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Brooks, Alvina (Schulz)

Mrs. Alvina Brooks’ Rites Set Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Alvina Brooks, former Oakland resident who died in Houston, will be held a Evanelical & Reformed Church here Saturday afternoon, Jan. 21, at 2:30.

Burial will be in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Brooks was a sister of Mrs. Henry Beken Sr. Many years ago she operated a drung store at Oakland.

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1956

Brooks, Ben

Last Saturday, on the plantation of Mr. Ed. Obenchain, a negro named James Williams killed another negro named Ben. Brooks. A woman was at the bottom of it. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 30, 1882, page 3

Brooks, Clara (Ellis)

Mrs. John Brooks, Lifelong Resident Of Area, Expires

Death came last Sunday afternoon, April 23, in Youens Hospital to Mrs. John H. Brooks, 79, ending an illness of three weeks.

She was a lifelong resident of this area, having been born on a farm between Weimar and Oakland, and the widow of the late Mr. Brooks who owned and edited the Mercury for many years.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Home, Rev. W. E. Brown of the First Baptist Church here officiating, and interment was made in the City Cemetery.

Born Clara Ellis, on October 8, 1870, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. C. Ellis. She was married to Mr. Brooks in San Antonio November 10, 1889, and they settled here, where Mr. Brooks and a partner had established the Mercury the year before. Nine sons and a daughter were born to them; one son died as a small child, and another, Kyle, as a young man. All the sons moved from Weimar and entered business elsewhere as young men, but had kept in close touch with their mother through these many years. Probably the greatest tribute that could be paid Mrs. Brooks was in the way not only her sons and own daughter but her several daughters-in-law stayed at her bedside constantly during the two weeks she was in the hospital preceding her death.

Survivors are her seven sons, Richard H. of San Antonio, John E. of Rusk, Glenn E. of Lubbock, Barnett E. and Ellis H. of San Angelo, Carlton B. and Morris H. of Houston; and one daughter Mrs. Erwin L. (Ernestine) Reinhardt of Luling. A half sister, Mrs. Henry Whitley of Gladewater, also survives.

Pallbearers at the funeral were sons and her son-in-law.

Weimar Mercury, April 28, 1950, page 1

Brooks, George W.

Luling Signal:  George W. Brooks died at his home in Luling last Thrusday after a short illness.  Deceased had only been a resident of this city for a few months, but by his upright, honorable course and gentlemanly bearing he made a host of friends who sincerely regret his death.  His remains were shipped to Colorado county and laid to rest [Fitzgerald Cemetery] beside those of his wife, who died a few months ago. 

Hallettsville Herald, July 7, 1892
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Brooks, Glenn Ellis

Glenn E. Brooks, Former Resident, Is Buried Here

Funeral services for Glenn Ellis Brooks,50, a former Weimar resident, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home here Monday, March 31, with interment at Weimar Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Rev. J. M. McDonald of the local Methodist Church officiated, assisted by Rev. Bob Breihan of the Wesley Bible Chair at Austin.

Mr. Brooks died Sunday, March 30, in a San Angelo hospital, from self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Born at Weimar July 7, 1901, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John H. Brooks. He grew to manhood here, and at the time of his death was a hardware merchant at Lubbock.

Surviving are a son, Glenn Ellis Jr., a student at the University of Texas; six brothers, R. H. of Amarillo, Barnett and Ellis of San Angelo, Morris and Carlton of Houston, and Johnnie of Rusk; and one sister, Mrs. E. L. Reinhardt of Luling.

Pallbearers were five of his brothers and a nephew, Barnett Brooks,Jr., of the U. S. Air Corps.

Weimar Mercury, Apr 3, 1952

Brooks, Gordon McLeary


Died, at the family residence in Weimar last Saturday afternoon at 7 o'clock, Gordon McLeary Brooks, aged 19 months, youngest son of Editor and Mr. John H. Brooks.

Friends, if you have ever attempted to write of the death of a beloved baby, you will understand the feelings of the Mercury man as he pens these lines telling of a similar occurrence in which his beloved, idolized baby was the victim. It is the hardest task ever undertaken by the writer and he feels keenly his inability to tell of the occurrence, as perhaps it ought to be told. On last Saturday afternoon while the Mercury editor was at the office chatting with a friend, and the mother at home engaged in sewing, our beloved darling secured possession of a bottle of gasoline and thoughtlessly placing it to his lips, drank of the poisonous contents. The mother, in an adjoining room, heard the child when she secured the bottle, and flew to his rescue, but, oh, God, it was too late! The fiery poison had already entered his system, and he was gasping and strangling for breath. Neighbors and family physician hurried to the rescue, and for two hours everything that human ingenuity and medial skill could devise was resorted to in and effort to save our baby's life, but at 7 o'clock when the fatal hemorrhage came we knew and realized that it was of no avail, that our baby was dead, and that the world henceforth was darkness and desolation to us. You parents who have had loved ones suddenly and without warning snatched from your arms can understand d our feelings and we know we have your sympathy. Our baby was dearer to us than life itself, and to give him up without a moment's notice is the hardest cross we have ever had to bear. Our baby, had he lived until the 13th, would have been 19 months old. He was an independent, b right little fellow, whose lovely, sunny disposition had taken possession of his parents' hearts until he had become their idol. Neighbors and friends who knew him loved him, his bright face, and friendly and cheerful disposition winning all hearts to him. On that fatal day, the little fellow seemed unusually bright and playful, and as the fond mother and father watched him at his play it seemed that they had never loved him so well before. As they strained the loved form to their hearts they little realized that in but a few, short hours he would be snatched from their presence forever. How hard it is, only those who have gone through a similar experience can realize. Without the hope of meeting our baby on that other shore where partings are no more, life would be unendurable, so we bow in humble submission to the Creator's will and long for the blessed reunion over there. Good-bye, "Little Billie!" The world is better for you having lived in it, even though you stay was oh, so brief.

The remains of our darling were committed to mother earth Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Ref. J. E. Buck, pastor of the Methodist Church, officiating in a beautiful and impressive service. At the close of the service the little mound was literally buried from sight by wreaths of ferns, evergreens and dainty blue and white flowers, which tributes of love and sympathy will ever be a consolation to the stricken ones. God Bless them, one and all, for their thoughtfulness, is our sincere wish.

Weimar Mercury, August 17, 1907
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Brooks, James H. Sr.

James Brooks Funeral Held Here April 5.

Funeral services for James H. Brooks Sr., 57, of Weimar were held Tuesday, April 5, from Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Adkins officiated.

Brooks, who had retired from General Telephone Co. after 33 years on the job, died at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, April 3, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center after suffering a stroke.

Born May 15, 1930, at Mt. Enterprises he was a son of Ervin Franklin arid Cecil (Shaw) Brooks. He married Mary Jo Massey on Dec. 22, 1951, at West Columbia. He served in the Army in Germany and Korea, winning the Purple Heart and other medals.

Brooks had lived in this area for 29 years, and earlier lived at West Columbia, Henderson, Bryan and Schulenburg. He was a former member of the Weimar Fire Department, VFW Post 5875 here, and the Weimar Lions Club.

Surviving are two sons, James H. Brooks Jr. of Columbus and Larry J. Brooks of Hostyn; one daughter, Carolyn E. Marek of Weimar; three grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Cecil Brooks of Mt. Enterprise; three sisters, Novella Wade and Mary Hudgins of Henderson and Cheryl Short of Mt. Enterprise; and two brothers, Paul Brooks of Houston and Robert Brooks of Lake Jackson. A daughter, a sister and two brothers preceded him in death.

Serving as pallbearers were Cecil Ellison, Frankie Vana, Ed Hanzelka, Joe Dusek, Bennie Koehn, and Cecil Riche.

Weimar Mercury, April 7, 1988, page 10

Brooks, John Henry

John H. Brooks, Early Publisher, Dies in Weimar

Old School Journalist Began Long Newspaper Career With Ben Baker

Funeral services for John H. Brooks, 73. pioneer Weimar publisher who died in that city last Thursday night, were held from the family residence Saturday afternoon, the Rev. S. R. Norwood officiating, assisted by Dr. Melvin C. Edison of Luling and Rev. W. H. Royal of Luling. Interment was in Odd Fellow's cemetery.

With the passing of Mr. Brooks the thinning ranks of Texas' old-school journalists were reduced still further. John H, Brooks was a native of Columbus and began his long newspaper career here.

A son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Brooks, he was born on April 2, 1870. At the age of 13 he began his newspaper apprenticeship under Ben M. Baker, founder of The Citizen, and served this newspaper four years. He spent several years as typesetter for Houston and Dallas papers, but with the rise of the linotype machine he returned to Colorado county and became associated with his old employer in publication of the Weimar Gimlet, which became the Mercury in 1888.

On November 10, 1888, Mr. Brooks married Miss Clara Ellis in San Antonio and a year later purchased Mr. Baker's interest in the Mercury, which he edited for the next 30 years, a part of that time in partnership with R. H. Yoder. In 1939 he retired. selling his interest to Mr. Yoder.

But, Mr. Brooks had lived too long with the smell of printers ink in his nostrils and the roar of the presses in his ears. He could not stay out of the game altogether, so for the next four years he served as author of "Items from the West End of the County," for several weekly newspapers of this section, one of which was The Citizen. It was a labor which he loved, and the regretful notes he sent The Citizen during the last weeks of his illness testified to his sadness at being unable to perform his weekly stint.

His death was likely hastened by his grief over the death of a favorite grandson, Lt. Ray Brooks Reinhardt, in a plane crash in Florida on August 21.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Clara Brooks, seven sons, Richard Hill Brooks of Cincinnati, Ohio, John E. Brooks of Rusk, Glenn E. Brooks of San Angelo, Staff Sgt. Ellis H. Brooks of Boise, Idaho, Carlton B. Brooks of Houston, Flying Instructor Morris H. Brooks of Uvalde; a daughter, Mrs. S. L. Reinhardt of Luling; a sister Mrs. Josie Loeder of Houston; a brother Ellis D. Brooks of San Antonio, 30 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Honorary pallbearers appointed by the family include Ben F. Harigel, Guilford McMillan, E. A. Bosl, Dr. J. F. Lessing, E. Goeth, Emil Hillje, Leigh McGee, Wayman Kindred, O. A. Zumwalt, W. C. Bouldin, T. Y. Hill, R. H. Yoder, Jno. C. Hubbard, B. B. Holt, Ed Rabel, Henry Brasher Jr., Henry J. Laas, Rev. Jos. Szymanski, E. Lauterstein, Alfred Reissner, G. W. Shaver, O. H. Holloway, S. K. Seymour, Sr., Frank Shortt, R. Chamrad, C. G. Schietinger, E. M Frazee, Hon. J. J. Mansfield, Hon. L. J. Sulak, Gus Russek, Dr. A. H. Potthast, Henry Struss, A. J. Ratliff, Henry Gindler, Dr. Leo Peters, Frank F. Anders, Jos. R. Rypple, Joe Kopecky.

Colorado County Citizen, September 16, 1943, page 1
From files of Dorothy Albrecht

Brooks, Julia Lavinia (Shaw)

MRS. JULIA LAVINIA BROOKS, formerly of Colorado county, died in Luling, Texas, Saturday, January 19, 1891, of pneumonia. The deceased was a daughter of Josiah and D. Jane Shaw, and was born in Fayetteville, Fayette county, Texas. December 19, 1943. She was married to Mr. G. W. Brooks December 17, 1873. She was distinguished as a dutiful child, and affectionate wife and mother; and for thirty years was a consistent and faithful Christian, having united with the Baptist church in 1869, and died happily with the Christian armor on, at her new home. Her mortal remains were consigned to rest in the family burial ground ten miles north of Columbus last Sunday, February 1st, the Rev. G. H. Collins, pastor of the Methodist church in this city, officiating. The Citizen tenders the grief stricken relatives and friends sincere sympathy in their sad bereavement.

Colorado Citizen, February 5, 1891, page 3

Columbus Items

The remains of Mrs. Julia L. Brooks, who died last Saturday at Luling, from pneumonia, were conveyed through here to the family burial ground [Fitzgerald Cemetery] in the Shaw neighborhood. Mrs. Brooks formerly lived in this county, and was the daughter of Mr. Josiah Shaw.

Weimar Mercury, February 7, 1891, page 2

Brooks, Kyle Ford

A Tribute of Respect.

Weimar, Tex., Feb. 9,1909.
To Editor John H. Brooks and Wife:
Sunday morning, Feb. 7, 1909 at 1:15, the death angel bore to his heavenly home the pure soul of Kyle Brooks, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Brook He had been confined to his bed for seven weeks with typhoid fever, and after a fierce battle for life he at last sank to rest. Everything that medical skill and professional nursing, parents and friends could do was done to prolong his life. The prayers not only in our town but throughout this and other states, were sent up to the throne of God to spare him, but God being wiser than we, saw fit to deny this petition, knowing it was not for Kyle's good. He had become so wasted from the ravages of the disease that had he lived he would have been a constant sufferer and invalid. Kyle was one of the purest, most modest, affectionate and appreciative young men that it has ever been my good fortune to know. He bore his suffering with heroic bravery. His physicians, nurses, parents, relatives and friends all tried to see which could do the most for him We all loved him. When conscious he would show his love and consideration for each and every one. He was never too ill to try and comfort his heart broken parents. He would put his weak arms out to hug and kiss them. This was his pleasure when well, and it followed him to the portals of death. He was foreman in his father’s printing office. Though only 18 years old, he would have been trusted with the entire management of the business. He was industrious, painstaking, sober and devoid of all bad habits. This can be said of few young men of the present day. He had the respect of every one who knew him, on account of his sobriety and virtues. Death loves a shining mark, and it did not miss it in Kyle. He was a member of the Christian church Sunday school, and never missed a Lord's day service if he was well enough to go. He loved the song service, and his teacher often remarked how attentive he was and how he loved he blessed truths of God 's word, Do you wonder at this cross being so heavy, when the brightest jewel is taken? Yet when the blow is softened only by time, that blessed healer, then and then only can you say, "Thy will be done." You can then look with the eye of faith to that heavenly home where your noble boy Kyle and sweet little baby Billie are patiently waiting for you and his little sister and brothers. Last, but not least, his dearly beloved sweetheart, to whom he gave the first love of his young manhood and whom he always welcomed and watched for till the last. May God bind up your broken hearts and teach you why this had to be, is the prayer of
One Who Loved Your Boy:
[Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, February 12, 1909, page 1

Brooks, Laura Jean


Laura Jean Brooks, 79, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 11 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Columbus, Dec. 16, 1928 to Travis Rusk and Lizzie (Bickmann) Brooks. She was a homemaker and was a cafeteria worker for Columbus Independent School District.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jeanette Winkler; and brother, M. Forrest Brooks.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Dorothy Brooks of Columbus; nieces, Sharon Sronce of Wethoff, Janet Sronce of Angleton, Kathy Salguero of Columbus and Diane Brooks of San Antonio; and two great-grandchildren[sic].

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 14 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Don Sronce, Stuart Hill, Gary Weaver, Hugo Salguero, Matt Sronce and Travis Sronce.

Colorado County Citizen, January 16, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Brooks, Mary A. (Yancey)

The remains of Mrs. Mary Brooks, formerly a citizen of Columbus, who died in Weimar last Wednesday afternoon, arrived here on last Thursday's Southern Pacific train and were committed to earth [Columbus Odd Fellows Rest] about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, Rev. Mr. Brinson, pastor of the Methodist church in Weimar, officiating.

Mrs. M. A. Brooks was born at Brownsville, Haywood county, Tenn., December 22, 1838. She came with her parents--the late Mr. William and Mrs. Emily Yancey--to this state in 1852, and resided in Columbus until a few years ago, when she moved to Weimar to live with her son, Mr. John H. Brooks of the Mercury. She was married to Mr. John R. Brooks November 3, 1857. and has been a widow twenty years. She leaves five surviving children--Mrs. P. J. Nave of Velasco, John H. Brooks of Weimar, H. R. Brooks of Waco, E. D. Brooks of Lott and Mrs. Gus. Loeder of Weimar, with whom she resided during her illness. Her surviving sisters are Mrs. Lucy Harrison of Lavaca county, Mrs. J. W. Holt and Mrs. George B. Webber of Weimar, Mrs. Kittie Ritterhouse of Chicago, and Mrs. Clara McGary of San Antonio. Mrs. Brooks was well and appreciatively known by our citizens, and recognized as a lady of many admirable traits of character, and her daily Christian walk and conversation, together with her constant exemplification of the spirit of gentleness, kindness and charity cemented to her a host of warm friends. These and other beautiful traits of her character made her unobtrusive sphere of usefulness a widening circle for good, and her high appreciation of the good in others a lasting benison. Devotedly attached to her family, her unwearied and thoughtful labors for their correct rearing and preparation for useful places in life were worthy the highest encomiums. The world is better that she lived and has the excellence of her grand example that she died. She leaves us crowned with the highest womanly virtues and the good Lord says she shall have her reward. Sweet be her sleep.

"Hope looks beyond the bounds of time,
When what we now deplore
Shall rise in full, immortal prime
To bloom and fade no more."

Colorado Citizen, 18 Nov 1899
From files of Dorothy Albrecht


Mrs. M. A. Brooks died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. G. A. Loeder, in this city, at 3 p. m. Wednesday afternoon, and the remains were intered [sic] at Columbus the following day. Mrs. Brooks leaves five children, Mrs. Loeder, of Weimar, Mrs. Nave, of Velasco, John H. Brooks, editor of the Mercury, E. D. Brooks of the Lott Clarion and H. R. Brooks, of Waco. Her long residence in Colorado county sufficed to surround her with a circle of warm friends and her departure caused genuine sorrow in the community. – Weimar Mercury.

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

Mrs. M. A. Brooks of Weimar died Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 15, after a lingering illness of several years. In her life was exemplified all of the precious injunction embodied in the Golden Rule: “Do ye unto others as ye would that others should do unto you.” The lives of such people as Mrs. Brooks tend to make the world better and the “fair-haired daughters and brave-browed sons” she left behind show how well her life’s work was done. With our three printer brethren, John H. Brooks of the Weimar Mercury, Ellis D. Brooks of the Lott (Falls county) Clarion and Hicks R. Brooks a Waco printer, as well as the two daughters, Mrs. Loeder of Weimar and Mrs. Nave of Velasco, the STICKER can deeply sympathize, as their sympathy was poured out to us in a similar bereavement recently. When such a mother departs to the blissful beyond a heartfelt “requiescat in pace” is all that mortal can offer, but a strenuous effort to emulate the example set better emphasizes one’s sincerity.

Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Nov 1899, page 2
Contributed by Matt Cross

Brooks, Mary Eunice (Styers)

Mary Eunice Styers Brooks

Mrs. John W. Brooks Dies Here on Saturday Night

After a considerable perod of failing health, heroically borne, Mrs. Mary Eunice Brooks, nee Styers, died at her home in Bellville about eight o'clock Saturday evening, February 5, aged 63 years.

She was born in Oakland, Colorado county, on April 23, 1874, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Marion Styers, and at the age of six, moved with her family to Weimar, where she lived until her marriage.  On September 19, 1900, she was married to John Williamson Brooks of Bellville, where the family home has since been made.  At the age of 16 she united with the Methodist Church, and has ever since been an active member of that organization.  She was gifted with great executive ability and interest in the welfare of others, was a devoted wife and mother, and a good neighbor and friend.

She is survived by her husband, John W. Brooks; one daughter, Miss Johnnie Marie Brooks of Houston; three sons, Dr. A. H. Brooks of Hempstead, Dr. G. S. Brooks of Corrigan, and M. E. Brooks of El Campo; three grandchldren, Carolyn Drew and Mary Nell Brooks of Hempstead, and Lennie Etta Brooks of El Campo; one sister, Mrs. E. D. Taylor of San Antonio; two brothers, John Henry Styers of San Antonio, and Fleming Styers of Hempstead.

Funeral services were held late Sunday afternoon at the First Methodist Church, Bellville, with the pastor, Rev. Lamar Clark officiating, and a large attendance of friends, and beautiful floral offerings.  Interment was made at Oak Knoll Cemtery with Hallman in charge.

Active pallbearers were Hoffman L. Reese, Brenham, C. A. Master, J. L. Sterling, Emil Muery, Tim Walton, and Dr. E. J. Clark.

Those present at the funeral services, from out of town, included Miss Johnnie Marie Brooks, Dr. and Mrs. A. H. Brooks, Dr. G. S. Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Styers and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Faktor and Charle Faktor, El Campo: H. L. Reese, Miss Maude Reese, Mr. and Mrs. Woodson Tottenham, Brenham, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Bednar, Navasota; Mrs. L. W. Winfree, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Meyer, Rev. and Mrs. Gates, Otis Styers, F. F. Styers, Mrs. Clara Meyer, Mrs. Ed Boethe, and Mrs. Susie Pommier, Hempstead, Mrs. Redmond Delaney, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Anderson,  Raleigh Hammack, Mrs. Evalyn Hammack Bruun, Mrs. E. H. Hammack, Mrs. and Mrs. R. D. Ernst, Mrs. and Mrs. H. T. Underhill, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Willis, Mrs. James Bethany, Miss Mary Bethany, Mrs. Frank P. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde J. Verheyden, Miss Sara Cole, Mrs. R. A. Casey and Miss Adalen Dicksinson, all of Houston.

from a Bellville Texas newspaper, February 1938
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Brooks, Mary Jo (Massey)

Funeral Services Held Dec. 26 For Mary Brooks

Funeral services for Mary Jo Brooks, 59, of Weimar were held December 26 at the Hubbard Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Adkins officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Brooks died on December 23 in Hallettsville of cancer.

Mrs. Brooks was born on September 29, 1935, to Drue and Edna (Rendon) Massey in Houston. She attended West Columbia High School.

She was a housewife and a member of the First Baptist Church in Weimar.

Survivors include her fiancée, Leroy Phelps, of Weimar; two sons and daughters-in-law, James H. Brooks, Jr. and Patricia of Waelder and Larry J. Brooks and Terry of Schulenburg; Carolyn E. Brooks Marek of Bastrop; three grandchildren; two sisters, Drucilla Crockett of Sheridan and Diane Shaw of Alvin; two brothers, Gene Massey of West Columbia and Billy Massey of Round Rock.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter, Catherine.

Pallbearers were Cecil Ellison, Ed Hanzelka, Leonard Gabler, Lou Genzer, Paul Kovar and Paul Cernoch.

The Weimar Mercury, December 29, 1994
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Brooks, Morris Hart

Morris Brooks Funeral Set Thursday a.m.

Funeral services for Morris Hart Brooks, 73, of Houston will be held Thursday morning, Aug. 11, from St. Paul Methodist Church, Houston, with burial in Masonic Cemetery here.

Brooks, a native of Weimar and son of a former Mercury editor, died Aug. 9 in Houston of natural causes.

Born here Dec. 16, 1914, he married Thelma Batchelor on April 21, 1935, at Corpus Christi.

His wife survives him, along with two children, Sloan Brooks of Austin and Moreen Higgs of Dallas; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Further information was not available for this issue.

Weimar Mercury, August 11, 1988
From files of Dorothy Albrecht

Brooks, Richard Hill

Dick Brooks, 73, Buried Here Tuesday

Funeral services for Richard Hill Brooks Sr., 73, of San Antonio, a former Weimar resident, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Tuesday. with burial in Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Rev. Lee Geldmeier, pastor of First Methodist Church, officiated.

Mr. Brooks, who had moved from Weimar as a young man, had worked for the Texas Co. 40 years, from 1919 until he retired in 1959. He died Saturday afternoon, Nov. 19, in a San Antonio hospital, where he had been a patient for two weeks.

Born here May 21, 1893, he was a son of John and Clara Brooks. He attended Draughons Business College in San Antonio after completing high school here and married Miss Vesta Hart at Houston April 20, 1915. He was employed by Southern Pacific RR and a Kerrville bank before joining the Texas Co. Mr. and Mrs. Brooks were living in Amarillo when he retired, at which time they moved to San Antonio.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Richard H. Jr. of Midland and Larry T. of Amarillo; five grandchildren; five brothers, John E. of Rusk, Barnett E. and Ellis of San Angelo, Carlton of Omaha, Nebraska, and Morris of Houston; and one sister, Mrs. E. L. Reinhardt of Luling. Three brothers, Gordon, Kyle and Glenn, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were his five brothers and his brother-in-law, Mr. Reinhardt.

Weimar Mercury, November 24, 1966

Brooks, Roy James


Funeral services for Mr. Roy James Brooks, age 83, of Eagle Lake, were held Friday in the chapel of Dulaney[sic] Funeral Home in Eagle Lake. Roy Botard, Billy Botard and Raymond Hopkins officiated. Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Brooks was born March 9, 1902 in Sublime to James Robert "Jim" Brooks and Epsie Harris Brooks. He was a former longtime resident. of Baytown, having retired in 1967 from plant security for the Baytown Exxon Refinery after 31 years of service. He lived in Eagle Lake for the past seven years and was a member of the Full Gospel Church.

Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters; Beula Tesch, Ora Kersh, Epsie Fahrenthald, Henrietta Harvey and Una Hol; four brothers; Clark, Sam, Coy, and Raymond Brooks, and a very special nephew, Jerry Allen Scott.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Scott Brooks of Eagle Lake, four sisters, Clara Guinn of Cuero, Noma, Grunewald of Yorktown, Maude Harms of Hallettsville and Hallie Reese of Sublime; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were: Halton Buchanek, Howard Brooks, Hayden Harvey, J. L. Briscoe, R. W. Maertz, Jr., and Jim Rex Speck.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, June 27, 1985

Brooks, Travis Rusk

Travis R. Brooks Services Held Here Yesterday

Last rites were held yesterday afternoon for Travis R. Brooks, 82, retired rural mailcarrier, who died of pneumonia in Columbus hospital about 1:30 p.m. Monday. Mr. Brooks had been in bad health since suffering a stroke before his retirement in 1950. He had been mail carrier on Route 1, Columbus, for 44 years.

The Rev. G. Wolf of St. Paul's Lutheran church officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Untermeyer Funeral home in charge.

Born at Shaw's Bend May 19, 1880, he was a son of George and Julia Lavinia Shaw [George Washington and Julia Lavinia (Shaw) Brooks] He was the last surviving one of 3 sons and 2 daughters of that couple. A sister, Miss Mabel Brooks of Houston died last fall.

He is survived by his widow, the former Lizzie Birkman; a son, Forrest Brooks, Columbus postmaster, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Jeanette Winkler and Miss Laura Brooks of Columbus, also 4 granddaughters, Sharon, Janet, Kathryn and Diane Brooks.

Pallbearers were L. L. Hastedt, N. L. Goodwin, Thurman Brune, Louis Waldvogel, Sam K. Seymour, Oscar Henicke, Carl Mattern and Delmar Fehrenkamp.

Colorado County Citizen, May 10, 1962

Brooks, unnamed girl


The baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Brooks of Houston, whose death occurred Thursday afternoon at 3:30, was brought here early Friday morning and committed to the grave in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery, from the residence of the little one’s grandparents, John H. Brooks and wife. On account of the serious condition of the mother, the parents of the little one were unable to be present. Quite a number of relatives and friends were present to witness the last sad rites, so feelingly administered by Rev. C. E. Dearman, Baptist minister. At the conclusion of the service the little mound was completely hidden from view by the many floral offerings contributed by sympathizing friends. In the death of their little babe, the stricken parents have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends throughout this section.

Weimar Mercury, July 27, 1923, page 1

Brooks, William Howard

Mr. W. H. Brooks, brother of ex-Sheriff Jno. R. Brooks, lately deceased, fell dead last Monday evening in the store of Mr. Jno. F. Rose, on Spring street. He has been a citizen of our county since 1867, was a mechanic, and a man with many good qualities. His malady was probably heart disease. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, November 20, 1879



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