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Rabb, Edward Layne

Funeral Services For E. L. Rabb, 42, Held Friday

Funeral services for Edward Layne Rabb, 42, former Weimar resident and physiology professor at Baylor University, were held here Friday, Aug. 29, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. W. W. Wooley, pastor of First Baptist Church officiated.

Mr. Rabb succumbed to a malignant brain tumor at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, in a Temple hospital after an illness of several weeks. He had been hospitalized about a week.

Mr. Rabb had been on the Baylor faculty since 1949 with the exception of two years spent working on his doctorate at Texas A&M College. He had almost completed his doctorate work.

Born Jan. 1916 at Sweet Home in Lavaca County, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Rabb. He was graduated from

Weimar High School and received his bachelor's degree from Baylor in 1939. After his father's death in 1933, Mr. Rabb interrupted his own schooling at Baylor to take his father's place as teacher in Wildwood School near Weimar for two years. Later he also taught at Allen Academy in Bryan. At Baylor he was teaching physiology and anatomy to pre-medical and nursing students.

During World War II he served in the South Pacific with the Marine Corps.

Mr. Rabb was a member of Sigma Xi honorary research organization, American Association for Advancement of Science, American Society of Herpetologists and Ichthyologists, American Association of University Professors, and the Texas Academy of Science. He also was a member of First Baptist Church in Waco.

Survivors are his mother, Mrs. W. E. Rabb, and sister, Miss Willyne Rabb, both of Kingsville, an aunt and two cousins.

Baylor faculty colleagues served as pallbearers. They were: Dr. John Ballew, Dr. Charles G. Smith, Dr. T. E. Kennerly, Jr., Dr. T. F. Walker, Dr. Robt. Packard and Prof. Logan Smith. His friends of this area were listed as honorary pallbearers.

Weimar Mercury, September 5, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Rabb, Horace


“Bud” Edwards, Constable of Precinct No. 3, at Oakland, had a warrant of arrest for a negro fellow by the name of Horace Rabb, that lived on Mrs. Hoegemeyer’s place for carrying a pistol. He summoned Zach Payne and Eustace Darby to assist him. The man was found on Capt. Vic LeTulle’s plantation, was arrested, had a pistol on at the time which he gave up. Edwards then was preparing to place hand cuffs on him, and in doing so put his pistol under his arm, and while in the act of putting the cuffs on, the negro snatched the pistol under Edward’s arm and fired at the crowd, the ball grazing Zach Payne, and made a break for liberty, snapping the pistol as he ran. The boys emptied their pistols at him as he retreated. It being night and he was soon out of sight. The Constable gave up the chase, went home, summoned other parties, and came back about daylight, when they found the man in a cabbin[sic] mortally wounded, one of the shots having gone entirely through his body. This was last Tuesday a week, and late the next evening the poor unfortunate fellow died. Squire Laidlysic] held an inquest at which the above facts were elicited. The officers and men were exonerated, the shooting having been done in self-defence[sic]. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, June 4, 1885

Rabb, Mary (Byerly)

Mrs. L. B. Rabb

As the evening sun was sinking slowly in he West Wednesday eve, Mrs. Rabb, better known to her many friends as “Muddie Rabb”, slowly sank into the arms of her Savior, where she now sleeps peacefully. Although her health wasn’t good for several years, at the present it seemed to be better than for several years--she was jolly and jovial at any and all times, and had just returned from the postoffice and sat down to rest when her landlady, Miss Kelsey, noticed she was breathing very hard and ran to her, but there wasn’t anything that could be done, for the Lord had knocked on her door and said, “Come”, and she entered in, there to dwell unto Judgment Day. Mrs. Rabb was a good Christian woman, one that lived her religion day in, day out; although old and very crippled, she attended her church, even if she had to work, always ready and eager to do anything for anyone that she could, at any time. She was a member of Church of Christ and lived her religion. She was 79 years old May 28, was married to Lee B. Rabb in 1899, and to this union was born one child, Mrs. Chas. Wegenhoft. She, together with one grandson, Victor C. Wegenhoft of Frankfurt, Germany, survive, together with a host of nieces and nephews. She was laid to rest in the Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island Thursday eve at 4 o’clock, Rev. Nichols of Columbus presiding at the grave. May her soul rest in peace. GOLDEN LOCKS

Weimar Mercury, July 1, 1949, page 2

Rabb, William Edward


Last issue of the Mercury conveyed the intelligence that Mr. W. E. Rabb, principal of the Wildwood School, near this city was a very sick man, suffering with typhoid fever, and hiss condition at time of going to press was serious without a doubt. However, all hoped that a change for the better mighty come.

The hope was blasted the following day, however, when Death stepped in and claimed the victory, Mr. Rabb succumbing to the disease early Friday morning. Funeral arrangements were made and the body laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery at this place Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock.

Funeral services were conducted at the First Baptist Church, Rev. V. L. David, local pastor, having charge of the services, assisted by Rev. Thomas of Halletsville, and Rev. Hightower of this city. As part of the services was a brief but fervent talk by Supt. T. H. McDonald of the Weimar Public Schools, and a beautiful song service in which Mr. Carroll, in charge of the song and music features of the local Baptist revival, participated. It was a beautiful and touching service, attended by one of the largest assemblages ever seen at a Weimar funeral, scores of people coming front Lavaca county, former home of decedent.

Honorary pall bearers taking part in the funeral consisted of members of the Wildwood graduating class, and were as follows: Olga Bertha Wienken, Paulina Margaret Hauser, Hilda Ida Breithaupt, Adolf Joe Janecka, Emil Alvin Vornsand. Active pall bearers appointed by the family consisted of the trustees of Wildwood district, namely, J. J. Hudec, Chas. Kunz, Joe Hauser, also Frank Shortt, Ben B. Holt, Wm. Turk (of Halletsville), T. H. McDonald and R. H Yoder.

Every pupil of the Wildwood school attended the funeral, also practically all patrons of the school. The genuine grief registered by the pupils and patrons was evidence that they loved Mr. Rabb very dearly.

Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Kainer of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. James Baird of Houston, Mr. and Cecil Lawrence of Houston, Miss Fern Rabb of Waelder, Mrs. Ned Tarkington of Halletsville, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Turk of Halletsville, Mrs. Mattie Bagby of Halletsville, Mrs. Eunice Robinson of Halletsville, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Peterson, Mrs. S. M. Kuykendall, Mrs. Kittie Clark, Mrs. J. D. Nolen, Mrs. Nellie Moore, Mrs. Chapman, all of Halletsville, Mr. Frank Harris and sister of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. Emery Parker of Victoria, Prof. Wooten, E. H. Rabel, H. Buescher and Pearl Buescher, all of Columbus, J. Valenta and H. Plume of Sweet Home, Mrs. Rabb and daughter Miss Elizabeth, of Halletsville, and probably others whose names we failed to get.

Mr. William Edward Rabb was 54 years of age at time of death. He was born at Cedar Bayou, Texas, in 1879. In the years 1909-10 he served as Lavaca county representative in the Texas legislature, and his picture in still to be seen hanging in the state capitol at Austin. In 1910 he was united in marriage to Miss Inez Baird of Beaumont. For fifteen years of his life he followed the occupation of pharmacist, and for a number of years served as such for the Weimar Drug Company of this city.

Twenty-two years of his life were devoted to the school room most of the time in Lavaca county, and for the last three years serving as principal of the Wildwood School. He also taught for awhile in Aransas county. In both professions he was singularly successful and gave the highest satisfaction to his employers at all times.

Mr. Rabb was a man of engaging personality--to know him was to like him. He was a man of high integrity and intelligence,although of rather retiring disposition, yet those who gained his confidence realized he was indeed a grand, good man in every sense of the term. In his passing all realize that a splendid, useful citizen has gone from among us and that his place will indeed be hard to fill.

He is survived by his widow, one son, Mr. Edward Layne Rabb, one daughter, Miss Willynne Rabb, his mother, Mrs. Josephine Rabb of Halletsville, and one sister, Miss Elizabeth Rabb of Halletsville, to whom the heartfelt sympathy of all our people is extended.

May God’s comfort and peace ever be with them!

Weimar Mercury, May 12, 1933, pages 1 and 8


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Raburn, Marion Carrroll

Post Special: Glidden, Sept. 7.--The body of Marion C. Raburn who was killed on the Arizona and Mexican railway near Duncan, Ariz., Tuesday, arrived here last night, the funeral taking place this morning from the home of J. A. Anderson.

Several telegrams were sent here asking what disposition should be made of the body, but only one reached here. It was sent from Arizona September 2 and reached here two days later. It happened that there were friends there who knew his people. They had the body prepared and accompanied it to his home. He was a brother-in-law of Postmaster J. A. Anderson and is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

Weimar Mercury, September 14, 1907, page 1

The funeral of young Carroll Raburn took place at Glidden Saturday. Young Raburn was killed while working for the railroad company in Arizona, his death occurring Monday of last week and being due to a railroad accident, in which his body and limbs were badly mangled. He was a young man of great promise, highly thought of, and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored. We failed to learn the particulars of his tragic death. Our sympathy goes out to the family in their bereavement. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, September 14, 1907, page 8

Raby, E. Stephen

E. Stephen Raby

E. Stephen Raby, 81, of San Angelo passed away Sunday April 2.

Steve was born in Quincy, Pennsylvania on June 11, 1924 to Earl B. and Helen Staley Raby.

He graduated from Quincy High School in 1942 and received a Bachelors Degree from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania in 1947.

Steve attended Bonebrake Seminary in Dayton Ohio, and earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1948.

In 1949, Steve married Lillian Ruth Isenhower, of Lissie, and became an honorary Texan.

While attending school, Steve served several student pastorates.

After his seminary graduation, he served churches in Myersville, MD, Wormleysburg, Pennsylvania and York, Pennsylvania before moving to San Antonio.

In San Antonio, he pastored the First Evangelical United Brethren Church which later became Albright United Methodist Church. Steve faithfully served that congregation from 1964 until his retirement in 1985.

Steve was also known around San Antonio as an avid golfer and bowler. For many years he was a 'regular' at Windcrest Golf Club, Willow Springs Golf Course, Wonder Bowl and Astro

Since 1998, Steve has resided in various assisted living and care facilities. He quickly made himself at home wherever he was, and he made friends with his new neighbors. He was popular in all his homes for his quick wit, his willingness to participate in community activities and for his strong singing voice.

Steve is survived by his children, Stephen I. Raby of San Angelo and Debbie Steinbach of Mertzon, along with her husband, Phil and son, David; sisters, Gladys Taylor, Lorraine Misner and Arlene Dougherty of Pennsylvania and Lavilla Robinson of Florida.

He was preceded by his wife, Lillian; brother, Eugene Raby; and sisters, Madeline Harbaugh and Alese Bishop Holland.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 6, at 10 a.m. at Windcrest United Methodist Church, 8101 Midcrown Drive in San Antonio. Burial will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake at 3:30 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice or to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 583, Mertzon, Texas 76941.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 6th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Raby, Lillian (Isenhower)

Lillian Isenhower Raby

Lillian Isenhower Raby, 79, of San Angelo (formerly of San Antonio), died peacefully in her sleep at Sagecrest Alzheimer’s Care Center on Tuesday, August 30, 2005.

Lillian was born December 19, 1925 in Lissie to Martin Everett and Minnie Thomas Isenhower.

Her childhood years were spent in the Lissie and Eagle Lake areas, and she graduated from Eagle Lake High School in 1943.

She attended The University of Texas at Austin and North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, graduating in 1946. She returned to Eagle Lake, and taught school there until her marriage to Rev. E. Stephen Raby in 1949.

Steve and Lillian served in ministry together in Myersville, MD, Wormleysburg, PA, York, PA and San Antonio until retiring in San Antonio 1985. They moved to San Angelo, Texas in 2001 to live nearer to their children.

Lillian was a “traditional” preachers wife. She was always active in the life of the churches they served: teaching, singing in the choir, and doing whatever was needed. Her true gift and love was in women’s ministries, developing programs or meetings and educating others about mission and ministry.

In the community, Lillian volunteered with Meals on Wheels for over 15 years, delivering meals weekly. She was an avid bowler and won the Texas State “Senior” Women’s Championship two years in a row, earning her the privilege of competing in national tournaments.

At home, Lillian was a loving wife and mother. We remember delicious home-cooked meals and many hours of playing games together as a family.

In later years, Lillian was stricken with Alzheimer’s Disease. We cannot say that she “suffered” with the disease. Even among the confusion, she maintained her sweet gracious and loving spirit. Most of all, we are grateful that she was able to keep her sense of humor. She had us laughing with her even in her last days.

Lillian is survived by her husband, Steve; son, Stephen I. Raby, of San Angelo; and her daughter and family, Debbie, Phillip and David Steinback of Merzton, Texas

Graveside services will be held Friday, September 2, at 10:30 at the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Mertzon, P. O. Box 583, Mertzon, Texas, 76941, or to the charity of your choice.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 1, 2005
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Racer, Sophie Mary/Marie (Tohlen/Thoelon)

Mrs. Sophie Racer, 86, Buried Here Tuesday Afternoon

Funeral services for Mrs. Sophie Mary Racer, 86, were held from the Hubbard Funeral Home here Tuesday afternoon, August 6, with interment in the Oddfellows Cemetery. The Rev. C. Emigholz officiated.

Mrs. Racer was born the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thoelon in Oldenburg, Germany, February 12, 1860. She was married November 15, 1882, to Henry Racer and emigrated to Texas October 29, 1884.

Six children were born to the couple, three of whom survive. They are Miss Henrietta Racer of near Weimar, Mrs. Ida Selzer and Miss Minny Racer, also of here. Four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive.

Mr. Racer died December 3, 1935 at the age of 76.

Weimar Mercury, August 9, 1946
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Radicke, August


August Radicke, 87, of Columbus, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1998, at Columbus Care Center.

Born June 30, 1911 in Mountain Creek, he was the son of Paul F. and Josie (Brown) Radicke. Mr. Radicke was a retired farm laborer for the State of Texas.

Graveside services and interment were held Aug. 5 at Columbus City Cemetery with Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Mr. Radicke is survived by his brother,Arland Radicke and a half-brother Fred Radicke, both of San Antonio; and nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, Wednesday, August 12, 1998

Radke, Alvester J. 


A.J. (Al) Radke, 88, of Columbus, died Monday, Nov. 11, 1996 in Columbus Community Hospital.

Born Nov. 10, 1908 in Needville, he was the son of Willie and Emma Steinfield Radke.  On Feb. 9, 1937, he married Tillie Mae Colquest. He was a World War Ii veteran from 1942-1945, serving in the U.S. Army. Mr. Radke had resided in Columbus since Oct. 14, 1932, where he was a member of First United Methodist Church and had been a barber for 61 years before retiring in 1987.

Services were held Nov. 13 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Judith Sellers officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Dr. Tom Hancher, Lambert Brune, Max Rogers, Henry Berger Jr., Edgar Stancik and Ben Vasut.

Mr. Radke is survived by his wife; son Al Wayne Radke and wife Linda of Columbus; grandsons Scott Radke and Todd Radke; sister Lou Van Dedear of Yoakum ; and nieces Joan Cranfield of Victoria and Peggy Wilcox of Mobile, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Memorial donations may be made to Columbus Community Hospital or First United Mehtodist Church in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, November 20, 1996
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Radke, Tillie Mae (Colquest)

Tillie Radke Services Held On April 26

Tillie Mae “Mimi” Radke of Columbus passed away on April 22, 2011, in Columbus.

She was born on Aug. 25, 1919, in Osage, the daughter of Henry Colquest and Katie (Nelson) Colquest.

Tillie Mae married Alvester J. Radke on Feb. 9, 1937.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Columbus and in her earlier years she was a seamstress for several local clothing stores in Columbus.

Tillie Mae was also a retired beautician.

She opened the Cottage of Beauty hair salon on Dec. 10, 1959.

Tillie Mae employed new and experience hairdressers until semi-retiring May 1982 when she sold the Cottage of Beauty.

She continued working parttime until 1987.

Tillie Mae is survived by her son, Al Wayne Radke and wife Linda of Columbus; two grandsons, Scott Radke and wife Marci of Katy and Todd Radke and wife Ashley of Katy; and a great grandson, Tyler Radke.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Lela Nora Colquest and Annie Margaret Colquest; and a brother, Henry Anton Colquest.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 26, at First United Methodist Church in Columbus with Pastor Mike Morris officiating under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Dr. Tom Hancher, Lambert Brune, Charlie Herchek, Mike Kollmann, Neil Adcock and Ronnie Christoph.

The Weimar Mercury, May 5, 2011, page 2A
Submitted bySandra Long Anders

Rahlwes, Anna S.

A 19 year-old daughter of our friend, Mr. William Rahlwes of the Content neighborhood, died and was buried last Monday. She was very popular among those of her acquaintance, and her death is deeply deplored. The Mercury extends sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family in the loss sustained. [Interment in New Bielau Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury June 20, 1903

Rahlwes, Elmo C.


Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Rahlwes, respected and popular residents of this section, had the misfortune to lose by death their beloved son, Elmo, last Wednesday, of kidney trouble, after a brief illness. The funeral took place at St. Michael’s Cemetery Thursday afternoon. Rev. J. Szymanski, officiating. Elmo was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Rahlwes, a bright, interesting child, the idol of the parents; hearts, and his death to them is a crushing blow. The heartfelt sympathy of all our people goes out to the bereaved parents in the heavy loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, July 1, 1921, page 1

Rahlwes, Emilie (Polk)

Final Rites for Mrs. Rahlwes Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Emilie Polk Rahlwes, 78, a resident of Parkview Manor, were held Tuesday afternoon at Weimar United Church of Christ, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Robert N. Crawford officiated.

Mrs. Rahlwes died at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, January 30, in Youens Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient for five days.

She was a lifelong Weimar resident. Born Feb. 5, 1893, she was a daughter of Franz and Magdalene Hauptman Polk. She was married to Charles Rahlwes Oct. 30, 1911. Mr. Rahlwes died in 1958.

She is survived by a daughter, Mr. C. E. (Aline) Wood of Baytown; two grandchildren Mary Beth and Charles Michael Wood; and three sisters, Mrs. Rosa Berger of Flatonia, Ms. Emma Berger of Weimar and Mrs. Bertha Wesselski of Nada.

A son, Elmo, two bothers, Frank and Adolph Polk, and two sisters, Mrs. Ernestine Beck and Mrs. Mary Helmcamp, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Otto Rahlwes, George Berger, Leroy Polk, Milton Beken, Alfred Helmcamp, and Wilbert Trojan.

Weimar Mercury, February 3, 1972

Rahlwes, Gustav

We extend our sincere sympathy to our friend, Mr. Wm. Rahlwes of the Content vicinity, who lost by death his little son, Gustav, on the 15th inst. The funeral took place at the Weimar cemetery Sunday afternoon, Rev. John Frehner of Content officiating.

Weimar Mercury, December 22, 1894, page 2

Rahlwes, Mary/Marie (Schwede)

Mrs. W. Rahlwes, Sr. 69-Year Resident Buried Here Today

Funeral services for Mrs. Wm. Rahlwes, Sr., one of Weimar’s oldest and most respected citizens were held at the Masonic Cemetery this (Thursday) afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the Rev. C. Emigholz, Evangelical Lutheran minister. conducting the final rites. Mrs. Rahlwes was 80 years, 9 months and 2 days old.
Following an illness of two years, in which a weak heart was the main factor, the mother of the first Weimar soldier to be killed in the World War expired at about 11:30 Wednesday morning, just a day after the 22nd anniversary of Armistice.

Born Mary Schwede on February 10, 1861, at Falkenberg, Silesia, Germany, she emigrated to America with her parents at the age of 11 years. They landed at Galveston, moved to Oak Grove. and bought a farm there. Mrs. Rahlwes attended the Oak Grove school and had spent the remainder of her life in this section. An[sic] April 8. 1883, at New Bielau, she married Mr. Wm, Rahlwes, emigrant of Oldenburg, Germany, who preceded her in death on June 11 of this year, at the age of 87. They purchased a farm in 1891 near Weimar and lived there 29 years, rearing a family of four sons and four daughters. In 1920 they moved to town and retired from farming. The old farm is at present the farms of Chas. and Wm. Rahlwes, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Rahlwes had lived together 58 years at the time of his death.

Mrs. Rahlwes was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Weimar and belonged to the Women's Union, a church organization.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Emil Beken, Mrs. Aug. Beken, both of New Bielau, and Mrs. Aug. Trojan of Rosebud; and two sons. Chas. Rahlwes and Wm. Rahlwes, Jr., both of the Weimar area. Her oldest daughter, Anna, died at the age of 19 years and one son, Gustav, died in infancy. Another son, Otto, was killed in action in France during the World War. The America Legion Post No. 259 here was named after him, the first Weimar boy to be killed overseas.

Surviving also is one brother, who visited here this summer, after an absence from this place of more than forty years. He lives in West Texas, near the Mexican border. Seventeen grandchildren also survive.

The Mercury offers heartfelt sympathy to the family in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, November 14, 1941, page 1

Rahlwes, Otto Adolph

Services For Otto Rahlwes Held Aug. 19

Funeral Service for Otto Adolph Rahlwes, 74, of Weimar were held August 19 at Weimar United Church of Christ with Rev. Skip Sirnic officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery. Rahlwes died August 17 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

He was born August 15, 1919 in Weimar to William Jr. And Lenora Engels Rahlwes.

He married Alice Vornsand on June 22, 1942. He graduated from Weimar High School, and attended classes at Lee College of Baytown, Texas.

Otto served in the army from November 6, 1942 until December 20, 1945 (3 years).

Two years were served overseas. He was in the Medical Corps and overseas duty in the South Pacific. The medals that he received were: Good Conduct, Victory Ribbons, Four Star Over Seas Bar.

His rank upon honorable discharge was Tech. Sergant [sic] 4th Class. He was with the 68th Field Hospital.

Otto was a member of the American Legion. Otto Rahlwes Post 259 Weimar, which was named after a World War I Veteran who died in action in France. Otto was named after this veteran who was his uncle.

Otto was a member of Weimar United Church of Christ and past member of Reedemer [sic] Lutheran Church of Baytown.

He lived in San Antonio for 2 years, Baytown 31 years and in the Weimar area for 41 years.

He was an electrician, and owned Otto’s Appliance Center in Weimar from 1963-1967. In 1990 Otto received “The Family Land Heritage Certificate” in honor of The Rahlwes Ranch; which was founded in 1890 (land had been in the family for 100 Years). It was part of an original land grant from Stephen F. Austin.

Otto is survived by his wife Alice Vornsand Rahlwes; 3 daughters, Judy Hill and Husband Wesley of Northshore; Linda Barrilleaux and husband Louis of Baytown; Jo Nell Duston and husband Dave of Kingwood; one son, Bill Rahlwes and wife Janie of Lake Jackson; and one sister Wilma Piwetz of La Grange.

Surviving are eight grandchildren: Ginger Hoelscher, Lisa Barrilleaux, Matt Duston, Elizabeth Duston, Brent Rahlwes, Chris Rahlwes, and Kathryn Rahlwes. Also surviving are three step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death: one sister, Vera Rahlwes Timaeus; one grandson, John Andrew Hoelscher, his parents, William and Lenora Rahlwes.

Pallbearers were Gary Piwetz, Bruce Smith, Clarence Havemann, Bennie Kunz, Bennie Ripper, Kenneth Vornsand and Gene Baumann.

Weimar Mercury, August 26, 1992
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Rahlwes, Otto E.


News was received here Thursday of last week that Otto Rahlwes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Rahlwes, living near Weimar, and conceded to be one of our brightest and best young men, had been killed in battle in France. No particulars were given. A friend informs us that word had been received from Otto a short time previous that he had been “over the top” three times, and it is supposed that the fourth time he went over the Boches got him. His death occurred, we understand, in one of the last battles before the armistice terms were signed by Germany. The death of this young man is indeed regrettable. A scion of one of the oldest and best families of this section, a young man of most engaging personality, popular with everyone who knew him, honest, honorable and upright in his deportment, he was a general favorite. The remains will be brought back to this country at some future time for interment. To the grief stricken parents, our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, December 13, 1918, page 1

Body of Brave Soldier Boy Is Laid to Rest

Remains of Corporal Otto E. Rahlwes interred at Odd Fellows Cemetery Friday afternoon, were taken in charge by members of the American Legion, and carried to the Lutheran Church, where touching services were held by Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, his late pastor. Rev. Piepenbrok’s peroration on the life of decedent was a beautiful effort and touched the hearts of all his hearers. Several beautiful and appropriate songs were rendered during the services. At he conclusion, the remains were taken to the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery for final interment.

At the grave members of the American Legion had charge of the services. County Judge John C. Hoyo delivered a masterly talk regarding the life and services of Corporal Rahlwes, whom he had known from boyhood. With the conclusion of his address, the firing squad fired a salute, “Taps” was sounded and the remains of our brave soldier boy were committed to mother earth, there to await the resurrection morn.

The pall bearers officiating at the funeral were S. B. Chapman, E. L. Reinhardt, Jack Brasher, George Lauterstein, Henry Nitschmann, John Mozisek, Jr., Ray Kusey and Horace Hill. B.B. Braun was in charge of the firing squad, composed of Oscar, Benno and Alvin Rose, Joe Lebeda, Steve Herzik, Adolph Michalek, Joe Billeck and Emil Holub. Julius Vacek and Oswald Leidolf were the flag bearers. The attendant soldier who accompanied the body here from Fort Houston (whose name we were unable to learn) officiated as bugler.

Corporal Otto E. Rahlwes was born at the family home in the Content section Nov. 17, 1895. He enlisted September, 1917, went to Camp Travis July, 1918, and from there was sent to England, where he remained for a period of two months, afterwards being sent to France. He was killed in action Nov. 1, 1918, just a few days before the signing of the armistice, in the famous Argonne Forest battle. He was buried in France and his remains rested there until taken up for reinterment at home. As a young man, Corporal Rahlwes was a model. A dutiful son, his deportment right and correct at all times, known and beloved by all for his genial disposition and gentlemanly bearing. As a soldier he was all that his country demanded. Attentive to every duty imposed upon him, always ready to answer every call from his superior officers, brave as a lion on the battle field, he made a model soldier. as his officers freely attested. Dying on the battle field, so far away from home and kindred ties, was hard, it is true, but as poor Otto looked down from above last Friday afternoon on the vast assemblage gathered to do him honor and saw the tears freely flowing, he realized that he did not die in vain, that through his death and that of others, our own people and country were saved. A grand character was Otto Rahlwes, and our people were proud to do honor to his memory. In this connection it may not be amiss to state that Corporal Rahlwes was the only soldier from this section to die in action.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. Wm. Rahlwes, Sr., and wife, three sisters, Mrs. Aug. Beken and Mrs. Emil Beken of this vicinity; Mrs. Gus Trojan of Rosebud, Falls county; also two brothers, Messrs. Charles and Wm. Rahlwes, Jr., both is this section. All were present at the funeral except Mrs. Trojan, who was unable to attend.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family. May God in His infinite mercy, comfort them as He alone can.

Weimar Mercury, October 7, 1921, page 1

Rahlwes, William F.

Funeral for Wm. Rahlwes Here Sunday

Funeral services for William F. Rahlwes, 88, of Route 1, Weimar, were held Sunday, June 18, from Weimar United Church of Christ with Rev. Richard Worringham officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Rahlwes, a lifelong resident and retired farmer, died at 7:05 p.m. Friday, June 16, in Youens Memorial Hospital, after six months illness with cancer.

Born Feb. 9, 1890, at Weimar, he was a son of William F. and Mary (Schwede) Rahlwes. He attended schools at Content and Weimar. On Dec. 23, 1915, he married Leonora Engels at New Bielau. He served on his church board for 14 years.

His wife survives him, along with one son, Otto A. Rahlwes of Baytown, two daughters, Mrs. Vera Timeaus of Saudi Arabia, and Mrs. Wilma Piwetz of La Grange; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Emma Beken of San Antonio.

Three sisters, three brothers and one grandson preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Gary Piwetz, Warren Piwetz, Wm. E. Smith, Billy Rahlwes, Jim Piwetz Jr. and Bruce Smith.

Services were under the direction of Hubbard Funeral Home.

The Weimar Mercury, June 22, 1978
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Rahlwes, William Theodore Sr.

Wm. Rahlwes, Sr., Passes Away Here, Funeral Friday

William Theodore Rahlwes, 88, a 58-year resident of this area and a past 22-year citizen of this town, well-known throughout this section, expired at his home here Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services are to be Friday afternoon at 3 at the Hubbard Funeral home, with the Rev Christian Emigholz officiating. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows cemetery.

Mr. Rahlwes, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Rahlwes, was a native of Germany, where he was born August 2, 1853. At the age of 14, be became a sailor and until he was 24, remained in naval service. Having fallen into icy waters, he lost his hearing and was released from farther service.

In 1881 at the age of 28, he came to America and settled in New York City where he practiced his trade of painting and decorating. He married Miss Marie Schwede April 8, 1883, in Oak Grove, Texas. The young couple then moved to Content, near here, where they rented a farm for 8 years. In 1891. they purchased a farm near Weimar where they remained for the next 29 years. In the fall of 1919 they retired, moved to Weimar, and have since been residents here.

This union was blessed with 8 children, three of whom preceded their father in death. Anna, the oldest child, died at the age of 19; Gustav, in infancy.

Otto Rahlwes, a son of the deceased, died in action in France during the World War. He was this town's only soldier to be listed as “killed in action" and as a memorial, Weimar's American Legion Post bears his name.

In recent years, Mr. Rahlwes was very feeble. His last illness was brief, since Sunday. Wednesday. June 11, at 3:55 p. m., he died at his home. His end was a peaceful one, surrounded by all of his family. He attained the age of 87 years, 9 months and 9 days. He was a member of the Evangelical. Lutheran Church for many years. His was a long and useful life. He was a naturalized citizen, having taken out his papers soon after coming to this country. He was a loyal and highly respected citizen of this community and to sorrowing survivors the Mercury joins others in extending sincere sympathy.

Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. William Rahlwes; three daughters. Mrs. Emil Beken, Mrs. August Beken, both of Weimar; Mrs. Augusta Trojan of Rosebud; and two sons, Charles and William Rahlwes, both of Weimar. There are 17 grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, June 13, 1941, page 1

Rainer, Leonard Sr.

Leonard Rainer Is Victim of Stroke at 53

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 28, for Leonard Rainer Sr., 53, who died at 1 a.m. Jan. 24 in Youens Memorial Hospital of a stroke.

Rev. D. E. Small officiated in services at St. James AME Church. Burial was in the Weimar [Paradise Gardens] Cemetery.

Mr. Rainer, a road construction worker, was a lifelong resident of Weimar. Born Nov. 27, 1918, he was a son of Arthur and Cora Small Rainer. He married Mrs. Elmora Risper on Oct. 15, 1960.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater of Operations, where his unit won three citations.

His wife survives, along with two sons, Leonard Rainer Jr. of Houston and Jim Leon Rainer of Weimar; two daughters, Wilma and Angela Rainer of Weimar; two stepchildren, Dwight and Sharon Risper of Weimar; seven brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers were a stepson, Dwight K. Risper; and five nephews, Paul L. Risper, Larry J. Johnson, A. Conner, James Conner, and L. A. Conner.

Weimar Mercury, February 3, 1972

Rainey, Peter

Negro Boy Shot Several Weeks Ago Finally Dies--Murderer Still at Large

The negro. boy, Peter Rainey, who was shot in the back and mortally wounded some five weeks ago by another negro, in a fracas down in the colored settlement part of the city,died Tuesday about noon. Peter was shot in the back, the bullet striking the spinal cord and completely paralyzing his lower limbs. In this condition he lived for several weeks, but it was realized there was no possibility of recovery. He gradually grew weaker and the end came Tuesday. His murderer, we are Informed, stayed at the home of a colored farmer near town for several days after committing the deed, but since that tIme no trace of him has been discovered. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, October 3, 1919, page 1

Rainosek, Charles L.

Weimar – Funeral services for Charlie Rainosek, well-known musician and department store clerk, were held Tuesday, December 9, from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Weimar, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Charles Carolan officiated.

Pallbearers were Donnie, Gary and Leo Heinrich, George Jurecka, Michael Walters and Edmund Kasper. Honorary pallbearer was Emil (Babe) Schindler.

Mr. Rainosek died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1975 at Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient for two days. He reached the age of 71 years, 1 month and 6 days.

A musician for many years, he was presently a member of the Leo Heinrich Orchestra. He had been a store clerk for I. Lauterstein and Son, Weimar, for many years and more recently for Kasper’s of Schulenburg.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.

Born Oct. 31, 1904, at Hostyn, he was the son of Martin and Mary Hornik Rainosek. He married Helen Doehring at Hallettsville and they settled first at Schulenburg. They moved to Weimar 34 years ago. Mrs. Rainosek died July 19, 1969.

Survivors are their daughter and son-in-law, Charlene and Ed Mazoch of Houston; three grandchildren; and one brother, Pete Rainosek of Hostyn.

Shiner Gazette, Thursday, December 18, 1975
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Rainosek, Helen (Doehring)

Mrs. Rainosek, 61, Succumbs to Long Illness

Funeral services for Mrs. Charles (Helen) Rainosek, 61, who died Saturday, July 19, in Youens Memorial Hospital after a long illness, were held Monday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Rev. Oswald Kahlich officiated. Burial was in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Pete Rainosek, Dennis Rainosek, Jean R. Gaiennie, Robert Quitta, LeRoy Matocha, and B. B. Braun Jr.

Mrs. Rainosek was born Nov 4, 1907, at Flatonia, the daughter of Gus and Mary Pinn Doehring. She was married to Mr. Rainosek at Hallettsville and they settled first at Schulenburg, moving to Weimar 28 years ago.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Edwin (Charlene) Mazoch, of Houston; three grandchildren; and one brother, Walter Doehring of Flatonia.

Three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.

Weimar Mercury, July 24, 1969, page 9

Raley, Hope (Frnka)


Hope Frnka Raley was born on December 29, 1930 in Victoria, Texas. She died on November 16, 2004 in Garwood, Texas. She was the daughter of William R. Frnka and Marie Kohl Frnka. She attended school in Garwood, Texas where she graduated Salutatorian of her class. Hope went to school in Gulf Port, Mississippi at Gulfpark and then the University of Texas. At the University she was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. She was also a member of SPOOKs, an honorary spirit organization. She also was a Texas Longhorn cheerleader. While at Texas she met the love of her life, her husband, Bob Raley.

Hope and Bob married on April 11, 1953. From that day they were inseparable. They were able to spend fifty-one years together. Bob and Hope were partners in a farming and ranching operation. Many times she remarked that some of her happiest days were when they lived at the Cedar Post Ranch. Bob and Hope spent their time together enjoying horseracing, arrowhead hunting, traveling, and painting.

One of the joys of Hope's life was when she was a CCE instructor for the St. Mary Catholic Church. The combination of working with children and her church brought to her life a sense of completeness.

A source of her pride was being a Frnka from Garwood Texas for she loved her extended family dearly, her Aunts Edith, Irene, and Charlene and her Uncle Henry Frnka. Being an only child she loved playing with all her cousins and has remained close to them through all these years.

Hope is survived by three children. Ramona Smith and her husband Jackie, Bill Raley and Beth Dow and her husband Andrew. Her son Robert Shawn Raley preceded her in death. She is also survived by one grand daughter, Rory Elizabeth Smith. Rory was the joy of her "Ennie's" life.

The celebration of Hope's life was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada, Texas on Friday, November 19, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Joe Koebel officiating. The pallbearers were Kenneth Brune, Bub Cranek, Huck Cranek, Louis Cranek, Del Frnka, Dale Hunt, James "T" Jones, Bud McFaddin, Bill Raley, Tom Stolhandske and George Williams. [Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery]

Hope was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

Colorado County Citizen, November 24, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Raley, Mabel Theresa (Shuck)

Mabel Theresa Raley

Mabel Theresa Raley - "Nana", born October 12, 1909 in San Antonio, Texas, passed away on June 24, 2007 at the age of 97 in Cape Coral, Florida. She is survived by her son Bobby Raley of Garwood, Texas, Mona Booher of Sugar Land, Texas, and Emma Argento of Cape Coral, Florida. She has 6 grand children, Robert Booher of Sugar Land, Jesse Booher of Ft. Worth, Gina Lopez of Houston, Ramona Smith of Richmond, Bill Raley of Garwood and Beth Dow of Richmond. She also has 6 great grand children, Trent and Hayley Booher, Jesse and Claire Booher, Samantha Lopez, and Rory Smith. We loved her and she will be missed.

Visitation with family and friends will be from 6-7 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2007, at Garmany & Carden Funeral Home in Rosenberg. The funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 30, 2007, at First Baptist Church in Rosenberg, 1117 First Street, with Dr. Donnie Melton officiating. Burial will follow in Eagle Lake, Texas at Lakeside Cemetery.

Services are under the direction of Garmany & Carden Funeral Directors, Inc., 1201 Fourth St., Rosenberg, TX 77471. (281) 342- 4671. Online guest book is available at

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Ramirez, Augustine R.

Augustine R. Ramirez, 53, of Eagle Lake, died Wednesday, March 9, 1994, in a Galveston hospital.

Born September 12, 1940, he was the son of Nicolas and Dolores (Romero) Ramirez. He was a life-long area resident, attending local schools and was affiliated with the Baptist faith.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 12, at the Iglesia Bautista Getsemani in Eagle Lake with Rev. Mario Vasquez officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake. Services were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Isaac Ramirez, Nicolas Godino, Hector Ponce, Hugo Ponce, Everett Ramirez and Ronald Godino.

Mr. Ramirez is survived by his mother of Eagle Lake; sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen and Charles Hodde and Dora and Narciso Godino, all of Eagle Lake, Erminia and Vincent Sheppard of Levenworth, KS, and Margaret and Robert Tatum of Houston; brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Janie Ramirez of LaPorte, Alex and Alvina Ramirez and Ray and Mary Ramirez, all of Eagle Lake, Nicholas Ramirez of Pasadena, Texas, Edward and Kathy Ramirez of Houston, John T. and Trenise Ramirez of Wichita Falls, and Ariseo Soliz of Houston and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and loved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, March 16, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Ramirez, Pedro “Pete”


Pedro "Pete" Ramirez, 83, passed away on Feb. 20 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

He was born Feb. 22, 1924 in Loraine to Tomas and Solada Ramirez. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. On April 17, 1954 he married Olivia Garcia. He was a lifetime resident of Columbus and a retired heavy equipment operator for Parker Brothers & Custodian for St. Paul Lutheran Church. He was also a yard keeper for First Baptist Church. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus and the Veterans of Foreign War Post in Weimar.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Angel Vasquez, Efumio Vasquez, Raymond Ramirez; sisters, Molly Cabello and Mary Torres.

He is survived by his wife and daughter, Jeanette Medina and husband David of Friendswood; sons, David Ramirez and wife Rosemary "Penny" of Columbus, Tomas Ramirez and Mark Garcia both of Columbus; sisters, Juanita Garcia of Columbus, Connie Ramirez of Seguin and Susana Gonzalez of San Antonio; brother, Manuel Ramirez of San Marcos; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 23 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers included Carlos Ramirez, Sergio Medina, Michael Garcia, Adan Bustos, Joe Guevara and Ruben Perez.

Colorado County Citizen, February 27, 2008,
Courtesy The Citizen

Ramirez, Soledad

Soledad Ramirez

Funeral services were held for Soledad Ramirez Monday, April 28 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with the Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial was at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Mrs. Ramirez was born April 7, 1897 in Mexico. She married Tomas Ramirez in 1921. She was a housewife and a Catholic.

She spent most of her lifetime in the Columbus area.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tomas Ramirez.

Survivors include five daughters, Mary Torres of El Campo, Susie Gonzales of San Antonio, Juanita Garcia of Columbus, Consuelo Ramirez of Seguin and Molly Cabello of Sugarland; five sons, Angal Vasquez of Seguin, Eufemio Vasquez of San Antonio, Raymond Ramirez of Seguin, Pedro Ramirez of Columbus and Manuel Ramirez of San Marcos; one brother, Juan Ramirez of Imlay City, Michigan; 29 grand children and 92 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were David Ramirez, Max Guerrero III, Fernando Vasquez, Miguel Vasquez, Eufemio Vasquez and Rudy Torres.

Colorado County Citizen, May 1, 1986, page 2

Ramirez, Tomas

Thomas Ramirez Services Held Here

Funeral services were held Friday for Thomas Ramirez who died in Seguin and whose body was brought here for burial. Untermeyer Funeral home was in charge.

Rosary was recited Thursday night in the funeral home and last rites were said in the funeral home, with continued services in St. Anthony’s Catholic church, Rev. Alex Kraus officiating. Burial was in St. Anthony’s Catholic cemetery.

Born in Mexico, Mr. Ramirez had lived in the United States since about 1929.

He had spent most of his life in Columbus and was 74 years of age. Death came Jan. 27 after 9 days’ illness following a stroke. He was an employe of Texas Construction Material co. until he retired.

His wife, Soledad Ramirez. survives, along with 3 sons, Pedro Ramirez of Columbus and Raymond and Manuel Ramirez of Seguin; 2 stepsons, Angel and Entemio Vasques of Seguin and San Antonio, respectively, and 5 daughters, Mrs. Marcus Garcia and Mrs. Frank Torres of Columbus, Mrs. Susie Gonzales of San Antonio, Mrs. Mollie Guerrero of San Marcos and Consuelo Ramirez of Seguin.

Colorado County Citizen, February 4, 1960, page 12

Ramsey, James

Mr. James Ramsey Dead.

James Ramsey, an old citizen of Columbus, father of Lee Ramsey, our local tinner, died early Sunday morning at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Keetie Wallace of Glidden. The funeral took place at the Odd Fellows Rest near Columbus Monday afternoon. Lee Ramsey and family of this city attended the funeral. Mr. Ramsey was one of the pioneer citizens of Colorado county. For many years he was engaged in the Mercantile business at Columbus. He was 82 years old at the time of his death. His wife preceded him to the grave a good many years ago. His death is sincerely regretted by numerous friends throughout the county.

Weimar Mercury, January 22, 1915.
Photo courtesy Lois Wallace

Ramsey, Sarah M. (Dean)

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Weimar Mercury, December 4, 1908, page 1

Ramthun, Augusta (Polzin)

Funeral Services Held For Frelsburg Lady Monday Afternoon

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for Mrs. Augusta Ramthum, 80, who died Sunday at her home near Frelsburg. Interment was in Evangelical [Trinity] Lutheran Cemetery with Rev. Kralik of Round Top officiating.

Mrs. Ramthum was born Augusta Polzin July 17th, 1859, at Langenhagen, Hinterpomen, in Germany, where she was baptized and confirmed during her childhood. At the age of fourteen she emigrated to America with her brother settling in Frelsburg.

She was married to Fritz Ramthum December 30th, 1875, the young couple moving in the present home, where they engaged in farming. Upon the death of her husband October 10th, 1918, Mrs. Ramthum made her home with her children, Herman and Louise.

Surviving are the following children; Herman of Frelsburg, Fritz and Will of Rowena, Charlie and Louise of La Grange, Emil of Giddings, Ervin of Miles, and August , Herbert and Felix of Austin and Frelsburg; thirteen grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; one brother, Fritz Polzin of Copeland [sic]; a sister, Mrs. Pauline Hagens of Wilson, Lold [sic] County. Pearl Westphal, Frelsburg correspondent [Note: There was a small rural community named Wilson in Falls County about seven miles southwest of Rosebud. DA]

Colorado County Citizen, July 27th, 1939

Randow, Christoph K.


C. K. (Buddy) Randow, age 78, of Eagle Lake, passed away Thursday, January 30 at the Sweetbriar Nursing Home in Columbus.

Funeral services were held for Mr. Randow, Friday, January 31 from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Miller, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake officiating.

Burial was held at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Randow was born April 29, 1907 in Hallettsville to Willie Randow, Sr. and Sophie Obelgonner Randow. He moved to Eagle Lake as a child and he has been in Eagle Lake all his life.

He married Amanda Becker Randow in Eagle Lake on September 30, 1939.

Mr. Randow got started in the plumbing business working for Mr. Tom Kollman and in 1936 he went into business for himself.

He ran his plumbing business in Eagle Lake for almost 30 years and later working part time for Colorado County until retirement in 1981.

Mr. Randow served with the US Navy in the Pacific during WW II serving 29 months sea duty aboard the USS Sherburne and USS Harris.

He was member of the First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake and had formerly been active with the Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He was also a charter member of the Eagle Lions Club.

Mr. Randow was preceded in death by his parents and brother, William Randow, Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Amanda Randow of Eagle Lake; one daughter, Debbie Schmitt and husband, Melvin of Eagle Lake; two grandchildren, Kevin and Jaclyn Schmitt both of Eagle Lake; two sisters, Elisa Baring of Eagle Lake and Deborah of Yorktown; one sister-in-law, Addle Randow of Yorktown; numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jerry Deborah, Daniel Becker, Sonny Knippel, James Gertson, Sr., Ralph Gertson, Sr., and Billy Stiles.

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

Colorado County Citizen, February 6, 1986, page 2

Ranft, Emilie (Gloff)

Mrs. P. G. Ranft Succumbs At 90; Rites Held Sunday

Funeral services for one of Weimar's oldest citizens, 90-year-old Mrs. P. G. Ranft, were held Sunday afternoon at Weimar United Church of Christ.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery. Rev. F. H. Horak, Jr. officiated.

Mrs. Ranft died at 3:45 a.m., Friday, Sept. 5, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elsie Seydler. She had been in poor health for some time, but only last May she had been well enough to go to Houston to celebrate her 90th birthday among her children and grandchildren living there.

She had lived in the Weimar area 46 years. The former Miss Emilie Gloff, she was born May 28, 1868 in Germany, the daughter of Christoph and Pauline Gloff. The family came to America during her early childhood and settled at Zionsville, near Brenham. She was married to Paul Gustav Ranft there in 1891, and in 1912 they and their children moved to New Bielau when Mr. Ranft took a teaching job there. They moved to Weimar in 1919, and Mr. Ranft died in 1929.

Only one of her 11 children preceded her in death; a son, Oscar, died in 1945. Surviving are five other sons, Walter, Albert, Otto, and Clarence of Houston and Alvin of Weimar; five daughters, Mrs. Adela Jackson and Mrs. Emma Hardy of Houston, Mrs. Ella Hayes, Mrs. Olga Tell and Mrs. Elsie Seydler of Weimar; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Augusta Mueller of Brenham.

Pallbearers for the services were six grandsons, Walter C. Ranft, Allan Ranft, Howard Ranft, Alvin Ranft, Jr., Paul Creswell and Kervy Kahlden.

Weimar Mercury, August 12, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Ranft, Paul Gustav

Prof. Ranft Called to His Eternal Home

after an illness extending over a period of nine months, Prof.P.G. Ranft, one of this section's ablest educators and best citizens, succumbed and was claimed by Death on last Saturday morning at 9 o'clock. The funeral took place at the Masonic Cemetery west of town Sunday afternoon at 3:30 and was attended by one of the largest crowds ever witnessed at a funeral in this city, attesting the popularity and high esteem in which he was held by the people here and at other points where he was known. The floral emblems placed upon the grave were numerous, beautiful and costly. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, local Lutheran pastor, in English, and Rev. Vitt of Needville in German. both of these reverend gentlemen were warm personal friends of decedent and the talks they made at the grave were beautiful and touching.

Active pall bearers were Messrs. F. E. Kloesel, Rudolph Hollas, G.G. Schietinger, John Kunetka, Henry J. Laas and Edmund Otto.

Paul Gustav Ranft was born of chiristian parents on Jan. 26, 1865, in Blankenstein, in Saxony, Germany. He received his training in the public schools of his birthplace, later entering a high school from which he graduated with high honors, acquiring a diploma and certificate to teach school. In 1885 he came to the United States and settled at Welcome, in Austin county. Here he began his long activity as public school teacher, in which calling he served for a period of forty-three years. On May 3, 1891, he was united in marriage to Miss Emelie Gloff, the ceremony being performed by Rev. F. Schwahn in the Evang. Luth. Church of Zionsville. To this union were born ten children, five girls and five boys, all of whom survive.

Paul Ranft taught school for a number of years at New Bielau, and for the last few years at Sedan. In January of this year ill health forced him to relinquish his duties in the school room. His health gradually grew worse, and it was realized that his days of active service were over. He was taken to Houston for treatment, but this also proved of no avail. The best of medical skill was exerted in his behalf, and everything that loving hands of wife and daughters and sons could do for him was done, but it all availed naught. God relieve him of all his sufferings last Saturday morning when His finger touched him and he slept.

At time of death this beloved, good citizen had attained the age of 64 years, 9 months and 20 days.

The immediate survivors are the widow, Mrs. Emelie Ranft, the ten children--Walter Ranft of Houston, Mrs. Ella Reno of Osawatomie, Kas., Albert Ranft of Houston, Miss Emma Ranft of Houston, Otto Ranft of Houston, Oscar Ranft of Houston, Mrs. Elsie Seydler of this city, Miss Olga Ranft, this city, Alvin Ranft of Houston, and Miss Adela Ranft of this city. Also seven grandchildren and one brother and one sister in Germany. Deceased was a member of the local Ev. Luth.Church.

Professor Ranft and family were residents of our city for a number years prior to his death. During all the time the family lived here we heard naught but good report of this estimable man. He was a law-abiding, good citizen, one who was ever anxious to befriend those about him, with a kindly greeting for each and everyone he met, and was always a welcome guest at every gathering he attended. He was a model husband and father, and one of the best instructors this section has ever known. In his passing we mourn the loss of a most highly esteemed friend and citizen, one whose place in the community will be hard to fill.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, November 22, 1929

Rankin, Harriet


“Grandma” Rankin, aged 76 years, mother of J. A. Rankin, near here, died the morning of the 24th inst., at her son’s residence. This good old mother in Israel has been waiting for the Master’s call. “Grandma” has been a devoted member of the M. E. Church, South, for 55 years. The remains of this good old mother were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows grave yard the evening of the 24th.

Colorado Citizen, February 25, 1886

Rankin, Maria


Through an oversight the Mercury failed last week to make mention of the death of an aged, respected colored woman of this city--”Aunt Maria” Rankin--at the advanced age of 87 1/2 years. Her death occurred Dec. 10. “Aunt Maria” came to Texas from Virginia “with her people,” as she expressed it, in the early days of this state, making the long overland journey in ox wagons, experiencing all the hardships of the early pioneers. For many years she served as midwife in many of the families of this city, and was highly regarded by the white people with whom she came in contact. She was a good woman in every sense of the term, and her death is sincerely deplored by both whites and blacks. [Place of interment unknown]

Many of our white citizens sent beautiful flowers to bedeck her last resting place, for which tribute of respect members of her family are very grateful. A good old soul gone to join her Redeemer!

Weimar Mercury, December 26, 1924

Ratcliff, Richard E. Jr.

R. E. Ratcliff

R. E. Ratcliff was born January 26, 1859, Near Jacksonville, Fla., He was married to Miss Sarah Ellen Martin on May 11, 1887, and departed this life on February 28, 1933.

Surviving him are two step-sons, Ira L. Martin of Houston and Kirby E. Martin of Hot Springs, Ark, and one step-granddaughter, Mrs. Ellen Gazette of Rock Island, and six neices.

He united with the church in 1912, and has lived in this community since 1869, being well known and respected by all.

Services were conducted at the Rock Island Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Rev. W. D. Wyatt of Columbus, officiating.  INterment was made in the Cheatham cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, March 2, 1933
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Ratcliff, Richard R.

Rock Island, Oct. 25.--R. R. Ratcliff, who lived three miles southwest of Rock Island, was found dead In his bed this morning. His death was very unexpected, as he was in his usual health at bedtime. He was 83 years old. He was born in Florida and moved to Colorado county thirty years ago and has been living, on the same place place. He leaves four children, R. E Ratcliff ot Rock Island, Curtis and West R. of Wharton county, and William of Brazoria county. His remains will be interred at the Cheatham[sic] burying grounds Friday, Oct. 25.

Weimar Mercury, November 3, 1900, page 5

Ratcliff, Sarah Ellen (Powell) Martin

Mrs. Sarah Ellen Ratcliff, wife of R.E. Ratcliff of this place died at the family residence at 1:30 Saturday afternoon, after an illness of several months.  Sarah Ellen Powell was born in Preoria County, Ark., October 10th, 1854, was united in marriage to Mr. Martin to this union four children were born, Ira of Houston, James Floyd of San Francisco, Kirby Eldridge of Rock Springs, Wyoming; Clara Lavenia, deceased.

Later she was married to R.E. Ratcliff of this place.  Surviving are her husband and Mrs. Charles Gazette of this place and a host of friends.  At the age of 22 she professed religion and joined the church of Christ.  She died as she had lived ever trusting in Jesus.

Funeral services were held Sunday at one o’clock at the Church of Christ.  Rev. Benton of Wallis conducting the services.  She was laid to rest in the Cheetham cemetery, the old family burying place.

Colorado County Citizen, March 5, 1931
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Ratigan, Unknown

A little son of Mrs. T. Ratigan of Holman died Monday, and was buried Tuesday afternoon in this city. It is hard to give up those we love, and still harder for a mother to give up a beloved son. We extend our condolence, and trust that the mother may find solace in Him “who doth all things for the best.” [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 5, 1892


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Rau, Albert Washington

Mr. Albert W. Rau

Funeral services for Mr. Albert W. Rau was held at the family residence at 2:00 o'clock Friday afternoon, Rev. C. G. Marmion of the St. Johns Episcopal church officiating, with interment at Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Rau was born on the farm near where he lived on August 15, 1883. He married Miss Maud Leyendecker February 22, 1904. To them eight children were born, seven of whom are living. They are Raymond, Mrs. V. M. Crawford, Miss Lilly Belle, Myrl, A. W. Jr., David and Don Willis. There are two grandchildren. Other survivors are one sister, Mrs. Josie Rose of Dallas and W. C. and Ed of this city.

Albert Rau was well known throughout this section as a wholehearted, enterprising and energetic citizen. He lived on the same farm all his life and was always ready and willing to supplement his farming revenues by outside work. He took several grading and road contracts of the county and was always square and upright in his dealings with everybody.

For the past several months he had been afflicted with Brights disease to which he finally succumbed.

Colorado County Citizen, December 26, 1935

Rau, Albert Washington "Jack", Jr.

A. W. Rau Jr. Oil Distributor, Dies at Age 51

Funeral services for Albert W. (Jack) Rau Jr., 51, were held Friday afternoon from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Father Patrick Palmer officiated. Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Rau died Nov. 16 at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

A son of the late Albert W. Rau Sr. and Maude Leyendecker Rau, he was born Feb. 19, 1925 in Columbus. He entered active military duty July 5, 1944, serving with Company E., 411th Infantry in World War II until his honorable discharge June 27, 1946.

He married Gladys Wanja in Columbus Sept. 13, 1947, and they resided on F.M. 109 until his death.

Mr. Rau was affiliated with Mobil Oil Corporation as both a distributor and a dealer and managed a small farm near his residence.

Survivors include his wife and 4 sons, John, Tom, and Joe of Columbus and Doug of Los Angeles; 3 sisters, Mrs. Herman (Lelia) Wehner II of Houston, Mrs. Leroy (Lillie Belle) Pophanken of Corpus Christi, and Mrs. W. T. (Myrl) Youens of Columbus; and 3 brothers, Raymond, Davd and Donnie of Columbus.

Pallbearers were V. M. (Pet) Crawford, R. F. (Buddy) Rau, Karl Youens, Darrell Rau, Russell Harry and Harold Kuhn, all nephews of the deceased.

Honorary pallbearers were Leroy Pophanken, Herman Webner II, Barney Kuhn, Charles F. (Buck) Kollmann, L. H. Barrett, Louis Cranek Jr., Eugene Tietjen, Steve Owens, Donald Busselman, Gene Herzik, Gus Miller, Jr., John C. Roeber, Wm. “Nottie” Schneider and Jack Gorman.

Colorado County Citizen, November 25, 1976
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Rau, Annie Hope (Heller)


Hope Heller Rau, 89, of Columbus died Monday, Dec. 30, 1996 in Columbus.  Born Jan. 19, 1907 in Columbus, she was the daughter of P.F. Jr. and Annie Ada (Hope) Heller.  She married Raymond Rau on July 22, 1935.  The couple made their home in Columbus where Mrs. Rau was very active in the restoration efforts of the Heller home, the Ilse House and other historic Columbus properties.  Her mother was a descendent of the Townsend family who were colonial settlers of Texas.  Mrs. Rau was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a life member of Magnolia Homes Tour and a sponsor of the Stafford Opera House.  Her hobby was gardening.  Baptized as a Roman Catholic and raised in the Methodist church, in later years, Mrs. Rau considered herself to be non-denominational.  Services were held Dec. 31 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with the Rev. Joseph Spitler officiating.  Mrs. Rau is survived by son Raymond Frank "Buddy" Rau Jr. of Columbus and sister Eva Mae Nichols.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister Katie Lee Sykora. 

Colorado County Citizen, January 10, 1997
Submitted by David Hahn

Rau, Augusta Henrietta (Ordner)


Funeral services were held yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon for Mrs. Ed Rau, 78, who died quietly at 3 a.m. Tuesday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. David Foster of Columbus, with whom she had been living since the death of Mr. Rau in October, 1975.  The Rev. James H. Watt officiated at Columbus Funeral Home and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.  Born in Colorado County Feb. 9, 1889, she was the former Augusta Henrietta Ordner, daughter of Frank F. and Elise Heyne Ordner.  Her friends and relatives knew her as "Susie."  She spent her entire life in and around Columbus.  She was married to Ed Rau Oct. 2., 1910.  The couple marked their 50th wedding anniversary here in 1960.  Survivors include another daughter, Mrs. Edward Ginn of Columbus, Citizen linotypist for many years; a son, Clyde E. Rau of Arlington; 5 grandchildren, Gretchen Ginn, Columbus, Mrs. O'Farrell Rogers and Miss Elisa Foster, Houston, and Ricky and Robert Rau, Arlington, and a great-granddaughter, Amy Sue Rogers, Houston.  Pallbearers were Ernest Kearney, Douglas Heck, Hubert Girndt, T. W. Glithero, Jodick Perry, Charles Youens, J. W. Hastedt and Clifford Leyedecker.

Colorado County Citizen, May 18, 1967
Submitted by David Hahn

Rau, Charles William


Mr. C. W. Rau died at his home north of town yesterday evening at about 4:30, following an illness of some months.  Funeral will be held this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating, and burial will take place at Odd Fellows Rest.  Mr. Rau was born in Germany July 13, 1844.  He was one of the pioneer citizens of this section.  He is survived by the wife and eight children, Ed, Willie, Albert, Charlie, Henry and Mrs. Christine Campbell of this place and Paul and Mrs. Josie Rose of Dallas, to who the sympathy of the community is extended in their sorrow.

Colorado County Citizen, April 18, 1935
Submitted by David Hahn

Rau, Charley W.

Charley W. Rau, 90, of Columbus, died Tuesday, December 16, 1997 at River Oaks Convelescent Center.  Born March 5, 1907, in Columbus, he was the son of Charles W. Rau and Elizabeth R. Bastian Rau.  In 1940, Charley Rau married Leonita Ann Koepke.  A lifelong resident of Columbus, Mr. Rau owned and operated City Cafe for many years.  After retiring from the restaurant business, Mr. Rau's passion for cooking was kept alive as he cooked for local organizations and various community functions.  Mr. Rau was also a local rancher and continued to ranch until 1992.  Mr. Rau served in the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department for 38 years, serving as Fire Chief for 20 years.  He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.  Services for Charley W. Rau were held December 18, at Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. John Hunsicker and Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating.  Graveside serviceds followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  Charly W. Rau is survived by his wife of 57 years, Leonita; daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and R. C. Kleinmann of Columbus; son and daughter-in-law Roy and Charleotte Rau of Deer Park; sons Charles W. Rau of Austin and Paul Dean Rau of Houston; 13 grandchileren, 18 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Charles C. Rau and Lawrence W. Rau; sister, Christine Rau Campbell; brother, Henry B. Rau; half-sister, Josie Rau Rose; half-brothers, Paul, Willie, Albert, Max, and Eddie Rau.

Colorado County Citizen, December 18, 1997
Submitted by David Hahn

Rau, Darrell David "Dave"

Darrell David "Dave" Rau, Sr., lifetime resident of Columbus, Texas died Tuesday February 22, 1994, at the age of 66. He was born in Columbus, Texas on March 29, 1927, to Albert W. and Maud (Leyendecker) Rau. He married Evelyn Lichey on July 9, 1947, and resided in Columbus, Texas until his death. He was a rancher and retired Lab Optician with Youens Eye Clinic and Columbus Eye Associates. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Columbus, Texas.

Funeral services were held Friday February 25, 1994, at 2:00 P.M. at Henneke Funeral home in Columbus, Texas with Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus, Texas. Pallbearers were his nephews, Billy Youens, Karl Youens, Herman Wehner III, R. F. "Buddy" Rau, Doug Rau, Joe Rau, Tom Rau and John Rau. Honorary pallbearers were Louis Cranek, Jr., V. M. "Pet" Crawford, Kenneth Brune, LeRoy Stein, Russell Leyendecker, Manley Leyendecker, Dr. Robert Wolters, "Buck" Kollmann, George Hagan and Bob Pickens.

Mr. Rau is survived by his wife, Evelyn; son, Darrell David Rau, Jr.; daughter, Diane Rau Shifflett, son-in-law, Ron Shifflett; grandson, Blake Edward Shifflett; brother, Don W. Rau; sisters, Lelia Wehner, Lillie Belle Pophanken and Myrl "Bootsie" Youens all of Columbus, nieces and nephews and a very dear friend, Louis Cranek, Jr. of Garwood, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Raymond "Utsie" Rau and Jack Rau. Memorial Contributions may be given to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Columbus, Texas or the charity of your choice.

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

Rau, Don Willis "Donnie"

Don W. "Donnie" Rau, 71, of Columbus passed away May 22 at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

He was born Nov. 14, 1930 to Albert W. Sr. and Maude (Leyendecker) Rau in Columbus. He married Billie Hintz on Oct. 6, 1956. He served in the Korean War in the U.S. Army. He was a member of St. John Episcopal Church in Columbus. He was the retired owner and operator of Don Rau Lease Service Inc., and a rancher. He was a lifetime resident of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Raymond "Utsie" Rau, A.W. Jack Rau, Jr., and Dave Rau.

He is survived by his wife, son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Tanncy Rau of Pflugerville; sisters, Lilia Wehner of Columbus, Lillie Belle Pophanken of Columbus, and Myrl "Bootsie" Youens of Columbus; grandchildren, and Chase and Corey Rau.

Funeral services were held May 25 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Joseph Spitler officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Willie Anderson, Doug Rau, Joe Rau, Tom Rau, John Rau, Darrell Rau, Billy Youens, Herman Wehner, and Buddy Rau.

Honorary Pallbearers were the 1946 Columbus High School Football Team.

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

Rau, Edward

Ed Rau, Retired Mail Messenger, Is Laid To Rest

Last rites were held Sunday afternoon in Columbus Funeral Home for Ed Rau, 75, who died Friday evening in Columbus hospital. He had been in failing health for several months. The Rev. James H. Watt, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

He was born Jan. 11, 1890, near Columbus, a son C. W. and Bertha Dick Rau. He was married Oct. 2, 1910, to Augusta (Susie) Ordner. The couple celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in 1960. A retired farmer, Mr. Rau was a mail messenger for 22 years, having been retired the first of this year.

He is survived by: his widow; 2 daughters, Mrs. Edward Ginn, typesetter for The Colorado Citizen and Mrs. David Foster, both of Columbus; a son, Clyde E. Rau of Arlington; 5 grandchildren, Elisa Foster and Gretchen Ginn of Columbus, Mrs. O'Farrell Rogers of Houston and Ricky and Robert Rau of Arlington; one great-grandchild, Amy Sue Rogers of Houston; a brother, W. C. Rau of San Antonio and 2 half-brothers, Henry and Charley Rau of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Douglas Heck, Leon Herring, Charlie Allen, Harvey Lee, Louis Voskamp and Hubert Girndt.

The Colorado County Citizen, November 4, 1965
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Rau, Elizabeth Rosalie Louise Auguste (Bastian)


Last rites for Mrs. Elizabeth Rau, 78, of Columbus were held at Untermeyer Funeral home last Friday at 3 p.m. with Rev. G. Wolf officiating.  [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery] Mrs. Rau died last Thursday in Knight Rest home here.  Mrs. Rau was born in New Ulm Aug. 20, 1883 and later came to Columbus where she married Charles F. W. Rau in 1906.  Mr. Rau died in 1935.  Survivors include 2 sons, Henry and Charles Rau of Columbus; 2 brothers, Adolph Bastian of New Ulm and Henry Bastian of Industry.  A daughter, Mrs. Ovelton Campbell, died in 1938.

Colorado County Citizen, May 10, 1962
Submitted by David Hahn

Rau, Evelyn (Lichey)


Evelyn Lichey Rau, 81, of Columbus, passed away Dec. 11 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Moravia, Feb. 2, 1926 to Rudolph and Mary (Lorfing) Lichey and married Darrell David (Dave) Rau Sr., July 9, 1947. She grew up in New Bielau community and attended school there until her move to Columbus. She completed her education and graduated from Columbus High School.She was a clerk typist at Elliott Waldron Abstract Company for 50 years and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Lillian Knebel and Una Mae Gertson; and nephews, Harvey Knebel, Jim Gertson, Mike Gertson and R.F. "Buddy" Rau.

She is survived by her daughter, Diane Rau Shifflett of Columbus; son, Darrell Rau Jr. of Columbus; and grandson, Blake Edward Shifflett of Columbus.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 13 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Doug Rau, Joe Rau, Tom Rau, John Rau, Tim Rau, Billy Youens, Karl Youens, V.M. "Pet" Crawford, Herman Wehner III, Jim Knebel, Dennis Knebel and J.P. Krenek.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus or the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, December 19, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Rau, Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Rau

Henry Ward Rau of Columbus died Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Columbus Community Hospital after a brief illness.  He was 69 years of age.  Funeral services were held at Henneke Funeral Home, with The Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating.  Interment was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  Mr. Rau was born March 9, 1909 at Columbus, son of Charlie Woodrow Rau Sr. and Elizabeth Bastain Rau.  He was a retired railroad worker and restaurant operator.  He lived in Columbus all of his life.  Survivors include his daughter, Mrs. Pinkie Peterson of El Campo; step-daughter, Mrs. LaVerne Hebert of Louisiana; brother, Charlie Rau of Columbus, and seven grandchildren.  Pallbearers were Manley Leyendecker, Harvey Lee, C. W. Morgan, Laddie Lee Krenek, Pat Crawford and Tom Teague.

Colorado County Citizen, November 23, 1978
Submitted by David Hahn

Rau, Jessie Mae (Harry)


Jessie Mae Harry Rau, 88, of Arlington, formerly of Garwood, passed away Feb. 18 in Houston.

She was born May 31, 1915 to Jesse and Martha Jane (Ferguson) Harry in Wallis. Her childhood was spent in Garwood where she graduated as valedictorian from Garwood High School's 11-year program in 1932. She then spent the next year with a family in Eagle Lake and graduated from its 12-year program. She married a Texas A&M graduate, Clyde E. Rau of Columbus on April 16, 1943 in Williamsburg, Va. They settled in Arlington in 1952. She was active in community, educational and church organizations. She was a regent of the Lucretia Council Cochran Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a charter member of the Arlington Woman's Club, PTA president, Cub Scout den mother and a 52-year member of the First United Methodist Church of Arlington. She was also an active member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Clan Ferguson, Friends of the University of Texas at Arlington Library, North Texas Cancer Society, Arlington Art Museum, Children's Art Theater and the Colonial Dames. She volunteered for the Arlington Woman's Shelter and several other groups. She also started and ran a successful business for almost 20 years, the Jessie M. H. Rau Co., a wholesale marketing firm. She loved to travel the world, including visiting the United Kingdom at least 18 times.

She was a lifetime supporter of Texas A&M University and the Corps of Cadets. Starting with her den mother service in the 1950s she helped the Boy Scouts for over 40 years, including fundraising until she became ill.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; siblings, Walter Lee, Howard, Everett and G.P Harry.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Harry and Eileen Rau of Houston and Robert Clyde and Pam Rau of Arlington; grandchildren, Ryan and Regan Rau of Houston and Derek and Jessica Rau of Arlington; niece, Rebecca Harry Erekson of Garwood; and nephews, Kenneth Harry of Nashville, Tenn., Russell Harry of Houston and Wade Harry of Denver, Colo.

Funeral services were at conducted Feb. 21, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Steve Whitfield of the Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Richard Rau, Robert Rau, Derek Rau, Ryan Rau, Roger Arnold and Roger Webb of North Richland Hills.

Memorial contributions in the Houston area may be made to Boy Scout Troop 266, c/o West University United Methodist Church, 3611 University Blvd., Houston, Texas 77005.

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

Rau, Leonita (Koepke)

Rau, Leonita “Nita” Koepke

Leonita Koepke “Nita” Rau, 92, of Columbus passed away Tuesday, Feb. 3 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

She was born July 26, 1916 in Ellinger to Leon Koepke and Amanda Koehl. On April 3, 1940, she married Charley W. Rau.

A resident of Columbus since 1936, she was a homemaker, an attentive mother and an excellent cook. Through the years, she worked for several local businesses, such as Dairy Cone, City Caf/ and Waldvogel’s. She was active with the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department, where Charley was a member and fire chief for many years. The Rau’s were members of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Lawrence William Rau; brothers, Jay A. Koepke and Lawrence Koepke; stepson, Charley Cooper Rau; and great grandson, Caleb Kleimann.

She is survived by daughter, Patsy Kleimann and husband R.C. of Columbus; son, Roy W. Rau and wife Charlotte of Deer Park; sisters, Marianne “Petey” Untermeyer and Bernice Kovar and husband Charley of Lafayette, La.; brother, John Roy Koepke of Columbus; stepsons, Charley Woodrow Rau of Austin and Paul Dean Rau of Houston; four grandsons, Rob Kleimann, Scott Kleimann, Will Rau and Randy Rau; and seven great grandchildren, Cody and Haley Kleimann; Tanner, Abigail and Zachary Kleimann; Brantlee Rau and Riley Rau.

Funeral services took place Saturday, Feb. 7 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Bob Schlortt officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rob Kleimann, Scott Kleimann, Will Rau, Randy Rau, Cody Kleimann, and Tanner Kleimann. Honorary pallbearers included all members of the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department.

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

Rau, Maud Marie (Leyendecker)


Last rites for Mrs. Maud Rau, 68, were held at the Columbus Funeral home Saturday, with Rev. C. Jordan Mann of the Methodist church officiating.  Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.  She died at Columbus hospital Thursday afternoon, following a long illness.  Mrs. Rau was born in the Zimmerscheidt community Jan. 28, 1885, a daughter of Charles Sr. and Anna Hahn Leyendecker.  She had spent her entire life in this area.  Her husband, A. W. Rau, Sr., died a number of years ago.  She is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. H. H. Wehner of Houston; Mrs. Leroy Pophanken of Pickton, and Mrs. Thomas Youens, and 4 sons, Raymond, Jack, David and Don Willis; also 3 sisters, Mrs. Ewald Stein, Mrs. Percy Kollmann and Mrs. Ernest Gay, and 3 brothers, Arthur, Albert and Charlie Leyendecker.  Pallbearers were Le Roy Stein, Charlie Kollmann, Charles Leyendecker III, Clifford Leyendecker, Lester Hastedt and Crockett Leyendecker.

Colorado County Citizen, March 5, 1953
Submitted by David Hahn

Rau, Raymond “Utzsie”


Grave side services for Raymond Utzsie Rau, 76, of Columbus were held May 24 with Rev. Bill Huth, officiating.  Burial was at Odd Fellows Cemetery.  Mr. Rau passed away May 23 in the Columbus Community Hospital.  Mr. Rau was born July 22, 1906 to Albert Rau and Maud Leyendecker Rau.  He was a farmer and rancher in the Columbus area his entire life and is descended from the Zimmerscheidt family, recognized as the oldest permanent German settlement in Texas (1833).  He was a member of the Methodist Church, and a lifetime member of the Magnolia Homes Tour.  He is survived by his wife Hope Heller Rau of Columbus; one son, Raymond Frank Rau of Columbus; three sisters, Lelia Wehner of Columbus, Lillie Belle Pophanken of Corpus Christi, and Myrl Youens, of Columbus; two brothers, David Rau and Don Rau, both of Columbus.  Pallbearers were Raymond's nephews and husbands of his nieces, V. M. Crawford, Jr., Herman Wehner, Jr., Bill Youens, Karl Youens, Joe Hastedt, Bob Wolters, Ron Shifflett, Darrell Rau, Tim Rau, Joe Rau, Doug Rau, Tom Rau, and John Rau.

Colorado County Citizen, June 2, 1983
Submitted by David Hahn

Rau, Raymond Frank "Buddy"

Columbus loses pioneer preservationist

Noted Columbus leader in preservation and restoration of historic homes, and in promoting of Colorado County, R.F. "Buddy" Rau died, Friday, Dec. 20 at Raumonda in Columbus.

Rau was born Dec. 11 1937 to Raymond, "Utzsie" and Hope (Heller) Rau. He married Laura Ann Dick in August 1969. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Active in community affairs in the Columbus area, Rau served as president of Magnolia Homes Tour, Inc., (now Columbus Historic Preservation Trust). He and his family were life members of MHT and he was a member of the group which formally organized MHT in 1962.

In 1973, Rau served as president of a two-week City of Columbus Sesquicentennial Celebration and in 1976 he was selected as president of the U.S. Bicentennial Celebration. In 1987 he served as chairman, organizing the four-county Texas Pioneer Trail, including Colorado, Austin, Washington and Fayette counties, and later served as president until 1990. Rau also served as co-chairman of the Columbus, Texas Quincentennial Voyage of Christopher Columbus, 1991-92.

Rau was also a memeber of the Colorado County Historical Commission, the German-Texas Heritage Society, Columbus Lions Club and the Live Oak Art Club (now Live Oak Art Center).

In business, Rau was well-known throughout the area as a restoration and landscape consultant, from the late 1960s-70s. He owned and managed The Carriage House and Columbus Flower Shop for 22 years in the historic building which once housed a general merchandise store owned by his maternal grandparents. In 1980, Rau supervised restoration of his mother's family home and store known as the Heller House and Heller Store at 934 and 936 Milam St.

Perhaps Rau's most significant contribution to Columbus' historic preservation movement came by example, in 1965, when he and his parents purchased the Ilse home. For almost four years, Rau supervised the restoration of the home at 1100 Bowie St. which soon became known as Raumonda. A Victorian costume social for MHT was hosted at Raumonda in May 1969 establishing a tradition forhosting the choicest social events over the years.

However, most Columbus area residents will recognize Rau for his efforts to preserve old houses and buildings and to promote Columbus and Colorado County.

While a member of Columbus Lions Club, Rau was one of the leaders responsible for an addition to and major restoration project at the 1934 Boy Scout Log Cabin in Columbus. The building was later used as headquarters for the 1973 Columbus Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Additionally, Rau began service in the early 1990s as tourism director for the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and MHT with offices in the Stafford Opera House.

As such he initiated several ideas including a historical walking tour of downtown Columbus. In 1996 he helped organize and became the executive director of the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau. Under his direction, CCVB developed and initiated Columbus' Talking House tours, big tree registry, enlarged the city's historic district and researched and received approval for over 90 state historical markers.

Colorado County Citizen, December 24, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Rau, Vlasta Marie (Janek)

Mrs. Vlasta Rau

Mrs. Vlasta Rau of Columbus died Sunday at Columbus Community Hospital after an illness of three days.  She was 63 years of age.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.  The Rev. Arnold Anders officiated at the services.  Interment was at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery.  A rosary was recited Monday evening.  Mrs. Rau was born Jan. 17, 1916 at Weimar, the daughter of John Janek and Carrie Bohac Janek.  She resided most of her life in Columbus where she was employed as a nurses aid.  She was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church.  Survivors include two daughters, LaVerne Hebert of Welsh, La. and Adeline (Pinkie) Carlson of El Campo; three sisters, Mrs. L. J. Schilling of Garwood, Mrs. Agnes Smith of Baytown and Mrs. Ewald Girndt of Columbus; one brother, Jerry Janek of Eagle Lake; seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.  Pallbearers were Terry Krenek, Laddie Krenek, Wayne Hebert, Roy Wied, Hubert Girndt and Edgar (Rep) Brandt.

The Colorado County Citizen, January 3, 1980
Sumitted by David Hahn

Rau, William Charles


William Charles Rau Sr., 96, of 224 Carolwood, San Antonio, died yesterday (Wednesday) in San Antonio.  Mr. Rau, who was born Dec. 31, 1872 in La Grange, a son of the late C. W. and Bertha Dick Rau, was a retired farmer.  He had lived in San Antonio since 1938.  Funeral services will be Friday, May 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Porter Loring Funeral home in San Antonio, and burial will be in Sunset Memorial cemetery.  Surviving are 2 daughters, Mrs. Frank J. Galloway and Mrs. J. A. Blevins of San Antonio; 2 sons Lawrence and W. C. Rau of San Antonio; 2 half-brothers, Charles and Henry Rau of Columbus; 6 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.  He was a brother of the late Ed and Albert Rau of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, May 2, 1968
Submitted by David Hahn

Rauh, Leo


We heard Sunday before last that Leo Rauh, a son of Ben Rauh and wife, well known citizens of Columbus, had died in Dallas, of pneumonia, but could get no confirmation of same at the time. However, we note in last issue of the Columbus Citizen that the report was really true, and Mr. Rauh was buried at Columbus [Dallas, Texas] Monday of last week

Leo Rauh was telegraph operator by profession, and for a time in years gone by was stationed at Weimar, where he made many friends by his genial disposition and natural courtesy. He was 42 years of age, and leaves, besides his parents, a widow and two children.

Knowing Leo in the days that are past and gone, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, April 8, 1927, page 5
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht
Note: According to the book Texas Jewish Burials, Leon Rauh, born 8/25/1886 died 3/27/1927 was buried in Temple Emanu El Cemetery in Dallas.

Raver, Bessie Lou (Beane)

Final rites for Bessie Raver

Bessie Lou Beane Raver passed away October 26 at her Houston residence. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. October 29 at Height Funeral Home in Houston with Rev. Bill Servis officiating. She was then brought to Eagle Lake for services at 3 p.m. that day from the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Runk officiating at the services in Eagle Lake. Interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Bessie was born June 1, 1898 in Rock Island to Mavltimore Beane and Etta Lincoln Beane and had lived in Houston for the past 58 years. She was a member of Reed Memorial Methodist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Lamb and Atha Baker, both of California; a son, Leo Raver of Houston; a brother, Guy A. Beane, Sr. of Columbus; seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Sympathy is extended to the Family.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 3, 1983
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Raver, Christian L.


Prominent and Esteemed Citizen of Garwood Passed Away Early Sunday at Rosenberg, FoIIowing Recent Operation

(By Garwood Correspondent)

Garwood and the entire community grieved to learn that Mr. C. L. Rover had passed away, having died at 6:30 Sunday morning at the Rosenberg hospital, where, a few days previous, he had undergone an operation.

He was thought to have been improving nicely and had expected to leave the hospital and return to his home at Garwood Sunday, his condition having taken sudden turn for the worse.

With the passing of Mr. Raver, Garwood loses one of its most dependable citizens, a man of genial bearing and pleasant disposition. He was often spoken of a "the friend of all." He was the life of every group in which he was associated.

C. L. Raver was, born September 16, 1870, at Columbus, Ohio, and died July 12, 1936. On March 4, 1894, he was married to Miss Minnie Miller in Canal Winchester, Ohio. To this union two children were born, Mrs. Edna Otto of Garwood and Clarence Raver of Houston. The family moved to Garwood twenty-seven years ago, having previously made their home in Ohio and Iowa. Mrs. Raver passed away in February of 1901, and some years later Mr. Raver was again married, to Mrs. Carry Huhn, in Philo, Ill.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church before coming to Texas, and after moving here and finding no Lutheran church he placed his membership with the Presbyterian Church. He Is survived by his wife, a daughter and one son, two stepsons, Henry Huhn of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Ed Huhn of Huntsville. Texas: three sisters, Mrs. Tiny Bickle and Mrs. Della Hagerman of Champaign, Illinois, and Mrs. Josie Debolt of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Clinton Raver of Champaign, and J. E. Raver of Ohio: ten grandchildren, Misses Vivian and Fronic Yeager, Danville, Ill.; Mrs. George Rawan and Russel Huhn, Sioux Falls; Mrs. W. L. Youngblood and John Edward Huhn, Huntsville; Miss Gertrude Otto, Garwood; Leo, Mary Frances and Atha Lou Raver of Houston, and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services. were held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and were conducted by Rev. H. C. Travis, Presbyterian pastor, and Rev. A. F. Foerster, pastor of the Methodist' church. Interment was made in the Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island.

The active pallbearers were S. R. Fling, F. Foster, C. A. Rees, F. W. Goodell, C. R. Schiurring and Frank Otto, of Rosenberg. Honorary pallbearers names were T. J. Pinchback, Louis Schilling, Albert Arnold, L. E. Cornelius, M. J, Faklor, M. L. Heiman, S. W, Martin, L. Frederickson and Frank Arnold.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 17, 1936, page 1

Raver, Clarence

Last rites for Clarence Raver

Clarence Raver of Houston passed away June 4. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday from Heights Funeral Home in Houston with Rev. G. Ray Lloyd officiating. The remains were brought to Eagle Lake for services at 3 p.m. Wednesday from Dulany Funeral Home. Rev. Charles Runk of Eagle Lake United Methodist Church officiated at the services here. Interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Serving as pallbearers were his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers were Guy, Jr., J. L, Daniel and Reynolds Beane, R. C. Perry and Ben Matheaus. Clarence was born in Ohio on February 22, 1897. He moved to Texas at the age of six and resided in the Rock Island area for many years. He was a pioneer in welding technology and retired as a welding consultant in Technical Sales from Air Reduction Co. in 1962. He was a member of Reid Memorial Church, and Methodist Men's Club and past member of the American Welding Society. Survivors include his widow, Bessie Lou Beane Raver of Houston; daughters, Mary Lamb and Atha Baker of California; son, Leo Raver of Houston; sister, Edna Otto of Rosenberg; grandchildren, Marcia Chalk, Chris Raver, Robert Lamb, Cathleen Sanchez, Charles Lamb, Gary Baker and Georgianne Weber; 14 great grandchildren; and a niece, Gertrude Goss of Rosenberg.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 9, 1983
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Raver, Orville Lee

(Mrs. M. I. Nicewander)

Funeral services were held here last Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the M. E. Church for Orville Lee Raver, two years, seven months and 23 days of age. Rev. E. Homer Miller of Garwood conducted the services. Orville Lee was called from this life in Houston, after an illness of several weeks. He will be remembered by his many friends for his sweet smile and baby-like friendliness. Surviving him are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Raver, one brother Leo, and two sisters, Mary Frances and Atha Lou, all of Houston. His grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Raver of Garwood and Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Beane of this place. Interment was made in Myrtle cemetery. The many floral offerings were beautiful and of the richest hues. Out-of-town people attending the funeral were, Mrs. A. C. Winborn, Mrs. Henry Gordon, Robert Lambert, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Frazee, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baxter, Misses Margarite Bain and Maybelle Beane of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fling, Mr. and Mrs. Sterly[sic] Fling, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Winsenried, Mr. and Mrs. L. Shilling[sic], and Mesdames Jesse Harry, A. Thrasher and Fritz Schilling of Garwood; and Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Beane of Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, May 4, 1933, page 9

Ray, Pearl B. (Jackson)

Pearl B. Ray Funeral Services Set Feb. 8

Pearl B. (Jackson) Ray, 80, of Weimar, died Jan 31 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church in Weimar at 11 a.m. with Rev. D. A. Shelton officiating.

Cremation will follow after the service.

Mrs. Jackson was born Sept. 30, 1922 in Colorado County to Laura (Wilson) Jackson and Harmon Jackson.

She was employed as a cook and affiliated with the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Weimar.

She is survived by son, Perry L. and wife Gloria Mae Cook of Weimar; sisters, Laura Mae Spann of Houston; Marion Fitzgerald of Alleyton; Willie Mae Jackson of Kyle; brother, Albert Lee Jackson of Austin; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Jackson, Henry Leon Slack, Bobby Price. Clarence Jackson Jr., Tony L. Victoria and Michael White.

The Weimar Mercury, February 6, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Ray, Vera (Kelley)

Mrs. Vera ___ Ray of Glidden died at Saint Luke's Hospital in Houston on Thursday morning, April 1.

Born April 17, 1895 in Glidden, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Kelley. She attended school in Glidden and graduated from Columbus High School.

She was married to Ed Ray and they made their home in Del Rio until his death in 1966. Mrs. Ray then returned to Glidden to live with Mrs. Ethel Hope. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 54 years and a member of the Presbyterian Church in Del Rio.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Jesse Harvey of Mississippi and two brothers, W. L. and E. A. Kelley of Houston.

Services were held in the Presbyterian Church of Del Rio and burial was in the Del Rio Cemetery. Mrs. Hope of Glidden attended the services.

Colorado County Citizen, April 8, 1971
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Reading, Ethel R. (Daughtry)

Last Rites For Mrs. H. L. Reading Fri.

Mrs. H. L. (Ethel R.) Reading, a prominent resident of this community for the past sixty years, passed away in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital Thursday, Sept. 6th at 4:00 a.m. She had been ill and in the hospital for the past fourteen days, but had been in failing health for some time.

Funeral services were held from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home Friday, Sept. 7th at 2:00 p.m. followed by interment in the Lakeside Cemetery. The Rev. Melburn Sibley, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiated.

Serving as pallbearers were Harold Thomas, Joe Lee McCreary, Joe N. Frazar, Jr., Gayle Thomas, John Matthews and Bruce Waddell.

Mrs. Reading was born August 23, 1889 in Richmond, Texas the daughter of Matthew Moore and Eugenia Jamison Daughtry.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry L. Reading, who died in 1946; one son, Harry; and a daughter, Mrs. Maxine Crim.

Surviving are one son, G. D. (Pete) Reading of Sugar Land; four sisters, Mrs. Mary B. Pyburn, Mrs. Nettie Bates, Mrs. Sally Wilkerson and Mrs. Rosalie McCloud, all of Houston; also seven grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Reading was interested in real estate for many years and was a landlord for several tenant houses in the community; and was active in many other activities.

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

Eagle Lake Headlight, 13 Sep 1979, page 13
Contributed by Matt Cross

Reading, Glenn Daughtry “Pete”

G. D. Reading

G. D. "Pete" Reading, age 67, passed away Friday, March 11, in Houston. Born March 4, 1917 in Richmond, Texas to Harry and Ethel Daughtry Reading, he was an Eagle Lake resident for most of his life. He was active in rice farming until retirement.

He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church of Eagle Lake, and he. served with the US Army Air Corp during WW II.

Survivors include his wife Daphene McElhinney Reading of Eagle Lake; sons Ben and Al of Houston, and David of Austin; four grandchildren, Marcus, Lee, Collins and Maggie Reading.

Funeral services were at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 at Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake, the Rev. George Welsch officiating. Interment was at Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Bruce Waddell, Clifford Evoritt, Jr., R. R. Wells, Joe Lee McCreary, John Matthews, Robert Samuel Martin, Charlie Boetcher[sic], and Ed Priesmeyer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Christ Episcopal Church Memorial Fund or the Eula and David Wintermann Library.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, May 17, 1984, page 2

Reading, Harry Louis

Harry L. Reading Buried Thursday At Eagle Lake

Mr. Harry Louis Reading, Sr., prominent Eagle Lake business man and former Commissioner of Precinct 4 of this county, was buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake, Friday afternoon, July 26. Mr. Reading, who was well known all over the county, died at Laughlin Hospital last Thursday morning, after a stroke earlier in the week.

The following account of his life was taken from the Eagle Lake Headlight:

“Born on February 9, 1887, at Richmond, Texas, he has made his home in Eagle Lake since 1919, coming here as manager for the Schuhmacher Wholesale Grocery Company. He served eight years a County Commissioner in Colorado County, and was well known throughout this entire area.

“On June 22, 1910, he married Miss Ethel Daughtry at Houston; his wife survives him, with three children, Harry L. Reading, Jr., of Bay City, Mrs. George Crim of Huntsville, and G. D. Reading, of Eagle Lake. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kochan of Richmond, a brother, R. S. Reading of Corsicana, and five grandchildren, Rebecca Reading of Bay City, Carol Crim of Huntsville, Billy, Ben and David Reading of Eagle Lake, also survive.”

Weimar Mercury, July 26, 1946
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Reading, Harry Louis Jr.

Last Rites Sat. For Harry Reading

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25th, for Harry L. Reading, 52, of Bay City, a native of Eagle Lake and resident here for many years. Graveside services were held at Lakeside Cemetery at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Mr. Reading, prominent insurance broker and real estate developer in the Bay City area died last Thursday. He had resided for the past 26 years in Bay City.

Surviving are his wife; three daughters Rebecca, Hariette, and Patricia Reading of Bay City; a son by a former marriage, Bill Reading of Austin; four grandsons all of Austin; his mother, Mrs. Harry L. Reading, Sr., of Eagle Lake; and a brother, J. D. (Pete) Reading of Kerrville.

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

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 30, 1967

Reading, Richard Elmore

R.E. Reading, Prominent Young Rice Farmer, Died of Pneumonia on Sunday

Prominent Young Rice Planter Died Sunday Afternoon of Pneumonia Following Influenza Attack

Our town and our community was saddened when the new spread on last Sunday afternoon, that Richard E. Reading was dead, his death being due to pneumonia following an attack of influenza. He was ill only about tend days.

"Dick", as he was so familiarly known to all of his friends, was one of the finest boys in the world. He was so good-natured, so jolly, and always of such a happy frame of mind that he won for himself a wide circle of friends wherever he went. He was of a friendly nature and no one knew Dick Reading who did not like him. He was generous to a fault, and with him a friend in need could always get his last cent. That was Dick Reading's way. Had he lived, he would have been twenty-eight years old on the eleventh of the coming November, having been born at Mineral Point, Wisconsin, in 1800. He moved to Chesterville fifteen years ago, and has been living in the Eagle Lake community for about twelve years. He was engaged in rice farming, and was considered one of the best and most practical rice farmers of this community. He came to this section from Chicago, at which place his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Reading, continued to make their home until last February, when they moved here to be with their son and make their home in Texas.

He is survived by his grief-stricken parents, who idolized their boy, and one brother, Scott Reading, who is in the service of Uncle Sam and stationed in the Philippine Islands.

The funeral was held from the family residence in this city Monday afternoon, interment being made in the Lakeside Cemetery, the funeral services being conducted by the Odd Fellows, of which lodge he was a member. The pallbearers were Messrs. Ernest and Gus Seaholm, E. L. Mooney, G. M. Buchman, W. S. Campbell and A. H. Wahrmund.

Dick Reading will be sadly missed in our community, for he was of such a sunny, happy, jovial disposition, and he was one whom it was always a pleasure to be around.

He looked only on the bright side of everything. To his sorrowing parents, the Headlight, in common with all the people of our town and section, extends it deepest sympathy in their great sadness.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 26, 1918
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Ready, Dorothy (Turner)


Dorothy Turner Ready, 78, of Columbus passed away on Oct. 8 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born on July 3, 1929 to James A. Turner and Annie Blaschke. On Oct. 27, 1950 she married Donald Ready, Sr. She was a homemaker and member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers George Turner, James Turner and Raymond Turner and a sister, Virginia Kotzebue.

She is survived by daughters Roxanna Waitschies and fiance Walter Hollomon of Sweeny and Rhonda Konvicka and husband Thomas of Katy; sons Daryl Ready and wife Jill of Kenner, La. and Donald Ready Jr. and wife Tauna of Houston; eight grandchildren, Erica Smith and husband Iaa, Spencer Waitschies, Turner Colt Waitschies and fiance Amanda, Serenity Hackett and husband Aaron, Kari Fry and husband Joey, Erin Barnes and husband Matt, Heather Konvicka and Megan Konvicka; two great grandchildren Braeden Hackett and Kaleb Smith.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct. 13 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Columbus with the Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating.

Pallbearers were David Kotzebue, John Ready Jr., Spencer Waltschies, Colt Waltschies, Aaron Hackett, Jan Smith, Joey Fry and Matt Barnes. Honorary pallbearer was Bob Cowart.

Colorado County Citizen, October 14. 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Reager, Franky May

DIED, Tuesday morning, August 15th, FRANKY MAY, aged two years, only child of Professor F. M. and Carrie E. Reager.

Too bright and ethereal for earth, dear little Frank—sick only a few days, and while gently reclining in her loving mother’s arms, with her sweet baby lips murmured, “by-by, put me to sleep now, mamma,” quiety passed away. Gentle, loving hands have laid her in the church yard, but in Heaven—kind, loving, grief-stricken parents—she is wating—bidding you come. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 24, 1882, page 3

Reaves, May (Muckleroy)

Mrs. May Reaves Dies At Houston; Buried Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. May Reaves, mother of Mrs. Harry Taylor and Mrs. P. M. Sanders were held Wednesday. Dec. 3, the Rev. J. H. Thompson officiating. Mrs. Reaves. who was 71 years, 11 months and 2 days old, died in Houston Tuesday. Interment was made in the Weimar Cemetery.

Mrs. Reaves was born December 29, 1869 at Frelsburg. the daughter of James and Elizabeth Muckleroy. She was married January 6, 1897, at Hallettsville to Mr. Omar Reaves, who preceded her in death less than two years ago. She was a member of the Methodist Church. For the past year and a half she had been living at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Taylor. here.

Surviving are four children, Dr. Roy L. Denson of Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. Octavia Eason of Houston. Mrs. P. M. Sanders and Mrs. Harry Taylor of Weimar.

Pallbearers for the funeral were Messrs. Felix Melor, Will Shimek. Chas. Slavik, Henry Taylor, Hayden Garnett and William Garnett.

The Mercury extends heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved survivors.

Weimar Mercury, December 5, 1941, page 1

Reaves, Omar Archie


Funeral services for Omar Archie Reaves, 69, a lifetime resident of the Weimar-Oakland area whose death occurred Monday in Houston, were held here Tuesday afternoon from the Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in the Shiloah[sic] cemetery, the Rev. J. H. Thompson, local Methodist pastor, officiating.

Mr. Reaves was a native of San Patricio County where he was born in 1871, coming to Lavaca county at the age of 18 months along with his parents. He married May Denson on January 6, 1896. He died in Houston April 7, 1941, having attained the age of 69 years, 5 months, 21 days.
He is surived[sic] by his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Wesley Eason of Houston, Mrs. P. M. Sanders of Laredo, Mrs. Harry Taylor of Weimar; a step-son, Dr. Roy Denson of Los Angeles, Calif.; a brother H. C. Reaves of Hallettsville; and three grandchildren.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to survivors.

Weimar Mercury, April 11, 1941, page 1

Redgate, Samuel J.

Columbus Citizen:
The following dispatch, dated Weatherford, May 21, is clipped from the Fort Worth Gazette:

“Colonel Samuel J. Redgate, a native of England, and one of the old land marks of Texas, was buried here today. The colonel was aged 94 at the time of his death, and was one of the last, if not the last, of the Austin colony. He arrived in Texas in the year 1820, and was in the early days of the Republic a member of congress, and afterward a senator. He took an active part in inducing emigration from his native country to Texas, as an honorable and upright gentleman he had many friends throughout the state, and while living here endeared himself to many who now mourn his departure.”

Colonel Redgate was a citizen of Colorado county when the Citizen’s first issue was published in 1857, and was a great friend to the paper, rendering it aid in extending its circulation, etc. He left the county, we think, just about the commencement of the war. He resided in Frelsburg, in the county, and we lost sight of him after his removal from the county.

Weimar Mercury, May 17, 1893, page 3

Redus, Amizota C.

Amizota Redus

March 10, 1914-January 28, 1990

Amizou Redus, 75, of Eagle Lake died on January 28,1990. He was born on March 10,1914, a son of John and Lovie Redus. He attended E.H. Henry Elementary and High School and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. Survivors include a devoted sister, Lillian Redus Dixon of Eagle Lake; a Sister, Alberta Pettet of San Antonio; a son, Murry Redus of Richmond; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m Saturday, February 3, 1990 from Friendship Baptist Church with Rev. R. J. Williams, pastor, officiating. Burial followed at Eagle Lake Community Cemetery [East]. Mann's Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Arthur Morant, Herbert Ashton, Roland Christal, Preston Cleveland, Clarence Stevenson, and Robert Black Jr. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

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

Reed, Anselin Miller

Anselin Miller Reed

Anselin Miller Reed, 20, died on Saturday, March 18, in New York, New York, from liver failure and CD-40 Ligand disease, a genetic immunodeficiency disease. He died in Mt. Sinai Hospital on the 100th day of waiting for a liver transplant after being listed for transplant on December 8.

Born September 20, 1985, at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth, he was diagnosed with his immune disease at age 3 at UTMB Hospital in Galveston by Dr. Armond S. Goldman in 1989.

Ansel began his school career in Silsbee, where he was the youngest runner to complete the B'rer Rabbit Run 5K at age 3. In Lakewood, Ohio, he was a student at Madison Elementary School and Harding Junior High.

Ansel was a member of troop 115 of the Boy Scouts of America and attained the rank of Star Scout, especially relishing snow camping trips.

He learned to ski in Ohio and he continued his childhood passion for running by competing in cross-country events. Ansel was an active participant in church music programs at Lakewood Presbyterian Church playing the flute and singing. He also took piano lessons and played humorous roles in musical productions of Tom Sawyer and Cheaper by the Dozen at the Beck Theater.

In 1998 Ansel won the Rupert Merck Foundation 5K race in the mountains in southern Vermont. In 1999 he joined adults and youth for a Presbyterian mission trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to help in the reconstruction of a poor neighborhood following Hurricane Mitch.

In 2000 Ansel's family moved to Woking, Surrey, in England. There he participated in Scouting again and completed the rigorous Southern 50 orienteering course in the rural countryside in 19 hours on the youngest team of four scouts to complete the competition. Ansel attended Winston Churchill School in Woking, completing six GCSE's despite his illness and receiving the Edward Vining Award for perseverance through adversity. He went on to Caterham School in Caterham for his A-levels. He sang a role in the school production of Sweeney Todd. He was also on the cross-country team and worked on the school yearbook. He was chosen as a Prefect at both Winston Churchill and Caterham to mentor and supervise younger students and received the Alex Clark Award. At Caterham he became very interested in government and politics, and he formed a nightly club called "5 to 11" where the boarding students in his college "house" were required to read poems aloud before lights out. Ansel memorized and enjoyed quoting sections of poems throughout his life, beginning with Shel Silverstein's poetry when he was very young. Through his teen years he began to write poems.

In 2001 Ansel endured a grueling bone marrow transplant as an attempt to cure his underlying genetic disease. He was hospitalized four months in Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, spending many hours in isolation.

The tranplant failed and his general health also began to deteriorate. But his courage and determination to live fully, enthusiastically, and hopefully never did, and he retained his profound self-dignity even through his final long illness. He was an inspiration to his extended family and others all his life and he enjoyed many family reunions in California and Texas.

The Reeds moved to Houston in 2004 and Ansel entered Trinity University in San Antonio as a freshman. He joined University Presbyterian Church as an active member upon profession of faith in Jesus Christ in November. His work-study at Trinity included the International Students office and the library. Academics exhilarated him, particularly modern history, and the politics of social justice. He was a faithful participant in Trinity Chapel Fellowship immersing himself in mission activities in San Antonio including serving meals for Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

Ansel became interested in pursuing seminary studies and some form of ministerial service upon planned completion of a degree in history. He worked at Central Presbyterian Church in Houston as the church secretary in the summer of 2005. After returning to his studies last September he was forced by illness to withdraw from the university in November and soon entered the liver transplant program in New York.

Anselin is survived by his parents, The Reverend John Howard Reed and Larraine Lyter-Reed, a registered nurse, and by his beloved younger sister, Clara V. Reed, a junior at Lamar High School. Also he is survived by grandparents, Virginia Reed of Eagle Lake, Texas, and Robert and Doris Miller Lyter of San Jose, California, and by numerous loving aunts and uncles and cousins and kind friends, teachers, and caring physicians and nurses in many places.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be conducted for Ansel at Central Presbyterian Church of Houston on Saturday, March 25 at 2 p.m. led by his pastor, the Reverend Lib MacGregor Simmons and the Reverend Deborah Parsons of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Helotes Springs.

Pallbearers will be Reed Cohen, Sam P. Reed, Scott Buese, John Rath, David Kermode, and Charles Gaw. Honorary pall bearers are Kevin Lyter, John Reed, Philip Gates, and Alex Wallenberg.

At Ansel's request those attending the service are asked to bring one simple stem of home-garden or wildflowers. Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online tributes can be made at

Memorial contributions may be made to: Ansel Reed Children's Enrichment Fund, c/o 3788 Richmond Ave., Houston, 77046, or another charity of choice. Also, the public is encouraged to register with a local blood bank to become a marrow donor and to commit to organ and tissue donation in memory of Ansel.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 23rd, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Reed, Joe S., Jr.

Joe S. Reed Jr., of Eagle Lake, died at his home Sunday, Feb. 13, 1994. He had suffered for several days from a medication-related major depression, about which he had informed both his family and three physicians. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Born Sept. 27, 1920, in Nome, Texas, he was the son of Joe S. and Mamie (Anselin) Reed Sr. He attended Houston public schools and graduated from Beaumont High School in 1938. In 1942, he received a Bachelor of Business Arts Degree from The University of Texas at Austin where he was president of the Southeast Texas Club and a member of Alcades, Oak Grove Dormitory and Intramural Power House. Mr. Reed paid for education through his savings and by delivering the Beaumont Enterprise newspaper, receiving no other financial assistance. He graduated from Midshipman's School at Fort Schuyler on Throgs Neck, Long Island Sound, N. Y. in 1942, and served as an officer in the U. S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II, and eventually rose to the rank of Lt. J. G., serving as a gunnery officer and as navigator and Executive Officer on the USS Faribault.. He received commendation ribbons for serving in the Marinas, Philippines, Okinawa, Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands and the Japanese occupation.

In 1946, he moved to Eagle Lake as a partner with Otis Boothe in Universal supply hardware store where he remained until 1953. On April 17, 1948, he married Virginia Ann Jackson in Austin. In 1953, he became a partner with C. P. Boggess in Farmers Equipment Company where he also sold automobiles. He later became sole owner of the company, changing the name to Lake Motors, Inc. He was an authorized General Motors dealer for over 40 years. Mr. Reed had served as Sunday School superintendent and teacher at First Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He was chairman of First Presbyterian 75th anniversary celebration in 1984. He had been secretary-treasurer of the Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Department, president of the Lions Club, president of the Retail Merchants Association, director of the Chamber of Commerce and president of the Colorado County Texas Ex-Students /Association, where guided the institution of the first scholarship program to be inaugurated by any county ex-student association in the state. An avid tennis burr, he also helped build, then single-handedly maintained Eagle Lake's municipal tennis courts.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 16, at the First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake with Rev. Dr. Richard H. Miller, Rev. Charles C. Miller Jr., and Rev. Deborah D. Parsons officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Harold F. Beane Jr., George Burke, William H. Harrison Sr., Edward Laitkep, Paul LaRoche, Elmer Struss, Bruce Waddell and Harold Lloyd Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Raymond Waddell, Robert Samuel Martin, Robert P. Wilcox, Ted Brunner, Louis Muzny, Gardner Duncan, Dan Boethel, Lawrence Stallman, Wendell R. Wintermann and Jeff Reed Cohen.

Mr. Reed is survived by his wife of Eagle Lake; a daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Ann Reed Cohen and her husband, Dr. Murray Cohen of Dunwoody, GA; sons, Rev. John Howard Reed and wife Larraine Lyter-Reed of Lakewood, Ohio, and Thomas Reed and wife, Deborah of Eagle Lake; sister Aleene Smith of Tampa, FL; brothers Bob Anselin Reed, Tom Paul Reed and Sam Noel Reed and Willis Lee Reed of Beaumont, and David Shelby Reed of Nederland; two aunts, Dora Anselin Brown of Beaumont and Ruby Anselin Winford of Minden, LA; grandchildren Jeff Reed and Kate Nell Cohen, Anselin Miller and Clara Virginia Reed and grandson John David Reed, born Feb. 20, one week following Mr. Reed's death; and numerous family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, J. D. Reed.

Memorial donations may b e made to the memorial fund of the First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 605, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434; or the Colorado County Texas Ex-Students Association Scholarship Fund, 407 North Walnut, Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, February 23, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Reed, Thomas Anselin

Thomas Anselin Reed

Thomas Anselin Reed, passed away Thursday, April 23 of brain cancer at 4:30 a.m. in Melbourne, Australia (12:30 p.m. Houston time). Tom’s wife Deborah and her sister were with him at the end.

A funeral service and burial was held on Sunday afternoon April 26 in Melbourne.

A memorial service will be held for him in Eagle Lake some time in May.

Tom is survived by his wife of 17 years, Deborah Zilberstein Reed; and two children, John David Reed, 15, and Sara Jackson Reed, 11, to whom he was a strong and loving husband and father; his mother, Virginia Jackson Reed; a sister, Elizabeth Reed Cohen; and a brother, John Howard Reed; numerous in-laws; six nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Tom was born in Eagle Lake on September 12, 1955.

He attended elementary through junior high school in Eagle Lake and high school at Rice Consolidated High School.

He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin receiving first a B.A. in government and then the M.A. in Latin American Studies. He wrote his thesis on the economics of food production in Mexico.

Tom was employed in sales and later ownership of the family General Motor’s automobile dealership in Eagle Lake from 1986 until 2001, after which he worked in logistics for KBR and then Blackwater Securities in Iraq from 2003 till 2006.

In 2006 he began working in Melbourne, Australia, for Caterpillar, also in logistics systems.

Tom was enthralled with politics beginning as a child in school. This devotion sprang from, was anchored in, and nourished by, his faith and deep social conscience, and his passionate desire to see all people get an equal chance at abundant life.

He worked one night a week for a number of years as a volunteer in the EMS ambulance corps for the town of Eagle Lake and surrounding area. He helped organize numerous business and civic activities.

Tom loved his family well and truly; he was a thinker, a reader and a writer whose articles were published in several major national newspapers. He was also a joyful humorist and lover of stories and people, and sports, and he was fluent in Spanish.

He was a member of the Lions Club and was an elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake.

At the request of his wife, memorial contributions may be made to: Ansel Reed Children’s Enrichment Fund (memo: Tom Reed Memorial).

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 30th, 2009

Reel, Betty Ann


Betty Ann Reel, age 58, of Abilene Texas, passed away Sept. 27 at the Hendrick Medical Center Hospital in Abilene following a lengthy illness.

She was born in Harrisburg, Arkansas March 6, 1930 to J. R. Reel and Vera Rowe Reel. She had lived in Abilene for over 50 years.

Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Vera Reel of Columbus. One sister, Peggy Jane Lambert of Eagle Pass,Texas. An uncle, Howell H. Rowe, Jr., and wife, Nell of Eagle Lake. Other relatives and loved ones.

Graveside services and interment were held on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. from the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with Rev. David Mann, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, October 5, 1988, page 17

Reel, Vera M. (Rowe)

Vera M. Reel

January 12, 1908 - December 18, 1996

Vera M. Reel, 88, of Columbus, passed away December 18, 1996, at 6:24 p.m. at Columbus Care Center.  She was born January 12, 1908, in Houston to Howell H. Sr. and Stella Buchman Rowe.

Vera was a longtime resident of Eagle Lake, residing at the Columbus Care Center for the past 10 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Betty Ann Reel; and a brother, Page Rowe.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law,  Peggy Jane and "Boots" Lamberth  of El Campo; brother, H.H. Rowe Jr. of Eagle Lake; grandchildren, Tommie Lou Todish of LeagueCity and Rebecca Huebner of Bay City; great grandchildren, Lindsey Huebner of Bay City, Clint Todish of San Jose, Calif., and Jeff Todish of Huntsville.  Funeral services were held Saturday, December 21, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. David Mann, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.  Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 26,1996
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith


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Reeves, Joe


We are pained to announce the death of “Uncle” Joe Reeves, that occurred at the residence of Mike Nave, near here, on the 3d inst., after lingering and suffering for sometime. “Uncle” Joe died in very destitute circumstances, but loving hands ministered to his wants to the last. “Uncle” Joe was noted for his honesty and industry. He leaves no relatives in this country that are known of to mourn his loss. Peace to his ashes. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, February 11, 1886

Reeves, Juanita (Warburton)

Mrs. Juanita Warburton Reeves, 83, of Yoakum died Monday, Sept. 8, 1997.

Born Nov. 2, 1913 in Yoakum, Mrs. Reeves was the daughter of Till and Terrel (Roberts) Warburton. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Columbus. She was married to Andrew Reeves, Sr.

Services were held Sept. 12 at Buffington Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Warburton is survived by her son, Andrew Reeves, Jr. of Dale, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband on Feb. 28, 1964 and her daughter, Carol Ann Stancik.

The Colorado County Citizen, September 17, 1997
Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Reeves, Quinton


Quinton Reeves, 70, of Eagle Lake passed away July 22 at Austin Heart Hospital.

He was born on Sept. 29, 1932 to Curtis Reeves and Jessie Dugat Reeves.

He was a route supervisor for the Coca Cola Company and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean era.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Thurman Reeves and Pickett Reeves; five sisters, Delia Grantom, Lavena Hadley, Lucilie Barber, Robbie Stevens and Finas Melton.

He is survived by his sons, Mike Reeves of Houston and Doug Reeves of Willis; sisters, Virgie Lee of Houston, Erma Love of Cove and Lucy Doolittle of Huffman; grandchildren, Joshua Reeves, Eddie Fry and Robin Fry; great-grandchildren, Kevin Fry and Jasmine Fry; and special friend, Lillie Laake of Columbus.

Funeral services were July 26 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating.

Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Joe Coufal, George Henneke, Jerry Krenek, Jim Untermeyer, Tompo Kuhn and Mike Fisher.

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

Reeves, Sarah Ellen


The body of Sarah Ellen Reeves, wife of C. W. Reeves of Neodesha, Kansas, arrived here Monday on the 10 o’clock train and funeral services were held at the Baptist Church with Rev. D. O. Blaisdale conducting the services. She was 70 years of age, and resided in Rock Island for many years. The last 14 years of her life she made her home in Neodesha, Kansas. She is survived by her husband and four children. Interment was made in the Myrtle cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, June 23, 1932, page 3

Reger, Joseph

Final Rites for Jos. Reger, 95, Held At Columbus

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Columbus for Joseph Reger, 95, of Borden, who died at his home at 2:35 a. m. Monday.

The Rev. Charles Bawel, pastor of Weimar United Church of Christ, led the services in Columbus Funeral Home. Interment was in Odd Fellows Rest, where Mr. Reger’s wife and a daughter are buried.

Born in Wittenburg, Germany, July 26, 1865, he was the son of Joseph and Susie Peter Reger. He came to this country in 1884, settling at Frelsburg, where he married Miss Louise Weishuhn on Dec. 24, 1891. They moved to Garwood in 1908 and Mrs. Reger died in 1917. Mr. Reger moved to the Borden area in 1931, where he lived with his son, Reinhard, and daughter, Miss Ida Reger, until his death. He had been an invalid many years.

The son and daughter are his only survivors. A daughter died in 1945.

Pallbearers were Ed Michalke, Reinhard Schneider, I. V. Ermis, Fred Rabel, Alvin Kansteiner and Rudolf Thumann.

Weimar Mercury, March 24, 1961, page 1

Reger, Louise

Miss Reger Buried In Odd Fellows Rest

Funeral services for Miss Louise Reger were held at Odd Fellows Rest here november 11 with the Rev Christian Emigholz of the Weimar Lutheran church officiating.

Miss Reger was born on April 16, 1901 at Frelsburg, a daughter of Joseph and Louise Reger. She died Friday, November 9 at Borden.

Miss Reger was a member of the Lutheran church and of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by her father; one sister, Miss Ida Reger, and one brother, Reinhard.

Colorado County Citizen, November 22, 1945
Transcribed by Tammy Blandino

 Miss Luise Reger Dies, Funeral Rites Held Sunday P.M.

Funeral services for Miss Luise Reger, 44, of Borden, were held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the family residence, with interment in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery at Columbus. The Rev. C. Emigholz, Lutheran pastor here, officiated

Pallbearers included Henry Poppe, Joe Herring, Ernst Otto, O. B. Leidolf, Henry Stone and Bill McCulka.

Miss Reger was taken to the Renger hospital on October 22 for an operation, and was released from the hospital on the 28th of October and removed to her home at Borden. She passed away on Friday, Nov. 9th at 8:15--Death relieved her suffering. She had been in poor health since April of this year. At time of death she was 44 years, 6 months and 24 days old.

She was a daughter of Joseph and Luise Reger and was born April 16,1901. Her mother died February 20, 1919 at Garwood. She was a member of the Weimar Lutheran Church. The Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, of which she was a member, attended the funeral in a body.

Those from a distance attending the funeral were George and Pauline Schmeeckle of Houston and Mr. and Mrs. Elo Siner of New Ulm.

Survivors include her father, Joseph Reger of Borden: one sister, Ida Reger; one brother, Reinhard Reger.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, November 16, 1945, page 1

Reger, Reinhard H.

Reinhard Reger, 72, Dies; Buried At Columbus

Funeral services for Reinhard H. Reger, retired Borden farmer and World War I veteran, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Thursday, June 2, with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery at Columbus.

Rev. F. H. Horak Jr. of Weimar officiated.

Mr. Reger died Wednesday afternoon in Youens Hospital, where he had been admitted Monday night. He had been ill for some time.

Born Feb. 5, 1894, at Frelsburg, he was a son of Josef and Louise Weishuhn Reger. After 14 years at Frelsburg, he and his family moved to Garwood, then to Borden in 1931. A bachelor, he made his home with his sister, Miss Ida Reger.

He was a member of Weimar United Church of Christ and the American Legion post here.

Except for some cousins, his sister is his only survivor.

Pallbearers were Alvin Kansteiner, Fred Rabel, Edwin Billeck, Charles Allen, Adolf Janecka and George Glauberg.

Weimar Mercury, June 9, 1966, page 1

Reggins, Emma (Powell)


Emma Powell Reggins, 61, of Eagle Lake, passed away Aug. 13, at Columbus Community Hospital following a sudden illness.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Colorado County, born in Eagle Lake on Sept. 4, 1941 to Lonnie and Idella (Rogers) Powell. She attended E.H. Henry High School and led a career as a nurse's aide for the Richmond State School for many years, and later worked for the First National Bank of Eagle Lake prior to retirement. She and Philip Reggins Sr. were married in Eagle Lake on April 7, 1962 and were affiliated with Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Eagle Lake and Mt. Moriah Baptist Church of Alleyton. The couple has been residents of Columbus Care Center for about a year.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Charles Edward Powell; two sisters; and three brothers. She is survived by her husband, Philip Reggins Sr. of Columbus; children, Patricia Flowers and husband, Lonnie of Eagle Lake, Elaine Reggins and husband, Dennis Stewart, Termika Powell of Rosenberg and Philip Ray Reggins and wife, Marlow of Eagle Lake; sister and brother-in-law, Sophie and Lacey Vann of Houston; brothers and sisters-in-law, Willie Lee Jackson of San Antonio, Kado and Cynthia Powell of Eagle Lake, Lonnie and Norma Powell of Houston, and Milton Powell of

Eagle Lake; grandchildren, Norman Shropshire, Leonard Shropshire, Danisha Reggins, D'Angelo Jackson, Ruthie Austin, Jasmine Reggins, Jar'Racus Reggins, Mykayla Reggins, Donovan Reggins; and great grandchildren, Anjerri Shropshire, Indrea Shropshire.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, from the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church of Alleyton, with the Rev. Larry Davies officiating. Burial will follow in Matthews [Rising Star] Cemetery, near Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers scheduled are Edward Thomas, Raymond Thomas, Malcolm Thomas, Tyman Boone, Oliver Thomas, Victor Davis, Robert Davis Jr. and Shawn McGrew.

Honorary Pallbearers named are Philip R. Reggins, Norman LaShawn Shropshire, Leonard Wayne Shropshire, D'Angelo DeRay Jackson, Jarcus Ja'Ray

Reggins, Donovan Da'Charles Reggins, Herman Powell, Lloyd Powell, Michael Powell, James Powell, Stanley Powell and Durard Prudue.

Following the funeral services, family & friends will gather for fellowship and refreshments at Detner Hall in Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, August 20, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Reichardt, Charles

At Cat Springs, during the celebration on the fourth, a serious, if not fatal, difficulty occurred about three o’clock in the morning between Chas. Reichardt and Venzel Burbak. An old feud seems to have been the cause of the difficulty. Both are badly wounded and are now in a critical condition. Reichardt was stabbed in the right side, the knife penetrating into the lung. He also received a deep cut extending from the temple to the chin on the left side, with a corresponding cut on he right. The most severe wound, however, is one on the top of the head, where the knife was impelled with such force that the blade penetrated the brain to the depth of half an inch and was broken off in the skull. A portion of the skull, in consequence, had to be removed before the blade could be withdrawn. Burbank received a deep cut near the center of his head, and another ranging from just above one of his ears to the corner of his mouth. The latter reached the bone in depth, and he came near bleeding to death from the effects. They both live in Colorado county, on Bernard prairie, and near the Austin county line. They are both young men. Drs. Williamson, Gardner and Bostic were the attending physicians.—Bellville Times.

Colorado Citizen, July 13, 1882, page 2

We learn that Chas. Reichardt, wounded by Venzel Burbak, a Cat Sprins, Austn county,on he 4th, died Tuesday morning; and that Burbak is not expected to recover. An account of the unfortunae difficulty may be found in our Texas item column. [Interment in Reichardt Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, July 13, 1882, page 3

Reichardt, Kermit W.


Kermit W. Reichardt, 93, of Bernardo, passed away Sept. 23 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

He was born in Bernardo, Dec. 22, 1910 to Otto and Minna (Dierke) Reichardt and marriedt Maydell Kulow, Nov. 23, 1952. He was self-employed as a farmer and rancher and served in the United States Army during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charlie, Arno and Leslie Reichardt; sisters, Ellen Weir, Elda Froebel, Leischen Suhr, Nellie Brosig and Erna Koy; sister-in-law, Anita Ashorn; and brothers-in-law, Walter Kulow and Luke Michaelis.

He is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Robert Berger of Columbus; step-grandchildren, Brian Berger and wife Amber of Columbus, and Tara Berger of College Station; great-grandchild, Zoe Katerine Berger of Columbus; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Michaelis of Sealy and Ellie Mae Reichardt of Bernardo; brothers-in-law, Lester Ashorn of Sealy and Merrill Wier of Nevada; and special friend of the family, Nell Jenkins.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 26 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sealy with pastors Mark Anderson and Dale Leland officiating. Interment followed at the Sealy Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Brian Berger, David Hauschild, Michael Ashorn, Matt Thielemann, Roland Reichardt and Doak Hartley.

Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Batla, Ruben and Lee Kveton, Don Wible and Elgien Konescheck.

Colorado County Citizen, September 29, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Reichardt, William

Last Rites Held for William Reichardt Wednesday

Funeral services for William Reichardt, 88, who died Tuesday morning at 11:10 o’clock at Bernardo, were held at the family home on route two, Cat Spring, Wednesday afternoon, R. A. Engleking of Sealy officiating.

Mr. Reichardt, who died of old age, had been ill for six months. He was born in Bernardo January 8th, 1852, where he was reared. He was married to Miss Bertha Kauffmann February 25th 1878, at Bernardo. His occupation was farming and stock raising.

Burial was in the Lutheran Cemetery at Cat Spring.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. P. E. Serger of Seguin, Mrs. J. A. Nelson of Gillett, Mrs. C. F. Blumberg of Seguin; four sons, Hugo Reichardt of Houston, Fritz of Cat Spring, Otto of Cat Spring, Bode of San Antonio; three sisters, Mrs. Ulrich Kloss of Bellville, Mrs. Wm. Schneider, Sr. of Bellville, Mrs. James Schneider of Ballinger; fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Two children had died previously. Mrs. Henry Buchtien in 1917 and Wm. Reichardt Jr. in 1933.

Pallbearers were Mr. Reichardt’s grandsons: Edwin Reichardt, Jr., Myron Reichardt, Ernest Buchtien, Lee Buchtien, Fredlein Schroeder and J. A. Nelson, Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, October 3, 1940
ranscribed by Judy Talkington

Reichert, Chas. “Candy Man”

The condition of Chas. Reichert, one of our section’s oldest and most respected citizens, continues no better, in fact his death is hourly expected. His family is at his bedside and doing all they can to alieviate his suffering and make him as comfortable as possible. No man in this section has more friends, especially among the children, than Mr. Reichert. For many years past he has devoted his entire time and income to making the little children of this community happier, and the death of “The Candy Man,” as they lovingly termed him, will be a sad blow to them.

Weimar Mercury, Oct 29, 1915

Death of Mr. Chas. Reichert

After an illness or several weeks, the spirIt of Chas. Reichert, a well known and popular citizen of this section, passed to its Maker last Friday afternoon. Mr. Reichert's death was not unexpected, as it was evident from the first that his illness was of a serious nature. At the time of his death, and for a number of days previous, his family was at his bedside, ministering to his every want and comfort.

His death is deeply and sincerely deplored by everybody, for few men were as good by nature and as popular as “Uncle Charlie: Reichert, as he was familiarly termed. The funeral took place at the Masonic cemetery Saturday afternoon from the family residence five miles south of Weimar, same being held under the auspices of the Weimar Masonic lodge, of which Mr. Reichert was a charter member, the pallbearers being: Active-Ernst Strunk, R. H. Yoder, John H. Brooks, R. S. Hughes, J. P. Mayes and Jas. McMillan; honorary--T. A. Hill, J. C. Kindred, J. M. Cummins, W. A. Baar, F. D. Moore and W.A. L. Smith. Quite a number of Oakland Masons participated in the funeral.

Mr. Reichert had spent the greater part of his life in this section, and was known to every man, woman and child residing therein. The Iater part of his life, being in easy financial circumstances he devoted to making the children happy, and it was a familiar sight to see him day after day . on the county roads in his little cart, distributing candy to the little one whom he met, many of them watching for his coming with eager eyes and happy hearts, for he never failed to remember them. It was a labor of love to him, and the weather seldom deterred him from this work of pleasure. His familiar figure and kindly face will be sadly missed by the little children of this section, whose love for the “Candy Man," as they termed him, ws very pronounced. He was an honest, straightforward man, a member of the Masonic fraternity who lived up teachings of the order, and one whose presence in our community will be hard to fill.

Chas. Reichert was born March 2, 1840, in the Province Sachsen, Prussia. At an early age he emigrated to this country, settling in Fayette county, where he lived until 1880; thence moved to Colorado county, where he lived until 1884, thence to Mason county, residing there until 1886, thence again to Colorado county, where he resided up to the time at his death. Mr. Reichert enlisted In the Federal army at Palo Alto, near Brownsville, Oct. 8, 1860, as a private in Co. G. Second Dragoons, afterwards Fifth U. S. Cavalry. He was honorably discharged at Cumberland, Md., Oct. 8, 1965. His wife was a Miss Mary Kieler, to whom he was married in Colorado county in 1870. He leaves a widow and six children, as follows; Theo Reichert of Nordheim; John Reichert of Cabeza; Gottlieb and Conrad Reichert and Mrs. Martha Kersey of San Antonio and Mrs. Anna Burger of Christine. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones in the heavy loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, November 5, 1915, pages 1 & 8

Reichert, Clara (Berthold)

'Golden Locks' Dies; Funeral Held Sunday

Mrs. Clara Reichert, a longtime correspondent for The Mercury until she retired about 15 years ago, died at 6:30 p.m. Friday, February 23, in Youens Memorial Hospital after several years of failing health. She was 86.

Mrs. Reichert was a young girl when she began sending The Mercury a weekly column of happenings at Oak Grove. It was customary in those days for rural columnists to use a pseudonym, and hers was "Golden Locks." She was a Mercury correspondent for more than 50 years.

She was a member of the Eastern Star and the Oak Grove Homemakers Club.

Mrs. Reichert was a lifelong resident of the Oak Grove area. Born October 20, 1892, she was the daughter of John and Mick (Houchins) Berthold. She was married to Conrad Reichert on December 18, 1942, at First Baptist Church here. Mr. Reichert died in 1961.

Mrs. Reichert's funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, February 25, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Clarence James officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Daniel Ulbricht, Milton Marburger, Hugo Richter Sr., Harvey Cooper, Lee Graves and Arnold Sanders.

Weimar Mercury, March 1, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Reichert, Conrad

Heart Attack Is Fatal For C. Reichert, 76

A heart attack Saturday evening, the day after he had transferred from Youens Hospital here to Renger Hospital in Hallettsville, proved fatal for Conrad Reichert, 76, of the Oak Grove section.

In ill health about two years, he had been a patient in the local hospital several weeks and his wife had an operation in Santa Rosa Hospital, San Antonio. Both had just transferred to the Hallettsville hospital.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, May 22, at Hubbard Funeral Home here, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery. The Rev. W. A. Crouch, Baptist pastor of El Campo, officiated. Members of the local Masonic lodge conducted graveside rites.

Mr. Reichert was born Jan. 24, 1885, in Mason County, a son of Charles and Mary Reichert, and spent part of his boyhood in the Oak Grove area. He had owned a farm in that section since 1932 and had lived here much of the time. Before retiring in about 1942 he had been chief advisor and staff inventor for the Petty Geophysical Engineering Co. of San Antonio. He had worked for that company, or other business interests owned by the same family, for about 40 years. Members of the firm served as his pallbearers.

Mr. Reichert married Miss Clara Berthold of Oak Grove Dec. 18, 1942, and they had made their home at Oak Grove since then.

He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Weimar Lodge, and also a member of the Eastern Star at Columbus and the Weimar Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Clara Reichert of Oak Grove; four daughters by a previous marriage, Miss Bennet Reichert and Mrs. Frona (Larry) Manzanera of San Antonio; Mrs. Helen (Donald) Hall of Austin and Mrs. John Pelle, California; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Gottlieb Reichert of San Antonio.

Weimar Mercury, May 26, 1961, pages 1 & 8

Reichert, Louis

“Louie" Reichardt[sic] Dead

“Louie" Reichardt[sic], an eccentric recluse who came to this section many years ago from Germany, even then unbalanced mentally, said to have been the result of having been jilted in years gone by by some lady he loved, died Saturday night of cancer of the head, and was buried Sunday afternoon in the cemetery west of town, Rev. J. H. E. Willmann officiating.

He was a man of peculiar character and traits. It is said that he never would accept more than 35c per day for his work, and that he only worked for certain persons. Very few persons were able to get him to talk. He seemed to be very bright in mathematics, and 'tis said that people many times went to him with vexatious problems of that kind and that he invariably solved them with little or no difficulty.

A few years ago he became afflicted with cancer of the head, and took so little care of himself that it was soon realized his was a hopeless case, and doubtless Death was a relief to him.

Weimar Mercury, August 30, 1935, page 1

Reichle, Marvin Noel

Marvin Noel Reichle

MARVIN NOEL REICHLE, MA, PHD, after a happy, wonderful 82 years, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, on February 10, 2008. Marvin was born in Houston, TX on December 29, 1925 and lived the last 15 years in Columbus, TX. Dr. Reichle was a gifted athlete at Reagan High School, earning All-City honors in football and basketball. After graduating in 1942, he served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He then went on to the University of Houston to become the first four-year basketball letterman in the school's history. Dr. Reichle was a professor in the UH Health and Human Performance Dept. for 30 (+) years where he taught many NBA and NFL athletes. As part of his doctoral dissertation, Dr. Reichle created and certified the first standardized test in boating safety for the U.S. Coast Guard. Marvin was the "Voice of Pantherland" for the St. Pius X High School football team for 12 years and also served as School Board President and Bazaar Chairman. Throughout his life he enjoyed dancing, golf and above all, UH Cougar basketball. Marvin is survived by his daughter Rebecca (Tom) of Lake Oswego, OR; sons, Randall (Terry) and Russell (Linda) of Houston, TX.; grandchildren Eric, Brian, Halie, Reid and Lucas. He was also blessed by having a very special friend, Norma Virnau of Bellville, TX, during the last seven years of his life. Their love for each other was a precious gift and recognized by all. Two gatherings are planned to celebrate the life of this remarkable man. Family will receive friends at St. Pius X High School Hutson Gymnasium, 811 Donovan, Houston, TX 77091 at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. At Marvin's request, family and friends will meet at his home outside Columbus, 3288 FM 109 at 1:00 pm on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Columbus Nesbitt Memorial Library, 529 Washington St., Columbus, TX 78934. [Place of interment unknown]

Published in the Houston Chronicle on 2/12/2008.
Submitted by Bill Stein

Reichle, Welfred Stanley


Welfred Stanley Reichle, 78, of Columbus, and formerly of Houston, passed away May 20, in Cleveland.

He was born Jan. 21, 1928 in Houston, to Otto E. and Hattie Kollmann Reichle. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a retired carpenter.

He is survived by daughters, Rachel Mitchell and husband Tim, of Shepherd, Madelyn Kilgore and husband Randy, of Huntsville, and Tina Hanson, of Willis; brother, Marvin Reichle, of Columbus; and four grandchildren, Shelby Mitchell, Kelsey Kilgore, Brody Kilgore and Sloane Hanson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Vernon Reichle; and an infant sister, Madelyn Reichle.

Memorial services are at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. [Body was cremated]

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society, Colorado County Unit, P.O. Box 772, Columbus, TX 78934.

Colorado County Citizen, May 24, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Reid, Blanche (Ober)

Blanche Reid, 93, of Eagle Lake, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2002.

She was born March 23, 1909, in Vermont, the daughter of Nelson and Elsie Robinson Ober.

Blanche had been employed as an officer manager by Lake Motors until her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Reid; daughter, Barbara Hardison; sister, Lula Hollar; and a grandson, David Hardison.

Survivors include her daughter, Beverly Glenn of Eagle Lake; five grandchildren; and 10 greatgrandchildren.

Cremation services are under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 31, 2002

Reid, George E.

George E. Reid of Columbus died Sunday at Herman Hospital in Houston.  He was 86 years of age.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Henneke Funeral Home, with the interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  The Rev. Henry Teem officiated.

Mr. Reid, a resident of Columbus the past four years, was born Dec. 7, 1913 in Denver, Colo. To Frank Reid and Lois Baldidge.  He was married to Fay Young Reid on Dec 23, 19  .

Mr. Reid worked for Dow Chemical Co. at Freeport prior to his retirement.

He was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Fay Young Reid of Columbus; one son, Frank Reid of Antiock, Calif.; one sister, Katherine Pittarellf of Indicott, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were W.R. Sronce III, Bill Hoyt, Irby Bolton, Bill Young III, Earl Downey and Jim Zbranec.

Colorado County Citizen, April 10, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Reimers, Alfred H.


Alfred H. Reimers, 96, of Columbus, passed away Sept. 17 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

He was born in Plum, Nov. 25, 1908 to John William and Conradina (Benkelberg) Reimers and was married to Vida Potthast. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a member of the American Legion Post 383 and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Royce Ray Reimers; sisters, Mary Wessels, Elsie Stair and Lillie Brown; and brothers, Herbert "Pete" Reimers and Bill Reimers.

He is survived by his step-daughter, Cheryl Scott Ginn and husband Michael of Sante Fe, N.M.; niece, Michele Parish of Houston; and nephews, Leroy Reimers and D.G. Reimers of Houston and Gerald Brown of Livingston.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 21 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Arlyn Hausmann officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Tom Stallman, Dr. Tom Hancher, and Graham and Matthew Ginn.

Colorado County Citizen, September 27, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Reimers, Conradina P. (Bendelberg)

See Reimers, John William

Reimers, Henry August

Funeral for Henry Reimers Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Henry August Reimers, 79, of Glidden were held Tuesday afternoon March 6, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Rev. Walter Simpson of Schulenburg officiated.

Mr. Reimers died of a heart attack at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Autumn Hills Nursing Home at Columbus. He had been in bad health the past four years.

Born at Plum on January 7, 1900, he was a son of John William and Contradina (Bendelberg) Reimers. He married Lena Billeck here Nov. 7, 1921.

A farmer and fisherman, he lived in this area all his life.

His wife survives, along with three sons, Henry Herbert Reimers and Leroy Edwin Reimers, both of Houston, and Erwin Lee Reimers of Pasadena; eight grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Herbert of Glidden and Alfred of Columbus; and three sisters, Mrs. Elsie Stair of Glidden, Mrs. Mary Wessels of Columbus and Mrs. Lillie Brown of Houston. A sister and a brother preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were William Abel, Edwin Billeck, Eugene Juergens, Billy Talbert, Gilbert Hurn and Jim Erbstrosser.

Weimar Mercury, March 8, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Reimers, John William

Aged Couple Killed in Wreck
Henry Reimers' Parents Victims of Headon Crash

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Reimers, who Sunday had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in a happy family reunion, were killed almost instantly when their car collided with a heavy trailer truck on Hwy. 90 at Glidden at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mr. Reimers, 82 and his wife both were dead on arrival at Columbus Hospital. The parents of Henry Reimers of here, they lived on a farm just north of Glidden.

E. T. Verdict, 37, of Corsicana, driver of the truck, was not injured, although the cab was telescoped by impact of the bumper with the bank of the roadside ditch where it landed after the crash.

Highway Patrolman J. O. Tanner said Mr. Reimers, driving west, turned left directly into the path of the oncoming truck in an apparent effort to enter the paved service road which parallels Hwy. 90 thru Glidden.

The vehicles met, almost headon. The Reimers car was knocked backward a considerable distance but did not turn over. Mrs. Reimers was thrown clear of the car, but Mr. Reimers was still in it when assistance arrived.

Mr. Verdict tried to avoid the collision by pulling off the road so far that he knocked down guard posts at the intersection, Officer Tanner said. His truck was thrown out of control and crossed the highway to ram into the ditch. Owned by Red Arrow Freight Lines, it was loaded with 31,000 pounds of green coffee in bags.

Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Reimers were held Wednesday afternoon at Columbus Funeral Home with burial in the Columbus [Odd Fellows Rest] cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. D. D. Stair of Glidden, Mrs. Johnny Wessels of Columbus and Mrs. D. L. Brown of Houston; three sons, Henry Reimers of here, Alfred Reimers of Columbus and Herbert Reimers of Houston and several grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, May 16, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Reimers, Royce Rae

School Boy Royce Reimers Dies as Scooter Hits Car

The attention of the entire community centered last Thursday morning on Royce Rae Reimers, popular, 16 year-old Columbus school boy, as he fought valiantly for life in Columbus hospital.

He lost the fight at 12:15 p.m. almost 4 hours after he was wounded about the head when the motor scooter he was riding to school collided with the car of Richard Allen Harris, 20, of Columbus.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. in Columbus Funeral home with Rev. A. J. Pate of the First Baptist church officiating and most of the high school student body attending.

The school coaches, Lee Mitchell, Carl Andress, H. O. Priest and Charles Redus, and the vocational agriculture teachers, Henry Williams and Jeff Farris, Jr., were pallbearers.

The funeral was delayed until word was received on whether or not Royce's half-brother, Hal Scott, on a navy ship in the Pacific, could attend.  Hal arrived Saturday.

Royce, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Reimers who live at 212 Jones St., was born Aug. 10, 1946.  He was a sophomore in high school and was one of the most promising athletes.

Coach Mitchell said that Reimers had showed outstanding ability in football, basketball and track.  He was an end on the 1962 football squad and had lettered for the first time.

He was buried in his football sweater, with his FFA jacket beside him.

Columbus Policeman Arnold Knippel said that young Reimers was headed west on Jones St. and Harris, a Wharton County Junior college student, was headed south on Travis when the collision occurred.  The officer said that the motor scooter hit the door of the 1956 model car on the drivers side and Reimers' head broke in the class of the door.

The car continued across the intersection without crossing over the injured boy, Mr. Knippel said.  Reimers was rushed to the hospital in a Columbus Funeral home ambulance, and doctors and nurses began the long effort to save his life. 

Survivors include his parents, the half-brother and half-sister, Miss Cheryl Scott of Houston.  Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, January 10, 1963
Submitted by David Hahn

Reimers, Willie Bruno


Funeral services for Willie Reimers, 57, who died last Monday in Columbus Hospital, were held Wednesday at Columbus Funeral Home with Rev. W. H Nichols officiating

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest there.

Reimers had lived near Glidden with his parents most of his life.

Surviving in addition to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Reimers, are three brothers, Henry of Weimar, Herbert of Houston and Alfred of Columbus; and three sisters, Mrs. D. L. Brown of Houston, Mrs. D. D. Stair of Glidden and Mrs. Johnnie Wessels of Columbus.

Weimar Mercury, November 4, 1955, page 1

Reinhardt, Martha Ann (McMillan) Meredith

Funeral for Mrs. Reinhardt Here Oct. 20

Funeral services for Martha Ann Reinhardt, 83, of Weimar were held Saturday, Oct. 20, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Paul May officiated.

Mrs. Reinhardt died Thursday, Oct. 18, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

Born here July 28, 1907, she was the daughter of James and Mollie (York) McMillan. After graduation from Weimar High School she attended Southwestern University at Georgetown for a year. She was married to Ray Reihardt[sic] here on Aug. 18, 1945. He died Dec. 15, 1988.

Mrs. Reinhardt was a charter member of Guy Smith-James McMillan Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was employed by Southwestern States Telephone Co. (now

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, L. E. and Barbara Meredith, and a grandson, Eric Meredith, all of Weimar; and a cousin, Mary Reynolds of Bellaire.

Serving as pallbearers were Eric Meredith, Jerry Vachala, Herbert Ulbrich, Cameron Blair, T. A. Williams and Douglas Goode. Honorary pallbearers were Milton Booth, Wilber Smith, Albin Lux and Jim Winstead.

Weimar Mercury, October 25, 1990, page 12
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Reinhardt, Ray Brooks

A Tribute to My Beloved Grandson, Lieut. Ray Brooks Reinhardt

Well, “Sonny Boy,” they tell me you are dead, but I can not reconcile that belief you who have always brought so much sunshine and happiness to my heart. The news of your tragic death in the crash of a fast moving plane way down in the southern tip of Florida Saturday morning at 9 o’clock. I heard the message brought to me over ‘phone, but up to present time I’ve not been able to grasp it. I’ve been in a daze; it can not be true. Bad news travels fast, they say. It must be true. They say it happened at 9 o’clock in the morning. At 3 p.m. in my far away home in Weimar the dreaded tidings had reached me.
This youth, 21 years old the past April was born at my home here in Weimar. As a child he continued an inmate for a long time, until he seemed to be my very own; there was such a bond of love and affection that we loved to be together. As a little fellow he came to his old “Paw-Paw” (the term he called me from baby lips and continued throughout life up to the last) with his childish troubles, land many a tear was erased from his little face through words of consolation given to him by his old grandfather. He was a child of affectionate disposition and the bond between us grew with age. The fact that “Paw-Paw” always assured him of the fact that he was “betting on him: seemed to give him extra assurance and confidence in his ability to overcome every obstacle. Even as a little boy Ray Brooks was interested in airplanes and was never as happy as when building models of same. And at this art he was a master hand. He literally lived among his beloved planes. As he grew into young manhood he never lost his love for them. Even after his parents moved from Weimar to Luling some years ago, his love for these “toys”, as many regarded them, continued, and he subscribed for airplane magazines, built them, and in every way showed his love for same.
After he graduated with high honors in the Luling High Schools he was lured to California by the great aircraft industries of that state, and spent the best part of two years working and familiarizing himself with the building of these great birds of the air. Returning to his Texas home, he enlisted, but was told that the government did not have the right place for him yet; to bide his time until the government was ready for him. This he did, aligning himself with a government surveying crew and took part in surveying a number of airfields in different parts of the state, one of these being Aloe Field near Victoria, from which he afterward graduated with high honors, was awarded his wings and given a medal for super-efficiency in all his work since enlistment. When called into service he was sent first to Kelly Field at San Antonio and put in charge of some 250 aviation cadets. From there he was sent to Camp Crowder, Mr., where the number of students under his direction was increased to 500. From Missouri he was sent to Enid, Okla. And from there to Aloe Field, near Victoria where his graduation and awarding of wings took place.
Following this momentous event, he was rushed by automobile to Gonzales, where on the night of his graduation he was united in marriage to the girl of his choice, Miss Marjorie Christian of Gonzales, daughter of one of Gonzales county’s most prominent families. After their honeymoon, spent on a West Texas ranch, the happy couple wended their way to Florida, the field of operations for the youth whose future at the time looked so bright and alluring. Placed in charge of one of our governments fastest and finest pursuit planes – a P-51 at Tallahassee, he was soon ordered further down the coast line and landed at a flying field near Sarasota.
From there on we at this time know nothing except that our beloved grandson is said to have crashed while on a routine flight in the vicinity of Sarasota, and was instantly killed. God, but it is hard to believe it can be true – this boy we loved so dearly, and who was so handsome, brave and true, so anxious to serve his government, dashed to death at the very beginning of his career. Oh, God, wake us up from this awful nightmare and say to us it is not true! And yet they tell us that tomorrow, Wednesday afternoon at 6 o’clock, our beloved one is to be consigned to the grave in Luling. God help us to bear this burden!
John Henry Brooks

Weimar Mercury, August 27, 1943
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Reinhardt, Ray G.

Ray Reinhardt Funeral Held Here Dec. 16

Funeral services for Ray G. Reinhardt, 81, of Weimar were held Friday, Dec. 16, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Robin Reed of First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Reinhardt, a World War II veteran and former auto parts clerk, died Thursday, Dec, 15, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center after a short illness.

Born Feb. 11, 1907. at East Bernard, he was a son of George T. and Friedericke (Diebel) Reinhardt. He was employed in the parts and supply department of Brasher Motor Co. here for more than 38 years until retiring. He married Martha McMillan Meredith here on Aug. 18, 1945.

His wife survives along with a stepson, L. E. Meredith, and grandson, Eric Meredith; a niece, Hazel Marie Williams of New Braunfels; and other relatives. A brother, Erwin L. Reinhardt of Luling, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers for the services were Reuben Henneke, Jim Winstead, Cameron Blair, T. A. Williams, Douglas Goode and Eric Meredith.

Weimar Mercury, December 22, 1988, page 6
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Reip, Gertrude


Gertrude S. Reip, 83, of Columbus, passed away May 31. She was born in Ohio and moved to Houston with her husband, Leonard. Her favorite Psalm was 23
She was preceded in death by her husband.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Brent and Laura Reip, Leonard and Vivian Reip and her daughter, Carmen and husband, Charles Slovak, all of Columbus; sister, Margret Davis; and nieces and nephews; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family celebrated Gertrude's life at home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stroke Association.

Colorado County Citizen, June 5, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Reising, Augusta (Findeisin)

Funeral services for Mrs. Augusta Reising were held at the family home Friday with burial in Brune's cemetery at Shaws Bend, Rev. G. Wolf offlcIating. Untermeyer Bros. were in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Reising died last Wednesday at Columbus Hospital after an illness of nearly three weeks.

A daughter of Martes and Emma Boettcher FindeisIn, she was born on Oct. 20, 1903. She was married on Nov. 3, 1926, to Emil Relsing who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Charles, aged 17, and a daughter, Dorothy, aged 13; a brother, Herman Findeisin of Glidden and an aunt, Mrs. Henry Meyer of Bernardo

Pallbearers were Herman Balzer, Herman Brune. Awald Kansteiner, Fred Schmidt, Daniel Meyer and Fritz Horndt.

Colorado County Citizen, September 5, 1946

Reising, Elaine Marie

Reising Baby Dies; Funeral Saturday

Last rites for Elaine Marie Reising, who died a short time after she was born in Youens hospital in Weimar, were held at St. Anthony’s Catholic church here last Saturday with Rev. Alex Kraus officiating. [Interment in St. Anthony’s Cemetery]

She was born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reising of Shaw’s Bend. Mrs. Reising is the former Georgia Canik.

Columbus Funeral home was in charge of the burial services.

Colorado County Citizen, July 22, 1954

Reising, Harry H.

Harry Reising

Funeral services for Harry Reising, 73, of near Fayetteville were held at the Jecmenek chapel in Ellinger April 27, with The Rev. Lee Eschberger of Rutersville officiating. Burial was in the Brune Cemetery under the direction of Koenig Funeral Home, Inc.

Mr. Reising, a brother of Mrs. Margaret Schuette of Columbus, died Monday , April 25, at Fayette Memorial Hospital, in La Grange.

A son of Henry and Minnie Schmidt Reising, he was born at Columbus on Sept. 18, 1903. He was a retired farmer and a lifelong resident of the Fayetteville comunity[sic].

In addition to his sister, he is survived by 2 other sisters, Mrs. Minnie Werland of Brushy and Mrs. Lillian Kirsch of La Grange; 2 brothers,. Robert Reising of Houston and Emil Reising of Fayetteville.

Pallbearers were Clyde Werland and Charles Reising of Columbus, Larry A. Werland of Friendswood, Edwin Bartek and Edward Bartek Jr. of La Grange and John A. Simmons of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, May 2, 1977

Reising, Henry

Henry Reising, 82, Will Be Buried This Afternoon

Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock for Henry Reising, 82,. who died yesterday in Columbus hospital. He had been unconscious since sufferIng a 2nd stroke about 2 weeks ago.

The services will be at Untermeyer Funeral home with Rev. Raymond Durst officiating. Burial will be in Brune cemetery at Shaws Bend.

Mr. Reising was born Dec, 10, 1873, near his present home.

His wife, the former Minnie Schmidt, died 9 years ago and a son, Arthur, died in February, 1955.

Survivors are 3 sons, Harry, Emil and Robert of Columbus; 3 daughters, Mrs. Edmund Schuette and Mrs. Albert Werland of Columbus and Mrs. Elo Kirsch of La Grange, 13 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; a brother, Albert of Freyburg, and a sister, Mrs. H. A. Spindler of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, April 19, 1956

Reising, Minnie (Schmidt)

Mrs. Reising Services Held

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the family residence for Mrs. Minnie Reising who died at a Galveston hospital Sunday after an illness of several weeks. Burial was in Brune cemetery at Shaws Bend with Rev. G. Wolf of St. Paul’s Lutheran church officiating. Untermeyer Bros. had charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Reising, nee Minnie Schmidt, was born Nov. 24, 1883. She married Henry Reising on Dec. 4, 1902.

She is survived by her husband; four sons, Harry, Emil, Robert and Arthur, all of Columbus, three daughters, Mrs. Ed Schuette, Columbus, Mrs. Elo Kirsch, La Grange, and Mrs. Albert Werland, Brushy; 11 grandchildren; her stepmother Mrs. Fritz Schmidt; four half-brothers, Fred and Albert Schmidt, Ramsey; Jesse Schmidt, Freeport, and Ben Schmidt, San Antonio. One aunt, Mrs. Mary Blaschke, Columbus; and one uncle, Charles Schmidt, New Ulm, also survive.

Pallbearers were Herman Balzer, Fritz Horndt, John Huebel? and Herman Brune, Columbus, Emil Huebel Rocky Hill, and Otto Stolle, La Grange.

Colorado County Citizen, February 13, 1947

Reising, Norbert L.


Norbert L. Reising, 62, of Columbus, passed away Aug. 24 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

He was born in Columbus, July 15, 1942 to Leon and Dorothy (Berger) Reising and married Virginia Machinsky Sept. 16, 1967. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church as well as Woodmen of the World and served in the United States Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife; sons and daughter-in-law, Lynn and Debra Reising and Bruce Reising all of Columbus; brothers, James Reising of Pattison and Alton Reising of Katy; grandchildren, Alexias Reising and Danielle Harney.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 27 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Delbert Kulhanek, Harold Gene Ruhmann, Lee Reising, Robert Machinsky, James Ross and Mike Booker.

Colorado County Citizen, September 1, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Reissner, Alfred

Alfred Reissner, Oil Mill Manager 33 Years, Dies

Weimar lost one of its favorite citizens last Sunday, Oct 2, in the sudden death of Alfred Reissner, 69, a lifelong resident of this area and manager of the Weimar Oil Mill for the past 33 years.

Mr. Reissner had attended the funeral of young Ivan Bartosh Sunday morning and had lain down for a nap after his noon meal when the maid and Mrs. Reissner noticed that he was unconscious. When the doctor arrived it was found he had suffered a heart stroke; he died a short while later in the Weimar Hospital in spite of everything that could be done.

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. C. Emigholz, Evangelical Lutheran minister, in charge, assisted by the Methodist pastor, Rev. J. M. McDonald. Mr. Reissner was a member of the Lutheran Church and secretary of the Methodist Men’s Bible Class.

Interment was made in the City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jimmie Mazoch, Frank Seifert, John Mozisek, Otto Gindler, Henry Brasher, Burley Braun, and Mannie Lauterstein, all of Weimar; and Clem Boettcher of East Bernard.

Born at Schulenburg August 20, 1880, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Reissner. At the age of six, he moved to High Hill to live with his grandparents and started to school there. He came to Weimar as a lad of 11, completing his high school work here before starting to A. & M. College in 1896. In 1898 he became bookkeeper for the Hallettsville Oil Mill, working there until 1908. In that year he went to Brady as manager of the Brady Oil Mill.

Mr. Reissner first came here as oil mill manager in 1916; the firm was at that time called the Weimar Oil Works.

In 1923 he married Mrs. Alma Bohac, who survives, along with one aunt, Mrs. Olga Hillje of San Antonio, and several cousins. A cousin, E. E. Hillje of San Antonio, is at Weimar in charge of the oil mill for the remainder of the season.

Mr. Reissner was a past president of the South Texas Cotton Oil Millers’ Association and a director of the Texas Cottonseed Crushers Association. He served also as chairman of the membership committee of the later organization and his mill was a member of that group as well as of the National Cottonseed ____ Association.

He was serving his first full term as alderman, having been elected to serve out an unexpired term previously. Mr. Reissner was also a member of the Weimar Rotary Club, a Shriner, and member of the Weimar Masonic Lodge. He was extremely interested in crop improvement through better farming practices and a baseball enthusiast, having been secretary of the local ball club for several years. In the past he had served as president and secretary with the Chamber of Commerce.

Weimar Mercury, October 7, 1949, page 1

Reissner, Alma (Koether)

Funeral for Mrs. Reissner Here Nov. 2

Funeral. services for Mrs. Alma Reissner, 83, were held Wednesday, Nov. 2, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery. Rev. D. L. R. McDougle officiated.

Mrs. Reissner died at 6:30 am. Sunday, Oct. 30. at Guadalupe VaIley Hospital, Seguin, where she had been a patient for three days. She had, been a resident of a nursing home at Seguin the past 14 months!.

She was born Aug. 18, 1894, at Honey Grove, Texas, a daughter of Frederick and Minnie (Messier) Koether. She was married to Alfred Reissner in 1923; he died in 1949.

Mrs. Reissner is survived by two nieces and three nephews. In addition to her husband, a brother and two sisters preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Joe Adamcik, Gene Vacek, Ed Rabel. Paul Krause, Alfred Krause, and Alfred Mandel.

Weimar Mercury, November 10, 1977

Reissner, Anna (Hillje)

After an illness extending over many years, in which her sufferings were at times intense, the poor, tired spirit of that excellent, good woman, Mrs. Anna Reissner, passed unto its Creator, Sunday evening at 8 o'clock. The funeral took place from the residence of Mr. Chas. Herder Monday afternoon at 4:30, the body being laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' cemetery, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister officiating at the grave. Mrs. Reissner was a daughter of the late F. G. and Minna Hillje. She was born Jan. 24, 1860 at High Hill, Fayette county. She was married Aug. 12, 1879, to Mr. Herman Reissner and to this union were born three children &endash; two sons and a daughter. The daughter died in infancy. The two sons Alfred and Louis &endash; survive and reside in this city. Two brothers, Louis Hillje of San Antonio and Ferdinand Hillje of Hallettsville, and a sister, Mrs. Rudolf Klatt of La Grange, also survive. Mrs. Reissner was a sufferer for many years. Everything possible was done to alleviate her suffering and restore her to good health, but it was all in vain and to her Death doubtless was a relief. In her days of health, she was noted as a sweet, good woman, the best of mothers, a kind friend and neighbor, and she possessed many, many friends throughout this section who are deeply grieved at her death. To the bereaved ones, our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, December 22,1916
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Reissner, Louis

Weimar Citizen Dies of Pneumonia, Followed by An Attack of Influenza.

Louis Reissner, brother of Alfred Freisner, manager of the Weimar Oil Works, a young man well and favorably known throughout this section, died last Friday of pneumonia, following an attack of influenza, after only a few days’ illness. The remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery Saturday afternoon. Up to a few years ago, Mr. Reissner was one of the finest, brightest mechanics in this entire sectioin. Ill healh left him afflicted after that to such an extent that he ws unable to continue his vocation. He was a genial, wholesouled young man and even his infirmities failed to dampen his good humor. He was a friend to everyody, and everybody like him. His death is deeply regretted by all.

Weimar Mercury, March 5, 1920, page 1

Reitz, Dolores M. (McKinney)


Dolores M. Reitz, 75, of Altair passed away June 14 at Oasis Life Styles in Stafford.

She was born Aug. 12, 1932 in Dallas to Samuel Charles McKinney and Evelyn Cates. On Sept. 6, 1952 she married Ervin A. Reitz. She was a retired elementary teacher and taught first grade in Houston for many years. She had been a resident of Altair since 1990. She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and Apache Bells. [Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Nada]

She is preceded in death by her parents and husband.

She is survived by her daughter Cheryl Alice Rose and husband Gary of Altair; son Sam Reitz and wife Charlene of Hungerford; sisters, Cherry Jo Pruett and husband Bill of Corpus Christi and Sammie Peterson and husband Greg of Gainesville; grandchildren Tracy, Kevin and Jason Reitz and great granddaughter Jamie Bulla.

Funeral services will take place Wednesday, June 18 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbus with the Rev. Patricia Whittington officiating.

Pallbearers included Kevin Reitz, Jason Reitz, Greg Peterson, Bill Pruett, Ernest Baumgart and Matt Sikora.

Colorado County Citizen, June 18, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Reitz, Ervin A. "Babe"


Ervin A. “Babe” Reitz, 76, of Columbus, passed away May 12 at the Health Center in Houston.

He was born Sept. 7, 1929 to Ervin A. and Alice Koenig Reitz and married Dolores McKinney Reitz Sept. 6, 1952.

He worked as a junior high football coach at the Houston Independent School District. He was a three year letterman from 1945-47 on the Columbus High School football team and made all district tackle on the 1945 regional championship at Columbus. He made the Iron-man team in 1946. He also played on Columbus High School's first baseball team in 1947.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, J.D. Reitz.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Cheryl Rose and husband, Gary, of Houston; son, Sam McKinney Reitz and wife, Charlene, of Wharton; grandchildren, Tracy Reitz, of Houston, Kevin Reitz, of Wharton and Jason Reitz, of The Woodlands; and one great-granddaughter, Jamie Bulla, of Houston.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. May 16 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbus with the Rev. Patti Whittington officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Nada.

Pallbearers were Kevin Reitz, Jason Reitz, Bill Pruett, Ernest H. “Bub” Baumgart, Pet Crawford and Jim Henry Ilse.

Colorado County Citizen, May 17, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Reitz, Ervin Anton "Red"

Garwood Man is Killed by Electricity

Proprietor of Red's Confectionery Instantly Killed by Electrocution While Working Under His Store

E. A. Reitz, 28, proprietor of Red's Confectionery at Garwood, was killed by electricity at about ten o'clock last Saturday morning while working about a drainage pipe under his store.

Mr. Reitz crawled under the building with an electric light on an extension cord to attach a drain pipe to the waste opening of the soda fountain. His helper was to hand the pipe to him when he called for it. After getting to the point where the connection was to be made. Mr. Reitz gave a yell and the pipe was shoved to him. He made no move to handle the pipe and failed to answer when called to, and when his helper looked to see what he was doing he was motionless.

The extension cord was disconnected and the man taken from under the building, apparently lifeless, and efforts were at once made to resuscitate him. Although the efforts were continued for several hours they were to no avail. He had been severely burned about the arm, chest and head, and had apparently been electrocuted by the current from the electric light, which he carried.

The funeral took place Monday afternoon. Services were held at the home by the local baseball team and by the Rev. Father Heinze, parish priest of Nada. The body was taken to the Catholic Church at Nada where further services were held. He was laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery. Active pallbearers were William Lehrer, Clarence Martin, Lester Bunge, Tom Reed, B. Drapela and Joe Fiben of Houston, Members of the baseball team were honorary pallbearers.

The large attendance at the funeral which was one of the largest ever held there, testified to the numerous friends he had. There was more than a truckload of flowers banked on the grave.

Mr. Reitz had been a prominent businessman there for a number of years. He took an active part in all affairs of the community. He was captain of the Garwood baseball team.

Mr. Reitz is survived by: his wife and son: his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Reitz; two sisters, Mrs. Preston Walker of Dallas and Mrs. Styles of Houston and numerous other relatives.

The tragedy was a shock to the entire county and the funeral was attended by many from over the county.

The Citizen extends sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, June 20, 1929
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Reitz, Joe

Old Columbus Citizen Died At Fayetteville

Mr. Joe Reitz, old Columbus citizen, died at his home in Fayetteville on last Thursday, January 23 of pneumonia.

Mr. Reitz was born at Bernardo February 16th, 1883 where he grew to manhood. He made his home in Columbus for several years and from here moved to Fayetteville.

He was married to Miss Nealy Stock twelve years ago. Besides his widow and two children he leaves three brothers and five sisters.

John Reitz lives at Fayettville [sic], Otto lives at Bernardo and Ed is in France. The sisters are: Mrs. Prause of La Grange, Mrs. Lawrence Bock of Bernardo, Mrs. Frank Netz and Miss Tillie Reitz of Glen Flora, also an adopted sister, Mrs. George Miller, who lives at Bernardo.

He was a member of the Bernardo Catholic church and was buried in the Catholic cemetery at that place, Rev. Berberich officiating.

His Columbus friends extend sympathy for the bereaved family – Colorado Citizen.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 8, 1919
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Reitz, John David "J. D."

Col. John David Reitz
July 18, 1926 - Feb. 14, 2005

Col. John David Reitz, USAF (Ret), age 78, died Feb. 14, 2005, at his home in Boerne. He was born in Garwood July 18, 1926, and raised in Alleyton. After completion of high school in Columbus, Texas, he graduated from Texas A&M University, Class of '47. Upon receiving his degree in business, J.D. joined the U.S. Air Force as a commissioned officer. During his distinguished military career he served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He received numerous awards and medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Legion of Merit. He was in the Air Force for 25 years before retiring as a colonel.

He retired in Boerne in 1973 where he owned and operated the Dependable Insurance Agency. Until his death, he served the community for 30 years as the Kendall County Veteran's Service Officer.

J.D. was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Boerne Order of the Eastern Star and the Alzafar Shrine.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy; his children, son David and wife Debbie of Missouri City, daughter Nancy Stratta and husband Joe of College Station, and daughter Debbie Lowry and husband Scott of Boerne. He also has six grandchildren, April Machock and husband Frank, Amanda Reitz, Brian Jefferson, Sarah Jefferson, Christopher Lowry and Kevin Lowry; and one great-grandson, Taylor Machock. He is also survived by his brother, E.A. Reitz and wife Dolores of Altair.

Visitation was Tuesday, Feb. 15, at Ebensberger Funeral Home. A memorial service was Wednesday, Feb. 16, at St. Helena's Episcopal Church in Boerne. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements with Ebensberger Funeral Home of Boerne.

As printed in The Boerne Star, February 15, 2005.
Submitted by Nancy Reitz Stratta

Reitz, John Gregory


By Mrs. M.L. Heiman

John G. Reitz, 79, passed away at an El Campo hospital Saturday morning after a lengthy illness, during which time he was up and about most of the time. At intervals he was at the hospital for a few days.

Funeral services were conducted from the home Monday morning, followed by services at St. Mary's Catholic church at Nada, with Rev. Edmund Bily in charge. Burial was in the Nada Cemetery.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Preston Walker of Garwood and Mrs. D. M. Stiles of Houston; 3 grandchildren, J. D. Reitz, Weimar,

E. A. Reitz, Alleyton, E. R. Walker, Houston and one great-grandchild, Elizabeth Ann Walker, Houston.

Mr. Reitz, was one of the oldest Garwood residents, and for a number of years conducted a store. The last few years his health failed, but he was still able to walk to town only a few days before his death. He also had a garden in which he spent much time.

Colorado County Citizen, August 11, 1949

Remmett, Adella C. (Wolf) Boriack

Adella Remmett Funeral Service Held on March 8

Funeral service for Adella (Della) C. Remmert, 85, of Schulenburg, was held Tuesday, March 8, at Weimar United Church with Rev. Jerry Carpenter officiating. Burial was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

She died March 5 at Colorado Fayette Medical Center.

Mrs. Remmert was born August 5, 1919 at Longsworth, Fisher County, Texas to Emil and Martha Wolf.

She was baptized September 9, 1919 by Rev. E. A. Heckmann.

When she was three years old, the Wolf family moved to The Grove, where they became members of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

She attended the St. Paul Lutheran Christian Day School and was confirmed by Rev. Fred Burger on April 3, 1933. Della then attended the public school in The Grove.

On December 28, 1938, she was united in marriage to Erich Boriack by Rev. William H. Remmett in St. Paul Lutheran Church in The Grove.

Della and Erich lived and raised their family in the towns of Temple, Bellville and Schulenburg. Erich died in December 1968 in an automobile accident.

Della became an employee of Baylor University in Waco and remained an employee for 24 years. She retired in May of 1992.

On May 23, 1992, she married long time family friend, Werner F. (Totsie) Remmert of Sealy.

They were married in St. John Lutheran Church of Bellville by Pastors Willie Rotteer and Ann D. Ward. The couple lived in Sealy.

She was a member of St. John Luther[sic] of Bellville, which she attended regularly before her illness and was more recently a member of Weimar United Church.

Totsie preceded her in death in June of 2003.

Della is survived by her son Clinton Boriack and daughter-in-law Winnie of Brenham; daughter Carolyn Dahse and son-in-law James of Weimar, grandchilden Stephen Boriack and wife Jacqueline of Jersey Village, Adam Boriack of Houston and Dawn and Blake Dahse of Weimar.

Also surviving are great-grandchildren Aldan and Ethan, stepsons Gary Remmert and wife Vera of Conroe and Ron Remmert and wife Gracie of Sealy; step grandchilden Cindy, Jason, Chris and Alison, and step great-grandchild Xavier.

She is also survived by a brother, Clarence Wolf of Rosebud, and two sisters, Ella Hobratschk of The Grove and Frances Symn of Waco.

Pallbearers were: Stephen Boriack, Adam Boriack, Blake Dahse, Gary Remmert, Ron Remmert and C. E. Wolf.

Honorary pallbearers were Bill Dube, Charles Stubbs and Rodney Winkler.

Weimar Mercury, March 10, 2005

Remschel, Inez (McMahan)

Inez Remschel, 84, off of Gonzales, formerly of Columbus, died Friday, October 28th, 1994.

Born of March 31st, 1910, in Terrell, Texas, she was the daughter of Joseph Rufus and Myrtle (Garrett) McMahan. on September 13th, 1934, she married Marvin Henry (Bunk) Remschel in Columbus. Mrs. Remschel had been a teacher in the Giddings Independent School District and was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Gonzales. She was also a member of the Gonzales Women's study Club, Music Club, Women's Golf Association and Bridge club.

Funeral services were held October 31st, at Sydler-Hill Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Boyd officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Todd torrential, Brian Kirby, Bruce Kirby, Bret Kirby, Ryan McDow and Russ McDow.

Mrs. Remschel is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Helen Kirby of Lampasas; it son, Joe Remschel of Gonzales; a sister, Mrs. Helen McDow of Columbus; four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and brothers J.R. McMahan and Glen McMahan.

Colorado County Citizen, November 2, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Renchie, Natalie (Braggs)

Mrs. Natalie Renchie died February, 1993 

Natalie Renchie was born October 17, 1911 to Rosie Mathews and Nathaniel Braggs in Colorado County. She attended public school in Mathews, Texas and accepted Christ at an early age.

She moved to Galveston, Texas in 1928. There she met and later married her devoted husband; Peyton Renchie, Sr. Natalie was a person who was loved by everyone who knew her. She was known to many as “Nat Nat”.

She leaves to mourn, her devoted husband; Peyton Renchie, Sr., one niece she raises as a daughter; Elizabeth Moore and husband Pink, two sisters; Alee Jones and Rosie Lee Clemmons of Eagle Lake, one granddaughter; Rosalynn Jenkins and husband; Joskie Jenkins of Eagle Lake, one grandson Harrison J. Batiste, Jr. and wife; Olean Batiste of Los Angeles, CA. six great-grandchildren; Dawn, Steven, and Branden of Eagle Lake and Harrison III (O.J), De’Yon, and Jayson of Los Angeles, CA.

She also leaves behind a host of other relatives and friends.

Active Pallbearers included: Pink Ezell Moore Sr., Joskie Jenkins, Henry Flowers Jr., O’Brian Williams, Steven Grant, and Bertram Christal.

Honorary Pallbearers include: Harrison J. Batiste Jr., Pete Moore, Eugene Moore, Othur Lockett, Clarence Moore, Rodney Moore, and Norman Williams

Interment held at Eagle Lake Community Cemetery North

Final Arrangements entrusted to Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Eagle Lake , Tex. Barbara J. Ellis , Director

Submitted by Jayson Batiste

Renfro, Felix Columbus


Columbus, Texas, April 15.--The funeral of Felix C. Renfro, Confedeate veteran, who died at the ‘Soldiers’ Home in Austin Tuesday, was held here Wednesday at the First Baptist Church, Rev. W. D. Wyatt, pastor, officiating. He was assisted by Rev. W. Hightower, pastor of the Methodist Church of Weimar, and Rev. J. E. Morgan, pastor of the Methodist Church of Columbus [Interment was in Columbus City Cemetery.]

Mr. Renfro was born in Tennessee. He fought under Genral Forrest during the civil war and was the last of General Forrest’s bodyguard. He was one of seven brothers, six of whom fought with the Confederacy and one with the Union forces. After the war it was learned that the seventh brother had opposed the others in certain battles.

Weimar Mercury, April 24, 1931

Mr. F. C. Renfro

Another Confederate veteran passed over the Great Divide Tuesday when Mr. F. C. Renfro, 86, passed out of this life at the Confederate Home in Austin at about noon.

The remains were brought here by train and funeral services held at the First Baptist church at two o’clock yesterday afternoon, Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt, local pastor, officiating. Interment was made in the City Cemetery where his wife and one son lie, having been brought to that burial ground from Sheridan last November.

Mr. Renfro lived in the Rock Island-Sheridan section some fifteen years and for a long time operated a tannery at Sheridan. He went to Houston to live with his brother but remained only a short time and then with Mr. T. J. Flournoy at Rock Island for about a year and a half before he went to the Home at Austin about four years ago.

He is survived by a brother living in Cincinnati, Ohio, and by a nephew and a niece, James Renfro and Miss Hazel Renfro of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, April 16, 1931, page 1 

Renfro, Willie

A Sad Accident

About 7:40 last Sunday morning, as passenger train No. 20, Conductor Joe Morris and Engineer John Phillips in charge, was nearing the residence of Dr. H. C. Sigler, one mile west of this city, a negro man either asleep or drunk was discovered lying flat on the ties on the north side of the rail. The engineer, not observing the man until within a few feet of him, blew several shrill blasts and attempted to stop the engine, but it was too late, and the pilot struck him on the head, making a deep gash in the skull, and inflicting a large bruise on the man’s left side. The body was lifted up and thrown to one side by the pilot. As soon as possible the train was stopped and a large crowd ran back to ascertain the cause of the accident. The reports are conflicting as to whether or not the negro was killed instantly. When ye local arrived on the scene (about four minutes after the accident) the negro was dead. He was about 5 feet 4 inches in height, of light copper color, about 21 or 22 years of age, and was a stranger in this vicinity. An open knife was found near the body. He was buried in the colored cemetery {Paradise Gardens] Sunday morning. No blame is attached to the engineer.

Later.--The negro killed by the train Sunday has been identified as Willie Renfro of Alleyton. His half brother, Randall Forman, was in the city Thursday and was shown the hat, clothing and shoes of the deceased, which led to the identification.

Weimar Mercury, August 17, 1889

Renick, Russel

Renick, Russel

Russel Renick, 76, of Columbus passed away on Aug. 2 in Katy.

He was born in Burnet on Aug. 7, 1932 to Flora Hill Renick and Robert A. Renick. He attended school in Burnet, and moved to Tyler with his dad and stepmother Billie Renick in 1941 where he graduated from Tyler High School Class of 1951. After graduating from high school he moved back to Burnet and worked for the City of Burnet as an electrician.

On June 24, 1955 he married the Love of his life, Nita Ruth Crawford at the First United Methodist Church in Lampasas. Their three children were all born while they were in Burnet. He built the first home that he and Nita shared in Burnet.

In 1962 the family moved to Columbus and he went to work for Texas Construction Materials as the head electrician. He was a master electrician and served on the electric board for the City of Columbus. In 1968 he began his own electrical business as Russel Renick Electric, from which he retired in 2006. He was an avid collector of many things, coins, rocks, cars, telephones and lots of eclectic things.

He loved to play dominoes with his friends, travel to Edsel conventions and talk about his collections.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jerrel R. Renick, in-laws Frank and Addie Crawford; and brother in law, Donald Crawford.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Kathy Renick-Bell and husband Jeff of Tyler; son Kenneth (Bubba) Renick and wife Amy; daughter Becky Thompson and husband Joel of Kingsland; three grandchildren, Ashley Renick, Chuck Renick and Rusty Bell; step grandchildren, Johnny Harrison, Charlie Harrison, Nikki Runge and Aaron Thompson and step great-grandchildren, Jordan Runge and Angelo Harrison.

A memorial service and celebration of his life will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at the First Methodist Church in Columbus.

Memorials may be made to The Share Your Christmas program at The First Methodist Church or the Redus Scholarship Foundation at The First Methodist Church or the charity of choice.

Columbus County Citizen, August 4, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Renken, Charles Julius “C. J.”

Charles Renken Funeral Services Held Dec. 1

Charles Julius (C.J.) Renken, 79, of Weimar died Nov. 28 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center. Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 1 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Weimar.

Charles was born March 27, 1926 in Weimar to Julius P. and Rudy[Ruby] (McGill) Renken.

He attended Weimar High School and Texas A&I at Kingsville.

C.J. married Marcelline (Heller) Renken on Aug. 7, 1948 in Weimar.

He served in the U.S. Navy from Aug. 25, 1943 to March 30, 1946 and served 23 months on S.S. Jose M. Morelos during World War II. He was a Master Mason for more than 50 years.

From 1950 to 1959 he worked as a car salesman at Brasher Motor Co., then bought out Oscar Koehn Motor Co. and started Renken Heller Motor Co. with his brother-in-law Bubba Heller. He later started Weimar Auto Auction in 1963. He became a partner in Lexington Livestock Commission Co., which he recently sold to his nephews.

He is survived by his brothers-in-law, Oscar Heller Jr. of Weimar, and Charles and Sharon Heller of Lexington; and numerous nieces and nephews, Mike and Jenny Heller of Yoakum, Linda Heller of Weimar, Mitzi and Jimmy Bain of Bullard, Marcy Brown of Waco, Russell and Shannon Heller of Lexington and Steve and Christine Heller of Lexington.

He was preceded in death by his wife; infant older sister, nephews, Mark Heller and Scott Heller, and sister-in-law Dixie Heller.

Pallbearers were Mike Heller, Jimmy Bain, David Heller, Rodney Heller, Clay Heller, Zach Brown and Wilbert Lebeda.

Weimar Mercury, December 8, 2005, page 2A

Renken, Frederick

Cat Spring, Aug. 12.-- While boat riding in at the Willows on the San Bernard at the crossing of the Cane Belt railway Fred Renken met his death by being downed. He with two companions was in a boat and the boat capsized. His companions managed to get to the shore. The body was recovered at 11 o’clock last night. Deceased leaves a wife and two small children. [Place of interment unknown, possibly Cat Spring]

Weimar Mercury, August 18, 1900, page 1

Renken,Ida “Lizzie” Elizabeth (Scheck)

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Lizzie Renken, 82, Are Held Here

Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Elizabeth (Lizzie) Renken, 82, who had made her home with her daughter at Old Ocean, Texas, the past five years, were held here Monday, Nov. 9, Rev. C. Emigholz officiating.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery after services at Hubbard Funeral Home.

Mrs. Renken, whose maiden name was Scheck, was a native of Poughkeepsie, N. Y. She moved to Colorado County with her parents in 1884 and except for the past five years had spent her entire life here. She was married to Wm. E. Renken in 1896; he preceded her in death in 1903, at the age of 32. She was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church.

Survivors include the daughter, Mrs. Sam A. Lyle of Old Ocean; three sons, Julius P. Renken of Sierra Blanca, Norman A. Renken of Uvalde, and John A. Renken of Houston; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, November 20, 1953, page 5
Wihelm Renken, Feb 11, 1871 - Apr 2, 1905, is buried in the Cat Spring Lutheran Cemetery in Austin County, Texas

Renken, Julius P.

J. P. Renken Funeral Held Here Jan. 27

Funeral services for Julius P. Renken, 80, of Eagle Lake where held Saturday, Jan. 27, from First Baptist Church here with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Melburn Sibley, pastor of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, officiated.

Mr. Renken died at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, January 25, in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital after several months' illness.

Born January 5, 1899 at Sealy, he was a son of William and Elizabeth (Sheck) Renken. When he retired in 1964 as roadmaster for Southern Pacific Railroad, he had worked for the company 46 years. Starting in 1918, he was promoted to section foreman in 1919 and in that capacity served at various locations from Del Rio to Glidden, including 25 years at Weimar. He moved to Sierra Blanca when he became roadmaster in 1949, and he had been at Eagle Lake since 1854.

Mr. Renken married Ruby McGill at Waelder on December 22, 1922, and two years later they moved to Weimar. Mrs. Ruby Renken died in July 1953. On January 25, 1954, he married Marie Ellison in New Mexico. His death occurred on the 25th anniversary of their marriage.

Mrs. Renken survives, along with one son, C. J. Renken of Weimar; a step-son, John Fulton of Eagle Lake; a step-daughter, Dolline Burton of Tripoli, Libya (Arab Republic); two step-granddaughters, Cheryl and Shawn Burton of New Mexico; two step-grandsons, John Fulton Jr. of Eagle Lake and John Snyder of California; a sister, Mrs. Sam Lyle of Sweeny; and two brothers, Norman Renken of San Antonio and John Renken of Houston. A daughter, Mary Elizabeth, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers, all cousins or nephews, were A. A. Wheeler, Vastine Schutt, Kermit Blume, John Head, Julian Renken, and Robert Lyle.

Weimar Mercury, February 6, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Renken, Marcelline (Heller)

M. Renken Funeral Services Held May 18

Marcelline Heller Renken, 76, of Weimar, died May 16. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 18 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar with Rev. John Bily officiating.

Interment followed at the Masonic cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Renken was born July 2, 1927 in Weimar to Oscar Sr. and Clara (Bittner) Heller. She attended Weimar High School.

She married C. J Renken on Aug. 7, 1948 in Weimar.

She was a housewife, a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, and lived in Weimar all her life. She enjoyed horseracing and her pets. She was a devoted wife and loving aunt.

Mrs. Renken is survived by her husband, C. J. Renken of Weimar, nephews and nieces, Mike Heller and wife Jenny of Yoakun, Russell and wife Shannon of Lexington, Steven Heller and wife Christine of Lexington, Mizti Bain and husband Jimmy of Bullard, Marcy Brown of Waco and Linda Heller of Weimar.

She is also survived by two brothers, Oscar “Bubba” Heller of Weimar and Charles Heller and wife Sharon of Lexington, and one aunt, Marie Luecke of La Grange.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two nephews, Mark Heller of Weimar and Scott Heller of Lexington.

Pallbearers were David Heller, Rodney Heller, Clay Heller, Zach Brown, Dino Ramirez and Wilbert Lebeda.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church, Hospice of South Texas or charity of one’s choice.

Weimar Mercury, May 20, 2004

Renken, Ruby Ethel (McGill)

Funeral Rites for Mrs. J. P. Renken, 49, This Morning

Mrs. Julius P. Renken, 49, who died Monday afternoon at her home in Sierra Blanca Texas, was buried in Weimar Masonic Cemetery this (Thursday) morning after services at Hubbard Funeral Home.

Rev. Howard W. Parshall, pastor of First Baptist Church here, and Rev. W. E. Brown of San Antonio, former pastor conducted the rites.

Mrs. Renken had been under treatment for cancer since last March.

The former Miss Ethel McGill, she was born September 18, 1903, at McGregor, Texas, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. J. McGill. She was married to Mr. Renken at Waelder Dec. 18, 1922, and two years later they moved to Weimar. During the 21 years the Renkens lived here he was section foreman for the SP railroad. Both were very active in the Baptist Church and made many friends here, They moved to Sierra Blanco in July, 1948, when Mr. Renken was promoted to assistant roadmaster.

Surviving Mrs. Renken in addition to her husband are one son, C. J. Renken of Weimar; her mother, Mrs. Lula McGill of San Antonio: two sisters, Mrs. Sam Means of San Antonio and Mrs. Herman Bartling of Austin; and two brothers, Claude McGill of Crystal City and Clyde McGill of San Antonio.

Weimar Mercury, July 24, 1953, page 1

Reno, Helen (Darby) Green


Helen Darby Reno, 98, of Houston, passed away Feb. 12, at Rosemont Assisted Living Center in Houston.

She was born March 31, 1904 to Webster and Caroline (Shipps) Darby. She was a former resident of Eagle Lake and teacher for the Eagle Lake ISD.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Braxton Green and James E. Reno; sister, Dorothy Forbes.

She is survived by her stepdaughter, Betty J. Sander and husband, E.P. Sander, Houston.

Graveside services and interment were conducted Feb. 15, from the Masonic Cemetery, Eagle Lake, with the Rev. David King, pastor of Eagle Lake and Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Churches officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, February 26, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Renshaw, George Joseph

The funeral of Mr. Joe Renshaw took place from the Methodist church last Saturday morning at ten o’clock, with interment in the Lakeside cemetery, Rev. J. E. Lovett, the Methodist pastor, conducting the services.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 3, 1913, page 1

Renz, Frank Jr.


Eldest of Renz Brothers Died After Two Weeks Illness; Funeral Services Will Be Held At Home Saturday morning

Mr. Frank Renz, Jr. died at his home ten miles north of Eagle Lake at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon after an illness of two weeks. He was one of the well known citizens of that section and his death is sincerely regretted by all who knew him. He was a good and useful citizen, attended strictly to his own business and has many friends throughout the community.

Mr. Renz was 57 years, 7 months and 19 days of age, and was born at Cat Spring, Texas, moving with the family to the present home north of Eagle Lake about thirtythree years ago.

Funeral Services will be held at the home at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, with interment in the Cat Spring cemetery.

Mr. Renz was well known to the many people in Eagle Lake, having transacted his business here and was a frequent visitor in the city. He is survived by his aged father, three brothers, Wenzel, Adolph and Charlie Renz, and two sisters, Misses Minnie and Annie, to whom the Headlight extends its sympathy in their great sorrow.

Mr. Renz was the eldest of the five Renz brothers, one brother having passed away several years ago.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, February 18, 1933
Submitted by Melanie McLain

Renz, Frank Sr.

Time heals everything, says an old proverb. I wish to advise the public that one of our oldest old-timers left us, Brother Frank Renz. He died on October 31 in the district of Colorado, near Eagle Lake.

The deceased colleague was one of the first founders of the George Washington chapter number 22 in Cat Springs, he was a co-founder of S.P.J.S.T. and during his younger years he was their chairman. As friend of the deceased brother, I was advised of the funeral, which took place on November 3, which was attended by numerous friends, and acquaintances that expressed their condolences and covered the grave with many beautiful floral decorations.

Now a little biography of the late brother Frank Renz: He was born on March 30, 1850 in Dubno, county of BudÇjovice. In 1868 he arrived in Texas in Cat Spring. After a few years he married, but fate was not kind to him in his marriage. While he was still young he was widowed with 8 small children. He educated them and brought them up very nicely. There were 5 sons and three daughters. With his family he worked hard to live comfortably on a farm, but after a few years his luck turned and during the past ten years 4 family members passed away - one daughter and three sons.

To the deceased brother and friend of rare knowledge of this world, on this laborious works of human life: after good fight of your life, you found rest in the quietness of death, in the god-blessed sleep, in good rememberance your memory will long last between us. With greetings, Frank Kveton

VESTNYK (Translated from Czech), November, 1935


Frank Renz, A Native Of Czechoslovakia, Died Suddenly Friday After Receiving Injury In A Fall The Previous Sunday

Mr. Frank Renz, 85 years of age, died at the family home nine miles north of Eagle Lake at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon. On the previous Sunday afternoon, Mr. Renz fell and severly injured his shoulder. He complained but little of the injury, though when a physician was summoned, it developed that a break in the bones resulted from the fall. He apparantly was recovering from the injury when he passed away suddenly.

Mr. Renz was born in CzechoSlovakia, and came to America in 1868, locating at Cat Spring. He was married near Cat Spring sixty-one years ago to Miss Mary Halada, who preceded him in death many years ago.

Mr. Renz was a pleasant gentleman and a fine citizen and raised a family of boys and girls that have made substantial and useful citizens. He often came to Eagle Lake and old friends will sadly miss his frequent visits here. Mr. Renz was a man who attended strictly to his own business, he had many friends and was esteemed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were conducted shortly after noon Sunday at the Cat Spring Cemetery, addresses being given at the grave by Mr. Frank Kveton in the Bohemian language and Mr. R.H. Engelking of Sealy. The deceased is survived by two sons, Adolph and Charlie, and two daughters, Misses Annie and Minnie Renz. Two sons preceded him in death during the past three years, Frank Renz, Jr. having died two years ago and Wenzel Renz passes away a year ago. A daughter, Mary died in 1924, and Mr. Renz's brother, (crossed out & son written over brother) died in 1927.

The pallbearers were C.H. Brosig, Ed. Koy, Ed. Glueck, Frank and August Schindler and Emil Glueck.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, November 8, 1935
Submitted by Melanie McLain

Renz, Joseph


Many friends throughout this section will learn with deep regret of the death of Mr. Jos. Renz, who passed away in Schulenberg at 12 o'clock Wednesday night.

For some weeks Mr. Renz has been in ill health and has been making regular trips to Schulenberg for treatment. He was en route to that place Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock when he was stricken. Mr. Renz was accompanied to Schulenberg by Messrs. J.E. Meier and August Glueck. The three stopped at Columbus, spending about half an hour there on business. Mr. Renz at that time appeared to be all right, and gave no expression of feeling ill.

Shortly after leaving Columbus, Mr. Meier, who was driving, felt Mr. Renz slowly fall over against him. Asked if he was feeling ill, he said yes. The car was brought to a stop and Mr. Renz was transferred to a more comfortable position in the back seat and a hurried run was made to Schulenberg.

Mr. Renz was a well known citizen of this section. He was 45 years of age and has spent his entire life near Eagle Lake, living a short distance north of town. His parents located here when he was a small child and he had made his home in this community ever since. His mother passed away at the family home near Eagle Lake many years ago and a sister, Miss Mary Renz died in 1925.

The funeral procedure will have the Renz home, five miles north of Eagle Lake, at 10 o'clock this morning for the cemetery at Cat Spring where burial will be made.

The Eagle Lake Headlight. March 16, 1927
Submitted by Melanie McLain

Renz, Mary


Miss Mary Renz aged 48 years, 4 months and 23 days, died at the family home about eight miles north of Eagle Lake at half past 12 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, following a few weeks attack of influenza. She was born in Colorado county on November 1st, 1881, and was well and favorably known throughout this section.

The funeral was held on Wednesday morning with interment in the Cat Spring cemetery, and was conducted by Rev. Mr. Bengston, Methodist minister of Sealy. Miss Renz was a splendid, good woman and was held in highest esteem by everyone who knew her, and her death is deeply regretted by legions of friends throughout this section.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her father, Mr. Frank Renz, Sr., five brothers, Frank Jr., Wenzel, Charlie, Joseph and Adolph, and two sisters, Misses Annie and Minnie, to whom the Headlight extends its sincerest sympathy in their hour of deep sorrow. The pallbearers were George Koy, A.E. Glueck, Henry Brast, Edgar Litzmann, Albert Weishuhn and Lee Kveton.

The Eagle Lake Headlght. March 28, 1925
Submitted by Melanie McLain

Renz, Wenzel

Dear editor of Vestnik:

I would like to let the public know that I was advised last Friday that I am expected on Saturday morning to attend the funeral of my friend Vaclav Renz. It was a surprise to me because I did not know that he was ill and I assumed that he died suddenly. Tuesday of last week he went to sharpen his tools (kosa) in order to cut hay. After a while he did not feel well and a little later he was found lying down in the yard. His family took him immediately to bed and called the doctor. He immediately diagnosed his state as a stroke on one side of his body. Based on the doctors' advice he was taken to the hospital in Sealy. The second day his condition became worse in that he had a stroke on the other half of his body and that brought on his death.

The late brother Vaclav Renz was secretary of the order of George Washington No. 22 in Cat Spring for quite a few years and he performed his duties diligently. They lost a very conscientious Member.

He was buried on Saturday morning in the cemetery in Cat Spring, with many people attending from a distant vicinity. In the house of mourning as well as in the cemetery Mr. Rudolf Engelkind gave a speech in the German language.

The deceased leaves an elderly father, two brothers and two sisters. Two brothers and a sister left 7 years ago to somewhere where there is no return. I wish my brother a quiet sleep and easy rest.

VESTNYK (Translated from Czech), August 1934


Mr. Wentzel Renz, a well known citizen of this section died at the Sealy hospital late Thursday night. He suffered a stroke Wednesday and was taken to Sealy, where he passed away. Mr. Renz lived on the Bernard about six miles from Eagle Lake and was well known here, being a frequent visitor in Eagle Lake. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He was 57 years, 9 months and 15 days old at the time of his death. He was born in Cat Spring, November 9th, 1876 and is survived by two sisters, two brothers and his father. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at his home. Burial to be made at Cat Spring

The Eagle Lake Headlight, August 25, 1934
Submitted by Melanie McLain


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Resendez, Frank III


Frank "Frankie" Resendez III, 23, of Columbus passed away Dec. 31, 2007 in Brookshire.

He was born July 4, 1984 to Frank Resendez Jr. and Delores (Franco) Resendez in Eagle Lake. He was a lifetime resident of Columbus and worked at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Sealy in freight and shipping.

Although our time with Frankie was too short, it is not for us to ask why. Let us cherish the time we had and remember him in love. He will be missed by many.

"I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me." Philippians 4:13.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank Resendez Sr. and Pete and Lucy Franco.

He is survived by his parents; grandmother, Paula Resendez of Columbus; sisters, Katrina Resendez and husband Simon Herrera of Columbus and Paula Perez and husband Daniel of Columbus; brothers, Julian Resendez of Columbus and Rudy Resendez of Austin; nieces and nephews, Ashley Resendez of Columbus, Jacob and Justin Resendez of Mumford, Tenn., Blade, Drake and Caleb Herrera of Columbus, Jaaziah, Noelani, Carissa, Sarita and Zaccory Perez of Columbus, and Marcus Resendez of Austin and great-niece Aubrie Resendez of Columbus.

Funeral services took place on Saturday, Jan. 5 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers included Rudy Resendez, Julian Resendez, Simon Herrera, Daniel Perez, Robert Franco and Blade Herrera.

Colorado County Citizen, January 9, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Respondex, Peter

Died, at Columbus, last Tuesday morning of pneumonia. Mr. Peter Respondex, an old and respected citizen of that place. He was a native of Poland, and somehow was attached to the Simpson family, being a man who had no higher ambition than to faithfully serve those whom he loved. His remains were brought to this city Wednesday morning and interred in the Simpson lot at the Weimar cemetery. Rev. J. W. Horn of Columbus performing the burial service. Peace to his memory.

Weimar Mercury, September 22, 1894

Reuther, Alfred H.

Last Rites Wed. For Alfred Reuther

Citizens of this area were saddened to learn of the death of Alfred (Fly) Reuther of this city, son of Mrs. Henry Reuther and the late Mr. Reuther, Monday evening, January 5 at 10:15 o’clock, he passed away en route to the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. He had been in failing health for several years. Rosary was recited at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 6 in the Mill-Bauer Chapel. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, January 7 at 10 o'clock in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church where he was a member. The Rev. Dan Scheel, a cousin of the deceased, from Houston officiated. Pallbearers were R. L. Kohleffel, Fred R. Frnka, L. J. (Sonny) Spanihel, Johnny Burns, Eddie Nohavitz and Alvin Kohleffel. Mr. Reuther was born July l, 1917 Wallis, but he spent most . . .[illegible] . . . in Eagle Lake except for some four years he served in the United States Air Force from 1941 through 1945. During World War II he served in the African and Italian theatres of operation part in several major campaigns. He was employed at the Universal Motor Company, now, Steve Taylor Ford Co., Inc., following his honorable discharge from the service until several months ago when his health prevented him from working. Survivors include his mother; one daughter, Miss Kathy Reuther, a student at Southwest Texas State University; three sisters, Mrs. R. E. (Elsie) Taylor and Mrs. H. S. (Lydia) Hensley, both of Victoria and Mrs. B. E. (Dorothy) Heide of Hitchcock; and a number of other relatives and friends. Sympathy is extended to the family in the loss of this loved one. [Interred in Lakeside Cemetery.]

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 8, 1976
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Reuther, Rosie Mary

August 23, 1894- September 19, 1991

Rosie Mary Reuther, age 97 of Victoria, passed away September 19, 1991.  She was born August 23, 1894, in Schulenburg.  She was married to Henry G. Reuther who preceded her in death.  She was a member of Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Eagle Lake, SPIST Lodge #122 and Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Altar Society.  Survivors include her daughters, Dorothy L. Heide of Hitchcock, Texas, and Elizabeth L. Taylor of Victoria; sister, Lucille Minks Belle of Friendswood; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 23, 1991, at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Eagle Lake. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of Colonial Funeral Home, Victoria.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 26, 1991
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Reyer, Emily Elizabeth (Dryer)

Mrs. E. E. Reyer Dies in Mexico; Last Rites Held Here

Funeral services were held in St. John's Episcopal church yesterday at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Elliot Eugene Reyer, mother of C. Allen Reyer of Columbus, who died Jan. 5 at her home in Matehuala, Mex., after having been in failing health for some time. The Rev. Jim Considene of Brenham officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Mrs. Reyer's body lay in state at Columbus Funeral home until time of services.

Born in Buffalo, N. Y. Oct. 5, 1888, Mrs. Reyer was the former Emily Elizabeth Dryer. Her father was an army man and soon the family was transferred to Fort Bliss. After her father's retirement from the army, the family moved to Mexico City where Mr. Dyer was with Mexican General electric.

It was in Mexico that she met Mr. Reyer, native of New York City, who was working with the American Smelting and Refining Co. The couple was married in Mexico City July 31, 1909. They celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in Colorado springs in 1959, where they could have a central meeting place for their children and other relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Reyer spent all their married life in Mexico with the exception f several years when they were forced to leave because of the Mexican revolution, when Mr. Reyer was subjected to many dangers.

Mrs. Reyer leaves a daughter, Mrs. Gene H. Harris of Seattle, Wash., and 2 sons, Allen of Columbus and Elliott Jr. of Milwaukee, Wis., and 4 grandchildren, Elizabeth Harris of Seattle; Howard Harris, who is attending college in Walla Walla, Wash., Steven Reyer of Milwaukee and Allen Reyer Jr. of Columbus, and her husband, E. E. Reyer of Matehuala.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, January 10, 1963
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Reyes, Leon C.


Leon C. Reyes, age 32, of Eagle Lake, passed away on Sunday, January 31, from injuries received in an auto accident in Eagle Lake near the corner of Highway 90A at Glen Flora Road. The accident occurred January 30.

He was taken to Eagle Lake Community Hospital by ambulance, then, due to his critical condition, an attempt was made to rush him to Herman Hospital by the Eagle Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corps with Jose Ugarte also in attendance.

Due to Leon's continual failing condition the emergency crew went to Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston (a closer facility) and there he was pronounced dead following every effort to revive.

Funeral services were held for Leon C. Reyes Tuesday, February 2 from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Fr. Jesse Euresti officiating.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. ,

Leon C. Reyes was born April 19, 1955 in Eagle Lake to Muzio and Victoria Navarro Reyes and he had been a resident of Eagle Lake all of his life. He married Margie Soto on April 22, 1980 in Eagle Lake.

Leon was a member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and has worked for the City of Eagle Lake for almost ten years as a heavy equipment operator.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Domingo Reyes who died in an auto accident near Wharton on December 21. 1982.

Survivors include his wire, Margie Soto Reyes of Eagle Lake; son, Chris Reyes of Houston; daughters, Kimberlie and Jennifer Reyes both of Eagle Lake; parents, Muzio and Victoria Reyes of Eagle Lake; brother, Peter I. Reyes of East Bernard; grandparents, Mrs. Carmen Reyes of Houston and Mrs. Catalina Rojas of Houston; and numerous other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were Leonard Muniz, Johnny Acuna. Rufus Rivera, Butch Jones, Juanito Rodriguez and Arnold Cardenas.

Colorado County Citizen, February 11, 1988, page 2

Reyes, Linda Sue (Basham)

Linda Sue Reyes

Linda Sue Reyes, 49, passed away on March 26, at her residence in Eagle Lake.

She is survived by mother and stepfather, Sue and Bob Duhon of Eagle Lake; father, Henry Basham, Jr. of Florida; son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Melissa Robinette of Austin; granddaughters, Avery Strait and Jenna Robinette; sister, Kathleen Basham of Fulshear; brother and sister-in-law, David and Jennifer Basham of Flower Mound, Texas.

Memorial services were held at Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake on Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. [Cremation]

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 12, 2007

Reynolds, Alonzo

After lingering and suffering upon the bed of affliction for many weary months, Mr. Alonzo Reynolds breathed his last Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Deceased had been a suffer from that terrible disease, cancer, for over a year, and at times suffered untold agonies, but through it all he bore up bravely, conscious of the fact that the future beyond this vale of tears had no terrors for him. H was a consistent and devout member of the Methodist church, an open hearted, honest and genial gentleman, a true friend, and as such his death will be deeply regretted by all Weimar people. His remains were laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery Thursday afternoon, Rev. S. H. Morgan performing the funeral obsequire. To the bereaved wife, sons and daughters, The Mercury’s deepest sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, November 17, 1894

Reynolds, Essie M. (McMillan)

Mrs. E. Reynolds, 69, Buried Here Monday Afternoon

Funeral services for Mrs. Essie Reynolds, 69, a lifelong resident of Colorado County, whose death occurred Saturday night after a prolonged illness at the family home,were held here Monday afternoon with interment in the Masonic Cemetery, Rev. J. H. Thompson officiating.

Mrs. Reynolds was born in the Wildwood-Osage community on April 15, 1873, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James McMillan who were pioneer settlers in this section. The deceased spent all of her life in Weimar and the nearby community where she was born. Her husband, Rufus Reynolds, preceded her in death in 1935.

Survivors are one sister, Mrs. Maid Trousdale of El Campo; one daughter, Miss Mary Reynolds of Weimar; and several nieces and nephews in the Weimar section.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved survivors.

Weimar Mercury, August 28, 1942

Reynolds, Florence M. (Garrett)

Died, at her father’s residence near this city, last Sunday, the 29th ultimo, Mrs. Florence Reynolds, wife of Mr. Rufus Reynolds. She was buried Monday afternoon in the [Masonic] cemetery. Mrs. Reynolds had been ill for some time, and although her death was not entirely unexpected, it was a severe blow to her devoted husband relatives and friends. She was a pleasant, kind hearted lady, a devoted wife, and a consistent member of the Baptist church of this city. To the bereaved ones The Mercury’s heartfelt sympathy goes out, with the earnest prayer that God may pity and comfort them in their deep bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, February 4, 1893

Reynolds, Leslie E. “Dick”

The sad news of the death of Mr. Dick Reynolds was received here Thursday night at 11 o’clock. The deplorable event occurred at Rosenberg at 9 o’clock that night. He had been very well up to Thursday afternoon, when he was seized with several violent attacks of coughing, which in his weak state proved fatal at the time stated. His remains were brought here for burial Friday at noon and were laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Mr. Reynolds was the son of Mrs. Reynolds of this city, an exemplary young man, honest and true to every trust, popular wherever known, and his death has caused deep regret among his large circle of friends. God pity and comfort the bereaved relatives is our sincere wish.

Weimar Mercury, August 21, 1897, page 8

Reynolds, Lula

DIED, near this city, Tuesday morning of congestion, little Lula, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Reynolds, aged 8 years. Lula was a bright little girl, the pride of her parents, and her death is a sad blow to them. Her remains were interred in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Tuesday afternoon.

Weimar Mercury, December 14, 1889

Reynolds, Mary A. (Reynolds)

Death of Mrs. Mary Reynolds

Mrs. Mary Reynolds, one of the oldest inhabitants of Colorado County is dead. Mrs. Reynolds was born in Ulster county, New York , in 1825 and would have been 85 years of age May 4th, 1910. At the age of twenty she was married to Mr. D. Alonzo Reynolds. She did not change her maiden name, yet she and her husband were not at all related. This good and aged lady became a widow at the age of 50 years. Of the union there were ten children, six of whom are now living, Mrs. E. F. Short, Miss Ret Reynolds, Rufus Reynolds, Weimar; Mrs. G. B. Duke of Del Rio; J. J. Reynolds of Utopia, and Allie Reynolds of Kemp, all of Texas.

Mr. Reynolds was 70 years old , he dying in 1894. Mrs. Reynolds professed religion at a camp-meeting at the old Bethany church in Fayette county, Texas, associated herself with the Methodist church, in which she has lived a consistent christian.

Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds moved to Fayette county near La Grange in 1850, and moved to Colorado county in 1883, Mrs. Reynolds dying in Weimar, Thursday night at 9.16, Feb. 24, 1910.

The funeral ceremony took place at the family residence Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. J. D. Worrell, pastor of the Methodist church officiating. The remains were interred in the family lot in the Masonic cemetery followed to their last resting place by a host of loving relatives and friends.

“Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep,
From which none ever wake to weep.”

Grandma has gone from a world of sorrow, to Him, who has promised such as she, a home in His mansion of eternal glory. Was a true friend, kind neighbor, loving wife, and self-sacrificing, affectionate mother.

When God thought of mother, he must have laughed with satisfaction and framed it quickly, so rich, so deep, so divine, so full of soul, power and beauty was the conception. Peace be to your ashes. May God’s race comfort and protect the bereaved ones.

Thus passeth away one of the oldest and much loved christian ladies of this section.

Weimar Mercury, March 4, 1910

Reynolds, Retta M.

Miss Rett Reynolds, known and beloved by all our people, whose quiet, unostentatious life endeared her to a large circle of friends where known, departed this life at Yoakum Saturday morning after a months’s illness, of pellagra. At the time of her death she was on a visit to her nephew, Mr. Guy Russell. Miss Rett, as everybody called her, was one of the most consecrated christian ladies that ever lived in this city. Her ministation to the sick, her natural kindness of disposition, were proverbial. She was a consistent member of the Methodist church for many years. Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Miss Reynolds was born in New York state and came to Texas when a child. She was 62 years old at the time of her death. She was a daugher of the late Alonzo Reynolds, a sister of Mrs. E. F. Shortt of this city and Mrs. Duke of Del Rio, and also leaves three brothers--one at Utopia, one at Glen Rose and one here, Rufus Reynolds. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, May 19, 1911

Rhea, Cedron M.

Corpus Christi, Aug 7.--Yesterday evening Cedron Rhea, the 13-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Rhea of Rock Island, who were visiting here, died suddenly of heart failure, caused by over exertion, brought on, it is reported, from bicycle riding. The remains were shipped to Rock Island this morning. [Interment in Myrtle Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, August 19, 1905, page 7

Rhea, Clara T.

Rock Island News
(Mrs. M. L. Nicewander)
Last Rites Held For Mrs. Clara Rhea, Former R. I. Pioneer

Mrs. Clara Rhea, 86 years of age, passed away in San Antonio Friday Jan 16, and funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Rock Island with the Rev. Alfred Nelson, pastor of the Baptist Church officiating. Interment was in the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Mrs. Rhea with her family were one of the pioneer families from the North who settled in Rock Island about 1896 and made their home here for a number of years.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Gladys Carnal of Corpus Christi; two sons, Raymond W. Rhea of Beeville, Carlton Rhea of San Antonio and several grandchildren.

Pallbearers were: Jerome Maze and J. T. DeNeffe of Houston, Guy Salmon of Garwood, I. B. Curry of Oscar Beker and Adolphus Dornon of Rock Island.

Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral of Mrs. Rhea Sunday afternoon were Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Carnal and family, Corpus Christi; Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Rhea of Beeville; Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Rhea and family of San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Maze and son, Randy, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. DeNeffe and family and MR. and Mrs. Elliott Frazee of Houston; Mrs. Owen Miller of Glidden; Guy Salmon of Garwood and the Rev. Alfred Nelson of Bay City.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 22, 1959
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Rhea, Clifton McCoy

C.M. Rhea Buried at Rock Island

Last rites for Clifton McCoy Rhea, 88, of San Antonio were held at the graveside in a Rock Island [Myrtle] Cemetery Saturday afternoon. He died Friday in San Antonio. The Rhea family was with the early settlers of Rock Island and lived here many years ago, before moving to San Antonio. Survivors include his widow; and 3 children, Rheamond W. Rhea of Bellville, Mrs. Gladys Carnell of Corpus Christi and Carlton M. Rhea of San Antonio. Those from out of town attending the services in Rock Island included Mrs. Owen Miller of Glidden and Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Priesmeyer and other friends of Garwood: Mr. and Mrs. Carnell, Sr.

Colorado County Citizen, February 10, 1955
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Rhine, David H.

The Columbus Tragedy—Report of Committee

To the W. P. of Rechabite Division No. 55 Sons of Temperance:

The committee appointed to draw up a true and correct statement of facts in relation to the dreadful tragedy which occurred in the Division room, on Saturday evening, the 30th day of July, which resulted in the death of our worthy brother, David H. Rhine, beg leave to present the following report, as true to the best of their knowledge and belief; and submit the same for adoption.

Facts relative to the Murder of David H. Rhine.

It is well known to the members of our Division that John C. Griffey, formerly a member of our order, had acknowledge himself, in the Division room, “guilty” of the violation of article 2d of the Constitution.  In consequence of such acknowledgment, his name was erased from the Constitution, according to the established “rules and usages” of the order.  He then stood suspended until at such time as he should think proper to pay the usual fine, and re-sign the Constitution.  During the interval of his suspension, it appearing to the members of the Division that he still continued to violate his pledge, Brother D. H. Rhine, at the expiration of Griffey’s term of suspension, moved his expulsion from the order.  Griffey, hearing of this, became enraged, and threatened to cut out Rhine’s heart.

 This threat, it seems, Griffey intended carrying into execution, as he went to the Division room, armed with a huge cane and bowie knife.  He met Rhine, who was entirely off his guard, and unsuspicious of any evil intentions on the part of Griffey, in the ante-room of the division, and saluted him with the opprobrious epithet of “impertinent puppy,” and knocked him down with the cane he carried with him, striking him first across the arm, and then across the head.  Rhine rose, and wrested the stick from Griffey, and gave him one blow across the forehead.  The stick was then wrested by a third person from Rhine’s hands.  Whereupon, Griffey rushed forward, and at the same time drqwing his bowie-knife, stabbed Rhine twice; once upon the shoulder, near the collar-bone, to the depth of several inches, and then to the left side, below the heart, splitting the seventh rib, and driving the knife to the hilt, making the wound about the depth of 7 inches; of which mortal wounds our esteemed brother sickened and died. [Place of interment unknown]

Rhine never left the division room, but, being placed upon a cot, lingered till the Monday following, when he died, leaving a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn his untimely loss.

To state more, we deem unnecessary, as the deep distress which the unfortunate occurrence has produced, words cannot express, nor pen write.  The hearts of distressed relatives can alone feel the bitterness of so awful a calamity.

To which report the following have been added and adopted, to wit:

Whereas, we believe a correct statement of the facts in relation to the murder of our esteemed brother, David H. Rhine, should be known to the community at large;  Therefore,

Resolved, That the Recording Scribe of this Division forward a copy of the above Report, with a request for its publication, to the editors of the Texas Monument, and the Texas Wesleyan Banner.

The above is a true copy of the Report and Resolution, as adopted by R. D. No. 55, S. of T.

 Thomas.Hardy, R. S.

Texas Monument, August 31, 1853
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Rhoades, Anna Mae (Poole)


Mrs. Anna Mae Rhoades, age 76, of Eagle Lake, passed. away Sunday, November I5 at the Alvin Convalescent Center in Alvin, following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Anna Mae Rhoades Tuesday, November 17 from the Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Charles Runk, pastor, Eagle Lake United Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Rhoades was born December 16, 1910 in Lissie to Winnie Poole and Mettie Hayden Poole. She married Jack Rhoades.

She had been a life long resident of our area and a member of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church and
Sunshine Sunday School Class,

Mrs. Rhoades was valedictorian of the Eagle Lake High School Class of 1929 and she later attended Southwestern University in Georgetown.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Jack Rhoades who passed away October 26, 1980,

Survivors include, son and daughter-in-law, Dr. William C. and Barbara Rhoades of Alvin: sister, Mrs. Pansy Burger of Eagle Lake; grandchildren, Richard Rhoades of Burbank, California, Julie Rhoades of' Houston; and a number of nieces, and nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearer were Davis Waddell, Henry Sunderman, Glen Sunderman, Bill Appelt, Everett Moore and Dan Gertson.

Honorary pallbearers were Joe D. Luna, W. C. Alley, J. R. Thomas, Dr. Raymond R. Thomas, Louis Muzny, C, A. Spradley and Melvin Meyer.

Colorado County Citizen, November 26, 1987, page 2

Rhodes, Baby


Mrs. Kate Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. A. B.Wooldridge, Mrs.Rhodes, Messrs. W. D.Clements, Stafford Wooldridge and several others whose names we did not learn, passed through the city Monday afternoon en route from Columbus to Oakland with the body of Mrs. Rhodes’ little baby, which was taken to that point for burial. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the bereaved mother in the loss of her little darling. [Place of interment unknown-- possibly Wooldridge Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, May 19, 1900, page 5


Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Wooldridge, and Mrs. A. B. Wooldridge were here last Monday to attend the funeral of their little niece, Mrs. Rodes’ baby.

Weimar Mercury, May 26, 1900, page 8

Rhodes, Carrie (Woolridge)

Funeral Services for Mrs. M. Rhodes held Saturday.

Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie Rhodes, 75, widow of the late Mem Rhodes and former Oakland resident, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Saturday afternoon, Rev. J. M. McDonald officiating. Interment was in the City Cemetery. [Weimar Masonic]

Mrs. Rhodes died at the home of one of her daughters, Mrs. S. M (__rie) Johnson, at Turlock, California, where she had gone a few months ago for an extended visit. While there she fell and broke her hip, never fully recovering from the injury.

Born October 23, 1875, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Woolridge of Oakland. At Oakland she was married Nov. 28, 1896, to Mem Rhodes, who died a number of years ago. For about the past ten years she had made her home in Corpus Christi with her daughter, Mrs. M. _. (Bessie) Roberts.

Surviving in addition to the two daughters, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Roberts, are two brothers, A. B. Woolridge of Eagle Lake; and three grandsons, Sidney R. Johnson of Turlock, Calif., Archie Dee Johnson, with the Navy in the Korean zone, and __bie Lee Roberts of Corpus Christi. Another brother, R. S. (Stafford) Woolridge, preceded her in death 15, months ago.

Weimar Mercury, September 22, 1950

Rhodes, Claude Conrad


Claude Conrad Rhodes, 88, passed away November 16, 2004 at Columbus Community Hospital after a battle with bronchitis and lung complications.

He was born on February 10, 1916 in Gibsland, Louisiana to Conrad and Mattie (Clark) Rhodes. Claude grew up in Minden, Louisiana where he learned to hunt and fish. These favorite pastimes, in addition to bingo and domino playing, stayed with him throughout his 51 years of residence in Columbus.

After high school, he proudly served his country in World War II where he was stationed in the Solomon Islands. He was honorably discharged after three years of service. Claude then began working for a Doodlebug Crew, a seismograph company. This job allowed him to move to Columbus, Texas where he met his wife Esther Suchadoll Gross. On December 23, 1948, they were married. Together they owned and operated Lone Star Laundry. They had three children, Carolyn Gross Henson, Steve Rhodes, and the late Sandra Rhodes Barta.

Claude was an avid member of the Columbus Lions Club, VFW Post #6113, and the American Legion #383. Through these organizations he volunteered his time with various fundraisers.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Esther, son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Sandy Rhodes of Columbus and their children; Cory of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Haley and Adam of Austin, TX, and Ian of Columbus, daughter Carolyn Henson of Ruidoso, NM and her children; Garrett and his wife Tanya and son Samuel of Owatonna, MN, and Keith Henson of Lake Charles, LA, and son-in-law John L. Barta of Columbus and his children; Karen and Katie of Austin, TX and Samuel of Columbus. He is also survived by one sister, Doris Turner, of Shreveport, LA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Sandra Rhodes Barta, and brothers and sisters: Melvin, Richard, and Angie Rhodes, and Ruth Smith.

Services were held Thursday evening, November 18, 2004 at Henneke Funeral Home with Pastor John Hunsicker of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating. [Cremated]

Claude will always be remembered for his witty humor, outgoing attitude, and his love for people. He will forever be missed for his daily visits to the local coffee shops, restaurants, and fitness center. He was a loving husband, faithful father, and proud grandfather and great-grandfather.

Donations may be given to Columbus Community Hospital Building Fund or St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Colorado County Citizen, November 24, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Rhodes, Ester Mae (Johnson)

Ester Rhodes Funeral Service Set for Feb. 28

Ester Mae Rhodes, 87, of Glidden died on Feb. 21 at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center in Houston.

She was born on Nov. 20, 1920, in Glidden to Harry Johnson and Elizabeth (Amos) Johnson.

She worked as a homemaker and also as a cook at both Columbus High School cafeteria and Cattlemen's Restaurant.

She was a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church in Glidden.

A funeral service is scheduled for noon on Feb. 28 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with Pastor Oscar Walker to officiate.

Interment will follow in Shepherd Memorial Cemetery in Glidden.

Pallbearers are Michael Rhodes, Damien Rhodes, Detrick Rhodes, Gabriel Wesley, Johnny Rhodes and Eric Jones.

Honorary pallbearers include Brandon Lott, Stetson Rhodes, Jimmy Rhodes, Kyle Porter and Melvin Williams.

She is survived by five daughters, Joyce Rhodes Walker and husband Oscar of Houston, Jereland Rhodes Lott and husband Willie of Katy, Jessie Rhodes Jones and husband Lewis of Katy, Julie Rhodes Wesley of Houston and Jean Rhodes Williams and husband Stephen of Spring; three sons, James Rhodes and wife Stephanie of Houston, Jerome Rhodes and wife Jolynn of Katy and Jeffrey L. Rhodes of Houston; 28 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Ester was preceded in death by her parents; her husband on July 31, 1972; two sons, Jimmy Roy Rhodes and Johnny Boyd Rhodes; three sisters, Carrie Ellis, Eloise Jordan and Ilene Williams and two brothers, Clester Johnson and T. W. Scott.

Weimar Mercury, February 28, 2008, page 2A

Rhodes, George

Weimar Local Matters

George Rhoads [col]. who was shot on the 9th instant while on the train here in Weimar, by July Weatherington. also colored, which was fully reported at the time, died last Friday evening in great agony. A post mortem examination showed that the pistol ball lodged (in plain English) in the back bone. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, September 27, 1883

Rhodes, Ivy

Oakland Remarks.

Died, on Thursday, the 30th of July, at 2 o'clock, p. m. at her home, Ivy Rhode[sic], in her 11th year, daughter of T. Jeff and Sue E. Rhode[sic]. It is with sorrow and sadness I pen the death of this interesting little neighbor girl of mine. O, how the heart grieves of father, mother, brothers and sisters, watching with tearful eyes the last gasp and the departing angel spirit! God knows best! Let us not sorrow as those that have no hope. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, Aug 3, 1889, page 3
Submitted by Rox Ann Johnson

Rhodes, Jeff

Oakland Remarks

Our community was very much saddened last week to hear of the death of Mr. Jeff Rhode[sic], and the loss of his gin by fire at Shiner. Mr. Rhode had lived here nearly all his life. He was an industrious and successful farmer, and a hard worker at his last vocation, but misfortune appeared to overtaken him when he took hold of machinery.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1890, page 2

The Rhodes gin at this place burned down last week, and the proprietor, Mr. Rhodes, was so horribly burned that he died within twenty-four hours. The grief stricken family have the sympathy of the entire community.--Shiner cor. Houston Post.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1890, page 3

The friends in this community of Mr. Jeff Rhode, formerly of Oakland, will regret to hear of his sad death, which occurred at Shiner last week. His gin caught fire by the friction of the machinery,and burnt up, and he was so badly burnt that he died in two or three days. It seems that his clothing caught fire from an armful of cotton that he was moving at the time. He leaves a wife and several children.

Weimar Mercury, September 20, 1890, page 3

Rhodes, Jerry Clayton

Jerry Rhodes Funeral Held Here Friday

Funeral services for Jerry Clayton Rhodes, 52, of Houston were held Friday, Sept. 25, from Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Skip Sirnic officiated.

Rhodes, a construction engineer, died Sept. 22 at his home in Houston, of a heart attack.

Born July 22, 1940, at Otto, Texas, he was a son of Duff Fountain and Leah (Smith) Rhodes. He married Loreen Vornsand Perrin on Aug. 10, 1991, at Houston.

A graduate of Midway High School in Waco, over a time of 30 years he attended five universities part-time when work and location allowed, and earned his BS degree in Civil Technology/Management from the University of Houston, with honors, in December 1990. After his first 33 years in Waco, he worked and lived in Nigeria and Liberia for five years and two years in California before moving to Houston. Houston was still his home, but he worked and lived in Antigua, West Indies for the last year.

His wife survives him, along with a son, Michael Rhodes, and daughter-in-law Lisa Rhodes of Houston; a step-son, Todd Perrin of San Marcos. and a step-daughter, Dawn Perrin of Huntsville; three grandchildren, Kristy, Michael and Jerry Rhodes; and six sisters, Billie Ethridge of Newark, Calif., Louise Hale of Chilton, Jackie Upton of Eugene, Oregon, Geraldine Rhodes of Waco, Mary Bradbury of Waco, and Linda Saxton of Albany, Ky. His parents and a brother preceded him in death.

U.S. District Judge James Deanda of Houston delivered the eulogy. Serving as pallbearers were Charles Richardson, Curtis Edmonds, Paul Titov, Chris Headstream, Walt Foehner, and Shawn Walsh, all of the Houston area.

Weimar Mercury, October 1, 1992

Rhodes, Lillian Anna


Young Lady of Oakland Succumbs to Stroke of Paralysis

A peculiarly sad death occured[sic] at Oakland Saturday, when paralysis claimed as its victim, Miss Lillian Anna Rhodes, second daughter of Mr and Mrs. Mem Rhodes, and one of the sweetest, loveliest girls of that little city. The young lady was attacked by a paralysis Monday two weeks ago, and although from the first while it was regarded as serious, there were times when she seemed better, and hope revived in the sorely tried hearts of the family. All that medical skill and careful nursing could do was done, but without avail, and on Saturday, Death claimed her. The favorite of the family, popular among her associates and friends, a sunbeam in the home and church circles, she will be sadly missed. The remains were brought to Weimar Sunday afternoon for interment [Masonic Cemetery], and although bitter cold weather prevailed, a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends were present to witness the last sad rites, so feelingly administered by Rev. Mason and Stack. To the grief stricken ones the heartfelt sympathy of one who has passed through a similar trial goes out.

Weimar Mercury, January 25, 1918

Rhodes, Mem

Final Rites Held For Mem. Rhodes, 67, Farmer-Stockman

Funeral services for Mem Rhodes, 67, prominent farmer-stockman of Oakland and a native of that section, whose death occurred suddenly Monday were held here at the Weimar Oddfellows Cemetery Wednesday afternoon where interment was made.

Rev. J. H. Thompson, local Methodist pastor, conducted the services.

A native of Oakland where he was born May 16, 1875, he was the son of pioneer settlers Jeff and Sue Rhodes. In early manhood, he became a resident of Smithville and on Nov. 18, 1896 was united in marriage to Miss Carrie Wooldridge, who survives. From Smithville, he moved to Waller County but in 1903 returned to his native Oakland where he had since made his home.

An astute business man, Mr. Rhodes was prominently identified with farming and stock raising throughout his lifetime and was well known in South Texas. He was successful in many business deals and was recognized as one of this section’s leading farmer-stockmen.

En route to Weimar Monday apparently in good health, his decease came suddenly. Near the H. J. C. Koehn place, about mid-way between Oakland and Weimar, he stopped his car, turned off the ignition and was lifeless when found by a passing motorist.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Roberts of Freer, Mrs. Mamie Johnson of Pearsall; a brother, Jeff Rhodes of California; three sisters, Mrs. R. E. Young of Tulsa, Okla., Mrs. M. L. Woodruff of Brenham, Mrs. Tom Black of Calaveras; and three grandchildren, Archie D. and Sydney Rhodes Johnson of Pearsall and Bobbie Lee Roberts of Freer.

Active pallbearers were Henry W. Hasse, Howard Mayes, Otto Havemann, Emil Kosler, Lester Lippert and Billy Strunk.

To sorrowing survivors, the Mercury extends its most sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, March 21, 1941, page 1

Rhodes, Murle Kathryn (Phillips)


Murle Kathryn Rhodes, 84, of Columbus, passed away Feb. 18 in a Temple Care Center.

She was born in Marshall to William Riley Phillips and Minnie Mae Clements Phillips and married Julius Frank Rhodes July 17, 1942. She attended secretarial school at Tyler Junior College. She lived in Columbus for 50 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Columbus. She had worked as a secretary for Savings and Loan Institution, was a member of DAR, DRT, UDC and the Colorado County Historical Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband.

She is survived by her sons, Robert Stephen Rhodes, of Temple and Joe Jeffrey Rhodes, of Wharton; brothers, Edward Wesley Phillips, of Elm Mott and William Marshall Phillips, of Irving; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Croley Funeral Home in Gladewater. Interment will follow at Rosedale Cemetery in Gladewater.

Memorial services will be hosted at a later date in Columbus.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association or Columbus Community Hospital at 110 Schult Dr. Columbus, Texas 78934 or First Baptist Church at 1700 Milam St. Columbus, Texas 78934.

Colorado County Citizen, February 22, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Rhodes, Sue

A lady in destitute circumstances--Mrs. Sue Rhodes of Shiner--died in our city last Friday night. She was returning from a trip by wagon to Eagle Lake, was stopped here by the rains and bad roads, was taken sick suddenly and seriously, and having stopped in an abandoned and out-of-the-way cabin, was in a dying condition ere our people knew of same. A collection hastily taken up, and everything possible doue[sic] for her when the facts became known, but it was too late. She was formerly a resident of the Oakland neighborhood, being a widow of the late Jeff Rhodes, was highly thought of by a number of our people who would gladly have extended her every kindness and attention had they been aware of her condition or presence in the city. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery west of town Saturday afternoon. Peace to her memory!

Weimar Mercury, Jul 21, 1900

Rich, Dan "Pat"

Eagle Lake Negro Killed By Train

The mangled body of Dan Rich, negro, about 55 years of age, was found on the tracks in the Southern Pacific yards at Glidden Tuesday night.

It is presumed that Rich had attempted to catch a moving train and was crushed under the wheels.

Rich is probably better known in Eagle Lake as “Pat” Rich, and is said to have been wanted here for an offense in connection with bootlegging charges. [Place of interment unknown]

About a year ago, local officers were closely watching Pat’s activities here with connection in liquor activities, it is said. He is said to have left Eagle Lake shortly after this time and nothing had been heard of him until his dead body was found in the Glidden yards Tuesday night – Eagle Lake Headlight.

Weimar Mercury, January 10, 1930
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Richards, Charles Watson

Funeral For Charles Richards Held Saturday

Funeral services for Charles Watson Richards, 51, who died in San Antonio last Wednesday, were held at Columbus Funeral Home Saturday with burial in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake, the Rev. Thompson of the Methodist Church of Garwood officiating.

Mr. Richards was born in Georgia on Sept. 22, 1894. A member of the American Legion, he had resided in San Antonio since 1928.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marion Martin of Garwood; his mother, Mrs. Sally Richards, and six brothers.

Colorado County Citizen, May 9, 1946

Richards, Edmond

Edmond Richards, 44, Buried Here Sunday

Edmond Richards, 44, husband of the former Miss Martha Seydler, who died in a New Braunfels hospital Saturday, was buried here Sunday after services at Smithville. Rev. Merle Waters officiated.

Mr. Richards, former resident of Fayette County, is survived by: his wife, who lives in New Braunfels; his mother, Mrs. Frances Richards of Kirtley three sisters, Mr. Laura Mach and Mrs. Patience Hannisch of Kirtley and Mrs. Effie Spittler of Nederland and one brother, Coleman Richards of Kirtley.

Weimar Mercury, October 16, 1953
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Richardson, Connie


Once more the Grim Reaper has visited our little burg, and claimed as its victim, Miss Connie Richardson. Miss Connie has been ill for about five weeks with typhoid fever, but not considered serious, she came to Glidden from Palacios three weeks ago, to visit her sister, Mrs. Chas. Krimke, and not until Sunday last was her condition serious as she was able to be up every day.

Miss Connie was born in Eastland, Texas, fourteen years ago, and had been living in Palacios with her father and younger sister, her mother having died about six years ago. Miss Connie was a member of the Methodist church, and was a good chiristian, and she bore her illness with christian fortitude, and was fully prepared, when the summonous[sic] came.

Upon arrival of her brother, Mr. Fred Richardson, from California. The cherished remains will be laided[sic] to rest in the Odd Fellows Rest. She leaves an aged father, four sisters, Mrs. Chas. Krimke, Miss Dewdrop, Beth and Virgie Richardson and one brother, Mr. Fred Richardson besides a host of relatives and friends.

The grief stricken family have the sympathy of the entire community.

Colorado Citizen, June 18, 1918

Richardson, Coulter Epley

Mrs. Richardson's Son Dies Suddenly; Burial Here Friday

Funeral services were held Friday at 4 p.m. for Coulter Epley Richardson of Houston, 50-year-old son of Mrs. Mary Richardson of Columbus, who was found dead at his home by his wife about 12:15 Thursday morning. His death was attributed to a heart attack.

Columbus funeral home had charge of the last rites, at which Dr. Norman L. Roberts of the First Baptist church officiated. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. Richardson was born in Stanton Sept. 14, 1907. He spent his later years in Houston and was a former employee of Houston Lighting & Power Co.

Survivors include his widow of Houston, his mother of Columbus; 2 sisters, Mrs. C. O. Torian of Houston and Mrs. L. B. Stearns of El Paso; a brother, E. H. Richardson of Colorado City and a nephew, C. A. Torian Jr. of Houston.

Active pallbearers wee E. G. Miller, Leonard Burt, J. D. Seymour, W. A. Struss, A. R. Wood and Kirby Etheridge and honorary pallbearers were Lester Hastedt, Ed Potter and R. K. Jackson.

Among out of town people here for the services were Mrs. Sarah Gaylor, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Dewees, Mrs. James P. Watts, Mrs. Billy Wrosham, Mrs. Dorothy Goggans, Mrs. Arlene Willhite, Mrs. Wilma Elliott and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bryan, all of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, January 16, 1958
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Richardson, Eleanor Hortense "Potsy" (Thrower)


Eleanor "Potsy" Richardson, 91, of Columbus passed away Feb. 27 in Weimar.

She was born in Columbus April 29, 1911 to Naomi and Edward Charles Thrower and married W.T. Richardson June 7, 1931.

She was a school teacher for 38 years, mostly with Columbus Independent School District and a member of First Baptist Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

She was survived by sons, Charles Turner Richardson and wife Janet of Lake Jackson and Robert Lee Richardson and wife Cherrie of Columbus; grandchildren, James Turner Richardson and wife Ferol, John Buchanan Richardson and wife Mandi and Jennifer Ann Richardson; great-grandchildren, Connie Ferol Richardson, Chelsie Nicole Richardson, Claire Kathleen Richardson and Chance Buchanan Richardson.

Funeral services were March 1 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, March 4, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Richardson, Lee Turner

Lee Richardson, 70, Columbus Rancher, Dies In Hospital

Lee T. Richarson, Columbus rancher, 70-years-old father of Mrs. Oscar Schindler of Weimar, died in Youens Hospital here Monday afternoon, shortly after suffering a heart attack at Youens & Ryan Clinic.

A well-known breeder of Hereford cattle, Mr. Ricchardson had been in poor health the past three years. He was a native of Mississippi, but had lived in Columbus since 1926.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Untermeyer Funeral Home in Columbus, with Rev. Jordan Mann, Methodist pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Columbus City [Columbus Odd Fellows Rest] Cemetery.

Surviving are his widow, three daughters, Mrs. R. K. Jackson of Columbus, Mrs. E. R. Coffelt of Borden and Mrs. Oscar Schindler of Weimar; a son, Wm. T. Richarson of Columbus; five grandchildren and four sisters

Weimar Mercury, September 4, 1953.

Richardson, Lizzie


Liggia[sic] Richardson, colored. wife of John Richardson, died on Tuesday at her home at Matthews. She was reared by her grandmother, “Aunt Mary” Burns. Deceased was well liked by all who knew here. She is survived by her husband and one daughter. [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 7, 1933

Richardson, Mary N. (McBurnett)

Last Rites For Mrs. Richardson Held Monday

Last rites for Mrs. Mary Richardson were held at Columbus Funeral home Monday morning, the Rev. A. J. Pate of First Baptist church officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mrs. Richardson, who had lived in the Wagner apartments for the past several years, died in Columbus hospital Saturday morning after having been a patient there since suffering a stroke at her home 32 days before. She had lived in Columbus since 1936.

Born in Hamilton county, west of Austin, April 16, 1877, she was a daughter of E. B. and Harriet Hand McBurnett. The family later moved to a ranch near Sweetwater where she was married to Anis Richardson. He died many years ago. Mrs. Richardson was the last of 8 children.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. L. B. Starns of El Paso and Mrs. C. O. Torian of San Diego, Calif., and a son, E. H. Richardson of Colorado City. Two sons died earlier, Coulter, who is buried here, and Maurice of Big Spring. Also surviving is a grandson, C. O. Torian Jr. of San Diego.

Pallbearers were E. G. Miller, L. L. Hastedt, L. A. Voskamp Kirby Etheridge, J. H. Langston, A. J. Brune Jr. and O. K. Nix.

Colorado County Citizen, April 18, 1963, page 4

Richardson, William T. "Bill"

W. T. (Bill) Richardson, 83, of Columbus died Monday, March 7, 1994 in a Columbus nursing home.

Born Sept. 28, 1910, in Garwood, he was the son of Lee Tuner and Emma Frances (Braden) Richardson. On June 7, 1931, he married Eleanor Thrower. A life-long resident of the Columbus area, Mr. Richardson was a retired self-employed rancher and was a Methodist.

Funeral Services wee held Wednesday, March 9, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Potsy) Richardson of Columbus; sons Bob Richardson of Columbus and Charles Richardson of Lake Jackson; sister Myrtle Schindler of Weimar; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, March 16, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright


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Ricks, Anna (Horn)

Mrs. Anna Ricks, widow of the late J. R. A. Ricks, and resident of the Osage community for many years, died Saturday evening at the residence of Mrs. T. W. Hunter, of this city, where she was temporarily a guest. She was ill but a brief time. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Masonic cemetery. Mrs. Ricks bore the reputation of being the best of women, one whose presence always brought cheer and comfort to those around her, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored. We are informed that she leaves two children, Charles and Albert Ricks both grown and married, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended, [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery - unmarked grave]

Weimar Mercury, June 28, 1912

Ricks, Irene

DIED, near this city, last Monday night of congestion IRENE, aged 13 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. A. Ricks, and was buried at the Odd Fellows’[Masonic] cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The little girl was the idol of her parents, and they did everything possible to alleviate her sufferings; but she was too pure and fair a flower for this earth and He summoned her to a land where all is peace and happiness. To the bereaved parents we extend our deepest sympathy in their sad loss.

Weimar Mercury, September 28, 1889

Ricks, John R. A.

Death of J. R. A. Ricks

DIed, near Columbus, Monday night, at 10:15. John R. A. Ricks, after several years of ill health and who was in his 66th year.
Mr. Ricks was born in Georgia and married Miss Anna Horn of same state in 1868, came to Texas in I874 and settled on what was then known as the Adkins farm in Colorado county, was made a mason in Georgia in 1867 and affiliated with the Osage Lodge soon after he carne to Texas and was one of its Past Masters and in 1891 affiliated with Weimar Lodge 423 at Weimar, Texas, of which he was an honored member when he died. He was an old Confederate soldier and a consistent member of the Methodist church. Eight children were born to him and wife, Richard, Charlie, John Alexander, Albert. Irene, Willie, James and Edward. Only two of the children are now living, Charles, who is engaged in farming near Columbus. and Albert who is engaged in business in Columbus,

The remains were brought to Weimar and taken in charge Tuesday, May 17th, and given Masonic Funeral by Weimar Lodge, in the family lot in the Masonic Cemetery.

The Mercury and the many friends of the heartbroken wife and sons extend their heartfelt condolence to the bereaved in this their hour of deep distress. The pall bearers were E. F. Shortt, C. H. Ratliff, James Mcmillan, Jno. H. Brooks. W. A. Baar and W. Kindred. Committee on resolutions E. F. Shortt, George Herder and Jno. H. Brooks.

Weimar Mercury, May 20, 1910, page 5

Ricks, John Willis

John Willis Ricks

Funeral services for John Willis Ricks of Stafford were held at Henneke Funeral Home Monday, with interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  The Rev. Bill  Huth officiated.

Mr. Ricks, a resident of Stafford for the past 20 years, died at Memorial Southwest Hospital in Houston Saturday at the age of 63.

He was born in Columbus Feb. 19, 1917, the son of Albert S. Johnson Ricks and the former Cora Tilley.  He was married to the former Lucy Lee Bock on July 7, 1939.  He was a machinist.

Survivors include his wife, Lucy of Stafford; two sons, John L. Ricks and Douglas J. Ricks, both of Stafford; one sister, Lois Tilley of Columbus, and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Rodney Huff, James O. Ricks, Boyd Parker, Howard Schindler, Edmund Schindler and Elmer Schindler.

Colorado County Citizen, July 10, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Ricks, Leck

Last Friday afternoon Mr. J. R. A. Ricks was in the city and reported that his oldest son, Leck, was very ill with pneumonia. When he returned home that evening, he was horrified to learn that his son had died during his absence. Leck was a robust, healthy young man of 18 years, and was a great help to his parents. But a few short months ago, death entered the home of Mr. Ricks and took therefrom his little girl, and just when the bereaved were recovering from the blow, another chair is made vacant. This in indeed hard to bear, but let them be comforted by the thought that they will one day meet Leck in that happy land where there is no parting. Our deepest sympathy is extended them in their loss. [Interment in Masonic]

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1890

Ricks, Lucy (Bock)


Lucy Bock Ricks, 93, of Stafford, passed away June 3 at her residence.

She was born Aug. 14, 1914 in Alleyton to Richard Bock and Susie Schindler. She married John Willis Ricks July 7, 1939 and worked as a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and sisters, Lessie Bradberry and Ottilie Wright.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, John Lee and Dorothy Ricks, of Livingston and Douglas Jordan and Susan Ricks, of Stafford; sister, Norma Ellis, of Pearland; grandchildren, Diana Anthony, Valerie Ricks, Amanda Ricks, Matthew Ricks, Kyle Ricks, Bennie Schovajsa Jr. and Dee Ann Adams; and great-grandchildren, Erica Anthony, Lauren Anthony, Meagan Ricks and Heather Schovajsa.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. June 6, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, June 13, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Ricks, Mary

DIED, in this city, on the 2d instant, Mrs. Mary Ricks, an old resident of the city, and a lady with many friends. She born her sufferings with Christian fortitude, and approached the final end ‘like one who wraps the drapery of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams.’: Her remains were consigned to dust in the Odd Fellows’ Rest at 3 o’clock last Friday afternoon, there to await the resurrection morn.

Colorado Citizen, December 9, 1886

Ricks, unknown

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. A. Ricks about 2 months old died Friday. [Interment in Weimar Masonic]

Weimar Gimlet, Mar 24, 1887

Ricks, Willie


The many friends of Mr. J. R. A. Ricks will be sorry to hear of the death of his son Willie, of pneumonia, after only a few days’ sickness. Willie was a bright and promising young man, just budding into young manhood, and gave promise of becoming a good and useful citizen. His death is indeed a sad and severe blow to his parents, relatives and friends. To the bereaved one we extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolence. [Place of interment unknown; possibly Weimar Masonic]

Weimar Mercury, March 19, 1898. page 1

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