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Grabow, Fredericke (Venghaus) &
Grabow, Louis

Grabow Couple Passes

Mrs. Louis Grabow died at her home in Columbus Friday morning. Fifty-two hours and ten minutes later she was followed in death by her husband, Mr. Louis Grabow. The following obituary was read in connection with the burial service on the cemetery of the Zoar Lutheran Church Monday afternoon by Rev. W. A. Flachmeier, the officiating pastor.

Louis Grabow was born in Pritzwalk, Prussia on Nov. 10th, 1849. Somewhat more than a year later on April 20, 1851, Fredericke Venghaus entered this life in Bielefeld. The two children soon emigrated to America, he with his parents in 1852, she with friends in 1858. While his folks settled in the Mentz section, she found a home near Frelsburg. Thus the children grew, both attending the Lutheran Church of Frelsburg where they were confirmed by that well known pioneer pastor, the Rev. J. C. Roehm. Here also, they joined their hands in holy wedlock on January 16, 1873. For many years thereafter they lived and labored on a farm near Mentz. Eight children were born to them in the course of time. They themselves came to be among the founders of the Zoar Lutheran Church near Bachelor Hill School. On Nov. 1st, 1929 they moved to Columbus with their son Louis to enjoy the evening of life in peace and quiet. And at last, when both had exceeded the age of the psalmist, they were called to their reward, neither one knowing of the death of the other. Saturday we laid the tired body of Mother Grabow to rest and today (Monday) we place the remains of Father Grabow by her side. For fifty-nine years they shared the joys and sorrows of life. Now may their bodies rest side by side until the great resurrection day.

All of the eight children of Mr. and Mrs. Grabow live to mourn their departure. They are Mrs. Henry Kansteiner of Mentz, Mrs. Ed Kansteiner of Columbus, Mrs. Fred Kansteiner of Mentz, Louis Grabow of Cat Spring, Henry Grabow of Mentz, Mrs. Fred Knoop of Buffalo, Nebr. and Mrs. Ad Kansteiner of Mentz. Eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren followed them to the grave. One sister of Mr. Grabow, Mrs. Aug. Ladusch grieves at home, too weak to leave her room. The large gathering here is some evidence of the esteem in which the departed were held.

Colorado County Citizen, September 29, 1932
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Grabow, Henry Lee

Henry Grabow Buried Tuesday At Columbus

Funeral services for Henry Lee Grabow, 47, of Houston, husband of the former Miss Ella Muehr of Weimar, were held Tuesday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Columbus, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Tom Collins officiated, assisted by Rev. Gideon Stram of Mentz and Rev. Leroy Braden of Houston.

Mr. Grabow died Sunday, Nov. 20, in Memorial Baptist Hospital SE, Houston. He had been ill since June.

A salesman of heating and air conditioning equipment, he had lived in Houston the past 18 or 20 years. He was born July 25, 1919, at Mentz, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Grabow, and was a graduate of Columbus High School. He married Miss Muehr at Columbus on April 21, 1941, and they lived at Huntsville and Brenham for several years before moving to Houston. He was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic church and Knights of Columbus Council 803 at Houston. In addition to his wife he is survived by his father, who made his home with the couple.

Pallbearers were George Sebesta, Ellis Neuendorff, Clemens Venghaus, Roy Jones, Eugene Drescher, Sidney Frey, Willie Williams, and Milton Nelson.

Weimar Mercury, November 24, 1966

Grabow, Mary (Kansteiner)

Mrs. Mary Grabow Dies at 91, Burial Here Monday

Last rites for 91-year-old Mrs. Mary Grabow were held at Untermeyer’s Funeral home Monday with burial in Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. G. Wolf of St. Paul’s Lutheran church officiating.

Mrs. Grabow died Saturday at noon at the home of her son, Hugo Grabow, in Columbus. She had made her home with his family since the death of her husband, Louis Grabow, in February, 1938. She and Mr. Grabow moved to Columbus from Mentz in 1929.

Born in Mentz Jan. 27, 1868, she was a daughter of Fritz and Henrietta Buescher Kansteiner. She and her husband were married in 1902.

Mrs. Grabow had been in bed and in a wheelchair since she broke her hip in February, 1958.

Besides her son she is survived by a grandson, Jesse Grabow, of Columbus and a brother, Phillip Kansteiner, of Cat Spring.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Ewald Kansteiner, Ellinger; Edgar Kansteiner and E. Grabow, Cat Spring; Melvin Gajeske, Columbus; Walter Krause, Willow Springs, and Henry Lee Grabow, Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, May 14, 1959, page 6


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Graham, Doris (Davis) Potter


Doris Potter Graham, 78, of New Braunfels, formerly from Columbus, passed away May 19, at McKenna Memorial Hospital in New Braunfels.

She was born, in Columbus, July 16, 1925 to Robert and Elizabeth (Nelson) Davis. She was a retired nurse and worked for many years at the Medical & Surgical Clinic.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lester C. Potter; parents; brother, David Davis; and sisters, Elizabeth Taylor, Margie Sullivan and Tracy Naumann.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond L. Graham Sr.; son and daughter-in-law Stephen W. and Brenda Potter of Columbus; daughter Debra K. Potter Norris of New Braunfels; grandsons, Taylor and Zachary Potter and Jonathan Norris; step-son Raymond Graham Jr. and wife Betty of Houston; and sisters Ruby Kulhanek and Jimmie Faye Schilling of Columbus.

Funeral services were conducted May 22, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were John Buxkamper, Charles Besch, Charles Harbich, Bobby Marburger, Henry Potter and Craig Schilling.

Honorary pallbearers were Taylor Potter, Zachary Potter, Jonathan Norris, Doug Potter, Bobby Potter, Joe Potter, Byron Marburger and George Kane Jr

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

Graham, unknown


The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Graham died last week from the effects of whooping cough. [place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 1, 1902

Granger, Abner

Ab. Granger, commonly called Ab. Crenshaw, a colored man, well and favorably known in this county, died of dropsy at Burditt’s Wells, on the 3d of this month. “Uncle Ab.” was indeed a worthy citizen. His old master, O B. Crenshaw, died during the war. Ab. was so trusty that the plantation was turned over to his sole management. The war over, he still remained on the old homestead controling the same, which he continued to do till one of the boys of his old master grew to be of age to take charge; then he moved to a tract of land he had bought, and improved it in good style, settling a family of grown children around him comfortably. He had at his death considerable property. He was noted for his honesty and integrity. Peace to his ashes. [Interred in the Independent Methodist Cemetery]

Weimar Gimlet, June 11, 1885

Granger, Freeman
Polk, Cal


Bad blood had existed between Freeman Granger and Arthur and Gregory Walker--all negroes of this section--for some time, and their troubles had been aired in the courts as well as in private. Several personal encounters had taken place between them, and as Freeman was a large negro and the Walker brothers small and undersized, he easily worsted them. It is said that he beat up one of them badly in a Weimar saloon recently. All this had a tendency to provoke still further trouble, and it culminated last Saturday shortly after the noon hour when the Walker boys went gunning for Freeman. They found him at Laas’ saloon, and without further parley they opened fire on him. He ran, and they followed, shooting all the while. Cal Polk, another negro (of this city) and cousin of Freeman, ran to and grabbed one of the Walkers, when the other Walker jabbed a six-shooter against his back and fired. He fell and they sent another bullet or two at him. Thinking him finished, they continued their pursuit of Freeman, who had run from Laas’ saloon east up the street and into the store of Anton Alkek. Reaching the back door of this store he fell dead, seven bullets having entered his body. The Waker boys then left the scene, but soon afterward surrendered to City Marshal Henry J. Insall and were locked up in the calaboose.

When the smoke of battle had cleared away, it was found that Cal Polk was mortally wounded, having been hit in the side and in the back, the later wound proving fatal Sunday morning at 2 o’clock; Freeman Granger was found dead in the back door of Alkek’s store, with seven bullet wounds upon his person--one near the nose, four in his back, and two grazing wounds, one on the arm and the other on the finger; Anton Alkek, proprietor of the store, was hit under the arm by a spent ball; and Freeman’s horse, hitched near the side door of Laas’ saloon, was struck by a stray bullet. The Walkers had emptied their pistols--one of which was a 45 and the other a 41. It is said that Cal and Freeman were unarmed

The Walkers were taken to Columbus on the afternoon train. They were brought back Monday for examining trial, but waived examination, declined bail, and were taken to jail to await the action of the grand jury.

Freeman was buried at Independent and Cal in this city, Sunday afternoon.

All parties are well known, and are farmers. The Walkers do not appear to be more than 21 or 22 years of age, are sons of Tom Walker, a respected negro of the Oakland neighborhood, and have, we understand, hitherto borne good reputations.

Weimar Mercury, August 18, 1900, page 5

Granger, Dick


Dick Granger, a colored man well known in this community, for his honesty and integrity, died of dropsy near the evening of the 16th last. He was a brother of Ab Granger, whose death was mentioned in these items last week. Both died with the same disease. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, June 18, 1885

Granger, Lucy

Weimar Local Matters

Aunt Lucy Granger, colored, wife of Jas. Granger, an old faithful family servant in the O. B. Crenshaw family, died Wednesday morning last in great peace, leaving the consolation to the bereaved that “all is well” and that death had no terrors to her. She was about 60 years of age. Aunt Lucy was respected by both white and black for her honesty and uprightness. [Interment in Independent Methodist Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, September 19, 1889, page 3

Granger, Lizzie E. (Taylor)

The wife of Bedford Granger, a prominent and highly respected colored farmer of this section, died Saturday morning of a combination of tuberculosis and pneumonia, and was buried Sunday afternoon. They had been married but nine months. In his bereavement, Bedford has the sympathy of all our people, irrespective of color. [Interment in Paradise Garden]

Weimar Mercury, Aug 5, 1910, page 5

Granger, Penny

Weimar Local Matters

“Aunt Penny Granger,” wife of the late Ab Granger, colored, died at her home December the 1st. Aunt Penny was quite old, was a faithful and devoted servant, respected by both white and black; before the war belonged to the Andrews and Crenshaw families. Aunt Penny was a devoted Christian, and passed calmly away, leaving loving admonitions to her children that survive her. [Interment in Independent Methodist cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, December 9, 1886

Grant, Dr. Herbert Lucian

The shocking news of the suicide of Dr. H. L. Grant was received here this 9Thursday) morning, same having occurred at Houston Wednesday night. No particulars were obtainable this morning, nor could we learn where or when the burial was to take place. Dr. Grant was married seleral [sic.] years ago to Miss Willie Shaver, daughter of W. S. Shaver of this city. She died about a year ago, and since that time Dr. Grant has been extremely despondent, which undoubtedly was the cause of the rash act. Dr. Grant was visiting in Weimar the first of the week, in fact, we understand, was here up to Tuesday last, on a visit to Mr and Mrs Shaver and his two little children. He was a most pleasant, cultured man, a splendid physician, of lovable disposition, one who made friends wherever he went, and his tragic death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. We will give further particulars of his death in our next issue. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, June 4, 1915

Sent Bullet Through His Brain Soon After Reaching Houston

Dr. H. Lucien Grant of El Campo was found dead with a bullet hole through his brain in his room at the DeGeorge hotel shortly before midnight Wednesday. In his right hand he grasped a 32 caliber pistol.

He left four notes, one to his mother, Mrs. A. S. Grant of 610 Anita street; Clifford Greve, an attorney of Houston; W. S. Shaver of Weimar and A. D. Lloyd of Houston. All but the note to Mr. Greve were sealed.

The note follows: "Dear Clifford: I have withstood the terrible pressure to the limit and I can bear in[sic.] no longer. I wish to thank you and Highsmith (C. C. Highsmith) for your true friendship to me.

"In the tragedy just enacted, just when life semed worth living, fate has blasted all. All within me is dead now and to get peace and rest (unfinished).

"There is no other alternative except beyond the grave.


The note was written in apparently a steady hand, but evidently hurriedly.

Mr. Greve, who had a suite of rooms with Dr. Grant, was probably the last to see him alive. This was about 9:30 Wednweday. He invited him to dinner, but Dr. Grant declined and said he would be in the room when he returned home.

Mr. Greve discovered the prostrate form of the physician when he unlocked his door and Justice Walton was summoned. He returned a verdict of suicide.

Hotel attaches said they heard a muffled shot about 10 o'clock in the evening but thought the report a slamming door.

The body will be shipped to Weimar Friday by the Sid Westheimer Company and be laid to rest beside his wife.

Dr. Grant was a native of West Virginia and spent his boyhood at Palestine. After graduating from Tulane University he practiced medicine in Houston from 1898 to 1901, then removing to El Campo, where he resided 14 years. He was 39 years old. Surviving him are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Adolphus S. Grant, the former president of the Grant Locomotive and Car Works of Houston; one brother, William A. Grant, secretary-treasurer of the same company; two sisters, Misses Ethel and Mary Grant, and his two chidren, a boy and a girl, aged 7 and 2 years, respectfully.—Houston Post


The funeral of Dr. Grant took place at the Masonic cemetery in this city Friday afternoon, Rev. Roy G. Rader officiating, in the presence of a large circle of sorrowing friends and relatives. The pall bearers were members of the Msonic order of this city and two of El Campo.

Weimar Mercury, June 11, 1915, page 1

Grant, Herbert Lucien Jr.

Lucien Grant Dies; Funeral Here Friday

Funeral services for Lucien Grant, 71, of Weimar and New Mexico were held Friday afternoon January 19, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Richard Worringham, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiated.

Mr. Grant died unexpectedly Wednesday, January 17, at his home here.

A retired sales manager, he was born October 17, 1907 at El Campo, the son of Dr. H. L. and Willie Daniel Shaver Grant Sr.

His only survivor is his sister, Miss Mary Grant of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Jack Montgomery, Joe Kaye, Leslie Townsend, F. F. Brasher, Herbert Pickett, Jerry Vachala, M. K. Merrem and Norbert Zatopek.

Weimar Mercury, January 25, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Grant, Mary Edith

Mary Grant Funeral Held Here Dec. 20

Funeral services for Mary Grant, 89, of Weimar, were held Friday, Dec. 20, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andrew Patge Jr. officiating.

Interment followed in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Miss Grant died on Tuesday, Dec. 17, following a lengthy illness.

She was a longtime teacher at Weimar Elementary School.

Miss Grant was born May 1, 1913, in El Campo, the daughter of Dr. H. L. and Willie Daniel Shaver Grant Sr.

Her parents died when she was young and she was raiseed by her grandmother, Mrs. Grace Shaver.

Miss Grant attended Weimar schools and graduated from Weimar High School. She attended Southwest Texas University for her bachelor's degree. She received her master's degree from the University of Houston.

Her teaching career started in 1931 at the New Bielau-Content Consolidated School. She taught here for nine years, moving to Boling Newgulf Public School, wher she taught for the next two years.

She then returned to Weimar Public Schools and taught for 38 years for a total of 49 years of teaching. Miss Grant retired in 1980.

Over the years, she taught kindergarten through tenth grade, skipping the first and seventh grades. Her favorite level was the second grade.

While at Weimar, she organized and directed a choir with students from third through eighth grades. The choir was entered in the UIL area competition and won first place every year.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and began playing the organ and piano for the church when she was 11. She continued in that position for more than 60 years.

In 1997, the Weimar Masonic Lodge presented her with the Lamar Medal, in recognition of her contributions to public education.

In addition to her parents, a brother, Lucien, prececed her in death.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church. of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, December 26,2002

Grant, Willie (Shaver)

Mrs. Willie Shaver Grant.

The sad news of the death of Mrs. Willie Shaver Grant, wife of Dr. H. L. Grant of El Campo, was received here Tuesday night about midnight by her father, Mr. W. S. Shaver, who left on the first train for that point, accompanied by his wife and Rev. G. T. Gibbons. Full particulars regarding her death have not been received here up to the time of going to press, although it is understood that Mrs. Grant was undergoing a slight operation and while under the influence of chloroform, succumbed and every effort failed to survive her. News of her death shocked this community from the center to circumference, for Mrs., Grant was born and raised here, was a general favorite, often visited here after her marriage, and numbered every resident of our city as her personal friend. She was a lovely character, possessing a sweet, sunny disposition, was a devoted wife, mother and daughter, ever mindful of those about her, always glad to help the sick and suffering, and her death has cast a gloom over not only this community, but El Campo as well, in which city she and her husband have resided for a number of years. The remains will be brought to Weimar for burial in the Masonic cemetery this (Thursday) afternoon on the 3:20 train. The remains will be taken from the train to Mr. W. S. Shaver's residence, from which point the funeral will take place at 4:30. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved husband, children, father and relatives in the sad and irreparable loss or their loved one.

Weimar Mercury, May 8, 1914, page 1

Death Claims Mrs. H. L. Grant

Again our city has been shocked with the realization that the grim reaper has been in our midst and one of our choicest flowers has been struck by the fatal sickle and garned to await the time when he that spake the world into existence shall declare that time shall be no more. Her life was short but the usefulness of our lives is not measured by the number of years that we live, Willie Shaver Grant departed this life very suddenly Tuesday night at 10:00 o'clock she had been complaining but a few days, and her condition was not deemed serious in any particular hence the shock was greater. Heart failure is assigned as the cause of her early demise. Mrs. Grant was 26 years 7 months and 2 days old. She was the daughter of Wm. Shaver of Weimar and spent her early life teaching school. About 8 years ago she was united in marriage to Dr. H. L. Grant and most of this time they have made their home in our midst. She leaves two children, husband and father to mourn for her besides a host of sympathetic friends who will share in their grief and render what assistance is posible[sic] in this trying hour. The funeral services were conducted from the residence Thursday morning by Rev. W. A. Manley. The remains were then shipped on the 10:00 o'clock train to Weimar her old home for burial. They were accompanied by relatives of the family, of Houston and Weimar who had come in Wednesday, besides husband and many friends from this place. And thus again we are brought to a full realization of the fact that life Is extremely uncertain. Two sudden deaths in our little city in four days should be a reminder that the most thoughtless could not but realize. The Citizen extends sympathy to the Dr. and his two motherless babes in this perhaps the darkest hour they have ever experienced.--El Campo Citizen.

Weimar Mercury, May 15, 1914, page 1

Graschel, Minnie (Bittner)

Services, For Mrs. Graschel, 65, WednesdayFuneral S

Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Bittner Graschel, 65, of San Antonio, were held Wednesday morning, Jan. 2, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

She died on New Year’s Eve in San Antonio.

Mrs. Graschel, the former Miss Minnie Bittner, was a native of the Weimar area.

Surviving are her husband, Paul Graschel; one son, Leroy (Sonny) Bahner of Wharton; one daughter, Mrs. Andrew (Essie Lee) Morales of San Antonio; 2 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter; 2 brothers, Artie Bittner of El Campo and Charles Bittner of Holman; and 3 sisters, Mrs. Robert Belcik of La Grange, Mrs. Oscar Heller of Weimar and Mrs. John Luecke of La Grange.

Weimar Mercury, January 3, 1962, page 5

Grave, August

Former Weimar Citizen Died in Germany

A Mercury reporter accidently a few days ago learned that Mr. A. Grave, druggist of this place for a long time in bygone days, and who moved with his family to Germany many years ago died some two months ago, leaving a widow and several children. Two of his sons are practicing physicians in Germany, we are told. One of Mr. Grave’s children was born in this city, when the family lived in the residence at present owned by Mr. E. F. Gold.

Mr. Grave was a splendid man and citizen, and is still favorably remembered by many old time citizrns of this community, who will deeply regret to learn of his death.

Weimar Mercury, September 18, 1929
[This is the name often associated with the tombstone in the Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery which has the simple inscription A Grave.–DA]

Graves, Bettie (Greak)


Psalms 122:1. Read -- Psalms 84:10

Funeral took time and place of the regular services at Osage last Sunday. Large congregation and good service at Glidden Sunday night. Hereafter we will preach at Osage 3rd, Sunday, and at Glidden that night.

We are sorry to have to chronicle the death of Sister Bettie Graves, wife of Luther Graves of Osage. She died last Friday night and was buried Sunday at Osage. May God bless her bereaved husband and precious child until they meet in heaven! [Buried Osage Cemetery]

Received by letter, Br. J. C. Lester and his wife, Sister Lizzie Lester from Rosenberg. " We rejoice to recognize these good people as members of our church, and bid them welcome to all its privilege." Dismissed by letter, Bro. T. C. Dent and wife. they go to Fort Worth. May blessings of God attend them.

Weimar Mercury, 5 December 1903
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Mrs. Betie Graves, wife of Mr. Luther Graves, and a lady muchly beloved in the Osage community, died of black jaundice at 2 o'clock Saturday morning at the family home near Osage, aged 30 years. Her remains were laid to rest in the Osage cemetery the following day. She leaves a husband and one little child, to whom we exend sincerest sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, December 5, 1903, page 5
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Graves, Ellender Rebecca (McMillan)

DIED, in Colorado county, June 23d, Mrs. Ellender Rebecca Graves, wife of E. Graves, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. McMillan, aged 30 years, 4 months and 3 days. She leaves a husband, four small children and many relatives and friends to mourn her untimely demise. She was an estimable woman, a loving, indulgent mother, kind neighbor and friend. The surviving husband and relatives have our sincere sympathy in their sad bereavement.
[Buried Osage Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, 30 June 1881
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Graves, Emanuel

Our community was greatly shocked Monday when we heard of the death of Mr. E. Graves. He was an old Confederate soldier, and fought in many a battle. Mr. Graves lived to the good age of 74 years, and had resided in Colorado County for a number of years. He leaves one boy and three girls, being Mrs. Frank Garrett, and Mrs. Chas. Taylor of Waller, and Mrs. Elmer Blair and Luther Graves of Weimar. The writer extends sympathy to the children and grandchildren in their loss. [Buried Osage Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, 31 December 1909
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Graves, Hallie (Campbell)

Final Rites for Mrs. H. Graves, 84, Held Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Hallie Graves, 84, a resident of Parkview Manor who had lived most of her adult life in San Antonio, were held Monday morning , March 22, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Graves died at 8:55 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at Parkview, where she had lived since Oct. 10, 1970.

Rev. John Robinson, Methodist pastor, officiated in the services. Pallbearers were J. D. Miles, Glen Hoegemeyer, Frank L. Graves and Charlie Campbell.

Mrs. Graves was born March 26, 1886, at Osage, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Moore Campbell, and was married to Luther Graves at Weimar on Dec. 26, 1906. She lived in San Antonio nearly 40 years. Mr. Graves died May 6, 1936.

Surviving are three sons, Milton Graves of New Orleans, La., F. L. Graves of Eagle Lake, and Raymond Graves of Hillsboro, Oregon; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Fred Hoegemeyer of Weimar; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Annie Sanders of Weimar and Mrs. Irene Miles of Houston. A brother, Elmer Campbell, preceded her in death.

Weimar Mercury, March 25. 1971
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Graves, Harvey

Harvey Graves Died At His Home Near Lissie Early Last Friday Night

Well Known And Popular Citizen Passes Away After Illness Of More Than Three Months; Funeral Held Sunday Afternoon

Following an illness of several months when he suffered an attack of influenza last fall, Mr. Harvey Graves passed away at his home near Lissie at 9:15 Friday night.

Funeral services were held at 4 o’clock at the home Sunday afternoon, with Rev. Mr. Husher of Lissie officiating. Interment was made in the Masonic Cemetery at Eagle Lake by the side of his wife, who preceded him in death in 1928.

The pallbearers were Mose and Griff Thomas, John Adams, Doc Starr, W. P. Wade and C. E. Evoritt.

Mr. Graves was born in Allen County, Kentucky in 1884 on the 22nd day of July. For many years he has been engaged in rice farming in this section having moved to Texas about thirty years ago. He was a good and useful citizen and enjoyed a wide friendship and acquaintance throughout this section. He was a man of fine character and splendid habits and everyone who knew him liked him. He was energetic and gave his life to useful toil. He was pleasant, agreeable and friendly and many are saddened over his passing.

He is survived by four children, Willie, Addie, Cecil and Harvey Lee, his mother, Mrs. T. N. Graves of Adolphus, Kentucky, four brothers and five sisters, Bert and Wash Graves of Scottsville, Kentucky, Asa of Adolphus, Kentucky and Roy of Chesterville; Mrs. Lessie Stewart and Mrs. Gertrude Wheeler of Houston, Mrs. Addie Browning of Scottsville, Kentucky, Mrs. Dona Meadows and Mrs. Delphia Shores of Adolphus, Kentucky.

In the passing of Harvey Graves this community has lost a good and useful citizen, a man who attended strictly to his own affairs and who enjoyed the respect and esteem of the people of the entire community.

The Headlight in common with the people of this section extends sincerest sympathy to the sorrowing relatives in their irreparable loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 4, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Graves, Harvey Lee

Harvey Graves, 46, Galveston, Buried Here

Harvey Lee Graves, 46, of Galveston, was laid to rest in the Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery Tuesday, January 16, at 2 p.m. He passed away at 8:30 a.m. January 14, 1973, in Galveston following several years of illness.

Services were held at the Levy Brothers Funeral Home in Galveston at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday followed by interment here. The Rev. J. Olen Kennell of the First Presbyterian church of Eagle Lake and the Rev. Bassett of First Baptist Church of Galveston officiated at the graveside service.

Mr. Graves was born December 9, 1926, in Lissie to Harvey and Essie Dewitt Graves. He was associated with Todd Dry Dock of Galveston as a pipe fitter.

Survivors include his wife, Marie; brother, Cecil Graves; and a sister, Mrs. Addie Randow.

The decease was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars having served in the U. S. Navy during World War II.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 18, 1973
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Graves, Luther L.


Mr. L. L. Graves, who would have been 61 years of age on the 10th of this month, passed away at his home in this city Tuesday night, following an illness since Christmas.

Mr., Graves was a native of Colorado county. He was born at Osage, and with the exception of a few years, spent practically his entire life in the county. He has lived in the country near and in Eagle Lake for the past ten years.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning, conducted by Rev. Bruner S. Lee, local Baptist pastor. Interment was made in the cemetery at Osage.

Mr. Graves is survived by his wife, three sons, Lee and Raymond Graves of this city and M. C. Graves of San Antonio, and one daughter, Mrs. Nellie Hoegemeyer, of Weimar. He is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Chas. Taylor of Patterson; Mrs. Lizzie Garrett of Katy, and Mrs. E. B. Blair of Osage.

he Headlight joins the people of this community in extending sympathy to the bereaved relatives in their hour of sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, 8 May 1936
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Gray, Lillie (Greak)


Relatives and friends of the family were greatly surprisd Monday morning when news was flashed around that Mrs. Lillie Greak Grey, wife of Mr. Randolph Grey of Houston, was dead. Mrs. Grey was formerly Miss Lillie Greak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Greak of this sectiion, was born and raised here, and lived here up to about two years ago when her health became so bad that she and her husband moved to Houston, but to no avail. For the past seven months she had been with her brother, Herman, at Glidden, where she passed away Sunday night about 10:30. Lillie was of a cheerful disposton, always looking on the bright side of life, no matter how discouraging the circumstances. Despite the fact that disease made her an invalid for many months prior to her death, she never lost her cheerfulness, and during her critical stage for weeks she bore up cheerfully, inspiring those around her with the hope that after all perhaps she would survive. But it was not to be. The Saviour called her Sunday night of last week, and the poor, tired spirit gave up the battle and joined her Creator in that heavenly home above where sickness, suffering and parting are unknown. Poor Lillie! Only those closely associaed with her can realize the suffering she endured during the long months of her illness, and how she bore up so cheerfully is something that puzzles them all. Few people in this life could do so, yet she never murmured and was cheerful to the very last. In life she was a solace and comfort to those about her; in death all realize that she has gone to a better home than any of us possess on this earth. Lillie was still young--had she lived but two days longer she would have been 30 years old. She leaves to mourn her death a grief-stricken husband and little son, a father and several brothers and sisters, all of whom were here for the funeral except two. She was laid to rest in the Miller Creek Cemetery Monday at 4:30 p.m., Rev. Fleishman[sic] Lutheran minister of Columbus, performing the burial service. God be merciful to the bereaved ones left behind, is our sincere prayer.

Weimar Mercury, April 26, 1929, page 8

Gray, Martha Lorene (Krizak)

Martha Gray Funeral Services Held May 31

Martha Lorene (Krizak) Gray, 75, died on Sunday, May 29 in Sugarland. Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 31.

Interment followed in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

She was born in Oakland on Nov. 30, 1929 to William Krizak and Millie (Krejci) Krizak.

Martha was the oldest of 12 children. Her sisters were Lydia Littlefield, Dale Mason, Charlene Monroe, Annette Fawls, Helen Melvin, Millie Baxter, Willie Barnett, Dorothy Bradshaw, Irene Winans and Mary McGrew. Her brother was Joe Krizak.

She was married to Otto R. Gray for 49 years. They had two children, Sherrie (Gray) Lindemann and Darrel Eugene Gray. They had two grandchildren, Mark Allen Lindemann and Megan Elizabeth Gray.

She also was a charter member of the N.A.R.F.E. Chapter 2030 of the Richmond-Rosenberg area. She loved her family and they adored her.

Weimar Mercury, June 2, 2005

Gray, Mary May

Mary May Gray

Graveside funeral services for Mary May Gray, 95, were held at the Waelder City Cemetery in Waelder last Thursday.  Rev. Henry Teems of the First Baptist Church of Columbus and Rev. Bob Williams of the First Baptist Church of Waelder officiated.  Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of Columbus-Day Funeral Home.

Gray died Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the Columbus Community Hospital.  She had been a resident of Columbus for the last 20 years.  She was born in Waelder, moved to San Antonio, later moved back to Waelder and then to Columbus.  She was a member of the Baptist church.

She is survived by a brother, Mark Hopkins of San Antonio; a sister, Mrs. Sam K. Seymour Jr. of Columbus; a nephew, Ralph Gray Hopkins of San Angelo; and a great niece, Olivia Hopkins.  Also survived by Martha Seymour, a great niece and Sam K. Seymour IV, a great nephew, both of Columbus.  Her husband preceded her in death approximately 30 years ago.

Pallbearers at the funeral were C. V. Batot, James D. Seymour Jr., W. A. Kuchar, Doug Potter, Gus H. Miller Jr. and N. J. Mainer.

The Colorado County Citizen, November 26, 1981, Pg. 2

Gray, Phillip Edward

Infant Son of Robt. Grays Dies After Operation

Funeral services for Philip Edward Gray, 10-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Gray Jr., were held Monday at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church, with Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd officiating.

Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Philip died Saturday at noon, two days after undergoing an operation for hydrocephalus. He had apparently come through the operation well and was recovering, but died when a blood vessel burst.

He was in St. Joseph's Children's Hospital at Houston.

Survivors in addition to his parents are two sisters, Cecelia, 12, and Sara Lou, 2; two brothers, Bobby, 10, and Vincent, 7; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gray Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. W. Nieman, all of East St. Louis, Illinois.

Mr. Gray is a district court reporter. He and his family moved here about three years ago.

Weimar Mercury, March 4, 1955, page 1

Gray, Shapleigh G.

S. G. Gray Succumbs To Illness

Shapleigh G. Gray, 80, died Saturday morning, August 27, in Youens Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Gray was born in Columbus, Kentucky, on May 11, 1903. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1927 with a master's degree in geology. His first position as a geologist was The Texas Company (Texaco), doing field work in West Texas. He left that company to work for Tidewater Oil Co. (Getty Oil Co.), and during the last 17 years of his professional life he was a consultant in geology and petroleum engineering in Houston.

He was a member and past president of the Houston Geological Society and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist, the

American Institute of Petroleum Geologists, Sigma XI and Gamma Alpha, honorary scientific fraternities.

Twenty years ago he retired and moved to his farm north of Weimar.'

He was married September 11, 1828, to Margaret Standard. She survives, along with two children, Donald Gray of Houston and Joan Gray of San Diego, California; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one brother, Frank Gray of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and two sisters, Marian Wood of Royal Oaks, Michigan, and Tallullah Brown of Phoenix, Arizona. One brother, Allan Gray, preceded him in death. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, September 1, 1983


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Greathouse, Jack Clifton

Jack Greathouse, Father of Mrs. Criswell, Dies

Our sympathy to the family of Jack Greathouse, who passed away in the Milam Care Center Nursing Home in Houston, Jan. 12th, at the age of 64. Mr. Greathouse had been critically ill in Ben Taub Hospital but had regained his health enough to be released to the care of the nursing home. Less than a week before he passed away at 8:30 in the morning Mr. Greathouse had made his home in Houston.

Services were held from the Mill-Bauer Funeral home to the Graveside Services and interment at 1:00 P.M. in the Cheetham Cemetery, Jan. 13th. Mr. Greathouse was preceded in death by his wife Lorene; and is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Criswell of Sheridan; and a son, S. Gene Greathouse of Houston; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild,.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 18, 1973
Sheridan News By Mrs. G. H. Holub

Grebenc, Gregor

The death of Mr. Gregor Grebenc occurred in this city at 3 o’clock Wednesday morning at the age of 56 years. He died of consumption, complicated with a severe attack of rheumatism. He had been in bad health a long time and was confined to his room the last year of his life. He had been merchandising here about three years, having farmed in this community prior to that time, and was regarded as being a good man. He leaves a wife and three young children, and four grown up stepchildren His remains were buried in the Odd Fellow’ cemetery Wednesday evening in the presence of a large number of friends. The bereaved ones have our warmest sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, May 9, 1896, page 3.

Grebenc, Lucile

Ex-Resident’s Ashes Interred in Local Cemetery

The cremated remains of Miss Lucile Grebenc, 77, a native of the Hackberry section and a Weimar resident in the early 1900s, were interred in the family plot in Odd Fellows Cemetery April 14.
Miss Grebenc, a resident of Smithville Flats, New York, died of congestive heart failure April 1 in Binghamton General Hospital, where she had been a patient since March 24.

Daughter of Gregor and Sophia Grebenc, she was educated in music and received a certificate to teach in Vienna, Austria, before the age of 17. She received her formal education in universities in the western United States.

She was the author of two books, worked on the staff of the New International Dictionary and had begun a book recounting her mother’s memories of life in Texas during the late 1800s. The Weimar area would be the locale of a part of this writing.

Since early December, Miss Grebenc had been making plans to return to Texas in April or May to reside at Columbus Convalescent Home.

She had no immediate survivors.

Weimar Mercury, April 20, 1965

Grebenc, Sophia

Mrs. Sophia Grebenc, a former resident of this city, but who for a number of years has been living at Galveston and Houston died in the first named city Wednesday and the remains were brought here for burial in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery today (Thursday). Mrs. Grebenc possessed numerous friends at this place, and her death is sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, September 8, 1911, page 5

Greeley, Alice L. (Crocker)


Alice L. Greeley, 87, of Columbus passed away March 31 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Green, Iowa March 6, 1916 to Leroy and Lydia Crocker and married Merwin Greeley Jan. 20, 1937.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters; and a brother.

She is survived by daughters, Janet Ann and husband Don Mayor of Des Moines, Iowa and Cleva Joe Page-Piland of Kansas City, Mo.; sons, Alfred Dean and wife Lillian Greeley of Glidden and Donald Lee and wife Shirley Greeley of Brownwood; sister, Dorothy of California; brothers, Robert Crocker of California, and Leroy Crocker Jr. of Oklahoma; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 4 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Lynn Wilson officiating.

Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Alfred D. Greeley II, Allen D. Greeley, Dave Cameron Jr., Robin Fleming, Danny Wooten and Fred Hainsworth.

Colorado County Citizen, April 9, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen


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Greenwood, Eva (Whitfield)


Mrs. Eva Whitfield Greenwood, daughter of some of the earlies settlers of this community, who died at her home here Sunday, was buried in the old City cemetery Monday, with Rev. John G. Larson officiating. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge.

Born Mar 9 1871, she was a daughter of Dr. E. P. and Mrs. Sarah Palmer Whitfield. She was the last of 10 children of this union.

Married on Jan. 10, 1893, to C. T. Greenwood, she had one daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, who died at the age of two.

She is survivied by five nieces, Mrs. H. B. Tanner Sr. and Mrs. Ruth Gillespie, Columbus; Mrs.Gladys Arrington Kiker, Houston; Miss Eva Whitfield, San Antonio, and Mrs. Alice Smith of New Mexico, and two nephews, Whit Arrington, Bay City and Lang Youens, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Harry Tanner Jr., Sam Harbert Jr., E. G. Miller, Dr. W. W. Gunn, Bennett Hastings and Ernest Gay.

Colorado County Citizen, January 8, 1948

Gregory, Aubrey Alvin

Mr. A. A. Gregory

The death of Mr. Aubrey Alvin Gregory occurred at his home in the city Tuesday morning at about one thirty, followin an illness of several weeks.

Funeral services were held at the home at three thirty Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt of the First Baptist Church officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in odd Fellows Rest with Pythian rites.

Active pallbearers were E. G. Miller, Sam K. Seyour Jr., J. E. Hester, J. H. Wooten,Dr. W. W. Gunn, and O. G. Hoegemeyer. Honorary pallbearers were S. K. Seymour, Sr., George Gegenworth, G. H. Miller, C. R. Grobe, Dr. E. C. Gordon, Dr. W. G. Youens, J. A. Skinner, H. J. Laas, H. Braden, W. Kindred, H. L. B. Skinner, J. J. Everett, W. J. Wirtz, H. B. Tanner, John Hastedt and E. H. Meinert.

Mr. Gregory was born in Fayetteville, Fayette County, Texas, on September 15th, 1865. He has for many years been a prominent attorney in this city as was for some ten years County Attorney, having succeeded Judge Lester Holt to that office and being succeeded by the present County Attorney, Mr. E. R. Spencer. He married Miss Mae McMickin in 1909.

Mr. Gregory was well-known throughout a large section and was highly respected and loved by all.

He is survived by the wife and two aunts, Mrs. M. A. Zumwalt and Mrs J. N. Mahon, and by several cousins.

Colorado County Citizen, November 20, 1930

Former County Attorney Buried at Columbus

Mr. Aubrey A. Gregory of Columbus, county attorney of Colorado county for several terms and one of the most prominent practicing attorneys of this county, died at his home in Columbus the first of the week, after a. long illness. Quite a number of citizens of this place and vicinity attended the funeral.

Mr. Gregory recently went through a severe attack of illness, but was able to withstand same, apparently recovered, although weak and showing signs of the terrific battle he had undergone, and only a few weeks since paid Weimar a visit. Evidently he was so weakened that a slight set-back put him in bed again, and this time it was final.

Aubrey Gregory was a self-made man, a man who always retained the respect and esteem of his fellow-man. Early in life he took up the profession of law, in which he was very successful. He served as county attorney and justice of the peace at Columbus for a number of terms acquitting himself with credit.

He was a man of genial personality, whom to know was to love, a man you felt you could always trust. The writer knew Aubrey Gregory from early boyhood. and no taint of disgrace. ever attached itself to his character. He was a noble, true, good man thru-out his life. He is survived by his wile, formerly Miss May McMicken, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, November 21,1930, page 1

Gregory, Bobby Lee


The Rev. "Bob" Bobby Lee Gregory, 74, of Columbus, passed away May 5 in Columbus.

He was born Sept. 19, 1933 in Streetman. Rev. "Bob" was the present Pastor of Greenvine Baptist Church in Greenvine. He was a Life member of Baylor Alumni Association Heritage Club and Veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Everette Gregory and Julia Keel Garrett Gregory; and brothers, Willard Elon Gregory, James Wallace Gregory, Carlton Everette Gregory and Joe Troyce Gregory.

He is survived by wife Chaney Speegle Gregory of Columbus; daughter Janice "Jan" Gregory of Columbus; son Jonathan "Jon" Martin Gregory and& wife Debbie of Columbus; sisters-in-law LaJuanda Speegle of Edmond, Okla., Jacquita Duncan of Edmond, Okla., Sue Gregory of Streetman, Bonnie Gregory of Corsicana and Dana Harmon of Farmington, N.M.; grandchildren Jordan Garrett Gregory, Seth Denman Gregory and Rebekah Lee Gregory; nine nieces and nephews; 23 great nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.

Visitation at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus will be Thursday, May 8 from 6- 8:30 p.m. Memorial services and celebration of life will be Friday May 9 at 11 a.m. at The First Baptist Church in Columbus. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, May 7, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Gregory, Dr. David G.

DIED.—At Alleyton, December, 31st 1889, Dr. D. G. Gregory, in the 81st year of his age.

The deceased lived for many years in this city, and was highly esteemed by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He was a kind benevolent gentleman, possessing charity for all and malice for none. He leaves a widow, several grown children and quite a number of grandchildren to mourn his death.

THE JOURNAL reproduces the following from the McGregor Observer which comes from the pen of one who knew him more intimatety [sic.] than the writer:


The subject of this sketch died in Alleyton, Colorado county, Texas, the 31st days of December 1889. Dr. Gregory came from Tennessee to Texas in an early day. He raised a large family of children and lived to see them all grown. In June 1871, he was married to his second wife, Mrs. S. A. O'Bryan, the mother of the editor of this paper. He lived to a ripe old age and very appropriately departed this life along with the closing hours of the past year. Besides being a physician he was an ordained minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and was all through his life a most exemplary christian gentleman.

He was a prominent mason, standing high in the order, and also a man of great force of character and possessed of many noble traits of character. He has stood in the stead of our own father for eighteen years and with that mother who now for a second time grieves over the loss of a beloved companion we truly grieve. May the comforting angel sustain her in the loss.

How it would have pleased us to have been with the family in their great time of grief to have wept with those who weep. The many kindnesses done us while struggling up life's pathway by the now departed step-father cause feelings of cheer to arise and drive away grief to some extent. Peace to the remains of one who has gone to meet his dear ones who have preceded him.

The La Grange Journal, January 1890

Alleyton, Tex., Jan. 2--Dr. D. G. Gregory died yesterday, January 1, at 5:30 a. m., and was buried today at the Alleyton Cemetery at 2 p.m. He was 81 years of age, an old settler, and well known throughout west Texas. [unmarked grave]

Galveston Daily News, January 3, 1890, page 3

Oakland Remarks

I am sorry to hear of the death of my old friend Dr. Gregory of Alleyton. I extend sympathy to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, January 11, 1890

Gregory, Lee

Entered into rest, October 11, 1888, after a short and painful illness, Lee, only son of Dr. and Mrs. S. A. Gregory, aged 27. For him "life’s fitful fever” was soon o’er, and “he sleeps well,” while aching hearts bewail his missing voice.

”Peace; come away the song of woe
Be after all an earthly song;
Peace; come away; we do him wrong,
To weep so wildly; let us go.”

Colorado Citizen, October 18, 1888, page 3

Gregory, Mary (Hewit)


It would be impossible to condense in a few lines the many virtues which adorned the character of Mrs. Mary Gregory, who departed this life in the full enjoyment of her Christian faith, in the city of Georgetown, on the 27th day of Feb., 1884. She was born in Adair county, Ky., July 15th 1818, moved to Marion county, Mo., with her parents (Francis and Sallie Hewit) at the age of ten; joined the M. E. Church at seventeen; was married to Umbleton Gregory in the year 1844, and moved with her husband to Fayette county, Texas, in the year 1845. My acquaintance with the family began in 1846 and has been a source of enjoyment and many blessing to me and mine. A short time before she died she requested that I should write her obituary, saying: -”Brother Charlie Thomas, has known me a long time, and knows how I have lived, having been my pastor for several years during that time:” Her superior in all that constitutes a perfect Christian character, we expect not to see; her equal in all womanly grace and Christian charity would be a benediction to any home. She passed through scenes of sore afflictions, but always trusted in God with an unwavering faith. At one time after her husband had been called from earth to heaven it was my sad duty to bury three of her sons in three successive days, yet she could rest in the promise of Christ “my grace is sufficient for you.” But although her faith never falterered[sic], yet her many trials began to tell on her physical constitution, and her health had been declining for some time, and on the 21st, day of Dec., 1883, she was compelled to take her bed, which proved to be the bed of death. Her daughter writes to me, “Our dear mother has gone to a better world, she was fully prepared to go; she suffered the most agonizing pains to the hour of her death, but through all her sufferings she never forgot Jesus. It was always Jesus blessed Savior, and she never got the least impatient with any one, and was thankful for the least favor; she talked to her children and advised them how to live and trust in the Lord; she was such a kind loving mother, she was perfectly conscious to the last. A short time before her death I saw her lips moving, and I stooped over and asked her if she wanted any thing, and she said ‘I want to pray,’ then after awhile she said ‘now Jesus come help me across the river,’ and then she pointed upward and her calm and peaceful and beautiful look, in death, proved to me that she was with the king in his beauty. She left nine children and quite a number of grandchildren, who were very much attached to her, she loved and cared for the little ones, was ever kind and loving in her family, had a kind and loving word for every one. She was such a dear good little mother. It was hard to have to give her up and how we miss her, sweet mother.” I have copied part of her daughter’s letter to me, feeling that it is better than anything that I could have written, We mourn her departure, but we are comforted with the assurance that she is forever with the Lord. Memory reverts with pleasure to the many campmeetings, where-Brother and Sister Gregory pitched their tent and spread their table and labored for the Salvation of souls and the glory of God. Their influence and efforts formed a large factor in one of the best revivals that ever occurred at Fayetteville. I can not refrain from saying to their children and to all who may read this brief notice, “ Follow them as they followed Christ.” [Place of interment unknown]

C. W. Thomas
March 25, 1884

Colorado Citizen, April 3, 1884

Greve, Ottilia Anna (Gully)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Greve

The Funeral of Ottilia Anna Greve of Houston, formerly of Frelsburg, was held June 19, 1982, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Father Edward Geiser officiated at the Services.

Burial was at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemtery[sic] in Frelsburg.

Mrs. Greve was the daughter of Eugene and Sophia Geistmann Gully, born February 19, 1892 in Frelsburg. She was married to Willie J. Greve of Frelsburg on November 17, 1914 and resided near Frelsburg until her husband's death July 14, 1973, after which she moved to Houston to live with her daughter. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church under the ministry of St. Anne's Church of Houston.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by one son, Preston Greve, one granddaughter, two great-grandsons and one grandson-in-law.

Survivors include two daughters, Vera Greve of Houston and Clarice Henkhaus of Dallas; one son, Clarence J. Greve of Lyford; one granddaughter, Janice Davis of Houston; one daughter-in-law, Alice Greve of Lyford; and one sister, Bertha Bludau of San Antonio.

Pallbearers were Albert Hoelscher, Leonard Wostarek, Lawrence Wostarek, Victor Dvorak Jr., Clifton Schneider and Glen Pflughaupt.

New Ulm Enterprise, July 8, 1982, page 1

Grewe, Amalie “Mollie” (Hollien)

Mollie Grewe

Funeral services for Mrs. H. D. (Mollie)Grewe of Eagle Lake, a former resident of Columbus, were held at Mill-Bauer Funeral Chapel Wednesday, with The Rev. Charles Meyer officiating. Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Grewe died in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital Monday.

Born Dec. 31, 1893 in Holman, Texas, she was a daughter of Julien and Amalie Krueger Hollien. She and H. D. Grewe, a farmer, were married in Alleyton in 1913. They lived in Columbus until 6 years ago when they moved to Eagle Lake to be near their daughter, Mrs. Viola Schilling. Mrs. Grewe was a member of the Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband; 2 daughters, Mrs. Schilling and Miss Clara Bell Grewe, both of Eagle Lake; one son; William Fred Grewe of Brazoria; 2 sisters; 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren:

Pallbearers were grandsons and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, January 29, 1976, page 4

Grey, Marjorie (McLeary)

Marjorie Mcleary Gray

Mrs. Paul Grey

Death came to Mrs. Paul Grey at the Dr. S. B. McLeary home Friday at about two in the afternoon, following an illness of more than a year.

Funeral service was held at the residence Saturday at two o 'clock and burial took place at the Masonic cemetery in Weimar, Rev. Don E Dulany officiating.

Pallbearers were Lellius Hastedt, Clarence Potter, Sam K. Seymour Jr., Louis Waldvogel, Max Waldvogel and Thurman West.

Miss Margie McLeary was born in Weimar March 18, 1908. The family moved to Columbus in 1918 and Miss Marjorie was married to Paul Grey on May 6, 1929 since which time they have resided in this city.

Miss Margie was one of sweetest of girls, popular with young and old and always smilingly pleasant with everybody. For over a year she worked as society reporter for this paper.

Survivors are the sorrowing husband, three little children, Sally, David and Elizabeth, the parents, Dr. and Mrs. S. B. McLeary, a brother, Kindred McLeary of Pittsburgh, Pa., and a sister, Miss Elizabeth McLeary of this city

Colorado County Citizen, January 9, 1936
Picture courtesy Sally Weeks

Grey, Paul Emmet


Funeral Services For Local Man Are Held Here Wednesday

Paul Emmet Grey, 41, resident of Columbus for twenty years and employee of The Citizen for nearly that long, died Tuesday night at 6:30 o'clock at Mountain View Sanitarium at Kerrville.

Mr. Grey had been in ill health for a number of years. He had previously gone to West Texas for his health and returned to Columbus to do successful work as Linotype operator and printer on The Citizen. In August 1940 he returned to Bandera, and he was in sanitariums (sic) there and at Kerrville until his death.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at three o'clock at Columbus Funeral Home. Rev. Frank D. Charlton, pastor of Columbus Methodist Church, of which Mr. Grey was a member, officiating. Interment followed in Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Pallbearers were W. H. Miekow, E. G. Miller, Clarence Potter, Sam Harbert Jr., T. W. Glithero and R. R. Hadden.

Mr. Grey was born March 2nd, 1900, [correct birth year is 1898] in Galesburg, Illinois. His parents died during his early childhood. He came to Texas at the age of twelve, making his home with his uncle, Henry Hurr, and Mrs. Hurr.

When he was seventeen, he returned to the North, where he lived until 1922. He came back to Texas and subsequently worked on The Columbus Citizen under W. L,. Pendergraft, Maverick-Clarke Printing Company at San Antonio and The Freeport Facts at Freeport.

In 1926 he began work with Mr. Hurr on The Colorado County Citizen, where he worked until last August.

Mr. Grey was admired for his ready wit and happy personality and he had a great number of friends in Columbus and this section. His fine character was respected by those who knew him.

He is survived by three children, Sallie, David and Elizabeth Grey, all of Columbus, who live with their grandmother, Mrs. Mayme McLeary. His aunt Mrs. Henry Hurr of Columbus, also survives.

He married Miss Marjorie McLeary May 6th, 1929. Mrs. Grey died January 3rd, 1936.

Colorado County Citizen, May 1, 1941
Picture courtesy Sally Weeks

Griffin, Fannie (DeGraffenreid)


Funeral services for Mrs. Fannie Griffin, 88, former Weimar resident, were held last week in San Antonio.

Mrs. Griffin, a sister of the late Mrs. J. B. Holman and aunt of Tye Holman of here, died Monday of last week after a heart attack, in her room at a San Antonio hotel.

Surviving are a son, Clarence, of California, and a daughter, Mrs. Jesse Turner, San Marcos.

Weimar Mercury, July 25, 1952, page 1

Griffin, Katherine A.

Miss Kate Griffin Services Saturday

Graveside services for Miss Kate Griffin of Eagle Lake were held in Columbus at 11 a.m. Saturday at Odd Fellows Rest cemetery with Rev. Leslie McDaniel, minister of Colly Memorial Methodist church of Eagle Lake, officiating.

Miss Griffin, over 70 yeas of age, died late last week Thursday in Laughlin hospital at Eagle Lake after an illness of about 3 months.

Only survivors are an aunt, Mrs. Ed Rudicil of Columbus and 2 cousins.

Colorado County Citizen September 24, 1959, page 10

Griffin, Vanetta Layfayette,

Vanetta Layfayette, infant daughter of Mr.and Mrs. M. L. Griffin, died Sunday night, after a long illness, and was laid to rest Monday afternoon in the Masonic cemetery. Our condolence is extended to the bereaved parents in their sad loss.

Weimar Mercury, October 13, 1894, page 3

Griffin, William Harbert


Mr. W. H. Griffin. an old veteran of Eagle Lake, passed away last Wednesday morning at his home. Mr. Griffin had been an invalid for some time and last week developed a case of flu, which resulted in his death.

Mr. Griffin was an old Confederate soldier and was born Nov. 18, l847 in the state of Georgia, moving to Texas in the year 1869. He had been engaged in farming until ill health overtook him.

Funeral services were held Thursday in that city with Rev. J. C. Wilson, Methodist pastor and formerly of this city, officiating. [Interment in Fitzgerald Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, February 8, 1929, page 1

Griffith, Cunningham L.

C. L. Griffith, Rancher, Dies At Age Of 78

Cunningham L. Griffith, long-time rancher in Colorado County and resident of Alleyton, died Tuesday morning after a long illness. He was 78.

Mr. Griffith was born in Quannah, Texas on March 16, 1896, son of Neva Cunningham and Deats F. Griffith. He attended the University of Texas for 2 years, leaving to enlist in the U.S. Navy during World War I. He later attended the University of Wisconsin.

He spent 10 years in Mexico, Central and South America doing geological surveying for the Gulf and Standard oil Companies. He married Margaret Everett and spent the remainder of his life ranching in this area.

He served as Justice of the Peace of the Alleyton precinct for 35 years. He also served as chairman of the board of Texas Construction Materials Company.

He served on the Selective Service board of Colorado County during World War II and the Korean War. He was one of the founders of the Columbus Golf Association and a member of the Houston Club.

Mr. Griffith is survived by his widow, 5 sisters and 2 brothers, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 17, at 3 p.m. at the Columbus Funeral Home. Interment was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

The Colorado County Citizen, April 18, 1974
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Griffith, John G.

Mr. John G. Griffith, an old and respected citizen of this county, died last Monday morning at his home south of Weimar. He was one of this county’s earliest settlers The remains were laid to rest Monday afternoon at County Line.

Weimar Mercury, June 6, 1896, page 2 

Griffith, Marcelle Gwendolyn (Seidemann)


Marcelle Gwendolyn Griffith, 85, of Columbus, passed away May 23, at her home.

She was born in Boene, June 17, 1920 to Louis Seidemann and Hedwig Carstanjen Seidemann. The Carstanjen family was one of the founding families of the Texas Hill Country. For many years she was a multi-million dollar producer and fixture in Texas real estate, working for most of the major companies in Houston and later Colorado and Austin counties.

She was active in the community, giving of herself to anyone in need. She had a deep love for and connection with animals and was not only involved in many animal rescues but would also feed anything that came through the doggie door.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Lois; and husband, Sidney Griffith.

She is survived by her sister, Doris Kenney, of Columbus; daughter, Lois Finch and husband Albert, of Sealy; grandchildren, Judith Ann Pizzitola and Michael Francis Pizzitola; great grandchildren, Michelle Lynne Kalinec and Theresa Ann Fore; great-great grandchildren, Joseph Lynne Kalinec and Megan Michelle Kalinec; and many friends who will miss her deeply.

Funeral services were May 26, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, May 31, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Griffith, Margaret (Everett)

Prominent Business Woman Dies

Margaret Everett Griffith died at her home in Columbus on July 5.  She was 83 years old and had been ill for several years as the result of a stroke.  Burial services were at graveside in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Margaret Everett was born in Alleyton on March 20, 1905, the third daughter of James John Everett and his wife, Annabel Neal.  She was married in 1931 to Cunningham L. Griffith of Quanah, Texas, a geologist with the Gulf Oil Company.

After the death of Mrs. Griffith’s father, the couple moved to Alleyton in 1932 to manage The Everett Ranch, and she continued to do so after Mr. Griffith’s death in 1974 until her illness in 1985.

Margaret Everett Griffith was a descendant of pioneer members of Stephen F. Austin’s first colonists, the Alley brothers.  On her paternal side she was the granddaughter of Captain Henry Clay Everett who served in the Virginia Calvary during the war.  Captain Everett moved to Texas after the end of War and was employed by the Southern Pacific Railway as freight agent in Alleyton.  He acquired land in the area which is still owned by the Everett family as part of the Everett Ranch.

“Miss Margaret” Griffith was recognized in South Texas for her business ability, serving on the board of directors of Texas Construction Material Co. and as office manager of its local office. 

After TCM Company was sold to Lone Star Cement, Mrs. Griffith devoted her time to local organizations serving as a board member of the Colorado County Federal Savings and Loan Assn., the Columbus Hospital Foundation and in various other capacities in the community.

Her special interest was the local historical preservation organization, Magnolia Homes Tour, Inc., to which she devoted countless hours of service as president and treasurer during the period when Magnolia Homes Tour, Inc. acquired the Senftenberg – Brandon House Museum and The Stafford Opera House.

From 1932 until 1985 she actively managed the Everett Ranch breeding a commercial herd of Braham-Hereford cross cattle which gained the reputation of being some of the best type in this area of Texas.

She belonged to the Texas and Southwestern Cattlemen’s Assn. And the National Cattlemen’s Assn., traveling to various foreign countries to inspect ranches and cattle herds.

Twice during the past 20 years Margaret Griffith was selected by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce as Outstanding Citizen of the year.

Margaret Griffith was a devoted family member. Having no children of her own she spend much time with her nieces, nephew and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, mother and two sisters.  She is survived by her niece, Laura Ann Dick Rau of Columbus, nephew, Jack Brasher of Weimar, Two Aunts, Mrs. Ruth Neal Clements of Victoria and Mrs. Nina Neal Shannon of Wharton, one uncle, Gail Neal of Wharton, two great-nieces and two great-nephews.

The family requests that memorials to Margaret Everett Griffith be made to Magnolia Homes Tour, Inc.

The Colorado County, Citizen  July 14, 1988
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Griffith, Sidney P.


Funeral service for Sidney P. Griffith was held Wednesday, May 15 at 10 a.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. H. V. Brannon officiating. Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Arrangement were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Sidney Griffith was born March 24, 1917 in Richmond to Elmer R. Griffith and Grace Davis. He married Marcelle Seidemann Griffith on September 20, 1966. He worked for Sam White Olds in Houston, where he was a Retired Service Advisor.

Griffith was in WW II where he received a Bronze Star.

Survivors include his wife, Marcy Griffith of Columbus, stepdaughter and step-son-in-law; Lois and Al Finch of Houston; one sister, Georgia M. Griffith of Freeport; one brother, Ike L. Griffith of Freeport; two step-grandchildren, Judy Fore and Michael Pizzitola, and two step great - grandchildren, Theresa and Michaelle Fore.

Pallbearers were: Brendon Ford, J. L. Rose, Steve Urban, Joe Beyer, Jim Fore, and Mike Pizzitola.

Colorado County Citizen, May 23, 1985

Griffith, Thomas


An unfortunate affair occurred here last Thursday night the 15th inst., in which our Marshal, Geo. H. Allen, was compelled in discharging his official duties, to kill Mr. Thomas Griffith, of Schulenburg. We refrain from commenting upon the sad affair. Surfice it to say, the evidence adduced at the Coroner’s inquest justified the officer. [Place of interment unknown] [See Colorado Citizen, June 22, 1882, page 3 for additional information]

Colorado Citizen, June 22, 1882, page 3

Griffitts, Callie Caledonia (Sheffield)

Eagle Lake: Mrs. W. M Griffith[sic], wife of Judge W. M. Griffith of Garwood died at the Fitzgerald Sanitarium last Sunday morning at 5:40 o’clock of uraemic poisoning after a long illness. Her remains were taken to her home at Garwood Sunday afternoon and intered[sic] in the cemetery at that place [Garwood Cemetery]. She is survived by a husband and four daughters, Mrs. Guy Lampkin of Tavener, Texas, Misses Laura, Pearl and Trilla Griffith of Garwood, to whom the Headlight extends its sympathy in their deep sorrow.

Weimar Mercury, June 6, 1913

Griffitts, Ella Idella

Ella Idella Griffitts

The many friends of the family, especially those of the little one, who knew her, were pained to learn of the death of little Ella Idella, the two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Griffitts, who passed to the great beyond Sunday afternoon at 1.15 o’clock. She was stricken with convulsions early Sunday morning,and all that medical aid and loving hands could do was given her, but to no avail. [Interment in Garwood Cemetery]

Ella Idella Griffitts was born July 7, 1910, died May 5, 1912.---Garwood Express.

Weimar Mercury, May 17, 1912, page 1

Griffitts, Mary (Meismer) Richter

Mrs. Mary Griffitts

Mrs. Mary Griffitts, wife of Justice of the Peace W. M. Griffitts of Garwood, died at the family home Saturday. Funeral was held Monday at Nada and burial took place at the Nada [St. Mary] cemetery.

Mrs. Griffitts was a daughter of the late Jos. Meismer, and is survived by her husband and three children, Clements, Tony and Arlene. She is also survived by one brother, Jesse Meismer and six sisters, Mrs. Louis Richter of Nada, Mrs. Katie Goodrich of Schulenburg, Mrs. Emil Stoff of El Campo, Mrs. Eugene Syring of Fashings and Mrs Willie Leopold and Mrs. Fred Kubesch of Nada.

She was a niece of Mr. and Mrs. F. X. Wendel of this city.

The sorrowing ones have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

Colorado County Citizen, January 31, 1935

Griffitts, Percy M.

DIED, near Altair, Colorado county, at 10 o’clock a.m., March 24, Percy M., son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Griffitts, aged 5 years, dying on his birthday. His sickness was but a few days; his sufferings great. He was a promising youth, possessing a disposition that won the admiration of all who knew him. It was hard to give him up, but it was His will who doeth all things well. He has crossed the stormy river of life--
Is now waiting on the other shore
Where sickness and death is felt no more.
Weep not dear one, he has only gone on ahead--only bid you good evening on this world below and when you have joined him in the meadow lands of eternal bliss on that bright and sunny morn where all is peace and love he will bid you good morning.
Oh when the parents meet on high
The child they lost in infancy
Hath they not then the pain and fear,
The day of woe the watchful night,
For all their sorrows, all their tears,
An overpayment of delight?
We extend to the bereaved parents our heart felt sympathy. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, April 7, 1892

Griffitts, Price

We regret to hear of the death of little Price Griffitts, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Griffitts, which sad even occurred at their residence last Saturday, of pneumonia, aged 11 years and 20 days. He wa a bright boy, and the solace of fond parents to whom we tender our sympathy in their bereavement. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, Mar 24, 1887

Griffitts, Ruby Mae


Little Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wayman Griffitts Bured[sic] To Death At Garwood Monday Afternoon

At about five o’clock last Monday afternoon the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wayman Griffitts of Garwood, son of Mr. Warren Griffitts, was destroyed by fire and burned to death their little eighteen months old baby as she lay asleep in the house. Mr. Griffitts, so we are informed, had been using a gasoline smoothing iron and the fire is believed to have originated from this iron. Having finished the ironing, and it is said that the gasoline feed in the iron had not been working good, Mrs. Griffitts went over to the home of a sick neighbor, and was away from home about ten or fifteen minutes, leaving the child asleep in the bed, While at the home of the neighbor, the Griffitts house was discovered on fire. The house was a small one and burned rapidly. After the walls had fallen in the remains of the little child could be seen in the flames. Water was thrown on the blaze and by the use of a hoe, the body was dragged from the blaze before it had burned completely to a crisp, both arms however, having been burned off. Mr. and Mrs. Griffitts have the sympathy of all who know them in their great sorrow. The little child was the youngest of their two daughters, their older daughter being about four years of age.

The funeral was held at Garwood Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, with interment in the Garwood cemetery, Rev. G. T Hester, the Methodist pastor, conducting the services. Mr. Griffitts, father of the little child, has just recently enlisted in the Colorado county company of Texas cavalry, now being organized by Capt. Ben B. Hunt.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 1, 1818

Griffitts, W. S.

County Native Buried At Liberty Sunday

W. S. Griffitts, 80, native of Colorado county who died suddenly Thursday night at his Dayton home, was buried at Liberty Sunday.

Mr. Griffitts had been nominated justice-of-the-peace in the primary electon[sic] on July 27. He had lived in Dayton for the past 25 years.

Born on the Sandmeyer ranch near Columbus, he was a son of John and Laura Smith Griffitts.

By his first wife, the former Emma Scott of Cheetham, he had two children who survive. They are Mrs. Ada Pinchback of Houston and Wayne Griffitts of Beaumont.

His first wife died in the 1890's and he was later married to Miss Fannie Brownson of the Goldenrod community on Sandies creek. Of this union eight children survive. They are five sons, Duke of Kirbyville and Charles R., John L., Howard E. and William, all of Dayton, and three daughters, Mrs. H. S. Trousdale and Mrs. Selma Hefley of Houston and Mrs. P. Griffn of Liberty.

A cattleman, he was once constable at Garwood and was also commissioner of Precinct 1, Colorado county, at one time. He was president of the Garwood State Bank until he resigned from that post many years ago.

Going to Liberty for the funeral were two of Mr. Griffitts' nieces, Mrs. J. W. Littleton and Miss Alma Dayle Pinchback, also Mrs. Daisy Pinchback of Garwood and J. R. Pinchback of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, August 22, 1946
Transcribed by Tammy Blandino

Griffitts, Warwick Meredith

Son of Pioneers Dies at Garwood

Funeral services for W. M. Griffitts, 83, were held at Garwood Wednesday at the Methodist church with the Rev. Thompson officiating. Untermeyer Bros. of Columbus were in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Garwood cemetery.

Mr. Griffitts was born on the site of the present Sandmeyer ranch on April 22, 1861, after his parents John and Laura Griffitts came to Texas from West Virginia in a covered wagon, settling their homestead south of Columbus. For years he lived at Oakland where in 1884 he married Clara Caledonia Sheffield to which union eight children were born. Clara Griffitts died in May, 1913.

In November, 1919, Mr Griffitts was married a second time, to Mrs. Mary Richter who died in 1935. Mr. Griffitts had lived at Garwood for 52 years during which time with the exception of four years he served as justices of the peace from 1898 until his resignation two years ago. He was also road overseer in that community for several years.

He was a member of Woodmen of the World lodge.

Surviving are three children Mrs. Trula Colburn, Omaha, Nebr.; Mrs. Pearl Jackson, Houston, and Mrs. Laura Littleton, Garwood; three step-children Clement Richter, Eagle Lake, Tony Richter, Houston and Miss Arline Richter, Lake Jackson, 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jesse Meismer, Fred Kubesch, Joe Wesselski, Hugo Muesse, R.B.Shaw and Frank Martin.

Colorado County Citizen, January 18, 1945

Griffitts, Wayman O.


Wayman O. Griffitts passed away Saturday September 15, at the age of 91 years. Survivors: Daughter: Mrs. Evelyn North of San Antonio, Sister: Mrs. Leva Bradley of Houston, Granddaughter, Mrs. George R. Stanush of Stafford, great grandchildren: Wayne Stanush, Terry Lynn Stanush, and George Davis North, Jr.

Grave side services will be conducted Tuesday, September 18, at 1:00 pm in Roselawn Resurrection Cemetery with interment to follow. Arrangements with Brookehill, 711 S.E. Flores 923-7523.

San Antonio Light Newspaper Sept.,17, 1984
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan

Grigar, Louis Edward

Louis Grigar

Louis Edward Grigar, age 86, passed away on June 28th in Eagle Lake, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Shiner, Texas, on October 26, 1926, to Louis Jacob Grigar and Rosie Cerny Grigar. When he was 2 years old he and his mother returned to her home community of Krasna, a Czech settlement outside of Wallis. He grew up there and attended the Central School. He served in the US Navy at the end of World War II.

On June 2, 1951, he and Willie Mae Supak were married at the Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Wallis. They began their married life in East Bernard where Louis worked for the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company (Tenneco).

In 1960, he moved to Eagle Lake with his wife and children, Michael and Sheila, to begin an additional career as an agent for Farmers Insurance Group. Louis continued to hold down 2 jobs while providing for his family. He retired from Tenneco as a plant operator in 1986 and sold his insurance agency in 1992.

He and his family were members of Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

Louis loved everything about food… gardening, grocery shopping, cooking, and eating. One of his greatest pleasures was to cook for Tenneco company parties and KC functions. He and his wife enjoyed dancing, especially to good Czech polkas and waltzes. They also had many good times fishing at their second home in Matagorda.

Louis was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 51 years, Willie Mae; his sister, Augustine “Gussie” Viet; and his brother, Bill Grigar. He is survived by his son, Michael Grigar and wife, Melody, of Eagle Lake; his daughter, Sheila Valigura and husband, Allan, of Eagle Lake; a grandson, Lance Grigar and wife, Carrie, of Fulshear; 4 granddaughters, Lisa Hastings and husband, Justin, of Bryan; Lori Chapman and husband, Will, of Fulshear; Rachel Valigura of Bryan; and Megan Valigura of Columbus; 5 great-grandchildren, Laila and Caine Chapman, Gunner and Halleigh Grigar, and Piper Hastings; a brother, Lee Krigar and wife, Charlotte, of Dayton; a sister, Susie Williams and husband, Paul, of Mt. Belvieu; a sister-in-law, Isabel Sulak of Rosenberg; numerous nieces and nephews, including a very special one, Robert Grigar and wife, Carolyn, of Rosenberg.

A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, July 2nd, at Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church in Eagle Lake. The Knights of Columbus led a rosary on July 1st at the church. His body was interred at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Serving as pall bearers were Lance Grigar, Will Chapman, Justin Hastings, Lee Krigar, Wayne Bowen, Johnny Meitzen, Glen Janow, Robert Grigar, and Brian Sulak. Honorary pall bearers were members of the Eagle Lake Knights of Columbus.

The family wishes to thank Father Robert for ministering to him at home in recent years. Also, they give heartfelt thanks to Janie Salinas for her friendship and care of him, and thanks to Tracy Davis and the staff of Veranda House, where he was known as Mr. G, for their love, care and support in the final 2 months of his life.

Louis was a man of few words who influenced others with the quiet example he set with his actions. His devotion to his wife and children was evidenced by the long hours he worked to provide for them. He enjoyed years of babysitting grandchildren, and in the later years of his life, his great-grandchildren brought him much joy, bringing a smile to his face up until his last day.

He is gone from this earth but lives on through the legacy he leaves in his family. Among his children and grandchildren are good cooks and gardeners, many who love to the fish the bays of Matagorda, some who like to dance, those who love to cook for a crowd, and one who has perfected barbequed ribs to Louis’s standard. Known to others as Louis, Louie, Mr. Grigar, Daddy, Pa-Pa, Big Pa-Pa or Uncle Louie, he will be remembered wherever a crowd gathers to enjoy good food, cold beer or polka music.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 4, 2013
Contributed by Melody Grigar

Grigar, Willie Mae (Supak)

Willie Mae Grigar, 75, of Eagle Lake, passed away July 27 at her residence.

She was born in Orchard, on Jan. 25, 1927 to Willie and Clara (Steadham) Supak and married Louis Edward Grigar in Wallace on June 2, 1951. She was a member of the Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake.

She is survived by her husband, Louis E. Grigar of Eagle Lake; children, Sheila Valigura and husband, Allan of Eagle Lake, Michael Grigar and wife, Melody of Eagle Lake; sister, Isabel Supak of Rosenberg; five grandchildren, Lance Grigar and wife, Carrie of Sugarland, Lori Grigar of Eagle Lake, and Lisa, Rachel and Megan Valigura all of Eagle Lake.

A vigil service was conducted on July 29, at 7 p.m. in the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, led by the Rev. Eddie Winkler. Funeral services took place July 30, from the Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary, Eagle Lake, with Winkler officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Don Wood, Wayne Bowen, Johnny Meitzen, Robert Grigar, W.C. Todd, Danny Gerken, Vernon Sulak and Brian Sulak.

For those wishing to make memorials, the family has requested they be directed to the Parish of the Nativity Building Fund, P.O. Box 307, Eagle Lake, TX 77434 or Hospice Support, Inc., 1102 N. Mechanic, El Campo, Texas 77437.

Colorado County Citizen, July 31, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Grillet, J. B.

The many friends in this city of Mr. J. B. Grillet, familiarly known as “Frenchy,” the barber, were pained to learn of his death, which occurred in Columbus last Sunday morning of congestion of the brain. He had many warm personal friends in this city and all regret his sad and untimely demise. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, November 9, 1889

Grillet, unknown

Weimar Local Matters

The youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Grillet died in this city the 18th inst., and was buried in the Odd Fellows’ Rest the morning of the 18th. These parents have the sympathy of this entire community. They have buried two dear little ones the last year.

Colorado Citizen, July 24, 1884

Grillet, Unknown

Weimar Local Matters

The infant child of J. B. Grillet died in this place the 12th inst. “Suffer little children to come unto me” is the Master’s command. The tender Shepherd will care for his lambs. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, November 18, 1886

Grillet, unknown son

Weimar Local Matters

We are sorry also to chronicle the death of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Grillet. The little fellow died Sunday evening last. How hard it is to give these dear little ones up? [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, June 21, 1883

Grimaldo, Roberto
Villegas, Fabio

Accidents claim three lives locally

By Mary Drennon, Managing Editor

Deadly accidents around Colorado County took the lives of three people in the past week, two of them county residents.

Fabio Villegas, 18, of Columbus, and Roberto Grimaldo, 32, also of Columbus, died instantly Sept. 14 when Villegas pulled out in front of an 18-wheeler on F.M. 109, approximately 3.3 miles north of Columbus. [place of interment unknown]

The 1989 Lincoln 4-door was hit on the passenger side at approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday by the 18-wheeler, driven by Glen Fink of Sealy.

Fink, who was traveling northbound, had no chance of stopping when the car entered F.M. 109 from the east side, preparing to turn south, said Sgt. Gary Chandler of the Texas Department of Public Service. Officials also have no reason to believe the truck was traveling at an excessive speed, either, he said.

Villegas and Grimaldo were pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Francis Truchard, Pct. 3.

DPS trooper Billy McCloskey attended the scene, assisted by the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department.

Colorado County Citizen,September 19, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Grimes, Elijah

Little Elijah, the six months old child of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Grimes, died in this city on the 1st inst. and was laid to rest in the city cemetery next day. Mr. Grimes is the master mechanic on the courthouse, and the family have been in our midst but a short time, yet they have endeared themselves to may of our people, who sympathize with them in their loss. The obsequies were impressively performed by Rev. Dr. Russell of the Baptist church. The CITIZEN extends its sincere condolence. Little Elijah

“ was a flower too fair for earth,
Too tender for a world like this;
His maker marked him from his birth,
And he is now forever His.”

Colorado Citizen, May 8, 1890, page 3

Grimes, Frank


Frank Grimes, a well known colored citizen of this place, died Sunday night at his home, after a brief illness, of pneumonia. The funeral took place at the colored people's burying ground [Paradise Gardens] west of town the following day. In many respects Frank was an exceptionally good negro, industrious, polite, and a devout christian. For some time prior to his decease he was employed by the city as scavenger. His funeral was largely attended.

Weimar Mercury, January 9, 1920, page 1

Grobe, Albert J.

Many hearts throughout this section were bathed in sorrow Saturday afternoon when the news was flashed in that Mr. A. J. Grobe had succumbed to the inevitable and was no more. Mr. Grobe had been in ill health for several years past, but rallied a few months ago and paid visits to his children at various points in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Returning to the home of his son, Mr. Chester Grobe in the New Bielau settlement, the first of the year, his vitality seemed to wane and he gradually began to decline and it was soon realized that the end for this truly good man and citizen was not far away. Everything that loving hands could do for him was done, but it was without avail and the poor, tired spirit passed peacefully onto its Creator. Funeral arrangements were made and the body tenderly laid to rest Monday afternoon by the side of his beloved wife, who had preceded him to the grave some years ago. Rev. J. C. Wilson, Methodist pastor conducted the funeral services assisted by Rev. A. I. Townsley of Columbus and Rev. C. E. Dearman of this city. The funeral was largely attended, there being many out of town visitors here for the sad occasion.

Mr. A. J. Grobe was born in the town of Brazoria, this state, May 9, 1852. He was the son of Henry and Johanna Grobe. Early in life he located in Galveston, engaged in the printing business, which profession he followed in various offices in that city, and on the Texas Christian Advocate. Ill health later in life forced him to give up his chosen profession, and with his mother and family he moved to the vicinity of Oakland, this county, where he engaged in farming which calling he pursued up to a few years ago, when a stroke of paralysis rendered him unable to further continue this work. Mr. Grobe was married to Miss Eliza Allen Nov. 22, 1882, and ten children were the result of this union. Of this number four died in infancy. The six living children are Mrs. D. J. Wilson of Edna, Mrs. J. H. Hightower of Odem, Mrs. P. H. Goesling of Magdalena, N. M., C. A.Grobe of near Weimar, Miss Ollie Grobe and Fulton Grobe of near Wicksburg, Ariz. One brother, C. R. Grobe, esq. of Columbus and three sisters, Mrs. Ida Bock of Oakland, Mrs. Minnie Woolsey of Bay City and Mrs. A. B. Cornilius of Lockhart also survive.

Mr. Grobe had been a consistent and devout member of the Methodist Church since the early 80's. He was a typical Southern gentleman, hospitable to a fault, true as steel to his friends, a man whose word was accepted as readily as his bond, and one in whom all had confidence. He was honest, upright, a devoted husband and father, the best of friends and neighbors, and one whom it was an honor to call friend. He possessed the friendship and esteem of everyone who knew him and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1924
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Grobe, Chester Allen

Rites Today For C.A. Grobe, 72, Heart Victim

Chester Allen Grobe Sr., 72, one of the community's most able rural leaders, died of a heart attack while working in his yard Tuesday morning.

Funeral services are scheduled for today (Thursday) at 3 p.m. at First Methodist Church, with the Rev. Howard MacAllister officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Grobe had had heart trouble for many years but had remained active.

A lifelong resident of this area, he was born in the Shimek community, the son of Albert J. and Eliza Allen Grobe, on Dec. 16, 1888. He married Miss Viola Rozine Voitle there Nov. 1, 1911. They had lived in the New Bielau community since 1915.

Mr. Grobe was a stockholder and the first president of the telephone organization there. A star route mail carrier before he began farming, he later was instrumental in getting 6-day mail service for his area and worked with others for improved roads.

He was a steward in the Methodist Church here for many years, and a former school trustee at New Bielau. Recently he had received his 50-year membership pin from the Masonic lodge, and he had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 49 years.

Surviving in addition to his widow are one son, C. Allen Grobe Jr. of Memphis, Tenn, three daughters, Mrs. L.A. (Edith) Reichle of New Ulm, Mrs. Ben (Ola Merle) Powell of Bay City and Mrs. L.D. (Ruth) Huse of Weatherford; 9 grandchildren; one brother, Robert Fulton Grobe of San Bernardino, Calif., and four sisters, Mrs. Ollie Deeter of San Bernardino, Calif., Mrs. J.. H. Hightower of Odem, Mrs. D. J. Wilson of Sweeny and Mrs. Maud McDow of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Active pallbearers were Henry Brasher, Henry Hnatek, Leslie Townsend, M. K. Merrem, Walter Scott, H. G. Little, F.R. Carroll, and Milton Booth. Honorary pallbearer were Ernest Hasse, Will Klesel, Chas. Herder Jr. and Hubert Little.

Weimar Mercury, August 18, 1961

Grobe, Christian Robert

C. R. Grobe, 82, Former County Attorney, Dies

Funeral services for Christian R. Grobe, 82, former Colorado County attorney, were held Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 19, from Columbus Funeral Home, with interment in Odd Fellows Rest. Rev. C. J. Mann officiated, assisted by two former Columbus Methoddist[sic] pastors, Revs. Estes and Guyon.

Mr. Grobe, who served as count attorney for two terms at about the turn of the century, died Saturday evening at 7 o'clock in Columbus Hospital, where he had been admitted the previous Sunday. He had been in poor health since 1943, when he retired from his law practice of 45 years in Columbus.

Born Dec. 29, 1968[sic], at Barzoria[sic[, he was the son of Henry and Johanna Grobe, who had come to this country from Germany at about the time of Texas' annexation to the U. S. When Christian Grobe was 10 years old, his father died, and the family moved to Oakland. He spent his boyhood and youth there and later taught school there.

Mr. Grobe received his law degree from the University of Texas in 1897, and in 1898 moved to Columbus to begin his practice. There he married Miss Carrie Toliver June 1 1899. He was a member of the Arabia Temple of Houston and had been a Mason for more than 50 years. He had also been chairman of the Methodist board of stewards for more than 50 years and superintendent of the Methodist Sunday School about 30 years.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Carrie Grobe of Columbus, a daughter, Mrs. R. W. Crebbs of San Mateo, Calif.; and four grandchildren. He was the last surviving of 10 children in his own family and an uncle of Chester A. Grobe and Mrs. Leo Obenhaus of here and Mrs. Tom Brady of near Schulenburg.

Weimar Mercury, September 21, 1951, page 1

Grobe, Eliza E. (Allen)



Mrs. Eliza E. Grobe, beloved wife of Mr. A. J. Grobe of the Shlmek community, after an Illness extending over eight years, during the most of which time she was practically an invalid, succumbed to the Inevitable last Friday and the spirit of this good woman passed unto its Creator. Funeral arrangements were consummated and the body laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery at this place Saturday afternoon at 3:30, Rev. J. C. Wilson, pastor of the local Methodist Church, performing the burial service in a beautiful and Impressive manner. A large number of sorrowing relatives and friends were present to witness the last sad rites.

Mrs. Eliza E. Grobe was born at Americus, Ga., Feb. 2, 1855, and came to Texas with her parents at the age of 3 years. The family settled near Oakland and Mrs. Grobe spent practically the remainder of her life in that section.

She was married Nov. 22, 1882 to Mr. A. J. Grobe. To this union. was born ten children, four dying in Infancy. The remaining six children are as follows: Mrs. D. J. Wilson of Edna, Mrs. J. H. Hightower, of Odem, Mrs. R. H. Goesling of Magdalena, N. M., C. A. Grobe of Weimar, Miss Oillie and Fulton Grobe of Shimek. One sister, Mrs. Minnie A. Barnette of Wickenburg, Ariz. and one brother, Ed Allen of the Imperial Valley, California, also survive. Mrs. Grobe joined the Methodist Church over fifty years ago, and lived a consistent, christian life.

Mrs. Grobe, although an Invalid for a number of years prior to her death, bore her sufferings uncomplainingly, with a resignation that was sublime. She ever proved a devoted wife and mother, looked upon the bright side of life despite her sufferings, was regarded as one of the best of frIends and neighbors, and her death has caused a wave of sadness to pervade every circle where she was known and loved.

To the sorrowing, heart-broken husband and children, relatives and many friends, the heartfelt sympathy of the Mercury is extended, May a merciful Father comfort and console them as He alone can.

Weimar Mercury, June 9, 1922, page 1

Grobe, Frank F.

Mr. Frank F. Grobe

Frank F. Grobe, a former resident of the Oakland section, but for a number of years residing at Gonzales, died Monday evening at his home in that city, and the remains were brought to Weimar Wednesday noon and laid to rest in the family burial lot at the Masonic cemetery, the Woodmen and Herman Sons attending in a body and the burial service being performed by Rev. G. T. Gibbons, pastor of the Methodist church. H. J. Laas and E. B. Mayes of Columbus and T. J. Wooldridge of Oakland, for the Woodmen, and Chas. Herder, Henry Seifert and Will F Miller, for the Hermann Sons, acted as pall bearers. Representatives from these lodges were also present from Gonzales to attend the funeral. Mr. Grobe was a member of a prominent family of this section, a man of pleasing address, popular among his friends and associates, and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored. He leaves a widow ( a daughter of Mrs. J. F Hutchins of Luling) and several brothers and sisters, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, February 27, 1914, page 1

Grobe, unknown boy


Died, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Grobe, on Thursday, the 7th inst., at 4 o’clock p.m.; their little baby boy, about six months old. To the bereaved parents THE MERCURY extends its condolence. Though the shadows of gloom and disappointments seem to shut out the rays of gladness to an earthly parent’s heart, and their homes made poorer when their loved ones die, yet the beams of heaven are made to shine more brilliantly, and to the crown of our blessed Savior is added some more beautiful star. Be of good cheer, fond parents, for your loss is heaven’s gain. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, February 16, 1895

Grobe, Vinie Golden

Died.--At Oakland on 14th inst. Vinie Golden, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grobe.

Another flower has flown to that land above ere its petals were weathered with the storms and adversities of life. Little Vinie had suffered for so ___ time and at last God relieved her of pain and misery and led her to that place where joy reigns supreme, and when the last spark of life was ebbing away the grieving mother muttered in mellow tones mingled with joy and grief; “Our darling has been torn from us at last.” Weep not, kind parents for God in his goodness has promised that we will meet our dear ones in the palace beyond the sea. [Place of interment not known]

Weimar Gimlet, July 16, 1885

Oakland Remarks

The little babe of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Grobe died last Saturday morning. We tender the bereaved parents our sympathy and condolence. “Weeping may endure for a season, but joy cometh on the resurrection morning,” if we are prepared to meet our dear loved ones.

Weimar Gimlet, July 16, 1885

Grodhaus, Clarence Otto

C. Grodhaus Funeral Held On July 21

Funeral services for Clarence Grodhaus, 91, were held July 21 from Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev. Norman “Skip” Sirnic officiating. Burial was at Masonic Cemetery.

Grodhaus died July 19 at his home in Weimar.

He was born to Louis and Molly Grodhaus on May 9, 1904 in Oak Grove. He attended Oak Grove School and Barber College in Houston. He married Marguerite Bueche on March 5, 1949 in Palestine, TX.

He was a machine operator at Hughes Tool Co. in Houston and Moved back to the Weimar area in 1976.

Survivors include his wife, Marguerite of Oak Grove; one stepson, James Wallace Sandell of Oak Grove; a sister-in-law, Lisetta Singleton of Wharton; two grandchildren, James and Chris Sandell; and two great-grandchildren, Chenne and Eric Sandell.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Leon F. Grodhaus.

Pallbearers were James Patrick Sandell, John Christopher Sandell, Leo Obenhaus, Billy Don Grodhaus, Connie Matysiak, and Sherry Faulk.

The Weimar Mercury, July 27, 1995
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Grodhaus, Katherine

Oak Grove Items

Mrs. Katherine Grodhaus, better known as “Grandma,” died at the home of her son, F. W. Grodhaus, 904 Elysian St., Houston, last Tuesday morning, She had been in ill health for some time and about three years ago had a stroke of paralysis. Since that time she had not been able to wait upon herself, and it was evident that the end was near. However expected it might have been, those left behind were illy prepared for it, for “Grandma” had been with them so long that the idea of parting was death itself. After so long the sweet old soul “fell asleep in the arms of Jesus,” to wake up in that brighter, more beautiful home where there is no parting or sorrow. She was a good old soul, and none knew her but to love her, “Grandma” Grodhaus was born in 1835; and was nearly 86 years old at the time of her death. Until several years ago she lived here at Oak Grove, when she moved to Eagle Lake with her son F. W. Grodhaus, and then to Houston. The body was tenderly prepared for burial, shipped here and laid to rest in the family graveyard [unkown] on the old home place Thursday afternoon at 3:30 Rev. Piepenbrok, Lutheran pastor, directing the services. She is survived by two sons, Louis Grodhaus of Oak Grove and F. W. Grodhaus of Houston, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Now that the last embers have changed from red to gray, the work of her life finished, the gold of evening meets the dusk of night, the flying shuttle ceases to fly, it carries a desire to do honor to her and her loved ones. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones in this sad hour.

Weimar Mercury, March 11, 1921

Grodhaus, Leon Frederick

L. Grodhaus Funeral Held Here April 16

Funeral services for Leon Frederick Grodhaus, 81, of the Oak Grove community near Weimar were held Friday, April 16, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Rev. Clarence James of Columbus officiated.

Mr. Grodhaus died April 14, in Methodist Hospital, Houston.

Born March 5, 1901, at Oak Grove, he was a son of Louis and Mollie Grodhaus. He married Beatrice Obenhaus on August 19, 1924. They made their home in Houston, where he worked for Hughes Tool Co. until his retirement at age 62.

The Grodhauses were among the chief benefactors of Parkview Manor here, making a gift of a valuable parcel of land near Houston that was sold to build and furnish one wing of the rest home.

They had lived In both Houston and Oak Grove after his retirement, and when Mrs. Grodhaus died in 1974 he settled at Oak Grove permanently. He attended Live Oak Baptist Church there until it was dissolved this year.

Mr. Grodhaus is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Marguerite Grodhaus, of Weimar; a step-nephew. James Sandell of Houston; and other relatives.

Serving as pallbearers were Owen Mehrens, Arnold Sanders, Alfred Flournoy, Raymond Pilgrim, Leo Obenhaus and William and Don Grodhaus. Honorary pallbearers were Ben Flournoy and Fred Froehlich.

Weimar Mercury, April 22, 1982, page 16

Grodhaus, Marguerite (Bueche)

M. Grodhaus Funeral Services Scheduled

Funeral services for Marguerite Bueche Grodhaus were scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 18 at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Marguerite Bueche Grodhaus was born to Otto and Johanna Bueche on March 31, 1914 in Palestine, Anderson County.

She moved to Houston at the age of nine, where she received her education.

She had a child, James Wallace Sandell by her first marriage.

She married Clarence Otto Grodhaus on March 5, 1949 in Palestine.

They made their home in Houston and moved to the Weimar area in 1976. Clarence preceded her in death on July 19, 1995.

Marguerite was a member of Weimar United Church of Christ. She was also a member of Live Oak Art Club of Columbus and a member of Lone Star Art Guild of Houston.

Survivors include: a son, James Patrick Sandell and wife Debra; and grandchildren, James Patrick Sandell and John Christopher Sandell

Pallbearers were: Kervy Kahlden, Wilton Leppin, and Charles T. Trefny, Charlie Hattermann, Elliott Koehn, Leon Hattermann.

The Weimar Mercury November 18, 1999
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Grodhouse, Theodore H.

Rock Island, Aug. 27.--T. H. Groudhouse, who had his back broken by falling from a freight train at Eagle Lake about eighteen months ago, died on the 17th and was buried at the family burying grounds, about ten miles north of Rock Island. Quite a number of his friends attended. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, September 5, 1903, page 3

Grodhaus, Verner Lyle


it is with deep regret that we chronicle the death of the little baby of Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Grodhaus of Houston. Mrs. Grodhaus is a stranger amongst our people, but Adolf was at one time an Oak Grove boy, and got the first of his education at the Oak Grove school. We extend our deepest sympathy to the young parents.

Weimar Mercury, January 17, 1919, page 2

Eagle Lake Headlight:
Mr. Fritz Grodhaus and Mr. Henry Theumann of Houston accompanied the body of little Verner Lyle Grodhaus from that city to Eagle Lake for burial last Friday, the parents and relatives all being ill with influenza at the time and unable to attend the funeral. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, January 17, 1919, page 6


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Groll, Henry G.

Mr. Henry G. Groll died at his residence in this city at 4:30 o’clock last Friday evening after a long illness. Mr. Groll, with his family moved to Eagle Lake in the spring from Fort Dodge, Iowa, hoping that the change of climate would prove beneficial to his health. For some time he conducted the dining room department of the Hotel Brown, but continued failing health necessitated him giving up the business. The funeral services were conducted at the house at ten o’clock Saturday morning, Rev. J. T. Tracy officiating. Interment was made in the Lakeside cemetery. Mr. Groll made many friends since moving here who extend sympathy to the family in their bereavement.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 16, 1911, page 4

Gross, Meta (Bock)


Funeral services were held for Mrs. Meta Gross Monday, March 24, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Bob Walker officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gross was born September 22, 1895 in Bachelor Hill Community, Texas to Charles Bock and Louise Eckardt Bock. She married Otto L. Gross February 20, 1919.

Mrs. Gross was a lifetime resident of Bernardo-Mentz Community. She was affiliated with the First Methodist Church in Columbus. She was also affiliated with Herman Sons Bernardo Lodge No. 243.

Survivors include: one son and a daughter-in-law, MacRae and Ruth Gross of Columbus; one sister, Emily Neuendorff of Columbus; two grandchildren, Michael Gross of Grand Junction, Colorado and Jean Gross of Corpus Christi.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Otto L. Gross.

Pallbearers wee Harry Henkhaus, Virgil Neuendorff, Weldon Neuendorff, Currie Lee Meyer, Earl Henry Meyer, Werner Gross, Horace Gross and Charlie Neuendorff.

Honorary pallbearers were her nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, March 27, 1986
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Gross, Otto L.

Otto L. Gross, 64, Succumbs To Heart Attack

Funeral services were held Saturday morning for Otto L. Gross, 64, well-known Columbus businessman, who died in Columbus Hospital last Thursday morning a few hours after suffering a heart attack.

Mr. Gross made many friends in this area during his more than 25 years as a door-to-door salesman of house-hold products. For the past 20 years he and his wife had operated a store, cafe. and service station on Highway 90 east of Columbus. He was born Feb. 14, 1893, at Post Oak Point in Austin County.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Mack Ray Gross of Weimar; three Sisters, Mrs. Monroe Krueger of Houston, Mrs. Rosie Henkhaus of Columbus and Mrs. Lee Meyer of New Ulm; and two bothers, Henry and Emil Gross of New Ulm.

Pallbearers all were nephews: Charles, Weldon and Virgil Neuendorff, Currie Lee Meyer, Harry Henkhaus and Werner Gross.

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1959

Gross, Werner Frank

Mr. Werner Frank Gross was born August 4, 1915 in New Ulm, Texas, son of Ernst and Hilda (Krause) Gross. He was baptized at home by Rev. William Sievers of Industry, Texas, confirmed December 12, 1943 by Rev. Leo Simon at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg and was married here to Tennie Kickler on October 12, 1940, by Rev. Leo Simon.

Werner attended public schools at the New Ulm Prairie School and Henkhaus School, New Ulm, Texas. The rest of his formal education was by correspondence from The National Radio Institute, Washington, D.C.; The William Hood Dunwoody Institute, Minneapolis, Mn.; and the University of Kansas, Kansas City, Mo.

He operated his own radio and electronic service business in Industry, Texas. At the onset of World War II he was a civilian employee in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. He then became an instrument service technician at Control Corp. in Minneapolis, MN, Allied Aircraft Instrument Co., Houston, Texas and the Petro-Tex Chemical Co., Houston, Texas. He retired in 1977.

Mr. Gross passed away September 6, 2002 in Kingwood, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 57 years, Tennie Kickler Gross, and his brother, Halen Gross. He is survived by his daughters, Vernell Luedecke and her husband Dennis; Gayle Warren and her husband, Don; Grandchildren: Denele Luedecke Gunnarson and Husband Curtis; Tamara Warren Lavin and husband, Eric; David Warren and great grandchild, Colton Gunnarson. Also survived by sisters-in-law Ora Lee Gross Marek and husband Ben; Eunice Kickler and Ila Kickler and Shelton Kickler.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Monday, September 9, 2002, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg, Texas with Rev. Bill Mosely officiating and under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus, Texas. Burial was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg, Texas. Pallbearers were David Warren, Erick Lavin, Paul Gross, Leonard Gross, Ronald Kickler, and Gene Kulhanek.

Colorado County Citizen, September 11, 2002
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Grossinger, Anton

Tragic Death of Anton Grossinger.

Our city and people were greatly shocked Friday about noon to learn of the death of Anton Grossinger, a popular and highly respected citizen of this place engaged in the drayage business. From evidence at hand, it is believed that Mr.Grossinger's mind, through worry over imaginary troubles, had become temporarily unbalanced. While in this unfortunate state of mind, he purchased a two-ounce bottle of carbolic acid, and on Friday morning, after tying his horse near the passenger depot, went to the rear of the opera house, where he swallowed the burning, poisonous fluid. Shortly afterward he was found in a dying condition by a colored employe of the Boettcher Co., who promptly gave the alarm. Help came quickly, but it was to no avail, although the unfortunate man lived for nearly an hour after being discovered. The body was prepared for burial by Undertaker Jno. C. Hubbard after the inquest proceedings were concluded by Judge W. A. VanAlstyne, and carried to the family home under an escort of Hermann Sons, he having been a member of Oesterrich lodge, O. D. H. S., for a number of years. He also was a member of the Weimar Fire Department, and was buried under the auspices of these two orders. Rev. Paul Piepenbrok,Lutheran pastor, officiated at the grave Mr. Grossiner had lived in Weimar for a number of years. He was honest, straightforward, and although usually of cheerful temperament was at times given to brooding over imaginary troubles His death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. He leaves a widow, to whom the heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended.

Weimar Mercury, May 21, 1915

Grossinger, Lena (Seydler)

Funeral Rites for Mrs. L. Grossinger, 80, Held Saturday

Mrs. Lena Grossinger, widow of the late Anton Grossinger, former business man of Weimar, died Thursday morning of last week in the Schulze Hospital at Schulenburg. She was 90 years and 27 days old.

Mrs. Grossinger was born January 11, 1866 at High Hill, and was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Friedrich Seydler.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10:00 o’clock at the Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev. C. Emigholz, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment was in the Weimar Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Grady Shaver, Henry Hasse, B. L. Townsend, B. B. Braun, Sam C. Holloway and E. Lauterstein.

Mrs. Grossinger had been a resident of Weimar for many years.

Weimar Mercury, February 15, 1946, page 1

Grounds, Willis (June), Jr.

Willis "June" Grounds Jr., 63, died Tuesday, July 26, 1994.

Born Jul;y 25, 1931, he was the son of Lillian and Willis Grounds Sr.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 30, at White Cloud Baptist Church, Eagle Lake, with Rev. Obie Rhodes officiating. Interment followed in Boykins Cemetery, Matthews, Texas. Services were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Norman Schropshire, Royal Stevens, Kevin Middleton and DeShannon Sims. Honorary pallbearers were Ulab Johnson III, Pertis Foster, Jimmy Grounds, Connie Grounds, Russell Williams and Connie Grounds Jr.

Mr. Grounds is survived by three sisters, Lillian Ward, Erissa Grounds and Rosie Lee Brown, all of Eagle Lake; one brother, Connie Grounds, also of Eagle Lake and a host of relatives, loved ones and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Bertha Woods and Lorraine Grounds and one brother, Pertis Grounds.

Colorado County Citizen, August 3, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Grubbs, James Robert

James Grubbs Funeral Held At Columbus

Funeral services for James R. Grubbs, 75,of Columbus were held Saturday, May 18, from Henneke Funeral Home Chapel in Columbus, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Rev. Hollis Hoffmann officiated.

Grubbs, an ice plant manager and 46-year resident of Columbus, died suddenly May 16 at 1515 Montezuma St. in Columbus.

Born March 2, 1916, in San Antonio, he was the son of James Harry and Hilda (Ballard) Grubbs. He married Marilyn Irwin on March 30, 1942. She died Sept. 18, 1990.

Grubbs attended the University of Texas Austin, where he played varsity football and was co-captain of the Longhorns in 1940. During World War II, he was a pilot of a B-17 with the 8th Air Force of the 493rd Bomber Group. After his tour of duty in the European Theater, he came back to the States as a high altitude test pilot in the B-29 for the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was discharged as a captain.

Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Jack Sanders of Weimar; a sisters Myrle Dee Benton of Sealy; a brother, Mickey Grubbs of Houston; his grandson, James McCall Sanders of Austin; two granddaughters, Cater Hoskins of Irving and Megan Sanders of Austin and a great-granddaughter, Chelsea Sanders of Austin.

Pallbearers were James Sanders, McCall Sanders, John Hancher, Carter Hoskins, Tommy Joe Sanders and James Dunn Seymour.

The Weimar Mercury, May 23, 1991
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Grubbs, Marilyn (Irwin)

Marilyn Grubbs Funeral Held At Columbus

Funeral services for Marilyn Irwin Grubbs, 69, of Columbus were held Wednesday, Sept. 19, from First Baptist Church in Columbus, with Rev. Raymond Cox officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mrs. Grubbs died Sept. 18 at Ben Core Hospital in San Antonio, where she had been a patient for four months.

A 66-year resident of Columbus, she was born in Homer, Louisiana, on April 6, 1921, to Enoch Edward and Lela (Davis) Grubbs. She was married to Jimmy R. Grubbs on March 30, 1942. She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and First Baptist Church.

Her husband survives her, along with a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Jack Sanders of Weimar; a grandson, James McCall Sanders of Austin; two granddaughters, Cate Sanders of Dallas and Megan Sanders of Austin and a great-granddaughter, Chelsea Sanders of Austin. Her parents, a brother and a sister preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Jack Sanders, James Sanders, Tommy Joe Sanders, John Hancher, Delmar Fehrenkamp and A. N. Evans. Robert E. Wolters was an honorary pallbearer.

Weimar Mercury, September 27, 1990
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Grunewald, Charles J.

Funeral Held For Chas. J. Grunewald, 80, Pioneer Resident

Funeral services for Chas. J. Grunewald, 90, pioneer resident of Weimar area whose death occurred here Saturday, were held Monday afternoon at the Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of Columbus officiating,

The deceased, one of this section's pioneer residents, was a native of Weesache,Goliad, county, where he was born August 4, 1860. At an early age, he moved with his parents to this section and had since made this his home. At the age of 22, he married Miss Elizabeth Dornberg, the ceremony being solemnized on May 3, 1882. His decease occurred Saturday after having attained the age of 80 years, 3 months and 10 days.

Survivors include seven daughters, Mrs. F. H. Karm of Cuero, Mrs. C. A. Gollnick of Corpus Christi, Mrs. J. M. Benson of San Antonio, Mrs. Chas, Achlenberg of Benton, Arkansas, Mrs. J. M. Little of Columbus, Mrs. W. J. Shimek and Mrs. Henry Poppe both of Weimar; six sons, Ferdinand Grunewald of Schulenburg, Charles of Cuero, Alfred of Beasley, Fritz of Weimar, Paul of Corpus Christi, Otto of Beasley; three sisters, three brothers, 29 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Burial was in the Weimar Oddfellows Cemetery.

Top bereaved survivors, the Mercury joins other friends in extending sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, November 29, 1940

Grunewald, Elizabeth (Dornburg)

Final Rites for Mrs. E. Grunewald, 85, Held Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Grunewald, 85, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Monday afternoon, April 19. Rev. C. Emigholz officiating. Interment was made in the City Cemetery.

Mrs. Grunewald succumbed at about 11:30 o'clock Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. J. Shimek, with whom she had made her home for some time.

Born August 29, 1862, in Anhalt, Germany, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick Dornburg. She came to this country with her parents, at the age of ten, the family settling in Texas. They lived in several Texas towns, finally settling at Yorktown, where she married Carl J. Grunewald on May 3, 1878. Thirteen children were born to the union, twelve of whom survive. A daughter, Mrs. Christina Karma of Cuero, died in 1942.

Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Lillie Golnick of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Minnie Benson of San Antonio, Mrs. Alma Achterburg of Benson, Ark., Mrs. Tillie Shimek of Weimar, Mrs. Mary Pope of Weimar, and Mrs. Meta Little of Columbus; six sons, Ferdinand Grunewald of Schulenburg, Charlie Grunewald of Cuero, Alfred Grunewald of Beasley, Fritz Grunewald of Sublime, Paul Grunewald of Corpus Christi, and Otto Grunewald of Weimar; 35 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, April 23, 1948, page 1

Grunewald, Ferdinand F.

Final Rites for F. F. Grunewald, 66, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Ferdinand F. Grunewald, 66, who died Monday after a prolonged illness, were held Tuesday afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Home. Rev. Walter J. Cartwright, local Methodist pastor, officiated, assisted by Rev. J. M. McDonald of Smiley, Mr. Grunewald’s former pastor and neighbor.

Interment was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery, where the American Legion held graveside services for the World War I veteran.

Mr. Grunewald was born Sept. 28, 1886, in Goliad County, one of 13 children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charlie J. Grunewald. He married Miss Francis Dick of Columbus May 31, 1920,and for many years they lived in Fayette County. In 1948, they moved to Weimar, where they have since made their home.

Surviving, in addition the widow, are six sisters, Mrs. Lillie Gollnick, Corpus Christi, Mrs. Minnie Benson, San Antonio, Mrs. Alma Achterberg, Benton, Ark., Mrs. Meta Little, Paluxy, and Mrs. Tillie Shimek and Ms. Mary Poppe of Weimar; five brothers, Charlie of Cuero, Alfred of Beasly[sic], Fritz of Sublime, Paul of Corpus Christi, and Otto of Weimar; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers were Eric Leppin, George A. Poppe, W H. Hollien, H. t. Neiswander, Robert Little, and Donald Grunewald.

Weimar Mercury, October 17, 1952, page 1

Grunewald, Frances W. (Dick)

Mrs. Grunewald, Columbus Native, Buried at Weimar

Funeral services for Mrs. Francis Grunewald, 78, were held July 4 at Hubbard Funeral home in Weimar with burial in the Weimar Masonic cemetery. Rev. Howard McAllister, pastor of First Methodist church of Weimar, officiated, and Mrs. McAllister played piano sections.

Mrs. Grunewald was a member of First Methodist church of Weimar and a retired school teacher having taught more than 30 years, and will be lovingly remembered by numerous pupils and Columbus friends.

She died July 1 in a Galveston hospital. She had been under treatment in Youens hospital in Weimar and at the Galveston hospital since April 6.

Born in Columbus Sept. 2, 1884, she spend her childhood in Columbus, graduating from Columbus high school and later becoming a teacher. She was married to Ferdinand F. Grunewald May 31, 1920, and the couple lived in Fayette county for many years before moving to Weimar. Her parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters preceded her in death.

Surviving are 2 sisters Mrs. Mattie Wooldridge of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Elma Miles of Weimar, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Hugh Vernon Miles, Clarence Poppe, George Poppe, Dewey Goode and Dwight and Sidney McAllister.

Colorado County Citizen, July 18, 1963, page 1

Grunewald, Otto Karl

O. Grunewald Funeral Held Here Saturday

Funeral services for Otto Karl Grunewald, 70, of Route 3, Weimar, were held Saturday afternoon, June 2, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Ernest S. Dan Jr. officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Grunewald, a retired farmer, died at 7:20 p.m. Thursday in Youens Memorial Hospital after a ten-day illness.

Born March 26, 1900, in Goliad County, he was a son of Charlie and Elizabeth (Dornburg) Grunewald. He married Agnes Annie Melnar on October 13, 1936, at Bila Hora.

Mr. Grunewald had lived in this area the past 40 years. Earlier he lived at Sublime, Hallettsville and Beasley.

His wife survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. Faye Guenther of El Campo; two sons, Frank and Raymond Grunewald of Weimar; four grandchildren, Marshell and Kimberly Grunewald and John and Shannon Guenther; and three sisters, Mrs. Tillie Shimek and Mrs. Mary Poppe of Weimar and Mrs. J. N. (Meta) Little of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Ernest Hasse Jr., Paul Oncken, Kerwin Vornsand, Elmer Muenster, Eugene Holub and Joe Hanzelka.

Weimar Mercury, June 7, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Grunwald, Hertha Louise (Leppin)


Hertha Louise Grunwald, 84, of Corpus Christi, died Sunday, August 2, 1992 in a local hospital.

She was born June 30, 1908 to Otto and Hulda Koym Leppin in New Beilau[sic] Community, Weimar, Texas. She and her husband, Rudolph, celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anniversary in 1991.

She is survived by her husband, Rudolph A. Grunwald, two sons, Clifton E. and his wife Jean Grunwald of Corpus Christi, and Howard T. and his wife, Delphene Grunwald of Sandia, Texas; seven grandchildren, Richard Grunwald of San Diego, California, Ronny Grunwald of Port Aransas, Texas, John Grunwald of Corpus Christi, Mary Grunwald Whaley of Houston, Rudy Grunwald of Sandia, Karl Grunwald of Coppell, Texas, and Fred Grunwald of Corpus Christi.

Visitation will begin 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 4, 1992 at Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be conduced 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 5, 1992 at Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Chapel with Rev. David M. Pantermuehl officiating. Burial will follow in Seaside Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Hertha Louise Grunwald to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, c/o Al Amin Temple, 2001 Suntide Road, Corpus Christi, Texas 78409

Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Service, Morgan & 10th

Submitted by Wilton Leppin


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Guerra, Antonio P.


Antonio P. Guerra, 61, of San Antonio, passed away Feb. 23 at Southwest General Hospital in San Antonio.

A native of Colorado County, he was born in Eagle Lake July 10, 1941 to Narciso and Cecilia (Padilla) Guerra. He was a member of catholic faith and has been a resident of San Antonio for the past 43 years. He led a career in auto repair, specializing in transmission service.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Erminia Lopez; and brothers, Raymond Guerra and Gilbert Guerra.

He is survived by his children Laura A. Lowe and husband, Rick of Renton, Wash., Linda R. Cantu, Cecilia Guerra, Antonio "Tony" Jr., Ricky Guerra and Narciso Guerra all of San Antonio; sisters, Vira Soto and husband, Philip Jr., and Tina Gonzales, both of Eagle Lake; and five grandchildren, Alicia, Valerie, and Mary Liz Cantu, Saren Ashley Guerra and newborn Amelia Helen Lowe.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary with the Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating. Interment will follow in Nativity Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Raymond Guerra Jr., Gilbert Guerra Jr., Jerry Guerra, Michael Gonzales, Ronnie, Gonzales and Adrian Gonzales.

Funeral services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, March 4, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Guidry, Annabel (O’Connor)


Annabel O’Connor Guidry, 87, of Columbus died Sunday, Dec. 24, 1995 at River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus.

Born Dec 28, 1907 in Houston, she was the daughter of Joseph Thomas and Lillian (Barba) O’Connor. On Dec 24, 1941, she married Ignace Simon “Hank” Guidry. She was a retired secretary at the Louisiana State Capitol and a Methodist.

Funeral services were held Dec. 27 at Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Scott Herren officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Service were under the directions of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Bradley Smithy, Bobby Snowden, Bryan Charles Snowden, Jason McShaffrey, Gene Montalvo and Glenn Smith. Honorary pallbearer was Mike Walthall.

Mrs. Guidry is survived by daugthters Patricia Stringer of Columbus and Lynn McShaffry of Houston; a son, Bryan T. Snowden of Fredericksburg; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1964; step-daughters Jeanette and Helen Guidry; sister Cora Mae Walthall and Louise Elizabeth “Pat” O’Connor, and brother Joseph T. O;Connor Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, January 3, 1996, page 10

Gulley, Michael Jesse


Funeral services were held for Michael Jesse Gulley, who was killed in a automobile accident in Ely, Nevada.

Services were held Friday, May 24 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, in Frelsburg under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, with Father Edward Geiser officiating. Burial was at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery.

Michael Jesse Gulley was born June 15, 1949 to Carl F. Gulley and Margaret Castro Gully. He married Dorothy Diaz Gulley on March 19, 1983. He live in New UIm and had worked at G.E.O. in Houston as a Seismograph Permit Agent.

Gulley was a member of the Marine Corp and he was a Catholic.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Gulley of New Ulm; father and mother, Carl F. Gulley of New Ulm and Margaret Castro Gulley of Portland, Or.; three sisters, Carol Smith of Durham, N. C., Nikki Jean Dworniki of Atlanta, Ga., and Kathaleen Hihg of Portland, Or.; two nieces and two nephews.

Pallbearers were: Steve High, David Runk, Art Diatte, Fred Anspach, James Kipper, and Jeff Dworniki.

Colorado County Citizen, May 30, 1985

Gully, Carol (Hall)


Carol Gully, 60, of Frelsburg, passed away Feb. 14 at Triumph Hospital of Town and Country in Houston.

She was born in Houston, Dec. 29, 1950 to Monroe William and Aubrey Lee (McKnight) Hall and married Emil E. Gully Jr., Oct. 16, 1965. She was a shift manager for Home Place Inn and Columbus Inn and worked as a dispatcher for Base Materials. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg as well as St. Ann’s Altar Society and the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Patricia Hall.

She is survived by her husband; daughters, Lisa Gully-Johnson and husband Marvin of Teague, Emily “Kristi” Gully-Sosa of Houston, Tiffany Samora of Houston and Priscilla Ramirez and husband Efrin of Richmond; son, Trey Gully and fiancé Nikki of Brenham; sisters, Jean Lasell of Corsicana and Frances Guinn of Frost; brother, Merle Hall of Rankin; grandchildren, Gabrielle and Colton Nelson, Jordan, Hannah and Hailey Sosa and Bryson Gully; and great-grandson, Isaac Emily Nelson.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, Feb. 18 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, February 22, 2011

Gully, Emil P. Sr.

Gully Funeral Services

Funeral Services were held for Emil P. Gully, Sr. of Frelsburg Monday, March 30, 17 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Msgr. Werner Bockholt officiating.

Interment was in the Church Cemetery.

Born October 9, 1914 in Frelsburg, he was the son of Elo and Lillie (Maertz) Gully. He married Celestine Hilgen on April 12, 1931, Mr. Gully was a retired electrician.

Survivors include his wife, Celestine Gully of Frelsburg; a daughter, Mrs. Victor (Charlene) Dvorak of Frelsburg; two sons, Emil Gully Jr. of Frelsburg and Darrell Gully of Columbus; 12 grandchIldren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were DeWayne Dvorak, Victor Dvorak Jr., Donald Polasek, Gary Wayne Hilgen, Bobby Hilgen and John Divin.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, Apr 2, 1987, page 3

Gundelach, Christina Paulina (Gold)

Services Will Be Held Today For Mrs. Gundelach

Funeral services were to be at Untermeyer Funeral Home this (Thursday) morning at 8:45 for Mrs. John Gundelach, who died Tuesday at Columbus Convalescent Home. She had been living there about a month and had been ill for about 10 years. Her husband is also a patient in the convalescent home. They had lived in Bernardo previously.

Continued services were to be held at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz and burial will be in Mentz Catholic Cemetery. Rosary was recited last (Wednesday) evening in the funeral home. Rev. Gideon Stram of St. Roch's Church is minister in charge.

Mrs. Gundelach, the former Miss Christine Gold, is a native of Highlands. She and Mr. Gundelach celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary 2 years ago in Mentz parish hall.

Besides her husband, she is survived by 4 daughters, Mesdames August Pilsner, Texas City; Louis Moeckel, Columbus; Otis Maertz and Frank Skutca of Alleyton and 2 sons, Edwin of Columbus and John of Texas City.

The Colorado County Citizen September 2, 1965
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Gundelach, Ed C.


Ed C. Gundelach, age 81,of Columbus died June 9.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 11 at Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Clarence James officiating.

Burial was at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Gundelach was born on August 28, 1904, in Weimar, to Fred Gundelach and Johanna Reimers Gundelach. He married Hilda Emma Mehrens in 1930.

Survivors include Hilda Gundelach, wife; Gladys Santleben, daughter, of Lyons, Wilbert Gundelach, son; Hertha David, sister; Teddy Gundelach, brother; two granddaughters, he raised. Carol and Diana, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Frank Peters, Wilton Stallman, Bruno Burns, Jerry Mikeska and Leonard Dybala.

Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Grubbs, Robert Hahn, Clarence Hahn, Roy Rollins, Beverly Burns, Andy Anderson, Norbert Sablatura, Hugo Schuabe and Herbert Graham.

Colorado County Citizen, June 19, 1986

Gundelach, Edwin John


Funeral services for Edwin John Gundelach. age 66. were held Monday. February 11 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Mr. Gundelach was born in Weimar, Texas, June 18, 1918, to John and Christina Gold Gundelach. He married Hester Mary Gundelach. November 20. 1947.

Mr. Gundelach was a retired dragline operator for Thorsenburg[sic]. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He served in WWII.

He is survived by his wife Hester Mary Gundelach; daughters Betty Gundelach. Patricia Wine. Virginia Gundelach. all of Columbus; sons Edwin Gundelach, Jr. of San Antonio, Virgil (Gordy) Gundelach. and Brian Gundelach both of Columbus: sisters Elsie Pilsner, Mildred Skutca, Georgia Ann Maertz, all of Alleyton, Laura Moekel, of Columbus; brother, Johnny Gundelach, of Hallettsville, grandchildren, 2.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Skutca, Stephen Skutca, Mike Maertz, Jeff Maertz, David Pilsner, and Danny Gundelach.

Interment, Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, February 14, 1985, page 2

Gundelach, Elsa M. (Seifert)


Funeral services were held for Elsa M. Gundelach Wednesday, August 6 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Walter Probst, Jr. officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mrs. Gundelach was born July 16, 1903 in Schulenburg to Frank L. Seifert and Theresa Hofbauer Seifert. She married Emil Carl Gundelach December 1, 1926.

She was a housewife and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbus.

Mrs. Gundelach was preceded in death by her husband, Emil Carl Gundelach, October 27, 1959.

Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Williams and Delores Howard both of Houston; one son, Charles H. Gundelach of Houston; three sisters, Emma Kloesel and Selma Popp both of Schulenburg and Clara Tarkington of Hallettsville; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Stephen Williams, Neal Howard, Richard Bocock, David Gundelach, Billy David and Raymond Keyser.

Colorado County Citizen, August 14, 1986

Gundelach, Emil Carl

Emil Gundelach Succumbs at 61; Burial Yesterday

Last rites for Emil Gundelach, 61, were held at Untermeyer Funeral Home yesterday morning with Rev. G. Wolf of St. Paul’s Lutheran church officiating.

Mr. Gundelach died early Tuesday morning in Columbus hospital after having been in ill health for more than a year.

Born Sept. 25, 1898, in Weimar, he was a son of Fred and Johanna Reimers Gundelach. He spent his entire life in Colorado county with the exception of 3 years’ service in World War I, for which he volunteered at the age of 18. He was a member of Columbus Fire Department for many years and before he became ill was manager of Memorial golf course.

He is survived by his widow, the former Elsa Mathlida Seifert; a son, Charles H. of Corpus Christi, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Melvin Williams of Beaumont and Mrs. Edgar Howard of Houston; 6 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Frank David, and 5 brothers, Teddy, Otto, Louis, Ed and John Gundelach, all of Columbus.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Active pallbearers were Lester Hastedt, Leonard Burton, J. H. Langston, L. Boyd Smith, Clemons Noska and Reginald Taylor. Members of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department were honorary pallbearers.

Colorado County Citizen, October 29, 1959, page 10

Gundelach, Fred

Old Time Settler Buried Here Tuesday

Mr. Fred Gundelach, an old time settler of this section, who lived for many years near Weimar, but who for a number of years has lived with his daughter, Mrs. Henry Schroeder, near Columbus, died Monday last, after an illness extending over several months , and his remains were brought here for interment in the Weimar cemetery Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, local Lutheran minister, officiating. Many relatives and friends from the Columbus section and around Weimar were present to witness the last sad rites.

Mr.Gundelach would have been 80 years old in August. He was a farmer by occupation, and engaged in said pursuit practiclly all his life. In 1919 or 1920 he and his family moved to the Kinkler section from Weimar, then to Columbus section, and here he remained until his death. Mr. Gundelach raised a large and interesting family, his children now being grown and settled in life. Ten children survive, as follows; Mrs. Ed Scheier of Schulenburg, Mrs. Henry Schroeder and Miss Hertha Gundelach of the Columbus section, and Messrs. John, Henry, Emil, Otto, Louis and Teddie Gundelach.

Mr. Gundelach was a quiet, good citizen, well liked by friends and neighbors everywhere, and his death is deeply and sincerely regretted. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, May 3, 1929

Gundelach, Johanna

Mrs. Johanna Gundelach

Mrs. Johanna Gundalach[sic], wife of Fred Gundalach[sic], a well known farmer living near this city, died Saturday, following an accident which hppened a few days previous, in which she stuck a nail in her foot, and blood poison followed. The remains were buried Sunday at the Odd Fellows' cemetery, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran pastor, offiiciating, the funeral being attended by a large concourse of sympathizing relatives and friends of the family. Mrs. Gundalach[sic] was born in Germany, Sept. 27, 1968[sic]. She leaves a husband and several children. Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Weimar Mercury, October 8, 1915

Gundelach, Pauline L. (Struska)

Pauline L. Gundelach of Alleyton died Feb. 6 at the Eagle Lake hospital.  She was 77 years of age.

Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Roch’s Catholic Church, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.  A rosary was recited prior to the service.

Interment was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  Father Bernard Snoch officiated at the services.

Mrs. Gundelach, a housewife, was born Dec. 24, 1902 at Moravia in Lavaca County, the daughter of Jim Struska and Mary Olsovsky Struska.  She was married to Otto Gundelach in 1924.

She had been a resident of Alleyton for 56 years and was a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Otto of Alleyton; and four sisters, Mrs. John (Ida) Krhovjak of Schulenburg, Mrs. Adolph (Mary) Goedrich of Highlands, Mrs. Sylvia Zepek of Rosenberg and Mrs. Tom (Helen) Najavor of Corpus Christi.

Pallbearers were Sidney Frey, A. J. Hill, Edwin Gundelach, Johnny GUndelach, Bernard Goedrich and Glbert Krhovjak.

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

Gunn, David Guynn


Funeral services for David Guynn Gunn was held Tuesday, January 17, 1984 with Rev. Barry Bauerschlag and Rev. Howard MacAllister. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

David Guynn Gunn was born August 9. 1927 in Columbus, Texas to William Wallace and Kittie Bridge Smith Gunn. He lived in this area for 33 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Arabia Temple Shrine, Weimar Rotary Club, currently serving on Sam Houston Area Council of Boy Scouts of America as he had done for many years. He was an auto dealer partner in Brasher Motor Co. for 32 years, and chairman of board of Hill Bank and Trust.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine B. Gunn of Weimar, 2 sons and 1 daughter-in-law: Henry and Susie Gunn of Weimar, and David William Gunn of Weimar. 2 daughters: Mrs. Martha Marsac and Margaret Gunn both of Houston. Mother: Mrs. Kittie Bridge Gunn of Columbus. 1 brother: Dr. John Gunn of Dallas. He also had 3 grandchildren Ian Marsac and Seth and Tye Gum.

Pallbearers were Jack Brasher, Tommy Brasher, Bill Paulsen, Thomas Holub, Bob Kalous, Edwin Peters, Bill Lehrer, Jim Martin, John Ermis, Henry Herder, Dr. W. G. Youens, and Norbert Zatopek.

Colorado County Citizen, January 26, 1984, page 2

Gunn, John Bridge


John Bridge Gunn, MD was born in Columbus, Colorado County, TX. July 11, 1931 and died March 13,2003 in Dallas, TX. He was the son of William Wallace Gunn, DDS, and Kittie Bridge Smith Gunn of Columbus, TX. Dr. Gunn enjoyed four decades of practice as a member of Orthopedic Associates of Dallas and was senior physician of that clinic at the time of his retirement. Honoring his long years of practice, his colleagues created the John B. Gunn Library in Hoblitzelle Hospital of Baylor University Medical Center. The library was established to honor Dr. Gunn, and to serve as a continuing resource for the orthopedic department at Baylor.

Dr. Gunn was educated in Columbus Public schools where he graduated valedictorian of his class in 1948, followed by study at Southern Methodist University where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. After further study at Stephen F. Austin, his medical degree was earned at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and he was a member of Phi Chi medical fraternity. He did his orthopedic residency in the UTSW system, including Baylor University Medical Center, Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

He served in the United States Navy as Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Charleston, S.C., returning to Dallas in 1960 to begin his practice. Dr. Gunn's greatest focus and contribution was in the field of knee surgery, in which he pioneered advances in cementless joint replacement, knee ligament reconstruction, and bilateral knee replacement surgery. He served during his career as team doctor for the Dallas Cowboys, and the Dallas Black Hawks hockey team. He was an active member of numerous medical and orthopedic societies. He was President of the Southern Orthopedic Association and President of the Society for Arthritic Joint Surgery. He was also a founding member of the Association for Arthritic Hip and Knee Surgery, and the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Gunn is survived by his wife, Virginia Stafford Gunn, and his three children, Lee Gunn Falchi, of New York, John Bridge Gunn,Jr., and Robert Niels Gunn of Dallas; granddaughters Ana Katherine Falchi and Juliet Lee Falchi. Other survivors are daughter-in-law Chantal Gunn, son-in-law Carlos Antonio Falchi, first wife, Kay Wrage Gunn; nephew William Wallace Gunn, III, of Ft. Worth and children Noble and Molly, nephew Henry Guynn Gunn of La Grange, Texas, and sons Seth, Tye, and Sam, niece Margaret Gunn Larkin of Houston, and children William Vincent Larkin II, and Jeremy Stone Larkin, niece Martha Gunn Lurie, son Ian David Marsac, daughter Danielle Catherine Lurie, nephew David William Gunn of Jupiter, FL, step-daughters Jill Stafford Melton of Dallas, and Jane Melton Turnage of Ellensburg, WA, and children Mason John Turnage, Margaux Elise Turnage, and Stafford Bennett Turnage, sister-in-law Jo Lou Stafford Parks of Columbus, son Stafford Parks and daughter, Melissa Parks Boulware, cousin Betty Ann Smith Newsom and Dorothy Winters both of Austin.

Funeral services were held at 10 am on Monday, March 17 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbus, Tx. under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Burial in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus, Tx. Pallbearers were Dr. Gunn's nephews, great-nephews, Stafford Parks, Bill Larkin, and Bruce Lurie. Honorary pallbearers will be Ernest Baumgart, V. M. Crawford, Gus Miller, Jr., Dittman Harrison, Phil Gates, Alan Hill, Neville Meikow, and Babe Reitz.

A memorial service will be held at St. Michael's and All Angels' Episcopal Church, Dallas, at 11 am, Wed., March 19. Honorary pallbearers will be Drs. George Hurt, Jere Mitchell, Albert Roberts, Al Hopkins, Richard E. Jones, J.Mack Lancaster, Kurt Rathjen and Phillip Hansen; Henry Hoffman, James Coleman, Graham Koch, Tom Chinn,

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the John B. Gunn MD Orthopedic Library, Baylor University Medical Center, 3600 Gaston Ave., Dallas, 75246-1800, or to St. John's Episcopal Church at 915 Travis, Columbus, Tx78934.

Colorado County Citizen, March 19, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Gunn, John H.

We learn that the gentleman burned to death in the hotel at the Rosenberg conflagration was Mr. John H. Gunn, of Lavaca county, who was in bad health, and then on his way to Lampasas. The fire caught in some cotton in the lower room of the hotel. Mr. Gunn was sleeping upstairs in the next room to the one immediately over the fire. In awaking, confused, he went to the wrong door, opened it and stepped upon the floor over the burning cotton, and was precipitated to the lower room, in the fire, from which he was unable to extricate himself. He was an honorable, upright citizen, with a large circle of friends. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest].

Colorado Citizen, September 28, 1882, page 2

Gunn, Kittie Bridge (Smith)

Kittie Gunn Funeral Held at Columbus

Funeral services for Kittie Bridge Gunn, 96, of Columbus were held Saturday, May 4, from St. John's Episcopal Church, Columbus, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Father Joseph Spitler officiated.

Mrs. Gunn, a former schoolteacher and county welfare counselor, died Thursday, May 2, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, after a three-day stay.

Born August 4, 1894, in Tyler, she was a daughter of Romulus and Elizabeth (Guynn) Smith. She was married to Dr. William W. Gunn, who died March 23, 1949. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Magnolia Homes Tour and Columbus Historical Society.

Survivors are one son, Dr. John Bridge Gunn of Dallas; eight grandchildren, Henry Gunn, Martha Gunn Marsac, Margaret Gunn Larkin, David William Gunn, William Wallace Gunn III, Lee Gunn Falchi, John B. Gunn Jr. and Robert Gunn and eight great-grandchildren.

Her husband preceded her in death, as did two sons, Billy and David Gunn; a sister, Elizabeth Smith and a brother, Guynn Smith.

Pallbearers were James Dunn Seymour, T. W. Glithero, Gus Miller Jr., Jackie Brasher, Pet Crawford, Neville Miekow, Ernest Baumgart and Bill Larkin.

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

Gunn, Virginia Catherine (Brasher)

School Board President
Catherine Gunn Succumbs To Illness

Catherine Brasher Gunn, lifelong Weimar resident and descendant of pioneer families, who carved her own prominence as a leader of civic causes, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 4, in Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, ending a lengthy illness. She was 62.

She was president of the Weimar Independent School District board of trustees, a position she had held for several terms. She had been a board member since 1973. she was director of the Texas Association of School Boards, a director of Hill Bank & Trust Co., a member of the Delta Gamma Foundation board, an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Colorado County Historical Commission. She was a charter member of the Weimar Literary Guild, Weimar Garden Club and Youens Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary (Pink Ladies). She was a leader in the Girl Scouts here for many years on both the local and district levels. _______

Mrs. Willie Brasher, mother of Catherine Gunn, died at Parkview Manor at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Double funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. from First United Methodist Church. _______

In 1987 she received the Girl Scout Thanks Badge, only the second person in the South Texas Girl Scout

Council to receive the award, in recognition of outstanding service. She was instrumental in the establishment of Camp Myra S. Pryor at Nada as permanent campsite that is enjoyed by thousands of Girl Scouts annually.

Mrs. Gunn was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where she had been a Sunday School teacher, president of the Women's Society and a choir member. She was associated with Brasher Motor Co., of Weimar and La Grange.

Born July 25, 1928, in Weimar, she was the daughter of Henry and Willie (Black) Brasher. She graduated from Weimar High School in 1945 and from the University of Texas with highest honors in 1949. She was married August 6, 1950, to David G. Gunn, who preceded her in death on Jan. 16, 1984.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, from First United Methodist Church, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Howard MacAllister, a former pastor, and Rev. Paul May, current pastor, will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Jack Montgomery, Robt. F. Kalous, Wayne Wise, Tom Sanders, Phil Holman, Col. J. D. Reitz, Jack Kroll and Dr. John M. Brasher. Named honorary pallbearers were McCall Sanders, Henry Herder, Ernest Scott, John Hudson, Leslie Townsend, John Hajovsky and Thomas Holub.

Mrs. Gunn is survived by: four children, Henry Gunn, Martha Marsac, Margaret Larkin and David William Gunn and four grandchildren, Seth, Tye and Sam Gunn and Ian Marsac.

In lieu of other remembrances, friends are invited to give memorials to the American Cancer Society, Delta Gamma Foundation, Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, First United Methodist Church, Parkview Manor, or a charity of their choice.

Weimar Mercury, September 6, 1990
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Gunn, William Wallace


Funeral services are set tomorrow afteroon a 2 o’clock for Dr. William Wallace Gunn, Sr., 58, who died in Columbus hospital at 8 p.m. yesterday following a heart attack suffered in his office at noon that day.

Services will be from St. John’s Episcopal church, with the Rt. Rev. Clinton S. Quin of Houston officiating. The body will lie in state at Columbus Funeral home until shortly before the services.

Rev. John G. Larson will assist in the last rites. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

Dr. Gunn came to Columbus in 1915 and had practiced dentistry here since that time. In 1917 he was married to Kittie Bridge Smith.

Waelder Native

A native of Waelder, he was born July 27, 1890, a son of William Henry and Cassie Parr Gunn. His father died when he was a small boy.

Dr. Gunn was a graduate of Baylor university, Waco, and received his degree in dentistry at the University of Kentucky Dental college where he was a member of the Psi Omega fraternity.

He had been active for many years in Columbus civic affairs, having received awards for his work with the Boy Scouts. He was director and past president of the Columbus Rotary club, clerk and vestryman of St. John’s church, and had been its Sunday school superintendent for 21 years,and was a member of the Masonic order. He was just completing a term of service on the school board.

He served as a lieutenant in the army in World War I.

Survivors include his widow; three sons, Dr. William Wallace Gunn Jr. of Dallas; David, a student at Rice Institute; and John, a student at S.M.U., and a grandson, William Wallace Gunn III.

He is also survived by his 86-year-old mother, Mrs. Cassie Parr Baker, of San Augustine; a brother, C. H. Gunn of Port Arthur, and 2 sisters, Mrs. A.O. Rushing of San Augustine and Mrs. Guy Stewart of Livingston.

Active pallbearers will be Gus Obenhaus, Sam K Seymour, W. G. Dick, W. H. Miekow, C. L. Grffith, Ellis Miller, J. D. Seymour and Sid Clark.

Named by the family as honorary pallbearers are Dr. L. A. Crabb and Dr. Sam Brock, Dallas; E. R. Newton, Richmond; Judge Lester Holt, Hallettsville; Grady Shaver, Weimar; J. A. Fitzgerald, Galveston, and Dudley Baker, Sam Harbert Sr., E. R. Spencer, Joe Stafford, E. E. Irwin, A. W. Hahn, W. A. Struss and E. H. Rabel, all of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, May 24, 1949, pages 1 and 4

Gunn, William Wallace Jr.

Dr. W. W. Gunn Jr. Dies at 37 in Dallas, Funeral Friday

Dr. W. W. Gunn Jr., oral surgeon in Ft. Worth, died yesterday morning in a Dallas hospital after an extended illness.

He was born in Columbus Aug. 13, 1925, a son of Mrs. W. W. Gunn Sr. and the late Dr. Gunn of Columbus. He attended Texas A & M and graduated from Baylor university College of Dentistry. He practiced dentistry in Dallas before entering the U. S. airforce.

For the past 15 years he had practiced dentistry in Ft. Worth where he was on the staff of All Saints, Peter Smith, St. Joseph’s and Harris hospitals. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal church, the American Dental association, Texas Dental society and the American Society of Oral Surgeons.

The funeral will be from the Greenwood chapel in Ft. Worth tomorrow (June 14) at 2 p.m.

Survivors include his widow, Jane; a son, William W. Gunn III; his mother, Mrs. W. W. Gunn Sr. of Columbus; his grandmother, Mrs. Laura W. Smith of Dallas; and 2 brothers, David Gunn of Weimar and Dr. John B. Gunn of Dallas.

Burial will be in a Ft. Worth cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Richard L. Dodson, Dr. Robert V. Walker, and Darrel Manley, all of Dallas, William W. Witmer of Houston, Sam K. Seymour III of Columbus, J. D. Harrington, Frank Andrews and Dr. F. L. Phillips of Ft. Worth.

All members of the Trrant[sic[ County Dental society were named honorary pallbearers.

Colorado County Citizen, June 13, 1963, page 12

Gury, Peter Victor

The CITIZEN regrets to learn of the death of its old-time friend and patron, Father V. Gury, late of Galveston, which sad event occured[sic] at San Antonio yesterday. Father Gury formerly resided at Frelsburg, in this county, was a cultured gentleman, of genial, kindly disposition and unobtrusive deportment. His remains will be taken to Frelsburg and interred at 10 o’clock Friday morning, there to await the judgment morn.

Colorado Citizen, April 10, 1890, page 3


His Interment at Frelsburg--Imposing Ceremonies--Short Sketch of His Life and Pastoral Services

The remains of Rev. V. Gury, who died in San Antonio Wednesday, April 9, 1890, arrived in this city by Thursday’s afternoon train, and was conveyed to the Catholic church here by the local members of that church, assisted by visiting delegations of Galveston and Frelsburg. At the church prayers were had commemorative of the deceased, and the coffin lid was removed to permit his friends and co-laborers a last look at the features of the departed.

Rev. Father Gury was born December 19, 1830, at Bouzouville, Lorraine, (Busendorf,) was educated at Finstlngen, Lorraine, Pont-e-Monson, Nancy; immigrated to America May 18, 1839; was ordained priest December 16, 1854, at St. Mary’s cathedral, Galveston, by Bishop Odin, and was appointed to Frelsburg, where his first mass was celebrated February 2, 1854. He labored in the vineyard and officiated as priest of that charge nearly thirty-four years. May 6, 1887, he was removed to Galveston to take the appointment of Vicar-General, and was pastor of St. Joseph’s church, which positions he occupied at the time of his death.

The remains were conveyed from Columbus to Frelsburg last Thursday afternoon, and there, amid the scene of his early and best labors in the great cause in which he had consecrated his life, the mortal body was tenderly committed to rest, with imposing ceremonies. At 10 o’clock requiem mass was said by Father Weimar of Bernard, assisted by Father Shea of Flatonia as deacon, and Father Logue of Galveston as sub deacon. After mass a sermon was delivered by Father Hennessy in English from 111th Psalm: “The just man shall be held in eternal remembrance,” which was most touching and affecting, causing the unbidden tears to course down the cheeks of many in the audience. Father Chromcheck then delivered a sermon in Bohemian, and Father Weimar one in German, commendatory of the life and virtues of Father Gury, both of which were listened to with profound attention. At the conclusion of the sermons the large procession siou[sic] marched from the church to the burial grounds in the following order: Priest, bearing cross; school children, Sisters, members of the church, Verein from Frelsburg, priests, corpse in center of priests, borne by delegations of Frelsburg, Galveston and Columbus churches, acting as pall-bearers, visitors. Arriving at the grave the impressive ceremonies were closed with fervent prayers.

The following priests were present: Fathers Joseph Martiniere, Joseph Blum, of Dallas; A. Logue, A. M. Truchard, Galveston; Thos. Hennessy, A. Maury, Houston; L. DeCailly, Fora, Ill.; P. Chandy, San Antonio; Fr. Shea, Flatonio[sic]; Joseph Mack, Cistern; John Kirch, High Hill; Jacob Lauth, Taylor; Jos. Chromcheck, Fayetteville; Chas. Pries, Frelsburg; Victor Chluplek, Ellinger; John Weimar, Bernardo. Delegates St. Joseph Church, Galveston--Messrs. Neiss, Emes and Eisenbsch, and Mrs.Othella Herman, St. Anne Verein, Galveston. A large number of people from miles around were present at the obsequies.

Colorado Citizen, April 17, 1890, page 3


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Guthman, Lee Roy

Lee Roy Guthman

Lee Roy Guthman of Lissie passed away at his home on Sunday, September 6, at the age of 84.

Born on March 30, 1925, he was the 10th of 11 children born to Adam and Sophie Guthman of Peasack, Texas.

Lee Roy was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 46 years, Inez; his son, Dennis of Bastrop; his sister, Francis and husband, Otto Miller of Hillje; sister, Leona and husband, Edwin Miller of Wharton; sister, Valasta and husband, Al Gertson of Eagle Lake; sister, Viola and husband, Florence Randly of El Campo; infant sister, Josephine; sister, Regina Wisnieski and husband, Frank of Wharton; sister, Emma and husband, Ben Labay of El Campo; brother, Harold and wife, Velma of Angleton; sister, Menola and husband, John Kissee of Pettus.

Lee Roy is survived by his sons, David and Tommy, and Tommy’s wife, Gail all of Lissie; and daughter-in-law, Robin Guthman of Bastrop; grandchildren include Dana Clipson of Lissie, Jon Guthman and wife, Jenny of East Bernard, Craig Guthman and wife, Stephanie of Lissie, Kristen Smith and husband, Lance of San Antonio, Kara Guthman and fiancé, Thomas Cortez of East Bernard, Kelly Guthman and Miranda Ulcak of Richmond, Lindsey McPherson and husband, Christian of Houston, Dustin Guthman and wife, Stephanie of Lissie, Amanda Freeman and husband, Mark of Richmond, Garron Giffen and wife, Carla of Bastrop; and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sister, Sue Walker and husband, John of Pasadena, dear friend, Mable Beard of Garwood; and a host of relatives and wonderful friends.

Lee Roy was introduced to the life of rice farming at the age of 12 by his brother-in-law, Al Gertson of Lissie.

At the age of 18 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Kingsville, TX, where he served in the Navy Corps and worked as an airplane mechanic.

He completed his tour in 1946 and returned to Lissie to begin the first chapter in his long life of farming; working at the Lissie Rice Dryer.

It was there that he met his wife, Inez Wilson, on a blind date set up by his good friend, Margaret Baca Wobbe of Wharton.

They were married one year later, on January 8, 1947, in Wharton.

In 1950, Lee Roy bought a service station in Wharton, which he named “Guthman Service Station.”

It did not take long before his love of rice farming resurfaced, so he returned to Lissie and bought out M.E. Isenhower’s farm operation for $16,000 which included three tractors, two combines and a disk. From there the rest is history.

Retiring at the age of 70, Mr. Guthman’s one-time small farm grew into a large farming operation under his leadership and strength.

Lee Roy loved the farm and worked hard to produce some of the greatest crops around.

He not only worked hard but he also enjoyed life. He loved to hunt with all of his South Texas buddies and play cards and dominoes with all of his friends and relatives.

Lee Roy Guthman was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather.

Always a gentleman, he provided a good example for his sons and grandchildren by demonstrating the values of hard work, dedication, honesty, and community.

He will forever be in our hearts and his spirit and influence can be seen each day in the actions and thoughts of the people he touched.

Visitation at Eagle Lake Funeral Home was held September 8, at 6 p.m. Funeral services officiated by Chaplain Don Storey, was held at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home on September 9, at 10 a.m.

Pallbearers were, Jon Guthman, Dustin Guthman, Kelly Guthman, Craig Guthman, Alex Ramirez and Lance Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were Lonnie Sommerlatte, Bob Cook, Ralph Gertson, Sr., Micky Kochwelp, Donald Obenhaus, Buddy Mascheck, Harold Lloyd Williams and Vic Scott.

Internment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Memorials may be given to: Lissie Methodist Church, Lissie Cemetery Fund, or charity of your choice.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 10, 2009

Guthmann, Larnette Joyce (Barton)

Funeral For L. Guthmann Held Jan. 9

Funeral services for Larnette J. Guthmann, 52, of Columbus were held Tuesday, Jan. 9, from Henneke Funeral Home with burial in Odd Fellows Rest, Columbus. Pastor Robert Schlortt officiated.

Mrs. Guthmann, owner of Larnette's Flowers in Columbus, died Sunday, Jan. 7, at John Sealy Hospital Galveston.

Born March 3, 1937, at Weimar, she was a daughter of Leon and Alma (Valla) Barton. She married Emil H. ("Bobby") Guthmann on Sept. 3, 1954. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church n Columbus.

Her husband survives her, along with three daughters, Brenda Skutca of Mentz, Cindy Pelts and Sheri Guthmann of Columbus; two sons, James Guthmann and Tommy Guthmann, both of Columbus; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Blake Skutca of Mentz; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Barton of Clute; a sister, Kathy Faulkner of Clute; and two brothers, Gene Barton of Onalaska and Wayne Barton of Louisiana.

Pallbearers were Walter Guthmann, Jr., Billy Supak, Johnny Supak, Alvin Barton, Jr., Harvey Barton and Tommy Simpson.

Weimar Mercury, January 1, 1990
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Guthmann, Ottilia (Zeiner)

Mrs. O. Guthmann, 81, Buried Here Tuesday Afternoon

Funeral services for Mrs. Ottilia Guthmann, 81, of the Mullin’s Prairie area, were held Tuesday afternoon at Koenig Funeral Home chapel in La Grange,with Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating.

Burial was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

A native of the Frelsburg area, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zeiner and was married in 1895 to Wm. Guthmann. Mr. Guthmann had died in 1953. They had resided in Fayette County about 40 years.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Frank Kadlecek and Mrs. Edward Herbrich of La Grange, Mrs. Albert Vornsand of Weimar, and Mrs. Edward Huepers of Galveston; a son, Albert Guthmann of La Grange; a sister, Mrs. Agnes Harbers of Yoakum; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, December 21, 1956, page 1

Guthmann, William J. Jr.

Wm. Goodman[sic], Jr. 36, Buried Here Sunday Afternoon

Funeral services were conducted at the Koenig Funeral Home in La Grange at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon for Willie Goodman, Jr., 36, with the Rev. C. Emigholz, pastor of the Weimar Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment was made in the Weimar Cemetery.

Willie Goodman was a son of Willie nd Otella Zeiner Goodman and was born in Colorado County on May 16, 1908. He united with the church in Weimar on April 28, 1920, while Rev. P. Piepenbrok was pastor here. He died in the La Grange Hospital on Thursday, June 22, at the ae of 26 years, 1 month and 6 days.

Surviving are his parents and four sisters, Mrs. Alma Kadlecek of La Grange, Mrs. Alvina Vornsand of Weimar, Mrs. Annie Huepers of Galveston, Mrs. Edna Hebrich[sic] of La Grange; one brother, Albert Goodman.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence.

Weimar Mercury, June 30, 1944, page 1

Guthmann, William J.

Final Rites for Wm. Guttmann[sic], 82, Held Here Monday

William Guttmann[sic], 83, who died last Saturday at his home at Mullin’s Prairie (near Holman), was buried in Weimar Masonic Cemetery Monday afternoon after prior services in a La Grange funeral home. Rev. C. Emigholz of Weimar officiated.

Mr. Guttmann[sic], who was the father of Mrs. Albert Vornsand of Weimar, had been a farmer all his life. Born May 3, 1874, at Frelsburg, the son of William and Elizabeth Meyer Guttmann[sic], he married Miss Otillia Zeiner January 15, 1905. They had lived at their present home the past 45 years, and Mr. Guttmann[sic] was still actively farming despite his advanced years.

Survivors in addition to his wife are four daughters, Mrs. Frank Kadlecek of Holman, Mrs. Albert Vornsand of Weimar, Mrs. Edward Huepers of Galveston and Mrs. Edward Herbrich of La Grange; a son, Albert Guttmann[sic], of La Grange; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Keck of New Ulm and Mrs. Annie Aschenbeck of Corpus Christi; two half-sisters, Mrs. Tillie Wensel and Mrs. Emma Dusek of Brenham; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A son, Willie Guttmann[sic], preceded him in death June 22, 1944.

Weimar Mercury, June 19, 1953, page 1

Guthrie, Alma Bernice (Tipton)


Alma Bernice Tipton Guthrie, 69, of Garwood, passed away Jan. 02 at her residence.

She was born Feb. 23, 1933 in Frost, to J.B. and Betty Elizabeth Case Tipton. She was raised in Oakland and was a former resident of Hungerford before moving to Garwood in 1961. She and David Guthrie were married in Columbus on March 22, 1950.

She is survived by her husband David Guthrie Sr.; mother, Betty Tipton, of San Felipe; daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ann and Billy Batson of Bryan, Patsy and Tony Adams of Weimar, Debbie Guthrie of Garwood and Vanessa Goode of Columbus; sons and daughters-in-law, David Guthrie Jr. and Kay of Houston, Jeff and Connie Guthrie of Blockton, Iowa, Paul Guthrie of Garwood, Bobby Guthrie of Garwood, Robert and Charlotte Goode of Columbus; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Barbara Tipton of San Felipe; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She ws preceded in death by her father.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 4, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home with the Rev. David King, pastor of the Eagle Lake and Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Churches officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were David Guthrie Jr., Jeff Guthrie, Paul Guthrie, Bobby Guthrie, Robert Goode, Billy Batson, Mark Guthrie and Eric Guthrie. Honorary pallbearers were Shawn, Johnathan and Wade Guthrie.

Colorado County Citizen, January 8, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Guthrie Child

November 22, 1897, occurred the first death in Rock Island, now twenty-one months old. It was that of a child of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. R. Guthrie. [burial place unknown]

Weimar Mercury December 18, 1897
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Gutierrez, Andrew

Andrew Gutierrez buried

Funeral services for Andrew Gutierrez were held Wednesday, November 16 from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of Eagle Lake at 3 p.m., with Rev. Ray Widacki, minister. Interment will be at the Lakeside Cemetery.

Mr. Gutierrez died on November 14, 1983 at the Richards Memorial Hospital in Rockdale, Texas of a sudden heart attack. He was born on February 2. 1935 in Matthew. He was the son of Tom and Jane Flores Gutierrez. He was a former resident of Eagle Lake area many years. He was married to Effie Jewell Sellers. He was employed as a mechanic for R. W. McKinney and T. L. James Construction Company of Waco. Mr. Gutierrez is a member of the Catholic Church.

Mr. Gutierrez is survived by his widow, Jewell Gutierrez of Rockdale, two sons, Andrew Joseph Gutierrez and Adrian Thomas Gutierrez both of Temple; two daughters, Amanda Tovar of Little River, and Abigail Gutierrez of Austin: two brothers. Guadalupe Gutierrez of San Marcos, and Gil Gutierrez of Wichita Falls; two sisters. Virginia Guerra of Eagle Lake, and Janie Ramirez of Pasadena; four grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Arrangement are under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home of Eagle Lake.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 17, 1983, page 9

Guynn, Ella A. (Harris) McNeeley

Mrs. Ella Guynn

Eagle Lake, Tex., March 12.--Mrs. Ella Guynn, one of the older residents of Eagle Lake, died this evening at 6 o’clock. She leaves three sons, M. E. Guynn, active vice president of the Eagle Lake State Bank; John A. Guynn and W. C. Guynn, both connected with the rice business; an aged mother Mrs. Dilue Harris; one sister, Mrs. George S. Zeigler, and two brothers, L A. Harris of Altair and Guy Harris of Galveston. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows' Rest]

Weimar Mercury, March 21, 1913, page 3
Photo contributed by Ellen Harris Hoff

Guynn, Fay (McHenry)


Funeral services for Fay McHenry Guynn. age 90, of Bay City, Texas, were held Feb. 12, 1985 at 1:30 P.M. from St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Bay City, Texas, Rev. Milton McWilliam officiating.

Fay was born March 26, 1894 in Houston.

Survivors include cousins: Martha Rugeley Bachman of Bay City, Sally Witmer Pickens of Edgewood. and Betty Jo Witmer of Houston.

Pallbearers were Walter Calhoun. Duncan Corbett. Raleigh Huebner. Chase B. Robinson, Jr., Cary Smith, Jr. and William E. Wicker.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus. Texas.

Colorado County Citizen, February 14, 1985, page 2

Guynn, James William

An unfortunate and serious accident occurred to two of a party of our citizens who went hunting on Monday evening. The part was composed of I. W. Middlebrook, Henry Middleton, J. W. Guynn and J. J. Harrison. Messrs. Middlebrook and Harrison were posted on stands, while Messrs. Guynn and Middleton proposed to drive the deer to them. The dogs started a couple of deer, when Mr. Guynn left his horse and ran to a point opposite, but out of sight of the stand of Harrison, who as the deer passed between himself and Guynn, fired, two stray shots taking effect upon Guynn, one of which penetrated his abdomen, inflicting a dangerous and painful wound. At the time Harrison fired at the deer, he was about one hundred yards from Guynn, and both parties were so stationed that the brush and undergrowth prevented either from seeing the other. Guynn was brought to town immediately and at this writing is doing well. Both the gentlemen are intimate personal friends.

Colorado Citizen, June 29, 1882, page 3

Mr. J. W. Guynn, accidentally shot on the 27th ult. by Mr. J. J. Harrison, of this city, died on Saturday last, and was buried on Sunday at the burial ground on Mr. W. E. Bridge’s farm, by the Knights of Honor, the Rev. C. H. Howard, of the Episcopal church, officiating at the family residence in this place and at the grave. He was an old resident of this county, unobtrusive, quiet and a good citizen, with many friends. To all he was kindly in bearing, and to his intimate friends generous to a fault; to his family affectionately devoted. He was a member of the Knights of Honor, and also of the Knights and Ladies of Honor. To his bereaved family we offer our sincere condolence. [Reinterred in Odd Fellows’ Rest]

“He feels no more of earth’s distress,
No more the griefs or fears,
Such sleep may call for thankfulness,
It hath no need of tears.”

Colorado Citizen, July 6, 1882, page

Guynn, John A.

The Mercury regretted very much to hear of the death of that veteran drummer, Capt. John A. Guynn, which occurred at Eagle Lake Friday night of last week. His kindly face, pleasant _____ and gentlemanly deportment won for him friends wherever he went, and he was always a welcome visitor to the business men of this section. His remains were laid to rest Saturday afternoon in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery at Columbus. Peace to the memory of noble Capt. Guynn.

Weimar Mercury June 16, 1894, page 4

Guynn, John Albert

Mr. John Guynn Is Buried Here

The remains of Mr. John A. Guynn of El Campo were brought here for burial Tuesday and laid to rest in Odd Fellows Rest. Rev. G. C. Marmion of the local Episcopal church officiating.

A large attendance from El Campo, Eagle Lake and this city was present.

Mr. Guynn was a prominent rice buyer at El Campo. Both his parents were buried in Odd Fellows Rest.

He is survived by a wife and two brothers, Milby and Cleveland.

The Citizen extends sympathy.

Colorado County Citizen, February 22, 1934
Photo of Milby, John, and Cleveland Guynn contributed by Ellen Harris Hoff

Gwinn, Frank and son

Mr. Frank Gwinn, living near mouth of Skull Creek, died last Thursday, and his little twelve-year old son, in attempting to go to a neighbor’s , was drowned in Skull Creek. [Places of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, May 10, 1888, page 3
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