New Bielau News
Chas Lichey, Sr., an old resident of this locality died here very suddenly last Wednesday after several weeks’ suffering of paralysis. He is survived by a widow, four sons and three daughters. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved. [Interment in New Bielau Cemetery]
Weimar Mercury, August 30. 1912, page 7
Honored, Good Citizen Suddenly Claimed by Death
Funeral services Thursday Afternoon
From particulars learned later, it seem that Mr. Lichey, assisted by Mr. Otto Christen, a neighbor, were engaged in butchering a hog at the Lichey home. A call to dinner caused them to stop their work, and Mr. Lichey was in the act of reaching for his hat when the stroke felled him cold in death. The shock of family, relatives and friends over the sudden death of this truly good man is beyond description. The body was conveyed to the family residence near by and tenderly prepared for burial.
W. A. Lichey had lived in this section for many years. He was without doubt one of the most popular and best citizens ever possessed by the New Bielau community. A man of quiet temperament, he was never known to have an enemy; a quiet, good citizen, one who never meddled in other people’s affairs, but who had a cheery greeting, a word of counsel or good advice to those in need of same; a man devoted to his family and friends, ever proving the best of neighbors and friends, his loss to the family and community is keenly felt, and coming so close on the heels of the death of another good citizen of that community, a near neighbor of the Licheys, it has saddened all.
Mr. Lichey is survived by his widow and eight children, as follows: Ernst, of Weimar; Rudolf, of Moravia; Robert, of New Bielau; Mrs. Ed Teichmann of Hackberry, Mrs. Henry Menke of Baytown, Misses Elsa, Helen and Erna, of New Bielau; four sisters, Mrs. H. Leppin and Mrs. H. Feidler, this city; Miss Carolina Lichey, New Bielau, and Mrs. Robert Braunlig of Germany, and two brothers, Paul Lichey, of this city,and Herman Lichey, living in Germany.
To the bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy is extended.
Weimar Mercury, November 26, 1926, page 1
Charline Leyendecker Simpson Lichey, 89, of Glidden, passed away July 18 at Columbus Nursing and Rehab Center.
She was born in Columbus, Nov. 24, 1914 to Arthur "Manny" and Annie (Brune) Leyendecker. She was a member of First United Methodist church in Columbus, Colorado County Chapter of Texas German Society and the Sons of Hermann Lodge in New Bielau. She did clerical work for Columbus Auction Ring and was a florist for Columbus Flower Shop until she retired.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Fred "Suitcase" Simpson and Robert Lichey; sister, Aline Leyendecker; brother, Jack F. Leyendecker; and great-grandson, Bubba Risinger.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James "Jimmy" A. and LaVon Simpson of Columbus; daughter, Ruby Simpson Beard of Columbus; granddaughters, Lisa Esquivel and Pennie Brown and husband William; great-grandchildren, Koldin and Jerrette Brown, Whitney Risinger and Victoria Esquivel; step-grandchildren, Mary Toliver Wood and Connie, Floyd and Virginia Toliver; sisters and brothers-in-law, Florence Zajicek, Nona Etheridge Schmidt, Emma and Nottie Schneider, Annie and Fred Franta and Betty Sens, all of Columbus; brothers and sisters-in-law, Manley and Sophie Leyendecker and Crockett and Dorothy Leyendecker all of Columbus; and sisters-in-law, Erna Dunn of Weimar, Gladys Leyendecker of Columbus and Ozell Lillard of Tomball.
Funeral services were conducted July 20 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Bill Johnson officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.
Pallbearers were Robert "Bobby" Zajicek, David Leyendecker, Henry Schneider, John Gooch, Larry Sebesta and Steve Wicke.
Colorado County Citizen, July 21, 2004
Pfc. Elroy Lichey Killed in Korea
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lichey of New Bielau received a telegram Wednesday night informing them that their son, Pfc . Elroy Lichey, was killed in action in Korea last Saturday, February 7.
No further details were given, but a letter was expected to follow within a few days.
The Licheys’ only son, Elroy had been in the service about a year and in Korea about three months. His parents had visited him during his training in California.
His death marks Weimar’s second fatality in the Korean war. Lt. L. V. Steward, colored, of this city was killed in action December 30, 1952.
Weimar Mercury, February 13, 1953
PFC. ELROY CLARENCE LICHEY’S last letter to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lichey, here was received by them just the day before his death and told proudly of his promotion from private. The parents received a telegram last Wednesday night informing them of his death February 7 in Korea. A letter received this week from Maj. Gen. Wm. E. Bergin, adjutant general of the Army, said he “died as result of wounds received in action.” Geo.[sic] Bergin said more details would be supplied in a letter from Pfc. Lichey’s company commander or chaplain, which should follow shortly. The soldier was born in Goose Creek, Texas, Dec 21, 1929, but had lived here most of his life. He enlisted in the Army March 24, 1952, sailed for Japan October 2, and arrived in Korea Nov. 12. He moved into the combat zone Dec. 28 and to the front lines January 29.
Weimar Mercury, February 20, 1953
Rites Held Today for Pfc. E. Lichey
Weimar today is burying its second dead of the Korean War.
Private First Class Elroy Clarence Lichey will be buried in the Masonic Cemetery after services at Hubbard Funeral Home at 2:30 this (Thursday) afternoon.
Rev. C. Emigholz will officiate. Members of the American Legion and VFW posts will conduct military rites. Weimar stores will close in tribute during the funeral hour.
Pfc. Lichey had been in military service less than a year and in Korea about three months when he was hit by artillery fire February 7. He died shortly afterward in a field hospital.
Born Dec. 21, 1929, at Goose Creek, Texas, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lichey. While he was very young the family moved to the New Bielau section, where Elroy grew to manhood. He enlisted in the Army March 24, 1952, was shipped out to Japan October 3, and arrived in Korea November 12. He moved into the combat zone December 28 and to the front lines January 29, only nine days before his death. His family received the sad news by wire four days later.
Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Mrs. Henry (Irene) Banse, and his grandmother, Mrs. Mary Lichey.
Weimar Mercury, April 3, 1953
Stroke Fatal to Mrs. Fritz Lichey Funeral Monday
Funeral services for Mrs. Fritz Lichey, 67, were held Monday afternoon, Oct. 12, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church, New Bielau, with interment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Charles Bawel officiated.
Mrs. Lichey, who had suffered a stroke 20 days earlier, died early Sunday in Youens Hospital.
The former Miss Norma Schmand, she was born July 24, 1892, in Houston. She was married in 1918 to Fritz Thumann, who died in 1932, and in 1940 she was married to Mr. Lichey. She was a member of the new Bielau church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a sister, Mrs. Leona Chromcak of Hallettsville; and a step-daughter, Mrs. Harvey Lee of Columbus.
Pallbearers were Lawrence Loessin, George Glauberg, Bill Jurecka, Ray Seifert, John Hajovsky and Randy Kotrla.
Weimar Mercury, October 16, 1959
Funeral Rites For Paul Lichey, 65, Held Friday P.M.
Funeral services for Paul Lichey, 65, were held Friday afternoon at the Hubbard Funeral Home here, with the Rev. C. Emigholz, Lutheran Minister, officiating. Interment was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Pallbearers included Ernest Lichey, Rudolph Lichey, Robert Lichey, Edward Tiechman, Henry Menke and Raymond Dunn.
Paul Lichey was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. (nee Christina Blaufuss) Lichey, and was born July 13, 1880, at Schabergrund, Silesia, Germany. He died at the home of his sister, Mrs. H. W. Loping in Weimar on Thursday of last week at 9:45 a.m. He had attained the age of 65 years, 8 months and one day.
Mr. Lichey came to America in November 1921, and engaged in the meat business, a trade he had learned scientifically in Germany, and was regarded here as a No. 1 hand at the business. His business grew with years and when death overtook him, he owned his own building and a well-equipped meat market, and several acres of land adjoining the city limits. He started learning the butchers trade at the age of 14 in Germany.
Last November?, Mr. Lichey sustained …. down a flight of stairs, receiving injuries that sent him to the hospital for several weeks, and since that time his health failed. He was a hard worker and disregarded his physical condition in order to accomplish the tasks at hand. This disregard probably brought about a complete breakdown and hastened death.
Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. H. W. Leppin and Mrs. Arthur Fielder of Weimar. One brother, Herman still in Germany, has not been heard from for some time, and it is not known whether or not he is still alive. Two sisters, Carolin Lichey and Mrs. Martha Breinlich, preceded him in death. Also, one brother, August Lichey, died some time ago.
The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.
Those from out-of-town to attend the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Frischbeck of Moulton, W. T. Bass of Schulenburg, Mrs. Oliver Wegenhoft of Columbus, Rudolf Lichey and family of Columbus, Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Lichey of Shiner and Mrs. A. G. Lichey of Shiner.
The Weimar Mercury, March 22, 1946