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Watson, Anna (Fisher)

Mrs. Anna Watson Died Last Week

A brief Item in this paper last week told of the sad death of one of Weimar’s popular and beloved ladies, Mrs. Anna Watson,which occurred last Wednesday night after nearly two months’ illness following an operation for appendicitis. Mrs. Watson had been taken to a hospital in San Antonio where the operation was performed and for a time she seemed to be recuperating as well as anyone could expect and after about six weeks' stay there she was brought home. The comforts of home and the feeling that she was again among loved ones cheered her up and she was getting along nicely, but suddenly a change for the worst came and at about eleven o'clock Wednesday night she entered that better world, there to be with loved ones who had gone on before.

Funeral arrangements were made and impressive funeral services were held at the home Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, after which all that was mortal of this good mother was tenderly conveyed to our Silent City, where beside loved ones she now rests in peace. Services were conducted by Rev. J. Herrick Hall, pastor of the First Baptist Church. assisted by Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister.

The deceased was the mother of four children, two daughters and two sons, Misses Mary, and Inez Watson and Calvin and Jack Watson.

None but those who have sat in the shadow of a great bereavement can justly weigh such a sorrow as this. Those who have gone down into the valley of suffering and stood for weeks by the side of a loved one, as hope after hope dropped away as the petals fall from a fading flower, know that such anguish cannot find solace in the tenderest words. She who has gone forth could not be supported on her solitary path by any earthly, friend. Her daughter, Miss Mary. with a devotion few daughters are capable of, whose strength was given sweetly, tenderly to this precious mother, whose heroic devotion never faltered, could not detain her by the clasp of earthly love; but after the last word had been spoken, the last sign of recognition was gone, a look of peace settled on her face which proclaimed victory, and she knew she was resting on a mighty arm.

Life will never be quite the same to those who knew her best, while those who were nearest to her will long for her with unutterable longings--long for a mother's counsel and advice, and loving sympathy. She was a woman of strong Christian character: patient. loving and self-sacrificing.

Well may her children cherish her memory as a precious legacy and we fain would say a word of comfort to the stricken ones we can but let our tears flow in sympathy with theirs, and point them to the promise, "At eventide it shall be light."

Weimar Mercury, February 8, 1929, page 1

Watson, Clement M.

C. M. Watson Funeral; Held Here June 8

Funeral services for Clement M. Watson, 79, of Weimar were held Friday June 8, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel in Osage Cemetery.

Rev. Ernest S. Dean Jr. officiated.

Mr. Watson died June 5 in Sweetbriar Nursing Home, Columbus. He was a Colorado County native but for many years had lived in New York, until moving to the Osage area in retirement. His wife died about six years ago. His parents were George and Eva (Newsom) Watson.

A daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Wood of Clarksville, New York, survives. Also surviving are two grandsons who lived here awhile, attending Weimar High School, Philip and Wayne Wood.

Pallbearers were Daniel Ulbricht, Joe Adamcik, Edwin Haidusek and Robert McCoskey.

Weimar Mercury, 14 June 1979 p.13
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Watson, Elizabeth B. (Joyce)

Funeral for Mrs. Watson Here Dec. 17

Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth B. Joyce Watson, 75, of the Osage community near Weimar were held Monday, Dec. 17 from Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in Osage Cemetery.

Rev. Charles Carolan officiated.

Mrs. Watson, wife of Clement Watson, died at 12:35 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at Parkview Manor, where she was a resident.

Born Feb. 7, 1898, at Newton, Mass., she was a daughter of Louis and Mary Landry Joyce. She owned and operated a dress shop in Niantic, Conn., for about 25 years and had lived at Osage the past 24 years.

Her husband survives, along with a daughter, Mrs. Philip (Phyllis) Wood Sr. of New York; a son, Fred J. Gore of Walpole, Mass.; five grandchildren, Mrs. Donald Wright, Wayne P. Wood and Philip R. Wood Jr., all of New York and Kenneth J. Gore and Frederick J. Gore of Walpole, Mass.; ten great-grandchildren; and a sister Mrs. Josie Boudrot of Newtonville, Mass.

Pallbearers were Joe Adamcik, Edwin Haidusek, Daniel Ulbricht, Henry Kloesel, Edwin Stock and Charlie Anders.

Weimar Mercury, 20 December 1973 p. 5
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Watson, George B.

George Watson Rites Held Here Wed.

George Watson, well know employee of the Lakeside Irrigation Co., passed away Sat., Feb. 10 at 11:45 p.m. at a friend's home of a heart attack following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services will be held from Mt. Olive Baptist Church, February 14 at 2:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Community Cemetery with Rev. Edwards of Houston officiating.

The deceased was born March 26, 1928 in Eagle Lake. His parents were Ardelia and Ollie Watson.

Survivors include two sisters, Ardelia Stewart of Eagle Lake and Ollie Van Dyke of Austin; two brothers, Norris Watson of Midland and Alvin Watson of Houston and a number of nieces and nephews,

He was a veteran of the Korean war serving from 1952-54.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 15, 1973

Watson, George Scott

Scott Watson Dies Suddenly.

G. Scott Watson, a traveling man who lived at Eagle Lake, and visited this place often in years gone by, while on a visit to Houston last Sunday, was stricken with heart disease while eating a meal in a resturant[sic], and died in a few moments. The funeral took place in Eagle Lake. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery] Mr. Watson formerly lived at Columbus,. where his mother conduced the Kulow Hotel for man years. A number of years ago he married Miss Eva Newsom of Osage, a sister of Eugene Newsom, of said community, and is survived by his wife, aged mother, four sons and one sister. Numerous friends in this section deeply regret to learn of his death.

Weimar Mercury, February 19, 1915.

Watson, Hannah Elizabeth (Bostick)


Mrs. Meneley Watson, 90, Often related Story of Famous San Jacinto Episode.

Mrs. H. E. Meneley Watson, 90-year-old daughter of Sion Bostick, one of three men who captured General Santa Anna after the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836, died at her home, 10 Marsden, at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday.

She often related the story her father told her of the capture. The morning after the battle, three young men, Joel Robinson, James Sylvester and Mr. Bostick, were riding on their horses over the prairies to see what they could discover. They rode up a small hollow and soon came upon a Mexican soldier who jumped up out of the clump of tall grass just on the edge of an arroyo.

He had on a corporal's uniform and was barefooted, and carried a bundle under his arm. Upon being ordered to surrender to these mounted men he was marched on foot ahead of them toward the camp. The prisoner, who was none other than General Santa Anna himself, told his captors that on account of his naked blistered feet, he simply could not walk any further. One of the men threatened to kill him on the spot if he did not walk ahead of them into the camp.

He began to walk on and when he had walked about a half mile he suddenly stopped and said, "Senors, I cannot walk any farther even though you kill me." Santa Anna could speak excellent English. Bostick and Sylvester made a move to carry out their threat to kill him.

Robinson, suddenly spurring his horse, rode in between them saying, "Don't, men," and reaching down, took the hand of General Santa Anna. Then, still believing him to be a Mexican soldier said: "Get up behind me." These men then rode into camp with their prisoner.

As they approached camp, General Santa Anna speaking so that the two other men could not hear him, said: "Take me at once to General Sam Houston." Realizing then that he had a famous prisoner, who would be recognized by the captured Mexicans and fearing the Texans would kill him, Robinson rode rapidly to where General Houston lay wounded at the foot of an oak tree. The prisoner slipped off the horse and identifying himself surrendered to General Houston, asking for his protection.

Mrs. Watson, a former resident of Gonzales, was born on March 28, 1853 in Colorado County, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sion R. Bostick, and had lived in Houston 40 years. She first married William Meneley and to this union ten children were born, three of whom preceded her in death. About 1910 she married William C. Watson. She was ninety years old at the time of her passing.

She is survived by a son, S. W. Meneley of Gonzales; seven daughters, Mrs. Mittie May of Clovis, N. M.; Mrs. Mary Hartman of Skidmore, Mrs. Abbie Gibson of Gonzales, Mrs. Laura Whitten, Mrs. G. R. Weir, Mrs. Elizabeth Clements, and Mrs. Ida Wilkerson, all of Houston; and 65 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Fogle-West.

June 1943 Houston newspaper clipping
contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe

Watson, Lorraine (LaMandin) Deering

January 6, 1915- March 10, 1998

Graveside services for Lorraine Watson, 83, of Houston and formerly of Swiss Alp, were held March 13 at Weimar Masonic Cemetery with the Rev. Walter Williams officiating.

Watson died March 10, in Houston.

She was born Jan. 6, 1915, in Benton, Ill., the daughter of Joseph and Ruby Slaten LaMandin.

Watson was united in marriage with Walter W. Watson.

She was a clerk for Sears for 23 years in Illinois and Tennessee. She was affiliated with the Gospel Lighthouse Assembly of God in La Grange and a church organist and pianist for over 40 years. She had written over 100 hymns and Christian songs.

Watson was preceded death by her parents; first husband, Jesse Deering; and second husband, Walter W. Watson.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Susie Deering of Humble; and a granddaughter, Nicole Deering of Humble.

Koenig-Peel and Strickland Funeral Home, La Grange, directors.

Banner Press Newspaper, March 19, 1998, page 8A

Watson, Lua Harcourt

A Sad Death

After an illness of two weeks with typhoid fever, Miss Lua Harcourt Watson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. G, Watson, died at her home in this city at half past eight o'clock Wednesday morning. On the night of the storm, when the Watson home was considerably damaged by the awful wind, Miss Lua was wet by the drenching rain, and contracted the fatal fever the following day. She gradually grew worse, until death relieved her sufferings on Wednesday. Born and reared to beautiful young womanhood in Eagle Lake, she was known and loved by every person in the town. Miss Lua was in her seventeenth year, a modest sweet, beautiful girl.

The funeral was conducted at 9;30 o'clock Thursday morning from the family residence. Rev. Mr. Morgan officiating and was largely attended. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

To the heart-broken mother and father, sister and brothers, the Headlight extends the sincere sympathy in their deep sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 7, 1909

Watson, Lydia Mae (Smith) Williams

Lydia Mae Smith Williams-Watson was born on November 5, 1932 to Erna Almania Williams-Smith and Frank Smith and later adopted by Thessie Johnson.

She attended George Washington Carver elementary School in Vox Populi, Texas and graduated from Phyllis Wheatley High School in Houston, Texas in 1949. Lydia furthered her education at Franklin Beauty College and graduated as a licensed cosmetologist.

At an early age she became a member of South Point Baptist Church, Vox Populi and later became a member of Lilly Grove Missionary Baptist Church in 1966.

Lydia was united in marriage to Allen Leo Williams in 1950. Through this union three children were born, Johnell, Gail and Debra Williams. She later married Earnest Watson who preceded her in death.

She leaves to cherish her memories her mother and father Erna Almania and Thessie Johnson of Garwood, Texas; three children, Johnell Williams, Gail Henderson and partner Robert Watson, Debra Murray and husband Marion “Sonny: Murray all of Houston Texas; seven grandchildren, Kenneth Williams of Florida whom she raised, Telicia Henderson, Patrick Henderson, and Morna Henderson of Houston Texas, Nicole Ware-Smith and husband Torri Smith of Missouri City Texas, Anita Ware, Earl Elton Jolivette, and Diedra Jolivette all of Houston, Six great-grandchildren, Erica and Eric Jolivette, Christian Smith of Missouri City Texas, Telldreick Williams, Kham Ron and Patriciana Henderson of Houston Texas. Her adopted siblings Robert Gibbs, Johnny “Sonny” Farrow, Burnis williams, Doreta Pope, Vester Dalton, Vivian Bryant, and Jola Aubrey and host of other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her brother Johnny span and her great-grandson Christopher Henderson.


Watson, Maria

Miss Watson, Teacher 40 Years, Dies

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon Nov. 14, at Hubbard Funeral Home for Miss Maria Watson, 89, who died Nov. 13 at Parkview Manor.

Rev. John Robinson officiated. Burial was in Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Miss Watson, a daughter of William P. and Mary Emma Castleberry Watson, was born Dec. 3, 1881, in Oakland and spent most of her life in Weimar.

She attended North Texas State Normal College, the University of Texas, and the University of Chicago, and took extension courses from Southwest Texas State Teachers College. She taught school more than 40 year.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Eastern Star, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Oscar Hunter of Yoakum; three nieces, Mrs. Mildred Hunter Stevens of Houston, Mrs. Mary Watson Donaldson of Austin and Mrs. Inez Watson Elquest of Phoenix, Arizona; and five nephews, Lloyd Hunter of Houston, Lisle Hunter of Spring, Ralph Watson of. Houston, Calvin (Bubba) Watson of Richmond, and Jack Watson of San Antonio.

Three brothers preceded her in death: Sim, Bob, and Bennett.

Active pallbearers were Charles Allen, Jack Montgomery, Leroy Herder, F. F. Brasher, Tye Yates Holman, Walter Williams, L. E. Meredith, and Dan Herder.

Honorary pallbearers named by the family were Henry Brasher Jr., Dr. Robert W. Castleberry, Dr. Jesse W. Castleberry, and Clayton Watson.

Relatives and friends from San Antonio, Richmond, Phoenix, Ariz., Beaumont, Pasadena, Yoakum, Spring, Houston, Schulenburg, and Austin were here for the funeral.

Weimar Mercury, November 25, 1971

Watson, Mary


Died in Lavaca county, near Oakland, December 27, 1888, Mrs. Mary Watson, consort of Mr. S. J. Watson, after only a few days’ illness. She leaves a husband, a little boy and girl, and an infant only four days old. In so sore a bereavement the whole community sympathises with the family. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 3, 1889, page 3

Watson, Mary Emma (Castleberry)


Many friends throughout this section were deeply grieved Tuesday night to learn of the death of Mrs. Emma Watson, beloved wife of Mr. W. P. Watson of this city, who succumbed to an attack of paralysis, after an illness extending over several years. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon from the family residence, interment being made in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery. In our next issue a suitable obituary regarding this most excellent lady will appear.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, January 23, 1925

Death of Mrs. Mary E. Watson
Died at Her Home in this City Last Tuesday Night, After Many Months of Illness

Tuesday night of last week, surrounded by family and friends, the poor , tired spirit of Mrs. Mary Emma Watson (nee Castleberry) passed unto its Creator, forever freed from the sufferings of this earthly form, there to join loved ones gone on before. The funeral was held at the Odd Fellows Cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 4:30, the services being conducted by Rev. J. C. Wilson, pastor of the Methodist Church, assisted by Rev. C. E. Dearman local Baptist pastor. The funeral was attended by a large crowd of sympathizing friends of the family. At the close of the funeral service the earthen mound was hidden from view by beautiful floral emblems contributed by those who knew and loved this truly good woman.
Mrs. Watson was the beloved wife of Mr. W. P. Watson of this city, and had lived in Weimar for many years. She was born in Talbot county, Ga., June 22,1856; was married to Mr. Watson Feb. 1, 1876, at Geneva, Ga. Immediately after marriage the happy couple came to Texas to make their home. For many years the couple have made their home here in Weimar, where both were known and honored by all. Mrs. Watson joined the Methodist Church thirty-five years ago and lived a consistent christian life up to the time of her death. Although stricken with paralysis a number of years ago and rendered helpless, she bore her sufferings uncomplainingly, and her cheerful disposition, despite her infirmities, was remarkable. Every care and attention was bestowed upon her by loving husband and children, but God willed that she come to her eternal home, and with a smile upon her lips she passed into the Great Beyond. Besides her devoted husband, Mrs. Watson is survived by four children – Mrs. Lillie Hunter of Yoakum, Miss Maria Watson, Bennett and Robert L. Watson of this city; three sisters – Mrs. Carrie Heath of Arlington, Texas, Mrs. Ella Phelps and Mrs. Ada Mills of Stamford; and two brothers – D. A. Castleberry of Crum, Texas, and T. J. Castleberry of Fort Worth, Texas; also eight grandchildren.

Mrs. Watson was always a devoted wife and mother. Her life was completely wrapped up in those about her, and no sacrifice was ever too great for them. The devotion of husband and children proves that they appreciated the good wife and mother that God saw fit to bestow upon them. Mrs. Watson ever proved a good friend and neighbor, was kind and charitable to a fault, and will be sadly missed by all.

Our sincere, heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, January 30, 1925
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Watson, Phine (Suhr)

Last Rites Held Sat. for Mrs. W. H. Watson

Mrs. W. H. Watson, familiarly-known and called “Aunt Phine” a resident of the Ramsey community for many years, passed away at the Gust Goeckler home Thursday, April 5th after a lengthy illness, having been a semi-invalid for several years. She was an aunt of Mrs. Goeckler and had made her home with the family for the past fifteen years.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. A. J. Pate, pastor of Sweeny Baptist Church, formerly pastor of First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake, at 2:00 o’clock Saturday, April 7th at the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home.

A favorite hymn was sung by Mrs. H. D. Swearingen, accompanied by Mrs. Clara Mae Nash.

Interment was made in the Alley Cemetery, located about nine miles west of Eagle Lake. Pallbearers were Raymond Goeckler, Leo Kretzschmar, R. L. Duncan, Herman Boothe, Paul Powers and H. J. Kretzschmar.

Mrs. Watson was before her marriage, Miss Phine Suhr. She was born August 30, 1866 in Colorado County where she had lived for a good part of her life.

She was married to W. H. Watson in 1900 and he preceded her in death. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include: Great-nieces, Mrs. Gladys Moody of Ramsey, Mrs. H. G. Harper of Wharton and one great nephew, Raymond Goeckler of Houston.

Eagle Lake Headlight, 12 Apr 1956
Contributed by Matt Cross

Watson, Pierce Butler


Pierce B. Watson of 2702 Moonlight Bend died in a local hospital Thursday. He was owner of Lone Star Sales Company.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Winifred K. Watson; daughter, Gail Watson; sister, Mrs. H. H. Bohannan of Clovis, Calif.; and brother C. M. Watson of Weimar.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cook Funeral Home with Wendell Morrow officiating.

Grave side services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Osage Cemetery near Weimar.

Watson was a charter member and past director of Capital City Kiwanis Club. The group will suspend its weekly program Friday and instead hold a memorial service at noon at Stephen F. Austin hotel. The Rev. Albert F. Jones will conduct the memorial service.

Members of the club will attend the Saturday funeral service as a group.

Austin American, 14 April 1961


Funeral services for Pierce B. Watson will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cook Funeral Home with Wendell Morrow officiating.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Osage Cemetery near Weimar.

Pallbearers will be A. L. Rice, Buckner Fitzgerald, Edward Priesmeyer, Otis Fisher, Paul Crusemann and T. F. Pierce.

Austin American, 15 April 1961
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Watson, Robert Livingston

R. L. Watson, 69, Buried Here After San Antonio Rites

Funeral services were held Monday at Harlandale Methodist Church in San Antonio and Masonic Cemetery here for Robert Livingston Watson, 69. brother of Miss Maria Watson of Weimar and former resident here.

Mr. Watson died Saturday, Dec. 24, at his home in San Antonio after a long illness.

Services were led by Dr. Tom Brabham, Harlandale pastor, and Dr. E. Y, Seale, pastor of the Beeville church. Masonic rites were held at a San Antonio lodge. Mr. Watson was a Scottish Rile Mason and a Shriner.

Born Sept. 12, 1886, at Oakland, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. P. Watson. When he was a year old the family moved to Weimar, where he lived until 1930 when he moved to San Antonio. In his earlier life, he with his father and brother, engaged in contracting and carpenter work here. In 1920 he accepted a position as construction foreman with the Texas Company. At the time of his death he was in government service at Kelly Air Force Base, where he had been employed since 1941.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lucy Watson of San Antonio; a son by a previous marriage, Ralph Watson of Columbus; one granddaughter, Susan Ellen Watson of Columbus; a brother, Bennett, of Pearsall; and two sisters, Mrs. Lillie Hunter of Yoakum and Miss Maria Watson of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, December 30, 1955, page 1

Watson, Sadie Belle (Davis)

S. Watson Funeral Held August 2

Sadie Belle Davis Watson died Saturday, July 30, in San Antonio. Graveside services were held on August 2 at the Weimar Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery with. Rev. Skip Sirnic officiating.

A long-time resident of Houston, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph L. Watson of Weimar.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susie Watson Strickland and Phillip R. "Happy" Strickland; a grandson, Keil Watson Strickland, all of San Antonio and her brother, Dan Davis, of McAllen.

Weimar Mercury, August 4, 1994, page 2

Watson, Samuel M.

Del Rio Mirror: Far from home and friends, sick unto death and fully aware that the dread moment of dissolution could be but little longer delayed, Mr. Sam Watson of Pledger, a little town near Eagle Lake, was making preparations to return to his home, when the grim monster claimed his own, and at 1:30 o'clock Saturday morning the spirit of the afflicted man deserted its tenement of clay and winged its flight into the great beyond. Mr. Watson was aged about 45 years, had long been a hopeless sufferer from consumption, and had arrived in this city only a few days previous to his demise. Being unable to secure accommodations elsewhere, he was boarding at the restaurant of Jesus M. Mendez, and a Mexican attendant was with him when the end came. Sheriff Robinson was notified of the death and attendant circumstances, and at once assumed charge ot the case. In addition to a valise and box of clothing, the sum of $73.05 was in the possession of deceased at the time of his death. A brother at Weimar was communicated with, and instructions received to coffin the remains and forward them to that place. This was done, and a check covering all expenses has been received. Deceased was a carpenter by trade, and leaves two grown children and numerous other relatives to mourn his demise. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellow’s cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, March 25, 1905, page 1

Watson, William Bennett

Bennett Watson, 87, Pearsall, Buried Here

Graveside rites were held at Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery here Wednesday, Feb. 10, for Willam Bennett Watson, 87, of Pearsall, a former Weimar resident.

Services were held that morning at First United Methodist Church In Pearsall, with Rev. Austin Masterson officiating.

Mr. Watson died at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at his home, of heart failure.

A retired contractor and carpenter, he lived in the Weimar area the first 50 years of his life and had lived at Pearsall since. He was born at Oakland on Nov. 4, 1883, a son of William Pickett and Mary Emma Castleberry Watson.

Most of his work was on homes, but he had worked periodically for Texaco and during World War II was employed at Kelly Field, San Antonio.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Troy Watson of Pearsall; two sons and two daughters by a former marriage to the late Mrs. Anna Fisher Watson: Mrs. Wm. T. (Mary) Donaldson of Austin, Mrs. Carl (Inez) Elquest of Phoenix, Arizona, Calvin (Bubba) Watson of Richmond and Jack Watson of San Antonio; and two sisters, Mrs. Oscar (Lillie) Hunter of Yoakum, and Miss Maria Watson of Weimar.

Two brothers, Sim and R. L. (Robbie) Watson, preceded him In death.

Visitors for the funeral came from Seminole, Pearsall, Houston, Corpus Christi, Wharton, Richmond, San Antonio, Gonzales and Yoakum.

Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1971

Watson, William Pickens


After a lingering illness, extending over many weeks, the spirit of Mr. Wm. P. Watson, one of our oldest and best citizens, left its tenement of clay and joined his loved ones gone before. His death took place at the family homes in this city Wednesday night at 9:45. The funeral will take place this, Thursday, afternoon at 4 o'clock, from the family residence , with interment in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery. A suitable obituary regarding this honored, good man will appear in next issue of the Mercury.

Weimar Mercury, April 5, 1929

Honored Citizen Answers The Last Roll Call

Due to the lateness of the hour and other handicaps the Mercury mentioned but briefly last week the death of an honored, good citizen of our community, Mr. W. P. Watson, whose death occurred at the family home Wednesday night of last week, following a long illness. The funeral took place Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock, in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery, and was attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends of this long-time citizen of our town and community. Rev. C. C. McKinney, local Methodist pastor officiated in a touching burial service.

William Pickens Watson was a son of Lynn Watson and Eliza Livingston, and was born in Greenville, South Carolina, Jan. 20, 1846, being 82 years old at time of his death. He was united in marriage to Mary Emma Watson in Talbot county, Georgia Feb. 1, 1876, the couple then moving to Texas. During the late Civil War Mr. Watson was a member of Buller’s Guards, Co. B., Second Regiment, Kershaw’s Brigade, McClau Division, Longstreet Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, South Carolina Volunteers. He took a active part in many of the great battles of the Civil War, among them the battle of the Wilderness, battle of Spottsylvania Courthouse, battle of Cold Harbor, battle around Petersburg, also in the campaign of the Valley of Virginia, battle of Cedar Run, etc. Joseph E. Johnston was his general when they surrendered in April, 1865, to Scofield. After the close of the Civil War he lived for awhile in New York City, then came to Texas. He lived three years in Harrison county, near Marshall, Texas, then went back to South Carolina, then to Southern Georgia, where he was overseer of a large plantation for two or three years. After his marriage he came to Texas, settled on the John Tooke farm in the New Bielau community, then moved to Oakland, where he lived eight or nine years. He moved to Weimar in September, 1887. His wife died Jan. 20 1925. Mr. Watson joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in early life, but after marriage united with the church of his wife, the Methodist.

Mr. Watson was a carpenter by trade and a mighty good one. A great many of the business houses and residences of this community are a result of his handiwork. He was a man of genial temperament, sober and industrious, loved his work and it was perhaps the hardest trial of his life when ill health forced him to give up his usual avocation. He was a man whose friendship was as true and strong as steel, never faltering once he became your friend and willing at all times to do anything in his power to help a friend. Such friendships are rare in this day and time, and to possess the friendship of such a man was indeed something to be proud of. Almost to the very last his mind was clear as a bell, while his memory was remarkable. Friends who dropped in to see him toward the last were amazed to note that he recognized them instantly. He was a good man and citizen, a man who was good to his family and community throughout his entire life and one whom we can ell afford to spare. As a friend of this splendid man and citizen for over forty years, and one whose friendship for the writer never faltered in all that time, we drop the tear of sympathy with his bereaved ones, and pray that the good God above will comfort them as He alone can.

“The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat
The soldier’s last tattoo;
No more on Life’s parade shall meet
The brave and fallen few.
On Fame’s eternal camping ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards, with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead.”

Weimar Mercury, April 12, 1929
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Watson, Winifred (Kolberg)

Mrs. Winifred Kolberg Watson Passes Away

Friends in the community learned with regret of the death of Mrs. Winifred Kolberg Watson in Denver, Colo. on Thursday, March 8th. Mrs. Watson resided here for many years when her father operated a dairy and her mother was a teacher in the seventh grade of Eagle Lake public schools for many years.

A memorial service was held for Mrs. Watson on Saturday, March 10th at 4 P.M. at the Weed Corley Funeral Home in Austin with Edward Geiseck officiating.

Mrs. Watson had resided in Austin for many years. She was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist.

Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Rex (Gail) Brown of Marshall; two grandchildren; and a brother, Donald C. Kolberg of Austin.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagle Lake Library. [Buried in Osage Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 1973
Submitted by Gail Brown
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