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Green, Alice

Eagle Lake Items

Last Saturday evening the “grim monster” entered the quiet and happy home of Mr. and Mrs. O. Green and snatched from their fond embrace as fair a little flower as ever budded and bloomed to gladden the hearts of parents in this rugged world. But angels stood ready and waiting to waft little Alice on their snowy wings to the regions of eternal bliss to await the happy family reunion on the shores of eternal deliverance. It is indeed hard to give them up early; but when taken without the consciousness of death’s dread approach, uncontaminated by sin and untouched by care, we must admit that they gain vastly more than they lose. She was buried Sunday morning in the city cemetery.

Colorado Citizen, June 14, 1888, page 3

Green, Annie Rebecca (McRee)

Mrs. J. E. Green Dies in Houston Saturday Noon

Mr. and Mrs. W. E. McRee, P. C. Middlebrook, Sr. and P. C. Middlebrook, Jr. were in Houston Sunday to attend the funeral services for Mrs. J. E. Green held at the Fogle West Funeral Home at 2:30 o’clock. Dr. E. H. Westmoreland officiated. Mrs. Green passed away at 12:40 a.m. Saturday from the effects of a heart attack suffered eight days earlier. The body was cremated.

Annie Rebecca McRee was born in Alabama November 7, 1875. At the time of her marriage to Joseph E. Green she was postmistress at Giddings.

The family later moved to Eagle Lake where they resided many years before Mrs. Green moved to Houston about 15 years ago to be with her children.

She is survived by four sons, Joseph E. Green of Philadelphia, Pa., Braxton, Frank S. and Fox S., all of Houston; two grandsons and one great grand-son of Philadelphia, and several nieces and nephews. An only daughter [Pansy] preceeded her in death several years ago. [Marker in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight Sep 17, 1948
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Green, Bat

Young Negro Drowned Tuesday In Deep Hole On Eldridge Place

While in swimming in a hole, probably eighteen or twenty feet deep, on the Eldridge place, made by the overflow of the Colorado river when the levee was washed out at this point, Bat Green, a young negro about 18 years of age, was drowned at noon Tuesday. He, with other Negroes, was working on the levee which is being rebuilt there, and after knocking off for the noon hour, he with several other young negro men went in swimming in the deep hole. The hole is deep and round in shape, probably a hundred feet or more from bank to bank. Several of the young negro men had left one bank and swanm (sic) across the hole to the banks on the opposite side.

Green was the last to start but was a good swimmer and had frequently been in swimming in the hole. After leaving the bank and being a quarter or third across the hole he was seen to appear tired and was making but slow headway in swimming. His swimming companions on the opposite side called to him and asked if he was tired and he said that he was. They started across the hole for him and when one of them reached him he caught the one coming to him around the neck and both came near drowning. One of the others made an attempt to save Green, but he came to the top quickly sank and never came up again. The body was later recovered and buried the following day.

Green lived with his mother, Mandy Green, on the Herbert place, his father, Dan Green being in the Coleman section of the state.

Mr. J. A. Dromgoole states that Bat Green was one of the best young Negroes he ever saw. He was born and raised on the Herbert place and was a young negro that could be trusted and could be depended upon to look after, and care for any work connected with the farm. He was well thought of by both Mr. Herbert and Mr. Dromgoole and the death of so splendid a young negro man is deeply regretted by all who knew him, both white and colored. [Place of interment unknown.]

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 30, 1921
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Green, Braxton

Braxton Green, 61, a native of Eagle Lake and for the past 28 years a resident of Houston, passed away at 3:54 last Friday morning in a Houston hospital following a short illness. He suffered cerebral hemorrhage on Sunday, Nov. 19th and was taken to the hospital where he passed away on Friday.

He had been employed as a guard at the Houston postoffice for the past eight years.

Funeral services were held at the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home chapel in Eagle Lake at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26th with the Rev. Boyd Harris, pastor of Colly Memorial Methodist Church officiating. Miss Marian Wozencraft played favorite hymns at the organ.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Serving as pallbearers were Raymond Le Blanc, Herschel Harrington, W. F. Chenault, Clyde Nispel, Fulton M. Dromgoole and Robert Simmons. Named as honorary pallbearers were members of American Legion Post 313 of Houston and associates and employees of the Houston Post Office.

Mr. Green was born on February 27, 1900 in Eagle Lake, the son of Joe E. and Annie Bec Green. He was married on May 16th, 1929 in Eagle Lake to Helen Darby.

His wife and cousins and other relatives are survivors. Three brothers, Joe, Frank and Fox and one sister, Pansy, all preceded him in death.

Mr. Green was a veteran of both World War I and II. After serving in the U. S. Navy in World War I, he returned to Eagle Lake and was associated with the railway express company and for a while operated a cleaning and pressing establishment here.

In World War II he saw extensive combat duty and held the rating of chief boatswain’s mate.

He was a member of the Park Terrace Christian Church in Houston and a member of the American Legion Post 313 in Houston.

Mrs. W. G. Darby accompanied her daughter to Houston Monday and will visit with her for a while before returning home.

The many friends of this loved one join in extending deepest sympathy to his bereaved family.

Attend Funeral From Out of town

Among the out of town relatives here for the funeral services were Howard L. Shipps and Thurmond Shipps of Indiana; and out of town friends included: Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Taylor of Baytown, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Pentecost of Liberty; and the following from Houston: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Reno, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Piecznski, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Clark, Mr. and Mrs. V. C. Lindner, Mr. and Mrs. Woorow Pierce, Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Hoeninghaus, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bell, George A. Clay, Robert G. Hart, H. M. Sweeney, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Scarborough, Mr. and Mrs. E. Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Brown, Al Witter, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Le Blanc, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Doucet, Mr. and Mr. R. G. Neel, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Shear, Johnnie Barcelo, Mr. and Mrs. Edison Harrington, Mr. and Mrs. Herschell Harrington, W. B. Harrington, Mrs. Mabel Flynn, and Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Sander.

Eagle Lake Headlight
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Green, Charlie Cook

Chas. Green, 61[sic], Succumbs

Funeral services for Charlie Cook Green, 67, of Beaumont, were held at First United Methodist Church here Monday afternoon, January 31, with burial in Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Rev. John Robinson officiated.

Mr. Green died January 29 in Houston.

Born here Aug. 29, 1904, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Green. He moved to Beaumont many years ago.

He is survived by two sons, Charles T. Green of Gouston[sic] and Robert S. Green of Mesa Arizona; five granddaughters, and one sister, Mrs. B. J. Doyle of Galveston.

Weimar Mercury, February 2, 1972

Green, Clara E. (Litzman)

Clara E. Green, 84, of Columbus, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1994 in Columbus.

Born Jan. 5, 1910, in Bernardo, she was the daughter of Gustav and Ellie (Johse) Litzman. On June 26, 1930, she married Rowan Eugene Green. Mrs. Green was a retired bookkeeper for Henicke Motor Company and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbus.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 27, 1994, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with Pastor H. L. Anderson officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Mark Litzmann, Mike Green, Kenny Shry, Charles Glueck, Rip Green and Lance Lanford.

Mrs. Green is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Margie Green of Jennings, LA and James L. and Kay D. Green of Houston; sister Mary Leedy of Alvin; brother Elton Litzmann of Alleyton; and grandchildren Mike Green, Rip Green, Randy Green and Brenda Lanford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on Oct. 12, 1979; and two brothers.

Colorado County Citizen, February 2, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Green, Davis
Winslow, Dennis

Eagle Lake Items

Last Saturday evening at Vineyard and Frazar’s store, in the bottom, a negro by the name of Davis Green, while drunk, shot Mr. Arthur McDow with a Winchester rifle. The ball entered the upper portion of the thigh, breaking the bone near the joint, causing a very painful and dangerous wound. After McDow was shot, several shots were fired, which resulted in the killing of Davis Green, and accidentally, an old negro by the name of Dennis Winslow. All regret the unfortunate killing of Winslow, as he was a good and inoffensive old man, and in no way associated with the difficulty. J. E. Stewart, our efficient Constable, was soon on the battlefield, and arrested H. A. Lehman, A. J. Downing and H. H. Moore, who were taken to Columbus to await their examining trial. At this writing Mr. McDow is doing very well.

Colorado Citizen, March 29, 1888, page 3

Green, Edgar Eugene

Last Rites Held Wed. For E. E. Green

Citizens throughout the area learned with great sadness of the death of Edgar E. Green, 80, a life-long prominent resident of this county.  Mr. Green died in the Columbus Hospital at 8:25 a.m. Monday, April 17th following an illness of nearly four years.

He was a prominent rancher and farmer in the Garwood area of Colorado County for the past forty-three years and was well known for his interest in the community and county.  He served as a deputy sheriff for the county sheriff's office for some forty years; was a charter member of the Garwood Lions Club; and a member of the Garwood Methodist Men. He was a member of the Baptist Church and since there was no Baptist Church in Garwood attended the Methodist Church and took part in the men's activities.

He was born on October 21, 1891, near Rock Island, the son of Quintus and Betty Oaks Green.  He and Miss Hazel Harter were united in marriage in Columbus on Feb. 1, 1910.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Ben Woodruff of El Campo and Mrs. Lawrence A. Berger of Garwood; one son Gene (Bozo) Green of El Campo; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were to be held form the chapel of Mill-Bauer Funeral home in Eagle Lake at 2:30 p.m. this Wed. April 19th with the Revs. Windel Bell of Colly Memorial United Methodist Church of Eagle Lake and G. Leo Glasgow of Garwood United Methodist Church, officiating.

Walter M. Von Heeder sang favorite hymns and was accompanied at the organ by Mrs. Von Heeder.

He was placed to final rest in the Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island, Serving as pallbearers were Dennis Stary of El Campo, Alfred Goerlich of Galveston, M. H. Buller of Columbus, Russell and Harvey Cooper and Donnie Wiese of Eagle Lake.  Members of the Garwood Lions Club were named honorary pallbearers.

Mr. Green was loved and respected by all who came to know him and he shall be missed dearly by his loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight April 20, 1972
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Green, Eldridge

Eldridge Green, the 21-year-old son of Rev. Tillman Green (colored) of this city died Thursday of last week of tuberculosis and the funeral took place Friday afternoon at the colored people's burying ground west of this city, the funeral procession being one of the longest ever seen in this city attesting the universal popularity of this poor colored boy, the latter part of whose life was wrecked by disease. Although a great sufferer, he was cheerful to the last and died strong in the faith that he was going to meet his Maker. So popular was this boy that the colored school adjourned out of respect to his memory and attended the funeral in a body. We sympathize with his father to whom the boy was so near and dear.

Weimar Mercury, January 30, 1914
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Green, Emma Bell (Frazer)

Mrs. Jesse Green, 90, Passes Away Tuesday Morning

Mrs. Emma Green, long a resident of the Weimar area, died Tuesday morning at the San Jacinto Hotel where she had been living for the past three years. Mrs. Green was the wife of Mr. Jesse Green, former mail carrier for this area, who preceded her in death in 1950.

Mrs. Green was 90 years of age, having been born on March 12, 1875. Surviving are two sons, John W.[sic] Green of Weimar and one daughter, Mrs. Bernard (Mary) Doyle of Galveston.

Mrs. Green was a member of the First Methodist Church of Weimar.

Funeral services were held at the Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar on Wednesday, October 13. Interment was in the Weimar Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery. The Rev. Lee Geldmeier officiated

Weimar Mercury, October 14, 1965

Green, F. A.

Weimar Local Matters

F A. Green, a member of Company F.,of the 8th Texas “Terry Ranges,” died at his home near Vienna, Lavaca county, the 20th of this month, of pneumonia. Mr. Green was one among the bravest and best of soldiers, true to his friends. The members of this old regiment will be sorry to hear of his demise. He leaves a wife and two dear little children and an aged father to mourn the loss of a husband, father and son. But a few weeks ago we saw him; he was then a perfect picture of health, a noble specimen of manhood. May God in his infinite mercy and goodness temper the sorrow of the bereaved.

Colorado Citizen, January 28, 1886

Green, Floyd L.

Floyd L. Green, 81, of Columbus, passed away May 18 at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital in Houston.

He was born in Altair, June 17, 1920 to Lucious and Ida Lou (Sterrett) Green and married Ruth Rodgers, May 6, 1943. He was a retired Southern Pacific Railroad employee, a member of St, Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus, VFW Post 6113 in Columbus and United Transportation Union.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mae Green and Bessie Adams; and brother, Richard Green.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Sandra Vaughn, of Conroe; son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Brenda Green, of Mexia; sister, Cleo Naumann, of Glidden; five grandchildren, Gary Larsen, J. R. Vaugh, Sam Green, Luke Green and Shelby Atkinson; four great-grandchildren, Brhiannon, Amy, Bo and Cody Atkinson.

Funeral services were conducted May 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Glenn Weishuhn, Charlie Wyers, Larry Green, Terry Naumann, Charlie Herchek and Jack Green.

Colorado County Citizen, May 22, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Green, Fox Stephens

Fox Green Dies Yesterday In Houston Hospital

Fox Stephens Green, 43, of Houston, formerly of Eagle Lake, died yesterday at 8:00 a.m. in a Houston hospital after a slight stroke. He had a previous stroke two or three years ago and one year ago had an operation for high blood pressure.

Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, at 4:00 p.m. at the Pat Foley Funeral Home in Houston with the Rev. E. H. Westmoreland officiating. Cremation at the Brookside Memorial Park Crematorium.

He is survived by two brothers, his twin, Frank Stephens Green, and Braxton Green of Houston.[Marker in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Jan 11, 1951 Eagle Lake Headlight
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Green, Frank Stephens

Services Held Tues. For Frank S. Green, 48

Funeral services were held in Houston at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, May 8th, for Frank Stephens Green, 48 of Houston who died at 11 p.m. Sunday at his home.

Mr. Green, a former resident and native of this community, had resided in Houston for the past twenty-five years.

Services were held at the Pat H. Foley Chapel in Houston and cremation was made at Brookside Memorial Park. Dr. E. H. Westmoreland of Houston officiated at the services.

Survivoring (sic) are his widow, Mrs. Inez Green; a brother, Braxton Green of Houston. His parents and a twinbrother Fox Stephens preceded him in death. [Marker in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 10, 1956
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Green, Harris Taylor

A Pioneer Citizen Claimed by Death

With the closed of the Christmas holidays Death stepped in and claimed one of the pioneer citizens of this section--Mr. Harris T. Green, Sr., one of the oldest in point of years, in length of residence here, and one of the largest land owners of Fayette and Colorado counties. His death came last Saturday about noon, following an illness of several months after he had had a stroke of paralysis while in front of the Herder Mercantile Company store some time in October.

His serious condition was realized at the time, due to his advanced age, but he rallied from time to time and family and friends were hopeful that he would out-live the stroke and again take his place among us. But it was not to be. Toward the last his strength gradually failed and a few days preceding his death it was realized the end was near. The end came quietly and peacefully, and this old pioneer of the early days of our state took the trail to his last resting place.

Funeral arrangements were made and body commited to mother earth Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery. The funeral was largely attended, attesting the high esteem in which decedent was always held by his fellow-man. The floral offerings also were profuse and beautiful. Rev. W. L. Hightower, local Methodist minister, conducted a touching burial service.

Active pall bearers were Messrs. Geo. Herder, Jr., Grady Shaver, Mannie Lauterstein, Henry Brasher, John Hajovsky and Stephen McCormick. Honorary pall bearers included the following: F. D. Moore, T. W. Hill, Henry J. Laas, Dr. A. H. Potthast, F. F.Anders, H. Brasher, Sr., H. P. Sachs, Jno. C. Hubbard, Dr. C. G. Cook, W. C. Munn of Houston, Ed Rabel, J. H. VanAlstyne, Ben B. Holt, Max Schwartz of Schulenburg, Henry Seifert, J. F. Bartosh, J. K. Davis, E. F. Gold, Anton Beck, Jr., Julius Schwartz of Schulenbug, E. F. Shortt, Gus Russek and Dr. L. J. Peter of Schulenburg, J. J. Mansfield of Columbus, J. O. Boettcher, R. A. Wolters of Schulenburg, Dr. I. B. Sigler of Sealy, Geo. Herder, Sr. of Eagle Lake, John F. Walker, John Armstrong, Sam C. Holloway, Will F. Miller of Houston, Rev. Jack. Stack of Harlingen, Rev. Ernest Stack of LaFeria, John H. Brooks, M. Schetzing, Elmo Chandler, Felix Melor, Tye Holman, W. B. Lowerey, Chas. Herder, Chas. F. Boettcher, Ed Seydler, O. H. Holloway, A. J. Ratliff, John Guinn of El Camop, Leon F. Baar, O. Hilden, Paul A. Schulz, M. Ebeling, Dr. J. F. Lessing and Lee Glass of Schulenburg, Judge E. B. Mayes and Will Writz of Columbus, T. Y. Hill of Llano, R. L. Williams of Bay City, W. S. Shaver, F. E. Leidolf, Jas. Darby of Houston, D. E. Humble, Frank Verunac, A. P. Beck of Borden, J. O. Cherry of Oakland, John Mozisek and John Barta.
Harris Taylor Green was born in the state of Mississippi July 29, 1849. After the death of his parents, the family moved to Texas. Mr. Green at that time was an infant. While in his “teens” and attending school at the old town of Lyons, a company was formed and drilled with expectation that it would be needed in the fight for the Southern cause, but this company was never called into service.

Mr. Green was educaed at Baylor College when that college was located at Independence, Washington county. Dr. William Henry Crain was its chief executive. In 1869 he drove cattle over the Old Chisholm Trail to Abilene and Kansas City. He taught mathematics and grammar for a time in Baylor college. He gave up school work on account of his health, and since that time farming was his life work.

On Dec. 18, 1873, he was happily married to Miss Mary M. Black. To this union three children were born--Jesse T. and Milton A., both of Weimar, and a little girl, Annie, who died in childhood. Mrs. Green died in 1883. In 1894 he was married to Miss Mary E. Morrow. To this union eight children were born, three boys and five girls, as follows: Mrs. Phillips of Amarillo, Mrs. Harris of Houston, Dr. Harris Green of Amarillo, Dr. James Green of Harlingen, Lee Green of San Juan, Mrs. Walker of Houston, Mrs. Freeland of San Antonio and Mrs. Seydler of Weimar.

Mr. Green’s eldest brother was a pioneer Baptist preacher of this section--Rev. Lee Green--who is well and favorably remembered by old time citizens. Mr. Green joined the Baptist Church in early manhood and consistently lived in this faith up to the time of his death. He had lived in this section for a period of seventy-five years.

Mr. Green was a man of quiet, unobtrusive habits and disposition. He was an active man up to the time he was stricken by paralysis. Farming was his life calling and he had made a success of same. He superintended farming oprations on his numerous farms and was regared as probably the best posted man in this section along said lines. He was a man of genial disposition, honest, upright, and always commanded the highest respect and esteem from his fellow-man. To friend and stranger alike he always had a hearty greeting, and those of us who so often were greeted by his hearty “Howdy” will surely miss same. Mr. Green was devoted to his family, gave his children benefit of a good education and leaves behind him a splendid group of men and women as his descendants.

To his mourning loved ones the Mercury tenders Its heartfelt sympathy and trusts that the Heavely Father above will comfort them in their deep bereavement.

(The Mercury has on hand a biographical sketch of Mr Green, a very interesting account of his life and career, one hat we know will be read with interest by all, and we hope to reproduce same in these columns next week. We had intened doing so this week, but due to heavy inroad on our advertising columns and mass of matter carried ove from last week, we were forced to delay publication until next week.--Eds.)
Weimar Mercury, January 1, 1932

Green, Harris Taylor, Jr.

Graveside Services Here for Dr. Green

Graveside services for Dr. Harris T. Green, about 80, of Beaumont, were held at Weimar’s Masonic Cemetery Dec. 22.

Dr. Green, a retired dentist, had lived at Beaumont the past 25 years. He was a native of Weimar.

He had never married. His survivors include two sisters, Mrs. George Freeland of Taylor and Mrs. Wilbur Seydler of Tyler, and a brother, James Green of Pearsall.

Weimar Mercury, January 9, 1969, page 8

Green, Hattie


Hattie Green, respected colored woman of this city, widow of the late Wm. Green, who for a long time operated a float and was engaged in hauling freight and express here, died and was buried in the colored people’s burying ground west of town last Friday.

Many friends, both white and black, regret her death.

Weimar Mercury, March 27, 1931

Green, Indiana (Griffith)

Columbus, Tex., Jan 25, 1892.--This morning, at 4 o'clock, Mrs. Inda Green died of pneumonia, caused by la grippe, at the residence of Mr. H. Byars, in this city. The deceased was 57 years of age and had resided in this and Gonzales counties for many years, where she reared a large family. She was the mother of the present county attorney, Sam L. Green. Her remains will be buried in the Odd Fellows' rest, [Columbus City] from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. John T. Duncan, tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock.--News Special

Weimar Mercury, January 30, 1892

The Citizen records with regret the death of Mrs. India Green of Gonzales county, which occurred at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. John Duncan, of this city, last Monday, of pneumonia, aged 57 years. The deceased had been a frequent visitor to her sisters, Mesdames John H. Bowers and Mattie A. Cook, of this city, for years past, and was well known and esteemed by numerous citizens of this place, as well as at her old home. Her many estimable estimable[sic] traits of character endeared her to a large circle of friends wherever known, who appreciated her character and valued her friendship. Her remains were committed to earth in the city cemetery last Thursday morning, in the presence of numerous sorrowing relatives and friends, the Rev, E, R, Carswell officiating. Sweet be her last sleep.

Colorado Citizen, January 25, 1892

Green, Jason Richard

Jason Green

Jason Richard Green, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Green of Houston, born Friday, June 24, died at the Texas Children Hospital Saturday.

Burial was in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery at Frelsburg June 26, with Father Bockholt officiating.

Mrs. Green will be remembered as the former Joyce Richter. Maternal grandparents of the infant are Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Richter Sr. of New Ulm and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Green of Caldwell. Great grandparents are Mr. aid Mrs. Paul Laake of New Ulm and Mrs. Emma Green of Brenham.

Colorado County Citizen, June 30, 1977, page 4

Green, Jesse Thomas

Death Takes Jesse Green, 76, Former Mail Carrier

Death came quietly last Monday afternoon to a friendly little man who never lived more than a few miles from Weimar but found life more interesting and enjoyable than most world travelers.

Jesse Thomas Green, 76-year-old retired mail carrier, listed many people as his friends, but he found extra zest in life because he also made friends of animals and growing plants. The 20 years he spent farming before he began carrying the mail in 1905 not only aided him in the complexities of the rural mail carrier’s job but formed a background for his chief hobby after he was retired in October, 1939. Advanced in age though he was, his flowers, shrubs and vegetable garden drew much admiration from his neighbors in Weimar. During the last years of his mail-carrying national attention was forced upon him and the farmer’s deer that he taught to “relay” the daily mail from the road to the farmhouse. He knew every dog along his route by name. Such things were a vital part of Mr. Green’s life.

His death at his home Monday afternoon ended an illness that began last April.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday from the family home, and his body laid to rest in City (Odd Fellows) Cemetery, Rev. W. E. Brown officiating.

The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Green, he was born near this city October 12, 1874. Educated in Weimar public school and a Waco private school, he married Miss Emma Bell Frazer November 17, 1897. He started as a substitute mail carrier in 1905 and in May, 1814, became a regular carrier, retiring 25 years and 250,000 miles later.

Surviving him are his widow; two sons, Johnnie Green of Houston and Charlie Cook Green of Beaumont; a daughter, Mrs. Bernard Doyle of Galveston; three brothers, Dr. Harris Green of Beaumont, Dr. James Green of Harlingen, and Lee Green of San Juan; four sisters, Mrs. Allison Phillips of Boyd, Mrs. Claude Harris of Houston, Mrs. George Freeland of Taylor and Mrs. Wilbur Seydler of Tyler; and three grandchildren, Tommie and Bobbie Green and Mary Ann Doyle

Weimar Mercury, October 27, 1950

Green, John Milton

Johnnie Green, 64, Dies; Rites Here Thursday

Funeral services for John Milton Green, 64, who died Tuesday at Van Dyke Nursing Home in Galveston, will be held at 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home here, with burial in Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Rev. Lee Geldmeier, pastor of First Methodist Church, where Mr. Green had been a lifelong member, will officiate.

Mr. Green was born on a farm a short distance from Weimar Feb. 8, 1901, a son of Jesse and Emma Frazer Green. He married Miss Lorena O’Day 38 years ago, and they made their home in Houston, where he worked for Southern Pacific Railroad Lines for many years.

Mr. Green’s wife died last July. He had been in bad health himself for several years. He had moved back here in the fall of 1964, but last fall moved to Galveston to take treatments for his illness. It was about that time, Oct. 12, that his mother died.

Mr. Green is survived by a stepdaughter, Mrs. Lorena Boyett of Houston, one brother Charlie Cook Green of Beaumont; and one sister Mrs. Bernard J. (Mary Emma) Doyle of Galveston. A brother, William, preceded him in death in 1922.

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1966

Green, Johnnie

Johnnie Green, 69, Burns to Death In Thursday Fire

Jonnie[sic] Green, 69-year-old shoeshiner at Neiser's Barbara Shop here, died Thursday night in a fire which destroyed the 5-room home in which he and his sister's family lived. [Place of interment unknown]

The sister, Thelma Lee, her daughter, 14, and son, 12, escaped without injury but saved only the clothes they were wearing.

A wood heater in the small rear room occupied by Johnnie was believed by Fire Marshal Anton Schindler to have been the cause of the blaze.

Johnnie's body was found face down in a doorway leading out of his room toward the front of the house.

Apparently no one noticed the fire until it was well under way. The alarm was turned in at 10:30, but the blaze was out of control before firemen could get there.
Those who saw the fire earliest said it seemed to have started in the northeast corner of the house where Johnnie's room was located.
The wood heater in the room was less than four feet from the bed. Mr. Schindler theorized that Johnnie had built a fire when he came home then was asleep when sparks from the stove ignited the bed or other articles in the room.

A friend told the marhsal[sic] Johnnie had gone home at about 9:30. Thelma Lee told some friends after the fire he had asked for and obtained some matches, and that later, when someone shouted at her to tell her the house was afire she thought Johnnie had escaped.

The house belonged to the estate of Johnnie's mother and was partly covered by insurance,

Weimar Mercury, December 16, 1955, page 1

Green, Leonard

Columbus Negro Knifed to Death; Assailant Held

Leonard Green, 26-year-old Columbus negro, sat up in a car taking him to the hospital last Friday evening, calmly smoking a cigaret while he held one hand to a knife wound In his neck.

A few minutes later, as he was being moved from the car he breathed his last breath. [Place of interment unknown]

This quiet exit had followed a violent argument at about 7 o'clock at the Royal Cafe in Columbus.

Emil Ashton, 28, is in county jail under $5000 bond on a charge of murder filed by Chief Deputy Sheriff M. H. Buller.

According to witnesses, Ashton and Eddie Green, an older brother of the dead man, were sitting at a table in the cafe when Leonard walked over from the bar.

They said Ashton rose and Green knocked or pushed him down, and that Ashton then got up and made a pass at Green.

Campbell Denley, in the cafe at the time, said he noticed Ashton had a knife and urged Ashton to use It. "But it was too late,” he added. "Leonard already had been cut. He asked me to take him to the hospital."

Weimar Mercury, April 15, 1955, page 1

Green, Lucius Adkins


The following is from the pen of a heartstricken mother:

Died, a 6 o’clock in the morning, October 18, 1882, at “Shady Side,” (the family residence,) LUCIUS ADKINS GREEN, aged two years, one month and seventeen days. [Place of interment unknown]

Through the lonely rooms I wander,
Listening for thy pattering feet;
Watching waiting for the laughter
Of that voice so pure and sweet.
But thy head of golden tresses—
Sunny head, so fair and bright—
And those dimpled hands so pearly,
All are hidden from my sight.

How I yearn to clasp and press thee
To my heart, for one more kiss;
But my arms are empty, darling;
Earth for me has no such bliss.

But within the glowing covers
Of that Book, loved best of all,
One fair, golden tress is shining,
Vanished blessings to recall.
Long may be my road, and dreary,
Ere we meet, O baby dear!
Call for “mother” some day, darling,
And be sure that I shall hear!

Colorado Citizen, October 26, 1882, page 3

Green, M.


M. Green, a old citizen of Weimar, who has been an invalid for the last year, left a few weeks ago to visit his daughter in Elsworth, Kansas, with the hopes of improving his health, died in that place on the 31st of July. He made his will before leaving, bequeathing all his property to Mrs. Fox, his oldest daughter, living at the above named city.

Colorado Citizen, August 9, 1883

Green, Mary

The wife of Grant Green, colored, a well known farmer of the Clear Creek community, died last Saturday and was buried the following day in the colored people’s burying ground west of town.

Weimar Mercury, May 7, 1915, page 5

Green, Mary Elizabeth (Morrow)

Mrs. Harris T. Green, 78, Dies At Taylor, Funeral Services Held Here Wednesday

Final tribute was given Mrs. Harris T. Green. 78-year-old Weimar pioneer, in services held here at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Odd Fellows' Cemetery. Mrs. Green, familiarly-known to countless Weimar residents, expired Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Freeland of Taylor, in which city funeral services had been previously conducted by the Rev. Chester Watt, Taylor First Baptist Church pastor.

Pallbearers included Claude Harris, Jr., Max and Rodney Walker, John Green and Milton Green, all of Houston and Ray Kusey of Schulenburg. [Place of interment Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Daughter of early settlers, Mr. and Mrs. James Morrow, the deceased whose maiden name was Mary Elizabeth, was born March 2, 1861 in Fayette County. On Feb. 13, 1884, she was united in marriage to Harris T. Green, who expired Dec. 13, 1931. Prior to his passing, Mr. Green had become one of Colorado County's most successful farmers and stockmen,in addition to accquiring large land holdings. Mrs. Green had been a lifelong member of the Weimar Baptist Church and had always been actively associated with the church's activities.

She is survived by three sons, Dr. Harris Green of Big Springs, Lea of San Juan, Dr. James Green of Harlingen; two step-sons, J. T. of Weimar and Milton of Houston; four daughters, Mrs. C. C. Harris of Houston, Mrs. Allison Philip of Wellington, Mrs. George Freeland of Taylor, Mrs. Wilbur Seydler of Weimar; a half-brother, Fritz W. Kolterman of Weimar; a sister Mrs. Frannie Black of Weimar; eighteen grandchildlren and two great-grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, April 14, 1939

Green, Mary M. (Black)

Weimar Local Matters

Another Christian wife and mother has gone. Mrs. Harris Green, living near here, passed quietly away last Saturday morning with that fearful disease, consumption. Mrs. G. was the daughter of John Black, Esq. of this neighborhood. Had been an invalid for more than a year. She was a devoted Christian, leaves a husband and several small children to mourn her loss. [Buried in Schulenburg City Cemetery, Fayette County]

Colorado Citizen, September 6, 1883

Green, Matilda

Weimar Items

Weimar July 27, 1909 Weimar is 36 years old, and the storm that visited this place Wednesday evening, July 21st was the worst in its history...Then the colored Methodist and Baptist churches and the colored fraternal halls went down before the gale together with many negro houses in that locality. Aunt Matilda Green, an old and respected negro woman who owned a little house in that part of the city, became frightened and left her home to go to that of her daughter’s near by, and was killed by a gallery falling on her....[Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, July 20, 1909

Green, Milton A.

Funeral Services For Milton Green, 68, Held Monday

Funeral services for Milton A. Green, 68, of La Feria, Texas, were held at La Feria Sunday night and in Weimar Monday, with interment in the City Cemetery here. Rev. L. A. McDaniel of La Feria officiated, assisted by Rev. J. M. McDonald of Weimar.

Mr. Green succumbed in a hospital Saturday night after a lingering illness.

An attorney for more than 45 years, he began his law practice here after graduation from the University of Texas Law School, later going to Yoakum before going to the Rio Grande Valley section in 1920. He and brother, Lee M. Green, organized the Security State Bank of San Juan. For the past five years he had been attorney for the La Feria Water Control and Improvement district.

Born Sept. 21, 1881, in Fayette County, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harris T. Green of Weimar. After organizing the San Juan bank, he served as president and legal counsel before becoming a member of the legal staff of the Federal Land Bank at Houston, retiring in 1945 to return to the Valley.

He was a Rotarian, and member of the Methodist Church and State Bar Association.

Surviving ae his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Roach Green; two sons, Albert Harris Green and Milton Burford Green of Houston; four brothers, Jesse T. Green of Weimar, Dr. H. T. Green of Beaumont, Dr. J. M. Green of Harlingen, and Lee M. Green of San Juan; and for sisters, Mrs. H. A. Phillips of Boyd, Mrs. C. C. Harris of Houston, Mrs. George Freeland of Taylor and Mrs. Wilbur Seydler of Tyler. His first wife, Mrs. Verna Burford Green, died in 1924.

Pallbearers at the services here included F. F. Brasher, Sam Holloway, Chas. Herder, Sr., Grady Shaver, Ben Holt, Tye Holman, all of Weimar; and Ray Kusey and Chas. Matula of Schulenburg.

Weimar Mercury, February 24, 1950, page 1

Green, Ruth (Rodgers)


Ruth Rodgers Green passed away peacefully July 8 at Methodist Hospital in Houston at the age of 81.

Ruth was born near Frelsburg Nov. 24, 1924 to Lester G. and Lora Meyer Rodgers. She attended school at Zimmerscheidt and graduated from Columbus High School. She was raised by her mother, Lora, and stepfather, Walter Venghaus, who preceded her in death.

She married Floyd L. Green on May 6, 1943. She lived through World War II waiting for her beloved husband to safely return from Europe. Afterwards, they settled near Columbus on Glidden Hill. Floyd preceded her in death.

Ruth had a career in banking with the First State Bank of Columbus. She enjoyed her family life and caring for her husband, children and home. Other interests were sewing, crocheting, knitting and quilt making. She also enjoyed outings with her family and friends. She especially liked saltwater fishing on the Texas Coast. One of the fondest memories of the children is her wide smile and laughter as she would land “a big one.”

After retirement she and Floyd traveled around the state visiting old friends, taking in some sightseeing and fishing on the various lakes.

Ruth was a longtime member and supporter of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus. She was active in the Mary Martha Circle, a women's organization at the church.

She is survived by her children, Doug Green and wife, Brenda, of Groesbeck and Sandra Vaughn, of Conroe; siblings, Clemons Venghaus and wife, Peggy, of Cat Spring and Waldine Sopchak, of Huffman; grandchildren, Sam Green, Luke Green, Gary Larsen, J.R. Vaughn and Shelby Tanner; great-grandchildren, Brhiannon Vaughn and Bo, Cody and Amy Atkinson; and three nieces and five nephews.

Funeral services were July 13 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Luke Green, Larry Green, Jack Green, Glenn Weishuhn, Ron Sopchak and Kyle Sopchak.

Colorado County Citizen, July 19, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Green, Rowan

The many friends of Major Rowan Green, who was formerly a lawyer at Columbus, in this county, will regret to hear of his death, which occurred at his home at Anson Tex., on the 4th inst. He died of asthma, from which he had suffered for years. The GIMLET sympathizes deeply with his bereaved family and other relatives. He left this county for Anson several years ago, and was reported to be in a good law practice there. Peace to his remains.

Weimar Gimlet, February 16, 1888

Green, Rowan Adkins

Rowan A. Green, Former Citizen, Is Buried Here

The friends of the family were surprised when word reached Columbus last Saturday morning of the sudden death of Rowan A. Green, which occurred at Flatonia, Friday, though he had been in ill health for some time.

He was the son of Dr. Rowan Green and was born and reared here. He was married to Miss Ada Hauser of Hempstead in 1900, and Houston has been his home since that time.

He was an expert bookkeeper and was employed as such at Flatonia where he had been since January of this year.

The remains were brought to Columbus Saturday afternoon and the funeral was held from the depot to Odd Fellows Rest, where Rev. R. S. Garrard conducted the services.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Misses Rowena and Etelka, his mother, Mrs. Leonora Adkins Green and two sisters, Mrs. Carey Shaw and Mrs. F. W. Lumsden, all of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, May 26, 1922
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Green, Tom


Tom Green, 40, embalmer for the Ben H. Davis funeral concern was shot and killed late Saturday on the street near the Davis Drug Store. Leslie Booker, about 35, was lodged in jail here charged with the crime.

Booker was preparing to take a load of colored folks to a meeting at Alleyton and was asked by Green if he was going to Alleyton, whereupon Booker remarked that the other was trying to ''hurrah" him and drew a knife and attacked Green, cutting him in the arm and neck. Green got away from him and ran. Booker then drew a 38 pistol and fired two shots at the fleeing man, both bullets striking him in the back, the first low and the other about the middle of the back. Green died in a few minutes after the shooting. This account was given by witnesses to the affair.

Booker had been wounded in a shooting scrape at Alleyton some two weeks earlier, in which he was a bystander, and he had been hurrahed about it quite a bit since.

Green was a sober, industrious negro, married. His wife, Ardelia Green, is a school teacher In the Columbus district. [Place of interment unknown]

Examining trial was held Tuesday, and Booker held without bail.--Columbus Citizen.

Weimar Mercury, August 31, 1934, page 1

Green, Verna Belle (Burford)


News was received here early Sunday morning conveying tidings of the sad death of a most beloved and lovable lady who formerly lived in our community--that of Mrs. Verna Burford Green, which occurred in a hospital at San Antonio Saturday night, after a period of long suffering. The remains were brought to this city Sunday afternoon and taken to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Bartosh, relatives of the decedent and after appropriate services by our local Methodist pastor, Rev. J. C. Wilson, were committed to mother earth in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery at 5 o’clock, a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends being present to witness the last sad rites.

Mrs. Verna Belle Burford Green was born at Osage, near this place, Dec. 28, 1886. Her girlhood days, were spent in this city and section, where her pleasant demeanor and attractive personality won for her a large circle of friends and admirers. July 4, 1909, she was united in marriage to Mr. Milton Green, and he and a little son, together with a mother, Mrs. Davie Burford, and two brothers, Will of Laredo and Frank of Yoakum, survive.

Mrs. Green was a member of the Methodist Church, a devoted chiristian wife, mother and daughter, and was greatly beloved by all who knew her.

The heartfelt sympathy of all our people goes out to the bereaved husband, little son, mother and brothers. May God comfort them as he alone can.

Weimar Mercury, August 22, 1924
Photo courtesy David Hahn

Green, William

-- The remains of Wm. Green Sr. father of Wm. Green of this place, were disintered [sic] Tuesday and were taken to Columbus, Texas. Mr. Green died about fourteen years ago, of pneumonia. His wife was buried at Columbus, and he was taken there for burial that they might be buried in the same lot.

Shiner Gazette, 14 Dec 1893
Contributed by Matt Cross

News Special: Shiner, Lavaca Co., Tex., Dec. 16.--The remains of Wm. Green, sr., father of Wm. Green, were exhumed at Stonewall cemetery, after being buried seventeen years, and removed to Columbus, to be reinterred by the side of his wife, who lies buried there. [Columbus City Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, December 23, 1893

Green, William


Wm. Greene, one of our most respected colored citizens and a familiar figure around Weimar for many years past, he being the local delivery man for the express company, died at his home last Friday after a short illness, and the remains were buried in the colored people’s cemetery west of town the following day. The funeral was largely attended and was a fitting tribute to a colored man who lived an honest, upright life, and who lived up to the Golden Rule throughout his life. Wm. Greene was one of the ante-bellum darkies, kind-hearted, friendly, polite, of upright character, and highly thought of by all, both whites and blacks. He was a natural leader among his race and always counseled them for the best. He will be greatly missed by all. The sympathy of all our people go out to his bereaved widow.

Weimar Mercury, October 28, 1921, page 5

Green, William W.



Mr. and Mrs. Jesse T. Green last Saturday received the sad intelligence that their eldest son, William W. Green, had died at Pomona, California. The distracted parents wired for the body to be shipped home for burial, but due to delays same did not arrive until the following Wednesday morning. Funeral services were held that afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Odd Fellows' Cemetery. Rev. J. C. Wilson, Methodist pastor, officiating in an impressive service. Quite a large number of sympathizing relatives and friends were present to witness the last sad rites.

Decedent lived in our city for a number of years. when he moved to California and engaged in business. He paid the home folks a brief visit a few months ago, seeming to greatly enjoy being once more among his loved ones.

William was an industrious, hard-working splendid young man, a general favorite among his friends and associates, a dutiful son, and his death at such an early age in life is sincerely deplored.

To the grief-stricken parents, brothers, sister, relatives and friends our heartfelt sympathy Is extended.

Weimar Mercury, July 14, 1922, page 1

Greene, Jennie

Quite a shock was given our people Tuesday morning when the sad news of the death of Miss Jennie Greene, the 15-year-old daughter of Mrs. S. O. Greene of this city, was learned. She was taken sick Saturday with congestion, and although every effort was made to save her, “God’s finger touched and she slept.” She was a beautiful young lady, a consistent member of the Christian church, and a promising pupil of the Weimar institute. Funeral services were held at the Christian church in the afternoon by the pastor Rev. V. R. Stapp, after which the remains were escorted to the Odd Fellows’ cemetery by a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends, Masters John Hubbard, Mose Townsend, Barnett Ellis and Vivian Collins acting as pall bearers. To the bereaved mother, relatives and friends we extend our sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury November 2, 1889

Greene, Nannie

Weimar Local Matters

It is with deep regret that we are compelled to record another death in our midst. Nannie, the 12 year old daughter of Mrs. Susan Green, who lives near Oakland, died last Friday at 4 o’clock, p.m., after a short illness. She was an exemplary child, and gave promise to be of great service in this world; but God willed otherwise and took her to Himself. She was buried in the Masonic graveyard near this place last Saturday, Rev. Q. T. Simpson officiating.

Colorado Citizen, August 23, 1888

Greene, Sue O. (Hamilton)

Mrs. S. O. Greene Dead

Mrs. Sue O. Greene, a former citizen of our community, died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. F. Kubala, in Chicago, where the family had resided for a number of years. The remains were brought here for interment today on the 2:35 train from the east. Funeral services were held at the Christian Church. Mrs. Greene is well and favorably remembered by many of the old-time citizens of this place, where she lived for many years. She was a good chiristian woman, a devoted wife and mother, and the best of neighbors and friends. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family. [Interment in Weimar Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, September 12, 1918
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