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Nall, H. C.

Funeral of Mr. H. C. Nall

The funeral of H. C. Nall, father of D. E. Nall of this city, which took place at the Masonic cemetery Friday afternoon, was largely attended. Services were held at the Baptist church by Revs. Isaac Sellers and J. E. Stack, and they were of a most impressive character. The local Masonic lodge conducted the funeral, decedent having been a member of that order for many years. The pall bearers were: Honorary -- T. S. Doggett, J. O. Boettcher, Rev. Isaac Sellers, P. S. Shaver, John H. Brooks and M. R. Allen; active -- Jno. C. Hubbard, H. Brasher, Geo. T. Hawkes, George F. Loessin, E. F. Shortt and I. Lauterstein

Weimar Mercury, April 7, 1916

Nance, Augusta “Gus”


Augusta "Gus" Nance, 86, of Houston, passed away March 5 at Houston Hospice.

She was born in Navaro, Italy, Sept. 5, 1920.

She is survived by her husband, Alwyn Alton Nance of Houston; sisters-in-law, Jeanette Nance of Rock Island and Juanita Nance of Cold Springs; and other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services were conducted March 9 at the Rock Island Full Gospel Church with the Rev. Herb Beyer officiating. Interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Pallbearers were Kenny Nance, Keith Nance, Greg Miller, Max Girndt, Billy Mayes and Bob Rainosek.
Honorary pallbearers were Cody Nance and Ray Lee Jackson.

Colorado County Citizen, March 14, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Nance, Fanney

Aged Negro Woman Claimed by Death

“Aunt Fanney” Nance, 71 years old, one of our oldest colored women, died Tuesday of last week and the funeral took place at the Good Hope Cemetery east of Weimar Friday last, Rev. Reed of Gonzales, Methodist minister, officiating in what Is said to have been one of the finest sermons of Its kind ever heard in this section. The funeral was largely attended.

“Aunt Fanney” was a mother-in-law of Walter Boyd, well known colored citizen of this place. She Is survived by nine living children, with several dead and about thirty grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was one of the old time darkeys, and always possessed the highest respect of her white friends. For many years she was a servant in the Henry Insall family of this city.

Her departure is deeply and sincerely regretted by a large circle of white friends, as well as those of her own race.

Weimar Mercury, June 3, 1932, page 1

Nance, George Raymond

Charge Become Murder in Christmas Eve Shooting

An aggravated assault charge against J. C. Johnson of Weimar in the Christmas Eve shooting of Raymond Nance, 47, also of here, was changed to murder after Nance died Friday.

Nance, himself a parolee from a murder conviction of several years ago, was shot once with a .38 calibre pistol outside Club 90 here about midnight on Christmas Eve.

The story told City Marshall Fred Vornsand by Johnson and his wife Irma Lee was that the couple was arguing in the cafe, then took the fight outside. Irma Lee had an ice pick and Johnson the pistol. Both said Johnson fired at her and missed, hitting Nance, who was standing nearby.

The bullet, entered Nance’s right side and lodged in his back near the spine. After emergency treatment at Youens Memorial Hospital he was transferred to Veterans Administration Hospital at Houston the same night. He died at 5:20 a.m. Friday, eight days after the shooting.
Before the death, both Johnson and his wife were charged with aggravated assault. Johnson was also charged with having a concealed weapon, a misdemeanor; after the death, that charge was changed to having a prohibited weapon on licensed premises a [sic]

Nance and his brother were charged some years ago in the beating death of another Negro man. The brother got off but Nance drew a 20-year term. He was paroled after serving eight years and had stayed out of trouble since. [Interment in Good Hope Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, January 8, 1970, page 1

Nance, Howard Sr.

Howard Nance Sr., 92, of Rock Island passed away on Friday, June 2, at 12:05 a.m. at Garden Villa Nursing Home in El Campo following a lengthy illness. He was born November 28, 1902 in Shroder to Joseph and Betty Simmons Nance. Howard had been a resident of Rock Island for most of his life, with a career in farming and ranching in the Garwood-Nada area. He was a member of the Lutheran Church and had been a resident of El Campo since 1988. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lillie Merten Nance; sisters, Lois and Edith; brothers, Douglas and Alton. Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, A. A. and Agusta Nance of Houston, Howard Jr. and Juanita Nance of Cold Springs, Kenneth and Jeanette Nance of Rock Island; grandchildren, Kenny and Keith Nance, Pam Vore, and Sandy Bartee; six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Graveside services were held on Monday, June 5, from the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island, with Rev. Al Flathmann, Pastor, Zion Lutheran Church in Sublime officiating. Pallbearers were Norman Hooper, Greg Vore, Gene Bartee, Max Girndt, Billy Mays and Ray Lee Jackson. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons, Kenny and Keith Nance, great grandsons, Greg Miller and Brian Vore, good friends. Jack Mays and Johnny Hooper. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 8, 1995
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Nance, Kenneth E. Sr.


Kenneth E. Nance Sr., 76, of Rock Island, passed away Sunday, May 15, in Houston.

He was born Nov. 30, 1928 in Schroeder to Howard Nance Sr. and Lilie (Merten) Nance. He graduated from Garwood High School in 1946.

He married Jeanette L. Jackson on April 12, 1957. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Sublime and was a founding member of Rock Island Volunteer Fire Department and the Rock Island Water Corporation.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Kenneth E. Nance Jr., and wife, Norma, of Columbus, Keith Nance and friend, Melissa Neubauer, of Rock Island; brother, A.A. Nance and wife, Augusta, of Spring Branch; grandson, Cody Lane; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Pallbearers were Max Girndt, Mark Robinson, Billy Mayes, Allen Till, Joe Till and Kenneth Brune. Honorary pallbearers were Marvin Brown, Kenneth Perry, Slick Tharp, Clyde Turner, Ray Lee Jackson, Norman Jackson, Dorman Jackson, Lee Girndt and Bob Anderson. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rock Island Volunteer Fire Department, the Arthritis Foundation or the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, May 25, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Nance, Lilly (Marten)

The Eagle Lake Headlight regrets very much an error in the headline for the obituary for Mrs. Howard Nance, Sr., of Rock Island. The headline erroneously read that Mrs. Kenneth Nance had died and should have read "Last Rites for Mrs. Howard Nance Tues."

Mrs. Howard Nance, Sr., died Sunday, March 31 in the Nightingale Hospital and the last rites were held from the Chapel of Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. Tues., April 2 followed by interment in Myrtle Cemetery near Rock Island. She was born August 4, 1901 in Victoria the daughter of Herman and Mary Merten. She and Howard Nance were united marriage on Mar. 21, 1922 in Victoria, Texas. . . . to her husband, Howard Nance of Rock Island; are three sons, Kenneth Nance of Rock Island, Howard Jr., of Cold Springs and Alwyn of Houston; also four grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Scbuthrelt of Victoria and Mrs. Melinda Rogers of EI Campo; and one brother, E. A. Merten of Wharton and other relatives.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 11, 1974
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Nash, Carlton Ray

Carlton Ray Nash
January 20, 1920 - April 26, 2004

Carlton Ray Nash, 84, beloved husband, father, grandfather, friend and brother, passed away Monday, April 26, 2004 after a brief illness.

Ray, as he was known by his many friends and family, was born January 20, 1920 in Palestine, Texas to John and Minnie Nash.

Nr. Nash served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of World War II. He was a long-time employee of Getty Oil Company where he retired in 1982.

His parents; sisters, Elsie and Kathleen; and a brother, Dalton, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Kay; sister and brother-in-law, Wynona and Bill Smith of Palestine; son and daughter-in-law, John and Yvonne Nash of Lake Jackson; grandson and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Julie Nash of Gretna, Nebraska; granddaughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Lee Santo of Katy, Julie and Joe Thomas of Spring and Kelly and B. A. Stryk of Victoria; five great-grandsons, Joshua and Ethan Santo, Austin Ray and Jayden Nash and Ryan Thomas; two great-granddaughters, Erin and Kinsley Stryk.

In keeping with Ray’s wishes his body has been donated to the Baylor College of Medicine.

Remembrances for Ray may be sent to the Lighthouse Church, P.O. Box 696, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566 to benefit the Mission Trips.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, April 29, 2004
Transcribed byJohn Konesheck

Nash, Clara May (Davidson)

Clara May Nash
September 20, 1915 - May 17, 2003

Mrs. Clara May Nash was discovered in a semi-conscious state on Saturday, May 10, at her beloved church piano, while practicing music for Mother's Day services the following day. An ambulance raced to her rescue, but, by then, she had lapsed into a coma. She was taken to Medical Center of Plano, where she died at 10:30 a.m. May 17 from complications arising from the stroke.

Mrs. Nash will be recognized at memorial services this weekend as this country's oldest church pianist and organist. She was a super volunteer with an impressive 3,800 Sundays of service to her credit.

Although she remained amazingly humble, Mrs. Nash's accomplishments have been recognized by both national print and broadcast media. In the mid-fifties, her playing was featured weekly on KULP Radio in El Campo. September 20, 2002, marked the 87th birthday for one who had served her community and church faithfully, over seven decades, since the early thirties.

Sundays began early for octogenarian Nash as she adeptly played the piano for a grateful group of senior citizens at a nursing and rehab facility in West Plano. Many of the occupants were decades younger than she.

Next, after rushing across town, she played the piano at morning services as the full time pianist for WillowCreek Fellowship Church in Plano.The rest of the week, she played for weddings, funerals and other special occasions.

In celebration of her last birthday, WillowCreek Fellowship showered her with gifts and praise. One of the gifts was tickets to see her sports favorites, the Texas Rangers, play Anaheim at the Ballpark at Arlington. She was ecstatic, as she watched her heroes win in grand style. The jumbo billboard spelled out birthday wishes as the announcer honored her on the public address system.

Mrs. Nash came by a love of public service naturally. She was born Clara May Davidson on September 20, 1915, at home in Wharton, the third of six children, to civil engineer Frank Norris Davidson and wife, Bertha.

At the time of her father's death in 1974, at age 92, the wire services and national news anchors (including Paul Harvey and Walter Cronkite) proclaimed Colorado County Surveyor Frank N. Davidson the country's oldest elected official - winning elections for 52 consecutive years.

Mrs. Nash was the granddaughter of one of Eagle Lake's first mayors, Dr. John King Davidson. Dr. Davidson often made "house calls" in a horse drawn buggy.

In December of 2002, ABC television news ran a story about Mrs. Nash's life and accomplishments - showing her playing keyboard for the Salvation Army Christmas collection at Collin Creek Mall in Plano. Viewers all around the state called to say they "saw her on television."

Mrs. Nash was to be honored posthumously Tuesday evening, May 20, at a banquet recognizing Salvation Army volunteers for extraordinary service to God and community. Mrs. Ross Perot was to be the keynote speaker.

"My children are my greatest accomplishment," said Mrs. Nash in a recent media interview. Daughter, Mary Nash Stoddard is a freelance journalist in Dallas. Nash's son, Anson R. Nash of Corpus Christi, is a retired CCISD principal and active ordained Southern Baptist minister who also serves on many state and local boards and commissions. Her youngest, Mrs. Claire Nash McNair, is choir director at WillowCreek Fellowship Church in Plano.

Mrs. Nash had six grandchildren: Tommy Stoddard of Richardson, Mrs. Rhonda Creek of Orlando, Florida, Mrs. Michelle McGilberry and Mrs. Tina Ivy of Frisco and Jennifer and Elizabeth McNair of Plano; and eight great grandchildren: Sarah, Savannah and Kelsey Ivy; Grant and Madison McGilberry, Kaiser Creek and Robert and Kim Weisner.

Other survivors include her brothers, J. K. Davidson and Frank Norman Davidson of Eagle Lake and Sam Norris Davidson of Tyler; and sisters, Bertha Maurine Hall of Hearne and Mary Davidson Kay of Richardson.

At age 15 (in 1931), in Eagle Lake, Clara May was elected First Baptist Church Sunday School pianist. In 1949, the church bought an organ and gave her 12 organ lessons. So, for 40 years, she was full time church organist, while also serving as official pianist for the local Rotary Club.

In 1962, at the age of 56, while two of her children attended college, Mrs. Nash enrolled in a music class at Wharton County Junior College, earning an impressive 4.0 grade point average.

Over the years, Mrs. Nash's accomplishments have been recognized formally by members of her congregations as well as some famous admirers, including the first President George Bush.

In 1989, when she retired as secretary of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake to move to Plano, the mayor declared "Clara May Nash Day," for 58 years of service to the community. The entire town turned out for a huge reception.

Two memorial services are planned in her honor. The first will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the church where she played each week: WillowCreek Fellowship, 1804 Avenue P, Plano. Pastor Roy Frady will officiate. The second will be at the First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 25, with her nephew, Dr. Don Davidson of Tyler, officiating.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the special "Clara May Nash Memorial Music Fund" in care of WillowCreek Fellowship in Plano. The permanent fund will provide annual music scholarships for deserving young students.

Note to family and friends: Please bring photocopies of your favorite photographs of Clara May Nash to leave with the family for a Memory Book in her honor. Also, if anyone has special comments, memories of stories they want to share in a historical memories collection about Clara May's life, please bring them to the Memorial Service, in a typewritten form to be included in the history of her life being compiled by family members.

Please mail donations to: Clara May Nash Memorial Music Fund, c/o WillowCreek Fellowship Church, 1804 Ave. P, Plano, TX 75074; or call 972-423-2950 for more information.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 22, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Nash, Hallie L.

DEPARTED this life March 17th, 1883, at 2 o’clock, a.m., at the residence of Captain Wm. G. Hunt, with whom she had been living for the past three months, Hallie L. Nash, daughter of Mrs. Lizzie Nash, of San Patricio. She was attacked by typhoid malarial fever, which lasted about four weeks, and her friends supposed was in a fair way of recovery; but congestion of the lungs set in, and to the surprise and grief of those who watched at her bedside, she passed away to the realms of Paradise, there, free from all the changes and chances of this mortal life, her spirit is enjoying those regions of bliss and happiness
Hallie was a sweet and amiable child, beloved by all who knew her. We sympathize with the absent parent, who is thus bereft of her daughter. Her remains were taken to Osage, and interred beside her sister, (Mrs. Dr. Harris) the funeral services conducted by the Rector of St. John’s church, of this city.

Colorado Citizen, March 22, 1883

Nash, Tom

Weimar Local Matters

Tom Nash, brother-in-law of Dr. J. B. Harris, died Tuesday morning in this city, of consumption. Mr. Nash has only been confined to his bed for a few days, though he was very feeble. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, December 25, 1884, page 3

Naumann, Chester Bryan


Chester Bryan Naumann, 52, of Columbus, passed away Feb. 23 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 28, 1953 to Prince Alvin Naumann and Esther Niemeyer Naumann. He worked as a mechanic for the city of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and aunt, Aline Niemeyer.

He is survived by his daughter, Lynda Christine Naumann, of Columbus; son, Kirk Vincent Naumann, of Mesa, Ariz.; sister, Janis Lynda Dohmann and husband, Edgar, of Alvin; and brothers, Russel G. Naumann and wife, Clara, of Alvin and Wayne C. Naumann, of Columbus.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 28, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with Pastor Jeffrey Marsh officiating. [Cremated]

Colorado County Citizen, March 1, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Naumann, Cleo (Green)

Cleo Neumann (sic), 90, of Columbus, passed away Nov. 16 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

She was born in Rock Island, April 16, 1912 to Lucious and Ida Lou (Sterrett) Green and married Lee Raymond Neumann, April 24, 1932.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Floyd Green.

She is survived by her husband, Lee R. Neumann of Columbus; sons and daughter-in-law, Terry Lee and Frances Neumann of Alvarado and Charles Edward Neumann of Houston; sister-in-law, Ruth Green of Columbus; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted Nov. 20 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating.

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

Naumann, Ester Lucille (Niemeyer)

Mrs. Naumann Dies Of Heart Ailment; Funeral Friday

Funeral services were held Friday morning in St Paul's Lutheran church for Mrs. Prince Naumann, 36, who died the preceding Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Columbus hospital of a heart ailment.

Rev. G. Wolf officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Columbus Funeral home was in charge.

Mrs. Naumann, who had been suffering with high blood pressure for several years, had been taken to the hospital the preceding day. She and her husband had started the building of their new home between Columbus and Glidden the day of her death. A young mother, she leaves 4 children, Russell, 14; Wayne, 13, Janis, 11, and Chester, 5. She was member of St. Paul's Lutheran church.

Born at Weimar Aug. 24, 1922, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Niemeyer.

Her father died in 1935 and a brother, Ervin, died in an airplane accident at Foster Field in 1945. Another brother, Charles, died at the age of 8 in Weimar in 1928.

Other survivors include her husband, her mother, Mrs. Annie Niemeyer of Columbus; 4 sisters, Mrs. Jesse Lambert and Mrs. Matthews Ellington of Freeport, Mrs. Sterling Dickey of Houston and Miss Aline Niemeyer of Columbus and a brother, Leroy Niemeyer of Freeport.

Pallbearers were Floyd Green, Jack Allen, Jack Rau, Leon Stolle, A. J. Willrodt and Danny Krueger

Colorado County Citizen, March 19, 1959

Naumann, Herman “Jack”


Funeral service were held for Mr. Herman "Jack" Naumann on November 20 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. The Reverend Robert Walker officiated.

Jack was a life long resident of Glidden and had married Tracy Davis on December 25, 1920. She preceded him in death in 1968.

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and' had been honored as Glidden's Oldest Native in the centennial celebration.

Survivors include brother, Lee and his wife Cleo; sister and brother-in-laws, Mrs. Erna Naumann, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Taylor, Mrs. Margie Sullivan, Mrs. Ruby Kulhanek, Mr. and Mrs. David Davis, Mrs. Doris Potter and Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Schilling; and many nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers were nephews Wayne, Chester, Henry, Terry, Charles, John Morris Naumann, Otto Loessin and Franklin Reese.

Colorado County Citizen, November 26, 1987, page 2

Naumann, Lee Raymond


Lee Raymond Naumann, 97, of Columbus, passed away April 29 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Weimar.

He was born in Glidden, Jan. 8, 1908 to Morris and Emma (Wall) Naumann and married Cleo Green, April 24, 1932.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Terry Lee Naumann; one sister; and three brothers.

He is survived by son, Charles Edward Naumann of Houston; daughter, Frances Naumann of Alvarado; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted May 3 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with the Rev. Arlyn Hausmann officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, May 4, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Naumann, Louis

Killing Near Columbus

Columbus,Tex., April 24.-- Frank Huebel, formerly of Smithville, Texas, accidentally shot and killed with a Winchester rifle Louis Naumann, about 20 years old, on a construction train a mile and a half west of town. Deceased is survived by his father, Morris Naumann, a step-mother with two children, and three brothers. He was buried in the City Cemetery [Alleyton Cemetery] this afternoon, Rev. D. E. Carr officiating.

Weimar Mercury, April 30, 1915

Naumann, Max

Mr. Max Naumann

When Mr. Max Naumann did not return to his home Tuesday night, after having been picking cotton, a search was made for him about the place and he was found lying on a cotton sack in the field, the top of his head shot off with a single barrel shotgun.

The sheriff's department was notified and Justice of the Peace H. P. Hahn went with officers to the scene and held an inquest, the verdict returned "death resulting from a shotgun wound self-inflicted".

The gun and a forked stick with which the trigger was manipulated were found with the body.

Mr. Naumann was one of the substantial farmers of this section. He was often seen in this city, always driving one of the old model "490" Chevrolet touring cars, which was in about as good shape mechanically as it had ever been. He was man of good character and known integrity.

He is survived by the wife, two daughters and one son, and by a brother, Mr. Morris Naumann of near Glidden.

Funeral services were held yesterday evening at the residence, Rev. W. A Flachmeier of this city officiating, and interment made in the Ijams Cemetery, southwest of this place.

The bereaved family has the sympathy of our people.

Colorado County Citizen, September 15th, 1932

Naumann, Moritz “Morris” Carl

91-Year-Old Morris Naumann Buried In Alleyton

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at Columbus Funeral Home for Morris Naumann Sr., one of the county's oldest residents, who died in the Youens hospital of WeImar Monday night after having been hospitalized 2 weeks. He was 91.

Born Aug. 26, 1862, Mr. Naumann came to this country with his parents from Germany when he was 7. After living in Illinois and in Travis county, he settled in Shaws Bend where he bought a farm. He had been retired from farming and ranching many years.

Burial was in the, Alleyton cemetery, wIth Rev. G. Wolf officiating.

Mr. Naumann was married twice in his Iifetime, first to Miss Ida Hoffmann, and after her death to Miss Emma Wall. His second wife died in 1927.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. James Wilson of Eagle Lake and 4 sons, Lee, Herman, Morris Jr. and Henry of this vicinity.

Colorado County Citizen, January 21, 1954

Nava, Clem

Clem Nava Funeral Held Feb. 19

Clem Nava, 72, of Cibolo, formerly of Edna, passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, at his son's home in Cibolo.

Clem was born in Jackson County on. Jan. 16, 1935. He was the fifth child and second son of the late Olivia Barrera Nava and Morris Nava.

A native of Edna, Clem graduated from Edna High School where he was a football and track star. During his years at Edna High School, he made friendships that remained strong throughout his life.

In addition to his athletic activities in high school, Clem participated in high school rodeos. The highlight of his high school rodeo career was qualifying for the National High School Rodeo Finals.

As an adult, Clem continued his rodeo career as a member of the Rodeo Cowboys Association and after turning 40 he was a member of the Old Timers Rodeo Association.

During his rodeo years he acquired many lifelong friends. His competitiveness and friendly personality were greatly admired.

On Aug. 19, 1968, Clem married Will Ann Beken in Weimar. They were blessed with two children, Todd Beken Nava of Cibolo and Klare Louise Nava of Durango, Colorado.

Todd and Klare became the focus of Clem's life. He spent many hours helping them with their athletic endeavors. He was always at their games and meets.

Clem was a farmer and rancher for much of his life. He also did seasonal agricultural trucking. In later years he was a used car dealer.

Clem is survived by his wife; five sisters, Olivia Wilmot and husband Joe of Corpus Christi; Seferiono Constante of Edna, Velma Murray of Edna, Agnes Valenciano and husband Jesse of Laredo and Maclovia Jimenez and husband Basillo of Edna; and one brother Leroy Nava of Amarillo.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Morris (Sonny) Nava Jr. of Edna; and one sister, Beatrice Quackenbush of Amarillo.

Clem will be remembered for his willingness to help anyone in need. His ready smile and unique sense of humor will be with us always. No one could have asked for a finer husband, father and man.

The family received friends at Slavik Funeral Home in Edna on Sunday, Feb. 18. The funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 19 at the Edna Presbyterian Church. Burial was at 3 p.m. in Weimar at the Masonic Cemetery

Pallbearers were: Joe Constante, Rene Valenciano, Leroy Nava, J. B. Mascorro, Julio Espinosa, Allen Nava, Todd Nava (son), and Douglas Reyes.

Honorary pallbearers: Dr. Joseph Marotta, E. B. Barrientes, Don Boone and the EHS class of 1954.

Memorial gifts may be made to Progressive Supernuclear Palsy Network, 2235 Cedar Falls Drive, Kingwood, Tx 77339-3307 or Edna Presbyterian Church, 502 Apollo, Edna, Tx 77957.

Weimar Mercury, March 1, 2007, page 2

Navarro, Jose Daniel


Jose Daniel Navarro, age 28, of Eagle Lake passed away May 1 at the Herman Hospital in Houston from wounds received in a shooting incident.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 3 from the Vine of the Lord Church in Eagle Lake, with Rev. Saragosa Montalvo officiating,

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Jose Navarro was born October 14, 1957 in Eagle Lake to Mateo B. and Effie Cardenas Navarro. He was a resident of Eagle Lake all his life and had worked for the Dexter Anderson Family in rice farming.

He also ran an auto repair business adjacent to his home.

Survivors include Mary Moreida Navarro of Eagle Lake; his parents, Mateo and Effie Navarro; grandfather, Atilano Cardenas of Eagle Lake; three daughters Belinda, Erlina Ann and Joanna Marie Navarro all of Eagle Lake; one son, Jose Daniel Navarro. Jr. of Eagle Lake; three sisters, Hope Moreida, Mary Jane Resendez and Betty Aguilar all of Eagle Lake; four brothers, Frank, Steven Mateo, Jr. and Robert Albert Navarro, all of Eagle Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were Bcn Anderson, Bryan Woods, Torn Atkins, Robert and John Delgado and Paul Supek.

Colorado County Citizen, May 15, 1986, page 2

Nave, Alice (Magress)

The many friends and acquaintances of Mrs. Alice Nave will regret to hear of her death, which occurred Tuesday night. The remains were interred at the Odd Fellows’ rest Wednesday evening at 4 o’clock, in the presence of a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends. Thus passed away a noble christian woman, a loving wife and devoted mother.

Weimar Mercury, January 26, 1895

Nave, Andrew Jackson

Columbus, March 4. A. J. Nave, one of the oldest citizens of Columbus, died of paralysis yesterday. The funeral was held from his home this morning. Rev. W. D. Wendell of the Methodist Church conducted the services.

Mr. Nave was a native of Kentucky, and was 76 years of age. He was a veteran of the Mexican war, and fought in the battle of Buena Vista and Monterey 1. He constructed a breechloading cannon during the war of the Confederacy which he used to prevent the landing of Union soldiers at Velasco. This cannon was probably the first breechloading cannon made int the United States. He was secretary of the State Association of Mexican War Veterans and a life long member of the Methodist Church. 

A mass meeting was held this morning at the court house and a committee appointed to draft suitable resolutions expressing the sorrow of the community in his demise. The cannon made by him during the Civil War was fired a number of times during the time of his funeral and the alarm bell of the fire department was toiled. [burial place unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 12, 1904
Submitted by Gordon Ray Nave

Nave, Lou (Royston)

Death of Mrs. Lou Nave.

La Grange, Texas, Jan. 15.--Mrs. Lou Royston Nave died in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, January 14. The remains were brought to LaGrange and intered[sic] Thursday morning in the family burial lot in the City Cemetery. Mrs., Nave's two sons, Messrs. Royston and Tye Nave and the latter's wife accompanied the body. Mrs. Nave lived in LaGrange the greater part of her life and is prominently connected, being closely related in the Hill families of Weimar and Smithville. The funeral took plaice from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Thomas.--Houston Chronicle Special.

News of the death of Mrs. Nave was received here with much sadness last Thursday. She had numerous relatives and friends living in Weimar, had often visited here, was a sweet, companionable, lovable lady, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. The funeral took place at LaGrange. Mr. T. A. Hill and his daughters, Mrs. W. Kindred and Mrs. Eddie Ratliff attended the funeral.

Weimar Mercury, January 22, 1915.

Nave, Michael

Colonel Mike Nave, familiarly known as "Pap," and a noted character of the early days of Texas, died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Calhoun, in Galveston, Sunday night, and the remains were brought here for burial Tuesday afternoon. For many years deceased was a resident of Weimar, and that that time was known to nearly every man, woman and child in this section, being of a naturally friendly disposition. Leaving here he moved to San Antonio, and from there to Galveston, where he resided for the past few years. During the early days of Texas he was a stage driver and blacksmith, and had many interesting experiences with outlaws and Indians. It was interesting to hear him tell of his experiences in those days. His beloved wife was buried at this place, and the remains of Mr. Nave were laid to rest by her side, many friends of the family witnessing the last sad rites. Three of his daughters—Mrs. Fisher of Wachler, Mrs. Stapleton of Eagle Lake, and Mrs. Calhoun of Galveston—and his son, Dr. Sam Nave of Galveston, were present at the burial. Another daughter, Mrs. P. T. Carter of Riverside, Cal., was on the way here, but did not arrive in time for the funeral. The Mercury's sincere and heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved ones. [Interred in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Weimar, Texas, Mercury. December, 1908
Submitted by Gordon Ray Nave

Mike Nave

The death of Mr. Mike Nave was announced in Monday's issue of The New. He lived with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ross Calhoun, at 2122 K. Deceased had attained the ripe age of 86 years, 5 months and 14 days. The funeral services were conducted at the Calhoun residence by Rev. W. J. Johnson of the First Methodist Church yesterday afternoon, and were attended by a number of friends. He left surviving him six children--Dr. Sam F. Nave of Shiner, Tex.; Mrs. Calhoun of Galveston, Mrs. Fisher of Waelder, Tex.; Mrs. Stapleton of Eagle Lake, Tex. and Mrs. Carter of Riverside, Cal. His remains, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Calhoun, will be carried from here to Weimar. Mr. Nave has had an eventful career, a sketch of which appeared in The News April 12. He was a native of Kentucky, and after living in that state and in Ohio until he had reached mature manhood emigrated in Texas, and settled in Colorado County where a larger number of friends and acquaintances still survive him. He often spoke of the fact that while living in Kentucky, Pursuing the occupation of blacksmith, he had the honor of shoeing horse of Henry Clay, who was in route to a Fourth of July celebration where that great statesman made one of his grand orations. He was a confederated soldier, and the love and loyalty he bore for the "Lost Cause" lingered with him up to the date of death.

He was a man of strong will and possessed many sterling traits and qualities of character that will embalm his memory in the hearts and affection of a large circle of friends.

The Galveston Daily News, Tues. Dec. 8, 1908
Submitted by Gordon Ray Nave

Nave, Rhoda A.

The death of Mrs. Rhoda Nave,the wife of Michael Nave,occurred at Flatonia Monday night, and she was buried here Tuesday evening in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery, Rev. Horner of Flatonia performing the funeral services. Numerous friends here attended the funeral and thus showed their personal regard for this esteemed good woman. She had been in bad health for some time. She leaves a husband, three daughters and one son, and many friends to mourn her loss. Her son is Dr Sam Nave of Shiner, and her daughters are Mrs. Stapleton of the Borden neighborhood, Mrs. Love Wilkins of Flatonia and Mrs. P. T. Carter of LaGrange. She and her husband settled in this county about 45 years ago, having resided in this county for more than forty years, and great part of that time in this community. For the last two or three years their home has been in Flatonia. Mrs. Nave was perhaps 70 years old at the time of her death. She had the esteem of all that knew her, and there are many friends to the family in Weimar who were grieved to hear of her death. The bereaved relatives have the sincere sympathy of THE MERCURY and of their numerous other friends in this community.

Weimar Mercury, May 26, 1894

Nay, Edward E.


Edward E. Nay, 76, of Sheridan, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 1997, at Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas. 

Born Nov. 5, 1921 in Houston, he was the son of William Harvey and Mary Etta (Cary) Criswell. ON Jan. 17, 1943, he married Gladys Mane Zeigler. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Coast Guard. A retired accountant for Houston Beld and Terminal, Mr. Nay was a longtime resident of the Sheridan area. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Sublime, the Country Squares square dance club and the Freinds of the Sheridan Memorial Library. 

Services were held Dec. 27 at Zion Lutheran with interment following in Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus. 

Serving as pallbearers were Paul Eskine, James Criswell, Del Bangert, Charley Criswell, E.J. Eskine and Fred "Sonny" Schirmer. Homorary pallbearers were McDowell Criswell and Jessie Hill Sr.

Mr. Nay is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Charles "Ched" and Dottie Nay of Dallas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, on Sept 21, 1997, his parents: and brothers Lea H. Criswell and Herschel Criswell.

Memorial donations may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church Building Fund, Sublime.

Colorado County Citizen, December 31, 1997
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Nay, Gladys Mane (Zeigler)


Glady's M. Nay, 73, of Sheridan, died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1997, at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Born Aug. 26, 1924 in Rock Island, she was the daughter of Pete and Blanche (Doran) Zeigler. Mrs. Nay was retired after 27 years as an inventory clerk for Reliance Universal in Houston. She was a member of the Sheridan Go-Getters Family and Community Education Club, Country Square Dance Club, Sheridan Library Club and Zion Lutheran Church in Sublime. 

Funeral services were held Sept. 24 at Zion Lutheran with Rev. Herb Beyer officiating. Interment followed in Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan. Services were under the direction of Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville. 

Mrs. Nay is survived by her husband, Edward Nay of Sheridan: son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Dorothy Nay of Dallas: sisters Edith McGlothin, Lillian Kincheloe of Eagle Lake and Adela Swindal of Carrollton.

She was preceded in death by her parents: an infant: three sisters: and two brothers. 

Memorial donations may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Sublime.

Colorado County Citizen, October 1, 1997
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Neal, Ann Jane (Lee)


Leaves 7 Children, 48 Grand Children And 11 Great-Grandchildren

Mrs. B. H. Neal, wife of Dr. B. H. Neal, died at the family home in the northern part of the county Tuesday night after a short illness and was buried in the Lutheran Cemetery at Frelsburg Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The funeral service was preached by Rev. J. T. Tracy, pastor of the local Methodist Church.

Mrs. Neal was born in Birmingham, England, on the 31st of March, 1828, making her 92 years and 5 months old at the time of her death. She was married in August of 1872 to Ben. H. Neal. In the year of 1856 Dr. Neal came to America in search of an older brother who had fitted out a sailing vessel and started for California around the Horn. When he arrived here it took a year to make the search and his brother was never found. He then decided to remain in America and sent for his wife. She arrived some time in the year of 1858 and they settled in this country.

Dr. and Mrs. Neal were married 68 years and she was the mother of 12 children, two sons and ten daughters. One son and four daughters are dead. She is survived by one son, six daughters, 48 grand children and 11 great-grandchildren.

Dr. and Mrs. Neal and all of the children were raised in the Episcopal Church and have been faithful members of the same throughout life. They became members of St. John's Church of Columbus in 1865 and have been faithful members ever since--fifty-five years of service to God in this community.

Mrs. Neal was never sick but one time before in her life. That was during the civil war. While Dr. Neal was fighting in the Confederate army she had a severe attack of typhoid fever.

Mrs. Neal was loved by every one who knew her and she was known throughout the county. She and the doctor have a large circle of friends who mourn the loss of a real friend.--Columbus Citizen.

Mrs. Neal was the mother of Mrs. W. F. Taylor of the Osage section, a lady well and favorably known throughout Colorado county, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved relatives and friends.

Weimar Mercury, October 1, 1920, page 6

Neal, Annie

Miss Annie Neal Daughter of Pioneer Doctor Dies

Last rites for Miss Annie J. Neal, 87, were held at Columbus Funeral home Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. Milroy Gregory of Frelsburg officiating. Burial was in Trinity Lutheran cemetery in Frelsburg.

Miss Neal died in Jeff Davis hospital in Houston at 2 a.m. Monday. She had lived in Houton with a niece, Mrs. Maude Rankin, since her twin brother, Ben F. Neal Jr., died here 2 years ago.

The last survivors of an old pioneer family, she was born at Frelsburg in 1873, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ben F.[sic] Neal, who came to this country from England in the 1840’s. Dr. Neal was a beloved doctor who practiced for many years in the Frelsburg community and who died in the early 1900’s when he was over 90.

A sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Lee, died several years ago. Miss Neal, her brother and Mrs. Lee lived in Columbus together.

Survivors include a large number of nieces and nephews, who include Mrs. Adolph Fehrenkamp and Mrs. Clarence James of Columbus and Mesdames A. M. Cordes, Gladys Fuller and W. E. Russell of Houston. The latter 3 were here for the services.

Pallbearers were Adolph Fehrenkamp and Clarence James of Columbus, Willie Taylor of Weimar, Arthur Taylor of El Campo, Henry Vogelsang of Smithville and A. Vogelsang of Port Arthur.

Colorado County Citizen, June 9, 1960, page 1

Neal, Ben F.

Ben F. Neal, 85, Dies in Columbus After Long Illness

Ben F. Neal, 85-year-old resident of Columbus and native of Frelsburg, was buried Sunday in the Trinity Lutheran church in Frelsburg after services at Columbus Funeral home.

Rev. Milroy Gregor, pastor of the Frelsburg church, officiated at the last rites for the retired farmer.

Mr. Neal died about 8 a.m. last Thursday after a long illness. He was born in Frelsburg Jan 31, 1873, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Ben H. Neal.

Dr. Neal was a pioneer in the practice of medicine in this county.

Survivors include a twin sister, Miss Annie Neal of Columbus, and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Lee and John Vogelsang, Irvin Paasch, Edgar Heinsohn, Earl Taylor and B. L. Ramsey.

Colorado County Citizen, July 17, 1958, page 10

Neal, Benjamin Harris



Dr. Ben H. Neal, a pioneer citizen who lived in Texas under two flags and who was an intimate friend of many of the State’s heroes, died at his family home in Frelsburg Friday, January 26, and was laid to rest in the presence of a great number of friends and relatives at the Lutheran cemetery in Frelsburg, Saturday morning at 10 o’clock. Rev. R. S. Garrard, pastor of the Columbus Baptist church performing the ceremony. The Masonic service was conducted by Caledonia Lodge, No. 58, A. F. & A. M., of Columbus.

Dr. Neal was 95 years, 2 months and 19 days old at the time of his death and until the last few years of his life he was an unusually strong and active man. His strong constitution stood him in good stead during the latter part of his life as he suffered several afflictions which would have meant certain death to the ordinary man. His life was despaired of several months before his death when he had an unusually severe attack of dropsy and brights disease but he rallied and was apparently cured until a short time before his death when he had another attack of the same trouble.

Dr. Neal was born in Birmingham, England, November 7, 1824 and graduated with an M. D. degree from one of the best colleges in that country. He was married to Miss Ann Lee in 1852 and 12 children were born to them. Seven of the children are still living and all were present at the funeral. His wife died September 22, 1921. The living children are: Miss Annie Neal and Ben Neal, Jr., who lived with their father at Frelsburg, Mrs. R. Venghaus, Columbus, Mrs. Lee Ramsey and Mrs. J. W. Eliott, Houston, Mrs.. T. B. Lee, San Marcos, and Mrs. Rose Taylor of Osage, this county.

Friends and relatives who attended the funeral from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Lee of San Marcos, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Ramsey and son Bennie of Houston, Mrs. Rose Taylor and daughter Wilma and son Earl of Osage, Mrs. J. W. Eliott and sons Bennie and Jim and daughter of Houston, J. H. Vogelsang of Port Arthur, Mrs. J. D. and Clyde Secrest of Port Arthur, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vogelsang of Yoakum, Mrs. Ruby Venghaus, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Tucker and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence James and many other friends of Columbus.

Dr. Neal’s friendship with many of Texas’ famous men--such as Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston Mirabeau B. Lamar, John A. Wharton, Clint Terry, Joseph Bates and many others--and his personal contact with many historical events made him a most interesting man to talk to. He came to this county in search of an uncle who had come over to join in the California gold rush. Dr. Neal landed at Galveston in 1855 but never heard anything of his uncle. While he was conducting the search he fell in love with Texas and settle here. He went ot Brazoria county first after leaving Galveston and there practiced medicine and taught school, at that time conducting the only high school in Texas. In a conversation with a reporter a few years ago he said:

“There was not a buggy in Texas when I came here. Ladies rode horseback or on homemade cane carts.

“While staying in Galveston I became acquainted with General Houston in the home of A. Smith, and we remained fast friends until his death. I also met Governor Pease and many of the noted Texans shortly after my arrival. I found them to be great men who could be easily approached. When I established my home in Brazoria county the country lying beyond Independence was regarded as a vast wilderness.”

Dr. Neal was probably the last and only living native of England or any other European county who enjoyed the distinction of coming to American and using the capitol building of any republic on the American continent three years as his dwelling house. He went to West Columbuia[sic] and there rented for a residence the old building which the government of the republic of Texas had used for its capitol. “ I lived in it three years, paying as rent $5 per month. “One of my children was born in this old capitol building and one died in it.

“On a log on the bank of the Brazos river I have often sat with Gail Borden of condensed milk fame, and discussed the future of Texas. Dr. Neal continued in his conversation with the reporter, and went on to tell how he had always favored Texas remaining a republic under the protection of England and how Austin, Houston and Borden all differed with him in their views on the subject. Speaking of his service in the army during the war he said:

“I went from my home in the old state house as a private in the army of the Confederacy. I became a member of the company of which John A. Wharton was elected captain and Clint Terry first lieutenant. Afterward I was transferred to the medical department and assigned to duty in the regiment of which Joseph Bates was Colonel. After the close of the war I removed to Colorado County. I found our institutions upturned and conditions oppressively demoralized and distressing. The provost marshal disfranchised me because I had not been reconstructed to suit him.

“For many years I was very much dissatisfied with the misrule to which we had to submit, but there was no escaping the inevitable, and by degrees I became satisfied. Knowing the country in pioneer days, and seeing it pass through wars and trials and privations of various kinds with its unsurpassed recuperative endowments, my fascination for it has never waned, but has grown with the coming and going of the years.”

The loss of Dr. Neal is not only a loss to the members of his family, but to all of Colorado county, and the State as well for he was a fine type of the study upright old pioneer, who left to present day Texans a heritage unsurpassed in all the world.

May he rest in peace.

Colorado Citizen, February 2, 1923

Neal, Elizabeth D.

Mrs. Hennie Carlton went down to Columbus last Saturday afternoon upon receipt of the news that her relative, Mrs. “Bunchie” Neal, was very low and not expected to live. We regret to learn that Mrs. Neal died Sunday night. She was a good, true christian woman, beloved by all for her amiable, motherly disposition, and her death is deeply deplored. The Mercury tenders its sincere sympathy to the bereaved family. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, February 22, 1902

Neal, Harold Allen


Harold Allen Neal, 73, of Columbus, passed away Feb. 15 at his residence.

He was born in Houston, Oct. 26, 1930 to Harold Archibald and Mamie Aline (Clouse) Neal and married Sylvia Avers Nov. 18, 1960.

He was retired as a lumberman and building materials sales for Walker-Kurth Lumber Company.

She is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Janette "Gigi" and Ronny Daley of Columbus; son and daughter-in-law, John Allen and Annette Neal of Houston; grandchildren, Russell Allen Neal and his mother Donna Neal of Columbus and Ryan Travis Neal of Houston; and step-granddaughter, Kristina M. Craig of Houston.

Graveside services were conducted Feb. 18 at Resthaven Cemetery in Houston with the Rev. Jack Mann officiating

The Colorado County Citizen, February 25, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Neal, Jessee (Harris)


The friends and acquaintances of W. A. Neal, of Lampasas, will be grieved to learn of the death of his good wife, which occurred last Friday in Lampasas after lingering and suffering for nearly two months. Mrs. Neal was raised in this county, near Osage, where she has relatives and a host of friends. She was a sister of the late demented Dr. John B. Harris, who died but a few weeks ago in this place. Mr. Neal has the heartfelt sympathy of many friends in this hour of sore trial.

Colorado Citizen, June 25, 1885

Neal, Jessie C.

Mr. R. H. Harris of this city informed us Thursday morning of the death of little Jesse, infant son of Mr. Walter Neal of Alleyton, which occurred a the residence of Mr. N.’s mother in Columbus Tuesday night, after a brief illness of congestion. Walter has our sympathy in this sad misfortune. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, April 9. 1892

Jesse Neal, son of Mr. Walter A. Neal, died in this city on the 5th last, at the home of his grandmother, of congestion. He was a bright and dutiful boy, giving promise of future usefulness as a citizen and his early demise is to be deplored. his remains were interred in the city cemetery Wednesday of last week, Rev. H. C. Howard officiating. Our condolence is extended (to) the bereaved relatives.

"Thou wast a flower too fair for earth--
Too tender for a world like this;
Thy Maker marked thee from thy birth.
and thou art now forever His."

Colorado Citizen, April 14, 1892
Contributed by Deborah Smith

Neal, Lulu


Mr. W. F. Neal buried his little child on Monday of last week. We offer sympathy to the parents in their sad bereavement. [Interment in Alley Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, January 28, 1886

Neal, W. F.

Uncle Billy Neal Expired Wednesday After Long Illness


Death Wednesday morning closed the chapter of life of one of the most picturesque and best loved characters in the history of Wharton. W. F. “Uncle Billy” Neal, who celebrated his 91st birthday in September, expired at his home on Richmond Road at 8:10 o’clock and the following afternoon at 3:00 o’clock was buried in the Wharton Cemetery. He was laid to rest in a casket made from cedar that was grown on his own Wharton county place, and the body was lowered in a grave next to the grave of his wife who preceded him in death several years ago. Services were held at the chapel of the Wharton Funeral Home and at the grave by Rev. W. N. Purcell, pastor of the First Baptist Church.

Mr. Neal, who was born to Gabriel S. and Elizabeth Carlton Neal in Brownsville, Tennessee, in 1849, came to Texas by wagon train at the age of two years. The family settled near Alleyton in Colorado county and later moved to Washington county where Mr. Neal obtained his first schooling at a place some six or eight miles from Brenham. They later moved back to Alleyton and later went to Osage from where Mr. Neal as a trail driver, assisted in the driving of cattle from the plains of Texas to Abilene, Kansas.

In 1870 Mr. Neal engaged in farming on the bottom lands of the Colorado River and after he had acquired a place of his own and had sold it at a profit, he was married to Miss Laura Ann Wright in the year 1874. The young couple moved to a 195-acre tract that was only partially cleared, cleared the land and made their home on his tract until their first children were of school age. In 1891 they moved to Alleyton to enable the children to go to school and Mr. Neal engaged in the mercantile business. They lived in Alleyton until 1897 when they moved to Wharton where Mr. Neal was engaged in the mercantile and farming business.

Several years ago Mr. Neal was elected justice of the peace of Precinct No. 1, and as Judge Neal he was frequently referred to as a counterpart of Judge Roy Bean of West Texas fame. He was a fair and impartial gentleman on the bench, but a man who had his own concept of justice; and justice in his court was always meted out as he saw it.

Mr. Neal was a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Old Trail Drivers Association. His passing is regretted by the memberships of each of these bodies.

Thursday afternoon when the funeral services were held a large number of friends from all over Texas were present for the final rites. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful and came as a true expression of friends from every walk of life.

Pallbearers at the services were his grandsons, Thurman Clements and Arthur Shannon, Jr., of Wharton, C.L. Griffith of Alleyton, W. G. Dick of Columbus, and his sons-in-law, R. H. Turner of Columbus and L. D. Clements of Wharton.

He is survived by two sons, Dr. T. M. Neal and Gail Neal of Wharton; four daughters, Mrs. R. H. Turner of Columbus, Mrs. J. J. Everett of Alleyton, Mrs. L. D. Clements, Mrs. Nina Neal Shannon of Wharton; a brother, J. L. Neal of Wharton; a sister, Mrs. Claude Edwards of Vernon; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The sympathy of all friends of the family is extended to the bereaved ones at this time.

Submitted by Laura Ann Rau

Neblett, Douglas McFarland


Funeral services were held here at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon for Douglas McFarland Neblett, 40, who died in the Rosenberg Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident a short distance west of Eagle Lake early Thursday night. Interment was made in the Masonic Cemetery here. Last week's Headlight printed an account of the unfortunate accident. Services at the grave were conducted by Rev. C. G. Marmion, rector for the local Episcopal church.

Services were conducted at the Morse Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Rev. Thomas J. Windham officiating at I:30 Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Neblett spent his boyhood days in Eagle Lake and though he had been a resident of Houston for the past 18 years, he was most favorably remembered by many of the older citizens here. For 12 years he was a salesman for the Liggett Myers Tobacco Company of Houston, and had but recently resigned this position, to enter business for himself. The accident, which resulted in the death of this fine man was caused by a blowout. He had visited relatives and friends here late Thursday and had resumed his trip to Kerrville.
He was born in Richmond. Virginia, in February 1896, and moved to Texas with his parents in 1898, the family having lived at Matthews for a number of years. As a boy he attended the schools of Eagle Lake and after finishing his high school course here attended Peacock's Military Academy in San, Antonio.
He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Travis L. Smith of Houston. also a former citizen of Eagle Lake, and Travis L. Smith III of Liberty.
Active pallbearers were L. M. Cearnal, Grover C. Matthews, M, L. Anderson, Sterling Neblett, Mr.[sic] three nephews. Sidney N. and John Douglas Smith of Houston, and Mullen arid Chas. B. Hopson.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 21, 1936, page 1

Neblett, John Haynie

A Sad Death

With deepest regret the HEADLIGHT chronicles the death of John Haynie Neblett, the fifteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Neblett, which occurred at the family residence in this city at noon last Sunday, after a brief illness with appendicitis. On Saturday he was thought to be much improved and on the road to recovery, but a sudden change for the worse came, his death being a great shock to his mother and father, sister and brother, and a gloom of sorrow was cast over the entire town when it became known that John Neblett was dead. John Neblett was one of the brightest, politest and most manly boys in Eagle Lake, and a general favorite with the people of our town. The funeral was held Sunday evening at seven o’clock from the family residence, Rev. Mr. Morgan conducting the services. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery] The floral offerings were many and beautiful. To his heart-broken parents, saddened sister and brother,the HEADLIGHT extends its sincerest sympathy in their hour of deepest sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight , June 12, 1909, page 6

Neblett, Sidney Smith


One of Eagle Lake’s Best Citizens Died At The Family Home On Friday Night, Funeral On Saturday

Mr. Sidney Smith Neblett, one of Eagle Lake’s most loved citizens, died at his home in this city at half past eleven o’clock on Friday night, after an illness of several weeks, aged 68 years.

Mr. Neblett was a member of a prominent Virginia family. He was born at “Kinderwood,” in Ludenburg county, Virginia, and educated at the Washington & Lee University, where he stood at the head of his classes. He moved to Texas twenty years ago. He has been in poor health for a number of years.

At the age of twenty-one Mr. Neblett was treasurer of Ludenburg county, in Virginia. He lived in Richmond, Virginia, for eighteen years, and was a successful lumber merchant in that city.

Mr. Neblett’s death is sincerely regretted by all of the people of this community, for a better man than he has never lived among us. He was a gentleman of the old school--intellectual, polished, refined--a man whom it was always a pleasure to be with. He was polite and courteous to everyone and during his twenty years among us, he is a man that we have never one time heard ill spoken of.

He leaves two brothers and two sisters, Walter C. and Charles Neblett and Mrs. T. W. Wood, of Richmond, Virginia, and Mrs. Nat Matthews of Kenbridge, Virginia. He was a devoted husband and father and is survived by his wife and two children, Douglas M. Neblett of this city and Mrs. T. L. Smith of Houston, and four grandchildren.

The funeral was conducted from the family home, Rev. A. J. G. Banks of the Episcopal church, officiating, at half past three o’clock Saturday afternoon, interment being made in the Masonic cemetery.

The Headlight, in common with all the people of this community, extends its sincerest sympathy to the family in their great sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 5, 1918

Needham, Susana

Needham, Susan 'Grandma' (Mrs. Frank)

A gloom was thrown over the entire community Saturday evening by the announcement that Grandma Susan Needham had suddenly passed away at the residence of her son, Mr. Frank Needham. Grandma Needham had been sick severely about ten days, but was improving and on the day of her death she arose unaided and went into the dining room where she partook of a light breakfast, and no one dreamed that this would be her last visit to the dining room, and that ere the sun went down her gentle spirit would have returned to the God who gave it, and the whole community be mourning the death of one of the dearest old ladies it has ever been our good fortune to meet. About 2:30 p.m. she was up for a few moments, and then as she laid down again her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Needham, saw that death was near and summoned her husband, Mr. Frank Needham, who was plowing nearby, and he hastened to his mother's side but, ere he arrived, she was dead. All that a broken hearted son and loving relatives could do was done in a vain effort to revive her, they hoping that she had only swooned, but to no avail &endash; she was dead. Grandma Needham was in her eightieth year, and while she had been seriously ill, yet she was improving, and her very sudden death was a shock to the community. She leaves two sons, Mr. Frank Needham of this place and Enoch Needham of Fayette County, besides a host of friends to mourn her demise. She was laid to rest in the [Cheetham] cemetery at this place at 4 p.m. Sunday. Grandma Needham did not have an enemy, and all of her acquaintances feel that in the death of Grandma Needham they have lost a true friend. Ye scribe, joined by her many friends, extend to the bereaved family his heartfelt sympathy.

The Weimar Mercury, January 16, 1904, page 8
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Needham, Unknown


Last Sunday evening a very sad accident happened to the little two-year-old daughter of Mr. Frank Needam[sic], who lives ten miles below Oakland. By some means she got a grain of corn into the air-tube, which seems to have gravitated as far down, or into the left bronchus. He passed through here last Monday with the child on his way to Schulenburg in search of surgical aid. Dr. Walker, assisted by Dr. Smith, as informed, opened the air passage, in hopes of dislodging the grain, bit it proved to be beyond the reach of instruments. The father, seeing that no more could be done for his little darling child, concluded to return home ere its death, and reached here Tuesday morning. only five minutes before the child expired. This was a sore calamity to the parents who have the sincere sympathy of our people in their sad bereavement.

Colorado Citizen, February 10, 1887

Neilson, Rosaland Eloise (Harner)

R. Neilson Funeral Services Held April 28

Rosaland Eloise Neilson, "Charli", 60, of Weimar passed away April 22.

Funeral services were held at the Equippers Outreach Fellowship Church on Saturday, April 28 with Brother Jerry Adkins officiating.

"Charli" was born on July 10, 1946 in Columbus, Ohio to Elsie (Varner) Harner.

She married William "Bill" Neilson on May 21, 1989 in Brookshire.

Ms. "Charli" was a member of the AARP-American Kidney Foundation and obtained a degree from the College of the Mainland.

Ms. "Charli" substituted for the music department teachers at Weimar ISD where she met and became close friends with many Weimar area families. Later she taught 16-18 students per week music lessons at her home.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Nielson[sic]; mother, Elsie Harner of Katy; brother, Jack Harner and his wife Pat, of Katy; sisters, Dawn Brast and husband David of Katy, Vita Stephens and husband John of Katy, and MaxFaye Taylor and husband Darrell of Willis; daughter, Laura Frankovich of Houston; and son, Bob Frankovich and wife Karyl of Katy. [Interment in Katy Magnolia Cemetery, Katy, TX]

She is also survived by her seven grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, .

Weimar Mercury, May 3, 2007, page 2A

Neiser, Emil Charles

Funeral for Emil Neiser Held Feb. 10

Funeral services for Emil Charles Neiser, 67, retired restaurant owner were held Monday, February 10, from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Charles B. Carolan was principal celebrant of the concelebrated mass. Rev. William F. Halata, pastor of holy Rosary Church, Hostyn, Rev. George J. Olsovsky, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes, Hitchcock, and Rev. James Olsovsky, associate pastor of Queen of Peace, LaMarque, nephews of the decessed [sic], were concelebrants.

Mr. Neiser died at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at his home. He had been ill for six years after suffering a stroke.

He was a lifelong resident of this area. Born April 24, 1907, at Holman, he was the son of Emil and Pauline Kana Neiser. He married Willie Jo Olsovsky here Nov. 19, 1934. He was a member of the KJT Society.

His wife survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. Johanna Pesl of Houston, two sons, William Neiser of Austin and Paul Neiser of Houston, 11 grandchildren, one brother, Frank Neiser of Holman, and three sisters, Mrs. Annie Bartosh of Dubina, Mrs. Mary Bartosh of East Bernard, and Mrs. Pauline Miksch of Weimar.

A daughter, Mrs. Karen Peters, and a brother, Joe F. Neiser, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Ed Bartosh, Ernest Hollas, Thomas Janak, Rufus Leihardt, Frankie Neiser and Marcus J. Neiser.

The Weimar Mercury, February 20, 1975
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Neiser, Emma (Naiser)

Stroke Fatal to Mrs. Joe Neiser; Rites Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Joe Neiser, 60, were held Saturday morning,Jan 16, at Hubbard Funeral Home and
St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. O. B. Kahlich officiated.

Mrs. Naiser died at 7:30 a. m, Thursday, Jan. 14, in Youens Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for two days. She suffered a stroke at her home Tuesday morning and a second stroke at the hospital Wednesday evening.

The former Emma Naiser, she was born Feb. 13, 1910, at Ammannsville, the daughter of Richard and Otillie Bohac Naiser. She was married to Mr. Neiser at Holman on Nov. 7, 1932, and they settled in Weimar, where they have lived since.

She was a member of St. Michael's Church, CDA, KJZT, and Christian Mothers.

Surviving In addition to her husband are daughter, Mrs. Melbert (Charlene) Spies, and a son, Marcus Joe Neiser, both of Houston; three grandchildren; five brothers, Alfonse Naiser of Baytown, Ed, Albert and Emil Naiser of Mullin's Prairie, and Johnnie Naiser of La Grange; four sisters, Mrs. Eddie (Edna) Brown of Austin, Mrs. Douglas (Annie) Thrash and Mrs. Eugene (Martha) Heinrich of Houston and Mrs. Jerome (Alma) Holub of Schulenburg; and her mother, Mrs. Otillie Naiser of Weimar.

She was preceded in death by an infant son and a brother aged 5.

Pallbearers were Frankie Neiser, Wm. Neiser, Eugene Bartosh, Tommy Holub, Richard Naiser, and Gene Heinrich.

Weimar Mercury, January 31, 1971

Neiser, Joe Frank

Weimar Man, 62, Is Fatally Injured In Auto Accident

A Weimar man, Joe Neiser, 62, was killed late Friday in a headon crash of 2 cars on U. S. 90 about 1.5 miles east of Schulenburg.

Highway Patrolman Dave Wyan of Schulenburg said Neiser’s car slammed headon into an auto driven by Guydo H. Meyer, 60, of Schulenburg on the Middle Creek Bridge.

Minnie Ulrich, 68, of Weimar, a passenger in Neiser’s car, was taken to Youens Hospital in Weimar where she was reported in fair condition.

Meyer was taken to Fayette Memorial Hospital in LaGrange. His injuries were described as serious.

Wyatt said charges were expected to be filed in connection with the accident.

Funeral services for Neiser were held Monday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Marcus Joe of Texas City; a daughter, Mrs. Charlene Spies of Houston; 3 sisters, Mrs. Annie Bartosh and Mrs. Pauline Miksch, both of Weimar and Mrs. Mary Bartosh of East Bernard; 2 brothers, Frank of Holman and Emil of Weimar, and 4 grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, January 6, 1972

Neiser, Joe V. Jr.

A little baby was born unto Mr. and Mrs. Joe Neiser the first of the week but lived only a brief time. OUr heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents. [Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, January 25,1935, page 5

Neiser, Mary

Mrs. Frank Neiser, an aged and respected resident of the Holman vicinity, died after a brief illness of lagrippe, Sunday, the 19th of January, and was buried at St. Michael’s cemetery in this city.

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1908, page 4

Neiser, Willie Jo (Olsovsky)

Willie Jo Neiser Funeral Services Held Jan. 31

Willie Joe Neiser, 94, of Weimar died Jan. 28 at the Weimar Parkview Manor. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 31 at St. Michael Church with Father John Bily officiating.

Interment followed at St. Michael Cemetery

Willie Jo was born Aug. 12, 1911 in Moravia to Frank R. and Veronica (Kresta) Olsovsky.

She attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College.

Willie Jo married Emil C. Neiser on Nov. 19, 1934 in Weimar.

Mrs. Neiser lived most of her life in the Weimar area. She was a teacher, homemaker and a church secretary.

She was a member of the St. Anne’s Society, Catholic Daughters, K.J.Z.T., The Blue Army and Our Lady’s Rosary Makers.

She is survived by her children, Johanna Pesl and spouse Joseph of Houston, William Neiser and spouse Darlene of Weimar, Paul Neiser and spouse Virginia of Houston; son-in-law, Edwin Joe Peters of Weimar; sister, Frances Janak of Weimar; sister-in-law, Julie Olsovsky of Moravia; and 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Karen Rae Peters; grandson, Gregory Neiser; and five brothers and four sisters.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Carl Pesl, Martin Pesl, Michael Peters, Christopher Pesl, Mark Peters, Anthony Neiser and Luke Neiser.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Michael School, St. Michael Endowment Fund, or Parkview Manor for the Weimar Garden Club Parkview Landscape Project.

Weimar Mercury, February 2, 2006.
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Neisner, Vera (Bayer)

Vera B. Neisner

Funeral services for Vera Bayer Neisner were held Saturday at Henneke Funeral Home with Father Brian Crookes officiating. Burial was at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. She passed away April 10 at South Community Hospital in Oklahoma City.

She was born August 26, 1919 in Dubina, to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bayer. Her mother's maiden name was Sophia Dedeck.
The late Mrs. Neisner was married to Mr. Robert V. Neisner November 23, 1937, who preceded her in death August 18, 1957.

For the past 15 years she had lived in Oklahoma City.

She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Pat Behne of La Marque; her sons, Clyde Neisner of Oceanside, California, Lew Neisner of Houston, Robert Neisner of Columbus, William Neisner of Columbus; her sister, Lennie Gregurek of Ganada; her brothers, Henry Bayer of Galveston, Silvan Bayer of Houston, Louie Bayer of San Antonio. She also is survived by her eight grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ed Behne, Mark Behne, Troy Neisner, David R. Neisner, David Joseph Neisner and Arnold Meyer.

Colorado County Citizen, April 19, 1984, page 2

Neisteadt, Elnah E. (Mediger)

E Neisteadt Funeral Held Here Sept. 9

Funeral services for Elnah Neisteadt, 89, of Columbus, were held Sept, 9 at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with Rev. Skip Sirnic officiating. Burial was in Weimar Masonic cemetery.

Mrs. Neisteadt died Sept. 7 at Columbus Care Center where she was a resident.

She was born June 23, 1904, in Huron, South Dakota, to Ernest and Carrie (Miles) Mediger.

She married William Neisteadt on Oct. 27, 1925, in Huron, South Dakota. He preceded her in death on Aug. 4, 1847.

In 1963, she moved to this area, where she had lived the past 30 years.

Surviving her are a daughter, Jean and husband Bennie Kunz of Weimar; son Bill and wife Eleanor Neisteadt of Sioux Falls, SD; three sisters, Laura Prosser, Evelyn Stowell, Gladys Foucas; three brothers, Alford Mediger, Elmer Mediger and Earl Mediger; six grandchildren, Sharon Weber, Mark Neisteadt, Sandy Preheim, Linda Markwood, Larry Kunz and Kyle Kunz; and seven great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death, in addtion to her husband, were two brothers and one sister.

Pallbearers were Larry Kunz, Kyle Kunz, Cecil Schutz, Henry Kunz, Herbert Bahner and Richard Cernosek.

Weimar Mercury, September 16, 1991.


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Nenicka, Bertha

Miss B. Nenicka Expires at 84; Buried Monday

Funeral services were held Monday for Miss Bertha Nenicka, who died Saturday, April 24, at her home here after a long illness. She was 84.

Rev. John C. Bily officiatedd in services at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

A daughter of Peter and Johanna Nenicka, she was born Nov. 4, 1880, at Dubina and lived her entire life in the Dubina and Weimar area. She and her brother, John Nenicka, moved to Weimar about 25 years ago when they retired from farming. He died in December 1963 at the age of 86.

Miss Nenicka had no immediate survivors.

Pallbearers were Joe Adamcik, Bill B. Barta, Charles Schenk, Louis Trefny, John Hajovsky and Adolph Janecka.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 29, 1965
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Nenicka, Johanna

Funeral Held Here For Miss Nenicka

Funeral services for Miss Johanna Nenicka, 65, resident of this area, whose death occurred Tuesday, were held here Thursday morning from St. Michael’s Church, with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph J. Szymanski officiating. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Survivors include a brother and a sister.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to sorrowing survivors.

Weimar Mercury, May 10, 1940, page 1

Nenicka, John

Final Rites For John Nenicka 86, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for John Nenicka, 86-year-old retired farmer, were held Tuesday morning, Dec. 17, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Rev. John Bily as celebrant of the mass. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Nenicka, who had been ill for several years, died early Monday at his home.

Born Dec. 14, 1877, in Fayette County, he had lived in this county most of his life. He and his sister, Miss Bertha Nenicka, moved to Weimar in about 1940. She is his only immediate survivor.

Pallbearers were Bill B. Barta, Louis Trefny, John Hajovsky, Edwin Haidusek, Joe Cernoch and Charles Schenk.

Weimar Mercury, December 19, 1963, page 1

Nesbitt, Lee Quinn

Miss Nesbitt Dies at 91.

Miss Lee Quinn Nesbitt, 91, died Tuesday in the Weimar hospital.

She had been a resident of Columbus since 1925 and was residing in Parkview Manor nursing home in Weimar at the time of her death. The Columbus library is named after her because she gave the library to Columbus in 1979 in memory of her parents and sister.

A full obituary will be published in next week's Citizen.

Colorado County Citizen, June 26, 1986, page 1

Funeral Services Held For Lee Nesbitt in Columbus

Funeral services for Miss Lee Quinn Nesbitt were held. June 25, at the First United Methodist Church in Columbus with Reverend Robert Walker officiating and under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Interment followed at Forest Park Mausoleum in Houston.

Serving as pallbearers were Lonnie Coleman, Bill Hartley, Sam Hodge, W. C. James, Crockett Leyendecker, Henry Massey, John H. Massey and John Meismer. Honorary pallbearers were H. P. Meyer, Sam K. Seymour, Jr., Dr. C. I. Shult, Dr. J. H. Wooten, Jr., Dr. W. G. Youens, Jr., Hollis Massey and Chet Purdy.

Born in Fulshear on October 14, 1894 to William Lawrence Nesbitt and Ludell Quinn Nesbitt, Lee Nesbitt died on June 24, at Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar.

"Miss Lee," as she was affectionately known, received her B.A., degree in 1921 from what is now called Texas Woman's University in Denton, and her M.A. degree in 1943 from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.

She, was a teacher in the public schools of Galveston, Hearne, El Campo and Columbus, and taught a variety of subjects ranging from home economics to history. Following her retirement from teaching in 1948, Miss Lee devoted her life, to historical endeavors and genealogical research. She was a member of many heritage organizations which benefited from her expertise, including the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and the Colorado County Historical Commission. Both the U.D.C. Museum in Columbus and the Colorado County Archives were established with her assistance.

Miss Lee's most lasting contribution was her gift of the Nesbitt Memorial Library to the City of Columbus in 1979.

The library was a memorial to her parents and her sister, Laurie Dell Nesbitt, who predeceased her.

Miss Lee was a member of the First Methodist Church in Columbus, participating actively in the life of the church until moving to Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Weimar several years ago. She is survived by cousins Doris Nesbitt of Brookshire, Nesbitt Cumings of Simonton, and Jessie Mattay of Austin, and many friends and former students. Miss Lee will be sorely missed by all whose lives she touched.

Mayor Richard Heffley said the library will be “a lasting memorial to Miss Lee Nesbitt’s many contributions to Columbus. Our community also is indeed grateful for all the many contributions of time and effort she made on our behalf. She was a very productive, inspirational person and we will miss her."

Colorado County Citizen, July 3, 1986, page 1

Nesbitt, William Lawrence

Funeral Rites Held Here for W. L. Nesbitt

W. L. Nesbitt, druggist here for nearly two decades died at his home here Saturday night after an illness of four months. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from Columbus Funeral Home with burial in Houston, Rev. C. B. Diltz officiating.

Mr. Nesbitt was born in Fort Bend county on March 7, 1869. He had been in business here for the past 18 years. He was a member of the Methodist church having served on the board as treasurer. He was affiliated with various branches of the Masonic order. He was past master of Caledonia lodge and past commander of the Knights Templar here and was a member of local chapters of the Royal Arch Masons and Royal and Select Masters. He also was affiliated with the Arabia Temple Shrine of Houston and with Scottish rite bodies.

Surviving are two daughters, Misses Lee and Laura Dell Nesbitt of Columbus and two sisters, Mrs. E. W. Cumings of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Nellie McComb of Waynesboro, Va.

Out-of-town relatives here for the services included Mr. and Mrs. Cumings, Mrs. McComb, Mrs. Madge Simoneaux of Houston and Mrs. J. R. Nesbitt of Fulshear.

Colorado County Citizen, March 9, 1944
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Neshyba, Annie (Meyer)

Mrs. Annie Neshyba, Frelsburg Native, Succumbs at 62

Funeral services were held February 21 for Mrs. Annie Neshyba, 62, native of Frelsburg, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church at Frelsburg with the Rev. Edward Geiser officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Neshyba, who died Feb. 17 in John Sealy hospital at Galveston, was a daughter of Dick and Mary Noska Meyer. Jan. 8, 1917 she was married to Charles Neshyba and the couple made their home at Frelsburg.

Survivors include her husband; 2 daughters, Mrs. Charlie Phillips of Brookshire and Mrs. Elo Evanicky of Bastrop; a sister, Mrs. Frank Krenek of Fayetteville; 7 brothers, "Dick" Meyer of Brushy, John and Anton Meyer of Columbus, Joe Meyer of Ellinger, Willie and Otto Meyer of Fayetteville and Henry Meyer of Abilene; 3 grandchildren, Johnnie and Shirlie Phillips and Daniel Evanicky. Two sisters, Mary Wavra and Sophie Janish, and a brother, Bennie Meyer, died earlier.

Colorado County Citizen, March 6, 1958

Neshyba, Charles D.

Charles Neshyba Services Today, Burial in Frelsburg

Funeral services for Charles D. Neshyba, 85, are to be held this (Thursday) morning at 10 at Koenig Funeral Chapel in Industry, followed by services at 10:30 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Frelsburg. Rev. Werner Bockholt officiating. Burial will be in Frelsburg Catholic cemetery. Rosary was recited Tuesday night in the funeral home.

Mr. Neshyba, who had been residing at Columbus Convalescent home since its opening several years ago, died there Tuesday afternoon.

A native of Czechoslovakia, he was born there Nov. 4, 1882, and came to this area with his parents when he was a small boy. He had spent most of his life at Frelsburg. His wife, the former, Annie Meyer, died in 1958.

He is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Charles Phillips of Frelsburg and Mrs.Elo Evanicky of Smithville; a brother, John Neshyba of Arcadia, and 2 sisters, Miss Annie Neshyba of Floresville and Mrs. Ben Krieger of Columbus; 3 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Colorado County Citizen, January 18, 1968
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Neshyba, Theresia


Mrs. John Neshyba, aged 69 years, an estimable lady of near Frelsburg, died in a Houston Sanitarium Oct. 1st. Her remains were brought to her home from whence the funeral took place Oct. 2, with interment in the Catholic cemetery at Frelsburg, Rev. Dombrowski officiating. The following children survive her: Peter, Charles and Miss Annie of near New Ulm. Mrs. Bennie Krueger of Alleyton and John of Arcadia. Her husband died 19 years ago. May her eternal sleep be sweet.--New Ulm Enterprise.

Colorado Citizen, October 17, 1919, page 3

Nesvadba, John Allen

John Allen Nesvadba, 68 of Columbus, TX was called home on March 18, 2011 at 7:44 pm.

He was born on September 17, 1942 to John Edward and Albina (Novak) Nesvadba in Rosenberg.

John graduated from the University of Houston in 1966 with a BS in political science. He began working as a sales representative for Exxon Co USA for 15 years. He formerly owned and operated Columbus Auto parts for five years, Nesvadba Exxon for 25 years and Columbus Tire Center for 10 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents John Edward and Albina (Novak); and brother Larry Nesvadba.

John leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Genevieve (Sury); two daughters Jacqueline Beane and husband Ryan of Columbus and Jennifer Nesvadba Wray of Columbus. He also leaves behind two brothers, Eugene and wife Willie Mae of Rosenberg and Dennis and wife Arlene of Needville.

John was blessed with seven grandchildren whom were the loves of his life. Joshua Beane, Lauren Beane, Nathan Beane, Carson Wray, Colton Pitchford, Camdon Pitchford and Candee Pitchford.

He was very active in his grandchildren’s activities from football, baseball, basketball, archery, soccer and swim meets. You would always see him there cheering them on and he will be missed dearly. These kids LOVED their popo.
Pallbearers include Ryan Beane, Joshua Beane, Paul Blymyer, Raymond Novak, C. D. Fojtik, and Clifford Wenske.

Prayer service and K of C rosary was held at 7 p.m. on Monday March 21, 2011 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Columbus where he was a member for many years. He was buried at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Columbus. Services were lead by Mnsg. Reginald Nesvadba and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to St Anthony’s Catholic School 635 Bonham St., Columbus, TX

Colorado Citizen, March 22, 2011
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Neumann, Friederich Hermann

Schulenburg Sticker:
Last Friday Mr. C. Neumann received the sad news of the serious illness of his father, who resides about eight miles from Columbus, in Colorado county. He took the train the same day for Columbus,but his father had passed away before he reached there. The deceased was in his 69th year and came to Texas in 1858. He was a man of estimable character and was beloved and esteemed by all who knew him, Deceased leaves a wife and eight children, all grown, to mourn his loss. [Interment in Fitzgerald Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, June 13, 1896, page 2

Neuendorff, Anton

Bernardo Pioneer Answers Death Call

Mr. Anton Neuendorff, pioneer farmer of the Bernardo section, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Herbert Braden at Mentz Tuesday, following an illness of about two weeks. Funeral service will be held at the Mentz church today at 9.00 a.m. [Interment in St. Roch's Cemetery]

Mr. Neuendorff was born at Frelsburg on May 9, 1851, and has resided in this county continuously. He was one of the substantial farmers of the Bernardo section and was known over a wide area as a man of highest integrity and standing.

Survivors are the wife, six sons, August, Johnnie, Lander, Anton, Ed, and Jesse, three daughters, Mrs. Alex Jones, Mrs. John N. Grobarek of Chicago, Mrs. Herbert Braden, thirty-seven grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

The Citizen joins with the many friends of the large family in sincere sympathy.

Colorado County Citizen, August 19, 1937

Neuendorff, Anton Joseph Jr.

Anton Joseph Neuendorff, Jr.

June 2, 1898- Jan 20, 1980

Funeral services for Anton J. Neuendorff of Bernardo were held Tuesday at St. Roch’s Catholic Church, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Burial was in St. Roch’s Catholic Cemetery. A rosary was recited at Henneke Funeral Home Monday evening. The Rev. Bernard Snoch officiated at the services. Mr. Neuendorff, a retired farmer, rancher and carpenter, passed away Sunday at Autumn Hills Convalescent Center where he had resided for the past year. He was 81 years of age. He was born June 2, 1898 at Bernardo, the son of Anton J. Neuendorff, Sr. and Augusta Stock Neuendorff. He was married on Feb. 6, 1923 to Jolean Branden Neuendorff who survives him. Mr. Neuendorff was a lifetime resident of the Bernardo community. He was a member of the Catholic Church and the Mentz Lodge of Herman Sons. Survivors include his wife, Jolean Neuendorff of Bernardo; four sons, Melvin of Bernardo and Floyd, Leland and Billy J., all of Columbus; one sister, Mrs. Herbert Branden of Mentz; 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Kenneth, Ronnie, Tony, Don, Rusty, Patrick and John Neuendorff, and Clyde Werland. Honorary pallbearers were Robert and Fred Neuendorff and John Glueck.

The Colorado County Citizen, January 24, 1980
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Neundorff, Augusta (Stock)

Services At St. Roch's For Mrs. Augusta Neundorff

Funeral services were to be held this morning at 10 o'clock for Mrs. Augusta Neundorff who died Tuesday, her eighty-fifth birthday. Burial was to be in Mentz Catholic cemetery with the Rev. Andrew Didner officiating. Untermeyer Bros. were in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Neuendorff was born near Frelsburg on February 12, 1861, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Stock who came to this country from Germany. Her husband, Anton Neuendorff, died seven years ago.

She is survived by six sons, August, John, Anton, Jesse, L. P. and Ed, all of Cat Spring, and three daughters, Mrs. Herbert Braden and Mrs. Alex J. Jones of Cat Spring and Mrs. John Grobarek of Chicago, Ill. Thirty-seven grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Josephine Hollien of Bernardo, also survive.

Named as pallbearers were Dennis, Floyd, Melvin, Charlie and Ellis Neuendorff and Ray Braden, all of Bernardo.

Columbus County Citizen, February 14, 1946
Transcribed by Tammy Blandino

Neuendorff, Elizabeth Carol (Wellborn)

Elizabeth Carol "Liz" Neuendorff, 37, of Overton, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 1994, in a Tyler hospital.

Born Aug. 13, 1957, in Dallas, Mrs. Neuendorff was a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Master's Degree in horticulture. She was a horticultural research associate At Texas A&M University Agricultural Research and Extension Center at Overton. She was the recipient of the Deputy Chancellor's Award in Excellence for Research Support-Off Campus in 1989; the Deputy Chancellor's Award in Excellence in Team Research in 1989 and the American Society for Horticultural Sciences Southern Region Extension Publication Award in 1988. Mrs. Neuendorff had been a resident of Overton for the past 14 years and was a member of Handley-Meadowbrook Christian Church in Fort Worth.

Funeral services were held Nov. 28, at the First Christian Church of Kilgore with Dr. C. Robert Coleman officiating. Interment followed in St. Roch's Cemetery in Mentz with Father Dan Morales officiating. Services were under the direction of Cottle-Pearson Funeral Home in Overton.

Serving as pallbearers were Scott T. Willard, Andy Lewis, Stan C., Peters, Mark Evans, Gary Nimr and Will Roberson. Mrs. Neuendorff is survived by her husband, Don Alan Neuendorff and two daughters, Lauren Alice Neuendorff and Avery Lee Neuendorff, all of Overton; parents, Cecil and Selma Wellborn of Fort Worth; a brother, Henry Stephen Wellborn of Tallahassee, Fla.; sister, Cecilia Ann Samish and husband Norman C. and a niece, Donna Christine Oakley of Salem, Ore.

For those desiring, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Colorado County Citizen, November 30, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Neuendorff, James Ivan


James Ivan Neuendorff, 85, of Chicago, Ill. passed away March 24.

He was born July 15, 1922 to Ed (Edwin) and Marjorie Liermann Neuendorff in Bernardo. At the age of 3 1/2 years his mother passed away and he went to live with his grandparents, J.A. and Annie Nelson Liermann. He attended Bernardo School and St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz. As a young man he went to Houston to be a truck driver for J.M. English truck lines. He served in the Marine Corp. during World War II, serving in the Pacific area. After his discharge he went to Chicago to visit relatives and stayed working in a glass factory as a glass cutter. While there he met Laverne Moza and they were married June 28, 1947.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, son-in-law: Edward Krzewicki, brothers-in-law: George Schindler and Paul Moza, nephew: George (Frankie) Schindler Jr.

He is survived by his children, Linda Krzewicki of Chicago, Donna Soltis and husband, Ronald of Chicago and Richard and wife, Jenny, of Taylorville, Ky; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a sister, Joyce Schindler of Bernardo.

Funeral services were hosted March 23 at the Stermer Funeral Home in Chicago with interment following at Maryhill Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were his grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, April 23, 2008,
Courtesy The Citizen

Neuendorff, John F.

John Neuendorff Dies Suddenly; Funeral Yesterday

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 8:45 at the family residence for John F. Neuendorff with continued services at St. Roch's Catholic Church, Mentz, at 9:30 with Rev. A.W. Didner officiating and Rev. Leonard Kaszynski assisting. The Holy Rosary was recited Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Mr. Neuendorff died suddenly of a heart attack Monday morning at 10 in his home. He was born Nov. 19, 1894, at Bernardo, the son of Anton and Augusta Stock Neuendorff, and spent his entire life there as a farmer.

After the death of his first wife, Katie Reitz, he married Henrietta Nelson. A daughter, Mrs. Esther Beall survives his first wife. Other survivors include: his widow of Bernardo; 2 other daughters, Mrs. Al Didner of Columbus and Mrs. Leslie Koehl of Alleyton; a son, Dennis Neuendorff of Bernardo; 2 sisters, Mrs. Herbert Braden of Mentz and Mrs. Alex Jones Sr. of Eagle Lake; 4 brothers, Anton, Leander, Jesse and Ed Neuendorff, all of the Bernardo area; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Larry and Robert Frank, Ray Braden, August Jones, Ellis, William, Charles and Melvin Neuendorff.

Burial was in the Mentz Catholic Cemetery. Untermeyer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, January 9, 1958
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Neuendorff, Leander Peter

Funeral At Mentz

Leander P. Neuendorff, of Rt. 1, Cat S[ring, passed away in Youens Memorial Hospital Tuesday, September 7, at the age of 81 years.

Funeral Services were scheduled for this afternoon (Thursday) at 4:00 p.m. at St. Roch’s Catholic Church in Mentz with Rev. Scnoch officiating.

Burial will be in the Church Cemetery.

Mr. Neuendorff, a retired farmer and rancher, was a native of Bernardo, the son of Anton and Augusta Stock Neuendorff.

Survivors include his wife, Emily; two daughters, Mrs. Kermit Kickler of Fayetteville and Mrs. Elmo Hoppe of Sealy; three sons, Charles Neuendorff of Columbus, Weldon Neuendorff of Brenham and Virgil Neuendorff of Alvin; one sister, Mrs. Herbert Braden of Mentz; one brother, Anton Neuendorff of Bernardo; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Mac Ray Gross, Ray Braden, Melvin Neuendorff, Dennis Neuendorff, Ellis Neuendorff, and William Lee Neuendorff.

Untermeyer - Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

New Ulm Enterprise, September 9, 1971, page 1

Neuendorff, Leland

Leland was called home Aug. 5, 2009. He was born June 15, 1929 to Anton and Jolean Neuendorff of Bernardo. He went to school in Bernardo. Leland served in the National Guard. On Feb. 14, 1953 he married the love of his life, Lucile Neumann at St. Roch’s Catholic Church in Mentz. Shortly after, he served in the United States Army in the Korean War, receiving a purple heart. He was employed as a carpenter, and then later worked for Lone Star Industries as a material tester until he retired after 31 years.

Leland was a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus for many years, and an active member of St Anthony Catholic Church and School.

He had a passion for fishing, hunting, playing dominoes, watching the Astros, nurturing his pecan trees and garden, coin collecting and riding his bike. Leland enjoyed going to his children and grandchildren’s sporting events, being remembered as their loudest supporting fan. He especially loved teasing and playing with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Floyd Neuendorff; and sister-in-laws, Doris Jean Neuendorff and Doris Jane Neuendorff.

He is survived by his wife, Lucile; children, Joy Estrada and husband Gary of Columbus; Jan Lavadia and husband Eric of Pflugerville; Joani Dungen and husband Dwain of Columbus; John Neuendorff and wife Tammy of Columbus; and Janell Warschak and husband Brian of Lone Oak; seven grandchildren, Jaclyn and Brett Lavadia, Brooke and Mallory Dungen, Kelsey Neuendorff and Cason and Weston Warschak; three step-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Jonathan and Jacob Estrada; brothers, Melvin and Billy Joe Neuendorff; and sister-in-law, Doris Neuendorff.

Funeral mass was held at 3 p.m., Sunday Aug. 9, 2009 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Leland’s grandson and nephews, Brett Lavadia, Kenny, Don, Tony, Rusty and Pat Neuendorff, Rodney Neumann, and John Glueck.

Memorials in his memory may be given to St. Anthony Catholic Church or School, P.O. Box 669, Columbus, Texas 78934.

He has left an empty place in our hearts. His worries are over and only happiness and love will consume him, for he is home where one day we will see him again.

Colorado County Citizen, August 11, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Neuhaus, Betsie J.

The remains of Mrs. Neuhaus, who committed suicide at Oakland Thursday morning, were brought here yesterday morning and laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, August 11, 1894, page 2

Neuhaus, Heinrich August Hermann

Mr. Herman Neuhaus, an old settler of Lavaca county, died Sunday near Hackberry, and the remains were brought here Monday for interment in the Masonic cemetery. Mr. Neuhaus was well known to many of the old timers of this section, and his death is sincerely lamented. He was an uncle of the Neuhaus brothers of Houston. The funeral was largely attended. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives.

Weimar Mercury, September 25, 1908, page 4

Mr. C. L. Neuhaus and wife, Miss Lillie Neuhaus, Messrs. J. V. and W. O. Neuhaus, of Houston; Mr. R. C. Boettcher and wife, of Schulenburg; Messrs. F. W. Neuhaus and son, of Halletsville, and Henry Neuhaus of Schulenburg, were here Monday afternoon to attend the funeral of Mr. Herman Neuhaus. – Weimar Mercury.

Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Oct 1908
Contributed by Matt Cross

Neumann, Ferdinand

Mr. Ferdinand Neumann of Columbus--father of Mrs. Geo. Gegenworth, sr.--died in that city last Monday night, aged 84 years. He had been a resident of Columbus for many years, and was well and favorably known to all of that city’s inhabitants. His remains were laid to rest in the city cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, a considerable crowd of relatives and sympathizing friends witnessing the last sad rites. The Mercury tenders its condolence to the relatives of the deceased.

Weimar Mercury, June 2, 1894, page 3

Nevelle, Maria

Old “Aunt Maria” Nevelle, a negro woman believed to be over 100 years old, died last week on Mr. A. B. Rogers’ farm. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 4, 1893

Neville, Caesar

Weimar Waifs

Another killing occurred close to Weimar on the 11th. A negro, by the name of Caesar [Caesar Neville] was killed by a white man named Reel [J. W. Reel]. He had a preliminary examination before Justice C D. Barnett, and was put under a $1,000 bond. Mr. Sam Green, our polite county attorney, says he can hardly keep up with murders now. While here he received a telegram from Alleyton to the effect that a negro was killed at that place, and for him to come at once. [Place of interment unknown]

La Grange Journal, May 20, 1886


A shooting scrape occurred on the farm of E. T. Adams, a few miles northeast of this place, last Tuesday, in which a colored man by the name of Caesar Neville was shot by a Mr. J. W. Reel, (white man,) with squirrel shot in the hip and back, inflicting a mortal wound. Mr. Reel came to town and gave bond for his appearance for examining trial a soon as all the witnesses can be summoned.

Colorado Citizen, May 13, 1886

Caesar Neville, the negro man reported in last items as morally wounded by J. W. Reel, died the morning of the 12th. An inquest ws held, the jury returning a verdict that deceased came to his death from a gunshot wound inflicted by J. W. Reel. On the 14th reel had an examining trial, and was admitted to bail in he sum of $1,000, which he readily gave.

Colorado Citizen, May 20, 1886

New, Leona (Richter)

Two killed, third injured in collision

SCHULENBURG - Two people were killed and a third was injured Thursday in the collision of a pickup truck and recreational vehicle on state Highway 71.

Killed in the accident were Leona Richter New, 64, of Columbus, driver of the pickup truck, and Milford Curtis Frnka, 72, of Houston, driver of the recreational vehicle.

Jewel Ullrich Frnka, 72, also of Houston, was treated for minor injuries at Columbus Community Hospital and released.

The 6:15 a.m. accident occurred as New was traveling south on Richter Road and Frnka was westbound on Hwy. 71.

The RV collided with the pickup truck when New failed to stop at the intersection, according to the Department of Public Safety accident report.

Victoria Advocate, 30 Aug 1996, page 5A

Leona Richter New

September 8, 1931 – August 29, 1996

Leona Richter New, 64, of Columbus, passed away August 29, 1996, near Columbus.

She was born September 8, 1931, in Columbus to Henry and Annie Hayek Richter.

She and Clifton R. New were married on May 27, 1951.

Leona was employed as a waitress at Cattleman’s Restaurant. She was a lifetime resident of Columbus and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Adolf, Lester and Ernest Richter.

Survivors include her husband of Columbus; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah Jean and David Dahman of Burton; sons and daughters-in-law, Carl Ray and Barbara New of Katy, Clifton Leon and Lauralyn New of Columbus, and David Gene and Tobi New of New York; two brothers, Connie Richter of Wharton and Louis Richter of Lone Oak; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 31, at 10 a.m. from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of the arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were Leonard Richter, David Beettner, Ricky, David and Wallace New and Mason Fulkerson.

Honorary pallbearers were Bennie Kosler and Erwin Hodde.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, 19 Sep 1996, page 4
Both articles contributed by Matt Cross

New, Robert L.


R.L. New, 83, of Eagle Lake, passed away April 21, at the Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital in Houston following a lengthy illness.

He was born in Iago on Oct. 18, 1920 to Johnnie Joshua New and Lallie Beatrice (Franks) New. He lived most all of his life in Eagle Lake and led a distinguished career with Colorado County as a heavy equipment operator retiring on his 81st birthday. He married Esther Miculka at the Methodist Parsonage in Eagle Lake on April 16, 1944. New was a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; sister, Iola Dixon; and brothers, Alton New and Almous Clay New.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Joan Marie New Graham of Houston; sister, Melba Lou Craft of Alvin; brother and sister-in-law, Truitt and Mildred New of Wimberly; and grandchildren, Kevin New and wife, Amy of League City, Amanda Johnson and husband, Joshua of Houston, Greg New and fiancé, Lindsey Rider of Houston, Joshua New and Danny New both of Houston.

Funeral services were conducted April 25 from the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake with the Rev. Chris Thacker, pastor and the Rev. Ken Temples of Katy, officiating with Sandra Benge, pianist, Carol Joyce Ripper, organist and duet of Vicki and Clark Powers. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery of Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Kevin New, Gregory New, Joshua New, Daniel New, Joshua Johnson and Commissioner Darrell Gertson.

Honorary Pallbearers were the Deacons of First Baptist Church.

For those desiring, the family has requested memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society, Colorado County Unit, P.O. Box 772, Columbus, TX 78934.

Colorado County Citizen, April 28, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Newman, Lucile

Mrs. Lucille Newman

Mrs. Newman Funeral Rites held Thursday. Former Eagle Lake Girl claimed by Death New Year’s Day at her Corpus Christi Home. Funeral from L.D. Roberts Home.

Sorrow invaded an Eagle Lake home with the New Year and removed from the daily walks of life Mrs. Lucille Newman, who passed away at her home in Corpus Christi the afternoon of Wednesday, January 1st. Mrs. Newman had been ill of typhus fever over a period of several weeks and only a few days ago developed pneumonia and her weakened condition could not stand the ravages of the last illness. In response to a message, her sister, Mrs. Alma Sanders of El Campo, hastened to her bedside Tuesday. The remains arrived in Eagle Lake at noon Thursday and rested in state at the home of her sister, Mrs. L.D. Roberts and Mr. Roberts until 3 p.m. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.H. Landes of the First Baptist Church at the Lakeside Cemetery, where she was gently placed at rest beside loved ones gone before. Mrs. Newman is survived by her husband, Victor Newman, and a son, Jack, by a former marriage. Her aged mother, Mrs. Florence Korthauer and a sister; Mrs. L.D. Roberts of Eagle Lake and three other sisters, Mrs. Alma Sanders of El Campo, Mrs. Dorothy Cook and Mrs. W.A. Rhen of Houston are also grief stricken over her passing. Mrs. Newman was born at Burton in Washington County, September 30, 1894 and at the time of her death was 46years old. Her girlhood and school days were spent in Eagle Lake, where she was well and favorably known and it was fitting that she should be brought home for her final resting place. Casket bearers were Blaine Johnson of Houston; Curtis Singleton, Ira Knowles and L.C. Coline of Corpus Christi; Mae Wilkinson of Pierce, Robert Wills and R.H. Whitehead of Edna. . . . of Rev. Landel was very touching and comforting, The beautiful hymn “Where the Gates Swing Outward Never” was sweetly rendered. The Floral offerings which were very . . . a silent message of sympathy to those so distressed over the . . . of earthly ties and the large array of fragrants tributes attested the high esteem in which Mrs. Newman was held both here and in her adopted home. To the grief stricken mother, the husband and son and the sisters who deeply mourn her passing, the Headlight joins the scores of friends in extending sympathy upon the loss of their loved one. May passing time bring to them the blessing of that “Heavenly Peace which passeth all understanding.” Those from out of town attending the last rites were Mrs. B.N. McNeil and Mrs. Marjory McNeil, Curtis Singleton, Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. I. Knowles of Corpus Christi; Rev. and Mrs. W.B. Billingsly of Beeville; Mr. and Mrs. Chris . . . , Mrs. . . . , . . . , Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Frix, Mrs. W.F. Wausloffe-of San Antonio; Mrs. F. H. Demauche, Portland ; Miss Lois Stoner, Bay City; Mr. and Mrs. Mack Wilkinson, Pierce; Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Bell and Robert Wells, Edna; G.E. Newman, Medina and Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Johnston of Houston.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 3, 1941
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Newsom, Cecil Douglas "Bo"

C. D. "Bo" Newsom, 66, of Garwood, passed away Tuesday, February 26, 2002 from smoke inhalation during a fire at his residence.

A native of Jewett, Leon County, Texas, he was born August 23, 1935 to Raymond Troy Newsom and Eunice Cox Newsom.

Residing in this area most of his life, he led a career as a dryer operator and was employed with Garwood Implement and Suply Comany from 1978 until his retirement in 1997.

Preceded in death by his parents; and a daugther, Diana Sue; brothers, Marion and Ray Newsom; survivors include his daugthers and son-in-law, Debra and Rusty Cook and Donna Seaholm of Houston and Denise Newsom of Rosenberg grandaughter, Madelyn Cook of Houston; a sister Annette Roach of Houston; nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

Foillowing cremation, a memorial service was held at 10 a.m., Saturday March 2, from the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Pastor Chad Miller of the Spirit of Life Church in Houston officiating.

The family later assembled for committal services and intement at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Services were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

The family request memorials be made to the Spirit of Life Church, 2147 Hill Canyon Court, Sugar Land, TX 77479/

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 7, 2002

Newsom, Dianna Sue

Day-Old Dianna Sue Newsom Buried Last Fri.

Private graveside services attended by relatives and close friends were held at 2:00 p.m. Friday for little Dianna Sue Newsom who died at the Laughlin Hospital Thursday, just a day after her birth on Wednesday of last week, Sept. 29th. The infant weighed nine pounds and eleven ounces at birth. Her passing brought great sorrow to loved ones and friends.

The Rev. Milroy Gregor, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church, officiated at the graveside services. Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. She was laid to rest in the Lakeside Cemetery.

Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. (Bo) Newsom of this city; two sisters, Donna Marie, 3, and Debra Lynn, 6; grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. David J. Zahradnick of this city and Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Newsom and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Trainey, all of Houston.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, October 7, 1965
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Newsom, Dorothy Mae (Zahradnick)

Dorothy Newsom

March 4, 1938-January 5, 1991

Dorothy Newsom, Age 52, of Eagle Lake, passed away at 9:16 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a brief illness. Mrs. Newsom was a native and lifelong resident of our area, having been born in Alleyton, March 4, 1938 to David Joe Zahradnick and Mary Ella Schmidt Zahradnick.  She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Eagle Lake and an employee of Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Dorothy joined the hospital staff on April 21, 1977.  In 1982 she was promoted to supervisor of the dietary department. She will be long remembered for her dedication to her work and devotion to her family.

Preceded in death by her father, David J. Zahradnick and a daughter, Diana Sue, survivors include her daughters and son-in-law, Debra and Rusty Cook of Houston, Donna Seaholm of Houston and Denise Newsom of Eagle Lake. Other survivors include her mother, Mrs. Mary Zahradnick of Eagle Lake; sisters, Mr. Daphene Vasut of Garwood and Evelyn Hunick of Jacinto City; brothers, Robert Zadhradnick of Richmond, Virginia; grandchild, Madelyn Cook of Houston; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of loved ones. Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 9 at 2:00 p.m. from Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor John Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Lakeside Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Flathmann, Richard French, Marvin Hunick, HugoRichter, Jr., Bob Tobin, Paul Vasut, Larry Weisel and Carl Seaholm, III.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home of Eagle Lake. The family request memorial donations be made to die Texas Commission for the Blind, 1801N. Laurent, Suite 107, Victoria, Texas 77901 or to the Eagle Lake Community Hospital Auxiliary, 600 South Austin Road, Eagle Lake, Texas, 77434.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 10, 1991
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Newsom, Earnest P.

Ernest P. Newsom, Born And Reared Here, Died Saturday

Died At Corpus Christi, Where He Was With Central Power And Light Co., Few Hours After Suffering Stroke

Funeral services were held here Monday at 2 p.m. for Ernest P. Newsom, 54 years of age who was born and reared in Eagle Lake, and who lived here until manhood. He moved away from Eagle Lake about twenty years or more ago, and has been back to the town of his birth but few times since.

He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Newsom, well known and old-time citizens of Eagle Lake, both of whom sleep their last long sleep in the Masonic cemetery here, his mother having passed away in 1928.

Mr. Newsom died of apoplexy at his home in Corpus Christi where he was connected with the Central Power and Light Company, having lived only a few hours after having been stricken on Saturday afternoon. While he had not been in good health for some time, the end came suddenly and unexpected.

The remains were shipped to Eagle Lake on the 11 o’clock Southern Pacific Monday, interment being held in the Masonic Cemetery at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. A short service was conducted by Rev. N. G. Ozment, local Methodist pastor, following which Masonic ceremonies were conducted by the local chapter of Masons, he having been a member of the Masonic fraternity.

Ernest Newsom was a fine man, having been the first of a family of eight children to receive the call from the shadows. He was popular with the people of Eagle Lake and was held in high esteem by all who knew him here. The older citizens of Eagle Lake, who remember him so well, who were associated with him in childhood’s happy days and throughout the care-free days of young manhood grieve deeply over his passing.

He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Anna Laura, three sisters, Mrs. L. Mimms of Houston, Mrs. A. G. Reynolds of Lockhart, Mrs. Mary Smith of Freeport and W. D. Newsom of Lockhart, Jim Newsom of San Antonio, Tom Newsom and John Newsom of Corpus Christi, who have the sincere sympathy of all who knew them.

The old Newsom homestead is the home now occupied by Miss Mary Potter, and was a general meeting place and playground for the children of Eagle Lake of the long ago, whose hair is now streaked with gray, and many of whom have been called to the Great Beyond.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 7, 1933
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Newsom, Eaton Pugh


Mr. E. P. Newsom, Prominent Citizen and Confederate Veteran, Has Answered the Last Roll Call.

Mr. E. P. Newsom, 74 years old, one of Eagle Lake’s oldest and most highly respected citizens, died at his home in this city at four o’clock Wednesday morning. He seemed to be in the best of health on the day before his death, and performed his daily duties about the home the same as usual. He retired on Tuesday night about half past eight. A half an hour later his wife heard him groaning and attempted to awaken him but found him unconscious suffering from an attack of apoplexy Medical attention was promptly summoned but to no avail. He never regained consciousness and expired at about four o’clock Wednesday morning. A gloom of sorrow was spread over the town Wednesday when the news was spread over town that Mr. Newsom was dead. He had Iived in Eagle Lake for nearly fifty years and was well known to every man, woman and child in the community. Mr. Newsom was a good man. He was one of those quiet, unassuming men, attending strictly to his own business. and always doing only those things which he thought to be right. He was a great man for home. Although living within a few blocks of town, it was but seldom that Mr. Newsom came to town in late years. He was content to remain at home, to perform those duties around the home that made home life pleasant and happy for himself and his family.

Mr. Newsom was born in Bolivar, Tennessee, in 1841, and moved to Texas in 1857. At the breaking out of the Civil War he enlisted at Wharton in the Confederate army and served throughout the entire war. Mr. Newsom moved to Eagle Lake in 1870 and at that time there were less than a dozen houses in the town of Eagle Lake. At the time of his death he was the oldest resident of Eagle Lake. He entered the mercantile business here in 1870 and was in business for twenty-five years; the firm name being John R. Newsom & Co., the members of said firm being _ A. Harbert, J. R. Newson[sic] and himself. Dr. Bruce brought Mr. Harbert’s interest in the business in 1875 and the firm then then[sic] continued business for fifteen years. In 1890 he entered business with the late Capt. Wm. Dunovant and was with him continuously for a period covering ten years.

It was interesting to hear Mr. Newsom tell of the conditions here during the early days. Game of all kinds, he used to say, was plentiful in this country when he first came to Eagle Lake. As with many of the early settlers, hunting was a great pastime with him. Many a time has he run deer with hounds right down the street on which the Drummers’ Home is now situated--now one of the principal streets of the city He used to tell many interesting stories of the early days in Eagle Lake and in telling of his early day experience he would always look back to those olden days of “wild and woolly” times with a great deal of pleasure.

Mr. Newsom was one of our city’s most prominent citizens and enjoyed the respect and esteem of everyone who knew him. Many years ago he united with the Christian church, and has always lived a Christian life. He is a man that has spent a long and useful life among us--a man of whom we have never heard ill spoken of.

In the death of Mr. Newsom another old Confederate soldier has answered the last roll call, and has “crossed over the river to rest under the shade of the trees.” May his last long sleep be sweet!

Mr. Newsom is survived by his wife, five sons, Ernest, James, Dunovant, Thomas and Johnnie, and three daughters, Mrs. A. G. Reynolds of Lockhart, Mrs. A. B. Dunn of Shiner, and Mrs. Bessie Hughs, all of whom were here for the funeral.

The funeral was held at the Christian church Thursday morning at ten o’clock, and was largely attended, Rev. Mr. Jones, pastor of the Christian church, conducting the services. Interment was made in the Masonic cemetery. The five sons and grandson, Robert Pierson of Shiner, and Mr. J. R. Strahan and Mr. S. Garmon were the pall bearers.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 16, 1915, pages 1 and 12
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Newsom, Littleberry McLemore

L. M. Newsom, one of Colorado county's oldest citizens, died at his home near Osage, in this county, last Monday, 7th inst. Mr. Newsom has been in delicate health for some time past. He leaves a wife and an interesting family of children to mourn his loss. We presume that some of his many friends who had a better acquaintance with him, will write a suitable obituary. [Buried Osage Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, 10 January 1884
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Newsom, Oscar E.

Mr. Oscar E. Newsom died at his home in this city Sunday night at 11 o’clock. He had been the victim of an incurable malady for many years. He was 39 years old and most of those years were [cannot read] was born. He leaves a wife (formerly Miss Jessie Brooks) and three children. He became a Christian in his youth and lived a consistant[sic] Christian life. He bore his long and intense suffering with fortitude and patience. He was energetic and worked for the support of his family almost up to the time of his death. His faithful wife who has nursed him for so long, who has seen his great suffering, should rejoice that he has crossed to the other shore where pain or sickness cannot come. He was buried by the Woodmen of the World of which lodge he was a member. He leaves one sister, Mrs. W. Y. Westmoreland, besides other relatives and many friends. The sympathy of the community goes out to the grief stricken wife and her little children in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 17, 1905, page 3

Newsom, Sarah S. (Jenkins)

Death of Mrs. Sarah S. Newsom

Mrs. Sarah S. Newsom, the aged mother of Eugene Newsom of the Osage community, died Sunday last, aged 76 years, and the funeral took place at Osage cemetery the following day, Revs. Isaac Sellers of the Baptist church and G. T. Gibbons of the Methodist church performing the funeral ceremony. Mrs. Newsom was known and beloved by a large circle of friends throughout this section, where she had resided for many years. She was a good, christian woman, the best of wives and mothers, an ever kind and thoughtful friend and neighbor, and her death is sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family in the heavy loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, 7 June 1912
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Nice, Pearl

Glidden, March 18.--Tom Jones, section foreman at Glidden, shot and fatally wounded Pearl Nice, a negro. Jones was arrested by Sheriff W. E. Bridge and taken to Columbus. He refused to state the cause of the trouble and will be given an examining trial on Monday. Nice is an overbearing negro, well known here, and was shot once before by a Southern Pacific brakeman some years ago. Jones had his men unloading gravel, about a mile west of here, when the shooting took place. Nice was not working at the time, having been discharge by Jones some time ago. He is not expected to live until morning.

Weimar Mercury, March 24, 1906, page 1

Columbus Citizen:
The negro Nice, who was shot on the 17th ult. at Glidden died last week. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, April 7, 1906, page 1

Nicewander, Ethel Clara (Flesher)


Mrs. Ethel Nicewander, age 94, of Naples passed away December 10th, at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born May 23, 1894 in Sullivan Co., Missouri to Andrew Flesher and Henrietta (Somerville) Flesher. In 1900 at the age of six, she and her family moved to Rock Island where she lived all her life until she moved to Naples 11 years ago.

Mrs. Nicewander was a member of the Rock Island Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Merrit I. Nicewander in 1954; a daughter, Elaine Forseth in 1960; and a son, Leonard L. Nicewander in 1978. Survivors include, a son, Dan Nicewander of Naples; 5 grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren; other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 12 at 10 a.m. at the Rock Island Methodist Church, Rev. Charles Runk, Pastor, Eagle Lake United Methodist Church and Mrs. Janet Dupre, Lay Pastor for the Rock Island Methodist Church officiated. Interment followed in the Myrtle Cemetery, Rock Island.

Pallbearers were Hume Baker, Alan Kloss, Ralph Williams, Leon Kyser, Isam Brisco and Harry Brisco.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, December 21, 1988, page 2

Nicewander, Leonard L.

Leonard Nicewander Passes Away

Leonard L Nicewander was born June 1.1912 in Rock Island. Texas and he spent his life there until April of 1974 when he became a resident of the Heritage House in Eagle Lake. In October of 1977, he moved to the Redbud Nursing Home in Naples, Texas where he passed away peacefully Thursday evening, December 21st. He was the eldest son of M.I. and Ethel Nicewander. Survivors include Ethel Nicewander, his mother, of Naples, Texas; one brother, Dan A. Nicewander of Naples; and a number of nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his father and one sister, Elaine M. Forseth. Leonard was a life-long member of the Rock Island Methodist Church. Funeral services were held at the Rock Island United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 23 at 10:00 a.m. with the Rev. Elmer Hierbolzer, pastor, officiating; followed by burial in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Serving as pallbearers were Ernest Hudson, Norman Hooper, Leon Kayser, Luther Sheldon. Harold Waits and Ralph Williams; and Elmer Larsen served as an honorary pallbearer. Deepest sympathy is extended to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 28, 1978
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Nicewander, Merritt Isreal

M. I Nicewander Of Rock Island To Be Buried Today

Funeral rites for M. I. Nicewander, a retired Rock Island business man who would have been 71 June 21, will be held at the Rock. Island Methodist church at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon.

Rev. D. Rhea Allison of the Eagle Lake Methodist church will deliver the funeral sermon. The body will lie In state at Columbus Funeral home here until time for the service.

Mr. NIcewander died In Columbus hospital about 3 p.m. Monday. He had been ill for several months.

A native of Champaign, III, Mr. Nicewander came to Rock Island in 1909 from Indianapolis, Ind. He operated a drug store, confectionery and service station in Rock Island for many years.

Mr. and Mrs. Nicewander were married in Columbus in 1911 after which they moved into their home at Rock Island where they spent all their married life.

He was a member of the Methodist church and of the Masonic lodge.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ethel Nicewander, who is a Citizen correspondent at Rock Island; a daughter, Mrs. Elaine Forseth of Spring Valley, Wis.; 2 sons,Leonard Nicewander of Rock Island and Dan Nicewander of Tulsa:, a sister, Mrs. Mary Wilson of St. Joseph, Mich.; and a brother, E. F. Nicewander of Illinois.

Also, 5 grandchildren, Danny, Merritt and Janie Elaine of Tulsa, and Eric and Mary Ethelda Forseth of Spring Valley, Wis.

Burial will be in the Myrtle cemetery near Rock Island.

Colorado County Citizen, May 24, 1954

Nicholds, Georgia (Jochetz)

Georgia Jochetz Nicholds, 81, of Huntsville passed away May 21 at Vista Continuing Care Center in Pasadena.

She was born near Eagle Lake, Sept. 17, 1920 to Raymond and Genevieve (Fojtik) Jochetz and baptized Nov. 21, 1920 by Father Nemec at Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard.

She was a graduate of Eagle Lake High School class of 1938 and was employed within the Texas State Capitol Building Engrossing Department in 1943. She enlisted in the WACS in March 1944 and was assigned to the personal section of the Army Finance School at Fort Bejamin Harrison, Ind. She obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant and discharged in 1946 after being awarded the American Theater Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon, and Meritorious Unit Award. She was then employed by Central Power and Light Company in Eagle Lake and on May 10, 1951, married George W. Nicholds, Jr. from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Eagle Lake. They lived in the Eagle Lake area and later relocated to La Porte, where George was employed by Tenneco. Following retirement in 1986, they moved to Huntsville on Thomas Lake, where she resided until July 2001 when she was moved to an assisted living center in Pasadena due to advancing Alzheimer. She has been a resident of the Vista Continuing Care Center since Jan. 2002 due to failing health.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Mary Victoria Theuman; brother, Charlie Jochetz; and step-mother, Rosie Nicholds.

She is survived by her sister, Betty Jochetz Roesner of Katy; brothers, Raymond Jochetz, of Huntsville and James Jochetz of Elgin; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and loved ones including her most dear friends and care givers whom she considered her adopted children, Donna Yost of Deer Park, Janet Schnell of Webster, and Michael Schnell of La Porte.

Funeral services were held May 23 at Holy Cross Catholic Church of East Bernard with the Rev. Don Ruppert officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, May 29, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Nichols, Arthur A.

A. A. Nichols Succumbs at 93

Arthur A. Nichols, formerly of Columbus, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry Hill at 7026 Santa Maria, in Houston, Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. He was 93 years of age. Born April 7, 1874, he was a native of Cambridge, Ill. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Columbus.

Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, at Columbus Funeral home at 11 a.m. and burial wil[sic] be in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Survivors are 2 daughters, Mrs. Paul R. Roberts and Mrs. Harry Hill of Houston and a son, Arthur E. Nichols of Chicago Heights, Ill.; 3 grandchildlren and a great-grandchild.

Colorado County Citizen, September 29, 1966

Nichols, Arthur Edgar

Arthur E. Nichols Former Resident, Is Buried Here

Funeral services were held in Columbus Funeral home Tuesday morning for Arthur Edgar Nichols who died in Chicago Friday morning after a long illness with cancer. The Rev. Gregory Robertson of the First Methodist Church officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. His father, A. A. Nichols, who died at the age of 92 only a month ago, is buried there.

Mr. Nichols graduated from Columbus high school in 1921 and attended Texas A & M college where he graduated about 1929. After that he went to work for Remington-Rand in New York and Philadelphia and was with the company in Chicago when he died.

He is survived by his wife, Dolly, who is a native of Ft. Worth, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Marry Hill and Mrs. Paul Roberts of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, November 3, 1966

Nichols, Clara K. (Masters)

Mrs. A. A. Nichols Dies in Houston

Last rites for Mrs. Clara Master Nichols, wife of A. A. Nichols, were held in Columbus Funeral home Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m., the Rev. H. L. McAllister of the Methodist church of Weimar officiating. Burial was in Myrtle cemetery at Rock Island.

Mrs. Nichols was born April 30, 1884. She was married to Mr. Nichols in 1950 and the couple had made their home three for the past 10 or 12 years. She was a member of the local Methodist church.

Mrs. Nichols died in Methodist hospital at Houston Monday after suffering a heart attack the previous day. She and Mr. Nichols had been visiting with Mr. Nichols’ daughter, Mrs. Harry Hill, in Houston. Mr. Nichols will remain in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hill.

Colorado County Citizen, September 5, 1963, page 10

Nichols, Eva Mae (Heller)

Eva Mae Heller Nichols, 92, of Columbus, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 1997, at River Oaks Convalescent Home. Born Nov. 1, 1904 in Columbus, she was the daughter of Placide Franklin and Annie Ada (Hope) Heller, a descendant of the Townsend family, early colonial Texas settlers. Mrs. Nichols lived most of her life in Columbus, where she was a member of Magnolia Homes Tour, Inc. Graveside services and interment were held Feb. 17 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, with Rev. Joseph Spitler officiating. Services were under the direction of Henneke funeral Home, Columbus. Mrs. Nichols is survived by her nephew, R. F. "buddy" Rau of Columbus; four other nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert M. Nichols, on June 14, 1952; her parents; sisters Katie Lee Sykora and Hope Rau; and Niece Dorothy Sykora Brownlee.

Colorado County Citizen,1February 19, 1997
Submitted by David Hahn

Nichols, Loriner (Williams)

Loriner Nichols, 77, a long-time resident of the Garwood area, died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 1994.

Born March 24, 1917, in Yoakum, she was the daughter of Annie J. and Tuck Williams Sr. On Dec. 1, 1938, she married Wady Nichols. Mrs. Nichols was member of the New Home Baptist Church in Garwood where she served as mission president.

Funeral services were held Oct. 22, 1 New Home Baptist Church with Rev. C.A. Williams officiating. Interment followed in Williams Paradise. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Robert Wauls Jr., Johnell Williams, Mark Williams, Steven Williams, Freddie Jones and Don Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Allen Williams, Kermit Williams, Bishop R. A. Wauls and Tucker Williams Jr.

Mrs. Williams is survived by three brother, Kermit Williams of San Antonio and Allen Williams and Tucker Williams, both of Garwood; two sisters, Myrtle Wauls and Hattie (Pat) Jones of San Antonio; sister-in-law, Vinnie Mae Williams of Garwood and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

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

Nichols, Tracy S. (Peterson)


Columbus, Texas, April 13.--Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Sunday for Mrs. Tracy S Nichols, 55, wife of A. A. Nichols of Columbus. Rev. J. E. Morgan, pastor, officiated.

Mrs. Nichols was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Peterson of LaGrange. She is survived by her husband and four children, Mrs. Hazel Barak, Herbert and May Nichols of Columbus and Arthur Nichols of New York City Interment was in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, April 17, 1931


Nicholson, Clementine C.

DIED, in this city last Sunday at 1:10 a.m., at the residence of Mr. John H. Fisher, Mrs. C. C. Nicholson, and was buried in the Masonic cemetery in the afternoon. Mrs. Nicholson was born in Tennessee in 1823, and resided in Nashville for many years; was married in that city to Mr. Jas. Nicholson (who died of yellow fever in LaGrange, Tex. in the year 1867); came to Texas in 1855, first settling near Round Rock, Williamson county, then removed to Fayette county, and finally to Weimar (in ‘74), where she resided until the time of her death. She leaves three children--all married--Mrs. J. J. Holloway, Mrs. John H. Fisher and Mr. O. B. Nicholson of this city. She was a devote member of the Christian church, having joined at an early age. Mrs. N. had been an invalid nearly all her life, but bore her sufferings uncomplainingly, and passed into the realms of eternal bliss without a murmur. Our sincere sympathy is exended[sic] the bereaved relatives in their loss.

Weimar Mercury, February 8, 1890

Nicholson, Fred

Columbus Citizen
While on the apron of the rear end of the switch-engine at Glidden Monday evening little Fred Nicholson somehow got his foot caught in the frog of a switch while the engine was backing up and was pullen[sic] off and cut into. He died within five minutes. Our sincerest condolence is extended his relatives in this hour of distress and sore bereavement. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 12, 1892, page 2

Nicholson, John

Mr. John Nicholson, the aged machinist at Glidden, died very suddenly of heart disease Tuesday afternoon. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury December 10, 1892, page 3

Nickens, John M.

Death of A Former Weimar Citizen

News was received here Thursday of last week that Mr. John Nickens, son of the late Rev. John Nickens, and himself a native of this city, had died of kidney trouble at his home in San Antonio, at the age of 50 years.

The remains were brought to this city Friday and laid to rest in the family plot at the Masonic Cemetery Friday morning, Rev.Verner Stokes, Baptist minister, officiating in a solemn service. Quite a large number of old time friends were present to witness the said ceremony.

The Nickens family resided in this city for many years. Later they moved to Lockhart and afterward to San Antonio. They are well and favorably remembered by many of our old time citizens/ John Nickens, who died in San Antonio and was buried here, was born and raised in this immediate section and lived here up to young manhood. In early youth he had the misfortune to get one of his legs cut off in a moving machine, but this, did not deter him from striking out in the world to make his own living, and he made good. As a boy, as a man, he was full of energy, honesty and perseverance, and made good. Many friends here deeply regretted to learn of his death. He is survived by a widow, mother and brother, Elmo Nickens.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, December 24, 1926

Nickens, John W.

Rev. John W. Nickens

Rev. John W. Nickens died at his home in Lockhart Tuesday night after an illness of several years.

The body was prepared for burial and was shipped on S. A. & A. P. to Weimar to be interred.

Rev. Nickens was a minister of the Baptist Church, a native of Tennessee where he was born January 25, 1850.

Rev. Nickens came to Lockhart about eight years ago but on account of ill health did not participate to any extent in public matters.

He was known here as a quiet, earnest, chiristian gentleman--a worthy representative of Him whom he faithfully trusted and served.

A religious service conducted by Rev. A. L. Scarborough, pastor of the Methodist church and Rev. Robt. A. McCurdy, pastor of the Presbyterian church was held at the home.

Rev. Nickens is survived by his wife and two sons R. E. Nickens and J. M. Nickens both of Lockhart.--Lockhart Register.

Weimar Mercury, February 15, 1918

Nickens, Mary Alice


Mrs. Mary Alice Nickens, 70, died Tuesday night at the residence, 1110 Wyoming Street. She was a native of Texas and had lived seven years in San Antonio. She is survived by one son, R. E. Nickens of San Antonio; two sisters, Mrs. T. Perkins of San Antonio, and Mrs. S. D. Griffin of Austin; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.--San Antonio Express

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1928, page 4

Mr. Elmo Nickens and other relatives accompanied the remains of Mrs. John Nickens, Sr., here from San Antonio this, Thursday, morning. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1928

Nickens, Sidney Grey

Grey Nickens Suicides
(San Antonio Gazette, Nov. 22)

Within a few hours of the time set for his wedding, surrounded by wedding presents, and in the presence of the girl who was to have become his bride, Grey Nickens, 21 years old, the proprietor of a meat market on Goliad street, swallowed carbolic acid at 9:45 o'clock this morning and died a few hours later.

The young man's father, Rev. John Nickens, arrived in San Antonio from Weimar, where he resides, this morning, and by the request of the young man, was to have officiated at the wedding. His son met him at the depot, escorted him to a restaurant on Houston street and left him. A few minutes later he was dead.

The suicide occurred at the home of William Miller, 120 Elm street. William Miller is the father of Miss Clara Miller, who but for the tragic event of the morning would have become Mrs. Nickens this evening.

All the parties interested deny any knowledge of the reason for the suicide. There was no quarrel with his affianced and there was no objection to the marriage from either family.

The couple had been engaged about three years, but not until recently did Nickens ask Miss Miller's father for permission to marry her. Mr. Miller says he gave consent willingly, as he liked the young man.

Nickens had a meat market on Goliad street and boarded with his aunt, Mrs. Perkins, on Matagorda street. He called at the home of Mrs. Miller almost every day.

It was originally decided that the wedding should be last night, but in order that his father might officiate, it was postponed one day. The father arrived this morning. He had not been told beforehand of the wedding plans, but when informed of them by his son, who met him at the train, he agreed to them.

Father and son came up to town together and the elder Nickens went to a restaurant for breakfast. It was agreed that the father should go to the home of Mrs. Perkins and wait there while the son went to the Miller home to complete arrangements for the wedding.

The father went to Mrs. Perkins' house and was eating dinner when the terrible news of the suicide was brought to him.

Young Nickens went to the Miller home, arriving at 9:30. Miss Clara showed him the wedding presents in the front room and he walked back to the kitchen. Miss Miller and her aunt remained in the front room. A few minutes later Nickens called the aunt. She went to the kitchen.

"He handed me the bottle" said the aunt, "and told me he had taken carbolic acid. He asked me not to allow Clara to have the poison, as he seemed to be afraid she would take it too. I asked what he had done it for, and he said, 'On account of my people.'"

The young man was removed to the bed in the front room and Dr. Josephine Kingsley was sent for. He was too far gone when she arrived to be saved.

An affecting scene was enacted after Miss Miller learned what her betrothed had done.

Justice Adams was notified and held an inquest.

The father of the dead man said he could not account for the suicide. He said his son seemed in good spirits when they met at the station. The father of Miss Miller was equally in the dark. Miss Miller said she could not account for the suicide.

The people of our city were indeed shocked to learn of the above tragedy. Grey Nickens was, if we mistake not, born and raised here, always bore a splendid reputation, being an energetic, hardworking young man, of exemplary habits, and was well thought of by the people here. What could have caused him to take such a rash step is a complete mystery to his family and the public in general. The family is completely prostrated by the awful occurrence, and in their misfortune have the heartfelt sympathy of everyone. The funeral will occur this afternoon at 3 o'clock, from the family residence.

Weimar Mercury, Nov. 25, 1905, page 1

Nicolai, Amalia

Columbus Items

The past week has been a sad one for this community. On Tuesday about 4 o’clock p. m. Mrs. Amalia Nicolai, wife of our fellow-town M. Nicolai, died after a few days illness. Mrs. Nicolai was a kind lady, in the prime of life when she was called thence whence mo[sic] traveler return of. She leaves behind to mourn her loss her husband and one child and her mother, besides a great number of friends. Her death cast a gloom on the whole community. Peace to her ashes. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Gimlet, August 6, 1885

Niedecken, Vivian (Holloway)

Vivian Niedecken Funeral Services Held March 14

Vivian Holloway Niedecken, 75, of Illinois, died March 10, in Illinois. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 14 at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with Rev. Patricia Zaiontz-Newcomer officiating. Interment followed in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

She was born March 9, 1926 in Weimar to Davis and Emile Hallada Holloway. She graduated from Weimar High School.

She was a loving person who touched the lives of those who knew and loved her in a special way.

She is survived by one daughter, Nancy Wenzel of Chicago, Ill.; one son, Rusty Bratton of Houston; eight grandchildren, Jason and James Bratton, Mark, Joel Elisha, Jared and Katrina Elder and Nicholas Wenzel.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Sidney Holloway; and sister, Bernice Holloway.

The Weimar Mercury March 15, 2001
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Niehues, Berhardina

Frelsburg, Jan. 9.--Mrs. Niehaus, wife of William Niehaus, died at her home on the 6th inst., aged 69 years, after a lingering illness. The remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, January 22, 1909, page 6

Niemeyer, Aline N.

Aline N. Niemeyer, 76, of Columbus, died Saturday, May 14, 1994 in Columbus.

Born Sept. 10, 1917 in Riesel, Texas, she was the daughter of William Christian and Annie Meta Minnie (Platte) Niemeyer. A resident of Columbus for 52 years, she was a self-employed beautician and owner of a beauty salon. Ms. Niemeyer was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbus and the St. Paul's Ladies Evening Circle.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 17 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with Pastor John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Russell Naumann, Chester Naumann, Byron Oppermann, Arnold Lambert, Wayne Naumann, Floyd Ellington and Russell Naumann Jr.

Ms. Niemeyer is survived by her sisters, Leona May Alice Lambert of Lake Jackson and Helen Doris Ellington of Freeport; brother Leroy Robert Niemeyer of Grapeland; and several nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, May 18, 1994, page 13

Niemeyer, Ervin W.

Mentz Boy Is Killed in Airplane Accident

Funeral services were to be held at Columbus Funeral Home this morning at 10 o'clock for Pfc. Ervin Niemeyer, 29, with burial in the Mentz Catholic cemetery, the Rev. Erward[sic] Geiser of Frelsburg officiating.

Pfc. Niemeyer, pilot of a plane which towed a target for anti-aircraft gun practice, was killed at Foster Field Tuesday afternoon when the plane in which he was taking off from the field ignited.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marie Henneke of Mentz whom he married in January of this year; his mother, Mrs. Annie Niemeyer of Mentz; five sisters Mrs. Sterling Dickey, Houston; Mrs. Prince Naumann, Mentz; Misses Leona of Lake Jackson, Aline of Columbus and Helen of Mentz, and one brother, Leroy of Mentz.

Colorado County Citizen, May 24, 1945

Services Are Held For Pfc. Niemeyer

A brief memorial service was held at the Lutheran church Sunday morning by the Rev. G. Wolf for Pfc. Ervin Niemeyer, 29, who was killed last week in an airplane accident at Foster Field.

Funeral services were held at Mentz Catholic Church last Thursday morning, with burial in the Mentz cemetery. Rev. Edward Geiser of Frelsburg officiated, assisted by Rev. Andrew Didner of St. Roch's church of Mentz.

Seventeen servicemen from Foster Field, all friends of Pfc. Niemeyer, were here for ceremonies and conducted the military burial rites. The group was led by T/Sgt. Leroy Stein whose home is in Columbus.

Among relatives from out of town with the Niemeyer family were Mesdames Ella Wilson, Austin; Hattie Molzahn, Riesel, and J. A. Holzmann, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Dickey, Houston, Miss Leona Niemeyer of Lake Jackson, and Staff Sgt. Prince Naumann of Florence, S.C.

Colorado County Citizen, May 31, 1945

Neimeyer, Henry E.

A little 9-year-old son of Henry Neimeyer and wife of this section died Monday afternoon from an attack of the “flu,” and the remains were interred in St. Michael’s Cemetery the following day. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the bereaved paentst.

Weimar Mercury, March 16, 1923, page 1

Niemeyer, William Karl


Charlie, 9-year-old son of Wm. Niemeyer and wife of this vicinity,died Saturday night of infantile paralysis, and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery west of town Monday morning, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran pastor, officiating. The little boy was taken ill during the holidays and remained at home up to the time of his death. The disease which carried him off so suddenly did not develop until a day or two before his death, we understand. The parents have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends throughout this section.

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1928,page 4

Nitchke, Mrs.

Weimar Local Matters

Mrs. Nitchke, an old German lady who had been placed upon the pauper’s list, died here last Saturday. This poor old lady (in connection with her son-in-law) had a boarding house here for several years. She had half interest. The property was sold, the wicked son-in-law pocketed the funds, and left this poor old creature to the charities of this hollow-hearted world. If there is no Hades, there ought to be for just such people.

Colorado Citizen, September 8, 1881

Nitschke, Louise Elizabeth (Moore)

Funeral for L. Nitschke At Columbus

Funeral services for Louise E. Nitschke, 70, of Columbus were held Wednesday, Dec. 5, from Henneke Funeral Home, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest, Columbus. Rev. Rob McGill officiated.

Mrs. Nitschke, who had retired as a medical secretary for Columbus Eye Associates, died at her home Saturday, Dec. 1.

Born July 30, 1920, at Henderson, she was a daughter of Otto P. and Lola Mae (Stephenson) Moore. She attended college two years and on Dec. 6, 1938 was married to Eldon "Bud” Nitschke. She had lived in Columbus since 1955; her husband died in May of that year. She was member of First United Methodist Church in Columbus.

Surviving are, a daughter and son--in-law, Nancy and. Gene Schobel of Columbus; a son and daughter-in-law, James W. and Diane Nitschke of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and a brother, Gaynes Moore of Houston. A brother, 0. P. Moore Jr. preceded her in death.

Pallbearers Were Steven Nelson, George Orange, Stephen Moore,' Russell Leyendecker, Joe Hastedt, and . Dave Rau. Named honorary pallbearers were. all present. and former employees of Columbus Eye Associates.

Weimar Mercury, December 6, 1990, page 10

Nitschmann, Adeline (Eichold)

Death of One of Weimar’s Most Beloved Ladies

Sadness pervaded the hearts of our people in all walks of life Friday morning when the sad news of the death of Mrs. Adeline Nitschmann, beloved wife of Mr. F. J. Nitschmann, was learned. Her death was not unexpected for she had been very low for several days, but all hoped that the life of this truly good woman might be spared. But God had willed otherwise, “His finger touched her and she slept.” Without a struggle her spirit was wafted heavenward, there to join the loved ones gone on before.

Loving hands of numerous friends tenderly prepared the body for burial and the funeral took place Saturday afternoon from the family residence, a short service being held at the residence, and from there the body was conveyed to the Lutheran Church, of which she had long been a consistent and devout member, thence to the Masonic Cemetery for interment. Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, her late pastor, had charge of the services, and it proved one of the most touching funerals every held in our city, for Mrs. Nitschmann was truly one of the most beloved and popular ladies of our community. The funeral was attended by a crowd of several hundred people, many business men leaving their places of business to be present and pay the last sad tribute of respect. The floral offerings were among the most beautiful ever seen here, attesting the high esteem in which this beloved lady was held by citizens throughout this section.

Active pall bearers were Ben B. Holt, A. Reissner, John H. Brooks, Geo. F. Loessin, Geo. Herder and C. G. Schietinger. Honorary pall bearers named by the family included H. Birkmann, Ch. Fahrenthold, H. W. Leppin, F. E. Leidolf, Dr. C. G. Cook and H. P. Sachs.

Mrs. Adeline Nitschmann was born at Shelby Texas, near Brenham, Oct. 13, 1861. There were four sisters in the family, of which now only two survive--Mrs. Alwina Herder of Houston and Mrs. Ed Luedtke of Shiner. One sister, Mrs. Adolf Hahnke of Schulenburg, died several years ago. Mrs. Nitschmann was united in marriage to Mr. Frank J. Nitschmann at Schulenburg Jan. 22, 1880. Soon after marriage the couple moved to Weimar and have since resided here. To this union was born six children, two of whom--a little girl and a son--died at an early age. The surviving children are as follows: Mrs. Hettie Rabel, Miss Selma Nitschmann and Mr. Henry Nitschmann, this city, and Mrs. Hilda Rabel of Columbus.

As a close friend and neighbor for a period of nearly twenty years, the writer of these lines is in position to speak of the many lovable qualities possessed by this good woman. No better friend or neighbor ever existed. During those twenty years we never heard this beloved lady speak one word against any living soul. If she could not say anything good of the one under discussion, she said nothing. Her chief aim in life was to do good to others, not only for her own family, but for all with whom she came in contact. As a wife, as a mother, as a neighbor, as a friend, she was all that could be desired. Her devotion to family was most marked, but it was returned by husband and children, for they never tired of doing for “Mother.” Stricken blind several yeas ago, their devotion was intensified, and they sought in every way to make her pathway through life, blind though she was, to be as happy as possible. Mrs. Nitschmann was a devoted christian woman, and even under her afflictions bore up cheerfully, dreading to leave her loved ones, but prepared and ready to go at the will of the Master. Her passing has saddened the hearts of hundreds throughout this section and wherever she was known.

To the bereaved ones our heartfelt sympathy is extended. No one had a higher place in our esteem, than did Mrs. Nitschmann, and in her passing we feel that we have lost one of the nearest and dearest friends we ever possessed. May God extend to them the consolation that He alone can give.

Weimar Mercury, May 27, 1927, page 1

Nitschmann, Annie (Schimcek)

Final Rites For Mrs. Nitschmann Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Henry Nitschmann Sr., 88, were held Saturday morning, March 2, at Hubbard FuneraI Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Henry Rolf officiating.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Nitschmann, who had been living with her son and daughter-in-law, the Hugo Nitschmanns, since her health failed about seven years ago, had been bedridden nearly two years. She died Wednesday, Feb. 27, at home.

Born Dec. 21, 1874, in Austria, the former Annie Schimcek, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Schimcek, who brought her to this country when she was 8 years old. They settled first in the Sedan section and later moved to Oakland, where she lived until moving to her son’s home. Mr. Nitschmann died in 1940. She was a member of St. Michael’s Church.

Surviving her are four sons, Henry Jr. and Hugo of Weimar, John of San Antonio and August of Houston; three daughters, Mrs. Otto (Erna) Rose and Mrs. Robert (Selma) McCoskey of Weimar and Mrs. Ted (Lillie) Balusek of Eagle Lake; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Frank Schimcek of Schulenburg and August Schimcek of Oakland. A son preceded her in death at the age of 14 months.

Pallbearers were Herbert and Eugene Nitschmann, Lawrence Rose, Jeff Davenport, Harvey F. Lee and Charlie Huepers.

Weimar Mercury, March 7, 1963, page 1

Nitschmann, Carolina W. (Juergens)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Nitschmann Held Here Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Henry Nitschmann, 53, lifelong resident of the Weimar area, were held last Thursday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. F. H. Horak Jr., pastor of Evangelical & Reformed Church, of which she was a member, officiated.

Mrs. Nitschmann died Tuesday night, May 22, at Youens Hospital, where she had recently undergone surgery.

Born May 29, 1902, in the Content community she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Juergens. She was married to Mr. Nitschmann Oct. 25, 1923, and they have continued to make their home here ever since.

Surviving her in addition to her husband are a son, Hilbert Nitschmann, and a daughter, Mrs. Clara Mae Davenport, both of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Freida Breithaupt of Weimar; two brothers August Juergens of Weimar and Henry Juergens of San Antonio; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Norbert Stech, Eugene Juergens, Willie Mrazek, Walton Beken, Lawrence Rose and Gerhard Oncken

Weimar Mercury, June 1, 1956, page 1

Nitschmann, Friedrich "Freddie"

Sad indeed were the hearts of Mr. [and] Mrs. Frank Nitschmann of our city when, on last Friday night, for the second time in the past few years, death invaded the happy home and took therefrom their beloved baby boy, Freddie Nitschmann, aged 2 years. Little Freddie a few weeks ago had a severe attach of fever, which left him in a weakened state--so much so that when the warm weather set in his constitution could not rally and, despite every effort put forth by physician, parents and loving friends, his little soul left the fever-racked body and passed unto the Creator. Few people idolize their children as do M. and Mrs. Nitschmann, and this second tribute exacted by Death was indeed a sad and severe blow to them. The little body was laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery Saturday afternoon, Rev. W. F. Brinson performing the last sad obsequies, which were witnessed by a large crowd of sympathizing friends. Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, July 15, 1900

Mr. Wm. Hahnke and wife of Schulenburg were here last Saturday to attend the funeral of their little grandson, Freddie Nitschmann.

Weimar Mercury, July 15, 1900

Nitschmann, Henry Sr.


Funeral services for Henry Nitschmann, Sr., 63, widely known fifty-year resident of this area whose death occurred Sunday, were held from the family residence and at the Weimar Evangelical Church Tuesday afternoon, with the Rev. R. Uhlhorn of Weimar officiating.

A native of Zauchtal, Austria-Hungary, Mr. Nitschmann came to this country at the age of 12, settling with his parents south of Weimar. He had made his home in this section since that time. On Oct. 5, 1898, he married Miss Anna Schimek, who survives.

Additional survivors include four sons, Henry J., John and Hugo Nitschmann, all of Oakland; August Nitschmann, Houston business man; three daughters, Mrs. Otto Rose of Weimar, Misses Selma and Lillie Nitschmann, both of Columbus; a brother Joe Nitschmann of Floresville; three sisters, Mrs. Louis Siem of Orange Grove, Mrs. Lillie Matiers of New Mexico, and Mrs. Elizabeth Matiers of Floresville.

Pall bearers included Henry Seifert, Sr., Otto Leppin, Henry Poppe, Gus Dahse, Adolf Schindler, and Ed Rabel.

Burial was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

To the bereaved family members and relatives, the Mercury extends sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, June 7, 1940, page 1

Nitschmann, Henry H.

Nitschmann Funeral Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Henry H. Nitschmann, 86, of Austin, were held Tuesday, June 8, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Vernon Rabel of Galveston, a nephew, officiated.

Mr. Nitschmann died June 5 at Cameron Villa Rest Home in Austin after a month's illness.

Born here Dec. 9, 1895, he was a son of Frank Joseph and Adeline (Eicholt) Nitschmann. He married Alice Boeer at San Antonio on Nov. 11, 1929. He lived in this area for 30 years, then at Brenham, and had been a' resident of Austin since 1943.

He was a controller for the State of Texas and a World War I Army veteran.

Mr. Nitschmann's wife died on Oct. 15, 1978. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Adelyn Vaughn of Austin; one grandson, Ray Henry Vaughn; two sisters, Miss Selma Nitschmann of Weimar and Mrs. Hilda Rabel of Columbus; and several nieces: and nephews. Two sisters, Mrs. Hettie Rabel and Miss Minnie Nitschmann, and one brother, Freddy Nitschmann, preceded him in death.

Serving as pallbearers were Albert Boeer, Bill Reed, Ed Rabel, Tandy Young, Johnny Hajovsky, and Gene Vacek.

Weimar Mercury, June 10, 1982, page 2

Nitschmann, Hilbert O. (Sonny)

H. Nitschmann Funeral Services Held Oct. 11

Hilbert O. (Sonny) Nitschmann, 77 of Weimar, died Tuesday, Oct. 9. Funeral services were held Thursday, Oct. 11 at United Church of Christ of Weimar with Rev. Doug McLemore officiating.

Interment followed at the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Nitschmann was born Sept. 12, 1925 in Weimar to Henry Joseph Nitschmann and Carolina W. Juergens.

He served his country in the United States Army enlisting on June 22, 1943 in Ft. Sam Houston, Texas and being discharged on May 23, 1946 in Camp Chaffee, Ark.

He married Lanelle Matejowsky on Sept. 12, 1947 in Houston. He was a salesman for Geo. A. Hormel and Co. of Houston for 39 years before retiring.

Mr. Nitschmann was a member of the Masonic Organization and VFW.

He also served on the Colorado County Appraisal board for four years; Weimar City Council, four years; Weimar UCC Council, one year; Weimar Volunteer Fireman’s Pension Board.

He was affiliated with the Weimar United Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Lanelle of Weimar; two daughters, Linda Jamieson and husband Bo of Evergreen, Colo. and Sandy Bradley of San Antonio; one son, Tommy Nitschmann and wife Ree of Huntsville.

He is also survived by four granddaughters, Kimberly Swenson and husband Luke of Devine; Misty Nitschmann Collazo and husband James of Huntsville; Marissa Nitschmann of Huntsville and Tracy Miller and husband John of Houston; two grandsons, Thomas Nitschmann of Huntsville and Brian Thomas and wife Dee of Montgomery.

Two great granddaughters, Madelyn Rose Swenson of Devine and Tori Thomas of Montgomery and one great grandson, Bryson Miller of Houston, also survive him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Carolina Nitschmann.

Pallbearers were Milton Beken, Chuck Brown, Werner Hoelscher, Bobby Key, Jay Marshall, H. H. Moore, Jim Bibee and John Randall.

The Weimar Mercury  October 18, 2002
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Nitschmann, Rosina

Mrs. Rosina Nitschmann, mother of our friend and townsman, Mr. Frank J. Nitschmann, died Saturday night last, after a brief illness, and was buried in the Catholic cemetery Monday morning. She was a most estimable lady, of kind, but retiring disposition, and possessed a large circle of friends. To the bereaved relatives we extend our sincere condolence.

Weimar Mercury, December 3, 1892

Nitschmann, Wilhelmine "Minnie"

Edmund Luedtke, jr. and mother were called to Weimar Saturday by the death of Minnie, daughter of Frank Nitschman.

Shiner Gazette, 3 Nov 1897, page 1
Contributed by Matt Cross


Again another angel has winged its flight to its heavenly Father. Minnie, the oldest and 7-year daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Neitchman[sic] of this city died at the family residence Saturday morning after a short illness,of congestion of the bowels. the remains were interred in the family lot of the Masonic cemetery Sunday afternoon, Rev. Fremmer,Lutheran minister, officiating. The funeral was a large one,and the CITIZEN, with the many friends of the bereaved parents, extend deepest condolence.

Colorado Citizen, November 4, 1897

Nitus, Caleb

Weimar Local Matters

Rev. Caleb Nitus, colored, who has had charge of the A. M. E. Church in this place for the last two years, died in this city Mnday evening last. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 6, 1885

Nixon, Evelyn Landa

Evelyn Landa Nixon

July 15, 1907 - February 27, 1996

Evelyn Landa Nixon, 88, of Rockport passed away Tuesday, February 27,1996, in an Aransas Pass hospital. Born July 15, 1907, in Hallettsville, she had lived the past three years in Rockport and had been a resident of Houston where she was a receptionist for Conoco Oil. Evelyn served as a volunteer at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston for over 25 years. She was a member of R.S.V.P. and the Junior Forum in Houston and enjoyed doing volunteer work with school children. She is survived by her granddaughter. Candy Glidden and her husband, Dan, of Rockport; a great grandson, Travis Glidden of Rockport; and many dear friends. Funeral services were scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, at Charlie Marshall Funeral Home Chapel in Rockport. Private interment is to be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 29, at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes & Crematory, Rockport-Fulton. Local arrangements are under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 29, 1996
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Noble, Sallie (Nunn)

Report of Vital Statistics

For the month of November, 1908:


Sallie Nunn Noble, Nov. 15, 41 years. [burial place unknown]

Weimar Mercury, December 18, 1908

Nockemann, Emma (Nagel)


Many and sincere wree the expressions of regret heard on every hand Monday evening when the sad tidings announcing the death of Mrs. Hy. Nockemann was received. Her death occurred Monday noon. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at New Bielau. Mrs. Nockemann was conceded to be a good woman, a sincere christian, and a better woman had nevemr lived. Our sincere sympathy and condolence is extended to her survivors. Her death is deplored by all who knew her. May peace abide the deprted one!

Weimar Mercury, January 28, 1910, page 1

Nolen, Howard

Howard Nolen

August 2, 1910 - December 17, 1991

Howard Nolen, age 81, of Eagle Lake and former long time resident of Lissie, passed away on Tuesday, December 17, 1991, at 4:30 a.m. at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a brief illness. A native of Lavaca County, he was born August 2, 1910, in Hallettsville. He attended local schools and later married Mary "Molly" Semora in Yoakum on Oct 11, 1933. They resided in Hallettsville until moving to Chesterville in 1935 and later to Lissie in 1949. He spent his lifetime in agriculture, farming rice in Wharton and Colorado Counties until retirement He and Molly moved to Eagle Lake in 1988, just prior to her death February 10,1988. He was preceded in death by his parents; his devoted wife of 55 years, Molly; three brothers and two sisters. His survivors include a son and daughter in law, Kenneth and Sandy Nolen of Midland; sister, Mrs. Lillian Bonton of Hallettsville; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, December 19, from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel of Eagle Lake with Rev. Father Jesse Euresti, officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery of Eagle Lake. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Dec. 19, 1991
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Nolen, Mary “Molly” (Semora)


Mrs. Mary 'Molly" Nolen, age 76, of Eagle Lake and former longtime resident of Lissie, passed away February 10, at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Mary "Molly" Nolen Friday, February 12 from the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Eagle Lake under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Father Jesse Euresti officiating.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Nolen was born April 10, 1911, in Yoakum to Oscar Semora and Lillie Moore Semora. She married Howard Nolen in Yoakum on October 11, 1933. They lived in Hallettsville and in 1935 moved to Chesterville.

In 1949 they moved to Lissie where she has lived the past 39 years until moving to Eagle Lake two-months ago.

Molly was noted for her skills as a seamstress and took in sewing for many people in the area for years. She was also a member of the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church of Eagle Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Bernice Semora and a brother, Noah Semora.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Howard Nolen of Eagle Lake; son, Kenneth Nolan of Midland; sisters, Gertrude Matecek and Irene Seitz both of Yoakum, Letha Henneke of Eagle Lake, Melba Beverlin of Austin and Vera Obenhaus of Bonus; brothers, Louis and Marvin Semora both of Eagle Lake; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Jose Ugarte, Commissioner L J. "Sonny" Spanihel and Bill Stiles.

Pallbearers were Ross and Gary Obenhaus, Gus Loessin, Fred Davis, James Gertson and Tom Sherrick.

Family request memorial contributions be made to the
American Cancer Society.

Colorado County Citizen, February 25, 1988, page 2

Norman, Cleve Orien

Cleve Norman Dies in Austin

Cleve Norman, 78-year-old Columbus native, was buried here Sunday after services in St. Paul Methodist church, the Rev. I. B. Kemp officiating. Son of the late Clay and Belle Norman, he was a member of the Church of God. He was a retired carpenter.

He died in an Austin hospital where he had been for 2 months. Davis Funeral Home was in charge of services. [Place of interment unknown]

He is survived by his wife, Lizzie, and 10 children, 2 of whom, Henry Clay Norman and Ceola Gilcrease, live in Columbus. The other children live in California.

Colorado County Citizen, October 22, 1964

Norman, Katie

A Case of Poisoning

Last Tuesday morning Constable T. L. Townsend, Jr., went out about one mile east of town and arrested Charley Stevens, colored, on the charge of having murdered Katie Norman, the 16 months' old child of his wife. The facts leading to the arrest are as follows: Stevens was never on good terms with his wife's child, and had often, according to her testimony, threatened to kill it. His wife was one day handling some bottle, when she remarked that "Here's a bottle of poison. we must put it away,"

Stevens made the remark then that he would like to give some of the poison to the child--it was just what it needed. On last Monday evening the wife was away from home, and as she was returning she met Stevens, who told her the child was very sick and puking, and that she had better hurry home, as he expected that the child would soon die. She hurried home, and found the child as he stated. She carried it to Drs. Cook and Murchison, but it died Tuesday morning. Her brother came up before Judge Hancock that morning, and stated the facts, and Constable Townsend at once arrested Stevens, who was at his father's house. Search was made for the bottle of nitric acid, but it could not be found. The examining trial began Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. and lasted until 1 a.m. Wednesday, at the conclusion of which Stevens was remanded to jail without bail. He was carried to Columbus Wednesday evening. There was some little talk of lynching among the colored people, but it did not amount to anything.

Stevens is a young, boyish looking fellow, a mulatto, and it is hard to realize he could be guilty of such a dastardly crime [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 19, 1892

Norris, Alice (Williamson)


Prominent Eagle Lake Woman Passed Away In Hospital At Houston At 12:15 Today; Burial Arrangements Not Completed.

Mrs. Alice Norris, one of Eagle Lake's old and most loved citizens, passed away at a Houston hospital at 12:15 today, Friday.

Mrs. Norris had been in ill health for some time, and for a number of weeks has been confined to a hospital in Houston.

She was the widow of Dr. F. O. Norris, who died in 1913. Mrs. Norris was one of Eagle Lake's most prominent women, loved and esteemed by all who knew her. She owned the Norris building,--Eagle Lake's only three story building.

Though not unexpected, news of her death shortly after noon today came as a shock to the people of our city.

Mrs. Norris is survived by one sister, Mrs. O. Green of this city, and numerous other relatives.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced as the Headlight goes to press. A suitable obituary will be printed in next week's issue. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 26, 1931

Norris, Annie Mae (Slovak)

Anna Mae (Slovak) Norris, 93, of Cat Spring, passed away Aug. 1.

She was born near Holman on July 19, 1909.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Carl Norris Sr.

She is survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Earl C. Norris II and his wife Barbara of Katy and J. W. Norris of Houston; and four grandchildren, William Lee Norris and his wife Kara, Carly Ann Norris, Brent Carl Norris and Sydney Ann Norris all of Houston.

Funeral services were conducted at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus on Aug. 3 with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating.

Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Lee Norris, Herman Wilke, Michael Fitzgerald, Dennis Scheffe, Zach Otto, Brent Norris and J. W. Norris.

Colorado County Citizen, August 7, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Norris, Frank Oliver


The Summons Came Sunday Morning at Seven O'clock and Eagle Lake Mourns the Loss of One of its Dearly Beloved. Funeral Held Monday Morning.

Dr. Frank O. Norris, after suffering the many deaths that pass through the portals of this earthly body, gave up the struggle Sunday morning and the soul wended its flight onward unto that land from whose boure no traveler ever returns. Though expectant, yet the citizenship of Eagle Lake was nevertheless shocked, and grieved beyond expression to learn of the death of so great and good a man as Dr. Norris. Known to every child, his name was in every household and the lesson from his character inevitable.

The condition of Dr. Norris' health became such last November that he decided to consult eminent physicians in New York, and made a trip there where he spent several months and returned home supposedly much improved, and in fact seemed to think he was cured; later, however, he was compelled to make another trip to the same physicians, and from that time on his condition grew worse. After several more months hope began to fade in to a dim impossibility and other relatives were summoned to join Mrs. Norris, who had remained with the doctor at his bed side through the long illness. It was then decided best to return home with him, and though he made the trip, and felt even better than was anticipated, he gradually grew weaker and weaker, until the small threads upon which life's balance swings were broken, allowing the life and its earthly abiding place to separate forever, and it was thus the soul ascended by flights to the undiscovered land of God.

Dr. Frank O. Norris was born on the 11th day of November, 1850, in Fulton, Dallas county, Alabama. Dr. Norris was educated in Wilcox county, Alabama, and when quite young, at about the age of eighteen years, he began the study of medicine, attending lectures in Mobile, Ala., and graduating in 1876 from the Medical University of Alabama. The doctor was but eleven years of age at the breaking out of the civil war, and his youth is all that kept him out of the conflict, however, he had four brothers who fought on the Confederate side. Dr. Norris came to Colorado county in '73, then an undergraduate. He practiced medicine one year at Alleyton, then returned to Alabama and completed his medical course the following year. After graduating he returned to Eagle Lake and at once seemed to win the confidence of the citizens and entered upon a practice that constantly grew ever afterward. Dr. Norris often served the city in the capacity of alderman and school trustee, and had been requested time and again to become mayor, but being a man not seeking for office, always declined. Dr. Norris was a worthy member of the Baptist church, a thirty-second degree Mason, and one of the most prominent and progressive citizens of our town. He was at one time president of the Colorado County Medical Association, and was also a member of the State Medical Association.

The funeral was conducted at the family residence Monday morning at 9:30 by Rev. J. A. Stephens, pastor of the Baptist church; the remains were then turned over to the Masons who conducted the services at the grave, using the Masonic form. [Interment was in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery.] The following friends of the deceased acted as pall bearers: Messrs. W. S. Strickland, H. McRee, Seymour Wagner, A. M. Waugh, H. Nussbaum and P. T. Gordon.

Dr. Norris has been a member of the local order of Masons for many years, and had received the highest honors the lodge could confer, being that of Past Master. The HEADLIGHT extends its sincere sympathy to the bereaved widow and the numerous relatives, and can only say let us look to the resurrection morning, when we shall all meet again never to part or have sorrowing hearts any more.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 14, 1912

Norris, Lucy L. (Davidson) 


One of Eagle Lake's Early Citizen, She Was Appointed Postmistress Here in 1882, And Served For Twenty Years.

Rich in years and in long, beautiful helpful, service. Mrs. Lucy L. Norris closed her eyes on the scenes of earth early Tuesday morning, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. J. Wright, in Wharton and entered into the peaceful; rest prepared for lives like hers from the foundation of the world. With the going home of Mrs. Norris, one of the oldest citizens of this section, and one who was truly a pioneer, left the shores of time, leaving all of the weakness of body, and entered into the beautiful spirit land where neither pain nor weakness is known.

How beautiful that after a long life of service here, when the body is weak, the eyes dim and the footsteps feeble that He giveth His beloved and faithful sleep which pain cannot disturb and rest that knows no ending. She was a life-long member of the Baptist church.

Had she lived until the coming May, Mrs. Norris would have been 84 years of age. She was born in Moss Hill, Alabama, and came to Texas with her husband and family in about the year 1876, locating at Alleyton. After two years at Alleyton the family moved to Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Norris' husband, Sam B. Norris. died here in 1882, and at the time of his death was postmaster of Eagle Lake. She succeeded him in the management of the postoffice and for nearly twenty years served as postmistress in Eagle Lake. She was a sister of the late Dr. J. K. Davidson, one of the old citizens of Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter in Wharton Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Mr. Purcell, Baptist pastor at that place. The funeral cortege followed the remains to Eagle Lake, where they were laid to rest beside the grave of her husband, in the Masonic Cemetery. Rev. B. S. Lee, local Baptist pastor, assisted in a brief funeral service at the grave.

She is survived by two sons, Lee Norris of El Paso; John A. Norris, chairman of the board of water engineers, Austin; and two daughters, Mrs. J. T. Carney of Eagle Lake, and Mrs. R. J. Wright, Wharton.

Mrs. Norris was one of the most gentles and best of women and a true Christian having lived a life, always, according to the true principles of Christianity. The writer remembers her from his earliest childhood. In his barefoot boyhood days, her home and her home-place was among his most frequent playgrounds.

May your last, long sleep be sweet, old friend.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 9, 1935

Norris, Mary A. (Sewell)

Mrs. Mary A. Norris, aged 78, died at the residence of her son-in-law, Dr. Davidson, last Friday night after a short illness, and was buried in the Masonic cemetery Saturday. Mrs. Norris was a most estimable Christian lady and was greatly beloved by all who knew her. May we all so live that we may be able to meet her in that upper and better world, where sad partings will be no more.

Eagle Lake Items
Colorado Citizen, November 27, 1890

Norris, Samuel B.


Died, at Eagle Lake, July 5th, 1882, S. W. Norris, in the 37th year of his age. He was a member of he Baptist Church, and by his “daily walk and conversation” had become a tower of strength in that body. The untimely death, of this devoted Christian has thrown a vale of mourning over the entire community. As a father, friend and husband, the loss cannot be estimated. He was a member of the “Knights of Honor,” who after the funeral service, took charge of the body and interred it in the Eagle Lake cemetery with due and becoming ceremonies. The writer, who conduced the funeral services, witnessed a large concourse of friends and relatives who were draped in mourning by this sad and unexpected occurrence. May the Father’s blessing rest on the bereaved family.
Williamson Daniels,
Alleyton, July 7th, 1882

Colorado Citizen, July 13, 1882, page 3

North, Emma

There were two funerals among the colored people Sunday afternoon. Si Daniels, a negro man, was one, and the other was the wife of Grant North, colored porter at the depot, who died at San Antonio Saturday, following an operation and long illness. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, June 4,1909, page 4

North, Myrtle

A peculiar freak of lightning occurred near this place Wednesday morning during he prevalence of a thunder storm, causing the death of a little negro girl, Myrtle North, aged about 10 years, daughter of Ernst North, who lives on T. M. Insalls farm a short distance east of town. Several children were playing near the fireplace, when lightning descended the chimney and killed Myrtle. We understand one of the other children was also severely shocked. Judge VanAlstyne went out and held the inquest. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 17, 1906, page 4

Northrup, Sunbeam Ann


Sunbeam Ann "Sunny" Northrup died on October 30, 2006 in Columbus, Texas, at the age of 89 from complications of Alzheimer's disease. She had been a resident of River Oaks Health Care Center for the past eight years. She was born in Houston, Texas, October 22, 1917. She grew up in Columbus, Texas, and graduated valedictorian from Columbus High School in May 1935. She graduated from Mary Hardin-Baylor College in Belton, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in August 1939. She served as an instructor in the College of Education of the University of Houston while completing her Master of Education from the University of Houston, in August 1952.

Sunny dedicated her life to the teaching field; Belton ISD, YMCA camp in Rio Hondo, Harlingen ISD, Columbus ISD, and the Young Married Women's Sunday School at First Baptist Church Columbus. For 15 years she served as a teacher, principal and curriculum supervisor in Germany, France and Spain with the US Army's American military schools. Upon returning to the US she spent the next years residing in Arlington, VA, working with the Teacher Corps Office of Education, Health and Welfare training promising college graduates in the special methods needed to reach and teach the deprived children of poverty.

She lived intermittently at her island home, Morning Mist, in Nevis, British West Indies. She co-authored, with a close friend Janet Cotner, the books A Motoring Guide to Nevis and A Motoring Guide to St. Kitts. These books can now be found in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Sunny was preceded in death by her parents, Sunbeam Gladys Williams Northrup and James Leonard Northrup and her sister Yvonne (Bonnie) Northrup Martin. She is survived by her brother James Leonard Northrup Jr.; sister Mary Katherine (Kaye) Northrup Wilson; cousins Jodi and Mike Tomforde; three nieces; three nephews and their descendents.

A graveside memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 3, 2006 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus, Texas under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Reverend Sammy Carr of First Baptist Church presided.

Honorary pallbearers were Mike Tomforde, William H. Harrison Sr., William H. Harrison Jr., and Tom Hancher, M.D.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 367, Columbus, TX 78934.

Sunny was a loving and giving sister, devoted aunt, dear friend, tour guide and chaperone who knew no stranger and could carry on a conversation with anyone. She valued others highly and was a steadfast, lifelong friend to many. She was a master of art and poetry and could create original rhyme to suit any occasion.

Colorado County Citizen, November 8, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Norton, James

James Norton, a step son of Mr. A. Ammann of this city, was killed Thursday evening at Victoria. No particulars obtainable at present writing. He was well-known in this vicinity, and his bereaved relatives have the sympathy of the community.

Weimar Mercury, December 3, 1892

Norway, D. C.


Dropped dead in the Disen House, at Houston, Texas, on Friday, June 24th, 1881, of valvular disease of he heart, Bro. D. C. Norway, of Palmyra Lodge, No. 23, of Kansas. The remains were buried at Weimar, Texas, on Saturday, June 25th, at 4 o’clock, p.m., by Weimar Lodge, No. 423, A. F. & A. M.
. . .
Resolved, That in the death of Bro. D. C. Norway, the fraternity laments the loss of a Brother who was ever ready to proffer the hand of aid and voice of sympathy to the needy and distressed, an active member of this society, whose utmost endeavors were extended for its welfare and prosperity. A friend, a Brother and companion, who was dear to us, and a citizen whose upright and noble life was a standard of emulation to his fellows.

Resolved, That the heartfelt sympathy of these two lodges be extended to the Kansas Lodge of which he was a member, and with a request that they forward a copy of the resolutions to the relatives of deceased Brother.

Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon records of Caledonia Lodge No. 68, and of Weimar Lodge, No. 423, and also that a page be set apart in the minutes, sacred to the memory of our departed Brother.

Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to the Colorado Citizen for publication[sic].

W. G. Van Vleck ) of Caledonia
H. T. Youens ) Lodge. No. 69
C. D. Barnett ) of Weimar
T. A. Hill ) Lodge, No. 423.
Columbus, Texas, July 6, 1881

Colorado Citizen, August 11, 1881, page 2

Norwitza, Frank

Weimar Local Matters

We regret to chronicle the death of Mr. Frank Norwitza, an old and respected Bohemian who has lived in this vicinity for nearly 20 years. By his industrious habits he has made himself and family quite comfortable, owning thier own place and being out debt[sic]. Mr. Norwitza has suffered many months with a severe case of asthma, which was the main cause of his death, which occured Sunday at his residence , about 2 1/2 miles west of Weimar. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery of this place, Monday evening at 2 o’clock, many friends and relatives attending the obsequies.

Weimar Mercury, March 27, 1892


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Novak, Bohumir “Jeff”

Jeff Novak Funeral Held Here April 12

Funeral services for Bohumir (Jeff) Novak, 64, of Weimar were held Monday morning, April 1, from St. MichaeI’s Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery.

Father Carolan and Father Gerard Cernoch officiated.
Mr. Novak. died at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 10, at Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient for one week.
Born Sept. 4, 1917, at Flatonia, he was a son of John and Clara (Fojtik). Novak. He married Louise Cernoch at Dubina on Jan. 28, 1942. She died in 1973.

He was a World War II veteran of the US Air Force, a past commander of the VFW post here, a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus, and an honorary member of the Weimar Volunteer Fire Department.

He had been a carpenter foreman for Drymalla Construction of Columbus.

Surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law, Katherine and Jimmy Bertsch of Baytown, Mary and Brad Wooten of Crosby, Patricia and Herbert Ulbrich Jr. of McFarland, Wisconsin, and Miss Jeanette Novak of Austin; six grandchildren, Lisa, Craig and Sandy Bertsch of Baytown, Rodney and Helen Wooten of Crosby, and Holly UlbrIch of McFarland, Wis.; three brothers, Henry of La Salle, Albert of Flatonia and Ed of Austin; and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Zela of Rosenberg and Mrs. Mary Matias of Gonzales.

Five brothers preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were John Novak, Ervin Novak, John Zela, Jeffery. Bayer, Tony Matias, James Novak, all, nephews; and Craig Bertsch and Rodney Wooten, grandsons.

Weimar Mercury, April 22, 1982, page 9

Novak, Jeanette Bernice


WEIMAR - Jeanette Bernice Novak, age 67, of Weimar, passed away Jan. 2, 2013.

Survived by sisters Kathy Bertsch of Engle, Pat Ulbrich of Weimar, & Mary Ann Wooten of Oak Wood.

Rosary, Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1:30 p.m. from St. Michael Catholic Church, Weimar, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. Burial, St. Michael Cemetery, Weimar.

Memorials: Aseracare Hospice, Oak Manor Nursing Center, St. Michael School or donor's choice.

Hubbard Funeral Home, 979-725-8561, Weimar.

Victoria Advocate, January 3, 2013
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Novak, Louise H. (Cernoch)

Final Rites for Mrs. Novak, 56, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Novak, 56, wife of Bohumir (Jeff) Novak, were held Saturday, April 14, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Gerard Cernoch, a nephew, and Rev. O. B. Kahlich officiated.

Pallbearers were David Cernoch, Sidney Cernoch, David Pospisil, Frankie Cernoch, Joseph Cernoch, and Jeff Bayer, all nephews.

Mrs. Novak died at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at her home. She was convalescing from a lung operation February 4 and had being doing well. Death, apparently from a clot, came suddenly and unexpectedly.

Mrs. Novak had lived in this area nearly all her life. She was born July 31, 1916, at Granger, a daughter of Charles and Emilie Krecmer Cernoch, and was married to Mr. Novak at Dubina on January 18, 1943.

She was a member of the KJZT, Christian Mothers, a charter member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, and a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

In addition to her husband she leaves four daughters, Mrs. Jim (Katherine) Bertsch of Baytown, Miss Jeanette Novak of Austin, Mrs. Brad (Mary Ann) Wooten of Crosby and Miss Patricia Novak of Houston; four grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Bayer of Pasadena and Mrs. Mary Holub of Weimar; and three brothers, Edward Cernoch of Needville and Jeff and Zigmund Cernoch of Weimar. Two sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.

The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 19, 1973, page 7
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Novak, Mary Theresa

Services Held For Mrs. Mary Theresa Novak

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 20th from St. James Catholic Church in Gonzales for Mrs. Mary Theresa Novak, a former resident of this community. Mrs. Novak had been residing in Gonzales for the past sixteen months. she died in the Holmes Community Hospital in Gonzales April 18th. She was born April 8, 1936, in Praha community of Fayette County, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Van. She was united in marriage with Edwin Adolph Novak Oct. 3, 1955 at Moravia, Texas.

Surviving are her husband: three daughters, Sharon Ann, Dorothy and Rebecca Novak; four sons, Edwin James, Andrew, Johnnie and an infant son, all of Gonzales; her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Frank Vana of Schulenberg; a grandmother, Mrs. Annie Okruhlik of Praha; three brothers, Frank A. Vana of Weimar, Joe A. Vana of Gonzales, a twin brother, and Julius John Vana of Port Washington, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Alfred Corny of El Campo and Mrs. Quinton Gabler of Houston.

Father Wenzel Lief officiated at services in St. James Church April 20th followed by interment in St. James Cemetery. Seydler-Hill Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Eagle Lake Headlight April 27, 1972 page 5
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Novak, Stanley B. Jr.

S. B. Novak Jr.

Funeral services for Stanley B. Novak Jr. of Glidden were held Wednesday from Columbus Funeral Home at 10 am. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery with Rev. W. C. James officiating;

Mr. Novak died Monday in Park Plaza Hospital, Houston. He had lived in Glidden for 23 years and was a retired electrician for Superior Oil Co.

He was born in Houston Feb. 8, 1919 and In 1939 he married Lucille Maud Novak who preceded him in death about 4 years ago.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Hattie B, Melneke, Houston; 2 sons, Stanley Novak. Ill, Houston, and Fred Novak of College Station; 5 daughters, Mary Lou Matthews, Magnolia; Hattie Ziesemer, New Caney; Stanlene Moehlmann, Houston and Mrs. Hope Schindler and Miss Tammy Novak.

Pallbearers were Owen Miller, Jack Schindler, Joe Trojan, Wm. Weaver, Joe Wegenhoft, Jesse Potter.

Colorado County Citizen, January 5, 1976, page 5

Nunn, Ben


News reached town Tuesday that Ben Nunn, one of the oldest and most prominent negro farmers of this section, was dead, after a lingering illness of many months. His death occurred at the family home in the Clear Creek settlement. Burial took place Wednesday afternoon in the colored people’s cemetery west of town, and was witnessed by a large crowd of mourning relatives and friends.

Ben Nunn, if we mistake not, was born and raised in this section. He was right at 79 years of age at time of death. He lived a good, clean life, was upright and honorable, had the respect of his friends everywhere, both whites and blacks, was a good husband and father, a kindly, thoughtful neighbor and friend, and in his passing many fiends of both races deeply and sincerely sympathize with his bereaved ones in the heavy loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, January 9, 1931, page 4

Nunn, Ellen

Ed. Nun[sic], one of our good colored farmers living in the Clear creek section, had the misfortune to lose his wife, who died in a hospital at Galveston where she had gone to have an opraion performed for a tumor. The remains were brought here and buried in the colored cemetery [Paradise Garden] at Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, September 1, 1911, page 4

Nunn, Mary (Jurnett)


The wife of Ben Nunn, one of our best and most respected colored farmers, died Thursday of last week and the remains were laid in rest Friday afternoon in the colored people’s burying ground west of town, a large crowd witnessing the last sad rites. We have known Ben and his good wife for many years. They are good, deserving people, liked by all, and the sad misfortune which has taken away his life companion is deeply regretted.

Weimar Mercury, April 4, 1919, page 1

Nunn, Wilkins Melor

Weimar Local Matters
The little child of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Nunn, about eight months old, died last Saturday and was gently laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery Sunday morning, the little spirit has gone to Him, who said “Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid hem not for of such is the Kingdom of heaven.”

Colorado Citizen, May 31, 1883

Nunn, Unknown (Mrs. Will)


The wife of Will Nunn, well-known colored carpenter of this city, died in Houston Wednesday, after an illness of several years. The remains will be brought here for interment in the colored people’s burying ground west of the city, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

Weimar Mercury, September 11, 1942, page 1

Nuss, Benjamin

FATAL ACCIDENT.— On Monday evening last, Mr. Benj. Nuss, an employee on the “Sunset” route, lost his life in a horrible manner. From the different reports about we gather that he was attempting to pass from one flat car to another while the train was in motion, the cars being loaded with ties. As he stepped from one car to another on a tie, the tie turned over, precipitating him to the ground between the cars, and his body was run over by four cars and mutilated in a horrible manner. Death is presumed to have been instantaneous. Deceased was a resident of Columbus, an upright, honorable and industrious man, much esteemed. He was buried on Tuesday. He leaves an inconsolable wife to mourn his untimely demise. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 26, 1882, page 3

Nussbaum, Henry


Henry Nussbaum, 65, well known Eagle Lake merchant, died at a hospital in Houston late last Thursday night.

Mr. Nussbaum had been in ill health for several years, but only last week became seriously ill and was taken to the Herman Hospital.

Deceased had been a merchant in Weimar and Eagle Lake for some thirty years. He came to this country from Austria in 1891, locating in this city, removing to Weimar in 1895. In 1903 he removed to Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were held in Houston Friday and were attended by a large number from this county, including Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Nussbaum and A. Waldvogel of this city.

Mr. Nussbaum is survived by the wife, two sons, Hervin and Manuel of San Antonio, three brothers, Abe of Houston, Blyvan of New York, and Sol of Austria, and one granddaughter.

Colorado County Citizen, July 13, 1933

Nussbaum, Simon Jim

Simon Nussbaum Dies in Houston At Age of 92

Last rites for Simon Jim Nussbaum, aged 92, were held n Houston Monday afternoon with Dr. Hyman J. Schachtel officiating. Burial was in Beth Israel cemetery.

Mr. Nussbaum, who operated a mercantile business in Columbus for many years, moved to Houston after his wife died about 15 years ago. The Nussbaum home here was on the site of the present L. L. Hastedt home.

Survivors include 2 sisters, Mrs. Rosa Mettner and Mrs. Mollie Saper, and 2 sisters-in-law, Mrs. Rosa Nussbaum and Mrs. Sarah Nussbaum, all of Houston. Several nephews and nieces also survive. Mr. Nussbaum was a native of Jefferson.

Colorado County Citizen, January 15, 1959, page 12
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