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Tiemann, Bernhardt

Mr. Bernhard Tiemann Journeys to Last Home

Brief notice was given in last issue of the Mercury regarding the death of a former citizen of this place, Mr. Bernhard Tiemann, which occurred Tuesday night of last week at the home of his son, Mr. Adolf Tiemann, in HalletsvIlle. Burial took place in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery Thursday evening, with Rev. Paul Piepenbrok. local Lutheran minister. officiating., and Messrs. John Breitkreuz of Weimar, Victor and Oscar Tiemann of Halletsville, August Tiemann and Herman Andreas of Nelsonville, and Adolf Teltschik of Palo Pinto county acting as pall bearers.

Mr. Bernhard Tiemann was born March 6. 1846, in Westphalen. Germany. He was united in marriage to Miss Wilhelmine Rosenbaum on Aug. 1, 1867, and came to America in the year 1870. The first three years the young couple were in America they lived in the Brenham section, then moved to the New Bielau community, and from there to Weimar in 1908, where they lived up to the death of his beloved wife Jan. 3. 1931, when Mr. Tiemann moved to Halletsville to make his home with his son. Mr. Adolf Tiemann.

Mr. Tiemann is survived by six children, 29 grandchildren and 28 greatgrandchildren. The living children are Mrs. Mina Andreas of Houston, Mr. Henry Tiemann of Chapel Hill, Mrs. 0. Breitkreuz of Weimar. Mrs. Rudolf Teltschik of Strawn, Mr. Adolf Tiemann. of Halletsville and Mr. Willie Tiemann of Nelsonville. Two children of this couple died in infancy.

During the many years Mr. Tiemann lived in and around Weimar, he proved himself a quiet., inoffensive, peaceable, good citizen and neighbor. He was honest, upright, with a cheerful word of greeting for everyone and his passIng from among us is deeply and sincerely deplored by all. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, July 17, 1931

Tiemann, Wilhelmina Henriette (Rosenbaum)

Mrs. Bernard Tiemann Dies Near Halletsville

Many friends throughout this section were saddened last Saturday when news of the death of Mrs. Wilhelmina Tiemann, beloved wife of Mr. B. Tiemann of this city was received here. Her death occurred at the home of their son, Mr. Adolf Tiemann, near Halletsville. Following a paralytic stroke some three weeks ago, Mrs. Tiemann was removed to the home of her son near Halletsville, where she died. The remains were brought to this city Sunday and laid to rest in the Masonic Cemetery, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, local Lutheran minister, officiating. A large crowd of mourning relatives and friends was present to pay the last tribute to this good woman.

Pall bearers were Messrs. Edgar Teltschik, Ernest and Victor Tiemann, John and Arthur Breitkreuz, Herman Andreas, all grandsons of the deceased.

Mrs. Wilhelmina Henriette Tiemann, nee Rosenbaum, was born Sept. 16, 1949 in Oppendorf, Westphalia, Germany was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at an early age. She was married in her place of birth to Mr. Bernhard Tiemann on Aug. 1, 1867. Eight children were born to this union, two of whom are dead.

The couple came to this country in 1871, first settling near Brenham. The lived there three years, then moved to the New Bielau section. Afterward they moved to Weimar and have lived in this city for the past twenty years. At time of death she was 81 years, 3 months and 18 days old. Her survivors are her aged husband, Mr. Bernhard Tiemann, children, Mrs. Herman Andreas, Houston; Henry Tiemann of Chappell Hill; Mrs. Otto Breitkreuz, Weimar; Mrs. Rudolph Teltschik, Strawn; Adolph Tiemann, Halletsville; Willie Tiemann, Nelsonville; also 29 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Throughout her long life Mrs. Tiemann ever proved herself a good wife and mother, and the very best of friends and neighbors. Of naturally kindly disposition, she took friendly interest in all those about her, and was always a welcome guest in every circle of life in which she moved. To her bereaved ones our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, January 9, 1931
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Tietschert, Ernst E.


Mr. Ernest E. Tietschert, 78, prominent citizen of the Shaws Bend community passed out of this life early today.

Funeral services will be held at the home tomorrow at 2:30, and interment will take place in Brune Cemetery.

Mr. Tietschert was born in Breslau, Germany, and came to Colorado county in 1883, settling near Shaws Bend, where he lived until his death.

He was one of the substantial and highly respected citizens of the county. He is survived by wife and six children, Willie and Max of this city, Mrs. L. J. Struss of Shaws Bend, Mrs. Frank Miller of Houston, Mrs. C. H. Walling of Georgetown and Mrs. Raymond Fowler of this city, to all of whom the sympathy of the community is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, October 10, 1935


Tietschert,Otto W.


Columbus, Tex., Feb. 7.--OttoTeitschert[sic], 26 years old, a native of ColoradoCounty, died in San Antonio Tuesday morning. The body wasshipped to Columbus in the evening and buried in Shaws Bend[Brune] Cemetery Wednesday afternoon. Rev. HansKrause of the Lutheran Church in Fayetteville conducted theservices. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. ErnstTeitschert[sic]; four sisters, Mrs. Frank Miller,Mrs. Louis Strauss[sic], Misses Frieda and HildaTeitschert[sic] and two brothers, Willie and MaxTeitschert[sic]. All reside here except Mrs.Miller, who lives in Glidden.

Weimar Mercury, February 15,1918

Tietschert, William Earl


Services for William "Bill" Earl Tietschert, 83, are scheduled for Saturday, June 28 at 2 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Visitation will take place Friday, June 27 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Colorado County Citizen, June 25, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen


William "Bill" Earl Tietschert, 83, of Shaws Bend, passed away June 25 at Columbus Nursing and Rehabilitation.

He was born May 6, 1925 in Columbus to Willie H. and Irene Dungen Tietschert. He was a retired gravel pit worker. He was confirmed July 16, 1939 by Pastor William H. Flachmeier at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbus. He served during World War II in the U.S. Navy from Oct. 5, 1943 to May 17, 1946. His rank when discharged was ship's cook 3rd class.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Katherine Einkauf and husband Oscar and brother-in-law, Dennis Neuendorff.

He is survived by sister, Dorthy Neuendorff, of Bernardo; niece and nephews, Alan Neuendorff and wife Mary, Marvin Neuendorff, all of Bernardo, Janice Brasher and husband Charles of Huffman, Kerry Neuendorff and wife Annette of Frelsburg and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services took place June 28 at Henneke Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating. Inter-ment followed at Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Pallbearers were Alan, Marvin, Kerry, Richard and Jason Neuendorff and Charles Brasher.

Honorary Pallbearers were Lee Neuendorff and David Morris.

Colorado County Citizen, July 2, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Till, Anna (Berger)

Funeral Services for Mrs. Annie Till, 76, Held Here Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Till, 76, whose death occurred suddenly on Tuesday of last week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Chas. Berger, were held at St. Michael’s Church Thursday morning at 10 o'clock. The Rev. Vaclav Bily read the burial rites. Interment was made in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: Beanie Helmcamp, Emil Helmcamp, Clarence Skrovan, Verner Till, Victor Wanjura, Fred Berger, Richard Billeck, Louis Kubesch, John Guenther.

Mrs. Till was born in Austria on January 21. 1866, and with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Berger, came to America in the year 1872, the family settling in Fayette County.

She was married to Mr. John Till in the year 1887 at Dubina. The couple lived in the Dubina community until the death of Mr. Till several years ago. She was a member of the Catholic Church and St. Ann Society.

Survivors include eleven children. Mrs. Edmund Helmcamp, Mrs. Frank RIpper, Mrs. Joe F. Ulrich, Mrs. Charlie Berger, Mrs. Joe R. Ulrich, Charlie Till, all of Weimar; Albert Till and Mrs. Jim Skrovan of El Campo; Bill Till of San Antonio; Henry Till of San Antonio and Mrs. Fred Berger of Weimar. Also surviving are one sister. Mrs. Fred Billeck, and 20 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy of the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, October 23, 1942, page 1

Till, Charles R.

Final Rites Held For Charlie Till, 61, Suicide Victim

Funeral services for Charles R. Till, 61, who was found dead in his car near Weimar last Friday, were held Sunday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Msgr. Anthony Drozd officiated, assisted by Rev. Thomas Flanagan and Rev. Benton Thurmond.

Mr. Till had been missing since Wednesday, which was his birthday. Two colored employees of Montgomery Electric Co. found him slumped in his car, which had been parked at the same spot near the old boneyard northeast of town since that day.

A .22 calibre rifle was beside him and he had been shot once in the forehead. Justice of the Peace A. J. Ratliff gave a verdict of suicide.

Born here Feb. 6, 1896, he was the oldest son of John and Annie Till. He married Miss Marie Knebel here Oct. 29, 1917. For about the past 15 years he had worked at Hubbard & Herder, until recently called the Jno C. Hubbard Co. and prior to that had been employed by H. H. Knebel, on the county crew, and by Contractor Steve Kosler.
Surviving in addition to his wife are one daughter, Mrs. Erwin (Leona) Wind and five grandchildren, of Houston; eight sisters, Mrs. Edmund Helmcamp, Mrs. Frank Ripper, Mrs. Joe F. Ulrich, Mrs. Charlie Berger,Mrs. Joe R. Ulrich, Mrs. Edward Berger, all of Weimar, and Mrs. Jim Skrovan of El Campo; and three brothers, Henry Till of Weimar Albert Till of El Campo and William Till of Columbus. One sister preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Frankie Berger, Herbert Ulrich, Edwin Knebel, Verner Till, Steve Zapalac, John F. Heger Jr., Frankie Thac, Raymond Knebel and Eugene Ulrich.

Weimar Mercury, February 15, 1957, page 1

Till, Edna (Bohac)


Funeral services for Mrs. Joe R. TIll, 43, life-long resident of Weimar and Weimar area and widely-known throughout this section, whose death occurred Saturday in a San Antonio hospital, were held here Tuesday morning at St. Michael's Church, with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Szymanski, assisted by Rev. L. Blinka, officiating.

Mrs. Till was the daughter of Mrs. Agnes Bohac, long time resident of the Ammannsville section, and prior to her marriage was Miss Edna Bohac. She was married seventeen years ago to Joe R. Till, prominent Weimar business man and a longtime member of Weimar's city council, governing body. Of amiable disposition and having hundreds of friends here, prior to her marriage Mrs. Till was associated with the H. R. Knebel ladies ready-to-wear department and she is remembered as an efficient, courteous and talented associate of the store.

In recent months, Mrs. Till had been in ill health and taken recently to a San Antonio Hospital. She passed away there Saturday.

Survivors include her husband, Joe R. Till; a son, J. R. of San Antonio; a step-son, Harris Till of Eagle Lake; five sisters, Mrs. Richard Neiser of Holman, Mrs. Louis Tumis and Mrs. Louis Shumbera of Ammannsville, Mrs. John Janak of Columbus, Mrs. Joe Moitel of Seymour; four brothers, Mike, Jerome, and Albert Bohac of Ammannsville, Frank of Rosenberg; and her mother, Mrs. Agnes Bohac of Ammannsville.

Burial was in the St. Michael's Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Hy. J. Laas, Emil Fahrenthold, W. H. Hollien. Dr. J. J. Mensik, Ed Rabel, Gus Watzlavick, Rudolf Mozisek, J. S. Rypple.

To grief-stricken family members and relatives, the Mercury publisher extends his most sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, May 25, 1940, page 1

Till, Henry Herbert Jr.

Funeral for Wreck Victim Held Sunday

Funeral services for Henry H. Till Jr., who died in Saturday morning’s wreck east of Weimar, were held Sunday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the Church cemetery.

Rev. Albert Hubertus and Rev. Sigmund Wojciechowski officiated.

Henry Herbert Till Jr. was born July 15, 1943, near Weimar, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Till Sr., and lived here all his life. After graduation from Bishop Forest High School in 1961, he worked as a store clerk briefly, then as a mechanic, the past seven months with Parker Bros., gravel miners, near Columbus.

He is survived by his parents here; a brother, Pfc. Hilliard Till, in Vietnam; and his grandmother, Mrs. Anton Freis Sr. of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Joe Horak, Ronald Wick, Henry Hudec Jr., Weinert Grohmann, Joe Chamrad and Eugene Grohmann.

Weimar Mercury, January 26, 1967, page 1

Till, Hettie Gertrude

Death of Pretty and Popular YoungLady

Many hearts throughout this section weredeeply grieved Friday last when it was learned that MissHettie Gertrude Till, the pretty and popular 23-year-olddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Till, residing with herparents a few miles east of Weimar, had passed away, after abrief illness. The remains were laid to rest inSt.Michael's Cemetery Saturdayafternoon, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating in an impressiveburial service.

Miss Hettie was an unusually attractiveyoung lady, and very popular among her friends andassociates. A short time ago she was called to High Hill toassist at the bedside of a sick relative. While there shewas taken ill, but had apparently recovered. Soon after herreturn home, she was again taken ill, and despite the bestefforts of physicians, family and friends, passed away. Herdeath has caused an aching void in the family circle, aswell as in the hearts of scores of friends throughout thissection.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to thebereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury,January 29,1926

Till, Hilliard H.

Hilliard Till Funeral Services Held May 8

Hilliard H. Till, 57, of Weimar, died May6 of a heart attack at his home. Funeral services were heldThursday, May 8 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimarwith Father John C. Bily officiating.

Interment followed in St.Michael CatholicCemetery.

Born Sept. 8, 1945 in Weimar, he was theson of Henry and Martha Freis Till.

He attended St. Michael School, BishopForest High School in Schulenburg, and Weimar HighSchool.

He served in the United States Army fromNov. 16, 1965 to Nov. 16, 1971, when he was honorablydischarged. He served during the Vietnamconflict.

Mr. Till married Brenda Wittmann on July27, 1968 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in LaGrange.

He was employed, for over 20 years, withLone Star Beer Distributor in Weimar until it closed. He wascurrently employed at Stemco Sand and Gravel inHolman.

He was a member of St. Michael CatholicChurch.

Over the years, Hilliard had made manyfriends. He will be remembered for his sense of humor. Ifyou knew him, he made you laugh once or twice.

He was a loving husband, father andgrandfather. He will be missed my many.

Mr. Till is survived by his wife, BrendaTill of Weimar; daughters, Shannon Till Rosenauer andhusband Ronald and Shelly Till Munsch and husband Charles,all of Weimar; and three grandchildren, Justin Rosenauer,McKenna Munsch and Amberlee Munsch.

He was preceded in death by his parentsand his only brother, Henry Till Jr.

Pallbearers were Irddie "Sonny" Vornsand,Mark Janda, Baylen Fisbeck, Larry Hartensteiner, Leonard"Moon" Kahlden and Kerwin Vornsand.

Honorary pallbearers were RonaldRosenauer, Charles Munsch, Carl Gabbard, Walter Rutherford,Leroy Rosenauer, Gene Ulrich, George Tofel, Harris Ulrich,Weinart Grohmann, Erwin Kunz, Tubby Heger and all the Stemcoemployees.

The Weimar Mercury, May 15, 2003
Transcribed by JohnKonesheck

Till, Jared Lee

Till Infant Buried Here

Funeral services for Jared Lee Till, fiveweeks old, of Weimar were held Saturday, Feb 11, at HubbardFuneral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. DanielO'Brien officiated.

Jared died at Hermann Hospital inHouston, where he had been a patient since birth.

Born January 5 in Hermann Hospital, hewas the son of Joseph and Beatrice Till ofWeimar.

Surviving in addition to his parents arethe grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Koller of Weimar and Mr. and Mrs. Leo Till of Nada; and great-grandparents, Mr.and Mrs. George Koller of Weimar and Rudolph Till of SanMarcos.

Weimar Mercury, February 16, 1978
Transcribed by JudyTalkington

Till, John

One of Our Oldest Settlers Passes On

Mr. John Till, one of the oldest and best known farmers of this section, died at the family home east of town on Monday evening of last week. The funeral took place at St. Michael’s Cemetery Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock, Revs. Jos. Szymanski and John Morkovsky performing the last sad rites. The pall bearers were his four sons, Messrs. Charles, Albert, Willie and Henry Till, and two grandsons, Bennie and Emil Helmcamp.

Mr. Till was 73 years old at time of death. He was born in Austria, and came to this country at the age of 14 years, first settling at Schulenburg. He was united in marriage to Miss Annie Beyer, Oct. 20, 1887. The couple lived in Fayette county four years, and then moved to Colorado county, where they lived up to the time of his death. He is survived by his widow, and eleven children, as follows: Mrs. Edmund Helmcamp, Mrs. Frank Ripper, Mrs. Joe F. Ulrich, Mrs. Charlie Berger, Mrs. Joe R. Ulrich of Weimar, Mrs. Jim Skrovan of El Campo, Mrs. Edward Berger of Weimar, Mr. Charles Till of Weimar, Mr. Albert Till of El Campo, Mr. Willie Till of Columbus and Mr. Henry Till of Weimar; seventeen grandchildren and two-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Till was a man well and favorably known throughout this section. He was upright, honest, a man positive in his convictions, a good provider, a devoted husband and father, a kindly neighbor and friend, and he will be sadly missed in the community where he lived for so long a time.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, September 24, 1937, page 1

Till, Joseph R.


Funeral services for Joe R. Till, 58, lifelong resident of this area and a Weimar cotton ginner for more than 30 years, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church Monday morning, with interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mr. Till expired at Youens Hospital at 5:10 o'clock Saturday evening, June 2. He had been in the hospital since suffering a heart stroke about five weeks previously.

Mr. Till’s son, Rev. Joe R. Till of Blessing, sang the funeral mass; Rev. Carlos Quintana of Yoakum was deacon nd Rev. John Wagner of El Campo sub-deacon; both ae classates(sic) of Rev. Till. Master of ceremonies was Rev. Alois Goertz of Weimar, and the minor ministers ere Joe Adamcik, Louis Fritz, and Victor Goertz, all of St. John’s Seminary, San Antonio.

Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd of Weimar gave the sermon in St. Michael’s church, and Msgr. Patrick J. Geehan, vicar-general of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, conducted graveside services. Several neighboring priests also attended the funeral.

Mr. Till was a native of the section a few miles east of Weimar and moved into Weimar as a youth. He was born March 11, 1893, the son of Stephen and Theresa Beyer Till. With the Seifert Brothers, he bought the Leidolf gin in 1918, and about ten years later bought his partners’ interests. He continued to operate the gin until this year, when he sold it to Messrs. Frank and Henry Herbert Seifert, and retired. About a week later he suffered the heart stroke from which he never fully recovered.

A member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, he also belong to the Knights of Columbus and Hermann Sons and was an honorary assistant chief of the Weimar Fire Department in which he had served more than 20 years.

Mr. Till’s wife, the former Miss Edna Bohac, whom he married in 1924, preceded him in death in 1940.

He is survived by two sons, Harris Till of Alvin and Rev. Joe R. Till, Blessing; four grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Hilda Seifert and Mrs. Herman (Mary) Teltschik of Weimar, Mrs. Albert (Ida) Klockmann of Eagle Lake, and Mrs. Adolf (Theresa) Skrobanek of Houston. A son, Leroy,died in 1920 at the age of four, and a sister, Mrs. Chas. (Annie) Helmcamp, died in July, 1950.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Chas. F. Kalous, Edward J. Seifert, George Kusey, Anton Schindler, Joe Schindler, Joe Neiser, Emil Neiser, Ed Bohac and Emil Mican.

Weimar Mercury, June 8, 1951, page 1

Till, Leo Emil

Leo Emil Till, 79, of Nada, died Friday,Nov. 4, 1994, in Wharton.

Born Sept. 18, 1915, in String Prairie,he was the son of Rudolph and Mary (Grohman) Till was aCatholic and farmer.

Funeral services were held Nov. 7, at St.Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with Msgr. VictorSchmidtzinsky officiating. Interment with military honorsfollowed in St.Mary's Cemetery. Services wereunder the direction of Triska Funeral Home, ElCampo.

Serving as pallbearers were RobertLeopold, Kevin Till, Roy Till, Michael Till, Bill Maley,Paul Oncken, Randy Till and David Till. Honorary pallbearerswere Mr. Till's grandchildren, Michael Till, Gracie PoppRitter, Becky Orsak, Kevin Till, Amanda Orsak, Sharon Till,Terri Poppe, Jessika Stancik, Jamie Till, Cassie Urban,Jessica Till, Courtney Urban, Levi Stancik, Brandon Mondrikand Chelsea Urban.

He is survived by his wife, ElizabethBittner Till of Nada; daughters, Evelyn Stancik and RoseUrban, both of Columbus, Barbara Mondrik of El Campo,Jeanette Orsak of Victoria, Mary Ann Poppe of Weimar andKatherine Till of Nada; sons Joseph Till of Weimar, JamesTill of Garwood and Allen Till of Rock Island; sisters NoraFreibrich of New Braunfels and Marie Masur of Lockhart;brothers, Rudy Till of Garwood, Albert Till of StringPrairie, Felix Till of Lockhart and Alfred Till of SanMarcos and 15 grandchildren.

Mr. Till was preceded in death by abrother, Sylvester Till and a grandson, JarredTill.

Memorials maybe made to the AmericanCancer Society.

Colorado County Citizen, November 2,1994
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

Till, Leroy F.

Death of Beloved Little Son of Joe Till

Our city and people were saddened Mondayat noon when it was learned that the bright and lovablelittle 5-year-old son of Jos. Till of this city--Leroy--wasdead. the little fellow was taken ill Saturday last withsome form of throat trouble, which rapidly grew worse, anddespite every effort of physicians and relatives and friendsthe little fellow passed away after a brief illness. Thefuneral took place at St.Michael's Cemetery Tuesdayafternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating in thepresence of a large crowd of sympathizing relatives andfriends. Out heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mr. Till in theloss of his beloved little son.

Weimar Mercury, October 6, 1922. page1

Till, Lucille (Bittner)

Lucille Till

Lucille Till, 87 of Garwood passed away Sunday, February 3 in Austin Heart Hospital.

She was born June 27, 1920 in Nada the daughter of John J. Bittner and Cecelia Leopold Bittner.

Lucille was a homemaker and member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, The Gadabouts, Christian Mother’s Society, Perpetual Adoration, and Past Grand Regent of the Catholic Daughters of America Court #1595-Our Lady of the Rosary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Sylvester Bittner, and sister, Johanna Bittner Kuntscher.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Rudolph J. Till, Jr. of Garwood; daughters, Helen Fojtik of Wharton, Elaine Griffith and husband, Milo, of Dayton, Virginia “Jenny” Tait and husband, Bob, of Columbus, Linda Hartley and husband, Dennis, of Columbus; Rudy Till, III and wife, Sharon, of Garwood, Andrew Till, Roy Till and wife, Betty; sisters, Rose Staff, all of Nada, Isabel Reinhardt of San Antonio; brothers, Albert (Mike) Bittner and Alois Bittner both of Nada; 19 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.

A parish rosary was held Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Nada.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 6 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada with Father Anthony Boateng-Mensah (Father Tony) officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Nada. Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Lee Griffith, Erik Griffith, Ryan Till, Charles Tait, Blair Hartley and Fernando Montes.

Honorary pallbearers were Lynn Staff and Jeff Dugie.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 7th, 2008
Submitted by John Konesheck

Till, Martha Marie (Freis)

Mrs. H. Till Funeral Held HereFeb. 14.

Funeral services for Mrs. Martha MarieTill, 65, of Rt. 3, Weimar, were held Wednesday, Feb. 14from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial intheparish cemetery.

Father Charles Carolanofficiated.

Mrs. Till died February 12 at YouensMemorial Hospital after a heart attack.

A lifelong resident of Weimar, she wasborn October 19, 1913, a daughter of Anton and Josephine(Heger) Freis. She was married to Henry Till on October 20,1931, at St. Michael's Church.

Her husband survives, along with one son,Hilliard Till of Weimar; two grandchildren; one sister, Mrs.Albert E. Grohmann of Weimar; and one brother, Anton FreisJr. of Weimar. She was preceded in death by a son, HenryHerbert Till, and a brother, John Freis.

Pallbearers were Werner Grohmann, EugeneGrohmann, Alfred Elstner, Emil Helmcamp, Wilbert (Tubby)Heger and Harris Ulrich.

Weimar Mercury, February 22, 1979
Transcribed by JudyTalkington

Till, Mathilda (Seifert)


Our people and community were immeasurable saddened Wednesday morning when the news flashed over the phones lines and passed from one to another that Mrs. Mathilda Till, the beloved wife of Mr. Jos. Till,was dead, after a brief illness from influenza and pneumonia . Not a great many of her friends knew even of her illness, and the shock was naturally greater when news came of her death. The funeral took place at 10 o'clock Thursday morning at St. Michael's Cemetery, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. Mrs. Till was formerly Miss "Tillie” Seifert youngest daughter of A. Seifert and wife of this city, was married a few years ago to Jos. Till, and was one of the most beloved and popular ladies of our community. Possessed of a cheerful temperament, kind and thoughtful of those about her, a dutiful daughter and wife, she was loved by all who knew her, and her death at such an early age in life has saddened the hearts of hundreds of friends throughout this section. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the the bereaved family in the irreparable loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, March 19, 1920, page 1

Till, Rudolph

Rudolph “Rudy” Till

Rudolph “Rudy” Till, 91, of Garwood, passed away Oct. 23 at River Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born in String Prairie, April 20, 1918 to Rudolph J. Sr. and Mary (Grohmann) Till and married Lucille Bittner, Feb. 12, 1946. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Nada, Knights of Columbus Council 3371 and the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers, Leo and Wesley Till; grandson, Ryan Till; and great-granddaughter, Zoe Montes.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Helen Fojtik of Wharton, Elaine and Milo Griffith of Dayton, Virginia “Jenny” and Bob Tait of Columbus and Linda and Dennis Hartley of Columbus; sons and daughters-in-law, Rudy III and Sharon Till of Garwood, Andrew Till of Nada and Roy and Betty Till of Nada; brothers, Albert Till of Spring Prairie, Alfred Till of San Marcos and Felix Till of Lockhart; sisters, Marie Masur of Lockhart and Nora Fiebrich of New Braunfels; 18 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Oct. 27 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Nada under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus. Interment followed in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Nada. Father Joseph L. Vrana officiated.

Pallbearers were Erik Griffith, Charles Tait, Blair Hartley, Fernando Montes, Billy Lindley, Brian Korenek, Paul Laurence, Jason Betts, Scott Beauchamp and Brian Korenek.

Honorary pallbearers were Lee Griffith, John Pitus and James Wilson.

Colorado County Citizen, October 29, 2009

Till, Ryan Patrick

Ryan Patrick Till

Ryan Patrick Till, 28, of Garwood, passed away Wednesday, April 9 in Houston.

He was born January 11, 1980 in Eagle Lake the son of Rudolph John Till, III and Sharon Kay (Novak) Till.

Ryan was employed as a technician for Remote Underwater Vehicles.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lucille Till.

Ryan is survived by his parents, Rudy III and Sharon Till of Garwood; sister, Marcie Pitus and husband, John of San Antonio; grandfather, Rudolph J. Till, Jr. of Garwood; and grandmother, Agnes Novak of Ganado.

Parish rosary was held Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Funeral services followed at 2:30 p.m. from St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Anthony Boateng-Mensah officiating. Interment followed in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Brad Wishert, Dean Pheffer, Dudley Lehrer, Charles Tait, Blair Hartley and Eric Griffin.

Honorary pallbearers were Lee Griffin, Jason Kucera, Keith Kucera, Jeremy Faas, David Faas, Darrin Novak, B. J. Novak, Kyle Rodgers, Blake Schmidt and Brandon Schmidt.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 17, 2008, page 4
Submitted by John Konesheck

Till, Stephen

A strange and fatal accident happened to Stephan Till, a German farmer, who lived about three miles northeast of town, last Saturday night. He was returning from town In a buggy, and had stopped at his pasture gate, which is not vary far distant from his residence, when in some way, either from being run over or kicked or pawed by his horse, he was Injured so seriously that he died the following day about noon. He was rational after the accident, but could give no account of same, except that as he was trying to got back In the buggy he got hurt-how he did not know. His body bore no bruises, but he was injured internally, and Dr. C. G. Cook, his attending physician, pumped out quite a lot of blood from him. Till was an Industrious farmer and very well liked by his associates. His remains were laid to rest at St. Michael's cemetery Monday afternoon, a large crowd witnessing the last sad rites

Weimar Mercury, May 17, 1902, page 3

Till, Theresa (Beyer)

Last Rites For Mrs. Theresa Till Held Here Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Theresa Till, 74. were held from the family residence in Weimar with services at St. Michael's Church at 9 o'clock Saturday morning. Interment was made in St. Michael's Cemetery, with the Rev. Emil Vinklarek officiating.

Mrs. Till passed away in St. Joseph's Infirmary in Houston after several days of illness. She was 74 years, three months and ten days of age.

Pallbearers were six of her grandchildren, Edgar Helmcamp, Leo Teltschik, Harris Till, Leonard Seifert, Arnold Klockmann, and Johnnie Skrovanek.

Born Theresa Beyer in Austria in 1867. Mrs. Till came to this country with her parents in 1869, landing at Galveston and later moving to this section. She married Stephen Till, who died May 11, 1902.

She is survived by six children, Mrs. Mary Teltschik of Weimar, Mrs. Chas. Helmcamp of Weimar, Mrs. Adolf Skrovanek of Houston. Mr. Joe Till of Weimar. Mrs. Joe Seifert of Weimar and Mrs. A. A. Klockmanri of Eagle Lake.

Other survivors are twenty-seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the bereaved survivors.

Weimar Mercury, July 25, 1941, page 1

Till, unknown

The 2-months-old child of John Till, a farmer of this section, died Saturday last of pneumonia, and was buried the following day. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, February 1, 1908, page 8

Tilley, Walter Lee

Walter Lee Tilley Funeral Is Held

Last rites were held Monday afternoon in Columbus Funeral home for Walter Lee Tilley, 49, of Columbus who died in Columbus hospital last Saturday after a long illness. Rev. W. F. Hathaway of the Columbus Methodist church officiated at the services. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Mr. Tilley, former railroad man, is survived by his widow, the former Lois Ricks; his mother, Mrs. A. E. Tilley of Yoakum; a sister, Mrs. W. D. Sherill of Phoenix; and 3 brothers, Leslie Tilley of Yoakum, Douglas Tilley of Shreveport and Elmo Tilley of Boulder City, Nev.

Colorado County Citizen, October 27, 1960, page 8

Tillman, Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Foster)

Elizabeth (Lizzie) “Sister Babe” Tillman

On January 27, 1926, in Eagle Lake, a baby girl was born to Percy Williams and Texana Foster. They named her Elizabeth.

Lizzie attended school in Eagle Lake, (R.B. Area). She confessed her life to Christ at an early age at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. W.M. Banks.

Later, she moved her membership to White Cloud Baptist Church under the Pastoral Leadership of Rev. T. Gordon. She remained faithful with the Usher's Auxiliary, under the Pastoral leadership of Rev. O. Rhodes, until she became ill in February of 1994.

She departed this life, Sunday October 1, at 5:15 p.m. at Oak Bend Medical Center in Richmond.

She was united in marriage to Mr. Leo Tillman, Jr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Tillman, Jr.; son, Obie Tillman; daughter, Rose Brown; two brothers, Charles Williams and John Lee Haynes; and two grandchildren, Shayne Tillman and Tasha Powell.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her caregivers; daughter and son-in-law, Wilma and Kado Powell, Jr. of Sealy; sons, Douglas (Ada) Tillman, John (Linda)

Tillman of Eagle Lake, Tommie (Lucia) of Phoenix, Arizona, Tony (Coretha) Tillman and Curtis (Myrtlene) Tillman of San Felipe; daughters, Vera Tillman of Phoenix, Lois (Bobby Jo) Glover of Glidden, Beverly (Alfred) Denley; daughter-in- law; Marilyn Tillman of Phoenix; one sister, Rosie M. Owens of LaMarque; one brother, James (Betty) Williams of Missouri City; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and many, many sorrowing friends.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 7 at noon from White Cloud Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. Truman Scott, Sr., officiating. Interment followed in Rising Star Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Final arrangements entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Alfred Denley, Douglas Tillman, Jr., Chris Herrera, Marcus Tillman, James Torres and John Tillman, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Kado Powell, Jr., John Tillman, Curtis Tillman, Larry Toliver, Douglas Tillman, Tommie Tillman and Tony Tillman.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 12th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Tillman, Lewis James

Lewis James Tillman, 33, died Tuesday,Aug. 2, 1994.

Born Sept. 28, 1960, in Colorado County,he was the son of George Jr. and Alma Tillman. He attendedEagle Lake schools and graduated from Rice Consolidated HighSchool in 1979. He attended several junior colleges where heparticipated in track and field events. He served in the U.S. Army after having enlisted in 1984. Mr. Tillman was amember of the White Cloud Baptist Church in EagleLake.

Funeral services were held Aug. 6, at White Cloud Baptist Church with Rev. Obie Rhodes officiating. Interment followed in Boykins Cemetery in Matthews. Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus, was in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were Oscar Hurd,Clarence Davis, Oliver Pettus, Lester Pettus, Tony Black,Pertis Foster and Albert Johnson. Honorary pallbearers wereGeorge Tillman Jr., Christopher Tillman, James Tillman,Jonathan Tillman, Tony Tillman, Jeffery L. Jones and KennethW. Coats.

Mr. Tillman is survived by his mother of Eagle Lake; a son, 'Little Lewis", also of Eagle Lake;grandmother Emeola Davis of Eagle Lake; a brother, GeorgeTillman Jr. of Eagle Lake; an aunt, Gladys Tillman ofHouston and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins andfriends.

He was preceded in death by his father; abrother, Billy Ray Tillman and a sister Norma JeanTillman.

Colorado County Citizen, August 10,1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Tillman, Rufus "Red"

Rufus “Red” Tillman

On December 19, 1931, a son, Rufus Tillman, was born to the late Frank and Genieva “Mama Genie” Tillman of Eagle Lake.

He was enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. On August 3, 1953 he received an honorable discharge.

He was united in Holy Wedlock to the late Earnestine Grant Tillman, in 1956.

Rufus is preceded in death by his wife, Earnestine; both parents; brother, Raymond; sister, Mattie Lee; granddaughters, Belinda and Ivory; great-grandson; grandson, Carlos; and two special friends, Scissor McTear and Gerald Flowers.

“Red” leaves to cherish his memories Rufus Tillman (Janice); Calvin Tillman; Kirk Jones (Elizabeth); Dorothy Stovall (Alonzo). Doris Tucker; Ruthie and Sandra Tillman; brother, Ruben Tillman (Deloise); special godson, Greg Frazier; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one niece and nephew; a special cousin and devoted friend, Margaret “Margo” McTear; cousin, Louise and Ruby White, Shelia, Sonny Cloud and Preston Hemphill; devoted friend, Martha Holloway; and many other relatives and friends.

Last viewing was held on Saturday, September 19, at Providence Baptist Church in Eagle Lake. Interment followed at Eagle Lake Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rufus Tillman, Jr., Kirk Jones, Calvin Tillman, Charles Stovall, Omari Harris, Calvin Stovall, Sylvester Stovall and Greg Frazier.

Arrangements Entrusted to Miller-Josey Mortuary, LLC.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 1st, 2009

Tilly, George

Died, at Eagle Lake, Colorado county, on the 16th instant, Mr. Geo. Tilly, a native of the county. His malady was pneumonia. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, December 18, 1879

Tilly, Susan (Tracey) Smithson


Died of pneumonia in this city at 6:30 p.m. Monday last, Mrs. Susan Tilly, aged 81, wife of Mr. S. Tilly. Her demise was not unexpected, as the kind friends who attended her bedside for sixteen days foresaw that her wonderful vitality would be insufficient to combat the dread disease.

Tuesday afternoon her funeral services, including beautiful solos by Mrs. McMahon and Miss Gussie Stafford, were held in the Methodist church, of which she was a life-long member, the Rev. J. W. McMahon officiating. The chancel, organ and her memorial window were draped in mourning, and all hearts felt the gloom occasioned by the removal of her presence. Mr. McMahon spoke with feeling of her love for all humanity and of her deep attachment and tender thought for this place especially, evidenced in one of her last remarks--”What will become of my Columbus?”--concentrating in that agonized inquiry her intense interest in the town collectively and individually. Kindness was the efflorescence of her nature, and the severe trials life held for her lost their bitterest venom through her unselfishly finding others who needed her ministry. The most of her long life had been spent here, and like arrows of light from the eternal quiver of the sun thoughts of her simple faith, her loving trust, will illumine the memories of those who knew her, and her influence will be felt far beyond our ken.

A long procession followed her to the city cemetery, where Mr. McMahon reverently committed “ashes to ashes and dust to dust.” The CITIZEN extends condolences to the bereaved husband.

Colorado Citizen, October 26, 1899, page 3

The Columbus High school was dismissed at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, that the teachers and pupils might attend the funeral of Mrs. Tilly.

Colorado Citizen, October 26, 1899, page 3

Tilotta, Damien Lee


Damien Lee Tilotta, 59, died Thursday, October 3, 2002 at his home in Columbus, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Damien was born in Houston on December 12, 1942, to George and Rose Tilotta. He moved to Columbus in 1975. On May 25, 1984, he wed Charlotte Collins.

Damien had recently retired, after 23 years of service with Columbus Independent School District.

He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Mary Jo Tilotta. Survivors include his wife; mother; sister, Karen Morgan and husband Jackie; brother George and wife Sofie; brother Jim and wife Sharon.

Damien will be especially remembered for his love for the outdoors, hunting and fishing and vintage American automobiles.

He will be missed for his kindness, his soft spoken ways and his loyalty to family and friends.

Funeral services were conducted at Henneke Funeral Home on October 5, 2002. Pallbearers were Charlie Barrett, Richard Davis, Armando Medrano, Joel Rau, Gordon Richter and Jim Story. [Place of interment unknown]

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 1495 W. Hwy. 71, Suite K, La Grange, Texas 78945.

Colorado County Citizen, October 9, 2002

Tinkler, Jesse G.

At 10:30 o’clock Monday night, at the home of his father, 1209 Houston avenue, in Houston, Jesse Tinkler, aged 31, died after a brief illness. The remains were shipped to Rock Island where the funeral services were held. [Myrtle Cemetery] Deceased was a son of Hon. J. Watt Tinkler, a former representative of this county, and is survived by a father and mother, five brothers and two sisters; the brothers are J. M. and H. S. Tinkler of Rowena, J. W. Tinkler, Jr., of Rock Island, L. E. and W. F. Tinkler of Houston; the sisters are Mrs. C. Shelburne and Miss Emma Tinkler of Houston.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 8, 1910, page 4

Tinkler, JosephWesley

J. W. Tinkler, 68, Died at Rock Island

The death of Joseph Wesley Tinkler ofRock Island came as a shock to the entire community. Mr.Tinkler was born November 20, 1876 in Weimar, this county.He passed away February 9, 1945 at the age of 68. He was theson of the late James Watt Tinkler of Rock Island andHouston who was one of the pioneer settlers of ColoradoCounty.

Mr. Tinkler was married to Miss BerthaMoore of Yoakum, February 1902, and to this union two sonswere born. Kyle D. of Houston and Wayne M. of Galveston whosurvive, also his heartbroken wife, five grandchildren andone sister, Mrs. Cole Shelbourne of Houston and one brotherWalt F. Winkler of Edinburg.

Funeral services were held from the RockIsland Methodist Church of which he had been a life-longmember and official, Saturday morning at ten o'clock, hispastor, the Rev. J. H. Thompson officiating. He was faithfuland loyal to his church, having served as Sunday Schoolsuperintendent and steward for many years.

The body was taken overland to Houstonwhere interment was made Saturday afternoon. Sympathy isoffered to the family in their great sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 16,1945
Transcription by JudyTalkington

Tipovsky, Johanna

Johanna Tipovsky Held Here Monday

Funeral services were held at St. Michael’s Church on Monday morning for Miss Johanna Tipovsky, 94, with the Rev. Joe Hamala officiating. Interment was in St. Michael’s cemetery.

Johanna Tipovsky was born at Staric, Moravia, Austria, in the year of 1852 and came to America in 1901 with her only sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John Malinovsky, with whom she made her home until the death of Mrs. Malinovsky several years ago. She had reached the age of 93 years and 10 months. She passed away at the home of her niece, Mrs. Joe. J. Dusek, in the New Bielau community.

Survivors include four nieces, Mrs. Joe. J. Dusek, Sr., Mrs. Jerry J. Valchar, Sr., Mrs. Joe Vanzura and Mrs. Emial Hrmis.

Pallbearers were Joe J. Dusek, Cyril Dusek, Emil Walla, Julius Ermis, Jerry Valchar, Jr., and John Mazac.

Weimar Mercury. March 29, 1946, page 1

Tipp, August

August Tipp Passes Away on December 30th

Death claimed one of Eagle Lake’s oldest citizens, August Tipp, who resided about three miles from Eagle Lake for many years. He passed away at 10:13 o’clock on Monday evening, Dec. 30th, after a long illness. Born Dec. 3, 1861 at Bernardo in Colorado County, Mr. Tipp celebrated his 85th birthday anniversary last month. He was married on Aug. 2, 1904 and his wife, Philomena Myska Tipp survives him with three daughters, Mrs. T.M. Roberts and Mrs. A.R. Raabe of Eagle Lake and Mrs. William Raabe of Weimar. Fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive, with one brother, Henry Tipp and one sister, Miss Augusta Tipp of Bernardo. One grandson is on duty with the American troops Japan and was the only family member unable to attend the services on Thursday afternoon held at the Mill Funeral Home with Rev. O.E. Linstrum officiating. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery. Deepest sympathy is expressed to Mrs. Tipp and members of her family in their sorrow. Pallbearers included S. O. Boothe, Alvin Glueck, Albert Pustejovsky, Alfred Marx, Julius Meier, Marcus Schindler.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 3, 1947
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Tipp, Philamina “Minnie” (Miska)

Mrs. Tipp, 87, Mrs. Wm. Raabe’s Mother, Buried

Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Tipp, 87, of EagIe Lake, mother of Mrs. Wm. Raabe of Weimar, were held Jan. 3 at Mill Bauer Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, with burial in Lakeside Cemetery.

Rev. Edward E. Geiser, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and Rev. Wind Bell, pastor of Memorial United Methodist Church, officiated.

Mrs. Tipp died Jan. 12 In Eagle Lake Community Hospital after a long illness.

The former Minnie Miska, she was born June 19, 1883, at Dubina, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Miska. Since her marriage to August TIpp in Weimar on Aug. 2, 1904, she had lived near Eagle Lake. Mr. Tipp died in December 1946.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Wm. (Louise) Raabe of Weimar and Mrs. Ophelia Raabe of Eagle Lake; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Dora Roberts of Eagle Lake: five sisters and one brother; 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Terry Wright, Adolph Raabe, Walter Corliss, Roger Birdwell, John Birdwell, and Quinto Botino.

Weimar Mercury, January 14, 1971, page 9

Tipton, Carnel Louis “Jodie”

‘Jodie’ Tipton, 68, Heart Attack Victim, Buried

Funeral services wecr[sic] held Sunday afternoon, March 10, for C. L. (“Jodie”] Tipton, 68-year-old farm worker of Oakland, who suffered a fatal heart attack Friday morning while shopping in the Mayes store at Oakland.

He had lived at Oakland the past 20 years.

Services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. Howard MacAllister, pastor of First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery, with veterans’ color guard.

Mr. Tipton was born Feb. 4, 1895, at Blooming Grove, Texas. He was a veteran of World War I army service.

Surviving him are five sisters, Mrs. Bunie Stubblefield of Hillsboro, Mrs. Marty Farmer of Cashmere, Washington, Mrs. Callie Graves of Ft. Worth and Mrs. Ben Woods and Mrs. Lilly Warren of Dallas; and two brothers, Dave Tipton of Dallas and J. B. Tipton of Garwood.

Weimar Mercury, March 14, 1963, page 1

Tipton, John B. Jr.


Funeral services for J. B. Tipton were held Wednesday, June 5 at Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with the Rev. J. Melburn Sibley, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, officiating.

Tipton passed away June 2 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. Burial was held at the Lakeside Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Mr. Tipton was born August 8, 1907 in Blooming Grove to Mr. and Mrs. John Tipton. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Case on October 12, 1928 in East Bernard. He farmed in the East Bernard area most of his life until he moved to Garwood 15 years ago where he and his wife managed the Texas Fried Chicken Restuarant[sic] until his health failed two years ago. Mr. Tipton was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife if 57 years, Betty Tipton of Garwood; one daughter, Bernice Guthrie of Garwood; one son, Donald Tipton of San Felipe; three sisters, Callie Brown of Ft. Worth, Ruby Woods, and Lilly Warren both of Dallas, 11 grand children and 17 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and loved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, June 13, 1985

Tkac, Rudolf

Rudolf Tkac, 76, Missing 3 Days, Found Dead in Tank

The body of 76-year-old Rudolf Tkac, missing since Saturday from the home of his nephew, Anton Friedel, in the Osage section, was found Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock in a stock pond in the F. C. (Buddy) Seifert pasture about a mile from the Friedel home.

Sheriff J. O. Walker had led the search for the missing man since Monday morning. His deputies found the body floating about 10 feet from the tank edge after a search that had covered a wide area of woods and farmland.

Died of Natural Causes

Justice of the Peace A. J. Ratliff, who held the inquest, gave a verdict of death from natural causes, believing the old man had dropped dead, probably from a stroke, and then fallen into the water. The small amount of water in the lungs indicated death was not due to drowning, he said. Time of his death was estimated as about Monday morning.

Mr. Tkac’s hat and cane were found on a small knoll beside the tank, and he was fully clothed although one shoe was untied. Friends who were familiar with his lifelong habit of creek-bathing, in nearly every kind of weather and even at this advanced age, believed he may have been preparing to go bathing.

His wandering off alone was also not considered unusual, for he had lived alone for many years before going to live with his nephew about three months ago, and often had been known to stay overnight in the woods. It was believed he may have been trying to find his way into Weimar, where his sister, Mrs. Frances Friedel, lives, and lost his way.

Funeral Held Here

Funeral services were held f rom Hubbard Funeral Home Tuesday evening at 5:30, with Rev. Walter J. Cartwright officiating, and interment was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Tkac was born in Czechoslovakia April 9, 1876, the son of Frank and Anna Gucky Tkac, and came to this country in 1884, his family settling on a farm near Engle. He had lived in the Weimar area about 15 years. Some time ago he had seriously injured his back when a stepladder broke, causing him to fall. After that he lived briefly with his sister, Mrs. Friedel, here, later in a rest home at Schulenburg, and about three months ago moved in the Friedel home at Osage.

Survivors are his widow, who lives in San Antonio, two sons, Raymond and Vladik Tkac,both of San Antonio; two brothers, Joe of Fort Worth and Ludwig of Corpus Christi; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Kresta of Shiner and Mrs. Frances Friedel of Weimar; and a stepson, Joe Tkac of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, October 17, 1952

Tocik, Frances

Trash Fire Has a FatalSequel.

Eagle Lake, Tex., Dec. 18.--Mrs. FrancisTocik, 64, while burning trash in her yard today, was sobadly burned when her clothing caught fire that her deathresulted several hours later. The funeral was held thisafternoon. [Interment in LakesideCemetery]

She is survived by her husband and a sonresiding in Chicago.

Weimar Mercury, December 22,1916

Toland, Jack

A colored tenant on Mr. Geo. Little’s place named Jack Toland died Tuesday from the effects of a carbuncle. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, July 6, 1891, page 3

Tolbirt, Hattie Louise (Sronce)

Hattie Tolbirt

Funeral services for Mrs. Hattie Louise Tolbirt, a lifetime resident of Columbus, were held Tuesday, Aug. 31, from Henneke Funeral Home. The Rev. Henry Teems, minister of the First Baptist Church of Columbus, officiated. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mrs. Tolbirt died in Columbus Community Hospital early Monday. She had been in ill health for several years.

She was a daughter of Hattie Auerbach and William Robert Sronce Sr., born Nov. 19, 1918 in Columbus. She and John W. Tolbirt were married Jan. 19, 1939. Before retiring, Mrs. Tolbirt did secretarial work, and was employed by the Colorado County Federal Savings and Loan Association when the company was first organized.

Survivors include her husband, of Columbus; a daughter, Mrs. Louis (Nancy) Hobizal of San Antonio; 2 sisters, Mrs. T. W. (Laura) Glithero and Mrs. Owen (Lillian) Mehrens, both of Columbus; 2 brothers, William Robert Sronce Jr. and Gus L. Sronce, both of Columbus;. and one grandchild, Michelle Elizabeth Hobizal.

Pallbearers were James Dunn Seymour, Oliver Wegenhoft; Red Tolbirt, Jimmy Peters, Buddy Prause and W. R. Sronce IV.

Colorado County Citizen, September 3, 1976, page 2

Tolbirt, Ruthven Champion Jr.


Funeral services were held for R. C. "Judge" Tolbirt, Jr. Wednesday, November 19 at St. John's Epsicopal(sic) Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with the Reverend Joseph Spitzler officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Judge Tolbirt, Jr. was born December 18, 1938. in La Grange to Ruthven Champion Tolbirt, Sr. and Winona Zwiegel Tolbirt.

Mr. Tolbirt was a computer programer and he was self-employed. He was a lifetime residence. He was affiliated with President Of Percheron Horse Association of Texas.

Survivor is his mother, Winona Tolbirt of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Buddy Rau, Melvin Huebel, Fred Jensen, Nelson Mackenroth, Guthrie Blahuta, Jesse Kolenovsky, Leon Labay and Rusty Labay.

Colorado County Citizen, November 27, 1986

Tolbirt, Ruthven Champion “Red”


Funeral services for R. C. Tolbirt were held July 26 at St. John's Episcopal Church for R. C. Tolbirt with Father David Penticuff officiating.

Mr. Tolbirt was born in La Grange on March 30, 1913 to F. M. and Ruthven Champion Tolbirt and he passed away July 24, 1984 at his home.

He was a member of St. John's Church and the American Legion, having served in Europe with the 87th Infantry Division. He was also a member of the Blue Lodge, Council, Chapter, Commandery, Arabia Temple and Colorado Valley Shrine Club. He had achieved the honorary degree of Knight of the York Cross of Honor by having served as head of the Blue Lodge, Council, Chapter and Commandery of the Masonic Lodge of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Winona; one son, R. C. Tolbirt Jr,; two nieces, Nona Artusy and Linda Zwiegel; and two nephews, John and Bill Zwiegel

Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, August 2, 1984, page 2


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Tolleson, Laura Alice (Miller) 

Mrs. Tolleson, an aged lady, and formerresident of the Osage section died near Bay City Monday andthe remains were brought here the following day forinterment in the Osagecemetery by the side of her latehusband. Owing to the train getting here late, and the muddycondition of the roads, it was necessary to defer intermentof the body until Wednesday. Mrs. Tolleson and the familyhad quite a number of friends throughout this section, andall join us in expressions of sympathy andcondolence.

Weimar Mercury, 13 March 1913(Friday)
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Tolleson,Virgil Addison 


Columbus Aug 18 -- A double tragedyoccurred at Towell & Shaw's gin yard in this city at 10o'clock last night in which E. C. Pinchback and V. A.Tolison lost their lives. Tolison, after a few words, cutPinchback's throat, from which he died one and a half hourslater.

Ned Burford, a cousin of Pinchback, waspresent and immediately shot Tolison with a pistol. Tolisonran away in the dark and his dead body was found about 1o'clock this morning.

Justice Gregory is holding the inquestthis morning and Burford waived examination and gave bond inthe sum of $1000. He is a son of ex-sheriff W. T. Burford.The unfortunate affair is universally deplored. -- HoustonChronicle.
[Buried OsageCemetery]

Weimar Mercury, 25 August 1906
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Toman, Albert

SHERIDAN - Albert Toman, 81, of Sheridan, died Sunday, May 21, 2006.

He was born Jan. 31, 1925, in Codine, to the late August Karl and Bettie Palvick Toman. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville. He was a veteran or World War II and a recipient of the Meritorious Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal with the Bronze Arrowhead (Amphibious Assault Landing) and five bronze stars for Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland, and Central Europe Campaigns.

Survivors: wife, Betty Smart Toman; daughter, Lorene Toman of Brentwood; stepdaughters, Wanda Barrier of Yorktown, Lisa Toman of East Bernard, Dana Rodgers of Corpus Christi, Tiffany Fogle, and Lasca Asp of North Dakota; sons, Lawrence Toman of San Antonio, Robert Toman of Seaford, N.Y., James Allen Toman of Calabasas, Calif., and David Toman of East Bernard; sisters, Elizabeth Leblanc of Hearne, Lily Demn of Hallettsville, Alma Jane Jankowski of Richmond, Augusta Lee Comer, Margaret Provazono of Houston, Evelyn Becker of Houston, and Bettie Ann Lyons of Katy; brother, George Toman of Pasadena; 24 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: one stepson; sister, Dorothy Toman; and brother, Eugene Toman.

Visitation will be noon today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be 7 p.m. tonight at the chapel.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville, the Rev. Bryan Heyer officiating.

Burial will be at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, N.Y.

Victoria Advocate online, May 23, 2006

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Toombs, Dorothy (Riehs)


Mrs. Dorothy Riehs Toombs of Pasadena and formerly of Columbus died Saturday, August 3.

Funeral services were held in Pasadena Tuesday morning, August 6, with Reverend Marlin Fenn of the Trinidad United Methodist Church officiating. Graveside services were held at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus Tuesday afternoon.

Mrs. Toombs was born in Columbus, October 27, 1921 to Charles and Ophelia Saxon Riehs. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Survivors are: two sons, Charles Michael and Mark of Pasadena; one daughter and son-in-law, Martha and Mark Fenn and two grandchildren, Ronda and David, of Pearland; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Garland and Mary, of Wood River, Illinois; Charles and Doris, of High Point, N.C.; William and Joyce, of Victoria; and Clifford and Kay, of Davis, California. Several nieces, nephews, and other relatives also survive.

Colorado County Citizen, August 15, 1985

Torres, Beatrice (Sosa)

Beatrice Torres

Beatrice Torres, 57, of Eagle Lake passed away Wednesday, March 7 in Katy.

She was born July 29, 1949 in Eagle Lake, the daughter of Florentino and Macaria Garza Sosa.

Preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; and three brothers; survivors include her husband, John Torres; daughters, Jo Ann Castillo and husband, Jesus, and Angel Lynn Torres; sons, John Rene Torres and fiancé, Bianca Cantu, and Ryan Allen Torres all of Eagle Lake; sisters, Mary Munoz of Eagle Lake, Margaret Casares of Houston; brothers, Joe Sosa of Houston, Leandro Sosa of Rosenberg, and Damasio Sosa of Houston; brother-in-law, Wayne Moore of Houston; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at 7 p.m., Friday, March 9, at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home with Rev. Joe and Mercy Fling officiating.

Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Carmela Elizondo presiding.

The family later held a private burial [at Lakeside Cemetery]. Arrangements were under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 15th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Torres, Bill

Bill Torres
March 23, 1920-July 11, 2001

Bill Torres, 81, of Eagle Lake, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2001 at the Veteran's Hospital in Houston following a lengthy illness.

He was born March 23, 1920 in Eagle Lake to Dionicio and Frances Landeros Torres.

Attending Eagle Lake schools, he served his country honorably with the U. S. Army during World War II, serving in the Aleutians Islands campaign, and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal with one Bronze Star and Good conduct Medal.

He married Ramona Ybarra in Eagle Lake on January 20, 1946 and worked in area sand and gravel quarries for 21 years.

After working with natural furniture for 11 years, he retired from the City of Eagle Lake following 11 years of faithful service.

A member of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity, he was also a member of the Knights of columbus and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8783.

Preceded in death by his parents; sisters, sophia Padia and Esperanza Dominguez; and brother, Delfino Torres; survivors include his wife, Ramona; daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Bobby Zapalac, all of Eagle Lake; sons and daughter-in-law, Bill D. and Virginia Torres, John R. and Guadalupe Torres and Henry Torres of Houston, James and Gloria Torres of Rosenberg and Floyd Torres of North Carolina; sisters, Jovita Alvarado and Virginia Castillo of Houston, Tomasa Cruz of Freeport and Anita Tapia of Arizona; a brother, Tony Torres of Houston; 23 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

A vigil service was held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 13, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Eddie Winkler presiding; Maria de la Paz Nunez served as Cantor, and special tributes were given by his sons, grandchildren and VFW Post commander Len Matula.

A Rosary followed, led by Marcy Salinas.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, from the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary with Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating.

Other ministers included Guadalupe Gasca, Cross Bearer and SErver; PHillip Soto Jr., Lector; Cynthia Sunderman, Cantor; Patty Stephens, Organist; Theresa and Bobby Zapalac, Gift Bearers; Ruby and Guadalupe Gasca, Leo Luna, Hortense Ramirez and Vira Soto, Ministers of Communion; and Fulton Dromgoole and Herbert Ramirez, Paten Holders.

Interment and military honors followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake under the auspices of VFW Post 8783 of Eagle Lake.

Dulany Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Bill D. Torres, Christopher Torres, John R. Torres Jr., James A. Torres Jr., Ryan K. Banegas and Brian K. Cardenas.

The family requests memorials be made to the Parish of the Nativity Building Fund.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

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Contributed by James Torres

Torres,Carmen (Pulido)

Carmen Pulido Torres, 83, of Houston,died Friday, July 8, 1994, in a Houston nursinghome.

Born in Nueva Rosita, Coahuila, Mexico,she was the daughter of Roque and Eulalia (Villarreal)Pulido. On May 1, 1937, she married Casimiro C. Torres. Mrs.Torres was a homemaker and a Catholic who had been a Houstonresident since 1959.

Funeral services were held Monday, July11, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with FatherTim Kosler officiating. Interment followed inSt.Anthony Catholic Cemetery.Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home,Columbus.

Pallbearers were George Rivera Jr., JodyPulido, Gus Torres, William Pulido, Roque Castillo andJohnny Rodriquez.

Mrs. Torres is survived by her daughter,Lydia Rivera of Houston; grandchildren, Daniel Salinas andSteven Salinas, both of Spring; a sister, Mary Ramirez ofColumbus; brothers, Frank Pulido and Roy Pulido, both ofColumbus and Joe Pulido of Katy.

She was preceded in death by her parents;her husband, on July 23, 1969; a granddaughter, Mary EllenSalinas; brother Tony Pulido; and sisters Helen Garcia, LupeRivera and Consuelo Pulido.

Colorado County Citizen, July 13,1994
Transcription by DennisBoatright

Torres, Casimiro


Casimiro Tortes, 69, of Eagle Lake, passed away October 3 at the Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston following a lengthy illness. Funeral services were held October 5 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. Lionel DeSilva, C.P.S. officiating. Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery. Services were directed by Dulany Funeral Home.

Casimiro Torres was born March 4, 1915. He had been an Eagle Lake resident most of his life. He retired in 1980 after 40 years of service with the Santa Fe Railroad.

He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of Eagle Lake.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Cordova Torres, Eagle Lake, one daughter, Aurora Montoya of Bay City, six sons, John, Alfred, Frank, Casimiro Jr., Jessie and Jerry Torres, all of Eagle Lake; one sister, Mrs. Paula Ramos of El Campo and three brothers, Marcilino Torres of Washington State, Lucio and Frank Torres both of Edinburg. Casimiro had 16 grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of loved ones. Pallbearers Included Jose Leal, Julian Flores, Sr., Steve Cordova, Alex Ramirez, Sr., Bruno Leal, and Leo[sic]

Colorado County Citizen. October 18, 1984, page 2

Torres, Casimiro,Jr.

Casimiro Torres Jr.,48,of EagleLake,passed away Jan.29,at Christus St.Catherine Health andWellness Center in Katy following a lengthyillness.

A native and lifelong resident ofColorado County,he was born Dec.19, 1953 in Eagle Lake toCasimiro Torres Sr.and Mary (Cordova)Torres.He attendedlocal schools,led a career in automotive paint and bodyrepair and was a member of the Roman Catholic Parish of theNativity in Eagle Lake.

He is survived by daughters,Valerie De LaRosa and Emmy Lou Torres, both of Bay City;his mother ofEagle Lake;sister,Aurora Montoya of BayCity;brothers,John,Alfred,Jesse and Jerry Torres all ofEagle Lake and Frank Torres of Sugar Land;and sixgrandchildren. Funeral services were conductedeb.[sic] 1,from the Roman Catholic Parish of theNativity 's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary in EagleLake with the Rev.Eddie Winkler officiating.

Other ministers included lector,PhilipSoto Jr.,cantor,Carmen Nunez and organist PattyStephens.Interment followed in LakesideCemetery,Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Alfred Torres Sr., FrankTorres,Domingo Sosa,Michael Romo,Michael Sosa and JasonTorres.

Colorado County Citizen, February 6,2002
Courtesy of The Citizen

Torres, Frank Jr.

Frank Torres, Jr., 64, of El Campo,formerly of Columbus, passed away June 30 at Heart Hospitalof Austin.

He was born Oct. 13, 1937 in East Bernardto Frank Sr. and Mary (Vasquez) Torres. He was a member ofSt. Robert's Catholic Church in El Campo. He was a residentof El Campo for 30 years and was formerly fromColumbus.

He was preceded in death by his fatherFrank Torres, Sr.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Torresof El Campo; sisters, Hilda Bidales of Mentz, Eva Rodriguezof Conroe and Mary Alice Medina of El Campo; brothers, GusTorres of Weimar, Rudy Torres of Columbus and Richard Torresof El Campo.

Funeral services are today, July 3 at 10a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with FatherEddie Winkler officiating. Interment will follow atSt.Anthony Catholic Cemetery inColumbus.

Pallbearers are Richard Torres, FernandoVasquez, James Rodriguez, John Rodriguez, Chris Medina andBilly Bidales.

Colorado County Citizen, July 3,2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Torres, Hermerejilda Maria (Rodriguez)

Torres Funeral Services

Hermerejilda Maria Torres of Columbus passed away January 17. 1993 in the Columbus Community Hospital at the age of 96 years.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Torres were held Wednesday. January 20 at 3:00 p.m. from St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Richard Jones officiating and interment in the church cemetery.

Born in San Marcos April 13, 1906. Mrs. Torres was the daughter of Secperno and Avarita Cardenas Rodriguez. She married Domingo Torres December 30, 1926 and was a housewife. She lived most of her life in the Eagle Lake and Sheridan area, living in Columbus the past 2-1/ 2 years.

Survivors include her husband, Domingo Torres of Columbus; daughter, Elisa T. Munoz of Sheridan; sons. Lucas Torres of Albuquerque. New Mexico, Jesse Torres of Columbus and Domingo Torres of Houston; 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one grandson and one great-granddaughter.

Pallbearers were Luke Torres Jr., Danny Torres, Manuel Munoz, Brandon Munoz, Daniel Torres, Sandy Torres, Larry Munoz, Eric Cuellar, Jesse Torres Jr., Teddy Munoz, Nick Alan Munoz and Travis Stasney.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, January 28, 1993, page 4

Torres, Mary (Cordova)

Mary Cordova Torres

Mary Cordova Torres, 82, passed away Wednesday, May 9.
She was born May 19, 1924 in Gonzales. She was a housewife and was of the Catholic faith.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Eulalio and Felipa Cordova; her husband, Casimiro Torres, Sr.; four brothers, Eulalio Jr., Sabino, Vicente and Leocadio Cordova; two sisters, Virginia Becerra and Matilde Hernandez; two sons, Robert Torres (infant) and Casimiro Torres, Jr.

Survivors include a daughter, Aurora Montoya and husband, Lupe, of Bay City; sons, John Torres of Eagle Lake, Alfred Torres and wife, Noelia, of Eagle Lake, Frank Torres of Houston, Jessie Torres and wife, Emily, of Eagle Lake and Jerry Torres of Eagle Lake; 20 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and other relatives and loved ones.

Visitation was held Thursday, May 10 from 5 p.m. till 8 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Funeral Home Chapel. Rosary was held Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Funeral services were held Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at Parish of the Nativity Church in Eagle Lake with Father Robert Guerra officiating. Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Martin Vazquez, Alfred Torres, Jr., Michael Torres, Dennis Montoya, Aaron Montoya and Rene Torres.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 17th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Torres, Mary (Vasquez)


Mary Vasquez Torres, 88, of El Campo, formerly of Columbus, passed away Aug. 22 at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston.

She was born in Waco, May 25, 1917 to Eufemio and Solada (Ramirez) Vasquez and married Frank Torres Sr., May 10, 1937.

She was a member of St. Robert Catholic Church in El Campo.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sons, Frank C. Torres Jr.; and granddaughters, Paula and Rhonda Kay Torres.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Hilda and Tommy Bidales of Mentz, Eva and Johnny Rodriguez of Conroe and Marie Alice and Rod Medina of El Campo; sons and daughters-in-law, Gus and Florine Torres of Weimar, Rudy and Sandy Torres of Columbus and Richard Torres of El Campo; half sisters, Juanita Garcia of Columbus, Molly Cavello of Sugar Land, Consuelo Ramirez of Geronimo and Susana Gonzalez of San Antonio; half-brothers, Pete Ramirez of Columbus and Manuel Ramirez of San Marcos; 20 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 24 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Billy and Albert Bidales, James and John David Rodriguez, Fernando Vasquez and Chris Medina.

Colorado County Citizen, August 31, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Torres, Paula

Funeral services for Paula Torres of Columbus were held Sunday at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.  Father Arnold Anders officiated.

Interment was at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery.

Miss Torres, 17, died near Crockett, Texas Friday.

She was born in Houston on Feb. 24, 1963 to Mr. and Mrs. Gus Torres of Columbus.  She resided most of her life in Eagle Lake.  She was a member of the Catholic Church.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by four sisters, Pauline, Janett, Janice and Theresa Torres of Columbus, and four brothers, Edward, Bobby, Ernest and Stephen Torres of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, August 28, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Torres, Ramona (Ebarra)

Ramona Torres

Ramona Torres, 77, of Eagi Lake, passed away April 8 in Houston.

She was born January 29,1930 in Gonzales.

Ramona was a housewife and was of Catholic faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Torres; parents; an infant daughter; and four brothers.

Survivors include five sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Virginia Torres, Henry Torres. John R. and Guadalupe Torres and Eloyd "Rusty" Torres all of Houston and James and Glori Torres of Rosenberg; a daughter and son-in-law, Theresa amd Bobby Zapalac of Eagle Lake; three brothers, Paul Ebarra of Eagle Lake, Jimmy Ebarra and Ernest Ebarra both of Rosenberg; a sister, Minnie Check of San Antonio; 24 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held Tuesday, April 10 at 7p.m. from Eagle Lake Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. from the Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church with.Father Robert Guerra officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Bill D. Torres, Jr., Eric W. Torres, John R. Torres, Jr., James A. Torres, Jr., Ryan K Banegas and Brian K. Cardenas.

Memorials may be given to the Parish of Nativity Building Fund, P.O. Box 307, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 12, 2007

Torres, Sarah (Carranza) Sosa


Funeral services for Sarah Sosa Torres, age 59, of Eagle Lake, were held January 6 at the Vine of the Lord Church with Reverend Paul Aguilar officiating. Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Local arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Sarah was born August 24, 1925 in Vanderbilt, to Louis and Juanita Carranza. She was a resident of Eagle Lake for most of her life.

Sarah was a member of the Vine of the Lord Church.

Survivors include husband, Rudy Torres of Eagle Lake; father, Louis Carranza of Simonton; four daughters, Alice Castillo of Eagle Lake, Diane Valdez of Baytown, Vivian Guerra and Linda Kay Sosa both of Eagle Lake; eight sons, Julian and Billy Sosa both of Houston, Larry, Alvin, David and' Charles Sosa all of Eagle Lake, Hermann and Fidel Perez both of California; one sister, Celia Fernandez of Eagle Lake; one brother, Roy Carranza of Houston; 17 grandchildren, numerous half brothers and sisters, other relatives and loved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, January 10, 1985, page 2

Torres, Toribio


Torivio [Toribio] Torres, a respected Mexican citizen, who had lived on the H. A. Dromgoole farm for 25 years, passed away about noon Sunday. The body was being held awaiting the arrival of his sons who are in the Army.

One son, Pvt. Peter Torres of Keesler Field, Miss., arrived Tuesday night. Pfc. Ernest Torres of camp San Louis Obispo Calif., and Pvt. Bill Torres of Alaska were in route. Another younger son, Dan Torres, with the wido of Torivio Torres are also among the survivors. [Interred at Lakeside Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, Friday, Dec 17, 1943
Contributed by James Torres

Torrez, Guadalupe G. "Jr."

Guadalupe G. Torrez

Guadalupe G. Torrez (better know as Jr.), 38, passed away April 14 in Houston.

He was born March 23, 1971 in Yoakum.

Jr. was a diesel mechanic and of Catholic faith.

Jr. was preceded in death by two grandfathers; and one grandmother.

He leaves to cherish his memories grandmother, Elena Torrez of Yorktown; parents, Guadalupe Torrez, Sr. and Rachael of Eagle Lake; son, Guadalupe Jesus Torres; sisters, Jo Ann Perry, Bobbie Joe Contreras and Benny all of Eagle Lake and Jennifer Owens and Joey of Columbus; brothers, Steve Torrez, Sr. and Elaine and Marcus Torrez all of Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were held at the Parish of the Nativity Church on April 17 at 1 p.m. with Father Robert Guerra officiating. Burial followed at Nativity Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ruben Herrera, Bennie Cuellar, Oscar Garcia, Juan Castillo, Stephen Wafer and Ben Stevenson.

Honorary pallbearers were Guadalupe J. Torres, Nicholas Contreras, Panthera Owens and Ervin Gomez.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 23rd, 2009

Toups, Zelda Pearl (Daughterly)

Services for Zelda Pearl Toups, 78, of Rock Island were held June 23 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Tim Kosler officiating. Interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Toups passed away at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus. She was born July 19, 1911 in Cambridge, Ohio to Harry and Essie Campbell Daughterly and was united in marriage with George Toups on December 7, 1973.

Toups was a retired Cajun cook and was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing bingo, bowling and horse racing. Toups was known as the "Sunshine Lady" on the Texas trailride serving refreshments to the weary trailriders. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George, on April 16, 1988; and son, Harry LeBlanc. Survivors include two daughters, Nancy LeBlanc Thiltgen of El Campo and Betty Ann LeBlanc Holitzke of Arp; one son, Jerry Allen Stokley of Columbus; one sister, Ruth Gregorczyk of Rock Island; one brother. Dale Daughterly of Emmitt, Idaho; seven grandchildren;and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Scott Thiltgen, Wade Holitzke, Donnie Vanek, James Blair, Joe Ehresman and Bill Hendrix. Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 28,1990
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Towell, Artimissa (Glass)


Columbus, Texas.--April 16.--Mrs. Artie Towell, aged 83 years, dropped dead of heart failure while going to her noon meal today. The body will be buried here tomorrow. She is survived by two sons, two daughters and several grandchildren. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]\

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 18, 1914, page 2

Towell, Emma Lena (Humphreys)


Loved Citizen of Eagle Lake Passed Away In Houston Wednesday Morning, Following Illness of Ten Weeks.

Funeral services for Mrs. R. H. Towell 44 years of age, who died at 9 a. m. Wednesday at the home of her sister-in-law. Mrs. H. W. Carothers, in Houston, were held front the McCreary Funeral Home, at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon. A solemn, sweet prayer service was, conducted by Rev. W. B. Wheeler, local Methodist minister, during which the only funeral music was a solo by Mr. C. D. Grubbs of Houston.

Mrs. Towell passed away after an illness of ten week, five of which were in the Memorial Hospital at Houston following an operation and the latter five weeks at the Carothers home.

Before her marriage she was Miss Emma Humphreys, and was born in San Marcus. She was married twenty-three years ago in Columbus to Mr. Towel!, the family moving to Eagle Lake from that city fifteen years ago.

Mrs. Towell was one of Eagle Lake's most loved women, for hers was a gentle, sweet, amiable disposition, and every acquaintance was a warm friend. So gentle, so sweet, so refined, she endeared herself to our people and to the people wherever she went, for her noble qualities of heart and mind made her a genuine favorite among all with whom she associated.

She was prominent in educational and religious work, a member of the Parent-Teachers Association during its activity here. She was a member of the Methodist church, the Garden Club and was active in Eastern Star work and one of that order’s most cherished members.

She is survived by her husband, R. H. Towell; two sons, R. H. Towell, Jr. and Billy Humphreys Towell, all of this city; a sister, Mrs. grady Shaver of Weimar, and two brothers, W. F. Humphreys of Del rio and J. L. Humphreys of Terlinhua, and a host of friends through out the city, community and county.

Following 'the funeral service here, many friends followed the casket to Columbus where interment was made in Odd Fellow Rest, with the services at the grave conducted by the order of the Eastern Star.

The pallbearers were H. C. Fitzgerald, T. P. Haley, F. Roos, Griff Thomas Jr., Grady Shaver of Weimar and Ben Anders.

To our friend, in the death of his life companion, one of the sweetest, most gentle. and finest characters we have ever known: and to the two fines boys who have lost their life's richest treasure--their mother--the Headlight editor joins with a legion of friends in extending sincerest sympathy in this hour of deep sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 4, 1936, page 1

Towell, Dr. Isaac

Dr. Isaac Towell, an old and respected resident of this city, died at his residence about 8 o’clock Saturday morning, aged 78. He has been for many years afflicted with partial paralysis, and confined to his room, and he bore his sufferings with remarkable fortitude and patience. The doctor was a man of naturally strong mind, thought for himself, and though never obtrusive, bold and manly in the expression of his views. His remains were interred last Sunday morning in the Fitzgerald cemetery, Shaw’s Bend. He leaves a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.

Colorado Citizen, June 5, 1890, page 3

Towell, Isaac "Ike"

Mr. Ike Towell End Own Life

Mr. Ike Towell passed out of thislife some time turing last night, presumably about midnight. Two empty bottles that had contained poison were found at his bed.

Mr. Towell had been in poor health for a year of so, having suffered astroke of paralysis and in late months his eyes had become very poor. Funeral arrangements had not been made as we go to press.

Mr. Ike Towell was a man of strong convictions, an announced atheist, strictly honest in his every dealing, an open enemy to strong drink and tobacco, fearless a nd courageous. He was a unique character in some ways. About a year ago he had a tombstone placed at his grave, and a few days ago he bought his coffin and left full instructions as to his funeral.

Mr. Towell had many friends in this and nearby counties.

He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Bettie Walker, of this city to whom the sympathy of the entire community goes out.

Colorado County Citizen, February 22, 1934

Mr. Ike Towell Funeral Held

Funeral services for Mr. Ike Towell were held here Friday morning at Odd Fellows Rest. Criminal District Judge Whit Boyd of Houston, reading the service which consisted of a last message written by Mr. Towell and directed to be read by some one “not afraid that lightning would strike during the service.”

Over 100 persons wee present to hear the following message:

“Especially do I want to impress the fact upon the people that one child was born, passed through the years of youth, grew to manhood, lived a tolerably respectable life, reached old age, died and could be buried without the assistance of the clergy.”

“It is my will and I so direct that my funeral be the cheapest possible. I do not hold with carrying a person from county to county for the sole purpose of burial.

“My religion consists of doing right and loving justice. I affirm that all men should tell the truth and pay their debts. I do not believe in any God, devil, ghost or savior and I have opposed tobacco, whiskey, gambling, ly8ing and stealing practically all my life. If any one of the clergy ever calls my name after death I insist that he speak the truth about me, a thing I have never known a preacher to do about a dead disbeliever. The clergy have never been able to bribe me with the promise of a beautiful home in a fictitious heaven nor bluff my by their everlasting punishment in a hell of fire and brimstone.”

Mr. Towell is survived by two half sisters, Mrs. Bettie Walker of this city and Mr. W. T. Ory of San Antonio, and by the following nieces and nephews: Dr. R. H. Harrison, Mrs. T. J. Windham, Judge Whit Boyd, William Boyd, Mrs. H. W. Carothers, Mrs. Bennie Peterson and Miss Ina Mae Towell of Houston. Miss Lydia Boyd of Washington, D. C., Braxton Boyd of Tennessee, Sam Towell and Ike Towell of Beaumont, Dr. Whit Harrison of Kansas City, R. H. Towell of Eagle Lake, Carey Towell of San Antonio, Mrs. Margaret Littlefield of Dallas, Mrs. Walter Hinson of Richmond, and Mrs. Stanley DeWaal of San Antonio.

The bereaved ones have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

Colorado County Citizen, March 1, 1934
Transcribed by JudyTalkington

Towell, LauraRebecca (Shaw)

97-year-old Mrs. Towel is Buried HereTuesday

Funeral services were held at the Baptistchurch here Tuesday afternoon for Mrs. Laura Rebecca Towell,97, who died Sunday at the home of her daughters', Mrs. H.W. Carothers and Miss Ina Mae Towell, in Houston.

Mrs. Towell, who was born in Shaw's BendDec. 7, 1856, was a daughter of Col. Josiah Shaw, plantationowner, for who that community was named. In 1879, she wasmarried to James Whitworth towel, farmer an gin operator. Hedied in 1919.

After breaking her hip 20 years ago, Mrs.Towell moved from Columbus to Houston to live with herdaughters.

During her residence here she was adiligent worker with the Baptist Church, and after her moveto Houston she continued her church work.

Dr. Norman Roberts officiated andColumbus Funeral home was in charge of arrangements. Burialwas in OddFellows Rest cemetery.

During the funeral services, apiano-organ duet "Beautiful City" was played, with Mrs. H.A. Ward at the organ and Mrs. Stanley deWaal at the piano.The piano in the church was a recent gift from Mrs. Towell'sfamily in her honor.

Besides Mrs. Carothers and Miss Towell,she is survived by a son, Carey Towell of San Antonio, andanother son, Roy H. Towell of Eagle Lake, also 3grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Joe Shaw ofColumbus is her nephew and Mrs. Cora Rudicil of Columbus isher niece.

Pallbearers were Durrell Carothers, RoyTowell Jr., Billy H. Howell, Carey C. Shaw, E. G. Miller andS. K. Seymour Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday,December 31, 1953
Transcription by DennisBoatright

Towell, WilliamWhitworth

Mr. WilliamTowell

Funeral services were held at the FirstBaptist Church here yesterday morning at ten thirty for Mr.William Towell, who departed this life in Houston Tuesdaymorning at about six o'clock, following an illness extendingover a period of some two years. Rev. Wm. D. Wyattofficiated. [Intrment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

Active pallbearers were FreelandGlithero, Brandon Fitzpatrick, C. L Youens, BennettHastings, Sam K. Seymour Jr. Honorary pallbearers: J. J.Everett, S. K. Seymour Sr., H. L. B. Skinner, W. J. Wirtz,Milton Wirtz, Sam Harbert, Louis Paulsen, E. G. Miller, JoeBrigham, Donald Glithero, Harry Morland, Henry Ilse, CrestonGay, Carl Milentz and Lonnie McCane.

Mr. Towell was born in this city andreceived his education in the Columbus schools. For the pastsix years he has resided in Houston and was operating autoparking stations there at the time of his death.

He was a young man of exemplary habits,highly respected and had many friends here who sorrow at hispassing. He is survived by the mother, Mrs. Laura Towell ofHouston, two sisters, Mrs. Mary Carruthers and Miss Ina MaeTowell of Houston and two brothers, Mr. R. H. Towell ofEagle Lake and Mr. Carey Towell of San Antonio. He was anephew of Mr. Ike Towell and Mrs. Bettie Walker of thiscity.

Colorado County Citizen, June 2,1932
Transcribed by DennisBoatright

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Tracy, Henry Sylvester


Death has again visited our little city and left sorrow and gloom in his wake. This time two of our most prominent citizens—John A. Dobbins and Henry S. Tracy—were taken suddenly from the world and transplanted on the eternal shore. Mr. Dobbins was taken sick Friday night, and died Sunday evening, and was buried in the Masonic cemetery Monday evening with Masonic honors. Mr. Tracy had been sick about a week, and died also on Sunday evening, a short time after Mr. Dobbins, and was buried on the lake Tuesday morning by the A. O. U. W. and K. and L. of Honor. Eagle Lake has indeed suffered great loss. Our heartfelt sympathies are extended the bereaved relatives and friends.

Colorado Citizen, January 15, 1891, page 3


No longer than in last week’s Citizen we noticed in the Eagle Lake Items that a comrade of the late war, a member of Company C. has passed over the river and now rests under the shade. Henry S. Tracy made a true and faithful soldier and in arms was always ready; and so he may have died. One by one they pass away to join those beyond and as we pause in memory true words seem to interrogate us, “say, are you ready?”

Colorado Citizen, January 22, 1891, page 3

Trainer, Thomas T.

COL. THOMAS TRAINER died at his ranch on the Pin-oak creek,in this county, of flux, on Thursday last, 14th inst. Deceased was born in Greene county, Kentucky, on he[sic] 14th of February, 1812. and has been for many years a resident of Columbus, and was for a time engaged in the mercantile business. He was a gentlemen[sic] of unobtrusive deportment, kindly manner, probity[sic], and for years a consistent member of the Baptist church. His remains were consigned to dust at Odd Fellows’s Rest at 10 o’clock last Friday morning, to await the resurrection morn.

Colorado Citizen, October 21, 1886

Trammell, EuniceElaine (Cornelson)

Eunice Elaine Trammell, 79, of Garwood,died Wednesday, July 20, 1994.

Born May 17, 1915, in Schulenburg, shewas the daughter of Fenton "Red" and Olga (Steinmann)Cornelson. Mrs. Trammell was a Lutheran.

Funeral services were held Friday, July22, at Wheeler Funeral Home Chapel in El Campo with Rev.Sammy Carr officiating. Interment followed in OaklawnMemorial Park.

Pallbearers were Michael Ryan, PatrickRyan, Jason Ryan, Clayton, Ryan, 'Paul Trammel and DennisTrammell.

Mrs. Trammell is survived by sons SamuelRay Trammell of Columbus and Thomas Bryan Trammell ofBalmorhea and brothers, Ray Cornelson and Bruce Cornelson,both of El Campo.

She was preceded in death by her parentsand her husband, Hermann G. Trammell.

Colorado County Citizen, July 27,1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Trammell, Martin

A negro man named Martin Trammell was found dead in his bed, at his home about three miles south of Weimar, last Friday night, his death having been caused from a gunshot wound in the neck. In the absence of Justice of the Peace Hancock, Judge H. J. Strunk of Oakland presided at the inquest, and the verdict returned was that the deceased came to his death from the result of a gunshot wound, self inflicted. It is believed the negro deliberately committed suicide by placing the gun barrel against his neck and pulling the trigger with his toe. This negro was suspected of knowing something about the dead body of the baby found last week upon his premises, and it is believed that fear of some punishment being inflicted upon him caused him to commit suicide. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, December 10, 1898

Trammell, Sylva Ray


Final rites were held Wednesday, January 25th at 9:30 am., for  Sylva Ray Trammell of Beaumont, Texas.  Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake Wednesday afternoon with the Rev. Paul A. Grout of the Garwood Methodist Church officiating.  Mr. Trammell died Monday, Jan. 23rd at a Beaumont Hospital after resent surgery.  He was born at Mountain Home, Ark., on January 12th, 1906 and at the time of his death resided Silsbee, Texas and was employed by Clegg and Hunt Drilling Contractors.  He had many friends in the vicinity and made his home at times in Garwood with his half-sister, Mrs. W.N. Dixon.  He also resided in Eagle Lake for a time.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Aline Trammell of Silsbee; two sons, Buddy Ray Trammell of New Iberia, La., and Bobbie Trammell of Waco; and a step daughter, Mrs. M.W. Dubon, Jr. of Winnie, Texas.  Also surviving are two brothers, Herman Trammell of Yuba City, Calif., three half brothers, Ray Trammell of Area, Mo., Marvin Trammell of Mountain Home, Ark., and Edgar Lornan of Mt. Vernon, Wash.; and three grandchildren and three step grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. A number of Garwood friends were in Eagle Lake for the funeral services. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 2, 1961
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Trapp, Claude C.

Claude C. Trapp Sr.

June 7, 1900 — February 21, 1993

Claude C. Trapp Sr., 92, of Columbus and formerly of Rock Island, died February 21, 1993, at River Oaks Convalescent Center in Columbus.  He was born June 7, 1900, in Paris, Texas, to John and Josephine McGuire Trapp. On October 31, 1931, he married Marie Eaton. He was a retired heavy construction worker.  He was preceded in death by a daughter, Eunice Venghaus; his parents; four brothers; two sisters; and three grandchildren.  Survivors include his wife, Marie Trapp of Columbus; a daughter, Joy Holbrook of Houston; two sons, J.C. Trapp of Columbus and Claude C. Trapp Jr. of Houston; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held February23 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Schlortt officiating. Burial following at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.  Pallbearers were John Trapp, Keith Day, David Venghaus and Dave Taylor.  Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 28, 1993
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Trapp, J. C.


J. C. Trapp, 70, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 25 at St. Luke Hospital in Houston.

He was born in Dallas, Dec. 3, 1935 to Claude C. and Marie (Eaton) Trapp and married Erlene Ressler, Sept. 1, 1956. He was a member of Woodmen of the World and retired as a pile driver for heavy construction companies.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Eunice Venghaus.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Mike Gordy of Columbus and Tammi and Rocky Menke of Columbus; son, John and Christi Trapp of Columbus; sister, Joy Jay Hollbrook of Beaumont; brother. C.C. “Bo” Trapp Jr. of Huffmann; grandchildren, Ami (Menke) and husband Chris Doran, Alli Menke, Brad and Julie Gordy and Lauren and Ashley Trapp; and great-grandson, Colin Doran.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 28 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Deacon Benny Holesovsky officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Doug and Ronald Ressler, Steve Heffley, Lynn Jones, Tivo Delgado, Zeke Blackstock, Clint Berger, Keith Day, Brad Bryson and Brandon Barten.

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

Trapp, Marie E. (Eaton)

Marie E. Trapp, 81, of Columbus diedFriday, March 4, 1994, in Columbus.

Born Oct. 5, 1912, in Rock Island, she was the daughter of George and Summer [Sumner] (Keinchlor [Kincheloe]) Eaton. On Oct. 31, 1931, she married Claude C. Trapp. She lived most of her life in rock Island residing for the last six years in Columbus.

Funeral services were held Monday, March7, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. RobertSchlortt officiating. Interment followed in MyrtleCemetery in RockIsland.

Pallbearers were John Trapp, DavidVenghaus, Keith Day and Gary Cooper.

Mrs. Trapp is survived by daughter JoyHolbrook of Beaumont; sons J. C. Trapp of Columbus andClaude C. Trapp Jr. of Huffman; brothers Monroe Eaton ofColumbus and Roy Eaton of Santa Fe, Texas; 13 grandchildrenand 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents;her husband on Feb. 21, 1993; a daughter, Eunice Venghaus;granddaughter Gay Lynn Venghaus and two grandsons, Clint andCarl Venghaus.

Colorado County Citizen, March 9,1994
Translated by Dennis Boatright

Traylor, Charles Wesley


Mr. Charles Traylor passed out of this life at his home in the city early yesterday morning, after an illness of several months. About two weeks ago he fell and broke his hip, which caused him much suffering and served to hasten the end.

Funeral services were held at the residence at four yesterday afternoon and the remains were laid to rest in Odd Fellows Rest. Rev. M. L. Darby conducted the service.

Mr. Traylor was born in Jackson County, Texas, June 10, 1847. He came to this city over fifty years ago and was in business here with his brother in the grocery business for a number of years, and later was in the lumber business. He was married to Miss Lou Perry in July 1875.

He served the Confederacy in the Civil War.

He is survived by three brothers, a wife and three daughters, Mrs. J. L. Keith and Mrs. Roberta Bunch of Beaumont and Mrs. Maud Schultz of this city.

The Citizen extends sympathy.

Colorado Citizen, December 3, 1925

Traylor, Jim


Jim Traylor, colored resident of Weimar said to be 77 years of age, died here very suddenly of a heart attack last Friday afternoon. Bystanders were astounded, as the negro had no more than sat down at the Ford Motor Co. when he had this attack which proved to be fatal. A few moments before he had bought a nice-sized cut of meat from the Kasper market, and while there had casually remarked he hoped he would be able to eat some of it for super that night.

Jim had worked for Mr. B. L. Townsend for many years past. His wife Lucy, survives him. They had no children. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, September 15, 1944, page 1

Traylor, Lura Olive

Died, on the 20th instant, in this city Laura[sic] Olive, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Traylor. The angel of death has cast a fearful shadow upon bleeding hearts, but their consolation may be found in the blest thought that their cherished cherub has escaped a world of sorrow, and is now a shining angel in the Household of God. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

“Smiling lips and eyes of azure
Now are laid in quiet sleep,
While above her hearts are aching,
With a sorrow wild and deep.”

Colorado Citizen, May 26k 1881, page 3

Traylor, Lura Virginia (Perry)

Funeral Services To Be Held Tomorrow
Mrs. Lura Traylor

Funeral services for Mrs. Lura Virginia Traylor, 81, who died early this morning at her home in Columbus, will be held tomorrow (Friday) at Columbus Funeral Home at ten o'clock. Rev. Frank D. Charlton, pastor of Columbus Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mrs. Traylor was born in Columbus September 19, 1857, the daughter of Geo. L. Perry.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Maud Schultz of Columbus and Mrs. Fay Bunch of Beaumont, one sister, Mrs. J. W. Whittington of Yoakum, and one brother, J. L. Perry of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, March 9, 1939
Contributed by Deborah Smith

Traywick,George Kendall


George Kendall Traywick, 57, of Columbuspassed away June 21 at his residence in Columbus.

He was born in Houston May 20, 1946 toG.C. and Dorothy (Ingram) Traywick and married Gilda MarieLadner June 5, 1982.

He worked for Island Operating, Inc. ofLaFayette, La., an oil production company and was a memberof the First Baptist Church in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by hisfather.

He is survived by his wife; mother;daughters and son-in-laws, Sabra and Kevin Kasper of Navasota and Natalie and Jared Briggs of Belton; son anddaughter-in-law, Michael and Roxanna Traywick of Webster;sisters, Jan Nivens of Lufkin and Nancy and husband RobertCastro of Houston; and grandchildren, Macy and ChanceTraywick.

Funeral services were conducted June 23at First Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Sammy Carrofficiating. Interment followed at OddFellows Rest Cemetery inColumbus.

Pallbearers were Jerry Gilbreath, BraxtonLadner, Robert Castro, Jared Briggs, Kevin Kasper, RaymondVillareal and Bobby Boyer.

Colorado County Citizen, June 25,2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Trcka, Marie (Fucik)


Mrs. Paul Tricka died at her home at Nada Wednesday night after a brief illness. The funeral services were held at the Nada Catholic church this (Friday) morning at 9 o’clock. Mrs. Tricka, who was well known throughout the Nada community was about 42 years of age and news of her death came to Eagle Lake friends yesterday morning as a great shock, as it was not known here that she was ill and friends here were expecting her within a few days for a visit. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband and five children, her mother, Mrs. Frank Fucik, and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Koffran and Miss Anna Fucik, all of Nada, who have the sincerest sympathy of all the people who know them. [Interred at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, Saturday, March 1, 1924
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Trcka, Paul Peter

Paul Trcka, Former Nada Resident, Dies

NADA—Funeral services for 78-year-old Paul Trcka of League City, formerly of Nada, were held in the Catholic church at Dickison Monday, with burial in the St. Mary's cemetery here.

Deceased is a brother of Mrs. Cecelia Krenek of Nada. Surviving are a son of League City and 3 daughters.

Colorado County Citizen, April 24, 1958, page 10

Trefny, Charles

Chas. Trefny Funeral Held Here April 12

Funeral services for Charlie Trefny, 85, of Weimar, prominent farmer and rancher of the river area at Osage were held Thursday, April 12, from Weimar United Church Of Christ, with burial in Masonic Cemetery, Rev. Norman 'Skip' Sirnic officiated.

Trefny died of heart failure at 2 a. m. Wednesday, April 11, at his home, after a long period of failing health.

Born Nov. 26, 1904, in the Wildwood community, he was a son or Ignac and Louise (Klos) Trefny. He married Emma Brandt at Weimar on Nov. 7, 1926.

He was named Colorado Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1952. A longtime supporter of the Weimar FFA Chapter, he, was honored by the that association in 1978 with the Honorary Lone Star Farmer Degree , a recognition that has been given only twice in Weimar.

He was a member of Weimar United Church Of Christ and the Churchmen's Brotherhood there, Weimar Masonic Lodge No. 423, and Houston Scottish Rite, Arabia Temple Shrine.

His wife survives him, along with one son, Charles T. Trefny of Weimar; three grandchildren, Russell, Michael and Kim; twin granddaughters, Lauren and Morgan Trefny; four sisters, Gertie Brandt and Adeline Brandt of Holman, Tillie Brandt of Weimar and Emmie Klesel of Schulenburg; and one brother, George Trefny of Waco. One brother, Louis, preceded him in death

Pallbearers were Russell Trefny, Michael Trefny, Floyd Trefny, Ted Brandt, George Brandt Ill, and Melroy Brandt.

Weimar Mercury, April 19, 1990, page 12

Trefny, Emma (Brandt)

Emma Trefny Services Held On March 3

Funeral services for Emma Brandt Trefny, 87, of Weimar were held Sunday, March 3, at United Church of Christ in Weimar, with the Rev. Skip Sirnic officiating.

Burial was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Trefny died Friday, March 1, at Parkview Manor.

She was born March 2, 1908 to Henry Theodore and Selma (Benedict) Brandt in the Osage Community, Weimar.

She attended school through the eighth grade at Osage Schools.

She was married to Charlie Trefny on Nov. 7, 1926 at the Evangelical and Reformed Church in Weimar.

Mrs. Trefny lived her whole life in the Osage Community.

She was a housewife and a member of many organizations, including the Colorado Home Demonstration Club, Weimar Garden Club and Evening Circle of United Church of Christ.

Mrs. Trefny was preceded in death by her parents, her husband in April 1990, and a brother, Ewald Brandt

She is survived by her son, Charles Theodore Trefny, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Franklin Brandt, Harold (Buddy) Brandt, Ted Brandt, Michael T. Trefny, Milton Trefny, and Russell Trefny.

Weimar Mercury, March 7, 1996, page 2

Trefny, Louis A.

Final Rites For Louis Trefny, 68, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Louis A. Trefny, 68, were held Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 16, In the Weimar United Church of Christ, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Robert N. Crawford officiated.

Mr. Trefny died at 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14 at Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient for several weeks. He had been in ill health for several years.

Born Aug. 25, 1902, in Fayette County, he was a son of Ignac and Louise Klos Trefny. He married Laura Wienken on Nov. 1, 1926, and they settled in the Wildwood community, where they farmed until 1948, when they moved to Weimar. Here he was employed as a parts man at Brandt Motor Co. He also was a star route mail carrier and a substitute night watchman for several years.

Mr. Trefny was a member of the United Church of Christ, the Churchmen's Fellowship, the Volunteer Fire Department, and an officer in RVOS, Sedan Lodge No. 64. At Wildwood he had served as a school trustee.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Laura Trefny of Weimar; three sons, Milton, Robert, and Floyd, all of Houston; three daughters, Mrs. Gilbert (Evelyn) Guenther of Weimar, Mrs. J. C. (Violet) Hrachovy of Houston and Mrs. Eugene (Lillian) Farek of Pasadena; 24 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. two brothers, Charlie Trefny of Weimar and George Trefny of Waco; and four sisters, Mrs. George (Gertie) Brandt Jr. and Mrs. Arthur (Adeline) Brandt Sr., both of La Grange, Mrs. Oscar (Tillie) Brandt of Weimar, and Mrs. Hubert (Emmie) Klesel of Schulenburg.

Pallbearers were Edwin Peters, Anton Schindler, Fred Vornsand, Leanard Bartos, Charles Kalbus and Rudy Jasek. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Fire Department.

Weimar Mercury, February 25, 1971

Trefny, Milton Louis

Milton Louis Trefny

Milton Louis Trefny, 81, of Weimar, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 19 at his residence.

He was born in the Osage area on Sept. 29, 1929, the son of the late Louis A. and Laura (Weinken) Trefny. He spent several years in the auto parts business and was a successful store owner in Webster. Most recently, he started a family-owned convenience store in Columbus. He was a member of the American Legion Otto Rahlwes Post 259 and St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar.

Mr. Trefny is survived by his wife of 54 years, Lillian “Jean” (Blaschke) Trefny; daughter, Terri Lynn Trefny Christen and husband Roy of Columbus; son, Thomas Lee Trefny and wife Pam of Round Rock; five grandchildren, Kay Christen-Jahn and husband Keevan Jahn, Julie and Kari Christen, and Anthony and Ryan Trefny; one great-grandchild, Kendall Jahn; two brothers, Robert Trefny and wife Pauline of Houston, and Floyd Trefny and wife Karla of Bandera; two sisters, Evelyn Guenther of Weimar and Violet Hrachovy of Missouri City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Lillian Farek, and brothers-in-law Gilbert Guenther and J.C. Hrachovy.

A memorial service was held on Monday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar, with Rev. John Bily officiating. Burial followed at St. Michael’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at

Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Dec 2010, page 3
Contributed by Matt Cross

Trevino, Thomas

Thomas Trevino

Thomas Trevino, 96, of Eagle Lake, passed away Sunday, December 31, 1989 at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Eagle Lake. He was born in Texas to Mr. and Mrs. Felipe Trevino, had been an Eagle Lake resident for the past 20 years and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Eagle Lake. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Mary Gonzales of Austin; three granddaughters, Guadalupe Gutierrez of Austin, Mary G. Rangel of Stafford and Eva G. Cortez of Eagle Lake; nine great grandchildren and 11 great, great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and loved ones. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, January 1, 1990 from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Reverend Fr. Jesse Euresti officiating. Interment followed at the Lakeside Latin Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Pallbearers were Joe Richard Cortez, Joseph Daniel Gonzales, Alex Ramirez Jr., Rene Torres, Martin Trevino and Refugio Cardenas Jr. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home of Eagle Lake. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; January 4, 1990
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Treybig, Corrine Mae

Bachelor Hill
Corinne Marie

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Treybig, died suddenly at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hennecke, Sunday at 7:30 p.m. she was just one month old. She was buried Monday afternoon in St. Rocks[sic] cemetery at 4 p.m., Father Sullivan officiating. She leaves her heart broken parents, grandparents from both sides and a host of aunts and uncles. She was too good for this world, so God took her home, to have one more angel. God giveth; God taketh.

Colorado County Citizen, March 5, 1931, page 4

Treybig, Dean Karlton


Sympathy of all who know them is extended Mr. and Mrs. Mrs. Treybig of Glen Flora, whose baby boy, Dean Karlton Treybig, who, had he lived, would have been two years old in September, died at the Rosenberg hospital Monday morning following a two weeks' illness.

The little casket was brought, to Eagle Lake, funeral services being held Tuesday from the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Kohleffel, with Rev. Bruner S. Lee, Baptist pastor, conducting the services. Interment was made in the Lakeside Cemetery. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.

Besides the grief-stricken parents, and sorrowing grandparents, the sweet little baby boy is survived by two sisters, Margaret and Catherine, two brothers, James and Harry Lee and numerous other relatives.

To the lives of men and women many sorrows come but there is no sorrow that so overwhelms or so crushes the heart as that of the death of a dimpled darling, whose voice in the home was music that soothed and gladdened the heart and whose smile was the beam that banished clouds and tinted the future with prophetic ray. May He who pities the sorrowing soon send a healing sympathy to heal the bleeding hearts.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 3, 1936, page 1

Treybig, Gladys (Kohleffel)


Gladys Kohleffel Treybig, 89, of Bay City, died Tuesday, May 13,1997, at Matagorda House in Bay City.

Born March 10, 1908 in Eagle Lake, she was the daughter of William G. and Margaret (Johnson) Kohleffel. A 1928 graduate of Eagle Lake High School, she had lived in Bay City since 1942, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Services were held May 15 at the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Serving as pallbearers were Mike Treybig, Gary Dail Treybig, Randy McNeil, Kyle Kerlick, Stuart Hardin, Steven Hardin, Robert Hardin and Bobbie Wilpitz.

Mrs. Treybig is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and W.H. Martin of Bay City and Kathryn and Arlin Hardin of Waterwood; sons and daughters-in-law, James and Lorraine Treybig of Port Lavaca and Harry and Gloria Treybig of Fairchild; sister Myrtle Arnett of Pasadena, Texas; 15 grand-children, 19 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Milton H. Treybig, in 1980; son Dean Carlton Treybig, sister "Willie K." (Mrs: Orxille J) Mill; and brothers Raymond and Alvin W. Kohleffel.

Colorado County Citzen
Submitted by Mike Mattern from the files of Eldora Mattern

Tribune, Sally

Mrs. Sally Tribune, born in Columbus, Texas, wife of Thomas Tribune, died February 23, at her home, 4629 Langley Avenue.  Funeral services were conducted in our chapel on February 26.  Burial in family lot in Burr Oak cemetery.

The Chicago Defender, March 7, 1942.
Transcribed by David Hahn

Trichel, Sosthenne A. Jr.

S. Trichel Jr. Funeral Services Held Oct. 7

Sosthenne A. Trichel, Jr., 79, of Amarillo, died Saturday, Oct. 5, in the V.A. Hospital.

Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 7 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar with Father John C. Bily officiating.

Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Mr. Trichel was born Oct. 19, 1922, in Harrisonburg, La. He was a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

He was a “Flying Tiger” under the command of General Claire Chenault’s 14th Air Force during World War II.

Mr. Trichel is survived by two sisters and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Mirch Trichel of Weimar; one son, Stephen Trichel; his parents, three brothers and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice or to the charity of one’s choice.

The Weimar Mercury October 10, 2002
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Trichel, Stephen Andrew

Stephen Trchel Funeral Held Here June 5

Funeral services for Stephen Andrew Trichel, 30, of Amarillo were held Wednesday June 5, at St. Michael Catholic Cemetery. Father John Bily officiated.

Trichel, a night dispatcher for a meat packing company died June 2 at his home.

He was a lifelong resident of Amarillo. Born July 13, 1960, he was the son of S. A. Jr. and Mary Ann (Mirch) Trichel. He graduated from Tascosa High School in 1977. He was a member of St. Hyacinth Catholic Church in Amarillo.

His parents, who live in Amarillo, are his only immediate survivors.

Weimar Mercury, June 13, 1991

Trier, Jason

Trier Funeral Service Held OnFeb. 14

Funeral services for Jason Trier, 18, thegrandson of Weimar resident, Berry Steward, were heldSaturday, Feb. 14 at First Baptist Church Killeenwith.[sic]

The Scripture and Prayer were offered byRev. David G. Reynolds, Greater Vision CommunityChurch.

Tributes during the service were given by Celneque Bobbitt, Harker Heights High School Head BasketballCoach; Russell "Rusty" Segler, A&M Consolidated HighSchool Head Basketball Coach; and Tres Segler.

A family tribute was given by Mary M.Nelson; a solo, "I Won't Complain," was performed by Rev.Jarvis Nelson, Greater Macedonia Missionary Church; and theeulogy by Rev. Frank Garrett, Bethel St. Paul BaptistChurch.

Interment was in Paradise Gardens Cemetery inWeimar.

Jason was killed in a motor vehicleaccident on Monday, Feb. 9, near Paris, Tex.

He was a member of the Navarro Collegebasketball team and was one of two students killed when avan in which they were riding made a U-turn and was struckbroadside by a tractor-trailer.

Jason was born Oct. 28, 1985, the son ofAshton and Jill Trier. He graduated from Harker Heights HighSchool in Killeen last year.

He leaves to mourn his loving family andfriends.

His mother is an assistant superintendentwith the Giddings School District. His father is alieutenant colonel, stationed at Fort Hood.

Pallbearers were the Navarro JuniorCollege Basketball Team 2004; Harker Heights High SchoolBasketball Team 2003; and A&M Consolidated High SchoolTeam 2002.

Honorary pallbearers were PatrickCollier, Corin D. Douglas, Keyidron Jackson, Justin Melhado,Ryan Melhado, Rozell Nandramsingh, Dellon Smith, AlfreddieSteward, Charles E. Steward, Edward Steward Jr., PatrickSteward, Nian Young, Nikel Young and Winston YoungJr.

Weimar Mercury, February 19,2004

Trimble, Prichard

Negro Pedestrian 6th Traffic Victim in County for 1951.

Prichard Trimble, 75 year old Weimar negro, became the 6th traffic fatality in the county this year when he was hit by a car officers said was being driven by Mrs. W. W. Gunn Sr. of Columbus and La Grange as he was on Highway 90 near the Fayette county line Monday night.

rimble was killed instantly, according to Justice of the Peace A. J. Ratliff, who held an inquest shortly after the accident.

Officers ruled the accident unavoidable by Mrs. Gunn and filed no charges.

Patrolman Gene Crowder and Weimar City Marshall Fred Vornsand said the negro apparently made a sudden decision to cross the highway just as Mrs. Gunn's car was approaching from the east.

Mrs. Gunn stopped immediately, the officers said, but was unable to flag a car for help for several minutes.

Trimble, an employe for 35 years of the Boettcher Produce company in Weimar, lived alone but is survived by 2 daughters. His body was brought to Columbus by a Davis Funeral home ambulance.

Funeral arrangements had not been completed yesterday. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, November 1, 1951, page 1

Trojan, Amalia Malvine (Voskamp)


We learned Wednesday morning that Mrs. Henry Trojan, wife of a highly respected farmer of the Borden community, who had been very ill, died Monday night, and our informant said the funeral took place at Miller Creek Cemetery Wednesday. Mrs. Trojan was 75 years of age. We have only bare particulars at this writing, but hope to have a fuller report of her death in next issue.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, June 28, 1935, page 1


The death of Mrs. Henry Trojan of this section, which occurred at the family home Monday of last week, was a shock to all of her friends, as very few knew that she was seriously ill. Mrs. Trojan was well and favorably known down here, having lived in this section practically all her life. She was a good neighbor, wife and mother. The remains were laid to rest in the Miller Creek Cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Mrs. Trojan leaves to mourn her demise her husband, Mr. Henry Trojan, and one daughter, Mrs. Walter Lucko, three grandchildren, and one brother, Herman Voskamp of New Ulm. The family has the sympathy of the entire community.

Weimar Mercury, July 5, 1935, page 3


Mrs. Amelia Malvine Trojan (nee Voskamp) ws born at New Ulm, Austin county, Dec 10, 1860, and grew up to womanhood there. After the death of both her parents she came to live here with a brother and sister, about 28[sic] years ago. Later, March 1, 1900, she was united in marriage to Henry Trojan and to this union two daughters were born. One, the youngest, passed away soon at the age of only seven weeks, and the mother has now gone to meet her other dear ones who are waiting at the golden gate. She died June 25, 1935, at 1:30, after being seriously ill for five days. She had been in ill health for a number of years, but did her best to keep her housework going, without assistance. She would say, “ I can do that”, but would get very tired. Her illness and death is indeed sad to us all. Everything possible was done, but all in vain. It was God’s will to claim her, and relieve her of her suffering. Her vacant place is one hard to be filled, and she will be missed greatly , but we must bear it, as she can’t be with us any more. She was laid to rest at Miller’s Creek Cemetery the following day at 4 p.m., Rev. Flachmeier delivering the funeral service both at the home and at the grave. Those left to mourn her passing are her husband, Henry Trojan, one daughter, Mrs. Walter Lucko, and three grandchildren; also one brother, Mr. H. L. Voskamp of New Ulm. May she rest in peace, till we meet again.

Weimar Mercury, July 5, 1935, page 5

Trojan, Arnold

Colorado Citizen:
Arnold Trojan died at his home in this town Wednesday night, of tuberculosis after an illness several months. He was 36 years old, and died on his birthday. The funeral was conducted by Rev., Father T. Smyth Vaudry, Catholic Priest, and interment made at City Cemetery. He leaves a wife and three little children, all girls. Our deepest sympathies are extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, September 11, 1911, page 7

Trojan, Gisela


Gisela Trojan, 92, of Columbus, died Sunday, June 22, 1997 in Houston.

Born Oct. 27, 1904 in Columbus, she was the daughter of Arnold and Louisa (Doree) Trojan. Retired after a 50-year teaching career, Ms. Trojan had taught at Bernardo, Zimmerscheidt, Shaws Bend and Coumbus Elementary schools, as well as Herman Seminary. The lifelong Columbus resident was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, St. Anthony Altar Society and Court Mary Queen of Snows 1588, Mary Queen of Snows.

She was also a member of the American Association of Retired Persons, Columbus Hospital Auxiliary, and the council of Catholic Women.

Services were held June 25 at St. Anthony, with Father Tim KosIer officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of kenneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Hal Edwards, Edward Ehrichs, Alan Mut, Ellis Glueck, Joe Trojan and Mike Handley. Honorary pallbearers were lElton Litzmann, Fred Hernandez and Stuart Mut.

Ms. Trojan is survived by nieces Mary Margaret Kampe Mut and husband Stuart of Dallas and Mary Margaret Litzmann Edwards and husband Victor of The Woodlands; great-nieces and nephews, Margaret McConn, Beth Ehrichs, Stuart Mut, Stephen Mut, David Mut, Alan Mut and Hal Edwards.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters Cecilia Kampe and Margaret Litzmann.

Colorado County Citizen July 2,1997
Submitted by Mike Mattern from the files of Eldora Mattern

Trojan, Henry


Funeral services for Henry Trojan, 79, a seventy-year resident of this area whose death occurred at the family home Wednesday, were held Thursday , with the Rev. W. A. Flachmeier conducting the services.

A native of Germany where he was born May 12, 1862, he came to this section, along with his parents, at the age of nine. He was a prominent farmer and held extensive farm lands in the Borden section near here.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. W. W. Lucko of Borden; a sister, Mrs. Lena Hoegemeyer of Weimar; and five grandchildren, Ernest, Leonard, Owen, Gladys and Pauline Lucko, all of this area.

Burial was in the Miller cemetery at Borden.

To sorrowing survivors the Mercury extends sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, May 9, 1941, page 1

(Special to The Mercury)

Mr. Henry Trojan was born in Schobin, Germany, on May 12, 1862, and died Tuesday, May 6, at the home of his daughter in the Borden-Oak Grove section six days prior to his 80th birthday. After being in ill health for many years, and for the last several months in serious condition, he grew weaker and weaker until death claimed him.

Mr. Trojan came to America in 1880, first settling at Brenham and later moved to the Weimar-New Bielau section. In 1900, he married Miss Malvine Voskamp, a native of New Ulm, who lived at the time in the Borden-Oak Grove area. His wife died in 1935.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, with Rev. W. A. Flachmeier conducting the services from the Untermeyer home at Columbus, with later services at the Miller Creek cemetery at Oak Grove.

Pallbearers were six nephews: Gus and Louise Dahse and Fritz Wendt of Weimar area; Marcos Voskamp of Shiner, Adrnie[sic] Voskamp of New Ulm and Louis of Columbus.

He leaves to mourn his passing, one daughter, Mrs. Walter Lucko; five grandchildren and one sister.

Weimar Mercury, May 16, 1941, page 4

Trojan, Joseph

Columbus, Tex., Dec. 5.--Joseph Trojan died suddenly from rupture of a blood vessel on the brain. He was born in Moravia, Austria, in 1856, emigrated to Columbus in 1870, was married to Miss Leopoldine Richter in 1874. He is survived by his widow and two grown children, Joseph and Mrs. Amalia Richter, both of Columbus, and nine sisters, one of whom resides in Houston, Mrs. A. Prucha. The other sisters live in Austria. He was a member of the Catholic Church. He was buried in the City Cemetery, Father Smyth performing the funeral service.

Weimar Mercury, December 8, 1911, page 1

Trojan, Sophie (Cassiano)

Sophie Trojan

Mrs. Sophie Trojan of La Grange was found dead at her home Friday afternoon. She was 75 and a former resident of Columbus, having lived in La Grange the past 5 years. Justice of the Peace A. V. Smith held the inquest and returned a coroner’s verdict of natural death. It is presumed that Mrs. Trojan died about Dec. 18.

Funeral services were held at St. Anthony’s Catholic church at 2 p.m. Monday, with Rev. Patrick Palmer officiating. Interment was in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery. Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Henneke Funeral Chapel.

Mrs. Trojan was born in San Antonio Sept. 2, 1897.

Surviving are 2 sons, Joe B. Trojan Sr. of Columbus and Laurence Trojan of Auburn, Neb.; 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Danny Krueger, Ray Mangum, Leroy Janda, Daniel Berger, Stan Theut and M. A. Miller.

Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, January 11, 1973
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Trousdale,Willie Gray

Little Willie Gray Trousdale, the18-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Trousdale of Osagedied Monday night last, after a brief illness, and wasburied Tuesday afternoon atOsage. He was a bright andinteresting little fellow, the jewel over which a fond andloving mother and father had watched with jealous tendernessand care, and this sudden dispensation of Divine Providencehas caused their hearts to be bowed down with grief. May Godcomfort them, is the earnest wish of their manyfriends.

Weimar Mercury, 11 March 1893
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Truchard,Ethel Bess (Rennspies)

Funeral services for Ethel Bess (Pudding)Truchard, 27, of Cat Spring were held Saturday morning atthe Henneke Funeral Home. Father Bernard Snochofficiated.

Interment was in St.Roch's Catholic Cemetery in Mentzunder the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Mrs. Truchard died of a heart attack Jan.27.

She was born July 21, 1945, in NewBraunfels, the daughter of Clarence and Mildred Fay(Potschernick) Rennspies.

She married Dennis Truchard on Sept. 3,1972. Mrs. Truchard had been a Cat Spring resident for fouryears and was a member of the Presbyterian church and theWoodmen of the World.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis ofMentz; her father, Clarence Rennspies of Houston; twograndparents, Mrs. Ethel Schumann of New Braunfels and Mrs.Ella Rennspies of Seguin; one son, Patrick Truchard ofMentz; one daughter, Crystal Gail Truchard of Mentz, asister, Margaret Rennspies of Houston; and one brother,Charles Rennspies of College Station.

Pallbearers at the funeral were: GlennSchreyer, Ray Wahl, Jerome Wicke, Donald Picker, GlennStromquist, Clement Henneke, Roy Jones and JimmyGlass.

Colorado County Citizen, February 4,1982
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Truchard, Hattie (Dehnish)

Services Held Wednesday for Mrs. Truchard

Funeral services were held at the H. Braden home at 9 a.m. Wednesday for Mrs. Hattie Truchard.  Interment was in the Mentz cemetery, Rev. Fr. Andrew Didner officiating.  Columbus Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Truchard who died, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Braden, Monday was born Hattie Dehnish at Bernardo July 8, 1865.  She spent  her entire life in that community.  Her husband John Truchard, died in February 1937.

Besides her daughter Mrs. Braden, she is survived by three sons, Edmar Truchard, Oakland, Calif, Anthony Truchard of Galveston and Joe Truchard of Mentz; one brother, Robert Dehnish of Sinton, and two sisters Mrs. J. C. Westmoreland of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Emanuel Comose of Long Island, N. Y.

Pallbearers were Leo, Oscar and Hubert Braden, W. H. Nelson and John Neuendorff of Bernardo and Herbert Braden of Mentz.

Colorado County Citizen, July 27, 1944, page 6
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Truchard, Lillie (Schneider)

Lillie Schneider Truchard, 85, of theMentz-Bernardo community, died Tuesday, April 5, 1994, inColumbus.

Born April 11, 1908, in New Brauncommunity near Weimar, she was the daughter of Ferdinand andAnnie (Berger) Schneider. On June 22, 1936, she married Joe"Pat" Truchard at St. Michael's Church in Weimar. Mrs.Truchard had resided for 58 years in the Mentz-Bernardo areaand was a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz andSt. Roch's Altar Society.

Funeral services were held Saturday,April 9, at St. Roch's Catholic Church with Father BernardSnoch officiating. Interment followed in St.Roch's Catholic Cemetery. Funeralservices were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home,Columbus.

Pallbearers were John-Marcel Truchard,Marvin Schneider, Thomas Schneider, David Linville, ArlandSchneider and Leon Berger.

Mrs. Truchard is survived by herdaughters, Sister Mildred Truchard of San Antonio and AnneLinville of Austin; sons, Dr. Anthony Truchard of Napa,California, Joe E. Truchard of Austin, Francis John Truchardof Bernardo-Mentz, James Truchard, Ph.D of Austin and DennisTruchard of Mentz; 23 grandchildren and twogreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents;her husband, on June 20, 1990; a sister, Adela Schneider;brothers, Herbert Schneider and George Schneider and agrandson, Patrick Schneider.

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

True, Wylie Wightman

Wylie W. True Services Held July 11 In Weimar

Wylie W. True, 84, of Weimar, died July 8, 1997 at Southern Manor Nursing Center in Hallettsville.

Funeral services were held July 11 from the Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with Rev. Skip Sirnic officiating.

Burial followed in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar. Memorial taps were performed by Dickie Muehr.

True was born March 25, 1913 to Eugene and Mattie Viola (Jones) True in Alex, Okla. He graduated from Ninnekah High School, Okla. as salutatorian.

On June 15, 1942 he married Dorothy McMillan in Sterling, Kan.

True enlisted in the Army on Nov. 19, 1942. He received his honorable discharge from active duty in February 1946, and was a member of the reserves from February 1946 until November 1950.

While in the service he attained the rank of Tech Sergeant; received the World War II Victory Ribbon; Good Conduct Medal and American Theater Ribbon.

He also held the office of Justice of the Peace in Weimar.

True was a salesman and Agrobusinessman. He had lived in Weimar since 1961, previously living in Chickasha, Okla. and Center.

He was affiliated with the local Lions Club, holding several positions, including president; a member of the American Legion Post No. 259; the International Order of Oddfellows (Washita Lodge No. 618) and Weimar UCC.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Wood; one brother, John True.

True is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorothy; one daughter, Marianne True Muehr and husband Dickie of Weimar; two sons, Dennis McMillan (Mack) and wife Jane of Birmingham, Mich., and John Robert (Bob) of Hilo, Hawaii; sister, Sue Mutz of Chickasha, Okla.

Grandchildren, Brent Muehr, Gina Muehr Lamme, Ryan True, Jason True.

Pallbearers were: grandson, Brent Muehr; grandson-in-law, Tommy Lamme; and members of the American Legion, Danial[sic] Ulbrich, Kenneth Hollas, Herbert Rerich and Bennie Kunz.

Honorary pallbearers were Richard Muehr, Bennie Kosler, Gilbert Stech and grandsons Ryan True, Jason True.

Weimar Mercury, July 17, 1997, page 2

Truitt, William E.

Mr. Will Truitt Died Last Monday Evening
Was Found Stricken And Unconscious Late Friday Evening; Funeral Held Tuesday Afternoon.

Mr. Will Truitt, one of the well known citizens of this community, died at the Truitt home on State Street at six o’clock Monday evening after a brief illness. Mr. Truitt had been in the best of health up to the time of his sudden and fatal illness. At close to six o’clock he was found out in the barn at his place unconscious. He had gone to the lot to milk the cows, and had just begun milking the first cow when he was found unconscious. Everything that could be done, was done, but to no avail, his death resulting two days later after having been found in the unconscious condition. About three hours before he was stricken he was at the home of his brother, Mr. M. C. Truitt, and at that time seemed in the best of health and spirits. Mr. Truitt was sixty-two years of age. He was born in Maryland and moved to this county about two years after the close of the civil war, and has made his home here ever since. Mr. Truitt was a good man and enjoyed the respect and esteem of every one who knew him. He was a man of quiet and unassuming manner, attended strictly to his own affairs, but was always ready and willing to do a favor or lend a helping hand where assistance was needed. The Headlight, in common with the people of this community, deeply regrets the sad and sudden death of MR. Truitt, who has lived among us so long and who was so well and so favorably known to all our people, and extends its sincerest sympathy to the sorrowing relatives in their bereavement. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon with interment in the Masonic cemetery, Rev. H. B. Atkins of the Methodist church officiating. The deceased is survived by three brothers, J. E. and M. C. Truitt of this city, and George Truitt of Palacios, and two sisters, Mrs. D. P. Alley of this city and Mrs. G. C. Dukes of Girdletree, Maryland.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 26, 1918
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Tubbs,Fannie Frances (Stanfield)

Funeral Services Today at 2 For Mrs. T.B. Tubbs

Funeral services for Mrs. Fannie FrancesTubbs will be held this afternoon, Thursday, at 2 o'clock atMill Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert G.Tupper of Lissieofficiating. Interment will be in LakesideCemetery.

Mrs. Tubbs, former resident ofChesterville, died in the early hours of yesterday morningwhile visiting a daughter, Mrs. N. B. McFarland in Houston.She would have been 76 years if age nextWednesday.

While she had been in poor health forseveral years, she became ill only an hour or less beforeher death after having spent an unusually pleasant few dayswith various members of her large family.

She was born October 31, 1875, at Sealy,the daughter of Marion and Eliza Stanfield.'She was marriedto Thomas Berry Tubbs of Wallis at East Bernard October 9,1894. Their golden wedding celebration was a social event in1944. They lived in Chesterville from 1902 to 1944, whenthey moved to Houston.

Survivors include five daughters, Mrs.Armit Thomas, Lissie; Mr. John Myers, Mrs. Charlie Lee, Mrs.N. B. McFarland and Mrs. Lee Brown, all of Houston; threesons, Alton W., Clinton and Raymond, Houston; 11grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; one half-sister,Mr. J. R. Denton and one half-brother, V. H. Horn, both ofChesterville.

A friend of the family said of Mrs.Tubbs, "She lived quietly and worked hard doing the thingsshe felt to be right. Perhaps no greater tribute can be paidany woman than that she looked well to the ways of her ownhousehold. She visited from time to time in the home of herdaughter, Mrs. Thomas, at Lissie and while weak instrength,took a keen interest in meeting old friends andattending church services there."

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 25,1951

Tubbs, Lee Roy

Chesterville Clippings

Mr. B. Tubbs’ little baby was taken suddenly ill Saturday afternoon about 5 o’clock and continued to grow worse. Mr. T. summoned Dr. Forrest from Eagle Lake who arrived about 9 p. m. but the little fellow was too low, the doctor could not do him any good, and at 10 o’clock he passed away into the hands of his maker. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, interment in the Chesterville cemetery. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all who know them.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 22, 1905, page 1.

Tubbs, Mary Annie (Miller)

Mrs. Tubbs, Last Of Miller Family, ls Laid To Rest

Funeral services were held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Untermeyer funeral home for Mrs. Mary Annie Tubbs, who died in the Seton Infirmary at Austin at 11:45 p.m. Sunday. She had been bedridden since suffering a stroke early in September.

Rev. Norman L. Roberts officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mrs. Tubbs was born Mary Annie Miller in Columbus Oct. 18, 1864, a daughter of John and Jessie Cunningham Miller. Her father was the first mayor of Columbus. In the 1870's, when the yellow fever epidemic swept Columbus, Mrs. Tubbs was stricken with the fever as a small child. Her parents and, several other family members, died of the disease.

Her marriage to Theodore Tubbs was in 1882. Mr. Tubbs died in 1895 and was buried in the old City cemetery here. Later his remains were, moved to Odd Fellows Rest. Mrs. Tubbs was a resident of Glidden for more than 50 years.

She was a sister of Mrs. Kate Glithero who died here Aug. 4. A son, George Tubbs, died in Arizona in 1947.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. L. C. Roosevelt of San Antonio, ia son, Nelson C. Tubbs of Ennis, 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Donald, Freelan and Thomas Glithero, Charles Lowrey, Frank L. Untermeyer and Allen Reyer.

Colorado County Citizen, November 8, 1951, page 3

Tubbs, Theodore E.

Glidden Leaflets

Mr. T. E. Tubbs died at San Antonio Monday morning, where he had been for some time under medical treatment. Mr. Tubbs leaves a wife and three children, who have the sympathy of the community. The remains were interred in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Tuesday evening, under the auspices of he order of Odd Fellows, of which the deceased was a member.

Weimar Mercury,November 16, 1895

Tubbs, Thomas Berry

T. B. Tubbs To Be Buried HereToday

Funeral services will be held this Fridayafternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Mill Funeral Home forThomas Berry Tubbs who passed away on Wednesday evening at7:00 at his home, 1902 Chaplin Street in Houston. Burialwill be in LakeSide Cemetery.

Mr. Tubbs was born on May 30, 1871, nearWallis, Texas, and was seventy-four years of age. He hadbeen in ill health for several months, suffering from hearttrouble. Much concern has been felt over his conditionduring the past few weeks.

He was married on October 9, 1894 to MissFannie Stanfield, they celebrating their golden weddinganniversary at their home in Chesterville in1944.

The family made their home in theChesterville area for forty-three years, moving to Houston ayear ago. Mr. Tubbs has many friends in this entire section,and was a popular and well-liked citizen of hiscommunity.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. FannieTubbs five daughters; Mrs. Rosa Lee Myers, Mrs. Linsie Lee,Mrs. Ruth McFarland, Mrs. Bessie Brown, all of Houston, Mrs.Emma Thomas of LIssie; three sons, Alton W., Clinton andRaymond Tubbs, all of Houston. A small son Leroy precededhim in death many years ago.

He had often visited in the home of thefamily of his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Armit Thomas at Lissieand participated in activities in both the Chesterville andLissie communities.

Heartfelt sympathy is expressed to thefamily in their sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 22,1946

Tubbs, Thomas Ruff


Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Ruff Tubbs, 64, were held Sunday, August 30, the Rev. C. L. Boone, Baptist pastor officiating. Mr. Tubbs died Saturday at his farm home.

He was born in March, 1878, in the vicinity of Schulenburg. He joined the Christian Church in early life.

Surviving are one brother, Jim Tubbs, and one sister, Mrs. Lily Hillis,. of Dallas.

Pallbrearers were Chester Walker, Wm. Michalke, Morris Ponder, Gabe Warren, Melvin Warren and Monroe Garrett.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the sorrowing family.

Weimar Mercury, September 11, 1942, page 1

Tucker, AnnieElizabeth (Chamrad)


Annie Elizabeth Tucker, 88, of Columbuspassed away Aug. 3 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center inWeimar.

She was born in Weimar April 23, 1915 toRoman and Margaret (Fojtik) Chamrad and married Earl TuckerMay 12, 1936.

She was a housewife and a member of St.Anthony Altar Society and the Catholic Family Fraternal ofTexas K.J.Z.T.

She was proceeded in death by herparents; husband; two brothers, Joe Chamrad and FrankChamrad; and four sisters, Tony Herzik, FrancisHorton,

Mary Herzik and Lillie Flores.

She is survived by her son, Larry Tuckerof Wash.; sisters, Margaret Bittner of New Braunfels andAgnes Krueger of San Antonio; and eightgrandchildren.

Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 8 atSt. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Fr. Dan Kahlichand Deacon Bennie Holesovky officiating.

Interment followed at St.Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Curt Tucker, JamesMagee, Johnny Herzik, Charles Herzik, Michael Huebel andRonnie Chamrad.

Colorado County Citizen, August 13,2003
Courtesy of theCitizen

Tucker, Carl Lester

Lester Tucker Buried Here After Military Services

Funeral services for Carl Lester Tucker wer[sic] held in Houston Monday, Rev. Gerald Marah officiating. Military graveside services were held at 2 p.m. at Odd Fellows Rest cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Tucker, born 1894 in Myrtle, Miss, came to Columbus in 1914 and lived here about 20 years. In 1920 he married Miss Lilie Taylor of Weimar. She died in 1930 and 22 years later he married Mrs. Ann Carues of Jacksonville.

Resident of Houston 13 years, he was a member of Bethel Baptist church and was a veteran of World War I. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Ann Tucker, Houston; daughters, Mr. F. E. Ham, Houston, Mrs. Marshall Sexton Jr., El Reno, Okla., and Mrs. W. C. Dickerson, Granger; one son, Melvin Tucker, Houston; step-daughters, Mrs. Orvie McCoy and Mrs. Jean Bundrick, Houston; sisters, Mrs. Clyde Hutchens, Houston, and Mrs. John Matthews, San Marcos, Calif., also several nieces and nephews and 21 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Glenn Arvile Hutchens, Harold Hutchens, David Ham, Albert McCoy, Bill Vest and Dan Vest. Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons.

Colorado County Citizen, December 10, 1964

Tucker, Edward Houston

Funeral Rites for Edward H. Tucker, 62, Held Saturday
(Special to the Mercury)

Funeral services for Edward Houston Tucker were held at the Columbus Funeral Home Saturday at 3 p. m., with interment in Odd Fellows Rest, the Rev. J. K. Ridgway officiating.

Mr. Tucker died Tuesday of a heart attack at his home place northwest of Glidden. He was born on September 15, 1882. in Union county. Miss., a son of Newton and Jennie Major Tucker. The family moved in 1900 to Williamson county. Texas. On December 20, 1905, he was married in Jacksonville to Miss Clara Wheeler. They moved to Colorado County in 1913 and have occupied their present home since 1915. Mr. Tucker was engaged in farming but his favorite hobby was hunting, especially for deer. He was a member of the Baptist Church and had served on the Glidden school board for many years.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Homer of Sacramento. Calif., Earl of Glidden and one daughter, Mrs. O. T. Breedlove of San Antonio; five grandchildren, Sylvia Breedlove. San Antonio; Marilyn, Robert Earl and Donald Tucker of Sacramento. Calif.; and Larry Tucker of Glidden. All children were present for the funeral.

Also attending the funeral were Mrs. Tucker's sisters, Mrs. Don Magee, Mrs. B. F. Ford and Mrs. O. A. Saxe, Beaumont: Mrs. T. J. Matthews, Glen Flora; her brother, Fred Wheeler, Beaumont: Mr. Tucker's sisters, Mrs. Clyde Hutchens. Houston; Mrs. Lena Bains, Fort Stockton; Miss Della Tucker, Austin, and two brothers. C. L. Tucker, Houston. and T. W, Tucker, Denver, Cob. A sister. Mrs. Rudell Matthews of Denver was unable to attend.

Pallbearers were Jesse Wegenhoft, Owen Miller, Percy Obenhaus. W. L. Lawrence and Emil Richter, Glidden, and Tye Holman, Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, October 13, 1944, page 1

Tucker, Emma Ruth (Peel)

Ruth Peel Tucker

Ruth Peel Tucker was born in San Marcos in 1917, and lived mainly in Smithville, Texas. She passed away at the age of 86 in her home in Austin, Texas, November 8, 2004, with her family by her side. The daughter of Jefferson Coy Peel and Emma Peel, she was an industrious student and finished at the top of her high school class. She attended the University of Texas, where she met her husdand, Matthew Clarence Tucker. She learned to play Bridge while in her teens, and was an avid devotee of the game of Bridge, playing in clubs and informal gatherings of friends all her life. In Sept. 2004, Ruth hosted three childhood friends at her home in Austin to visit and play bridge. Ruth and her husband moved to Corpus Christi, where they became members of the First United Methodist Church and the Friendship Class, where she was pianist for many years. Ruth was an excellent gardener and cook, surrounding her family with color and heart-warming meals. In 2000, Ruth and Matthew moved to Austin to be closer to their children. In Autin[sic], Ruth became a member of the Berkeley United Methodist Church, and found happiness, inspiration and comfort there. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Matthew C. Tucker; and brother, John Coy Peel. She is survived by her sister, Betty Smith and husband Charlie of Newark, Delaware; her sons, Fred P. Tucker, and Gary Owen Tucker of Austin; her daughter, Martha Boyd and husband Dave of Wimberley; her grandchildren, Kelly George, Courtney Tucker, Matt Tucker and wife Angie; and her great-grandchild, Cameron Gordon; her nieces, Cheryl Smith Pierce and Conner Peel; and nephews, John Peel and Andy Smith. A special thanks from the family goes out to Berkeley United Methodist Church, Hospice of Austin, Bebe Hernandez, Sue Stegall Huber, and especially Shirley Stegall Baugh, all of whom enabled the fulfillment of Mother’s wishes on this journey. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 11, 2004, at Berkeley United Methodist Church. Interment will be at Weimar Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery in Weimar, Texas. Arrangements by Wilke-Clay-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress, Austin, TX 78704. (512) 442-1446.

Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 11/10/2004. [Online]

Tucker, Lillie Erna(Taylor)

Mrs. C. L.Tucker

The death of Mrs. C. L.Tucker occurred atthe family home last Wednesday, following shortly after thebirth of her child.

Funeral services were held Thursday atthree o'clock, Rev. A. Guyon of the local Methodist churchofficiating, and interment made in OddFellows Rest.

Miss Lillie Erna Taylor was born inFrelsburg in 1894 and was married to Mr. Tucker on August10th, 1920. They have lived here about a year.

She is survived by the husband, a mother,Mrs. Rose Taylor of Frelsburg, three brothers, Arthur of ElCampo, Willie of Sublime and Earl of this place, one sister,Mrs. G. E. Rice of Iago, and four children, one boy andthree girls, to all of whom the sympathy of our readers isextended.

Colorado County Citizen, July 24th,1930
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Turnbough, John C. Jr.


Mr. John Turnbough, for many years a citizen of this county, died at his home in Glidden on the 22nd instant. His remains were interred at the Odd Fellows’ Rest on Thursday, Rev. C. M. Thompson, pastor of the Methodist church of this place, officiating.

Weimar Mercury, November 1, 1902, page 1

Turnbough, John Mark

Died in Columbus, May 10, 1877, little John Mark Turnbough, aged 16 months, 2 weeks and 2 days, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Turnbough, of this city.
“Oh, Johnnie, bright, immortal gem
In the jeweled crown of God.
Death but sees a faded flower
Mouldering in the sod.”
[Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, May 17, 1877, page 3

Turnbough, Maggie

Eagle Lake Items

Miss Maggie Turnbough died at the residence of her parents near Ramsey’s Point last Saturday night after a short illness. The grief stricken family have the sympathies of the communities.

Colorado Citizen, March 20, 1890, page 3

The CITIZEN regrets to record the death of Miss Maggie Turnbough, raised in our city, which sad event occurred at Ramsey’s Point last Sunday morning at 4 o’clock, of black jaundice. She was born in Missouri Febuary[sic] 11, 1872. After the death of her mother she was reared by Mr. Chas. Brunson of this city, whose family gave her the benefit of an education and kindly esteem. She was a young lady of bright, vivacious mind and may[sic] graces. Her remains were committed to earth Monday afternoon at Odd Fellows’ Rest, Rev. H. C. Howard officiating.

“She has gone from our sight,
But not from our love,
To the mansions of light--
That blessed home above.”

Colorado Citizen, March 20, 1890, page 3


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Tutwiler, Johnne Gillmore

Died, at the residence of its parents, in Fayette county, Nov. 30, at 10 o’clock, p.m., Johnnie Gillmore, youngest child of Samuel K. and Alice Tutwiler; aged one year and five days. “Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, December 4, 1879, page 3

Tutwiler, Samuel Kent

Weimar Local Matters

A telegram was received here last Sunday morning, sent by Chas. Herndon, to Mr. T. A. Hill of this place, announcing the death of Mr. Samuel Kent Tutwiler, which occurred on the 14th inst., at a mine near Prescott, Arizona. With deep regret we chronicle the above. “Sam,” was an old friend of ours, and although having met with many reverses in life’s stormy path, was as true as steel; and his many friends throughout this neighborhood will regret exceedingly to hear of his demise. Rest in peace. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, September 20, 1888, page 3

Twitty, Michael Todd


Michael Todd Twitty, 21, of Columbus died Saturday, Oct. 14, 1995 as a result of injuries received in an auto accident.

Born June 9, 1974, he was the son of Willie and Barbara Twitty. He attended school in the Columbus Independent School District, graduating from Columbus High School in 1992 and was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus.

Funeral services were held Oct. 17 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. E. Ferguson officiating. Interment followed in Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus. Arrangement were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Cunningham Williams, Deshon Hargrove, Timothy Fitzgerald, Melvin Jones, Kenneth Evans, Grady Dillard and Julious Vickers. Honorary pallbearers were Lane Carter, Jimmy Carter, David W. Carter, Eckstine Carter, Fredrick Ashton, De’ Andra Carter, David George Carter, Percy D. Carter and Bryan Carter.

Mr. Twitty is survived by his mother of Columbus; fiancé LaSonya Johnson and son, Torre of Weimar; sister Cynthia Carter of Houston; grandparents L. J. and Florence Stewart and Perlie Mae Carter, all of Columbus, and Albert and Byrdena Twitty of Bryan; aunts Jo. Ann Johnson, Annie Carter, Cora Carter and Shanora Carter, all of Columbus, Almeda Twitty of Bryan and Ethel Twitty of Houston; uncles David G. Carter of La Grange, Eckstein Carter, David W. Carter, Lane Carter, Jimmy Carter and Rodney Carter of Columbus and Albert Twitty III of Bryan; and many other great uncles, aunts, cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Colorado County Citizen, October 25, 1995, page 16

Tyler, Charles

Funeral services for Charles Tyler, formerly of Eagle Lake, were held Nov. 25 from the Cage-Mills Funeral Home in Corpus Christi.

Comtinued services were held at Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake Nov. 26. The Rev. Bernie Helge officiated.  Interment was at Cheatham Cemetery.

Mr. Tyler passed away at Spohn Hopsital in Corpus Christi Nov. 22 after a lengthy illness.  He was 82 years of age.

He had resided in Corpus Christi the past four years, having moved there from Eagle Lake.  Prior to his retirement he was employed by Neches Butane Co. 

Survivors include his wife, Pauline Schellhase Tyler or Corpus Christi; one daughter Delores Perry of Navasota; three sons, Roy of Lake Jackson, Leslie of Ganado and Calvin Patrick Jr. of Corpus Christi; three sisters, Ora Eastland of Altair, Dorothy Walker of Rosenberg and Ruby Wills of Vidor; six brothers, Marvin of Altair, Roby and Walter or Alvin, William of LaMarque, Victor of Stafford and Clifton of New York City; 20 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, December 4, 1980
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Tyler, Charles Vernon

Final Rites Held For Charles Vernon Tyler

Charles Vernon Tyler, 45, of Altair, died on board ship en route home from Israel on Thursday, September 26th following an illness of thirty-one hours.  He was a member of the Merchant Marines.

Following four years of service in defense of his country in World War II, he joined the Merchant Marines at the age of 23, some twenty-two years ago.

His body arrived late last week and funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, October 7th, at the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home chapel in Eagle Lake, followed by interment in Cheatham Cemetery near Sheridan, The Rev. Ray Campbell, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiated at the services.  The Sheridan Church choir rendered favorite hymns.

Mr. Tyler was born March 9, 1923 in Baytown, Texas and resided in Yoakum and Altair for most of his life.

Surviving are his parents, Charles Tyler and Mrs. Tyler of Altair and Mrs. John Horkey of Yoakum; two brothers, Roy Tyler of Lake Jackson and Leslie Tyler of Ganado; two sisters, Mrs. Delores Perry of Navasota and Mrs. Margie Cardinal of Stockton, California; one step-brother, Calvin Patrick of Corpus Christi; a half-brother, Harold Ray Schrader of San Angelo; and two half-sisters, Mrs. Barbara Sheffield of Kerrville; and Mrs. Linda Patton of Yoakum.

Serving as pallbearers for the services were: his cousin and uncles, Marvin Tyler of Altair, Grobe Tyler or Alvin, Bob Tyler of La Marque, Jimmy Willis of Houston, Walter Tyler of Alvin, and Donald Pryor of Alvin.

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family of this loved one who gave so much of his life to his country.  During World War II he was commended highly for outstanding services, as testified in these reports which were printed on his activities in the service:

In 35 bombing strikes against the Japs, T-Sgt. Charles V. Tyler of Port Arthur, Tex., engineer, and other crew members have led formidable forces of Seventh AAF Liberators over the target 16 times.

On four of the flights, they headed a four-squadron formation and on the other 12, their plane led a squadron.

Most of these strikes were neutralization blows against Jap air power in the Philippines.  They included three flights over the heavily defended Clark field, the softening up of Corregidor and attacks on other enemy strongholds.  Flights of 2500 miles and 15 hours duration were not unusual.

Sgt. Tyler’s Seventh AAF group is credited with one of the best bombing records ever set up in the Pacific.  With 35 missions, his crew leads all others in total combat hours.  Weather, Jap anti-aircraft fire and fighter opposition have offered plenty of hazards but with the exception of a few flak homes in their bomber Sgt. Tyler and his crew members have a perfect record.

“We’ve been very lucky,” Sgt. Tyler said.

He is the son of Charles Tyler, 201 Fourth Street, Port Arthur.  He is a graduate of Boling, Texas high school and entered the service in February 1942.

T-Sgt. Charles V. Tyler, son of Charles Tyler “61 Fourth Street, Port Arthur, Texas has completed 40 combat missions against the Japanese in the Western Pacific and is awaiting reassignment.  He is engineer on a B-24. 

Eagle Lake Headlight October 16, 1968
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Tyler, Clifton Louis


Funeral services for Clifton Louis Tyler, age 73 of Woodside, New York, were held January 10 at Dulany Funeral Home. Burial was at the Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Mr. Tyler was born on April I, 1911 near Altair to Mr. Louis Tyler and Mrs. Addle Flippen Tyler. He was a former resident of Houston and had been in New York for the past 45 years. Mr. Tyler had from[sic] the Macy's Department Store in New York after 32 years of services.

He was a Veteran of World War II.

Survivors include sisters, Mrs. Ora Eastland of Altair, Mrs. Dorothy Walker of Rosenberg and Mrs. Ruby Henry of Vidor; brothers, Groby Tyler and Walter Tyler both of Alvin, Willie Tyler of LaMarque, Victor Tyler of Richmond and Marvin Tyler of Nada; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, January 25, 1985, page 2

Tyler, Ellen Adeline"Addie" (Flippen)

Funeral Services Held Thursday For Mrs. Louis Tyler

Funeral services were held yesterday,March 7, at Mill Funeral Home for Mrs. Louis Tyler, 69, whohas been a resident of Colorado County for fifty-sevenyears.

Mrs. Tyler was born in Stephenville,Texas, the daughter of Jane and Jackson Flippen. When shewas twelve years of age, she moved with her family toAltair, Colorado County, where she spent the remainder ofher life. She was married to Louis Tyler November 6,1896.

Rev. Joe Anderson conducted the funeralservice at which the Lissie choir sang, and burial was inthe Sheridan[Cheetham]Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons of Mrs. Tyler:Gene Paschall, Lester Paschall, Gene Selph, Melvin Selph,Roy Tyler, Vernon Tyler, Donald Pryor and KennethPryor.

Survivors are: Louis Tyler, husband;sons, Charlie, Port Arthur; Clifton, New York City; Homerand Victor, Houston; Willie M., Rosenberg, Marvin, Groby andWalter, Altair; daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Pryor, Iowa Colony;Mrs. Ora Gibson and Mrs. Ruby Willis, Altair, Mrs. DorothyWalker, Wallis; and Mrs. Alma Selph, Eagle Lake.

Also surviving are brothers Edd, John andAndy Flippen of Houston and one sister Mrs. Mary Treadaway,San Antonio; thirty-four grandchildren and nine greatgrandchildren.

Among the out-of-town relatives here toattend Mrs. Tyler's funeral were Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Plott ofPort Arthur, Alvin Paschall, who came by plane fromBremerton, Washington, and Lester Paschall.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 18,1949
Transcribed by JudyTalkington

Tyler, Homer Reese

Rites Held Tuesday For Homer Tyler

Homer Reese Tyler, 60, a retired Houston Postal Service employee, died Monday at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital at 3:30 p.m. in Eagle Lake after a brief illness.

Mr. Tyler, of 1126 Bertha St. Houston, was a superintendent of a Parcel Post Station when he retired in 1964, completing 34 years.

He was a native of Colorado County, born in Cheatham near Sheridan.

Funeral services were held from the chapel of Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 with interment in the Cheatham Cemetery near Sheridan.  Rev. Ray Campbell, Sheridan Baptist minister officiated. 

Pallbearers were his nephews.  They included Melvin Selph of Port Lavaca, Jimmy Willis of Houston, Clifton Tyler, Altair; Victor Tyler Jr., Houston; Leslie Tyler, Ganado and Travis Walker of Rosenberg.

Survivors include seven brothers, Charles and Marvin both of Altair; Victor of Stafford, Willie of La Marque, Walter and Groby of Alvin; and Clifton Tyler of New York City, New York; and five sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Pryor of Alvin, Mrs. Ora Lee Eastland of Altair, Mrs. Alma Selph of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Ruby Willis of Laurel, Miss., and Mrs. Dorothy Walker of Rosenberg.  All were present for the services with the exception of Mrs. Pryor who is a patient in the Alvin Hospital

Eagle Lake Headlight October 23, 1969
Contributed by Regena Williamson

Tyler, Louis

Last Rites Held For Louis Tyler,85, Columbus Native

Altair -- Last rites for Louis Tyler, 85, a resident of Altair since 1924, were held last Saturday at the Mill-Bauer Funeral home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Joe Townsend, Baptist pastor, officiating.

Mr. Tyler, who had been in bad healthseveral years, died in Laughlin hospital at Eagle Lake lastThursday.

He was born at Columbus, Jan. 10, 872 andwas married in November, 1895 to Miss Addie Flippen atNada.

Mr. Tyler spent his early life inSheridan and worked 43 years for the old SAAP and SPrailroads retiring in 1938.

Mr. and Mrs. Tyler were the parents of 16children, 13 of whom survive. Mrs. Tyler died several yearsago.

Surviving children are Charlie Tyler ofPt. Neches, Mrs. W. W. Pryor of Baytown, Mrs. C. W. Eastlandof Altair, Mrs. M. E. Selph of Eagle Lake, Homer Tyler ofHouston, Clifton Tyler of New York City, Groby Tyler ofManvel, Bob Tyler of Victoria, Mrs. H. S. Willis of Houston,Mrs. W. R. Walker of Rockdale, Marvin Tyler of Altair,Victor Tyler of Houston and Walter Tyler ofAlvin.

Also surviving are 39 grandchildren and39 great-grandchildren.

Burial was in the Sheridan[Cheetham] cemetery.Pallbearers were grandsons, Melvin Selph, Vernon Tyler,Donald Pryor, Bobby Walker, Jimmie Willis, Keith and KennethTyler and Gene Paschal.

Colorado County Citizen, January 24,1957
Transcribed by JudyTalkington

Tyler, Marvin


Marvin Tyler, 83, of Garwood, passed away Aug. 20 at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

He was born in Sheridan, May 21, 1921 to Louis and Addie (Flippen) Tyler and married Gladys Girndt, Oct. 7, 1979. He was the former owner of Marvin's Restaurant and Blue Goose Hunting Club in Altair as well as a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Nada, Nada Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 108 of Eagle Lake, Elks Lodge of El Campo, Houston Livestock Show and a lifetime member of Ducks Unlimited.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charlie, Homer, Clifton, Bob, Victor and Walter Tyler as well as an unnamed infant brother; and sisters, Alma Selph, Myrtle Pryor, Ora Eastland, Lilie Tyler and Bessie Tyler.

He is survived by his wife; daughter Maureen Lasiker of Victoria; son and daughter-in-law, Clifton and Ida Tyler of Columbus; step-sons, David Schuirring and wife Betty of Garwood, and Stephen Stuirring and wife Terry of Austin; sisters, Dorothy Walker of Rosenberg and Ruby Henry of Vidor; brother, Groby Tyler of Alvin; sisters-in-law, Lucille Tyler of LaMarque and Evelyn Tyler of Alvin; grandchildren, Marvin Craig Tyler and wife Valerie of Austin, Victoria Tyler of Columbus, Patrick McQue of Victoria, Phyllis Lyn McQue Arabi of Victoria, Stacy, Cindy and Gregory Schuirring of Austin and Chriss Schuirring of Eagle Lake; and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 23 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Nada with Father Joe Koebel, Father Joe Vrana, Most Rev. Charles V. Grahmann and Most Rev. John Yanta officiating. Inter-ment followed in the parish cemetery in Nada.

Pallbearers were Major Renge, John Naiser, Dennis Sbrusch, Terry Karstedt, Lowell Raun, Jerome Waligura, Delmar Krenek and Rudy Polach.

Honorary pallbearers were past and present goose hunting guides that worked for him.

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

Tyler, Phyllis (Rompf)


Funeral services for Phyllis Rompf Tyler, age 62, were held January 4 at Henneke Funeral Home with Reverend Bill Huth officiating. Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Phyllis was born February 28, 1922 in Houston to Lorena Duprec Rompf and Jack Rompf. She lived in the Bernardo area for 10 years. Phyllis worked for the U.S. Postal Department. She was the postmaster of Altair.

Survivors include daughter, Maureen Lasikar of Victoria; one son, Clifton Tyler of Columbus; three brothers, Barclay Rompf of Houston, John Rompf and Ralph Rompf both of Fredricksburg; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Jim Wiese, Louis Schorlemmer, Mike Mangum, Bill Blair, Jimmy Adkins and Mike Cheatham.

Colorado County Citizen, January 10, 1985, page 2

Tyler, Victor Lester


Victor Lester Tyler, age 65, of Stafford passed away Dec. 4 at the Ft. Bend Hospital in Stafford following a sudden illness.

He was born in Cheetham to Louis Tyler and Addie Flippen Tyler on March 8,1923. He had been a resident of the Stafford area for the past 24 years and had worked as a welder for the Metal Arts Corp. of Houston until his health failed.

He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Mr. Tyler was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Clifton Louis Tyler, Homer Tyler and Charlie Tyler, sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Pryour and Mrs. Alma Self.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ruby Holster Tyler of Stafford; daughters, Sandra, Parrish of Deer Park and Debbie Hansen of Pasadena; sons, Victor Tyler, Jr. and Larry Wayne Kinney of Waco; sisters. Ora Eastland, Altair, Dorothy Walker, Rosenberg. Ruby Henry, Vidor; brothers. Walter Tyler and Groby Tyler both of Alvin, Willie Tyler of LaMarque and Marvin Tyler of Nada; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.-

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Mann, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake officiating. Interment followed in Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Colorado County Citizen, December 14, 1988, page 2

Tymel, Ed


Ed Tymel, 75, of Columbus, passed away June 16 in Columbus.

He was born July 7, 1930 in Hillje to William and Albina Shimek Tymel. He married Shirley Kimble on March 22, 1962.

He was retired from the U.S. Army and served his country in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

He was preceded in death by his son, Dane Edward Tymel; two sisters; one brother; and his parents.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Cheryl Edwards and husband, Dan, of Lansdowne, Va. and Deanna Dezarn and husband, Chris, of Bastrop; sisters, Henrietta Priete, of El Campo, Leona Bachus and husband, L.A. of Chico, Calif., Angeline DeSanto, of Philadelphia, Penn. and Ann Hallinger and husband, Frank, of El Campo; and four grandchildren, Kelly Danica, Jeffrey Brendan, Mary Elizabeth and Dane Aaron.

There will be a private family memorial service at a later date. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado County Citizen. June 21, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Tyrone, Patricia Ann (Berry)


Patricia Ann (Pat) Tyrone, 42, of Columbus, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 1995 at Columbus Community Hospital.

Born March 8, 1953, she was the daughter of Raymond and Katherine Berry. She grew up in San Antonio and attended school there. Ms. Tyrone served in the U.S. Air Force for four years prior to working as a switchboard operator for Baptist Memorial Hospital System. On Dec. 12, 1987, she married Rolland Vann Tyrone and moved to Columbus two years later.

Funeral services were held Aug. 8 at Booker Memorial Temple Church of God in Christ in Columbus with Rev. Carl Evans officiating. Interment followed in Gay Hills Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Mrs. Tyrone’s friends and family members. Honorary pallbearers were Raymond Berry, Patrick Berry, Joseph Green and Leroy Glover.

Mrs. Berry[sic] is survived by her husband of San Antonio; her father,of Oakland, Calif.; son, Patrick D. Jones of San Antonio; daughter, Marnina Berry of California; three sisters, Peggy Berry of New Braunfels, Norie Tylerson and Tandolyn Berry, both of San Antonio, cousin Lucille Green; special friend Leroy Glover of Columbus; and a host of relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother and a sister, Mamina Berry.

Colorado County Citizen, August 16, 1995, page 16
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