Farmer Commits Suicide.
Z. A. Pokluda, a farmer living four miles east of Weimar, committed suicide Wednesday afternoon by hanging himself with his belt, which he had fastened around his neck, securing the other end to the limb of a tree, after which he held his lower limb from the ground until death ensued from strangulation. The deed was committed In a live oak thicket about 400 yards north of him residence. The man, we are informed, attempted suicide only a short while ago by drinking a concoction in which match heads bad been soaked, but repenting of the deed before death ensued, secured a physician and through the aid of an emetic his life was saved. Family troubles are said to have been the cause of the deed. The man leaves a widow and three children. Judge W. A. VanAlstyne went out to the scene late Wednesday evening and after investigation returned a verdict in accordance with the foregoing facts. [Interment in St. Michael's Cemetery]
Weimar Mercury, November 19, 1915
L. J. Pokluda, 77, Weimar Man, Dies
Mr. Alois J. Pokluda, 77, Weimar area farmer, passed away at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Kossa, Wednesday morning, after an illness of more than three months. Funeral services will be held Friday morning, April 2, from the Hubbard Funeral Home, with services at St. Michael’s Church at 9:30.
Weimar Mercury, April 2, 1943, page 1
Last Rites Held Here Friday For Alois J. Pokluda
Funeral rites were held Friday for Alois J. Pokluda, 77, at St. Michael’s Church, with Monsignor Jos. J. Szymanski officiating. Interment was made in the St. Michael's Cemetery.
Mr. Pokluda had been in ill health for several months and at the time of his death, which occurred Wednesday, was living with his daughter; Mrs. Willie Kossa in the Ammannsville-Dubina community. The funeral was in charge of the Hubbard Funeral Home.
A son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Pokluda, Mr. Pokluda was born April 12, 1866. in Czechoslovakia and came to America in the year 1874. He was married to Miss Annie Lichnovsky in 1891 at Bluff, Fayette County. He had lived in Colorado County for the past 48 years, and followed the profession of farmer and stock raiser. His wife and six children preceded him in death. At time of death he had attained the age of 76 years, 11 months and 18 days. He was member of the Catholic Church.
Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Aug. Lacina, and one brother, August Pokluda; five sons, Alois, Ed and Emil Pokluda, of Texas City; Clement Pokluda of Needville and Corpora Albert Pokluda, now in the U. S Army; two daughters, Mrs. Julius Shumbera of Victoria and Mrs. Willie Kossa of Ammannsville; also, 2 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
The Mercury extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives.
Weimar Mercury, April 9, 1943, page 1
Sad Death of Mrs. L. J. Pokluda
Lady suicides by Hanging While Family Absent in Field
News was brought to this city Friday morning that Mrs. Louis J. Pokluda, living a short distance northeast of town, had committed suicide by hanging herself in the garage at the family home,while the other members of the family were absent in the field. Naturally the news created much excitement and sorrow, as the family is well known and highly thought of. Judge W. A. VanAlstyne went out to the scene and held the inquest, returning a verdict of suicide.
From particulars at hand we understand that Mrs. Pokluda had been in ill health for some time past, and that, together with brooding over the death of a beloved daughter, Mrs. Hanzelka, several years ago, had undoubtedly deranged her mind, temporarily, at least. On the morning the terrible deed was committed, she was alone at home with the exception of one little boy, the other members of the family being absent and at work in the field. About 9:30 she slipped away from the little boy, went out to the garage and deliberately hanged herself with a rope. The little boy missed her, began calling and finally began to cry. Other children in the field heard him, came to the house to see what was the matter,and when he reported that he “could not find mamma.” they at once instituted search and finally located her body swinging at the end of a rope in the garage. They gave the alarm and Mr. Pokluda, who was at work a half mile distant, hurried to the house, only to find his beloved life companion cold in death. The shock to him, who had only a few minutes before left her in normal condition, can better be imagined than described.
The body was taken down and after the inquest was tenderly prepared for burial.
Mrs. Pokluda had never ceased to grieve over the death of her daughter,and although Mr. Pokluda had talked to her many times about it, he had no idea that she contemplated such a rash act. The body was laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery the following day.
Mrs. Pokluda was born in Fayette county, near the Bluff Settlement, in 1872. She was married to Mr. Pokluda Oct. 22, 1889, and then moved to the vicinity of Weimar, in Colorado county, where she lived up to the time of her death. Mrs. Pokluda was the mother of thirteen children, of whom ten are living, three have died some time ago. Surviving her, besides the children mentioned, are a heartbroken husband, eight grandchildren, two sons-in-law (Ed Hanzelka and Julius Shumbera), two brothers living in Fayette county, and a half brother and a half sister living in East Bernard.
Mrs. Pokluda was a splendid, devoted wife and mother, patient and kind at all times, and beloved by all who knew her. She was highly thought of by a large circle of neighbors and friends, and her tragic death is deeply and sincerely deplored. The heart felt sympathy of all our people goes out to Mr. Pokluda and family in their bereavement. God pity and comfort them,is the prayer of all.
Weimar Mercury, July 22, 1921, page 1
August Pokluda, 76, Dies At Home; Funeral Today
Funeral services for August Pokluda, 76, who died at his home near Weimar Tuesday afternoon at about 4:30, were held this (Thursday) morning from Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. C. Emigholz officiating. (Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery)
Mr. Pokluda, a farmer, had lived in this county for 50 years. He had been in poor health for the past four years, and recently had fallen and broken his arm. Born at Bluff, Fayette County, he married Miss Louise Fojtik at Weimar in 1908. She preceded him in death May 16, 1938.
Surviving are two sons, Henry and George, of Weimar; three daughters, Mrs. Andela Janus of Wharton, Mrs. Alvina Kubena of Schulenburg, and Miss Annie Pokluda of Weimar; a sister, Mrs. Philomena Lacina; and two half-brothers, Frank and Joe Vasek, address unknown.
Weimar Mercury, December 29, 1950, page 1
SAD DEATH OF A SPLENDID YOUNG LADY
Miss Christyna Pokluda, daughter of Mr. Louis Pokluda, living a short distance east of town, who was taken to LaGrange several days ago for operation for appendicitis, and who, following the operation, was thought to be getting along finely, took a turn for the worse, and on Sunday night was claimed by Death.
The remains were brought to the family home Monday, and the following day interment took place in St. Michael’s Cemetery, this city, Revs. Szymanski and Boeding officiating.
Miss Christyna was 15 years and 9 months old at the time of her death. She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Julius Shumbera of Skidmore, Mrs. Annie Dobecka of Weimar and Mrs. Willie Kossa of Ammannsville. Also six brothers, Emil Pokluda of Garwood and Frank, Ed, Clement, Louis and Albert.
The active pall bearers were Allen Frnka, Victor Vaclavik, Henry Billeck, Joe Kubesch, Ed Hollek and Henry Krenek. The maids of honor were Misses Tillie Billeck Tillie Lacina, Annie Bednar, Agatha Kubesch, Agnes Gerta and Agnes Vacek.
Miss Christyna was a great help and comfort in the home, a good dutiful daughter, who, through the mother’s death a few years ago, had in a great measure to take the mother’s place in the family circle, and her death is indeed sad and deplorable.
To our friend, Louis Pokluda, our heartfelt sympathy is extended. He has had more than his share of trouble the past few years, but here’s the hope that the good Father above will have compassion on him and comfort him as He alone can.
Weimar Mercury, March 27, 1925, page 1
Funeral For Mrs. Pokluda Held Aug. 4
Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Pokluda, 82, of Weimar were held Monday, August 4, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Father Charles Carolan officiated.
Mrs. Pokluda died Saturday, August 2, at 10 a.m. at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.
Born July 28, 1904, in the High Hill community, she was a daughter of Joseph and Caroline (Barwick) Wanjura. She was married to Henry A. Pokluda here on October 30, 1944.
Her husband survives her, along with one brother, Fred Wanjura of Weimar; six sisters, Mary Wanjura of Parkview Manor, Mrs. Rosa Herzik of Schulenburg, Mrs. George (Sophie) Pokluda, Mrs. Fred (Tillie) Ulrich and Mrs. Herbert (Martha) Wick, all of Weimar, and Mrs. Louis (Lydia) Novak of Dubina.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, three as infants, and two sisters.
Serving as pallbearers were Robert Ulrich, Joe Ulrich, Bennie Kunz, Monte Peck, Clarence Dittrich and Bobby Wick, all nephews. Altar boys were Scott Wick, Joe Janecka and John Pavlik. The organist was Mrs. Margie Janecka. Rosary was recited before mass by Mrs. Frances Haidusek. A rosary was recited Sunday evening at Hubbard Funeral chapel with Father Charles Carolan officiating.
Weimar Mercury, August 7, 1986
The 6-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Puckluder [sic.] of this vicinity died Thursday night, and will be buried at 4 o’clock this (Friday) afternoon. [Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery] The sorrowful parents have the sympathy of numerous friends in their affliction.
Weimar Mercury, August 6, 1898, page 8
Funeral For Henry Pokluda
Funeral services for Henry A. Pokluda, 79, of Rt. 1, Weimar, were held Saturday, Dec. 31 from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Rev. John Bily officiated.
Pokluda died at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
Born Aug. 6, 1909, in Colorado County, he was a son of August and Louise (Fojtik) Pokluda. He married Emma Wanjura on Oct. 30, 1944. She preceded him in death in 1986. He was a lifetime resident of the Weimar area and was farming until he retired a few years ago.
Surviving are one brother, George Pokluda of Weimar and two sisters, Mrs. Andela Janus of Wharton and Mrs. Annie Kocurek of Garwood. One sister, Mrs. Albina Kubena, preceded him in death.
Serving as pallbearers were Charles Herzik, Bennie Kunz, Robert Ulrich, Clinton Berger, James Lange and Henry Kunz.
Weimar Mercury, January 5, 1989