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Montgomery, Fannie Ann (Obenchain)


Shadows have fallen in the home of our friends. Sorrowing loved ones with measured steps, and tender bands, have laid away in the "City of the Dead" to await the resurrection of the just, the remains of one who will be sadly missed through the coming years. Miss Fannie Ann Obenchain was born in Botecourt County, Virginia, and came to Columbus when a small child with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Obenchain, and has resided here ever since, her parents were Virginians of Ante Bellum days. When in the bloom of her girlhood she gave her hand in marriage to Capt. J. J. Montgomery, a Tennessean who had a fine record as a Confederate soldier. From this union there were born six children, but one little sunbeam was wafted to heaven in infancy. Three sons and two daughters, sincerely mourn the death of this treasured mother. Many years ago she gave her heart to God, and associated herself with the Christian Church, in which faith she remained true until her death Mrs. Montgomery was a beautiful woman in form and character, modest in demeanor and conservative in disposition. As lovely flowers are plucked before the frost finds them that we may not see them decay so she was taken before age had blighted her fair face and form. Her retiring nature hid many of her best qualities, but they were fully revealed to those who enjoyed her close friendship. It was in her home her true worth, and Christian character was most conspicuous, and while she has gone from us, she still lives in the hearts of those who knew her best.

She was left with five children to raise, and resigned herself to their welfare, and looked well to character building. She was faithful to her trust and managed well. How well she succeeded we all know, as they are all intelligent, refined, citizens of sterling qualities, most highly esteemed. Her virtues and graces instilled her beautiful life and spirit into the lives of her children and friends. Mrs. Montgomery's health had been failing for many months, but after one weeks serious illness she passed away in Houston July 8th, at the residence of her son, Leland Montgomery. All that loving friends and medical skill could do to keep her here was done, but the death Angel had whispered to her "Come" and she obeyed, sinking into that beautiful sleep that knows no awakening to pain or sorrow. Dear friends the light has not been put out, only moved where it shines brighter, and is a beacon to her loved ones to follow.

The remains were brought to Columbus and conveyed to her home, from which place they were followed to the "Odd Fellows Rest" and tenderly laid to rest under a bank of lovely flowers…God's gift of love, to their sorrowing friend.

Her children were all with her at the time of her death, and attended her funeral the are: Mrs. Lawrence Preston Goldstone Jr., of New York City, Mr. and Mrs. John Collins Watier of Napoleonville, La., Mr. and Mrs. Henry Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. Leland Montgomery and Mr. Shelly Montgomery, all of Houston (Illness prevented Mrs. Shelly Montgomery from attending); two granddaughters, Miss Dorothy Seymour of New York and little Marjorie Montgomery of Houston and one sister, Mrs. R. S. Rockwood of Wharton. Rev. T. J. Windham, Episcopal Minister of Houston, an uncle of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Montgomery, in his own impressive manner officiated both at the home and at the grave. Also the Columbus Eastern Star Chapter, of which Mrs. Montgomery was a member and officer, held a solemnly beautiful service. The active pallbearers were: A. L. McCormick, W. S. Miller, E. C. Thrower, J. E. Hester of Columbus and Charles Lackey of Houston.

A Friend.

The Colorado Citizen, July 19, 1918
Transcribed by
Dennis Boatright


Montgomery, Frank

Glidden, March 12.--Frank Montgomery (colored), while working on the Southern Pacific bridge which is being constructed across the Colorado river one mile from Glidden, fell into the water and was drowned. Men worked all night,but have not yet succeeded in recovering the body.

Weimar Mercury, March 21, 1908, page 2


Montgomery, George


Old and Well Known Citizen, In State of Depondency, Ends Life Saturday Morning.

Standing before the mirror of a dresser in a room at his home on the Davis farm, three miles south of Matthews, George Montgomery, about 65 years of age, fired a bullet into his head about 7 o'clock last Saturday morning ending his life on earth.

The bullet from a .32 caliber colt's automatic struck him in the right ear, striking the skull on the opposite side of his head which turned its course, causing it to come out just over the left eye.  Death, evidently, was instantaneous.

A pistol was found lying on the dresser, where it had fallen after the fatal shot was fired.  A note addressed "To my friends," was pinned to the bosom of the dead man's shirt on which was written with pencil: Am done; out and down; no crop prospects; all debts, no way to pay; am tired of it all; good-bye."

Mr. Montgomery was well known to the people of this section and has been engaged in farming in the bottom section for many years, and his death is deeply regretted by all who knew him.

Depressed on account of failing health, worrying over crop conditions and inability to get farm labor, Mr. Montgomery was despondent, and after his last farm hands had left the place on Friday, he chose death as a means of ending it all.

Mr. Montgomery was a likable man, and many old friends who always enjoyed pleasant conversation with him on his weekly visits to Eagle Lake.  Friends, with whom he always mingled during his visits here, say that he appeared despondent while here on the Saturday before his death.  Last year he spent several months in a hospital in Houston from an infected foot.  He practically recovered but on his visit in town last Saturday told some of his friends that the same trouble was coming back on him and appeared very despondent over his physical condition.

He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. F. P Herbert and Mrs. W. E. Davis, both of this city, who have the sincere sympathy of the people of the entire community.

Funeral services were held from the Herbert home at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon, interment being made in the family burial grounds [Montgomery-Thatcher Cemetery] on the Montgomery plantation, Rev. R. M. Johnson, local Episcopal rector, officiated at the home and at the grave.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Saturday, May 29, 1926
Submitted by
Dorothy Cox

Montgomery, Jack Henry

Montgomery, Longtime Postmaster, Dead at 71

Jack Henry Montgomery, 71, retired Weimar Postmaster, died Friday, December 6 at his home.

Born in Weimar December 14, 1919, he was the son of John Head and Nancy Leona (Insall) Montgomery. After graduation from Weimar High School in 1937, he studied geology at the University of Texas and electrical engineering at Utah State.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in February 1942. After attending schools he saw combat in the Pacific, participating in the capture and defense of Bougainville and the consolidation of the Solomon Islands. After returning stateside Tec. Sgt. Montgomery was chief instructor at the Communications School, Marine Corps Base, San Diego. He and his wife Marty, a sergeant in the Marine Corps Women's Reserve, were married in LaJolla, California. At war's end he was attending officers platoon Leaders Class at Quantico, VA, returning to Weimar in September 1945.

Montgomery had an electrical and air conditioning business until 1959, when he was appointed postmaster of Weimar. During his career, he was also a trainer postmaster and survey officer.

He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Marine Corps Association, the American Legion and a past commander of the local Post; past member of the Lions Club and Rotary Club; member of the board of trustees, Weimar ISD from 1963 to 1965; a 32nd degree Mason and member of Scottish Rite. Since 1966 he had been president of the Weimar Cemetery Association and a life member of the Weimar Cemetery Trust until his dismissal because of illness.

Montgomery was an avid student of history and a stickler for authenticity, which led to a friendship with Henderson Shuffler, founder of the Institute of Texas Cultures. In his spare time he did volunteer work in preparation for HemisFair. His name is in the Czech exhibit. He helped many people find the graves of their relatives in the surrounding cemeteries. He had numerous requests for historical information and had recently become a consultant for a group making a serious study of the Sam Houston Trail.

Services were held Monday, Dec. 9, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, Rev. Paul May officiating. Interment was in Masonic Cemetery, the American Legion and VFW posts provided a color guard.

Surviving are his wife Marty; daughter Nancy Montgomery Winter, San Antonio; son John Montgomery, Bastrop; grandchildren Susie Winter, Chris Montgomery and Megan Montgomery.

Pallbearers were J. R. Yoder, B. B. Holt, Henry Herder, Leslie Townsend, Charles Farrar, Jack Brasher and Daniel Ulbricht. Honorary pallbearers were Dale Black, Wylie True, George Glauberg, Joe Kaye and Weimar Post Office employees. Serving in the color guard were Adolph Janecka, Bennie Rerich, Charlie Mazoch, Harvey Vonsand, Maurice Pace and "Bubba" Billeck.

Weimar Mercury, December 19, 1991, pages 1 and 16


Montgomery, James Steen

Major J. S. Montgomery

Died, at his residence in Colorado County, on the 1st day of May 1864 Major J. S. Montgomery, aged 76 years, 11 months and 20 days.

Major Montgomery was born in East Tennessee, May 11th 1788, moved to Kentucky in 1792, to Mississippi in 1800, and to Texas in 1836.  It will be seen from the above that the subject of this notice has been a citizen of Texas 28 years, and all who knew him will say nobly did he bear his part of every burden laid upon his State, and faithfully did he discharge every duty growing out of his relation to Texas as a Citizen.

Few men have ever lived who have preserved a more unblemished and unsullied character than did Major Montgomery.  His clear conception of right and wrong, his liberal, high toned and honorable method of transacting business and his noble and manly bearing at all times won for him the respect, esteem and love of all who knew him.  He was always kind and generous to the poor, and every ready to relieve the necessities of the distressed, and to cheer and comfort the afflicted; and at the announcement of the fact that his noble and generous heart has fled away from earth, the hearts of many throughout the state and very many soldiers in the field will be filled with grief and sadness.

Major Montgomery was confined most of the time to his room for five years before his death, and although at times his sufferings were very great, he bore them not only with fortitude and patience, but often with a cheerfulness that was truly wonderful.

In his family he was a great centre around which all moved and unto which all looked for advice, instruction and counsel and the inconsolable grief of his family at his loss told plainly the place he filled in their affections.  Even his servants gathered around him and wept as only those can weep who feel truly bereaved. After a long and useful life he lies down to rest leaving behind him the memory of his virtues as a precious legacy to his relatives and friends.

May 26 ut                             F. W. Cottingham
Montgomery-Thatcher Cemetery]

Galveston Daily News.
Submitted by
Dorothy Cox
Handbook of Texas article:


Montgomery, John Head

Head Montgomery Succumbs at 72; Funeral Today

Funeral services were set for 3 o’clock this (Thursday) afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home for John Head Montgomery, 72,retired road construction superintendent, who died at his home here Tuesday night.

Rev. Kyle Nagel, pastor of the Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Montgomery, who moved here and retired in 1956, had had heart disease for several years.

Born Jan 18, 1885, at Brownsville, Tennessee, he was the son of J. D. and Elizabeth Montgomery. J. D. Montgomery was a captain in the Confederacy.

Head Montgomery came to Texas in 1905 and in 1911 married Miss Leona Insall here. From time to time since then they had lived here, but his work as a construction contractor made it necessary for them to live various other places.

He was the contractor on the last major railroad line put down in Texas, and in 1920,in partnership with his brother, W. T. Montgomery, put down the first concrete road in Texas from San Benito to Brownsville, in 1920. From 1932 to 1945 he was employed by Brown & Root co., as general superintendent of the East Texas area and later as superintendent of paving.

Mr. Montgomery received two war department decorations for outstanding construction work during World War II. In 1942 he was awarded the Army-Navy E and in 1943 he received the Order of Meritorious Civilian Service, highest civilian award given by the Navy.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Jack Montgomery, and 2 grandchildren, Nancy Anne and John William Montgomery, all of Weimar; and his brother, W. T. Montgomery of San Antonio.

Weimar Mercury, March 8, 1957, page 1

Montgomery, John William

John Montgomery Died Nov. 7

John William Montgomery died unexpectantly, after a brief illness, on Nov. 7.

He was admitted to Lakeside Hospital in Bastrop with pneumonia on Monday, moved to Brackenridge in Austin on Tuesday and passed away Wednesday night.

John was born in Schulenburg on August 26, 1949 to Jack H. and Martha Montgomery.

He grew up in Weimar and graduated from Weimar High School.

He served as a Sergeant in the US Air Force in Saigon during the Vietnam War, attended North Texas State, was a avid Longhorn fan, loved travelling, fine food & the theater.

John worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Bastrop for many years where he made many friends at work & on his routes.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

He is survived by his daughter Megan Montgomery of Austin, son Chris Montgomery of Weimar, sister Nancy Montgomery Winter of Bastrop, niece Susie Mickel and husband Chip of Evergreen, Colorado, and their daughters Marleena and Montgomery, numerous cousins, & his cat Scooter.

A memorial service was held on November 12 at Good Shepherd Church in Bastrop.

Burial of ashes will be at a later date at Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Any donations in John's name may be made to the Bastrop County Animal Shelter, Weimar Public Library, Heritage Society Museum, or a charity of one’s choice.

Weimar Mercury, November 22, 2007, page 2A


Montgomery, L. C.

L. C. Montgomery
August 17, 1940 - August 28, 2003

L. C. Montgomery of Eagle Lake departed this life Thursday, August 28, 2003 at his home.

He attended school in Garwood and later married Erma Jean Farrow. To this union, one child was born, Angel.

Preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Ruth Montgomery; he leaves to mourn his loss a daughter, Angel Montgomery Farrow of Houston; step-daughter, Bridgette Hurd-Tillman of Eagle Lake; a brother and sister, Elmo Montgomery and Ruby Lee Amos both of Garwood; three nieces; five nephews; special friends, Cleveland and Pearlie Ford; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, August 31 at 12:30 p.m. from Greater Union Baptist Church in Matthews. [Place of interment unknown]

Arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 4, 2003
Transcribed by
John Konesheck


Montgomery, Martha Lydia “Marty” (Juntunen)

M. Montgomery Died March 18

Marty Montgomery died March 18 at Lakeside Hospital in Bastrop. She was born Martha Lydia Juntunen on Feb. 24, 1917 in Sault Ste Marie, Canada to Isaac and Lydia Juntunen.

Her body was cremated as she had requested and the cremains will be interred in the family plot in Masonic Cemetery. A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

The family moved to Michigan in 1919 and she became a U.S. citizen upon the naturalization of her father in 1935.

She attended school in several different cities and after graduating was employed by AAA Travel.

After the United States entered World War II, Marty and several girlfriends moved to California and enlisted in the Women’s Marine Corp where she attained the rank of sergeant.

While stationed at San Diego she met Jack H. Montgomery, a Technical Sergeant also in he Marines. They married on Nov. 24, 1944. Marty was honorably discharged several months later.

She moved to Weimar in the summer of 1945 to await the birth of their first child at the home of her husband’s parents, John Head and Leona Montgomery.

During the 50’s and 60’s, Marty handled the accounting for Montgomery Electric Company and Montgomery Hereford Farm.

She also worked for the Weimar Chamber of Commerce, Colorado County Republican Party, reported Weimar news for the Houston Chronicle and was active in the community and the First Methodist Church.

In 1963, she went to work for the Weimar School District, first in the principal’s office and later as a teacher’s aide.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Montgomery) Winter of Bastrop; son, John Montgomery of Bastrop; grandchildren, Susie Michel and husband Chip of Evergreen, Colo., Chris Montgomery of Weimar, and Megan Montgomery of Austin; and great-granddaughter, Marleena Michel of Evergreen, Colo.

Also surviving are the children of sister Elme, Martin Lustig, Linda Parrill, Gerald Lustig, Douglas Lustig, and Susan Redmon.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years; both parents; brother, Toivo Juntunen; and sister, Elme Lustig.

Weimar Mercury, March 30, 2006


Montgomery, unknown

DIED, in this city December 23d, infant son of Capt. and Mrs. J. J. Montgomery. The tiny pilgrim was kindly rescued by the death angel from the struggling and perils of life’s great journey in the early dawn of his existence and transferred to realms of pure and perfect happiness. Our tenderest sympathies are with the bereaved parents who will ever involuntarily “sigh for the pressure of vanished lips, and the light of eyes darkened in death’s ellipse,” but
“There is a future, oh thank God!
[Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 5, 1882


Montgomery, unknown


One of our prominent colored citizens (John Montgomery) buried his wife last week. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, July 9, 1885


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