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Hoadley, Charles Lambert


Mr. Chas. Hoadley died at his home about three miles from Eagle Lake at early hour Wednesday after an illness of two weeks, at the age of seventy-one years. The funeral services were conducted at the family residence at one o’clock Wednesday afternoon, Rev. George Causey officiating, interment being made in the Lakeside cemetery.

Charles Lambert Hoadley was born in Rushville, Indiana, July 8, 1840. At the age of twenty-three he answered his country’s call and served nearly three years in company I, 4th Illinois Calvary, in the war between the States. He was mustered out at Houston, Texas, May 29, 1866. Mr. Hoadley was married on December 22, 1869, at Ottawa, Ill. to Miss Elizabeth Temple, and to this union five children were born, two of whom have preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Oliver Reese of Serena, Ill., and Mrs. F. S. Kellison, and a son, Edward T. Hoadley, the latter two of this city. Mr. Hoadley lived in the Northern States until fifteen years ago when he came to Texas and settled about three miles from Eagle Lake where he resided ever since. The pall bearers were: Fox Stephens, G. E. Thomas, W. T. Chester, Ben McCormick, Fred McCormick and Chas. Banning.

Mr. Hoadley was a good man. He was always pleasant and jovial and everyone that knew him liked him. During his fifteen years’ residence among us we have never heard one word ill spoken of him. The HEADLIGHT tenders its sincere sympathy to the family in their bereavement.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 21, 1911, page 5

Hoadley, Edward Temple

Man Burns to Death.

Eagle Lake, Texas, July 15.--Ned Hoadley, a prominent young citizen and rice planter of this community, met death yesterday evening. He had gone to one of his rice wells and down into the pit, taking a lantern with him. The engine had been leaking and gas had formed in the pit, which became ignited by the lantern he was carrying.

The explosion blew a large gasoline tank for fully 200 feet into the air, and clouds of black smoke, coming out in heavy rings, emerged from the burning well.

After the explosion, which happened when Mr. Hoadley was about half way down in the pit, he, with all his clothing afire, climbed out of the pit and walked a distance of one mile to his home where he died. His face and body were horribly burned and his clothing was completely burned off, all that remained being two cuffs of his shirt, a leather belt around his waist, under which were some small pieces of his trousers, and his shoes, his socks having been burned down to his shoetops.

He leaves a wife and one child, a widowed mother and three sisters. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, September 19, 1912, page 8

Hoadley, Glenn Temple

The HEADLIGHT’S deepest sympathy is extended Mr. and Mrs. Ned Hoadley in the death of their little five year old son Glenn, which occurred at their home last Friday evening after a five weeks’ illness. Funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon at two o’clock, with interment in the Lakeside cemetery. Rev. George Causey of Lissie officiating.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 20, 1910

Hobbs, Evia Jewel (Norris)


Evia Jewel Norris Hobbs, 94, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 9 at River Oaks Healthcare Center in Columbus.

She was born into the large family of Henry Abud Norris and his wife, Frances "Fannie" Moore Norris on August 29, 1913 near Nacogdoches.

Evia married Horace H. "Goob" Hobbs in Gladewater during the East Texas oil boom on May 21, 1931. Early in their marriage he nicknamed her Granny because she was so slow in meal preparation. The name of Granny stuck. Many of their oilfield friends and acquaintances never knew their real names, as they were known as Goob and Granny.

During the 1930s, 40s and 50s they lived throughout the coastal country of Southeast Texas and Louisiana as his employment by Glen H. McCarthy Drilling Company required many transfers. In their middle years, Horace retired from the oilfield and they made Houston their permanent home.

As Evia's children grew older, she was employed as music director for two kindergarten schools in Houston for a number of years before she entered a second career as a florist when she and Horace established Bellfort Nursery and Florist in Houston. They were drawn to specializing in the tropical plants they loved. Each summer found them traveling to Florida and Mexico in search of rare and unusual specimens for their customers.

Horace's sudden death in 1979 changed Evia's life again. As a widow she traveled extensively throughout the world as well as the United States and Mexico. Her bags were always packed for her next trip whether by plane, bus or auto.

Following heart surgery she became very involved promoting chelation as an alternative treatment for heart disease, thus traveling a great deal in relation to her new interest organizing the Chelation Club of Texas. She was elected the first president of the organization.

She played the piano and accordion by ear from childhood until her last days in her 95th year. She never had a music lesson but if she heard a melody she could play it. She loved to sing. She sang with The Silvertones at Spring Shadows Place in Houston during her nine years of residence there, then actively engaged the residents of River Oaks in Columbus to attend a weekly sing-a-long when circumstances required her to live out her life there. On the Road Again could have been her theme song as she loved to sing while driving with her children and later in life with her grandchildren.

Her delight was celebrating her birthday every August with family and friends. Before the end of each birthday celebration she would be making plans for the next party.

Strong willed, extremely creative, very beautiful, charming and wily, she could command an audience, charm, delight and befriend people wherever life took her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her 12 siblings. Her two sisters were Nettie Norris Lundsford and Lorena Norris. Her 10 brothers were Keith, Green, Ivy, Garland, Lora, Charlie, Jack, Francis, Winfred and Garvis Norris.

She is survived by her three children, Helyn Hobbs Farris and adored son-in law, William of Eagle Lake; Horace Olan Hobbs and wife Mary Ellen, who Evia loved as a daughter, of Concan; and her third child, Evia Jeannine Hobbs Richards of Hockley; seven grandchildren and their spouses: Candyce Farris Dixon and Dale, Melody Farris Grigar and Michael, Rich Farris and Carolina, Horace Olan Hobbs Jr. and Cynthia, Theresa Hobbs Frasch and Neal, Gary Richards Jr. and Heather, and Charlie Richards and Ashley.

Evia's long life allowed her many years to enjoy great grandchildren Alyssa, Will and Luke Dixon; Lance Grigar and wife, Carrie; Lori Grigar Chapman and husband, Will; Horace III and Roselyn Hobbs; Curren and Duncan Frasch; Jacob, Melody, Sarah, Michael and Emily Richards [also Nicole and Dylan Farris]; as well as two great-great-grandchildren, Laila Chapman and Gunner Grigar.

The family gathered for a graveside service at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12 at San Jacinto Memorial Gardens in Houston with the Rev. Ken Goodell of Houston, retired Methodist minister, officiating.

Great-granddaughter Alyssa Dixon sang and family members shared fond memories of Evia. She was buried beside her husband and parents.

Colorado County Citizen, July 16, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Hobbs, James McDaniel

A Death

Mr. James Hobbs, living about midway between this city and Osage, died Saturday night of cancer of the stomach, after an illness of ten months, aged 40. Mr. Hobbs was a native of Georgia[his descendents say Alabama], and moved to our county some two years ago. His remains were interred at Osage cemetery Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. J. Cramer of the Christian church performing the burial service in a most solemn and impressive manner. Mr. H. leaves a wife and seven children to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and kind, indulgent father. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, 17 October 1891
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Hobbs, Margaret (Evans)


Margaret Evans Hobbs, 84, of Rosenberg, passed away May 16 at Columbus Health and Rehabilitation Center in Columbus.

She was born in Galveston, Jan. 4, 1920 to Jesse A. and Johanna (Baumanm) Evans and married Johnie Hobbs, Feb. 29, 1940.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, son, Jesse Lynn Hobbs; and two brothers, Jesse A. Evans Jr. and TJ "Shorty" Evans.

She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny Jr and Beverley Carol Hobbs. of Sheridan and Stephen James "Jimmy" and Melissa Hobbs of Sealy; sister, Barbara Morris of Bedford; grandchildren, Johnny D. and Dale D. Hobbs, Beverly Pollard, James C. and Stephanie Jane Hobbs, Shelly Lynn Mayorga and Kevin and Jesse Hobbs; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted May 19 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Dr. Donnie Melton of Rosenberg officiating. Interment followed at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

The Colorado County Citizen, May 19, 2004
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Hobbs, William Samuel

The 2-month-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hobbs, who live some three miles east of here died Saturday morning, after a short illness, and was buried in the afternoon. Our sympathy is extended them.
[Buried Osage Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, 5 September 1891
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

Hobizal, Louis E.

Final Rites for Louis E. Hobizal, 44, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mr. Louis E. Hobizal, 44, were held from the family residence here Sunday morning, August 11, with the final rites at St. Michael’s Church.

Msgr. Jos. Szymanski and Rev. Gerald Boehme conducted the services. Interment was in St. Michael's cemetery: Hubbard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The city was shocked to hear of Mr. Hobizal’s sudden denise Thursday night, August 8. Although he had had some heart trouble, he was in comparatively robust health. Death came as he said his nightly prayers, a practice from which he never varied: it has been said of him that he was a true Christian, in word and deed.

Born in Flatonia in 1902, he was the son of Jacob and Arm Hobizal. He was married August 16, 1934, to Miss Ovella Pfeiffer of Lockhart, in St. Michael’s Church here. Two children were born to this union, Dolores Ann in 1938 and Louis E., Jr. in 1943. He was a member of the Catholic Church. the Knights of Columbus, and the Weimar Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Hobizal entered the pharmacy business in Flatonia with Mr. Ed Mikulik, for whom he worked for 19 years. Before coming to Weimar about 15 years ago, he worked in Granger, Victoria, and Columbus. He was first employed by Mr. O. Hilden here; when Mr. Hilden died in about 1932, Mr. Hobizal and his former employer, Mr. Mikulik, bought the Weimar Pharmacy from the heirs. Later Mr. Hobizal bought the entire business.

He is survived by his widow, two children, Dolores Ann and Louis E., Jr., his father, Mr. Jacob Hobizal of Flatonia; two brothers. Toni of Flatonia and James of Houston; and three sisters, Mrs. E. Kelnar and Mrs. L. Kahanek of Houston, and Mrs. John Veselka of Schulenburg.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Messrs. Henry Brasher, Jr., Craig Frazee, Ed MikuIik. Henry Ulrich, John Heger, John Hajovsky, Frank Lebeda, and Jerry Tengler.

Weimar Mercury, August 16, 1946, page 1

Hobizal, Louise Elizabeth


Louise Elizabeth Hobizal, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hobizal, whose birth occurred Tuesday morning at 7:15 expired at 12:30 noon. Funeral services were held from St. Michael’s church Wednesday morning, with the Rev. Louis Blinka officiating. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

A heart ailment was blamed for the sudden passing of the little girl.

Mr. and Mrs. Hobizal have the sympathy of the entire Weimar section in their bereavement, which is truly tragic and regrettable.

Weimar Mercury, August 30, 1940, page 1


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Hodge, Bernice (Curtis)

Bernice Hodge Funeral Services Held May 31

Bernice (Curtis) Hodge, 68, of Houston, died Wednesday, May 21. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 31 at St. James AME Church in Weimar with Rev. L. E. Ausbie officiating.

Interment followed at Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Weimar.

Ms. Hodge was born April 8, 1935 in Gonzales to Sammy Curtis and Virey (Harper) Curtis.

She was married to Joseph Hodge Jr., who precedes her in death.

She is survived by one sister, Bertha Steemer of San Antonio; and brothers, Elvin Jackson of San Antonio and Archie Curtis of Gonzales.

She was preceded in death by her parents and seven siblings.

The Weimar Mercury, June 5, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Hodge, Dave

Eagle Lake, Dec.8.—The examining trial of Joe Ruzeaski, for the killing of Dave Hodge, a negro tenant, on his farm last Wednesday, was held here yesterday The trial was begun at 1 o'clock in the afternoon and was ot concluded until after 9 o'clock in the evening, and was held before Judge Davidson. County Attorney Lester Holt represented the state and the defendant was represented by Attorney Carothers and Brown of this city. The court allowed Ruzeaski bond in the sum of $5,000, which he readily gave, with J. W. Thatcher, J. W. Frazar and P. T. Gordon as his bondsmen. [burial place unknown]

Weimar Mercury, Dec 18, 1908, page 3

Hodge, Joseph Jr.

Joseph Hodge Jr.
August 30, 1936 - September 7, 2002

Services for Joseph Hodge Jr., 66, of Houston were held Sept. 14 at St. James AME Church in Weimar with Pastor L. E. Ausbie officiating.

Burial followed at Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Weimar

Hodge died Sept 7 at Ashford Gardens Nursing Home in Houston.

He was born on Aug. 30, 1936 in Weimar, he son of Joseph and Irene Williams Hodge.

Hodge was united in marriage with Bernice Curtis on April 3, 1959 in Edinburg.

He was a maintenance person and affiliated with St. James AME Church in Weimar.

Hodge was preceded in death by his parents and brother.

Survivors include his wife, aunt, Agnes Hunter of weimar, and a host of cousins.

Pallbearers were Herbert Hodge, Sammie Joe Adams, Horace Rhodes, Willie Johnson, reginald Hunter and charles Jones.

Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home Inc., La Grange directors.

The Banner Press, September 19, 2002 Sec. A, page 10

Hodge, Sarah

Two good, old-time “black mammies” died this week. “Aunt Sarah” Hodge, mother of Dick Hodge, died very suddenly at her home in this city Monday afternoon, and was buried the following afternoon in the cemetery west of town. “Aunt Mattie” Taylor, mother of Alex and Robt Taylor, died at Columbus, where she was visiting her daughter, last Monday night, aged about 78 years. She was buried at Columbus [cemetery unknown] Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock. One by one these good old souls are passing over the river,and the day is not far distant when they will be but a memory.

Weimar Mercury, March 3, 1900, page 5

Hodges, Berniece (Cantrell)

Hodges, Berniece

Berniece Cantrell Hodges, 99, passed away on July 8 in Columbus.

She was born on July 22, 1909 in Memphis, Texas to John Franklin and Rosa Elizabeth Bowden Cantrell. She moved to Fort Worth when she was 2-years-old. She graduated from North Side High School in 1927 and from Decater Baptist College in 1929 and worked for lawyers in Fort Worth for six years. She was president and charter member of Beta Sigma Phi.

She married Morris Charles Hodges June 22, 1935 and moved to Columbus in 1944 after adopting one daughter, Kay Hodges Halcom. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Garden Club, life member of Magnolia Homes Tour, sponsor of Stafford Opera House and a member of Columbus Art Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband Morris Charles Hodges; parents; sisters, Billy Evans and Bobbye Todd; and brother, John Cantrell.

She is survived by daughter, Kay Hodges Halcom of Columbus; two grandsons, Edward Allen Halcom and wife Jessika of Columbus and David Charles Halcom and wife Kelly of Glen Rose; four great grandchildren, Cody, Weston, Kyla and Liam Edward Halcom; and one niece, Cindy Blackley of Jacksonville, Fla.

Memorial services took place Saturday, July 11 at the First United Methodist Church in Columbus with Chaplin Don Storey Sr. officiating. Burial followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Hospice Support, Inc., P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, TX 77437 or First United Methodist Church, 1229 Milam Street, Columbus, TX 78934.

Colorado County Citizen, July 14, 2009

Hodges, Lee

Eagle Lake, Dec. 3.--Joe Rodensky, a well known Bohemian farmer, came to town Wednesday moring surrendered to Deputy Sheriff Havey Vineyard for the killing of a negro by the name of Lee Hodges on his plantation. No particulars were learned, as Mr. Vineyard and his prisoner boarded the train, which was just coming in, for Columbus, where Rodensky was placed in jail. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, Dec. 11, 1908, page 3

Hodges, Patrick O'Neal

Patrick O'Neal Hodges

Patrick O'Neal Hodges, affectionately known as "Bull", was born May 9, 1982 in Galveston to his mother, Debbie Norris Hodges and father, Horace Lee Hodges, Sr.

He confessed his life to Christ and was baptized at an early age at White Cloud Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Obie Rhodes.

"Bull" attended Rice High School in Altair.

Following school, he became dedicated to fulfilling his dream as a hair stylist for many years.

On November 16 at 4:20 p.m. our beloved son, brother, and friend answered his call to eternal rest where he joined the bosom of Jesus; his grandmother, Mary Norris; grandfather, T.A. Norris; aunt, Constance King; and uncles, Noah Norris and Roosevelt Norris, who all preceded him in death.

He leaves to cherish his memories a devoted and loving mother, Debbie Norris of Eagle Lake; Horace Lee Hodges, Sr.; sisters, Sumeka Hodges (Chadwick) of Eagle Lake, Rolinda Foster (Fred) of Houston, Ruth Tillman (Neal) of Houston, Shay Rainey of Houston, Tierra Wright (Kemper) of Eagle Lake, and Georgina Carroll (Ronnie) of Eagle Lake; brothers, Parish Hodges of Houston and Horace Hodges, Jr. of Rosharon; aunts, Jennifer Denley of Houston, Shirley Brooks of Eagle Lake, Marie Glover (Ernest) of Altair, Mildred Reed of Rosenberg, Shelia Wright of Eagle Lake, Estelle Fry (Frank) of Wharton, Marjorie Owen (Larry) of Wharton, Ruby Rodgers (Don) of Wharton, Viola Malone (Loyd) of Spanish Camp, and Rosella Gills (Mike) of Spanish Camp; uncle, Bubba Hodges (Ida B.) of Egypt; a dedicated special friend, Jack Julian from Houston; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 24 at 11 a.m. at White Cloud Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Pastor Obie Rhodes officiating. Interment followed at Sandridge Cemetery in Egypt. Life celebration by Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Carroll, U'l B Johnson, Cordis Upson, Richard Brown, Chris Cotton, Chadwick Nichols and Ralph Hurd.

Honorary pallbearers were Parish Hodges, Horace Hodges, Sr., Tyrone Norris, Thomas Glover, Horace Hodges, Jr., Ricky Norris, Sr. and Bubba Hodges.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 29, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Hodges, Thomas

Tom Hodges Buried In New Town Sat.

Funeral services were held from the Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Eagle Lake at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 13 for Thomas Hodges, a long time respected colored resident of this community.

The Rev. R. L. Edwards and the Rev. S. H. Perkins officiated at the services.

Tom Hodges passed away at 7:45 p.m. Tues., May 9.  He was born October 24, 1887 in Gonzales, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hodges.  He was united in marriage with Lillie Brownie and later with Miss Corean Parker.

Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Effie Mae Richardson of Corpus Christi; one step-son, R. B. Pettus of Houston; one step-daughter, Mrs. Grace Lee Sims James of Eagle Lake; one grandson and eight step-grandchildren and eight step great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Penn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in the New Town [Rising Star] Cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight 18 May 1972, page five
Submitted by Dorothy Cox


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Hoenish, Anna

Mrs. Anna Hoenish

News was received Thursday of the death of Mrs. Anna Hoenish who passed out of this life that morning at one o'clock at the age of 77 years.

Deceased was born in Austria-Hungary on June 23, 1854 and came to America as a child. After staying at Frelsburg for some time she moved to Bernardo Prairie. When grown up, she was married to Joe Hoenish who died a few years later, leaving her as a widow with an infant son. After her husband's death she returned to her father until her son had grown up when she took up farming in Falls County until the marriage of her son. Later she returned to Frelsburg again and took up household with the Max Breit family where she had her domicile and was held as a member of the family until her death.

Decedent was much devoted in her household duties and took motherly care of the children since their mother was an invalid.

Surviving her are her only son, George Hoenish, one step-brother, John Gerbermann, four grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Funeral took place Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock, Rev Strindle officiating with services in the Catholic church in Frelsburg after which interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery.

Relatives of a distance that attended the last rites were: George Hoenish and son Oscar of Rosebud, John Gerbermann and two sons of Nada, one of which was the Rev. John J. Gerbermann who was ordained as a priest a few days before.

Colorado County Citizen, April 14, 1932
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright


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Hogan, unknown

Rock Isalnd, Tex., Jan. 3.-- Died, Mrs. E. O. Hogan, at her home, six miles southeast of Rock Island, December 30, at 7:40 a.m. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 13, 1900, page 2

Hohensee, Louis Alfred

L. A. Hohensee Killed In Train Accident Here Saturday

A tragic accident at around 10 p.m. last Saturday, February 17, claimed the life of veteran railroad man Louis A. Hohensee, 71, of Columbus in the west yards of the Southern Pacific Railroad Co.

Mr. Hohensee, a car man, apparently was inspecting and servicing railroad freight cars in the yard which is used to make up most of the gravel shipments from this area. Somehow he fell under the wheels of a rolling car and was killed instantly. He would have completed 34 years with the Southern Pacific Railroad this summer.

Justice of Peace M. M. Jones, who held an inquest at the scene of the accident, a half-mile or so west of the city limits, and there apparently were no witnesses to the accident. A fellow worker found, the man's cap and upon investigation found the mutilated body and summoned police authorities, and Mill-Bauer ambulance.

Justice of Peace Jones ruled the death as an accident.

The body was taken by ambulance to Untermeyer's Funeral Home in Columbus.

Funeral services for Mr. Hohensee were held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from the Untermeyer Funeral Home followed by Requiem High Mass at St. Anthony's Catholic Church at 9:45 a.m. Officiating at the Mass was the Rev. Father David Meurer and co-celebrant was Father Gerald Hubertus.

Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery in Columbus. Serving as pallbearers were: Elmer Foster; Jimmy Johnston; Chas. Wall; Victor Stavinoha; Bubba Holland; Leroy Stein; Jim Frugé and Hollis Massey.

Mr. Hohensee was born August 30, 1896 in Lavaca County, the son of Julius and Magdalene Hohensee. He was united in Marriage with Miss Martha Kellner in Fayette County in October of 1922. The family has resided in Columbus since 1941.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Martha Hohensee; two daughters, Mrs. Ned Stallman of Columbus and Mrs. John Antell of Shelby, North Carolina; one son, Vernon (Chick) Hohensee of Alice; nine grandchildren; six brothers; three sisters and other relatives and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 22, 1968
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Hohlt, Harold W.


Harold W. Hohlt, 79, of Columbus, died Friday, July 11, 1997, at Columbus Community Hospital.

Born May 6, 1918 in Bleiberville, he was the son of Willie and Meta (Wehring) Hohlt. On Oct. 20, 1945, he married Birdie Lipperdt. Mr. Hohlt, who had lived in Columbus since 1945, was a U.S. Army veteran and retired superintendent for Ideal Gravel. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and a retired firefighter for Columbus Volunteer Fire Department.

Services were held July 13 at St. Paul Lutheran with Pastor John Hunsicker and Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Raymond Keyser, Sam Kaiser, Lou Cordes, Delton Hollmann, Tommy Henneke, George Poppe, Leroy Sebesta and Douglas Lilie. Honorary pallbearers were all active and retired members of Columbus Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Hohlt is survived by his wife, of Columbus; sisters Elsie Eben and husband Edgar of Nelsonville and Alberta Schutz of Brenham; step-sister Nelda Schmidt of Welcome; sisters-in-law Alice Lipperdt and Norine Lipperdt, both of Columbus, Louise Besch of Alleyton, Helga Warmke of Bleiberville, Sadie Hohlt of Nelsonville and Ligia Hohlt of Milwaukee, Wis.; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded. in death by his parents; brothers Raymond Hohlt and Ben Hohlt; step-father Billy Warmke; step-brothers Robert Warmke and Reinhardt Warmke; and step-sisters Olga Wehring and Hilda Bernshausen.

Colorado County Citizen, July 16,1997

Holbeck, William J.

We were pained to hear of the death, in Galveston, on the 19th inst., of Mr. W. J. Holbeck, a citizen of Columbus. Mr. H. had been ill for some months, and went to Galveston to undergo a surgical operation which, it was hoped, would restore him to health, but unfortunately, no skill of learned physicians, no tender care of loving wife and relatives, no watchfulness of a sympathizing brotherhood, could ward off the untimely blow of the Fell Destroyer. Mr. Holbeck was a genial, whole-souled gentleman, an active business man, and a citizen much respected. To his sorrowing wife, who was devotedly attached to him, and to his relatives and numerous friends, we offer our heartfelt condolence. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 27, 1881, page 3

Holcomb, Charles Wayne


Charles Wayne Holcomb, 74, of Columbus died Monday October 3 in St. Lukes Hospital in Houston. He was a retired Exxon geologist and micro-paleontologist. He was a Deacon of the First Baptist Church in Columbus, a member of the Columbus Rotary Club, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the X-Student Association of the University of Texas, the Columbus Community Band, Magnolia Homes Tour Inc. and a former member of the Columbus Golf Association. He was a 1937 graduate of the University of Texas and served in World War II in the Pacific Theatre.

Mr. Holcomb was born on June 21, 1914 in Douglass, Kansas to Paul B. Holcomb, former editor of the El Campo News, and Alice Mae Barnes.

He married Katherine Skinner on November 25. 1937.

Services were held at the First Baptist Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Rev. Raymond Cox officiated. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of Columbus, one daughter, Sarah Sawin and her husband Charles of Claremont, California; four granddaughters, Jennifer, Laurie, Elizabeth and Nicole Sawin of Claremont, California; two sisters, Marcella Barge of Gilbert, Arizona and Maurine VanderPool of Horse Shoe Bay; two brothers, P. Eldon Holcomb, Columbus and Wendall Holcomb, Port Alto; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Nick Mainer, Hop Priest, Milton Kollmann, Bill Cobb, Doug Potter and Bob Simmons.

Colorado County Citizen, October 12, 1988, page 2

Holcomb, Erma (Montgomery)


Erma Montgomery Holcomb, 85, of Columbus, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 1995 at River Oaks Convalescent Center in Columbus.

Born Aug. 13, 1910 in Sweetwater, she was the daughter of Grover and Myrtle (Scott) Montgomery. On Aug. 4, 1931, she married Paul Eldon Holcomb. Prior to retiring in Columbus in 1976, Mrs. Holcomb and her husband resided for many years in Austin, where she was employed by the University of Texas Printing Division.

Funeral services were held Nov. 8 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Lynn Wilson of the Church of Christ officiating. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Mrs. Holcomb is survived by sons Harry G. Holcomb of Chesapeake, Va. and Paul W. Holcomb of Austin; daughters-in-law Delores and Cindy; grandchildren Robert, Scott, Mary Alice, Paul Jr. Hunter, Hillary and Courtney; brothers and sisters-in-law Wendell and Ruth Holcomb, Katherine Holcomb, Marcella and Bob Burge, Maureen and Doug Van Der Poole and Pearl Montgomery; and numerous neices[sic] and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband in September 1992.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial contributions may be made to the Columbus Hospital Auxiliary.

Colorado County Citizen, November 15, 1995, page 16

Holcomb, Katherine (Skinner)

Holcomb, Katherine Skinner

Katherine Skinner Holcomb was born in Columbus July 20, 1918 to Herman L.B. Skinner and Olive Bennett Hightower. She grew up in Columbus, graduated from Columbus High School in 1935 and attended the University of Texas where she majored in journalism.

She served as an editor of the University of Texas publication, The Rag, was a member of the Honor Society and a member of the Iota Chapter of Chi Omega.

She married Charles Wayne Holcomb on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 1937. They resided in Corpus Christi for 18 years. While in Corpus, she was a member of the Geologists Wives Club, the Corpus Christi Garden Club and served as Regional Director for her sorority, Chi Omega. They moved to Houston in 1968. While in Houston, she served as a Docent for the Harris County Heritage Society and was active in the Geologists Wives Club. She and Wayne moved to Columbus in 1972, following his retirement from Exxon.

She was a member of The First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school, was active in the W.M.U. and served as a member of the scholarship committee. She was a life member of what was formerly known as the Magnolia Homes Tour and served as a docent for the Tate-Senftenberg-Brandon House for several years. She was a well known archivist regarding Columbus history.

She was preceded in death by her husband and brother, Bennett Skinner.

She is survived by her daughter, Sarah Lanier Holcomb Sawin and husband Charles F. Sawin; grandchildren Nicole, Jennifer, Laurie and Elizabeth, and great grandchildren Patrick, Jake, Alexis, Breeana and Jaden.

A memorial service will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 at The First Baptist Church in Columbus. [Burial place unknown.]

Colorado County Citizen, February 17, 2009

Holden, Eldon Jack

Eldon Jack Holden

Eldon Jack Holden, 76, of Eagle Lake passed away Sunday, February 4 at the Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born on January 21, 1931 in Gustine, Texas.
He was a gauger at Oil and Gas Industry and was a member of the Church of Christ in Eagle Lake and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Eldon Holden was preceded in death by his parents, Balvin Claude and Linda Vivene Thompson Holden; and a brother Pete Holden.

Survivors include wife, Laurel Holden of Eagle Lake; daughter, Stacey Cisneros and husband, Michael, of Fort Worth; son, Scott Holden of Elm Grove; sisters, Brona Brown of Coleman and Ginger Shaffer of Andrews; brothers, Eddie Holden of Commanche, Lynn Holden of Dublin and Ricky Holden of Sealy; two grandchildren, Alanna Cisneros and Chance Cisneros.

Private service will be held at a later date. [unknown]

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 8th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Holen, Gladys Josephine (Kansteiner)


Gladys Josephine Holen, 83, a longtime Williston, N.D. resident, died Saturday, May 3 at Bethel Lutheran Home in Williston.

She was born June 26, 1924 in Mentz to Arnold and Teckla (Kusey) Kansteiner. She was raised on the family farm near Mentz and was educated in area schools. As a young girl, she enjoyed helping on the farm where the family raised cotton, tomatoes, corn, peanuts, sugar cane and watermelon. She also worked in a hardware store, general grocery store and drug store soda fountain and as a nurse's aid in the local hospital.

On March 24, 1949 she was united in marriage to Joseph C. Holen at Mentz at St. Roch's Church. The couple moved to Williston where she was employed at Mercy Hospital (most of this time was in surgery) from 1949 until her retirement in November 1986. She received her LPN license on Jan. 12, 1951 which she earned with on the job training. She volunteered at the Mercy Medical Center's Renal Dialysis Unit for 10 years starting in 1990 and completed 5,000 hours of service.

The Holens purchased "The Bar," eight miles west of Williston in 1973 and operated it until 1987.

She received home dialysis training at Rochester, Minn. in 1980 and provided dialysis to her husband until early 1988.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and their Altar Society. She was a past member of the LPN Association and a past division president in Williston. She served as director of the LPN convention for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Dorothy George.

She is survived by her sister, Myrtle Kotrla of Columbus and numerous nieces and nephews. Her caregivers were: niece, Karen (Jeri) Quick of Williston and friends, Ann Marie and Earl Wheeler and Beverly and Kenneth Huus of Williston as well as the staff at Bethel Lutheran Home where she had lived for the last several years.

Funeral mass took place Wednesday, May 7 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Williston. Fr. John Paul Gardner officiated and interment followed in the family lot at Hillside Memory Gardens in Williston.

Her favorite charities were West Prairie Lutheran Church, 15051 58th St. NW and St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 124 6th St. W.; both in Williston, N.D. 58801; Gift of Life Transplant House, 705 2nd St. SW, Rochester, MN 55902 and Mercy Medical Center's Renal Dialysis and Cardiac Rehab units, 1301 15th Ave. W., Williston.

Friends are encouraged to send the family condolences at Fulkerson's full service online guest registry at

Colorado County Citizen, May 14, 2008

Holiday, Virginia


It pleased the great Sovereign Ruler of the Universe, on the 9th ultimo, to remove from among us Mrs. Virginia Holiday, who, after a protracted illness of several months, seemed to be resigned to her early departure. She was a consistent member of the Baptist church, at Alleyton, where she lived and labored in the cause of the redeemer’s Kindom. Her Christian deportment has always been of the highest commendation, and the church has lost one of its lights not easily replaced. But the Great Head of the Church has said, “ Come up higher.” Angel messengers must have held communications that gave comfort and repose under such sore afflictions, to inspire fortitude and an abiding faith “sure and steadfast, which entered into the veil.” Jesus sends comforts to his people because He loved them. Oh! for His love under affliction.
“For love like this let rocks and hills
Their lasting silence break,
And all harmonious human tongues
His praise speak.”
She leaves many friends and relatiions to mourn her untimely death. May her early death be a warning to all, and cause them to reflect upon the necessity of making preparation for that interminable life which is to come; for--
Time is winging us away
To our eternal home;
Life is but a winter’s day--
A journey to the tomb.
Youth and vigor soon will flee,
Blooming beauty lose it charms,
All’s that’s mortal soon shall be
Enclosed in death’s cold arms.

W. D......
Alleyton, August 12, 1875
[Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 19, 1875

Holik, Emma (Ulrich)

Funeral Rites for Mrs. John Holik Here Tomorrow

Funeral services for Mrs. John Holik, 43, of Houston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe F. Ulrich of this section will be held tomorrow (Friday) morning, March 5, from Hubbard Funeral Home, with services at St. Michael’s Church at 9 o’clock. [Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery]

Msgr. Jos. J. Szymanski will officiate.

Mrs. Holik, nee Emma Ulrich, suffered a heart stroke and died in her sleep Tuesday night at her home. She had had a heart ailment for a number of years.

She was born here October 1, 1904, and on July 25, 1939 was married to John Holik. She had been living in Houston the past six years. She was a member of the Catholic Church and the Queen of Peace, an organization in Houston.

Surviving in addition to her parents and husband are six brothers, Adolf, Otto, Frank, Fred and Willie Ulrich all of here; and Emil Ulrich of Smithville; and two sisters, Mrs. Leo Wick of Schulenburg, and Mrs. Charles Schimcek of Oakland.

Her six brothers will act as pallbearers at the funeral.

Weimar Mercury, March 5, 1948
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Holland, Gary L.

GARY L. HOLLAND - Gary was born October 6, 1951 and passed away July 31, 2004. He fought a long, gallant battle against cancer. He realized he would not be with us much longer and said a better place will be waiting for him. He was employed by Trevor-Boyce in Dayton for over twenty years when he moved to Houston to be near his doctors at M.D.Anderson Cancer Center. He was then employed by Texaco Country Club until he could no longer work. He is survived by his twin sons, Joshua and Thomas Holland, of Bloomington, IN; parents, Tom and Ethel Holland, Houston; brother, Larry Holland and wife Diana of Garland; sisters, Sherry McKeithen and husband Steve of Conroe and Kathy Genung and husband Steve of Sugar Land; and many other relatives. The family will receive friends for visitation from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p. on Monday, August 2, 2004 at Howard-Glendale Funeral Home, 1015 Federal Road, Houston, TX. Services will be at the Howard-Glendale Chapel, Tuesday, August 3, 2004, at 10:00 a.m., with Rev. Dan Danford officiating. Graveside services and interment will be at the family plot in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Columbus, TX at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his name go to M.D. Anderson Research Center, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030 or Houston Hospice, 8811 Gaylord, Ste 100, Houston, TX 77024.

Published in the Houston Chronicle on 8/2/2004.

Holland, Larry Lee

Larry Lee Holland, 41, of Columbus, died Tuesday, Oct. 18. 1994, as the result of an automobile accident.

Born April 29, 1953, in Houston, he was the son of Thomas Guy and Elsie Mae (Karstedt) Holland II. Mr. Holland was an employee of Jimmie L. Class Construction Company who had resided in the Columbus area for the past three years. He was a Baptist who had served as a medical technician in the U. S. Army.

Funeral services were held Oct. 21, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Interment followed in Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Serving as pallbearers were Rusty Class, John Alley Jr., Eugene Steinhauser, Brian Semora, Jason Class, Paul Tully, John McDonald and Don Grissom.

Mr. Holland is survived by Carolyn Reste of Columbus; mother and stepfather, Elsie and Lee Kiley of Bernardo; father, Thomas Holland of Eagle Lake and sisters, Mary Semora of Eagle Lake and Barbara Class and Sharon Alley, both of Bernardo.

Colorado County Citizen, October 26, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Holland, Mary (Farrar)

Mrs. Mary Holland, Beloved Educator,Dies at 87

Death came to Mrs. Mary Farrar Holland, 87, Friday about 1 p.m. in an Austin hospital. She had been in delicate health for sometime, but developed a virus infection recently which caused her death. She had been in Austin at a rest home and in the hospital since her 87th birthday, Oct 21.

Born in Flat Creek, Tenn., in 1872, she was a daughter of Sam and Delia Bearden Farrar. Mrs. Holland’s parents met at the Battle of Murphreesboro[sic], Tenn., during the War Between the States. Mr. Farrar’s brother had been wounded in the mouth and could eat only soup which was brought to him by Delia Bearden, a nurse for Confederate soldiers. Mr. Farrar fell in love with her and later married her. During the war he wa imprisoned for several months in a federal prison as a Confederate spy.

Marriage in 1900

In 1900, in Huntsville, Ala. Mary Farrar married W. A. Holland. Both were teachers and they came to Texas soon after their wedding, teaching in several Texas towns before coming to Columbus in 1912. Their 2 children were born in Marlin, the daughter, Willie Farrar, in 1903, and the son, Sam in 1905. Willie Farrar died in 1926 and is buried in Columbus.

Mr. Holland was superintendent of the Columbus school until his death in 1924 and Mrs. Holland taught English until that time. She drilled her students thoroughly in Woolley’s Handbook of Composition and gave them Shakespeare for required reading. She always made the classics interesting for her students.

After Mr. Holland’s death, she went to San Antonio where she taught social studies in Sidney Lanier school for 15 years. She later came back to Columbus to live about 12 years before her death.

Book Compiled

After her retirement as a teacher, she compiled and published a humorous book, “Stories That Have Been Told,” using names of many of her friends in the text.

Services were held Sunday afternoon in Columbus Funeral home with W. H. Nichols, pastor of the Broadway Church of Christ in Galveston and former pastor of the local church officiating, assisted by Dr. Norman L. Roberts. Graveside services were conducted by Columbus chapter Order of the Eastern Star. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Pallbearers were Sam K. Seymour, C. L. Griffith, Kirby Etheridge, Ernest Kearney, T. W. Glithero and J. W. Tolbirt.

Mrs. Holland is survived by her son, Sam, of Tyler and several distant cousins.

Colorado County Citizen, December 24, 1959, page 11B

Holland, Tom L.


Tom Holland, about 40 years of age, a barber, of Columbus was fatally injured and Charles Tait, 32, also of Columbus, was critically injured in an automobile head-on collision near Missouri City at noon Sunday.

The two were traveling in Tait's Ford car to Houston to witness a baseball game.

According to best information received here, the Columbus car in going around a truck, met head-on with a large car occupied by Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Mudd and their small child, of Houston.

The Columbus car was badly wrecked in the accident and the Mudd car is said to have turned over three times. Mrs. Mudd, who was also slightly injured in the accident, was taken to the St. Joseph Infirmary in a private car.

A Bader Company ambulance carried the two injured men, then unconscious, to the Herman Hospital, where Holland died about an hour later. He had a fractured skull and internal injuries. Tait later recovered consciousness but died at the hospital between 11 and 12 o'clock Tuesday night.

Mr. Mudd told ambulance drivers for the Bader Company that he, his wife and their 2-year-old daughter were driving along the highway at a speed of about 40 miles an hour. They saw a car parked, half in the highway and half on the shoulder. As they approached the car, Mudd said, another one coming toward them pulled out into the highway at a rapid rate of speed. He said he did not have time to whip his car to the side; that both cars crashed head-on, his car turning over three times. He and his infant daughter were uninjured.

Mr. Holland was a barber by trade and is survived by his wife and two children of Columbus, and his mother, Mrs. Cleo Anderson, the latter of Runge. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

The remains of Charlie Tait were shipped to Columbus where the funeral was held.

The unfortunate accident is deplorable, for both young men were splendid citizens and popular throughout the community in which they lived.

Charlie Tait was the son of Mrs. William Tait, and was of one the old families of Colorado county. He was engaged in farming and stock-raising on the Tait plantation. The deaths of these two fine young men is deeply regretted.

Charlie Tait is survived by his mother and two brothers, Elbert and Sam. Sympathy, deep and sincere, is extended the sorrowing members of both families.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 26, 1931

Tom Holland and Charles Tait Receive Injuries in Crash Near Missouri City Resulting in Death of both

Tom Holland, well-known barber of this city, was fatally hurt in an automobile wreck near Missouri city last Sunday, shortly after noon, and died at Herman hospital in Houston shortly after arriving there.

Charles Tait, owner and driver of Ford tudor in which the two Columbus men were riding, was seriously injured in the head and body and died about eleven o'clock Tuesday night.

The two men were driving to Houston to see the Dixie series ball game. A car stopped on the highway ahead of them and two cars ahead of the Tait car passed the standing car on the right had side. Charles turned to the left to pass the car, and collided with a Dodge car driven by C. L. Mudd of Houston and occupied by his wife and baby. Although the Dodge car was overturned, none of the occupants was seriously hurt.

The Tait car was practically demolished.

Mr. Tom Holland

Funeral services were held for Mr. Tom Holland at the residence of Mrs. Mary Warner at ten o'clock Tuesday morning, Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt of the First Baptist Church officiating. Pallbearers were E. G. Miller, Henry Rau, F. M. Tolbirt, J. A. Daggett, H.I. Townsend and Thomas Glithero. The local Pythian Lodge held its ritualistic service at the grave, Henry Buescher, B. H. Meinert and G. L. B. Cousins officiating in the three speaking parts, and the body laid to rest in Odd Fellows Rest.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. E. C. Gordon, R. R. Hadden, J. J. Austin, Emil Burger, Chas. Kunze, Raymond Hoffman, H. P. Krause, (La Grange) Bill Timm, (Hallettsville), Joe Stafford, E. E. Irwin, J. J. Everett, Roy Burt, Jimmie Wilson, G. P. Wilburn, Owen Hoegemeyer, Frank Hoegemeyer, Willis Perkins, Johnnie Hastedt, Jr., S. A. Harbert, Harvey Hope, Freeland Glithero, Henry Hurr, E. O. Stapleton, G. H. Miller, W. A. Struss, C. B. Lowrey, S. K. Seymour, Jr., Judge Lester Holt, (Hallettsville) Chas. Bailey, Jim Wooten, Jesse More, Chas. Rau, Jr., J. C. Obenhaus, L. S. Lawrence, E. B. Mayes and Will Hillmer.

Tom Holland was born in Hallettsville, Texas, May 23rd, 1894. He married Miss Birdie Warner on June 26th, 1922. He was a barber by trade, and one of the best in this section. He worked in several different towns and cities, leaving Columbus several times to engage in his trade at other places, but as often returning to the town of his choice. He saw service overseas during the World War and was honorably discharged at the close of it.

He is survived by the heartbroken wife, two young sons, Tom, Jr. and John Ira, and, also, by a mother, Mrs. C. H. Anderson of Runge, and a grandfather, Mr. Tom Brown, to all of whom the sympathy of the entire community is extended.

Mr. Charles Tait

The people of this community were saddened beyond words by the untimely passing of Charles Tait, one of the most highly respected and popular young men of this city. The remains were brought here from Houston on the noon train yesterday, and funeral services held at the St. Anthony Catholic Church at ten o'clock this morning.

Charles Tait was born in this city on October 9th, 1899. He attended school here and attended A. and M. College, returning to take charge of the business affairs of the family after his father's death in 1921. He has been one of the substantial stockmen and farmers of this community, exercising rare business judgment in the direction of the operation of the big ranch, even at a young age.

Charlie had a host of friends over a wide territory.

He is survived by the mother, Mrs. Wm. Tait, and two brothers, Elbert and Sam, both of whom are at home.

They have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

Colorado Citizen, September 24, 1931
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright


Holland, William Allen

To the Memory oif Prof. W. A. Holland

Another friend we loved so well has left a vacant chair;
For Jesus kissed his soul to sleep, Til he wakes 'mid angels, fair,
Not every one who crosses o'er
Leaves a record like our friend;
For he builded well in fruitful soil,
In the souls and hears of men,
We'll miss him sore in years to come,
For God in his wonderous way
Will soohe all anguish, dary all tears,
And we'll met him again some day.

Mrs. A. P. Hinton

Just as the leaves of a dying summer were burning away to gold, red and brown, and falling silently to earth, just when the childrren were turning their eager faces schoolward once more and there was a touch of autumn in the air, the soul of our dear Prof. Holland peacefully and calmly passed away from the storm lashed shores of earth to that beautiful City whose maker and builder is God.

His health began to fail last year during the session of school, and although urged to not do so he continured diligently at his work until after Commencement. Everything that mortals could do was done by a devoted wife, childrfen and loving friends. He was operated upon by skillful physicians, and for a time hope again revived for his recovery, but God in his wisdom knew best and took him home.

He was buried under the auspices of the Masonic Order of which he was a prominent member. Rev. Geo. W. Keeling of the Baptist Church conducted the funeral ceremonies at the home. A long concourse of sorrowing relatives and friend followed him to his last resting place in beautiful Odd Fellows Rest. There he was lowered to his last earthly abode by his brother Masons, the impressive Masonic ceremony being led by C. R. Grobe, Esq. After the completion of the Masonic ceremony the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan advanced bearing with them a beautiful fiery cross of immortelles emblem to bedeck the grave of their brother Knight.

Rev. E.. B. McLaughlin with head uncovered paid a high tribute to the memory of his departed brother and friend. The grave was then covered by a profusion of flowers the token of loving rememberance of hundreds who knew and loved him.

Prof. Holland was a Tennessean by birth, and a Texan by choice. William Allen Holland was born near Pulaski, Tennessee March 15th, 1868. He was the son of a family of nine boys and one girl, six of whom are now living. Dr. E. F Holland, Mulberry, Tennessee, B. E. Holland, Marlin, Texas, R. R. Holland, Orange, Texas, T. P. Holland, Nashville, Tennessee, Carl Holland, New York City, H D. Holland, Orange, Texas all survive him., Bunyon the fourth son was drowned in Elk River (World's Fair). Ira, the sixth son was lost in the San Francisco earthquake. Cora Smith, the only sister died in Nashville, November 14, 1920. Prof Holland was educated at Blanche Academy, The Winchester Normal, and the University of Tennessee.

He first came to Texas in 1895, to Nacogdoches, where he taught school for one year after which he returned to his home in Blanche, Tennessee. In 1897 he came back to Falls County, Texas, teaching at Durango for one year and at McClanahan two years. He then returned to Blanche, Tennesse. He was married in Huntsville, Alabama, Aug. 1st., 1900, to Miss Mary Farrar, whom he loved since childhood. Mr. and Mrs. Holland then came to Marlin, Texas the same year and taught school together at McClanahan for two years. Prof. Holland was next elected principal of the Marlin High School where he taught for four years. In 1905 he was elected Superintendent of the schools in Hearne, Texas, where he taught for six years. In 1912 Prof. Holland was elected Superintendent of the schools of Columbus reaching here July 15 of the same year. Here he lived and labored amongst us the remaining days of his life. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, a Knight Templar, a Shriner, and Exalted Cyclops of the Knights of the Ku Klux Kalan. Prof. Holland was a man of wonderul mind, heart and soul. His life was like a full grown flower, which unfolds in bursting bud and falling leaf. It lingers for a while in sweet perfume of life and service to fade away and bloom again. For the seed he has sown will fruit and flower many long years after he has passed away. He was honored and loved by all who knew him. A devoted wife and a son and daughter survive him, and to these we extend our loving sympathy.

For him the night is done, and it is written that, "joy cometh in the morning."

A. P. Hinton

Colorado Citizen, Thursday, October 2, 1924

Holland, Willie Farrar


Deep sorrow was felt in this city and community at the news which reached here Tuesday evening of the death of Miss Willie Farrar Holland, which occurred in San Antonio at about two o'clock.

The remains were brought here on yesterday evening's train and funeral services held at the First Baptist church, Rev. A.B. Reimann conducting, and interment took place in Odd Fellows Rest.

The school was dismissed yesterday afternoon for the funeral.

Miss Willie Farrar, or "Sissy" as she was lovingly called by our people, was twenty two years of age and had been a sufferer of the dread disease, tuberculosis, for several years. She was born in Hearne and came here with her parents about fourteen years ago. During the thirteen years the family lived here, up to the death of her father, the late W. A. Holand [sic], last year, "Sissy" grew in the hearts of the people, and they were reluctant to let her go.

The sincere sympathy of The Citizen and its readers goes out to the mother and brother in their sorrow.

Colorado Citizen, February 18, 1926


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Hollek, Agnes (Dobecka)

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Rudolf Hollek, 75, Held Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Hollek, 75, widow of the late Rudolf Hollek, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church Monday morning, with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated, assisted by Rev. Guido Nuernberger and Rev. Benton Thurmond.

Mrs. Hollek died at 10:40 o’clock Saturday morning, Nov. 13, in Youens Hospital here, where she had been under treatment for the past three months. She had been ill for more than a year.

Born at Dubina August 22, 1879, the daughter of Joe and Teresa Dobecka, Mrs. Hollek was married to Mr. Hollek at Dubina Nov. 14, 1900. He died in March of 1949. Mrs. Hollek was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers Society.

Surviving her are four sons, Henry, Edmund, Adolf and Joe Hollek, all of Weimar; a daughter, Mrs. Martha Hrncir of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Annie Sassin of Needville; a brother, Joe Dobecka of Weimar; two half brothers; Emil Pratka of Schulenburg and Louis Pratka of Needville; fifteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Bennie Hollek, Wilbert Hollek and Joe Kubesch of Weimar, Frank Dobecka of Dallas, Henry Dobecka of Houston, and Robert Sassin of Bay City.

Weimar Mercury, November 19, 1954, page 1

Hollek, Christina Victoria (Scotka)

Service for Mrs. Hollek Set in June

A memorial service for Mrs. Christina Victoria Hollek 80, of McAllen is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, a 5 p.m. in St. Michael’s Catholic church here.

Mrs. Hollek, a former Weimar resident, died Friday, Feb. 10, in Rio Grande Regional hospital at McAllen. Her body was cremated at Valley Memorial Gardens Crematory. [Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery]

The former Christina Scotka, she was born at Nada. She was married on June 28,1928, to Edmund R. Hollek. He died Sept. 15,1970. A son, Dennis, also preceded her in death. Mrs. Hollek had lived at McAllen the past four years. She was a member of St. Michael's Church and the Altar Rosary Society.

Surviving are two sons, Edwin L. Hollek of McAllen and Herbert B. Hollek of Houston, a, daughter, Dorothy Jean Hollek of San Ramon, Calif. , seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Scotka of Houston; and a sister, Betty Polasek of Corpus Christi.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Society, Rio Grande Cancer Treatment Center, or the American Heart Fund.

Weimar Mercury, February 16. 1989, page 11

Hollek, Dennis

Dennis Hollek, 19, Killed in Wreck

Dennis G. Hollek, 19, of Weimar was one of two Wharton County College students killed in a headon car-truck crash early Saturday morning on US Highway 59 eight miles west of El Campo.

He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed R. Hollek of Weimar.

Dead also is Dennye Jo Keith, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hensley Keith of Louise.

A third passenger in the car, Patrick Murphy, 20, of Sweeny, suffered a broken arm and severe cuts and bruises. He is recovering in Nightingale Hospital at El Campo.

The crash occurred about 3:30 a.m. when Murphy's car, driven by Hollek collided with a trailer-truck near the Hillje community. The truck driver, Charles F. Toon of Houston, escaped injury.

Young Hollek, a sophomore, and Miss Keith, a freshman at the Wharton college, were pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Joe Sears of El Campo.

Witnesses said the car was traveling west at a high rate of speed when it met three trailer-trucks. Two of the trucks pulled onto the shoulder of the road to avoid a crash but Toons truck collided headon with the car.

The car went over the top and left side of the truck cab after the impact, and as the trucks airbrakes took hold and jackknifed the trailer, the trailer knocked the car into the ditch on the opposite side of the road.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Otis Hilderbrad, who investigated, said wreckage was scattered for 300 feet along the highway.

Events leading to the crash were told later at the hospital by the injured boy, Murphy.

He and Hollek had double-dated at a party at Altair, he said, and after taking Hollek's date home at Wharton were taking Miss Keith to Louise. Murphy was not feeling well and decided to lie on the back seat while Hollek drove. He knew nothing of the wreck until he woke up in the hospital.

Funeral services for Miss Keith were held Sunday afternoon at El Campo.

Services for Hollek held Monday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church here, with burial in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers were George Heger, Joe Holub III, Donald Dunn, Emil Matura Jr., David Kosler, Dixon Gilbreath, Bendy Poole, and Frank Gosney of Sheridan. Named as honorary pallbearers were Hugo Helmcamp Jr. and Buddy Burrows of Sheridan.

Born here Dec. 16, 1938, Hollek was graduated from Weimar High School in 1957 and had attended one year at Wharton County Junior College. During the past summer he had driven a route for the Cook Book Baking Co. at Houston.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Edwin of Dayton, Ohio and Herbert of Pasadena; a sister, Miss Dorothy Jean Hollek, a student in San Antonio Junior College; and a niece and two nephews.

Weimar Mercury, October 3, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hollek, Hattie (Solansky)

Hattie Hollek Funeral Held Here Oct. 22

Funeral services for Hattie Hollek, 78,of Weimar were held Sunday, Oct 22, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Rev. Joan C. Bily officiated.

Mrs. Hollek who had been a resident of Colonial Nursing Home, Schulenburg, the past five years, died at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center after a heart attack.

Born Aug. 17, 1911, in Fayette County, she was a daughter of John and Cecilie (Dedek) Solansky. She was married to Adolph L. Hollek in Weimar on Nov 18, 1930. She was a member of Christian Mothers.

Mrs. Hollek's husband died Dec. 2, 1987. Surviving are two sons, Robert A. Hollek of Reno, Nevada and Bennie J. Hollek of Weimar; two daughters, Elizabeth H. Field of Victoria and Beatrice H. Dittrich of Schulenburg; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and three sisters, Albina Rab of Edna and Mary Sassin and Helen Hadash of Weimar. A brother, Rudolph Solansky and a sister, Annie Solansky, preceded here in death.

Pallbearers were Don Dittrich, Mark Hudec, Ton Field, Philip Hadash, Tom Matej and Boe [sic] Reeves.

Weimar Mercury, October 26, 1989
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Hollek, Meta (Breithaupt) Koym

Meta Hollek Funeral Services Held March 10

Meta Koym Hollek, 96, of Weimar died March 8. Funeral services were held March 10 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Bielau. Interment followed at the church cemetery.

Meta was born Jan. 28, 1909 to William and Frieda Wienken Breithaupt.

She married Alfred Koym Nov. 4, 1929. Alfred died in a tractor accident on May 2, 1952.

She was a member of the ladies aid at her church. Meta had a laundry service in her home and worked for a private laundry service in Weimar while raising her son as a widow.

She also worked for nursing homes in Columbus and quilted until the age of 90. Many of the quilts that Meta quilted were pieced by Mary Hinton. Mrs. Hinton donated the quilts to various organizations for raffles.

She is survived by one son, Bobby Koym and wife Jean of Sealy; five grandchildren, Dean Koym of Porter, Denise Alspaugh and husband Ron of Frydek, Debra Koym of Katy, Don Koym of Sealy and Darrin Koym and wife Donna of Bellville;

Four great-grandchildren Phillip and Erica Alspaugh and Cody and Bobby Henrichsen; one great-great grandchild, Gage Alspaugh; five sisters, Henrietta Stech, Hilda Brandt and Olga Kosler all of Weimar, Phala Fuller of Duncan, Okla., and Viola Zabransky of Houston; and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Breithaupt of Eagle Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Alfred Koym and Joe Hollek; four brothers, Reinhardt, Bill, Emil, and Ewald; and two sisters Frieda Marzek and Elenora Taylor.

Pallbearers were Dean, Don and Darrin Koym, Ron and Phillip Alspaugh and Wayne Kurtin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Parkview Manor, Hospice of South Texas or Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Weimar Mercury, March 17, 2005

Hollek, Rudolf

Funeral Services For Rudolf Hollek, 73, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Rudolf Hollek, 73, were held Sunday from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church, Msgr. Anthony Drozd officiating. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mr. Hollek died Friday night, Mar. 11, at about 9 o'clock, at the home of his son, Edmund Hollek, here. He had been in ill health about three months, and a few days before his death had undergone an operation. He had withstood the operation satisfactorily, but suffered a heart attack Friday. In less than a month he would have reached his 74th birthday.

Born April 9, 1875, in Moravia (Europe), he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hollek. At the age of seven, he came to this country with his parents, landing at Galveston. The family settled in the vicinity of Weimar, where the deceased spent the remainder of his life. He was a farmer until retiring from active work a few years ago. On Nov. 14, 1900, he married Miss Agnes Dobecka of Dubina, at Dubina. Mr. Holleck was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, and the S.P.J.S.T. lodge.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Agnes Hollek; four sons, Henry, Edmund and Adolph, all of Weimar, and Joe Hollek of Houston; one daughter, Mrs. Martha Hrncir of Houston; and 15 grandchildren.

Pallbearers included three grandsons, Eugene, Edwin and Robert Hollek; and three nephew, Louis Kubesch and Victor Dobecka of Weimar and George Sassin of West Columbia, Texas

Weimar Mercury, March 18, 1949


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Hollingsworth, Martha Jane (Hoskins)

Mrs. Hollingsworth, a mother of Mr. Bartley Hollingsworth, a former resident of this county, but now of Santa Anna, died at Columbus last Monday morning, at an advanced age. THE MERCURY tenders its condolence to the bereaved relatives. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 23, 1895

Hollingsworth, William Henry

Weimar Items

We have been requested to state that the funeral of Mr. W. H. Hollingsworth will be preached by the Rev. Mr. Miles on the second Sunday in January, 1878, at Live Oak church. [Interred in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, December 13, 1877, page 3
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


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Hollub, Delene E. (Stewart)

Delene Hollub Funeral Services Held Dec. 31

Delene E. Hollub, 80, of Sheridan died Tuesday, Dec 28.

Funeral services were held Friday, Dec 31 at First Baptist Church in Sheridan with Rev. Stewart Blaine Hollub officiating. Interment followed at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Mrs. Hollub was born June 9, 1924 in Dewitt County, to the late Elmer and Marnie Baker Stewart.

She married Gilbert Henry Hollub Sept. 12, 1942 in Yoakum. Her husband died May 31, 1997.

She was a member of First Baptist Church and the EMS of Sheridan.

She is survived by one daughter, Janice Delene Wimberley of Lockhart; three sons, Gilbert H. “Sonny” Hollub Jr. of Buda, Blaine Hollub of Kyle and Case A. Hollub of Weimar; three sisters, Bernice Dromgoole, Mary Faye Mauer, and Patsy Bush.

She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, a grandson, George Dwayne Evans Jr.; and a sister Floy Mauer.

Pallbearers were Janice Hollub Wimberley, Gilbert H. “Sonny” Hollub Jr., Stewart Blaine Hollub, Case A. Hollub, Kurt Lee Hudgens, Louis W. Borchert and Joshua H. Hollub.

Weimar Mercury, Jan 6, 2005

Delene E. Hollub - SHERIDAN

SHERIDAN - Delene E. Hollub, 80, of Sheridan, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004.

She was born June 9, 1924, in DeWitt County, to the late Elmer and Marnie Baker Stewart. She was a member of Sheridan's EMS and First Baptist Church of Sheridan.

Surivors: daughter, Janice Delene Wimberley of Lockhart; sons, Gilbert H. "Sonny" Hollub Jr. of Buda, Stewart Blaine Hollub of Kyle, and Case A. Hollub of Weimar; sisters, Bernice Dromgoole, Mary Faye Mauer, and Patsy Bush; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Gilbert Henry Hollub; sister, Floy Mauer; and one grandson.

Visitation will be 3 p.m. today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, the Rev. Stewart Blaine Hollub officiating.

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

Victoria Advocate online, December 30, 2004

Hollmann, Delton G.


Delton G. Hollmann Sr., 71, of Bernardo, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1996 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Weimar.

Born Feb. 29, 1924 in Bernardo, he was the son of Henry and Meta (Luedeker) Hollmann. On Sept. 18, 1945, he married Annie Laake. Mr. Hollmann was a retired metal fabricator for Smith Industries. He was a member of St. Roch’s Catholic Church in Mentz, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and former member of the St. Roch’s Church Council. He was also a member of the Columbus American Legion Post 383, former treasurer of the American Association of Retired Persons and had served on the Bernardo School Board for several years. Mr. Hollmann was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Navy.

Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at St. Roch’s with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in St. Roch’s Catholic Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Kenneth Laake, Kervin Kretzschmr[sic], Mark Stancik; Lester Richter Jr., Eric Braden and Ernest Richter Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Mr. Hollmann’s grandchildren, May Jane Hollmann, Joseph Hollmann, Anita Hollmann, Beth Hollmann, Brett Hollmann, Lyndsay Hollmann and Taylor Hollmann.

Mr. Hollmann's survived by his wife of Bernardo, sons and daughters-in-law Delton G. Jr. and Janet Hollmann of Columbus, Larry M. and Mary Elizabeth Hollmann of Brownsville and Michael G. and Pam Hollmann of Bernardo; and seven grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, January 31, 1996, page 14


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Holmes, Johnson

Johnson Holmes, a young negro man, died on Thursday night of last week of influenza. Johnson, when a young boy, worked for a long time for Mr. Chas. von Lengerke, and was well known about town. [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 2, 1918

Holste, Fred

Funeral Services For Fred Holste Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Fred Holste, 66, who died April 12 in the Dewitt County General Hospital at Auburn, California, were held Sunday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home with burial in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

He had been ill for some time.

Born here Nov. 8, 1887, he had moved away about 30 years ago. He was employed chiefly in oil field work, after serving in the Army during World War I.

His only immediate survivor is a half-sister, Miss Dora Maas of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, April 23, 1954, page 1

Holste, Henry

It is again the duty of The Mercury to record the death of a good citizen. Mr. Henry Holste, for many years a resident of our city, was taken ill about two weeks ago. At first his illness partook of no alarming phases and it was not until congestion set in that danger was apprehended. But from that time on he began sinking rapidly, and despite the efforts of physician and loving friends, he passed away at 6 o’clock last Sunday evening. Mr. Holste was well thought of by the people of Weimar, as he was a quiet, sober and industrious citizen. He leaves a wife and two little children, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended in their irreparable loss. The deceased was a member of the Knights of Honor lodge, by whom he was buried at the Masonic cemetery Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock.

Weimar Mercury, September 17, 1892, page 3

Holste, William

Funeral Rites for Wm. Holste, 60, Held Her Sunday

William Holste, 60, died at a San Antonio Hospital on Friday, July 27. The body was brought to Weimar and on Sunday afternoon funeral services were held at the Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev. C. Emigholz, local Lutheran minister, officiating. Interment was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

He was a son of the late Henry and Louise Holste and was born in Weimar on June 4, 1885. He lived all his life in and around Weimar. For the past six years he suffered poor health and was receiving treatment in San Antonio at the time of his death.

Mr. Holste was in the cafe business in Weimar for several years.

Survivors are one half-sister, Miss Dora Maas, and one brother, Fred Holste.

The Mercury extends condolence to the bereaved.

Weimar Mercury, August 3, 1945, page 1


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Hooper, Bertha (Moss)

Hooper, Bertha

Bertha Moss Hooper, 100, of Rock Island, passed away Sunday afternoon, Jan. 26, at her daughter-in-law's home in Rock Island, following an extended illness.

She was born April 21, 1902 in Braymer, Mo. to Jim and Lucy (Lane) Moss and had been a resident of Colorado County since moving to Rock Island with her family at 14 years of age.

She was preceded in death by parents; two sons, John Lee Hooper and Dan Hooper Jr.; daughter, Dorothy Girndt; three sisters, Ethel Boxx, Nellie VanOuderkerke, and Bonnie Baker; brother, Ernest Moss; two husbands, Dan Hooper Sr. and Chester Christian.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Sue Hooper of Rock Island; son-in-law, Forest Girndt of Columbus; daughter-in-law, Doris Hooper of Rock Island; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for Jan. 29, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Buzz Snyder, pastor of Rock Island Full Gospel Church officiating. Interment will follow at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Pallbearers scheduled are, Kenneth Hooper, Scott Hooper, Jerry Hooper, Daniel Hooper, Darrel Hatch and Kenny Nance.

For those wishing, the family has requested memorials be made to either the Myrtle Cemetery Association or Rock Island Volunteer Fire Department.

Colorado County Citizen, January 30, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Hooper, Daniel Jr.

Dan Hooper, Jr., age 65, of Rock Island, passed away Saturday, Sept. 19, 1992, at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital, following a brief illness. He was a native and lifelong resident of Colorado County, born May 5, 1927, to Dan and Bertha (Moss) Hooper. He attended local schools in Rock Island. On March 7, 1946, he and Doris Briscoe were united in marriage in Columbus. Dan retired after 30 years of dedicated service with Colorado County Pct #1 as shop foreman and mechanic. Following retirement, he worked for Colorado County Oil for almost 10 years. He was active in Masonry and the Order of the Eastern Star as a member and past officer of Caledonia Lodge #68 A.F. & A.M. of Columbus; Chapter, Council and Community of Columbus; the Colorado Valley Shrine Club and Arabia Shrine Temple. He was a member of O.E.S. Chapter #324 of Columbus where he served 18 years as Worthy Patron and recently joined O.E.S. Chapter #535 of El Campo. ~Preceded in death by his father, survivors include his devoted wife of 46 years, Doris; his mother, Bertha Hooper of Rock Island; sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Norma Hooper, Rock Island; Jerry and Cindy Hooper, Mission; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Forest Girndt, Columbus; brother and sister-in-law, Norman and Sue Hooper of Rock Island; grandchildren, Jennifer and Darrell Hatch of Bellville, Daniel Hooper of Rock Island, Terri Lynn, Jeremiah and Zachariah Hooper all of Mission; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Monday, Sept 21, 1992, from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake with Bros. Emil Burger and Raymond Hopkins officiating. Graveside services and interment followed in Myrtle Cemetery of Rock Island. Serving as pallbearers were Max Rogers, Johnnie Hooper, S.G. Pence, Mark Robinson, Billy Mayes and Allen Moss. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 24, 1992
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Hooper, Daniel Sr.

Final Rites Held For Dan Hooper

Funeral services were held for Dan Hooper, Sr., at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 30th, 1967, from the first Baptist Church of Rock Island. Mr. Hooper passed away March 27th. Graveside services and burial were at the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island, Texas.

The Rev. J. O. Seval and the Rev. Sam Downey held the services, with Bob Jones, vocalist, and Marilyn Williams, pianist, rendering his favorite hymns.

Mr. Hooper was born in Rock Island, Texas, June 26th, 1892. He was a veteran of World War I, a member of American Legion Post 383 in Columbus and served as foreman for Commissioner's Precinct No. 1 for forty years. During that time he served as foreman of the precinct under administration of seven different commissioners.

Surviving are: his widow, Mrs. Bertha Hooper of Rock Island; two sons, Dan, Jr., of Rock Island and Norman Lee of Denmark; one daughter, Mrs. Forrest Girndt of Columbus and seven grandchildren. One son, Johnnie Lee, preceded him death.

Pallbearers were: Max Girndt, Wilbur Henry, Ted Schoellman, Dick Henry, Walter Frers and Vernon Brown. The family named as honorary pallbearers: Walter Henicke, Jr., Joe Nichols, Otto Loessin, B. J. Burris, Albert Banks, and Allen Moss.

Mill-Bauer funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of funeral arrangements.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, April 6, 1967
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Hooper, Ida "Sue" (Waits)

Ida “Sue” Hooper

Ida “Sue” Hooper, 76, of Rock Island, passed away June 5 at her residence.

She was born in Fostoria, Sept. 3, 1933 to Earl and Marguerite (McShan) Waits and married Norman Hooper, July 25, 1952. She was a switchboard operator with Southwestern Bell from 1951-1953 and then worked as a self-employed beautician.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister-in-law, Mazie Waits.

She is survived by her husband; daughter and son-in-law, Norma Sue and Kenny Nance of Rock Island; sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny and Rhonda Hooper of Rock Island, Kenneth Hooper of Lafayette, La. and Scott and Denise Hooper of El Campo; brothers and sister-in-law, Earl Waits Jr. of Lafayette, La. and Harold and Paula Waits of Houston; grandchildren Hailey Noska, Cody Nance, Ashley Terrell, Cory Hooper, Crystal Whisnant, Sharon Hooper and Amanda Hooper; and great-grandchildren, Bradyn Whisnant, Colin Whisnant and Ryan Pearce.

Funeral services took place at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus June 8 with the Rev. Nick Williams and the Rev. Wes Jacobson officiating. Interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Pallbearers were Eric Waits, Buddy McShan, Cory Hooper, Michael McShan, John David Carter, Keith Carter and Cody Nance.

Colorado County Citizen, June 11, 2010 

Hooper, Robert J. “Bob”


Robert J. "Bob" Hooper, 54, of Rock Island, passed away Aug. 23, at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Colorado County, born Feb. 14, 1950 in Eagle Lake to Dan Jr. and Doris (Briscoe) Hooper. He was a member of the last graduating class of Rock Island High School, Class of 1968 and attended Wharton County Junior College for two years. He married Norma Eaton on Aug. 1, 1970 at First Baptist Church in Rock Island.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Jennifer Hatch of Rockdale; son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Laurie Taylor Hooper of Rock Island; mother; brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Cindy Hooper of Mission; and grandchildren, Cullen James, Cody Lee, Kristen Renee and Kaitlyn Michelle Hatch and Crit Allen Hooper.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 27 from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Buzz Snyder, pastor of Rock Island Full Gospel Church officiating. Cremation and private committal services will follow at a later date.

Colorado County Citizen, September 1, 2004
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Hoover, Tucker

Tuck Hoover Killed.

Columbus. Tex., Feb. 17.--Tuck Hoover was killed this afternoon at Alleyton. It appears that deceased and his wife were in the store of W. F. Neal trading, when the fatal shots were fired, which came from a back room adjoining the store. Two shots were fired, one load of buckshot, eleven out of twelve, taking effect. The other load was small shot, which entered his back as he fell. The deceased had his Winchester rifle by his side, but did not use it. The deceased was the slayer of Jake Burttschell, which occurred in Alleyton about two years ago. He was tried in the district court here and received a sentence of twenty years in the penitentiary. The case was reversed and a new trial granted. He was about 47 years old and leaves a family. [Place of interment unknown]

Jim Coleman is a young man about 21 years old was a brother-in-law to Jake Burttschell. These two killing occurred about 30 feet apart.

The defendant came to Columbus and gave himself up to Sheriff Reese. News Special.

Weimar Mercury; February 22, 1896

Hope, Ella (Farmer)

The Mercury regrets to learn of the death of Mrs. Ella Hope, wife of Mr. Marion Hope, which occurred at Columbus las Tuesday night. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P. Farmer of that city, and a most estimable lady. The remains were laid to rest in the city cemetery Wednesday afternoon.

Weimar Mercury, June 13, 1896, page 2

Hope, Fay Farmer

Native of Columbus Dies Friday At Glidden

Funeral services for Fay Farmer Hope, 54, salesman and sign painter, who died Friday, February 21st at Glidden, were held in Elkton, Kentucky, where the body was shipped Saturday from here by Untermeyer Bros.

Mr. Hope was a native of Columbus. He was born here January 10th, 1887.

Survivors include two brothers, Harvey Hope of Glidden and Elmo Hope of Palacios, a half-brother, Leeland Hope of Palacios,; his widow of Arlington, Kentucky; a half-sister, Mrs. Bill Sutherland of Rosenberg; his step-mother, Mrs. Dave Hope of Houston; two half-sisters of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, Feb 27, 1941

Hope, Harvey G.


Last rites for Harvey G. Hope of Glidden were held in Untermeyer Funeral home Friday afternoon, the Rev. Jon Ryan of Houston officiating, assisted by the Rev. A. J. Pate of Columbus.  Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.  Mr. Hope, retired Southern Pacific railroad switchman, died suddenly at his home early thursday morning.  He would have been 71 Sunday (Sept 30).  Born in Columbus Sept. 30, 1891, he was a son of Marion and Ella Farmer Hope.  He was married to Miss Ethel Obenhaus June 27, 1917.  A veteran of 44 years' service with Southern Pacific, he was retired Sept 30, 1957, when his fellow workers got together and gave him an easy chair.  He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, from which he had received a 45-year pin; of the Masonic lodge and the Eastern Star.  Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. William Wall Witmer of Houston; 3 grandchildren; a brother, Elmo Hope of Baldwin, La., and 3 sisters, Mrs. Nan Eli, San Diego, Calif., Mrs. Thelma Sawyer of Houston and Mrs. W. W. Sutherland of Rosenberg.  All were at the service except Mrs. Eli.  Pallbearers were Elmer and Lislie Kelly and A. Dowdle, Houston; T. W. Glithero, Columbus, and I. M. Foley, J. T. Johnston, G. P. Wilburn and Frank Haynes of Glidden. 

Colorado County Citizen, October 4, 1962
Submitted by David Hahn

Hope, Larkin Secrest

Assassination of Officer Hope.

Columbus, Texas, August 4. About 9 o'clock last night Constable Larkin S. hope of this city was assassinated by some unknown person. The weapon used was a double barrel shotgun, and the assassin using it was standing in the alley between the store of Mr. Geo. Gegenworth and the butcher shop of Mr. Frank Auerbach, as is shown by evidence of his foot prints and from the direction of flashes from the gun, seen by parties on the street.

There were two loud, sharp reports, an intermission, and three reports from the pistol of the officer. The first two shots were from the shotgun, and the latter three from Mr. Hope's pistol, as he lay in the gutter just outside the sidewalk. The assassin had his horse hitched in the alley--which runs from street to street--reloaded his gun, mounted the horse, started west, rode north, turned and crossed the bridge on the east side of town.

Mr. Hope was shot in the left side, hip and abdomen, and when friends came up and asked him who shot him, endeavored to answer, but was unable to articulate. He was carried into the drug store of Byars & Byars, his wounds dressed and every means used to restore him, but without avail. He lived about half an hour only after being shot. Weeping and moaning, in the agony of grief, his distressed wife and children came to him before his death in the drug store.

Sheriff Reese and Marshal Walker were on the spot directly after the shooting, and set out to overhaul the assassin, but at an early hour this morning returned without being able to apprehend him. He is described as a medium-size man, riding a dark sorrel horse.

Our citizens are very indignant at the manner of the murder of Officer Hope, who has been a sober, faithful and efficient peace officer for many years. His funeral will take place at 4:30 this afternoon at the Odd Fellows' Rest.
Columbus Citizen Extra.

Weimar Mercury, July 6, 1898, page 8


Larkin Hope was shot twice with a shot-gun a few minutes after 9 o'clock Wednesday night, by an unknown party. One charge (12 buckshot) struck him in the small of the back on left side from behind, and the other in the thigh. Hope fired three shots with his six-shooter, and it was cocked for another when found. Hope was standing in front of Auerbach's beef market on Main street, when shot, and his assailant stood between that building and Gegenworth's store. The murderer then ran on out to an alley, was seen to reload his shotgun, mount a horse, ride west and then disappeared. Hope died a few minutes after 1o I o'clock, never speaking again. He leaves a wife, three daughters and a son. Up to this writing there is no clew[sic]. Mr. Hope was buried at the Odd Fellows' cemetery at 4:30 Thursday last, with Woodmen of the World honors.

Weimar Mercury, July 6, 1898, page 8

Hope, Marion

Post Special: Wharton. Tex.,
The remains of Marion Hope, who was accidentally killed near Nixon, were brought here for interment and were laid beside the graves of two of his children. Mr. Hope was formerly a citizen of Lane City and his  two children died while the family lived there. The remains were accompanied by immediate relatives and Mark Townsend, a very close friend. Mr. Hope was unfortunate enough some years since to have lost a brother at Columbus in connection with a political feud and following this, shot and killed Jim Coleman in San Antonio; indicted, he was never tried, His defense was that Coleman been concerned in the killing of Larkin Hope and had threatened Marion on numerous occasions.

Some time since Marion Hope removed to a farm near Nixon in the hope of ending his declining years in peace and quietude.  August 6 he saddled up an unusually gentle family horse, had gone in a near by pasture to look at a milch cow, and after his failing to return to the house, he was discovered by some passers-by, lying in the grass unconscious and apparently dead.  After an examination of the surroundings, etc. it was ascertained beyond any question of a doubt that the horse had fallen on him, and in some manner, the exact details of which will probable never be known, inflicted a visible bruise at the back of the neck, affecting the spinal cord, and which he survived only a few hours.

Weimar Mercury, August 18, 1911
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Hope, Marion Edison

Little Marion Edison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Hope, died in this city last Friday morning, at the residence of his parents, of congestion and was interred in the city cemetery the following afternoon. He was a bright, affectionate little boy giving promise of a useful future. To the bereaved parents and friends we extend condolence.

"Thou wast a flower too fair for earth,
Too tender for a world like this;
Thy Maker marked thee from thy birth,
and thou art now forever his."

Colorado Citzen, September 9, 1892
Contributed by Deborah Smith

Hope, Mollie

Post Special: Columbus, Nov. 12.--Mrs. Mollie Hope, widow of the late Larkin S. Hope, died in San Antonio yesterday afternoon, following a surgical operation performed four days before. The remains were brought home last night and the funeral was held from the home of her son-in-law, Mr. P. Heller, Jr., at 4 o’clock this afternoon at Odd Fellows’ Rest. Rev. G. W. Parker of the Baptist church conducted the services. She leaves four children, all grown.

Weimar Mercury, November 18, 1905, page 1

Hope, unknown

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Hope died last Thursday, and was burried[sic] Friday morning at 10 o’clock. The bereaved parents have our sympathies.[Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 27, 1890, page 3

Hopkins, Cole P.

Cole P. Hopkins, 76, Garwood Rancher, Funeral Is Friday

GARWOOD--Last rites for Cole P. Hopkins of Garwood, who died this morning at 1: 30 a.m. in an El Campo hospital, will be held tomorrow (Friday) at 3 p.m. in the Garwood Methodist church.

Columbus Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Wagstaff of El Campo will conduct the funeral services for the 76-year-old farmer and rancher. Burial will be in the Lakeside cemetery at Eagle Lake.

Mr. Hopkins was born Oct. 3, 1879 at Jeddo, Texas, the son of Jack Hopkins and the former Mary Adair. His parents came to Texas from Alabama.

Survivors Include his widow, Mrs. Edith Hopkins of Garwood; a son, Jack Hopkins of Garwood; a sister, Mrs. Sally Langstom of Garwood; and 2 brothers, John J. Hopkins Sr. and Jim Hopkins of California.

Colorado County Citizen, April 26, 1956, page 7

Hopkins, Edith (Martin)


Edith Hopkins, 102, of Garwood, died Friday, Dec. 27, 1996 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

Born Nov. 3, 1894 in Iowa, she was the daughter of Samuel William and Bessie E. (Hastie) Martin. On March 9, 1921, she married Coleman P. "Cole" Hopkins in Garwood. A long-time resident of Garwood, Mrs. Hopkins was formerly a teller at Garwood State Bank and was member of Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Church in Garwood.

Services were held Dec. 28, in the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Barry Bauerschlag officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Serving, as pallbearers were Eldin Weid, Mark Weid, William Shorter Jr., Brad Engstrom, Troy Krenek and M. G. Lanier.

Mrs. Hopkins is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Marilyn Hopkins of Columbus; sister Marion Bennett and sister-in-law Agnes Martin, both of Garwood and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, in 1956 and brothers Ralph, Frank and Clarence Martin.

Colorado County Citizen, January 1, 1997
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Hopkins, Jack Pendleton


Jack Pendleton Hopkins, 83, of Bernardo, passed away at his home April 16 at his home.

He was born January 18, 1925 in Wharton County to Cole P. and Edith Hopkins. He lived most of his life in Garwood, where he worked as a rice farmer for most of his life. He was married to Marilyn J. Mundine on Jan. 30, 1988 and they resided in Columbus. They operated Hopkins Nursery and Plants for 16 years. In 2004 they moved to Bernardo where they retired.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his close cousin Jamie Hokins and his great and loyal friend, who thought the world of and loved as a son William Shorter, Jr., who was known as Junior.

He is survived by his wife and his three daughters Lesia and Larry Cloninger; Shelia and RJ Jauring; Jr. and Donna and Clarence Hamman; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Jack has had many friends along the way who all love and will miss him dearly.

A private family service was hosted at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, April 23, 2008,
Courtesy The Citizen

Hopkins, James Gillespie


James Gillespie Hopkins passed away on February 12, 2008, in Columbus, Texas.

Mr. Hopkins was born on July 5, 1911, in Midway, Madison County, Texas. While he was an infant, Hopkins' parents, John J. Hopkins and Kate Gillespie Hopkins, moved their family to Marathon, Texas where they resided for a few months before settling permanently in Garwood, Colorado County, Texas.

Hopkins, known affectionately as "Hop," graduated from Garwood High School in 1929. He liked to joke that he graduated three times: twice from Garwood-once from the 10th grade in 1928, a second time in 1929 when the school added a 11th grade, and a third in 1930 when he attended and graduated from Columbus High School. While still attending school in Garwood, he worked during the summer in Columbus at the gravel pits on the John Tanner property. During this time he stayed at the Columbus Hotel and walked the railroad tracks back and forth from Columbus to the gravel pits. After moving to Columbus to attend high school, he worked for Mr. Oscar Zumwalt at the Zumwalt Drug Store and later as a "soda jerk" at the Sandwich Shop, owned by Zerlina Leyendecker. He was in the same graduating class as Mary Elizabeth Youens, who later became his wife.

After his graduation from Columbus High School, he went to San Antonio and entered CMTC training, (Civilian Military Training Corps) a government sponsored program introduced by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Hopkins then went to Nogales, Arizona and was employed by the Ford Motor Company as a bookkeeper for a year. He returned to Garwood and began working as a surveyor.

He took an International Correspondence School course in surveying which he completed in 1933. He surveyed rice fields, irrigation projects and ran contours using transit and level. He worked throughout southeast Texas, from Garwood to Dayton.

When World War II began, Hopkins refused a military deferment and entered the United States Army in April of 1942. He was assigned to an engineering battalion and became an engineer unit commander, serving in the Southwest Pacific and Asiatic Pacific Theaters. He spent time in Guadalcanal, the Philippines, and Japan, supervising men in constructing loading ramps on the beaches, and in construction and maintenance of roads, bridges and culverts. He was separated from the service as a 2nd Lieutenant on March 7, 1946.

Upon leaving the service, he returned to Colorado County and began rice farming with his father and brother, John Jay Hopkins Jr. On December 21, 1946, he married Mary Elizabeth Youens Brune of Columbus. Mrs. Hopkins and her two children, Kenneth and Mary Anne Brune, moved to Garwood in 1947. Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins had two children, Jane Elizabeth Hopkins and James G. Hopkins, Jr.

Mr. Hopkins ceased farming and was employed by the American Rice Growers Association for several years before opening his own rice brokerage office, The Garwood Rice Sales Company. Mrs. Hopkins assisted him as business manager, and they operated the business together until her death in January, 1990. In 1991, Mr. Hopkins closed the Garwood Rice Sales Company. He retired to Columbus in 1995.

Mr. Hopkins was a member of the Magnolia Homes Tour Association, now known as the Columbus Historic Preservation Trust, and served on the board of directors for several years. He was a member of the Colorado County Historical Commission. His research enabled the group to place many of the historical markers in Colorado County. He and Mrs. Hopkins were major contributors to the two volume Colorado County Chronicles, published in 1986.

Hopkins was always the man behind the scenes at historical presentations. He did the research, spending numerous hours surveying microfilms of early newspapers and census records. Mrs. Hopkins made the presentations, based on his research. Together they wrote brief histories of Colorado County, Rock Island and Garwood.

They began to collect Victorian antiques in the early 1970s and enjoyed opening their home for the Magnolia Home Tours for many years. Upon Mrs. Hopkins death in 1990, Hopkins donated her Santa Claus collection to the Columbus Historic Preservation Trust, and today it is one of the popular tourist attractions in Columbus.

Mr. Hopkins is survived by his children: James G. Hopkins Jr. and his wife Donna of Katy, Jane Hopkins Kuchar and her husband Bill of Houston, Kenneth Brune and his wife Arline of Columbus, and Mary Anne Brune Pickens and her husband Bob of Columbus; also by his grandson Jonathan Coleman "Cole" Hopkins of Houston, and other grandchildren, Ellen Pastor, Annandale Virginia, Dan Pickens and his wife Cynthia, Wimberley, Texas, Will Pickens and his wife Lindsey, Austin, Texas, Tracy Heard, Columbus, Texas, David Brune and his wife Judy, Odessa, Texas; his sister, Mary Frances Clare of Childress, Texas.

A private family graveside service was held Friday, February 15, 2008 at 10 a.m., at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus, TX. The family offers its heartfelt gratitude to Hospice Support, Inc. of El Campo, with special thanks to Natalie Delgado, and to all the staff at Columbus Care Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Support, Inc., P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, Texas 77437 or the Columbus Historic Preservation Trust, 425 Spring St., Columbus, Texas 78934.

Colorado County Citizen, February 20, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Hopkins, Mary Elizabeth (Youens) Brune

Death Claims Mrs. Hopkins,Longtime History Enthusiast

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hopkins, 76, of Garwood were held Monday, Jan. 29, from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Rev. Rob McGill officiated.

Mrs. Hopkins, a founder and first chairman of the Colorado County Historical Survey Committee, which later became the Colorado County Historical Commission, died Saturday, Jan. 27.

Born May 17, 1913, in Columbus, she was a daughter of Dr. Willis G., Sr. and Fay Burford Youens. After graduation from Columbus High School in 1930, she attended the University of Texas at Austin for two years.

She served as assistant to Colorado County Superintendent of Schools, J. H. Wooten, from 1938 until the beginning of World War II, when she was appointed office manager of the capacity until 1944. In 1944 she opened Columbus Drug Store, which she operated until 1946, when she married James G. Hopkins of Garwood. They moved to Garwood in 1947, and in 1948 Mrs. Hopkins began taking an active part in the operation of the Garwood Rice Sales Company owned by her husband.

She was best known for her activities in the preservation and restoration of Colorado County historic sites. She was a founding member of Magnolia Homes Tour and remained active in that organization. She and her husband frequently opened the Youens-Hopkins home in Columbus, where she was raised, for the homes tour. She was responsible for the research which resulted in the Texas State Historical Marker being placed on the Stafford Opera House, the principal property of Magnolia Homes Tour Inc.

She was a longtime member of the John Everett Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as regent from 1960 to 1964. She was chairman of the Colorado County Historical Commission for ten years. Through her leadership, many historical markers were dedicated throughout the county, the county archive was established and a two-volume county history was published. She authored many papers on the history of Colorado, Fayette, Wharton and Jackson counties. In 1986, the Columbus chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority honored her as "Woman of the Year."

Her husband survives her, along with two daughters, Mary Anne and husband Bob Pickens of Houston and Jane and husband, Jeff Potter of West Columbia; two sons, Kenneth and wife Arlene Brune of Webster and James G. Hopkins Jr. of Houston; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1990
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Hopmann, Delores (Teltschik)

D. Hopmann Funeral Services Held Aug. 12

Delores Teltschik Hopmann, 87, of Houston, died Aug. 8 at Vitas Hospice House in Houston.

Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 12 at Weimar United Church of Christ with Rev. Doug McLemore officiating.  Interment followed at Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Hopmann was born Jan. 15, 1915 in Weimar to William Teltschik and Louise Koehn.  She graduated from Weimar High School in 1934 and attended classes at Blinn College.

She married Olin Hopmann of Beasley on July 4, 1938 in Weimar.

She grew up in Weimar.  As an adult she lived in Houston but had a weekend home here in Weimar.

She was active in local Houston civic association and planned and organized biannual Teltschik family reunions at Dubina Hall for many years.

She was a buyer for R. B. Department Store in Houston.

She enjoyed traveling with her husband and friends.  She was a vivacious, loving energetic woman and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Mrs. Hopmann is survived by niece, Joyce Kelm and husband Charles; nephews, Mark Matthews, Mike Matthews, and  Dennis Krause and wife Dorothy; and sister, Florence Teltschik Matthews of Bedford.

She is also survived by great-nieces and nephews, Jeff and Shawn Kelm, Cheryl and Tad Breeden, Dwayne Krause, Denise and Chad Guest, Susan and Adrian Billings and Laura and John Alexander; and great-great-nieces and nephews, Melody and Heather Kelm, Ashley, Hannah and Olivia Breeden and Lane Guest.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Louise Teltschik and husband, Olin Hopmann.

Pallbearers were Mark Matthews, Mike Matthews, Charles Kelm, Jeff Kelm, Dennis Krause, Paul Huser, Adrian Billing and John Alexander.

The Weimar Mercury   August 15, 2002
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Hopmann, Olin

Olin Hopmann Funeral Services Held April 25

Olin Hopmann, 93 of Houston died April 23 at Ft. Bend Health Care Center in Rosenberg. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 25 at the Weimar United Church of Christ with Rev. Doug McLemore officiating.

Interment followed in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Hopmann was born Feb. 26, 1908 in Beasley to Henry Hopmann and Sophie Lehmann Hopmann.

He grew up in Beasley and graduated form Beasley High School. He married Delores Teltschik on July 4, 1938 in Weimar.

He was active in the Civic Association. He was an electrician at Champions Paper Co. in Houston. He lived in this area for 61 years then moved to Ft. Bend Health Care Center in Rosenberg where he lived for two years.

He enjoyed traveling and he also enjoyed their second home in Weimar.

Mr. Hopmann is survived by his wife Delores Hopmann of Rosenberg; one sister Viola Krause of Rosenberg; one niece and three nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Oscar Hopmann.

Pallbearers were Charles Kelm, Dennis Krause, Michael Matthews, Paul Huser, Adrian Billings and Jeffrey Kelm.

The Weimar Mercury, May 3, 2001
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Hoppe, Annie Elizabeth (Henneke)


Funeral services for Annie Elizabeth Henneke Hoppe, 86, were held Thursday, April 4 at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg under the direction of Koenig-Peel Funeral Home.

Burial was at the church cemetery in Frelsburg with the Fr. Werner Buckholt officiating.

Mrs. Hoppe died April 1 at St. Jude Hospital in Brenham.

She was born December 20, 1898 in Frelsburg to Frank and Mary Moeller Henneke. She married Richard W. Hoppe on October 11, 1921 in Frelsburg. Mr. Hoppe preceded her in death. Also preceding her in death are: one son, and one daughter. She lived in Frelsburg all her life as a housewife.

Survivors include one daughter, Imogene Macat of Brenham; four grandchildren: Delphine Merkel, New Ulm, Darwin Macat, Houston, Texas; Dorothy Goodlett, Brenham, and Douglas Macot[sic], Brenham; three step-grandchildren ad seven great grandchildren.

Parish rosary was held Wednesday, April 3, at Zaskoda Chapel in Industry.

Colorado County Citizen, April 11, 1985

Hoppe, Esther H. (Franke)

Esther H. Hoppe

Esther H. Hoppe, 90, of Seguin and formerly of Columbus passed away Feb. 6 at the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center in Seguin.

She was born May 14, 1918 to Albert and Albina (Ripple) Franke in Industry.

She married Palmer Wilhelm Hoppe on Aug. 31, 1946.

She was a homemaker and a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Columbus.

She lived in Seguin for 10 years prior to her passing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; brother, Bennie Franke; and sister, Elda Mikeska.

She is survived by daughters Joyce Scott of San Antonio and Dorothy Blair of Seguin; brother Henry Franke of Tomball; and grandson Dylan Blair and wife Dorian of Redwood City, Calif.

Funeral services took place at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus under the direction of the Henneke Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Interment followed at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, February 10, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Hoppe, George Lee

George L. Hoppe Sr.

March 10, 1927 - February 8, 1996

Family and friends mourn the loss of George L. Hoppe Sr., 68, of the Frelsburg area. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and son. To those who knew him over the years, a loyal and trusted friend. He left this world at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 8, 1996 after a three year struggle with cancer. George was born to Herman and Mary Hoppe on March 10, 1927 in New Ulm. He graduated from high school in 1945 and went on to serve his country as a Marine in World War II and the Korean War. George was lucky to find a career he loved, when in 1950 he became a Department of Public Safety State Trooper. Being a peace officer was his proudest accomplishment, and he faithfully served Texas for 30 years until retiring in 1980. He then became a cattle rancher and spent his days babying his cows on the Ml Ranches. George was a supportive member of the Columbus Community; and FFA Alumni, an Honorary Chapter farmer. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6113, American Legion Post #383, the Masonic Lodge, Colorado Valley Shrine, Director of the Columbus Shrine Club, and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Department of Public Safety Officers Association, Texas and SW Cattleman's Association and his pride and joy, the Marine Corps Fifth Fielders. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, George Mieth. George will missed by a loving family; his wife, Dessie Machemehl Hoppe; his mother, Mary Mieth; son and daughter-in-law, George (Butch) and Lillian (Sam) Hoppe and Jennifer and Zachary; his daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Zach Sayre and Zach Jr.; his daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Curtis Mangum and Ashley; his daughter and her significant other, Pat Hoppe and J. B. Morein; and "Dawg", his Australian Shepherd. Funeral services were held at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus on Saturday, February 10, at 11 a.m with Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating. An Honor Guard of Texas department of Public Safety Troopers, military honors by Columbus V. F. W. Post and American Legion Post, Masonic burial rites were given by Columbus Caladonia Lodge #68 AJ., &A.M. Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements. George was a soldier in life and, now, a soldier for Christ "Thank you George/Dad/Grand-pa, for the 68 years you gave us. We love you and miss that you are out of our lives, but not our hearts, minds and souls. Now that you are gone from this earth, there's only one thing left to say: “Semper Fi, In God We Trust" Memorials may be made to Stehlin Cancer Research, 131S Calhoun, Suite 1800, Houston, Texas 77002 or the American Cancer Society. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. [Interred in Hoppe Cemetery.]

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 15, 1996
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Hoppe, Maria (Stallmann)


HOPE. [sic.]—Frelsburg, Texas, June 20.—Mrs. Hope, who died Saturday at Cat Springs, was buried here yesterday at the Lutheran church cemetery. She was 42 years of age.

The Houston Post, Jun 22, 1898

Horak, Annie (Mezik)

Mrs. Annie Horak Of Weimar Dies In Schulenburg

Weimar--Last rites were held yesterday in Hubbard Funeral home and St. Michael Catholic church for Mrs. Annie Horak, 67, of Weimar, who died suddenly Sunday afternoon while attending a meeting in Schulenburg.

Rt. Rev. Msgr. Anthony Drozd of New Braunfels, formerly of Weimar, and Rev. Clarence Leopold of San Antonio, formerly of Nada, will officiate

Mrs. Horak was born in Czechoslovakia July 16, 1897 and came to this country with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mezik. She was married to the late Frank Horak at Ammannsville in 1914.

Survivors include 4 daughters, Mrs. George Andel of Weimar, Mrs. Maynard Hill of Bryan, Mrs. George Hajovsky of La Grange and Mrs. Vit Janda of Bellville; 4 sons, Frank and Leo Horak of Weimar, John Horak of Schulenburg, and Sgt. Bernard Horak of San Antonio; 3 sisters, Mrs. Ed Michalke of Borden, Mrs. Tofel Kobersky of Weimar and Mrs. Cyril Mazoch of El Campo; and 2 brothers, Joe Mezik of El Campo and Ignac Mezik of La Grange.

Burial as in the Catholic cemetery in Weimar.

Colorado County Citizen, December 10, 1964

Horak, Frank E.

Frank E. Horak, 52, Dies Suddenly; Rites Held Saturday P.M.

Mr. Frank E. Horak, 52, a lifelong resident of this area, died very suddenly Friday morning at the family home. Funeral services were conducted from the Hubbard Funeral Home with services at the St. Michael’s Church Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock, the Rev. Joseph J. Szymanski officiating. Interment was made in the St. Michael’s Cemetery. here,

Mr. Horak, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Horak, Sr., was born April 30, 1890, and died Oct. 2, 1942. He was a farmer by trade.

He was married to Miss Annie Mezik at Ammannsville on Oct. 20, 1914, and to this union eight children were born.

He was a member of the Catholic Church and the K. J. T. Lodge.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Annie Horak, and step-mother, Mrs. Louisa Horak, besides three sisters, Mrs. Louise Wanja of Weimar, Mrs. Annie Hajovsky of Crosby and Mrs. Alice Janicek of Houston. Other survivors are four sons, John Horak of Weimar, Pvt. Frank Horak of Camp Barkeley, Leo Horak of Houston and Bennie Horak of Weimar; four daughters, Misses Leona, Annie Mae, Gertie Jane and Charline, all of Weimar. One grandchild also survives.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the bereaved.

Weimar Mercury, October 9, 1942, page 1

Horak, James Leonard

Final Rites for James Horak, 36, Held Thursday

Funeral services for James Leonard Horak 36, of Houston. were held Thursday, July 14, at St. Michael's Catholic Church with burial in the church cemetery.

A wake service was held in Houston on Wednesday night at Waltrip Funeral Home.

Mr. Horak was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Houston and Rev. Msgr. William L. Tinney, pastor of that parish, officiated. Rev: Benton Thurmond assisted.

Mr. Horak died Tuesday, July 12, in a Houston hospital after a heart attack.

He was born in Weimar on July 12, 1941, a son of Leo and Gertie (Ripper) Horak. He married Marilyn Veselka, daughter of Rafael and Adela (Grohmann) Veselka, in Weimar on September 9, 1962.

He was' graduated from Weimar High School in 1959 and from the University of Houston in 1964 with a degree in accounting. At the time of his death he was president of Coyote Constructors Inc., a construction company that he formed in 1972. He was also active in the Spring Branch-Memorial Sports Association, coaching Little League football and baseball.

Mr. Horak is survived by his wife Marilyn, son Paul Leonard, 9, and daughter Sally Ann, 6, all of Houston; his parents, a sister, Mrs. LeRoy (Marilyn) Stavinoha, and a brother, Jody Horak, also all of Houston.

Pallbearers were George Dixon Berger, Tommy Brasher, James Heger, Gary Kissick, Neal Rabel and Jerry Smith.

Acolytes for the mass were Jimmy Heger and Jimmy Michalke.

Weimar Mercury, July 21, 1977

Horak, John

Death of a Good Man

Mr. John Horak, a citizen of this community for many years, died at the family home near town last Monday and the funeral took place at the Dubina Cemetery Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock. Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiated at the funeral.

Mr. Horak was 72 years old. He was born in Czecho-Slovakia Aug. 29, 1865, and came to this country in 1881. He was married to Theresia Norhavitza who died Nov. 13, 1928 at the age of 69 years. He is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Louise Horak, his children, Mrs. Anna Hajovsky of Crosby, Mrs. Frank J. Wanja of this city, MR. Frank Horak of this communiyt, Mrs. Alice Janicek of Columbus; one sister, Mrs. Joe Walzel of Beasley.

Mr. Horak was truly a good man. He had lived among our people for many years and was highly regarded by all. Quiet of demeanor, earnest and energetic, a kindly word for every one he met, a dutiful and devoted husband and father, he will be sadly missed.

Our sincere sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, August 13, 1937
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Horak, Nona (Harrell)

Nona Horak Funeral Held Here July 24

Funeral services for Mrs. Nona Horak, 64, of Weimar were held Wednesday, July 24, from St. Michael’s Catholic Church with burial in the parish cemetery, Rev. Gregory O’Connor officiated.

Mrs. Horak died Monday at 6 p.m. in Youens Memorial Hospital after suffering a massive hert attack at her home.

A lifelong resident of Weimar, she was born Nov. 24, 1920, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Harrell. She was married to Frank Horak in Weimar on Nov. 25, 1940. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

Mrs. Horak is survived by her husband and one sister, Mrs. Lad (Billie) Janecka of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Geore Hajovsky, John Hork, George Andel, Maynor Hill, Barnell Marek and LeroyJanecka.

Weimar Mercury, August 1, 1985

Horak, Wilhemina (Fisher)

Mrs. Horak's Funeral Held Here Sept. 19

Funeral services for Mrs. Alois Horak, 87, were held Wednesday, Sept. 19, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Rev. John c. Bily officiated.

Mrs. Horak, a resident of River Oaks Nursing Home at Columbus, died there Sept.17, at 3 p.m.

The former Wilhemina Fisher, she was born May 3, 1903, in Fayette County. She was married to Alois Horak on Oct. 25, 1921,at Ammannsville. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by two sisters, Angeline Dusek and Tillie Vacek.

Pallbearers were Edwin Haidusek, Adolph Janecka, Clarence Hadash, Frankie Neiser, Alfonse Dusek and Jerome Dusek. Honorary Pallbearers were George Mondrik and Edward Mondrik.

Weimar Mercury, September 27, 1990
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Horne, Mary (Burger)


After a lingering illness lasting more than a year, during which she suffered four severe strokes of paralysis, Mrs. Mary Horne died Tuesday morning, July 3 at 3:30 at the family home and was buried Wednesday morning, July 4th, at 10 o’clock in Odd Fellows Rest in the presence of a host of friends and relatives. The funeral was conducted by Rev. A. A. Sauve(?) at St. Mathias Catholic church.

Mrs. Horne suffered her last stroke of paralysis at ten o’clock Monday morning and from that time to her death she never regained consciousness. She had several friends with her only a few moments before the last stroke arrived and at that time seemed to be feeling as well or better than she had for some time past.

Mrs. Horne had her first attack on February 22, 1922 and had a second stroke in July of that same year. The third came about the first of the present year and although it was severe she seemed to recover from it more rapidly than she had from the effects of any of the strokes she had suffered before. During all her suffering she showed her Christian fortitude and was at all times patient under her pain.

Pall bearers were O. G. Hoegemeyer, O. A. Zumwalt, R. R. Hadden, A. A. Gregory, S. J. Nussbaum and R. O. Goldsmith.

An obituary will be published next week.

Colorado Citizen, July 6, 1923, page 1


In the early morning of July 3rd. the bright spirit of Mrs. E. E. Horne winged its flight to the Great Beyond, from whence no traveler returns. We respond to a principal implanted in the human heart when in loving remembrance we recall the voice, face, form, the endearing smile, the sympathetic touch; all radiating a silent influence which lingers like fragrant incense, whispering to our bruised heart that though the living chord is broken the tie that binds can never be severed. God calls our loved ones but we lose not wholly what he has given for they live on earth in thought and deed as truly as in Heaven. But the way is long and dark for the bereaved and our earth clog souls and tear dimmed eyes can see beyond lowering clouds of sorrow while our aching hearts are ever longing for the touch of a vanished hand and the sound of a voice that is hushed forever.

Mrs. Horne was born in Loraine when that state was a part of the territory of France in 1857. With her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Burger, she came to Columbus when a child of four years of age and has lived here continuously until death removed her from our midst.

Our community has lost a worthy citizen, a quiet, unobtrusive kind neighbor and friend, always ready to extend a helping hand to the needy or afflicted.

Mrs. Horne was married three times but during her first two marriages we know nothing of her home life except as a passing neighbor. Since her serious illness of the past eighteen months we visited her home many times and we are glad to mention that every kindness, every attention and comfort that be bestowed by a devoted husband was always hers. To him and her brother, E. J. Burger and other relatives we extend our sincere sympathy.

She was laid to sleep in the Odd Fellow Rest beneath a mound of beautiful flowers, attesting the love of her many friends.

“Nothing is our own, we hold our pleasures just a little while
E’re they are fled;
One by one life robs us of our treasurers. Nothing is our own,
Except our dead.
Only they forsake us never.”

Colorado Citizen, July 13, 1923, page 1

Horne, Walter Herbert

W. H. Horne, 78, Garwood Citizen Found Dead

(By Mrs. L. E. Cornelius)

Friends, Neighbors and acquaintances were greatly shocked Friday of last week when it became known that W. H. Horne, 78, had passed away. Since he had not been ill and was unusually active for one of his age, his death was more surprising. He lived alone on his farm near Garwood.

His only son, Captain Elmer R. Horne who had been overseas for more than two years had written of the possibility of a furlough and the father was unusually anxious for his return and walked to town nearly every day for the mail.

A very sad sequence to the home coming was the arrival of the son, Captain Horne, Friday of last week. He was accompanied by his daughter, Janet Sue of Dallas and his sister, Mrs. Mary Horn of Houston. Pausing a few moments in town to greet friends, they then drove out to their father's home for a surprise visit and to their consternation, they found him dead. Death cheated the father and son of a coveted reunion. Mr. Horne was fully dressed and all indications pointed to a sudden death.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon from the Methodist Church, of which he was a member and regular attendant. His pastor, Rev. J. H. Thompson officiated at the services. Burial was in the Garwood cemetery beside his mother.

Walter Herbert Horne, son of Mary Ellen and Thomas Horne was born February 24, 1867 in Farmington, N. C. He was married February 13, 1900 to Susan Jeanette Ferebee of Yadkinville, Yadkin County, N. C. who preceded him to the grave December 5, 1905, leaving him with three small children. He moved from Vernon, Texas to Garwood January 8, 1909, with his mother and children. The mother lived to the advanced age of 91 years. A son, Samuel Herbert Horne preceded his father to the grave March 25, 1942. The two children who survive are Mrs. Mary Horne with the Houston Power and Lighting Company, Houston; Captain Elmer Ralph Horne, only 19 days out of Italy after having served two and a half years in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operations. Three grandchildren also survive, Raymond Horn of Houston, Marjorie Horn Brackbill of Lancaster, Pa. And Janet Sue Horne of Dallas and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Elmer R. Horne of Dallas.

Pallbearers were L. E. Snow, Otto Danklefs, John Hopkins, L. E. Cornelius, Otto Opperman and W. H. Abell. The newly made mound was completely covered with beautiful flowers.

Before coming to Garwood Mr. Horne had lived in Iowa and northern Minnesota. During the lifetime of his mother and while the children were small he lived in town, later he moved to his farm where he had resided for some years.

He passed away February 9, just a few hours before his children arrived. A strange coincidence in his life was that he was born in February, married in February and died in February.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 16, 1945
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Horrace, Oliver

Brutal Murder.

The Columbus Plaindealer gives the account of a brutal murder, which was committed by a mob on Skull creek, eight miles from Columbus on Thursday night, the 12th inst. The mob went to the house of Oliver Horrace, inviting him out; the negro fearing danger refused to obey, when the mob poured a murderous volley of rifle and pistol balls into the cabin, which frightened his wife, causig her to rush out with her children and plead for mercy. They were ordered to sit down on some logs about a hundred yards [away] and keep their m. . . Horrace remaining . . . the firing was renewed . . . sound of heavy th. . . cry "my lord" came from the cabin. Their murderous work now being accomplished, they set fire to the cabin and burned the body up, nothing being recovered from the ruins save the man's backbone.

Horrace's wife recognized several of the parties but stubbornly refuses to tell who they are, lest she be treated in a similar manner. The parties engaged in this diabolical outrage are thought to be colored men, who looked upon Horrace as being anything but an honest man.

An indignation meeting was held at Columbus on Saturday night for the purpose of devising some means by which the perpetrators could be brought to justice. [Burial place unknown]

Brenham Weekly Banner, June 20, 1879, page 2

Horton, Glenn (Harbert)


Funeral services for Mrs. Glenn Harbert Horton were conducted by Dr. E. M. Munroe of the First Presbyterian church of Houston Tuesday at 11 a.m. in that city and the body was brought to Columbus for burial in Odd Fellows Rest.  Dr. Munroe was assisted at the grave by the Rev. C. B. Dilts of this place.  Mrs. Horton died suddenly Friday morning in Phoenix, Ariz., where she had gone a month before for her health.  With her at the time of her death was her younger daughter Charlotte.  She was born in Columbus on March 8, 1895, the daughter of Glenn Alston and Love Callison Harbert.  Reared here, she graduated from Columbus public schools and later went to Kidd-Key College at Sherman.  In 1921 she was married to Charles K. Horton of Houston.  During her residence in Houston she was active in work with the First Presbyterian church of which she was a member and with the Red Cross and numerous other organizations.  Her husband, two daughters, Misses. Glenn Erroll and Charlotte and her mother Mrs. Love Kunze survive.  Pallbearers were George F. Horton, W. H. Curtan, Weston Meek, David Bruton, Jack Grantham, Lester Neuhaus, Ralph Fowler and Sewell Meyer, Houston.  Named as honorary pallbearers were Dr. Herman Johnson, Dr. Edgar Lancaster, Dr. Thoma and Dr. Herman Braden of Houston; Dr. Malloy of Phoenix, Arizona, and H. J. Laas of Weimar.  Out of town people here for the funeral included Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Meek, Mrs. Bruton, Mrs. Grantham, Mrs. Meyer, Mrs. Neuhaus, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell Sewell, Mr. and Mrs. B. A. McGinnis, Mr. and Mrs. George M. Dow, Mrs. Loene Arthur, Misses Virginia Meek, nancy Stewart, Rose Mary McKinney, Houston' Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Legge, Galveston; Mrs. Fred M. Legge, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs Albert Egg, Edna; Dr. and Mrs. Dobbs and daughter Elizabeth, Cuero; Mrs. Daisy Callison Davis, Eagle Lake; Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Stafford, Austin; Mrs. N. W. Callison and Bill Harrison, Bay City.

Colorado County Citizen, October 26, 1944
Submitted by David Hahn

Hosman, Caudie Mary (Patton)


Mrs. Caudie Mary Hosman, age 79 of Grapeland,passed away Monday, March 24 at the Community Memorial Hospital in Grapeland, following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held for Mrs Caudie Mary Hosman Wednesday, March 26 at the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island with Rev. Melburn Sibley officiating. Local arrangements were under the directions of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Hosman was born September 26, 1906 in Houston County to James Patton and Emma Matthews Patton. She has lived in Grapeland for the past seven years. having lived in Rock Island 25 years prior to moving to Grapeland.

She was a member of the Baptist Church. She was preceeded [sic] in death by her husband, Charles Clay Hosman in 1948.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Betty and R. C. Rich of Grapeland; one son and daughter-in-law, Charles W. and Jan Hosman of Eagle Lake; grandchildren are Steve Rich, Mike Rich and Cynthia Rich, Clay Hosman and Tony Hosman; numerous nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, April 3, 1986

Hosman, Charles Clay

Charles C. Hosman Funeral Tomorrow

Charles Clay Hosman, 69, who died suddenly yesterday morning at his home in Rock Island, will be buried tomorrow afternoon following funeral services at the Rock Island Methodist Church at 2:30 p. m. tomorrow, Rev. D. Rhea Allison will officiate. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Mr. Hosman, a feed and grocery store operator at Rock Island, is survived by his widow, a daughter Betty, 16, and son, Charles, 4.

Columbus Funeral homes is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, May 6, 1948

Houchins, George Washington

J. M. Berthold returned home from Yoakum last Friday where he had gone to be at the bedside of his father-in-law, G. W. Houchins, but alas instead of that he attended his funeral. R. Houchins died Tuesday between eleven and twelve o’clock. Mr. Houchins served in the confederate war, and fought many a battle, if he had lived till next May he would have been 80 years old. He leaves nine children to mourn his loss, five boys and four girls, being Mesdames Frank and All Ponish, Mrs. Clark Chandler and Mrs. J. M. Berthold of Oak Grove; Messrs. Deck, Charter, Dock and Jeff all of Yoakum, and Gene of Halletsville, who is now Sheriff of Lavaca county. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones in this sad hour.
Golden Locks

Weimar Mercury, December 6, 1912
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Houchins, John Oscar

John Oscar Houchins

JOHN OSCAR HOUCHINS was born on November 18th, 1939 and passed away on April 29, 2008. He was a native of Weimar, Texas and the only child of Oscar Houchins and Mary Elizabeth Houchins. He attended Weimar public schools and was graduated from Weimar High School in 1958. His education is as follows; Baylor University-B.A., 1961; University of Pennsylvania- Wharton School of Finance- M.B.A., 1962; Baylor University School of Law- L.L.B., 1966; and Member of Texas State Bar- practicing Lawyer over 40 years. He was an outstanding athlete in Weimar, Texas as an all district quarterback of the football team, and pitcher on the baseball team. He also starred in basketball and participated on the track team. In the 1970's and 1980's he practiced law and was the proprietor of John Houchins and Sons, a manufacturer of shovels, wheelbarrows, and other hardware equipment with plants located in Weimar and Schulenburg Texas. He was appointed by Governor Mark White to the Texas Water Development Board in 1985. Since then he engaged in full time practice of law specializing in municipal and water law. He represented a number of prominent water control districts, landowners, and municipal utility districts in Texas and California. His hobbies were studying genealogy, Texas history, collecting antique guns, hunting, and outdoor activities. He was recognized as a national authority on L.C. Smith Guns and published a book on the subject entitled L.C. Smith, The Legend Lives. He also authored articles for the Double Gun Journal. He was an active member of the Order of Odd Fellows Sovereign Grand Lodge. Mr. Houchins is survived by his daughter Heather Houchins Morrow and her husband Doug Morrow of Houston, his son Walker Houchins of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, his cousin Elizabeth Shatto Massey of Dallas, and his two half brothers Oscar Houchins Jr. and James Houchins. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary Elizabeth Houchins of Weimar and father Oscar Houchins. The service will be held on Monday, May 5, 2008 at 2:00p.m. in Weimar, Texas at the Hubbard Funeral Home. [Interment in Texas State Cemetery, Austin]

Published in the Houston Chronicle on 5/3/2008.

Houchins, K. W. "Kin"


The remains of K. W. Houchins who died last Thursday at Sugarland of spinal meningitis, where received here Saturday morning and given interment in the city cemetery. There were a large number of relatives and friends present and Rev. Lee Green officiated at the obsequies.

Kin Houchins was born in Lavaca County and would have been 39 years old February 29th. His life was spent here except for the past two years, and for several months he has been at Sugarland as convict guard on the state farm. He leaves an aged mother, Mrs. S. E. Houchins of Yoakum, five sisters, Mrs. Frank Ponnish, Mrs. Al Ponnish, Mrs. Weller and Mrs. Clark Chandler of Yoakum and Mrs. Berthal[sic] of Columbus and five brothers, Gene Houchins of Seclusion, Jeff Houchins of Houston, and Doc, Dick and Chester of Yoakum besides numerous other relatives.

Among the attendants at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ponnish, Mr. and Mrs. Al Ponnish, Mrs. S. E. Houchins, Clark Chandler and daughters Ada and Pinkie, George and John Chaudlet and Pede Rees, all of Yoakum. (Hallettsville Herald)

The Weimar Mercury, January 30, 1904
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Houchins, Mary Beth (Walker)

Houchins Funeral Services Here On April 5

Funeral services for Mrs. Marybeth Houchins, 84, of Weimar were held on April 5 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev. Judith Sellers officiating.

Burial was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Houchins died on April 3 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

A more complete obituary will appear later.

The Weimar Mercury, April 16, 1998
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Hough, Fern


Untimely Death of Popular Girl Graduate of Eagle Lake Hi, Class of 1927, Casts Sorrow Over Entire Community.

Miss Fern Hough, twenty-two years of age, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hough, in Lissie this (Friday) morning a 6 o’clock. For nearly two years Miss Fern has been working In Houston, and was engaged as a Stenographer for W.T. Eldridge, Jr., for some time past. She was taken ill during the first of the week with a severe attack of influenza and other complications. She was brought to her home in Lissie from Houston Monday. Miss Fern was a pretty and attractive girl and was a general favorite with all who knew her, and her death has cast a gloom of sorrow over the entire Lissie community. She attended the Eagle Lake public schools and graduated here with the class of 1927. After her graduation she worked in the grocery department of the Frank Stephens Company store, resigning her position here to take a stenographic course in one of the Houston business colleges. Since completing her business course, she has been employed as stenographer in Houston several months ago having connected herself with the sugar brokerage office under the management of W.T. Eldridge, Jr. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hough of Lissie, five brothers and three sisters, Curtis E. Hough, of Tela, Honduras Central America; Jack, Virgil and Frank, Jr., of Lissie; Mrs. John Kelley of Port Arthur; Mrs. E.H. Causey, and Loraine and Lucille, twins, of Lissie, to whom the Headlight extends its sincerest sympathy in their deep sorrow. Funeral services will be held at the home in Lissie at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Interment will be made in the Lakeside Cemetery at Eagle Lake.

Eagle Lake Headlight; January 3, 1931
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Hough, John Franklin, Jr.

John Franklin Hough Jr., 77, of East Bernard, died Friday, November 11th, 1994 in a Wharton hospital.

Born January 27th, 1917 in Lissie, he was the son of John Franklin Sr. and Maude (Garrett) Hough. A native and life-long resident of the area, Mr. Hough spent his life as a farmer. And in 1947, he married Clara Katharine Graves in Lissie. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army, where he was attached to the famed 36th Division, and served in Italy, Southern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was awarded the EAME Campaign Medal with five Bronze Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead.

Funeral services were held on November 14th at the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with Rev. Sandra Kimbrow, Pastor of Lissie United Methodist Church officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake under the auspices of the American Legion Post 226 of the East Bernard.

Serving as pallbearers were Thomas Roy Tedder, Darrell Tedder, George Causey, Buck Matthews, Shane Hough and Jerry Crane.

Mr. Hough is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Edwin Hough of East Bernard, Jack Wayne "Bubba" and Patty Hough of Lissie, Randy Allen and Lisa Hough and Ricky Ray and Suzanne Hough, all of East Bernard; seven grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, on April 16th, 1990; four brothers and four sisters.

Colorado County Citizen, November 16, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Hough, Ricky Ray


Mr. Ricky Ray Hough, age 49, of East Bernard, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was born on June 17, 1956, in Eagle Lake, the son of the late John F. and Clara Graves Hough.

Mr. Hough was a life-time resident of East Bernard. He was a 1974 graduate of East Bernard High School and later attended and graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Agribusiness. On January 15, 1988, he married the former Miss Suzanne Hlozek in East Bernard. Mr. Hough worked in the agriculture industry in the sales department of Boettcher Hlavinka Company. He previously worked for Shoppa's Farm Supply in the East Bernard area. Ricky enjoyed being with his children, hunting and having fun with the Bimbo Cookers and members of the Black Jack Ranch deer camp.

Funeral services were held on Friday June 9, 2006, at 2PM from the chapel of Wharton Funeral Home in Wharton with The Reverend Don Storey officiating. Graveside services followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Hough of East Bernard; sons, John Jacob Hough and Jeremy Wade Hough both of East Bernard, brothers Charlie Hough of East Bernard, Jack "Bubba" Hough and wife, Patti of Lissie, and Randy Hough and wife, Lisa of East Bernard.

Pallbearers were Stephen Dybala, Corey Hough, Brady Hough, Cole Hough, Dusty Hough, Eugene Dusek, Bud Graves, and Darryl Kutach.

Honorary Pallbearers were William Dybala, members of the Bimbo Cookers, and the Black Jack Ranch deer camp.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Wharton Funeral Home.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.  

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 15, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Hough, Vera (Marek)

Vera Hough

Vera Hough, 86, of Wharton, passed away Tuesday, January 9 in El Campo.

She was born on May 15, 1920 in Crystal City, Texas.

Vera was a homemaker and was of the Catholic faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Henry, Veronika Marek; husband, Virgil Hough; sisters, Vlasta Petrosky, Rosie Marek, Sophie Walkoviak, Louise Brasher, Lillie Thompson and Antonia Hough; brothers, Edward Marek Jr. and Louis Marek; and stepchildren, Mark Hough and Anita Scotka.

Survivors include stepsons, Edward F. Hough and wife, Margel, of East Bernard and Virgil Hough, Jr. of Brazoria; and sister, Annie Pavalat of Austin.

Visitation was held on Thursday,

January 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services were held on Friday, January 12 at 10 a.m. at the Parish of the Nativity Church in Eagle Lake with the Father Robert Guerra officiating. Burial followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Edward F. Hough II, Garrett Hough, Brady Hough, Cole Hough, Dennis Scotka and Randy Hough.

Honorary pallbearers were Valerie Cheatham, Dr. Nyguen and Dr. Wissinger.

Donations can be given to Hospice Support, Inc. P.O. Box 1417 El Campo, TX 77437.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 18th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Hough, Virgil Eugene Sr.


Virgil Eugene Hough Sr., age 73, of Wharton, passed away March 15, at the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton following a brief illness.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 16 from
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Eagle Lake under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home with Rev. Jesse Euresti officiating.

Burial was in the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Virgil Eugene Hough was born in Lissie August 31, 1914 to John Franklin Hough and Maude Garrett Hough. He lived in Lissie most of his life until moving to the Wharton area a few years ago. He married Vera Marek in Eagle Lake on September 1, 1977 and was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Eagle Lake.

Prior to his retirement Mr. Hough farmed rice in our area most all of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Tony Hough, a son Mark Anthony Hough, two sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Vera Marek Hough of Wharton; daughter, Anita Scotka of Orange Grove; sons Edward Hough of Wharton and Virgil Hough, Jr. of West Columbia; sisters. Opal Causey of Eagle Lake and Adell Kelly of Groves, brother, Frank Hough of Lissie; five grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and loved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, March 24, 1988, page 2

Houillion, Emile

Gov. Hubbard has given a careful consideration to the petition signed by about 400 citizens asking a commutation of the sentence of Emile Houillion, and a protest against a commutation signed by about 300. He found no evidence to authorize executive clemency, Houillion will be hanged at Columbus, today, Friday.

[Elsewhere on same page.]

Emile Houillion, who was to have been hanged at Columbus on Friday, succeeded in cheating justice by taking a dose of strychnine at about 1 o'clock in the morning. He died from the effects of it at 4 o'clock in the morning. He left a note to the sheriff stating that he had had the poison in his possession a long time. He claims to have killed Malsch in self defence. A large crowd had assembled to witness the execution and left very much disappointed.

[Interred at Columbus City Cemetery]

Brenham Weekly Banner, May 31, 1878, page 1

There is a lengthy article, "The Malsch Homicide—Statement by the Wife of Emile Houillion, Now Under conviction of Murder—Causes that Led to the Killing of Malsch—A repentant Woman Pleads in Behalf of her Husband," in The Galveston Daily News, February 28, 1878, page 4.

Houser, Harold Jean


Harold Jean Houser, 72, of Canadian, passed away Sept. 11 at the Hemphill County Hospital in Canadian.

He was born Sept. 6, 1933 in Alma to Guy and Sivela (Jordan) Houser. He graduated from Garwood High School in 1952. He served in the U.S Navy during the Korean War on the USS Virgo, an ammunitiion supply ship from March 9, 1953-March 6, 1957 as a SKT3. He went to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Seminole after his discharge. He retired from them in 1984 in Pampa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Stella Lorraine.

He is survived by his son, Donnie and wife, Genia, of Alpine; grandchildren, Colter, of Alpine, and Alia, of Los Angeles; brother, James T. and wife, Gayle, of Porter; sisters, Margaret Ann Golla, of Alleyton, Kay Berry and husband, David, of Abilene and Sue Knesek and husband, Johnny, of Columbus; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Oct. 15 at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with brother-in-law, David Berry, officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, October 26, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Houston, Gloria Joyce (Hubbard)

Gloria Houston Funeral Services Slated July 1

Funeral srevices for Gloria J. (Hubbard) Houston, 69, of Weimar are planned for Saturday, July 1 at 1:30 p.m. at St. James AME Church in Weimar with Rev. Joyce Mitchell.

Interment will follow at the Paradise Gardens Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home in La Grange.

A more complete obituary will appear later.

Weimar Mercury, June 29, 2006


Sister Gloria Joyce Houston was called from earth to heavan's [sic] reward on Sunday Morning June 25, 2006. She was born August 24, 1936 in Weimar, Texas to Richard and Rosie Mae Hubbard.

She accepted Christ at an early age at St. James A. M. E. Church. She was a very dedicated worker and labored hard in the church. She served as Steward pro tem, Missionary President, Trustee, Stewardess, Church Treasurer, Lay Organization, Usher & Church Secretary.

She graduated from Karl Downs High School in Weimar. On September 23, 1955 she was united in holy matrimony to Melvin Houston. To this union three children were born. She was preceded in death by her mother, father; one son David Arthur Houston; two sisters Bertha Lee Williams & Mary Hubbard; and three brothers Bennie Hubbard, Andrew Hubbard, Sr. & Richard Hubbard, Jr.

Left to cherish her memories are her husband Melvin Houston, one son Melvin Leon and wife Mattie of Weimar; one daughter Sharon Gibbons and husband Philip of Houston; one brother Phil Hubbard of Chula Vista, California; three sisters Lillian Parks of La Grange, Martha Braziel of Weimar & Dorothy Conner of Plum; five sisters-in-law Josephine Hubbard, Ola Mae Hill, Gracie B. Spann, Anna Shaw and Evelyn Hubbard; one brother-in-law Richard Braziel; three grandchildren Teasha Houston, Fucius Houston and Amber Gibbons. Two great-grandchildren Dré Neal Houston and Tré Ahman Houston; one god-daughter Dana McFarland and a host of loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

From the program handed out at the funeral, "The Homecoming Celebration For Sis. Gloria Joyce Houston."
Submitted by Melvin Houston (son)

The Tremendously Transformed Texas Conference Branch Women's Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church Tenth District

Ms. Paula Freeney, Conference President
Mrs. Hazel Bolden-Osborne, Conference YFD Director


Whereas, The members of the Texas Conference Branch of the Women's Missionary Society feel a great loss in the passing of our beloved member, Sis. Gloria Houston, we offer this tribute of love and esteem to her memory on this 1st day of July in the year 2006.

Be it resolved, that we bow in humble submission to the will of our Heavenly Father who doeth all things well, and that we extend to her family our deepest sympathy; and that we thank the Lord for the privilege of having known and loved this dear woman was was so interested in the Women's Missionary Society and always enjoyed the meetings, fellowships and the work of missions that brought joy to her heart and hands.

Be it resolved further, that we will forever cherish her memory and emulate her admirable traits and strive to meet her in the home where she so often said she was going.

Finally, be it resolved that a copy of this resolution will be kept by the Women's Missionary Society and a copy will be given to the family.

Lovingly submitted,
Sis. Barbara Kirby, Conference Corresponding Secretary
Sis. Paula Freeney, Conference President


On behalf of the Lucy M. Hughes Missionary Society of St. James A. M. E. church, in sincerity extend our deepest sympathy to her family, friends and co-laborers in this hour of bereavement.

In the passing of Sis. Gloria Houston, we sincerely recognize that we have lost a faithful member of our missionary society. She was a member of this society since she was a young women. She was the president of the Lucy M. Hughes society for at least twenty years. We have lost an ardent and devoted laborer in our church and our community have lost a warm and sympathetic friend.

Her home-going has caused great sadness. She was a faithful Christian leader, true to God's Word and loyal to her church and friends. She knew the true meaning of friendship and never counted the cost of loyalty. There are many in her immediate surroundings who weep today for they have lost the best friend they ever had. She invested all her life for God and dedicated her whole life to God's glory. Her life's work spread from her home, into the community at large and as a member of the church. Her testimony was always constructive and faithful.

The love of Christ and for Christ, was the main-spring of her life. Her heart had but one throne and Christ sat upon that throne. Christ was her all in all. She had a heart through which God loved, a voice throught which God spoke, and hand through which God helped.

Her whole life was dedicated to God and we shall miss her but pray that another will be inspired to carry on in the work of the Lord as she did so fervently.

Humbly Submitted,
The Lucy M. Hughes Missionary Society
St. James A. M. E. Church
Rev. Joyce Mitchell, Pastor
Sis. Barbara Kirby, Church Secretary

Houston, Sam

Sam Houston 75 Years of Age, Ground To Death Under the Wheels of Freight Engine

The body of Sam Houston, an old negro about 75 years of age, was severed near the waist line and horribly mangled under the wheels of a Southern Pacific freight train in the west end of the yards here at about half past four o'clock Monday afternoon.

The old negro made his home with the O. G. Pophanken family, occupying a servant's house in the yard and was on his way there, which is the old Capt. Ziegler homestead west of town when the accident occurred.

He was noticed by parties at the West End Filling Station as he was making his way along the side of the track, with the train approaching from behind. He appeared to be walking along the top of a slight grade at the side of the track. As the grade grew narrower on top at this point he is believed to have stepped down from the grade to the tracks when he was struck and killed by the engine.

The old man is said to have been an exceptionally good negro, of the old slavery time kind. He came to Eagle Lake about two years ago with the Pophanken family from Bartlett. He has been with the family for many years and was regarded by the family as a mighty good old negro man.

Portions of the mangled body, scattered for some distance along the tracks, were gathered up the local colored undertaker, T. M. Penn, and prepared for burial. [Interment in Eagle Lake Community Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 29, 1927
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Houtzer, Freida (Klimple)

Freida Houtzer

Funeral services were held for Freida R. Houtzer February 1 at Henneke Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating. Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Freida .R. Houtzer, 74, was born June 9, 1910 in Fayette County to Herman Klimple and August Mickalak Klimple.

She was affiliated with the Lutheran church and resided most of her life in Houston.

Survivors are. five daughters, Ruby DeDear of Victoria, Margaret Zajicek of Columbus, Lillian Kuckerka[sic] of New Braunfels, Delores Lundquist of San Antonio, Evelyn Neuendorff of Pasadena; three sons, Max E. Brune of Houston, Harold J. Brune of San Antonio, Eugene Billy Sambera of Houston; six brothers, Ernest Klimple of Wharton, Otto Klimple of Columbus, Herman Klimple of Eagle Lake, Edgar Klimple of Stafford, Oddie Klimple of El Campo, Fred Klimple of Wallis; thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Max Brune II, Mike Rawls, David Rush, Dennis Kuckerka[sic], Scott Neuendorff, and Larry Zajicek.

Funeral services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, February 9, 1984, page 2

Howard, Anna (Hillje)

Graveside Rites Held Here for Mrs. Howard, 88

Mrs. Annie Hillje Howard, 88, of San Antonio was buried in Masonic Cemetery here Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 4 after 11 a.m. services at St. Paul Episcopal Church in San Antonio.

Mrs. Howard, who lived at 217 Rosemary Ave., died Saturday at a San Antonio hospital.

Born in 1879, she was a daughter of Fritz and Elise F. Herder Hillje. Her husband, John F. Howard, died Dec. 17, 1933, and a son, Ensign Jack H. Howard, was lost at sea during World War II, on July 5, 1943. Two other sons died as infants, John F. on Sept 9, 1901, and Frederick on April 19, 1911.

Mrs. Howard is survived by one son, Ross Hillje Howard, and one daughter, Mrs. John F. Miller, both of San Antonio; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Three brothers also preceded her in death, George F., Emil, and another who died at High Hill

The Weimar Mercury, September 5, 1968
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Howard, Cicero


Cicero Howard, one of the most prominent colored citizens of this community, whose death was reported in last week’s Headlight, was buried in the U. B. F. cemetery last Sunday afternoon at two o’clock. The funeral was one of the largest colored funerals ever witnessed in Eagle Lake. Cicero was an exceptionally good negro and was a leader among his race. He enjoyed the friendship of both white and colored people and was one of the old citizens of the town. With the first issue of the Headlight printed, Cicero became a subscriber to the paper, and only a short while ago informed the editor that he had not missed reading a single issue of the paper since it had been established.--Eagle Lake Headlight.

Weimar Mercury, January 24, 1919, page 7


Cicero Howard, perhaps the most prominent, and certainly one of the best men in the county, died at his residence in Eagle Lake Thursday, and was buried Sunday evening. Cicero was a good citizen, was always found on the moral side of every question that arose, and doubtless wielded a greater influence for good among the colored race than any man in the county. Before the advent of the whiteman’s primary, when the negroes voted solidly, he was county commissioner from this precinct for a number of years. He had been living here nearly forty years, and was unquestionably the leader of the negores[sic] in this vicinity, if not in the entire county, and will be greatly missed by them.

Colorado County Citizen, January 17, 1919, page 5

Howard, Clarence M. Jr.


On last Saturday at 12:30 o’clock a little son was born to Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Howard of Kendleton at the Baptist Hospital in Houston. The happiness and gladness experienced through the arrival of this babe was of short duration, as the spirit of the little one was called to its heavenly home after only about six hours on this earth.
The little form was brought to Schulenburg to the home of his grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. J. F. Lessing, from which it was conveyed to Weimar, interment taking place in the Weimar cemetery Monday afternoon at 2 p. m., Rev. Walker of Waelder officiating.--Schulenburg Sticker.

Weimar Mercury, February 10, 1933l, page 4

Howard, George


George Howard, 94, passed away March 26 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born in Altair, Nov. 20, 1909 to Wesley and Myrtle Howard and married Ethel Person Feb. 26, 1945. He maintained the rice fields of Roy and Lawrence Stallman and produced some of the largest watermelons in the state. He was a deacon of South Point Baptist Church and spent the last several years at River Oaks Health Care Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

He is survived by sons, George Howard Jr. and Otis McGrew; daughters, Myrtle Scott and Helen Hearn; 14 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted April 3 at South Point Baptist Church in Garwood, Vox Populi Community, with the Rev. Dave Curry and the Rev. Truman Scott officiating. Interment followed in Williams Paradise Cemetery in Garwood, Vox Populi Community.

The Colorado County Citizen, April 7, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Howard, Grant "Curley"

Eagle Lake, March 16.--News has just reached town of the killing of Grant Howard, a negro, about 25 years old, by Stapp Lott, a young negro of about 18 years. The killing occurred on Joe Rasesky’s farm about five miles from Eagle Lake. A double barrel shotgun was used, the whole load of small shot taking effect in Howard’s neck. The killing occurred about 2 o’clock this afternoon. after the killing Lott took to the bottoms and has not been captured, but officers from here have gone in pursuit of him.

Weimar Mercury, March 23, 1907, page 2

Eagle Lake, March 18.--Constable J. M. Callison went at once to the scene of the killing on Joe Rosesky’s place, an account of which appeared in Saturday’s News, and arrested Platt Lott, who is charged with killing Grant Howard, better known among the colored people as “Curley” Howard. The Lott negro is only about 12 years old and from Constable Callison, who made the arrest, the News correspondent learns that the killing was accidental. It seems that several negro boys were preparing to go hunting and were tussling with a loaded gun, when the gun was in some manner discharged, the entire load of small shot taking effect in Howard’s neck, marking a hole large enough to put a man’s fist into, from which death resulted immediately. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 23, 1907, page 8

Howard, John

Eagle Lake Items

Two good freedmen, Rance Williams and John Howard, died in this community last week. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, Februry 12, 1891

Howard, John Francis Jr.

John Francis Howard, the 3 1/2 months’ old son of Mr. J. F. Howard and wife (nee Miss Annie Hillje), died in San Antonio Monday night and was brought here for burial Tuesday afternoon, the little body, so racked and tortured by sickness, being laid to rest in the Hillje lot of the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, Rev. W. C. Bracewell, the Methodist pastor officiating at the grave. Masters Leo Walker, Henry Ahlers, James Green and Kyle Brooks acted as pall bearers. Quite a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends witnessed the last sad rites. To the grief stricken parents in the loss of their beloved and only child the heartfelt sympathy of this entire community is extended. God be with and comfort them in their affliction, is the sincere wish of the Mercury

The floral decorations placed upon the grave of little John Francis Howard last Tuesday afternoon were the prettiest ever seen in this section.

Weimar Mercury, September 14, 1901

Howard, Johnny Jr.

Johnny Howard, Jr.

November 1, 1925 - January 13, 1990

Johnny Howard Jr., 64, of Eagle Lake, died on January 13,1990. He was born on November 1,1925 in Eagle Lake, a son of the late Johnny and Mattie Howard Sr. He attended school in the Matthews area. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include two sisters, Juannita Evans and Gussie Winslow, both of Houston; three daughters, Opaline, Gladys and Lisa; two grandchildren; one niece; one nephew, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17,1990 from Providence Baptist Church with Rev. Coby Shorter Jr., Pastor, officiating. Burial followed at Eagle Lake Community Cemetery [East]. Mann's Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Willie Frazier, Edward Knight, Roosevelt Carson Jr., Robert Boone, Boyce Williams, Robert L. Baines. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 8, 1990
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Howard, Ross Hillje

Graveside Rites For Ross Howard Set Here Thursday

Graveside services will be held at Masonic Cemetery here Thursday, Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. for Ross Hillje Howard, 51, who died Monday in a San Antonio hospital.

The son of John Franklin and Anna Hillje Howard, he was born Oct. 15, 1918, in San Antonio.  His brother, Ensign Jack B. Howard, a World War II casualty is buried here, and his mother was buried here last September.  She was a daughter of Fritz and Elise F. Herder Hillje.

Mr. Howard is survived by one one[sic], Robert  Ross Howard, a student at Texas Tech; two daughters, Miss Shelia Marie Howard also at Texas Tech, and Miss Sharon Ann Howard of Honolulu, Hawaii; and one sister, Mrs. John E. (Kathleen) Miller of San Antonio.

Weimar Mercury, January 22, 1970, page 5
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Howard, Sylvia

Sylvia Howard

Sylvia Howard was born in Eagle Lake March 18, 1909 to Jack Howard and Mary Hurd-Howard.

She confessed a belief in Christ at an early age. Because of commitment to her parents, family, and Christian belief, she remained unmarried and childless.

She is preceded in death by her siblings, Donnie M. Alley, Leola Spann, Lillie M. Glover, Dennis Howard and Lonnie Howard. Sylvia is survived by a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 5 at 11 a.m. at Greater Union Baptist Church in Matthews with Rev. H.O. Williams officiating.

Interment followed at Union Hill Cemetery in Matthews.

Pallbearers were Kenny Coates, Alvin Milligan, Frank E. Matthews, Earnest Glover, Robert Davis and Jimmy Foster.

Honorary pallbearers were Lonnie Alley, Rev. Ira Cotton, George Tillman, Ellis Hurd, Arvis Bluntson, Nathaniel Cephos and Dr. Lonnie L. Howard.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 10th, 2009

Howe, Charles

Mr. Charles Howe

The death of Mr. Charles Howe occurred at his home at Mentz Friday, following an illness of several months. Funeral was held from the home Saturday, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of this place officiating, and burial took place at Zoar Lutheran cemetery.

Mr. Howe was born near New Ulm March 29th, 1892. He married Miss Mary Islet some fifty years ago. He was one of the substantial pioneer citizens of this county, and was known and loved by a large circle of friends. He is survived by the wife and a number of nephews and nieces, to whom the sympathy of the community is extended

Colorado County Citizen, February 14, 1935

Howland, Elijah Piggott

ENTERED INTO REST.--Mr. Elijah Pigott Howland departed this life May 12, 1896, at the residence of Mr. J. J. Pinchback, and his remains interred in the Miller burying ground, [Pinchback Cemetery] Rev. H. C. Howard officiating. Mr. Howland was born in Newburne, North Carolina, July 31, 1814. He removed to Texas in 1839, and settled in La Grange, Fayette county, and was for some times sheriff of that county. He was married to Mrs. Eveline Griffin (nee Sinngs) of Fayette couty, on the 19th day of June, 1844. She died March 27, 1860, leaving four children, all of whom are married: viz: Mrs. Alia Pinchback of Columubus, Mr. E. P. Howland of Pettus City, Mrs. Ellie Wright of Columbus and Mr. C. D. Howland of Altair. Mr. Howland;s last days were peaceful. Surrounded by his children and grand-children, he passed to his everlastling rest.

Colorado Citizen, May 21 1896

 Mr. E. P. Howland, a respected citizen of this county, died Monday night at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. John J. Pinchback, south of Columbus, aged 84 yeas. He leaves many relatives and friends throughout the county to mourn his death. [Interment in Pinchback Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, May 16, 1896, page 5

Hoyo, Christ Peter


Funeral services for C. P. Hoyo, 86, who spent his boyhood in Weimar and later moved to Eagle Lake where he prospered in rice farming, were held Christmas Day at the First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake.

Rev. Albert Brown officiated, and interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.

A native of Buffalo, New York he was born January 21, 1862, and came to Texas with his family at the age of two, settling in Weimar. On his 23rd birthday, January 21, 1885, he married Miss Elizabeth Miles at Live Oak. In 1902 he moved to Eagle Lake, where he was widely known in rice farming and later as a partner in the Eagle Lake Grain Company. His wife died in 1925, and in 1927 he married Mrs. Mary Emma Manning Fuller at Eagle Lake.

A deacon in the Baptist church, he was a director of the First National Bank at Eagle Lake, and a Rotarian. He spent 20 years as a school trustee and was associated with the American Rice Growers Association. He supervised building rice canals for the Lakeside Irrigation Company.

Survivors include his wife; an adopted daughter, Mrs. Christine McDonald; stepsons Everett and Roger Fuller of Houston, and Dr. Ralph Fuller of Austin; a brother, George Hoyo, of the Oak Grove community near Weimar; half-brothers, Frank Obenhaus of San Antonio, Adolph Obenhaus of Electra; Henry, Vernon and Otto Obenhaus of Cuero; and seven grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, January 2, 1948, page 1

Hoyo, Elizabeth Victoria (Miles)


The sad news was received here on Monday of the death of Mrs. C. P. Hoyo, which occurred at the family home near Eagle Lake that morning, after a long illness. The funeral took place at Eagle Lake Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, with interment in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Hoyo lived in our city for many years, moving from here to Eagle Lake many years ago, where Mr. Hoyo engaged in the rice business.

Mrs. Hoyo was a lady of many excellent and endearing traits, highly regarded by all who knew her, a faithful, devoted wife and mother, and the best of neighbors. Her death is sincerely deplored by many old-time friends of this city and section.

Weimar Mercury, May 29, 1925, page 1

Hoyo, George Peter

George P. Hoyo, 93, Succumbs; Rites Monday

Death came quietly last Saturday to the oldest citizen in the Weimar area, George Peter Hoyo, 93, of Oak Grove, who had lived there for more than 80 years.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, June 9, from Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Clifton Rodgers, a grandson, officiated in the rites.

Mr. Hoyo had been ill for about six months. Until that time he had gone about his farm chores with a vigor that was remarkable in a man his age.

Born in Buffalo, New York, December 2, 1858, he came to Oak Grove with his parents, John and Mary Hoyo, in 1870. In 1884 Mr. Hoyo married Miss Emma Schmidt at La Grange, and they settled at Oak Grove. The home in which they set up housekeeping was still Mr. Hoyo’s home until two years ago, when it burned to the ground. Mr. Hoyo suffered minor burns and some shock, but made a quick recovery. Mrs. Hoyo preceded him in death in 1937. Mr. Hoyo was a member of the Lutheran Church.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Clara Hoyo Rodgers of Route 3, Weimar; two sons, George A. Hoyo and John C. Hoyo, both of San Antonio; three half-brothers, Henry C. Obenhaus of Electra, Frank F. Obenhaus of San Antonio and Otto Obenhaus of Vernon; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A son. Henry G. Hoyo, died in 1947 at the age of 57; a brother Chris P. Hoyo, was a few days less than 86 when he died in 1948; a sister, Mrs. Mary Bater, and a half-sister, Mrs. Hanna Wiesling, also preceded him in death.

Pallbearers at the service were Billie Bob Alexander, Herbert Muse, G. E. Rodgers, Elmo Lamkin, John C. Hoyo Jr., and Leo Kohleffel.

Weimar Mercury, June 12, 1952, page 1

Hoyo, Henry G.

Funeral Services For Henry Hoyo Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Henry G. Hoyo, 57, of Houston, native of the Oak Grove section, were held here Sunday afternoon, July 6, from the Hubbard Funeral Home, the Rev. Daniel Hogan and Rev. Clifton Rodgers officiating.

Interment was in the Weimar Cemetery.

Born at Oak Grove in 1897, Mr. Hoyo was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George P. Hoyo of that section. He had lived in Houston for 15 years and was associated with the Southern Pacific Lines for 30 years. He was employed in the clerical department at the time of his death, and was a member of the Baptist Church, the Blue Bonnet Lodge, A. F. & A. M. of San Antonio.

Survivors are his father, George P. Hoyo of Weimar, a sister, Mrs. Clara Rodgers of Weimar; two brothers, George A. and John C., both of San Antonio; four nieces and three nephews.

Weimar Mercury, July 11, 1947, page 1

Hoyo, John C.

Judge Hoyo Dies After Stroke On Job in San Antonio

Judge John C. Hoyo of San Antonio, native of Weimar, died in San Antonio Nov. 12 at the age of 66.

He was stricken Nov. 10 as he was instructing 500 prospective jurors in Probate court and remained unconscious in Baptist Memorial hospital until his death.

His appointed term of office as Judge of the 150th Judicial district would have expired Jan. 1. In order to take that post, Judge Hoyo dissolved the law firm of Hoyo, Shelton and Haight. The 3 were planning to reopen the firm next year.

One of 3 honor students when he graduated from the University of Texas in 1916, Judge Hoyo was elected city attorney of Weimar after getting home from college.

During World War I, he joined the navy, emerging as an ensign 2 years later. In the early 20’s he was elected judge of Colorado county, serving one term; later opening law practice in Seguin. In 1927, he was elected county attorney of Guadalupe county.

He moved to San Antonio in 1930, practicing law for 10 years before he was elected state representative, in which office he served 3 terms, afterwards resuming law practice in San Antonio.

He is survived by his widow, the former Katherine Haensel, whom he married in 1933; and a son, John C. Hoyo Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, November 20, 1958, page 1B
[John C. Hoyo was born July 20, 1891, son of George and Emma (Schmidt) Hoyo]

Hoyo, Mary Emma (Manning) Fuller

Mrs. C. P. Hoyo Passes bay Monday

Another long-time resident of the Eagle Lake community passed away this week when Mrs. C. P. Hoyo succumbed to a heart attack at 4:05 p.m. Monday, February 24th, in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. Mrs. Hoyo had been Ill for some time but her death came suddenly and brought great sadness to her friends in the community.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26th, from the chapel of the Mill - Bauer Funeral Home with the Rev. Henry Adrion of Houston, formerly pastor of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, officiating at the services. Mrs. Clara May Nash played favorite hymns at the organ.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Ralph Fuller, Jr., A. B. Rojas, W. M. Thomas, Jr., James E. Sontag, Carson Sublett, and Louts E. Fuller, Jr.

Mrs. Hoyo, nee Mary Emma Manning was born October, 27th, 1890 in Wellborn, Texas, the daughter of W. E. and Ella Manning. She was united in marriage with L. O. Fuller in Hempstead on July 8, l908. He preceded her in death. She was married to C. P. Hoyo in Richmond, Texas on Nov. 16, 1927. He preceded her in death on Dec 23, 1947.

Surviving are three sons, Louis Everett Fuller of Roans Prairie, Texas; Roger Eugene Fuller of Sugar Land, Texas; and Ralph S. Fuller of Austin, Texas; and other relatives.

Mrs. Hoyo became a member of the Baptist Church at the early age of fifteen and was an active member of the church all of her life. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star

She shall, be dearly missed by loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 29, 1969
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Hoyt, Virginia Kizer (Goeppinger)


Virginia Goeppinger Hoyt, 92, of Columbus, passed away Feb. 12 at Triumph Hospital Southwest in Houston.

She was born Jan. 6, 1913 to John Henry and Kizer (McCane) Goeppinger. She was a member of Bellaire Methodist Church in Houston and UDC.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Dora G. Denson and Mildred G. "Pete" Scrogin; and grandson, Christopher C. Bilbo.

She was survived by daugther, Nancy Hoyt Bennet of Sugar Land; son, John Clinton Hoyt and wife, Shelley, of Houston; grandchildren, Michael Allen Hoyt, John William Hoyt, Paul Andrew Hoyt and Chad Hayden Bennett; and seven great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 with the Rev. Leah King officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, February 23, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Hrachovy, Georgia (Cernik)


Georgia Chernik Hrachovy, 86, passed away on April 25, in California.

Hrachovy, a long time resident of Colorado County, was born on March 11, 1921 to Joe Chernik and Lydia (Koehl) Chernik. She attended Santa Anna School and graduated from La Grange High School as the salutatorian. She then received her teacher's certificate from Sam Houston Teacher's College and ended up teaching at Santa Anna School. She married Ben J. Hrachovy on May 12, 1941 and relocated to California where they lived for 41 years. They returned to Texas in 1982 to her childhood home where they lived for their retirement years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Czech Heritage Society, Colorado County Historical Commission, the Columbus Garden Club, St. Anthony's Catholic Church and Bible Study.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include one daughter, Melinda H. Lyon of Calabasas, Calif.; two sons, David J. Hrachovy and wife Carole of Corona, Calif. and Thomas J. Hrachovy and wife Lisa of Yorba Linda, Calif.; four grandchildren, John Lyon, Christopher Hrachovy, Sara Hrachovy and Matthew Hrachovy; two sisters Jo Lene Whitehurst of Houston and Lou Ann Meyers of Seguin.

Services will be conducted starting with visitation at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus on May 4 at 3 p.m. followed by a rosary at 7 p.m. The funeral Mass will take place Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellinger with interment in the La Grange City Cemetery in La Grange.

Memorial suggestions are to St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Czech Cultural Center in La Grange, American Heart Association or charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, May 2, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Hrncir, Alma (Wornat)

Alma Hrncir Funeral Services Held March 5

Alma (Wornat) Hrncir, 87, of Weimar died March 3 in Weimar. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 5 at the New Bielau Church with Rev. Ernest Dean officiating.

Interment followed in the New Bielau Cemetery.

Alma was born Sept. 11, 1918 in New Bielau to Gus A. and Louise (Winkler) Wornat.

She attended Harmony School.

Alma married Leo Hrncir on Jan. 27, 1958 in Rosenberg.

She lived 26 years in Weimar and she also lived in Rosenberg. She enjoyed being a housewife.

Alma was a member of the Ladies Aid Society of New Bielau Church.

She is survived by her husband, Leo of Weimar, daughter, Carol (Hrncir) Kullman; and brother, Richard O. Wornat of Pearl River, La.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Elsie Noack and Agnes Reue; brothers, Charles, Fred, Gus and George Wornat.

Pallbearers were Dale Koehn, Allen Bellamy, Ray Corcoran, Al Marshall, Rory Koehn, and Reuben Otto.

Weimar Mercury, March 9, 2006

Hromadka, Bennie

Heart Attack Is Fatal to B. Hromadka

Bennie Hromadka, 43-year-old father of 7 young boys, fell dead of a heart attack at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday while on the job as an electrician and crew foreman for the City of Weimar.

Fellow workers said he was rolling a spool of wire at the intersection of the Oakland road and Interstate 10, at the edge of town, where the City was taking down some overhead power lines replaced by underground cable, when he suddenly collapsed. He apparently died within a few seconds.

He had had a mild heart attack about five years ago but had made a complete recovery.

Funeral Thursday

Funeral services will begin at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at Hubbard Funeral Home, continuing with services at 10 a.m. in St. Michael's Catholic Church. Rev. Albert Hubertus will be celebrant of the mass; participating also will be Rev. John C. Bily, Rev. Wm. Halata, and Rev. Lambert Laskowski.

Pallbearers will be his fellow City workers. Local veterans will conduct a graveside military service in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mr. Hromadka had worked for the City of Weimar 8 years and was considered one of its most valued employees. He was a life-long resident of this area.

Overseas Veteran

Born Nov. 19, 1923, at Dubina, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hromadka. He served 3½ years in the Army during World War II, including 2½ years overseas. He married Miss Dorothy Michalec on June 18, 1946. Before taking the job with the City, he had worked for Brasher Motor Co. and then Brandt Motor Co. as a mechanic. He was a member of the Weimar Fire Department, the KJT, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He is survived by his wife and 7 sons, Bennie Jr., 16, Sammie, 14, Joseph, 13, Paul, 11, twins Larry and Gary, 6, and Bruce, 23 months; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hromadka of Ammannsville; 3 brothers, Jeff and Leo of Houston and Eddie of Bleiblerville; and 5 sisters, Mrs. Kenneth (Rosie) Smith of Houston, Mrs. John (Albina) Janda and Mrs. Albert (Lillie) Janacek of La Grange, Mrs. Ed (Marcella) Cernoch of Holman and Mrs. Anton (Mary) Masek of Sierra Blanca. Two brothers preceded him in death, George as an infant and Joseph at the age of 8.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, May 6, 1965
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Hromadka, Dorothy Josephine (Michalec)

Dorothy Josephine Michalec Hromadka, 86, of Weimar, died Monday, July 9.

She was born Sept. 25, 1925 in Komensky to the late Joseph V. and Anastazia Rybac Michalec. In addition to raising her seven sons as a widow from the age of 39, Mrs. Hromadka retired from Youens Memorial Hospital at age 79 after 37 years of service. She loved music, gardening, cooking, canning and playing dominoes.

Funeral services were held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar on Thursday, July 12. Interment was at the St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery in Weimar. Pallbearers included nine of Mrs. Hromadka’s grandsons, James, Tim, Clayton, Ryan, Russell, Jay, Mike, Ryan and Matthew.

Survivors include Mrs. Hromadka's sons, Bennie Hromadka Jr. and wife Nancy of Hico, Sam Hromadka and wife Barbara of Highlands, Joe Hromadka of Weimar, Paul Hromadka and wife Laura of Lake Jackson, Gary Hromadka and wife Donna of La Grange, Larry Hromadka and wife Diane of Houston, and Bruce Hromadka and wife Virginia of Weimar; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Pavlicek of Moulton and Viola Kresta of San Antonio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin F. Hromadka Sr.; parents; two brothers, Victor and William Michalec of Weimar; and sister, Martha Freytag of Flatonia.

Schulenburg Sticker, Jul 31, 2012
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Hromadka, Terezie

Final Rites for Mrs. Hromadka Held at Dubina

At 12 o'clock noon Sunday, May 3, when 104-year-old Gus Gabert died, Mrs. Terezie Hromadka, 95, became Weimar's oldest resident. At 6 o'clock that evening she, too, succumbed, ending a five-month illness.

A great-great-grandmother, she had lived at Dubina since her marriage 75 years ago to George Hromadka and during her last illness she had been living with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. J. Adamcik, in Weimar.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning, May 5, at Hubbard Funeral Home and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church, Dubina, with Rt. Rev. Msgr. A. F. Drozd, Rev. Thomas O'Callaghan and Rev. Thomas Flanagan officiating. Burial was in the Dubina cemetery.

Mrs. Hromadka was born at Praha, Texas, Oct. 15, 1865. Her husband preceded her in death June 15, 1916, and for the past many years she had made her home with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hromadka of Dubina. She was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church and the Christian Mothers Society.

Surviving in addition to her daughter and son are 16 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, 2-year-old Belinda Kay Sitka.

Pallbearers for her services were her grandsons, Eddie F. Adamcik of Bellaire; Henry A. Adamcik, Joe V. Adamcik and Bennie Hromadka of Weimar; and Jeffrey Hromadka and Leo Hromadka, Jr. of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, May 8, 1959
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hruska, Charles John

Charles J. Hruska

Funeral services for Charles J. Hruska, 89, were scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Henneke Funeral Home, with Rev. Gordon Hejl and Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating.

Interment will be in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Hruska died Sunday evening at Caroline Wheeler Nursing Home In Houston. He had been at the nursing home for seven months.

Hruska was born July 9, 1892 in Fayetteville, the son of Thomas and Anna Havlik Hruska.

He married Terezie Vaclavik on Nov. 9, 1915 at St. John's Church in Fayetteville. His wife preceded him in death on Jan. 27, 1981.

Hruska resided in Columbus for 61 years and worked for himself as a farmer. He was a member of the Fayetteville Brethren Church and the S.P.J.S.T. of Ellinger.

He Is survived by three daughters, Edna Urban of Columbus, Lillian McKinney Rice of Houston and Evelyn Barrett of Columbus; a brother, Ed Hruska of Columbus; eight grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Hruska was preceded in death by two sisters, Annie Duckett and Frances Vavra; three brothers, Dr. Thomas Hruska, Joe Hruska and Henry Hruska; and one grandson, Howard Barrett.

Pallbearers at the funeral were L. J. Urban, Rex McKinney, Steve Cumble, Charles Barrett, Wade Prause and Sidney Rutta.

Colorado County Citizen, November 26, 1981, page 2

Hruzek, Adolph J. Jr.


A.J. Hruzek Jr., 59, of Columbus, passed away March 17 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born in El Campo, July 1, 1944 to Adolph J. Hruzek Sr. and Frances (Lundquist) Hruzek. He was the valedictorian of his graduating class from Rock Island High School, a member of Texas Cattleman's Association, graduate of Wharton County Junior College and a graduate of the University of Texas with a business administration degree and pre-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Richard Hruzek.

He is survived by sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Wayne Behlen of Columbus; nieces, Shelly Behlen Paravic of San Antonio, Sarah Behlen of College Station; and Lauren Behlen of Columbus; and nephew, David Behlen of Columbus.

A memorial service is scheduled at 6 p.m. March 24 at Magnolia Place in Columbus with the Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. No burial has been scheduled at this time. [Place of interment unknown]

The Colorado County Citizen, March24, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen


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Hubenak, Lillian (Slanina)

Lillian Slanina Hubenak

Lillian Slanina Hubenak, 84, passed away April 10 at her residence in Danbury.

She was born in Columbus Oct. 10, 1924 to Vlasta Zaskoda and John Slanina.

She married Clarence L. Hubenak Oct. 12, 1943.

She grew up in Columbus but later moved to Danbury in 1975.

She was a retired grocery store clerk and homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sister, Elsie Davis.

She is survived by daughter, Diane Alexander of Houston; son, Ronald C. Hubenak and his wife Kim of Houston; grandchildren Tammy Alexander Castanie, Veronica Hubenak, Christopher Hubenak, Steven Hubenak, Samantha Jasso, Sydnee Hubenak, Zachary Hubenak, Kimber Hubenak, Caleb Hubenak and Arron Hubenak; and great grandchildren, Katelyn Allen, Jordan Michon, William Michon, Karsyn Jasson and Kalee Jasso.

Funeral services took place Monday, April 13 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus.

Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tammy Alexander, Christopher Hubenak, Steven Hubenak, Samantha Jasso, Sydnee Hubenak and Zachary Hubenak.

Colorado County Citizen, April 15, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Huddleston, Michele Susan

10-Mo.-Old Girl Killed; Mother’s Condition Grave

An early morning crash on a San Antonio expressway last Friday, June 10, was fatal for 20-months-old Michele Susan Huddleston, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lebeda of Weimar.

The baby’s mother, Mrs. Rita Jo (Lebeda) Huddleston, was taken to San Antonio’s Methodist Hospital, where her condition Tuesday was still grave.

The little girl died at the hospital about four hours after the car driven by her mother collided with a cement truck going the same direction on the expressway. They were on their way to the home of Mrs. Huddleston’s sister, Mrs. John (Clarice) Tobin.

Neither was thrown from the car. Michele’s injury was a blow to the head. Hr mother has a crushed chest, massive internal injuries, and a broken leg.

Funeral services for Michele were held Sunday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Rev. Albert Hubertus and Rev. John Bily officiated.

Pallbearers were Paul Billeck, Edwin Joe Anders, Joseph Sassin and Pat Hluchanek.

Weimar Mercury, June 16, 1966, page 1


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Hudson, Chester William


Funeral services were held for Chester William Hudson on Sunday, September 14, 2003 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, Texas. Rev. Floyd Snyder conducted the services. Internment was in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island, Texas.

Chester William Hudson was born on February 23, 1917 in Rock Island, Texas where he lived most of his life. His parents were James William Hudson and Cora Estelle (Smith) Hudson. He passed from this life on Thursday, September 11, 2003 at the age of 86 years and 6 months.

Chester was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters: Mattie Rutta, Beulah Irwin, and Evelyn Gruy; brothers: Ernest Hudson, Earl Hudson, and Lester Hudson; and two sons: James Winnie Hudson and Bobby Ray Hudson.

Mr. Hudson is survived by his wife of 62 years, Billy Jean (Burger) Hudson; his daughters and sons-in-law: Peggy and Earl Pitchford and Sue and Butch Meyer of Columbus, Texas; Judy and Bobby Hopkins and Nancy and Pat Bownds of Rock Island, Texas: sons and daughters-in-law: Randy and Rochelle Hudson of Houston, Texas, and Joe and Sandra Hudson of Liverpool, Texas. His 19 surviving grandchildren include: Kathy Altieri, Gregory Pitchford, and Ann Marie Lowther of Columbus; Debbie Harris, Robin Reynolds, Bobbie Lynn Gustus, Amanda Thompson, Dusty Jackson and Kevin Jackson of Rock Island; Clint Hudson of Eagle Lake; Tiffany Briseno, Joshua Legget, Joe David Hudson, and Jacob Hudson of Liverpool, Texas; Shelli Bubela, David Hudson, Devin Hudson, Misty Hudson, and April Hudson of Hallettsville, Texas.

There are, also, 26 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. One special friend is Sam Goolsby.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Hudson, Calvin Harris, Rodney Gustus, Gregory Pitchford, Kevin Jackson, and Dusty Jackson.

Honorary pallbearers were Earl Pitchford, Butch Meyer, Bobby Hopkins, Pat Bownds, Brandon Thompson, Rob Lowther, Jay Altieri and Mike Reynolds.

Chester Hudson attended the Rock Island Baptist Church as a youth and later became a member of the Rock Island Full Gospel Church where he was faithful during the latter part of his life to attend services 3 times weekly. He, also, enjoyed the lunches at the monthly Ladies' Fellowship Meetings, the church Thanksgiving Luncheon, the Christmas programs, the all-day Easter celebrations, camp meetings, revivals, and gospel singings. He did not want to miss anything. He read his Bible through from cover to cover several times, and he enjoyed singing the old hymns. As a youth and young man Chester looked forward to traveling with his father and brothers to California to help harvest the fruit crops and to Idaho to harvest potatoes. He continued to enjoy traveling and seeing new and historic sites.

He loved gardening and impressed many with his delicious and gigantic tomatoes, which might weigh three or four pounds each. Chester and Billy Jean raised huge gardens yielding abundant crops of peas, beans, cucumbers, squash, peppers, and other vegetables, which they generously shared with others. He sometimes saved one long row in which he planted flowers for his daughters.

He served briefly in the US army. He worked many years as a bookkeeper for Fox Rig and Lumber Company in Rock Island during the years when oil and gas well drilling was flourishing in the county. In addition, he worked for Petro-Tex Chemical Co. in Pasadena, as a janitor at the Rock Island School, Wilrodt Lumber Company in Columbus, Cash Way in Rosenberg, and at Hudson Hardware and Feed Store in Eagle Lake before retiring.

His grandchildren thought that he must be the only person alive who could measure wood in "board feet".

Chester and Billy Jean raised chickens by the hundreds. One to two hundred tiny chicks would arrive at the post office at a time. Chester built pens to protect them. They were fed and cared for until the dreaded day arrived when the ax was brought out, the water was boiling, and the day-long butchering would commence. Wet chicken feathers really stink! Yet, everyone really looked forward to the Sunday lunch consisting of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, and fresh vegetables from the garden.

As a young man, Chester ordered a Charles Atlas Course and began to work hard at building his muscles. You should have seen him in his younger years. Why, we had our own "Arnold"!

Chester loved ice cream, and he enjoyed eating. He spent years searching for just the right recipe for barbeque sauce and sop. It gave him great pleasure to cook for others and to teach his children and grandchildren his secrets for a successful meal.

His father had been a teacher in a one-room school, and Chester possessed a beautiful penmanship and retained a love for reading. Before everyone had television, Chester would spend hours reading Zane Grey westerns to his oldest children. He could quote entire passages from Shakespeare and other favorite poems.

Once on vacation, he spontaneously entertained tourists by quoting the "Gettysburg Address" on the spot of its origin as family members slowly faded away.

As he aged and was unable to continue gardening, he enjoyed television more. Some of his favorite programs included "Jeopardy" and the "Wheel of Fortune" where he tried to solve the answers before the contestants. An avid sports fan he enjoyed watching professional wrestling, Oiler's games, Cowboys' games, Texans' games, Rockets' games, Astros' games, and Comets' games. Once following a heart attack, the doctor ordered him to avoid watching future Oilers' games.

He liked to dress up with sheets and costumes to scare his children and grandchildren, especially on Halloween. This "trait" has been inherited by his grandson, Gregory.

Chester's greatest pride and joy was his family. He bragged on Billy Jean's cooking and any accomplishment of his children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren. He kept up with their sports team scores and scanned the local paper in search of their names on the honor roll lists. He actually embarrassed his own children by bragging on them profusely to friends and acquaintances. As a "Daddy" and "Grandpa", he was loved and admired and will be greatly missed.

Granddaughters, Kathy Altieri, Debbie Harris, and Ann Marie Lowther, sang "The Nail Scarred Hand". Daughters, granddaughters, and a great granddaughter sang "What A Day" during the service. Great grandson, Matthew Harris read a brief summary of Mr. Hudson's life. At the graveside, George Riley and Amanda Querner sang "Because He Lives" and granddaughter, Amanda Thompson sang "Beulah Land". Others singing during the service included Ashley Riley, Jim Adams and Beverly Smith. Additional songs sang at the cemetery were "Meeting in the Air" and "Will the Circle be Unbroken." His son, Joe Hudson, read "Invictus" a poem by William Ernest Henley and great grandson, Brian Harris, played taps.

Colorado County Citizen, September 17, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Hudson, Cora Estelle (Smith)

Mrs. J.W. Hudson Buried in Rock Island Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. J.W. Hudson were held at the First Baptist Church in Rock Island Tuesday afternoon with Rev. John Sheppard of Angleton officiating. Burial was in the Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island. Before the services the body had lain in state in Columbus Funeral Home here.

Mrs. Hudson, mother of Mrs. Charles Rutta of Columbus, died in Columbus hospital Sunday. She was born in Lutie, Mo., Feb. 1, 1884, a daughter of James and Mary Ann Holt Smith. Besides Mrs. Rutta, she is survived by 2 other daughters, Mrs. Jeff Irwin of Rogue River, Ore., and Mrs. H.J. Gruy of Ft. Worth; 4 sons, Ernest, Earl, Chester and Lester of Rock Island; a sister, Mrs. Virgil Hubbard of Missouri, and a brother, Ibe Smith of Oklahoma; also 21 grandchildren. Her husband died in 1950.

Pallbearers were Billy Powell, Pete Eaton, John W.L. Sutherland, John Franks, H.A. Johnson and Dan Hooper Sr.

The Colorado County Citizen, August 4, 1955
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Hudson, Earl Houston


Funeral services for Earl H. Hudson of Rock Island were held at the Rock Island Baptist church of which he was a member last Friday with Rev. Logan Cummings of Columbus officiating.  Mr. Hudson died in  Columbus hospital last Thursday.  Bob Jones sang a solo, “Beyond the Sunset,” at the services, accompanied by Maryln Williams at the piano.

Mr. Hudson was born Dec. 5, 1908 in Protem, Mo., a son of the late Willie and Cora Hudson.  Survivors include 3 sisters, Mrs. Charles Rutta of Columbus, Mrs. Beulah Ervin of Rogue River, Ore. And Mrs. Evelyn Grury of Dallas; 2 brothers, Ernest and Chester Hudson of Rock Island; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Otis Pouncey, Ralph Williams, Dan Hooper Jr., Pete Eaton, Ernest Moss and Max Rogers.  Relatives from out of town included Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Gruy of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Duff of Grand Prairie, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hudson, Mr. and Mrs. Doc Hudson and Mrs. Ola Baxter of Houston; and Pfc. Bob Hudson of Camp Pendleton, Calif. [Intered in Myrtle Cemetery.]

The Colorado County Citizen, March, 1966
Transcribed by David Hahn

Hudson, Ernest

Ernest Hudson, Dies at Dallas; Buried Tuesday

Funeral services for Ernest Hudson, 77, husband of the former Virginia Hubbard of Weimar, were held Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 22, at Cox Chapel of Highland Park Methodist Church, Dallas.

Rev. Kenneth Dickson and Dr. E. B. Bowen officiated. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery there.

Mr. Hudson died Monday after an extended illness.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, John Hubbard Hudson, and three grandchildren, Stephen, Evelyn and Virginia Hudson, all of Dallas.

Honorary pallbearers were Gene E. Thweatt, John A. Wharton, Pat Henry Jr., Clyde Gwinn, B. W. Owen, Donald Duson, Henry Herder, F. F. Brasher and Henry Brasher.

Weimar Mercury, February 24, 1966, page 1

Hudson, Ernest L.


Funeral services were held for Ernest L Hudson on Thursday, January 8, at the First Baptist Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home Rev. Raymond Cox officiated. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Hudson was born on January 15, 1907, in Protem, Missouri to James William Hudson and Cora Estell (Smith) Hudson. He married Mabel Verna (Larson) Hudson on March 15, 1918, in Rock Island, in. ceremonies performed by the bride's father.

In 1950, he returned from California to Rock Island where he owned and operated a grocery store and service station with his wife until retiring in 1969.

In January of 1969, Mr. and Mrs. Hudson moved, to Columbus.

Ernest Hudson was a member of the First Baptist Church and local V.F.W.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, two brother, Lester and Earl Hudson, and one sister, Evelyn Gruy.

Survivors include two sisters, Mattie Krosnick of Columbus and Buelah Irwin of Rogue River, Oregon, one brother, Chester Hudson of Rock Island and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Earl Pitchford, Melvin Meyer, Jerry Hester, Dan Duff, Bob Gruy, and Charles Rutta.

Honorary pallbearers were deacons of the First Baptist Church and all of Mr. Hudson's coffee drinking companions from the City Cafe.

Colorado County Citizen, January 15, 1987, page 2

Hudson, James William

Last Rites Held For J. W. Hudson, 72, At Rock Island

Last rites for James W. Hudson, 72, of Rock Island were held in the Rock Island Baptist church Sunday, with Rev. Norman Roberts and Rev. John Shepherd officiating.  Mr. Hudson, who died in Columbus hospital Friday, was born May 16, 1877, in Missouri, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Hudson.  Mr. Hudson had lived in Rock Island since 1909.  Survivors include his wife; 3 daughters, Mrs. Charles Rutta of Columbus, Mrs. Henry Gray of Dallas, Mrs. Jeff Irwin of Rouge River, Ia; 4 sons, Ernest, Earl, Chester and Lester Hudson, all of Rock Island; 6 sisters, Mrs. C. W. Baxter of Houston, Mrs. Arthur Rozell of Gridley, Calif., Mrs. Sam Rozell of Oklahoma, Mrs. Simon Dotson of Haskell, Okla, Mrs. Keesee of Waco, Mrs. Griffith of Missouri; 3 brothers, S. J. and S. W. Hudson of Houston and Jack Hudson of New Mexico; and 14 grandchildren.  Interment was in Myrtle cemetery.  Columbus Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

The Colorado County Citizen, May 11, 1950
Transcribed by David Hahn

Hudson, Lester Derwood

Lester D. Hudson, Drowning Victim, Rock Island Native

Rock Island – Funeral services were held Monday at 4 p.m. at the Baptist church for Lester D. Hudson of Pasadena with Rev. A. J. Pate, pastor of the Columbus Baptist church, officiating.  Mr. Hudson was born Mar. 30, 1919 here in Rock Island, the youngest son of J. W. and Cora Hudson.  His death was ruled as accidental drowning in Lake Houston while on a fishing trip with his 2 sons and some friends.  Surviving are his wife, Betty Ann; 2 daughters, Twana Ann and Sherry Lee; 2 sons Terry William and James Kyle; 3 sisters, Mrs. Mattie Rutta of Columbus, Mrs. Beulah Irwin of Rogue River, Ore., and Mrs. Evelyn Gary of Dallas; 3 brothers, Ernest J., Earl H. and Chester W. of Rock Island, a host of other relatives and friends.  He served in the navy in 1936-40 and in the merchant marines of World War II.  A large number of friends attended the services from Houston and Pasadena. [Interred in Myrtle Cemetery.]

The Colorado County Citizen, October  19, 1961
Transcribed by David Hahn

Hudson, Mabel Verna (Larson)


Final services for Mrs. Mabel V. Hudson were held July I0, 1984, at First Baptist Church with Rev. Raymond Cox officiating. Burial was held at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hudson was born June 18,1898 In Haggerman, New Mexico and had lived In Columbus for the last fifteen years of her life where she was a retired store clerk.

Survivors include her husband, Mr. Ernest J. Hudson, Columbus; and her brother, Ted Larson of Longview, Texas.

Her pallbearers were: Bill Rutta, Milton Kollmann, James D. Seymour, Lyle Hopper. Calvin Kollman, and John Cates.

Colorado County Citizen, September 12, 1984, page 2

Hudson, Martha Ann (Powell)

Aged Rock Island Resident Expires

The death if Mrs. W.A. Hudson occurred at the family home in Rock Island Sunday. Funeral was held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Rev. O.B. McLane officiating. Mrs. Hudson had been a long time resident of Rock Island, having moved to that place from Missouri some 27 years ago. She was 83 years of age. Survivors are the husband and eleven children. Mr. J.W. Hudson of Rock Island being the only one residing in this part of the country. Mrs. Chas. D. Rutta of this city is a granddaughter of the deceased. The sorrowing ones have the sympathy of the community. [Interred in Myrtle Cemetery]

The Colorado County Citizen, June 10, 1937
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Hudson, William Alexander

W. A. Hudson, 97, Succumbs in Rock Island

Funeral services for W. A. Hudson, 97, who has been a resident of Rock Island for 38 years, were held Wednesday  at 2:30 IN Rock Island.  He was buried at the Myrtle cemetery.  Mr. Hudson came to Colorado county from Missouri.  Since his wife died 12 years ago, he had been living with his son, J. W. Hudson in Rock Island.  Survivors include 4 sons:  J. W. Rock Island; S. W., Houston; S. J., Houston; Jack, N. M.; and 6 daughters:  Mrs. C. W. Baxter, Houston; Mrs. Robert Griffith, Mo.; Mrs. W. M. Keesee, Waco; Mrs. Sally Dodson, Okla.; Mrs. A. D. Rosell, Calif.; Mrs. S. W. Rozell, Okla.  Also, he had a sister, Mrs. Mattie Alderson of California, and a brother, Jim Hudson of Arizona.  Mrs. Charles Rutta and Mrs. Jesse Wegenhoft of Columbus are granddaughters.  Pallbearers were Jesse Wegenhoft, Roland Keesee, Jack Hudson, Charles Rutta, Alvin Baxter, Cheater Hudson, Bruce Hudson, Karl Hudson.  Services were conducted by Rev. Shepard of Louise.

The Colorado County Citizen, April 14, 1949
Transcribed by David Hahn


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Huebner, Loudie (Taylor)


After an illness of only a few days, Mrs. Loudie Taylor Huebner, departed this life on Friday morning at 11:30 o'clock. Mrs. Huebner had been sick only a few days when she was brought to the sanitarium here for treatment.

Deceased was the wife of Mr. Andrew Huebner, one of the county's prominent farmer-citizens south of town. She was born in Colorado county, June 10, 1855, being 59 years, 2 months and 24 days of age. The family came here from Colorado county several years ago and soon were identified with the social and religious life of the community, the deceased becoming a member of the Christian church in which she was a devoted worker, with many warm friends among adherents of all the denominations.

Deceased is survived by husband and three daughters and two sons and several grandchildren. The daughters are Mrs. Walter Brown of LaGrange, Mrs. H. J. Hauk of Valley Falls, Kansas, and Miss Ada Huebner of this city. The sons are M. T. and M. D. Huebner, whose home is with the family on the ranch.

Funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian Church, Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, by Reverends J. F. Carter and L. E. Selfridge and the remains followed to Cedar Vale Cemetery by a large concourse of sorrowing friends of the family.

In Memory of Mrs. Andrew Huebner

Today heaven is richer than it was on yesterday; yesterday, Bay City was richer than it is today. A mother, a fond and faithful mother, has gone from us to her eternal home and has left an earthly home sad and desolate. Who can fill a mother's chair? Whose hand so soft and caressing as that of mother? Mrs. Walter Brown, the eldest daughter in the home, is one of us--a member of our Missionary Society and we want to here express our love for her in her great sorrow, and we will try to help her bear her grief as only Christian companionship can. We, as the executive committee of the Missionary Society have

Resolved, That we extend to Mrs. Brown, her father, sisters and brothers that love and sympathy in their dark hour of sorrow that will help them more perfectly to trust in their Lord, their mother's God, for guidance and direction. That we will emulate their mother in that seeing a duty, we do it, as she did it; also

Resolved, That a copy of this tribute be furnished the family , a copy be furnished The Tribune and News; also a copy be spread on the record book of the society.

The Executive Committee of the
Methodist Missionary Society
Bay City, Texas, Sept. 5, 1914.

Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, Friday, September 12, 1914
Submitted by Rob Brown

Huelsebusch, Evelyn Annie (Kollaja)


Evelyn Annie Huelsebusch, 66, of Columbus, died Sunday, Aug. 27, 1995 at Columbus Community Hospital. Born March 6, 1929 in La Grange, she was the daughter of Anton and Annie (Friedel) Kollaja. On Jan. 28, 1947, she married Alton Harry Huelsebusch in Plum. Mrs. Huelsebusch, who had resided in Columbus since 1947, was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus.

Funeral services were held Aug. 30 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Tim Kosler officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Keith Ruether, Kevin Ruether, Lee Gaskamp, Gary Chandler, Jimmie Kollaja and Mark Huelsebusch.

Mrs. Huelsebusch is survived by her husband of Columbus; son and daughter-in-law Allen Wayne and Terri Jean Huelsebusch of Brenham; daughters and sons-in-law, Gloria Jean and C. J. Ruether of Columbus and Shirley Ann and David Sodolak of Brenham; grandchildren Keith Ruether, Kevin Ruether, Kenn Ruether, Misty Gaskamp and husband Lee, Lacy Sodolak and Alex Huelsebusch; great-grandson Jonathan Holton; brothers and sisters-in-law Leon and Bernice Kollaja of Plum and Alfred and Rose Lee Kollaja of El Campo; and sister-in-law Bernice Kollaja of Columbus. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Cyril Kollaja.

Colorado County Citizen, August 30, 1995, page 12

Huepers, Charles Gerhardt Sr.

C. Huepers Sr. Funeral Services Held Aug. 18

Charlie Gerhardt Huepers Sr., 80, of Weimar died Tuesday, Aug. 15 at Parkview Manor. Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Weimar UCC with Rev. Jerry Carpenter officiating.

Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery.

Charlie was born March 25, 1926 in Holman to Peter and Louise (Schneider) Huepers.

He attended Holman, Ammannsville and Wildwood Schools.

Mr. Huepers married Gladys (Rose) Huepers on Nov. 16, 1949 at Evangelical Lutheran Parsonage in Weimar.

Charlie was inducted into the Army on Oct. 10, 1944 and World War II - discharge on July 10, 1946. He also trained at Camp Hood, Killeen, Tx., and was stationed at Ft. Meade, Md.; and Camp Shanks, N.Y.

When he was overseas he joined the Company B, 10th Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division under General George S. Patton in Central Europe.

He was a member of the Secret Mission to Rescue Patton's son-in-law, John Waters. He also served in the Honor Guard at General Patton's Funeral.

His medals and awards were: Combat Infantry Badge, Rifleman 745 Medal, E.A.M.E. Campaign Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Army of Occupation Medal, Victory Ribbon, two Overseas Service Bars, LPL BTN Honorable SVC Pins, Good Conduct Medal and Meritorious Service Medal.

Mr. Huepers was a member of the V.F.W. and worked as a truck driver for Herder Truck Lines for 30 years. After retirement from Herder, he worked part-time at Weimar Home Furnishers until illness forced him to retire.

Charlie lived in Weimar his whole life. He enjoyed fishing and was a Houston Astros fan. He was blessed with a great sense of humor.

He is survived by his sons, Charles Huepers Jr. and wife Pamela of Georgetown, and James Huepers and wife Gretchen of Columbus; and daughters, Carolyn Siegel and husband Robert of Shiner, and Laura Henke and husband Lawrence of Hallettsville.

He is also survived by his sisters, Georgia Lux of Lake Jackson, Viola Neal of Lake Jackson, and Pauline Lindemann of Weimar; and 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Brendan and Cameron Davis.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Huepers; son, Gary Wayne Huepers; brothers, Pete W., PFC George R., William C. G. and Leon L. Huepers; and sisters, Louise Petrash, Lena Schwegmann, Clara Hercik, Sophie Huepers, Lillie Syamken and Martha Huepers.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Eric, Brandon, Wade and Gregory Siegel; Andrew Henke, Matthew Huepers; grandson-in-law, Gabriel Chapa; and nephew, Douglas Syamken.

Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren, Christopher Huepers, Caroline and Colleen Huepers; Melanie Davis, Melinda Chapa and Christy Huepers.

Weimar Mercury, August 24, 2006, page 2A

Huepers, Gary Wayne

Weimar Man, 26, Killed in Wreck

Gary Wayne Huepers, 26, of Weimar was killed last Thursday about 1 a.m. when his car drifted across Hwy. 90 and hit an oak tree about eight feet off the left side of the roadway.

The site of the accident was about a quarter-mile east of the Hattermann Lane bridge.

DPS Trooper San Trammell said Huepers apparently fell asleep as he was driving home from Columbus.

The car, a 1965 Chevrolet, developed a fire under the hood after hitting the tree, catching the attention of a passing motorist, who went to a nearby home and called the Columbus Fire Department.

The blaze turned out to be a small one, but the firemen were needed anyway. Although they were equipped with cutting tools for the purpose, it took them about an hour to free Huepers’ body from the wreckage.

Huepers lived with his parents here, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Huepers, and worked at Columbus Glass Co.

Funerals services were held Saturday, Oct. 4 from Hubbard Funeral Chapel with Rev. Ernest Dean officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Thomas Huepers, David Syamken, Darrel Lux, Randy Neal, Dennis Petrash, and Jimmy Hercik. Named as honorary pallbearers were Charles Henneke, Sr., Al Pulido, Joe Stancik, Mike Morris, Larry Kuna and Frank Johnson.

Gary Wayne Huepers was born here Sept. 24, 1954, a son of Charlie G. and Gladys (Rose) Huepers. He was confirmed at the Weimar United Church of Christ in 1966 and graduated from Weimar High School in 1974.

Surviving in addition to his parents are two brothers, Charles G. Huepers Jr. of Columbus, and James A. Huepers of Weimar, two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Carolyn) Siegel of Shiner and Mrs. Lawrence (Laura) Henke of Hallettsville; five nephews and two nieces.

The Weimar Mercury, October 9, 1980
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Huepers, George R.

Memorial Services Held Sunday for Pfc. Geo. Huepers

Memorial services were held at the Evangelical Lutheran church in Weimar Sunday morning for Private (First Class) George Reinhard Huepers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Huepers. Rev. C. Emigholz, the pastor, delivered the memorial message.

Pfc. Huepers died April 20, 1945, from wound received on Okinawa Island on April 14. He had attained the age of 22 years, 7 months and 7 days. He entered the service November 23, 1942. He was stationed at Camp Roberts, Calif., and later was sent to Seattle, Wash. From there he was transferred to Fort Ord, Calif., and then back to Seattle, Wash. He left for overseas duty in September 1943, and served in Honolulu and Hawaii, and in November arrived in the Philippines. About the first of April he was sent to the Okinawa theater where he received his fatal wounds.

Mr. and Mrs. Huepers have two other sons n the service. T-5 Pete W. Huepers in Italy and Cpl. Chas. G. Huepers in Germany.

Weimar Mercury, June 15, 1945

Military Reburial For Pfc. Huepers Held Here Sunday

Reinterment services for Pfc. Geo. R. Huepers, young Weimar soldier who lost his life in fighting on Okinawa nearly four years ago, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, with Rev. C. Emigholz officiating.

Full military honors were accorded by members of the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, assisted by Sgt. Willingham of the Army, who had accompanied the body here Saturday. Reburial was made in the City Cemetery.

Pfc. Huepers, the son of Pete E. and Louise Schneider Huepers, was born near Holman September 13, 1922, living on his parents' farm there until entering the Army November 23, 1942. After being stationed at several posts in California and Washington, he was sent overseas in September, 1943. He served a few months near Honolulu, Hawaii, and in November, 1944, was sent to the Philippines. In the early part of April, 1945, he was sent with fighting forces to Okinawa, where he was seriously wounded April 14. Five days later he succumbed, and was buried there.

For his reburial here Sunday, local veterans made up an honor guard, color guard, and firing squad, and nine served as pallbearers. Pallbearers included Ray Seifert, Davis Gindler, George Kloesel, Edwin Haidusek, J. R. Yoder, Gilbert E. Rodgers, Jeff Cernoch, Thomas Kahlich and Fred Vornsand, Jr. A large crowd of veterans and acquaintances attended the funeral.

Pfc. Huepers is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pete E. Huepers of Weimar; eight sisters, Mrs. Chas. H. Schwegmann of Weimar, Mrs. Louise Baca of Houston, Mrs. Rudolph J. Hercik, Misses Sophie, Lillie, Georgia, Viola and Pauline Huepers of Weimar; two brothers, Pete W. and Charlie G. Huepers of Weimar; and four nieces.

Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1949, page 1

Huepers, Gladys Louise (Rose)


Gladys Louise Huepers, 75, of Weimar, passed away Oct. 26 at Parkview Manor in Weimar.

She was born Sept. 2, 1930 to Otto and Erna Nitschmann Rose and married Charles Gerhardt Huepers Nov. 16, 1949. She loved to play the accordian at special occasions and watching the Astros.

She was preceded in death by one son, Gary Wayne Huepers.

She is survived by her husband; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Pamela Huepers, of Georgetown and James and Gretchen Huepers, of Columbus; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Robert Siegel, of Shiner and Laura and Lawrence Henke, of Hallettsville; brother, Lawrence Rose, of Weimar; sister, Erna M. Rose, of Weimar; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Oct. 28 at Weimar United Church of Christ with the Rev. Jerry Carpenter officiating. Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Pallbearers were Eric Siegel, Brandon Siegel, Wade Siegel, Gregory Siegel, Andrew Henke, Matthew Huepers, Douglas Syamken and Gabriel Chapa.

Colorado County Citizen, November 2, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Huepers, James Alan


James Alan Huepers, 48, of Columbus, passed away Aug. 19 at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston.

He was born in Weimar, Nov. 12, 1958 to Charles G. Huepers Sr. and Gladys (Rose) Huepers and married Gretchen Ginn Nov. 16, 1985. He was a 1977 graduate of Weimar High School and was a pressroom lead man at UTEX in Weimar since 1978.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother Gary Huepers.

He is survived by his wife; children, Erin Vanderwel and husband Eric of Houston, Blake E. Legler and wife Jenny of San Antonio and Brian C. Legler of Columbus; brother, Charles Huepers Jr and wife Pam of Georgetown; sisters, Carolyn Siegel and husband Robert of Shiner and Laura Henke and husband Lawrence of Hallettsville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was conducted Aug. 25 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. J. Paul Bruhn officiating. A private family burial will take place at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

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

Huepers, Louise B. (Schneider)

Funeral for Mrs. Huepers Held June 11

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Huepers, 81, were held Friday June 11, at Weimar United Church of Christ, with burial in Masonic [Odd Fellows'] Cemetery. Rev. Walter Simpson of Schulenburg officiated in the absence of the Weimar pastor.

Mrs. Huepers died at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, at her home of a heart attack.

Mrs. Huepers was born Oct. 21, 1894, at Holman, the daughter of Charles and Caroline (Neiser) Schneider. She was married to Peter E. Huepers on Oct 21, 1912 at La Grange. He died in 1957.

Mrs. Huepers is survived by eight daughters, Mrs. Melvin (Louise) Petrash of Houston; Mrs. Lena Schwegmann, Miss Sophie Huepers, and Mrs. Robert (Pauline) Lindemann of Weimar; Mrs. Rudolph (Clara) Hercik of Schulenburg; Mrs. Elton (Lillie) Syamken of Shiner; and Mrs. Herbert (Georgie) Lux and Mrs. Floyd (Viola) Neal of Lake Jackson; two sons, Peter Jr. and Charlie both of Weimar; 30 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Zapalac of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Pauline Behrens of Columbus, and one brother, Willie Schneider of Seguin.

In addition to her husband, three sons, one daughter, three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Thomas Huepers, Randy Neal, Dennis Petrash, Gary Lux, James Hercik, David Syamken and Gary Huepers.

Weimar Mercury, June 17, 1976
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Huepers, Peter Edward

Funeral Services For Peter Huepers, 75, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Peter Edward Huepers, 75-years-old retired farmer, were held Sunday afternoon, Apr. 7, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. F. H. Horak Jr. officiating. Interment was in the Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Mr. Huepers died at his home northeast of Weimar at 5:50 p.m. Friday, about a week after suffering a heart stroke.

A son of Wm and Clara Huepers, he was born June 29, 1881,in Burham, Germany, and came to this country with his parents when he was less than a year old. They settled near Weimar, where he spent the rest of his life. On Oct. 22, 1912, he married Miss Louise Schneider at La Grange.

She survives, along with eight daughters, Mrs. Louise Baca of Houston, Mrs. Lena Schwegmann, Mrs. Clara Herzik, and Misses Sophie and Pauline Huepers, all of Weimar, Miss Viola Huepers and Ms. Georgia Lux of Lake Jackson and Mrs. Lillie Syamken of Shiner; two sons, Pete W. Huepers and Charlie G. Huepers, both of Weimar; one sister, Mrs. Ella Palmer of Victoria; and 19 grandchildren. Three sons and a daughter preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Gerhard and Arthur Oncken, Otto Kahlden, Alvin Genzer, and Raymond and Charlie Selzer.

Weimar Mercury, April 12, 1957, page 1

Huette, Ray F.

Ray F. Huette Funeral Services Held Jan. 6

Ray F. Huette, 79, of Weimar died Jan. 4 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Home of Alzheimers.
Funeral services were held Jan. 6 at United Church of Christ with Rev. Skip Sirnic officiating. Interment followed at Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Huette was born Aug. 6, 1919 to George W. and Lula Azerine (Walker) Huette in Burnsville, Ala. On Dec.31, 1937 he married Johnnie Bess Hodges. He served his country in the Army from 1944-1946, Pacific Theater.

He moved to Houston in 1957 where he lived until 1977, when he moved back to Alabama. He resided there until he moved to Weimar in 1989, where he lived until 1998, when he then moved to Schulenburg Regency Nursing Home. Ray was a member of numerous organizations that included Masons, Shrine, Houston Transportation Club, Nat’l Defense Transportation Association and he was president of the Freight Carriers Association. He was in the trucking industry in Texas and the southeast United States.

Mr. Huette was preceded in death by one son, James C. (Jim) Huette.

He is survived by his wife, Johnnie Bess of Weimar, one son, Robert R. (Bob) Huette of Weimar; a sister, Jewel Bender of Birmingham, Ala.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Scott Huette, Jason Huette, George White Jr., Chris Garmoe, Cliff Jackson and Frank Zifcak. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Lybarger and Morgan Alston.

The Weimar Mercury January 14, 1999
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Huff, Mrs. Frank


Mrs. Frank Huff, niece of Mrs. J. A. Stulting, died in this place the evening of the 27th inst., and was buried in the family burying ground at Pecan, Fayette county. “When we are in life we are in the midst of death.”

Colorado Citizen, July 2, 1885

Huffmann, Karen Gayle (Crockett)


Karen Gayle Huffman, 42, of Eagle Lake passed away on Nov. 26.

She was born on July 30, 1965 in Eagle Lake to George Kelly and Bernadette Crockett. She was a nurse's aide.

She was preceded by her grandmother and one godson.

She is survived by her parents; godmother, Mynra Isreal of Eagle Lake; daughter, Charnesia Huffman of Eagle Lake; three sons, Charles Huffman of Ada, Okla.; Katerrian Huffman and Jamy Adams of Eagle Lake; two brothers, Kerry Hearne of Fresno and Eric Isreal of Austin; sister, Lisa Crockett-Payne of Pear-land; grandmother, Vera Woods of Eagle Lake and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.

Services were held on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. at Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Max Miller officiating. Burial followed in Community Cemetery North in Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, December 5, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Huffman, Phoebia Louise (Washington)


Phoebia Louise Huffman, 73, of Columbus, passed away May 17.

She was born Aug. 11, 1933 to Sam and Alberta Washington. She attended Columbus Colored School and was a member of Greater Smith Baptist Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and five aunts.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Bryant, of Columbus; brother, Charles and wife, Shirley Washington, of Stockton, Calif.; children, James wife, Helen Washington, of Columbus, Sheryl and husband, Robert, of Columbus, Annette Huffman, of Columbus, Charles Huffman, of Huntsville and Estella Shelton, of Houston; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 22 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Charles Purnell officiating. Interment followed at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Paul Ashton Jr., Ralph Hurd, Raymond Moore, Willie Stovall Jr., Laird Toliver and Leslie Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Clarence Bratcher, Jimmy Axel, Mildridge Wicks, Joe Denley, Limmie Evans, Kenneth Johnson and Jerry Perino.

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

Huffmeyer, John Henry

Dr. Huffmeyer Burial Held In Weimar

Dr. John Henry Huffmeyer, M.D., 62, of San Antonio, died Sunday, Aug. 3.

A rosary was recited Tuesday evening at 7:30 at Our Lady of Grace, Catholic Church. A funeral mass was held Wednesday, Aug. 6 at. Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Interment followed at the Catholic Cemetery in Weimar.

Dr. Huffmeyer is preceded in death by his father, Frederick Adolph Huffmeyer and his mother, Mary Olsovsky Dreitner.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Tait Huffmeyer; sons, Stephen Tait and his wife Jan, and Williams Tait.

Sisters; Barbara Huffmeyer Watson, Patricia Dreitner Hollas, Kay Huffmeyer Cardoza, D'Ann Huffmeyer Barganski; brother, Andrew Huffmeyer.

Nieces; Benita Jo Watson, Carol Jean Watson, Mary Ann Watson Stoker, Rebecca Hollas, Jennifer Hollas Albin; nephews, John C. Watson, Christopher Dean Hollas, Matthew Daniel Hollas.

Great nieces; Emily Hollas and Emily Stoker; aunts, Willie Jo. Neisner, Frances Janak; uncle, Henry Olsovsky.

Pallbearers were: Leroy Slubar, Ernest Hollas, Chris Hollas, Matthew Hollas, Andrew Huffmeyer, Al Seifert.

Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Bexar County Medical Society.

Weimar Mercury, August 7, 1997

Huggins, Anna J.

Oakland Notes

It becomes our painful duty to record the death of Mrs. A. V. Huggins, which occurred last Friday, 6th inst., near Oakland, of pneumonia. She leaves a husband and five children and an infant aged six months. We sympathize with the bereaved family in the death of this devoted wife, affectionate mother and Christian lady. Her remains were interred on Saturday last at the old Clear Creek cemetery.

Colorado Citizen, January 12, 1888, page 3

Hughes, Francis Lee

Francis Hughes, 61, Ex Mail Carrier, Buried Here Friday

Funeral services for Francis Hughes, 61, of New Braunfels, retired rural mail carrier, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here last. Friday with burial in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Walter Smith, pastor, of the Yoakum Methodist Church, officiated, assisted by Rev. Walter J. Cartwright of Weimar.

Weimar Masons conducted graveside services.

Mr. Hughes died last Thursday morning in Yoakum, where he had been spending the Christmas holidays with his sisters, Mrs. Ollie Bourke and Mrs. Jennie Woolsey. He suffered a heart attack during his visit and died after a second attack.

A native of Oakland, he was the son of R. S. Hughes and Laura Simpson Hughes, pioneer settlers of that community. For a number of years he carried the Oakland mail, moving to New Braunfels about 20 years ago to continue that type of service. He retired in 1951 after 30 years of mail-carrying. Mr. Hughes’ father, who had also carried rural mail, in the days when Weimar was a route out of Oakland, died in 1946 at the age of 92.

Only the two sisters, Mrs. Bourke and Mrs. Woolsey, survive.

Weimar Mercury, January 15, 1954, page 1

Hughes, Gladys Marie (Dawson)


Gladys Marie Dawson Hughes, 50, of Eagle Lake passed away Friday, Feb. 28 at her residence.

She was born in Eagle Lake Dec. 23, 1953 to Edward Lee "Sonny" Dawson Sr. and Ida Mae Matthews Dawson.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Colorado County. She was a graduate of Eagle Lake High School Class of 1972 and worked as an activity director for the Richmond State School for over 15 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by sons, Raymond Deon Hughes and Christopher Jeroid Hughes; brothers, the Rev. Edward Lee Dawson Jr. and wife Linda Kaye of Missouri City, Emerson Charles Dawson and wife Sandra Julie of Eagle Lake, Kenneth Wayne Dawson and wife Cocoa LaVerne of Missouri City and Ronald Ray Dawson and wife Carolyn of Houston; grandchildren; and other relatives and loved ones including her companion for the past eight years, Francisco Rojas of Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were March 5 at White Cloud Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Obie Rhodes officiating.

Interment followed at Eagle Lake Community Cemetery East.

Pallbearers were Donald Ray Simon, Jerry Hurd, Emerson Charles Dawson II, Russell Williams, Terry Carter, Algevan Morehead, Craig Matthews, Kenneth Dawson Jr., Deric Dawson, Ronald Dawson Jr., Tyrone Dawson and Clyde Holloway.

Colorado County Citizen, March 13, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Hughes, Greene


Green Hughes, a negro living in the Oakland section, met with a sudden and tragic death Thursday of last week. He had been to Columbus on business and was returning home. At Weimar he secured a ride to his home near Oakland. While on the road, seated on the rear end of a truck, his hat blew off near the H.J.C. Koehn farm. It is supposed that in grabbing for his hat he lost his balance and fell from the truck, falling on his head and breaking his neck.

The driver of the truck did not notice that Green Hughes had fallen off the truck until some while afterward--in fact was nearly in Oakland before making the discovery. [Interment in Independent Methodist Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, September 30, 1938

Hughes, Henry W.


It is with deep regret that we chronicle the death of Henry Hughes, formerly a citizen of this county, which sad event occurred near Dallas a few days ago. His remains were shipped to this point by express, and interred in the Odd Fellows’ Rest on Monday night. Mr. Hughes leaves a mother and two brothers living in this county, besides other relatives and many friends. We drop the tear of sympathy for the bereaved.

Colorado Citizen, November 3, 1887

The remains of Mr. Henry Hughes arrived from Forney, near Dallas, on Monday's west bound train, and were buried the same evening in the Odd Fellows Rest.

Weimar Gimlet, November 3, 1887

Hughes,James D.

Weimar Local Matters

Mr. Robert Hughes, near Content, this county, lost his only child, about two years old, last week, after an illness of only a few days. We sympathize most truly with the distressed parents in their sad bereavement. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, Deptember 21, 1882

Hughes, Laura F. (Gulich)

Oakland Newsy Notes

There was a gloom of sorrow cast over our town last Monday morning when the news reached here of the death of Mrs. Laura F. Hughes, wife of our townsman, Mr. R. S. Hughes. She left her home last Saturday week for a short visit to relatives in Weimar, and was taken suddenly and seriously ill the following morning after her arrival. In her death Oakland has lost an amiable lady, a husband a dutiful and loving wife, children an affectionate mother. She was a Christian and an excellent neighbor. She leaves a husband and four little children--the youngest four months old--and many relatives and friends to mourn her loss. A great many of the friends of the deceased attended her funeral from here last Tuesday. May the God of every blessing comfort the bereaved husband and family. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Weimar Local Matters

Sadness was pictured upon the face of many citizens of Weimar and Oakland when it was made known that Mrs. Laura Hughes, wife of R S. Hughes of Oakland, was no more. This good lady came on a visit to her aunt, Mrs. T. H. James of this city, some ten or twelve days ago, and was suddenly taken with a brain affection from the effects of which she died Monday morning at 4 o’clock. Mrs. Hughes was a consistent member of the Methodist church and died as she had lived a Christian. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss--the oldest a girl of [sic] and the youngest a little baby boy aged 7 months. The remains were interred in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery of this city Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock. Many friends and relatives from Oakland and Weimar attending the last sad rites, Rev. H. M. Haynie officiating.

Colorado Citizen, February 25, 1892

Hughes, Margaet Frances (Simpson) 

Oakland Newsy Notes

Died here at her residence at 6:30 Monday evening, May the 9th, Mrs. Margaret Frances Hughes, of congestion of the lungs.  Mrs. Hughes was born near Mt. Gilead, Loudoun County, Va., April 7, 1828.  The deceased was a resident of Oakland over 21 years, having moved from Virginia here in December, 1876.  After the death of her son's wife, Mrs. R.S. Hughes, in February 1892, she took sole charge of the four children -one a baby of five months.  To them a more devoted grandmother never lived.  It was her constant thought to care for them in sickenss.  They still live to mourn her loss.  How they will miss her.  She was a consistent member of the Baptist church and lived a noble christian life, and the whole town was grieved when her sudden death was known.  Two sons survive her - Mr. R.S. Hughes of our town and Mr. John Hughes of Houston.  Her remains, conducted by sorrowing friends, were conveyed to Weimar and laid to rest at the Odd Fellows cemetery at 8 o'clock Tuesday evening.  The Citizen sympathizes with the bereaved family. 
 ( Washingtonian and Mirror of Leesburg, Virginia requested to copy.)

The Colorado County Citizen. May 12, 1898
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Hughes, Robert Simpson

Mr. R. S. Hughes, 92, Buried Here Last Friday

Funeral services for Mr. Robert Simpson Hughes, 92-year-old retired farmer and former mail carrier, were held from the Hubbard Funeral Home here Friday, Dec. 20, the Rev. Daniel Hogan, Baptist pastor, in charge.

Interment was in the Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery of Weimar.

Born in Loudon County, Virginia, on June 25, 1854, he came to Oakland, Texas, in 1876 and lived there the remainder of his life, except for one year in the Sweet Home community.

One of the earliest mail carriers in this vicinity, for 12 years he carried the mail from Oakland to Weimar, in the days when Weimar was only an outpost of Oakland. Many knew him in those days as "Uncle Sam", and others as "Git-up John", the latter because he invariably said that to one of the horses that drew his mail hack as he left each mailbox. Active until very recently, he was known and loved my many.

Death came to Mr. Hughes in a hospital at Yoakum, Thursday, Dec. 19, after an illness of about four months. His wife, the former Miss Laura F. Gulick, whom he married Nov. 12, 1879, in Aldie, Va., preceded him in death on Feb. 22,1892. He was the son of David Lee and Margaret F. Hughes, and a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are: two daughters, Mrs. W. W. Woolsey and Mrs. J. G. Bourke of Yoakum; two sons, Francis L Hughes of New Braunfels and Simpson Hughes of Oakland. One grand son, Dr. A. W. Woolsey and one great-granddaughter, Miss Patricia Woolsey, both of Denton, also survive.

Active pallbearers were H. W. Hose, Henry Brasher, Jr., Walter Scott, George Struck, Chester Grobe and Grady Shaver. Honorary pallbearers were W. C. Brown, W. D. Obenhaus, J. O. Sanders, Houston Wade, H. J. Laas, F. F. Anders, W. Williford, H. V. Cherry, F. O. Crawford, W. H. Bressel and Homer Chandler. The last three are from Yoakum.

The Weimar Mercury, December 27, 1946
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Hughes, Robert Simpson Jr.


Funeral services for R. S. (Simpson) Hughes, 64, lifelong resident of Oakland, were held Monday afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Home here, with burial in the City Cemetery. Rev. F. H. Hamner of he Yoakum Methodist Church officiated.

In ill health and despondent, Mr. Hughes took his own life with a pistol shortly before 8 o’clock Sunday night at the home of his sister, Mrs. J. G. Bourke, in Yoakum. The family found him dead when they returned from church. Justice of the Peace A. Kallus returned a verdict of suicide.

Born in August 1895, he was the son of Mr. and Ms. Robert Simpson Hughes of Oakland. He never married, and spent his life farming and raising cattle in that section. Recently he had been on an extended visit with his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Bourke.

Survivors in addition to Mrs. Bourke, include another sister, Mrs. Jennie Woolsey of Weimar; and a brother, Francis Hughes of New Braunfels.

Weimar Mercury, December 2, 1949, page 1

Hughs, Lee Sidnay

Funeral Of Mr. Hughs Held Here On Sunday
Many Out Of Town People Here for the Funeral And Funeral Was Attended By Large Crowd.

News of the sad and sudden death of Mr. Lee S. Hughs came as a great surprise and cast a sorrow over this entire community . Mr. Hughs was taken ill at his ranch near Brackettville and started in an automobile at once for San Antonio. He got as far as Uvalde where he became so ill that he had to remain over until the following day when he resumed his journey to San Antonio where he was operated on at the Lee Surgical Hospital for appendicitis. It was at first believed that he was getting along as well as could be hoped for following the operation, but his condition rapidly grew worse until a second operation was necessary. From this operation he never rallied from the influence of the ether.

The remains were shipped to Eagle Lake and taken to the home of Dr. H. Fitzgerald. The funeral was held from the Episcopal church at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. A. J. G. Banks, the Episcopal rector, conducting the funeral service. The funeral was largely attended, there being many out of town people in attendance. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Mr. Hughs was one of the finest fellows that it has ever been our pleasure to know. He wan one of those big hearted, happy, jovial fellows that you could not help but like, and every one who knew him liked Lee Hughs.

He was born in Mississippi in 1875 and moved with his parents to Texas and settled in Eagle Lake when he was a boy of nine years. He continued to make his home in Eagle Lake until his marriage in December 1893 to Miss Netta Johnson of this city after which he and his wife moved to the country and lived on their farm near Bonus. The moved from Bonus to San Antonio in 1907 but remained there only about11 months when they returned to this section, and in 1911 moved to Richmond where the family made their home until the past year since Mr. Hughs has been living on his ranch at Brackettville, while Mrs. Hughs has been in Austin with her youngest daughter, Gordon, who is in school in that city. Their eldest daughter Addie, is in school at Nashville, Tennessee, and their son, William Henry Hughs is in the artillery at Camp Travis. Mrs. Hughs and son and both daughters were here for the funeral.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 20, 1918
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hughes, William David “Bill”

Bill Hughes Killed In Bridge Crash

Funeral services will be held Friday morning for Bill Hughes, 65-year-old retired cafe operator, who was killed shortly before noon Tuesday when his pickup truck hit a bridge bannister on Highway 90.

Mr. Hughes, who operated “Bill’s Place” on the eastern edge of Schulenburg for 26 years, was driving toward Schulenburg when the truck struck the railing of Middle Creek bridge at about 11:40 a.m.

He had retired from the cafe business last July and was raising cattle. Born at Hackberry, southwest of Schulenburg, he was a lifelong resident of the Schulenburg area. His dine-and-dance place was one of the most popular spots during the ‘30s and ’40s. His wife is the former Miss Sophie Marek of this area.

Services will be held at 9:45 a.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, continuing at 10 in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery here. Rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 7 p.m. Thursday.

In addition to his widow, Mr. Hughes is survived by two sons, Rev. Harold J. Hughes of Los Angeles, Calif., and Roy Hughes, student in Rome, Italy; one daughter, Mrs. Don (Rose Marie) DeFonce of Memphis, Tenn.; four grandchildren; two brothers, Ed of near Conroe and Milton of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Annabelle Sladek and Mrs. Esther Foelkel of Houston and Mrs. Ethel Nelson of Pineville, La.; and his stepmother, Mrs. Charles Hughes of Shiloh.

Weimar Mercury, December 12, 1963, page 1

Hull, John William Jr.

J. W. HuIl Jr. Funeral Held At Columbus

Funeral services for John William Hull Jr., 45, of Columbus were held Saturday, May 5, from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with burial. in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus. Rev; Norman "Skip" Sirnic officiated.

Hull, a disabled oil field worker, died May 2 at his home in Columbus.

Born May 12, 1944, in Gonzales, he was a son of John William Sr. and Ella Vera (Key) Hull. He married Shirley Ann Schmitt on Jan, 18, 1975.

His wife survives, along with two daughters, Sheila Hull of Columbus and Susan Rickman of Corpus Christi; three sons, Jacob Matthew Hull of Columbus and John William Hull III and Robert Wayne Hull of Cuero; two grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Lou Knesek of Eagle Lake, Ethel Kurtz of Davenport, Iowa; and Janet Schmitt of Weimar; and one brother, Donald Hull of, Gonzales.

Serving, as pallbearers were Roger Hairell, Manuel Rios, Ivy Guthmann, C. L. "Buddy" Prause, Howard "Pud". Hayek and Donald Richmann.

Weimar Mercury, May 10, 1990, page 13

Huls, Henry L.


Henry L. Huls, 92 of Columbus passed away Jan. 9 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born in Ellinger, Dec. 19, 1910 to Fred and Clementine (Lave) Huls.

His parents preceded him in death as well as sister Hilda Chollett and an infant sister.

He is survived by sister, Elona Zajicek of Columbus; nephew, Howard Chollett of Glidden; great-niece, Debra Orey of Weimar; and great-nephew, Sidney Chollett.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 12 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Gerald Hendon officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Josh, Jacob and James Chollett, Gary Chandler, Lawrence Ripper and Kevin Orey.

The Colorado County Citizen, January 14, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Humbird, Bertha (Schneider)

Funeral Services Are Held Friday for Mrs. Bertha Humbird

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Humbird, 41, who died Thursday, December 12, at her home four miles from Eagle Lake on the Schneider Bros. farm, were held Friday at 3:30 o'clock at Columbus Funeral Home., Rev. J. Manley Reynolds, pastor of theFirst Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mrs. Humbird died after a brief illness. She was born March 29th, 1899 in Columbus.

Survivors are her husband, S. W. Humbird; five sons, Howard, Charles, Jimmy, Robert and Herbert; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Schneider; four sisters, Mrs. Annie Zickuhr of Columbus, Mrs. Mary Steinhauser of Columbus, Mrs. Clara Reinhardt of Cat Spring and Miss Martha Schneider of Columbus.

Further survivors are four brothes, Jake, Jim, Fred and Willie Schneider of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Harvey Lee, H. Girndt, F. M. Tolbirt, E. C. Fehrenkamp, D. E. Foster and Louis Mahalitc[sic].

Colorado County Citizen, December 19, 1940

Humbird, Charles E.


Charles E. Humbird, 69, of Columbus, died Thursday, March 7, 1996 at Columbus Community Hospital.

Born Jan 3, 1927 in Shaws Bend, he was the son of Samuel Walter and Bertha (Schneider) Humbird. On April 12, 1947, he married Shirley Jean Thomason. Mr. Humbird, who had lived in Columbus since 1982, was a retired drilling superintendent for Phillips Petroleum Company. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II and was a member of Rock Island Baptist Church, Columbus Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6113 and American Legion Post 383.

Funeral services were held March 9 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Bob Allison officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were George Steinhauser, Walter Humbird, Jerry Humbird, Earl Humbird, Robert Humbird, John Matus, Ellis Steinhauser and Wayne Humbird.

Mr. Humbird is survived by his wife, son Michael Humbird and brother Howard Humbird, all of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his son, Glen Charles Humbird; parents; and brothers Herbert, Robert and Jim Humbird.

Colorado County Citizen, March 13, 1996, page 18

Humbird, Cynthia Florence (Smith)


Mrs. Florence Humbird, wife of Henry Humbird died at the family home here Thursday, death due to paralytic stroke. Mrs. Humbird was a resident of this town for twenty-two years, coming here from Missouri. She is survived by her husband, seven sons and three daughters. All were present for the funeral except a son in White Pine, Tenn., and a daughter in Oregon. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Blaisdale at the Baptist church and burial in the Myrtle cemetery here.

Colorado County Citizen, November 12, 1931, page 7

Humbird, George Everett

George Everett Humbird, 77 of Alvin former resident of Rock Island passed away Thursday, Oct. 27.  One of his survivors incoude his wife Clarie Bell Humbird.  Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday from the Cahpel of Martin-Corden Funderal Home with Rev. Lloyd Seabolt officiating.  Graveside services and burial was held Saturday at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

The Colorado County Citizen, November 3, 1977
Transcribed by David Hahn

Humbird, Henry Douglas


Henry Douglas Humbird, 85, resident of this county from 1909 to 1932, was brought back from California and buried Friday at the Rock Island Myrtle Cemetery at 10 a.m.

M. A. Humbird, his son with whom he had lived during the last 6 years in Watsonville, Calif., accompanied he body back to Texas.

Services were conducted by Rev. Bruce L. Medford, Methodist pastor, arrangements being made by Untermeyer’s Funeral home.

Mr. Humbird was born in Macon, Ga, in 1864. He moved to Thornfield, Mo. in 1870 where he later married Cynthia Florence Smith. She died in 1931.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. M. J. Wilcox, Portland, Ore. and Mrs. L. H. Vorhies, Red Lodge, Mont.; 6 sons, James J., White Pine, Tenn., Everett G., Alvin, Tex., Lester G., Houston, Thurman E., Grass Valley, Calif., William . and M. A. Humbird, Watsonville; 2 sisters, Mrs. Calista Howerton, Thornfield, Mo and Mrs. Clyde Reilly, Beaverton, Ore. Also, he had 33 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Colorado Citizen, page 10, June 16, 1949

Humbird, Samuel Walter


An inquest verdict of suicide was returned by Justice of the Peace Max Conner of Eagle Lake in the death of Samuel Walter Humbird , 53, who was found shot to death in his car at Eagle Lake early Saturday morning.

However, investigation of his death by Sheriff Harvey Lee is continuing.

Mr. Humbird;s body was discovered early Saturday morning by an Eagle Lake nurse. Time of death was reported as about midnight Friday.

Sheriff Lee said that the Eagle Lake businessman had a bullet wound in his head from a .22 caliber gun. A .22 rifle was found standing behind the front seat of the car. he said.

Mr. Humbird is survived by five sons, two of them students in the Columbus school. His wife died a few years ago.

Other survivors include six brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Columbus funeral home with Rev. G. G. Cecil officiating. Burial was in the Odd Fellows Rest cemetery with American Legion members as pallbearers.

Colorado County Citizen, May 16, 1946

Humphres, Zola Marie (Doyle)


Zola Marie Humphres, 68, of Houston, formerly of Rock Island, passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, at Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center. She was born July 19, 1936 in East St. Louis, Ill., to Frank and Nellie Hunter Doyle. She married Charley E. Humphres on July 13, 1959.

Services were held Saturday, Nov. 6 at Henneke Funeral Home with the Chaplain Don Storey officiating. Pallbeareres were Charles Humphres, Tommy Endsley, Jimmy Doyle, Louis Medina Sr., Louis Medina Jr. and Jack Mayes. Interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Frank William Humphres; brothers, Marty Doyle, Richard Doyle, Jerry Doyle, Bill Doyle and Joe Doyle; and sisters, Dorothy Gould and Judy Embrich.

She is survived by her husband, three daughters and sons-in-law, Margie and Louis Medina of Houston, Barbara and Jack Mayes of Wharton and Ruth and Tommy Endsley of Rock Island; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Allison Humphres of Nashville, Tenn., and Jimmy and Debby Doyle of Texarkana, Ark.; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, November 10, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Humphrey, Lilly G. (Clayton)

Lilly G. Clayton Humphrey, 91, of the Eagle Lake area, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 1994.

Born March 31, 1903, in Eagle Lake, she was the daughter of Albert and Rose (Palmer) Clayton. She was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Eagle Lake, where she was named "Mother of the Church."

Funeral services were held Dec. 7, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Earl Shorter Jr. officiating. Interment followed in Eagle Lake Community Cemetery (South). Arrangements were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers where John Thomas, Gayle Thomas, Albert Johnson, Marj Johnson Jr., Ike Clayton and Tony Clayton. Honorary pallbearers were deacons and brotherhood of Friendship Missionary Baptist church.

Mrs. Humphrey is survived by her son, the Rev. Nathaniel Sims of Beaumont; her niece, Charlotte Ford of Eagle Lake and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and special friends, Sandy and John Thomas and the Thomas family.

Colorado County Citizen, December 14, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Humphreys, Caroline Elizabeth (Haslam)

Rock Island Lady Dies

The death of Mrs. E. J. Humphreys occurred at the family residence in Rock Island Monday. Funeral services were held yesterday, Rev. C.F. Foerster, Methodist pastor at Rock Island and Garwood officiating. [Interment made in Myrtle Cemetery.]

Mrs. Humphreys was born in England in 1864. The family came to this county from Kansas some twenty years ago.

Surviving are the husband and ten children, to whom our sympathy is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, July 18, 1935

Humphreys, Thomas J.




Columbus, Oct. 19, 1873.
. . . Mr. T. J. Humphrey [sic.], one of our citizens, was shot three times through the body by a freedman named Joe W Brown. Mr. H., in company with Mr. Reeves, were riding on horseback about four miles from Columbus, when they discovered a negro on foot, who, when noticing them, turned and ran. Mr. H. remarked to Reeves that the negro must be guiltyof doing something, and they rode up to see.

Humphreys rode up within a few yards of him, when he turned around and shot Humphreys three times through the body, mortally wounding him. Brown surrendered to some twenty negroes in that neighborhood, and was by them turned over to the city marshal and deputy sheriff, and is now safely lodged in jail. Brown claims to have shot Humphreys in self-defense. [Interred at Columbus Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Galveston Daily News, October 21, 1873, page 2

Humplik, John


Many expressions of regret were heard on every hand Sunday when news of the death of Mr. John Humplik was learned. Mr. Humplik had been in feeble health for some time, and although his death was not unexpected, still it occasioned deep and sincere regret in the hearts of many who had known him for so long a time. Funeral arrangements were made and the body committed to the earth in St. Michael’s Cemetery Monday morning, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating. The funeral was largely attended, attesting the high esteem in which decedent was held through out this section.

Mr. Humplik was born in Olsovu, Moravia, Europe, and at the time of his death was 79 years and 7 months old. Fifty-five years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Marie Ripper, and to this union were born five children; two of whom preceded him in death--a son, William, died nine years ago, and a daughter, Mrs. Frank Barta, two years ago. Surviving him are the widow, one son, Frank Humplik, and two daughters, Mrs. Fritz Boeker and Mrs. Edmund Barta; also an adopted daughter, Mrs. Lee Jernigan, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Humplik came to this country about forty years ago and settled in Fayette county, where he lived four years. After that time he moved to Colorado county, where he lived up to the time of his death. He was engaged in farming until about three years ago, when his health failed, since which time he made his home with his youngest daughter, Mrs. E. Barta.

Mr. Humplik was a man of many admirable traits--a quiet, peaceable, industrious, good citizen, liked and respected by all, a kind, good neighbor, husband, father and friend, the possessor of a large circle of friends, and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, May 1, 1925, page 1

Humplik, Marie (Ripper)

Mrs. Marie Humplik Claimed by Death

Mrs. Marie Humpllk, a resident of this section, for many years, died last Saturday at the home of her daughter Mrs. Edmund Barta, with whom she had made her home for the past six years. Mrs. Humplik bad been in ill health for quite awhile, part of the time seriously, and although her death was not unexpected, still it occasioned much sadness in the hearts of her family and many friends. Funeral was held at St. Michael's Church Sunday afternoon, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating, with interment in St. Michael's Cemetery. The funeral was largely attended, attesting the love and esteem in which this good lady was held by all.

Mr.[sic] Humplik was born in Olsove, Moravia, Europe, Dec. 8, 1848. Her husband preceded her In death same three years ago. One son, William, died twelve years ago. and one daughter, Mrs. Frank Barta, several years ago. Three children survive, as follows: Mr. Frank Humplik of Schulenburg, Mrs. Fritz Boeker, Jr., of Content, and Mrs. Edmund Barta of this community, also an adopted daughter, Mrs. Lee Jerenigan of San Antonio, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Humplik was a devout, christian woman, and the weather was never too inclement for her to attend church services. Until ill health forced her to take to her bed, she was a regular attendant at services. She was devoted to her children, and raised them to be good christians. She ever proved herself a good wife, mother, neighbor and friend, and her death Is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, November 23, 1928, page 1

Humplik, Will

Tragic Death of Will Humplik

The remains of Will Humplik, a well known ex-citizen of this place,were brought here for burial in St. Michael’s cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Humplik was an employee of the Santa Fe Railroad Company, working with one of its pile driving outfits. While at work near Temple, Saturday, a heavy piece of machinery fell upon him. He was taken to the railroad hospital at Temple at once and everything possible done for him, but he grew worse steadily and passed away Tuesday afternoon. His brother, Frank Humplik of this place, was at his bedside when the end came. Will Humplik was a steady, upright, industrious man, one who lived in this community for many years, and was well thought of by all. He leaves besides his aged parents, a brother, Frank, and three sisters, Mrs. Edmund Barta and Mrs. Fritz Boeker of this vicinity, and Mrs. Frank Barta of Kaufman, Texas. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family in the heavy loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, June 30, 1916, page 1

Hundt, Julius Andrew Sr.

Death of Julius Hundt, Sr.

Columbus, March 29.--Julius Andrew Hundt Sr., 90 years old, born at Ancbald, Coeten, Germany, died at the residence of his granddaughter, Mrs. Gus Auerbach, Saturday afternoon and was buried at Shaws Bend [Fitzgerald] Cemetery Sunday, Rev. R. S. Girrard, Baptist minister, conducting the funeral services. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. John Lange of Eagle Lake, Mrs. W. J. Daniels of Houston and Mrs. Adam Leyendecker of Frelsburg and one son, Julius A. Hundt, Jr., of Eagle Lake.

Weimar Mercury, April 2, 1920, page 5

Hunnicutt, Huston Jr.


Huston Hunnicutt Jr., 54, went home to be with His Lord and Savior on Friday, April 1, 2005. Huston was born on May 12, 1950 in Levelland, Texas, and has lived for the past 8 years in Sheridan, Texas. He was an employee of Copano Processing - Houston Central, and he was an active member and deacon of the First Baptist Church in Sheridan.

He is survived by his wife, Kay Charba Hunnicutt, his sons Tim H. Hunnicutt (San Angelo, TX), Cory and Spence Spencer (Sheridan, TX), his father Huston Hunnicutt Sr. and his wife Lora (Lubbock, TX), his sister Debra McIntire and her husband David (Lubbock, TX) and his sister Kathy Sanders and her husband Bob (Stamford, TX), along with several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends. Huston was preceded in death by his mother Wilma Bryant Hunnicutt, his first wife Patricia Hunnicutt and his daughter Tonya Hunnicutt.

Huston will be remembered for his warm smile, his caring spirit and his love for his family and nature. He enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing and camping and going to the movies. His family remembers his love of cooking especially his world-famous pies. Huston's love for Christ was never more evident than when he spent time with his family - he exemplified the lifestyle that Christ ordained and loved his family and served his Lord with the fervency of a servant of the King. The family draws comfort from the fact that there is no victory or sting in death. "Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NIV) .

Visitation was held on Sunday, April 3 from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, Texas. The "Celebration of Life" service was Monday, April 4, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Sheridan, Texas with the Rev. Bob Allison officiating. Burial followed at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Pallbearers were Jack Varter, Louis Botard, Craig Koudelka, Jeff Peacock, Greg Buzek and Charles Tompkins. Memorials may be given to your church or favorite charity.

Colorado County Citizen, April 6, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Hunsberger, Jesse


The youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Hunsberger died on the evening of the 10th inst. in this place. This little sufferer has joined the angelic band and is safe in the Father’s bosom, free from all pain and tears. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, January 17, 1884

Hunsberger, R. M.


R. M. Hunsberger, who has been lying very low the last six weeks died at 8 o’clock, p.m., the 23d inst. Mr. Hunsberger was a zealous consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, and died with the whole “armor on,” fully believing that beyond this vale of tears there was a haven of rest for him. He leaves a faithful wife, who never left his bed-side for weeks till death claimed him for its own--and three children to mourn the loss of a faithful husband and a devoted father. May the blessings of our kind heavenly Father be with the bereaved in this hour of sore distress. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, August 7, 1884

Hunselka, unknown

A child of Mr. and Mrs. John Hunselka (renters on J. J. Holloway’s farm near town) died Saturday evening and was buried Sunday afternoon in the Catholic cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, January 23, 1892

Hunt, Helen Rosine (Burttschell)

Mrs. Horace H. Hunt of Columbus Died Sunday

Our deepest sympathy is extended Mr. Horace H. Hunt of Columbus in the death of his wife, Mrs. Helen Hunt, who died at the family in Columbus Sunday of pneumonia. She was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Burttschell, and had lived in and near Columbus the twenty-five years of her life. A baby girl one year old is left motherless. The funeral was held Monday at the Odd Fellows' Rest with services at the Catholic church conducted by Father F. S. Strobel. The Columbus high school was closed Monday to show honor to her memory.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 25, 1919
Transcribed by Judy Talkington


The dread disease influenza followed by pneumonia, has claimed another victim in this comunity[sic] which has suffered so severely from the terrible epidemic. This time the victim is another young woman of Columbus, being Mrs. Horace H. Hunt, whose maiden name was Miss Helen Rosina Burttschell. It was only a few weeks ago that two other young women of Columbus were taken, Mrs. Stall, formerly Miss Minnie Rauh, and Mrs. Adams, formerly Miss Grace Mahon.

Mrs. Hunt died Saturday night at 10:35 o’clock. She was taken ill with influenza Friday, January 10. She was very ill for several days, but appeared to be much better Wednesday evening. Early Thursday morning pneumonia developed, and although a trained nurse and the best of medical skill was immediately summoned and they and her devoted husband, her parents, her sisters and attending friends did everything within their power, the tide of the terrible disease could not be stayed. Saturday afternoon the physician announced that there was no hope, that she could last only a few hours at most. Rev. Father F. S. Strobel, pastor of the local Catholic Church, was called to her bedside and administered the last rites of the church. She then asked that her little year old baby girl, sweet little Laura Belle, be baptized. After the little child was baptized, the mother whispered something to her husband, puckering her lips for a kiss; then after her husband kissed her, she closed her eyes with a gentle smile, and went quietly to sleep. She never awakened. Death took her as she slept--without the moving of her eyelids, with the smile still upon her lips, appartently[sic] without the slightest pain, she gently breathed her last--perfectly willing and fully prepared and ready to answer the call of the Master.

Death in this community has never claimed a gentler, sweeter woman; none more popular; none more genuinely beloved by the community than Mrs. Hunt.

Mrs. Hunt was twenty five years old last September the 5. She was born at Mentz, this county, in 1893; and with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Burttschell, moved to Columbus about seventeen years go. She graduated from the high school here, and also completed the course at the State normal at Palacios and the one at Houston. The four years preceeding[sic] her marriage she taught in the public high school of Columbus and made a fine record as an instructor, being a woman of fine classic intellect, lovable character, most delightful manner and far above the average as an instructor. She was a member of the local Catholic Church and for a long time a teacher in the Catholic Sunday School. She received her first Holy Communion at Columbus when twelve years of age, the services being administered by Rev. Father Lenartz, who is now Vicar General of the Galveston Diocese. She was confirmed two years later at the church at Mentz, by the late Bishop Gallaghen, also of the Galveston Diocese. She was married to Mr. Horace H. Hunt of Columbus, July 15, 1916, a remarkably happy marriage in which love has reigned supreme.

Beside her grief stricken husband and her little baby girl, Mrs. Hunt is survived by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Burttschell; four sisters, Misses Lula, Myrtle, Aurelia and Ernestine; and a large number of other relatives and innumerable devoted friends, to all of whom her death is an unspeakable sorrow.

The funeral services were held Monday morning at nine thirty o’clock at the Catholic Church, Requiem Mass being conducted by Father Strobel. At the conclusion of Mass Father Strobel preached a beautiful and touching sermon in memory of Mrs. Hunt, paying a remarkable tribute to her lovable character and noble christian life, and expressing the deep sorrow of the entire community on account of her death. He also conducted services at the graveside after the grave was covered with beautiful floral offerings from grief stricken friends. The Daughters of the Confederacy, of which Mrs. Hunt was an active and beloved member, also conducted a beautiful service in her memory. At the conclusion of their service the Daughters placed a flag over the casket; and after the casket was covered with earth they placed the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy at the head of the tomb.

The funeral services were attended by almost the entire town and by friends and relatives from every section of the county. The Columbus Public Schools also adjourned school as a token of affection for Mrs. Hunt.

Among those from out of town who came to the funeral were the following: Miss Regina Chew, Mrs. S. Theumann and Mrs. W. A. Burttschell, of Eagle Lake; Mr. Warren W. Hunt of Waco; Mrs. A. H. Lee of Rosenberg; Mr. and Mrs. Wegenhoft of Rock Island; Mr. ad Mrs. Hugo Meyer and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Braden of Bernardo; Miss Ditmann, the Everetts, Mrs. C. Hennicke, Mr. Henry Burttscheel[sic] and family and Mrs. John Meikow, of Alleyton; Messrs. Charley, Rudolph and Alex Theumann of Cat Spring; Mrs. Schulenburg and Miss Mary Schulenburg, of Glidden; and many other whose names we failed to get.

The Citizen in expressing sorrow at the death of Mrs. Hunt, expresses the sentiments of the entire community; and heart of all goes out to the broken heartd[sic] relatives--the husband, little Laura Belle, the mother and father, and the four sisters of Mrs. Hunt. They can well be proud of the kindly christian life lived by her, and the affectionate tribute paid by the community to her memory. It is not often we find a person so universally admired and loved as was she. The finite mind cannot quite understand why it should be necessary to cut short such a young, happy and useful life. But the Master doeth all things well and sees that all things, ever the sorrows and heart aches and troubles of life, shall work out for good in the end.

Colorado Citizen, January 24, 1919

Hunt, Horace H.

Deplorable Tragedy Enacted at Columbus

Late Saturday afternoon a deplorable tragedy was enacted at Columbus, in which one man lost his life and another, his son-in-law, stands charged with murder. It happened in front of the residence of the man killed, we understand, and this was in the south part of Columbus, about two blocks from the business section of the town.

From press reports it seems that bad blood had existed between Horace H. Hunt, retired oil man living in Columbus, and his son-in-law and nephew, Hulen Carroll of Alvin, Texas. The ill feeling arose from the fact that Hunt’s daughter had married Carroll, a cousin, in San Antonio, some time previous. Carroll and wife came to Columbus Saturday afternoon and drove to Hunt’s residence for the ostensible purpose of securing some of the wife’s possessions from the family home. Hunt came out to their car and a long conversation--perhaps a heated one--took place. From press reports it would seem both men were armed. Suddenly Carroll fired on Hunt, inflicting mortal wounds from which he died at 11 o’clock Saturday night.

Carroll remained in his car for a time, then surrendered to Mr. J. C. Burt, of Columbus, a near neighbor of Mr. Hunt, who took him to jail and turned him over to Sheriff E. B. Mayes. Carroll expressed the hope just after the shooting that Hunt would not die.

Hunt was wounded with one bullet in the shoulder, while two others found lodgment in his abdomen. One bullet is said to have clipped Hunt’s spine, paralyzing him from the hips down.

There were three brothers and two sisters in the Hunt family. Ben Hunt, oil man, former Baptist preacher at Columbus, married a Columbus girl, and now lives at Austin. Another brother, Warren, lives at Houston, while a married sister, mother of young Carroll, lives at Alvin, and another sister at Cameron, we understand.

The affair is deeply regretted by citizens of Columbus and all others who knew the Hunt family.

Weimar Mercury, May 27, 1938, page 1

Hunt, Martha

Mrs. Martha Hunt
(By Mrs. M I. Nicewander)

Mrs. Martha Hunt of Rock Island, age 68, died at the family residence Tuesday morning at 4:30 after an illness of several months. Funeral services were held from the Baptist church Wednesday 10:30 A.M. o'clock with Rev. Burns her pastor conducting the service.

She was married to John L. Hunt, Feb. 6, 1891, and to this union 3 children were born. Mrs. Hunt was a devout Christian woman living a full life of service for her Master, very active in all church affairs until her health failed.

She is survived by her husband J. L. Hunt, two daughters, Mrs. Bertha Gore, Havner, Okla., Mrs. Ray Baker of Rock Island and one son, W. W. Hunt of LaPorte, Tex. 12 grandchildren, several brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews left to mourn her passing,. [Buried Myrtle Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, January 9, 1936

Hunt, Mary F. (Carter)

“Earth has one mortal less,
And Heaven an angel more.”

With sadness the CITIZEN records the death of Mrs. Mary J.[sic] Hunt, consort of Capt. W. G. Hunt, of this city. Her peaceful spirit passed to the realms of shade at 6 o’clock yesterday morning. She has been a resident of Colorado county and Columbus for many years, and was highly esteemed by a large circle of relatives and friends. Of quiet and unobtrusive disposition, she lived at peace with God, and happy in works of kindness to her friends. She was long a consistent member of the Episcopal Church, and lived a life adorned by the Christian graces. To her stricken husband and bereaved relatives, universal condolence is extended. Well may the sharer of her joys and sorrows of this life exclaim:

“If she could know the blight that desolates my heart,
Could she--aye, could she, them, one loving word impart?
It cannot be--nay, nay, death is a loveless art.
“So calm and pale she is, like moonlight overhead,
So silent while I weep for one whom Heaven has wed,
My poor, lone heart will break for Love lying dead.”

Her remains will be committed to the dust at 1 o’clock this afternoon at the cemetery on the Ijams’ place.

Colorado Citizen, March 15, 1888, page 3


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Huntley, Sybil (Chapman)

Last Rites For Mrs. Huntley Held Feb. 17

Funeral services for Mrs. Sybil Huntley, 79, were held Thursday, Feb 17, at First Baptist Church here with Rev. John Robinson officiating.

Mrs. Huntley, the former Sybil Chapman of Weimar, died Feb. 15 at Fredericksburg Nursing Home.

She was born here Dec. 5, 1892, the daughter of Sam D. and Cornet V. Hancock Chapman, and was married to Walter Huntley in 1924. They settled in Beaumont, and Mr. Huntley taught school there for 40 years. Mr. Huntley died in 1949.

Surviving Mrs. Huntley are five sisters, Mrs. Sidney Schackelford, Mrs. Vanlee Sanford, Mrs. F. J. Bauer, Mrs. Alma McIvor, all of Houston, and Mrs. Tom Penick of Austin; and two brothers, S. D. Chapman of Houston and S. B. Chapman of Waco.
Pallbearers were Tom Penick, James O. Chapman, S. M. Schackelford, Richard Bauer, Charlie Allen, and Aubrey I. Chapman.

Weimar Mercury, February 24, 1972
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Huntley, Walter

Final Rites for Walter Huntley, 69, Held Here Thursday

Funeral services for Walter Huntley of Beaumont were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Thursday afternoon, May 26, Rev. W. E. Brown officiating. Interment was in City Cemetery.

Born April 21, 1880, in Raymond, Mississippi, Mr. Huntley had lived in Beaumont since 1909. He married Miss Sybil Chapman of Weimar in 1924. After being associated with the Morris and Company Packers for 20 years, he retired from business eight years ago.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Sybil Huntley; one brother, Henry A. Huntley of Dallas; and two sisters, Mrs. Grady Oldham of Amarillo and Mrs. Ed Herndon of Sweetwater.

Weimar Mercury, June 3, 1949, page 1

Huppertz, Maud (Armstrong)

Mrs. Maud Armstrong Huppertz.

News was received here the latter part of last week that Mrs. Jack Huppertz, (nee Miss Maud Armstrong) who had only left here about two weeks before for a visit to Houston, was taken suddenly sick with appendicitis and had to undergo an operation for same. Following this word, however, came the startling intelligence that she had contracted pneumonia and was dying. Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong, her parents. hastened at once to her bedside, but, alas, the death angel claimed her for his own. Mrs. Huppertz was born in Weimar Oct. 26, 1874, and was married to Mr. Jack Huppertz of Austin Dec. 30, 1913. She leaves a heart-broken young husband, two sisters, four brothers and an aged father and mother who are bowed under the afflicting hand of God. Oh, father and mother, though you put on sackcloth and ashes, hang your harp on the willow and go out into the evening shades and turn your faces, to the west and bemoan with star fire and immortal tears, it will not return to you your dead baby daughter, however much you may desire it. She is gone forever and forever from this world, but, you poor, afflicted ones, I know you can look through your tears with the strong eye of faith and as Rachel of old can say, "She can not come to us, but we can and will go to her.” It is the ordination of God, and nothing is left to us but contentment, obedience, submission, veneration and faith, and the sacred hope that some day we may see her as she was. On her grave. amid the green foliage of our beautiful cemetery[ Masonic Cemetery], where the birds chirp and darkness comes as everything is still. Among the many beautiful floral tributes places there by kind and loving hands in the bright sunset of her burial, was one of a far-away and absent people, but ever remindful of what she had done for them, with this card on it, “In behalf of your friends in Houston.” It has been only five short months since she left Weimar a bride, but she will always be spoken of as “Our Weimar Girl,” and I affirm it will not outdistance in time the love and veneration of these Weimar people, who sought to honor her with their tokens of love and respect. N.

Weimar Mercury, May 29, 1914, page 1

Hurd, Bennie


Bennie Hurd, colored man who lived here for many years, but who for some time past has been living at Waelder, died Sunday and the remains were brought here Tuesday for interment in the colored people’s burying ground west of the city. Bennie was well liked by everyone and his death is regretted. He leaves a wife and one son, the latter living in Houston.

Weimar Mercury, April 12, 1935, page 5

Hurd, Bill Sr

Two Killed In Truck-Auto Collision Here Monday P.M.

Tragedy struck swiftly here last Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. when V. T. (Lefty) Matthews 57, of Eagle Lake, and a Negro employee, Bill Hurd, Sr., 70, were killed in a collision involving two trucks and Mr. Matthews car. The accident occurred just one-half mile south of the Eagle Lake city limits on the county road forming the outer loop of farm-to-market Road 102.

Three other occupants of the car, also colored employees were injured and hospitalized. Drivers of the two trucks escaped injury.

According to Highway Patrolmen Tom Halbert and Neal Binford, who investigated the accident, a 1952 Chevrolet Tractor and Semi-trailer, owned by Leroy Frels of El Campo, but driven by Cleo Walker, 33-year-old Negro man, and a 1946 Chevrolet truck, loaded with rice, owned by Powers Bros., and driven by Johnny Beasley, 52, colored, of Eagle Lake side-swiped a few feet south of a small bridge. The trailer truck, going south, jackknifed and the tractor portion of the truck swung violently into the path of the 1955 Ford Sedan driven by Mr. Matthews.

A collision was inevitable although patrolmen found a few feet of tire tracks as Mr. Matthews may have started to apply brakes before collision with the truck.

The rice truck, going toward town and in the same direction as Mr. Matthews was traveling, rolled over spilling rice for a distance of several hundred feet.

W. B. Hinton, who lives nearby, was first to arrive on the scene and assisted in removing Mr. Matthews from the crumpled car. He was rushed to Laughlin Hospital, but despite all medical assistance died less than an hour later from severe internal injuries.

Hurd, riding in the front seat, was dead before he could be removed. The other three occupants of the car were thrown clear of the car, one of them across a barbed wire fence into a nearby field. [Place of interment for Hurd is Union Hill]

They were: Herman Powell, 19 who suffered a broken leg; Light Williams, Jr., 33 with neck injuries and a possible concussion; and Farrie Tatum, 46, with a broken arm and internal injuries. All are reported to be recovering at the hospital.

Walker and Beasley were treated for various bruises and minor injuries.

Survivors of the crash told investigating officers that Mr. Matthews had stopped to allow the rice truck, coming from a gravel road to pull ahead of him. Officers estimated that he was some fifty yards behind the Powers truck when the trucks sideswiped, but the suddenness of the accident made it impossible to avoid a collision.

The accident, one of the worst of recent date, included the county’s fifth and sixth traffic fatalities thus far in 1956. Last year a total of eighteen died on county highways.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 27, 1956
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hurd,Callie (Nixon)

Sis. Callie Hurd

The journey for Sis. Callie Hurd began on November 30, 1910 in Egypt, as the last born to Ellis and Leola Nixon and ended in Wharton at Avalon Place.

Callie attended public school in Egypt. She met the love of her life, Bro. Samuel Hurd Sr., and was united in Holy Matrimony in 1926. To this union, 11 children were born.

Callie, the youngest of four children, came to know Christ at a young age through her membership at St. Jones Baptist Church, which later became Greater Union Baptist Church where she continued to serve actively until her health failed her. Callie truly loves the Lord and was steadfast in her commitment to share his word with anyone she came in contact with.

During her many years as a member of G.U.B.C. Callie sang in the choir, was the choir secretary, a member of the Mission Society, and was also Sunday school superintendent. Callie was also an active member of AH Simmons Chapter 217 Order of Eastern Stars.

Callie's life was filled with bearing children, cooking for family and friends and serving the Lord the best way she knew how.

On February 11, in Wharton, God dispatched His Angel and called our loved one home.

Sis. Callie Hurd is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; two sisters; four children, Samuel Hurd Jr., Arthur Hurd Sr. and two in infancy; four grandchildren, Ronnie Glover, Kenneth Ray Glover, Linda F. Hurd and one in infancy.

Sis. Callie Hurd leaves to mourn her a loving husband of 80 years, Samuel Hurd Sr., of Matthews; five daughters, Otha Ballock of Houston, Beatrice Cunningham of Matthews, Wealthy Davis of Texas City, Lily Glover of Houston, Bobby McKelvey of Houston; two sons, Roy Hurd Sr. of Houston, Darnelle Hurd of Matthews; 34 grandchildren; 58 great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 17 at 11 a.m. at Greater Union Baptist Church in Matthews with the Rev. L. Robertson. Final resting place was at Union Hill Cemetery. Most precious memories entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were D.J. Auzenne, Gregory C. Ballock Jr., Brandon D. Cunningham, Ricky J. Cunningham Jr., Terry L. Cunningham Jr., DeGarian J. Glover, Henry Hurd-Freeman, Curtis McKelvey.

Honorary pallbearers were Clyde Cunningham Sr., Terry L. Cunningham Sr., Jeffrey Hurd, Louis Matthews, Gerald Hurd and Joskie Jenkins.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 22nd, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Hurd, Erissia (Grounds)


On July 30, 1929, Lillian and Willis Grounds Sr. were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. They named her Erissia. She was later married to George Hurd. At an early age Erissia professed her faith in Christ.

Late Monday evening on June 12, 2006 Erissia was extended an invitation to come and prepare for eternal life with her "Heavenly Father". Erissia was preceded in death by her mother Lillian; father, Willis; three brothers, Willis Grounds Jr., Connie and Pertis Grounds; three sisters Rosie, Bertha and Lorine Grounds; and one niece Vera Lemons; and one great nephew, Curtis Glenn.

She leaves to cherish her memories; one sister Lillian Ward and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.

Funeral Services were held on June 17 at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church in Eagle Lake, Texas. [Place of interment unknown]

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 22nd, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Hurd, Gloria (Glenn)

Gloria Hurd

Gloria Hurd, 82, of Eagle Lake, passed away Dec. 27, 2009.

She was born in Glidden, Nov. 2, 1927 to Elza and Lula Glenn. She started school in Glidden and alter attended school in Columbus where she graduated. She was a member of Heron of Jericho. She joined Olive Branch Baptist Church in Glidden under the leadership of the Rev. A. Hubbard. She later moved her membership to Mount Olive Baptist Church in Eagle Lake where she served as a member and usher until her health failed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ervin Hurd Sr.; sister, Daisy Smallwood; and three brothers, Willie Glenn, Elza Glenn Jr. and Andrew Glenn.

She is survived by her son, Ervin Hurd Jr. of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter, Jean Evelyn Kirks of Texas City; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Mattie Banks of San Antonio; brother, Leon Glenn of Port Arthur; sisters-in-law, Ester Glenn of Columbus and Era Mae Glenn of San Antonio; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 2 at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Dave Curry, pastor, officiating. Interment followed at Union Hill Cemetery in Matthews.

Pallbearers were Ervin Hurd III, Andrew Smallwood, Kevin Glenn, James Smallwood, Carl Hurd, Connie Hurd, Stanley Smallwood, Jerry Hurd and Wayne Whitehead.

Honorary pallbearers were Leon Glenn, Earnest Smallwood, Joseph Glenn, Willie Glenn and Curtis Smith.

Colorado County Citizen, January 20, 2010

Hurd, Jimmy Boyce

Jimmy Hurd

Jimmy Hurd passed away March 6.

On November 22, 1950 Jake and Lillie Mae Hurd were blessed with a baby boy named Jimmy. He was the last of six children, and was reared by Eddie and Laura Hurd.

He grew up and attended public school in the Eagle Lake community. Jimmy graduated from Eagle Lake High School in 1969.

He confessed to Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of the New Union Missionary Baptist Church in San Antonio until his departure.

Jimmy was an entrepreneur and loved to cook and entertain people. He was united in holy matrimony to Lois, and to this union two children were born.

He was preceded in death by his father, reared father, two aunts, and two uncles.

Left to cherish his memories are his mother, Lillie Mae Hurd; his reared mother, Laura Hurd of Matthews; three children, Jeremy Hurd (Santitra), Jessica Hurd of Houston and Nicole Flowers of Eagle Lake; two brothers, Allen Ray Hurd (Arlita) of Houston and Roscoe Hurd of Ciblo, Texas; six sisters, Joyce Rhodes (Arthur), Wilma Shorter, Jewel Lewis, Pearlie Ford (Cleven) and Geraldine Edwards of Matthews and Corine Crosby of Houston; three aunts, Doris Johnson of San Antonio, Laura Henry and Ethel Henry of Matthews; a dear friend, Brenda Vera of San Antonio; four grandchildren, Taylor, Jaylon, Jerami and Gerrin; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. from Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Howard Newton, Pastor of New Union Missionary Baptist Church officiating. Interment followed in Union Hill Cemetery in Matthews. Final arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were John Allen Jr., George Black, Creed Henry, Ronnie Carroll, Marvin Sims, Herbert Ashton, Jonathan Tillman and Kenneth Prince.

Honorary pallbearers were Arthur Ray Rhodes, Michael Rhodes, Roscoe Hurd, Jarod Hurd, Dewayne Hurd, James Rhodes, Jeremy Hurd, Allen Hurd, Shawn Hurd and Dwight Hurd.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 16th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Hurr, Bettie (Holt)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Hurr, 86, Held at Columbus

Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Hurr, 86, who had lived in retirement at San Jacinto Hotel here the past six years, were held June 6 at First Methodist Church in Columbus, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery there.

Mrs. Hurr, who was originally from Weimar but had spent most of her life in Columbus, died June 4 in Youens Hospital here.

A member of one of the earliest families in the area, she was a daughter of Prof. J. W. Holt, who taught many years at Oakland and Weimar. It was in her dedication to teaching that Mrs. Hurr was best known and loved. She taught for 44 years before retiring in 1948. Her husband, who died in an auto accident in 1938, was Henry Hurr, former editor and publisher of the Flatonia Argus and the Colorado County Citizen.

Their only son, Henry Hurr Jr., also lost his life in an auto accident in 1930. Mrs. Hurr was preceded in death also by two brothers, Ben Holt, Weimar banker and Lester Holt of Hallettsville, district judge.

She is survived by a brother, Will Holt of Waelder; a granddaughter, Mrs. Kelly McCann, of Dallas; and three great-grandsons.

Weimar Mercury, June 14, 1962, page 1

Hurr, Henry

Tragic Death of Henry Hurr, Editor Columbus Citizen

It is not often that a newspaper man has to record the deaths of two near and very dear friends within a few days time, but that has fallen to the lot of this writer during the past week. Following the awful shock of the death of Mr. George F. Hillje in San Antonio last Friday morning, a friend whom we had known and loved since babyhood almost, there came the awful shocking news of the tragic death of a man whom we had known for many years and for whom we had always retained the highest regard. We speak of Mr. Henry Hurr, editor of the Columbus Citizen whose shocking death followed so soon on the heels of that of Mr. Hillje.

Mr. Hurr, editor of the Citizen for many years was a member of the program committee of the Texas Press Association, and as such was called to Austin Friday of last week to formulate the program. He and Mr. W. W. Aikin of Crockett, another newspaper man, drove to Austin Friday morning, going via LaGrange and picking up Editor B. F. Harigel. The trio of newspapermen completed their labors, drove to Smithville where they took supper, then on to Lagrange. Here they halted briefly in the home of Editor Harigel, then Mr. Aikin and Mr. Hurr resumed their journey toward home.

The prevailing high wind, and probably fast driving caused the car to swerve to the left side of this highway as they were rounding the hill eight miles east of LaGrange. It is also possible, according to Editor Aiken that a flat materialized as they swerved, and caused Editor Hurr to lose control of the car. It crashed over the edge of the highway and turned over four times.

J. Willms who lives below Columbus and who was driving his car about 400 yards behind the Hurr vehicle says he saw the tail light ahead and then suddenly saw it revolve. He brought his car to a stop and sought to give aid. He stated that Mr. Hurr was away from the car, but could not say whether or not in the path of the motor vehicle as it turned over. Mr. Aiken was of the opinion that Mr. Hurr was thrown directly in the path of the car and that it rolled over him. Mr. Hurr’s neck was broken and his chest crushed.

Taken as quickly as possible to LaGrange Hospital Mr. Hurr was given every attention possible, but lived only a few moments. It was found that his neck was broken, a bad hole stove in the back of his skull, partially scalped, nose broken, his teeth knocked out, besides many bruises and cuts about his body. Mr. Aikin sustained a broken arm near the wrist, a badly wrenched shoulder, and numerous cuts and bruises.

Mr. Hurr’s body was taken in charge by an ambulance from Columbus and removed to that city. His funeral took place in Columbus Sunday afternoon at the Odd Fellow’s Rest and was one of the most largely attended funerals ever witnessed in South Texas.

The floral offerings superseded anything ever seen in this section, attesting the high regard in which he as held by his fellowmen wherever he was known. Hundreds of telegrams were received by his widow conveying messages of condolence to her in her bereavement.

It is hard to give up a friend like Henry Hurr. A man of quiet disposition, yet recognized by all for his many endearing qualities of head and heart, he was welcomed in every gathering, and his advice and counsel were often sought. His charities were many, but he never spoke of them. To his family he was ever a sunbeam of good cheer and to those about him. The writer often recalls how good and kind he was to his late father-i9n-law and mother-in-law, Prof. And Mrs. J. W. Holt. To those good people getting along in years he could never do enough for their comfort and welfare. He was solicitous of their welfare and happiness at all times. And to do for them was a pleasure. The world can ill afford o spare men of Henry’s ilk. He was a source of help, energy and ambition to those about him and now that he has gone from among us, many of us grope about in the darkness, vainly seeking his helping hand and kindly advice. Henry has gone, but his good deeds and kindly traits of character will ever live in our hearts. Good bye, old friend; we are parted, but not for long! May God comfort your bereaved ones as He alone can.

“Leaves have their time to fall
And Flowers to wither at the North wind’s breath,
And stars to fade –
But, Thou hast all seasons for thine,
O Death.”

Sketch of the Life of Henry Hurr

Henry Hurr was born February 15, 1877 in Oneida, Ill, a son of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Hurr. At time of death he was 61 years of age. As a boy he clerked in a grocery store in Oneida; at the same time studying the telegrapher’s trade. Afterward he was ent to Red Cloud, Neb., as telegrapher, later to Glidden, Texas, where he remained until 1900. Practically all his life from the time he came to Texas was spent in this part of the state. July 31, 1902 he was united in marriage to Miss Bettie Holt of Weimar. Later the couple moved to Seguin, Engle and Flatonia, at each place Mr. Hurr serving as telegraph operator. While residing in Flatonia he purchased the Argus plant, and this was his first venture into the newspaper field. He continued publication of the Argus until 1924 when he moved to Columbus and purchased the Columbus Citizen plant which paper he published continuously up to the time of his death.

Another tragic phase of Mr. Hurr’s death is that a beloved son, Henry Hurr, Jr., was killed in a similar automobile accident while en route from New Gulf to Columbus a few years ago, in 1930 to be exact.

Funeral services were held at the Odd Fellows’ Rest in Columbus Sunday afternoon. Revs. Guyon of Hallettsville, Altrey of Houston and Charlton of Columbus officiated in one of the most touching burial services ever listened to in Colorado County. All of these ministers were warm personal friends of Mr. Hurr.

Mr. Hurr is survived by his widow, Mrs. Bettie Holt Hurr; granddaughter, Ethel Hurr, daughter-in-law, Mrs. Johnnie Lee Hurr, of Columbus; two sisters, two brothers living in Illinois and Indiana; and three brothers-in-law, Judge Lester Holt of Hallettsville, Mr. Ben B. Holt of Weimar and Mr. Will Holt of Flatonia.

Weimar Mercury, April 15, 1938
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hurr, Henry, Jr.

Young Henry Hurr Meets Tragic (sic) Death

Another of life's tragedies was enacted Sunday night on the highway near Eagle Lake, when the car occupied by Henry Hurr, Jr. and a young man named Howard Bowman, both of New Gulf, went "wrong" and in a second lay an overturned heap in the ditch alongside the highway, with young Hurr unconscious and all but dead, while Bowman sustained an injured leg that put him almost completely out of commission.

Bowman regained consciousness and finally managed to roll alongside the highway, where after a time he succeeded in getting a truck to stop and render assistance. Young Hurr was found unconscious, a badly injured man, and remained in an unconscious condition up to the time of his death at 9 o'clock Tuesday night.

As quickly as possible he was taken to the Methodist hospital in Houston, where everything possible was done for him, but without avail. The remains were brought to Columbus for interment and laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery there Wednesday afternoon at 4:30, the attendance at the funeral being the largest seen in many years, attesting the popularity of the young man throughout this section.

Henry Hurr, Jr., was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hurr, Sr., and resided at New Gulf, where he managed and operated a moving picture theatre. On Sunday night he drove with young Bowman to Columbus to see his father about some printing for his show place. Leaving Columbus he was en route home and between Alleyton and Eagle Lake when something went wrong with the machinery of his car (Just what will perhaps never be known) and in a second it dove into the ditch alongside the highway and overturned.

Young Hurr was about 26 years of age. For a time he was connected with his father in the publication of the Columbus Citizen, afterward purchasing and conducting a newspaper at Calvert. Later he sold out, quit the newspaper business and embarked in the picture show business at New Gulf. A few years ago he was untied in marriage to Miss Johnnie Lee Obenhaus, popular young lady of Glidden and she and a baby daughter together with the parents, survive.

Henry Hurr, Jr. was a young man of genial presence, popular with his friends and associates, a successful business man, a devoted husband, father and son, a man whom to know was to like and his death in such a tragic manner at such an early age is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, Friday September 19, 1930
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Hurta, Charlie R.

Stroke Fatal To Charlie Hurta, 48, Ex-Soldier

Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 10, for Charlie R. Hurta, Jr., 48-year-old retired Army sergeant.

Rev. F. H. Horak Jr., pastor of Weimar United Church of Christ, officiated. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Mr. Hurta, who had been partially disabled for several months, suffered a stroke in his room at San Jacinto Hotel and was admitted to Youens Memorial Hospital at 1:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon. He died at 6:59 a.m. Monday.

He was born on Nov. 11, 1918, at Oakland, the son of Charles and Rosa Hurta. He entered the Army Jan. 28, 1943, and served 22 years, attaining the rank of master sergeant. Serving most of that time as mess sergeant, he had done three overseas tours, three years each time, twice in Germany and once in Japan. He retired in 1965.

Surviving him are three sisters, Mrs. Milroy (Delores) Hoegemeyer and Mrs. Ewald (Marguerite) Friedrich of Weimar and Mrs. Josephine Rowan of Houston; and a brother, Joe Hurta of New Orleans. Another sister, Mrs. Virginia Elliott, preceded him in death in 1965.

The Weimar Mercury, October 12, 1967
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Hurta, Joseph F.

Jos. F. Hurta, An Old Settler, Passes Away

Mr. Jos. F. Hurta, an old and respected settler of this section, passed away at his home in Oakland Thursday night of last week, after an illness of more than a year. The remains were prepared for burial and committed to mother earth in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery at Weimar Saturday afternoon, Revs. Barton of Granger and Stokes of Weimar officiating in an impressive burial service. A large crowd of mourning relatives and sympathizing friends witnessed the last sad rites.

Mr. Hurta was born in Moravia, Austria, Oct. 3, 1850. He came to America in the year 1869, first settling at Wesely[sic], Washington county, Texas. There he was married to Miss Veronica Holubec, in 1871. To this union five children were born, namely Josef, Annie, John, Frank and August. All of these children preceded him in death a number of years ago. From Wesely[sic] he moved to the Bila Hora section, where his wife died in 1883. In 1891 he was again united in marriage to Miss Katherine Volcik. To this union four children were born, as follows: Mrs. Frank Fojt of Snook, Texas; Chas. J. Hurta of Oakland; Mrs. Gus C. Falke of near Weimar, and Mrs. Frank D. Fojt of Lyons, Texas. From Bila Hora he moved to Oakland, where he resided up to the time of his death. Besides the four children named, all of whom are living, he leaves one brother, Thos. Hurta of Taylor and two sisters, Mrs. Theresa Hodon and Mrs. Janie Srnensky, both of Taylor, and thirteen grandchildren.

Mr. Hurta was a hard worker thru-out his life time, and had accumulated a fair competence. Stricken with blindness and ill health some time ago, he bore up bravely and in spite of his infirmities was cheerful to the last. Despite his blindness he loved to meet and mingle with his fellow man. He was a frequent visitor to our city up to a short time ago. During the latter days of his life he was given every attention and comfort by his devoted children. Mr. Hurta was held in high esteem by those who knew him, and in his passing all feel that they have lost a splendid friend and neighbor.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, October 7, 1927

Hurta, Katherine (Volcik)

Funeral Services Here Tuesday for Mrs. K. Hurta, 90

Funeral services for Mrs. Katherine Hurta, 90, resident of the We!mar area nearly 60 years, were held Tuesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. H. E. Beseda Sr. of Caldwell officiated, assisted by Rev. C. Emigholz of Weimar.
Mrs. Hurta died Sunday night, Jan. 30, at 10:10 In Youens Hospital, where she had been a patient for about 10 days.

Born Dec. 24, 1864, in Czechoslovakia, she was the daughter of Josef and Anna Volcik. She came to this country in 1888, settling at Fayetteville, and was married to Josef Hurta at La Grange In 1893. They lived In the Bila Hora section until 1909, when they moved to Oakland. After the death of her husband In 1927 Mrs. Hurta left Oakland and has been living with her daughters most of the time here with the Gus C. Falke family.

She was a member of the Czech Moravian Brethren Church.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Theresa Fojt and Mrs. Emma Fojt of Snook and Mrs. Alvina (Gus C.) Falke of Weimar; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. One son, Charles R. Hurta Sr., preceded her in death in 1936 at the age of 39.

Pallbearers for the services were Chas. Lidiak, Victor Janecka, Henry Reimers, R. F. Falke, August Juergens, Herman Teltschik, and Louis Balusek.

Weimar Mercury, February 4, 1955, page 1

Hustede, Augusta (Falina)

News from New Bielau

Oct, 9,-- We regret to report the death of Mrs. [George] Hustedt which occured last Saturday morning after a long illness. To the bereaved we extend our heartfelt sympathy. She was laid to rest at New Bielau cemetery. Rev. Hoefer officiating.

Weimar Mercury, October 13, 1911, page 3

Hustede, Ben

Final Rites for Mr. Ben Hustede Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mr. Ben Hustede, 30, of the Honey creek section were held Saturday Morning, August 3, from the Hubbard Funeral Home with the Rev. C. Emigholz, Evangelical Lutheran minister of Weimar officiating.

Interment was made in the New Bielau Cemetery.

Mr. Hustede was born at Harmony, this county, July 11, 1916, the son of Gus and Mary Koehn Hustede. He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, having been baptized at his Honey Creek home February 21, 1935, by the Rev. O. A. Meyer, minister here at that time.

He was married February 23, 1940, to Miss Frances Walches. Two sons were born to this union, one of whom died in infancy.

He leaves his widow, one son, Ben Jr., four sisters, Mrs. Meta Paweleck of Beasley, Mrs. Alfred Dueffe of Rosenberg, Mrs. Robert Emshoff of Beasley; Mrs. J. F. Whitmore of San Antonio; one brother, Alfred Hustede of San Antonio; one step-brother, Joe Miller of Witting and his step-mother, Mrs. Gus Hustede of Sublime. His father and mother preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, August 9, 1946
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Ax Blows Fatal to Man; Wife Critically Wounded

The body of Ben Hustedt of the Honey Creek section, near Sublime, with marks from 30 to 35 ax blows about his head and face, was found in his home by neighbors early Tuesday morning; his wife, who attempted to kill herself after summoning the neighbors, was taken to Schulze Hospital in Schulenburg in a dying condition.

Although doctors counted 50 marks from the ax upon Mrs. Hustedt’s head, fact, and neck, she is expected to recover. Failing with the ax, she attempted to slit her throat with a knife, they said, and then jumped from a two-story window, injuring her hip and spine. She was removed to a Hallettsville hospital Wednesday when she came out of her coma.

The man’s head, almost severed form his body, was mangled beyond recognition, with several slight cuts on his left arm and shoulder, indicating that he hd tried to ward off the blows. The couple’s four-year-old child was apparently a witness to the crime.

It is not know at this writing what charges will be filed.

Date of Mr. Hustedt’s funeral has been tentatively set for Saturday, awaiting arrival of brother of the deceased.

Weimar Mercury, August 2, 1946, page 1

Hustede, Gustav

Gus Hustede, 67, Dies Suddenly, Burial Wednesday

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock from the Hubbard Funeral Home here, for Gustav Hustede, 67, with the Rev. C. Emigholz, Lutheran pastor, officiating. Interment was in the New Bielau cemetery.

Pallbearers were G. Little, Felix Melor, Ed Miska, Otto Tesch, Ernest Tesch and Henry Hnatek.

Gustave Hustede, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Hustede, was born April 12, 1879 in Oldenburg, Germany and came to this country at the age of five, with his parents in the year 1884. The family located near Weimar, where they continued to make their home.

Mr. Hustede was in apparently good health and had retired for the night Monday evening, but when the family attempted to arouse him the next morning they received no response. He had passed away during the night, probably suffering from a heart attack.

He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Koehn, and to this union eight children were born, five girls and three boys. The mother died in April of the year 1930. The following year Mr. Hustede married Mrs. Helen Miller, a widow with one son. He had attained the age of 67 years and six days.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Helen Hustede; four daughters, Mrs. Meta Paweleck of Beasley, Mrs. Hilda Duebbe of Rosenberg, Mrs. Norma Emshoff of Beasley, Mrs. Bertha Whitmore of San Antonio; two sons, Alfred Hustede of San Antonio, who is now in the U. S. Army in Manilla, and Ben Hustede of Weimar; one step-son, Jos. L. Miller of Needville; two brothers, Aug. Hustede of Lockhart and John Hustede of Weimar; four grandchildren. One son and one daughter died in infancy.

The Mercury extends condolence to the bereaved.

Weimar Mercury, February 22, 1946, page 1

Hustede, Johanna (Menis)


We learn that Mrs. John Hustede, well known lady of this section, died and was buried Saturday in the New Bielau Cemetery. Mrs. Hustede some months ago underwent a severe operation, and in her weakened condition she failed to rally and gradually passed away. She was a good woman, wife, mother, neighbor and friend, and her death is sincerely regretted.

Our sincere sympathy is extended her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, January 21, 1938, page 1

Hustede, Louis

Echoes From New Bielau Community
By Erna Johnson

Heart Attack Fatal

Louis Hustede, 42, of Moulton, died suddenly of a heart attack recently . Louis was a son of John Hustede and the late Mrs. Hustede and until a few years ago he lived in the County Line Community and was well known here. Funeral services were held in Smith Funeral Home in Moulton and burial was in the New Bielau Cemetery. His aged father and several brothers and sisters survive.

Weimar Mercury, April 21, 1961, page 7

Hustede, Mary (Koehn)

Lady of Sublime Section Buried Saturday

News was received here last week that Mrs. Mary Hustede, beloved wife of Mr. Gus Hustede of the Sublime sections, was very ill and not expected to recover. We have since learned that this good woman passed away at the family home last Friday and that the funeral took place at the New Bielau Cemetery Saturday afternoon. The funeral was attended by a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends.
Mrs. Hustede was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Koehn of the Content section. She was united in marriage many years go to Mr. Hustede, and to this union eight children were born. Six of these children, if we mistake not, are living, and two dead. Besides the husband and the children, Mrs. Hustede is survived by four brothers--Messrs. Fred L. and Herman Koehn of the Content section, August Koehn of the Shiloh section, Lavaca county, and John Koehn of Orange Grove.

Mrs. Koehn[sic] was a woman of many noble qualities, a good, true wife and mother, devoted to her family, always glad to render every assistance possible to her friends and neighbors, and although beset by ill health the later years of her life, bore her sufferings uncomplainingly. Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, April 11, 1930, page 1

Huston, May Morley

DIED, Thursday last of congestion, little MAY MORLEY, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Huston, of this city. ... [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, July 21, 1881

Hutchings, Frances Louise (Elkins)

Frances Elkins Hutchings was born November 12, 1912 in Eagle Lake, the first child of Sophia Wilson and William C. Elkins.

The family later moved to Galveston and Houston.

In August 1921 the family returned to Eagle Lake where Will Elkins was employed as District Manager with the Eagle Lake Telephone Company.

Frances was baptized and confirmed in Christ Episcopal Chruch in Eagle Lake and later she taught Sunday School for tots and sang in the church choir.

Frances was active in Eagle Lake High School sports participating in baseball, volleyball, basketball and tennis as well as a member of the Pep Squad, Choral Club, and Drama Club and represented Eagle Lake High School at the District Meeting Scholastic Competition in her senior year. (1931) Frances was elected Prettiest Girl on Campus in 1931.

Upon graduation from High School she obtained a position with the Postal Telegraph and Cable Company where she worked 9 years as a Teletype Operator, Long Distant Switchboard Operator, Branch Manager.

She married Richard Lee Hutchings, Jr. on October 22, 1933 in Christ Episcopal Church by Reverend E. G. Mormian, Jr. in Eagle Lake.

She retired from Acme Brick after 19 years, retiring in 1974 as Executive Secretary to the Branch Manager.

She was named KILT Radio's Secretary Sweetheart of the Day, November 25, 1974.
Frances taught Art Classes part time for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department for many years before retiring at age 85
Frances was the Organizing President of the Montgomery-Thatcher Historical Cemetery that has restored the cemetery of these pioneers of Colorado County.

At the time of her death she was a member of St. Paull's Episcopal Church in Houston, she held membership in the DAR, DRT, and Pasadena Gulf Coast Art Society, Doll Guild, Garden Villas Civic Club.

She is survived by son Richard Lee Hutchings III; sisters Ruth Elkins Orr and Dorothy Elkins Cox and her husband Julian Cox; nieces Jo Anne Paul and Judith Elkins; nephews Thomas Paul, Gary Cox and Timothy Cox.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday March 9, at 11 a.m. in Lakeside Cemetery conducted by the Rite Reverend Ralph Morgan of the Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Headlight Thursday March 11 2010
Contributed by Dorothy E. Cox


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