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Miller, Abe


Walter Hill, colored, went to jail last Friday evening and surrendered himself to Sheriff Wegenhoft, saying that he had killed Abe Miller. Both negroes lived on the Ben Kansteiner farm about six miles north east of Columbus on the Alleyton-Frelsburg road. After placing Hill in jail the sheriff got Justice of Peace Mahon and drove to the farm where they found the body of Abe Miller laying in the turn row at the end of a cotton field. No one was in sight near the body and before it could be moved to the house it was necessary for Sheriff Wegenhoft to go to the home of Munnie Wallace and send him out over the country to round up enough help to get the body to the house after the examination had been made. A number of buck shot wounds were found in the back of the deceased. Three shots are said to have been fired. Examining trial was waived and bond was placed at $1000 which Hill made Monday.

The shooting seems to have been the outgrowth of family trouble which had been going on for some time. The wife of Walter Hill was in town Thursday before the shooting on Friday with the intention of filing a complaint against Abe Miller but for some reason returned home without doing so. Both negroes have a reputation of being steady hard workers, it is said. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, July 18, 1919, page 1

Miller, Adolph G.


A. G. Miller, a well known citizen of Columbus, uncle of Will F. Miller of this city, died Saturday morning at his home. The remains were buried the following day. [Odd Fellows Rest] Mr. Miller was a substantial, good citizen, well liked by a large circle of friends, and his death is sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, March 15, 1918


The sad news of the death of Adolf Miller of Columbus reached here Saturday. He was a brother of Geo. Miller of this community and had visited here a number of times. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, March 15, 1918

Miller, Agnes "Mickey" (Thorp)

Agnes "Mickey" Miller, 74, of Columbus, died Tuesday, Jan 4, 1994, at her residence.

Born Jan. 31, 1919, in Nederland, she was the daughter of Francis and Emma (Richter) Thorp. On May 12, 1946, she married M. A. "Bing" Miller. She had resided in Columbus since 1940 and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 7, at Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus with Father Patrick Fidgeon officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Johnny Herzik, Jack Schindler, Herman Lee Henneke, Leonard Girndt, Melvin Huebel and Gene Herzik.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband, of Columbus; daughter Emma Lipperdt and husband Lester of Katy; grandsons Eric and Jason Lipperdt of Katy; sister Marie Huebel of Sierra Blanca, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jim Miller; brother, Joe Thorp; and a sister, Louise Thorp.

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

Miller, Anna Lee (Janecka)

Anna Lee Miller, age 70, of Weimar passed away Feb. 24 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

She was born in Weimar Oct. 6, 1940 to Victor and Annie Hudec Janecka.  She atended St. Michael Catholic School and graduated from Weimar High School in 1958.  Anna Lee married Joe J. Miller of Fayetteville on Oct. 19, 1958.  They were happily married for 47 years.  They lived in Houston for four years, where she worked for Merrill Lynch. They then moved back to Weimar, where she worked for Herder Truck Lines for a few years.  Later, she worked as a secretary for A. Grohmann & Son Co. for over 30 years, where she retired in 2007.  She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and three brothers-in-law, Mike Lapham, Charlie Poncik and Daniel Miller.

She is survived by two sons, Gregory Miller and Joey Miller of Weimar; and three daughters, Darla Leppin and husband Todd of Weimar,  Rhonda Michelle Sestak and husband Kenneth of Weimar, and Tammy Wheatley and husband Wade of New Ulm; two sisters, Georgia Ann Lapham of Weimar, and Linda Urban and husband Tommy  of La Grange; and one brother, Bennie Janecka and wife Maedell of Beaumont.  She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Brianna Miller, Amber Leppin, Spencer Leppin, Allison Sestak, Kaitlyn Sestak, Jacob Sestak, Hayden Sestak, Brett Sestak, Olivia Wheatley and Reid Wheatley; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 26 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar with Father John Bily officiating.  Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michael Lapham, Mark Janecka, Jacob Sestak, Spencer Leppin, Hayden Sestak and Reid Wheatley.  Honorary Pallbearer was Brett Sestak. 

Anna Lee’s loving, caring personality and smile touched many lives, and her grandchildren were the love of her life.  She will be deeply missed. Donations can be made to St. Michael Catholic Church, American Cancer Society and The American Lung Association.

Colorado County Citizen, March 1, 2011

Miller, Annie (Canik)

Annie Miller.

Funeral services were held for Annie Miller January 14 at St. Anthony Catholic Church' with Lionel Desilva officiating. Burial was at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Annie Miller, 77, was born July 20, 1906 in Fayetteville to Frank Canik and Annie Kollaja Canik.

She was united in marriage to August Miller October 30, 1933 at Live Oak Hill. She was a housewife and affiliated with the Catholic Church.

Annie Miller is preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Poncik of Columbus and Mrs. Virginia Perrard of Rockdale; two sons, Joe Miller of Weimar and Daniel Miller of Sealy, 15--grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Gregory Miller, Joey Miller, Jimmie Poncik, Richard Poncik, Michael Poncik, and Kenneth Poncik.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, January 19, 1984, page 2

Miller, Arthur L.


Arthur L. Miller, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and servant of the Lord, passed away on March 16, 2007, at the age of eighty-seven at his home near Weimar, TX.

Arthur was born July 12, 1919, in the Heights of Houston, the son of Dr. Arthur and Edna Miller. He was a resident of Houston until moving to Colorado County in 1974. He attended schools in Houston and was a graduate of the University of Houston. Arthur served his country as part of the 981st Field Artillery Battalion during the European campaign of World War II. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal.

Art, as many called him, was a Plant Safety Engineer for Lynes Inc. and later Baker Hughes Co. until retiring to the ranch near Weimar in 1974.

Shortly before being inducted into the military, Arthur married his beloved wife, Inda Rhodes, in 1942 and she faithfully cared for her husband for all sixty-four years of their marriage up until his last breath.

His parents Dr. Arthur and Edna, brother George, and his oldest daughter Kay Miller Cates predeceased Arthur, the latter in June 2005. He is survived by his wife Inda, daughter Janet Miller Gaylor and husband Tom, son John Arthur Miller and wife Marsha, and son-in-law John Cates, all of the Oak Grove Community. Eleven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren also survive him.

Services for Arthur L. Miller were held at First Baptist Church in Columbus Sunday, March 17, 2007 at 2:00 pm. He was laid to rest at the Miller Oak Grove Cemetery on the ranch near Weimar.

Pallbearers were the ten grandsons and grandsons-in-law.

The family greatly appreciates the care and assistance provided by Barbara Usher, Debbie Usher, Nona Giles, and Helen Waddle over the last year during Arthur's extended illness.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church Columbus Mission Fund or to the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, March 21, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Miller, August

August Miller

Funeral services for August Miller of Columbus were held from the Henneke Funeral Home Sunday, June 19, with the Rev. Patrick Palmer officiating. Burial was in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery. Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Miller, a resident of Columbus 15 years, died at his home June 17, at the age of 69.

He was born in the Brushy Comunity[sic] Aug. 11, 1907, a son of John and. Annie Kuether Miller. He was a retired mechanic and service station attendant. On Oct. 30, 1933, he and Miss Annie Canik were united in marriage.

In addition to his wife Annie Miller of Columbus, he is survived by 3[sic] daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Poncik of Columbus and Mrs. Virginia Perrard of Rockdale; 2 sons; Joe Miller of Weimar and Daniel Miller of Sealy; 2 sisters, Mrs. John Noska of El Campo and Mrs. Alfred Anders of Carmine; 3 brothers, Edwin Miller of Wharton and Emil and Fritz Miller of La Grange; and 13 grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers were Oscar Henicke, M. A. Miller, John Hinson, Bennie Volcik, Leon Von Minden and Clemens Hoelscher.

Colorado County Citizen, June 23, 1977

Miller, Barbara Ann


The Rev. Barbara Ann Miller, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 12, following a brief illness.

Rev. Miller was presently the pastor of Wesley-Harper United Methodist Church in Seguin..

She is survived by children; Kenneth Hoyle of Houston; Cheryl Hoyle of Los Angeles, Calif..; Michael Williams of Eagle Lake and Clifton Edwards and wife Verna of Anniston, Ala.; brother, Rueben Edwards and wife Claudette of Fort Worth; six grandchildren, three nieces and four nephews.

She was born in Houston in 1945 to the late Ruth Mac Miller. She received a degree of theology from Conroe Normal and Industrial College with additional studies at Wharton County Junior College, Prairie View A&M University, Perkins School of Theology at SMU and completed her studies as an ordained deacon and elder in the United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be on Friday, Sept. 21 from 6 - 9 p.m. at Wesley-Harper United Methodist Church, 754 W. Court Street, Seguin. Funeral services will be Saturday, Sept. 22 at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church 710 N. Austin St., in Seguin. A special viewing will be conducted following the funeral service at First United Methodist Church, in Columbus. Interment will be at Alleyton Cemetery in Alleyton.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Wesley-Harper United Methodist Church, 754 W. Court St., Seguin, Tx. 78156

Colorado County Citizen, September 19, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Miller, Beathrice Justine

Final Rites for Mrs. B. Miller Held Nov. 18

Funeral services for Mrs. Beathrice Justine Miller, widow of Conrad Adolf Miller, formerly of Route 1, Hallettsville but recently residing In Houston, were held Friday, Nov. 18, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with Rev. Daniel O'Brien officiating.

Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mrs. Miller died Nov. 15 at Houston. She was a member of the Hallettsville KJZT.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Alice Amason of Houston, Mrs. Lucille Nitschmann of Weimar and Mrs. Anabelle Wolfsdorf of Sublime; one son, Conrad Frank Miller of Dallas; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, November 24, 1977

Miller, Booker

Final Rites for Booker Miller, 46, Tuesday At Shiner

Funeral services for Booker H. Miller, 46, of Sublime, well known to many Weimar residents, were held Tuesday, April 29, from the home of his uncle, J. M. Canon, in Shiner, the Rev. M. Early officiating. Interment was in Hallettsville Cemetery.

Mr. Miller died in a Shiner hospital Sunday morning about 10:15 o’clock. Born at Speaks, he married Miss Lucille Mayes June 10, 1930. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Lucille Miller of Sublime; one son, Royce Miller, and his mother, Mrs. Ada Miller.

He was the son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Mayes of Oakland.

Weimar Mercury, May 2, 1947, page 1

Miller, Conrad Adolph

C. A. Miller Funeral Held

Funeral services for C. A. Miller, brother of Paul Miller, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church here Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Further details were not available by press time. [Nothing in December 19, 1968 issue of the Mercury]

Weimar Mercury, December 12, 1968, page 8

Miller, Daniel A.


Daniel A. Miller, 60 of Sealy, passed away Jan. 22 at the V.A. Hospital in Houston.

He was born in Fayetteville on April 20, 1942 to August and Annie Miller. He worked as a drill press operator for Quality Machine Shop in Sealy and served in the army in Germany from 1966-1968. He and Lillian Supak were married Nov. 29, 1969.

He is preceded in death by parents and brother-in-law, Charlie Poncik.

He is survived by wife; sons; Jeffrey D. Miller of Houston, Craig A. Miller of Sealy and Bradley Wayne Miller of Sealy, brother; Joe Miller of Weimar; sisters, Dorothy Poncik of Columbus and Virginia

Perrard of Rockdale; sisters-in-law, Marilyn Gallaher of Weimar and Betty Wessels of Westpoint; brother-in-law, Norbert Supak of Fayetteville; and mother-in-law, Leona Supak of Columbus.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 27 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Church[sic] in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Michael Poncik, Jimmie Poncik, Richard Poncik, Gregory Miller, Ryan Gallaher and Dwaine Gallaher.

Colorado County Citizen, January 30, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Miller, Elisabeth (Hennecke/Henneke)

Oakland cor. Citizen:
Died, at her residence in Lavaca county, about two miles south of Oakland; April 18, Mrs. Elizabeth Miller, of old age. Her first husband was a Mr. Foster. Mrs. Miller was for a long time a resident of Colorado county, having lived near Frelsburg and Bernard; has been a Texan since 1838, and knew all the settlers of that section and Columbus . She was over 90 years of age. Peace to her memory. [Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, May 4, 1901, page 2

Miller, Elizabeth


The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the family of Gus Miller and wife in the loss of their eldest daughter, Miss Bettie.

Weimar Mercury, January 5, 1912

Miss Elizabeth Miller, eldest daughter of Gus Miller and wife of Oakland section, who was seized with an attack of appendicitis a few days ago, and who was hurriedly taken to Cuero for an operation, died ere the operating table was reached. The remains were prepared for interment, brought here and laid to rest in St. Michael’s cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 2:30, a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends witnessing the last sad rites. The funeral took place from the residence of A. Sciba, Jr., a relative of the deceased. Miss Miller was a young lady of many excellent qualities, which had made her a general favorite in the community in which she lived. The first to died in a large family of children, the family circle is broken, makes it a peculiarly sad affair, and in the gloom which now surrounds mother, father, sisters and brothers, the tenderest sympathy of all our people goes out to them with the hope that Christ will comfort them as He alone can.

Weimar Mercury, January 5, 1912

Miller, Erwin H.

Erwin Miller

Funeral services for Erwin H. Miller, 59, were held at Henneke Funeral Home Tuesday, with The Rev. Bernard Snock officiating. Burial was in the [St. Roch] church cemetery.

Rosary was recited Monday at Henneke Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Miller, a lifetime resident of the Mentz community was a son of Frank and Katie Maertz Miller, born Jan. 2, 1916. He was a retired bus driver, a veteran of World War II and a member of V. F. W. He was married to Jennie Mrkwa Oct. 8, 1954.

Survivors include his wife, Jennie; 2 step-daughters, Mrs. John Garza of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Eddie Orange of Pearland; 2 step-sons, John W. Mrkwa of Clute and August Mrkwa Jr. of Eagle Lake; one sister, Mrs. Marcus Kansteiner of Houston; one brother, Leslie Miller of Mentz; and 6 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Leon Walla, Billy Sweat, Larry Kansteiner, Ray Kansteiner Oscar Class and Gary Miller.

Colorado County Citizen, September 4, 1975
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Miller, Evelyn Marie (Hrachovy)

Funeral services for Evelyn Marie Hrachovy Miller, 92, of Eagle Lake were held June 3 at The Parish of Nativity Catholic Church in Eagle Lake. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery.

Miller died May 30, 2011. She was born Aug. 4, 1918 in Ellinger, the daughter of Frances and Cyril Hrachovy. She married Oscar Miller Sept. 5, 1937 in Columbus. They moved to Eagle Lake to manage a grocery store. She was a homemaker and very active in other activities.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brother, Ben Hrachovy and wife Georgia of Ellinger and brother-in-law, R. B. Linke of Lafayette, La.

Survivors include son, Bennie Miller and wife Janie of Katy; two daughters, Loretta Kretzschmar and husband Henry, Jr. of Sugar land and Janelle Mascheck and husband Clinton of Eagle Lake; two sisters, Adelle Linke of Lafayette and Blanch Pater and husband Joe of Richmond; two brothers, Daniel Hrachovy and wife Shirley of Louisiana and C. J. Hrachovy and wife Lorain of Houston; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.

Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Fayette County Record, Friday, June 17, 2011
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Miller, Fannie (Estes)

DIED, Monday afternoon between 4 and 5 o’clock, at the residence of Dr. T. C. Cook, Mrs. Fannie Miller, eldest daughter of Mrs. D. M. Estes, after an illness of three weeks, of jaundice. All that sympathizing physician and friends could do to save her was done, but all to no purpose. Mrs. Miller was taken sick at Dr. Cook’s residence while calling upon the family, and was forced to take to her bed. All hoped that the indisposition was merely temporary, and that she would soon be up, but the’r hopes proved fruitless. She rallied for a short time, but was compelled to give up. After the relapse she rapidly grew worse, and on Monday afternoon, surrounded by loving sons, mother, sisters and friends, she breathed her last, passing peacefully into the borders of the other world. She was an exemplary woman--one that was loved by everyone who had ever met her, and her death has caused many sorrowing hearts in our midst. She was a consistent member of the Baptist church, and devoted much of her time and energy to the good cause. She was in her 55th year. The body was laid to rest in the Odd Fellow’s cemetery Tuesday evening, appropriate funeral services having previously been conducted at the Baptist church by the pastor, Rev. M. M. Wadsworth. Our sincere sympathy is extended the afflicted ones in this, their hour of gloom and sorrow.

Weimar Mercury, June 20. 1891


The people of Weimar were much pained to learn of the death of Mrs. Fannie Miller, which sad event occurred at the residence of Dr. T. C. Cook in this city Monday evening between the hours of 5 and 6 o’clock. Mrs. Miller was in her 55th year, the daughter of Mrs. D. M. Estes, sister of Mrs. Lou V. Maigne and mother of Messrs. Dave and Frank Miller. She was a most estimable lady, a strict member of the Baptist church and always had a ready hand in case of sickness, never thinking of self, her only thought being to assist all who were in distress and administer words of comfort to those in need. Her remains were interred in the family lot in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, Tuesday evening at 4 o’clock, a host of friends attending the last sad rites, Rev. M. M. Wadsworth officiating.

Colorado Citizen, June 18, 1891, page 3


The church here is in deep sorrow, caused by the death of our sister, Fannie Miller, who died at the residence of Dr. T. C. Cook. She was born in Rutherford county, Tenn., December the 11th 1836. Baptized into the fellowship of the Alleyton Baptist church by Elder Williamson Daniels about twenty years ago. Our church at Weimar has lost one of the most devoted Sunday school, prayer meeting and church workers that it ever had. She was an old-time Baptist, and to the very last; while she is a dear friend to every body, she loved her church better than any on earth. Her two sons, mother and sisters mourn her loss. God bless them. CORNETT HANCOCK, ELIZABETH BLACK, M M. WADSWORTH.
Com. Weimar Baptist S.S.

Weimar Mercury, July 4, 1891

Miller, Florence

Florence Miller, Negro Preacher, Dies in Sleep

Florence Miller, about 68, local Columbus Negro who had styled himself a preacher for many years, had many conversations with the Lord.

Tuesday morning, Florence answered the final call. He was found dead in bed by his wife,Mamie when she arose at their home. Justice of the Peace R. K. Jackson, who was called, pronounced the death due to natural causes.

Florence was in The Citizen office frequently and was its visitor last weekend, when he asked that "a piece" be put in the paper about a solution for world peace. He had a conviction that he had been called by God to bring about peace and had said he would make a trip to Washington at his own expense, to see Pres. Eisenhower, if he could be assured he would be received by the president.

During World War II, without making any prior arrangements, he financed his own help to Washington to see Pres. Roosevelt, with the same purpose in mind, to bring about world peace. When he was asked in the railroad station how he could see Pres. Roosevelt, he was immediately arrested and imprisoned as a subversive suspect. It was only through a request many months later from the late County Judge Henry Buescher that he was freed and sent home. He died Tuesday still thinking that he held the key to world peace.

Funeral services have been set for 9 a.m. Sunday in St. Paul Methodist church and burial will be in Miller's High Hill cemetery. Rev. J. W. Elliott will officiate.

Besides his wife, he is survived by 3 sons, Jimmy, Nelson and R. L. Miller of Houston and 3 daughters, Vera Mae Connor of Columbus and Sarah Mae Wright and Luvenia Maxwell of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, June 16, 1960

Miller, Frank R.

Frank Miller Funeral Held Saturday

Funeral services for Frank R. Miller, 61, who died a a Sealy hospital Wednesday, were held at St. Roch’s Catholic church in Mentz Saturday morning with Rev. Andrew Didner officiating. Burial was in St. Roch’s cemetery with Untermeyer Bros in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Miller, who had spent his entire life in the Mentz community, was born there on Nov. 22, 1884, a son of Henry and Lizzie Sinsel Miller. His wife the former Katie Maertz, survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Leslie and Erwin of Mentz; a daughter, Mrs. Marcus Kansteiner, Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Willie Braden, Alleyton and Mrs. Hillie Kotzebue, Bernardo; two brothers, Awald of Mentz and George of Houston, and two grandsons. Another sister, Mrs. Anton Maertz, died 10 years ago.

Colorado County Citizen, April 25, 1946

Miller, Frank Sr.


Frank Miller Sr., 74, of Eagle Lake, passed away suddenly at his residence, Saturday, May 3.

He was born to Laura Kyles and William Shorter on June 9, 1928. Laura Kyles married Otto Miller and he adopted Frank for his son. He went to school in Eagle Lake at E.H. Henry School and led a career in rice farming.

Frank married Althea Lewis. To that union no kids were born. Frank lately married Mrs. Mable Williams.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wives.

He is survived by his children Laura Mae Miller and Georgia Williams of Houston and Mable Stovall of Eagle Lake; sons, Clyde Miller and Frank Miller Jr. of Houston, Tomie E. Sims of Eagle Lake, Junior Lee Sims, Freddie Miller, Edgar Lee Miller and Joe Nathan Miller of Houston; three step-children, Trula B. Garner of Altair, the Rev. Charles D. Lewis of Austin and Lee Edward Lewis of Gonzales; one step-sister, Cora Davis; one step-brother, Samie Chavis; other relatives include sister-in-law, Willie Mae Butler of Houston, Dessie Washing-ton of Bryan; brother-in-law, Son Sims of Bryan, James Sims of Victoria; and a host of grand and great grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted May 10, from the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home with the Rev. Thomas Kuykendall, pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Eagle Lake officiating. Following cremation, burial will follow at a later date.

Pallbearers were Charles Miller, Kevin Miller, Sharman Stovall, Frank Miller III, Edgar L. Miller Jr. and Joe Stovall. Honorary Pallbearers were Frank Miller Jr., Tomie Sims, Clyde Miller, Junior Lee Miller and Joe Nathan Miller.

Colorado County Citizen, May 14, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Miller, Frederick C.

Mr. Fred. C. Miller of the Skull creek community died at his residence Wednesday of last week and the remains were committed to earth in the family burial ground the ensuing day, Rev. Froebling of Content officiating. Mr. Miller was born in Oldenberg[sic], Germany, in 1818, and was 85 years 6 months and 20 days of age. He immiagrated[sic] to Texas in 1844 and settled in Colorado county, where he has since resided. He leaves a wife, four sons and one daughter (all married) to mourn his loss. He was a useful man, a quiet, unobtrusive, good citizen, with many friends in his community. To the bereaved the Citizen tenders sincere condolence.--Columbus Citizen.

Weimar Mercury, June 18, 1904, page 5

Miller, Fred G.

Fred. G. Miller Dead

Fred. G. Miller, a prominent stockman and farmer, who lived in this section for many years, but who moved to Columbus a year ago to reside, died at the family residence in that city Tuesday morning, of pneumonia, after a brief illness.

Mr. Miller was born in Columbus, January 22, 1854, and was buried on his 59th birthday. He was married in 1879 to Miss Helena Bartels in Columbus.

He is survived by a widow and five sons--Will F. Miller, cashier of the First State Bank of this city; Ellis Miller of the Humble State Bank; Prince Miller, connected with the postoffice at Ft. Worth; Leo A. and Gus. Miller, both of Columbus.

The funeral took place at the Odd Fellows' cemetery at Columbus Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, a number of citizens of Weimar and surrounding section witnessing the last sad rites.

Mr. Miller, while a quiet and unostentatious citizen, was regarded by everyone with the hightest respect and esteem. Straightforward and honest in all his dealings with his fellowman, generous, upright and energetic, he was a leading figure in the community in which he lived.

He was one of the prime organizers of the First State bank of this city, a director in same for many years, and besides his extensive banking interests owned a large ranch about ten miles southeast of Weimar.

Mr. Miller was a splended type of gentleman in every respect, one who possessed the confidence and friendship of all, and his death is deeply and sincrerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the stricken family in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, January 24, 1913

Miller, Gerhard Jr.

Mr. Gerhard Miller

The death of Mr. Gerhard Miller, 58, occurred at his home two miles north of this city at about two o’clock Tuesday afternoon, following an illness of several months

Funeral services were held at the home at two o’clock yesterday afternoon, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating, and interment effected in Odd Fellows Rest

Mr. Miller was an old resident of this section and well known throughout the community. He was born in the house in which he died, and had spent his entire life in this section.
He is survived by a wife, two sons and one daughter, Otto, Edwin, and Mrs. Viola Hope, three grand children, one sister, Mrs. Katie Bodom of El Campo and one brother, Louis Miller, living north of town.

Colorado County Citizen, June 19, 1930
Submitted by Bill Stein

Miller, Gerhard Sr.


Mr. Gebhardt[sic] Miller, Sr., who was born in Germany and who has resided in this county since his early youth, died at his home near Columbus on Thursday of last week. He was 85 years old. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon, interment being made in the family cemetery, Rev. C. P Morgan of the Methodist church, officiating. The decedent is survived by his wife and two sons, Louis and Gebhardt[sic], both of whom lived near him.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 14, 1918

Miller, Gus Herman

G. H. Miller Sr. Succumbs at 71; Funeral Friday

G. H. Miller,Columbus attorney for 40 years, died in Columbus hospital about 3 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday) after a brief illness. He became ill at his home Tuesday night and was taken to the hospital yesterday morning.

Funeral services, to be in charge of Columbus Funeral home, had not been announced late yesterday.
Funeral services for Mr. Miller will be held at Columbus Funeral home tomorrow (Friday) at 10 a.m. with Rev. William F. Hathaway in charge.
Mr. Miller, who was 71, had spent his entire life in Columbus.

He was chairman of the board of the First State Bank and general attorney for Colorado County Federal Savings and Loan assn. A member of the Methodist church, he had served for years on the official board. HIs parents were Mr. and Mrs. Fred G. Miller. Survivors are his widow, the former Winnie Kelton of McDade; a son, Gus H. Miller Jr. of Columbus and a daughter, Mrs. R. J. Allen of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.; also 2 brothers, E. G. Miller, president of the First State bank here, and Leo A. Miller of Gregory. Five grandchildren, Elizabeth and Suzanna Miller and Thomas, Robert Joseph and Margaret Allen, also survive.

Mr. Miller was senior partner with Charles D. Rutta in the practice of law for many years and at the time of his death was associated in law practice with Jack K. Allen. He was a veteran of World War I.

Colorado County Citizen, July 2, 1959, page 1

Last Rites Held For G. H. Miller Sr., 48 Years a Lawyer

Last rites for Columbus Atty. Gus H.Miller Sr., 71, were held last Friday at 10 a.m. in Columbus Funeral home with Rev. William F. Hathaway in charge.

The Columbus native had suffered from heart trouble for some time and died July 1 in Columbus hospital. His death removed the senior partner from the Miller and “Allen law firm. He had practiced law here for 48 years.

Mr. Miller was a long time member of the First Methodist church and had served on its official board. He was a World War I veteran.

Chairman of the board of directors of the First State bank, he had served as bank president 26 years. He was general attorney for Colorado County Federal Savings & Loan assn. and San Bernard Electric Co-op and was immediate past president of the Colorado County Bar assn. A charter member of Columbus Post 383, American Legion, he was past president of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Knights o Pythias. During World War II he sered as appeal agent for Colorado County Selective Service.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Pallbearers were Charles Rutta, Jack Allen, J. D. Seymour, Sam K. Seymour Jr. W. K. Lehrer, Owen Hoegemeyer, J. H. Wooten sr. and Lester Hastedt.

Named as honorary pallbearers by the family were J. E. Meismer, J. Mattern J. W. Zwiegel Sr. Tom Hester, W. A. Struss, J. M. Rutta, Ben B. Holt, Wm. E. Lenhart, Frank Hoegemeyer, J. R. Grubbs, S. A. Harbert Jr., W. H. Miekow, W. G. Dick, Drs. C. I. Shult, J. H. Wooten and C. A. Baer; E. H. Lawrence, Jesse Moore, Brandon Fitzpatrick, T. W. Glithero, E. H. Rabel, F. M. Tolbirt, W. L. Pendergraft, J. C. Burt, E. R. Spencer, L. Waldvogel, Charles Klein, Ross Arnold, Russell W. Munson, R. E. Tait, O. A. Schade, T. B. West, W. H. Harrison, N. J. Mainer, John M. Scrogin, D. E. Baker, P. K. Shatto, A. L. McCormick, Judge Lester Holt, Tanner Walker, Rev. A. Guyon, H. P. Meyer and Leslie King.

Out of town relatives here for the services were Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Wilson and L. A. Kunkel, McDade; Mrs. H. Lee Vincent and R. L. Ray, Pascagoula, Miss.; Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Vincent, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Bob McCullar, Ft. Worth; John M. Kelton, Kerrville; Mrs. Lola J. Soule, Mrs. Herbert Voelcker, Mr. and Mrs. E. K. Scot, Dr. and Mrs. A. L. Miller and Arthur L. Miller, Houston; Mrs. C. C. Turner, Sealy; Mr. and Mrs. Bliss R. Spillar, Buda, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Rundell, Baytown.

Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Allen of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., flew here for the funeral. Other survivors include Mr. Miller’s widow, the former Winnie Kelton, whom he married in 1918; his son, Gus Jr. of Columbus; 2 brothers, E. G. of Columbus and Leo A. of Gregory; 5 grandchildren, Robert Joseph Allen Jr., Thomas Kelton Allen and Margaret Allen of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., and Elizabeth and Susanna Miller of Columbus, and a niece, Mrs. Allan A. Hill of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, July 9, 1959, page 1

Miller, Harriet (Maze)


Harriet Miller, 83, of Glidden passed away on October 25 at the Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born on November l, 19O4 , in Rock Island to Rufus E. Maze and Clay Don Carlos. She was a resident of Glidden for 52 years.

Services were held October 2 at 2 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Gerald Hendon officiating. Burial was in the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Harriet Miller is survived by one daughter, Mrs. JoAnn Barron of Houston, one son, Owen A. Miller, Jr. of Mineral Wells, TX also, one sister, Mrs. Rosaline DeNeefe of Houston and one brother, Mr. Richard Maze, of Houston also survived.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Owen A. Miller, Sr. and one brother Jarome Maze.

Pallbearers were Dale Barron, Neal Miller, Steve Miller, grandsons of Mrs. Miller, Randy Maze, Robert DeNeefe, and Finely Soule, nephews of Mrs. Miller. Five grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survived.

Colorado County Citizen, November 2, 1988, page 15.

Miller, Helena M. (Miller)


Mrs. Helene Miller was born November 25th, 1849 in Columbus as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Miller. She was baptised and confirmed by Pastor Roehem, the pioneer of the Lutheran church in this section. She married Mr. Gerhard E. Miller Sr. in 1866 and made her home near Columbus. Seven children were born to them, three of them dying in infancy. Two grown children, Mrs. Lena Rutledge and Mr. Gerhard Miller preceded her in death. Her husband died December 5th, 1918. Her own death came after a brief illness at 8 p;m; on June 21st. She is survived by two children, Mrs. Katherine Bodungen of Ganado and Mr. Louis H. Miller of Columbus, also a brother, Mr. George Miller of Houston. She further leaves 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren to mourn her death. May she rest in peace and eternal light shine unto her. Interment Monday, 5:30, Family Burial ground.

Colorado County Citizen, June 25, 1936

Miller, Henrietta (Meyer)


Henriette "Hattie" M. Miller passed away at Sweetbriar Nursing Home in Brenham.

Funeral services were held at Henneke Funeral Home in

Columbus July 30, 1984 with Ron Windecker officiating with burial held at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mrs. Miller was born November 17, 1896 in Mentz to Herman and Ernestine Meyer. She married Edwin O. Miller on November 17, 1921. He preceded her in death in 1982.

Mrs. Miller has lived in Mentz all of her life.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Leland and Bernice Miller of Fayetteville, one sister, Norma Litzmann of Columbus, two brothers, Homer and Herbert Meyer, both of Mentz, two grandchildren, Kathy Lee Miller of Houma, Louisiana, and Sheryl Ann Sutton of Austin.

Pallbearers included David and Dennis Meyer, Ernest Lee and Calvin Boehme, Douglas Lilie, and Henry Burger.

Colorado County Citizen, August 9, 1984, page 2

Miller, J. Henry

Mr. J. H. Miller

The death of Mr. J. H. Miller, 73, ocurred at his home near Mentz at about eight o'clock last Monday evening, following an illness of several weeks.

Funeral services were held at Mentz at ten yesterday morning, Rev. Sullivan of the Mentz Catholic Church conducting and the remains laid to rest in the Mentz cemetery.

Mr. Miller was born in Bell County, Texas, Dec. 27 th, 1857, and moved to this county more than fifty years ago. He was one of the substantial citizens of the county, well known by a host of friends. He was the second oldest continuous subscriber to the Citizen on its list and always a welcome visitor to this office.

He is survived by his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Ed Mullaly of San Antonio, and Mrs. Frank Henecke of Mentz, three sons, Frank R., George and Awalt of Mentz, three daughters, Mrs. W. J. Braden, Mrs. Anton Maertz and Mrs. Hillie Kotzebue, and by fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren, to whom our sympathy is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, January 22, 1931.

Miller, Herman J.


Mr, Herman J. Miller, aged 60 years, died Friday night at his home, 1341 Harvard Street, Houston Heights. He passed to the great beyond at 10 o'clock that night. Mr. Miller was born and raised near Columbus and made his home here until 1907, when he and his family removed to Houston, and where he continued to reside until his death. He was well and favorably known to the people of this section and Colorado county., and while living here was engaged in farming and stock raising. He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. A. A. Guess, Mrs. Lillie Miller, Mrs. C. T. Sledge, Mrs. H. R. Voelcker and Miss Lola Miller; one son, Owen Miller; two brothers, Adolf and George Miller, and one sister. Mrs. Lena Miller. The funeral was held Friday Morning at 9:30 o'clock with Rev. R. A. Harty officiating and interment took place in Hollywood cemetery in that city.

Among those from this county that were in attendance at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. George J. Miller and Mr. Will Wegenhoft of Oak Grove: Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Miller, Messrs John Wegenhoft, Gus H. Miller, Gerhard Miller, Ellis G. Miller of Columbus, And Mr. August Strunk of Oakland.

To the bereaved family , the Citizen joins a large number of friends in extending condolence in their hour of sorrow.

Herman Miller died 16 June 1916. Unidentified newspaper clipping contributed by Margaret Bearse

Miller, Janie

Oakland News

We are sorry to report the death of Miss Janie Miller, who died in the Renger Hospital Monday. She had been there only a few days when death came, which was a shock to her loved ones and friends. Her body was removed to the Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar, where services were held. Rev. Peterson of Schulenburg conducted the services; there were also services at the cemetery [St. Michael’s Cemetery] She was buried by the side of her father, who preceded her in death some years ago. Miss Janie was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Miller. She was born in 1897 and died Aug. 26, 1946. She spent her entire life on a farm near Oakland. She was a fine character possessing an adorable disposition. She spent many years taking care and waiting on her aged mother, who is still living and is past 83 years old. She leaves four sisters, all married and five brothers. Two of the brothers, Powell and Will, are at home, not married. We extend our sympathy to her loved ones. Those who attended the funeral from here were Mrs. Ernest Strunk, Mrs. I. A. Strunk, Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Strunk, Mrs. John Wojtek, O. C. Sanders, H. B. Mayes, George Strunk, and Billy Strunk.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1946, page 2

Miller, Jerry L. “J.L.”


Jerry "J.L." Miller, 21, of Eagle Lake, passed away Aug. 14, at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston following a lengthy illness.

He was born in Gatesville Oct. 29, 1982 to Michael Ray and Lisa Renee (Henderson) Miller and was a resident of Eagle Lake for most all his life. He participated in the Colorado County Special Olympics for many years and was a member of the Rice High School senior class of 2005.

He is survived by his parents, Lisa and Gary Tise of Eagle Lake, and Mike and Bobbi Miller of Placedo; brother, Clifford Miller of Eagle Lake; step-brother and sister, Joshua Lee Short of Edna, and Natasha Gail Short of Indian Lake, Ohio; grandparents, Lois Henderson of Eagle Lake, Jerry Miller of Sheridan and Rhea Gurecky of Wallis; and great-grandmother, Hazel Servis of Wallis.

Funeral Services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18, from the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Roger Marvel of Galatia, Ill. officiating. Interment will follow in the Masonic Cemetery of Eagle Lake.

For those desiring, the family has requested memorials be made to: Texas Special Olympics of Colorado County, c/o Linda Lipperdt, 1001 Warwick, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Colorado County Citizen, August 18, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Miller, Jim Claude

Jim Claude Miller

Jim Claude Miller, 27, died Friday at Columbus Community Hospital. Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Interment was at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery.  The Rev. Arnold Anders officiated.

Mr. Miller was born June 19, 1952 at Columbus, the son a M. A. (Bing) Miller and the former Agnes (Mickey) Thorp.

Mr. Miller resided all his life in Columbus and was a member of the Catholic Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Lester Lipperdt of Alief.

Pallbearers were Jerry Supak, Herman Lee Henneke, Mike Wick, Gene Herzik, Oscar Henicke and Karl Davenport.

Colorado County Citizen, March 6, 1980, Page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Miller, Joe J.


Joe J. Miller, 70, of Weimar, passed away Dec. 15 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
He was born in Fayetteville, March 17, 1935 to August and Annie (Canik) Miller. He attended St. John Catholic School and joined the U.S. Army in January 1955. He was stationed in Fort Carson, Colo. And Fort Bening, Ga. He was honorably discharged in Dec. 1956. He then worked at Wyatt Metal and Boiler Works in Houston. He and Anna Lee Janecka were married on Oct. 19, 1958. The lived in Houston where he worked for Thermal Engineering. In 1962 they moved to Weimar and he continued working for Thermal until 1978 when he opened his own business, Miller's Welding and Fabricating. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Daniel.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Gregory and Joey Miller of Weimar; and daughters and sons-in-law, Darla and Todd Leppin and Rhonda and Kenneth Sestak of Weimar and Tammy and Wade Wheatley of Columbus; sisters, Dorothy Poncik of Columbus and Virginia Perrard of Rockdale; and sister-in-law, Lillian Miller of Sealy.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 17 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar with Father John Bily officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Poncik, Craig Miller, Michael Lapham, Mark Janecka, Mason Lapham and Kevin Urban. Altar servers were Preston and Clayton Langhoff.

Colorado County Citizen, December21, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Miller, John Henry

Funeral Services Saturday For Live Oak Citizen

Funeral services for J. H. Miller, 63, were held Saturday from the family residence in the Live Oak community, interment being made in the Miller's Creek Cemetery, Rev. Flachmeier, pastor of the Columbus Lutheran Church, officiating. Deceased was born in Colorado County and had made this his home during his life time. He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Gerhart Mehrense [sic] of Columbus, and Mrs. J. Richter of Port Arthur Texas, and one son, N. Miller of California.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 11, 1935

Miller, Joyce Mae (Evans)

Joyce Mae Evans Miller, 72, of Altair, died Thursday, April 14, 1994, at her residence in Altair.

Born June 17, 1921, in Sheridan, she was the daughter of Charles O. and Augusta (Botard) Evans. On Dec. 27, 1941, she married Walter Lee Miller. A retired grocery store owner and operator and life-long resident of the Columbus-Altair area, she was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Columbus and the Eastern Star.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 16, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Anthony Kallina, Jeff Klimple, Wayne Kolafa, Jay Evans, Charles Henicke and Maynard Miller. Honorary pallbearers were Stacy Mueller, Anthony Kolafa and Gary Kolafa.

Mrs. Miller is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Kim Lee and Patricia Miller of Altair; sister Martha Henicke of Columbus; brother, Alfred Evans of Houston and grandchildren, Kolt Kody and Kole Miller Altair.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two daughters, Linda Joyce and Kathy Lee Miller and a brother, Lester Evans.

Colorado County Citizen, April 20, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Miller, Jocelyn

Jocelyn Miller

On Monday, August 20 Jocelyn Miller departed this life on earth at the Bellville General Hospital in Bellville with family at her side.

She was born January 25, 1957 in Eagle Lake to Alvin L. Miller and Shirley R. Gordon.

Jocelyn was raised in Houston where she attended Turner Elementary, Ryan Jr. high and graduated from Jones Sr. High School.

While living in Houston and having no children of her own, Jocelyn raised and cared for one of her younger brothers, Ian Hargrove. Through the years, she loved and cared for many of her nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jocelyn accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age. After living in Houston for years, she retuned home to Eagle Lake and reunited with Friendship Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Earl Shorter, Jr.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Ruth Gordon and grandmother, Frances Gordon.

Jocelyn leaves devoted and dedicated to mourn, father, Alvin Miller Sr. (Gwendolyn) of Austin; step-father, Cameron Hargrove of California; two sisters, Janice Danette Bluntson (Jerry) of Eagle Lake and Doris LaNell Miller of Houston; four brothers, Roy Michael Miller and Alvin Leon Miller, Jr. of Houston, Leo Burnett Miller (Charlene) and Ian Deon Hargrove (Karen) of Eagle Lake; two aunts, Charlene Crume (Ray) of Florida and Ethel Mae Lawson of Sugar Land; two uncles, Oscar R. Gordon (Geneva) of San Antonio and Melvin Miller of Eagle Lake; a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends; and a special friend, Herbert Poole, Jr. of Houston.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 25 at 11 a.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Obie Rhodes officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus. [Interment in Boykin Cemetery]

Pallbearers were Harrison Batiste, Sr., Marvin Sims, Edwin Matthews, Eric Bluntson, Eddie Sherrod, Richard Davidson, Robert Boone and Oscar Thomas, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Edwin Miller, Terrell Miller, DeJuan Miller, LaMonte Miller, Elvin Miller, Cortez Miller, Ryan Hargrove, Ian Hargrove, II, Alvin Miller, III, NyQuan Miller, LaDarius Miller and Aldrick Miller.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 30th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Miller, Kathy Lee

Services Last Sat. for Kathy Lee Miller

Miss Kathy Lee Miller, 17 year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Lee Miller of Altair, died suddenly in the Texas Children's Hospital in Houston last Wednesday, April 12th.  Kathy had been well and went to the hospital recently for a check-up and she became ill and died after only a short illness.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 15th from the Columbus Funeral Home with the Rev. L. G. Wehman of Columbus officiating.  Burial was in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Gus Sronce, Le Roy Stein, Gerald Clipson, Allen Hill, Gus Miller, Jr. and Herbert Blake.

Kathy was born July 12th, 1954 in Weimar, Tex. daughter of Walter Lee and Joyce Mae Miller.  The family has been residing at Altair for a number of years.

Surviving are her parents; one brother, Kim Lee Miller of Altair; and a grandmother, Mrs. C. O. Evans of Sheridan.  One sister, Linda Joyce, died at the age of three years in 1950.

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

Eagle Lake Headlight  April 20, 1972  page three
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Miller, Katie (Maertz)

Mrs. Katie Miller’s Last Rites Held; Burial in Mentz

Last rites for Mrs. Katie Miller, 76, were held at Untermeyer Funeral home Friday, with continued services in St. Roch’s Catholic church in Mentz. Her nephew, Rev. Eugene Braden, officiated, assisted by Rev. Gedeon Stram of Mentz and Rev. A. W. Didner of Eagle Lake. Rosary was recited Thursday evening in the funeral home. Burial was in Mentz Catholic cemetery.

Mrs. Miller, who had been ill 3 years, died Jan. 30 at the home of her son, Leslie, in Mentz. A daughter of Jacob and Anna Seifert Maertz, she was born Aug. 17, 1886, and had spent her entire life in the Mentz community. Her husband, Frank Miller, died 17 years ago.

Besides Leslie, she is survived by another son, Erwin of Mentz and a daughter, Mrs. Marcus Kansteiner of Houston; a brother, Willie Maertz of El Campo; and 3 half-brothers, Henry Maertz of El Campo, Johnny Maertz of Houston and Jake Maertz of Stockdale and 2 sisters Mrs. Elo Braden of Bernardo and Mrs. Paul Braden of Rosebud. Six grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren also survive.

Pallbearers were Larry Kansteiner and Ray Kansteiner, grandsons, and Willie Dusak, Willis Kotzebue, Otis Maertz, Leon Walla, Wink Miller and Raymond Braden, nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, February 7, 1963, page 6

Miller, Lavine (Hester)


Funeral services were held for Lavine H. Miller Thursday, December. 17 from First Baptist Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Raymond Cox officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mrs. Lavine H. Miller was born December 3, 1897 in Columbus to John Hester and Laura Brooks Hester. She married Ellis G. Miller December 8, 1918.

Mrs. Miller and her husband celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1968.

She was a housewife and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis G. Miller, July 23, 1976.

Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Jane M. Hill and Allan A. Hill of Columbus; three grandsons, Mark A. Hill, Stuart E. Hill and Karl E. Hill; and two great-granddaughters, Stacey and Julia Hill.

Pallbearers were F. T. Barfield, Jr., James H. Whitcomb, R. Cecil Marburger, James D. Seymour, A. J. Brune, Jr., John Meismer, J. M. Rutta and George Little.

Honorary pallbearers were Lester Hastedt, J. Ralph Meadows, Nick Mainer, Dr. C. I. Shult, W. J. Keitt, Sam K. Seymour, Chas. Klein, Thurmond West and Jack Allen.

Colorado County Citizen, December 24, 1987

Miller, Leo A.


Leo A. Miller passed away in the Spohn Hospital, Corpus Christi, at 10:45 p.m. Friday.  He was 86 years of age.  Services were held at the Taft Funeral Home 3 p.m. Sunday and at the Columbus Funeral Home at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Interment was at Odd Fellows Cemetery, with the Rev. Kenneth James of Gregory, Texas, conducting the services.  Mr. Miller was born Feb. 5, 1885, on the old Miller Ranch 9 miles southwest of Columbus, being one of 7 sons born to Fred G. and Helena Bartels Miller.  His younger brother survives.  He attended Oak Grove school and later attended Tyler Commercial College.  Upon returning to Columbus, he went into the cattle business with his father.  At age 21, approximately 1906, he came to town and opened a meat market where the Columbus Hospital Foundation Building now stands.  After 2 or 3 years of being confined to "indoor activity" he started buying, selling and trading cattle.  In 1929, he was employed by the Bankers Mortgage Company of Houston, and moved to Gregory to operate the Rincon Ranch in San Patricio County.  In the mid 1930's, he purchased a general merchandise store as a sideline and several years later leased the Rincon Ranch.  He ranched and farmed on his own and then purchased part of the Rincon Ranch.  Thereafter he was instrumental in organizing the San Patricio Water Control and Improvement District of which he continued as a director until his death.  In 1948, he was instrumental in organizing the Gregory Feed and Elevator Company, and remained active until his death as president and director.  In the early 1950's, he was instrumental in organizing the Portland State Bank and was active vice president and director until his death.  He was a member of The First Baptist Church of Columbus.  He is survived by his wife, Winnie Hastedt Miller and his brother, Ellis G. Miller, along with numerous nieces and nephews.  Pallbearers were his nephews, Gus H. Miller Jr., Allan A. Hill, Robert J. Allen, Richard C. Beu, Doug J. Hastedt, Jay W. Hastedt, Robert W. Hastedt and Joe D. Hastedt.

The Colorado County Citizen, September 30, 1971
Submitted by David Hahn

Miller, Leslie E.


Leslie E. Miller, 81, of Mentz, passed away Oct. 23 at Columbus Community Hospital.
He was born Feb. 8, 1924 to Frank and Katie (Maertz) Miller. He married Adrine Hennecke Miller Sept. 16, 1947 and worked as a self-employed rancher. He was a member of St. Roch Catholic Church in Mentz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Erwin Miller; and sister, Reetha Kansteiner.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Linda and husband, Billy Sweat, of Mentz and Susan and husband, Randy Schramm, of Mentz; son, Gary Miller and wife, Tina, of Mentz; and grandchildren, Kristi Weyand and husband, Eric, Jackie Sweat and fiancee Christina Bertram, Matthew Miller, Lynsey Miller, Whitney Miller, Jenna Schramm and Blake Schramm.

Funeral services were Oct. 26 at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed at St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery in Mentz.

Pallbearers were Michael Maertz, Larry Walla, Jeff Maertz, Jack Hodge, Russell Maertz and Dennis Truchard. Honorary pallbearers were Kristi Weyand, Eric Weyand, Matt Miller, Lynsey Miller, Whitney Miller, Jenna Schramm and Blake Schramm.

Colorado County Citizen, November 2, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Miller, Lillian (Ilse)

Mrs. Lillian Miller, Columbus Native, Succumbs at 87

Last rites for Mrs. Lillian Ilse Miller, 87-year-old Columbus native, were here last Saturday morning with Rev. Calvin Sachers officiating.

Mrs. Miller had been an invalid many years. She was born here Dec. 29, 1872, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ilse. She died in the family home last Friday night.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Miss Nancy Miller of San Antonio and Miss Ilse Miller of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Ellis, Jim Henry and Aubrey William Ilse, Dick and Rod Ilse and T. W. Glithero. Columbus Funeral home directed arrangements.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery here.

Colorado County Citizen, June 2, 1960, page 8

Miller, Lillie Marie (Buttschell)

Mrs. A. A. Miller Services Held Saturday Morning

Funeral services were held Saturday morning in St. Anthony’s Catholic church for Mrs. A. A. Miller, who died in Columbus hospital at 11:30 a.m. Thursday after an illness of about a year. Rev. P. M. Endler, assisted by Rev. Alex Kraus, officiated at the church and burial in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Rosary for Mrs. Miller was recited in Untermeyer Funeral home Friday night at 8:15.

Mrs. Miller, the former Lillie Marie Burttschell, was born at Mentz Apr. 2, 1893, a daughter of Anton and Josephine Braden Burttschell. She and Mr. Miller were married Oct. 30, 1911.

She is survived by her husband; 4 sons, Walter Lee, M. A. and Willis L. Miller of Columbus and L. R. Miller of San Antonio, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Ed. Watzlavik of Columbus and Mrs. Robert Richter of Groves and 16 grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. William Kotzebue of Columbus, died the day after Mrs. Miller’s funeral.

Pallbearers were Ellis G. Miller, W. H. Miekow, Oscar Miller, Cyril Gloger, Edward Miller and J. E. Meismer.

Among relatives from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Meyer, Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Miller, Eagle Lake; Mr.and Mrs. Edwin Miller, Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Miller, Mrs. Leo Polocheck, Mr. Reinhard Brod, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Neuendorff, Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Braden and Mrs. Baldwin Hill, Bernardo; Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Chollett, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Braden and Mr. and Mrs. George Hill, San Antonio; Monroe J. Engbrock, Robert Engbrock and Mrs. Louis Marowitz, Seguin, and Larry Miller of the armed services stationed in Virginia.

Colorado County Citizen, July 23, 1959, page 8

Miller, Louis B. C.

Louis Miller, 28, Formerly of Here, Columbus Suicide

Louis B. Miller, 28, who attended school here as a young boy, ended his life Tuesday night by turning on a gas jet in the closed-up bathroom of his parents’ home at Columbus.

He was found by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis H. Miller, when they returned from a show shortly after ten o’clock. He had been dead only few minutes. Justice Mrs. A. W. Hahn said death was due to asphyxiation.

Born at Columbus May 9, 1922, he had lived in Weimar 15 or 20 years ago with his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Billie Bass, who now live in Schulenburg. Afflicted all his life with a speech impediment and almost a cripple, he had worked at various odd jobs in Columbus.

Surviving in addition to his parents and his sister, Mrs. Bass, is another sister, Mrs. R. C. McCandless of Houston.

Funeral services were held this Thursday morning at 10 o’clock from the Columbus Funeral Home, Rev. M. L. Roberts of the Baptist Church officiating. Burial was in Oddfellows Cemetery at Columbus.

Weimar Mercury, December 29, 1950, page 1

Miller, Louis Frank “Cotton”

Louis F. Miller, 53, Garwood Farmer, Buried at El Campo

GARWOOD Louis Frank (Cotton) Miller, 53, who died of a heart attack Sunday evening in Laughlin hospital at Eagle Lake was buried in the Garden of Memories cemetery at El Campo Tuesday after services in the Wheeler Funeral home in El Campo.

Rev. Charles Storey, pastor of the Methodist church at Garwood, officiated.

Mr. Miller, a rice farmer and rancher, has suffered with heart trouble several years and was taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon. He was a member of the Lutheran church.

He was born July 8, 1911 in Victoria, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller Jr. His father died in 1937 and his mother, the former Helen Luehrsen, died in 1949.

Mr. Miller was married to Lorena Hahn in Victoria Jan 14, 1936. They moved to Garwood in 1938.

Survivors include the widow; a daughter, Mrs. William (Rose Ann) Miller of Yoakum; a son, Louis Arlin Miller, his wife Betsy, and their 2 children Mary Ann and Richard Arlin Miller; 3 sisters, Mrs. Felix (Annie) Koenig of Cuero, Mrs. James (Louise) Vorkoper of San Antonio and Mrs. Charlie (Alma) Beck of Victoria; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Lester Bunge Sr., E. H. Stienke, E. L. Wied, James Hopkins and Boyd Rees, all of Garwood, and J. R. Laughlin of Eagle Lake, Henry Beken Jr. of Weimar and Floyd Henderson of El Campo.

Honorary pallbearers were W. H. Miekow of Columbus, W. C. Spears, Robert Schiuring, L. J. Schilling, F. B. Priesmeyer, Claude Mullins, Ben Richter, Louis Cranek Sr. and Jr., Lester Cranek, Fritz Cranek, Leon Cranek, Steve Appling, Ludwig Schoellman, Hubert Swoboda, William Strunk and Johnny Maltese.

Colorado County Citizen, October 22, 1964

Miller, Louis H.

Louis H. Miller, Retired Rancher, Is Laid to Rest

Last rites for Louis H. Miller, 84, were held at Columbus Funeral home May 16. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Dr. J. T. Painter and Rev. Fred Lehrer officiated.

Mr. Miller died in a Houston hospital May 15 after a brief illness. Up to the time he was taken to the hospital he had maintained good health. He was hunter, known for his good markmanship, and a fisherman. Only last deer season did he bag a deer on his private hunting lease near here. He was a retired rancher.

Mr. Miller was born Jan. 14, 1878 near Columbus, son of German immigrants, Garrett and Helena Miller. On July 22, 1903, he was married to Miss Mabel Cousins. His wife survives.

Other survivors are 2 daughters, Mrs. W. T. Bass of Schulenburg and Mrs. Robert McCandless of Houston, 3 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Lee Dungen, Will Bodungen, Charles Allen, Jimmie Mikulenka, Lelius Hastedt, James D. Seymour, Ellis Miller and W. A Struss.

Colorado County Citizen, May 24, 1962
Submitted by Bill Stein

Miller, M. A. “Bing”


M.A. "Bing" Miller, 87, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 24 at Hospice at the Forum in Houston.

He was born in Columbus, Jan. 22, 1918 to Adolph A. and Lillian (Burtschell) Miller and married Agnes "Mickey" Thorp May 12, 1946. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6113 and served in the U.S. Army Medical Corp during World War II. He was also retired from Henicke Motor Company and Fire Fox in Columbus where he worked as an auto mechanic.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Jim Claude Miller; brothers, Lever Ray and Walter Lee Miller; and sisters, Geraldine Richter and Darrell Dean Watzlavick.

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Emma Louise and Lester Lipperdt of Katy; brother, Willis "Frog" Miller of Columbus; and grandchildren, Eric R. and Jason M. Lipperdt.

A prayer service and rosary is scheduled at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 26. Funeral services are planned Jan. 27 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Eric and Jason Lipperdt, LeRoy Schlechte, Johnny and Darryl Herzik and Jack Schindler.

Colorado County Citizen, January 26, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Miller, Mabel Clair (Cousins)

Mrs. Louis Miller, Lifetime Resident, Dies in Houston

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Louis H. Miller, 78, the former Mabel Cousins, lifetime resident of Columbus, who died June 30 in a Houston hospital after a short illness. She was the wife of the late Mr. Miller who died several months ago. He was a retired farmer and rancher.

The Rev. Charles Young of the Weimar Baptist church officiated at the last rites in Columbus Funeral home. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery

Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Wm. T. Bass of Schulenburg and Mrs. Robert McCandless of Houston; 3 grandchildren, Dr. Bob McCandless of Houston, Miss Sally McCandless of Warm Springs, Ga., and Mrs. Jo Vasut of New Orleans and 5 great-grandchildren, also a brother, G. L. B. Cousins, of Columbus; 2 nieces, Mrs. Phyrne O’Day of Pearland and Miss Shirley Cousins of Houston and one nephew, Earl Cousins of Sheridan. A son died in 1950.

Colorado County Citizen, July 4, 1963
Submitted by Bill Stein

Miller, Mable Williams (Sims)

Mable Williams Miller, 74, of Eagle Lake, passed away Feb. 13, at the Christus St. Catherine Health and Wellness Center in Katy, following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Burleson County, Jan. 9, 1928 to Clay and Georgia (Wilson) Sims and had been a resident of Eagle Lake for most of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers Cleveland and Buddy Sims.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Miller Sr. of Eagle Lake; daughters, Laura May Miller and Georgia Williams both of Houston and Mable Stovall of Eagle Lake; sons, Clyde Miller and Frank Miller Jr. both of Houston, Tommy Sims of Eagle Lake and Junior Lee Miller, Freddie Miller, Edgar Miller and Joe Nathan Miller all of Houston; sisters, Willie Mae Butler of Houston and Dessie Washington of Bryan; and brothers, Son Sims of Bryan, James Sims of Victoria.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 23, from the Providence Baptist Church of Eagle Lake with the Rev. Coby Shorter Jr., pastor, officiating. Interment followed at Eagle Lake Community Cemetery East.

Pallbearers were Charles Miller, Kevin Miller, Shaman Stovall, Frank Miller III, Edgar Miller Jr. and Joe Stovall.

Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Miller Jr., Junior Lee Miller, Clyde Miller, Tommy Sims and Joe Nathan Miller.

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

Miller, Magdelena

Mrs. Magdelena Miller, a German midwife, died in this city last Sunday, and buried next day, Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss officiating. She was of genial, kindly dispostion, and had many friends, who regret her demise. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 28, 1890, page 3

Miller, Mary

In the calendar of crime for the closing year, none exceed the atrocious twin outrages committed on the night of the 28th ult, upon the body of a German lady, Mrs. John Miller, near Frelsburg, in this county, by a negro brute named William Washington. The details are sickening and horrible in the extreme, and that this fiend is allowed quietly to remain in our jail, free of that [illegible] and prompt expiation usually visited upon the perpetrators of such crimes is due alone to the peaceful and law abiding spirit of our people, and their determination to submit to the legal enforcement of the law in such cases made and provided.

The particulars as narrated to us are that on the evening of Wednesday, the 28th ult., Mr. John Miller attended a wedding and dance in the neighborhood, leaving his wife and three children at home, as he thought in security. The negro Washington, about nineteen or twenty years of age, had been working on the place three or four years, and on the night in question watched Mrs. Miller put the little ones to bed, and disrobe herself for retiring; and just as she had extinguished the light, he opened door, rushed into the room and seized upon her. She fought him with all her might, and the brute struck her in the neck with a knife during the scuffle. In her frenzy and effort for life she was enabled to get loose from the brute after this stab, and ran from the house to the lot. Here the [illegible] overtook her, cut her throat, and outraged her body. Her husband returning after midnight and missing her, found the body at the lot some 75 yards from the house, cold in death.

He gave the alarm, and with the assistance of the neighbors, pursued and captured the negro, but he afterwards escaped. Sheriff Townsend was notified, and at once entered upon the work of his capture. Accompanied by Constable Geo. B. Crawford, pursuit was made, and the scoundrel was captured Thursday night near Shelby, Austin county, brought back to this place and put in jail where he is now confined. The negro has made a confession. The offices deserve great credit for their prompt and good work in the premises.

Colorado county has been almost free of crimes of this character, the majority of our colored population being law-abiding, and in favor of the enforcement of the law. There are few of them who have any sympathy for this criminal, and we heard it said on the streets that a number of them were in favor of lynching him. If there is at any time an excuse for mob law, the brutality and enormity of this case presents that excuse. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 5, 1888, page 3

Miller, Mary Ann

Mary Ann Miller

Mary Ann Miller of San Antonio, formerly from Garwood, passed Aug. 7 in Columbus.

She was born to Elizabeth (Betsy) Lawton Bostick Miller and the late Louis Arlin Miller on Feb. 25, 1962 in Toul Rosieres AFB, France. Her maternal grandparents were Joseph Maner Bostick and Mildred Archambault Bostick of South Carolina.

Her paternal grandparents were Louis and Lorena Miller of Garwood.

She was preceded in death by her father, Louis Arlin Miller on April 23, 1995.

She is survived by her mother Elizabeth Lawton Bostick Miller; brother Richard (Ricky) Arlin Miller, his wife Kayleen Melissa; nieces Lawton, Hannah, Isabella; step-niece Lessia of Nacogdoches; and special friend, Marvin A. Wilson of Houston.

Memorial services will take place Wednesday Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. at Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Church in Garwood with the Rev. Robin Pearcy officiating. [burial place unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, August 12, 2010

Miller, Mary Elizabeth (Dampken)

Oak Grove items.

The destroyer, death, has once more borne away a precious one from our midst. Mrs. Mary Miller, died Sunday night at 11:30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Julius Richter, after a lingering illness of four months duration. She lived to the age 78 years. She had devoted children, who had always made her-last days happy; her husband died 25 years ago, but she had sons and daughters who lavished every kindness upon her thus making the severing of earthly ties doubly hard. She longed to live for the sake of these dear ones. But this is our common lot--a debt we all have to pay. Their love could not prolong her stay. The deceased was one of the best known women in this section, and was the soul of honor, her word being her bond, and was ever ready to aid any enterprise that was of interest to the community in which she lived, was of a jolly disposition, and she will be sadly missed by not only her many relatives but by a host of friends in this section and elsewhere.

She leaves four children to mourn her loss: Mrs. Julius Richter of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Gerhard Mehrens and Henry Miller of Oak Grove, and Niclos Miller. The remains were laid to rest in the "Miller’s Creek" cemetery, Thursday morning, July 7th, the funeral procession being a very large one. The ceremony at the grave was performed by Rev. F. Piepenbrok, pastor of the Lutheran church at Weimar, of which the deceased was a consistent member. The sympathy of the whole community goes out to the bereaved ones. Rest, in peace.

Weimar Mercury, July 15, 1910, page 1

Miller, Mittie Alice (Oakes)

Houston Post Specials: Columbus,--Mrs. Mittie Miller, wife of District Clerk William S. Miller, died this morning. Mrs. Miller was a daughter of the late Thomas J. Oakes. She was 35 years of age and a native of Columbus vicinity. No one In town has oftener comforted the distressed or assisted the afflicted than Mrs. Miller. She possessed those attributes of character that endeared abiding fidelity to her. Her demise Is deeply deplored. She will be buried by the side of her parents at Odd Fellows' Rest tomorrow.

Weimar Mercury, May 16, 1908, page 1

Miller, Ola Mae


The 12-year-old [death certificate gives 9 year old] daughter of Sam Miller and wife, living a short distance north of town; died early Sunday from burns sustained at about eight o’clock Saturday night, when the home and household effects of the family were totally destroyed. The girl had filled a lamp and struck a match to light it when an explosion took place. She was taken to a neighbor’s house and given medical attention, but lived only about 12 hours. [Interment in Miller’s High Hill Cemetery]

A younger brother was also badly burned about the legs, arm and face, and his condition was pronounced critical Tuesday.

The mother was painfully but not seriously burned.

The burning dwelling was noticed too late for any help to be rendered from this city.

Colorado County Citizen, June 22, 1933, page 1

Miller, Otto Louis Adolph

Otto Miller, 66, Funeral Services Held Saturday

Otto Louis Adolph Miller, 66, who died in Columbus hospital Nov. 25 a 1:15 a.m., was buried last Saturday in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery after services at Columbus Funeral home.

Rev. G. Wolf, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran church here, officiated at the last rites. Mr. Miller, who lived on Route 1, Columbus, was a member of the Lutheran church.

He was a cement finisher for Spindler Concrete Pipe co. here.

Mr. Miller was born Aug. 14, 1893 in this county. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gerhardt Miller.
Survivors include his widow; 2 sons, Garrett Miller of Madisonville and George William Miller of Campbell, Calif.; a sister, Viola Williams of Columbus; and a brother, Edwin Miller of Columbus.

Pallbearers were W. A. Struss, Leo Spindler, Herman Balzer, E. J. Willman, Clarence James, and Charles Ahlgrim.

Colorado County Citizen, December 3, 1959, page 12 

Miller, Paul P.

Paul Miller Funeral Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Paul P. Miller, 90, of Oakland, more recently a resident of Stevens Convalescent Canter in Hallettsville, were held Monday, January 29, from Hubbard Funeral chapel, with burial in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery. Father John Bily officiated.

Miller, a farmer-rancher and World War II veteran, died Jan. 27, at Stevens Convalescent Center of pneumonia.

Born May 7, 1899, near Oakland, he was a son of Gus Sr. and Rosa Lee (Lavendowski) Miller. A bachelor, he lived on the old Miller home place about three miles out of Oakland, until fire destroyed the home on July 24 last year, at which time he entered Stevens Convalescent.

Surviving are three sisters, Pearl Newman of La Porte, Katie Rees of Alief and Leona McKinnon of Hallettsville and one brother, Jimmie Miller of Sugar Land. Five brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were nephews Gus Klare, Paul Klare, Laughlin McKinnon, Ronald Miller, Vernon Miller and Ervin Rees.

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1990
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Miller, Rosa (Braden).

Mrs. O. J. Miller Laid To Rest After Services Saturday

Last rites for Mrs. O. J. Miller were held at Untermeyer Funeral Home Saturday morning with further services at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Rev. Alex J. Kraus officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mrs. Miller died in Columbus hospital Aug. 7, following critical illness of about 2 weeks.

She was born at Mentz Apr. 8, 1893, daughter of Edward and Frances Doree Braden. She and Mr. Miller were married about 48 years ago.

Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. A. J. Leenen of Sealy and 4 sons, Oscar Miller of Eagle Lake, A. G. Miller of El Campo, Reuben Miller of Old Ocean and Edward Miller of El Campo; also, 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are 3 sisters, Mrs. Jim Kalina of Garwood, Mrs. Lena Witte of League City and Mrs. Tillie Reitz of El Campo and a brother, Walter Braden of Nada.

Pallbearers were:…

Colorado County Citizen, August 14, 1958
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Miller, Rosa Lee (Lewandowski)

Mrs. Gus Miller, Sr., 78, Dies Easter Day, Buried Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Gus Miller, Sr., 87, who died Easter Sunday morning in Renger Hospital, Hallettsville, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and at St. Michael's Church here Tuesday morning, with interment in St. Michael's Cemetery

Mrs. Miller, a resident of Oakland, had been confined to her bed only a few days before death came to her Sunday. Her husband and three daughters, Bettie, Mary and Janie, preceded her in death, Mr. Miller in 1936.
Born at Ellinger Sept. 2, 1860, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Levandowsky[sic]. During her lifetime her country went through four major wars.
Surviving are eleven children, Ben, John arid Jim Miller of Sugar Land, Gus Miller of Hallettsville, Conrad Miller of Sublime, Will and Paul Miller of Oakland, Mrs. Paul Klare of Moulton, Mrs. Frank Newman of Houston, Mrs. Flem Rees of Alief, and Mrs. M. L McKinnon of Hallettsville; one sister, Mrs. Josie Kuhn of Columbus; one brother, Mr. Frank Levandowsky[sic] of East Bernard; 27 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers at the funeral were her grandsons, Emmett Newman, Ervin Rees, Conrad Miller, Jr., Vernon Miler, Ronald Miller, Robert Klare, Paul Klare, and Frank Newman, Jr.

Weimar Mercury, April 11, 1947, page 1

Miller, Sam

Sam Miller, Negro Veteran of World War I, Dies

Sam Miller, Negro veteran of World War I, was buried in the Miller High Hill family burial plot between Columbus and Frelsburg, Mar. 12. He died in Veterans hospital at Temple Mar. 5 after having been there a month.

Sam was in the army during the first war, stationed at San Antonio and Houston, and after his discharge became crippled with arthritis, using crutches until 1948, when he had to start using a wheel chair. He had gotten about since that time only with the wheel chair.

He and his wife, Hennie B., lost their 2 children, Mae at the age of 9, and Leroy at the age of 22. Only his wife survives.

Services were conducted at Davis Funeral home with Rev. R. B. Sanders of Greater Smith Chapel Baptist church, officiating.

Sam was born near Frelsburg Mar. 17, 1897. He spent his entire life in this county with the exception of the time in the army.

A brother, Shelley, who lives between Columbus and Frelsburg, and an aunt, Mattie Smith, who lives north of Columbus, are his other living relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, March 30, 1958, page 10

Miller, Selma W. (Tietschert)

Selma Miller

Last rites for Mrs. Selma Tietschert Miller of Houston were held March 8 from the Columbus Funeral Home with burial in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. The Rev. Fetter, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Houston, officiated.

Mrs. Miller, a resident of Golden Manor Rest Home in Houston, died Monday, March 7. She was 86 years of age.

Born in January of 1891 at Shaws Bend, she was a daughter of the late Ernst and Katherine Peters Tietschert. She was married to Frank Miller in 1913 and she was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Miller of Houston; one son, Byron F. Miller and his wife, Thelma, of Houston; 3 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. C. H. Walling of Austin and Mrs. Raymond Fowler of Columbus; 2 brothers, W. H. Tietschert of Columbus and Max Tietschert of El Paso.

Pallbearers were the 3 grandsons, Ray Dalton Erickson, Steven Miller and Charles Miller and James Fowler, Hugh He_len and Willie Tietschert.

Colorado County Citizen, March 17, 1977
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Miller, Thomas H.



COLUMBUS, Oct. 21, 1873.

Judge G. W. Smith died this morning from yellow fever. Four deaths in the past twelve hours. Seven new cases. The town is almost entirely deserted and the citizens still leaving. The greater portion of the business houses are closed.

Mayor Miller's son died this morning, also Capt. Kerr. [burial place unknown]

From all accounts the fever in [sic.] on the increase. I learn that the right kind of treatment and medicine is very much needed.

Galveston Daily News, October 22, 1873

Miller, Ura (Horton)

Ura Miller

On October 30, 2006, Ura Horton Miller went to be with her Lord and Savior, where we are certain that she was met by her beloved husband, Sidney, her infant son, Lawrence Edward, her parents, three sisters, four brothers and a host of family and friends who have gone before her. 

Ura was born April 13, 1917 to Eura and Mary Edith Horton in El Campo. She married the love of her life, Sidney Miller on Jan. 19, 1934. The family moved to Eagle Lake in 1960. She managed the Dairy Delite for a number of years before opening her own business, House of Fabrics. She retired in 1983. She faithfully served as a Pink Lady at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital earning her 1500 hours pin.

Ura will be remembered by her family as a “virtuous” woman, who lived her life by Christian example according to Proverbs 31. She was a woman of great faith, which was demonstrated by her commitment to Christ and love of her family. The Christian life she lived is a legacy she leaves behind. Although she will be greatly missed, her family rejoices in knowing she is at home in heaven. 

Ura is survived by her children, Helen Werlla Eaton (Alvin) of Conroe, Vernon Miller (Judy) of Austin, Elizabeth Beck (Wallace) of Cuero, Lois Herman (Martin) of Eagle Lake and Kathy Ware (Mike) of Missouri City; ten grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mildred Gottschald; and one brother, Eugene Horton. 

Funeral services will be today, Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake. Chris Thacker, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, Alvin Eaton, son-in-law and Clyde Drake, former Pastor of Sealy First Assembly will be officiating.  

Grandsons and grandson-in-laws will serve as pallbearers.  

Burial will follow at Garden of Memories in El Campo. Eagle Lake Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the Rice Medical Pink Ladies Auxiliary or to the Wintermann Library of Eagle Lake.

El Campo Leader-News OnLine, November 1, 2006

Miller, Walter Lee

Walter Lee Miller

March 24,1920 - February 2,1990

Walter Lee Miller, 69, of Altair, died Friday morning, February 2 in Temple from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born on March 24, 1920 in Columbus, a son of the late Adoulph and Lilly Burtscheil Miller. He married Joyce Mae Evans on December 27,1940. He had lived in Altair for the past 31 years and had owned and operated the Texaco Station in Altair for the past 36 years. He was a member of St Pauls Lutheran Church in Columbus and VFW Post 6113 in Columbus, having served in World War 11. One of his many enjoyments was hunting at his deer lease in West Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Deraldine Watslavick, and two daughters, Linda Joyce Miller and Kathy Lee Miller. Survivors include his widow, Joyce Mae Miller of Altair; a son, Kim Miller of Altair; a sister, Geraldine Miller of Groves; three brothers, Loveray Miller of Canyon Lake, and Willis (Frog) Miller and M.A. (Bing) Miller, both of Columbus; a grandson, Kolt Lee Miller of Altair; and numerous other relatives and loved ones. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, February 5 from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor Robert Schlortt, Pastor of St Pauls Lutheran Church of Columbus, officiating. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Pallbearers were Ned Stallman, Kirby Laraby, Howard Townsend, Glen Woodruff, Leroy Florus, Clifford Austin. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Upson, Theodore Lowe, William Clancy Best, Jeff Klimple, Stacy Mueller, Felix Sot Sr., David Tumer, Edward Miller. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

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

Miller, Will F.

Will F. Miller, World War I Vet, Succumbs at 80

Funeral services for Will F. Miller, 80, of Oakland, were held Wednesday morning, March 8, at Hubbard Funeral Home here and at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Albetrt Hubertus officiated.

Mr. Miller, veteran of World War I, died at 3 a.m. Monday, March 6, in Veterans Administration Hospital at Houston, where he had been a patient for two weeks

A lifelong resident of Oakland, he was born there Dec. 27, 1886, a son of Gus and Rosa Lena Lewanowski Miller. He had never married; he and a bachelor brother, Paul, made their home together.

Surviving are four brothers, Paul at Oakland, Jim of Sugar Land, and Conrad and Johnnie of Sublime; and four sisters, Mrs. Cora Newman of Houston, Mrs.Katie Reese of Alief, Mrs. Nora Klare of Rosenberg, and Mrs. Leona McKennon of Schulenburg.

Three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were E. W. Newman, Frank Newman, Gus Klare, Paul Klare, David Klare and Vernon Miller.

Weimar Mercury, March 16, 1967

Miller, Will F.

Will F. Miller, Former Weimar Banker, Succumbs to Wound
(Houston Post-Dispatch)

Will F. Miller, 47, president of the Bankers Securities Company, died at 6:35 p. m. Wednesday in Memorial Hospital, where he was being treated for a wound suffered in the accidental discharge of a pistol early Tuesday in his room at a down town hotel.

Mr. Miller was found shot through the left side, the bullet passing thru his body just below the heart, about 8 a. m. Tuesday, by a maid who told officers she investigated on hearing groans while passing Mr. Miller's room.

City Detectives L. D. Hooker and Ira Williams said Mr. Miller told them he was cleaning his revolver when it was discharged accidentally.

The wounded man was taken to the hospital in an Oliver-Lewis Company ambulance and although an operation was performed soon after he was admitted, his condition became steadily worse.

He lapsed into a semi-conscious condition early Wednesday shortly after he was given a blood-transfusion and died without regaining consciousness.

Mr. Miller was widely known in banking circles in Houston and other parts of the state, having been identified with financial interests here for more than ten years.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Fred Miller, of Columbus, Texas; four brothers, E. G., Leo and G. H. Miller, all of Columbus, and Prince Miller, of Fort Worth.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Hyde Park Funeral Home. The body will remain at the funeral home Thursday and it is probable that burial will be at Columbus.


Particulars of the tragic death of Will F. Miller. former banker and citizen of this place, in Houston, are given in an article copied from this (Thursday) morning Houston Post-Dispatch. We learned this morning that the funeral of Mr. Miller will take place at Columbus, home of his mother and brothers, at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. Many Weimar people will go down to the funeral. [Burial in Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, January 29, 1932, page 1

Miller, William Starkey (Bill)

"Bill" Miller Dead

William S. Miller, a prominent citizen of Columbus, died at his residence at noon Friday. Mr. Miller was 50 years of age, a native of Indiana and a resident of Columbus the past 30 years. He was a member of the Arzavar[?] temple of Shriners of Houston and a member of the Columbus commandery of Knights of Templar. He was married to Miss Lillian Ilse in 1912, who, with two small daughters, survive him.

"Bill" Miller, as he was familiarly known to a host of friends, was one of nature's noblemen. Courteous to everyone he met, a gentleman of the old school, brave and chivalrous, true as steel to his friends, a believer in right and justice at all times, he will be sadly missed by a large circle of friends throughout South Texas. Our sincere, heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved family. [Intered at Columbus Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, July 23, 1920
Transcribed by Deborah Smith

Miller, Winnie (Hastedt)


Funeral services for Winnie Hastedt Miller of Portland, Texas were held at Maxwell P. Dunne Funeral Home in Portland Dec. 30.  Continued services were held at Columbus-Day Funeral Home Dec. 31.  Interment was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  The Rev. Henry Teems officiated.  Mrs. Miller passed away at Portland Dec. 28.  She was 87 years of age.  She was born March 18, 1893 at Columbus.  She was affiliated with the First Baptist Church, Columbus, and a member of the Order of Eastern Star.  Survivors include one sister, Hattie Smalley of Columbus; two brothers, Lester Hastedt of Columbus and John Hastedt of Portland, and numberous nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, January 8, 1981
Submitted by David Hahn
Photo courtesy Carolyn Youens Hastedt
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