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Laas, Anna

Weimar Local Matters

It is with pain we are this week called upon to chronicle the death of Miss Anna Laas, which occurred on the 6th instant, near Oakland. Miss Anna was thirteen years of age, had been going to school to Prof. Holt, of Oakland, and was taken at the school with inflammation of the bowels. All medical aid that could be had was without avail. She was the pride of her parents, and a favorite of the neighborhood in which she lived, and will be sadly missed. We drop the tear of sympathy with the bereaved parents, and though she cannot come to them, they may go to her on the “other shore.” [Interment in Laas Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, February 9, 1882

Laas, Caroline (Brune)

Weimar Lady Passes

Weimar--Funeral services for Mrs. C. J. Laas, 79, whose death occurred Thursday morning after a lingering illness, were held from the family residence, with Rev. Paul Peipenbrock[sic], pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran church officiating. She was one of five children born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Brune, early settlers of Colorado County. Surviving are Mrs. Ernest Laas Sr., Mrs. Paul Machemeohl, sisters of Bellville, Florence Brune, sister, of Frelsburg, and Herman Brune, brother, of Columbus. Mrs. Laas was married to C. J. Laas on October 24, 1874 and lived in Oakland until the fall of 1912 when she and her daughter moved to Weimar. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1923. [Laas, Christoph J.; born: May 19, 1842; died: Nov 28, 1904 DA] Five sons survive.

Colorado County Citizen, February 28, 1929

Laas, Charles A. Gerhard

Oakland Notes

There is now a good deal of sickness below this place on the Navidad, and also joining in Lavaca count, mostly children. There have been several deaths from the prevailing disease, flex. Mr. H. Laas, formerly living here, now in Lavaca county, lost a little boy two years old with the disease, and brought him here for burial at the family grave yard....[Interment in Laas Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, November 22, 1883

Laas, Christoph G.

Mr. Chris. G. Laas Is Claimed By Death

Relatives and friends alike were shocked Tuesday about noon to learn that Mr. Chris. G. Laas, former resident of the Oakland community and well and favorably known throughout this section, had been claimed by death. His unfortunate death occurred in a Corpus Christi hospital. where he had been taken for a locked bowel operation.

According to information at hand, the operation was performed early on Tuesday morning, and he died shortly, after the operation was concluded. At time of death, if we are not mistaken, Mr. Laas was a resident of Robstown, Texas.

The remains were shipped to Weimar, and the funeral took place at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the residence of his brother, Mr. Henry J. Laas with interment in the family lot at the Masonic Cemetery, Rev. O. A. Meyer, local Evangelical pastor, officiated in a touching burial service.

Pallbearers were H. Brasher, Sr., A. J. RatlIff, Weimar; Owen Hoegemeyer, Emil Burger, Columbus; O. H. Bock, HalletsvIlle; O. C. Strunk, Oakland.

Christoph G. Laas was born Aug. 23,1878, at Oakland, a few miles south of Weimar. He moved to Robstown, Texas, in 1927. and was united in marriage to Mrs. Matilda McGregor of that city Dec. 22, 1929. Mr. Laas was taken sick Sunday, Aug. 28, and soon afterward was taken to the Corpus Christi hospital and operated on. His death occurred Tuesday, Aug. 30. He is survived by his widow, one stepson, Edward McGregor, and four brothers--Charles P. Laas of Yorktown, Henry J. Laas of Weimar, Aug. E. Laas of Poth and Louis H. Laas of Houston.

Chris. Laas was an honest, upright man, one in whom all had confidence and respect. He lived in this section for many years, and if he had an enemy we never heard of it. He was quiet, unobtrusive, of pleasant demeanor, and numbered his frIends by all who knew him. Although away from the home section for many years, he Is still favorably remembered by hundreds of friends of his youth.

To the bereaved ones our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, September 2, 1932, page 1

Laas, Christoph John

Death of C. J. Laas of Oakland

The funeral of C. J. Laas of Oakland, which took place in this city Tuesday afternoon was one of the most largely attended ever witnessed in this section, and was a true testimonial and tribute of respect to one of the best citizens, neighbors and friends Colorado county ever possessed. Mr. Laas’ death was unexpected, in that it was understood he was doing nicely in the way of recovering from a severe attack of illness, and the news of his sudden death early Monday morning caused a feeling of gloom to pervade the hearts of our people, who for so many years had known and respected this most estimable gentleman. His loss to the community and county at large, while of course not to be compared to that of his family, is nevertheless keenly felt, for throughout its borders he was known and popularly regarded as one of its best and most upright citizens. To the grief-stricken family the sympathy of the Mercury is extended in this, their most grievous hour of affliction.


He was born in Meckleberger, Germany, May 9, 1842, came to America and landed at Galveston, Texas, with his parents in December, 1845; from there they went to Cat Spring, Austin county, in January 1846, where his father farmed until 1855; then moved to Lavaca county. In 1862 he joined Company H, part of Bates’ cavalry regiment. In June, 1865 he returned home from the war, married in the fall of the same year to Miss Annie Pelzer, and in the year of 1872 moved to Oakland, Colorado county, Texas. The following year, or spring of 1873, the Father above saw best to take the beloved wife to a better land, During this time five children were born to them only two survive him, Chas. F. Laas of Oakland, Texas, and Henry J. Laas of Columbus, Texas. He joined the Odd Fellows’ lodge No. 146 in 1873, and joined the Masonic lodge No. 258 in 1881, joined the Sons of Hermann lodge No. 13 of Weimar in 1891, transferred to New Bielau lodge No. 205 in 1902, of which he was still a member at the time of his death. In October, 1874, he was married to Miss Caroline Brune of Frelsburg, Texas, who now survives him with four children, all living: Mrs. Minnie Engle, Chris G. Laas, August E. Laas and Louis Laas. He had been engaged in farming and as a public miller and ginner ever since. After nine days of intense suffering he departed this life on the 28th day of November, twenty minutes to 5 o’clock a.m. He was 62 years, 6 months and 19 days old. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, December 3, 1904, page 5

Laas, Clara (Buske)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Hy. Laas, 88, Held Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Henry J. Laas, 88-year-old widow of Weimar’s former mayor, were held Thursday afternoon, March 1, at Columbus Funeral Home, with burial in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. W. F. Hathaway Jr. of Columbus Methodst[sic] Church, and Dr. H. T. Morgan of Houston.

Mrs. Laas died at 10:15 a. m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Belwood Nursing Home at Austin where she had been living since 1960. She had been confine to bed the past three years.

The former Miss Clara Buske, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb Buske, she was born a short distance south of Weimar on April 11, 1873, the same year Weimar was established. She was married here to Mr. Laas on Jan. 3, 1893, and they lived here until 1900, when Mr. Laas was elected to county office and they moved to Columbus. He retired from office in 1918 and they moved back to Weimar. After Mr. Laas’ death in 1953, she and her daughter, Mrs. A. H. Potthast, moved to Columbus. A former member of the Methodist Church here, Mrs. Laas was a charter member of the women’s organization, the WSCS, of that church.

Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Potthast; one granddaughter, Mrs. Hollis Massey of Columbus; three great-grandsons, John Holis[sic] Massey of Cornell University and Henry and Tom Massey of Columbus; one sister, Mrs. Olga Guenther of New Jersey; and a half-sister, Mrs. Pauline Gerstenberg of Weimar.

Pallbearers were F. F. Brasher, E. M. Hubbard, John Hajovsky, Reginald Taylor. Ford Wegenhoft, Robert Stevens Jr., Rollon Duncan and Henry F. Massey.

Weimar Mercury, March 8, 1962, page 1

Laas, Henry John

Death Claims Henry Laas, Prominent County Pioneer

Henry John Laas, 80, native son of Colorado County and one of its most prominent men for half a century, was buried Monday afternoon in Weimar Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery after services in Hubbard Funeral Home, Rev. Walter J. Cartwright officiating.

His death at Youens Hospital Sunday at about noon culminated more than five years of illness, during much of which time he had been confined to his home.

Mayor Here 18 Years

Mr. Laas's life was one of public service. A former tax assessor of this county, he had also served 18 years as mayor of Weimar, from 1930 until his retirement in 1948, and was a city alderman for a number of years. He served as president of Hill Bank & Trust Company here for 32 years before becoming president emeritus at the beginning of 1952.

Native of Oakland

Mr. Laas was born at Oakland August 22, 1872, a year before the founding of Weimar, the son of Christopher and Annie Laas. He married Miss Clara Buske of Weimar January 3, 1893, and they lived on a farm near here for a year before moving to town. He was in business here until 1900, when he was elected county tax assessor, and they moved to Columbus. Before his election to the county office he had been an alderman here and city secretary, to Mayor C. K. Quin, who later became mayor of San Antonio.

Bank President in 1920

After 17 years as assessor, Mr. Laas resigned to become cashier in the T. A. Hill State Bank (now Hill Bank & Trust Co.) here, and three years later became its president.

He had again become an alderman and city secretary in 1918, and in 1930 was elected to his first term as mayor. In 1948, ailing but still active, he announced he would not again be a candidate for mayor. On the night his successor, F. F. Brasher, was sworn in, Mr. Laas was presented with an engraved electric clock by other members of the city council, and. recognition was made of several of the larger project in city improvement accomplished during Mr. Laas's 18 years as mayor. The first of these was the sewer system installed in his first year, 1930, also the year when the city bought the big Seagraves fire truck for the fire department.

Led in Many Projects

The next year Mr. Laas was instrumental in getting the gas company to establish its service here. In 1934 the city's second deep water well was drilled and it was around that time that Mr. Laas was responsible for the vacant lot east of the city hail being made into an attractive city park. In 1936 he and the council succeeded in obtaining the municipal swimming pool. In 1939 the city purchased the electric light system. One of his last big projects was the tarviating of many Weimar streets in 1945.

Surviving Mr. Laas in addition to his wife are a daughter, Mrs. A. H. Potthast of Weimar; a granddaughter, Mrs. Hollis Massey of, Columbus; and three great-grandsons, John, Henry and Tom Massey of Columbus.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Henry Brasher, F. F. Brasher, Mannie Lauterstein, F. Anders, John E. Hajovsky, Dr. O. J. Potthast of San Antonio, E. B. Potthast of San Antonio, Rollon Duncan of Eagle Lake, Ellis Miller of Columbus and Will Miekow of Columbus.

Weimar Mercury, October 24, 1952, pages 1 and 4

Laas, Louis Herman

Louis H. Laas, 55, Former Weimar Citizen, Succumbs

News was received here Friday of the death of Louis Herman Laas, former Weimar citizen, following a short illness. Death was due to heart trouble He was 55 years old.

The body was brought to Weimar Sunday morning and funeral services were held at the Hubbard Funeral Home at 4 o'clock that afternoon, with the Rev. C. Emigholz, local Evangelical Lutheran pastor, officiating. Interment was made in the Odd Fellows Cemetery west of the city.

Mr. Lass was a son of Christoph and Caroline Laas and was born at Oakland, this county, in the year 1889. He was united in marriage to Miss Clara Laas on December 1, 1908, at New Bielau. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and the O. D. H. S. Lodge.

A number of years ago Mr. Laas was engaged in the automobile and garage business in Weimar. Disposing of his business connections here, he and his family moved to Houston where at the time of his death he was engaged in the real estate business. The couple lived at 8030 Harrisburg in Houston.

Active pallbearers were Otto Beken, Arthur Beken, Bob Donnelly, Alfred Wendt. A. J. Ratliff and Willie Brunkenhoefer.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Clara Laas; two brothers, Mayor Hy. J. Laas of Weimar, August Laas of Floresville; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Engels. Two brothers, Christ and Charley, preceded him in death.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence

Out-of-town people here to attend the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Dahse, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Dahse, Mrs. James Baxley, Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Hennessy and Mrs. O. A. Guenther of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Baker of La Porte, Mrs. Clifton Entler of La Porte, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Dahse of Waco, Alfred Wendt of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Beken and daughter of Yorktown, Mrs. Chas. Laas of Yorktown. Mr. and Mrs. August Laas of Floresville. Mr. and Mrs. Otto Hoegemeyer and daughter of Nixon. Mr. and Mrs. Owen Hoegemeyer and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoegemeyer of Columbus, Judge and Mrs. H. Buescher of Columbus, Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Donnelly and family and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Talbert and family of Pelly, Mrs. Louis Brune of Columbus.

Weimar Mercury, June 39, 1944, page 1

Labaj, Ferdinand D. "Fred"

Fred Labay Dies Of Heart Attack In Nada Friday

Fred D. Labay, age 56, life-long resident of Nada, died of heart failure last Friday shortly before noon. His first attack came when he was in town at Nada. He regained consciousness and was taken home and given medical attention, which failed when the fatal attack came.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Triska Funeral Home and services were held from the family residence Monday morning at 9:00 o’clock. After Requiem High Mass at St. Mary’s Church, interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife; five sons, Henry of Houston, Clement, Freddie, Raymond and Lawrence at home; two daughters, Mrs. A. H. (Loretta) Marten of Houston, and Mrs. Leo (Martha) Prihoda of Nada; one grandchild; two brothers, Jerome of El Campo and M.D. Labay of Nada; one sister, Mrs. Frank Triska of El Campo; one half-bother, Daniel Dornak of Louise; two half-sisters, Mrs. John Sliva and Mrs. Frank Wiesner of Taiton.

Deceased was born on June 5, 1893, at the home where he was living at the time of his death. He married Annie Gerlach in 1915.

Mr. Labay was a prominent farmer and carpenter of this community.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Friday, March 3, 1950
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Labaj, Jan

Eagle Lake, Jan. 12. ---John Lobay, an influential citizen of the Nada section, fell from a wagon loaded with baled hay yesterday, the wheels passing over his breast, rendering him unconscious, from which he died in a few hours. Mr. Lobay owned and conducted a cotton gin at Nada, this county, and was quite well to do. [Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury January 19, 1907

Labaj, Jari

The Deadly Gin

Mr. J. Labay, brother of Mr. John Labay of Vox Populi, was brought to the house of Mr. Ben Stafford of this city for medical treatment, his hand and arm having been torn, cut and lacerated by the gin-saws the day before. Drs. Harrison were called in, and after examining the fearful wounds, advised the amputation of the arm above the elbow. To this the patient objected, and suggested that an effort be made to save the arm Trott it. He lingered until Tuesday evening, when nature gave way and he passed to the land of the beyond. Deceased was about thirty-five years of age, with many relatives and friends, who have the sympathy of the community in their loss. [Interment in St. Mary's]

Colorado Citizen, October 15, 1891, page 3

Labaj, Mary A. (Prihoda)

Mary A.Labaj, 83, of Nada,passed away April 15.

She was born in Nada,July 4,1918 to Veronica (Barborak)and Rudolph

Prihoda Sr. She is survived by her husband, Henry Labaj of Nada;sister,Bertha Rife of Houston;and brother,Alfred Prihoda of Nada.

Funeral services were conducted April 18 at St.Mary 's Catholic Church in Nada with the Rev.Joseph Koebel officiating.Interment followed at St.Mary 's Cemetery in Nada.

Pallbearers were Anthony Labay, Allan Labay, Lawrence Labay Jr., Anthony Prihoda, Raymond Drlik and James Drlik.

Memorial contributions may be made to Garwood Volunteer FireDepartment.

Colorado County Citizen, April 24, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

LaBauve, Jaque (Perry)  


Jaque Perry LaBauve, 95, of Columbus, died Thursday, May 4, 1995 at Columbus Community Hospital. Born Oct. 2, 1899 in Columbus, she was the daughter of John L. and RosaLena (Hahn) Perry. On April 17, 1923, she married Robert Guidry LaBauve in Houston. The couple resided in Houston and Wichita Falls before moving to El Paso in 1933. After the death of her husband in 1977, she remained in El Paso until 1988 when she moved to Columbus and made her home at Magnolia Place. Mrs. LaBauve was the great-granddaughter of Benjamin Beason, one of Stephen F. Austin's original 300 settlers. She was a graduate of Columbus High School and a member of St. Patrick's Cathedral in El Paso and St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus. Funeral services were held May 6 at Henneke Funeral Home with Father Daniel P. Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellow Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Serving as pallbearers were Dr. H. C. Moeller Jr., Thomas J. Etheridge, James H. Wooten III, Patrick C. Moeller, Dr. Daniel F. Moeller and Jodick P. Etheridge. Honorary pallbearers were Arthur J. Moeller, Dr. John F. Moeller, John P. Wooten and Jeffery A. Moeller. Mrs. LaBauve is survived by a sister-in-law, Celia Perry; nieces and husbands Joann and Dr. H. C. Moeller Jr., Bernice and Thomas J. Etheridge, Nancy and James H. Wooten III and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one sister and four brothers.

Colorado County Citizen, May 10, 1995
Submitted by David Hahn

LaBauve, Robert Guidry 


Robert G. La Bauve, 86, of El Paso died Nov. 18, in Sierra Medical Center in El Paso. Graveside services were held Nov. 21 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. The Rev. Patrick Palmer officiated. Mr. La Bauve was born Aug. 25, 1891, in Jackson County, Texas, the son of Homer and Katheryn Conner La Bauve. Mr. La Bauve married Jaque Perry, and they lived in El Paso for 40 years. Survivors include his wife, Jaque Perry La Bauve of El Paso; 2 sisters, Mrs. Emily Shofner and Mrs. Molly Guy, both of Pasadena. Pallbearers were Dr. Charles Moeller Jr., Thomas Etheridge, J. H. Wooten III, LeRoy Stein, Don Shofner and Lucien Lacourse.

Colorado County Citizen, November 24, 1977
Submitted by David Hahn


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Lacina, Edwin Daniel

Edwin Lacina Funeral Held Here Feb. 26

Funeral services for Edwin D. Lacina, 69, of Houston were held Wednesday, Feb. 25, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Father John Bily officiated in the graveside service.

Lacina, who had retired from Lone Star Industries in Houston after 39 years, died Feb. 23 at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Born May 15, 1 922, in Schulenburg, he was a son of Frank and Mary (Kruppa) Lacina. He married Wilbertha Ulrich on Aug. 29, 1944, in Houston.

His wife survives, along with a son, Glenn E. Lacina, and his wife Florence; two grandchildren, David and Jennifer Lacina of McAllen; a sister, Mrs. Victor (Annie) Janecka of Houston; and two brothers, John Lacina of Houston and Bill Lacina of Wharton.

Weimar Mercury, February 27, 1992

Lack, Elizabeth (Jauernig)

Elizabeth (Betty) Lack, 59, of Columbus, died Thursday, Aug. 11, 1994, at her residence.

Born Oct. 21, 1934, in St. Louis, Mo., she was the daughter of George and Florence (Shader) Jauernig. In 1951, she married Edward Lack. She was a retired bookkeeper/payroll clerk and a Catholic. She had been a resident of Columbus for the past nine years.

Funeral services were held Aug. 13, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Leroy Perrard, Gary Alley, Ernest Moore, John Randy Schaefer, Rodger Gallaher and Rayce Pador.

Mrs. Lack is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Denise and Harold Manuel of Columbus; brothers, Fred Jauernig, George Jauernig, Jim Jauernig and Donald Jauernig, all of St. Louis; and grandson Jaime Vargas of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1974.

Colorado County Citizen, August 17, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Lackey, Pat


The freedman, Pat Lackey, who was shot by the boy on Sunday, 1st inst., died on Monday night, and was buried on Tuesday, after an inquest had been held over him by Esquire Davidson. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 12, 1885

Ladewig, August

Eagle Lake. Oct. 5.--This morning while Wm. Miller and August Ludwig were running a binder on the George Gray rice farm, near this place, a fatal accident occurred in which Mr. Ludwig was killed outright and Mr. Miller fatally wounded. Only meager details of the accident could be had but it appears that in trying to make a short turn with the binder two of their horses became entangled and fell. Mr. Ludwig tried to release them but was unable to do so without assistance and Mr. Miller attempted to assist him. They were standing in front of the cycle and the horses, without warning, jumped up and made a sudden leap forward, throwing both men under the binder, horribly mutilating the body of Mr. Ludwig and killing him instantly. Mr. Miller sustained injuries about the head from which it is reported, he will die. [Place of interment unknown] [Per his great-granddaughter Ruth Ann Marshall the name is Ladewig and he is buried in the Chesterville cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, October 12, 1907, page 3

Ladewig, Harry Lester


Harry Lester Ladewig, age 61, of Fayetteville died .on June 8.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 10 at Fayetteville Brethren Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Henry E. Beseda officiating.

Burial was at Kaiser Cemetery, in Brushy, Texas.

Mr. Ladewig was born on March 19, 1925, in New Ulm, to Julius Ladewig and Ida Brunshausen Ladewig. He married Millie Prihoda in 1959.

Mr. Ladewig was a member of W.O.W., the Church Council, the Columbus V.F.W. and American Legion. He also served in World War II.

Survivors include Millie Ladewig, wife; Gladys Leyendecker, step - daughter; Mrs. Elda Cloat, sister; several nieces and nephews, three step-grandchildren and three step, great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ervin Cloat, Charles Cloat, Smokey Leyendecker, Roy Cloat, Jackie Cloat and Richard Baron.

Honorary Pallbearers were James Drilek, Charles Drilek, Troy McQueen, Lonny Daley, Max Barnett, Dan Mazoch, Ernest Prihoda. and Benny Cervenka.

Colorado County Citizen, June 19, 1986

Ladewig, Ida (Bernhausen)

Mrs. Ladewig Is Buried In Kaiser Cemetery Sunday

Funeral services were held at Untermeyer funeral home Sunday for Mrs. Ida Ladewig, 67, who died at John Sealy hospital in Galveston the preceding Friday after an illness of about a month. Rev. H. F. Wolber of Frelsburg officiated and burial was in the Kaiser cemetery at Brushy.

Born April 9, 1884 near industry, Mrs. Ladewig's maiden name was Ida Bernhausen and she was a daughter of Reinhardt and Louisa Weinderlich Bernhausen. She was married April 10, 1898 to Julius A. Ladewig, who died in the 1940's.

She is survived by a son, Harry, and a daughter, Mrs. Jack Cloat, both of Columbus, 3 brothers, Rudolph Bernhausen of Industry, Reinhardt Bernhausen of Brenham and Arnold Bernhausen of Bernardo, and a sister, Mrs. Tony Konescheck of Sealy. Six grandchildren also survive.

Colorado County Citizen, November 15, 1951

Ladewig, Millie (Prihoda) Meyer


Funeral services for Millie Prihoda Ladewig, 94, of Fayetteville, were scheduled Jan. 2 at Fayetteville Brethren Church.

Burial followed in Kaiser Cemetery, Brushy.
Memorial contributions may be given to Fayetteville Brethren Church or the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, January 3, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen


Funeral services for Millie Prihoda Ladewig, 94, of Brushy Community were on Jan. 2 at 10 a.m. at Fayetteville Brethren Church in Fayetteville with burial in the Kaiser Cemetery in Brushy Community. The Rev. Milton Maley officiated.

She died on Dec. 29, 2006 at Columbus Nursing and Rehabilitation in Columbus.

Ladewig was born on March 18, 1912 in Brushy Community, the daughter of Vince and Agnes (Holub) Prihoda. She was a member of the Fayetteville Brethren Church and W.O.W.

Survivors include her daughter, Gladys Leyendecker of Columbus; grandchildren, Jackie Gooch and husband Johnny, Debbie Baron and husband Richard, and Smokey Leyendecker and wife Cheryl, all of Columbus; great-grandchildren, Pam Sandrock and husband Eric, Cindy Kirby and husband Mike, Kristy Baron, Manny Leyendecker, and Phillip Leyendecker; great-great-grandsons, Dylan and Tyler Sandrock; and sister-in-law, Elda Ladewig Cloat of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; ex-husband Leo Meyer; husband; an infant son; six sisters; seven brothers; and son-in-law, Jack F. Leyendecker.

Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Fayette County Record, January 12, 2007, page 10 A.

Ladusch, Sophie Emilie (Grabow)

(Mrs. Jake Hennecke)


Died at her home here, Friday at 10 p m at the age of 84 years, 11 months and 21 days. Had she lived until October 31 st., she would have been 85 years old. For the last three years she had been very feeble and in bed most of the time. She leaves five children, four daughters, Mrs. Emma Fiel, Fayetteville, Mrs. Anna Rotter, LaGrange, Mrs. Louise Lenz, Fredricksburg, and Miss Bertha and one son Herman, still at home. Fifteen grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren to mourn her loss. She was buried in the Lutheran cemetery at Bachelor Hill, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, October 27, 1932, page 6

Laeve, Adela (Helmcamp)

Adela H. Laeve Funeral Services On Jan. 28

Mrs. Adela Helmcamp Laeve died on Jan. 26 in Weimar. She was 88.

Funeral services for Mrs. Laeve were held on Jan 28 at St.Michael’s Catholic Church, with Father Bily officiating. Burial was at the Catholic Cemetery in Weimar.

She was born May 11, 1908, in Weimar to Charles and Annie (Till) Helmcamp and attended Borden schools. She left home at the age of 18 to work in Columbus for Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Klein, owners of a dry goods store in Columbus. Mrs. Laeve married Leo Laeve on Oct. 11, 1936 at St. Michael Church, was a housewife and a lifelong resident.

Mrs. Laeve loved the outdoors and fishing. She was an excellent cook and made wonderful apple strudel and chocolate cake. She had many friends, could drive a tractor, but never drove a car.

The Laeves were married 60 years, and on their 50th anniversary, they were honored by Henrietta and Pat Krenek who hosted a celebration in Ellinger.

Mrs. Laeve is survived by her husband; four nephews, James Sanders, Donald Sanders, Michael Krenek, and Hugo Helmcamp; two nieces, Patricia Krenek and Joyce Svboda; and two sisters, Henrietta Helmcamp Krenek and Leona Helmcamp Sanders.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Edgar Helmcamp and Hugo Helmcamp.

Pallbearers were Hugo Helmcamp, James Sanders, Make Krenek, John Cook, Ernest Mican and Pedro Ramirez.

Weimar Mercury, February 6, 1997
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Laidley, Thomas M.

Dr. T. M Laidley died suddenly at his home at Oakland Thursday last. His remains were interred at Clear Creek cemetery Friday. Dr. Laidley came to Texas in 1857, and had resided at Oakland ever since. He was in the 60th year of his age, and leaves a wife and four children. Dr. Laidley was universally popular, and was recently appointed justice of the Oakland precinct. May he rest in peace.

Halletsville Herald, December 19, 1889
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

It is with the deepest of sorrow that we chronicle the death of Dr. T. M. Laidley, who died suddenly at his residence in Oakland Thursday at 12 m. Dr. Laidley was in his 57th year, has been a resident of Colorado county for over thirty-three years and was a very prominent physician of Oakland. He was buried in the family graveyard at Clear Creek Friday evening at 3 o’clock. The remains were followed to their last resting place by a host of friends and many mourning relations. THE MERCURY extends its condolence to the bereaved wife and relatives.

Weimar Mercury, December 14, 1889

Delayed Oakland Remarks

Dr. T. M. Laidley died suddenly at his home in this place last Thursday, the 12th inst., at 12 m., aged 62 years. The doctor was born in Virginia, and had lived in his place for the last thirty years. On account of bad health he had not practiced his profession much in he last few years, and was holding the office of justice of the peace when he died.

Col. Lackey and daughters, Misses Belle and Janie Lackey, of Luling came down on telegram to see his daughter and their sister, Mrs. Laidley, and attend the funeral of the doctor.

Weimar Mercury, December 28, 1889

Lain, Dorothy (Adams)

Dorothy Lain, 77, of Columbus passed away Aug. 25 at her residence.

She was born Feb. 22, 1925 in Detroit, Mich. to Benjamin Hardin II. and Sarah Elizabeth (Tucker) Adams. She married Ernest H. Lain on Sept. 3, 1949. She was self-employed in visionary sales. She has been a resident of Columbus since 1983. She was involved in the Live Oak Art Center, Magnolia Homes Tour, Historical Society and the Readers and Thinkers Society (RATS).

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest Herschel Lain, Sr.; and grandson, Jake Lain.

She is survived by daughters and sons in law; Gaye and Mike Thurman of Houston, Sarah and Bill Wiebold of Columbus and Mary and Paul Beisert of New Ulm; sons and daughters in law, Herschel and Tonia Lain of Houston, Charles and Debbie Lain of Waller and Wayne Lain and Julie Noelker of Sugarland; brother and sister in law, Benjamin Hardin III. and Joy Adams of Corpus Christi; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Aug. 27 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Paul Beisert, Cory Lain, Luke Thurmond, Johnnie Wiebold, Travis Wiebold and Layton Lain; and granddaughters, Andrea Woods, Carine Thurmond, Lena Thurmond and Amanda Lain.

Honorary pallbearers were Jesse Lain, Nick Beisert, Jake Wiebold, Russell Beisert, Seth Lain and Keaton Lain.

Colorado County Citizen, September 11, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Lambert, Lula (Barnett)

Mrs. Lula Lambert. 75, Buried Here Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Lula Lambert, 75, of Houston, who lived in Weimar many years ago, were held at City Cemetery Sunday, Hubbard Funeral Home in charge.

Mrs. Lambert was the former Miss Lula Barnett, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Barnett of Weimar, and was a distant cousin of Mrs. John Brooks of here. Her death occurred last Friday at Houston.

Surviving are her husband and one sister, Mrs. Anna Young of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, June 11, 1948, page 8

Lambright, Oliver Edward


Oliver Edward Lambright, 71, of Spring, passed away Dec. 13 at Health South Hospital in Houston.

He was born in Mexia, Oct. 20, 1935 to Barney and Sarah (Maiden) Lambright and married Ruth Marie Croney, Nov. 18, 1970. He worked as a shop superintendent for Afton Pump, Inc. in Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kyle, Raymond, Delma and Eugene Lambright; and sister, Patricia Daugherty.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Steve Hickey of San Jose, Calif., Pam and Jerry Glazebrook of Sacramento, Calif., Charley and Peter Van Etten of Tomball and Kathy and Tom Fleming of Columbus; sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Diana Overbeck of Keller, Gregory and Debbie Overbeck of Millerton and Robert Overbeck of Cypress; sister, Margie Landrum and husband Terry of Cypress; brother, J.D. and wife Lee Lambright of Pasadena; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m., today, Dec. 20 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor J. Paul Bruhn officiating. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Colorado County Citizen, December 20, 2006br> Courtesy of the Citizen


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Lammes, Maria Dorthea Miekow

Mrs. Dorthea Lammes dies at age of 93 years. Is buried in Alleyton Cemetery on Last Saturday Morning by Relatives and Friends.

After an illness of only one week, Mrs. Maria Dorthea Lammes died last Friday, December 1, at 12:30 P.M. at the home of her son J. H. Miekow. At the time of her death she was 93 years, 8 months and 15 days of age.

She was buried in the Alleyton cemetery at 10 o'clock Saturday morning in the presence of a great number of friends and relatives. Rev. Theo. R Streng, of the Columbus Lutheran church conducting the burial service. Many beautiful floral offering spoke eloquently of the friendship and love of those who she was preceding to the great beyond.

Pall bearers were L. J. Braden, H. Kaiser, Albert Severin, Jos. Braden, Sr., Ed Ekarius and R. Bock.

Mrs. Maria Dorthea Lammes was born March 7, 1829 in the Province of Bradenburg, Germany. She was baptized in March and later confirmed in the Lutheran church. She emigrated to this country about 1851 and lived near Ramsey. Her marriage to William Miekow took place at Ramsey in 1853 and was blessed with 4 children of whom J. H. Miekow of Columbus and Mrs. H. Burttschell are living. Her second marriage to Herman Lammes was solemnized in 1866 and blessed with one child, Will Lammes. 

Mrs. Lammes is survived by 18 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Her first husband preceded her in death about 60 years ago while fighting with the Confederate forces at Little Rock Arkansas. Her second husband died about 1870 at Alleyton.

In spite of her advanced age, Mrs. Lammes was ill but very little in her life and was really healthy up to the last week before her death. She was unconscious the greater part of the week she was ill.

Mrs. Lammes was beloved by all her friends and relatives for her quiet Christian nature and her death has brought grief to many hearts. To these we extend our sympathy.

Submitted by Gail Heffley

Lammes, William C.

William C. Lammes

William C. Lammes was born near Ramsey's Point on February 12th, 1867, and lived in that neighborhood until his death which occurred Sunday afternoon, April 2nd. He is survived by two children, William R. Lammes of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Estella DeShazo of Ramsey, and one half-sister, Mrs. John H. Miekow.

Mr. Lammes provided a home for a number of orphan children during his life and proved a friend indeed because a friend in need to many a one.

Internment was made in Eagle Lake [Masonic Cemetery] on April 3rd, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating

Colorado County Citizen, April 6, 1933

W. C. Lammes, Well Known Citizen Of County Died Early Sunday Morning

Death Followed Emergency Operation For Ruptured Appendix; Was Born Near Alleyton And Spent Whole Life Near Here.

Friends and acquaintances throughout this section were grieved on last Sunday morning to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of Mr. W. C. Lammes, who passed away at the Columbus Hospital at 2:30 Sunday morning.

Mr. Lammes was taken to the hospital on Thursday night for an emergency operation for ruptured appendix.

The body was taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Heffley near Eagle Lake Sunday afternoon, from where the funeral services were held on Monday morning, with Rev. W. A. Flachmeier, Lutheran pastor officiating. A beautiful solo was rendered by Mrs. Heffley and Miss Addie Miekow during the services. Interment was made in the Masonic cemetery at Eagle Lake, the pallbearers, H. W. Miekow, J. L. Miekow, F. A. Miekow, Ruben Burttschell and R. W. Heffley, being nephews of the deceased.

In the passing of Mr. Lammes, another of the old citizens of this section and a native of Colorado county has been called from the walks of life. He was born near Alleyton on February 13, 1867, and was 66 years of age at the time of his death. His entire life had been spent in this section and the greater part of it on his farm west of Eagle Lake. Mr. Lammes was marred to Miss Della Wilson, who also was of an old Colorado county family, and who preceded him in death eleven years ago. He is survived by one son, W. R. Lammes, and one daughter, Mrs. Estella DeShazo, and a half brother, John H. Miekow.

Mr. Lammes was well and favorably known to all of the older citizens of this section and his death is genuinely regretted. He was a good and useful citizen, attended strictly to his own affairs and enjoyed the respect and esteem of all who knew him. Other than his own children, Mr. Lammes took into his home and reared five orphan children, which we are sure has been recorded among the good deeds performed in this life on the pages of the great book up yonder.

The Headlight joins the people of this section in extending sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 8, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Landa, Max M.

Max M. Landa Died suddenly at Home Here

Funeral Services For Retired Business Man Who Died Early Monday, Held at Family Home Wednesday Morning

Max M. Landa, 64, retired businessman of Eagle Lake, died suddenly at his home here early Monday.

Mr. Landa was born in Austria, and came to the United States 45 years ago, locating first at Columbus. He resided for a brief time in Marshall, Texas, then at Yoakum and from Yoakum went to Hallettsville.

He was married to Miss Bessie Nathan in Luling 42 years ago.

The family moved to Eagle Lake from Hallettsville in 1912; he engaged in the grocery business here. Later, he discontinued the grocery business and established a dry goods business that he continued up to about two years ago when he retired from active business.

Mr. Landa was a most pleasant and agreeable gentleman and had many friends throughout this section. He was popular with both the young and older people, and his death is deeply regretted by the people of this entire section.

Funeral services were conducted from the family home at 9:30 Wednesday morning, with Rabbi Robert H. Kahn of Houston officiating. Interment was made in the cemetery at Hallettsville.

Mr. Landa is survived by his wife; two sons, Maynard I. Landa of New York, and Louis Landa of Chicago; a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Nixon of New York and two brothers, Harry Landa of Eagle Lake, and Mechel Landa of Vienna, Austria.

The Headlight extends sincere sympathy to the sorrowing relatives in their deep sorrow.

The active pallbearers were J. M. Chumney, J. N. Frazar, Chas. von Lengerke, Dr. L. Kopecky, Graham Turner, W. E. Rauh, Bruno Cohen and Sam Reichman.

Honorary pallbearers: H. W. Ahlers, W. H. Albrecht, W. E. Turner, M.L. Anderson, Max Conner, E. L. Beckman, Henry Beckman, R. C. Singley, W. K. Williford, Chas. Causey, Alfred Gertson, Cal Gertson, B. H. Daily, W. A. Dallas, J. H. McCreary, W. E. McRee, W. E. Lenhart, Dr. J. W. Giessel, Dr. J. R. Laughlin, Dr. P. T. Gordon, W. S. Gordy, Bruce McCarty, C. P. Hoyo, O. J. Wintermann, J. C. Westmoreland, B. H. McElhinney, C. H. Matthews, V. T. Matthews, J. B. Smith, R. F. Spanihel, Walt Poole, Noel Parker, S. C. Cooper, P. P. Ramsey, Mose Thomas, Hayes Stephens, E. J. Wink, W. R. Terrell, W. E. Welford, Winn Poole, F. Emshoff, members of W. O. W. Lodge, and members of Sons of Herman lodge.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 27, 1939
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Landers, Marvin Dean

October 5, 1951 - December 24, 2007

Services for Marvin Dean Landers, 56, of Cat Spring were held Dec. 28, P2007, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sealy. [Place of interment unknown]

Landers died suddenly Dec. 24, 2007.

He was born on Oct. 5, 1951, in Ranger, the son of Bradford and Hazel Landers. He was raised in McCamey, where he graduated from high school in 1970. He played football for The University of Texas at El Paso and received a degree in pharmacy from The University of Texas at Austin in 1976.

Landers was pharmacy manager at the Wal-Mart in Sealy.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Ronda Sens Landers; daughters, Leslie and. Allison Landers; and his father of Cisco.

Banner Press Newspaper, January 3, 2008, page 6a

Lane, Ed

Post Special: Columbus, Texas, September 22.--Last night at Altair, in the southern part of this county, Mr. Robert Tait shot and killed a negro by the name of Ed Lane. It seems that the negro was advancing upon Tait with a beer bottle, when Tait fired upon him, the bullet passing through his breast, and the negro fell dead as he turned to go out the door. [Place of interment unkown]

Mr. Tait came at once to town and surrendered. He was released this morning on a bond of $1000. Mr. Tait is well connected in the county and bears a good reputation.

Weimar Mercury, September 28, 1895

Lane, L. B. “Pop”


L. B. “Pop” Lane, 82, of Brushy Community, near Columbus, formerly of Brazoria, passed away April 24 in Houston.

He was born July 30, 1923 in Comanche to Joe N. and Elizabeth Lane. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII and was a retired building contractor.

He is survived by his wife, Minnie Ola Baldock Lane, of Brushy Community near Columbus; daughters, Mae Cox and husband, J. R. of La Grange and Judy Bailey and husband, Charles, of Brushy Community; grandchildren, Rhonda Mae Niblack and husband, Wayne, Tami Bailey Williams and husband, Billy T., Justin Bailey and wife, Olivia; great grandchildren, Bailey Kay Williams and Lane Braxton Williams.

Funeral services were at Frelsburg Baptist Church in Frelsburg April 27 with Brother Gary Henneke and Brother Clayton Wallin officiating. Interment followed at Kaiser Cemetery in Brushy Community.

Pallbearers were Justin Bailey, Billy T. Williams, Wayne Niblack, Mike Bailey, Oliver Hargrove and F. J. Hoffman. Honorary pallbearers are all the men of the Frelsburg Baptist Church.

Memorials may be given to Frelsburg Baptist Church, P.O. Box 221, New Ulm, TX 78950.

Colorado County Citizen, May 3, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Lang, Jeff

Jeff Lang
May 22, 1964 - July 27, 2003

Jeff Lang, 39, of Fredericksburg passed away Sunday, July 27, 2003 after a long and courageous battle against cancer.

He was born May 22, 1964 in Houston and raised in Eagle Lake, working as a long-haul truck driver when he lived in Fredericksburg.

Preceded in death by a brother, Mack Lang, survivors include his daughter, Nicole Lambert of Kerrville; mother and stepfather, Nancy and Gary Grasshoff of Fredericksburg; father, T. Lang of Eagle Lake; and brother, Joe Lang of Dallas.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 1, at Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake. [Place of interment unknown]

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hill Country Memorial Hospice, P.O. Box 835, Fredericksburg, Tx 78624.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 31, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Lange, Clara Hermine (Hundt)

Mrs. John Lange

Clara Hermine Hundt was born on December 22, 1858 in Ashalt-Kethen, Germany. At the age of eight years she came to America with her parents. In 1883 she was married to Mr. John Lange at Columbus and moved to Welcome. Five years later the young people returned to Colorado County where they lived since then. On March 1, 1926, she lost her husband in consequence of a stroke of paralysis.

On Dec. 30 Mrs. Lange came to Columbus to spend New Year with her daughters, Mrs. Sidonie Auerbach and Mrs. Ollie Alley. Seemingly in the best of health she was stricken with paralysis in the night of Jan. 1, just a few minutes after she had conversed cheerily with her daughter Sidonie. Death came at 4 P.M. on Jan. 4.

Mrs. Lange is survived by five children: Mrs. Sidonie Auerbach and Mrs. Ollie Alley of Columbus, Enno Lange and Mrs. Ferdinand Tengler of Eagle Lake, and Mr. Rupert Lange of Glidden, three grandchildren: Ervin Alley of Columbus, and V. Enno and Marvin Lange of Eagle Lake, and one sister, Mrs. Alma Leyendecker.

Interment was made in Odd Fellows Rest Jan. 5, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of the local Lutheran Church officiating. The pallbearers were a grandson, Ervin Alley, and five nephews; Clifford, Jack, and Weldon Leyendecker, Harry Hillebrand, and Emery Daniels.

The Citizen extends sincere sympathy.

Colorado County Citizen, January 7, 1932, pages 1 and 8

Lange, Enno J.


Funeral services for Enno J. Lange, 61, who died suddenly at the home of his sister, Mrs. Ollie Alley here Monday night, were held at the Columbus funeral home Wednesday afternoon, with the Rev. G. Wolf officiating.

Mr. Lange, a farmer, was born in Austin county but has been living in Columbus almost all his life.

Surviving are one son, Marvin Lange, and two sisters, Mrs. Alley and Mrs. F A. Tengler, all of Columbus; and one brother, Rupert Lange, Eagle Lake.

Burial was in the Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Pallbearers were Herbert, Weldon, Clifford and Jack Leyendecker, E. J. Brune and W. A. Struss.

Colorado County Citizen, February 6, 1946

Lange, Gustav Adolph

Weimar Local Matters.

Friday last [March 2, 1883] a sad accident occurred, that has thrown a gloom over our entire community. There was a circus performance in the afternoon, many people were in town, Young Wm. Hoeer rode in from the country, left his horse, a very spirited animal, hitched in front of the residence of E. Lang, and went to the circus. Mr. Lang and his wife were out buggy riding. The only occupants of the house at the time were several small children, the oldest a little boy about ten years of age, not knowing the danger, concluded he would take a ride; went out unhitched the horse, placed the hitch rope upon the horn of the saddle, and succeeded in getting on. The horse started off briskly, which frightened the little fellow who began screaming. This excited the horse, who was soon in full speed and in dodging,around the fence corner unseated the poor little fellow, and in falling his foot was caught in the hitch rope which was wound around the horn of the saddle, falling in such a manner that his head just touched the ground. He was dragged over the rough wood for over a half mile in that position, kicked at every leap by the infuriated animal; when the horse was stopped and the little fellow cut loose, life was gone. It's impossible to describe the appearance of the little mangled and bruised body when turned over to the undertaker.

Mrs. P. Hargon and Mrs. M. Hargrove, the principal witnesses, in giving their evidence before the jury of inquest, in describing the scene as the horse was passing in front of their door, was heartrending. Little Gus was a bright little fewllow, the only son of his doting parents.

Colorado Citizen, March 8, 1883

Lange, Joselyn Irene

Services Held For Stillborn Infant

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon for the baby girl stillborn Saturday morning to Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Lange.

Rev. G. Wolf of St. Paul’s Lutheran church officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, February 19, 1959, page 10

Lange, Marvin


Funeral services for Marvin Lange, were held Saturday, January 18 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke FuneraI Home.

Burial was held at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Lange was born February 6, 1918 in Eagle Lake to Enno J. Lange and Annie Tengler Lange. He married Virgie Mae Alston Lange. February 17, 1957.

Mr. Lange was retired from Water-well contracting and partner in L & N Drilling since 1953. Before his death he was enjoying ranching.

He was affiliated with Woodmen of the World and he also served in WW II as a Corporal and he received the Purple Heart awards.

Survivors include his wife, Virgie Lange of Columbus, mother, Annie Gloeckner of Columbus; one daughter, Mary Jane Lange of Columbus; and one son, John Marvin Lange of Austin.

Pallbearers were Hugh Sheridan, Dwane Sheridan, Herman Lee Henneke, Billy Ray Kilpatrick, Floyd Neuendorff, Edgar Horndt, Bill Pavlicek and Guy Beane, Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, January 23, 1986, page 2

Lange, Perry D. “Bud”

Perry D. (Bud) Lange

Perry D. (Bud) Lange, 71, passed away in Sugar Land.

He was born in Brown County and he was a long time resident of Lissie, Eagle Lake, and Marlin.

Bud as he was known to everyone was an accomplished AG Pilot as well as a Certified Aircraft Flight Instructor.

He is survived by his two sons, Daniel Gene Lange of Arizona, Mark Daniel Lange and wife, Laurie, of Wichita Falls; daughter, Terri June Carlson of Magnolia; sister, Sherry Lee Nachlinger of Hermleigh, Texas; brother, Sammy Dee Lange of Quitman; four grandsons, Jeremy Lange, C.J. Conn, Matthew Lange and Randy Carlson.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Perry G. Lange and Hazel Rose Lange; wife, Lucille Perry; two sisters, Martha Emogene Hare and Polly Susan Irby.

Visitation was held at Eagle Lake Funeral Home Tuesday, Jan. 1, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Graveside services were held at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake, on Wednesday, January 2, at 2 p.m.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

Honorary Pallbearers were Eric Nachlinger, Daryl Joe Nachlinger and James Irby Jr.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 3rd, 2008
Submitted by John Konesheck

Lange, V’Enno

(Miss Aileen Alley)

The community was saddened by the death of V’Enno Lange, who was drowned Sunday. The entire community extends their depest[sic] sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, June 1, 1933, page 7


V’Enno Lange, a sixteen-year-old Eagle Lake high school student, met with sudden death Sunday afternoon in an abandoned gravel pit on the Eagle Lake-Altair road. He was hunting bullfrogs with a brother, Marvin, 14, and a cousin, Hugh Sheridan, 13. Having shot a frog, he swam across the pond to get it. He was almost back to shore when his companions noticed that he ceased paddling. They threw a cable out to him and shouted, but received no answer of any kind. Becoming alarmed, the younger boy summoned help. When the body was recovered two hours later, there was no water in the lungs. One of his legs was twisted in such a manner as to suggest that a cramp was the cause of the accident.

V’Enno was the son of Enno J. Lange of Pecan Valley Farm, near Eagle Lake, and a nephew of Mrs. Gus Auerbach and Mrs. Ollie Alley of Columbus, and of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Lange and Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Tengler of Eagle Lake.

Interment was made in Odd Fellows Rest Monday afternoon, Rev. Rodgers of Eagle Lake officiating.

Classmates acted as pallbearers: Ashley Walker Jr., Willie Walker, Alvin Kohleffel, W. C. Reed Jr., Osa Corley and Daughty Reading.

The Citizen extends sympathy to the sorrowing ones.

Colorado County Citizen, June 1, 1933, page 10

Lanier, Etta Alice (Moss)

Funeral for Mrs. E. Lanier Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Etta Moss Lanier, 81, a resident of Parkview Manor here, were held Wednesday morning from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Brother Roy Pritt of the Memorial Church of Christ, Houston, officiated. Mrs. Lanier was a lifetime member of the Church of Christ.

A resident of Parkview the past five years, Mrs. Lanier died Tuesday morning. She was born Etta Alice Moss in Blossom, Texas, on Dec. 15, 1894. She received her Registered Nurse degree in 1914 in the first graduating class of the Paris Training School for Nurses, Paris, Texas. She was married in 1918 to Henry Travis Lanier. Mr. Lanier, as well as a son, Henry Travis Lanier Jr., who was a staff sergeant in the U. S. Air Corps, preceded her in death.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Beverly Gindler of Weimar and Mrs. Lamoss Moore of Houston; sons-in-law Davis Gindler and Benson A. Moore; and three grandchildren, Paul Gindler of Houston and Phyllis and Henry Travis Gindler of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, November 11, 1976

Lanier, Henry Travis

Mother Notified Air Gunner Son Died in Action

Mrs. E. Moss Lanier of La Porte has been notified that her son, Staff Sgt. Henry Travis Lanier, 21, formerly of Fort Worth, has been declared dead by the War Department.

Sgt. Lanier was a gunner on a bomber which crashed in the South Pacific on Feb 11, 1944. He had previously been listed as missing in action.

He was born in Wichita Falls and reared in Fort Worth. He enlisted in the AAF in September 1942, and credited with shooting down one Jap. . .[Rest of ariticle missing. Memorial stone in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Mother of Flier Is Given His Medal

Mrs. E. Moss Lanier, mother of Staff Sgt. Henry T. Lanier, former Fort Worth resident reported missing in action in the Marshall Islands since Feb. 11, 1944, received the Air Medal for her son at a special review at Ellington Field, Houston, Thursday.

The citation read that Lanier ”as a crew member of bombardment type aircraft, participated in seven strike sorties against the enemy, displaying high professional skill, courage and devotion to duty.”

Lanier attended Polytechnic High School and was employed at the American Manufacturing Company when he entered the Air Corps. His mother and two sisters now live in La Porte.

Submitted by David Gindler

LaPorte, Anita (Schmidt)

Anita LaPorte

Anita LaPorte, 78, of Austin passed away on Saturday, February 24.

She was born November 9, l928 in Chesterville.

Anita was preceded in death by her parents, Wilhelm and Anna Feldhoff Schmidt and one brother, John Schmidt.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, James E. LaPorte; six children: Patricia Brannen and husband, Wendall, Steven LaPorte, David LaPorte and wife, Joyce, Janice Ashton and husband, Charlie, Kathleen LaPorte, Thomas LaPorte and wife Pam; grandchildren, Christopher and William Brannen, Travis, Keven and Ricky LaPorte, Jessica Campos, Jamie Ray LaPorte, Jason Shoemaker and Jessica Youngblood; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Schmidt; sister Antoni Snowden; numerous nieces and nephews and hosts of loved ones who knew her as Nana.

The family received friends at Harrell Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 27 from 6 till 8 p.m.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, at Chesterville Cemetery in Chesterville.

Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice Austin or the Chesterville Cemetery Association, PO Box 824, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Guest book and obituary available online at

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

Larey, Rollie Nelson

Mr. R. N. Larey

The death of Mr. Rollie Nelson Larey occurred at the home of his daughter in Eagle Lake Saturday. Funeral service was conducted by Rev. J. E. Morgan of the Columbus Methodist Church. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Mr. Larey was born in Plymouth, Ills., March 23, 1965.

He is survived by four children, Mrs. Maud Johnson of Way Cross, Ga., Mrs. Ruth Fones of Fowler, Colo., Mrs. Ora McCreary of Eagle Lake, and Mr. Walter Larey of Way Cross, Ga., to whom the sympathy of our readers is expressed.

Colorado County Citizen, May 19, 1932, page 8

Larmer, Bert Howard Sr.

Last Rites Held Monday For Bert Larmer, Sr.

Funeral services ere held Monday afternoon for Bert H. Larmer, Sr., 72, resident of the Eagle Lake community for nearly fifty years, who passed away at 1:45 a.m. last Sunday morning at Laughlin Hospital following an illness of three months.

Last rites ere held at2:00 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church with the pastor, the Rev. Ralph A. Jones, officiating. A trio from the men’s choir of the church, R. L. Duncan, Frank Davidson and Tommy Wynne, rendered favorite hymns, accompanied by Mrs. Clara Mae Nash at the organ.

Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Paul Powers, Lorell Dye, John Brasher, James Adams, Russell Cooper, and H. D. Swearingen. Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of services.

Bert Howard Larmer was born in the year of 1886 in Wayne, Nebraska to Lillian and Thomas Larmer. He had a foster mother, Mrs. Laura Twenor.

He resided in the Walnutridge, Arkansas area as a young man and in 1912 moved to the Eagle Lake community where he was active in the restaurant business for many years. He took great interest in affairs of his community and was a familiar and beloved figure in Eagle Lake.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Dora Martin Larmer; three sons, J. C. Smith of Alvia, Bert Larmer, Jr. of Eagle Lake, Ernie Larmer of Colorado City; three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Hamilton of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Mrs. Lucille Booker of Eagle Lake, and Mrs. Loraine Fightmaster of Paris, Kentucky; one brother, Fred Larmer of Sterlington, La.; three foster sisters; 9 grandchildren; and his foster mother, Mrs. Laura Twenor of Walnutridge, Arkansas.

Friends join in extending sympathy to the family in the loss of this loved one who shall be missed dearly in this community.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 11, 1959
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Larmer, Dora (Martin)

Mrs. Larmer Dies Suddenly Of Heart Attack

Mrs. Bert Larmer, Sr., a resident of Eagle Lake for the past fifty years succumbed suddenly of a heart attack at around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 29th. Mrs. Larmer was conversing with . . . . the attack struck and she died almost instantly.

Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 1st from the Chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with the Rev. E.E. Mulliner, Pastor of the First Presbytarian Church officiating. She was placed to final rest in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Paul Powers, Simon Landry, Ervin Estlinbaum, Dick Obenhaus, and Robert S. Martin.

Mrs. Larmer, nee Dora Martin, was born Nov. 8th, 1898 the daughter of William J. and Lilla M. Denham Martin. She had spent the past eleven years devoted to caring for elderly persons in her home.

Surviving are three sons: J. C. Smith of Alvin, Bert Larmer, Jr., of Eagle Lake, and Ernest R. Larmer of Fort Worth; three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Hamilton of Victoria, Mrs. Lucille Booker of Eagle Lake, and Mrs. Bertie Lorene Fightmaster of Paris, Kentucky; two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Mazac of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Flora Porter of Victoria; eleven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Bert Larmer, Sr., preceded her in death in 1959. Her parents, one brother and one sister also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Larmer was a member of the First Baptist Church. She demonstrated in life a concern and affection for young and old that won for her the love of all who came to know her. She, shall be missed dearly by loved ones and friends.

Out-of-town relatives and friends here for the services were: Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Porter, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Quimby, Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Quimby, Jr., of Victoria; Mr. and Mrs. John Brasher, Debbie and John of Fulton; Mrs. Hattie Brasher of Barker; Mr. and Mrs. William Brune of Katy; Mr. and Mrs. Perry Morris of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mazac, Jr., of Uvalde; Leroy Janda of Columbus; Peter Kucera of Edna; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Smith of Alvin; and Miss Diane Mia and Mrs. Bernice Clayton of Columbus.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 6, 1969
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Larsen, M. E.

M. E. Larsen Died At His home Saturday night

When news was spread here Sunday morning that M. E. Larsen had died at his home in this city shortly after 12 o'clock Saturday night, sorrow spread throughout the city and section, for Martin Larsen was one of our best citizens.

Our people could scarcely believe the news for only the day before Mr. Larsen was on our streets, robust and healthy. Shortly after 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon while at the home of his sister, Mrs. L. O. Clark at Chesterville, he became ill. Feeling better, he went to his rice field where he was caught in a heavy rain and again became ill. He was brought to his home in Eagle Lake and a physician summoned. He passed away shortly before 12 o'clock Saturday night.

Mr. Larsen was born in Dexter, Missouri, and would have been 46 years of age in December. He was married in Missouri in 1908 to Miss Marion Kirby, who, with their two sons, John and Jack, and tow daughters, Lalla and Mildred, survives him.

Mr. Larsen and family moved to Texas in 1912, locating at Chesterville where they arrived on the 12th day of January of that year. They continued to make their home at Chesterville until a year ago, when the family moved to Eagle Lake. Two brothers, Tom D. Larsen and Lewis C. Larsen, both of Houston, and two sisters, Mrs. L. O. Clark of Chesterville and Mrs. Carey Miller of Alleyton, Illinois also survive.

Mr. Larsen was extensively engaged in rice and watermelon farming. He was one of the largest individual melon growers in this section and was well known in melon growing circles throughout the state.

Martin Larsen was a good man, and a likable man. In his dealings with his fellows he was just and honorable. He was a good neighbor, a good husband, a good father, and as citizen he was helpful and useful. This writer has known him since he located at Chesterville nineteen years ago and in all this time found nothing in his life to criticize or condemn. We have heard many speak of his worth and his good traits, but not one word against him have we ever heard.

Funeral services were conducted at the home Monday afternoon, with Rev. J. C. Wilson of Edna, formerly pastor of the Methodist church here, and a loved friend of the family, conducting the services. Burial was made in the Chesterville Cemetery. Pall bears were Carl Helmer, Ernest and Gus Seaholm, Wm. Spalinger and Albert Pustejovsky.

To the relatives whose hearts are bruised and bleeding and with whom grief, deep and poignant, reigns over their lives, our people extend deep sympathy, as deep as the depths of the human heart. May He who is the friend of the lonely, and whose great heart goes out in tenderest love to those who mourn, speak peace to their troubled hearts.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 19, 1931
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Larsen, Mabel (Hutchins) Campbell

Mabel Hutchins Campbell Larsen, 75, of Porter and former resident of Rock Island, died on February 22, 1990 at the North East Medical Center in Houston. She was born on July 18, 1914 in Rock Island to Eather and Annie Riddle Hutchins. She was a housewife and a member of the First Methodist Church in Columbus. Survivors include three daughters, Martha Streby of Porter, Margaret Cox of Albiom, Indiana and Betty Lou Hammond of Elkhart, Indiana; two sons, Charles A. Campbell of New Caney, and Richard E. Campbell of Elkhart, Indiana; two sisters, Rose Audrisch of Ruston, La. and Mildred Pyle of Austin; 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held on February 26, 1990 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Robert Hahn officiating. Graveside services and interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

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

Larsen, Maybelle Jane (Burdick)

Mrs. Elmer Larsen, Postmaster At Rock Island, Dies

Rock Island—Mrs. Elmer H. (Maybelle) Larsen, 50, postmaster of Rock Island, died Saturday at Columbus Foundation Hospital.

A native of Calgary, Canada, Mrs. Larsen had lived here about 18 years and had been postmaster about four years.

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Karen, of Rock Island; a son, Elmer Larsen Jr., a student at Texas A&M University; a sister; and her parents.

 Services were held at First United Methodist Church in Columbus Monday afternoon, with burial in Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island.

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

Larsen, Raymond Roy


Our sincerest sympathy is extended Mrs. J. W. Larsen of Rock Island and Mr. Lee Larsen of this city in the death of their son and brother, Mr. Raymond Larsen, who died Monday in the service of his country at Camp Bowie after a few days’ illness of pneumonia. Raymond Larsen was one of the finest and most manly young men in this county and his death is sincerely regretted. He wss[sic] 26 years of age and went into the service with the call for men in September. We doubt if there is a woman in this county who is giving more to her country than Mrs. Larsen. Her husband is in France in the service of Uncle Sam; another son, Bert, is also with the army in France, and another son, Harry, is in training at Camp Travis. Raymond Larsen was a splendid young man and was held in the very highest esteem by all who knew him and all of the people of Colorado county sympathize with his mother and his brothers in the sad death of this most estimable young man, who has given his life for his country. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 23, 1918

Larsen, Verna Lee

Chesterville News

This community was saddened Sunday by the death of Vernie, the beautiful little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Larsen. The funeral was held Monday afternoon, Rev. J. W. King of Nottawa conducting the services. We extend Mr. and Mrs. Larsen and family our deepest sympathy. [Interment in Chesterville cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 2, 1918, page 10

Larson, Georgina Ann (Foster)

Mrs. Larson, Former County Resident, Succumbs at 90

ROCK ISLAND-- Funeral rites were held at 10 a.m. June 16 at the Mill-Bauer Funeral home in Eagle Lake for Mrs. Georgina Ann Larson, a former resident of the Rock Island and Eagle Lake communities for many years.

She lived in Houston at the time of her death and was 90 years, 5 months and 14 days of age at the time of her death.

Rev. Leslie A. McDaniel officiated at the services. Interment was in the Myrtle cemetery in Rock Island. Pallbearers were Clyde Gold, Rudolph Spanihel, J. B. Wesson, Bennie Blair, Joe Lee McCreary and Ernest Hudson.

Favorite hymns were played on the organ by Mrs. Clara Mae Nash during the service.

Mrs. Larson was born July 30, 1869, the daughter of John and Eollia Foster in Pala Alto county, Iowa. She was married to J. W. Larson, Dec. 18, 1888 in Ruthven, Iowa. They moved to Texas in 1896 settling at Rock Island, where he engaged in general contracting until 1903, when Mr. Larson became associated with James Stewart & co. as a construction superintendent.

She was the mother of 5 sons and is survived by 2 of the sons, Harry D. Larson of Eagle Lake and Jefferson J. Larson of Houston; 2 grandsons, Jay Roy Larson of Flour Bluff, Tex. and Harry Donald Larson of Houston; 2 great-grandsons and 3 great-granddaughters; 2 brothers, Leon and Ernest Foster of Appleton City, Mo.

J. W. Larson and 3 sons, Bird, Raymone[sic] R. and Lee L. Larson preceded her in death.

Colorado County Citizen, January 21, 1960, page 8

Larson, Harry Dean


Harry D. Larson, age 91, of Eagle Lake, passed away December 24 (Christmas Eve) at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Funeral services were held December 27 at Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Charles Runk of United Methodist Church of Eagle Lake, officiating. Burial was at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Harry was born on November 15, 1893 in Ruthvan, Iowa to Jacob Larson and Georgann Foster Larson. He married Nellie Burrlngton Larson on November 11, 1928 In Eagle Lake. Larry[sic] was a resident of Rock Island for many years before he moved to Eagle Lake at the end of World War I. He practiced law in the Eagle Lake area most of his life.

Larry[sic] served with the U.S. Army during World War I.

Preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

Survivors Include wife, Nellie Larson of Eagle Lake; one brother, Jeff Larson of Smithville; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers include Paul Powers, Charlie Briscoe, Earl Rogers, Jr., Lloyd Spalinger, Charlie Spalinger and Melvin Stancik.

Colorado County Citizen, January 3, 1985, page 2

Larson, Nellie (Buffington)


Nellie Larson, 92, of Eagle Lake died Tuesday Jan. 9, 1996 at Rice District Community Hospital in Eagle Lake.

Born Aug. 15, 1903 in Eagle Lake, she was the daughter of John and Addie (Reynolds) Buffington. She married Harry Dean Larson in Eagle Lake on Nov. 11, 1928. “Aunt Sam” as Mrs. Larson was known to her postal patrons and fellow employees, who attended local schools, worked for the United States Postal Service as a postal clerk in Eagle Lake for over 40 years. She was a member of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church and had been active in the Order of the Eastern Star and Eagle Lake’s Little Theater.

Funeral services were held Jan. 12 at Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Larry Bailey of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Members of Mrs. Larson’s family served as pallbearers.

Mrs. Larson is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and loved ones. Larson and her husband opened their home to several of these nieces and nephews, although they never had children of their own.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on Dec. 24, 1984; four sisters; and four brothers.

Colorado County Citizen, January 17, 1996, page 12

Larson, Ruby (Rabel)

Ruby Larson Funeral Services Held Nov. 15

Ruby Rabel Larson, 85, died Thursday, Nov. 11 at a local hospital. Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home. Interment followed at Masonic Cemetery.

Ruby was born on Dec. 16, 1913 in Weimar. She was a graduate of the University of Texas, Austin and was a schoolteacher for many years. She was married to Gabriel E. Larson.

She lived in Dallas for over 30 years and was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: brothers and sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Pallbearers were Glenn Rabel, Neal Rabel, Mark Seifert, George Ulbrich, Terry Belt and Clifford Grohmann.

Memorials for those desiring, may be made to the American Heart Association or the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Weimar Mercury, November 18,1999
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Lasater, W. Herbert

W. H. Lasater Died AT His Home Last Tuesday Following Brief Illness

Popular Young Manager of Schuhmacher Grocer Company Died After Only Few Days’ Illness

A gloom of sadness was spread over the entire community when the news was learned on Tuesday morning that Mr. W. H. Lasater was dead.

He had been ill for a little more than a week with diphtheria, and though for several days his condition had been serious, his death came as a great shock to his friends everywhere.

Mr. Lasater was one of the most popular men that has ever lived in Eagle Lake. He moved here about seven years ago from Aledo, Texas and was manager here for Swift & Company. Five years ago he resigned his position with Swift to become traveling salesman in this territory for the Schuhmacher Grocer Company. After serving in this capacity for about a year, he was offered a promotion by the company, going to Smithville as manager of the Schuhmacher Company’s house at that place. And again he was given a promotion, being offered the management of the house here three years ago when the former manager, Mr. E. Middleton, went to Victoria to take the management of the Schuhmacher house at that place. Since that time, Mr. Lasater has been in charge of the Schuhmacher Grocer Company’s business at this place.

Universal regret is expressed over Mr. Lasater’s death, for he was liked by every person who knew him. If he had an enemy we have never heard of it. He was one of the most pleasant, agreeable gentlemen that we have ever known and he numbered his friends by his acquaintances. He has had wonderful success in the management here for the Schuhmacher Company, and he was esteemed highly as a friend and business man by the officers of that company.

Mr. Lasater was a devoted member of the Christian church and was one of the deacons of that congregation at this place. He was a member of the board of alderman of Eagle Lake, having led the ticket at the election, showing the universal popularity of the man in his home town. He was thirty-five years of age, just in the bloom of life, and his sad death is sincerely regretted by everyone. Mr. Lasater was a man of ability, of splendid business qualifications, and a man of character, clean life and high morals. He was always in a good humor, so pleasant and so friendly. This disposition made for him large numbers of friends wherever he went, for Herbert Lasater was a man that to be with was to like. He was open, fair and frank in all things. He was honest as the days are long, and his word was as good as his bond. He never practiced deception and he had a way all of his own in which he won his friends even closer to him – a way that made you realize that he liked you.

Mr. Lasater’s mother arrived from Tennessee Wednesday afternoon, having been advised of the serious condition of her son, but did not learn of his death until after her arrival here. The remains were shipped on the Santa Fe Wednesday afternoon, accompanied by his mother, wife and little daughter to Aledo, the former home, where the funeral was held.

During the sixteen years of the existance [sic] of the Headlight, at no time have we been called on to chronicle the passing of a friend in whose death we have felt more sadness, for we esteemed him as a friend, and our association with him in life will ever be held among our treasures in memory.

To his wife and sweet little daughter and to the mother, upon whom grief has laid its heavy hand, the Headlight extends from the depths of its heart its sincere sympathy and to him who has gone on that journey from whence no9 traveler ever returns, good-bye and may your last, long sleep be sweet, old friend.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 28, 1918
Submitted by Judy Talkington

Latham, Nicholas Aaron


Graveside services for Nicholas Aaron Latham, stillborn infant of Rex and Pamela Latham of Weimar, Will be held Friday, Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar. The Rev. Jerry Atkins will officiate.

Nicholas was born Feb. 9 in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Surviving besides his parents are the grandparents, Bill and Betty Fyfe of Kirbyville and Leonor Latham of La Grange; three sisters, Sharon Kuester of Weimar, Shannon Peach of Tampa, Florida and Stephanie and her husband Rey Garza of Columbus; five brothers, Christopher Peach of Tampa, Florida, Joshua Kuester, Cody, Cory and Casey Latham, all of Weimar. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Raymond Latham Sr.

Hubbard Funeral Home of Weimar is in charge of arrangements.

The Fayette County Record, February 13, 1998
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Lauderdale, Patricia Ann (Carrigan)


Patricia Ann Lauderdale, 78, of Columbus, passed away Dec. 3, at Hermann Hospital in Houston.
She was born Aug. 31, 1927 to Joseph and Helen Stansbury Carrigan and married Gerald J. Lauderdale Feb. 4, 1967. She worked as a purchasing agent for Civil Service.

She is survived by her husband; sons, Richard Cole, of Columbus, Charlie Cole, of Bulhead City, Ariz. and Thomas Lauderdale, of Hanover Park, Ill; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services are Friday, Dec. 9, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, December7, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Laughlin, Avis Ann (Moorehouse)

Avis Ann Laughlin

Avis Ann Laughlin was born on June 8, 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio and passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2007 at The Legacy in Bay City at 90 years of age. Avis was a longtime resident of Eagle Lake and a member of Christ Episcopal Church.

Avis is survived by her sons, Tom Laughlin and wife Charmaine of Bay City, John Laughlin and wife Bobbie of Bay City and Joe Laughlin and wife Theresa of Lake Jackson; daughter, Mary Lou Fitzpatrick of Austin and sisters, Barney Bakken of Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Jeanette Corlette of Wilmington, Delaware. She is also survived by her 6 grandchildren, Wade Laughlin, Jerod Laughlin, Elizabeth Pitts, Kathryn Fitzpatrick, Phillip Laughlin and Megan Laughlin and her 2 great-grandchildren, Jack Laughlin and Destiny Laughlin. Avis was preceded in death by her husband, Jones Connally Laughlin.

Avis's family received friends on Monday, September 24, 2007 from 5 pm until 8 pm at Eagle Lake Funeral Home. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 at 2 pm at Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake . Burial followed in Lakeside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Avis's family requests that memorials be made in her name to Christ Episcopal Church or Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake .

Arrangements were under the direction of Baker Funeral Home, 634 S. Columbia Dr. , West Columbia , Texas 77486 (979)345-3232. Send online condolences to
Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 27th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Laughlin, Bonnie Merle (Garrett)


Mrs. Bonnie Garrett Laughlin, age 72, passed away the morning of Sept. 30 at her Rock Island residence following a lengthy illness.

She was born, Nov. 14, 1915 to Clyde Garrett and Rose Nell Reeves Garrett. She and her family moved to Schulenburg, where Bonnie finished high school. She also attended business school before returning to Hempstead, and in 1933 Bonnie moved to Eagle Lake.

On Aug. 13, 1935, Bonnie married Dr. J. R. Laughlin in Eage Lake. Their early years together were dedicated to administering health care to the community. She worked beside Dr. J. R. during the very difficult years of WWII, they planned and constructed Eagle Lake's first hospital, which was finished and dedicated in June 1942; Laughlin Memorial Hospital operated as a private hospital until 1967, when it was turned over to the citizens of Eagle Lake and renamed Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Mrs. Laughlin was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake since 1933. Also, civic minded, she worked in many areas in her Community as often called upon. An accomplished pianist, she was often called upon to share her talent at church, civic and fraternal functions. weddings lessons and the like. Early in her life, she played the piano at theaters during the silent movie era.

Bonnie and Dr. J. R. retired about 10 years ago and moved to their ranch near Rock Island.
She was preceeded[sic] in death by her parents; a brother, Cliff Garrett; husband, Dr. J. R. Laughlin (May 1984); and her youngest son, Dr. Charles Curtis Laughlin (Aug. 1986).

Survivors include: sons, Richard L. 'Dick" Laughlin, Rock Island; John Reagan Laughlin, Jr., Houston. Brother, Clyde Garrett, Jr., of Hempstead. Grandchildren: Cheryl Ann Laughlin, Bonnie Lynn Fournier, Richard L. Laughlin, II, Ann Vulgaris, Johnny, Boyd and Don Laughlin, Mary Catherine and Elizabeth Ann Laughlin. Great grandchildren, Julian Christine Vulgaris, Clint Vulgaris and Curtis Founier. Also, locally survived by, sister-in-law, Mrs. J. C. (Avis) Laughlin, of Eagle Lake and daughter-in-law, Mrs. Curtis (Darlene) Laughlin. also of Eagle Lake, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, from the Chapel of Dulany. Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, with Rev. David Maim, pastor of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake officiating. Special music was provided by the duet of Mrs. Dexter (Gay) Anderson and Mrs. Jay (Fay) Anderson. Mrs. Clara May Nash served as organist. Dulany Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Interment followed in the Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake. As was always Bonnie's request, her pallbearers were boys from her Cub Scout Den of 1952; Pack 78, Den 5: Steven Taylor, G. W. Clipson, Robert Moland, Tom Laughlin, Wayne Corman, Melvin Sunderman, John Allan Rolf and Dr. Warren Parker.

Colorado County Citizen, October 5, 1988, pages 2 and 17

Laughlin, John Reagan Sr.

Dr. John Laughlin

Dr. John Reagan Laughlin, Sr., age 79, passed away Thursday, May 10, at Memorial Southwest Hospital in Houston following a lengthy illness. Born January 30, 1905, in Eddy, Texas to John R. and Ola Connally Laughlin, he moved to Eagle Lake in l932, where he practiced medicine for many years before retirement. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake.

Survivors include his wife Bonnie Garrett Laughlin of Rock Island; sons John Reagan, Jr. of Houston, Richard Lee of Rock Island, Charles Curtis Laughlin, MD of Eagle Lake; a sister Elizabeth KolIman of Oklahoma City; brothers Sam Laughlin of Artesia, New Mexico, and J. C. Laughlin, MD of Eagle Lake; 10 grandchildren, I great grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Boyd Laughlin of Midland, Texas.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake with the Rev. Melburn Sibley officiating. Interment was at Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were W. C. Alley, Bob Ashby and Ted Brunner, all. of Eagle Lake; J. B. Cook, MD of Flatonia; Mike Garrett of Hempstead; Tom Laughlin of Houston; Dan Schuhmann of East Bernard and Billy Stiles of Eagle Lake. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Clipson, Sr., Cal Gertson, Charles Stevens, Sr., Harold Thomas, Raymond R. Thomas, MD, David R. Wintermann, Tommy Pilkington, Joe D. Luna, Dan Thornton, Wayne Corman and Ken Craig, all of Eagle Lake; John Carroll of Palestine, Texas; Aubrey Williams of Freeport, Texas and Malton Zuehlka of Conroe, Texas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, May 17, 1984, page 2

Laughlin, John Reagan III

John Reagan Laughlin III
September 30, 1962 - May 9, 2004

John Reagan Laughlin III passed away Sunday, May 9, 2004 in an auto accident in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Born in Eagle Lake on September 30, 1962, he was the son of John R. Laughlin Jr. and Kathryn Sue Billings Laughlin.

For 12 years, John lived in Pensacola, Florida, employed as an auto technician before joining his brother, Boyd, in a successful general contracting business in Bluffton.

John loved his family and friends dearly and lived his life to its fullness.

Survivors include his father, John R. Laughlin Jr. of Houston; brothers, Don Laughlin and wife, Sara, of Orlando, Boyd Laughlin, Bluffton; wife, Tammy Laughlin; daughters, Schooner and Kelley; other relatives and loved ones.

The family returned his remains to Eagle Lake where committal services were held graveside Saturday, May 15, in Lakeside Cemetery.

Rev. Chris Thacker, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, officiated.

Local arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, May 27, 2004
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Laurentz, Robert Alan


Robert Alan Laurentz, 42, of Alleyton, passed away Nov. 19 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born in Houston, May 22, 1962 to Glenn Robert and Elizabeth (McClean) Laurentz and married Lisa McIlveene, March 15, 1985. He worked as a land surveyor for Ratnala & Bahl Engineering, Inc. in Houston.

He will be remembered living everyday to the fullest. Making the best of what was given to him and leaving a lasting impact on everyone who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Christopher Glenn, Andrew Taylor and Robert Dean Laurentz all of Alleyton; and brother, Charles Andrew Laurentz.

No funeral services have been scheduled. [Place of interment not known]

Colorado County Citizen, November 24, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Lauterstein, Bertha (Gabert)

Final Rites for Mrs. Lauterstein, 90, Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Lauterstein, 90, who died last Thursday morning, Sept. 17, in Youens Hospital here, were held Friday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home, and she was buried that afternoon in Beth-El Cemetery, San Antonio.

Rabbi Jacobson of San Antonio, assisted by Rabbi Weiner of Cincinnati, Ohio, officiated.

Mrs. Lauterstein, mother of E. (Mannie) Lauterstein of Weimar and George Lauterstein of La Grange, had been critically ill for the past several weeks.

She was, the widow of one of Weimar's earliest businessmen, I. Lauterstein, who died 26 years ago. Until her last illness, Mrs. Lauterstein had remained alert and active for her advanced years. She had numerous friends in this area.

Born in Germany, she came to this country at the age of 18, making her home with a brother in Navasota. She married Mr. Lauterstein in 1892 and had lived here ever since.

Surviving in addition to her two son; are two brothers, Gus Gabert of Weimar and Isador Gabert of Waco; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Weimar Mercury, September 25, 1953, page 1

Lauterstein, Emanuel

E. Lauterstein, 74, Dies; In Business 46 Years

Funeral services for Emanuel (Mannie) Lauterstein, 74, owner of I. Lauterstein & Son Store here for 46 years, were held Friday morning, March 24, at Hubbard Funeral Home.

Burial was in the afternoon in the Jewish Cemetery in Galveston. Rabbi Robert Blinder of Galveston officiated in both services.

Mr. Lauterstein, who had recently spent several weeks in a Galveston hospital for treatment of a lung condition, had returned to work for a week or two but had become very ill again Saturday, March 18. On Wednesday he entered Youens Memorial Hospital, where he died at 5 a.m. Thursday.

Business 76 Years Old

A lifelong resident of Weimar, he had begun as a young man in the department store which his father, Israel Lauterstein, established here 76 years ago. The store under the name of “I. Louterstein, Agent,” was opened in 1891, when the town of Weimar was but 18 years old. In 1921 the two Lauterstein sons, George and “Mannie” formed a partnership with their father and the named became I. Lauterstein & Sons. A La Grange branch was opened in 1923 and George took charge of it. The father died in 1927, and a few years later the two sons dissolved their partnership.

Owned 8 Stores

“Mannie” Lauterstein went on to open other stores, and at one time he had eight, three here--I Lauterstein & Son, Boston Bargain Store and Weimar Sewing Machine Co.--two at Schulenburg, two at Columbus, and one at Hallettsville. Over a period of years he had sold all but the Boston Store and I. Lauterstein & Son here.

In the past he had also been a major stockholder and president of Texas Pickle Co. and Weimar Canning Co. here and a vice-president and director of Hill Bank & Trust Co. here and Flatonia State Bank. He was a Scottish Rite Mason, a Shriner, and a member of Weimar Rotary club.

Born here October 21, 1892, he was a son of Isreal and Bertha Gabert Lauterstein. He married Miss Gertie Kahn on June 23, 1915, and they made their home here since.

His wife survives along with a daughter, Mrs. Meyer (Minnie Bertha) Reiswerg of Galveston; five grandchildren; and his brother, George Lauterstein of La Grange.

Pallbearers were Hollis Massey, Davis Gindler, Henry Brasher, George Stavinoha, John Hajovsky, Isaac Lewin, Howard Levy, and Charles Rainosek.

Weimar Mercury, March 30, 1967, page 1

Lauterstein, Gertrude ( Kahn)

Final Rites for Mrs. Lauterstein, 77, at Galveston

Funeral services were held Saturday evening and Sunday morning at Galveston for Mrs. Gertrude Lauterstein, 77, widow of the late E. (“Mannie”) Lauterstein.

Rabbi Marshall Berg led services at J. Levy and Bro. Funeral Home at 8 p.m. Saturday and graveside services at Hebrew Benevolent Society Cemetery at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Mrs. Lauterstein died at 3 p.m. Friday, July 3, in Youens Memorial Hospital here after a month’s illness.

Born Feb. 12, 1893, at Hester Plantation, La., she was a daughter of Emanuel and Minnie Levy Kahn. She was married to Mr. Lauterstein on June 23, 1915 in New Orleans, and they lived in Weimar the rest of their lives. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Lauterstein’s husband died in March 1967. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Meyer (Minnie Bertha) Reiswerg of Galveston; five grandchildren; three brothers, Bennie, Moise and Alvin Kahn, all of New Orleans, and two sisters, Mrs. Hester Hosen of New Orleans and Mrs. Emily Uhry of La Grange, One brother and one sister preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Harold Levy, Don Sussan, Milton Steinberg, Bernard Spitzer, Bernard Krokower, David Feinman, Dr. Aaron Fradkin, and Dr. Sol. Forman.

Weimar Mercury, July 8, 1970

Lauterstein, I.

Prominet [sic] Merchant of Weimar Passes

Mr. I. Lauterstein, prominent merchant of Weimar for many years died at his home last Thursday night at about midnight; following a brief illness.

Funeral services were held at the home at 12:30 Friday and the remains were taken to San Antonio for interment.

Mr. Lauterstein was a pioneer drygoods and clothing merchant in Weimar. He came to this county a poor boy, peddling drygoods, and grew up to e one of the largest merchants in this section of the state. During late years he was ably assisted by his two sons, Mannie and George, to whom he turned over the entire management of his business a few years ago. In addition to the large store at Weimar, he conducted a store at Flatonia for a number of years and later closed it and opened a store at LaGrange where his son, George, is still located. He was identified with every move for the betterment and improvement of Weimar, and was financially interested in several banks.

He died on his thirty eighth wedding anniversary , at the age of seventy two.

He is survived by two brothers, one in San Antonio and one in New York, by his wife and two sons, George of LaGrange and Mannie of Weimar to whom The Citizen extends its sincere sympathy in their great loss.

Colorado County Citizen, March 14, 1929
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Prominent Business Man Dies Here Last Friday Morning

Citizens of our community and throughout South Texas were Inexpressibly shocked last Friday to learn of the death of Mr. I Lauterstein, one of our city's prominent business men and one of the leading citizens of South Texas. His death occurred at the family home here at 12:20 Friday morning, following an illness of only two or three days, although he had been in failing health for the past few years. He was taken dangerously ill Tuesday, his heart being affected, and although every attention possible wa given him by family physician, nurse, family and friends, it was without avail. The end came quickly and peacefully, and this pioneer merchant and business man passed into the Great Beyond. there to await the coming of his loved ones left here on earth.

It was the wish of Mr. Lauterstein (often expressed in life) and of his family that he be buried in a Jewish cemetery at San Antonio, and this wish was complied with. Arrangements were made and the funeral party left here on the 1:15 train Friday afternoon for San Antonio. Pall bearers designated by the family were as follows: E. Fahrenthold, A. P. Shatto, G. W. Shaver, John H. Brooks, A. Reissner and H. Brasher.

The following escort from the local Masonic Lodge accompanied the remains to San Antonio: Ben B. Holt, Geo. Herder, Jr., Geo. F. Loessin, B. B. Braun, Jack Brasher and Elliott Hubbard. Arriving in San Antonio the remains ware taken in charge by Masons of that city and after services by a Jewish rabbi, the Masons again took charge and laid the body to rest with fitting ceremonies. Fully thirty or more friends of the family accompanied the remains to San Antonio. The bereft ones returned home Saturday evening.

Mr. Lauterstein was 70 years of age. Although well along in years. he was a man of remarkable vigor and energy up to a few years ago, when it became necessary for him to undergo a serious operation. After that time it was noted that his health and strength were failing, although he kept up and about almost to the very last. The seriousness of the illness that attacked him Tuesday of last week was realized from the first. However, family and friends hoped that he would be able to live through it. But it was not to be.

Mr. Lauterstein was born in Tilset, Germany. He came to this country at an early age, and being a man of naturally friendly disposition be soon became acquainted with hundreds of people extending from extreme West Texas to the Texas coastal section. He had the faculty of never forgetting a face or friend, and due to this fact it was nothing remarkable for him to recognize friends whom he had not seen for thirty or forty years. Locating in Weimar in 1886 he engaged in the mercantile business, and was singularly successful. A few years later he was united In marriage to Miss Bertha Gabert of Waco, who, with her sons, Mannie and George, survive, as well as two brothers, one residing in New York, the other in San Antonio.

Mr. Lauterstein's business grew slowly but surely through the years that followed, and here in Weimar he erected one of the finest brick business houses and installed one of the finest dry goods stocks to be found between Houston and San Antonio. His business continued to grow, and following this he established another fine store in LaGrange. The weight of years beginning to make Itself felt upon even this robust man, he decided to retire from active business, and placed his son, Mannie, in charge of the Weimar business, while his son, George, was given active charge of the LaGrange establishment. Both institutions proved successful, and are regarded as the leading dry goods houses of South Texas.

Mr. Lauterstein was a man of large affairs, and besides his mercantile interests was a stockholder in many of the leading banks from Houston to San Antonio. He was a man who never forgot a friend, and he helped hundreds and perhaps thousands with financial assistance during his lifetime. He believed in charity, and practiced it. He was a contributor to practically every religious denomination throughout this section, as well as churches and institutions conducted by the Jewish faith in the big cities. He was ever solicitous of the welfare of his friends, and ever ready to help with financial assistance or in any other way that he could. The last words that the writer had with this good man, were of advice and counsel, for he was always interested in the welfare of his friends. The writer was intimately acquainted with Mr. Lauterstein for a period of over forty years and in all those years there was never a time when a favor or help was ever refused by him. Truly in his passing we have lost one of our best and most treasured friends.

A peculiar coincidence about Mr. Lauterstein's death was that it occurred on the 38th anniversary of his wedding day.

To the bereaved widow and sons our heartfelt sympathy is extended. Theirs is indeed a heavy, irreparable loss, and in their misfortune and sorrow we commend them to that great God above who is able to comfort all.

Weimar Mercury, March 15, 1929, page 1

Lavenduski, Mrs. C
Lavenduski, Lena

Houston Post Specials: Eagle Lake, May 24.--Mrs. C. Lavenduski died Monday night and Miss Lena Lavenduski, her daughter, died, she being a young lady of about 17 or 18 years of age. Today another daughter, who is about 14 years of age, is lying at death’s door. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, May 30, 1908, page 1

Lawless, Ada May (Jameson)

Woman's Funeral Is Set At Columbus

Columbus, Feb. 23 &endash; Funeral services for Mrs. Ada May Jameson Lawless, 72, will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the First Methodist Church here by Rev. C. F. Bohmfalk. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

Mrs. Lawless was the widow of William Henry Lawless, who came to Columbus from Missouri in 1911, engaging in farming operations and serving for 15 years as rural mail carrier. Mrs. Lawless died early Monday following a heart attack five weeks ago.

She is survived by a son, James William Lawless of Longview; two daughters, Mrs. B. A. Hastings of Columbus and Mrs. Jack Holt of San Antonio; a sister, Mrs. Lula Bahr of Columbia, Mo.

Weimar Mercury, February 26, 1943
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Lawrence, Ernest Harold

Final Services Conducted Here for Ernest Lawrence

Ernest Harold Lawrence, 72, of Columbus, passed away at the Columbus Community Hospital, Sunday. Feb. 24 after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb 26 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, with Bishop Gerbermann officiating, assisted by Mons. Victor Scmidtzinsky, Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements, with pallbearers being C. V. Batot, J. D. Seymour Jr., William H. Smith, James Cranek, Henry Potter, and Lee Hammons of Columbus, and Leroy Sebesta of Dallas.

Continued services were held Wednesday in D'Hanis at the Holy Cross Catholic Church and Cemetery. with Mons, Thomas Collins and Mons. Tony Constantino, both of San Antonio officiating.

Mr. Lawrence had lived most of his life in the Columbus area, having moved here with his parents at the age of six when his father entered the travel business in 1918. He graduated from Columbus High School and attended Texas A and M University.

In 1933 be married Miss Lucille Ney of Eagle Lake. After working with Humble Oil Co. in Louisiana for several years, he and Mrs. Lawrence returned to Columbus where he was employed with Southern Pacific Railroad.

After the death of his father in 1944, Mr. Lawrence went to work for Texas Construction Materials, with whom he maintained his association until his retirement as vice president of production in 1964.

Mr. Lawrence was very active in all phases of civic, church, and community activities. He was a member and past president of the Columbus Rotary Club, a member of the Columbus Golf Association, the Colorado County Historical Society, the Magnolia Homes Tour, and the Civil Air Patrol.

He was a director and past board chairman of the Columbus Community Hospital, having been Instrumental in the establishment and building of the current facility. One of his last honors was to receive a bronze plaque of appreciation from the medical staff and board of directors, honoring him for twelve years of dedicated service to the hospital.He was also a member of Caledonia Lodge number 68 of Columbus and the Scottish Rite and Arabia Temple Shrine of Houston. For his leadership in fund raising drives for the Crippled Children's Hospital he received the Diamond Cross Crutch award from the Arabia Temple Shrine of Houston.

For many years he was known as "Santa Lawrence" when he visited churches, clubs, and homes at Chrlstmastime, giving of his time and talents to the young folks. He was a noted amateur magician and performed at many functions in the area, bringing smiles and joy to his audiences.

He was an avid Little League baseball fan and followed many youngsters through their high school and college careers. Always interested in the youth of Columbus, he was well known for his supportive services to many projects.

Survivors include his wife Lucille (Rusty) Ney Lawrence; brother-in-law and wife Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Ney of San Antonio; niece Cynthia Lee Cliff of Houston; nephew Marshall Ney of Hawaii; cousins Tillman Meisel[sic] of Columbus; Lt. Col. Harry Meisell of San Antonio; Mrs. Henry Herder of Weimar; Also, Major Harry E. Meisell of Mainz, Germany and David H. Meisell of Odessa.

Colorado County Citizen, March 7, 1985, page 1 and 2

Lawrence, Luther Sylvester

L. S. Lawrence, 66, Dies Suddenly At Deer Camp, Friday

Funeral services were held in Columbus Saturday. November 26, for L. S. Lawrence, who died following a heart attack at a hunting camp near Columbus at 4 a. m. Friday. Interment was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, with the Rev. J. K. Ridgway of the Baptist Church officiating.

Mr. Lawrence, who had been actively engaged in business and in politics in the county since 1919, was born in Rankin County, Miss., on July 28, 1880, a son of John Benjamin and May Miller Lawrence. He moved with his parents to Polk County Texas, at the age of two. In 1905 he was married to Dixie Meisell who died in 1937.

He had 11 years of railroad experience with M. K. & T. at Smithville and after coming to Colorado County held responsible jobs with Horton & Horton and Texas Construction Material gravel companies. From 1940 until June, 1943, he was chief deputy sheriff of the county and up to last year had been acting sheriff in the absence of Harvey Lee. inducted into the marines.

He was a deacon in the Baptist Church of Columbus, a member of the Arabia Temple Shrine, and held several Masonic degrees. He was also a member of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include one son, Ernest, of Columbus; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Lelia Meisell, also of that place; a niece, Miss Maxine Meisell, teacher in the Schulenburg schools; two nephews, Major H. E. Meisell, Jr., and First Lt. Tillman Meisell, both of the European war theater: three half sisters, one half brother and his stepmother, Mrs. May Lawrence of Boerne.

Weimar Mercury, December 1, 1944, page 1

Lawson, John Robert

John Lawson Rites Here Today, Burial Near Rock Island

Funeral services will be held this morning at 9 0’clock in St. Anthony’s Catholic church for John Robert Lawson, 49, who died in Nightingale hospital, El Campo, at 5:57 a.m. Tuesday.

Mr. Lawson suffered a heart attack while visiting relatives in El Campo several weeks ago.  He was a resident of Rock Island.

His body will like in state in Columbus Funeral home until 8:45 today, after which services will be held.  Burial will be in the Cheetham cemetery, between Rock Island and Sheridan.

Born in Brockton, Mass. May 10, 1906, he was a son of Antonitia and John Robert Lawson.

He was retired several years ago from regular army service.  Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Nancy Ellen Lawson; 3 daughters, Mrs. Harry Wieting and Mrs. Fred Johnson of Houston and Mrs. Guy Garner or El Campo, and a sister, Mrs. John F. Goodness of Rock Island, whose husband operates a shoe repair business in Columbus. 

Colorado County Citizen, September 1, 1955
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Laye, Hazel

Our sympathy is extended Mr. and Mrs. Laye in the death of their little three-month-old daughter, Hazel, which occurred at the home of Mrs. Laye’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Shortt, last Saturday morning while she was here on a visit. The funeral was held last Saturday afternoon, interment in Lakeside cemetery, Rev. Mr. Ferrell conducting the services. Mrs. Laye was formerly Miss Lillie Shortt of this city and now resides in Port Arthur.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 28, 1908, page 2

Layton, Evelyn (Willieford)


Evelyn Willieford Layton, 90, of Rock Island, passed away Dec. 1 at Stevens Nursing Center in Hallettsville.

She was born Jan. 22, 1914 in Lavaca County to John Winters and Claudia (Shoemake) Willieford. She was a member of the Bethel Assembly of God in Rock Island.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Louie W. Layton; daughters, Nona Joy Layton and Evelyn Briscoe; son, Farrel Layton; sisters, Henrietta Gandy, Farrie Cook and Dell Morrow; brothers, Earl C.Willieford and Eli Willieford; three grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She is survived by her daughters, Dorothy Lois Crawford of Livington, Ina Kortz of Rock Island, Chery Briscoe of Victoria, Billie Dean Thomas of Livington and Donna Linnemier of Rock Island; sons Royce Layton of Rosenberg and Robert Layton of Sheridan; sister-in-law,Lillie Petrosky of Yoakum; 34 Grandchilden; 63 great-grandchildren; and 24 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 4 at Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Wes Jacobson officiating. Interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Her grandsons served as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers were Lee Edd, Charles Crawford and Lillie Layton Petrosky.

Colorado County Citizen, December 8, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Layton, Farrell Dalton

Farrell Dalton Layton

September 23, 1931 - November 19, 1996

Farrell Dalton Layton, 65, of Rock Island passed away on Tuesday, November 19,1996. at I:25 a.m. at Stevens Convalescent Center in Hallettsville. He was born September 23, 1931, in Louise, to Louie Weyland and Evelyn Williford Layton. He was preceded in death by his father and sisters, Evelyn Briscoe and Nona Joy Layton. Survivors include his mother, Evelyn of Rock Island; sisters, Dorothy Louis Hayes and Billie Dean Thomas of Livingston, Ina Kottz and Donna Williams of Rock Island, and Cheryl Briscoe of Victoria; brothers Royce Weyland Layton of Rosenberg and Robert Glayron Layton of Sheridan; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones. Graveside services and interment were held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, from Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island with Rev. Nick Williams, Pastor of Rock Island Full Gospel Church, officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake. Honorary pallbearers were his brothers, Royce and Robert Layton; and good friends, Kenneth Nance and Lonnie Labay. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 28, 1996
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Layton, Louie W.

Louie W. Layton, age 80, of Rock Island, passed away Saturday, October 12, 1991, at 7:48 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a brief illness. He was born on August 7, 1911, in Orange, Texas, to Walter and Ina Belle Wisley Layton. He had been a resident of Rock Island for almost 50 years working in the construction and salvage business. He was a member of the Bethel Assembly of God, Rock Island, and a member of the Rock Island Volunteer Fire Department. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Nona Joy Layton; sisters, Frances and Magdeline; brothers, David and Allen. Survivors include his wife of over 60 years, Mrs. Evelyn Williford Layton of Rock Island; daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn and James Briscoe of Victoria, Dorthy Lois Crawford of Livingston, Ina Joy and Johnny Kortzof Rock Island, Cheryl Faye and Doug Ellison of Livingston, Billie Dean Thomas of Shepherd, Donna Raye and Joe Williams of Houston; sons and daughters-in-law, Farrell Dalton Layton of Rock Island, Royce W. and Lou Emma Layton of Rosenberg, Robert G, and Betty Layton of Sheridan; sister and brother-in-law, Lillie M. and Paul Petrosky of Yoakum; 32 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and lovedones. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, October 14,1991, from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel of Eagle Lake with Wesley Jacobsen, pastor, Bethel Assembly of God, officiating. Graveside services and interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Grandsons were the pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were members of the Rock Island Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Ambulance Corps. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 17, 1991
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Lebeda, Clara (Kainer)

Clara Lebeda Services Held April 26

Clara Kainer Lebeda, 96, of Weimar, passed away on Wednesday, April 23, at the Parkview Nursing Home.

A funeral Mass was held on Saturday, April 26, at St. Michael Catholic Church with Rev. John Bily officiating.

Burial followed in the St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.

She was born on Aug. 6, 1911, to Adolph and Minnie (Fries) Kainer. She married Frank Lebeda on Feb. 7, 1994.

They owned and operated Frank’s Café on Post Office Street for 35 years until they retired at the end of 1973.

Even after they sold the café, she was always busy preparing homemade noodles, baking kolaches, making dewberry pies and of course, her famous hamburgers and fried chicken.

Anyone who ever stopped by the house never left hungry.

Prior, to her eyesight deteriorating, she was an avid canasta, and bridge player, and she enjoyed playing dominoes as well.

When she was not baking or playing cards, she was crocheting, knitting or quilting.

Clara was a member, of the St. Ann's Society for 62 years.

She always had a big vegetable garden and several flowerbeds.

Numerous people were recipients of her fresh vegetables and flowers over the years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank and daughter, Rita Jo HaJovsky, and a granddaughter, Michelle, her parents, and three brothers

Survivors include her daughter, Clarice Tobin of San Antonio; son-In-law, Michael Hajovsky of Houston; granddaughters, Kathy Duke and husband Paul, Terri Sinclair and husband Bob, all of San Antonio and a grandson, Patrick Tobin of Houston.

She is also survived by four great- grandchildren, Garrett and Dillon Duke and Hannah and Matthew Sinclair, all of San Antonio and one sister, Laura Kainer McBride of Wallis.

Pallbearers were Patrick Kainer, Mike Hajovsky, Patrick Tobin, Bob Sinclair Paul Duke and Garrett Duke.

Memorial contributions may be made to. St. Michael Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society.

Weimar Mercury, May 1, 2008, page 2A

Lebeda, Joe R.

Stroke Fatal to Ex-Businessman Joe R. Lebeda

Joe R. Lebeda, who was in business here at various times over a period of about 25 years, died at 4 a.m.Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Youens Hospital, 12 hours after suffering a stroke. He was 78.

Mr. Lebeda was strucken Tuesday afternoon as he was visiting at a Schulenbug funeral chapel where the funeral of Wesley Janacek, a close friend of many years, was scheduled for Wednesday.

A lifelong resident of this area except for one year in Rosenberg, Mr. Lebeda was born August 20, 1895, at Dubina, the son of Joe F. and Frances Kneitz Lebeda. He served in the Army infantry in World War I. On November 5, 1919, he married Miss Rosa Horak at Ammannsville.

Shortly after their marriage they moved to Weimar, where Mr. Lebeda was an employee of Manofsky & Muzny's store and later of Frank Verunac Sr.

Opened Business in 1924

On November 11, 1924, he opened his own confectionery business on North Mechanic Street and was at that location for four years. He and his family lived in Rosenberg for a year, returning here in 1929 when he bought a confectionery on E. Post Office, which they operated until 1939. At that time Mr. Lebeda bought the Louis Muzny grocery, which he sold in the fall of 1941 to Emil Matura. After a year's retirement, he bought his original confectionery on Mechanic Street in 1942 and continued to operate it until retiring for health reasons in 1947.

He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church and the American Legion.

Mr. Lebeda is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rosa Lebeda of Weimar; a daughter, Mrs. Wm., (Viola) Evans of Los Alamitos, Calif.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two brothers, George of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Frank of Weimar; and four sisters, Mrs. Regina Fischer of Torrance, Calif., Mrs.; Martha Worrel of Vista, Calif., Mrs. Marie McCune of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and Mrs. Vlasta Allen of Wallis. A sister and a brother, Mrs. Sophie Lebeda Horak and Ray Lebeda, preceded him in death.

Funeral Friday

Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 28, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Charles Carolan officiated.

Pallbearers were John Hajovsky, Edwin Haidusek, Alvin Prause, Herbert Beck, Adolph Janecka, and Jim Hluchanek. Honorary pallbearers were John Heger, Louis Richard and W. A. (Bob) Lange.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, October 4, 1973
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Lebeda, Louisa (Janacek)

Final Rites for Mrs. Ed Lebeda, 65, Here Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Louisa Lebeda, 65, were held Sunday August 3, at St. Michael’s Church, with Msgr. Jos. Szymanski conducting the final rites.

Mrs. Lebeda died Friday at her home near this city after suffering a heart attack.

Born in Austro-Hungary February 26, 1881, she was the daughter of Frank and Veronica Janacek, who brought her to this country two years later, settling in Holman. She was married January 17, 1916, to Mr. Ed Lebeda. She was a member of the Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers organization.

Survivors include Mr. Lebeda, one stepson, Leo Lebeda, of Weimar, and one step-daughter, Mrs. Angelina Janacek of Schulenburg; also, three brothers, Frank Janacek of La Grange, Cyril Janacek of Ammannsville, and Joe Janacek of Weimar; and one daughter, Mrs. Hermina Pytlovany of Weimar. Seven grandchildren also survive.

Weimar Mercury, August 9, 1946
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Lebeda, Rosa (Horak)

Mrs. Lebeda's Funeral Held Here May 10

Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Lebeda, 78, widow of the late Joe R. Lebeda, were held Friday, May 10, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Charles Carolan [sic.].

Mrs. Lebeda died at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg, where she had been a resident five days. She had suffered a heart attack April 3 and a stroke April 6.

A lifelong resident of this area, she was born August 30, 1895, at Ammannsville, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Horak, and was married there Nov. 5, 1919. She and Mr. Lebeda moved to Weimar soon afterward and she had lived here since except for one year at Rosenberg. Mr. Lebeda, a former merchant, died September 26 of last year.

Mrs. Lebeda was a member of St. Michael's Church, Christian Mothers, and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Viola and Bill Evans of Los Alamitos, Calif.; three grandchildren, Mrs. Gail Evans Madsen of Lakewood, Calif., Jim Evans of South Gate, Calif.; and Joe Evans of Los Alamitos, Calif.; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Ludmilla Dolak of Chicago, Ill.

Pallbearers were Joe Adamcik, Alvin Prause, Herbert Beck, Frank Lebeda, Edwin Janacek, and Wesley Janacek Jr.

Weimar Mercury, May 16, 1974
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

LeBlanc, Harry Eugene

Harry E. LaBlanc of Rock Island died at Columbus Community Hospital Dec 31, at the age of 45.

Mr. LaBlanc was a son of M.J. and Zelda Daugherty LaBlanc, born in Port Arthur, Oct. 17, 1931.

He was a crane operator for Allstate Erectors. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

Funeral services were held at Henneke Funeral Home Sunday morning with burial in Myrtle Cemetery near Rock Island.

The Rev. Patrick Palmer officiated at the services. Pallbearers were Leroy Owers, Cecil Owers, Eugene Venghaus,

Jerry Hooper, Larry Pence and Lonnie Owers.

Survivors include his father, M.J. LaBlanc of Payton; mother, Zelda Toups of Rock Island; 2 sons, Gary LaBlanc and Terry LaBlanc, both of Alvin; 2 sisters, Nancy Thiltgen of El Campo and Betty Ann Holintzke of Arp; and one half-brother, Jerry Stokley of Nacogdoches.

Colorado County Citizens, January 06, 1977, page 8
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

LeBleu, Charles T.

Charles T. LeBleu, 59, of Houston, passed away Tuesday, May 14 at M.D. Anderson in Houston after a battle with cancer.

Born Oct. 1, 1942 in Taylor, he was the son of Thomas V. and Annie (Schubert) LeBleu. On June 27, 1965, he married Gladys Wanjura at St. Michael's Church in Weimar. Mr. LeBleu attended both Wharton County Junior College and the University of Houston and worked for Wholesale Drug Distribution Company.

Funeral services were held May 16 at St. Michael's Church in Weimar with his nephew, Fr. Vic Wanjura of Lubbock officiating. [Interment St. Michael's Cemetery]

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. LeBleu is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law Daphne and Baron Dobert of Goldsboro, N.C.; grandchildren Brittany, Megan and Hannah Lassiter and Brandon, Braxton and Blake Dobert; and, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Serving as pallbearers were Baron Dobert, Greg Wanjura, Eric Wanjura, Max Barnett, Tom Velasquez and John Cruz.

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

Ledder, Fritz

“ALL FOR LOVE.”—Late in the evening on Saturday last, we were shocked to hear that a man had committed suicide at the Railroad bridge. When we went to the river efforts were being made to recover the body, but at dark the attempt was abandoned; and it was not until Monday morning the unforunate man was taken out of the river, through the exertions of John R. Brooks and his assistants, and buried on the bank. He was considerably disfigured and mutilated when found. About eighteen dollars in coin was found in his pocket. It was understood he had near $200 before committing the rash deed, which was said to be in green backs, and it is supposed he threw it in the river. The name of the suicide is Fritz Ledder, a German from Cat Springs, Fayette[sic] county, and we learn he was instigated to the deed on account of his betrothed breaking the engagement, and marrying a rival. This made him crazy. Ledder took poison, shot himself in th temple (the ball coming out near the chin) and jumped from the Railroad bridge into the water.

Colorado Citizen, July 9, 1874, page 3

Lednicky, Adela (Mican)


Adela Lednicky, 89, of Eagle Lake, passed away Feb. 4, at Heritage House Nursing Home in Eagle Lake following an extended illness.

Lednicky was born April 29, 1913 in Ammansville, to Rudolph and Lillian Parma Mican and has been an Eagle Lake resident for most of her life. She was a member of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Albert Lednicky; son, Patrick Lednicky; son-in-law, Robert Joe Crenshaw; sister, Ella Fisher; and brother, Morris Mican.

She is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Pat and R.L. Cook Jr. of Eagle Lake, and Doris Crenshaw of Katy; son, Cleo A. Lednicky of Tustin, Calif.; sister, Vlasta Cernosek of La Grange; brother, Rudy Mitchen of Houston; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 6, from the Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary with the Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating. Other ministers included Lector, Brenda Besch, Cross Bearer, Glenda Moore, Cantor, Cynthia Sunderman, Organist, Patty Stephens, Gift Bearers, Glenda Moore and Georgia Dierschke, Special Ministers of Communion, Georgia Dierschke, Ruby Gasca, Glenda Moore, Elaine Suarez and Mary Ann Wood, Paten Holders, Helen Supak and Ramona Ray. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Robby Cook, Ronnie Cook, Billy Cook, Taylor Cook, David Harrell and Harry Mican. Honorary pallbearer, Michael Lednicky.

For those desiring, the family requested memorials be directed to either the Parish of the Nativity Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 307, Eagle Lake, TX 77434 or the Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 38, Eagle Lake, TX 77434, or the charity of your choice.

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


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Leedy, Grace Alice (Lyle)

Mrs. Leedy Dies Suddenly; Burial In Eagle Lake

Last rites for Mrs. Grace Alice Leedy, 67, were held in Eagle Lake Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. R. G. Camp, pastor of the First Baptist church of Alvin officiating. Burial was in Lakeside cemetery.

Mrs. Leedy, who had been in bad health several years , died Monday in Alvin at the home of her son, J. H. Leedy, after a heart attack. She is also survived by a daughter, Mrs. W. H. Koehn of Bellville, 3 grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Cleve Obenhaus of Ramsey and 2 brothers, Sam Lyle of Old Ocean and Fred Lyle of Ramsey, also a number of nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, March 10, 1960, page 2

Leehy, Virginia Sue


Virginia (Ginger) Sue Leehy, 73, of Columbus, passes a way [sic.] Aug. 10 in Katy.

She was born in Sulpher [Sulphur], Okla., Sept. 11, 1936 to Johnny and Eva Beatrice (Owens) Leehy. She was a 1955 graduate of Columbus High School and was a graduate of Massey Business College. She worked as a legal secretary for Judge Jim Scanlan for many years and was the bookkeeper for several businesses throughout the years.

She enjoyed traveling around the world, sewing and reading. She made beautiful quilts and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and infant daughter, Jennifer Lynn Leyendecker.

She is survived by special friend, David Hutcheson; son, Charles Leyendecker IIII and wife Veronica; daughters, Susan Berger and husband Hugh and Lisa Meier and husband Don; grandsons, Jon Berger and wife Dena, Justin Berger and fiancé Kim Curlee, Tyler Bognar, Landon and Lawson Leyendecker, Christopher Sayer and Zachary Louvar; great-grandson Trevor Berger; brother, Guy Smith and wife Stacy; sister, Cynthia White and husband Kevin; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services are scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 19 in the Leyendecker Family Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Colorado County Citizen, August 2010
Contributed by Lisa Meier

Leenen, August Jacob


Funeral services for Mr. A. J. (Jake) Leenen, age 81, were held January 25 at St. John Lutheran Church of Bellville. Burial was at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Leenen was born on August 15. 1903 in Peters to Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Bertha Leenen. He married Mrs. Genevieve Miller Leenen on August I, 1929 in Bellville.

Mr. Leenen was a member of St. John Lutheran Church of Bellville.

Preceded in dead by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Bertha Leenen.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Genevieve Leenen of Peters; one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Buddy Prause of Columbus; one son and daughter-in-law, Jake and Mary Leenen of Sealy; four sisters. Mrs. Clara Froebel of Cat Spring, Mrs. Gertrude Holloway of Houston, Mrs. Betty Hancock of Sealy and Mrs. Mae Justins; one brother, Mr. Arnold Leenen of Sealy.

Pall bearers include Kenneth Leenen, Arthur Froebel, Jr., Ben Pomikal, Glenn Miller, A. C. Pacher and Charles Noviskie.

Colorado County Citizen, January 31, 1985, page 2

Leenen, Mary Katherine (Walger)


Mary Katherine (Walger) Leenen, 63, of Sealy, passed away Nov. 1 at Bellville General Hospital.

She was born in Bellville, Sept. 6, 1943 to Aubrey E. "Casey" and Annie L. "Bumps" (Allen) Walger and married Jake Elton Leenen, Oct. 13, 1967. She was a homemaker and member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband; daughters, Tammy L. Leenen Neuendorff and husband John of Columbus and Shawne R. Leenen of Sealy; stepdaughter, Veronica A. Leenen of Sealy; son, Clinton R. Backhus of New Ulm; sisters, Barbara J. Walger Legler and husband Victor of Katy; brother, Allen "Bud" Walger of Wallis; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 3 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor David Henske and Pastor Jennie Jones officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Russell, Wade and Shelly Prause, Brude Brandes, Carl Schroeder and Jimmy Michulka.

Colorado County Citizen, November 7, 2006
Courtesy of the Citizen

Leesemann, Ann Elizabeth

Houston Chronicle: Leesemann.--The remains of Miss Annie Elizabeth Leesemann, whose death occurred Sunday evening at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. G. Leesemann, 237 Hawthorne street, will be shipped Tuesday morning to Columbus, Texas, for interment [Odd Fellows Rest]. Miss Leeseman[sic] was 37years of age. She is survived by her parnts, three sisters and one brother, Jules Leesemann.

Weimar Mercury, January 31, 1913

Leesemann, Charles J. G.

Leesemann Rites Are Held Here Wednesday

Burial services for Chas. J. G. Leesemann, 84, who died at his home in Houston Monday morning, were held here at Odd Fellows Rest Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock under auspices of Caledonia Lodge No. 68 A.F. & A.M.

Pallbearers were E. G. Miller, C. B. Grobe, W. H. Glithero, W. G. Dick, S. A. Harbert Sr., and S. K. Seymour Jr., all of Columbus.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in the drawing room of Geo. H. Lewis & Co. with Rev. S. Stephen McKenney officiating.

Mr. Leesemann was born in Galveston October 22, 1853 and later he moved to Columbus and was county clerk of Colorado County for a number of years.

In 1908 he moved to Houston and owned and operated the South End Grocery Co. for many years before his retirement.

Mr. Leesemann rode on the first Southern Pacific train that traveled from Houston to San Antonio. He was a member of Holland Lodge No. 1 A.F. & A.M. and was formerly past master of Caledonia Lodge No 68 A.F. & A.M. of Columbus. He was also a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Leesemann, two daughters, Mrs. Earl Dissinger and Miss Lillian Leesemann, one son, J. A. Leesemann, all of Houston, and a sister, Mrs. Hermine Wright, and several nieces and nephews, all of Pueblo, Colorado. Two grand daughters in Houston also survive.

Burial was under direction of Columbus Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, August 11, 1938
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Leeseman, Charles W.

Columbus, Nov. 19.--The funeral of Mr. Charles W. Leeseman was held at Odd Fellows’ Rest this morning. He was an exemplary young man, 26 years of age, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. G. Leeseman of this city. He has held responsible positions in banks in Columbus, San Antonio, Lockhart, Wharton and Abilene. He has been afflicted with an incurable disease several months, and while his death is greatly lamented, it was not unexpected. Funeral services were held at the residence the Methodist church and at the grave by Rev. John E. Green of Beaumont.

Weimar Mercury, November 18, 1903, page 3

Leesemann, Elisabeth Jane

Mrs. Leesemann Dead

Mrs. Elisabeth Jane Leesemann, 84, of 404 Hawthorne, widow of Charles J. G. Leesemann, died in a hospital at 8:24 p.m. Monday. Mr. Leesemann passed away August 8, 1938. Mrs. Leesemann had been a resident of Houston for the past 30 years and was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Missionary Society Circle No. 11 of St. Paul’s Methodist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. E. Dissinger and Miss Lillian Leesemann, and one son, J. A. Leesemann; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Jane and Carolyn Elliott; two grandsons, Charles J. Leesemann and Lawrence B. Elliott, Jr. all of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Clara Koppel of Houston and Mrs. Minnie Gresham of Fort Worth; one brother, C. F. Schultz of Houston. Services held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the drawing room of Geo H. Lewis & Co. with Rev. Clyde J. Verheyden officiating. The body was taken overland to Columbus for burial where services with Rev. F. D. Charlton of Columbus officiating will be held at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery at 2 p.m. Active pallbearers at Columbus; C. L. Griffith of alleyton, W. g. dick, E. L. Tait, E. C. Thrower, C. r. Grobe and Sam K. Seymour, Jr. of Columbus. Geo. H. Lewis & co. in charge--Houston Chronicle.

Weimar Mercury, January 6, 1939

Leesemann, Lillian

Miss Lillian Leesemann, 90, of Houston, a Columbus native died Wednesday morning, Aug. 26 at Hermann Park Manor in Houston.

Miss Leesemann made Houston schools her life's career. She lived in Houston 60 years, 40 of which she spent teaching social studies. She retired in 1948. Before going to Houston she taught a number of years in the Alleyton school and lived in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Everett, and her father, Charles J. G. Leesemann was county clerk of Colorado County.

She was a member of the Houston Association of Retired Teachers, the Texas State Teachers Association, the National Retired Teachers Association, Saint Paul's Methodist Church, the Wesleyan Service Guild and the Sadler Bible Class.

Surviving are her brother and sister, J. A. Leesemann and Mrs. Edith Dessinger, both of Houston.

Funeral services were held at 9 a.m. Friday in the McGowen Avenue Chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons. Graveside services were held at noon Friday in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, September 3, 1970
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Leesemann, Malcolm Leslie

It becomes our sad duty to publish the death of little Malcolm Leslie, the 10-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. J. G. Leesemann, which occurred at the family home at 4 o’clock last Sunday afternoon. The Lord had coveted this little fellow from birth, and awaited his arrival that He might don him with an Angel’s wings. “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.” The beautiful, impressive funeral obsequies were observed at 3 o’clock last Monday afternoon, in the Odd Fellows’ Rest, the Rev. Mills officiating. The coffin was laden with a profusion of flowers and wreaths, and tear-bedimmed eyes witnessed the lowering of the casket. Little Malcolm Leslie is relieved of all earthly suffering. To the grief stricken is tendered our condolence. Columbus Citizen

Weimar Mercury, January 12, 1907

Lege, Maggie (Braden)


Mrs. Jacob Hennecke returned home Thursday from Poth, where she attended the funeral of her sister, Mrs. Maggie Lege (nee Braden) who died at her home in San Antonio, Dec. 1st, after a lingering illness of several months. She was 48 years and 5 months old. She leaves her husband, Dr. J. H. Lege, three brothers, Frank Braden, Columbus, Louis Braden, D’Hanis, Paul A. Braden, Catulla, and four sisters, Mrs. Julia Reinhard and Josephine Reinhard, Poth, Mrs. Albine Nowak, Sealy and Mrs. Marie Henneke, Alleyton. She was born and reared in Colorado County, but lived in San Antonio for the past 23 years. Pall bearers were six of her nephews, Andrew, Arthur, Markus and Erwin Reinhard of Poth, Will Braden, D’Hanis, and Bruno John of Calaveras. Rev. Schweller officiated at the funeral.

Colorado County Citizen, December 10, 1931, page 5

Legg, Lawrence Fontaine

Died, at the residence of Judge Riley, in this city, on the 6th instant, of congestion, Lawrence Fontaine, son of Conductor and Mrs. D. C. Legg.

The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 o’clock at Odd Fellows’ Rest.

Colorado Citizen, March 8, 1883

Leggett, Eunice Evelyn

Eunice Leggett Funeral Services Held June 22

Eunice Evelyn Leggett, 87, of Sheridan, died June 20 in Hallettsville.

Funeral services were held June 22 at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with Pastor Herb Beyer officiating. Interment followed in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Leggett was born Aug. 24, 1914. She married James Floyd Leggett on April 11, 1934 in Wharton.

She was a homemaker and lived in this area for 30 years also living in Rosenberg.

Mrs. Leggett is survived by one daughter, Nelda Russell of Sheridan; for grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Leggett and one daughter, Ronda Stanley.

Pallbearers were Mike Odom, Brad Davis, Lonnie Stanley, randy Sclauch, Dustin Schlauch and Veachel Dixon.

Weimar Mercury, July 4, 2002

Leggitt, William Edward Jr.

Baby Son Dies

An extra flower was needed to brighten a spot in Heaven;

God looked down to select from his choicest
A bit of fragrance and beauty, which had been lent
To brighten an earthly garden of love for a short while.

Sunday afternoon the home of Mr. and Ms. W. E. Leggitt was visited by the Angel of Death, who took from them their infant son, William Edward, Jr. The baby was born Tuesday, December, 13, and died Sunday afternoon en route to a hospital in Austin. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar people extend sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, December 23, 1938

LeGierse, Louis

Mr. Louis LeGiese, who was injured at Borden station on the 10th inst., while attempting to get on the train, died at the Wootten House, in this city, at twenty minutes past five o’clock last Monday morning. His case presented favorable symptoms up to within twenty-four hours of his death and though from the first considerably injured, hopes were entertained of his final recovery. The best medical attention of the State, and most careful and asiduous nursing was rendered, in which latter capacity his wife and partner were conspicuously prominent. The deceased was a native of Pennsylvania, about thirty-five years of age, had been in Texas nearly 20 years, and was a gallant member of the Terry Rangers. He was universally esteemed throughout the greater part of the State, and his bereaved wife has the sympathy of a large circle of friends in her loss. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, March 22, 1877, page 3
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Lehrer, Caroline (Newhouse)

Caroline Newhouse Lehrer

Caroline Newhouse Lehrer of Garwood, Texas passed away September 21, 2003. She was born, October 6, 1922 in Washington, Indiana, thedaughter of Mary and Clayton Newhouse.

Her family moved to Weston, West Virginia when she was two years old, where she grew up and graduated from Weston High School in 1940.

She graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri in 1943. After graduation, she became an airline stewardess for C&S Airlines, in Memphis, Tennessee and later for Braniff Airlines in Dallas, Texas.

She married William N. Lehrer in 1952. She was active in The Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake, Texas. She was a Daughter of the King, a member of D.A.R., a pink lady at the Eagle Lake Hospital, a member of the Magnolia Homes Tour of Columbus, Texas and the Clipted Wings Sorority.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Clayton Newhouse, her sister, Esther N. Fitzwater, and her husband, William N. Lehrer.

Caroline is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Gretchen and Jack McMenimen of Mill Valley, California, Nancy and Curtis Boyd, of Sugar

Land, Texas; daughter Mary L. Armour of Stafford, Texas; son and daughter-in-law William Paul and Monica Lehrer of Garwood, Texas; and five grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday September 25, 2003 at Christ Episcopal Church, 304 E. Stockbridge, in Eagle Lake, Texas, with Reverend Steve Whitfield officiating. Private interment will follow at the Lehrer Memorial Cemetery in Garwood, Texas.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2003, at the Henneke Funeral Home, 1515 Montezuma in Columbus, Texas, phone (979)732-2143.

Pallbearers will be Ralph A. Savino, Harry Corliss, Tom Reed, Chris Shaw, Randy Turner and Peter Lewis.

Honorary pallbearers are Bill Harrison, Dale Hunt, Anthony Kallina, Robert Schiurring, Earl Smith, J. B. Scarlett, Dr. Robert Jackson, Dr. Russell Thomas and Steve Balas.

Her family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Robert Jackson, Mary Aldridge, Severina Zepeda, Irma Russell, Beatrice Cunningham, Pearlie Ford, Marchell DeNeal, Michelle Harden, Mary Moses, Jackie Allen and Erasmo Flores for their faithful loving care.

Caroline was a gracious and loving person and will be missed immensely by her family, community and a great host of friends.

In lieu of floral remembrances, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to: The Arthritis Foundation, South Texas Chapter, 3701 Kirby Dr., Suite 1230, Houston, TX 77098 or Garwood Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 131, Garwood, TX 77442 or The Caroline and William N. Lehrer Chair in Water Engineering, A&M University, Jack K. Williams Administration Building, Suite 214, TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-2142.

Colorado County Citizen, September 24, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Lehrer, William S.

William S. Lehrer, Irrigation Pioneer, Succumbs at 91

Death claimed WilliamS. Lehrer, 91-year-old pioneer of rice farm irrigation in this county, Tuesday morning in Columbus hospital where he had been for treatment for some time.

Funeral services were held yesterday at 2 p.m. in the Columbus Funeral home, with Rev. H. H. Washington of the Garwood Methodist church officiating.

Mr. Lehrer had an interest in an irrigation system when he settled at Garwood in 1919 after a business career in his native Ohio.

Son In Business

His son, William K. Lehrer, with whom he lived at Garwood, still is interested in irrigation, operating the Garwood Irrigation co., as well as other business, farms and ranch ventures.

The elder Lehrer rose from a $5-a-week post office employe in GLendale, Ohio where he was born to be owner of a general store and a part-owner of a coal and lumber business in Ohio

He moved to Texas for the sake of his family's health in 1919.

Mr. Lehrer had been retired for several years, but was still active and alert. He used to fly back to Ohio once a year to visit relatives.

Survivors Include his son, William K. Lehrer; 2 grandchildren, Mrs. H. I. Lewis of Eagle Pass and William N. Lehrer of Garwood; and 2 sisters.

Burial was in the Forest Park cemetery in Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, February 18, 1954, page 6

Leidolf, Edgar F.


Weimar, Texas.--The bodies of Eddie Ulbright and Edgar Leidolf, two Weimar boys who died at Camp Mabry of pneumonia, following attacks of Influenza, have been brought here for burial. the former was buried at New Bielau Sunday while the latter was interred here Monday. Both funerals were largely attended. [Leidolf interred in St. Michael's Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, October 18, 1918


"Greater love," says the Bible, "hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friend."

Edgar Leidolf , son of our good friends, Mr. F. E. Leidolf and wife, was attacked a few days since with Spanish influenza. Being stout and robust, he rallied from this disease, and there being such a shortage of nurses to wait upon the other soldier boys ill with the same complaint, he at once went to work to minister to those of his companions who were ill at Camp Mabry. Overtaxing his strength, he relapsed and fell an easy victim to pneumonia, which cased his death at 9 o'clock Saturday night. The remains were prepared for burial and brought here Sunday night, the funeral taking place at St. Michael's Cemetery Monday afternoon, after touching services had been held at St. Michael's Church by Father Szymanski of Weimar and Father Strobel of Columbus. The funeral cortege was the largest ever seen in this section, and the deep grief depicted upon every face was deep and genuine, for this young man, born and reared to manhood in our midst, was known to all, and popular with everyone. The coffin, shrouded in Old Glory, the flag Edgar loved so well and under whose folds he had been so anxious to serve, was tenderly committed to mother earth amid the sobs of hundreds of sorrowing, sympathizing relatives and friends who had known and loved this dear boy for so many years. With the close of the beautiful services, the grave was literally buried from view by the profusion of floral emblems sent in from far and near.

Edgar was a patriotic American boy, willing and anxious to serve his country in the present great war, and when the summons came for him to go and do his bit, he was supremely happy. Just a few weekis ago he was sent to Camp Mabry to undergo special instruction, and he was busy upon his work and studies when the grim call of Death came. How heavy the blow to his fond parents, sister and brothers, God alone can tell, but knowing that the poor boy did his bit for his country,that he gave his life toward helping others, is a source of consolation to them in their deep sorrow.

Knowing this young many from early childhood, we had watched his career with interest and affection. A thorough-going, hale and hearty American boy, he was ever ready to do his bit in every enterprise for the good of his community and country; no call for help or assistance ever passed him unheeded. He was honest, true, courageous as a lion, yet tender as a child; kindly, courteous and considerate of those about him, he was like a sunbeam in the home and in all gatherings where he was present.

Our people knew and loved him, and his death has brought sadness to them all. The grief-stricken family can rest assured that the heartfelt sympathy of all our people is with them. God be with and comfort them as He alone can, is our sincere prayer.

Weimar Mercury, October 18, 1918

Leidolf, Frank E.

Another Good Citizen Gone to Last Reward

Wednesday afternoon word was received from the LaGrange Hospital that our friend and townsman, Mr. Frank E. Leidolf, taken there one day last week for a major operation, had succumbed, and that the body was being brought to the family home in Weimar for interment.

Funeral arrangements as arranged will be that interment will take place at St. Michael's Cemetery here this (Thursday) afternoon at 3 o’clock.

Due to lateness of the hour it is impossible for us to give our good friend's death proper notice in this issue of the Mercury, but a suitable obituary will appear next week.

In the meantime our heartfelt sympathy is with his bereaved ones. May God be merciful to them is our sincere wish.

Weimar Mercury, April 29, 1932, page 1

Mr. Frank E. Leidolf Called to Eternal Home

On Wednesday afternoon of last week Mr. Frank E. Leidolf, recently operated upon in a hospital at La Grange, passed away surrounded by family and a few friends, after several months of ill health and suffering. The body was brought back home and tenderly prepared for burial. interment taking place Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock from St. Michael's Church, where solemn and touching services were held by his late pastor, Rev. Jos. Szymanski, St. Michael's Cemetery.

Active pall bearers at the funeral were Messrs. Emit Fahrenthold, Henry Seifert, Joe! Till, Joe Seifert, Anton Beck and Jos. F. Rypple.

Mr. Frank E. Leidolf was born in Austria and came with his parents to Texas at the age of five years. The family first settled in Weimar, then moved to Moulton. remaining there some fifteen years. At the age of 21 years Mr. Leidolf returned to Weimar, where he engaged in the ginning business. Later he installed an electric light plant here and furnished our people with their first electric lights.

He continued in this line of trade until he retired in I918. In 1921 be was appointed to the office of county commissioner, to fill the unexpired term of W. W. Williams which office he held for some ten years. Mr. Leidolf was also one of Weimar's city officials for many years, serving as alderman, and most of the time in charge of the city’s machinery, waterworks system, etc., at which occupation he gave most excellent service and satisfaction.

Throughout his long residence in WeImar Mr. Leidolf ever proved himself one of our best and most public spirited citizens. He was honest and correct in all his dealings with his fellowman and no man has ever charged that he was guilty of any dishonest or disreputable act. On the other hand “none but him but to praise”, for he was always willing to do more than his part toward anything for the betterment of his town, community and people. A man of upright character at all times, our people knew that Frank Leidolf could be trusted. He was good to his family, good to his friends and neighbors, and from first to last was a man that our city was proud to point to as a citizen.

The writer knew him for many long years, and was proud to call him friend, for Frank Leidolf was a man whose friendship no man needed to question. In his passing the writer feels that one of his best and dearest friends has gone to the long, last home where all of us eventually must go. May we meet on that other shore later on is our sincere hope.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, May 6, 1932, page 1

Leidolf, Josephine (Hoelscher)

Final Rites for Mrs. F. E. Leidolf, 80, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Josephine Leidolf, 90, a lifelong resident of Weimar, were held Tuesday morning, Nov. 16, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd officiated.

Mrs. Leidolf died Sunday in Weimar Hospital, after an illness of four months.

Born here Dec. 5, 1874, she was the daughter of Bernard and Elizabeth Hoelscher. She was married here Nov. 18, 1892, to Frank E. Leidolf, who died in 1932.

A member of St. Michael’s Church and the American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary, Mrs. Leidolf had been very active in school and church work in the earlier years of her life. She served as president of St. Michael’s Parent-Patron Association for several years. She also was active in Red Cross work, serving as local Red Cross chairman, for several years during World War I.

One of her sons, Edgar Leidolf, lost his life during service in that war.

Surviving her are two sons, Emil J. Leidolf of Dallas and Oswald Leidolf of Weimar; a daughter, Mrs. H. W. Eck of Schulenburg; three brothers, Robert and Henry Hoelscher of Weimar and Otto Hoelscher of El Campo; and some grandchildren.

Pallbearers were F. F. Anders, J. S. Rypple, G. W. Shaver, B. L. Townsend, Alfred Kainer and Steve Kasper.

Weimar Mercury, November 19, 1954, page 1

Leidolf, Matheaus

One of Weimar's old and honored citIzen--Mr. Matheaus Leidolf--passed away last Friday afternoon shortly after the noon hour. Mr. Leidolf had been seriously III for several months at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. J. Ratliff and while his death was not unexpected, still it was the occasion of deep and lasting grief to those who knew and loved this good old man. Mr. Leidolf lacked but four days of being 90 years old. He was born in Meherin, Austria, in 1826, came to this county in 1873, and with his wife and two children settled here, Later he moved to Lavaca county, where he engaged in farming for several years. His wife died in 1897, and then moved back to Colorado county, became a citizen of Weimar, and resided here up lo the time of his decease. He leaves a son, Mr. Frank Leidolf, proprietor of the Weimar electric light pIant and one daughter, Mrs. Amelia Ratliff, wife of Alderman A. J. Ratliff. Mr. Leidolf had been ill and confined to his bed since the latter part of February. Every attention that loving hands and medical skill could render was given, but. to no avail. The remains were lain to rest In St. Michael’s cemetery Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev, C. J. Benes performing the burial service. A large crowd of sympathizing friends were present at the funeral. The family has the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, April 28, 1906, page 4

Leidolf, Oswald B.

Leidolf, World War I Vet, Dies

Funeral services for Oswald B. Leidolf, 79, were held Saturday afternoon, May 19, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael's Catholic Church.

Burial was in the church cemetery, Rev. O. B. Kahlich officiated, assisted by Rev. John Peters.

Mr. Leidolf, a lifelong resident of this area, died at his home Friday morning, May 18. He had been in ill health for more than two years.

Born November 11, 1893, he was a son of Frank and Josephine Hoelscher Leidolf. He married Miss Lillie Falke on October 28, 1929, and they lived in Weimar until the early 1930s when they moved out to the Borden community to engaged in farming and ranching.

He was a veteran of World War I, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and honorary member of the Weimar Fire Department, Hermann Sons and American Legion.

His wife survives, along with one sister, Mrs. H. W. (Henrietta) Eck of Weimar; one brother, Emil, of Dallas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Another brother, Edgar, died while in service in World War I.

Pallbearers, members of the local veterans organizations, were Ernest Mazoch, Herbert Rerich, Justin Verunac, John Hajovsky, Bennie Rerich, and Joe Adamcik.

Weimar Mercury, May 24, 1973
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Leidolf, Rosina T.

Death of Mr. Leidolf’s Mother.

The Mercury regrets to chronicle the death of Mrs. Leidolf, mother of Mr. F. E. Leidolf of this city, which occurred at the family residence in Flatonia last Friday afternoon of la grippe, after a comparatively brief illness. The remains were brought here Saturday afternoon and laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery. Mrs. Leidolf was a lady of estimable character and disposition, a true wife and loving mother, and her death is deely[sic] regretted. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved ones i their loss.

Weimar Mercury, February 29, 1897, page 5

Leierer, Orlean (Brod) Williams

Mrs. Orlean Williams Leierer, 92, of Eagle Lake, passed away Feb. 20, at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Eagle Lake.

She was born Dec. 30, 1909 in Bernardo to Felix and Hilda (Braden) Brod. Until her health failed, she had been an active member of the Grace Lutheran Church, a supporter and a volunteer worker for the Eagle Lake Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry program and a member of the Senior Adult game program at the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake.

A homemaker, cook and creator of cathedral window bedspreads, afghans, embroidered linens, she had a special talent in the ornamenting of fabric with needlework. Orlean and S. J. Williams were the owners and operators of Mobil Inn Trailer Park in Rockport before returning to Eagle Lake in 1972.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, S. J. Williams and F. W. "Duke" Leierer; two brothers, Philmore and Ellis Brod; and one sister, Lavern Morgan.

She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Harold Lloyd and Elda Williams, B.J. and Jean Williams, all of Eagle Lake; grandsons, Jerry D. Williams and wife, D'Ann, of Pflugerville, Scott A. Williams and wife, Amy of Lewisville; great grandsons, Jason D. Williams of Shreveport, La. and Brett J. Williams, Pflugerville.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 23, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home, with the Rev. Clements Richards, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake officiating. He was assisted by the Rev. Brent Beasley, pastor of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, Donna Gertson, soloist and Patty Stephens, organist. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were E. F. "Mickey" Kochwelp, Steven Meinecke, Louis Schorlemmer, Thurston Webb and grandsons, Jerry and Scott Williams.

Colorado County Citizen, February 27, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Leinweber, Mary C. (Barton)

Former Weimar Lady Buried Here Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary C. Leinweber, 69, of Floresville, were held here last Saturday afternoon, Oct. 9, with Rev. C. L Boone, local Baptist pastor, officiating. Interment was made in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

The Leinwebers lived in Weimar and the Live Oak section for a number of years about twenty-five years ago, and will be remembered by many citizens here.

Mrs. Leinweber was born at Whitehall, Ky., Oct. 6, 1874, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Barton. On July 25, 1894, she was married to R. G. Leinweber at Kerrville, Texas. For the past two years they have made their home at Floresville. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

After an illness of about two years’ duration, she passed away at her home in Floresville on Oct. 7, 1843.

Surviving are her husband, R. G Leinweber of Floresville; one daughter, Mrs. Ben Earnest of Floresville; One son, Frank Leinweber of Sheridan; and one brother W. O. Barton of Utpoia[sic], Texas.

Mr. Johnnie Barton of Weimar is a nephew of the deceased.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved relatives.

Weimar Mercury, October 15, 1943, page 1

Leinweber, R.G


R. G. Leinweber Dies Monday Night at Live Oak

Many friends throughout this section deeply and sincerely sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Leinweber of the Live Oak section in the loss by death Monday night of their little son, R. G. Leinweber, after an illness of forty-two days from typhoid fever. The remains were interred at Live Oak Cemetery Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Roy G. Rader, Methodist pastor, performing the funeral obsequies. Another older son is still quite sick with the same dreaded disease, but it is believed he will recover. Only those of us who have gone through such a siege of this most dreaded of all diseases can fully sympathize with these bereaved parents. Their bright boy made a most gallant fight for life, battling with the fever for forty-two long days and nights, but God willed that he should be taken and it was so. In their deep and irreparable loss, these bereaved parents have the heartfelt sympathy of all our people. God pity and comfort them, as He did one who a few years ago underwent the same trial, is our sincere prayer.

[Was R. G. disinterred and reinterred in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery?]

Weimar Mercury, August 17, 1917

Leinweber, Robert George

R. G. Leinweber, 85, Former Citizen, Buried Here Monday

Funeral services for Robert George Leinweber of Floresville, who left here in 1921, were held at the Baptist Church Monday afternoon, with interment in Oddfellows [Masonic] Cemetery. He was 85.

The Rev. H. C. Reddoch, Baptist minister of Floresville, officiated.

The former ranchman was born Feb. 15, near Kerrville, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Leinweber. He married Miss Mary Barton at Kerrville in 1885; they lived in Weimar from about 1914 until 1921. Mrs. Leinweber, who preceded her husband in death a number of years ago, was a sister of Felix Barton, another former Weimar resident, and an aunt of Johnnie Barton of Weimar.

Mr. Leinweber died at Floresville Sunday after an Illness of about two years. He was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Anibell Earnest of Floresville, and a son, Frank Leinweber of Sheridan.

Felix Barton and son, Johnnie, were two of the pallbearers.

Weimar Mercury, March 21, 1947, page 1

Lemons, Nathaniel Jr.

Near Garwood
Man, 22, Killed in Car-Truck Wreck

A 22-year-old Eagle Lake man was killed at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday when his car spun into the path of an 18-wheeler on FM Road 2614, 5.5 miles west of Garwood.

Pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace M. M.Jones was Nathaniel Lemons Jr., driver and only occupant of a 1977 Olds Cutlass.

Trooper Jake Sanchez said his investigation showed the southbound Cutlass went off the right shoulder and then swung back sharply to the left side of the road, directly in the path of a northbound Peterbuilt truck and tractor.

The truck hit the car broadside and dragged it 205 yards before both vehicles went into the ditch off the truck's lane. The truck came to rest on top of the car, and a rescue tool had to be used to get Lemons' body out of the wreckage. [Place of interment unknown]

Driver of the truck was Donald Ray Sloan Sr., 35, of Houston. Neither he nor his passenger, Tina Marie Grau, 23, of Baytown, was seriously injured.

Weimar Mercury, May 19, 1983

Lemons, Susie


Susie Lemons, an aged but well known and popular citizen of this place, mother of Prof. Tom J. Burley’s wife and Lillie Lemons, teacher in the public colored school of this city, died Friday of last week and was buried the following day [Paradise Gardens],in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends.

“Aunt Susie” was well and favorably known to many of our citizens, having lived here for many years, and was highly regarded by both whites and blacks. She had always proved herself a devoted wife and mother, and in her passing the bereaved ones have the sympathy of all our people.

Weimar Mercury, February 14, 1930, page 1

Lemons, Willie (Jackson)

Lemons Rites Held

Funeral services were held here Sunday for Mrs. Willie Lemons, 65, a native of Lavaca County who had lived in the Weimar area since she was a small child. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, September 16, 1960, page 1

Lenard, Isaac L.

Isaac Lenard Rites Held Here Friday

Isaac L. Lenard, a longtime resident of this community passed away in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital at 8:00 a.m. last Wednesday, Nov 10th following a long illness, Mr. Lenard was a retired farmer and operated a service station here for some time a number of years ago.

Services were held at 3:00 p.m. last Friday, Nov. 12th from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with the Rev. Raymond Woodruff, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were: Bobby Jo Semora, Dick Obenhaus, Bill Wilkerson, Louis Semora, Lonnie Briscoe and a Mr. Lenard.

Mr. Lenard was born Jan. 12, 1891 in Brookhaven, Miss, the son of Joseph B. and Frances Ann Maples Lenard. He was united in marriage in 1931. He and his wife Stella were blessed with two sons and six daughters. Surviving are his wife; the two sons, four daughter; and a number of other relatives.

Eagle Lake Headlight Nov. 18, 1971
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Leopold, Albert C.

Albert C. Leopold, 73, of Nada, died Friday, Aug. 5, 1994.

Born Jan. 21, 1921, in Colorado County, he was the son of Leo and Ottilia (Gebermann) Leopold. Mr. Leopold was a rancher, was retired as Nada Postmaster and was also owner of Nada Garage. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada. He was a World War II veteran, a member of the Knights of Columbus and past financial secretary of St. Mary's Credit Union. He also served on St. Mary's Church Board, was past president of the local Catholic Life Insurance Branch, the board of directors of Wharton County Electric Coop and the Colorado County Appraisal District.

Funeral services were held Aug. 7, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Eddie Schoellmann officiating. Interment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery. Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, was in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were Doug Leopold, Scott Leopold, Dustin /Leopold, Clint Leopold, Wesley Leopold and Chad Wesselski. Honorary pallbearers were Jeffery Leopold, Shannon Wesselski, Kristen Wesselski, Stacey Leopold, Jenny Leopold and Angie Leopold.

Mr. Leopold is survived by a daughter, Rose Ann Welsselski of Nada; sons, Albert F. Leopold of Richmond and Robert Leopold, Donald Leopold and Patrick Leopold, all of Nada; sisters Clara Bruemmer of Nada, Mary Ann Leopold of San Antonio, Sister Alfreda Leopold of Cuero and Sister Rosemary Leopold of Selma; brother Leo Leopold of Eagle Lake; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Frances D. Leopold.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's School Endowment Fund.

Colorado County Citizen, August 10, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Leopold, Arthur C.

Last Rites held for A. C. Leopold

Nada - Solemn Requiem Mass for Arthur C. Leopold, organist and choir director for 59 years for St. Mary's parish in Nada, was offered by his priest-son, Father Clarence A. Leopold, in St. Mary's church here, Febr. 15, 1964.

Burial followed in St. Mary's Cemetery. He was 74.

Auxilary Bishop Leven presided at the Mass. Assisting in the Mass was Msgr A. A. Leopold, the deceased's brother, deacon Msgr. John F. Gerbermann, VF, Subdeacon and Msgr. Bernard F. Popp, master of ceremonies. Chaplains were Fathers Rudolph Hoffman and Alexis Kraus.

A choir composed of priests sang the responses for the Mass. Msgr. Frederick O. Beck, VF, directed the choir, and Father Everett Fey was at the organ. Msgr. Beck also delivered the sermon. Fifty priests in addition to Bishop Leven were present.

Arthur C. Leopold was born Nov. 24, 1889 neat Halletsville and moved with his parents to Nada soon after. He married Mary Heine in 1913. The couple observed their golden wedding anniversary last Nov. 6.

Survivors include his wife, 12 children, and 43 grandchildren. Surviving children include Father Clarence A. Leopold of San Antonio, Alois Leopold of Edinburg, Joe Leopold, Arthur Leopold, and Frederick Leopold all of Nada, Mrs. Regina Beck of Rockne, Mrs. Martha Goertz of Bastrop, Mrs. Margaret Ciarella of Houston, and Mrs. Elizabeth Schoellmann, Mrs. Albert Gold, Mrs. Walter Schoellmann, and Mrs. Bernice Popp, all of Nada.

Probably El Campo's The Leader - News 
Submitted by Leland Chambliss

Leopold, Joe A.

Joe A. Leopold

Joe A. Leopold, 83, of Nada, passed away Monday, November 26.

He was born January 16, 1924 in Nada the son of Arthur and Mary Heine Leopold.

Joe was the owner of Leopold's Service in Nada and was a decorated WWII Army veteran having served in the Pacific Theater, was a member of the St. Mary's Church and Choir, the Knights of Columbus and the VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline Labay Leopold of Nada; daughters, Genevieve Otto and husband, Willis, of Richmond, Jeanette Schoenfield and husband, Gary of El Campo, Barbara Raby and husband, Mark, of Round Rock, Mary Liberati and husband, Ralph, of Maryland; sons, Kenneth Leopold and wife, Mary, of El Campo, Roland Leopold and wife, Margaret, of El Campo, Anthony Leopold and wife, Becky, of Taiton, Chris Leopold and wife, Tina, of Nada, Mark Leopold and wife, Frances, of East Bernard; grandchildren, Carrie Otto-Farmer and husband, Clayton, Frances Otto, Any Vela, Denise and Darin Leopold, Sara Richards and husband, Jon, Jill Korenek and husband, Kyle, Eric, Katy, Neal and Jason Schoenfield, Troy, Abby and Hailey Leopold, Misty Ortiz and husband, Robby, R.J. Armstrong, Nathan and Joseph Raby, Ralph and Lauren Liberati; great-grandchildren, Makena and Morgan Famer, Trent and Landon Richards; brothers, Aloysious Leopold of Boerne, Frederick and Arthur Leopold of Nada; sisters, Bernice Popp, Beatrice Schoellmann, Agatha Gold of Nada, and Martha Goertz of Rockne.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; son, Timothy Leopold; sisters, Regina Beck, Elizabeth Schoellmann, Margaret Ciarella; and brother, Clarence Leopold.

Visitation was held Friday, November 30, at Triska Funeral Home in El Campo.

Parish rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Funeral mass was held Saturday, December 1 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Rev. Martin Leopold officiating. Triska Funeral Home in El Campo was in charge of arrangements.

Graveside services [St. Mary's Cemetery] with Military Honors followed under the auspices of the American Legion Post 251.

Memorial donations may be made to Garwood Volunteer Fire Department or St. Mary's Building Fund.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 6th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck


Leopold, Leo J.

Leo Leopold, 73, Longtime Nada Resident, Dies

Residents of the Nada community were saddened Thursday, June by the news of the sudden death of Leo Leopold, a resident of this community for 58 years.

He was born at Hallettsville Dec. 17, 1893, and was 73 years old.

He was member of the St. Joseph's Society, Knights of Columbus and a faithful bell-ringer in the Catholic Church for over 50 years.

Surviving are his wife; 4 daughters, Mrs. Clara Berger of Nada, Sister M. Elfrieda, Sister M. Rosemary and Sister M. Bertha of the Incarnate Word convent of Victoria; 2 sons, Albert of Nada, Leo Jr. of Eagle Lake; 11 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Rt. Rev. Monsignor A. A. Leopold of San Antonio, Wm,. Leopold of Hallettsville and Lawrence Leopold of Port Arthur; 3 sisters, Sister M. Hildegard of the Urseline convent of San Antonio, Mrs. Cecelia Bittner and Mrs. Annie Meismer of Nada.

Funeral services were held at Triska Funeral home at El Campo Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with a Requiem High mass in St. Mary's Catholic Church at Nada, Rt. Rev. Monsignor A. A. Leopold of San Antonio celebrant, Rt. Rev. Monsignor John Gerbermann of Floresville, deacon, Rev. Clarence Leopold of San Antonio, lector, Rev. A. J. Weber of Victoria gave the sermon.

Also present were Rt. Rev. Monsignor Julius A. Petru of El Campo, Rt. Rev. Monsignor Bernard Popp of Victoria, Rev Wm. Halata of Ganado, Rev. Ustes Hermes of Victoria and Rev. E. J. Bily of Nada

Burial was in St. Mary's Catholic cemetery. Rev. E. J. Bily conducted the services.

Casketbearers were his nephews, James Meismer, Arthur Leopold Jr., Ernie Genz, Albert Bittner, Puis Leopold and John Gerbermann.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, June 8, 1967
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Leopold, Mary A.(Heine)

Mary A. Leopold
July 30, 1896 - February 13, 1989

Mary A. Leopold, 92, a lifelong resident of Colorado County, died Monday February 13 at Garden Villa Nursing Home in El Campo. Mrs. Leopold was born July 30, 1896 near Weimar. With her parents, Paul and Mary Wanja Heine, she moved to Nada in 1899. She married Arthur C. Leopold on November 6, 1913.

Mrs. Leopold was a member of St. Mary's Parish in Nada, Catholic Daughter of America and the Christian Mothers Society. As long as she was able, Mrs. Leopold was active in parish work and held office in the Christian Mothers; Society for many years.

Her body lay in state in St. Mry;s Church from 6 p.m. Tuesday until services Wednesday. A parish rosary was recited Tuesday evening. Rosaries also were said by the Catholic Daughters and Christian Mothers. Celebrant and homilist at the 2 p.m. funeral High Mass Wednesday was Rev. Edward Schoellmann, MM. Cocelebrant was Msgr. Victor Schmidtzinsky, pastor. Lector was Aloysius Leopold and Eucharistic Ministers were Arthur Leopold, Raymond Drlik and Edwin Gold. Altar boys were great grandsons Brian Goerig and Wesley Heimann of El Campo, and great-grandnephew Dustin Leopold of Nada, Grandaughters, Chrissy Leopold of Nada, Cathryn Vesely of Waco and Diane Conner of Pampa, carried the Offertory gifts to the Altar. Msgr. Victor Schmidtzinsky conducted graveside services in St. Mary's Cemetery where Mrs. Leopold was laid to rest beside her husband who preceded her in death, February 12, 1964. A son, Clarence also preceded her in death in 1983.

She is survived by: seven daughter, Mrs. Ted (Elizabeth) Scheollmann, Mrs. Albert (Agatha) Gold, Mrs. Walter (Beatrice) Schoellmann, and Mrs. Joe L. (Bernice) Popp, all of Nada, Mrs. John (Regina) Beck and Mrs. Henry (Martha) Goertz, both of Rockne, and Mrs. Sam (Margaret) Ciarella of Houston; four sons, Joe, Arthur, and Frederick of Nada, and Aloysius of Boerne.

Also surviving are 55 grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren; 14 step grandchildren; one sister (Emilie) Popp of Nada, and one brother, Leo Heine of Weimar.

Pallbearers were grandsons Corey Leopold of Nada, Kenneth Leopold of El Campo, Wayne Popp Of Wharton, James Gold of Houston, Tommy Beck of Rockne, Mathew Schoellman of Austin, David Ciarella of Lake Jackson, and Vincent Leopold of Boerne.

Probably El Campo's The Leader - News
Submitted by Leland Chambliss

Leopold, Timothy

Timothy Leopold

Timothy Leopold, 41, of Austin and formerly of Nada, died Tuesday, March 22, 2005.

He was born May 10, 1963 in El Campo to Joe and Pauline Labay Leopold of Nada. He was employed as a Chef.

Survivors include his parents; sisters, Genevieve Otto and husband Willis of East Bernard, Jeanette Schoenfield and husband Gary of El Campo, Barbara Raby and husband Mark of Round Rock and Mary Liberati and husband Ralph of Cheltenham, Md.; brothers, Kenneth Leopold and wife Mary of El Campo, Ronald Leopold and wife Margaret of El Campo, Anthony Leopold and wife Becky of Taiton, Chris Leopold and Mark Leopold both of Nada; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Parish Rosary was recited Wednesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. at Triska Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Thursday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada with the Rev. Eddie Schoellmann and the Rev. Martin Leopold concelebrating the Funeral Mass. Interment was held at St. Mary’s Cemetery under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers were Darin Leopold, Troy Leopold, Eric Schoenfield, Neal Schoenfield, Edward Gold and Wayne Popp.

Honorary pallbearers were his nieces and nephews.

Memorials in memory of Timothy Leopold may be made to ASA, P.O. Box 4874, Austin, Texas 78765, St. Mary’s Catholic Church or donors choice.

El Campo Leader News, March 26, 2005 online edition

Lepp, Lillie (Venghaus)

Lillie Venghaus Lepp

Funeral services for Lillie Venghaus Lepp, 96, of Sealy, were held Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. from Trinity Lutheran Church in Sealy with the Rev. Dale Leland officiating. Interment was at Sealy Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Jerry Robison, Clemons, Milroy, Gregory, Larry and David Venghaus.

Born in Frelsburg, Lillie Sophie Alma Venghaus was the daughter of Edward and Ida (Bruedigan) Venghaus. She was baptized at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frelsburg on Dec. 6, 1908, by Pastor Gustav Szillat. Lillie was confirmed at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Frelsburg on April 16, 1922, by Pastor O. Lindenberg. She was raised in Frelsburg and attended school there.

Lillie married Albert F. Lepp on April 14, 1931, at Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Frelsburg, by Pastor O. Lindenberg. Lillie and Albert lived in Sealy after they married. Lillie was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a full-time homemaker.

After Lillie's parents left their Frelsburg farm in 1941, they made their home with Lillie's family in Sealy. She cared for her father for five years prior to his death and he mother for twenty years prior to her death.

Lillie was a hard worker and would do anything for her family, which she loved dearly. She as considered her granddaughter's second Mom, for always caring for Lisa, while her parents worked. Lillie loved cooking, canning, gardening, and even driving her car up until her early nineties. Lillie passed away Nov. 19, at Colonial Belle Nursing Home, in Sealy, where she resided since Oct. 12, 2001. She reached the age of 96 years, 2 months and 16 days.

Lillie is survived by her daughter Alice Lepp; daughter and son-in-law Alberta and Milburn Robison; granddaughter Lisa and her husband Mark Janszen; great grandsons Jason and Scott Janszen; step grandson Jerry Robison; step granddaughter Christy Robison; step-great-granddaughter Taylor Robison-Moon and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lillie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers Arthur, Edmund and Walter Venghaus and one sister Ema Tiedt.

Funeral Services under the direction of Knesek Family Funeral Chapels, Sealy.

Sealy News, November 23, 2004
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Lesikar, Ottilia Frances (Buxkemper)


Ottilia Frances Lesikar, 74, of Columbus, Texas passed away on July 2, 2004 at her residence after a courageous battle with stomach cancer.

She was a native of Colorado County, born in Pesak Community near Frelsburg on June 7, 1930 to Emil and Caroline (Gully) Buxkemper and married Frank Lesikar on November 14, 1950. They have lived in Columbus all of their life.

She is survived by her husband and seven children: daughters and sons-in-law include Yvonne and Dennis Wagner; Tracy and Kevin Lilie; and Barbara and James Weishuhn, all of Columbus. Sons and daughters-in-law include Elton and Carol Lesikar of Houston; Steven and Jeanne Lesikar of Houston; Stanley and Barbara Lesikar of Schulenburg; and Bruce and Melissa Lesikar of College Station.

She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren: Amy, Theresa and Dana Wagner; Spence and Shane Lesikar; Matt, Craig and Kara Lilie; Jacob, Ross and Aaron Weishuhn; Ryan and Rachel Lesikar; Zachary and Joselyn Lesikar; and Brad Landry.

Her surviving siblings and spouses are Irene Henneke; Viola and Clarence Warschak; Sophie and Manly Leyendecker; Isabella and James Wilde; Cora Wostarek; Leonard and Juanita Buxkemper and Loreda Buxkemper.

She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Elenora Brokmeyer, Benjamin and Felix Buxkemper.

She retired from employment with Columbus Community Hospital in 2001. She was a member of St. Anthony Parish, TNT quilters, Catholic Daughters, American Legion Auxiliary and German Society. She will be remembered for her many creative talents which were put to use to benefit our community through donations of quilts, canned items and baked goods

Parish & Catholic Daughters Prayer Service and Rosary were conducted on July 5, 2004 at 7:00 pm at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Funeral services were conducted on July 6, 2004 at 10:00 am at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Frs. Tim Kosler and Bill Palmer officiating. Interment followed at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg. Pallbearers were Spence and Shane Lesikar, Matt and Craig Lilie, Ryan Lesikar, and Jacob Weishuhn. Honorary pallbearers were Ross and Aaron Weishuhn and Zachary Lesikar.

Friends and family may send memorial contributions to St Anthony Catholic Church Legacy Fund, St. Anthony School Trust Fund, Brazos Valley Hospice or charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen Online, 13 Jul 2004
Submitted by Matt Cross

Lessing, Joseph


In the death of Mr. Jos. Lessing, Sr., last Friday, Colorado county and this section in general lost one of its oldest and best citizens. The funeral took place at Columbus [Odd Fellows Rest] Saturday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. A. I. Townsley, Methodist minister. The funeral was largely attended, a number from this section going down in cars to be present.

Honorary pall bearers were John C. Lowrey, F. Auerbach, Sr., J. C. Obenhaus, F. C. Carroll of El Campo, Geo. McCain, P. B. Martin and J. J. Odom. Active pall bearers were F. Auerbach, Jr., Kenneth Brandon, Tom Luck, O. A. Zumwalt, E. B. Mayes and C. R. Grobe.

As stated above, Mr. Lessing was one of the oldest citizens of Colorado county. He had lived in Columbus for many years, and was known to every man, woman and child in the community, having a kindly greeting at all times for each and everyone. He was a quiet, good citizen, attentive to his own affairs, never meddling with others, but ever ready to do a good turn for anyone needing help. “Uncle Joe,” as he was familiarly termed, will be greatly missed in the community where he had lived for so long a time.

His only son, Dr. Joe F. Lessing of Schulenburg, and other relatives and friends have our sincere sympathy in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, March 21, 1924, page 1

Lessing, Dr. Joseph Franklin

Dr. Lessing Buried Sunday

Funeral services for Dr. J. F. Lessing, 73, were held at the family home in Schulenburg Sunday afternoon, with burial in the Weimar cemetery.

Dr. Melvin O. Eidson of the First Baptist church of Austin officiated and was assisted by Rev. Arthur Peterson of the Schulenburg Methodist church, Rev. Charles Bowes of the Schulenburg Baptist church and Rev. W. M. Davis of the Columbus Baptist church.

Special music was given by Mrs. G. F. Steger of Columbus, Miss Agnes Louis Helmcamp and Mrs. Henry Schaeffer of Schulenburg Choral Club and the Columbus Music club voice ensemble with accompaniments by Miss Lillian Reese. The burial rites were concluded with the Masonic service.

Dr. Lessing died at his home Friday afternoon. Born Feb. 2, 1874, in the southwest part of Colorado county, he was a son of Joseph and Mary Ann Townsend Lessing. Had he lived through this year, he would have practiced denistry for 51 years and he and Mrs. Lessing would have celebrated their golden wedding anniversary this June 14. His marrage to Nuddie Ella Reese occured June 14, 1897. He had a dentist office here for many years.

Besides his widow he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. C. M. Howard, Kendleton, one grand daughter, Mrs. Carey Nelson, Houston, and one great grandchild, Reese Howard DeMouche, Houston.

Numerous relatives and friends came from out of town for the funeral. Pallbearers were Ralph Maricle, Corpus Christi, William De Mouche, Mexico City, and Ernest Bosl, Henry Schaefer, Charlie Matula, Willie Keuper, Charlie Vogt Sr., and George Vlase, Schulenburg.

Named as honorary pallbearers were I. E. Clark, Charles Vogt, Jr., H. Helmcamp, C. M. Howard Durell Miller, Harbert Simpson, Moria Strunk, Charles Bosl, Dr. Sl Houston Johnston, Dr. Waldo Lauedermann, Paul Breymann, Helmuth Bolling, Owen Hoegemeyer, E. G. Miller, John Hester, Ferd and Alphonse Herzik, E. O. Vornsand, Bruce Mayes and Henry Keuper.

Colorado Citizen, March 27, 1947
Contributed by Deborah Smith

Lessing, Mary (Townsend)

Died at the family residence in this City, Saturday noon, Dec. 1st., Mrs. Mary Lessing at the ripe old age of 80 years, 1 month and 20 days. She had been in declining health for years, and for the past few months had been confined to her bed. Although her death was sudden it was not unexpected. Aunt Polly, as she was familiarly known, was born in Florida and came to Texas with her parents, Asa and Rebecca Townsend, when quite small and has been a resident of Columbus and vicinity for the past 74 years. She united with the Methodist church in childhood, and died in the triumph of the living faith. Being one of the oldest residents of the County, she remembered Columbus when it consisted of two log cabins, which stood near where the water tower now stands, and its principal trade was with the Indians. She had 14 brothers and sisters, 12 of whom grew to maturity in this locality, but all save one, Mrs. J. M. Cummins, of Seymour, Texas have preceded her to the great beyond. She is survived by her husband, two sons and one daughter, 20 grandchildren and 17 great grand children. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Columbus]

Colorado County Citizen, December 5, 1912
Submitted by David Hahn

Lessing, Nuddie Ela (Reese)

Mrs. Lessing Helped Organize Church; Was Cultural Leader

Mrs. J. F. Lessing, sister of Miss Lillian Reese, who was laid to rest in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery last Thursday, was leader of cultural activities in Schulenberg during her residence there.

Mrs. Lessing died here at the home of her sister Nov. 7 after having been in bed since suffering a broken hip several months ago.

She was a charter member of the Schulenburg Baptist Church, which was organized on the front porch of her home, and was a charter member of Baptist and Methodist women's organizations of Schulenburg.  Her charter memberships included the Schulenburg chapter, Eastern Star and Columbus Music Club.

She was organizer of choral clubs in Schulenburg during her residence and always saw to it that people had tickets to cultural activities who could not afford them.  A member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, she was a former member of the UDC.

Colorado County Citizen, November 15, 1962
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Lester, Alma (Dunn)

Alma Lester Memorial Service Set Sept. 25

Alma Lester, 83, a longtime Weimar resident, died Sept. 6 at her home in Harriman, Tenn.

A memorial service has been set for Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with Rev. Charles Young officiating. [Interment Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Mrs. Lester was born Aug. 23, 1918 in Livingston to Annie Morgan and Arthur Street Dunn. She married Clayton C. Lester on Dec. 2, 1938 in Weimar.

She was an active member of the First Baptist Church.

She was a homemaker and lived in this area all her life except for the last six years when she moved to Tennessee.

She is survived by three daughters, Sharon Lester of Nashville, Tenn., Rebecca Clark of Harriman, Tenn., and Patricia Vavra of Cypress; two sisters, Aline Sine of Weimar along with three granddaughters, two grandsons and one great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, four brothers, Arlice (Raymond) Dunn, Alvin Dunn, Altus Dunn, Adrian Dunn and three sisters, Arlin Dunn, Agnes White and Anita William.

Memorial gifts maybe sent to National Osteoporosis Foundation, 1232 22nd St., Washington, DC 20037.

The Weimar Mercury September 20, 2001
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Lester, Clayton Campbell

Businessman C. C. Lester Buried Nov. 7

Funeral services for Clayton Campbell Lester, 81, retired Weimar businessman were held Tuesday, Nov. 7, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Adkins officiated.

Lester, who had lived in Weimar 59 years, died at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston of a heart attack.

His first business venture in Weimar was as a Purina feed dealer and a beer distributorship. He was a Pearl Beer dealer here more than 40 years. He and his brother-in-law, Alvin Dunn were also in the caged layer business for awhile. Several years ago he opened the Lester housing subdivision in the northwest corner of town.

Born Feb. 23, 1908, at Schulenburg, he was a son of L. P. and Charlotte (McKinnon) Lester. He married Alma Dunn here in Dec. 2, 1938.

His wife survives him along with three daughters, Sharon Lester of Nashville, Tenn., Rebecca Clark of Harriman, Tenn., and Patricia Vavra of Houston; five grandchildren; two sisters, Marjorie Litz of Victoria and Levine McCoy of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and a brother, Walter Hayward Lester of Cameron.

Pallbearers for the services were Bill Clark, Jerry Vavra, Kevin King, Heath Patterson, McCall Sanders and Carl Smith.

Weimar Mercury, November 16, 1989
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Lester, William Heil

Funeral Services For W. H. Lester, 83, Held Sunday

Funeral services for W. Hl. Lester, 83, who died at his home here Saturday morning after an illness of three years, were held from the home Sunday afternoon, with interment in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. J. M. McDonald of Smiley officiated, assisted by Rev. Walter J. Cartwright, local Methodist pastor.

Born Nov. 27, 1869, at Hempstead, Mr. Lester moved to Bremond, Texas, as a young boy, and it was there that he learned telegraphy and began work for the H&TC Railroad Company, now a part of Southern Pacific Lines. Later he joined Southern Pacific as a telegrapher.

In 1897, at Schulenburg, he married Miss Willie Tooke of Weimar, and they established their home at Rosenberg, where he was employed as a telegrapher with the railroad. A few years later he was transferred to Weimar as operator-cashier in the local SP station. For eight years he served as general chairman of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers, SP system, with headquarters in California, afterward returning here and eventually becoming local agent. He retired from that position in 1929.

Mr. Lester had been a director of the First State Bank for the past 15 years.

Survivors include his wife; one sister, Mrs. Lucy Barker of San Antonio; one brother, C. W. Lester of Houston; and several nieces and nephews, among them C. C. Lester of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, August 22, 1952, page 1

Lester, Willie Ellen (Tooke)

Funeral Rites For Mrs. Lester, 85, Held Today

Funeral services for Mrs. W. H. Lester, 85, were held this (Thursday) afternoon at Columbus Funeral Home, with the Rev. Howard MacAllister, Methodist pastor officiating. Interment was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Lester, who had enjoyed good health for her advanced age, had been ill only two days when she died at her home at 10 p. m. Tuesday.

Except for a few years when she lived at Rosenberg, she was a lifelong resident of Weimar. Born on a farm near here Nov. 11, 1874, she was the former Miss Willie Ellen Tooke, daughter of Love P. and Eliza Cox Tooke. She was married at Schulenburg to Will H. Lester on July 22, 1897, and they established their home at Rosenberg, where he was employed as a telegrapher with the railroad. A few years later he was transferred to Weimar as operator of the local Southern Pacific railroad office and they moved here. Mrs. Lester was a member of the Methodist Church and a former active member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Her only survivors are several nephews and nieces.

Weimar Mercury, June 10, 1960, page 1

LeTulle, Helen M. (Webb)

Helen M. LeTulle, wife of Victor D. LeTulle and daughter of Henry L. Webb, of Colorado County, Texas, died 3 Sep 1870, aged 38 years, 6 months

The Jonesboro Gazette, Jonesboro, Union County, Illinois, September 24, 1870
Submitted by Darrel Dexter

LeTulle, Lawrence L.

The grim reaper has claimed one more of the survivors of the Civil War. Lawrence L. LeTulle died on the 12th inst at 6:40 p.m. peacefully and in the presence of loving relatives and devoted friends. He was born at Guyandotte, Va., Dec. 14th 1834, being the second son of Louis LeTulle and Susan McMahon who were married in Guyandotte, Cabell Co., Va. In 1830. Deceased was a member of the First Texas Inf. In which he served one year or until its reorganization into what was afterwards known as Jackson’s Artillery, in which he served 3 years or until the close of the war. It is known that he was wounded 5 times in his four year’s service and that he was most actively engaged in the great battle of Gettysburg.

On March 5th, 1873, he married Miss Anna Rebecca Lackey here in Colorado county, Texas and of this union five children were born, L. M. LeTulle, a prominent rice planter of Bay City, Texas, Henry E. LeTulle, RR Agent of this place, Mrs. Joe Stewart, Mrs. R. C. Bass of Houston and Miss Emma Bell LeTulle residing here, all of whom were present at the bedside and burial of their beloved parent.

Mr. LeTulle formerly lived at Prairie Point or what is now known as Oakland, in this county where he was engaged in a commission business just after the close of the Civil War in 1855 [sic]. He soon moved to Alleyton where he was engaged in similar business, afterwards becoming agent for the old B.B.B. & C. Railroad Co., now known as G. H. & S. A. or Southern Pacific Railroad, in which capacity he continued to serve until 1904, being succeeded as agent by his son, Henry E. LeTulle. Ever since the demise of his wife in 1900, deceased has been despondent and this coupled with the usual infirmities of old age, brought about his death. Beside the five children above mentioned, other surviving relatives are: a brother, Capt. Victor D. LeTulle of Bay City, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Mary Raines of Orange, California and a half-brother, Waldo Walton of Statesville, N.C. The school and all stores and places of business here were closed out of respect to the dead. Rev. A. Noble James of Columbus conducted funeral services at the home and at the grave, interment occurring in the local cemetery at 2 p.m. Saturday the 13th inst. A large concourse followed the remains to their last resting place [Alleyton Cemetery]. Friends and relatives came from Houston, San Antonio, Bay City, Luling, Smithville and elsewhere to be present at the funeral. Deceased was a devoted husband, a kind father and a faithful friend respected by all who knew him, and his genial presence will be sadly missed in which he had resided so long. The Citizen joins the entire community in rendering sincerest condolence to the bereaved relatives.

Colorado Citizen, January 19, 1912
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Levens, Gertrue (Fuller)

Service Held For Mrs. Levens At Graveside

A graveside funeral service was held Tuesday afternoon, Feb 6, at Weimar Masonic Cemetery for Mrs. Gertrue Fuller Levens, 75, of Weimar.

Mrs. Levens, a five-year resident of Weimar, died Monday, Feb. 5, at 4:58 a.m., at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

Born July 4, 1914, in Jefferson County, Alabama, she was a daughter of Roby and Willie (Couch) Fuller. She was married to Rolfe K. Levens in April 1932.
Throughout the years she had been an active member of several clubs and organizations in Birmingham, Alabama, Sulphur, La., and Houston. She was a member of Weimar United Church of Christ.
Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Glenn Vornsand of Weimar, Charlene and Joe L. Burttschell of Houston, and Judy King of Stafford; one son and daughter-in-law, Rolfe K. and Ursula Levens of Sulphur, La.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Grace Armstrong of Winfield, Ala., and Coleen Valentine of Laguna Hills, Calif.; and three brothers, Ralph Fuller of Lodie, Calif., Donald Fuller of Mexico, and Tony Fuller of Anaheim, Calif.
Pallbearers were Glenn Vornsand, Joe L. Burttschell Sr., Perry Kloesel, Ken Berrill, Joe L. Burttschell Jr., and Brian Levens.

Weimar Mercury, February 7, 1990

Levy, Ella

DEPARTED this lift[sic] Monday last, at the residence of Mr. Gus. Feist of this city, Miss Ella Levy. Closely connect to Mrs. Fiest[sic] by ties of kindred, and endeared by the tender relation of foster mother, she left her home in St. Louis near two years ago to become an inmate of her family, but the ravishing hand of disease had securely fastened its hold upon her delicate constitution, and the most strenuous efforts to loosen its grasp were powerless. Miss Levy was an Israelite by birth and faith, and was a beautiful exemplification of her creed. Her life was like a harp attuned to divinest melody, and whether sorrow or pleasure touched the chords, sweetest harmonies responded to the vibrations. The CITIZEN extends condolence to the bereaved relatives.
“Death the pure life saves,
And life all pure is love; and love can reach
From heaven to earth, and nobler lessons teach
Than those by mortals read.”
[Interment in Hebrew Renevolence Society Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, January 14, 1886

Levy, M. A.

___ M. LEVY died on Monday morning last at the residence of Mr. G. Feist, in this city. Deceased was an old citizen of the State, and much loved and respected by a large circle of friends and relatives. He was buried according to his wish, without cat_ntation in the Hebrew cemetery at this place on the 25th.

Colorado Citizen, August 28, 1879

Lewandowski, Charles

Mr. Gus Miller and family of the Oakland neighborhood were here Tuesday to attend the funeral of Mr. Chas. Lewandowski, who died near Mr. Miller’s home of consumption, leaving a widow and little babe. The remains were laid to rest in St. Michael's cemetery. The deceased came here from El Campo shortly after the July storm, and had resided in this city and near Mr. Miller’s home since that time. He was a brother of Mrs. A. Sciba, Jr., of this city and of Mrs. Miller. His death is sincerely regretted, for he was a good man and well liked by everybody.

Weimar Mercury, September 10, 1909, page 9

Lewandowski, Maria

Mrs. Maria Lewandowski, aged 80 years, mother of Mrs. Andreas Sciba, Sr., of the Oakland section, died Thursday last at the home of her daughter, and the remains were brought to Weimar Friday and laid to rest in St. Michael’s cemetery, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating. The funeral was conducted under peculiarly distressing circumstances, the roads being in horrible condition, necessitating four horses to the hearse, and a study[sic] downpour of rain throughout the trying ordeal. Mrs. Lewandowski was a most estimable lady, a kind, good friend and neighbor, and her death is sincerely regretted. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, January 5, 1912

Lewellen, Dorothy A. (Cameron)

Dorothy A. "Dottie" Lewellen, 65, of Rock Island, passed away July 27, 1993, at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton. She was born April 30, 1928, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Frank and Ruth Stewart Cameron. On December 5, 1964, she was united in marriage to Orvil "Lou" Lewellen.

Lewellen was a housewife and affiliated with Rock Island Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband; three daughters and a son-in-law, Loretta and David Cameron of Columbus, Jackie Rudd of Remon, Wash., and Carol Lewellen; two sons and daughters-in-law, James L. and Donna Lewellen of Chino, Calif., and Joseph L. and Alice Lewellen of Morristown, Minn.; two brothers, Richard Cameron of San Diego, Calif., and Frank Cameron of Bakersfield, Calif.; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Services were held Saturday, July 31, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Bob Allison, Rock Island Baptist Church, officiating. Burial followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Pallbearers were Sam Defoor, David Jr., David Sr. and Douglas Cameron, Butch Meyer and Calvin Harris. Honorary pallbearers were Norman, Daniel and John Hooper, James Lewellen and Bill Seay. Family requests memorials be made to the Dottie Lewellen Memorial Fund. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 5, 1993
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Lewis, Charline Josephine (Andriano)  


Mrs. Charline A. Lewis, lifetime resident of Columbus, died Aug. 7 after an illness of 3 weeks in Columbus Hospital. She was a daughter of Charles J. and Marie Louise Paulsen Andriano, born April 26, 1901. She was married in June, 1926 to Richard H. "Hub" Lewis, who preceded her in death in 1936. Before retiring, Mrs. Lewis was employed as a clerk in the Columbus Saddle Shop. She was a member of the Methodist Church and the Unted Daughters of the Confederacy. Servies were held Aug. 8 at Henneke Funeral Home, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. The Rev. B. A. Justice officiated. Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Mary Jane McKinzie of Yorktown and Mrs. Frances Koenig of Kingsville; 2 sisters, Miss Mary Andriano and Mrs. A. N. Evans Sr., both of Columbus; and 5 grandchildren. Serving as pallbearers were Raymond Burger, Bill Hartley, Nat Goodwin, Delmar Fehrenkamp, Robert Wolters, and Butch Hoppe.

The Colorado County Citizen, August 14, 1975
Submitted by David Hahn

Lewis, Don M.


Don M. Lewis, D.V.M., 56, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 8 at his residence.

He was born July 23, 1949 to Floyd Marion Lewis and Lois Underdown and married Denise Hagendorf Lewis Sept. 7, 1985.

He was a self-employed veterinarian and served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the American Medical Veterinarian Association. He was also involved with Texas Cooperative Extension in the Extension Program Council, and the County Beef and Forage Committee. He participated in the Youth Farm Safety Day and was a major supporter of FFA in helping with ag projects, shop projects, livestock at the shows and hired some local high school students.

He was preceded in death by his father; first wife, Robbie Lynn Mitchell Lewis; daughters, Tiffanie Lynn Lewis and Donley Jean Lewis; and son, Cliff Walker Lewis.

He is survived by his wife; mother, Lois Lewis Davis, of Amarillo; daughters, Lynde Marie Lewis and Kristin Michelle Lewis, of Columbus; and sister, Dona DeOtte and husband, Bob, of Canyon.

Funeral services are at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with pastor Darrell McManus officiating. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Garrett Hagendorf, Nicholas Hagendorf, Clayton Hagendorf, Jason Hagendorf, Justin Hagendorf, Russell Hagendorf, Hutch Hagendorf and Robert DeOtte.

Colorado County Citizen, January 11, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Lewis, Edward C.

Military Rites Held Here for Edward Lewis, 53

Full military services for Edward Lewis, 53, whose death occurred following a heart attack at Brownwood, were held here Friday, October 17, from Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the City [Odd Fellows] Cemetery. Military rites were conducted by the local American Legion post for the World War I veteran with Rev. D. E. Hogan, Baptist pastor, assisting.

Mr. Lewis, a native of Coleman, Texas, has been prominently identified with oil activities in that area for many years. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving overseas in the first World War, and a member of the Episcopal Church. He married Miss Elliott Buckley daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Buckley of Houston in March 1931.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Edward Lewis of Coleman; a daughter, Mrs. H. Logan of McCamey, Texas; three brothers and three sisters; and two grandsons, sons of Mrs. Logan.

Weimar Mercury, October 24, 1947
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Lewis, Elliott (Buckley)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Lewis, 72, Held Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Elliott Lewis, 72, were held Monday afternoon, April 24, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Arthur Knapp, pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church at Houston, officiated.

Mrs. Lewis died Sunday at Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg, where she and her mother, Mrs. W. E. Buckley, had moved only Friday.

Her husband, Edward Lewis, whom she married in 1931, died in 1947.

Mrs. Lewis and her mother moved from Houston about ten years ago to make their home in Weimar. She was a native of Weimar but had lived most of her life in Houston.

Her mother is her only immediate survivor.

Pallbearers were Ben Duffy and Andrew Jackson of Houston, Rev. Wm. Jackson, Henry Brasher, Donald Dunn, and John Hajovsky.

Weimar Mercury, April 27, 1967, page 1

Lewis, George Walter

It is with deep regret that THE MERCURY is this week called upon to chronicle the death of Walter, the 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Lewis, which sad event transpired Sunday at the family residence in Pecan, Fayette county. Little Walter was ill but a very short time, he being in splendid health last week when his father bade the family good-bye and started for a visit to Alabama. He was a bright little boy, the pride of both mother and father, and his death is a heavy blow to them. THE MERCURY extends its sympathy to the grief-stricken parents. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, March 21, 1891


It is with feelings of deepest sorrow that we are compelled to note the death of little Walter, the 4-year old and only son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Lewis of Pecan, Fayette county. The little fellow was taken suddenly sick about the middle of last week and Sunday night he breathed his last and now has gone to his home where the angels dwell. Mr. Lewis lost his father about four weeks ago and was called to his old house in Carthage, Ala., on account of his father’s death and was absent during the sickness and death of his little boy. Little Walter was an unusually bright child, and was the pride of the household. He was buried in Odd Fellows’ cemetery Monday evening at 3 1/4 o’clock, Rev. M. W. Wadsworth officiating—a host of friends attending the last sad rites.

Colorado Citizen, March 19, 1891, page 3

Lewis, Richard H.

Mr. R. H. Lewis

Mr. R. H. Lewis died at his home in the city early Monday, following a brief illness of stomach and heart trouble. Funeral was held at the residence Tuesday at 2:00 o'clock and interment made in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Lewis was born in Henderson county on Christmas day, 1899. He came to Columbus in 1917 and worked for the late Luce Adkins, attorney, as bookkeeper for several years, and later became superintendent for Horton & Horton, gravel producers. Of late years he has been connected with the local produce company for the Boettcher Co. of Weimar.

"Hub" was well and favorably known and his passing has caused general sorrow. He married Miss Charlene Andriano in 1926.

He is survived by the widow and three children also by an aged mother, Mrs. S. J. Lewis of Murchison, eight brothers, Claude of Palestine, Burt of Rush Springs, Okla., Andy of Brownsboro, Edgar of Purden, Texas, and Sterling, Leslie, Horace and Floyd of Murchison and one sister, Miss Mae Lewis of Murchison.

All of the brothers and the sister, except Edgar, were here for the funeral.

The sympathy if the entire community is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, January 9, 1936

Lewis, Thomas C.

The sudden death of Tom Lewis Wednesday during the noon hour caused many expressions of regret from his numerous friends.

Mr. Lewis was in his truck patch planting potatoes when he suddenly collapsed. A negro laborer who was assisting him sought immediate aid but all to no avail.

Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife, five daughters and one son. The daughters are Mrs. Jewel White, Eagle Lake; Mrs. Ruth Green, Edna; Mrs. Leona Pickert, Bonus; Mrs. Mae Willtrot, California; Mrs. Tony Moore, Gonzales. His only son, Pvt. M. H. Lewis recently completed a delayed enroute furlough from Camp Howze to the west coast, leaving Eagle Lake, February 1. Mrs. Lewis received a card Wednesday notifying her of his overseas address. With the sudden death of Mr. Lewis coming at the time the card came with the news of her only son being so far removed, it seemed the burden was greater than Mrs. Lewis could bear. Besides the children, Mr. Lewis is survived by 15 grandchildren and the following sisters and brothers. Mrs. Ada Moore, Ed and Hugh Lewis, Luling; Mrs. Bessie Berry and Henry Lewis, San Antonio.

Judge Max Conner's inquest revealed death due to a heart attack. Mr. Lewis was a member of the Woodmen of the World.

Funeral serves are announced for this afternoon, Friday at 2:309 o'clock from the Mill Funeral Home. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

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

Lewis, Unknown Baby

Oakland, Tex., Feb. 20.--A negro woman named Lucy Lewis, living three miles southeast of this place, on awaking yesterday morning found her 4-months-old baby dead in bed with her. Justice H. J. Strunk held an inquest, the verdict rendered being that the baby was accidentally smothered. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, February 27, 1897, page 6

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Leysaht, Anna (Engel)

Funeral Services Held This Afternoon For Mrs. Anna Leysaht

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Leysaht were conducted this afternoon from the family residence in Alleyton, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating.

Mrs. Leysaht died Wednesday afternoon, not quite four months after the death of her husband. She was born near Columbus on June 30, 1858, as daughter of Charles Engel and Christine Hinkel Engel. Orphaned at the age of nine during the yellow-fever epidemic, she later made her home with her aunt, Mrs. W. Dittmann. She married Mr. Berthold Leysaht on October 30, 1883.

Besides her husband, two sisters, Mrs. Mary Kessler and Mrs. Lucy Ocker as well as two children, a baby girl and a son named Herbert, preceded her in death. She is survived by: three daughters, Miss Augusta Leysaht of Alleyton, Mrs. Hugh Wilson of Alleyton, and Mrs. Otto Weller of Harlingen; three grandchildren, Hugh R. and Leah Wilson and Berthold Weller, also one brother, Charles Engel of Travis.

Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Columbus Funeral Home. Interment was made in Odd Fellows Rest.

Colorado County Citizen, July 13, 1929
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Leysaht, Berthold

Alleyton Man Writes Own Abituary[sic] Two Years Before He Dies

Editors Note: The following is the obituary and short life story of Berthold Leysaht, who wrote the piece two years before his death Wednesday at his home in Alleyton.

Born February 22, 1853, in Kreuzberg, Upper Silesia Germany. Baptised as infant in Lutheran church. Absolved elementary and high school to and inclusive Quarta grade. At the age of 14 was confirmed in Lutheran church. Worked several months in abstract office, then apprenticed four years in grocery store in Bernstadt, Silesia. Then as graduated clerk in a grocery and hardware store in Kreuzburg. At the age of 19, I left fatherland on August 28, 1872 and sailed from Bremen on the German barge Bremen. After a stormy but pleasant voyage, I arrived in Galveston November 2, 1872. A stiff, drizzling, rainy norther was blowing. I inquired for an Indianola bound steamer. Several Morgan line side wheeled steamers were at the wharves. The ship's boy helped me in carrying my trunk aboard. The steamers purser (Frenchman) refused my Prussian $5 bill for passage. I raced back to town got my bill changed for $3.65 at the Kaumann and Wagner Bank and ran back to the (what I thought to be the right) steamer. All Morgan side wheelers looked alike to me. To my sorrow I boarded the wrong steamer. I finally discovered the right boat just leaving the wharf. A rope was thrown to me; I jumped and was pulled aboard, wet as a drowned rat, to the joy of all bystanders, negroes and wharf laborers. Next morning (still sleeting) arrived at Indianola; paid the very last 15c to the negro drayman for hauling my trunk to the best hotel. Changed clothes and approached Mr. Eiehlitz (a merchant to whom I had letters of introduction and clerked for him for several years. During the 1875 storm I lost all my belongings. Until 1878 I clerked for D. Schultz and Co., then traveled by George Schneider and Co., selling Tex. Star Flour. In Jan. 1880 came to Alleyton. Married in 1883 the best woman living and am still here. May the Almighty good God bless and protect my loved ones, and forgive me my sins.--Columbus Citizen. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, March 24, 1939

Leysaht, Herbert

A young boy of 16 year Herbert Leysaht by name, an only son and residing with his parents at Alleyton, was drowned in the Colorado river near Alleyton, Sunday afternoon. He had been in swimming, and not returning home about dusk a search was made and his clothes found upon the bank. Up to Monday morning the body had not been recovered, and as the alligators are very bad about the point where he was drowned, it is feared it will never be found. Much sympathy is expressed for the family in their bereavement. Later.--The body has been recovered. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 20, 1907, page 5


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Lichnovsky, Anton


Funeral services for Mr. Anton Lichnovsky, 75, a seventy year resi-Lichnovsky, 75, a seventy year[sic] resident of this area whose death occurred Friday in Flatonia at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Kubala, were held here Sunday morning at St. Michael's Church, with the Rev. Louis Blinka, assistant pastor; conducting the final rites.

The deceased, a native of Austria, moved to the Ammannsville-Weimar area at the age of five, along with his parents. At the age of 21, he was united in marriage to Miss Frances Hoelscher, who survives. To this union, eight children were born, two of whom expired a number, of years ago. Mr. Lichnovsky, who was a life-long farmer, had been a member of the S.P.J.S.T. Lodge for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Frances Lichnovsky of Ammannsville; three sons, W. J. and John Lichnovsky. the latter of Moore, Ok., Alphonse Lichnovsky of Ammannsville; and three daughters, Mrs. William Kubala of Flatonia, Mrs. James Jopling of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. F. A. Kunetka of Fayetteville.

Burial was in the Weimar City Cemetery.

Here from out-of-town to attend the services were: Mr. and Mrs. J. Parma, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Parma and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Marek and son, Kenneth, all of Cameron;

Dr. and Mrs. H. F. Stavinoha of Schulenburg; John Lichnovsky and daughter, Henrietta, and son, George, all of Moore, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Kunetka of Fayetteville; Mr. and Mrs. William Kubala and daughters, Her-William Kubala and daughters,[sic] Henrietta and Mae of Flatonia; and Mrs. Joe Lichnovsky of Schulenburg.

To bereaved survivors, the Mercury publisher extends sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, August 9, 1940, page 1

Lichnovsky, Anton J.

A.J. Lichnovsky, Nada Citizen, Succumbs

Funeral services for Anton J. Lichnovsky, 70, were held Saturday morning at St. Mary’s church at Nada, with Rev. A. J. Weber speaking in English and conducting the services. Rev. Paul Kaspar of Hillje preached in Czech. Burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery. Mr. Lichnovsky, a native of Fayette county, died at his Nada home Thursday morning following a long illness. Born on Jan. 6, 1876, he was a son of Frank and Mary Lichnovsky. He was educated in schools at Ammansville, La Grange, and Weimar. On Jan. 21, 1901, he was married to Miss Mary Kafron. His wife survives. Well known throughout Colorado and Wharton counties, Mr. Lichnovsky resided at Nada for 40 years. He was postmaster and operator of a mercantile business there for 25 years. He had recently resigned as chairman of voting Precinct 5. Other survivors include two sons. Dr. R. B. Lichnovsky of Nada and Dr. J. F. Lichnovsky of Chicago; three daughters, Mrs. W. A. Braden, Nada; Mrs. H. F. Stavinoha, Schulenburg, and Mrs. H. H. Whitney, Tampa, Fla., two brothers, John Lichnovsky, San Angelo, and Joe A. Lichnovsky, El Campo and seven grandchildren. Pall bearers were J. W. Bures, Hugo Bubela, R. R. Skuca, Fred D. Labay, Victor Schoellmann and Simon Maerz. Out-of-town relatives attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mikulencak and sons Frank Jr., and Bernard Granger; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mikulencak and children, Elgin; Mr. and Mrs. Karel Kafron, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Matula and Miss Dolores Meyer, Damon; Mrs. Annie Socha and son Henry, El Campo. Also Mr. and Mrs. Felix Buzek, Richmond; Mr. and Mrs. George Adamcik, La Grange; Mrs. J. D. Bryne, Ganado; Mrs. W. J. Lichnovsky, W. J. Jr., and Miss Isabel and Mrs. Charles Slavic, Weimar, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Young, La Porte. Friends from many neighboring towns also were present.

The Colorado County Citizen, October 3, 1946
Transcribed by David Hahn

Lichnovsky, Francis (Hoelscher)


Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Lichovsky, 75, resident of Flatonia, where held at the Sacred Heart Church in Flatonia Tuesday morning, with interment in the Weimar Cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, March 20, 1942, page 1

Lidiak, Charles A.

Chas. Lidiak Funeral Held Here June 19

Funeral services for Charles A. Lidiak, 86, a resident of Parkview Manor, were held Friday, June 19, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Father John Spirka officiated.

Mr. Lidiak, a retired farmer, died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, at Parkview Manor.

He had lived in this area 62 years. Born March 6, 1895, at Bluff (Hostyn), Fayette County, he was a son of Joseph F. and Agnes (Mozisek) Lidiak. When he was 12, he and his parents moved to the Stellar community south of Smithville. He married Mary M. Adamcik at Hostyn on Oct. 6, 1915. She preceded him in death in 1977.

Mr. Lidiak was a 66-year member of the KJT and a 62-year member of the Knights of Columbus, which he served as financial secretary of 15 years. He was a member of St. Michael's Church and a Church trustee for more than 20 years.

He is survived by: a son and daughter-in-law, Leroy J. and Polly Lidiak of Houston; four grandchildren, Gary J. Lidiak of Houston, Mrs. Jan LeBleu of Lake Charles, La., Mrs. Nina Barney of Houston, and Tim C. Lidiak of Houston and three great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, George and Adolph Adamcik of La Grange and two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Richard Kruppa and Mrs. Adolph Matocha of La Grange.

Pallbearers were John B. Janda, Frank Kruppa, Willie Stryk, Adolph Vacek, Joe Adamcik and Henry Adamcik.

The Weimar Mercury, June 25, 1981
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Lidiak, Mary (Adamcik)

Mrs. Lidiak's Funeral Held Here Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lidiak. 82, a resident of Parkview Manor here, were held Saturday morning at St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Charles Carolan officiated.

Mrs. Lidiak died Thursday. Jan. 3, at Youens Memorial Hospital.

Born at Bluff (now Hostyn) on Dec. 8. 1894, she was a daughter of Frank and Anna Matula) Adamcik. She was married there to Charles Lidiak on Oct. 5. 1915, and they lived in the Stellar community of Fayette County for four years before moving to the Wildwood-Osage area northeast of Weimar. Upon retiring from farming a few years ago they moved to Weimar.

Mrs. Lidiak is survived by her husband, also a resident of Parkview; a son, Leroy, of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Frank (Annie) Kruppa, Mrs. Richard (Martha) Kruppa and Mrs. Adolph (Helen) Matocha, all of La Grange: two brothers. George and Adolph Adamcik, both of La Grange; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A son, Leon. died in infancy.

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1977

Lienhard, John

JOHN LIENHARD, a tailor residing on Bowie street, three doors north of the store of C. & P. Hahn, in this city, died last Friday night, of consumption. His remains were committed to earth in the city cemetery last Saturday evening , there to await the resurrection morn.

Colorado Citizen, November 18, 1886

Lierman, Annie (Nelson)

Mrs. J. A. Lierman, Lifetime Resident Of Mentz, Dies at 81

Last rites for 81-year-old Mrs. J. A. Lierman of Mentz were held at her home at 9:30 Tuesday morning, followed by services at St. Roch’s Catholic church. Burial was in St. Roch’s cemetery, the Rev. Gedeon Stram officiating. Etlinger Funeral home of Bellville was in charge. Rosary was repeated Monday evening at the Lierman home.

Mrs. Lierman, a lifetime member of the Mentz community, died at her home at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 9, after having been ill since last March. Born Oct. 31, 1878, her maiden name was Annie Nelson, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Anton Nelson.

She was married to J. A. Lierman in St. Roch’s church Nov. 21, 1900, and the couple celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary at their home in 1950. They would have been married 60 years this November.

Active in work of her church, Mrs. Lierman was a member of the Altar society.

Her husband, who is 87, survives, along with a daughter, Mrs. Fritz Strauss of Cat Springs, 2 sisters, Mrs. R. C. Chesser of Pettus and Mrs. J. F. Neuendorff of Bernardo, and a brother, W. H. Nelson of Bernardo.

She also leaves 4 grandchildren, Ivan Neuendorff, Chicago, Ill., Mrs. George Schindler and Mrs. Lester Schindler of Bernardo and A. J. Sens of Columbus and 11 great-grandchildren. Two daughters, Mrs. Ed Neuendorff and Mrs. Arnold Sens, died earlier.

Pallbearers were Dennis Neuendorff, Jakie, J. Dean and Milton Nelson, Lee Luhn and Leslie Koehl.

Colorado County Citizen, October 13, 1960, page 4


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Lillybridge, unknown


Two colored women died near Oakland last Sunday night. One the wife of Alex McKennon and the other the wife of Robt. Lillybridge. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 19, 1895

Lima, Michael A.


Michael A. Lima, a respected retired Houston Police Officer passed away Sunday, August 14, 2005 in his home with his family. Born June 23, 1952 in Hampton, Virginia and the son of Jack and Wilma Brown Lima. Memorial service was held Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at Brookside Funeral Home in Houston. Funeral services were held at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, TX on Thursday August 18, officiating was Chaplain Rick Chandler. Interment was at Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend, TX.

Mike is watching his family from above as he has left behind his wife of 24 years Lurraine Poenitzsch Lima, his daughter Jessica Lima, and man's best friends Taffy and Sparky.

Mike was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam for almost two years, and then he was stationed in Germany for over five years in nuclear weapons.

He then joined the Houston Police Department in 1978. He served the city of Houston in Southeast Patrol, Jail, Juvenile, Criminal Intelli-gence/Dignitary Protection, and Narcotics Divisions.

The most important thing in his life was his family. Mike was a very loving husband and father; he always came home with open arms full of hugs and kisses and a world full of love for his wife and daughter. There was never a day that passed that he did not make sure the first and last thing he told his family was "I love you."

Mike fought many illnesses throughout the past five years and never gave up. He was the strongest man to fight through all his pain and suffering to have just one more day with his family. He is truly loved and will be missed.

Jeremiah 29:11-14a

Colorado County Citizen, August 24, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Limberger, Conrad


Mr. Conrad Limberger, a hardware merchant of this city, committed suicide Wednesday morning at 6:10. He had been drinking very heavily for about a week, and being in a partially crazed condition, fired the bullet which ended his life. Circumstances show that he came down from his room a few minutes prior to the event, purchased a bottle of whiskey and returned to his room over the store. He then picked up a pistol, fired one shot into the east wall, and placing himself in front of a mirror, he sent the second shot into his body about an inch and a half above the navel. the shots were heard by several parties, but they did not know from whence the sounds came, and the body lay as it fell until his clerk, Mr. Geo. Fietsam, came down about 7:30 o’clock to open the store. Fietsam went to Mr. Limberger’s room, and, seeing the situation, at once gave the alarm. Life was practically extinct, however, when the body was discovered. Judge Hancock held an inquest, and returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.

Mr. Limberger was a quiet, peaceable citizen, honest in all his dealings with his fellow-man, and it is believed, was in good financial circumstances. He was unmarried. Being of a reserved nature, but little is known of his relatives or affairs. He has a brother, Casper Limberger, in Brooklyn, N. Y. He was a member of the Hermann’s Sohne lodge of this city, and his funeral was conducted Thursday afternoon under the auspices of that order. [Interment in Odd Fellows’ Cemetery] His death is much regretted, for he always proved a good, law-abiding citizen.

Weimar Mercury, April 11, 1896, page 5

Linck, George Lee Sr.

George Linck Sr. of Houston is Buried Here Sunday

George Lee Linck Sr., native and lifelong resident of Houston, died there Friday. He was married to the former Mary Perry of Columbus and had been employed by the display and decorating department of J. C. Penny co. He was a member of the Episcopal church and of the American Legion. Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. in Houston followed by graveside services here a 5 p.m. under the direction of Columbus Funeral home. The Rev. George Ricker officiated. Survivors incoude his wife; a son George L. Linck, Jr.; his mother, Mrs. Minnie Linck; and a sister, Mrs. Robert Breed, all of Houston; 3 grandchildren and 2 nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, July 18, 1957, Pg. 7
Submitted by David Hahn

Linck, Mary Ann (Perry)

Mrs. Mary Ann (Perry) Linck, 79, died Sunday in a Houston hospital. A native of Columbus, she had resided in Houston 60 years. She was born Oct. 3, 1894, a daughter of John and Lena Hahn Perry. She was married to George Linck, who preceded her in death in 1957. They had one son, George Jr., who died in 1972. Mrs. Linck is survived by 3 grandchildren, Tommie J. Linck, Sharon E. Vanden, and Loretta K. Fuqua and 4 great-grandchildren, all of Houston; one sister, Mrs. Jaque LaBauve of El Paso, and one brother, Jodick Perry of Columbus. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the McGowen Funeral Chapel, Houston, with The Rev. James T. Garrett officiating. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, May 9, 1974, Pg. 4
Submitted by David Hahn

Lindberg, August

Columbus Citizen: Last Saturday about 6 o’clock a horrible accident occurred at Glidden which deprived our young friend August Lindberg of his life. He was run over by the switch engine and fearfully mangled and crushed, and expired in a short time after the accident. It seems, from the testimony of Mr. W. S. Franks, who was with him, that as they were near the track upon which the switch engine was running, in his usual work Lindberg was attentively perusing an order, with head down, not noticing the engine. Franks halloed[sic] at him twice, but Lindberg did not hear and walked upon the track just as the engine approached, and was knocked down and dragged by and under the engine about thirty feet. His left leg was cut nearly in two, his arm broken and mashed, and his head bruised in a fearful manner. Deceased was a young man of good character, with many friends Justice Gregory held an inquest upon his remains, at which the above facts were elicited. The body was committed to earth at the city cemetery here at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon, Rev. J. Kilgore officiating. Peace to his ashes.

Weimar Mercury, May 27, 1893, page 3

Lindemann, Robert Lee

R. Lindemann Funeral Service Held Aug. 7

Robert Lee Lindemann, 74, of Weimar, passed away Aug. 4 at Care Inn of LaGrange.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 7 at Weimar UCC with Minister Jerry Carpenter officiating.

Interment followed at Masonic Cemetary[sic].

Robert was born in March 11, 1933, in Industry.

He married Pauline Huepers Feb. 24 1962.
He attended Bellville High School, served in the army, and was a truck driver.

He is survived by his wife, Pauline of Weimar; daughter Kim Crider and husband Billy; son Dale Lindemann; four grandsons; five step grandchildren; and 13 step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Robert and Hattie Eckermann [Lindemann].

Pallbearers were Cody Lindemann, Larry Eckermann, Darrell Lux, Rory Neal, Dennis Petrash, Marcus Have!, Lawrence Henke, and Douglas Syamken.

Honorary pallbearers were Robert Crider, Jacob Crider, Ryan Rodriquez, and Glenn Schmidt.

Weimar Mercury, August 9, 2007, page 2

Lindquist, Shirley Jeneane (Cain)


Shirley Jeneane Lindquist, 75, passed away March 5, after a two-year battle with cancer.

She was born Feb. 5, 1932 to Don and Mildred Cain in Hartford, Iowa. After moving to Houston in 1961, she was very active raising her family and working in the family piano business. In 2001, after the sale of Lindquist Piano in Houston, they moved to their farm of 30 years, in New Ulm.

She enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing dominoes and recreational bridge, watching sports, and traveling. She proudly volunteered for many years with the Texas Children's Hospital Auxiliary, and served as their president. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the New Ulm Lions Club.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, A. Russell Lindquist; three children, Carla L. Jacobs and her husband Marc, Steven C. Lindquist, and William D. Lindquist; five grandchildren, Melissa and Matt Jacobs, Danielle Lindquist, Billy and Kirby Lindquist.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 8, from 5-7 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus. A prayer service will be held following visitation with the Rev. H Eldon Ackerman officiating. A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 9, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Frelsburg, with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family requests that donations be made in her memory to the Trinity Lutheran Youth Activities Fund.

Colorado County Citizen, March 7, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Lindsay, Dorothy (Dornak)

Funeral for Mrs. Lindsay Here Feb. 3

A graveside service for Dorothy Lindsay, 82, of Weimar was held Friday, Feb. 3, at Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery, with Rev. Emil Kiesling of La Grange officiating.

Mrs. Lindsay died Wednesday, Feb 1, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

Born Feb. 11, 1906, in Fayette County, she was a daughter of Stephen and Adolphine (Dedek) Dornak. She was married to Harold H. Lindsay, who preceded her in death. Mrs. Lindsay had lived here for about 25 years, and earlier had lived in San Antonio.

Surviving are a brother, Frank Dornak of Tacoma, Wash., and three sisters, Agnes Jurak, Fannie Teltschik, and Marie Hunt. Three brothers and three sIsters preceded her in death.

Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1989, page 8

Lindsey, Aurelia (Burttschell)


Last rites for Mrs. Aurelia Lindsey, wife of Bruce Lindsey who died at her home here last Friday were held at St. Anthony’s Catholic church Saturday with Rev. Vaclav Bily officiating.
Mrs. Lindsey, a member of the Catholic church, was born at Mentz in 1899.

Besides her husband she is survived by one son, Bruce A. Lindsey Jr., three sisters, Mr. R. B. Coddou, Mrs. W. P. Moon, Jr. and Mrs. J. V. Foyles and her mother, Mrs. Adam Burttschell. Her father was buried here on February 19.

Burial was in the Odd Fellows Rest cemetery with Columbus Funeral Home in charge.

Pallbearers were John Meismer, W. P. Moon, ___ Vacek, R. E. Tait, Otto Schobel and Walter Gartner.

Colorado County Citizen, February 28, 1946

Linke, Elo Otto

Elo Linke Buried Here Last Thurs.

Elo Otto Linke, a long-time resident of this community and a retired Texas Construction material Co. Employee, died at his home of a heart attack at 1:00 a.m. last Wed., March 22, 1972. His passing came suddenly and brought great sadness to his love ones and to many friends throughout the area.

He was employed with TCM for thirty-one years prior to his retirement. He was born May 21, 1899, in Shaws Bend community, the son of Pauline Plagens and Herman Linke. He was united in marriage with Miss Viola Jane Johnson on Sept. 26, 1928 in La Grange, Texas. The family resided here for many years.

Funeral services were held from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 23, 1972 with the Rev. Raymond Woodruff, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.

He was placed to final rest in the Masonic Cemetery, Serving as pallbearers were Leo Kretzschmar, Frank Riper, Earl Rogers, B. J. Williams, Terry Wright, and Dr. George Strathman.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Viola Johnson Linke; one son, Gene Linke, and one daughter, Mrs. Betty Wegenhoft, both of this city; and two sisters, Martha White and Dorothy Gilliam of Houston; and other relatives and friends.

Mr. Linke was a veteran of World War I. He was dedicated to his family and loved ones and shall be missed dearly by all who came to know him.

Eagle Lake Headlight Mar. 30, 1972.
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Ling, Sam


Columbus, Texas., Dec. 16.--Sam Ling, Chinese, who has lived here for a number of years, was found ded this morning by a customer bringing his laundry to his shop. He will be buried here on Tuesday by the county authorities. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, December 19, 1924, page 1

Linke, Gene Edward

Gene Edward Linke

Gene Edward Linke, 73, of Eagle Lake, passed away Tuesday, October 31 in Eagle Lake.

He was born April 28, 1933 in Eagle Lake the son of Elo O. and Viola Johnson Linke.

Gene was employed as a florist for Lake Crest Flowers and was of Baptist faith.

Preceded in death by his parents; and aunt and uncle, Leona and Harry Brower; survivors include a sister, Betty Wegenhoft and husband, Bill of Eagle Lake.

Visitation was held Wednesday, November 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home

Graveside services were held Thursday, November 2 at 1 p.m. from the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake with Rev. Chris Thacker, pastor of First Baptist Church officiating. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 9th, 2006.
Submitted by John Konesheck

Linke, John Harmon

Mr. J. H. Linke

The death of Mr. John Harmon Linke occurred at the home in this city last Thursday. Funeral service was held at the residence Friday, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating, and interment made in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Linke was born in Frelsburg March 24, 1859 and was married to Miss Pauline Plagens on January 10, 1884.

He is survived by the wife and five children, A. W. and E. O. of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Ralph White and Miss Dorothy of Houston, and Mrs. C. Duerr of Columbus, two brothers, Henry and Louis, and four grandchildren.

The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, February 15, 1934

Linke, Pauline (Plagens)

Mrs. Linke Interred In Odd Fellow's Rest

Funeral services for Mrs. Pauline Linke were held at Columbus Funeral home on Christmas Eve with burial in , the Rev. G. Wolf of St. Paul's Lutheran church officiating.

Mrs. Linke who had been ill for some time died in Columbus hospital on December 23, was born at Fayetteville on June 3, 1861, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Plagens.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Ralph M. White and Mrs. H. C. Gillon, Houston, and two sons, A. W. and Elo of Eagle Lake. Also surviving is a brother, Fred Plagens of Fayetteville.

Local men serving as pallbearers were E. G. Miller, J. W. Zwiegel, Harvey Lee and Owen Hoegemeyer.

Colorado County Citizen, December 27 1945
Transcribed by Tammy Blandino

Linnemier, Donna Valois (Steffey)

Donna Valois Linnemier, 59, of Sheridan, passed away Dec. 12, at Columbus Community Hospital.

She ws born June 15, 1943 in Ft. Worth to Finis John and Wanda (Pearson) Steffey.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Lee Linnemier Sr.; mother, Wanda Michael of Leander; daughters and son-in-law, Leah and Butch Jump of Kersey, Colo., Lisa Linnemier and fiancé, Robert Sloan, of Sheridan; sons and daughters-in-law, Willie Parks, Jr. and Becky of Sealy, Joe Lee Linnemier Jr. and Brianna of Sheridan, and Clifton Ray and Teresa Linnemier of Bryan; sister, Valeria Haney of New Caney; brothers, Danny Michael and David Michael both of Leander; 11 grandchildren; and mother and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Linnemier of Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 17, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Mack Helms officiating. Interment followed at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Pallbearers were Darrell Tesch, Bruce Tesch, Clay Sonntag, Jimmy VanHowten, Bobby Wied Jr. and Gene McCann. Honorary pallbearers Roger Birdwell and Robert Wied Sr.

Friends and family are encouraged to send tributes to

Colorado County Citizen, December 18, 2002
Courtesy of The Citizen

Linnemier, Joe “Pete”

Joe "Pete" Linnemier

Joe "Pete" Linnemier, 91, of Eagle Lake passed way Monday, September 10 at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

He was born March 31, 1916 in Weimar.

"Pete" was a rice farmer and of Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Lee Linnemier of Eagle Lake; daughters, Peggy and husband, James Hall of Burleson, Linda and Bobby Wied of Eagle Lake and Doris Beaty of Belton; son, Joe and Donna Linnemier of Sheridan; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three greatgreat grandchildren; and other relatives and loved ones.

Visitation was held Wednesday, September 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services were held Thursday, September 13 at 10 a.m. from Eagle Lake Funeral Home with Rev. Duane Mayberry. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Bobby Wied, JoJo Linnemier, Clifton Linnemier, Monty Hall, Teresa Sykes and Travis Beaty.

Honorary pallbearer was Brian Wied.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 20, 2007, page 4

Linnemeier, Joseph Sr. 

Calhoun Man Buried 

Eagle Lake, Texas. Dec. 4.--Funeral services wre (sic) held here Friday afternoon for Joseph Linnemeier, 72, who died at his home on the Terrel farm at Calhoun Thursday. He is survived by his wife and three children. Mrs. Tillie Kosler of Oakland. Miss Lena Linnemeier of Houston, Joe Linnemeier, Jr., of this city.

Weimar Mercury, December 10, 1937, page 3.

Oakland News

Mr. and Mrs. Emil Kosler and Miss Lena Stahl attended the funeral of Mrs. Kosler's father. Mr. Linmeier of Eagle Lake, Friday. Mr. Linmeier was 69 years of age. He died very suddenly of heart trouble. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, December 10, 1937, page 6.
Submitted by Sandy Long Anders

Linton, Pearl


There were two deaths among the colored population the first of the week. The 4- months-old baby of Geneva Roy, who died last week, also died and was buried the following day. Pearl Linton, aged 34 years, step-daughter of Dick Hodge, a well known colored citizen of this place, died on the 13th and was buried the following day in the colored people’s burying ground west of town.

Weimar Mercury, March 19, 1920, page 1


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Liss, Christian


A gentleman by the name of List died at Rock Island and was interred in the Lutheran cemetery here Tuesday p. m. Notwithstanding the fact that five hands labored unceasingly all afternoon a grave sufficiently large to accommodate the body could not be dug before evening. He was a native of Nebraska.

Colorado Citizen, October 28, 1897
[From the Burial Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Frelsburg: Page: 40; Number: [none]; Name: Christian Liss, Wittenberg Kreis Lanenburg Prv. Pommern Preussen; Date of Death: Rock Island, Colorado Co., Tex., 19 October 1897; Date and Place of Burial: Frelsburg, 20 October 1897; Survivors: 5 children; father with Frau Hook, Rock Island; Pastor: F. Gerstmann]

Listowski, Jack

Jack Listowski

Funeral services for Jack Listowski, 64, of Eagle Lake, were held Dec. 29 at Mill-Bauer Chapel, with Rev. Tom Hanus officiating.

Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery under the direction of Mill-Bauer Funeral Home.

Listowski died Dec. 27 in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born June 24, 1917 in Syracuse, New York, the son of Witold and Anna Bialobrzycka Listowski. Listowski was raised and educated in Syracuse but moved to Eagle Lake nine years ago.

He married Erline Austin on March 23, 1969 in Columbus, Ohio.

Listowski was former owner of Jack's Restaurant in Eagle Lake, which he operated for eight years before his retirement last April. He was also a member of the Transfiguration Catholic Church in Syracuse, served in the U.S. Army during World War II was a life member and past commander of VFW Post No. 8783 and belonged to the Eagle Lake Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife, Erline Listowski of Eagle Lake; one daughter, Kathy Jankowiak of Angleton; one son, John J. Listowski of Galveston; a sister, Mrs. Rosemary Pieklik of Eagle Lake; two grandchildren; and numerous cousins and other relatives.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Adam; and one sister, Clara Hester.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Bill Appelt,Tommy Pilkington, Earl Rodgers, Col. Lewis B. Epps, Roy P. Van Nort and Dale Cassady.

Colorado County Citizen, January 7, 1982, page 2

Litchfield, Melvina “Susie” (Ham)


March 4, 1924 - January 26, 2008

MELVINA "SUZIE" LITCHFIELD, 83 years, left this life and entered Heaven on January 26, 2008. Suzie was born to Cecil Clemons Ham and Eva Mearl (Watson) Ham on March 4, 1924 in May, Texas. Both her parents preceded her in death as well as her daughter, Cathy Gail Fitzgerald and the unexpected death of her granddaughter Valerie Michelle Wilson who passed away one week ago.

Suzie is survived by her children, John Currie and his wife Mary, Larry W. Currie and wife Teena and Barbara Currie; brother, C.T. Ham and wife Angela; sister, Moszell Ham; grandchildren, Jennifer, John H., Kimberly, Larry C., Dwayne, Tanya, Jennifer Rene'; 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

The family will greet friends beginning at 9AM Friday, February 1, 2008 followed by a 10AM Funeral Service with both events being held in the Chapel of Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home. Dr. Reverend Ed Hogan will officiate. Suzie will be laid to rest at 2PM Friday afternoon at Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake, Texas.

Cypress-Fairbanks Funeral Home
9926 Jones Road, Houston, TX 77055D

Lite, Helen

Rock Island Items

Following an illness of five weeks, Mrs. Helen Lite, 77 years, 6 months and 2 days of age, passed away at the home of her son, Rev. J. C. Young, in Cotulla, Texas, Friday afternoon. The remains were brought to Rock Island on the 3:00 o’clock Saturday afternoon train, the funeral services being held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock. She was one of the old and prominent families of Rock Island, coming here from Kansas twenty-five years ago. She was first married to Julius Young and to this union were born five children, two of whom are deceased. Later she was married to Leroy Lite, who preceded her in death a number of years ago.

In childhood, Mrs. Lite became a Christian and united with the Methodist church. In the church she was useful; regular in attendance and active in the work. She was a devoted wife and mother, a helpful neighbor and lived a beautiful life, leaving a memory pure and sweet and an influence for good that can never be lost.

Rev. E. Homer Miller of Garwood conducted the funeral service. Interment was in Myrtle Cemetery. The floral offerings were of richest hues and sweetest fragrance.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. F. H. Roper of Rock Island, a daughter of Rushville, Oklahoma, and done[sic] son, J. C. Young of Cotulla.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 4, 1933


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Littlefield, Charles Whitworth

Mr. Charlie Littlefield

The earthly remains of Mr. Charlie Littlefied[sic] were brought here Sunday morning and laid to rest in the Odd Fellow Rest cemetery, Rev. T. Windham of Houston officiating.

Deceased had been in a government hospital at Biloxi, Miss. for several years. He was a world war veteran and about 40 years of age.

The family formerly lived in this city and has been residing in Dallas for many years.

Attending the obsequies from out of town were Mrs. W. C. Littlefield, Mrs. Wilson Littlefield, Miss Virginia Littlefield and two friends from Dallas, Rev. and Mrs. T. J. Windham and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Carruthers of Houston, Mr. Walter Hinson and Mr. Fred Ahlers of Richmond, Mr. Roy H. Towell and family of Eagle Lake, and Mrs. Stanley deWaal of San Antoniio, and Judge and Mrs. Whit Boyd of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, September 1, 1932, page 8

Littlefield, Margaret (Harrison)

Interment of Mrs. Littlefield’s Ashes To Be Made Monday

Interment of the ashes of Mrs. Margaret Harrison Littlefield, 91, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. R. H. Harrison Sr. of Columbus, who died Aug. 25 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bob Lincoln, in San Francisco will be made in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery here Monday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Calvin Sachers of St. John’s Episcopal church will officiate.

All old friends of the family who wish to attend may do so, relatives of Mrs. Littlefield said.

Mrs. Littlefield was born in Columbus in 1869 and was married here Dec. 24, 1887 to Wilson Littlefield who died many years ago. Two sons, Charles and Elliott, also died earlier.

Mrs. Littlefield was great aunt of W. R. Harrison and Mrs. Louis Schulenburg of Columbus . . .

Colorado County Citizen, September 22, 1960, page 12

Litzmann, Edgar Lee

Clerk, 65, Of Colorado County Dies

COLUMBUS — Edgar L. Litzmann, 65, Colorado County clerk for 28 years, died Tuesday at his home after apparently suffering a heart attack.

He had worked Monday and attended a meeting of the Masonic Lodge, of which he was secretary, Monday night. Litzmann, a native of Colorado County, was elected county clerk in 1938 by defeating one opponent. He had been reelected to successive terms without opposition since.

Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Wednesday at the Saint John's Episcopal Church which he served as clerk of the vestry. Burial will be in the Columbus Cemetery. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, Mrs Vic Edwards of Ithaca, NY; a sister, Mrs Emil Glueck of Columbus; two half sisters, Mrs R. E. Green of Columbus and Mrs J. H. Leedy of Alvin, and two half brothers, Elton Litzmann of Freeport, and W. J. Litzmann of Houston.

Houston Post Feb. 16, 1967
Submitted by Mike Mattern from the files of Eldora Mattern

 County Clerk 28 Years
E. L. Litzmann Heart Victim

A heart attack during his sleep claimed the life of Colorado County Clerk Edgar L. Litzmann at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was 65.

Mr. Litzmann had been county clerk 28 years and had been a deputy in that office 12 years under the previous clerk. He had worked Monday and had attended a meeting of the Masonic Lodge, of which he was secretary, Monday night.

A native of Colorado County, he was first elected in 1938, when the previous clerk declined to run again. He defeated his only opponent in that election and since then had never had opposition.

Members of commissioners court and others with whom he worked closely had high praise for his tireless efficiency, and with the public in general he was probably the county’s most popular office holder.

Born Sept. 20, 1901, near Columbus, he married the former Miss Margaret Trojan. He was a clerk in Zumwalt Pharmacy before taking the job as deputy clerk. During this time he studied law, and in 1934 he passed the state examination and was admitted to the bar. He had kept his membership current although he had never practiced as an attorney.

As a hobby and business, he raised registered Angus cattle on his ranch in the Bernardo section.

Mr. Litzmann was a past worshipful master of the Mason Lodge at Columbus. In the Episcopal Church there he was clerk of the vestry and past senior warden. He also belonged to the Rotary Club and other organizations.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 15, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with Rev. James Watt officiating. The Masons participated in graveside rites at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are a daugher[sic], Mrs. Vic (Mary Margaret) Edwards of Ithaca, N. Y.; a sister, Mrs. Emil Glueck of Columbus; two half-sisters, Mrs. R. E. Green of Columbus and Mrs. J. H. Leddy of Alvin; and two half-brothers, Elton Litzmann of Freeport and W. J. Litzmann of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, February 16, 1967, page 1

Litzmann, Elton William


Elton Wm. Litzmann, 88, of Alleyton, passed away May 17, in Columbus.

He was born Dec. 5, 1917 in Bernardo, to Gustav and Elly Johse Litz-mann. His family moved to Columbus where he graduated from Columbus High School in 1934. After graduation, he worked various jobs around Texas until he volunteered for the Army Air Corps in 1942. During World War II, he served as an Aerial Gunnery Instructor and was sent to the European Theater with the 348th Bomb Squadron, 99th Bomb Group H. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

On May 10, 1948 Elton married Ruby Mae Koehl. In 1954 he was employed with Shell Oil Company and was eventually transferred to Angleton. Upon his retirement from Shell Oil in 1981, he and Ruby returned to the Columbus area and built a home in Alleyton. After retirement, he enjoyed ranching, fishing, gardening, golfing, and time spent with his grandchildren. He was active in the Knights of Columbus, VFW, and Colorado County Soil and Water Conservation Board.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Mae Koehl Litzmann, of Alleyton; daughters, Rosanne Pearson of Bellville, and Marian Palazzolo and husband Vincent, of Tomball; son, Mark Wm. Litzmann and wife Barbara Frybert Litzmann of Sealy; seven grandchildren, Erin Pearson, Leif Pearson, Megan Pearson, Sarah Palazzolo, Joseph Palaz-zolo, Zane Wm. Frybert Litzmann and Matthias Joseph Frybert Litzmann; and a host of other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lishen Glueck, Annie Michaelis, Clara Green and Mary Leedy; and brothers, Edgar Litzmann, Gus Litz-mann, and Werner Litzmann.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky assisting.

Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus with military honors by VFW Post #6113 including “Taps” provided by Christopher Hobaugh.

Pallbearers were Leif Pearson, Joseph Palazzolo, Kenneth Koehl, John Glueck, Jimmy Green and Vic Edwards. Honorary pallbearers were Zane Wm. F. Litzmann, Matthias J. F. Litzmann, Dr. Tom Hancher, Ellis Glueck, Jr., Vincent Palazzolo and Benny Farek.

Memorials may be given to The American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, May 24, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Litzmann, Margaret Elizabeth (Trojan)


Margaret Trojan Litzmann, a 92year-old Columbus native, died Friday, March 17, 1995.

Born June 10, 1902 to Arnold and Louisa Doree Trojan, she was a descendant of early German and French/Texas settlers. She passed the Texas State Teacher's Examination before finishing high school and taught at the Willow School near Bernardo, Mentzand St. Joseph's School in Frelsburg.

She was married to former Colorado County Clerk Edgar L. Litzmann,completing his term when he died in office in 1967. Active in church and civic activities, Mrs. Litzmann was a charter member of the Weimar Catholic Daughters of America and helped establish the CDA court in St. Anthony's Parish in Columbus. She was a member of the German Heritage Society, and served as officer in every organization she belonged to, including being the first president of the Columbus Garden Club. She was active in her church's Altar Society, St. Anthony's Bible Study Club, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Columbus Music Club, Live Oak Art Club, Columbus Hospital Auxiliary, AARP and Magnolia Homes Tour. Mrs. Litzmann was also well-known for her hand worked afghans and her oil paintings.

Funeral services were held March 20 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus. Serving as pallbearers were her grandson Henry Edwards; nephews Carl Mattern, Mike Mattern, Mark Litzmann and Stuart Mut; and Crockett Leyendecker. Honorary pallbearers were former students John Meismer and A.F. Schmidt of Columbus.

Mrs. Litzmann is survived by her sister, Gisela Trojan of Columbus; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Margaret and Victor H. Edwards of The Woodlands; grandchildren Henry Litzmann Edwards of Austin and Mary Elizabeth Ehrichs of Chicago, Ill.; niece, Mary Margaret Kampe Mut of Dallas; and numerous other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a sister Cecilia Trojan Kampe.

Submitted by Mike Mattern from the files of Eldora Mattern

Litzmann, Norma E. (Meyer)


Mrs. Werner J. (Norma) Litzmann, 73, passed away at the Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar on October 21.

Funeral services were held on October 23 at St. Paul Lutheran Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Pastor Robert Schlortt officiated. Burial was at Zoar Lutheran cemetery at Mentz.

Mrs. Litzmann was born on Sept. 27, 1911, in Mentz to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Meyer. She married Werner J. Litzmann on June 4, 1929 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

She was a member of the Lutheran Church. Mrs. Litzmann was baptized on October 23, 1911 by Pastor Gustov S. Syliat and confirmed on July 6, 1924 by Pastor W. A. Flachmeier at Zoar Lutheran Church.

Survivors include three sons, Werner James Litzmann of Huntsville; Norman C. Litzmann of Columbus and Gus William "Bill" Litzmann of Galveston; two brothers, Homer Meyer and Herbert Meyer both of Mentz; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Larry Litzmann, James Litzmann, Michael Litzmann, Timothy Litzmann, Brett Hopkins and Kelly Boehme.

Colorado County Citizen, November 1, 1984, page 2

Litzmann, Werner J.

Last rites for Werner J. Litzmann of Houston were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus. The Rev. H. L. Anderson officiating. Burial was in Zoar Lutheran Cemetery in Mentz. Mr. Litzmann, born May 27, 1908 at Bernardo, was a son of Gus A. and Elly Johse Litzmann. He was an electronic technician and was employed by Geo Space Corporation in Houston. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and Masonic Lodge, OES, No. 324 Caledonia Lodge 1168.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Norma Meyer Litzmann of Houston; three sons, Werner James Litzmann of Vietnam, Norman G. Litzmann of Columbus and G. W. (Bill) Litzmann of Commerce; 2 sisters, Mrs. R. E. Green of Columbus and Mrs. Jimmy Leedy of Alvin; one half-sister, Mrs. Lucion Glueck of Cat Spring; one brother, Elton Litzmann of Angleton; and 8 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were H. C. Fowler, John Busselman, A. N. Evans Jr., Elbert Cassell, Ralph Meadows and Ralph Whitley.

Colorado County Citizen, September 24, 1970.
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