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Smahlik, Ignac Anthony “Ernie”


Ignac Anthony "Ernie" Smahlik, 87, of the Shaw's Bend Community, passed away June 17, at Columbus Community Hospital.

He had been a resident of River Oaks Health Care Center since November 2006.

He was born Oct. 28, 1920, in Pilot Grove, near Sweet Home, Lavaca County to Joe and Mary Jurach Smahlik.

He married Wilhelmina "Willie Mae" Becker Smahlik, of Shaw's Bend, on May 13, 1944, in Joplin, Mo., while in the Army. After 59 years of marriage, Willie Mae passed away Oct. 5, 2003.

After living in Napa, Calif., while working at Mare Island Ship Yard, he volunteered to serve his country during WWII, becoming a member of the 263rd Combat Engineer Battalion of the 63rd Infantry Division, and later being transferred to the 36th Division, before being honorably discharged. Campaign ribbons include Rhineland and Central Europe. He was also a member of the Texas National Guard.

Upon returning to Shaw's Bend and Columbus after WW II, he worked for the railroad and later became one of the first walking mail carriers in Columbus. He walked 8-9 miles a day for 23 years and knew everyone on his route. Some customers on his route said that they could "set their watches" by the time that Ernie would deliver their mail. After a day of mail delivery, he and his wife continued to farm and ranch, along with their children.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, a charter member of Knights of Columbus, Christopher Columbus Council 2971; a member of SPJST Lodge 53 in Ellinger; Fayette County Chapter - Czech Heritage Society; VFW and American Legion; and a former member of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.

He was preceded in death by sisters Frances Schobel and Henrietta Seidenberger; and brother Alois Smahlik.

He is survived by daughter, Kathryn F. Haluska and husband Jerry of Columbus; son, Henry J. Smahlik and wife Donna of Katy; three grandchildren, Anne Marie Bentley and husband James of Dallas; Karie L. Emmanouil and husband Zachary of Houston and Emma M. Smahlik of Houston; five great grandchildren, Samuel B. and Alexander W. Bentley, Avery, Grace and Jack Emmanouil of Houston; and sister, Marie Heger of Moulton.

Funeral services took place June 19, at Henneke Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian burial was at June 20 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Fr. Dan Kahlich and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Winfried Ulrich, Dan Motal, Albert Sestak, Gary Storemski, Keith Schobel and Herman Brune. Honorary pallbearers were Charles J. Vadovic and Joe Hluchanek.

Colorado County Citizen, June 25, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Smahlik, Willie Mae (Becker)


Willie Mae Smahlik, 82, of Shaws Bend, passed away Oct. 5, at her residence.

She was born Aug. 19, 1921 near Brushy Community, to Henry and Emma (Fellman) Becker. She was a member of the Colorado County Historical Society, honorary member of Sons of Hermann, Pin Oak Historical Society, Colorado County German Society, Fayette County Czech Historical Society, Charter member of Catholic Daughters Court Mary Queen of the Snows #1588, St. Anthony Altar Society, past president of Weimar Deanery Council of Catholic Women, Charter member and past president of Shaws Bend EEA Club, TNT Quilters and past member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post #383. She had worked at Waldvogels Clothing Store as a sales person and retired from Henneke Funeral Home as a receptionist.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband, I. A. Smahlik; daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Jerry Haluska of Columbus; son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Donna Smahlik of Katy; grandchildren, Anne and husband James A. Bentley III of Dallas, Karie and husband Zachary Emmanouil of Houston and Emma Smahlik of Houston; and great-grandson, Samuel Becker Bentley.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 8, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, with Fr. Dan Kahlich officiating and burial in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers scheduled are Keith Schobel, John Holub, Herman Brune, Dan Motal, Steven Hoelscher, Tommy Kovar, Dr. Charles J. Vadovic, Gary Storemski and John Barta.

Colorado County Citizen, October 8, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Small, Eugene Anderson


James Small, colored, former Weimar citizen,but for the past 20 years or more living in California, whose death occurred there last week, was brought here for burial [Paradise Gardens]on Wednesday of this week. He was a son of the late Jim Small of this city.

It is reported that the man killed his wife and small child, then took his own life. He was about 40 years of age. [According to 1910 census record and California death records his name is not James but Eugene Anderson Small. DA]

Weimar Mercury, March 23, 1945, page 1

Small, Jim

Jim Small, a well known colored boy of this city, died of tuberculosis, and will be buried here this afternoon. [Internent in Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, May 10, 1918, page 8

Smalley, Andrew Rabb

Mr. Andrew Smalley

Death came to Mr. Andrew Webb[sic] Smalley at the home of his nephew, Mr. S. G. Smalley of this city, Sunday morning, following a stroke of paralysis suffered the preceding Monday. He was unconscious during the entire time.

Funrela[sic] services were held at the residence Monday at ten o’clock, Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt of the First Baptist Church officiating, and interment made in Odd Fellow Rest.

Mr. Smalley was born in La Grange December 5, 1850. He was interested in the cattle business in this county for many years, and spent ten years of his life in Central America. For the past two years he has lived with his nephew in this city. He never married.

The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, March 24, 1932, page 1

Smalley, Hattie (Hastedt)


Funeral services were held for Mrs. Hattie Hastedt Smalley February 3 at First Baptist Church in Columbus with Rev. Raymond Cox officiating.  Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.  Mrs. Hattie Hastedt Smalley, 83, was born August 4, 1900 in Columbus to John Hastedt and Emma Hahn Hastedt.  She was affiliated wit the Baptist church, and the Eastern Star Lodge.  She was untied in marriage to S. G. Smalley September 18, 1928.  She was a housewife and resided in the city for 83 years.  She is preceded in death by her husband, S.G. Smalley, one sister, Winnie Hastedt Miller, two brothers, Lee and Clarence Hastedt.  Survivors are two brothers, Lester Hastedt of Columbus and John Hastedt of Portland.  Pallbearers were Gus Miller, Arthur Evans, Clarence James, John (Bubba) Holland, Allan Hill, Charles Klein, James Dunn Seymour, and Ralph Meadows.  Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, February 9, 1984
Submitted by David Hahn
Photo courtesy Carolyn Youens Hastedt

Smalley, Shirley Gray


Funeral services were held in the Columbus Funeral home Sunday afternoon for Shirley Gray Smalley, 63, who died in Hermann hospital Friday after a long illness.  Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery with Dr. Norman L. Roberts of the First Baptist church officiating.  Mr. Smalley was born in League City, Texas, Apr. 5, 1891, a son of Benjamin Akorn and Harriet Biney Perkins Smalley.  A retired production engineer for Texas Construction Material Co., he had lived in Columbus some 20 years.  His wife was formerly Hattie Hastedt.  He was a member of the Baptist church, the Masonic lodge and the Shrine order.  Masonic rites were conducted at the graveside.  Besides his widow he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ruth Holdeworth of Tigre, Argentina; a brother, H. Smalley of Omaha, Nebr., a niece and a nephew.  Pallabearers were J.W., Douglas and L.L. Hastedt, E.G. Miller, Ernest Lawrence, Charles Klein, W.C. James and Sam K. Seymour.

Colorado County Citizen, September 23, 1954
Submitted by David Hahn

Smedley, Beth (Mulkey)


Beth Smedley, 66,of Columbus, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1995 at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

Born May 17, 1929 in Electra, Texas, she was the daughter of Thomas Ivey and Sarah Elizabeth (Spruill) Mulkey. On Nov. 4, 1947, she married Robert R. Smedley. Mrs. Smedley was a member of the First Baptist Church of Columbus, president of the Columbus Community Hospital Auxiliary and a member of the Thread and Thimble Sewing Club.

Funeral services were held Nov. 10 at Frist Baptist Church with Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Intement followed Nov. 11 at Coleman Cemetery near Coleman with Rev. Jeff Robinett officiating. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Mrs. Smedley is survived by her husband of Columbus; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia Ann and Cecil Preas of Midland; sisters Elda Mae Parmer of Abilene, Melba Frances Draper of Roswell, N.M. and Floy Kathleen Frazier of Hot Springs, Ark., grandchildren Heather Suzanne Preas and Holly Elizabeth Preas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Walter Thomas Mulkey; and two infants.

Memorial donations may be made to the Columbus Community Hospital Auxiliary.

Colorado County Citizen, November 15, 1995, page 16

Smidovec, Lou Ellen (Chance)

Lou Ellen Smidovec
November 15, 1923--February 21, 1997

Services for Lou Ellen Smidovec, 73 of Jourdanton, TX, formerly of Ellinger, were held Feb. 24 at Jecmenek Chapel in Ellinger with the Rev. Lee Eschberger officiating.

Burial followed at Brune Cemetery at Shaw's Bend.

Smidovec died Feb. 21 at her residence in Jourdanton.

She was born Nov. 15, 1923, in Hilden, Okla, the daughter of "Res" and Mae Lewis Chance.

Smidovec was united in marriage with Richard Smidovec on March 18, 1958, in Seguin.

She was the state coordinator of Arkansas for Take Off Pounds Sensibly and was affiliated with St. John's Lutheran Church in Ellinger.

Smidovec was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a sister.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Smidovec of Jourdanton; a brother, Claude Chance of Plainview, Kan.; a sister, Billie Carnes of Brownsville and two close, special friends, David and Connie Manges of Poteet.

Memorials contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church in Ellinger.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home, La Grange, directors.

Banner Press Newspaper, February 27, 1997

Smothers, James E.

J. E. Smothers Passes Away At Home of His Son

Resident of Colorado County For Forty-Five Years, Mr. Smother (sic) Was Among the Last of Old Trail Drivers.

James E. Smothers, father of S. C. Smothers passed away at seven o'clock Thursday evening at the Lakeside home of his son.

Mr. Smothers, who would have reached his eighty-eighth birthday next month was born at Hallettsville in Lavaca County on May 29, 1853. He was among the last survivors of the Old Trail Drivers, and had lived a useful and interesting life, pioneering in this section of Texas.

In 1897 Mr. Smothers took up residence in Colorado County, making his home at Rock Island, Garwood and Eagle Lake.

Surviving are his son, S. C. Smothers of Eagle Lake and his daughter, Mrs. Buehla Calwell of Fort Worth.

Funeral services will be conducted at four o'clock this Friday afternoon by Rev. K. R. Hemphill at the grave in Lakeside Cemetery.

The Headlight joins with the many friends of the Smothers family in extending deepest sympathy. A full account of Mr. Smother's life and of the funeral services will be found in next week's edition of the Headlight.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 25, 1941
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Smyle, Willie

Died, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. McGregor, in this city, Tuesday night at 8 p.m., Miss Willie Smyly, sister of Mrs. McGregor. Miss Smyly was a resident of Pleasant Hill, Ala., and being in very bad health, came to Weimar a few weeks ago in the hope of being benefited. she seemed better, too, for a few days, but it was only temporary, and after a brief struggle Death gained the victory. Miss Smyly was a stranger to most of our people, but those who met her were impressed by her cheerful disposition and kindliness of manner, and her death caused them deep and genuine regret. Her remains were laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 6 o'clock, a large crowd of sympathizing friends attending the funeral. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved family in this sad loss.

Weimar Mercury, July 30, 1898

Snavely, Leah (Scherer)

We regret to record the death of Mrs. Leah Snavely, which occured[sic] on the 9th instant, in Columbus, aged about 56 years. She was an estimable lady, long a resident of this city, and loved and respected by a large circle of friends. Her wants were kindly ministered to in her last hours by sympathizing friends, to whom her relatives are under obligations. She was originally from North Carolina, but has been a resident of Columbus for over twenty years. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 14, 1874, page 3

Snow, Clayton "Jack"

We extend sympathy to the family and relatives of Jack Snow of Beeville, who passed away last week.  Funeral services were at Mill’s Funeral Home in Eagle Lake last Sunday.  Burial was in a cemetery near Sheridan [Cheetham].

Mr. Snow was a brother of Mrs. Otto Dankelfs.  He had other relatives and friends in Garwood. 

Colorado County Citizen, Jul 25, 1974
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Snow, Iris "Fern"

Fern Snow, 18, Buried Last Week In Myrtle Cemetery

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, December 19th, for Fern Snow, who passed away at her home the Saturday before in Hempstead. Iris Fern Snow was born August 29, 1931, at Beasley and had her 18th birthday last August. The family moved to Garwood where Fern spent the most of her years. In recent months, the family moved to Hempstead. Fern did not enjoy the privileges that most little girls enjoyed she was one of our Heavenly Father's potted plants. She never walked nor talked or could do the things that are dear and precious to most girls. The many friends extend deepest sympathy to the bereaved parents who were devoted and will miss the place Fern held in their home and hearts. Survivors are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Layton Snow and one brother, Lester Snow; two grandmothers, Mrs. C. A. Rees of Garwood and Mrs. D. B. Wilson of El Campo; and a number of uncles, aunts and cousins. Going over to Hempstead Monday to attend the service were Mrs. C. A. Rees, Melvin Rees, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Rees, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Danklefs of Garwood and Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Danklefs of Corpus Christi. The body was brought to the Myrtle Cemetery for burial and graveside services. Those going to Rock Island for that service were Mr and Mrs. E. E. Engstrom, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Hopkins, Mr. And Mrs. F. R. Foster, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Schilling, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Green, Mrs. Melvin Rees, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Oarnelius, Mr. And Mrs John McGlothlin, Mrs. John L. McGlothlin, Mr. and Mrs. G. Eaton, Pete Eaton and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Weishuhn.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 30, 1949
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Snow, Layton E.

Rev. L. E. Snow

Funeral services for Rev. L. E. Snow, 77, of Whitney, Texas were held Friday morning at the First Assembly of God Church in Whitney with Rev. Robert Salter and Rev. Curtis McGeage officiating.

Graveside ceremonies and interment, were at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island Friday afternoon under the direction of Mill-Bauer Funeral Home.

Snow died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1981 at St. Joseph Hospital in Ft. Worth.

He was born in Wolf City, Texas on Jan. 3, 1904. He married Opal Rees of Garwood on June 10, 1929 and was a Garwood resident until his move to Whitney 17 years ago.

Snow retired from the ministry in 1976 after having served as the pastor of First Assembly of God Church in Whitney for 13 years. He was also responsible for building the new church.

He is survived by his wife, Opal Rees Snow of Whitley; a son, Lester L. Snow of Granbury; two sisters, Mrs. Claude Bartlett of Bellville and Mrs. Eula Mae Blek of Pasadena; three brothers, Wren Snow of' Washington state, Dan Wilson of Tomball and Randall Wilson of Houston and two grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, January 7, 1982, page 2

Snow, Opal (Rees)

Mrs. Opal Rees Snow

Mrs. Opal Snow, 81, of Whitney, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, at her residence. Funeral services were conducted Friday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. at the First Assembly of God Church with the Rev. Curtis McGehee officiating. Graveside services were held at 4 p.m. in Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Marshall and Marshall Funeral Home in Whitney was in charge of arrangements.  Mrs. Snow was born June 25, 1907, in Iowa, the daughter of the late Carl Alfred and Ruth Anna Ross Rees.  She married Rev. L.E. Snow on June 30, 1929. He passed away on Dec. 30, 1981. Rev. Snow was pastor for 13 years at the First Assembly of God Church in Whitney where she was a member. They had lived in Whitney for the past 24 years. Mrs. Snow also was preceded in death by a daughter. Iris Fern Snow, in 1949.  She is survived by a son, Lester L Snow of Granbury; a brother, Boyd Rees of Garwood; a sister, Esther Wahler of Whitney, and two grandchildren. Shelly Jean Snow Minsky of Granbury and Terry Wayne Snow of Lindale.  

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 18, 1988
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Snyder, Binford Franklin

Infant Son of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Snyder Buried

Deepest sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Dwight W. Snyder of Houston in the death of their infant son, Binford Franklin Snyder, who died at St. Joseph’s Infirmary in Houston on Sunday, January 20th. The baby was only two days old, having arrived at the Houston hospital on January 18th. He was buried in the Myrtle Memorial Cemetery in Rock Island. His mother is the former Miss Annie Ray Baker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Baker of Rock Island.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, February 1, 1946
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Snyder, Dorothy Pearl


Dorothy Pearl, the three-day old twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Snyder, passed away Wednesday. The remains were laid to rest in the Vox populi cemetery, Rev. E. Homer Miller conducting the services. Sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.

Colorado County Citizen, April 6, 1933, page 3

Snyder, Jenna Lee


Final services for Jenna Lee Snyder were held at Henneke

Funeral Home on September 20 with Rev. Paul Carroll of Houston as Clergy. [Interment in St. Anthony’s Cemetery]

Jenna was born September 9 at Hermann Hospital in Houston to Barry A. Snyder and Darleen Dvorak Snyder.

Survivors include. father and mother, Barry and Darleen Snyder, Glidden; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Don Snyder and Mr. and Mrs. Justin Dvorak all of Columbus; great-grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Snyder, Rockport, West Virginia and Mary Dvorak of Frelsburg.

Pallbearers include: Chris Snyder, and Edward Dvorak.

Colorado County Citizen, September 27, 1984, page 2

Sobotik, Raymond F.

Final Rites for R. E[sic]. Sobotik, 48, Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Raymond F. Sobotik, 48, who died in Youens Hospital Sunday morning at 10 o'clock after a heart attack, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church here Tuesday morning, Oct. 6.

Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated. Interment was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mr. Sobotik had been a member of an oil company exploration crew the past 22 years and lived in nearly every part of Texas; he had lived in Sealy during the past three months and prior to that had been stationed at Cotulla. He had not been well since a heart attack two months ago.

Born and reared at Ammannsville, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Anton Sobotik, he married Miss Rosa Schenk of this section, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schenk.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Mrs. Helen Brandt and Miss Laurette Schenk, both of Sealy; a son, Clarence, of Sealy; two sisters, Mrs. Emil Kossa of Ammannsville and Mrs. Neal of Houston; a brother, Frank, of Schulenburg; and one granddaughter.

Weimar Mercury, October 9, 1953, page 1

Sodergren, Emma (Anderson)

Mrs. Sodergren Rites Held Here Last Thursday

Last rites were held here last Friday morning a t 9:30 o'clock from Mill-Bauer funeral Home from Mrs. Emma Sodergren, a former resident of this community. Mrs. Sodergren passed away last Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Connie Schindler in Houston.

The Rev. Walter J. Miller, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church officiated at the services and Miss Glenda Altman rendered favorite hymns on the organ.

Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mose Thomas, R. E. Altman, Adolph Raabe and Joe Schindler of Eagle Lake; Roy Heffley and Marvin Hillmer of Columbus.

Survivors include one son Leslie Sodergreen of Houston; three daughters, Mrs. Connie Schindler and Mrs. Audrey Ezzell of Houston and Mrs. B. A. Foster of Jennings, La. and a number of grandchildren and other relatives. Mr. Sodergren preceded his wife in death.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 21, 1958
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Sodergren, John Nicholas


John N. Sodergreen nearly 82 years of age, died early Saturday morning, November 29th, in the Memorial Hospital in Houston.  Mr. Sodergreen was a former resident of this community for many years and his many friends here were deeply sorrowed at his passing.

Funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon December 1, at 2:00 o’clock with the Rev. G. Wolf of Grace American Lutheran Church presiding, at the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home.

Interment was made in Lakeside Cemetery.  The body was brought overland from Houston by Mills-Bauer Funeral Home.

John Nicholas Sodergreen was born in Gotland, Sweden on December 4th, 1870 and died five days before his 82nd birthday. When he was seven years old, his family came to America to homestead near Holdredge, Nebraska.  When a young man he went to   , Iowa, to work on the Police force there.  November 7, 1904 he was  married  to Miss Emma Anderson of Davenport, Iowa and to this union one son and four daughters were born, all of whom survive.

The Sodergreen family came to Eagle Lake in 1919 to live in a warmer and more sunny climate.  He worked here as a carpenter until 1936 when ill health forced him to retire from regular activity.  Ever since that time mother and father have been living in Houston with their daughter, Mrs. Andrew Ezell.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Emma Sodergreen; his son Leslie J. Sodergreen; four daughters; Mrs. Elvera Edens of Davenport, Iowa; Mrs. Olga Foster of Rockport; Mrs. Constance Schindler and Mrs. Audrey Ezell of Houston.  Also surviving are seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 4, 1952
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Sodolak, Louis John

Louis Sodolak Funeral Held At St. Roch's

Funeral services for Louis J. Sodolak, 54, of R. 1, Cat Spring, were held Tuesday, April 10, from St. Roch's Catholic Church at Mentz with Rev. Bernard Snoch officiating.

Burial was in St. Roch's Cemetery.

Mr. Sodolak, an employee of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service at Columbus for 24 years, died April 8.

Born Feb. 7, 1925, at Sealy, he was a son of Louis C. and Annie (Micak) Sodolak.

He married Margaret Sula on Nov. 25, 1947. A World War II veteran, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Woodmen of the world.

His wife survives, along with two daughters, Mrs. Geraldine Ward of Frydek and Mrs. Frances Schaffner of Richmond; three sons, David Sodolak of Brenham and Louis F. and Kenneth Sodolak of Bernardo; three grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Annie Sodolak of Frydek; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Kennedy of Houston and Mrs. Irene Blazek of Frydek; and one brother, Eddie Sodolak of Frydek.

Pallbearers were Milton Nelson, A. J. Hill, George Sebesta, Jerome Wicke, Danny Hill, Leo Goats, Ed Sula and Karen Brod.

Weimar Mercury, April 9, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Sohr, Mary


Miss Mary Sohr, a popular and muchly beloved young lady of he Borden community, died last Friday afternoon at the famly home, after a brief illness. The remains were brought to this city Saturday afternoon and laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating. She was about 27 years old, a bright, cheerful girl, a great help in the home, and her untimely death is deeply and sincerely regretted by a large circle of friends. Our heartfelt condolence is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, April 15, 1920, page 1

Sohr, Theresia

Borden News

This section was shocked last Monday when the sad news flashed over the community, announcing the death of Mrs. Theresia Sohr, one of the most beloved old ladies of this section. She died Monday afternoon, Jan. 23, at the family home. a short distance west of Borden, of pneumonia, after a several days’ illness. She was laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Weimar, Tuesday afternoon. She was about 60 years of age. Mrs. Sohr was a kind hearted friend and neighbor to all who knew her, and will be greatly missed. She leaves to mourn her death one daughter, Mrs. Ed Schneider, and four sons, Leopold, William, Henry and Emil, who have our heartfelt sympathy. Gone but not forgotten!

Weimar Mercury, February 3, 1922

Sokol, Julius

Julius Sokol Funeral Held Here June 10

Funeral services for Julius Sokol, 65, of 404 W.Post Office St., were held Tuesday morning, June 10, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with Father Charles Carolan officiating. [interment in St. Michael's Cemetery]

Mr. Sokol, a lifelong resident of Fayette and

Colorado Counties, died at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Youens Memorial Hospital after a short illness.

Born July 23, 1914, at St. John, he was a son of Adolph and Julie (Kellner) Sokol. He married Millie Holub here on Oct. 21, 1935. He was a member of St. Michael's Church and the Knights of Columbus.

His wife survives him, along with one son, W. J. Sokol; two grandchildren; three brothers, Alfred Sokol of St. John, Alton Sokol of Yoakum, and Herbert Sokol of Houston; and one sister, Daila Schoener of Victoria.

Pallbearers were William Barta, George Holub, Patrick Sokol, Bobby Sokol, Harvey Hallas, and Daryl Sokol.

Weimar Mercury, June 19, 1980

Solansky, Albert M.

Albert M. Solansky, welder and lifetime resident of Alleyton, died Sunday at the age of 61. He was born Feb. 18, 1909, a son of Edward and Emily Dedek Solansky. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 9:30 at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz, Rev. Bernard Snock officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Solansky is survived by his wife, Elsie Solansky; daughter, Mrs. Larry Cervenka of Alleyton; son, Larry Solansky of Austin; mother, Mrs. Emily Solansky of Columbus; sisters, Mrs. Oswald Schobel of Columbus and Mrs. Mike Kazalis of Houston; brother, Edward Solansky of Alleyton and 3 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Daniel Kuhn, Victor Schultz, James Rose, Bobby Jackson, Charles Barrett and David Pilsner.

Colorado County Citizen, February 4, 1971
Traanscription by Judy Talkington

Solansky, Cecilie (Dedek)

Mrs. Solansky, 85, Buried Here Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Cecile Solansky, 85, were held Monday, Aug. 18, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Charles Carolan officiated. A grandson, Phillip Hadash, was lector and the altar boys were great-grandsons, Donnie Dittrich and David La Point.

Mrs. Solansky died Saturday in Autumn Hills Nursing Home, where she had been a resident the past eight months.

Born Dec. 18, 1889, at Schulenburg, she was the daughter of Frank and Maria (Riska) Dedek. She was married to John Solansky on April 13, 1909, and he preceded her in death on June 20, 1966.

She was a member of the Christian Mothers and KJZT.

Mrs. Solansky is survived by one son, Rudolf Solansky of Weimar; four daughters, Mrs. Adolf (Hattie) Hollek, Mrs. Bill (Mary) Sassin, Mrs. Pete (Helen) Hadash, all of Weimar, and Mrs. Johnie (Albina) Rab of Edna; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. One daughter, Annie, died as an infant in 1922.

Pallbearers were Robert and Bennie Hollek, Marion Maggio, Scott Reeves, and Henry Dittrich, grandsons; and Anthony La Point, a great-grandson.

Weimar Mercury, August 21, 1975
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Solansky, Edward R.


Funeral services were held for Edward R. Solansky Saturday, January 17 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Solansky was born August 31, 1917 in Schulenburg to Edward Solansky and Emily Dedek Solansky. He married Mae Dell Huebel Solansky September 2, 1947.

He was a retired gravel pit machinery operator from Lone Star Industries, and was a Catholic and he lived thirty-five years in Alleyton.

Mr. Solansky was a member of WWII.

Survivors include his wife, Mae Dell Solansky of Alleyton; two sisters, Millie Kazilas of' Houston, and Libbie Schobel of Columbus.

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

Pallbearers were James Landureth, James Berger, Larry Solansky, Ronnie Huebel, Larry Huebel, and Kirby Berger.

Colorado County Citizen, January 22, 1987, page 2

Solansky, John

John Solansky, 79, Found Dead In Fishing Pond

The body of John Solansky, 79, was found at 7 a,m. Monday, June 20, partly submerged in a stock pond on his farm a few miles southwest of Weimar.

Apparently he had suffered a heart attack while fishing and died before falling in the water. There was a fish on the line he had been working. Justice of the Peace Henry Hasse returned a verdict of accidental death.

Mr. Solansky was a lifelong resident of the Weimar-Schulenburg area. Born Sept. 29, 1886, near Schulenburg, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Solansky. He married Miss Cecilie Dedek at Schulenburg on April 13, 1909, and they settled near there to farm. They had lived on their place near Weimar the past 41 years.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 22, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Rev. John Bily officiating, assisted by Rev. Albert Hubertus. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mr. Solansky’s grandsons: Lonnie Rab, Bennie Hollek, Robert Hollek, Henry Dittrich, Raymond Vaclavik, and Eugene LaPoint.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one son, Rudolf of Weimar; four daughters, Mrs. Adolf (Hattie) Hollek, Mr. Wm. (Mary) Sassin, and Mrs. Pete (Helen) Hadash, all of Weimar, and Mrs. Johnnie (Albine) Rab of Ganado; three brothers, Frank of Oklahoma, Emil of Weimar and Edward of Austin; one sister, Mrs. Bob (Mary) Brannon of Dallas; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Annie, died as an infant in 1922. Two sisters and two brothers also preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, June 30, 1966, page 1

Solansky, Rudolph

Rud. Solansky Funeral Held Here July 26

Funeral services for Rudolph Solansky, 68, of Route 1 Weimar, were held Tuesday, July 26, from St. Michael's Catholic Church here, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Daniel O'Brien officiated.

Mr. Solansky, a retired farmer, died July 24 at Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient for three weeks. He had been In ill health for about three years.

A 54-year resident of this area, he was born June 18, 1909, at Schulenburg, a son of John and Cecilie (Dedek) Solansky, and married Elsie Kruppa at Schulenburg on Oct. 26,1937.

His wife survives, along with four sisters, Mrs. Adolf (Hattie) Hollek, Mrs. Bill (Mary) Sassin and Mrs. Pete (Helen) Hadash, all of Weimar, and Mrs. Johnnie (Albina) Rab of Edna. One sister, Miss Annie Solansky, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Philip Hadash, Scottie Runes. Glen Dornak, Roger Campbell, Ernest Peterek Jr. and Larry Vern. Brian Vaclvick[sic] was altar boy in the mass.

Weimar Mercury, August 4, 1977

Solfen, Hermann

Cullings from Cheetham

Again has the death angel visited earth and bore away the spirit of Mr. Hermann Solfen, his death occurring at 6 o’clock Sunday morning at the residence of Mr. S. P. Braddock. Mr. Solfen was about 73 years of age and his death ends a life usefully and profitably spent. He at one time in life had studied for the priesthood, but a circumstance occurred which change his life, and after this was a lecturer of holy writ. Peace to his memory. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 9, 1907


H. Solfen, a watch and clock repairer, of Cheetham paid this place a business call last Tuesday.

Weimar Mercury, July 2, 1898, page 8

Soliz, Demetrio “Speedy”

Demetrio "Speedy" Soliz

Demetrio "Speedy" Soliz, 64, of Eagle Lake, was welcomed into Heaven by Patty and Jeremiah on Wednesday, February 22.

He was born June 26, 1941 in Robstown the son of Gilbert and Maria Saenz Ortiz.

"Speedy" was a self employed carpenter and a member of the Catholic Parish of the Nativity Church in Eagle Lake.

Preceded in death by his parents; survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Soliz; daughters, Irene and husband, John Cordova, Martina and husband, Tony Zapata and Cynthia and husband, Gilbert Ruiz, all of Eagle Lake; son, Danny Soliz of Indiana; sister, Veva Davilla of Alice, Texas; brother, Gilbert Soliz of Karnes City, Texas; eight grandchildren, Amber Soliz, Tina Ann and Chris Hernandez, Nicki and Renee Ruiz, Valeen Soliz, Jr. Cordova and Cory Soliz; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 24 at 11 a.m. from the Catholic Parish of the Nativity with Father Robert Guerra officiating. Interment followed in the Nativity Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were John Cordova, Chris Hernandez, Ramon Alaniz, Christopher Stockman, Roy Rodriguez and Bobby Soliz.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.   

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 2, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Solorzano, Francisco Ruben

Francisco Ruben Solorzano, CECN. US Navy, age 20, passed away February 24 from injuries received in an motorcycle accident in San Diego, California. Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 1 from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel led by Eusebio Salazar. Services were conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of Eagle Lake with Rev. Ray Widacki officiating. Full military honors and graveside services were held at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home. He was born on December 14, 1964 in Monterrey. Mexico. He lived in the Orchard community until joining the Navy almost two years ago. He was serving with the Sea Bees at the Sub Base in San Diego and was a member of the Catholic Church. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rowland of Orchard; a sister, Roberta Marie Rowland of Orchard; two brothers, Juan Carlos Solorzano and Eduardo Rudolfo Rowland, both of Orchard. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; March 7, 1985
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Somer, Frank A.


Funeral services for Dr. Frank A. Somer, 61, of Ennis, husband of the former Miss Lydia Janak of Weimar, were held Wednesday, March 6, at Wallis, his boyhood home. Rev. A. W. Nesvadba officiated in the rites at Urbish Funeral Home and the Guardian Angel Church. Interment was in the church cemetery. [At some point the body was interred at St. Michael’s Cemetery.]

Dr. Somer died March 4 at Southern Pacific Hospital in Houston.

A graduate of Loyola University Medical School in 1926, he interned at St. Bernard Hospital in Chicago. He practiced medicine awhile in Chicago before moving to East Bernard,Texas. In 1937-38 he did post-graduate work in Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, and after a residency in New York returned to Texas to specialize in eye, ear, nose and throat illnesses. After some time at Cameron, he moved to Ennis in 1949 and continued there until his death.

He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, Dallas Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, and Theta Kappa Psi medical fraternity.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Lydia Somer, whom he married in 1932; a son, Frank L. Somer of Hutchinson, Kan.; and one brother, Joe F. Somer of East Bernard.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Janak, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Janak and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Elstner of this section attended the funeral.

Weimar Mercury, March 15, 1957, pages 1 & 10

Sommer, John T.

Oak Grove Items

News has just been received here that Johnnie Sommer of the Live Oak section had died in Houston, where he had been for treatment. The remains will be buried at Live Oak this, Tuesday. Our deepest sympathy to the bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, December 8, 1922, page 4


News was received here Monday night that Johnnie Sommer, a well known and popular young man of the Live Oak section and son of J. T. Sommer and wife, had died in a Houston hospital that night and that the remains would be brought home for interment. His death resulted, we understand from some stomach trouble. His father was with him at the time of his death. If we mistake not the young man was born and raised in this section. He was a bright young man, popular with his friends and associates, and to be taken off just when he was entering man’s estate is indeed a sad blow. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, December 8, 1922, page 7

Live Oak - Content News

We are sorry to report the death of Mr. Johnnie T. Sommer, which occurred at a Houston hospital last Monday night, after three months’ illness, his complaint being stomach trouble. His condition became serious three weeks ago. He was then removed to a hospital at Houston. John Sommer was born on April 10, 1897, at Carmine, Texas. In 1911 his parents moved to the Live Oak section, where he lived up to the time of his death. He was 25 years and 6 months old. His death is deeply regretted by all, especially at such a young age. The remains were shipped to Weimar and laid to rest in the Live Oak Cemetery Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 4 o’clock, Rev. J. W. Arnsplger of Weimar officiating in the last sad rites. He was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Sommer, to whom we extend our heartfelt sympathy in the heavy loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, December 15, 1922, page 7

Sommer, John Traugott

One of This Community's Oldest Citizen Dies Very Suddenly

At 5 o'clock Thursday morning of last week, just after Mr. John T. Sommer, well known and popular citizen of the Live Oak community, had gotten up and lighted a lamp, he asked his wife for a stick of candy, of which he was very fond. He took the candy, put it to his mouth, then his hand slowly slumped to his side and he toppled over, breathed a time or two and was dead.

Mr. Sommer had been in failing health for some time, due more to old age creeping on than anything else, but his condition was not regarded as serious. He was a caller at this office only a week or ten days previous to his death, and at that time seemed in good spirits and fairly good health although complaining that old age was beginning to get the best of him.

Funeral arrangements were made and the body was laid to rest in the Live Oak Cemetery Friday morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. U. G. Hale, Baptist minister of this city officiating.

John Traugott Sommer was born in Fayette county, near La Grange, in 1856, He died March 25, 1937, nearly 83 years of age. He was a blacksmith by trade and a good one. He moved to Cistern at an early age and there engaged in his chosen trade. At one time he had a large shop at Waldeck, in Fayette county, employing nine men. Later in life he moved to the Weimar section, establishing a shop at Borden, this he maintained until failing health forced him to move his shop to the family home a few miles away. He continued to do blacksmith work up to the time of his death.

He is survived by his widow and one brother, Mr. Emil E. Sommer of San Antonio, who was present at the funeral. Mr. and Mrs. Sommer had one son, but he died at the age of 23 years. Mr. Sommer also had three sisters and three brothers, but all are dead with the exception of Mr. Emil E. Sommer, all passing away at a ripe old age. the surviving brother is 77 years old, and is a comparatively vigorous man.

J.T. Sommer was known to nearly everybody of this section. He was a man of genial disposition, never met a stranger, a hale and hearty greeting for everyone, trusted his fellow-man to the limit, was a law-abiding, honest, good citizen, and his cheery greeting will be missed among a large circle of friends throughout this section.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, April 2, 1937

Sommer, Walter Frank Jr.


Walter Frank Sommer Sr., 85, of Eagle Lake, passed away Jan. 18, at River Oaks Health-care Center in Columbus.

He was born at Freyburg, in Fayette County, on Aug. 9, 1918 to Peter and Christine Seidel Sommer. Early in his life, he worked for the Civilian Construction Corps in Washington and Oregon states, and then upon returning to Schulenburg, he worked as a delivery man for the local ice company. He and Martha Pauler were married in Schulenburg on Aug. 20, 1940 and in 1951 the family moved to Eagle Lake. He worked for Reese Construction Company until 1965 and Eagle Lake Implement Company until his retirement in 1983.

He was a member of Eagle Lake's Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity, Knights of Columbus Council No. 4843, and had served with the Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Department. He served honorably with the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II in the Pacific Theatre of Operations.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Christine Seidel Sommer; three sisters; five brothers; a granddaughter, Jane Marie Sommer; and son-in-law, Russell Noel.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Sommer of Eagle Lake and six children including: Margaret Noel of Houston; Carolyn Burrow and husband, Randy, of Eagle Lake; Linda Cook and husband, Bob, of Allen; Walter Sommer Jr. and wife, Enoyse, of Rio Vista, Calif.; Calvin Sommer and wife, Susie, of Sugar Land; and David Sommer and wife, Sharon, of Eagle Lake. Other survivors include 18 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and other relatives and loved ones.

A vigil service was offered on Jan. 20 at the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home with the Rev. Eddie Winkler presiding. A funeral Mass followed on Jan. 21 at the Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Eddie Winkler, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in Lakeside Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials be directed to Parish of the Nativity Building Fund, P.O. Box 307, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434.

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

Sommer, Wilhelmina (Voss)

Mrs. J. T. Sommer, 80, Dies Sunday, Burial At Live Oak

Funeral services were held Tuesday of this week for Mrs. Wilhelmina Sommer. 80, at the Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev, C Emigholz, EvangeIical Lutheran minister, officiating, Interment was in the Live Oak Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Fred Hoegemeyer, John Hoegemeyer, Edmund Otto, Edgar Raabe, Emil Raabe, Jr., and Erwin Raabe.

A daughter at the late Mr. and Mrs. August Voss, Mrs. Sommer was born February 11, 1865 in Columbus, and had spent her entire life in this county, She passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Raabe, Sr., with whom she has made her home since 1939. She had been ill about six months.

She was united In marriage to J. T, Sommer, and to this union two children were horn, one daughter died in infancy and a son died at the age of 22 years. At time of her death she had attained the age of 80 years, 4 months and 27 days.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Ella Behring of Houston, one half-sister, Mrs. Johana Stiner of Shiner, and one halt-brother, Otto Kiler of Flatonia. Her husband preceded her in death March 25, 1937.

Attending the funeral front a distance were Mrs. Ella Behring of Houston, Otto Kiler of Flatonia and Willie Behring of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, July 13, 1945, page 1


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Sonsel, Alma

Eagle Lake, July 11--the 11-year old daughter, Alma, of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Sonsel, died at their home in this city at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon of diphtheria, making the second death in that family within the past few days, they having lost their little 9-year-old son last Sunday. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery[

Weimar Mercury, July 14, 1906, page 8

Sonsel, Ernst Otto Joseph

Funeral Services At Frelsburg for Colorado Countian

Special to the Citizen

Frelsburg, May 9--Funeral services were held at the Catholic church here last Wednesday for Otto Sonsel, 74, who died in Park View hospital, Houston, Monday. Rev. Fr. Edward Geiser officiated and interment was in the Catholic cemetery. The Frnka Funeral home had charge of arrangements, with Ben Boehme directing.

Pall bearers were six nephews Lee Roy and Wilbert Gloger, Herman Sonsel, Hubert, Rubin and Edgar Suchadoll.

Mr. Sonsel, a native of this county, is survived by four sisters, Miss Hedwig Sonsel, Frelsburg; Mrs. Francis Moeller, Lott; Mrs. R. J. Gloger, Houston; Mrs. John Suchadoll, Frelsburg; and two brothers Emil of Frelsburg and Henry of Shiner.

Coming from a distance for the services were Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Gloger, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Roy Gloger and children, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Gloger and children, Mrs. Ralph Lowe and daughter, Herman Sonsel, Edgar Suchadoll, Houston; and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sonsel, Shiner; Mr. and Mrs. Emil Lague and son of Moulton.

Colorado County Citizen, May 11, 1944

Sonsel, Hedwig Josephina

Miss Hedwig Sonsel Succumbs at 86; Buried at Frelsburg

By Frieda Vogelsang

Funeral services for Miss Hedwig Sonsel, age 86 years, 11 months, 15 days, who died Oct. 15 at 5 a.m. at the home of her sister, Mrs. Rudolph Gloger at Flatonia, were held in Flatonia Friday Oct. 17.

The remains were brought to Frelsburg, where at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church, services were held, Rev. Edward Geiser of Frelsburg and Rev. Raska of Weimar officiated.

Burial was in the church cemetery, Smith Funeral home of Flatonia directing.

Pallbearers were the following nephews: Hubert and Rubin Suchadoll of Frelsburg, Herbert Miller of Brenham, Herman Sonsel, Charles and Wilbert Gloger of Houston, Larry Lowe and Kelly Gloger of Houston served as altar boys.

Miss Sonsel is survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Gloger of Flatonia and Mrs. John Suchadoll of Frelsburg; one brother, Henry Sonsel of Shiner; a large number of nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Miss Sonsel was a native of Colorado county, moving to Flatonia only a number years ago. Almost 7 years ago, Miss Sonsel suffered a stroke which made her helpless. Mrs. Gloger cared for her sister, with the aid of a practical nurse during the day.

The following relatives attended the funeral from a distance: Mr. and Mrs. Emil Lacqua of Shiner, Eugene Lacqua of Katy, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Schoneweitz and Mrs. C. H. Schoneweitz of Flatonia, Herbert Miller of Brenham.

Also, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Gloger and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Martin and daughter, Mrs. Morris Pier and daughters, Mrs. Ralph Lowe and children, Charles Gloger, Herman Sonsel all of Houston; Henry Sonsel and Mrs. Rudolph Gloger of Flatonia, Mrs. Edwards of San Antonio.

A number of nieces and nephews and other relatives attended the funeral from Columbus, New Ulm, Frelsburg and Shaw's Bend.

Mrs. LeRoy Gloger and children of Houston were among the nieces to attend the funeral of Miss Sonsel.

Colorado County Citizen, October 23, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Sonsel, Herbert

Eagle Lake, July 9.--Herbert, the 9-year-old son of Mr.and Mrs. Louis Sonsel, died yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock of diphtheria. Two children of that family were down at the same time with that disease, though the other child, Alma, 11 years old, is convalescent and able to be up. Every precaution is being taken by City Health Officer Davidson to prevent further spreading of the disease. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, July 14, 1906, page 1

Sonsel, Sophia Adelaide (Dungen)

Mrs. August Sonsel died Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 at the age of eighty-five years. The vernrable old lady was possessed of a robut constitution and no doubt would have lived longer had she not fallen from her porch and hurt herself internally.

Deceased was born in Houston, October 21, 1844 and came to Colorado County with her parents Mr. and Mrs Frank Dungen and lived the rest of her life in this county. She married Mr. Sonsel, a Confederate soldier, who proceaded her in death about sixteen years ago.

Nine children were born to this union. Surviving her are Emil, Otto and Miss Hadwig at home, Mrs Joe Miller of Lott, Henry at Moulton, Mrs. John Miller at Flatonia, Mrs Randolph Gloger at Houston, Mrs John Suchadoll at Zimmerscheidt. Two brothers, Joe Dungen of Burleson County and Henry Dungen of Brushy.

Her remains were laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery at Frelsburg after Father Steisel preache and eloquent sermon.

Colorado County Citizen, Aug 21, 1930, p 3, col 5 Brushy
Submitted by Mike Mattern

Sosa, Domingo


Domingo Sosa, 51, of Eagle Lake, passed away Tuesday, May 30 in Houston.

He was born July 14, 1954 in Eagle Lake, the son of Geraldo and Consuelo Gonzales Sosa.

Domingo was employed by Colorado County Precinct 4.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Sosa of Eagle Lake; sons, Domingo Sosa Jr. "D.J." of Eagle Lake and Michael Wayne Sosa and wife, Leticia, of Wharton; daughter, Michelle Lynn Sosa of Eagle Lake; brothers, Gerald Sosa and wife, Janie, of Eagle Lake and Pascual Sosa of Houston; sisters, Susie Alaniz and husband, Fred, Archie Salazar and husband, Billy, Yolanda Almanza of Eagle Lake, Jane Salinas, Debbie Teague, and husband, Billy, all of Eagle Lake, and Delores Garza of Richmond; grandchildren, Mikeal Michele Sosa and Mathew Justic Sosa.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 2 at 10 a.m. from the Catholic Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake with Father Robert Guerra, officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Honorary pallbearers scheduled are John Contreras, Daniel Contreras, Joseph Godley, David Romo, Desi Romo, Joe Quintana, and David Ruiz.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 1st, 2006 
Submited by John Konesheck

Sosa, Gerald G. Jr

Gerald G. Sosa, Jr.

Gerald G. Sosa, Jr., 61, of Eagle Lake, passed away Friday, June 22 at OakBend Medical Center in Richmond.

He was born February 19, 1946 in Bonus the son of Geraldo G. Sosa, Sr. and Consuelo Gonzales

Gerald was employed by Prairie Rice Dryer and was of the Catholic faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Domingo Sosa; and brother-in-law, Steve Almanza.

Survivors include his wife, Janie Salinas Sosa of Eagle Lake; daughter, Olga Sosa of Eagle Lake; sons, Gary Sosa of Wharton, Jimmy Sosa of Eagle Lake, Jerry Sosa of Alleyton and Johnny Sosa of Eagle Lake; sisters, Susie Alaniz, Archie Salazar, Yolanda Almanza, Jane Salinas and Debra Teague all of Eagle Lake and Delores Garza of Richmond; brother, Pascual Sosa; and 10 grandchildren.

Visitation was held Monday June 25 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

A rosary was recited Monday, June 25 at 7 p.m. from Eagle Lake Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 26 at 10 a.m. from Catholic Parish of the Nativity Church in Eagle Lake with Father Robert Guerra officiating. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. [Interment in Nativity Cemetery]

Pallbearers were Phil Salinas, Francisco Salinas, Steve Almanza, Michael Sosa, James Salinas, Henry Gonzales, Daniel Sosa, and Ben Gonzales.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 28th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Sosa, Sarah Lynn


Sarah Lynn Sosa, 16, of Cypress, passed away suddenly the evening of Nov. 29, from injuries received in an auto accident near Richmond.

She was born July 2, 1987 in Houston to Brenda Morales and Alvin Sosa, was baptized at St. Frances Catholic Church of Houston and active in Girl Scouts. She was a sophomore student at Cypress-Spring High School.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Julian Sosa Sr., Sarah Sosa and Claudio Morales.

She is survived by her mother, Brenda Morales Zapata and husband, Elias, of Cypress; father, Alvin Sosa, of Eagle Lake; grandmother, Consuelo Morales, of Eagle Lake; sisters, Blanca Nicole and Susanne Marie Sosa; brothers, Robert Allen Rodriguez, Alvin Michael Sosa, Cameron Zapata and Brandon Zapata; and step-brother, John Segura.

Funeral services were conducted Dec. 4, from the Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary in Eagle Lake. Burial followed in the Nativity Cemetery, in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were classmates, Edgar Cabrera, Alex Cabrera, Omera Martinez, Adrian Chadis, Emilio Cardenas and Michael Charvis.

Colorado County Citizen, December 10, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Soto, Jose J.

Services Held Wednesday For Joe J. Soto, 69

Funeral services were held this afternoon, Wednesday, August 13, for Joe J. Soto, 69-year-old retired Santa Fe Railroad worker. Mr. Soto was found dead near his home around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening. It is believed that he died around 10:30 a.m. when in route home from town. His body was found in small garden across which he had taken a short cut to his home.

The services were held at the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with the pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, officiating.

Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery beside his wife who Soto of San Antonio and five daughters, Mrs. Lola Valdez, Mrs. Mary Cordova and Miss Candida Soto of this city, Mrs. Cirilda Lopez of San Angelo and Ms. Janie Guerrero of Wharton.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 14, 1958 Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Soto, Josephine (Senz)

Josephine Soto

Funeral services for Josephine Soto, age 22, of Cat Spring were held March 21 at Henneke Funeral Home, with the Rosary the same day. Fr. Brian Crookes officiated. Burial was at the City Cemetery, Columbus.

Survivors include her husband, Hector Celda Soto of Bernardo; 1 daughter, Jennifer; 2 sons, Adam Senz and Hector Soto, Jr.; her parents, Adam and Mary Senz of Eagle Lake; 4 sisters, Anna Marie Oil of Alvin, Janie Rivera, Tammie Senz and Victoria Senz of Eagle Lake; and 2 brothers, Domingo Olmos and Martin Senz of Alvin.

Pallbearers were Joe Gill, Juan Rodriguiz, Antonio Rodriguiz, Martin Senz, Martin Rodriguiz and Benny Rivera.

Colorado County Citizen, March 29, 1984, page 2

Soto, Philip Jr.

Philip Soto, Jr.

Philip Sota, Jr., 62, of Eagle Lake passed away Friday, March 2.

He was born March 26, 1944 in San Antonio to Philip Soto, Sr. and Tommie Story.

Being of Catholic faith he was a member of the Catholic Parish of the Nativity Church in Eagle Lake.

Philip was preceded in death by his father, Philip Soto, Sr. and two brothers, Danny and David Soto.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Elvira Guerra Soto of Eagle Lake; mother, Tommy Story of Eagle Lake; five children, Randy Soto and wife, Josie Soto of Richmond, Roland Soto of Houston, Samuel Anthony Soto of Eagle Lake, Debra Soto Bellinghausen and husband, Mike Bellinghausen of Houston, Dolores Soto Townley and husband, Dean Townley of Sugar Land, and Mark Contreras who Philip loved like a son; brothers, Robert Soto and Steve Soto; sisters, Betty Guerra-Campos, Melissa Soto Sandoval and Rochelle Story-Martin; six grandchildren, Brittney Marie Soto, Dana Nicole Soto, Philip Michael Bellinghausen, Seth Austin Townley, Sara Alysse Townley and Trent Michael Soto; and numerous nieces and nephews who loved and respected him.

Rosary was recited on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. from Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 6 at 2 p.m. from the Catholic Parish of the Nativity Church. Burial followed in the Nativity Cemetery. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The family asks that memorials be given to the Parish of the Nativity Building Fund, P.O. Box 307, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 8th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Spalek, Helen (Laake)


Helen Laake Spalek, 84, of Ramsey, passed away July 9.

She was born April 23, 1920 to Alvin and Dorothy (Stock) Laake and was raised in Frelsburg. She received her education at Frelsburg and New Ulm schools and married her husband Jerome J. Spalek Sept. 2, 1943. They lived in Fayetteville from 1943-46 and in 1947 they moved to Ramsey, where they lived for 57 years. She shared a lifetime of devotion to the Catholic faith.

She was baptized, received first Holy Communion, confirmed and was married at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg.

She was a homemaker, seamstress, and quilt maker, and an avid gardener who grow everything from fruit trees, vegetables and flowers. She made wedding cakes and made homemade bread, kolaches, cinnamon rolls, cakes and pies. She designed art work quilts all make out of solid colors. She also made homemade noodles, butter, canned vegetables, pickles and jams.

Before plastic and silk flowers came out she made beautiful roses, gladiolas and carnations for funerals out of crepe paper. She loved fishing, hunting, going to the coast, talking about the good old days when she was young, polkas, waltz music and antiques.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; grandson, Mark Anthony Pechacek; brother, Bruno Laake; sisters-in-law, Erna Minor Laake and Mary Lousia Haverlah Laake; and nephew, Joseph Laake.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce Helen (Spalek) and Chester Lee Pechacek of New Ulm; son and daughter-in-law, Gene Jerome and Mary Lou (Marsalia) Spalek of Ramsey; granddaughter, Patricia Ann Pechacek Jennings; grandsons, Bryan Spalek and wife, Tonya (Sissom) Spalek, Kevin Spalek and wife, Valerie Spalek; great-grandchildren, Jennifer and James Jennings and Zachary Spalek; brothers and sister-in-law, Anton Laake of Mesa, Ariz., Edwin Laake of New Ulm, Melvin and Doris Laake of Willow Spring and Dan Laake of Katy; and sisters and brothers-in-law, Regina (Laake) and W.C. Templeton of Columbus, Edna (Laake) and Glen Goldsberry of Pasadena, and Linda (Laake) and Dennis Corliss of Katy.

Funeral services were conducted July 13 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Fr. Dan Kahlich and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment followed at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery at Frelsburg under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Bryan and Kevin Spalek of Columbus; great-grandson, James Jennings of Industry; nephews, Darryl Laake of New Ulm, and Glen Dale Laake of Frelsburg; and Danny Laake of Katy.

Honorary pallbearers were her cousins, Charles, Edward, Andrew, James and Arnold Zapalac Jr. and Brian Laake; and nephews, Donnie Templeton, Wayne and Gary Goldsberry, Jeff and Robert Laake, Michael, Rodney and Randy Corliss

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

Spalek, Jerome J.

Gravel Employee Jerome Spalek Dies Suddenly

Jerome J. Spalek of Ramsey, employee of the Thorstenberg Material Company for the past 35 years, passed away at 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 21st in Columbus Hospital.

Born at Fayetteville, Texas, in Fayette County November 25th, 1915, he was a son of John and Rosie Zapalac Spalek. His wife is the former Helen E. Laake whom he married in 1943 at Frelsburg’s Catholic Church. Had he lived until September 2 of this year, they would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

Funeral services were held at Untermeyer Funeral Home Saturday morning, followed by High Mass in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Columbus, Rev. Father Gerald Hubertus and Rev. Father David Meurer officiating. Rosary was recited Thursday and Friday nights in the funeral home.

Interment was at Frelsburg in St. Peter and Paul Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lambert Baumbach, Herman Kunz, D. G. Zitek, John Beseda, Rudolph Vrazel and Norris Cordes.

He started in work for the sand and gravel company when he was a boy of 17 with Frank Tamborello, who died about 10 years ago, was joined about 1935 by Russel Thorstenberg and their company became known as Thorstenberg and Tamborello and now is Thorstenberg Material. He lived at Fayetteville but for the last 20 years he lived at Ramsey.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Helen E. Spalek, a daughter, Mrs. Chester Lee (Joyce) Pechacek of New Ulm; a son, Gene Spalek, at home, and a granddaughter, Patricia Ann Pechacek; 1 brother, John W. Spalek of Fayetteville; and other relatives and friends. His mother and a sister preceded him in death. He shall be greatly missed by his loved ones and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 29, 1968
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Spallinger, Charles Lee


Charles L. Spalinger of Eagle Lake, died on June 28.

Charles is survived by his devoted wife Kate of Eagle Lake; sons, Randall and wife, Josie, of Eagle Lake, and Russell and wife, Michelle, of Phoenix, Arizona; his daughter, Susan and husband, Mike Phillips of Bellville; and grandson, Kyle Bentley Phillips.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Cora Spalinger; brother, Lloyd Spalinger; and sisters, Velma Hill and Virginia Niemeyer.

Charles Spalinger was born in Eagle Lake, on April 1, 1926 and lived his entire life in Eagle Lake. He married his wife of 58 years, Mary Kathryn Alley on February 8, 1948.

Charles courageously served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He was in the specialized radar unit aboard the U.S. Manitanikau aircraft carrier throughout the Pacific, including Japan.

After his military service he returned home to begin his long career as a farmer and rancher. In addition to the farm and ranching interests, Charles and Kate Spalinger owned and operated Spalinger Hardware in Eagle Lake for many years. Upon retirement from the hardware store, he turned his attention back to his beloved farm. He also repaired and remodeled the old farmhouse where his family was raised and operated it for many years as Riverlake Lodge.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake and faithfully served the church as a teacher, a leader and a Deacon for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was proud to be a Shriner and part of the many charitable contributions and activities they provided. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Charles Spalinger was a deeply devoted, generous and caring husband and father and truly loving and loyal to all his family and friends. His family asks that memorial gifts be made to: The Shriners Hospital for Children, 6977 Main Houston, TX 77030; The Wintermann Library of Eagle Lake, 101 N. Walnut Eagle Lake, TX 77434; The First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, P.O. Box 339 Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.  

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 13, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Spalinger, Elizabeth Louise (Seaholm)

Louise Seaholm Spalinger

Louise Seaholm Spalinger, 88, of Eagle Lake, passed away on Friday evening, February 22.

She was born, Elizabeth Louise Seaholm, May 24, 1919 in Eagle Lake to Ernest E. Seaholm and Susie Payne Seaholm. She graduated from Eagle Lake High School in 1936, and was a resident of Eagle Lake for most of her life.

She and Lloyd Spalinger were married on December 1, 1940; a partnership that lasted for 59 years until his death in 1999.

World War II put an early imprint on their marriage, by sending Lloyd to the South Pacific and Louise into the family hardware store, where they were to work alongside each other for more than 25 years. In 1968, they sold the store and moved to San Antonio.

There they became interested in real estate, coming back to Eagle Lake and opening Spalinger Realty which they operated for another 25 years. After Lloyd’s Alzheimers became too severe for her to manage at home, Louise visited him faithfully each day at the River Oaks Healthcare Center until his death.

She was preceded in death by husband; her parents; and her sister, Annette Rodgers.

She is survived by her son, Don Spalinger, his wife, Penny Smout, and her grandson, Toby Spalinger of Southampton, England; her sister, Ernest Mae Seaholm of Eagle Lake; her sister-in-law, Kate Spalinger of Eagle Lake; and her brother-in-law, Earl Rodgers of Eagle Lake.

Louise was a member and faithful servant of the First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake, serving as an elder and secretary of the session for many years. She was also a committed citizen of Eagle Lake, as well as an accomplished business woman.

She was a member of the Board of the Prairie Edge Museum, and was treasurer for many years. In her later years she was a dedicated Pink Lady at Eagle Lake’s Rice Medical Center, contributing many hundreds of hours to the community’s sick and infirm.

She took great joy in her work at the Food Pantry assisting the less fortunate. She was a life-long member of the Eastern Star, holding every position.

She was a much loved wife, mother, grandmother and sister. As a devoted mother, she was a den mother in the Cub Scouts, President of the PTA, a band booster and traveled extensively to support Don’s science fair activities.

Louise finally became a grandmother in 2003. She was much loved by Toby, her long awaited grandson. In her last month, she played tic tac toe and dinosaurs with Toby, and laughed at his antics as he tried to distract her from a discomfort.

Although he lived thousands of miles away, he loved to talk to Texas Grandma on the phone and tell her of his latest news. As well as being a wonderful grandmother, she was the perfect mother-in-law.

She also had a strong interest in her heritage and her extended family, having helped her sister, Ernest Mae Seaholm, to organize a Seaholm family reunion in 2001. She deeply appreciated Sister’s research into the family and tracing of distant cousins, and enjoyed meeting new family members.

For many years Louise received close support and friendship from her sister, and the certainty that she was always there for outings, special occasions or assistance meant a great deal to her.

As well as her citizenry and family interests, Louise was a keen sports fan, especially football and anything ‘orange and white’. For many decades, autumn Saturday afternoons meant closing up whatever she and Lloyd were doing, and heading to Austin or Houston for the football game.

In her later years, other than TV sports, she enjoyed watching game shows and loved to work word puzzles.

She had a life long desire to travel and had visited most of the states, with a particular focus on visiting the state capitals. She had even ventured to Cuba in the 1930s.

Louise had suffered health problems for many years. She was a 40 plus year survivor of cancer. She also suffered for decades with osteoarthritis.

More recently she was afflicted by a myriad of ailments including heart and lung problems. Despite all these health challenges, she forged ahead with life and did not let them hold her back. This spirit is one of the things we most admired about her.

In 2005 she suffered a stroke and decided to stay at the River Oaks Healthcare Center after her recuperation. Her family much appreciates the care the staff there provided.

Mother’s Day in England is to be celebrated on March 2 this year, and Don had scheduled to travel to be with her on that day.

He had selected a card to give her, which she will physically never see. So spiritually this message is being sent to her:

Mom – I’m so thankful for your love - kindness brought, lessons taught, times to share tender care – what special love a mom’s made of. You’ve always been there, Mom, with an open heart, and open arms. And Mother’s Day is the perfect time to thank you for everything you’ve done and tell you that you mean more than you could ever know!

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 28th, 2008
Submitted by John Konesheck

Spalinger, William

Wm. Spalinger, Former Business Man, Dies

The Eagle Lake community was deeply saddened last week by the death of William Spalinger, 86, a longtime resident and former businessman in this community.  Mr. Spalinger passed away of heart failure in the Wharton Manor in Wharton, Texas, where he had been residing for the past few weeks.  His death came suddenly at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 6th.

He was born January 4th, 1886 in Waverly, Kansas, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Spalinger and came to Texas in 1907.  On December 24, 1908 he and Miss Cora Adkins were united in marriage at Lissie, Texas.

Mr. Spalinger was engaged in farming and ranching for many years and was one of the pioneer rice farmers in the area.  In 1940 he and his son, Lloyd, founded the Spalinger Implement Co., an implement and hardware business succeeding the former Frank Stephens Company.  During World War II when Lloyd was called into the service of his country, W. A. Schneider became associated with Mr. Spalinger in the business.  The Spalinger Implement Co. at that time was the local International-Harvester dealer and pioneered the use of the rice combine for harvesting of rice in this area.

In 1948, Mr. Schneider and J. H. Ware formed the Schneider-Ware Co. and Lloyd Spalinger purchased his father's interest and founded the Spalinger Hardware.  The elder Spalinger returned to farming and ranching interests at that time.

He continued up to the time of his death a great interest in his community, state and nation.  He numbered his friends by his acquaintances and all join in extending deepest sympathy to the family in their loss.

Funeral services were held for William Spalinger at 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 7th from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home with the Rev. David Edgar, pastor of the Colly Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating.  Mrs. Clara Mae Nash rendered favorite hymns at the organ.

He was placed to a final resting place in the Lakeside Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers were: Don Spalinger of Austin, Randal and Russell Spalinger and Allen D. Cassady of Eagle Lake, Bill Davis of Victoria, and Quinton Shult of El Campo.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Cora Spalinger; two daughters, Mrs. Velma Davis of Victoria and Mrs. Virginia Niemeyer of Columbus; and two sons, Lloyd Spalinger and Charles Lee Spalinger of Eagle Lake; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Edith Smith of Houston; and other relatives and friends.

Eagle Lake Headlight July 13, 1972  page two
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Spangler, Elnora Sue

Former Sheridan Girl Dies at College

Funeral services were held in Hubbard Funeral home at Weimar yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon for Miss Sue Spangler, 24, graduate fellow at Sam Houston State college, who was found dead in her apartment about 9 p.m. Sunday by her roommate, Miss Zerlene Lawless. Burial was in the Weimar cemetery.

A verdict in her death was still withheld yesterday pending results of an autopsy.

Miss Spangler was a native of Oklahoma, coming to Sheridan with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. V. W. Spangler, when she was 6 years old. She graduated with honors from Sheridan high school about 6 years ago and was an honor student at Sam Houston. She held a B.S. degree and was working on her Master’s degree, which she would have earned this year. She also taught freshman chemistry in the college.

Miss Spangler’s mother died only last summer and is buried at Weimar. She was the former Ida Downing, native of Oklahoma.

Her father, who just recently retired from his job with Shell and who lives in Columbus, survives. Other survivors include a brother, W. R. Spangler of Lake Jackson and a sister, Mrs. Mary Lou Acklen, Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, February 28, 1963, page 1

Spangler, Virgle William

V. W. Spangler Graveside Rites Here Monday

Graveside services for Virgil William Spangler. 71. of Western Groves, Arkansas. a former Weimar resident, were held Monday at Masonic Cemetery, with Rev. D. L. R. McDougle officiating.

He was born in Arkansas on June 8 1905, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Spangler. He and his wife Ida were married in McAllister, Okla. In 1945 they moved to Sheridan, where he was employed by Shell Oil Co. His wife died in June 1962 and his 23-year-old daughter Elnora died in February the following year.

Mr. Spangler moved to Weimar in 1965 and lived here until 1973, when he moved back to Arkansas.

He is survived by a son, Bill Spangler of Houston; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Lou Willibee of Arkansas: seven grandchildren; and two brothers, Harry and Ernest Spangler.

An infant son and a brother preceded him in death, in addition to his wife and daughter.

Weimar Mercury, June 2, 1977

Spanihel, Bertha Ann (Mikulenka)


Bertha Ann “Ammaw” Mikulenka Spanihel, 94, of Eagle Lake, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 1996 at her residence.

Born Dec. 16, 1901 near Hallettsville, she was a daughter of Joseph and Antonia (Kocian) Mikulenka. On Nov. 28, 1922, she married Rudolph “Rudy” Spanihel in Koerth. Mrs. Spanihel was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Eagle Lake. She was a long-time member of the Altar Society and the KJZT.

Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help with Rev. Eddie Winkler presiding and family members serving as lay ministers. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery of Eagle Lake. Services were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Serving as pallbearers were grandsons Joe Mike Spanihel, Stephen Spanihel, Shawn Spanihel, Edward Sunderman, Frank Briscoe, Art Spiller and great-grandson Chad Sunderman.

Mrs. Spanihel is survived by her children, Grace Marie Spanihel and Leon Joseph “Sonny” and Charlyne Spanihel of Eagle Lake and Delores and John Dullahan of Orange; seven grandchildren and spouses, Joe Mike and Diane Spanihel and Cynthia and Edward Sunderman of Eagle Lake, Teresa and Frank Briscoe of Mentz, Cathleen Dullahan of New York, Mary Jo and Art Spiller of Sugarland, Stephen and Vivian Spanihel of Garwood and Shawn and Lisa Spanihel of Harlingen; 11 great-grandchildren, Stacey, Michelle, Lauren, Jessica and Danielle Spanihel, Chad and Kurt Sunderman, Adam, Stephanie and Justin Briscoe and Caitlin Grace Dullahan-Bates of New York; sister Toni Wingerter of Karnes City; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, on Feb. 25, 1992; three sisters and four brothers.

Colorado County Citizen, January 31, 1996, page 14

Spanihel, Charlyne Jo (Stephens)


Charlyne Jo Stephens Spanihel, age, 77, of Eagle Lake, Texas, died Monday, January 31, 2005, at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, as a result of injuries sustained in a near head-on automobile accident on January 16, 2005.

Charlyne was born in Austin, Texas, February 27, 1927, to Marie Viola Cain Stephens and Charles Draper Stephens. A life-long resident of Eagle Lake and Valedictorian of Eagle Lake High School Class of 1944, Charlyne was fully involved in her school activities, and in particular, music. She was band drum major and played the saxophone and piano for the school band, stage band, and even a dance band. Her love for music was exemplified through her life-long involvement as church organist (beginning at age 12), choir director, accordion player and instructor, and piano accompanist. After high school, Charlyne attended the University of Texas majoring in Chemical Engineering. She was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and Society of Women Student Architects and Engineers. After two years, she decided to return home to work at Shell Oil Company and to marry Leon J. "Sonny" Spanihel, April 5, 1948. After a couple of years, they began their family - Cynthia was first in 1951, Joe Mike in 1952, Teresa in 1954, Mary Jo in 1958, Stephen in 1962, with Shawn bringing up the rear in 1965. When the children were a little older, Charlyne went back to school - attaining her teaching certificate and Math degree at the University of Houston in 1973. She continued her education a few years later commuting to U of H Victoria - attaining her masters in Education and Computer Science (1987) and certifications in Supervision (1988) and Mid-Management Administration (1995).

After taking the 24-year sabbatical from college to raise her family, Charlyne chose to go into the field of education because she wanted to help students receive the precious gift of knowledge. She taught middle, junior high, and high school students as well as parent and GED classes. Her teaching experience included years at Wharton High School, Eagle Lake Middle School, George Junior High School, B.F. Terry High School and Saint Anthony School. Charlyne became principal of Saint Anthony School on August 1, 1992, after retiring from nineteen years of public school teaching. She found the responsibilities of this position to be challenging and exhausting, but never dull ... her energy level and sense of humor served her well. Not long after arriving at St. Anthony School, she was quoted as saying, "I had to learn to walk ready to be hugged at knee-level by the Little Ones without falling on my face".

Charlyne devoted much of her time and effort to local civic and parish activities. She was an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Catholic Church, the OLPH Altar Society, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, the Austin Diocese Council of Catholic Women, and the National Council of Catholic Women. Her involvement included working with community and parish youth as catechism teacher, counselor/sponsor for the Boy Scouts of America's religious Ad Altare Dei award, director of the OLPH children's choir, Girl Scout leader and Drug Abuse Coordinator for the State Council of the Knights of Columbus. She strived to improve her community through her membership in the South Texas Girl Scout Council, assistance and continued support for the Eagle Lake Fire Department, and was an EMT with the Eagle Lake Ambulance Corps for seventeen years. In 1968, she was recognized for outstanding service with the WICS and Job Corp programs which improve the lives of young women, and in 1984, was named First Lady of the Year by the Alpha Delta Phi and Xi Pi Psi sororities. After becoming principal at St. Anthony School, she decided to join the St. Anthony's parish in Columbus.

She was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, many "adopted" children, extended family and countless friends.

Survivors include children, Cynthia Ann Sunderman and husband, Edward, Eagle Lake, Joe Mike Spanihel and wife, Diane, Eagle Lake, Teresa Marie Briscoe and husband, Frank, Alleyton, Mary Jo Spanihel, Rosenberg, Stephen Patrick Spanihel and wife, Vivian, Garwood, and Shawn Kevin Spanihel, Harlingen; grandchildren, Chad Edward Sunderman and wife, Rachel, Eagle Lake, Stacey Elizabeth Leopold and husband, Dustin, Nada, Kurt Michael Sunderman and wife, Shara, Eagle Lake, Michelle Lynn Primrose and husband, Jody, East Bernard, Adam Michael Briscoe and wife, Amanda, League City, Stephanie Renee Tribe and husband, Philip, Sealy, Jessica Lynn Spanihel, Galveston, Lauren Kay Spanihel, Eagle Lake, Justin Joseph Briscoe, US Merchant Marine Academy, Great Neck, NY, Danielle Marie Spanihel, Angola, IN; four great-grandchildren, Colton, Dakotah, Cason, and Jakelyn; brother and sister-in-law, Draper and Patty Stephens, Eagle Lake; other relatives and a host of loved ones including sister-in-law, Grace Spanihel, Eagle Lake and brother-in-law, John Dullahan, Orange, TX. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Joseph Spanihel and her parents, Charles Draper and Marie Viola Cain Stephens.

The body was taken to St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, Texas, for Vigil Service 7:00 PM, Thursday, February 3rd, with Rev. Dan Kahlich presiding, and Rev. Wayne Flagg, Rev. Greg Korenek, and Rev. Dan Morales in attendance. The Vigil Service was followed by a Rosary led by Catholics Daughters of the Americas, Court of Mary Queen of Snow #1588. The Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony 10:00 AM, Friday, February 04, 2005, with Bishop David Fellhauer, celebrant, and Rev. Dan Kahlich, Pastor, Rev. John Peters, Rev. Leon Streider, Rev. Joe Vrana, and Rev. Eddie Winkler, concelebrants. Family members assisted in both days' services: Lectors, Adam Briscoe, Danielle Spanihel and Stephanie Tribe; Cantors, Jessica Spanihel, Stephen Spanihel, Cynthia Sunderman and Teresa Briscoe. Current and former students also participated: Choir, St. Anthony School Children's Choir; Acolytes, Chelsea Hollywood, Craig Lilly and Paul Heffley; and Deacon, Bennie Holesovsky. Burial followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake. Her grandchildren, Chad Sunderman, Kurt Sunderman, Stacey Leopold, Michelle Primrose, Lauren Spanihel, Adam Briscoe, Stephanie Tribe, Justin Briscoe (unable to attend), Jessica Spanihel, and Danielle Spanihel, served as pallbearers. Her nephews, Chuck, Brice and John Draper Stephens, and close family friend, Lonnie Sommerlatte, served as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family is honoring Charlyne's request that memorials be made to the St. Anthony School, 635 Bonham, Columbus, TX 78934.

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

Spanihel, Leon Joseph "Sonny"


Leon J. "Sonny" Spanihel, 77 of Eagle Lake, passed away Saturday, Jan. 24 at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in Houston.

He was a native and life long resident of Eagle Lake and a graduate of Eagle Lake High School. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II as a Tech 4 with Company B, 1631st Engineer-ing Constru-ction Battalion and awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Army of Occupation Ribbon-Japan, Victory Ribbon and two Overseas Service Bars. Following the war, he returned to Eagle Lake and joined Spanihel and Son Dry Goods of Eagle Lake. He married Charlyne Stephens on April 5, 1948 and was elected Commissioner of Colorado County Precinct 4. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church of Columbus; Knights of Columbus Council 4843 of Eagle Lake; Christopher Columbus Knights of Columbus 1136 fourth Degree of Columbus. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8783, Eagle Lake and American Legion Post 108, Eagle Lake. He was a member of the Eagle Lake Fire Department for 50 years and served as fire chief for 25 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph F. and Bertha Mikulenka Spanihel and sister, Dolores Dullahan.

He is survived by his wife; children, Cynthia Ann Sunderman and husband, Edward of Eagle Lake, Joe Mike Spanihel and wife, Diane of Eagle Lake, Teresa Marie Briscoe and husband, Frank of Alleyton, Mary Jo Spanihel of Rosenburg, Stephen Patrick Spanihel and wife, Vivian of Garwood and Shawn Kevin Spanihel of Harlingen; sister, Grace M. Spanihel of Eagle Lake; grandchildren, Chad Edward Sunderman and wife, Rachel of Eagle Lake, Stacey Elizabeth Leopold and husband, Dustin of Nada, Kurt Michael Sunderman and wife, Shara of Eagle Lake, Michelle Lynn Primrose and husband, Jody of East Bernard, Adam Michael Briscoe and fiancé, Amanda of Livingston, Stephanie Renee Briscoe and fiancé, Philip of Alleyton, Jessica Lynn Spanihel of Galveston, Lauren Kay Spanihel of Eagle Lake, Justin Joseph Briscoe, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy of Great neck, NY, Danielle Marie Spanihel of Garwood; great grandchildren, Colton and Dakotah; other relatives and loved ones including brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, John Dullahan of Orange, Draper and Patty Stephens of Eagle Lake.

Funeral Mass was conducted Jan. 27, at St. Anthony Catholic Church with the Rev. Dan Kahlich, pastor, officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Honor guard was provided by Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus. Firemen, active and retired, served as pallbearers and honorary pallbearers with close friends Lonnie Sommerlatte, Oscar Miller and Freddie Frnka.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials be made to the Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 38, Eagle Lake, TX 77434 or St. Anthony School, 635 Bonham, Columbus, TX 78934.

The Colorado County Citizen, February 4, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Spann, Manuel O.

Spann Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Manuel O. Spann of Columbus were held Sunday, February 7, 1993 at 2 p.m. from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Scott Herren and Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery with full Military Honors by U.S. Army and V.F.W. Post 6113 and American Legion Post 383.

Mr. Spann passed away February 4 at his residence. He was 70 years of age.

Born in Grapeland. Texas November 16, 1922, he was the son of Oliver and Eva Teems Spann. He served as a Sergeant Major in the United States Army, serving in World War II In Europe and the Korean War. While in the service he received two silver stars, a bronze star, combat infantry badge 2nd award, Good Conduct medal with 7 knots, two unit citations. French Fourragere, Medal of Commendation, and the Gen. George S. Patton Award. He retired after 22 yeas of service and was a member of the Non-Commissioned Officers Assn., the Retired Enlisted Mens Assn., 3rd Infantry Division Assn., V.F.W, Post 6113, which he served as commander, American Legion Post 383, and Woodman of the World.

He married the former Gloria Johnson December 13, 1949 and had been a resident of Columbus some 21 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Gloria Spann of Columbus; daughters and sons-in-law, Sherri and Clay Lambert of Ras Tanura, Saudia Arabia and Jeannie and Butch Bertsch of Warda, Texas; grandchildren, Shane Lambert, Alan Lambert, Cody Lambert, Nicole Lambert, Jessica Bertsch, Chelsea Bertsch, Noel Spann and his mother and step- father, Sue and Richard Holt; sister, Bertha Lathrop of Buffalo, Teaxas[sic]; and brothers. James and Charles Spann, both of Crockett.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Jerry Spann. three brothers and one sister.

A U.S. Army Honor Guard served as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Tom Hancher, Bill Wisdom, Otis Andrus, Norman Hooper. DeWayne Kotrla and Randy Haverlah.

Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

New Ulm Enterprise, February 11, 1993, page 4

Sparks, Frank L.

Eagle Lake cor. Citizen: A very serious difficulty occurred in Wm. Harris’ saloon last Saturday night with Hope Adams of New Philadelphia on one side and Milam Sparks of the same place and his brother Frank of Sealy on the other, in which Hope Adams was shot through the left arm, and Frank Sparks received a wound from the effects of which he died Tuesday night. The difficulty seems to have been the renewal of an old grudge that originated in the Mitchell killing in Houston some time since. Milam Sparks and Hope Adams were promptly arrested and Sparks placed under bond. Adams was taken to Columbus by Sheriff Reese. Frank Sparks left a wife and two or three children. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, October 5, 1895

Sparks, Sarah Frances (Adams)

Eagle Lake, Texas, April 23. __Mrs. Milam Sparks died here last night after a long illness, and was carried to East Bernard to be buried in the family graveyard.

Weimar Mercury, May 2, 1896

Sparks, Thomas E.

Services for Thomas Sparks Here Friday

Graveside services for Thomas Sparks Sr., 80, of Port Arthur, who died Monday night, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery, with Rev. Richard Worringham. Methodist pastor. officiating.

The body will lie in state in Hubbard Funeral Chapel Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m.

Mr. Sparks, son of the late Mrs. Wayman (Pearl Hill) Kindred and grandson of the founder of Hill Bank & Trust Co., T. A. Hill, was a World War I veteran and had retired from a position with Texaco oil company.

In 1967 he and Mrs. Sparks gave Hill Memorial Park here to the Hill Memorial Park Foundation, which in turn gave the City of Weimar a 25-year lease for one dollar. The Foundation had been set up by Mr. and Mrs. Sparks solely for this purpose. The land had been in the Hill family since 1882, when Capt. T. A. Hill acquired it, and from that time on has been a place of public recreation.

Mr. Sparks is survived by his wife Ethel and a son. Thomas Jr., who lives in Washington state.

Weimar Mercury, December 8, 1977

Spears, Jerry

Oakland Remarks

Died, at Shiner, Tex., last Sunday, Uncle Jerry Spears, (freedman), aged 84 years. He had lived in this place about thirty years. His remains were brought here and buried in the Wooldridge burying grounds.

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1894

Speck, Evelyn Mae (Scott)

Evelyn Mae Scott Speck, 71, of Rock Island, died March 3, 1993, in Columbus. She was born on September 28, 1921, in Cheetam, Texas, to John W. and Lea Scott. In 1938, she graduated from Rock Island High School. She married John Allen Speck on September 22, 1939. They made their home in Rock Island for the last 49 years.

Speck and her husband worked together on their little farm to supply the needs of their family. Her favorite pastime was working with her flowers and vegetables, as well as sewing, fishing and loving her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; twin sister, Edith Ray; three sisters, Selma, Nora and Mellie Dee; a brother, Hubert; and five other infants.

Survivors include two daughters and son-in-laws, Marcella and R.W. Maertz and Glenda and Horst Siewert; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jim Rex and Betty Speck and Ricky Allen Speck; two sisters, Ann Brooks and Vera Flowers; two brothers, J.W. and Ford Scott; grandchildren, Terrel and Robin Maertz, Travis and Vickie Maertz, Scott and Melody Siewert, Susan Siewert Naiser and Derek, Glen Speck, Carrie Speck Simlinger and Ken, Jim Speck and Jeremy Speck; and six great-grandchildren.

Services for Mrs. Speck were held March 6 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Olan Bachler officiating. Burial followed at the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Pallbearers were Terrel and Travis Maertz, Scott Siewert, Glen and Jeremy Speck and Derek Naiser. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Speck and Ken Simlinger.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, March 11, 1993, page 4
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Speck, Ida Maye (Adams)

Mrs. Ida Maye Speck was born in Cedar Creek, Texas May 9,1895. She went to be with the Lord February 23, 1991 at the age of 95 years, 9 months and 14 days. She married Jesse A. Speck on June 17, 1914 in Hallettsville. They made their home in the Rock Island community most of their lives. She was a very dedicated and loving wife and mother to her husband and seven children. Her hands were always busy meeting the needs of her family and neighbors. She had been a resident of Sweet Briar Nursing Home for 12 years. Mrs. Speck was preceded in death by her husband "Bud" and one daughter, Gladys Owers.

Surviving are six children: Retha Spindler and Harvey Speck of Columbus, John Speck and Melba DeFoor of Rock Island, Nelda Baker of Sheridan and Jesse "Jay" Speck of Conway, Arkansas; one sister, Retha Creswell of Ft Worth; 18 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Speck was a member of the Full Gospel Church of Rock Island for over 50 years. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 24, 1991 at the Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, with Brother Floyd Snyder and Brother Willard Grisbee officiating. Burial was in the Myrtle Cemetery, Rock Island. Pallbearers were Tommy Speck, Rex Speck, Lonnie Owers, Kendal Trapp, Keith Webb and Alan Brandt. Honorary pallbearers were Marvin Baker, Gayle Speck, Ricky Speck, Kenneth Speck, LeRoy Owers and Roy Baker. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 28, 1991
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Speck, Jesse Andrew

Funeral services for Jesse Andrew Speck of Rock Island were held Sunday at Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.  Interment was at Myrtle Cemetery, Rock Island. The Rev. Selma Burger officiated.

Mr. Speck, a farmer and rancher, passed away Saturday in Hempstead after an illness of several years.

He was born Oct. 30, 1891 at Gothenburg, Neb., the son of John Henry Speck and Rebecca Estes Speck.  He spent his early years in Nebraska, before moving to Rock Island.

He was married on June 17, 1914 to the former Ida M. Adams in Hallettsville.

Survivors include his wife, Ida; four daughters, Retha Spindler of Columbus, Gladys Owers of Rock Island, Nelda Baker of Yorktown and Melba De Foor of Rock Island; three sons, John Speck of Rock Island, Harvey Speck of Columbus and Jesse G. Speck of Conway, Ark.; one brother, Clyde Speck; 18 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jim Rex Speck, Roy Baker, Tommy Speck, Kendall Trapp, Alan Brandt and Lonnie Owers.  Honorary pallbearers were Marvin Baker, Gayle Speck, Ricky Speck, Lee Owers and Kenneth Speck.

Colorado County Citizen, May 29, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Spencer, Edwin Ray

Former County Attorney, E. R. Spencer, Dies

Last rites for Edwin R. Spencer, who would have been 80 had he lived until Sept. 17, were held In St. John's Episcopal church Tuesday morning, the Rev. Earl C. Pyle, rector of St. John's officiating. Burial was in the mausoleum in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Columbus Funeral home was in charge.

Mr. Spencer, who had been afflicted with heart trouble, died at his ranch In Matagorda County, near Bay City, Saturday. Born in Indiana in 1882, he came to Texas as a young man, studied law and was admitted to the bar.

Serving In World War I, he went overseas with the Rainbow Division. He was wounded in battle and was later awarded the Silver Star for valor. After the war, he served as representative in the State Legislature from the Sweetwater district and was later assistant to the Texas Secretary of State.

He and Mrs. Spencer moved to Columbus in the early 20's and he practiced law here serving as county attorney from 1923 to 1931 and from 1933 to 1935. Several years ago he retired from law practice and devoted his time to ranching and other interests.

He was a vestryman in St. John's church for many years and at the time of his death was a member ot St. Mark's church In Bay City.

All his life he took active part in politics on state and national levels. He was an authority on American history and on the military. campaigns of the American Revolution and the War Between the States.

Survivors include his widow, Louise Culbertson Spencer, whom he married in 1919: a son, Edwin Townsend Spencer., and 3: grandchildren, Megan, David and Michael Spencer of near Bay City.

Pallbearers were W. H. Miekow, John Hancher, Oscar Shade, N. L. Goodwin, Thurmond B. West and C. L. Griffith.

Colorado County Citizen, April 5, 1962, page 1

Spencer, Elijah

Elijah Spencer Memorial Service Held Feb. 24

Elijah Spencer, 95, formerly of Weimar, died Feb. 18 at Select Specialty Spring Branch in Houston.

Memorial service was held Thursday Feb 24 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Sally Powers officiating. [Cremated]

Mr. Spencer was born in San Antonio on Oct 8, 1909 to William and Pearl White Spencer.

He was a member of the Kingdom Hall Church in Weimar.

He was a retired chef on Southern Pacific Passenger Train.

He is survived by three sisters, Marie Dilsworth of San Antonio, Eleanor Hicks of Inster, Mich., and Cora Mae Williams of Weimar; one brother, Charles Williams of La Grange; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Helen Louise Strickland; two sisters, Mercedes Williams and Lonnie D. Williams; and one brother, Levester Williams.

Weimar Mercury, March 2, 2005

Spencer, U. C.

Rev. U. C. Spencer, of Columbus, Colorado county, formerly resident minister of the M. E. church (South) at Hempstead, died of consumption last Wednesday at his old residence here, whither he had returned a week or two ago. Dr. Spencer was a man of unquestioned originality, a ripe and ardent scholar, and a gentleman whose character bore no blemish. Whether it be as a husband, a father, or a Christian, his family and the community, generally, have sustained in his death an irreparable loss, --Hempstead Review.

Colorado Citizen, September 29, 1881, page 2


The sad news of the death of Dr. U. C. Spencer reached here on Sunday. It occurred at his home in Hempstead on the 21st inst. Elsewhere in this issue will be found resolutions dopted by the friends of the deceaed in this place.

Colorado Citizen, September 29, 1881, page 3

Tribute of Respect

To the W. M. Wardens and Brethren of Caledonia Lodge No. 68, F. & A.M.:

WHEREAS, It has pleased the great Architect of the Universe to take from among his Brethren our beloved Bro. U. C. Spencer, a worthy member of Caledonia Lodge, No. 68, F. & A.M.

Be it resolved, That in the death of our Brother, Masonry has lost a strong support, the Church a faithful worker, and the community an upright and just citizen. Therefore be it

Resolved, That our Lodge and Jewels be draped in mourning, and the members wear the usual badge for thirty days.

Resolved, that our Lodge deeply sympathise [sic] with the afflicted family of our deceased Brother.
Resolved, That a copy of these Resolutions be spread on our record book, and a page be set apart upon which to record his death.

Resolved, That a copy of these Resolutions be sent to the family of our deceased Brother and a copy to the Colorado Citizen and Hempstead Review with request to publish.
Jacob J. Dick Committee
W. S. Delany
Columbus, December 19, 1881
[Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen December 23, 1881
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Spencer, Winnie R. Ford

Graveside Rites For Mrs. Spencer

Graveside services were held Sunday at 5 p.m. in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery for Mrs. Oscar I. Spencer of Hempstead. She died at home in her sleep Friday night. Services were held in Hempstead before her body was brought to Columbus for burial beside her first husband, W. C. Ford.

The Fords lived in Columbus for about 15 years. He was a representative of an Insurance company. He died 7 years ago.

Mrs. Spencer is survived by her 2nd husband and a sister who lives in Mississippi.

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

Spiess, C. Otto

Frelsburg, Feb. 7.--Mr. C. Otto Spiess died at the home of Mr. F. A. Laake on the 3d inst. at the age of 75 years.

His remains were laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery, Rev. John Harder officiating.

Weimar Mercury, February 16, 1907

Spindler, Herman Adolf

H. A. Spindler Services Are Held Here Saturday

Last rites for H. A. Spindler, founder of a Columbus manufacturing business, were held at Columbus Funeral home Saturday afternoon, with the Rev. Russell Heaner officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest with graveside services conducted by the Masonic Order.

Mr. Spindler, who was 73 Feb 8, was born in Germany, near Stuttgart, during the Hobenzollern regime. At the age of 14, he was forced to leave school and learn a trade, choosing machinist apprentice. At 19, he left his native land and traveled over the world, serving for awhile in the French Foreign Legion. Soon he got a job on a large passenger and freight ship which brought him to New York. He arrived in Columbus in 1907 and later was married to Miss Lena Reising. For 17 years he worked for the Southern Pacific railroad as foreman of the building and bridges department under the late Charles Glithero. In 1921, he founded Spindler concrete Pipe co.

He was a member of the Methodist church, of the Masons and the Arabia Temple Shrine, also of the American and Texas Concrete Pipe associations and the Texas Ready-Mix association.

He had been in retirement since 1943, when he became partially paralyzed, but he kept his interest in his business and could always be found sitting on the grounds, watching the activity. During his last years, he and his son Leo enjoyed many auto trips and some air trips to all parts of the United States, Mexico and Guatemala. It was only in the past several months that his condition became weakened.

Besides his son, he is survived by his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Leslie King, and 2 grandsons, George and William King.

Pallbearers were Dudley Baker, Robert Huebel, Jack Draper, Ellis Miller, A. L. Foster and Jack Allen.

Colorado County Citizen, March 22, 1956, page 9

Spindler, Lena Marie (Reising)

Mrs. H. A. Spindlier, Lifetime Resident, Is Laid To Rest

Last rites for Mrs. H. A. Spindlier were held at Columbus Funeral home at 3 p.m. Sunday, with the Rev. George Ricker of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Born in Colorado county near Shaw's Bend, Oct. 10, 1885, Mrs. Spindlier was the former Lena Reising, daughter of Louis and Caroline Schobel Reising. She spent her entire life in the county.

Her marriage to Mr. Spindlier was solemnized Mar. 22, 1909. Mr. Spindlier, a native of Germany, left that country when he was a young man and traveled over the world with the merchant marines before coming to the United States and ultimately to Columbus. First working for the Southern Pacific railroad, he established his own business, now known as Spindlier Concrete Pipe Co., about 1922. Mr. Spindlier died in March, 1956.

Mrs. Spindler's death came in Columbus hospital Friday night, just 2 hours before Mr. Spindler's birthday, which was Feb. 8. She had been in bad health since December.

She was a member of the local Methodist church and of Hermann Sisters lodge.

Survivors include a son, Leo and a daughter, Mrs. Leslie King, of Columbus; 2 grandson, George King, student at Texas A & M college, and Bill King of Columbus, and one brother, Albert Reising of Schulenburg.

Pallbearers were Edgar Litzmann, N. L. Goodwin, Oscar Heneke, Raymond Burger, Cornelius Fowler and Terry William Kotzebue.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, February 13, 1958
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Spindler, Retha Marie (Speck)


Retha Marie Spindler, 89, of Columbus, passed way Feb. 8 at Columbus Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born in Rock Island, April 16 to Jesse A. and Ida Maye (Adams) Speck and married Leo William Spindler, June 2, 1965.

She was a member of Eastern Star and First Assembly of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Gladys Speck Owers; and brother, John A. Speck.

She is survived by her daughter, Audrey Ann Burns of Columbus; sisters, Nelda Speck Baker of Sheridan and Melba Speck DeFoor of Rock Island; brothers, Harvey Speck of Rock Island and Jesse Gene "Jay" Speck of Conway, Ark.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 12 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Wes Jacobson officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Paul Martinez, Mitchell Marti-nez, Dave Taylor, John Stephenson, Kindal Trapp and Tomas Herrera.

Colorado County Citizen, February 16, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Spittler, Floyd Benjamin


Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Spittler and children of Ben Arnold came last week for a visit to their friends and relatives here in Sheridan.  They will return to Ben Arnold today.

We sympathize with them in their great sorrow of their loved one Floyd Benjamin, that was drowned July 4th.  He was laid to rest in the Cheetham Cemetery July 5th.  Services were held by Bro. Neely of Rock Island.

Colorado County Citizen, July 10, 1930
Contributed by Regena Wiilliamson

Sralla, Tom


Numerous Weimar friends regretted to learn of the death of Mr. Tom Sralla of Oakland, which occurred Sunday, according to report reaching us. He was about 50 years of age and his death is said to have been caused by Bright’s disease and high blood pressure. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 3, 1933, page 1


The community was shocked when news came that Mr. Tom Sralla had passed away at his home here Sunday night, after a week’s illness. He had lived here nearly thirty years and was one of our best citizens. Interment will take place at Svetin Tuesday. He is survived by his wife and five children--Victor, Hayden, Frank, Esther Ruby and Clifton--three brothers and three sisters. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 3, 1933, page 3

Sronce, Edna (Obenchain)


The death of Mrs. Edna Obenchain Scronce occurred in San Antonio last Friday night after a lingering illness and the remains were brought to this city Sunday where it was met by friends and relatives and followed to the Odd Fellows' cemetery and tenderly laid to rest in the family lot, Rev. J. B. Marshall of the Baptist church officiating.

Mrs. Sronce was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Obenchain (deceased) and was born and raised in Covington Tennessee. She was also a niece of the late Mrs. Frannie Montgomery of this city.

On May 4th, 1893 she was married to Mr. Charles E. Sronce of this city. She possessed a lovely character, a sweet gentle manner and was a most faithful devoted wife and mother and had a host of sincere friends.

During her life she often told friends of an incident most vivid in her memory as a child, when she was baptized in a river in Tennessee on a beautiful quiet moonlight night, how the mocking birds hovered around singing most sweetly. Strange and most pathetic it seems that the sames thing occurred during the burial services--the mocking birds sang their sweetest--each seemingly trying to sing sweeter than the other over her last resting place.

Besides her husband she is survived by an only child, Lieut. Charles Elmo Sronce, who is stationed at Camp Meade, Md. A cousin Leland S. Montgomery of Houston and an aunt, Mrs. R. S. Rockwood of Wharton attended the funeral. The pall bearers were: Messrs. Frank Auerbach, Jr., Joseph W. Stafford, Howard Townsend, W. S. Miller, Alex McCormich and W. M. Paulsen. A Friend.

Colorado Citizen, October 25, 1918

Sronce, Gus Crockett Sr.


Gus Crockett Sronce Sr., 79, of Friendswood, passed away Jan. 7 at his residence.

He was born in Edna, Oct. 2, 1928 to William Robert Jr. and Sue Natalie (Young) Sronce and married Wilma Irene Schultz Oct. 1, 1950. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea as a Sergeant First Class.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter, Cynthia Louise Frankovich.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Susan and Collin M. Trube of Friendswood and Alyce Natalie and Tim Quinn of Wirtz, Va.; son, Gus Crockett Jr., and wife Karma of Friendswood; sister, Margaret Fay Downey and husband Earl of Houston; brothers, William Robert Sronce III and wife Louise of Columbus and Frank Thomas Sronce and wife Betty Lou of Fort Worth; and grandchildren, Demra Irene, Cynthia Marie and Emily Susan Trube.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 10 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Victor Morrison officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Collin Trube, Tim Quinn and Steven Kunkel.

Colorado County Citizen, January 16, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Sronce, Elcaney Calvin


After an illness of about three month’s duration, E. C. Sronce died Monday morning, April 18 at the age of 87 years and 3 days. He was laid to rest Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock in Odd Fellow’s Rest in the presence of his relatives and friends. Rev. W. A. Manley, pastor of the Methodist church conducted the funeral service.

Mr. Sronce had a serious illness about a year ago and for a time it was feared that he would die but he later regained his health and was perfectly well for several months but about three months ago he became ill again and grew steadily worse until death resulted.

Mr. Sronce was born in Newton, Katawha county, North Carolina, April 15, 1934. He came to Texas in 1860 reaching Columbus March 19 of that year. He was married and had one child at that time and intended to go back and bring his family out a little later, but in the mean time the Civil war broke out and in May 1862 he joined the Confederate army, serving with I company, 24th regiment under Captain E. F. Fly until the close of the conflict. During the war he was wounded in the leg and this wound crippled him the balance of his life.

After the close of the war he went back to North Carolina and brought his wife and child back with him.

Mr. Sronce was a cabinetmaker and when he first arrived in Columbus he made furniture and later, when the demand grew so great that he could no longer supply the trade, he began to buy manufactured furniture and sell it. During this time he also made coffins and carried on an undertaking business. During the yellow fever epidemic of 1873 so great was the demand for coffins that he kept two assistants busy all the time in addition to his own work. He remained in the furniture business up to the time of his death.

The deceased leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Laura Love, and three sons, N. E. Sronce, Charles Sronce and W. R. Sronce.

Pall bearers were E. G. Miller, A. A. Gregory, H. Braden, J. E. Hester , J. Alvey Harbert and Wm. Tait.

Colorado Citizen, April 22, 1921, page 1

Sronce, Nell (Dixon)

Nell Dixon Sronce, 80, of Columbus, passed away March 30.

She was born in Dodge, Dec. 4, 1921 to Charles Alfred and Gladys (Roark) Dixon and married Gus Sronce of Columbus in 1941. She started the first kindergarten class in Columbus in 1957 and taught for almost 30 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Columbus where she began the first 3-year-old Sunday school class. She was also an executive committee member of the Colorado County American Cancer Society, Columbus Community Hospital Auxiliary volunteer, member of Friends of the Science Park associated with the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and leader of the Girl Scouts of America for many years.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Donald Sanders of Dallas; granddaughters and husbands, Kristie and Geoff Zenick of Chicago, Ill. and Laurie and Sam Sexton of Dallas; sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Joe Cobbs of Dodge; and sisters, Cynthia Smith of Houston, Nancy Dixon of New Orleans, La. and Marion Dixon of Huntsville.

Funeral services were conducted April 3 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Dale Jones, nephew of Mrs. Sronce, and the Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Marsha Miller and Jesse Armstrong provided the music. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Tim Cobbs, H. J. (Bubba) Dostal, Stuart Hill, Cecil Jones, Jerry Jones, Bobby Nash, Sam Sexton and Bob Tait.

Honorary pallbearers were Wesley Asher, Arthur Evans, Delmar Fehrenkamp, Philip Gates, John Glithero, Raymond Heine, Charles Jones, Owen Mehrens, Bob Sronce and Geoff Zenick.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Columbus Community Hospital Auxiliary, American Cancer Society or the church of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, April 17, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Sronce, Susan Anne (Price)

Mrs. E. C. Sronce

Mrs. E. C. Sronce passed out of this life early this morning, following an illness of several weeks.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon at three thirty at the residence and interment will be made at Odd Fellows Rest.

Mrs. Sronce was one of the pioneer residents of this town, having come here soon after the Civil War.

She is survived by two sons and one daughter, W. R., Nathan and Mrs. Laura Love.

The sorrowing ones have our deep sympathy.

Colorado County Citizen, November 20, 1930

Sronce, William Robert Jr.


William Robert Sronce, Jr. age. 86, passed away December 14 at his residence in Columbus.

Mr. Sronce was born in Columbus October 3, 1902 to William R. Sronce,. Sr. and Hattie (Auerbach) Sronce.

He married Susan (Nately) [Young] Sronce June 29, 1925.

Mr. Sronce was retired from Texas Construction Material.

Services were held Friday December 16 at Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Raymond Cox officiating. Burial followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Sronce on July 5, 1976. Mr. Sronce id survived by one daughter Margaret (Cookie) Downey of Houston; three - sons, Gus Crockett Sronce of Friendswood, William Robert Sronce Ill of Columbus and Frank Thomas Sronce of Ft. Worth; two sisters, Laura Glithero and Lillian Mehrens both of Columbus; and one brother, Gus L. Sronce of Columbus; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were W. R. Sronce IV., Donald Wayne Sronce, Earl Downey, Bill Young, Gus Sronce and Bill Davidson.

Colorado County Citizen, December 21, 1988, page 2

Staff, Anselma A. (Thelma?)


The three months old baby daughter, Thelma. of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Staff, who reside two miles from Garwood, was found dead in bed at their home late Tuesday afternoon when the mother returned to the room after an absence of only a few minutes.

The mother placed the little one on the bed while she went into the yard to meet her husband who was returning from Garwood.

On her return to the room she was horrified to find her little baby dead, having choked itself to death on the rounds of the bedstead. The mattress was a little shorter than the iron bedstead, it is said, and in rolling on the bed the little one rolled between the mattress and the bedstead, catching its little head in the rounds of the bedstead in such a manner that cut off its breathing.

Mrs. Staff was absent from the room only a few minutes, but the little child was dead, though the little form was still warm, when she returned. Every effort was made to revive the child, but to no avail.

The funeral was held at 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, interment being made in the Nada cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Staff have the sincere sympathy of all the people of the community in their deep sorrow. Eagle Lake Headlight

Weimar Mercury, August 10, 1923

Staff, Ferdinand

A farmer named Staff died at 11 a.m. Thursday of last week, and was buried at St. Michael’s cemetery Saturday morning at 10 o’clock, under the auspices of Oestreich lodge, Hermann’s Sons, of which lodge he was a member. The cause of his death, we are informed, was dropsy. He lived about eight miles southeast of town.

Weimar Mercury, July 8, 1905, page 12

Staff, Raymond


GARWOOD - Raymond Staff, 63, of Garwood died Friday, April 14, 1995.

He was born March 8, 1932, in Garwood to the late Frank P. and Mary O. Wesselski Staff. He was a rice farmer.

Survivors: wife, Frances Psencik Staff; daughter, Cynthia Ann Staff, of Plainsboro, N.J.; sons, David Neal Staff, Christopher Allen Staff, both of Garwood; sisters, Tillie Janish of Nada, Clara Kasper and Madelyn Novosad, both of Ganado; brothers, Joe Staff of Taiton and Dan Staff of Ganado.

Preceded in death by son, Gregory Dean Staff and brother, Clem Staff.

Visitation: 9 a.m. today, Triska Funeral Home.

Rosary: 7 p.m. tonight, St. Marys Catholic Church in Nada.

Services: 10 a.m. Monday, at the church, Msgr. Victor Schmidtzinski, assisted by the Rev. James Janish officiating.

Burial: St. Marys Cemetery, Triska Funeral Home, El campo [sic], (409) 543-3681.

Pallbearers: Milton Minarcik, Clarence Eggemeyer, Bobby Staff, Mark Walch, Tim Walch and Jerry Janish.

Victoria Advocate, 16 Apr 1995, page 12A
Contributed by Matt Cross

Staffeldt, Henrietta (Schonfield)

Mrs. Wm. Staffeldt Is Buried in Brune Cemetery

Funeral services were held at the Untermeyer Funeral Home at 2:30 Saturday afternoon for Mrs. William Staffeldt, 83, who died in Columbus Hospital early Friday morning.

Mrs. Staffeldt, the former Henrietta Schonfield, was born in Germany on July 10, 1872. She came to America in December of 1892 and on November 28, 1893, she was married to William Staffeldt at Ellinger. They lived there until 1901 when they moved to their present home in the Shaw’s Bend community.

She had been in ill health for about a year, having recently spent 11 days in the hospital. She was at home one week, when she became seriously ill and was taken back to the hospital the Sunday preceding her death.

Her aged husband of Shaw’s Bend and an older brother in Germany are the only immediate family survivors. A large number of nieces and nephews also survive. The only child, a girl, died in infancy.

Rev. Raymond Durst officiated in the services, and burial was in Brune Cemetery at Shaw’s Bend. Her nephews, Joe Stancik, Hugo Kahlden, Fritz Horndt and Edmund, Alvin and Alfred Schobel were pallbearers.

Submitted by Joyce Stancik

Staffeldt, Wilhelm J. A.

W. J. A. Staffeldt Succumbs at 87

Wilhelm J. A. Staffeldt, 87-year-old retired farmer was laid to rest in the Brune cemetery at Shaw’s Bend yesterday following services at Untermeyer Funeral home here.

Rev. Ray Durst of La Grange conducted the last rites for Mr. Staffeldt who died Tuesday morning in Columbus hospital after a lengthy illness.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, October 18, 1956, page 6


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Stahl, Minnie (Rauh)


Mrs. Jos. Stahl of Gonzales died in Columbus Monday after a short illness of influenza. Mrs. Stahl was formerly Miss Minnie Rauh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rauh of Columbus and was in that city on a visit to her parents when she was taken ill. She had been married just six months to a day on the day of her death. her husband being in the army service at Camp Travis. Before her marriage, Mrs. Stahl frequently visited in Eagle Lake and had a great many friends here who are grieved to learnof her deth. The remains wr shipped to Gonzales Tuesday afternoon where the funeral was held.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 14, 1918

Stair, O. H.

Spanish War Vet, Father of Glidden Man, Is Buried

Last rites were held in San Antonio Monday for O. H. Stair, 81, father of D. D. Stair of Glidden, who died Aug. 3 in a San Antonio rest home after an illness of 6 months.

A Spanish-American war veteran, he was buried with military honors in the national cemetery at San Antonio. He was a native of Alabama.

Survivors include his widow, the son at Glidden, 2 other sons, Frank and Daniel of San Antonio and 2 daughters, Mrs. Paul Rust of Fredericksburg and Mrs. Allie B. Day of San Antonio, also 5 children, 18 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, August 11, 1960, page 12

Stall, Agnes (Herzik)

Final Rites for Mrs. Agnes Stall, 70, Here Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Stall, 70, of Houston, formerly of Weimar and Schulenburg, were held Sunday at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Rev. Albert Hubertus officiated.  Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mrs. Stall died Thursday, Jan. 5, in Houston, one day before her 70th birthday anniversary, after an illness of three months.

Born at Weimar Jan. 6, 1897, she was a daughter of Frank and Anna Herzik.  After her marriage to Joe Stall they lived at Weimar awhile, then at Schulenburg until she moved to Houston  a year ago.  Mr. Stall died a number of years ago.

Mrs. Stall is survived by two sons, Joe of La Grange and Frank of Houston; three brothers, Steve and Charlie of Houston and Vaclav of Austin; one sister, Mrs. Adolf Nohavitza of Weimar; and  two grandchildren, Donna and Renee Stall of Houston.

Pallbearers were James Slauther, Larry Cernoch, Alvin Joe Cernoch, Charles Herzik, Steve Koenig and Eugene Rosenauer.

Weimar Mercury, January 12, 1967, page 1
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Stall, Anton Joe

Final Rites for Anton Joe Stall, 72, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Anton Joe Stall, 72, a lifelong resident of this area, were held Sunday morning, April 24, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with continued services at St. Michael's Church.

Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

A retired farmer, Mr. Stall died last Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Elstner, with whom he had lived for 31 years.

Born July 15, 1892, in Fayette County, he was the son of John and Annie Magdalene Stall. A bachelor, he became a foster father to his sister’s children, Fred Elstner and Mrs. Aline Herzik, when their father died. He also acted as guardian for Mrs. Tillie Kosler and Mrs. Lena Ringgenberg, nieces, during several years of their childhood.

These were his only survivors; two brothers and three sisters had preceded him in death.

Pallbearers for Mr. Stall's funeral were Leon Kahlden, Robert Koenig, Stephen Koenig. Stephen Herzik Joe Janak and Morris Rosier.

Weimar Mercury, April 29, 1955, page 1
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Stall, Henry

Death of Henry Stall

Last Thursday morning, Dec. 8, at 4 o'clock the death angel again entered the home o Henry Stall of Dubina and death ensued after a lingering illness of several years. It was known to all his relatives and friends that he was in ill health for quite a lengthy period, but. his death was not expected to be so near. One year ago last March, our beloved SavIor took away his precious .little daughter,. Millie, and now her father is with her in the Great Beyond, waiting for their loved ones left. behind, who at some time in the future will go unto them with open arms. to meet their beloved Savior departed ones, Mr. Stall was born in 1871, and besides a widow, leaves a. step-son, and three charming little daughters, two brothers, Joe and Willie Stall, two sisters: Mrs. John C. Smith and Mrs. Matllda Elstner, to mourn his loss. Deceased was laid. to rest in .St. Michael's cemetery Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved ones. May his rest be peaceful.
His Niece

Weimar Mercury, December 18, 1914, page 1

Stall, Joseph F.

Final Rites for Joe F. Stall, 67 Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Joe F. Stall, 67, of Route 1 Schulenburg, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church here Monday morning, with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated.

Mr. Stall, who had lived in this general vicinity most of his life, died suddenly while at work on his farm Saturday, of heart disease. His health had not been good for the past two years.

Born at Praha, Texas, he married Miss Agnes Herzik here Feb. 4,1931. They lived first at Dubina, then for 5 years on a farm south of Weimar, and for 8 years in the Sedan section before moving to their present farm north of Schulenburg 4 years ago.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at High Hill.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Joe F. Stall Jr. and Frank J. Stall, both of Schulenburg; and three sisters, Mrs. S. S. (Mary) Rollins, Mrs. Roy (Mathilda) Palmer, and Mrs. Fred (Lillie) Kosler, all of Weimar. One sister and three brothers preceded him in death, the brothers all as infants.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Anton Kubica, Adolf Nohavitza, Bennie Cernoch, Freddie Anders, Charlie Peterek, and Vaclav A. Herzik.

Weimar Mercury, October 29, 1954, page 1

Stall, Millie

There were two deaths in this section Tuesday morning, both from diphtheria. A 10-year-old daughter of Henry Stahl and wife, who live on route 2, near Dubina [Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery], and Ernest, the 10-year-son of Fritz Beken, Sr., and wife who live a few miles southeast of town, were the victims. To the grief-stricken families the heartfelt sympathy of everybody goes out, in the loss of their bright and beloved children. May the good Father above comfort and console them in their bereavement, is our sincere wish.

Weimar Mercury, March 21, 1913, page 1

Stall, Thekla


Mrs. Thekla Stall, a respected lady of the Dubina community died last week of apoplexy, aged 61 years, and the remains were buried Thursday last at St. Michael’s Cemetery, this city, Rev. Jos. Syzmanski officiating. Mrs. Stall was a widow, born in Austria, and had resided in this section for many years. She was highly regarded by friends and neighbors, and her death is sincerely deplored by all. Our sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury September 11, 1925

Stall, William

Will Stall Dead.

Will Stall, a well known farmer living a few miles northeast of Weimar, died Sunday and his remains were laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery Monday morning. Mr. Stall was in comparatively good health up to a short time before his death. He was about 35 years old at the time of his death. He was a hard-working, industrious man, and well thought of by all who knew him. He leaves a widow and three children to mourn the death of a kind, good husband and father. OUr heartfelt sympathy goes out to them in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, May 6, 1921, page 1

Stallion, "Crip"

Negro Dies

"Crip" Stallion, a negro of about 25 years who has worked for Mr. Ned Burford for some time, died at his home here Sunday morning, under what is thought to be peculiar circumstances.

Crip, in company with six others, was riding in a truck north of Weimar last Thursday evening when the truck bogged down, and the bunch had to get out and push. Finally they got stuck so badly that it was necessary to get assistance. and three of the men went to get help. When they returned they asked Crip to get out and help push, but he said he couldn't help because he was feeling bad. He was suffering badly when they got him home next morning and was in a semi-conscious condition until he died Sunday morning.

Judge H. P. Hahn held an inquest and the matter was brought to the attention of the Grand Jury and an investigation made. The result has not been reported as yet. [Place of interment unknown.]

Colorado County Citizen, Feb 13, 1930.

Stallion, Will

Columbus, Sept. 14.--Will Stallion, a negro, was shot four times this evening by Constable J. E. Hester while resisting arrest on a warrant for burglary with intent to committ criminal assault, issued by Justice Gregory. The shots took effect in the stomach, right shoulder and left wrist, and are considered fatal. The negro succeeded in getting the constable down and disarming him during the fight. Stallion was considered a bad man, and was once before in jail here for several months charged with attempted assault upon a white girl, who was at the time encamped at Glidden while traveling through the country with her parents. In that case the witnesses never returned to testify before the grand jury.

Columbus, Sept. 15.--Will Stallion, the negro shot by Constable Hester while resisting arrest yesterday, died from his wounds at 10 o’clock last night. Justice Gregory held the inquest, and the facts developed substatially as reported in the News. The house where the difficulty occurred showed signs of a desperate struggle, as the bed and other furniture in the room were broken to pieces and covered with blood. Mr. Hester received slight injury. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, September 19, 1903


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Standley, Camella Golden (Coats)

Services Held October 28 for Camella Standley

Graveside services for Camella Golden (Coats) Standley, 97, were held Saturday, October 28, at the Masonic Cemetery with the Brother Jerry Adkins officiating.

A resident of Parkview Manor, Mrs. Standley died on October 27 at the Colorado -Fayette Medical Center of pneumonia.

Mrs. Standley was born November 4, 1897 to N. B. and Carmella Victoria (Golden) Coats in Alvord, Texas. On June 14, 1921, she married Dr. Cade B. Standley in Frederick, Oklahoma.

She attended Frederick High School and Baylor University. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls. She was a resident of Wichita Falls from 1927 to 1975 and has resided in this area since that time.

Survivors include a daughter Betty (Standley) Brasher and husband, Jack Brasher of Weimar; grandchildren, Ann Brasher West and husband, Greg, of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Marilyn Brasher Hollar and husband, David, of Katy, John Michael Brasher of Houston and James Everett Brasher of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; greatgrandchildren, Laura Elizabeth West, Sarah Frances West, Katherine Ann West, Jonathan Brasher West, all of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Charles Griffith Hollar of Austin and Neal Calcote Hollar of Katy, John Everett Brasher and Hugh Scott Brasher, both of Katy and Christopher Neal Brasher of Brenham.

Mrs. Standley was preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence Coats and Terrell Coats.

Weimar Mercury, November 2, 1995, page 2

Stanley, James “Jim”


Quite a number of our citizens went to Columbus Friday last, to witness the hanging of that poor wretch, James Stanley, and speak in the highest terms of our noble Sheriff, J. L. Townsend, in the decent and effective manner in which he performed his official duty in this matter. His kindness towards the prisoner was noticed by all, yet his cool demeanor on that occasion stamped him the brave Christian gentleman that he is. Few men can perform that duty with the same nerves. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, October 25, 1883

Stanley, Jerry (Bryant)


Mrs. Jerry Stanley born November 21, 1913, [daughter of Thomas and Pearl Bryant] went to be by the Lord's side on February 23, 2008. Jerry was a woman of very strong faith and we know that she is at peace with her Lord and Savior. Jerry distinguished herself through her faith in God and her Christian principles in her work as well as in all other aspects of her life. She was a servant leader, a selfless person who devoted her life to her faith, family and friends. Jerry will always be remembered by her friends and loved ones for her generous spirit and countless hours of service. She was a long time member of Taylor United Methodist Church, Oakland, Ca and most recently at St Paul United Methodist Church, Columbus,Tx.

Her favorite scripture was Proverbs 3:3-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."

After moving to Oakland, Calif. in 1943, she operated Stanley's Beauty Shop where she unselfishly gave her time to help her customers realize their own inner and outer beauty.

Jerry leaves behind many friends and family that will continue to love her and delight in fond memories of her. She will be remembered most as a devoted Christian, her untiring work ethic, her love of helping others, for her giving and unselfish personality. In 2000, she returned to Columbus, Tx. to spend her retirement years with her niece, Dorothy Fitzgerald.

Jerry was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Stanley.

She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Jewell Bryant, Oakland, Calif. and many cousins.

The funeral services will take place at 1:30 pm, Friday, February 29, 2008 at Harris Funeral Home in Berkeley, Ca. Interment will follow at Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Rich-mond, Calif.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made in memory of Jerry Stanley to the Building Fund at St Paul United Methodist Church or the Columbus Community Hospital Auxiliary.

Colorado County Citizen, February 27, 2008
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Stansbury, Arthur

Robbery Believed Motive

Clues Scarce in Columbus Killing

Robbery was the apparent motive but county officers were still looking for a lead Wednesday to the killer of a 75-year-old Negro pensioner at Columbus last Friday or Saturday.

The victim, Arthur Stansbury, was found dead at 2 p.m. Saturday, stabbed four times, twice in the stomach, once in the chest, and once through the jugular vein in his throat.

Dr. D. L. Mims estimated the man, who lived alone, had been dead 10 to 15 hours.  He was in his pajamas and near his bed.

Deputy Sheriff Floyd Schlicting said there were no signs of a struggle.  He also said that the wounds appeared to have been made by pocket knife or other small knife.

No pocketbook was found, and there was no cash in the house.

Friends said Stansbury usually had a little cash with him, from the old-age pension he drew.  There were so signs that the intruder had looked around the house for cash or valuables.

Deputy Sheriff M. H. Buller said Wednesday that the nearest thing to a lead that has turned up in the investigation is the report from a woman neighbor who said she was on her porch about 100 feet away from the Stansbury house Friday night when she heard Stansbury say something like “Get away from here, boy.”  She could offer no other clue, however.  [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, August 20, 1964, page 1

Neighbor Charged In Stabbing Death of Columbus Man

A young Negro who had lived nearby was charged last weekend in the August 14 stabbing of a 75-year-old pensioner at Columbus, and Deputy Sheriff said the suspect has given an oral account that established robbery as the motive.

Charged is Thomas Wright, who was in Columbus the night of the killing and left Sunday by bus for Corsicana, where his wife of two weeks is living.

Wright is in the county jail under $10,000 bond, charged with first-degree-murder.

Trousers Bloody

The deputy suspected Wright when he learned from the man’s family that Wright had come that week-end saying he needed money because his wife was expecting a baby sooon[sic].  The officer went to the couple’s home in Corsicana, where he found a pair of trousers with blood on them.  Wright, he said, at one time during questioning admitted the killing, saying he took a purse from the old man after stabbing him.

The victim, Arthur Stansbury, was found dead beside his bed at 2 p.m. Saturday, and a Columbus doctor estimated he had been dead 10 to 15 hours.  He had been stabbed four times, apparently with a pocket knife or other small knife.

Weapon Still Missing

Officers have not found the knife, nor have they found the purse described by Wright, who has given them conflicting stories during questioning.

Another neighbor, a woman, had told the officers that at one time Friday night she thought she heard Stansbury say, “Get away from here, boy, “ but she had not seen anyone.  She was on her porch about 100 feet away from the Stansbury home, where the old man lived alone. 

Weimar Mercury, August 27, 1964, page 1
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Stansbury, James H.


Columbus, Texas, July 28, --James Stanbury[sic] of Glidden, a Southern Pacific brakeman, had his legs crushed at that place yesterday morning while coupling cars, and though he was placed on a train and started for the company hospital at Houston, he died soon after the journey was begun and his body was returned home for burial. He was 28 years old and is survived by his widow and a four-year old son. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, August 3, 1917

Stansbury, John M.

John M. Stansbury, 69, a former area resident and the son-in-law of Mrs. Otto Klimple of Columbus, died Thursday, April 7, 1994.

A graduate of Baylor University he ministered in several Baptist churches during his lifetime. He was married to the former Frances Lavine Klimple, daughter of Mrs. Kimple and the late Otto Klimple Sr.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 9, at Easthaven Baptist Church in Houston with Dr. Bruce Presto officiating. Interment followed Saturday in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Robert L. Earthman, W. R. Chenault, John Neely, Harvey Tulloch, Floyd Givens, Otto Klimple, Willard Manuel and Jerry Janosek.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Sheryl Canmpise and husband Cris of Houston; son, Stephen A. Stansbury and wife Lovelyn of Conroe; and grandchildren Matthew, Jordan, Rachel and Heather.

Mr. Stansbury was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Kayla.

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

Stansbury, John Milton

J. M. Stansbury, 63, Local Resident Since 1954,Dies

J. M. Stansbury, a Columbus resident since May, 1954, was buried last Saturday in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery following services in Columbus Funeral home at 2 p.m.

Rev. L. W. Crouch of El Campo officiated at the last rites.

Mr. Stansbury died last Thursday in Youens hospital at Weimar.

He was a member of the Glidden Baptist church and was active in all phases of church work and was ordained deacon for several years. A son, Rev. John M. Stansbury Jr. of Houston was formerly pastor of the Glidden church.’

Mr. Stansbury was born Aug. 20, 1895 in Longview and married Susie McLeod Jan. 25, 1924. He worked for Gulf Oil co. at Port Arthur for 25 1/2 years. He served overseas during World War I.

Survivors include his widow; a son; one brother, George S. Stansbury of Columbus; a daughter-in-law and granddaughter.

Pallbearers were J. K. Wallace, E. E. Besch, O. A. Miller, Stanley Novak, Harvey Hope and A. G. Reeves, all of Glidden.

Colorado County Citizen, February 19, 1959, page 10


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Staten, Jerry

Rites Set for Deputy Staten At Eagle Lake

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday at Eagle Lake for deputy Sheriff Jerry Staten, who died January 9 after three days in the Eagle Lake hospital.

Burial was to be held in the Vox Populi [Chartie Williams Community] cemetery.

Staten had been a special deputy for a number of years.

Weimar Mercury, January 15, 1976
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Staten, John Leonard Jr.

John Leonard Staten, Jr.

John Leonard Staten, Jr. went to be with the Lord on Monday morning, October 16.

He was born December 10, 1945 in Sugar Land, the son of John L. Staten, Sr. and Beatrice Robinson.

John worked as Executive Chef for Jo Jo'sRestaurant.

His parents; and a sister, Irene Russell, preceded him in death.

John leaves to cherish his memory a loving sister, Hattie B. Wilson; brothers, Donald L. Hall and Jackie Robinson; children, Gregory Staten of Los Angeles, California, LaFonda Staten and Keith Ross of Houston, Toni Middleton of Pearland, John Wright and Tonya Wright of El Campo; former wives, Joice Strawder and Nan McGrew; a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 20 at 1 p.m. from St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus with Rev. Martin Williams, officiating. Interment followed in Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus. Final arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Henry Ford, Kirk Glen, Alex Marshall, Ronald Russell, David Tillman and Don Walker.

Honorary pallbearers were Keith Ross, Gregory Staten and John Wright.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 26th, 2006
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Stearns, Robert Franklin Sr

Robert F. Stearns Sr.

SHERIDAN - Robert Franklin Stearns Sr., 70, of Sheridan, died Sunday, May 9, 2004.

He was born April 9, 1934, in Nashua, N.H., to the late Ralph and Prudence Downing Stearns. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict.

Survivors: wife, Sarah Stearns; daughters, Michelle and Joann; stepdaughters, Cyndi, Kathy, and Juli; sons, Ronnie Stearns and Raymond Stearns; 12 grandchildren; four stepgrandch

Preceded in death by: sons, Roger Stearns and Robert Stearns Jr.; sister, Marie Stephenson; and brothers, Ralph Stearns and David Stearns.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan, the Rev. Leon Smothers officiating. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Victoria Advocate online, May 11, 2004


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Steen, Hattie (McCarty)

Card of Thanks

We wish to take this method in thankng our many friends for their kindness during the illness and passing of our mother, Mrs. Hattie Steen. We expecially want to thank Dr. James Wooten and the nurses, also the Davis Funeral service and Rev. Carl Evans. May God bless each of you.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Mack (Daughter)
Stokes Johnson
Lonnie Ahton Family
Alberta Taylor Family
[Interment in Willing Worker Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, August 29, 1963, page 12

Steffek, Florian

Florian Steffek, Sr., 84, Dies Wednesday, Funeral Friday

Florian Steffek, Sr., 84, died Wednesday in the Schulze Hospital in Schulenburg on Wednesday, following an operation Tuesday. Funeral arrangements have been made for Friday morning from the Hubbard Funeral Home here, with services to he held in St. Michael's Church at 9:30 o'clock. Msgr. Jos. Szymanski will officiate. Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Mr. Steffek had been ill about one week when he was taken to the hospital for an operation. He was a farmer by occupation.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Florian Steffek, he was born in Moravia. Europe, in the year 1861 and came to this country in 1903. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Kalmus in 1886, and to this union four children were born. He was a member of the Catholic Church and the S. P. J. S. T. Lodge.

Survivors include three sons, John Steffek Fred Steffek and Florian Steffek, Jr. One daughter, Mrs. Fritz Genzer, preceded him in death. He had a brother who when last heard from lived in Europe, and it is not known whether he is still alive or not,

The Mercury extends condolence to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, September 14, 1945, page 1

Steffek, Florian F.

Funeral For Florian Steffek Here Sunday

Funeral services for Florian F. Steffek Jr., 71, were held Sunday afternoon, June 25, in the Hubbard Funeral Chapel here, with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Rev. O. B. Kahlich officiated. Pallbearers were Bennie J. Rerich, Jeff Cernoch, John A. Hajovsky, Ted Kloesel, Jerry Steffek, and C. S. Bahjney.

Mr. Steffek died June 23 at his home in Baytown. Born Sept. 15, 1899, in Austria, he came to this country with his parents in 1903, the family settling at Dubina. He never married.

Mr. Steffek worked for Humble Oil & Refining Co. at Baytown from 1930 to 1934, then returned to Weimar to take care of his aged parents. After their deaths he returned to Baytown to establish his own plumbing business.

He is survived by two brothers, John of Needville and Fred of Weimar; and nieces and nephews, including Mrs. Bennie Rerich of Weimar. A sister, Mrs. Sophie Steffek Genzer, preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, June 29, 1972
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Steffek, Frances (Kroboth)

News of Borden Section

The death of Mrs. Fred Steffek of Holman (formerly Miss Frances Kroboth of Borden) was a shock to all that knew her.  We offer our heartfelt sympathy to all who are left to mourn her early passing.  [Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, March 12, 1937, page 6
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Steffek, Fred F.

Fred Steffek Funeral Held Here Sec. 11

Funeral services for Fred F. Steffek, 95, a resident of River Oaks Convalescent Center in Columbus were held Thursday, Dec. 11, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Father Charles Carolan officiated.

Steffek, a retired farmer, died Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the convalescent home where he had lived the past 15 years.

Born Nov. 28, 1891, in Nyrkovice, Austria, he was a son of Florian and Mary (Kalmus) Steffek. He and his family came to America when he was 13, landing in Galveston in September 1903 and settling near Dubina. Later they moved to southeast of Weimar.

Steffek married Frances Kroboth in 1915 at St. Michael's Catholic Church. They lived near Borden and moved to Holman in 1920. He was a member of SPJST.

Mrs. Steffek died in 1937. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Bennie (Elsie) Rerich of Weimar; a son, George Steffek of Richmond, Va.; three granddaughters and two great-grandchildren. A sister and two brothers preceded him in death.

Serving as pallbearers were Jeff Cernoch, John Hajovsky, Jim Hluchanek, Ray Janacek, Jimmie Mazoch and Joe Wick.

Weimar Mercury, December 18, 1986
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Steffek, Mary (Kalmus)


Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Steffek, 75, a thirty-seven-year resident of Weimar area whose death occurred Monday at the family home two miles northeast of here, were held Tuesday morning from St. Michael's Church, with the Right Rev. J. J. Szymanski conducting the rites.

Burial was in St. Michael’s cemetery.

Pallbearers included Willie Ripper, Fred Billeck, Peter Hadash, John Hadash, Charles Lidiak and Henry Machart.

Mrs. Steffek was a native of Kozlovich. Europe. where she was born in 1866. the daughter of Peter Kalmus and Katherine Krumpho. She came to this area in 1904.

After arrival in this country along with her husband, the couple settled in the Dubina community. In 1914, together with her family, she moved to Weimar area a short distance northeast of town where she remained until the time of her death on January 20, 1941.

Her only daughter, died in March, 1931.

She is survived by her husband, Florian, Sr., of Weimar; and three sons, Florian, Jr., of Baytown. John of Needville, Fred of Weimar; several grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved survivors.

Weimar Mercury, January 24, 1941, page 1

Stegemann, Charlotte (Vogel)

Mrs. Ch. Stegemann, Esteemed Lady, Died Monday Afternoon

One of Weimar’s Oldest, Most Respected Ladies Dies at Ripe Old Age.

After an illness of several weeks, at no time during which were any hopes of recovery held out, due to her advanced age, Mrs. Charlotte Stegemann died at her home in this city Monday afternoon at the advanced age of 93 years and 6 months. During her long illness kind friends and neighbors rendered her every attention possible, and their ministrations seemed a comfort to her.

The funeral took place at the Lutheran Church Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran pastor, officiating, and was attended by a large crowd of mourning friends. Interment was made in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery west of the city.

Mrs. Stegemann was a citizen of this community for many years and despite her advanced age, up to a short while ago was an active woman, visiting the sick and her neighbors and friends and walking incredible distances for one so advanced in years. She delighted in visiting and ministering to the sick and always proved a welcome visitor to the sick room, where her genial presence and conversation has cheered many a sufferer.

Her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by a large circle of friends throughout this section.

Weimar Mercury, August 19, 1921, page 1

Steger, Mary Ann (Uzzell)


Mary Ann Uzzell Steger, 65, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 7, in Richmond.

She was born April 2, 1942 in Brownwood, the daughter of Ernest and Virginia Mathis Uzzell.

She graduated from Eagle Lake High School in 1960 and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville in 1965.

She married John Jefferson "Jeff" Steger on Feb. 19, 1966 at the First Methodist Church in Columbus. She was a plant designer for Toepperwein's of Texas and a member of First United Methodist Church and the V.F.W. Auxiliary of Columbus.

She and her husband lived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from Feb 1980 to July 1987. She was very active as a Dean Leader Coach with the Cub Scouts for seven years and was responsible for having the Cub Scouts certified in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She was a marine wife and mother and very proud that her daughter, Andria, is in the Coast Guard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Danny Clutter.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, Gunnery Sergeant Ford Steger of 29 Palms, Calif., and John Jefferson "JJ" Steger Jr. of Columbus; daughter, Andria Davis and husband Dewayne of Galveston; brothers, Bill Uzzell of South Fork, Colo., and Ernest "Ernie" Uzzell of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Virginia Altman of Brenham; grandson, Cameron John Marino Steger; and granddaughter, Jordan Alexandria Davis.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 11, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor J. Paul Bruhn officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were John Churchill, Stuart Hill, Mike Altman, Lance Altman, Ronnie Rogers and Richard Cline.

Memorials in her memory may be given to Nesbitt Memorial Library, 529 Washington St., Columbus, TX 78934.

Colorado County Citizen, January 30, 2008
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Stehlik, Anna

After an eight months’ illness, Mrs.. Anna Stehlik, mother of Mrs. John Barta, died last Monday evening at 8 o’clock, aged 77 years. Her remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' [Masonic] cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 1 o’clock, Rev. A. Chlumsky of Brenham performing the funeral service. She was a lady if many excellent traits, and her death is deeply and sincerely regretted. The Mercury extends its sympathy to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, April 26, 1902.

Stehlik, Josephine

Last Rites for Miss Josie Stehlik, 70, Held Monday

Funeral services for Miss Josie Stehlik, 80, a 77-year resident of the Weimar area, were held Monday from Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev. C. Emigholz officiating. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Miss Stehlik died at the Albert Barta home here last Saturday after several months' illness.

Daughter of Thomas and Anna Stehlik, she was born in 1872 in Moravia, Czechoslovakia, and was bro't to this country as a child by her parents. She was a member of the Lutheran Church here.

Miss Stehlik left no immediate survivors. Two sisters, Mrs. John Barta and Mrs. Anna Urbanovsky, and two brothers, Joseph and Thomas Stehlik, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Ralph Meadows. Ray (Buddy) Kusey, John E. Barta, Bill Barta. Robert Barta and George Marak.

Weimar Mercury, November 7, 1952, page 1

Stehlik, Thomas


Tom Stehlik, aged 78 years, died one day last week at the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. John Barta, near this city. We undersand he was a victim of the flu. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, January 25, 1929, page 4

Stehling, Alvoy (Miekow)


Alvoy Miekow Stehling, 64, of Columbus passed away at her home March 22.

She was born July 3, 1941 in Eagle Lake.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John L. and Virginia Miekow and her brother, John D. Miekow.

She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Stehling, of Austin; son, Doug Stehling, of Conroe; son and daughter-in-law, Thad and Jennifer Stehling, of Cedar Park; brother, Dwight Miekow, of Abilene; and sisters, Carol McDaniel, of Hutto, Mary Rucker, of Hondo, Vicki Mascharka, of Round Rock and Linda Andrew of Austin; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were March 24 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus. Interment followed at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Doug Stehling, Thad Stehling, Bob Peters, Jeff Rech, Jimmie Martin, and Peter Danysh.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made for research to The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX, 77210-4486 or online at Memorial donations may also be made to Hospice Support, P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, TX, 77437.

Colorado County Citizen, March 29, 2006
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Steinboemer, Fred L.


Mr. Henry Steinboemer of Yoakum came over last Tuesday afternoon. His was indeed a sad mission--to bury his little one-day-old baby, which diied at Yoakum the previous night. The little form was laid to rest in the familly lot at the Odd Fellows’ cemetery. The sincere and heartfelt sympathy of Henry’s many friends is extended to himself and wife in their sad bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, August 17, 1901, page 5

Steiner, D.

Mr. D. Steiner passed out of this life early Monday, following an extended illness, the last two weeks of which confined him to his bed. The remains were taken to Galveston for burial Tuesday.

Mr. Steiner was born in Bavaria on October 2, 1846 and came to Columbus in 1874. Since that date he conducted a general merchandise business here until 1900 when he turned it over to his sons. He was married in 1877, and his wife preceded him in death some twenty years ago.

Mr. Steiner was a popular, jovial, active man, highly respected and well liked by everybody. At the ripe old age of 88 years he was still a familiar figure on our streets until a few weeks ago and always had a cheery word for all.

The sympathy of the community is extended to the survivors, two daughters-in-law, Mrs. Susie Steiner of this city and Mrs. Ruth Steiner of New Orleans and two grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, August 8, 1935
ranscribed by Judy Talkington

Steiner, Fannie

The remains of Mrs. Fannie Steiner, whose death was announced in our last issue, were last Thursday removed to Galveston for interment beside those of her husband, her relatives in this city accompanying them. Her unexpected demise creates a sad loss in her circle of neighbors and friends, and is generally lamented. In another column Mrs. Darden tenders a beautiful and loving tribute to her cherished memory.

Colorado Citizen, August 30, 1888

Steiner, Henrietta

In article with James Kirby

Steiner, Leopold

See article about Masonic burial services at the graves of several men, including Noah Bonds, who died during the 1874 yellow fever epidemic.

Steiner, Meyer

Died at 4 o’clock Monday morning at the residence of Mr. Ben Rauh of this city, Mr. Meyer Steiner, of consumption, aged 27 years. His remains were committed to earth last Monday afternoon in this city, Rabbi Lazarus officiating, who delivered a beautiful and eloquent address at the obsequies. Mr. Steiner was a native of Columbus, but had resided at Temple and other points in the state, returning from his home in El Paso last Saturday evening and going to Mr. Rauh’s. He was a fine young man, quiet, courteous, charitable, a good citizen, with few faults and many friends. He was especially distinguished for his love and kindness to his mother during life, and to his sisters and the family, who cherish and revere his memory. Peace to his ashes. – Columbus Citizen. [burial place unknown]

Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Mar 1899
Contributed by Matt Cross

Steinhauser, Edwin

Edwin Steinhauser Follows Wife in Death 4 Months

Funeral services for Edwin Steinhauser, 65, Colorado county farmer and rancher, were held April 20 at Untermeyer Funeral home with Rev. G. Wolf of St. Paul’s Lutheran church officiating.

Mr. Steinhauser died in Columbus hospital Monday. He was born, a son of Robert and Emily Steinhauser, in Cat Spring, Sept. 8, 1894, and had lived all his life in Colorado county. His wife, Mary, died in December, 1959, and 2 children, Henry and Hazel preceded him in death.

Survivors are his 4 sons, Harry, Frank and George of Columbus; and Ellis of Houston; 3 daughters, Mrs. Richard Blair of Columbus, Mrs. Benj. Knippel of Houston and Mrs. Dick Klimple of Iago and 18 grandchildren. Two sisters, Mrs. Dela Krueger of Houston and Mrs. Ella Baca of Needville also survive.

Pallbearers were Ellis Miller, Harry Morland, Alfred Girndt, W. A. Struss, Henry Naumann and Leo Emmel.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, April 21, 1960, page 12

Steinhauser, Frank William


Frank W. Steinhauser passed away at his daughter's home in Richwood, on September 18.

Funeral services were held at Henneke Funeral Home on September 20. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

Frank was born October 18, 1928 in Columbus to Mr. Edwin Steinhauser and Mrs. Mary Schneider.

Frank worked as a carpenter and was a member of the Lutheran Church.

Survivors include: two daughters, Carolyn Mrkwa, Clute and Theresa Lopez, Richmond; one son, Eugene Steinhauser, Altair; two sisters, Leona Drymalla, Mentz and Clara Klimple, Columbus; three brothers, Harry Steinhauser, Ellis Steinhauser, and George Steinhauser all of Columbus; three grandchildren.

Pallbearers include: Beverly Burns, Edwin Steinhauser, Ben Knippel, Jr. Tommy Blair, Jarvius Zickuhr, Nathan Steinhauser.

Colorado County Citizen, September 27, 1984, page 2

Steinhauser, Henry

Freshman of Columbus High School Instantly Killed in Car Collision Last Sunday Night

Henry Steinhauser, 17, Killed Instantly When Cars Collide Near His Home.

Henry Steinhauser, 17 year old member of the Freshman class of the Columbus High School, was instantly killed at about nine o’clock Sunday night when his father’s car on which he was riding and the car of Dr. S. H. Kirkham were in collision.

The Steinhauser family, consisting of the parents and eight children had been visiting a neighbor and were returning home, driving southward on highway 71. The two cars met in collision near the Steinhauser gate as the Steinhauser car was turning off the road to the left side. Henry, who was standing on the right hand running board of the car, was crushed to instant death in the crash. Three other children were injured, one girl quite seriously with a fractured collar bone and arm. She was given medical aid promptly and is mending nicely.

The two cars were badly smashed, the Kirkham car having the fenders and running board of the right side stripped off and extensive damage to the body and frame work. The other car was badly wrecked.

Funeral services were held for Henry at the residence at 10:00 o’clock Tuesday morning and interment made in Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating.

Henry Steinhauser was a promising youth, well liked by his schoolmates and had completed his Freshman year in the High School. His untimely death is deeply grieved by the people of this community, who sympathize with the sorrowing parents in their loss.

Weimar Mercury, May 1, 1936
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Steinhauser, Mary (Schneider)

Mrs. Steinhauser Buried Monday in Odd Fellows Rest

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in Untermeyer Funeral home for Mrs. Edwin Steinhauser, 64, who died in Columbus hospital Dec. 19 of a heart ailment. Rev. G. Wolf officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest.

Born Apr. 19, 1895, she was a daughter of the late C. W. and Emily Sommerlatte Schneider. Her maiden name was Mary Schneider. She and Mr. Steinhauser were married Oct. 29, 1913. She had spent her entire life near Columbus.

Besides her husband, she is survived by 4 sons, Harry, Frank and George of Columbus and Ellis of Houston and 3 daughters, Mrs. Leona Blair of Columbus, Mrs. Myrell Knippel of Houston and Mrs. Clara Klimple of Iago; 3 brothers Jake, Fred and Willie Schneider of Columbus and 3 sisters, Mrs. Annie Zickuhr, Miss Martha Schneider and Mrs. Clara Reinhardt, all of Columbus.

Two children, Henry and Hazel; a brother, Jim Schneider and a sister, Mrs. Betty Humbird, died earlier.

Colorado County Citizen, December 24, 1959, page 11C

Steinheiser, Robert

Aged Citizen Buried Here

Robert Steinheiser, 83, died at the home of his son, on the W. H. Glithero place south of town last Friday. Funeral service was held at the house Saturday at 2 p.m. Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of the Lutheran Church of this city officiating. Burial took place at Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Steinheiser was born near New Ulm and had spent most of his life in this county He is survived by a wife and four children, Ed Steinheiser of this community, Mrs. Joe Emmel of Glidden, Mrs. Otto Krueger of Houston and Mrs. John Baca of Needville, to whom our sympathy is extended in their loss.

Colorado County Citizen, April 6, 1933

Steinmann, Edweina (Walker)

Mrs. Steinmann Funeral Services Held March 22

Edweina (Walker) Steinmann, 94, of Schulenburg Regency Nursing Home died March 20 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center. Funeral services were held March 22 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home with Rev. “Skip” Sirnic of Weimar United Church of Christ officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery at Weimar beside her husband.

Mrs. Steinmann was born Nov. 21, 1904 to Ed and Minnie (Obenhaus) Walker at Bonus. She and her family moved to Oak Grove in her early years. She attended high school in Weimar after the family moved to town.

She lived most her married life in Schulenburg except for a short time she and her husband moved to Waco during World War II.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

She worked at the Schulenburg Sticker a number of years setting type by hand, later as years went by, the linotype was used. She learned to operate this machine.

She also worked at the Weimar Mercury for the Yoder family.

She decided to live at the Regency Nursing Home in Schulenburg after the death of her husband, Alfred Steinmann.

She became seriously ill in the last days of February 1999. She passed away March 20 at the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center of a severe infection.

She was preceded in death by: her father and mother; a sister, Nola (Walker) Cousins; her husband, Alfred Steinmann; a half-sister, Eunice (Sanders) Chromchak; and three half-brothers, Frank Sanders, Rex Sanders and Wilbur Sanders.

Surviving are: half brothers, Roy Sanders of Eagle Lake, George W. Sanders of Corvallis, Ore., and Arnold Sanders of Wemiar; three half-sisters, Zula (Sanders) Lorfing of Victoria, Vivian Sanders and Bernice (Sanders) Froelich of Wemiar; and a sister, Mrs. Daisy Goode of the Regency Nursing Home of Schulenburg.

Pallbearers were J. R. Yoder, Ray Cornelson, Kenneth Goode, Rodney Gresser, Travis Froelich and Brian Sanders.

The Weimar Mercury, April 1, 1999
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Steitz, Frank P.

Frank P. Steitz

On Friday, Feb. 5, 2010 Frank P. Steitz passed peacefully at 94 years of age, with Quentin, his wife of 60 years, sitting by his side. Hard work, honesty, reliability and independent thinking were the hallmarks of his life, principles which he exemplified until the very end.

The only child of Frank Steitz and Clare Frances Eagles, he was born on Jan. 21, 1916 in Newark, N.J. As a young boy he lived a stable and well protected life on Mayfair Road in Morris Plains, N.J. Then the Great Depression hit during his school years and he learned economic hardship. Following high school he attended Business College in Morristown N.J.

In keeping with his industrious approach to life, one of Frank’s earliest jobs was working for Edison Laboratories in Edison, N.J. Initially, he was engaged in researching Thomas Edison’s personal and extensive library for ideas which might further the war effort. Later, he became involved in the production of storage batteries for submarines.

In spite of his serious approach to work, Frank knew how to relax. Those who loved him saw a playful and kind side. In his early days as a young man his favorite pastime was hiking the Appalachian mountain range and canoeing in the Delaware River Valley. There he met Dorothy Quentin Wachenfeld at a square dance in the Walpack Inn. They were married on Oct. 25, 1949 in a historic church in Parsipanny, N.J.

As honeymooners, Frank and Quentin lived in Morristown, N.J., with his mother. At the time, Frank worked as a chemist for the Dixon Crucible Company, making rubber erasers for pencils, while Quentin traveled daily to Manhattan to work for Colgate Interiors. In the 1950s, he was offered a technical sales position by J.M. Huber Corporation in their Carbon Black Division, which carried them west to the Texas Panhandle. After a short residence in Borger Frank was transferred to Chicago, Ill. While in Chicago, Frank and “Quent” enjoyed the height of the jazz scene in the late 1950s and witnessed many of the great jazz artists of the time.

Still with J. M. Huber Corporation, they arrived in Houston in the late 1950s. Houston was a nascent city then and a bright spot in which to start a family. Robin, their only daughter, was born in 1960. Over time however, they longed for a simple, more natural life and began looking for a home in surrounding smaller communities. In 1970, they found the property between G Miller Road (Old Sawmill Road) and the Cummins Creek. There they enjoyed a rural life complete with sheep farming and horses. Frank continued to work and travel for J.M. Huber until his first retirement in the 1980s and was recognized as one of their outstanding employees.

But retirement did not match Frank’s incredible physical strength or drive. Shortly thereafter he began his second long career representing American Chemet Corporation of Chicago, Ill. According to Frank, “the customer is always right,” an ideal, which he stuck to zealously, winning the well founded trust of many people. Due largely to his credibility, he captured the largest contract in the history of the company, while in his 80s. Finally, and for the second time, he retired at 90 years of age. Throughout his years in the chemical and rubber industry he made many lifelong friends whom he remembered fondly.

Over his life, Frank developed and enjoyed many pastimes including stamp collecting, flying, leather making and conversational Spanish. He loved honest people, animals, science, jazz, words and history.

His quest for all things historical led him to kindred spirits, when he became interested in the Texas Room at the Nesbitt Memorial Library. He served on the library board from for many years during the 1980s. Although a private person in many ways, he was active in a number of community causes including the Live Oak Art Center as well as environmental and ecological interests. He enjoyed his long life in Columbus with valued friends, some of whom, sadly, have preceded him in death. Descended from the American revolutionaries, Frank remained a peaceful, loving recalcitrant.

Frank is survived by his wife, Dorothy Quentin Steitz, his daughter Robin Win Steitz; two grandchildren, Yasmin Clare and Ahmad Adam Mansur; his son-in-law Dr. Ziyad A. Mansur; two cousins, Jack and Abigail Wooton; and his faithful friend, John W. Neese.

Services were conducted Feb. 9 on the family property in Colorado County.

Colorado County Citizen, February 10, 2010

Stepanski, Leon William

Stepanski, Leon William

Leon William Stepanski, 87, of Columbus, passed away Aug. 6 at River Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born in Anderson, June 1, 1922 to Tom and Mary (Pasket) Stepanski and married Pauline Majewski Oct 25, 1947. He worked in oil field management and worked 41 years at Utex Industries in Weimar. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus 2971 in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Pearl Jones; and brothers, Walter and Raymond Stepanski.

He is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Billy Etheridge of Cypress; son, Tommy Stepanski of Houston; sister, Martha Powitzy of Houston; grandchildren, Tanya Jackson and husband Matt of Bellville and Cheyne Stepanski of Hoboken, N.J.; and great-grandson, Rope Jackson of Bellville.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 10 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment followed at Resthaven Cemetery in Houston.

Pallbearers were Richard Kubeczka, Henry Wisnieske, Larry Gurka, Marvin Gurka, James Simon and Lawrence Kubeczka.

Honorary pallbearers were Cheyne Stepanski, Matt Jackson, Paul Archuletta and Bill Smith.

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


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Stern, Edgar Emil

Weimar Boy, 8, Dies With Polio

Edgar Emil Stern, 8-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Stern of Weimar, died of bulbar poliomyelitis Wednesday morning between 6 and 7 o’clock as he was being taken in an ambulance to Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston.

As far as is known, it was the first time polio has caused the death of a Weimar person, although in the past there have been several crippled by the disease.

The child, a first-grader in St. Michael’s School here, was being given oxygen during the trip to Houston, and was accompanied by his mother. The Hubbard ambulance left Youens Hospital with them at about 6 o’clock Wednesday morning, but had gone only a few miles before he died.

Edgar had first become ill last Friday, running a temperature. Saturday and Sunday he seemed to improve, but Monday when his fever rose alarmingly he was brought to Youens Hospital. A spinal test made Tuesday identified the illness as polio. Partial paralysis of the arms had begun. During the night his breathing began to be affected, and preparations were made immediately to move him to Jeff Davis’ polio center at Houston.

He was the only child of the Sterns, who live on the Robert Walzel place several miles north of Weimar.
Funeral services were set for 4:00 o’clock this (Thursday) afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. C. Emigholz, pastor of Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment was to be in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, May 2, 1952, page 1

Stern, Elfrieda (Hahn)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Stern, 71, Held Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Elfrieda Stern, widow of Julius Stern, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Tuesday morning, August 21, with Rev. C. Emigholz officiating. Burial was in City Cemetery.

Mrs. Stern died at her home Friday night at about 10:30, after an illness that had kept her bedfast for the past year and a half.

Born April 9, 1880, in Wiesensee, Germany, the daughter of William F. and Friederika Hahn, she came to America with her parents in 1881, when she was a year old.

In December 1901, at Frelsburg, she was married to Mr. Stern, who died July 4, 1938. They had lived at Frelsburg from the time of their marriage until 1936, when they moved to Weimar

The Sterns had four sons in the Navy during World War II. Two, Louis and Walter, are still serving.

Survivors include two daughters, Miss Selma Stern and Mrs. Erna Wanjura, both of Weimar and eight sons, Robert of San Antonio, Emil, Otto and Adelbert of Weimar, Louis and Walter in the Navy, Erwin of California, and Herbert of Alleyton. Two daughters preceded Mrs. Stern in death; Mrs. Elsie Frank who died in March, 1935, and Mrs. Helen Johnson, who died in December 1948.

Weimar Mercury, August 24, 1951, page 1

Stern, Emil Ernest

Emil Stern, 60, Succumbs To Long Illness

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, May 18, at Hubbard Funeral Home for Emil Ernest Stern, 60, who died May 16 at Youens Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Rev. H. Zimmerman, pastor of Faith Lutheran church, officiated.  Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Stern was born Oct. 9, 1906, at Frelsburg, the son of Julius and Alfrieda Stern.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Frelsburg.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Sophie (nee Guenther) Stern of Route 3, Weimar; six brothers, Otto of Weimar, Herbert of Eagle Lake, Adelbert of Columbus, Erwin of Houston, Walter of San Diego, Calif., and Louis of Jacksonville, Fla.; and two sisters, Mrs. Selma Walzel and Mrs. Erna Wanjura, both of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, May 25, 1967, page 4
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Stern, Erna Roxie (Noska)

Funeral for Mrs. E. Stern Held May 1

Funeral services for Mrs. Erna Roxie Stern, 55, of Eagle Lake were held Saturday, May 1, from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, with burial in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Rev. Ray Widacki officiated.

Mrs. Stern died at 7:40 a.m. on April 28 it Eagle Lake Community Hospital, after a lengthy illness.

A resident of the Eagle Lake area for 32 years, she was born at Frelsburg on Sept. 17, 1926, a daughter of William and Elnora (Zajicek) Noska. She was married to Herbert C. Stern at Mentz on Oct. 13, 1950.

Her husband survives, along with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Noska Sr.; a daughter, Mrs. Judy Estlinbaum of Eagle Lake; a son, Donnie Stern of Eagle Lake; four grandchildren, Darrell, Melinda and Jennifer Estlinbaum and Donnie Gene Stern Jr., all of Eagle Lake; and four brothers, Clements Noska of Columbus, Willie Jr., Ruben Lee and Archie Noska, all of Eagle Lake.

Serving as pallbearers were Tim Luedecke, Robert Frank, Larry Noska, Doyle Noska, Curtis WaIzel and Nathan Noska.

Weimar Mercury, May 12, 1982

Stern, Julius

Julius Stern, Farmer, Takes Own Life Saturday Night

Mr. Julius Stern, farmer living on the old Miksch place northeast of Weimar, committed suicide at the family home Saturday night. He had been in town Saturday afternoon, and on returning home is said to have told a neighbor that he contempalted[sic] such a step. He also told his wife the same thing, so we are informed. He went to the lot, secured a rope, tied it around his neck, and the other end to a rafter, after which he stepped off a table and hung there. We have been told that his horrified wife saw the act, and that she ran to the kitchen to secure a butcher knife to cut the rope, but in the excitement could not locate the knife. She then ran to the home of a neighbor for help, but when she got back found her husband dead.

Judge A. J. Ratliff, Constable L. G. Taylor and City Marshal Tom C. Roberts went to the scene and held the inquest, returning a verdict in accordance with the foregoing facts.

We understand the dead man was to have been buried Monday at the local Masonic Cemetery.

He is survived by his widow, two daughters at home, one son at home, one son engaged in business in San Antonio, and two sons in the United States Navy, located at San Diego, California. Mr. Stern and family, so we are informed, moved to this section several years ago from the Frelsburg section.

We extend deepest sympathy to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, June 10, 1938, page 1

Stern, Otto L.

Last Rites for Otto Stern, 66, Here June 5

Funeral services for Otto Stern, 66, who died unexpectedly at his home here at 10 p.m. Thursday, June 5, were held June 8, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic [Odd Fellows'] Cemetery.

Rev. D. L. R. McDougle officiated.

Mr. Stern was born Sept. 13, 1908, at Frelsburg, a son of Julius and Elfrieda (Hahn) Stern. He had lived in this area since 1936. He had been employed in farming and at Kasper Meat Market and as a City worker for a time.

Mr. Stern was not married. He is survived by: five brothers, Erwin J. Stern of North Africa, Louis Stern of Jacksonville, Fla., Walter Stern of San Diego, Calif., Herbert Stern of Eagle Lake and Adalbert Stern of Weimar and two sisters, Mrs. Bennie Walzel and Mrs. Alfred Wanjura, both of Weimar.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mrs. Emil Frank and Mrs. George Johnson and two brothers, Robert Stern and Emil Stern.

Pallbearers were Robert Frank, Joe Herley, Curtis Walzel, William Esteinbarm (sic), and Donnie Stern, nephews and Johnnie Kasper.

The Weimar Mercury, June 19, 1975
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Sternadel, Mary E. (Barta)

Services Held For Mary Sternadel in Columbus

Mary Barta Sternadel, 79, died April 30 in Columbus.

Funeral services were held May 2 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mary was born July 13, 1917 in Borden to Emil E. and Cecilia Steffek Barta. She attended school through the 12th grade.

On Aug. 3, 1942 she married Herbert Joe Sternadel in Dallas. He preceded her in death on May 15, 1985. She was a housewife and lived most of her life in Weimar. However, the past four years she lived in Columbus with her sister. Mary was affiliated with St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, KJZT and St. Anthony Altar Society.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Virginia Sternadel Brandt; six brothers and two sisters.

Mary is survived by son, Herbert Jr. and wife Jalyn of Sugar Land; son-in-law, Ted Brandt of Weimar; sisters, Agnes Martin and Cecilia Pokluda, both of Columbus; two grandchildren, Ryan and Mary Beth Brandt; numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Hanak, Joe Hanak, Ernie Barta, Steve Barta, Eugene Barta and Joe Barta, Jr.

Weimar Mercury, May 8, 1997, page 2

Sterrett, Terry J.

T. Sterrett Dies In North Carolina; Is Buried Here

Terry J. Sterrett, merchant seaman who at one time lived in Columbus, was buried here Monday in Odd Fellows Rest. Lewis Funeral Home of Houston was in charge of burial. Columbus Funeral Home assisted.

Mr. Sterrett, whose home was in Houston, died in Charleston,S. C. Jan. 28. He was a brother of Mrs. Ira Green of Columbus.

Other survivors are several sisters from Houston and Galveston; 2 nephews, Richard Green of Sheridan and Floyd Green of Columbus, and 3 nieces. Mrs. Lee Naumann of Columbus, Mrs. E. M. Adams of Alvin and Miss Mae Green of Houston.

Pallbearers were Richard and Floyd Green, Lee Naumann, Edward Adams, Terry Lee Naumann and Robert E. Lee.

Colorado County Citizen, February 4, 1954


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Steward, Cordelia (Junior)

Final Rites Sunday for Mrs. Steward

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb 12, for Mrs. Cordelia Steward, 78, wife of Ivory Steward, who died Feb. 9 in Youens Hospital, after an illness of six days.

Burial was in the Weimar [Paradise Garden] Cemetery, with Rev. L. C. Campbell officiating.

Mrs. Steward was a lifelong resident of Weimar, a daughter of Moses and Rosie Amos Junior. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Church.

Her husband is her only immediate survivor.

Nephews served as pallbearers.

Weimar Mercury, February 16, 1978

Steward, L. V.


SECOND LIEUT. L. V. STEWARD, Weimar’s only negro officer, became this town’s first Korean War fatality when he was killed in action Friday, December 30. His mother, Maple Steward, was notified Tuesday night of her son’s death, the contents of a wire from the Secretary of the Army’s office being phoned here. Details were expected to be learned in a letter which the telegram said would follow.

Weimar Mercury, January 9, 1953

Rites Set Sunday for Korean War Victim

The body of the first Weimar soldier killed in the Korean War will arrive home on the 6 o’clock train this (Thursday) evening.

Military services for Second Lieut. L. V. Steward, who was killed in action December 30, 1952, will be held at the graveside in Good Hope Cemetery (east of Roadside Market) after services at Mt. Arie Baptist church here. Rev. Hubbard of La Grange will officiate, and members of Weimar’s colored American Legion post will conduct the military rites.

Lt. Steward, the first Weimar negro to become a commissioned officer, was born near Weimar 23 years ago. After graduation from high school here he attended Prairie View College for 4 1/2 years, and had taught school at West Columbia for three months before entering the army.

Surviving him are his mother, Maple Steward, three brothers and three sisters, all of Weimar. His father died in 1940.

Weimar Mercury, March 6, 1953

Steward, Leo Jr.


Colorado County's first traffic fatality of 1958 happened about 1:20 a.m. Monday when a car failed to negotiate a curve on Highway 90 just east of the underpass three miles east of Weimar.

Dead was Leo Steward, Jr., 19-year-old negro from Eagle Lake, who was thrown from the car as it rolled over four times. [Place of interment unknown] Injured was Howard William Meyer, 36, of La Marque. Although his injuries appeared not to be serious, he was taken to Weimar Hospital, where he remained over night, Highway Patrolman Alton Adcock said. Meyer formerly lived in the Cat Spring vicinity, he said.

Meyer told the officer the car belong to Brasher Motor Co. of Weimar, and that it had been loaned to him while his pickup truck was being repaired. He said he had picked up Steward at Glen Flora and was letting him drive to Weimar, where both were going.

A passing motorist saw the accident and reported it to Weimar Chief of Police Fred Vornsand, who called the highway patrol.

On May 4 last year five people had died in accidents on Colorado County highways, all of them during January, the officer said. Two other were killed during May that year.

Although this is the first fatality in Colorado Coun . . . in a wreck on Farm-to-Market Road 102 just in Wharton County.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 8, 1958

Hitchhiker Who Died in Crash ‘Took Over’ Car, Says Survivor

The survivor of a wreck early Monday morning just east of the Borden underpass in which a negro youth was killed gave a sworn statement this week that the negro had commandeered the car after hitchhiking a ride.

Killed when the car rolled over four times after failing to make a curve near the underpass was Leo Steward, 19, of Eagle Lake.

The other occupant was Howard Wm. Meyer, 36, of La Marque, who was hospitalized here with many bruises and cuts.

The wreck occurred at about 1:20 a.m. Monday.

The 1956 Ford, totally wrecked, belonged to Brasher Motor Co. of Weimar, who had loaned it to Meyer for the weekend while his pickup was being repaired here.

Knife in Belt

According to Meyer’s statement to the investigating highway patrolman, Alton Adcock, and repeated later this week before Justice of the Peace A. J. Ratliff, Steward had made Meyer change his intended route after hitchhiking a ride at Glen Flora, near Wharton, and later had insisted on taking the wheel himself. Meyer said he complied with little argument because Steward was wearing a knife in his belt. He said the negro never threatened him, however.

A Brasher spokesman said Meyer had left his pickup here Sunday in order that an early start on repairs could be made Monday. Meyer borrowed the car and said he was going squirrel hunting at his deer camp near Hallettsville and would be back Monday afternoon for the pickup.

Asked Ride to E. Lake.

Meyer in his statement said he left his camp Sunday night and drove to Altair to eat. At Altair he noticed a dance poster and went to Glen Flora to “look in” on the dance. As he started to leave there, he said, the negro was standing by his car and asked to ride with him to Eagle Lake.

At Eagle Lake, according to Meyer, the negro said he had changed his mind and wanted to go to Weimar. Meyer said he told him he was not going that way and was going from Eagle Lake to Altair and Hallettsville, but that Steward said, “No, you’re going to take me to Weimar.”

Fast Ride from Columbus

At Columbus, Meyer continued, Steward insisted on taking the wheel, and a wild 90-mile-per-hour ride ended in the wreck near the underpass, about 5 miles east of here on Highway 90.

The knife Meyer described has not been fund. He said the negro did not take it out of his belt but that it appeared to have a heavy wooden handle like a butcher knife. Meyer said he noticed the knife soon after Steward got in the car at Glen Flora, and that Steward explained he needed it for protection against other negroes at Eagle Lake.

Weimar Mercury, May 9, 1958, page 1

Steward, Lewis

Final Rites for Lewis Steward, 86, April 20

Funeral services for Lewis Steward, 86, were held Sunday, April 20, at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church here with Rev. M. B. Washington officiating.

Burial was in Good Hope Cemetery.

A lifelong resident of Osage community, Mr. Steward died April 16 at Youens Hospital, of a heart attack.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lela Steward; two sons, Harvey and Chester Steward of Weimar; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Iola Franklin of Weimar  and Mrs. Ethel Lillie Mosley of Houston; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Bessie Gusta of Weimar.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Lee Spann, Jesse Spann, Jesse Bremby, George Ellis, Douglas Henry and Edward Steward.

Weimar Mercury, April 24, 1969, page 10
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Steward, Riss (Jackson)

Last Rites Held Here Sunday For Mrs. Steward, 90

Funeral services for Mrs. Riss Steward, 90, widow of Will Steward, were held here Sunday, Aug. 13.

A lifelong resident of the Weimar area, she remained active and able to take care of herself up to the day of her death, which was last Thursday.

She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Jackson Sr.

Surviving are three sons, Ivory and Allen Steward of here and Robert Steward of Eagle Lake; one daughter Miss Alice Steward of San Antonio; and a brother, Andrew Jackson Jr. of Weimar. [Interred at Good Hope Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, August  17, 1967, page 1
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


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Stidman, J. W.

A TRAGEDY.—About 10 o'clock last night, on the road between here and the residence of Mr. John Stafford, Mr. Warren D. Stafford, son of Capt. R. E. Stafford, was shot and seriously wounded in the right shoulder, and the man committing the deed—a mover—was afterwards hung and shot to death. No partculars obtained. An inquest is to be held this morning. Young Stafford was on his way to attend a party at Mr. John Stafford's when the tragedy occurred.

Colorado Citizen, December 28, 1882

THAT LYNCHING.--In the investigation of the atrocious lynching of J. W. Stidman, which ocurred a few miles below town on Wednesday night, 278th u,ltimo[sic], the jury of inquest were in session several days, inquiring into the case. The deceased was shot some eight or ten times, once or twice in the back, apparently as he was trying to make his escape We learn that the Coroner’s jury brought in a verdict that the deceased came to his death by pistot[sic] shots fired by Messrs. Jno. Stafford and W. R. Townsend, and that Mr. Wm. H. Stafford was accessory. The latter was bound over by Justice Putney in the sum of $1,000 to appear and answer before the District Court, gave bond, and returned home. The others have not been arrested, but we learn propose to give themselves up in a short time. Mr. Stidman, brother and Mrs. S., wife of the man lynched, are in town. Our citizens generally condemn the crime as an outrage upon the fair name of the county. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 4, 1883
Bill Stein refers to him as J. W. Stedham in his Consider the Lily:
The Ungilded History of Colorado County, Texas, Part 9.

Stienke, E. H.


E.H. Stienke, 82, of El Campo, passed away Thursday, June 30, in Houston.

He was born July 16, 1922 in Ganado to Otto Paul and Emma Kramer Stienke. He served in the 932nd Signal Battalion with the U.S. Army during World War II. He owned and operated Garwood Telephone Company for 28 years and worked as a farmer and rancher.

He was a former member and past president of the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department, a past president of the Garwood Lions Club and served on the Garwood Independent School Board from 1956 to 1968. He was honored as Colorado County senior citizen of the year in 2004.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Harold and Gilbert Stienke.

He is survived by his wife, LaVerne Stahala Stienke, of El Campo; daughters, Kate Corgey and husband, Bill, of El Campo, Becky VonDerAu and husband, Bobby, of El Campo; sons, Ralph Stienke and wife, Kathy, of Garwood, Roger Stienke and wife, Linda, of Houston; grandchildren, Russell Labay and wife, Stephanie, of Taylor, Melanie Labay Gillig and husband, Travis, of Victoria, Stephanie Labay, of Houston, Ragen Stienke and wife, Rachel, of Stamford, Conn., Kristen Stienke, of Houston, Robert VonDerAu, of San Marcos, John VonDerAu, of El Campo, Kelli Stienke, of Houston, Kim Miller and husband, Chad, of Houston, Ann Montalvo and husband, Domingo, of Wharton; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Charles Montalvo, of Wharton, Zoe Miller, of Houston and Kenner Labay, of Taylor; sisters, Ella Kunkel, of Kingsville, Lil Amos, of Santa Fe; and brother, Raymond Stienke, of Houston.

Funeral services were conducted July 2, at Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Church in Garwood with the Rev. Ardith Nelson and David King officiating. Interment followed at the Lehrer Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Russell Labay, Ragen Stienke, Robert VonDerAu, John VonDerAu, Travis Gillig, Chad Miller and Domingo Montalvo.

Memorials may be made to the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department, Garwood Lions Club, Garwood-Nada Little League Association or the Houston Blood Bank.

Colorado County Citizen, July 6, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Stiff, Emma M. (Campbell)

Last Friday the remains of Mrs. Emma M. Stiff, nee Miss Emma M. Campbell, were buried at Odd Fellows’ Rest, in this city, from the residence of Mr. J. J. Dick. Deceased was formerly a resident of Columbus, orphan adopted in the family of F. Barnard, Esq., with whom she removed to Galveston in 1876, and where she was married. She died in Galveston on the 25th, of congestion leaving a husband and one child, to whom we tender our sympathy in their bereavement.

Colorado Citizen, June 2, 1881, page 3

Stiles, M. Dillon

M. Dillon Stiles, Eagle Lake Man’s Brother, Dies

Funeral services for M. Dillon Stiles, 68, were held in the Earthman chapel in Houston Friday morning, followed by services in Holy Rosary church. Burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic cemetery at Nada.

Mr. Stiles was born at Sealy but was reared and spent his entire life in Houston. He died Dec. 21 at his home at 4915 Louisiana st.

He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Stiles who arrived in Houston in the early 1840’s from Mississippi. His father was first clerk of the ship “Diana,” packet and passenger boat, that sailed between Houston and Galveston. He inherited his father’s ranch which was 25 miles from Houston and operated it until health forced him to retire 8 years ago.

His mother conducted one of Houston’s early schools, “Mrs. Stiles Select School for Young Ladies.”

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Etta Stiles, whose birthplace is near Garwood; 2 sisters, Mrs. A. L. Bankey and Mrs. R. E. Spencer of Houston and a brother, L. W. Stiles of Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, December 29, 1960, page 4

Stiles, Reggie Lois (Floyd)


Reggie Lois Stiles, 97, passed away April 13, in Houston.

She was born Feb. 29, 1908 in Chandler, Okla. to Thomas Henry Floyd Jr. and Maude Lindsey Floyd.

She graduated from Eagle Lake High School in 1926. She attended Southwest State Teachers College in San Marcos and received her bachelors degree from the University of Houston. She eventually completed her master's degree and all classes for her PhD in education. She taught in Eldrige and Wharton County Junior College.

She was preceded in death by her husband, L.W. Stiles Sr.

She is survived by daughters, Mary Catherine Jax and husband, Jerry, Dolly Korenek and husband, Joe; son, Louis Wm. (Billy) Stiles Jr. and wife, Emily; grandchildren, Judy Jax, Mike and Tia Jax, Bobby and Donna Jax, Laura and Kirk Sullivan, Joey and Lauri Korenek, Sharon and Jason DeLorenzo, Susan and Drew Whaley, Schottsie and Lu Hill, Trudi and Bill Gonseaux, Patti and Robert Reitz, Andy and Therese Stiles, Melinda and Cary Hocker, Louis and Teddi Stiles, Kelly Stiles, Liz and Chris Bland; and 37 grandchildren.

A Mass of the resurrection was conducted April 15, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Houston, with Father Peter Berandt officiating. Interment followed at the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with Father Eddie Winkler officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons and grandsons-in-law.

Colorado County Citizen, April 20, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Stinnett, Ella (Highland)

Mrs. Stinnett of Brenham Buried Here

Mrs. Ella Highland Stinnett, 83 years of age, Brenham, was buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake last Saturday.

Mrs. Stinnett passed away in Brenham Friday, March 13th.

Further information on her passing away was not available here this week.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 19, 1970
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Stirl, Alban

Oldest Resident, Alban Stirl, 95, Buried Today

Alban Stirl, at 95 Weimar’s oldest resident, died Wednesday at 2:40 a.m. in Youens Hospital where he had been a patient about a month.

Funeral services were set for this (Thursday) afternoon at 2:30 in Hubbard Funeral Home. Burial will be in the New Bielau Cemetery almost within the shadow of the house that was his home since 1902.

Services will be conducted by Rev. Charles A. Bawel, pastor of New Bielau Trinity Church, of which Mr. Stirl was a member. Pallbearers will be Walter, Lawrence and Harold Stirl, Norris Metting, Ray Voelkel and jT Pick.

A cabinet maker by trade in his native German and a farmer during his entire life in this country, Mr. Stir was remarkably active for his age until the last few months.

Born April 10, 1864, in Sachsen, Germany, he married Miss Anna Burkhardt there June 14, 1886, and they came to America in February 1891. They had been married almost 69 years when she died in April 1955. Preceding him in death also were two sons, Carl in November 1950 and Oscar in May 1951.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Henry E. Klesel of Weimar, with whom he had been making his home; 3 sons, E. A. and F. A. Stirl of Nordheim and G. A. Stirl of Sugar Land; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, July 24, 1959, page 1

Stirl, Anna (Burckhardt)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Stirl, 90, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Stirl, 90, were held Tuesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home, with continued services in New Bielau Trinity Lutheran Church and and[sic] burial In the New Bielau Cemetery.

Rev. Wm. Anderson of Schulenburg officiated

In bad health the past 18 months, she had been in Youens Hospital three days when she died there Monday morning.

Born May 30, 1864, in Meuselwitz; Germany, she was the daughter of Friederich and Bertha Burckhardt. She was married to Alban Stirl June 12, 1886, and they emigrated to America in 1891, settling near Schulenburg. In 1902 they moved to the farm at New Bielau which is still their home.

Mrs. Stirl was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church there, a charter member of the Ladles' Aid of the church, and a member of the 0. D. H. S. Lodge.

Survivors in addition to her husband are three sons, E. A. and F. A. of Nordheim and G. A. of Rosenberg; a daughter, Mrs. Henry E. Klesel of Weimar; 12 grand children and 18 great-grandchildren. One son, Carl O., died In 1950, and another, Oscar A., died in 1951; three other sons died in infancy.

Pallbearers were six grandsons, Walter Stirl, Lawrence Stirl, Norris Metting, Willie Buesing, Ray Voelkel and Alfred Leister.

Weimar Mercury, April 29, 1955, page 1

Stirl, Gustav Adolf

Gustav Stirl Funeral Held at Victoria

Funeral services for Gustav Adolf Stirl, 85, of Cuero were held Thursday, April 6, from Grace Lutheran Church in Victoria, with Burial in Masonic Cemetery at Weimar. Rev. Richard Mayerhoff officiated.

Stirl, a former resident of this area, died April 4, in a Cuero hospital.

Born Dec. 16, 1903, at New Bielau, he was a son of Alban and Anna (Burckhardt) Stirl. He married Ida Adela Pavlik at New Bielau on April 4, 1926. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1939 and was a member of the Houston Retail Chamber of Commerce, Community Chest of greater Houston, and Sons of Hermann at New Bielau. He was president of the Houston branch of the National Association of Cost Accountants, comptroller and managing vice president of Sugar Land Industries, and financial secretary of Henke and Pillot.

He held key offices in St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Houston, Trinity Lutheran Church of Rosenberg, and Holy Cross Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Victoria.

He is survived by his wife, Ida Stirl of Cuero; a daughter, Gloria Ann Pick of Cuero; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers were Norris Metting, Sam Charles, Henry Brau, Bill Poston, Harold Stirl and John Sicinski. Named honorary pallbearers were Ernest Zipp, Willie Buesing, Alfred Lester and Ray Voelkel.

Those who desire may give memorials to Grace Lutheran Church in Victoria or trinity evangelical Lutheran Church at New Bielau.

Weimar Mercury, April 13, 1989
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Stock, Annie (Klosie)

Mrs. Annie Stock Passes Unto Her Reward

The poor, tired spirit of Mrs. Annie Stock, beloved mother of Mr. Charles Stock of the Osage community, passed unto its reward in that heavenly home above early Thursday morning of last week, and the remains were committed to mother earth in St. Michael's Cemetery Friday morning, with Rev. Jos. Szymanski performing the final obsequies. The funeral rites were witnessed by a large circle of mourning relatives and friends who deeply regretted the passing of this estimable lady.

Mrs. Stock was 76 years of age at time of death. She was born in Breslau, Germany, near the Austrian border, Dec. 17, 1862. She came to this country at the age of 17 years, with her father and three sisters, Mrs. Henry Wilberg of Bernardo, Mrs. Ben Handloss of Houston and Mrs. John Frails of San Antonio. all of whom have passed away. One brother, Mr. Joe Klosie, was still living in Germany at last reports, but whether he is still alive is not known. The party landed it Galveston, first settling in the Mentz community, this county. She was united in marriage to Mr. Hillar Stock on Oct. 15, 1885. The couple lived in Colorado county up to the time of their deaths, residing In the Osage community since 1898. Mrs. Stock is survived by two children, Mr. Chas. Stock and Miss Mary Stock of Weimar and three grandchildren.

During her long residence in this section Mrs. Stock ever had the friendship and esteem of all our people who knew her. She was a kind, good hearted wife and mother, a true christian, a kindly friend and neighbor, and her passing Is deeply and sincerely regretted. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, July 8, 1938, page 1

Stock, Beatrice (Brune)


Beatrice Brune Stock, 79, of Columbus, passed away Sept. 24 at River Oaks Health Care Center.

She was born in Brushy Community near Columbus Feb. 14, 1925 to Arthur J. Sr. and Elenora (Kuhn) Brune and married Elo R. Stock Sr. Nov. 1, 1947. She was a retired lab technician for Medical and Surgical Clinic in Columbus and was a member of Catholic Daughters of America Court Mary Queen of the Snows 1588, St. Anthony Altar Society and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 6113.

She was preceded in death by her parents; son, E.R "Bobby" Stock; sister, Elvira Schneider; and brothers, A.J. Brune Jr., Henry, Gilbert and Irving Brune.

She is survived by her husband; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Michael Kern of The Woodlands; sisters, Gladys Schneider of Columbus; brother, Kermit Brune of Columbus; and grandson, Jason Stock of St. Louis, Mo.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 28 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers were A.J. Brune III, Charles Brune, Henry Brune Jr., Mark Brune, Greg and Irving Schneider, M.H. Schneider Jr. and O.M. Schneider Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Al Crixell, Daniel Rodgers and Carl Wilson.

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

Stock, Charles A.

Final Rites for Charles A. Stock, 63, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Charles A. Stock, 63, who died last Thursday in a San Antonio hospital, were held Sunday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Services were conducted by Msgr. A. F. Drozd, Rev. Clarence Leopold and Rev. Benton Thurmond.

Mr. Stock had been in ill health for the past seven months, and had been a patient in the hospital for 16 days.

Born Dec. 25, 1889, at Mentz, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hiller Stock. He married Miss Lena Svetlik here Oct. 29, 1913, and they settled on a farm north of Weimar. Four years later they moved to the Osage community, where they have lived ever since. Mr. Stock was an Osage School trustee for 16 years.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a son, Edwin Joe Stock of Weimar; two daughters, Mrs. John (Tillie) Peters Jr. of Weimar and Mrs. Israel (Elizabeth) Fuller of Sheridan; a sister, Miss Mary L. Stock of Weimar; and three grandsons.

Pallbearers were Frank Anders, Steve Kasper, Richard Freis, Oswald Leidolf, W. H. Hollien, and Roman Polach.

Weimar Mercury, February 13, 1953, page 1

Stock, Edwin Joe

Edwin Stock Services Held on May 22

Edwin Joe Stock, 89, of Weimar passed away on May 19 in Weimar.

Edwin Joe Stock was born on May 31, 1922 to Charles A. and Lena Svetlik Stock of the Osage Community Northeast of Weimar.

He attended the Osage School and married Millie Mary Peters on July 22, 1946 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar.
Edwin lived his entire life in the Osage/Weimar area. He proudly served his country from 1942 to 1946 as a Technician Fifth Grade, Service Battery in the 32th Field Artillery Battalion of the 84th Infantry Division, which became known as the “Railsplitter” division. While serving in the army Edwin received the American Theater Campaign Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct medal, Victory Ribbon, one Service Stripe and 2 Overseas Service Bars.

Edwin enjoyed the outdoors.
Riding horse and hunting were his favorite pastimes. Edwin loved his grandchildren and treasured the times they came to spend with him. Ronnie has fond memories of hunting deer, coon, rabbits and squirrels with grandpa. He spent many hours out in the country with grandpa. Edwin was known to take many relatives hunting with him. Donnie Bartosh recalls him riding in a Schulenburg trail ride along with himself and James. Trail Riding was an enjoyment grandpa truly loved. Papoo made a special pull rope handle for Steven’s John Deere tractor that he and granny had purchased from an auction because Steven was too small to reach the pedals. He pulled Steven continuously around the yard, even with his aching back. Steven and Andrea have outstanding memories of Papoo picking them up from daycare and school, to make a stop by Weimar Food Store where Papoo would tell the Mr. Tran to give us each a white shopping bag to fill with whatever we wanted. Then granny would fuss to mama and ask her to tell us not to be asking Papoo for all that junk when we went into the store with him. We informed mama of how nice papoo was. He also allowed us to play on his tractor. But when granny would see us, she would yell at him to get us off of it before we would kill ourselves. Papoo would ensure her that we would be o.k. He even allowed us to roll each other around in an old rusty barrel that had both ends cut out. Papoo would let us blow his homemade bullhorn. We always enjoyed spending time with him and appreciate all the wonderful memories we have with him.

Grandpa was a very religious man. He prayed the rosary several times a day while watching his cattle and while watching us play. He attended mass regularly on Friday, Sunday and holy days.
He lived a simple, rewarding life. We love you! Until we meet again!

Edwin is survived by his sons, Edwin John (A.J.) and his wife, Shirley; James Steve and his wife, Monica; five grandchildren, Ronnie and his wife, Dani, Danielle, Steven, Michelle, and Andrea; one great grandchild, Kendall. Edwin was preceded in death by his wife in 1997; his parents; and siblings, Tillie Peters and Elizabeth Fuller.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 22 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar with Fr. John Peters, nephew and godson; and Fr. John Bily officiating. Interment followed at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Steven Stock, Ronnie Stock, Kendall McCloud, David Fuller, I. W. Fuller, Jr., Alan Peters, and Mike Waligura. Honorary Pallbearers included coworkers from TXDoT and friends, B. J. Malatek, Justin Wostarek, Eddie Faldyn, Joe Henneke, Delores Bittner, Joe Orsak, Bennie Holesovsky, Ed Siedel, Jesse Kovar, Robert Little, Kermit Thuemler, Frank Addicks, Rex Thumann and Donnie Bartosh.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, May 13, 2012, page 2
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Stock, Elo Robert Sr.


Elo Robert Stock Sr., 79, of Columbus, passed away March 19 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born in Shiner, July 16, 1925 to Edmund Henry and Margaret (Kloesel) Stock and married Beatrice Brune, Nov. 1, 1947. He was a retired plant manager for Pioneer Concrete of Texas Inc., in Eagle Lake, formerly Lone Star Cement. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, a retired Columbus Volunteer Fireman, a member of Knights of Columbus Council 2971 of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6113 and American Legion Post 383 in Columbus. He was also a member of the board of directors for the Veterans Community Center.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II from Dec. 1943 until April 1946 in the 8th Infantry Division, 121st Regiment, Company F.

He entered combat in the battle of the Hurtgen Forest and participated in the capture of the town of Huertgen.

Afterwards, he joined an elite force nicknamed "Grover's Ghosts," whose mission was to penetrate the front lines at night, capture enemy prisoners and disrupt enemy operations.

Following Huertgen, Mr. Stock fought in the Bonn-Cologne area, crossing the Rhine at the Remagen bridgehead.

Next came the fight for the Ruhr Pocket and the final drive across the Elbe River, meeting the Russian forces and ending the war near the Baltic Sea.

His campaign ribbons include Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Elo R. "Bobby" Stock Jr.; and sister, Amanda Seger.

He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Michael Kern of The Woodlands; sister, Georgia Hluchanek of Columbus; brother, Marvin Stock of Hillsboro; and grandson, Jason Stock of St. Louis, Mo.

Funeral services were conducted March 22 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Fr. Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Columbus Volunteer Fire Department Honor Guard members.

Honorary pallbearers were Alton Huelsebusch, Jerry Haluska, Jim Janak, Lawrence Ripper, El Gene Sommerfeld, Columbus Volunteer Fire Department, VFW Post 6113 and American Legion Post 383.

Colorado County Citizen, March 23, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Stock, Hilarius

Hiller Stock, an old citizen of the Osage community, died Sunday night and was buried Monday afternoon at St. Michael’s Cemetery, this city. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, November 3, 1922, page 4

Stock, Lena F. (Svetlik)

Mrs. Stock’s Funeral Held Here Aug. 25

Funeral services for Mrs. Charles (Lena) Stock, 86, of Route 3, Weimar, were held Tuesday, Aug. 25, from St. Michael’s Catholic Church here, with burial in the parish cemetery. Father John Carl Peters of San Antonio, Mrs. Stock’s grandson, officiated, along with Fathers Charles Carolan and John Spirka of Weimar and Msgr. Henry Herbst of Cuero.

Mrs. Stock died at 8:30 a.m. on August 23, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Peters, in the Oak Grove community, after a long illness.

Born Oct. 17, 1894, at Ammannsville, she was a daughter of Joseph and Amalie (Sugovsky) Svetlik. She was married to Charles A. Stock in Weimar on Oct. 29, 1913. They settled at Osage. Mr. Stock died in 1953. After she became unable to live by herself, Mrs. Stock moved in with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Stock, next door to her home in Osage. She lived with them about eight years, then moved in with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Peters, in the Oak Grove area. She lived with them almost a year, dying at their home after years of failing health.

Mrs. Stock is survived by two daughters, Mrs. John (Tillie) Peters Jr. of Weimar and Mrs. Israel W. (Elizabeth) Fuller of Sheridan; one son, Edwin J. Stock Sr., of Weimar; six grandsons and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, one sister, one step-brother and two step-sisters.

Pallbearers were Edwin (A. J.) Stock, James Stock, David Fuller, Dennis Fuller, Israel W. Fuller Jr., grandsons; and Frank Krahl, a nephew.

Weimar Mercury, September 3, 1981

Stock, Mary Elenora

Final Rites for Miss Mary Stock, 75, Saturday

Funeral services for Miss Mary Elenora Stock, 76, were held Saturday mornng, Oct. 22, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Zigmund Wojciechowski officiated.

Miss Stock died at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21, in Colonial Nursing Home, Schulenburg.

Miss Stock was born Nov. 11, 1890, at Mentz, a daughter of Hilary and Annie Krause Stock, but lived most of her life in the Osage area.  She had been in the nursng home only nine days and in Youens Memorial Hospital here two days before that.

Surviving her are two nieces and one nephew.  A brother, Charles, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were John Hajovsky, Daniel Ulbricht, John Peters, Jr., Joe Peters, Israel W. Fuller, and Frankie Krahl.

Weimar Mercury, October 27, 1966, page 1
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Stock, Millie Mary (Peters)

Millie Mary Stock Funeral April 3 In Weimar

Millie Mary Stock, a resident of the Osage Community, died in Weimar at the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center on April 1 after a length illness. She was 77.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 3, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, and burial followed in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery. Mrs. Stock’s nephew and godson, Father John Peters, officiated along with Father John C. Bily.

Mrs. Stock was born Nov. 19, 1919, in the Oak Grove community to John and Augusta (Krueger) Peters. She attended the Oak Grove School, and on July 22, 1946, she married Edwin Joe Stock in St. Michael Catholic Church.

Mrs. Stock, a housewife and lifelong resident of the area, was a member of the Court of St. Michael No. 559 Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and the St. Ann Society.

She is survived by her husband, Edwin Joe Stock; two sons, Edwin J. (A.J.) and his wife, Shirley, and James S. and his wife, Monica, all of Weimar; one sister, Rosie Shumbera of Weimar; six brothers, John Peters Jr., Eddy Peters, and Joe Peters of Weimar, Emil Peters of Schulenburg, Adolph Peters and Frank Peters of Columbus; five grandchildren, Ronnie Stock, Danielle Stock, Steven Stock, Michelle Stock and Andrea Stock.

Mrs. Stock was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Leo Peters.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Stock, Mike Waligura, Melvin Shumbera, Allan Peters, David Fuller and Kermit Thuemler, Honorary pallbearer was Steven Stock.

Weimar Mercury, April 10, 1997, p. 2
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Stockbridge, Daniel W.


It becomes our painful duty this week to record the death of one of our most worthy and highly respected citizens. Mr. D. W. Stockbridge passed quietly away at his residence in Eagle Lake, about 4 o’clock, Friday evening, of he 15th inst., in the fifty-sixth year of his age surrounded by his family and friends, and was rational until the last. Mr. Stockbridge was born at Pittston,Lucerne county, Pennsylvania, on the 11th day of May, 1830; when a small boy moved to California, and thence to Texas, where he lived for over forty years; settled in Eagle Lake directly after the war, and has resided here until his death. His remains were interred last Saturday in the family burial ground [Lakeside Cemetery] on the border of the lake and followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends. He leaves a widow and six children to mourn the loss of a protector.

Colorado Citizen, January 21, 1886

Stockbridge, Lola

Eagle Lake Headlight: We regret to chronicle the death of little Lola, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Stockbridge, who died last Thursday of congestion. The Headlight extends its heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved parents. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, August 15, 1896

Stockman, T. C.

Eagle Lake Items

Mr. T. C. Stockman, a young man who has been living in Eagle Lake for several months, died at the residence of Mrs. Thatcher Tuesday night. Mr. Stockman was raised on the other side of the river near Vox Populi, where he has relatives and friends, to whom are extended sympathies.
[Buried Abell Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, November 9, 1893

Stockton, Robert B.


It is with sadness I chronicle the death of Dr. Robert B. Stockton, which took place at his home here on Wednesday, the 10th, at 9 a.m. He leaves a wife and seven children. He was 47 years old, was born in Kentucky, joined the Confederate service at the age of 17 and went through the war as a gallant soldier. He was a member of the Methodist church in this place. After life’s fitful fever, he sleeps well, and his soul returns unto God who gave it. He was buried at Weimar [Odd Fellows Cemetery] on the 11th inst.

Weimar Mercury, February 13, 1892

Weimar Local Matters

The remains of Dr. R. B. Stockton, who died in Oakland on the 10th inst., were interred here at 4 o’clock last Thursday evening, Rev. H. W. Haynie officiating. Dr. Stockton was an old confederate soldier and served through the war up to the time he was imprisoned on Johnson’s Island, over nineteen months, when he was exchanged. He was 47 years old, leaves a devoted wife and six children to mourn his loss. Peace to his ashes.

Oakland Newsy Notes

Dr. R. B. Stockton died here on the 10th inst., after a long and painful illness. he was a resident of this place six years and did considerable practice in the place and vicinity. His remains were conveyed to Weimar cemetery and there laid to rest by relatives and friends, Capt. J. W. Woolsey officiating at the burial rites. The family have out sympathy.

Colorado Citizen, February 18, 1892

Stoddard, Ida Mae (Moss)

Mrs. Ida Mae (MOSS) STODDARD Dies, Rites Wednesday

Mrs. Ida Mae Stoddard, 62, died of pneumonia at 6:30 a. m. today in a Kearney hospital, having been admitted for treatment only Sunday.

Born Feb. 20, 1879, at Braymer, Mo., Mrs. Stoddard came to Kearney eight years ago from Grand Island, after having lived 24 years in Omaha.

She had been ill since about Jan. 8.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Anderson funeral home with the Rev. D. R. Roker officiating. Interment will be in Kearney Cemetery.

Survivors include the husband, Willaim H. Stoddard; three sons, William, Jr., of Kearney, John and Thomas Stoddard, both of Lincoln; four daughters, Mrs. Rose Schritt of Grand Island, Mrs. Grace Jacoby of Ottumwa, Ia., Mrs. Jane Duckett of Lincoln and Mrs. Mildred Clancy of Kearney; 13 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Hayes of Braymer, Mo., and Mrs. Lillian Wachter of Syracuse; and three brothers, Charles Moss of Joplin, Mo., Amos Moss of Braymer, and Jim Moss of Rock Island, Tex.

Kearney Daily Hub, Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, January 19, 1942, Page 1
Submitted by Kaylynn Loveland

Stoeltje, Reinhard

DIED.--From J. F. Leyendecker, Esq., who was in the city last Tuesday, we learn the sad news of the death of Mr. Reinhardt Stultze, for forty years a well known citizen of Colorado county, and one universally esteemed. Mr. Stultze died at his residence near Frelsburg last Sunday. of flux, in his 76th year. Many relatives and friends will mourn the demise of this venerable and respected citizen. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, October 22,1885

Stoermer, Eula Bernice

Our sympathy is extended Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Stoermer in the death of their five months’ old daughter, Eula Bernice, which occurred last Sunday evening.  Interment in Lakeside cemetery Monday afternoon.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 7, 1907, page 6
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Stokr, Henry J.

Henry Stokr, 39, Buried at Nada

Henry Stokr, 39, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stokr, passed away suddenly of a heart attack at Houston Saturday.

He was employed by the Sheffield Steel corp. at Houston.

He was born here Jan. 12, 1914. Surviving are his parents; one brother, Joe Stokr, of Nada; 4 sisters, Mrs. Herman Matzke of Galveston, Mrs. Edwin Korenek of El Campo, Mrs. William Roger of Galveston. Mrs. Leon Korenek of Texas City.

Funeral services were held Monday morning in St. Mary’s Catholic church. Rev. Edmund J. Bily officiating at the Requiem Mass. Rev. Rudolph Hoffmann of Shiner and Rev. M. Valenta of El Campo were present in the sanctuary.

Burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery, Rev. Hoffmann, conducting the services at the grave.

Pallbearers were Ted Hajovsky, Fred Dornak, Charles Hoffmann, Henry Dornak, Willie Hoffmann and Alvin Bilek.

Colorado County Citizen, November 19, 1953
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Stokr, Leona


When the sad news spread that Leona Stoker[sic], the nine year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Stoker, had died it was a shock to everybody in the community. She died at the home of her parents on Wednesday night of last week at 12 o’clock after a struggle for life through an illness of more than a year. When she became ill every effort was made to cure her. She was taken to the John Sealy hospital in Galveston early last year and was treated there for over three months. When she was brought home it was thought that she would recover. Ever effort was made to follow the physician’s instructions and she seemed to be greatly improved until about a week before her death, when she became seriously ill again.

She was buried in the Catholic cemetery on Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. Father Held, O. S. B., officiating. She leaves to mourn her death, her heart broken parents, five sisters and brothers, besides a large number of relatives and friends, who join in extending sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. Stoker for the loss of their little child.

Colorado Citizen, February 3, 1922, page 5

Stolle, Aline (Ilse)

Stolle Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Aline Stolle of Columbus were held Wednesday, November 11, 1992 at 2 p.m. from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with Pastor Sharon Burns officiating.

Interment was in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mrs. Stolle passed away November 9 in the Columbus Community Hospital. She was 63 years of age.

Born November 5, 1929 in Columbus, she was the daughter of Henry Mahon Ilse and Hattie Kretzschmar Ilse. She married Wilbert Stolle October 22, 1949. A lifetime resident of Columbus, she was an employee of the Columbus State Bank and a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband Wilbert Stolle of Columbus, daughter and son- in- law, Carol and Billie Mitchell of Columbus; son, Bill Stolle of Sheridan; brothers and sisters- in- law, Ellis and Adela Ilse, Jim Henry and Connie Ilse, Aubrey and Gloria Ilse, all of Columbus; two grandchildren, Eric and Christie Mitchell of Columbus

Pallbearers were Delton Hollman, Donnie Templeton, David Ilse, Jim Anderson, Harvey Frers, Darrell Ready and John Jones. Honorary Pallbearers were LeRoy Stein and Neville Miekow.

Services were under direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

New Ulm Enterprise, November 1992, page 2

Stolle, Herman G.

Stolle Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Herman G. Stolle of Columbus were held Tuesday, October 8, 1991 at 9:30 a.m. from St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbus with Pastor Robert Schlortt and Pastor Sharon Burns officiating.

Burial was in the Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Mr. Stolle passed away October 6 in a Houston hospital. He was 72 years of age.

Born September 26, 1919 near Ellinger, he was the son of William T and Emilia (Chollett) Stolle. He married the former Verline Louise Schobel on March 30, 1946, A retired dragline operator, he had been employed by Lone Star Industries for some 39 years.

Survivors include his wife. Verline Stolle of Columbus; daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie and Warren Simmons of Houston, Kay and Walter Ely of Austin and Janet and Delton Hollmann of Columbus: sisters, Esther Frers and Annette Youens, both of Columbus: brothers, Leon Stolle, Wilbert Stolle and Lennardt Stolle, all of Columbus; and grandchildren, Greg Walley. Troy Brod, Brett Hollmann and Lyndsay Hollmann.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Elmer Stolle.

Pallbearers were Bill Stolle, Ronnie Stancik, Billy Herchek, Billy Mitchell, Daryl Ready and David Stancik. Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren, Greg Walley, Troy Brod, Brett Hollmann and Lyndsay Hollman.

Henneke Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of funeral arrangements.

New Ulm Enterprise, October 10, 1991, page 4

Stolle, Verline L. (Schobel)

Verline L. Stolle

December 17, 1926 - September 29, 1999

Services for Verline L. Stolle, 72, of Columbus were held Oct. 2 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. Vernon Rabel officiating. Burial followed at Shaw's Bend [Brune] Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Stolle died Sept. 29 at Columbus Community Hospital. She was born Dec. 17, 1926, in Shaws Bend, Texas the daughter of Rudolph and Elfrieda Nonemacher Schobel.

Stolle was united in marriage with Herman Stolle on March 30, 1946.

She was a retired nurses' aide and sales clerk. She was a member of the Morning Circle, Bereavement Committee and St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Stolle was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

Survivors include three daughters, Vickie Lyn Simmons of New Braunfels, Kay Aline Ely of Austin and Janet Ramona Hollmann of Columbus; a sister, Bernice Stancik of Glidden; four grandchildren, Troy Brod, Greg Walley and Brett and Lyndsay Hollmann; three great-grandchildren, Tyler and Jack Thomas Brod and Tyler Simmons; and three step grandchildren, Craig Simmons and John and Ellen Ely.

Pallbearers were Billie Mitchell, Bill Stolle, Daryl Ready, Donnie Templeton and Ronnie, David and Randall Stancik.

Honorary pallbearers were Lyndsay and Brett Hollmann, Troy Brod and Greg Walley.

Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, directors.

Banner Press Newspaper, October 6, 1999
Suibmitted by Joyce Stancik

Stoltenberg, Albert

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Stoltenberg died last Monday evening and was buried in the city cemetery at[sic] Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock. We sincerely sympathise[sic] with the bereaved family in the loss of their loved little one.

Colorado Citizen, June 25, 1891, page 3

Stoppel, Anton

We regret to chronicle the death, on the 24th inst., of Mr. Anton Stoppel, at the residence of his son, Mr. F. Stoppel.  Deceased immigrated to Texas in 1852, and was a quiet, unobtrusive gentleman, known and loved by only a few, a chosen circle.  He went to bed apparently well at an early hour, and died during the night without a struggle, it is presumed of apoplexy, in the seventy-first year of his age. [Burial place unknown]

Colorado Citizen, December 27, 1877, page 3
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Stoppel, Leopold

Little Leo, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Stoppel—a bright, intelligent looking lad—died on Saturday evening last, in this city and was interred [Columbus City Cemetery] on Sunday. The sympathies of the community is generally extended the bereaved parents in their inconsolable loss.

Colorado Citizen, August 10, 1882, page 3

Storer, Norman


Norman Storer of Colorado County passed away Oct. 2 after a long, courageous struggle with his health.

He owned a construction company in Houston and moved to Colorado County with his wife and son, Casey, in 1979.

He and his wife raised many exotic animals on their ranch, as well as Watusi cattle.

He is survived by his wife, Pat, seven children, 16 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters.

In lieu of a traditional funeral, a lakeside celebration of his life will be held at their ranch later this month. [Place of interment unknown]

Friends interested in attending are asked to leave their name and phone number on the family's answering system so details may be given later.

Colorado County Citizen, October 20, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Stoudenmier, Dallas


Dallas Stoudenmeyer, who was killed a short time ago, was buried in our Cemetery on Saturday, 23d inst., with Masonic honors, by Caledonia Lodge, No. 68, F. & A. M., of Columbus. [See Biography]

Colorado Citizen, September 28., 1882. page 2

In another column we give the evidence before the coroner’s jury as to the killing of Marshal Dallas Stoudenmier at El Paso, on the 18th. In connection we copy the following dispatch from the San Antonio Times, which may account for Mr. Stoudenmier’s action:

“Some days ago Mr.Goaling advised Stoudenmier to see several persons in El Paso and settle all old feuds. It was in accordance with this that Stoudenmier went to El Paso. Marshal Goaling informed a reporter to day that Stoudenmier was an energetic, faithful man, one of the best deputies in the service.”

It seems that Mr. Stoudenmier’s statement that he was on the mission of making peace with the Mannings when he was killed; and his inviting them to take a drink with him at the time indicates that he did not enter the saloon for the purpose of having a difficulty. He also asked for all of them, and Frank Manning being absent, James Manning went to bring him in. During this absence the difficulty resulting in the death of Stoudenmier occurred. He was regarded as a brave nd efficient officer, and very peaceable when sober. At the time of his death he was Deputy United States Marshal, under Marshal Goaling. His remains, accompanied by his widow, arrived at Alleyton on Friday night, and were buried by the Masonic fraternity, of which he was a member, last Saturday.

Colorado Citizen, Sepember 28, 1882, page 3

Stout, Sammie Lee (Austin)

Sammie L Stout

Memorial services for Sammie Lee Austin Stout, 68, of Columbus, were held Thursday afternoon at the First Baptist Church. Rev. Henry Teems officiated.

Cremation following the ceremony was conducted under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. [Burial in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Stout died Dec. 8 at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston.

She was born March 17, 1913 in Cement, Oklahoma, the daughter of Joseph and Martha Reynolds Austin.

Stout married James C. Stout on Dec. 27, 1947. She was a retired government clerk and resided most of her life in Columbus.

Stout was a member of the Baptist church.

She is survived by her husband, James C. Stout of Columbus; one sister, Jessie V. Zatopek of Weimar; and one brother, John David Austin of Virginia.

Colorado County Citizen, December 17, 1981, page 2

Stowe, Doris (Glancy)

Doris G. Stowe Passed Away November 24

Doris (Glancy) Stowe, 86, of Weimar, died Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred Glancy and Clara (Raabe) Glancy and by one sister, Wilma Glancy Beken.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barri Lynn, Bill Stedlemann and grandson, Chris Montgomery; also two sisters and a brother, Lillian Glancy, Eunice Bittner and William Glancy.

One niece and four nephews also survive.

Doris was born to Alfred and Clara Glancy on April 14, 1923.

She attended Weimar High School and after graduation moved to Houston where she found employment and spent her entire career in the casualty insurance field.

She owned her own insurance agency for many years.

Doris returned to Weimar in the early 1970s, where she was employed by Youens Clinic and Fostoria Glass Company for a number of years.

She loved working in her yard.

Baking cakes, cookies and pies for parties and her family gatherings were also one of her favorite things. [Interred at Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, December 3, 2009
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Strahan, Elizabeth C. (Walker)

Death of Mrs. J. R. Strahan.

Mrs. J. R. Strahan, one of Eagle Lake's old citizens, died at her home in our town on last Tuesday, aged sixty-two years and four months. She leaves a husband, four sons and five daughters, all grown and four of the daughters married. She had during the past summer and fall several short spells of sickness not thought to be serious but in November her last and fatal illness developed when heart trouble appeared and she became dropsical. All of her nine children wept around her dead body, though some of the boys did not reach her till life had passed. She was a charter member of the Eagle Lake Christian church being baptized by the first Christian evangelist who ever preached here, Bro. B. B. Sanders in 1888. From that time till her death she was faithful. She was strictly truthful, sincere, honest and dependable. She never shirked any Christian duty. Any promise she made was kept; any pledge she made fulfilled. Bro. A.H. Bush, one of the oldest and one of the most honored Christian ministers in the state officiated at her funeral. The day was cold and stormy but a very large concourse assembled to pay a last respect to her. Beautiful flowers covered her coffin, sent in by kind friends. The Ladies' Aid Society of which she was a most faithful member, gave a beautiful wreath and Mr. and Mrs. Welford and Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Roberts, in their own sorrow, remembered her with handsome flower pieces from Houston. She had many friends for she was a woman of sterling worth. Sympathy goes out to the grief stricken ones, husband and children and especially to Miss Ollie, the youngest and the idol of the mother's heart. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 25, 1913

Strahan, Elizabeth M. (Wicker)


Aunt Betsy Strahan, a most estimable old lady, of about eighty years of age, died very suddenly at her residence in Eagle Lake last Friday evening, and was buried Saturday in the Masonic cemetery.

Colorado Citizen, April 10, 1890, page 3

Strahan, Ethel (Churchbaugh)

Mrs. Howard Strahan Died Thursday Morning

One of the saddest deaths that has occurred in Eagle Lake for many years is that of Mrs. Howard Strahan, who died at the family residence in this city yesterday at half past seven o'clock.

Mrs. Strahan, who was formerly Miss Ethel Churchbaugh, was twenty-three years of age, just in the bloom of young womanhood, and was a universal favorite with all the people of this section. She was born in Kansas and with her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Coffelt, moved from that state to Garwood, where she made her home until November of 1917, when on the 17th of that month, she was married to Mr. Howard Strahan of this city.

There has never lived in Eagle Lake a person who has won so many friends and endeared herself to all of our people in so short a time as has Mrs. Strahan since she has been among us. She was a sweet, amiable, modest and lovable character. She was always pleasant, and had a kind word for every one and her untimely dearth comes as a great blow to her husband and her other relatives and many friends throughout this section.

The funeral services were held at half past ten o'clock this morning at the family residence, interment being made in the Masonic Cemetery.

To the heart-broken young husband, to the sorrowing mother and other relatives, the Headlight joins their friends in extending its sincerest sympathy in their hour of deep grief.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 25, 1919
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Strahan, John Robert


One of Eagle Lake’s Old Citizens Died Tuesday In Houston At Home Of His Daughter.

Mr. J. R. Strahan, 78 years of age, better known to the people of Eagle Lake and throughout this county and section as “Uncle Bob,” died at half past five o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Montgomery, 1406 Harrington Street, in Houston, where he had made his home for the past six years.

Mr. Strahan, was one of the best known citizens of this section, and until six years ago, when he moved to Houston, had made this community his home since his birth. He was probably the oldest native born citizen in this section of the county, having been born on the old Strahan place, now known as the Pecan Valley Farm, a few miles from Eagle Lake, 78 years ago. He lived at the Strahan place, where he was engaged in farming, until about 35 years ago, when the family moved to town. Although Mr. Strahan has made Houston his home for the past six years, he was a frequent visitor back to the old home town, and was here visiting his son only a few weeks ago, during which visit he remarked that Eagle Lake was still his home and that he had never considered any other town his old home town.

Mr. Strahan was a Civil War veteran and served on the Confederate side throughout the four years conflict during the early 60’s.

He was married on September 2nd, 1868, 9 miles west of Columbus, to Miss Elizabeth Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marsh Walker, one of the old families of Colorado County. HIs wife preceded him to death, having passed away on January 21, 1913. To this union were born six daughters and five sons. One son died in infancy, and a daughter, Mrs. Clara Glenn, died at Goliad a number of years ago. The surviving children are Mrs. A. S Lowrey of Columbus, Ms. William Montgomery, Mrs. S. J. Archer, Mrs. Julius Bruder and Mrs. Grady Harris of Houston; B. Walker Strahan of Houston, W. H. Strahan of Eagle Lake, Robert E. Strahan of Port Arthur and Sanders Strahan of Hearne. Mr. Strahan is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Stewart of Scallorn, Texas, who is critically ill at this time and who has not yet been advised of her brother’s death.

The Headlight joins the people of Eagle Lake and this section in extending sympathy deep and sincere to the sorrowing relatives
Mr. Strahan was well and favorably known to all of the people of this section and until a few years ago when he moved to Houston, was a familiar character of our community. His long life in this community afforded him a vast store house of reminiscences of the early days of this section, and he could ever hold the attention of his hearers in relating incidents of early day life in Colorado county.

The remains were shipped to Eagle Lake from Houston on the Aransas Pass yesterday morning, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. J. W. King, local pastor of the Christian church, at the home of his son, Mr. W. H. Strahan, with interment in the Masonic cemetery.

In the death of “Uncle Bob”: another old soldier of the Lost Cause has answered the final roll call and passed on. May his last , long sleep be sweet.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 6, 1924

Strahan, Neville Kathryn (Jackson)

Mrs. H. Strahan, R. K Jackson’s Sister, Is Buried

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in Eagle Lake for Mrs. Howard Strahan, who died the preceding day in Laughin hospital at Eagle Lake at about 6:30 p.m. She had been ill about 2 weeks.

Mrs. Strahan, the former Neville Jackson, was a sister of R. K. Jackson of Columbus. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Jackson of Garwood and later of Houston.

The services were at the Eagle Lake Episcopal church, with Rev. F. Parke Smith officiating. Burial was in the Masonic cemetery in Eagle Lake. Mr. Strahan died about 2 years ago.

Besides the brother here in Columbus, Mrs. Strahan is survived by 2 other brothers, T. B. and Crawford, and a sister, Mrs. Charles Edwards, all of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, March 21, 1957

Strahan, Thomas Anderson

In Memoriam

On the 13th day of October, 1899, the spirit of Thomas Anderson Strahan took its flight to that brighter realm, where pain and sorrow is not known, and that which remained, being earthly, was returned to the earth, by being interred in the Masonic cemetery at Eagle Lake.

“Tommie,” as he was familiarly called by his hosts of friends, was an upright, honest young man, of many beautiful traits of character.  He died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Mattie Strahan, in full peace with his God, and with a firm belief that his spirit would go to its Maker.  For some time prior to his death he entertained the opinion that he would live only a little while, and on several occasions stated that he would die before many days.  He had a gentle, trusting and loving disposition; for his friends he could not do too much; all who knew him loved and trusted him.  Peace to his ashes.

Colorado Citizen, October 26, 1899, page 3
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Strahan, unnamed girl

Resolutions of Respect

Whereas, it has been the plan of our Heavenly Father to thus remove from our midst the wife and infant child of Sovereign W. H. Strahan of the Lake Camp No. 114 of the Woodmen of the World, be it

Resolved, that the Lake Camp. No 114 of the Woodmen of the World, extend to Sovereign Strahan our heartfelt smypthy[sic] and condolence in this his hour of sorrow and bereavement and bid him and all Sovereigns to so follow the example He has set that we may all meet in the Heavenly lodge above; and be it further

Resolved, that copies of these resolutions be furnished our sorrowing Sovereign and to the Eagle Lake Headlight for publications and that a page on the Minute Book be reserved for the spreading of the same thereon.

Richard W. Lott,
J. H. McCreary,
W. S. Curry,

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 2, 1919, page 3
[Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery. The obituary for Ethel Churchbaugh made no mention of the child. Thus the inclusion of this Resolution. DA]

Strait, Addie

Yoakum Graphic: Mrs. Wilkerson received a telegram from Columbus yesterday announcing the death of her sister, Mrs. Strate, which occurred in that place yesterday afternoon. Deceased was the mother of Mrs. Thad Whitfield. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, July 13, 1895

Strauss, Dorcie (Hartmann)


Dorcie Strauss, 74, of Lake Jackson, Texas, passed away on June 23, 2008, in Columbus, Texas. She was born on April 17, 1934, in Cat Spring, Texas, to Lodema and Arthur Hartmann.

Dorcie retired from Brazosport ISD in 1997 after 24 years of service in the Business Office. After retirement, she volunteered for the Brazosport Hospital Auxiliary for several years. Her greatest joy was her family, followed closely by the Houston Astros. She also loved to garden and travel. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Lake Jackson.

Dorcie is survived by her three children, Terri Kay Brasher and husband John of Columbus; John Arthur Strauss and wife Jody of Dripping Springs, Texas; and Dan Alan Strauss of the Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas; five grandsons: Reid and Chase Brasher, Dale and Jamey Strauss, and John Paul Goodenough; sister Elrose Kollatschny and husband Herbie of Cat Spring; brother Olin Hartmann of Cat Spring; and many other loving relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert Dale Strauss; her parents; three sisters, LaVerna Grebe, Willie Mae Smith and Ora Dell Hartmann.

Funeral services took place Wednesday, June 25, at 2 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Lake Jackson. Visitations took place Tuesday, June 24, 5-8 p.m., at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus and also Wednesday, Noon-2 p.m., at Christ Lutheran Church. There was a short prayer service at 7 p.m. during the Columbus visitation.
Burial was at Restwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Lake Jackson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you honor Dorcie's life with donations to the Brazosport Regional Cancer Center (100-B Medical Dr, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566), Christ Lutheran Church (P O Box 948, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566), or Gulf Coast Primary Home Care (135 E Hospital Dr, Angleton, Texas 77515).

The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to her longtime neighbors on Southern Oaks Drive in Lake Jackson, her many friends and loved-ones, for all the prayers, flowers, cards, food, and transportation during her illness. Also, for her special care by Dr. Emerardo Falcon and staff in Lake Jackson and Dr. Julio Arebalo in Columbus.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie and Larry Volkening, Stanley Kollatschny, Dayne Rice, Jerry James and Michael Martin.

Our Mom touched many lives during her time on this earth and will be greatly missed.

Colorado County Citizen, July 2, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Streich, Cecilia (Hinterberger)

Funeral For Mrs. Streich Held Oct. 25

Funeral services for Mrs. Cecilia Streich, 79, of Weimar were held Saturday, Oct. 25, from Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in St. Michael's Cemetery. Father Charles Carolan officiated.

Mrs. Streich died a t 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center of cancer.

Born March 17, 1907, in Salzburg, Austria, she was a daughter of Gustoff and Christina Hinterbeger [sic]. She was married to Edmund Streich in Austria on Feb.7, 1947. They immigrated to the United States in 1952, coming to Weimar after landing in New York.

Her husband survives, along with children, Brigitte Barnes and Lori Streich of Conroe, Marie Brzouskis of Deer Park, Edward Streich of Sugar land, Zigmund Streich of Austin and Kathy, Peter, Norbert and Hanzel Esl and Johanna Griesner, all of Austria; 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers were Johnny Brzouskis, David Brzouskis, Peter Brzouskis, Daniel Malone, Gary Brzouskis and Leonard Clark.

Weimar Mercury, October 30, 1986
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Streider, Joe R.

Joe R. Strieder[sic] Last Rites Held

Funeral services for Joe R. Strieder, 69, were held Monday morning in Untermeyer Funeral home, with further rites in St. Roch’s Catholic Church in Mentz, the Rev. Gedeon Stram officiating. Burial was in St. Roch’s Catholic cemetery. Rosary was recited in the funeral home Sunday at 6 p.m.

Mr. Strieder died at his home Dec. 12, after an illness of about 6 weeks. A son of John and Katherine Herring Strieder, he was born July 27, 1890. Two sons and a daughter survive.

Colorado County Citizen, December 17, 1959, page 4

Streider, Johannes

Prominent Bernardo Citizen Called Hence

Mr. John Strieder[sic], age 79, died at his home in Bernardo last Friday after a lingering illness of several months.

Funeral services were held at Mentz, Rev. George Duda conducting and the body laid to rest in the Mentz [St. Roch's] cemetery.

Mr. Streider was born in Europe and came to this country forty two years ago. He has been living in Colorado county for thirty nine years. He was one of the substantial and prosperous farmers and stockmen of the Bernardo section. He and Mrs. Strieder celebrated their golden wedding at their home two years ago last December.

He is survieved by his wife and the following children, John Streider of Moulton, Mrs. Smith of Columbus, Mrs. Tom Jaloway of San Antonio, Mrs. Frank Jaloway of Glidden, Mrs. Ed Zeiter of Richmond, Kansas and Mrs. Kate Fleischmann and Joe Streider of Bernardo and a number of grand children.

Strieder, Jolena

Miss Joline Strieder Dies Tuesday Bernardo Home

Funeral services for Miss Joline Strieder, 24, who died at Bernardo Tuesday, were held Wednesday afternoon at Mentz Catholic Church, Rev. Budnik officiating. Burial was in Mentz Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Untermeyer Bros.

Miss Strieder, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Strieder, was born December 5th, 1915, at Bernardo.

Colorado County Citizen, February 8, 1940
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Streider, Katharina (Herring)

Mrs. Catherine Strieder

Mrs. Catherine Strieder, whose death was reported in these columns last week, was laid to rest in the Mentz [St. Roch] Cemetery Friday morning, Rev. C. P. Sullivan officiating.

Mrs. Strieder was a former resident of Bernardo and was one of the early pioneers of this county. Following her husband's death in 1924, she removed to San Antonio after having lived in the Bernardo section for about sixty years. Later she returned to this county, making her home with her son Joe Strieder of Bernardo, and was living with her daughter, Mrs. Frank S Jalowy, in San Antonio when death came.

She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Annie Colley of Houston, Mrs. Tom Jalowy of Houston, Mrs. F. S. Jalowy of San Antonio (formerly of Glidden for a number of years, where Mr. Jalowy was employed on the Southern Pacific Railway), Mrs. Edwin Setter of Pueblo, Colo., Mrs. George Nayovosky of British Columbia, Can., two sons, Joe of Bernardo and John of Moulton, 16 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, March 30, 1933

Strieder, Katherine (Frey)

Mrs. Strieder Is Buried In Mentz Catholic Cemetery

Last rites for Mrs. Joe Strieder of Mentz were held at the Untermeyer Funeral home Monday morning with Rev. A. W. Didner of St. Roch's Catholic church of Mentz officiating. Burial was in the Mentz Catholic cemetery.

Mrs. Strieder, who had been ill 2 months, died Friday evening at her home.

She was the former Katherine Frey; and she and Mr. Strieder, who married in 1914, would have celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary Monday, the day she was buried.

Born at Mentz Jan. 10, 1890, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Frey. She spent her entire life in the same vicinity.

She Is survived by her husband; 2 sons, John of Cat Spring and Frank of near Sealy, and 1 daughter, Miss Margaret Strieder, who lives at the family home. Other survivors include 2 grandchildren Ruth Ann and Leon Strieder.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Dr. Hugo Strieder, Moulton; Daniel WelIen, Lott; Sidney Frey and Henry, Kaiser, Alleyton; Reuben Braden, Columbus and Emmett Kveton, Cat Spring.

Colorado County Citizen, November 22, 1951, page 11

Strickland, Robert Lee


We are indebted to Sheriff Townsend for particulars of the killing of young Robert Strickland, ten miles below Eagle Lake, in this county, on the 27th ult. The Sheriff went through the bottom in that section, and examined every one with reference to the horrible crime, and supplied himself with data which finally let to the arrest of the negro Jim Stanley in San Antonio Friday. Young Strickland was killed at night, while asleep, in bed, with an ax, and was struck in the right side of the head with the sharp edge of the ax, and on the left side of the head with the back part of the ax, his brains and a small piece of the skull having been knocked out on a small table near the bed. Several negroes had been at the store that night, but all had left except Stanley,who remarked that he would sleep by the stove. During the night the murder was committed for the purpose of robbery, the negro obtaining about $65. The fact was not discovered until Tuesday evening, a negro girl observing a pool of blood under the house, and some of the neighbors broke open the door of the store, and the poor boy was found dead in his bed. Great excitement among the neighbors prevailed, and it would not have been well for the culprit had he been discovered at that time.

The next morning Stanley settled up with his employer for whom he had been picking cotton, and left, stopping in Columbus to purchase a suit of clothes, and taking the mixed night train for San Antonio. As soon as the Sheriff had information pointing to the guilt of Stanley, and being satisfied he had gone west, he took the train for San Antonio, and secured the services of Chief of Police Shardelm and his force, who were untiring in their efforts to secure the murderer, and Mr. Townsend expresses himself as under lasting obligations to the Chief and his force for their efficient aid in the matter. Through Townsend’s description and information, Stanley was arrested, recognized, and brought back to Columbus, where he is now confined in jail. He acknowledges to receiving part of Strickland’s money, but he charges the murder upon Jeff. Lewis, a negro who was at the store Monday night. Jeff. was also arrested, but it is believed he is innocent of the crime. Mr. Townsend is well satisfied from the statements of Lewis and others in the bottom, compared with the one made by Stanley, and the excited and contradictory manner in which he made it, that Stanley is guilty of this unprovoked nd most atrocious murder. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, December 7, 1882, page 3

Stringer, Don C.


Don C. Stringer, 76, of Columbus, passed away Oct. 29 at his residence.

He was born in Wichita, Kan. to James Otis and Lena Marie (O'Neil) Stringer and married Patricia Ann Snowden, May 23, 1974. Stringer served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a retired general superintendent in commercial construction.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Margaret Hershberger; and brother, Jack Stringer.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Donna Wubbolding of Fredericksburg, Marilyn O'Connor of Houston, Pam Smith of Arkansas and Teresa O'Connor of Houston; son, Gregory Stringer of Houston; sister, Beverly Woodson of Wichita, Kan.; brother, James Stringer of Arkansas; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 1 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Chaplain Rick Atkinson officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Michael Coleman, Michael and Mikey Alley, Glenn, Bradley and Gary Wayne Smith, Bo Ivey, Charles O'Connor and Michael Lonchambon.

Colorado County Citizen, November 5, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Strittmatter, Honora (Desmond)

Died, at the family residence in this city, Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock, Mrs. Honora Strittmatter, after a long and painful illness. Mrs. Strittmatter was the mother of Miss Mary Strittmatter of this city and Mr. Frank Strittmatter of San Antonio. She was born Jan. 7th, 1824 at Bandon, County Cork, Ireland, and came to New York in 1848 with her mother and four brothers--Jerome, William, Timothy and Dennis. Before marriage she was a Miss Desmond. She lived in this city for many years and by her gentleness of disposition, patience and christianlike resignation to circumstances which made her practically an invalid during the latter years of her life won and retained the friendship of all our people. Every comfort and convenience that could be procured was showered upon her by her daughter, Miss Mary, than whom no better lady ever lived. The remains were committed to rest in St. Michael’s cemetery this (Friday) morning at 9 o’clock, Rev. J. Szymanski, rector of St. Michael’s church, officiating. The sincere and heartfelt sympathy of the Mercury is extended the bereaved ones in their loss.

Weimar Mercury, June 23, 1906, page 4

Strittmatter, Mary Anne


Splendid, Good Woman Succumbs in Fatal Malady After a Few Days’ Illness

Miss Mary A. Strittmatter, one of Weimar’s most beloved ladies, after a brief illness, succumbed to that fatal malady, pneumonia, at her late residence, last Sunday morning at 11 o’clock. She had been ill but a few days, and perhaps owing to her fail constitution the disease made rapid inroads and Death soon claimed her.

The funeral took place at St. Michael’s Cemetery Tuesday morning at 9:30, appropriate and touching services being held at the church by her late pastor, Rev. J. Szymanski. Despite the very disagreeable weather prevalent aT the time, a large crowd was present at the funeral to pay the last sad tribute to this beloved lady.

Miss Mary A. Strittmatter was a resident of this community for many years. At one time her aged mother and brother, Frank Strittmatter, also lived here. Her mother died a number of years ago. The brother, we understand, now lives in San Antonio. At the time referred to “Miss Mary,” as she was known to everyone, conducted a millinery and fancy goods store on North Main street. She retired from this business a number of years ago, having by frugality acquired a competency to take care of her in her declining years.

Miss Mary A. Strittmatter ws born at Frelsburg, this county, May 7, 1867, and was about 55 years of age at the time of her death. She leaves one brother, Frank Strittmatter of San Antonio, and several nieces and nephews.

“Miss Mary” was one of the kindest hearted, best women the writer every knew She love to remember those less fortunate than herself, and was never so happy as when doing charitable deeds. No appeal was ever made to her for assistance but what it was promptly answered, unless she was certain that it was an undeserving case. Her deeds of charity and remembrance of the sick and suffering are as numerous as the sands of the seashore and many an afflicted home has had cause to bless this good woman. In her life time quite a number of orphaned, poor girls were taken care of, and given a start in life. She was a woman who was never weary of well doing, and there is many a home in Weimar and vicinity which will ever bless the memory of this beloved, good woman.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved relatives and friends. Peace to her memory.

Weimar Mercury, January 27, 1922

Stromquist, Janet Ruth


Janet Ruth Stromquist passed away Sept. 14, 2007 in Houston. She was born to Herbert and Ethel (Johnson) Stromquist on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 1950 in Columbus.

She Janet grew up in the Bernardo Community and attended Bernardo School. She transferred to Columbus Junior High and was an honor graduate of Columbus High School in 1969. She graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education.

She taught one year at Rice Consolidated High School and 32 years at Sealy High School. Stromquist was chairperson of the Social Studies Department, a master teacher, and a dedicated educator.

She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior at the First Baptist Church of Columbus. Her love for Jesus never wavered, even when her health deteriorated.

She is survived by her parents; brother, Glenn Stromquist and wife Jane; sisters, Sharon Jones and husband Steve, Kay Svododa and husband Gene, and Sally Seydler and husband Redd; nephews, Ryan Svoboda and wife Lisa, Max Jones, Alex Seydler and Aaron Seydler; nieces, Shelley Nelson and husband Joe, Kelly Knott and husband Chris, Dayna Jones, April Mikulenka and husband Brent, and Lauren Svoboda; and great nephews and nieces, Johnathan, Victoria, and Nicholas Nelson, Blake Svoboda, and Jacob Knott.

Funeral services were celebrated Monday, Sept. 17, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Robin Lattimore officiating. Burial followed in Weimar Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Pallbearers were Ryan Svoboda, Alex Seydler, Max Jones, Brent Mikulenka, Ralph Loerwald and Mark Faldyn.

Colorado County Citizen, September 19, 2007,
Courtesy The Citizen

Strong, Ethel Clair (McMillan) DeFoor

Final Rites for Mrs. E. Strong Held October 22

Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel Clair McMillan Strong, 87, were held Tuesday, Oct. 22, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs.Strong died Oct 20 in Youens Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 23, 1887, at Osage. She lived in Weimar and was employed as a typesetter for the Weimar Mercury for several years until 1909 when she was married to A. J. DeFoor. They lived in California 11 years then moved to Houston. Mr. DeFoor died in 1947. Mrs. DeFoor later married Floyd L. Strong, who died in 1969. She moved to Weimar in 1970 and had been a resident of Parkview Manor since Dec ember 1973.

Mrs. Strong was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Walter W. Williams (Nee Neta Clair DeFoor) of Weimar; a brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Guilford McMillan of Schulenburg; two other sisters-in-law, Mrs. Tennie Beth McMillan of Weimar and Mrs. Archie Capps of Blanco; four grandchildren, Mrs. Wm. J.Sassin of Weimar, Mrs. W. O. Hoegemeyer of Deming, N. M., Mrs. Lloyd C. Arnold of Texas City and Wayne Williams of San Antonio; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Weimar Mercury, October 31, 1974
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson


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Struska, Frank

Cullings From Cheetham

Last Tuesday morning, as section men were going to Rock Island they made a ghastly find one mile west of that place. Fragments of a man were strewn along the track for two hundred yards. The authorities were notified and an inquest was held, when it was found that deceased was Frank Struska, a well to do farmer of Garwood, Texas, and that he went to Altair Monday and was going to walk to Halletsville[sic]. He had $42, a gold watch and a 32 caliber six-shooter. The unfortunate man’s head was cut off, the right leg was severed at the thigh, his left arm below the elbow, and all the pieces ground into an unrecognizable mass. No one can account for how he came to let the train run over him, as none of his effects were touched. [Place of interment unknown

The Hunter, M. D.

Weimar Mercury, April 14, 1906

Struss, Alwin Joseph


Funeral services were held in Eagle Lake Saturday afternoon for A. J. Struss, well known businessman of that place, who died at his home early Friday after a heart attack.  The Rev. E. E. Mulliner of the First Presbyterian church officiated and burial was in Lakeside cemetery.  Born Oct. 24, 1897, Mr. Struss was a native of Shaw's Bend near Columbus, son of William and Julia Lilie Struss.  His wife is the former Mattilda Walling.  The couple lived in Garwood until 1928, when they moved to Eagle Lake, where they had lived since.  He was employed with the A. L. Baring Chevrolet agency before going into his own business, The Struss Auto supply.  He served as deacon and elder in the Eagle Lake Presbyterian church.  Besides his wife he is survived by a son, Elmer Struss; 4 grandsons; a sister, Mrs. Alma Huebel of Columbus and a brother, Walter Struss of San Antonio.  Two brothers, Louis Struss and W. A. Struss, the latter a rancher and theater owner; and a sister, Mr. A. O. Peters, all of Columbus, died earlier.

Colorado County Citizen, June 23, 1966
Submitted by David Hahn

 Struss, Elmer Alvin


Elmer A. Struss, 80, of Eagle Lake, passed away Feb. 24, in the emergency room of Rice Medical Center of Eagle Lake, following a sudden illness.

A native and lifelong resident of Colorado County, born May 21, 1922 in Garwood, to Alwin Joseph "A.J." and Mathilde Wilhelmina "Tillie" (Walling) Struss. The family moved to Eagle Lake in 1927. He graduated third in the Eagle Lake High School class of 1939. Following graduation he enrolled into Southwest Texas College in San Marcos. He then transferred to the University of Texas in the fall of 1941 and graduated in 1943.

Immediately following graduation, Elmer enlisted into the U.S. Navy. His first assignment was Midshipmen's School in Chicago. He was commissioned on Aug. 20, 1943. Five days later, he and Dorothy Marie Slaton were married. Elmer then left immediately for his first assignment aboard the 2100-Ton new destroyer, The Cushing.

Elmer was home on leave in 1945 and received orders to report to Gulf Port, Miss. He received further orders while in Gulf Port to report to San Francisco, Calif. for what was called Magic Carpet, an assignment to bring troops back from all over the Pacific. Struss returned to Eagle Lake in November 1946 and joined his father in the family run business that started in 1932, A.J. Struss Auto Supply.

Elmer and Dorothy divorced in 1964 and a year later, Aug. 21, 1965, at Woodlands Baptist Church of Houston, Elmer remarried to Mary Frances Pryor of Houston.

Elmer served as Alderman for the City of Eagle Lake from 1968-70 and elected Mayor April 4, 1970. His term was the longest consecutive term as mayor in the history of Eagle Lake, 16 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife.

He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Darrell and Monique of Houston, Sidney and Barbara of Austin, Warren and Colleen, and Austin and John of Virginia; Grandchildren, Vanessa Struss, Stephanie Struss, Heather and Brandon Struss, all of Austin, Mark Hogge, U.S. Air Force stationed in California and Tommy Hogge of Houston. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Feb.28, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Ed Triem, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake officiating. Military Honors and Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake, under the auspices of American Legion Post 108 in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Billy Hefner, Sam Ramsey, David Ruiz, Johnny Prazak, Dr. Russell Thomas, Michael Lanier, Ray Sykowski and Malcolm Thomas. Honorary Pallbearers John Hancher, Coogie Ney, Fred R. Frnka and longtime employees Isidore Ramirez and M.G. Lanier.

The family has requested memorial contributions be directed to either First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 605, Eagle Lake, TX 77434 or Rice District Community Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 277, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Colorado County Citizen, March 4, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Struss, Louis Theodore


Funeral services for Louis Theodore Struss, 55, who died suddenly Tuesday night at his home in Shaws Bend, just outside of Columbus in Colorado County, Texas, were set for Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the family residence. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements, with Reverend W. A. Flachmeier officiating. Burial was to be in the Brune Cemetery at Shaw's Bend.

Pall bearers were Awald Kansteiner, Monroe Kuhn, Herman Brune, Fritz Horndt, W.H. Miekow, E.C. Fehrenkamp, Ned Burford, and Louis Voskamp.

Mr. Struss, son of William (Wm.) Struss and Julia Lilie Struss, was born in Colorado County on February 10, 1887. He had been a farmer and stockman in the Shaws Bend community for the past 30 years, where he was affiliated with the Lutheran Church and Sons of Herman Lodge.

In 1910, Mr. Struss was married to Miss Angelina Tietschert who died in 1939. He married Mrs. Sophia Koehl in 1941.

Surviving at the time of Mr. Struss's death are a daughter, Mrs. Harry Hlinsky of Austin, two sisters, Mrs. A.O. Peters and Mrs. Annie Huebel of Columbus; three brothers W.A. Struss of Columbus, Texas, A.J. Struss of Eagle Lake, Texas and Walter Struss of San Antonio, Texas; and a grandson, Neal Harris Hlinsky of Austin, Texas.

Colorado County Citizen, January 3, 1939

Struss, Matilda Wilhelmina "Tillie" (Walling)

Final rites for MathildaWilhelmina "Tillie" Walling Struss were held Monday, November 29, 1982.

Citizens in the area were deeply saddened this week upon the death of Mrs. A.J. Tillie Struss, a long-time resident of this community.  Mrs. Struss closed her eyes to a peaceful rest at the age of 88 in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital on Sunday, November 28, 1982 at 1:35 am. She had been in failing health for some time.

The Reverend Mike Barron, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake of which she was a lifetime member, officiated at the services which were held Monday afternoon, November 29th at 2 pm from the chapel of Mill-Bauer Funeral Home.  Interment followed in the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake, Texas.

Mrs. Laurina Matthews provided favorite hymns on the organ during the touching services.  Names as pallbearers were Robert Samuel Martin, Herbert Glick, Isidoro Ramirez, M.G. Lanier, William Brunner, Sr. and Raymond Waddell.

One of nine children, she was born on February 12, 1894 to John Benedict Walling and Johanna Marie Osthoff.  The family came to Texas in 1895, settling in the Crescent community in Wharton County. In 1905 the family moved to the Bernardo Community.  In 1920 Tillie Walling and Alwin Joseph Struss were united in marriage and made their home in Garwood, Texas.  She taught in several schools in the area in the early years and served as a rural mail carrier during World War I.  She and A.J. started A.J. Struss Auto Supply in Eagle Lake, Texas in 1936, and she remained very active in the business until her retirement in the mid-1950's.

Tillie Walling Struss was preceded in death by her husband in 1966, five sisters and her parents.  Survivors include one son, Elmer A. Struss, wife Frances of Eagle Lake, three brothers, Fred Walling of Columbus, Texas, Carl Walling of Austin, Texas and Walter Walling of Brazoria; four grandsons, Darrell Struss and Sidney Struss of Houston, Texas, Warren Struss of Austin, Texas, and Lt. John Moore, United States Navy; two great granddaughters, two great grandsons; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives; and a host of friends in the community and area.

Tillie was noted for her talented handwork such as afghans which she many times donated for community organization fund-raisers. She was a very loving woman and her friends could be counted by her acquaintances.

Eagle Lake Headlight,
Submitted by Sidney E. Struss

Struss, Walter Frederick


Walter Struss died Sunday, November in El Campo at the Garden Villa Nursing Home where he had resided for the past ten years.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 5 at the Henneke Funeral Home with the Pastor Robert E. Schlortt of officiating,

Burial was at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. Struss was born December 18, 1903 in Shaws Bend, Colorado County to William and Julia Lilie Struss. He was baptized April 24, 1904 at the Shaws Bend Lutheran Church by Pastor R. Heise.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mrs. Clara Peters and Mrs. Annie Huebel of Columbus and brothers, W. A. Struss and Louis Struss of Columbus and Alvin J. Struss of Eagle Lake.

Survivors include his nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Neal Hlinsky, Elmer Struss, Dr. W. D. Presley, Leon Huebel, Dr. Robert R. Schiller and John Huebel.

Colorado County Citizen, November 6, 1986

Struss, William


Funeral services were to be held at 9:30 this morning for 94-year-old William Struss, who died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Peters, Tuesday night.  Untermeyer Funeral home had charge of arrangements.  Burial was to be in Odd Fellows Rest.  Living children of Mr. Struss, besides Mrs. Peters, are W. A. Struss of Columbus, Walter Struss of San Antonio and A. J. Struss of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Annie Huebel of Glidden.

Colorado County Citizen, August 13, 1953
Submitted by David Hahn

Struss, William Albert

Death Claims W. A. Struss, Columbus Businessman 50 Years, Theatre Owner

Last rites for William Albert Struss, who began his Colorado county business career by peddling beef from a horse-drawn vehicle, were held last Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Columbus funeral home.

Rev. H. L. Anderson, pastor of the St. Paul’s Lutheran church of which Mr. Struss was a member, officiated at the services.

Mr. Struss died of an apparent heart attack about 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day while visiting in the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. Walter Presley of El Campo.

He and his wife and the Presleys had been watching the Texas-A & M football game on TV when he became ill.

Mr. Struss, who operated the Oaks theater here when he died, had been interested in cattle raising all his life and operated several ranches in the area. He once operated a meat market here.

Mr. Struss was born Oct. 11, 1888 in this county, the son of William Struss and the former Julie Lilie. He had lived in or around Columbus all his life and had been in business here almost 50 years.

He was a member of the Columbus Rotary club, the Masonic lodge and the Shriners.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Adele Struss; 4 daughters, Mrs. Presley, Mrs. Robert Schiller of Ft. Collins, Colo., Mrs. Verdes Ueckert of Phoenix and Mrs. Lloyd Barrow of Anchorage; 2 sisters, Mrs. A. O. Peters and Mrs. Annie Huebel of Columbus; 2 brothers, A. J. Struss of Eagle Lake and Walter Struss of San Antonio; and 11 grandchildren.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jerry Mikeska, L. A. Voskamp, Otto Loessin, E. G. Miller, W. H. Miekow, N. L. Goodwin, Ned Stallman and Charles Rutta.

Colorado County Citizen, December 3, 1964

Stryk, William F.

William F. Stryk

WEIMAR - William F. Stryk, 90, of Weimar, died Monday, March 15, 2004.

Survivors: wife, Ellyn Stryk; daughters, Evelyn Kassey of Sugar Land and Pauline Tauer of Montgomery; four stepdaughters; son, Alfred Stryk of Pearland; sister, Frances Koudelka of Weimar; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin 4:30 p.m. today at Hubbard Funeral Home chapel and 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michaels Catholic Church.

A rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. tonight at the church.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Burial will be at Moulton Catholic Cemetery. Hubbard Funeral Home, Weimar, 979-725-8561.

Victoria Advocate Online, March 16, 2004

Strzinek, Frances Louise

Frances Louise Strzinek, 56, of Sinton, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2001 in a Corpus Christi hospital following a sudden illness.

Born in Eagle Lake, she had been a lifelong resident of Sinton and was a member of the Jackson Woods Presbyterian Church in Corpus Christi, served as secretary for the Sinton First United Methodist Church for the past 14 to 15 years, was a former employee of the Ewing Hospital and enjoyed doing crafts.

Survivors include her mother, Myrtle Strzinek and sister, Norma Jean Strzinek, both of Sinton; uncle, Oscar Bo Strzinek of Lagarto, Texas; two aunts, Dolly Fojtik of Weimar and Mrs. C.K. Randow of Columbus; and a host of cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, from the First United Methodist Church in Sinton with Revs. John Blacklock and Larry Bailey officiating.

Graveside services were held at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19 at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Ritchea-Gonzales Funeral Home of Sinton was in charge of arrangements.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 26, 2001
Submitted by Ron New

Strzinek, Ludwig

Ludwig Strzinek Dies Suddenly; Burial in Eagle Lake

Funeral services for Ludwig Strzinek, 45, were held in Sinton July 1 with the Rev. George M. Sullivan, pastor of Sinton Presbyterian church, officiating. Mr. Strzinek died suddenly at 7 p.m. June 29 in his doctor’s office after complaining of feeling ill. His death was attributed to a heart attack.

Mr. Strzinek was a Presbyterian and a World War II veteran. He was a resident of Sinton for 17 1/2 years and was a foreman for Central Power & Light co. He was also a member of the Rosenberg Fire department for many years.

He is survived by his widow, Myrtle; 2 daughters, Frances Louise and Norma Jean of Sinton; his mother, Mrs. Awald Schultz; 2 sister, Mrs. Walter Schultz and Mrs. Jack Fojtik, all of Sinton, and a brother, Oscar Strzinek of Corpus Christi.

Mr. Strzinek was a son-in-law of Mrs. Henry Becker Sr. of Columbus. He had many other relatives from Columbus.

Burial was in Lakeside cemetery at Eagle Lake July 2.

Colorado County Citizen, July 11, 1963, page 8

Strzinek, Norma Jean

Norma Jean Strzinek

Norma Jean Strzinek, 58 of Magnolia passed away at her residence in Magnolia. She was born October 10, 1950 in Corpus Christi and was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ludwig Strizinek; sister, Frances Louise Strzinek.

Norma leaves to cherish her memories her mother, Myrtle Strzinek of Magnolia; aunt and uncle, Jack and Dolly Fojtik of Weimar; uncle, Oscar Strzinek of Corpus Christi; cousins, Monte and Frankie Smith of Magnolia, Melvin and Debbie Schmitt of Eagle Lake, Mary Francis Baxter of Houston, Daniel Becker of El Campo, Ervin Knippel of Columbus, Clarietta Ripper of Columbus.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 20 at 11 a.m. at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Collison officiating. Burial was held at Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Melvin Schmitt, Kevin Schmitt, Curtis Strzinek, David Fojtik, Monte A. Smith, and Monte E. Smith.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 20, 2009

Stuart, Jane A. "Jennie?"

Weimar Local Matters

Miss Jennie Stuart, of this city, is very low with pneumonia. No hopes for her recovery.

Colorado Citizen, January 25, 1883

Weimar Local Matters

Miss Jennie Stuart, who was reported in last Items as not expected to live, died on the morning of the 24th instant, at 12:39 o’clock, A.M., of pneumonia, and was buried in the Masonic graveyard at 3 o’clock, P. M., the same day. Miss Jennie was a devoted member of the Christian Church, and died with a glad consciousness of meeting loved ones on the “other shore.” She leaves a devoted brother and sister, and many friends to mourn her.

Colorado Citizen, February 1, 1883
[Jane A. and Jennie appear to be the same person. DA]

Stuart, W. Murray

Weimar Local Matters

We don’t know when we felt sadder than we did Wednesday morning on receiving a letter from a heart broken father of the death of his little son, and our pet. The following is the announcement: Died, in Austin, Texas, Feb. 24, 1883, of pneumonia, W. Murray, eldest son of J. A. and Jennie Stuart, aged 7 years, 2 months and 9 days.

Colorado Citizen, March 1, 1883

Stubenvoll, Mary Ethel (Davis)


MARY ETHEL STUBENVOLL, died April 21, 1981, in a Trinity nursing home.  Trinity, Texas.  Born in Eagle Lake, Texas August 2, 1888, to W. E. and Mary Montgomery Davis.  She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Eagle Lake, and was a retiree of Texaco.  Survivors include: Sister, Myra Weldon Shacklett, Trinity; nieces, Kathryn Burger Richardson of New Mexico, June Cauthan, Trinity; grandnieces, Paula Kaufman, Christine Loveland, Judy Bishop, Mary Cauthan; grandnephew James Richardson; four great-grandnephews; one great-grandniece and many cousins.

Funeral services 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 1981 Christ Episcopal Church, Eagle Lake with The Rev. George Welsch officiating.  Interment, Masonic Cemetery, Eagle Lake.  Pallbearers: Melvin Stancik, Robert Samuel Martin, Brig. Gen. Joe N. Frazar, Jr., Lloyd Spalinger, Joe Lee McCreary, Earl H. Rogers, Jr.  Mills-Bauer Funeral Home 607 N. McCarty, Eagle Lake, Texas  234-2011.

Eagle Lake Headlight,
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Stuchly, Rosa (Macha)

Mr. Joe Macha has recently suffered a double bereavement in the death of two of his sisters, one of whom, Mrs. Veronica Zbavitel, died in Europe May 15, at the age of 58 years. She leaves a husband and six grown children. The other sister, Mrs. Rosa Stuchli, died at Weimar on June 2, aged 53 years and leaves a husband and two children to mourn her loss. Mr. Macha has the sympathy of The GAZETTE and all his friends in his sad bereavement.

Shiner Gazette, 28 Jun 1899
Contributed by Matt Cross

Shiner Gazette: Mr. Joe Macha has recently suffered a double bereavement in the death of two of his sisters, one of whom, Mrs. Veronica Zbavitel, died in Europe May 15, at the age of 58 years. She leaves a husband and six grown children. The other sister, Mrs. Essa Stuchli, died at Weimar on June 2, aged 53 years, and leaves a husband and two children to mourn her loss. Mr. Macha has the sympathy of the Gazette and all his friends in his sad bereavement. [Place of interment unknown, but may be Dubina Catholic Cemetery in Fayette County]

Weimar Mercury, July 1, 1899, page 5

Stuchlik, Dennis Wayne

D. Stuchlik Succumbs to Cancer at 32

Dennis Wayne Stuchlik, 32, of Houston, died February 25 of cancer.

He was the son of Jerry F. and Lorene Berger Stuchlik of Houston and grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Berger of Weimar.

A pharmacist at Hermann hospital in Houston, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from Reagan High School and was a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church.

In 1980 he attended the 15th annual ASHP clinical meeting in Sari Francisco, where he explained “Pharmaceutical Services to an Operating-Recovery Room Complex,'' which he had written.

Mr. Stuchlik is survived by his wife, Janet Marie Stuchlik; his parents; one sister, Mrs. Barbara Janner of Houston; two brothers, Allan and Alton Stuchlik of Houston, a nephew, Christopher Janner, of Houston and other relatives.

The funeral mass was celebrated Saturday, Feb. 27 at All Saints Catholic Church , Houston. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery here with Father Charles Carolan officiating.

Pallbearers were Allan Stuchlik, Alton Stuchlik, Bernard Koudelka, Brian Kalinec, Franklin Berger and Mike Janner.

Weimar Mercury, March 4, 1982, page 4

Stuckly, Elvera (Leyendecker)


Elvera (Leyendecker) Stuckly, 93, of Schulenburg, passed away March 7 at Colonial Care Center.

She was born Dec. 2, 1912 in Frelsburg to Adam and Alma Hundt Leyendecker. She graduated from Columbus High School in 1931 and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She married Frank Stuckly in 1938 in Houston and was a member of the Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Herbert, Jack, Weldon and Clifford Leyendecker, all of Columbus; sister, Zerlina Leyendecker, of Columbus; brother-in-law, Ernest Stuckly, of Albuquerque, N.M.; and nephew, James Tracy Leyendecker.

She was survived by her son, John Adam and wife, Jeanette Stuckly, of Schulenburg; grandchildren, Roger Stuckly, of Seattle, Wash., David Stuckly and wife, Anne, of Spring and Robin Stuckly, of Schulenburg; great-grandson, Braxton John Stuckly, of Spring; sisters-in-law, Henrietta Stuckly, of Schulenburg, Jackie Leyendecker, of Columbus and Margie Stuckly, of Albuquerque, N.M.; great-niece, Nora Lou Cokendolpher, of League City; and a great-great-niece, Tara Peeler, of League City.

Funeral services were at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home March 10. Interment followed at Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Russell Leyendecker, Crockett Leyendecker, Smokey Leyendecker and Pet Crawford, all of Columbus; and Joe Cecil Baumbach and John Clinton Hoyt, of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, March 29, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Studlar, Irene (Vogt)

Irene Studlar Last Rites Held

Irene Vogt Studlar of Lubbock, formerly of the O’Quinn community, died Sept. 9 at Lutheran Home in Lubbock after reaching the age of 78 years, 3 months, and 13 days.

The funeral was held Sept. 12 at 2:00 p.m. in the Koenig-Peel Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Robert Lee officiated and burial followed in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Oscar Strobel, Arthur Strobel, Edwin Berger, Arnold Lath, Herbert Friedrich and Milton Kaase.

Mrs. Studlar is survived by her husband, Joe Studlar of Lubbock; daughter Dr. Gay Lynn Studlar of Atlanta, Georgia; son and daughter-in-law Dr. Don Studlar and Dr. Susan Studlar, both of Danville, Kentucky; sisters Bernice Otto of Pasadena and Elvern Barton of Schulenburg; brother Raymond Vogt of O’Quinn; sisters-in-law Lillie Stewart of La Grange and Anita Loessin of Eagle Lake; brother-in-law Jerry Studlar and wife of Gillette; and two grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sister Elmae Hermann who passed away last year.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge of the arrangements.

Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, September 15, 1988
Submitted by Ron Brown

Studlar, Joe

Joe Studlar

Joe Studlar of 1215 West 10th St. in Stillwater, Okla., died on Sunday, March 3, at Stillwater Medical Center at the age of 82 years, 3 months, 23 days.

A former resident of Lubbock, he was a Moulton native.

Services were held on Friday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at Koenig-Peel Chapel in La Grange, with interment in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Lee officiated.

He was born Nov. 10, 1908, the son of Albert and Anna (Hodenek) Studlar, and attended school in Pin Oak.

Studlar married Irene Vogt, who preceded him in death in 1988.

He was a veteran of World War II.

A resident of Stillwater for the past six months, he was an oil company driller and a member of Shepherd King Lutheran Church in Lubbock.

Survivors include a daughter, Dr. Gay Studlar of Atlanta, Ga.; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Donley T. and Susan Studlar of Stillwater, Okla.; two sisters, Lillie Mae Stewart of La Grange and Anita Loessin of Eagle Lake; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Mary Edna Studlar of Hobson; and two grandchildren, Ross and Carl Studlar.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother.

For those desiring, memorials may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home of La Grange handled arrangements.

Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, March 14, 1991
Submitted by Ron Brown

Stulting, Charles Barnett

It is with the deepest regret that we chronicle the death of Charlie Barnett Stulting, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Stulting of this city, which sad event occurred at the residence of the parents Tuesday night, Oct. 20 1896. Charlie, while swinging at home, accidentally fell from the swing upon his stomach,injured himself internally, and after a suffering of perhaps ten days, God called him to his home above. He was a bright lad of about seventeen summers--industrious, honest and saving; always ready and willing to assist his parents in any way he could, and had the entire respect and confidence of all who knew him. He was a member of the Methodist Sunday school and a charter member of the "Young Order," Coming Men of America, and stood high with his associates. The remains were interred in the family lot in the Masonic cemetery Wednesday afternoon.


The soul of Charlie left tonight,
On wings of love to worlds of light,
Where he will spend eternal years
In perfect rest remote from tears.

No more we hear his friendly voice
Which made his mother's heart rejoice,
But now we see his vacant chair
When once his form it used to bear.

Though absent now this blooming youth
He's present with the God of Truth,
And roaming in the pastures green
Where pleasures flow by us unseen.

O!how we miss his smiling face,
Reflecting sweet and inward grace,
An index of a gentle heart
From which we loathe so much to part.

But soon with us the time will come
When at our door death's hand will thrum
The rosy cheek will then turn pale
And we will pass within the vale.

C. L. Miller.
Weimar, Texas, October 10, 1896

Colorado Citizen, October 28, 1896

Stulting, John A.


Weimar, Tex., Feb. 22, 1900.
At 8: 45 Thursday evening, Feb 22, 1900, Brother John A. Stulting departed this life. He was born Feb. 26, 1833, on board a ship near the coast of New York, came to Texas in 1853, and was converted to Christ during a prayer meeting one rainy evening in the town of Seguin. Some time afterward he joined the M. E. Church, South, and unto the day of his death he remained a member of that faith and order. He married Miss Sarah E. Sloneker, with whom he enjoyed forty years of marital felicity, and reared a family of eight children, of whom four are living--three boys and one girl. It is a fact worthy of mention that they are bearing the virtuous impress of their dear, departed father. Brother Stulting was a christian gentleman, an honored citizen, a faithful husband, an affectionate father. His sole purpose in life was Christ and Him crucified, and to that end he sang, prayed and preached all of his religious life. He was wise in counsel, chaste in speech, pure in motive, gentle in action, and a true, safe and abiding friend to all of the sick, poor and needy sons and daughters of suffering humanity everywhere within reach of his ever-ready helping hands. Alas, it is not a wonder that our hearts are mourning and our eyes weeping at the loss of such a friend, such a husband, such a father, and the country such a valued citizen. We can but sink upon our knees in humble submission as we gaze with awe upon the stately ship that bore this good and noble old man on his happy voyage over the dark, billowy sea of death to that port of sacred rest from whence no traveler e’er can return. Yet we can rejoice at the christian prowess that nerved his soul to step Farley into the mystic shadows and march apace to that beautiful land of ever verdant spring and golden summer, where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest. As he lived, thus he died--a man of God that broke the bread of the [sic] so many years to the perishing multitudes. He has been transported with delight to his Father’s mansion, where he is now reaping that splendid reward due his merit. Therefore with hearts overflowing with sympathy we extend to his bereaved family the hand of condolence, with the cheering condolence extracted from Gods word, wreathed in most beautiful song, tuned on harps of sweetest melody and culled from the galaxy of music divine, “Blessed are they who die in the Lord for yea, saith the spirit, they do rest from their labors, and their good works shall follow them;” for they do not live as those who have no hope, but through the vista of faith they discern that happy reunion where farewell tears are never shed and parting is no more, [intement in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]
Chas. L. Miller

Weimar Mercury, March 3, 1900, page 1

Stulting, Sarah Elizabeth


Former Resident of This City Died at Houston Monday Afternoon.

The remains of Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Stulting, a former resident of this city, who died at Houston Monday afternoon, were brought here Wednesday for burial, the ceremony taking place at the Masonic Cemetery, and being conducted by Rev. J. J. Mason, Methodist pastor. Mrs. Stulting was 76 years old at the time of her death. She was born Feb. 24, 1840, at Staunton, Va., and was married in Gonzales county in 1860 to Mr. John A. Stulting. Her husband preceded her in death a number of years ago. The family lived in this city many years, and were highly thought of, being religious, honorable, and the best of friends and neighbors. After the death of Mr. Stulting, the widow moved to Houston, where she has since resided. She and her late husband were charter members of the Weimar Methodist Church, and ever lived a consistent, christian life. Mrs. Stulting was an exceptionally good wife and mother, and possessed the friendship and esteem of everyone who knew her. Two sons--R. A. and B.Stulting of Houston--and a sister, Mrs. Susan Stephens of Alleyton, survive. Out heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, January 25, 1918

Stupl, Hugo

Our sympathies are extended Mr. and Mrs. F. Stupl, of this city, in the loss of their infant son, Hugo, who died in this city last Friday morning., Little Hugo was a bright little boy, nine months of age, and in his loss the fond parents have the condolence of the entire community, [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 10, 1887

Sturges, Almyra (Plumb)

Alleyton, Colorado Co., Tex., July 7. Died at the residence of her son-in-law, W. C. Davidson, Mrs. Almyra Sturges, at the advanced age of 83. Mrs. Sturges was the daughter of D. B. Plumb; was married to the Rev. C. F. Sturges of the Baptist church, who was pastor of the church at Augusta, Ga. After the death of her husband in 1882 she moved to Texas and made her home with her daughter, Mrs. W. C. Davidson, up to the time of her death at 7 o’clock this morning. [Place of interment unknown}

Weimar Mercury, July 13, 1895

Styers, Buda E. Jr.

Oakland Newsy Notes

Died, Wednesday evening of last week at 5 o'clock, p.m., the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Buda Styers. The remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' cemetery last Thursday evening at 4 o'clock. Rev. Mr. Haynie officiating, many relatives and others attending the last sad rites.

Colorado County Citizen, May 25, 1893
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Styers, unknown


The youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Styers died Tuesday morning after lingering and suffering for some time. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 27, 1884
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