Funeral Set Friday For Charles Herder
Charles Herder, Jr., 83, owner of Herder Truck Lines, headquartered in Weimar, since 1931, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, in Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, of heart failure, after several years of health problems.
He was a lifelong resident of Weimar, born here August 10, 1909, to Charles Herder Sr. and Hattie (Klatt) Herder. He graduated from Weimar High School in 1927 and from Texas A&M University in 1931 with a degree in Agriculture Administration. He returned to Weimar to take over management of the family freight line.
At A&M he was a member of Ross Volunteers and commander of a cavalry battalion. After returning to Weimar, he was a charter member and first president of Weimar Rotary Club. A prominent rancher and Hereford breeder he was a member of the American Hereford Assn. and Texas Gulf Coast and Houston Hereford Assn. He was a director of the Texas Motor Transport Assn. for many years, and a past president. He was elected chairman of the board of directors of First State Bank in 1969. He became widely known as sponsor of the Herder Truckers semipro baseball team in the late 1940’s and early 1950s.
Herder married Clogene Lomance on Sept. 28, 1963, at San Antonio. They are a “President’s Endowed Scholarship Benefactor” of Texas A&M.
His wife survives him, along with two daughters, Jo Helen Matheson of San Antonio and Christy Dobbins of Weimar; one son, Steven Davis of Dallas; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two brothers, Paul K. Herder of San Antonio and Henry Herder of Weimar. A brother, Leroy Herder, and a sister, Vida Herder Hubbard, preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 27, at 11 a.m. from First United Methodist Church, with burial in Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery. Rev. Paul May will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Poppe, Richard Cernosek, Elliott Koehn, Ernie Klosel, Robert Sanchez, and E. D. Cummins.
Weimar Mercury, November 26, 1992
Death Takes Chas. Herder, Truck Lines Founder, at 71
A heart attach that occurred during his sleep brought death last Sunday morning to Charles Herder Sr., founder of Herder Truck Lines and one of Weimar's pioneer businessmen, at the age of 71.
He had been under treatment for his ailing heart the past several years, but had continued his work as the truck line's terminal manager at Columbus, and his death came as a shock to his many friends of this area.
Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home Monday afternoon, with Rev. Walter J. Cartwright, local Methodist pastor, officiating. Burial was in Weimar Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.
Came Here in 1894
Mr. Herder was born April 30, 1882 at High Hill, in Fayette County, the son of Henry W. and Josephine Russek Herder. His father died as a young man, and Mr. Herder came to Weimar at the age of 14 to live with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. George Herder Sr. On May 25, 1904, he married Miss Hattie Klatt, who preceded him in death 17 years ago.
Started with Cotton
In his early days here he had operated various businesses, including a lantern-slide picture show, a livery stable, and general merchandise store, and in 1928 joined his cousin, George Herder Jr., in forming a cotton-hauling business. Their trucks operated between Weimar and Houston. Later he bought his partner's interest in the business, and eventually expanded the firm to include hauling of all kinds of freight. Today Herder Truck Lines serves 32 communities from San Antonio to Houston and is one of this area's largest businesses.
Sold Business to Son
When his health began to fail in about 1935, Mr. Herder sold the business to his son, Charles Herder Jr. He became terminal manager at Columbus but continued to make his home in Weimar.
Mr. Herder was a past president of the school board and former chief of the Weimar Fire Department. He held membership in both the SPJST and ODHS lodges here, and was an ardent supporter of Weimar’s baseball teams.
Five Children Survive
Surviving him are one daughter, Mrs. Elliott Hubbard; four sons, Charles Jr., Leroy and Henry Herder, all of Weimar, and Paul Herder of San Antonio; one sister, Mrs. J. S. Rypple of Weimar: and three grandchildren, Charles Henry Herder and Mary Helen Herder of Weimar and Jo Helen Herder of Karnes City.
Pallbearers for the services Monday were Alvin Horndt, W. H. Miekow, Ewald Girndt, and Sam K. Seymour, all of Columbus, F. F. Brasher and Charles Allen of Weimar, Oscar Wolters of Schulenburg, and George Herder III of San Antonio.
Weimar Mercury, December 18, 1953, page 1
Clogene Herder Dies in Weimar On Oct. 9
Clogene Laymance Herder, born in Durant, Oklahoma, on January 18, 1922 passed away in her home on Monday, October 9, after a lengthy illness. She was the widow of Charles Herder, Jr.
Mrs. Ann Herder, 50, Succumbs To Long Illness
Graveside services were held at Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery here Monday afternoon for Mrs. George Herder III, 5 0, who died Saturday morning, July 18, in San Antonio.
An invalid for several years, she died at St. Benedict’s Nursing Home.
Morning services were held at Porter Loring Funeral Chapel in San Antonio. Rev. Robert Crawford officiated in the services here.
The former Cynthia Ann Holloway, she was born here April 18, 1920, the daughter of Sam C. and Sallie Bock Holloway. After graduation from Weimar High School as valedictorian she attended The University of Texas at Austin She taught school for two years before her marriage on June 8, 1940. She and her husband lived here for a short while before moving to San Antonio where he was terminal manager of Herder Truck Lines. They had lived there since.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Herder is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Sallie Beth) Kraft and Mrs. Thomas (Pamela) Gould of Houston; one grandson, Kenneth Charles Kraft of Houston; and her mother Mrs. Sallie Holloway of Weimar. Her father preceded her in death two years ago.
Weimar Mercury, July 23, 1970
Mrs. Geo. Herder, Heart Victim, Buried Monday
Funeral services for Mrs. George Herder Jr. 65, who died Saturday, August 11, in Youens Hospital, were held Monday afternoon in First Methodist Church, with burial in Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery. Rev. Howard MacAllister officiated.
Mrs. Herder, a Weimar resident 55 years, had been hospitalized August 1 after falling and suffering a multiple fracture of her left arm. She died at 7:35 a.m. Saturday shortly after a heart attack.
Born Nora Reed, July 26, 1897, she was a daughter of Gano and Fanny Reed. Her mother died, and as an infant she was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Goeth, who gave her the name of Florence. (Mr. Goeth was founder of the Schulenburg Sticker and publisher of the Mercury from 1910 to 1913). She was married to Mr. Herder here in 1915, and he died in 1947. A son, Kenneth, also preceded her in death, in 1939, at the age of 16.
A talented painter, Mrs. Herder was a member of the San Antonio River Art Association and the Amateur Artists Association of America. She was a member of First Methodist Church, where she frequently served as organist, the Methodist WSCS, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Texas Pioneers.
Surviving her are one daughter, Mrs. Mary Herder Hanks of San Antonio, two sons, George Herder III of San Antonio and Dan Herder of Weimar; 5 grandchildren, Sally Beth and Pamela Herder, Mary Sue, Clyde and Kit Hanks; a sister, Mrs. Maude Copeland and a brother, Brewer Reed, both of Eastland, and 9 half brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers were Henry Brasher, Henry Beken Jr., Jack Montgomery, H. Ed Rabel, Wm. Ratliff, J. R. Yoder, F. R. Carroll, Norbert Zatopek and Charlie Allen.
Weimar Mercury, August 16, 1962
Mr. George Herder
Mr. George Herder Sr., 71, one of the most prominent business men of this county, died at a Houston hospital last Thursday, following a brief illness with pneumonia. Funeral was held at the family home in Eagle Lake Saturday at two o'clock and burial took place at the Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery in Weimar.
Mr. Herder was for many years the leading merchant of Weimar, moving to Eagle Lake in 1910. He was representative in the legislature from this district one term, and was prominent in public and business life in the county. He was largely interested in banking, farming, rice milling and merchandising, and held an enviable records for integrity and honesty throughout his life.
He is survived by the wife, two daughters, Mrs. R. L. Williams of Bay City and Mrs. L. D. Allen of Eagle Lake, one son, George Jr. of Weimar and one brother, Will Herder of Shiner.
Colorado County Citizen, April 5, 1934
Prominent Citizen, a Widely Known Capitalist, a Loved Citizen of Eagle Lake and a Friend to Mankind Has Answered the Call From the Other Shores
There is a sorrow deep and poignant, in Eagle Lake and all the country surrounding Eagle Lake. There is a feeling of loneliness, a recognition of loss that fills us all with fear, a realization that one of our greatest sources of hope and strength is no more -- for George Herder, Sr. is with the dead. We look about us and ask, who that remains can prove so unfailing and so helpful as a friend when the time of adversity comes and even hope has flown? We count the living and wonder who can be so helpful, in large, broad ways, to our community? We ask ourselves, who will give, in time, in thought and in money, as he gave when it becomes necessary to move out the tent stakes and go forth to larger and greater things? These things, we are pondering in deep anxiety for our community as a whole. As individuals, we are wondering if the time of dire calamity comes, when earthly possessions are gone and the star of hope is set, if there is another to whom we can so confidently turn for aid and guidance through the awful darkness to the light of a better day? Our town, our community, our county, doesn’t seem the same since George Herder has left us. There is not the feeling of security that we will be able to surmount the steeps of difficulty and climb over the arches of adversity that obtained when he was with us to give aid and counsel and inspire confidence. And yet we feel that we are stronger as a community because he lived, for the life that is strong in purpose and achievement gives strength to every life with which it comes in contact.
Mr. Herder was one of the most widely known business men of this section. For many years he was extensively engaged in business at Weimar. He and his family moved to Eagle Lake from that place about twenty-three years ago and since that time he has been prominently connected with Eagle Lake’s business, agricultural and social life. On coming to Eagle Lake he engaged in the banking business here, was owner of the Eagle Lake Water and Light Company, which he sold to the central Power and Light Company, was owner of the Eagle Lake Rice Mill at Bay City which was recently destroyed by fire, and at the time of his death was connected with the First National Bank of Bay City, president of the Garwood State Bank, president of the Central State Bank of Eagle Lake, personally conducted a general store in Eagle Lake and was extensively interested in farming throughout this section. It was chiefly through Mr. Herder’s efforts that the affairs of the Eagle Lake State Bank were taken over by the new organization and every depositor of the institution paid in full dollar for dollar. It was through this good man that much of the farming interest of this section have been continued through these years of depression for he was a friend of the poor and a true friend of the farmer. He was a citizen that this town can ill afford to lose. He went down into his pocket and gave assistance where help was needed.
More than two weeks ago he went to a Houston hospital for treatment, at that time his illness having been regarded of little consequence. Tuesday word came that pneumonia had developed. A fight characteristic of the wonderful courage of the man was made, but even this, aided by skilled service and best of nursing could not avail and at 4:15 yesterday afternoon the brave spirit of Geo. Herder, Sr. left the tenement of clay.
The memory of George Herder is a memory of many of the noblest attributes of the human heart and life. He was a man of indefatigable energy, of inspiration, of splendid courage and of a kind, sympathetic nature. Of work, he never tired. It was his life. He was a student of affairs and he planned in large, broad ways. Having planned, he never acknowledged defeat. Physical fear he knew not. . . . . . [unreadable section] He was very liberal with his time and his money. If convinced that something should be done, his shoulder went to the wheel without limit to the time and his purse strings were unloosened. As a friend, George Herder was as true as steel. If adversity came to a friend he did not desert, but drew nearer and the greater the need, the greater the service rendered. Such a man was George Herder. His life has been closed but in the hearts of those whose lives were blended with his, he will live in fond memory while the cycles of time roll on and on.
Mr. Herder served Colorado county in the 21st Legislature. He was 71 years of age. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 423 A.F & A.M. of Weimar.
He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. R. L. Williams of Bay City and Mrs. L. B. Allen of this city and a son, Charles Herder, Jr.[sic] of Weimar, and a brother, Will Herder of Shiner.
The body was brought to Eagle Lake at noon today by the McCreary Undertaking Company and taken to the Herder home where funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be made in the cemetery at Weimar.
From the Eagle Lake Headlight, published in the Weimar Mercury, April 6, 1934
Graveside Rites Held Here for George Herder
Graveside services for George Herder III, 60, of Seguin, formerly of Weimar, were held Friday afternoon, May 6, at Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery here. Rev. Jerry Walker officiated.
A memorial service had been held earlier in the day at Porter Loring Funeral Chapel, San Antonio.
Mr. Herder died Thursday in San Antonio hospital ending a long illness.
Born Nov 16, 1916, at Weimar, he was a son of George Jr. and Florence Goeth Herder. After graduation from Weimar High School he attended the University of Texas at Austin. After World War II military service he was in the meat packing business with his father until becoming associated with Herder Truck Lines, for whom he had been the San Antonio terminal manager the past 37 years.
He married Cynthia Ann Holloway here on June 8, 1940, and she preceded him in death in 1970. His second marriage was to Mrs. Jo Ann Watson, who survives him, along with two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Sally) Kraft of Richmond and Mrs. Tom (Pam) Gould, of Houston; a stepson, Jay Watson, and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Debi Trusler, both of Seguin; four grandchildren, K. C. Kraft, Elizabeth Kraft, Jerrad Gould and Rhett Trusler; and one brother, Dan Herder of Weimar.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth, in 1939, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hanks, who died last December.
Pallbearers were Charles Herder, Henry Herder, Paul Herder, Clyde Hanks III, Charles Craft and Tom Gould.
Weimar Mercury, May 12, 1977
Simply one of the kindest men ever to live, Henry Herder, 89, a loving husband, father and grandfather, entered into rest, surrounded by his family on Feb. 1, 2009. Henry was born March 18, 1919 in Weimar on land given to him by his father where he used to raise chickens and sheep. He lived most of his life and raised his children on this same lot. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Maxine Meisell Herder, an unnamed daughter who died at childbirth, mother Hattie Klatt, father Charles Henry Herder, sister Vida Herder Hubbard and brothers Charlie Herder, Leroy Herder and Paul Herder.
The youngest of five children, Henry attended Weimar High School where he excelled in both academics and athletics. He played football as quarterback reportedly because he was one of the few who could remember the plays, but his favorite sport was basketball. He graduated from Weimar in 1936 and entered Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1941. Henry was a member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets where he served in the horse-drawn artillery unit.
Following graduation he was immediately called to active duty as a result of the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. He went into the artillery branch and was initially sent to Fort Riley, Kansas for six weeks. “We were in the saddle 24 hours a day.” Upon completion, he was sent to San Francisco for transport to China. They boarded the French luxury liner, “Isle de France,” which had been converted to a troop transport, for transport to India. “If you have to go to war, that’s the way to go!” Henry said. To avoid Japanese submarines, they set a zig-zag course which took about a month to reach the port of Bombay. From there, they went to Assam in northeast India, where they went on by U.S. transport planes over “The Hump” to Kunming, China. There was no oxygen for the troops as the flight took them high over the Himalayas. “They just gave us a blanket and we just passed out and went to sleep during the flight.” At Kunming, Henry was stationed at the Chinese training base of “Gan Hai Tze,” where the Americans were teaching Chaing Kai Shek’s army to use artillery equipment for the Chinese Army to more effectively resist the Japanese invasion of China.
Henry was an advisor for training the Chinese on the 75mm pack-howitzer, an artillery piece that could be broken down into three pieces and carried by mule anywhere. In 1944, the Chinese Army with its American advisors, moved southwest from Yunnan, China. They crossed the Salween Gorge and invaded Burma to oust the Japanese in conjunction with the British Indian Army. Henry had many adventures in that campaign, rode a mule and related to me how enthusiastically they were received in Burma by the ethnic Chinese living there under the yoke of Japanese occupation. Henry most remembers the time when he and his aid were lost at the Burma border as he was serving as forward observer calling in air strikes. Henry, known as “Fox Able Dog,” is still remembered by air force pilots whose bombing runs were called in just over Henry’s head, bringing the phrase from Henry that “there was no such thing as an atheist in a fox hole.” His group of advisors from China-days held a reunion annually and called themselves “The Gan Hai Tze Connection” and what a collection of characters they were! These men remained lifelong friends.
Henry was later discharged with the rank of Major. He returned from the war and married Mary Maxine Meisell of Columbus. He moved to Houston where his first child was born. Working for engineers and fabricators, he received the designation by the State of Texas as a Licensed Professional Engineer.
Although very successful in this career, he found himself frequently travelling to New York City, Montreal, Philadelphia and Chicago to open new offices. Writing from his room at the Metropolitan Club on Fifth Avenue in New York, he wrote to his wife, “Darling, This is the first and last weekend I shall ever stay away from home. New York has a lot to offer but you can’t enjoy it if you are thinking about 1578 Sue Barnett.” He ends this letter with “I love you and Mary Helen and Charles Henry very much and have never looked forward to anything as much as I am looking forward to seeing you again.”
The family moved back to Weimar in 1950 where he became a partner with his brother-in-law, Elliot Hub-bard.
The lumber yard and home building business became known as Hubbard and Herder until later when it was simply Herder’s. Henry continued in business for 41 years until his retirement in 1991. During this time his warm personality and work ethic produced many major clients who sought to escape Houston and live in the rich country environment surrounding Weimar. Henry provided building materials, designed homes and provided general contracting services for renovation and new construction. His client list reads like a who’s who of Texas. He actually introduced Charles Henry to Carol on a blind date that he arranged with a client from Houston.
He was an active member of the Lumberman’s Association of Texas and was honored with the Lumberman of the Year Award in 1974, representing the association from 1981-82 as its President. Through this organization he met Emmett McCoy, Founder of McCoy’s Building Supply. In typical Henry Herder style, what might have been a rocky relationship evolved into true friendship. Henry also chaired the Weimar Development Foundation for ten years and served on the Weimar School Board for eight years.
After retirement, he served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hill Bank. He was an active Rotarian for 55 years, holding most offices during that time and receiving the “Four Avenues of Service” award for his work. With the assistance of Dr. Elna White, he started the Mental Health Board of Colorado County. He was the chief organizer and chaired the Weimar United Fund for 10 years.
Rounding out his efforts on behalf of his hometown, he served on the Board of the Weimar Public Library and the Parkview Nursing Home.
In 2005, he received the “Community Builder” award from the Weimar Masonic Lodge, the highest award the Masons can present to a non-Mason. A lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Weimar, he served on its building committee, taught Sunday school for 35 years and was church Treasurer for 35 years. “Living in a small town provides many advantages” he used to say.
Even in his final years, Henry continually demonstrated his total caring attitude toward other people as he worried greatly about his care givers. The family has brought in one new family member, Ms. Annette Hoffman, who gave her heart to Henry every day. Annette’s unwavering love and caring for Henry was a witness not only to her professional abilities, but to her strong heart.
He is survived by his loving and devoted children, Mary Helen MacAllister and Charles Henry Herder, II; son-in-law Sidney Ray MacAllister; daughter-in-law Carol Cody Herder and grandchildren Shelley MacAllister, Colin MacAllister and his wife Allison, Sarah Herder Nathan and her husband, Marc, and Charles Henry Herder, III; and great grandchildren Katie and Dylan MacAllister. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Tillman Meisell of Columbus.
A memorial service celebrating Henry Herder’s life took place Friday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. at the Weimar United Methodist Church. A graveside service followed at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery, with a reception following at the Methodist Church fellowship hall.
In honor of Henry, the family suggests donations to the First United Methodist Church, 301 W. St. Charles or Heritage Society Museum of Weimar, Inc., 125 East Main, Weimar, Texas 78962.
Colorado County Citizen, February 10, 2009