Ulm Cemetery. [Born: Jul 20, 1884; died: April 26, 1964; married Ernst Fischer]

25 Years Ago - April 30 1964
unidentified news clipping contributed by Rox Ann Johnson

Fischer, Franz

Franz Fischer Laid to Final Rest.

The funeral of Franz Dietrich Fischer, aged 83 years, was held at the Lutheran Church Saturday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock, Rev., A. D.Klages performing the last rites. The deceased was born at Frelsburg on Jan. 7, 1860, and was a devoted member of the Lutheran church.

Mr. Fischer is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Emily [Sebastian] of Breslau, and Mrs. Oscar Rosse of Kingsville.

After living in Shiner for 20 years, Mr. Fischer made his residence near Breslau, where he has lived for four years. On June 3 at 9:00 p.m. he died in his home, leaving many relatives and friends to mourn his death.

Pallbearers were: Messrs. Arthur, Richard and Robert Spies, Louis Menke, Herman Kaelke, and Wessel Buss.

Lavaca County Tribune, June 8, 1943
Submitted by Rox Ann Johnson

Fischer, Vercy

Vercy Fischer
February 6, 1907 - November 5, 1999

Services for Vercy Fischer, 92, of columbus were held Nov. 8 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating.

Burial followed at Zoar Lutheran Cemetery in Mentz.

Fischer died Nov. 5 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born Feb. 6, 1907, in Lone Oak, Texas, the daughter of Ernst and Agnes Lang Fischer.

Fischer was a homemaker and affiliated with St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Leander Fischer.

Survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Lillie Mae and Danny Berger of Columbus; two nephews, Leslie Berger of [Del Valle] and Carl Fischer of Houston; and a niece, Peggy Etheridge of Victoria.

Pallbearers were James and Hugh Berger, Bill Kilpatrick and Lori, Jack and Peggy Etheridge.

Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, directors.

The Banner Press Newspaper, November 11, 1999
Submitted by Rox Ann Johnson

Fisher, Annie (Carter)

Died, last Tuesday morning. in the 21st year of her age, Mrs. Annie Fisher, wife of Mr. T. D. Fisher of this city, after a short illness. Mrs. Fisher was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. A. Carter of Luling, a lady idolized by her husband and parents, and universally beloved by her many friends. She was a loving and affectionate wife and mother, a dutiful daughter, and her death is indeed a sad blow to husband, relatives and friends. To the bereaved ones we extend our sincere condolence. [Interment in Luling City Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, November 30, 1889

Fisher, James Lat

The people of Weimar and vicinity were indeed shocked and grieved last Monday morning when a telegram was received announcing the death of James Lat Fisher, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Fisher of this city, which occurred at or near Globe, Arizona, Sunday night. Word was received here Sunday afternoon, we are informed, that “Lat” was very sick, but it was not supposed at the time that the illness would prove fatal. “Lat” left here several weeks ago to accept a position in a mine near Globe. Then his health was not any too good, having through exposure in the Philippines as a soldier, coupled with several wounds received in the service, became very much impaired. He hoped, though (as he told the writer only the day before his departure), that the change of climate and occupation would soon bring him about all right and restore his good health. However, sickness had preyed upon his system more than he realized, and it was destined that he should never again in this life see the faces of the loved ones at home. He was taken sick a few days ago. and although he rallied and made a desperate struggle for life in the hopes of coming home to die if die he must, it was not to be, and poor Lat died “a stranger in a strange land”, although the people of that section, like true christians, extended the poor fellow ever courtesy in their power. Lat Fisher and the writer were close friends for many years and his death to us, as well as to the grief stricken parents and relatives and friends, is indeed a sad blow. He had many friends wherever known, his genial ways making him an ever welcome companion. He proved a gallant soldier during his stay in the Philippines. He was on scouting duty most of the time, and his daring cost him several wounds while in the service. At this writing (Friday morning) it is not known just when the body will arrive here for burial. On account of a wash-out it has not reached here, but relatives, from advices received, believe it will arrive Saturday night and the interment take place Sunday. Definite information will be given as soon as possible by funeral notices. To the sorrowing parents and relatives and friends the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of one who loved Lat is extended. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, August 17, 1901, page 2

Fisher, Mamie W. (Paine)

A sad death occurred in our city last Saturday night, and one which caused many hearts to bow down with grief. Mrs. J. L. Fisher, nee Mary Paine, wife of Mr. J. L. Fisher, came in from the farm residence in a precarious state of health about two weeks ago, and although skilled physicians and the best of nurses were ever at her bedside, she grew worse rapidly, and on last Saturday night, surrounded by loving husband, mother, sisters, brothers and friends, she breathed her last. Mrs. Fisher was in her 24th year, a member of the Methodist church, and one of the kindest-heartest, sweetest women that ever lived. None knew her but to love her. She was everybody’s friend. At no time was she ever her to speak disparagingly of anyone, but had always a kind word for her friends and associates. Beautiful, kind and generous, with the disposition of an angel, it is but small wonder that she was so popular. Her death is indeed an irretrievable loss to those who knew her. Her remains were committed to Mother Earth [Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery] Sunday afternoon at 5 o’clock, amid the half-suppressed sobs of a vast assemblage of mourning relatives and friends, Rev. J. W. Harmon, her late pastor, performing the last sad rites. To the heart-broken husband, mother, sisters and brothers of the deceased THE MERCURY editor extends the hand of sympathy, for we knew her and loved her, and we appreciate the great loss they have sustained. God pity and comfort them! is our earnest prayer.

Weimar Mercury, July 20, 1895

Fisher, Mary Ann (Slack) Walker


There were many sorrowful hearts throughout this community last Friday morning when it was learned that Mrs. R. L. Fisher, one of our most popular and beloved ladies, had succumbed the previous night, following a long illness. Mrs. Fisher had been in bad health for a number of years, and of late, due to her advanced age, it was realized that there was little to hope for, although everything possible was done for her. But the grim hand of Death was not to be stayed any longer, and the spirit of this truly good woman passed unto its Creator Friday morning at 5:35.

Funeral arrangements were made and the body tenderly laid to rest [Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery] by the side of her husband, who had preceded her to the grave many years ago. A large crowd of mourning relatives and friends witnessed the last sad rites, feelingly administered by Rev. C. E. Dearman, her late pastor, assisted by Rev. J. C. Wilson, Methodist pastor. At the conclusion of the ceremonies, large numbers of beautiful floral tributes were laid upon the mound, completely hiding same from view, attesting the popularity of this good woman.

Mrs. Fisher was born in Atlanta, Ga., 82 years ago, and came to Texas at an early age. She had resided in Weimar for many years, and among our people there was never a more popular or highly respected lady. The writer was acquainted with Mrs. Fisher since he first landed in Weimar, now nearly forty years ago, and can truthfully say he never knew a sweeter dispositioned, more christian-like lady than she ever proved to be. No matter what trials or sorrows she had to bear, she never lost that sweet, christian spirit, that lovable, friendly greeting to all, and it was indeed a pleasure to be around her. As a wife and mother, she was incomparable, devoted to the last to the loved ones around her, and always interested in the welfare of her large circle of friends. She was truly a noble type of the true christian woman, one whose equal is seldom seen. Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her loved ones in the terrible bereavement visited upon them.

Weimar Mercury, December 12,1923, page 1

Fisher, Mattie J.

Mattie J., infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Fisher of this city, died last Friday night at the residence of Mrs. M. L. Paine, after a long and painful illness,its little body being at times racked with excrutiating[sic] pains. Death kindly ended its sufferings, and Jesus called the little one home. Its remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Saturday afternoon, Rev. S. H. Morgan performing the burial services, assisted by Rev. T. O. Sallee. God pity and comfort these bereaved parents in the loss of their hearts’ idol.

Weimar Mercury, June 23, 1894, page 3

Fisher, Rufus Latimus

Sudden Death of R. L. Fisher.

In the death of Mr. R L. FIsher, which occurred without warning, at his home in this cIty, Friday night of last week, Weimar and Colorado county lost one of their best and most valued citizens, Mr. Fisher’s death was indeed a shock to the citizens, of this community. He was apparently In the best of health prior to his death, being a man who complained but little ot his Ills. He came in from his extensive river farm Friday afternoon, and upon arrival home told his devoted wife that be was not well, but attributed his feelings to a bad cold. Some time in the night the dread summons come and his spirit passed unto the God who had given it life. The devoted family, knowing that he was not feeling well, did not disturb him for early breakfast, and great Indeed was their horror and grief when they went to summon him for the morning meal to find him cold in the embrace of death. How greatly their hearts were rung with anguish only those who have had similar misfortunes visited upon them can realize. Loving friends quickly came to the stricken home and did all they could to alleviate the grief of the distressed ones. While their ministrations could do but little to lessen the shock, still their kindness was deeply appreciated by the family. Mr, Fisher was born in Tennessee in November, 1831, and was therefore a little over 73 years of age at the time of his death. He moved with his parents to the vicinity of Fayetteville, this state, at an early ago, and the greater portion at his life was spent in this and Fayette counties, pursuing his chosen occupation of farming, at which pursuit he was eminently successfully, acquiring some very valuable farming property. He had been a resident of this city, together with his family, for the past twenty-three or twenty-tour years. He was a man of jovial disposition, charitable to a fault, and true as steel to his friends, he was a member of the Knights of Honor and A. 0. U. W. lodges of this city, and had insurance in same to the extent of about $4000. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. 0. Sallee, of Waelder, with whom Mr. Fisher had enjoyed a friendshIp or many years standing. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery] He leaves a bereaved widow and five children--Mrs. Ira Butler of Fort Worth, Mrs. W. H. Whisler of Rosenberg, Mrs. Nina Townsend and Miss Anna Fisher of this city, and Mr. Torn D Fisher of Laredo--to whom the heartfelt sympathy of this entire community Is extended. God pity and comfort them in their misfortune is the sincere wish of the Mercury.

Weimar Mercury, January 14, 1905, page 4

Fisher, Terry L.


Terry L. Fisher, Who Worked in Restaurant Here, Killed in Action in France On April 22nd.

News was received here this week of the death of a former Eagle Lake boy, who was killed in action in France. Mr. R. M. Craddock received a letter Monday from Mr. P. W. Fisher of Royse City stating that he had just received a communication from Major General Burnett at Washington advising him that his brother Terry L. Fisher, had been killed in action in France on Monday, April 22nd. and that the body had been buried abroad, but would be sent back to the former home at the duration of the war. Terry Fisher for some time made his home in Eagle Lake and for quite a while worked at Oliver Brown’s restaurant. He was a quiet, pleasant kind of boy and made many friends during his sojourn in this city. He enlisted at Sealy and went into the army service from that town.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 4, 1918

Fisher, William Harvey

Weimar Locals

Death has entered the family circle of our friend, Mr. R. L. Fisher of Osage, and taken from them their youngest boy child [William Harvey]. The cause of the little fellow's death was congestion of the brain. To the family we offer our heartfelt sympathy.
[Buried Osage Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, 23 September 1880
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson


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Fitzpatrick, Brandon

B. Fitzpatrick, County Engineer Since 1929, Dies

Last rites were held Sunday at Columbus Funeral home for Brandon Fitzpatrick, 74, who died in Columbus hospital Saturday morning. The Rev Gregory Robertson of First Methodist church officiated and burial was in Masonic cemetery at Weimar in the Cone family plot.

Mr. Fitzpatrick, who was county engineer of Colorado county from 1929 until his death, was born in Polaski, Tenn. July 18, 1892, and came to Columbus with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Fitzpatrick when he was 3. They died when he was 9 and he was reared by his uncle and aunt, the late Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Brandon of Columbus, with whom he lived until he went to college. He graduated from Texas A & M in 1913 and served in World War I overseas. He worked as engineer on the Panama Canal.

Wife is Teacher

He married Miss Marguerite Cone Nov. 29, 1933. She survives along with a sister, Mrs. I. O. Shaw and a niece, Miss Zue Bell Shaw of Houston.

Mr. Fitzpatrick had many interesting hobbies. As a bachelor, he lived in the Columbus fire station when the alarm was given by a fire bell and was the one who always rang the bell. After his marriage, he and Mrs. Fitzpatrick, who is a teacher in Columbus elementary school, lived in the fire station for 7 years. After that time they built a home on the Colorado river which was known for its beautiful sunken garden. He loved to hunt and fish, and during his bachelorhood spent much time on the river and on Cummins creek, An excellent swimmer, he saved many people from drowning. Another hobby was furniture making.

Trips Taken

He and Mrs. Fitzpatrick took an interesting trip each year, mostly to Western states. This summer, even though he was in frail health, they traveled to Florida and along the east coast to West Virginia.

A member of the Methodist church, he served on the official board for many years and was made honorary, member last year. He was also an honorary member of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department.

Pallbearers were Lee Hammons, Edgar Litzmann, Ellis G. Miller, Gus Miller Jr. Charles Redus and Gene Pekar. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Columbus fire department and of the Colorado County commissioners’ court.

Colorado County Citizen, November 3, 1966

Fitzpatrick, Marguerite (Cone)

Marguerite Fitzpatrick
April 26, 1902 - May 13, 1996

Services for Marguerite Fitzpatrick, 94, of Columbus were held May 17 at the First United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Scott Heren officiating.

Burial followed at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Fitzpatrick died May 13 at River Oaks Convalescent Center in Columbus.

She was born April 26, 1902 in Rosenberg, Texas, the daughter of Sallie and Ross Cone.

Fitzpatrick moved to Columbus in 1908 where she finished high school. She later attended Sam Houston State University and the University of Houston where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Master;s degrees. She taught in the Columbus Schools for approximately 50 years.

She was united in marriage with Brandon Fitzpatrick on Nov. 30, 1933.

Fitzpatrick was a member of the First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Daughters of the Republic of Texas the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Retired Teachers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Brandon Fitzpatrick; two brothers,Gaither and Clarence; and sister, Ethel Burford.

Survivors include sister,Florence Essig of Galveston; nieces, Ethel :Essie: Hammons of Columbus and Carole Kincaid and husband David of Austin; nephew, Stephen Essig and wife Frances of Belton; and two great nieces, one great-great niece and one great-great nephew.

Pallbearers were Stephen Essig, Bill Shaw, Jim Shaw, Lonnie Coleman, Bill Hartley and L. D. Schilling.

Henneke Funeral Home Inc., Columbus, directors.

Banner Press, May 23, 1996, p. 8

Fitzpatrick, Mary Belle

County Capital Comments

Mrs. Belle Fitzpatrick died at her home in this place last Sunday afternoon of hemorrhage of the brain. The deceased was a native of Tennessee, but had been a resident of Columbus for many years, having been in charge of the Kulow hotel until about one year ago. Her remains were interred at the Odd Fellows’ Rest Monday afternoon, Rev. C. M. Thompson, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Her death is mourned by a large circle of friends and several relatives at this place.

Weimar Mercury, June 14, 1902

Fitzpatrick, Morgan C.

Mr. M. C. Fizpatric of this city, formerly of Tennessee, died after a prolonged ilness at his home in this city last Thursday. Mr. Fitzparick moved from Tennessee to Columbus several yeas ago and remained until about a year ago, when he returtned, but his health soon failed after his return, and gradually gew worse until death finally overtook him. He was a man of many good qualities, and well liked by all who knew him. A wife and two childen survive him. The remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, Rev. E. S. Smith, presiding elder of this Metodist conference, officiated.

Weimar Mercury, January 26, 1901

Fitzsimmons , Martha Carolyn (Fitzgerald)

Martha Carolyn Fitzgerald Fitzsimmons
September 7, 1900 - June 17, 2002

Martha Carolyn Fitzgerald Fitzsimmons, 101, of Houston, passed away Monday, June 17, 2002 in Houston.

A native of Colorado County, Texas she was born September 7, 1900 to Ruby Chumney and Dr. Howard Fitzgerald.

She taught in Eagle Lake and Rock Island schools then worked for the Texas State Insurance Regulatory Commission in Dallas for many years. She had been a resident of Bayou Manor of Houston for the past 34 years.

Preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Howard Chumney Fitzgerald; nephew Howard Herbert Fitzgerald; and an uncle, John Chumney; survivors include a niece, Lue Minette McDonald; great nieces, Julia Ann McDonald and Carolyn Minette Brown; a great nephew, Travis Howard Brown; and a cousin Ray Munn Fitzgerald.

Following cremation, the family will assemble for memorial services and committal in the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake at a later date. Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake is in charge of arrangements.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight June 27, 2002
submitted by Dorothy Cox

Fitzsimmons, Robert


Robert Fitzsimmons, a colored child of about a year and a half old, died last Saturday from effects of drinking concentrated lye the afternoon prevous. The child’s grandmother was using lye in washing when the child got hold of it and drank it. Medical attention was promptly summoned, but to no avail. The child was the son of Robert and Daisy Fitzsimmons. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon.--Eagle Lake Headlight. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, September 24, 1920, page 3

Flachmeier, Billie Jean

Billie Jean Flachmeier

A patient little sufferer was released Thursday afternoon when little Billie Jean Flachmeier drew her last breath. She had been ill for some months. She was born Nov. 4, 1936.

The funeral was conduced from the parental home Friday afternoon by Rev. H. Heise of La Grange. Rev. H. C. Poehlmann of Frelsburg was to have officiated at the house was unavoidably delayed. Interment was made in Odd Fellows Rest where the little body rest next to that of her maternal grandfather.

Four young fathers served as pall bearers: W. J. Litzmann, Eddie Mattern, H. C. Fowler and Oscar Henicke.

Little Billie Jean is survived by her parents, Rev. and Mrs. W. A. Flachmeier, by on grandmother, Mrs. Mamie Hastedt, and by one grandfather, Rev. W. Flachmeier of Hallettsville, and many other relatives, to whom the sympathy of the community is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, August 5, 1937

Flachmeier, William August


Funeral services for The Rev. William A. Flachmeier were held Monday at St. Martin's Evangelican Church in Austin. Continued services were held Monday afternoon at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus where Mr. Flachmeier was pastor from 1923 until 1942. Interment was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. The body lay in state at St. Paul Lutheran Church Monday afternoon prior to the service here which was conducted by The Rev. Robert Schlortt, pastor of the church. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Columbus-Day Funeral Home. Mr. Flachmeier died Dec. 21 at the age of 79 in Austin where he had retired from the Lutheran ministry. He was born Aug. 20, 1900 in Pflugerville. During his ministry in Columbus he was active in many civic and community activities. He is survived by his wife, Jeanette [Hastedt] of Austin; one daughter, Emily Jo Engel of Los Alamos, N.M.; one sister, Miss Irene Flachmeier of New Braunfels; one brother, Raymond H. Flachmeier of Austin; and two grandchildren, Jan and Karen Engel.

Colorado County Citizen, December 27, 1979
Submitted by David Hahn

Flatt, Donald Ray

DONALD R. FLATT, passed away at Twelve Oaks Hospital on Wednesday, February 22, 1995. Don was born in Berkley, California, on December 17, 1944. He was raised in Houston and resided in Columbus, Texas, for the last few years. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Lucie Flatt, brother Herschell Flatt, sister-in-law, Doreen, nephews Robert and Jarrett, niece Ashley, and many friends in Houston and Columbus. Funeral arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the AIDS Foundation. [Place of interment unknown]

Houston Post, 24 Feb 1995, page B-9
Contributed by Matt Cross

Fleck, Gregory Wade

Funeral services were held Saturday at Henneke Funeral Home for Gregory Wade Fleck, 4 who died at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston July 9.

Interment was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

The Rev. Henry Teems officiated at the services.

Gregory was born Sept 22, 1975 in El Campo, the son of James D. Fleck and the former Vennia Hoffman.

In addition to his parents, Gregory is survived by his sister, Patricia Lynn Fleck and brother, Donald Wayne Fleck, of Columbus; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James H. Fleck of Smithville and Mrs. Bertie Lee Hoffman of Wharton, and one nephew, Donald Wayne Fleck Jr. of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Randy Stancik, John Payl Magnus, Gary Wayne Magnus and James Frazier.

Colorado County Citizen, July 17, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Fleming, Rena


Aunt Rena, the mother of Wyatt Fleming, was fatally burned last Monday. She was sitting near the fire quilting when her clothing caught fire, and she was fearfully burned before assistance reached her. Fleming is a much respected colored man, and every body feels great sympathy for him and his family. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Gimlet, January 7, 1886

Fleming, Robert Jefferson “Bob”


Funeral services for Robert J. "Bob" Fleming was held Mon. day, July 23 at the Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Huth officiating. Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Robert Fleming was born January 8, 1909 in Merryville, Louisiana to Robert Hillard and Leona Belle Powell Fleming. He married Libby Peterson on October 3, 1936, and had lived in Columbus since 1947. He worked for the State of Texas and was retired from the Dept. of Human Resources.

Robert Fleming was a member of the Methodist church. He was a member of the Nation Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Libby Fleming,. Columbus; one daughter, Mrs. Ann Henicke, Luling; one son, Tom Fleming, Houston; one sister, Mildred Moreland, Houston; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers: Jack. Gillespie, George Purefoy, John Henicke, Tom Fleming, Jr., John Parks, and Danny Kautz. Honorary pallbearers: Vernon Johnson, Lonnie Coleman, Oscar Henicke, Sr., Dr. S. T. Peterson, Ernest Laurence, Lester Hastedt, Bob Potter, Harold Leggett, and Bill Daniels.

Colorado County Citizen, July 26, 1984, page 2

Fleming, Robin Scott


Robin Scott Fleming, 39, of Columbus, passed away April 3 at Breckenridge Hospital in Austin.

He was born in St. Louis, Mo., May 30, 1965, to Michael James and Susan (Little) Fleming and married Robin Marie Orange, Aug. 2, 1986. He was a licensed water well driller for Neuendorff Water Well Service, Inc. and member of the Church of Christ in Columbus.

He is survived by his wife; mother, Sue Yarbo of St. Louis, Mo.; grandparents, Joan and Jack Little of St. Louis, Mo.; daughter, Raylean Fleming of Columbus; son, Blain Fleming of Columbus; and brothers, Brian Massey of Lubbock, Colin and Damon Watson of St. Louis, Mo.

A memorial service was conducted April 5 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Lynn Wilson officiating. [Place of interment not given]

Honorary pallbearers were employees of Neuendorff Water Well Service, Allen and Fred Greeley and Dave "Thumper" Cameron.

Colorado County Citizen, April 6, 2005
Courtesy of The Citize

Flessner, Dietrich

Rites Saturday for Dietrich Flessner, 87, Former Resident

Funeral services for Dietrich Flessner, 87, of San Antonio, former Weimar area resident, will be held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Saturday afternoon, May 30, at 2 o’clock, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Hartfield will officiate,

Mr. Flessner died at 1:15 o'clock Wednesday morning in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Emma Ammann, at San Antonio.

A native of Germany, he came to this country at the age of 18, settling north of Weimar. In 1911 he moved to Damon, Brazoria County. When his health began to fail five years ago he moved to San Antonio to live with his daughter. His wife, the former Miss Elisa Wieland, died about 15 years ago and was buried here.

Mr. Flessner's survivors in addition to Mrs. Ammann include two sons,Dick of Sweeny and George of Damon; two brothers, Charles of Moulton and Henry of Cuero; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, May 29, 1953, page 1

Flessner, Elisa (Wieland)


Mrs. Dick Flessner, Sr., of Damon, Texas, mother of Mrs. E. A.Ammann of this community--died Tuesday night and the remains will be brought here for burial in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o'clock. Funeral services will be held in the local Evangelical Lutheran Church, after which interment will follow. Friends of the family are invited to be present.

We trust some member of the family will furnish us a sketch of this good lady's life for the next issue of the Mercury.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 11, 1938

Fling, Joseph Curtis

Last Rites for Curtis Fling of Garwood, Tues.

Citizens of the area learned with great sadness of the death of Joseph Curtis Fling, 67, a native of Garwood and a longtime prominent rice farmer and rancher in the community. Mr. Fling died in the Diagnostic Center Hospital in Houston at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30th, after an illness of over a year, and a serious illness of over two months. He was born July 28, 1912 in Garwood the son of Sterling Ross and Mini Kennedy Fling and spent his entire lifetime in the Garwood community and was engaged in rice farming and ranching for over forty years before his health forced his retirement. He served during World War II for a short time with the Signal Corps of the Air Force. He was a member of the American Legion Post 383 in Columbus, Texas Farm Bureau, Texas and South western Cattlemen's Association, the Texas Rice Council and was a former member of the American Rice Growers Association in Garwood for many years. He was united in marriage with Miss Jeweline Blessington on Jan. 6, 1949 in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Last Rites Held Tue. Final rites for Mr. Fling were held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1st 1980 from the Chapel of the Mill Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Elmer Heirholzer, pastor of the Garwood United Methodist Church where Mr Fling was a member, officiating. Mrs. C.A. Blessington provided organ music for the services including favorite hymns, "Nearer My God, To Thee and "How Great Thou Art" and others. His body was placed to a final resting place in the Myrtle Cemetery near Rock Island. Serving as pallbearers were: Herbert Engstrom, Waldo Schiurring, James G. Hopkins, Tony Pinchback, J. J. Kallina and Lee Allen Schoellmann. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Jeweline (Jerri) Fling of Garwood: two sons, Curtis Ross Fling of Garwood and Joe Clement Fling and wife, Mercy, of Eagle Lake; one daughter. Mrs. Jan Rivera and husband Johnny of Garwood, one granddaughter, Rebecca Grace Rivera of Garwood, also one sister, Mrs. Letha Grace Lundquist of Garwood and a brother, Bruce Fling, of Garwood, and other relatives and friends. Mr. Fling was respected in his community as a friend to all and he shall he missed dearly by his loved ones and friends. Among the out of town relatives attending the last rites were H. G. Adams, Nita Hobbs and Adam Hobbs of Alice, Mr. and Mrs. Maury Fregia and Kenneth of Kingsville, Mrs. Vera Fregia of Crockett.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Jan 3, 1980, page 12
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Fling, Joseph W.

Mr. J. W. Fling
(Garwood Correspondent)

Mr. J. W. Fling was born at Pickway Co., Ohio, on Mar. 5, 1857 and departed this life at his home here March 12 at 2:45 a.m

On February 24, 1884, he was married to Miss Cynthia Field at Windsor, Ill The family moved to Texas in 1897 and settled in the Rock Island community. The family moved to their present home in Garwood 19 years ago. Mr. Fling is survived by his wife, one son, Mr. S. R. Fling, three grandchildren, Mrs. A. R. Lundquist, Bruce and Curtis Fling also by to great granddaughters Helen Bruce and Katheryn Irene Fling. He has two surviving brothers, John and Willie Fling who reside in Illinois.

Funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian church Tuesday at 2 P. M. with Rev. C. D, Wylle of Houston conducting.the services. The body was laid to rest in Myrtle cemetery in Rock Island.

The pall bearers were Messrs. C. R. Schiurring, W. K. Lehrer, M. L. Heiman, L. E. Cornelius, G. F. Stallman and H. F. Priesmeyer.

Mr. Fling was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church having been an active elder since its organization.

He was loved by all who knew him and sympathy of the entire community goes out to the grief stricken relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, March 15, 1934

Fling, Minnie (Kennedy)

Minnie Fling

Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Fling were held from the Mill Bauer Funeral Chapel in Eagle Lake June 10 with The Rev. Alen Kennell officiating . Burial was in Myrtle cemetery in Rock Island.

Mrs. Fling died June 8. She had been in poor health for 2 years.

She was born in Richland Township, Shelby Co., Ill. Aug. 9, 1889, a daughter o f William James and Laura Jackson Kennedy.

At the age of 8, she with her parents and sister were some of the early settlers coming to Rock Island. They, traveled by train from Illinois with a number of families who bought land from a land agent with the purpose of establishing and settling a town.

She lived in Rock Island until March 7, 1907 when she married Sterling Ross Fling and moved to Garwood. She was a lifelong supporter of Myrtle Cemetery which her father helped establish.

She entered the Heritage Home in Eagle Lake June 10, 1975, after breaking her hip.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Letha Grace Lundquist, and sons, Curtis Fling and Bruce Fling all of Garwood; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, June 16, 1977

Fling, Sterling Ross

Funeral Services Are Held for S. R. Fling Of Garwood

Funeral services for Sterling Ross Fling, 55, of Garwood, who died Sunday August 25th at Camey Valley Hospital in Wharton were held Tuesday afternoon, August 27th at McCreary Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, Rev. A. F. Foerster of Staples officiating. Mr. Fling had been in ill health since February 1938.

He was born near Windsor, Shelby County, Illinois to Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fling December 15th 1881. He came to Texas with his parents in November 1897, and had lived in Rock Island and Garwood communities for 43 years.

He became a member of the Rock Island Methodist Church in 1905. In 1907 he was married to Miss Minnie Kennedy, who also came to Texas with her parents in 1897.

Survivors are his wife, mother and three children, Bruce of Garwood, __________, wife of A. R. Lundquist, Curtis, who is still at home; and four grandchildren, Helen, Bruce, Kathryn Irene, Sterling James Fling and Gene Arthur Lundquist.

Interment was made in the Rock Island cemetery. Pallbearers were F. W. Goddell, Otto Danklefs, Roy Shoop, A. A. Shoop, A. F. Foster, M. L. Herman of Garwood; Chas. Stephens of Eagle Lake and Owen G. Hoegemeyer of Columbus.

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

Flippin, Albert Jackson

Andrew[sic] Flippin

Andrew Flippin of Sheridan, aged 90 years, 6 months and 6 days, died Sunday night at 11:30 o’clock. The funeral was held in Sheridan Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, Rev. Lee Johnson officiating. [Interment in Cheetham Cemetery]

He is survived by four sons, John and Andy of Houston. Albert of Edinburg and Ed at Muldoon, and two daughters, Mrs. Mary Lee Treadway of Victoria and Mrs. Eddie Tyler of Altair, and many grandchildren ----Hallettsville New Era-Herald

The Weimar Mercury, February 21, 1930
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Flippin, Dovie
Flippin, Jackson, Jr.


Mrs. Jackson Flippen[sic], lying in intense physical agony on a bed at the Baptist Sanitarium,knows now of the awful tragedy that has come to her family, and for her physical suffering is largely forgotten in her mental anguish.

Relatives yesterday told her how her happy family of a husband and six children had been wiped out in a week, with the exception of one 14-year-old girl. The twins, who were badly burned in a fire that destroyed their home at Clodine last Sunday morning, have died at the Baptist Sanitarium, the last one dying yesteday. [Interment in Cheetham Cemetery] When the fire burned their home at Clodine, where Flippen was section foreman, the head of the family perished along with three of the children. The mother and one girl escaped and the mother carried out of the burning building twin babies, but they were horribly burned. The mother will recover from the burns doctors say.--Houston Chronicle.

Weimar Mercury, January 17, 1919, page 7

Flippin. Estelle
Flippin, Helen
Flippin, Nora
Flippin, R. Jackson

Mother and Twin Babies Also Terribly Burned; But One escapes in Family of Jackson Flippen[sic]

Jackson Flippen, section foreman and three of his children were burned to death in a fire that destroyed his home in Clodine, Fort Bend County, at 4 o'clock yesterday morning. Mrs. Flippen and twin babies eight months old were also terribly burned and are at the Baptist Sanitarium.

An effort to start a fire with oil was the cause of the disaster. Mr. Flippen had arisen early and taken a can of kerosene to build a fire in an airtight heater. As he was pouring oil into the fire the entire can took fire and exploded. The burning oil was scattered all over the room and over Mr. Flippen's clothing. In a minute he was enveloped in flames and was screaming with agony.

The man staggered toward the bed occupied by his wife and the twins. The bed clothing caught fire. Mrs. Flippen grabbed the two babies and got out of the house with them, but not until they were badly burned. Doctors at the hospital said they thought one of the babies would certainly recover but could not yet tell whether the other baby and mother would survive.

Three other small children that were sleeping the the same room were uable to get out and their bodies were burned to a crisp. The father only got a few feet from the stove where he fell, overcome by the flames. 

Velma Flippen, 14-year- old girl, who slept in an adjoining room, is the only member of the family who is not burned. An ambulance from Westheimer's went to Clodine, where the funeral of the four dead members of the family was arranged for and the three injured were brought to Houston.

The family had lived at Clodine for five years, where the father was a section boss for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad. They formerly lived at Cheetham, a station beyond Eagle Lake. The bodies of the father and three children were taken there for burial.

Houston Chronicle, Monday, Jan 6, 1919
Submittted by Regena Williamson

Flippen, Leona M. (Drozd)


Leona M. Flippen, 81, of Sheridan, passed away Jan. 7.

She was born on June 8, 1926 to Frank and Rosie Drozd in Yoakum. She married Clarence E. Flippen on May 1, 1944 in Mission. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sheridan.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Victor, Richard and Edwin Drozd.

She is survived by her husband Clarence; two daughters, Mary Ann Boggess and husband Charles of Navasota and Carol Manken and husband John of Mo.; brother Frankie Drozd and wife Billie of Victoria; two sisters, Margaret Mudd of Alvin, and Bennie Callahan of Baton Rouge, La.; two sisters-in-law, Anita Drozd of Yoakum, and Ester Drozd of Victoria; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services took place Friday, Jan. 11 at Kubena Funeral Home with Pastor Brent Pittman officiating. Burial followed in Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Colorado County Citizen, January 16, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Flippin, Lydia Jane

Cheatham News

Feb. 10. Mrs. A. J. Flippin was buried Friday, Feb. 1st., at the Cheetham cemetery. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Luie Tyler. Mrs. Flippin was among the few to escape when her son's home burned at Clodine a short time ago.

Colorado Citizen, February 14, 1919


Sunday’s papers chronicled the fact that Mrs. Mary [Lydia] Jane Flippen had died at Cheetham Friday. Mrs. Flippen was the aged mother of Jackson Flippen, the section foreman at Clodine, who, with his five children, were burned to death in a recent fire, when he attempted to start a fire with a can of kerosene oil, the can exploding and throwing the burning contents over himself and the children. Mrs. Flippen contracted pneumonia as a result of exposure at the time of the fire. She was laid to rest by the side of her son and five little grandchildren. The widow of Jackson Flippen will be released from the Baptist Sanitarium, where she has been under treatment for burns received during the fire, some time this week. Houston people are caring for her, having furnished her a home free for some time to come, together with money, groceries and fuel to tide her over the next few months. She and a small daughter are the only survivors of the family.

Weimar Mercury, February 7, 1916, page 1

Flippen, Ottis "Odie"

Flippin Is Killed By Train.

Eagle Lake, Texas, Jan 26,--Odie Flippin, a young man whose home is at Chetham [sic], this county, was run over and killed by a San Antonio and Aransas Pass work train at the Colorado River bridge between here and Altair, about 12 o'clock today. There was only one eyewitness, a brakeman on the train, who stated that the young man got his foot caught in the switch as the train was backing upon him. The derail was quickly thrown, but the train was too close upon him. [Interment in Cheetham Cemetery] the body was horribly cut and mangled. He was brought to Eagle Lake immediately after the accident, but died before the train reached the depot here.

Weimar Mercury, January 30, 1914

Bridge Workman is killed by Sap Train

Young Man killed By Sap Work Train at Slutter Switch About Noon Last Monday.

Odie Flippin, a young man working with the San Antonio and Aransas Pass pile driving crew, under Foreman Harris, which crew is working at the Colorado river bridge between here and Altair was run over and killed by the work train at Slutter Switch, a short distance this side of the river, about 12 o’clock Monday.  There is said to have been but one eye witness to the accident, the brakeman on the train, who states that Flippin got his foot caught in the switch as he was crossing the track in front of the backing train.  The brakeman immediately threw the derailer, but the train was too close on the man to prevent the accident.  The body was horribly cut and mangled.  Immediately after the accident he was placed on the work train and a hurried run made to Eagle Lake, but death came just as the train reached the depot here.  Although horribly cut, bruised and mashed, the unfortunate young man was perfectly rational after the accident, and did not lose consciousness until the train was almost in town and talked to those about him to within almost a few minutes of his death.  He asked for the foreman, Mr. Harris, and other of fellow workmen.  He told them among other things where he had his money and asked that his twin brother, working with another bridge gang at Simonton, be notified.   Flippin was a signal man to the pile driving engineer.  His home is at Cheetman (Sic), this county, where he has a father and step-mother living.  The body was prepared for burial by Undertaker De Bord and Shipped to his home at Cheetham for burial. 

Unidentified news article contributed by Regena Williamson

Flores, Bruno


Bruno Flores, age 75, of Eagle Lake, passed away May 19 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a sudden illness.

Funeral services were held for Mr. Bruno Flores Wednesday, May 21 at Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Delfino Moreno officiating.

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

Mr. Flores was born on October 6, 1909 in Wharton County, near Crescent to Hermejildo Flores and Simona Gomez Flores. He has lived in our area all of his life.

He retired from the former Lakeside Irrigation Company of Eagle Lake in 1980 after 40 years. of service.

Survivors include one brother, Julina[sic] Flores of Eagle Lake; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and loved ones.

Pallbearers were Julian Flores, Jr., Arthur Flores, Julian Flores, Ill, Rufus Cardenas, Joe Cardenas and Isaac Ramirez.

Colorado Citizen, May 29, 1986, page 2

Flores, Carrie

A Mexican girl about thirteen years of age, Carrie Flores, daughter of Peter Flores and wife, living near the Alamo Lumber Company yards, died yesterday of influenza. The funeral was held at Lakeside yesterday afternoon.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 2, 1918, page 2

Flores, Guadalupe Jr.

Justified, Says Sheriff

Deputy Shoots, Kills Man Brandishing Gun

A man who police say aimed a gun at them as they were walking away, after he had refused to give it up, was shot and killed by one of the officers, around four o'clock Wednesday morning, July 3.

Lupe Flores, 20, of the Rock Island area, was shot once in the chest by Chief Deputy Sheriff Bufford Ashley as he stood on the front porch of his grandmother's home at Rock Island. He was taken by the Sheridan ambulance to the Eagle Lake hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

The incident is being investigated by Texas Ranger Ray Nutt, who will present his findings to a Colorado County grand jury, Sheriff Jim Broussard said.

This was the way the sheriff described the event:

"At approximately 1 a.m. July 3, a Mrs Cardenas, accompanied by a granddaughter, traveled to Deputy Sheriff Bill Esterling's residence in Rock Island and reported that her grandson, Jupe[sic] Flores, was at her residence creating a problem. She did not want officers to intervene at this time but wanted them to be aware of the situation.

Granddaughter Called

"At approximately 3:20 a.m., Esterling was contacted by phone through Mrs. Cardenas' granddaughter, who could speak English. Esterling was informed that Lupe Flores had forced Mrs. Cardenas and the Granddaughter away from the house at gunpoint and they wanted Esterling to go to the residence.

"Esterling went to the residence, which is in Rock Island, and was confronted by Flores on the front porch with what was believed to be a rifle.

Esterling identified himself and attempted to talk to Flores but was told by Flores to leave as he did not want to talk to anyone.

"Esterling then drove to a pay phone in Rock Island and made contact with Chief Deputy Bufford Ashley, who resides in Sheridan.

"Ashley and Esterling returned to the residence in an attempt to remove Flores so the grandmother could return home. When the officer arrived, Esterling stayed by the vehicle on the roadway for radio communication and Ashley went toward the house.

"About halfway across the yard he was confronted by Flores, who was standing on the porch with what appeared to be a rifle. Ashley attempted to talk Flores into putting the gun down and talking to him. He attempted to talk to Flores for a few minutes but was told by Flores to leave as he did not want to talk to anyone. Ashley told Flores he would leave and started back toward the cars, keeping Flores in sight.

Pointed Gun

"Up to this point, Flores had not pointed the gun at the officers but was holding it waist high. When Ashley started to move away from Flores, Flores raised the gun to shoulder height and pointed at the officers. At this time, Ashley removed his pistol from the holster and fired, hitting Flores in the chest area,"

The sheriff said because a deputy was involved he secured the scene and contacted Ranger Nutt, assigning him to do the complete investigation. Eagle Lake Police Chief Ben Johnson was contacted and asked to secure the scene at the hospital where Flores was taken, until the Ranger could get there. The sheriff requested an autopsy and it was order by Justices of the Peace M M. Jones of Eagle Lake. [Place of interment unknown]

"Neither I nor my officers are involved in the investigation," Broussard said, "However I and the district attorney, Bud Kirkendall, are being kept up to date on the progress of the investigation and have been assured by Ranger Nutt that the shooting was totally justified to prevent officers from being shot by Flores, as he was armed with a 410 shotgun."

No Statement

The sheriff said he and the Ranger have agreed that no statements pertaining to the actual investigation and/or evidence will be given until the investigation is complete and the findings given to the grand jury.

"The only comment I have at this time," he said, "is that I expect all officers to do everything within their power to prevent a confrontation such as this, however I expect all officers to defend themselves when the time comes to do so."

Weimar Mercury, July 11, 1985

Flores, Mary Elizabeth

Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Flores, 38, of Eagle Lake were held Thursday afternoon from the Mill-Bauer chapel. Rev. Roger /Rodriguez officiated.

Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery under the direction of Mill-Bauer Funeral Home.

She died Monday, Jan 25, at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Ms. Flores was born Oct. 4, 1943, in Eagle Lake, the daughter of Mike and Sarah Gallegos Flores.

She was an Eagle Lake resident all her life and a member of the Baptist Church.

Ms. Flores is survived my her mother, Sarah Flores of Eagle Lake and one sister, Lydia Cardenas of Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, February 4, 1982
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Flournoy, Annie (Wooliver)


News was received here by Mrs. “Dock” Obenhaus of the Harmony community of the death of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Annie Flournoy of Houston. Mrs. Flournoy had been in bad health for several years, but her death was not expected so soon. It was a shock to her friends here who knew her when she lived in this community years ago. “Miss Annie, as she was familiarly called, was like everybody else--she had her troubles, but she kept them to herself, not burdening anyone with them. She was a good woman, and was liked by everyone who knew her. Her relatives have the sympathy of all the people of our section.
[Interment in Cheetham Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, April 20, 1928, page 5

Flournoy, Edward Gibson

Ed Flournoy Dies Suddenly At Rock Island

Funeral services for Edward Gibson Flournoy, 58, were held at the Baptist church in Rock Island at 5 p.m. Monday with interment in the Rock Island [Myrtle] cemetery, the Rev. J. K. Ridgway of the Baptist church of Columbus officiating. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Flournoy, who died of a heart attack at his Rock Island home at noon Sunday, was born April 22, 1886, near Weimar, the oldest son of J. T. and Annie Flournoy. He was a stockman and had spent the greater part of his life in Colorado county. He had never married.

He is survived by his stepmother, Mrs, Etta Flournoy; one sister, Mrs. Gertrude Herndon of Highland, and five brothers, Lee of Lake Charles, La.; Ben, Goose Creek; Jim, Wharton, Royce, U. S. Army, India, and Mike, U. S. Army Italy.

Pallbearers were Harvey Lee, Bill Branch, Paul White, Oscar Baker, J. G. Jenkins and Jack Mayes.

Among out-of-town people attending the funeral were Lee Flournoy, Lake Charles, La., Ben Flournoy and family and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Diehl and daughter, Goose Creek; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Henderson, Highlands; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Flournoy and Sheriff "Buck" Lane, Wharton; Milton,Henry, W. K. Wall, Paul White, Dewey Gentry, Mrs. Jack Bridson and Mrs. Grodhouse, Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, April 12, 1945.

Flournoy, John Thomas

Mr. Tom J. Flournoy Is Claimed by Death

Mr. Tom J. Flournoy of Rock Island, who as a boy roamed these prairies and this was home to him, on last Saturday was a visitor to our city and old time friends.

For some reason, we are told, he was very despondent on the occasion of this visit, and spoke of being tired of life and of ill health that had lately beset him. To his friends here he seemed in splendid physical condition, but he probably knew better of his inner self than they did. He returned to Rock Island late that afternoon, we understand.

Early the next morning at his home in Rock Island he was found dead. Some time in the night he had given up the struggle and had sought surcease in death. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Mr. Flournoy, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Flournoy of this community, was 73 years of age. He also was a brother of Mrs. E. L. Obenhaus of this city. He is survived by his widow and seven children, all of the children being grown and settled in life, we understand. One of his sons is Deputy Sheriff Jim Flournoy of Fayette county; another son is in the Ranger service.

Tom Flournoy was a fine specimen of manhood. Full six feet in height and weighing over 200 pounds, he was a man that attracted attention in every crowd. He loved his friends and was true to them. The passing of his old time associates grieved him greatly and he shed many tears over their demise. He loved to visit Weimar, for this was his home in bygone days, and he loved the people here.

To his sorrowing family our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, October 19, 1934, page 1

Flournoy, Martha Etta (Holbrook)

Mrs. Etta Flournoy Funeral Is Held At Rock Island.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon In the Rock Island Baptist church for Mrs. Martha Etta Flournoy, 74, who died Monday in a La Grange hospital.

Minister Leon Locke, pastor of a Church of Christ at Hungerford, conducted the rites.

Mrs. Flournoy had lived in Rock Island for the last 50 years and had gone to La Grange recently for a visit with her son, Sheriff Jim Flournoy, and his family, and became ill. She was born at Purdon Nov. 10, 1882.

She was also the mother of another sheriff, Mike Flournoy, of Wharton county.

Other survivors include 2 stepsons, W, B. Flournoy of Highlands and Lee Flournoy of Crosby; a stepdaughter, Mrs. R. L. Herndon of Highlands: a brother, Ben Holbrook of Corsicana; and 9 grandchildren.

Burial was in Myrtle cemetery near Rock Island.

Colorado County Citizen, December 27, 1956, page 6

Flournoy, Martha Jane (Murchison)

Sheridan Shiftings

Mrs. M.G. Flournoy of Rock Island who had suffered for years with cancer on the face died last Thursday and was buried Friday evening. A large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends being in attendance, Mr. and Mrs. M. Strunk of Shimek, Geo. Strunk and Mrs. D. Sheridan, L. Mayes and wife and E. M. Brown of this place attended the funeral. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, November 3, 1911
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Flournoy, Modecai Gibson


From the Houston Chronicle of this (Thurs.,) morning we note that M. G. Flournoy, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of this county, died at Rock Island Tuesday,aged 84 years. He was a member of the Baptist Church for thirty-eight years, a veteran of the civil war, a man whose friendship was prized by all who knew him, an upright, good citizen, and one who will be sadly missed by a large circle of friends throughout this section. Mr. Flournoy was a visitor to Weimar quite recently, but at that time friends noted he was failing rapidly. His death is sincerely deplored. He leaves a brother, two children--Mrs. E. L. Obenhaus of the Harmony section and T. J. Flournoy of Rock Island--nine grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury July 2, 1920

Flowers, Geraldine "Gerri" (Roy)

Geraldine "Gerri" Flowers, 64, of Eagle Lake, passed away Jan. 6, at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

She was born July 9, 1937 in Sweetwater, to Jim and Lucille Greer Roy Sr. She had been a resident of our area most all her life graduating from E.H. Henry High School class of 1956. She was a member of the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, where she was baptized at an early age, under the leadership of the Rev. B. F. Langham. She served on the usher board, senior choir and recently, pastor's aide and working with the Willing Workers.

She served the Eagle Lake Community Hospital for over 20 years as a nurse's aide, respiratory aide, and physical therapy aide and ward clerk. After leaving the hospital, she owned and operated Gerri's Homestyle Chicken for over 10 years. As her health failed, Gerri remained active, working at the Eagle Lake Drug Store and for her "special friends."

She was proceeded in death by her parents; son, Gerald Wayne Flowers; sister, Ruby Davis; brothers, Jim Roy Jr. and Jerry Watkins; former husband and lifelong friend, Henry "Hank" Flowers, Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Dee Flowers and special friend Willie Jackson, of Eagle Lake; sons and daughter-in-law, Lonnie Ray and Patricia Flowers, and Samuel Edmond Flowers, all of Eagle Lake; daughter-in-law, Helen Flowers of San Antonio; sisters, Ernestine Scott, of Eagle Lake, Alice Faye Austin, of San Diego, Calif. and Jennie Ruth Barnes, of Killeen; brother, James Lee Roy, Sr. of Eagle Lake; seven grandchildren, Antrone Clark, Samantha Starr, Geri Nicole, Sammy Edmond Jr., Gerald Wayne II, Brittnee Nicole and Samia; and God-child, Terreka Jackson.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 12 at Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Thomas Kuykendall, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Mausoleum of Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Harrison Johnson, Odell Cotton, Darrell Parker, Joe Stovall, Alvin Milligan, Louis Barrow, Keith Austin, James Parker, Kenneth Hemphill, Jimmy Hurd, Sammy Chavis and Robert Boone.

Honorary Pallbearers were Lonnie Flowers, Willie Jackson, Charles Underwood, Mychal Cooper, Wayne Barnes, Kenneth Davis, Samuel Flowers, James Lee Leroy Sr., Alex Woolridge, Larry Ohara and Glenn Gray.

Colorado County Citizen, January 16, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Flowers, O.D. "Speedy"

O. D. (Speedy) Flowers Dies In Houston

O. D. (Speedy) Flowers, a well-known colored employee of the Universal Motor Company in Eagle Lake, succumbed to an illness at the Veterans Hospital in Houston last Sunday morning. He had been in ill health since the end of the year.

Flowers had been employed with the Universal Motor Co. since 1936 except for a few years in the U. S. Armed Forces during World War II.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18th at the Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake. [Interment in Eagle Lake Community Cemetery] He is survived by his wife, Maggie Flowers; and four brothers.

His presence will be missed around the Universal Motor Co.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Feb. 15, 1973

Flowers, Robert

Eagle Lake Inklings.

Another one of those unfortunate difficulties that are becoming so common throughout Texas and the country generally, occurred at the railroad depot Saturday morning last, resulting in the fatal wounding of one good citizen by another equally as respected in this community. The particulars, so far as we have been able to glean them, are about as follows; It seems Mr. Robert Flowers, the party shot, had a few words with Dr. B. C. Jones on Friday evening regarding some business transactions, but the two did not come to blows. On Saturday morning, whilst Dr. Jones was at the depot attending to business, he was approached by Mr. Robert Flowers and his brother, Morgan Flowers, and assaulted by the former, pressed to the floor and badly beaten about the face while down. Dr. Jones managed to draw his pistol and discharged one ball into the left side of Robert Flowers, inflicting the fatal wound. The parties are cousins by marriage and both highly esteemed in this community. Dr. Jones was placed under bond and Mr. Flowers taken to the section house, where he died at 4 o’clock Sunday evening. The affair is greatly deplored by the citizens generally. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, September 30, 1880

Flowers, Vera Mable (Scott)

Vera M. Flowers

January 3, 1912 – February 16, 1995

Vera Mabel Scott Flowers, 83, of Rock Island, died February 16, 1995, at her residence after a prolonged illness. She was born January 3, 1912, in Sheridan, the daughter of John W. and Lea Anna Sheridan Scott.

On July 21, 1936, she and Reagan Flowers were united in marriage. This bond lasted 44 years. During their union, they adopted three children of her deceased sister, Nora.

Flowers dedicated her life to the Lord at an early age and worked faithfully in his service; even singing with her sisters in the "Scott Sister's Quartet" on the radio. She was a member of the Eagle Lake Mission Church.

She was a homemaker, lifetime resident of the area and a member of Eagle Lake Mission Church. Flowers was a true Christian. She could say with Paul, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." She will be dearly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Reagan Flowers; a daughter, Jo Ann Flowers; a brother, Hubert Scott; and four sisters.  Melody Hopkins, Selma Burger, Nora Briscoe and Evelyn Speck.  Survivors include two adopted sons, Sammy Lee and his wife Mary of Houston and J.L. "Noppy" and his wife Ann Briscoe of Big Spring; a sister, Ann Brooks of Eagle Lake; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John W. and Vivian Scott of Houston and Jim Ford and Deeda Scott of Rock Island; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held February 18 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Roy Botard officiating.  Burial followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Rex Speck, Scott Siewert, Andrew Taylor, Noel Barten, Mike Scott and Horst Siewert.

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

Sympathy is extended to the family.

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

Floyd, Maude Agnes (Lindsay)

Last Rites Held Mon. For Mrs. Floyd

Friends in the community learned with regret the death last Saturday morning of Mrs. Maude Agnes Lindsay Floyd, a resident of this community for over fifty years and a former business woman during many of those years.

She passed away in the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo at 7:00 a.m. last Saturday, May 6th.

Mrs. Floyd was born in Mena, Arkansas on June 15, 1887. She was united in marriage to Thomas Henry Floyd in Ardmore, Oklahoma on Sept. 19, 1906.

She had been a resident of Eagle Lake since 1922 when Mr. Floyd came here as agent for the American Express Co. He preceded her in death on January 30, 1940.

Many citizens will remember Mrs. Floyd as she assisted her daughter with the operation of the Greyhound Lines and the Western Union Office in the White House Cafe for many years. Everyone who knew her will miss seeing her as they pass her home and yard on Post Office Street which she loved so dearly.

Funeral services were held from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 8th, 1972 wit the Rev. Father Edward Geiser officiating. She was placed to final rest in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Joe Koudelka, Alvin W. Kohleffel, R. F. Spanihel, Lloyd Spalinger, N. L. Grasshoff and L. J. Rosprim.

Rosary was recited at the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Reggie Lois Stiles of Eagle Lake; two sisters, Mrs. Rose Merrill of this city and Mrs. Cora Johnson of Wichita, Kansas; three grandchildren, L. W. (Bill) Stiles, Jr. of this city; Mrs. Jerry (Mary Catherine Stiles) Jax and Mrs. Joseph L.(Dolly Stiles) Korenek of Houston; and thirteen great grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Lynn Fullenweider and one brother, Claude B. Lindsay.

She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic church. Mrs. Floyd took great interest in her community's activities.

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight May 11, 1972 page 12
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Fluker, Beverly Jeanne (Clayton)

Beverly Fluker Services Held Feb. 27

Beverly Jeanne (Clayton) Fluker, 63, of Weimar was born on Dec. 4, 1944, in Houston.

In 1987, she and her husband relocated to Weimar.

At her home in Weimar, on Feb. 23, Beverly graduated to be with our Lord after a three year battle with ovarian cancer.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, W. D. "Bill" Fluker of Weimar; daughters, Michelle Fisher and husband Brian of Thorndale and Vickie Saffle and husband Bryan of Rogers; mother, Gertrude Clayton of Weimar; sister, Peggy Rast and husband Jim of Waller; brother, Larry Clayton and wife Anita of Colleyville; grandchildren, Weston Fisher, Kaila Saffle, Hailee Fisher, Jonathan Saffle and Emalee Saffle; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Grundy Clayton and her brother, Robert Clayton.

Beverly was a devoted and loving wife, daughter, mother, sister and "Grammy."

Her love for God was always first, followed closely by her love for her family.

Beverly was extremely active with her church, Calvary Baptist in Weimar, where she was a charter member.

As a former member of Lindale Baptist, White Oak Baptist and Lazy Brook Baptist, she devoted many hours of love serving our Lord.

She had an extreme love for foreign missions and was active in the Union Baptist Association, where she held several positions, along with Gonzales Association.

Teaching GA's, Acteens and children's Sunday School held a special place in her heart.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Feb. 27 at Calvary Baptist, followed by graveside services at Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or to Hospice of South Texas, 404 N. Texana, Hallettsville, TX 77964.

We know she is rejoicing with our Savior.

Her love will be with us forever in our hearts.

Weimar Mercury, March 6, 2008, page 2A

Foard, Alice Driver (Boulden)

The Mercury regretted very much to learn of the death of Mrs. Alice Foard, wife of Robt. L. Foard, Jr., which occurred at Columbus last Saturday night. She was a lady of many estimable virtues, and loved and respected wherever known. She leaves a little baby only a few days old. Her remains wee laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Sunday afternoon at 5 o’clock. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved husband in his affliction.

Weimar Mercury, July 18, 1896, page 2

Foard, Arthur Bayard


One of the saddest accidents which has ever been the lot of the writer of this to chronicle occurred near town on the 4th inst.  ARTHUR B., the only child of Major Rob’t L. Foard, in company with Mr. John R. Hester, was killed by the accidental discharge of his gun, while out on a huntng excursion.  He left his parents, in the full vigor of life, at 2 o’clock, P.M., and at 3 o’clock was brought back a mangle and bleeding corpse.  It appears that he had just shot at a dove, and standing up in the buggy, which was moving slowly, to re-load his gun, it went off, taking effect in the right side of the face and neck, causing instant death.  Mr. Hester states that when the gun went off, Arthur quietly sat back into the seat, and he was so intent on the horse that he did not suspect that any accident had happened, until his attention was attracted by the smell of something burning.  He looked around, and the little fellow, with his head hanging over the back of the buggy, was dead, and bleeding.  Without a word—without a quiver of the flesh—the spirit had taken its flight on the rapid wings of eternal life to the Kingdom of God on High.

He was born on the 27th day of July 1857, in Columbus, and as yet was not quite fourteen years of age.  His father had refused to allow him to go hunting that day, but he wept so bitterly, and plead so affectionately that his mother (who could never deny him anything) consented, with the understanding that he ...[tear in paper]

[Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, May 11, 1871, page 1
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Foard, Charles Driver

The Citizen records with regret the death of little Charles Driver, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Foard, Jr., which sad event occurred at Austin last Wednesday, 11th inst., aged four months. The remains were removed to Columbus for interment, and were committed to earth in the Odd Fellows' Rest, Rev. H. C. Howard officiating. Charles was a bright little boy just beginning to note passing objects and exercising his little mind, but The Father had use for him at home.

"Thou was a flower too fair for earth--
Too tender for a world like this;
Thy Maker marked thee from thy birth,
And thou art now forever His."

Colorado Citizen, November 19, 1896

Foard, Georgiana (Sherrill)

DIED, in this city last Sunday at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, Mrs. Georgia Foard, an old resident of the city. Her remains were committed to the dust Monday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. H. C. Howard officiating. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, September 30, 1886

Foard, Robert Levi

Maj. Robert L. Foard departed this life after a short illness at 9:30 last Tuesday afternoon, in his 67th year. He was born in Cecil county, Md., in 1831, graduated from the law school at Princeton and came to this place in 1853, where he has since resided, engaged in the practice of law. Maj. Foad was widely known as one of the most distinguished lawyers of the state. He was one of our best citizens, charitable, hospitable, kind, a great lover of chldren and a friend to the distressed. His greatest happiness was in conferring happiness upon others, and his good deeds in a quiet way will be gatefully remembered by many recipients of his favors. His remains were interred yesterday afternoon at Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. T. B. Lawson officiating at the residence, the Odd Fellows at the grave. To the bereaved ones the Citizen tenders heartfelt sympathy.

The Citizen trusts some friend of each of these respected citizens, with proper data, will write special biographical articles of them.

Colorado County Citizen. November 10, 1898
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Foard, Robert Levi Jr.

Dispute Arose Over a Trivial Matter And Lie Given

Columbus, Texas, August 17. Robert L. Foard, Jr., was shot through the left ventricle of the heart and instantly killed by Brack Smith at 9 o’clock tonight at Ilse’s saloon in this place. Foard and a companion spent today out in the country hunting and shortly after returning became involved with Smith over a trivial matter. The lie was given and Foard secured a shotgun, threatening Smith’s life. Smith walked across the street to Brunson’s saloon, secured his six shooter and returned, firing at the first opportunity.

While Smith was gone, bystanders wrested the shotgun from Foard and when shot he was unarmed save for a small pocket knife. Two shots were fired, one going wide of the mark.

Foard was the son of Mrs. Bateman of Austin and the adopted son of Major R. L. Foard, a prominent lawyer of this place. He was a member of the city council at the time of his death.

Smith is an ex-marshal of this city.

Smith was promptly arrested.

Weimar Mercury, August 28, 1897, page 7


Last Tuesday night ina difficulty at Ilse’s saloon, Brack Smith, ex-marshal, shot and killed Alderman R. L. Foard, jr., the fatal shot being in the breast, passing through the body. Smith gave up to the officers, and was taken to jail. Mr. Foard was carried home and prepared for burial, which took place from the residence of his father, Major R. L. Foard, at 5 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. [Interment in Odd Fellows’ Rest]

Weimar Mercury, August 21, 1897, page 8

Fogle, Augustus Boyd


Augustus Boyd Fogle, 87 of Columbus, passed away May 30 at River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus.

He was born Sept. 23, 1916 to Henry Lee and Freida A. Fogle. He served in World War II and Korea from March 21, 1941 to June 30, 1963 and was a member of VFW, American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Arabian Shrine Temple, VCC, and Colorado County LVN association.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanore Fogle; two sisters; and one brother.

He is survived by sister, Eunice Duty of Tyler; brother, William Fogle of Austin; and nieces and nephews, Jean Redus, Sandra Redford, Sammie Grumbles, Dannie Brownlow, Mark Fogle and David Fogle.

Funeral services were Tuesday, June 1, at the Hubbard Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Carpenter officiating. Interment followed at the Masonic cemetery.

Pallbearers were Timothy Grumbles, Ed Grumbles, Gregg Grumbles, Geoff Grumbles, Mark Fogle, Matt Fogle, David Fogle, Carroll Radford, Mike Radford, Dannie Brownlow, Billie Dan Brownlow, James Redus, Wayne Osborne, Mike Dullin and Andy Reovs.

The Colorado County Citizen, June 9, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Augustus Fogle Funeral Services Held June 1

Augustus Boyd "Gus" Fogle, 87, of Columbus, died May 30 at River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus. Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 1 at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with Rev. Jerry Carpenter officiating.

Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Fogle was born Sept. 23, 1916 in Waelder to Henry Lee and Freida D. (Anderson) Fogle.

He was a retired Military Sergeant and LVN. He served in World War II and Korea from March 21, 1941 to June 30, 1963. He was also a member of the VFW, American Legion, Masonic Lodge, Arabian Shrine Temple, UCC, and Colorado County LVN Association.

He is survived by nieces and nephews, Jean Redus, Sandra Redford, Sammie Grumbles, Dannie Brownlow, Mark Fogle, and David Fogle; one sister, Eunice Duty of Tyler; and one brother, William Fogle of Austin.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanore (Janoff) Fogle; parents; two sisters; and one brother.

Pallbearers were Timothy Grumbles, Ed Grumbles, Gregg Grumbles, Geoff Grumbles, Mark Fogle, Matt Fogle, David Fogle, Carroll Radford, Mike Radford, Dannie Brownlow, Billie Dan Brownlow, James Redus, Wayne Osborne, Mike Dullin and Andy Redus.

Weimar Mercury, June 10, 2004

Fojt, Adela Mallie (Michalcik)

Adela Mallie Michalcik Fojt, 88, of Cat Spring, passed away at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at Memorial City Hospital in Houston.

She was born December 9, 1912 in Colorado County to John and Mary Vaclavik Michalcik.

Adela and August Fojt were married Jaunary 16, 1934 in Hallettsville and had resided in Weimar since 1980.

She was a homemaker and member of St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz, St. Roch's Altar Society and St. Michael's Christian Mothers in Weimar.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, August (Feb 1, 1974); brother, John Michalcik; sisters, Mallie Kucherka, Mary Taylor and Annie Little; and grandsons, Brian Maertz and Charles Glueck Jr.

Survivors include her daughters, JoAnn Maertz of Mentz and Mickey Glueck of Bernardo; brother, Alfons Michalcik of Hallettsville; grandchildren, Clinton Maertz Cindy Kunkel, Chris, Doug, Curtis, Jeff and Greg Glueck, Danette Cantu and Jenni Duncan; great-grandchildren, Kane Maertz, Trenton, Jordan and William Glueck, Cassie and Daniel Cantu, April and Jacey Nawara and Abby Martinez.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 16, at 10 a.m. from St. Roch's Catholic Church with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in St. Michael's Cemetery in Weimar.

Hubbard Funeral Home of Weimar was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Clinton Maertz, and Chris, Doug, Curtis, Jeff and Greg Glueck.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 22, 2001
Submitted by Ron New

Fojt, Anna (Valchar)

Funeral for Mrs. Fojt Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Fojt, 93, of Weimar were held Tuesday, Feb. 9, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. H. E. Beseda officiated.

Mrs. Fojt died at noon Sunday, Feb. 7, at Youens Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient for five days.

Except for 25 years when she lived at Moravia, Fayette County, she was a .lifelong resident of this area. Born June 23, 1888, at Oakland, she was a daughter of Joseph and Theresa (Coufal) Valchar. She was married to John Fojt on Nov. 11, 1913, at Bila Hora. He died in March 1969.

Mrs. Fojt was a member of the SPJST Lodge and the Czech Moravian Brethren Church.

She is survived by two sons, Jaro and John Fojt, both of Weimar; a daughter, Miss Wilma Fojt of Weimar; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild; a brother, Henry Valchar of Oakland; and a sister, Miss Martha Valchar of Schulenburg.

A son, Ervin, died In 1952. Eight sisters and a brother also preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Howard Fojt, Ira Sklar, Kenneth Fojt, Jerry Valchar, John Valchar and Ben Vyvial.

Weimar Mercury, February 11, 1982, page 5

Fojt, August J.

August Fojt Dies Here Last Thurs.

Funeral services were held in Weimar Sunday afternoon for August J. Fojt, a resident of the Heritage House nursing home in Eagle Lake who died last Thursday, Feb. 1st. Mr. Fojt was the father of Mrs. Charles Glueck of the Cat Spring community.

He had been in failing health for the past three years, but his death brought much sadness to his family and friends.

The Rev. Charles Carolan of St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Weimar officiated at the services from the chapel of the Hubbard Funeral Home Sunday afternoon and later at St. Michael’s Church. Interment was in the St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Alton, Ervin and Johnny Michalcik, Delmar Fojt, Stanley Kucherka, Jr., and Billy Taylor.

Mr. Fojt was born August 4, 1907 in Lavaca County the son of Josef and Johanna Tlucek Fojt. He and Adela Michalcik were united in marriage January 16, 1934. The family resided in Lavaca County until 1940, then moved to Placedo until 1945 when they moved to Weimar community.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Gordon (Jo Ann) Maertz of Columbus and Mrs. Charles (Mildred) Glueck of Cat Spring; five grandchildren; four brothers, Adolf, Emil, Alvin and Milton; and two sisters, Mrs. Alfons Michalcik and Mrs. Herbert Tesch. His parents, a brother and a sister and two grandchildren preceded him in death.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thurs., Feb. 7, 1974
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Fojt, Charlie Edward

Final Rites for Charlie Fojt, 62, Here December 21

Funeral services for Charlie Edward Fojt, 62, of Baytown, formerly of the Bila Hora and Oakland area, were held Dec. 20 at Baytown and Dec. 21 at Weimar, with burial in Weimar’s Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Harold Bromhoff officiated in the services at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baytown and the following morning at Hubbard Funeral Home here.

Pallbearers were Emil Valla, Eddie Rossow, Emil Joe Dusek, Joe Krizak, Melvin Krizak Jr., and Clifton Melnar.

Mr. Fojt died at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19.

Born Oct. 4, 1904 at Bila Hora, he farmed in the Oakland and Moravia areas as a young man. He married Miss Edna Krizak at Hallettsville on Nov. 10, 1925, and soon afterward they settled in Baytown, where he had been a mechanic for Shields Motor Co. until the time of his death.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Edwin Ray and James C., a daughter, Mrs. O. S. McCullough, and six grandchildren, all of Baytown; four brothers, Frank and Emil of Bila Hora, Willie of Moulton and Victor of San Antonio; two sisters, Mrs. Albina Trliza and Mrs. Tracy Kubos of Moravia. A sister Mrs. Albert Balusek, and a brother, John, preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, January 5, 1967, page 1

Fojt, Edna Julia (Krizak)

Final Rites for Mrs. Fojt, 71, Here Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Julia Fojt, 71, of Baytown were held Saturday morning, Feb 4, at St Paul's Lutheran Church there, with Rev Charles Probst officiating.

Services continued in the afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Chapel here, and burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Fojt, a lifelong Baytonian and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, died Friday in a Baytown hospital.

She also belonged to St. Paul's Altar Guild and Baytown Senior Citizens.

She is survived by two sons, Edwin R. and James C. Fojt, both of Baytown; one daughter, Mrs. Elvie McCullough of Baytown; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; four brothers, Melvin Krizak of Weimar, Lester and Emil Krizak, both of Oakland; five sisters, Mrs. Emil Dusek and Mrs. Hilton Leppin, both of Weimar, Mrs. Eddie Hoffmann and Mrs. Milton Hoffmann, both of Oakland, and Mrs. Victor Melnar of Hallettsville.

Pallbearers were Edwin R. Fojt Jr., Harold L. Bonin, Terry W. Ewing, Joe Krizak, Larry Rokyta, and Eugene Krizak.

Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1978
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Fojt, Erwin Libert

Car Crash Fatal to Ervin Fojt, 29

Ervin L. Fojt, 29, formerly of Weimar, was killed instantly last Friday afternoon when his 1941 Ford collided head-on with a bobtail truck owned by a wholesale grocery firm and occupied by two negroes.

Mr. Fojt, husband of the former Miss Irene Sander of here, was traveling from his job with Alcoa Aluminum Plant at Port Lavaca to his home at Placedo when the wreck occurred at 4 o’clock in the afternoon in the little community of Kemah.

The Fojts owned a small store at Placedo, and Mr. Foyt was employed on a night shift at Alcoa’s plant. He got off work at 8 o’clock, but had been delayed in Port Lavaca while his car was undergoing a safety inspection.

No charges have been filed in the wreck, which demolished the Fojt car and did considerable damage to the truck. Investigation of the cause of the crash was still going on this week.

One of the two negroes in the grocery truck received a bad gash on one arm; the driver was unhurt. The truck was overturned on one side when the two vehicles came to rest on Mr. Fojt’s side of the highway.

Funeral services for Mr. Fojt were held from Hubbard Funeral Home here Sunday afternoon with Rev. F. J. Kostkroytz of Temple and Rev. C. Emigholz of here officiating. Interment was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery, where graveside rites were also held by the local Legion and VFW posts.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Fojt, Mr. Fojt was born at Hallettsville August 27, 1923. After three years’ service in the Army, part of the time in Alaska, he worked for the county, C. C. Lester,and Edwin Hartensteiner here. He married Miss Irene Sander here Nov. 15, 1949, and the following November they moved to Placedo. He had been working for Alcoa since January of this year.

Mr. Fojt was a member of the Moravian Lutheran Church, SPJST, and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors in addition to his wife are a 23-month-old son, Howard Wayne; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Fojt of Weimar; two brothers, Jaro Fojt and John J. Fojt, and a sister, Miss Wilma Fojt, all of Weimar.

Pallbearers for the services were Walter Lee Kram, Albert Janecka, Alfred Kunz, Bennie Kunz, Otto Gindler,and Edgar (Buddy) Vornsand.

Weimar Mercury, September 12, 1952, page 1

Fojt, Jaro Robert

Jaro Robert Fojt Funeral Services Held Oct. 13

Jaro Robert Fojt, 84, of Weimar died Oct. 10 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Home due to natural causes. Funeral services were held Oct. 13 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Pastor Vernon Rabel officiating. Interment followed at Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Fojt was born June 15, 1915 in Lavaca County to John and Annie Valchar Fojt. He attended Breslau School.

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

He was a member of Vsetin Church, SPJST, and the American Legion. He was a farmer and was a resident of this area his entire life. Survivors include: a sister, Wilma Fojt of Weimar; a nephew, Howard Fojt of Houston and a great-niece, Michelle Fojt.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Ervin and John; and a nephew Kenneth Fojt.

The Weimar Mercury, October 14, 1999
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Fojt, John, Sr.

Final Rites For John Fojt, Sr., Held Last Week

Funeral services for John Fojt, Sr., who died February 15 at the home of his son, Emil A. Fojt, at Bila Hora, were held Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 17, from Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with interment in Bila Hora Cemetery. He lacked eight days of being 84 years old.

Rev. Kostohrys, Lutheran minister of Temple, Texas, officiated in the rites. Appropriate hymns were rendered by the Vsetin Lutheran choir; John Bocek, speaking for the S. P.J.S.T., of which Mr. Fojt had been a member delivered an address in his memory. Mr. Fojt was also a member of the C.S.P.S. and the Vsetin Lutheran Church.

Mr. Fojt was born in Czechoslovakia February 23, 1864, and came to this country at the age of 18. In later years he married Miss Annie Marek, residing continuously at Bila Hora during the remainder of his life. Mrs. Fojt preceded him in death June 2, 1934.

He is survived by six sons, Frank and Emil of Bila Hora, John of Oakland, Willie of Shiner, Charles of Baytown and Victor of San Antonio; three daughters, Mrs. Frank Arlica, Mrs. Henry Kubos, both of Moravia and Mrs. Albert Balusek of San Antonio. Two children died in infancy. Also surviving are 20 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Two brothers preceded him in death several years ago.

Active pallbearers at the funeral were six grandsons: Julius and Weldon Arlica, Raymond, Alton and Erwin Fojt and Milton Kubos.

Weimar Mercury, February 27, 1948
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Fojt, John A.

Final Rites for John A. Fojt, 82, Saturday

Funeral services for John A. Fojt, 82, were held Saturday, March 22, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. F. J. Kostohryz, pastor of Czech Moravian Brethren Church of Vsetin, where Mr. Fojt was a member officiated.

Mr. Fojt suffered a stroke at his home Wednesday evening, March 19, and died the following morning at 4:45.

Born Oct. 10, 1886, near Vsetin in Lavaca County, he was the son of Joe and Rosina Roznovak Fojt. On Nov. 11, 1913, he married Miss Annie Valchar and they settled in the Breslau-Moravia community. In 1938 they moved to their own farm in the New Bielau community, where they have lived since.

His wife survives, along with two sons, Jaro and John J. Fojt, both of Weimar; one daughters, Miss Wilma Fojt of Weimar; two grandsons, Howard Wayne and Kenneth Fojt; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Vyvial of La Marque and Mrs. Charles Sklar of Placedo. A son, Ervin, died in 1952. Two brothers also preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Ira C. Sklar, Guthrie Sklar, Jerry Valchar, Johnny Valchar, George Vyvial and Allen Vyvial.

Weimar Mercury, March 27, 1969, page 1

Fojt, John L.

Stroke Fatal to John L. Fojt, 60; Rites Held Today

Funeral services for John L. Fojt, 60, victim of a heart stroke, were held this (Thursday) afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Frank Kosthoryz of Temple officiated.

Mr. Fojt was stricken Friday April 1, and was taken to Youens Hospital here, where he survived until Wednesday.

A World War I overseas veteran, Mr. Fojt was paid final tribute at the graveside by a group of local VFW and American Legion members.

He was a native of Lavaca County, born Dec. 26, 1895, the son of John and Annie Fojt. He married Miss Julia Walchar Nov. 9, 1920, and they settled on a farm in Colorado County, where they have lived ever since. He was a member of Vsetin Lutheran Church and the SPJST. Surviving in addition to his widow are five brothers, Frank and Emil of the Bila Hora section, Willie of Shiner, Charles of Baytown and Victoria of San Antonio; and two sisters, Mrs. Albina Trlica and Mrs. Theresa Kubos, both of Moravia. The Fojts' only child, a son died as an infant. One of Mr. Fojt's sisters, Mrs. Emma Balusek, preceded him in death also, about a year ago.

Weimar Mercury, April 8, 1955, page 1

Fojt, Julie Agnes (Valchar)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Julie Fojt, 67, Held April 11

Funeral services for Mrs. Julie Agnes Fojt, 67, lifelong resident of this area, were held Thursday, April 11, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the Masonic Cemetery here.

Rev. F. J. Kostohryz of Temple, pastor of the CBM Church of Vsetin, where Mrs. Fojt was a member, officiated.

Mrs. Fojt had suffered a stroke at her home in Weimar and entered Youens Hospital April 1. At 5 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, she had a second stroke which proved fatal.

Born near Oakland Jan. 21, 1896, she was the daughter of Josef and Theresa Valchar. On Nov. 9, 1920, she was married to John L. Fojt of Bila Hora, and they settled in the Oakland community. They lived their entire married life on the same place, first renting and later buying the farm on which they had built a nice home.

Their only child, Edward Charles, died Dec. 9, 1922, at the age of five weeks.

Mrs. Fojt’s husband died April 6, 1955, after which she sold their farm and moved to Weimar. Also preceding her in death were her father and five sisters. One sister, Miss Agnes Valchar, died only a month ago,

Surviving her are her mother, Mrs. Theresa Valchar; four sisters, Mrs. John (Annie) Fojt, Mrs. John (Vlasta) Woytek, Mrs. Frank (Lydia) Roznovak, Miss Martha Valchar; and two brothers, Jerry J. Valchar and Henry E. Valchar.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Jaro Fojt, John Fojt, Jerry Valchar, Johnnie Valchar, Frank Rokyta and Julius Ermis.

Weimar Mercury, April 18, 1963, page 1

Fojt, Wilma

Wilma Fojt Funeral Service Held April 16

Wilma Fojt, 74, of Weimar, died April 13. Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 16 at the Hubbard Funeral home.

Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery.

Ms. Fojt was born January 8, 1928 to John and Anna Fojt in Lavaca County.

She was a farmer and a rancher.

She was preceded in death by her three brothers and her parents.

The Weimar Mercury April 18, 2002
Transcribed By Jennie Muggli


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Foley, Andy

Andy Foley, an old colored citizen of this section, died March 8 on the W. W. Williams’ farm west of town, at the advanced age of 85 years. He was buried the following day. [Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, March 13, 1925, page 1

Foley, Carrie

One of most generally useful and appreciated colored citizens, named Carrie Foley, aged about 44, died last Thursday at 2:05 a.m., of periventis, and was buried at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. [City Cemetery] Her funeral was the largest of any colored person ever buried here. For over four years she conducted the Alliance Restaurant in this city, and by her kindness, agreeable disposition and charitable deeds made many friends among the white people. She was a member of the Methodist church and of the society U. B. F., S. M. T. under whose auspices her remains were laid to rest, Rev. Smith, pastor, officiating. She numbered many friends among both races, and no colored person in our midst could be more generally missed than the deceased.

Colorado Citizen, May 15, 1890, page 3

Foley, Eva Grace (James)


Eva Grace Foley, 90, of Columbus, passed away March 22 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

She was born June 13, 1917 in Russellville, Ala. to Mary Lou Hurley and William Harvey James. She was married to the late James Valton Foley on May 28, 1939 and worked as a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and brothers, Rev. William Clarence James, Irvin James, Ernest O. James and Jessie Frank James.

She was survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary B. and Milton Planche, of Houston and niece, Mary Ellen LaBerge, of Houston.

Funeral services took place March 26 at San Fernando III Cemetery in San Antonio with the Rev. David George officiating. Graveside services followed in San Fernando III Cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, April 2, 2008,
Courtesy The Citizen

Foley, John

John Foley

Oct. 15, 1912 —Feb. 16, 1995

John Foley, 82, of Wharton, formerly of Garwood, died February 16, 1995, at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.  He was born October 15, 1912, in Stuttgart, Ark., the son of Frank and Mary Jeffries Foley.

Foley was united in marriage with Hazel Moore in June 1980.  He was a retired manager for Stallman Rice Dryer.  Foley was a member of Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Church in Garwood. He was the former president of Garwood Lions Club, Firemans Club and American Rice Council.  He also served in World War II in the 113 Army Engineers under General Patton and later in the Philippines.  Foley was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and his former wife, Pauline Stallman Foley of Garwood.  Survivors include his wife. Hazel Moore Foley of Wharton; four sisters, Mary Foley of Kansas City, Miss., Anne Lackey of Shreveport, La., his twin, Elizabeth Houston of Halingen, Emilie Hansen of Lee's Summit, Miss; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held February 18 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Larry Bailey officiating.   Burial followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.  Pallbearers were Mitchel Smith, W.A. "BilIy" Hefner, Joe Johnson, James Rees and Seth and Lawrence Stallman.  Henneke Funeral Home Inc., Columbus, was in charge of the arrangements.  Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

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

Foley, Pauline (Stallman)

Mrs Pauline Foley of Garwood died March 29 at Eagle Lake Community Hospital. She was 56 years of age.

Funeral services were held Sunday at Henneke Funeral Home with interment at Odd Fellows Rest. The Rev Lewis Sterling officiated.

Mrs Foley was born May 5, 1923 at Garwood, the daughter of Ed Stallman and the former Rosina Walling. She resided all her life in Garwood and was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, John Foley; one daughter, Mrs Joyce Strauch of San Antonio, one son, Lewis Fleming of Houston; two sisters, Mrs Elsie Flowers of Lytle, Texas and Mrs Rosemary Smith of Garwood; two brothers, William Stallman of Columbus and Neal Stallman of Garwood; three grandchildren

Pallbearers were Harry Kingston, Roy Stallman, James A Schilling, W A Hefner, M G Lanier and Harry Engstrom

Weimar Mercury, April 3, 1980, page 2
Contributed by Terry Jackson

Folta, Joe


Jos. Folta, aged 37 years, a well known and popular farmer of the Navidad section, living on the H. T. Green farm, died Friday night of a combination of the flu, pneumonia, and meningitis. The funeral took place Saturday afternoon at the Masonic Cemetery west of town, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister, officiating. Mr. Folta was a hard working, industrIous, good man, highly regarded by neighbors and friends and his sad death is deeply regretted by all. He had been ilI but a few days, Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, March 19, 1920, page 1

Folta, John


John Folta, an old citizen of the Navidad section, just across from the Colorado county lines southwest of town, died Monday and the funeral took place Tuesday morning at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister, officiating. Mr. Folta was 75 years of age. He was a native of Moravia, but had resided in this county for forty years, most of the time in Fayette county. He leaves a widow and four children, as follows: Mrs. Adolf Barta, Mrs. Ed Barta, and Albert and Emil Folta. A large crowd attended the funeral. Mr. Folta was one of the original organizers of the Bohemian lodge known as S. P. J. S. T. some 25 years ago, was a member at the time of his death, and this lodge took part in the funeral services. Mr. Folta was an industrious, good citizen, the possessor of many friends, and his death is sincerely regretted.

Weimar Mercury, March 31, 1922, page 1

Folta, Marie (Ehweiner)

Mrs. Marie Folta Dies Near Weimar Friday

Mrs. Marie Folta, the aged mother of Mrs. Adolf Barta, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Barta on the Navidad. West of Weimar, on last Friday afternoon, and the funeral took place Saturday afternoon at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, local Lutheran minister, officiating.

Mrs. Folta was born in Moravia Feb. 14, 1853. She came to Texas with her parents in 1874, first settling in Fayetteville, later moving to the Weimar section, where she made her home up to the time of her death. She was joined in marriage to John Folta in 1884. and to this union were born ten children, seven sons and three daughters., four of whom are still living. She was a member of the Lutheran Church and was highly esteemed and loved by all who knew her, as she ever proved herself a devoted wife and mother, as well as good friend and neighbor.

The children surviving her are Messrs. Emil and Albert Folta, Mrs. Adolf Barta and Mrs. Edward Barta; also five grandchildren and four sisters--Mrs. Joseph Hanzelka, Mrs. Annie Kunetka. Mrs. Frank Baca of Weimar and Mrs. Pete Petovsky of Cleburne.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, August 29, 1930, page 1

Folts, Alexander J.

The Citizen records with regret the death of its venerable friend, Mr. A. J. Folts, who departed this life at his residence near Glidden last Monday evening. Deceased was born in Tennessee in 1812, and came to Texas in 1852, residing in Colorado County all that time, 47 years. He was at one time our county treasurer, and was an energetic and progressive citizen. Quiet and unobtrusive in deportment, he aaw a man of firmness of character, decided in his views and bold in their expression. He had many friends wherever known. For over forty years he has been a consistent member of the Methodist church, and an earnest worker for the Master. His remains were committed to earch in the city cemetery at 9 o’clock yesterday morning under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, Rev. J. W. McMahon officiating. Peace is his last rest.

Weimar Mercury, October 7, 1899 From Columbus Citizen
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Folts, Alexander J., Jr.

With poignant regret the CITIZEN chronicles a most unfortunate accident which occurred near Glidden about 1 o'clock Thursday morning, whereby Alex. Folts, Jr., lost his life. He had been in town with friends the previous night until about 11 o'clock, when he mounted his horse and left for home, situate just beyond Glidden. As he was alone, it was conjectured--and the facts verify it--that when near the stockpen this side of Glidden, his horse threw him, got away and went home. Young Folts then started to walk home in the dirt road by the side of the track, in which he continued until he got to the cattle-guard and here to enoid[sic] crossing the wire with which the track was fenced, he got on the railroad tract, with a view of catching on to the freight train which was then coming and ride to Glidden. After the engine passed, he made an effort to grasp the iron on a box car, probably held for awhile, but finally lost his hold, was whirled under the train, and was run over by five cars. He was badly mutilated, and must have died in a short time. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Folts, much respected citizens of our county. His remains were placed to rest in our city cemetery at 10 o'clock last Friday morning, in the presence of many sorrowing relatives and friends, Rev. V. R. Stapp performing the solemn obsequies.

Colorado Citizen, November 20, 1890

THE MERCURY regrets to learn that Alex. Folts, jr., the son of A. J. Folts was run over by a train and killed Wednesday night near the stock pens, a few hundred yards east of Glidden. We failed to learn the particulars, except that he left Columbus for Glidden about dark, and that his body was terribly cut to pieces. His home was at Glidden, where he was engaged in the mercantile business

Weimar Mercury, November 15, 1890

Folts, Bessie

Post Special: Glidden, Texas, June 26.--Bessie, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Folts, aged 4 years died of congestion. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows’ Rest]

Weimar Mercury, June 29, 1895

Folts, John Edward

Mr. J. E. Folts

The earthly remains of Mr. J. Ed Folts were brought here from Houston Tuesday evening and laid to rest in the local cemetery, Rev. M. L. Darby of the Methodist church conducting the funeral service, assisted by Rev. Geo. W. Snelling of the First Baptist Church.

Those attending the funeral service from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Folts, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Folts, Mr. and Mrs. T. O. Folts and Mrs. J. A. Johnson of San Antonio and Mr. and Mrs. B. S. Cato, Sheriff T. A. Binford and Deputy Sheriff C. N. Ogden of Houston.

Mr. Folts was born at Glidden, the son of former County Treasurer Alex J. Folts, in 1858. When in his ‘teens he served as a trail driver, driving cattle from this country to Kansas. He was a charter member of the Old Trail Drivers Assn. and was called upon for advice by the film actors who made “North of 36” last year, on how to act like a trail driver. He served as a Texas Ranger a number of years and was deputy sheriff and constable at Humble, where he lived at the time he was taken ill, for about six years.

He died at the St. Josephs Infirmary in Houston last Monday night, from pneumonia.

He is survived by two brothers, T. O. Folts of San Antonio, a passenger conductor on the S. P. running between Houston and San Antonio, and W. D. Folts of Los Angeles, Calif., and by three sisters, Mrs. W. R. Turner of Salt Lake, Utah, Mrs. J. A. Holman of Commanche and Mrs. B. S. Cato of Houston, to whom our deep sympathy is extended.

Colorado Citizen, January 15, 1925, page 1

Folts, Mary Frances (Carney)

Mrs. Mary Folts.

Mrs. Mary Folts, 85 years old, died yesterday morning at 634 Mason Street, San Antonio. The deceased was born in Tennessee August 7, 1829, and has been a resident of Texas sixty five years. She is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Emma Turner, of Salt Lake City, Mrs. Sarah Flemming of San Antonio, Mrs. J. A. Holman of Comanche, Mrs. Lizzie Cato of San Antonio, and her sons, J. O. Folts of San Antonio, Walter Folts of Arizona and J. E. Folts of Houston. She is also survived by her brothers, I. L. Carney of San Antonio and Bart Carney of Jacksboro. The body will be sent to Columbus this morning by the Zizik Undertaking Company. [Interment in City Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, February 20, 1914, page 8

Folts, Sophronia E.

Last Sunday Mrs. Sophronia Folts, wife of J. C. Folts died at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Julius Obenhaus, and her remains were interred in the [Columbus City] Cemetery at 11 o'clock last Monday.

Mrs. Folts was an old resident of the county, a consistent member of the Methodist Church, a lady of many estimable qualities and with many friends. Peace be to memory.

Colorado Citizen, October 17, 1895
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Forcier, Josephine (Miller)

Oak Grove
by Delores Barte

. . .
Mrs. Josephine Farceir[sic] of Houston passed on to her eternal reward and was buried in the Miller’s Creek Cemetery on Wednesday May 15, at 2 p.m. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Miller, deceased. She was the niece of Mrs. Mary Cooper and the cousin of Harvey Cooper of this area. Our deepest sympathy to relatives of both families.

Weimar Mercury, May 25, 1968, page 3

Fondon, Johnnie Earl

Johnnie Fondon

Johnnie Earl Fondon, Jr., 58, of Houston and formerly of El Campo, died July 7, 2007.

He was born on May 19, 1949 in El Campo to Earl and Verna Harry Fondon. He graduated from El Campo High School and Commonwealth College of Sciences. He had been employed as a funeral director and recently was employed by Krogers.

He is survived by his aunts, Edna Harry and Mildred Harry both of Houston; uncle, Ernest Harry; nephews, Kenneth and Eddie Fondon; and niece, Donna Fondon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Charles Fondon.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at Triska Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Gould officiating. Burial followed at the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Scott Jenkins, Eddie Fondon, Ken Fondon, Wayne Harry, Ed Harry and A.G. Hajovsky.

El Campo Leader-News, Online, July 11, 2007

Fondon, Verna Raye (Harry)

Verna R. Fondon - EL CAMPO

EL CAMPO - Verna Raye Fondon, 85, of El Campo, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005.

She was born Sept. 23, 1919, in Wallis, to the late Leon Edward and Josephine Talafuse Harry. She was a homemaker.

Survivors: son, John Fondon of Houston; sisters, Edna Harry and Mildred Harry, both of Houston; brother, Ernest Harry of Gause; and three grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Earl Fondon; and son, Charles Fondon.

Visitation will begin 9 a.m. Thursday at Triska Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Richard Gould officiating.

Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681.

Victoria Advocate online, March 16, 2005

Ford, Jerry

At a negro dance at Altair last Friday nght about 12 o’clock Jerry Ford attempted to “run a Muck,” and had cut and slashed four or five negroes, and finally had his throat fatally cut by Ed. Champ, whom he had serously wounded. Deputy Sheriff Rees went after Champ, but he was too badly wounded to be brought to the city. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, October 8, 1891, page 3

Ford, William Clyde

W. C. Ford, Local Insuranceman, Is Buried Yesterday

Last rites for W. C. Ford, local insuranceman, were held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 in Columbus Funeral home, with Dr. Norman L. Roberts officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. Ford,who had been in critical health for several months, died in John Sealy hospital at Galveston Monday evening. He and Mrs. Ford had only recently completed their new home on Highway 71, south of Columbus.

Born in Cameron Nov. 24, 1899, he was a son of Willie Claude and Effie Caldwell Ford.

Besides his widow he is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. John Muse and Mrs. Burns Beaver, and one brother, Melvin Ford, all of Cameron.

Named as pallbearers were Terry Wiley, J. R. Sewall, F. C. Josey, Abie Lesser, E. G. Miller and Jack Leyendecker.

Colorado County Citizen, March 8, 1956, page 12

Fore, Boyce E.


Boyce E. Fore, 70, of Columbus, passed away June 2. He was born Jan. 17, 1937 in Linden to Jim and Pauline Kirkland Fore. He married Dolores Sullivan Fore Aug. 10, 1957.

He moved to Columbus in 1976 where he owned and operated Boyce Fore Chev-Pont Inc. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Columbus where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He coached little league baseball for many years. He also served on the Industrial and Development Board of Columbus. He was currently the owner and operator of Fore Auto Sales.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Delbert Sullivan; and brother-in-law, Shelton Sullivan.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Cathy Fore Sturm and husband, Eddie, of Columbus; sons, Glen Fore, of Bernardo, Greg Fore, of Bernardo and Matt Fore and wife, Cheryl, of San Angelo; mother-in-law, Gladys Sullivan; brother, James Fore and wife, Mary, of Texarkana; sisters, Veneda Lance and husband, W.D. and Charlotte Brimer and husband, Freddie, both from Atlanta; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Pam and Joe Moore, of Bernardo; grandchildren, Stephanie Sturm, of Columbus, Taylor, Noah, James and Adam Fore, of San Angelo; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 9, at First Baptist Church in Columbus. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers are Craig Moore, Heath Moore, Joshua Moore, Jody Fore, Freddie Brimer and W.D. Lance. Honorary pallbearers are the deacons of First Baptist Church in Columbus.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church General Scholarship Fund.

Colorado County Citizen, June 5, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Forseth, Elaine May (Nicewander)

Mrs. Forseth Dies Suddenly in Borger; Last Rites Today

Funeral services for Mrs. Elaine Nicewander Forseth, 46-year-old daughter of Mrs. M. I. Nicewander of Rock Island, who has been correspondent for The Citizen for many years, will be held at the Rock Island Methodist church this (Thursday) afternoon at 5 p.m. with burial in Myrtle cemetery. Rev. Clifford Wiese will officiate.

Services were held yesterday morning at the Lutheran church in Borger, where Mrs. Forseth lived. Her body was brought overland to Columbus Funeral home, where it will lie in state until the Rock Island rites.

Mrs. Forseth, who had suffered with asthma for several years, died suddenly at her home in Borger Monday night. She and her husband and family had just moved to Borger in April from Spring Valley, Wis. where they had lived for a number of years. Mrs. Forseth’s in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Forseth and her adopted children Eric Myron, 10 and Mary Ethelda, 7, had remained with the Nicewanders in Rock Island until Mr. and Mrs. Forseth could get settled in the new residence.

Besides her mother and the children, Mrs. Forseth is survived by her husband, Glenn J. Forseth, and 2 brothers, Leonard of Rock Island, and Dan, who is superintendent of the Shell cycling plant at Sheridan.

Colorado County Citizen, July 28, 1960, page 12

Forteson, Seth Ann


Seth Ann Forteson passed away on Sept. 8 at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

She was born to Susie Hemphill Allen and Marcus Freman on March 5, 1936 in Columbus.

Forteson graduated from Columbus High School in 1952 at 15 years of age. She continued her education at Houston-Tillotson University majoring in math education. She also served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1956.

In 1956, she married J.B. Forteson and to this union, they had three daughters: Vera Lynette, Hattie Sue, and Janice Annette.

Still continuing her education, she received a practical nursing certificate in 1964 from Lincoln School of Practical Nursing. In later years, she completed training as a certified medication aide for Wharton County Junior College and used her certification at Sweetbriar Nursing Home. She also became a paramedic for the Colorado County EMS, where she saved many lives. Her experience did not stop there. She was also a machine operator for The Colorado County Citizen for many years.

She accepted Christ at an early age at St. Paul United Methodist Church. She remained a faithful member until her health failed. She was a choir member, an announcement clerk, and a mentor to many young adults in their church work.

Forteson was preceded in death by her husband and daughter Janice Annette Forteson.

She is survived by two daughters: Hattie Sue Forteson of Beasley; Vera Lynette Taylor and husband Harold of Sublime, Kan.; grandchildren: Jennifer Lynette Taylor and Louis Taylor; brother: David Allen of Manhattan, Kan.; aunt: Dorothy Foster and husband John of Houston; cousins Robert Gilcrease, Sammy Jean Gilcrease, Gloria Carr, Brenda Gilcrease, and Robert Earl Ellis; and a host of in-laws, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Sept. 15 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Charles Purnell officiating. Interment followed at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus. Another life celebration took place at Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Robert Gilcrease, Louis Taylor, Howard Evans, Jr., Murray Evans, and Harold Taylor. Honorary pallbearers were John Foster, Robert Earl Ellis, Lawrence Wilson, Elmer Lloyd Mosby and men of St. Paul UMC.

Colorado County Citizen, September 19, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Foshay, Harman A.


At Columbus, Texas, on Saturday, March 24, HARMAN A. FORSHAY, son of the late Jesse Foshay, of this City, in the 26th year of his age. [Place of interment unknown]

New York Times, April 17, 1855
Submitted by Bill Stein

Foster, Albert L. “Pete” Jr.


Albert L. "Pete" Foster Jr., 59, of Columbus passed away on April 20. He was born Feb. 5, 1948 in Eagle Lake, to Albert L. and Cecilia Foster Etheridge. He married Dianna Kansteiner on Jan. 31, 1970. He worked at Blue Bell Creameries in Brenham in the bakery department. He was a lifetime member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbus and lived in Columbus for 39 years.

He was preceded in death by his father Albert L. Foster Sr.; maternal grandparents Louis and Rosie Hanak; and paternal grandparents John Henry and Eugene Foster.

He is survived by his wife, Dianna Foster of Columbus; daughter Abbigail Foster Pendergraft and her husband John of Houston; mother Cecilia Foster Etheridge of Columbus; and sisters Jo Glaves of Houston and Fran Cook of Houston.

Funeral services were conducted April 23, at St. John's Episcopal Church with interment following at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Tom Foster, Jim Foster, Johnny Knesek, Gordon Richter Jr., Stevie Cook and Ronnie Holt.

Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, April 25, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Foster, Alexander Newton

Columbus Man Is Victim of Gunshot

A. N; Foster, 82, was found dead in the bathroom of his home in Columbus Friday afternoon with a wound in the chest from a 12-gauge shotgun. The shotgun lay near his side. Justice E. C. Thrower returned a verdict of suicide. Mr. Foster's wife died four months ago and he is said to have been despondent since. His daughter-in-law, Mrs. Stelley Foster, heard the shot and ran into the bathroom to find Mr. Foster dying.

He is survived by three sons, D. E. and Stelley Foster of Columbus, and Forest Foster, living 20 miles south of Columbus. Mr. Foster had lived in Columbus for five years. Interment was made in the cemetery at Rock Island. [Myrtle Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 14, 1938
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Foster, Annie Louise (Zickuhr)

Mrs. Annie L. Foster Of Shaw’s Bend Dies Day After Birthday

Mrs. Annie Louise Foster of Shaw’s Bend, a native of Germany but a long-time resident of this area, was buried in Brune cemetery at Shaw’s Bend after services at Columbus Funeral home.

Mrs. Foster died Saturday,one day after her 74th birthday, in Columbus hospital. She was born in Germany Mar. 18, 1886.

Rev. Durst conducted the last rites. Ms. Foster had been a member of the Lutheran church many years.

Her husband, Jacob Foster, died last July, and 3 children also preceded her in death, 2 of them in infancy. A son, Lee Foster, died in 1953.

Survivors, include 3 daughters, Mrs. Frieda Hartfiel and Miss Tennie Foster of Shaw’s Bend and Mrs. Emma Brieger of El Campo; one son, Lester Foster; and 7 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were John Hoegemeyer, Fritz Horndt, Willie Fuchs, Pat Raabe, Charles Schobel and Edwin Poenitzsch.

Colorado County Citizen, March 24, 1960, page 14

Foster, Arthur Carl

Arthur Carl Foster

Arthur Carl Foster, the sixth son of Charlie and Sarah Foster was born January 14, 1943 in Eagle Lake.

He attended E. H. Henry High School. He was a retired rice field worker.

Arthur confessed Christ at an early age under the leadership of Reverend Jackson.

On December 14, God dispatched His Angels to take our loved one home.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; one son; Arthur C. Foster, Jr.; and one daughter, Shelia Foster.

Arthur leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Marcella Foster; two daughter, Rosharron Johnson (Rob) and Ethel Lee Simmon (Donald); son Stanley Powell (Carolyn); loving mother-in-law, Earleen Upson; siblings, Norman Foster (Doris), Jimmy Foster (Gloria), Joel Foster (Gloria), Stella Foster (Richard), and Walter Foster (Peggy); brothers and sisters-in-law, Aberleen Lemons, Ruby Johnson, Odessa Thomas (David), Jessie Upson (Diann), Cordis Upson (Caroline), Oliver Thomas (Rena), Edward Thomas (Eva), Marsha Thomas and Raymond Thomas (Chataquia); 11grandchildren; one great grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 23 at 11 a.m., at the White Cloud Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Pastor Obie Rhodes, officiating. Interment followed at Rising Star Cemetery in New Town. Final arrangements entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Robert Boone, Robert L. Johnson, Edward Matthews, Loyd Middleton, Curtis Tillman, and Harrison Batiste, Sr.

Honorary pallbearers were Donald R. Spears, Oliver Thomas, Fredrick Foster, Edward Thomas, Sr., Jimmy Foster, Raymond Thomas, Walter Foster, Jessie Upson, Joel Foster, Cordia Upson, Norm Foster, Richard Davis and Rodney Parker.

Sympathy is extended to family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 28th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Foster, Burk


A young man by the name of Buck Foster, son of Mrs. J. G. Wilborne, died in this city on the 12th inst. of congestion. He was aboaut 18 years old. He recently came from Edna, Jackson coun ty. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 20, 1885

Foster, David Delmer “Red”


David "Red" Foster was born in Bochita, Oklahoma, August 19, 1911. He was the son of John Henry Foster and Hortense Eugenia Riggins Foster. Red was one of ten children. In 1922, he with his parents, four brothers, and one sister came to Texas from Oklahoma in two covered wagons pulled by mules. They settled south of Columbus, where the family farmed. On February 16, 1935 David "Red" Foster was married to Geraldine "Ducky" Foster at St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbus by the Reverend C. G. Marmion. To this union were born two daughters, Nita Sue and Elisa Carrie. Mr. Foster was a switchman for the Southern Pacific Railroad in Glidden for 32 years. He received a retirement award in recognition of 32 years of injury free service. Red was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, the Old Timers Baseball Association from which he has a certificate from the South Central Texas Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame, and a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. Funeral services were held at St. John's Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. with The Reverends Joseph Spitler and Jack Lowrey, the celebrants. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Pallbearers were Charles Kearney, Kermit Brune, Clifford Leyendecker, Earl Connor, Jr., Douglas Potter, David Rau of Columbus and Heinee Beken of Weimar. survivors are his wife, Geraldine "Ducky" Foster; two daughters, Nita Sue Rogers of Houston and Lisa Stech of Columbus; three grandchildren also survive, they are David Foster Stech and Edward Rau Stech of Columbus and Amy Sue Rogers of San Marcos; and son-in-law Otis Stech of Columbus. Other survivors are a brother, Lloyd Foster, of Cat Spring; a sister, Lera Mae Wied of Richmond; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a twenty-one month old granddaughter, Rachel Ann Rogers, in a tragic accident.

Colorado County Citizen, May 27, 1987
Submitted by David Hahn

Foster, Durward Earl

D. E. Foster, 70, Garage Owner, Found Dead at Home

Last rites were held yesterday afternoon for Durward Earl Foster, 70, who was found dead Tuesday about 8:30 a.m. on a divan in his home where he lived alone adjoining the garage he had operated the past 33 years in Columbus.

Rev. Norman L. Roberts conducted the funeral services in the First Baptist church of which Mr. Foster was a member.

His body was found Tuesday morning by State Rep. Homer L. Koliba Sr., who lives across the street from Mr. Foster. Henry Till, who works at the garage, had noticed that Mr. Foster had not appeared and told Mr. Koliba, who investigated.

Justice of the Peace E. J. Frnka ruled that death was due to natural causes. Dr. W. T. Youens, county health officer, and Dr. J. H. Wooten, Jr. were called.

Mr. Foster had heart trouble. He was believed to have died Monday night soon after returning from a movie. He was fully dressed and the television set was still on when Mr. Koliba entered Mr. Foster’s living quarters.

Mr. Foster moved to Columbus from Rock Island 33 years ago.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. D. D. Williamson of Orange; a sister, Mrs. Ethel Frankenburry of Kansas; a brother, F. R. Foster of Garwood; and 3 grandchildren, William Earl Williamson and Eva Lou and Paul Durwood Jernigan.

Burial was in Myrtle cemetery at Rock Island with Columbus Funeral home in charge. Pallbearers were Mr. Koliba, Jack Leyendecker, Jack Draper, J. D. Seymour, W. H. Miekow and E. G. Miller.

Colorado County Citizen, May 29, 1958, page 10

Foster, Effie Alice (Smith)

Mrs. A. N. Foster

The death of Mrs. A. N. Foster occurred at the family home here Monday at about 3:00 o'clock, following an illness of about two weeks. Funeral services were held at the home at 3:30 P.M. Tuesday, the Columbus Funeral Home directing, and burial took place at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Rev. M. O. Davis of the First Baptist Church of this city officiated.

Miss Effie Alice Smith was born in Missouri on July 26, 1867, and moved to Kansas with her parents when she was a small child. On Sept. 22, 1897 she was married to Mr. A. N. Foster at Neodesha, Kansas. They came to Texas and settled at Rock Island home 16 years ago, and the family moved to Columbus in 1932.

Survivors are the husband, Mr. A. N. Foster, one son, Howard Foster of Watsonville, Calif., one step daughter, Mrs. B. L. Frankenberg of Thayer, Kas. four stepsons; D. E. and E. N of this city, F. R. Foster of Garwood, and Hurshall Foster of Bartlesville, Okla. She is also survived by one sister, five brothers, 19 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The Citizen joins with many friends in deep sympathy.

Colorado County Citizen, October 7, 1937

Foster, Elmer T.


Funeral services were held for Elmer T. Foster Sunday,

September 28 at Henneke Funeral Home under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Gerald Hendon officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Elmer T. Foster was born September 12, 1915 in Temple, Oklahoma to John Henry Foster and Hortense E. Riggins Foster. He married Pilar Juira Foster March 14, 1940.

Mr. Foster was a Retired Railroad Conductor and Brakeman for Southern Pacific Railroad.

He was affiliated with Glidden Baptist Church and a member of' Masonic Calidonia(sic) Lodge Number 68 and Shriners in Columbus.

Survivors, include his wife, Pilar Marie Foster of Columbus; one son, Thomas A. Foster of Lake Charles, La.; one sister, Lera Mae Wied of Richmond; two. brothers, Lloyd Foster of' Cat Springs and David (Red) Foster of Columbus and two grandchildren, Todd and Rebekah Foster.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Hanak, Joe Hanak, Doug J. Hastedt, Frank Haynes, Howard Besch, Clyde Williamson.

Colorado County Citizen, October 2, 1986

Foster, Eva (Dannels)

Mrs. D. E. Foster Dies In Sleep; Services Yesterday

Funeral services were held in the First Baptist church here yesterday afternoon for Mrs. D. E. Foster, who died in her sleep sometime during Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

The body lay in state at Untermeyer Funeral home until time for the services, conducted by Dr. Norman L. Roberts. Burial was in Myrtle cemetery at Rock Island.

Born Eva Dannels in Altoona, Kans., May 6, 1890, her parents were Noah and Delphenia Augusta Dannels. She was married to D. E. Foster in Altoona Dec. 14, 1909 and the couple came to Rock Island in 1911, living there until they moved to Columbus in 1926.

The couple had a son who died in infancy and a daughter, Mrs. Paul Jernigan, died in Houston in 1948. Their other daughter Mrs. Don Williamson of Orange, survives.

Mrs. Foster is also survived by 2 brothers Ira and Pryre Dannels and a sister, Mrs. Iva Chapman of near Fredonia, Kans., and her grandchildren, Bill Williamson and Eva Lou and Durwood Jernigan.

She had been in ill health for about 2 and a half years, but last summer was able to go with Mr. Foster for a visit with her relatives in Kansas.

Pallbearers were J. D. Seymour, Jack Draper, Jack Leyendecker, Owen Miller, E. G. Miller and Homer Koliba.

Colorado County Citizen, January 12, 1956, page 6

Foster, Geraldine “Ducky” (Rau)

Geraldine "Ducky" Foster, a life-time resident of Columbus, died Monday, February 27 at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbus, V.F.W. Auxillary, U. D. C. and Magnolia Homes Tour Docent. She was born August 2, 1913 in Columbus to Edward Rau and Susie Ordner Rau. She married David D. Foster February 16, 1935. Evening prayer service was held Wednesday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church. Services were held Thursday, March 2, at 11:00 a.m. at Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Joseph Spitler officiating. Interment was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. She was preceded in death by her husband, David "Red" Foster; one granddaughter, Rachel Rogers; one sister, Juanita Ginn and a brother, Clyde Rau. Survivors include daughters; Nita Sue Rogers of Houston and Lisa Stech of Columbus, three grandchildren; Amy Rogers, David Foster Stech and Edward Rau Stech. Pallbearers were: Ernest H. "Bub" Baumgart, Kermit Brune, John Frnka, Clifford Leyendecker, Billy Joe Neuendorff, Billy Strunk, Butch Strunk and Bobby Zajicek. Honorary pallbearers were: Heine Beken, Jodie Braden, Harold Cordes, Sam Harbert, Charlie Kearney, Harvey Lee, Gus Miller, John Parks, R. F. "Bob" Potter, LeRoy Stein and John Wagner.

The Colorado County Citizen, March 8, 1989
Submitted by David Hahn

Foster, Henry

Hy. Foster, Sr., Dead

Henry Foster, Sr., one of the oldest settlers of this section, died at the family residence Saturday at about 4:30 p.m. and the remains were laid to rest in St. Michael's cemetery Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating. Mr. Foster was well known throughout this section. He had lived near Weimar for 30 years, was a quiet, law-abiding good citizen, an excellent friend and neighbor and one who possessed the confidence and esteem of all. He leaves a widow and a number of children, all of them grown and married. Mr. Foster is perhaps one of Colorado county's oldest native born citizens, being 75 years of age and born in this county on the Bernard. His children are Mrs. Tannhauser and Henry Foster of Gonzales county; Mrs. Bill Goode of Pattison; Joe Foster of San Antonio and Matt and Monroe of Weimar. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family in the severe loss they have sustained through the death of a beloved husband and father.

Weimar Mercury, February 21 , 1913

Foster, Henry Matt

Henry Foster Funeral Held Here Aug. 8[sic]

FuneraI services for Henry Matt Foster, 85, of Columbus were held Monday, Aug. 28, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in St. Michael cemetery, Rev. John Bily officiated,

Foster, a retired rancher and former employee of Scott Meat Market in Weimar died at 4 a.m. Saturday , Aug. 26, at River Oaks Convalescent Center, of heart failure.

Born Aug. 1, 1904, at Weimar, he was a son of Matt and Clementine (Heller) Foster. He married Patricia Tankersley at Houston in September 1941. A Weimar resident except for several years in Houston, he worked for Herder Truck Lines in its formative years. He was an avid horseman and rodeo rider in younger years and was a ranch hand for Robt. Herrin here.

Foster's wife died May 14, 1982. He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret Verunac Avery and husband Ed Avery of Weimar and Mary Herring and husband, Leon Herring of Columbus; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; one brother, Leo Foster, and wife Estelle of Houston; and two sisters, Mrs. Joe (Esther) Kubesch and Mrs. Ferrell (Virginia) Fuller both of Weimar. In addition to his wife, a sister, Irene (Mrs. John) Pavlik preceded him in death. Pallbearers were grandsons Rick Herring, Larry Herring; Jim Verunac, Davis Kainer, and. Sean Schobel and nephew Charles Fuller. Honorary pallbearers were: Bill Spencer, nephew, of Galveston and Bill Schobel, grandson.

Weimar Mercury, August 31, 1989, page 10

Foster, Hortense Eugenia (Riggins)

Mrs. J. H. Foster Dies Suddenly; Burial Here Sunday

Last rites were held at First Baptist church Sunday afternoon for Mrs. J. H. Foster, who died suddenly at her home Friday morning. Dr. Norman L. Roberts officiated and burial saw in the Odd Fellows Rest with Columbus Funeral Home in charge.

Mrs. Foster was stricken in the front yard of her home after she had walked from the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Foster, with whom she had spent the night. Neighbors, Mrs. Arthur Willmann and Mrs. Henry Bahner, got her into the house and she died soon afterwards. She had attended the Christmas party of Columbus Womens Home demonstration club the afternoon before in the home of Mrs. Cleve Obenhaus at Ramsey.

A worker in the Baptist church, Mrs. Foster was active in the Sunday school and training Union. She was born in Alabama Feb 15, 1878, and her maiden dame was Hortense Eugenia Riggins. She and her family came to Texas from Oklahoma in 1923. Mr. Foster died here in 1937.

Surviving children are Callan Foster, Oklahoma City; Dee Foster, Temple, Okla.; Talmadge Foster, Lake Jackson; Mrs. Walter Wied, Rock Island, and A. L., Lloyd, David and Elmer Foster of Columbus. A number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, T J. and Eugene Foster of Lake Jackson, Jimmy and Tommy Foster of Columbus, John David Knesek of Rock Island and Buck Rankin of Baytown.

Colorado County Citizen, December 25, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Foster, Jacob Theado

Jacob T. Foster Of Shaw’s Bend Succumbs at 80

Jacob Theado Foster 80, a retired farmer of the Shaw’s Bend area, was laid to rest Monday in the Brune cemetery at Shaw’s Bend after services at Columbus Funeral home at 3 p.m.

Rev. Raymond Durst, Lutheran minister from Rutersville officiated at the services. Mr. Foster died at 3:25 p. m. Saturday.

Mr. Foster was born Dec. 2, 1878 in the Bernardo community. Nov. 5, 1903, he married Miss Annie Zickuhr.

Survivors include his widow; 3 daughters, Miss Tennie Foster of Shaw’s Bend, Mrs. Hugo Hartfield and Mrs. Fenton Brieger; a son, Lester Foster; a sister, Mrs. Herman Wienken; and a brother, Willie Foster.

Pallbearers were Willie Fuchs, Charles Schobel, John Hoegemeyer, Pat Raabe, Fritz Horndt and Edwin Poenitzsch.

Colorado County Citizen, July 9, 1959, page 10

Foster, John Henry

Mr. J. H. Foster

Mr. John Henry Foster passed out of this life at his home here Thursday evening at about 7:30 following a brief illness. Funeral was held at the residence Saturday morning at 10:00 o'clock and interment made in Odd Fellows Rest. Rev. M. O. Davis of the First Baptist church officiated.

Mr. Foster was born in New Hope, Ala. on August 29, 1873. He had lived in this commnity for many years and during the past few years had driven one of the school buses for the Columbus Public School.

Surviving him are the wife, eight sons, Callen, J. N. Dee, Talmadge, Albert Lee, Lloyd David and Elmer, and two daughters, Virgie and Lera Mae. He is also survived by one brother, Joe, of Arizona and one half-brother, George M. Washington.

The Citizen joins with the many friends of the family in sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, August 12, 1937

Foster, Lee Otto


Lee Foster, 38, of Eagle Lake son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gold of Weimar, died suddenly at his home last Friday morning of a heart attack.

Funeral services were held at the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake Sunday morning, with burial in Lakeside Cemetery of that city. Rev. G. Wolf of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Columbus, officiated.

Mr. Foster had worked for the Texas Construction Materials Co. for 18 years and had lived in Eagle Lake 14 years. Born at Shaw's Bend October 30, 1014. he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Foster. He married Miss Hattie Gold at St. Michael's Rectory here June 26, 1939.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Barbara Gay, and a son, Joe Lee, of Eagle Lake; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Foster of Shaw's Bend; a brother, Lester, of Shaws Bend; and three sisters, Mrs. Hugo Hartfield of Columbus, Mrs. Fenton Breiger of Fayetteville and Miss Tennie Foster of Shaw’s Bend.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Frank Ripper, Leo Kretzschmar, Harry Brower, Bill Emmel, Alvin Linke and Raymond Hoffmann.

Those from here who attended the rites were Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Gold, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Kubenka, Mrs. Willie Hudec and daughter, Betty Lou, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cejka. Mrs. F. J. Janecka, Joseph Janecka, T. A. Smahliec, Mr. and Mrs. Hoegemeyer and son, Glen, Mr. and Mrs. August Gold and family, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Raabe, Erwin Raabe, Adolph Raabe, Adela Raabe, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Fuchs, Willie Hoegemeyer, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Kansteiner, John Hoegemeyer, and Alvin Stancik.

Weimar Mercury, August 21, 1953, pages 1 and 8

Foster, Mary (Pechacek)

Mrs. Mary Foster, Widow of Late Henry Foster, Sr., Dies Sunday Morning

Mrs. Mary Foster, widow of the late Henry Foster, Sr., an oldtime citizen of this section, died at the family home in the Wildwood community, a few miles northeast of Weimar, early Sunday morning, after an illness of nearly a year’s duration. The remains were tenderly prepared for burial, and the following morning at 10 o’clock were committed to the grave in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Rev. J. Szymanski of Weimar, assisted by the priest from Columbus, performing the last sad rites, in the presence of a large circle of mourning relatives and friends.

Mrs. Foster was born in Austria Nov. 28, 1840, and lacked but a few days of being 81 years old. At the age of 13 years, with her parents, (Jos. Pechacek and wife) she came to this country, the family first settling in the Frelsburg community. Here, in the fall of 1859, she was united in marriage to Henry Foster. The young couple resided in the Frelsburg section for several years, then moved to the Wildwood section, near this city, where they reside up to the time of their respective deaths. The husband died in 1913. Mrs. Foster was the mother of eleven children, six boys and five girls. Of this number five still survive--Mrs. Aug. Thanheuser of Gonzales, Mrs. Wm. Goode of Patterson, Joe Foster of San Antonio, and Matt and Munroe Foster of t his vicinity. There are also surviving forty grandchildren and twenty-two greatgrandchildren.

Mrs. Foster was a kind, motherly, good hearted woman, one who was greatly beloved by neighbors and friends wherever known, a devoted wife and mother, one whose greatest pleasure was in doing for others and a lady esteemed far and wide for her many benevolent, endearing traits of character

The heartfelt sympathy of all our people goes out to the bereaved ones in the heavy loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, November 18, 1921, page 1

Foster, Mary (Rerich)

Final Rites for Mrs. M. Foster, 82, Here Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Monroe Foster, 82, were held Monday, Nov. 25, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Rev. John Muggivan officiated.

Mrs. Foster, an almost lifelong resident of Weimar, died Nov. 23 in a Wharton hospital.

Born May 2, 1886, near Weimar, she was the former Mary Rerich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alois Rerich. She was married to Mr. Foster here on Oct. 15, 1906, and they settled on a farm in this area. Mr. Foster died Jan. 30, 1967.

Mrs. Foster wa a member of St. Michael’s Church and St. Ann’s Society.

Surviving are one son, Robert Foster of Corpus Christi; one daughter, Mrs. Georgie Stelzel of East Bernard; six grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Millie Heger of Weimar and Mrs. Rosie Genzer of Houston. Three brothers preceded her in death.

Serving as pallbearers were grandsons Robert Foster Jr., James Foster, David and Larry Stelzel, and nephews Alvin Genzer and Joe Kubesch.

Weimar Mercury, November 28, 1968, page 10

Foster, Matt

Funeral Services For Matt Foster, 80, Held Friday

Funeral services for Matt Foster, 80-year-old retired farmer and stockman, were held Friday morning, Dec. 14, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. John Bily officiated. Mr. Foster, who had been ill with heart trouble the past 6 months, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Colonial Nursing Home at Schulenburg.

He was a lifelong resident of this community. Born Jan. 9, 1882, near Weimar, he was the son of Henry and Mary Foster. He married Miss Clementine Heller here Oct. 28, 1903, and they settled in the Wildwood area. Mrs. Foster died in 1958.

Surviving are two sons, Henry of Columbus and Leo of Houston; 3 daughters, Mrs. Joe (Esther) Kubesch of Weimar, Mrs. C. F. (Virginia) Fuller of Galena Park and Mrs. John (Irene) Pavlik of San Antonio; one brother Monroe, of East Bernard; 3 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, one great grandson and 6 step-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Elo Foster, Oscar Heller, Henry Billeck, Jack Boeker, George Fuller and Charles Fuller.

Weimar Mercury, December 20, 1962, page 1

Foster, Mattie Mae (King)

Mattie Foster Funeral Services Held Dec. 30

Mattie Mae Foster, 79, of Oakland died Dec. 25 at her home. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 30 at Oakland Hill Baptist Church with Rev. John Ates officiating.

Interment followed at Oakland Hill Cemetery[actually Oakland Cemetery].

Mattie was born May 9, 1927 in Oakland to Will and Mary (Host) King.

She married John Foster in Oakland on Dec. 19, 1943.

Mattie was a homemaker and a member of the Oakland Hill Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, John Foster of Oakland; daughters, Josie Wicks of Houston, Ruby Scott of Weimar, and Linda Manning of Weimar; sons, Steve Foster and wife Mary of Houston, and Herman Foster of Weimar; brothers, Dollie King of Houston, and Julius King of San Antonio; and 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two children; three sisters and eight brothers.

Pallbearers were Stephen Foster, Wayne Foster, Steve Foster, Joshua Wicks, Thermon Foster and John Nauling.

Honorary pallbearers were James Scott, Derrick Tannir, John W. Baker, Anthony King, Donald Griffin, Gregory King, Don Brown and Kenneth Baker.

Weimar Mercury, January 4, 2007, page 2A

Foster, Monroe E.

Final Rites for Monroe Foster, 81, Wednesday

Funeral services for Monroe E. Foster, 81, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church here Wednesday, Feb. 1, with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Rev. Albert Hubertus officiated.

Mr. Foster, a resident of Weimar for all but the last six years of his life, died Jan. 30 at Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg.

Born here Jan. 19, 1886, a son of Henry and Mary Foster, he married Miss Mary Rerich on Oct. 15, 1906, and they settled on a farm near Weimar.

After he suffered his first stroke, they moved to East Bernard to live with a daughter and her family, the Awald Stelzels, for a year. He spent a year in a San Antonio hospital, then three years in Flatonia Nursing Home before moving to the Schulenburg home a year and three months ago.

Mrs. Foster survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. Awald Stelzel of East Bernard; one son, Robert of Corpus Christi; and six grandsons. Mr. Foster was preceded in death by four brother, Henry, Joe, Frank and Matt, and four sisters, Annie, Mary, Katie and Sophie.

Pallbearers were four of his grandsons, Cpl. Robert Foster Jr. of California, James Foster of Corpus Christi, David and Larry Stelzel of East Bernard, and nephews Joe Genzer of Houston and Henry Foster of Eagle Lake.

Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1967, page 1

Foster, Patricia (Marchbanks)

Mrs. Foster’s Funeral Held Here May 15

Funeral services for Mrs. Henry (Patricia) Foster, 75, of Columbus were held Saturday, May 15, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Clarence James officiating.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mrs. Foster died May 14, at Columbus Community Hospital, after a lengthy illness.

Born April 8, 1907, at Hoxie, Arkansas, she was a daughter of William and Sarah (Webb) Marchbanks. She was married to Henry Matt Foster at Houston in September 1914.

A former beautician, she lived in Weimar for ten years. She also lived at Houston, Columbus and Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Foster is survived by her husband of Columbus; two daughters and a son-in-law, Mrs. Margaret Verunac of Weimar, Mary and Leon Herring of Columbus; five grandchildren, Larry Herring of Columbus, Rick Herring of Bay City, Marilyn Schobel of Columbus, Patsy Kainer of Cuero, and Jimmie Verunac of Yoakum; seven great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Avis Spencer of Galveston; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

Serving as pallbearers were Larry Herring, Rick Herring, Jimmie Verunac, Davis Kainer, Mike Spencer, and Bill Spencer. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Schobel, George Matt Fuller, Charles Fuller, and Sean Schobel.

Weimar Mercury, May 20, 1982

Foster, Pilar Marie (Jiura)


Pilar Marie Foster, 82, of Columbus, died Saturday, Jan 13, 1996, at her residence.
Born Oct. 12, 1913 in Madrid, Spain, she was the daughter of John and Conception (Liena) Jiura. On March 14, 1940, she married Elmer T. Foster. Mrs. Foster, who had lived in Columbus, for 68 years, was a member of Glidden Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Jan. 16 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Gerald Hendon officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Shelby Moseley, Michael Pickering, Earl Joe Frnka, Raymond Heine, Charles Dippel and Harry Cherry.

Mrs. Foster is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas A. and Gloria Foster of Houston; sister Carmeli Allen of El Paso; grandchildren Rebekah F. Pickering and Todd Austin Foster and a great-grandchild Dailey Jay Foster.

She was preceded in death by her husband, on Sept. 26, 1986; her parents; and a brother, Raul Jiura.

Colorado County Citizen, January 17, 1996, page 12

Fowler, James Edward


James Edward Fowler, 82, passed away Wednesday, March 26 at his residence in Shaws Bend.

He was born June 22, 1925 in Columbus to Raymond Fowler and Hilda Alma Tielschert. On Feb. 14, 1948 he married Winifred Hope. He was a retired mechanical engineer for Transco Gas Pipeline Corporation and an active rancher. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus and served in the U.S. Army during WWII.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

He is survived by his daughters Blanche Fowler Everett and husband Aaron Lee of Weimar and Mary Strackbein and husband Howard of Mansfield.

Funeral services took place Sunday, March 30 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus under the direction of the Rev. Jeffrey Marsh. Interment followed at Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Pallbearers included Howard Strackbein, Lee Everett, Mike Hackfeld, Weldon Chollett, Harvey Poenitzsch and Curtiss Schonenberg.

Colorado County Citizen, April 2, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Fowler, Renata (HiIlmer)

Fowler Funeral Services

Mrs. Renata Hillmer Fowler of Columbus passed away in the Columbus Community Hospital January 25. 1993 at the age of 88 years.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Fowler were held Friday. January 29 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Sharon Burns officiating.

Interment was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Born in Ellinger February 27, 1904, Mrs. Fowler was the daughter of Chalres[sic] William and Anna (Bruedigam) Hillmer. She married Henry C. Fowler April 14, 1925 and became a housewife. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and a charter member of Mary Martha Circle.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Cornelius Fowler of Columbus: daughters, Cornelia Anna Burke of Kansas City, Kansas and Renne Janelle Sheffield and her husband. Rev. Earl J. Sheffield III of Rosenberg: son and daughter-in-law, Ned William and Rose Mary Fowler of Beaumont: half- sister, Inez Mae Ross of New Ulm: half-brother, Marvin Hillmer of Columbus; seven grandchildren and eight great - grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Terry Jackson. Roger L. Simpson. Earl J. Sheffield IV. Dwight Siedon. James H. Burke and Andrew C. Sheffield.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, February 4, 1993, page 2

Fowler, Winifred Hope (Robertson)


Winifred Hope Robertson Fowler, age 82, of the Shaws Bend area near Columbus, TX entered eternal life on January 21, 2004. She was preceded in death by her parents, Letcher Fillmore and Minnie Blanche Robertson; and her younger sister, Mary Robertson Calsetta. She is survived by her husband, James E. Fowler; daughters, Blanche Fowler and Mary Fowler Strackbein; her older sister, Francis Robertson Scott; cousins, nieces and nephews.

Winifred was born in Bedford, Virginia on April 18, 1921. She graduated from high school and attended Business College in Lynchburg, Virginia. Her first job was at Fort Belvoir, Virginia where she worked for the Army Corps of Engineers. It was there that she met her future husband, James Fowler, after some matchmaking on the part of some colleagues. James returned to Texas to finish college at Texas A & M. Winifred came for his college graduation and stayed where they were married in Columbus, TX on February 14, 1948. Winifred and James moved to Houston, TX to find employment. She worked as a secretary in the early years of their marriage at Anderson Clayton, Texaco, and Black Brollier. She quit these jobs to become a full time homemaker.

Winifred was a charter member of Memorial Drive Lutheran Church where she was on Altar Guild and taught Sunday school. She was also a scout leader and worked at the polls. Winifred and James retired in 1986 and were active members of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Funeral services were at St. Paul Lutheran Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Pastor John Hunsicker officiated. Joan Hu-nsicker, organist, played "Ama-zing Grace," "In The Garden," and "Children of The Heavenly Father." Stephen Girndt sang the "Lord's Prayer."

Pallbearers were Howard Strackbein, Ned Fowler, Lawrence Dungen, Delmar Fehrenkamp, Harvey Poenit-zsch, and Garland Polasek. Interment was at Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Memorials may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Alzheimer's Association.

Winifred fought Alzheimer's disease for the last few years of her life. She died at Columbus Community Hospital after a brief illness. She was a kind, generous, hospitable lady who loved people and animals and was known for her sweet personality. Winifred will be sorely missed. However, her loved ones rejoice in the knowledge that she will be in the everlasting joyful presence of Our Lord.

The Colorado County Citizen, February 4, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Fox, Donna Kristine

Donna Kristine Fox

Donna Kristine Fox, 47, passed away Oct. 1 in Abilene. Kris is the daughter of George and Charlotte Fox and mother to Dani and Miriam Whitehair.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Virginia Hawthorne, George and Martha Fox and Clarise Conlon.

She is survived by her parents; daughters; grandfather, Cliff Hawthorne and wife Kathy; brother, Robert Fox and wife Jan and his daughters, Stephanie Mitchel and husband Buddy and Victoria Fox; Teresa and Charlie Harbich and their daughters, Melissa Houser and husband Brent and their son Ty, and Jessica Hill and husband Jeramy and daughter Audrey Claire; Casey Harbich; special brother, Sandy Flint; former husband, Dan Whitehair; and Father Jon Conlon and wife Marie Mann.

Funeral services will take place on Oct. 17 at 11 a.m., with a rosary at 10:30 a.m. at St. Roch Catholic Church, with Deacon Chuck Glynn officiating. Burial will be at the St. Roch Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Roch Building Fund, the St. Roch Choir Fund, or to St. Anthony Catholic School.

Colorado County Citizen, October 13, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Foyt, Alberta Bertha (Mazac)

Foyt Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Mrs. Alberta Foyt of Rt. 1, Fayetteville, were held Monday, January 12, 1987 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Johns Catholic Church In Fayetteville with Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating,

Burial was in St. Anthonys Catholic Cemetery in Columbus with Fr. Timothy Kosler officiating at the graveside services.

Mrs. Foyt passed away January 9, in a La Grange nursing home at the age of 86 years.

Born March 8, 1900 in Granger, she was the daughter of Frank and Marie Mazac. She moved to the Fayetteville area in 1919, and married Joe E. Foyt of the Park community in 1919.

Surviving are her husband, Joe E. Foyt of Park; a daughter and son-in-law, Lottie and Lester Evans of San Antonio; one brother, Frank Mazac of Crosby; one sister, Vlasta Konecny of Crosby; eight grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Pearl Cejka in 1952, a son, Harry Foyt in 1969 and a grandson, Michael Foyt in 1970.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, January 15, 1987, page 3
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