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Mehrens, Emma Frederike Louis (Kohleffel)

Mrs. Emma Mehrens

Oak Grove (Clara Berthold) --Death has again tapped at the door, and this time, it was Mrs. Charley Mehrens, who answered the call. Mrs. Mehrens was a long sufferer of cancer, on the face; she bore up under her suffering to the last without a murmur. Mrs. Mehrens was formerly Miss Emma Frederike Louis Kohleffel, was born August 9, 1866, at Ross Prairie, Fayette county. She was baptized in the Evangelist Lutheran Church, by Rev. Jaeggli on Nov. 17, 1867, at Ross Prairie. She was married to Mr. Charley Mehrens of this community in 1886. To this union there were 4 children born, tow boys Willie and Adolf, and two girls, Ellanora and Edna. On Jan. the 18, 1901, her husband was killed by a mule, leaving her with four 4 small children to rear, the baby being only four years of age.

She worked and strived to keep her home together till they were all grown, and married, and had homes of their own. We know that often things went wrong and it seemed as if the burdens were too heavy for her frail shoulders, but being a courageous Christian woman, she smiled and did her best. Her greatest joy was doing for and making others happy. Today, as we look back we realize more fully what a wonderful mother they all had, and what a courageous life she lived. Mrs. Mehrens spent the greater part of married life in Oak Grove and was favorably known here, was a good mother, neighbor and friend, and it is with deep regret we give her u[p, but the Lord does everything for the best, and He saw fit to take her home, and she answered the call with a smile and said "I'm ready". She died at here daughter's here, Mrs. Herman Heiman, July 7, 1935 at 10:00 a.m. at the age of 68 years, 11 months and 28 days. Funeral services were held July 8, 1935, at 3 p.m. from her daughter's Mrs. W. M. Heiman. Burial services were held in the Miller's Creek Cemetery, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of Columbus officiating.

She is survived by her four children, Mrs. Emil Haas of Moulton, Mrs. W. M. Heiman of Oak Grove, Willie and Adolf Mehrens of Hallettsville and 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild, one brother, Emil Kohleffel, of Schulenburg, two sisters Mrs. Amelia Kleam and Mrs. Ida Weishuhn of Houston. She was preceded to the grave by her husband, one grandchild, one great-grandchild and four brothers. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, July 4, 1935
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Mehrens, Gerhard

Oak Grove Items

As we are going to "press" we received the sad news of the death of G. Mehrens, Sr., of this community, which occurred at the home of his son O. Mehrens, last night (Monday) at 7:30. This section has lost one of its most valued, oldest and best citizens.

A farmer by profession he was one of the best read, best posted men of our day, and time and conversation with him was appreciated as both pleasant and profitable owing to this rich fund of information. Quiet and peaceful, honest in all his dealings, he was regarded by all as a model neighbor and citizen. Mr. Mehrens has been quite ill for some time and his death was not unexpected although it proved a sad blow to his family and numerous relatives and friends throughout this section. The funeral will take place this Tuesday afternoon at the Miller's Creek Cemetery. Mr. Mehrens lived up to the ripe old age of 77 years and up to few days before he took to his bed did as much work as anybody. He leaves a widow, two sons, Otto Mehrens of this community and G. Mahrens[sic] of Breslau, and two daughters, Mrs. Louis Grodhaus of this community and Mrs. Aug. Hasse of Halletsville[sic]. In the loss of this good husband and father the family has sustained an irreparable loss and the heartfelt sympathy of all our people is extended them in their deep sorrow.

Weimar Mercury, November 21, 1913

Mehrens, Herbert Henry

Herbert Mehrens Buried, Columbus

Herbert Mehrens, 71, of Lampasas, died at 9 a.m. Saturday at his home of a heart attack.  He was buried Tuesday in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery at Columbus after services in St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Mr. Mehrens was born and reared at Oak Grove, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Mehrens.  He was a manager for International Harvestor Co. for many years.

Survivors include a brother, Owen Mehrens of Columbus; a sisters, Mrs. Minnie Wink of Columbus; and a step-daughter.

Weimar Mercury, February 26, 1970, page 4

Mehrens, Minnie (Striebeck)

Mrs. Otto Mehrens Services Held Here September 12

Last rites for Mrs. Otto Mehrens were held on the. afternoon of Sept. 12 at St. Paul's Lutheran church, with Rev. G. Wolf of Columbus and Dr. W. A. Flachmeier of Austin officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mrs. Mehrens, who was 85, died Sept. 10, shortly after returning home at 5:30 from her usual afternoon ride.
Born in Westphalia, Germany, she came to America at the age of 12 with her mother, brothers and sisters, shortly after the death of her father, Henry Striebeck. Her husband died in 1941.

A member of the Lutheran church all her life, Mrs. Mehrens was christened at the age of 3 weeks. She was a faithful reader of her Bible, having worn out several copies. The text of Romans 10:9; used at her funeral services, was her favorite.

She is survived by, a daughter, Mrs. Minnie Wink, with whom she had lived, and, 2 sons, Herbert of Lampasas and Owen of Columbus; also 3 grandchildren, Mrs. Mack Allen of Texas. City, Mrs. Brandon Vickers of San Benito. and Sally Mehrens of Columbus. A brother, William Striebeck of Jourdanton and a sister, Mrs. John Schoenvogel of Moulton, also survIve.

Pallbearers were Oscar Schade, Oscar Henicke, J. L. Drymalla, R. K. Jackson, John Meismer, Marley Giddens, O. K. Nix and Mack Allen. Honorary pallbearers were T. J. Casbeer of Lampasas, Owen A. Miller of Glidden and Brandon FitzpatrIck, R. E. Tait, Raymond Fowler, Robert Schobel, and Charles Glithero of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, September 26, 1956

Mehrens, Owen Henry


Owen Henry Mehrens, 90, of Columbus, passed away Monday, January 6, 2003, at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, TX.

Mr. Mehrens was born August 1, 1912, in the Oak Grove Community near Weimar. After graduation from Columbus High School and after attending San Marcos State Teachers College, he had a brief career as a schoolteacher. In 1937, he married his wife of sixty-five years, Lillian Margaret Sronce.

The years 1943-1946 were spent serving his country in the U.S. Army during W.W. II. Having served in Germany as First Lieutenant of the 565th Heavy Maintenance Co., General Patton's Third Army, he has maintained a lifetime association with the men he commanded.

Mr. Mehrens left a promising career with International Harvester Co. in 1948 to enter partnership operation of Lampasas Hardware in Lampasas, Texas. In 1954, he returned to his hometown, Columbus, with an electrical contracting business, Mehrens Electric. In 1959, Mr. Mehrens accepted the position of Assistant Manager of Field Operations with Thorstenberg Materials Co. He held this position until his retirement in 1982.

Mr. Mehrens remained active in his community as a civic leader. He served on the City Council of Columbus, serving as Mayor Pro Tem. He is a former Commander of the American Legion Post 383. He has served as a member of the Board of Equalization for the city of Columbus. Mr. Mehrens arranged for the present location of Columbus Airport with Robert Wells, landowner, and supervised construction of the runways. During his tenure as Chairman of Columbus Community Hospital, the present hospital location was secured and construction accomplished. Mr. Mehrens also served as Chairman of the Board of Equalization at the time the Board was formed for Colorado County Appraisal District.

Mr. Mehrens was preceded in death by his parents, Otto Mehrens and Minnie Striebeck Mehrens; by a brother, Herbert Mehrens; and by three sisters, Sophie Mehrens, Lily Rogers, and Minnie Wink.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian, "Teeta" Mehrens of Columbus; a daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Mike Mitchell of Ben Wheeler, Texas; a grandson, Scott Mitchell of Malibu, California; a granddaughter, Stacey Anderson of Stephenville, Texas.

Funeral services were conducted January 9, 2003 from Henneke Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor John Hunsicker of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scott Mitchell, B.J. Anderson, Tom Casbeer, John Glithero, Adam Perez, and Alton Barton. Honorary pallbearers were Bill Cobb, Jake Obenhaus, Robert Sronce III, and Tilman Meisell.

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

Mehrens, Sophie (Kohleffel)

“Grandma” Mehrens, a highly respected citizen of the Oak Grove community, passed away last Sunday aftrnoon, after a long illness. We trust our Oak Grove correspondent will furnish a suitable notice of “Grandma” Mehrens for our next issue.W

Weimar Mercury, September 20, 1918, page 8


As time goes by, our loved ones pass away and gloom and darkness overshadows, our lives. But the thought of heaven helps to bring sunshine again. When the soul is reunited with the body, and the dead both small and great shall stand before God, we shall see them again. Mrs. S. (better known as "Grandma") Mehrens was born in Germany Feb. 26, 1842, died Sept. 15, 1918. She was over 76 years of age. She came too Texas in 1850, and her early experiences (of which she retained a vivid recollection up to almost the time of her death) were fraught with many incidents of hardships and danger. "Grandma" Mehrens had been ill for the past year, almost an invalid, but for the past few months her sufferings at times were almost unbearable. But the sweet old soul bore suffering with out one word of complaint, and "fell asleep in the arms of Jesus" calmly, peacefully, regretful leaving those behind, but glad to be with loved ones who had gone on before. "Grandma' Mehrens was a lovely type of old womanhood. Kind and courteous to all, the soul of hospitality, thoughtful of the comfort and pleasure of others, the best of friends, and neighbors, none knew her but to love her. Her death has left an aching void in the hearts of those who knew and loved her, which can never be filled. It was known that she could not be with us much longer for her death was expected almost any minute, but it is indeed hard to give up our loved ones, especially when they have been with us as long as "Grandma" Mehrens had. She was laid to rest in the Miller's Creek Cemetery Monday eve, Rev. Kainer of Halletsville performing the last sad rites in a touching manner. "Grandma" leaves to mourn her loss four children--Otto and Gerhart Mehrens, and Mrs. Louis Grodhaus, all of Oak Grove and Mrs. Aug. Hasse of Halletsville, and fifteen grandchildren, besides numerous other relatives. Many relatives and friends were present from a distance to pay the last sad tribute to the memory of one they loved so well. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved relatives.

Weimar Mercury, September 27, 1918, page 8
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