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Gabert, August

August Gabert Expires at 104;Buried in Waco

August (Uncle Gus) Gabert, who until thepast couple of years was as chipper as a 75-year-old, diedat noon Sunday in Youens Hospital at the age of104.

He had been in the hospital nearly threeweeks, the longest period of illness in his longlife.

His body lay in state at Hubbard FuneralHome until noon Monday when he was taken to Waco forinterment in Hebrew Rest cemetery.

Mr. Gabert, uncle of Mannie Lauterstein of here and brother of the late Mrs. Bertha Lauterstein, hadbeen a resident of Weimar since 1944, when he moved into hissister's home. After her death in 1953 he continued to livethere with Mr. and Mrs. Louis Boethel and son.

A native of Prussia, he came to theUnited States as an 18-year-old in 1873. He lived in SanFrancisco 50 years and was operating a successful tailoringbusiness there when the great earthquake almost obliteratedthat city in 1906. His business was wrecked but he startedagain "from scratch" and built it up again. During hisresidence in California he was a close friend of theDiMaggio family, and in the last years of his life baseballwas still one of his chief interests.

Until he was past 100 his only visitswith doctors had been for occasional routine checkups, andit was only in the past year or so that he had to accepthelp with his shaving, which he insisted on doing daily. Henever wore glasses or a hearing aid; when his eyesightfailed, he quit reading, and his hearing was good until hisdeath. Until very recently he followed daily news eventsavidly by means of his radio. A pleasant person who enjoyedvisitors, he lived each day as it came, neither wishing fornor fearing death.

His survivors include 10 nephews andnieces; Mannie Lauterstein here; George Lauterstein of LaGrange; Mrs. Sam Levy and Leonard Gabert and HervinNussbaum, Houston; Mrs. Morris Woods and Mrs. Harry Woods,Waco; Ike Gabert, Oklahoma City; Mrs. M. D. Nathan, EagleLake; and Manuel Nussbaum, San Antonio.

Weimar Mercury, May 8, 1959
Transcribed by JudyTalkington

Gabler, Christ


Many of our people were saddened Fridaymorning of last week to learn that Mr. Christian Gabler, oneof the oldest and most respected citizens of this section,had passed away the night previous at his home a few milesbelow New Bielau, after a long illness. Mr. Gabler suffereda stroke of paralysis several years ago which left himpractically helpless. Although bed-ridden all these years heremained cheerful until the last. Everything possible wasdone for his welfare and comfort, but it was unavailing sofar as overcoming his ailment of many yearsstanding.

The remains were tenderly laid to rest inthe NewBielau Cemetery last Sunday. Thefuneral was well attended, attesting the high regard heldfor him by his neighbors and friends.

Mr. Gabler was a splendid, good citizen,a man who had always stood high in his community, a kindlyneighbor and friend and his passing is deeply and sincerelyregreted. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereavedones.

Weimar Mercury, March 18,1938.

Gabler, Minnie (Sauer) Winkler

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Minnie Gabler, 86. at New Bielau

Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Gabler, 83, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the New Bielau Church, with the Rev. C Emigholz, local Lutheran minister, officiating. Interment was made in the New Bielau Cemetery.

Mrs. Gabler was a daughter of Carl and Anna Sauer and was born February 7, 1958, in Fayette County. She died March 24, 1914, at the home of her daughter. Mrs. Gus Wornat, where she had been living for several years. She was a member of the New Bielau Trinity Lutheran Church.

She was united in marriage to Henry Winkler in 1882, and to this union four children were born. Her husband died in 1894. One daughter, Mrs. Lydia Kruse, died in 1928, ad[sic] a son, Fritz Winkler, died October 14, 1918. After her husband's death she was united in marriage to Christoph Gabler, who died March 11, 1938. After the death of her second husband she lived with her son, August Winkler until his home was destroyed by fire May 5, 1943. Since that time she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Gus Wornat, in the Harmony community.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Gus Wornat: one son, August Winkler; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Pagel of Shiner and Mrs. Agnes Weathers of Pietown, New Mexico: two brothers, Albert Sauer and Robert Sauer of Smiley. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

The Mercury extends condolence.

Weimar Mercury, March 31, 1944, page 1

Gaedecke, Anna


Cat Spring, Texas, Jan. 10.--The remains of Miss Anna Gaedecke, who died at San Francisco, Calif., reached here on Thursday and were taken to Bernardo, her former home. She is survived by her father, one sister and one brother. [Interment in Gaedecke Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, January 17, 1919, page 2

Gaedecke, C. F.

Houston Post:
C. F. Gaedecke, aged 50 years, died at 2:40 o’clock yesterday morning in a private sanitarium in Houston. The body was turned over to the Sid Westheimer company and shipped to Alleyton, Texas, the old home of the decesed, for burial. He is survived by five childen, two daughters and three sons.

Mr. Gaedecke was a member of the Sons of Hermann of Columbus. G. A. Reinhardt and G. R. Aldis accompanied the remains to Alleyton, where the funeral will occur.

Weimar Mercury, November 27, 1908, page 1

Gaedecke, Kenney

Lose Infant Son

No death is more sad than the calling home of the precious little child of loving and affectionate parents, and the entire community extends sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Gaedecke, whose little five week old baby boy was suddenly called home ast [sic] Sunday.

The happy little family had gone out to Cat Spring the preceding day for a visit, and the baby was suddenly taken with an attack from which she [sic] never recovered.

The funeral services were held at Cat Spring the following day. [Interred at Gaedecke Cemetery]

The bereaved parents returned in sorrow to their home on Monday.

Schulenburg Sticker, July 29, 1921
Contributed by Matt Cross

Gaedeke, Louisa (Krause)

Alleyton Locals

Mrs. Chas. Gaedeke, who has been sick for a great while and suffered much with that fell destroyer, consumption, passed away on Thursday afternoon, and was buried in the Alleyton cemetery on Friday evening. Her funeral was largely attended by the citizens of the town, people from the surrounding country and her relatives from Fayette and Lavaca counties. The religious services were conducted by Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss of Columbus in his happy and solemn style. May the good Lord bless the bereaved husband and shield from harm the now motherless children, and make this dispensation of providence a spiritual blessing to all her friends and relatives.

Colorado Citizen, October 11, 1888, page 3

Gaedecke, unknown


Mr. and Mrs. Chas, Gaedecke[sic] had the misfortune to lose their infant babe last Saturday night. It was buried in the Alleyton cemetery Sunday morning, the grave being surrounded by a large concourse of sympathizing friends. May the Lord sustain them in this their hour of sad bereavement.

Colorado Citizen, May 14, 1885

Gaertner, Ernestine (Tugentreich)

Died, In Galveston, after an Illness of over seven months, on last Sunday afternoon, Mrs. Ernestine Gaertner, wife of Mr. Fred Gaertner, aged 52 1/2 years. She was a former resident of this community. The remains were brought to this place Monday afternoon for burial, and laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. The funeral ceremony was conducted under the auspices of Weimar lodge of Hermann's Sons and followed to the grave by many sorrowing friends, The Mercury extends heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved husband.

Weimar Mercury, May 220, 1905, page 5

Gaertner, Fred

F. Gaertner Reported Dead

A friend has informed us that Mr. F. Gaertner,old time settler and business man of this city, died in the O.D.H.S. Home for aged members near Boerne, recently. This will be sad news to the old time friends of this good man in and around Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, January 22, 1932, page 1

Gaertner, Peter Traugot

Mr. P. T. Gaetner[sic], an old citizen of Weimar, and father of Fred Gaetner[sic], died in this city last Saturday afternoon, of blood poisoning, after a short illness, aged 74 years. Mr. Gaetner [sic] was an honest, industrious gentleman, and had many friends in this section, all of whom deeply regret his death. His remains were laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery Sunday at 3 p.m. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives and friends.

Weimar Mercury, February 7, 1891


We regret to chronicle the death of another old citizen. Mr. P. F. Gaertner is no more. The old gentleman, on the 12th of this month would have been 74 years old, was hale and hearty, and fourteen days ago he was, while at work at his son’s factory, cut by a saw and had four fingers of his left hand amputated. Blood poisoning was the consequence, from which he died, and Weimar loses another good citizen. He died Saturday evening at 5 o’clock, and was buried in the Masonic cemetery Sunday evening at 2 o’clock. A whole host of friends and relatives attended the last sad rites.

Colorado Citizen, February 5, 1891, page 3

Gage, Lawrence

Negro Found Dead On Highway90

Pvt. Lawrence Gage, 29, negro soldier,was found dead on Highway 90 two miles east of Weimar earlyMonday morning.

Reporting the discovery was an oil fieldworker who was driving from his home in Schulenburg to hiswork in Sheridan who contacted Justice of the Peace A.. J.Ratliff of Weimar.

Mr. Ratliff went immediately to the scenewhere he found the body of the negro lying on the pavementwith a gash in the back of his skull and a broken jaw, handsin his overcoat pocket and legs crossed. No cause of deathhas been determined, according to officers here. [Placeof interment unknown]

The negro had been called on emergencyfurlough to Columbus where his wife gave birth to a babylast week. His station was Deming Army Air Field, N. M.Inquest was being held up pending conference with armyofficials.

Colorado County Citizen, January 4, 1945

Gagne, Gene Arthur

Gene Arthur Gagne, 67, of Columbus passedaway Oct. 28 at his residence.

He was born Dec. 23, 1934 in Waterville,Maine to Arthur and Maderline (Fortin) Gagne. He marriedPeggy Mixon May 27, 1987. He was a retired salesman and ofthe catholic faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents;and brothers, Carl Gagne and David Gagne.

He is survived by his wife, Peg Gagne ofColumbus; daughter Gina Gagne of Maine; step-daughters,Debra Stephens of Oklahoma and Mary Endress of Houston; son,Greg Gagne of Maine; step-son, James Easton of Alvin;sister, Jane Routhier of Sidney, Maine; 9 grandchildren and4 great-grandchildren. [Placeof interment unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, November 13,2002

Gallaher, Alice P (Rainey)


Funeral services for Alice P. Gallaher, age 64, were held at Henneke Funeral Home on Tuesday, Sept. 27, Rev. Raymond Cox officiated.

Alice Gallaher was born on Nov. 24, 1923 In Revloc, Pennsylvania to Bruce Rainey and Stella Stevens.

She married Frank B. Gallaher on Nov. 22, 1941.

Survivors include her husband, Frank B. Gallaher, Columbus; daughters, Nancy Simpson, Columbus, Linda Willess, Pyatt, Ark., Judy Schmidt, Columbus, Nellie Ilse, Houston, and Monie Schuette, New Ulm; sons, Larry Gallaher, Russellville Ark., Danny Gallaher, Atkins, Ark, Ronald Gallaher, Weimar, Rodger Gallaher, Columbus, and Nick Gallaher, Weimar, sisters; Sadie Lindenburg, Erie, Penns., Audrey Wise, Mars, Penns., and Hazel Gallaher, Cucaumonga, Calif., brothers, Ray Syphers, Plumberville, Penns., Delmont Robbing, Curwensville, Penns., Calvin Rainey, Duboise, Penns, and Harvey Rainey, Erie, Penns. Also 38 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. [Cremated]

Colorado County Citizen, September 29, 1988, page 2

Gallaher, Annie E.

Eagle Lake, Nov. 28.--Mrs. Annie, wife of James Gallaher of Bonus, Texas., was buried here yesterday. Mrs. Gallaher was a lady largely connected and much liked. She was descended from pioneers of Texas and was a descendent of Daniel Boone. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, December 1, 1900, page 3

Gallaher, James

Eagle Lake, Feb. 15.--James Gallaher, aged 68, committed suicide at the home of his daughter at Quinn Siding, Wharton county, yesterday. He cut his throat from ear to ear with a pocket knife, and the body was cold when found. He had been restless and despondent for several days, but his condition was not regarded as serious, hence he was not confined or closely watched. The remains were buried today at Lakeside.

Weimar Mercury, February 19, 1909, page 1 

Galle, Lothar Martin

Lothar Galle Funeral Held Here. Saturday

A graveside service was held Saturday, Dec. 12, at Masonic Cemetery for Lothar Martin Galle, 88, of Weimar. Rev. Ernest Dean officiated.

Galle, a retired surveyor, died Thursday, Dec: 10, at Oak Crest Inn nursing home in New Braunfels.

Born April 25, 1899, in Zillerthal, Germany, he was a son of Dr. Georg and Johanna (Llndemann) Galle. He had lived in Weimar since 1925, and years ago was a Boy Scout leader.

He is survived by two brothers, D. C. Galle of Seguin and Gernot Galle of Belfast, South Africa; and a sister, Erika Fossati of Windhoek, South West, Africa. Four brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Serving as pallbearers were L. E. Meredith, Eric Meredith, Douglas Holub, David Holub, Bruce Hromadka and Willie Lichnovsky.

Weimar Mercury, December 17, 1987, page 15

Galvan, Domingo C.

Galvan, Domingo C.

Domingo C. Galvan, 62, of Eagle Lakepassed away at Feb. 4 at Eagle Lake's Rice Medical Centeremergency room following a sudden illness.

A native of Goliad, born on March 17,1940 to Raymond and Estefana (Caballero) Galvan. He has beena resident of Colorado County for most all his life and leda distinguished 30-year career as a commercial truck driverand heavy equipment operator. He was employed for the past20 years by his friend, Donald Obenhaus. He enjoyed ranchingand taking interest in people and certainly not a strangerto anyone.

He was preceded in death by hisparents.

He is survived by his wife, Odelia SamoraGalvan of Eagle Lake; daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa andJohn Delgado of Eagle Lake, Amanda and Trevor Kopp of St.Mary's, Ga. and Felicia Galvan of Eagle Lake; sons anddaughters-in-law, Jimmie and Cynthia Galvan and Tommy andTheresa Galvan all of Eagle Lake; brothers, Toby Galvan ofBeaumont, Mike Rivera Sr. of Houston, Joe Basuldua ofHouston and Juan Galvan of Yoakum; eight grandchildren; andone great grandson.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 7,from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home with David Bennett ofthe Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses, Eagle Lakecongregation, officiating. Cremationand private committal services followed.

Honorary pallbearers were grandsons BobbyDelgado, Tim, Chris, Jonathan, Jacob and DominickGalvan.

Colorado County Citizen, February 12,2003
Courtesy of theCitizen

Galvan, Estefana (Caballero)

Estefana C. Galvan, 88 of Eagle Lake,passed away at 7:55 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2002 at theHeritage House Nursing Home in Eagle Lake.

Born November 28, 1913 in Cureo, she wasthe daughter of Desideiro and Anatasia Perez Caballero andhad been a resident of Eagle Lake most of herlife.

A member of Catholic faith, she had beena resident of the Heritage House for over fiveyears.

Galvan was preceded in death by herparents; and her husband, Raymond, in Oct. 1975.

Survivors include her sons, Joe Basulduaand Mike Rivera Sr. of Houston, Domingo Galvan of Alleytonand Toby Galvan of Beaumont, a host of loving grand andgreat grandchildren; other relatives and lovedones.

A vigil service was held at 7 p.m.,Monday, March 4, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home withRev. Eddie Winkler presididng and Cynthia Sunderman servingas cantor.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m.,Tuesday, March 5, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Homewith Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating and Donna Gertsonserving as cantor.

Interment followed in LakesideLatin Cemetery in EagleLake.

Services were under the direction ofDulany Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jim, Toby Jr. and TommieGalvan; Richard and Rudy Basuldua; and GuadalupeOrtiz.

Sympathy is extended to the family intheir loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 7,2002

Gandy, Sandy Olynthis

S. O. Gandy, 78, Rock Is. Resident, Succumbs Mar. 8

Funeral services were held here at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 10th, for Sandy O. Gandy, a long-time resident of the Rock Island area. Mr. Gandy died at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8th in the Laughlin Hospital
Last rites were held from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with the Rev. Saville officiating. Burial was in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Seving as pallbarers were: Billy Mayes, Ernest Hudson, Salle Pence, R. L. Minter, R. D. Henderson, and Geoge R. Burke.

Mr. Gandy was born January 13th, 1888 in Hallettsville, the son of Mac and Alice Gandy. He was a farmer and rancher in the Rock Island community for many years.

Surviving are: his wife, Mrs. Henrietta Gandy; three sons, Jack of Mount Pleasant, Texas; Elwyn and Cecil Gandy of Dallas; three daughters, Mrs. Jay Speck of Rock Island, Mrs. K. M. Ramsey of Houston and Mrs. B. J. Buris of Argyle; and a brother, Ray Gandy of El Campo, and other relatives and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 16, 1967

Gant, John

John Grant[sic], a well known colored citizen of Eagle Lake, died last Friday night of small pox, after a two weeks’ illness. He was buried Saturday afternoon. [Place of interment unknown] Gant received quit a lot of newspaper publicity some seven years ago, from an experience in which he all but tasted death. In digging a well at the home of Mr. W. S. Strickland, and when down to a depth of about forty feet, the dirt above began caving in on the negro. This happened before noon, and so firmly had the dirt embedded itself around Grant[sic] that he was unable to move and could do nothing but call for help. Every effort was made to get him from the well with the dirt gradually falling in upon him. He was finally gotten out nearer dead than alive after the midnight hour, when the dirt had covered him up almost to his nose. A well curbing was made and lowered into the well to prevent the further falling in of the dirt, before he could be relieved from his perilous position.--Eagle Lake Headlight.

Weimar Mercury, March 20, 1914, page 6

Garamillo, David Valentine

David Garamillo Leukemia Victim

Funeral services were held Oct. 12 at Untermeyer Funeral home, with continued services in St. Anthony’s Catholic church, for David Garamillo, 10, who died in John Sealy hospital in Galveston Oct. 11 of acute leukemia. David was a student in Columbus elementary school

The Rev. Thomas Collins officiated in the last rites and burial was in St. Anthony’s Catholic cemetery.

He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Sebero P. Garamillo of Columbus and was born in Weimar Dec. 2, 1954.[1953]

Colorado County Citizen, October 22, 1964


Funeral For G. Garamillo HeldDec. 14

Funeral services for Gregario Garamillo,76, of Weimar were held Thursday, Dec. 14 from St. Michael'sCatholic Church, with burial in theparish cemetery. Father John Bilyofficiated.

Garamillo, who was a rice farmer in theSealy area for 22 years before retiring, died Tuesday, Dec12, after a heart attack.

Born May 25, 1913, at Georgetown, he wasa son of Rosalio and Adela (Pantoja) Garamillo. He marriedDominga Barrera on Dec. 15, 1947, at Columbus. She died Jan.7, 1972.

Surviving are five sons, Robert andRosalio Garamillo of Houston, George Garamillo Jr. and LarryJoe Garamillo of Weimar and Abraham Garamillo of Yoakum,nine daughters, Mary Molina, Molly Romero, Beatrice Perez,Ramona Olvera and Adela Paramo, all of Houston, JosephineTorres of Weimar, Tony Rodriguez of Wallingford, Conn.,Diana Lund of Williston, ND and Sara Morales of Fort Worth;54 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; one brother,Parajedes Garamillo of Eagle Lake and one sister, JuanitaServates of Columbus. He was preceded in death by onebrother, Edward Garamillo.

Serving as pallbearers were RobertGaramillo Jr., Joel Garamillo, Ralph Davila Jr., Roy Davila,Pete Garcia and Matthew Garamillo.

Weimar Mercury, December 21, 1989
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

Garamillo, Valentina (Barrera)


Funeral services for Valentina Barrera Garamillo, age 53, of Columbus, Texas were held Sunday, Feb. 10, 1985 at Henneke Funeral Home, Father Brian Crookes officiating.

Mrs. Garamillo was born May 21, 1931, in Columbus. to Mauro and Maria Flores Barrera. She was preceded in death by her husband Sebero Garamillo. Survivors include daughters: Dominga Garamillo. Columbus; Mary Bridgette, Rock Shell, Ill.; sons: Daniel Garamillo, and David Garamillo, Columbus; sisters: Rosa Arrendo and Elvira Barrera both of Houston, Gloria Barrera of Kansas City, Kansas: brother: Andrew Barrera, of Houston: 7 grandchildren.

Pallbearers mere Pablo Perez. Janero Rios. Ruben Perez. George Garamillo. Vincent Santana, Eddie Pulido.

Burial was in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, February 14, 1985, page 2


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Gardner, Elizabeth (Hyndmann)

Columbus Citizen: Died at her residence in this city Friday last at noon, Mrs. Sam K. Gardiner, nee Elizabeth Hyndmann. Funeral services were performed under the family roof tree at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon, after which a long cortege of saddened friends attended her interment at Odd Fellows’ Rest, Mr. T. E. Muse, pastor in charge of Columbus First Baptist church, of which she was a worthy member, officiating. Mrs. Gardiner had attained within a few days the age of 72 years, and had passed through an eventful career. She was born in the north of Ireland of Scotch ancestry, and both her father and grandfather were officers in the British army. She was orphaned when about 12 years of age, and in charge of her brothers came to New York, afterward settling in New Orleans, was married to Mr. Shearrington, who survived only a few years. Several years later she was married to Mr. S. K. Gardiner in Mississippi, and in 1865 they located in Columbus, where they have since lived.

Weimar Mercury, January 3, 1903, page 2

Gardner, SamuelKey Jr.

The sad news of the killing of youngSamuel K. Gardner, of this city, at Eagle Lake lastWednesday, by Byron White, a bar tender, created a shock inour community last Thursday. The particulars are soconflicting that we do not give them, especially as thematter undergoes judicial investigation. Sheriff Townsendand Deputy Best went to arrest White Thursday, and throughtheir telegrams to all points on the road,h e was secured atSealy next day, and is now in our jail. "Sam" was broughthome to the sorrowing parents, and interred on Friday aboutnoon. They have the sympathy of the entire community intheir distress--suffering, as they were, from the calamityof losing a cherished son and son-in-law, buried within twodays. [Interment OddFellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, September 28,1882

Gardner,Samuel Key Sr.

S. K. Gardner, an old pioneer of thissection, was taken ill while visiting friends inHallettsville some two weeks since. and being taken toGlidden, died there last Saturday, burial taking place inOddFellows Rest in Columbus the dayfollowing.

Mr. Gardner was born in White Haven, England, October 24, 1836, and at the age of 10 years, with his parents, located in Summit, Miss, and in 1866 came to Columbus and made this his home up to the time of his death. His wife died here some ten years ago. He leaves four children, three of them boys, G. T. of Dustin, Oklahoma; J. M. , Duran, New Mexico; A. R., Glidden, Texas and one daughter, Mrs. J. A. Ellis, of Beaumont. He also had three step-children, all grown, W. Sherrington, Mrs. M. E. Murray, and Mrs. Charles Kerl, and also cared for the daughter of one of his step-sons, Miss Eunice Sherrington, aged about 11 years. In the passing away of Mr. Gardner Columbus loses on of her oldest citizens.

Colorado Citizen, July 4,1913

Sam K. Gardiner, one of the oldest andmost respected citizens of Colorado County, one well andfavorably known throughout this section, died Saturday nightat the home of his son in Glidden following a fall or a kickfrom a horse (it is not to be certain which was the cause),over in Lavaca county a few days previous. Mr. Gardinerlived at Columbus for many years, and was one of the mostupright and respected citizens. The funeral took placeSunday afternoon, Rev. Isaac Sellers of this cityofficiating.

Weimar Mercury, July 4,1913

Garner, Adam

Alleyton, Feb. 7.--Yesterday afternoon about dusk J. Ernst Schuetterle, constable, shot and probably fatally injured Adam Garner, a young negro of bad reputation, whom the officer had just arrested and was conveying to the county jail at Columbus. Garner is known as a “bad negro” and was under arrest for striking and abusing a woman.

The shooting occurred between this place and Columbus, near the county farm, where the negro jumped from the buggy in which he was being conveyed to jail and ran. Commands to halt and one shot fired over his head failing to stop him, the constable fired a second shot with the above result. Public sentiment is largely in favor of the officer, who will undoubtedly be exonerated.

Columbus, Feb. 7. - -Adam Garner, the negro who was shot last night by Constable J. E. Schuetterle of Alleyton, died at the county farm this afternoon at about 3 o’clock. Mr. Schutterle[sic] was conveying the negro to the county farm to be incarcerated for a misdemeanor, when the negro jumped from the buggy and attempted to make his escape. Schuetterle says he fired two shots, one to scare the negro, and this failing to cause him to stop, he fired again, the bail entering the negro from behind and coming out in front below the heart. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, February 12, 1909, page 8

Garner, Agnes (Seymour)


Mrs. Agnes Garner,one of our oldest citizens, passed out of this life at her home last Wednesday evening at about 7:30, following a long illness. Funeral services were held at the residence at 3:30 Thursday, Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt of First Baptist Church officiating, and interment took place at Odd Fellows Rest.

Pallbearers were :H. L. B. Skinner, S. A. Harbert, L. B. Lawrence, O. G. Hoegemeyer, R. H. Byars and E. G. Miller.

Miss Agnes Seymour was born in Virginia on Feb. 6, 1843 and came to this county with her parents when she was eleven years of age. Living on the north side of the river, she crossed the river on the old ferry to attend school in this city, graduating at the age of eighteen. The graduating exercises were held in the old Baptist Church now in ruins. She married Mr. W.. M. Garner and moved to the western part of the county and later to Lavaca County. They returned to Columbus in 1895, and the family has occupied the same house here since that time. She was a first cousin to Mr. S. K. Seymour of this city.

Mrs. Garner was a staunch Christion[sic] character, devoted to her family and possessing that noble trait of character which ministers to all suffering within her environs.

She is survived by one son, Tom Garner of Beaumont, former sheriff of Jefferson County, two daughters, Miss Willie Garner of this city and Mrs. John VanAlstyne of Weimar, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren, to all of whom the sympathy of the entire community is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, January 12, 1933

Garner, Cassandra “Cassie”

A Loved One Gone

At the family residence of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Garner, Columbus, Texas, April 18, 1902, their beloved daughter, Cassie, passed away to join the family of saints in the home beyond. A true, consecrated christian and devout member of the Baptist church, being clerk at the time of her decease, and an efficient teacher in the Sabbath school. The funeral services were held in the Baptist church building, which was filed to overflowing, and conducted by Rev. T. E.Muse, pastor. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest] A loving, devoted daughter and sister is taken, but “only for a season.”

A Friend

Weimar Mercury, April 26, 1902

Garner, Clayborne/Claiborne Herbert


Clayborne Herbert Garner, aged 86,distinguished member of the bar of Tracy City, died Fridayat the home of C. E. Server, 1507 East Main street inChattanooga, following a long illness. Mr. Garner went toChattanooga a number of months ago for treatment at thelocal hospitals. He had recently been making his home withMr. Server. His death was said to have been caused by acomplication of diseases.

The deceased was a son of Dr. Thomas H.Garner, physician, of Columbus, Tex., who died early in hiscareer, after emigrating from Franklin county. The mother ofClayborne Herbert Garner was, prior to her marriage, MarianHerbert, a daughter of Col. Clayborne Herbert, who was agovernor of Texas [sic] before the Civil war and amember of the Confederate congress.

Attorney Garner was educated atWinchester Normal at Winchester. After his graduation hesettled in Tennessee, making only one visit to Texas. Hetaught school at Winchester and at Jasper, Tenn., andfollowing his admission to the bar made his home in TracyCity, where he had an extensive practice as a corporationlawyer.

Surviving are one sister and twohalf-sisters, of Columbus, Tex. The deceased was a closekinsman and a life-long friend of Judge Floyd Estill ofChattanooga.

W. D. Spears, Judge Estill, and Gen. M.N. Whitaker accompanied the body to Tracy City, whereinterment was made Saturday.

Winchester Chronicle, Winchester, TN,Thursday, October 6, 1927
Submitted by JoyGallagher
There is no record that Col. ClayborneHerbert ever served as governor of Texas. The newspaperobituary is incorrect in making this statement.
Submitted by JoyGallagher

Garner, Elizabeth V. (Wadlington)

We regret to announce the death, on the 2d last., of Mrs. Eliza V. Garner, consort of the late Mr. Thos. Garner, of this city. She was long a resident of our county and city, and though her death ws not unexpected, yet its occurrence was the cause of sincere sorrow to numerous friends and relatives. To the bereaved ones we offer our sorrowful condolence, believing
“She feels no more of earth’s distress,
No more its griefs or fears,
Such sleep may call for thankfulness,
It hath no need of tears.”
[Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, May 4, 1882, page 3

Garner, Henry

Eagle Lake Items

Henry Garner, a freedman on Mr. W. W. Watts’ place, was killed Monday morning. Gus. Simpson and a man by the name of Stafford from Brazoria county, rode out in the field where Garner was plowing and shot him down. Sheriff Townsend was dispatched for, and came down on the afternoon train and went immediately in pursuit, and will probably capture them. The deceased was one of the principal State’s witnesses in the killing which occurred sometime since in Vineyard & Frazar’s store in this county. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, July 12, 1888, page 3

Extracted from an article in the July 19th issue of the Citizen which stated that J. B. Durham, alias Brazoria Stafford, and Gus. Simpson were arrested in Montgomery county and are now in our county jail is the following statement: “ Henry Garner was killed, not because he was a bad man, but because he was a witness to another case and wa presumed to know too much.”

Garner, Thomas H.

Col. T. H. Garner died at his residence in this city at 1 o’clock on Tuesday, Sept 9, 1879, at the advanced age of 81 years. Deceased was an old resident of our county, to which he emigrated from Tennessee in 1853, engaging in farming. He was noted for his probity[sic] and sprightness of character, and had a large number of friends in this county. To him the dread summons came without a disturbing element; he looked for the messenger, and was ready for the final hour; had lived a long life of obtrusive usefulness, and feared not its close. We tender our sympathy to the afflicted relatives. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest, Columbus]

Colorado Citizen, Sept 11, 1879

Garner, William Mercer


“Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; even so saith the Spirit, for they rest from their labors.”

It is with feelings inspired by the above passage that we chronicle the death of our fellow townsman, Mr. W. M. Garner, which occurred in this place on the morning of the twenty-second inst.

Mr. Garner was born near Manchester in Franklin county, Tenn., Dec. 24, 1837. He came to Texas with his parents in early youth and had just entered upon manhood when he was called upon to serve his country as a soldier in grey.

In company A, of Green’s Regiment, he valiantly fought for the principles he so faithfully believed in and returning brought wounds that gave testimony of a fearless and courageous spirit. He was the recipient of the Southern Cross of Honor presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy as a token of Honor and distinction, given only to brave souls who endanger their lives in response to duty and love of country.

“But their memories o’er shall remain for us,
And their names, bright names, without stains for us,
In legend and lay
Our heroes in grey
Shall forever live o’er again for us.”

Even greater than this, our friend was a true soldier of the Holy Cross, serving his Master with the same zeal in a cause where strife can never be. A consistent member of the Baptist church, a devoted husband and father and all that one could want in comrade and friend. He leaves a wife, a son, two daughters and three sisters. To these and his old comrades the CITIZEN extends our heartfelt sympathy. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, January 26, 1912

Garner, Willie Mae

Miss Willie Garner, 78, Dies; Funeral Held At Columbus

Funeral services for Miss Willie Garner, 78, of Columbus, were held there Sunday afternoon with burial in the Columbus Cemetery.

Miss Garner, who had lived in Columbus nearly all her life, died Saturday at the Colonial Rest Home in Schulenburg after a lingering illness.

She was born January 11, 1875, in Lavaca County and moved to Columbus at an early age. She was one of the oldest members of First Baptist Church there. A sister of the late Mrs. Blanche VanAlstyne of Weimar, she had visited here many times.

Surviving are five nieces, Mrs. Alyne Becktol and Mrs. Irene Harrington of Beaumont, Mrs. Ed Hightower of Staples, Mrs. Slater Williams of Midland and Mrs. Charles Allen of Weimar; and three nephews, Bill Garner of Beaumont, Garner VanAlstyne of Willis, and John H. VanAlstyne of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, June 19, 1953, page 1

Garness, Eric

Funeral services for Eric Garness were held May 17 at the Chapel of Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake. The Rev. David Edgar of the United Methodist Church of Eagle Lake officiated. The body was cremated, and the ashes buried in Rock Island [Myrtle Cemetery]. Garness died early Sunday under mysterious circumstances. His body was found on U.S. 90-A near Rock Island. He was born June 8, 1956, in California, and was married to the former Miss Jeanie Henry of Rock Island Oct. 5, 1974. Survivors include his wife of Rock Island, father, Harold Garness of Garwood; his mother of California; one sister who lives in Port Loeh, Calif., and grandmother, Mrs. Stella Garness of Garwood. Honorary Pallbearers were Larry Kocich, Raymond Vasquez, Kenny Franks, Jeff Guthrie, Sammy Garza and Twil Ludecke.

The Colorado County Citizen, May 26, 1977, page 6
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Garnett, William Thomas

W. T. Garnett, Former Rock Is. Resident Dies

Last rites for William Thomas Garnett, Sr., of San Antonio, were held In Rock Island Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Garnett, born in Centralia, Mo. on Dec. 3, 1893, died at his home in San Antonio November 6th.

Service were held at the Porter-Loring Funeral Home a 10 a.m. Tuesday and graveside services at Myrtle Cemetery at 3:00 p.m.

Survivors Include: his wife; two sons. William, Jr. and John Wesley of San Antonio; three daughters, Mrs. Geo. Baker, Anticosta, Mrs. J. D. Benoit. Port Arthur and Mrs. James H, Piper, Altus. Okla., and twelve grandchildren.

Mr. Garnet was formerly a resident of the Rock Island community.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 10, 1955
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith


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Garrington, Annie(Sekerka)

Garrington Funeral Held HereJune 23

Funeral services for Annie SekerkaGarrington, 84, of Fredericksburg where held Sunday, June23, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery.

Father Charles Carolan officiated.Pallbearers were Joe John Sekerka, Ray Jureck, ThomasBelcik, Emil Gebauer, Gary Halliburton and JohnHajovsky.

Mrs. Garrington died June 22 at KnoppNursing Home in Fredericksburg after an extendedillness.

Born Dec. 10, 1900, in Fayette County,she was a daughter of John and Anna (Hrabar) Sekerka. Shewas married to Harry Garrington.

Mrs. Garrington is survived by ahalf-sister, Mary Harbus of Yoakum and several nieces andnephews. Preceding her in death were two brothers, Joe andFrank Sekerka of Weimar and two sisters, Kathryn Haas ofSchulenburg and Pauline Plumeyer of NewBraunfels.

Weimar Mercury, June 27, 1985
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

Gartner, Mathilda “Tillie” (Henicke)


Mathilda “Tillie” Gartner, 87, of Columbus, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1995 at Columbus Community Hospital.

Born Nov. 13, 1907 at Shaws Bend, she was the daughter of Gus A. and Mathilda (SommerIatte) Henicke. On Nov. 24, 1926, she married Walter F. Gartner. Mrs. Gartner, who had spent her life in the Columbus area, was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church of Columbus, and was a member and past secretary of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Court Mary Queen of Snows.

Funeral services were held Aug. 19 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Bennie Holesovsky, Lee Kveton, Byron SommerIatte, Richard Heffley, Rubin Kveton and Michael SommerIatte.

Mrs. Gartner is survived by her brother, Oscar Henicke Sr. of Columbus; niece Maxine Parker of Ingram; nephews Oscar Henicke Jr. and wife Ann of Luling and Charles Joe Henicke and wife Shirley of San Antonio; seven great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband on April 4, 1976.

Colorado County Citizen, August 23, 1995, page 16

Gartner, Walter F.

Gartner Dies in 71 Wreck At LaGrange

Walter Gartner, 74, well-known Columbusrancher, was killed about 10:30 p.m. Friday in a head-oncollision on Highway 71 near La Grange. He was drivingalone.

Three Houston people in the other carwere taken to Fayette Memorial Hospital at La grange, notdangerously hurt.

Investigating officers said Gartner wasgoing east and the other car, driven by David Haley, 20, ofHouston was going west when it struck a guard rail about 7miles east of La Grange, skidded across the opposite lane,and collided with the Gartner car.

Gartner was pronounced dead on arrival atthe hospital. [Interment inSt. Anthony CatholicCemetery]

Haley suffered a broken arm, cuts andbruises.

His passengers were Patricia AnnHeusinkveld, 22, and Granvel Lynn Alexander, 18. Both weretreated for cuts and bruises at the hospital and releasedthe next day.

Weimar Mercury, April 8, 1976
Transcribed by JudyTalkington

Garza, Antonia (Gallardo)

Antonia Garza Funeral Services Held Aug. 19

Antonia Garza,74, of Sheridan, died on Aug 16. Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 19 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville with Rev. John Peters officiating.

Interment followed in the Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Antonia was born on Sept. 12, 1930 in Glen Flora to Matelde and Jacinta (Flores) Gallardo.

She married Lupe Garza on Aug. 25, 1946 in Hallettsville.

Mrs. Garza was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic church in Hallettsville.

She is survived by her daughters, Patsy Wasicek of Sheridan, Verna Quiroga of Sugarland, Alma Munoz of Wharton and Virginia Garza of Austin; sons, Eugene Garza of Sheridan, Paul A. Garza of Rosenberg and Adrian Garza of Houston; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and son, Marvin David Garza Sr.

Pallbearers were Louis Esparza, Carlos Munoz, Eric W. Garza, David Esparza, Chad R. Garza and Albert Quiroga.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD), The Heart of Texas Chapter and Texans for Equal Justice.

Weimar Mercury, August 25. 2005

Garza, Emilie (Mrkwa)


Emilie Garza, 52, of Eagle Lake, died Friday, Dec 8, 1995 at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Born Sept. 1, 1943 near Fayetteville, she was the daughter of August and Jennie (Meyer) Mrkwa. Mrs. Garza grew up in Mentz and attended school in Mentz, Bernardo and Columbus. On April 6, 1963, she married John H. Garza in Eagle Lake, where she had resided since. For many years, she was a secretary for Farm and Ranch Aerial Service in Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were held Dec 11 at the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with Father Bernard Snock officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Serving as pallbearers were Scott Orange, Boy Bartels, Anthony Ledergerher, J. R. Rousenvall, Robert Cross, Andy Cross and Lance Cole.

Mrs. Garza is survived by her husband, of Eagle Lake; her mother, Jennie Mrkwa Miller of Mentz; daughter and son-in-law. Cindy and Sam Pirtle of Eagle Lake; son and daughter-in-law, David and Mellisa Garza, also of Eagle Lake; sister, Evelyn Orange of Mentz; brothers John Mrkwa of Clute and August Mrkwa Jr. of Eagle Lake; grandsons Thomas Pirtle and Justin Garza, both of Eagle Lake, and a number of nieces, nephews and loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Colorado County Citizen, December 13, 1995, page 14

Garza, Epifanio


Epifanio Garza, 87, of Eagle Lake passed away April 20 at the Colonial Belle Nursing Home in Sealy.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Colorado County, born in Calhoun Jan. 7, 1917 to Alvino and Victoria (Lasso) Garza. He led a career in farming and was a member of the Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary Garza; sisters, Macario Sosa, Juana Gonzales, Paz Coronado; brothers, Catarino Garza and Camillo Garza; and son-in-law, Jessie Garza.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Raymond Navarro of Houston, Olivia Garza of Katy, Emma and Rick Howard of Lufkin, Ramona and Matthew Sobieski of Houston, Delia and Gilbert Rodriguez of Eagle Lake; son and daughter-in-law, Pete and Susie Garza of Houston; sister, Felipa Salazar of Houston; brother, Dorotheo Garza of Houston; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted April 23 from the Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary with the Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Benjamin Luna, Martin Garza, Romano Baldez Jr., Lawrence Vasquez, Nick Navarro and Christian Ramirez.

Colorado County Citizen, April 28, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Garza, Lupe


Lupe Garza, 84, of Sheridan, died Friday, May 3, 1996.

Born Sept. 11, 1911 in Lowvile, La., he was the son of Santos and Lucy (Pena) Garza.  Mr. Garza was a U.S. Navy veteran who had served in World War II and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville.

Funeral services were held May 6 at Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. John Peters officiating.  Services were under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home in Hallettsville.

Mr. Garza is survived by his wife, Antonia Guarrado Garza of Sheridan; daughters Patsy Ann Esparaza and Verna Mae Quiroga(?) of Sugar Land, Alma Louise Munoz of Wharton and Virginia Day Le Garza of Austin; sons, Tony C. Garza and Daniel Lee Garza, both of Houston and Eugene Alois Garza of Sheridan, David Garza of Richmond and Adrian Joe Garza of Sugar Land; brother Johnny Garza of Hallettsville; and 11 grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his parents. [Interred in Cheetham Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, May 8, 1996, page 16
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Garza, Marvin David Sr.

Marvin D. Garza SR. - EAGLE LAKE

EAGLE LAKE - Marvin David Garza Sr., 39, of Eagle Lake, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2004. He was born Dec. 17, 1964, in Sweet Home, to Antonia Guarrado Garza of Sheridan and the late Lupe Garza.

Survivors: wife, Jessica Garza; daughters, Nadiashae Esmonde and Payton Brooks Garza, both of Eagle Lake; son, Marvin David Garza of San Clemente, Calif.; sisters, Patsy Ann Wasicek of Sheridan, Verna Quiroga of Sugarland, Alma Munoz of Wharton, and Virginia Dayle Garza of Austin; brothers, Tony Garza of Houston, Daniel Garza of Deer Park, Eugene Garza of Sheridan, Paul Garza of Rosenburg, and Adrian Garza of Houston; and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be 4 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

A rosary will be recited 12:30 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church.

Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Victoria Advocate online, December 9, 2004

Gaskins, James

KILLING.—On Friday evening about a quarter past five o’clock the loud reports of pistols disturbed our usually quiet community, and a large number of our citizens were seen rushing to the vicinity of the express office, where the disturbance occurred. This pistol practice came off between James Gaskins, a colored drayman, and Bill Johnson, a colored brakesman on the railroad. It seems the difficulty originated about a man Deputy Marshal Yates had arrested and was conveying to the calaboose. Upon the prisoner refusing readily to accompany the officer, Gaskins volunteered assistance, and Johnson took sides with the prisoner. Gaskins threatened, if Johnson interfered, to shoot him, Johnson, which so enraged him, that he said he would see him again about it, and went directly off and redeemed his pistol which had been in pawn, and came back with it in his hand. Gaskins was on his dray when he saw him thus coming, jumped off the dray, dodged behind the horse and fired. Johnson immediately opened fire, and shot several times, three of which took effect one in the right shoulder, another in the abdomen, and the third in the high[sic]. Gaskins ran through the express office, and came out in the rear of Mr. Ilse’s saloon, falling at the side door, his pistol (a self-cocker) being discharged as he fell. He was taken home before dark, examined by physicians, and died about 8 o’clock that night. Johnson was arrested by officer Yates, and is now in jail, awaiting preliminary examination. From all conflicting rumors, the deed has the appearance of premeditated murder. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, December 28, 1882, page 3

Gassmann, Antonia (Vasek)


Antonia "Toni" Gassmann, 85, of Columbus, died Tuesday, July 15, 1997, at River Oaks Convalescent Center in Columbus.

Born Nov. 14, 1911 in Plum, she was the daughter of Frank and Antonia (Stang) Vasek. On Oct. 14, 1935, she married Alfred Gassmann. A homemaker and retired cashier, Mrs. Gassmann had lived in Columbus since 1979. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Anthony Altar Society and Catholic Daughters of America Court. Mary Queen of Snows.

Services were held July 17 at St. Anthony with Father Eddie Winkler officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Leon Vasek, Leroy Krischke, Arthur Hoffmann, Erwin Gassmann, Thomas Domel and George Mendel.

Mrs. Gassmann is survived by her husband, of Columbus; daughter and son-in-law, Vivian and Leo Britton of Tyler; sons and daughters-in-law, Roland and Sue Gassmann of Houston and Wayne J. and Connie Gassmann of The Woodlands; sisters Irene Drozd of Yoakum and Viola Janek of Arkadeiphia, Ark.; brother Darwin Vasek of Moulton; three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and three great-step-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, July 23, 1997

Gassmann, Patricia Ann

Funeral Held Here For Three-Months-Old Baby

Funeral services for Patricia Ann Gassmann, age 3 months, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Gassmann of Weimar, whose death occurred Friday in a Houston hospital, were held here Sunday, with Rev. Schnocker officiating at St. Michael’s Church [Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery]

Ill a few months ago, the baby was taken to a Houston hospital and later returned to Weimar, apparently in improved health. She recently contracted double pneumonia and whooping cough, the combined effects of which proved fatal.

In addition to her parents, other survivors are a sister Julia Ann Gassmann and two brothers, Edwin, Jr. and Daniel.

Pallbearers were Evelyn and Della Barton, Agnes and Dorothy Anhaiser.

To bereaved survivors, the Mercury joins other friends of the family in extending sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, May 30, 1931,page 1

Gast, Leonard Franklin

Gast Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Leonard F. Gast of Columbus were held Wednesday afternoon, February 20, 1991, at 2 p.m. from Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with Rev. Michael Burns officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery,

Mr. Gast passed away Monday, February 18 at the Columbus Community Hospital. He was 53 years of age.

Born in Flatonia June 3, 1937, he was the son of Anton and Angelina Marie (Pavlica) Gast. He married the former Betty Machinsky August 24, 1963 and had lived in the Columbus area 21 years.

Mr. Gast was a bulldozer operator for Gifford Hill & Co., was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg, the Woodmen of the World, and served his country in the armed services from 1960-62 in the Berlin Crisis.

Survivors include his wile, Betty Gast of Columbus; his mother, Angie Hunke of Taylor; two daughters, Kay Parsons and Karen Payne, both of Columbus; two sons, Craig Gast and Keith Gast, both of Columbus; and five grandchildren, Christina Parsons, Shane Parsons, Michael Parsons, Kindell Payne and Jessica Payne.

Pallbearers were Alton Machinsky, Aaron Welson, Leland Moeller, Gregory Bretting, Frank Simcik and Glenn Horndt.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, February 21, 1991, page 2

Gates, Alice (Jackson) Allen

Death of Greatly Beloved Former Weimar Lady

Our people were deeply grIeved Monday when they learned of the death of Mrs. Alice Gates. beloved wife of Rev. J. W. Gates of Coleman, Texas, whose death occurred that day at the home of her daughter. Mrs. C. C. McDaniel, at McAllen, Texas, where she had been visiting for a number of days. The remains were prepared for burial, shipped here Tuesday, and the funeral took place at 4 p. m. from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Herder. Jr., with Rev. Ross, Christian Church minister from Coleman, Texas, officiating in one of the prettiest and most touching burial services our people have ever heard. [Interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery]

A sad feature of the funeral was that the bereaved husband himself had suffered a stroke of paralysis and was unable to be present. A very large crowd of relatives and friends was present from all parts of the state, attesting the universal popularity and esteem in which this beloved lady was held by all. The floral tributes were among the most beautiful ever seen in this section.

Mrs. Gates was a daughter of the late D. W. Jackson, founder of the town of Weimar, and spent many years of her life as a resident here. As a girl and later as a wife and mother, she was regarded as one of the most popular and beloved ladies of our city. Possessed of a nature and disposition that yearned to help those in distress, her's was a familiar face in the sick room. The writer himself has cause to remember this fact vividly, when this good woman came Into his home and ministered day after day and night after night to his sick ones, her very presence and touch seeming to bring relief and peace to the sick ones.

Not only was she an angel of mercy in the sick room, but in the church she was a leader and throughout her life she ever proved herself to be one of the sweetest christian women it has ever been our good fortune to know. As a wife and mother she was a model, and In her death there passes from us one of the sweetest christian women that God ever placed upon this earth.

Mrs. Alice Gates was 62 years of age at the time of her death. She had been in ill health for several years, but it was only last Friday she was taken seriously ill, we are told. Her children were summoned, and alt were at her bedside when the end came. With her death only one member of the Jackson family of children is left-- Miss Kate Jackson of Brenham.

Mrs. Gates and family had lived at Coleman, Texas, for a number of years, moving there from this city. She Is survived by her husband, two daughters. Miss Bernice Gates of Coleman and Mrs. C. C. McDaniel of McAllen; one sister, Miss Kate Jackson of Brenham, and four sons. Thurman Allen and Douglas Allen of Coleman, Dwyer Allen of Eagle Lake and Leslie Allen of Houston.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones In the loss of a noble wife, mother and sister. May God's assurances of a blessed reunion above prove a comfort to them!

Weimar Mercury, September 27,1828, page 1

Gates, Doris Ann “Judy” (McAtee)


Doris McAtee (Judy) Gates, 80, of Columbus, passed away June 29.

She was born Nov. 14, 1925 to James Lee McAtee and Edith Smith McAtee in Waco.

She graduated from the University of Texas in 1945 and married Philip Gates Nov. 1, 1945 in Waco. The couple moved to Columbus in 1949, where Judy was active in community affairs. She was one of the founders and an early president of the Columbus Homes Tour and for many years served on the board of the city library. She was a keen amateur potter and collector of modern pottery. She took great pleasure in demonstrating the craft to young people.

She is survived by her husband; her sister, Ruth and husband, John Seymour Belew; brother, James Lee McAtee and wife Francis; daughters, Edith Leigh, now resident in Chicago, and Ellen Pat and husband, John Chamberlain, of London.

A graveside service was conducted July 3 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with Pastor J. Paul Bruhn officiating.

Memorials may be sent to the Nesbitt Memorial Library in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, July 12, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Gates, Richard L."Dick"

Richard L. "Dick" Gates, 85, of Columbus passed away March 17 at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus.

He was born to Benjamin L. and Zeleka A.(Nations) Gates on Jan. 8, 1917 in Poteet, TX. He marriedLorene Campbell Gates on June 8, 1978. He was a retired oilfield welder and he owned and operated, Dick's Welding shop. He has resided in Columbus since 1950. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Columbus, and the Masonic Caladonia Lodge #68 A.F. and A.M. in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Jack Gates.

He is survived by his wife, Lorene Gatesof Columbus; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Bill Schmidt of Columbus; sisters, Fern Maples of Hondo, Sherrill Fosterof San Antonio, Doris Wright of Austin, Peggy Arp of Brunswick, Mo., and Joan Knorr of Thrall, TX.; brothers, Harlan Gates of Moses Lake, Wash., Gerald Gates of Santa Fe, N.M.; grandchild, Sheryl Jowers of Austin; and two great-grandchildren, Cody Jowers and Brianna Jowers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday,March 21 at 10:00 a.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Interment will followat OddFellows Rest Cemetery in Columbuswith Masonic Rites by Caladonia Lodge #68 A.F. andA.M.

Pallbearers will be J.B. Maples, WayneBrunner, Henry Kunz, Stephen Hoelscher, Dane Maples, Tommy Rathburn, Johnie Walker, and Brian Emmel. Honorarypallbearers will be Billy Loveless, Gene Commander, JohnTondre, and Dr. Tom B. Hancher.

Colorado County Citizen, March 20,2002
Courtesy of The Citizen

Gates, Solomon


Eagle Lake, Tex., Sept. 29.--In a difficulty over the collection of fares on the westbound Southern Pacific passenger train, Saturday afternoon, Solomon Gates, a negro of Eagle Lake, was shot through the abdomen and seriously wounded. Conductor Ed Walton surrendered to a special deputy on the train, and after stopping the train here long enough to have the wounded negro placed in charge of physicians, the conductor continued his train on to the end of the run. The difficulty took place in Wharton County a few miles before reaching the Colorado County line.

Weimar Mercury, October 5, 1923, page 8


Alleging that Solomon Gates, her grandson and the sole means of support for herself and Gates' dependent sister, Ida Shropshire, was killed September 29, as the result of being thrown from a train by a conductor. Emma Brown, widow of Colorado county, has filed suit for $20,000 damages in district court against the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railway.

It is alleged in the petition of the plaintiff that Gates boarded a G. H. and S. A. train at East Bernard for Eagle Lake without a ticket, that he offered the conductor 55 cents, the price of a ticket, and the conductor demanded 10 cents additional. When informed by Gates that he had no more than 55 cents, the petition states, the conductor became infuriated and informed Gates that he would have to get off the train.

Gates agreed to do so, the petition further states, but was thrown from the train, which was moving at a high rate of speed, and died the same day in Eagle Lake.--Houston Chronicle. [Place of Gates interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 16, 1923, page 2

Gates, Zuleka A. (Nations)

Zuleka A. Gates. 97, of Columbus died Thursday, Dec. 30 at her residence.

Mrs. Gates was born in San Augustine March 30, 1896 to John and Nancy Nations and on Sept. 20,1911, she married Benjamin Lewis Gates. She was a members of the First Baptist Church in Columbus.

Funeral services were held Sunday , Jan.2, at Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus, with Rev. Sammy Carrofficiating.

Pallbearers were Brent Arp, GeraldFoster, Terry Bonds, J. B. Gates, Steve Arp, Merle Gates,Allen Foster and Barron Bonds.

She is survived by daughters Fern Maples of Harper, Sherrill Foster of San Antonio, Doris Wright of Austin, Peggy Arp of Brunswick, Mo., and Joan Knorr of Rosenburg; sons, Richard Lewis Gates of Columbus, Harlan Gates of Mosses Lake, Wash. and Gerald H. Gates of Santa Fe, N.M.; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren , 5 great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces andnephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four sisters, two brothers. and one son, Jackson Lloyd Gates.

Colorado County Citizen, January 6,1994

Gay, Ernest Christian


Ernest C. Gay died suddenly at his home last Friday morning of an apparent heart attack.  Last rites were held in Columbus Funeral home Sunday afternoon, the Rev. J. Wesley Jones of the Methodist church officiating.  Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.  Born in Columbus Oct. 29, 1899, he was a son of the late J. B. and Juanita Green Gay.  In 1924 he was married to Lavine Leyendecker, who survives.  Mrs. Gay has been an invalid since suffering a fall last February.  Mr. Gay worked in the county tax collector-assessor's office for many years and before that time was employed with Southern Pacific Lines in the signal shop.  At the time of his death he was semi-retired and raised cattle.  Besides his widow he is survived by a brother, C. K. Gay, and a sister, Mrs., C. L. Youens, of Columbus.  Pallbearers were nephews, Le Roy Stein, Crockett Leyendecker, Raymond Rau and Jim Charles and Freddie Youens.

Colorado County Citizen, October 8, 1964
Submitted by David Hahn

Gay, James Bates


Just as we go to press word has been received that Mr. J. B. Gay of Columbus, a prominent citizen of that city and community, hanged himself in the barn of his home and was found at a late hour by his family who became alarmed when he failed to return home at the usual time.

It seemed that Mr. Gay was in the habit of going to town after supper and playing dominoes until 9 or 10 o’clock, at about which time he would return home for the night, and when he stayed out longer than usual members of his family started a search for him. Not finding him in town they thought possibly he gone to his farm northeast of town a short distance, and when members of his family went to the barn to get a horse to go to the farm, found him hanging in the barn. It was about 11 o’clock when his lifeless body was found, and it is not known how long he had been there before found.

Mr. Gay was about 78 years of age, and had a wide acquaintance over the county, having for years identified himself with the cause of Socialism and spent much time in the study of the socialistic movement. His tragic and sudden death was a shock to his family and friends. It is thought possibly bad health may have been responsible for the act. --Eagle Lake Headlight [Interment in Odd Fellows’ Rest Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, April 13, 1923, page 2

Gay, Juanita (Green)

Mrs. Gay Dies At Age of 82, Services Friday

Death claimed Mrs. J. B. Gay at her residence last Thursday at the age of 82.  She was born Nov. 10, 1874, at osage, a daughter of T. R. and Kate Adkins Green.  Mrs. Gay was a member of the Baptist church here.  Funeral services were held Friday at Columbus Funeral home with Dr. Norman Roberts officiating, and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. C. L. Youens of Columbus and 2 sons, Ernest and C. K. Gay, both of Columbus, and a number of grandchildren and great-grandhchildren.  Pallbearers were Jim, Alfred and Charles Youens, Delvin Becker, Mac Ray Gross and Jack Leyendecker.

Colorado County Citizen, July 18, 1957
Submitted by DavidHahn

Gay, Larry

Columbus Citizen: After a long illness, Larry Gay, col., died at his home in this city last Friday. Larry was an old slave time darkey, and had for thirty years or more carried mail to the trains and the postoffice. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 5, 1909, page 1

Gay, Lavine (Leyendecker)

Last Rites Held for Mrs. Lavine Gay

Last rites for Mrs. Lavine Leyendecker Gay, 63, were held in Columbus Funeral home Monday afternoon, the Rev. J. Wesley Jones officiating.  Burial was in OddFellows Rest cemetery beside her husband, Ernest Gay, who died suddenly only 8 months ago.  Born in Colorado county Jan. 14, 1902, she was a daughter of Charles and Anna Hahn Leyendecker.  She was a member of the Methodist church.  She is survived by 3 brothers, Charles and Arthur of Columbus and Albert of Rockdale.  Pallbearers were her nephews, Raymond Rau, Jack Rau, Charles Kollmann, Crockett Leyendecker, Floyd Leyendecker, Charles Leyendecker, III, Russell Leyendecker and Charles Youens.

Colorado County Citizen, January 14,1965
Submitted by DavidHahn

Gay, Mandy


Mandy Gay, 104 years of age according to best informatiion obtained, died here last Saturday and was buried Sunday. [Place of interment unknown] She brought here from Georgia by the late Mr. W. W. Alley when but a child, and was a slave for many years.--Columbus Citizen.

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1928. page 6

Gazette, Charles G.


Charles Gazette of Rock Island succumbed to an attack of heart disease early yesterday. Funeral service was held in that city today. [Myrtle Cemetery]

A number of American Legion members of the local post attended the obsequies.

Mr. Gazette is survived by his wife and two children.

Our sympathy is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, February 25, 1932, page 1

Gee, Emma Play


Died, April 30th, 1877, at 1:15 P. M., EMMA PLAY, daughter of B. F. and Orlanda Gee, aged 2 years, 5 monts hand [sic] 11 days.

The cause of her death was measles, and although she received prompt treatment and the most careful and loving attention, she died after a sickness of four days.  She was a remarkably bright and loveable[sic] child; but her loving innocent ways and childish prattle will never more cheer the hearts of her bereaved parents and sorrowing brothers.  She was the only remaining daughter and youngest child, and her loss is a deep and severe affliction to her kind and loving parents.  She has gone where she will never know suffering or sorrow more.

The family have the heartfelt sympathy of friends and neighbors; and though they can never see the innocent face of little Emma more on earth, her memory will ever be bright to those left behind.  May the sympathy of friends and the hope that they may meet Emma and her sister, gone before, in the “Land of the Hereafter,” sustain the fond parents and brothers in their deep affliction.  H. W. N.   [place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, May 3, 1877, page 2
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Gegenworth, Alice Geraldine (McDaniel)

Mrs. Gegenworth, Widow of Pioneer Merchant, Dies

Mrs. Alice McDaniel Daniel Gegenworth, widow of the late George Gegenworth, died in Columbus hospital at 4:30 p.m. May 11. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery]

She was a daughter of Lt. Col. Walter Irwin McDaniel and Margaret Ann Harrison McDaniel and was born near Union City in Obion county, Tennessee, Aug. 20, 1869, coming to Texas with her family in 1875. They were located near Shaw’s Bend and Mrs. Gegenworth spent the remainder of her life In Columbus. She was married to George Gegenworth, Columbus native, Sept. 19, I889. The couple had 2 daughters, Lella Frances and Geraldine Varina.

Lella Frances, who later became Mrs. J. Light Townsend of San Antonio, died in 1940. Geraldine Varina, now Mrs. Woodfln Boggess of Dallas, survives.

Mrs. Gegenworth joined the First. Baptist church In Columbus In 1887 and was baptized in the Colorado river. She was a charter member of Shropshire-Upton chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and belonged to the Columbus Study club and other organizations prominent in civlc and social life of Columbus.

Other survivors are 4 granddaughters. Mrs. George R. Rhine of San Antonio, Mrs. Aubrey R. Stringer of Waco and Mrs. C. A. Griesenbeck and Mrs. Winston L. Ginder of Dallas, and 11 great-grandchildren. A nephew-in-law, Bennett Hastings of Columbus was also close to Mrs. Gegenworth.

Pallbearers were George R. Rhine, Aubrey B. Stringer, C. A. Griesenbeck, Winston L. Ginder, William Henry Harrison, David Blanchi and Sam A. Harbert Jr.

Among those from out of town for the services were Mr. and Mrs. Bill Garner of Beaumont, Mr. and Mrs. R. Tom Herod of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. David Blanchi of Houston and Mrs. Stanley deWaal, Mrs. W. R. Gray and Mark Hopkins of San Antonio.

Colorado County Citizen, May 16, 1957, page 1

Gegenworth, George

Prominent Columbus Citizen Claimed by Death Tuesday Night

In the death of Mr. George Gegenworth of Columbus on Tuesday night of this week the senior editor of this paper lost a life-long friend, one whose friendship, dating back to our earliest boyhood days, never wavered. George Gegenworth was a self-made man. No one realizes this more than the writer. Born and raised just two blocks apart in the old town of Columbus, we grew up with George and throughout the many years that have elapsed since we were boys together, he was always the same, as true as steel to his friends, always glad to extend a helping hand to those less fortunate than himself.

George had a hard struggle in his early days, as we well remember, yet he never faltered. That he eventually achieved success he owed to no one but himself. He was at all times fair, open, honest, enterprising, a believer in his home town and its progress, always contributing or doing his part and we considered him one of Columbus’ most valuable citizens.

George loved life and got pleasure out of it. That he hated to go and leave his loved ones, we well know. Stricken with heart trouble recently, he put up many a fight, but the creator of all things willed otherwise, and our life-long friend was called to his eternal home. We mourn his passing as we would that of a near and dear relative, for we were boys raised up together and our friendship through all the long years of manhood never faltered. We always regarded George Gegenworth as one of our truest, bets friends, and his passing has struck us a blow from which we will never recover. May God be merciful to his mourning loved ones, is our sincere wish.

George Gegenworth was born and raised in Columbus and spent his entire life there. He was about 64 years of age at time of death. He was one of the leading business men of that community, member of the Baptist Church, Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias lodges.

He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Woodfin Boggess of Dallas and Mrs. J. Light Townsend of San Antonio, two sisters, Mrs. R. A. Hastings of Columbus and Mrs. Tom H. Garner of Beaumont, and five grandchildren, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Interment will take place in the Columbus Odd Fellows Cemetery this, Thursday, afternoon at 3:30, with Rev. Wyatt officiating assisted by the Knights of Pythias Lodge. Several from here will attend the funeral.

Weimar Mercury, May 29, 1931
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

 Gegenworth, George Andrew


Mr. Geo. Gegenworth, who departed this life in Columbus, Texas, on the 22d day of August 1886, was at the time of his death, in his 55th year. He came to Texas just before the war, and enlisted in Hood’s Brigade at the outbreak, and served with distinction until the surrender. At the battle of Chicamaugo, he was wounded in the cheek the ball taking away a part of his tongue, causing a slight impediment in his speech. For years he was a member of the I. O. O. F., and in and out of the Lodge room he always showed his faith by his works. His widow and three children do not alone mourn his loss. In every relation of life, he has always been found true and faithful. Long a resident of Columbus, he leaves behind him no enemies, and a host of friends. His old comrades of the 5th Texas, can and will inscribe upon his tomb this greatest of all epitaphs:
“Here lies an honest man.”
[Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, August 26, 1886

Gehrke, Caroline

Mrs. Caroline Gehrke, the mother Mrs. J. F. Sandmeyer and Mrs. Kunze, of this city, after a lingering illness, died last Sunday night, of pneumonia, aged 96 years. About three years ago she had an attack of rheumatism, which has confined her to her bed a great part of the time since. She has spent a long and useful life, and was ready for the summons. Her remains were committed to the dust last Monday in Odd Fellows’ Rest, there to await the judgment morn.

Colorado Citizen, October 11, 1888, page 3

Geisendorff, Martha Bethuel (Scaife)

Mrs. Bethuel Geisendorff

The people of our little city were intensely grieved Saturday morning upon receipt of intelligence that Mrs. E. B. Geisendorff, wife of our esteemed dentist friend, Dr. E. B. Geisendorff, had died at a hospital in San Antonio, just a few hours previous, following a second operation. Mrs. Geisendorff had been in bad health for several months and only a days ago was taken to San Antonio for an operation, following which operation she seemed to improve, and every hope was held out that her health was improving and that her permanent recovery was shortly to follow. It was a vain hope, for conditions changed the latter part of the past week, and it was deemed necessary to again take her to the hospital for a second operation. From this operation she failed to rally, and death came soon afterwards, amid intense suffering. Following her death, the remains were prepared for burial and brought to Weimar Saturday afternoon for interment the following morning in the Masonic cemetery. Rev. G. T. Gibbons, pastor of the Methodist church, performing same. Owing to the threatening condition of the weather, the ceremony was necessarily brief, The funeral was largely attended, many members of the Masonic fraternity and Eastern Star Chapter being present. Mrs. Geisendorff was 30 years old at the time of her death. She was a Miss Bethuel Scaife before marriage; was born in Alabama and at an early age moved with her parents to Texas the remainder of her life was spent in Texas and Louisiana; was married to Dr. E. B. Geisendorff at Leesville, La, in 1904. A heart broken husband, little daughter. Agnes, father,mother, two sisters and three brothers survive. She was a member of the Methodist church for many years, also of the Sunday school, and but a few weeks ago put in her letter for membership in the Weimar church. She also was a member of the Eastern Star order. Mrs. Geisendorff had only lived in our city a few short months, but it is no exaggeration to say that no lady ever came to our city and made so many friends on such short acquaintance. Possessed o f a most cheerful disposition, honest and sincere to all, a kindly word and cheerful greeting for all who met her, she was a typical southern lady, one whose acquaintance was a source of delight and benefit to all around her. In the church, the Sunday school, the lodge room, the family circle and the neighborhood, her presence was an inspiration and pleasure, and her death is deplored and regretted as sincerely as if she had spent the whole of her life among us. To the grief stricken husband, little daughter, aged mother and father, brothers and sisters, the heartfelt and sincere sympathy of our entire community is extended, with the hope that the great Father above, who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb, will be with and console them as He alone can.

“Then fell upon the house a sudden gloom,
A shadow of those features fair and thin;
And softly, from that hushed and darkened room,
Two angles issued where but one went in.”

Weimar Mercury, August 21, 1914, page 1

Geistmann, Anton


Columbus, Colorado Co., Tex., Dec. 12—Anton Geistmann, aged 78 years, died and was buried at his home in Frelsburg yesterday. He had resided in Frelsburg for fifty-two years. [Interred at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery]

The Galveston Daily News, December 13, 1895, page 6

Geistmann, Elisabeth

Frelsburg, July 2.--Mrs. Elisabeth Geistmann, an aged widow, died at her home on the 27th ult. at the age of 77 years and 7 months. Her remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery the following day.

Weimar Mercury, July 16, 1909, page 2

Geistmann, Hugo E.

Frelsburg, Sept 10.--Hugo, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Gustmann[sic], died at the home of his parents of typhoid fever on the 7th inst. His remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery .

Weimar Mercury, September 18, 1908 page 2

Geistmann, Julius

Lifelong Resident Of Fayetteville Is laid to Rest

Funeral services were held in Fayetteville Dec. 14 for Julius Geistmann, aged 79, who died in Kerrville Dec. 11. Further rites were held In Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Frelsburg wIth Rev. Edward Geiser officiating and burial was in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Geistmann was a lifelong resident of the Fayetteville community.

He is survived by his widow; 5 daughters, Mrs. Jesse Bertsch, Mrs. Walter Grayson and Mrs. Albert Moeller, all of near Fayetteville; Mrs. Sam Zubicek of Cat Spring and Mrs. Homer Kansteiner of Columbus; 2 sons, Anton of New Ulm and Walter of near Fayetteville; sisters, Mrs. Ben Halfmann of Ellinger and Mrs. Henry Wilde and Mrs. John Koll of Lott.

He is also survived by 2 brothers, Otto of Brookshire and Theo of Wallis.

Colorado County Citizen, December 20, 1956

Geistmann, Walter J.

Walter Geistmann Rites Held March 13th

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 13, 1957, for Walter Geistmann, the victim of a highway mishap. Services were held at Knesek Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville, at 9:00 am with continued services at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Frelsburg, with the pastor, Rev. Edward Geiser officiating. Interment was in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Geistmann, a veteran of World War II, met his death about 10:45 pm Sunday night, when the car he was driving hit loose gravel at the Fayetteville Y on the La Grange highway. This caused the car to strike two highway guard posts, turning the car completely over, and throwing the driver out on the road, caused his immediate death.

Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Mary Geistmann, of Fayetteville Rt. 2, with whom he resided; five sisters, Mrs. Jesse Bertsch and Mrs. Albert Moeller of near Fayetteville, Mrs. Sam Zubicek of Cat Spring, Mrs. Homer Kantsteiner of Columbus, and Mrs. Walter Grayson of near Fayetteville; and a brother, Anton Geistmann of New Ulm. His father, Julius Geistmann preceded him in death on Dec. 14 of last year. Koenig Funeral Home of La Grange directed the funeral.

New Ulm Enterprise, Thursday, March 14, 1957
Contributed by Kyle Janda

Killed Day After Being Pallbearer In Uncle’s Funeral

Funeral servIces were set for Mar. 13 at 9 a.m. for Walter Geistmann, 36, who was. killed about 10:45 p.m. Sunday when his car overturned at a highway Y near Fayetteville.

Mr. Geistmann had served as pallbearer the day before his fatal accident at the funeral of his uncle, Ben Schertz of the Frelsburg community.

According to officers, Sheriff T. J. Flournoy and Patrolman Otis Hlldebrandt who investigated, Geistmann's car hit loose gravel, did a complete turnover and landed back on its wheels. The driver, who was alone, was thrown out.

The services were In the Knesek chapel In Fayetteville, with continued services at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church In Frelsburg, Rev. Edward Geiser officiating. Burial was In the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Geistmann, a veteran of World War II, is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mary Geistmann; 5 sisters, Mrs. Jesse Bertsch, Mrs. Albert Moeller And Mrs. Walter Grayson of near Fayetteville, Mrs. Sam Zubicek of Cat Spring and Mrs. Homer Kansteiner of Columbus. He also leaves a brother, Anton GeIstmann of New Ulm. His father Julius Geistmann, died last Dec. 14.

Colorado County Citizen, March 14, 1957

Gentry, Frances M. (Wooliver)

Sheridan News

Mrs. T. B. Gentry of Rock Island, died last Tuesday morning of that dreaded disease tuberculosis, and her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at this place that evening.  Rev. Douglas performing the burial service in a very impressive manner.  Mrs. Gentry resided at this place for year5s, and on account of failing health the family moved to Rock Island in January of this year to be near a doctor, but medical skill and kind attention could avail nothing.  Mrs. Gentry was sixty two years old and the mother of eight children, four of whom preceded her to the great beyone.  She was a devout christian and as she neared the end of her life's journey she said she was willing to go.  Relatives attending the funeral from a distance were her sons, John Gentry and family of Papalote, Alfred Gentry of Cameron, her sister, Mrs. Melissa Johnson of Yoakum and her niece Mrs. Gertrude Herndon of Fulshear.  We extend the bereaved family and relatives our sincerest sympathy in their sad affliction.

Weimar Mercury, July 22, 1910
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Gentry, Mrs. M. E.

Mrs. M. E. Gentry

Mrs. M. E. Gentry an aged lady who formerly lived in this section, an aunt of S. D. Chapman of this city, died in San Antonio Monday, and the remains werebrought here for interment Tuesday at noon, the funeral taking place from Mr. Chapman's residence. Mrs. Gentry was highly esteemed by many of the old-time residents of this section, and her death is sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.[Cemetery unknown]

Weimar Mercury, October 3,1913

Gentry, M. T.

Mr. Gentry, recently elected County Surveyor, died Monday last, of a dropsical affection. He has been a citizen of our county for several years, and was a veteran of the Mexican War. [Interment in Pleasant Grove Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, February 17, 1881, page 3

Gentry, Pearl

Cullings From Cheetham

Died, at the residence of Mr. Thomas Gentry last Friday morning, the beloved wife of Mr. Alfred Gentry, and was buried in the Cheetham cemetery in the evening, a large crowd of sorrowing relatives and friends attending the funeral to pay the last said rites to the deceased, that of laying the body away until the Lord shall say, “ Come up higher.” Our sympathies are extended to the bereaved.

Weimar Mercury, July 11, 1903, page 4

Genzer, Agnes (Knape)

Mrs. Agnes Genzer, 86, Fayette Native, Buried Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Genzer, who would have been 87 next month, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church here Monday, Dec. 17.

Interment was in St. Micha el’s Cemetery. Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated.

Mrs. Genzer, a native of Fayette County, but a resident of Wharton County the past 18 or 20 years, died Friday, Dec. 14, at Blasingame Hospital in Wharton after 3 months’ serious illness.

The former Miss Agnes Knape, she was born Jan. 12, 1869. She was married to Joe Genzer in 1890 at Holman, and they lived in the Ammannsville section until 1911, when they moved to Schulenburg. Since then she had lived in various parts of Fayette County and in Garwood 17 years, finally moving to the Wharton area, where she was making her home with a son. Willie, and his family, at the time of her death.

Her husband died 32 years ago.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Frank (Mary) Zouzalik of Flatonia, Mrs. Joe (Agnes) Papacek of Moulton, Mrs. Ed (Annie) Lobpries of Garwood, and Mrs. Julia Burres of Oakland Calif.; three sons, Joe and Fritz Genzer of Boling and Willie of Wharton; two sisters, Mrs. Theresa Didek of Waco and Mrs. Sophie Mooney of Houston; 32 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

One son, Louis, died 6 years ago and 3 other children died as infants; a sister died in 1925 and a brother preceded her in death a few weeks ago.

Pallbearers for the rites were Joe Krenek, Alfred Genzer, Wm. Genzer, Jr., Jerry Genzer, Fritz Lobpries, Emil Pokluda. Albert Vincik and George Genzer.

Weimar Mercury, December 21, 1956, pages 1 & 8

Genzer, Emil

Young Emil Genzer Succumbs to Injuries

Friday afternoon while George and Emil Genzer, well known young men of this section, were enroute to Schulenburg in their Ford car, they endeavored while passing the cemetery west of town to ??? ahead of another car. According to the story of the Genzers, as they did so, and while their car was going at a rather rapid rate of speed, they encountered several school children in the road just ahead of them.

The Genzers claim it was a case of either running down the children or going into the ditch, and they decided on the latter course, with the result that their car somersaulted three times, was practically torn to pieces and both of the occupants were under the wreckage. Help in rescuing them was quickly at hand, when it was found that Emil had a badly crushed leg, while George had escaped with but a few bruises. Emil was taken to the home of his brother, Fritz Genzer, in the southeastern part of the city, and his injuries given immediate attention, but due to his naturally impaired physical condition, he being in very bad health for some time past, the shock was too great for him , and he died the following morning about 8 o’clock,. The remains were prepared for burial and Saturday afternoon were laid to rest in the cemetery at Ammannsville.

He was a young man well liked by all who knew him, and his tragic death is indeed deeply deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, November 28, 1924
Transcribed by JudyTalkington

Genzer, Joseph, Sr.


Jos. Genzer, Sr., well known citizen of this place, a carpenter by profession, but lately engaged in the cold drink business, while at the home of his son, Fritz Genzer, Sunday afternoon and engaged in playing with his little grandchildren, was attacked by appoplexy[sic] and expired in a few minutes, without regaining the power of speech. The funeral took place at St. Michael’s Cemetery Monday afternoon, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

Mr. Genzer was a native of Austria, but had lived in this country for many years. He is survived by his widow and eight children, namely: Mrs. Mary Krenek, Mrs. Agnes Papacek, Mrs. Annie Lobpries, Mrs. Julia Pokluda, Messrs. Joe, Jr., William, Fritz and Louis. He was a little over 58 years of age at the time of his death.

He was a member of the Hermann Soehne and S.P.J.S.T. Lodges. He was a man of genial temperament, and well liked by those who knew him. Many relatives and friends were present at the funeral. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, June 5, 1925, page 1

Genzer, Louis M.

Louis M. Genzer, 54, Dies at Schulenburg; Rites Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Louis M. Genzer, 54, Schulenburg carpenter who died last Saturday after a heart attack, were held from St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg with interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery here.

Rev. Leo Goertz, St. Rose pastor, officiated.
Mr. Genzer, a former resident of Weimar, had had pneumonia about three weeks prior to the fatal heart attack.

Born March 3, 1896, at Ammannsville, he was the son of the late Joe and Agnes Genzer. He married Miss Louisa Rerich here in 1921, and they lived on a farm near Weimar for seven years before moving to Schulenburg. At Schulenburg he worked for the Carnation Company for 22 years. For the past two years he had followed the carpentering trade. He was a member of St. Rose Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Louisa Genzer of Schulenburg; his mother, Mrs. Agnes Genzer of Garwood; two sons, George and Wilbert, both of Schulenburg; three daughters, Mrs. Mildred Machac, Mrs. Henrietta Chlebek and Miss Delores Genzer, all of Schulenburg; three brothers, Fritz of Garwood, Willie of New Gulf and Joe of El Campo; and four sisters, Mrs. Julia Briggs of California; Mrs. Agnes Papacek of Moulton, Mrs. Mary Krenak of Flatonia and Mrs. Mildred Briggs of Oklahoma; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Fritz, Freddie, Willie and Felix Genzer, Alfons Hudec, and Louis Rerich.

Weimar Mercury, May 23, 1952, page 5

Genzer, Louise (Rerich)

Final Rites for Mrs. Genzer, 68, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Genzer, 68, were held Tuesday t Hubbard Funeral Home and St. MichaeI's Catholic Church here, with burial in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Genzer died at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at her home.

Rev. Gerald Hubertus officiated in the services. Pallbearers were Alfred Genzer, Joe, Genzer, William Genzer, Leo Hudec, WIllIam Hudec, and Adolph Hudec.

Mrs. Genzer was born Dec. 31, 1902, near Weimar, a daughter of Joseph and Frances Hudec Rerich. She was married to Louis Genzer here on Oct. 25, 1922, and they settled at Schulenburg. Mr. Genzer died in 1952. Mrs. Genzer moved back to the Weimar area 17 years ago.

She is survived by two sons George Genzer and Wilber Genzer, both of Weimar; three daughtres[sic], Mrs. Lee Roy (MIldred) Lilie of Alleyton, Mrs. Eusties (Henrietta) Chlebek of Edna and Mrs. Fritz (Delores) Kunz of Weimar; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; her mother, Mrs. Frances Rerich of Weimar; and two brothers, Alvin and Alois Rerich of Weimar.

A brother, Wilbert, preceded her in death.

Weimar Mercury, February 11, 1971, page 4

Genzer,Margaret (Gibson)

Funeral For Mrs. Genzer HeldTuesday

Funeral services for Margaret LucilleGenzer, 59, of Weimar were held Tuesday, Sept. 15, from St.Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in theparish cemetery. Father CharlesCarolan officiated.

Mrs. Genzer, a medication aide atParkview Manor, died at 5 a.m. Sunday, Sept 13.

Born Aug. 5, 1928, at Gastonia, NorthCarolina, she was a daughter of William and Barbara (Rogers)Gibson. She was married to George Genzer Sr. here on May 31,1947. He preceded her in death in 1983. She had lived atWeimar since her marriage and previously lived atSchulenburg.

Surviving her are two sons, Joseph Genzerof La Grange and George Genzer Jr. of El Campo; twodaughters, Barbara Smith of Weimar and Mary Till of Garwood;10 grandchildren and a brother, William Gibson Sr., ofDallas, North Carolina. One bother preceded her indeath.

Pallbearers for the funeral were CarlKloesel, Louie Genzer, Paul Oncken, Daniel Ulbricht, RichardBitterly and Kenneth Beckert.

Weimar Mercury, September 17, 1987
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

Genzer, Sophie (Steffek)

Mrs. Fritz Genzer Buried Wednesday

Mrs. Fritz Genzer, formerly Miss Steffek of this community. beloved wife of Mr. Fritz Genzer of Boling Sulphur Field. Wharton county. died Monday night and the remains were brought to this city for interment in St. Michael's Cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

We understand that Mrs. Genzer had been in ill health for some time before her death. Every care and attention was given her, but it was all without avail. God claimed her, and she joined Him in that heavenly home above. She is survived by her devoted husband and several children, besides a large circle of relatives and friends.

The family resided in this community for a number of years. moving from here to Boling Sulphur Field, where Mr. Genzer has employment.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, April 10, 1931

Genzer, Wilbert George

Car Overturns, Driver Killed


Wilbert George Genzer, 31, was killed Sunday night when his car overturned in a ditch on FM 155 just outside the northern city limits of Weimar.

He apparently died within seconds after the car landed on its top crossways of the four-foot ditch.

Tracks of the 1959 Chevrolet, easily seen in the rain-softened ditch, indicated Genzer's car had drifted gradually across the highway as he headed southward into Weimar.

The accident occurred at 10:15 p.m. Highway Patrolman Ray Scholton said. City Marshal Fred Vornsand assisted in the investigation.

Missed Sign Post
The car missed, by about six inches, a two-inch metal sign post that might have slowed or deflected it enough to save Genzer's life.

The vehicle left the paved roadway about 150 feet from where it struck the culvert of a private driveway with its left front, and sailed another 45 feet before landing upside down, doing a half-turn in the air to face east.

Genzer was pinned under wreckage until a wrecker arrived to set the car upright. He had sustained severe head injuries that probably caused almost instant death.

The gradual path of the car, with no sign of braking, indicated the driver had fallen asleep or in some way was unconscious when the car left the road.

Welder, Carpenter
Genzer was a lifelone resident of the Weimar and Schulenburg area except for two years he lived at Eagle Lake, working as a welder. He had been a mechanic for Renken-Heller Motor Co. and Streich's Garage here in years past and lately had been carpentering, working for Roy Menke of Columbus but living here.

Born Feb. 22, 1940, at Schulenburg, he was a son of the late Louis and Louise Rerich Genzer. His family moved to a farm north of Weimar when he was 13.

After high school he had served in the National Guard.

He is survived by one brother, George Genzer of Rt. 3, Weimar and three sisters, Mrs. Mildred Lillie of Columbus, Mrs. Henrietta Clebek of Edna, and Mrs. Dolores Kunz of Weimar.

Funeral Tuesday
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 7, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Gerald Hubertus officiated.

Pallbearers were nephews Louis Genzer, Maurice Hoffmann, Edward Clebek, Henry Clebek, Robert Wooten, and Bruce Kunz.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, December 9, 1971
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


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Gerbermann, A. F.


Bellville, Texas, April 13.--A. F. Gerbermann, farmer of near Cat Spring, was instantly killed by lightning Tuesday. Mr. Gerbermann was plowing in his field when he was struck by the bolt of lightning, which also killed his team. He was about 60 years old, and is survived by his wife and a number of children. [Interment in St. Roch’s Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, April 22, 1927, page 6

Gerhard, Werner August

The death of Mr. Werner Gerhard occurred at his residence in this town last Saturday night at 3 o’clock. He died of dropsy, after long suffering. This disease suddenly came upon him about the first of July, to the surprise of his acquaintances, as he had been, up to that time, a very healthy, robust man. He went to bed soon after the disease developed, and was confined to bed till relieved by death. All was done for him that could be done by physicians and friends. His death was not a surprise as it had been expected for some time. He leaves a wife and daughter and four stepchildren, and many friends, to miss him and mourn his loss. His stepchildren are all grown and married. His daughter is almost a grown young lady, being about fifteen years of age. He had been a resident of this town a number of years, and was engaged the most of his time in the mercantile business. He was a good business man; had fine intelligence, and was at one time an alderman of the town. He was buried last Monday morning at 10 o’clock in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery by the United Workman, to which order he belonged. THE MERCURY tenders its sympathy to the grieved family in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, January 31, 1891

Gerhardt, Maggie May (Cohen)

Mrs. O. C. Gerhardt, Houston, Buried Here

Mrs. Oswald C. Gerhardt, niece of the late Dr. C. G. Cook of Weimar, died at her home in Houston at 4:10 a.m. last Friday and was buried in Masonic Cemetery here Saturday afternoon.

In addition to her husband she leaves a nephew, Theodore Lowrey of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and a great-niece in Ft. Worth.

Weimar Mercury, April 12, 1957, page 4

Gerhardt, Oswald C.

Graveside Services Here Saturday For Oswald Gerhardt, 84

Oswald C. Gerhardt, 84, of Houston was buried in Masonic Cemetery here Dec. 27 after services in Houston.

A retired chemist and 50-year resident of Houston, he died Dec. 25 in a Houston hospital. He was a native of Cuero. His first wife, who died in 1957, was the former Miss Maggie Cohen, a niece of Dr. C. G. Cook.

Mr. Gerhardt is survived by his wife, Mrs. Flossie Gerhardt, of Houston, a sister and three brothers.

Weimar Mercury, January 9, 1970, page 10

Gerloff, David R.


David R. Gerloff, 56, of Columbus, died Monday, June 9, 1997, at his residence.

Born June 27, 1940, he was the son of Roy F. and Freida (Cockcroft) Gerloff. On Oct. 12, 1962, he married Elizabeth Linton. Mr. Gerloff was an owner/operator truck driver for Dry Freight. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he had lived in the Columbus area for 32 years. He was a member of New Life. Assembly of God and the Moose Lodge in Pensacola, Fla.

Services were held June 12 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Floyd Snyder officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were John Payne Jr., Chuck Rogers, Eugene Kazmir, Donald O'May, Allen Walters and Arne Morgensen Sr.

Mr. Gerloff is survived by his wife of Columbus, his parents of Glidden; sons, James Ross and wife Sharon of Columbus and David Gerloff Jr. of Gonzales; daughters Deborah Charles and husband Lee of Columbus, Freida R. Gerloff of Austin, and Diane Taylor and Debra Malathlic and husband David, all of Gonzales; brother Dwayne Gerloff of Huntsville; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Copeland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Club or Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital and Burn Center.

Colorado County Citizen, June 18, 1997

Gerloff, Roy F.


Roy F. Gerloff, 92, of Columbus, passed away June 3, at River Oaks Healthcare Center in Columbus.

He was born Feb. 15, 1915 to Frank and Louise Stokesberry Gerloff and married Freida Cockcroft Gerloff April 27, 1939. He worked as a mechanic and was retired from the Texas Highway Department. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was a member of DAV Fayette County 229.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Virginia Mae Copeland; son, David Ray Gerloff; two sisters; and two brothers.

He is survived by his son, Dwayne Franklin Gerloff, of Houston; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Gerloff, of Columbus; son-in-law, Charles Copeland, of Sallisaw, Okla.; brother, Fred Gerloff and wife, Beverly, of Gonzales; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were June 6 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Melvin Harris officiating. Interment followed at WOW Cemetery in Gonzales.

Pallbearers were Matthew Ross, James Ross, Lee Charles, Allen Gerloff, Darrel Wicke and Jeffery Copeland.

Colorado County Citizen, June 13, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

German, Hans Henry

Funeral Services For H. H. German At 4 PM Today

Funeral services will be held from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake today, Thursday, September 20th at 4:00 p.m. for Hans H. German, Sr., 89, who died Tuesday night after lengthy illness. The Rev. Walter J. Miller, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church will officiate at the services and at the interment in Lakeside Cemetery.

Surviving the deceased are: his widow; four sons, Hans, Jr., of Eagle Lake; Aaron of Borden, Clarence of Brookshire; and Charlie of Victoria; one daughter, Mrs. Alfred L. Marx, Sr., of Eagle Lake. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and numerous other relatives. One daughter died in infancy.

Hans H. German was born in Germany of May 18, 1867. At the age of seventeen he worked his passage to this country and on the ship met a man who was returning from a visit overseas, and with this man went to Plum Creek, Nebraska for his first experience on an American farm.

On March 9, 1900, he married Margaret Schneider in Nebraska and in 1910 brought his family to Texas to property purchased in the Sheridan area. He remained in Colorado County, farming until his retirement 20 years ago.

He and Mrs. German have been residing here at their home on Highway 90=A near the Marx Drive Inn. Despite their age, they were both able to care for themselves.

Mr. German’s philosophy of life was simple. “Live right and do right is the best religion. If all will do this we will have a better world,” he was quoted as saying in a “Citizens over 80” story in the Colorado County Citizen in 1950.

The many friends of the family join in extending sympathy in the loss of their loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 20, 1955
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

German, Hans Nelson


Hans Nelson German, age 83, of Eagle Lake, passed away June 2 in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a brief illness.

Born Feb. 5, 1901 in Ansley, Nebraska to Hans Henry and Margaret Schneider German, he was a former resident of Weimar, working for the Ford Motor Co. as a mechanic. He moved lb Eagle Lake in 1940 and joined the Ford Motor Company there. Mr. German went into business for himself in the early '50s in Eagle Lake.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake and a member of Eagle Lake Masonic Lodge No. 366 A.F. & A.M.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charlie. His wife Selma Frances German passed away In 1977.

Survivors include two daughters: Mrs. Oleo M. Franke of Victoria and Mrs. Selma F Mathis ot Eagle Lake; two sons: Hans L, German of La Porte and Lester .R. German of San Antonio;.a, sister, Louise Marx of Mena, Ark; two brothers: Clarence German of Brookshire and Aaron German of Weimar; eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 4 at the Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Melburn Sibley officiating. Masonic graveside services and interment were at Lakeside Cemetery under the auspices of Eagle Lake Lodge No. 366 A.F. & A.M. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, June 14, 1984, page 2

German, James Milton Sr.


James "Jim" Milton German Sr., 50, of Weimar, passed away Aug. 9, at St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston.

He was born Dec. 19, 1955 to Milton Alfred German and Harolyn Ann Beach and married Tillie Rutherford German Dec. 19, 1983. He worked as a railroad employee shuttle driver for Rail Crew Express, Inc.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Harolyn Beach German.

He is survived by his wife; father, Milton German and wife, Bettey, of Weimar; daughter and sons-in-law, Kimberly and Steven Scholes, of League City and Penny Lee and Hector Garza, of Pearland; son, James Milton German Jr., of Spring; sisters and brothers-in-law, Cathy and James Prestidge, of Grand Saline, Karen and Jim Givin, of Houston and Cindy and Dorrie Green, of Houston; brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Bonnie German, of Weimar, Rodney and Shelia German, of Brenham, Jim and Michelle Briggs, of College Station and Bob and Debbie Briggs, of San Antonio; and grandchildren, David Allen Garza, Christina Reene Garza, Garie Lee Wagner, Ashley Aimstrong, A.J. Aimstrong, Steven Scholes Jr., Shawn Scholes and Elizabeth Nicole Nange.

Memorial services are at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 16, at Henneke Funeral Home with the Rev. Vernon Griffin officiating. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, August 16, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

German,Margaret (Schneider)


Mrs. H. H. German, a resident of ColoradoCounty,for the past fifty years,passed away quietly lastFriday,August 3rd [1962] at Colonial Rest Home inSchulenburg where she had been residing for the past fourmonths. She was 84 years,10 months,and seven daysold.

She was the mother of Mrs. A. L. Marx Sr.and Hans N. German of this city.

Funeral services were held at 4:00 p.m.Sunday from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with pastor of theCat Spring Lutheran Church officiating in the absence of theRev. Wayne Landgrebe.

Graveside services in LakesideCemetery were conducted by theRev. Henry Adrion III, pastor of the First BaptistChurch.

Serving as pallbearers were her grandsonand grandson-in-law: Hans German Jr., Palacios, ArthurFranke of Victoria, Jim Mathis Sr, of Eagle Lake, MiltonGerman and Charlie Hatterman, Jr., of Columbus, Charles F.German, and Lloyd W. German of Brookshire, and Kenneth W.German of Victoria.

Margaret Schneider was born on Sept. 27th1877 in Savanna, Ill. the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. GeorgeSchneider. She married Hans H. German at Oconto, Nebraska onMarch 1,1900. To this union were born two daughters and foursons. Her husband preceded her in death on Sept. 18 1956 anda daughter died in infancy in 1907.

The family came to this county settlingin the Sheridan area where Mr. German farmed until hisretirement in about 1936. For the past 25 years they residednear her daughter and family, and for the past 3 years inthe home of Mr. and Mrs. Marx until her move to Schulenburg4 months ago.

Surviving are: one daughter Mrs. AlfredMarx; four sons,Hans N. of Eagle Lake, Aaron W. of nearWeimar, Clarence R. of Brookshire and Charlie L. ofVictoria; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; onesister Mrs. Anne Helsel of Edgemont South Dakota;one halfsister,Mrs. Martha Lanier of Decatur,Ga. and a number ofnieces and nephews.

All of her immediate family attended theservices except three grandsons, Alfred Marx Jr. and familyof St. Louis, Mo.; Charles German and wife ofPensacola,Fla.; and Lester German with the Armed Services inGermany.

She was a devoted wife and mother and afriend to all and she shall be missed dearly by all herloved ones.

Submitted by GailKnights

German, Milton Alfred


On Tuesday, August 21, 2007, the world lost a great man, wonderful husband and caring father, Milton A. German.

Milton was born in New Bielau, Texas on January 6, 1933, to Aaron William German and Lillie Thumann German. After obtaining his GED and working as a roustabout in Dickinson, Texas, Milton volunteered for the U.S. Army in order to fulfill his duty to his country. He served two years in the Army and was honorably discharged in June 1955.

Right after basic training, Milton married Harolyn Ann Beech and they had four children: James (Jimmy), Donald, Cathy, and Rodney.

Milton married Betty Barwick Briggs of League City, Texas, on March 3, 1973. Together they successfully blended their extended families (eight children-almost all teenagers) under one rowdy roof. Although Milton lived for a while in Houston and League City, he lived most of his life in Weimar, Texas, which is where he considered home. Milton was distinguished by his ability to make friends with almost anyone he met. And, because of his caring nature and obvious devotion to others, Milton was thought of with the highest regards by everyone who knew him.

Milton loved his family and would do almost anything for them. He was constantly calling all his children to make sure they were okay and thinking up reasons to throw yet another Bar-B-Que so that his family could be together. However, these get-togethers were also an excuse for family poker and domino games, which gave Milton opportunities to clean out his children's and grandchildren's wallets on a regular basis. Although Milton's family was so dear to him, he still carved out time for his two favorite pastimes -- golf or traveling. He and Betty stayed "on the road" in their RV as much as possible after Milton's retirement from Acme Bridge, where he was a road construction superintendent (fondly known as "Sneaky Snake" for his ability to find his sons loafing on the job).

In addition to his love for his family, Milton loved God and was devoted member of Faith Lutheran Church in Weimar, Texas. Because of his faith in God, his numerous health issues were "mere speed-bumps in the road of life," due in large part to the thoughtful counseling of Pastor Herb Beyer.

Milton is survived by his wife, Betty Barwick Briggs German; daughters, Cathy German Prestidge and husband James of Grand Saline, Texas, Karen Briggs Gwin and husband Jim of Houston, Texas, Cindy Briggs Green and husband Dorrie of Austin, Texas; daughter-in-law, Tillie German of Weimar, Texas; sons, Donald German and wife Bonnie of Burnet, Texas, Rodney German and wife Sheila of Brenham, Texas, Bobby Briggs and wife Debbie of Helotes, Texas and Jimmy Briggs and wife Michelle of College Station, Texas; sister, Madeline Hattermann and husband Charlie of Weimar, Texas; sister-in-law, Helen Fowler of New Braunfels; and 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Milton is preceded in death by his parents, Aaron William and Lillie Thumann German, his first wife, Harolyn Ann Beech German, and his oldest son, James Milton German, Sr.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Michael Crum, Keith Whitten, Tommy Briggs, Jason Briggs and James Milton German Jr.; nephews, Alan Hattermann and Byron Hattermann.

Honorary pallbearers were Harry Horndt, Kermit Brune, Clarence Hattermann, the domino group and his coffee buddies.

The family held a visitation at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, Texas on Thursday, August 23, 2007. Milton was buried in Weimar Masonic Cemetery, Weimar, Texas on Friday, August 24, 2007. His memorial service was held at Faith Lutheran Church and conducted by Pastor Herb Beyer.

For those who wish, monetary contributions may be given to Faith Lutheran Church at 615 South Eagle, Weimar, Texas 78962. The family wishes to thank family, friends, and caregivers who showed their continued support through Milton's many illnesses.

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

German, Selma F. (Lamkin)

Funeral for Mrs. German At Eagle Lake

Funeral services for Mrs. Hans German. 71, of Eagle Lake

Eagle Lake, with burial in Lakeside Cemetery. Rev. Andy Pate, pastor of First Baptist Church in Katy and a former Eagle Lake pastor, officiated in the absence of the local pastor. Mrs. German died June 14 in St. Joseph's Hospital, Houston, where she had been transferred two days earlier after a few hours' stay in the Eagle Lake Hospital. She had been ill with a diabetes condition,

She was born here Feb. 17, 1906, a daughter of Sarah Frances. and John Anderson Lamkin and was married here to Hans Nelson German on Nov. 23, 1925. They moved to Eagle Lake 37 years ago. She was a member and past officer of the Order of the Eastern Star, Eagle Lake Chapter, the past 22 years, a member of the Eagle Lake Chapter of the American Association for Retired Persons, and a member of the Beulah Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church

Her husband survives her, along with two daughters, Mrs. Oleo Franke of Victoria and Mrs. Selma Mathis of Eagle Lake; two sons, Hans L. German of Palacios and Lester R. German of San Antonio; one brother, Louis Lamkin, a resident of Parkview Manor in Weimar; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Gilbert Duty, Lloyd Spalinger, Albert Pustejovsky, T. Lang, Everett Adnerson[sic]. and M. L. Matthews. G. A. Spradley was an alternate pallbearer.

Weimar Mercury, June 30, 1977

Gerngross, Max J.

Funeral services for Max J. Gerngross of Columbus were held Saturday at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Fresburg.

Interment was at St. Peter & Paul Cemetery. The Rev. Werner A. Bockholt officiated.

Mr. Gerngross, a resident of Sweetbriar Nursing home, died Friday at Columbus Community Hospital.  He was 81 years of age.

He was born Aug 18, 1898 at Frelsburg, the son of Joseph Gerngross and the former Agnes Breik.  His wife, the form Mary Kleighege, preceded him in death on April 24, 1971.

He was a clock repairman and a rancher and also served as church organist. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Lawrence Wostarek, Paul Wostarek, Simon Wilde, Wilsbolt Kleighege, Alvin Kleighege and Edgar Kleighege.

Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, April 10, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Gerstenberger, Adolph

Adolph Gerstenberger, a well known and popular young man of he New Bielau neighborhood, died early Monday morning, after an illness of three years, of dropsy and Bight’s disease, aged 21 years. The remains were brought to Weimar Tuesday and laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery, a large number of relatives and friends witnessing the last sad rites. This young man was sorely afflicted, but he bore his sufferings like a martyr, and while his death is deeply deplored, it was doubtless a relief to him. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the family in he sad loss the members have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, October 29, 1898, page 5


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Gertson, Clinton Ross

January 30, 1979 - February 19, 2005

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Gertson, Peter D.

August 7, 1898 - February 24, 1991

Services for Peter D. Gertson, 92,of Lissie were held Feb. 26 at the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Richard Eifert, pastor of Lissie United Methodist Church officiating.

Interment followed at the Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery under the auspice of Eagle Lake Lodge No. 366, AF & AM.

Gertson passed away Feb. 24 at his residence following a lengthy illness.

He was born on a ranch near Concordia, Kan., Aug. 7, 1898, one of ten children born to Chrest and Elsie Marie Mortensen Gertson, both natives of Denmark.

The family came to Lissie in 1909 and continued to farm as they did in Kansas. Gertson began rice farming for himself in 1919 and expanded his operation in 1936 to the raising of Brahman cattle for many years. A distinguished lifetime career spent in agriculture, he farmed rice and raised cattle in both Wharton and Colorado Counties.

Gertson always expressed a deep concern and love for the youth of the area. He served on the board of trustees for the Lissie School, East Bernard ISD and Wharton County.

He chaired the Organizational Committee which began Wharton County Junior College and served on the Wharton County Hospital board of directors.

Gertson was a big fan of East Bernard High School athletics and supported the youth in every way that he could. He was voted Fan of the Year in 1986.

He was recognized nationally as having one of the largest private wildlife collections in the state of Texas.

He was married to Temperance Hutchins of Lissie Oct 19, 1923. The union lasted over 20 years until her death April 17, 1946. Later, on Dec 23, 1946, Gertson married Katie Hale Wilkerson.

Gertson was a member of the Lissie United Methodist Church and American Brahman Breeder Association. He was a lifetime member of the East Bernard Booster Club and had been a member of Eagle Lake Lodge No. 366 AF AM for over 50 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, one daughter, Ruby Gertson Sheridan in 1981; three sisters, Carrie George, Caroline Gertson and Lena Gertson; and five brothers, Henry, Al, Fred, Mike and Eugene Gertson.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Katie Gertson of Lissie; one daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Clarence Wolff of Salem, Ore.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Dan and Maryan Gertson and Boyce and Carolyn Gertson, all of Lissie; one brother, Cal Gertson of Eagle; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Gertson’s grandsons and grandsons-in-law, Danny, Ronald, John, Stephen and Robert Gertson, Ricky Kramr, Rupert and Pat Sheridan, Mike and Don Wolff, Sandy Wicke and Trey Reed.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. J. Dan Schuhmann, Charles Naiser, Johnny Carroll, Fred Isenhower, Henry Victorin Sr. and Bill Harrison Sr.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be directed to either the Lissie United Methodist Church or to the Peter D. Gertson Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Union State Bank of East Bernard.

Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, directors.

The Banner Press, March 7, 1991

Gertson, Vernon Lee


Vernon ZIee[sic] Gertson, 56, of Eagle Lake. affectionately known as "Buck" or "Combine" to his friends, died last Tuesday, Jane 28, at Memorial Medical Center Hospital in Port Lavaca following a sudden illness.

He was born September 26, 1931, in Lissie, a son of Calvin George Gertson and the late Ella Heitmann Gertson.

He moved to Eagle Lake with his family in his childhood and attended Eagle Lake schools. He was an avid sportsman, participating in many activities. He also attended Wharton County Junior College.

His lifetime career was in agriculture and he was a prominent figure in the rice farming industry in the Coastal Bend. He was past president and an active member of the American Rice Growers Association.

Vernon married Mary Ethel Bryant in Eagle Lake on February 27, 1965.

Survivors, in addition to his widow and his father, include three daughters, Sandra Means and husband Jimmy of Brenham, Glenna Mueller of BonsaIl, California, and Tracy Brewer and husband Victor of Eagle Lake; a sister, Arline Brune and husband Kenneth of Webster, Texas, and five grandchildren, Quentin Taylor Means, Timothy Wayne Means, Chase Anthony Mueller, Justin Blair Jobe and Brennan Wade Jobe.

Other relatives include a nephew, Kenneth David Brune of Odessa, Texas, and niece Tracey Anne Heard of Bay City. in-laws include, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Vecera of Eagle Lake and Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Bryant Sr. of Baytown, along with brothers-in-law Sterling (Butch), David and Mark Steven Bryant of Baytown.

Funeral services were held from the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake last Thursday, June 30, at 5 p.m. with the Rev. David Mann, pastor, officiating. Dan Thornton and Sam Center delivered eulogies. The congregation sang "How Great Thou Art" and "In The Garden."

Mrs. Gay Anderson, soloist, sang "We'll Sing In The Sunshine," and Mrs. Clara May Nash served as organist.

Burial followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Ralph and James Gertson, Billy Joe Williams, Daniel Decker, Mike Henske and Frank Bowen. In lieu of usual remembrances, the family requests memorials to be made to the American Heart Association or to Ducks Unlimited.

Dulany Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, July 14, 1988, page 2

Getschmann, Faye Cathryn

Victim of Car Accident

Happy preparations for a friend’s wedding turned into a nightmare of tragedy Saturday afternoon when Miss Faye Getschmann, 22, of Weimar, who was to have been the maid of honor, suffered fatal injuries in a car-pickup accident at Midfield.

Critically injured was Miss Willyne Beken, also 22, of here. She is in a Bay City Hospital, with a brain concussion and other injuries. Her condition was described Tuesday as improving but still very serious.

Also injured were Dr. Charles Drapela, 34, El Campo veterinarian, driver of the pickup, and his passenger, 16-year-old Arthur Jugan, who had a broken leg. Dr. Drapela’s injuries were minor.

Miss Getschmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Getschmann, died at 4:20 p.m., about two hours after she was admitted to Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City, of head and chest injuries.

The accident occurred at the intersection of a farm-market road and Highway 71 in Midfield, just after the two girls and Miss Joyce Johnson of near Midfield had visited a beauty parlor in preparation for the evening wedding of a Southwest Texas State College classmate. The had left Miss Johnson at her home and were proceeding to the home of Fred Cornelius in Midfield where they were weekend guests. Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius are grandparents of the bride, Mrs. Curtis Graf, the former Miss Wyona Chiles.

Miss Getschmann and Miss Beken had been classmates since the first grade, when they were the only two girls in the class. Both had compiled outstanding records of scholarship and leadership by the time they were graduated from Weimar High School. They were to finish SWTSC, in San Marcos, this year. Miss Beken, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Beken, also was looking forward to being an ROTC queen candidate at the school this weekend. She was to have been a bridesmaid in the 6 p.m. wedding at Bay City.

Getschmann Funeral Rites Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Faye Kathryn Getschmann were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Zion Lutheran Church at Schulenburg.

The Rev. Herman E. Baumann preached the sermon and officiated at the graveside in the Weimar Cemetery. Pallbearers were Wernin Bernstein, Elroy Bernstein, Lawrence Richter, James Dahse, Arthur Ray Beken and Howard Schuetze.

Miss Getschmann, daughter of Mr. ad[sic] Mrs. Bennie Getschmann, was born in Weimar on Oct. 20, 1939, and received her elementary and high school education here. She won the State Future Homemakers of America Degree in 1958 and was graduated with honors that year.

During her high school years she had been named to “Who’s Who” two years; was FHA president as a junior and Student Council president in her senior year; was on the annual staff three years; was choir president and soloists as a senior; and held a number of other offices.

She attended Lutheran Concordia College at Austin two years and was a member of the Chapel Choir. Transferring to Southwest Texas State College at San Marcus, where she was a senior this year, she became a member of the Gamma Delta sorority, the school choir, and Angel Flight, an ROTC auxiliary service organization. Just last month she was initiated into the Alpha Phi chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, national honorary music Sorority, and was elected recording secretary. She was also an honorary member of her church’s Walther League.

Surviving her are her parents, a younger sister, Connie, and other relatives. A brother preceded her in death as an infant.

Weimar Mercury, November 30, 19961, page 1

Getschmann, Gertrude(Suess)

Gertrude Getschmann MemorialService Held June 22

Gertrude Getschmann, 95, of Schulenburg,died June 19 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Home.

A memorial service was held Sunday, June22 at Zion Lutheran Church in Schulenburg with Rev. LeeKunkel officiating. Interment followed at the Weimar MasonicCemetery.

Mrs. Getschmann was born May 19, 1908 inthe Freyburg Community in Fayette County to Frederick andEmilie (Brieger) Suess.

In 1932, she married Bennie Getschmann inFayette County.

She was a lifelong member (chartermember) of Zion Lutheran Church in Schulenburg and LadiesGroup at Zion, holding office on numerousoccasions.

She was a homemaker and clerk atGindler's Department Store.

Mrs. Getschmann is survived by daughter,Connie Sullivan of Houston; one grandson, Brad Sullivan; andnumerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband,one son, one daughter, two brothers and foursisters.

The Weimar Mercury, June 26, 2003
Transcribed by JohnKonesheck

Giardinell, Sarah Mae


Sarah Mae Giardinell, 59, of Weimar passed away Friday in Care Inn of La Grange.

Graveside services were set for this Monday at 2 p.m. at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Adkins officiating.

She was born in Hammond Indiana, April 19, 1931, the daughter of the late Frank and Dorothy (Miller) Giardinell. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weimar and attended Kenmar Opportunity Center.

There are no immediate survivors.

Memorials may be made to Texas Baptist Childrens Home of Round Rock through Kenmar Opportunity Center.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Fayette County Record, March 19, 1991

Giddens, J. Marley

M. Giddens Funeral Held ATColumbus

J. Marley Giddens, longtime Columbusresident and former superintendent of Columbus ISD, diedMonday, July 1 at Columbus Community Hospital, after a longbout with cancer. He was 72.

Funeral services were held July 3 fromFirst United Methodist Church, Columbus, with burial in OddFellows Rest cemetery. Rev.Robert Walker of Columbus and Rev. Bill Huth of Seguin,formerly of Columbus officiated. Graveside rites wereconducted by Masonic Caledonia Lodge No. 68.

Giddens was born at Georgetown on Dec 23,1912, a son of Lee and Ollie (Moore) Giddens. Aftergraduation from Georgetown High School he earned a degree inchemistry from Southwestern University, Georgetown, andlater received his master's degree.

His first teaching job was at SchulenburgHigh School in 1934, as assistant football coach andelementary principal. He met Angie Pratka there, and theywere married July 21, 1938.

They moved to Columbus in 1942 when hewas hired as high school principal and coach. Four yearslater he was appointed superintendent of Columbus ISD.During his tenure as superintendent, 13 outlying commondistricts were consolidated with Columbus ISD, almostdoubling the enrollment.

Giddens' football teams at Columbus wondistrict championships in 1942, 1943 and 1946, and the othertwo years they were runners-up. The 1946 team was the firstfrom Columbus to win a regional championship.

He retired in 1973 and devoted his timeto cattle raising on his farm at High Hill, Fayette County,and the hobby of woodworking and building grandfatherclocks.

At Columbus he had served in variouscivic and church capacities. He was an honorary member ofthe Columbus FFA chapter and an honorary StateFarmer.

Surviving in addition to his wife are adaughter and son-in-law, Dianne and E. C. Hart, DVM ofOcala, Florida; two sons and daughters-in-law, Darryl Marleyand Fern Giddens of Katy and SUAF Lt. Col. David Lee andSandy Giddens of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sevengrandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Annie Muriel Smith ofGeorgetown; and two nephews. A brother and a sister precededhim in death. Pallbearers were Jeff Potter of Houston,Curtis Guentert of High Hill, and Tom Stallman, BillHartley, E. H. Baumgart Jr., Donnie Rau, Tillman Meisell andDoug Hastedt all of Columbus, Named honorary pallbearerswere Sam K. Seymour Jr., Dr. C. I. Shult, R. F. "Bob"Potter, John Hancher, N. J. Mainer, H. O. "Hop" Priest, JonJoseph Pinchback, C. V. Batot and Dr. TomHancher.

Weimar Mercury, July 11, 1985
Transcribed by JudyTalkington

Gilbert, Edith H.(Clipson) Bell

Edith H. Clipson Bell Gilbert, 87, passedaway Saturday, November 30, 2002 at Memorial-Herman Hospitalin Houston.

Born November 24, 1915 at the "Clipsonplace" on the county line road east of Lissie, she was thedaughter of John Milton and Pearl McNeer Clipson.

She was preceded in death by her parents;brothers, Jim, John, and Richard Clipson; sister RuthAnderson; and her first husband, Harland Bell(1972).

Survivors include her husband of 28years, James H. "Bud" Gilbert of Livingston; son, James Bellof Livingston; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley Jean andBilly J. Foster of Arlington; granddaughter, Cheryl Fosterof Arlington; sister-in-law, Doris Clipson of Eagle Lake;and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m.Thursday, December 5, in Livingston at Cochran FuneralHome.

Another service was held at the LissieFirst United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. December 6 with Rev.Bill Ramsey officiating.

Her ashes were buried at LakesideCemetery in Eagle Lake Saturday,December 14, at noon.

Sympathy is extended to the family intheir loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight
Transcribed by JohnKonesheck

Gilbertson, Helen (Rohan)


Felix Rohan of Content, who was called to San Antonio by the death of his sister, returned home Tuesday.

Weimar Mercury, March 29, 1918, page 1


Felix Rohan...
San Antonio...
to be at the b...
ter, Mrs. Helen...
ws reported...
sad news reac...
afternoon that...
had died. T...
place Tuesday...
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[The edge of the paper is missing]

Weimar Mercury, April 5, 1918, page 4

Gilbreath, Leona (Kasper)

Leona Gilbreath Funeral Service Held Sept. 12

Funeral services for Leona Gilbreath, 80, of Weimar were held Friday, Sept. 12 at St. Michael Catholic Church, with Rev. John Bily officiating.

Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Mrs. Gilbreath died Tuesday, Sept. 9, in an automobile accident that also claimed the life of her youngest daughter, Jane Belt-Matthews, 50, of Austin.

Mrs. Gilbreath was born April 13, 1917 in Weimar, the daughter of Marcella Vacek Kasper and Steve Kasper.

She graduated from Weimar High School.

She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and was an active member of several organizations including the Catholic Daughters, Literary Guild, and Golden Girls.

“Mother loved God and loved all people,” said her son, John. “she never hurt anyone in her life. She always put the needs of others ahead of her own.”

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Helen Lapaglia of New Baden; three sons, Dixon and John of Houston and Marvin Frank of Weimar; sister, Ann Kolar of Houston and eighth grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Todd Gilbreath, Malcolm Gilbreath, John Belt, Robert Gilbreath, Barney Kasper and Maurice Kasper.

[Submitter’s note: The eulogy delivered on Sept. 12, by her son, John, and a poem by her daughter, Mary, were printed along side the obituary.]
The Weimar Mercury, September 18, 1997
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Gilcrease, Alene Alice (Hill)

Alene Alice (Mamma Lene) Gilcrease, 86, alife-long resident of Columbus, died Friday, Nov. 4,1994.

Born Feb. 17, 1907, in Columbus, she wasthe daughter of Solomon and Cora Hill. She was educated inColumbus schools and was a life-long member of St. PaulUnited Methodist Church. On Nov. 18, 1924, she marriedHerbert Gilcrease Sr.

Funeral services were held Nov. 8, at St.Paul United Methodist church with Rev. Billy Youngofficiating. Interment followed in WillingWorkers Cemetery in Columbus.Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home inColumbus.

Serving as pallbearers were John LewisJohnson, William Wright, Ervin Alley, Lemmie Evans, ClayDenley, Tom Moseley, Lee Erwin and Robert Wayne Gilcrease.Honorary pallbearers were Willie Fitzgerald, Robert W.Gilcrease, Daryl Fitzgerald, Craig R. Gilcrease, C. DurrellGilcrease, and Samuel Johnson.

Mrs. Gilcrease is survived by herHusband; her daughter, Dorothy J. Spriggs; son anddaughter-in-law, C. Durrell Gilcrease and wife, Anges N.Gilcrease; brother James Hill of Eagle Lake; 10grandchildren, Sammie Jean Gilcrease, Brenda Gilcrease,Vickie Spriggs, Clarice Hargest, Beverly Gant, AdrianeMichelle Wolfe, C. Durrell Gilcrease and Craig R. Gilcrease;nine great-grandchildren and onegreat-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by two sons,Herbert Gilcrease Jr. and Sammie.

Colorado County Citizen, November 9,1994
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

Gilcrease, Henry Lee "Slim"


Henry Lee (Slim) Gilcrease, 77, died Wednesday, July 9, 1997.

Born April 2, 1920 in Columbus, he was the son of Charlie Gilcrease and Leeiva Gillis. He joined St. Paul United Methodist Church at an early age. Over the years, Mr. Gilcrease served the church as chairperson of the board of trustees, member of the senior choir, janitor and member of the Life in the Spirit prayer group, among other positions. While serving in the U.S. Army between 1942-1945, he was awarded six service awards.

Services were held Saturday, July 12th at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, with Pastor Bernice Wells officiating. Interment followed in Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus

Serving as pallbearers were George Bratcher, Raymond Bell, Willie Glenn, Robert Woods, William Wright, David Wayne Carter, Elmer L. Irving, Ivory Collins and Raymond Dillard. Honorary pallbearers were members of the UMC Methodist Men.

Mr. Gilcrease is survived by Bertha, his wife of 30 years; daughters Diane Smith and Elizabeth Gilcrease; grandsons Kevin Smith and Jason Smith and great-granddaughter Imari Smith, all of San Francisco, Calif.; uncle Herbert Gilcrease of Columbus; and a host of cousins and friends.

Colorado County Citizen, July 16, 1997

Gilcrease, HerbertJr.

One Holiday Death inCounty

A charge of negligent homicide was filedMonday in county court by Highway Patrolman Alton Adcockafter a July 4th wreck near Columbus in which a 30-year-oldColumbus negro, Herbert Gilcrease was killed. [Intermentin WillingWorkers Cemetery]

Three others in the car were injuredincluding the driver, Roy Lester Glover, 22, of Columbus,against whom the charge was filed.

Glover was hospitalized first atColumbus, then transferred to Youens here and released thefollowing day after treatments for multiple abrasions andbruises.

Etta Lee Johnson, 22, of Columbussuffered a broken foot, cuts and bruises and washospitalized at Columbus. She and Gilcrease were riding withGlover in the front seat. The fourth occupant, Joe Mitchellof Columbus was riding in the back seat and was notseriously injured.

The car, a late model Oldsmobile,overturned on a farm-market road about 2 miles north ofColumbus on the afternoon of the 4th. Gilcrease was thrownout and died of a broken neck and fractured skull. The carwas totally wrecked.

The charge against Glover was filed incounty court because it is not a felony. He is charged withnot having a legal driver's license.

Other than some of the usualfender-bumping this was the only traffic accident in thecounty during the long July Fourth holiday, although highwaytraffic was unusually heavy all three days.

Weimar Mercury, July 11, 1958
Transcribed by JudyTalkington

July 4 Wreck Kills Man Here

2 Others Hurt; Driver ChargedAfter Accident

A one-car July 4 traffic accident 1.7miles north of Columbus on the Frelsburg road, crushedHerbert Gilcrease, 20 to death and sent 2 of his 3companions to the hospital with painful injuries.

Gilcrease, Columbus Negro man, was thrownfrom the Oldsmobile sedan and his head crushed and neckbroken. Highway Patrolman Alton Adcock reported. He isColorado County's 5th traffic fatality of theyear.

Roy Lester Glover, 22, driver of the car,and Etta Lee Johnson, 22, both of Columbus, werehospitalized. Joe Mitchell, also of Columbus, was not hurt.He was in the back seat of the car, and the other 3 were inthe front seat, Gilcrease on the right side.

They were headed north about 2:35 p.m.when the car went out of control.

Etta Lee Johnson suffered a broken heeland other injuries and was treated at Columbus hospital.Glover was brought to Columbus hospital and later was movedto Youens hospital at Weimar. Extent of his injuries was notknown.

Officer Adcock said that the car belongto Lemmie Earl Evans of Columbus. It was a completeloss.

Monday a charge of negligent homicide wasfiled in county court against Glover. He is accused in thecharge of "unlawfully driving an automobile" without havinga legal driver's license.

Justice of the Peace E. J. Frnka held theinquest over Gilcrease. Patrolman Neal Binford, OfficerGeorge Hoppe, Sgt. Otis Hilderbrand of Wharton and DeputySheriff W. A. Hobbs also assisted at the wreckscene.

The accident was the worst, by far, inthe county over the Independence Day holiday and was theonly one reported in the area near Columbus.

Gilcrease and 20 others lost their livesduring the holiday weekend on Texas highways. It had beenpredicted that 28 would lose their lives to traffic duringthat period..

Colorado County Citizen, July 10,1958

Gilcrease, Susan (Needham)

Services held for Mrs. Gilcrease Friday

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31 at the graveside in the Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan for Mrs. Susan Gilcrease, who died Aug. 28th in Santa Rosa, Calif., She was born in Cheetham and resided most of her early life in this county. Surviving are one daughter of Denver Colorado; five sons, Elmer and Gene of San Antonio. Earl of Santa Rosa, Calif., Gregory of Stroud, Okla. and Douglas of Miami, Fla.; and a brother, Lee Needham of La Grange. She is also survived by a number of grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. In and around the immediate vicinity she leaves a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. Mrs. Gilcrease was the aunt of Mrs.

Grace Towell of this city. She was one of the quiet natural-born peace makers in the troubled world and shall be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 4, 1973
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Giles, Grant

Trap Fatal to Negro Night ChickenThief

Shotgun Aimed at Chick House Door Discharges as Grant Giles Enters on Midnight Quest

Grant Giles, a Negro farmer on the HughWilson place east of town, was almost instantly killed by a charge of buckshot from a gun that had been set as a trap for chicken thieves at the Kreider farm a short distance east of Ramsey. The incident occurred at about two o'clock Monday morning. [place of interment unknown]

Mr. Kreider, an aged poultry raiser, had been bothered by loss of chickens for a long time, and finally became disgusted with the situation. Determined to put a stop to his losses from thieves, he set a trap with a shotgun inside the chicken house, aimed at the door and arranged in such a manner that the opening of the door to acertain point would discharge the gun. About two o'clock he heard the gun explode and got up to see what had happened.He found a cap and a gunnysack lying in the door, but did not make any further examination, thinking the marauder had been scared off.

At daybreak he went to the scene and found the dead Negro a short distance from the chicken housewhere he had managed to run after shot. He had received the full charge in the breast, indicating that he had been killed almost instantly.

Giles had been convicted of chicken theft in District court here in September 1931, and given a suspended sentence.

The Kreiders have been raising chickens on quite a large scale for a number of years, and bear a very good reputation in the country.

Colorado County Citizen, June 29,1933
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

Giles, Joe Louis


The Rev. Joe L. Giles, 69, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 8 at Triumph North Hospital in Houston.

He was born in Yoakum, Nov. 3, 1935 to Horace and Lillian (Jones) Giles and married Edna Faye "Nona" Mayberry in 1961. He attended school in Yoakum and later joined the U.S. Army. He was a certified diesel mechanic as well as a certified truck driver. He was an ordained minister and an associate minister at Booker Memorial Temple Church of God in Christ.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Linda Faye and Bonnie; and brothers, Julius Dean, Leon and Wilbert "Mickey" Giles.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn and Elmo Jackson of Victoria, Patricia Wooten of Katy, Marion Giles, Linda Clay, Roncia and Greg Denley of Katy, Carolyn Giles of Schulenburg and Gale Giles of Schulenburg; sons, Joe L. Giles Jr. of Victoria and Randy Giles of Katy; brothers, Sam, Carnell and Oscar Giles of San Antonio, Robert Giles of Yoakum, Marcell Giles of Dallas and Jimmy Giles of Victoria; sisters, Edius Marie of Yoakum and Mary Anne of Phoenix, Ariz.; and 25 grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 15 at Booker Memorial Temple Church of God in Christ with the Rev. Carl Evans, pastor, officiating. Interment followed at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Bruce Mayberry, Robert Waddle, Thomas Hargrove, Eddie Glover Jr., E. Mayberry Jr. and Floyd Mayberry.

Honorary pallbearers were Joe L. Giles Jr., Jermal, Thomas and Nathan Jackson, Blake and Mason Denley, Aaron and Marc Hedgemon, Derek Sewell, Trey Axel, Joe Louis Yates, Kaleb and Sidney Walker, Sam, Carnell, Oscar, Marcell, Robert and Jimmy Giles and Arkel Yates.

Colorado County Citizen, January 19, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Giles, Wilbert L.


Wilbert L. "Mickey" Giles, 68 of Yoakum,passed away Jan. 9.

He was born July 25, 1934 to Horace andLillian Jones Giles of Yoakum. He attended school in Yoakumand later joined the United States Army. He married ModieMae White Giles in the early 1950s.

He was preceded in death by his wife;sisters, Linda Fay and Bonnie; and brothers, Julius Dean andLeon.

He is survived by children; Charles,Linda, Shirley and Bryant, one daughter-in-law, oneson-in-law, three grandsons, two granddaughters, twogreat-grandchildren, brothers; Sam, Joe, Carnell, Robert,Oscar, Marcell and Jimmy, sisters; Edius Marie and MaryAnne, nieces nephews and other relatives andfriends.

Funeral service was Jan. 18 at BookerMemorial Temple Church of God in Christ in Columbus with theRev. Carl Evans officiating.

Interment followed at WillingWorkers Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Robert Bryant, LawrenceWilson, Thomas Hargrove, L.J. Stewart, Robert Waddle and LeoHargrove.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles H.White, Chris White, Clayton Faraday, Bryan Hurd, BryanWhite, Leonard Reedus and all seven brothers.

Colorado County Citizen, January 22, 2003
Courtesy of The Citizen

Giles, Willie L.


Willie L. Giles, 69, of Columbus passedaway Jan. 3.

He was born Jan. 1, 1934 to Manard GilesSr. and Lucille Johnson Giles.

He was preceded in death by wife, JoyceL. Alley.

He is survived by brothers and sisters;the Rev. Manard and Ruth B. Giles, James Giles, RosettaCarter, Mable and Alfred Barnes, Ulcinda Ushery, Wilma andFloyd Johnson, Pearlie Harrison and Myrtha D. Foster;children and spouses, William and Gwen Giles, Gerald Giles,Olivia C. Williams and Ron Miller, Ossie Giles and WilliamB. Scott, Patricia Ann and Norman Jones and Mary Ann andReginald Smith; 13 grandchildren; and eightgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 9 atBooker Temple Church of God in Christ in Columbus with theRev. Carl Evans officiating. Interment followed at WillingWorkers Cemetery inColumbus.

Pallbearers were Ernest Preston, ErvinAllen, John Glen, Anthony Jackson, Gary Williams and KennethJohnson.

Honorary pallbearers were Willie B.Scott, Ron Miller, James Giles, Gerald Giles, William Gilesand the Rev. Manard Giles.

Colorado County Citizen, January 15,2003
Courtesy of The Citizen


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Gillette, LeonDick

Columbus Young Man Meets deathIn Auto Crash Near Beasley

Four Others Badly Injured WhenCar Crashes Through Bridge Railing West of Beasley OnHighway No. 12.

A pall was thrown over this communityearly yesterday morning when the news reached here that acar occupied by five young men had been wrecked on thehighway between Beasley and Hungerford and Leon Gillettekilled outright.

Details of the accident received later inthe day indicate that the car, a 1933 Ford Coupe owned byJohnny Shearer of Wharton, was occupied by five boysreturning to Wharton from Houston. At the concrete bridgebetween Beasley and Hungerford the road curves at theapproach, and the car scraped against the left railing ofthe bride, swinging to the right and crashing through therailing to the ground nearly twenty feet below. The carlanded in its top about five feet from the deep water of theBernardo.

In the car were Leon Gillette, sitting onthe lap of Ford Hudson of Wharton, Glenn McMahan driving,and Lester Gossett and Johnny Shearer in the middle of theseat. Leon was thrown against the front of the car andalmost instantly killed. Other occupants were injuredseverely, but not fatally. Glenn suffering the least injuryof any. Glenn was feeling well enough to be brought homeyesterday but his parents had him remain in the Rosenberghospital where all of the injured were taken soon after theaccident, to avoid danger of pneumonia from exposure in thecold air.

Leon Gillette was one of Columbus' finestyoung men, about 21 years of age, graduate of the ColumbusHigh School in the class of '33, attended John TarletonCollege, A&M and North Texas Agricultural College sincehis graduation and was employed by S & S Company atEagle Lake at the time of his death. He and Glenn went toWharton to seek employment with the Shell Company and whilethere made the trip to Houston Tuesday.

Funeral services will be held at theresidence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Gillette at2:30 today. [Interment in ColumbusOdd Fellows Rest]

The sorrowing family and relatives havethe deep sympathy of the people of thiscommunity.

Colorado Citizen, February 6, 1936
Transcription by JudyTalkington

Gillette, Roy W. Colonel


Colonel Roy W. Gillette, 87, passed away May 12 at Fair Oaks Ranch.

He was born March 21, 1919, in Columbus to the late Roy W. Gillette, Sr. and Alma (Dick) Gillette.

He graduated from Col-umbus High School and Texas A&M (class of 1940) with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. Of Coastal Artillery in the United States Army.

Several books and articles have mentioned his role in organizing the anti aircraft response to the Japanese attack on Hickam Field during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Following Pearl Harbor, Gillette served with distinction in the Pacific Campaign. Shortly after World War II, he moved from the U.S. Army to the newly organized U.S. Air Force. He retired with 26 years of active and reserve military service to his country.

In civilian life, he was a noted expert in the employment of concrete in airport paving and construction. While employed with H.B. Zacry Company, he played a key engineering and leadership role in constructing the Hilton Palico Del Rio Hotel in less than 180 days for Hemisfair in 1966. He was an avid outdoorsman teaching three-generations fishing and a love and respect for nature.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Eileen M. Gillette; son, Roy W. Gillette; daughters, Mary K. Douglas and Anne G. Ridgley; grandchildren, James A. Douglas, Kristina O'Brien, Cody Gillette and Lauren Ridgley; and great grandchildren, Corey O'Bri-en and Madeline O'Brien.

Visitation was Tuesday, May 16 at the funeral home. A Funeral Mass was Wednesday, May 17 at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church with committal services at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Vaughan’s Funeral Home of Boerne.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton Church. To leave a message or tribute for the family, please visit www.vaughanfuneralhome.

Colorado County Citizen, May 24, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Gilliam, Cliff

Weimar Local Matters

Perhaps one of the largest colored funerals that was ever attended in Weimar, occurred here Friday afternoon, when Cliff Gilliam was buried. Cliff was, past the semi centennial age, and a man that was liked by both his own color and the whites. By his industrious habits, he had managed to bring himself and family to a well-do-to[sic] position in life. He was a prominent leader of the republican party of this vicinity, and at every 19th of June procession, that has taken place in Weimar, he was ever conspicuous as its standard bearer. He was also a leading member of the West Texas colored lodge, No. 2315, G. W. O. of O. F., and was buried by that fraternity in the colored cemetery of this city. Arriving at the grave many friends and acquaintances of old man Cliff, were permitted to take their last view of the body lowered in the grave, after which the members of his order formed the link of friendship around the grave, the roll called and answered by all, save the one who was sleeping quietly in the grave, and whose spirit had gone before the Grand Master, in the Grand Lodge above. Rev. C. A. Harris of the A. M. E. church, Weimar, and Rev Smith of the Baptist church, who are both high officials in the order, performed the funeral ceremony.

Colorado Citizen, Jan 28, 1892

Gilliam, Dominga (Jalomo)


Services for Dominga "Dee" Gilliam, 58, are scheduled for Thursday, June 26 at 2 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Visitation is from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, June 25, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Gilliam, George


George Gillohm, aged 75, one of Weimar's longest-time residents and one of this town's highly regarded colored men, particularly by the "old-timers" who had known him from "way back yonder", died here Sunday after a week's illness.

Gillohm, who had been a barber here for nearly a half century and who also was a skilled maker of fishing nets, hammocks, etc., was known to practicaly[sic] all of this town’s residents. In years gone by, as a young man, he was a "handy man" for a number of white families, accompanying, them on fishing and hunting trips and there are several yet in Weimar who will remind you that George Gillohm was n e a r I y indispensable when you were "out camping."

George had a good reputation, was a hard worker, and never took time out to get into trouble. He will be missed by many here who, in noting his passing, will be reminded of the relentless march of time.

Funeral services for the deceased were held Monday, with burial in the colored cemetery west of town.

Weimar Mercury, September 27, 1940, page 5

Gilliam, James S.

Weimar Colored Youth Is Killed

Another tragedy of the highway was enacted last Friday night about one mile east of Glidden, as a result of which one man lost his life and another was pretty badly cut and bruised.

From particulars at hand it seems that Jimmie Gilliam, son of George Gilliam and wife, respected colored residents of this city, in company with Lucian Dickey, another colored youth, were in a light touring car en route to Columbus. About 11 p. rn. they met a truck containing a bunch of yearlings which had been used in a rodeo at or near Columbus the previous afternoon, and which were being transported back to pasture.

This truck, we are told contained five negroes. As the two cars neared each other, the lights of the Gilliam car either blinded the driver of the truck, or the driver was not watching the road--anyway the two cars ran together, and in the general mix-up, the two were overturned and occupants spilled all over the highway.

The Gilliam car, we are told, executed a double flip. When it went over the first time Jimmie was thrown out and his neck broken, besides a bad wound in the skull. He was dead when picked up a few seconds later, death having evidently come to him Instantaneously. Lucian Dickey was thrown out when the car went over the second time and he received numerous cuts and bruises about the head and face.

Occupants of the other car sustained cuts and bruises, but nothing serious. The yearlings escaped in the general mix-up.

The body of Jimmie was taken to Columbus, embalmed and made ready for burial. The funeral took place here Sunday afternoon, and was witnessed by a large crowd of relatives and friends of the family. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Jimmie was about 30 years of age, born and raised here and always bore a good reputation. He was a hard working youth, gentlemanly in his deportment, and bore a good reputation throughout this community.

Our sincere sympathy goes out to his bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, November 16, 1928, page 1

Gilliam, Mildred

Through her work in ministering to her little daughter, who died of diphtheria last week at the family home in this city, the wife of George Gilliam contracted the disease and is now sick with same. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, February 4, 1915, page 8

Gilliam, Willie (1)


Willie Gilliam, aged 60 years, who who[sic] resided about eight miles south of Weimar, died Feb. 29. He was a son of Cliff and Bettie Gilliam, pioneers of this section. He was buried in the Sam Houston Cemetery under the auspices of the U. B. F. S. M. T., a negro fraternity doing business in Texas. R.

Weimar Mercury, March 9, 1928, page 1

Gilliam, Willie

Willie Gilliam Rites at Oakland

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 14 at Church of God in Christ, Oakland, for Willie Gilliam, 77, who died March 10 at Youens Memorial Hospital. [Interment in Oakland Cemetery]

He was born April 20, 1893, and spent his entire life in this area. Surviving in addition to his wife Lutishia Gilliam are one son, and one daughter, a daughter-in-law, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Rev. H. Brown officiated in the services.

Weimar Mercury, March 25, 1971

Gillmore, Clyde Allyne

We deeply sympathize with Mrs. J. D. Gillmore in he loss of her youngest son, Clyde, who died last Tuesday, from congestion. He was a bright, intelligent lad, and gave promise, of becoming a useful man. His remains were committed to the dust at 4 o’clock Tuesday evening in the presence of sorrowful relatives and friends. [Place of interment unknown. Possibly Columbus Odd Fellows Rest since that is where his father is buried.]

Colorado Citizen, August 18, 1881

Gillmore, John D.

An inquest was held on the body of John D. Gilmore [sic.] at Columbus. The jury returned a verdict that he came to his death from a pistol shot in the hands of J. J. Harrison. [Interred at Columbus Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Brenham Weekly Banner, December 19, 1879, page 2

Referring to the recent killing of judge Gilmore, at Columbus, by drunken city marshal Harrison, the San Antonio Express says: We do not know that it is on record where the right of a city marshal or sheriff's or constable's officer to get drunk and flourish a revolver around, has been questioned." The Express is quite right; subsequent developments have proved it. Harrison has been admitted to bail in the sum of $2500. thus showing that he has a perfect right to get drunk and shoot quiet citizens. Admitting him to bail is a mere matter of form preparatory to his final acquittal.

Brenham Weekly Banner, December 26, 1879, page 1

Gillmore, W. D.

Mr. W. D. Gillmore of this city died suddenly of epilepsy at the family residence last Thursday about noon. He has been afflicted from youth, and bore his misfortune with Christian fortitude. He has been for many years a member of the Methodist church, a regular attendant and faithful to the last. His remains were committed to earth last Friday in the presence of many sorrowing friends, Rev. G. H. Collins officiation. To the bereaved mother and relatives we extend condolence. [Place of interment unknown.]

Colorado Citizen, September 24, 1891
Submitted by Bill Stein

Gilmer, AmeliaBrewster

Mrs. A. B. Gilmer died in Houston lastFriday and was buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake Saturdayevening by the side of her husband. Doctor A. B. Gilmer, anold time southern gentleman of the highest order, and aphysician with but few equals, came from Alabama in 1891 andlocated in Eagle Lake, and died the next year. A few yearsafter the death of her husband, Mrs. Gilmer went to Houstonto reside with her only son, B. B. Gilmer, who is nowpresident and general manager of the Southern Drug Company.Mrs. Gilmer was a most excellent woman, loved and highlyesteemed by all who knew her, was a consistent member of theMethodist church, was always ready to assist those needinghelp, was kind, gentle and benevolent and used her bestefforts to make the world brighter and better. And I amfully persuaded that when the final summons came, callingher to cross the great and awful divide, separating time andeternity, she could, with Paul exclaim, "I have fought agood fight" and that the recollection of well spent lifeformed a halo of glory, which brilliantly illuminated theturbid stream, enabling her bark to swiftly ride the rollingbillows and safely land her on the evergreen shore, there tobe reunited with loved ones who had gone on before, and with them sweetly rest throughout an endless eternity, under the tree of life, in the Paradise of God.

Colorado Citizen, February 14, 1919
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

 Mrs. Amelia Brewster Gilmer’s Funeral Here

Our sincerest sympathy is extended to Mr. B. B. Gilmer, president of the Southern Drug Company of Houston in the death of his mother, Mrs. Amelia Brewster Gilmer, aged sixty-eight, who died at a private sanitarium in that city last Friday morning at 11:40 o’clock after a long illness.

Mrs. Gilmer was the widow of Dr. A. B. Gilmer who died in Eagle Lake in 1892, and is survived by her son, B. B. Gilmer, one grandson, Daffan Gilmer and one granddaughter, Edna Gilmer.

The remains were shipped to Eagle Lake on the 1:25 Southern Pacific train last Saturday afternoon, the funeral taking place from the train with interment in the Lakeside [Masonic] Cemetery.

The pall bearers were Messrs. M. G. Calvert, S. A. Davidson, G. W. Keith, P. T. Gordon, E. A. Toliver and R. T. Westmoreland.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 15, 1919
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Gilmore, Lucy

Eagle Lake, July 4.--Henrietta Edwards, a colored woman of this county, was arrested today by Constable Mark Callison and taken to Columbus and lodged in Jail, charged with cutting one Lucy Gilmore, another negro woman,at Eldridge, this county, Sunday, from which she died. The woman (Edwards) claims the killing was accidental, and that she was looking for a man when this woman came up and she cut her through mistake. No cause for the affray could be found out from the woman when seen today. The wound from which Lucy Gilmore died was inflicted with a knife, which was driven to the hollow in the lower part of the neck. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, July 7, 1906, page 8

Gindler, Alice
Gindler, Infant Boy


Our good friends and neighbors, Mr. and Mrs, Henry Gindler, had the misfortune to lose at birth their baby boy, Thursday night of last week. The little form, after so brief a sojourn on this earth, was tenderly laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' [Masonic] Cemetery the following day. Mrs. Gindler, since the baby's birth and death, has been in a precarious condition, we regret to note, and two physicians and a trained nurse are in attendance at her bedside. In their misfortune, these good people have the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of all. God grant that the life of this sweet noble woman may be spared.


When the above paragraph was put in type, there were strong hopes for the recovery of Mrs. Gindler. A change for the better had taken place, and she seemed much brighter and more cheerful that all believed the crisis had passed. How often are our hopes buoyed up to the skies, only to be shattered a short time later. A remarkable change came in her condition Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock. There was a sudden collapse, and although physicians were quickly summoned, it was apparent to them at once that the life of this good, sweet woman was fast ebbing away, and that there was naught that medical skill could accomplish to stay the hand of Death. Mrs. Gindler realized this as quickly as the physicians, and talked resignedly of the dissolution that was taking place, giving directions to husband and intimate friends as to what she wanted done after death, the disposition of her effects, etc. It was absolutely remarkable that one in her condition could talk so intelligently of the approach of death, but it seemed to hold no fear for her. She was cheerful from first to last, and up to the time of her demise the following morning it was indeed hard to realize that Death had set its seal upon her. A devoted husband, loving friends and attentive physicians administered to her every want and did all in their power to stay the hand of Death, but it was of no avail.

The funeral arrangements were made, and the poor, tired body laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 5:30, the remains being followed to the grave by a large crowd of sympathizing friends.

Mrs Gindler was a native of Russia, a school teacher by profession. She came to this country a few years ago and lived in Chicago up to the time of her marriage to Mr. Gindler. Since her residence in Weimar she won the friendship of everyone who met her. A quiet, pretty, refined little lady, devoted wife and mother, the truest of friends and neighbors, none knew her but to love her. Death coming to her so early in life, just when hope and ambition pictured all things in their brightest colors, makes this one of the saddest deaths that has ever occurred in our little city. A heartbroken husband, far from native home, kith and kin, and little 2-year-old daughter, are left to mourn the death of one of the sweetest, truest wives and mothers. but they weep not alone, for our people loved her, too, and mourn with those who are bereft by nearer ties. God pity and comfort them in their bereavement, is our sincere prayer.

Weimar Mercury, July 27, 1917


Gindler, Beverly Ann (Lanier)

Beverly Gindler Funeral Services Held April 15

Beverly Ann Lanier Gindler died April 13 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar. A memorial service was held on April 15 at Weimar United Church of Christ, with Rev. Ralph Ludwig officiating.

Interment was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

She was born on June 1 6, 1926 in Wichita Falls to Etta Moss and Henry Travis Lanier. She grew up in Fort Worth, along with her sister Lamoss and her brother Henry Travis. She attended Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth and North Texas State College in Denton.

During World War II, the family moved to La Porte, where Beverly and Lamoss got jobs at the Houston Shipyards, and enjoyed life on the Gulf coast. They later moved to Houston, where Beverly worked as an executive secretary for Conoco Oil Company.

On Feb. 5, 1956, she married Davis Gindler, and moved with him to his hometown of Weimar. They had threw children: John Paul, Phyllis Ann, and Henry Travis.

Beverly was extremely involved in the community for the next 44 years. She was a Charter Board member as well as a librarian for the Weimar Public Library and also wrote the “Book Beat” column for the Weimar Mercury.

She was a Cub Scout den mother, a school room mother, member of the Weimar Garden Club, member of three bridge clubs, and a docent for the Weimar Heritage Museum.

Survivors include her husband, Davis; son Paul Gindler and Brinda of Houston; daughter Phyllis Gindler Roberts and husband Kent of Houston; son Henry Gindler and wife Brenda of Weimar; granddaughters Kara Ann and Erin Lee Roberts of Houston; grandson Chase Alexander Gindler of Weimar; brother-in-law Benson Moore of Houston; sister-in-law Marian Gindler of Gonzales; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Robert and Laurie Gindler of Hallettsville; 18 nieces and nephews; four cousins; and many, many friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, father, brother and sister.

Memorials may be sent to the Weimar Heritage Museum or the charity of your choice.

Weimar Mercury, April 20, 2000

Gindler, Esther (Soffer)

Funeral Services August 21 for Esther Gindler, 98

Funeral services for Esther Gindler, 98, of Houston were held August 21 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Rabbi Peter Schakman officiating.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Gindler died on August 19 at Seven Acres Nursing Home in Houston of heart failure.

She was born on Jun 26, 1896, to Isaac and Eud Soffer in Russia.

On May 6, 1920, she married Henry Gindler in Bessarabia, Russia.

They then came to Weimar, where her husband, who was the founder of Gindlers stores, had lived since 1912.

She was a member of the Weimar Study Club and started the Girl Scouts in Weimar.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Davis and Beverly Gindler of Weimar and Robert and Laurine Gindler of Hallettsville; daughter-in-law, Marian Gindler of Gonzales; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Otto Gindler and a daughter, Lillian Ginsberg.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Henry Gindler, David Gindler, Jack Gindler, Larry Gindler, Bruce Gindler, Lee Elmore, Kent Roberts and Paul Gindler.

The Weimar Mercury, August 25, 1994
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Gindler, Henry

Hy. Gindler, Prominent Civic Leader Here, Dies
Merchant Was Trustee Over 20 Years.

Weimar was saddened by the loss of one of its leading citizens Sunday when Henry Gindler, 58, died at Columbus Hospital, where he had been taken after a heart stroke Friday.

Stores closed for two hours and Weimar High School was adjourned for half a day when funeral services were held for Mr. Gindler Tuesday afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rabbi I. Kahn of Houston officiating. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Death came to him suddenly about noon Sunday, after an apparent turn for the better Sunday morning.

Mr. Gindler was born in Vertuzshany, Bessarabia, a part of Rumania, August 8, 1889, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Gindler. Inducted into the Russian Army in 1909, the love for freedom and equality for all led him to join the Social Democrat party. Caught with forbidden literature, he deserted the Army in 1911 and was smuggled across the border to Bremen, Germany, where he took a ship to Galveston, Texas.

His first work was in Beaumont, then in Port Arthur, and in 1912 he arrived in Weimar with little more than a sack full of shoes slung across his back. Opening a shoe store with his small stock, honesty, perseverance and a business knowledge that had started under the tutelage of his shoemaker father in Rumania, soon led him to expand his business and make many friends here. At the time of his death he owned and operated one of the largest stores in Weimar.

But his business success is only a part of the story of Henry Gindler. The same appreciation of a democratic way of life that had led him to leave his fatherland persisted throughout his life. Active in America’s World War I efforts, he has probably been a part of more campaigns of civic and national significance than anyone in Weimar. A member of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce for several years, he was a past president of the Rotary Club, and a trustee of Weimar Independent School District for more than twenty years. In about another month he would have seen his youngest son, Bobby, graduated from the high school where his other three children had been graduated earlier.

Mr. Gindler married Miss Alice Sherman in this country in 1914; she died in 1917. On May 5, 1920, on his first trip back to Europe since leaving there, he married Miss Esther Soffer at Bulti, Bessarabia; she survives, along with a daughter, Mrs. Sam Ginsberg of San Antonio; three sons, Robert I. (Bobby) and Otto of Weimar, and Davis, a student at the University of Texas, Austin; two brothers, Isaac Gindler of Mason City, Iowa, and Sam Gindler of St. Louis, Mo.; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Marco and Mrs. Sarah Kipnis, both of Chicago, Ill.; and two grandsons.

Active pallbearers at the funeral were Jake Palmer of La Grange, R. H. Yoder, Steve Heller, Henry Brasher, E. Lauterstein, Alfred Reissner, Frank Anders and H. G. Little, all of Weimar. Honorary pallbearers were all Mr. Gindler’s friends.

Weimar Mercury, April 18, 1948, page 1

Ginn, DeLeslyn (Harbert)

As we emerge from the dark and enter a well lighted room, we feel a sense of joy and exhilaration that only light can give.  How much greater these sensations must be when the sould drops the dull curtain of Materialism and enters into another world illuminated by the Divine Light of Love.  Such has been the experience of our dear friend, Mrs. DeLeslyn Harbert Ginn, who entered into life above February 3rd, 1937.

While we share her joy in a measure and would not lessen it with sad thoughts, we will miss her sadly until we, too, must '"Cross the Bar!" She was born in Columbus April 24, 1860.  Her father was Jenkins Harbert of a well known family of Colorado County.  Her mother, Susan B. Darden, was a sister of Judge Darden a brilliant lawyer who lived and died in our town.

In 1886 she married Edward Young Ginn from Winchester, Virginia and they reared a family of six children.  She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Corrine McMurray of Washington, D.C., and three sons and two daughters: Robert of San Antonio, Edward of Columbus, Leslie of Austin, Mrs. H. P. Hahn of Columbus and Mrs. G. P. Wilburn of Glidden.  Another child, William, died in Columbus in 1919. 

Mrs. Ginn was reared in the Episcopal Church and had the high ideals and refinement of the women of the Old South.  Purity of mind was the keynote of her personality, and it was said of her kind, "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God." [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado County Citizen, February 11, 1937
Submitted by David Hahn

Ginn, Edward Young


Funeral services were held Monday at 3 p.m. at Columbus Funeral Home for Edward Y. Ginn, 74, who died early Sunday morning at the Columbus Convalescent Home after a long illness.  The Rev. James H. Watt officiated.  Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  Mr. Ginn was born in New Orleans, La., Nov. 5, 1897, a son of Edward Y. and DeLeslyn Harbert Ginn.  He moved to Columbus in 1912 and attended school here.  A former Columbus chief of police, he retired several years ago as an employee of the U.S. Post Office.  He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and had served as a vestryman.  Mr. Ginn was a veteran of World Wars I and II, a charter member of the Columbus American Legion Post, a former member of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department and had been a special deputy under 2 Colorado County sheriffs.  Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Juanita Rau Ginn and one daughter, Mrs. Victor (Gretchen) Legler, both of Columbus; 2 sons, Edward T. Ginn and Harbert D. Ginn of New Orleans; one brother, Leslie A. Ginn of Austin, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Henry (Gladys) Hahn of Austin and Mrs. G. P. (Corrine) Wilburn of Glidden.  Pallbearers were Victor O. Ginn of Austin, Otis Stech of Pasadena, Warren Wilburn of Columbus and Mark Wilburn of Houston, nephews, and John Hancher and Sam K. Seymour, III.  Honorary pallbearers were members of St. John's Episcopal Church Vestry.  Mr. Hancher and Mr. Seymour folded the U. S. flag during commitment rites at the cemetery, and Mr. Seymour presented the flag to Mrs. Ginn.  John Raymond Jones sounded taps.

Colorado County Citizen, February 24, 1972
Submitted by David Hahn

Ginn, Harbert “Bulldog”


Harb "Bulldog" Ginn, of Columbus, passed away Aug. 8 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Treatment Center in Houston.

He was born June 15, 1944 in San Marcos to Rubylee and Edward Ginn. He was employed at Indyne Inc. and previously traveled extensively in his capacity as a welder to Scotland, England, Egypt, Nigeria, Trinidad and Singapore. He served his country proudly with the U.S. Army from 1964-1967 in Germany as a medical Corpsman.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge 2193. VFW Post 7674, American Legion Post 235, Forty and Eight, Omega Lodge 380 and the Son's of Confederate Veterans.

He was a friend to all, his special love of children enabled him to embody the very spirit of Christmas as Santa Claus for various organizations. Heartfelt thanks to his niece, namesake and godchild, Erin Darden Legler, R.N., with whom he resided in Houston this summer while receiving treatment.

He was able to be with his extended family throughout the summer and so it was appropriate for this wonderful Texas Man to reconnect with his roots and heritage.
He was survived by his wife, Patricia Ginn; brother, Edward and wife Rosa Ginn; one sister, Gretchen Huepers; brother-in-law, Ben and wife Barbara Goff; nieces, nephews and two grand nephews.

Funeral services will take place Sept. 19 at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road, N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Inurnment will follow at the Moose Lodge, 215 Green Acres Rd., Fort Walton Beach, 32547.

Memorial services may be made in his memory for playground equipment to his hometown of Columbus, C/O St. Anthony School on 635 Bonham street or to

Colorado County Citizen, September 17, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Ginn, Juanita (Rau)


Mrs. Juanita Rau Ginn, for 47 years one of the guiding spirits and hands of The Colorado County Citizen, a craftsman in the finest tradition of typesetting skill, died Monday at Columbus Hospital after a long illness.  She was 68 years of age.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Henneke Funeral Home.  Interment was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  The Rev. Richard Littlehales officiated.  Mrs. Rau, prior to her retirement at The Citizen in 1977, had become over the years an Intertype operator of incomparable speed and accuracy, and her retirement speeded The Citizen's conversation to computerized typesetting.  She also had written society for The Citizen for many years, and in the final years of her service to the newspaper wrote the year chronology for the Christmas edition.  Mrs. Rau was born Aug. 8, 1911 in Columbus, the daughter of Ed and Augusta Ordner Rau.  She married Ed Ginn on July 6, 1945.  He preceded her in death in 1972.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Victor (Gretchen) Legler of Columbus; two stepsons, Edward Ginn of New Orleans, La. and Harbert Darden Ginn of Fort Walton Beach, Fla; one sister, Mrs. David Foster of Columbus; three grandchildren, Erin, Blake and Brian Legler; two nieces, Lisa Stech and Nita Sue Rogers; two nephews, Richard and Robert Rau; one great niece, Amy Rogers, and one great nephew, David Stech.  Pallbearers were Joe Rhodes, Pet Crawford, Allen Reyer, Clifford Leyendecker, Ricky Rau, Robert Rau, LeRoy Stein and Norbert Tasler.

Colorado County Citizen, June 5, 1980
Submitted by David Hahn

Ginn, William Harbert

William Ginn

“Rest for the toiling hand;
Rest for the Anxious brow;
Rest for the weary, way-sore feet;
Rest from all labor now.”

Early in the morning, May 15, 1919, just as the dawn of the new day came to gladden the earth, the dawn of the eternal day came to the soul of William Ginn. What a glorious day it was to him we can only imagine! To the weary, suffering body came rest, sweet rest, and we know that to him it was a sweet release from pain. He had realized that, “life’s little day” was drawing to a close. For several weeks he had been confined to his mother’s home and there the tender associations seemed closer drawn as they felt the nearness of separation. AT last the sweet ties were broken and he passed on to meet other loved ones gone before. Only a little while till all shall be united, no more to part.
“All journeys end in welcome to the weary,
And heaven, the heart’s true home, will come at last.”

Funeral services were conducted at the residence of his mother by the Reverend Mr. Bender on Thursday afternoon at five o’clock and he was laid to rest beside his father in the Odd Fellow’s Cemetery. To the bereaved my heart turns in sympathy and a prayer for their comfort.

“Forever with the Lord!
Amen, so let it be!
Life from the dead is in that word,
Tis immortality.”

Mr. Ginn is survived by a wife and child who are living in Waco, Texas, also his mother and two sisters, Miss Corinne A. Ginn, and Mrs. Gladys Ginn Hahn, three brothers, Robert I. Ginn, a customs agent in Brownsville, Texas, Edward Y. Ginn and Leslie A. Ginn who are both United States Soldiers.
A Friend

Colorado County Citizen, May 23, 1919
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Gipsy, Charley


Charley Gipsy, a colored young man of this neighborhood, some eighteen or twenty years of age, was drowned in the Colorado river on Friday last. He left home in the morning on a fishing excursion. Not coming home at night his friends became uneasy and went in search of him on Saturday morning. At the point of rocks a little ways above town they found his fishing tackle on the bank of the river, and his faithful dog had remained at the place all night and indicated by his barking and looking in the direction of the river where the body was. Being convinced now that he was drowned they dragged the river unsuccessfully, but during the afternoon he was seen drifting in the river some distance below the point of rocks, was towed to the shore and an inquest held over the remains by Esquire Davidson. He was buried by his colored friends by moonlight in the Alleyton cemetery. It seems that he was subject to fits, coming on once a month, and it is supposed he was attacked by one, fell into the water and drowned. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, July 7, 1887

Giraud, Marjory (Evoritt)


Marjory Evoritt Giraud, passed away Nov.23.

She was born in San Antonio to CliffordE. and Marjorie (Wood) Evoritt on June 2, 1918, just priorto her father shipping out for World War I military service.She grew up on a farm in Colorado County, during the GreatDepression. After graduating from Eagle Lake High School in1936, she attended Sul Ross State University in Alpine,Lousiana State University and a business college. She wasemployed as a secretary for several large companies, theVincent Elkins law firm in Houston and a Denver warcontractor in the 1940s. Marjorie loved to sew, read andcook and she traveled extensively.

She was preceded in death by herbrothers, Clifford E. Evoritt Jr. and Jerrald P. Evoritt,who was killed while serving in World War II.

She is survived by her daughters, Ann E.Giraud and Sharon E. Giraud Warren, both of Fort Worth;son-in-law, William M. Warren of Fort Worth;step-grandchildren Janette W. Davis of College Station andher son Warren Davis; W. Jeffrey Warren of Fort Worth;nephew Jerrald P. Evoritt Jr. and wife Gina Evoritt of SugarLand; niece Julia Evoritt Gannon and husband Keith Gannon,and their daughter, Taylor E. Gannon of EagleLake.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m.,Nov. 29 at Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake. [Intermentin LakesideCemetery]

Memorial contributions may be made to theHumane Society of North Texas.

Colorado County Citizen, November 26,2003
Courtesy of The Citizen

Girndt, Alfred H.

Alfred H. Girndt, 94, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 15 at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

He was born in Ellinger, Nov. 5, 1907, to Henry and Annie (Lave) Girndt and married Annie Grode, May 15, 1929.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Clara Burris; and seven brothers, Herman, Albert, Elo, Ewald, Max, Gilbert and Hubert Girndt.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and son-in-law, Shirley Petrosky and Aleen and Joe Hanak all of Columbus; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 18 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gregory, Dennis and James Petrosky, Joe J. Hanak, Andy Goldsmith and Mark Ludwig.

Colorado County Citizen, January 23, 2002
Courtesy of The Citizen

Girndt, Annie Edna (Groda)


Annie Girndt, 94, of Columbus, passed away Aug. 8, at her home.

She was born May 25, 1913 in Westhoff to John and Josephine (Klesnil) Groda and married Alfred Harry Girndt May 15, 1929. She worked as a homemaker and was a part of the St. Anthony Catholic Church Altar Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; daughter, Aleen Hanak; son-in-law, Walter W. Petrosky; sister, Bessie Foss; half-sister, Vlasta Ludwig and Amelia Danisch; brother, John Groda and half-brother, Fred Salumunek.

She is survived her daughter, Shirley Petrosky, of Columbus; son-in-law, Joe Hanak, of Columbus; grandchildren, Gregory Petrosky and wife Deborah, Dennis Petrosky and wife Rhonda, James Petrosky, Deborah Hanak and husband Jim, Joe John Hanak and wife Rebecca; great-grandchildren, Simone Petrosky, Reed Petrosky, Sean Petrosky, JoBeth Hanak and Annabelle Hanak; and special friends, Sadie Moore, Audrey Cole and Deloris Zikuhr.

Funeral services were Aug. 11 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Albin Woytek, Allan Woytek, Michael Hollmann, Mark Ludwig, Roque Castillo and Steve Ploch.

Colorado County Citizen, August 15, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Girndt, Bertha E. (Carpenter)

Bertha E. Girndt

Julv 22, 1914 - November 14, 1999

Bertha E. Girndt. 85, of Rock Island, passed away Sunday, November 14, 1999 at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

She was born July 22, 1914 in Owens Crossroads, Alabama, to Andrew J. and Annie Owens Carpenter.
Bertha and Max Girndt were married November 11, 1934.

A resident of Rock Island since 1932, she  was a homemaker and member of the Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband. Max (December 15,1984), five brothers; and one sister.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Annie Margaret and Michael Moore of Pasadena; sons and daughter-in-law, Max Girndt Jr. and Roy Lee and Penny Girndt of Rock Island; sister, Mary Hill of Cushing, Texas; eight grandchildren and three

Funeral service were held Wednesday, November 17, at 10 a.m. from Rock Island Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Allison officiating.

Interment followed in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.  Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Scott and Todd Moore; John, Lee and Chad Gimdt; and Keith Nance.

Sympathy is extended to the family.

The Eagle Lake Headlight,Page 4, Thursday, November 18, 1999
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Girndt, Dorothy Lois (Hooper)

Dorothy Lois Girndt, 72, of Columbus, passed away March 26 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

She was born July 15, 1929 in Rock Island to Dan Hooper Sr. and Bertha Moss Hooper and had been a lifetime resident to the Columbus and Rock Island area.

She was preceded in death by her father; brothers, Dan Hooper Jr. and Johnny Hooper; and grandson, Deke Eastin.

She is survived by her husband, Forrest J. Girndt of Columbus; mother; son and daughter-in-law, Rickey and Vickie Girndt of Spring; and brother Norman Hooper of Rock Island.

Funeral services were conducted March 28 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Rosary is April 3 at 7 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. [Interment St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery]

Pallbearers were Leonard Girndt Jr., Douglas Girndt, Scott Hooper, John Hooper, Alan Polach and Stephen Girndt.

Colorado County Citizen, April 3, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Girndt,Evelyn Anna (Hlinsky)


Evelyn Anna Girndt, 84, of Columbus,passed away Dec. 12 at Columbus CommunityHospital.

She was born in Ellinger, June 24, 1919to Willie and Mary (Orsak) Hlinsky and married Robie H.Girndt, Jan. 11, 1937. She was a member of St. AnthonyCatholic Church in Columbus and the St. Anthony AltarSociety.

She was preceded in death by her parentsand husband.

She is survived by her daughter, andson-in-law, Geri and Alton Barton of Columbus; son, GaryGirndt of Rhome; sister, Ruby Prasifka of Columbus; brotherand sister-in-law, Leroy and Nonie Jo Hlinsky of Rosharon;and two grandchildren, Kristie Dungen and LeslieGirndt.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 14at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Fr. Dan Kahlichofficiating. Interment followed at St.Anthony CatholicCemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Dungen, BradleyGirndt, Richard Hlinsky and John Huebel.

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

Girndt, HenryJoseph

Henry Girndt, Prominent FarmerDies Thursday

Henry Girndt died at his home south ofColumbus Thursday afternoon, May 11 at 3:15 o'clock, afterbeing ill for several years, dangerously so for two monthsbefore his demise. He was buried in OddFellows Rest Friday afternoon inthe presence of a host of friends and loved ones, Rev. Theo.Streng, pastor of the Columbus Lutheran congregation,performing the ceremony.

Mr. Girndt had suffered with a cancer formany years. He went to the John Sealy Hospital at Galvestonfor an operation in November of 1921, and remained until sixhad been performed. These seemed to be having the desiredeffect and he was allowed to come home for ten days duringMarch of this year. While at home, his condition grew worseand he was unable to return to the hospital for furthertreatment. His condition now grew rapidly worse until hisdeath. The best of medical attention and love of relativesproved useless against his dread disease.

Mr. Girndt was born on June 7, 1872, atRoss Prairie, Fayette County, Texas. He was baptized intothe Lutheran church and was confirmed April 3, 1887, Rev.Doerfler, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church of Ellinger,performing this act. His childhood was spent at the countryhome of his parents and, later on, he followed in theoccupation of his father as farmer.

On August 4, 1872,he was (united) in marriage to Miss Anna Löeve of Ellinger, with whom he lived a happy and blessed life until death separated them.

About ten years ago Mr. Girndt moved toColumbus with his family and after living here two years,left to his present home 8 miles south ofColumbus.

The bereaved widow, 8 children -- Herman, Clara, Elo, Ewald, Max, Gilbert, Alfred and Hubert, also five brothers and four sisters, besides numerous other relatives remain to mourn the loss of the departed. May he rest in peace.

Pallbearers at the funeral were: HenryBurger, John Wegenhoft, O. G. Hoegemeyer, Felix Fehrenkamp,Herman Braden and J. Mattern.

Those from out of town who attended thefuneral were: Chas. Girndt, Lee Fritsch and Miss Schram ofLa Grange; Fritz Girndt, R. H. Beyer and son, Alfred, ofEllinger; Mrs. H. Lazes and Roxie Belle Lille ofRichmond.

Colorado County Citizen, May 19,1922
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

Girndt, Lawrence Max


Lawrence Max Girndt, Sr. passed away December 15 at Eagle Lake Community Hospital after a one month three day stay. Funeral services were held December 17 at Rock Island Baptist Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Pastor Bill Campbell officiated. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Mr. Girndt was born October 11, 1903 in Fayette County to Henry Girndt and Annie Loeve Girndt. He married Bertha Edwina Girndt October 7, 1934. He lived in Rock Island for over 50 years. Lawrence was a retired county worker, farmer and rancher.

He was a member of Rock Island Baptist Church and Woodman of the World.
Preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Clara Burris, and three brothers, Albert, Herman and Elo Girndt.

Survivors include wife, Bertha Girndt of Rock Island,. one daughter, Annie Margaret Moore and son-in-law, Michael W. Moore of Pasadena; two sons, Lawrence Max Girndt, Jr. of Rock Island, Roy Lee Girndt and daughter-in-law, Pennie Girndt of Rock Island; four brothers, Ewald Girndt; Gilbert Girndt, Alfred Girndt and Hubert Girndt all of Columbus; eight grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Otto Loessin, Billy Boyd Mayes, Vernon Brown, Lonnie Owers, Kenneth Nance, Allen Moss, Dan Hooper, Jr. and Wilbur Henry.

Honorary Pallbearers include Dr. Jose Ugarte, Dr. Harold Griffin, E. H. Moore. Sr., Ralph William, John L. Girndt, Scott Moore, Todd Moore, Chad Girndt and Lee Girndt.

Colorado County Citizen, December 20, 1984, page 2

Girndt, Leonard E. Sr. "Mickey"

Girndt, Leonard E. “Mickey” Sr.

Leonard E. “Mickey” Girndt Sr., 77, of Columbus died Aug. 25 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Weimar.

He was born March 13, 1932 to parents, Ewald L. Girndt and Lena Janak Girndt. He was a lifelong resident of Columbus and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus. He was also a veteran, having served in the U.S. National Guard.

On April 19, 1975, he married the former Miss Lovie Hunt. He worked as a dragline operator before his retirement.

Funeral services took place Aug. 28 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Matthew Girndt, Jason Pustejovsky, Leon Pustejovsky, Chad Girndt, Scott Thomas and Chris Thomas.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lourine Walla Girndt; and his parents, Ewald L. Girndt and Lena Janak Girndt.

He is survived by his wife, Lovie Girndt of Columbus; daughter, Kathy Thomas and husband Greg of Baltimore, Md.; sons, Mickey Girndt Jr. and wife Pam of Sealy, Douglas Girndt and wife Chris of Shaws Bend, Stephen Girndt and wife Darlene of Columbus, and Robert Girndt and wife Gerita of Indian Mound, Tenn.; stepsons, Ric Pustejovsky and wife Kathy of Columbus, Skip Pustejovsky and wife Judy of Altair, and Jerry Pustejovsky and wife Donna of Columbus; sisters, Martha Polach of Sheridan, and Yvonne Slays and husband Bob of Huntsville; brother, Forrest Girndt of Columbus; 20 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, September 2, 2009
Submitted by Judy Talkington

Girndt, Lourine J. (Walla)

Lourine Girndt

Mrs. Lourine Walla Girndt of Columbus was fatally injured in a one-car accident Saturday night on Reese Lane about 1.5 miles from her home.

A daughter of Walter and Jennie Janish Walla, she was born June 27, 1937 in Frelsburg. In 1956 she was married to Leonard (Mickey) Girndt of Columbus. She attended the Cathholic Church.

Rosary was recited monday at 7 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home.

Last rites were held at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus Tuesday at 9 a.m., with The Rev. Bernard Snock officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Surviving are her husband; one daughter, Kathryn, 5; 4 sons, Leonard Jr., Doughlas, Stephen and Robert Girndt, all of Columbus; 2 brothers, Leander Walla of Ramsey and Leon Walla of Mentz, and a grandfather, Willie Walla of Frelsburg.

Pallbearers were Wayne Walla, Larry Walla, Ronald Walla, Donald Walla; Allen Polach, Bruce Poloch, Dennis Polach and Ricky Girndt.

Colorado County Citizen, August 30, 1973
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Girndt, Robie H.

Robie H. Girndt

Funeral services for Robie H. Girndt were held Tuesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. The Rev. Werner A. Bockholt officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Girndt died in Columbus Hospital June 1 at the age of 60.

A lifetime resident of Colorado County, Mr. Girndt was a son of Otto and Sophie Peters Girndt, born July 12, 1914. He was employed as an operator with Thornstenberg Gravel Co.

He was married to Evelyn Hlinsky Jan. 11, 1937, and was a member of Woodmen of the World Lodge.

Rosary was recited June 2 at Henneke Funeral Home which was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Alton Barton of Glidden; one son, Gary Girndt of Columbus; 3 sisters, Mrs. Nolie Koehl of Columbus, Mrs. Hilda Buenger of Yoakum and Mrs. Irene Hruby of Baytown; 2 brothers, Milton Girndt of Ellinger and Weldon Girndt of Fayetteville and one granddaughter, Kristie Marie Barton.

Pallbearers were Alton Koehl, Hubert Girndt, Wilburn Wessels, C. J. Orsak, Alton Machinsky and Adam Keyser.

Colorado County Citizen, June 5, 1975
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Gist, Clarence

Eagle Lake Man Drowns . . .

EAGLE LAKE – Clarence Gest [sic.], about 55, a dredge operator for Horton and Horton gravel company, was believed victim of drowning while at work at the company’s plant southwest of Eagle Lake Tuesday shortly before midnight.

Information gained from various sources indicated that Mr. Gest apparently fell from a barge about 11:30 p.m. into the water in one of the pits.

His watch had stopped at 11:29 p.m., Justice of the Peace M. M. Jones said. The judge ruled his death was due to drowning.

The body was recovered by Reagan Laughlin and Snooks Berger who located it partly covered with sand in the water a short time after the alarm was given by Billy Salazar, an oiler from Horton and Horton.

Judge Jones said he was told that Salazar had seen Gest sitting in a door of the dredge about 11:30. [burial in Lakeside Cemetery]

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

Gist, Ellen

Ellen Gist

Funeral services for Miss Ellen Gist ofRock Island were held Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. fromUntermeyer-Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Clarence Jamesofficiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Miss Gist died in the Stevens Rest Homein Hallettsville Monday at the age of 81. She was born inAlabama Oct. 29, 1890.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs.Ida Gist of Eagle Lake and one niece, Birdie Huff, also ofEagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Owen Miller, JohnMeismer, Ernest Hudson and LeRoy Stein.

Colorado County Citizen, January 7,1971
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright


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