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McAfee, Willie Lee

Willie McAfee Funeral Services Held Jan. 14

Willie Lee McAfee, 63, of Hallettsville died Jan. 7. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan 14 a Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Hallettsville with Rev. Harold Johnson officiating.

Interment followed at Paradise Cemetery in Weimar.

Willie was born Aug 27, 1942 in Hallettsville to Cunnie and Gracie Myrtle (Mitchell) McAfee.

He was an Army Veteran, a Baptist and a truck driver.

He is survived by his sons, Larry Thomas of Weimar, and Willie Lee McAfee Jr. of Weimar; sister Myrtle Lemons of Hallettsville; brothers, Cunnie McAfee Jr. of Victoria, Walter McAfee of Austin, Manuel McAfee of Houston, Fred McAfee of Victoria, and Curtis McAfee of Hallettsville; and three grand children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Gracie Michelle McAfee; and sister, Mardell Newton.

Weimar Mercury, January 19, 2006

McAnally, George Erwin

George McAnally, Oil Co. Official, Services Are Held

Funeral services were held yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon in Columbus Funeral home for George McAnally, 64, who died in Columbus hospital early Tuesday morning. He had been ill since June. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. McAnally was vice president of Dixie Drilling co and president of Dixie Marine Corp. of Houston.

A native of Van Alstyne, he moved with his family to Mathis at an early age. He had lived in Columbus for 20 years and was married to the former Miss Sarah Chloe Satcher. His widow survives.

Other survivors include his mother, Dr. Inez McAnally and a sister, Mrs. Jack Pratt of Houston and 3 brothers, Douglas McAnally of Alice, Dr. Lloyd McAnally of Ft. Worth and Ray McAnally of El Paso, 4 nieces and 4 nephews.

Pallbearers were H. W. Klein, R. U. Maddox, H. L. Hawkinson, Vernon France, Al Perkins, Roy Bandy, Jack Courtney and L. B. Stancel.

Colorado County Citizen, November 3, 1966

McBride, Jenette "Nettie"


Mrs. Nettie McBride, wife of Andrew C. McBride, died suddenly at her home at Bernardo of apoplexy on Thursday of last week. Besides her husband she leaves two daughters and a son. They are Mrs. Herman Heidecke and Miss Adelia and Mr. Braden McBride, all of Seguin. She also leaves two brothers and four sisters. Mrs. McBride was one of the most prominent women of the Bernardo community, having been born and raised in that section. She was fifty-five years of age. The funeral services were held at the Mentz church on Friday afternoon at four o’clock, interment being made at St. Rochas[sic] cemetery. Rev. Father Strobel of Columbus conducted the services.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 14, 1918

McBride, Sidney William Henry

The Citizen chronicles with profound regret the death on the 6th inst., of Sidney, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. McBride of Bernard Prairie. His death resulted from some malady resembling croup, which baffled medical skill and loving, careful nursing. Sidney was a bright, intelligent boy, aged about 5, and gave promise of becoming a useful man and good citizen. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, December 22, 1894

McBroom, Herbert R.

Herbert R. McBroom
January 3, 1931 - January 29, 2004

Herbert R. McBroom, 73, of Rock Islandpassed away Thursday, January 29, 2004 in Memorial HermannSouthwest Hospital in Houston.

Born January 3, 1931 in San Angelo, hewas the son of Herman Hubert and Maud WilsonMcBroom

McBroom served in the Army and worked inplant construction in refineries. He was a member of FirstBaptist Church in Rock Island.

He and Bertha Christopher were marriedNovember 1, 1951.

Preceded in death by his parents,survivors include his wife, Bertha of Rock Island; sons anddaughters-in-law, Herbert Leroy and Shelia McBroom of LakeStevens, Washington, and Russell Wayne and Brenda McBroom ofEureka Springs, Arkansas; and five grandchildren, Keith,Tomas, Tabitha, James and Monika McBroom.

A memorial service was held Tuesday,February 3, at 1 p.m. from Rock Island Baptist Church withRev. Al Riley officiating. Henneke Funeral Home in Columbuswas in charge of arrangements. [Place of intermentnotgiven]

Sympathy is extended to the family intheir loss.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, February 5, 2004
Transcribed by JohnKonesheck

McBroom, Stephen Calven

With feelings of sorrow and sadness we announce the death of our friend, S. C. McBroom, partner of Jos. R; Hester, in the well-cultivated farm a few miles below town. He died very suddenly on the 4th Instant, of a complaint, which he had long suffered—damage of the liver. The departed was born in 1833 in North Alabama, immigrated to this Stat about 1854 and engaged in planting. The war breaking out he jointed his fortunes with Terry’s Rangers, and was a gallant soldier with that gallant band until the end. He was one of nature’s noblemen— honest, upright, generous, with few faults and many virtues. He leaves a widow and three children, who mourn the loss of one of the kindest of husbands and most amiable of fathers. Revered be his memory. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, December 9, 1875, page 3

McCage, Jewel (Tumlinson)

Mrs. Jewel McCage, 69, of Sheridan, diedWednesday, Feb. 17, 1994, in Hallettsville.

Born June 17, 1924, in Liberty Hill, shewas the daughter of Harley and Edna (Witcher) Tumlinson Jr.She had been a resident of Lake Sheridan for the past 16years.

Following cremation,memorial services will be held at a later date.

Mrs. McCage is survived by her husband,Junior 'Mack' McCage of Sheridan; daughters and son-in-lawJudy and Charles Wagnon and Lisa Nowotny, all of Austin;son, Mark Nowotny of Eagle Lake; grandchildren Melissa andCasey Nowotny, both of Austin; sister and brother-in-lawBetty and Nile Fischer of Arlington; brother andsister-in-law, Harley and LaVerne Tumlinson of Point Blank,Texas; and sister-in-law, Mrs. Ken (Charlotte) Tumlinson ofAustin.

She was preceded in death by her parentsand brothers Bill Tumlinson and Ken Tumlinson.

Colorado County Citizen, March 2,1994
Translated by Dennis Boatright

McCane, Elizabeth Isabella (Archer)

Mrs. Bettie McCane, wife of Mr. Geo. McCane of Glidden neighborhood, and a sister of Mrs. W. J. Thornton of this city, died at the family residence last Sunday night, after an illness of several weeks’ duration, and was buried Monday afternoon at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery in Columbus. She was a lady of many estimable qualities, a consistent Christian, and the possessor of a large circle of friends wherever known. Her death is deeply regretted. She leaves a heart-broken husband and several small children, besides numerous relatives and friends, to whom our sincere sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, October 26, 1895

Delayed Glidden Leaflets.

Mrs. Geo. McCane, after a severe case of typhoid malaria, died Sunday night at 8 o’clock. Mrs. McCane was a consistent member of the Methodist church from her girlhood, and was one of those devout Christians who lived her religion. The deceased leaves a husband and five children. The remains were laid to rest in the old graveyard at Columbus, Rev. J. W. Horn performing the last sad rites.

Weimar Mercury, November 2, 1895

McCane, George Henry

Pioneer Citizen of Columbus Answers Call

Mr. George H. McCane, age 76, passed out of this life at his home southwest of town Tuesday morning at about eight o'clock, after an illness caused from a fall from a fall[sic] from a ladder several weeks ago.
Funeral services were held a the family residence at 10 o’clock this morning and interment made in Odd Fellows Rest.

Rev. M. L. Darby of the local Methodist church conducted the service.

The great abundance of beautiful floral offerings heaped upon the grave told of the love forme[sic] the deceased by all who knew him.

Mr. McCane was born in Alabama and came to this community when a young man, some fifty years ago. He was always of a jovial disposition and was a welcome visitor everywhere he went. He was one of the sterling characters of this community, always standing for the hihgest[sic] morals and ideals.

He was preceded to the grave by his wife in 1895.

He is survived by five children, Mrs. Wm. McCary of Mesa, Ariz., Mrs. John Goeppinger , Mrs. Lavo Hester, Mrs. S. A. Harbert and Mr. Lonnie McCane of this city.

The Citizen extends deep sympathy to the bereaved one.

Colorado Citizen, December 4, 1924

McCane, Lonnie

Lonnie McCane, Columbus Rancher, TakenBy Death

Last rites for Lonnie McCane, 75, rancher and descendant of a pioneer Colorado county family, were held at Columbus Funeral home last Saturday afternoon. The Rev. George Ricker of the Methodist Church officiated and a prayer was offered by Rev. A. Guyon. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. McCane died suddenly at his home south of Columbus at about 10:30 p.m. the preceding Wednesday while he was preparing for bed. He had been in bad health for about 3 years, but had overcome pneumonia only about 3 weeks ago. The afternoon before his death, he had been in his pasture looking after his cattle.

Rocky Hill Native

Born at Rocky Hill, Colorado county, July23, 1882, he was a son of George and Betty Archer McCane. The family had lived in the Same house, formerly the old Archer place, since Mr. McCane was about 19. It was bought in 1866 after his grandfather, William Archer came here fromTennessee. Mr. Archer, a horticulturist, laid out the old part of Odd Fellows Rest cemetery and landscaped his own home as well as homes of many people for miles around.

In the McCane house are many old family treasures, the oldest of which are a desk and shaving mirror on a walnut stand brought to Texas in a wagon when the family moved here. An old painting done by H. A. Tatum who had a studio in Columbus about 100 years ago hangs on the living room wall. Another interesting keepsake, which has been restored, is an old trunk brought here by George McCane in 1866.

Son in Airforce

Mr. McCane was married to Rena Chapman of Oil City, Pa., in 1927. The couple had one son, David, whois now 2nd-lieutenant in the air force, stationed at PaineAFB, Washington State.

Other survivors include his wife and 2sisters, Mrs. John Goeppinger and Mrs. Sam A. Harbert Sr. of Columbus. Two other sisters died years ago, Mrs. Lavo Hesterin 1940, and Mrs. William McCary in 1929.

Out-of-town relatives and friends attending the services included Mr. and Mrs. J. W.Schumacher, Mrs. Bill Hoyt, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Denson, EdAdcock, Barney Landwehr, and Mr. and Mrs. Murphy Finley,Houston; Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Pace, Harlingen; Mrs. C. O.Dale, Mercedes; Mrs. Jessie Curry, Bay City; Mrs. ImogeneMorrison, El Campo; and Miss Jane Rutherford, Amarillo; Mr.and Mrs. P. K. Finley, of Harlingen, brother-in-law andsister of Mrs. McCane have been here for several weeks.

Pallbearers were Sam K. and J. D.Seymour, R. J. Fleming, Owen Miller, Jesse Wegenhoft, B. A.Hastings, E. G. Miller and Ladd Hancher.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday,February 13, 1958
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

McCarry, unknown

Nada Cor. Columbus Citizen: On the 16th, while Mr. Will Shaw and a new settler, Mr. McCarry, were cutting timber in the bottom two miles above here, the latter was struck by a loose limb hanging in the tree they were cutting, which fractured his skull, he died the next morning, and was buried late that evening. [Place of interment unknown] Deceased left a wife and three children. Neighbors made up a purse of about $25 for the widow.

Weimar Mercury, January 28, 1899, page 1

McCarty, Armistead Thompson Mason


Col. A. T. M. McCarty of Eagle Lake, after a protracted illness, died at St. Joseph Infirmary, Houston--where he went some days ago for treatment--on the 2d inst., in the 76th year of his age. Col. Mccarty was one of the oldest citizens of Eagle Lake, as well as of Texas--a man of genial disposition, unimpeachable character and extensive acquaintance. In early days much of his life was spent on the frontier, where he was engaged in surveying and locating lands, and he had a rich fund of personal historical information and anecdotes of that period. He was the life of nearly every party with which he came in contact--his genial humor and gentlemanly bearing always attracting his comrades. The CITIZEN trusts some one acquainted with the facts of his life will prepare a better notice. His nephew, Capt. J. W. McCarty of Eagle Lake, is absent in Virginia at this time. The CITIZEN joins his hosts of friends all over the state in sorrowing sympathy. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, July 6, 1893

McCarty, James William

News Special: Eagle Lake, June 9.--Capt. J. W. McCarty died suddenly at his home today. He had been a little unwell since Saturday, but felt so well that he insisted on his wife leaving yesterday to attend a church convention at Mineral Wells. Today he was about the house and was sitting talking to his son, Mason, who had come from Houston to see him, when he expressed a desire to go into another room and leaned forward into the arms of his son and in a few minutes he was dead. So, without a struggle, the spirit of this genial gentleman, devoted husband, loving father, brave soldier and ernest Christian passed over the divide unto the reward of a well spent life. Captain McCarty had many friends. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, Jun 13, 1903

McCarty, Letitia Madeleine (Oldham)


Eagle Lake, Tex., June 10,--Mrs. J. W. McCarty, 79 years of age, one of he oldest residents of Eagle Lake, died at the family home here. She was the daughter of Judge W. S. Oldham, Confederate senator from Texas, and is survived by three sons, S. O., Bruce W. and J. W., all of this city and one sister, Mrs. Ada Spratt of Pittsburg, Texas. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]
In the death of a beloved mother, the heartfelt sympathy of the Mercury is extended the McCarty brothers. That each of them did his full duty toward “Mother” in her declining days, we have no doubt, for we know enough about the McCarty “boys” to realize and understand how dear “Mother” was to them. The writer passed through a similar affliction many, many years ago but there is never a day we do not miss “Mother” and long for her presence to unfold our troubles and have her share them and console us as in our boyhood days. The greatest catastrophe that can come to any one is the loss of a beloved mother, and as the years go by we who have had to make such a sacrifice realize it more and more. God comfort the bereaved ones in their irreparable loss is our sincere prayer.

Weimar Mercury, June 16, 1922, page 2

McCarty, Madeleine Delia

Madeleine McCarty

Madeleine Della McCarty, age 63. passed away Tuesday, May 1 in the Gaston Episcopal Hospital in Dallas following a lengthy illness. Born July 15, 1920 In Houston to Bruce Williamson McCarty and Lottie Wilson McCarty, she was the daughter of the founder of the Eagle Lake Headlight and was a columnist and writer for the paper for many years.

She was a 1937 graduate of Eagle Lake High School and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Da;las. Survivors include a brother, Bruce McCarty, Jr. of Dallas.

Funeral services were Friday, May 4, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Dallas with the Rev. John Twyman officiating. Graveside services and interment were Saturday, May 5, at Masonic Cemetery, Eagle Lake, with the Rev. George Welsch officiating.

Former high school classmates served as pallbearers. Local arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, May 17, 1984, page 2

McCarty, Stephen Oldham

Eagle Lake Planter Dies in San Antonio

S. O. McCarty, 68, Eagle Lake planter, died Tuesday at the San Antonio home of his brother-in-law, L. F. Hillyer. Mr. McCarty, one-time lawyer, was a son of the late Captain and Mrs. J. W. McCarty of Eagle Lake and a grandson of Judge W. S. Oldham, Confederate senator from Texas during the civil war.

He is survived by his wife and a daughter, Mrs. C. J. Jennings of San Antonio.

Funeral services were held in Eagle Lake at ten o’clock Wednesday morning. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, September 5, 1940
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

McCauley, James Henry “Mack”


J. H. "Mack" McCauley, age 68, of Sheridan, passed away following a brief illness in the Columbus Hospital on January 2.

Funeral services were held for J. H. "Mack" McCauley Tuesday, January 5 from the Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Scott Jordan pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sheridan officiating,

Burial was at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Mr. J. H. "Mack" McCauley was both December 24, 1919 in Shelby County to Jack McCauley and Lou Jackson McCauley. He married Bernice Varley McCauley May 15, 1955 at the First Baptist Church of Sheridan.

They returned to Sheridan, building their home there, in 1969. He was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Sheridan.

Mr. McCauley worked for Texaco. Inc. for over 30 years serving 30 years of that time as a drilling superintendent for their South American Operations overseas throughout South America.

He served with the U. S. Army during WW II in the 3rd Batallion[sic] of the 20th Infantry in The South Pacific in Korea, and the Army of Occupation in Japan.

Survivors include his wife, BernIce Varley McCauley of Sheridan; daughters, Jimmi Kasper and, Deborah Brown both of Sheridan; sons, Clyde of Sanger and Bill of Bridge City; sisters, Georgia Windham of Nederland and Ella Cheshire of Carthage; 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were James Mosley, Jerry Windham, James and Stephen McCauley and Larry and Dean Varley.

Colorado County Citizen, January 14, 1988, page 2

McCausland, Mary Alice (Schellhammer)


Mary Alice Schellhammer McCausland, 82, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 7 at her residence.

She was born in Warren, Pa., May 14, 1925 to William Hammond and Alice (Aston) Schellhammer and married Raymond W. McCausland, Oct. 4, 1947.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Ruth Maier; and brother, James Schellhammer.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Molly and David Atwell of Woodville; sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas W. and Ruth McCausland of Missouri City and Kevin J. and Bonnie McCausland of Glidden; brother and sister-in-law, William and Carol Schellhammer of Vero Beach, Fla. And Carolyn Schellhammer of San Diego, Calif.; and grandchild, Taylor Atwell of Woodville.

A memorial service and burial took place Jan. 13 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with the Rev. Patricia Whittington officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, January 16, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

McCausland, Raymond Wells


Raymond W. McCausland, 89, died Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Columbus.

He was born in Warren, Pa. on May 15, 1918, to Eva (Taylor) and Alexander McCausland. During WWII, he served in the Merchant Marines as a radio operator. He was employed by NASA as head of the communications lab that was instrumental in the development of the communications system used during the Apollo moon missions. He retired from the FAA after 28 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers William and Jay McCausland.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary A. Schellhammer McCausland of Columbus; sons, Thomas W. McCausland and wife Iris Ruth of Missouri City, and Kevin J. McCausland and wife Bonnie of Glidden; daughter, Molly E. and husband David S. Atwell of Woodville; and granddaughter, Taylor M. Atwell.

Private family committal will take place in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation to a charity of choice.

Colorado County Citizen, October 10, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

McClanahan, Abel Claire

Last Rites Held Monday For A. C. McClanahan, 86

Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock at Mill-Bauer Funeral Home for A. C. McClanahan, 86 years of age. The Rev. Ralph A. Jones, pastor of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake officiated at the services. The music for the services was provided by Mrs. Clara Mae Nash at the organ and Ed Causey who sang “Beyond the Sunset.”

Interment was in Masonic Cemetery beside his wife, who was his faithful companion for over 58 years. Serving as pallbearers were: Sam F. Boothe, Jack Grieves, Billy Lee Henneke, Lee Reid Johnson, Robert Samuel Martin and Joe Lee McCreary.

Abel Claire McClanahan died in a nursing home in Columbus Saturday morning, April 11th, 1959. He was born in Orange, Texas on July 13th, 1872, the son of Dora Francis and Tom McClanahan. When he was a young man, he came to Eagle Lake to live and for many years was the owner of the McClanahan Lumber Co., which he sold to the Alamo Lumber Co. He was also a partner in the McClanahan-Frnka Lumber Co. of Garwood. In 1928 he built the White House Hotel which he operated for several years.

In July 26, 1898 he was married to Josephine Causey Sutton of Eagle Lake who preceded him in death on September 2, 1956. To this union four children were born, two of whom preceded their parent in death – Abel Claire McClanahan, Jr., and Mrs. Mary Louise McClanahan Bullen.

Mr. McClanahan is survived by a son, Curtis A. McClanahan of Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Francis McClanahan Groves of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Mike Peveto of Beaumont and two grandchildren, Wm. Bullen, Jr., of New Orleans and Mrs. Harry N. Frohn of Houston. Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Curtis A. McClanahan, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. M. Groves, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Bullen, Mrs. H. N. Krohn, and Mrs. Frank A. Leedy of Houston; W. R. Bullen, Jr. of New Orleans, La.; and Mrs. Mike Peveto of Beaumont.

With the passing of Mr. McClanahan, Eagle Lake has lost one of its early citizens who played a part in the building of the town and community. Sincere sympathy is extended to the family in the loss of their loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 16, 1959
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

McClanahan, Josephine Louise (Causey)

Funeral Services Held Tues. For Mrs. McClanahan

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, September 4th at 3:00 o’clock, at Mill Bauer Funeral Home, for Mrs.

Abel Clair McClanahan, Sr., 85 years of age, who passed away in Houston on Sunday, September 2nd, at 2:45 a.m. Mrs. McClanahan had been an invalid the past several years.

The Reverend Joe Townsend of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake conducted the services, and Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge. Mrs. Clara Mae Nash furnished a piano solo preceding the service and accompanied Miss Ophelia Johnson who sand “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.: Interment was in Masonic Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers: Herman Boothe, Ed Causey, Sr., Jack Grieves, Robert Samuel Martin, V. T. Matthews and Miles Theuman.

Mrs. McClanahan was born Josephine Louise Causey at Yorktown, Texas, August 2, 1871. She was the daughter of Anderson and Mary Causey. Her father was a prominent cattleman and farmer of Colorado County, and gave the land for the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake. On July 26, 1898, she was married to Able Clair McClanahan, Sr. at Eagle Lake.

Surviving her are her husband, A. C. McClanahan; a son, Curtis A. McClanahan; a daughter, Mrs. Thoman M. Groves; a grandson William Bullen, Jr.; a granddaughter, Mrs. Harry N. Krohn, all of Houston; and one sister, Mrs. H. T. Langston of Palestine, Texas. She was preceded in death by a son, Clair McClanahan and a daughter, Mrs. Mary Louise McClanahan Bullen. Mrs. McClanahan was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake.

Mrs. McClanahan’s life was centered in her home and her children, and she was a devoted wife and mother. Her keen sense of humor and her stories of early days of this community interested all who knew her. She was a life-long resident of eagle Lake and vicinity. Her family and friends can find consolation in the knowledge that her sufferings and sorrows of this world have ended and she has gained the eternal rest of a faithful Christian.

Members of the family attending the funeral were: A. C. McClanahan, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis A. McClanahan, Mrs. and Mrs. Thomas M. Groves, Bill Bullen, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Harry N. Krohn, all of Houston; and Mrs. Mike Peveto , a sister of Mr. McClanahan’s of Beaumont.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 6, 1956
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

McCormick, Alexis

Final Rites for Alexis McCormick, 69, Held Monday

Funeral services for Alexis McCormick, who died Saturday in Hermann Hospital, Houston, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Monday, with burial in the Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Rev. Kyle Nagel, local Methodist pastor, officiated.

A resident of Houston the past 38 years, Mr. McCormick was born here, the son of Stephen and Hattie Simpson McCormick, who were among Weimar’s earliest settlers. A graduate of Texas A&M College, he was a road construction engineer.

He was a member of the A&M Ex-Student’s Association, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Houston Engineers Club.

Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Mattie L. Schumann, of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Spencer B. Hays of Manhattan Beach, California, and Mrs. Claude L. Bodin of Houston; and four sisters, Mrs. W. M. Vinson of Houston, Mrs. G. E. Aldridge of Fort Worth, Mrs. Peyton Irving of Dallas and Mrs. John C. Hubbard of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, June 17, 1955, page 1

McCormick, Ann Virginia (Millan)

We regret to announce the death of Mrs. VIRGINIA ANN, consort of Mr. W. B. McCormick, which occurred at her residence in Weimar on the 28th ult.  She was an estimable lady, with few faults and many virtues.  She leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn their irreparable loss.

Colorado Citizen, October 4, 1877, page 3


At her residence in Weimar, Texas, September 28th, 1877, after a protracted illness, Mrs. ANN VIRGINIA, wife of W. B. McCormick.

The deceased was born in Fairfax county, Virginia, in 1822, was married in 1840, and moved to Texas with her husband and children in 18?8, where she has since resided, beloved by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.  A member of the Methodist Church for many years, her Christian faith has ever sustained her amid the conflicts of life.  As a wife and mother she had few equals, ever self-sacrificing and devoted, her bereaved family feel indeed that theirs is an irreparable loss.

“Blessed are they who die in the Lord, verily they [illegible] from their labors, and their works [illegible] follow hem.”   W. S. R.

Galveston News and Alexandria (Va.) Gazette, please copy. [Interred in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, October 11, 1877, page 2
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

McCormick, Audrey B. (Smith)


Audrey B. Smith McCormick, 82, of San Marcos, died Friday, Nov. 10, 1995.

Born July 23, 1913 in Manchaca, she was the daughter of Alvin Harper and Julia Ann (Dement) Smith. She and her late husband, Earl B. McCormick, began ranching and farming in Hays County in 1940.

Graveside services were held Nov. 14 at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16 at the First Presbyterian Church in San Marcos. Weed-Corley-Fish FuneraI Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. McCormick is survived by daughters Bonnie Lee McCormick Erdmann of Grotos, S. D. and M. Joyce McCormick Abel of San Marcos; son Earl Charles McCormick of Angleton;14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; daughters Kay McCormick Horton, Virginia McCormick Briggs, Alice McCormick Weige; son Benjamin Lewis McCormick; and grandsons Tommy Allen McCormick, Stephen Wayen[sic] Horton and granddaughter Amber Kay Horton.

MemoriaI contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Capital Fund in San Marcos.

Colorado County Citizen, November 15, 1995, page 16

McCormick, Donie


It had been known for a number of days that Miss Donie McCormick, respected lady of this community, aunt of Mrs. C. G. Cook, was very ill at the home of Mrs. Cook, but hope had been held out to the last that there might come a change for the better and that this good woman might recover and be spared to us yet a while longer.

But the hope was never realized. “Miss Donie”, as she was lovingly termed by her many friends, gradually grew weaker and the end came Wednesday evening. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, with Rev. J. G. Palmer, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating. Pall bearers were Messrs. Jesse Green, J. F. Bartosh, Geo. Flessner, Jr., Frank Anders, Mannie Lauterstein, Henry Brasher, Jr., and Chas. Herder, Jr. Interment was in the family plot in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery. The floral offerings were many and beautiful, attesting the high opinion in which this good woman was held by all.

Miss Donie McCormick, daughter of Willis Berry and Ann Virginia McCormick, and granddaughter of the late Stephen McCormick, inventor of the ___, was born in Centerville, Fairfax county, Va. She came to Texas with her family and a number of friends in 1858, traveling by train, boat and ox team to Texas, first settling at Old Lyons, near where the present town of Schulenburg is located. The family lived at Oakland for awhile, also near Clear Creek Church. In 1974 the family moved to Weimar, and here she resided up to the time of her death. She was one of the organizers of the local Methodist Church, which was founded in 1875, and was a charter member. So far as known she was one of the last of the charter members. She was ever loyal to her church and as long as her health permitted was a regular attendant at all its services. Her interest in her church continued ever through her last illness. She was the last member of her immediate family and is survived by eighteen nieces and nephews, three of whom live in Weimar--Mrs. C. G. Cook, Mrs. Jno. O. Hubbard and Mr. Stephen McCormick. She had resided in Weimar for a period of sixty-three years.
“Miss Donie” was a woman of lovely disposition. Knowing her for so many years, we never heard her make one disparaging remark about anyone. She was always kindly, a pleasant word for one and all, ever ready to help those who needed her help, a sunbeam in every home, beloved by relatives and friends, and in her passing all of us realize we have lost a near and very dear friend, whose presence will never be replaced.

Our heartfelt condolence goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, November 11, 1938, page 1

McCormick, Eddie (Hill) Ratcliff

Funeral Services Mrs. McCormick,85, Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. EddieMcCormick, 85, were held Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 4, atHubbard Funeral Home, with interment in the MasonicCemetery, Rev. Howard MacAllister, pastor of First MethodistChurch officiated.

Mrs. McCormick died Monday at HolmsConvalescent Home in Gonzales where she had been a residentthe past 30 months.

Except for a few years in California andHouston, she had been a life-long resident of Weimar. Theformer Miss Eddie Hill, she was born here Nov. 8, 1879, adaughter of T. A. and Sallie McGehee Hill. Throughout herlife she was active in church and civic work. She wasmarried in 1911 to Dr. Claude Ratcliff who died in 1914. In1937 she was married to George McCormick, who preceded herin death in 1948. She and Mr. McCormick lived in Californiauntil his retirement as a railroadsuperintendent.

Mrs. McCormick is survived by her sister,Mrs. Stephen McCormick of Weimar; a niece, Mrs. Cora Barnettof San Antonio and two nephews, Scott Hill of San Antonioand Thomas Sparks of Port Arthur.

Pallbearers were John Hajovsky, HenryHerder, Charlie Herder, Leroy Herder, D. Herder, H. Brasher,Jr., David Owen [??] and F. F. Brasher.

Weimar Mercury, November 5, 1964
Transcribed by JudyTalkington

McCormick, Ella Brown

Death of Miss Ella McCormick

The sad news was telegraphed to Weimar last Monday that Miss Ella McCormcik[sic] had died that morning. Her death occurred in the city of Austin. She left Weimar to visit her sister Mr. Roberdeau, in that city on the 6th of last month. Last Tuesday she was returned to Weimar a corpse. Had she known this when she took the train for Austin, and indeed would have been the parting between her and her friends. It is said that she took dengue in a short time after arriving in Austin, and this compilcated[sic] with other sickness, in a few weeks ended her bright and joyous young life. It is a sad thing to record the death of the aged but sadder still to chronicle the death of one that was in the flowery spring time of years. When she departed from this place she seemed gay and happy and without a trouble to mar her peaceful breast. But her home is in sorrow now, and her many friends are in sorrow too. Her death is deplored by all who knew her and sympathy for her bereaved family springs spontaneously from many hearts. Her remains were buried yesterday morning in the Odd Fellows’ Rest. Many friends followed her to her grave, and many a tear is shed for Miss Ella McCormick. When the spring time comes again she will not be here to hear the happy songs of birds but she will long live in the memory of those who loved her.

Weimar Gimlet, November 12, 1885

McCormick, Etta

Miss McCormick Dies at 89; Last Rites Held Saturday

Last rites were held in Columbus Funeral home Saturday afternoon for Miss Etta McCormick, 89, who died in a nursing home in Austin Friday afternoon. She had been a patient in the home for 21 months,

A native of Columbus, she had spent almost her entire life here. She was a daughter of George and Myra Thatcher McCormick and her birth date was Jan. 5. 1874. Her father served as district judge of Colorado county for many years and as attorney general of Texas 1978 to 1882.

The Rev. W. F. Hathaway officiated and burial was in the Weimar Masonic [Odd Fellows] cemetery.

Miss McCormick was a charter member of Shropshire-Upton chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy. She worked with the local Red Cross organization during World War I. She had an interesting collection of old newspapers, especially of The Citizen, which she shared generously with those seeking historical information about this area. She was the last surviving member of her family.

Pallbearers were W. H. Miekow, E. G. Miller, J. D. Seymour and Charles D. Rutta of Columbus and Dan C. Smith Jr. and James T. Davis of Houston.

Among relatives attending the services were Mrs. Dan C. Smith Sr. of Houston and Mrs. Berry Cook of Weimar.

Colorado County Citizen, May 9, 1963, page 2

McCormick, George Millan


Columbus, Texas, November 5. – Judge George McCormick died at his home in this city shortly before 1 o’clock this afternoon. He had been confined to his bed some three months with a fatal malady and no hopes had been entertained for his recovery during the past five weeks. He had been unconscious since yesterday afternoon and the end today was peaceful.

A special train will carry his remains to Weimar Tuesday morning, leaving this city at 9 o’clock. A stop will be made at the station at Weimar, where his friends there will board the train and continue ont [sic] to the Odd Fellow’ cemetery, where the interment will be held.

Active pallbearers will be S. K. Seymour of columbus [sic], H. R. Brown of Columbus, W. S. Miller of Columbus, H. W. Carothers of Eagle Lake, J. T. Johnson, Hon. J. H. Wooten, J. F. Sandmeyer, S. E. Monroe, all of Columbus, George Herder of Weimar. The honorary pallbearers will be Dr. John H. Bowers of Columbus, Hon. Friench Simpson of Halletsville, Captain J. A. Robinson of Galveston, Captain T. A. Hill of Weimar, Hon. L. C. Ayars, Hon. W. L. Adkins, J. J. Harrison, Judge J. J. Mansfield and J. N. Mahon, all of Columbus.

Judge George McCormick was born in Fauquier county, Virginia, October 12, 1841. His parents came with their family to Colorado county, Texas, in 1848. Early in 1861 George McCormick enlisted in the confederate army, was in Nichols’ regiment at Galveston, and assisted to build the sand works at Fort Point and South Battery. He re-enlisted in company D, cavalry battallion [sic], Waul’s Texas legion, which crossed the Mississippi river in the fall of 1862 at Vicksburg. From that time until July, 1864, he served with his regiment under McCulloch of Missouri, Chalmers, Ross and Forest in the memorable campaigns which made the cavalry of that period so famous, when he was wounded, captured and his leg amputated by the enemy.

He came back to this county in 1865 and entered the law office of Cook & Collier, a prominent and noted law firm then of South Texas and pursued with the firm the study of law. In June, 1866, he was elected over two competitors to the office of county cleck [sic]. In 1869 Governor Pease and the military removed him because he could not take the test oath. He then formed a partnership in the practice of law with Messrs. R. L. Foard and Wells Thomson of this city. In 1875 he was elected as the nominee of the democratic party, with General Whitfield and J. E. Arnim, a delegate to represent the counties of Colorado and Lavaca in the constitutional convention of that year. In that convention he was the only democrat who voted for a direct tax for the support of public schools.

When the new constitution went into effect he was appointed assistant attorney general – an office made vacant by the resignation of Hon. A. J. Beeler of Austin – by Governor Richard Coke. Having served in that position during the term of then Attorney General Major H. H. Boone, McCormick was nominated by the convention of the democratic people of the State to succeed Boone, was elected by overwhelming majority and held the office during the first term of that revered governor, O. M. Roberts. He filled the office with ability and credit to himself and satisfaction to the people, but declined a re-election.

At the close of his term of office he came home and formed a law partnership with Lyle J. Logus. In 1884 Judge McCormick became a candidate for judge of this judicial district, then composed of the counties of Wilson, Guadalupe, Gonzales, Lavaca and Colorado, and was elected by a large majority. In 1886 he was re-elected by over three times the majority received in 1884 showing unmistakably the appreciation of the people of his fitness for that responsible position. Since that time he has been engaged in a successful law practice in Columbus. He has been looked upon as the nestor of democracy of Colorado county, has ever striven for strong organization and discipline in the party.

During the term of office of Governor Dick Hubbard the State made a contract with parties to clear Caney creek of overhanging trees from its mouth to Bowies, that the planters of Matagorda county might transport their cotton by boat to Galveston. In return, the State was to give to the contractors an immense number of acres of land situated at different points in the State. After cleaning the stream up as far as Dr. Kit Williams satisfactorily information reached Austin that the work was not progressing according to contract. Governor Hubbard sent George McCormick to make an investigation. He found that trees were sawed off at their roots and allowed to fall into the stream, out of sight, but a serious menace to boats. They so remain to this day. McCormick’s life was threatened and endangered during the progress of his investigation, but his report abrogated a portion of the contract and saved to the State many thousands of acres of land.

Judge McCormick has resided here or in the immediate vicinity forty-seven years, and his record shows that he has been ever a man of energy and action, pronounced in his views, bold and manly in their expression, though liberal to those differing in opinion. A long public service has been characterized by a heightened sense of duty, in which honesty of purpose and faithful discharge have been shining headlights in his career.

In 1871 he was married to Miss Myrah Thatcher, eldest daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth Thatcher of this city. Mrs. McCormick died in November, 1902. Their surviving children are Captain George McCormick who commanded the Houston Light Guards during the Spanish-American war, Miss Etta McCormick; Thornton McCormick Stephen McCormick and Alexander McCormick. – Houston Post.

Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Nov 1905
Contributed by Matt Cross

McCormick, George Millan

George McCormick, 72, Retired S. P.Official, Expires

George McCormick, 72, retired general superintendent of motive power of the Southern Pacific, died at 8:45 a. m. Thursday in Methodist Hospital in Houston, after an illness of several months.

Funeral services were held in Houston at 10 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Dr. Dawson C. Bryan officiating. The body was brought to Weimar where other services were held at 4 p.m. at the Hubbard Funeral Home with the Rev. S. R. Harwood, Methodist minister officiating. Interment was in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemeteryhere.

Mr. McCormick retired from the railroad in July, 1942, while living in San Francisco, and had returned to Houston six months ago. He made his home at the Rice Hotel in Houston and at the T. A. Hill residence inWeimar.

Mr. McCormick served the Southern Pacific for 50 years, beginning as machinist apprentice, at Houston with the old Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad in 1891. He was transferred to San Francisco in his last position in 1916.

During the Spanish-American War he was captain of the Houston Light Guards.

He did outstanding work in modernizing cars and locomotives. He received international recognitionfor several inventions on locomotive equipment and was named a "modern pioneer" by the National Association of Manufacturers in 1940 and a year later was given an honorarydegree in engineering by his alma mater, Texas A andM.

Survivors include his wife, the formerMrs. Eddie Hill Ratliff of Houston; one sister, Miss Etta McCormick of Columbus; two brothers, Stephen and Alex McCormick of Columbus; one niece, Mrs. Jack Draper ofPasadena.

The Mercury extends condolence to the bereaved wife, sister and brothers in their loss.

Out-of-town visitors here to attend the funeral included:

From Columbus: Mr. and Mrs. A. L. McCormick, Miss Etta McCormick, Mr. Stephen McCormick, Mr.and Mrs. Wayman Kindred, Mrs. S. E. McLeary, Mr. and Mrs.Hugh Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Sam K. Seymour, Sr., Mrs. Sam K.Seymour, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Leo Emmel, Miss Rose Innes, Miss Rosana Walther, Mr. Hollis Massey, Mr. O. P. Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Ned Burford, Mr. and Mrs. A. Hahn, Mrs. W. M. Paulson,Mr. R. L. Hastedt, Mr. Felix Fehrenkamp, Mr. and Mrs. T. J.Oakes, Mr. E. G. Miller, Rev. C. B. Diltz, Mr. G. L. H.King, Mrs. L. T. Everett, Mrs. A. A. Gregory, Mrs. J. H.Wooten, Mrs. R. B. Moss, Mrs. G. H. Obenhaus, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Harbert, Dr. and Mrs. W. W. Gunn, Mr. E. E. Irwin, Mrs.Henry Hurr, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence James, Mr. J. A.Duncan.

From Houston: Mr. L. M. Wirtz, Mr. and Mrs. John Power, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Glass, Mr. and Mrs. DanSmith, Mrs. Dan Smith, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Foster, Mrs. Davis, Miss Lea Leyendecker, Mr. A. P. Roberdeau,Mrs. W. M. Vinson, Miss Elinor Vinson, Mr. and Mrs. Alexis McCormick, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. J. H.Maulgood, Mrs. Bettie Stephens, Mr. Henry Montgomery.

From Hallettsville: Mr. A. Klatt, Mr. andMrs. S. H. Simpson, Dr. and Mrs. Friench Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Hill, Mrs. Yates Hill and son, Mr. Lester Holt, Mr. P. Liherda.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Draper from Pasadena; Mrs. G. E. Aldridge of Fort Worth; Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Sparks and son, Port Arthur; Mr. and Mrs. T. Y. Hill of Llano.

From San Antonio: Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher Fisher, Mr. John C. Harris and daughter, Mrs. F. L.Carson.

From Austin: Mr. Geo Roberdeau, Mr. WillWirtz.

Weimar Mercury, April 13, 1945
Transcribed byJudy Talkington

McCormick, Goldie Ethel

Final Rites Held for MissMcCormick

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m.Monday, March 10th, for Miss Goldie Ethel McCormick whopassed away at 12:10 a.m. Sunday Mar. 9th at the Eagle LakeCommunity Hospital. She had been in ill health for some timeand had been hospitalized for the past four and one-halfmonths.

Miss McCormick was the daughter of C. H.and Phebe N. McCormick and was born on March 19th, 1886 inGrinnel, Iowa. She came with her family to this part ofTexas arriving on Christmas Day of 1896. She lived from theearly thirties until 1955 in San Antonio and Austin whereshe was a practical nurse.

Final rites were held from the Chapel ofthe Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 19th,with the Rev. Thomas Kirby, pastor of the Lissie UnitedMethodist Church, officiating. She was placed to final resting the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearerswere Earl B. McCormick of San Marcos, Ralph D. McCormick ofBryan, Charles H. McCormick of Temple, Leo W. McCormick,Jr., of Brownsville, and Donald H. McCormick of Austin andFred A. McCormick of Houston.

Surviving are four nieces, Mrs. MerleGist of Lissie, Mrs. Roy Jerrells and Mrs. M. W. Mayes ofEast Bernard, and Mrs. Edith Mills of Beeville; six nephews,Earl B. McCormick of San Marcos, Ralph D. McCormick ofBryan, Charles H. McCormick of Temple, Leo W. McCormick,Jr., of Brownsville, and Donald H. McCormick of Austin andFred A. McCormick of Houston.

She was one of a family of nine children,all of whom are now deceased, namely, Mary Lillian, MinnieAdalaide and Cora Ida who preceded her in death in earlychildhood; also three brothers, Harry C, who died in 1920,William W. in 1918 and Benjamin F. who died in 1948; and asister, Mrs. N. A. Spillman who died in 1962.

She was a member of the United MethodistChurch of San Antonio.

She was a kind and loving person andspent much of her life in caring for others. She shall bemissed greatly by her loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 13, 1969,page 8

McCormick, Hattie Virginia (Simpson)

McCormick, Hattie S.

In the death of Mrs. Hattie S. McCormick,which occurred at the family home in this city Thursdayafternoon of last week, there passed away one of the mostbeloved and useful women of our community. Mrs. McCormickwas ill but a comparatively brief time, but it was realizedfrom the first that her illness was of a serious nature.Everything possible was done for her by physician, familyand friends, but it was of no avail, for God had called herand she went peacefully to sleep, to awaken with her lovedones gone on before. The body was tenderly prepared forburial, and interment took place Friday afternoon in thefamily plot at the Masonic Cemetery in the presence of alarge gathering of mourning relatives and friends, Rev. J.C. Wilson of Eagle Lake, her former pastor, officiating in atouching burial service.

The pall bearers were Messrs. EmilFahrenthold, Geo. Herder, Jr., Sam C. Holloway, Sam P.Doggett, Henry Brasher, Jr., and Chas. D. Ammann.

Mrs. Hattie McCormick was a daughter ofthe late J. H. and Emily Dye Simpson, and was born inAlexandria, Va., Oct. 2, 1850. She came to Texas in 1862with her father's family and settled near Oakland, thiscounty. She was married to Mr. Stephen McCormick on Oct.27th, 1870 and moved to Weimar in 1880. Eight children wereborn to the, two of whom are dead &endash; Helen, who diedin infancy, and Robert, who died Oct. 8, 1919. The survivingchildren are Mrs. Jno. C. Hubbard of this city, Mrs. PeytonIrving of Dallas, Mrs. Hallie Vinson of Austin, Mrs. G. E.Aldredge of Fort Worth, Messrs. Alexis McCormick ofMadisonville and Stephen McCormick of this city. Eight grandchildren and two sisters &endash; Mrs. Helen Tomlinson ofHillsboro and Mrs. J. B. Johnson of Manassas, Va., alsosurvive.

She, with her husband, united with theMethodist Church at Weimar in the early eighties and wasever a faithful, consistent member of the church, themissionary and aid societies. Up to a short time before herdeath she was one of the most active workers of theMethodist Church, and it seemed ever to be a labor of love to her. She was ever ready with purse and hands to do anything and everything possible for the good of the Cause. Her cheerful presence and active work will be sadly missedin those organizations. Mrs. McCormick was a most devoted wife and mother, one of the best friends and neighbors anyone ever possessed, and she will be sadly missed in every circle of our community.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, December 24, 1926
Transcribed by JudyTalkington

Weimar Lady Passes

Mrs. Hattie Virginia McCormick, widow ofthe late Steve McCormick, passed out of this life at her home in Weimar last Thursday, after a lingering illness.Rev. J. C. Wilson of Eagle Lake conducted funeral servicesat the home Friday and the remains were laid to rest in theMasonic Cemetery at Weimar. A number from hereattended.

Mrs. McCormick was a sister of the lateFrench Simpson, and a member of one of the first families ofVirginia, having been born in Virginia and coming to thissection many years ago. She was dearly beloved lady of hercity.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. J.B. Johnson of Manassas, Va. and Mrs. E. A. Tomlinson ofHillsboro, Texas, four daughters Mrs. J. C. Hubbard ofWeimar, Mrs. Hallie Vinson of Austin and Mrs. Ella BoyceAldridge of Dallas and two sons, Steve of Weimar and Alexisof Houston, to whom our sympathy is extended.

Colorado Citizen, December 22,1926
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

McCormick, Helen

Died, near Weimar, Texas, on Friday, the 2d day of May, 1879, Helen McCormick, yougest[sic] daughter of Stephen and Hattie McCormick, aged one year and three weeks. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, May 8, 1879, page 3

Weimar Items

The many friends and acquaintances of Steve McCormick will be surprised and pained to hear of the death of his youngest child, who died very suddenly on last Friday evening.  It was taken with a congestive chill.  Our sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.

Colorado Citizen, May 8, 1879, page 3
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

McCormick, Itasca (Hill)

Final Rites for Mrs. McCormick, 81, Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Itasca Hill McCormick, 81, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home Thursday afternoon, March 3, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Lee R. Geldmeier, pastor of First Methodist Church, officiated.

Mrs. McCormick, widow of Stephen McCormick, died Wednesday morning, March 2, at Youens Hospital.

A lifelong Weimar resident, she was born June 16, 1884, a daughter of T. A. and Sallie McGehee Hill. who had settled here in 1873, the year this praiire[sic] settlement became known as Weimar. She was the last surviving member of that family.

She was married Nov. 30, 1927, to Stephen McCormick, whose parents Stephen and Hattie S. McCormcik[sic], were also pioneer settlers. Mr. McCormick died in 1948.

Surviving are a niece, Mrs. Cora Barnett of San Antonio; and two nephews, Scott Hill of San Antonio and Thomas Sparks of Port Arthur.

Pallbearers were Henry Brasher Jr., David Gunn, Charles Herder Jr., Leslie Townsend, F. F. Brasher, Charlie Allen, John Hajovsky, and Daniel Ulbricht.

Weimar Mercury, March 10, 1966, page 1

McCormick, Leila (Hill)


Word was received here late Sunday of the death of Mrs. George McCormick of Redwood City, Calif., which occurred at a hospital in San Francisco at 5:30 Sunday evening (Pacific Time,) 7 :30 here.

Mrs. McCormick was Miss Liela(sic) Hill of Weimar, daughter of the late T, A. Hill, banker and industrialist, and a graduate of the Weimar school and of. Kidd Key. She was married to Mr. George McCormick in 1900 and they resided at Houston where he was an official of the Southern Pacific Railroad for a number of years. For the past twenty years they have lived in San Francisco, Calif. where Mr. McCormick is General Superintendent of Motive Power of the Southern Pacific Lines, Pacific System.

Miss Liela(sic) was dearly loved by all who knew her, and her passing is a severe shock to this section. She is. survived by the heartbroken husband, three sisters, Mrs. Eddie Ratliff, Mrs. Stephen McCormick and W. Kindred, and by two brothers, Mr. Tom Hill of Weimar and Mr. Ty Hill of Comfort.

Funeral service will be held from the Hill residence in Weimar at 2:00 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, September 24, 1936, page 1

McCormick, LeoWilliam

Leo W. McCormick passed away November 7at the Brownsville Medical Center.

Funeral services were held Wednesday,Nov. 10, at the Darling-Mouser Funeral Home in Brownsvillewith graveside services and interment at 10 a.m. Thursday atLakesideCemetery in Eagle Lake with Dr.W. D. Baker of the first Baptist church of Bay Cityofficiating. Arrangements were under the direction ofMill-Bauer Funeral Home.

McCormick was born April 15, 1908, inEagle Lake to William W. McCormick and Olivia HaydenMcCormick and had resided in Brownsville since 1945. He wasa retired salesman for Walker-Craig Wholesale Co. and formeremployee of the Public Utility Board of Brownsville. He wasa member of the Trinity Baptist Church ofBrownsville.

Survivors include his widow, HelenBennett McCormick of Brownsville; son, Leo William (Bill)McCormick, Jr. of Bay City; grandchildren, Kristy, Macky,Mary Ann and David McCormick, all of Bay City; numerouscousins and other relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday,November 11, 1982
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

McCormick, Minnie Alice (Campbell)

Funeral Rites For Mrs. McCormick Held Tuesday

The Lissie community and Numerous friends in Eagle Lake were saddened when it became known Sunday morning that Mrs. Ben McCormick had passed away Saturday night. She had been a patient sufferer over a period of years. Skilled medical aid and tender nursing failed to give her permanent relief. Funeral services were held from the First Evangelical Church at Lissie Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, with burial in the Lakeside Cemetery at Eagle Lake. Her Pastor the Rev. H.N. Peterson officiating, with Rev. J.W. Griffin of Eagle Lake assisting.
Minnie Alice McCormick was born May 13, 1880 in Audubon County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Alac and Martha Campbell, both having preceded her in death. At the early age of ten she joined the Evangelical Church in her native state of Iowa. In 1898 she migrated to Texas where she married Ben F. McCormick on June 9, 1901. To this union seven children were born: Earl B. McCormick, San Marco; Mrs. Merle _ _ _ _ _, Lissie; Mrs. R.J. Jerrelia, East Bernard; Ralph D. McCormick, Waco; Edith McCormick, Lissie; Charles H. McCormick, Rosenberg; and Mrs. M.W. Mays, East Bernard; She is also survived by one brother Fred E. Campbell; one half brother, Clarence Brandstetter and two half sisters, Mrs. Wm. Cuttitiger and Mrs. Edith Blaksley. Mrs. McCormick had been in failing health for the past several years, with her condition becoming critical just last Friday. She passed to her eternal reward at 2:50 a.m., Sunday morning. In paying tribute to her memory Rev. Peterson said: The beauty of a Life is revealed by its complete surrender to the Circumstances that ------------ it, believing that in all the will of the Lord is being done for all things work together for good to them that love the Lord. In the life of our departed sister we find this infinite patience which was revealed in the midst of the most painful of suffering, Her faith in her Divine Father’s goodness never wavered but she was true to Him to the end. To her family now separated from her loving presence her Christian life still shines brightly in the gallery of their memories. To the many friends who have been with her in health and in sickness she shall always be remembered as one who clung close to the precious truths of the good life as revealed in her divine faith. Her physical life is ended in order that she might accept a more perfect life with her Savior. Her gain in this turns our tears into gladness, Eleven grandchildren are also left to mourn her loss. Casket attendants were E. Isenhower, Armitt Thomas, A.H. Anderson, Warren Briggs, O.R. Strunk and C. Gertson. With Mrs. Armitt Thomas presiding at the instrument, a choir of select voices composed of Mrs. Chas Causey, Mrs. Helen Smith, Mrs. H. L. Raasch, Messrs, Chas, and Ed. Causey, B.D. Anderson and Jim Clipson rendered the favorite hymns, “Nearer My God To Thee” and the “ Old Rugged Cross.” The funeral was among the largest held in Lissie in recent months, the church was filled to capacity and many were standing on the outside. The array of beautiful floral tributes brought comfort to the bereaved. The Headlight joins scores of friends in expressing sincere sympathy to all in their great sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight; January 26, 1945
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

McCormick, Myrah


The youngest child of ex-Attorney General, Geo. McCormick, was buried in the Odd Fellows Rest, at this place Tuesday, at 3 o’clock. The poor little thing was gathered home on Monday night, the 27th last. How sad it is to see the strong man and affection[sic] mother weeping over the last remains of their little one.

Colorado Citizen, March 30, 1882, page 3

Died, of whooping cough, on the 28th inst., Myrah, infant daughter of Mr. Geo. and Mrs. Myrah McCormick, aged 1 month. This little life, like a wondering sunbeam, gleamed but for a moment, then floated away beyond the grasp of our outstretched, helpless hands. Wrapped in grief’s sable mantle, the mother mourns with empty arms and breaking heart, and a father’s tears hallow the spot where reposes that casket in which are enshrined such loving hopes and bright anticipations. Why is it? they cry in grief and despair, but none knoweth save the Infinite and the Eternal.

Colorado Citizen, March 30, 1882, page 3

McCormick, Myrah (Thatcher)

The remains of Mrs. Myra McCormick werebrought from San Antonio Thursday afternoon and laid to restin Odd Fellows' cemetery. She was the beloved wife of JudgeGeorge McCormick of Columbus, and a lady known and belovedeverwhere for her many excellent qualities. She went to SanAntonio recently to have an operation performed, and whileapparently improved at first, she began sinking suddenly andsoon passed away. She was one of the nicest ladies and bestneighbors the writer ever knew, and in her home town she wasbeloved by all. The last few years of her life she sufferedgreatly, but bore up with the fortitude of a true christian. Many relatives and friends from a distance, as well as alarge number from this city, attended the funeral services,which were feelingly conduced by Rev. Muse of Columbus. The Mercury joins a large circle of friends in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family in the loss of its dearest treasurer.

Weimar Mercury, November 8,1902

McCormick, Robert Hendley

After Long, Brave Battle Succumbs Wednesday—Funeral Arrangements.

The people of this city and section were inexpressibly shocked Wednesday just before noon when the telephone wires flashed the message that “Robert McCormick is dead!” Many tears of sympathy were shed, while expressions, of sincere, unfeigned regret were heard on every hand. Mr. McCormick had been in ill health for a number of months suffering from an almost incurable malady, had made frequent trips to specialists at Houston, Baltimore, and Philadelphia, and while at times there appeared a prospect that he would overcome his trouble, and get well, all realized that it was a desperate chance. In the face of such circumstances no one could have borne up more bravely than our boyhood friend, companion and, fellow-citizen, whose brave fight inspired family and friends with the hope that after all he might win the great battle. Several times the call was close, but friend Robert came up smiling, assuring those about him that he had won out again, and his courage and cheerfulness in the face of the desperate situation inspired all with the hope that he would yet be fully restored to health. As he grew better from time to time he came to town, attended to business matters, and really seemed on the improve. As late as Saturday morning he was down town in his buggy, attending to business matters. Returning home about noon he was soon thereafter seized with a bad attack, which was followed by another Tuesday, and the third coming on Wednesday about noon caused his death.

Robert H. McCormick was the eldest son of the late Stephen and Mrs. Hattie S. McCormick, was 48 years old at the time of his death, was born and raised in Weimar, and is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Emmie VanAlstyne, a little baby daughter, his mother, four sisters--Mrs. Jno. C. Hubbard of this city, Mrs. Peyton Irving, Jr., of Dallas, Mrs. Hallie Vinson of Trinity, and Miss Ella Boyce McCormick of this city--and two brothers, Stephen McCormick of this city and Alexis McCormick of Houston. Mr. McCormick was acting postmaster of Weimar from the time of the death of Postmaster M. R. Allen until last June, when he was formally commissioned as postmaster. He made an efficient, painstaking official, giving perfect satisfaction to the public.

Robert McCormick was a life-long friend and schoolmate of the writer, and his death is indeed a sad blow to us. As a boy, he was sincere and true, a cheerful companion at all times, upright, honest, honorable, and a general favorite with his companions. As a man he was unchanged, and no one in our community was more highly regarded. His willingness to assist in every movement for the benefit of the community made him a leader among men, and his services were always in demand. He was a Mason from early manhood, and always took a leading part in the deliberations of that organization. He also was a member of the Methodist Church since early boyhood, and had always lived a consistent, christian life. Few men have ever lived in our community who were regarded more highly than Robert McCormick, and in his death all realize that one of our best beloved, most prominent citizens has passed from among us.

In the death of our life-long friend, we drop the tear of sympathy, with the knowledge that poor Robert’s sufferings are ended, and that he is far better off than we who are left behind.

At the time of going to press funeral arrangements have not been completed. [Interment made in Odd Fellows Cemetery.]

Weimar Mercury, October 17, 1919, page 1

McCormick, Stephen


Funeral services will be held thisafternoon at 2:30 at the family home for Stephen McCormickwho died yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon after an illness ofmore than a year. Burial will be in Odd Fellows cemetery,Weimar. Rev. G. G. Cecil will officiate and will be assistedat the grave by Rev. J. L. Atkison of Weimar.

Mr. McCormick was born at Austin on Aug17, 1879, a son of George and Myra Thatcher McCormick, whenhis father was attorney general of Texas. He had lived inColumbus for approximately 10 years having resided, prior tothat time, in Houston and in California.

A brother, Thornton, died in April, 1944,and another brother, George, died in April 1945. Survivingrelatives are a sister, Miss Etta McCormick, a brother, AlexMcCormick; and one niece, Mrs. Jack Draper, all ofColumbus.

Named as pallbearers were AlbertGoldsmith, Herman Girndt, Dennis Odom, J. H. Wooten Sr., W.H. Miekow, J. O. Myers, Sam K. Seymour Jr., Albert Hahn Sr.,R. Lee Hastedt and Henry Buescher Sr.

Colorado County Citizen, Jan 16,1947

McCormick, Stephen Montgomery


But few times in its history has the little city of Weimar been shocked as it was last Saturday morning at 10 o’clock when the announcement was made of the death of that most excellent citizen, friend. neighbor and gentleman, Mr. Stephen M McCormick. Reports from the sick room even up to that hour had been of a most encouraging nature, and our people hoped and prayed that this good man might be spared to them. The end came so quickly that it left the people fairly shocked, hardly in a state of mind to fully comprehend that the familiar face of our good friend would nevermore be seen upon the streets of our little city. Expressions of unfeigned sorrow and regret were heard upon every hand. for no more popular man ever resided in this city or section. Mr. McCormick had been ill with some affection of the heart for the past three weeks, but at times was able to be up and about, and it was confidently believed by his numerous friends that he would vanquish Death and be spared to us for many years to come. But the hope was futile. The end came without a struggle, and the soul of this grand, good man, so near and dear to us all, passed unto its Maker. Few men achieve such popularity as did Mr. McCormick among our people. Foremost at all times in all work for the good of the community, the church, the school and people, he was ever considered a leader. Generous to a fault, his purse was ever open to the needy. A man of strong convictions, he was honest and sincere in all he undertook, and even those who failed to agree with him could but admire the earnestness and energy displayed by the man. A leader In democratic circles, he worked only for the good of the party and his friends. The only emolument he was ever known lo accept at the bands of the party was the position or postmaster at this place several years ago, which position he filled so satisfactorily it was common comment among our people that "Stephen McCormick is the best postmaster Weimar over had." The universal expressions ot regret at his death heard among the people of all nationalities proved the man's popularity. A christian gentleman, he feared not to enter the Great Unknown, but naturally longed to remain among his beloved ones here on earth. A great consolation to him no doubt was the fact that his family with no member missing save the little girl babe that died its infancy, was around his bedslde during his last moments. Weimar could ill afford to lose such a good man and citizen, and his place among us will be exceedingly difficult to fill. All of us realize this, but it will be many, many days era we can reconcile ourselves to the inevitable. The body was prepared for burial, and on Sunday afternoon, after appropriate services at the residence by his late pastor, Rev. J. E. Buck, and at the grave by the Masonic order, was laid to rest in the family plot at the Odd Fellows' cemetery. The funeral procession was one of the longest ever seen in this city or section, and amply attested his universal popularity. At the conclusion of these ceremonies the floral tributes laid upon the grave literally buried it from view.


Honorary-T. A. Hill, George Herder, Chas. Rose, J. W. Holt, J. C. Kindred, W. C. Crebbs, H. J. Strunk, H. W. Laging, F. D. Moore, W. S. Shaver. Active--A, P. Shatto, H. Brasher, W. A. Baar, G. A. Moore, C. A. Allen, Chas. J G. Leesemann.

Stephen M McCormick was born in Fairfax county, VirgInia, April 30, 1843. With the family of his father, Colonel W. B. McCormick. he moved in 1858 to old Lyons. a small settlement near the present town of Schulenburg, in Fayette county. He joined the Confederate army in March, I862, while a mere boy, and served with distinction and signal gallantry throughout the entire war. He was a member of company D, Willis' Battalion, Waul's Legion. serving under General N. B. Forrest. He returned horne in 1865, and engaged in farming. He was engaged in the mercantile business in this city from 1885 to 1892. Retiring from this pursuit, he again engaged in farming, and successfully followed this calling up to the time of his death. He Joined the Methodist church !n the early 80s and lived a consistent christian life up to the time of his demise. Mr. McCormick was married In 1870, at Oakland, to Miss Hattie Simpson, and is survived by the widow and seven sons and daughters--Mrs. Jno. C Hubbard of this city, Mrs. Peyton Irving, Jr., of Brenham, Mrs. W. M. Vinson of Houston, Miss Ella Boyce McCormick of this city, Messrs. Robert H. McCormick of Wewoka, I. T., Stephen McCormick of Houston, Alexis McCormick of Louisiana; and tour sisters--Mrs. W. B. Roberdeau of Austin, Mrs. J. L. Pickens of San Antonio, Mrs. Annie Hall and Miss Donia McCormick of this city.

To the grief-stricken family the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of all our people is extended.

Weimar Mercury, June 29, 1907, page 8

McCormick, Stephen Montgomery

Death Claims Prominent Citizen S. M.McCormick

The community was shocked and stunned onArmistice Day by news of the sudden death of one of its mostprominent citizens, Stephen M. McCormick, 65, who suffered aheart attack while working on his farm.

Mr. McCormick had taken advantage of theholiday to do some needed chores on the farm, which had beenboth a hobby and a business with him. After bringing inseveral sacks of pecans at noon, he told his family he wasging [sic] out to sow some clover seed. Apparentlyhe tried too much strenuous work for one day and as far asis known the heart stroke came at about 4 o'clock thatafternoon.

With Mill 30Years

Assistant manager of the Weimar Oil Mill,he had been with the mill more than 30 years. Prior to thathe had been in the lumber business, farming andcattle-raising. He was secretary of the Colorado CountyChapter, American Red Cross; secretary treasurer of theMethodist board of stewards; and a member of the MethodistMen's Bible Class. He was also active in the Chamber ofCommerce and civic projects here.

Born in Weimar, January 25, 1883, he wasthe son of the late Stephen and Hattie S. McCormick. On Nov.30, 1927, he was married to Miss Itasca Hill, in SanAntonio, by Bishop Paul ____.

Surviving in addition to his wife, arefour sisters, Mrs. Jno C. Hubbard of Weimar, Mrs. PeytonIrving of Dallas, Mrs. W. M. Vinson of Houston, and Mrs. G.E. Aldridge of Fort Worth; and one brother, Alexis McCormickof Houston.


Funeral services were held from HubbardFuneral Home Saturday afternoon, with Rev. J. M. McDonaldofficiating, and interment was in the City Cemetery. Weimarstores closed in tribute during the funeral hour.

Active pallbearers were Henry Brasher,Laure Brasher, Charles Allen, C. A. Grobe, Leroy Herder, F.O. Boettcher, John Mozisek and Dewey Goode

Weimar Mercury, November 19, 1948,page 1

McCormick, Thornton Thatcher

T. T. McCormick, Columbus Citizen, Buried Here Friday

Funeral rites for Thornton ThatcherMcCormick, 68, of Columbus, were held at the familyresidence in Columbus, Friday morning with Rev. C. B. Diltzof Columbus and Rev. S. R. Harwood of Weimar, officiating.Interment was made in the Weimar Cemetery.

Mr. McCormick, an invalid for severalyears, died following a stroke on Wednesday. He was born inColumbus and was a son of the late Judge George McCormick,Columbus attorney and who served as district judge forseveral terms and attorney general of Texas.

Survivors include: three brothers, GeorgeMcCormick, former chief engineer for the Southern Pacific,Redwood, Calif.; Stephen and Alex McCormick of Columbus; asister, Miss Etta McCormick of Columbus and a niece, Mrs.Jack Draper of Pasadena.

The Mercury extends condolence to thefamily.

The Weimar Mercury, April 14, 1944
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

McCormick, WilliamW.


W. W. McCormick, Nine Years With TheStephens Company, Succumbs to Pneumonia Attack

Mr. William W. McCormick died at his homein the northern part of the city at 8:15 last Sunday nightof pneumonia following an attack of influenza. He was neverof a strong and robust nature, and though everything thatcould be done was done, but to no avail, for the disease wastoo much for his already frail body, and death resultedafter a week's illness.

The deceased was nearly thirty-sevenyears of age, and moved to this section with his family whenhe was thirteen year of age, coming from Iowa, in whichstate he was born. For nine years he has been connected withthe Frank Stephens Company, having entered the services ofthat firm as helper and worked himself up to the position ofmanager and buyer of the hardware department.

He was a very popular young man and heldin high esteem by all who knew him, and especially hisassociates at the store with which he has been connected forthe past nine years. He was always pleasant and agreeable,and always had a pleasant word for everyone.

He is survived by one son, Leo, ten yearsold, his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. McCormick,three brothers, Fred, Harry and Ben, and two sisters, Mrs.N. A. Spillman and Miss Goldie McCormick, to whom theHeadlight, in common with the people of Eagle Lake, extendsits sincerest sympathy in their sorrow.

The funeral was held at one o'clockMonday afternoon, the services being conducted at the graveby Rev. E. B. McLaughlin, the Baptist pastor, intermentbeing made in the Lakeside Cemetery.

The active pallbearers were J. F. Ulery,W. H . Lasater, August Johnson, J. H. Morgan, Gus and ErnestSeaholm.

The clerks at the Frank Stephens Companystore acted as honorary pallbearers.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 2,1918
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

McCormick, Willis Berry


The death of our respected friend, Hon. W. B. McCormick, came upon the writer with all the force of a personal affliction. Intimate in many relations for a score of years, accustomed to his wise counsels, and taking his useful life as a worthy exemplar, we miss his kindly presence as if a dear relative had fallen. He was a man naturally endowed with a fine mind, embellished with a goodly store of practical knowledge, good judgment, a heart and purse open to all calls of charity, and a helping hand for every honest endeavor, foremost in enterprise, he was one of our first citizens, one whose loss we all deplore. He was born at Auburn, Va., April 13, 1818, married to Miss Virginia Millan, of Fairfax county, in December, 1840, ( who died here in 1879) and removed with his family to Colorado county, Texas, December, 1858, where he has since resided. He was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for 35 years. He died last Saturday, after a lingering illness, and his remains were committed to the dust last Sunday [Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery], his funeral being the largest which ever took place in Weimar. He leaves a large family of children and grand-children to mourn his loss.

Colorado Citizen, April 28, 1887

McCormick, Willis Boyce

The death of Col. Boyce McCormick last Monday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock cast a gloom over the entire community. While the sad event was not unexpected, still the anxious friends and watchers at the bedside held out hopes of his final recovery. Monday morning it became plainly apparent to the relatives, friends and physician that poor Boyce was sinking rapidly, and would hardly last through the day, and absent relatives were hastily summoned to see him close his eyes in that sleep that hath no awakening. Boyce was born on the MCormick[sic] farm, near Weimar, on July 25th, 1862, and was 32 years of age at the time of his death. He was a noble-hearted boy, kind to everyone, ever ready to wait upon those in sickness or in distress, and his friends were as numerous as the sands of the seashore. He was a member of the Odd Fellows’ lodge of this city, and was buried by that order, assisted by the lodges of Schulenburg and Columbus, the funeral taking place Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, Rev. G. H. Collins of Richmond performing the burial service. The pall bearers were Boyce’s late companions--Sam and Creed Hancock, Red Harris, George T. Holman, S. T. Peareson and John A. Lockett. Peace to his memory.

Weimar Mercury, August 4, 1894

McCoskey, Selma C. (Nitschmann)

Selma McCoskey Funeral Services Held Jan 4

Selma C. McCoskey, 93, of Weimar, died of natural causes on Friday, Dec. 31 at Colorado Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan 4, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Bielau, with Rev. Kenneth Wheeler officiating.

Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Mrs. McCoskey was born April 8, 1911 in Oakland to Henry Sr. and Annie Schimcek Nitschmann.

She attended Oakland School.

She married Robert R. McCoskey on Dec 25, 1948 in Weimar.

She was a retired homemaker and lived in this area all of her life other than a few years that she lived in Corpus Christi.

She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church, a member and past president of VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 5875 and a past representative on Weimar Public Library Board.

Mrs. McCoskey is survived by one son David McCoskey and wife Carol of Weimar, and two grandchildren, Christopher Boeer and Jennifer McCoskey of Weimar.

She was preceded in death by her husband, sisters, Erna Rose and Lillie Balusek; brothers, Walter, John, Hugo, August and Henry Jr. Nitschmann; and one granddaughter, Kellie McCoskey.

Pallbearers were Christopher Boeer, James Dahse, Bennie Kosler, William W. Rugeley, D.V.M., Marc Jordan, Keith Martindale, Pat Sainz ad Lonnie Hinze.

Honorary pallbearers were Lawrence Rose, Eugene Nitschmann, Harvey Lee, Ervin Brandt, and Melvin Otto.

Weimar Mercury, January 6, 2005

McCoy, Unknown




Columbus, Oct. 19, 1873.
There is terrible excitement here. Yeloow fever is reported, and there is riot in our midst [riot refers to later story]. Drs. Bowers, Moore and Brown report the following cases of yellow fever this morning: J. B. Russell, manager of Western Union Telegraph office; L. Boatright, Mr. Sachs, Mr. Brown and Mr. McCoy. Messrs. Sachs, Brown and McCoy have since died. Many of our citizens are leaving town, and seeking refuge in the country. . . . [Burial place unknown]

Galveston Daily News, October 21, 1873, page 2

McCreary, Joe Lee

Joe Lee McCreary, 91, Passes Away

Joe Lee McCreary, beloved citizen and civic leader of Eagle Lake, passed away Friday, November 3, at the Warm Springs Rehabilitation Facility in Luling, Texas.
Joe Lee was born December 12, 1914 in Eagle Lake, where he resided his entire life.

He was a 1933 graduate of Eagle Lake High School and a 1938 graduate of Texas A&M College with a degree in business.

After graduation from A&M he returned to Eagle Lake to work in the family business interests of Eagle Lake Furniture Company, McCreary Funeral Home and other land and ranching interests.

On September 11, 1939 he was united in marriage with Eleanor Louise Reese, and from this union two children were born—Doris Marie McCreary Terrell and Joe Herbert McCreary. After Eleanor's death in April of 1993, he married Ethel Cone.

Joe Lee's community involvement began early due to the influence of his parents, Joe H. and Ora Lee McCreary, who taught him that helping his fellow man should be a way of life. He carried on that tradition as an active member of Christ Episcopal Church since 1939, a charter member of the Eagle Lake Lions Club, a charter member of the Eagle Lake Chamber of Commerce, and a charter member of the Prairie Edge Museum.

As a Master Mason of The Eagle Lake Lodge 366, he was a recipient of the Golden Trowel Award for exceptional service and received his 65-year pin. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, York Rite and the Arabia Temple Shrine.

He also served as past president of the Colorado Valley Shrine Club. He remained a loyal member of the 12th Man Foundation at Texas A&M. Over the years Joe Lee received recognition in many forms to include Colorado County Outstanding Older Texan Man in 1996, and Grand Marshall of the City of Eagle Lake Christmas Parade of Lights in 2003.

Most recently he was the honoree at the Rice Medical Center Employee Volunteers' 11th Annual Harvest Ball recognizing his donation of the nine acres of land where the current Rice Medical Center is located. Joe Lee will be remembered for his positive attitude toward life, his humor and his dedication to family and to the community of Eagle Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Hartwell and Ora Lee McCreary; his wife of 53 years, Eleanor; and his second wife Ethel.

Survivors include his daughter, Doris McCreary Terrell and husband, Dick Terrell, of Fort Worth; son, Joe Herbert McCreary and wife, Candy Foster McCreary, of Eagle Lake; three grandchildren, Faira Lee Terrell Stevick and husband, Dean, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, Richard Forrest Terrell and wife, Nicole, of Auburndale, Florida, and Christopher Lee McCreary of Eagle Lake; three great grandchildren, Alison Marie Stevick, Richard Brandon Terrell and Nathan Hunter Terrell.

Funeral services were held Monday at Christ Episcopal Church with interment at Lakeside Cemetery.

The family requests that memorials be made to either The Shriners' Hospital for Crippled Children in Houston, Christ Episcopal Church of Eagle Lake, or the Lion's Eye Bank.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 9th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

McCue, Joe P.

J. P. McCue, Local Building Contractor, Succumbs at 50

Building Contractor J. P. McCue of Columbus, who was stricken with leukemia only a few months ago, died in Herman hospital at Houston Monday at 4:50 p.m. and was buried in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery yesterday

Minister W. H. Nichols of, Galveston, one-time pastor of the church in which Mr. McCue was a member here, conducted the last rites at Columbus Funeral home at 3 p. m. yesterday.

Mr. McCue was born in Bell county Nov. 30, 1905, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James McCue. He had lived with his family on Highway 90 about 4 miles east of Columbus for a number of years.

He was a member of Columbus Rotary club and had been interested In Columbus civic work for a number of years. Survivors are his widow; a daughter, Mrs. J.. M. Rutta; a son, Daniel McCue; a sister Mrs. A. Doran of Galveston; 2 brothers Tom and Arthur McCue of San Antonio: a half-brother, R. A. Van Zant of Odessa; and one grandson.

Pallbearers were Sam K. Seymour Jr., W. H. Miekow, Doyle Moore, ???, Clayton Nichols and E. G. Miller.

Colorado County Citizen, September 27, 1956, page 1

McCullers, unknown

Mr. A. C. McCulleu[sic] lost his youngest child by death last week. The poor little sufferer had lingered for several months. “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.” By obeying the command we can meet the loved ones “over there,” [Place of interment unknown (probably Weimar Odd Fellows)]

Colorado Citizen, August 25, 1881

McCullers, unknown child

Weimar Local Matters

We are sorry to chronicle the death of the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. McCullers that occurred the 2d inst. This family have been sorely afflicted. They have buried three of their little ones the last four years. [Place of interment unknown (probably Weimar Odd Fellows)]

Colorado Citizen, November 8, 1883

McCullers, Mary E. (Mrs. Daniel)

Mrs. Daniel McCullers died Tuesday morning the 25th inst., in this city, of typhoid fever, after an illness of five or six days. She had been married only about six weeks. Mr. McCullers has the sympathy of the entire community in this sad hour of bereavement. [Place of interment unknown (probably Weimar Odd Fellows)]

Colorado Citizen December 27, 1883


Mrs. Mary E. McCullers was born August 16, 1866, was married about November 10th, 1883, to Mr. Daniel McCullers, and died in Weimar Dec 25th, 1883, having been married only six weeks ere the cold and cruel hand of death touched and settled into its deep long slumber, the pulsation of her pure innocent young heart. The writer saw her as she stood at the hymene__ altar, and linked for all time the destiny of her innocent life with him whom she there vowed to love for life. But alas! “the beat of her young heart is still.” She made no public professions of religion that we know of, nor had she attached herself to the shackles of any visible church organization, but a pure, guileless, consistent life tells us in stronger language than erring human life can tell that her rest is with the pure and the good.

“Rest, loved one, rest, for the beat of the young heart is still.”

M. G. J. Weimar January 3, 1884

Colorado Citizen, January 10, 1884

McDade, Jennie


Jennie McDade, infant daughter of Geo. and Mary McDade, died last night at 8:05 o’clock, with marasoms. Aged 1 year and one dy. Funeral this evening at 2 o’clock. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, December 1, 1881, page 3

McDaniel, Margaret Ann Naomi (Harrison)

The Citizen regrets to chronicle the death of Mrs. Margaret N. McDaniel which occurred at the residence of her son, Dr. A. S. McDaniel of San Antonio, last Sunday of a complication of diseases, aged 58 years and two months.--Citizen [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, October 24, 1891

The Citizen regrets to chronicle the death of Mrs. Margaret N. McDaniel, which occurred at the residence of her son, (Dr. A. S. McDaniel,) of San Antonio, last Sunday, of a complication of diseases, aged 58 years and two months. The deceased formerly resided in this city, where she has a number of relatives and friends who mourn her loss. She was for many years an earnest and consistent member of the Baptist church, and died with the whole armor on. Her remains were transferred to this place for interment, and were committed to the dust last Monday afternoon at the Odd Fellows’ rest, Rev. G. H. Collins officiating, in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends.
“Life’s duty done, as sinks the day,
Light from its load the spirit flies;
While heaven and earth combine to say
How blest the righteous when she dies.”

Colorado Citizen, October 22, 1891, page 3

McDaniels, John H.

Rev. John H. McDaniels, 63, passed awaylast Tuesday. He was minister of Wesley United MethodistChurch of White Settlement. Survivors include his wife,Juanita Obenhaus McDaniels; son and daughter-in-law, JohnTimothy and Debra Ann McDaniels; grand daughter, Leigh AnnMcDaniels; grandson, John William McDaniels, all of FortWorth; sister Doris Fagan of Waco.

Services were Thursday at Wesley UnitedMethodist Church of White Settlement. Rev. Dale Hunt, Rev.Bob Young, Rev. Walter Black and Dr. Luther Henryofficiated.

He was buried at OddFellows Rest Cemetery inColumbus.

Colorado County Citizen, May 6,1983
Transcribed by JudyTalkington

. . . Methodist minister

The Rev. John H. McDaniels, head minister of Wesley United Methodist Church in White Settlement, died Tuesday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Funeral for McDaniels, 63, of 109 N. Judd St., will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Wesley United Methodist Church with a graveside service at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

McDaniels was a Methodist minister for 17 years and was a member of the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.

He was a native of Eastland and had lived in the Fort Worth area for the past seven years.

McDaniels received a master’s degree in theology at the Perkins School of Theology in Dallas.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II and had survived the sinking of the original USS Lexington during the Coral Sea battle.

He was a Mason and a member of Mosiah Shrine Temple in Fort Worth and of the Blue Lodge in Italy, Texas.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita McDaniels; a son, John Timothy McDaniels of Fort Worth; a sister, Doris Fagan of Waco; and two grandchildren

Source not given

MacDonald, Eudora (Pruett)

Mrs., MacDonald's Last Rites Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Eudora P. MacDonald were held at the Columbus Funeral home Sunday afternoon, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. George Ricker of the Methodist church officiating.

Mrs. MacDonald, who would have been 88 July 22, died in Benner Sanatarium at Houston at 4:55 a.m. Saturday. She had been in bad health for several years.

A cousin of Mrs. Kenneth Brandon of Columbus who died July 4, 1955, Mrs. MacDonald came here in 1934, after Mr. Brandon’s death, to spend the winter. She. spent the remainder of her life here, remaining In the Brandon home after Mrs. Brandon's death until she was taken to the rest home 2 months ago.

Born In Tennessee in 1868, Mrs. MacDonald was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Austin L. Pruett. She married a Georgian, Jesse C. MacDonald, in Tennessee. He died when they only son, Jesse P., was 4 years old.

Mrs. MacDonald and her son went to California when he was 18. He was killed in an auto accident in 1946.

She is survived by 3 grandsons, Jesse N MacDonald of Salt Lake City, Utah; David MacDonald of Grants Pass, Ore., and Sammy MacDonald of Eureka, Calif., 2 nephews and 2 nieces, also her cousins, Mrs. Roy Ball of Dallas and Mrs. Dan D. Clinton of' Houston.

Pallbearers were E. G. Miller, Gus MIller Jr., Jack. Draper, Hollis Massey, Leslie King and Lee Hammons.

Besides Mr. and. Mrs. Ball and Mr. and Mrs. Clinton and son Dan Jr., others at the services from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brandon of Palacios and Mr. and Mrs. Arnit Thomas of Lissie.

Colorado County Citizen, July 19, 1956, page 4

McDonald, Jim




Coroner's Jury Still in Session.
(Special Telgram to the News.]

COLUMBUS, Oct. 31.—About 6 o'clock this morning the bodies of two negro men, Jim Mc Donald and Sam Scott, were found hanging to a live oak tree about two miles west from Columbus. From developments so far it appears they were killed the evening before, between sundown and dark, near the railroad stock-pen. One white man and three negro boys are said to be the perpetrators, but as yet none of them have been identified. The jury of inquest are in session to-night and will probably render a verdict to-morrow. [Burial place unknown.]

The Galveston Daily News, November 1, 1879, page 1

Justice Stockbridge at Columbus has admitted Warren Stafford, white, John Denly and Dave Johnson, colored to bail in the sum of $500 each. They are charged with murdering two negroes, bail was promptly given.

Brenham Weekly Banner, November 14, 1879, page 1

There is a very detailed 3-column article, "The Negro Murderers," about the events of October 31, 1879 in The Galveston News, November 6, 1879, page 2.

McDonald, Willis

FATAL ACCIDENT — On Saturday evening last, about 7 o’clock, a colored man named Willis McDonald was ran over by an engine five miles west of town and instantly killed. The engine had been at work upon the road near town and was just returning from Borden, whither it had been for water. It being near dark McDonald was not observed until within twenty or thirty yards of him, then the alarm signal was given and the engine reversed, but it being ____ ____, the engine could not be stopped. It was presumed the man was drinking, as he left town late in the evening with a bottle of spirits. He is represented as a good, honest, laboring man, and leaves a wife and children to deplore his loss. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, October 29, 1874, page 3

McDow, Helen (McMahan) Kirkham

Helen M. McDow, 88, of Columbus, passedaway Feb. 15 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

She was born in Glidden, March 17, 1913to Joseph Rufus and Myrtle (Garrett) McMahan and marriedRoss T. McDow Sr., in February, 1951. She was a member ofThe First United Methodist Church in Columbus, UnitedDaughters of the Confederacy, Live Oak Art Club, MagnoliaHomes Tour, and was a school teacher andhomemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents;husband; sister, Inez Remeschel; and brothers, J. R. andGlenn McMahan.

She is survived by son anddaughter-in-law, Ross and Gay McDow, of Columbus; andgrandhildren, Ryan and Rachael McDow.

A memorial service was conducted Feb. 20at The First United Methodist Church in Columbus with theRev. Bill Johnson officiating. [IntermentColumbus Odd FellowsRest]

Colorado County Citizen, February 20,2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

McDow, Mary (Walney)

Sister of Mrs. Meinert Is Buried In Eagle Lake

Funeral services were held in Eagle Lake New Year's Day, for Mrs. Mary McDow, sister of Mrs. B. H. Meinert of Columbus, who died suddenly at her home the preceding day.

Mrs. McDow had been seen by neighbors sweeping her porch. Soon after, she was found dead by Mrs. Meinert. who had gone to Mrs. McDow’s home to bring her sister, to Columbus for a New Year’s visit.

Interment was In the Lakeside cemetery.

Mrs. McDow was born Mary Walney, in Yorktown. Her husband, Arthur McDow, died in 1932. Other survivors include a brother and 2 half sisters.

Colorado County Citizen, January 14, 1954, page 6

McDow, Ross Turner Jr.


Ross Turner McDow Jr., 56, of Katy and Columbus, passed away at his Katy residence Dec. 22.

He was born in Houston, Oct. 24, 1951 to Ross T. Sr. and Helen (McMahan) McDow and married Gay L. Lamb, Oct. 5, 1974.

He was a salesman for Pilgrim Feeds, was a member of the Katy Lions Club, the First United Methodist Church - Katy Methodist Men's Group and the Fighting Texas Aggie Class of 1974.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Mark R. Hutchinson of College Station; and son, Ryan Turner McDow and fiance Heidi Headley of Dallas.

A memorial service was conducted Dec. 27 at First United Methodist Church in Columbus with Pastor J. Paul Bruhn officiating. [Place of interment unknown]

Memorial contributions may be made Former Student Association, c/o Parson's Mounted Calvary, Texas A&M University, 505 George Bush Dr., College Station, TX 77840.

Colorado County Citizen, January 2, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

McDow, Ross Turner Sr.

Ross T.McDow

Ross T. McDow Sr., 67, of Alvin passedaway Wednesday, Sept. 2. He was a former resident ofColumbus and of Houston and a retired vice president of theW. D. Heyden Company. Mrs. McDow is the former HelenMcMahan, daughter of Mrs. J. R. McMahan ofColumbus.

Besides his wife, McDow is survived byone son, Ross T. McDow Jr. of Alvin and 2sisters.

Services were held Friday at FirstMethodist Church in Columbus with Rev. Jack Shoultzofficiating. Burial was in OddFellows Cemetery. ColumbusFuneral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, September 10,1970
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

McDow, William L.

Eagle Lake Shooting.

Eagle Lake, June 4.--Will McDow and City MarshaI W. R. Kinard were killed and Pierce Hammond was shot twice in the groin and once in the leg here about 8 o’clock this evening.

McDow raised a disturbance, and Kinard asked him to go home, taking his pistol from him. He promised to do so and rode off'. Soon afterward McDow returned with a winchester and shot Kinard.

When he fell, McDow asked some one to take his gun, saying he was a law-abiding citizen. Kinard raised up and McDow shot at him again and struck him with the Winchester, and then Kinard drew his pistol and shot McDow three times.

They then clinched and Kinard got on him, when McDow, said: “We are both killed. Let’s die friends.”

Kinard said he hoped McDow would not die. Hammond was shot accidentally and it is feared be will die.
Kinard was one of the best officers in the state, and a splendid citizen every way. He had been marshal of Eagle Lake about six years and was revered by every one. He was a Royal Arch Mason.

McDow Ieaves a wife and six or seven children [Place of interment unknown],--Houston Chronicle. [Also see William R. Kinard]

Weimar Mercury, June 13, 1903, page 6

McDowell, Charlotte

Aged Negro Woman Dies Here

Charlotte McDowell, aged 79 years, died here last Saturday.l She was a slave belonging to Mr. Martha Yates before the Civil War. She was on of the old Southern ‘mammies” whose passing is regretted by many of our white people. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, May 22, 1924

McDowell, H. Wesley

Wesley McDowell Rites Held in R.I. Wed.

Wesley McDowell of 8heridan, and for the past year a resident of the Heritage House in Eagle Lake, passed away in the Heritage House Easter Sunday, April 15 between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. Graveside services were held this Wednesday, April 18 at 2:30 p.m. in the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island with the Rev. Bernard Helge, Sheridan Baptist Church Minister, officiating; Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. McDowell was born June 15, 1899 in Ripley County, Missouri. His parents were Ganium and Ora Lassen McDowell. He moved to Rock Island in 1913, later living in different states before going to Sheridan, He was a farmer before retiring several years ago. Survivors include one brother, Irvin McDowell of Loveland, Colorado; two sisters, Mrs. Paul (Veva) Lutes of Sheridan and Mrs. Emma Ballenger of Columbus, Kansas; and a number of other relatives and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 19, 1979
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

McDowell, M.

DIED, in this city, Saturday evening, 21st of August, 1880, Mr. M. McDowell, after a brief illness. The deceased was an old resident of this city, a carpenter by trade, with many excellent traits of character. He was buried last Sunday evening at 4 o’clock, the obsequies being performed by the Rev. Mr. Howard, of the Episcopal church. [Interment in City Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, August 26, 1880

McEwin, William Thomas

Last Rites Today For W. T. McEwin, Rock Is. Citizen

Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon, November 13th at 4:00 o'clock for William T. McEwin, Rock Island resident, who expired at his home Tuesday, November 11th. The services will be conducted by the Revs. Mr. Durham of Houston and Mrs. Selma Burger of Eagle Lake Mission Church in the Full Gospel Church in Rock Island. Interment will be in Myrtle Cemetery of Rock Island, Mill-Bauer Funeral Home of Eagle Lake is in charge of arrangements. William T. McEwin was born in Oregon County, Missouri on February 3, 1886. He made his home in Oklahoma until 1932 then moved to Rock Island where he resided until his death. He married Bertha Riddles of Witumka, Oklahoma in 1910. He is survived by his widow, four daughters, Mrs. Morris Clark, Mrs. Donald Green, Mrs. Leslie Henderson and Mrs. Grady Winfield, all of El Campo; one son, Eugene McEwin of Pasadena, and 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters of Oklahoma and 1 sister of California. Friends of the community join in extending deepest sympathy to the family in their sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 13, 1952
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

McFadden, Samuel Bradley

S.B. McFadden Funeral April 2 in Weimar

Samuel Bradley McFadden of Weimar died of cancer on March 30 at his home. He was 76

Funeral services were held on April 2 at the Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev. David Miller officiating. Burial followed in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. McFadden was born Jan. 27, 1921, in Marshal, Mo., to William and Reva (Haney) McFadden. He attended school in Marshal, Mo., and married Alice Coleman McFadden on July 21, 1944 in Houston.

He served in the U. S. Army from Feb. 1941 to Nov. 1945, was awarded a Good Conduct Medal, War Service Certificate, and was entitled to wear Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaign Ribbon, American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon, American Defense Service Ribbon, and seven overseas bars.

Mr. McFadden was a retired diesel mechanic for Herder Truck Lines, Houston, and had lived in Weimar for seven years.

He is survived by his wife, Alice McFadden of Houston and Weimar; one son, Sammie McFadden and wife Donace of Weimar; three grandsons, Keith McFadden and wife Rachael of Lake Jackson, Jason McFadden of Ft. Bragg, N. C., and Tobey McFadden of Weimar; one granddaughter, Shelly Davis and husband Robert of Conroe; and one great-granddaughter, Lauren McFadden of Lake Jackson.

Mr. McFadden was preceded in death by one infant son, two brothers, and one sister.

Pallbearers were Jack Fuller, Jr., Randy Crim, Charles Hightower, Floyd Krusleski, Duane Cousineau and J.C. Thompson.

The Weimar Mercury, April 10, 1997
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

McFall, unknown


The 8-months’-old baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. McFall died at the residence of her father, Mr. James Eason, near here, last Monday morning. It was buried at the Woolsey family burying ground [unknown], near the old homestead. [Chas. McFall was a grandson of John M. Woolsey. - DA]

Weimar Mercury, May 23, 1891

McGarrity, James

Columbus Cullings

James McGarrity was killed about noon last Saturday by Emile Beck. Both were members of the Glithero’s ___ gang and quarreled about a carpenters’ rule. Beck gave himself up and admitted to bail by Justice Putney in the sum of $250 last Monday. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, August 31, 1889

McGaughey, Nancy "Lollie" (Williams) Hayden

Nancy "Lollie Hayden" McGaughey, 62, ofBrookshire, and formerly of Eagle Lake, passed away April29, at her residence.

She was born in New Orleans, La., Nov.24, 1939 to Pierce Williams and Nan Prather (Watson)Williams. She was a graduate of Eagle Lake High School classof 1958 and led a consulting career in small businessdevelopment. She was a member of First Baptist Church ofBrookshire.

She was preceded in death by her parentsand first husband, Melvin Hayden.

She is survived by her husband, NoelVictor McGaughey, of Brookshire; daughter, Nancy ElizabethHainebach, of Katy; sons, Tonn Dale Hayden, of Houston,Pierce Aaron Hayden, of San Antonio; grandson, IsaacAlexander Marland, of Katy; extended family includes MelvinHayden's children, Connie Guyton and Ron Hayden, both ofSugar Land and their families.

Memorial Services were conducted May 1,from the First Baptist Church of Brookshire. Followingcremation, the family will assemble at a later date forinterment and committal services at LakesideCemetery in Eagle Lake. [Buried next to her first husband, Melvin Aaron Hayden]

Colorado County Citizen, May 15, 2002
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McGehee, Ann Sankey

The writer of these lines wasinexpressibly shocked last Saturday morning when he learnedthat his neighbor and friend, Mrs. A. S. McGehee, thebeloved wife of J. W. McGehee, was in a dying condition, anda few moments later learned that she was dead. Mrs. McGeheelived very close to our home, being a next door neighbor,and the fact that she was in a dying condition ere welearned even of her being ill was indeed a shock. It seemshat she was not feeling very well, and a few days ago it wasdecided best to carry her to her daughter's ( Mrs. W. S.Shaver') home. She grew worse very rapidly, and it soonbecame apparent that there was no hope. Her children weresummoned home, and arrived before she breathed her last. Herdeath occurred, we understand, about 9 o'clock Saturdaymorning. The remains were prepared for burial and laid torest in the Masonic cemetery Sunday morning at 20 o'clock,the funeral ceremonies being conducted at Mr. Shaver'sresidence by Revs. Buck of the Methodist Church and Gates ofthe Christian church. Mrs. McGehee was one of the mostlovable women the writer ever knew. She was what we call amotherly woman, and her gentle disposition and kindly naturewon her friends by the score. She was our neighbor andfriends for many months and as such we miss her deeply, andmourn with the loved ones left behind the death of thisgood, christian woman. She was about 74 years old at thetime of her death. She leaves a heart-broken husband, Mr. J.W. McGehee, one daughter, Mrs. W. S. Shaver; and two sons,Dr. [Robert W.] McGehee of DeWitt county and Mr. F.E. McGehee of Houston, to whom the heartfelt sympathy of thecommunity is extended in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, November 25, 1905,page 1

McGill, George C.

Mr. G. C. McGill, an old resident of this section of the state, died Thursday at 11 a.m., at his residence in this city, of dropsy, after a lingering, painful illness of several months, aged 61 years. He was very popular among his friends, and his death to them is a painful blow. He was buried at the Odd Fellows’ [Masonie] cemetery yesterday morning at 11 o’clock. Our sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved relatives.

Weimar Mercury, June 25, 1892

McGill, Robert

DIED, on Mr. T. M. Insall’s farm, seven miles north of this city, Wednesday morning at 5 o’clock, of hemorrage of the bowels, Mr. Robert McGill. Deceased was in his 45th year, and was beloved and respected by all who knew him. He was an old citizen of this state coming here from Mississippi in 1864. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, May 16, 1889

McGlinchy, Peter

Justice Putney held an inquest last Tuesday morning upon the body of a laboring man at the gravel pit at Glidden named Peter McGlinchy, who died early that morning. He had been heavily drinking for a time, and this, with exposure, hastened his demise. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, May 3, 1890

McGlothlin, John L.


John L. McGlothlin, 88, of Garwood, passed away Nov. 27 at his residence.

He was born in Council Grove, Kan., May 3, 1916 to John William and Frankie (Emmazilla) Williams and married Edith Zeigler, Sep. 19, 1937. He was a member of Garwood Methodist Church and had worked for Lehrer Immigration Company in Garwood.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ester McGlothlin Thrasher Green, Veda Pickette and Viola Lehner Bales; and brother, Earl McGlothlin.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Wilma Faye Burris of Dallas; son and daughter-in-law, John David and Ethel Gayle McGlothlin of Bay City; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 30 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. David King officiating. Interment followed in the Lehrer Cemetery in Garwood.

Pallbearers were John David McGlothlin II, Richard Keith Brown, Sammy Joe Duncan, Brian Leland Gibson, Steven Martin Brown and Randall Wayne Kubecka. His great-grandsons and great-great-grandsons were honorary pallbearers.

Colorado County Citizen, December 1, 2004
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McGrath, Richard Allen “Dick”


Richard "Dick" McGrath Sr., 67, of Bernardo, passed away Oct. 16 in Bernardo.

He was born in Philadel-phia, Penn. Sept. 10, 1939 to Raymond Francis and Margaret (Owens) McGrath and married Beverly Sue Hearn, July 18, 1959. He worked as an auto mechanic for Lawrence Marshall Chevrolet.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother, Francis Raymond McGrath.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Dudley Ludwig of Katy, Darlene Kansteiner of El Campo and Lisa and Keith Neuendorff of Bernardo; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Carol Blair Sr. of Bernardo, Richard Allen McGrath Jr. of Cat Spring and Larry and Diane McGrath Sr. of Bernardo; brother, Charles E. McGrath Sr. and wife Dottie of Horsham, Penn.; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Oct. 19 at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz with Fr. Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Dan George, Gary Stavinoha, Earl Frey, Christopher Sloan, Michael Blair and Larry McGrath Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Sidney Frey, Roy Jones, Cody Neuendorff and Whyman Psencik.

Colorado County Citizen, October 25, 2006
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McGrew, Freddie Lee"Bunny"

Freddie Lee "Bunny" McGrew, 64, ofGarwood, passed away Jan. 21.

He was born in Garwood, April 30, 1937 toWillis McGrew Sr. and Mamie (Campbell) McGrew. He attendedschool in Vox Populi. He worked for many local farmers andranchers in the surrounding area.

He was preceded in death by his parentsand two brothers Willis McGrew and Arizona McGrew, Sr.

He is survived by three sisters Annie MacLowe and Narsetta Haynes of Altair and Leoma Hurd ofHouston; goddaughter Catherine Pettus of Garwood; godsons Kim and Lynn Pettus of Garwood; 14 nephews; and 12nieces.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 26at South Point Baptist Church in Garwood with the Rev. A. J.Jones officiating. Interment followed in Williams Paradise Cemetery in VoxPopuli.

Pallbearers were Gene Austin, Vernon Johnson, Clifford Austin, Elmore Montgomery, Tucker Williamsand Charles McGrew.

Honorary pallbearers were Larry Haynes, Theodore Lowe III, Ray Lowe, Norris Lowe, Stanley McGrew, Arthur Hurd Jr., Lloyd McGrew, Lonnie B. McGrew, Linnard Lowe, Glen Lowe, Freddie Lee McGrew, Elvis Lowe, ArizonaMcGrew Jr. and Dorsey McGrew.

Colorado County Citizen, February 6,2002
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McGrew, Hubert


Hubert McGrew, colored, of Garwood, died in the Caney Valley Hospital at Wharton Wednesday night as the result of being struck by a hit and run driver on Highway 71 Sunday, September 8th.

At the time of the accident, between Garwood and Altair, the driver of the unknown car never stopped to render aid. McGrew sustained a broken right leg and right arm and other injuries, and has been in a critical condition since he was injured. [Interred at McGrew Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 20, 1940, page 1

McGriff, Prince R.


Rev. Prince R. McGriff, colored minister of this place, passed away at the family residence last Wednesday morning. Funeral was held Friday afternoon, interment being made at the colored people's cemetery near this city.

Prince had been a resident of this place for many years and was engaged in the ministry. He was a good man, honest and polite, and was a friend to everyone. He was well thought of by both whites and colored people here and elsewhere.

In another colum[sic] of this paper is an article written by one of his own people giving a short history of his life.

Weimar Mercury, January 18, 1929, page 1


Prince R. McGriff was born in the State of Georgia, 1858; came to Texas in 1872 with his widowed mother, one sister nd brother, by the aid of Mr. Tom Green, the brother-in-law of Mr. Lucious Adkins.

They settled on the then Adkins farm. After they had settled on the above named farm, little was known of him until he was regenerated and borne of the Holy Spirit in a protracted meeting at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in June, 1884 and baptized by Rev. S. C. Smith, who conducted the protracted meeting and was pastor of the said church.

He was licensed to preach the Gospel of Christ in 1885. by his church through his pastor, Rev. S. C. Smith, which was the beginning of his ministerial career.

Shortly after he was licensed to preach, he was examined as a teacher of the public schools in Colorado county: passed the examination. and taught one or two terms. After his ordination, he gave up the school work, and devoted all of his time to the ministry.

He was married to Mariah Roberson in 1876, and they lived as devoted husband and wife until her death in the year 1916. After her death, he, being a minister of the Gospel, to justify himself before the public and his calling as a minister, he married a second wife, which wife, the Lord was pleased to can him from her, Wednesday morning, January 9, 1929.

He died the death the Lord requires of all his believers. "In peace with all man kind.” W. M.

Weimar Mercury, January 18, 1929, page 8

McGriff, Winford

On Friday before Christmas while WinfordMcGriff, son of Attaway McGriff, and Isaiah White, son ofLee White, all colored, were out hunting in the northeasterncity limits, and drawing a 22-calibre target rifle through abarbed wire fence, the gun was accidentally discharged, andthe bullet entered the brain of the McGriff boy just abovethe left eye. Everything possible was done for him by localphysicians, but as the bullet was resting upon his brain andhis condition grew worse, it was deemed advisable by hisfamily that he be taken to Austin for an operation. However,their hopes were futile, for shortly after arrival there hesuccumbed. The remains were brought home and buried in thecolored people's cemetery [ParadiseGarden Cemetery]. This littleboy was regarded very highly by both whites and blacks, borea splendid reputation, and his tragic death just atChristmas time is sincerely deplored by all.

Weimar Mercury, January 5,1917

McIlvain, Robbie A. “Mickey”


Robbie A. (Mickey) McIlvain, 73, of Brushy Community, passed away May 7, in Seton Hospital in Austin.

He was born to Alvin and Lida Jane (Enloe) McIlvain Jan. 25, 1934 in Cleveland and married Joyce Untermeyer, Oct. 13, 1956 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Marine Corp for four years in the early 1950s and worked for over 40 years for Rohm & Haas in Deer Park as shift foreman. He retired in 1997 and moved to his farm in the Brushy Community.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; and three brothers.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years; son, Steve McIlvain of Baytown; sister, Dean Elliott and husband Jack of Cleveland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted May 10, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Burial followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Jerry Wayne Dominy, Mark Untermeyer, Dennis Vanderhoof, Allen Untermeyer, Charles McCaleb and Jerry Henneke.

Memorial contributions may be given to American Cancer Society, Colorado County Unit, P.O. Box 772, Columbus, TX 78934-0772.

Colorado County Citizen, May 16, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

McIntosh, Baby

The little babe of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. McIntosh of Oakland died during the holidays and the remains were laid to rest [Weimar Masonic Cemetery] the afternoon of Christmas day. Since the birth of the baby the mother has been very low, we are pained to learn. We earnestly hope and pray that the life of this estimable lady may be spared. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents in the loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, December 31,1909, page 8

McIntosh, John Monroe

McIntosh, 76, Former Oakland Resident, Dies

John Monroe Mcintosh, of 4417 Floyd Street, Houston, died at 9:45 p. m. Sunday in a Houston hospital, following an illness of about three months. He had been a resident of Houston for 33 years, moving there from Oakland.

Funeral services were held at the Heights Funeral Home in Houston on Tuesday at 10:00 a. m., with the Rev Charles L. McClain, Baptist minister officiating. The body was brought to Weimar and lay in state at the Hubbard Funeral Home. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery here, Tuesday afternoon. Rev. McClain of Houston. assisted by Rev. H. R. Yount, pastor of the Weimar First Baptist Church, officiated.

Pallbearers Included W. F. Holleman, J. A. Craig, Henry Spriggs, William Hidgins, William Boozer of Houston and R. S. Wooldridge of Weimar. Honorary pallbearers: H. H. Tharp, J. M. Brooks, Charles Goss, Charles Petty, Lynn Thompson, Wm. Patillo, W. L. Robertson, E. E. Rentz, J. W. Harmon, Sr., A. M. Gale, Ivey Gunn, Houston; L. E. Ross of Dallas, August Strunk of Yoakum, Robert Hughes of Oakland, W. C. Bouldin of Luling, Ray Kusey of Schulenburg, Bill McKinnen of Oakland, Will Obenhaus of Oakland, J. R. Hopper, T. J. Rutledge, Mayor Henry J. Laas, Ross G. McMillan, O. H. Holloway. Walter W. Williams, Felix W. Melor.

Mr. Mcintosh was born at Rockport on July 1, 1869. He was united in marriage to Miss Mayme Melor, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Melor of Weimar, on November 28, 1908, at the Melor residence. He was in the mercantile business at Oakland until his removal to Houston in 1912, where he was engaged in the banking business.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mayme Melor McIntosh of Houston, three cousins, Charles Kask of El Paso, Mrs. L. F. Ross and W. W. Lakin of Dallas.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, July 17, 1945, page 1

McIntosh, Mayme (Melor)

Mrs. McIntosh Dead at 93, BuriedSunday

Funeral services for 93-year-old Mrs. J.M (Mayme) McIntosh, one of Weimar's earliest residents, wereheld Sunday afternoon March 9 at Hubbard Funeral Home withburial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. R. H. Tharp Baptist minister fromHouston officiated assisted by Bro. Tom King visiting pastorof Weimar's First Baptist Church. Music included two solosby Mrs. C. C. Lester, "How Great Thou Art" and "Sunrise,"accompanied by Mrs. F. F. Brasher at the piano.

Mrs. McIntosh died at 11:25 p.m. Friday,March 7, in Youens Memorial Hospital, where she had been apatient for five weeks.

Born in Weimar June 7, 1875, she was adaughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Melor. She was married to Mr.McIntosh on Dec. 29, 1909, and they settled at Oakland,where he was in a mercantile business. After four years theymoved to Houston where he was in real estate and bankinguntil his death July 22, 1945.

Mrs. McIntosh continued living in Houstonuntil 1965 when she moved to San Jacinto Hotelhere.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs.Willlie Williams and Mrs. R. S. Wooldredge, both of Weimar.Her only child, a son, died at birth. Also preceding her indeath were three brothers, Sidney, an infant, Wayman, whodied at 12 years of age, and Felix 70; and two sisters, Ada,who died at age 8, and Jennie, at 6 months old.

Also surviving are two nieces, Mrs.Myrtle Doggett of Weimar and Mrs. Ray Kusey of Schulenburg;a nephew, Walter Williams Jr., of Weimar and a number ofgreat-nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were W. E. Holloman, JamesHarmon, Bert E. Derden, Richard Riley, and Eric Havemann,all of Houston; J. B. Renfro of New Orleans; and WayneWilliams and Robert L. Moore of Weimar. Honorary pallbearerswere all men of First Baptist Church here,

Weimar Mercury, March 13. 1969, page4

McIntosh, Sallie E.

Death of Mrs. SallieMcIntosh

Many friends throughout this section werepained to learn of the death of Mrs. Sallie McIntosh, whichoccurred at the family home in Houston at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.The remains were brought to this place and interred in theMasonic cemetery Thursday afternoon, a large concourse ofrelatives and friends witnessing the last sad rites,feelingly administered by Rev. Isaac Sellers. Mrs. McIntoshwas about 68 years old. She lived at Oakland for many years,but for several years past had made her home in Houston withher only son and daughter, Mr. and Mr.s. J. M. McIntosh.Mrs. McIntosh was a sweet, christian lady, an attentive,ever thoughtful mother, the best of friends and neighbors,one whose presence always brought cheer into the sick roomor family circle and her death is deeply and sincerelydeplored.

Weimar Mercury, July 23,1915

McKay, Lou Vic (Tunis) Juda Lynch

Funeral Service Set Dec. 28 For L. V.McKay

Lou Vic (Mrs. G. S.) McKay died Mon. Dec20, at Parkview Manor in Weimar at the age of 98.

Born June 1, 1895, in Dodge, WalkerCounty, she was one of three daughters of Luke and BeulahBenton Hayes Tunis.

She was for many years a resident of PortArthur, until she retired to West Mountain, Upshur County,where she lived until several years ago.

Mrs. McKay was an avid gardener andreader until the last few years of her long life.

She was a member of the Church of Christand was a Methodist for most of her life.

After a brief stay in Brenham, she movedto Parkview Manor two years ago.

Mrs. McKay was preceded in death by herparents; three husbands, Cyril Juda, Robert Emmett Lynch andGilchrist Shaw McKay; two sisters, Jo Banks and MattieKleepies; a son, Cyril Juda and a grandson, Robert WilsonRouse.

She is survived by her daughters, JaneLynch Rouse Zatopek and Ruth Lynch Fuller Townsend ofWeimar; her grandchildren; Luke, David and Cyril Juda,Naomie Juda Carter, John Philip Rouse, Phyllis RouseChudleigh, Linda Rouse Pickering, William Lynch Fuller,Kathleen Fuller Jones, Libby Fuller Kiecke, Beth FullerStark and numerous great-grandchildren andin-laws.

Graveside services will be at the Masoniccemetery in Weimar on Tues., Dec. 28, at 3 p.m. with Rev.Robert Hahn of Schulenburg officiating

Weimar Mercury, December 23, 1993
Transcribed by JudyTalkington

McKennon, Caleb

Weimar Local Matters

Caleb McKennon, a prominent and well-to-do colored man, an old family servant of Capt. John B. McKennon, died on Mrs. J. A. Ferrell’s place near here Tuesday last. Caleb had the confidence of all his neighbors, both white and black. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, May 31, 1888, page 3

McKennon, John B.

A terrible accident indeed was that in which our friend, Capt. John B. McKennon of Oakland, lost his life at Columbus Monday night about 2 o’clock. From what particulars we could glean it seems that Capt McKennon was stopping at the Liveoak hotel in that city, he being foreman of the grand jury then in session. Sometime in the night he got up from his bed and went out on the gallery upstairs. Groping about in the dark he lost his balance and toppled off, falling to the earth below, a distance of about fifteen feet, and alighting upon his head, from the effects of which he died almost instantly. He lay there until discovered the next morning, by which time he was cold in death. His family was at once notified. Judge McCormick adjourned district court for the day. His remains were laid to rest by the side of his father in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery at Columbus Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock, a vast concourse of friends from all over the county being present, besides the family of the deceased and a large number of relatives. Capt. McKennon was always regarded as one of Colorado county’s best citizens. A quiet, energetic, polished, honest gentleman, none knew him but to admire and respect him for his many good qualities. A devoted wife and several children are left to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent husband and father, to whom in this dark hour of trial, THE MERCURY’S heartfelt sympathy is extended. Rest in peace, noble, honest, Captain John McKennon!

Oakland Remarks

Our community was thrown into great sorrow at the sad and sudden death of our friend and neighbor, Capt. J. B. McKennon, which occurred at Columbus, Texas, on last Monday night, the 26th inst. Mr. McKennon had lived in this community for the last thirty years, and was so favorably known that all respected and loved him. Friendly and affectionate to all, a loving and devoted husband and father, and a most worthy citizen. To the writer of this he had been a good, true friend for the last twenty-five years, and no sorrow has entered my household equal to the great loss of him. Oh, how the heart gets so troubled, and the eyes fill with tears, to think I shall no more feel the warm and friendly grasp of the hand, and speak no more to the dear friend who today lies with the silent dead! To the bereaved family we extend all the sympathy and condolence that a true heart can give. May God in His infinite mercy, be your solace, and comfort you in this, your great hour of bereavement! And may “these afflictions work out for you a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” “Weeping will endure for a season, but joy will come in the blessed resurrection morning” May all safely arrive at last in that home where sickness, pain and death are feared and felt no more.

The following persons went to Columbus last Wednesday to attend the funeral of Mr. Jno. B. McKennon, viz: Mrs. J. H. Mullin and son Tom, A. D Clements, R. VanWagner and son Smith, Dr. Hutchins and son John, Messrs. Henry and August Strunk, J. P. Woolsey, J. R. Harris, Chas. Bock, jr., Clayt Bouldin, James Clements and A. B. Wooldridge.

Weimar Mercury October 1, 1892

McKennon, Lizzie

Negro Woman Drowned Near Oakland

Lizzie McKennon, a negro woman of the Oakland section, was accidentally drowned in a creek Saturday afternoon. She had been fishing along the banks of the creek, and being subject to fainting spells, when one of these came upon her, toppled into the creek and drowned in water only about two feet deep. She was alone at the time and her body was not recovered from the waters until some time afterward, when her husband missed her and a search revealed her cold in death. An inquest was held by Judge Obenhaus of Oakland, and the verdict was that she came to her death through accidental drowning. She was buried Sunday afternoon. Deceased was a sister of Callie Drisdale of this city. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, May 6, 1921, page 4

McKennon, Pate

Pate McKennon, a good old negro living six miles east of Oakland, was found on Thursday with his head in the forks of a tree, dead Judging from the very advanced stage of decomposition he must have been there six or eight days. The buzzards had torn and eaten the flesh from his face and head, and but for his clothes could not have been recognized. The old man had evidently been murdered and carried there in a dense thicket in Mrs. Hermes’ pasture, east of the Sandies, by his murderers. His hat and boots were found at a public watering tank about a mile from where his body was found, and a wagon track could be seen within 150 yards of where he was found. Constable Mayes arrested several parties yesterday (Wednesday), viz;: Mr. ____Hobbs, Sandy McKennon, (a brother of the deceased man), and John Rodgers. At this writing (Thursday morning) we cannot learn what disposition will be made of them. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, June 15, 1895

McKennon, unknown


Two colored women died near Oakland last Sunday night. One the wife of Alex McKennon and the other the wife of Robt. Lillybridge. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 19, 1895

McKeown, Sarah

Post Specials: Columbus, Mar. 10.--Mrs. Sarah McKeown died here yesterday. Her funeral took place in the city cemetery, and was largely attended by her friends and relatives. She was 54 years of age and is survived by her husband and several children.

Weimar Mercury, March 17, 1906, page 1

McKinney, Frank William

Frank W. McKinney Laid to Rest After Masonic Rites Here

Funeral services were held yesterday (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. in St. Paul’s Lutheran church for Frank W. McKinney, 57, who died Sunday in Veterans hospital at Houston after an illness since last October. Revs. H. L. Anderson of St. Paul’s and Rev. Elias Rode of Zion Lutheran church of Houston officiated. Graveside services were conduced by members of the local Masonic lodge at Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. The body lay in state at Untermeyer Funeral home until time of the services.

Mr. McKinney, a native of Bakersville, N.C., was born March 31, 1906. The last 5 years of his life were spent in Houston but he and his family lived in California before coming to Texas. He was a member of Montebello Masonic Lodge No. 451 in Montebello, Calif. He served in the Pacific during World War II. He married Miss Lillian Hruska, formerly of Columbus, in Fairfax, Va., March 18, 1942.

Besides his wife he is survived by a son, Rex Franklin, 11; his mother, Mrs. Blanche McKinney; brothers George and Howard and a sister, Mrs. Margaret McKinney, all of Kingsport, Tenn., and another sister, Mrs. Ruth Baker of Rochester, N.Y.

Other survivors include a nephew, Clinton McKinney of Los Angeles, who came here for the funeral, and other nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were members of the local Masonic order.

Colorado County Citizen, April 11, 1963, page 8

McKinney, Jennie Lore

Richmond, Oct. 31.--The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. N. McKinney died here last night from meningitis. The child fell into a profound sleep about eight days ago, from which it was impossible to arouse it until last night shortly before death ensued. The remains will be carried to Rock Island, Texas, their old home for interment [Myrtle Cemetery].

Weimar Mercury, November 11, 1907, page 6



Roy McKinney, 66, of Columbus andformerly of Texas City passed away April 25, at ColumbusCommunity Hospital in Columbus.

He was born in Milam County, Texas onSept. 2, 1936 and his family moved to Galveston in 1940. Hewent to work for the Texas City Fire Department in 1958,right after the department became a paid department. He wasthe youngest fireman hired by the department.

He was president of the Fire FightersUnion in Texas City for approximately 10 years. Whilepresident he was instrumental in obtaining collectivebargaining for the Department. Texas City was the firstdepartment in the state to get collective bargaining. He wasappointed Assistant Fire Marshall in 1976 and became FireMarshal in 1977. He was also an arson investigator. Heserved as president of the Industrial Mutual Aid in TexasCity and was a member of the Galveston County Fire MarshalsAssociation for 11 years serving as president for one year.The International Association of Fire Chiefs for 10 yearsand Texas Fire Chiefs Association for 10 years. He served asFire Chief until 1991 when he retired for medical purposes.He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Councilin Texas City-LaMarque. He and his wife Dorothy moved toBernardo in 1993 after her retirement and finally toColumbus in November 2002. He was a member of St. Roch'sCatholic Church in Mentz, where he served as eucharistic minister and usher. He was a member of the Mentz KC's and served as treasurer for three years. He was also a member of the Bernardo Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed being Santa's helper for several years. He enjoyed retirement and he and his wife would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on May 18th.

His father, Newton McKinney and sisterJudy Auzston preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy;mother Alene Stone of Galveston; daughter and son-in-law Phyllis and Marty Caldwell of Mena, Ark.; son anddaughter-in-law Donald and Barbara McKinney of Cypress; grandchildren Joseph, Andrea, Marty and Katlyn Caldwell ofMena, Ark. and Caleb and Jonathan McKinney of Cypress;brother and sister-in-law Billy and Pat McKinney of Galveston; sisters and brother-in-law Linda and Ronnie Steeleman of Galveston and Tracy McKinney of Galveston; and a step-sister Carol Borel and husband Mickey of LakeCharles, La.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted at St.Roch's Catholic Church, in Mentz, Monday April 28, at 10a.m. Burial followed in thechurch cemetery with honors by the Texas City Fire Department Honor Guard.

Pallbearers were Karen Brod, RonnieSteeleman, Bruce Clawson, Joe Haralson, Bob Payne and NeilDodson.

Colorado County Citizen, April 30,2003
Courtesy of theCitizen

McKinnon, Bill


The charge against Bud Creamer, negro held for an assault on Bill McKinnon, has been changed from assault to murder--since the death of the old negro last week, and he is being held under $2,500 bond.

McKinnon was found in his room struck in the head with an axe one night about three weeks ago. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, March 17, 1922

McKinnon, John

Mr. John McKinnon died of pneumonia at his resident in Colorado county, on Saturday last, 24th inst.  The deceased was born near Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1802, from whence he emigrated to Holly Springs, Miss., and came to Texas in 1856 and purchased property, to which he removed his family in 1861, where he resided until his death.  He attained a good old age, and his death is deeply deplored.  At his own request, his remains were buried at Columbus [Odd Fellows Rest], on Sunday last, many of his neighbors and friends participating in the sad rites.  Peace to his memory.

Colorado Citizen, March 29, 1877, page 3
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

McKinnon, Randall

The death of Randall McKinnon, colored, known simply as Randall, the Weimar pauper, died in this city last Saturday, after a sickness of about two months, though confined to his bed constantly for only a few days before his death. From exposure and dissipation he had contracted some lung trouble, and that was what killed him. A few whites here attended to him during his sickness and did all that could be done for him, including medical attention. He was buried last Sunday in the colored people’s pauper graveyard, a collection have been taken up to defray funeral expenses. A large number of colored people and some whites attended the funeral. He had been regularly engaged for years in sweeping out stores and offices and bringing water for them every morning, and was strictly honest. Though prone to habitual drunkenness, he died sober.

Weimar Mercury, March 9, 1895

McKissick, Alice (Parks)

Alice Parks McKissick

Alice Parks McKissick, 100, of Columbus, passed away Nov. 8 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Pasadena, March 20, 1909 to James Devere and Frances Lenora (Thurman) Parks and married Fred Mckissick, Feb. 20, 1932. She was a homemaker as well as a clerk for Houston Power and Light and secretary for Bandera Electric Coop. She was a longtime member of the Methodist church, United Methodist Women, Garden Club of Medina, Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Columbus Christian Women and formerly a Pink Lady at Shiner Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sisters, Carrie Phillips, Flora Irene Stewart and Gladys Reber.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Sonya and John Saul of Columbus and Jo and Leroy Keese of Brady; brother, J. D. Parks Jr. of Pasadena; grandchildren, J. R. Saul, Fredda Saul Turner, Paul Saul, Darrell Keese and Nancy Keese; and great-grandchildren, Audrey, Alicia, Marty, Devin, Kamry and Luke.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at First United Methodist Church in Columbus with Pastor J. Paul Bruhn officiating. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers scheduled are: J. R. Saul, Paul Saul, Darrell Keese, Devin Keese, Marty Abell, D. C. Turner, James D. Parks III and Hugh McKissick.

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

McLain, Olinda (Renz)

Olinda Renz McLain

Olinda Renz McLain passed away August 26 after a series of small strokes and congestive heart failure.

She was born to Charles and Hertha (Caletka) Renz on a farm near Eagle Lake in Colorado County on October 27, 1923.

She and her siblings rode horses to attend the one room Willow school. During summer they helped with chores on the farm.

After Olinda graduated from Eagle Lake High School with honors, she was asked by the school board to teach at Mentz Elementary School.

She taught for several years to raise money to attend Southwest Texas State College.

Later, worked in the Accounting Department at Western Natural Gas Corp.

She married John Wesley “Red” McLain in Houston on September 19, 1953 and was a longtime member of Park Place United Methodist Church.

She liked to cook, garden, read and travel.

After the children were born she stayed at home and devoted her life to her family.

She put others before herself and was always available to help any member of her family and friends who loved her dearly.

When her mother broke her hip and later had cancer, Olinda took care of her until her death.

She also devoted herself to her husband after his cancer diagnosis.

She will be remembered fondly for her generosity, honesty and integrity.

Preceded in death by her husband, John, of 46 years and her parents; survivors are children, Natalie Lynne McLain and Russell Branch McLain; sister, Elleen Ann Chapman and husband, Mike; brother, Nolan Lee Renz and wife, Carolyn, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Friday, August 28 from 5-8 p.m. at SouthPark Funeral Home.

A service of remembrance was held Saturday, August 29 at 10 a.m. in the chapel of SouthPark Funeral Home.

Interment followed at SouthPark Cemetery.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 3rd, 2009

McLean, H. W.


H. W. McLern, who has been living in this place a number of years, died on Mrs. R. E. Holloway’s place after a short illness. He was 60 years of age, came to this country from South Carolina, and formerly made his home with D. G. Smith. His body was taken charge of by the Odd Fellows of Weimar Lodge, No. 201, of which he was a zealous member, and was given a decent interment in the Odd Fellows’ Rest. [From the 1880 Colorado County Census Index: McLean, H. W. (white, male, 57, farm laborer, South Carolina) 50, 58, 12]

Colorado Citizen, December 22, 1887

McLeary, Amanda Elizabeth (Pugh)

It is with deep regret that The Mercury records the death of Mrs. A. E. McLeary, the wife of Dr. W.T. McLeary, which occurred at their residence in this town about 5 o'clock last Wednesday evening, the 11th inst. She had been in delicate health for years though she had generally been able to be up and about the house till a few weeks ago. For six or seven weeks previous to her death shewas confined entirely to her bed. All that attentive friends and medical skill could do was done for her. Kind friendssat by her bedside, day and night, for weeks and ministered to her comfort, and soothed her sufferings in every way possible. She was conscious of the near approach of death,and so far from having any dread of dying she said repeatedly in substance that she would welcome death as a relief to her bodily suffering. She was firm in herconvictions of the blessed promises of the bible, and no fears of the hereafter disturbed her mind. The only pain in death was to leave forever her family and friends. She had been a member of the Presbyterian church from childhood, and died as she had lived, a true Christian. A husband and six children, and many friends mourn her loss. The family moved from Tennessee to this county years ago, and are well-known and highly esteemed throughout this section of country, being a leading family. The Mercury with a host of other friends, feels the deepest sympathy for the bereaved ones, and would gladly mitigate their sorrow if such a thing were possible.

Mrs. McLeary will be sadly missed, not only by her family, but by her many friends in this community. Relentless death has left a household desolate and a community in sorrow. All that was mortal of the one departed was buried in the Odd Fellows' graveyard at this place last Thursday evening.

The funeral services were held in thePresbyterian church, and conducted by Rev. J. G. Cunningham, a Presbyterian minister of Luling, who made an appropriateand feeling address. After a touching prayer by Rev. O. T.Simpson, a long procession of sorrowing friends followed the remains of the deceased to their last resting place, where they were appropriately buried by the Knights of Honor ofwhich order she was a worthy member.

Weimar Mercury, June 14, 1890
Picture courtesy SallyWeeks


MRS. AMANDA ELIZABETH McLEARY, wife ofDr. W. T. McLeary, departed this life June 11, 1890, at herhome in Weimar, Tex., aged 52 years and 2 days. She was bornin Hardeman county, Tennessee, on the 9th day of June, 1838,and was the daughter of James T. and Eliza B. Pugh. She joined the Methodist church at the age of 14, but on her marriage (Oct. 3d, 1854) she united with the Presbyterian church, of which her husband was a member. she came to Texas with her husband in January, 1866, since which time they have been residents of Colorado county. She was the devoted mother of nine children, three of whom have been spared this sad bereavement, having passed over the river. Six remain with the distressed husband to mourn her loss, to whom may the God of all confort sanctify this affliction, that they may be reunited in that better land "where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest."....

Weimar Mercury, September 21,1890

McLeary, Ellen Douglas

Funeral Services Held Here Tuesday ForMiss McLeary

Funeral services for Miss Ellen DouglasMcLeary, who died suddenly at 11 o'clock Monday morning, February 4, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home the following afternoon with Rev. Wm. Brown officiating. Interment was made in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Miss McLeary had been in poor health for the past year, but gave no indication of being seriously ill. During the morning Monday she told her sisters she was going to lie down for a short rest; a few minutes later she succumbed to a heart stroke.

The room in the nearly 100-year-old home in which she died was the same one in which she had been born. She was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. W. T. McLeary, one of the pioneer couples of this area. Miss McLeary lived here during her girlhood, later moving away with family. She and her sisters, Misses Maud and Enid, returned to the old place in 1934 and have lived here sincethat time. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Houston.

Her only immediate survivors are her two sisters here and Mrs. Truman McMahan of Columbus.

Pallbearers at the funeral were F. R. Carroll, Henry Brasher, Charles Ammann, Charles Allen, Benno Rose, and Robert Koenig.

Weimar Mercury, February 8,1952

McLeary, Enid

Miss Enid McLeary Buried HereMonday

Graveside services for Miss Enid McLeary,88, who died Saturday, Nov. 14, at Golden Age Home inLockhart, were held at Masonic Cemetery here Mondayafternoon.

Rev. John Robinson, local Methodist pastor, officiated.

Miss McLeary was born March 2, 1882, near Weimar, a daughter of Dr. Wm. T. and Amanda Pugh McLeary.She spent most of her life in Weimar and Houston and had lived at Lockhart four years.

She is survived by a niece, Mrs. Truman McMahan of Columbus, and other relatives.

Weimar Mercury, November 19,1870

McLeary, Kindred


Kindred McLeary, 47-year-old painter andprofessor of architecture at Carnegie Institute ofTechnology in Pittsburgh, Pa., was laid to rest yesterday at4 p.m. in the Weimar cemetery near where he grewup.

Simple graveside services, conducted byRev. Leo Ross of Columbus, were held for the muralist whoseworks decorate many churches, post offices and other publicbuildings in the East.

The only son of Mrs. Sam B. McLeary ofColumbus died Sunday about 4 p.m. a few minutes after hefell from the roof of his mountain cabin near Confluence,Pa., on which he and a friend were working.

Mr. McLeary, who spent his summers inColumbus with his mother and sister, Mrs. Truman McMahan,had taught architecture in Carnegie Tech since 1928.Previously he had taught at the University of Texas fromwhere he graduated.

During the early 1940's Mr. McLeary wascommissioned by the war department to do a huge mural forone of the newest war department buildings in Washington, D.C. It is probably one of his greatest murals.

Mr. McLeary had studied in the Weimarschools, Allen academy, the University of Texas and inEurope.

He was a son of the late Dr. Sam B.McLeary. He is survived by his mother, sister, 2 nieces, anephew, 3 aunts and an uncle.

Colorado County Citizen, June 2,1949

McLeary, Mary Elma "Mamie" (Kindred)

Mrs. S. B. McLeary is Laid to Rest; Oakland Native

Death took Mrs. Sam B. McLeary, 76,mother of citizen Co-Publisher Elizabeth McMahan, lastSunday morning at the home she had occupied in Columbus since 1918.

She had been indisposed for several daysand became seriously ill last Friday night.

Simple funeral rites were held at the graveside in the Weimar cemetery Monday at 2 p. m. with Rev. Leo Ross of the Methodist church here officiating. Columbus Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. McLeary was born in Oakland. Herhusband, Dr. Sam B. McLeary died in 1941. Their daughter,Mrs. Marjorie Grey, died in 1836 and a son, Kindred McLeary,died in May, 1949.

Surviving are Mrs. McMahan; a brother,Wayman Kindred of Columbus; 3 grandchildren, Mrs. GarlandWeeks, David Grey with the army in Japan and ElizabethGrey.

Colorado County Citizen, December 1,1949

McLeary, Mary Sterrett (Hogg) Weller


Departed this life in Columbus, Friday last at 8, a.m. at the residence of Mrs. M. Gillmore, Mrs. S. M. McLeary, aged eighty-one years and nine months. Mrs. McLeary was a native of Cynthians, Ky., but was a resident of Tennessee prior to her removal with her family to this State. She lived in this section more than thirty years, a large portion of that time being spent immediately in this place, and was consequently well known and much beloved. Possessing naturally a fine physique, superlative energy and activity, with the kindest of hearts, her greatest pleasure was in sacrificing herself for others, and her life was one long labor of love. For sixty years she had been an exemplary member of the Methodist Church, and her unwavering faith sustained her through the dark valley of the shadow of death. During her last few years she suffered intensely from asthma, and gradually failed until the summons of the death angel was not entirely unexpected. One child alone, Mrs. Gillmore, of this city, survives her, though several grand children, great grand children, and one great-great-grand child are bereaved of the care and tenderness she was wont to bestow. Her life was like the ripened wheat that tells of
“toil and care,
The patient waiting, the trusting prayer,
The garnered good of the year.”
or the lucious grape which through raging storms and fierce heats has gathered and stored the finest and purest essences--through all symbols we search for her goodness in vain, but the Lord of the harvests has assigned to her her fitting reward.

Saturday morning, at half past nine, obsequies were performed at Mrs. Gillmore’s residence over her mortal remains, the Rev. S. C. Littlepage, Pastor in charge of the Columbus Methodist Church, officiating, after which a long cortege of sorrowing friends and relatives followed the beloved form to the Odd Fellows’ Rest where it was sacredly committed by the same Rev. gentleman to its long home.

The CITIZEN mourns with the afflicted relatives in their bitter loss. The willing hand is motionless, the sympathetic ear deafened, the kindly eye closed, the approving tongue silenced, the loving heart stilled, but the precious spirit which animated them has ascended to the realms of the blessed and there enjoys the exercise of those faculties in an enhanced degree.
“A little while the earthen pitcher taking
To way side brooks from far-off fountains fed;
Now the parched lip its thirst forever shaking,
Beside the fullness of the Fountain Head”

Colorado Citizen, January 27, 1887

McLeary, Maud

Maud McLeary, 88, Buried here Sunday Afternoon

Funeral services for Miss Maud McLeary,88, who died Saturday evening in the home near Weimar whereshe was born, were held Sunday afternoon at Hubbard FuneralHome, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery. Rev. W. W.Wooley, Baptist pastor, officiated.

Miss McLeary, daughter of the late Dr.and Mrs. W. T. McLeary, pioneer settlers of the area northof Weimar, was born on the McLeary farm on Aug 30, 1868. Sheand her family moved away from here during her girlhood, butin 1934, she and her two sisters, Misses Douglas and Enid,returned to make the nearly 100-year-old place their homeagain. Miss Douglas died in 1952.

Unusually spry for her advanced age, MissMcLeary had been ill only a few days when she died in hersleep Saturday evening.

Surviving in addition to Miss Enid is aniece, Mrs. Truman (Elizabeth McLeary) McMahan ofColumbus.

Pallbearers for the funeral were GradyShaver, Clayton Lester, Foxhall Parker, Fritz Tell and Chas.Allen of here and Truman McMahan of Columbus.

Weimar Mercury, July 26,1957

McLeary, Samuel Bismark

Funeral Services Held Friday for Dr. S.B. McLeary

Funeral services for Dr. S. B. McLeary, 74, well known Colorado County physician, were held Fridaymorning at ten o'clock at the family residence here, Rev.Frank D. Charlton officiating. Burial followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Weimar, Columbus Funeral Homedirecting.

Dr. McLeary was born in Columbus, the sonof Dr. and Mrs. William T. McLeary. He attended BinghamSchool in North Carolina, the University of Texas, where hewas a member Sigma Chi fraternity, and received his medicaldegree from Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia,Pa.

Survivors include his widow, a daughter,Miss Elizabeth McLeary of Columbus; a son, Kindred McLearyof Pittsburgh; three sisters, Misses Maude, Douglas and EnidMcLeary of Weimar.

In the passing of Dr. McLeary the lastlink in a chain of family doctors was broken. Dr. Samuel D.McLeary practiced in Wildwood and Osage vicinities from1856, Dr. Will T. McLeary practiced in Columbus from 1866and in Weimar from 1867 to 1903. Others were Dr. H. S. Clarkof Lavaca County his son, Dr. I E. Clark of Schulenburg (hiswife, Ella Wolters, survives), Dr. C. O. Weller of Austinand his two sons, Drs. Clarence and Burford Weller ofAustin, Dr. Jesse McLeary Burford of Independence, Texas, and Dr. David McLeary, brother of Dr. W. T. McLeary ofSalisbury, Tenn.

Pallbearers were L. S. Lawrence, W. L.Nesbitt, Ned Burford, A. I. Chapman, L. Waldvogel and TannerWalker.

Honorary pallbearers were the friends ofthe family.

Colorado County Citizen, April 10,1941, page 1
Picture courtesy SallyWeeks

McLeary, Sarah Ann (Weller)


Mrs. Sarah McLeary, mother of Hon. J. H. McLeary, of San Antonio, Mrs. Judge Fleming of Cisco, and Mrs. Capt. T. J. Hutchinson, of Comanche, died in this city at the residence of Dr. W. T. McLeary, at 8:30 o’clock last Wednesday evening, 28th of May, of paralysis. Mrs. McLeary was well and favorably known in this section of the county, having resided here many years. She was a devoted Christian, an exemplary member of the Methodist Church for thirty-two years, and died with all bright Zionward. Her son was with her when she breathed her last, and did all in his power to soothe his dying mother’s last moments. She was buried in the family [McLeary] graveyard at the old homestead, near Osage, Rev. J. A. Duncan performing the funeral obsequies.

Someone, we presume, will write a suitable obituary of this good lady.

Colorado Citizen, June 5, 1884

McLeary, William Trigg Hodge


Departed from this life on the morning of the 17th instant, a man of exceptional strength and influence and worth that will be universally missed from the community, which he served faithfully and long. WilliamTrigg Hodge McLeary was born in Madison county, Tennessee,on the 3rd of August, 1828. He acquired a most excellent education at the schools of that time and place, most prominent of which was Mountain academy at Mount Carmel, under the tutelage of Rev. James Holmes, D. D. a school noted for the efficiency of its products. The influences and associations exerted by this Institution (sic) so early in his youth and under the guidance of so profound a man of God determined his career and directed his life into a channel of Christlike usefulness. He chose the profession of medicine as his life work and was graduated from the Jefferson Medical college in Philadelphia in 1853. Never was a head and a heart devoted to more continuous, efficient and loving service. Possessed with a trained and superior intelligence, a keen intuition, sympathetic heart, a steady and unfaltering nerve, and an unfailing confidence in his God and himself, he battled with the grim destroyer for forty-nine years with a most superior success. On his deathbed he was reminded by word and letter of a life saved here and there, some instances extending many years back. He was a most affectionate and indulgent father, and it broke his heart when he would feel that his family wished for anything which he could not procure. He extended his generous ministrations with a charitable and unstinted love toward all humanity. He regarded the rich and the poor alike. He was too magnanimous and brave and manly to cherish in his heart any wrong and misjudgments passed on him. He was not little in anything. His large Scotch Irish heart knew no fear. Honest and truthfulness prompted his every action, "the elements so mixed in him that nature could stand up and say to all the world this was a man." He was for over fifty years a most zealous and prominent member of the Old School Presbyterian church, and for many years a ruling elder in the church. He took an especial interest in the Sunday school work, imparting the lessons of the Bible with an interest and an enthusiasm that bespoke the intent of his life. He was devoted to Masonry, and spent much of his time and money in promoting its interests. He was also a prominent worker in the Odd Fellows and Knights of Honor lodges. He was married to Miss Amanda Elizabeth Pugh in 1854, served throughout the war as surgeon with the rank of major in the Twenty-first Tennessee Volunteer cavalry, came to Texas in 1866, and locating in Columbus he was associated with Dr. Joe Brown of that place. In 1867 he purchased from his father the place known as the McLeary homestead near Osage, living there and practicing medicine for a radius of forty miles till 1880, when he removed to Weimar. He gave freely of his money to schools, churches and in any otherway to benefit and elevate the community to which he belonged. His activitie (sic) continued till advanced age and declining health forbid his further service. His friends were legion, his enemies an unappreciative and ungrateful few. The chief pursuit and end of his life was to glorify and honor God, and when at any time he failed in this he bowed in submission to His corrections and reproofs. A close intimacy with him revealed a constant stream of sweet sentiment and kindly consideration emanating from the inner recesses of his nature, rendering an association with himpeculiarly genial and companionable. Shortly before his death he was required to undergo a prolonged and painful surgical operation, and as he mounted the operating table he repeated the simple, trustful line, "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep; if I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord, my soul to take," showing an implicit and childlike faith in the Great Most High.

"If one had watched a prisoner many a year,
Standing behind a barred window pain,
Fettered, with heavy handcuffs and with chain,
And gazing on the blue sky far and clear
And suddenly some morning he should hear
The man had in the night contrived to gain his freedom and was safe,
Would this bring pain?
Ah, would it not to dullest heart appear good tidings?
Yesterday I looked on one
Who lay as if asleep in perfect peace,
His long imprisonment for life was done.
Eternity's great freedom his release had brought,
Yet they who loved him called him dead
And wept, refusing to be comforted." His Son.

Weimar Mercury, May 23. 1903
Picture courtesy SallyWeeks

McLennon, Lora

Mrs. McLennan Dies Suddenly ln Houston

Mrs. Lora McLennan of Columbus passed away Monday, March 10 in the Medical Arts Center after being admitted on Saturday, March 8th.  Services were held Wednesday, March 12 at 10:00 a.m. from the Columbus Funeral Home.  Interment was in the Odd Fellow Rest.  Mrs. McLennan is survived by a son, Mike McLennan and his wife of Houston and other relatives.  The deceased is well known throughout the area having served as the Southwestern Life Insurance Company Agent for many years.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 15, 1969
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

McLeod, John D.

Columbus Cullings

Young John D. McLeod, son of Mr. T. W. McLeod of Alleyton, died at 5 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, of jaundice and was buried at 4 o’clock the next evening. He was a promising youth of 18 years of age, and his untimely death was a sad blow to his distressed parents. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, July 27, 1889, page 3

McLeod, Lillian Alice

LILLIAN ALICE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. McLeod, died at their residence in Colorado county, Wednesday, 25th ult, of congestion, aged 4 years and six months. The youngest of the family, and a favorite, her loss is a deep affliction to the fond parents; but their loss is her gain, as she has passed away from life on earth to an eternal life in Heaven. We tender our condolence to the bereaved relatives. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, September 2, 1880

McLeod, ThomasWard

Thos. W. McLeod Dies atGonzales

Thos. W. McLeod, an old-time citizen of Colorado county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Remschel, in Gonzales, Jan. 20, and his remains were brought to Alleyton, his former home for many years, for burial. Mr. McLeod was a brother of the late Matt McLeod of Borden, and was well known to many citizens of this section. His death was caused from paralysis. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Remschel of Gonzales and Mrs. G. W. Greathouse of Fort Worth. Mr. McLeod was born at Austin in 1845, and his father was county judge of Bexar county for a number of years. He was an old-time printer, and at one time assisted in the mechanical department of the Columbus Citizen, under the late Colonel Ben M. Baker. He also was a Confederate war veteran. Many friends will regret to learn of his death.

Weimar Mercury, February 8,1922

McLine, Betty Jean (Pettus)

Betty Jean Pettus McLine

Betty Jean Pettus McLine was born on May 11, 1936 to proud parents, Idessa Dancy and Elvoid Leroy Pettus.

She joined White Cloud Baptist Church at an early age and graduated from E.H. Henry High School.
Betty passed away Monday, May 28 after a short illness.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Norris Pettus; granddaughter, Jesica Pettus both of Houston; brother, Frank Pettus of Eagle Lake; a very special friend, Ms. Robbel and Family; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dedicated friends.

A home going celebration was held Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m. from White Cloud Baptist Church with Pastor Obie Rhodes, officiating. Interment followed in Rising Star Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Final arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Sam Dancy, Shun Thomas, Jonathan Thomas, Robert Davis, Odrick Thomas and David Henderson.

Honorary pallbearers were Willie Dancy, Oliver Thomas, Guy Thomas, Norman Henderson, Freddie Thomas and Gerry W. Henderson.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 7th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

McMahan, Elizabeth "Liza" (McLeary)


August 8, 1906—July 24,1993

Memorial services for Mrs. Truman "Liza"McMahan, 86, of Columbus were held July 27 at HennekeFuneral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Scott Herren, pastor,The First Methodist Church, officiating.

McMahan died July 24 at Columbus CareCenter.

She was born August 8,1906, in Weimar,Texas, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Sam McLeary. The familylater moved to Columbus where her father continued hismedical practice.

She was united in marriage to TrumanMcMahan in 1946 and became co-owners and publishers of theColorado County Citizen until being sold to Jim Belcher in1969. She also owned the Style Shop and a beauty shop in the'40s, a restaurant, the Hodgepodge and an antiqueshop.

McMahan and her husband moved to Gliddenin 1975.

She helped organize the Magnolia HomesTour and Live Oak Art Club, (in) which she was active aslong as her health permitted. She also helped organize theColumbus Humane Society and continued her interest inhelping save forgotten dogs and cats in Colorado County, Atone time she cared for 125 dogs on a small farm in the OsageCommunity and found homes for numerous other dogs andcats.

McMahan was preceded in death by herparents; a brother, Kindred McLeary, who was anarchitectural professor at Carnegie Tech, a painter and amuralist; and a sister, Marjorie.

Survivors include her husband; twonieces, Sally Weeks of Columbus and Betty Atkins of Orlando,Fla.

Memorial contributions may be made to theLive Oak Art Club in Columbus.

Henneke Funeral Home Inc., Columbus,Directors.
[Buried Osage Cemetery]

Banner Press, 29 July 1993
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht Contact Rox Ann Johnson. Photo courtesy Sally Weeks

McMahan, Joseph Rufus Sr.

Funeral Services for J. R. McMahan Sr.Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Joseph Rufus McMahanSr., 50, who died at his home here Monday night, were heldat the home Tuesday afternoon, Rev. F. D. Charlton, pastorof First Methodist Church, officiating.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. MyrtleMcMahan; two daughters, Mrs. S. H. Kirkham of Columbus andMrs. M. H. Remschel of Gonzales; four sisters, Mrs. MinnieJacks, Mrs. S. Hale, Mrs. E. Lagow of Dallas and Mrs. A. L.Tapp of Terrell; one brother, W. McMahan of Los Angeles,California.

Mr. McMahan was born June 23, 1888 inTerrell, Texas. He had lived in Colorado County 25 years,and he was a member of Columbus school board thirteenyears.

He was a member of Caledonia Lodge No 68A. F. and A. M., Columbus 29 years and a member of ArabiaTemple of Houston.

Burial in OddFellows Rest was conducted byCaledonia Lodge and Knights Templer.

Pallbearers were W. G. Clayton, H. G.Hope, E. G. Miller, R. R. Hadden, E. H. Rabel and G.Stansbury.

Out-of-town attendants at the funeralwere Mr. and Mrs. Wealley Ragin, Mr. and Mrs. E. Ragin andMiss Ruby Ragin, Mrs. M. A. Dowdle of Houston; Mr. and Mrs.Russell Remschel, Mrs. J. F. Remschel and daughter Corrinne,Mrs. Robert Boothe, Mrs. R. A. Remschel and M. H. Remschelof Gonzales; Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Richardson ofManvel.

Colorado County Citizen, August 11,1938
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

McMahan, Myrtle (Garrett)

Myrtle G. McMahan

Graveside funeral services for Myrtle Garett[sic] McMahan, 92, were held Friday afternoon at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Rev. Bill Huth officiated.

Arrangements were under the direction of Columbus Funeral Home.

McMahan died Thursday.

She was born in Cookville, Texas on Oct. 26, 1889, the daughter of Charles William and Isabel Armstrong Garrett.

She married J. R. McMahan who preceded her in death 43 years ago.

McMahan was a lifetime resident of Columbus and belonged to the First Methodist Church, the U.D.C. and Eastern Star, past Worthy Matron.

She is survived by two daughters, Inez Remschel of Gonzales and Helen McDow of Columbus; two grandsons, Joe M. Remschel of. Gonzales and Ross McDow of Katy; two sisters, Allie Riddle of Frisco, Texas, and Montie Keeney of Mt, Pleasant; a granddaughter, Helen R. Kirby of Georgia; and six great grandchildren.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Allen Reyer, Thomas Glithero, Tip Clark, Gus Obenhaus, Al Radke, and Nat Goodwin. Honorary pallbearers were H. P. Meyer, C. I. Shult, James Wooten and Dr. W. B. Hahn.

Colorado County Citizen, November 26, 1981, page 2

McMahan, Truman R."Mac"

Truman R. "Mac" McMahan
April 16, 1915 -- January 12, 2002

Graveside services for Truman R. "Mac"McMahan, 86, of Columbus were held Jan. 15 atOsageCemetery in the Osage communitywith the Rev. Lynn Wilson officiating.

McMahan died Jan. 12 at Cartwheel LodgeNursing Center in Gonzales.

He was born April 16, 1915, in NorthZulch, the son of Henry L. and Rosa DenmanMcMahan.

McMahan was united in marriage withElizabeth "Liza" McMahan on Feb. 2, 1946.

He was the retired owner and publisher ofThe Colorado County Citizen.

McMahan was affiliated with Church ofChrist and a member of Woodmen of the World.

He served in the U. S. Airforce from 1941to 1945.

McMahan was preceded in death by hisparents, wife and sister.

Survivors include two nephews, MarvinHines of Nolanville and Doyle Hines of Gonzales; and niece,Elaine Sonntag of Sheridan.

Henneke Funeral Home Ltd., Columbus,directors.

Banner Press Newspaper, January 17,2002, page 19
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMicken, S. W.

Columbus, July 30.--The funeral of Mr. S. W. McMicken of Eagle Lake was conducted by Rev. C. M. Thompson from the residence of Mr. T. J. Oakes this afternoon to the city cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, August 8, 1903, page

McMicken, Susan M. (Holt)

Mrs. McMickins[sic], an estimable lady and consort of Mr. S. W. McMickins of Glidden,died very suddenly last Monday night,and was interred at Columbus in the city cemetery. She was, before marriage, a Miss Holt of Alleyton.

Weimar Mercury, October 4, 1890, page 2

McMillan, Baby

The little baby of Mr. and Mrs. Henry McMillan of Glidden died last Friday, after a brief illness, and was laid to rest in the cemetery at Osage the following day. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family on the loss of their beloved babe.

Weimar Mercury, 31 Jan 1903
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillan, Baby Girl

The baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. ArthurMcMillan died at Osage Sunday, and buried the following day.Our sympathy is extended.
[Buried OsageCemetery]

Weimar Mercury, 19 November 1904
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillan, Carol Jo (Wheeler)


Carol Jo Wheeler McMillan, 66, of Columbus, passed away Aug. 20, in Columbus.

She was born Dec. 27, 1939, the daughter of Alfred A. "Buck" and Alice LaVerne (Ordner) Wheeler. She attended Columbus High School and graduated from Wharton High School.

On Sept. 16, 1977 she married Richard A. McMillan. During her life she worked as a secretary for Halliburton and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW 6113 in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and stepmother, Ann Wheeler.

She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Mark and Gloria Berger of Corpus Christi, and Jody and Carol Berger of Belton; stepdaughter, Debra Saul of Whitney; stepson, Ricky McMillan Jr. of Oklahoma; sisters, Bee Felder of Wharton and Betty Clark of Houston; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is scheduled Thursday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with Pastor Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Private family burial will follow at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 267, Columbus, TX 78934.

Colorado County Citizen, August 30, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

McMillan, Eliza Ann (Morgan)

Mrs. Jas. McMillan, an old resident of this section, died at the family residence near Osage lastFriday evening at 7 o'clock, aged 67 years. She was a noble, Christian lady, raised a large family of children, and was beloved by all who knew her for her many kindly traits and Christian graces. She leaves an aged husband, and a number of sons and daughters. Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Osage last Sunday afternoon. Rev. T. E. Muse of Weimar performing the burial service. Our sincere sympathy is extended the afflicted family.

Weimar Mercury, 25 June 1898
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillan, Evelyn Marie

A little baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ross McMillan last Sunday. Mother is reported doing well, but the little babe, we are sorry to state, is not doing so well. Many friends join in the hope that the life of this precious little one may be spared.

Weimar Mercury, January 6, 1922, page 1


The little baby daughter of Mr. Ross McMillan and wife, born about two weeks ago, died Wednesday morning, and the little form was laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Very little hope was held out from the first that the baby would live, but many hoped and prayed that its life might be spared. In the loss of their little darling Mr. and Mrs. McMillan have the sincere sympathy of all.

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1922, page 4

Her Visit Ended
Infant Babe Departs on Her Journey To The Other World

Mrs. F. Nollkaemper returned from Weimar Saturday where for the past three weeks she had been with the family of Ross McMillan, and at the bedside of the little grandchild, Evelyn Marie McMillan.  It has seemed that the joy the first born brings into the home was to have been short lived here.  Baby Evelyn Marie made her debut into this world and into the hearts of the young parents and grandparents as a New Year’s gift, the cup of happiness appeared to have been filled to the brim, but only for a short while.

On Wednesday morning of last week the visit of the infant boss of the home came to an end.  The angelic band hovering near simply stepped in and took the spirit and carried it up to Him who hath said: “Suffer little children to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”

Little Evelyn Marie’s precious body was placed into a tiny couch bed and bedded to rest at the Weimar cemetery where many friends and relatives gathered to sympathize with the sorrowing parents, Wednesday afternoon.  Rev. J. W. Arnspiger, pastor of the Baptist church officiated and consoled the bereaved by his kind words.  Beautiful flowers bedecked the little mound.  We regret the loss and offer our sympathy to the young parents and relatives.

The following attended the funeral ceremonies: Fritz Vogt and Miss Louise Schroeder of  La Grange; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Rosenaur of Flatonia; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Balzer, Swiss Alp.

La Grange Journal, January 26, 1922
Submitted by Rob Brown

In Memory

(In the last issue of the SchulenburgSticker, Guiford McMillan pays the following beautifultribute to his little niece, who died in this city a fewdays ago.--Ed.)

Two little loving hands, two rosy cheeksand two loving eyes that will never see feel or know thesorrows of this earthly world have been laid to rest forevermore.

Little Evelyn Marie McMillan was born Jan. 1, 1922, andafter just seventeen days as the only child of Ross McMillanand wife, passed quietly out into that Great Unknown, andwas laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery at Weimar Tuesdayafternoon, Jan. 17, 1922.

We all loved her, yes, perhaps too well, but there wasAnother who loved her more, for soon that precious soulreturned unto the One who gave it.

It is hard indeed, and only those who have withstood thegreat ordeal of giving up their first-born can really know.But we must not look upon her as lost or very far away, butbow in humble submission to God who has seen fit to movethis precious one to that mysterious realm to take herchamber in the silent halls of death where suffering, sorrowand parting will be no more.

To brother and sister in their sad hour, may God in Hisinfinite wisdom comfort them as He alone can. GUIFORD McMILLAN

Weimar Mercury, January 27, 1922
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillan, Florence Lizabeth (Whitfield)

Services Today In Weimar For Mrs. McMillan

Funeral services for Mrs. Robert McMillan, Sr., 75,Weimar, were set for 4:30 this afternoon at a Weimar funeral home.

Mrs. McMillan who died yesterday was born at Osage in this county and lived her entire life in the Weimar section. Before her marriage she was Miss Florence Lizzie Whitfield.

Besides her husband she is survived by three sons, Ross and Robert Jr. of Weimar and Guilford of Schulenburg, and one daughter, Mrs. A.K. DeForr[sic] of Houston.

Her son, Guilford McMillan, is one of the publishers of the Schulenburg Sticker, and is well known in Columbus, having been connected with The Citizen several years ago.

Colorado County Citizen, March 2, 1944
From files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson
Photo courtesy of Harold Thomas Matthews

McMillan, Gretchen (Nollkamper)

Heart Attack Is Fatal To Mrs. McMillan

A heart attack at 1 a.m. Monday, April 23, was fatal to Mrs. Gretchen McMillan, just as it seemed she was about to overcome several months’ grave illness from complications that followed a diabetic condition.

Mrs. McMillan, who was 67, had undergone two amputations in recent months, and after the second one seemed to be on the way to regaining her health. About a week ago she was transferred from Youens Hospital here to the Hallettsville Rest Home, where she had continued to improve.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home here, with her pastor, Rev. George Fuchs of Weimar United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Born Oct. 24, 1894, in the Swiss Alp community of Fayette County, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frit[sic] Nollkamper. She was married to Ross G. McMillan in December, 1917, at her parents’ home, and they setled[sic] at Weimar, where she had lived ever since. Mr. McMillan died Sept. 1, 1953. They were managing Weimar Courts at the time, and Mrs. McMillan continued as manager until her health no longer permitted it.

Surviving her are one son, Howard Gray McMillan of San Antonio; and two grandchildren, twins, Kay and Gay McMillan of San Antonio; and one sister, Mr. Earl Greenschield of La Grange.

Pallbearers were Charlie Allen, F. F. Brasher, W. H. Hollien, G. W. Shaver, H. H. Seifert and George Vogt.

Weimar Mercury, April 26, 1962, page 1

McMillan, Hardy Jefferson

Heart Attack Is Fatal to HardyMcMillan

A heart attack while he was at workSaturday at 4:30 p. m. became fatal a half-hour later forHardy Jefferson McMillan, 53. He died at hishome.

Funeral services were held Mondayafternoon, Aug. 29, at Hubbard Funeral home, with burial in Osage Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Young,pastor of First Baptist Church, officiated. Mr. McMillan was member of the church and of the Men's BibleClass.

Born Jan. 5, 1907, at Osage, he was theson of Will and Clara McMillan. He had lived in this vicinity all his life and for the past 25 years had been aservice station operator, most recently at Jurecka Bros. Station. He married Miss Leona Addicks here Nov. 5,1935.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Leona McMillan of Weimar; one son Wilben Lee McMillan of Galveston; his father, Will McMillan of Weimar; and one brother, Victor McMillan of Houston. His mother preceded himin death in 1955.

Pallbearers were Bennie Addicks, Fred Addicks, Oscar Addicks, Lawrence Addicks, Roy Addicks, and Ray Jurecka.

Weimar Mercury, 2 September 1960
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillan, Harvey Whitfield

Died, at Osage, October 23, of brain fever, Harvey Whitfield, second son of Robert and Florence McMillan, aged three years, five months and six days. He was an unusually bright little boy. "Death loves a shining mark." "Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
[Buried Osage Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, 26 October 1895
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillan, James Jr.


Funeral services for James McMillan, 79, a life-long resident of Weimar and Weimar area and former widely-known Colorado County cattleman, whose death occurred here Monday were held Tuesday afternoon from the family residence, with the Rev. J. O. Palmer, pastor of the Methodist Church, assisted by Rev. C. L. Boone, pastor of First Baptist Church, conducting the services.

Pall bearers were Henry Brasher, Jr., G. W. Shaver, E. Lauterstein, Geo. Herder, Jr., Emil Fahrenthold and Ross G. McMillan. Honorary pall bearers appointed by the family included all his friends.

The deceased was a native of Colorado County and was born in 1860. Later in life, he became actively associated with cattle raising and marketing and engaged in this work on a large scale in addition to farming. He had been in failing health, however, for the past decade. His widow is the former Miss Mollie York.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Martha Meredith of Weimar; sisters, Mrs. W. A. Trousdale of Houston and Mrs. Rufus Reynolds of Weimar; and a grandson, Leonard E. Meredith of Weimar.

Other relatives, present for the services here Tuesday, include: Mr. and Mrs. Horace Trousdale and Lamar Trousdale of Houston, Mrs. J. F. Davis of El Campo, Mr. and Mrs. Urbin McMillan and children of El Campo, Jesse Miller of Elgin, Frank and John York of Wharton, Mrs. Minnie Clapp and son of El Campo, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Miller of Elgin, Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Trousdale of Houston. Many other out-of-town friends of the family were present.

Interment was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, December 29, 1939

McMillan, James Sr.

Weimar Items

Special Correspondence,
Weimar, April 21, 1909

Mr. James McMillan Sr., aged 90 years,who died at El Campo Tuesday at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Will Trousdale, after an illness of sometime, of general debility and old age, was brought to Weimaron the early westbound train last Wednesday morning. Mr. McMillan was one of the earliest member of Weimar Lodge No.423, A. F. & A. M. and a much beloved member. The remains were conveyed to the residence of his son, James McMillan, and were taken charge of by the lodge, of which he had been an honored member for over 25 years. The remains were interred in the family lot at Osage,[OsageCemetery] under the auspices of Weimar Lodge, No. 423, followed to their last resting place by many sorrowing relatives and friends. The Citizen extends condolence to the relatives over the death of so good a man, kind and indulgent father and affectionate husband. Bro. McMillan has been a Mason for over 40years.

Colorado Citizen, 23 Apr 1909

The news of the death of Mr. JamesMcMillan, Sr., which occurred near El Campo Monday night was received here with unfeigned regret. The remains were brought here Tuesday night, being met at the depot by a delegation from Weimar lodge No. 423, A. F. & A. M., of which lodge the deceased had long been a member, and from there escorted to the residence of his son, Mr. Jas. McMillan, Jr. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at the Osage cemetery, and was conducted under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity. The deceased had been in ill health for a long time, influenced in a great measure by his advanced age and general feebleness, hence the end was not unexpected. The deceased was for a long timea resident of this section, but of late years had residedwith a daughter, Mrs. Trousdale, near El Campo. He was a man of whom no ill could be spoken, being honest, straight, upright of character, charitable, and an exemplary Mason andChristian gentleman. The sincere and heartfelt sympathy ofall our people goes out to the bereaved ones in the sad loss sustained.

Weimar Mercury, 23 April 1909
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillan, James Robert “Bob”


Funeral services for J. R. “Bob” McMillan, who would have reached his 92nd birthday in January, have been set for Thursday morning, Nov. 24, at 10 o’clock from Hubbard Funeral Home. Interment will be in the city Cemetery.

Because of the absence of the Methodist minister here, R. W. M. brown of the First Baptist Church will officiate.

Death came to Mr. McMillan at about 3 o’clock Wednesday morning, ending an illness of about six weeks. During the past year or two his health has grown steadily worse.

Born near Eagle Lake January 11, 1858, he was the son of two of the earliest settlers in that area. After his boyhood there, he moved to Osage, where he married Miss Florence Whitfield in 1886 and began farming. The McMillan retired from farming about 35 years ago, bringing their family to Weimar to live. Mrs. McMillan died in March, 1944.

Four of the six children born to the McMillan survive, the other two a boy and a girl having died as children. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. A. J. Defoor of Houston, three sons, Ross and Robert of here and Guilford of Schulenburg, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Weimar Mercury, November 25, 1949

McMillan, Leona (Addicks)

Funeral Services For Mrs. McMillan, 60,Held Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Leona McMillan,60, were held Friday, Sept. 20, at Hubbard Funeral Home,with burial in the OsageCemetery. Rev. Charles Youngofficiated.

Mrs. McMillan, widow of the late HardyMcMillan, died Sept. 18 in John Sealy Hospital atGalveston.

Born near Weimar, she was a daughter ofAlbert and Bertha Addicks. She was married to Mr. McMillanhere Nov. 5, 1935, and he died [sic]

Born June 24, 1903, near Weimar, she wasa daughter of Albert and Bertha Addicks. She was married toMr. McMillan here Nov. 5, 1935, and he died in August of1960. A brother, Robert Addicks, died in February of thatyear.

Survivors include one son, Wilben, and agranddaughter, Sylvia Ann, of Weimar; one sister, Mrs. DoniePagel of Yoakum; three brothers, Oscar and Bennie Addicks ofhere and Fred Addicks of Eagle Lake.

Weimar Mercury, 26 September 1963
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.
Photo courtesy of Harold Thomas Matthews

McMillan, Lettie [Letitia] (Kenan)

Death of Mrs. Wm. McMillan

Mrs. Lettie McMillan, wife of Wm. McMillan of this city, died at the family residence Thursdayafternoon after a long illness and the remains were interred at the Osage cemetery the following afternoon, Rev. G. T. Gibbons officiating. Mrs. McMillan was a sweet, good woman, a kind friend and neighbor, the best of wives and mothers, and her death is sincerely deplored. She leaves a husband and several children, all grown and married, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, 21 June 1912
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillan, Maria Clara (Harrell)

Final Rites for Mrs. C. McMillan, 69,Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Clara McMillan,69, who died last Thursday afternoon at 4:30 in HermannHospital, Houston, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Saturday, May 28, with burial in the Osage Cemetery.

Ill for about seven months, she had spentnine days in Weimar Hospital and was transferred to Hermann the day before her death.

Born Nov. 28, 1885, in Lavaca County, shewas the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Harrell. She was married to Wm. McMillan in this county in 1904, and theysettled near Weimar, moving to town two years ago. She was amember of the Baptist Church.

Survivors in addition to her husband are two sons, Victor of Houston and Hardy of Weimar; twograndchildren; a brother, Willie Harrell, and a sister, Mrs.Bessie Jones, both of Houston.

Pallbearers were Bennie Addicks, Lawrence Addicks, Wilben McMillan, Fred Elstner, H. C. Bunce and Frank Horak.

Weimar Mercury, 3 June 1955
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillan, Martha Ann "Alice" (Rivenburg)

After a brief illness, and surrounded byloving friends and relatives, the spirit of Mrs. Alice McMillan (nee Rivenburg) passed unto its Creator, lastFriday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Mrs. McMillan was the wife of Mr. Dick McMillan, a lady known and esteemed by all for her many excellent traits, and whose death is deeply and sincerely regretted. She leaves a heartbroken husband and little babe [Charles Cook McMillan], to whom the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of all our people is extended. Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery hereSaturday afternoon.

Weimar Mercury, July 21, 1900
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillan, Mollie (York)

Final Rites for Mrs. McMillan, 87, HeldHere Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie (York)McMillan, 87, last member of one of the pioneer families ofthis area, were held Saturday afternoon at Hubbard FuneralHome.

Rev. Kyle Nagel, Methodist pastor,officiated. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. McMillan was born Nov. 30, 1868, at Osage, northeast of here, which at the time was an active little community. Her parents were Alvin[Calvin] andMartha Jane York. The Yorks were among the early Weimar settlers. Mollie York attended school here and in 1900 was married to James McMillan, who died in 1939. She joined the Osage Methodist church at an early age, and at the time ofher death had the longest continuous membership in the Methodist congregation here.

Mrs. McMillan had been in poor health for several years, but had been critically ill a very short time when she died Thursday, Feb. 2, at her home here.

She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. RayReinhardt, one grandson, L. E. Meredith, and number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers at the funeral were JohnHolt, Tye Holman, Bill Hopper, Chas. Ammann, J. W. Trousdaleof Dayton and E. L. Reinhardt of Luling.

The Weimar Mercury, Friday, February10, 1956
Transcription by DennisBoatright

McMillan, Mrs. W. J.

Oakland Remarks

Mrs. W. J. McMillan, daughter of our neighbor across the creek, Mr. M. H. Williams, died at his residence,several miles west of here Saturday evening She was interred at the Navidad cemetery on Sunday afternoon, rev. Zach Payne officiating.

Weimar Mercury, June 17, 1893, page 3

McMillan, Mrs. William


Mrs. Wm. McMillin, sister of R. Phares, of this place, died near Schulenburg Tuesday morning last.

Colorado Citizen, April 7, 1887

McMillan, Nelda

The baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. BobMcMillan of the Osage community died on day last week, andthe little form was laid to rest in the cemeteryat Osage. Our sincere sympathygoes out to the bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, 18 October 1902
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillan, Ollie Bradford

The little child [Ollie Bradford]of Mr. & Mrs. Tom McMillan of the Osage community diedSaturday night, aged about 1-1/2 years and was buried Sundayafternoon in the Osagecemetery. Out sympathy isextended the bereaved parents in their loss.

22 October 1892 Weimar Mercury
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillian, R. L.

R. L. McMillian Dies; Services Held Saturday

R. L. McMillian, retired president and general superintendent of Thorstenberg Materials Co., diedat Parkview Manor in Weimar Thursday, Sept. 10, at 4:40p.m.

McMillian was born in Lufkin in 1907, theson of P. W. and Mittie Lavender McMillian. He graduatedfrom Texas A. & M. in 1927 and had resided in Columbussince 1945.

He served as a member of the Columbus school board for 10 years and, also, served on the hospital board. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church andwas active in civic work.

Funeral services were held at Columbus Funeral Home Saturday at 10 a.m., Rev. James H. Wattofficiating. Graveside services were at 2:30 p.m. at MissionCemetery in San Antonio.

Surviving are: his wife, Mrs. R. L.McMillian; one daughter, Mrs. Kay Anderson, and one granddaughter, Laura Anderson.

Lt. And Mrs. Overton Anderson and daughter are stationed in the Philippine Islands.

Colorado County Citizen, September 17,1970
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

McMillan, Richard A.


Richard A. McMillan, 59, of Columbus, passed away April 23 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born in Aspermont, May 19, 1945, to Jack and Audrey (Chancellor) McMillan and married Carol Wheeler, Sept. 16, 1977. He was a member of the American Legion Post of Weimar and a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his mother; and son, Larry McMillan.

He is survived by his wife; father, Jack McMillan of Hobbs, N.M.; daughter, Debra Saul of Whitney; son, Richard McMillan Jr. of Oklahoma; stepsons, Mark Berger of Corpus Christi and Jody Berger of Belton; brothers, Larry McMillan of Park Hill, Okla. And Jack Dennis McMillan of King George, Va.; three grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A private family service is scheduled in Oklahoma at a later date.

Colorado County Citizen, April 20, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

McMillan, Robert Sidney

Robert McMillan, 57, Stroke Victim, Buried Saturday

Funeral services for Robert S. McMillan, 57-year-old post office clerk, were held Saturday afternoon, Nov. 17, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

He died Friday morning in Youens Hospital, where he had been under care since suffering a paralytic stroke 2 weeks earlier.

Rev. Charles Young, pastor of First Baptist Church, led the services. Mr. McMillan was a member of that church and had been active in the Men’s Bible Class for many years. Members of the Bible Class were named as pallbearers.

Born in Weimar March 2, 1905, a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. McMillan, he had worked at various jobs in Houston as a young man but had returned to make Weimar his permanent home after his marriage 28 years ago to Miss Tennie Beth Moore. They were married February 6, 1934, in Galveston. Mr. McMillan was employed at Herder Truck Lines for a few years, then began work in the post office in February of 1942.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a daughter, Miss Elizabeth McMillan, a freshman student at the University of Texas; a brother, Guilford McMillan of Schulenburg; and a sister, Mrs. Floyd Strong of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, November 22, 1962, page 1

McMillan, Ross Gray

Heart Stroke Fatal to Ross McMillan, 63; Rites Wednesday

Ross G. McMillan, 63, a popular businessman here the past 34 years, died at 6:50 Tuesday morning, Sept. 1, in Youens Hospital, a few minutes after suffering a heart stroke.

He had been in the hospital since the previous Thursday evening, when a milder attack had occurred, and until Tuesday morning had appeared to be steadily improving.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. Howard Parshall, pastor of First Baptist church, officiating. Burial was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

A native of Osage and lifelong resident of this area, Mrs. McMillan was born Sept. 11, 1889, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert McMillan Sr. He married Miss Gretchen Nollkemper in December, 1917, in the Nollkemper home at Swiss Alp, and they settled at Weimar. From 1919 until 1929 he and Walter Black operated the McMillan & Black Garage; after that partnership dissolved, the garage became known as McMillan & Kristek, Adolph Kristek being the new partner. That business was dissolved in 1950, when Mr. McMillan became manager of Weimar Courts, owned by his brother, Guilford McMillan of Schulenburg.

Mr. McMillan was a member of First Baptist Church and the Masonic Lodge here.

Survivors in addition to his wife are a son, Howard Gray McMillan of Bay City; two brothers, Guilford of Schulenburg and Robert, Weimar; and a sister Mrs. Floyd Strong of San Marcos.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Henry Brasher, Walter Black, Ben Holt, John Heger, Grady Shaver, S. J. Burttschell, Walter Williams and B. B. Braun, Sr.

Weimar Mercury, September 4, 1953
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Ross McMillan, 61, Dies At Weimar

Funeral services for Ross McMillan, 61, veteran business man of Weimar, who Tuesday morning expired following a heart attack several days prior to that time, were held from the Hubbard Funeral chapel in Weimar at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Mr. McMillan had been identified with Weimar for virtually all of his lifetime and had engaged in the garage and motor company business for several decades. 

His wife, by whom he is survived, is a La Grange native, the former Miss Gretchen Nollkamper.  Other survivors are a son, Howard Grey; two brothers, Gilford of Schulenburg and Robert of Weimar.

He was a brother-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Greenshield of this city.

Interment was in the Masonic cemetery at Weimar.

The Fayette County Record, September 4, 1953
Submitted by Rox Ann Johnson

McMillan, Shelly

Shelly McMillan, a well known negro man of this city, was killed by a freight train a short distance east of the city, almost opposite the gate at the Fireman’s park, some time Wednesday night. The body was cold and stiff when found, with the upper portion of his skull ground off by the wheels. Death must have been instantaneous. Shelly left the home of his brother-in-law, Wm. Green, last night with the intention of going to see a friend in another part of the city, but he failed to do so. The supposition is that he boarded a passing freight train for a short ride down the road, and in passing over the cars fell with the above result. Judge W. A. VanAlstyne held the inquest and his findings were in accordance with the foregoing facts. [Place of interment unknown]

Later.--Since the foregoing was put in type, certain circumstances have led Judge Van Alstyne to reopen the inquest proceedings. There is a possibility that McMillan may have been murdered and his head placed upon the tract, and the matter is under investigation.

Weimar Mercury, My 11, 1907, page 5

Judge W. A. VanAlstyne closed the inquest proceedings a few days ago in the case of Shelly McMillan, the negro man found dead near the railroad tract east of town. Many witnesses were examined by the justice before he rendered a decision in the case, but the most of the testimony adduced proved immaterial. His decision was that the negro came to his death by foul play,but whether or not he was murdered by someone on the train or murdered and his body place so that the train would destroy the evidence of the crime, he was unable to decide. The probability is that the true facts regarding Shelly’s death will never be known. That he was murdered, however, there is but little question.

Weimar Mercury, May 18, 1907, page 4

McMillan, Vera Idella (Woodson)

Vera McMillan Funeral Held Here April 13

Funeral services for Vera Idella McMillan, 92, were held Friday, April 13, from Mt. Arie Baptist Church here, with burial in Paradise II Cemetery. Elder R, Davis officiated. Rev. Ronald Steward presented The Proclamation of Hope.

Mrs. McMillan died Monday, April 9, at 7:25 p.m. in Monument Hill Nursing Center at La Grange.

Born Sept. 2, 1897 in Lavaca County, she was a daughter. of Calvin and Sylvia Woodson. She was married to Arthur McMillan on Nov. 24, 1915. He preceded her in death in 1974.

Mrs. McMillan joined the Methodist Church at a very early age and later became a member of the Church of Christ.

Four of her nine children preceded her in death. Surviving are four daughters, Verlena McMillan, Ruth Steward, and Lettie D. McMillan, all of Weimar, and Elizabeth Shields of Giddings; one son, Will McMillan of Weimar; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lula Woodson of Kerrville, Alice Mae Terry of East Louis, Ill. and Ceolo Johnson of San Antonio; and one brother, Edward Woodson 'of Waco.

Serving as pallbearers were Milton Adams, Sammie Joe Adams, Grady Woodson Jr., Chester Williams, Glenn Wicks and Melvin Ray Thomas. Honorary pallbearers were Elijah Baldwin, George Braziel, Stafford Stanley, Theodore Hewitt and Jessie Williams.

Weimar Mercury, April 19, 1990, page 8

McMillan, Verliner

Verliner McMillan FuneralServices Held Sept 27

Verliner McMillan, 80, of Weimar, diedSaturday, Sept 20, at Parkview Manor in Weimar

Funeral Services will be held SaturdaySept. 27, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Arie Baptist Church in Weimarwith Rev. Joseph Dixon, Sr. officiating.

Interment will follow at the ParadiseGardens Cemetery inWeimar.

Miss McMillan was born Oct. 30, 1922 inColorado County to Arthur and Vera WoodsonMcMillan.

She is survived by her brother-in-law Harvey Steward of Weimar, and a host of nieces and naphews.

She was preceded in death by her parents,four brothers, and four sisters.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home.

The Weimar Mercury, September 25,2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

McMillan, Wells

Wells McMillan Services Held December 28

Services for Wells McMillan, age 78, of Weimar were held on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Weimar Church of God In Christ, with Elder Jack Landrum officiating. Burial followed in the Paradise Cemetery. McMillan died on Dec. 24.

He was born on April 12, 1918 to Arthur and Vera (Woodson) McMillan in Colorado County.

McMillan attended Dry branch School. At an early age he attended the Church of God In Christ and was affiliated with this church until the time of his death. He was a construction worker.

He met and married Albertha Newton, who preceded him in death, and to this union two children were born. Later in life he married Gloria Smith Johnson who also preceded him in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Alma Beatrice Freelon of Houston; one son, Wells Leroy McMillan and wife Barbara of Las Vegas, Nev.; three sisters, LaRuth and husband Harvey Steward, Lettie McMillan, Verliner McMillan all of Weimar; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Smith of Weimar and Laura McMillan of Schulenburg.

Wells is also survived by his extended family, one daughter, Barbara Jean Kirby of Weimar; one son, John L. Johnson of Houston; 18 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Robert Kirby, Carlos McMillan, Eric Freelon, Sammie Adams, Arnold McMillan and Dennis Johnson.

Weimar Mercury, January 2, 1997
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

McMillan, Wilben L. "Max"

Wilben L. "Max" McMillan

Services for Wilben L. "Max" McMillan, 57, of Mission, formerly of Weimar, were held April 12 at Skinner Funeral Home in Pharr.

His body was cremated and his ashes will be buried in his family plot in Osage Cemetery in Weimar at a later date.

McMillan died at Mission Nursing Home in Mission.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

McMillan had been a resident of the valley for the last 10 years and a member of the Pharr Eagles Lodge.

He has no surviving relatives.

Skinner Funeral Home, Pharr, directors.(956) 787-2244

Banner Press, 21 April 1994
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillan, William James

Mr. Will McMillan, a renter on the farm of Mr. McGehee, near this city, died last Saturday night of paralysis after a brief illness. Peace to his memory.
[Buried Osage Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, 16 August 1902
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillan, William Jefferson

W. J. McMillan, 78, Buried at Osage

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan 2,for William Jefferson McMillan, who died Saturday at the home of his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Hardy McMillan.

A native of Lavaca County, he would have been 79 on January 13. He had been in poor health for several years.

Survivors are a son, Victor McMillan, and a grandson, Wilben McMillan. His other son, Hardy, died last August.

Mr. McMillan was buried beside his wife in the old Osage Cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, 6 January 1961
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillan, Williamson M.


Mr. Wm. McMillan, an old-time and respected citizen of this section, died Thursday morning of last week at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Y. Matthews, Sr., a few miles southwest of this city. The funeral took place Friday at the Osage Cemetery, Revs. J. C. Wilson and C. E. Dearman, local pastors, officiating in the presence of a large number of sympathizing relatives and friends. A grandson, Rev. John Campbell, also spoke a few words at the grave.

Mr. McMillan was about 74 years of age at the time of his death. Ill health had been his portion for a number of years, and a few years ago he was stricken with blindness, but he bore his infirmities uncomplainingly and passed peacefully into the great beyond. Mr. McMillan was by occupation a farmer, and was highly thought of by all who knew him. He was an upright, peaceable, good citizen, and his death is sincerely regretted.

Surviving him are two daughters, Mrs. John Y. Matthews, Sr., of this vicinity and Mrs. Gus Oncken of San Antonio, one son, Henry McMillan, of near Fort Worth,three sisters, Mrs. W. A. Trousdale of El Campo, Mrs. Rufus Reynolds of this city, and Mrs. Arch Brown of McCullough county, also two brothers, Jas. McMillan of this city and R.L. McMillan of McCullough county. To the sorrowing ones our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, 8 February 1924
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McMillian, Archie T. "Mac"

Archie T. (Mac) McMillian, 84, of Shiner passed away Jan. 21 at the Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio.

He was born in Clinton, Mo., Jan. 17,1918 to Henry Thurman and Kathryn (Kincaid) McMillian and married Maxine A. Scrimpsher on July 16, 1995. He was a plant operator for Shell Oil. He was a residence of Sheridan for 45 years.

He is survived by his wife; son, Robert McMillian of Sheridan; step-sons and wives, Bobby and Rhonda Scrimpsher and Kelly and Carol Scrimpsher all of San Antonio; step-daughters and husbands, Kathy and Perry Martin of San Antonio and Gerry and Al Parker of Long Beach, Miss.;brother, Thurman McMillian of Clinton, Mo.;

Grandchildren Clinton McMillian and April Mauldin; and step-grandchildren Derek and Shane Scrimpsher,Trace and Summer Dixon, Victor Sunquist and Kristie Scrimpsher.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 24at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Charles Sonnier officiating. Interment followed in Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Colorado County Citizen, January 30,2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

McMillian, Clinton T.


Clinton T. McMillian, 27, of Sheridan, passed away Aug. 3 from an auto accident near Rock Island.

He was born May 16, 1980, in Austin to Robert Thurman and Christina Williams McMillian, of Sheridan. He worked as a hunting guide for Top Flight for Hunting Club and as an air condition and refrigeration technician for Arrow Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Sheridan and the Mustang Creek Duck Club.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Patricia Williams, Irene McMillian and A.T. McMillian and uncle, Rick Raske.

He is survived by his parents; grandfather, W.B. "Bill" Williams and wife Liz, of San Marcos; sister, April Mauldin and husband Woody, of Ashland, Ore.; aunt, Kellie Raske, of Seguin; cousin, Jennifer Raske, of Seguin; and niece, Christina Irene maudlin, of Ashland, Ore.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor Jim Dunn officiating.

Interment will follow at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Colorado County Citizen, August 8, 2007,
Courtesy of The Citizen

McMillian, Irene (Richardson)

Irene Richardson McMillian

Irene McMillian, 75, of Sheridan, died February 16, 1995, at Trinity Medical Center in Brenham.

She was born February 8,1920, in Clinton, Mo., the daughter of Raymond Green and Pearl Etta Rosebaugh Richardson.

McMillian was united in marriage with A.T. McMillian on March 22,1941.

She had been a resident of this area for 47 years, a homemaker and mother.

McMillian was a member of the Sheridan Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, A.T. McMillian of Shiner; a son, Robert McMillian of Sheridan; two brothers. Jack of Sheridan and Dub Richardson of Clinton, Mo.; and two grandchildren, April of Austin and Clinton McMillian of Sheridan.

Graveside services were held February 18 at Cheetham Cemetery near Sheridan with the Rev. Brent Pittman officiating.  Henneke Funeral Home Inc., Columbus, directors.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 23, 1995
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

McMillian, Lettie D.

Lettie McMillian Funeral Services Planned Sept. 21.

Lettie D. McMillian , 75, of Weimar, died Sept. 14 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center.

Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Arie Baptist Church in Weimar with Rev. Danny Henderson officiating.

Interment will follow at Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. McMillian was born April 14, 1927 in Colorado County to Arthur McMillian and Vera (Woodson) McMillian. She was affiliated with the Weimar Church of God in Christ.

Mrs. McMillian is survived by one sister, Verliner McMillian and one brother in-law., Harvey Steward, both of Weimar.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Horace Tooke; four brothers and three sisters.

The Weimar Mercury, September 19, 2002
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

McMillian, Sherman Jr.

S. McMilIian Funeral Held Here April 3

Funeral service for Sherman McMillian Jr., 85, of Weimar were held Tuesday, April 3, from Tommy Taylor Funeral Home Chapel, La Grange, with burial in Paradise Cemetery at Weimar, Rev. Jones officiated.

McMillian, a retired farmer, died March 30 in Fayette Memorial hospital, La Grange.

Born March 1, 1905, in Colorado County, he was a son of Sherman, Sr. and Betty (Henderson) McMillian. He was an Army veteran, and a member of the Church of Christ.

His wife preceded him in death. Survivors are a son, Russell McMillian, a daughter, Beverly Flowers, and, a step-son, John Lee Rainey, all of Weimar, a brother, Ernest McMillian of Houston, and a sister, Louise Garrison of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, April 12, 1990, page 6

McNair, Hazel

Eagle Lake Items

Last Thursday the body of little “Hazel,” the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. McNair, was brought from Yoakum to this place and buried the next day in the Masonic cemetery in the presence of a large number of sympathizing friends. Mr. and Mrs. McNair were formerly citizens of this place, and have the sympathies of the community.

Colorado Citizen, May 3, 1890

McNatt, Eli

Sheridan News.

Aug. 27.--
Early last Thursday morning, Eli McNatt was taken violently ill with some affection of the throat and grew rapidly worse and a physician was summoned, but despite the skill of the doctor and the care of his attendants he died at three o’clock the next evening. His son from Shiner was summoned and he thinking his father was better, left on the noon train Friday and had not reached home before his father’s death. Mr. McNatt had lived at this place for five years and was liked by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife to whom he was married four years ago, and an adopted daughter to mourn his loss. The remains were interred in the cemetery at this place [Cheetham Cemetery] on Saturday evening, Rev. Meyers conducting the service. Peace to his ashes.

Weimar Mercury, August 30, 1912, page 1

McNatt, Mary Ann

Tuesday morning Mrs. E. J. McNatt died at the residence of Mr. John Stulting in this town. She was a sister of Mrs. Stulting and had been on a visit to her from a few days from her home in the country. Her death was sudden and painless, though not unexpected. Consumption was the disease that caused her death. She was buried Wednesday in the Odd Fellows’ graveyard, Rev. V. R. Stapp, officiating. THE MERCURY sympathizes with the bereaved husband and other relatives.

Weimar Mercury, September 6, 1890

McNatt, Nola Malvina

Columbus Citizen: With much regret the Citizen records the death of Nola Malvina McNatt last Saturday at the family residence in this city. She was a native of Columbus, a bright and beautiful little girl, the idol of her parents, a sunbeam in the home. She was 6 years 4 months and 4 days of age. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 11, 1903, page 1

McNeal, Isaac D.

Died, at the residence of J. J. Harrison, after an illness of fourteen days, Isaac D. McNeal, in the 18th year of his age. [Place of interment unknown] [Listed in 1880 census as McNeil, nephew of Robt. H. Harrison]

Colorado Citizen, September 15, 1881, page 3

McNeeley, Nora Delany

Little NORA DELANY McNEELEY died at the residence of Mr. J. A. Guynn, near Eagle Lake, Colorado county, on Sunday last, of congestion. She had lived for some time in Columbus, was about twelve years old, and a general favorite with all. Born in Columbus December 16th 1867. We extend sincere sympathy to her afflicted mother. A bright, pretty intelligent little girl, a few short days ago so full of life and happiness, we can hardly realize that she has gone forever from among us. But,”Death loves a shining mark,” and little Nora certainly was one of the best for the dread monarch to select in our midst.

“Can this be death? there’s bloom upon her cheeks;
But now I see it is no living hue,
But a strange hectic--like the unnatural red
Which Autumn plants upon the perish’d leaf.
It is the same. Oh! God, that I should dread
To look upon the same.”
Galveston and Austin papers please copy.
[Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 22, 1878
December 28, 1868 photo contributed by Ellen Harris Hoff

McNeely, Fannie

Sister Fannie McNeely, the oldest member of St. Paul M. E. Church, departed this life April 5, in full triumph of faith. When the M. E. Church was organized in Oakland, Tex., nearly 30 years ago, she was the first one that joined, and up to April 5, 1900, she was a faithful and discreet member of the same. She leaves a daughter, a husband, grand children and many friends to mourn. The funeral was largely attended. [Place of interment unknown.]

J. H. Swann, P. C.

Southwestern Christian Advocate, April 19, 1900, p. 13
Submitted by Bill Stein

McNeer, Edith

Rites Held here Friday, Jan. 3

Citizens of the community learned with sadness of the death of Miss Edith McNeer in the Brookshire Arms home in Brookshire at 5:00 a.m. Friday January 3rd. She had been a resident of the Eagle Lake community and surrounding areas, since 1950.

Funeral services were held from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 4th, with the Rev. Thomas Kirby, Pastor of the United Methodist Church of Lissie, officiating at the services.

A quartet from the Lissie Church, composed of Dexter, Harry, Everett, and Mark Anderson sang, “Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah” words for which were written by a distant grandfather, William Williams in 1774. Mrs. Johnnie Schmidt accompanied the quartet at the organ.

She was placed to final rest in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were nephews and nephews in-law; J.H. Clipson, Sr., John W. Clipson, R.L. Clipson, Sr., Charles Boggess, B.D. Anderson, and Harland Bell.

The deceased was born Dec. 9, 1862 in Topeka, Kansas; the daughter of Valentine and Lou Violet McNeer. Upon receiving her teacher’s certificate from Butler College in Indiana, she taught school there for thirteen years. During World War I she served in government offices in Washington, D. C., and later as proof reader for the Commercial News of Danville, Indiana, Illinois. She made her home in Eagle Lake and surrounding areas since her retirement in 1950. She was a member of the Congregationalist Church at Danville, Ill.

She was a sister of the late Mrs. Pearl Clipson of the Eagle Lake-Lissie area. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Ethel Boggess of Greenville, Ill., five nephews and four nieces. Living here are: J.H., John W. and Richard L. Clipson, Charles Boggess, Mrs. B.D. Anderson and Mrs. Harland Bell, and Mrs, Barbara Morgan of Wharton; and also a large number of great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Sympathy is extended to the family of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 9, 1969
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

McNeill, Angus

Mr. Angus McNeill, who died at Eagle Lake, in this county on the 20th inst., was one of the oldest citizens, having immigrated to Texas in 1835 with the celebrated Col. James Bowie. He was a man with some eccentricities, with a rich fund of general information, and many interesting reminiscences of early days in Texas. He had few faults, and those of injury to himself, and had a large number of friends and acquaintance in the county. He died in his eight-sixth year. [He was 76 years old when he died.] [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, June 29, 1882
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

McNeill, Annie

Miss Annie McNeil, daughter of Prof. J.H. McNeil, of Osage, died in that village the 29th of July,after lingering and suffering with that fearful disease,consumption, for some time. Miss Annie was a great favorite in the community in which she lived. Her remains were followed to the grave by many sorrowing friends and laid to rest in the Osage burying ground to await the sound of the trumpet in the morn of the resurrection. For the bereaved we deeply sympathize.

Colorado Citizen, 5 August 1886
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McNeill, Henry Cameron

Died at the Knotts’ House, Columbus, of congestion of the lungs, Col. Harry McNeill, of Eagle Lake, Colorado County. The deceased was a graduate of West Point and colonel of Tom Green’s Brigade of Texas Rangers. He was extensively known in our state and has many friends who will mourn for his loss.

His sister Mrs. T. Scott Anderson, died of pneumonia, superinduced by sitting up with her brother, on Sunday last. She was one of the most accomplished ladies of this section. The father, Mr. Angus McNeill, has the sympathies of the community generally at his irreparable loss.

(No mention made of loss to H. C. McNeill’s wife, Maggie Murray McNeill, and she was still alive. And McNeill was not in Texas Rangers; it was the 5th Texas Calvary.) (:Place of interment is unknown.)

Colorado Citizen, Nov. 30, 1876---almost same wording in Galveston News Dec. 2, 1876
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

McNeill, James A.

A gloom was cast over our little city on hearing of the death of Prof. J. A. McNeal[sic],which occurred at Osage last Saturday morning of cancer of the forehead. This fearful malady had eaten into his brain and his sufferings beggar description. His remains were interred in the Osage cemetery Sunday morning, a large number of friends being present.

Weimar Mercury, 27 December 1888
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

 Weimar Local Matters

Prof. J. A. McNeil of Osage, after lingering and suffering for many months with cancer of the head, died at his home the 22d inst. The Professor stood high in this section as a teacher and Christian gentleman. He has been patiently awaiting the summons for quite a while realizing that he was doomed to live but a short time. We sympathise with the bereaved. Rest in peace.

Colorado Citizen, 27 December 1888
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

McNutt, Clara Mae (Campbell)


Clara Mae McNutt, 86, of Columbus, passed away Nov. 27 at Heartland Health Care Center in Austin. She was born in Humble, March 23, 1921 to Albert L. and Nettie Lee (Jones) Campbell and married Walter B. McNutt, June 28, 1943. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Columbus, Eastern Star, United Methodist Women, Birthday Club, Columbus Garden Club and the Columbus Music Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Gary McNutt; brothers, Bill Campbell and Leo Campbell; sister, Hazel Fischer; and granddaughter, Kimberly Claire Wyatt.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Scott Wyatt of Lake Way; sons and daughters-in-law, Al and Lisa McNutt of Columbus and Tim and Janice McNutt of Austin; daughter-in-law, Leanne McNutt of Bryan; sister, Arlene Rose of Texas City; brother, Delton Campbell of Pearland; grandchildren, Tammy Wyatt Mott and husband Ron, John Wyatt and wife Rebecca, Jeff McNutt, Jill McNutt Steelman and husband Mark, Lindsay McNutt, Katie McNutt, Sara McNutt and Emily McNutt; great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Samantha, Logan and Luke.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 30 at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. J. Paul Bruhn and the Rev. Dick West officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Greg Campbell, Richard Campbell, Mark Campbell, Neal Campbell, Henry Potter and Joe Potter.

Honorary pallbearers were Tom Stallman, Billy Hartley, Harry Henkhaus, Doug Potter, Dr. Kirk Anderson, Chris Stein, Harlow Dolch, L.D. Schilling and Gary Braun.

Colorado County Citizen, December 5, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

McPhearson, C. R.

C. R. McPhearson Dead

C. R. McPhearson, while on his way to the show on the night of the 26th, fell dead on the side walk on Main street just west of the old livery stable building, the cause being heart failure, as he was in perfect health up to the moment of his death. He fell to the ground, regained his feet, and after walking a few steps, fell the second time. He attempted to get up several times after having fallen the second time. He was seen by several when he fell but when they reached him he was dead. He was a man of about fifty years. None of his relatives have been located so notification of his death could be sent them. When his relations were last heard from they were somewhere in the Indian Territory. At the time of his death he was carrying an accident policy in favor of his two children, whose whereabouts can not be learned. He was engineer at the Eagle Lake Manufacturing Co’s. electric light plant. Mr. McPheason[sic] was also here at the time of the erection of the plant and assisted in putting up the machinery. [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 8, 1904, page 7

McRee, Kate Rebecca (Ernst)


One of the community's most beloved citizens, Mrs. W. E. (Kate) McRee, closed her eyes to apeaceful rest in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital at 9:20a.m. last Sunday, April 25th after five weeks of illness.

Mrs. McRee was one of the community's longest residents, dating her residence here back to around 1906.  She was engaged in the insurance business here for over fifty of those years.

She was born Kate Rebecca Ernst, the daughter of Ed and Ida Ernst in Coldspring, Texas on December 1890.  The family moved to Columbus area in 1903 and came here in 1906.  On April 18, 1909 she was united in marriage with Walter Everett McRee in Eagle Lake. Mr. McRee took over operation of the Eagle Lake Insurance Agency, which was founded at the turn of the century by W. A. Thatcher, in 1910.  In 1923 Mrs. McRee assumed management of the agency when Mr. McRee joined a local bank.  He later served as postmaster here from 1936 to 1955.  He preceded her in death on Nov. 11, 1957.

Mrs. McRee continued to operate the insurance agency, affiliated with Hartford Insurance Co, and others until 1967 when she sold the agency to Edwin Gay.  Mrs. Kate continued her daily visit to the agency and was invaluable in assistance to Mr. Gay and his staff.  The agency was sold last year to the Robert Griffiths who consolidated it with the Strickland Insurance Agency and Mrs. McRee continued to assist in their office until time of her illness.

She took an active role in the community social, church and political life.  She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church and was a teacher in the Sunday School for a number of years.  In the early 1900's she taught for a few years in the Eagle Lake schools giving instruction in shorthand.  She was a past Worthy Matron of the Eagle Lake Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and served in that position and in other offices of the Order for a number of years.

Mrs. McRee demonstrated great interest in politics on all levels and was a delegate to the DemocraticParty and served as presiding judge in many elections.

Last rites were held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, April 26th from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with the Rev. Melburn Sibley, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating.  He was assisted by the Rev. George Welsch, rector of Christ Episcopal Church.  Mrs. Laurina Matthews rendered favorite hymns at the organ.

Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were, David Wintermann, Robert S. Martin, Robert Griffiths, Martin Roberts, Joe Luna, Raymond Waddell, Jim Clipson Sr., Garner C. Duncan.  The family named as honorary pallbearers: Al Witte, Ed Hanly, J. D. Seymour, Sam K. Seymour, Jr., Dr. J. R. Laughlin and Dr. J. C. Laughlin.

Surviving are her daughter Kathryn of this city, her son Dr. Walter Everett McRee Jr., Port Arthur; and five grandchildren, Walter Everett III, Peter Paul, Susan, Patricia Kate and Julia Ann McRee; and other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and by her only sister, Mrs. A. R. (Ida Mae) Autrey who died in 1967.

Mrs. McRee was one who shared her life with so many and her love and kindness to all who came to know her won for her the highest esteem.  She shall be missed dearly by her loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 29,1976
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

McRoberts, Polly Ann (Poenitzsch)

Polly Ann McRoberts

July 30, 1944 - September 10, 1993

Services for Polly Ann McRoberts, 49, of Katy were held Sept. 13 at Memorial Lutheran Church in Katy with the Rev. Mel Newman officiating.

Burial followed at the Poenitzsch family cemetery in the Shaws Bend community, near Columbus.

McRoberts died Sept. 10 at a Houston hospital.

She was born on July 30, 1944, in Columbus, Texas, the daughter of Lloyd and Lillie Poenitzsch.

McRoberts graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1965, where she received her masters degree in 1971.

She taught school for 2 years in East Bernard, then began teaching at Katy High School in 1967,where she received the Katy High School Extra Mile Award for1991-92.

McRoberts was a member of Memorial Lutheran Church in Katy, member and past president of Delta Kappa Gamma and a member of the Texas State Teacher's Association.

She was united in marriage to Mike McRoberts on Aug. 2, 1974, at the First United Methodist Church in Katy.

Survivors include her husband; a son,Ashby McRoberts of Katy; grandmother, Emma Stancik of Columbus; three brothers, Harvey, Robert and Jeff Poenitzsch, all of Shaws Bend; four sisters Jo Ann Vaclavik of Pattison, Sandra O'Leary of Columbus, Pamela Evans of Deer Park and Debra Bankston of Spring; and numerous aunts,uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Jim Exley, Bill Haskett,Kenneth Poenitzsch, David Stancik, Ward Stanberry and Ray Lesoon.

Honorary pallbearers were Kip Green,Jerry Melcher, Ray Miller and Brad Slepicka.

The family requests that those who wish may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or the Memorial Lutheran church.

Schmidt Funeral Home, Katy,directors.

The Banner Press Newspaper, September16, 1993
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

McTear, Annie Lou (Christal)

Annie Lou McTear.

In the midst of the early morning hours on Tuesday, December 18, at 10:50 a.m., the angels of obedience swayed through the home of 1427 Hunters Park Drive and entered her room. In the twilight of a second, He slipped an invitation under her pillow, the golden encryption immediately illuminated the holiness revealing, its contents: "Annie Lou McTear, the magistrate of Grace and Mercy has requested your presence in the New Jerusalem you will enter into the realms of unimaginable joy and perpetual care."

Irene and Ira Christal were blessed on Christmas Day 1920 with a beautiful baby girl. They named her Annie Lou Christal. She was one of eight children. Born in Eagle Lake, Annie laid her foundation at Mount Olive Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. B.F. Langham. She love her church and the Lord until her demise.

She resided in Eagle Lake for the majority of her life, graduating from E. H. Henry High School.

During the later '30s (May 28, 1939), Annie Lou united in holy matrimony with Charlie McTear. To, this union two sons were born.

She was a devoted employee for many years for the Shuart and Wintermann families.

"Pig" as she was affectionately known by many, was devoted mother, grandmother, sister and aunt and was loved by all.

She was very friendly and outspoken and her spirit and memories will forever remain in the heart of all whose lives she touched.

Her heavenly entrance will be greeted by her parents; her husband; and her son, Charlie "Tute", and her seven siblings.

The family of Annie Lou celebrates the harvest of her labor and enjoyed the time God gave her.

She leaves to forever cherish her memories her son, Herman McTear (Carol); a devoted granddaughter, Yolanda Turner, Deanna McTear and Carlin McTear; great-grandchildren, Dane McTear, Charles Turner, Kiara McTear, Avery McTear, Quintin Pop, Kristin Hemphill, Kolbe McTear, Dominick McTear and one great-great grandson; Dane McTear, Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends to mourn her passing and celebrate her life.

Celebration services were held Saturday, December 22 at 11a.m. at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Thomas Kuykendall officiating.

The Earthly remains await the Glorious Resurrection while being entombed in the Eagle Lake Cemetery North. Arrangements entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home, in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Moses Woodard, Ray Brown, Rev. Melvin R. Carter, Alex Woolridge, Byron N. Rowe and Lonnie R. Flowers.

Honorary, pallbearers were Gregory Hemphill, Herman McTear, Charles (C.J.) Turner, Quentin Pope, Carliti A. McTear, Avery M. McTear, Dane S. McTear, Kolbe McTear, and Albert Christal, Jr.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 27, 2007, page 4

McTear, Elmo Jr.


Elmo "Gucci Man" McTear Jr., 60, of Eagle Lake, passed away May 5 at his residence.

McTear was a native and lifelong resident of Colorado County, born in Eagle Lake on Feb. 17, 1944 to Elmo and Edna (Mann) McTear Sr. He was a member of Union Baptist Church No. 2 now the merged Providence Baptist Church of Eagle Lake where he served as grounds superintendent. He attended E.H. Henry High School and led careers with the Howard Wiese and Gayle Gertson Farming operations; WKM (machinist) Fort Bend County; Reed Tools (machinist), Fort Bend and Harris Counties; and later owned and operated Gucci Man Corner, a clothing store in Wharton. He married Josie Lee Binkley in 1962 at the Colorado County Courthouse.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife; six children, Gary Keith McTear Sr. and wife, Bobbie of Eagle Lake, Sharon Laverne Stewart and husband, Steve of Missouri City, Curt Wayne McTear and wife, Nickhole of Eagle Lake, Jeanette Lee Scott of Richmond, Annette Marie McTear of Missouri City and Davana Ann McTear of Eagle Lake; four sisters, Myrna Lois Israel of Austin, Joyce Maze of Houston, Eula Jean McGrew of Eagle Lake and Debra Woolridge and husband, Alex of Eagle Lake; one brother, Ernest Lemons Sr. of Eagle Lake; granddaughters, Taesha McTear, Deborah McTear, Rachelle Shorter McTear, Sharika Stewart, Kurslyn McTear and Jeanesha Scott; and grandsons, Gary Keith McTear Jr., Jameel Scott and Jerrell Scott.

Funeral services were conducted May 8, at Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Coby Shorter Jr., pastor, officiating. Interment followed at Community Cemetery North in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Freddie Binkley, Willie Cleveland, Jessie Binkley, Ernest Fields Sr., Robert Lee Binkley, Peyton King, Thomas Binkley and Lonzo McGrew.

Honorary pallbearers were Gary McTear Sr., Steve Stewart, Gary McTear Jr., Alex Woolridge, Curt McTear, Victor Davis, Ernest Lemons Sr., Oliver Johnson and Malcom Thomas.

Colorado County Citizen, May 12, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

McVea, Lola O.

Former Colored Teacher Of County Dies, Houston

Lola O. McVea, colored school teacher of this county for a number of years, died in Houston on March 11th. She was born in this city in 1894 and graduated from Prairie View College with B. S. degree in 1930.

To the many relatives in this community The Citizen extends sympathy.

Colorado County Citizen, March 24, 1932, page 8
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