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Head, Boyd Benjamin Sr.

Funeral Services For Body Head Sr. Held Here Friday

Funeral services for Boyd B. Head Sr., 67, who died of a heart attack Feb. 7 at Beaumont during a selling trip, were held here Friday in First Baptist Church.

The Rev. Charles Young officiated. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery, where members of the local Masonic Lodge held graveside rites.

Mr. Head had been a Weimar resident just two weeks. A. salesman for an electrical company, he was planning to reduce his territory after moving to Weimar, eventually retiring. He and his wife had just moved into their newly completed home here near the home of a son, Boyd Head Jr.

A native of Oklahoma, Mr. Head was a member of the Christian Church and of Gray Lodge No. 329, Ruthven Commandery No. 2, Arabia Temple.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Jeanetta Loretta Head of Weimar; two sons, Boyd B. Head Jr. of Weimar and DeWitt F. Head of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. A. D. Ingle and Mrs. R. L. Smith of Houston; and 16 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Robt. L. Moore, David Cathcart, Frank Pokorny, W. O. (Sonny) Hoegemeyer, Charles Allen and W. W. Williams.

Weimar Mercury, February 17, 1961, page 1

Heard, Charles

Eagle Lake Item

Last Sunday night two negroes, Newt Rodgers and Charles Heard, got into a difficulty on Frazar Bros'. plantation, seven miles below town, in which Heard was shot and instantly killed. Rodgers was arrested the next day. The examining trial was heard Tuesday and the bond set at $2000. Up to date the bond has not been made. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 9, 1893

Hearne, William


Major Wm Hearne accidentally took an overdose of morphine last Thursday morning, from the effect of which he died at 7 o’clock in the evening. Major Hearne was a large and successful planer,and a first-class citizen, and will be greatly missed in this community. [Place of interment unknown]

Mrs. Wm. Hearne and her son Lorenzo arrived Tuesday night from Tennessee.

Colorado Citizen, August 21, 1890, page 3

Heck, Logan Neely


Logan Neely Heck, age 73, of Eagle Lake, passed away February 17 in the Spring Branch Hospital in Houston following a prolonged illness.

Funeral services were held for Logan Neely Heck Saturday, February 20 from the Dulany Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Runk officiating.

Burial was at Lakeside Cementery[sic] in Eagle Lake.

Logan Neely Heck was born October 2, 1914 in Bay City to George and Callie Nelly Heck, he had been a resident of our area for most of his life.

By trade, Logan worked as an auto mechanic in the service station business and for a brief period of time he worked for the Eagle Lake Police Department as a dispatcher.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U S Army, Battery D, 535th AAA BN, in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Eltina Marx Heck of Eagle Lake; sisters, Lorene Tope of San Antonio, Georgia Hanly of Casper, Wyoming and Katy Lucille Young of Barcelona, Spain; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, February 25, 1988, page 2

Heffley, Elnora (Miekow)

Mrs. Heffley Dies; Burial Yesterday in Catholic Cemetery

Funeral services for Mrs. E. V. Heffley, sister of Columbus State Bank President W. H. Miekow and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Miekow, county pioneers, were held yesterday morning in Untermeyer Funeral home, with continued services in St. Anthony’s Catholic church. Burial was in St. Anthony’s cemetery. Rev. Gedeon Stram of St. Roch’s church in Mentz, of which Mrs. Heffley was a member, officiated, assisted by Rev. Alex J. Kraus of Columbus and Rev. Andrew Didner of Eagle Lake.

Ill only a short time, Mrs. Heffley died Sunday at 10:16 p.m. in Columbus hospital. The former Elnora Miekow, she was born in the Mentz area. She and Mr. Heffley were married Nov. 23, 1921, and lived in Mr. Heffley’s native Pennsylvania for 7 years, after which they moved to their home in the Mentz area where they have lived since. They had no children. Mrs. Heffley was a member of St. Roch’s Altar society and of the Bernardo WHD club.

Besides W. H. Miekow, Mrs. Heffley’s surviving brothers are Frank and John of Columbus. She also leaves 2 sisters, Mrs. F. L. Elterman of the Mentz area and Mrs. Addie Byrne of Columbus.

Pallbearers were George Schindler, Henry Kaiser, Otto Gundelach, Roy Heffley, Neville Miekow and Sam K. Seymour Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, December 10, 1959, page 1

Heffley, Roy Miekow


Roy Miekow. Heffley, 83 of Columbus, passed away May 10, at his residence in Columbus. He was born in Eagle Lake, Jan. 29, 1918 to Roy Warden and Lottie Mae Heffley. After graduating from Eagle Lake High School he went to work for Pittsburgh Valve and Fittings in Chicago and Kansas (1937-1947), where he met and married LaVerne Spaeth, June 15,1940. After their marriage he continued with sales for Pittsburgh Valve until he went to work for Spaeth Engineering and Plumbing (1947 - 1955). In 1955 he left Spaeth Engineering to pursue cattle ranching. He and his wife moved back to Colorado County to raise their two sons. He retired from ranching in 1997.

Organizational/community memberships included: Finance Committee-St. Anthony's Church, Cattle Screw Worm Eradication Program, Member of Original Board of Directors for Colorado County. Central Appraisal District, Director of Columbus Community Hospital, Director of Columbus State Bank since 1979 (Member of Loan Committee, Member of Audit Committee), Director of Drymalla Construction Company, Board Member-Columbus ISD, and Director of Spaeth Engineering (Oklahoma City, OK).

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, LaVerne Frances Heffley.

He is survived by his sons: Richard and wife Gail Heffley and Ervin and wife Mary Kay Heffley all of Columbus; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Maurine Hendry of Louisiana; and nieces, Diana Toler and Donna Theriot.

Funeral Services were conducted at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus May 14 with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Burial was in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were grandsons: Andy, Will, John, Roy, Steve and Bill Heffley.

Honorary pallbearers were: Ron Theriot, R.C. Kleimann, Larry Poenitzsch, Employees/Directors of Columbus State Bank, Jim Stein, Rhymer Altman, Henry Sunderman and John Meismer.

Memorials may be given to St. Anthony Catholic School in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, May 16, 2001

Heflin, Anna Roberta

Lissie Happenings

News was received here Sunday of the death of Anna Roberta, the nine months' old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gug[sic] Heflin of Lordsburg, New Mexico. Mr. and Mrs. Heflin spent the Christmas holidays here with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Thomas. Shortly after their return home the baby had a light case of influenza and recovered only to contract pneumonia which illness caused her death. Their many friends are grieved to learn of their bereavement. [Place of interment probably New Mexico]

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 1, 1919, page 12.

Heflin, Guy Blake

Last Rites Held Sunday For Guy B. Heflin, 74

The Lissie and Eagle Lake communities were saddened last week to learn of the death of Guy B. Heflin at his home in Lissie last Thursday morning about 11:30 a.m. Mr. Heflin suffered a heart condition several months ago and apparently was recovering nicely. He had just returned from Eagle Lake and entered his home with a parcel of groceries when the fatal heart attack struck.

Funeral services were held from the Evangelical United Brethren Church at Lissie at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 5th with the Rev. A. J. Miller, pastor of the church officiating. Favorite hymns were provided by the Lissie Church choir and Ed Causey, soloist.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Serving as pallbearers were: R. S. Heflin, D. H. Heflin, Leslie and Henry Sunderman, Harold, Ralph, James R. and W. M. Thomas, Jr. Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Guy Blake Heflin was born in Wedowee, Alabama on December 3, 1882 and reached the age of 74 years and 4 months. He came to Texas at the age of 24 and his main employment through life was employment with the Southern Pacific Railroad. He retired five years ago and moved fromWilcox, Arizona to Eagle Lake and then to Lissie.

Mr. Heflin was a Mason with membership being held in Lordsburg, New Mexico. He was a charter member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church at Lissie, when it was organized in 1906 and had been a faithful member since that time.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mary Jane Heflin; two sons, Thomas Heflin of Winslow Arizona, and Guy, Jr. of El Paso; one daughter, Mrs. Marietta Coffin of Phoenix, Arizona; three grandchildren, Diane Coffin, Janet Kay Heflin and Lisa Heflin.

Also surviving are a brother, Wyatt, and a half-brother, William of Roanoke, Ala., and Chico, Calif; three sisters, Mrs. Lula Birdsong, Roanoke, Ala., Mrs. J.W. Canp, Bowden, Georgia, Mrs. J. K. Willingham, Lakeland, Florida; and one half-sister, Mrs. Etta Helm of Iredall, Texas.

All his neighbors and friends will miss his greeting smile. To his family he was a kind husband and loving father.

Out-of-town friends present for the services were: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Frank, Miss Tilda, J. A. and Theo Segelquist, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Martin, O. J. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. John Meyer, and Ella and Ivah Smith.

Out-of-town relatives here for the services were: Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Heflin, Roanoke Ala.; Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Heflin, Houston; Huy Birdsong, Atlanta, Ga.; Jack Birdsong, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. D. S. Satterwhite, Kileen; Commander R. S. Heflin, Pensacola, Fla.; Dan Corona, Mrs. Earl Adams, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Thomas, Edna.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 9, 1957
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Heflin, Mary Jane (Thomas)

Last Rites Tues. For Mrs. Heflin

Mrs. G. B. (Mary) Heflin closed her eyes to a peaceful rest Friday, February 23 at 2 p.m. in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. She had been in and out of the hospital since December, first with a broken leg and recently a stroke.

Funeral services were held from the Lissie United Methodist Church in Lissie at 10 o’clock in the morning of Tuesday, February 27, 1979 followed by interment in the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake. The Rev. Carl Garner, the Lissie Church pastor, officiated.

Serving as pallbearers were nephews Harold, Ralph and Ray Thomas, James R. Thomas, W. M. Thomas, Jr., Henry and David Sunderman.

The Lissie choir sand favorite hymns, “In the Garden” and “God Will take Care of You”.

Mrs. Heflin was born March 1, 1886 in Beacon, Iowa and moved with her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Griffith E. Thomas, Sr., to Lissie where her father was engaged in farming.

She united with the church at Lissie, Texas as a charter member on March 9, 1906 when it was known as the Lissie Evangelical United Brethren Church. She married Guy Blake Heflin on December 23, 1914, in Lissie. They moved to Lordsburg, New Mexico and subsequently lived in many small towns in New Mexico and Arizona due to her husband’s employment with the Southern Pacific Railway Company. He preceded her in death May 2, 1957.

Also preceding her in death were: a son, Thomas, in 1968 and a small daughter, Annie Roberta, in 1919.

She also was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Amelia Powers and Mrs. Minnie Isenhower; and brothers, David, Armit M., Moses and William M. Thomas.

Mrs. Heflin served as postmistress in Dragoon, Arizona from August 15, 1923 until her retirement on April 26, 1942. She and her husband lived in Wilcox, Arizona area and were active members in the First Baptist Church. They returned to Lissie where they resided until Mr. Heflin’s death at which time she moved into the familiar G. E. Thomas house on Lake Avenue in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Heflin will be remembered as a devoted Christian, having been instrumental in the organization of a Sunday School in Dragoon and the annual Easter Sunrise Services in nearby Texas Canyon, Arizona.

Survivors include a son, Guy Blake Heflin of Colorado Springs, Colo., a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth E. Coffin of Phoenix, Ariz.; four granddaughters and a great granddaughter. Other survivors include a sister, Mrs. Esther Sunderman, and a brother, Griffith E. Thomas, of Eagle Lake.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 1, 1979 Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Hefner, Balsar

The death of another good and valuable citizen of Weimar was recorded last Saturday afternoon when the spirit of Mr. B. Hefner left its tenement of clay and soared into the happier, sweeter home above. The deceased had been in declining health for several months , and although his death was not unexpected, yet it was none the less regretted by his large circle of friends throughout this section. Mr. H. was in his 69th year, had long lived in this section, and was regarded by all as one of the most quiet, peaceable and best citizens of this community. He was a member of the local order of Knights of Honor, and was buried under the auspices of that order Sunday afternoon at the Odd Fellows' cemetery, an immense concourse of sympathizing friends being present to witness the last sad rites. He leaves a devoted wife and children, besides a large circle of relatives and friends, to mourn his death. The Mercury extends its sincere condolence to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury December 8, 1894

Hefner, Balser B.


Balser B. Hefner, 63, highly esteemed native resident and postmaster at Weimar since September 1, 1934, expired suddenly at his home here Monday afternoon. He was Weimar’s fourth postmaster to expire in office.

News of Mr. Hefner’s passing shocked this entire community. Apparently in good health, he was at his regular post of duty prior to Monday morning. At that time, however, not feeling normal over the week end, he remained at home Monday.

A short time prior to his passing, he talked to his wife and then, to rest, lay down on the bed. When Mrs. Hefner came into the house, she discovered he had expired.

Funeral services for Mr. Hefner were held Wednesday afternoon from the family residence, with the Rev. Ross A. Marcus of El Campo officiating, and burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery where brief additional services were conducted by Rev. Marcus.

The son of Balser and Cynthia Hefner, he was born near Ammannsville in January of 1877. Approximately 55 years ago, the Hefner family moved to Weimar where his early education was received from the Weimar Institute. In 1911, he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Fahrenthold, member of a prominent Weimar family. Until 1917, he was associated with the Herder Mercantile Company in which year he moved to El Campo. There he engaged in mercantile business until 1929 when he returned to Weimar.

He was appointed postmaster, effective September 1, 1934, and in July of 1939, received his lifetime appointment. Highly esteemed by Postal authorities, he was regarded as one of this State’s most efficient postmasters.

He had been a member of the Christian Church for 47 years.

In honor of Mr. Hefner and to allow all an opportunity to attend the final rites, all business firms of Weimar remained closed from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, during the hours of the services.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Emma Hefner; three sisters, Mrs. George Herder, Sr., of Houston, Mrs. Jennie Gillespie of Dallas, Miss Maud Hefner of Weimar; and a brother, Sam Hefner of Cuero.

Active pallbearers included Tye Holman, Jesse T. Green, Harold Schietinger, A. H. Plagens, Charlie Ammann, Everett Ammann, Laure Brasher and Elmo Chandler.

In the passing of Mr. Hefner, Weimar has lost not only an efficient postmaster but it will be minus also a good citizen. Affable and friendly, he was a man of many friends. Good-natured and accommodating, wherever he went he was highly regarded and respected. One of Weimar’s few remaining “natives”, he will be missed greatly by those who had known him for a lifetime and by scores of others who had the pleasure of knowing him later in life. He was a fine example of an all-around good man.

The Mercury joins countless friends in extending its deepest sympathy to bereaved family members and relatives.

Weimar Mercury, April 12, 1940, page 1

Hefner, Cynthia (Slack)

Sudden Death of Mrs. Cynthia Hefner

While funeral services were being held at the Baptist church last Friday afternoon over the remains of Mrs. Nina Townsend, who died suddenly the previous day, a runner dashed into the church building and announced that Mrs. Cynthia Hefner, a most highly respected lady of this city, an aunt of Mrs. Nina Townsend, and who lived just across the street from Mrs. Townsend’s residence, had been found dead at her home, seated in her favorite rocking chair, on her front gallery. No one was at home with her, she being in apparent good health, and her daughter, Miss Maud Hefner, being at the church to attend the funeral of her cousin.

To say that the hundreds of people in the church were shocked would but feebly express it., this being the second sudden and unexpected death of a most estimable citizen within two days. Loving friends were soon present and tenderly prepared the body for burial. The funeral took place at the family residence, and interment in the Odd Fellow’s cemetery Saturday afternoon, services being conducted by Rev. Roy. G. Rader, pastor of the Methodist church. In her death, our city has lost one of its most lovable, christian ladies, one whose presence was like a ray of sunshine, lending cheer and brightness wherever she went. She was a devoted wife and mother, a consecrated christian from early childhood, the best of friends and neighbors, and in her death our people feel that they have suffered a distinct loss. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Mrs. Cynthia Dixon Hefner died at her home in Weimar at about 5 o’clock Friday afternoon, June 23, 1916. She was born in Atlanta, Ga. Dec. 8, 1838. In 1845 her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Slack, moved to Mississippi and after a short residence in that state moved to Washington county, Texas. In 1855 they moved to Fayette county, and in 1856 was married to Balsar Hefner, and for twenty-five years lived about six miles north of Weimar at what was then known as Pecan. In 1884 the family moved to Weimar, at which place she lived up to the time of her death. Her husband died some twenty-two years ago. Mrs. Hefner was the mother of eleven children, and is survived by eight--William J. Hefner of El Campo, Mrs. Virginia Gillespie of Dallas, Samuel D. Hefner of Cuero, Mrs. Mary Herder of Weimar, Mrs. Lorena Holloway of Waco, Miss Maud Hefner and Balsar Hefner of Weimar, and Mrs. Emma Wolff of Houston.

She was a member of the Presbyterian church and her christian influence has been felt by all who came in contact with her. Those who knew her best loved her most; her heart overflowed with sympathy for those in distress. Her whole life was characterized by that sweet christian spirit that at all times and under all circumstances controlled her every thought and action. It has been said of her that she never spoke disparagingly of anyone, and one of her grandchildren who has been reared under her influence said, “I never saw grandmother in a bad humor.” Such a recollection will have its influence for good, and while she is dead yet she liveth and the good deeds she has done spring up constantly as flowers along our pathway, to greet and cheer us with the hope that some day we will meet again in that house of many mansions that has been prepared for the faithful.

Weimar Mercury, June 30, 1916, page 1

Hefner, Harvey J.

Little Harvey Hefner, the three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam D. Hefner, died quite suddenly on Friday evening of last week. The little fellow was taken sick about 1 o’clock in the afternoon, and died about 6. As soon as it was seen that he was seriously sick a physician was hurriedly sent for, but he died before the doctor got there. It is supposed that he died of congestion. He was buried here last Saturday in the Odd Fellows’ graveyard, Rev. Q. T. Simpson performing the funeral services. THE MERCURY extends sympathy to the bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, September 6, 1890

Hefner, Mattie Maud

Final Rites for Miss Maude Hefner Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Miss Maude Hefner, who died Saturday morning at the home of her niece, Mrs. R. L. Williams, in Houston, were here Sunday afternoon, June 1, from the Hubbard Funeral Home. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Miss Hefner was born here and lived most of her life here. She was a sister of the late Buster Hefner, former postmaster, and the aunt of George Herder, Jr.

Survivors include nine nieces, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. L. D. Allen, and Mrs. Joseph Evans, all of Houston, Mrs. M. W. Codgin, Waco, Mrs. Dixon Smith, Lubbock; Mrs. Floyd Appling, El Campo; Mrs. Carl Rumpel, Mrs. James Puff, Mrs. Sam Nelson, all of Dallas; and two nephews, J. B. Holloway of Houston and Mr. Herder of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, June 13, 1947, page 1

Hefner, Rodney Lloyd

Funeral services for Rodney Lloyd Hefner were held at Mill-Bauer Funeral Home on Friday, April 28, the Rev Carl L W Israel of the First Methodist Church of Palacio officiated.

Mr Hefner was born July 1, 1949, the son of of Mr and Mrs William Hefner, jr. He passed away on April 27 at the Eagle Lake Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Survivors are his mother and father; two brothers, William Hefner III of Garwood and Clifford Hefner of Austin; two sisters, Cynthia Barnhill of Houston and Marilyn Price of Longview

Pallbearers were Brad Engstrom, Jimmy Rees, Mitchel Smith, Robert Stallman, Seth Stallman and Mark Weid. [Interred at Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado County Citizen, May 4, 1978
Contributed by Terry Jackson


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Hehr, C. Wilhem

MR. WM. HEHR, sr., one of the first settlers of this state, died at the family residence some two miles south of Weimar, Friday night of last week,after an illness, of heart trouble, lasting several weeks. Mr. Hehr was one of our most respected citizens, and was popular among both Germans and Americans. He was born at New Bielau, Germany, in the year 1819, being nearly 72 years of age at the time of his death. He came to Texas in the year 1832, and has lived in this vicinity for a long time. He was buried Saturday afternoon at four o’clock at the family burying ground, a large crowd of relatives and friends attending the funeral. THE MERCURY extends condolence to the bereaved family in their sorrow.

Weimar Mercury, June 27, 1891

Hehr, Gustav


Our people were very much shocked last Thursday evening to hear of the sudden death of Gus Hehr, a well known citizen of this place. Mr. Hehr had gone in his service car to LaGrange that afternoon to carry a passenger. Returning from LaGrange, and while near Swiss Alp, he was overtaken by a heavy shower. He got out of his car to put on the chains just as he was about to ascend a hill at that point. The exertion of this act, together with some repairs to his tires, was too much for him, he being a victim of heart trouble, and he was seen by a farmer near by to lean over on the steering wheel shortly after he entered in which position he was found dead shortly afterward. Evidently he died suddenly and without a struggle. The car had started to ascend the hill, but in his dying moments Mr. Hehr had pressed his foot on the brake, and although the engine was still running at full speed the car was standing still. The body was carried to Schulenburg, where it was embalmed and prepared for burial and brought to Weimar on the night train, the funeral taking place at the Masonic Cemetery Saturday morning at 10:30, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok Lutheran minister, officiating. Mr. Hehr was almost a life-long resident of this city and section. A quiet, good citizen, strictly attentive to his own affairs, he was highly regarded by all. He had been afflicted with heart trouble for some years past, and although his death from this cause was not unexpected, yet it caused genuine sorrow in the hearts of many. He leaves, besides his widow, a sister, Mrs. K. Maas of this city, and one brother, Will F. Hehr of Schulenburg, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, June 6, 1919.

Hehr, Ida Pauline (Boeer)

Mrs. Ida Hehr, 74, Succumbs, Funeral Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Pauline Hehr, 74, lifelong resident of the line Hehr, 74,[sic] whose death occurred Monday morning at the family home, were held Tuesday afternoon at the Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev. C. Emigholz reading the final rites. Interment was made in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Hehr was born Ida Pauline Boeer in December 1866, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Boeer of the New Bielau community, where she was reared. Mr. Boeer was a Confederate veteran and at one time drove a government freighter of ten yoke of oxen between Houston and Matamoros, Mexico. She was married to Mr. Gus Hehr, who preceded her in death in 1917. Their only child died in infancy.

She is survived by three brothers, William G. Boeer of Weimar, Henry A. and Rudolf Boeer of San Antonio; and two sisters, Mrs. Augusta Wendt of Yoakum and Mrs. Charles Stech of Weimar.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the sorrowing survivors.

Weimar Mercury, September 26, 1941, page 1

Hehr, Louisa

Died, in this city Wednesday morning at 6 o’clock, at the residence of her son-in-law (Mr. Henry Holste), Mrs. Louisa Hehr, after a brief illness, of dysentery and slow fever. She was aged about 68 years, was the mother of Mrs. Holste and Mr. Gus Hehr of this city and Mr. will Hehr of Rockdale and was a kind-hearted , estimable lady. She was laid to rest Thursday morning in the family burying ground near tis city. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives of the deceased.

Weimar Mercury, August 27. 1892

Heiman, Hilmer T.

H. Heiman Funeral Held Here Oct. 29

Funeral services for Hilmer T. Heiman, 74, of Weimar were held Tuesday, Oct. 29, from St. Michael Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Father John Bily officiated.

Heiman, a Weimar resident for 10 years, moving here from Houston, died Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m. at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, after a lengthy illness.

Born March 23, 1917, at Hallettsville, he was a son of Henry and Anita (Treptow) Heiman.

His only survivors are cousins.

Pallbearers were Ricardo Ramirez, Balertin Ramirez, Alois Phillipus, John Phillipus, Richard Muehr and Tom Landrum.

Weimar Mercury, November 7, 1991
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Hehr, William F.


Will F. Hehr, former citizen and business man of this city, expired Wednesday morning of last week at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Louise Maas of this place, after a brief illness. The remains were laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery Thursday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. P. Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister, officiating, in the presence of quite a large crowd of old-time friends of the deceased.

Mr. Hehr had been engaged in business in this city at various times in his life. He left here several years ago, locating at Schulenburg, then moved to LaGrange, where he was engaged in the restaurant business for several years. He sold out over there, and again returned to Schulenburg, again engaging in the restaurant business.

A few days before his death he sold out his business in Schulenburg, and came to Weimar to engage in business. Shortly after arrival at the home of his sister, he was taken ill. In endeavoring to lie down on a pallet, he fell and broke one of his legs. This aggravated the situation, and although physician and family gave him every attention he passed away Wednesday morning of last week.

Mr. Hehr was born Jan. 13, 1867. At one time in his life, in his earlier days, he was a prominent merchant of this place. He was a jovial, good hearted man, himself his worst enemy, and although he may have had his faults, he had many friends who regret his untimely death. Mr. Hehr was twice married, and his widows and two daughters by his first wife, and his sister, Mrs. Maas, survive.

Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones. Peace to his ashes.

Weimar Mercury, February 15, 1924, page 1

Heine, Adolph Douglas "Junior"
Heine, Elizabeth (Braden) Franz

Double Funeral Held for Mrs. Heine and Adolph Douglas

Double funeral services were held at the St. Anthony's Catholic Church here Thursday morning at 10 o'clock for Mrs. A. C. Heine and son Adolph Douglas Heine who were killed instantly Monday morning when the car in which they were riding was struck by the east-bound Southern Pacific limited. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Solemn Requiem mass was said with Rev. Vaclav Bily as celebrant, assisted by Rev. A. J. Weber of Nada as deacon and Rev. Clarence Leopold of St. John's Seminary of San Antonio, nephew of Mr. Heine, as sub-deacon. The semon was delivered by Fr. Bily. Present in the sanctuary were Rev. P.M. Endler of Myersville and Rev. Leo Pesek of Weimar.

Pallbearers for Mrs. Heine were Frank A.Popp, John E. Popp and J. S. Kallina, Garwood; Eugene Reitz, El Campo, Leo Heine, Nada, and O. G. Miller, Columbus. Honorary pallbearers were friends of the family.

Pallbearers for Adolph Douglas were Henry Buescher Jr., Vernon Evans, Ernest Baumgart Jr., Reubin Koenig, James Dunn Seymour and Owen A. Miller. The entire junior class lined the walk to the church. All members of the Cardinal football squad were honorary pallbearers.

[Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Mrs. Heine was born Elizabeth Braden in Bernardo in 1890, a daughter of Ed and Frances Braden. Her father who now resides at Nada, survives.

Survivors include her husband, two sons, Pfc. Raymond J. Heine, with the U. S. Army Air Forces in California, and Staff Sgt. Andrew Franz, stationed in Burma; a daughter, Mrs. Ellis Ilse of this place,; one brother Walter Braden, Nada, and four sisters, Mrs. Lena Witte, League City; Mrs. Tillie Reitz, El Campo; Mrs. Rose Miller, Columbus and Mrs. Gussie Kallina, Garwood.

Adolph Douglas, born in 1929 was a member of the 1944 Cardinal football squad and of the junior class.

Mrs. Heine was a member of the Catholic Altar society and of the Parent-Teacher association.

Colorado County Citizen, March 1, 1945

Heine, Dorothy Jean (Maxwell)


Dorothy Jean Heine, age 60, of Glidden died November 29 at the Diagnostic Center Hospital in Houston.

Services for Mrs. Heine were held Tuesday, December 1 at 10 a.m. at the Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Gerald Hendon officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mrs. Heine is survived by her husband, Raymond James Heine of Glidden; two daughters, Elizabeth Estelle Potter and Mary Jean Locatelli both of Houston; one, son-in-law, Raymond S, Locatelli, two grandsons, Jonathon Coleman Hopkins and Marc Locatelli; her mother, Mrs. Frank Haynes of Glidden; one sister, Linda Maxwell Settle of Dunwoodie, Ga.; and one brother, Vernon Haynes of Friendswood.

She was born in Glidden, Colorado County, June 26, 1927 at the home of her parents, Mary Estelle Alley Maxwell and Thomas William Maxwell, Jr. Except for brief periods, she lived most of her life in Glidden.

Mrs. Heine received her elementary and middle school education at the Glidden Independent School and Ralph Waldo Emerson Junior High School in San Antonio.

She attended high school at Dick Dowling Junior High in Beaumont and Columbus High School in Columbus. She attended the University of Houston in Houston.

Mrs. Heine was a lifetime member of the Glidden Baptist Church, having been registered in the cradle roll at the time of her birth. She surrendered her life to Christ, was received into membership and baptized in June of 1937.

She was a charter member and organizing president of' the Women's Missionary Union of the Glidden Baptist Church. Mrs. Heine twice served as superintendent of the Glidden Baptist Church Sunday School and was teacher of the Youth Class until her recent illness.

She was a charter member and organizing president of the Dilue Rose Harris Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, a member of the Colorado County Historical Survey Commission, a member of the Texas State Heritage Society, a charter member of the Junior League Fine Arts Club of Columbus and a charter member of the Colorado County Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Columbus,

She was instrumental in establishing the Glidden Fresh Water Supply District No. I of Colorado County and was secretary-treasurer of the Board of Supervisors of the District.

She was chairman of the Glidden Centennial Celebration 1985 and Glidden Chairman of the Texas Sesquicentennial Celebration 1986.

Raymond James and Dorothy Jean Heine resided in their home in Glidden since their marriage in 1948.

Mrs. Heine was a historian, genealogist, archivist and researcher. She was employed as a deputy clerk in the County Clerk's office of Colorado County from 1947 until 1976, acting in all functions of that office and as recording clerk of the Commissioners' Court of Colorado County.

She was employed by Texas Eastern Corporation since 1976.

Having been drafted by the County Historical Commission to give a program on the History of Glidden in 1979, Mrs. Heine was inspired to write the history and have it published to coincide with the Centennial Celebration in 1985 for the town where she grew up and which she loves.

Pallbearers were Bill Stolle, Jack Haynes, Jim Anderson, Billy Mitchell, John Jones and David Ilse.

Colorado County Citizen, December 3, 1987

Heine, Infant

The little baby of Mr. Chas. Heine of Galveston, brought here a few days ago by its grandmother, died last Sunday and the following morning the little pain-racked body was laid to rest in our beautiful city of the dead [Odd Fellows Cemetery]. Peace to its ashes.

Weimar Mercury, April 25, 1903, page 6

Heine, Leo Frank

Funeral For Leo Heine, 80, Held at Nada

Funeral services for Leo Frank Heine, 80, of Weimar, were held Friday, Jan. 26, from St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nada with burial in the parish cemetery. Msgr. Victor Schmidtzinsky officiated.

Heine, a retired maintenance worker for the city of Weimar, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, at River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus, where he had been a resident the last three years.

Born Feb. 9, 1909, at Nada, he was a son of Paul and Mary (Wanja) Heine. A bachelor, he lived in Weimar 42 years and was an honorary (retired) member of the Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving are a sister, Emelia Popp of Nada and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Raymond Heine, Alfred Popp, Herman Popp, Arthur Leopold, Frederick Leopold and Edgar Cranek. Named honorary pallbearers were members of the Weimar Volunteer Fire Department.

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1990
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Heine, Mary Theresa (Wanja)

Mrs. Heine Dies at 88; Funeral Held Monday

Last rites for Mrs. Mary Theresa Heine, who died Mar. 24 (Good Friday), her 88th birthday, were held at Untermeyer Funeral home Monday, with continued services in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada. Burial was in St. Mary's cemetery. Mrs. Heine's grandson, Rev. Clarence Leopold, officiated. Rosary was said in the funeral home Sunday evening by Rev. Thomas Collins.

Mrs. Heine died in Columbus convalescent home. She had lived in homes for the past several years. She lived in Nada for 46 years and, afterwards, lived with her son, Leo Heine, and family in Weimar before moving to a rest home. Her husband, Paul Heine, died in 1913.

Mrs. Heine was born in Austria Mar. 24, 1879, daughter of Anton and Magdalena Wanja. She came to this country when she was 13.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. A. C. Leopold and Mrs. John Popp of Nada, the son in Weimar, 26 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers, Joe Wanja of Columbus and Frank Wanja of Weimar. A son, A. C. Heine of Columbus and a daughter, Mrs. Frank Popp of Nada, died earlier.

Pallbearers were here grandsons, Raymond Heine, Herman Popp, Frank Popp Jr., Edgar Cranek, Arthur Leopold Jr. and Fred Leopold.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, March 30, 1967
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Heiney, Amanda M.

Funeral For Mrs. Wm. Heiney Held On Last Saturday
Services Held At Home For Highly Respected Citizen Of City With Interment In Cemetery At Lakeside

Funeral services were held Saturday for [Mrs.] William Heiney, who passed away shortly after noon on the [prev]ious day. The services were conducted by Rev. N. G. Ozment, local Methodist pastor.

Mrs. Heiney was one of Eagle [Lake’s] finest women and was held in high esteem by everyone who [knew] her.

She had returned only a week [pre]vious from a three months’ visit [to] her daughter in Memphis, Tex[as] having for some time suffered [from] asthma, and had made the [ex]tended stay hoping to be relieved from her sufferings. She con[tr]acted influenza on her return, and was not feeling good at the [ti]me she came home. Her illness developed into pneumonia during Thursday night, and she passed away shortly after noon Friday.

Mrs. Heiney was 68 years of age, having born in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. She was married at that place on January 25, 1887, to Mr. William Heiney who with their two daughters, Mrs. A. Town[le]y of Eagle Lake and Mrs. R. Lee Elliott of Memphis, Texas survive.

Shortly after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Heiney moved from Upper Sandusky to Cincinnati, Ohio, where they made their home until 1906 when they moved to Eagle Lake, living on a farm four miles from Eagle Lake. The family moved to another farm near Eagle Lake where they made their home for about three years, moving to Eagle Lake and purchasing the Brown Hotel building in 1913, and have since conducted that hotel and made that their home.

Shortly after [noon]Friday, Mrs. Heiney closed her eyes to the scenes of earth and entered into eternal rest. The summons from the shadows came to this good woman after an illness of less than a week, during which she made a brave fight for life, but the disease mocked at medical science, nursing and prayers, and shortly after noon Friday the angels came [to take the] spirit home and leave [nothing] but lifeless clay.

Mrs. Heiney was a woman of [ ]igment and great energy. [She was] kind of heart and sym[pathetic] and was useful to the [community]. Companionable and cheer[ful, she] made for herself a large [circle of ] friends who deeply sympathize with the sorrowing relatives, [ ] miss her deeply.

Pallbearers were Helmer Sea[holm],[Ch]arlie George, J. N. Brower, [ ]swander, Max Conner and [ ]vo.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 7, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Heinold, Angeline M. "Angie" (Maeker)

Mrs. Angeline M. "Angie" Heinold, 77, of Sheridan, passed away Dec. 24, 2002, at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

She was born Feb. 21, 1925 to Willie and Martha Hubert Maeker in Gonzales County. She and Roy Lee Heinold were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Victoria on June 27, 1951. The couple lived in LaPorte, Texas before moving to Sheridan in 1973. Mrs. Heinold led a career as a grocery clerk and homemaker.

She was Preceded in death by parents; husband Roy Lee Heinold; and sisters, Gertrude Foster and Norma Hayn's.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Roiline "Cissy" and Bobby Sims of Sheridan; son and daughter-in-law Ricky and Leatrice Heinold, of Sheridan; four grandchildren, Heath Heinold and James "Boodie" Heinold, Cortney Nicole Sims and Corey Hunter Sims; nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones including brother-in-law, Edgar Heinold of Victoria.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 28, 2002, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home, in Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Bob Allison of Rock Island, officiating. Interment followed at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Pallbearers were Ray Hayn's, Larry Fleeman, Ronnie Howard, Stanley Heinold, Sonnie Heinold and Dennis Zbranek Jr. Honorary Pallbearers, Heath and James "Boodie" Heinold, Cortney Nicole and Corey Hunter Sims, Ray Wayne Hayn's and Terry Fleeman.

Friends and family are encouraged to send tributes to

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

Heinrich, Anna

"God's Finger Touched Her and She Slept"

The death of Mrs. Annie Heinrich. beloved lady of this city, at her home Wednesday of last week, was both sad and unexpected. Engaged in household duties, she was suddenly stricken with apoplexy and was dead within a few minutes. We understand she had been in apparent good health up to the very minute when stricken. The family was summoned, neighbors, family and friends flocked in and everything possible was done, but to no avail. This good woman was soon gathered into the arms of her Savior, there to meet and greet loved ones who had gone on before.

The funeral took place at St. Michael’s Cemetery Friday morning, after appropriate services at St. Michael's Church by her late pastor, Rev. Jos. Szymanski, in the presence of a large gathering of mourning relatives and friends. There were many beautiful floral emblems placed upon her grave.

Mrs. Annie Heinrich was born in Halbendorf, Mehren, Austria, fifty-nine years, ago. She came to this country with her parents when but a small child, the family first settling in the High Hill community, then moving to Schulenburg. Thirty-nine years ago she was united in marriage to Mr. Joseph Heinrich, who died in the year l909. To this union was born an only .son, Joseph. Jr., who survives. Other survivors are three sisters, Mrs.[sic]

Other survivors are four sisters. Mrs. Emil Helmcamp, Mrs. Joe Kasper, Mrs. Aug. Hoelscher and Mrs. Gus Beck, and four brothers, Joe E. Wick, Frank and Steve Wick of Weimar and Edward. Wick of Houston.

Pall bearers for this occasion were Herbert and Alfred Wick, Robert Wick, Oscar Helmcamp, Eddie and Alfred Heinrich.

Mrs. Heinrich was truly a good woman beset by many misfortunes during her Iifetime, she never murmured, but bore up bravely through it all, smiling many times, perhaps. when her heart was heavy and bowed down with sorrow. Through it all she was uncomplaining, and ever proved herself to be a devoted wife and mother and a neighbor and friend of the finest type. Truly we have lost a good woman from our midst. To her sorrowing ones we offer the tear of sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, April 13, 1934, page 1

Heinrich, Anna Mary (Kloesel)

Final Rites for Mrs. F. Heinrich, 70, Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Ferd. A. Heinrich, 70, were held held(sic) Wednesday morning in Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church, with burial in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated in the rites, with Rev. Benton Thurmond assisting.

Mrs. Heinrich died suddenly Monday at Youens Hospital as she was being prepared for an operation. She had been ill only a few days.

Born at Weimar Oct. 31, 1884, she was Anna Mary Kloesel, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Kloesel. After her marriage Nov. 13, 1906, to Mr. Heinrich they lived in Schulenburg until four years ago, when they moved to Weimar. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Catholic Knights of America.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four sons, A. D. Heinrich of Lufkin, Alfred Heinrich of Denver Colo., Victor Heinrich of Ogden, Utah, and Gus Heinrich of Schulenburg; three daughters, Miss Elinor Heinrich and Mrs. Victor (Alice) Frietsch of Schulenburg and Miss Regina Heinrich of Weimar; one brother, Joe Kloesel of Victoria; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Two sons preceded her in death: Herman Heinrich died in World War II and Bernard Heinrich died in an accident at Schulenburg three years ago.

Pallbearers for the services were Joe Kloesel, Paul and Ed Heinrich, Edwin Berger, Louis Rousl, and Fred Thomas Heinrich.

Weimar Mercury, February 11, 1955, page 1

Heinrich, Ferdinand A.

Ferd. A. Heinrich, 81, Dies; Services Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Ferd. A. Heinrich, 81, who died at the home of a daughter in Schulenburg after a heart stroke, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Mlchael’s Church here Sunday morning.

Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated, assisted by Rev, Benton Thurmond. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mr. Heinrich, who had been staying with his daughter, Mrs. Victor Frietsch, the past two months, had suffered an earlier stroke April 26. His death occurred at 4:15 last Thursday afternoon May 12, barely three months after the death of his wife.

He had lived in the Schulenburg area most of his life, but five years ago had moved to Weimar, where another daughter, Miss Regina Heinrich, is a hospital nurse.

Born July 1, 1873, in Germany, he came to this country with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Heinrich. When he was 6 years old; they settled near Schulenburg. There he married Miss Anna Mary Kloesel on Nov. 13, 1906. Two sons preceded both of them in death; Herman Kloesel[sic] died in action in World War II and Bernard Heinrich died in an accident at Schulcnburg about three years ago.

Survivors are four sons, A. D. of Lufkin, Gus R. of Schulenburg, Alfred of Denver, Colo., and Victor of Ogden, Utah; three daughters, Miss Regina Heinich of here and Miss Elinor Heinrich and Mrs. Victor Frietsch of Schulenburg; 13 grandchiIdtren and two great-grandsons.

Pallbearers were Paul and Ed Heinrich, Edwin Berger, Joe Kloesel Jr., Joe Reigers and Louis Rossi.

Weimar Mercury, May 20, 1955, pages 1 and 10

Heinrich, Joseph

Joseph Heinrich Funeral Held Here Wednesday

Funeral services for Joseph Heinrich, 39, were held at St. Michael's Church Wednesday with interment in St. Michael's Cemetery, the Rev Vaclav Bily officiating.

Pallbearers were Edward, Paul and Gustav Heinrich, Leo and Robert Wick and Herbert Beck.

Mr. Heinrich had suffered a paralytic stroke several months ago which left him in a weakened condition. He succumbed at 1 o'clock Tuesday morning after another stroke came upon him.

He was born October 12, 1902, the son of Joseph and Annie Heinrich of Schulenburg. He lived with his widowed mother for many years here and after her death eight years ago made his home with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wick of the Wildwood community.

Surviving are seven uncles: Joe Wick, Frank Wick and Steve Wick, all of the Weimar section, F. A. Heinrich and Ed Heinrich of Schulenburg, Louis Heinrich of Fredericksburg and Edward Wick of Houston; and four aunts, Mrs. Emil Helmcamp, Mrs. Theresa Hoelscher, Mrs. Joe Kasper and Mrs. Gus Beck, all of this sections.

The Mercury extends deepest sympathy to the survivors.

Weimar Mercury June 26, 1942

Heinrich, Robert Marion

Funeral services for Heinrich were scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Henneke Funeral Home, to be followed by a funeral mass at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Weimar, Father Carolan will officiate.

Interment will be in the Garden of Gethsemani at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery in Houston under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Heinrich was born Aug. 12, 1960, in Houston, the son of Robert J. and Carol Fritsch Heinrich. [Died Feb 1, 1982]

He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Heinrich is survived by his father, R. J. Heinrich and stepmother, Janice Heinrich, both of Hattermann Lane near Columbus; two sisters, Cheryl Cummings of Richmond and Michelle Heinrich of Weimar; a stepsister, Reeda DeVasier of Weimar; and a stepbrother, Floyd DeVasier of Houston.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carol Heinrich, who died Dec. 27, 1974.

Pallbearers at the funeral will be John Moody, Kendall Curtis, Floyd DeVasier, Frank Cummings, Scott Carroll, Mike Michaels, Ronnie Schilhab and Antone Schmidt.

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

Heinrich, Rosa O. (Muehr)

Mrs. Heinrich Rites Held

Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa O. Heinrich, 71, a housewife of Rt. 1, Schulenburg, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, from St. Mary’s Catholic Church at High Hill with Rev. Larry Stuebben, Rev. Francis Vanderwall, Rev. John Hanacek, Rev. Benton Thurmond, Rev. Roger Robbins, Rev. Ben Franklin of Iowa and Rev. Charles Carolan of Weimar concelebrating the funeral mass. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery under the auspices of Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel.

Pallbearers were Leo Muehr, Alois Muehr, Arthur Heinrich, Ben Heinrich, Gary Kainer and Max Schumann.

Mrs. Heinrich passed away suddenly Saturday, Sept. 30, at Schulenburg after suffering a heart attack.

Born March 7, 1907, at Schulenburg, she was the daughter of the late Franz and Aloisia Berger Muehr. She was married to Robert A. Heinrich on Sept. 22, 1928, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg and the couple settled in the High Hill community where she resided until her death.

Mrs. Heinrich was active in area cancer drives, the High Hill cemetery committee and the work of the local MH/MR, of which her son, Michael is affiliated.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Ann’s Society and the Catholic Daughters of America, court St. Rose No. 1597, Schulenburg.

Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Ewald (Mildred) Demel of San Antonio, Mrs. Eugene (Darlene) Kainer of Weimar, Mrs. Marvin (Elvira) Kuhn of Houston, Sister Dianne Heinrich, CDP, of Castroville and Mrs. Monte (Marie) Stutes of Conroe; four sons, Arnold F. Heinrich and David F. Heinrich, both of Houston, Robert Heinrich of Webster and Michael F. Heinrich of Schulenburg; one sister, Mrs. Alma Blaschke of Sugar Land; one brother, John Muehr, also of Sugar Land; and ten grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert A. Heinrich on March 17, 1978; a son, Leon, in 1942; also two sisters, Mrs. Mary Matzke [of Weimar] and Mrs. Annie Schumann [of Sugar Land] and four brothers, Louis, Freddie, Frank and Joe Muehr.

Schulenburg Sticker, October 6, 1978
Submitted by Mark Schumann

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Heintschel, Edgar Joe


Funeral services for Edgar Joe Heintschel, were held Friday, September 6 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, with Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial was held at St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery in Mentz.

Mr. Edgar Heintschel was born May 6, 1913 in Fayetteville to Leon Heintschel and Irene Untermeyer Heintschel. Mr. Heintschel married Adeline Braden Heintschel, April 15, 1943. He was a retired Superior Oil Company Operator
Mr. Heintschel was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legionaires[sic] and Herman Sons. He served in WW II European Theatre-Italy, Germany, and France.

Survivors include his wife, Adeline Heintschel of Columbus; two daughters and son-in-laws, Diane and William Caddell of Kingsbury and Donna and Rex Reidel of Bulverde; three brothers, Harry Heintschel of Shaws Bend, Arthur Heintschel of Sealy and Clarence Heintschel of Wharton; and three grandchildren, Alicia, Shauna, and Stacy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Elvira and Lillie, and one son, Anthony.

Pallbearers were Gerald Heintschel, Lynn Braden, Russell Becker, Darren Packer, Kirby Heintschel, and Gordon Heintschel.

Colorado County Citizen, September 19, 1985

Heintschel, Harry J.


Harry J. Heintschel, 78 of Shaws Bend. passed away Oct. 7 at his residence. He was born in Fayetteville to Leon and Irene (Untermeyer) Heintschel on July 25, 1921 and married Laurie Mae Poenitzsch on Oct. 29, 1955.

He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Ellinger the VFW post #6113 of Columbus and was a WOW Lifetime member. During World War II he served in the Military Army 338th Engineer Regiment stationed in Indiana, Louisiana, Africa and Italy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.

He was survived by his wife, daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Jeff Reed of Bellville; son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Patti Heintschel of Shaws Bend; grandchildren: Bruce, Bryan and Wesley Heintschel and Justin Reed; step-daughter, Natalia Batla; half sisters: Leara Henneke of El Campo, Gladys Svec of La Grange and Ruth Seifert and Artie Schultz of La Grange; half brothers: Leon Heintschel, Jr. of Fayetteville, Milton Heintschel of Fayetteville and Lambert Heintschel of San Saba; sisters-in-law: Estella Heintschel of Sealy and Adeline Heintschel of Columbus as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Oct. 10 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Karl Johnson officiating. Interment followed at Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Pallbearers were: Larry Poenitzsch, Daniel Poenitzsch, Gary Poenitzsch, Harvey Poenitzsch, David Willbern and Ardene Poncikh[sic].

Colorado County Citizen, October 13, 1999

Helfrich, Mary (Braden)

Mrs. Helfrich’s Rites Are Today

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Braden Helfrich, 71, of Houston and formerly of Mentz, will be held tomorrow (April 3). The body will leave Earthman funeral home at Houston at 9 a.m. and mass will be held in All Saints Catholic church in Houston Heights on 10th St. at 9:30. Burial will be in St. Roch’s cemetery at Mentz at 1 p.m. She was the wife of the late Willie Helfrich of Mentz. Mrs. Helfrich was an aunt of Allen Wendel, owner of Wendel’s T. V. Shop in Columbus.

She is survived by an adopted son, Edward Helfrich of Michigan, 4 brothers, Paul Braden, Rosebud, Henry Braden, Meyersville; Rochus Braden, Rosenberg, and Anton Braden , Houston, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Annie Helfrich, Houston, and Mrs. Edmund (Clara) Wendel, Louise. Another sister, Mrs. Barbara Raabe, died a number of years ago.

Colorado County Citizen, April 2, 1964


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Hellrung, Robert Charles


Robert Charles Hellrung, 59, of Columbus died on October 27 at the Columbus Community Hospital.

Mr. Hellrung was born in Alton, Illinois on May 4, 1929 to Charles Hellrung and Celia (Carter) Hellrung.

Services were held on Saturday, October 29 at 2 p.m. at the Henneke Funeral Home. Rosary was on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home. Burial was in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery, Columbus. Msgr. Werner Bockholt officiated.

Mr. Hellrung was a resident of' Columbus for 30 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Evening Lions Club, and the Columbus V.F.W, He also served in the Korean War.

He is survived by five daughters, Cindy, Robin, Christi, Tracy, and Terri and one son, Mark. Two half sisters and two half-brothers also survived, Rose Burger of Illinois, Duda Wessels of California, Russell Jauering of Columbus, and George Jauering of San Antonio. Seven grandchildren also survived.

Pallbearers were Dr. R. C. Marburger, Charles LeBleu, Ivar Heggen, Mike Perez, V. L. Marek, honorary pallbearers were Charles Davidson, and R. J. Jauering.

Colorado County Citizen, November 2, 1988, page 15


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Hemmi, Elizabeth (Tesch)

Mrs. Elizabeth Hemmi

HALLETTSVILLE – Mrs. Elizabeth Hemmi, 87, native of Lavaca County, died at 11:45 a.m. Thursday in a local hospital.

She was born June 16, 1883, and was married to John Hemmi, Dec. 24, 1902, who preceded her in death. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, and of Christian Mothers Society.

The body will lie in state at Kubena Funeral Home, and will be at the Catholic Church in Nada from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, at which time funeral services are to be held.

The Rev. Henry Rolf will officiate, with burial in Nada Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include five sons, Phillip and Frank of Houston; Richard and Urban, both of Hallettsville, and John Hemmi of League City; three daughters, Mrs. Leo Schoellman of San Antonio, Mrs. Helen Hewitt of San Bernardino, Calif., and Mrs. Leonard Hugh of Los Angeles; a brother, Ed Tesch, of Port Arthur; a half brother, Bill Strauss of Port Arthur; a sister, Mrs. Emilia Botard of Sublime; a half sister, Mrs. Mary Rollman of Port Arthur; 16 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Victoria Advocate, Friday, September 18, 1970, Page 13A
Contributed by Maureen Briscoe

Hemmi, John

(By Nada Correspondent)

Mr. John Hemmi died in the hospital at Rosenberg last Friday night at 12 o’clock after an operation for an abcess of the gall bladder and other complications. He was taken to the hospital last Thursday following a sudden illness of only a few days. He underwent the operation Friday morning and but little hope was ever held for his recovery. He had not been in good health for over a year and has been under treatment from various physicians, though his condition was never considered serious. His death came as a shock to his family and his friends throughout this community. He was buried in the parish cemetery after all burial rites were administered to him at the parish church and cemetery. Rev. C. J. Benes officiated. The pallbearers were Joe Arnold, Gus Swoboda, Chas. Schramm, Erwin Schneider, Alvin and George Gerbermann. Mr. Hemmi was born in Ghurwaldein, Switzerland, in 1870. He came to this country with his father and family when he was but nine years of age, locating near Hallettsville where the family resided for a number of years. They moved to this place in 1890. He was married in 1900 to Miss Elizabeth Tesch. He leaves to mourn his passing, his broken=hearted wife, five sons, Philip of Houston, Frank and Richard, twins, Urban and Marcus, at home, and three daughters, Mrs. Leo Schoellmann and Misses Helen and Martha, one grandchild, little Gladys Schoellmann and a large family connection and legions of friends. The deceased was an organizer and an active member of St. Joseph Society and carried insurance in the organization.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 15, 1933

Hemmingway, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Shiver Roberts

Hemmingway Funeral Held Here Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Roberts Hemmingway, 87, widow of Tom Roberts, a former Weimar city marshall, were held Thursday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Mrs. Hemmingway died Monday, Sept. 17, in Long Beach, California, where she lived for a number of years.

In addition to Mr. Roberts and her second husband, Mrs. Hemmingway, she was preceded in death by a son, Tommy N. Roberts of Long Beach. The family lived here during the 1930s.

Surviving are two sons, Mike of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., and William of Long Beach, Calif., two daughters, Mrs. E. M. (Dolly) Hoffman of San Juan Capistrano and Mrs. F. W. (Mayme ) Hubbard of Richmond; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Nettie Smith of Dallas.

Weimar Mercury, September 27, 1973

Hemphill, George Bennie III

George Hemphill

To everyone there is a season, a time to be born. On July 8, 1946, George was born to George B. Hemphill II, and Ruth Isreal Hemphill in Colorado County, Eagle Lake.

At an early age George was converted and baptized at White Cloud Baptist Church. During his church service, he was a faithful member serving as President of the Sr. Choir, Sunday School Supt., member of the Trustee/Deacon Boards and instrumental in the building of the new church.

Jr. as he was later known, graduated from E.H. Henry High School.  Jr. was a star quarterback for the E.H. Henry Eagles.  He also played point guard, ran track and played baseball.  Jr. continued his education at Texas Southern University and Huston Tillison University. 

He served his country proudly where he received an honorable discharge from the United States Army (Vietnam). 

George was employed by Gary Job Corp Center for several years.  George semi-retired after 30 years from Nalco Chemical Company in Sugar Land.?He was united in holy matrimony to Ms. Brenda Joyce Williams on March 3, 1973.  To this union three children were born:  George B. Hemphill IV, Georgelyn B. Hemphill and Brandon J. Hemphill.  George also has an older daughter, Chadell Martin.

In the midst of the early morning hours on Thursday, January 18 at 6:00 am, the angel of obedience swayed through the halls of Herman Memorial Southwest and entered George B. Hemphill's room.  In the twilight of a second, He slipped an invitation under his pillow; the golden inscription immediately illuminated the holiness revealing it's contents:  "George Bennie Hemphill III, the magistrate of Grace and Mercy has requested your presence in the New Jerusalem, You will enter into the realm of unimaginable joy and perpetual care." 

His heavenly entrance was greeted by his parents; one sister, Wanda Anderson and one brother, Roland Hemphill, Sr.

Jr.'s heavenly home going has brought sadness to his community, but pleasant memories of his life, his love and contributions to his family will be forever cherished. 

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mrs. Brenda Hemphill (Tiger), of Fresno, Tex.; children, Chadell Martin, George Bennie Hemphill IV (daughter-in-law Laulita), Georgelyn Beniece Hemphill, Brandon Jamaal Hemphill (daughter-in-law Miesia); grandchildren, Kelby Gardner Jr.,

George B. Hemphill V, Braelyn Janee' Hemphill, Bre' Ana Jade Hemphill, Amyah Joi Gabriel, Brandon Jamaal Hemphill II and A'reail De Ville; brothers, Gregory (Carolyn) and Dennis Hemphill; sisters, Lois Davis Jean Bell (Velenzo), Eunice Palmer (Earl), Georgia Pipkins, Rheba Fox (Auther), Leatricia Davenport (Gus), Beverly McClain;

A devoted and loving mother-in-law, Marlene Williams; aunts, Eunice Mitchell, Jennie B. Hemphill, Myrtle Hemphill, Wilma Sims (Howard), Bobbie Williams (Johnny), Bernice Releford, and Linda Brown; uncle, Earl Isreal; brothers and sisters-in-laws, Alex Williams (Margaret), Ricky Williams (Berlinda), Willie James Johnson (Joan), Arlene Jackson (Judge), Gloria Hemphill, Sandra Caraway, a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Celebration services were held at 11:00 am Saturday January 27 at Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.  Burial followed in Eagle Lake Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Casket bearers were nephews: Kendrick Pipkens, Rev. Malcolm Bell, Rev. Eric Williams, Alan Sims, Rev. Clarence Davis, Jr., Alex Williams III, Eddie Sharrod, Latural Norris, Victor Davis, DeWayne Davis and Roland Hemphill Jr.

Honorary casket bearers were George B. Hemphill IV, Brandon Hemphill, Kelby Martin, George B. Hemphill V, Howard Sims, Alex J. Williams Jr., Ricky Williams, Rev. Gus Davenport, Dennis Hemphill, Velenzo Bell, Judge Jackson Jr., Darryl Norris, Brandon Hemphill II, Gregory Hemphill, Arthur Fox, and deacons, brotherhood and trustees of White Cloud Baptist Church.

 Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 1st, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck


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Hendrickson, Sybil C. (Love)

Hendrickson Rites Held Here Sept ll

Funeral services for Mrs. John D. (Sybil) Hendrickson, 72, of Weimar were held in the Hubbard Funeral Chapel here Sunday, Sept. 11, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Hendrickson was on vacation in Springfield, Ark. when she died on Sept. 7 in the same house where she was born on May 6, 1905.

Her husband survives her, along with one son, N. L. Williams of Granbury, Texas; two granddaughters and one great-grandson; one brother, Tyra Love of Konawa, Okla.; and one sister, who is a resident of a rest home in Little Rock, Ark.

Weimar Mercury, September 29, 1977

Hendry, Unknown

Weimar Items

Death has called in our town and taken from its midst the little sufferer of Mr. and Mrs. Hendry, who departed this life on Tuesday afternoon about 4 p.m.  All that human efforts could do was tried to save the child, but all to no avail; it was not for this world.  Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to the parents.  May they know and  feel that “He doeth all things for the best.”  [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, May 8, 1879, page 3
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Henenberg, L.

DIED, at his residence in this city, last Saturday, 4th instant, of pneumonia, Mr. L. Henenberg, in the 27th year of his age. Mr. H. had been in ill health for several years, and although at times he appeared better, ‘twas but a delusion. He leaves a wife and four children to mourn his untimely demise. His remains were taken to Columbus Sunday for interment in the Jewish cemetery near that city.

Weimar Mercury, January 11, 1890

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Henkhaus, Aloysius


After an illness of about two weeks with typhoid fever Mr. Alois Henkhaus passed away from earth last Saturday evening. Alois was the half brother of Mr. Otto Henkhaus and was a young man, scarcely 26 years of age. The deceased was taken to New Ulm [sic.] for interment last Sunday. The sorrowing relatives have the fullest sympathy of The Gazette. [Interred at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Frelsburg]

Shiner Gazette, 25 Jun 1902

The Gazette was misinformed last week as to the nature of the disease of which Mr. Alois Henkhaus died. Instead of typhoid fever, it was remittent fever. We are so informed by Dr. F. T. Mitchell.

Shiner Gazette, 2 Jul 1902
Contributed by Matt Cross

Henkhaus, Harry C.

H. C. Henkhaus Dies Suddenly, Funeral Tomorrow

Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 at Untermeyer Funeral home and at 3 in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Frelsburg for H. C. Henkhaus, aged 63, who died suddenly Tuesday night at his home in New Ulm after suffering a heart attack.

He was the father of Harry Henkhaus of Columbus who is with the Soil Conservation Service.

Mr. Henkhaus was born at New Ulm Sept. 11, 1893, and had spent his entire life there. He served several terms as county commissioner in Austin county.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home and burial will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic cemetery in Frelsburg with Rev. Edward Geiser officiating.

Besides the son in Columbus, Mr. Henkhaus is survived by another, Roger, of Hawthorne, Calif, who is expected for the service, 3 brothers, Otto and Walter of New Ulm and Reuben of Woodboro, and 3 sisters, Mrs. Otto Sell of New Ulm, Mrs. Ed Frels of El Campo and Mrs. Gus Voigt of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, May 31, 1956, page 10

Henkhaus, Roxie M. (Gross)


Mrs. H. C. (Roxie) Henkhaus, age 88, passed away at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 25 at her home in Columbus.

Funeral service for Mrs. Henkhaus were held Saturday, September 28 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus with the Father Tim Kosler officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Burial was at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Mrs. Henkhaus was born February 17, 1897 near New Ulm, to Henry Charles Gross and Annie Altmann Gross. She married Harry C. Henkhaus on November 18, 1915 in Frelsburg. She spent her married life in the New Ulm community. Following the death of her husband in 1956, she moved to Columbus. Mrs. Henkhaus was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and loved to play "42" and raise flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and infant daughter, one sister and six brothers.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Lee H. (Gertie) Meyer of New Ulm; two sons, Roger H. Henkhaus of Los Alamitos, California arid Harry C. Henkhaus, Jr. of Columbus; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bruce Henkhaus, James Henkhaus, Steve Gonsoulin, Steve Mueller, Merrill Schramm and W. E. Woodfin.

Colorado County Citizen, October 3, 1985

Henkin, Rory Jacob


Rory Jacob Henkin, 7 months, of Columbus, passed away Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at Texas Childrens Hospital in Houston.

He was born in Houston on March 22, 2004, to Jonathan Henkin and Blanche Hamrick of Columbus.

He is survived by his parents; two sisters, Mariana Fox and Ashley Fox, both of Columbus; grandparents, Becky Stancik of Columbus, Gail Henkin of Dallas, Harvey and Lane Henkin of Dallas and Jesse and Paula Hamrick of Alvin; and great-grandparents Jeannie Goynes of George West, Ginger Hamrick of George West and Philip Levine of Dallas.

Graveside services were held at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus Nov. 14.

Colorado County Citizen, November 17, 2004
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Hennessey, Nora (Reynolds)

Mrs. C. R. Hennessey

The remains of Mrs. C,. R, Hennessey were brought here from West Point last Sunday and laid to rest in Odd Fellows Rest. Funeral services held at the First Baptist church, Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt officiating.

Mrs. Hennessey was a sister of Mrs. J. J. Austin of this city and leaves two other sisters, Mrs. B. F. Key of Oklahoma City and Mrs. A. H. Donnell of Portland, Ore., four brothers, Wesley Reynolds of Gail, Joe Reynolds of Acme, T. Reynolds of Rankin and Jesse Reynolds of Cement, Okla, the husband, Mr. C. R. Hennessey of Houston, and one son, Bobby Joe, besides a host of friends to mourn her loss.

Colorado County Citizen, January 22, 1931

Hennington, Maggie (Wooldridge)

Mrs. Hennington Expires at 84

Funeral services for Mrs. Maggie Hennington, 84, a Weimar area native who moved to Taylor many years ago, were held March 30. [Paradise Garden]

She died March 25 on her way to the hospital.

She had been living with a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Taylor, in Columbus.

She was the former Maggie Wouldrige[sic], daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wouldrodge[sic].

Weimar Mercury, April 8, 19871, page 10

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Henske, Fred

Fred Henske, 69, of Eagle Lake died Monday, Jan. 31, 1994 in Houston.

Born Sept. 30, 1924 in Kenny (Austin County), Texas, he was the son of Fritz and Lydia (Heitmann) Henske.

On Sept. 26, 1948, he married Florence Buerger in New Wedham, Texas. The couple lived in Ganado a number of years and Mr. Henske operated the Texaco Station until moving to Eagle Lake in 1965, where he joined the staff of Eagle Lake Rice Dryer. He retired from there in 1979. Mr. Henske was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake, American Legion Posts in Ganado, East Bernard and El Campo, and a charter member of Eagle Lake VFW. He was a veteran of he US Army, serving during World War II in the Asiafic-Pacific [sic] Theater.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Feb. 3, 1994 at the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Walter Meyer, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake, under the auspices of American Legion Posts of El Campo, East Bernard and Ganado and the VFW Post of Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Gene Epps, Sonny Breithaupt, Pete Canaris, Al Mahalic, Ray Boehm, Glen Hayes, Gus Svatek and Mitch Henske. Honorary pallbearers were members of the American Legion and VFW Posts, Red Schuenemann, Arthur Mahalitc, Frank Broesche and Gene Baker.

Mr. Henske is survived by his wife of Eagle Lake, sons and daughters-in-law Jerry and Linda Henske of Banquette, Texas, Mike and Penny Henske and Mark and Anita Henske, all of eagle Lake; sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette and P. E. Anderson of Bay City; six grandchildren, Kevin and Tanya Henske of Banquette, Kim, Heather and Ryan Henske of Eagle Lake and Bobby Henske of Markham; father-in-law, H. W. Buerger of Brenham; sister-in-law, Mrs. J. D. "Vera" Henske Boutilier of Calif,; and dear friend, Mrs. Janis Hayes of Markham.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother J. D. Henske.

Colorado County Citizen, February 9, 1994

Herbert, William

Post Special: Eagle Lake, Nov. 23.--Major Wm. Herbert died here this morning and was buried at Lakeside cemetery this afternoon. He was in his 85th year and was a veteran of the Mexican War, having participated in the battles of Monterey, Buena Vista and City of Mexico, was a brother of Clabe Herbert, who was a member of the provisional congress, Confederate States of America.

Weimar Mercury, November 29, 1902, page 1


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Hereford, Andrew Chinn

Post Special: Moulton, May 31.--Capt. A. C. Hereford, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this community, died at the home of his son-in-law, Frank Walker, yesterday evening about 6 o’clock.

Captain Hereford was a Mexican war veteran and was taken sick while he was attending the reunion at Fort Worth last week. HIs home was formerly in Columbus, Tex., but of late years he has been making his home with his daughter, Mrs. Frank Walker, near Moulton. (Interment in Odd Fellows’ Rest]

Weimar Mercury, June 4, 1904, page 1

Hereford, Charles A.

Mr. Chas. A. Hereford died of consumption at the residence of his parents two and a half miles west of Columbus last Sunday night, and was interred a the city [Odd Fellows] cemetery, from the Methodist church, last Monday at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss officiating. He was born June 10, 1849, in Franklin county, Mo. He was a gentleman of many estimable and ennobling qualities, and his sudden demise has cast a glamor of gloom over a large circle of relatives and friends.

“So fades a summer cloud away,
So sinks the [illegible] when storms are o’er,
So gently shuts the eye of day,
So dies a wave along the shore.”

Colorado Citizen, November 1, 1888, page 3

Herek, Gary


Gary Herek, 54, of Eagle Lake passed away May 5 in Richmond.

He was born January 10, 1952 in Stevenspoint, Wisconsin the son of Dominic Roman and Eugenia Gagas Herek.

Gary was employed as a salesman for Don Elliot and of Baptist faith.

Preceded in death by his parents; survivors include his wife, Angie; daughters and sons-in-law, Jenny and Danny Morales of Richmond, Lori and Jacob Sanchez of Eagle Lake and Erica Herek of Eagle Lake; son, Roman Herek of Eagle Lake; sisters and brother-in-law, Rose and Raymond Wanta of Rothch and Shirley Herek Suchon of Plover, Wisconsin; brothers and sister-in-law, Larry Herek of Plover and Ken and Joi Herek also of Plover; sisters-in-law, Janie Martinez Salvador Cantu of Bloomington, Oralia and husband, Paul Supak of Eagle Lake, Delia and husband, Harry Allibone of El Campo and Hope and husband, Nick Garza of Corpus Christi and Mary and husband, Danny Hernandez of Sugar Land; mother and father-in-law, G.A. and Febe Rodriguez of Eagle Lake; and grandchildren, Justin Cruz, Ethan Morales, Jacob Sanchez and Dominic Sanchez; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 10, from Bible Truth Apostolic Church in El Campo with Pastor Larry Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Lakeside Cemetery Mausoleum.

Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Paul Supak, Harry Allibone, Michael Lopez, Andy Smith, Shannon Newkirk, Elbert Rives, John Supak and Isaac Atwood.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 11th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Herman, Hertha A. (Hartman)


Mrs. Hertha Herman, age 79, of Lissie, passed away at 5:55 p.m., on Monday September 16 in Eagle Lake.

Funeral services for Mrs. Herman, were held Wednesday; September 18 at Dulany Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. E. B. Beasley, pastor of Lissie United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was held at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Herman was born December 22, 1905 in Weimar to Henry Hartman and Julie Ann Swoboda Hartman. She married Rudolph G. Herman on November 15, 1928 in Weimar.

Mrs. Hertha Herman was a member of the Lissie United Methodist Church.

Preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Alma Hartman; a son, Lester Herman; and a grandson, Danny Herman.

Survivors include her husband, Rudolph G. Herman of Lissie; one daughter, Mrs. Genevieve Harshburger of Maryland; two sons, Alton "Butch" Herman of Eagle Lake and Rudy George Herman, Jr. of California; six sisters, Bertha Hartman, Leona Herman, Wilma Cash all of Eagle Lake, Julie Winken of Corpus Christi, Sophie Richter of Snyder and Allie Ludwig of Hallettsville; two brothers, Henry Hartman of Halletsville[sic] and Werner Hartman of Victoria; 11 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers scheduled were: Harry Anderson, Arthur Anderson, Mark Anderson, Ned Crane, Alton Matura, Raymond Rabius, Charles Spalinger and James Gertson, Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, September 26, 1985

Herman, Leona (Hartman)

Leona Hartman Herman

May 13, 1919 - October 6, 1996

Leona Herman, 77, of Eagle Lake, passed away Sunday, October 6, 1996, at 6:51 p.m. at her residence following a courageous bout with cancer. She was born May 13, 1919, near Weimar to Henry and Julie Swoboda Hartman Sr. Mrs. Herman was a lifelong resident of Colorado County and resided in Eagle Lake most of her life. She and Oscar Adolph Herman were united in marriage in Weimar on November 8, 1938. This union lasted 45 years until his death June 5, 1983. Mrs. Herman was a devoted member and faithful servant of Lissie United Methodist Church and Rice District Community Hospital Auxiliary. She had worked for the Eagle Lake Dairy Delite and as cashier in local grocery stores, but is best remembered and loved for her role as a caregiver to the ill and disabled in Eagle Lake. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, she will be long remembered and missed by her family and community. Preceded in death by her parents; husband; six sisters, and one brother.; she is survived by her daughters, Vivian Scholz of Bishop and Christine Owen of Plano; son and daughter-in-law, Martin and Lois Herman of McAllen; sister and brother-in-law, Wilma and Joey Bryan of Rosenberg; brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Julie Hartman Jr. of Hallettsville; grandchildren, Glenn Scholz of Waco, Steven Herman of McAllen, Shannon Herman and Joe Renaud of McAllen; great-grandchildren, Wesley Herman of Atlanta, Georgia, Austin Renaud of McAllen; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones including Mrs. Herman's "extra" children: Paul Ten Naple, Maynard Ripper, Barbara Miller, Gayette Tallas and Bo and Julie Vaden and children. Funeral services were held at 2p.m Wednesday, October 9, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with Rev. Tommy Jax, Pastor of Lissie United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home. Serving as pallbearers were Joel Cash, Maynard Ripper, Joe Herbert McCreary, Buck and Danny Hartman, Phillip Stevens, Clark Powers and Phillip Steinbeck. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Rice District Community Hospital Auxiliary "Pink Ladies". Memorials may be made to Rice District Community Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 277, Eagle Lake, TX 77434. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 10,1996
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Herman, Rudolph George Sr.

Herman, Sr.

Rudolph George Herman Sr., age 81, of Lissie, passed away December 3 at his residence.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 6 at Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. E. B. Beasley, Jr., pastor of Lissie United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was held at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Rudolph George Herman Sr. was born near Hallettsville on September 7, 1904 to Conrad and Christine Herman. Mr. Herman moved to Lissie in 1927. He married Hertha Hartman in Weimar on September 15, 1928. Hertha Hartman preceed[sic] him in death on September 16 of this year.

Mr. Herman was a member of the Lissie United Methodist Church and farmed in the Lissie area for most of his life until retirement,

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Genevieve Harshburger of Maryland; two sons, Alton "Butch" Hermann of Eagle Lake and Rudy George Herman, Jr. of California; one sister, Mrs. Olga Tanner of Ft. Worth; 11 grand and two great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, a host of other relatives and loved ones.

Pallbearers were: Harry Anderson, Arthur Anderson, Mark Anderson, Charles Spalinger, James Gertson, Jr. and Pete Canaris.

Honorary Pallbearers were: Alton Matura, Raymond Rabius and Ned Crane.

Additional pallbearers (total of eight), Hugo Bubela and Kenneth Austin.

Colorado County Citizen, December 12, 1985

Hermis, Lillian (Popp)


EL CAMPO - Lillian Hermis, 72 of El Campo, passed away on September 10, 2012. She was born on August 16, 1940 in El Campo to the late Emil and Mary Kotlar Popp.

She is survived by her son Jerome Hermis, grandson Cody Hermis both of El Campo, and brother Johnny Popp of New Taiton.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, from 1 pm until 2 pm at St. Mary's Cathloic Church in Nada. A Rosary will be Wednesday at 1:30 pm at the Church followed by Funeral Mass at 2 pm with Rev. Joseph Vrana officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Condolences may be shared with the family at
Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681.

Victoria Advocate, September 12, 2012
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


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Herrera, Joe B.


Joe B. Herrera, 64, of Glidden, passed away at his residence Sunday, Aug. 7.

He was born May 24, 1941 to Manuel and Cleofas (Barrera) Herrera in Yoakum. He married Ramona Herrera Sept. 21, 1957 and worked as a truck driver for Mica Bros. Grain Company in Flatonia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Simon Herrera, Frank Herrera and Lupe Herrera.

He is surived by Ramona Herrera, of Glidden; daughters, Josie Medina, of Glidden, Terry Herrera, of Houston, Cecelia Ybarra and husband, Ben, of Columbus and Donna Ramirez and wife, Adelia, of Flatonia; son, Pofirio Herrera and wife, Adelia, of Columbus; sister, Matilde Zuniga, of Leander; brother, Jessie Herrera, of Weimar; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 11, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Simon Herrera, Antonio Garcia, Tino Herrera, Paz Estrada, Jesse Cruz and Jonathan Vasquez.

Colorado County Citizen, August 10, 2005
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Herring, August Ludwig

Mr. August Hering[sic]

The death of Mr. August Ludwig Hering[sic] occurred at his home east of Sheridan on Tuesday of last week, following an illness of some three years. Funeral service was held at the house the following day, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of the Columbus Lutheran Church officiating, and the remains laid to rest in the Sheridan cemetery.

Mr. Hering was born in Germany July 23rd, 1853. He married in 1880 and the young couple came to this country, settling at Shaws Bend, later moving to the Sheridan community where they have resided since.

He was one of the pioneer citizens of this county and a substantial and highly respected citizen.

The Citizen extends sympathy to the bereaved wife in her great sorrow.

Colorado County Citizen, November 30, 1933, page 1

Herring, Emma F.

(Grace M. Dornon)

Mrs. August Herring, 77, died at the Dufner Hospital in Hallettsville Sunday afternoon. Funeral services were held at graveside Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. Interment was made at the Cheatham[sic] cemetery on the family plot. Rev. H. C. Poehlmann of Frelsburg conducted the services. Mrs. August Herring was born and married in Germany and came to America shortly after their marriage. They landed in Galveston and after a few years moved in this community where they lived in peace and happiness until Mr. Herring's death about two years ago. They enjoyed a happy life together fifty four years and four months. Mrs. Herring was 77 years of age and a member of the Lutheran church in Columbus. Mrs. Herring was one of the pioneer citizens of this community and greatly loved by all who knew her. She is survived by one nephew, Mr. Otto Schoch of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen,m June 27, 1935

Herring, Hedwig (Matzke)

Final Rites for Mrs. John Herring, 73, Held Today

Funeral services for Mrs. Hedwig Herring. 73, who died Monday afternoon about two o'clock at Eagle Lake, were held here this (Thursday) morning at 9 o'clock from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church, Rev. Leo Goertz of Schulenburg officiating. Interment was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Her husband, the late John L. Herring, had died only seven months ago, after which Mrs. Herring had gone to live with her daughter. Mrs. Ottilia Drymalla, in Eagle Lake. She died very suddenly, a few minutes after a heart stroke.

Born February 5. I875, in Deutsch Jasnik, Austria, she was the daughter of Joseph and Annie Kunschig Matzke with whom she came to this country in about 1885. The family settled in the vicinity of High Hill. near Schulenburg. On January 9, 1893. she was married to Mr. Herring in St. Michael's Church here, and they settled at Bernardo. In 1900 they moved to Bois d'Arc. and since 1905 had made their home near Weimar.

Surviving are two sons, Joe J. Herring of here and George Herring of Pasadena; four daughters, Mrs. Josephine Guenther of Columbus, Mrs. Ottilia Drymalla of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Mary Banse and Mrs. Adele Klimple, both of Houston; two brothers, Joe and Ed Matzke; and one sister, Mrs. Mary Kainer.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Leon and Lawrence Herring, Alfred and Willie Kainer, and Ed and Joe
Matzke, with Lee Davidson and Edwin Kainer as alternates.

Weimar Mercury, July 16, 1948, page 1

Herring, John Louis

John L. Herring, 76, to Be Buried Here This Friday

Funeral services for John Louis Herring, 76, retired farmer of the Borden section, will be held here tomorrow (Friday) morning from the Hubbard Funeral Home, with services at 9 o’clock in St. Michael’s church, Msgr. Jos. Szymanski and Rev. B. Pruski officiating.

Interent wil be made in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mr. Herring who has been living in Houston, next door to the home of his daughter and son-in-law, for the past year and a half, died Tuesday morning at 11:50 o’clock in Jefferson Davis Hospital, Houston, where he had been taken Friday. He had been in ill health for the past two years.

Born in Danville, Pa., August 8, 1871, he was the son of John and Barbara Herring. He came to Texas at the age of six with his parents, the family setting at Bernardo this county. In 1901 he moved to Bois d’Arc and lalter[sic] that year to Rosenberg. In 1905 he moved to Borden, where he lived until a year and a half ago, when he moved to Houston. He married Miss Hattie Matzke here in about 1893. Mr. Herring was a member of the Catholic Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Joe of Weimar and George of Houston; and four daughters, Mrs. Josephine Guenther of Columbus, Mrs. Mary Banse and Mrs. Adelle Klimple of Houston, and Mrs. Otillie Drymalla of Eagle Lake. Three children died as babies. Also surviving are 12 grandchilden and one great-grandchild.

Weimar Mercury, January 30, 1948

Herring, Michael Dennis

Michael Herring, 3, Dies In Hospital, Buried Here Sunday

Funeral services for Michael Dennis Herring, aged 3 years and 5 months, son of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Herring of Pasadena, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church here Sunday, Rev. Alois Goertz officiating. Interment was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

The little boy, suffering from an internal disorder since birth, had become seriously ill about a month ago. He succumbed Friday, Nov. 17, at St. Joseph’s Infirmary in Houston.

Surviving in addition to his parents are two brothers, Lawrence and Gerald, and one sister, Mrs. R. R. Von, all of Pasadena; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alois Rabel of Weimar.

A sister, Phillis, and a brother, Glendon, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Lawrence Kainer, Herbert Rabel, James Schultz and Anton Rabel.

Weimar Mercury, November 24, 1950, page 1

Herring, Phyllis P.


In last issue of the Mercury there was a brief item stating that the 4-months-old baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Herring of the Marion section was in Santa Rosa Infirmary in a very serious condition. The item had hardly been printed when the little one passed away.

The body was brought here for interment and laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery Friday morning, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

In the loss of their beloved little darling friend George and wife have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends throughout this section.

Weimar Mercury, July 21, 1933, page 1

Herron, Lillie Mae (Ivie)


Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie Mae Herron, age 91, were held December 30 at Dulany Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Runk officiating. Burial was at Lehrer Memorial Cemetery in Garwood.

Mrs. Herron was born July 22, 1893 in Rains County to William Lewis Ivie and Christina Ivie. She had been a resident of Garwood for almost I5 years.

Mrs. Herron was a member of the Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Church of Garwood.

Survivors include two daughters, Doris Mae Schroeder and husband, Bob of Mission, Mrs. Janette Stallman and husband, Lawrence of Garwood; one sister, Mrs. Maude Sisk of Emory; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers include Jeff Schroeder, Ronnie Belcher, Ritchie Cunningham, Bob Stallman, Don Stallman and Mitchell Smith.

Colorado County Citizen, Jan 3, 1985, page 2

Hertel, Edwin L. (Eddie)

Edwin L. (Eddie) Hertel, 83, died Wednesday, September 28, 1994 in Columbus.

Born January 21, 1911, in Freyburg, he was a longtime resident of Houston where he owned numerous barber and hairstyling establishments. Since his 1985 retirement, he had resided in Columbus. He was a charter member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Houston, and since retirement had been a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus. He was a member of the Houston Camellia Society and the Houston orchid Society, as well as being a member of the Houston Cactus Society.

Funeral services were held by September 30th at St. Anthony Catholic Church with interment at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Mark Weido, David Weido Andrew Weido, Paul Steven Weido, Bruce Baker and John Hertel. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Dahl, Jeff Weido, Brent Dahl, Dixie Schobel, Brian Schobel and Lee M. Corso.

Mr. Hertel is survived by his wife of 64 years, Adela Krischke Hertel; daughters, Herteline Dahl and Husband Arne of Colcord, Okla. and Harlean Weido and husband, Sam J. of Houston; son, H. Frank Hertel of Austin; sisters Mrs., Lillie Schilhab of La Grange and Mrs. Carrie Warnken of Floresville; sister-in-law, Mrs. Agnes Hertel of Schulenburg; grandchildren and spouses, Kay and Cross Medders of Burleson, Brenda and Bruce Baker of Katy, Mark Weido of Houston, Jeff and Darlene Weido of Houston, David and Dana Weido of Columbus, Andrew and Lynn Weido of Sealy, Paul Steven and laura Weido of Columbus, Ann Hertel of Houston, John Hertel of Austin, Jennifer Hertel of Annapolis, Md. And 18 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by grandson, Steven Craig Weido and brother Ewald Hertel.

Colorado County Citizen, October 5, 1994
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Herzik, Alfonse

Alfonse Herzik, 35, Dies Suddenly At Family Residence

Alfonse Herzik, Sr., 35, succumbed at the family residence east of Weimar on Wednesday morning about 8 o’clock, after an illness of only a few hours. The day before he apparently was in good health, working until about 10:30 Tuesday night, but was stricken afterwards and his death soon followed. High blood pressure was given as the cause of his death.

Funeral services will be held Friday morning from the family residence about two miles east of Weimar, with services at St. Michael’s Church at 10 o’clock. Solemn Requiem High Mass will be offered by Rt. Rev. Jos. J. Szymanski, assisted by Rev. Ig. Kopezynski and Rev. Vaclav Bily. Interment will be made in the St. Michael’s Cemetery.

A son of Mr. and Mrs. Annie[sic] Herzik was born July 23, 1908 in the Dubina community. On Nov. 12, 1929, he was united in marriage to Miss Antonie Chamrad, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Chamrad. To this union three children were born.

Mr. Herzik was a member of St. Michael’s Church and the K. J. T. Lodge. He was a hard working, progressive young man and he will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Survivors include his widow, Antonie Herzik; one daughter, Antonie Herzik; two sons, Alfonse Herzik, Jr., and Charlie Herzik; five brothers, Stephen, Charlie, Frank, Victor and Vaclav; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Kobersky, Mrs. Martha Norhavitza, Mrs. Janie Kosler and Mrs. Agnes Stahl.
The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, April 16, 1943, page 1

Herzik, Anna (Toman)

Mrs. Anna Herzik Is Claimed by Death

After an illness extending over many weeks. God's finger touched Mrs. Anna Herzik, beloved wife of Mr. Frank Herzik, Sr. respected farmer living a few miles southeast of Weimar, last Sunday night, "and she slept"'. Funeral arrangements were made and her earthly remains committed to mother earth Tuesday morning at St. Michael's Cemetery, Rev. J. J. Hildebrand officiating in the presence of a large gathering of mourning relatives and friends.

Mrs. Anna Herzik was born Nov. 22, 1871, in Hodslavic, Czechoslovakia, Europe, and came to this country at the age of 4 years. She was united in marriage to Mr. Frank Herzik on Nov. 12, 1889. Before marriage she was a Miss Anna Toman. She and her husband lived in the Dubina and Weimar sections from the time of their marriage up to her death. Surviving her are her heart-broken husband and ten children, as follows: Stephen J. Herzik of Houston. Frank S. Herzik of Chicago, Charlie, Alfons, Victor and Vaclav of Weimar. Mrs. Anton Kubica, Mrs. Jos. Stall, Mrs. Adolf Norhavitza and Mrs. Joe Kosler of Weimar.

During her life-time Mrs. Herzik always proved herself a devoted wife and mother, an exceptionalIy good friend and neighbor and one who ever possessed the respect and friendship of everyone who knew her.

The heartfelt sympathy of hundreds is extended the bereaved ones of the family, in which the Mercury joins. May God comfort them In their deep distress.

Weimar Mercury, July 24, 1931

Herzik, Eugene “Gene”


Eugene (Gene) Herzik of Columbus, passed away at his residence Oct. 27.

He was born in Praha, Oct. 20, 1927 to Benjamin Joseph and Anita (Krenek) Herzik. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Praha, Flatonia High School and The University of Texas. He married Virginia Vornsand Feb. 28, 1949.

He was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church, a veteran of World War II, Div. of Merchant Marines and a member of the South Central Texas Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife Virginia Herzik; son Joe Herzik and wife Tommie from Georgetown; daughters Joan Poenitzsch and husband Bob from Columbus, Vivian Forten-berry and husband Dale from Carrollton, and Marlene Bradford from Columbus; grandchildren, Daryl and Zoe Roper, Lori and Wayne Doyle, Douglas and Catherine Bradford, Stephen Bradford, Shay Poenitzsch; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday Oct. 30, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Burial followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Joe Herzik, Bob Poenitzsch, Dale Fortenberry, Douglas Bradford Jr., Stephen Bradford and Marshall Herzik.

Memorials in his memory may be given to Hospice Brenham, 302 East Blue Bell Road, Brenham, TX 77833-2406.

Colorado County Citizen, October 31, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Herzik, Frank

Old Time Settler Claimed by Death

Many friends throughout this section were shocked Tuesday morning when they learned of the death of Mr. Frank Herzik, Sr. of the Borden community, a well known and popular farmer. The funeral took place Wednesday afernoon at St. Michael’s Cemetery. Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

Mr. Herzik had not been in very good health for several weeks. However, he was in town a few days preceding his death. He was suffering from flu, and being a long time victim of asthma, it is believed that when two troubles combined, there was a brief attack of pneumonia, and this good man was no more. It is known that the morning of his death he talked with members of his family and friends and seemed cheerful, expressing the belief that he would get over the attack. An hour or two later he ws dead.

Mr. Herzik was about 64 years of age. His wife preceded him in death about six months ago. He raised a large family, was a good farmer and was highly regarded by everyone who knew him. As a friend remarked on Wednesday, “When Mr. Herzik promised you anything you could depend upon him doing that very thing”.

He was a quiet, good citizen, a man strictly attentive to his own business, yet always ready and willing to befriend anyone in need of help. His passing is viewed with sincere regret by all.

A suitable sketch of his life will appear in next week’s Mercury. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved farmily.

Wemar Mercury, January 8, 1932

Sketch of Life of the Late Frank Herzik Sr.

Mr. Frank Herzik, Sr., was born July 22, 1867, at Jindrichove, county of Hranic, in Moravia, Europe. He died Jan. 5, 1932 at 8:30 a.m., at the age of 54 years, 5 months and 14 days. He came to this country at the age of 12 years. He was united in marriage in 1890, and he and his wife lived in the Dubina community, afterward moving to the Weimar section, where his wife died about six months ago.

He is survived by his ten children and two brothers, as follows: Children -- Stephen J. of Houston, Frank J. of Chicago, Ill., Charlie, Alfons, Victor, Vaclav, Mrs. Anton Kublen, Mrs. Joe Stall, Mrs. Adolf Norhavitza and Mrs. Joe Kosler, all of near Weimar. Brothers -- L. M. Herzik of Schulenburg and Joe Herzik of Dubina.

Pall bearers at the funeral were as follows: John Cejka, Frank R. Olsovsky, Frank Horak, Frank Skutca, Joe Holub, Sr., and Jos. Mezik, Sr.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 15, 1932
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Herzik, Leonard

Leonard Herzik Dead

An item we regretted to note was contained in the Houston Post of this (Thursday) morning, conveying the sad intelligence of the death of Leonard Herzik, 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Herzik of Houston, former citizens of this community. He died in a Houston hospital late Wednesday evening. No details are given, and no announcement of funeral arrangements. He is survived by his bereaved parents and one sister, Doris. Hour heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, August 13, 1937
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Herzik, Louisa (Anhaiser)

Former Resident This Section Dies In Chicago

News was received here early Friday morning of last week stating that the wife of Chas. Herzik (a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Anhaiser of this community) had died.

Mr. and Mrs. Herzik had been living in Chicago for several years, where Mr. Herzik had employment. The body was brought here for interment Monday at noon, and on the following morning was laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating in a touching burial service. The funeral was largely attended, attesting the high regard in which this young woman was held by our people, among whom she was born and raised.

This young couple was united in marriage at this place several years ago. After marriage they journied to Houston, where they accepted employment with the family of Mr. W. C. Munn, former popular Weimar citizen and business man. They remained in Houston for several years, then decided to cast their fortunes in Chicago. Here Mr. Herzik secured lucrative employment, and has been doing well until ill health crept into his home, causing the death of his beloved wife, a truly terrible blow.

Having known these young people from early childhood, we have been interested in their fortunes, and where they have been successful, we have rejoiced. Now that the shadow of death has rested upon this once happy home, our heart goes out in sympathy for the bereaved husband, parents, and other loved ones of this splendid, good woman, who has been called to her eternal home.

May Good comfort them in their deep bereavement is our sincere wish.

Weimar Mercury, April 4, 1930, page 1

Herzik, Ronald Richard

Ronald Herzik, 18 Months; Dies After Operation

Ronald Richard Herzik, 18-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Herzik of Weimar, died Saturday morning, June 5, in John Sealy Hospital at Galveston, nine days after a brain operation.

He had undergone a similar operation, for removal of a cyst, December 24, 1953, and seemed to have recovered completely, but illness struck again five months later.

Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church here Monday afternoon, with Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd officiating. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Mass was said for him Tuesday morning.

Pallbearers were his cousins, Erwin Lee Kunz, Anton Tupa, Leonard Korenek and James Korenek.

In addition to his parents, Ronald is survived by two sisters, Gladys Marie and Gloria Ann; a brother, Dennis Ray; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Muehr Sr. of Weimar; and his great-grandfather, Ferdinand Meyer of Schulenburg.

Weimar Mercury, June 11, 1954, page 1

Hester, Albert B.

Albert B. Hester, 74, of Cleveland, died November 13 at the Humble Rehabilitation Hospital in Humble. The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 15 from the Pace-Stancil Funeral Home Chapel in Cleveland with Bro. Ira Irwin officiating. Graveside services and interment was held at 3 p.m. at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Local arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home. He was born November 26, 1909 and is survived by his widow, Mrs. Anna Hester; two sons. K.W. Varner Jr. and Houston M. Varner; three sisters, Lola Legg, Eva Riedinger and Rosie Cook; seven grandchildren.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 22, 1984
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Hester, Anna Jane (Benoist)

Schulenburg - Anna Jane Hester, 90, of Schulenburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999.

She was born April 18, 1909, in Grandin, Mo., to the late William Riley and Henrietta Catherine Lassen Benoist.  She was a homemaker and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Sheridan.

Survivors:  sons, Kenneth W. Varner of El Lago and Houston Marcus Varner off Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; brother, Houston Benoist of Schulenburg; and five grandchildren. 

Preceded in death by: husband, Albert Hester; daughter, Mary Catherine Varner; and sister, Edna Viola Brisco.

Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

Graveside service and burial will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island, the Rev. Terry Horton officiating, Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, (361) 798-3271.

The Victoria Advocate, November 5,1999
 Submitted by Regena Williamson

Hester, Jettie (McCane)

Final Rites Held For Life-Long Columbus Resident

Funeral services for Mrs. Jettie Hester, life-long resident of Columbus whose death occurred Monday night at the Bell Memorial Hospital there, were held at 10 a.m. Wedneday morning from the Columbus Funeral Home, Rev. Charlton, Columbus pastor, officiating.

The deceased, who was the wife of L. V. Hester, well-known Colorado County cattleman, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. McCane. Her father was a native of Alabama; her mother. a native of Tennessee. She was a lifetime member of the Methodist Church.

Pall bearers included Willie Miekow, Joe Stafford, Albert Hahn, Frank Burford, R. Hadden and James Wooten.

Funeral arrangements were under direction of the Columbus Funeral Home. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest.]

Weimar Mercury, August 11, 1939.

Hester, John Ellsworth

John E. Hester, Lifetime Resident, Claimed by Death

One of Columbus' old-timers, John E. Hester, was laid to rest here. Sunday afternoon after. services in Columbus Funeral home. Dr: Norman L. Roberts officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. Hester, who was 87, became ill Friday and died Saturday in Columbus hospital. A farmer and rancher, he had. never retired but remained active until his 'death. Possessing a good memory, he could recall many events of. past days In Columbus. He had. spent his entire lIfe here. For more than 20 years he served as constable.

Columbus Native

Born here Jan. 7, 1870, he was a son of John Robert and Alma Coates Hester who lived in the 900 block of Front street, at the present home of'. Mrs. Bettie Schultz. He was married Mar. 2, 1897, to Miss Laura Brooks She died in 1951.

Mr. Hester had been the honor guest, last Jan 7, hIs birthday, at a large family party in the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis G. Miller.

Pallbearers were the young men connected with. the. family, Lester Hastedt, Sam Harbert, Bob Potter, Clarence Potter, J. W. Schumacher. Forrest Van Davis, Forrest Brooks, and Gus H. Miller Jr.

Other Survivors

Besides his daughter, he leaves a granddaughter, Mrs. Allan A. Hill of San Antonio, and 3 nieces, Mesdames Clarence Potter and Bob Potter of Columbus and. Mrs. J. W. Schumacher of Houston.

Among relatives here from out of town were Miss Ina Mae Towell, Mrs. H. W. Carothers, Billy Towell and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brooks, Vernon Brooks, Miss Myrtle Brooks, Miss Mabel Brooks, Dr. and Mrs, A. I. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Schumacher, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hoyt and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver J. Todd, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Hill, San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. N. F. Clapp, El Campo; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Towell, Eagle Lake and Mr. and Mrs. Davis, Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, March 21, 1957

Hester, John Robert


The mortal remains of the gallant Texas Ranger, good citizen, kind husband and faher, Mr. John Hester, were laid to rest in the city cemetery at 5 o’clock last Thursday afrnoon, Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss officiating at the residence and the grave. “After life’s fifful fever he sleeps well.”

Weimar Mercury, March 7, 1889

DIED, after a lingering illness, at his residence in this city, Thursday last, at 3:20 a.m., MR. JOHN R. HESTER, in the 59th year of his age. At half-past four that afternoon services were performed at the residence by the Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss, pastor in charge of the Columbus Methodist church, amid a large attendance of friends, after which a sorrowing concourse followed his remains to the city cemetery, where, with feeling obsequies, the same reverend gentleman committed the "ashes to ashes, and dust unto dust."

The deceased was a native of North Carolina, having been born in Caswell county May 11, 1831. He came to this county in 1858, engaged in agricultural pursuits, and upon the breaking out of hostilities joined the farm-famed Texas Rangers, with whom he served with gallantry to the close of the war. Upon his return after peace was declared, he found himself with no fortune save his indomitable energy and perseverance, and few friends to assist him save his health and strength and noble manhood. Commencing at the foot of the ladder, he toiled on step by step till he reached the vantage ground of a landing in prosperity's dominions. In January, 1868, he was happily united to Miss Alma Coates, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Caswell Coates of this vicinity, who proved an invaluable and true "help meet" to him in his struggle against adversity, and for whom he maintained a fond and ever enduring affection. Three sons gladdened their hearts, two of whom remain to comfort their mother in her sore trial.

In the zenith of his career, when life's shadow had scarcely begun to point backward; when a hard-fought-for independence invited the grand physique to rest; when all that can render life desirable—a loving wife, dutiful children, staunch friends, a cosy home and smiling affluence, made existence a delight—from all these and a hundred kindred joys, he was transported to the realms above. The Citizen laments more than words can express his untimely demise. A bond of friendship cemented by his innumerable acts of kindness, is lacerated by his removal, and our tenderest sympathies are with his bereaved family.

But, after all, grief is a selfish feeling. It is of nature, and will not be repressed, to mourn our irreparable loss, and closely cover our heads with garments of sadness, but his spirit is basking in the sunshine of perfect happiness beyond all that earth affords.

"The night dew that falls, though in silence it weeps,
Shall brighten with verdure the grave where he sleeps;
And the tear that we shed, though in secret it [rolls],
Shall long keep his memory green in our souls."

Colorado Citizen, March 7, 1889, page 3

Hester, Laura Jane (Brooks)

Services Are Held Monday For Mrs. John E. Hester

Funeral services were held at the Columbus Funeral Home at 9:30 Monday morning for Mrs. John E. Hester, who died in a Houston hospital Sunday. night after an illness of several weeks. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest, with Rev. Norman L. Roberts officiatIng

Mrs. Hester was born Laura Jane Brooks, May 27, 1880, in Shaws Bend, a community that was named for the family of her mother, Julia LaVinia Shaw Brooks.

Her father was George Brooks.

In 1897 she was married. to John Hester. Soon after their marriage, the couple built their home in Columbus and spent their entire married there. They had one daughter, Lavine, now Mrs. Ellis G. Miller, who survives.

Other survivors are her husband; a sister, Miss Mabel Brooks of Houston; 2 brothers, Jim Brooks who is ill in a Houston hospital, and Travis Brooks of Columbus; an aged aunt, Mrs. Laura Towell of Houston. and one grandchild, Miss Jane Miller of Columbus. A brother, Will Brooks, died 2 months ago.

Pallbearers were Dr. H. C. Moeller, Sam Harbert Jr., William Henry Harrison, Lester Hastedt, Owen Hoegemeyer, E. E. Irwin, B. A. Hastings and Sam K. Seymour Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, August 15, 1951

Hester, Lavo

Lavo Hester Dies in Sleep; Services Sunday

Lavo Hester, 78-year-old retired farmer and rancher, died quietly in his sleep last Friday evening at his home south of Columbus, even though he had suffered a lingering illness and death had seemed imminent at any time. He died, as he wished, in the same room in which he was born Nov. 1, 1877. He was a son of a pioneer couple, the late John Robert and Alma Coates Hester.

Mr. Hester was a breeder of polled Hereford cattle and was especially interested in the Future Farmers of America chapter of Columbus of which his grandsons are members. He had donated a calf to be raised as a chapter project for the past several years. In 1902 he was married to Jettie McCane. Mrs. Hester died in 1939.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Columbus Funeral home, with Rev. George Ricker of the Methodist church officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Hester is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. J. W. Schumacher of Houston and Mrs. Robert Potter and Mrs. C. H. Potter of Columbus; one granddaughter, Mrs. J. C. Koch of New Orleans and 6 grandsons, Henry, Joe, Bobby, Doug, Jeff and Bruce Potter all of Columbus; one brother, John Hester of Columbus; one niece, Mrs. E. G. Miller of Columbus and one grand-niece, Mrs. Allen Hill of Austin.

Pallbearers were W. H. Miekow, Jim Willms, Marley Giddens, Douglas Hastedt, R. E. Tait, Hollis Massey and Jack Leyendecker of Columbus and Dick Schultz of La Grange.

Among out-of-town people present for the services were Mr. and Mrs. Ira Broughton and Mr. and Mrs. Kemp, Wharton; Mrs. Phyrne Tanner, Mrs. W. G. Youens, Mr. and Mrs. James Stephensoon[sic], Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Todd and Mrs. Bill Hoyt, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Dick Schultz, La Grange; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Schoellmann, Nada; and T. A. Pinchback, W. H. Abel, Sr. and Lester Bunge, Garwood.

Colorado County Citizen, June 21, 1956, page 1

Hester, Thomas Clyde

Thomas C. Hester Succumbs at 72; Buried in Weimar

Last rites were held yesterday for Thomas Clyde Hester, 72, retired Columbus cattleman, who died at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Columbus hospital after a long illness.

Rev. W. A. Hathaway of the Methodist church conducted the services in Columbus Funeral home at 3 p.m. Mr. Hester was a member of the Methodist church.

He was born Jan. 15, 1887 in Porter Springs, Tex., the son of Thomas Hester and Betty Gatewood Hester.

Survivors include his widow; 2 sons, George Ralph Hester of San Antonio and T. C. Hester Jr. of New Orleans; 2 sisters, Mrs. James Cook and Miss Georgia Hester of Crockett; and a brother, Jack Hester of Baytown.

Burial was in the Masonic cemetery at Weimar.

Pallbearers were E. G. Miller, Gus Miller Jr., W. G. Dick, W. H. Miekow, O. P. Moore Jr., J. H. Wooten Sr., Robert Potter and John Wagner.

Colorado County Citizen, September 17, 1959, page 12

Hester, Vallie (Strunk)

Mrs. Vallie Hester died Thursday, April 17 at Autumn Hills Nursing Home in Columbus.

Funeral services were held at the First United Methodist Church Saturday, with burial at the Weimar Cemetery.

Mrs. Hester, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Strunk, was born Feb. 14, 1889 in Oakland.

She was a former teacher in the Columbus public schools, a member of the First United Methodist Church, The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Her husband, T.C. Hester preceded her in death.

Survivors include cousins Ernest Scott and Walter Scott of Weimar, Mrs. Betty Strunk of Oakland, Mrs. Ivy Toliver of Egypt, Mrs. Mary H------   of Oakland and stepsons Thomas Hester Jr. and Ralph Hester.

Pallbearers were Ernest Scott, Walter Scott, Billy  Strunk, Billy Bob Strunk, George Strunk Jr. and Nat Goodwin.

Columbus-Day Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, April 24, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Heuse, unknown (Baby Boy)

It becomes our painful duty to chronicle the death of two infants that occurred in this section last week. Died, the first and only child, a baby boy, aged three months, of Mr. and Mr. L. F. Heuse, on the 29th ult., from the sequel to measles, after an illness of a month. Also Mr. and Mrs. Joe Pierce lost their little baby, a girl nine days old on the 1st inst., of trismus, after four days' suffering. The parents of each have the sympathy of all in the vicinity of their respective homes. The Anointed One has called them unto Him, for He said: "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God." [Place of interment unknown]

From Colorado Citizen, May 7, 1891
In the Oakland Newsy Notes
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Hewitt, I. T. Sr.

Reverend I.T. Hewitt, Sr.

Reverend I.T. Hewitt, Sr., affectionately known as, "Uncle Buddy" passed away March 23.
He was born to Eddie and Arie McGrew Hewitt on January 25, 1917 in Colorado County.

Reverend Hewitt grew up and attended school in the Garwood Community. He united with the Garwood Church of God at an early age.

He was a WWII Veteran serving in France, Italy.

Later, he united with the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor B.F. Langham.

On July 5, 1947 Reverend Hewitt attended the Gospel Ministry and was licensed by Reverend B.F. Langham. In 1952, he was ordained as a minister.

Reverend Hewitt attended Conroe Normal Industrial College and received a Bachelor of Theology. He achieved a diploma of graduation from the Voice of Prophecy, and Worldwide Bible Broadcasters in 1964. He also completed two years of business study at Wharton County Junior College, graduating with an Associate Degree in 1990.

Reverend Hewitt pastored for 45 years at the following churches: Ebenezer B.C., West Point, Texas; Concord B.C., Round Top, Texas; St. Paul BC, Wealder, Texas; Mt. Arie BC, Weimar, Texas and there he remained 23 years until pastoral retirement.

He served as moderator of the La Grange Wester Landmark Association, L 3rd Vice Moderator of the La Grange District Association, Bible Teacher/Instructor in the B.M.F. State Congress and a teacher of the 20th Century District Association.

Reverend Hewitt united for 50 years in Holy Matrimony on June 20, 1953 to Jewel Gibbs who preceded him in death. To this union six children were born.

Reverend Hewitt was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two brothers, Theodore and Lear Hewitt; three sisters, Alvera Wilson, Alma Slone and Etta Mae Thomas; and one son, James W. Hewitt.

He leaves to cherish: four daughters, Charlene Layton of Houston, Karen Nesbitt (Wilbur) of North Carolina; Estella Hewitt, Arie Frazier (Robert) all of Eagle Lake; three sons, Wayne Hewitt of El Campo, Isaac T. Hewitt, Jr. (Shetia) of Houston, Andrew Hewitt of Eagle Lake; lifelong cousin, M.E. Ole Davis of Eagle Lake; daughter-in-law, Dorothy Hewitt; brother-in-law, Reverend L.E. Gibbs of Houston; Godson, Reverend Obie Rhodes of Eagle Lake; Goddaughter, Olivia Maxie of Eagle Lake; and a host of grands, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Homegoing Celebration was held Saturday, March 31 at 12 p.m. from Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Pastor Dave Curry, officiating. Interment followed at Community Cemetery North in Eagle Lake. Final arrangements were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Terrance Scarlett, Todd Norris, De'Andre Hewitt, George Pierce, Jac'Ques Henderson, Derrick Frazier and Paul Barrow, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Dea. Alex Woolridge, Dea. Robert Frazier, Dea. Tommie Sims, Bro. L. Barrow, Sr., Bro. T. Krushall and Bro. A. Milligan.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 5th, 2007 
Submitted by John Konesheck

Hewitt, Jewel (Gibbs)


Jewel Gibbs Hewitt, 76, of Eagle Lake, passed away April 13.

She was born in Altair in 1927 to the Rev. Walter and Clara (Williams) Gibbs and married the Rev. Isaac T. Hewitt June 20, 1953. She graduated from E.H. Henry High School and later earned an associates degree in nursing and led a career in private duty nursing. She was a member of Greater Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church of Eagle Lake. She served for 27 years as first lady and musician at Mt. Arie Baptist Church in Weimar and served in various capacities throughout the La Grange District. She was a musician for the state convention, a member of Mt. Olive Choral Club, vice president of the mission department and member of 20th Century District Minister and Deacons Wives Conference.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Samanther Wilson; six brothers, Ollie, Morris, the Rev. John D., the Rev. W.E., the Rev. Ernest and the Rev. Eugene Gibbs; and a step-son, James Hewitt.

She is survived by her husband; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen Ann and Wilbur Nesbitt of Temple Hills, Md., Estella Jewel Hewitt of Eagle Lake and Arie Janette and Robert Frazier of Eagle Lake; sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Wayne Clifton and Carolyn Hewitt of Houston, Isaac T. and Shelia Hewitt Jr. of Houston and Andrew Lee Hewitt of Eagle Lake; brothers and sister-in-law, Walter and Lillian Gibbs II of Houston and the Rev. L.E. Gibbs of Houston; nine grandchildren; step-daughter, Charlene Layton of Houston; step-daughter-in-law, Dorothy Hewitt of Austin; and God Daughters, Olivia Maxie of Eagle Lake and Carol Rhodes of Houston.

Funeral services were conducted April 17 from the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Eagle Lake with the Rev. Thomas E. Kuykendall, pastor, and the Rev. O. Rhodes officiating. Interment followed in Community Cemetery North in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Kelvin Hearn, Michael Johnson, Andre Hatton, Arthur Ray Coleman, Malcom Thomas and Percy Coleman Jr.

Honorary Pallbearers were, grandsons Derrick Frazier, Todd Norris, DeAndre Hewitt, George Pierce, Jacques Henderson, Terrance Scarlett, and the Greater Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church Deacons and Trustee Board.

The Colorado County Citizen, April 21, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Hewitt, Joe Herbert

Hewitt, Joe Herbert

Joe Herbert Hewitt died peacefully at his home in Columbus on Aug. 27.

He was preceded in death by his parents, W.W. Pete Hewitt and Jo Beth Shaw Hewitt.

He is survived by his sister, Cherie H. Moore and husband Thomas of Columbus; niece and caregiver, Deborah Varnadore and husband Elton of Seabrook; nephews, John Moore and wife Barbara of Converse, David Moore of Columbus, and William Moore and wife Melissa of Houston; and eight grand-nieces and grand-nephews, including grand-nephew, James Eastman, who was also a special caregiver.

Joe was born in Sugarland on Jan. 14, 1949. He lived in Richmond and graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School in 1968. He then went to work part-time for the U.S. Post Office in Richmond as a mail handler. He received several service and attendance awards, but was proudest of the Channel 11 Spirit Award. He was interviewed by Clare Casademont and the interview was shown on the channel’s television news feature, “The Spirit of Texas,” in the early 1990s.

In 1998, after the death of his mother, he transferred to the U.S. Post Office in Sealy and moved to Columbus. He took early retirement in 2003 after 35 years of service. He was a longtime member of St. John’s Methodist Church in Richmond, and after he moved to Columbus, he joined First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake.

Joe loved cars, Harley motorcycles and watching trains go by. He enjoyed fishing trips to the coast with Tom and his nephews, where he always caught the biggest fish. He also enjoyed wrestling and watched every match on TV. His nephews took him to several live matches, which was a huge treat. He hated litter and made friends as he scouted through town picking up trash and litter. He even enjoyed pushing baskets around at Brookshire Brothers and H-E-B.

Joe had a good life for a person with challenges, and he lived longer than most with his health problems. The family wishes to thank Dr. Tom Hancher, his personal physician and friend, as well as Houston Hospice in El Campo for their compassionate support during his final illness.

A memorial service will be held in celebration of his life on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake, 106 E. State St.

Memorials may be made to Houston Hospice - El Campo, P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, Texas 77437, or to other charities in his name. [Place of interment unknown]

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

Heyer, Augusta (Suchardt)

It will be remembered that in our last issue, we stated that Mr. Owen Heyer had brought his mother, Mrs. Augusta Heyer, from Columbus to his home in this city, she being in very bad health. They came up on the 11:25 a. m. train Sunday, April 14. Mrs. Heyer was carried to his residence, and medical attention secured at once. She continued to grow more feeble each day, however, and it soon became evident to the anxious relatives that the end was drawing near. Absent relatives were telegraphed for, and they arrived ere she breathed her last, Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Mr. Heyer was the widow of Prof. H. Heyer a noted educator, and was a lady of many rare and excellent attainments both of head and heart. She was the mother of Messrs. Owen, George, Charles and Bismark Heyer, and besides numerous relatives, leaves a large circle of sorrowing friends. Her remains were interred at the Masonic cemetery Monday afternoon, a large crowd being present to witness the last sad rites. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives in the sad and irreparable loss which they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, April 27, 1895

Heyer, Bismark

The remains of Mr. Bismark Heyer were laid to rest in the local [Odd Fellows Rest] cemetery yesterday morning, Rev. T J. Windham of Houston officiating.

Mr. Heyer, passed out of this life at the Temple Hospital Monday, He was 62 years of age and is survived by the wife, two brothers-in-law, Mr. Sam E. Morrow and Dr. R. H. Harrison of Houston and one niece, Mrs. Margaret Townsend of this city.

Colorado County Citizen. August 11, 1932

Heyer, Carlos Maigne

Carlos Maigne Heyer Killed In Houston Traffic Accident

Funeral services were held here Sunday afternoon for Carlos Maigne Heyer, 49, of Houston, at the Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev. C. L. Boone, Baptist minister officiating. Interment was made in the Masonic Cemetery here.

Mr. Heyer was killed in a traffic accident in Houston Friday night about 11 o’clock, being hit by a car driven by Floyd North during a heavy rain. He was taken to a hospital in Houston where he died Saturday morning about 8 o’clock.

Mr. Heyer was the son of Mrs. Rosa Heyer and the late Chas. Heyer. He was born in Houston on March 25, 1894. His mother is the former Miss Rosa Maigne of Weimar. He was united in marriage to Mrs. Pearl Pope in August, 1928. At the time of his death he held the position of assistant engineer at the Lone Star Creamery in Houston,.

For a few years the Heyer family lived in Weimar, and it was during this time that Carlos united with the First Baptist Church here.

His survivors include his 13-year-old son, Charles, and his mother, Mrs. Rosa Heyer of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, April 23, 1943, page 1

Heyer, Charles

Weimar Local Matters

We regret to chronicle the death of Chas. Heyer, which occurred in this town last Friday evening, after a long and painful illness. He had returned from Marlin wells only about two days before, where he had been for several weeks, in the hope that he would be benefited by that mineral water. His wife was with him there. Finally his physician advised his wife to bring him home as speedily as possible, saying that nothing more could be done for him and that his case was beyond hope--and he came home to die. After his arrival here he suffered much pain. Friends and physicians did all for him that could be done, but agony and death were inevitable. He was buried last Saturday evening in the Masonic portion of the Weimar cemetery in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends. He was a young man of many fine qualities, and his marked courteous deportment made friends wherever he went. He leaves a wife and a little son, Carlos, about three years old, who have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.

Colorado Citizen, March 30, 1899
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Death of Charley Heyer.

The Sticker is sorry to note the death of Charley Heyer, which occurred at Weimar Friday afternoon. The deceased had been sick several years with rheumatism and was a great sufferer. He spent his early boyhood days at High Hill, where his father was engaged in teaching school. He was a man who was respected and honored by all who knew him for his excellent qualities and traits of character, and his death is deeply regretted. He leaves a wife and a little son to whom we extend our sincere condolence. – Schulenburg Sticker.

Shiner Gazette, 5 Apr 1899, page 1
Contributed by Matt Cross

Heyer, Henry


Prof. H. Heyer of this city, who has been ill of general debility near a fortnight, died this morning, universally lamented. He was disguished[sic] as a scholar and accomplished instructor of youth.

Weimar Mercury, March 21, 1889

We are inded sorry to chronicle the death of Prof. Henry Heyer, a distinguished scholar and educator, which sad event occurred at Columbus on Wednesday morning, 20th inst. Mr. Heyer was born in Rosiak, Mecklenburg, Germany, in 1823, making him at the time of his death 66 years of age. He came to Texas in 1841, a youth of 18, and settled in La Grange Fayette county, and was for some time a minister of the Luthran church in that city. He afterward moved from there to Seguin, Tex., and commenced teaching school. While in that city he formed the acquaintance of Miss Augusta Suchardt, and after a brief courtship married her and shortly afterward moved to Lockhart, where he engaged in the mercantile business, under the firm name of Nolte & Heyer. There his daughter and two eldest sons, George and Owen, were born. He joined the Masonic fraternity in that city in 1858, and had been a zealous worker in Masonry until his death. He entered the army and went through the late civil war, afer which he again went into the mercantile business at Seguin with his old partner and did business under the name of the old firm. In ‘67 he moved to High Hill and cmmenced teaching again, moving to Columbus in ‘81, where he lived up to the time of his death. Prof. Heyer was an able educator, was beloved by his pupils and honored by his friends. His remains were interred in the Masonic cemetery in this city last Thursday morning by members of Weimar lodge, A. F.& A. M. (of which he was a member), members of Caledonia lodge of Columbus and Lyons lodge of Schulenburg participating. The entire community is grieved over the loss of such an excellent gentleman and join THE MERCURY in extending condolence to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, March 28, 1889

Heyer, Owen

Death of Mr. Owen Heyer
One of Weimar's Most Prominent Citizens Passes Away Suddenly at Home Friday Morning.

Our people could hardly believe the news circulated at an early hour Friday morning that our esteemed fellow-citizen Mr. Owen Heyer, had suddenly passed away at the family home at 4:25. So many had seen him in town the previous day, apparently in the best of health and spirits--in fact many had stopped involuntarily to note his splendid physical appearance. But without warning of any kind, Death stepped into the home ere the break of the following day and took therefrom the beloved husband and father. Heart failure was the probable cause. He had been complaining for several days of his heart troubling him, but being a man of much energy he kept going and apparently did not realize his serious condition. Death came to him suddenly and without warning. The funeral took place at the Masonic Cemetery Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock, and was held under the auspices of the local Masonic lodge, of which order he had long been a valued member.

The pall bearers were R. H. Yoder, G. W. Shaver, Geo. Herder. Jr., C. H. Potthast, Geo. T. Hawkes. and C. H Wood.

Mr. Heyer was born at Lockhart,Texas, the 28th day of March, 1856, and was 65 years of age at the time of his death. He was a son of the late Prof. Henry Heyer and wife, old-time citizens of Columbus, this county. He was married to Miss Minnie Strube of Columbus in 1883. She, together with four daughters, Mrs. Gusta Gonz, Mrs. Lizzie Buske, Mrs. Margaret Geiselmann and Miss Virginia Heyer and two sons, Owen Heyer, Jr., of New Orleans, and Chas. Heyer of. Dallas, survive.

Mr. Heyer had lived in Weimar for a period of thirty-eight years. For a long time he was in the general merchandise business. Afterward he took up the insurance and cotton business, which he followed up to the time of his death. He was also postmaster of this. place for quite awhile. He was a splendid business man, a very fine bookkeeper, and his services were often in demand where correctness and neatness were essential. He was a man of pleasant disposition, true to his friends, a man of strong convictions, one who ever believed in the right, devoted to his family, and the possessor a large circle of friends wherever known. In his earlier days he took an active part In every enterprise tending to the good of the community in which he lived. His death Is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. To the grief Stricken wife and children the sympathy of the community is extended.

Weimar Mercury, June 3, 1921, page 1

Heyer, Rosa (Maigne)


Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Maigne Heyer, 79, were held here Saturday, with interment in the City Cemetery.

Mrs. Heyer was the widow of the late Charles Heyer, one-time business man of Weimar. Her grandfather, D. M. Estes, was the first mayor of Weimar and her father, Charles Maigne, was the city’s first railroad agent.

No other details on Mrs. Heyer’s life were available at this writing.

Weimar Mercury, October 22, 1948, page 1

Heyer, Wilhelmina (Strube)

Former Weimar Lady Dies In Galveston

The sad news was received here Monday telling of the death of Mrs. Minnie Heyer, widow of the late Mr. Owen Heyer, which occurred in Galveston that morning, following a stroke of paralysis some three weeks previous.

The remains were prepared and brought here for interment in the Masonic Cemetery by the side of her late husband. The funeral took place Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the residence of her grandson, Mr. Chas. F. Konz.

Mrs. Heyer was a resident of our city for many years. Before marriage she was a resident of Columbus, attending school in that city and making her home with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. F. Brunson. With the death of her husband some years since, she moved to Columbus and again made that city her home. A few months ago, we are informed, she moved to Galveston and made that city her home. Ill health came upon during the past few years, and this was followed recently by a stroke of paralysis, which hastened the end.

Mrs. Heyer is survived by two sons and four daughters., all grown and married. During her residence here Mrs. Heyer was always highly regarded by our people. She was a good, true wife and mother, ever ready to help those in need, and devoted to her family. Her passing is noted with extreme regret by a large circle of friends in the old home community.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, November 21, 1930, page 1

Heyser, Ola Glenn (Yates)

Funeral Services Held Monday Afternoon for Native of Columbus

Funeral services were held here Monday afternoon for Mrs. Ola Heyser, 83, who died Sunday at her home in Marlin.

She was born Ola Yates three miles north of Columbus. Her husband, Porterfield Heyser, died in 1924. Mrs. Heyser left Columbus over twenty years ago.

She is survived by one son, Shelly Heyser of Marlin and a grandson, Estell Heyser Jr. of Dallas.

Interment was made in Odd Fellows Rest. Pallbearers were Joe Stafford Dr., R. R. Wells. O. A. Zumwalt, A. W,. Hahn, R. R. Hadden and H. B. Tanner.

The body was brought overland from Marlin. Equipment of Columbus Funeral Home was used.

Colorado County Citizen, June 22, 1939
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Heyser, Porterfield

Mr. P. F. Heyser Buried Here

The earthly remains of Mr. P. F. Heyser were brought here from Houston on Sunday, Sept. 20th, and laid to rest in the Odd Fellows cemetery.

Mr. Heyser was an old resident of this city. He left here about twenty years ago and had been living in Houston for several years.

He is survived by a wife and two sons, Shirley of Houston and Estill of Dallas, to whom the Citizen extends sympathy

Colorado Citizen, Thursday, October 2, 1924


Hibbs, Annie

Alleyton Locals

Mr. and Mrs. Hibbs, living near town, lost their little daughter, Annie, aged three or four years, after a very short illness; she was buried on Saturday last. The parents and friends have our sympathy in this their great grief and irreparable loss. The Psalmist said when losing his child “He cannot come to me, but I can go to him.” [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 14, 1884

Hickman, Wilmer M.

Wilmer M. Hickman, 79, of Columbus passed away May 23 at his residence.

He was born on May 5, 1923 to Benjamin O. and Ada (Crawford) Hickman in Fostoria. He married Wilma L. Sharp on July 21, 1948. He was in the Merchant Marines, a Scout Master and an Explorer Post Leader, a member of Order of Arrow, and also a member of the Weimar Masonic Lodge #423. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Columbus. He worked as a Quality Control Manager at Utex in Weimar. He has been a resident of Colorado County for over 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Myrtle Sherman and Louise Lightfoot.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Linda Hickman of Columbus; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Marsha Hickman of Tomball, Ron and Karla Hickman of Tomball; sisters, Lucille Castle of Cleveland and Frances Mims of Corrigan; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held May 27 at the First Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Sammy Carr officiating . Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with Masonic Rites.

Pallbearers were Floyd Fender, Fred Castle, Walter Marburger, David Mueller, Joe Petronellia, and Cary Todd.

Colorado County Citizen, May 29, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Hicks, Dorothy

[See Willie Maude White]

Hicks, Emily (Duerr) Fuchs

Shaws' Bend
Mrs. Emilie Hicks

       Mrs. Hicks died on Jan. 4th and was buried in the Brune Cemetery the following day, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of Columbus officiating.

       Mrs. Emily Hicks, nee Duerr, was born Aug. 8, 1856, near Yorktown, Texas.  There she married Mr. Fuchs.  Two children were born to her, Fred Fuchs, now of Shaw's Bend, and Hugo Fuchs of Yorktown.  Upon the death of her first husband she married Mr. Hicks.  For some time lately she made her home with her son, Fred, in Shaw's Bend, hardly leaving the house for some fourteen years.

       Mrs. Hicks is mourned by her two sons and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, January 12, 1933, page 5

Emilie DUERR Fuchs Hicks
August 8, 1856- January 4, 1933

Submitted by Martha Prince

Hicks, Gladys Kathryn (Shade)

Mrs. D. E. Hicks

Funeral services for Mrs. Donald Earl Hicks, 37, were held Monday afternoon in St. John's Episcopal Church, The Rev. Joseph Brown of Church of Reconciliation, San Antonio, and The Rev. James. H. Watt, St. John's, officiating.

She was the former Gladys Kathryn Schade, daughter of Mrs. Mayme Epps Schade and the late Oscar A. Schade. A Requiem was held at St. John's Church Sunday evening. Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery with Columbus Funeral Home in charge.'Mrs. Hicks had been in ill health for about 5 years. She died Saturday morning at her home in San Antonio.

Born June 29, 1935 in Columbus, where she lived most of her childhood and adolescence, she graduated from Columbus High School in 1953.

In 1957, Mrs. Hicks was graduated from the University of Texas where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. The following year she taught in the Houston Independent School District.

In 1958 she married Lt. Hicks in St. John's Episcopal Church. The couple experienced many interesting military assignments, including 5 years spent in London, England, during which time they were visited by her parents and numerous friends. A special event while living in London was the birth of their daughter, Melissa, and her baptism in St. Mary's Church, Harrow-on-the-Hill.

Wherever the family lived, Mrs. Hicks was active in church work, teaching church school classes, singing in the choirs and participating in charitable projects. While in Biloxi, Miss., she worked with a little theater group and with the Gulf Coast Opera Society.

Mrs. Hicks is survived by her husband, Major Donald E. Hicks; 3 children, Donald Earl Jr., Melissa and Thomas of San Antonio; her mother, Mrs. Mayme Schade of Columbus, 2 aunts, Mrs. Gladys Gold of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Loraine Krause of Columbus; one uncle Clarence Epps, Eagle Lake; and 2 cousins, Major L. B. Epps and Gene Epps.

Pallbearers were Ernest Baumgart Jr., Dr. Charles Moeller, Neville Miekow, Nicky Mainer, James Cranek and LeRoy Burt.

Among relatives attending the services from out-of-town were Mrs. Joyce Hicks, Mrs. Will Royer, Mrs. A. N Bledsoe, Ft. Worth; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kennedy, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Lavell Chasteen, Brownwood; Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Adkins, Dr. and Mrs. A. Thomas Adkins, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Hicks, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Dutch Crenwelge, Hempstead, and Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Willis and son Walter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morgan, Eagle Lake.

Columbus High School classmates from out-of-town were Mesdames John Antell, Jack Morgan, Dick Jones, Jimmie Hodde, Roland Gassmann, Kenneth Baker and Messrs. Melvin Huebel and Vernon Hohensee.

Among others from out-of-town were Mrs. W. L. May, Lake Jackson, Mrs. Lawrence Gilberg and Mrs. Bayles Cole, Georgetown; Mr. and Mrs. William Wininger, Waco; Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Jonas, Major and Mrs. Lewis Shaffer, San Antonio.

Colorado County Citizen, May 10, 1973

Hicks, Guy F.

Former Osage Resident Dies In Houston

News was received here early Saturday morning that Mr. Guy F. Hicks, former resident of the Osage community, had died in a Houston hospital that morning. Mr. Hicks had a number of relatives living in this section and a number of these attended the funeral, which took place at Hollywood Cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3:30, with Revs. G. H. Adams and John F. Kidd officiating. The pall bearers were J. P. Morgan, H. E. Clay, E. B. Hesner, Ed. S. Ables, Robert Creech and Robert J. Moechel.

Mr. Hicks is survived by his widow, his mother, Mrs. Ida Hicks of Osage, and one sister, Mrs. John Pressley of El Campo.

Guy Hicks was well and favorably known throughout the Osage community and in Weimar, where he resided for a long time. He was a man of genial personality, upright habits, honest and sincere, and all who knew him liked him. He moved to Houston several years ago, and resided there up to the time of his death. His passing unto that other world is deeply and sincerely regretted by a large circle of friends throughout this section.

Weimar Mercury, April 22, 1932, page 1

Hides, Mary

A colored informant says that last Sunday, at Wilkinson’s Grove Baptist Church, about twelve miles south of Columbus, a very large congregation of colored people assembled and at 11 o’clock, a.m. a very intelligent sermon was delivered by Rev. Daniel Whitley of Columbus ... At one o’clock, p. m. the funeral of Mary Hides was preached by Rev. L. Braneh, of Richmond, from 1st Cor. c. 5. v. 55: “O death, where is thy sting! O grave, where is thy victory? Services were closed by Rev. Mr. Boykin. About 550 were present. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, October 2, 1879

Higgins, Alma Victoria

Alma Victoria Higgins, 90, of Alvin, died Friday, Dec. 23, 1994, in an Alvin hospital.

Born April 8, 190, she had been an Alvin resident for 35 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Alvin.

Funeral services were held Dec. 24, at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Wayne Sheppard officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Higgins is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Anna Lee Higgins of Eagle Lake, Stanley and Ruth Higgins of Madisonville, Harry and Glenda Higgins, Johnny and Lana Higgins of Bastrop, and LaRue and Marian Higgins, Bill and Dorothy Higgins and Mike and Jackie Higgins, all of Alvin; a brother, V.C. Segelquist of Victoria,; 34 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, December 28, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Highland, Annie Beard

Eagle Lake News Items Printed Nearly Quarter of Century Ago.
From issue of September 11th., 1895.

Little Annie Higland[sic], daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cherry, died at their home in Stafford last Wednesday morning. The corpse was brought to this place and buried in the Masonic cemetery Thursday morning. This is the second child that the grieved parents have lost during the past week. The Headlight extends to them its heart-felt sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 11, 1919, page 4

Highland, Phillip William

We again have the sad duty of chronicling the death of one of our best and most respected citizens. Mr. P. H. Highland passed from this life into the unknown beyond on last Sunday morning at 8 o’clock. Mr. Highland was an honored citizen among us for many years, having moved here from Alabama in 1872, and by his uniform courtesy and integrity had won many staunch friends. At an early age of life he became united with the Catholic church. In his death he leaves a wife, two bright little girls and a host of warm friends to mourn his untimely death. The Canoe extends sincere sympathy. ”Requiescat in pace.” Eagle Lake Canoe [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, June 20, 1891

Hightower, Alma

DIED, on the 5th inst. near Columbus, Alma, infant daughter of E. H. and Beulah Hightower, aged 13 days, to the distressed parents the consolation remains that their cherished little one has escaped from a world of trial, sorrow and sadness to the beautified realms of never ending bliss. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, March 11, 1886

Hightower, Beulah (Bennett)


Columbus, Texas, April 24.--Mrs. E. H. Hightower, 75, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ethel Glithero, here, late Saturday, was buried Sunday. [Odd Fellows Rest] She is survived by three children, Mrs. H. L. Skinner and Mrs. Ethel Glithero of Columbus and Mrs. L. Cookenboo at Houston; one sister, Miss Omi Bennett of Columbus.

Weimar Mercury, May 5, 1933, page 8

Mrs. Beulah Hightower

Mrs. Beulah Hightower passed out of this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ethel Glithero, Saturday evening at 7 o’clock, and was buried in Odd Fellows Rest Sunday afternoon at 3:00, Rev. W. D. Wyatt officiating.
Miss Beulah Bennett was born June 20, 1957, five miles south of Columbus, and had lived in Colorado County all of her life. In 1883 she was married to E. H. Hightower, and to this union three children were born, Mrs. Leslie Cookenboo of Houston, Mrs. Ethel Glithero and Mrs. H. L. B. Skinner of this city, all of whom survive her. She is also survived by one sister, Miss Omi Bennett of this city.

The deceased had been in ill-health for some time, but failed rapidly during the past few months.

Active pall bearers were Carl and Ed Obenchain, Hugh Wilson, E. C. Thrower, W. A. Struss, of Columbus, and Frank Vaughan of Bay City.

Attending the funeral from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Cookenboo, Mrs. Eugene Cookenboo and Miss Daisy Cookenboo of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Matchette, Harry Jamison, T. S. Hightower and Frank Vaughan of Bay City; Dr. and Mrs. Blair, Mrs. Alma Neil, and mother Mrs. Lillie Smith, Mrs. Ira Broughton, Mrs. Taylor Kemp and Mrs. J. L. Neil of Wharton.

Colorado County Citizen, April 27, 1933 page 1

Hightower, Elijah Hester


Columbus, Texas, May 3.--E. H. Hightower, for 50 years a resident of Columbus, who died at the family residence here Monday night , was buried in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery on Wednesday, the Rev. Mr. Guyon, pastor of the Methodist Church, and Rev. R. L. Ray, pastor of the Baptist Church officiating. Mr. Hightower was born in Arkansas in 1851. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs. H. L. B. Skinner and Mrs. Walter Glithero of Columbus and Mrs. L. Cookenboo of Houston; one brother, T. S. Hightower, of Bay City.

Weimar Mercury, May 11, 1928, page 3

Hildebrand, Ruth Ann (Schilling)

Ruth Ann Hildebrand Dies in Crash

Relatives and friends were saddened this week by the untimely death of Ruth Ann (Schilling) Hlldebrand of Houston who was killed when her plane crashed, 150 miles northwest of Acapulco, Mexico. Another lady from San Antonio, who was with her, was also killed. Mrs. Hildebrand's plane was one among thirty six in a flying race over a specified route between Acapulco on the Pacific Coast to Vera Beach, Florida. They were in the Angel Derby Air Race. The two deceased ladies were winners of the Powder Puff Derby, a transcontinental air race in 1978. Ruth Ann grew up in the Garwood community and graduated from Garwood High School in 1953. She was 39 years old. She is survived by her husband, Tom Hlldebrand, two sons and one brother, James Allen Schilling of Garwood and a number of relatives in Garwood. Our deepest sympathy to her family and friends. [Interred in Myrtle Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 2. 1974
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Hilden, Anna Marie "Mary" (Fietsam)

Mrs. O. Hilden, 87, Succumbs, Burial Here Monday P.M.

Burial services were held here Monday afternoon for Mrs. Mary Hilden, 87, widow of the late Prof. Oscr Hilden of Weimar, at St. Michael’s Cemetery [Weimar Odd Fellows]. Funeral services were under the supervision of the Eschenburg Funeral Home of Shiner with Miss Mary Lee Fietsam directing.

Funeral services were held at the Shiner Catholic Church at 2:15 in the afternoon with the Rev. Msgr. Netardus and Rev. R. C. Hoffmann officiating. Requiem High Mass was held at 9 a.m. in Shiner.

Pallbearers included Jos. Muras, Edwin Wolters, Jos. Miksch, Lee Sedlmeyer, Henry Joe Fietsam and Pvt. Joe Fietsam.

Mrs. Hilden was a native of Fayette county and was born at Bluff on Oct. 18, 1858. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fietsam. She spent her girlhood days at Bluff, moving to Weimar and was united in marriage to Prof. O. Hilden. The couple lived in Weimar until Mr. Hilden’s death in July, 1932. Ms. Hilden moved to Shiner and made her home with the family of her nephew, Fred J. Fietsam.

Her parents, two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Tell and Miss Emma Fietsam, and two brothers, Henry and Joseph Fietsam, preceded her in death.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence.

Weimar Mercury March 30, 1945

Hilden, Carrie

Died, in this city, Saturday afternoon, of typhoid malarial fever and exhaustion, Mrs. Oscar Hilden, aged 31 years. Mrs. Hilden had been an invalid for many months, and although loving hands administered to her every want, she passed away from this world of trouble and sickness, and joined that happy band above. She was born at Fort Wayne, Ind. Her parents live in Milwaukee, Wis. She was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3:30, the funeral being under the auspices of the Herman Soehne lodge No. 18. She was an amiable lady, beloved by all who knew her, and the entire community extends sympathy to the bereaved husband.

Weimar Mercury, November 5, 1892

Hilden, Oscar

Weimar Business Man Died Sunday Night

One of the greatest shocks this community has ever experienced was noted early Monday morning with the awakening of the population to learn that at 10 o'clock Sunday night one of Weimar's most prominent business men and best citizens, Mr. Oscar Hilden, had been claimed by death. So shocked and stunned was the populace of the community that at first the news was received with doubt and uncertainty. However, it proved only too true as particulars that follow will reveal.

Mr. Hilden had not been in very good health for several months, a fact noted by many friends, as well as his family. But he kept going, and his really serious condition was not apparent to many. However, as we understand it, on last Saturday the gradually undermining of his health became so great that he was forced to remain at home. Too late, however, to stem the tide that was now making such serious inroads on his health.

On Saturday and Sunday the change was very noticeable, although our good friend of forty years or more still tried to "carry on", getting up from his sick bed from time to time in an effort to "keep going". But it all was in vain. Heart trouble of a most serious nature had fastened its tentacles upon him to that extent that physicians could do nothing to relieve the situation, and the spirit of poor Oscar Hilden, a citizen and business man of this community for forty years, gave up the struggle and passed on to that brighter world above, where sickness, suffering and its attendant ills are no more.

Funeral preparations were made and the remains laid to rest by the side of his first wife in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery, after impressive ceremonies at St. Michael's Church by Rev. Jos. Szymanski. The pall bearers were Messrs. John Mozisek, F. J. Nitschmann, Chas. Herder, Otto Breitkreuz, Ed Rabel and Frank J. Koenig.
Oscar Hilden was born Feb. 9, 1862, in Germany; came to America in 1875; landed in Philadelphia. In 1882 he was married to Miss Carrie Nungesser in Milwaukee. She died in 1892. In 1895 he was married to Miss Marie Fietsam, who survives him. He lived in Weimar forty-one years.

Oscar Hilden came to Weimar about 1890, with a musical concert organization. It is the recollection of the writer that the concert company disbanded here, and Mr. Hilden decided to remain here and take up his dual occupation of music teacher and barber. He ws very successful with same, especially in the line of music, and for years was leader of orchestras, band and a choir leader.

He was a prominent member of the fire department and took a leading part in all its movements. He also for several years was a member of the city council, and took an active part in the city administration. A number of years ago he with several associates purchased the Weimar Drug Company, and as the head of same he was singularly successful, building up a large and lucrative trade. At time of his death he was still at the head of this firm.

During his long residence in Weimar, Oscar Hilden fully lived up to the Golden Rule. He was a man who attended strictly to his own affairs, was honest and upright of character, as true a friend as any man ever had, ever ready to befriend those less successful in life, a man of whom no one could truthfully speak evil, a man whose character and reputation were spotless. Weimar has possessed few men as clean, upright and big-hearted as Oscar Hilden, and the writer, as one who knew him from the time he landed In Weimar up to the day of his death and between whom in their forty years of friendly intercourse there never was a misunderstanding or hard feeling, feels that he indeed has lost one of his nearest, dearest, truest friends, a man whose friendship he prized as one of his most valued possessions.

In the death of our beloved friend we feel that not only Is it a great loss to the family, but to the entire community and county, for Oscar Hilden was a man so broad-gauged that he wanted to help everyone with whom he came In contact,

He leaves his widow, and numerous relatives and friends to mourn his passing, and to whom the heartfelt sympathy of the writer is extended.

Weimar Mercury, July 22, 1932, page 1

Hile, Nora Adel (Moore)


Funeral Services were held for Nora Adel Hile, Friday, July 8 under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Neil Binford officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Nora Hile had been a resident of Columbus since 1948. She was a housewife and her church affiliation was Church of Christ.

Mrs. Hile was born on August 11, 1896 in Arkansas. She died July 6 at the River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus.

Mrs. Hile was preceeded[sic] in death, by her husband, Henry E. Hilt, who died September, 1966. The couple were married on December 17, 1913.

Mrs. Hile was the daughter of' Issic Newton Moore and Zelphia Pierce Moore.

Survivors include a daughter, Daisy Barnett Stone of McCaskil, Arkansas and two sons, Clarence E. Hile of Odessa, Florida; John H. Hile of Ruthersglen, Virginia. One sister, Betty Lane of Doris, California. Mrs. Hile had 41 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Max Barnett, Lloyd Barnett, James Montgomery, Richard Montgomery, Michael Green and Jim Peters.

Colorado County Citizen, July 14, 1988, page 2

Hilgen, Agnes (Laake)

Mrs. Agnes Hilgen, Native of Germany, Claimed By Death

Last rites were held for Mrs. Agnes Hilgen, 76, Tuesday morning in Untermeyer Funeral home with continued services at Sts. Peter & Paul’s Catholic church at Frelsburg, Rev. Edward Geiser officiating. Burial was in Sts. Peter and Paul’s Catholic cemetery.

Death came to Mrs. Hilgen at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the home of a daughter, Mrs. Emil Gully, after an illness of a year and 2 months.

Born Feb 26, 1882, in Germany, she, with here[sic] parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Laake, and a sister, Pauline, came to America settling in the Frelsburg area when she was less than a year old. She was married to George Hilgen Sept. 4, 1913.

Survivors include her husband; 3 sons, Walter Hilgen of San Antonio, Otto Hilgen of Glidden and Garland Hilgen of Shelby and a daughter, Mrs. Gully of Frelsburg; 2 sisters, Mrs. Frank Zajicek of Columbus and Mrs. Frank Christian of Borden; 4 brothers, Oswald Laake of Taylor, Alex Laake of Brownsville; Paul Laake of New Ulm and Alvin Laake of Frelsburg; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her nephews, S. J. Patlovany; Bruno Laake, Ernest Richter, Willie Zajicek, Charlie Dittrich and Delton Hollmann.

Colorado County Citizen, May 1, 1958, page 10

Hilgen, George

George Hilgen Rites in Frelsburg; Services Here

Funeral services were held in Untermeyer Funeral home Dec. 30 for George Hilgen, 81, who died in Columbus hospital the preceding day. He had been in frail health for 2 years. Rev. Harold Fehier officiated and burial was in Sts. Peter and Paul cemetery at Frelsburg.

Born Sept. 12, 1884, in Frelsburg, he was a son of Gerhard and Annie Schuette Hilgen. He spent his entire life in Frlesburg. He was a retired farmer.

Mr. Hilgen, who had never had a music lesson in his life, could play any instrument, the piano, the saxophone, clarinet, horn, drums. He played with the Baca orchestra of Houston when he was young. His wife, the former Agnes Laake, died in 1959.

He is survived by 3 sons, Walter Hilgen of San Antonio, Otto Hilgen of Columbus, and Gerhard Hilgen of Burton and one daughter, Mrs. Emil (Celestine) Gully of Frelsburg.

The Colorado County Citizen, Jan 6, 1966, page 6
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Hilgen, Lillian Rosie (Vavra)


Funeral services were held for Lillian Rosie Hilgen Sunday, February 15 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial was at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Mrs. Lillian Rosie Hilgen was born September 14, 1913 in Live Oak Hill, Texas to Charles Vavra and Vlasta Becka Vavra. She married Otto Hilgen May 25, 1941 and was a housewife.

She was a resident of Columbus for 40 years and she was a Catholic.

Survivors include her husband, Otto Hilgen of Columbus; daughter, Dorothy Raabe of Houston; son, Bobby Hilgen of Deer Park; and one granddaughter, Judy Kay Raabe.

Pallbearers were David Divin, Emily Gully, Jr., Darrell Gully, Dewayne Dvorak, Victor Dvorak and Harold Long, Jr.

The Colorado County Citizen, February 19, 1987
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Hilgen, Otto E.


Otto E. Hilgen, 79, of Columbus, died Monday, July 10, 1995 at his residence.

Born Aug. 24, 1915 in Frelsburg, he was the son of Georgie and Agnes (Laake) Hilgen. On May 25, 1941, he married Lillian Vavra. Mr. Hilgen was a retired carpenter who had resided in Columbus for the past 54 years.

Funeral services were held July 16 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Harold Long Jr., Emil Gully Jr., Darrell Gully, Victor Dvorak Jr., Dwayne Dvorak and Gary Wayne Hilgen.

Mr. Hilgen is survived by his daughter, Dorothy Raabe of Houston, son, Bobby Hilgen of Deer Park; sister, Celestine Gully of Frelsburg; brother, Walter Hilgen of San Antonio; and granddaughter, Judy Kay Raabe.

He was preceded in death by his wife, on Feb. 13, 1987; and a brother, Gerhardt Hilgen.

The Colorado County Citizen, Wednesday, July 19, 1995
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Hillebrand, Benno Frederick


Crushed in Moving Machine—Had Been in Sealy Less Than Two Weeks.

Mr. Beno Frederick Hillebrand of Shaw's Bend, while at his work in the oil mill in Sealy last Wednesday afternoon, was instantly killed. He was applying dressing to a rapidly moving belt when it caught one of his arms and drew the unfortunate man to a pulley, crushing him between the revolving wheel and timbers of the building His neck was broken and death must have been instanteous[sic]. A physician was called but the mangled body of the victim was lifeless when he arrived.

Mr. Hillebrand was born near Ellinger and was 30 years of age. He had been living at Sealy less than two weeks prior to the unfortunate which befell him, going there from Shaw's Bend, where he made his home. The body was shipped from Sealy Thursday and laid to rest in the Shaw's Bend [Fitzgerald] cemetery Friday, funeral services being conducted from the residence of Mr. Travis Brooks. Deceased is survived by his wife and two children, and two brothers who live in Sealy, Messrs. H. L. and R. R. Hillebrand, besides a large number of other relatives to whom we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Shaw's Bend Notes

Death has claimed another of our young and honorable citizens, Mr. Beno F. Hillebrant was accidentally caught in the machinery and instantly killed while attending his duties while at work for the Sealy Oil Mfg. Co. on Feb 17th, 1915 at 5:30 p.m. The remains was shipped to Columbus, and conveyed to Mr. F. Brooks' residence where it remained until Feb. 19th, 1915, and conveyed from their[sic] to the German Lutheran Church at Shaw's Bend where the sanctified, and impressive church services was held, the Rev. Crause officiating. After services the remains were conveyed to the German Lutheran [Fitzgerald] cemetery and interred, awaiting the resurrection morn. Weep not, dear friend, as those who have no hope, but live and act your several parts in life when the death angel calls at your door, yo[sic] will be ready to meet your God in peace.'

I come to the spot where he lay
And pansively stood by the tomb,
When in a low whisper
I thought I heard something say,
"How sweet I sleep in my little home."

Mr. Hildebrant was born in Ellinger Texas, January 30, 1885. Mr. Hildebrant resided in Shaws' Bend until a short time ago, when he moved to Sealy to accept a position with the Sealy Oil Mill Mfg. Co.

Mr. Hildebrant is survived by a wife and wou[sic] children, mother, two brothers and four sisters.

Colorado Citizen, February 26, 1915

Hillebrand, Elizabeth (Gerving)

Mrs. Elizabeth Hillebrand

When Mrs. Elizabeth Hillebarand, nee Gerving, passed from this earth on February 12, a bit of Texas history passed away with her. She was born at LaGrange back in 1844. When ten years old she was taken to California since her parents had joined the gold-seekers. Her reminiscenses of the overland journey were vivid until the last. She told, for instance, how they found a steer (buffalo?) that was crippled, having part of its legs cut off. Some one in the party pitied the suffering creature and killed it. Mr. Gerving warned him of the possible consequences. It seems that the Indians had crippled the animal purposely to have meat available on demand. At any rate the travelers saw a number of signal fires all about them on the next evening. They went into hiding. That night the Indians came very near. The dogs were muzzled. Guns were in readiness. Everyone was tense with anxiety lest some sound betray their whereabouts. But the Indians must have lost the scent; they did not attack. The journey was safely completed. In California gold was found, but ill health on the part of the mother necessitated an early return to Texas.

In 1861 the young woman married Mr. Hillebrand. She had lost her father several years earlier. And now, just a few weeks after the birth of a little girl, the young husband was called to the Confederate colors where he served in Company A. Now the young mother and little Johanna lived alone in a log-cabin in Fayetteville. The cabin still stands and is used as a barn. A few years ago Mrs. Hillebrand was photographed in front of it. In the absence of her husband she made her living by spinning, weaving, and dying cloth in company with one Mrs. Steves. In the evenings she would sew, crochet, and make the bead-embroidered caps and gloves that were in vogue at that time. She did so well that she could send monehy to her husband when his pay was in arrears.

At the conclusion of the war Mr. Hillebrand returned home and moved his family to Alleyton. Little Johanna died here. The family then moved to Spring Branch where an uncle owned a saw mill and remained there ten years. Thereafter they lived in Round Top, Ellinger, and Shaw's Bend. In Shaw's Bend they managed a gin, a store, and a post office. Mr. Hillebrand died here in 1895.

Besides raising seven children of her own, Mrs. Hillebrand mothered thirteen orphans, some of whom were with her as long as fifteen years. Considering the hardships of her younger days, the early death of her first four children, the loss of her husband, the shock of the accidental death of her son Benno, and other sorrows, it is remarkable that she retained a cheerful spirit. When others were cast down she was ever ready to cheer them on.

It was soon after her marriage that she spoke to the Reverend Mr. Jaeggit about affiliating with the Lutheran church. He was then pastor at Ross Prairie. The minister was glad to give the young woman the instruction that is a condition of confirmaton in the Lutheran church. She was confirmed in due time and ever remained true to her vows. In Shaw's Bend services were held in her home and St. John's Lutheran Church was organized there. When the Lutheran church was built in Columbus she asked the privilege of supplying an antpendium for the pulpit,thus showing her continued interest.

For some thirty-five years Mrs. Hillegbrand lived in Colorado County. For the last twenty years she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Leo Denk, a[t] Columbus though she often visited her other children. She retained her early vigor for many years. At the age of seventy-five she still took first place for crochet work at the Fayette County Fair where she exhibited a counterpane made entirely by hand. Though she was ill occasionally during the last years, her fatal illness was of very brief duration. She heeded the final summons in the home of her daughter Ella at Houston on Febraury[sic]12. Farewell services were held in the W. F. Neumann home on the afternoon of the same day, Rev. Elmer Ferguson of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. In Columbus the funeral was conducted from the home of T. R. Brooks on the following day. Services were held in the Lutheran Church, her pastor, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier, being in charge. Interment was made in Odd Fellows Rest.

The following grandsons and great-grandsons acted as pallearers: Wernes Neumann, Walter Hillebrand, Elton Marburger, Elo Marburger, Harry Hillebrand, and Forrest Brooks.

Gus Franz, Willie Langlotz, Henry Newman, Joe Willroldt, Henry Kuhn, Travis Brooks, John Hester, and Dr. Geo. Maxwell were honorary pallbearers.

Mrs. Hillebrand is survied by one half sister, Miss Dora Thulemeyer of Kennedy, and six children: Mrs. Gus Marburger of Round Top, Mrs. Leo Denk of Columbus, H. L. Hillebrand of Sealy, Mrs. W. F. Neumann of Houston, R. R. Hillebrand of Sealy and Mrs. J. M. Brooks of Houston. She also leaves nineteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. Many friends hold her in loving memory.

Colorado County Citizen, February 19, 1931

Hillebrand, Olivia (Kuhn)

Olivia Hillebrand

Mrs. Olivia Hillebrand, a life-time resident of Shaws Bend, passed away in Pearland Sept. 24 at the age of 83.

A daughter of Henry and Annie Niemann Kuhn, she was born at Shaws Bend Oct. 19, 1892. Her husband, Benno F. Hillebrand, preceded her in death in 1915. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran church in Ellinger.

Funeral services were held at Henneke Funeral Home Sunday, with burial in Kuhn Cemetery [Fitzgerald Cemetery] at Shaws Bend. The Rev. Lee Eschberger officiated at the service.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Lucien Templain of Pearland and Mrs. Ornell Balzer of Houston; one sister, Mrs. Herman Brune of Shaws Bend; one brother, Monroe Kuhn of Shaws Bend; 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bertrum Balzer, Lucien Templain Jr., John Edward Zapalac, Robert Hanna, Floyd Tafelski and Thurman Brune.

Colorado County Citizen, September 30, 1976, page 5.


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Hillmer, Henry Fredrich

Services For Henry Hillmer Held Sunday

Funeral services were held at Columbus Funeral Home Sunday for Henry Fredrich Hillmer, 85, who died at a La Grange hospital Saturday. Burial was in Odd Fellow's Rest at Columbus with the Rev. G. Wolf officiating.

Mr. Hillmer as[sic] born near Ellinger on August 26, 1860, a son of Fredrich and Emilie Smith Hillmer who came to this country from Germany. A retired carpenter, he had spent the last five years with his niece Mrs. Otto Stolle and Mr. Stolle. He was a member of the Lutheran church and of the Woodmen of the World lodge.

He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. August Kansteiner, Columbus; Mrs. Herman Chollett, La Grange; and Mrs. Charles Smith, Industry, and one brother, Fredrich Hillmer of Columbus.

Pallbearers were W. A. Struss, L. A. Voskamp, E. G. Miller, A. O. Peters, O. G. Hoegemeyer and J. W. Zwiegel.

Colorado County Citizen, February 14, 1946
Transcribed by Tammy Blandino

Hillmer, Ida (Stolle)

Mrs. Ida Hillmer Services Held Here Friday Afternoon

Funeral services for Ms. Ida Hillmer were held April 1 at Untermeyer Funeral home with contnued serices at St. Paul’s Lutheran church, Rev. G. Wolf officiating.

Mrs. Hillmer was born in Colorado county July 7, 1882, and had spent most of her life in this area. She was confirmed in the Lutheran church in Ellinger by Rev. H. Juren, and on Jan. 10, 1902 was married to Frederich Carl Hillmer, the Rev. R. Heise performing the ceremony.

Mr. Hillmer died 5 years ago. Mrs. Hilmer had been residing with a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Schuette, since breaking a hip about 10 weeks ago. She died in an El Campo hospital Mar. 30.

Surviving are her daughters, Mrs. Schuette of El Campo, Mrs. Alvin Chollett of Shaw’s Bend, Mrs. Alfred Chollett of Columbus and Mrs. James Bolton of Freeport; 3 brothers, John Stolle of Wharton, Gerhardt and Otto Stolle of La Grange and Alvin Stolle of Houston, 4 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Wilbert and Lennardt Stolle, Reuben Barten and Marvin Hillmer of Colubus, Otto Stolle of La Grange Leo Stolle of Post and Ray Stolle of Slaton.

Burial was here in Odd Fellows Rest.

Colorado County Citizen, April 7, 1960, page 2

Hillyer, Ruth Edith (Hayden)

Ruth Edith Hillyer, 79, of Houston, died Sunday, June 26, 1994, in Houston.

She was born Ruth Edith Hayden on June 10, 1915 in Eagle Lake. She and her husband, A. E. Hillyer operated one of the first coin-operated washaterias in the Houston Heights area, The couple were members of the Church of God and celebrated their 57th anniversary last March 20.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 29, at the West 11th Street Church of God in Houston with Interment following at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Services were under the direction of Heights Funeral Home, Houston. Local arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Hillyer is survived by her husband, of Houston; a daughter, Glenda Bounds of Houston; son, Ira Hillyer of San Francisco, CA; sister, Rosalie Sims of Livingston; three grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Houston Hospice.

Colorado County Citizen, June 29, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Hilscher, Diana Joyce

Hilscher Infant Buried

Funeral services were held at the graveside in City Cemetery here last Sunday for Diana Joyce Hilscher, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Hilscher of Austin. The mother is the former Miss Esther Mae Beken.

Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1951, page 1

Hilscher, Winfred R.

Winfred Hilscher Funeral Services Held April 24

Winfred R. Hilscher, 70 of Weimar died April 22 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center. Funeral services were held April 24 at St. Michael Catholic Church with Rev. John Bily officiating. Interment followed at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery. Mr. Hilscher’s niece, Diane Markowski, served as lector.

Mr. Hilscher was born July 26, 1928 to Rudolf and Annie (Demel) Hilscher in Schulenburg.

He attended school at Middle Creek, High Hill, graduated from Schulenburg High School in 1946 and attended Baldwin Business College in Yoakum in 1948-49.

He married Vera Mae Shumbera on June 25, 1960 at St. Michael Catholic Church.

He entered the United States Army in 1946 and retired in 1970. He served in Korea 1946-47, Germany 1954-57, Vietnam 1965-66, Alaska 1966-68.

Medals received: National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze service stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with device 1960, Good Conduct Medal (second and third award), two overseas bars, Expert (Rifle M-14).

He was a member of the American Legion Post 259, Knights of Columbus, Council 2153 and third degree member.

He was a resident of this area for 30 years, also living in Schulenburg, Ft. Sam Houston, Ft. Bliss and various places in the United States and over seas.

Survivors included: his wife, Vera Mae Shumbera; daughters, Joyce M. and Sandra J. Hilscher of Columbus and Carol L. Hilscher of Weimar; and sisters, Ovella Stuchly of Schulenburg and Helen Smolick of Needville.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Annie Demel Hilscher and an infant son.

Pallbearers were: nephews, Kenneth Stuchly, Michael Stuckly, Lloyd Stephens, John Markowski, Melvin Shumbera; and Michael Stephens, great-nephew.

Weimar Mercury, April 29, 1999, p. 2
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Hiltpold, Anna

Miss Anna Hiltpold Buried at Nada
By Mrs. Fred Kubesch

NADA--Funeral services for Miss Anna Hiltpold, 86, were conducted in St. Mary’s church Saturday at 8 a.m. Rt. Rev. Monsignor John Gerbermann of Floresville, nephew of he deceased, conducted the services. Burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery.

Miss Hiltpold was born at Mentz Nov. 20, 1872, and died Thursday, Sept. 3.

Pallbearers were: Albert and Leo Leopold, George and Billy Gerbermann, Alvin and Johnnie Gerbermann.

Colorado County Citizen, September 10, 1959, page 12

Himly, Alexander

Bernardo Prairie, Texas
October 30, 1885

Editor Citizen:
A. Himly, an old citizen of this county, died on Monday, the 26th of October, at his place of residence on the Bernard, at the age of 71. The deceased was born in Gottingen, Germany, where he also finished his education at the then renowned University of Gottingen. A man of liberal views, and not satisfied with the state of political affairs in Germany, when tyranny held its sway again after the revolutionary movement of 1848 had failed, he left the fatherland like so many others at that time and immigrated to this country, led by no other motive but to enjoy the blessings of free institutions. He settled on the Bernard in this county, in the fall of 1848, leading the honest and honorable life of a plain, industrious farmer and good citizen. He leaves many friends in this and adjoining counties, to mourn his demise. E.R.
[Interred in Himly Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, November 5, 1885

Hines, James Ervin

J. Ervin Hines Funeral Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for James Ervin Hines, 85, Who died Friday at Parkview Manor were held Sunday afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Chapel with Rev. Richard Worringham, Methodist pastor, officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery under auspices of the Weimar Masonic Lodge.

Mr. limes had retired in 1957 as special accountant for Southern Pacific Railroad.

Born Feb. 21, 1892. at Columbus, he was a son of Duff and Anabel (Caller) Hines, he married Lela V. Townsend on June 22. 1913; she preceded him in death.

Mr. Hines was graduated From Houston Law School in 1928. He was a member of the Texas Bar Association and was licensed before the I.C.C.

He is survived by a son and a daughter-in-law, James Ervin jr. and Lottie I. Hines of Houston; a grandson and a granddaughter. Donald D. Hines and Debbie Pedigo of Houston; a great-granddaughter. Jennifer Pedigo of Houston; one brother. Cecil F. Boulden of Austin; one sister, Mrs. Ouida Grissom; and two nephews. Wylie Lowery of Waco and Kent Lowery of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, December 15, 1977

Hines, Square


The remains of Square Hines, colored, who died at Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, of pneumonia following an attack of influenza, were brought here Wednesday and interred in the colored cemetery the same afternoon. Square had been in the service and stationed at Camp Bowie for about four weeks. He was a well known young colored man of this community. He was a good worker, and stood well with both white and colored people. [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 19, 1918


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Hinson, Agnes A. (Vykukal)


Agnes A. Hinson, 69, of Columbus passed away Nov. 6 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Wharton, Nov. 18, 1933 to Frank and Millie (Canik) Vykukal and married John H. Hinson, Sept. 13, 1952.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, John Michael Hinson; and sister, Evelyn Scott.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Therese and Franklin Hudec of Columbus, JoAnn Tidwell of Columbus and Christina and Gary Targac of Anchorage, Alaska; son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Brenda Hinson of Bellwood, Pa.; sister, Mary Ulbrich of La Grange; grandchildren, Kara Kunschick, Kyle Hudec, David, Karen, Michael and Blake Hinson and Zachary, Christi and Dustin Targac; and great-grandchildren, Justin and Bryce Kunschick, Stephanie Hinson and David Owens Hinson.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 10 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Fr. Dan Kahlich, Deacon Joey Targac and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Kyle Hudec, David, Michael and Blake Hinson and Zachary and Dustin Targac.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the St. Anthony Catholic Church Legacy Fund.

Colorado County Citizen, November 12, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Hinton, Albert Perry


Funeral Services Held at C. R. Grobe Home This Afternoon

Funeral services for Albert Perry Hinton, 68, Columbus postmaster, were held this afternoon at the C. R. Grobe home here, Rev. Frank D. Charlton, pastor of Columbus Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest under the direction of Columbus Funeral Home.

Mr. Hinton died at John F. Bell Memorial Hospital Tuesday night at 6:30 o'clock following a short illness.

He had been a resident of Columbus 43 years. He was born in Jonesville, Harrison County, Texas, July 20th, 1872. He came to Columbus February 1st, 1898. He was a member of the Methodist church.

Mr. Hinton was secretary to Congressman George F. Burgess of Gonzales of this district. He volunteered for service during the Spanish-American War and served in the company of which Captain Walker of Schulenburg was commander. He served as postmaster of Columbus under the Wilson and Roosevelt administrations.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ruby Toliver Hinton of Columbus and a brother, Howard Hinton of Fort Worth.

Pallbearers were J. H. Wooten, Forrest Brooks, A. I. Chapman, E. H. Rabel, J. R. Pinchback and Dr. W. W. Gunn.

Columbus County Citizen, February 20, 1941
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Hinton, Paul D.

Final Rites for Paul D. Hinton, 52, Held Here

Funeral services for Paul D. Hinton, 52, principal of A. J. Jefferson Elementary School at El Maton, were held Thursday, August 21, at Mt. Arie Baptist Church here, with interment in Paradise Garden Cemetery.

Rev. A. Hubbard, Mt. Arie pastor officiated.

Mr. Hinton died Monday, Aug. 18, at Veterans Hospital in Houston.

Born Jan 14, 1906 in Robertson County, he was educated at Prairie View A&M College and the University of Denver. He was principal of the El Maton school for 17 years, president of the Matagorda County Teachers Association, assistant secretary of the District Ministers and Laymen Conference of the La Grange Baptist District Association of Texas, a deacon of Mt. Arie Baptist Church here, and a member of Gulf Coast No. 272 AF&AM, Bay City, and of Wallace Taylor Post 849, American Legion, here.

He married Miss Wilma Frances Wilson, a Karl Downs School teacher, here in 1953 and they have lived here since that time.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a sister, Mrs. Sarah J. Walker of Benchley; a brother, Benjamin Hinton of Houston; and a nephew in South Bend, Indiana.

Weimar Mercury, August 29, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hinton, William Barton Jr.

W. B. Hinton, 60, Garwood Teacher, Buried Saturday

William B. Hinton, 60, veteran football coach who was assistant coach and teacher in Garwood high school, was buried last Saturday in the Eagle Lake [Lakeside] cemetery after services at the Christ Episcopal church at 3 p.m. in Eagle Lake. Rev. Romilly Timmins officiated.

Mr. Hinton died of heart trouble Friday about 6:30 in the hospital at East Bernard.

He had become ill during the recent coaching school in Ft. Worth which he attended with Coach Thomas Stone of Garwood, Coaches Lee Mitchell and Hop Priest of Columbus.

Mr. Hinton was to begin his 3rd year at Garwood Aug. 31. His successor had not yet been named earlier this week.

The Cleburne native was a veteran of World Wars I and II, and had coached football since 1923. He played football at the University of Texas.

He had coached at Eagle Lake at 3 different times, also had been coach at Hamlin, where he began his coaching career, Sealy, East Bernard, Port Arthur and Garwood. He also taught commercial studies at Garwood.

Survivors include his widow; 2 sisters; Mrs. Herman Dowdy of Port Arthur and Mrs. Doyle Browning of Hollandale, Miss; and a brother, D. B. Hinton of Bay City.

Pallbearers were Mr. Stone, Paul Lewis and Robert Schiurring of Garwood; Bennie Blair, Louis Kopecky and Joe Luna of Eagle Lake; Charles Naiser and a Mr. Wintermann of East Bernard.

Colorado County Citizen, August 27, 1959, page 5

Hintz, William “Bill”

Bill Hintz

Funeral services for William (Bill) Hintz were held Friday, April 22 at St. John's Episcopal Church. The Rev. James Watt officiated. Interment was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Mr. Hintz passed away Thursday morning, April 21.

He was born in Sealy on Aug. 28, 1905 and was a son of Wilhelm and Nettie Eckelbert Hintz. He was married to Marguerite Pugh Reiger Feb. 15, 1926. She passed away in 1969.

In 1939, Mr. Hintz came to Columbus from Bellville as manager of the Southern Union Gas Company. In 1947 he resigned and formed his own company, Wm. Hintz Oil Field Lease Service, in which he was active until 1968.

Survivor's include 2 daughters, Mrs. Donald J. Busselman and Mrs. Don W. Rau, both of Columbus; 3 grandchildren; Mrs. David Anderson, Gregory Busselman and Timothy Rau, and 2 great-grandchildren, Rebecca Sue Anderson and James Bradly Busselman, all of Columbus; 3 sisters, Mrs. Otto Krampitz, Mrs. Floyd Hess and Mrs. Robert Luedecke, all of Sealy and 3 brothers. Jake Hintz, George Hintz and Joe Hintz, all of Sealy.

Colorado County Citizen, April 28, 1977

Hinze, Herbert Wayne

Sheridan Man Dies as Truck Hits Trees

Herbert Wayne Hinze, 26, of Sheridan, riding alone in a 1980 GMC pickup, was killed at 2.35 a.m. Tuesday when the truck missed a curve and hit some trees.

Hinze was southbound, toward home, on Speaksville Road five miles south of Columbus when he approached a slight curve to the left and went off the road to the right. The truck hit two trees and began a sideways skid, then did a one-quarter rollover on the left side and slammed against another tree.

Trooper Gary Eden said that tree flattened the roof of the truck to almost seat level.

Another motorist from Rock Island, came along about 10 minutes later,but Hinze appeared to have died instantly.

Columbus firemen worked for some time with a rescue tool cutting the wreckage apart to get the body out. Justice of the Peace Richard Schmidt of Columbus pronounced Hinze dead at the scene. [Interment in Cheetham Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, August 7, 1986

Hlinsky, Mary (Orsak)

Mary Hlinsky

Funeral services for Mary Hlinsky, 87, of Ellinger were held Monday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Father Arnold Anders officiated.

Interment was in the St. Anthony's Catholic cemetery under the direction of the Henneke Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hlinsky died Jan. 10 in the Columbus Community Hospital.

Mary was born in Czechoslovakia on July 11, 1894. $he is the daughter of Joseph Orsak and Annie Mikulec.

She married Willie T Hlinsky Feb. 22, 1919.

She is affiliated with St. Mary's Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Altar Society, Live Oak Hill.

She is survived by her husband, Willie T. Hlinsky of Ellinger; two daughters, Evelyn Girndt and Ruby Prasifka; both of Columbus; one son, Leroy Hlinsky of Rosharon; three sisters, Mrs. Sam Bonno of Houston, Mrs. Vera Fuchs of Ellinger and Mrs. Charlie Schobel of Columbus, and one brother, Joe Orsak of EllInger.

Mary had six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were: Gary Girndt, Neal Hlinsky, Richard Hlinsky, Alton Barton, Leonard Orsak and John Bonno.

Colorado County Citizen, January 14, 1982, page 2

Hlinsky, Neal H.

Neal H. Hlinsky, 53, of Shaws Bend, died Friday, Aug. 26, 1994 in a San Antonio hospital.

Born Feb. 3, 1941, in Austin, he was the son of Harry Joseph and Leona (Struss) Hlinsky. He was a U. S. Army veteran, a member of Columbus VFW Post 6113 and South Central Texas Baseball Hall of Fame. Mr. Hlinsky was a Lutheran.

Funeral services were held Aug. 19, at Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, with Pastor Brian Rossow officiating. Interment followed in Brune Cemetery, Shaws Bend.

Serving as pallbearers were Clinton Huebel, Glenn Klump, Ronnie Zatopek, Ronald Polasek, Cliff Fodge and Hal Scott.

Mr. Hlinsky is survived by his mother, Leona Hlinsky of Columbus; sister and brother-in-law, Patty and Cliff Dodge of Denver, Colo.; niece, Courtney Anne Fodge and Nephew Steven Andrew Fodge, both of Denver and special friend Norma.

Colorado County Citizen, August 31, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Hlinsky, Willie T.


Funeral services for Willie T. Hlinsky, 84, were held November 21 at the Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmie Hejl officiating. Burial was at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery.

He died November 19 at Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar.

Willie Hlinsky was born December 29,1899, in Ellinger to Mx. and Mrs. Tom Hlinsky. He married Mary Orsak on February 22, 1919. He lived his life in Ellinger where he worked as a farmer until his retirement.

Willie Hlinsky was a member of the Fayetteville Brethren Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Evelyn Girndt and Ruby Prasifka and son-in-law, Albert Prasifka, all of Columbus; one son, Leroy Hlinsky and daughter-in-law, Nona Hlinsky, both of Rosharon; four sisters, Minnie Zatopek and Betty Porkney, both of Columbus, and Irene Cook and Ella Zapalac, both of La Grange.

Pallbearers included Richard Hlinsky, Calvin Hlinsky, Neal Hlinsky, Alton Barton, Gary Girndt and Kenneth Guin.

Colorado County Citizen, November 29, 1984, page 2

Hluchanek, Emil R.

Final Rites for Emil R. Hluchanek, 56, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Emil R. Hluchanek, 56, were held Sunday morning from the family residence and St. Michael’s Church, with interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Rev. Benedict Pruski was celebrant at the Solemn Requiem Mass, with Rev. Alois Goertz as deacon and Rev. Mr. J. R. Till as sub-deacon. Rev. Goertz delivered the sermon.

Mr. Hluchanek was born at Holman on October 9, 1891, the son of Frank Hluchanek, Sr., and the late Mrs. Antonia Hluchanek. On October 24, 1911, he married Miss Mary Stavinoha, at Ammannsville. They lived at Holman for four years, then moved to La Grange, where they lived two years. In 1947, they moved to Weimar, where Mr. Hluchanek accepted a position with Herder Mercantile Company. After a number of years with that firm, he joined the staff of the Hill Bank and Trust Co., and later went into the grocery business for himself. His last position was with I. Lauterstein and Son where he worked until ill health forced his retirement in November 1947. His health had been bad for sixteen months when he succumbed at Columbus Hospital last Thursday afternoon about 1:15 o’clock.

Mr. Hluchanek was a member of St. Michael’s Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the K.J. T. Lodge.

Surviving him in addition to his father, Frank Hluchanek, Sr., of El Campo, are his wife, Mrs. Mary Hluchanek; three daughters, Mrs. John Hajovsky and Mrs. Joe Hajovsky of Weimar, and Mrs. Alfred Neumeyer of Hallettsville; five sisters, Mrs. Betty Zapalac and Mrs. Frances Cernosek of Smithville, Mrs. Hermina Kana of El Campo, Mrs. Mary Hajovsky of Sealy, Mrs. Sophie Petrash of San Antonio; four brothers, Joe Hluchanek of Caldwell, Louis Hluchanek of Schulenburg, and Frank and John Hluchanek of Columbus; and three grandchildren, Thomas and Michael Hajovsky of Weimar and Mary Margaret Neumeyer of Hallettsville.

Pallbearers at his funeral were H. B. Hopper, William Osina, F. F. Anders, Joe Neiser, Frank J. E. Bartosh, and Roman Bartosh of Wallis.

Weimar Mercury, July 2, 1948, page 1

Hluchanek, James Andrew

A 24-year-old Weimar, Tex., man was found shot to death Tuesday night at a highway rest stop on I-25 about three miles south of the Wyoming border, Weld County Sheriff's authorities said.

They said the body of the man, James Hluchanek, 24, was found in his car by tourists who informed authorities.

The man had evidently been shot six times, according to Sgt. Harold Andrews of the sheriff's office. Andrews said six bullets were found, three in the 1973 car Hluchanek was driving and three in the body.

It was believed by authorities that Hluchanek was an instructor at Texas A and M University who was working for Gulf Oil Co. in Casper, Wyo., this summer.

He had been visiting relatives in Texas over the Labor Day weekend, Andrews said, and had flown back to Denver Tuesday morning. In Denver, he picked up his car shortly after noon for the trip to Casper. The body was found at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

Greeley Colo. Republican Tribune, Thursday, Sept. 6, 1973
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Rites Held Here Monday For Young Geophysicist

Funeral services for James Andrew Hluchanek, 24, of Weimar, victim of a roadside shooting Wednesday evening, September 8, in Colorado, were held Monday morning, September 10, at Hubbard funeral Chapel and St. Michael's Catholic Church here, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Thomas O'Callaghan of San Antonio, former assistant pastor here, officiated, assisted by Rev. O. B. Kahlich.

Pallbearers were Gene Kloesel, Johnny Rerich, Jr., Joe Ulrich, Zigmund Streich, Kim Stavinoha and Wayne Bartos. Named as honorary pallbearers were all his other friends.

James was born here February 3, 1949, the son of Jim and Elsie (Rerich) Hluchanek, and was a 1967 honor graduate of Weimar High School. In high school he was a member of the National Honor Society and the Student Council. He won Who's Who and other distinctions, served in various offices, and was football trainer for two years.

He entered Texas A&M University on an Opportunity Award Scholarship and was graduated with honors in 1971 among a class of 1,511 students, with a Bachelor of Science degree in geophysics. He also earned the university's Faculty Achievement Award and the Gulf Fellowship awarded annually to an outstanding graduating student.

As student assistant to one of his professors, Dr. R. R. Unterbeger, he participated in pioneering with a radar method of determining the geologic structure of salt mines. The device perfected and employed by Dr. Unterberger with James' help was effective up a mile distance. Their work with it drew national and international attention.

Together, they worked with it in a mine underneath Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio, two places in Canada, including a mine under Lake Huron, at Grand Saline, Texas and just last spring, in Louisiana.

"He was not only an outstanding student," Dr. Unterberger told the Mercury; "he was also a great fellow to know and be with. He was an extremely capable youth, with a great future."

As an undergraduate at A&M, James had been vice-president of the school's Geophysical Society chapter. He began as a sophomore collecting data with which he wrote his thesis for his Master of Science degree in physics in 1973. The title was "Radar Investigation of the Hockley Salt Dome." Next month Dr. Unterberger is to deliver a paper on that same subject to an international gathering of geophysicists in Mexico.

Surviving James in addition to his parents are a sister, Mrs. Stan (Gloria) Armstrong of Dallas; a brother, Pat of Weimar; his grandmothers, Mrs. Elizabeth Hluchanek and Mrs. Emilia Rerich of Weimar; and a niece and a nephew, Carrie and Mitchell Armstrong.

The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, September 13, 1973

Texan Charged in Hluchanek Death

One of Weimar's most promising young men was found shot to death in a roadside park near the Colorado-Wyoming border last Wednesday evening, and another Texas was charged Monday with the first-degree murder in connection with the case.

Dead is James A. Hluchanek, 24-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hluchanek of Weimar, with whom he had been visiting only a few hours before a motoring couple found him dead in his car.

He had been shot "several times," according to a UPI story in the Denver Post, perhaps eight times according to some reports that have filtered back here.

Arrest at Pueblo

The case was a complete mystery for two days, during which one suspect was checked out and released, but a break came Friday when a Garland, Texas man was arrested in Pueblo, Colorado on a federal charge filed at Dallas in an unrelated case.

Monday, Weld County (Colo.) District Attorney bob Miller filed a charge of first-degree murder against Jerry Ben Ulmer, 21, of Garland.

Up to Tuesday the district attorney had not disclosed exactly how Ulmer had become a suspect in the Hluchanek case, but the Pueblo arrest was on a charge (filed in Dallas) of making false statement in acquiring a firearm.

Motive a Mystery

The DA also has not released a statement as to the motive in the case, which remained a mystery here late Tuesday.

Ulmer was not known to Hluchanek's family here nor to any of his many friends they have questioned.

Hluchanek's wallet was found in his lap, $103 cash and several hundred dollars in traveler checks still in it. With him in the car were his clothing bag, portable tape recorder and guitar.

Apparently nothing had been taken, with the possible exception of some credit cards.

In New Job

An honor student throughout his school days here and at Texas A&M University, where he had earned his Bachelor and Master degrees in geophysics, he had begun a promising job with Gulf Oil Co. of Bakersfield, Calif., in June and was on loan to Petty Ray Geophysical Co. for some special work at Casper, Wyoming.

He had flown home on Saturday before Labor Day, leaving his new car at the Denver airport after driving the 100-plus miles from Casper.

He had spent an enjoyable weekend with his parents and with friends who had also come for the long weekend holiday and the annual local celebration.

Outstanding Student

Tuesday he paid a visit at College Station to his teacher and friend of several years, Dr. R. R. Unterberger, with whom he had worked on an exciting project, a new way of determining salt-mine geology with the use of radar. James had helped develop the technique, and it was the basis of his Master's degree thesis. Next week in Mexico city, Dr. Unterberger is to deliver a paper to the international meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists on the work he and James, as his student assistant, did in the Hockley (Tex.) Salt Mines.

Wednesday, James father drove him to the airport, and his plane left for Denver at 10:30 a.m., to arrive in Denver about two hours later.

Word Came Thursday

At 4:30 a.m. Thursday a phone call from the police at Greely, Colorado, brought the tragic news to the Hluchaneks.

A motoring couple had found him dead in his car at the roadside park on Interstate 24, about 90 miles north of Denver and two miles from the Wyoming border, in a remote and unpopulated section.

The coroner estimated the time of his death at between 3 and 5 p.m. The time he was found by the couple was unknown here, but it was believed to have been not later that about 9. the delay in getting word to the family may have been due to a question of jurisdiction in the case, the location being almost on the state border line.

The little mysteries nag, but they're overshadowed by the big question. Why?

The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, September 13, 1973
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Hluchanek, Mary (Stavinoha)

Hluchanek Funeral Held Here Friday

Mrs. Mary Hluchanek died Wednesday, January 17, at Youens Memorial Hospital here after along illness. She was 88.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 19, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Rev. Charles Carolan and Rev. Benton Thurmond officiated.

Pallbearers were Lad Stavinoha, Bill Stavinoha, Marcus Stavinoha, Ted Stavinoha, Edwin Bohac and Jim Hluchanek, all nephews. Werner Stavinoha served as lector, Mrs. Werner Stavinoha as organist.

Mrs. Hluchanek was born August 8, 1890 at Ammannsville, a daughter of Joseph and Anna (Adamcik) Stavinoha. She was married to Emil Hluchanek at Ammannsville on October 14, 1910. He preceded her in death in 1948.

She was a member of the KJZT, Christian Mothers, Catholic Daughters of America, and St. Michael's PTC.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. John Hajovsky and Mrs. Joe Hajovsky, both of Weimar, and Mrs. Alfred Neumeyer Jr. of Hallettsville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother, George Stavinoha of La Grange; and three sisters, Mrs. Lilly Horak of Needville and Mrs. Martha Bohac and Mrs. Delia Kristek of Weimar.

A granddaughter, Mrs. Mary Skelton, and six brothers preceded her in death, in addition to her husband.

Weimar Mercury, January 23, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hnatek, Augusta Lula (Shimek)


Funeral services were held for Augusta Hnatek Sunday. August 28 from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Ernest Dean officiating.

Burial was at Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Augusta Hnatek was born August 25, 1901 in Shimek, Texas. She married Henry Hnatek November 24, 1924.

She was a housewife and a Methodist.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Hnatek of Hallettsville; and brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Ella Mae Hnatek. of Houston, August and Bertha Hnatek of Weimar, Donald and Tony James of Palestine, Mrs. Emily Childs of Cushing, Texas and Mrs. Stacie Little of Weimar.

Pallbearers were George Shimek, Lester Little, Calvin Oakley, A. J. Hnatek, George Little and Robert Little.

Colorado County Citizen, September 1, 1988, page 2

Hnatek, Henry

Henry Hnatek Funeral Held, At Columbus

Funeral services for Henry Hnatek, 89,of the Shimek community in Lavaca County were held Friday, Nov. 6, from Henneke Funeral Home at Columbus with burial in Masonic Cemetery at Weimar. Rev. Paul May, pastor of First United Methodist Church here, officiated.

Hnatek, a retired farmer died Nov. 4 at his home.

Born Jan 1 1903, at Hallettsville, he was a son of John and Veronica (Pratka) Hnatek. He married Augusta Shimek on Nov. 24, 1924. She died Aug. 26, 1988. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and Weimar Masonic Lodge No. 423.

Surviving are three sisters, Stasie Little of Weimar, Tony James of Palestine and Emilie Childs of Cusing; a bother, John Hnatek of Houston and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death in addition to his wife were three brothers, Edward Hnatek, Joe Hnatek and August Hnatek; and a sister, Annie Oakley.

Serving as pallbearers in the funeral were Elmer I. Enloe, Ewald W. Friedrich, Ernest Scott, Walter Scott, Michael L. Sonntag and Norbert Zatopek.

Weimar Mercury, November 12, 1992

Hnatek, Joseph

Final Rites for Joe Hnatek, 44, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Joe Hnatek, 44-year-old farmer of the section 12 miles south of Weimar, were held Saturday afternoon, June 9, the anniversary of his birth, from Hubbard Funeral Home.

Rev. C. Emigholz of Weimar and Rev. F. J. Kostobryz of Temple conducted the rites. Interment was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Hnatek, a resident of this section since his marriage about 20 years ago, had long been in poor health. He underwent an operation at Galveston for an intestinal disorder last October, but in February of this year became more seriously ill. His last confinement in the hospital was for only three days, before he expired at 6:25 o’clock Friday morning, June 8.

Born June 9, 1907, in Lavaca County, he was the son of John and Verna Pratka Hnatek. He married Miss Albina Marek, of Hallettsville Nov. 10, 1931, at Schulenburg. He was a member of the Vsetin Lutheran Church.

Surviving are his parents, his widow; a son, Owen, a Weimar High School student; four sisters, Mrs. Annie Oakley of Houston, Mrs. Emilie Childs of La Porte, Mrs. Stassie Little of Hallettsville and Mrs. Tonie James of Houston and three brothers, Henry of Bila Hora, John and August of Houston. One brother, Edward, died in the armed services in 1941.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Lee Earl Poppe, Lawrence Muehr, Walter Poppe, Carl Christen, Walter Rutledge and Henry Heiman.

Weimar Mercury, June 15, 1951, page 1
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