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Shackelfer, Minnie Maud

Our sympathies are extended the bereaved parents, Mr. and Mrs. Shackelfer, in the loss of their three year old daughter, Minnie Maud, which occurred in this city last Sunday, from fever. Her little form was sadly laid to rest last Monday afternoon, there to await the resurrection morn. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, October 13, 1887

Shackelford, Dave

Eagle Lake, Oct. 2.--In a fight with knives Monday night on the Brown Bros. plantation near this place Dave Rocinson[sic], a negro, is alleged to have killed Dave Shackelford, another of his race. Robinson was also severely cut about the face, but his injuries are not considered dangerous. He was brought to this city and is under the care of a physician. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, October 5, 1907, page 8

Shackelford, Irma (Chapman)

Shackelford Funeral Held in Houston

Funeral services for Irma Chapman Shackelford, 87, of Houston were held Friday, Sept. 19, at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons funeral home in Houston, with Rev Michael Chalk officiating. Burial was in Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

Mrs. Shackelford, a Weimar native, died Thursday, Sept. 17. She was a daughter of Sam and Cornet (Hancock) Chapman and was married to R. R. Shackelford, who preceded her in death. She was a member of the Episcopal Church.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Sidney M. and Phyllis of Houston, three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Mrs. Alma McIvor and Mrs. Van Lee Sanford of Houston and Mrs. Velma Penick of Austin.

Pallbearers at the services were Don Rao, Bill McDaniel, Charles Schorre, Royston Patterson, W. C. Byrd and Walter Byrd

Weimar Mercury, September 24, 1987

Shacklett, Myra Weldon (Davis)

Myra Weldon Davis Shacklett

Myra Weldon Davis Shacklett, 84, of Trinity, died on Friday, August 21 in Trinity.  She was born on February 9, 1903, in Eagle Lake.  After graduating from Rice Institute in 1924 she returned to Eagle Lake where she taught the third grade from 1924-27 and later taught in the Houston Independent School District for many years until retirement.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Eagle Lake at 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 30 with Rev. George Welch [sic Welsch] presiding.  Her body was donated to medical science.

She was preceded in death by her husband; [John W. Shacklett] [Mother Mary Montgomery Davis; Father, Weldon Edward Davis; sister, Mildred Davis Harbert, Ethel Davis Stubenvoll and Christine Davis Cauthan.]

Survivors include two great nieces, Mrs. Judy Cauthan Gishop [sic Bishop] and Mrs. Mary Cauthan White, both of Trinity and numerous cousins.  [Joe N. Frazar, Jr.; Fair Wells of Eagle Lake; Dorothy Cox, Sugar Land; Frances Hutchings, Houston; Josephine Paul of San Antonio; Willie Maye Tate, El Campo and Ruth Orr of Bellaire.] 

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

[There is a memorial marker at Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Shannon, Geraldine (Jackson)

Geraldine Jackson Shannon

Geraldine Jackson Shannon, 61, of Columbus, passed away Feb. 25.

She was born to Willie Mae and Willie Jackson on Jan. 3, 1949 and married Sinclair Shannon, June 14, 1966. She grew up in Houston and attended Carverdale Senior High School. She later moved to Columbus and became a member of the First Church of Nazarene.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Anthony Shannon and Willie Shannon; and daughter, Charlotte Shannon.

She is survived by her son, Jeremy Shannon; daughters, Andrea Shannon and Crystal Shannon; grandchildren, Xandria Shannon, D’andria Shannon, Garbrielle Shannon, Deandre Shannon, Christian Denley, Chasady Shannon, Tyesha Scott, Markell Stevens and Xavier Shannon; great-grandchild, Tameya Tone; brothers, Athydell Williams, Nathaniel Muhammad and Nathan Jackson; and sisters, Wanda Parks and Mandy Jackson.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, March 6 at First Church of Nazarene in Columbus with the Rev. Michael Thomas officiating. A private burial followed. [Place of interment unknown.]

Colorado County Citizen, March 10, 2010

Shannon, Willie Marcel


Willie Marcel Shannon, 33, of Columbus, passed away Nov. 8.

He was born in Houston, June 12, 1973 to Curtis Lee Doyle and Geraldine Shannon. He grew up in Columbus and attended Colorado County Schools. He joined the Columbus First Church of the Nazarene in 1985 under the leadership of the Rev. Eddie Sipp.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Anthony and Charlotte Shannon; and grandmother, Willie Mae River.

He is survived by his daughter, Chasady Shannon; father; mother; sisters, Andrea and Crystal Shannon; brother, Jeremy Shannon; grandfather, Willie Jackson; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 11 at First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Michael Thompson officiating. Interment followed at Gay Hill Cemetery in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, November 15, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Sharp, Augusta L. (Carlton)

Died last Thursday, November 16, at 9 o'clock, p.m., at her residence eight miles southwest of Columbus, Colorado county, Mrs. A. L. Sharp, (wife of Mr. James B. Sharp,) of a complication of diseases, from which she suffered two years. The deceased was born and raised in Statesville, the county seat of Iredell county, N. C., and educated at Concord Female college in Statesville. She was the daughter of Mr. Jno. Carlton, one of the oldest citizens of Statesville, who immigrated from Virginia, and her age was 52 years, 8 months and 13 days. She immigrated with her husband to Texas in 1870, and settled in Colorado county where she has since resided. She was a member of the Episcopal church, and a lady of many estimable qualities of head and heart, gathering around her by her graces of character a host of friends. Her remains were laid to rest last Saturday afternoon, November 18th, at the Ijams [Pleasant Grove] cemetery, there to await the Resurrection Morn. To her bereaved relatives and friends the Citizen extends sincere condolence.

Colorado Citizen, November 23, 1894

Sharp, R. P.

Houston Post: The remains of R. P. Sharp, whose death occurred Friday night at St. Joseph's infirmary, were shipped yesterday to Columbus, Texas, where interment will be made. Death resulted after a several days' seige[sic] of malarial fever, the end coming at 8 o'clock p. m. Friday. The remains were taken in charge by Wall and Stabe company and shipped yesterday morning to relatives at Columbus. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, August 12, 1905, page 1

Sharpe, Gay (Nail) Rogers

Gay Sharpe, 75, of Rockwall, passed away Jan. 18.

She was born Feb. 15, 1926, in Ballinger, to Andrew James and Lillie Mae Nail. She worked for Magnolia Retirement Center, where she later resided after her retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Ocie Sharpe.

She is survived by daughters, Lynn Benton of La Porte and Diana Simpson of Rockwall; sons: Barry Rogers of Fair Port, N.Y., and W. A. Rogers of Moore, Okla.; sisters: Doris Brown of Graham, and Betty Langston and Patsy Randolph both of San Angelo; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service were conducted Jan. 25, at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, January 23, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Shatto, Alf Preston, Jr.

Alf Shatto, Jr. Killed By Train At Weimar

Alf Shatto, Jr., son of veteran railroad agent, A. P. Shatto was struck by a passing freight train at Weimar last Sunday morning and instantly killed.

The tragedy occurred about a half block west of the depot at about ten o'clock. The engineer of the train saw the young man standing by the track as the engine passed, and when the cab passed over the point the trainmen saw the body lying on the track. The train was stopped and backed to the depot where report of the accident was made. Mr. Shatto called the Justice of the Peace and notified him that a man had been killed on the track, asking to go there and make inspection and hold inquest. Soon after, some member of the crowd which had been attracted brought the shocking news to Mr. Shatto that it was his own son who had been killed. Just how the accident happened will never be known.

Funeral services were held at the residence at three Monday afternoon, Rev. J. C. Wilson of the Methodist church conducting, and the remains laid to rest in the City Cemetery.

Alf Shatto, Jr. was reared in Weimar and was well known and liked by all. He was thirty years of age at the time of death. He is survived by his mother and father, a wife and three little sons, to all of whom the Citizen extends its deepest sympathy.

Colorado Citizen, Thursday, December 11, 1924
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Shatto, Janice (Walker)

Janice Shatto Funeral Held At Columbus

Funeral services for Mrs. Janice Walker Shatto, 70, of Columbus were held Wednesday, July 16, from First Baptist Church, Columbus, with Rev. Raymond Cox officiating. Burial was in Weimar Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Mrs. Shatto, a Weimar native, died Monday, July 14, at her home, of a heart attack.

Born May 8, 1916, in Weimar, she was a daughter of John F. and Elizabeth (Thompson) Walker. She spent her early years in Weimar, graduating as valedictorian of her class at Weimar High School in 1932. She attended Baylor University and the University of Texas at Austin, majoring in business administration.

She was married to Preston K. Shatto on June 17, 1937, and they moved to Columbus, where Shatto had several business interests including Columbus Funeral Home. He died in August 1985.

Mrs. Shatto was a researcher for the Columbus Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1973, establishing the fact that Columbus is the oldest platted and continuously inhabited Anglo community in Texas. This fact has been recognized by the Texas State Historical Commission. She worked with the Colorado County Sesquicentennial Commission and contributed a chapter to the narrative history of Colorado County that will be published later this year.

Mrs. Shatto was a member of First Baptist Church in Columbus for nearly 50 years. She served on the building committee that chose the site for the present church building and was chairman of the Cauthen Circle for many years. She gave a piano to the Junior Department of the Sunday School, served as pianist and taught in Vacation Bible School. She often played the piano for recitals and teas in Columbus.

She was regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, John Everett chapter, from 1958 to 1960 and served as secretary and national defense chairman more recently. She was instrumental in bringing the U.S. Marine Band to Columbus under the auspices of the DAR.

From 1957 to 1970, Mrs. Shatto worked with Young Audiences Inc. to bring musical groups from the Houston Symphony to play for Colorado county school children. In 1971, as chairman of the symphony Series, she helped to bring the Houston Symphony to Columbus for performances.

Mrs. Shatto was also a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the University of Texas Ex-Students Association, the Texas Historical Foundation and a life member of Magnolia Homes Tour and the Live Oak Art Club.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Shatto Massey, her son-in-law, John Hollis Massey; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Denise, John Hollis II and Preston Laas Massey, all of Dallas; a sister, Marybeth Houchins of Weimar; a nephew, John Oscar Houchins of Houston; a great-nephew, John Walker Houchins and a great-niece, Heather Houchins, both of Houston.

Serving as pallbearers were Philip Gates, Tyler T. Clark, A. N. Evans Jr., Clinton Voelkel, Henry Massey, H. P. Meyer, James Grubbs and Leo Kohleffel.

Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church in Columbus and the Episcopal School of Dallas, 4100 Merrell Road, Dallas, Texas 75229.

Weimar Mercury, July 24, 1986
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Shatto, Preston Kyle

Funeral Services Held For Preston Kyle Shatto

Funeral services for Preston Kyle (P. K.) Shatto. 69. a prominent business and civic leader in Columbus, were held Friday at the First Baptist Church in Columbus with Rev. W. Raymond Cox officiating.

Services were under the direction of George Lewis and Sons of Houston and burial was at the Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Shatto died last Wednesday in a Houston hospital.

He was born in Los Angeles, California, but was a resident of Weimar and Columbus most of his life. He had lived in Columbus since 1935. He married Janice Walker Shatto on June 17, 1937,

He was owner and director of the Columbus Funeral Home and City Cleaners in Columbus for 40 years. He also built and sold about 25 country houses and acreage units and was very active in real estate development.

Mr. Shatto was an authority and expert on trap and skeet shooting and was an avid bird and water fowl hunter. He was active in Ducks Unlimited.

In 1946 and 1947, he and Columbus Mayor E. E. Irwin were instrumental in getting noted Austin golf pro and instructor Harvey Penick to plan the layout of the Columbus Golf Coarse.

He also owned an airplane and was an accomplished pilot. He was a member of the Airplane Owners and Pilots Association.

After retiring, he devoted much of his time to his three grandchildren, developing their interests in tennis, hunting, travel and education.

He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Columbus, and also belonged to the Sons of Republic of Texas, Arabic Temple Shrine and Masonic Lodge of Columbus. He was a former city councilman in Columbus and was a charter member of the Columbus Golf Club.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Walker Shatto of Columbus; daughter and son in law, Elizabeth Ann Shatto Massey and John Hollis Massey of Dallas; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Denise Massey, John Hollis Massey II and Preston Laas Massey, all of Dallas; a brother, Alf P. Shatto of New Braunfels; sister in law, Mary Elizabeth Houchins; nephew, John Oscar Houchins; grand niece and nephew, Walker Houchins and Heather Houchins.

Colorado County Citizen, August 15, 1985, pages 1 and 2

Shatto, Mattie (Tooke)

Last Rites for Mrs. Mattie Shatto, 80, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Shatto, 80, of Houston, widow of Alf Shatto, Sr., and former resident of Weimar, were held at City Cemetery here Tuesday morning, with Rev. J. M. McDonald officiating.

Mrs. Shatto died Sunday afternoon in Houston, where she made her home since about 1936. She had been in ill health for some time and bedridden for the past six months.

Born near Oakland in 1871, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Tooke. Upon the death of her son, Alf, Jr., many years ago, she took his three young sons into her home and reared them. When the youngest, Hal, was graduated from Weimar High School, she moved to Houston, where her sister lives.

Surviving are her two sisters, Mrs. W. H. Lester of here and Mrs. W. L. Dennis of Houston; three grandsons, Alf and Hal of Houston and Preston of Columbus; and several great-grandchildren.

George Lewis Funeral Home of Houston directed the services.

Weimar Mercury, January 26, 1951, pages 1 and 5


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Shearer, Vina Lee (Barnett)

Last Rites For Mrs. Vina Lee Barnett Shearer

     Mrs. Vina Lee Barnett Shearer, a former teacher and principal in the Eagle Lake elementary school, passed away of a heart attack at the Caney Valley Hospital in Wharton at 7:00 a.m. last Thursday, May 18th.

     Mrs. Shearer, a teacher for fifty-one years, had been residing in Needville.

She was born March 16 , 1903, in Markham the daughter of Captain James A. and Vina E. Barnett.  Her father was a captain in the Confederate Army and she was a daughter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  She received her B.A. degree from Southwest Texas State in San Marcos and her Master's degree from the University of Houston; and had done considerable work on her doctor's degree.  She was affiliated with Delta Kappa Gamma.  She was a faithful member of the United Methodist Church.

     Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Harold Hall of Pledger and Mrs. Jewel Dutcher of Ganado; a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives and a host of friends.

     Funeral services were held from the United Methodist Church in Lissie at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 20th with the Revs. Dempsey Salter, Nelson and Sherrill Hall officiating in the services.

     Jerrol Higgins rendered favorite hymns at the organ and accompanied Mrs. Dexter Anderson as she sang, "Sunrise" and "Trust in the Lord."

     She was placed to final rest in the Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City. Serving as pallbearers were Harold Hall III, Jimmy Dutcher, Jerry Dutcher, Earl Dutcher, Robert Grissom, Gregg Grissom, Jeff Dutcher and Glen Sunderman.

     Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Eagle Lake Headlight May 25, 1972 page 12
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Shedd, Ronald Jack


Funeral services for Mr. Ronald J. Shedd, 38, were held Friday, October 25 at the Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Jerry Smith of Harlingen officiating. Burial was held at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Shedd died instantly from a accident in Beaumont.

Mr. Shedd was born on November 16, 1946 in Sinton to Walter L. Shedd and Susie Viola O'Neall Shedd. He married Kathy Cash Shedd on October 4, 1968. Mr. Shedd was a self employed truck driver, who he leased from Always Trucking Co.

Mr. Shedd was a Vietnam War server. He was also affiliated with the Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Shedd of Columbus; two sons, Paul Shedd and Jack Shedd both of Columbus; three sisters, Edmonia Lightfoot of Lake Jackson, Maxine Smith of Harlingen, and Doris Kneisley of Bellville.

Pallbearers were: Ray Madden, Truett Ivy, Billy Roberts, Richard LaCourse, David Gerloff and John Payne.

Colorado County Citizen, October 31, 1985

Sheffield, Connie E.


Connie E. Sheffield, 46 of Columbus, passed away April 28 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born April 9, 1957, in Houston, to Harold H. and Georgia (Floyd) Sheffield.

Her father preceded her in death.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Georgia and Rocky Rockhold of Canyon Lake; son, Bradley Rawlinson of Huntsville; sister and brother-in-law, Dixie Lee and Joe Wayne Williams of Huntsville; step-sisters, Peggy Rockhold of Corydon, Iowa and Paula Faye Turachak of Elizabeth, Colo.; step-brother, Jeff Rockhold of Spring; ex-husband Kenneth DeWayne Rawlinson of Houston; and special friends, Carlton Williams and Trish Jorden of Columbus.

Funeral services were conducted April 30 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Ricky Gobert officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Joe Wayne Williams, Brad Rawlinson, Jeff Rockhold, Mike Lindsey, Herb Matheny and John Higginbotham.

Colorado County Citizen, May 7, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Shelton, Helen Cordelia (Burford)

Mrs. Helen C. Shelton

Funeral services for Mrs. Helen C. Shelton, 69, a resident here 11 years, will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Cage-Mills Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Ardra Walker minister of Prescott Christian Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Seaside Memorial Park.  Mrs. Shelton died yesterday morning in a local hospital.  She lived at 2901 Niagara.  Surviving are her husband, Elgin; a son, E. B. Shelton; a daughter, Mrs. C. W. Karbach, and a sister, Mrs. M. B. Edmondson, all of Corpus Christi. [Helen was daughter of Dr. Jonathan Edward and Grace McGregor (Cameron) Burford, born in Osage 1 Aug 1886]

The Corpus Christi Caller, July 12, 1957, Section B, Pg. 20
Submitted by David Hahn

Shepard, Sophia


Our sympathies are extended our colored friend, James Shepard, who lost his wife by death last Thursday. She is said to have been a faithful, loving wife to him--religiously performing the many duties of her station with fidelity, and the bereaved husband feels sadly her untimely demise. (Place of interment unknown)

Colorado Citizen, August 26, 1880

Sheppard, Agnes C. (Carter)

Agnes C. Sheppard, 87, of Columbus, died Monday, May 9 in Columbus.

Born June 24, 1906 in Del Rio, she was the daughter of Silas and Birdie Ella (Keen) Carter. A Columbus resident since 1945, she was married to Andrew J. Sheppard, was a beautician and a member of the First Baptist Church of Columbus.

Graveside services wee held Wednesday, May 11 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery with Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Mrs. Sheppard is survived by her daughter, Louise Scronce of Columbus; sons Richard L. Sheppard of Clear Lake and Jerry Sheppard of Houston; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, May 18, 1994, page 13


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Sherrer, Frank Fredrick


Frank F. Sherrer, age 73, of Eagle Lake, passed away January 3 at the Wessex House in Wharton following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held for Frank F. Sherrer on Tuesday, January 5 from United Methodist Church of Eagle Lake with Rev. Charles Runk, pastor of Eagle Lake United Methodist Church nd Rev. Richard Avery, pastor of the St. Paul's Presbyterian Church of Needville officiating.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Frank Sherrer was born February 2, 1914 in Bay City to Frank S. Sherrer and Elizabeth Behmer Sherrer. He grew-up in Bay City, later marrying Ruth Hoffmann on January 1, 1937 in- Bay City and would have soon been celebrating their 51st Wedding Anniversary.

Mr. Sherrer retired from CPL on January 1, 1980 after over 38 years of service. Starting out on a crew truck out of Bay City he was later promoted to manager which moved him and his family to the CPL Laredo District for a period of' time.

In 1966, he moved to Eagle Lake to serve as the CPL manager and retired. Mr. Sherrer was very civic minded. Working in various civic groups the Lions and Rotary Clubs and the Boy Scouts of America, or wherever his help was needed.

He was a member of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church, he served on the Advisory Board as well as other committees as he was needed.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Sherrer of Eagle Lake; three daughters, Carolyn Lynch of Bishop, Dianne Kageler of Needville and Debbie Black of Dallas; sisters, Mrs. Betty Mayer of Bay City and Mrs. Bobbie Burkhalter of Chatfield; grandchildren, Linda and John Lynch of Bishop; Brad and Cliff Kageler of Needville; Ashley Black of Dallas; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of loved ones.

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

Pallbearers were L. V. Davidson, Draper Stephens, Allan Valigura, Bob Mclnteer, Gene Jones and Frank Pidgeon.

Colorado County Citizen, January 14, 1988, page 2

Sherrer, Ruth Lucille (Hoffman)

Ruth Lucille Sherrer, 77, of Eagle Lake, died Monday, Dec. 5, 1994, in a Wharton nursing home.

Born March 27, 1917, in Bastrop, she was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Hoffman. She married Frank F. Sherrer on Jan. 12, 1937, in Bay City. Mrs. Sherrer had been a resident of Eagle Lake since 1966 and was a member of Eagle Lake United Methodist Church.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Richard Avery officiating. Interment will following in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Sherrer is survived by her daughters, Carolyn Lynch of Bishop, Texas, Dianne Kageler of Needville and Debbie Black of Dallas; sister, Mrs. Frances Dove of Bay City; grandchildren Linda and John Lynch, Brad and Cliff Kageler, Ashley Black and a host of other relatives and loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1988.

Colorado County Citizen, December 7, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Sherrill, Willis Marion

Willis Marion Sherrill, 76, of Van Vleck, TX died Wednesday, May 22, 2002 in a Houston hospital. He was born on September 12, 1925 in Weeks, Arkansas, the son of the late James Oscar Sherril and Ovie Ella Meeks Sherrill.

Mr. Sherrill married Annie Estella Balusek on December 31, 1943 in Wharton. She preceded him in death on May 9, 1983. He later married Martha Ellen Bender on June 15, 1984 in Van Vleck. He was employed as rigging superintendent for Power System Group, Inc. and Gulf States, Inc., for some thirty years until his retirement in 1992. He also worked as a salesman for Dunn Equipment. He served in the United States Army and was a veteran of World War II. He is a former resident of Pledger and had resided in Van Vleck since 1984. He was a member of the Boling Church of Christ and was director of the Matagorda County Water District #6. He was a former president of the Matagorda County Roping Club and was an honorary member of the Bay City FFA. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved hunting, gardening and family.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2002 in the chapel of Wharton Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Ramsey and Mr. Paul Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the Wharton City Cemetery. Friends may call for visitation from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2002 at Wharton Funeral Home.

Survivors include: wife, Martha Sherrill of Van Vleck; daughters and son-in-law, Jimmy and Jenkins of Pledger and Mona Christine and Timothy Stavinoha of Boling; sons and daughters-in-law, Buddy and Kathy Sherrill of Wharton, Alan and Margaret Sherrill of Bay City and step-son Wayne and Beverly Bender of Bay City; brothers, Hartzell Sherrill of Austin, TX; grandchildren; Shari Jenkins, Carl Jenkins, Kim Torres, Willis Marion Sherrill, III, Michael Sherrill, Samantha Marshall, Todd Sherrill, Amy Jo Stavinoha and step-grandson, Vernon Bender; four great-grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Norma Jane Allen.

Pallbearers will be Carl Jenkins, Michael Sherrill, Todd Sherrill, Bud Sherrill, Vernon Bender, Chad Marshall, Damian Torres and Lee Harvey. Honorary pallbearers are Bob Hutson, Wayne Massey, Roy Clegg and Phil Vanderhider.

If desiring memorials may be made to the Van Vleck First Baptist Church Building Fund, Box 541, Van Vleck, TX 77482 or the Leukemia Society of America, 730 North Post Oak,Suite 314, Houston, TX 77024. A0014B2002MY26

The Bay City Tribune,Matagorda County, Texas Sunday, May 26, 2002
Submitter: Matagorda County Genealogical Society
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan

Sherrington, unknown (Mrs. William)

Columbus, Texas, March 16.-- Mrs. William Sherrington died here last night of hemorrhagic smallpox. Deceased was a lady of pleasing disposition and many noble attributes. She was a member of the Baptist church and her demise is mourned by a host of friends. She was 26 years of age and leaves a sorrowed husband and infant child. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 19,1898, page 1

Sherrington, William A.

Post Special: Columbus, March 25.--Mr. W. A. Sherrington, a jeweler, aged about 40, after a prolonged illness, died at the home of Mr. S. K. Gardner at 9 o’clock this morning. His consistent, open character made him many sincere friends. His wife died in 1898. He leaves a little girl 3 years of age. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 30, 1901, page 2

Shimek, Joseph F.

Death of One of Weimar's Most Prominent and Honored Citizens

While it was known that Mr. J. F. Shimek, one of Weimar's most prominent citizens and business men, was seriously ill in a San Antonio hospital. yet when news of his death was flashed over the wires Sunday night it caused a distinct and sorrowful shock to pervade the hearts of our people. Mr. Shimek had been in failing health for a number of months. Recently he entered the Woodmen of the World Hospital in San Antonio for treatment. There it was learned his condition was serious, but hopes were held out by physicians in charge that eventually they would put him on his feet again. That they exerted their best efforts there is no doubt, but without avail.

During the past week his condition had not been so favorable. and it was the intention of his faithful wife and son, Edwin Joe, to visit him the past Sunday. but at Mr. Shimek's request the visit was postponed until the following Sunday. Sunday night his condition grew worse, but not alarmingly so. Mrs. Shimek talked to the physician In charge about 9 o'clock and at that time there seemed no immediate cause for alarm. However, Mr. Shimek had a sinking spell shortly afterward and within thirty minutes had passed away.

The remains were prepared for burial and shipped here Monday afternoon. Interment took place at the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery Tuesday afternoon, in the presence of one of the largest gatherings we have ever seen at a Weimar funeral, attesting the high esteem in which Mr. Shimek was held by everyone. The profusion of costly and beautiful floral offerings placed upon the grave was a noticeable feature of the funeral. Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, local Lutheran minister, officiated at the grave in one of the most beautiful funeral services we have ever listened to. Universal sorrow was expressed on the face of everyone present over the death of this truly good man and citizen.

The impressive burial service of the Odd Fellows' lodge followed Rev. Piepenbrok's funeral oration, Mr. Shimek having been a member of that order for many years. He also was a member of the Weimar Fire Department, Hermann's Sons Lodge, a Bohemian lodge, Woodmen of the World and Praetorians, and members of all these orders were present to pay the last sad tribute of respect to a beloved and worthy brother.

Mr. Jos. F. Shimek was born in Austin county, and was 55 years of age at the time of his death. With his parents and brothers and sisters he moved at an early age to the County Line section south of Weimar, and here he lived until about 16 years of age, when he came to Weimar seeking employment. In his early youth he worked for Malsch Bros., W. C. Munn and the Boettcher Company. Later in life he purchased the large general mercantile stores of W. C. Munn, and these he directed with success up to the time of his death. In early manhood he was united in marriage to Mrs. Minnie Herzik, and it proved a happy union, the couple being devoted to one another. The widow. a son. Edwin Joe. one daughter, Eunice, one step-daughter, Mrs. B. B. Braun, three brothers, Frank of Halletsville and John and Will of this section. and three sisters, Mrs. Joe Holubec of Granger, Mrs. Homer Little of Wichita Falls and Miss Annie Shimek of County Line. survive.

The writer of these lines has known Joe Shimek for a period of nearly forty years, in fact since he first came to Weimar a boy of 16 seeking employment. During all that time we found him to be a fair, square man, a friend to be depended upon under any and all circumstances. He may have made mistakes--and who among us has not? but he meant at all times to do the right thing. He was a man of fine business qualifications, a friend sincere,a devoted husband and father, and in his passing we drop the tear of sympathy with his loved ones as one who knew and loved him during the long years of friendship that existed between us.

May God comfort and console his bereaved ones, as He alone can.

Weimar Mercury, March 23, 1928, page 1

Shimek, Robert

Shimek Boy of Garwood is Reported Dead

Mr. and Mrs. John Shimek of Garwood received a War Department message last week informing them that their only son, Robert Shimek, was killed in action in France on April 3.

They had previously received a notification telling them that their son was missing in action.

Robert who was to receive promotion to the rank of sergeant, had been overseas only a short time. He was born at Rosenberg removing to Garwood where he lived for 12 years. He was a graduate of Garwood high school.

Colorado County Citizen, May 17, 1945

Shimek, Thomas

Thomas Shimek

Thomas Shimek, the aged father of our townsman, J. F. and John Shimek, died at the family residence at Shimek, a few miles south of Weimar, Friday morning and was buried the following day. Mr. Shimek was about 72 years old at the time of his death. He was ever regarded as being one of our best and most substantial citizen. Quiet of demeanor, of frugel[sic] habits, honest and straightforward in his dealings with his fellow-man, he possessed the friendship and esteem of all his neighbors and acquaintances. He was regarded by all as a splendid, good citizen, and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family. [Buried in Bila Hora Cemetery in Lavaca County]

Weimar Mercury, May 9, 1914, page 1

Shimek, Tillie (Grunewald)

Tillie Shimek Services Held April 28

Tillie Shimek, 99, of Weimar died April 26 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center of natural causes. Funeral services were held April 28 at Hubbard Funeral home with Rev. Patricia Newcomer officiating. Interment followed at Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Shimek was born March 26, 1900 in Goliad County to Charlie and Elizabeth (Dornburg) Grunewald. On Jan. 31, 1922 she married Will J. Shimek. She lived in this area her entire life and was a housewife and a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include: nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, six brothers and six sisters

Pallbearers were : Clif Holubec, Ken Holubec, George Poppe, Robert Little, Wilton Leppin ,and Raymond Grunewald.

The Weimar Mercury May 6, 1999
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Shine, Evelyn J.. (Clayborne)


Evelyn J. Clayborne Shine, 75, of Columbus, passed away June 3.

She was born Oct. 15, 1931 to Cora and Archie Clayborne in Columbus. She attended school in Columbus and attended Greens Chapel AME Church at an early age. She moved to Houston where she joined the Magnolia Baptist Church and later joined the Macedonia Baptist Church under the Rev. Herman Sampson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and one sister.

She is survived by her sisters, Roslyn Phlegm, Jessie Johnson and husband, James, Margaret Sampson and husband, Herman, Anna, Jettie and Linda Clayborne; brothers, Jimmy Farrow and Cedrick Clayborne; aunts, Mable Johnson, Annie Davis, Ester Lee Glenn and Ora Lee Daniels; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were June 9 at Booker Memorial Temple in Columbus with the Rev. Herman Sampson officiating. Interment followed at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were James Sampson, Todd Hewett, Edward Sampson, Dennis Johnson, Michael Johnson and Rodney Garcia. Honorary pallbearers were Curtis R. Curley, Ollie Curley Jr., Herman Sampson Jr., Anthony Sampson, James Sampson Sr., James Henry Johnson and Luther McCutchen.

Colorado County Citizen, June 13, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Shirley, James A.

James A Shirley
July 6, 1952 – December 23, 1996

Services for James A. Shirley, 44, of Los Angeles, Ca., formerly of Columbus were held Dec. 28 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Elsie Ferguson officiating.

Burial followed at Wiling Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Shirley died Dec. 23.

He was born July 6, 1952, in Columbus, Texas, the son of Lella Shirley and Charles Edward Williams.

Shirley graduated from Columbus High School in 1970, then moved to Los Angeles, Cal. Where he attended Los Angeles Trade Technical College and many others. He was affiliated with St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his mother, Lella Shirley; grandfather R. A. Shirley; sister, Monica Shirley; brother, Leathan Shirley; three aunts, Ida Johnson, Sheila Carey and Kathleen Glenn; three nieces, Natasha Shirley, Sabrina Shirley and Mercedes Shirley; nephew, Tra Varis Shirley; and four cousins, Kim Butler, Shei Lare Carey, Cha Vail Carter and Reginald Glenn

Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus, directors.

Banner Press, January 9, 1991
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Shirley, Lella


Lella Shirley, 74, of Columbus, passed away Aug. 23 at her home.

She was born Sept. 24, 1932 in Columbus to Mary Lee-Glover Shirley and R.A. Shirley. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and a Columbus High School graduate.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, James; and sister, Kathleen Glenn.

She is survived by one daughter, Monica and son, Leathan Shirley both of Columbus; two sisters, Ida Johnson and Shiela Carey, of Columbus; one brother, Roland Shirley, of San Antonio and her eight grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Aug. 23 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Purnell officiating. Interment will follow at Willing Worker Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Linzy Orise, Jarvis Vaughns, Larry Burford, Michael Fitzgerald, Jon Woods and Laird Toliver. Honorary Pallbearers were Leathan Shirley, Reginald Glenn, Calvin Scott, Tason Harris, Reginald Fitzgerald and Roland Shirley.

Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Methodist Church.

Colorado County Citizen, September 12, 2007
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Shiver, Della

DIED, at the family residence near this city Monday night of congestion, Mrs. Della Shiver, wife of Mr. Mike Shiver, aged 33 years. Mrs. Shiver was an estimable lady, beloved by all who knew her, and leaves a host of friends to mourn her untimely demise. Her remains were interred in the Masonic cemetery Tuesday morning, and was followed to the last resting place by a large concourse of relatives and friends. To the bereave husband we extend our sincere sympathy in his sad and irreparable loss.

Weimar Mercury, August 11, 1889

Shiver, Jefferson


Jefferson Shiver, who was reported so low in our last, passed calmly away to his reward assuring his dear wife and affectionate children that the reward was in reservation for him. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, September 29, 1881, page 3

Shiver, Mary Ann Catherine (Burch)

The remains of Mrs. Mary Shiver, who died at Houston at the residence of her daughter, Saturday, were brought here for interment Sunday and laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery same afternoon. Rev. Isaac Sellers, pastor of the Baptist church, conducing the funeral services. Mrs. Shiver was quite an aged lady, being the mother of Joe and Mike Shiver, Mrs. S. W. Ratliff and several other children whose names we failed to learn. She also was the grandmother of Commissioner A. J. Ratliff of this city from whose residence the funeral took place. She formerly lived in this city, and was known and beloved by all for her many excellent traits of character. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones in the loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, March 22, 1912, page 4

Shiver, Mike

Mr. Mike Shiver Died Tuesday Morning

Mr. Mike Shiver, an old-time citizen of this section, passed away at his home on Tuesday of this week, a victim of the flu. He had been ill but a few days.

Funeral services were held Wednesday with interment in the LaGrange Cemetery, Rev. McKinney of this city officiating.

Mr. Shiver was born in the state of Florida, and was about 74 years of age at time of his death. He had lived for a number of years on a farm near Holman. He was known to be an honest, hard working man, and was well and favorably known to our citizens.

He leaves to mourn his passing four daughters and one son, namely: Mrs. Nettle Smith of Dallas. Mrs. Mary Weber of LaGrange, Mrs. Susie Cohen of Victoria. Mrs. Lizzie Roberts of Weimar and Mr. Willie Shiver of Kenedy, Texas. He is also survived by several brothers and sisters, one sister, Mrs. S. W. Ratliff of Houston, is a former citizen of this place.

We extend heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, January 18, 1929, page 1

Shivers, Paula B. (Carpenter)


Funeral services were held for Pansy B. Shivers Sunday, September 7, at Glidden Baptist Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Hendon officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Pansy B. Shivers was born November 22, 1903 in Tennessee to Wm. Carpenter and Mary Myrtle Metzger Carpenter. She was a member of Glidden Baptist Church;

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Glidden Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Paula Oldfather. of Glen Mills, Penn.; one son, Chris Shivers of Glidden; a step-sisters Pauline Harbin of West Covina, California.

Honorary Pallbearers were Joe Hanak, James Hanak, D. D. Stair, James Besch and the Deacons of the Glidden Baptist Church.

Colorado County Citizen, September 11, 1986

Shoop, Elsie Lorena

The little seven weeks old baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Shoop died Tuesday morning and was buried in the cemetery at Rock Island Wednesday afternoon.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 21, 1936
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Shoop, Henry Arthur

Henry Arthur Shoop Buried at Rock Island

Henry Arthur Shoop died at the home of his son, Rex, in Garwood on Thursday of last week. He was born in Pennsylvania March 18, 1856, having reached the age of 79 years, 11 months and 2 days. He was married to Miss Rachel Bennett on February 4, 1880 in the state of Iowa. In 1913 they moved to Texas and settled m Rock Island. He engaged in farming until six years ago when he was disabled to do the work on the farm and moved to Garwood. For the past several months being severely ill, he lived with his son. Everything was done to make him well again, but in vain. Slowly, from day to day, he grew weaker, until the Lord called the weary pilgrim home. He united with the Methodist church when he was a young man. Mr. Shoop is survived by his sorrowing wife and eight children, five sons and three daughters, two preceding him in death. The sons are Robert of Garwood, Clarence of Alberta, Canada, R.A. (Bud) of Garwood, Max of Rock Springs, Wyoming and Roy of Garwood; the daughters are, Mrs. Lizzie Orr of Naper, Nebraska, Mrs. Addle Nelson of Buffalo Gap, South Dakota, and Mrs. Lerna Powell of Eldorado, Texas. He also leaves thirty-one grandchildren and six great grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Lettie Hammons of Chicago and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Garwood Methodist Church, with Rev. H. C. Travis, Presbyterian Minister and Rev. A. F. Foerster, Methodist Pastor officiating. Interment was made in the Rock Island [Myrtle] cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 28, 1936
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Shoop, Lonnie

Lonnie Shoop, 22, Dies of Accidental. Gunshot Wound

GARWOOD--Lonnie Shoop, a 22-year-old Garwood native who was killed at his horne in Edna by a gun he is reported to have taken down to clean, was laid to rest Friday in the Oak Lawn Memorial cemetery In El Campo.

The son of Mrs. Roy Shoop of Garwood was reported to have died about 9:30 p.m. May 15 of a bullet wound from a .45-caliber pistol in his head. The gun was reported to have fired accidentally.

His wife was reported to have been in another room of their home when she heard the shot. The Shoops have a young son.

Survivors Include the widow and son; his mother; a sister, Mrs. G. K. Jackson who is with her husband in the U .S. army in Germany; and a brother, Neil Shoop of Garwood.

Rev. William Blankenship of Edna officiated at the funeral in the. First Baptist church in El Campo with Rev. B. D. Vanderslice assisting.

Pallbearers were Leroy Frnka, Johnny Struska, Otto Danklefs, Howard Harry, Don Carter and Robert Schiurring.

Colorado County Citizen, May 23, 1957

Shoop, Roy William

Roy W. Shoop Taken By Death, Burial Monday

Funeral services were held in the First Baptist church of El Campo Monday afternoon for Roy William Shoop, 55, who died Saturday in the Methodist hospital of Houston after a lengthy illness. He had been in the hospital 2 months.

Rev. Lester Collins of El Campo officiated, assisted by Rev. S. M Inman of El Campo and Rev. A. M. Roos of Garwood. Burial was in the Oak Lawn Memorial Park at El Campo.

Mr. Shoop was born in Bristol, Nebr., Mar. 16, 1899. He came to Rock Island with his parents when he was 11 and later moved to Garwood where he spent the remainder of his life. He and his wife, the former E__a Young of Oklahoma, passed their 21st wedding anniversary the day before his death. He was a rice farmer.

Besides his widow he is survived by 3 sons, Lonnie, Leroy and Niel Owen and a daughter, Norma Faye; also 4 brothers, Rex of Garwood, Max of Rangeley, Colo., Robert of Buckeye, Ariz., and Clarence of Kinuso, Alberta, Canada. Two sisters, Mrs. Walter :Powell of El Dorado and Mrs. H. N. Nelson of Buffalo Gap, S. D. also survive.

Pallbearers were W. K. Lehrer, Lyle T Phillips, Otto Danklefs., Robert Schiurring, John Gideon, Howard Harry, Ed Lee Shaw and Raymond Hunt.

Colorado County Citizen, November 11, 1854

Shorter, Rev. Coby Jr.

Reverend Coby Shorter, Jr.

The Life, Labor and Legacy of the Reverend Coby Shorter, Jr.

Reverend Coby Shorter, Jr. was born on January 16, 1929 in Egypt, Texas to Coby, Sr. and Blanch Anderson Shorter.

He was the seventh of eight children and grew up farming in the Bonus Community with his family. His parents and six siblings preceded him in death.

He accepted Christ at an early age, was baptized and united with the Sand Ridge Baptist Church in 1945, under the pastorate of the late Reverend B.J. Williams.

Little did he know that one of the converts baptized with him would later become his wife. He attended the Elm Grove and Bonus Schools.

While his passion was to become either a professional cowboy or baseball player, a higher calling was pulling the reigns of his soul.

It was his miraculous survival of the April 16, 1947 mid morning explosion on the SS Grandcamp in Texas City, Texas that set the course of his life on a higher call of service.

He often recounted how, in the midst of the destruction, God allowed him to calmly walk out of the disaster site by the aid of a “still small voice” calling him to preach.

Reverend Shorter confessed his calling to the Gospel Ministry in 1947 and was licensed to preach by the Sand Ridge Baptist Church, Reverend B. J. Williams, Pastor, in June 1948.

Understanding the importance of preparation, he attended high school at the Conroe Normal Industrial School and College, Conroe, Texas and also took the ministerial courses in pursuit of a degree in Theology from the school’s seminary.

He was ordained in ministry in 1953. During his fourth and final year of his religious studies, he answered another call to service and enlisted in the United States Army.

Upon returning to Texas, Coby, Jr. and Claudine Brooks were united in Holy Matrimony, June 20, 1954, at the Twentieth Century District Association Tabernacle, Egypt, Texas. To this union three children were born: Sheryl Deniese, Beryl Elyese, and Coby, III.

Over the years, their family developed while living in Houston and Wharton before settling in Eagle Lake for nearly fifty years.

Reverend Shorter’s ministry as a pastor began with a call to the Grove Hill Baptist Church, Crescent Community, in 1955. A few months later, he accepted the call to also pastor the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, Pin Oak Community.

In 1956, he accepted the call to pastor the Union Baptist Church No. 2, Eagle Lake, Texas. Twelve years later, he became the pastor of the newly merged congregation, Providence Baptist Church.

The richness of his labor is evident in the ministries of the church and the distinction of being personally involved in the construction of two sanctuaries on the church campus.

He also distinguished himself as being a pastor in the Independent Missionary Baptist General Association of Texas for over 50 years.

Pastor Shorter’s devotion to his church was complimented by his commitment to his family.

While always being available for his duties as pastor, he continued his career in the construction industry by working throughout the Gulf Coast Area until retiring in 1987, as a member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America.

Pastor Shorter will be remembered as an “unsung hero” of the area who constantly supported community efforts without the need for personal accolades.

For example, when local mothers, in the early ‘70’s, wanted a place to meet for youth activities, he single handedly lead the effort to construct a meeting place within the community.

When the community needs were greater than the available resources, he would personally insure that the objectives were accomplished.

On Monday, October 26, 2009, 11:40 p.m., Pastor Shorter received his final call from the Creator to be “absent from the body, and present with Him.” Life came to a close in the St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, Austin, Texas. Heaven’s Gates opened wide and received a faithful servant.

He leaves to cherish these precious memories, a devoted wife of fifty-five years, Claudine B. Shorter; two daughters, Sheryl D. Henry (Rudolph) of Wharton, Texas and Beryl E. Shorter of Red Oak, Texas; one son, Rev. Coby Shorter, III (Patricia) of Pflugerville, Texas; six grandchildren, Kirsten D. Henry, Fresno, Texas, Krystle D. Henry, Richmond, Texas, Chelir E. Grady, Midville, Utah, Ulysses Grady, III, San Antonio, Texas, Alyssa C.A. Grady, College Station, Texas and Coby Shorter IV, Pflugerville, Texas; one brother, William Shorter (Emeola) Texas City, Texas; a host of nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and the Providence Baptist Church Family.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. [burial place unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 3rd, 2009

Shorter, Johnny Lee

Johnny Lee Shorter

Johnny Lee Shorter passed away Wednesday, February 15.

He was born on July 29, 1949 to Dolly and Dan Shorter, Sr. in Wharton County. He was the first child born to this union.

He confessed Christ at an early age at Sandridge Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend H.Y. Davis. Johnny remained a faithful member and was ordained as a deacon in 1979. He was also the church Treasurer.

Johnny attended Bonus Elementary and graduated from Hungerford High School in 1967.

He was employed by Imperial Sugar for 24 years.

Johnny was preceded in death by: his parents; and brother, Ernest Lee Shorter.

He leaves to mourn his passing: three brothers, Johnathan (Bobbie), Dan, Jr. (Pat) and Sherman (Regina); two sisters, Evada Shaw and Savannah (Alex); nephews, Mark, Rick, Darren, Alex, Jr., Jason, Tukie (Doc), T.J., Kaleb and Nathan (Sylvia); nieces, Natolyn (Marcus), Dolexia (Dewey), Jovannah, Nicole (Robert), Jonezolyn, Gayle, Shermaine, Kaitlyn and Rachel (Chris); one great nephew, David Allen; and a host of aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 28 at 11 a.m. from Sandridge Baptist Church in Egypt, TX with Rev. Coby Shorter Jr., officiating. Interment followed in Sandridge Cemetery. Final arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Deacons and Trustees of Sandridge Baptist Church.

Honorary pallbearers were Johnathan Shorter, Dan Shorter Jr., Edward Shorter, Mark Shorter, Austin Shorter, Hollis Shorter and Leroy Shorter.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.  

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 22, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck


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Shropshire, Augustus Ludlow Caesar

Yoakum, Texas September 26: Mr. A. C. L. Shropshire died at the residence of his son, Dr. W. Shropshire, in this city, at 7 o'clock last night, after a lingering illness. Mr. Shropshire was an old and respected citizen of Fayette county, Texas, having moved here early in he fifties from near Lexington, Ky., and had been a citizen of that county until recent years, when he went to live with his children. His remains were attended to the train by the camp of Confederate veterans of Yoakum, of which he was a member, and carried to Weimar t be buried in the family burying ground beside his wife and children who have gone before him.

Mr. Shropshire's remains were brought here and laid to rest in the cemetery Sunday morning.

Weimar Mercury, September 26, 1896

Shropshire, Benjamin

Mr. Ben Shropshire, a former resident of this city, died at Houston last Saturday night, and on Monday morning was brought to this city for burial.[Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery] A sister and brother of the deceased accompanied the remains here. Mr. Shropshire was a son of Mr. Gus Shropshire, who formerly practiced law at LaGrange, years ago.

Weimar Mercury, April 14, 1894, page 2

Shropshire, Charles Tait

From this week’s Columbus Citizen we learn with regret of the death of Mr. Chas. Shropshire, a well known citizen of this county. Mr. Shropshire a few years ago was a candidate for sheriff of this county, was an upright, genial gentleman, and friends in this section regretted deeply to hear of his death. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, October 7, 1905, page 1

Shropshire, Corless

Corless Shropshire, Colored Died Here TuesdayEvening

Corless Shropshire, a well known young negro man, about twenty-eight years of age, died Tuesday evening of influenza. Corless, for many years, has been porter and waiter at the local hotels. He was polite, courteous and well liked by all. He was a good, useful young man and his death is regretted by both wihite and colored people. His funeral was held Wedneday, with interment in the colored cemetery here. [Listed under burial place unknown] [Death certificate gives place of burial as Eagle Lake, name as Cardus son of Cardu and Dallie (Edwards) Shropshire and the notation--married]

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 19. 1918

Shropshire, Editha


Died, in Weimar Saturday night, at 12 o’clock, Mrs. Capt. A. L. C. Shropshire, after lingering and suffering for many weeks. Mrs. Shropshire was one of Nature’s noble women, and a kind an affectionate wife and mother. She leaves a husband and large family of children and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Capt. Shropshire is a brother of the late lamented Judge Shropshire, of La Grange, who died of yellow fever in that city in 1867; and also a brother of the gallant Maj. John S. Shropshire, of Columbus, who was killed in the early years of the late war at Valverde; and brother-in-law of Judge W. S. Delany, of the State Commissioners’ Court. Capt. Shropshire emigrated from Kentucky to Texas about thirty years ago. She was laid to rest by neighborly hands in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery in this city last Monday morning. Peace to her ashes.

Colorado Citizen, January 15, 1885

Shropshire, Ida


Ida Shropshire, 35 years old, well known local colored woman, died at 8:15 on last Sunday evening She was ill but a short while, having become ill on the previous night at about 8 o’clock. She was the granddaughter of “Aunt Emma” Brown, who passed away several years ago, and who was well known to all the people of this city. She leaves six small children and two sisters, Emma Surrey of Los Angeles, California, and Hattie Hurd of Altair, and numerous other relatives. [Place of interment unknown] [Widow of Corless Shropshire.]

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 3, 1932

Shropshire, Nellie (Hahn)

Mrs. Shropshire, Native of City, Is Buried Here

Funeral services for Mrs. Nellie Hahn Shropshire, Columbus native who died Monday at El Campo, were held at the Catholic Church in El Campo, Wednesday morning at 9:30, followed by interment in Odd Fellows Rest here at 11 o'clock.  Untermeyer Brothers were in charge of arrangements.  Mrs. Shropshire was born in Columbus 68 years ago, a daughter of Christian and Laura Hahn.  She was the widow of Charles Shropshire whom she married here in her youth.  She moved away from Columbus many years ago and had lived in El Campo since the death of her daughter several years ago.  Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Dee McKay of Houston and Mrs. Fred Bell of El Campo and a brother, Guy Hahn of South Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, October 21, 1943.
Submitted by David Hahn


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Shupak, Charles John

Charles John (C.J.) Shupak, 22, of Frelsburg, Died Saturday, April 9, 1994, in an auto accident near Frelsburg.

Born Nov. 7, 1971, in Columbus, he was the son of Johnnie and Joyce (Wostarek) Shupak. On May 22, 19893, he married Teresa Wright. He was a life-long resident of the Frelsburg area, an employee of Nicklos Drilling Company, a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg, Knights of Columbus Council 5157 of Frelsburg and the Texas Sportsman Association.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 12, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Dan Morales officiating. Interment followed in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Funeral services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Rodney Warschak, Thomas Wostarek, Jason Schmidt, Jackie Schmidt, Jason Klausmeyer, Wayne Supak and Jason Koska.

Honorary pallbearers were Shane Siptak, Jack Miles, Tommie Oldag, James Oldag, Trace Siptak, Cody Plagens and Jimmy Wright.

Mr. Shupak is survived by his wife and son, Cody James Shupak, both of Frelsburg; his parents, of Frelsburg; grandparents Justin and Cora Wostarek of Frelsburg and Emily Shupak of Victoria; great-grandmother, Bertha Woatarek of Frelsburg; sisters Theresa Shupak and Anna Shupak, both of Frelsburg and brothers Chris Shupak of Rock Island and David Shupak of Frelsburg.

Colorado County Citizen, April 13, 1994
Translated by Dennis Boatright

Shupak, William Eric “Billy”

Shupak Funeral Services

Funeral Services for William Eric (Billy) Shupak, 20, of Weimar, were held Monday, December 7, 1992 at St. Michael's Catholic Church with Rev. John C. Bily officiating.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Shupak was killed early Saturday morning, December 5. when his 1992 Chevrolet pickup truck veered across a city street, hit a utility pole and overturned.

Born January 19, 1972 at Brenham. he was the son of James and Shirley (Schertz) Shupak. He had lived in the Weimar area for six years, graduating from Weimar High School in May, 1991. and was an employee of M-G, Inc.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Shupak: grandparents, Anton and Mary Schertz of Frelsburg and Emily Shupak of Industry; brother, Bradley Shupak; two sisters, Michelle and Samantha Shupak, all of Weimar; his fiance, Kimberly Bretting of Weimar; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Johnnie Shupak Sr. of Industry: and a cousin, Chrystal Rester of Livingston.

New Ulm Enterprise, December 17, 1992, page 2

Sigler, Henry Clay


In the death of Dr. H. C. Sigler, which occurred Thursday night of last week at the residence of his son, Dr. Innis B. Sigler, in this city this section lost one of its oldest, most valuable citizens, one who had spent practically a life-time among us. While the death of this good man was not unexpected, he having been seriously ill for several weeks and but faint hope held out for him, still his death occasioned sadness among a large circle of friends, among whom he had lived for the past forty years.

The funeral took place Friday afternoon at 5 o’clock at the Masonic Cemetery, and was attended by a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends. Rev. J. C. Wilson, Methodist pastor, delivered a beautiful oration at the grave. The pall bearers were George E. Carey, R. H. Yoder, J. F. Shimek, John H. Brooks, P. J. Shaver and E. L. Reinhardt.

Dr. H. C. Sigler was born at Clayborn, Ala., April 22, 1848. His father, Dr. B. A. Sigler, was a dentist of the old school. Dr. Sigler spent his boyhood near this place and at Andalusia, Ala. In January, 1871, he was married to Miss Mary Matthews of Mobile, Ala. In 1872 he came to Texas, locating at Columbus,Texas, then the terminus of the G. H. & S. A. Railroad. Having passed the state board of dentistry of Alabama when a young man, he spent one year under a brother in Alabama, and in 1883 commenced practicing the profession of dentistry at Schulenburg. In 1884 he moved to Weimar, living here from that time until 1891, moving at that time to the place he had bought from the late Gail Borden estate and known as the Borden Packing Plant. He resided there until November, 1898, when he sold out and moved to Columbus. At the time of his death he had been practicing dentistry in Colorado county for a period of about forth years.

Dr. Sigler is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Maggie Walker of Altair, and three sons, Dr. I. B. Sigler of this place, Mr. Gray Sigler of Deridder, La., and Mr. Chas. Sigler of Beaumont. All were present at the funeral with the exception of the last named son.

Dr. Sigler was well and favorably known to all of our people. He was a man of most engaging personality, ever having a cheery greeting for those with whom he came in contact, a man whom to know was to esteem and like. As a dentist, he was ever regarded as one of the best of his profession, being patient and painstaking, with an ambition to always give the best of service to his customers. His death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, April 4, 1924, pages 1 and 4

Sigler, Henry C.


It was indeed a sad accident that befell young Henry Sigler (son of Dr. and Mrs. H. C. Sigler) in this city Wednesday night at or near the hour of 1 o'clock. It seems that he, with several young friends, had attended a ball at the opera house. Becoming hungry after the ball was over, they adjourned to S. D. Chapman's store, where young Sigler was employed. While the young men were in Mr. Chapman’s store, Henry picked up his employer’s sixshooter and playfully pointed it at his head, remarking, “This thing is loaded.” He then laid it down, but soon afterward happened to see his own pistol--a small 38-calibre fiveshooter. He picked it up with the remark, “This thing is loaded, too.” The words had hardly left his lips when one barrel of the weapon was discharged, the ball entering at the corner of his right eye, ranging upward. He fell to the floor unconscious, and this so frightened his companions that they fled to the Opera saloon, where they met Will Whittington and told him of the occurrence. The crowd then returned to the grocery store, and upon their arrival the poor boy was made as comfortable as possible. A physician and hack were procured, and the wounded boy taken to Mr. Chapman’s residence, where every attention was given him, but without avail, he dying at 5 o’clock Thursday morning. Word was telephoned to his parents, brothers and sister, but on account of the delay in not being able to reach them that night, they did not arrive here until Thursday about noon. Henry was a bright, energetic young man, a great favorite with his employer, friends and all who knew him, and his death is deeply regretted. The remains were tenderly committed to rest in the Weimar cemetery Thursday afternoon at 5 o’clock. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents in this sudden and irreparable loss of a beloved and dutiful son.

Weimar Mercury, March 10, 1900, page 5

Sigler, Innis B.

Final Rites For Dr. I. B. Sigler Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Dr. I. B. Sigler, 69, whose death occurred Saturday morning at the hospital in Sealy after a nine days illness, were held here Sunday afternoon with interment in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery, with Rev. Schmidt of Sealy officiating and Rev. Sadler of Brookshire assisting.

Dr. Sigler was born January 30, 1873, at Columbus and soon after moved to Weimar with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Sigler. He grew to manhood in Weimar and attended one of the first schools established here, the old Weimar Institute. He married Miss Patty Solovan in November, 1896 and shortly thereafter the couple moved to Sealy where he had practiced dentistry until his last illness.

Dr. Sigler was interested in the early history of this section of Texas and wrote many articles which appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout this section. He was also an amateur naturalist.

Surviving Dr. Sigler are his wife, Mr. I. B. Sigler of Sealy; one sister, Mrs. T. J. Okes[sic] of Glidden; one son, Berford Sigler of McAllen; two daughters, Mrs. Daniel O. Saunders of San Antonio and Mrs. T. A. Reuse of Cuero; and seven grandchildren.

The Mercury extends sympathy to his family in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, August 26, 1942

Sigler, Mary G. (Matthews)

Estimable Lady Passes Away At Age of Seventy-Nine Years.

Mrs. H. C. Sigler of Eagle Lake, an old-time resident of this section and county--mention of whose serious illness is made in an item elsewhere in this issue--died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. A. Walker, in Eagle Lake, after a long illness.

The remains were brought here Wednesday morning and at 10:30 were committed to mother earth in the Masonic Cemetery. Large numbers if mourning relatives and friends from Eagle Lake, Columbus, Weimar and other points were present to pay the last sad tribute to this excellent, good woman.

Mrs. Sigler, beloved wife of Dr. H. C. Sigler, the dentist, was well and favorably known to many of the old-time residents of this section, and her death is sincerely deplored. The family lived for a number of years on the farm now occupied by John Humplik, a short distance west of the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery, also at Borden for many years.

In the death of this truly good woman, the heartfelt sympathy of all goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, June 16, 1922, page 1

Sigler, Pattie (Sullivan)

Sigler Rites Today

Graveside services will be held at Masonic Cemetery today, Thursday, at 2:30 p.m. for Mrs. Pattie Sigler, at 2:30 p.m. for Mrs. Pattie Sigler, [sic] who had a dental practice here many years ago. Mrs. Sigler had been making her home with a daughter in Cuero. No further details were available.

Weimar Mercury, January 30, 1959, page 1

Simank, William

Mr. Wm. Simank, brother of our townsman, Henry Simank, died suddenly last Sunday at Weimar, of black jaundice. The relatives here have the sympathy of friends. – Shiner Gazette. [burial place unknown]

Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Nov 1899, page 1
Contributed by Matt Cross

Simcik, Jim Joseph

Flatonia – Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 22, 1967 for Jim Joseph Simcik, 68 years, 6 months and 3 days, who passed away in the Laughlin Hospital, Eagle Lake, at 2:55 a.m. Tuesday, February 21 following an illness of several months.

Mr. Simcik sent to Eagle Lake from Flatonia a number of years ago, and was employed as a butcher in grocery stores in the community. Following his retirement, he continued part-time operation of the Key Oil Co. Service Station in Eagle Lake.

The Rev. Father Edward Geiser officiated at services in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Paul and Frank Simcik, Victor and Frank Gast, Hoy DeShazo, and Frank Broesche.

He was born August 18, 1898 in Moulton, the son of Paul and Adolphina (Stockbauer) Simcik. On December 14, 1946 he was united in marriage in Eagle Lake with Miss Hattie Mica.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Hattie Simcik; four children at home, Bobby 15, Nancy 12, Billy Joe 7, and Stephen 10 months; four sisters, Mrs. Anton (Mary) Pulkrabek of Moulton, Mrs. Joe (Annie) Gast, Mrs. Millie Brosch and Mrs. Bertha Brosch, all of Flatonia. Two children by a former marriage, James Simcik, Jr. of Victoria, and Mrs. Evelyn Gibson of Houston also survive.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mrs. L. A. (Albina) Gast, who died April 30, 1965.

Shiner Gazette, Thursday, March 16, 1967
S ubmitted by Rosemary Ermis


(Browse all obituaries with Simmons surname)

Simms, Mr.

An old man by the name of Simms, living on the McLeary farm, northeast of town, died last Friday night of dropsy, after a long and painful illness, and was buried the following day at the Osage cemetery, Rev. John J. Styner performing the funeral service. He leaves a large family, in rather destitute circumstances, and a collection was taken up in this city last Saturday for them. THE MERCURY extends its sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones in the sad loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, 29 December 1894
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Simms, Susan (Brinkley) Butler

Aged Lady Dies Tuesday

Mrs. Wm. Simms, wife of a well known farmer of this section and mother of Mr. Jesse Butler, farmer residing on the Ed Rabel farm northeast of Weimar, died Tuesday, aged about 80 years, and the remains were laid to rest in the Borden Cemetery Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Clem Hardy, Baptist minister, officiating.

Mrs. Simms was one of the old time residents of this section, having lived here for many years. She was a good wife and mother, a valuable friend and neighbor, and her death is sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, June 24, 1932, page 1

Simpson, Emily

Universal regret was expressed by our citizens last Friday morning when it became generally known that Mrs. Emily Simpson was dead. Though afflicted for many months, and herself despairing of recovery, her friends had hoped that with care and the use of remedies suggested by skilled physicians, her life might be prolonged for years yet to come. It was not to be. The hope was rudely dispelled. Mrs. Simpson was born in Fairfax county Va, August 20, 1820, was married to James H. Simpson, September 10, 1844, immigrated to Colorado county, Texas, March, 1862, and died May 22, 1891, at her home in this city. Her long life was one of quiet, unostentatious usefulness and labor for home interests, her family and friends, of devotion to her children's comfort and well being, finding within the home, its attachents and adornments the greatest meed of her happiness--the fruition of her highest desire. Her malady was borne with the resignation of inate courage and fortitude enshrined to the decrees of an All wise Power; and in her last days she "put her house in order" for her expected departure. To her gentle spirit what the world terms "grim death" came as a longed for messenger of peace, the summons of relief, the invitatiion to rest. Her remains were transfrerred to Weimar and interred beside her husband, who preceded her over a decade ago "to that undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler e'er returns," Rev. G. H. Collins of the Methodist church conducting services at the residence here, and at the Odd Fellow's cemetery in Weimar, assisted by Rev. Mr. Haynie. a large concourse of relatives and friends were present at the sad rites. A son and three daughters are left to mourn their irreparable loss. The Citizen extends sincere condolence.

"The night-dew that falls, though in silence it weeps,
Shall brighten with verdure the grave where she sleeps;
And the tear that we shed, though in secret it rolls,
Shall long keep her memory green in our souls"

Colorado Citizen, May 28, 1891

The funeral of Mrs. Emily Simpson of Columbus took place last Saturday at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery in this city, the remains being followed by a larger number of sympathizing relatives and friends. Rev. G. H. Collins of Columbus conduced the funeral services. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved ones.


It was with deep regret last Friday morning that we learned of the death of Mrs. Emily Simpson. She was born in Fairfax county, Va., August 20, 1820; was married to Jas. H, Simpson Sept. 10, 1844; immigrated to Colorado county, Tex., in March 1862, and died May 22d, 1891, at her home in this city. Her remains were interred in the Weimar cemetery last Saturday.


In the death of Mrs. Emily Simpson of Columbus this community lost one of its former citizens, that was beloved by everyone that knew her. She was our nearest neighbor when living here and was one of those like Christ illustrated in the parable of the good Samaritan. The family have my sympathy in this their great bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, May 30, 1891

Simpson, Emily Jane

Miss Emma J. Simpson of our city died at El Paso last Saturday, after a lingering illness of some months. She went to El Paso in hopes that the climate would benefit her but was taken with a relapse and died before any of her relatives could reach her. She was brought to Weimar and buried last Monday. Many sorrowing relatives and friends attended the funeral. She was a member of the Episcopal church, had many admirable traits of character, and was beloved by all who knew her. Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to her bereaved relatives and friends.

Weimar Mercury, July 28, 1900

Simpson, George

A PHOTOGRAPHER named Geo. Simpson, an Englishman by birth, about 30 years old, died at the boarding house of Mr. W. D. Coffee last Monday night, and was buried Tuesday, Rev. G. H. Collins officiating. Friends interested themselves in his behalf and gave him a decent burial. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 13, 1891, page 3

Simpson, Harriet Fields (Scates)

Died, near Egypt, Wharton county, Nov. 26, 1882, Mrs. Hattie Simpson, (nee Skates[sic],) aged 28 years. Mrs. Simpson left a husband and two little girls, the younger four weeks old. [place of interment unknown] Bereft of the tender love and solicitous care a wife and mother only can give they must yield to NATURE’S LAW, and “Pass under the rod,” for

Folded now are the tired hands,
The burden of life laid down;
No more shall she watch the ebbing sands
Of Time’s unceasing round,
Back to the Source from whence it came
The tide of life hath flown,
Uncrossed by care, untouched by pain,
To sit beneath the Eternal Throne.

Eagle Lake, Dec. 8, 1882. M. D.

Colorado Citizen, December 14, 1882, page 3

Simpson, James A. “Jimmy”


James A. "Jimmy" Simpson, 60, of Columbus, passed away July 26 in Columbus.

He was born Nov. 20, 1943 to Fred Lonzo and Charline D. (Leyendecker) Simpson and married LaVon Nicholson June 26, 1982. He worked for Woodwork Craftsman and Oil Field Construction and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Robert Lichey; and grandson, Gary "Bubba" Risinger.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Lisa Esquivel of Sealy; step-daughters, Mary Toliver Wood of Conroe and Virginia Toliver of Willis; step-sons, Connie Toliver of Liberty Hill and Floyd Toliver of Gonzales; sister, Ruby Simpson Beard of Columbus; niece, Pennie Brown and husband, William of Glidden; great-grandnephews, Koldin and Jarrette Brown; grandchildren, Whitney Risinger and Victoria Esquivel; and step-grandchildren, Raymond Lopez, Cassie Kana, PFC Lawrence Kana, Billy Wood, Justin Toliver, Petty Officer second class Christopher Toliver and Michael Toliver.

Funeral services are scheduled to be conducted at 5:30 p.m., July 28, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Bill Johnson officiating. [Cremated]

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

Simpson, James Hendley


The remains of the lamented Jas. H. Simpson, who was honored and well known throughout the county, and who died in the city of Columbus February 9th, 1880, were disinterred and removed to the Odd Fellows’ cemetery in Weimar on Thursday last and placed in the family lot of above named cemetery.

Colorado Citizen, April 9, 1891, page 3

Simpson, Q. T.


It is with great sorrow that we chronicle the death of Rev. Q. T. Simpson’s infant boy, who departed this life last Tuesday morning at quarter to five o’clock. Little Q. T. was four months old, was a constant sufferer all his little life. While we sympathize deeply with the bereaved parents, perhaps its for the best the little fellow has gone to a better world. He was buried in the Masonic graveyard the evening of he same day, M. S. Hotchkiss officiating.

Colorado Citizen, September 15, 1887

Sims, Alice Mae


Alice Mae Sims, 48, of Eagle Lake passed away Feb. 16 at Heritage House in Eagle Lake.

She was born in Eagle Lake June 14, 1954 to L.C. Sims Sr. and Mae Bell Frazier Sims.

She is survived by daughter, La Cretia Sims of Eagle Lake; brothers, L.C. Sims Jr. of Eagle Lake, Commie Sims of Matthews, John Henry Sims of Columbus, Leonard Sims of Eagle Lake and Steve Sims of Matthews; sisters, Mary Bell Cook of Egypt, Jacqueline Shelton of Sandridge and Kathy Sims of Wharton; two grandchildren; and numerous other relatives.

Funeral services were Feb. 22 at White Cloud Baptist Church with the Rev. O. Rhodes officiating.

Interment followed in Borkins [Boykin] Cemetery.

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

Sims, Charles Henry


Charles Henry Sims, 76, of Houston died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 1996 in Houston.

Born Jan. 17, 1919 in El Campo, he was the son of John Daniel and Roberta “Bettie” (Stapleton) Sims. On July 3, 1942, he married Ruby Margret Winzenried in Sheridan. Mr. Sims was a tractor trailer rig operator.

Funeral services were held Jan 5 at Christian Tabernacle Church with Rev. Richard Herd officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Services were under the direction of Woodforest Funeral Home in Houston. Local arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Sims is survived by his wife of Houston; sons Charles Sims of George West and Danny Sims of New Caney; three daughters Betty Burrage, Dolly Ondria and Virginia “Resee” Sellers, all of Houston; two brothers Allen Sims of Amarillo and Herbert Sims of Conroe; a sister, Opal Adkins of Highlands; six grandsons; three granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; one great grandson; and numerous other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and one sister.

Colorado County Citizen, January 10, 1996, page 10

Sims, Herbert May

Herbert May Sims, 67, of Willis was born in Rock Island on September 25, 1934, to John Daniel Sims and Roberta Stapleton Sims.

Herbert honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Staff Sergeant H. M. Sims served part of his time in the service as a medic and was then asssigned to the Military Escort Service. He served 14 years in the regular Army of the United States.

He passed away January 11, 2002 at the V.A. Hospital in Houston.'Preceded in death by his parents; a sister and six brothers; survivors include a sister, Opal Adkins of Highlands, Texas; sister-in-law, Ruby Sims of Houston; nephew, Allen Holland and wife, Mary of Lourel, Mississippi; niece, Esther Keeker and Rev. Johnny of Buckholts, Texas; nephews, Charles Wayne Sims of George West, Texas, and Donny Sims of New Caney; nieces, Betty Burroge, Dolly Andries and Renee Sellers of Houston; numerous nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews and friends.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 14, from Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 17, 2002

Sinclair, Cora Adell (Arnold)

Mrs. Sinclair Passes Away

Mrs. O. E. Sinclair, a resident of the Lissie and Eagle Lake Communities for the past seventy years, succumbed to a lengthy illness in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital at 8:00 a.m. Friday, December 31st. Mrs. Sinclair, nee Dell Arnold, was born May 23rd, 1878 in Illinois the daughter of John S. Arnold and Hannah Arnold. The family moved to the Lissie community in 1898 where Mr. Arnold did some farming and the family operated a store in the community for a number of years. She was united in marriage with Elbert Sinclair in the Lissie Community on Aug. 24, 1905 and the family later moved to Eagle Lake. Mr. Sinclair preceded her in death in July of 1933. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 2nd , from the Chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with the Rev. E. E. Mulliner, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Private burial took place in the Lakeside Cemetery. Surviving are: one son, Simon S. Sinclair of Eagle Lake, two grand-daughters, Miss Elizabeth Sinclair of Dallas and Mrs. Jack M___? of Eagle Lake and two great grandchildren. Mrs. Sinclair was a member of the Methodist Church. She spent many active years in the community and came to be loved by all who made her acquaintance. She shall be dearly missed by loved ones and friends throughout the area.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 9, 1969
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Sinclair, Dorothy Louise (Barnett)

Dorothy Louise Barnett Sinclair
February 7, 1914 - October 22, 1991

Dorothy B. Sinclair, age 77, of Eagle Lake, passed away on October 22, 1991, in her home. She was born February 7, 1914, in Lexington, Missouri, the daughter of Paul V. and Cecilia May Shull Barnett.

She was married in Carrollton, Missouri, on January 12, 1935, to Travis R. Smith. He preceded her in death in 1962. She was married December 4, 1968, to Simon S. Sinclair.

Survivors include her husband of the home; daughters, Sandra Smith Kipping of Triplett, Missouri; Pam Smith Todd of Parkville, Missouri; Grace Sinclair Cooper of Eagle Lake and Beth Sinclair Draper, Houston. She is also survived by a sister, Marie B. Tipton, Warrensburg, Missouri; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 25, 1991, from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel of Eagle Lake with Rev. Charles Miller, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake. The family has requested remembrances be make in the form of contributions to the First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Oct 24, 1991, page 4
Contributed by Grace Sinclair Cooper

Sinclair, Mary Elizabeth (Owen)

Mrs. Simon S. Sinclair Passes Away Aug. 23, 1968

A large gathering of friends and relatives gathered at Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake Sunday afternoon at 2:30 to pay final tribute to one of Eagle Lake's most loved citizens, Mrs. Simon S. Sinclair, who succumbed to a lengthy illness in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital at 10:45 p.m. Friday, August 23rd. She had been in failing health for several months but had been confined to the hospital for only four days when she passed away bringing great sadness to the community.

The Rev. Edward E. Mulliner, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiated at the services in the Mill-Bauer chapel.

Private burial services were held in the Lakeside Cemetery.

Mrs. Sinclair was born Mary Elizabeth Owen, on August 10th, 1910 in El Campo, Texas. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Owen, preceded her in death.

After completing her education in El Campo and in college, she taught school in Bryan and Palacios until she was united in marriage with Simon S. Sinclair of Eagle Lake in a service in El Campo on September 20th, 1934.

Surviving are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Jack B. Mann and Miss Beth Sinclair; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jack Mann; her mother-in-law, Mrs. O. E. Sinclair, one brother, Charles W. Owen of El Campo; one niece, Mrs. Earl (Marianne) Walborg, Jr., of Houston; a nephew, David Owen, a member of the U. S. Air Force in Puerto Rico.

She was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church, and actively served for many years in the Women of the Presbyterian Church, as well as a teacher in the church Sunday School. She was also active in many other community groups and was a past president of the Study Club. She was always willing to help wherever her assistance was needed. She was dearly loved and respected by all who came to know her and she shall be deeply missed by her loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Aug 29, 1968, page 1
Contributed by Grace Sinclair Cooper

Sinclair, O. Elbert


Prominent Citizen and Businessman of Eagle Lake Is Killed Instantly Late Tuesday When Car In Which He Was Driving Alone From Houston Here Crashes Into Cement Railing On San Bernard River Bridge Near East Bernard, And Is Rendered Mass of Wreckage.

O. E. Sinclair, 64 years of age, one of Eagle Lake’s prominent businessmen and popular citizens, was instantly killed in an automobile accident last Tuesday.

The tragic death of this splendid man has cast a gloom of sorrow over the entire town and community.

Mr. Sinclair was driving from Houston in his car alone when the car struck the railing of the concrete bridge over the Bernard River a short distance east of East Bernard, killing the driver instantly and rendering the car a mass of wreckage.

He is thought to have been driving at a high rate of speed when the accident happened. He was considered a good driver, and the cause of the accident will likely never be known as there were no witnesses near enough to know. Mr. Sinclair’s neck was broken, both arms were broken, both legs broken, his chest and back crushed, with deep cuts about the head, down both arms and severe bruises and cuts over the stomach.

Particulars concerning the accident have been meager and other than the statement given by Raymond Brandes of east Bernard, who was driving a truck to that place, and who was the firs to reach the scene of the accident, they will probably never be known.

Mr. Brandes statement given to Judge Odom Johnston, justice of the peace at East Bernard, in substance is about as follows”

“On the evening of July 25th about 6:15, I was driving a truck on Highway 3 about two miles of the San Bernard river bridge when a V-8 passenger car passed me going about 60 miles an hour, and this car soon passed out of sight, going over the hill near the Bernard river. And when I came up on this hill I saw a smoke at the end of the bridge and on coming up to the bridge I saw what I supposed to e this same car about 50 feet on the bridge headed east. (The opposite direction in which it was traveling). I stopped and went to the car and I saw a man lying about half way under the car. I pulled him out and I saw that he was dead. The body of this man showed his head to be badly bruised and his left leg was broken and his left arm was cut just above the hand. The car was badly wrecked. On examining the place, I saw where the car was driven against the southeast part of the end of the bridge and judging from the nature of the torn up condition of the car and marks on the bridge, the car must have been driven at a high rate of speed.”

Mr. Sinclair was so badly mangled in the accident that those who first saw him did not recognize him. Two citizens of Eagle Lake, both well known to him, returning to Eagle Lake shortly after the accident stopped at the scene. At this time there were many cars parked along the highway near the accident. These men viewed the body, but did not recognize it as Mr. Sinclair, and drove on it to Eagle Lake.

Mr. Sinclair was born near Council Bluff, Iowa, in January 1869. He came to Texas in company with George Gray, Jr., in March 1899 and located at Chesterville, and later moved to Lizzie, being engaged in rice growing and stock raising while living at both places.

He was married in Lissie in 1905 to Miss Dell Arnold of that place who with their son Simon, survives. Mr. Sinclair purchased an interest in the Universal Motor Company, the local Ford agency in 1920, and in 1921, with his family, moved from Lissie to Eagle Lake.

Mr. Sinclair and Mr. B. H. McElhinney were partners in the Universal Motor Company business and he was also associated with Mr. McElhinney in other business. He was district agent for the Gulf Refining Company and was also agent for the J. I. Case machinery company. He was associated with Mr. Hayes Stephens in a number of business properties. Mr. Sinclair was a member of the board of aldermen of the City of Eagle Lake, serving at the time of his death in his second term, or his fourth year as member of the board of councilmen. He was also extensively engaged in rice farming.

He enjoyed the confidence and respect of every person in this community. He was a man of cheerful disposition and friendly manner and made friends of all among whom he mingled. Those who knew Mr. Sinclair well will join un in saying that he was a man who loved his fellows and delighted in being helpful and useful. To all he was cordial and agreeable, to the destitute and needy he was generous, and many have been his acts of generosity, for his heart went out in sympathy to the sorrowing and Elbert Sinclair never neglected an opportunity to give to them a word of sympathy and extend any possible aid.

Mr. Sinclair was a good man, a likeable man, a splendid citizen and his tragic death has cast a pall of sorrow over the entire community. In his dealings with his fellows he was just and honorable. He was a good neighbor, a good husband, a good father, and as a citizen he was helpful and useful. This writer knew him since he first located at Chesterville and in all this time found nothing in his life to criticize or condemn.

He is survived by his wife and one son, Simon, of this city one brother W. D. Sinclair of Oakland, Iowa, and three sisters, Mrs. J. C. Miller of Avaca, Iowa, Mrs. George Meck of Omaha, Nebraska, and Mrs. Mills Geenlay of Chugwater, Wyoming.

The Headlight joins the people of the entire community in extending its sincere sympathy to Mrs. Sinclair and Simon in their irreparable loss, and to the other sorrowing relatives. Their hearts are bruised and bleeding, and grief deep and poignant reigns over their lives. Our people sorrow with them and feel for them a sympathy as deep as the depth of the human heart.

Our memory of this good friend is that of a man whose companionship was pleasant, who was agreeable and honest, and who wished all mankind well.

The funeral was held this (Friday) morning at 10’oclock, all business houses of the town closing during the funeral hours. The services were conducted by Rev. J. E. Morgan of Columbus. The active pallbearers were R. H. Reese, W. A. McMillan, T. B. Epps, W. C. Reed, Walter Adams, B. H. McElhinney, A. P. Powers and J. N. Brower. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 29, 1933
Transcription by Judy Talkington

Sinclair, Simon S.

Simon S. Sinclair
March 30, 1909 - April 25, 1996

Simon S. Sinclair, 87, of Eagle Lake, passed away April 25, 1996, at Rice District Community Hospital.

He was born in Lissie on March 30, 1909, the only child of O. E. and Cora Adell Arnold Sinclair.

In 1921, the family moved to Eagle Lake where Simon resided the rest of his life.

After graduating from Eagle Lake High School, he ran a succession of businesses.

Soon after the death of his father in 1933, he joined Mr. Ben McElhinney as a partner in Universal Motor Company, the local Ford dealership. In 1971, Ford Motor Company recognized Universal for its 50 years of continuous operation.

Sinclair farmed rice for over 50 years; served on the Eagle Lake City Council and the Eagle Lake Independent School District Board.

In 1979, after 38 years of service, he retired from the Board of the First National Bank of Eagle Lake. For the last 14 years of service, he was chairman of the board.

Simon was also a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church and for over 50 years, a member of the Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Owen Sinclair, and his second wife, Dorothy Barnett Smith Sinclair.

He is survived by his daughters, Grace Dell Sinclair Cooper and husband Michael of Eagle Lake, Elizabeth Owen Sinclair Draper and husband Tom of Sugar Land, Sandra Smith Kipping and husband Lawrence of Triplett, Missouri, Pamelia Barnett Smith Todd of Parksville, Missouri; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two devoted friends, Evelyn Ashton and Ivory Stewart.

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Richard Avery, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake, officiating. Internment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Dulany Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Larry and Paul Kipping, Kent Todd, Luke and Andrew Draper, Jack Mann; nephew Travis Tipton; and friend Lewis Bland Epps.

Honorary pallbearers were W. J. (Ted) Brunner, J. H. Clipson, Sr., William H. Harrison, Sr., Earl H. Rodgers and Lonnie Sommerlatte.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 605, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 2, 1996, page 3
Contributed by Grace Sinclair Cooper

Sine, Aline (Dunn)
Sine, Merle

Merle, Aline Sine Services Held On June 15

Merle and Aline Sine both died on June 12 in Weimar. Memorial services were held Tuesday, June 15 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Father John Bily officiating. Interment will follow at a later date in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Aline (Dunn) Sine, 78, was born Nov. 7, 1925 in Grace Hill, Texas. 'Their family moved to Weimar when she was a young girl and she :lived here her entire life.

Merle Sine, 85, was born Sept. 17, 1918 in Springfield, Ohio. He joined the Army in the summer of .1942 and was transferred to San Antonio two years later, where he met Aline. They married April 13, 1944.

Merle served overseas in England, France, and the Philippines. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and after staying just a few months in Ohio, both decided to make Weimar their home.

Merle worked as a mechanic for Brasher Motor Company, Beken Cattle Company, and Weimar Ford :Motor Company. Aline worked as a clerk and cashier at several local establishments in addition to raising three children.

They are survived by, one son, Larry Merle Sine and wife Kim, of Weimar; two daughters, Laura Joan Pick and husband Gary of Houston and Linda Kay Holman and husband Jack of Weimar; six grandchildren, David Todd Sine and wife Leah of Flatonia, Brandon Merle Sine and wife Amber of Katy, Shellie Pick of Houston, Wesley Pick and wife Whitney of Houston, Coy Holman of Houston and Kate Holman of Houston.

They are also survived by four great-grandchildren, Logan Taylor Sine and Walker Todd John Merle Sine of Flatonia, Sterling Brown Sine of Katy and Kallie Aline Pick of Houston.

Aline is also survived by one sister, Avie Kveton of Cat Spring and Merle is also survived by one sister, Katherine Wiles of Springfield, Ohio.

Married and being close for over 60 years they remained inseparable even in death. They both passed away of natural causes only hours apart.

Weimar Mercury, June 17, 2004

Sinor, Olena Angeline (Marshall)

Mrs. W. H. Sinor

The funeral of Mrs. W. H. Sinor, age 43, who died at the family residence on the Hightower farm last Wednesday night, was held Friday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt, pastor of the First Baptist church of Columbus, officiating.

Mrs. Sinor was born in Corell county, Va., spending part of her life in Arkansas and moving with here family to Columbus six years ago. She had been in ill health for several months and her death was not unexpected. She was a member of the Baptist church of Columbus and had lived the simple Christian life of a wife and mother. She is survived by her husband and five children and one brother, John Marshall all of Columbus; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Marshall, two brothers, Steve and Jess Marshall of Roland, Arkansas; and Lawrence Marshall of Yakima, Washington.

Interment was made in the I. O. O. F. cemetery here.

Pallbearers were H. L. B. Skinner, Wilbur Odom, J. J. Austin, Fred Willms, R. W. Byars and E. B. Obenchain.

Colorado County Citizen, March 21, 1935, page 4

Sinor, W. Lloyd

Lloyd Sinor, 23, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W, H. Sinor, on the Hightower place south of town late Monday sothe[sic] eight days of illness with pneumonia.

Funeral service was held at the residence at ten o'clock yesterday morning and interment made in Odd Fellows Rest. Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt of the First Baptist church officiated.

Pallbearers were Jim Willms, Joe Dick Perry, Herbert Lipperdt, Lloyd Foster, Henry Horak and Jerry Rutta.

Besides the parents, two brothers and three sisters survive him, also one uncle, John Marshall of this place, and a grandfather, Mr. D. W. M. Marshall of Hot springs formerly of this place.

The sorrowing ones have the sympathy of the community.

Colorado County Citizen, April 5, 1934

Sipes, Beth (Allen)

Beth Sipes

Beth Sipes, 72, of Sheridan, passed away November 24 in Richmond.

She was born on April 10, 1937 in Santa Paula, California the daughter of Dewey and Faye Allen.

Beth was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Donna Johnson; brother, Wayne Allen; daughter, Brenda D’Amico; and grandson, William Alan Schneider.

Survivors include her husband, Theron Snipes [sic.] of Sheridan; daughter, Linda Schneider of Sheridan; son, Alan Schneider and wife, Suzanne of Sheridan; stepdaughter, Shani Casagrande of California; grandchildren, Jim Schneider of Sheridan, Robert Sloan of Sheridan, Lynne Cook of Russellville, AR, Andy D’Amico and wife, Amanda of Houston and Richard D’ Amico of Altair; brother, Rex Allen and wife, Rae of Paso Robles, California; son-in-law, Frank D’Amico of Altair; three great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren, Sophie and David Vander Linden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held November 27 from 5 to 8 pm. at Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held November 28 at 10 a.m. from Eagle Lake Funeral Home with Jerry Greak officiating. Interment followed in Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 3, 2009

Sirois, Donald L.

Donald L. Sirois, 52, of Columbus, died Friday, March 11, 1994, in a Houston hospital.

Born Feb. 20, 1942, in Chicago, IL, he was the son of Elwood and Ethel (Schoon) Sirois. On March 30, 1968, he married Judy Sandeno. Mr. Sirois had been a resident of the Columbus area since 1981, having resided previously in Reddick, IL. He was an employee of Dawson WellTech L.C., a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Columbus, a member of VFW Post No. 6113 and American Legion Post No. 383, both of Columbus, and he was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 15, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, with pastor John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Albert Divin, Heath Moore, Steve Tjarks, James Glithmann, Joe Schindler, Reuben Puphal, Scotty Stroud and Henry Schneider. Honorary pallbearers were Shannon Divin, Daryl Hill and David Schoon.

Mr. Sirois is survived by his wife of Columbus; daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle and Kerry Divin of Katy and Jeanine Sirois of San Marcos; sister Kay Tjarks of Pontiac, IL; step-sister Kay Kersch of Reddick, IL and step-brother Wesley Earing of Pontiac, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gilbert Sirois and a step-brother, Bill Earing.

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

Sissom, Gercie Eloise

Gercie Sissom Dies Dec. 17

Gercie Eloise Sissom, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 17 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home. She was born Gercie Eloise Cate on Nov. 4, 1913 in Chicago, Ill.

Mrs. Sissom is survived by her son, James I. Sissom of Weimar; three grandchildren, James Sissom Jr. of Channelview, Kimberly Sissom Lyons of Wichita Falls, and Tonya Sissom Spalek of Columbus.

She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren.

After cremation, Gercie Sissom will be placed by her husband, Floyd James (Bud) Sissom, in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

There will be a graveside service, which will be announced at a later date.

The Weimar Mercury December 28, 2000
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Sissom, James L.


James L. Sisson, 64, of Weimar, passed away Sept. 18.

He was born Oct. 3, 1939 in Houston to Floyd and Gercie Sisson. He attended Immanuel Lutheran High School and the University of Houston. He worked for LCRA-Fayette Power Project and was a member of the Masonic Lodge/ Shriners.

He was preceded in death by his parents; spouses, Barbara Cruse and Loretta Edington.

He is survived by wife, Beverly Sissom of Weimar; son, Jimmy Sisson Jr. of Tomball; daughters, Kimberly Lyons and husband, Chris, of Wichita Falls and Tonya Spalek and husband, Bryan of Columbus; three stepchildren, Jonathan and Julie Houser; and eight grandchildren.

Memorial services were Tuesday, Sept. 21, with pastor Frank Ottati officiating. [cremated, Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

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

Sissom, Loretta

Loretta Sissom Funeral Services Held May 14

Loretta Edington Sissom, 60, of Weimar died May 10 in Austin. Funeral services were held Monday, May 14 at Hubbard Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Sissom was born Aug. 17, 1940 in Blythe Ville, Ark. to Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Edington.

She attended Spring Branch High School. She was a teachers aide.

She lived in this area for 26 years also living in Houston.

She is survived by one son, Jimmy Sissom Jr. of Channelview; two daughters, Kimberly Lyons of Wichita Falls (UAF) and Tonya Spalek of Columbus; one brother, James Edington of Palestine; one aunt Hazel Demery of Lake City, Ky; and seven grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, May 24, 2001

Skalitsky, Joe F.


Funeral services for Joe F. Skalitzky were held April 6 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, with Father Werner Bockholt officiating. Burial was at the church cemetery.

Joe F. Skalitzky was born May 19, 1902 in Frelsburg to Joseph & Frances Pavalicek Skalitsky[sic]. He lived in Frelsburg all his life and worked as a farmer and rancher before he retired.

Skalitzky was peceded[sic] in death by his parents, one sister, and two brothers.

Survivors include three sisters: Mary Henneke of Frelsburg, Millie Richter of Fayetteville, and Christina Richter of New Ulm. Four brothers: Albert Skalitsky of Fayetteville, Alouis Skalitsky of Fayetteville, John Skalitsky of Fayetteville, and Adolph Skaitsky[sic] of Donna, Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, April 11, 1985

Skalitsky, Leslie C.


Leslie C. Skalitsky, 72, of Frelsburg, passed away June 15, in Columbus Community Hospital, TX.

He was born Dec. 6, 1931 to Christian and Willie Mae (Vasut) Skalitsky in Frelsburg and lived his lifetime there. He worked as farmer and self-employed gravel hauler.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sister, Pearl Skalitsky Valenta and husband, Richard of Eagle Lake; and niece, DeLeslyn Pearl Valenta of Houston.

Funeral services were conducted June 18, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Fr. Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Pallbearers were Billy Wasut, Jimmy Vasut, Johnny Richter, Brent Haynes, Bryan Haynes and Brandon Richter.

Colorado County Citizen, June 23, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Skalnik, Eugenia (Fojtik)

Mrs. Skalnik, Former Resident, Buried Here Last Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Eugenia (Foytik)[Fojtik] Skalnik, aged 51 years, 2 months and 19 days, who died at her home at 6:30 a. m. Saturday, April 3, in League City, Galveston county, where she had resided for the past nineteen years, were conducted at 2 p. m. Monday at the Jno. C. Hubbard Funeral Parlors, with Rev. Jos. Zimerman of the Czech Presbyterian Church of Weimar, officiating with interment in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery, under direction of H. B. Emken, funeral director of Texas City, Texas.

Surviving are her husband, Frank W. Skalnik, one daughter, Miss Lottie Skalnik, three sons, Clarence R. Skalnik, all of League City; Victor E. Skalnik of McCamey, Texas, and Emil V. Skalnik of Aransas Pass, Texas; her mother, Mrs. John Foytik of Weimar; two brothers, Louis and Alvin Foytik of Weimar, eight sisters, Mrs. Roman Chamrad and Mrs. August Pokluda of Weimar, Mrs. J. Walchas[sic] of Louise, Mrs. Chas. Bures of Ganado, Mrs. Charles Nemec of Midfield, Mrs. Angelo Kohout of Bryan, Mrs. A. A. Mikula of San Antonio and Mrs. Eliza Pokorny of Jordanton, Texas.

Mrs. Skalnik was Miss Eugenia Foytik before her marriage, and lived on a farm in the New Bielau community with her parents. Her husband, Mr. Frank Skalnik, is an employe of the Humble Oil & Refining company at the Webster tank farm. H. B. Emken, the funeral director, who brought the remains overland from Texas City, was also a former resident of the New Bielau community, and is well known in this section.

Pall bearers for the funeral were Messrs. Chas. Bures, Chas. Nemec, Roman Chamrad, Aug. Pokluda, Henry Reimers and Joe Walchar.

Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, April 9, 1937

Skeeters, Bryant

Bryan Skeeters Rites Held Here Monday

Friends in the community learned with deep regret of the death of Bryan Skeeters, a longtime resident of this community, who died on Sunday morning at 7 a. m. in Eagle Lake Community Hospital. Mr. Skeeters suffered a serious fall at his home last Friday and he succumbed to the injuries received on Sunday, Sept. 23. 

Last rites were held from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake at 2:30 p. m. Monday, Sept. 24 with the Rev. George Bollinger, evangelist from Bentonville, Ark. and the Rev. Douglas Springer of Houston, officiating.

Favorite hymns were sung by the Rev. and Mrs. Springer, Wesley Eiland, Terry Largent and William Tyler. 

He was placed to final rest in Lakeside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Ripper, Leo Kretzschmar, Cliff Evoritt, Cal Gertson, Louis Balas and Otis Eiland. 

Bryant Skeeters was the son of John and Nancy Skeeters, born in Littlefield, Ky. on Aug. 6, 1899 and he lived for 74 years, one month and 17 days. He and Miss Eva Benning were united in marriage in Eagle Lake.

To this union were born three children, including a daughter who preceded him in death on April 5, 1936.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Eva Skeeters; one son, Charles Skeeters of Houston; one daughter Mrs. Kathryn Eiland of Houston; a half sister, Mrs. Ruby Lewis of San Benito, Texas; three grandchildren; one great grandchild; and a great host of neighbors and friends.

Mr. Skeeters was a rice farmer for most of his life and was converted in 1937 and was a supporter of the gospel. He was a devoted husband and father to his wife and children; and was loved and respected by all who came to know him. He shall be missed dearly by his loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 25, 1973
Submitted by Bill Stein

Skeeters, Della May

Della May, the little ten months’ old baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Skeeters, died this morning at 2:45 o’clock, from a complication of troubles, the result of a recent attack of measles. The funeral will be held at 4:30 o’clock this (Friday) afternoon with interment in the Lakeside cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 7, 1913
Submitted by Bill Stein

Skeeter, Jasper

A young man named Jasper Sketter of Eagle Lake was reported killed in action over in France, Thursday last. The Headlight says he was formerly employed in one of the rice mills. [Buried in Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France]

Weimar Mercury, September 27. 1918, page 5

Skeeters, Marianne 

Little Girl Dies of Attack of Influenza

Following a five day illness of influenza, little Marianne Skeeters, six years, four months and seven days of age daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bryant Skeeters died at half past ten o’clock Friday night. 

Funeral services were held at the family home Saturday afternoon, with interment in the Lakeside Cemetery, the services being conducted by Rev. W. B. Wheeler, local Methodist pastor.

The sorrowing parents and other relatives have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in their deep sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 17, 1936
Submitted by Bill Stein

Skelton, Gustavus B.


Funeral Services for Long Time Business Man and Esteemed Citizen of Eagle Lake Held at Family Home Monday.

Capt. G. B. Shelton[sic], 73, long time business man, prominent and esteemed citizen of Eagle Lake, died at his home in this city late Sunday.

For many years Mr. Skelton was connected with the business life of this city, having engaged in business here in 1910, retiring only a few months ago owing to ill health. He was a member of the Baptist church and a Mason.

He was married to Mrs. Sarah Virginia Reid on November 1, 1883, she having preceded him in death March 9, 1914. To this union six children were born, four now surviving. He was again married on July 1, 1918, to Mrs. Maude Williams.

Funeral services were held at the home at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. B. S. Lee, Baptist, and Rev. W. B. Wheeler, Methodist pastor. the Masonic fraternity conduced the services at the grave.

Capt. Shelton[sic] is survived by his wife, two sons, G. L. Skelton of Hallettsville and Glen B. Skelton of Houston; and three daughters, Miss Margaret Skelton, and Mrs. Minnie Peebles, Houston, and Mrs. O. J. Flowers, of Menard thirteen grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The active pallbearers were Geo. H. Salladay, A. H. Seaholm, G. W. Keith, Noel Parker, Charles McLellan and Max Conner. [Interment Lakeside Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 6, 1935

Skelton, Sarah Virginia (McGuire)

After Brief Illness Passes Away at Her Home Sunday Morning

Mrs. Sarah Virginia Skelton, wife of Mr. G. B. Skelton, died at her home in this city after an illness of fifteen days of pneumonia, last Sunday morning. The funeral was held the following afternoon, Rev. J. A. Stephen the Baptist pastor, conducting the services, with interment in the Lakeside cemetery.

Mrs. Skelton, whose maiden name was Sarah Virginia McGuire, was born in Leon county, Texas, July 6th, 1860. She moved with her parents, when a child, to Huntsville, Texas, and lived at that place until seven years of age. She married J. L. Reid in January, 1880, he dying in September of the same year. On November 1st, 1883, she was married to Mr. G. B. Skelton. Mrs. Skelton was a consistent Christian woman, a faithful member of the Baptist church, with which denomination she united at Huntsville in 1888. With the family, she moved to Eagle Lake in September, 1906, she, with the family, residing here since that time.
Mrs. Skelton was one of the best of women and she was liked by all who knew her, and her death is deeply regretted. She is survived by a broken hearted husband and six children, whose hearts are bowed down in sorrow. They are Miss Margaret Reid Skelton of Eagle Lake, Lloyd Skelton of Flatonia, Mrs. Minnie Peebles of Houston, Mrs. Lona Flowers, Miss Lella Skelton and Glenn Skelton of this city, to whom the HEADLIGHT extends its sincerest sympathy in their irreparable loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 15, 1913, page 1

Skinner, Herman Lowrey Bills

Funeral Services Held Monday For H. L. B. Skinner

Prominent Citizen Dies Sunday After Short Illness

Funeral services for H. L. B. Skinner, 58, prominent local citizen who died Sunday after a short illness, were held Monday afternoon at the family residence here, Rev. M. O. Davis, pastor of First Baptist Church. He was prominent in church, lodge and civic work in Columbus and was identified with many of the progressive moves made here.

He is survived by: his wife; one son, Bennett; one daughter, Mrs. Wayne Holcomb of Houston; his mother, Mrs. J. A. Skinner of Columbus; a sister Miss Lucille Skinner of Brownsville; three brothers, Dr. L. E. Skinner of Tyler and Dr. J. A. Skinner and Fred Skinner of Dallas.

Mr. Skinner was born July 15th, 1880, in Mississippi. He was a graduate of Sam Houston State Teachers College, Howard Payne College and Baylor University. He was married here in 1913 to Miss Olive Hightower and came to Columbus to reside in June 1918.

Pallbearers were E. E. Irwin, W. A. Struss, Sam K. Seymour Jr., Bennett Hastings, E. G. Miller, Frank Miekow, Chas. Rutta and W. G. Dick.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest under direction of Columbus Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, March 16, 1939
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Skinner, Mary L. (Hogan)

Funeral Services for Mrs. J. A. Skinner Held Here Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. J. A. Skinner, 84, who died at her residence in Brownsville December 18th after a long illness, were held here Friday morning at 10:30 o'clock at Columbus Funeral Home. Rev. J. Manley Reynolds, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest. The body was shipped to El Campo by train and brought here by a Shatto ambulance.

Mrs. Skinner was born in Virginia. She was educated at Blue Mountain College for Girls at Blue Mountain, Mississippi. She was married to Mr. Skinner in 1879 in Mississippi and moved to Texas about 1890, and to Columbus in 1924. Her husband died in 1934.

H. L. B. Skinner, her son and prominent Columbus business man, died in March 1939.

Survivors include; three sons, Dr. L. E. Skinner of Tyler, Dr. J. A. Skinner of Dallas and Fred F. Skinner of Dallas; a daughter, Miss Lucile Skinner of Brownsville.

Pallbearers were Sam K. Seymour Jr., J. D. Seymour, B. A. Hastings, L. S. Lawrence, Chas. Rutta and W. A. Struss.

Colorado County Citizen, December 23, 1940

Skinner, Mary M. (Byars) Well

The many friends of Mrs. Mary Skinner will regret to hear of her death, which sad event occurred at her residence in this city on Monday night. She was the sister of the late Dr. Wm. M. Byars, of this city, and mother and[sic] Mr. James F. Wells, of Harwood, of Mrs. Geo. Best, of Columbus. Her illness was of short duration, being for sometime past subject to violent attacks. At 9 o’clock yesterday she was buried at Odd Fellows’ Rest, Rev. T. J. Morris, of the Episcopal church, officiating. A very large concourse of relatives and friends attended the sad rites.

Colorado Citizen, October 23, 1879

Skrobanek, Anna (Pauler)

Mrs. Skrobanek, 93 Years Old, Dies Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Skrobanek, who died Tuesday night at about 8:30 o’clock, were held this (Thursday) morning at 9:30, from the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Kloesel. Interment was made in St. Michael’s Cemetery after services at St. Michael’s Church, the Rev. Joseph Szymanski officiating.

Mrs. Skrobanek, who was 93 years and 3 months old, had been a resident of this county 55 years. born March 17, 1850, in Hermestorff, Austria, she was the daughter of George and Theresa Pauler. She emigrated to Ammannsville in 1888, where she had since lived, except for the last seven years which she had lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Kloesel. She was married July 29, 1873, to John Skrobanek, in Austria; her husband preceded her in death January 11, 1911.

Mrs. Skrobanek had been ill four weeks. In spite of losing her eyesight seven years ago, she was enjoying good health last March when her descendants and children gathered to pay tribute on her 93rd birthday anniversary. She was a devoted member of St. Michael’s Church and St. Anne’s Society, having served as president of the later for a number of years.

Surviving are the following children, Mrs. Fred Walzel, Woodsboro; Mrs. Fred Kloesel, Mrs. Rudolf Hollas, and Mrs. A. F. Beck, Weimar; Mrs. Otillia Claussen, New York City; and Adolf Skrobanek, Houston. Also surviving is one sister Mrs. Rosa Michalke of Hallettsville. One daughter died on November 10, 1918, and one son died in infancy.

Other survivors include 37 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandaughter. She reared one granddaughter, now Mrs. Lillian Newton of Los Angeles, Calif. Three grandsons and five great-grandsons are in the armed services.

Weimar Mercury June 25, 1943

Skrobanek, John

Death of John Skrobanek.

Our people were very much shocked and grieved Wednesday afternoon to learn of the death of John Skrobanek, one of Sedan community’s most prominent and best citizens. His death was caused by locked bowels, we are informed. Mr. Skrobanek was 65 years of age, a farmer by occupation, president of Oesterreich lodge, O. D. H. S., and a man universally liked throughout this section. His death is deeply and sincerely deplored. He leaves a widow and several children, all grown, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended. The remains were laid to rest in St. Michaels cemetery at 4 p. m. Thursday, attended by the lodge and a large concourse of friends, Rev. Szymanski officiating. Rest in peace.

Weimar Mercury, January 13, 1911

Skutca, Anna (Hudec)

Mrs. Frank Skutca To Be Buried in Weimar Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank Skutca, 63, who died Wedneday morning in the John F. Bell Memorial Hospital here, will be held at St. MIchael's Catholic Church at Weimar Friday morning.'The funeral cortege will leave the Skutca home three miles south of Columbus tomorrow morning (Friday). Burial services in St. Michael's Cemetery will follow the funeral at the church. Monsignor Szymanski will officiate. Arrangements are being made by Untermeyer Bros.

Survivors include her husband; eight daughters, Mrs. Chas. Kucherka and Mrs. Alvin Sebesta of Columbus, Mrs. August Koehn and Mrs. Alfred J. Kainer of Weimar, Mrs. Ernest Bartsch of Houston, Mrs. R.E. Dittmar and Mrs. A. J. Janda of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Charles Krolteyk of Galveston; two sons, Louis Skutca and Frank Skutca of Columbus.

Other survivors are four brothers, Jim Hudec, Frank Hudec and Joe Hudec of Weimar and Richard Hudec of Fort Work; three sisters, Misses Mary and Tina Hudec of Fort Worth and Mrs. Joe Wise of Fort Worth; and fifteen grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, Mar 13, 1941

Skutca, Frank H. Jr.

Frank H. Skutca Jr., 77, of Alleyton, died Monday, May 30, 1994 in Columbus.

Born in Borden, he was the son of Frank H. and Anna (Hued) Skutca, Sr. On June 17, 1944, he married Mildred Gundelach. A lifetime resident of the Colorado County area, he was retired from Spindlier Concrete in Columbus. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Airforce and a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 1, at St. Roch's Catholic church with Father Dan Morales officiating. Interment followed in St. Roch's Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Michael Maertz, Woodrow Sebesta, Bennie Jo Skutca, David Pilsner, Charles Kucherka Jr., Robert Skutca, Edwin Gundelach and Frank Kainer.

Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren Darrell Grafe, Keith Grafe, Sgt. Kevin Zweschper, Spc. Terry Zweschper, Jason Zweschper, Garrett Skutca, Blake Skutca, Jennifer Skutca, Tara Skutca, An. Amy Zweschper and John Zweschper.

Mr. Skutca is survived by his wife of Alleyton; daughters and sons-in-law Christine and Tony Grafe of Columbus, Linda and Leon Zweschper of Weimar and Susan and Bill Berger of Columbus; sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Diana Skutca of Columbus and James and Brenda Skutca of Alleyton; sister Anna Krolczyk of Houston; and 11 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Mary Janda, Angeline Kubenka, Victoria Kucherka, Regina Dittmar, Josephine Bartsch, Gladys Sebesta, Francis Kainer, Millie Kuehn,; brothers Louis Skutca and Emil Skutca; and grandchildren John Zweschper and Keith Grafe.

Memorials may be made to St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz; St. Anthony's School Playground Fund in Columbus; or St. Michael's Catholic Church in Weimar.

Colorado County Citizen, June 8, 1994, page 13

Skutca, Frank Sr.

Final Rites for Frank Skutca, Sr., 82, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Frank Skutca, 82, who died five minutes after noon last Friday at the Colonial Rest Home in Schulenburg, were held Sunday morning from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Cemetery[sic] here, with interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery. He had been ill for about two years.

Msgr. Anthony Drozd and Rev. Alois Goertz officiated in the services.

A retired farmer, he was born April 11, 1870,in Czechoslovakia, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Skutca, and came to America with his parents in 1889. The family settled at West, in McLellan County. He married Miss Anna Hudec in April, 1895 and two years later they moved to this area to spend the rest of their lives. Mrs. Skutca preceded her husband in death in 1941.

Mr. Skutca was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the KJT society.

Survivors include nine daughters, Mr. Anton Kubenka of Crosby, Mrs. Chas. Kucherka of Columbus, Mrs. A. J. Janda of San Antonio, Mrs. August Kuehn and Mrs. Alfred J. Kainer of Weimar, Mrs. R. E. Dittmar of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Ernest Bartosh, Mrs. Chas. Krolczyk and Mrs. Alvin Sebesta of Houston; two sons, Louis and Frankie, both of Columbus; a sister, Mrs. Janovefa Chovanec of Fayetteville; 23 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. One son died in childhood.

Pallbearers at the funeral were August Kuehn Jr., Erwin Kuehn, Eddie Kubenka, Curtis Janda, Charles Kucherka and Clarence Kucherka.

Weimar Mercury, February 22,1952, page 1

Skypala, Johannes

John Skypola, an old-time citizen of this section, died Wednesday afernoon of last week, and was buried the following day. He was about 80 years of age, and leaves a widow and two children, both grown. [Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, April 3, 1925, page 1

Skypalla, John

“Poor Farm” Inmate Clubbed to Death, Another Wounded

3rd Inmate Charged; “They Were All Time Yepping[sic]”, He Explains

One inmate of the Colorado County Farm at Columbus is dead, another is in the Columbus Hospital with head injuries, and third is in jail charged with murder after an attack Sunday evening and an all-night search by officers for the attacker, who had fled.

Dead is John Skypola[sic], about 60, who was pounded over the head with a heavy iron nut which officers believe had been fastened onto the end of a piece of pipe. The bloodstained nut was found in the dead man’s room and a piece of pipe was found a few feet from the house.

Mr. Skypola[sic] and his sister had been inmates of the farm 25 or more years. [Intement in Columbus City Cemetery] The injured man is Jack Moore, about 60, an inmate the past eight years.

Charged with murder is Basillo Anicello, 57, who had been at the farm since about March 1, 1951, when commissioners court agreed to care for him after an attack upon Donald Kolberg Sept. 28, 1951, at the Kolberg dairy farm near Eagle Lake.

Caught 5 Miles Away

Anicello was seen on a road at Piney, about five miles across country from the farm, by Adolph Zajicek early Monday and was held for officers by Crockett Leyendecker. He surrendered without resistance.

According to Joe Knight, farm manager, Skypola was attacked in his room between 5 and 6 o’clock Sunday evening apparently as he sat at a desk writing.

Rolled Under Bed

The attacker then went next door to the room of Mr. Moore, who was sitting on his bed. He told officers he rolled under the bed, where the attacker did not have room enough to strike any fatal blows.

Mr. Skypola[sic], who had been struck several times, died Monday morning at 9 o’clock in the hospital, without regaining consciousness.

No-Billed in 1950 Trouble

Anicello worked at the Kolberg dairy about 10 years before the incident in which he was charged with striking Mr. Kolberg. The February, 1951, grand jury no-billed him. After an effort to use him on a farm failed to work out, commissioners court permitted him to go [to] the County Farm.

Sheriff J. O. Walker, investigating Sunday’s murder, said several weapons were found hidden around the farm, apparently having been placed where they would be handy. One was in a flower bed, another in a barn manger. “There was a tow sack full of them,” he said.

“All Time Yapping”

Mr. Knight said Anicello had struck at him on two occasions recently, apparently because he was told to clean up the barn. Anicello is reported to have told officers when he was put in jail that the other two men “talked to much; they were all the time yapping.”

Weimar Mercury, May 7, 1954, page 1 and 10

Slack, Ed

Last Monday, Ed. Slack, colored, while switching cars at the Glidden yards accidently fell and was run over by the train, death soon resulting from the accident. [Place of interment unknown] The same evening, John Ridge, colored also fell in an effort to get on the engine, and had his leg broken. We are told these accidents resulted from the rocks with which the yards are graded, which are not so easy to walk upon as the solid ground. In the evening, John Clark a white man belonging to the bridge gang on the LaGrange branch fell from the bridge upon a square piece of timber and had his arm broken in two place. The two latter named are at the hospital and are doing well.

Colorado Citizen, June 14, 1883

Slack, Ethel May

Negro Boy, 16, Kills Little Negro Girl

On the F. W. Kolterman farm a short distance southwest of Weimar Thursday about noon there was enacted quite a tragedy in a tenant house occupied by a negro family, in which a little negro girl of about 8 years of age was the victim of her 16-year-old half brother.

From reports at hand, it seems that the aged grandmother of the children had stepped out into the yard for a few moments, leaving several children in the house. She found a hammer out in the yard, and called to the children to come and put it away. John A Springs, 16 years old, and his half sister, Ethel May Slack, came out on the gallery to get same. The two children had evidently been wrangling in the house and in all likelihood in a scramble for the hammer, the Springs boy lost his temper and struck the child in the head with it, breaking the skull. Afterwards, according to some of the testimony adduced at the inquest, he got hold of a pistol and shot the child in the back of the neck or skulL

Judge W. A. VanAlstyne and Officers Chas. Herder, L. G. Taylor and Tom C. Roberts went out to the scene, held an inquest and placed the negro boy under arrest, afterward taking him to jail at Columbus. The boy waived an examining trial and was bound over to await the action of the next grand jury under a bond of $500, which, we understand, he failed to give.

The tragedy took place at the home of Tommie Slack. well known negro farmer of this vicinity. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, December 30, 1927, page 1

Slack, Nannie (Powell)

The wife of Tommie Slack, a well known colored farmer living a few miles southwest of town, died of pneumonia Sunday morning, and the remains were buried Monday afternoon in the colored people’s burying ground west of town. Tommie has the sympathy of many white friends in his misfortune.

Weimar Mercury, November 1, 1918, page 1

Slack, Thomas


Another good citizen has gone to his reward. Mr. Thos. Slack died at his family residence at Pecan, in Fayette county, of dropsy, on Sunday, 25th inst. Mr. Slack was raised in Fayette county, and was known as a good and substantial citizen. He leaves a wife and quite a family of children, besides a host of friends, to mourn his loss. We hear an appropriate obituary will be written by one of his friends and published. His remains were buried in the Odd Fellows’ Rest in this city last Monday. Peace to his ashes.

Colorado Citizen, January 29, 1885


Died, January 25, 1885, of dropsy, at his residence at Pecan, Fayette county, Texas, six miles north of Weimar, Thomas Slack. All that was mortal of him was consigned to mother earth in the Odd Fellows’ Rest, at Weimar, on the 26th of January. It is a sad thing to write an obituary notice of an esteemed friend. It is a solemn thing to stand around the death bed of a dying stranger, and witness the pangs of dissolution; but when monstrous Death lays his relentless clutches upon those that we know and love the awful solemnity of the occasion baffles all description. “Death loves a shining mark,” and when its piercing arrows were aimed at Thomas Slack the fated target was not wanting in splendid brightness. I knew that man better than men commonly know their friends. To express myself in brief, he was true and noble. Being naturally a little eccentric, it required some cultivated acquaintance to appreciate him fully. Those that knew him best loved him most. A few days before his death he told me that he was not afraid to die; that he had done nothing to make him afraid of death. He was a member of the Baptist church, and his practical life was consistent with his professions. He was born in Mississippi, but from early childhood reared in Fayette county Texas; enlisted in the Confederate army at a very youthful age; was a true and gallant soldier; was true and gallant in every station of life that he filled--true to his country, true to his family, true to his friends. Such a man is sadly missed in his community. He leaves a wife and eight children, and many friends to mourn his death. With my heartfelt sympathy for them, I respectfully submit this notice for publication, to the La Grange Journal, and the Colorado Citizen. Very respectfully,

Weimar, Texas, Feb. 1, 1885.

Colorado Citizen, February 5, 1885

Slack, Tommie

Weimar Local Matters

By an oversight we failed to chronicle the death of little Tommie Slack, the 12 year old son of Mrs. A. E. Raftigan, which sad occurance, happened at the parent’s residnce at Pecan, Texas, some two weeks ago. Tommie was an unusually bright boy and to have been carried away thus early was sad indeed. The remains were interred in the family lot in the Odd Fellow’s cemetery, a number of friends and relatives attending the last sad rites. Our deepest sympathy is extened to the bereaved parents and other relatives.

Weimar Mercury, March 24, 1892

Slack, Viney

The wife of Alfred Slack, a well known colored farmer living west of town, died Friday evening after a brief illness, and was buried the following afternoon. She recently had an attack of sunstroke, and while at work in the field Friday afternoon was again attacked with illness, and died that night in spite of the efforts of physicians to save her life. She was a good woman, highly spoken of by both whites and blacks, and her death is sincerely regretted. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, July 15, 1914, page 4

Sladecek, Margaret

Sladecek Infant Is Buried Here Sunday

FuneraI services were held In the Columbus Funeral Home Sunday afternoon for Margaret. Sladecek, stillborn daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Sladecek of Houston. who was born at Columbus hospital Saturday afternoon. Burial was in St. Anthony's cemetery with Rev. Alex Kraus officiating.

The infant's father is an attendant at the Veterans hospital In Houston. The mother's maiden name was Petrosky.

Colorado County Citizen, November 1, 1951, page 2

Slavik, Bozena (Bartosh)

Mrs. Slavik

Advocate News Service
EDNA – Mrs. Bozena Slavik, 86, of Edna died Wednesday in a local rest home.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Slavik Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar. The Rev. Joe Hybner of Edna and the Rev. Charles Carlon of Weimar will officiate.

Slavik Funeral Home of Edna will be in charge with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery near Weimar.

Mrs. Slavik was born Feb. 20, 1892 in Fayette County, and was a former resident of Weimar.

Surviving are three sons, John M. Slavik of Nazareth, Charles M. Slavik of Edna and James Slavik of Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Janie Sommers of Victoria; two step-daughters, Mrs. Ludmilla Zrubek of Granger and Mrs. Julia Sturm of Port Lavaca; four sisters, Mrs. Lillie Buchta of Houston, Mrs. Martha Stuckley and Mrs. Edith Barta both of Needville, and Mrs. Alice Nascovitch of Angleton; and five brothers, Raymond Bartosh of Jordonton, Ed Bartosh of Pleasanton, Lad and Charles Bartosh of Granger, and Victor Bartosh of Needville; and 11 grandchildren.

Victoria Advocate, August 10 and 11, 1978
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Slavik, Joseph
Slavik, Josephine
Slavik, Marie
Slavik, Victor

Horrible Tragedy

A tragedy that shocked Weimar from center to circumference took place in the norther city limits Sunday morning between 10 and 11 o’clock. Victor Slavik, a well known citizen of the community, had gone over to St. Michael’s church, but a short distance from his home, leaving his invalid wife, (Mrs. Josephine Slavik) and three children, aged about 4, 2 and the baby 6 months old.

Mrs. Slavik had been in ill health for some time, and at times had shown signs of mental aberration, but it was not thought she would do harm to herself or the children. While Mr. Slavik, two of the children, and Mr. Slavik’s mother were over at the church, Mrs. Slavik procured a shotgun, shot and killed the eldest child, Joseph, clubbed to death the girl Mary, tore open a feather bed, and saturating herself, the baby, dead children, and the feathers with kerosene oil, deliberately set fire to same and burned to death. She had closed the door of the room, and the fire soon burned out, but not until the bodies had been badly burned, parts of the poor, crazed mother being burned to a crisp. Not until parties returned from church services was the tragedy revealed. The sight was a horrible one, to say the least of it, and the strongest men were forced to turn away. Kindly hands prepared the bodies for burial and on Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock the remains in two coffins were interred in St. Michael’s cemetery, Rev. Father J. Szymanski, rector of St. Michael’s church, performing the burial service. The attendance at the funeral was probably the largest ever witnessed in Weimar. The tragedy is one of the saddest and most horrible ever heard of in this section. That the poor wife and mother was insane at the time of the commission of the crime, there can be no doubt. Mr. Slavik is bearing up bravely under this terrible load of affliction, such as is not often the lot of man, and in his misfortune and sorrow he has the heartfelt sympathy of all our people. God be with him in his terrible affliction, is our sincere and heartfelt wish.

Card of Thanks

In the midst of an affliction, visited upon but few men, I wish to take this method of returning my sincere and heartfelt thanks to Rev. Jos. Szymanski, Catholic Knights of America Br. No. 1024, Bohemian Catholic Union of Texas No. 6, Catholic Workmen No. 89,and the many, many kind friends of Weimar and vicinity for the unnumbered kindnesses shown me at the funeral of my beloved wife and three children, and the beautiful floral offerings showered upon the graves. My heart is too full to express my appreciation of same, but I wish to say to one and all, God bless you for it, and may a merciful Father ever spare you from a similar affliction. Sincerely your friend,
Victor Slavik

Weimar Mercury, May 16, 1913, page 1

Slavik, Roman Anton

Numerous friends of the family deeply sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. Victor Slavik in the loss by death of their four-day-old baby, which occurred at the family residence last Saturday, the funeral taking place at Saint Michael's cemetery Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Slavik was herself very ill, almost at the point of death for a time, but we are glad to state she is now much better and improving rapidly.

Weimar Mercury, August 6, 1904

Slavik, Theresa (Friedrich)


Mrs. Theresa Slavik, the beloved mother of Mr. Victor Slavik of this city died Monday evening at the home of her son, after an illness extending over a period of several weeks, and the remains were laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 5 o’clock, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating in the presence of a large gathering of mourning relatives and friends.

Mrs. Slavik was a daughter of Franz Friedrich and wife (nee Magadalene Leidolf). She was born May 6, 1844, at Setdlitzs, Moravia, Europe. She was married to Anton Slavik of Loucka (Ehrenberg), Moravia, and to this union were born seven children, of which only two sons are living--Messrs.. Victor Slavik of this city and Karl Slavik of Schoenau, Moravia. Mrs. Slavik came to Texas in November, 1897, with her youngest son, Victor, settling in Weimar, where she resided up to the time of her death. Besides her two sons, she is survived by numerous grandchildren, also one brother, Frank Friedrich of this city.

Mrs. Slavik during her long residence in our city won the respect and esteem of all who met her. She was a kind-hearted, good woman, a devoted mother, and the best of friends and neighbors. Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, May 1, 1925, page 1

Slavik, Victor

Death of Well Known Weimar Business Man

The remains of Mr. Victor Slavik, well known citizen and employe of the Jno. C. Hubbard Lumber and Furniture Company for many years past, who succumbed suddenly and unexpectedly late Wednesday evening of last week while on North Main Street, falling and expiring with a few short gasps, were committed to mother earth in St. MichaeI's Cemetery last Friday morning, after appropriate and impressive services at St. Michael’s Church by Very Rev. Jos. Szymanski, in the presence of a great throng of sorrowing relatives and friends. Practically every business enterprise of the city was closed during the funeral services, as a tribute to the high esteem in which decedent was held by his fellow-men in Weimar and vicinity.

Mr. Slavik was a native of Czechoslovakia and came to this country at an early age. Early in life he entered the service of the above named firm and served it conscientiously and faithfully for many, many years. He was a member of the Catholic Church and of various fraternal orders, in each of which he was an active worker. He was a man of genial disposition and was well liked wherever known. His death is sincerely deplored.

He is survived by his widow, three sons, Charles, James (of this city) and Johnnie of Amarillo, and three daughters, Mrs. Wm. Zrabek of Jarrell, Mrs. Dick Sturm of Victoria and Miss Janie Slavik of Houston.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, August 2, 1935, page 1

Sledge, Edwin Booth

Well Known Citizen of County Passed Away Sunday After Long and Painful Illness; Funeral Monday

Mr. Edmund B. Sledge died at o'clock last Sunday morning, after a long and painful illness. The funeral took place at 11 o'clock Monday morning, with interment in Lakeside cemetery, Rev. J. A. Stephen, pastor of the Baptist church, conducting the services. Mr. Sledge was well known to the people of Eagle take and surrounding country, having lived in this section for many years. He was a good man, a kind and loving husband and father. Mr. Sledge has been a sufferer of cancer for a longtime and his death has been looked for for a number of weeks, and that his life held out so long against the ravages of the disease, showed the wonderful constitution which he possessed. The deceased was very popular among his associates of this section and possessed a wide circle of friends. He leaves a wife and nine children, Mrs. Helen Harris, Mrs. Winnie Kenedy of Glen Flora, Misses Laura, Eva, Lily and Ruby, Robert, Howard and Ross, two brothers, W. E. of Weimar and Ross of Bay City, and two sisters, Mrs. Ida Penny and Miss Bessie Sledge of Bay City, all of whom were here for the funeral. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community in their sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 12, 1916, page 1


Feb. 14.--A death that occasioned much sadness throughout this section occurred at the family home, near Eagle Lake, last Sunday morning, February 6th, at 8 o’clock, when the poor, tired spirit of Mr. Edmund(sic) Sledge, after a long, hard struggle with that dreaded disease cancer, gave up the fight and passed unto its Maker. Mr. Sledge, some three years ago or more contracted this fell disease, and although everything possible was done to counteract the effects of same, and effect a cure, it was all of no avail. He spent a number of weeks at different places, but although temporary relief was given, it was not lasting, and the grim disease further fastened its hated tentacles upon his system, until a few months ago when it was realized that there was no possible hope. During this long illness no word of complaint ever passed his lips. At all times as he had been in good health he bore up with a smile and his cheery greeting to those around him often deceived them. He comforted and cheered those about him in spite of his sufferings, and his realization that death for him, was near at hand. Death came to him peacefully and sweet, and “he fell asleep in the arms of Jesus.” Mr. Sledge was indeed and in truth one of nature’s noblemen. He was of a cheerful disposition, with a heart overflowing with the “milk of human kindness,” his greatest ambition in life was to give pleasure to those about him. He was ever a welcome companion in all circles of life, and in the home life he was a sunbeam in reality and truth. A devoted husband and father, he was ever a comfort to those at home, and in his death they naturally feel that the brightest jewel of all has been taken. Mr. Sledge was born and raised here, and spent the most of his life in and around Oak Grove, until about ten years ago, when, with his family, he moved to Eagle Lake, where he resided until his death. Mr. Sledge was born in 1865 and in 1887 was married to the woman of his choice, Miss Fannie Fountain. To them nine children were born, all of whom are still living. Dense indeed was the fog in the desert of suffering through which Mr. Sledge was called to go, but the valley is past, the suffering ended, and he has reached the hill tops of glory. Loved ones and friends I bid you weep not as they who have no hope, death to children of God is not so bad after all, in fact he is not dead, nor do we expect to died. He has just passed through the glorious paradise of God. He did not even dread passing through the tunnel, as he prayed almost daily for the end to come, but quietly laid himself down to sleep, “in the arms of Jesus” and when he awoke the tunnel was passed. He leaves a wife and nine children, two brothers, W. E. and Ross Sledge, and two sisters, Mrs. F. Penny of Bay City, and Miss Bessie Sledge. Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mrs. Sledge and family in the heavy loss they have sustained.
Golden Locks

Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1916, page 8

Sledge, Harriet Bryon (Booth)

Weimar Local Matters

Mrs. H. B. Sledge, nearly eighty-one years old, mother of W. L., H. P., R. P., and Albert Sledge of this neighborhood, died at the residence of her son, Harper Sledge, Tuesday morning, the 27th inst., near this place. This good old mother in Israel had been a constant member of the M. E. C., South for seventy years, and died with her thoughts Zionward... [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 29, 1883
Submitted by Tammy Blandino

Sledge, William Elmore


W. E. Sledge of Eagle Lake, 59 years of age, died in Houston Saturday morning. The remains were brought to Eagle Lake and laid to rest in the Lakeside Cemetery here Sunday afternoon, the funeral services being held at the Christian Church, with Rev. J. C. Wilson, the Methodist pastor, officiating at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

Mr. Sledge, who was born in Colorado County, near Weimar, moved to Eagle Lake about thirty years ago. While he has been away from here, off and on, he has continued to make his home in and around Eagle Lake since that time.

If Will Sledge ever had an enemy no one ever knew it. He was a good man and enjoyed the friendship of all who knew him. For a long time he has been in ill health, and for the past two years has been practically an invalid and unable to do his accustomed work.

Deceased is survived by his wife and one sister, Mrs. Bessie Henderson, both of whom have constantly been with him during his illness. The devotion that has always existed between Mr. Sledge and his wife has frequently been a subject of comment. They were companionable and truly it can be said, together they shared their joys and their sorrows.

Will Sledge was a kind-hearted man, of generous impulses, and he wished every man well. The funeral was attended by a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends, and there were many beautiful floral offerings at the grave.

The Headlight joins the people of this section in deepest sympathy to the bereaved ones. Eagle Lake Headlight.


Many friends will learn with sorrow of Will Sledge’s death. Born and raised to manhood in this section, he was well and favorably known to many of our citizens. If he ever possessed an enemy, we never heard of it. He was a good hearted, good man, and although burdened with ill health the later part of his life, bore up cheerfully to the very last. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved widow.

Weimar Mercury, March 16, 1928, page 2

Sloan, Ella Wee

Negro School Girl Fatally Hurt Near Ramsey Thursday

Struck By Car as She Was Crossing Road After Alighting from School Bus, Girl Dies Enroute to Town.

Eloise Sloan, seven-year-old pupil of the Colored School here, was fatally injured by a passing car soon after she had alighted from the school bus near her home Thursday evening at about five o'clock.

Eloise and another girl had alighted from the bus near the Thomas place and the older girls had crossed the road toward their home. As the Sloan girl stepped from behind the bus to cross the road a car driven by Mr. M. V. Wilson of West Columbia struck her breaking both limbs and an arm and causing internal injuries from which she died as she was being taken to this city for medical aid.

The Wilson car was damaged so that it had to be towed to town for repairs.

Mr. Wilson returned here on the bus with the child and was turned over to the sheriff who released him on a bond to appear in county court here at next term.

The victim of the accident was a daughter of George and Pearl Sloan, tenant farmers on the W. J. Wright Place near Ramsey. She and Willie Woolridge, an older colored girl, were the last to leave the bus, which had returned the colored children from school to their homes east of town. Mr. J. R. McMahan, driver, had turned the bus around just east of the H. C. Thomas place, and let the two girls off. They alighted at the front step and walked toward the rear of the bus. Mr. McMahan waited until he could see the taller girls across the road and then stared his car forward, but had not gotten into high gear when the passing car struck the smaller girl. He stopped at once and assisted with the injured girl, and brought her back to town in the bus. She expired before they could reach town.

The tragedy caused a wave of sorrow and sympathy over the community. (place of interment Reels Bend Cemetery) [According to both her birth and death certificates, her name is Ella Wee not Eloise. DA]

Colorado County Citizen, October 17, 1935
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Slovacek, Albert Plessen

A. P. Slovacek Funeral Held Here Nov. 27

Funeral services for Albert Plessen Slovacek, 72, of Rt. 1, Weimar, were held Friday, Nov. 27, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in the Brune Cemetery at Shaw's Bend. Pastor Robert Cordes officiated.

Slovacek, a retired employee of National Biscuit Co. and Hughes Tool Co. in Houston, where he lived for 18 years, died of pneumonia at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, after five days in Veterans Administration Hospital at Houston. He had been ill for six months.

Born Dec. 11, 1912, at Ellinger, he was a son of John and Frances Slovacek. He had never married. He was in the US Army for 16 years, including three years in the Philippine Islands, attaining the rank of corporal.

Slovacek is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Herman Findeisen and Mrs. Emil Kobersky, both of Weimar. A brother, Willie Slovacek of Columbus, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers for his funeral were David Dittrich, Reggie Briscoe, John Kobersky, Carl Benton, Howard Hunter and Tracy Doyle.

Weimar Mercury, December 5, 1985
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Slovacek, Augusta (Moeckel)

Slovacek Funeral

Funeral Services for Mrs. Augusta Moeckel Slovacek of Rt. 2, Fayetteville were held Friday, February 25, at 2:30 p.m. from Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with Rev. Harold E. Fehler officiating.

Burial was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.

Mrs. Slovacek, 77, passed away Wednesday, February 23, in a Columbus nursing home.

She was born December 5, 1899, in Frelsburg, the daughter of Emil M. and Elise Schuette Moeckel, Sr. She was reared in Frelsburg, attending Herman Seminary school. She married Edward Slovacek on November 6, 1960 In Frelsburg.

Survivors Include her husband, Edward Slovacek who is a patient in Autumn Hills Nursing Home; four sisters, Mrs. Hulda Swoboda of Columbus, Mrs. Anton (Lena) Henneke at Fayetteville, Mrs. Marcus (Eva) Guthmann of Columbus and Mrs. Leon (Regina) Jasek; five brothers, Emil M. Moeckel Jr. and Walter Moeckel of Frelsburg, Adam Moeckel of Alleyton, Robert Moeckel of Missouri City and John Moeckel of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Gilbert Henneke, Richard Moeckel, Robert Moeckel, Emil Guthmann, Warren Moeckel, Russell Zeiner.

One brother, Louis preceded her in death.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, March 3, 1977, page 1

Slovacek, Edward J.

Edward J. Slovacek, 96, of Columbus, died Monday, Jan. 24, 1994 in Columbus.

Born Aug. 27, 1897 in Halsted, Texas, he was the son of Paul F. and Frances (Macuda) Slovacek. On Nov. 6, 1960, he married Augusta Moeckel. Mr. Slovacek was a farmer and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Mike Burnes officiating. Interment followed in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Charles Slovacek, Eric J. Singer, James Slovacek, Leslie J. Singer and Frank Singer.

Mr. Slovacek is survived by a brother, Jerome H. Singer of Columbus and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife on Feb. 23, 1977.

Colorado County Citizen, February 2, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Slovacek, John


Wharton, Tex., Dec. 31.--John Slovacek of Nada, is dead here from burns received from a campfire above Garwood. Slovacek and two small boys had camped for the night. While asleep he rolled into hot embers of a fire he had built to keep warm. His cries awakened the boys and they put him in a buggy and drove home with him.

Slovecek’s burns were so severe he was brought to the hospital here, where he died this morning. [Interment in Nada Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, January 6, 1922, page 2

Slovacek, William Fred

William Slovacek

William "Bill" Fred Slovacek passed away at his residence in Columbus on March 19.

Funeral services were held March 21 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating. Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Bill Slovacek was born September 19, 1909 in Ellinger to John and Frances Bubela Slovacek. He married Annie Hayek on November 12, 1935. He was a lifetime resident of Columbus and worked as a gravel pit supervisor for Lone Star Industries for 31 years.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Slovacek; 1 daughter, Mrs. Barbara Brisco of Sheridan; two sisters, Vlasta Findisen of New Bielau and Bessie Kobersky of Weimar; 1 brother, Albert Slovacek of New Bielau; and, two grandchildren, Leah and. Dustin Brisco of Sheridan.

Pallbearers were Howard Hayek, Charles Marx, Bill Krenek, Russell Renick, Lawrence Polack[sic] and August Dietrlch.

Colorado County Citizen, March 29, 1984, page 2

Slovak, John


Was Seen Alive Last Time Wednesday Afternoon Before Dark.

By strangling himself to death with a rope tied around his neck and passed over a rafter in his barn on the Brandt farm, twelve miles southeast of Columbus, John Slovak, a Bohemian farmer, committed suicide late Wednesday afternoon. No motive has been found. The body is supposed to have been hanging about an hour when it was discovered about seven o’clock by the Elo Girndt and Robert and Emil Slovak.

John Slovak was last seen alive by his family when he went toward the barn just before dark Wednesday afternoon. After he had been missing some time they became worried and began the search for him. Elo Girndt, who is a neighbor, joined in the search and he and the boys soon located him.

Mr. Slovak tied the rope around his neck in a slip knot and tied it to the rafter overhead while he stood on the ground. Then by kneeling he succeeded in strangling himself to death. When the body was found, his knees were only a few inches clear of the ground.

Elo Girndt notified the officers by telephone and County Judge John Hoyo, Sheriff Wegenhoft and Deputy Hillmer went out and held the inquest Wednesday night.

Mr. Slovak was in ordinarily good health and as he made a good crop last year his relatives are at a loss to understand his act. He was a hard-working man and was considered one of the most industrious man in this county. He farmed on the W. H. Gilthero place last year and had just moved to the Brandt farm, known as the Westmoreland place a few weeks ago. He leaves a wife and several children at home and has several children married. The oldest child at home is nineteen years old.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed but he will be buried in the Odd Fellows’ Rest some time Friday afternoon – Columbus Citizen.

The Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 14, 1921
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Slubar, Albert E.

Funeral Services Held Here Monday For Albert Slubar

Funeral services were held Monday morning at 9:00 a. rn, at St. Michael's Church, for Albert Slubar, 39, with the Rev. Msgr. Szymanski conducting the services. Interment was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

A son of Mr. and Mrs. John Slubar, he was born near Weimar on January 20, 1906. He passed away at Austin Sunday morning, at 2:15, after a long illness.

Mr. Slubar was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Vornsand on September 24, 1935, in Weimar.

Pallbearers were Adolph Freis, Adolph Kainer, Felix Freis, Gerhard Oncken, George Sander and Alfred Baumann.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Bertha Slubar of San Antonio; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Slubar; six sisters. Mrs. J. C Mirch of Dallas, Mrs. George Genzer of Bay City, Mrs. A. J. Berger and Miss Sybil Slubar of Houston. Mrs. L. D. C. Rodgers, Miss Clara Slubar and one brother, Emil Slubar of Weimar.

The Mercury extends condolence to the bereaved.

Weimar Mercury, December 7, 1945, page 1

Slubar, Annie (Kainer)

Funeral for Mrs. Slubar, 94, Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. John (Annie) Slubar, 94, were held Saturday afternoon, Dec. 9, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Oswald Kahlich officiated.

Mrs. Slubar died at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at her home here. She was a lifelong resident of this area.

Born May 10, 1878, in Fayette County, she was the daughter of Frank and Anna Kainer. She was married to Mr. Slubar in 1897 and they settled in the Sedan community. They moved to Weimar 28 years ago and Mr. Slubar died six years ago.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Church and St. Ann’s Society.

Surviving are one son, Emil Slubar of Weimar; five daughters, Mrs. Lucille Mirch, Miss Clara Slubar, Miss Sybil Slubar, all of Weimar, Mrs. Alfred (Annie) Berger of Ledbetter, and Mrs. L.D.C. (Mary) Rodgers of Bay City; 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Adolph Kainer Sr. of Weimar.

Four sons, three daughters, and one grandchild preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Thomas Rodgers, Mark Rodgers, S. A. Trichel Jr., Stephen Trichel, Leroy Slubar, and Dennis Slubar.

Weimar Mercury, December 14, 1972
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Slubar, Clara Angeline

Clara Slubar Funeral Services Held May 14

Clara Angeline Slubar, 91, of Weimar, died May 11, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar. Funeral services were held Friday, May 14 at St. Michael Church in Weimar with Rev. John Bily officiating. Interment followed at the St. Michael cemetery in Weimar.

Miss Slubar was born Nov. 17, 1912 in Sedan to John and Anna (Kainer) Slubar.

She attended Fayette County Schools and later nursing school in San Antonio. She graduated from Alamo Business College and worked as a bookkeeper for a loan office in Houston. She returned to Weimar in 1963 and dedicated the rest of her life to taking care of her family.

She was a caring and loving person who always thought of others before herself. She will be greatly missed by her sisters, nieces, nephews and friends.

Miss Slubar is survived by three sisters, Annie Berger of Schulenburg, Sybil Slubar of Weimar, and Mary Rogers of Bay City.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and five brothers.

Pallbearers were Leroy Slubar, Mark Rodgers, John Slubar, Matt Rodgers, Charles Fritsch and Ed Dickson.

The Weimar Mercury June 3, 2004
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Slubar, Emil Gilbert

Emil Slubar Funeral Services Held Feb. 13

Emil Gilbert Slubar, 97, of Weimar died Feb. 10, 2002.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb 13 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar. Interment followed at St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery.

He was born Feb. 24, 1904. A descendent of Austrian grandparents, he spoke three languages: English, German and Czech.

A simple, godly man, Emil made church and prayer a major part of his life. As an avid farmer he worked with his hands up until last year.

On Oct. 18, 1927, Emil married Hattie Janecka and they spent 72 wonderful years together.

Emil lived a full life, he worked hard, spent time with God and his family, and always had time for a few good laughs.

Emil is survived by two sons, Dennis Slubar, his caretaker for the past five years, and wife Rose Mary and Leroy Slubar, and wife Elaine; four sisters Annie Berger, Sybil Slubar, Clara Slubar, all of Weimar, and Mary Rogers of Bay City.

He is also survived by six grandchildren, Dawn Shewbart, Rosie Garza, Dusty Slubar, Richard Slubar, John Slubar and Eugene Slubar; and 14 great-grandchildren.

The Weimar Mercury February 21, 2002
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Slubar, Joe J.


Mr. Joe Slubar, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Slubar of this vicinity, and a worthy and deserving young man, died Monday, and the remains were laid to rest the following day. [St. Michael’s Cemetery] He had been in ill health for some time past, and although everything possible was done to restore his health all proved of no avail, and Death claimed him.

He leaves a widow, his parents and a number of brothers and sisters, to all of whom our sincere and heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, August 31, 1928, page 1

Slubar, John

John Slubar, 91 Former Sedan Farmer, Buried

Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic church here Monday morning, Jan. 24, for John Slubar, 91-year-old retired farmer.

Rev. Albert Hubertus and Rev. John Bily officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Slubar died at 2:55 a.m. Saturday Jan. 22, at his home the day after his 69th wedding anniversary.

Born June 18, 1874, at Bluff (now Hostyn) Fayette County, he was a son of John and Johann Gajdusek Slubar. He married Miss Annie Kainer on January 21, 1897, and they settled in the Sedan community, in Fayette County a few miles northwest of here. Twenty-two years ago they moved to Weimar.

Mr. Slubar is survived by his widow, Mrs. Annie Slubar of Weimar; one son, Emil Slubar of Weimar; five daughters, Mrs. Lucille Mirch, Miss Clara Slubar and Miss Sybil Slubar of Weimar, Mrs. Alfred (Annie) Berger of Ledbetter, and Mrs. L. D. C. (Mary) Rodgers of Bay City; 19 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Four sons and three daughters preceded him in death: John and Theofil as infants, Joe and Albert, Miss Matilda Slubar, Mrs. Arthur (Alma) Seydler, and Mrs. George (Cecilia) Genzer.

Weimar Mercury, January 17, 1966

Slubar, Mathilda

Death of Popular Young Lady of the Sedan Community

Brief mention was made in the last issue of the Mercury of the death of Miss Mathilda Slubar, beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Slubar of the Sedan community, which occurred at the family home Wednesday afternoon of last week The funeral of this popular young lady took place Friday morning at St. Michael’s Cemetery, with the following young men serving as pall bearers: Richard Hollas, Louis Mazoch, Steve Grohmann, Willie Sassin, Owen Kolek and Edmund Kasper. Rev. Jos. Hildebrand officiated in the touching burial service.

Miss Mathilda Slubar was born July 9, 1916. At the time of her death she was 15 years and 6 days old. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Slubar, and the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. J. C. Misch of Gonzales, Mrs. G. Genzer of Blessing, Misses Annie, Clara, Sibyl and Mary, and Messrs. Emil and Albert Slubar.

One who loved her handed in the following obituary:

“She was sick for a very long time, and although every possible step was taken to save her, it was of no avail. She was greatly beloved by all, and we will miss her deeply. She was known among her closest friends by the name of “Mattie.” Sometimes people would not know who we were talking about if we called her “Mathilda.” She graduated from the grammar school receiving her diploma from LaGrange at a graduating exercise in May. She was very ambitious and after graduation from high school she intended to keep on with her education until she could be called an artist, for she really had talent. She could take a pencil and sketch almost anything in view. She thought she was going to get well, and so did we. But the last day she knew she was going and was well prepared for it, which makes us know and realize that she is in Heaven. That she died with a smile on her face and happy to the last minutes is our only consolation.”

In the death of their beloved daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Slubar have the heartfelt sympathy of hundreds of friends throughout this section.

Weimar Mercury, July 24, 1931

Slutter, Josiah


Former Colorado County Citizen Passed Away At San Antonio Home Last Friday Evening
Another one of Colorado county’s older citizens has crossed the river of death. Josiah Slutter, aged 75 years, and a native of Pennsylvania, died early last Friday afternoon at his home, 225 East Locust Street in San Antonio. Decedent is survived by his widow and has been a resident of Texas the last forty years, having moved to the Eagle Lake section some twenty odd years ago. He owned considerable farming land on the Colorado river, between here and Altair, selling his property here about two years ago and moving to San Antonio. Mr. Slutter was a well known citizen throughout this county and news of his death came as a great surprise. No particulars have been learned. The funeral took place in San Antonio Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock under the auspices of Alamo Lodge 44, Ancient Free and Accepted Mason, of which he had been a member. Interment was made in City Cemetery No. 2. The former river bottom farm is now owned by the Pecan Valley Farm Company, which company purchased the place at the time Mr. and Mrs. Slutter moved from this section to San Antonio something over two years ago.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 16, 1915, page 1
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