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Maas, Cuno

Prof. C. Maas, a highly accomplished and well known school and music teacher, died at the family residence in this city Monday night, after a long and painful illness, of cancer of the throat. For several years previous to his death he, with his family, had resided in old Mexico, returning to his home here, several months ago. During his residence here several years ago he was connected with the various schools of the city, and did excellent and satisfactory work. As a musician, he had much skill, and it was a treat to listen to his execution. He leaves a widow, and one little daughter, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at the Odd Fellows’ [Masonic] cemetery. [An obit with additional information written by Rev. Piepenbrok in German may also be found on page 5 of the August 5, 1910 Mercury]

Weimar Mercury, August 5, 1910, page 5

Maas, Dora

Dora Maas Funeral Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Miss Dora Maas, 80, were held Monday afternoon, Nov. 20, from Weimar United Church of Christ, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Ernest S. Dean Jr. officiated.

Miss Maas, a retired telephone operator, died at 6:20 p.m. Friday Nov. 17, at Sweetbriar Nursing Home in Columbus.

Except for about six years, she had lived in this area all her life.

Born here March 11, 1898, she was a daughter of Cuno and Louise (Hehr) Maas.

She was a member of Weimar United Church of Christ and the Dorcas Circle, and a past member of the VFW Auxiliary.

She has no family surviving. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred and Will Holste.

Pallbearers were Hilbert Boeer, Albert Boeer, Werner Boeer Sr., Walter Boeer, Kervy Kahlden and Wilton Leppin.

Weimar Mercury, November 22, 1978
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Maas, Louise (Hehr) Holste


Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Maas, 80, a 75-year resident of Weimar and one of this town's oldest residents, whose death occurred at the family home here Sunday night, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, with the Rev. Kuresch of Schulenburg officiating.

Burial was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

A native of Ruttersville [sic], where she was born December 25, 1859, she moved to Weimar, at an early age along with her parents, and had since made this her home. She later married Mr. Holste, Weimar business man, and following his decease, a number of years later, was wed to Mr. Maas.

Survivors include a daughter, Miss Dora Maas of Weimar, and two sons, Will and Fred Holste of California.

To her bereaved daughter, and other survivors, the Mercury extends its most sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, November 29, 1940.

Mach, Johnny

Johnny. Mach

Johnny Mach, 49 of Freeport, formerly of Columbus, was killed in an auto accident on April 20 in Freeport.

Mach was a 29-year employe of Dow Chemical and a safety director there.

He was a well known athlete who played on the 1944-46 Columbus High School football teams. He was co-captain with Ernest Baumgart Jr. of the first regional championship team of 1946 and graduated from Columbus High School in 1947.

Those attending services from Columbus were Ernest Baumgart Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Harold. Untermeyer and Mrs. Bill (Paula) Youens.

Colorado County Citizen, April 28, 1977

Macha, Anna

Mrs. Macha, the Bohemian woman who was shot by her husband a few nights ago several miles northeast of Weimar, died Tuesday night from the effects of the wounds received. Judge Hancock went out and held an inquest that night, returning a verdict in accordance with the above facts. She was buried the following day [St. Michael's Cemetery].

Weimar Mercury, March 7, 1896

Macha, Frantisek

Mr. Frank Macha, Sr., father of our friends, Frank Macha, Jr., and John Macha, died at the family home a short distance northeast of town, last Saturday and was buried at St. Michael’s cemetery the following afternoon. Mr. Macha had not been sick long, and his death was caused from a complication in the nature of blood poisoning. He was a fine old gentleman, aged 70 years, and his popularity among all classes and nationalities was amply attested by the large crowd attending his funeral Sunday afternoon. Rev. C J. Benes performed the burial ceremony and his impressive utterances were listened to with closest attention. Prof. Schindler's baud was present and played the funeral march. The death of this good man is deeply regretted, The Mercury extends sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, May 28, 1904, page 4

Macha, John


Macha, Josef

Attempt at Double Murder and Suicide

A Bohemian farmer named Joseph Macha living about four miles northeast of Weimar, was in town trading last Saturday. Returning home late in the evening, he carried with him a jug of liquor. He indulged in this liquor pretty freely that night, so much so that he was frenzied drunk. About 2 a.m. he got into an angry discussion with his wife, and when she remonstrated with him he pulled out a British bull-dog pistol and shot her in the left side just above the nipple. Hearing the angry discussion, his son ran into the room, when the old man turned the pistol on and shot him in the shoulder. Macha then locked himself in his room. The other members of the family, fearing he would kill some of them, carried the wounded mother and son to a neighbor's home, and left the old man alone in the room. After they left, it would seem from the evidence at hand, he ate a lot of London purple and Paris green, and then fearing that this would not kill him, secured a plow line out in the barn, threw it over a rafter and hung himself. He was found dead when the neighbors came over to the house the next morning. His remains were interred in the Odd Fellows cemetery Monday afternoon,. The woman and boy are pretty badly wounded, but will get well. Macha was very well fixed financially.

Weimar Mercury, February 29, 1896

Macha, Robert

Robert Macha, a young man who formerly lived here and worked for John Mozicek in the blacksmith shop, died at Houston Wednesday of malarial fever, and was brought here for burial [St. Michael’s Cemetery] Thursday afternoon. He was an upright, industrious young man, well thought of here, and his death is sincerely regretted. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1902, page 8

Macha, unknown

The 6 day-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. John Macha of this city died last Sunday and was buried the following day at the Catholic cemetery. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved parents in the loss of their little babe.

Weimar Mercury, March 24, 1900, page 5

Machem, Belle (Coolgrove)

SUDDEN DEATH.--We announce, with sentiments of profound regret, the death of Mrs. Belle Machem, daughter of U. C. Coolgrove, of this city, which occurred in her native county of Brazoria on the 3d inst. She was formerly a resident of Columbus, and was universally esteemed, for her many good qualities of head and heart. Happily married only a year ago she was just entering upon a career of usefulness and happiness, when cut down by the fell destroyer. She has many friends in this section who will grieve over her early demise. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, September 11, 1879

Machinsky, Albert


Albert Machinsky, 90, of Columbus, passed away Oct. 23 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

He was born in Bellville, Feb. 18, 1913 to Roman and Frances (Jasek) Machinsky and married Angeline Moeller Oct. 18, 1932. He was a retired dragline operator with TCM - Texas Construction Materials and member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; infant daughter; sister, Bertha Ashorn; and brother, Walter Machinsky.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Norbert Reising of Columbus; sons and daughters-in-law, Wilfred and Mary Machinsky of New Ulm and Edgar and Sandra Machinsky of Columbus; sisters, Millie Luedke of New Ulm, Ester Heinsohn of Houston, Gladys Miller of Houston, Bernice Merkel of Aransas Pass and Erna Corley of Beaumont; brothers, John Machinsky of Bellville and Ed Machinsky of Columbus; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Oct. 25 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Fr. Dan Kahlich and Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Lynn and Bruce Reising, and Robert, Daniel, Edward, Dustin and Sheldon Machinsky.

Colorado County Citizen, October 29, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Machinsky, Angeline (Moeller)


Angeline Machinsky, 83, of Columbus, died Friday. Aug. 11, 1995 at River Oaks, Nursing Home in Columbus.
Born April 8, 1912 in Frelsburg, she was the daughter of Alois and Catharine(Henneke) Moeller. On Oct. 18, 1932, she married Albert Machinsky. Mrs. Machinsky spent most of her life in Columbus, where she was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and a retired school employee.

Funeral services were held Aug. 1 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus,

Serving as pallbearers were Lynn Reising, Bruce Reising, Robert Machinsky, Daniel Machinsky, Edward Machinsky, Glenn Horndt, Dustin Machinsky and Sheldon Machinsky.

Mrs. Machinsky is survived by her husband, of Columbus; daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Norbert Reising of Columbus; sons and daughters-in-law, Wilfred and Mary Machinsky of New Ulm and Edgar and Sandra Machinsky of Santa Anna Community’ sisters Helen Machinsky of New Ulm, Bernice Machinsky of Columbus, Elenora Geistmann of Willow Springs and Katherine Chovanec of Brenham; brothers, Albert Moeller, Henry Moeller and Alois MoelIer, all of Frelsburg and Frank Moeller of Ellinger; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; an Infant daughter and two sisters, Annie Kulhanek and Ida Dybala.

Colorado County Citizen, August 16, 1995, page 16

Machinsky, Eddie


Eddie Machinsky, 86, of Columbus, passed away Nov. 22 at Columbus Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born in Bellville, July 30, 1917 to Roman and Frances (Jasek) Machinsky and married Berdina Moeller, Feb. 21, 1939. He served in the U.S. Army for a short time during World War II and worked as a gravel testing foreman for Thorstenberg Materials Co.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Alton Machinsky; son-in-law, Leonard Gast; sister, Bertha Ashorn; and brothers, Albert and Walter Machinsky.

He is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Betty Gast of Columbus and Cynthia and Floyd Weishuhn of Frelsburg; daughter-in-law, Barbara Machinsky of Columbus; sisters, Millie Luedke of New Ulm, Esther Heinsohn of Houston, Bernice Merkel of Aransas Pass, Gladys Miller of Deer Park and Erna Corley of Beaumont; brother, John Machinsky; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 25 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Craig and Keith Gast, Darren Weishuhn, Keith Potter, Thomas Colose and Shane Parsons.

Colorado County Citizen, December 3, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Machu, Claudia E. (Krenek) Kaiser


Claudia E. Kaiser Machu, 84, of Columbus passed away Sept. 12 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born Oct. 9, 1923 in Fayetteville to Frank J. Krenek Sr. and Emilie C. Meyer.

She was married to her first husband Albert P. Kaiser Sr. who passed away and then later to the former Jerry J. Machu. She was a homemaker and self-employed jelly maker. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus and the Modern Woodman and Frelsburg Home Demonstration Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, first and second husband; sister, Mary Krenek; brothers, John Krenek, Frank Krenek Jr. and Lad A. Krenek Sr.; sister-in-law, Emma Krenek; brother-in-law, John Kumaga; and niece, Unamae "Tudy" Henneke.

She is survived by her daughter Sylvia Ann Kaiser Huebel and husband Randy of Columbus; son, Albert P. Kaiser Jr. and wife Fausta Ann of Columbus; sisters, Sybil Krenek Kumaga of Brenham and Lillian Krenek Homann of Lockhart; sister-in-law, Rubine Andreas of Columbus; and grandchildren, Jason B. Kaiser, Kimberly N. Kaiser, Dawson E. Kaiser, Corey G. Kaiser, Stewart W. Kaiser, Dainelle N. Escamilla and Aaron R. Huebel.

Funeral services took place Tuesday, Sept. 16 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Interment followed in the Fayetteville City Cemetery in Fayetteville.

Pallbearers include F.J. Frenek III, Laddie Krenek Jr., Arthur Kollmann, Dawson Kaiser, Corey Kaiser and Stewart Kaiser.

Honorary pallbearers include Jason Kaiser and Aaron Huebel.

Colorado County Citizen, September 17, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Mackey, Annie (Dean) Mann

Card of Thanks

The family of the late Mrs. Annie Mann Mackey wish to thank their many friends and relatives for the kindness shown them during her illness and in their hours of sorrow. We especially thank Dr. H. L. Tannen for his many hours of service, answering every call that was asked of him; to her pastor and his wife, Rev. and Mrs. D. A. Smith, for their kindness; to Mrs. Robbie Gentry, Mrs. Eula Coleman and Mrs. Ethel Ferguson and her daughter for their special services given to the family; to all who sent food, flowers and memorials. You will always be remembered. May God bless you. Robert Mackey, husband; Isreal Mann, son; Mrs. Geneva Conner, daughter; Mrs. Movia Arthur, daughter.

Weimar Mercury, August 25, 1966, page 2

Madrid, Cecilia (Saenz)

Cecilia Saenz Madrid

Cecilia Saenz Madrid, 63, of Eagle Lake passed away Monday, June 16.

She was born September 8, 1944 in Eagle Lake the daughter of Roger and Belia Moreno Saenz.

Cecilia was a homemaker and of Catholic faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cecilia is survived by her husband, Alejandro Madrid of Eagle Lake; and many friends.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 19 at 6 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home with Father Robert Guerra officiating.

Burial of cremations remains will be at a later date.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 19th, 2008
Submited by John Konesheck

Maeckel, Emilie

News and Post Specials:
Frelsburg, October 11.--Miss Emilie Moeckel, daughter of Mrs. J. Moeckel, died at the home of L. A. Breitkreutz of this city yesterday morning. [Interment in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, October 20, 1900, page 4

Maeckel, Ernst

Colorado Citizen--...The Citizen is informed that Ernst Moeckel of Frelsburg died last Tuesday, the 15th inst. after an illness of several months. He was a young man of many most excellent traits of character, with a host of friends, many of whom, from Columbus and Weimar, attended the obsequien at Frelsburg on the 16th inst. Sweet be his last sleep. [Interment made in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, January 19, 1901
[According to the burial records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Ernst was survived by his mother, Johanna; his wife Emma (Moebe); and three children.]

Maeckel, Ernst Edward


INDUSTRY: The Lord of life and death has chosen to call to Himself one of our dear brothers.

ERNST EDWARD MAECKEL has left us. He died the day of 8th of September on his farm in Bleiberville at three o’clock in the morning. He was born on the 26th of January, year of 1843 in Lengefeld, Germany. Year of 1852 as a nine year old youth, he moved to Frelsburg, Texas. When the Civil War broke out, he joined the Southern Army. He served 3 years as a soldier. until year 1865. In year 1874, he took as his wife, Frances Mares, daughter of Frank Mares, and lived with her in blessed matrimony, until his Lord called him from this period of 77 years of his age. During his endeavors he acquired considerable property. He is mourned by his wife, as she lost a faithful life companion. Surviving also his departure are 6 children, who mourn the loss of their beloved father and 13 grandchildren who will miss their grandfather. Also 4 sisters painfully feel his departure. The church in Industry lost a faithful member and highly respected friend and neighbor.

The funeral services were held with unusually large attendance on day 9 of September. He was laid to rest in the Czech-Moravian Cemetery in Industry. In the home of the sorrowful, the funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. Motycka; in the church, Rev. J. Juren in the Czech language, Rev. A. Motycka in the English language. At the cemetery, the funeral services were concluded by Rev. J. Juren in the Czech language.

The weather was favorable, however, the day before the funeral, it rained hard around Bleiberville. The people did not mind the bad roads. They felt they had to accompany their dear friend to the place of his rest. The large attendance of people was evidence of his popularity and high respect in the whole community.

May God bless the grief stricken family! Blessed are the dead who die in Christ!

Note: the above obituary was recorded in the September 1919 issue of The Brethren Journal, “Bratrske Listy,” in the Czech language and translated into the English language by: James L. Hejl, 1005 N. Hwy. 95, Little River Academy, Texas 76554, December 1, 2004
Submitted by Edith M. Betts


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Maetel (Maeckel), Johanna

Lillie Lake
Special Correspondence
Lillie Lake, March 21.,

Grandma Mockle died last Sunday week, at the home of John Warshack, after suffering over a year with dropsy. Our sympathy is extended to the grief stricken relatives and friends. [Interment in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, March 24, 1911

Magee, Child

Cheetham Column

A child of Mr. Magee was buried at the Cheetham Cemetery recently.

Weimar Mercury, June 15, 1901
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Magjarevich, Emil


Emil Magjarevich, 46, of Columbus died November 24 at his residence on Struss Lane. Services were held Saturday, November 26 at the Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery with Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Emil Magjarevich was born to George Magjarevich and Mary (Pezer) Magjarevich on July 26, 1942 in Yugoslavia. He was a self - employed welder and had lived in Columbus for 20 years. Mr. Magjarevich was a member of W.O.W.

He married Wanda Jean Imhoff on September 19, 1965.

Surviving are his wife Wanda Magjarivich[sic] of Columbus; mother, Mary Magjarevich of Eagle Lake; Daughter, Susan Higgins of Arkansas, Sister, Francis English of Eagle Lake; Brothers, Anton Magjarevich. and Dan Magjarivich[sic] of Sealy and one grandchild, Jessica Higgins of Arkansas.

Pallbearers were George Vargas, Jr., Richard Magjarevich, Mark Magjarevich, Mike Magjarevich, James English and Stephen Reeves.

Colorado County Citizen, November 30, 1988, page 2

Mahalec, Edwin

Brother Of John Mahalitc Passes Away

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 19 for Edwin Mahalitc, 79, of Columbus, brother of John Mahalitc of Eagle Lake.

Mr. Mahalitc died in the Bellaire General Hospital Sept. 17.

He was a retired farmer and a son of Joe and Veronica Jasek Mahalitc. He was born in Ellinger Feb. 11, 1892 and lived in this area all of his life. He was a member of the Lutheran Church.

Survivors are 2 daughters, Mrs. Atlanta Bryant of Hitchcock and Miss Gladys Mahalitc of Houston; 3 sons, Alvin and Casey of Houston and James Mahalitc of Tulsa, Okla.; 3 sisters, Mrs. Molly Martinek and Mrs. Mary Sommerlatte of Columbus and Mrs. Minnie Balzer of Weimar; and one brother, John Mahalitc of Eagle Lake.

Last rites were held at Untermeyer-Henneke Funeral Chapel in Columbus at 2 p.m., Sept. 19, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Rev. H. L. Anderson officiated at the services.

Pallbearers were Joe Mahalitc, David Mahalitc, John Mahalitc, Jr., Scottie House, Arthur Mahalitc, and Kenneth Mahalitc. [Death certificate and tombstone list surname as "Mahalec".]

Eagle Lake Headlight, Sept. 30, 1971
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Mahon, Anita Henning

Final Rites for Miss Anita Mahon, 79, Wednesday

Funeral services for Miss Anita Henning Mahon, 79, of Columbus were held Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 3, at Columbus Funeral Home, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest.

Miss Mahon died at noon Tuesday Aug. 2, in Youens Hospital here, after an illness of four weeks.

Born Oct. 31, 1880, in Columbus, she was the daughter of Fannie Arnold and Felix Grundy Mahon. For 20 years she worked as a hat designer in leading ready-to-wear stores in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Austin.

In 1918 when her sister, Mrs. Grace Adam, died, she returned to Columbus to live and help care for her sister’s two daughters and her aged parents. She will be remembered by many for her unselfish devotion to her family and friends.

She lived at Columbus the remainder of her life except for intervals during the past few years when, because of failing health, she lived in Weimar with her niece, Mrs. Frances Adam Seifert.

In 1920 “Miss Anita” opened a millinery department in Hamburger’s store in Columbus, which she operated for about 20 years.

She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Columbus.

Surviving her are one brother, P. H. Mahon of Beaumont, four nieces, Mrs. Herbert Seifert of Weimar, Mrs. Warren Meitzen of Houston, Mrs. James F. Atkins of San Antonio and Mrs. J. B. Perry of Columbus, Ohio; and two grand-nieces, Julianne and Frances Helen Seifert of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, August 5, 1960, page 1

Mahon, Cara Donald

Died, in Columbus, after a severe illness, at her father’s residence, at 9 o’clock, on the evening of the 12 inst., Cara Donald, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Mahon, aged nine years and four months. The funeral services were performed at the house Wednesday, at 4 P.M., amid a large concourse of sorrowing friends—The Rev. H. C. Howard, in gentle, sympathizing tones reading the words Holy Writ, after which the dearly loved form, so beautiful even in death, was followed to her last resting place [Odd Fellows Rest] by a long cortege of mourners, and the same Rev. gentleman there tenderly consigned “ashes to ashes and dust to dust.”
“Weep for the young that die;
As it were pale flowers that whither under
The ___ sun, and fall asunder
Before the dews on the grass is dry,
Or the tender twilight is out of the sky;
Or the lillies have fallen asleep;
Or ships by a wanton wind cut short
Are wreck’d in sight of the placid port,
Sinking sadly and suddenly
Into the blue foam crested deep.”
Of all the multiform sorrows which sweep over the heartstrings of humanity there is none other which claims so wide a range of sympathy as the loss of a darling child. Our tenderest condolence are with the bereaved parents. The clouds of grief are heavy, but the silver lining will be reveled in His own good time. Dear little Cara, so bright, so lovely, so eminently fitted to make life a joy to all within her circle, it is beyond mortal vision why she should have been called up higher with her early mission only just begun, but the stream of time hurried her in the portals of the sunset,
“Where all crimson and gold,
Slowly home to the fold
The fleecy clouds flock to the gateway of even,
Then no longer brook-born,
But a way paved with morn,
Aye! a bright golden street to the city of Heaven!”

Colorado Citizen, September 14, 1882, page 3

Mahon, Daisy

Died in this city last Saturday night, of whooping cough, Daisy, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Mahon, aged one year.

Funeral services were conducted at their residence by Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss, Pastor in charge of the Columbus Methodist church, at 5 p.m. Sunday, after which the fondly cherished form was borne to the Odd Fellows’ Rest and sacredly committed, by the same reverend gentleman, to its long home, amid the tears and sympathies of numerous relatives and friends.

The Citizen extends sincere condolences. May the requiem of sorrow now chanted by their lecerated[sic] hearts’ quivering strings over the precious little spirit transported to the loved ones “over there” merge into a grand, hopeful psalm of resignation arising from the perfect faith that “He doeth all things well.”

“There shall they anchor, O beautiful Mainland,
There where their dwellings are waiting their sail;
They who passed on from Youth’s glorious island,
Untouched by the strife, ad not hearing the wail.”

Colorado Citizen, July 5, 1888, page 3

Mahon, Felix Gray

DIED, of congestion, FELIX GRAY MAHON, only son of Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Mahon, in this city, on the night of the 2nd of October. Sunday afternoon the little casket containing this precious little jewel--literally covered with floral wreaths and crosses was consigned to mother earth. The Rev. Philip Riley read the impressive burial service in clear and musical accents, amid the large cortege of sorrowing friends. Little Felix had for nearly two and a half years brightened the home of his parents when the radiant convoy bore him to their brilliant dwelling place, thus

”Riving a bright golden link
From out the chain of gems, the sudden snap
Of one sweet string from out life’s charming harp,
Erst in such perfect tune.”

Sympathetic tears for the loss of the dear boy mingled with the bitter grief of the bereaved mother, one strand, the fairest in glow, of whose life was severed by the shears that cut the thread of his, and accompanies him down into the silent grave. A painful loneliness, dark as night, coils itself round the desolated home and hearts, for “the setting of a great hope is like the setting of the sun. Then stars arise and the night is holy.” May the present night of sorrow soon be illumined by the stars of resignation, hope and trust, for even now little Felix

“On tireless pinions, cleaveth the bright air
Of an eternal heaven, untossed by storms,
Undarkened e’er by tempests, and secure
From the dread Archer’s arrows.”

[Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, October 7, 1880

Mahon, Felix Grundy


Judge Felix G. Mahon, justice of he peace at Columbus and for many years tax assessor of Colorado county, died at the family home in Columbus Saturday night. The funeral took place Monday, in that city [Interment in Odd Fellows' Rest]. Judge Mahon was well and favorably known to many people of this section. He was a cultured man, an old ex-Confederate soldier, and a splendid, good citizen in every respect. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, March 3, 1922, page 1

Mahon, Phynetta Adaline (Gregory)

Mrs. J. N Mahon

The death of Mrs. J. N. Mahon occurred at her home here early Monday. Funeral services were held at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. August Ilse, at four o'clock Monday, Rev. J. . Estes of the Methodist church officiating, assisted by Rev. W. D. Wyatt of the First Baptist church. Interment was made at Odd Fellows Rest.

Pallbearers were C. K. Gay, E. C. Gay, B. A. Hastings. Thurman West, Lester Hastedt and Frank Melor.

Mrs. Mahon was a real daughter of 1812, being one of the twenty-one children of Umbleton Gregory who served in Green's Company of infantry of the 5th Virginia regiment during the war of 1812.

She was born at Gregory's Landing, on the Missouri in Clark County, Mo. on Dec. 15th, 1838. The family, with several slaves, moved by horse and ox teams to Rutersville, Texas, in 1845, while Texas was still a republic, living under that flag for some eight months. Their home in Fayette County was visited by many prominent early Texans, among whom were General Sam Houston, Judge R. M. Williamson and General John Baylor.

She was married to James Nunce Mahon in 1866. Mr. Mahon died in 1926. Mrs. Mahon some years ago had a neat little cottage built on the Ilse lot in city and occupied it alone. She was one of the hardy pioneers and had lived for many years on a farm near here, and her last years were spent in comfort with the city's many conveniences.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. M. A. Zumwalt, and the one daughter, also by a grandson, Henry Ilse, and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, to whom the sympathy of the community is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, April 5, 1934

Mai, Frank A. Jr.

Frank Mai Jr. Services Held This Morning

Funeral services for Frank A. Mai Jr., who died at Joe Knight’s Rest home Tuesday, were held this (Thursday) morning at Untermeyer Funeral home, with burial in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery, Rev. Werner Bockholt officiating. Rosary was recited last night in the funeral home.

Mr. Mai was born Oct. 21, 1883, in Frelsburg. His parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mai Sr.

He suffered a stroke recently and had been in the rest home about 3 weeks.

Survivors include a son, Werner Mai of La Grange, and a daughter, Mrs. Otto Wavra of New Ulm; sisters, Mrs. Roy Wied of Columbus and Mrs. Andy Seidl of East Bernard, who are twins; Mrs. Margaret Pierce and Mrs. Mary Bastian of Houston and Mrs. Annie Marx of Eagle Lake, and 2 brothers, Paul and John Mai of New Ulm.

Colorado County Citizen, November 5 1959, page 12

Mai, Lent


Funeral services were held for Lent Mai on Tuesday at
Pat Foley in Houston. Mai, 55, died Friday at Spring Branch Hospital in Houston.

Burial was held at Oddfellows on Tuesday.

Lent Mai was born October 19, 1929 to Selma Kech Mai and George Mai.

Survivors include, Ruth Mai; one son, Gregory Mai and daughter-in-law, Carmen Mai and granddaughter, Michelle Mai; one brother, Max Mai; two sister, Vercy Norsworthy and Maxcine[sic] Marburger; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, August 22, 1985

Mai, Werner L.

Werner L. Mai, La Grange Ice Plant Operator, Dies

Funeral services were held at Untermeyer Funeral home Sept. 14 for Werner L. Mai, operator of the ice plant at La Grange for more than 12 years, who died in a La Grange hospital Sept. 12 of a heart ailment. He had been ill 9 days.

Rev. Werner Bockholt of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church officiated and burial was in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery. Rosary was recited for Mr. Mai Tuesday evening in the funeral home.

Born at Frelsburg May 14, 1913, Mr. Mai had lived in La Grange 15 years. His wife, Mrs. Agnes Mai, and his father, Frank Mai, died earlier.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Tony Mai of Frelsburg; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Margaret Winkler, Smithville 2 stepsons, Everett Drawe of La Grange and Clinton Drawe of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Wavra of Frelsburg and 2 step grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, September 22, 1960, page 8

Maigne, Charles C.


From the Galveston News of the 23d we see an account of he death of C. C. Maigne at the hospital in he city of Houston on the 20th inst. Charley was an old citizen of this county, and was a member of the Terry Rangers in the late war. We drop the tear of sympathy with the bereaved family of the deceased. Mr. Maigne, a few years ago was a man of fine business qualifications. Peace to his ashes.

Colorado Citizen, November 27, 1884


It will be of satisfaction to the family and friends of C. C. Maigne, who died on the 23rd of November at the Hospital in the city of Houston, to know that the Masonic fraternity, of which he was a Royal Arch member, took charge of the remains and gave them a fraternal burial in Glenwood Cemetery, of that city. The family of the deceased are very thankful to the brotherhood for this act of kindness, and are under lasting obligations to Major L. C. Stafford for his many kindly acts toward them and the deceased.

Colorado Citizen, December 4, 1884

Maigne, Lou V. (Estes)

Former Citizen of Weimar Died at Houston Sunday

New was received here late Sunday evening of the death of Mrs. Lou V. Maigne which occurred at the family home in Houston after an illness of some duration, due more to old age than any other cause. The remains were brought to Weimar the following day, and on Monday afternoon were laid to rest by the side of her mother, Mrs. D.M. Estes, and sister, Mrs. Fannie Miller, in the Odd Fellows Cemetery at this place, they having preceded her to the grave many years agone[sic].

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. H. E. Willmann, local Methodist pastor. The funeral was attended by a number of old time friends of the family.

Mrs. Maigne died at her home at noon Sunday, of pneumonia, at the advanced age of 91 years. Decedent lived in Weimar for many years in the early eighties, operating a millinery store here. Prior to that time she was a resident of Columbus, her husband, the late Charles Maigne, being railroad agent there. If we mistake not Mr. Maigne was at one time railroad agent at Weimar.

Mrs. Maigne was a woman of lovable disposition. When she lived here she possessed the friendship and esteem of everyone who knew her. She had a kindly word for everyone she met, was a devoted wife and mother, the best of friends and neighbors, and all of us old timers readily recall her many virtues. The family moved to Houston a good many years ago and have since lived there.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, March 12, 1937

Mainer, Nick J.

Mainer Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Nick J. Mainer of Rt. 2, Columbus were held Thursday, December 10, 1992 at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist Church of Columbus with Rev. Sammy Carr officiating.

Burial was in the Old Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Mainer passed away December 8. He was 89 years of age.

Born October 21, 1903 in Lovelady, Texas, he was the son of Clyde and Maggie (Williams) Mainer. A graduate of Texas A&M, he was a retired store merchant and rancher. He was a Deacon of the First Baptist Church, past president and Director Emeritus of San Bernard Electric Coop, and had served on the Columbus School Board for 17 years.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Mainer of Columbus; son, Nick J. Mainer Jr. of Austin; sister, Mary Burch of Waco.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Seymour, Gus Miller, John Adams, Jon Gregory, John Cates and Dennis Huebner.

Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

New Ulm Enterprise, December 17, 1992, page 4

Mair, Edward J.

Death of Prof. E. J. Mair

Prof. E. J. Mair. brother of Mrs. Louis Hillje of San Antonio and former school teacher of this section, died at Crowley, La., the first of the week and the remains were brought here for Interment in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery. The remains upon arrival here were first taken to the residence of a kinsman, Mr. Alfred Reissner, and from there to St. Michael's Church Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock, after which appropriate services were conducted at the grave by Rev. Jos. Szymanski.

Prof. Ed Mair is well and favorably remembered by many of the old time citizens of this section. He was a member of a well known and honored family, always liked by those who knew him, and his death is sincerely deplored.

The Mercury joins other friends of the family in expressions of sincere sympathy in their hour of deep bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, February 20, 1931

Mair, W. A.


Mr. W. A. Mair, 77, who died in Warsaw, Kentucky, was buried here Sunday, June 16, in the Masonic Cemetery, with the Rev. G. Boehme of St. Michael’s Church, officiating.

Hubbard’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was a former Weimar resident, and a brother of Mrs. Louis Hillje of San Antonio. Mr. Mair was a publisher by trade, at one time having some connection with the Weimar Gimlet, which preceded the Mercury. We regret that no further information about him is available.

Weimar Mercury, June 21, 1946, page 1

Malchar, Theresia (Schindler)

Mrs. Malcher Dies At Houston
Former Resident of This Section Buried Here Last Thursday.

Mrs. Malcher of Houston, aged 87 years, a sister of John Schindler, Sr., of this city, and a former resident of this section, died last Thursday and the remains were brought here following day for interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Mrs. Melcher lived here some thirteen years ago, moving

from this city to Victoria, where she resided for eleven years, afterwards moving to Houston.

She leaves besides her brother, Mr. Schindler, two daughters, Mrs. Huebner of Schulenburg and Mrs. Boehm of Houston.

She was a kindly, good woman, highly thought of by all who knew her, and her death is sincerely deplored. The funeral was largely attended. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, February 4, 1921, page 1

Mrs. Theresia Malcher [sic.] Buried At Weimar

Mrs. Theresia Malcher, nee Schindler died at the home of her son-in-law, Henry Boehm, on Jan. 26th 1921 after a brief illness of about one month. The direct cause of her death being Dropsy. She was born Oct 15th 1842 in Heinzendorf, Austria, and immigrated to Texas in 1890, accompanied by her husband and children. They settled near Schulenburg, then at Weimar, and ten years later removed to Victoria and from there to Houston, where she passed away, after having lived for over a year at the latter place. She was laid to rest at Weimar Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Catholic Cemetery, Rev. Czymanski officiating. Members of the K of C acted as Pall Bearers.

Mrs. Malcher is survived by her two daughters, Mrs. Henry Boehm of Houston and Mrs. Jos. Huebner of Schulenburg. Her husband preceded her in death about 15 years ago. One daughter, Mrs. Chas. Skarka died at Galveston 23 years ago. A son also was laid at rest in Austria. Several grandchildren and a great-grandson also preceded her in death. A host of friends accompanied the remains to its last resting place.

Schulenburg Sticker, 4 Feb 1921, page 8
Contributed by Matt Cross

Malek, Annie Rozina (Hoffmann)

Mrs. Malek of Garwood Dies Monday

Mrs. Benno (Annie) Malek, 76, of Garwood passed away in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital, Monday, July 5th.

Born May 16, 1895 in Colorado County, she had lived most of her life in and around Garwood.

Funeral rites were held at 10 a.m. Wed., July 7 at the Wheeler Funeral Home, El Campo with Mass following at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Nada. The Rev. Henry Rolf officiated. A Rosary by the KJZT Society and Christian Mothers was said at 4 p.m. Tuesday with a Parish Rosary at 8:30 p.m.

Interment was in the Nada Catholic Cemetery. Casket attendants were grandsons, Chris Labay, Bill Phillips, Joe Phillips, Leon Schneider, Ron Malek, Donald Malek and Michael Malek and Paul Phillips.

Surviving Mrs. Malek are four daughters, Mrs. Paul (Clem) Phillips of El Campo, Mrs. Ed (Clara) Roha [Riha] of Yoakum, Mrs. N. J. (Annie) Schneider of Garwood, Mrs. Allen (Mary) Labay of Cypress, Texas; two sons, Henry Malek of Houston, and John Malek of Wharton; 18 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Friends throughout the area extend sympathy to the family in their great loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 8, 1971
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Malek, Beno


Beno Malek, 63-year- old Garwood farmer, was found shot to death late Tuesday evening about a half-mile from his home, a 10-gauge shotgun by his side.

Justice of the Peace J. F. Beal returned a delayed verdict of accidental death. Judge Beal said witnesses who last saw Mr. Malek alive said he had been been drinking heavily; he said there was nothing definitely indicating a suicide, so he ruled it an accident, self-inflicted.

The man was found by his wife, who could see his car from the house. She became worried when her husband did not return to the house at his usual time in the evening. [Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, July 22, 1955, page 1

Malinovsky, John


John Malanovsky, well known farmer of the New Bielau section, died at the family home Sunday noon, of pneumonia, aged about 60 years. The remains were brought to this city Monday afternoon and laid to rest in St. Michael's Cemetery. Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. Quite a large crowd attended the funeral.

Deceased was a hard working, industrious farmer, well liked by neighbors and friends and his death is sincerely regretted. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, January 7, 1927


W e have been furnished with the following additional particulars regarding John Malinovsky, who died near New Bielau Sunday of last week.

He was born in Poland, Came to the United States in 1901, and made his home for a time with Frank Olsovsky at Moravia, Lavaca county. He then moved to the Hackberry section. After two years residence there he moved to Fayette county, and then to the vicinity of New Bielau, where he lived up to the time of his death. He was 62 years, 11 months and 15 days old at time of death. He leaves a widow and four daughters--Mrs. Frances Hermis of Engle, Mrs. Mary Dusek of New Bielau, Mrs. Rozie Wanzura of Glecker and Mrs. Annie Valchar of Oakland, Texas.

Weimar Mercury, January 14, 1927, page 5

Malinovsky, Marie (Tipovsky)

Funeral Services for Mrs. M. Malinovsky Held Here Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Malinovsky, 83, were held at the St. Michael’s Church Friday morning, with the Rev. Father Vaclav Bily officiating. Interment was made in the St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mrs. MaIinovsky had been living with her daughter, Mrs. Emil Hermis in Schulenburg, where she died on Wednesday evening after a week's illness. Her husband preceded her in death about sixteen years ago. She and her husband were former residents of the New Bielau community.

Mrs. Malinovsky was born in Staric, Moravia, on August 5, 1859.

Survivors are four daughters. Mrs. Emil Hermis, Mrs. Joe J. Dusek, Mrs Joe Wanjura and Mrs. Jerry Valchar; aLso 28 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister, Miss Janie Tipovsky, 91 years old, of the St. John community.

Weimar Mercury, February 5, 1943, page 1

Malmquist, J. Gustav


Mr. J. G. Malmquist, aged 69 years, died at his home in this city Wednesday night at nine o’clock, following a long illness. The funeral was held from the family residence at 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon, with interment in the Lakeside cemetery, Rev. L. A. McLaughlin, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating, after which the funeral was conducted by the Odd Fellows lodge, of which Mr. Malmquist ws a member for a number of years. Mr. Malmquist was born in Helsingborg, Sweden, and came to Eagle Lake about twenty-six years ago from Iowa, his first wife being buried in that state. He owned a farm in Iowa and before moving to that state he conducted a coal and feed business in Chicago. Mr. Malmquist was among the first rice farmers in this section of the state and still owns a rice farm, though he has not farmed it himself the past several years. He conducted a general merchandise store at Chesterville up until the September storm of 1900. He was married eleven years ago in Kansas City to Mrs. Lena Mayor, who survives him. He was a member of the Odd Fellows for a great many years, being a member of that organization a long time before he moved to Texas. Mr. Malmquist has been in ill health for a long time, and no one will ever know how he has suffered. He was a good man and enjoyed the friendship and confidence of all who knew him. The Headlight extends its sincerest sympathy to Mrs. Malmquist in her bereavement.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 6, 1917

Malsch, Edwin E.

Burial Services Held For Edwin E. Malsch

Burial services for Edwin E. Malsch, 82, a resident of the county poor farm, were at the Columbus City Cemetery February 24, Columbus Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Malsch was born in Colorado county, March 15, 1856. He had formerly been a lawyer and had lived in Columbus 80 years.

Weimar Mercury, March 17, 1939

Malsch, Mathis

Murder Most Foul!

A Premeditated, Cinch?, Cowardly and Atrocious Butchery!

On Friday morning last, on the road leading from Columbus to Frelsburg, M. Malsch, Esq., an old resident of Frelsburg, in our county, was killed by E. Houillon, also a member of the Bar, who immigrated to this county a few years since from Louisiana. Conscious that the deed had been perpetrated with none but the eye of God to witness it, the prisoner returned to Columbus and gave himself up to the authorities, the following story of the killing: Houillon says he was going to Frelsburg to see some witnesses; procured a horse early and started, when about five miles from town, riding along the road, he saw somebody behind a tree, who fired upon him with a six-shooter. It proved to be M. Malsch, of Frelsburg, who came out from the tree. He then drew his pistol and fired, when Malsch came up and they grappled, and in the scuffle both were disarmed. H. then succeeded in getting his pocket-knife, with which he inflicted the fatal wound, having previously received a severe blow from M.’s pistol over the head. The accused states that he has been afraid of an attack from Malsch for a good while, and was always prepared for it. [Illegible] ..dured considerable excitement in our city, and was the theme of universal comment. There were parties who credited it, and quite as many who did not.
But as “murder will out,” as it appears God intended it should there were living witnesses to this tragedy. Their story differs materially from that of the prisoner, and the worst part of it is they have plain facts and circumstantial evidences to prove that their statement is the correct one. The witnesses were the young Craig boys, who testify substantially as follows; Early in the morning they went out to their crib to harness up their horses to go to work on the farm. Houillon passed their crib about light, and a few minutes afterwards the young men heard a shot. Looking in that direction they saw Malsch running on foot and Houillon in pursuit on horseback. The route of the road here concealed the parties from where the witnesses stood, but in a very short while they heard another shot, and the cry of “murder! murder!’ Presently all was still, and Houillon came out from behind the obstruction on horseback, and as he rode up to the field, threw something over the fence. As he passed the witnesses on his return to town, he told them he had a difficulty down there with Malsch, and asked them to go down there and see if he was hurt.

They went there and also to the field, where they found a large, bloody knife. Malsch was dead when they got to him, having a pistol shot in the hip, one in the back of his head, and three mortal stabs, two in the breast, and one in the left side, below the heart each of which the physicians said would have been mortal.

The road was soft ground, and showed where the parties had met and stopped in the road, where Malsch’s horse had wheeled and thrown him, the saddlebags being on the ground, and the route he ran in the woods. The circumstances are very strong against the prisoner, who, when they facts were developed by the Coroner’s jury, waived an examination and went to jail. The difficulty is the result of an old feud, and if we have made any error in this statement, we hope it is not against the prisoner. Excepting the murder of John [Illegible] here in 186__, by an armed mob, this murder appears to be the most distinguished ia? atrocity of any in the county within our remembrance. [Interment in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, March 2, 1876, page 3

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

Maner, Benjamin M.


Mr. Ben. M. Maner died of malarial fever at his residence three miles south of town on the 21st day of December 1890. Deceased was born near Tallahasse[sic], Fla., March 4, 1844; removed with the family to Galveston in 1847; and in a few years thereafter came to Colorado county, where he has since resided. His remains were committed to earth in the Carlton graveyard on the 22d inst. in the presence of sorrowing relatives and friends. To the bereaved wife and children we tender sincere condolence.

Colorado Citizen, January 15, 1891, page 3

Mangum, Ray

Ray Mangum, 74, of Columbus, passed away Nov. 28 at Columbus CareCenter.

He was born in Bay City, Jan. 9, 1928 to Robert E. "Bob" and Annie Josephine (Rogers) Mangum and married Martha "Potsy" Wegenhoft on Aug. 6, 1949. He was retired after working for the Shell Oil Plant in Sheridan and Smith Industries in Columbus. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Columbus and served in the U.S. Airforce during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Wayne "Pokey" Mangum; and sisters, Ruby Moch, Ruth Arnold and Hazel Springer.

He is survived by his wife; son, Michael R. (Mike) Mangum of Columbus; brother, Richard Mangum of Freeport;grandchildren, Jessica Binder, Mickey Mangum and Megan Mangum; and great-grandchildren, Justin and Ryan Binder and Micaela Mangum.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 30 at the First Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Richard Taylor, Kenneth Gibbs, Jack Kohleffel, Bill Wegenhoft, Tim Rau and Duckie Andrus.

Colorado County Citizen, December 4, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Manis, William A.


William A. Manis, 87, of Garwood, passed away July 11 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

He was born Aug. 27, 1918 to James Wesley Manis and Mable Dewett Manis. He was a retired crane operator for Brown and Root and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert Gene Manis; brothers, Johnny James Manis, Phillip Fayett Manis, Bill Franklin Manis; and sister, Amanda Rebecca Manis.

He is survived by his companion, Jolly Manis, of Columbus; daughters, Kim Gold, of Garwood and Diane Lee, of Fredricksburg; sons, Robert Woolard, of Garwood, Roger Manis, of Alvin and William Manis, of Florida; sisters, Martha Threllkill, of Odessa, Eva Price, of Odessa and Ruby Howard, of West Virginia; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were July 12 at Lehrer Memorial Cemetery in Garwood with Chaplain Richard Luhrs officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, July 19, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen


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Manofsky, Annie (Muenster)

Mrs. Annie Manofsky Goes to Her Reward

Mrs. Annie Manofsky, beloved wife of Mr. Jos. Manofsky, well known farmer of the Osage community, died last Friday afternoon of diabetes trouble, at the family home and the funeral took place Saturday afternoon at 3:30, at the Weimar Odd Follows' Cemetery, with Rev. Paul Piepenbrok of Schulenburg officiating In a touching burial service.

The pall bearers were Messrs. Ed Rabel, Joe Seifert, Henry Marchart, Fred Rabel, John Langhammer and Joe Freis, Sr.

Mrs. Manofsky was born in Moravia, Europe, and was 64 years of age at time of her death. At the age of 10 years she came to this country with her parents, and they settled in Fayette county, near the Bittner place.

Mrs. Manofsky's parents were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Muenster. Early in life she was married to Mr. Jos. Manofsky. The family lived there until 1907, when they purchased the L. F. Kollman farm in the Osage community. Here she and Mr. Manofsky and their children resided up to the time of her death. Mrs. Manofsky was the mother of nine children, all of whom survive and were present at the funeral. She is survived by her aged husband and the following children: Mr. Adolf Manofsky of El Campo, Mrs. Martha Feyrer of Osage, Mrs. Annie Muzny and Mrs. Ernestine Billeck of this cIty, Mrs. Lydia Feyrer, Mrs. Elizabeth Dahse, Messrs. Joe, Fred and Frank Manofsky of Houston. Also eighteen grandchildren.

Mrs. Manofsky was a splendid, good woman, a devoted wife and mother, a true and tried neighbor and friend, one whose presence lent cheer in every gathering. She was very popular throughout this section, having spent the greater part of her life among our people and she will be greatly missed by all.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1935, page 1

Manofsky, Annie (Teltschik)

Services Held For Annie Teltschik Manofsky

Annie Teltschik Manofsky, 91, resident of Colonial Nursing Home, Schulenburg, formerly of Weimar, Passed away Friday, Sept. 13 in Weimar.

Services were held Sunday, Sept. 15 at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar, with Rev. Vernon Rabel officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Annie was born Feb. 18, 1905, to Ernest Teltschik and Ludmilla Kainer Teltschik in Weimar and attended school in Oakland.

She married Joe Manofsky on Aug. 3, 1923, in Weimar. She was a housewife and lived most of her life in this area.

Annie was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a first generation German-American. Her father, Ernest Teltschik, immigrated from Germany in 1883.

As one of the oldest of ten children, she learned early in life the importance of family and love, which sustained her in raising her two sons in the Great Depression during the 1930’s.

While a resident of the Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg, Annie was known as a happy and cheerful person with a smile for everyone.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Manofsky, in 1951; one son, Ernest; two brothers, Oscar and Emil; two sisters, Emma and Ella; and her parents.

She is survived by one son, Albert Manofsky of New Braunfels; two sisters, Stella Gary of Mathis, and Ida Burger of New Braunfels; three brothers, Maurice Teltschik of Houston, George Teltschik of Weimar, and Alex Teltschik of Sandia; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Franklin Berger, Travis Davis, Wilbur Jahn, Steve Rabel, Bobby Teltschik, Clarence Teltschik, Ernest Teltschik, and Jimmy Teltschik.

The Weimar Mercury, September 19, 1996
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Manofsky, Frank J.


Relatives here of Pvt. Frank Manofsky, who was with the 2nd Infantry Division over in France received word Monday to the effect that he had been killed in action in France on July 26.

A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Manofsky of the Weimar section, Pvt. Manofsky lived here, later moving to Houston where he resided until his induction into the army.

He leaves to survive him his wife and little daughter of Houston; five sisters, Mrs. Frank Billeck and Mrs. Stanley Feyrer of Weimar; Mrs. Alfred Dahse and Mrs. Willie Feyrer of Houston; Mrs. Louis Muzny, Sr., of El Campo; three brothers, Joe of Weimar, Fred of Houston and Adolf Manofsky of El Campo.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, August 18, 1944

Frank Manofsky First Returned War Dead, Buried

The military rites held Wednesday afternoon for Pvt. Frank J. Manofsky marked Weimar’s first re-interment of war dead. [Re-interred in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

The body of the young soldier, 33 years old when he was killed in action during the invasion of Germany on Normandy Beach July 11, 1946, arrived in Weimar Tuesday night after being returned to this country at the request of relatives.

Weimar stores closed in tribute during the hours of the funeral, and members of local American Legion and V. F. W. posts paid military honors at the grave, six members of the organization serving as pallbearers and others on the firing squad. Chaplain Leslie Townsend of the American Legion presented to Pvt. Manofsky’s daughter the United States flag which covered the coffin during the ceremony.

Born at Osage April 7, 1911, he was the son of the late Joseph and Annie Manofsky. He moved to Houston in 1930 and there, on Dec. 4, 1936, married Miss Opal Hall. He was employed with the American National Insurance Company before he entered the Army December 11, 1942, serving at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. With the 2nd Division, 23rd Infantry, he was send oveseas in Sept. 1943. He never saw his little daughter, Claudine Pearl Manofsky,who was born two weeks after his last furlough in the States.

Surviving in addition to his wife and 4-year-old daughter are five sisters, Mrs. Alfred Dahse and Mrs. Wm. Feyrer, both of Houston, Mrs. Louis Muzny of El Campo, Mrs. Stanley Feyrer and Mrs. Frank Billeck, both of Weimar; and three brothers, Adolf of El Campo, Fred of Houston and Joe of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, January 30, 1948

Manofsky, Joseph Anton

Final rites for Joseph Manofsky, 49, Wednesday

Funeral services for Joseph Anton Manofsky, 49, who died Monday in Youens Hospital here after about 10 days of illness, were held Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, from Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. C. Emigholz officiating. Interment was in Weimar Masonic [Odd Fellows] cemetery.

Mr. Manofsky, a farmer of the Oakland area, had entered the hospital Saturday, Sept. 15, for treatment of a kidney ailment.

Born on a farm near here April 5, 1902, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Manofsky. He married Miss Annie C. Teltschik August 3, 1923.

Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Albert Joe of Schulenburg and Ernest Emil of El Paso; five sisters, Mrs. Martha Feyrer and Mrs. Frank Billeck of Weimar, Mrs. Annie Muzny of El Campo, and Mrs. Lydia Feyrer and Mrs. Elizabeth Dahse of Houston; and one brother, Fred, of Houston. One grandchild, Peggy Joe Manofsky of Schulenburg, also survives. A brother, Frank, was killed in France in World War II.

Weimar Mercury, September 21, 1951. page 1

Manville, Bonnie Pearl (Kohleffel)


Bonnie Pearl Kohleffel Manville, age 48, of Eagle Lake, passed away January I2, at her residence.
Graveside services and interment were held for Bonnie Pearl Kohleffel Manville Wednesday, January 14 from the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Charles Miller, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake officiating.

Bonnie Manville was born October 12, 1938 in Eagle Lake to Louis Paul Kohleffel and Mattie Pearl Butler Kohleffel. She had lived in Eagle Lake all of her life and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake.

Survivors include, mother, Mrs. Mattie Kohleffel of Eagle Lake: son and daughter-in -law, Louis Wayne and Glenda Sides of Eagle Lake; sister, Loueva Clark and husband, Norman of Alvin: grandchildren, Gina and Amber Sides of Eagle Lake; niece and nephew, Cari and Jason Clark both of Alvin; along with other relatives and host of loved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, January 22, 1987, page 2


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Marburger, Milton William

Milton Marburger Funeral Services Held June 16

Milton William Marburger, 83, of Weimar, died June 15 at the Heart Hospital in Austin.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 18 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Father John C. Bily officiating. Interment followed at St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mr. Marburger was born Nov. 2, 1919 in Willow Springs to Mary Botram and Edward Marburger. He attended school in Willow Springs.

He married Evelyn Noska Marburger on July 20, 1938 in Frelsburg. He was a foreman for Holcim gravel, was a farmer and rancher and lived in this area for 50 years.

Mr. Marburger is survived by his wife, Evelyn of Weimar; daughters, Madeline Thumann and husband Rudy of Weimar; JoAnn Matula and husband Rudy of Wallis, and Mary Ann Berry of Spring; and sons, Jessie Marburger and wife Claire Ann of Weimar, and Milton Marburger and wife Kay of Waller.

He was also survived by brothers, Arthur Marburger of Navasota and Eugene Marburger of Houston; 17 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mary Marburger and sister, Alice Noske.

Pallbearers were Dan Marburger, Brian Matula, Russell Matula, Mark Klesel, Rex Thumann and Reece Thumann.

Honorary pallbearers were Rudy Matula, Michael Pehlam, Mitchell Pehlam, Louis Aguillar and Cody Billeck.

The Weimar Mercury, June 26, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

March Boy

News was received here this evening of the death of the seven year old son of Mr. March who reside near Weimar. The little fellow shot himself accidentally while handling a gun. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family. [Place of interment unknown.]

Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Feb 1907, Osage News column
Contributed by Matt Cross

March, J. S.

Rock Island Ripples

Died at his residence at Rock Island, J.S. March, Saturday, June 18, 1898. Mr. March came here from Illinois last winter he was suffering from asthma and dropsy. He appeared better for a time but finally succumbed to the latter disease. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss. [Place of interment unknown]

The Colorado County Citizen, June 23, 1898
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Marczak, Stanley A. “Ski”

Stanley Marczak Services Set March 31

Stanley A. "Ski" Marczak 86, passed away Thursday, March 22.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31 at St. Michael Church in Weimar with a gathering following the service in the Family Center.

Ski was born in Franklin, Pa. on March 7, 1921 to Andrew and Helen (Szalenga) Marczak both originally from Poland. Ski was very proud of his Polish heritage.

Ski served in the Navy during WWII from 1940-1946, partly in the Pacific Theater. After his Navy service, Ski received a BS ME from LA Tech in Ruston, La. in 1950.

After leaving school and working as an engineer, he co-owned a field measurement service in Victoria from 1958-1961, worked for several engineering companies in Houston including Frank W. Murphy and finished his career with the City of Houston in 1987.

Ski always wanted to own a ranch and moved to Weimar in 1999 to "El Rancho de Dziadek." Ski was most happy when the grandkids came out to the ranch.

He became involved with St. Michael Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, VFW and the residents of Oakridge Ranch. This gave Ski a new life at 79. We owe the citizens of Weimar our thanks.

He is survived by his son, Mike Marczak and wife Julie, and children Laura, Rachel and Paul; daughter, Catherine Hofstad and husband Chris, and children Sarah and Zach Woolley; son, Andy Marczak and wife Serena, and children Chris and Mike with two great grandchildren; sisters, Helen Andres and Pauline Mason; and brothers, Joe and Richard Marczak. [Cremated]

Weimar Mercury, March 29, 2007, page 2A


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Markus, Mary Armstrong (Nail)


Mrs. Mary A. Markus, age 92, of Eagle Lake, passed away Sunday, July 10, at 9.50 a.m. at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Born in Palestine, Tx., November 26, 1895 to James Nail and Belle Armstrong Nail, she had spent most of her life in Eagle Lake. She attended Austin State School for the Deaf and in 1919 she married Perry Lee Markus in Eagle Lake and moved to Lufkin, Tx. She and her husband returned to Eagle Lake over 30 years ago.

Mrs. Markus was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake. Her grandfather, Rev. John Armstrong was the founder of the Baptist Church in Eagle Lake.

Preceeded[sic] in death by two sisters, Mrs. Mable Brown and Mrs. Frank Seaholm, her husband and parents, survivors include, numerous nieces and nephews; including Mrs. Benny "Alice" Blair, Eagle Lake, Mrs. PM Honnell, Pheonix, Arizona., Mrs. Ewing Rodgers, Houston, C. O. Brown and C. H. Brown both of Houston.

Funeral services were, held froth the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel, 5 p.m., 'Tuesday July 12 with Rev. David Mann, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake officiating. Interment followed in the Masonic Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were nephews, Ewing Rodgers, Ill, Robert A. Renner II, Clarence H. Brown, Bill Blair, Brian T. Blair, and Greg K. Blair.

Honorary Pallbearers were, CO. Brown, Jr., Clarence Brown, Jr., Ronnie Brown, Dr. Robert Renner, Pierre Honnell, Robert Samuel Martin, Dr. Raymond R. Thomas, Pete Canaris, and Benny Blair.

Colorado County Citizen, July 21, 1988, page 2

Marquart, Herbert Otto

Herbert O. Marquart

Funeral services for Herbert Otto Marquart, 61, of Eagle Lake, were held Monday afternoon, Nov. 28, from the Mill-Bauer Chapel. Rev. Mike Barron officiated.

Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery under the direction of Mill-Bauer Funeral Home.

Marquart died Nov. 27 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston after a lengthy illness.

He was born April 15, 1920 near Carmine, Texas, the son of Frederick and Anna Grundemann Marquart.

He was employed as a parts manager for W. A. Virnau and Sons, Inc. for more than 15 years and resided in Eagle Lake for more than 36 years.

Marquart is survived by two daughters, Maxine Rester of Columbus and Peggy Wicks of League City; two sons, Jimmie of Houston and Alan of Eagle Lake; four sisters, Erna Kasper of La Grange, Dorothy Strelczyk of Victoria, Adella Isseleib of Round Top and Ella Sangalli of Texarkana; six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, December 10, 1981, page 2

Marsalia, Henry

Last Rites for Henry Marsalia

Funeral services were held October 14 at 3 p.m. for Henry Marsalia, brother of Sam Marsalia of Eagle Lake. Henry died of a heart attack on October 12 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. Services were conducted from the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Buoon of Dickinson officiating. Interment followed at Cheatham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Pallbearers were Neal Marsalia, Bobby Marsalia, Jimmy High, Rodney Spence, Sonny Marsalia and Champ Marsalia.

Henry was born July 7, 1917 in Chesterville to Joe and Margaret Marchetti Marsalia. He had resided in this area all his life and was semi-retired from farming.

Survivors include: daughters, Boots Jewell of Texas City and Grace Spence of Katy; sons Henry (Sonny) Marsalia, Jr. of Richmond and Buel Champ Marsalia of Rosenberg: brothers, Sam Marsalia of Eagle Lake and Johnny Marsalia of Rosenburg: 12 grandchildren and one great grandson; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and loved ones.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

The Eagle Lake Headlight October 20, 1983
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Marsalia, Jim

Little Child Buried AT Lakeside Last Sunday

The little three-year old son of Mrs. Joe Marsalia, living about ten miles northeast of town, died at their home last Saturday after a ten weeks’ illness with typhoid fever. The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon with interment in the Lakeside cemetery by the side of the father, Mr. Joe Marsalia, who was burned to death by a gasoline engine explosion on his rice farm during the past pumping season. Their friends join the Headlight in extending sympathy in their hour of sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 26, 1918
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Marsalia, Lydia (Fuchs)

Mrs. Marsalia Buried In Eagle Lake

Mrs. Lydia Fuchs Marsalia, who died at John Sealy hospital in Galveston on Saturday, Nov. 21, was buried in Lakeside cemetery, Eagle Lake, the following Sunday with Rev. G. Wolf of St. Paul's Lutheran church of Columbus officiating. She had been ill for several months.

Born at Shaws Bend June 14, 1911, she was a daughter of Fred and Minna Fuchs. She was married to Nickie Marsalia on Aug. 26, 1938.

She is survived by her husband; her parents; a son, Bob; a daughter, Lydia Mae; three sisters, Mrs. Fritz Horndt and Mrs. Alvin Horndt, Columbus and Mrs. Alvin Kansteiner, Weimar, and three brothers, Henry Fuchs, Columbus; Willie Fuchs, Weimar, and John Fuchs, Ellinger.

Colorado County Citizen, December 5, 1946
Submitted by Martha Prince

Marsalia, Sam


Sam Marsalia, age 74, of Eagle Lake, passed away Sunday, April 27, while working on his farm southeast of Lissie.

Funeral services were held for Sam Marsalia Tuesday, at Our Lady or Perpetual Help Catholic Church with Rev. Ray Widacki officiating. Arrangements were under the direction fo[sic] Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Marsalia was born October 20, 1911 in Chesterville to Joe Marsalia and Margaret Marchetti Marsalia. He had been a resident of surround-area and a rice farmer all of his life. He was also a member Of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Eagle Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Dorothy Marsalia; two-sisters, and five brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Dora Jones Marsalia of Eagle Lake; one daughter and son-in-law, Doris Faye and Jeff Schwartz of Ft. Collin, Colorado; one son and daughter-in-law, Floyd and Georgia Marsalia of Eagle Lake; grandchildren, Troy, Kim and Audra Marsalia all of Eagle Lake and Miranda Schwartz of Ft. Collins.

Pallbearers were Raymond and Alvin Kohleffel, Bruce and Raymond Waddell, Roy Gerloff, Alvin Wiese, Walter Meitzen III and Johnny KaIuza.

Colorado Citizen, May 8, 1986, page 2

Marsalia, Willie

Last Rites For Willie Marsalia

Willie Marsalia closed his eyes to a peaceful sleep at 11:45 p.m. Monday, September 17 in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. He had been in failing health for a number of years.

Funeral services were held from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Wednesday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. Tom Hanus, pastor of the church, officiating.

Serving as pallbearers were four grandsons, Walter, Leslie, Dennis and Howard Wilkerson and two nephews, Bobby Joe Marsalia and Floyd Marsalia.

The deceased was born January 12, 1909 in Eagle Lake. His parents were Joe and Maggie Marsalia. He lived most of his life in Eagle Lake with the exception of a few years in Gonzales where he was employed as a rancher. He farmed rice in this community for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Edna Earl; three daughters, Mrs. Shirley Wilkerson of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Mary Lou Spalek of Alleyton and Betty Diane Marsalia of Houston; one son, Willie Wayne Marsalia of Rosenberg; three brothers, Johnny Marsalia of Rosenberg, Sam Marsalia of Eagle Lake and Henry Marsalia of Sheridan; and 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepson, Jimmy Speed; two brothers, Nick and Jimmy; and two sisters, Rosie and Maggie.

Mr. Marsalia was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. [Interred at Lakeside Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, 20 Sep 1979, page 14
Contributed by Matt Cross

Marshall, Anna Belle (Whitten)

Anna Marshall

Anna Belle Whitten Marshall, 90 years old, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away on Wednesday morning, May 1, 2013, at the Eagle Lake hospital, after several days of illness. She had been a resident of Trucare Living Center in Columbus, Texas, for the past two years.

Anna Belle was the second oldest child born to Pearl Hankins and William Wiley Whitten. She was born on October 15, 1922, in Wellington, Texas. Anna Belle and her husband, Roy Thomas Marshall, married on September 13, 1939, in Covington Texas. They lived in several communities during their marriage while Roy was a teacher, coach and administrator in the public schools. In 1953, they moved to Eagle Lake and had been residents there since that time. Roy and Anna Belle worked together at the school district’s taxing agency for many years. Roy predeceased Anna Belle on July 22, 2005. They had been married for over 65 years.

The Marshalls were members of The First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake. Living across the street from the Baptist parsonage, the Marshalls were very fond of all the ministers and their families that had been their neighbors. Anna Belle was especially enjoyed visiting with all the ladies in her Sunday School Class

Mrs. Marshall is survived by her three sons, eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Her sons are Roy Clifton Marshall and his wife, Ruth Ann, of Giddings, Texas, Donald Lee Marshall and Jim Brown of Spring, Texas, and Arden David Marshall and his wife, Gena, of Bulverde, Texas. Grandchildren are Roy Clifton (Cliff), Jr. and wife, Sandra Marshall of Austin, Jeffrey Tate and wife, Teri Marshall of San Antonio, Susan Lynn and husband, James Crawford, of Bellville, and Steven Paul and wife, Chrisy, of LaGrange, Michael Ryan Marshall of San Antonio, Meghan Rena Marshall of Austin, Ashley Lauren Marshall of Corpus Christi and Matthew Arden Marshall of College Station. Great grandchildren are Kaitlyn Marie Marshall of Huntsville, Kristin Ann Marshall of College Station and Aaron Clifton Marshall of Austin, Justin Tate Marshall and Joshua Emmett Marshall of San Antonio, Brannon Marshall Crawford and Sierrah Wilson of Anderson, Rachel Elizabeth Crawford, Jacey Lynn Crawford and Cameron Clarke Crawford, of Bellville, Kara Marie Koether, Ty Nolan Koether and Ryann Elizabeth Marshall of LaGrange, and great-great granddaughter, Chloe Lynn Crawford of Anderson.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband and by her two brothers, William Walter Whitten and Dexter Wiley Whitten.

Services will be held at The First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake on Friday, May 3, 2013, at two o’clock. Internment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers are grandsons, Cliff Marshall, Jeff Marshall, James Crawford, Steven Marshall, Michael Marshall and Matthew Marshall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 339, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434, or a charity of choice.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 8, 2013
Submitted by Ruth Ann Tate Marshall

Marshall, Francis Marion

Mr. F. M Marshall

The body of Mr. F. Marion Marshall was found in his car on the road south of town Tuesday morning. He was shot through his head with a 30-30 rifle which was in the car., and had been dead some ten or twelve hours.

He had been at the Sinor place Monday night and left there at about eight that night.

Mr. Marshall was well known and highly respected in this community. He served as chief deputy under Sheriff T. W. Hillmer during his incumbency in office. He was born in Hillsville, Va. on Feb. 11, 1883 and came here in 1917. He served in the navy during the World War.

Funeral services were held at the Bennet Place, south of town, yesterday morning at ten, and interment was made in Odd Fellows Rest.

Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt of the First Baptist Church conducted the service. Pallbearers were Messrs. F. M. Tolbirt, Jake Schneider, Sam K. Seymour Jr., E. R. Spencer, Jim Schneider and Ben Davidson.

The is survived by his parents Mr and Mrs. D. W. M. Marshall, and four brothers and a sister, to whom the sympathy of the community is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, November 3, 1932

Marshall, Roy Thomas

Roy T. Marshall

Roy Thomas Marshall, 88, of Eagle Lake, Texas, passed away on Friday, July22, 2005.

He was born on November 12, 1916, in Prospect, Texas, the son of Arden E. and Sibyl Davidson Marshall.

Mr. Marshall and his family moved to Eagle Lake, Texas, in 1953. He was a teacher at Eagle Lake High School and he also served as the business manager of the school. He retired as the tax assessor/collector for Rice Consolidated ISD.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Bryce Marshall and Paul Marshall and two sisters, Christine Marshall and Muzette Whatley.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Anna Belle Whitten Marshall; sons, Roy Clifton Marshall and wife, Ruth Ann of Giddings, Don Marshall of Spring and David Marshall and wife, Gena, of Bulverde, Texas; a brother, Jack A. Marshall of Dennison and a sister, Mildred Clemmer of Aubrey, Texas; eight grandchildren, Cliff and Sandra Marshall of Austin, Jeff and Teri Marshall of San Antonio, Susan and James Crawford of Bellville, Steven and Chrisy Marshall of LaGrange, Michael Marshall of San Antonio and Meghan, Ashley and Matthew Marshall of Bulverde; and 12 great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Kristin and Aaron Marshall of Austin, Justin and Josh Marshall of San Antonio, Brannon, Rachel, Jacey and Cameron Crawford of Bellville, and Kara Koether, Ty Koether and Ryann Elizabeth Marshall of LaGrange.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 25, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Chris Thacker officiating. Burial followed in Lakeside Mausoleum in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Cliff Marshall, Jeff Marshall, James Crawford, Steven Marshall, Michael Marshall and Matthew Marshall.

Final Arrangements were under the direction of the Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 27, 2005
Submitted by Ruth Ann Tate Marshall

Marshall, William

William Marshall, 23, died at the home of his brother, Lawrence Marshall, Thursday, Sept. 1, following a short illness. Willie, as he was known to his many friends come from his home in Hot Springs, Arkansas about ten days ago to visit relatives here. He was taken ill on the way, and his condition was such as to cause considerable alarm to his family for several days. He then began to improve, and was thought to be out of danger, when a sudden turn for the worse occurred, resulting in his death Thursday evening.

Willie Marshall was born in Sulphur Rock, Arkansas, January 22,1909. He came with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. W. M. Marshall to Columbus in 1916, growing to manhood at the family home south of Columbus. He attended the Columbus public schools, and won many friends by his kindly disposition. In 1931 the family moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas, which place was his home until his death.

Funeral services ere held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Marshall Saturday morning, with Rev. W. D. Wyatt officiating. Interment was in the Odd Fellows Rest. Pallbearers were Joe Dick Perry, Clifford Leyendecker, Charles Rutta, Lloyd Foster, David Foster and L R. Ragan.

Deceased is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. W. M. Marshall of Hot Springs, five brothers, Lawrence, Steve and Marian of Columbus, John and Jesse of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one sister, Mrs. W. H. Sinor of Columbus and by a number of nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, September 8, 1932
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Marshall, Willie Leo


Willie Leo Marshall, 59, of Sugar Land passed away Sept. 22.

He was born in Alleyton, March 7, 1947 to Carroll and Johnnie Mae Marshall. He attended Riverside High School and after graduating he enlisted in the United States Army. After returning home from the Army he worked at the race track in Alleyton for a number of years.

He was baptized at the Green Grove Baptist Church, under the leadership of the Rev. Hinton. He later moved to Sugar Land and was baptized ad the Sugarland Church of Christ. He later joined the Sugar Grove Church of Christ, where he was active and where he was employed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Regina Marshall; one brother; and two sisters.
He is survived by his sons, Alexce Marshall and wife Tamika of Columbus and Daniel Marshall of Houston; daughters, Erica Marshall-Brigham and spouse and Crystal Marshall, all of Houston; 26 grandchildren; one great-grandson, Trazel Bolden of Housston; five sisters, Helen Hurd, Jacqueline Williams and husband Larry and Hermoine "Bug" Marshall, all of Alleyton, Deborah "Lodie" Dunagan of Columbus and Gloria June Marshall of Campbell, Ohio; and two brothers, Lawrence Smith and wife Betty of Fort Worth and John Marshall and wife Patricia of Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 28 at Sugar Grove Church of Christ in Meadows Place.

No burial is scheduled at this time. [Place of interment unknown]

Pallbearers were Mr. Marshall's sons and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, October 11, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Marsolf, Lyn (Gold)


Lyn Gold Marsolf, 52, of Garwood passed away suddenly in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 1.

She was born on June 28, 1955 in El Campo. Marsolf is best remembered for her ability to appreciate the simple things in life. Quite simply-the two happiest days of her life were celebrating the marriage of her son, T.J. and Christie and the birth of her grandson, R.J.

Marsolf was a good hearted, caring, and spiritual person who led a private life. She delighted in the sunshine and outdoors, much preferring working with her horse Lacey to spending time indoors. The contagiousness of her laugh often brought anyone around her real pleasure.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edwin E. Gold.

She is survived by her son, Travis J. Buzek and wife Christie of Cypress; mother, Clara Buxkamper Gold of Garwood; sisters, LaVerne Haller and husband Ron of Corona, Calif.; Charlyne Bruce of Verona, Wis.; and Gretchen Wilkerson and husband Howard of Eagle Lake; brother, Ronnie Gold and wife Reneau of New Taiton; grandchildren, Sydney, Kayla and R.J.; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian burial took place on Oct. 4 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with the Rev. Joe Vrana officiating and cousins, Father Paul Raaz and Father Gregory Korenek co-celebrating. Burial followed in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Nada.

Pallbearers were Jason Berry, Brent Gold, Clint Gold, Stephen Haller, Daniel Wittig and Chad Fucik. Honorary pallbearers were Michelle McKenzie and Tiffany Wittig.

Donations may be made in Marsolf's honor to the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 131, Garwood, Texas 77442 or the American Diabetes Association, Houston Office, 2400 Augusta Drive, Suite 175, Houston, Texas 77057-4989.

Colorado County Citizen, October 10, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Martanado, Charlie

An unfortunate and lamentable tragedy took place in this city Saturday night about 11 o’clock. while drinking together, Louis Reissner, a popular young man of this city and Charlie Martanado, a young Mexican working on F.. E. Leidolf’s farm near Borden, became involved in a quarrel at the electric light plant, and young Reissner shot Martanado through the stomach with a 45-calibre pistol. The Mexican ran from the light plant to the building next to H. E. Carey’s residence, occupied by Manuel Efabarrero, where he endeavored to gain entrance, but the parties inside believing he ws intoxicated refused him entrance. He walked a few feet away, fell in a narrow alley east of the house and died. He was about 25 years old, and has several relatives living near Borden. [Place of interment unknown] The pistol used was secured by Reissner from the oil mill, and after the shooting was returned to that place by him. Reissner was intoxicated at the time of the tragedy and knew nothing of it the next morning when he became sober. He was horrified and his anguish was extreme when Marshal Insall informed him of what he had done. Search was made for the Mexican that night, but his body was not found until the following morning. An inquest was held by Judge VanAlstyne Sunday morning, and the finding was in accordance with the above facts. Young Reissner’s examining trial was set for Monday afternoon, but he waived examination, and was bound over in the sum of $3000 to await the action of the grand jury. His bond was signed by Chas. Allen, Louis Hillje and H. J. Laas and he was released. This tragedy is indeed deeply regretted, and by no one more than young Reissner himself, who through a sudden burst of passion while under the influence of drink permitted himself to take the life of his fellow-man, thus casting a blight over his own life forever.

Weimar Mercury, March 31, 1906

Martens, Lara M. H.

Clara, the 1 year and 2 months old baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Maertens of the New Bielau section, died and was buried Saturday in the New Bielau cemetery, after an illness which practically extended over the little one's entire life. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family whose grief can only be mitigated by the knowledge that the little baby girl is free from the cares, and heartaches of this life.

Weimar Mercury, July 11, 1913


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Martindale, W. R. (Dub)

W. R. Martindale Memorial Service Held June 25

W. R. (Dub) Martindale, 67 of Weimar died June 22 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center due to natural causes. A memorial service was held on June 25 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev. Vernon Rabel officiating. [He was cremated,]

He was born Aug. 16, 1932 in Jasper to Wiley Roy and Myrtle Bailey Martindale. He attended Jasper High Scholl, Texas A&M University and the University of Houston.

He married Rose Sampson on June 4, 1955 in Jasper. He served in the army from May 11, 1953 until April 29 1955, in England stationed at Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.

He was a land surveyor for the oil industry.

He lived in this area for 25 years, also living in Egypt, Tunisia, Peru, Venezuela, Bolivia, Columbia, Malta, Greece, England, Yemen, Australia, Mexico and Jasper.

Survivors include: a wife, Rose Martindale of Weimar; mother and step-father, Myrtle and Billy Kines of Jasper; two daughters, Ruth and Tom McCausland of Missouri City and Carol and David McCoskey of Weimar; a sister, Jo Kines of League City; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, a brother, George; a sister, Martha Nell Parker; and a granddaughter, Kelli McCoskey.

The Weimar Mercury June 29, 2000
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Martinak, John

Fayetteville, May 27.--John Martinak, a Bohemian farmer, aged 84 years, committed suicide by shooting himself with a shot gun, in the face, pulling the trigger with his big toe.

Weimar Mercury, June 4, 1909, page 3

Frelsburg, May 29.--John Martineck committed suicide Wednesday evening by shooting himself with a single barrel shogun in the mouth, pulling the trigger with his toe. Mr. Martineck was 84 years old. He lived with his son-in-law, Mr. Frank Janish, where he committed the deed. His remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, June 4, 1909, page 8

Martinek, Dorothy (Schuette)

Dorothy Martinek
November 8, 1928 - February 15, 2000

Services for Dorothy Martinek, 71, of Columbus and formerly of Ellinger were held Feb. 18 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellinger with Monsignor Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating.

Burial followed at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Martinek died Feb. 15 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born Nov. 8, 1928, in Frelsburg, Texas, the daughter of Pete R. and Cecilia O. Meyer Schuette.

Martinek was united in marriage with Arnold Martinek on Sept. 9, 1950.

Martinek was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary's Altar Society, Ellinger Hermann Sons and SPJST. She was affiliated with St. Mary's Catholic Church in Ellinger.

Martinek was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Nina and Glenn Holub of Columbus; two sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas and Barbara Martinek and Joe and Sharon Martinek, all of Columbus; and seven grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Larry Fruge, Richard and Ricky Meyer, Johnny and Bradley Divin and Travis Martinek.

Honorary pallbearers were Nathan Holub and Bryson Martinek.

Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, directors.

The Banner-Press Newspaper, February 2000
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Martinez, Amos Sidney "Goose"

Amos Sidney Martinez
April 12, 1961 - July 23, 2004

Amos Sidney Martinez, 43, of Abilene, formerly of Eagle Lake, passed away quietly at his home at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2004.

Amos, known as “Goose” to his family and friends, was born in Eagle Lake on April 12, 1961.

His family and friends were at his bedside as he left and went to the Great Spirit who called him home.

Amos’ mother, Severa Longoria; his wife Irma Hernandez; daughter, Jackie Martinez; son, William J. “B. J.” Hernandez and wife, Tisha; Amos’ granddaughter, Felizcity, sister, Carol M. Gaona and husband, Jose of Jasper; were with him to see him leave on his journey home. Two good friends, Rick and Taz, were also present.

His sister, Teresa Galindo and husband, Al, of Snyder and Frances Luna and family of Arkansas arrived for the memorial service held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 29.

Amos’ body was cremated under arrangements made by Elliot Hamil Funeral Home, Hickory, Texas.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, July 22, 2004
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Martinez, Jazmine Jean


Jazmine Jean Martinez, 8 days, of Columbus, passed away Sept. 9 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born Sept. 1 to Samuel Cabania Martinez Jr. and Sandra Daughtrey.

She is survived by her parents; sister, Desirae Martinez, of New Ulm; brother, Manuel Martinez, of New Ulm; grandparents, Herman and Betty Daughtrey, of Industry, Samuel Martinez Sr., of Damon and Larry and Shirley Falk, of Sommerville; and great-grandparents, Doris Daughtrey, of Weimar, Janie Garcia, of Alleyton, Isabel Martinez, of Damon and Albert and Gladys Gillam, of Sommerville.

Graveside services were at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, September 14, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Martinez, Jose A.


Joe Martinez, an aged Mexican who worked with the Weimar section gang for many years in times gone by died recently, at Baytown so we have been informed and the remains were brought here for interment in the St Michael's Cemetery, last Sunday afternoon. Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiated.

Martinez lived here for a number of years, was an industrious, hard-working man, well liked by our citizens, and his death is sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, November 8, 1935, page 4

Martinez, unknown

Post Special: Eagle Lake, Tex., October 9.--A Mexican named Romalda Sisero shot and instantly killed the wife of Guadalupe Martinez, on Captain Dunovant’s plantation, about five miles from town, Saturday night. On Sunday the murderer was captured by Constable D. I. Sutton and carried to jail in Columbus. Sisero was drunk when de did the shooting and from he evidence developed at the inquest the killing seems to have been without provocation. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, October 14, 1893

Marx, Annie (Mai)

Last Rites Held For Mrs. A. Marx

Mrs. Annie Marx, resident of the Eagle Lake community for thirty-four years, passed away at the home here Friday morning, Feb. 2nd. She was found dead by her daughter, Mrs. Annie Rollins and it was presumed she died sometime before retiring that night.

Funeral services were held on Monday, February 5th, from the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with the Rev. Edward Geiser officiating.

Burial was in the Lakeside Cemetery. Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Rosary was recited at the funeral home Sunday evening.

Serving as pallbearers were: Logan Heck, Milton Warva and Roy Wied of Columbus, Donald Pennington and Wilbert Gundelach of Eagle Lake, and Billie L. Henneke of Baytown.

Surviving are four daughters: Mrs. Etina Heck of Columbus, Mrs. Tony Seidel and Mrs. Annie Rollins of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Ella Rankin of Pasadena; four sons, Paul A. Marx of Rosenberg, Harry P. Marx of Hurst, Charlie P. Marx and Raymond Marx of Eagle Lake; one stepson, A. L. Marx of Eagle Lake.

Also, a brother, Paul Mai of New Ulm; and two sisters, Mrs. Emma Wied of Columbus and Mrs. Elma Seidel of East Bernard; and 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her husband preceded her in death in 1955.

Sympathy is extended to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 15, 1968
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Marx,Charlie Paul


Charlie Paul Marx, 86, of Weimar, passed away June 1 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

He was born Aug. 25, 1920 in Wharton to Annie Mai and Charles Marx. He married Vilina Seidel Marx on Dec. 9, 1963 and worked as a mechanic at Horton and Horton Gravel Pit. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a member of the VFW Post 5075 in Weimar.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Charles Marx; sisters, Annie Rollins, Tinnie Heck, Tonie Seidel and Ella Rankin; brothers, Raymond Marx and Paul Marx; and granddaughter, Cindy Marx.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Wayne Marx, of Pearson, Ga. and Gene Marx, of Weimar; brother, Harry Marx, of Fort Worth; and grandchildren, Jennifer Marx, Mark Denham and Rose Denham; and great-grandchildren, Lyanah Marx and Cinvandra King.

Funeral services were June 5 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Donnie Rollins, David Rollins, Derek Rollins, Jerry Grissom, Chris Gundelach and Eddie Gundelach.

Colorado County Citizen, June 5, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Marx, Cindy Marie

Cindy Marx Funeral Services Slated May 24

Cindy Marie Marx, 18 of Weimar died May 20. Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, May 24 at 2 p.m. at the Henneke Funeral Home with Pastor Teo Cisneros and Pastor Jerry Adkins officiating.

Interment will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Cindy was born on March 29, 1988 in Eagle Lake to Gene K. and Debbie Ann (Delgado) Marx.

She received her GED and worked as a baby sitter. She was a lifetime resident of Weimar.

She is survived by her parents, Gene and Debbie Marx of Borden, sister Jennifer Marx and fiancee Eddie King of Weimar, grandparents, Dan and Lorene Delgado of Weimar, and Charlie and Vilina Marx of Borden.

She is also survived by her half-sister, Rose Denham of Weimar ; half-brother, Mark Denham of Weimar; niece, Lyanah Marx of Weimar; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her uncle, Charles Marx.

Pallbearers will be Eddie King, Dan Delgado III, Samuel Urdialez Jr., Ricki Martinez, Mike Martinez, Ricky Martinez, Lee Beyer, and Joe Martinez.

Weimar Mercury, May 25, 2006

Mascheck, Vlasta Rose (Klimek)

Vlasta Rose Klimek Mascheck

Vlasta Rose Klimek Mascheck, 83, of Eagle Lake, passed away in Columbus on September 9.

Vlasta was born in Fayetteville on May 10, 1926 to Frank and Albina Klimek.

She married Victor Mascheck May 18, 1948. Vlasta was a dedicated homemaker, devoted mother and loyal wife, great cook and pie baker.

She loved to play bingo and cards with her family and friends. She was a member of the Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church and KJZT Society in Eagle Lake.

She is survived by her daughter, Lucy and husband, Jerry Gilmore of Houston; sons, Patrick and wife, Margaret Mascheck of Eagle Lake, Carl and wife, Marchell Mascheck of Richland, WA; granddaughter, Vickie and husband, Roy Jones; and great grandson, Blake Dustin Jones of Montgomery, Texas; sister, Evelyn Linke of El Campo; brother Edwin “Shamrock” and wife, Ruth Klimek of Bryan and stepfamily, Jennifer Martinez and husband, Adrian and Austin, Kevin Gilmore and wife, Sheryl and Erin and Kayla, Taye Gilmore and Tayelor, Amanda and Theresa Henry; plus numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and special friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Victor; daughter, Cynthia Randall; son, Victor Ray Mascheck; granddaughter, Shannon Rene Mascheck; great-grandson, Blaine Dylan Jones; sister, Dorothy Chovenac; and brother, Frank Klimek; and daughter-in-law, Katherine Mascheck.

A rosary was recited Friday September 11 at 7 p.m.

Funeral services were held at Eagle Lake Funeral Home Saturday, September 12, at 10 a.m.

Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery following the services.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 17th, 2009

Mason, Georgia Mae (Christal)

Georgia Mae Mason

Georgia Mae Mason, 56, of Eagle Lake, died on Sunday, March 30 at 5:25 a.m. She was born on December 9, 1929, a daughter of the late McKinley and Eliza Christal.

She was reared and attended public school in Eagle Lake. She was converted at an early age under the pastorage of Rev. L. E. Brown at Mount Olive Baptist Church. She was a faithful member of the usher board and worked faithfully until her death.

Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, April 2 from Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Rudolph Kiser Sr., pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the Eagle Lake Community Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

Survivors include her widower, Bill Mason of Eagle Lake; two sons, Robert Mason of Houston and Oria Mason of Round Rock; two daughters, Beverly Mason and Delories Mason, both of Eagle Lake; two stepsons, Billy Joe Mason and Robert Earl Mason; one stepdaughter, Mildred Hatton; one brother, McKinley Christal Jr.; aunt, Marie Washington of Houston; fourteen grandchildren; two nieces, six nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

Pallbearers were Dwight Boykin, Roderick Boykin, Lee Ray Boykin, Alex Wootridge, Terry Gant, Willie B. Christal. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Mason, Ona Mason, Billy Joe Mason, Richard Joe Spates, Robert Mason Jr., McKinley Christal Jr.

Arrangements were under the direction of Mann Funeral Home of Eagle Lake.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 10, 1986, page 9

Mason, Wesley

Last Saturday night a difficulty occurred near town on the farm of Mr. Jas. Seymour between two negro men named Wes. Mason and Bill Robinson, in which the former was killed by the latter. The difficulty originated about family matters. Robison was arrested and jailed. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, March 29, 1888, page 3

Masopust, Mary

On Saturday at noon during a thunderstorm a lady by the name of Mary Masopust was struck by lightning and killed instantly, on the farm of Mrs. Seydler a few miles north of Weimar. A 2-year-old child which she was carrying in her arms was not injured at all. The woman and her brother had been picking cotton and were hurrying home to escape the rain, when the lightning struck her. She was buried the following day. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, September 19, 1896, page 5

Massey, Courtney Scott

Funeral Held April 29 for C. Massey

Courtney Scott Massey, age 15, of Houston, died April 27 as a result of an automobile accident.

Courtney, the daughter of Gayle Scott Barnett and Henry Potthast Massey, was born August 24, 1977, in Houston.

She is survived by her mother and stepfather, William Edward Barnett of Houston; her father and stepmother, Carolyn S. Galloway, M.D. of Houston; her sister Ann Alisha Massey of Houston; her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John Ernest Scott of Weimar, and Mrs. Hollis Massey and the late Hollis Massey of Columbus.

Courtney is also survived by her aunt, Gloria Lee Scott of San Antonio, aunt and uncle John Hollis and Elizabeth Shatto Massey of Dallas; and cousins Elizabeth, John and Preston Massey of Dallas.

Courtney is survived by many extended family members including stepsisters, Amanda Barnett, Jenny, Amy and Rebecca Street, and stepbrothers Mark and Paul Barnett.

Courtney’s zest for life was expressed through her active participation in the many organizations to which she belonged.

At Spring Branch Middle School, Courtney was a member of both the volleyball and track teams.

At Memorial Senior High School, Courtney was on the freshman volleyball and golf teams.

As an active member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, Courtney was baptized by the Rev. Dr. Kelly Williams on February 5, 1982, and confirmed on March 4, 1990.

She was actively involved in the Wesley Choir, the youth Share Group and Methodist Youth Fellowship.

Courtney had a special fondness for horseback riding, golf, water and snow skiing. Her best friends, “Bonnie Blue,” “Socks,” and “Dusty” all had special places in Courtney’s life.

Courtney’s family participated in the Life Gift donor program.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 29 in the sanctuary of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay.

The Rev. Dr. Kelly Williams and the Rev. Martin Nicholas of Chapelwood, and the Rev. Dr. Eugene Cragg of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church officiating.

Gravesides services were Thursday, April 29, at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar, With the Rev. Norman Sirnic of Weimar United Church of Christ officiating.

Pallbearers were John Hollis Massey, II, Preston Massey, Barry Anderson, Will Miertschin, Jason Irvin, David Fortney, Peyton Millinor, Rick Berry, Betsy LaFuze, Marlee Slovacek, Katherine Ruffin, Leigh Manning, Daniel Chambers, and Mimi Epps.

Honorary Pallbearers were the Memorial High School girls’ Freshman Volley ball and Golf Teams, Girl Scout Troop 5040, members of the Chapelwood Methodist Church Youth Fellowship and Wesley Choir, and all of the special Camp Mystic friends.

The Weimar Mercury, May 6, 1993
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Massey, Dorothy (Potthast)


Dorothy Potthast Massey, wife of former Colorado County attorney and businessman Hollis Massey, passed away on May 9 in Columbus.

She was born on February 21, 1917, the only child of Dr. A. H. and Mrs. Olga Laas Potthast in Weimar, and attended the public schools in Weimar. Her grandparents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Laas and Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Potthast also of Weimar. She married Hollis Massey on November 22, 1933 and in 1941 they moved to Columbus from Schulenburg where they lived the remainder of their lives and raised three children. Mrs. Massey was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. She was at times active in various capacities at the First United Methodist Church of Columbus and served on its official Board of Trustees. She was also interested in the Columbus Community Hospital, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Magnolia Homes Tour, Live Oak Art Center, Stafford Opera House and also member of Order of Eastern Star.

Her main hobby for over 60 years was playing cards with her friends. She also enjoyed traveling frequently to Europe and many places in the United States.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; grandchild, Courtney Scott Massey

She is survived by sons John Hollis Massey and his wife, Elizabeth Anne Shatto Massey of Dallas, Henry Potthast Massey of Houston and Thomas Otto Massey; grandchildren Elizabeth Denise Massey, John Hollis Massey II, Preston Laas Massey and his wife Anne True Massey, and Ann Alisha Massey.

A memorial service was conducted at the First United Methodist Church of Columbus May 11. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Jeff Steger, Darryl Giddens, Stafford Parks, George King, John A. Hancher, Tom B. Hancher, Tommy Brasher, Doak Hartley, Sparky Aldridge, Melvin Huebel, Dittman Harrison, Landon Alford, Henry Potter, Paul Breyman Jr., D.C. Fehrenkamp, Harry Cherry Jr., Ross McDow Jr. and John Hoyt.

Memorial contributions may be given to Columbus Community Hospital, The First United Methodist Church, or church of your choice

Colorado County Citizen, May 16, 2001

Massey, Hollis


Hollis Massey, retired lawyer and businessman, died Sunday, September 18, 1988. Mr. Massey was a victim of Alzheimers disease and had been confined to the River Oaks Nursing Home since 1981. Mr. Massey, who was 82 years of age at the time of his death, was born in Honoraville, Alabama on January 3, 1906. He was the son of John Wesley and Leila Nichols Massey. He graduated from the public high school at Greenville, Alabama in 1923 and attended the University of Florida at Gainesville, Florida where he majored in pre-law and business studies. He moved to Dallas, Texas in 1928 to attend law school at Southern Methodist University. Mr. Massey received his law degree from S.M.U. in 1931 and became a member of the State Bar Association that same year. Mr. Massey supported himself through seven years of college and law school by working as a part-time salesman for the Fuller Brush Company and by working summers in the wheat fields near Enid, Oklahoma. He paid his way through law school by working as a truck driver and a night cashier for the Manor Bread Baking Company of Dallas. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Massey practiced law for one year in Richmond, Texas. He then moved to Schulenburg, Texas where he maintained his law practice for eight years. In 1933, he married the former Dorothy Potthast of Weimar. They moved to Columbus in 1941 when he transferred his law practice to Columbus because it was the county seat and many of his most important clients were residents of Colorado County. While Mr. Massey's primary professional interest was his law practice, he was an active member of the Board of Directors of the Hill Bank and Trust Company of Weimar from 1936 to 1981 and had served as an honorary member of its Board of Directors since 1981. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of Columbus State Bank from 1942 to 1981 and had served as honorary Chairman of its Board of Directors since 1981. From 1963 to 1969, Mr. Massey was a principal stockholder of Farmer's national Bank of Fayetteville, Texas and served on its Board of Directors. Mr. Massey had a lifelong interest in public affairs and was a member of the Democratic Party. In 1936, while residing in Fayette County, he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Texas State Legislature. During the late 1930's and early 1940's Mr. Massey served in both Colorado and Fayette Counties as County Campaign Chairman for the Congressman, J. J. Mansfield. In 1938, he served as the South Texas Campaign Chairman for his law school classmate, Gerald Mann, who was elected State Attorney General. Mr. Massey was an elected member of the Columbus Independent School District Board of Trustees from 1944 to 1962, but was defeated in his effort to be elected mayor of the city of Columbus in 1948. In the late 1950's, Mr. Massey was appointed by former mayor Reginald Taylor to disenfranchise the Texas Southeaster Gas Company. This effort was successful and it led to the city's purchase of its own gas distribution facilities. Mr. Massey was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Columbus where he served on the Church's Board of Trustees for many years. He also maintained an active interest in the Annual Conference of the Southwest Texas Region of the Methodist Church and served several terms on the Finance and Appropriations Committee for the church conference. Through the church, Mr. Massey endowed the Massey Family Scholarship Fund, which is open to students of all races. Mr. Massey served a number of terms on the Board of Trustees of the Columbus Community Hospital and was active in the fund raising activities for both the hospital on Spring Street (which now serves as the city's municipal offices), as well as the new Columbus Community Hospital on Shult Drive. He was a life-time member of the Live Oak Art Club, Magnolia Homes Tour, Inc., and the Stafford Opera House. Mr. Massey was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, Houston Scottish Rite, and Arabia Temple. Mr. Massey's hobbies were hunting and fishing. Beginning in the late 1940's and continuing through the early 1960's, he made a trip almost every year to hunt and fish in either Alaska or the western Canadian provinces of British Columbia and the Yukon. Mr. Massey is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Columbus and three sons: John Hollis Massey and his wife, Elizabeth Shatto Massey, Henry Potthast Massey and his wife, Gayle Scott Massey, and Thomas O. Massey; five grandchildren: Elizabeth Denise, John Hollis II, and Preston Laas Massey of Dallas, and Ann Alisha and Courtney Scott Massey of Houston. Services were hold Tuesday, September 20, 1988 at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Columbus with Rev. Robert Walker officiating. Graveside Services followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar, Texas. Pallbearers were James G. Alridge, Dr. Thomas B. Hancher, James D. Stein, James H. Wooten III, Daryl Giddens, Georg L. H. King, Stafford Parks. Honorary Pallbearers were Phil Gates, Dr. J. H. Wooten, John Hancher, Max Rogers, Ernest Scott, John Hajovsky, Dr. C. I. Schult, LeRoy Stein, Delmar Fehrenkamp, Landon Alford, Robert Wolters, Roland Duncan, Chris Stein, and Leo Kohleffel. Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The Colorado County Citizen, September 22, 1988
Submitted by David Hahn

Massey, Jane (Mason)

Mrs. Jane Massey, 78, of Eagle Lake , died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1994, in an Eagle Lake hospital.

Born July 26, 1916, in Dewey, Okla., she was the daughter of Winsor Rollins and Sidnie (Sprague) Mason. Mrs. Massey had been a resident of Eagle Lake for the past 13 years. She had retired in 1978 as accountant for Southwestern Drug Company of corpus Christi. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake and Eagle Lake Community Hospital Auxiliary.

Funeral services were held Oct. 20, at the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake with Rev. David Mann officiating. Graveside services followed at Seaside Memorial Park Cemetery in Corpus Christi. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were deacons of the First Baptist Church and members of the Eagle Lake Hospital Auxiliary.

Mrs. Massey is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Phillip Ferguson of Eagle Lake and Pamela and Allen Pfeiffer of Houston; son and daughter-in-law, Charlie and Gini Massey of rock hill, S.C.; sister, Mrs. Grace Ferris of Eagle Lake; grandchildren Kimberly Ferguson, Elizabeth Ferguson and Periwinkle Ferguson, all of Austin, Connie Hutzel of Mason, Ohio, Clay Massey of Virginia Beach, Va. and Phillip Ferguson II of Eagle Lake; great-grandchildren Codi Gabrielle Massey of Virginia Beach; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Edwin Massey in 1963; sisters Susie Myers, Madeline Johnston, and Dovie Utterback and bother Charlie B. Mason.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, P.O. Box 339, Eagle Lake, TX 77434 or Eagle Lake Hospital Auxiliary, 600 S. Austin Road, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

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

Masters, Emma

Service For Mrs. Masters Held At Rock Island Sunday

Funeral services were held at Rock Island Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Emma Masters of Hempstead. The Masters family are former Rock Island citizens, having moved away a number of years ago. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Clara Keller, Hempstead; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Edith Masters of Bellville, and four children[sic].

Colorado County Citizen, December 12, 1946

Matcek, Adolf Ben

Garwood Express: Mr. Adolf Matcek, Sr., one of the oldest and highly respected citizens of this community, died last Saturday morning at the John Sealy Hospital in Galveston after an illness of less than one week due to cancer of the intestines, at the age of 55.

Mr. Matcek was born in Pisarov, Bohemia, October 1856, and spent his boyhood days with his parents. He was married to Miss Maria Kroboth in his native country. In the spring of 1890 he emigrated into this country with his family settling near Schulenburg in Fayette County. After residing there for five years, he moved with his family into this county, settling near the place of his last residence, engaging in the farming industry.

He leaves to mourn his loss a devoted wife, three sons and three daughters, John, Frank and Adolph, Miss Bettie, Mrs. Henry Huvar, and Mrs. John Drlik and many other relatives and friends. [Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, October 13, 1911, page 1

Matcek, Emily (Kroboth)


Emily Matcek, a resident of the Garwood area for the past 68 years, passed away in a Houston Hospital on July 16, 1984 after an extended illness.

She was born in Czechoslovakia on February 24, 1900 to the late Joseph and Mary David Kroboth and was 84 years old.

The body lay in state in the Triska Chapel until 2 pm. Wednesday. Rosary was recited at 3:30 at the St. Marys Catholic Church in Nada, with funeral services following at 4 pm.

Rev. John Bily officiated.

Interment was In the St. Marys Cemetery under the direction of the Triska Funeral Home.

She is survived by five sons: Bennie, Ganado; Frank, Stafford; Leo, Houston; James, Hillje; and John, Garwood; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ben Matcek, Jr., Perry Matcek, Frank Matcek, III, Jimmy Drlik, Stanley Drlik, and Clarence Hofron.

Colorado County Citizen, July 26, 1984, page 2

Matcek, Frank


Frank Matcek, who died at his home in Garwood Thursday at the age of 51, was buried Saturday in Nada [St. Mary's]. Rev. Edmund Bily of St. Mary's church in Nada officiated at the service.

Mr. Matcek is survived by his wife Mrs. Millie Matcek; 5 sons; Ben, Frank, Leo, James and Johnnie; 2 sisters, Mrs. Francis Huvar and Mrs. Mary Drlik; and his brother Adolph.

Pallbearers were Bill Huvar, Rudy Drlik, Jimmy Drlik, Charles Matcek, Adolph Matcek and Dalerian Matcek.

Colorado County Citizen, July 14, 1949
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Matcek, Lester


Little Lester, the six year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Matyek [sic.] died Wednesday night.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, Nov. 24, 1927
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Garwood Gatherings.

The friends of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Matcek extend them heartfelt sympathy in the sudden death of their little son, Lester, 5 years old, who passed last Wednesday evening at 8:30 o’clock. He was ill but a few hours. Dr. McLellan of Eagle Lake was called but the little fellow died shortly after the doctor’s arrival. Funeral services were held at the Nada Catholic Church with interment at the Nada Catholic cemetery, on Friday.

Mr. Adolph Matcek and son, Charley, of Needville were here Friday to attend the funeral of little Lester Matcek.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Saturday, November 26, 1927
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Mathee, Dorothea (Schumacher)


Mrs. Dora Mathee, moher of Henry, Augustus, Mrs. Tom Wagner and W. A. Mathee, died in this city last Monday, and her remains were interred [City Cemetery] at 10 o’clock Tuesday, Mr. Hotchkiss officiating. She was 64 years of age and came to Texas in 1848. Peace to her memory.

Weimar Mercury, March 7, 1889

Mathee, Emma Augusta


Miss Emma Augusta Mathee, 62 years old, died at her residence, 3515 Avenue Q, at 5:15 o'clock yesterday morning. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Thomas Wagner of Columbus, Tex., a brother,. W. A. Mathee of Houston, and two nieces, Mrs. L.G.Wagner and Mrs. A. J. Cook, of Galveston. The body will be sent to Columbus for burial at 6:15 o'clock this morning by F. P Malloy & Son, undertakers.--Galveston News. [Interment in City Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1918

Mathee, Gustav A. B.

Express Special: Columbus, July 20.--Died here last night at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Bertha Wagner, Gustav A. B Mathee, at the age of 45[sic] years. He is survived by a brother, W. A. Mathee of Houston, and Mrs. Bertha Wagner of this city and two daughters. His remains were interred in the City cemetery at 4 o’clock this evening.

Weimar Mercury, July 28, 1906, page 1

Mathee, Hattie Aubrey

Miss Matthee services are held here yesterday

Last rites for Miss Hattie Aubrey Mathee, who would have been 81, June 13, were held at Columbus Funeral home yesterday afternoon, the Rev. Gregory Robertson of First Methodist church officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Miss Mathee, a native of Columbus, was born June 13, 1886, to William A. and Nettie Zumwalt Matthee.

She graduated from the University of Texas about 1906 and was a charter member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She taught school in Houston and Panama before going into the antique business. She was partner-owner of Houston's Shabby Shoppe from 1923 until stock was liquidated in a auction only a few weeks ago. She was a resident of Houston 68 years and had returned to Columbus because of failing health. She died in Columbus Convalescent home early Tuesday morning.

She is survived by 2 cousins, Thurmond B. West of Columbus, and Mrs. Arthur H. Copeland of An Arbor, Mich.

Pallbearers were Sam K. Seymour III, Gus H. Miller Jr., Neville Miekow, James Dunn Seymour, Joe Hastedt and Dr. Charles Moeller Jr.

Here for the services were a large number of Miss Mathee's friends from Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Bain and children from Ft. Worth and Mrs. Copeland from Ann Arbor, along with other family relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, June 1, 1967
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Mathee, Malzena

Graveside Rites Held Here Tuesday For Miss Mathee

Graveside services were held here Tuesday afternoon [at Odd Fellows Rest cemetery] for Miss Malzena Mathee of Houston, who died there at 11:30 a.m. Sunday after an illness of several months. Dr. John Skien officiated. Earlier services were held at Miss Mathee’s home in Houston, with Dr. Perceival officiating, assisted by Dr. Skien.

Miss Mathee, a native Houstonian, was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist church of that city and was a member of the church choir. She also belonged to the Houston Hearing society. She visited in Columbus many times each year at the home of her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Thurmond B. West and daughters, Mary and Nancy.

Survivors are a sister, Miss Hattie Mathee of Houston, a brother-in-law, Colbert Coldwell of El Paso, and other cousins, Dr. and Mrs. A. H. Copeland of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Dr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Copeland Jr. of Lafayette, Ind.

Houston people her for the services included Mesdames Bart Jones, Court Norton, Jack K. Maxwell, Allen D. McKillop, James D. Dawson Jr., H. Walter Peters, Else Zesrhke and Billie Moore and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Schumacher.

Colorado County Citizen, August 25, 1960, page 10

Mathee, Mary Jane (Holden)

Died, on Thursday night, 1st instant, in this city, of typhoid pneumonia, Mrs. Mary Mathee, consort of Mr. Gus Mathee. She was a faithful wife, a kind mother, and devoted friend, and her loss is much lamented. She leaves a babe five months old to brave the battle of life without a mother’s counsels. Her remains were deposited beneth the sod on Friday of last at the City Cemetery, there to await the Resurrection morn. To the bereaved relatives and friends of deceased we tender condolence.

Colorado Citizen, February 8. 1883

Mathee, Nettie Ella (Zumwalt)

Mrs. Nettie Mathee

Funeral services for Mrs. Nettie Ella Mathee of Houston were scheduled for Tuesday upon the arrival of the westbound S.P. train at 11:29 A.M., but were delayed by reason of the high water. The remains will now come via auto, time not yet announced. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Mrs. Mathee, nee Miss Nettie Ella Zumwalt, was born in Lavaca county August 21, 1861. She was married to Mr. W. A.Mathee Jan. 14, 1885, at Columbus. Mr. Mathee preceded her in death on November 16, 1932.

Surviving here are four children, Miss Hattie Mathee of Houston, Mrs. Colbert Coldwell of El Paso, Mrs. Woodford Babbitt of Gatun, Canal Zone and Miss Malzena Mathee of Houston, her mother, Mrs. M. A. Zumwalt, a brother, Mr. O. A. Zumwalt, and a sister, Mrs. Irma West, of this city.

The bereaved ones have the sympathy of the entire community.

Colorado County Citizen, June 20, 1935

Mathee, William Anton

Former Columbus Man Dies In Houston, Tex.

Houston papers of the past week end contained news of the death of Mr. Wm. A. Mathee, former Columbus businessman, but who, with his family had been living in Houston for a number of years. His death occurred on Wednesday of last week at the family home, 5500 Crawford Street, aged 74 years.

In the seventies and eighties Mr. Mathee was associated in business in Columbus with his brother-in-law, the late Thos. Wagner, on Spring Street. He was a man of pleasing address, good business judgment, an honest, upright citizen, possessing the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. He was a man of exceptionally fine character and deportment.

Early in life he was married to Miss Nettie Zumwalt, a sister of Mayor O. A. Zumwalt of Columbus, and the widow and four daughters survive. The daughters are Misses Hattie A. Mathee and Malzena Mathee of Houston, Mrs. Colbert Caldwell of El Paso and Mrs. W. H. Bobbitt of Panama. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Bertha Wagner of Columbus.

The body was transported overland from Houston to Columbus and there laid to rest. [Odd Fellows Rest]

As a life-long friend and admirer of Will Mathee the writer tenders his heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, November 25, 1932
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Matheus, Anna


Mrs. August Matheus, who for some time has been on the sick list, died last Wednesday at her home in Content. She was 62 years old. She leaves a husband and six children: Carl Mathues[sic] of Poth, Wilson Co.; Otto Matheus, Taylor; Hermann Matheus, Luling; Paul Matheus, Hallettsville; Willie Matheus, Content; Ida Sachtleben, Halletsville. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved. [Interment in New Bielau Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1912, page 3

Matheus, August

August Mathus Passes Away

August Mathus died Tuesday after a lingering illness. HIs death occurred at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Sachtleben. Mr. Mathus would have been 69 years of age on October 16, this year. The body, accompanied by Wm Sachtleben, of this city , and Paul Mathus, of Alfred was shipped to Weimar Wednesday for interment [New Bielau Cemetery] To the large circle of relatives and friends who mourn the loss of the deceased the Record begs to be remembered. Deceased was born in Germany and immigrated to this country while quite young. Being unable to get correct data on life of deceased we are unable to give a more suitable mention.--Orange Grove Record.

Weimar Mercury, September 19, 1915, page 2

Mathias, Rosina (Mikeska)

Frelsburg, May 20--Mrs. Mathias, an aged lady, wife of Andrew Mathias, died at her daughter’s home on the 18th instant. [Interment in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, June 1, 1901, page 1

Mathis, James A. Sr.

James A. Mathis Sr., 78, of Eagle Lake, passed away Jan. 12, at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton.

He was born in Lexington, Nov. 21, 1923, to Sam and Ethel (Douglas) Mathis. He was a lifelong resident of Eagle Lake and a graduate of Eagle Lake High School Class of 1941. Mathis was a combat veteran of World War II, serving honorably with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater, a crewman aboard "The Stinger" USS Wasp (CV-18). Following the war on Jan. 12, 1947, he and Selma Florine German, were married at the First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake.

Mathis was a 50 year member and past master of Eagle Lake Masonic Lodge #366 A.F. & A.M., and former district deputy grand master of the 33rd Masonic District of the State of Texas. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake and prior to his retirement, worked for the Santa Fe Railroad in Eagle Lake for over 30 years. Mathis loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and deer hunter.

he was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters, Nina Minick and Audrey Owens; and brother, Frank Mathis.

He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Beverly and Marvin Duddleston of Eagle Lake, Sarah and James Turner of Leander, Patti and Joe Bauhs of Richmond and Linda and Leon Wagner of Alleyton; son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Shelia Mathis Jr. of Eagle Lake; brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Josephine Mathis of Bay City; grandchildren, Jeff and Jamie Marquart of California, Lorri Duddleston of New Orleans, La., Brent and Brandon Mathis of Eagle Lake, Jessica and Bryan Turner of Leander, Ashley and Bryana Bauhs of Richmond, Jason Waddell of Michigan, Sharla Waddell of Eagle Lake, John Jack and Nolan Waddell of Alleyton, Brandi and Amberly Wagner of Hempstead; and four great-grandchildren, Dalton McCary of Eagle Lake, Billy Waddell of Caldwell and Desmond and Jade Wagner both of Hempstead.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 15, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home, in Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Brent Beasley, pastor, First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake officiating. Masonic graveside services and interment followed in the Masonic Cemetery of Eagle Lake under the auspices of Eagle Lake Lodge #366 Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons.

Pallbearers were Joe Bauhs, James Turner, Marvin Duddleston, Leon Wagner, nephew Gary Mathis and good friend Clark Powers.

The family has requested memorials be directed to the Eagle Lake Masonic Lodge, PO Box 366, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Colorado County Citizen, January 16, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Mathis, Marie Anna

We regret to record the death, at Frelsburg, on the 15th of April of Mrs. C. J. Mathis, a native of Lotringen, Germany, and a resident of this county since 1865. She leaves a husband, one son, and many friends to mourn her untimely decease. She died of hemorrhage of the womb. The deceased was loved by all who knew her and we extend to the bereaved family our condolence. [Interment in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, April 30, 1885

Matlock, Bessie (Dolezal)


Mrs. Jim Matlock died at her home on the Brandt place, south of town, Tuesday, after a brief illness. The heart broken husband has our sincere sympathy in his great loss.--Columbus Citizen

Mrs. Matlock, before marriage, was a Miss Bessie Dolezal, and lived in the Borden section. She was between 23 and 24 years old, had been married two years, and was a lovable, good woman. She leaves a husband and 2 months old baby boy. She was related to the family of Mr. Jos. Krejci of Content, and they, together with other relatives and friends of this section, attended the funeral at Columbus last Wednesday. [Interment at Columbus City Cemetery] Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 4, 1927, page 4

Matlock, Ruth (Buffington)

Death of Mrs. Hugh Matlock

A mantle of sorrow was thrown over our little city when the sad message was received here Sunday morning that Mrs. Ruth Buffington Matlock was dead. She died at the Baptist Sanitarium in Houston at 9 o’clock Sunday morning; age 25 years, 5 months and 19 days. Mrs. Matlock, who was Miss Ruth Buffington of this city, was married on the 27th of last April to Mr. Hugh Matlock of Texas City. About a week later she was taken ill from which she never recovered, her death being due to pertonities[sic]. Mrs. Matlock was a most estimable lady, and her sweet disposition and gentle manner have won her popularity wherever she has gone. She was a bright, intellectual, sweet and unassuming young woman, just in the bloom of life. At the time she contracted the fatal illness she was a teacher in the Texas City high school. Mrs. Matlock was formerly a teacher in the Eagle Lake school a few years ago and previous to this time taught the school at Garwood. She was a most devoted and loving daughter, and idolized by her parents, brothers and sisters. The remains were shipped to Eagle Lake Sunday night. The funeral services were held at the family home in this city at half past four o’clock Monday afternoon with interment in the Lakeside cemetery, Rev. Mr. Tracy, the local Methodist pastor, officiating. Besides a grief-stricken mother and father and a heartbroken young husband, she leaves three sisters, Mrs. O. R. Davis, Misses Nida and Nellie, and four brothers, George, Dan, Dick and John to mourn her death.

Mr. Van Worthington, Miss Grace Worthington, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Buffington of Houston, and Mrs. N. C. Rigg of Rock Island were here to attend the funeral.

To the sorrowing relatives, the HEADLIGHT extends its deepest sympathy in their hour of sore affliction.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 10, 1911, page 3

Mattern, Anna Elizabeth (Hoffmann)

Mrs. J. Mattern Services Held Here Yesterday

Funeral services for Mrs. Jacob Mattern, 81, were held yesterday afternoon at St. Paul Lutheran church, Rev. H. L. Anderson officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. The body lay in state at Columbus Funeral home until time of services.

Mrs. Mattern died in Columbus hospital Monday night after suffering a series of heart attacks. She was taken to the hospital Sunday night.

Born in Helotes, Texas, near San Antonio, Aug. 5. 1884, she was a daughter of Charles and Augusta Zuelecke Hoffmann. She was married to Jacob Mattern March 17, 1903.

The couple came to Columbus soon after their marriage and opened a bakery, which later grew into a grocery store. The grocery is still operated by their children. Mr. and Mrs. Mattern helped to organize the Lutheran church in Columbus and were always faithful members. Mrs. Mattern was a member of the Ladies Aid of the Lutheran church.

The couple lost a son, Willie, who died in 1962 at the age of 51. Mrs. Mattern is survived by 4 sons, John and Carl of Columbus, Thomas of Phoenix, Ariz., and Edward of San Antonio and 2 daughters, Miss Elsie Mattern of Columbus and Mrs. A. W. Kohleffel of Eagle Lake, also by 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Oscar Henicke, Thurman Brune, Marvin Hillmer, Lennardt Stolle, Gus Sronce and John Meismer.

Colorado County Citizen, June 16, 1966

Mattern, Bertha Mae (Wendel)


Bertha Mae Wendel Mattern, 96, of Columbus, passed away Dec. 14, in Lewisville.

She was born on Jan. 17, 1910 in Bernardo, to Charles and Katherine (Katy) Brod Wendel and married John J. Mattern June 10, 1934. She grew up on a farm near El Campo, and graduated from El Campo High School in 1928. She is believed to have been the last living member of her graduating class.

Bertha Mae lived most of her life in Columbus, where she was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court, Mary Queen of the Snows 1588, the Altar Society, State of Texas Confederate Daughters, Girl Scout Leader, Columbus Live Oak Art Center, Columbus Hospital Auxiliary and Garden Club. She and her husband John were in the grocery business for many years. She was a great lady and was loved by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant brother Charles Wendel; and sisters, Lucille Blankenburg and Bernice Horn.

Mattern is survived by a sister, Anna Marie McColgan of Lewisville; four nieces; three nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 19 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, with Fr. Dan Kahlich officiating and under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Memorial contributions may be given to Faith Hospice, 6100 Colwell Blvd., Suite 225, Irving, Texas 75039 or St. Anthony Catholic Church, P.O. Box 669, Columbus, Texas 78934.

Colorado County Citizen, December 20, 2006
Submitted by Mike Mattern

Mattern, Carl August

Carl August Mattern

Funeral Services for Carl August Mattern of Columbus are scheduled at 2p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran·Church.

The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m.

Interment will be at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Schlortt and Intern Brian Gigee will officiate.

Arrangements are under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Mr. Mattern, a retired merchant, died Monday at the age of 74.

He was born to Jacob and Anna Hoffmann Mattern on Nov. 23, 1905 at San Antonio. He and Eldora Michaelis Mattern were married on Dec. 10, 1935.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church, a retired member of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department and a charter member of the Columbus Chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

He is survived by his wife, Eldora of Columbus; two sons and their wives, Carl and Janelle Mattern of Houston
and Michael and Angelika. Mattern of Madrid, Spain; three grandsons, Ross and Jay Mattern of Houston and Alan Mattern of Madrid, Spain; two sisters, Elsie Mattern of Columbus and Mrs. Annie Kohleffel of Eagle Lake; and three brothers, John of Columbus, Thomas of Bakersfield, Calif., and Edward of New Braunfels. Another brother, Willie, died in 1962.

Pallbearers were Fred Luhn, Edwin Wied, Sam Kaiser, Oscar Henicke, Ross Mattern and Norman Litzmann. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department.

The family asked that any memorials be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Colorado County Citizen March 20, 1980
Submitted by Mike Mattern from the files of Eldora Mattern

Mattern, Edward Michael

Edward Michael (Eddie) Mattern, 81, of New Braunfels, died Wednesday, Dec 22, 1993, while en route to El Paso.

Born in Columbus on Oct. 3, 1912, He was the son of Jacob and Ann (Hoffmann) Mattern. He attended school in Columbus where he graduated in 1933. He married Boonie Virginia Estes on Nov. 29, 1934. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and had been an active member of Boy Scouts of America, later becoming Scout Master. Mr. Mattern worked in the Mattern Grocery which was owned by his father. In 1943, he went to work for Southern Pacific Railroad as a fireman, retiring after a 30-year career as an engineer. He was active in AARP and Senior Citizens Centers and the Good Samaritan Motorhome Group Campouts.

Interment was in Columbus on Monday, Dec. 27.

Mr. Mattern is survived by his wife of New Braunfels; daughter, Boonie Evans and husband, Carl of Des Moines, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Carl (Eldora) Mattern, Mrs. John (Bertha Mae) Mattern, Mrs. Lucie Clarkson and Mrs. Paul (Dorothy) Wimberly; brother-in-law John Estes and wife Margaret; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Carl, John, Wilhelm and Thomas; and sisters Elsie and Annie.

Colorado County Citizen, January 12, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Mattern, Eldora Annie (Michaelis)


Eldora Annie Mattern, 85, passed away March 6 in Columbus.

She was born in Eagle Lake Sept. 29, 1917 to Emil Fredrick and Annie Litzmann Michaelis and married Carl August Mattern Dec. 10, 1935.

She was a long-time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and librarian of Mansfield Memorial Library in Columbus from 1959-79.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband.

She is survived by sons, Carl and wife Janelle of Houston and Michael and wife Angelika of Houston; grandsons, Ross Mattern, Jay Mattern and wife Mary, Alan Mattern of Houston and Brian Mattern of Austin; sister, Anita Coker of Bellville; sister-in-law, Bertha Mae Mattern of Columbus; aunt, Mary Leedy of Alvin; uncle, Elton and wife Ruby Litzmann of Columbus; special friend, Wanda Stolle of Columbus; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were March 8 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with Pastor John Hunsicker officiating.

Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Ross Mattern, Alan Mattern, Bill Stolle, Jay Mattern, Brian Mattern and Danny Kautz.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Colorado County Citizen, March 13, 2003
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Mattern, Elsie Earnestine

Miss Elsie Mattern

Miss Elsie Earnestine Mattern of Columbus, who served as secretary to four county judges and a congressman, passed away May 21 (1980) at Columbus Community Hospital. She was 71 years of. age.

Funeral services were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church May 22, The Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating. Interment was in the family plot at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Columbus-Day Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Miss Mattern graduated from Columbus High School and worked for The Colorado County Citizen that summer. In the fall she enrolled at Seguin Lutheran College which she attended for a year. Returning to Columbus, she worked as a secretary for several lawyers, including Grobe, Miller, Rutta and Steger.

She worked for several summers for the late U.S. Rep. J. J. Mansfield when he returned home, and in 1942she went to Washington to be his secretary. When her mother became ill, she returned home to care for her.

She opened a public stenographer's office above the First State Bank and did work for the Red Cross. After closing the office, she ran for county treasurer but was defeated by a narrow margin.

However, Miss Mattern got a desk in the courthouse anyway when she became secretary for Judge Charles Rutta. She held this position for 17 years under Judges Bill Rutta, W. W. Shuart and Lester Cranek. She retired in 1975.

She also was active in her church as a teacher of Sunday School classes and the Adult Bible Class. She shared her music talent by playing the piano and organ for Sunday School and church services. She also organized the church choir and shared her time with the Lutheran League.

Miss Mattern had resided during the past year at Autumn Hills Convalescent Center.

She was born in Columbus Jan. 13, 1909, the daughter of Jacob Mattern and the the former Anna Hoffman.

Survivors' include one sister and her husband, Annie and Alvin Kohleffel of Eagle Lake; three brothers and their wives, John and Bertha Mae Mattern of Columbus, Thomas and Peggy Mattern of Bakersfield, Calif., and Edward and Virginia Mattern of New Braunfels, and also Mrs. Carl (Eldora) Mattern of Columbus; several nieces and nephews, one grand niece and two grand nephews.

Pallbearers were Arnold Balzer, Sam Kaiser, Oscar Henicke, Lennardt Stolle, Forrest Brooks and Thurman Brune.

Published in the Colorado County Citizen.
Submitted by Mike Mattern from the files of Eldora Mattern

Mattern, Jacob

Jacob Mattern, Church Founder and Merchant Dies

Death came to Jacob Mattern, 88, shortly after midnight Tuesday in Columbus hospital, where he was taken about 3 weeks ago. Mr. Mattern had been riding with his son, Eddie, that morning, but had lapsed into a coma in the evening. He had been in bad health about 6 years, suffering with a circulatory ailment that had necessitated the removal of both legs. He was alert and cheerful until recently and had gotten about in a wheelchair.

Mr. Mattern had been a director of the First Sate bank for 25 years and was one of the organizers of the Lutheran church here.

Born in Dertingen, Germany, Sept. 17, 1872, he was a son of Michael and Margaretha Englert Mattern. A baker by trade, he came to the United States in 1896, living In Seguin several years before he moved to San Antonio, where he met Miss Anna Hoffman. He and Miss Hoffman were married Mar. 17, 1903. They celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary at their home here in 1953.

Shortly after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Mattern moved to Columbus and he established his business, a bakery and grocery that was later converted to only a grocery. It is still being operated by his sons. He was active in the store until his health forced him to retire.

Co-organizers of the local Lutheran church with him were Mrs. F. W. Miller, late mother of E. G. and Will Miller, and O. G. Hoegemeyer. He served on the board of trustees until 1936, when he asked that he not be reelected. He was a delegate to district conventions for many years afterward.

He never forgot his relatives in Germany and paid them visits in the 20's and again in the 30's. His granddaughter, Boonie Mattern, met them during her recent year in Europe.

His memberships included the Fire department, the Chamber of Commerce and Herman Sons lodge.

Survivors are his widow; 2 daughters, Miss Elsie Mattern of Columbus and Mrs. A.W . Kohleffel of Eagle Lake, and 5 sons, John, Carl, William and Edward of Columbus and Thomas of Phoenix, Ariz., and 7 grandchildren. A brother, Michael Mattern, and a number of nieces and nephews live in Germany.

His body will lie in state at Columbus Funeral home until time of the services this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Rev. G. Wolf will officiate.

Pallbearers will be J. E. Meismer, Ralph Meadows, Leo Spindler, Forrest Brooks, Jack Allen and Oscar Henicke.

Colorado County Citizen, May 5, 1960

Mattern, Virginia (Estes)


Virginia Estes Mattern, 79, of New Braunfels, formerly of Columbus, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1995.

Born Feb. 28, 1916 in Luling, she was the daughter of Rev. John Howard and Boonie (Williams) Estes. The Estes family moved to Columbus in 1933. Mrs. Mattern graduated from Columbus High School in 1934, and married Eddie Mattern on Nov. 29, 1934. The couple lived in Columbus until 1961, when they relocated to San Antonio. While in Columbus, Mrs. Mattern was active in the First Methodist Church, the Columbus Music Club and was a charter member of the Columbus Art Club. The couple moved to New Braunfels in 1974 where Mrs. Mattern was a member of the New Braunfels chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons, serving as president in 1983-84, the United Methodist Church and the Women’s Auxiliary of the United Transportation Union. She and her husband were also members of the Heart-O-Sam chapter of the Good Sam Camping Club.

Funeral services were held Sept. 16 in New Braunfels with Rev. Fred Martin officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Columbus with Rev. Carl L. Evans, Mrs. Mattern’s son-in-law, officiating. Zoeller Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Mattern is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Boonie Virginia and Carl Lee Evans of Des Moines, Iowa; sisters Lucie Clarkson of Tucson, Ariz. and Dorothy Wimberley of New Braunfels; brother and sister-in-law, John Howard and Margaret Estes of El Paso; sisters-in-law, Bertha Mae Mattern and ElDora Mattern, both of Columbus; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 20, 1993; her parents; and two sisters, Nannie Rodgers and Martha Comer.

Colorado County Citizen, August 20, 1995, page 16

Mattern, Wilhelm August

Funeral Services For Willie Mattern Held Saturday

Last rites were held Saturday afternoon for Wilhelm August Mattern, who died in Columbus hospital about 3:15 a.m. Friday after an illness of several months. The Rev. G. Wolf of St. Paul's Lutheran church officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Born here Sept. 10, 1910, he had spent his entire life in Columbus and was a member of the Lutheran church. His parents are Mrs. Anna Hoffman Mattern and the late Jacob Mattern.

Survivors Include his mother, a son, William Sommerfield of Houston; 2 sisters, Miss Elsie Mattern of Columbus and Mrs. A. W. Kohleffel of Eagle Lake, and 4 brothers, John, Carl and Edward Mattern of Columbus and Thomas Mattern of Phoenix, Ariz.

Pallbearers were Otto Andreas, Leo Spindler, Clarence Fowler, L. L. Hastedt, Jerry Havel, Forrest Brooks, Gus Sronce and Arthur Brune Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, March 29, 1962

Mattiza, Otto

Otto Mattiza Funeral Services Held Dec. 28

Otto Mattiza, 79, of Weimar, died Dec. 26, at his home. Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 29, at Equippers Outreach Church in Weimar with Jerry Adkins and Richard Freeman officiating.

Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Mattiza married Virginia on Dec. 14, 1991 in Weimar. He lived in this area for 20 years, also living in Bellaire.

He was an army staff sergeant, a World War II Prisoner of War in Germany and received an Air Medal

He was an Equippers Outreach Church Deacon and a member of the VFW.

Mr. Mattiza is survived by his wife Virginia of Weimar; two daughters, Barbara Haley and husband Jim., and Patricia Freeman and husband Richard; two stepsons, Rick Hills and Jack Hills and wife Phyllis; brother and sister-in-law Don and Mary Vollette; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pauline Mattiza.

Pallbearers were Rick Hills, Jack Hills, Ray Vollette, Dough Vollette, Andy Vollette, Mike Pineda, Michael Pineda and Richy Freeman.

Weimar Mercury, January 1, 2004

Matula, Elsie (Richter)

Elsie Richter Matula, 86, of Eagle Lake, died Monday, Nov. 22, 1999. She was born June 20, 1913 in Frelsburg, to the late Fredrick and Natalie Sommerlatte Richter. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lutheran Church.

Survivors: daughter, Natalie Matula Dupre of Sheridan; one son Len Matula of Eagle Lake; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by parents, husband, Len Matula; two sisters and four brothers.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake, the Rev. Clements Richards of Grace Lutheran Church officiating.

Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery, Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers: James Sudik, Stephen Taylor, Ronnie Estrada, Warren Dupre Jr., Sammy Tise and James Vavrusa.

The Victoria Advocate, November 24, 1999

Matula, Emil

Emil Matula Dies Suddenly At Home Near Matthews

Emil Matula, 63, a resident of the Eagle Lake community since 1927, passed away suddenly at his home near Matthews on Christmas Eve, December 24th. He had been feeling fine during the day, but became ill and died suddenly, said his family.

He had been employed as a farm maintenance man at the I. V. Duncan and Son ranch for the past ten years.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 o'clock Friday afternoon, December 27th, from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with the Rev. Henry Adrion, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.

Burial was in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers John Mahalitc, Edmund Schindler, of Eagle Lake, Leroy Frels and W. A. Baumgarten of Garwood, and Charles and Emil Vasut of the Matthews area.

He was born on January 7th, 1901 in Lavaca County, near Hallettsville, the son of Mike and Jennie Matula. On March 29, 1921 he and Rella Brasseaux married at Angleton.

Surviving are his wife; a nephew reared by the family. Raywood Brasseaux of Pasadena; three sisters, Mrs. Elo Richter of New Ulm, Mrs. Clinton Bryant of Vanderbilt, and Mrs. H. B. Smith of Matthews; and one brother, Cap Matula of Garwood.

He shall be missed by his family and loved ones.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 2, 1964
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Matula, Julia

County Judge Mansfield received the following communication Sunday from Dr. J. R. Nichols, superintendent of the Southwestern Insane asylum: Hon. County Judge Colorado Co., Columbus, Texas.
Dear Judge: Regret to advise you that Miss Julia Matula, who was admitted as an insane patient in this institution, died Saturday, July 10th, at 11 p.m., of epilepsy. The remains will be given a christian burial in the state cemetery here and the mound marked so as to be identified in the future.

Yours Truly,
J. R. Nichols, Supt.

Weimar Mercury, July 23, 1909, page 1

Matura, Annie J. (Janecka)

Annie Matura Funeral Held Here July 12

Funeral services for Annie J. Matura, 83, of Weimar were held Wednesday, July 12, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Father John Bily officiated.

Mrs. Matura, a lifelong resident of Weimar, died July 9, at 8:05 p.m. in River Oaks Convalescent Center at Columbus.

Born June 20, 1906, she was a daughter of Frank and Johanna (Macha) Janecka, She was married to Emil F. Matura here on Oct. 18, 1926. For a number of years they owned and operated a grocery store here. Mrs. Matura was a member and former vice president of KJZT, an associate member of KJT and a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, St. Ann Society and Christian Mothers.

Her husband survives, along with two daughters, Dorothy Kotrla of Weimar and Annie Meyer of Schulenburg; one son, Emil Joe Matura of Bryan; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; three brothers John Janecka of Houston, Adolph Janecka of Weimar and Frankie Janecka of West Point and one sister, Tillie Anders of Houston. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Steve and Victor Janecka and three in infancy; one sister, Mary Cernosek and a grandson, David Kotrla.

Serving as pallbearers were Rudy Herrera, Michael Kotrla, Larry Kotrla, Johnnie Kotrla, Wm. "Skip" Pustejovsky, grandsons, and John A. Hajovsky. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons Todd Nickols, Scott Smyth and Gary Forester.

Lee Ann and Dee Ann Matura and Robert Casey brought the gifts to the altar. Steven Kotrla and Kenny Helmcamp were altar boys.

Weimar Mercury, July 20, 1989
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright


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Maum, M. B.

A one-armed lawyer named Maum was shot and killed by City Marshal Pearson, of Eagle Lake, Saturday. Maum was from Mississippi and was considered a dangerous man. The trouble arose over a fight, after which one of the combatants was jailed. Maum threatened to cut down the jail door with a hatchet, and as a result he and the marshal had an altercation and Maum was killed. – Halletsville Herald. [burial place unknown]

Shiner Gazette, 15 Feb 1899
Contributed by Matt Cross

Maxie, Bernice (Williams)


Bernice Williams Maxie, 87 of Eagle Lake, passed away Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003 at the River Oaks Healthcare Center in Columbus.

She was born June 24, 1916 to Light Williams, Sr. and Ola Pauline Alexander. She was known as "Aunt Buntie" to those who were close to her. Her formal education was received in Galveston and Colorado Counties. She married Herman Maxie and has been a life-long faithful member of Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church, serving as the choral club, senior choir, usher board, pastor's aide, junior matrons, custodian, missionary society, Sunday School and Bible study.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Light Williams Jr., the Rev. Richard Williams and Alex Jack Williams, Sr.; sisters, Doris Clay, Eddie Mae Austin and Willie Light Malone; niece, Ernestine Carroll; and nephew, Kent Williams.

She is survived by nieces, Thelma Johnson, Charles-tine Wilkins, Brenda Hemphill, Arlene Jackson, Adolyn Moore, Yvonne Sue Williams, Beverly Riley, Rachel Flowers and Sandra Faye Pettus; nephews, Alex Jack Williams Jr., Ricky Williams, Jerome Williams and Willis James Johnson; stepson, Joe Nathan Maxie; sisters-in-law, Marlene and Iola Williams; niece-in-law, Alice Williams; and friend, Joyce Christal.

Funeral services were Dec. 30, 2003 at Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Thomas Kuyken-dall, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in Community Cemetery North in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Alex Woolridge, Thomas Krush-all, Melvin Gordon, Herbert Ashton, Ray Chavis and Lonnie Flowers.

Honorary pallbearers were Louis Barrow, II, the Rev. Paul Barrow Sr., the Rev. Maurice Johnson, Alex Jack Williams Jr., Ricky Williams, Jerome Williams, Willis Johnson and Joe Nathan Maxie.

Colorado County Citizen, January 7, 2003
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May, Bobby Dillon II


Bobby Dillon May II, 30, of Columbus, passed away Dec. 26 at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin.

He was born in Wharton Feb. 28, 1977 to Bobby Dillon and Patricia Hamman May. He was disabled and was previously employed as a floor hand for Black Creek Drilling.
He was preceded in death by his father; and great-grandparents, Maggie and Bennie Price.

He is survived by his mother and step-father, William and Patricia Reynolds of Columbus; sister and brother-in-law, Leslie and Johnathan Guthrie of Columbus; brothers, Myron Joe and Bobby Lee Ketcherside of South Bend, Ind.; grandparents, J.V. and Patsy Hamman of Columbus; aunts and uncles, Clarence and Donna Hamman of Columbus, James and Beth Hamman of Kansas City, Mo. and Pam and Danny Waddell of Austin; and niece, Audrey Guthrie of Columbus.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 29 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Earl Pruitt. Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday, Dec. 28 from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 29 from 8-10 a.m. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were: David Bornemann, Jason Dabney, Franky Hamman, Manzy Cockren, Charlie Woolman and Blake Pauquette.

Memorial donations may be made the funeral home for funeral expenses or the Texana Center, 1460 Walnut St., Columbus, TX 78934.

Colorado County Citizen, December 27, 2007, online
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May, Wayne


Wayne May, 51, of Frelsburg, passed away Oct. 24 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

He was born in Brenham, Jan. 25, 1952 to Quindell E. and Delphine M. (Maresh) May and married Terry Eilers, Nov. 3, 1979. He was a retired staking technician with San Bernard Electric Cooperative, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg, Frelsburg Volunteer Fire Department and former member of the church council.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Stacy May of Austin; son, Cody May of Frelsburg; mother; grandmother, Mary Maresh of Deanville; and sister, Janis Mueller of Brenham.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with the Rev. Bill Mosley and the Rev. Gene Fitzwater officiating. Interment followed at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Pallbearers were Scotty Mueller, Weldon Mueller, Daniel Gaskamp, Jimmy Eickhoff, William Klingsporn, Wade Eilers, Glen Wellbrock and Allen Wickel.

San Bernard Electric Cooperatives employees were honorary pallbearers.

Colorado County Citizen, October 29, 2003
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Maynard, Bridget Mary "Birdie" (Bratton)

Bridget Mary “Birdie” Maynard

Bridget Mary “Bridie” Maynard, 93, of Columbus, passed away July 20 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

She was born in Longford, Ireland, July 16, 1917 to Eugene and Ellen (Degnan) Bratton and married Edwin Pullen Maynard Jr., Nov. 9, 1944.

Her husband and parents preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son, Edwin P. Maynard III of Houston; sister, Mary Lennon of Pearl River, N.Y.; brother, Joe Bratton and wife Kathleen of Longford, Ireland; and nephew, Cal Smith and wife Jewel of Hempstead.

Funeral services were conducted July 24 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, July 30, 2010

Maynard, Edwin P.

Edwin P. Maynard

Edwin P. Maynard Jr., 89 of Columbus, passed away May 3 at the River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

He was born in Houston July 7, 1919 to Edwin P. Maynard and Annye Louise Williams. He was a resident of Columbus for 32 years. He married Bridget Mary (Bratton) Maynard Nov. 9, 1944.

He was a retired mechanical engineer for Dow Chemical. He served in the United States Army in World War II and was a member of the V.F.W. Post 6113 in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and half-sister, Marguerette Smith.

He is survived by his wife; and son, Edwin P. Maynard III of Houston.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, May 7 at 11 a.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Fred Moorhead officiating. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, May 6, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Maywald, Paul J.

Young Dairyman Tractor Fatality

Paul Maywald, a 31-year-old dairyman and father of three pre-school children, met a tragic death at noon Thursday, March 31, when his tractor overturned, pinning him beneath it.

No one was an eyewitness to the accident--Mrs. Maywald had left for town just a few minutes earlier to pick up her 6-year-old at kindergarten--but a Latin-American part-time helper heard it from a barn about 100 yards away.

Mr. Maywald was plowing a field directly in front of the house. The field is higher than the county road bordering it, and there is no fence. Tracks on the ground indicate Mr. Maywald was trying to turn the tractor when it flipped over and landed upside down on the gravel roadway.

When the farmhand saw what had happened he ran toward the house. Mrs. Maywald and the children returned from town in a few minutes, and she phoned in for help. A wrecker arrived to lift the tractor off Mr. Maywald, and a doctor came, but apparently death had been almost instantaneous.

The Maywalds moved here several years ago from Barker, near Houston, buying the Frank Klima place in the Sedan-Dubina area about six miles northwest of Weimar and establishing a grade-A dairy.

Mr. Maywald was a native of Houston, born Dec. 1, 1934, a son of Catherine McNulty Maywald and the late Steve Maywald. He was married to Mary Ewald on Oct 13, 1956, and they lived in South America two years while he was employed as an x-ray engineer on a pipeline. They returned to Houston where he worked for the General Electric Co., for a year; they then moved to Barker and finally to Weimar.

He was a graduate of Cypress-Fairbanks High School and Blinn Junior College.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Chad, 15 months old, and two daughters, Paula 4, and Hope, 6. a brother Emanuel Maywald and a half-brother, Lawrence Scholz, both of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Eddie Kachelmeier, Mrs. Raymond Alexander and Mrs. Dulaney, and two half sisters, Mrs. Billy Butler and Mrs. Freddie Baldwin, all of Houston; and his mother, Mrs. Catherine Scholz of Houston.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning, April 2, at First Methodist Church, with Rev. Lee Geldmeier officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Charls[sic] T. Trefny, Glen Rabel, Cecil Elison, Steve Koenig, Jerry Vachala, all of Weimar, and Leslie Campbell of Houston. Honorary pallbearers were Milton Beken of Weimar and Roger Read of Fayetteville.

Weimar Mercury, April 7, 1966, page 1

Maze, Ave Joyce (McTear)

Ava Joyce “McTear” Maze

Ava Joyce “McTear” Maze was born in Eagle Lake, on December 13, 1947 to Elmo and Edna Mann McTear.

Ava attended E.H. Henry High School in Eagle Lake.

She accepted Christ at an early age at Union Baptist No. 2, which is now Providence Baptist Church.

Ava moved to Houston and attended college and became a nurse.

She was united in marriage to Mr. Dave Maze and to this union no children were born.

Ava was employed at St. Joseph’s Hospital for at least 30 years as a dedicated nurse. She retired from the hospital and became a private duty nurse for Mrs. Jean Robinson for 8 years.

Ava departed this life in the early morning of June 22 at 4:20 a.m. at her residence. She was preceded in death by both parents; and brother, Elmo McTear, Jr.

She leaves to cherish her memories, one uncle, Walter Mann of Weimar; three sisters, Debra (Alex) Woolridge, Myrna Isreal and Eula McGrew, all of Eagle Lake; one brother, Ernest Lemons, Sr. of Eagle Lake; a devoted nephew who lived with her, Tremaine McGrew of Houston; 10 beautiful nieces, Marsha Thomas, Angie (Oliver) Johnson, Charlene Miller, Alesia Woolridge, Jackie McGrew, Sheryl (Victor) Davis, Lowrie Lemons, Sharon (Steve) Stewart, Annette McTear, Devanna McTear, Janette McTear; three nephews, Gary (Bobbie) McTear, Kurt (Nicole) McTear, Ernest (Shelly) Lemons, Jr., Eric (Tammy) Isreal; and a host of cousins, great nephews, nieces, relatives, beautiful friends and co-workers. Also her special lovable pet “Queeny”.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m. at Providence Baptist Church with Rev. Dave Curry officiating. Interment followed at Eagle Lake Community Cemetery North. Arrangements entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Herbert Ashton, Lonzo McGrew, Oliver Johnson, Jr., Victor Davis, Sr., Johnny Stovall, Robert Boone and Eric Isreal.

Honorary pallbearers were Tremaine McGrew, Alex Woolridge, Ernest Lemons, Melvin Miller, Horace Mann, Walter Mann.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 3, 2008
Submitted by John Konesheck

Maze, Harriet (Clinton)

Harriet Chilton was born May 26, 1836 at Morristown, Tenn. She made a profession of religion in November 1852, and joined the Friendship Baptist Church the same month under the pastoral care of G. G. Taylor. She was united in marriage with J. M. Maze February 18th 1862. Mr. Maze preceded her to the grave 16 years, having died on June 18, 1916. To the above union eight children were born, four of whom are still living. The family moved to Texas from Illinois November 18, 1897. Mrs. Maze was a charter Member of the Baptist Church at Rock Island and was a faithful member of that church up until the time of her decease, which occurred Sunday morning, August 28, 1932; at which time she was 96 years 3 months and two days of age. Surviving her are the following children: E. B. Maze of Crawfordsville, Indiana; O. C. Maze of Tower Hill, Illinois; Mrs. A. G. Peacock of Houston, Texas; and R. E. Maze of Rock Island, Texas. In addition the children there are living eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The funeral services were conducted from the Baptist Church in Rock Island at 11 a. m. Monday by Rev. D. O. Blaisdell, assisted at the cemetery by Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt of Columbus. Many sorrowing friends from neighboring towns were present at the funeral and followed the body to its last resting place. The closing prayer at the cemetery was offered by L. O. Lundy of El Campo, a long time friend of the family.

Death came as a crown to the earthly labors of Mrs. Maze. She labored abundantly in earlier years and was only waiting until the Lord, whom she loved, saw fit to call her home. Her last days were lighted by a halo of glory. In her was fulfilled the scripture: “The path of the Just shall be as a shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” There was no fear of death and often in her last days she called for her Savior to come and take her to her reward. Such a life, and such a peaceful home-going, bear w powerful witness to the power of Christ over life and death. They are a gentle and yet dynamic rebuke for the agnosticism of this modern day. Unafraid, with her hand in the hand of Christ, she met the last great enemy, Death’ and with comforted hearty, with perfect faith in the God who “doeth all things well”, the loved ones laid her body to rest under the cedars of the Rock Island Cemetery awaiting the happy reunion of the Resurrection Morning.

From the pen of Whittier we have words that well describe her attitude toward death:

As I lay sick upon my bed
I heard them say “in danger”’
The words seemed very strange to me –
Could any words seem stranger?
“In danger” – of escape from sin
Forever and forever!
Of entering that most holy place
Where evil cometh never!
“In danger” – of beholding Him
Who is my soul’s salvation!
Whose promises sustain my soul
In blest anticipation!
“In danger” – of soon shaking off
Earth’s last remaining fetter;
And of departing hence to be
With Christ, which is far better.
It is a solemn thing to die
To face the King Immortal,
And each forgiven sinner should
Tread safely over the portal.
But when we have confessed our sins
To Him who can discern them,
And God has given pardon, peace
Tho’ we could ne’er deserve them.
Then, dying is no dangerous thing
Safe in the Savior’s keeping
The ransomed soul is getting led
Beyond the reach of weeping
So tell me with unfaltering voice
When Hope is really dawning;
I should not like to sleep away
My few hours till the morning.
Wm. D. Wyatt

Colorado County Citizen, September 8, 1932
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Maze, Rufus Estes

R. E. Maze, Once Postmaster At Rock Island, Dies

R. E. Maze, who had served as postmaster of Rock Island for 31 years until he retired In February, 1948, died yesterday and will be buried tomorrow morning In Myrtle cemetery near Rock Island.

Funeral services will. be held tomorrow (Friday) at 10:30 a.m. at the Rock Island Baptist church with Rev. John Sheppard of Angleton conducting.

Mr. Maze, who came to Rock Island from Illinois in 1897, died yesterday at 4:15 a. m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. T. J. DeNeefe in Houston. He had suffered from heart trouble.

Mr. Maze bought land in Rock Island sight unseen and came there to make his home in 1897. He and Mrs. Maze were married in 1903.

He was a member of the Rock Island Baptist church and of Odd Fellows Lodge 162.

Survivors include his widow: 2 daughters, Mrs. DeNeefe and Mrs. Owen Miller of Glidden; 2 sons, J. M. and R. R. Maze of Houston; a sister, Mis. A. J. Peacock of Houston, and 2 brothers, O. C. and E. R. Maze of Taser Hill, Ill.

Colorado County Citizen, December 6, 1951, page 1

Mazoch, Betty A. (Kossa)

Mrs. Mazoch Funeral Held Here Feb. 11

Funeral services for Mrs. Max (Bettie) Mazoch, 78 were held Wednesday, Feb. 11, from St. Michael’s Catholic Church here, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Vincent Fecher officiated.

Mrs. Mazoch died February 9 in Youens Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient for four weeks.

She was a lifelong resident of this area, moving from Ammannsvile to Weimar 3 1/2 years ago.

Born Oct. 9, 1897, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kossa. She was married to Mr. Mazoch Nov. 6, 1923, at Ammannsville. She was a member of St. Michael’s Church.

Her husband survives, along with two sons, George and Frank Mazoch, both of Houston, one daughter, Mrs. Della Hoelscher of Houston, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild, one brother, William Kossa of Ammannsville, and two sisters, Mrs. Annie Ermis and Mrs. Martha Ermis, both of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Joe Mazoch, Kenneth Wischnewsky, Donald Campbell, Owen John Hoelscher, John Kroboth and Ignac Ermis.

Weimar Mercury, February 19, 1976, page 7

Mazoch, Charles

Mr. Chas. Mazoch, well known and popular farmer residing in the Dubina area, who was taken to a San Antonio Hospital a few days ago for an operation for gall bladder trouble, died suddenly and unexpectedly, following the operation, having waited too late for the operation, we are informed. The remains were brought back home Saturday and laid to rest in the Dubina Cemetery Sunday morning, Rev Jos. Szymanski officiating. Charlie Mazoch was one of the most progressive farmers of the Dubina section, a leader in church work at Dubina, a splendid husband and father and his sudden death is deeply and sincerely deplored. He is survived by his widow, two sons, Charles and Max, and three daughters, Mrs. Frank Kroboth of the Borden section and two nuns who are engaged in teaching school at Praha. Also a number of brothers and sisters.

Colorado County Citizen, March 7, 1940
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Mazoch, Emil

By the accidental discharge of a single barrel shotgun late last Saturday afternoon, the 7-year-old son of Mrs. Annie Mazoch [son of Frank and Anna Mazoch], a widow woman living on a farm just across the road from Mr. Stephen McCormick's home place, was shot and killed. The little boy evidently did not know the weapon was loaded. Anyway, by careless handling of same in the kitchen of his home the weapon was discharged, the entire load of bird shot entering just under the jaw and coming out the top of his skull causing instant death. The remains were prepared for burial and on Sunday were laid to rest in the cemetery at Dubina.

Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1907

Mazoch, Ignac

Final Rites for Ignac Mazoch, 43, Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Ignac Mazoch, 43, who died at his home here Monday, were held Wednesday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church with interment in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated, assisted by Rev. Bernard Goebel of New Braunfels, Rev. Adolf Janda of Holman, and Revs. Clarence Leopold and Benton Thurmond of here.

Mr. Mazoch had been under treatment for a heart ailment for about a year prior to his death.

Born near Holman July 19, 1909, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mazoch, he had spent his entire life in this area. He married Miss Frances Janecka at Holman October 19, 1941. For awhile he continued farming, and about 9 years ago they moved to Weimar, where he was an employee of WeImar Sheet Metal Works. Mr. Mazoch was a member of St. Michael's Church and the KJT Lodge.

Surviving in addition to his widow are his father, Joe Mazoch: two sons, Edwin, 17, and Wilbert, 15; two brothers. Willie of Ammannsville and Jim of Schulenburg: and six sisters, Miss Olga Mazoch, Mrs. Lud. Mican and Mrs. Emil Bayer, all of whom live near Holman; Mrs. Annie Kana and Mrs. Jim Bordovsky of Hostyn: and Mrs. Lad Bayer of Ammannsville.

A brother, Pvt. Ivan E. Mazoch, died July 13, 1942 of jaundice fever while in World War II servIce.

Pallbearers at the funeral were members of the KJT Lodge: Albert Cernoch, John Lidiak, Ed Cernoch, Joe Adamcik, Zigmund Cernoch and Ivan Mazoch.

Weimar Mercury, March 30, 1953, pages 1 and 8

Mazoch, Wilbert Ignac

Wilbert Mazoch Services Held Dec. 26

Wilbert Ignac Mazoch, 69, of Weimar died on Dec. 23 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

He was born in Holman on Dec. 28, 1937, to Ignac Mazoch and Frances (Janecka) Mazoch.

He attended St. Michael School and Weimar High School.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960.

During his military service, he spent 18 months in Europe.

He worked for the U.S. Postal Service and resided in Houston before returning to Weimar for retirement.

He retired from the Postal Service in 1997 and lived his life on his terms until he died.

He was also a member of the VFW.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 26 at St. Michael Church in Weimar, with Father John Bily officiating.

Interment followed in St. Michael Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Leroy Slubar, Ernest Mican, Dennis Cernosek Stephen Howard, Randall Jones and John Slubar.

He is survived by his brother, Edwin J. Mazoch and wife Charlene (Rainosek) Mazoch of Weimar, one nephew, two nieces, three great nieces, two great nephews and one great great niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ignac and Frances Mazoch.

Weimar Mercury, January 3, 2008, page 2

Means, Mattie D.

Mrs. Mattie Means Buried at Rock Island

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. last Thursday, Nov. 11th at the Methodist Church in Rock Island for Mrs. Mattie D. Means who passed away at the Blalock Nursing Home in Houston on November 8th.

The services were conducted by the Rev. Windel Bell, pastor of the Rock Island Church. Interment was in the Myrtle Cemetery.

Mrs. Means was born in Kemp, Texas on June 17, 1886. She was married to Robert M. Means in 1924 and in 1940 the family moved to Rock Island. Mr. Means died in January of 1955.

The two sons were born to this union and they survive. They are Robert Woodrow Means and Charles Lindy Means. She is also survived by seven grandchildren; two step grandchildren; four great step grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Agnes Baily of Dallas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Out of town friends and relatives who joined the family here Thursday to attend the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Collace Baily and Horace Ransom, Dallas; George Becker, Kemp; Mrs. Dora Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. John Nix, John Geraco, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. King, Kenneth Humphrey and Alice Humphrey of Houston; and Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Vitek of Rosenberg.

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

Means, Jeremy L.

Jeremy L. Mean

Jeremy L. Mean, 36, of San Antonio, passed away April 29 at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio.

He was born in Baytown, April 6, 1974, to Robert W. and Rose M. (Batson) Means.

He is survived by his parents, of Huntington; grandmother, Vera Means of Rock Island; grandfather, Robert W. Means and wife Beadie of Richmond; and brother, Aaron W. Means of Dallas.

Graveside services took place at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island May 2 with the Rev. R.G. Bud Davis officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, May 7, 2010
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Means, Robert Manual

Services in Rock Is. Wed. For Robert M. Means

Funeral services were held in Rock Island yesterday, Wednesday, January 19th at 2 p.m. at the Rock Island Methodist Church for Robert Manuel Means, a resident of the Rock Island Community for a number of years.

Mr. Means passed away Monday, January 17th at 6 p.m. at Hallettsville Hospital. The Rev. C. L. Weigel of Eagle Lake conducted services. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Mr. Means was born August 28, 1878 in Grimes County and after residence throughout South Texas associated with the oil business and real estate came to Rock Island a number of years ago. He and Dorothy Becker were united in marriage in Houston on July 5th, 1923.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. R. E. Humphrey and Mrs. H. G. Meadows of Houston and Agnes Collier of Washington, La.; three sons, Robert E. Means, Alice, Robert Woodroe and Charles L. of Rock Island. Also surviving are a number of grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 6, 1955
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Mechura, Joseph W.


News reached here Sunday of a deplorable tragedy near Columbus that morning, in which the life on one man was forfeited, two others severely injured, and the lives of others temporarily placed in jeopardy.

From particulars at hand, it seems that a young ex-World War veteran, Joe Machura[sic], aged 27, living with his parents on Ratliff Creek, near Columbus, whose mind had been unhinged for some time, and who had been an inmate of an asylum at San Antonio, again lost his reason, went on a rampage, and in a violent quarrel with his father, John Machura, aged 59 years, seized a shotgun loaded with No. 8 shot and fired at the father, crippling him severely in both arms near the wrists. A younger brother, Frank, aged 24 years, went to the rescue, but was fired on and received a charge of shot in his cheek. His mother had previously fled from home on account of the wild actions of the elder son. The younger brother fell after being shot, and pretended to be dead, but soon afterward managed to slip away and walk to town, where he notified the sheriff’s department.

The crazed man walked the pasture near his home, gun in hand, apparently in search of further victims. Sheriff Burttschell and Deputy John F. Wegenhoft quickly went to the scene. Arriving there they found young Machura still armed with the gun, and called on him to surrender. This command he ignored and advanced on the officers, gun in hand. Sheriff Burttschell again ordered him to drop the gun and fired into the air in an effort to frighten him. At this stage of the game young Machura raised the gun as if to fire, when the sheriff fired upon and killed him, the charge entering Machura’s stomach and causing almost instant death.

The wounded father was given medical treatment quickly as possible, but had bled so profusely his life was in danger. We understand he afterward was taken to Houston for treatment.

The crazed man who caused all this terrible happening had just a few days previous, on showing signs of returning insanity, been placed in a hospital at LaGrange for treatment, and apparently was improving, but became dissatisfied and returned to Columbus. The above tragedy followed.

The fact that the shotgun used by the crazy man was loaded with No. 8 shot is probably all that saved the father and younger brother from being killed. The demented youth was buried at Columbus [Odd Fellows Rest] Tuesday.

Weimar Mercury, April 30, 1926, page 1

Meduna, Anton “Tony”

Anton "Tony" Meduna

ANTON (TONY) MEDUNA, 73, passed away after a lengthy illness, February 7, 2005. He was born in Columbus, Texas on September 29, 1931. He graduated from Columbus High School and attended Blinn Junior College on a baseball scholarship. From there he joined the United States Air Force where he played Baseball on the team at Kenross Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan. During this time he met and married Julia Allen. After completing Military service they returned and made their home in Houston. He resumed his education at the University of Houston where he studied law and earned his degree. His career included Shell Oil Company 1963-1978, at which time he left and joined friends in business as Executive Vice President of Merit Ventures Inc. In 1984 he retired to enjoy daily rounds of golf and visiting with friends. His kindness, quick wit and humor will be greatly missed. He is survived by his daughter Pamela Meduna, one sister Vivian Edmondson, and one brother Edward Meduna. A memorial service will be held at Abundant Waters Fellowship, 1704 French Road, Houston, TX. 281-851-7033, Friday February 18, 2005 at 1:00 P.M.

Published in the Houston Chronicle on 2/16/2005

Meduna, Antone Joe

Columbus Man Killed In Gravel Pit Accident Monday

A foreman of the sand and gravel plant operated by Parker Brothers and Co., Inc. near Columbus was killed Monday when he was struck in the chest by a cable at the sand and gravel plant.

Antone J. Meduna, 59, an employee of the firm for 31 years, was supervising the installation of a new cable that was being stretched into place.

Sid Clark, plant superintendent, said the new cable was covered with dirt, and when Meduna approached the cable snapped up into place, striking him.

Meduna is survived by his wife; a daughter, Miss Vivian Meduna of Houston; and two sons, Antone Meduna, Jr., of Houston and Edward Meduna of Vidor. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

The Eagle Lake Headlight, September 16, 1965
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Mehner, Irene (Hartt)

Irene (Hartt) Mehner, 99, of Eagle Lake, died Thursday, Nov. 18, at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Born July 30, 1895, in Lovelady, Texas, she was the daughter of Jim and Elizabeth (LaRue) Hartt. She worked as a school teacher and librarian a number of years in Rusk and other communities throughout Texas. In 1915, she married Carl F. Mehner in Flatonia. She was a member of Rusk United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and Rusk Study Club. She had been a resident of Eagle Lake for the past four years.

Graveside services and interment were held at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Rusk with Rev. Ernest Turney officiating. Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, was in charge of local arrangements.

Mrs. Mehner is survived by her daughter, Kitty Miller of Eagle Lake; sons and daughters-in-law, Phillip G. and Kathryn Mehner of Eagle Lake, John W. and Polly Mehner of Galveston and Marie Mehner of Rusk; grandchildren, Suzann McCarty and Jim H. Mehner, both of Rusk, Donna Pryor of Houston and John C. Mehner of Lake Jackson; four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, in 1961; son, Carl H. Mehner; five sisters and two brothers.

Colorado County Citizen, November 23, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright


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Meickner, Joe


It is with sadness we chronicle the death [of] Mr. Joe Meickner, which occurred last Saturday morning of consumption. Joe had been a sufferer for many weary months, and passed quietly away, and was buried by his Catholic brethren in their grave yard near the Catholic church in the Peters’ neighborhood. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 24, 1881, page 3

Meinecke, Kenneth Ray

Kenneth Ray Meinecke
August 28, 1938 - October 10, 2007

Many were saddened to hear of the passing of Kenneth Ray Meinecke, who departed this earthly realm at 2:50 p.m. October 10, in the Rice Medical Center's emergency room in Eagle Lake, due to heart failure.

Kenneth was born August 28, 1938 in Burton, Texas, the second son and child of Arthur Carl Meinecke, Sr. and Etaline Marie Baack Meinecke.

He grew up in Burton and attended Burton I.S.D. He took his confirmation on Palm Sunday of 1953 at St John's E&R (Church of Christ) Church in Burton.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Cold War. He graduated basic training with the 2nd Armored "Hell on Wheels" Division at Ft Hood, Texas.

Afterwards he was stationed for two tours of duty in Kitzingen Bavaria West Germany with the 82nd Air Defense Artillery (Corporal Nuclear Missile) Battalion of the II Corp and 7th Army Europe with the rank of Specialist 4. During which time he and his specific missile battery starred with Audie Murphy in the 1960 film "The Broken Bridge". And was also on station during the 2nd Berlin Crisis (1959-61) and the initial building of the Berlin Wall.

Following Germany, Kenneth returned to Brenham, Texas, where while working at DeFriend's Dairy, serving in the Army Reserves, and attending Blinn – he met Doris Mascheck of Fayetteville, Texas. They married on July 20, 1962.

Kenneth then went to work for Pomykal Drilling in Brenham, during which time he saw the births of sons Roger in 1964 and Michael in 1968.

In 1970, he moved his family to Eagle Lake and took employment as a crane mechanic with Lone Star Concrete Corporation of Dallas in Altair, joined Grace Lutheran Church, and welcomed the birth of third son – Steven.

By 1973, he went to work for Gulf State Tube Corp in Rosenberg, Texas where he was a machinist and active member of the local United Steelworkers union till his retirement after 25 plus years of service.

Kenneth truly enjoyed taking his family camping, fishing, and hunting, his weekend farm near Lake Somerville and his German heritage.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Doris Ann Meinecke Fieseler; and nephew Scott Clayborn.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 45 years, Doris Mascheck Meinecke of Eagle Lake; three sons, Roger, Michael, and Steven Meinecke – all of Eagle Lake; surrogate granddaughters Carlee and Paige Vandermark of Altair; sisters, Joyce and Jake Gaskamp of Brenham and Betty and Ray Clayborn of Magnolia; brothers, Jim and Bobbie Meinecke of Greenvine, Texas and Charles Meinecke of Brenham; sister-in-law, Gladys and Danny Walker of Conroe; brothers-in-laws, Clinton "Buddy" and Janelle Mascheck of Eagle Lake, Leo, Sr. and Eleanor Mascheck of Atlanta, Georgia, and Zigmund Fieseler of Zionsville, Texas; an his aunt, Cedell Baack of Giddings; plus numerous nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, and cousins. As well as, all the children that attended Meinecke Day Care and knew and called him "Daddy Meinecke". He loved his family, friends, the kids and all who will miss him.

Funeral Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 13, at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home with Pastor Virgil Pecht of First Lutheran Church of Somerville officiating. Carol Ripper served as organist and son, Steven Meinecke spoke.

Interment followed at Florida Chapel Cemetery in Round Top, Texas (near his father-in-law and mother-in-law (Daniel and Edna Mascheck).

Pallbearers were Monroe "Rip" Ripper, Clarence Ruether, Tim Vandermark, Curtis Gaskamp, Freddie Jackson, James Harbich, Bobby Labay, and Dwight Hadley.

Honorary pallbearers were Emmit Lange, Herbert Ramirez, Bobby Schoppe, John Delgado, Eugene Henry, Jr., Alfonse Zurovec, Huey Henson, and Charles Losak.

For those wishing to make memorials, the family request contributions be made to either: Grace Lutheran Church, 408 N Stevenson St, Eagle Lake, TX 77434; any charity helping our troops, veterans, and/or their families; or the charity of your choice.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 25th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Meisell, Lelia Lois (Ponton)

Mrs. Meisell's Funeral Held At Columbus

Funeral services for Mrs. Lelia Lois Meisell, 90, of Columbus, a resident of Parkview Manor in Weimar the past several years, were held Tuesday, Dec. 2, from First Baptist Church in Columbus, with Rev. Raymond Cox officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest at Columbus.

Mrs. Meisell died Sunday, Dec. 7, in Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

Born July 15, 1896, at Ezell, Texas she was a daughter of Victor Hugo and Bathsheba (Best) Ponton. She was married to Harry E. Meisell, who died in 1925.

Mrs. Meisell was a retired sales clerk for the Style shop in Columbus, where she had been employed for about 20 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Columbus and of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors are: her daughter and son-in-law, Maxine and Henry Herder of Weimar; two sons and daughters-in-law, Harry E. and Josephine Meisell of San Antonio and Tillman and Dorris Meisell of Columbus; four grandchildren, Mary Helen MacAllister of Weimar, Charles H. Herder II of Houston, Major Harry Meisell of Washington, D.C. and David Meisell of Odessa and six great-grandchildren

Pallbearers were Charles H. Herder II, David Meisell, James Dunn Seymour, Sid MacAllister, Colin MacAllister and Bill Hartley.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Klein, Lester Hastedt, Delmar Fehrenkamp, Gene Pekar, Gus Miller, Justin Stein, A. N. Evans, D. J. Hastedt and Charles Earl Key.

Weimar Mercury, December 11, 1986
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Meismer, Annie


Annie Meismer, 90 of Columbus, passed away May 7 at Columbus Care Center.

She was born in Bernardo, July 18, 1910 to John and Margaretha (Roif) Meismer. As a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church she was a member of the Catholic Daughters and Altar Society and was also a member of the St. Roch's Altar Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Leo, Henry and Joe Meismer; and sisters, Josephine Meismer (infant), Josephine, Mary and Cecelia Meismer and Bertha Braden.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, John E. and Josephine Meismer of Columbus and numerous nieces and nephews

Funeral services were conducted May 10 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed at St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery in Mentz.

Pallbearers were: Bob Menconi, Gene Teague, Charles, Michael and John M. Meismer, Stephen Moore and Ed Vaclavik.

Honorary pallbearers were: James Meismer and Edward J. Braden.

Colorado County Citizen, May 16, 2001

Meismer, Joe Adam


Funeral services were held for Joe Meismer Monday, March 14 from St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial was at St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery in Mentz.

Mr. Joe Meismer was born December 19, 1905 in Bernardo to John Meismer and Margaretha Rolf Meismer. He was a retired farmer and rancher.

He was affiliated with St. Anthony Catholic Church and served in WW II

Survivors include his sisters, Mrs. Bertha Braden of El Campo and Miss Annie Meismer of Columbus; and brothers, Leo Meismer of El Campo and John Meismer of Columbus.

Pallbearers were James Meismer, Charles Meismer, John M. Meismer, Edwin Vaclavik, Clement Henneke and Henry Kaiser.

Colorado County Citizen, March 17, 1988, page 2

Meismer, Joseph

(Nada Correspondent)

The Angel of Death appeared in this community Thursday, April 19th at about 1 p.m. and took from our midst our beloved father, Mr. Joseph Meismer, after an illness of about six weeks.

He was born at Bernardo July 22, 1862 and lived in Colorado county all his life. On November 24th, 1886 he was married at Mentz to Miss Frances Wendel. They made their home at Bernardo one year, then moved to this community where they resided forty-seven years until his death.

Fourteen years ago he had the misfortune of losing his right eye while in the woods. A cataract formed on his left eye about eight years ago and he was stricken totally blind for about three months. An operation restored his sight.

At the time of his death he was 71 years, 8 months and 28 days of age. He was one of the oldest citizens of this community, always a good and faithful Catholic, well respected and held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. He was one of the first to join the St. Joseph’s Society when it was organized here, and was always a faithful member until his death.

His wife preceded him to the grave about 17 years ago, and also one son died April 1st 1903 at the age of 22 months. [Interment in St.Mary's Cemetery]

Surviving are his eight children, seven girls and one boy, Mrs. W. M. Griffitts, Mrs. Louis Richter, Garwood, Mrs. C. J. Goedrich, Schulenburg, Mrs. E. J. Staff, Jones Creek, Mrs. Wm. Leopold, Nada, Mr. J. A. Meismer, Nada, Mrs. E. J. Syring, Fashing, Mrs. Fred Kubesch, Nada, twenty-nine grandchildren, two brothers and 3 sisters, Mr. John Meismer, Bernardo, Mrs. Joe Hennecke, Bernardo, Mr. Chas. Meismer, Nada, Mrs. F. X. Wendel, Columbus, Mrs. Philip Drymalla, Guadalupe and numerous other relatives and friends who mourn his loss.

Colorado County Citizen, April 26, 1934
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Meismer, Joseph A.

J. Meismer

Joseph Meismer, a life-time resident of the Nada-Garwood community, died at a Houston hospital Dec. 1.

Born in Nada April 14, 1898, he was a son of Joseph and Frances Wendel Meismer. On Oct. 14, 1919 Mr. Meismer and Annie E. Leopold were united in marriage in Nada’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

He was engaged in farming and ranching, and was very active in church and school activities. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Society. He served for over 20 years as building trustee of St. Mary’s.

Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada Dec. 3, with Msgr. A. A. Leopold of New Braunfels, Msgr. E. J. Bily of Cistern, Msgr. Krause of Victoria and Rev. Henry Rolf of Nada officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include his wife Annie of Nada; 3 daughters, Sister Mary Hilda Meismer of Dallas, Mrs. Alois Bittner of Garwood and Mrs. Gerald Standley of Alife; 3 sons, Norbert of Nada, Leon of Baytown and James of Brazoria; 2 sisters, Frieda Kubesch of Nada and Frances Staff of El Campo; 21 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, December 11, 1975
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Meismer, Josephine (Braden)

Josephine Meismer, 83, of Columbus, Passed Away Sept. 27.

She was born in Mentz, Aug. 12, 1918 to Maynard H. and Anna Josephine (Burttschell) Braden. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in San Antonio and married John E. Meismer on May 30, 1939. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, a charter member of Catholic Daughters of America, Court Mary Queen of the Snows, Council of Catholic Women, Altar Society and church choir. She and her husband were instrumental in the establishment of St. Anthony School, volunteering extensive hour to the school, especially in the school library. She participated in the music club, garden club and Magnolia Homes Tour.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, daughters and son-in-law, Joella and Edwin Vaclavik of Houston, Barbara and Robert Menconi of San Antonio and Christine and Stephen Moore of Columbus; son and daughter-in-law, John Maynard and Suzanne Meismer of Austin; sister Frances B. Lawrence; brother and sister-in-law, Maynard and Carole Ann Braden of San Antonio; grandchildren, Matthew, Anna, Teresa, Paula, Sari, Michael, Audra, John Robert, Julie, Michelle "Micki," Christian, Elizabeth, Madison and Eric; and great-grandchildren, Trenton, Kortney, Mitchell Natalie and Amy.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 29 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with the Rev. Dan Kahlich and the Rev. Patrick Braden co-celebrating the liturgy with the assistance of Deacon Bennie Holesovsky. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Matthew Vaclavik, Michael Menconi, John Robert Menconi, Christian Moore, Bill Braden, Bob Tait, John Glithero and Richard Heffley. Music was provided by the combined voices of the children's and adult choirs at St. Anthony and St. Roch, under the direction of Mary Kay Heffley. Steve Girndt was the cantor and Eleanor Hobaugh was the flutist.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony Church Legacy Fund or St. Anthony School Library.

Colorado County Citizen, October 3, 2001
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Meismer, Josephine M.


Josephine M. Meismer, 91, of Columbus passed away at River Oaks Convalescent Center on May 14 after a brief illness. Rosary was recited at the Henneke Funeral Home on May 15 by the St. Anthony's Altar society and a parish rosary was led by the Rev. Henry Rolf of San Antonio, cousin of the deceased.

The funeral mass was concelebrated on Friday, May 16 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church by the Most Rev. Bishop Hugo Gerbermann of Nada, Rev. Timothy. Kosler, pastor of St. Anthony's in Columbus and the Rev. Henry Rolf of San Antonio. Graveside services continued at St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery at Mentz.

Miss Meismer was born on March 18, 1895 in Bernardo, Colorado County to John and Margaret Meismer. She spent most of her adult life as a housekeeper for the late Monsignor John J. Gerbermann and devoted much time to church work. When she moved to Padua Place in San Antonio, she retired at her home in Columbus in January 1975 and lived there until her death.\She is survived by Annie Meismer of Columbus, Berthea Braden and her husband, Elvie Braden, Leo Meismer and wife Elverda all of El Campo, Joe Meismer, John E. Meismer and wile Josephine B. of Columbus and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were James, Charles and John M Meismer, W. A. Kuchar, Reuben Braden and Arthur J. Brune, Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, May 22, 1986, page 2

Meissner, Gus


Funeral services were held Apr. 16 for Gus Meissner, farmer and cattleman of Bernardo, who died at his home Apr. 14 of a heart attack. He has been ill for a month.

Rev. Harold Wernecke of Cat Spring officiated in the services at the family home.

Mr. Meissner, who was 77 at the time of his death, was born in Germany on Dec. 11, 1870. He came to America at the age of 14, settling at Peters and later moving to Bernardo where he spent the remainder of his life. He was married to Miss Emma Garling on Dec. 14, 1904. He belonged to the Lutheran church.

Surviving are his widow; two daughters, Misses Lillie and Hertha Meissner of Bernardo; a son, Richard W. Meissner of Columbus; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Schill of Giddings and Mrs. James Nelius of Bellville, and one granddaughter, Susan E. Meissner of San Antonio.

Pallbearers were Herbert and Alvin Garling,

Alvin Dittert, Charles Dethloff, Leander Uhlig and Emmett Kveton.

Colorado County Citizen, April 29, 1948

Meitzen, Anna Carolyn (Jordan)

Final Rites held for Mrs. W.F. Meitzen

Eagle Lake citizens were saddened last week by the death of Mrs. W.F. Meitzen, Sr., a long-time resident of the Eagle Lake and Pecan Valley Community.

Mrs. Meitzen closed her eyes in final rest at 5:00 a.m. Thursday, May 28th after a lengthy illness in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Funeral services were held from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 29th with the Rev. Father Edward Geiser Officiating. She was buried in the Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Walter Meitzen III, Bob Meitzen, Jr., Johnny Meitzen, Sammy Meitzen, Mike Meitzen and Bill Meitzen.

The family named as honorary pallbearers Al. A. Gertson, Miles Theuman, Ralph Thomas, Donald Obenhaus, Edwin Gay and Edward Sunderman.

Rosary was recited in the Chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 8:00 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Father Geiser leading in the prayers.

Mrs. Meitzen, the former Anna Carolyn Jordan, was born August 28, 1889 in Encinal, Texas, the daughter of Samuel J. and Alvina Meira Jordan. She and Walter Frank Meitzen were united in marriage November 15, 1911 in Encinal, Texas. The family resided in Encinal, Taft, Catarina, Cotulla and Robstown, before coming to this community thirty-five years ago. Mr. Meitzen was for many years manager of the Pecan Valley Farm west of the city before his retirement.

Surviving are her husband, Walter Frank Meitzen; two sons, Walter F. Meitzen, Jr., and Bob Meitzen of Eagle Lake; a brother, Sam Jordan of Laredo, Mrs. Ed (Edith) Carr of San Antonio; and Mrs. Felix (Late) Doran of Dallas; eleven grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends.
Mrs. Meitzen was a faithful member of the Catholic Church, She devoted her life in service to her family and friends. She shall be missed dearly by loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 4, 1970
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Meitzen, Robert Albert


Bob Meitzen, age 71, of Eagle Lake, passed away April 16 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Funeral services were held for Bob Meitzen Friday, April 18 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, of Eagle Lake with Rev. Ray Widacki officiating. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery] Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Meitzen was born in Encinal, Texas to Walter F. Meitzen, Sr. and Anna Jordan Meitzen. He married Rubie Bonorden Meitzen in Eagle Lake on March 28, 1940 and moved to Kilgore for a year, where he played professional baseball on the farm team for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mr. Meitzen attended the University of Texas in the late 1930's til 1940 where he lettered in baseball. He moved back to Eagle Lake in 1942 and worked for Universal Motor Company. Bob played semi-professional baseball in the South Central Texas League during the 1940's and was inducted into the South, Central Texas Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of' Fame on March 11, 1973.

Bob was a consignee for Mobil Oil Corp. and then Phillip Petroleum Corp. in Eagle Lake for many years with his brother Walter Meitzen, Jr. until retiring January 1986.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John A. Meitzen.

Survivors include his wife, Rubie Meitzen of Eagle Lake; two daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and Leon Simank of LaPorte and Judy and John Seydler of Houston; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bob. Jr. and Claire Meitzen of Kingwood, Mike and Phyllis Meitzen of Austin and Bill and Cindy Meitzen of Rosenberg; one brother and sister-in-law, Walter F., Jr. and Pearl Meitzen of Eagle Lake; sister-in-law, Mrs. John A. (Madeline) Meitzen of Plano; grandchildren, Kim and Chris Simank of LaPorte, Kelly, Shannon and Michael Meitzen of Kingwood, Ronnie and Brooke Meitzen of Austin; and a numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were Sammy Meitzen, Alvin Kohleffel, Steve Almanza, Draper Stevens, Monroe Briscoe and Billy Stiles.

Colorado County Citizen, May 1, 1986, page 2

Meitzen, Walter Frank


Funeral services were held for Walter F. Meitzen, 75, of Eagle Lake, at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18 from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church with the Rev. Jesse Euresti officiating.

L. J. "Sonny” Spanihel presented an eulogy. A rosary was held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 17. Burial was held in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Meitzen was born Aug. 14, 1912 in Encinal to W. F. Meitzen Sr. and Ann Jordan Meitzen. They later moved to Ingleside. He married Pearl Fahrenthold in 1932.

In 1946, he and his family moved to Eagle Lake where he entered the service station business originally with a
Mobile Oil franchise and later with a Phillips Petroleum franchise. He supported the Eagle Lake community in many ways, and was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Eagle Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, John Meitzen and Robert A. Meitzen.

Survivors include, his wife, Mrs. Pearl Meitzen of Eagle Lake; daughters and sons-in-, law, JoAnn and Ralph Gertson of Eagle Lake, Betty Kaye and Ron Janow of San Antonio, and Marilyn and John Thomas of Eagle Lake; sons and daughters-in-law, Walter and Jeannie Meitzen Ill, Johnny and Pat Meitzen and Sam and Colleen Meitzen, all of Eagle Lake; 19 grandchildren, and, 12 great-grandchildren of Eagle Lake; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives; and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Gayle, Ralph, Darrell and
Andy Gertson, Ron and Glen Janow, Walter Meitzen IV and Ryan Thomas.

Colorado County Citizen, June 30, 1988, page 2

Melor, Ada Alice

DIED of congestion, at her home near Weimar, August 30th, ADA ALICE, oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mealor[sic], aged 7 years. This dear little girl was a child of great promise, and much beloved by all who knew her. She was endowed with a sunny disposition, and intelligence far beyond her years. Her illness was short, and soothed by kind friends, and attentive physicians but alas! God had called her, and no earthly skill could avail anything. A short time before she breathed her last she called each member of the family around her, and telling them she was going to heaven asked them to go with her. She expressed herself as having no fears of the “great beyond.” and requested them not to weep or grieve for her. Thus another little soul was borne on angels wings to the throne of God. May the afflicted parents feel that “whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.” [Interred in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]
“There is no death! The stars go down,
To rise upon some fairer shore,
And bright, in Heaven’s jeweled crown,
They shine for evermore.
There is no death! The dust we tread,
Shall change ‘neath summer showers,
To golden grain, or autumn fruit
Or rainbow tinted flowers.
There is no death! The seasons come and go
The leaves may wither and decay,
They only wait through wintry hours
The coming of the May,”

Colorado Citizen, September 9, 1880

Melor, Alma M. (Paweleck)

Final Rites For Mrs. F. Melor, 85, June 20

Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Melor, 85, widow of the late Felix Melor, were held Thursday, June 20, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. B. Wayne Williams of Brookshire, former Baptist pastor here, officiated.

Mrs. Melor died at 2. p.m. June 18, after two days in the hospital. She had lived at Parkview Manor for a year. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Born Nov. 13, 1888, near Sublime, she was a daughter of Fritz and Annie (Keilers) Paweleck, and was married to Mr. Melor on Dec. 31, 1927. He died Nov. 3, 1952.

Three brothers also preceded her in death, Rudolph in World War I action, Eilert in 1964 and Herman just last year. A sister died as an infant.

Her only survivors are a sister-in-law, two nieces and two nephews.

The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, June 27, 1974
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Melor, Felix Sellers

Final Rites for Felix Melor, 70, Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Felix Seller Melor, 70, lifelong resident of Weimar, were held Tuesday afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Home, will burial in the Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Rev. H. R. Yount of Houston officiated. assisted by Rev. W. E. Brown, pastor of the First Baptist Church here. Military rites were held at the graveside by members of the local veterans' organizations.

Mr. Melor died at about 6 o'clock Monday morning at Renger Hospital Hallettsville, where he had been a patient for six days.

Born January 9, 1882, on the old Melor home place a short distance west of Weimar's city limits, Mr. Melor spent his entire life there, engaging in farming. He married Miss Alma Paweleck here December 31, 1927.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church and active in the Baptist Men's Bible Class.

Mr. Melor was a World War I veteran who fought with the famous 36th Division in France.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sisters, Mrs. Mayme McIntosh, Mrs. Willie Williams, and Mrs. Beulah Wooldridge; two nieces, Mrs. Ray Kusey and Mrs. Myrtle Doggett; a nephew. W. W. Williams; and a cousin, Miss Lula Chandler, who has made her home with the Melor the past 18 years.

Pallbearers were all World War I veterans: Urban York. Alvin Rose, F. R. Carroll, W. J. Black, T. Y. Holman, Murdock McKinnon, George Fowlkes and Emil Folda[Folta]. The last three named served in the 36th Division with Mr. Melor.

Weimar Mercury, November 7, 1952,page 1

Melor, Louisa Susan (Chandler)

Mrs. W. P. Melor Joins Loved Ones On the Other Shore

Mrs. W. P. Melor, one of the most respected and beloved ladies of this entire section passed unto the Great Beyond at midnight, Dec. 21 after along illness. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock with services at the First Baptist Church of which faith she had been a consistent member practically all her life, interment taking place at the Odd Fellows Cemetery where the remains were tenderly committed to the grave by the side of her beloved husband and other loved ones. The funeral was largely attended, attesting her popularity among our people, while the floral offerings were profuse and beautiful.

The pall bearers a the funeral were Messrs. G. W. Shaver, Ben B. Holt, Ed Rabel, Henry Nitschmann, Geo. Herder, Jr. and Chas. Allen. Accompanying the pallbearers were the following close lady friends of Mrs. Melor: Mrs. M. E. Garrett Mrs. Fannie Black, Mrs. P. J. Shaver and Mrs. Robert McMillan.

Mrs. Melor, before marriage was Miss Louisa Chandler. She was born in Georgia December 29, 1851, and came to Texas when quite young. She was left an orphan at the age of 9 years, her parents and oldest brother dying six weeks apart. In 1871 she was married to Mr. W. P. Melor. Eight children were born to this union of whom four are dead and four living. The surviving children are Mrs. J. M. McIntosh of Houston, Mrs. W. W. Williams of Weimar, Mrs. R. S. Wooldridge of Houston and Mr. Felix Melor of Weimar.

Mrs. Melor had lived the life of a true, genuine christian since the age of 11 years. She had not been a well woman for more than three and a half years, when her companion in life was called home. She often spoke of how good God had been to her and looked to the time when Jesus would come to take her “over there.” A few hours before she passed away she sang, “Oh, How I Love Jesus,” then looking upward, she whispered, “It is finished.” Her life has always been for others – loving peace, ever patient, loving her home, her church, and more than all she loved her God. Truly we can say of her, “She hath done what she could.”

Mrs. Melor was beloved throughout this community as but few women have ever been . Ever proving herself a devoted wife and mother, the best of neighbors and friends, she was popular among all classes of our people. She will be sincerely and sadly missed by all.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, December 30, 1927
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Melor, Wayman Philip

Our people were greatly shocked and grieved Wednesday morning to learn of the death of Wayman Melor, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Melor, who reside two miles west of town. It was understood the first of the week that Wayman was quite sick, in fact threatened with lockjaw, as a result of his having stuck a splinter in his foot a few days previous, but he seemed much better Tuesday, and all had hopes of his recovery. However, he was taken worse that night, and died at 4 o’clock Wednesday morning. The cause of the death was lockjaw, caused by a splinter in his foot. He was in town somewhere in the vicinity of the postoffice recently, when his naked foot struck a splinter. He pulled out a portion of it, a sliver almost as wide as a person’s finger, and told them that it was all out. In this he was mistaken, for another large piece was several days afterwards taken from his foot. He complained of his foot hurting him, but none realized that the poor little fellow was in a dangerous condition. On Saturday he fainted, and from that time on his condition was dangerous, but as before stated there was a slight rally Tuesday. Wayman was an unusually bright boy, the pride of his parents’ hearts. He was so thoughtful and considerate of the feelings of others, even toward dumb brutes, that he won friends everywhere, and there were many sad hearts among his boy associates when they learned of his untimely death. He was 11 years 8 months and 12 days old at the time of his death. His remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Wednesday afternoon. In the loss of their beloved boy, the Mercury joins many friends in extending a sincere and heartfelt sympathy, with the hope that the great and good God above will comfort the bereaved ones in their heart-breaking distress.

Weimar Mercury, May 10, 1902
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Melor, William P.



Died, at the family home near Weimar, Wednesday of last week at 11 o’clock a.m., Mr. Wm. P. Melor, following a long illness. The funeral took place at the Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery Thursday afternoon, and was conducted by Rev. C. E. Dearman, local Baptist pastor, assisted by Rev. J. C. Wilson, local Methodist minister. Touching instrumental and vocal music was rendered during the funeral service. At the close of the funeral service, representatives from Shropshire-Upton Camp of Columbus and Barnett-Jarmon Chapter, Weimar, U. D. C. came forward and placed appropriate wreaths and a small Confederate flag upon the grave. This was followed by the placing of other floral emblems, until the earthen mound was completely hidden from view. It was a touching and beautiful tribute to the esteem and love in which decedent has always been held by the people of this section.

The active pall bearers were G. W. Shaver, S. B. Chapman, W. P. Ammann, Ben B. Holt, Taylor Garrett and Leslie Taylor. The honorary pall bearers named by the family were as follows: Dr. Adolph Potthast, Dr. C. E. Duve, Dr. C. G. Cook, M. J. Pilat, Rev. Isaac Sellers, Rev. C. E. Dearman, T. A. Hill, F. D. Moore,J. J. Armstrong, Sr., W. P. Watson, T. S. Doggett, P. J. Shaver, J. B. Holman, E. F. Shortt, F. J. Nitschmann, M. Stapleton, A. P. Shatto, Sr., Brooks & Yoder, F. Anders, Sr., F. E. Leidolf, W. C. Munn, H. T. Green, O. A. Rose, H. Brasher, Sr., Dr. I. B. Sigler, F. W. Koltermann, Emil Fahrenthold, Ed Rabel, George Carey, Tom Roberts, Walter Black, Ross McMillan, Geo. Herder, Jr., A. A. Gregory and Stephen McCormick.

Mr. Melor was born July 20, 1845. He was married to Miss Louisa Chandler Feb. 2, 1871. Eight children were born unto this union, four of whom survive, as follows; Mrs. J. M. McIntosh, Houston; Mrs. W. W. Williams, Weimar; Mrs. Beulah Wooldridge, Corpus Christi; and one son, Felix S. Melor. There are three grandchildren--Misses Myrtle and Lucile Williams and Walter Williams, Jr., also one half-brother, J. N. Mahon of Columbus, an several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Melor enlisted in Bates’ Command at the age of 16 years and served ___ months during the year 1862, soon thereafter he joined Company A. Fifth Texas Cavalry, Tom Green’s Brigade, and served with this unit of the Confederate Army until the close of the war, giving his services freely and fully to the cause he loved so well and which he thought was right.

Mr. Melor joined the Baptist Church at an early age. For the past eight years, he led an active christian life and was devoted to his church and its institutions. He loved his God, his church, his family and friends as few men ever do. He earnestly wanted to live until the completion and dedication of the newly constructed church, but God willed otherwise and carried him to “a church not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Mr. Melor had spent the greater part of his life in this community and was known to practically every man, woman and child residing therein. He was a man of genial temperament,and despite the great suffering through which he passed during the last years of life never failed to great his friends and acquaintances with a cheerful word and friendly hand-clasp. Few men are called upon to endure the physical suffering through which this good man passed, but he did it uncomplainingly, and his oft-repeated remark in moments of suffering that , “It’s hard to bear, but thank God it won’t last always.” will long be remembered. He was a man of whom it could truly be said, “As true as steel to his friends.” No man ever possessed a better friend. there was no and all occasions,[sic] If he disliked you, he wanted you to know it, and was proud to show his friendship on any and all occasions. If he disliked you, he was not offensive about it, but let you severely alone. You always knew where to place this good man, for there was no trace of deceit in his composition. He was true to his God, his church, his family, neighbors and friends, and in his passing we have truly lost one of the best citizens our community ever possessed. In the death of this almost life-long friend, the writer feels that he has lost one of the best and truest friends that he ever had, and in his passing we drop the tear of sympathy with his bereaved ones, to whom he ever proved a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Gone, but not forgotten!

Weimar Mercury, May 9,1924, page 1

Melvin, Lisa Kay

Lisa Kay Melvin, 38, of Houston, died Monday, Aug. 29, 1994, in a Houston hospital.

She was born April 12, 1956, in Houston.

Funeral services were held Sept. 2, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating. Interment followed in City Cemetery, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Bill Seays, Gary Sutton , J. B. Rogers and Ronnie Rogers.

Ms. Melvin is survived by her foster parents, Max and Virginia Rogers of Columbus; her adopted mother, Estella Breit of New Ulm; son, Timothy Wayne Melvin of Webster, Fla.; sister Wanda Kay of Houston and brother Steve Breit of New Ulm.

Colorado County Citizen, September 7, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Mendel, Garfield Leopold

Died, in this city, on Friday, 7th inst., Garfield Leopold, infant son of Mrs. F. Mendel. Peace to the little one who has escaped a world of sorrow and is at rest — beautiful rest. [Interment in Hebrew Benevolence Society Cemetery]
“The angels of that beautiful world
Passed softly o’er the shining way,
And paused beside his gentle form,
And bore your darling one away.”

Colorado Citizen, April 13, 1882, page 3

Mendel, Joseph G.

Funeral Rites for Joseph Mendel, 84, Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Joseph Mendel, 84, were held Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock at St. Michael’s Church, with the Rev. Vaclav [Bily] officiating. Interment was made in the St. Michael's Cemetery. Hubbard Funeral Home was in charge.

Joseph Mendel was born Jan. 1, 1860, and died in Houston April 22. 1944, after about two months' illness. Mr. Mendel came to America In the year 1888 and settled in Fayette County, afterwards moving to Colorado County, where he had resided for the past 54 years. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Schneider on Nov. 11, 1892, and to this union five children were born.

He was a member of the Catholic Church. He was a farmer and cattle raiser by trade.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. R. F Zemlicka of Houston, Mrs. A. C. Jurasek of East Bernard, Mrs. Aldred Meyer of Schulenburg, Mrs. Walter Dahse of Los Angeles. Calif.; one son, Ed Mendel of Houston; ten grandchildren.

Pallbearers appointed by the family were Steve Kasper, Edmund Kasper, Joe Kasper, Adolph Schindler, John Schindler, Albert Schindler.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, April 28, 1944, page 1

Mendel, Marie T.


The funeral of Mrs. Mary Mendel, wife of Mr. Joe Mendel of near Weimar, will take place at St. Michael’s Cemetery Saturday morning at 9 o’clock, with Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. Friends and acquaintances of the family are respectfully invited to be present.

Weimar Mercury, March 19, 1937 page 1

Mendell, Delta (Wied)


Delta Wied Mendell, 94, of Garwood passed away Oct. 10.

She was born in Vox Populi Dec. 20, 1908 and married Joe John Mendell.

She was a past member of the Garwood PTA, Weseleyn Service Guild and the Methodist Womens Society of Christian Services.

She was preceded in death by her parents Adolph and Louisa Wied; husband; infant twin sister, Nelda Wied; and brothers, Walter and Johnnie Wied.

She is survived by her sister, Ella Malek of Houston; brothers, Eldon Wied of Garwood and Albert Wied of El Campo; and daughters and sons-in-law, Lorene and [M. G.] Lanier of Garwood and Carol and Chester Rasmussen of Wharton.

Funeral services were Sunday, Oct. 12, at Triska Funeral Home with the Rev. David King officiating.

Pallbearers were Terry Lanier, Michael Lanier, Chris Rasmussen, Wes Cook, Mark Wied and Larry Wied.

Honorary pallbearers were Leo Malek, Jr., Johnnie Wied, Dr. James Tran and Dr. Fernando Salazar.

Colorado County Citizen, October 22, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Mendoza, Alfonso D., Jr.

Alfonso D. Mendoza Jr., 780, a life-long Eagle Lake resident, died Tuesday, March 8, 1994, in Eagle Lake.

Born July 16, 1923, in Eagle Lake, he was the son of Alfonso and Felipa (Davila) Mendoza Sr. He was retired from Pioneer Sand and Gravel and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of Eagle Lake. On Feb. 3, 1945, he married Rachel Contreras.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 10, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. Father Eddie Winkler officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake. Services were under the direction of Dulaney Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Mr. Mendoza's grandsons, Eloy A. Torres Jr., John Rodriguez Jr., Ronald D. Mendoza, Edward B. Mendoza, Gilbert Mendoza Jr. and Eugene Castillo.

He is survived by his wife of Eagle Lake; daughters and sons-in-law Elida Torres of Wallis, Elizabeth and John Rodriguez of Eagle Lake, and Rachel and Michael Lujan of Houston; sons and daughter-ion-law, Eugene Mendoza of Houston, Gilbert and Millie Mendoza, also of Houston, Andrew Mendoza and Ronnie Mendoza, both of Eagle Lake; sister Juanita Vera of Chicago, IL; brother Richard Mendoza of Houston; 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones

Mr. Mendoza was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Edward Mendoza and one sister.

Colorado County Citizen, March 16, 1994
Transribed by Dennis Boatright

Mendoza, Patricio

Patricio Mendoza

Patricio Mendoza, 84, of Eagle Lake, died on April 9 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. She[sic] was born on March 17, 1902 in Gonzales. He moved to Eagle Lake in 1912 and worked as a truck driver and also ran a grocery store in Eagle Lake with his wife for many years before retiring. He was a member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of Eagle Lake.

Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. on Friday. April 11 from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel led by Eusebio Salazar. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday. April 12 from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. Ray Widacki officiating. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rita, in November 1981.

Survivors include two daughters. Elida Lucio of Rosenberg and Maximina BarrIos of LaSalle; four grandchildren, several great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friend.

Pallbearers were Roger, Albert and Reynaldo Lucio, William and Marcus Padia and Tony Romo.

Sympathy is extended to the family.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 17, 1986, page 13

Mendoza, Rita (Sosa)

Last Rites For Rita S. Mendoza

Last rite! were held here Wednesday. Nov. 25th for Mrs. Patricio (Rita S.) Mendoza, a resident of this community for over seventy years. Mrs. Mendoza died in the Heritage House at 9 p.m. Monday. Nov. 23rd of natural causes.

Rosary was recited in the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24th with the Rev. Father Tom Hanus officiating. Services were held at 10 a.m. Wed. Nov. 25th in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where she was a long-time faithful member, with Father Hanus officiating. Interment followed in the Lakeside Cemetery.

Mrs. Mendoza was born May 22. 1905 in Castroville. Texas the daughter of Vernado Sosa and Jesusa Ramos.

Survivors include her husband, Patricio Mendoza of Eagle Lake; two daughters. Masamina Barrios of Lasalle, Texas and Elida Lucio of Rosenberg; two sisters, Carmel Romo of Eagle Lake and Elinda Orta of Boling; and four. grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Sympathy is extended to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 3, 1981, page 5

Menis, Louis Sr.

Final Rites For Louis Menis Sr., 78, Held Oct. 21

Funeral services for Louis Menis Sr., 78-year-old farmer of the Dubina area, who died Oct. 19 in Youens Hospital, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church Oct. 21, with interment in the church cemetery.

Rev. John Bily officiated in the services, assisted by Rev. Albert Hubertus.

Mr. Menis had been ill about a year and a half and had been in the hospital three weeks.

A native of the St. John area south of Schulenburg, he was born Dec. 6, 1885, the son of Louis and Johanna Menis. He married Mis Mary Kubenka here on Feb. 3, 1926, and they settled at New Bielau, where they farmed until 1948, when they bought a farm at Dubina and moved there.

Mrs. Menis survives, along with one son, Louis Jr., one daughter, Mrs. Bernard F. (Lillian) Ripper, and four grandchildren, all of the Dubina-Weimar area; and a half-sister, Mrs. John Strelec of Ganado. A sister and two-half-brothers proceeded him in death.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Leonard, Jerry and Eddie Kubenka, Joe Dybala, Alvin Vacek and Julius Jasek.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, October 29, 1964
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Menis, Patrick M. “Ricky”

Ricky Menis Funeral Services Held July 24

Patrick M.(Ricky) Menis, 44, of Weimar died Thursday, July 21, in Weimar. Funeral services were held Sunday, July 24 at St. Michael Church in Weimar with Father Bily officiating.

Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery.

He was born on July 21, 1961 in Weimar to Dorothy (Dreitner) Menis and Louis T. Menis.

He attended St. Michael School and Weimar High School, graduating in 1979. He also received his Associates in Applied Science Degree at Wharton County Junior College, graduating from there in 1981.

Mr. Menis was an electrician who lived in this area all his life.

He helped everybody, loved to hunt and fish, enjoyed traveling, liked coin collecting, enjoyed cooking and enjoyed working with cows. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his nieces. He was a great son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his father, Louis T. Menis; one sister, Karen McCord and husband Tony of Weimar; three brothers, Louis W. Menis of Weimar, Joe Menis of Orange, and Ronnie Menis and wife Roxanne of Weimar; and four nieces, Kelly and Stacey McCord, and Courtney and Casey Menis all of Weimar.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Pallbearers were Chris Small of Galveston, Blaise Dreitner of Yoakum, Michael Ripper of Schulenburg, Milton Urban of La Grange, Michael Klesel of Weimar; and Jim Harvey of Deer Park.

Weimar Mercury, July 28, 2005

Menke, Clara Louise (Dittmar)


Clara Louise Dittmar Menke, 77, of the Bernardo-Cat Spring area, passed away Sept. 5 at her residence.
She was born in Bernardo June 25, 1928 to Leon and Louise Hinkel Dittmar. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Cat Spring and attended Bretschneider School. She married Fred Menke Feb. 5, 1950 and worked as a farmer and rancher.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and brothers, Herbert and Max Dittmar.

She is survived by her daughter, Wavely A. Mahalitc and husband, Calvin, of Eagle Lake; sons and daughters-in-law, Ivan and Gladys Menke, of Bernardo, T.J. and Brenda Menke, of Cat Spring, Ray and Sherry Menke, of Cat Spring and R.L. Menke, of Sugarland; brother, Leon Dittmar and wife, Verna Nell, of Columbus; sister-in-law, Burnita Dittmar, of Cat Spring; grandchildren, Shannon J. Antosh, Russell T. Menke, Amber N. Richardson and husband, Staff Sgt. Scott Richardson, Chad D. Girndt, Kimberly A. Cloninger and husband, Jesse, Morgan R. Menke and Makenzie L. Menke; and one great-grandson, Joshua Vance Cloninger; and close friends, Ann Thompson, Margie Sodolak and George Galmiche.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Kevin Haug officiating. Interment followed in St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Cat Spring.

Pallbearers were Dusty Dittmar, Dwight Dittmar, Tim Peikert, Johnny Class, Wesley Dittmar and Daniel Mazoch.

Memorials may be made to Bernardo Volunteer Fire Department, 2845 FM 949, Cat Spring, Tx 78933 or St. John Lutheran Church, 408 Ross St., Cat Spring, Tx 78933 or the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, September 14, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Menke, Edward G.


Difficulty Between Young Farmers Monday Results in Death of Ed Menke.

In a difficulty Monday between several young farmers of this section, which took place on the New Bielau road a short distance south of John Bock’s residence, John and Ed Menke, young farmers, were badly beaten up. All parties returned to town, so we understand, and paid fines to Judge VanAlstyne for fighting. On Tuesday young Ed Menke showed signs of being rather more badly injured than at first supposed. He was brought in to a physician, swooned soon after reaching town, and died that night without regaining consciousness. Three physicians were with him, but were unable to save his life. Physicians say the cause of his death was hemorrhage of the brain.

Sheriff John F. Wegenhoft came up from Columbus Wednesday morning and soon afterward placed under arrest the following parties, taking them to Columbus: Fred and Ed Bahner, Richard Kubesch and Ottie Bittner. From Judge VanAlstyne we learn that these parties will have an examining trial Friday morning of this week at 10 o'clock in the local justice's office.

From all reports at hand the trouble originated some time ago in a difficulty between the Bahners and Menke's. father over a hog.

All parties are prominent in this section, and the affair is sincerly[sic] regretted. The Menkes, we understand have been working for some time past in the oil fields and had but recently, returned to this section.

Ed Menke was buried Wednesday afternoon in the cemetery west of town, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister, performing a touching burial service. The funeral was largely attended.

Weimar Mercury, November 5, 1920, page 1


Eddie G. Menke was horn Dec, 17, 1898, in Germany. Came to Texas Feb. 15, 1909. first settling in the Schulenburg section, where he lived for about two years. He then moved to Weimar section. Where he worked it couple of years for Chas. Ammann and a year for Mrs. Koehler, now Mrs. Koehler-Smith. On the 24th of December. 1918. he was married to Miss Annie Morgenia Oeltjendiers. After this they moved to the oil field at Hull, Tex where they lived happily until recently when they returned to Weimar to take care of Mrs. Menke's aged father and mother They had only been at home about two weeks when the great tragedy occurred in which Mr. Menke lost his life. He died on the 2nd day of November and was burIed the following day. He had been married one year. ten months and seven days at the time of his death. To the bereaved widow, father, mother, brothers and other relatives and friends. the heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended.

Weimar Mercury November 12, 1920, page 1

Menke, Mary (Schoppe)


Mary Menke, 68, of Matagorda, formerly of Columbus, passed away Aug. 3 at Legacy Nursing Home in Bay City.

She was born in Damon Nov. 4, 1934 to Fred and Louise Mary (Brinkmann) Schoppe and married Roy H. Menke Sr. on Feb. 27, 1954.

She was a bookkeeper for Colorado County Federal Savings and Loan Association for 25 years and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Esther Fitzgerald and Malinda Schoppe; brothers, Willard Schoppe, Buster Schoppe,Edward Schoppe and Louis Schoppe.

She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Wilkinson and husband Bobby of Bay City; son, Roy H. "Rocky" Menke Jr. and wife Tammi of Columbus; sister, Mamie Poehl of Lyons; brother, Walter Schoppe of Dallas; sister-in-law, Florence Schoppe of Houston; and grandchildren, Ami Menke, Allison Menke, Chris Wilkinson and Mindy Wilkinson.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 6 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Chaplain Don Story officiating.

Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Billy Hagen, Mike Schoppe, Larry Schoppe, Clyde Davis, Gary Bleisch and Spencer Smith.

Colorado County Citizen, August 13, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Menke, Roy H. Sr.

Roy H. Menke Sr., 65, of Columbus died Thursday, Sept. 16, 1994, in Columbus.

Born July 26, 1929. in Goose Creek, Texas, he was the son of Henry Charles and Selma (Lichey) Menke. On Feb. 27, 1954, he married Mary Menke. Mr. Menke was a retired building contractor and a Lutheran who had resided in Columbus for 40 years.

Funeral services were held Sept. 17, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with Pastor H. L. Anderson officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Billy Hagen, Mike Schoppe, Adam Chrane, Clyde Davis, Larry Schoppe and Spencer Smith.

Mr. Menke is survived by his wife of Columbus; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Bobby Wilkinson of Bay City; son and daughter-in-law, Rocky and Tammi Menke of Columbus; sisters, Ruby Nelson of Columbus and Florence Schoppe of Houston; brother Gene Menke of Columbus and grandchildren, Ami Menke, Allison Menke, Chris Wilkinson and Mindy Wilkinson.

Colorado County Citizen, September 21, 1994
Transcription byDennis Boatright

Mensik, Albert A.

Funeral For Albert Mensik Here Sept. 9

Funeral services for Albert A. Mensik, 68, of Weimar were held Sunday, Sept. 9, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Father John Bily officiated.

Mensik, a retired bookkeeper and Army veteran, died at 1:05 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, in Citizens Medical Center at Victoria of kidney failure.

He had been owner of Montgomery Ward Catalog Sales here for nine and a half years. He was employed as a bookkeeper for Meyer Motor Co. in Columbus for two years and for Brasher Motor Co. of Weimar and La Grange for a total of 36 years.

Born April 8, 1922, at Holman, he was a son of Joseph and Matilda (Charbula) Mensik. He attended Baldwin College after schooling at Holman. He served in the Army, including two and a half years overseas, from Nov. 24, 1942, until Oct. 13, 1945. He married Beatrice Klekar at Hallettsville on Jan. 14, 1957.

His wife survives, along with a son and daughter-in-law, James and Regina Mensik of Weimar; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Gary Dusek of Weimar; one grandson, Jeremy Dusek; three brothers, Emil Mensik of Holman, T. C. Mensik of Weimar and Cyril Mensik of Houston and two sisters, Mary Ullaman of Danevang and Annie Mensik of Holman. His parents, a brother, John Mensik and a sister, Elizabeth Mensik, all of Holman, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Donnie Mensik, David Mensik, Michael Mensik, Leo Henke Jr., Victor Klekar, Hubert Klekar Jr., Blaise Konvicka and Dennie Klekar.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1990
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Mercer, William


Through a telegram sent to H. Z. Windrow, we hear of the death of Wm. Mercer, one of our Colorado county boys which occurred in Coleman county on the 21st inst., of inflammation of the bowels. William was one of the most promising young men ever raised in this county. He leaves a young wife and little daughter, an aged mother, several sisters and brothers and a host of friends to mourn his death. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, May 25, 1882, page 3

Merrem, Lydia May (Miculka)

Merrem Funeral Services Held On April 15

Lydia May Miculka Merrem, died Wednesday, April 12.

Funeral services were held April 15 at Weimar United Church of Christ with Rev. Ralph Ludwig officiating. Interment followed in the Weimar Cemetery.

She was born in Bastrop County to Charles O. and Albina Elsik Miculka. She graduated from Smithville High School and attended Southwest Texas State University before beginning her distinguished teaching career. She continued her education in the summers, receiving a Master’s Degree.

Lydia was member of the Beta Theta chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society, serving as its president. She enjoyed all of the arts including painting, theater and music, singing with the United Church of Christ Choir for many years.

Mrs. Merrem is preceded in death by her husband, Malvin K. Merrem; daughter, Renee Merrem Brasher; granddaughter, Amy Renee Brasher; and grandson, Rex Thomas Brasher.

She and Malvin were very active in the community as well as in all school events.

Mrs. Merrem was a dedicated teacher, taking many of her typing and shorthand students to the State UIL competition.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews who fondly remember the summers spent in Weimar attending vacation bible school. She loved children and contributed greatly to the lives of many young people.

Memorials may be given to the Weimar Public Library or a favorite charity.

Weimar Mercury, April 20, 2000

Merrem, Malvin Kay

Malvin Merrem Led Schools For Weimar

Malvin Kay Merrem, 76, of Weimar died Sunday in Austin. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 2, at the United Church of Christ in Weimar . Interment was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Merrem was born on March 4, 1916 in Moulton. He was married to Lydia Mae Michulka on May 29, 1938 in Seguin, Texas.

He was an educator for 42 years, serving as teacher, coach of baseball and basketball, principal, and retired as superintendent of the Weimar School District in 1979. He served in Weimar for 26 years. He was past master of the Masonic Lodge in Weimar, served as president of the Colorado Valley Shrine, Chamber of Commerce, and Lions Club. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Renee Brasher, and grandchildren, Amy and Rex Brasher in July of 1970.

Survivors include: wife, Lydia Merrem of Weimar; brother-in-law, Raymond Michulka and wife, Florence of Smithville; sisters-in-law, Albina Janca of Austin and Sylvia Knape and her husband, Weldon of Temple; nieces, GeNelle Beck and husband, Gene of Round Rock and La Nelle Kalbau and husband, Jerry of Buda; and nephews, I. G. Janca and wife, Olga of Elgin, Weldon Knape II and wife, Mary of Round Rock, Daniel Michulka and wife, Helga of Shiner, George Michulka and wife, Noni of Dallas and Jimmy Michulka and wife of Pennsylvania.

Memorial contributions can be made to the United Church of Christ in Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, March 4, 1993

Merriam, Robert W.

R. W. Merriam, 77, Buried Here Monday

Funeral services for R. W. Merriam, 77, were held Monday evening, June 6, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the Masonic Cemetery.

He died Sunday night in Modern Nursing Home, Flatonia, where he had been a resident for about two months. Prior to that he had lived in Weimar about three years, moving here from Oregon. His wife, Mrs. Zula Merriam, died here in September 1958.

Mr. Merriam was born Dec. 20, 1882, in Springfield, Mass. and lived for some time in Michigan and at El Paso, Texas. A daughter in one of the eastern states is his only survivor.

Weimar Mercury, June 10, 1960, page 1

Merriam, Zula G. (James).

Final Rites for Mrs. R. Merriam, 78, Held Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. R. W. Merriam, 78, who died Sept 16 in Weimar Hospital were held Friday morning, Wept 19, at Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev. W. W. Wooley, pastor of First Baptist Church officiating.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Merriam had been ill with cancer for several years. A year and a half ago she and her husband moved here from Oregon to make their home with her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Yoder. She had been in the hospital two weeks when she died.

The former Miss Zula James, she was born January 16, 1880 in Indian Territory which later became the state of Oklahoma. Her parents were Preston S. and Mattie Vann James. Her first husband, Harry Ironsides, died in 1921 and in 1923 she was married to MR. Merriam. Mrs. Merriam lived in Battle Creek, Mich. Most of her life. After Mr. Merriam retired they moved to El Paso and later to Oregon.

Surviving in addition to her husband and her sister here are another sister, Mrs. Myrtle Overly of Miami, Okla.; a brother, Frank James of grand Falls, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers were W. F. Oder, Frank Head and J. R. Yoder, nephews; and Ben B. Hold, A. H. Plagens and Fritz Tell.

Weimar Mercury, September 26, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Merseburger, Elizabeth

The CITIZEN chronicles with regret the sad news of the death of Mrs. H. Merseburger, consort of Mr. Henry Merseburger, which occurred at the family residence in this city, at 5 o’clock this morning. The deceased was born in 1829, in Libetetmock, Prussia, (now Germany,) and has been a resident of our town for over thirty years, was a lady of sterling good qualities, and much esteemed. Her works of love to the afflicted have built a monument of affection for her in the hearts of many recipients of her favors. She leaves a husband (to whom she was married 38 years ago) and one daughter (Mrs. Senftenberg) to mourn her irreparable loss.
“She has gone from our sight,
But not from our love,
To the mansions of light--
That blest home above.
She faded at morn,
But her mission was done.
Then why should we weep
When Heaven hath ____”
The funeral will take place this afternoon at 5 o’clock. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, June 23, 1887

Merseberger, Henry

The Citizen regrets to announce the death of Mr. Henry Merseberger, for almost half a century a resident of Columbus. He was about 72 years of age, and his death resulted from age and general dibility.

He was born an unobtrusive, quiet and good citizen, and has held the position of alderman, mayor and sheriff, acceptably. He leaves a wife and one child (Mrs Senftberg) to mourn his loss. He died about 11:40 yesterday. Peace to his remains
--Columbus Citizen--[Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, September 20, 1902
Submitted by Terry Jackson

Merseburger, Hermann


At Oakland, Texas, onthe 28th of October, 1874, MR. HERMANN MERSEBURGER, of Colorado county.

The deceased was buried with ceremonies of Odd Fellowship by Navidad Lodge, No. 148 [maybe 146] of which institution he was an exemplary member. [Place of interment unknown.]

Colorado Citizen, November 5, 1874, page 2

Merseburger, Lena (Ruhle) Zielsdorf

Mrs. Henry Merseburger Dead.

Mrs. Henry Merseberger, for many years a resident of Columbus, died at her home here last Tuesday afternoon of a tumor of the breast, after an illness of short duration. Mrs. Merseburger's maiden name was Lena Ruhle and she was born in Weatherford, Texas, February 22nd 1862, and consequently lacked one day of being 50 years and 3 months old [at] the time of her death. She was a widow at the time of her marriage to the late Henry Merseburger, which took place on August 12th, 1888. After the death of Mr. Merseburger, she was married to Mr. Robt. Zielsdorff who died a few years later, but for certain business reasons, she continured to be known by the name of Merseburger. She was a consistent member of the Catholic church, a woman of many virtues, and her death will be sadly felt. The funeral took place Wednesday at St. Peter and Paul's Catholic church, conducted by Rev. T. Smith Vaudry, Priest in charge, who in his usual impressive manner,performed the solemn ceremonies. The interment took place at the City cemetery, with the following pall bearers: Leo Steiner, Nick Brod, Platze Heller, Chas. Kunze, J. A. Sommerlatte, W. A. Liermann.

Colorado Citizen, May 24, 1912

Mersfelder, Andrew


On Wednesday evening of last week Mr. Andrew Mersfelder, one of our oldest and best citizens, died at his residence, after a short but painful illness, and was buried the next day in the Masonic cemetery with Masonic honors. Mr. Mersfelder had been a prominent citizen of this place for a long time, and by his kind and benevolent disposition, his honest and upright walk, had gained the confidence, love and esteem of everybody, and will be greatly missed. He left a wife and six children, who have the sympathies of the people in their great bereavement.

Colorado Citizen, May 14, 1896, page 3

Mersfelder, Martha Ella (Cline)

Death of Mrs. M. E. Mersfelder

In the death of Mrs. M. E. Mersfelder which occurred at her home in the city last Friday night, Eagle Lake has lost one of its oldest and most highly respected citizens.

Mrs. Mersfelder, whose maiden name was Martha Ella Cline, was born in Taznell county, Illinois, October 1st, 1838, coming to Texas at the age of one year. She was married in Rose Hill on August 29th, 1860 to Mr. A. Mersfelder, who preceded her in death May 6th, 1896.

Mrs. Mersfelder was one of the best women the writer has ever known, a devout Christian lady, a member of the Presbyterian church for many years. She possessed a very wide acquaintance and was loved by all who knew her.

The funeral occurred last Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the services being conducted by Rev. J. E. Lovett, the Methodist pastor and Rev. J. A. Steven of the Baptist church, with the interment in the Masonic cemetery.

She was the mother of eight children, six of whom survive, Mrs. May Dobbins of San Benito, Mrs. Eugene Daughtry of Georgetown, Mr. Andrew Mersfelder of Glen Flora, Mrs. J. C. Caver, Mr. W. C. Mersfelder and Miss Mattie Mersfelder of this city, all six of whom were here for the funeral. The Headlight extends to the bereaved relatives its sincerest sympathy, and Eagle Lake mourns the loss of a sweet, consecrated Christian woman, one whose memory of her pure, unselfish Christian character will be cherished for all time to come.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 11, 1913

Mertz, Frank

Holding Pistol Barrel in Mouth, Frank Mertz Harls His Soul Into Eternity.

Frank Mertz the old shoemaker who conducted a repair shop between Oliver Stewart’s barber shop and the photograph gallery, committed suicide sometime during Sunday night by shooting himself. About 10 o’clock Monday morning a light on the inside of the room was noticed between the cracks in the door. Knocking and getting no response from the inside, the doors were broken open and the old shoemaker found dead on a cot in the dirty, dingy and dark back room. A 38 caliber pistol,with one chamber empty, was found on the cot, partially covered from view by the bed clothing. The old fellow was clad only in a shirt and was covered with blood, the barrel of the pistol having been held in his mouth when the shot was fired. A quart bottle about half full of whiskey was on the floor by the cot. The front doors of the room and the back windows were locked from the inside. The old shoemaker has lived in Eagle Lake the past two years, but no one seemed to know his name, nor have we ever heard it called until after his death. In his pants pockets were found $22.90, two ten dollar bills and two dollars and ninety cents in silver. The body was taken in charge by city health officer J. K. Davidson and turned over to the Herman Funeral Co. for burial. [Place of interment unknown]

No one knows what sorrows and the heartaches this old man might have suffered. He lived within himself--no relatives, no friends to whom he could look for comfort and condolence. Often has the old fellow been seen to cross the street and give Sidney, the old crippled negro a nickel. In this one little act--even though as little as it may seem--shows that within him there was a heart--a feeling of pity for the unfortunate and the afflicted. Those hidden worries and troubles that lay heavily on his heart, gnawing at his very life’s strings may have caused him to pull the trigger that ended his miserable existence. In worries that bring on sickness and despondency we are all alike--only some of us are strong, and others are weak.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 23, 1914, page 1

Messersmith, Wanda Ruth (Ivy)

Wanda Ruth Messersmith, 69, of Frelsburg, passed away March 14 at St. Joseph Regional Hospital in Bryan.

She was born Nov. 18,1932 in Wharton to Fay M. and Evelyne (Taylor) Ivy and married Larry Messersmith on June 9, 1973.

She was preceded in death by her parents; nephew, William Taylor Huelster; and niece, Karol Koester.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Messersmith of Frelsburg; daughters, Sandra Means of Bryan, and Glenna Mueller of Bleiblerville; grandchildren, Quenton Means,Timothy Means, Chase Mueller and Anna Flores; great-grandchild, Justice Means; sisters, Faye West of Houston, and Nelda Rae Koester of Edna; and brother, Donald Ivy of Selkirk Island.

Funeral services are scheduled March 23 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, March 20, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Metcalf, S.H.

Mr. S. H. Metcalf Is Dead

Remains Laid to Rest This Afternoon at 4 o'clock

After a lingering illness of several weeks, Mr. S. H. Metcalf died at his residence in this city at 3 o'clock Thursday morning, the funeral services being held at his late residence in this city at 4 o'clock this afternoon, with interment in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Metcalf, with his family, moved to Eagle Lake from Vinton, Iowa, last February, and has, since that time, been engaged in the real estate business in this city, and by his quiet, unassuming, gentlemanly and pleasant manner he as made host of friends throughout this section. Deceased leaves a wife, one son, three daughters and a brother to mourn his loss, to whom the Headlight extends its sincerest sympathy in their hour of deep sorrow. The daughters are Mrs. Grace White of Horton, Kansas, Miss Jessie Metcalf of Houston, and Miss Laura Metcalf of this city; the brother is Mr. E. N. Metcalf of Vinton, Ia., and the son, Mr. Oren J. Metcalf of Savannah, Georgia, all of whom were here to attend the funeral.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 22, 1910
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Mettke, Alma C. (Muery)

Alma C. Mettke, 88, of Columbus, died Friday, Oct. 14, 1994, in a Brenham medical center.

Born Aug. 17, 1906, in Bellville, she was the daughter of Sam and Alvina (Pfeiffer) Muery. On Sept. 8, 1926, she married John T. Mettke. She was a retired self-employed painter and paper hanger. Mrs. Mettke, who had resided in Columbus since 1941, was a member of St. Paul Lutheran church in Columbus, the Lutheran Ladies Aid Circle, and sons of Hermann Lodge 243 of Bernardo.

Funeral services were held Oct. 17, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were David Sample, Glenn Horndt, Robert Little, Kenneth Schroeder, Edward Peters and Paul Mettke. Honorary pallbearers were Grady Horndt, Gregg Horndt, Steve Plante, Russell Mettke and Christopher Mettke.

Mrs. Mettke is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Doris and Harry Horndt of Columbus and Loretta and Jerry Sample of Cleveland, Texas; sons and daughters-in-law, John and Betty Mettke of San Antonio and Wilbert and Lillian Mettke of Corpus Christi; a brother, Herbert Muery of Midway, Texas; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, on Feb. 23, 1977, her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

Colorado County Citizen, October 19, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Mettke, Wilbert Lee “Will”


Wilbert Lee "Will" Mettke, 61, of Corpus Christi, died Sunday, Feb. 28, at his residence. He was born June 3, 1937 in Bellville. He was an employee of Spohn Hospital and a member of Riverwood Church.

Memorial sevices were held Sunday, March 7, at Riverwood Church with Pastor Leslie Cole Jr. officiating.

Mr. Mettke is survived by his wife, Lillian Pearl Mettke of Corpus Christi; sons, Russell Scott (Miki) Mettke of Hawaii and Christopher Blake Mettke of Newton, TX; step-children, Edward Earl (Karen) Whitworth of Hurst, TX, Holly Renaw Walker of Abilene and Patricia Dawn (Roger) Roulette of Allen, TX; grandchildren, Erika and Amy Mettke, Lacy, Ben and Christopher Mettke, step-grandchildren, Ashley and Brittany Walker, Dallas Whitworth, Roger Houston Roulette III, godson, Matthew Tyler Brown of Sterrett, Ala.; sisters Doris Mae (Harry) Horndt of Columbus and Loretta (JW) Sample of Cleveland, TX; and brother John Weldon (Betty) Mettke of San Antonio.

Colorado County Citizen, March 10, 1999
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

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Meyneke, E. E.


Mr. E. E. Meyneke, druggist of Altair, died there Tuesday morning following an illness of two weeks of pneumonia. The funeral was held at half past three Tuesday evening, with interment in the Tait cemetery.

Mr. Meyneke has been conducting a drug store at Altair for about six or seven years, having moved there from Chesterville, where he formerly was engaged in the same business.

He was a highly educated man and a good druggist. He was a man who lived entirely by himself and little or nothing is known of any surviving relatives.

There being no one to continue the business of Mr. Meyneke, the drug store for the present is closed. After his death, papers in Mr. Meyneke’s safe were gone through by reputable citizens of Altair in an effort to locate relatives, if the man had any. In those papers the name of a son was found, this son living, according to the papers, in New Jersey. The address was taken and a telegram sent to New Jersey advising of Meyneke’s death and asking for instructions as to the drug store business. Up to this time no answer has been received to the telegram.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 12, 1918

Mezik, Elizabeth Annie


Funeral services were held at the Weimar Catholic church last week for Elizabeth Annie Mezik, aged three and one-half months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ignec Mezik of Borden. burial was in St. Michael cemetery. Besides her parents the baby is survived by two sisters, Dorothy and Irene.

Colorado County Citizen, February 22, 1945.

Annie Mezik Dies Suddenly, Funeral Thursday Morning

Annie, 3 months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ignac Mezik of the Borden community, died suddenly Wednesday, Feb. 14 at the home of her parents. The child took sick Wednesday morning and passed away about 5:30 that afternoon.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning at St. Michael’s Church with the Rev. Leo Pesek officiating. Interment was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Annie was born November 1, 1944. Survivors are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ignac Mezik; two sisters, Dorothy and Irene Mezik.

Our sincere sympathy to the bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, February 23, 1945
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Mezik, Frances (Vojtka)


Mrs. Jos. Mezik, Sr., a respected lady of the Borden community, died at 1 o’clock this (Thursday) morning, aged about 59 years. We understand the funeral will take place at 11 o'clock at St. Michael's Cemetery Friday morning. We hope to have a more extended notice of her death in our next issue.

Weimar Mercury, August 5, 1932, page 1

Death of Mrs. Frances Mezik

Mrs. Frances Mezik, a highly respected lady of the Borden community, wife of Mr. Jos. Mezik, Sr., died at 1 o'clock Thursday morning of last week, and the remains were laid to rest in St. Michael's Cemetery Friday morning at 8 o'clock, Very Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating in an impressive burial ceremony,
Mrs. Frances Mezik (born Vojtka) was born July 9, 1875, in Vyskoviclch, Czecho-Slovakia. She was married in 1899, and came to America with her husband in 1911. She was 57 years of age at the time of her death. The family first settled in the Holman community, north of Weimar, later moving to the Borden community, where she lived up to the time of her death. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Jos. Mezik Sr., four daughters, Mrs. Annie Horak, Mrs. Mary Kobersky, Mrs. Jos. Mazoch, Miss Elizabeth, and two sons, Joseph, Jr., and Ignac.

Mrs. Mezik was highly regarded by her neighbors and acquaintances. She was an industrious, good woman, a devoted wife and mother, a neighbor and friend worth cherishing, and her untimely death is deeply and sincerely deplored by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, August 12, 1932, page 1

Mezik, Ignac

Ignac Mezik Funeral Held Here June 29

Funeral services for Ignac C. Mezik, 65, of Rt. 3, La Grange, were held Friday, June 29, from St. Michael's Catholic Church here with burial in the parish cemetery.

Mr. Mezik died at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, in Colonial Nursing Home at Bellville, after two months' illness.

A retired carpenter, he was a native of Ammannsville. He was born February 1, 1914, a son of Joseph and Frances (Vojtek) Mezik, and married Julia Smahel at Frydek on October 9, 1934. He was a member of the KJT Society.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Julia Mezik of La Grange; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Rieger of San Antonio and Mrs. Irene Prewett of Schulenburg, and a son-in-law, Joe Rieger of San Antonio; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Michalke and Mrs. Mary Kobersky of Weimar and Mrs. Josephine Mazoch of Telfner; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Miss Annie Mezik; a brother, Joe Mezik and a sister, Mrs. Annie Horak.

Pallbearers were Kenneth Rieger, Joel Rieger, Billy Trylicek, Albert Neiser, Warren Bretting and Jack Sevcik.

Weimar Mercury, July 12, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Mezik, Joe G.

Joe Mezik, 65, Buried Here Friday

Funeral services for Joe G. Mezik, 65, former Weimar resident, were held Friday afternoon at St. Philip's Catholic Church in El Campo, with burial in St. Michael's Cemetery here.

Rev. Gerald Hubertus officiated.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Guenther, Bill Kacal, Frankie Baca, Charlie Wanjura, Alphonse Mazoch, and Lawrence Valigura.

Mr. Mezik died of a heart attack at his home in El Campo at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. He had been in poor health the past ten years.

Born here Nov. 19, 1905, he was the son of Joe and Frances Woytek Mezik. He married Miss Henrietta Guenther here Aug. 30, 1937. He worked in oil fields and did construction work, and they lived at El Campo, Weimar, and several other places since that time. They last lived here about ten years ago.

Mr. Mezik's wife survives, along with two sons, S-Sgt. James J. Mezik of Oberammergau, W. Germany, and Sp-6 Thomas J. Merzik Sr. of Aschaffenburg Germany; three grandchildren; one brother, Ignaz Mezik of Weimar; and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Kobersky and Mrs. Elizabeth Michalke of Weimar and Mrs. Josie Mazoch of El Campo.

Weimar Mercury, Sept. 23, 1971
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Mezik, Joseph

Funeral Services For Jos. Mezik, 80, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Joseph Mezik, Sr., 80, retired farmer, were held Tuesday morning from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church, with interment in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated.

Mr. Mezik died Sunday at colonial Rest Home in Schulenburg, after a month's illness.

Born June 8, 1875, at Leng, Partyn (now part of Russia), he was the son of Roch and Theofilia Mezik. He married Miss Frances Vojetk in 1896, and in 1911 they came to America, settling in the Holman area. He was a member of St. Michael's Church and the KJT organization.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Annie Horak, Mrs. Ed Michalke, Mrs. Theo Kobersky, all of Weimar, and Mrs. Cyril Mazoch, El Campo; two sons, Ignac Mezik of Weimar and Joe Mezik of El Campo; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. One of the granddaughters is Sister Mary Concept of Nazareth Convent, Victoria.

Pallbearers for the funeral were John Horak, Rudolph Wanjura, Jas. Horak, Ed Michalke, Alfons Mazoch and Frank Horak.

The Weimar Mercury, Friday, March 2, 1956
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

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