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Ibarra, Domingo Mendoza


Domingo Mendoza Ibarra, age 56, of Eagle Lake, passed away Saturday, February 20 at the V. A. Hospital in Houston.

Rosary was held from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel Sunday. February 21 at 7 p.m. and was led by Marcy Salinas.

Funeral services followed Monday, February 22 from the Dulany Funeral Home with Rev. Chris Anguino officiating. Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Domingo Mendoza Ibarra was born November 29, 1931 in Gonzales to Jesus and Pola Mendoza Ibarra. He lived in San Antonio for many years where he formed landscape crews for the city of San Antonio. He has since lived in Eagle Lake for almost ten years.

He entered into the U. S Army December 1952, earned the rank of sergeant and served in the Korean War. He was awarded the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star, the United Nations Service Medal and the National. Defense Service Medal. He was discharged November 1960.

Mr. Ibarra was preceded in death by this parents and two brothers, Eusebio Ibarra in 1983 and Manuel Ibarra in 1984.

Survivors include daughters Martha Cavazos and Nancy. DeHoyos of Houston, Judy Garcia, Cynthia Morales, Deborah Ibarra and Susan Arce, all of San Antonio; son, Louis Ibarra of San Antonio; sisters, Ramona Torres of Eagle Lake and Minnie Check of San Antonio; brothers, Jesse Ibarra and Paul Ibarra, both of Eagle Lake, and Jimmy and Ernest Ibarra, both of Richmond.

He was also survived by eleven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, March 3, 1988, page 2

Ilse, Aubrey G.


Aubrey G. Ilse, 69, of Columbus, passed away April 14 at his residence.

He was born in Columbus, July 7, 1934 to Henry and Hattie (Kretzschmar) Ilse and married Gloria Wright, June 9, 1963. He was a retired surveyor for Texas Department of Transportation and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Aline Stolle; and brother, Ellis Ilse.

He is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Russell Coyle of Tucson, Ariz.; son, David G. Ilse of Columbus; brother, Jim Henry Ilse of Columbus; and grandchildren, Leigha Aline and Mikaela Anne Ilse.

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

The Colorado County Citizen, April21, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Ilse, August

Leading Columbus Man Is Claimed by Death

Many friends throughout this section were saddened to learn of the death of Mr. August Ilse, one of Columbus’ leading and most popular business men, which occurred Thursday afternoon at the family residence, following an attack of heart trouble, to which he had been subject for several years past. Information reaching us is to the effect that Mr. Ilse had complained of feeling badly while in town, and had returned home. A local physician happened to drop in for a social call, and while there and in conversation with Mr. Ilse, the sudden and fatal attack came on, and Mr. Ilse was dead in a few seconds. The funeral took place at the Odd Fellows’ Rest near Columbus Friday afternoon, and was largely attended by mourning friends from all over the county.

August Ilse had been a resident of Columbus since early youth. There he attended school, later in life united in marriage to Miss Maggie Mahon, a popular young lady of that section, and the widow and one son survive. Engaging in business early in life, Mr. Ilse was quite successful. Later, ill health forced him to curtail business activities, and for the past several years he had devoted a portion of his time to landed interests, he owning extensive gravel lands.

Mr. Ilse was a man of engaging personality. Good humored at all times, honest and sincere, as true friend as man ever had, a progressive business man and citizen, a devoted husband and father, his death is a heavy blow to the community in which he had so long resided.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved widow and son.

Weimar Mercury, August 5, 1927, page 1

Ilse, Cora

Little Cora, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ilse, departed this life Tuesday last, and her remains were consigned to the dust yesterday. The stricken parents have the sympathy of all in their sorrow. It is a pleasing belief that, to the innocent and sinless little ones, death is but a transition from a world of turmoil and strife and sorrow to a beatified home of joy, of peace of never-ending happiness.

“There is no death; what seems so is transition:
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb clysian,
Whose portals we cll Death”
[Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, May 10, 1883

Ilse, Ella

Services Held At Family Home For Miss Ella Ilse

Funeral services were. held in the famIly home Sunday afternoon for Miss Ella Ilse, who died there, Friday night, after an illness of about 4 mouths.

Miss Ilse was the last of her. family to occupy the large house on. Walnut and Bowie streets which had housed family members for the past 67 years.

Her only, surviving sister, Mrs. Lillian I Miller lives next door. Their parents, Henry and Ida Baring Ilse, who have been dead many years, hid 10 children, 7 of whom lived to maturity.

Rev. C. Jordan Mann of the Methodist church, assisted by the Rev. James Hudson of St. John's Episcopal church; officiated at the home and at the old City cemetery where burial was made. Columbus Funeral home was In charge.

Miss Ilse was born. in Columbus Nov. .21, 1876, and had spent her entire life here .

Other surviving relatives include 2 nieces, Misses Ilse and Nancy Miller of Columbus; a nephew, Jim Henry Ilse of Hermosa Beach, Calif., and a great-nephew, Rod. ILse, of Houston, the latter 2 coming here for the 'services, and another great-nephew, Dick Ilse, also of Hermosa Beach.

Others here from out of town were. Miss Zuleika Ware and William Ware of Houston.

Pallbearers were Thurmond West, Lee Hastedt, J. H. Langston, Dick Lynton, Jim Henry Ilse, Ellis Ilse, R. K. Jackson and Lavo Wegenhoft.

Colorado County Citizen, December 23, 1954

Ilse, Ellis A.


Ellis A. Ilse, 76, of Columbus, died Wednesday, July 16,1997, from injuries received in an auto accident four miles north of Garwood on Hwy. 71.

Born Feb. 14, 1921 in Glidden, he was the son of Henry Mahon and Hattie (Kretschmar[sic]) Ilse. In May of 1942, he married Adela Heine. Mr. Ilse, a lifelong resident of the Columbus area, was a retired plant manager for Horton and Horton Gravel. He was a U.S. Army veteran and member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

Services were held July 18 at St. Paul with Pastor John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Bill Stolle, Billy Mitchell, Ray Locatelli, David Ilse, John Jones and Ron Mostyn.

Mr. Ilse is survived by his wife, of Columbus; daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Jim Anderson of Austin; grandchildren Morgan Anderson and Ross Anderson; and brothers Jim Henry Ilse and Aubrey Ilse, both of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Aline Stolle.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, July 23, 1997

Ilse, Hattie

Funeral Services Held Saturday For Miss Hattie Ilse

Funeral services for Miss Hattie Ilse, 63, who died Friday morning, were held Saturday afternoon from the Ilse home,in charge of Untermeyer Bros. Rev. J. W. E. Airey of Houston officiated and burial was in City cemetery.

Pall bearers were Oscar Schade, Sam K. Seymour Jr., Aubrey Chapman, Sam A. Harbert Jr., W. H. Miekow, Joe Stafford, Albert Hahn and E. L. Litzmann.

Miss Ilse was of Colorado county pioneer ancestry and was born to Henry and Ida Ilse in Columbus April 17, 1879.

Surviving are three sisters, Miss Ella Ilse, Mrs. Martha Hughes and Mrs. Lillian Miller of Columbus, two nieces, Misses Nancy and Ilse Miller of Columbus and a nephew, Jim Henry Ilse of Glendale, Calif.

Colorado County Citizen, Dec 11, 1941

Ilse, Henry

News was received here Wednesday of the death of Mr. Henry Ilse, a well known and worthy citizen of Columbus for many years past, His death occurring Tuesday evening at the family residence, after a long illness. Mr. Ilse was a splendid gentleman in every respect, a man who possessed a large circle of friends wherever known, and his death is deeply and sincerely regretted by Weimar’s people, by whom he was known and much esteemed. Many join us in expressions of deepest sympathy to the bereaved family in the heavy loss sustained. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, July 25, 1908, page 8

Ilse, Henry Mahon

Henry M. Ilse Columbus Native, Buried Saturday

Henry Mahon Ilse, 61; a native Colorado countian and retired farmer and rancher. was laid to rest Saturday after services at 3 p.m. in Columbus Funeral home. Rev Norman Robert's officiated at the last rItes.

Mr. Ilse, who lived about 3 miles southwest of. Columbus, died in the Youens hospital at. Weimar Friday after being in bad health for sometime. .

He was born in Columbus, Oct. 9, 1891 and had lived here all hIs life. He was a son of Mr. and. Mrs. August Ilse.

Survivors are his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Aline Stolle of. Columbus; 3 sons, Ellis, Jim Henry and Aubrey Gordon Ilse, all of Columbus; and a sister, Mrs. A. A. Gregory of Columbus.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Pallbearers were Owen Miller Jr., Dr. Leland Zatopek, Norbert Zatopek, Rod Ilse, Joe GilchrIst, Al Gene Chollett, Leon Stolle and Tommie Zeiner.

Colorado County Citizen, September 13, 1956

Ilse, Henry “Toby”

The body of Toby Ilse, about 12 years of age, son of Mr. Henry Ilse, who was downed while bathing in the Colorado river at Columbus on Wednesday of last week, was found and recovered last Friday by Sheriff Townsend. It was floating in the river about three miles below town. This unfortunate drowning was a sad affliction to the parents of the lamented boy, and they have the heartfelt sympathy of many. [Interment in Columbus City cemetery]

Weimar Gimlet, May 20, 1886

Ilse, Unnamed Son

The infant boy of Mr. and Mrs. M. Ilse died yesterday afternoon at1 o’clock, and the bereaved parents have the sympathy of a number of sympathising friends. The little fellow was only about two weeks old, and is thus early freed from a world of sorrow and suffering. The funeral will take place from the family residence this evening at 4 o’clock, at the City Cemetery.

Colorado Citizen, May 19, 1881
Transcribed by Judy Talkington



No Change Yet In Influenza Situation;
Many Deaths Occurring Among Negroes

The influenza situation is Eagle Lake and surrounding country is unchanged since our report last week. There are fully fifty percent of the people of this section ill of the disease or have just recovered.

The situation does not seem to improve, as more people are contracting the disease and taking to their beds now every day than those who are already ill are getting up. The doctors are on the go night and day. The druggists are overrun with work of filling prescriptions. At some hours during the day the drug stores have been filled with people waiting to get prescriptions filled, and especially so among the Negroes. Scarcely a home in the town has escaped, and there is some one ill at almost every home in the town and surrounding territory. In some of the homes every member of the family is down, and there are homes in our town and section that are sadly in need of assistance. Where every member is in bed and no one in the house to do a thing, the situation is serious to say the least. It is hard to get people to go to these homes where the members of the family are ill, and in fact some of the people of this town and community are treating these who are ill almost as if they were lepers. People, this is not right. Every person should be careful, that's true, but where help is needed, help should be given, regardless of the nature of the disease.

Up to Wednesday morning there had been fifteen deaths reported in Eagle Lake and the immediate section around. Up to that time there had been no deaths among the white people, all the deaths being among the colored people and Mexicans. This, the doctors say, is due to the fact that the Negroes and Mexicans are not taking proper care of themselves.

Last week the Headlight reported the death of a Mexican boy, thirteen years of age. Since then the following deaths have occurred:

Lonnie Parker, colored, twenty-four years old; died at Calhoun last Sunday.

Fred Douglas, colored, twenty-six years old; died Sunday.

John Panido, a Mexican, died on the W. J. Wright place, Tuesday.

Refugio Flores, a Mexican, forty-five, died Wednesday morning.

Oliver Simpson, colored, fifty years old, died Monday.

Arnola Brown, colored, fifteen years old, died Tuesday.

Toliver Riggins, colored, thirty-four years old, died Sunday.

Lafayette Washington, colored, nine months old, died last Friday.

Mary Owens, colored, fourteen years old, died Sunday.

Emilla Richardson, colored, fourteen years old, died Thursday of last week.

John Dancy, colored, aged fifty-eight, death reported last week.

Bessie Dean, colored, fourteen years of age, died during the early part of last week.

Harry Jackson, colored, thirty-four years old, died Tuesday.

Corless Shorpshire, colored, twenty-eight years old, died Tuesday evening.

Henrietta Roy, colored, twenty years old, died Wednesday morning.

The influenza situation is still very serious with little or no change since last week, and every doctor in town is working day and night. And the medical men here do not believe that the peak of the epidemic has been reached as yet, the new cases reported daily still being in excess of those reported well. However, with the complete doing away of all public gatherings, the closing of school and other precautions, danger of spreading the disease is being kept at a minimum. Another precaution, however, should be taken. Children are running around all over town, and the great crowds of them, while school is dismissed, can be seen playing about town and in the streets every day. Not until now has the disease begun to be contracted by children, but children all over town are taking it right along. There is no need for children to be allowed to roam over the town, and according to the medical men, it would be far better for the parents to keep their children at home and out of the weather for the present.

A report in the daily papers from Columbus last Sunday stated that there were fifty case in Columbus and seventy-five in the Glidden neighborhood, a mile west.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 19, 1918
Transcription by Dennis Boatright


Very Few New Cases of Influenza Reported,and Many Who Were Ill Are Rapidly Recovering

A great improvement is shown here in the influenza, epidemic during the past week. The doctors of the city are getting some rest now, and the druggist are no longer worked overtime in filling prescriptions. The epidemic seems to have reached its crest and is rapidly subsiding. There are very few new cases reported, and those who have been ill are rapidly recovering from the disease. There are yet a great many people sick, but for the most part, all patients are doing well, and the disease, even among those who are ill, does not now seem to be near so severe as it was a week or ten days ago.

The Eagle Lake schools will be resumed on next Monday morning, as it has been deemed advisable by the school board. As the situation has so improved, it is believed that the children would really be better in school than they would be on the streets of the town anyway.

Mayor Mooney states that, from advice received from the medical men, he is of the opinion that all restrictions on public gathers, picture shows, church services, etc., can be called off and these things will be permitted to be resumed as before the epidemic struck us.

While no announcements have been received at this office, it is presumed that church services at the various churches of the city will be resumed on Sunday as usual.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 26, 1918
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Influenza (2)


One Mexican and four more negroes have died of influenza here since Wednesday. A Mexican died this morning out at the Raezer place between here and Lakeside.

Jessie May Hawkins, colored, aged two and a half years. died Wednesday.

Rosenvelt Hudson, colored, aged fifteen, died Wednesday.

Amelia Upson, colored, aged fifty-nine, died Wednesday.

Burt [Brit] Boyd, colored, aged twenty-three died Wednesday.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 19, 1918

Ingram, Bettie

Bettie Ingram, a well known colored woman of this city, died suddenly Sunday night of some form of heart trouble, and the funeral took place Tuesday. We understand she was an attendant at church Sunday. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, June 29, 1928, page 1

Ingram, Hattie


Harriet Ingram, wife of Geo. Ingram of this city died Friday of last week and was buried Sunday in the colored people's [Paradise Garden] cemetery west of town.

Harriet had been ill for some ten months or more. She had gone to San Antonio for treatment, but finally when nothing further could be done for her she returned home.

She had gained quite a reputation as a seamstress, and many Weimar people furnished her with sewing and dress making for many years.

Weimar Mercury, June 16 1939

Ingram, James


James Ingram, Sr., 77, son of one of the first slaves brought to this part of the country, died Dec. 11 at his home here. Funeral arrangements are pending. [Interment was in Paradise Gardens.]

His father was the late Miles Ingram, who was brought to the Oak Grove section in 1857 by the Thomas Ingrams, a white family. As was the usual case, the slaves took the name of their white master when they were freed.

James Ingram had spent his entire life in this county retiring from farming five years ago and moving to Weimar. He leaves a wife and four sons, one of whom is Miles Jr., of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, December 15, 1950, page 1

Innes, Catherine Rose

Miss Rose Innes Will be Buried This Morning

Funeral services are scheduled at 10 this (Thursday) morning for Miss Catherine Rose Innes who died in Columbus hospital at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest with the Rev. Calvin Saebers officiating.

Born Aug. 3, 1877, in Luling, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Innes. She came here from Dallas about 18 years ago and had made her home here since. She had been a patient in the local hospital for 7 1/2 months.

Survivors are 2 cousins, Misses Grace and Rosanna Walther, of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, July 13, 1959, page 10

Insall, Annie Lee (Pape)

Mrs. Frank Insall Is Dead at 83

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 26, for Mrs. Frank Insall, 83, who died July 24 in a rest home at Bay City. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery here.

She is survived by a daughter,Mrs. Rex (Leona) Thorne of Luling; a son, Henry, of Bay City; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a brother Emil Pape, of Odessa.

Weimar Mercury, August 2, 1973

Insall, Charles W.


News was flashed over the city Wednesday at noon announcing the sad death of Chas. Insall, youngest son of Mrs. H. J. Insall, after an illness of some forty odd days,of typhoid fever. Everything that the local medical skill could do for him was done, but without avail. It was God's will that he should come home and the will of God was accomplished. At this time (Wednesday afternoon) it is likely the funeral of this popular young man will lake place Thursday afternoon. A suitable obituary will appear in our next issue. Our heartfelt sympathy is with his bereaved ones.


The Charlie Insall funeral will take place at 4 o'clock this (Thursday) afternoon at the Odd Fellows' Cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, September 18, 1925

Death of Chas. Insall

There were many sad hearts in Weimar Wednesday of last week when it was learned that Charles Insall, youngest son of Mrs. H. J. Insall, had succumbed to the ravages of typhoid fever, and was no more. His condition, for many days preceding his death, was known to be precarious, but friends hoped against hope that he would take a turn for the better, and recover. But it was not to be. "God's finger touched him, and he slept." Everything possible was done for him, but without avail.

Funeral arrangements were made, and the body tenderly committed to mother earth Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock, at the Odd Fellows' Cemetery, Rev. C. E. Dearman, local Baptist pastor, officiating in a touching burial service. Attendance at the funeral was unusually large, attesting the popularity of this young man, and the floral tributes were many and beautiful.

The pallbearers were Messrs. John F. Doggett, John Mozisek, Jr., Henry Nitschmann, B. B. Braun, A. Reissner and Kent Lowrey.

Charles Insall was about 23 years of age at the time of his death. During a recent visit to San Antonio he was attacked by typhoid fever, was brought home, and although given the best of attention in every way the forty-odd days siege of this most dreaded disease proved too much for him, and at noon Wednesday the spirit of the poor boy was wafted unto its Creator. Charles Insall was a remarkably bright young man, the possessor of a most cheerful disposition, always in good humor and radiating good cheer wherever he went. He was popular with his friends and associates, a dutiful, loving son, a young man of promise and ability, and his death at such an early age is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. Besides his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. J. H. Montgomery of Laredo and Miss Ruby Insall of this city, and four brothers, Messrs. Frank and Robert Insall of Matagorda County, Jesse Insall of Laredo and John Insall of this city.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

The Weimar Mercury, September 25, 1925
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Insall, Frank Fountain

Ex-Weimarite Frank Insall Buried Here

Graveside services for Frank Fountain Insall, 82, of Bay City, former Weimar resident, were held at Masonic Cemetery here Monday afternoon, Sept. 22, after morning services at Taylor Brothers Funeral Chapel in Bay City.

Rev. W. D. Baker of First Baptist Church and Allen Brown of the Church of Christ, Bay City, officiated.

Mr. Insall died Saturday evening in Matagorda General hospital. A Bay City resident the past 65 years, he was born Oct. 12, 1886, at Borden, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Insall. His father was city marshal in Weimar’s early days.

He went to Bay City in 1904 and was one of Matagorda County’s earliest rice growers. He also raised cattle.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Annie Lee Insall of Bay City; a daughter, Mrs. Rex Thorns of Luling; a son, Henry Insall of Bay City; four grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Leona Montgomery and Mrs. Ruby Mozisek, both of Weimar; and one brother, Jess Insall of Dallas.

Pallbearers for the Weimar service were grandsons and nephews, Bobby Insall, Henry Insall, Jr., Jess Insall, Jr., Robert Insall, Jr., Carl Frank Thorne, Jimmy Thorne, J. H. Montgomery, Henry Pape, John and Heine Mozisek.

The Weimar Mercury, September 25, 1969
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Insall, Henry J.


Mr. Henry J. Insall, city marshal at Weimar for the past twenty years, died at his home in that city at 8 o’clock Tuesday evening after an illness of only a few hours duration. He suffered a stroke of apoplexy early Tuesday morning and never regained consciousness after being stricken. Mr. Insall was well known in South Texas and has been a peace officer for many years in this county. He leaves a widow and seven children. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 3, 1917

Insall, Ida (Berger)

Relatives here were informed Monday night of the death of Mrs. Ida Berger Insall of San Antonio, following an operation a few days ago at a hospital in that city. The remains were brought to this city, to the home of her mother, Mrs. Mary Berger, and interment took place Wednesday afternoon at St. Michael's Cemetery, with Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. A large crowd of mourning relatives and friends witnessed the sad ceremony.

Mrs. Berger was a daughter of Mrs. Mary Berger of this city, was born and raised north of town, and lived here for many years. Some years ago she and her husband moved to San Antonio, where they have since made their home.

Mrs. Berger was a lovable, good woman, a devoted wife and mother, popular wherever she was known, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Misses Vida and Velma, and one son, Robert, Jr.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, October 10, 1930
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Insall, John H.

Heart Attack Is Fatal to John Insall, 68

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home for John Insall, 68, who died at 2 a.m. Sunday in Colonial Rest Home at Schulenburg.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery here. Rev. W. W. Wooley, Baptist pastor officiated.

Mr. Insall whose health had teen failing the past several years, recently had spent five days in the hospital here. He had been living at the rest home one week when he suffered a heart attack and died in his sleep.

Born on the old Insall homestead near Weimar March 27, 1890, the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Insall, he spent his entire lifetime here and had a wide circle of friends. He was a member of First Baptist Church here.

Survivors include three brothers, Frank and Bob Insall of Bay City and Jess Insall of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. J. H. (Leona) Montgomery and Mrs. J. R. (Ruby) Morisek both of Weimar; and several nieces and nephews. A brother, Charles Walker Insall preceded him in death in 1925.

Pallbearers were Ben Holt, Walter Williams, W. M. Ratliff, George Sander, John Schindler and G. W. Shaver.

Weimar Mercury, October 24, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Insall, Isabella Victoria (Fountain)

Funeral Held Here For Mrs. H. J. Insall, 71, Pioneer Resident

Funeral services for Mrs. H. J. Insall, 71, resident of Weimar for the past 54 years, whose death occurred here Thursday afternoon after a several weeks illness, were held from the family residence Friday afternoon, Rev. C. L. Boone, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.

The deceased, nee Isabelle Fountain, was born in Casue Parish, Louisiana, Sept. 1, 1867, moving to Weimar at the age of 17. Later she was united in marriage to Mr. Henry J. Insall, one of Weimar's most efficient peace officers during its history. In early girlhood, she became a member of the Borden Baptist Church, later transferring her membership to the Weimar First Baptist, and at the time of her decease was one of it oldest members.

A good Christian woman, wife, mother and friend, Mrs. Insall, despite being in ill health for many years, always had a kindly word for everyone, maintained at all times a cheerful spirit, and was an inspiration to those who knew her intimately. Despite adverse health, throughout many years, with remarkable tenacity, she had retained an a bundance of optimistic perseverance. Seriously ill for the past several weeks, she expired Thursday afternoon.

She is survived by four sons: F. F. Insall of Bay City, R. E. Insall of El Campo, Jess Insall of Henderson, and John Insall of Weimar; two daughters, Mrs. J. H. Montgomery[sic] of Odessa and Mrs. John Mozisek of Weimar; two sisters, Mrs. Fannie Sledge of Houston and Mrs. Joe Vester of Columbus; a brother A. E. Fountain of Columbus; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Interment was in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery.

To bereaved family members and relatives the Mercury publishers extend their most sincere sympathy.

Those from out of town, friends and relatives, here to attend the funeral were: Mrs. Jno. Kunetka, Mrs. W. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Baar, Mrs. Mary Otto, Mrs. Willie Poppe and daughter of La Grange; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Manford, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Eckels , Mrs. Albert Millican, Mrs. Bruce Peiper, Mrs. W. L. Schiltz, Mrs. Percy Walker of Luling; Mr. John Rinehard of Kilgore; Mr. and Mrs. F. F. Insall, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Insall of Bay City; Mr. R. E. Insall of El Campo; Mr. Jess Insall of Henderson; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Montgomery of Odessa; Mr. and Mrs. Rex Thorne of Luling; Jack Montgomery of Austin; Mrs. Fanny Sledge of Houston, sister of Mrs. Insall; Mr. E. Fountain of Columbus, brother of Mrs. Insall; Mrs. Thigpen and daughter of Hallettsville.

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1939

Insall, Nellie M.

Death of Miss Nellie Insall.

One of the saddest funerals ever witnessed in our city was that of Miss Nellie Insall, which took place last Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Odd Fellows cemetery. This young lady returned from a pleasant visit to LaGrange on the Saturday preceding her funeral, in apparently the best of health. Shortly after her arrival home, she complained of feeling badly, grew worse rapidly, and in a few days was dangerously ill. On Friday her condition became hopeless, and at 11 o’clock that morning her spirit was wafted to the God who gave it life. Congestion, we understand, was the cause of her death. But few of our people knew she was sick, and when the announcement of her death was made, our people were unable for a time too believe it. This young lady was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Insall, the idol of family and friends, and her sudden and unexpected death was indeed a terrible shock to them. She was possessed of an unusually lovable disposition, and wherever she went her sweet, winning ways attracted scores of friends. But a short time ago she was converted at the meeting held at the Baptist church in this city by Rev. J. E. Stack, and from that time on she lived the life of a consistent christian girl, giving her time and talents freely to the cause of the Master whom she learned to love to well. She seemed aware of approaching death and in her talks to the family and friends expressed a willingness to go. Rev. J. E. Stack came down from Waco Saturday and officiated at the funeral, preaching one of the most touching services ever witnessed in our city. The funeral was largely attended, scores of friends attesting their love and sympathy by words of consolation and tears freely shed. Miss Nellie had made teaching her calling in life and during the past session was in charge of the school at Holman. She was reelected to the position for another term, and expected to begin work on the Monday following her return from LaGrange Her illness prevented this, however, to the great disappointment of her pupils, who had learned to love her as but few teachers are loved. The presence of many of these little children at the funeral and their tears of sorrow amply attested the affection they possessed for her. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the family in the loss of their beloved child.

Weimar Mercury, October 23, 1908

Insall, Robert E. “Bob”

‘Bob’ Insall, 72, Buried Monday

Funeral services were held Monday at Bay City for Robert E. (Bob) Insall, 72, who died Saturday night after several weeks’ illness.

Born at Borden he lived here during his boyhood. He was in the construction business for many years and later worked for the American Rice Growers Association. In recent years he and his wife had operated a drive in grocery at Bay City until retiring two years ago. They had lived in Bay City since 1940.

Surviving in addition to his widow, Mrs. Goldie Insall are two sisters, Mrs. Leona Montgomery and Mrs. J. R. Mozisek of Weimar; and two brother Frank Insall of Bay City and Jess Insall of Dallas.

The Weimar Mercury December 3, 1964
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Insall, Thomas Monroe

Colonel T. M. Insall.

Our city and people were inexpressibly shocked Tuesday morning to learn of the sudden death of Mr. Tom M. Insall, which occurred at the family residence at an early hour, of apoplexy. Deceased was in apparent good health up to the time he was found in a dying condition, hence the greater the shock to his family and many friends when it was learned he was dead. The end apparently came peacefully as well as suddenly. News of his death spread like wildfire, and soon the family residence was thronged with sorrowing friends ministering to the needs and comfort of the bereaved ones. Funeral preparations were made, and the body carried Wednesday afternoon to the Baptist church, where Rev. J. E. Stack of Waco, under whose powerful preaching Mr. Insall became converted to God, performed a most beautiful, touching and impressive burial service. From the church the funeral cortege wended its way to the Odd Fellows' cemetery, where amid the impressive funeral ceremonies of the Odd Fellows' lodge (of which Mr. Insall had long been a faithful, beloved and consistent member,) the body was lowered into the grave. The closing of the grave was followed by a most touching prayer by Rev. Ike Sellers, pastor of the Baptist church, after which the grave was literally buried from sight by a great mass of beautiful flowers placed upon same by loving hands of lady friends of the family. The pall bearers were: Active. S. C. Holloway, Chas. Herder, Ben B. Holt, R. L. Williams, Bud, Mozisek and I. Lauterstein; honorary, T. A. Hill, W. C. Crebbs, Wm. Bopp, Geo. Herder, J. J. Armstrong, Sr., and M. R. Allen. Practically every business house in the city closed for the afternoon in honor of the deceased, Mr. Insall was born in Louisiana March 27, 1847, and was 66 years old at the time of his death. He was a Confederate soldier, and served with distinction and gallantry on the field of battle, never shirking a duty no matter how onerous or dangerous. Following the close of the war, through inheritance and purchase he became owner of large bodies of land in this section. and although meeting with reverses from time to time was comparatively wealthy at the time of his decease. Mr. Insall became converted to Christ Oct. 10, 1909, and ever afterward lived a consistent christian life, he was of genial, lovable disposition, ever ready to assist those in distress, the kindest of husbands and fathers, enterprising, a public spirited business man, popular with all classes, and his demise is a distinct, heavy blow to the community. He leaves a heart-broken widow and Five children--Mrs. J. M. Roberts, Miss Ethel Insall, Robert and Theodore Insall, all of this city, and Tom W. Insall of Teague, Texas, to whom the heartfelt sympathy of all our people is extended.

Weimar Mercury, April 25, 1913, page 1

Insall, Thomas Nathaniel

The death of Mr. Thomas N. Insall occurred last Sunday morning at 11 o’clock. He died at the residence of his son, Mr. Thomas M. Insall, about two and a half miles east of Weimar. His health had not been good for several months, and a few days before his death he was attacked with a severe case of lagrippe, which becoming complicated with pneumonia, ended his life. He was able to be up and about the house the morning before his death. The illness that carried him off was of short duration lasting but a few days. He was one of the oldest settlers in this section of the country, and one of the most respected. He settled in the community in which he died more than thirty-seven years ago, and was in his seventy-ninth year, at the time of his death. His wife preceded him to the shores of eternity by several years. He leaves two children, a number of grand-children, and a host of friends to mourn his loss. He had long been a consistent member of the Baptist church. His remains wee consigned to rest in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery at Weimar last Monday morning at 11 o’clock, Rev. Q. T. Simpson performing the funeral services. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of THE MERCURY.

Weimar Mercury, January 31, 1891

Insall, unknown

The little 9 months’ old baby of Mr. John Insall died and was buried at Live Oak cemetery Tuesday, Rev. J. E. Buck officiating. Only a few months ago Mr. Insall had the misfortune to lose his wife, and now the little baby has gone to join its mother. In his bereavement he has the sympathy of all our people.

Weimar Mercury March 16, 1907

Insall, Victoria (Brinkley)

Death of Mrs. T. Insall

The remains of Mrs. Vic Insall, widow of the late Mr. Tom M. Insall, and former resident of our city, were brought here from Kerrville last Friday morning and that afternoon were laid to rest by the side of her late husband in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery of this city. Revs. J. H. Hall of this city and Tom Pond of Dallas conducted the funeral services. Many old time friends were present to witness the last sad rites.

Mrs. Insall had lived in Houston for a number of years, but her health completely failed, and she moved to Kerrville, where she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Roberts, up to the time of her death. She had been bedridden for a number of months prior to her death, we are told, and death to her was doubtless a relief.

Mrs. Insall and her family lived in Weimar for many years in the early days of the town and community, their home being what is now known as the Otto Breitkreuz home. At the time of residence here the family was in prosperous circumstances,and were highly regarded. Mr. Insall was a cattleman and land owner, and quite wealthy. His death occurred a number of years ago. Mrs. Insall was a devoted wife and mother, generous to a fault, a member of the Baptist Church for many years and liberal contributor to same in her more prosperous days. Her passing is sincerely regretted by many old time friends.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, December 20, 1929

Ireland, Lucille (Cassady)


Lucille Cassady Ireland, 97, of Houston, passed away Aug. 27 at her residence.

She was born May 19, 1906 in Charleston, Ill. to Ernest C. and Gertie (Adkins) Cassady. The family moved to Eagle Lake, in 1906. She was a graduate of Eagle Lake High School class of 1924 and retired from Gulf Oil of Houston where she worked as a statistician. She was a former member of the Houston Garden Federation and related horticultural organizations and the Federation of Women's Clubs. She had a life long interest in gardening and supported numerous animal support groups.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herman F. Ireland; and brother, Allen Dale Cassady.

She is survived by sisters-in-law, Mrs. Floyd "Lois" Ireland and Mrs. Allen Dale "Dorothy" Cassady; and brother-in-law and sister-law Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ireland.

The family and close friends assembled for graveside services Aug. 29 at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Chris Thacker, pastor of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, September 10, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Irvin, Sandy


Sandy Irvin, Colored, Imbibes Too Freely and Drops Dead.

Sandy Irvin, a negro about forty-five years of age, died suddenly Monday evening from drinking too much whiskey. From best accounts obtainable, Sandy and Ben Long were “indulging” freely and asked some other negroes if they would pay for all they could drink. After loading up on all they could stand, Sandy started for his home, which is just across the street from the San Antonio and Aransas Pass railroad, and fell just inside of the yard. His wife assisted him in the house and at once notified one of the white men at Mr. Keith’s lumber yard that there was something the matter with her husband, but the gentleman knowing that Sandy had been imbibing, told her he guessed he was drunk, but the woman insisted that he was acting awful queerly. The white gentleman accompanied the woman back to her house and when they arrived there Sandy was dead. It is said he died in about fifteen or twenty minutes after “loading up.” The other negro, Ben Long, whose capacity was not quite as great as Sandy’s, became very sick and for a while it was thought he would also die, but he vomited up most of the whiskey and soon revived. Undertaker O. R. Davis prepared Sandy’s body for burial and same was shipped to Opelousas, La., on Tuesday afternoon for burial. From the stomach of the dead negro the undertaker took fully a pint and a half of pure whiskey. Sandy came to Eagle Lake some six or seven years ago with Capt. J. J. Raezer and worked for him in the rice irrigation business for a number of years, but for the last two years has been working as helper for Contractor G. W. Keith. Ben Long says he has sworn off and that he never expects to touch another drop.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 13, 1912, page 1

Irvin, William


An aged negro man by the name of William Irvin, said to be 118 years old, died on the Henry Bahner farm the first of the week. The attending physician said the man bore every evidence of being that old. Irvin claimed to have been on this earth “when the stars fell,” and seemed familiar with that event. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, March 20, 1925, page 1

Irving, Allen “Bud”


Allen Irving, well known and highly respected colored citizen and farmer of the Osage community, died rather suddenly Thursday of last week. He was a victim or asthmatic trouble and this in a great measure was the cause of his death, we are informed.

"Bud" Irving, as he was familiarly known, was about 58 years of age, a hard working, industrous[sic], good citizen, and his death is sincerely deplored. We are told his remains were interred in the Shaw burying ground [unknown] northeast of town. He leaves as survivors his widow, two sons and two grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, July 29, 1932, page 5

Irving, Anita Wade (McCormick)

Graveside Rites Here August 5, for Mrs. P. Irving

Graveside services were held at Weimar’s Masonic Cemetery Saturday, August 5, for Mrs. Peyton Irving Jr., who died in Dallas Aug. 3 after a long illness.

Rev. Lee Geldmeier, pastor of First Methodist Chruch here, officiated.

Mrs. Irving was the former Miss Anita (Wade) McCormick, a member of one of the early and prominent families of Weimar. She was the daughter of Stephen and Hattie Simpson McCormick.

After graduation from Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville she taught in the Weimar school for several years.

She was married to Mr. Irving on Nov. 25, 1903. They had resided in Dallas more than 50 years.

Survivors are her husband, of Dallas, a daughter, Mrs. Howard (Glenda) Silvers of Seattle, Washington; two grandsons and five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. W. M. Vinson of Houston and Mrs. Erle Aldridge of Fort Worth.

Weimar Mercury, August 10, 1967, page 1

Irving, Dessie Mae (Springs)

Dessie Irving Funeral Services Held June 26

Dessie Mae (Springs) Irving, 79, of Weimar, died June 23 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Weimar.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 26 at Mt. Arie Baptist Church in Weimar with Bishop S. V. Teague officiating.

Interment followed at Paradise Garden Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Irving was born April 25, 1925 in Colorado County to Will and Earlene (White) Springs.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Weimar Church of God in Christ.

Mrs. Irving is survived by two daughter, Janice Wilson and husband Ronell of Weimar and Bertha Irving of Baytown; and six sons, Willie Irving Jr., Raymond Irving and Roy Irving, all of Weimar, Johnnie Irving and Nathaniel Irving, both of Houston, and Clarence Irving of Corpus Christi.

She is also survived by one sister, Dalor Ray of Corpus Christi; 22 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Irving; one son, Issac Irving; her parents; one brother; and three sisters.

The Weimar Mercury July 1, 2004
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Irving, Elvin Lee


Elvin Lee Irving, 79 of Columbus, passed away Feb. 10 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1925 to Elsi and Arizona (Richter) Irving. He worked as a truck driver and owned a night club.

He was preceded in death by his parents and companion, Judy Ann Rainbolt.

He is survived by his daughters, Patricia Thomas of Houston and Debra Blain of Houston; sons, Darrell Rainbolt of Houston and Alvin "Bubba" Rainbolt of Corpus Christi; grandchildren, Charles Rainbolt of Austin and John Thomas, Jr. of Houston.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Burial followed at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Thomas J. Axel, Sr., John H. Axel, Sr., Joe Denley, William York, Ivory Collins and Leonard Reedus.

The Colorado County Citizen, February 18, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Irving, Emily

News of the death of little Emily, the 16-months-old daughter of Prof. and Mrs. Peyton Irving, Jr. of Brenham, was received here with extreme sadness. Her death occurred Saturday night, and the remains of the little one were brought here Sunday afternoon and laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, Rev. J. E. Buck performing the burial ceremony. In the loss of their beloved little darling, the sympathy of all our people goes out to the bereaved parents. May God comfort them in their sorrow, is the sincere wish of the Mercury.

Weimar Mercury, October 12, 1907, page 4

Irving, Lucy McCormick

Services Held Here For Daughter of Ex-Resident of Weimar

Services for Miss Lucy McCormick Irving, 35, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peyton Irving of Dallas, whose death occurred Wednesday in Dallas, were held from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen McCormick here Thursday morning, with the Rev. John G. Palmer, Methodist pastor here, officiating.

The mother of the deceased, the former Miss Anita Wade McCormick, is a native of Weimar and at one time was a faculty member of the Weimar High School. Mr. Irving was formerly a school supervisor and was at one time associated with the State Department of Education.

The deceased was a niece of Mrs. Jno. C. Hubbard and Mr. Stephen McCormick, both of Weimar.

In addition to her parents, Miss McCormick[sic] is survived by a sister, Mrs. Glenda Irving Brown of San Diego, California.

Here to attend the services, from out of town, were Mr. and Mrs. Alec McCormick of Columbus, Mrs. Pearl Kindred of Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. Hendley Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. Harbert Simpson, and Miss Virginia Simpson, all of Hallettsville; Mr. and Mrs. Irving Hockaday of Houston and Mr. Hockaday of San Antonio.

Interment was in the Weimar Oddfellows Cemetery.

The Mercury publisher joins with others in extending sincere sympathy to bereaved family members and friends.

Weimar Mercury, January 12, 1940, page 1

Irving, Peyton Jr.

Graveside Rites For Peyton Irving

Graveside rites were held at Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery, Tuesday for Dr. Peyton Irving, Jr., 93, of Dallas. Rev. John Robinson of First United Methodist Church here officiated.

Dr. Irving, husband of the former Anita (Wade) McCormick of here, died Sunday at a Dallas hospital. Mrs. Irving died in August of 1967; she was the daughter of one of Weimar’s earliest couples, Stephen and Hattie Simpson McCormick.

Mr. Irving is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Howard (Glenda) Slivers of Settle, Wash.; and two grandsons.

Weimar Mercury, March 19, 1970

Irwin, Enoch Edward

Last Rites Held For Former Mayor

Funeral services for Enoch Edward Irwin, mayor of Columbus from 1941. to 1953; were held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Columbus Funeral. home with Rev. Joe Love, Baptist minister of Houston, and former minister here, officiating. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Mr. Irwin, 68, died Monday after noon in Columbus hospital of cancer after an illness of about 2 years.

He was the owner of Citizens Ice and Cold Storage, Irwin Motor Co. in Columbus and ice plants in several other Central Texas towns.

Mr. Irwin was born Feb. 2, 1889, In Meadows, Idaho and came to Texas in 1918. He and Lela Davis were married in Beaumont Oct. 12. 1919. They. came to Columbus from Elgin Mar. 25, 1925.

Baptist Member

He was a member of the First Baptist church in Columbus: Is a former president of Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Rotary club, Southwestern Ice Manufacturers association.

He was also a member of' the Masonic lodge here, Arabia Temple of Houston, Colorado Valley Shrine Club, Texas Good Roads Association. the South Texas chamber of commerce, Texas Independent Royalty Producers association and other organizations.

The. former mayor is credited with leading the community in the purchase of the land for and the development of Columbus Memorial park. He worked long and hard for the solicitation of funds for tile park which is now valued In the thousands of dollars.

Mr. Irwin became mayor of Columbus April 14, 1941, succeeding the late 0. A. Zumwalt. The town had, a commission type of government then. and the late Herman Braden and Owen G, Hoegemeyer were commissioners when he became mayor.

Improvements Made

His administration was marked by the paving of almost all streets in Columbus and by the extension of the water and sewer systems which he had helped lay out In the late 1920's.

In announcing his candidacy for mayor in 1941, Mr. Irwin told the voters: ''I do not intend to spend this town's money foolishly or to place the town In debt . I do not favor an increase In taxes.”

Mr. Irwin is survived by his widow: a daughter. Mrs. J. H. (Marilyn) Grubbs of Columbus; a granddaughter, Jane Grubbs; sisters Mrs. Ila G. Dwyer, Mrs. Bird Hudson, Mrs. Mabel Harker and Mrs. Dora Miller; 4 brothers, Oscarm Albert, J. W. and Elmer Irwin. All the brothers and sisters live in California

Two children preceded him in death; Enoch Edward Irwin Jr. who died at the age of one In 1923 in Tulare, Calif. and Marion FIorence Irwin, who died at the age of 9 in 1933 in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, March 6, 1957

Irwin, Marian


Little Miss Marion Irwin, eight-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Irwn of this city, died in a Houston hospital last Friday, April 28th, of double pneuonia, which developed after she had been taken there a week before, for an operatioin caused by an abcessed ear.

The body was brought to the family home in this city and funeral services were held here at the residence, Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt, pastor of the Baptist Church conducting rites, which were attended by hundreds of friends of the family and the deceased child.
Interment was made in Odd Fellows Rest.

Marion was born at Elgin, Texas, on July 21st, 1924, and moved to Columbus with her parents a year later. She was a regular attendant in the Sunday School class of Mrs. W. G. Wirtz and was also a popular pupil in the third grade of the Columbus schools, Mrs. Marguerite Toland being her teacher. Marion, besides being an advanced pupil in her studies, was talented in music, being a pupil of Mrs. H. M. Madison and Mrs. H. A. Ward.

She is survived by her parents and one sister, Marilyn.

Active pall bearers were, Sam K. Seymour, W. G. Clayton, Emil Rabel, L. S. Lawrence, W. A. Struss, J. H. Wooten, A. N. Evans and E. G. Miller.

Honorary pall bearers were, H. L. B. Skinner, Sam Harbert, S. K. Seymour sr., W. H. Miekow, Dr. W. W. Gunn, Dr. H. C. Moeller, Henry Hurr, R. R. Hadden, G. H. Miller, Henry Hahn, W. G. Dick, A. W. Hahn, R. E. Schiller, J. D. Seymour, H. M Madison, H. A. Ward, W. L. Nesbitt, Ford Wegenhoft, Chas. Klein, Will Paulsen, W. H. Lawless, Chas. Rutta, B. A. Hastings, J. J. Austin, Will Wirtz, B. H. Meinert, Max Waldvogel, Max Teithchert[sic], Dr. R. H. Harrison, Emil Burger, J. J. Mattern, F. H. Glithero, O. A. Schale[sic], Jack Brooks, Sam Hamburger, C. R. Grobe, R. W. Gillett, O. A. Zumwalt, C. E. Buss, R. H. Lewis, Arthur Willrodt, Earl Middlebrook, H. H. Girndt, Owen Hoegemeyer, D. E. Foster, H. Branden. B. Townsend, Frank Hoegemeyer, A. I. Chapman, Jack Hillmer, E. W. Wright, Louis Waldvogel, W. Kinlred[sic], J. W. Zweigel, and A. R. Fehrenkamp.

Out-of-town people attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. John Davis of Thorndale; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Davis and family of Elgin; Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Wallace of Bryan; Mrs. Earl Morrison of Beaumont; Ms. Bill Harris of Houston, and Mrs. Mae Gray of Waelder.

Colorado County Citizen, May 4, 1933, page 1

Isaacs, Mollie F.

The wife of Wm. Isaacs, Jr., a well-known colored citizen of Oakland, died Friday night and was buried the following day. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Merucy, December 27, 1902, page 4

Isaacs, Reid


Reid, the little one of William Iaaacs, (colored) aged 3 years and 7 months, was taken sick on Saturday evening, the 10th inst., and died on Tuesday following, at 8:40 a.m. of typhoid-remittent fever. Dr. T. M. Laidley was called in consultation by Dr. N. H. Middleton on Monday. One of the largest funerals that has left town in some time. [Place of interment unknown. Mother and father buried at Oakland Hill Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, July 22, 1886

Isenhower, Martin Everett

Last Rites Wed. For M. E. Isenhower

The many friends and loved ones of Martin Everett Isenhower were deeply saddened to learn of his death in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 26th. He had been in failing health for the better part of this year and his death was assumed to be from a cardiac arrest.

Funeral services were due to be held from the United Methodist Church in Lissie Wednesday, November 28th at 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, followed by interment in the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake. The Rev. William Couvillion, pastor of the Lissie Church, was named to officiate. Selected as pallbearers were LeRoy Lott and Byron Martens of Houston, Edward Turner of Beaumont, Nelson Isenhower, Ralph Johnson, Arthur Anderson, Edward Sunderman and Martin Herman of Eagle Lake. Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Native of Missouri

Mr. Isenhower was born June 14, 1894 in Gravelton, Missouri, the son of David Foster and Florence Whitener Isenhower. He came to Lissie from southeast Missouri in 1913 and lived in that area for his entire lifetime.

He was a long-time prominent rice farmer and rancher and thoroughly enjoyed his work in these areas. He was honored by being named the Colorado County Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year in the 1961-62 year.

On July 16, 1919, he and Miss Minnie Thomas were united in marriage in her parents’ home in Eagle Lake. She preceded him in death on Sept. 30, 1964. On January 28, 1967, he and Mrs. Dora Thomas were married and she, too, preceded him in death last year on August 14th. A stepson, Harold Thomas, also preceded him in death.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. E. Stephen (Lillian) Raby and her husband of San Antonio; one granddaughter, Mrs. Debora Steinbach of Houston; one grandson, Stephen Isenhower Raby of San Antonio; one step-son, Robert Thomas of Flat River, Mo.; one step-daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Faries of McComb, Ill; one brother, Fred Isenhower of Lissie; two sisters, Mrs. G. E. (Meta) Martens of Houston and Mrs. Rose Williams of Houston; and other relatives and friends.

Mr. Isenhower was an active and faithful member of the United Methodist Church in Lissie and in the American Association of Retired Persons. He was a veteran of World War I serving over a year in the United States Army as a sergeant. He was stationed in France when the Armistice ending World War I was signed.

The deceased had the great ability to reach out to people of all ages whom he loved and by whom he was loved. He shall be dearly missed by his loved ones and friends.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their great loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 29, 1979
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Isenhower, Minnie (Thomas)

Mrs. Isenhower Buried Here Last Thursday

Many relatives and friends gathered at 2:00 p.m. last Thursday, October 1st, to pay final tribute to one of the community’s most beloved citizens, Mrs. M. E. Isenhower, a resident of the Lissie community for all of her life’s span. She passed away at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30th, in the Laughlin Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Services were held Thursday afternoon from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home. The Rev. Thomas Kirby, pastor of the Evangelical United Brethren Church of Lissie and the Rev. A. J. Miller of Temple, former pastor of the Lissie church, officiated at the services. Favorite hymns were rendered at the organ by Mrs. Emerson Etheridge.

Mrs. Isenhower was laid to final rest in the Masonic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: David Sunderman of Victoria, Henry Sunderman, W. M. Thomas, Jr., J. R. Thomas, Harold Thomas, Ralph Thomas and Dr. R. R. Thomas, all of Eagle Lake, nephews of the deceased.

She was born Minnie Thomas, the daughter of Griff and Annie Thomas on May 28, 1898, in the Lissie community. On July 16, 1919, she was married in Eagle Lake to M. E. Isenhower. The family resided in the Lissie-Eagle Lake community where Mr. Isenhower is a prominent rice farmer and rancher.

Surviving are her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Stephen Raby of San Antonio; two grandchildren, Stephen and Deborah Raby of San Antonio; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Heflin and Mrs. Esther Sunderman of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Ruth Powers of Temple; and three brothers, Mose, Griff and W. M. Thomas, all of Eagle Lake; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a baby daughter, Juanita, who died at the age of two in 1924.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Isenhower was active in the work of the Lissie Evangelical United Brethren Church. She was a kind and loving person, always thinking of others, assisting friends and neighbors whenever possible. She shall be dearly missed by loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 8, 1964
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Isgrig, B. F.

Mr. B. F. Isgrig, an old resident of Columbus, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. T. F. Scarborough, in San Antonio on Sunday, March 9th, we note from the Colorado Citizen of this week. Mr. Isgrig, who was seventy-two years of age, was found dead in the bath room, having been overcome by the fumes of gas from a water heater in the room. He had finished his bath and was dressing when he became unconscious, and was sitting in a chair lacing his shoes when he fell asleep.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 22, 1919

Isgrig, Gertrude Viola


Gertrude Viola Isgrig, 85, of Columbus, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1998, at Columbus Community Hospital.

Born Sept. 12, 1912 near Brackettville, she was the daughter of Nathan P. and Ada F. (Vincent) Isgrig. Ms. Isgrig, who spent most of her life in Columbus, was a retired clerk for the Colorado County Tax Collector. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Eastern Star.

Services were held Aug. 7 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Jim Tomlinson officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Paul Jernigan, David Howard, Lonnie Scarborough, Edwin Plowman, Ervin Owen, John Quigley and Bill King.

Ms. Isgrig is survived by sisters Ruby C. Isgrig of columbus, Ada Isgrig Jernigan of Houston and Lurline J. Howard of San Marcos; and a brother, W. B. Isgrig of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Colorado County Citizen, Wednesday, August 12, 1998

Isgrig, Ruby Catherine


Ruby Catherine Isgrig, 85, of Columbus passed away Jan. 3.

She was born Dec. 11, 1918 to Ada Isgrig of Columbus. She was employed with Southwestern Bell for 40 years and was a member of the SWB Pioneer club, an area member of D.A.R., Eastern Star and United Methodist Women.

She was preceded in death by sister, Gertrude.

She is survived by nieces; Brenda Howard Davis of Columbus, Linda Howard Owen and husband Ervin of San Antonio and Eva Jernigan Hoffman and husband Jerry of Evergreen, Colo.; nephews, David Howard and wife Beverly of San Marcos, and Paul Jernigan Jr. of Houston. Also, great niece, great nephews, cousins and great-great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Bill Johnson officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, January 15, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Isgrig, Ruby Catherine

December 11, 1918 - January 9, 2003

Services for Ruby Catherine Isgrig, 84, of Columbus were held Jan 12 at First United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Bill Johnson officiating.

Burial followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Isgrig died Jan 9 at her historic Columbus residence.

She was born on Dec. 11, 1918, in Columbus, the daughter of Nathan P. and Ada Vincent Isgrig.

Isgrig led a life of generosity, sacrifice and abundant love. She was generous with dozens of charities, the Republican Party and supported orphans in the Holy Land and South America.

She worked for Southwestern Bell for 40 years and, in 1977, returned home to care for her mother, later her sister, Gertrude, and brother, Ben.

Isgrig had a passion for travel and had visited nearly every country in the world and every state in the nation.

After returning to Columbus, she maintained her friendships in San Antonio, especially with members of the SWB Pioneer Club. She also was an area member of Daughters of American Revolution, Eastern Star and United Methodist Women.

Family lineage also was a priority of Isgrig. She and her sister spent years tracing their ancestry across the south.

They found six distinct lines back to the American Revolution. She continued to document all branches of the modern family tree and could instantly recite who was a second cousin or second cousin once removed.

Isgrig was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Gertrude Isgrig, Ada Jernigan and Lurline Howard; brother, Ben Isgrig, and brother-in-law, Paul Jernigan, Sr.

Survivors include three nieces, Brenda Howard Davis of Columbus, Linda Howard Owen and husband, Ervin, of San Antonio, and Eva Jernigan Hoffman and husband Jerry, of Evergreen, Colo; nephews, David Howard and wife, Beverly, of San Marcos, and Paul Jernigan, Jr. of Houston; great-niece, Lynna Davis of San Marcos; great-nephews, Cody Howard and wife, Michelle, of San Marcos, Clint Howard and wife, Jamie, of Bastrop, and Craig Owen and wife, Isabel, of San Antonio, several cousins, and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Henneke Funeral Home Ltd., Columbus, directors.

Banner Press Newspaper, January 16, 2003, page 7

Iverson, Peter O.


Neighbor Discovers Body of Peter O. Iverson, With Hay Wire Twisted Around Neck, Several Hours After Death.

(By Sheridan Correspondent)

The body of Peter O. Iverson, 50, a farmer living near Sheridan, was found in the corn crib of the barn at his place, Sunday afternoon about 3 o'clock. Chas. H. Andreason, well known citizen of that community, found the body and reported same to the sheriff's department.

Justice of the Peace E. C. Thrower, Sheriff F. F. Hoegemeyer and Deputy Sheriff B. L. Townsend of Columbus made an investigation.

Because of the circumstances surrounding the case, and to give the sheriff's department time to make a full investigation, Judge Thrower has left his verdict open.

Iverson's body was lying on its back on the floor of the crib, with a wire around the neck. The wire was the ordinary baling wire, a piece about four feet long, given two turns around the neck, but not pulled tight, not even having cut through the skin. The neck was broken, but there were no other scars on the body.

The wire was hooked up to another piece of wire about four feet above the man's body. The connection was not even tight, Judge Thrower said, and was easily lifted off with the fingers.

Iverson had lived in the Sheridan community about ten or twelve years.

It is said that Mr. Iverson was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and that he carried several life insurance policies.

He is survived by a brother in Omaha, Nebraska.

It is said that Iverson was despondent over the damage to his crops by the heavy rainstorm of Saturday night. A considerable portion of his crop is said to have been flooded by the downpour.

His death is thought to have occurred some time Sunday morning, Judge Thrower stated. [Interment at Cheetham Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 11, 1935

Ivey, Theresa E. (Wooldridge)

Oakland Remarks

Died, on the 3d day of October, at 9 am. in this place after a lingering illness of over a month. Mrs. Teresa E. Ivey. She liked one month of being 84 years old Came to Texas sometime in the forties from Alabama. Was a remarkable woman for energy, perseverence and industry. Was a friend to the orphans and hospitable to those visited her. She was a member of the Baptist church here, and loved to entertain her pastors. She was buried at the Woodridge[sic] burying ground Saturday morning, 4th, at 10 a.m. A large concourse of friends and neighbors followed the remains to their last resting place.

Weimar Mercury, October 11. 1890. page 2
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