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Taylor, Addie Jo (Johnson)


Mrs. Addie Jo Taylor, age 80, of Eagle Lake, passed sway Jan. 6. at her residence.

Funeral services were held January 8 at the Fist[sic] Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake with Revered Mike Barron and Reverend E. E. Mullinger officiating. Burial was at Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Taylor was born November 27. 1904 in Greenville, Tenn. to Mr. William Edward Johnson and Mrs. Callie Addle Byrd Johnson. Her mother died just days after the birth of Addie so, she was reared by the Henry Brooks Family until the age of 5, when her father remarried. She came to Eagle Lake 62 years ago as a young lady to live with Mrs. Frank Stephens and Mr. and Mrs. Hayes Stephens and was lovingly devoted to their family. She married Dan Stafford Taylor on April 7, 1939 in Eagle Lake at the Hayes Stephens Home.

Preceeded[sic] in death by her husband, Mr. Taylor.

Survivors include son, Steve Taylor and wife, Beverly of Lake Jackson; sisters, Mrs. Nellie Harold and Mrs. Mary Masters both of Greenville, Tenn., Mrs. Gertrude Malone of Kingston, Tenn.; grandchildren, Stephen and Tess Taylor both of Lake Jackson; niece, Miss Frances Harold of Austin as well as numerous other nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers include Earl, Larry and Ernie Rodgers, Lloyd Spalinger, Robert Samuel Martin and Ted Brunner.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, January 25, 1985, page 2

Taylor, Alice (Grace)

Mrs. A. Taylor Funeral Held Here Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Alice Grace Taylor, 99, were held Saturday, Sept. 10, at St. James A.M.E. Church here, with Rev. M. L. Lewis officiating. Burial was in the Weimar [Paradise Gardens] cemetery.

She died Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Santa Rosa Hospital, San Antonio.

Mrs. Taylor was born March 25, 1878, in Colorado County, a daughter of Albert and Celia Grace. She was married to William Taylor here in January 1900. He died in 1954.

She was a Sunday school teacher for many years and a superintendent of the Sunday school. She was also active in missionary work in her church, was an officer of the PTA, and a grand matron of the Eastern Star Lodge.

She is survived by three daughters; Mrs. Mayme T. Wilson, Mrs. Grace T. Parker and Mrs. Vernice Warner, and one son, Charles E. Taylor, all of San Antonio; a son-in-law, N. H. Parker; 10 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

Grandsons and nephews served as pallbearers.

Weimar Mercury, September 17, 1977

Taylor, Ashville


Ashbel[sic] Taylor, colored, son of Enoch and Nettie Taylor of this vicinity, died in Arizona a few days ago and the remains were brought here for interment [Paradise Gardens], the funeral taking place Tuesday afternoon. He was comparatively a young man and was born and raised here.

Weimar Mercury, February 3, 1928, page 5

Taylor, Callie (Whitfield)

Card of Thanks

The family of H. C. Taylor acknowledges with grateful appreciation the kindnes shown him in the loss of his wife Mrs. Callie Taylor. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, July 21, 1966, page 4

Taylor, David Henderson

Weimar Local Matters.

D. H. Taylor, brother of the late John C. Taylor, (who died a few weeks ago,) whose home is inHamilton county died at the residence of Dick GarrettTuesday morning last. Mr. Taylor was called to this neighborhood by telegram announcing the dangerous illness of his brother John, and was taken sick soon after the burial of his brother, and has grown worse all the time.Mr. Taylor leaves a family of several children to mournhis loss, his wife having died some time ago.

Colorado Citizen August 27,1885
David Henderson Taylor was buried in the Old Osage Cemetery. From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

We are pained to learn of the death of Mr. Henderson Taylor of Hamilton county who died near Osage in this county. Mr. Taylor came to the county about four weeks ago to attend to some business and took sick soon after his arrival. He was about 40 years of age. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved relatives.

Weimar Gimlet, August 27, 1885

Taylor, Eddie Ray


Eddie Ray Taylor, 92, of Sheridan passed away March 22 at Stevens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hallettsville.

He was born July 17, 1916 in Thornton to Edgar E. Taylor and Selma Rader. He was a 1936 graduate of Thornton High School. On Jan. 22, 1940 he married Alva Lois Callaway Taylor. He was a warehouse superintendent in the petroleum industry. He was a member of the Sheridan Baptist Church and a charter member of the Sheridan Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sisters, Lois, Marguerite and Mildred; and brothers, Rader and John Earl.

He is survived by sons, William David Taylor of Denver, Colo. and Phillip Ray Taylor of Silver City, N.M.; sister, Patsy Belk of Grand Prairie; six grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral services took place Thursday, March 26 at Sublime Baptist Church in Sublime under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with the Rev. George Hayhurst officiating.

Pallbearers include Wayne Dupree, Franklin Walker, Eddie Glen Durham, James Durham, Herman Barkley and Chris Jackson. [Interred at Cheetham Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, March 31, 2009
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Taylor, Eliza J.

Died, at the residence of Mr. J. L. Taylor, in Colorado county, on the 2d September, 1878, Miss Eliza Taylor. Just budding into womanhood, with a bright future in store for her, her untimely demise is a sad blow to her kindred and friends. She was buried [Taylor Cemetery] on the 3d inst.

Colorado Citizen, September 5, 1878

Taylor, Everett

DIED, in this city, Thursday morning, Dec 27th, Everett, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Taylor of Columbus, aged ten months and twenty four days.

In the morn of life while the dewdrops lingered in all their pristine freelance, and there was naught to mar the bright and happy anticipations of the fond hearts who sacredly guarded this tiny cherub the death angel wafted him from mortal vision to purer realms above. Our sincerest condolences are extended the parents in this sad affliction. Everett was a babe of remarkable intelligence and beauty, and his sweet baby ways endeared him to every one. The rosemary of fond remembrance will bloom in perennial fragrance over the dear little grave in their hearts that holds so much of life’s sweetness, and with it may the immortelles of hope and resignation mingle their sweet odor stealing like a benediction of peace over the soul. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, January 10, 1884

Taylor, Frank W.

Death of City Marshal Frank W.Taylor

As announced in our last issue, ourcity marshal, Frank W. Taylor, was stricken with paralysis on the left side a few days previous. Mr.Taylor lingered for about ten days, gradually growing weaker and worse, and finally succumbed to Death Mondaymorning at 3 o'clock. The funeral took place same afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Masonic Cemetery. Services were held both at the Methodist Church and the grave byRev. J. C. Wilson, Methodist pastor. An event which created quite a lot of surprise came just as Brother Wilson had concluded his services at the grave, when sixhooded Knights of the Ku Klux Klan appeared suddenly inthe midst of the crowd, marched to the grave, placed awreath of flowers on same and then one of the number, acting as spokesman made a brief address to thosepresent. Concluding the remarks, the six hooked figuresdisappeared almost as mysteriously as they had appeared.Mr. Taylor had served in the capacity of peace officer inthis section for many years, was highly thought of by all who knew him, and his death is sincerely deplored by all. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, October 6, 1

Taylor, George Washington

Weimar Local Items

We regret exceedingly to chronicle thedeath of Mr. G. W. Taylor, who died last Sunday at his residence on the Sandies. Mr. Taylor had lived out theyears allotted to man, was a good Christian, a loving father, and a kind neighbor. He was buried last Monday inhis familoy graveyard near his home. We, together with awhole host of friends, extend our sympathy to the bereaved family.

Oakland Notes

Mr. G. W. Taylor, an old citizen ofthis section, departed this life at his late residence on last Sunday morning, at a ripe old age.

Colorado Citizen, May 26,1887

Taylor, Giles

Giles Taylor, a negro who formerly resided in this section, died at Smithville of consumption last Tuesday, and was brought here for burial Wednesday afternoon. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 19, 1901

Taylor, Harriett J.(Edds)

Harriett J. Taylor, 88, of Sheridan,died Sunday, Oct. 2, 1994.

Born April 1, 1906,. In Sheridan, shewas the daughter of Matthew and Annie Melissa (Briscoe)Edds. On April 10, 1963, she married Monroe B. Taylor ofRefugio. Mrs. Taylor was a member of the Sheridan FirstBaptist Church.

Graveside services will be held at 2p.m., Oct 5, at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan with Rev. Brent Pittman officiating. Kubena Funeral Home of Hallettsville is in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers will be JimKutzer, Justin Kutzer, Roland Schilhab, Elvin McDaniel,Bill McGee, Rubin Wunderlich and Richard Page.

Mrs. Taylor is survived by a stepson,Elvin McDaniel of Burnett, two grandchildren and a numberof nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by herparents; her husband, on June 12, 1981; a daughter; ason; three sisters; two brothers; 2 half-sisters and onehalf-brother.

Colorado County Citizen, October 5,1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Taylor, Harry Hart

Harry Taylor, Ex-Blacksmith, Expires at 67

Funeral services were held here Tuesday for Harry H. Taylor, who had been a blacksmith here for 35 years before retiring in 1971.

Rev. James Carr officiated in services in the Hubbard Funeral Chapel. Interment was in Masonic [Odd Fellow] Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Norbert Zatopek, John Heger, Walter Scott Emil Valla, Emil Christ and Henry Hnatek.

Mr. Taylor died at 9:30 a.m. Sunday March 25, in Youens Memorial Hospital, of cancer. He had been ill for two months and in the hospital a month.

An almost lifelong resident of this area, he was born January 27, 1906, at Osage, son of Thomas John and Julia Appelt Taylor.

He lived at Falfurrias and at Hebbronville, about a year at each place working as a blacksmith and welder, before returning here to farm for several years.

He married Ioma Reaves here on December 14, 1932, and in 1936 he opened the blacksmith and welding business that he continued to operate until retiring October 1, 1971, when he sold it to Phil Holman Jr.

Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ioma Taylor of Weimar; a daughter, Mrs. James (Olga Mae) Vasek of Beeville; two granddaughters; a brother, Tom Taylor of Hebbronville; and several nieces and nephews.

A sister and two brothers preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, March 29, 1973
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

Taylor, Harvey Creed

H. C. Taylor Funeral Services Are Held Today

Funeral services for H. C. Taylor ofGlidden, who died Tuesday in San Antonio, were held thisafternoon at four o'clock at Columbus Funeral Home, Rev. F. D. Charlton, pastor of First Methodist Church,officiating

Interment was in OddFellows Rest under directionof Columbus Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen,August 18, 1938

Taylor, Henry George

Henry Taylor Killed As Train Hits Stalled Truck

Rites Set Friday Afternoon at 3

Henry Taylor, 45, was killed almost instantly when the Sunset Limited, the Southern Pacific’s cross -country streamliner, struck his gravel truck at the Mechanic Street crossing here Wednesday morning at 9:45 o’clock. Ambulance attendants who took him to the hospital said he lived only about five minutes, never regaining consciousness. He had received a terrific blow on his head.

Tried to Get Out

Mr. Taylor was traveling northward toward town from his home when apparently the truck stalled on the tracks. According to a negro porter on the train, the truck driver appeared to be trying to get out of the truck just as the train struck it squarely in the



Funeral services for Mr. Taylor will be held Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Hubbard Funeral Home. Burial will be in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.


middle of the cab. The impact swung the rear end of the empty truck around and when it slammed into the engine the truck was hurled through the air for 30 feet. It clipped off an 8x8 post 3 feet from the ground and came to rest on its smashed right side, facing east.

Partly Under Truck

Mr. Taylor was found with his legs pinned under the truck. It is believed he received the fatal head injury as he stood, or partly stood, on the running board, then was flung to the ground, the truck following and landing on him.

E. M Hubbard, whose lumber yard office is about 100 yards from the crossing looked toward the crossing as he heard the crash and saw the truck and the warning signal spinning through the air

Windows Rolled Up

The streamliner, which does not stop here but usually goes through town at about 25 miles an hour, was visible for at least half a block from the approach to the crossing. However, the truck’s windows were closed against Wednesday’s fresh norther, and the driver evidently neither heard nor saw the train until he was upon the crossing. The crossing has a bell signal but no light.

Woman Passenger Helped

The train came to a stop about a block away after the accident and appeared to be very little damaged. Several passengers got off, including a woman who helped local people get Mr. Taylor out from under the truck. After a short time it proceeded toward San Antonio. The truck remained at the crossing until after railroad inspectors had investigated.

Other Accidents There

Two other accident have occurred at the Mechanic Street crossing in recent years. In one, a nephew of Mr. Taylor’s, Leo Mrazek, was unhurt though his car was badly damaged when a freight train hit the rear end and spun the car around. In another, a Mexican on foot backed into a freight train and was killed.

Weimar Mercury, March 6, 1953
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

Services Held Friday For Henry G. Taylor

Funeral services for Henry G. Taylor, 45, victim of a tragic train-truck accident here March 4, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home last Friday afternoon, with burial in Weimar Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery, Rev. C. Emigholz officiating.

Mr. Taylor was a native of Osage, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tom Taylor, and had lived in this vicinity all his life, operating a gravel and sand hauling business for a number of years.

Survivors include his wife, the former Miss Eleanor Breithaupt; one son, Thomas Joe; and two brothers, Harry of Weimar and T. W. of Hebbronville. A sister, Olga, died in an automobile accident a number of years ago.

Weimar Mercury, March 13, 1953
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

Taylor, Ioma (Reaves)

Services For loma Taylor Held Dec. 20

loma Taylor, 86, of George West died Dec. 17 at Live Oak Nursing Center in George West.

Mrs. Taylor was born Feb. 26, 1911 in Hallettsville to Omar and Mae Muckleroy Reaves.

She married Harry H. Taylor Dec. 14, 1932 in Osage.

She was retired from Parkview and has lived in this area most of her life.

Funeral services were held Dec. 20 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev. Judith Sellers officiating. Interment followed at Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: Efren Zambrano, Kent Purdy, Curt Purdy, Thomas Joe Taylor, Jack Freiley and Ty Purdy.

Survivors include a daughter Olga Mae Vasek and husband James of Alice; grandchildren, Nancy Zambrano and husband Efren of Beeville and Susie Freiley and husband Jack of Beeville; and 2 great-grandchildren.

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

Weimar Mercury, January 1, 1998, page 2

Taylor, James August

The sympathy of the Mercury andnumerous friends in Weimar is extended Mr. Tom Taylor andwife of Osage section in the loss by death last Tuesdayof their bright and beloved little 3 year old son. [James August Taylor] The loss of a child ishard, but the grief-struck parents should be comfortedwith the knowledge that their little one has gone to ahappier home above where suffering and sorrow areunknown.
[Buried OsageCemetery]

Weimar Mercury, 6 August 1904
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Taylor, James Stuart


Of James Stewart Taylor

James Stewart Taylor, the subject of this sketch, was born February 22, 1875, came to Texas in 1878, and died at his home near Osage, after a brief illness, on Sept. 30, 1899. He had lived around Osage the best part of his short life. He was happily married to Miss Lella Macmillan on November 20, 1895. He had two sons, one of whom died some time ago. The other, a little boy of one year, survives him. Besides the bereaved widow and little son, he leaves a devoted mother, six brothers,a sister, and a host of friends to mourn his untimely death, for he was a good man, a consistent member of the Methodist church, and beloved by all who knew him. Peace to his memory.

Weimar Mercury, 14 October 1899
James Stuart Taylor was buried in the Osage Cemetery. From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson


Taylor, Jane


“Aunt Jane” Taylor, a muchly beloved and highly respected colored citizen of this section, probably the oldest citizen of Colorado county, died Friday noon at the home of her son-in-law, George Gilliam, after a long illness. The funeral took place at the colored people’s burying ground west of town Saturday afternoon.

“Aunt Jane” was born in Augusta county, Virginia, in the year 1820. She came to Texas at the age of 15 years, in the very early and trying days of our beloved state, and this good colored woman saw and endured many of the hardships, privations and dangers that befell all early settlers of Texas. Her memory of past events was very clear almost to the end, and it was interesting and instructive to hear her tell of the early days of Texas. She raised a large family of boys and girls, all of whom have turned out well, and she, as well as her children, have always retained the respect and esteem of both whites and blacks.

She was the mother of ten children, eight of whom are still living. Also surviving are 55 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. She passed away at the age of 105 years.

To the bereaved ones of the family, the sincere sympathy of all our people is extended.

Weimar Mercury, June 12, 1925, page 4

Taylor, Jessie B.


Jessie B. Taylor was born September 5, 1920 in Colorado County to Christana Moore and Houston Taylor.

Jessie was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

After birth, Jesse lived and attended elementary school in Glidden, Texas. Later he moved to Austin, Texas and attended Anderson high School. After high school he returned home to Judyville, Texas in the early 1940's. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1942. Jesse served as a member of the 810th Engineering AVN Battalion and was a Mine Director Specialist. He saw action in the Pacific Islands of the Philippines and Luzon and was Honorably Discharged on October 29, 1945.

Jesse loved the great outdoors: nature, gardening, cattle and farming. Jesse spent his entire adult life, both personal and professional, in the ranching and farming business.

He is survived by: his loving and devoted wife, Emily; sons, Harold Taylor and Jesse Taylor, Jr.; daughters, LaVerne Taylor and Ruby Taylor Williams; grandsons, Bryan and Brandon Williams, Barry Taylor and Louis Taylor; granddaughters, Jennifer Taylor, Angela and Cynthia Roberson; two daughters-in-law, Vera Taylor and Kathy Taylor; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Estella Ward and Rachel Hurd; uncle, Theodore Moore; aunt, Ora Grady; and a host of nieces, nephew, cousins, friends and neighbors.

Pallbearers were: Bryan Williams, Brandon Williams, Barry Taylor, Louis Taylor, Allan Barnes and Wayne Darrow.

Honorary Pallbearers were: Relalitives and Friends.

Funeral Services were on Friday, June 16 at Olive Branch Baptist Church followed by interment at Shepherd Memorial Cemetery in Glidden, Texas.

Final Arrangement entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

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

Taylor, John C.

Weimar Local Matters.

We regret to chronicle the death of Mr. John C. Taylor, which occurred at his home near this place Monday evening last. Mr. Taylor has been very low for several months and his death was not unexpected. Mr. Taylor had never married. He has four brothers now living in Texas, two of whom were with him when he died. By industry and economy he had accumulated quite a handsome property. He was buried at Osage [Old Osage Cemetery] Tuesday evening last.
Geo. Taylor and wife, of Lampasas, and W. F. Taylor, of Hamilton county, were summoned here this week by telegram announcing the serious illness of their brother, John C. Taylor, who died Monday last.

Colorado Citizen, August 13, 1885
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

Mr. John Taylor passed quietly away on last Monday evening at his residence about 6 miles north of Weimar of some lingering disease. His remains were interred at the cemetery near Osage on last Tuesday evening.

Weimar Gimlet, August 6, 1885

Taylor, Julia Willie (Appelt)

Death of Mrs. Julia Taylor.

News of the death of Mrs. Julia Taylor, wife of T. J. Taylor, a prominent farmer of the Osage community, was received here early Saturday morning, with unfeigned expressions of regret, where this excellent lady was so well and favorably known. Her death occurred at 9 a.m., following childbirth. The remains were interred at Osage cemetery Sunday afternoon, Rev. Gibbons, pastor of the Methodist church, performing the impressive burial service. Many relatives and friends were present, and the occasion was indeed a sad one. Many heartfelt expressions of sympathy and condolence were tendered the bereaved husband and four children left to mourn the death of a most beloved wife and mother. Mrs. Taylor had been for years a consistent member of the Methodist church, and had always proven one of the kindest and best of neighbors and friends. Wherever known she was universally a favorite, and in every gathering her presence was welcomed. Her death at so early an age is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Osage News

Dec. 12 -- Again the grim reaper has visited our midst and called away one of our noble Christian women. Mrs. T. J. Taylor has gone to that haven of rest, where there is no more parting and is ever at rest in the bosom of her maker. She departed this life Saturday, Dec. 9. She was a member of the Osage M. E. church, and was a leading spirit in the annual campmeetings held here. She leaves a father, mother, two brothers, a sister, husband and four children to mourn her death. A noble woman, dutiful wife, devoted mother and a most charitable character. Everybody who knew her admired and loved her. May she rest in peace.

Weimar Mercury, 15 December 1911
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

 In Memory of Mrs. Julia Taylor.

As time goes by our loved ones pass away and gloom and darkness over-shadow our lives. But the thought of heaven helps to bring sunshine again. When the soul is reunited with the body and the dead, both small and great, shall stand before God, we shall see them again.

Mrs. Julia Willis Taylor was born Aug. 8th 1882; died Dec. 9, 1911. She leaves a husband and four children; father, mother, two brothers and one sister to mourn her demise.

She joined the Methodist church, at Osage, in July 1899. Her faith in God was strong, her devotion to the master and his work was beautiful. To know Sister Taylor, was to love her. Her kindness and tenderness made everyone her friend. She will not only be missed at home, but at the church, where she was so faithful in all her duties.

We laid her to rest at the beautiful little cemetery, at Osage. We tender our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved husband, relatives and friends.

Her conversion, her religious life, and her last resting place, was at, and around, perhaps the most historic place in the country; none other than Osage. No country cemetery is more beautifully kept.

The question in our minds arise.
How long this loneliness will be?
The answer comes in silent tones.
Prepare for death and follow me.
C. T. Gibbons. P. C.

Weimar Mercury, December 22, 1911, page 1

Taylor, Leon

Leon, the bright and lovable little2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Taylor of the Osagecommunity, died Saturday night, after an illness of twoweeks, of some trouble not exactly clear, but believed tohave effected the brain. The remains of the bright littlefellow were committed to mother earth Monday at 11 Osage cemetery. The writer wentthrough a similar experience some two years ago, when hehad to give up a muchly beloved 2-year-old son, and hecan and does heartily sympathize with the bereavedparents, whose home is darkened and hearts blighted bythe absence of their little darling. God pity and comfortthem in their distress, is our sincere prayer.

Card of Thanks.

We desire through the Mercury toreturn our heartfelt and sincere thanks to many friends throughout this section for their kindness to us duringthe illness and funeral of our baby boy Leon. Our hearts are too full to properly express our appreciation ofsame, but be assured, dear friends, your kindness willnever be forgotten. God bless you for it! Sincerelyyours,
W. H. Taylor and Wife.

Weimar Mercury, 21 January 1910
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Taylor, Leslie Gray

Military Rites Held Friday for Les G.Taylor

Funeral services for Leslie G. Taylor, 57-year-old veteran of World War I, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home last Friday afternoon with Rev. Howard Parshall and Rev. Kyle Nagel officiating.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery [Odd Fellows], where members of the local American Legion and VFW postsparticipated in graveside rites.

Mr. Taylor, who had been in poor health ever since the war, when he was seriously wounded in action, died atYouens Hospital last Thursday morning during an operationfor the removal of a respiratory obstruction.

He had served in various law enforcement jobs most of the time since the war, as a constable and deputy sheriff here, with the Liquor Control Board, and as a plant guardat Sheridan. The past few years he had engaged in cattleraising.

Born July 19, at Columbus, he was the son of Mrs. Lella Taylor Matthews and the late Jim Taylor. Except for aboutthree years at Galveston he had lived here all his life. He married Miss Stella Teltschik here Oct. 4, 1924.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Stella Taylor, and his mother, Mrs. Lella Matthews, both of Weimar; a sister, Mrs. Jimmy Wallace of Columbus; a stepbrother, Johnny Matthews of Denver Colo.; four half-brothers, Maj RoyMatthews of Newfoundland, Milton Matthews of Eagle Lake, and A. T. (Jack) Matthews and H. A. (Rod) Matthews of Weimar; and two half-sisters, Mrs. Hattie Mae Cliff ofPort Arthur and Mrs. Anton Kocurek of La Grange.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Johnny F Heger, A. W. Smith of La Grange, P. M. Sanders of Sheridan, EdwinBerger, Rafael Veleska, F. F. Brasher, Adolf Janecka, and Raymond Dunn.

Weimar Mercury, October 28,1955
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Taylor, Lois (Callaway)

Lois Taylor

Lois Taylor, 87, of Silver City, New Mexico and formerly of Sheridan passed away February 22 at Stevens Nursing Home in Hallettsville.

She was born January 14, 1922 in Bay City the daughter of Wyatt L. and Elizabeth (Tolleson) Callaway.

Lois and Eddie Ray Taylor were married on January 22, 1940.

A housewife she was a member of Sheridan Baptist Church and Sheridan Lions Club. She had been a resident of Sheridan from 1953 to 2007.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Lester W. Callaway and Garfield Callaway.

Survivors include her husband, Eddie Ray Taylor of Sheridan; sons, William David Taylor of Denver, Colorado and Phillip Ray Taylor of Silver City, New Mexico; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 26 at 10 a.m. from Sublime Baptist Church in Sublime with Rev. George Hayhurst officiating. Interment followed in Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan. Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Wayne Dupree, Franklin Walker, Eddie Glen Durham, James Durham, Herman Barkley and Chris Jackson.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 26th, 2009

Taylor, Martha Ann "Mattie"

Two good, old-time “black mammies” died this week. “Aunt Sarah” Hodge, mother of Dick Hodge, died very suddenly at her home in this city Monday afternoon, and was buried the following afternoon in the cemetery west of town. “Aunt Mattie” Taylor, mother of Alex and Robt Taylor, died at Columbus, where she was visiting her daughter, last Monday night, aged about 78 years. She was buried at Columbus [cemetery unknown] Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock. One by one these good old souls are passing over the river,and the day is not far distant when they will be but a memory.

Weimar Mercury, March 3, 1900, page 5

Taylor, Nettie (Burl)


Funeral services for Nettie Taylor, 79, well known colored resident of Weimar who spent her entire lifetime here except for the past five years, were held Oct. 17 from the Macedonia Baptist Church, Rev. A. Price officiating. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Born in this area in 1869, she was married to Enoch Taylor, who died in 1931. Bedridden for the past seven years, after a heart stroke, she died at the home of her daughter, Minnie Taylor, in San Antonio, on Oct. 15. She had lived at her daughter’s home since about 1945.

Surviving are her son, George Taylor of Weimar, and three other sons; three daughters; and one sister, Delia Taylor of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, October 29, 1948, page 8

Taylor,Olga Willie


One of the saddest accidents it has ever been our misfortune to have to record was the one which occurred Tuesday shortly after the noon hour a few miles northeast of our city and which resulted in the death of a muchly beloved and popular young lady of this section — Miss Olga Taylor, 22 years old, only daughter of Mr. Thos. J. Taylor, well known and highly respected farmer.

From particulars at hand it seems that Miss Olga had started to town in her father's car, with a quantity of cucumbers for the pickling vats. She had proceeded but a short distance from home when she struck a very bad piece of road. Here the steering apparatus of the car either went bad, or a bump in the road caused her to lose control of the car -- the actual facts will probably never be known. At any rate the cartoppled over into a deep ditch alongside the road, bottomside up, and the poor girl was crushed to death, her jawand neck being broken, besides suffering numerous cutsand bruises all over her body. Death must have beenalmost instantaneous.

In toppling over, part of the top, weare told was pressed against the horn, and its continued honking attracted attention of members of the family, whowent quickly down to the road, where a horrible sight met their gaze. Help was quickly summoned and the mangled body taken from underneath the car. Grief of the father, brothers, relatives and friends was pitiable. The bodywas taken to the family home nearby, and the funeral tookplace Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 at the OsageCemetery in the presence of alarge assemblage of mourning relatives and friends, Rev.J. C. Wilson, local Methodist minister, officiating in atouching burial service. The floral tributes were manyand beautiful, showing the high esteem in which thisbeloved young lady was held.

Miss Olga was born and raised in this section, and was one of the sweetest and best girls the writer has ever known. Always a perfect lady, possessorof a sweet and endearing disposition, a pure Christiangirl, member of the Methodist Church, a dutiful daughter and devoted sister, she was often pointed out as a model. Her mother dying when she was but 8 years old, her lifehas since been devoted to her father and brothers. Herdeath at an age when life held forth so many pleasures and opportunities is indeed sad tocontemplate.

To the grief-stricken father,brothers, relatives and friends, our sincere, heartfeltsympathy is extended. May God comfort them as He alone can.

Weimar Mercury , 4 June 1926
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson


Writing this in memory of our friend Miss Olga Taylor, is very hard indeed, for we loved Olga as only one friend can love another, and it is hard to give her up such a way. But God knows what Is best, Olga was a good, sweet girl. She was never known to say a harmful word about anyone, and we never heard a harmful word said about her. She was a friend to everybody, arid everybody was a friend to her. She was a favorite among her friends and relatives, especially in Osage, where she was born and raised, and was affectionately called “Sis" by all. She being the only daughter and sister, love and affection were lavished upon her, but she, being so good, this did not spoil her, as it might have with other. She was always the same sweet girl, at home or abroad. And when we think of how our own heart aches under the crushing weight brought to bear so suddenly by her untimely demise, we can get a glimpse of the burden that hangs so heavily over her loved ones at home. Dear father and brothers, do not grieve, for Olga is not dead--she is only gone on a visit which she cannot return, but you can go to her, where she, together with her mother, is waiting with open arms to welcome. you all to that heavenly home where there will be no more parting, pain or sorrow. She always met her friends with a cheerful smile and a word of encourgement, was conscientious and true to her friends. But as the best of friends must part, we bow to the inevitable. We offer our deepest sympathy to the broken hearted father and brothers In one of the saddest hours of their lives, and ask them to always remember that Olga had friends who loved her. C. B.

Weimar Mercury, June 11, 1926, page 1

Taylor, Pete

Pete Taylor Funeral Held Here Sept. 22

Funeral services for, Pete Taylor, 66, of Oak Grove were held Wednesday; Sept. 22, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. John Robinson, pastor of First United Methodist Church, officiated.

Mr. Taylor died at 12:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20, at Methodist Hospital in Houston, where he had been a patient five days. He had had surgery in the latter part of June.

He and his wife had lived at Oak Grove, a rural community below Weimar, since 1967 when he retired after 44 years as a mechanic for Rapid Transit Co. at Houston.

Born Nov. 13, 1904, at San Saba, he was a son of Tobias and Elizabeth Chaddick Taylor. He married Miss Selma Boeker at Houston on Aug. 28; 1928.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church here, where he was church school secretary.

Mr. Taylor's wife survives him: along with a son, Everett A. Taylor of Katy, and a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Gunn of Madisonville; a brother, Hugh W. Taylor of Alvin; and three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Peisker and Mrs. Irene Ransom of Houston and Mrs. Girlene Welborn of Tulsa.

Active pallbearers were T. J. Neyland, M. D. Hendrix, A. C. Cash, H. G. Peerson, J. E. McCune, and Joe C. Traylor, all fellow employees of Rapid Transit. Honorary pallbearers were Dewey Goode, Clarence Grodhaus, Charles Murphy, Dewey Gerstenberg, Charlie Trefny, and Lester Johnson.

Weimar Mercury, September 30, 1971, page 5

Taylor, Ralphord

Ralph Taylor, an indusrious young colored farmer living a few miles southwest of town, died Wednesday morning of pneumonia. Ralph, possessed many friends, and his death is sincerely regretted. The funeral took place this Thursday, afternoon. [Place of interment Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, November 1, 1918, page 8

Taylor, Robert Jr.

Robert Taylor, Jr., son of Robert Taylor Sr., a well known Clear Creek farmer, died in San Antonio Monday and the remains were brought to Weimar Tuesday afternoon for burial [cemeteryunknown]. The funeral was largely attended, attesting the popularity of the deceased and the family.

Weimar Mercury, January 10,1913

Taylor, Rose Lea (Neal)

Final Rites for Mrs. Rosa Taylor Heldat Columbus

Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Taylor,74, who died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Lee at Columbus Wednesday at about noon, were held at 3:30 Thursday afternoon, May 30th, at the Columbus Funeral Home.

The Rev. G. Cecil, Methodist pastor,was in charge of the services. Burial was in theOsagecemetery.

Born in Frelsburg in 1872, thedaughter of Dr. and Mrs. B. H. Neal, Mrs. Taylor lived most of her life in Osage. She was married to W. H.Taylor in 1892. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Cause of her death was a stroke.

Among her survivors are her three sons, Earl Taylor of Wallis, Willie Taylor of Weimar and Arthur Taylor of El Campo; three sisters, Mrs. ElizabethLee of Columbus, Miss Annie Neal of Columbus, and Mrs. Lee Ramsey of Houston; and one brother, Ben F. Neal of Columbus.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Robert Taylor, Alfred Taylor, Charlie Pompee, Clarence James, Walter Taylor, and Roy Carter.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, 7 June 1946
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

Taylor, Sallie M.


The death of Mrs. Sallie M Taylor of this city, consort of the late Mr. Lee Taylor, occurred in San Antonio Thursday [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 14, 1889

Taylor, Samuel Albert


From the Eagle Lake Headlight we learn that S. .A Taylor, a former resident of this section, died Saturday of last week at the family home in that city. Mr. Taylor and family had lived in Eagle Lake for fourteen years. He was born at Buen Vista, Ga., fifty-one years ago. The family came to Texas when he was 14 years old, locating in Colorado county near Weimar, where they resided for a number of years, later moving to Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, and three children; also by his aged father, W. J. Taylor, four brothers, George and Robert of El Campo, Henry of Hahn, and Stafford of Meeker, Colo., and two sisters, Mrs. Gray Payne of Eagle Lake and Mrs. L. W. Perry of Temple.

The funeral took place Sunday afternoon, with services both at the home and the Catholic Church, Rev. Geo. Duda of Mentz officiating. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, November 16, 1923, page 4

Taylor, Sarah (Moore)

Death In The Osage Section Last Monday

Mrs. Sarah Taylor, well known lady of Osage community, sister of ing [sic] her entirelife-time, a sister of Mrs. Hicks and Messrs. Charles and Drake Moore of Osage, died Monday evening at the familyhome and the remains were laid to rest in Osage Cemetery,Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. W. L. Hightowerofficiating.

Due to the terrible conditions of the roads, very few from here could attend the funeral--in fact the coffin for the body had to be taken to Bordenover the highway and was there met by wagon for transportation to the family home. We are told that it took three hours for the trip by wagon to Borden from Osage.

Mrs. Taylor is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Williams of Eagle Lakke, one sister, Mrs. Hicks, and two brothers, Messrs. Chas. and Drake Moore of Osage, besides many relatives and friends.

Mrs. Taylor was born at Holly Springs, Miss., May 31, 1850.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to herbereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 4, 1937
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

Taylor, Selma I. (Boeker)

Selma I. Taylor Services Held Here August 20

Elma I. Taylor, 99, of Creedmoor, Texas passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 17.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 20, at the Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar.

Mrs. Taylor was born on Dec. 9, 1910, on the Theo Brandt farm in Weimar, to Otto Boeker and Josephine (Heller) Boeker.

She grew up as an integral part of a hard working dairy family along with her brother, Jack Boeker and sister, Lilly (Boeker) Holt.

She met and married the love of her life, Pete Taylor, in 1928.

They had two children, Everett and Dorothy, and made a comfortable life for their family for many years in Houston.

Upon their retirement they built a home in the Oak Grove Community in the Weimar area.

Mrs. Taylor was very active in her community where she was a member of the Oak Grove Home Makers Club; the First United Methodist Church of Weimar; the Weimar Garden Club; the Oak Grove 42 and 84 Club and a volunteer for the Pink Ladies Auxiliary at the Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar.

She moved to Creedmoor in the Austin area in 1999 to be close to some of her family as it became harder for her to take care of her home and yard by herself at the age of 89.

She was an avid gardener with a green thumb to rival anyone and was always extremely proud of her flowers and plants.

She loved to knit for many years and shared her gift of making afghans with a multitude of lucky individuals.

More than anything, she loved her family and her friends and was always the true epitome of a very gracious hostess to all who entered her home.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her parents and siblings; husband Pete Taylor, daughter-in-law Pat Taylor and grandson Don Gunn.

Survivors include her son and his wife, Everett and Sherry Taylor, of Katy; her daughter and husband, Dorothy and Joe Gunn of “Creedmoor; five grandchildren, Steve Taylor and wife Laurie, of Gonzales, Kathy Hankamer and husband Ron, of Houston, Jay Gun and wife Corie, of Buda, Belinda Rogers and husband Will, of Creedmoor and David Gunn and wife Ruthie, of Kyle; five great-grandchildren, Zachary Taylor, Chelsea, Joe Taylor, Mackenzie and Amber Gunn; a loving niece, Anna Mae Holt, of Dallas and many other beloved family members and friends. [Interred in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, September 23, 2010
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Taylor, Stella (Teltschik)

Stella Taylor Funeral Feb. 18 In Weimar

Mrs. Stella Taylor, age 92, died ofcancer on Feb. 16 in Schulenburg.

Funeral services were held at the Hubbard Funeral Home,and burial followed at the Masonic Cemetery [Odd Fellows], with Reverend Judith Sellersofficiating.

Mrs. Taylor was born Nov. 29, 1904, in New York. She wasan OrphanTrain Rider and came to Texaswhen she was a toddler. She was adopted by David andAnnie Teltschik.

She attended school in Oakland and was married to LeslieTaylor.

Mrs. Taylor worked for the railroad here and also forGeorge Loessin, who was in the insurance business, andhis son Lawrence, who later took over the business. Sheenjoyed working for the public and helping people.

In addition, Mrs. Taylor was member of the LadiesAuxiliary Veterans of Feign Wars and took part at thecemetery. In 1992, she was recognized as a sustainingmember of Sheriff's Department of Memorials and TrainingCenter at Austin.

She is survived and will be missed by numerous nieces andnephews.

Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by her parents and herhusband, Leslie, who died in 1955.

Pallbearers were Leo Teltschik, Curby Ohnheiser, George Teltschik, Harry Cliffe, Sonny Nitschmann, Michael Matthews and Albert Manofsky.

Weimar Mercury, March 13, 1997
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson
Photo courtesy of Harold Thomas Matthews

Taylor, Solomon Lee

Died at the residence of his father, (Mr. J. L. Taylor) [James Lee Taylor’s residence on Haddon Survey] on Friday, the 19th inst., of consumption, Mr. S. [Solomon] Lee Taylor, in the 28th year of his age. Deceased was a young many with few faults and many friends, who will regret to hear of his untimely demise. [Interment in Taylor Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, April 25, 1878
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Taylor, Susan Laura (Jones)

Mrs. Taylor Died at FamilyHome Tuesday Morning

Beloved Citizen At Rest AfterIllness of Over a Year; Funeral Is Held From Home onWednesday Morning at 10 O'clock.

Mrs. W. J. Taylor died at the familyhome in this city early Tuesday morning.

She had been in ill health for morethan a year, but on the evening before her death, havingbeen in bed for a week, she appeared so much better thatshe was able to be up and walk about the house and thefamily was hopeful that she would soon improvesufficiently to be up again. But during the night shegrew suddenly ill and in the hours of early morninglife's golden bowl was broken and this good woman who wasknown to so many of us and was loved so tenderly, passedfrom the scenes of earth to her eternal rest in gloryland.

Mrs. Taylor was born in Preston, Georgia, and on the 28th of next month, had she lived, would have been 71 years of age. With her husband and family, she movedto Texas thirty-seven years ago, locating near Weimar where they made their home until 1901 moving from thereto Columbus. From the latter place the family moved to Eagle Lakein 1909 and has resided here ever since.

She was married in March of 1871 toMr. W. J. Taylor at Buena Vista, Georgia.

She leaves to mourn her loss her agedhusband, five sons, and two daughters, three brothers anda sister, fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.Her children are S. A. Taylor, Mrs. Gray Payne, G. T. andH. J. Taylor of El Campo, Mrs. L. W. Perry of Temple, R.A. Taylor of El Campo, and D. S. Taylor. All of thechildren were here for the funeral, except Mrs. Perry,prevented by illness, which was conducted from the familyresidence on Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. E. B.McLaughlin of Garwood, officiating. Mrs. Taylor leavestwo brothers and a sister living in Georgia, and another brother, G. P. Jones, of Throckmorton, who has frequentlyvisited here.

For more than a year Mrs. Taylor hasbeen a sufferer, and loving hands have given her everyattention and every comfort during her long illness. Physicians came and ministered tenderly, but the disease had struck too deep. We can find consolation only in thecomforting fact that she had lived for her Lord, and thather God had prepared for her a home eternal in the Heavens, a home whose doors never swing outward, for there are no leave-takings, no partings there.

Early in life she accepted her Saviorand united with the Baptist church and she remained faithful to her Lord and her church even to theend.

To her aged husband, her children and other relatives, and to all who are closely bound by the ties of kinship and love, our people pour out theirhearts in sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 1923
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm
Photo courtesy Ernest Mae Seaholm
[EMS—Susan Taylor was my greatgrandmother.]

Taylor-Wilson, Susannah (Clayden)


The subject of this sketch was bornFeb. 28, 1842; died July 3, 1918, aged 76 years, 4 monthsand 3 days. The decedent was born in London, England, coming to Texas forty years ago. She first settled at Osage, and this place was her home up to the time of herdeath. She was member of the Methodist Church since earlychildhood, holding her membership at Osage since 1883.She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. S. Norton of SanAntonio, and six sons, T. J. and W. H. Taylor of Osage, Al Taylor of El Campo, Sid and Charley Taylor of Patterson, and Robert Taylor of Aurora, Kansas, also twenty-seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mrs. Taylor was a cultured lady, had traveledextensively, was a kindhearted, good, Christian woman,whom all loved. She will be sadly missed in the communitywhere she so long resided. Funeral services were conducted July 4th at the OsageCemetery. Our heartfeltsympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, 12 July 1918
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Taylor, Thomas

KILLING AT GLIDDEN.--In an altercation last Saturday between O. C. Pope and Thomas Taylor, convict guards, the latter was killed. From the information we gather the difficulty occurred about a box used as a seat by the guards. Taylor had left the seat, and Pope occupied it, when the former returned and finding Pope upon it, told him he (Taylor) would have it, when Pope refused, and was struck over the head by Taylor with a pistol. At this Pope arose, Taylor holding his shot-gun by the barrel when it was discharged the load of buckshot going through and shattering the knee. Dr Harrison amputated the limb, but Taylor died. Pope had an examination before Justice Putney, and was held to bail in the sum of $500. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 4, 1887

Taylor, Thomas John

Thos. J. Taylor, 77, Osage Pioneer, Dies; Funeral Tuesday

Funeral services for Thomas JohnTaylor, 77, a sixty-four [year] resident of Colorado County, whose death occurred Sunday at ahospital in San Antonio after a week's illness, were heldat the Hubbard Funeral Home here Tuesday morning with theRev. J. H. Thompson officiating, assisted by Rev. S. P.Horwood. Interment was made in the Osage Cemetery.

Mr. Taylor, born October 26, 1865, inScotland of English parents, came to the United States in1878 with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. W. Taylor, andcame directly to Weimar. Tragically the father became illand died a few hours after their arrival here and wasburied the next day in a coffin made from boards tornfrom an old barn.

Entering upon a vocation of farming, Mr. Taylor was actively engaged in this work untilsuffering a paralytic stroke one week before his death.He was prominent in the life of the Osage community where he lived, having been school trustee, serving on bond and Red Cross committees and actively participating in allcommunity enterprises. Here he married Miss Julia Appelt on November 15, 1898, and here he reared hisfamily.

Strangely, Mr. Taylor, learned in the early part of January, 1942, that although he had performed the duties and enjoyed the privileges of an American citizen; he was an alien. He immediately went toHouston to take the first steps to become a bona fidecitizen of the United States and by a peculiar quirk of fate, he was due to go to Houston on Thursday, Nov, 5, toreceive his final papers; but instead he went to ahospital in San Antonio where death prevented his becoming a legally recognized citizen of the country heloved.

He is survived by one sister, Mrs.Susie M[N]orton of San Antonio; three brothers,Charles Taylor and Sydney Taylor of Patterson and RobertTaylor of Wichita, Kansas; and three sons, Thomas W.Taylor of Hebbronville; Harry H. Taylor and Henry G.Taylor, both of Weimar.

The Mercury joins many friends of thefamily in extending sympathy to the bereavedrelatives.

Weimar Mercury, 13 November 1942
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Taylor, Thomas William

Another batch of “Kingsbury Agency English Emigrants" arrived here on last Monday evening, and one of them named Taylor with wife and eight children who was from Scotland, took sick suddenly on last Monday night and died in a short time. All assistance was rendered the poor unfortunate man but it was of no avail. The cause of his death was congestion of the brain. A post mortem examination was held next day and that was the conclusion of the attending doctors, Christian and Moes. The poor widow, with her eight children, the oldest only 14 and the youngest 4 months, has indeed a sad lot, and is a charitable object. She is without means or friends and it is not amiss to say that it is wrong for any “agency” to decoy or send emigrants from the land of their birth into a strange land unless they have friends or means. All the emigrants are very much dissatisfied with the way they are received. This way of inducing emigrants to come over here to this free country will prove a sad and disappointing reality to the poor “victims.” [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows' Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, September 12, 1878
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

Taken from the obituary of Taylor’s oldest son, Thomas John:

Mr. Taylor born October 26, 1865, in Scotland of English parents, came to the United States in 1878 with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. W. Taylor, and came directly to Weimar. Tragically the father became ill and died a few hours after their arrival here and was buried the next day in a coffin made from boards torn from an old barn.

Weimar Mercury, November 13, 1942

Taylor, unnamed boy

LOCUS NATURE.--Last Thursday night the wife of John Taylor, colored, of this place, had a two-headed boy born to her, dead upon its arrival. Both heads were said to have been perfectly formed, and upon one neck. The child was buried next day. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, April 22, 1886

AN ERROR.--The Citizen was in error last week in stating that the wife of John Taylor, colored, of this city, presented him with a two-headed baby, which we desire to correct. There was no malformation about the child, but it was born dead, and the information, though we thought reliable, was incorrect.

Colorado Citizen, April 29, 1886

Taylor, Walter

A 16-year-old son of Enoch Taylor, a well-known colored farmer living a short distance west of town, died Monday of appendicitis and the remains were interred in the colored people’s burying ground Tuesday afternoon. Enoch and his wife are highly respected in this community, and they have the sympathy of all who know them.

Weimar Mercury, May 2, 1913, page 1

Taylor, William Henry


 Mr.. W. H. Taylor, for many years one of the most popular and respected citizens of the Osage community, died at the family residence Tuesday night of bladder trouble, following an illness of many months. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at OsageCemetery.

Mr. Taylor was in his 57th year. Hewas a native of Scotland, coming to this country at theage of 8 years, and had spent practically all his life onthe old home place near Osage. He was a quiet, goodcitizen, honest and straightforward, respected and likedby everybody. Although ill health was his portion duringthe latter years of his life, he never lost hischeerfulness, and few realized the sufferings heendured.

He leaves a widow and five children -two daughters, Mrs. C. L. Tucker of Glidden and MissWilma Taylor of Osage, and three sons, Arthur of El Campoand Earl and Willie of Osage - to whom the heartfeltsympathy of all is extended.

Weimar Mercury , 29 November 1923  
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Taylor, William Henry “Willie”

Willie Taylor

Willie H. Taylor, Sr. of Weimar, the father of Mrs. E. H. (Dorothy) Breithaupt of Eagle Lake, closed his eyes to. everlasting peace Sunday, January 22, 1984 in the Youens' Memorial Hospital in Weimar at 11:30 p.m. He had been in the hospital two weeks battling a bout with pneumonia

Relatives and friends paid their final respects to the 80-year-old retired Colorado County Precinct 2 employee on Tuesday, January 24 when funeral services were conducted at the Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with the Rev. Barry Bauershlag of The First United Methodist Church of Weimar and Rev. Father Charles Carolan of St. Michael's Catholic Church officiating at the 2:30 afternoon services.

Mr. Taylor was placed to an eternal rest in St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery with Billy Breithaupt, Brice Taylor, Gus Seaholm, Ralph Gertson, Jr., Jerry Henske and Alfred Taylor, serving as pallbearers. The family named Herbert Ulbricht, Donald Stavinoha, Walter Taylor, Daniel Ulbricht, Joe Janak and August Hnatek honorary pallbearers.

A prayer service was conducted by the Rev. Bauershlag Monday evening, January 23 at seven o'clock in the chapel of Hubbard Funeral Home.

Born on December 16, 1903 in Weimar to Willie H. and Rose Neal Taylor, Mr. Taylor received his schooling in the Osage community. He was united in marriage with Miss Mary Michalcik on November 10, 1925 in Weimar. He resided in the Weimar area all of his life, with his friends numbered by his acquaintances in that community.

Survivors to mourn his passing include his devoted wife, Mary Taylor of Weimar; one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Breithaupt and husband, E. H. “Sonny" Breithaupt of Eagle Lake; one son, Billy Taylor and wife Carolyn of Rockdale; one brother, Earl Taylor of Jacksonville, Texas; seven Grandchildren, Mrs., Shirley Seaholm and Mrs. Connie Gertson of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Linda Henske of Agua Dulce, Billy Breithaupt, Brice, Daphane and RusselI Taylor, all of Rockdale and six great grandchildren, Karl and Gus Seaholm Jr., Sunny and Ralphie Gertson, III, all of Eagle Lake, and Kevin and Tanya Henske of Agua Dulce; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Sympathy is extended to the family in the loss of their loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 26, 1986, page 6

Taylor, William Jacob

Former Citizen Died in El Campo Monday

W. J. Taylor, 79 years of age, a former citizen of Eagle Lake, passed away in El Campo, where he has made his home for the past five or six years since leaving Eagle Lake, at 6 o’clock Tuesday morning. Mr. Taylor was ill only about a week with a severe cold.

Mr. Taylor was a splendid man, respected and esteemed by everyone and had many friends though out this community, where the family made their home for so many years, all of whom deeply regretted to learn of his death.

The remains were brought to Eagle Lake by hearse Wednesday, being laid to rest by the side of his wife, who preceded him in death several years ago, in the Masonic cemetery, at 11 o’clock. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Byrd of El Campo.

Mr. Taylor is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Gray Payne of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Wesley Perry of Temple, and four sons, George, Robert and Henry Taylor of El Campo, and Stafford Taylor of Rifle, Colorado, who have the sincere sympathy of all who know them.

Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm
Photo courtesy Ernest Mae Seaholm

Taylor, William J."Judd"


Rev. Isaac Sellers preached the funeral sermon of Judd Taylor last Sunday to a large and sympathizing congregation. [Interment in Old Osage Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, March 23, 1882, page 3

Taylor, William Reginald "Rip"

W. Reginald "Rip" Taylor, 99, of San Antonio, formerly of Columbus, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2001 at Vitas Hospice in San Antonio.

He was born July 27, 1901 in Rock Island to L.R. and Minnie Lee Richardson Taylor.

Taylor taught school for the blind, farmed rice for a short time, sold real estate and was in the cattle feed lot business. He was mayor of Columbus in the early 1950s, served on the state commission for the blind in the late 1940s, was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Columbus and a Mason since 1930.

He and Edna Massingale were married June 1, 1974.

Preceded in death by his parents; a son, Reggie Taylor; and a step-daughter, Jean Harrup.

Survivors include his wife, Edna, of San Antonio; step-daughter, JoAnne Melo of San Antonio; daughter-in-law, Molly Taylor of Sealy; step-son, Tony Braden of Schertz, Texas; six grandchildren, Kay Tomlinson, Terry Dierschke, Bill Taylor, ALex and Gina Melo and Dora Jean Braden; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 16, at 10 a.m. from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Bill Johnson officiating.

Burial followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Bill Taylor, Alan Jr. and Alan Tomlinson, Alex Malo, Tony Braden and Robert Cook.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 22, 2001
Submitted by Ron New

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