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Riddick, Kenneth Laura (Lowe)


Mrs. Laura Kenneth [sic] Riddick, age 88, of Eagle Lake, passed away Tuesday, January, 19 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Graveside services and interment was held at the Myrtle Cemetery, in Rock Island Saturday, January 23 under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Charles Miller, pastor, First Presbyterian Church. of Eagle Lake officiating.

Mrs. Laura Kenneth Riddick was born in Ford Co., Kansas to Frank Lowe and Laura Wilkinson Lowe. She moved with her family to Colorado County, settling in Sheridan in 1909.

She later moved, to Beaumont where she resided for 65 years, then she moved to Houston for a few years before returning to Colorado County where she has resided in the Heritage House of Eagle Lake for the past ten years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Baker H. Riddick, who died in 1938, also her four sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. A. R. Brand of Ft. Lupton, Colorado; sons, Hugh Riddick of Dallas and McDonald L. Riddick of Baytown; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Colorado County Citizen, January 28, 1988, page 2

Riddle, John William

Funeral Services Are Held For J. W. Riddle at Rock Island Monday

Funeral services for J. W. Riddle of Rock Island, who died at his home there were held Monday afternoon at two o’clock at the Rock Island cemetery, Rev. Sheppard officiating. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Riddle was born in 1891 [1871] in Kansas. He had been a resident of Rock Island 21 years.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Jack Waddell, Mrs. Ether Hutchins and Mrs. Robert Schoop; two sons, Howard and Wess Riddle; three sisters, Mrs. Maggie McCallum, Mrs. C. A. McLillan, and Mrs. Lizzie Nickoles; one brother, George Riddle.

Colorado County Citizen, November 9, 1940
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Riddle, Nettie Mae (Lawson)


Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon for Mrs. Nettie Riddle who passed away Wednesday, after several weeks illness. She has been a resident of this place for many years. Surviving are her husband J. W. Riddle, six children and a number of grandchildren, all of this community. Burial was in Myrtle cemetery with Rev. E. Homer Miller conducting the service.

Colorado County Citizen, April 21, 1932, page 7

Riehs, Birdie Erna (Hoffmann)


Mrs. Birdie Erna Riehs, 71, of Columbus, died last Tuesday at Hermann Hospital n Houston.

Services were held Thursday at Henneke Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating. Interment followed at the New Bielau Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of' Henneke Funeral Home.

Mrs. Riehs was born in Hawg Creek, Texas, on Nov. 14, 1916, to August and Louise Schneider Hoffmann. She married Robert Karl Riehs on Jan. 9, 1935. He preceded her in death on April 20, 1969.

She was a retired medication Aide and had worked for 15 years at Autumn Hills Nursing Home. She had been a resident of Columbus for 20 years. She was a member of the Lutheran Church.

Survivors include a son, Larry Riehs of Columbus; a daughter, Mrs. James Kessler of Flatonia, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Pallbearers were, Keith Riehs, James Robert Kessler Ill, Charles Marx, Melvin Heinsohn, Emil Seidel and James Kessler.

Colorado County Citizen, October 2, 1988, page 2

Riehs, Charles Fritz

Mr. Chas. F. Riehs

Relief came to the suffering of Mr. Charles F. Riehs at his home here Monday, after several months of tuberculosis. Funeral services were held at the residence at three o'clock Tuesday, Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiating, and the body was laid to rest by the local American Legion Post, interment taking place at Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Riehs was born in La Grange on December 12th, 1892 and was married to Miss Ophelia Saxon on October 21st, 1919.

He enlisted in the army on April 28th, 1918 and served in Co. L of the 360th Inf., 90th Div. until discharged at Camp Travis on June 2nd, 1919. During this service Mr. Riehs saw front line trench service in two engagements, and was with the army of occupation in Germany.

Since the war he has worked in the bridge and building department of the Southern Pacific until some six months ago when he became ill from a complication of pulmonary tuberculosis and ulcer of the stomach from which he died.

He is survived by the wife, six small children, his mother, two brothers and three sisters, to whom our sincere sympathy is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, April 14, 1932
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Riehs, Robert Karl

Riehs Is Suicide; Wife Wounded

Robert Karl Riehs, 60-year-old janitor of Parkview Manor retirement home, killed himself with a 12-gauge shotgun Sunday in a daybreak incident that almost cost the life of his wife also.

She is recovering in Youens Memorial Hospital with a badly mangled hand, resulting from her trying to wrest the suicide weapon, an ancient single-shot piece, from her berserk husband.

Mr. Riehs, a native of Mullins Prairie who had done janitor and yard work during most of his 16 years in Weimar, was found dead by City Marshal Fred Vornsand in the dining room of the home the couple rented in the 100 block of West Main, a few minutes after Mrs. Riehs had been wounded and had run to a friend’s home two blocks away for help.

The family told Officer Vornsand Mr. Riehs had been increasingly despondent during the past few months.

It was shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday when the situation erupted in tragedy. Mr. Riehs had had a wakeful night and had dressed before dawn but was asleep on the bed again, clothed except for his shoes, when Mrs. Riehs arose and began getting ready to go to work. She worked part-time at Parkview Manor as an attendant.

Tried to Take Gun

She was in the bathroom when Mr. Riehs appeared with the shotgun which he normally kept on the bedroom wall, along with a rifle. Fearful, she tried to take it away from him and it discharged, hitting her hand.

She ran next door to the Emil Neiser home, banging on the door and calling, but was unable to rouse them. Years ago she had lived across the street from Mr. and Mrs. George Sander, and her next thought was to go to them for help. She was just at the railroad track, about a block from home, when she heard the second shot from the shotgun. She ran on to the Sander home, where Mrs. Sander called Mr. Vornsand.

The officer, after checking on Mrs. Riehs safety at the Sander home, went on to the Riehs home and through a window saw the dead man on the dining room floor. Evidence indicated he had been in the bedroom a few steps away when he shot himself in the chest.

Pliers to Remove Cartridge

The old shotgun’s condition wasn’t typical of the way “Tex” Riehs, as so many friend knew him, kept his possessions. He was an exceptionally neat person, but the shotgun was so rusted that it was with some difficulty that Officer Vornsand was able to open it. He had to use pliers to removed the empty cartridge. This, said the officer, probably explained the long lapse of time between the first and second shots.

Justice of the Peace Henry Hasse Sr. held the inquest and returned a verdict of death by self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Mr. Riehs had been yardman and janitor at St. Michael’s Church, and then at Weimar Public School for several years before they moved to Columbus, where he took a job as custodian of Columbus Convalescent Home. When Parkview Manor opened here in January he was hired as its custodian and they moved back to Weimar.

Born Jan. 21, 1909, at Mullins Prairie, he was a son of Karl and Pauline Fritsch Riehs. He married Miss Birdie Erna Hoffmann and they continued living at Mullins Prairie, where he worked as a farm hand. After they moved to Weimar he became a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at New Bielau.

Son, Daughter Survive

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Larry Riehs of Schulenburg; a daughter, Mrs. James R. (Elenora) Kessler of Austin; two grandchildren; two brothers Louis of La Grange and Englebert of Hallettsville; and two sisters, Mrs. Annie Fein and Mrs. Norie Knigge of Houston. Another brother, Charlie, of Mullins Prairie, died Sunday afternoon .

Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. F. H. Horak Jr. officiating. Burial was in the New Bielau Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Henry Brasher Jr., Rubin Dahse, Daniel Ulbricht, Alvin Prause, Marvin Hrcek and George Sander.

Weimar Mercury, April 24, 1969, pages 1 and 10

Riehs, Rosa Ruth

Rosa Ruth Riehs

As a little bud that is plucked before it has come to bloom, so little Rosa Ruth Riehs was taken from this earth on June 9th.

Rosie Ruth was born on May 15, 1931, as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Riehs. On May 4th, 1932, she was received into the Christian Church by Holy Baptism, only a few weeks after she had lost her father. She died of ptomaine poisoning early on June 9th. Interment was made the following day in Odd Fellows Rest, Rev. W.. A. Flachmeier officiating.

The little girl is survived by her mother, Mrs. Ophelia Riehs, one sister, Dorothy Mae, and four brothers, Garlin, Charles, William and Clifford.

Colorado County Citizen, June 13, 1935

Riener, Susanna

The aged aunt of Mr. M. Ehwiner of the New Bielau vicinity died last Saturday evening, and was buried the following day. She was an estimable kind-hearted lady, and her death is deeply regretted. Our sympathy is extended Mr. Ehweiner in his loss. [Interment in New Bielau Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, August 13, 1898, page 5

Riesing, Elo Maximillian

Drowns in Colorado River

Columbus, Texas, July 14,--Elo Reising, about 23 years old, drowned in the Colorado River at the Gravel Plant of Horton & Horton at noon Saturday. A cable upset the skiff carrying several workmen over water that was twenty to thirty feet deep and Reising could not swim. The body was recovered two hours later and will be interred at the Shaw's Bend [Riesing] Cemetery Sunday. He was reared near Ellinger and leaves an invalid wife and a four-year-old daughter.

Weimar Mercury, July 20, 1917


Riha, Clara (Malek)

Yoakum - Mrs. Clara Riha, 77, of Yoakum, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002.

She was bom April 25,1925, in Garwood, Texas in Colorado County, to the late Beno and Annie Hoffmann Malek. She was a retired registered nurse. She worked at El Campo Nightingale Hospital, Cuero Community Hospital, Eagle Lake Community Hospital, Huth Memorial Hospital, Yoakum Independent School District and Stevens Nursing Home. She was a member of the K.J.Z.T., Catholic Daughters of America, St. Joseph Catholic Church and Professional Nurses Association.

Survivors: husband, Ed Riha of Yoakum; daughters, Cindy Riha of El Campo and Nancy Garrett and husband David of Yoakum; sisters, Annie Schneider and husband Tony of Garwood and Mary LaBay and husband Allen of Houston; grandchildren, Amanda Wenske of husband Rodney of Yoakum, Stephanie Garrett of Sugar Land, Levi Garrett of Yoakum and Julie Garrett of Yoakum; great-grandson, Logan Wenske of Yoakum; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by: parents; sister, Clemmie Phillips; and brothers, John Malek and Henry Malek.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Friday at Buffington Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Gary Janak officiating. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Cemetery in Nada. Buffington Funeral Home, Yoakum, 361-293-2333.

Memorials: St. Joseph Building Fund or St. Mary's Cemetery in Nada, Texas.

Victoria Advocate August 22,2002
Posted bv Matt Cross
Submitted by Cynthia Riha

Riha, Edward Allen

Edward Riha

Edward Allen Riha, 80, of Yoakum, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006.

He was born Oct. 2, 1925 in Garwood to Ed and Mary Kallina Riha. He was an engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation.

Survivors include his daughters, Cynthia Riha of El Campo, Nancy Garrett of Yoakum; brother, John Riha of Bay City; sister, Joyce Janik of East Bernard; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents; and wife Clara Malek Riha (passed away in August 21, 2002). Clara and Ed were married Jan. 19, 1948 in Nada.

Services will be Friday, Jan. 20 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yoakum at 11 a.m. Graveside Service will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Nada at 2 p.m. with Father Gary Janak and Father Roger Hawes officiating. A Rosary will be Thursday, January 19, 2006 at Bufffington Funeral Home in Yoakum at 7 p.m. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Nada.

Memorials can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Building Fund in Yoakum, St. Mary’s Cemetery Fund, Nada or donor’s choice.

Arrangements are by Buffington Funeral Home in Yoakum.

El Campo Leader News OnLine, January 18, 2006

Riley, Rosanna (Frazier)

Columbus, June 14.--Mrs. Rosa Riley died at her home in this city at 4 o’clock this morning and was laid to rest by the side of her husband at Odd Fellows’ Rest this afternoon, Rev. W. D. Wendell of the Methodist church conducting the services. Mrs. Riley was __ [75] years of age and lived in Columbus since 1858, coming to Texas from Kentucky. She was Presbyterian in her religious belief and her life exemplified the noblest principles. Her surviving children are Mrs. Robert Innes of San Antonio, Mr. Ed. Riley of Kansas City, Rev. Philip M. Riley of ___burne and Mrs. R. H. Walther of this city. All were present at the close of her life.

Weimar Mercury, June 18, 1904, page 5

Riley, Sally Maria (Grigsby)

Columbus Citizen;
The Citizen announces, with acutiments of regret, the death at 1 o’clock last Monday afternoon, of Mrs. Sallie M. Riley, the wife of County Judge Charles Riley, and an old and respected citizen of this city. Mrs. Riley has been an invalid for several years, and for the past six or eight months so seriously afflicted as to prevent her from fulfilling her sphere of usefulness to her family and friends. Every application known to skilled medical science, combined with tender and careful nursing, has been employed to stay the approach of the grim reaper, without avail. She bore the suffering of her combination of ills with Christian fortitude. She was a consistent member of the Methodist church and her daily walk and conversation an exemplification of her religious belief and teachings. Her remains ere interred in the Odd Fellows’ Rest at 4 o’clock last Tuesday afternoon in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends, Rev. J. C. Johnson of the Baptist church officiating. A husband and four children survive to mourn their irreparable loss, who have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement

Weimar Mercury, June 23, 1894, page 2

Riley, Willie


Willie Riley, about fifty-five years of age, who has spent the most of his life in and around Eagle Lake, died here last Wednesday, and was buried Thursday. He had been in ill health for more than two years and his death was not unexpected. He was well known to all of the older citizens of Eagle Lake, with whom he bore a good reputation and was well liked. [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 21, 1921

Ringgenberg, Lonnie G.

Final Rites For L. Ringgenberg, 64, Held Monday

Funeral services for Lonnie G. Ringgenberg, 64, farmer and cattleman of the Wildwood area the past 8 years, were held Monday afternoon, Nov. 12, at Hubbard Funeral Home, Rev. Howard MacAllister, pastor of First Methodist Church, officiated.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery, where members of the VFW and the American Legion served as pallbearers and held graveside military rites.

Mr. Riggenberg died Saturday, Nov. 10, at Youens Hospital, where he had been admitted the previous night.

Born Oct. 16, 1898, at Des Moines, Iowa, the son of John and Caroline Ringgenberg, he married Miss Mary Lena Stahl at La Grange on Sept. 3, 1940.

They moved to this section from Eagle Lake in May of 1954. Mr. Ringgenberg served 2 years and a month in the army during world War I and spent 18 months in France.

Surviving in addition to his widow is one sister, Mrs. Nellie Coon of Des Moines.

Weimar Mercury, November 15, 1962, page 1

Riordan, August W.

A.W. Riordan Rites Held Wed.

Funeral services were held here at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 5th, for August W. Riordan, 70, of Houston who passed away suddenly in the Methodist Hospital in Houston at 5 a.m. Monday.  Mr. Riordan was an employee of the Holt’s Sporting Goods Store of Houston.  The last rites were held from the Chapel of the Mill Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Windel Bell, Pastor of Colly  Memorial  United Methodist Church, officiating, interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ernest Faber Riordan of 4003 Drummond, Houston; and a number of nieces . . . nieces. Mr. Riordan was born Jan. 15, 1899 in Galveston, Texas.                                       
Eagle Lake Headlight,  March 6, 1969
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Rios, Estevan

A killing took place Wednesday morning about 8 o'clock, seven miles south of Weimar, in which Geo. Coley, white, and a Mexican named FaustIue Cordes killed with a shotgun another Mexican named Stephen Rivers. Judge Hancock left early In the morning for the scene of the trouble to make an investigation. Geo. Coley, we understand, formerly worked at the Michalke gin In this city. The accused men were arrested, and at their examining trial before Judge Hancock Wednesday afternoon, were remanded to jail without bail, to await the action of the grand jury in September. From the evidence adduced at the trial, the outlook Is very dark for the accused parties. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, June 27, 1896, page 3

Rios, Jenaro “J. R.”


Jenaro "J.R." Rios, 73, of Columbus, passed away July 3, at his home.
He was born June 10, 1935 in Glidden to Francisco and Juanita Gutierrez Rios. He married Helen Hernandez Rios Dec. 17, 1954. He worked as a service station attendant in the auto dealing business, enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John, Manuel and Joe Rios and one sister, Santos Rocha.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Dora Mancha and husband Francisco, Rosa Hinson, Diana Rios, Geneva Heger and husband Daniel, Angelita Rios and Darlene Rios, all of Columbus and Beatrice Carter of Fort Worth; sons, Jenaro Lee Rios Jr. of Fort Worth and Raymond David Rios and wife Mary of Columbus; sister, Lorrina Brune and husband Harry of Columbus and 24 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will take place July 9 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Dan Kahlich and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers included are his children; Dora Mancho, Rosa Hinson, Diana, Angelica, Darlene, Jenaro Jr. and Raymond Rios, Geneva Heger and Beatrice Carter.

Colorado County Citizen, July 9, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Rios, Joe

Joe Rios

Joe Rios, 77, of Columbus, passed away Thursday, July 3 at Columbus Nursing and Rehabilitation in Columbus.

He was born March 22, 1931 in Glidden the son of Francisco and Juanita (Gutierrez) Rios.

Joe was married to Emma (Saenz) Rios.
He was employed as a truck driver and was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John Rios, Manuel Rios; and one sister, Santos Rocha.

Survivors include his son, James Rios and wife, Yolanda, of Rosenberg; grandchild, Cheryl Rios of Mississippi; brother, Jenaro “J.R.” Rios of Columbus (who passed away later the same day); sister, Lorrina Brune and husband, Harry, of Columbus; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A prayer service and rosary were held on Tuesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Dan Kahlich and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Burial followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus. Arrangements were under the direction Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearer is Margaret Phelps.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 10th, 2008
Submitted by John Konesheck

Rios, Juanita (Montana)


Mrs. Juanita Rios, age 70, of Eagle Lake, passed away last Wednesday at 1:05 a.m., at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a sudden illness.

She was born in Lockhart, Texas on Nov. 22, 1917 to Jose M. Montana and Josefa Casanova Montana.

Mrs. Rios had lived in Eagle Lake since 1945 and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

She married Andres Rios in 1932 in Luling, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Annie Coronado of Eagle Lake. Four brothers, Juan, Jimmy, Lupe, and Fermin Montana. Three sisters, Nicolasa Chapa, Paula Gonzales and Inocencia Nombrana.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Andres Rios of Eagle Lake, Daughter, Mrs. Mary Yanez of Austin and sons, Abraham Rios of Weimar, and Ben and George Rios both of Eagle Lake. Sisters, Dominga Torres and Frances Pavia both of San Marcos. Brother, Andres Montana of San Marcos. Twenty-three grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephew and other relatives and loved ones.

A rosary was held from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel at 6 p.m. Sept. 29. Funeral services followed at 1 p.m. Sept. 30. from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. Jesse Euresti officiating. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery.]

Pallbearers were grandsons, Mario, Oscar and Robert Yanez. Michael, John, Daniel, Steve and Abraham Rios.

Colorado County Citizen, October 5, 1988, page 17

Rios, Leona (Garcia)


Leona Rios, 74, of Columbus passed away April 1 at her residence.

She was born in Glidden Oct. 31, 1928 to Santiago and Eufermia Garcia and married Manuel Rios Feb. 17, 1951.

She was a retired custodian for Columbus Independent School District and a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus. [Interment in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery]

She was preceded in death by her parents; sons, Mario and Alvin Rios; daughter, Rebecca Rios; brothers, Frutoso Garcia, Jimmy Garcia, Marcus Garcia and Pedro Garcia; and sister Felipa Perez.

She is survived by her husband; daughters, Dora and husband Joe Martinez of Brookshire, Manuela Rios of Columbus, Cynthia Rios of Columbus and Delia Rios of Austin; sons, Larry and wife Vivian Rios of Red Rock, Ernie and wife Brenda Rios of Columbus, Gilbert and wife Bobbie Rios of Katy and Albert and wife Mary Lou Rios of Columbus; sister Olivia Ramirez of Columbus; 11 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 4 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, April 9, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Rios, Manuel


Manuel Rios, 75 of Columbus, passed away Jan. 17 at St. Lukes Episcopal Hospital in Houston.

He was born in Glidden, Feb. 7, 1928 to Francisco and Juanita (Gutirrez) Rios and married Leona Garcia Feb. 17, 1951.

He worked as an electrician helper for Russell Renick Electric and Ronnie Rogers Electric and as a gravel pit truck driver.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sons, Mario Rios and Alvin Rios; and daughter, Rebecca Rios.

He is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Dora and Joe Martinez of Eagle Lake, Manuela Rios of Columbus, Cynthia Rios of Columbus and Delia Rios of Kyle; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Vivian Rios of Red Rock, Ernie and Brenda Rios of Columbus, Gilbert Rios of Katy

and Albert and Mary Lou Rios of Columbus; sister, Lorena Brune of Columbus; brothers, Joe Rios of Sealy and Jenaro Rios of Columbus; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 20 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Deacon Bennie Holesovsky of St. Anthony Catholic

Church officiating. Interment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Frank Lleverino, Michael Garcia, Dave Zurek, Raymond Rios, Ronnie Rogers and David Ramirez.

The Colorado County Citizen, January 21, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Rios,Manuela “Manny”

Manuela "Manny" Rios

Manuela "Manny" Rios, 47, of Columbus passed away Wednesday, August 8 at Methodist Hospital in Houston.

She was born August 19, 1959 in Weimar.

"Manny" worked as a day care aid in Austin for many years before she became disabled 14 years ago due to an auto accident.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Manuel and Leona Garcia Rios; brothers, Mario Rios, Alvin Rios; and sister, Rebecca Rios.

She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Garrett Anthony Rios of Columbus; sisters, Dora Rios of Columbus, Cynthia Rios of Columbus, Delia Rios of Kyle; brothers, Larry Rios and wife, Vivian, of Red Rock, Ernest Rios and wife, Brenda, of Columbus, Gilbert Rios of Katy, Albert Rios and wife, Mary Lou, of Columbus.

Parish prayer service and rosary was held Friday, August 10 at 6 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 11 at 1 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Fr. Dan Kahlich officiating. Burial followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Frank Lleverino, Samuel Lleverino, Joseph Paul Rios, Richard Garcia, Pete Garcia, Michael Garcia and Rubin Perez.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 16th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Rios, Soledad (Enriquez)


Soledad "Charlene" Rios, 47, of Eagle Lake, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7.

She was born April 8, 1955 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico to Acencion and Manuela Enriquez. She was a resident of Eagle Lake for a number of years and former owner of Rios Truck Tarps in Eagle Lake, an employee of Rice School District's Middle School cafeteria, a housekeeper and homemaker. She was a member of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake.

She was preceded in death by her father, Acencion Enriquez; and her companion of many years, Benny Moss.

She is survived by her mother, Maria Jesus Martinez, of Mexico; son, Victor Hernandez of Eagle Lake; two sisters and two brothers all of Mexico; her extended family Betty Frahm, Sue Holt, Robert and Karen Moss, Larry and Carolyn Moss, JoAnn and Bob Buster, Ernest and Susie Moss.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 11, from the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary in Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating. Other ministers included Guadalupe Gasca, cross bearer; Karen Cranek, lector; Carmen Nunez, cantor; Patty Stephens, organist; and the Parish of the Nativity Choir. Gift Bearers were Ruby and Guadalupe Gasca; special ministers of Communion were Georgia Dierschke, Ruby and Guadalupe Gaska and Frances Posada and Mary Rodriguez. Paten Holders were Karen Cranek and Javier Rios. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Victor Hernandez, John Frahm, Larry Moss, Robert Moss, Mike Grigar and Mike Rios.

The family requests memorial contributions be directed to the Parish of the Nativity's Building Fund, P.O. Box 307, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Colorado County Citizen, January 15, 2003
Courtesy of The Citizen


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Ritter, Annie (Braden)

Mrs. Adam Ritter Services Held Monday at Mentz

Funeral services were held in St. Roch’s Catholic church in Mentz Monday for Mrs. Adam Ritter, who died in Columbus hospital Saturday. Burial was in St. Roch’s cemetery, with Rev. Andrew Didner officiating. Rosary was said at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joe Peikert, Sunday evening.

Mrs. Ritter would have been 78 April 1. She was born, Annie Braden in the Mentz area in 1878, a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Braden, and had spent her entire life in that vicinity. She was married to Adam Ritter in Mentz and the couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary about 12 years ago at their home there. Mr. Ritter died 2 years ago.

Mrs. Ritter kept her home and did not break up housekeeping until she became ill about 4 months ago and went to live with the Peikerts.

Besides Mrs. Peikert, she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Jesse Neuendorff; 5 grandchildren; also 4 sisters, Mrs. Sally Feist, Mrs. Tillie Feist, Mrs. Albert Streider and Mrs. Jesse Weishuhn, all of San Angelo; and 3 brothers, Felix and Andrew Braden of San Angelo and Herbert Braden of Mentz. All her sisters and brothers were present for the funeral services.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Elmer, Clifton, Harvey and Ray Braden, Presley Weishuhn and Simon Brod.

Colorado County Citizen, March 8, 1956, page 5

Ritterhaus, Otto

Mr. Otto Rittershaus, formerly a resident of Columbus, where he married Miss Kittie Yancy, died at his home in Chicago, Ill. Thursday night of last week, after a long illness of consumption. The body was embalmed and will be brought to Columbus for burial. The funeral will probably take place [Odd Fellows Rest] about next Tuesday. Mr. Rittershaus possessed numerous friends throughout the county, who will regret to hear of his death. The sincere sympathy of all is extended the bereaved wife.

Weimar Mercury, December 30, 1899

Rivenburgh, Edward D.


It has become our pitiful duty to record the death of another good man. E. D. Rivenburgh died in Weimar at his family residence at 5 o’clock, p.m., October 1, 1885, in his fortieth year. Mr. Rivenburgh was born in the state of Illinois; came to Texas a poor young man just after the late war, and in 1874 was happily married to Miss M. J. Lowrey, near Borden, in this county, by whom he had five children, two of whom are now dead. He joined the Baptist church in 1878. By industry and economy he had accumulated quite a nice little property. He leaves a wife and three small children to mourn the loss of a protector. Mr. R. was a kind husband, devoted father, and a good neighbor. His remains were followed to the grave [Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery] by a large concourse of friends, and buried by the Knights of Honor, of which order he was a member. Religious services were held by the Rev. P. H. Hensley. May the blessings of high heaven rest upon the orphan children and lonely wife and mother in this hour of sore trial and bereavement.

Colorado Citizen, October 8, 1886

Tribute of Respect

The undersigned committee having been appointed to draft suitable resolutions respecting the death of Brother E. D. Rivenburgh, a member of Thomas Q. Mullin Lodge No 1500 Knights of Honor beg to report the following;

Whereas God in his wisdom did see proper by death to remove from among us at five o’clock p. m. on the first day of October our dearly beloved brother, friend and neighbor E. D. Rivenburgh.

Be it Resolved That in the death of Brother Rivenburgh our Lodge has lost one of its most zealous members, the county of her best citizens, the wife (now widow) a kind husband and the three little orphan children an affectionate father. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Now, be it Resolved, That while we submissively bow to this dispensation of providence we sincerely feel our loss and acknowledge our brother’s virtues and will endeavor to emulate them in our practices.

Resolved, That this Lodge wear the usual badge of mourning for the space of thirty days.

Resolved further, That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of this Lodge, and that a copy be sent to the Weimar Gimlet for publication, and one furnished the bereaved family.

This 14th day of October, 1885,


Weimar Gimlet, October 15, 1885 

Last Friday Mrs. E. D. Rivenburgh, of this place, received $2000 from the Knights of Honor, being the amount of insurance on the life of her husband, who died a short time ago. Within the last few years several members of the Knights of Honor have died in Weimar, and in each instance that lodge has paid the insurance promptly. This speaks well for the association, and is a practical showing of its merits as a life-insurance agency. It is not only an insurance agency, but its members are bound together in mutual ties of friendship. The lodge here is a creditable one, and no doubt the institution is a nobel one.

Weimar Gimlet, December 17, 1885

Rivenburgh, Lewis A.

Weimar Local Matters

Lewis, only son of Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Rivensburgh, died Thursday evening last, at 56 o’clock, of congestion of the bowels, aged seven years and eighteen[six] month, after about one week’s intense suffering; and was buried June the 1st, in the Odd Fellows’ Rest. Rev. P. H. Hensley performed the funeral obsequies. Little Lewis is gone, the one that gave has taken him to His own tender care. The little fellow had had much sickness during his short pilgrimage upon this earth. None but God can tell how the devoted parents miss his childish prattling. May God’s mercy sustain them in this sad hour of bereavement. How consoling that though their darling can’t come to them they can go to him, “in just a little while.”

Colorado Citizen, June 7, 1883

Rivera, Joshua Peter


Infant Joshua Peter Rivera, age 10 days, passed away December 28, at the Hermann Hospital in Houston.

Funeral services were held December 31, at the Wallis Bible Church with Reverend Jerry McKinney officiating. Burial was at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Joshua was born December 18 at the Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton to Johnny Peter Rivera and Lori Janelle Fling Rivera of Garwood.

Survivors Include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rivera; grandparents, Mrs. Curtis Fling of Garwood and Mr. and Mrs. Valentin Rivera of New Gulf; two sisters, Rebecca Grace Rivera and Sarah Beth Rivera both of Garwood.

Colorado County Citizen, January 3, 1985, page 2

Rivera, Lupe (Pulido)

Lupe Pulido Rivera, 81, of Humble, died Wednesday, Feb. 16. 1994, in Houston.

Born September 12, 1912, in Mexico, she was the daughter of Roque and Eulalia (Villereal) Pulido. On Nov. 6, 1943, she married George F. Rivera. Mrs. Rivera was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Humble.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 19, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Patrick Fidgeon officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Pallbearers wee William Pulido, Daniel Salinas, Roque Castillo, Mike Garcia, Steve Salinas and Ricky Pulido.

Mrs. Rivera is survived by her husband of Humble; daughters and sons-in-law Virginia and Tom Ells and Ruth and Syd Phillips, all of Houston, and Margie and David Bailey of Raleigh, NC; sons Eloy Solis of Austin and George Rivera Jr. of Denver, CO; sisters Mary Ramirez of Columbus and Carmen Torres of Houston; brothers Frank Pulido and Roy Pulido, both of Columbus, and Joe Pulido of Katy; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Rudy Solis.

Colorado County Citizen, February 23, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright


Rivera, Miguel Cabellero


Miguel Cabellero Rivera Sr., 69, of Houston, passed away Sept. 8.

He was born in Cuero, May 8, 1935 to Benjamin and Estefana (Cabellero) Rivera.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers.

He is survivors by his daughters, Minerva Rivera, Blanca Huerta, Kay Rendon, Stacy Gutierrez Greta Rivera of Houston, Yvette Rivera of Sealy and Letty Delgado of Eagle Lake; sons, Mike Rivera Jr. of Houston and Desi Rivera of Eagle Lake; brothers, Toby Galvan of Beaumont and Joe Basalbua of Houston; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake Sept. 11 with the Rev. Paul Aguilar officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Paul Rivera, Mike Rivera Jr., Gretta Rivera, Gabriel Rendon, Rey Gutierrez and Joe Chavez.

Colorado County Citizen, September 15, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Roberdeau, James Daniel

Death of Capt. J. D. Roberdeau.

Died, at Austin, Wednesday morning, after a short illness, Capt. J. D. Roberdeau, in his 80th year. Captain Roberdeau was among the most prominent men in Texas.

He was for some time in the land office at Austin; belonged to Hood’s Brigade; organized and was captain of company B., of the 4th Texas. He married Miss Willie McCormick, daughter of the lamented Col. W. B. McCormick of Weimar, in November, 1865, in Colorado Co., and was among the first past masters of Weimar lodge, No. 423, A. F. & A. M., and at the time of his death was a most honored member of Austin lodge No. 12.

He was mayor of Weimar in the early 70,s and was an able executive. Captain Roberdeau"s wife and six sons survive him. Major R. C. Roberdeau, cashier of the American Nat. Bank of Austin, Archer Roberdeau of Beaumont, and Ney, George, J. D. Jr., and Sully of Austin. By request of Austin lodge, No. 12, Weimar lodge conducted the funeral ceremony. The remains were interred in the family lot in the Masonic cemetery, Thursday afternoon, May 19.

Members of the masonic fraternity from Austin, Columbus, Schulenburg, Eagle Lake and Oakland were among the friends attending the funeral from over the state, who mingled their sorrow with that of the citizenship of Weimar and this section. The Mercury extends its deepest condolence to the bereaved in their irreparable loss.

Weimar Mercury, May 20, 1910, page 8

Roberdeau, James Daniel, Jr.

Funeral Rites for J. D. Roberdeau, 63, Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for James Daniel Roberdeau, Jr., 63, of Houston, were held in Weimar Sunday afternoon, from the Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev. S. R. Horwood, local Methodist minister, officiating. Interment was made in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Roberdeau was a son of the late J. D. and Willie McCormick Roberdeau. He was born Aug. 4, 1880, and died July 30, 1943, at his home in Houston after a long illness. He had been ill for many hears. He had been a resident of Houston for the past 25 years. At the time of his death he was a retired railroad employe. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

Survivors include three brothers, A. P. Roberdeau of Houston, Geo. Roberdeau of Austin and Ney Roberdeau of Fort Worth. Two brothers, Roger and Sully preceded him in death.

Mr. Roeberdeau was a relative of the McCormick, Hubbard and Dr. Cook families of this place to whom the Mercury extends condolence.

Weimar Mercury August 6, 1943

Roberdeau, Lucy

Died, in Austin, Texas, at 10 p.m. on the 15th inst., Lucy, little daughter of Capt. J. D. and Mrs. Willie Roberdeau. We extend the grief stricken parents our sincere condolence.
: Early, bright, transient,
Chaste as morning dew.
She sparkled, was exhaled,
And went to Heaven.
[Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, September 18, 1879

Roberdeau, Virginia Dare


At Weimar, Texas, October 22, 1874, VIRGINIA DARE, age one year and six months, daughter of J. D. & Willie McCormick Roberdeau.

"Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven"
(Alexandria, Va., Gazette, please copy.)
[Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, October 22, 1874

Roberdeau, Willie Sarepta (McCormick)

Death Claimed Mrs. Roberdeau

Austin, Tex., April 10. -- Mrs. Willie McCormick Roberdeau was born in Fairfax county, Virginia, April 8, 1845, and came to Texas with her father, W. B. McCormick, in 1958, the family settling in Colorado county, where many relatives reside. She was married to Captain J. D. Roberdeau November 30, 1865, who passed away just eleven months since. She is survived by six sons, R. C., N. M., G. M., J. D., Jr., and S. B. Roberdeau of Austin and A. P. Roberdeau, of Houston, and three sisters, Mrs. A. E. Hill, Miss Donie McCormick, of Weimar, and Mrs. J. L. Pickens of Halletsville.

The interment will take place in the family burying ground [Weimar Masonic Cemetery] at Weimar Wednesday. Mrs. Roberdeau was a member of the Methodist church all her life, and was prominent in the work of the Daughters of the Confederacy and was prominent in this section of the State.--Houston Post.

The remains arrived here Wednesday afternoon on the east bound train and were laid to rest beside her husband in the masonic cemetery, followed by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. The Mercury joins many friends in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved.

Weimar Mercury, April 14, 1911

Roberson, Robert Lee

Last Rites Held For R. L. Roberson, 19-Year Resident

Last rites for Robert Lee Roberson, 65, retired Columbus businessman, were held Tuesday afternoon in Columbus Funeral home with Rev. W. F. Hathaway officiating. Mr. Roberson had been in the Veterans hospital in Huston about a week and died there Sunday. He suffered with heart trouble.

Mr. Roberson had lived in Columbus about 19 years and a one time was associaed with the Luck’s Bottleing co. here. He had worked in variious other businesses here at other times.

He was born in Sedalia, Mo., June 3, 1891.

Survivors include his widow; a sister, Mrs. Mary E. Bolen of beaumont; and a brother, Mark Roberson of Dallas.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery here. Pallbearres were Fred Roberson, Leslie King, A. J. Struss, J. D. Seymour Sr., Louis Voskamp and Reginald Taylor.

Colorado County Citizen, May 19, 1960, page 10


(Browse all obits with Roberts surname)

Robertson, A. M.

Eagle Lake, Feb. 26.--A. M. Robertson, nearly 90 years of age died here at an early hour yesterday morning. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 2, 1907, page 1

 Robertson, Easter

Two of Colored Race Die Sunday Night.

There were two deaths Sunday night of well known negro women of this city. “Aunt Easter” Robertson, an aged woman who has lived here by many years, died that night, and the other death was that of the wife of Jesse Allison, a well known negro man of this place. Both funerals were held the first of the week at the colored people’s burying ground west of town.

Weimar Mercury, March 16, 1917, page 1

Robertson, Pearl (Tabor)


Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church Friday for Mrs. W. W. Robertson, former Columbus resident, who died at Austin the day before. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest with Rev. W. M. Davis officiating. Columbus Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Robertson had been in bed since she suffered a stroke on January 10, 1946.

Born Pearl Tabor at Bryan on July 4, 1868, she was a daughter of William H. and Belle Maltby Tabor. She was married on July 14, 1889 to W. W. Robertson of Lytton Springs. The couple came to Columbus in 1911 and Mr. Robertson died on March 21, 1941. Mrs. Robertson had been residing in Austin for the past four years.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ray Yates of Austin and Mrs. Harden Forister of Karnes City; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Here from out-of-town for the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. Yates, Mr. and Mrs. Forister and Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Cherico, Bill Cherico, Walter Guttman, Margaret Weir, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Miller and Mrs. Harry Dearling, Austin; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sydler and Ordell Forister, San Antonio; and Miss Martha Cherico, Harlingen.

Pallbearers were Sam K. Seymour Jr., N. L. Goodwin, E. C. Fehrenkamp, J. W. Zwiegel, B. A. Hastings and Ellis Miller.

March 1947 Columbus newspaper clipping
Contributed by M. C. Forister

Robertson, William Woods


Funeral services for William Woods Robertson, 78, public weigher of precinct No. 1, were held Saturday afternoon at Columbus Funeral Home, Rev. J. Manley Reynolds, pastor of First Baptist Church, officiating. He died at his residence here early Friday morning.

Mr. Robertson had lived in Columbus 33 years. He was a member of the Baptist church. He was born June 19th, 1862, at Lockhart.

He married Miss Pearl Tabor, granddaughter of Major and Mrs. J. W. Tabor of Bryan, July 14th, 1889, at Bryan.

Survivors include his widow of Columbus; two daughters, Mrs. Maude Yates of Austin and Mrs. Martha Forister of Karnes City; one sister, Mrs. John Coopwood of Lytton Springs.

Interment was made in Odd Fellows Rest. Pallbearers were E. G. Miller, H. Braden, S. K. Seymour Jr., Lester Hastedt, B. A. Hastings and J. W. Zwiegel.

Honorary pallbearers were members of Mr. Robertson's Sunday School class.

Those from out of town who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Forister and Mr. and Mrs. Afton Forister of Karnes City, Mr. and Mrs. Ordell Forister of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Yates and children of Austin, John Coopwood of Lytton Springs, Mr. and Mrs. F. V. Coopwood and son of Luling.

Mrs. Wilbur Turner, Mrs. Weaver Hill and Miss Genevieve Haybes [Haynes] of Austin, Mrs. F. W. Mally, Mrs. J. B. Gillmer, Miss Virginia Gilmer, Miss Norma Shaw of San Antonio, Mrs. W. A. Dayvault Jr. of Glen Flora [Wharton County] and Mrs. Russell Hall of San Antonio.

March 1941 Columbus newspaper clipping
Contributed by M. C. Forister

Robinson, Albert Lee "Al"


Albert L. "Al" Robinson, 74, of Richmond, Ind., formerly of Rock Island, passed away March 21 in Richmond, Ind.

He was born in Williamsburg, Ind. April 19, 1928 to Hubert and Gertrude Robinson and married Norma Jane Pennington Nov. 25, 1953.

He was a retired restaurant owner and served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge #167 and United Ancient Order of Druids of Richmond, Ind., V.F.W. # 6113 and The American Legion Post #383 of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and son, Kelly Robinson.

He is survived by daughters, Bonnie and husband Larry Rinard of Sullivan, Ind. and Cynthia and husband Jerry Hooper of Mission; sons, Gary and wife Sharon Robinson of Quinlain and Mark and wife Sandra Robinson of Columbus; grandchildren, Terry Hooper, Jeremiah Hooper, Zachariah Hooper, Cody Robinson, Kaylee Robinson, Koree Robinson, Tammy Rinard Montgo-mery and Everett Rinard; and great-grandchildren, Jessica Montgomery, Eric Montgomery, Trent Rin-ard, Kendra Rinard, Kyle Rinard and Austin Rinard.

Funeral services were April 12 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with Pastor Wes Jacobsen officiating.

Interment followed at the Cemetery in Columbus

Colorado County Citizen, April 16, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Robinson, Charles Edward

Charles Edward "Big Daddy" Robinson
September 11, 1948 - June 21, 2003

Charles Edward "Big Daddy" Robinson passed away Saturday, June 21, 2003.

He was born September 11, 1948, in Eagle Lake, the second child of Stacey and Olivia Robinson.

Charles graduated from Eagle Lake High School and confessed Christ at an early age.

He held various jobs; most recently he was a construction worker.

Preceded in death by his mother,Olivia; left to cherish his memories are a devoted wife, Rosie Robinson; two daughters, Carrie and Ursula Robinson; a step-son, Thomas, all of Houston; father, Stacey B. Robinson of Texas City; a brother, Gerald Robinson of Houston; a sister, Linda Shorter of Eagle Lake; three nephews; two nieces; three great-nieces; aunts; cousins and many friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28, from Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev, Coby Shorter Jr., pastor, officiating.

Interment followed in Eagle Lake Cemetery East.

Final arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were George Whitelow, Hubbard Ashton, Joskie Shropshire, Willie Cleveland, Clifford Austin and Willie Jackson, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Nick Shorter; Marlen, Cory and Gerald Robinson; Stanley and Gene Smith; Edward and Douglas Baker; Rev. Lewis Smith; Rev. John Smith; Rev. Paul Smith; and Curt McTear.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 3, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Robinson, China


China Robinson, colored, about fifty yeas of age, who has lived in and around Eagle Lake practically all of his life, died here at an early hour last Saturday morning. He had been in poor health for five or six months. China was one of the old-time negroes about town and was well known to all, both white and colored. The funeral took place Saturday afternoon with interment in the colored cemetery. [exact cemetery unknown] China’s death ws due to dropsical trouble.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 29, 1917

Robinson, Elizabeth (Weller)


The ashes of Mrs. Legal Robinson of New York City were buried in Austin after services Sunday. Mrs. Robinson, in her late 80's, was the former Elizabeth Weller, daughter of Dr. Cyrus Otway and Florence Burford Weller, who was born in Columbus.  The Weller family lived on the lot where Mansfield library now stands.  Her father Dr. Weller, was once partner-owner of the present Zumwalt Pharmacy.  She was a sister of the late Drs. Clarence and Burford Weller of Austin and the late McLeary Weller of New York City.  She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Eugene Sydnor, of Richmond, Va.  Mrs. Robinson was a cousin of Mrs. Lizzie Hahn, Mrs. W. M. Paulsen and Mrs. Truman McMahan of Columbus.

The Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, January 19, 1961, Columbus, Texas.
Submitted by David Hahn

Robinson, James Joe

James Joe Robinson

Funeral services for James Joe Robinson of Columbus were held Jan. 8 at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Glidden, with the Rev. James Mosely officiating.

Interment was at Willing Workers Cemetery.

Mr. Robinson was born Nov. 24, 1892 in Snook and Died Jan. 2 in Houston.  He servied in the Army during World War I and was honorably discharged.

He married Lizzie Maud Williams Robinson on Dec. 30, 1922. She preceded him in death on Dec. 23, 1973.

Like his father before him, Mr. Robinson attended Prairie View A&M where he studied agriculture and education.  He moved to Columbus and began his professional career in the Glidden schools where he taught for 26 years.

In addition to teaching, he was the owner-operator of Robinson Funeral Homes in Columbus, Eagle Lake and Brookshire and was the founder-owner of Robinson Burial Association.  He also was an insurance agent for an Atlanta, Ga. Insurance company.

Survivors include his children, Kermit Robinson of Houston, Leonard and Jimmy Robinson of California, Sarah Robinson WIlliams of Prairie View and Charles Branch of Houston; one sister, Ruby Ford of Galveston, and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and two brothers.

Colorado County Citizen, February 14, 1980 page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Robinson, Paul C.

Paul C. Robinson, 57, of Houston passed away on Friday, August 25, 1995, at 2:15 p.m. at Northwest Houston Medical Center. He was born on January 20, 1938, in Houston to Jeff and Ella Hargrove Robinson. He grew up in Rock Island and later returned to Houston, where he resided most of his life. He had been active in the Rock Island Full Gospel Church. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include two sisters, Eloise Blasberg of Houston and Deeda Scott of Rock Island; a brother, Kenneth J. Robinson of Houston; a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones. Graveside services and interment were held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 28, from the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island with Ford Scott and Ray Hopkins officiating. Dulany Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of arrangements. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 31, 1995
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Robinson, Norma "Jane" (Pennington)


Jane Robinson, 63, of Rock Island, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1998, at her residence.

Born Jun3 15, 1935, she was the daughter of Amos F. and Kathryn (Allen) Pennington. On Nov. 25, 1953, she married Albert Lee Robinson. Mrs. Robinson, who had lived in Rock Island for 20 years, was a homemaker.

Services were held Aug. 8 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Nick Williams officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Keith Nance, Kenney Nance, Larry Pence, Jim Ross, Lee Girndt and Bob Anderson. Honorarypallbearers were S. G. Pence and Kennerth Nance.

Mrs. Robinson is survived by her husband, of Rock Island; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Jerry Hooper of McAllen; sons Mark Robinson and wife Sandra of Columbus, Gary Robinson and wife Sheri of Quinlan, and Kelley Robinson of Mission; step-daughter Bonnie Renard and husband Larry of Sullivan, Ind; and grandchildren Cody Robinson, Terry Hooper, Jeremiah Hooper, Zachariah Hooper, Kaylee Robinson and Koree Robinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Dick Pennington.

Colorado County Citizen, Wednesday, August 12, 1998

Robinson, Sandra (Kansteiner)


Sandra Kansteiner Robinson, 46, of Columbus, passed away, Aug. 26 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.

She was born in Weimar, Jan. 18, 1959 to Waco and Mary Ann (Keyser) Kansteiner and married Mark Robinson, July 10, 1982. She was an eighth grade American History teacher at Columbus ISD, a member of the Colorado County Fair Board, Rock Island Volunteer Fire Department and Chairman of the Colorado County Junior Fair Board. She was also a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her husband; daughters and son-in-law, Kaylee and Daryl Brune of New Ulm and Koree Robinson of Columbus; and brother, Neal Kansteiner.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 29 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. Wes Jacobson officiating. Interment followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Pallbearers were Bill Krenek, Bobby Hopkins, Kenneth Perry, Jerry Henneke, Gary Leopold, Jimbo Coyle, Bob Kent, Roger Bayless, Keith Nance and Max Girndt.

The Colorado County Junior Fair Board and Columbus Junior High School faculty and staff served as honorary pallbearers.

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

Robson, John Heron


On the 21st of last month closed the earthly career of our fellow townsman, John H. Robson.  Mr. Robson was born in Dumfrees, Scotland, in 1828, where he was raised and educated.  In 1847, he left Scotland, and came to seek a home in the sunny land of Texas.  He arrived in Columbus the following year.  He subsequently read law, obtained license and located in this place.

Mr. Robson was a man of high social qualities, splendid talent a highly cultivated mind, and was eminently worthy the position he occupied in social circles.  He had his faults, who has not?

Mr. Robson was a true patriot, and loved his adopted country.

In his death, society has lost one of its brightest ornaments, our State one if its most useful citizens and the Bar one of its most accomplished and learned members.

May he who “tempers the wind to the shorn lamb,” be a husband and a father to the sorrowing wife and his cherub boys. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

                                                                                                    A Friend

Colorado Citizen Columbus, December 1, 1860
Contributed by Roger Wade

Robson, William Afflick

SUDDEN DEATH.--About half-past three o’clock yesterday evening, Mr. W. A. Robson, a young man about twenty-five years of age, and a native of Columbus, died very suddenly at Bob White’s restaurant, in this city. The jury of inquest determined that he died of paralysis of the heart. He had been dissipating for a week past, and was in a melancholy mood, several times threatening to poison himself. His mother is absent on a visit to Jackson county, for the benefit of her health. He was the son of John H. Robson, Esq., of our city, who died in 1859, one of the most brilliant lawyers of our State. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, February 10, 1881 page 3



Two Mexican children were burned to death and three more were so badly burned that they died later, when a fire, started by the explosion of a can of kerosene, destroyed their home in Columbus early Monday morning.

The dead, all children of John and Ruiz[Santos (Rios)] Rocha, are: Catalina, 6; Joe[Frank], 3, who were dead when found; Josephine. 3 months; Joe, 7; and Angelita. 5, who died one by one in the John Bell Memorial Hospital, Columbus. during the day Monday. The last one died about 2:20 in the afternoon.

Ruiz [Santos], the mother, is recovering from burns in the hospital. The father had gone to work when the fire occurred.

The mother told investigators she had fixed her husband’s breakfast and gone back to bed. A short time two of the children, 6 and 3 years of age, had gotten up and fixed their breakfast, which they were eating when the explosion came. It apparently was caused by the gallon can of kerosene being too near the stove. The mother and the other children had to pass through the flaming kitchen to reach the outside door.

The Rochas are a young couple, each about 35 years old. The fire wiped out their entire family. The bodies were prepared for burial by Untermeyer Bros. of Columbus. [Interment was made in Columbus City Cemetery.]

Weimar Mercury, November 21, 1941, page 1

Rocha, Juan


Funeral services were held for Juan Rocha Saturday, October 4 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with the Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Rosary was held Friday, October 3 at Henneke Funeral Home. Burial was at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Rocha was born June 24, 1911 in Highbank, Texas to Jose Rocha and. Concha Laguna Rocha. He married Santos Rios Rocha February 5, 1933. He was a retired gravel pit machine operator for Parker Brothers.

He was affiliated with St. Anthony's Catholic Church;.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Santos Rios Rocha November 16,1978.

Survivors include three daughters, Frances Estrada of Columbus, Gloria Scheel of Houston and Janie Thomas of Katy; one niece, Phyllis Mancias of San Antonio; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Fred Hernandez, George Hernandez, Harry Brune, Pablo Perez, Arthur Rios and Natividad Banegas.

Colorado County Citizen, October 9, 1986

Roche, John

Report of Vital Statistics

For the month of November, 1908:


John Roche, Nov. 9, 4 months and 6 days. [burial place unknown]

Weimar Mercury, December 18, 1908

Rod, Annie

Mrs. Annie Rod Dies At County Farm

Mrs. Annie Rod, about 85, who had lived at the county farm 30 years or more, was buried in the Old City Cemetery here Monday . She died Sunday.

Not much could be learned about the aged lady. It was reported that she was a resident of Oakland at one time, and she was not known to have had any visitors during the time she was at the county farm.

She had been in poor health for some time.

Columbus Funeral home was in charge of the burial.

Colorado County Citizen, July 1, 1954

Rodgers, Alton E.

Train Accident At Columbus Fatal To Alton Rodgers

Alton Rodgers, 36,formerly of the Oak Grove area south of here, was killed instantly last Wednesday afternoon, May 28, when a locomotive under which he was working was pushed by another train.

Relatives here said both is legs were cut off, his neck was broken and his body and face were otherwise mangled.

The tragic accident occurred at the Thorstenberg and Tamborello gravel pit near Columbus, in the Ramsey vicinity. Mr. Rodgers was believed to have been investigating the brakes on his locomotive, commonly known as a "dinky", which he had been driving. The other locomotive and string of cars was driven by Albert Stern, also formerly of here.

Funeral services were held Friday morning at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbus with burial in the Mentz (Zoar) cemetery.

Born at Oak Grove, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Rodgers, who now live at Columbus, Mr. Rodgers attended the Oak Grove school before entering military service in World War II. He had worked for the gravel company several years.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, the former Bernice Luedecke whom he married in 1946; one daughter, Susan 9; twin sons, Donald and Daniel, 5; two sisters, Mrs. Leo Kohleffel of Columbus and Mrs. Tom Holland of Houston; and a brother, Lester Rodgers of Jacksonville.

Weimar Mercury, June 6, 1958
Transcribed by Judy Talkington


Browse all obituaries with Rodgers surname.

Rodriguez, Aurora P. (Barrios)


Mrs. Aurora P. Rodriguez, age 63, of Eagle Lake, passed away May 14 at the MD Anderson Hospital in Houston after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Aurora P. Rodriguez Sunday May 18 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with the Rev. Ray Widacki officiating.

Burial was held at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany FuneraI Home in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Rodriguez was born in Kaufman on August 24, 1922 to Simon Barrios and Cruz Palacios Barrios. She had been a resident of Eagle Lake most of her life and a member of Our Lady Guadalupe Catholic Church in Eagle Lake.

Survivors include one son, Cecilio Montoya of Woodbridge, Virginia; six brothers, Acario Barrios of Eagle Lake, Manuel Barrios of Crystal City, Jesus and John Barrios both of Houston, Pedro Barrios of Lamesa and Miguel Barrios of Lulin[sic]; five grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, May 29, 1986, page 2

Rodriguez, Donna (Maddox) Liles


Donna Liles Rodriguez, 57, of Columbus, passed away April 20 at her residence.

She was born in West Frankfort, Ill, Aug. 13, 1949 to Richard and Norma (Smith) Maddox.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and stepfather, Sam Giamalva.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Whitney and Dewayne Johnson of Columbus; sons and daughter-in-law, Jarrod Rodriguez of Columbus and Tracy and Teana Liles of LaPorte; sisters, Valerie Lee of Missouri City and Cindy Giamalva and partner Stephanie Welch of Houston; brothers, Richard Maddox, Tracy Giamalva and Cary Giamalva all of Pasadena and Oscar Giamalva of Houston; and nine grandchildren, Aaron Ramirez, Reese and Cameron Johnson, Taylor, Kasey and Ashley Rodriguez, and Nicole, Leah and Free Liles.

Funeral services were conducted at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus Sunday, April 22 with Chaplain Don A. Storey Sr. officiating. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, April 25, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Rodriguez, Doris Ann (Ybarra)


Doris Ann Rodriguez, 29, of Columbus died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1995 at Memorial Southwest Hospital in Houston.

Born March 28, 1966 in Yoakum, she was the daughter of Joe Angel and Mary (Cuellar) Ybarra. On June 7, 1987, she married Juan Rodriguez. Mrs. Rodriguez, who was a housewife, was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus.

Funeral services were held Sept. 28 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Johnny Ray Ramirez, Robert Ybarra, David Herrera, Joe Ybarra, Benjamin Ybarra and Simon Herrera Jr.

Mrs. Rodriguez is survived by her husband of Columbus; her mother, Mary Espanoza; her daughter, Sara Marie Rodriguez; sisters, Doringa Garcia and Angela Marie Herrera of Columbus, Mary Jane Garcia of Yoakum; Pauline Flores of Dayton; Francis Entiquez of El Campo and Linda Cuellar of Weimar; brothers, Joe Ybarra Jr., Benjamin Ybarra, David Herrera and Simon Herrera Jr. of Columbus, John Ray Ramirez of Lockhart and Robert Ybarra of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, October 11, 1995, page 14

Rodriguez, Eusebia (Talavera)


Eusebia Rodriguez, 91, of Eagle Lake, passed away March 14, at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born Aug. 14, 1912 in Gonzales, to Juan and Julia (Arce) Talavera. She was a resident of Eagle Lake for most of her life and a member of the Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marcelino Frank Rodriguez; sisters, Mary Del Toro, Aurora, Carolota and Petra Talavera; and brothers, Manuel and Teseso De Jesus Talavera.

She is survived by daughters, Beatrice Rodriguez of Eagle Lake and Lydia Rojas of Glidden; sister, Andrea Ybarra; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.

A vigil service is scheduled for Wednesday, March 17, at 7 p.m., from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, March 18, at 10 a.m., from the Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary with the Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ray Hernandez, Carlos Hernandez, Adam Torrez, Rodney Rodriguez, Gregory Hernandez and Esteba Hernandez Jr.

Honorary Pallbearers were B.G. Rodriguez, Bacilio Rodriguez Jr., Francisco Rojas, Michael Brammer, Jose Hernandez, Henry Rodriguez and Jason Rodriguez.

The Colorado County Citizen, March17, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Rodriguez, Guadalupe (Rubalcaba)

Guadalupe R. Rodriguez

Guadalupe R. Rodriguez passed away August 29 in Weimar.

She was born February 5, 1925 in Gregory, Texas.

Guadalupe was a housewife and member of the Catholic Parish of the Nativity.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jesus R. Rodriguez; three brothers, Manuel, Pedro and Oscar Rubalcaba; a sister, Suzanna Solis; a son, Rafael Rodriguez; a daughter, Angelita Rodriguez; and one great-grandchild, Justin Paul Supak Aviles.

Survivors include, sons and daughter-in-law, Reynaldo and Mary Ann Rodriguez of Columbus and Nicholas Rodriguez of Beasley; daughters and son-in-law, Estella Rodriguez and Elida and Mark Salazar all of Eagle Lake; brothers, Cemente, Felix, Pablo, Benjamin and Longino Rubalcaba, Jr.; grandchildren, Federico R. and James R. Aviles, Chrissy, Melony, Dusty and Matthew Rey Rodriguez, Kathryn Desiree and Sophia Salazar, Ross, Marla and Jennifer Hounshell; two great-grandchildren, Justin Blake Meynier and Dianna Elizabeth Isabell; and other relatives and loved ones.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 2 at 10 a.m. from the Parish of the Nativity Church with Father Robert Guerra officiating. Interment followed in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Sealy. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Federico Aviles, James Aviles, Raul Rubalcaba, Miguel Rubalcaba, Lois Rubalcaba, Eliseo Martinez, Ross Hounshell and Francisco Chavira.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 7th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck




Rodriguez, Jesus Gomez "Jesse"

Funeral services for Jesse Gomez Rodriguez, 59, of Eagle Lake were held Saturday morning from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Rev. Tom Hanus officiated.

Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery under the direction of Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Rodriguez died Thursday, Jan. 28, in a Galveston hospital.

He was born Aug. 26, 1922 in Wharton, the son of Juan and Josephine Gomez.

Rodriguez had been an Eagle Lake resident since 1931 and was a retired employee of the City of Eagle Lake. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Accacion of Eagle Lake; four daughters, Mary Cumpian, Rose Granillo, Gloria and Lisa Rodriguez, all of Eagle Lake; eight sons, Jesse Jr., Joe, Manuel, John, Richard, Robert, Sam and David, all of Eagle Lake; one brother, Bacilio Rodriguez of Eagle Lake; and 18 grandchildren.

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

Rodriguez, Jesusa "Susie" (Ramirez)


Jesusa "Susie" Ramirez Rodriguez, 67, of Eagle Lake, passed away 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the McAllen Medical Center in McAllen following an extended illness.

She was a native of Hidalgo County, born Feb. 5, 1936 in Edinburg to Jose H. Ramirez and Anastacia B. Ramirez. She had been a resident of Eagle Lake for most of her life and led a career in dietary and custodial work for 35 years with the Eagle Lake and Rice school districts. She also worked as a waitress for Taco Tony's Restaurant of Eagle Lake and was a member of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jose Ramirez.

She is survived by husband, Hipolito Rodriguez of Eagle Lake; children, San Juanita Navarro and husband Antonio of Rosenberg, Eva Salinas of San Antonio. Maria Rodriguez of Eagle Lake, Mario Salinas and wife, Emily, of Seguin, and Javier Salinas and wife, Alicia, of Eagle Lake; sisters, Josephina Ramirez, Lupe Vasquez, Vicenta Rodriguez and Alma Becera; brother, Juan Ramirez; and sixteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives.

Funeral services were Feb. 12, at the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake, with the Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating. A Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 13 at the Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary with the Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating. Interment followed at Nativity Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Noel Tenorio, Angel Hernandez, Michael Arellano, Martin Hernandez, German Arellano and Armando De Luna.

Colorado County Citizen, February 19, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Rodriguez, Marcelino Frank

Marcelino Frank Rodriguez

July 17,1905 - March 21,1996

Marcelino Frank Rodriguez, 90, of Eagle Lake, passed away Thursday, March 21,1996, at 6:30 a.m at Rice District Community Hospital in Eagle Lake. He was born on July 17,1905, in Ganado to Pedro and Felisita Aguilar Rodriguez.

Rodriguez had been a resident of our area most of his life. He and Eusebia Talavera were married in Eagle Lake on January 1, 1941. He farmed early in his life, then had a career in truck driving for almost 40 years before retirement. Rodriguez was a member of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his devoted wife of 55 years, Eusebia of Eagle Lake; daughters, Beatrice Rodriguez and Lydia DeJesus Rojas of Eagle Lake; a sister, Angelita Alcantar of Rosenberg; three brothers, G.A. Rodriguez of Eagle Lake, Felipe Rodriguez of Galveston and Ramon Rodriguez of Richmond; seven grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones. A vigil service was held at 8 p.m. Friday, March 22, from the Chapel of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake. Funeral services followed from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Sanctuary, Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity, Eagle Lake at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, with Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating. Interment followed in the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Dulany Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of arrangements. Serving as pallbearers were Jimmy Grounds; Bacilio Jr. and Jason Rodriguez, Steve and Robert Hernandez; and Lupe Gonzales. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 28,1996
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Rodriguez, Richard "Otis"

Richard "Otis" Rodriguez, 47, of Eagle Lake, passed away July 21 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Weimar.

He was born Nov. 7, 1954 in Eagle Lake to Jessie and Domingo (BiJarro) Rodriguez. He had been an Eagle Lake resident all his life, raised in the Catholic Faith and worked for Rice Industries Dryer of Eagle Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Frank Cumpian, Rose Pizano, Gloria Rodriguez, Eva and Glen Locklier and Lisa Martinez, all of Eagle Lake; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Jessie and Mary Rodriguez, Joe and Virginia Rodriguez, Manuel and Margaret Rodriguez, John and Liz Rodriguez, Robert and Stella Rodriguez and David and Andreal Rodriguez, all of Eagle Lake, and Samuel and Margaret Rodriguez of San Antonio.

Following cremation, memorial services were conducted July 26, from the Getsemani Iglesia Bautista Church of Eagle Lake with the Rev. Mario Vaszuez officiating. Burial followed in Lakeside Latin Cemetery of Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, July 31, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Rodriguez, Susie Q. (Escamilla)

Susie Q. Rodriguez

Susie Q. Rodriguez, 57, of Eagle Lake, passed away Friday, November 10 in Eagle Lake.

She was born August 18, 1949 in El Campo the daughter of Crispin and Pauline Escamilla.

Susie was a homemaker and was of the Catholic faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents; survivors include her husband, Celso Rodriguez of Eagle Lake; daughters, Lori and husband Desiderio Romo of Eagle Lake, Lisa and husband, Daniel Romo of Eagle Lake; brother, Joe Escamilla and wife, Becky of Eagle Lake, and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 13 at 2 p.m. from the Parish of the Nativity Church in Eagle Lake with Father Robert Guerra officiating. Interment followed at the Nativity Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Arrangements were under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Steve Harris, Alejos Escamilla, Abel Cardenas, Joe Escamilla, David Cardenas Jr. and Rolando Rodriguez.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 16th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Rodriguez-Diaz, Hipolito


Hipolito Rodriguez-Diaz, 60, of Eagle Lake, passed away suddenly from injuries received in an auto accident March 8.

He was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico on Aug. 13, 1943 to Gregorio Rodriguez and Sotera Diaz. He was a longtime resident of Eagle Lake and an employee of Igloo Corporation in Katy for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Esther Calderon of Eagle Lake; children, Martha Rodriguez of Mexico, Lilia Aguilar of California, Patricia Rodriguez of Mexico, Gloria Rodriguez of Mexico, Maria Rodriguez of Eagle Lake, Jose Luis Rodriguez of Rosenberg, Jose Manuel Rodriguez of California, Ismael Rodriguez of Mexico, Alvaro Rodriguez of California; two sisters; five brothers, and numerous grandchildren.

A prayer service was conducted March 10, from the chapel of Dulany Funeral Home led by the Rev. Eddie Winkler, pastor of the Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake.

The body will be taken to Tepezala, Aguascalientes, Mexico for funeral services and burial at a later date

The Colorado County Citizen, March17, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Rodriquez, Manuel

Man Resisting Arrest In Shooting Killed by Officers

Manuel Rodriquez, 57, of Eagle Lake, object of a 26-hour manhunt after he shot and seriously wounded an Eagle Lake woman, was gunned down by officers as he resisted arrest at 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.[sic]. [Place of interment unknown]

Texas Ranger Hollis Sullivan and State Game WardenLeo Kohleffel, two of large group of officers who had been searching for Rodriquez, late Wednesdy received a tip on the man’s whereabouts. As they approached, Rodriquez fired once, striking Mr. Kohleffel’s flashlight.

The officers returned the fire and Rodriequez fell dead.

He still held the .22 rifle with which he had shot Mrs. Sarah Rios, 47, his common-law wife, Tuesday night. He had also fired it at Eagle Lake Police Buster Semora when the officer and Sheriff J. O. Walker tried to arrest him that night.

Mrs. Rios is recovering in Laughlin Hospital at Eagle Lake but the bullet struck her spine and she may remain paralyzed.

Weimar Mercury, September 30, 1960, page 1

Roeder, Helmuth Victor

Helmuth Victor Roeder

Helmuth Victor Roeder born December 11, 1916 in Fayette County, Texas passed away Saturday January 19, 2008 in Weimar, Texas. During World War II he served as a B-17 tail gunner in the Army Air corp. The last 2 1/2 years of the War were spent in a German Prison Camp, Stalag 17B. After returning home from the War he moved to Houston and married his wife of 57 years Ernestine (Lamkin) Roeder. His career with Hi-Lo Auto Parts spanned 20 plus years after which he retired and returned to the country. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter and son-in-law Carol and Allen Herring, grandchildren Christina and Darren Bailey and Matthew and Melissa Herring.

Published in the Houston Chronicle on 1/22/2008
Submitted by Leona Mitchell

Roensch, Alma (Michalk)


Alma Roensch, 97, of Bernardo passed away Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004, at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born Dec. 20, 1906, in Warda to Ernst and Tackla (Benidick) Michalk.

Roensch, a homemaker, married Willie C. Roensch on Sept. 21, 1926. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; a daughter, Edna Wenske; a granddaughter, Patti Mrazek; a step-grandson, Keith Holster; a sister, Martha Schaefer; and a brother, Arthur Michalk.

She is survived by two daughters, Forence Jurajda and husband Bill of Columbus and Amelda Peikert and husband Earnest of Sealy; two sons, Ernest Roensch and wife Peggy of Victoria and Calvin Roensch and wife Sharon of Bernardo; a son-in-law, Leroy Wenske of Columbus; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Nov. 12 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus, with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Pallbearers were Billy Brown, Thomas Brown, Kenneth Brown, John David Brown, Craig Roensch, Troy Roensch, J.C. Knight, Brad Peikert, Chad Roensch and Terry Roensch.

Interment followed at Weimar Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, November 17, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Rogers, Alexander B.

Former Weimar Man Dies In San Antonio.

Friends here were notified Sunday that Mr. A. B. Rogers, for many years a citizen of this community, had died in San Antonio that morning, after a long illness, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Welch, nee Miss Bessie Rogers.

Funeral services were held Monday shortly after the noon hour, at the Hubbard Mortuary, and attended by numbers of old time friends of the family. Interment took place that afternoon in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Rogers lived in this community for many years. By profession he was a farmer, owning a valuable piece of property a short distance north of town. Ill health in latter years forced him to give up his chosen calling. Alter the death of his beloved wife and life companion his health failed rapidly, and he finally moved to San Antonio to make his home with a devoted daughter, Mrs. John Welch, who before marriage was known as Miss Bessie Rogers.

Here he was given every attention and comfort, but the decline, though checked temporarily, continued, and a short time ago it was realized that the end was near. His death followed Sunday morning, and he died as he had lived, a consistent christian, believing in and perfectly willing to go forth and meet his Creator. For him "life's troubled battle" was over and he was glad, nay, anxious, to join his beloved wife on the other shore.

During his long residence in this section, Mr. Rogers possessed the respect and esteem of all, and his passing is viewed with extreme regret by all. Truly it may be said of him, 'A good man has passed from among us."

Out heartfelt sympathy goes out to his beloved daughter in the said loss she has sustained.

Weimar Mercury, November 4, 1932, page 1

Rogers, Mary Elizabeth (Cone)

Beloved Weimar Lady Is Claimed by Death

On Tuesday of last week the poor tired spirit of Mrs. Mollie Rogers beloved lady of our city, succumbed to illness and was wafted to her Creator and Savior. The funeral took place Wednesday morning and was largely attended. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Herrick Hall of the Baptist Church. McKinney of the Methodist Church and Piepenbrok of the Lutheran Church. There were many beautiful floral emblems in evidence, attesting the high regard in which deceased was held by our people. [Burial in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Mrs. Rogers was born near Weimar June 20. 1853, and all but four years of her life was spent in Colorado county. She was united in marriage to Mr. A. B. Rogers Oct. 19. 1879. She had been a member of the church for a period of forty-five years. At time of death Mrs. Rogers had attained the age of 75 years. 11 months and 29 days. She was buried on the anniversary of her birth.

Mrs. Rogers was a woman of many noble qualities, which endeared her to a large circle of friends wherever she was known. Possessing a heart overflowing with the milk of human kindness, she was always interested in the misfortunes and troubles of others, and as a comforter was always welcome. She was a ray of sunshine in the sick room. and it was her greatest pleasure to minister to the sick arid afflicted. No call for such help was ever unheeded by this good woman. She always proved herself a devoted wife and mother, a true friend under any and all circumstances, a consistent, consecrated christian, and in her passing all feel keenly the loss our community and her family have sustained.

She leaves a heart-broken husband, a devoted daughter, Miss Bessie Rogers, and myriads of friends throughout this entire section, all of whom join us in expressions of sympathy to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, June 28, 1929, page 1

Rogers, Mary Ethylleene (Wallace) “Jack”

Mary E. Rogers

Mrs. Mary Ethylleene Rogers of Columbus died enroute to a Houston hospital Saturday. afternoon. She was being, transferred from the Columbus Community Hospital after a brief illness.

Funeral services were held from the Columbus Funeral Home Monday, with Rev. Clarence James officiating. Burial followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mrs. Roger's was born June 16,1910 at Pecan Gap, Texas a daughter of Daisy Cother and William M. Wallace. She moved to Colorado County with her parents at an early age where she resided most of her life. She attended public school in Columbus and BayIor College in Belton.

Mrs. Rogers, known to many as Jack, was an active member of the First Baptist Church, the Shropshire Upton Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Magnolia Homes Tour, Inc. and a volunteer worker for Senior Citizens.

She was also a member of the Columbus Community Hospital Auxiliary and served as president of the organization during the year 1975-76.

Survivors include her sons O'Farrell and John Wallace Rogers and one granddaughter, all of Houston, 2 aunts and several cousins.

Pallbearers were Tommy Etheridge, Roque Castillo, Allan Hill, James Dunn Seymour, Clinton Voelkel. and W. C. Hollins.

Colorado County Citizen, June 23, 1977

Rogers, Max

Former Citizen of the Year dies at 75

Max Rogers, 75 of Columbus, died Monday Feb. 23, 1998 at Columbus Community Hospital.

Born June 6, 1922 in Douglas he was the son of Joseph B. and O Dee (Hamby) Rogers. On Dec 11, 1945 he married Virginia Montgomery. Mr. Rogers, who had lived in Columbus for 37 years, was an oil field gauger for M. J. Brannon Drilling and Oil Company.

Named Columbus 1996 Citizen of the Year he was a life member of Caladonia Masonic Lodge 68, AF&AM of Columbus, a life member of the Columbus Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6113 and Columbus American Legion Post 383 Disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, past member of the Evening Lions Club; three-time member of the All State VFW Team and a past member of Eastern Star.

Services were held Feb. 26 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating. Interment followed in New Ulm cemetery in New Ulm [Austin County].

Masonic pallbearers were P. L. Butler, H. F. Halcom, Mike Story, Gary Sutton, Bill Sweat and Stephen Moore.

Mr. Rogers is survived by his wife and his son and daughter-in-law Ronnie and Susan Rogers, all of Columbus, daughter-in-law Pam Cernoch of New Ulm, granddaughters Christina Rogers of New Ulm and Tracy Rogers of Nacogdoches, grandson Timothy McIvin of Florida, brother Arthur Rogers of Tyler, sisters Maxine Pyle of Houston and Audry Word of Conroe, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Roy Rogers, brothers Lane Rogers, Clyde Rogers and June Rogers and sister Elsie Pheifer.

Colorado County Citizen, March 4, 1998
Contributed by Susan Chandler

Rogers, Maynard Livingston "Tex"

Maynard Livingston (M.L.) "Tex" Rogers, 60, of Columbus died at Colonial Belle in Bellville, June 30.

He was born Dec. 7, 1942 in Houston to Maynard Livingston Rogers Sr. and Pearl Bolin Rogers. He married Sally Shepard in Lueders on Nov. 22, 1963.

He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School were he was named to the National Honor Society and as all-district tackle, in 1959. He went to Texas A&M University in College Station on an athletic scholarship and played football for the Aggies from 1960-62. He later transferred to Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Tex enjoyed a 40-year career as a newspaperman working as a reporter, editor and publisher. During his career he worked for the Avalanche Journal in Lubbock; with the Quarter Horse Journal in Amarillo; as a state reporter for the Houston Post; as editor of the Texas Horseman in Houston; as news editor of the Victoria Advocate; as editor of the Jackson County Herald-Tribune in Edna; as publisher/editor of the Shiner Gazette and as publisher/editor and partner of The Colorado County Citizen, 1993-98.

As a member of the South Texas Press Association he served as a director, contest chairman, second vice president, first vice president and president. He also served as a Texas Press Association director. He was a member of the Texas Gulf Coast Press Association and the National Newspaper Association.

He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbus and a member of the Nesbitt Memorial Library Advisory Board, 2000-03 where he served as secretary and vice president. He served on the Live Oak Festival Committee and the Springtime Festival Committee for several years. He worked closely with Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau for many years and with the Terquasquicentennial Committee in promoting the 1998 Columbus event. He organized and promoted the annual Shelly Lee Alley Tribute in Columbus featuring music of the Colorado County songwriter and pioneer musician, 1993-99. He was a 4-H supporter and a Level 1 Basic Archery instructor through the National Archery Association of the United States. He was also a member of the Lindsay-Crawford Clan of the United States.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, David Nicholas Rogers and wife, Tamara, of Victoria and Travis Livingston Rogers of Austin; and three grandsons including Nathaniel Rogers of Columbus, and Lindsay and Rowan Rogers of Victoria.

A memorial service is being planned by the family for a future date. Arrangements are being made by Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

Donations may be made to the Nesbitt Memorial Library or Columbus Ministerial Alliance.

Colorado County Citizen, July 2, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Rogers, Nita Sue (Foster)


Nita Sue Rogers passed away unexpectedly Monday, November 27, 2006 in her kitchen in Columbus, Texas. befitting because she loved good food, even reading cookbooks for pleasure each night before bed.

Born in Columbus (at home) January 16, 1939, she is preceded in death by her daughter, Rachel Ann Rogers, and her father and mother, "Red" and "Ducky" Foster.

She is survived by daughter, Amy Sue Rogers of Buda, Texas, sister and brother-in-law, Elisa and Otis Stech of Sealy, Texas, and nephews, David Stech of Sealy, Texas and Rau Stech and wife, Robyn, of Lubbock, Texas, and least we forget, her beloved grandkitties, Dixie, Peter Fonda, and Bobby Sue Doyle, all of Buda, Texas. Nita Sue worked for Houston Oil and Minerals, Tenneco, and had in recent years, retired from Vinson & Elkins Law Firm, all in Houston, Texas.

Her favorite job was working the door at Fitzgerald's Night Club in the Heights where she got paid for embracing one of her foremost passions, music. Not only did she get to meet many of her idols from her youth, like James Brown, Bo Diddley, Ruth Brown, and BB King, she befriended Stevie Ray Vaughan. His music, above all others, resonated with her and theirs was a special friendship that lasted until his untimely passing. Some of her happiest times were when she had Stevie Ray, band and crew over for a home-cooked meal.

She will be remembered most for her quickness to laugh, many times so hard she would cry, for her willingness to help others, for her work at The Nesbitt Memorial Library and The Live Oak Art Center, for her fastidious ways, for her collections of thousands of cookbooks, "lp record albums" and CDs, for her love of "weird" movies, for her love of Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers, for her love of Native American Indian history, for her love of Elizabet Ney's life and sculpture, for her love for her friends, and especially for her love for her daughter Amy and her three cats.

It is a comfort to think how at peace she must be now, reunited with her parents and daughter and probably getting to hear Stevie Ray play once more. The sky is crying, Mom.

Funeral services were provided by Henneke Funeral Home and conducted on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006 at St. John's Episcopal Church. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

Donations in Nita Sue's name can be made to Nesbitt Memorial Library, 529 Washington Street, Columbus, TX 78934, 979-732-3392,

Colorado County Citizen, December 6, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Rogers, O’Farrel


O'Farrel Rogers, 66, of Houston, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 21.

He was born Feb. 28, 1938 in Wharton to John O. and Ethyleene Rogers.

He was preceded in death by his daughter by a previous marriage, Rachel Ann Foster, of Columbus.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Kling Rogers; brother, John Wallace; and daughter by a previous marriage, Amy Sue Foster, of Columbus.

Funeral services were Saturday, Sept. 25, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Bellaire with the Rev. Wayland N. Coe officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PBS or National Public Radio.

Colorado County Citizen, September 29, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Rogers, Sallie B


Another Christian wife and mother has gone. Mrs. Thomas Rodgers died in this city last Saturday evening. She has been sick for some time, but no one had any idea that she was to be taken off so suddenly. Mrs. Rodgers possessed every quality that it requires for a wife, mother and neighbor. She leaves a husband and five precious little children to mourn her loss. She was buried in the Odd Fellows’ rest last Sunday evening, Rev. Q. T. Simpson conducting the burial service in a very impressive and solemn manner.

Colorado Citizen, September 8, 1887

Rogers, unknown


A little infant of Mr. A. Rogers was buried at Liveoak last week. Services were held at the residence and at the grave by the pastor of the church. [Interment in Live Oak Cemetery - unmarked grave]

Weimar Mercury, February 4, 1893

Rogers, Virginia (Montgomery)


Virginia Rogers, 76, of Columbus, passed away Jan. 30 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Alto, Sept. 20, 1929 to Johnny and Corrie (Ferguson) Montgomery and married Max Rogers, Dec. 11, 1945.

She was a retired beautician and member of the worthy Matron of Order of Eastern Star as well as the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Roy Rogers; and brothers, Troy and Johnny Ray Montgomery.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ronnie and Susan Rogers of Columbus; daughter-in-law, Pam Cernoch of New Ulm; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Margo Montgomery of Dallas; grandchildren, Christy Tiemann and husband Chad of Round Top, Tracy Kennedy and husband Michael of Bryan, and Timothy Melvin and wife Jennifer of Webster, Fla.; and great-grandchildren, Cassidy Tiemann of Round Top, and Skylar, Taylor and Destiny Melvin of Webster, Fla.

Funeral services weer conducted Feb. 1 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in the New Ulm Cemetery.

Pallbearers wee Ernest “Bub” Baumgart, Gary Sutton, J.B. Rogers, Walter Evans, Chad Tiemann, Lance Cernoch and Michael Kennedy.

Colorado County Citizen, February 8, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Rogers, Walter Humphry

Walter, H. Rogers Buried Tuesday

Funeral services were held in St. Anthony’s Catholic church at 9 a.m. Tuesday for Walter Humphry Rogers, 63, who died in Hermann hospital at Houston at 10:30 a.m. the preceding day. Mr. Rogers was taken to Houston after becoming ill suddenly.

Born in Ohio Jan. 7, 1900, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Rogers. He had lived in Columbus 3 years. His wife, who survives, is the former Lydia Peters.

Rev. Alex J. Kraus officiated and burial was in St. Anthony’s Catholic cemetery. Rosary was said Monday evening in the funeral home.

Colorado County Citizen, October 31, 1963, page 6

Rohan, Theresa (Kalitcuk)


Mrs. Theresa Rohan, beloved wife of Ferd. Rohan, living on the Ward farm about three miles east of Weimar, died Monday morning after a several days' illness, from a complication of kidney trouble and paralysis. The remains were brought to this city Tuesday afternoon and laid to rest in St. Michael's Cemetery, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating.

Mrs. Rohan was born in Austria, and was about 60 years of age at the time of her death. She was the mother of several children, but all died early in life except two-- Mrs. Anna Adorn, wife of a united States army officer stationed at Camp Humphrey, Va., and Felix Rohan, a son who has been with the aged couple since the conclusion of the late world war.

Mrs. Rohan was a kind hearted, good woman, well thought of by neighbors and friends, a dutiful wife and mother, and her death is sincerely and deeply deplored. Our heartfeld sympathy goes out to the bereaved husband and children.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, February 24, 1922
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Rolf, Josephine (Hanselmann)

Mrs. Josephine Rolf dies at Mentz home

(Special to the Citizen)

Mrs. Josephine Rolf died at her home in the Mentz Community last Thursday at midnight surrounded by her children and grand children. She was the wife of Leopold Rolf and was 75 years of age. Every effort was made to save her but all to no avail.

Her body was laid to rest in the Mentz Catholic cemetery at ten o’clock Saturday morning in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives.

Mrs. Rolf was the mother of nine children; all of them being present at their mother’s funeral with one exception. They are John Henry and Joe Rolf, Mrs. Jacob Kuhn, Mrs. John Weisner, three sisters of Divine Providence and Mrs. Jake Wendel, who was unable to be present for the funeral. Besides these children and her husband, Mrs. Rolf leaves numerous grand children and one brother, Otto Hanselmann of Victoria. Mr. Hanselmann was not present at the funeral but his son was.

Mrs. Rolf was a good Catholic and had been a faithful member of St. Roch’s Church at Mentz for many years.

The Citizen extends its sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, March 11, 1921 page 1
Contributed by Amanda Briscoe

Rolf, Leopold


The death of Mr. Leopold Rolf occurred at his home at the John Meismer place in the Bernardo section on Tuesday of last week, at the advanced age of 90 years, 3 months, 10 days.

Funeral services were held at the Mentz Catholic church at ten o’clock Thursday morning, Rev. Sullivan being assisted by Rev. Duda. Pallbearers were grandsons of deceased, Lee Kuhn, Alvin Rolf, Lester Rolf, Leo, Joe and John Meismer. [Interment in St. Roch's Cemetery]

Mr. Rolf was born in Germany and came to this country when a boy, settling near Eagle Lake. He was married to Miss Josephine Hanzelmann of Alleyton in 1871 and has lived in this vicinity ever since that time. He was one of the pioneer farmers of this county and was known far and wide as one of the substantial citizens. He is survived by nine children. Mrs. John Meismer and Mrs. Jacob of Bernardo, Mrs. Barbara Wendel of Slayden, Sisters M. Thomas Aquin, M. Leopoldine and M. Benedictina of Divine Providence Convent in San Antonio, and Henry Rolf of San Antonio, John of El Campo, and Joe of Dike, Texas. There are also thirty grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.

The sympathy of the entire county goes out to the sorrowing relatives in their loss.

Colorado County Citizen, June 25, 1931, page 8

Rollins, Annie (Marx)


Mrs. Annie Rollins, age 52, of Eagle Lake passed away March 10 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a brief illness.

Rosary was held from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel

Sunday, March 13. Funeral services followed on Monday, March 14, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Burial followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Annie Rollins was born in Wharton County on July 4, 1935 to Charlie and Annie Mai Marx. She had lived in Eagle Lake most all of her life and was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Eagle Lake.

She married Harold Rollins October 21, 1953 in Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

She was preceeded[sic] in death by her parents, a daughter, Joyce and a sister, Ella Marx.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Rollins; daughters, Barbara Grissom of Bernardo, Beverly Rollins of Eagle Lake; sons David and Derrick Rollins of Eagle Lake and Donnie Rollins of Columbus; sisters, Tony Siedel and Tina Heck of Eagle Lake; brothers, Raymond and Charlie Marx of Columbus, Harry Marx of Forth Worth, Paul Marx of Richmond and Alfred Marx of Arkansas, four, grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ricky Ferguson, Danny Cardenas, P. L. Butler, Charles and Wayne Marx, Bobby Baird, Mike Nichols and Archie Noska.

Colorado County Citizen, March 24, 1988, page 2

Rollins, James Elbert


Funeral services were held for Mr. James Elbert Rollins, Thursday, March 20 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus and under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Raymond Cox officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Rollins was born June 15, 1913, to Louis B. Rollins and Nora Hardin Rollins. He married Selma Martin Rollins November 4,1937.

Mr. Rollins was a retired oilfield worker.

Survivors include two daughters and son-in-laws, Dora Mae and Lee Briscoe of Columbus and Bonnie Kay and Jim Craft of Bay City; one sister Ola Mae Meyer of Fort Worth; three brothers, Leslie C. Rollins of Houston, Louis B. Rollins, Jr., of New Orleans and Thomas Carson of Houston; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ivy Guthmann, Billy Berger, Max Rogers, Oscar Henicke, Allen Peters and Gregory Trojacek.

Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Tom Hancher, Clinton Voelkel, Dittman Harrison, Dr. Antone Younis (sic), Dr. David Ott and Dr. Samir Tumaca.

Colorado County Citizen, March 27, 1986
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Rollins, Lloyd George “Shorty”


Lloyd George "Shorty" Rollins, 69, of Pensacola passed away Monday, December 28, 1998 in a local hospital. Lloyd was born in Granbury, Texas on April 3, 1929 to the late Moody and Evelyn Rollins. At 18, he married his wife of 51 years, Mozelle Townsend. Together they accomplished most everything they set out to do in life. Dad was a successful businessman at an early age owning and running a drive-in grocery in Corpus Christi, Texas. He took up the hobby of stock car racing in Corpus Christi and was so successful he decided to try NASCAR Grand National. In 1958, he and his wife moved to Fayetteville, NC where after competing only 4 months of the NASCAR circuit was awarded the very first title given by NASCAR for "Rookie of the Year". Shorty went on to win the first official race at Daytona International Speedway. With a promising career in auto racing, he abruptly retired to devote his time to raise his family. After a brief residence in Daytona Beach, Florida, he found his calling in Pensacola, Florida. He established Hurricane Fence Industries in 1959 and was a well respected, successful businessman until his death. He was an honest, caring, generous boss to his employees and a loving, caring father to his family. He attended Saint Mary's Catholic Church. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and forgotten by no one who met him. Our Lord has a special Angel at his side now, Our Dad, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Husband and most of all our Friend.

Mr. Rollins is survived by his wife, Mozelle; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Taras Hodivsky of Foley, Alabama; two sons, Montgomery (Monty) Rollins and Thomas (Tommy) Rollins both of Pensacola. Three grandchildren: Mary Cameron Rollins, Melissa and husband Leo Skepi and Taras Hodivsky, Jr.; two great grandchildren, Basia and Leo Skepi; one sister, Helen Svatopolsky; two brothers, Dub and John Rollins, all of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Funeral Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 1998 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Eugene Casserly officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Al Condon, Maj. Charlie Grant, Keith Waters, Ezell Davis, Jack Mullins, Gil Bennett, George Black.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Touchstone and Judge Kirk Beal Faith Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friends may call at Faith Chapel from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday with Rosary recited at 6:30 p.m.

Corpus Christi Caller Times, December 30,1998
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan

[Obit of Mozelle Townsend's husband, who was a famous NASCAR race car driver. She is Harry Townsend's daughter. Harry was Minnie Brownson Townsend's son. Harry lived in Sheridan, and Mozelle was born and raised in Colorado County. Catherine Balusek Ryan]

Rollins, Mary (Stall) Koenig

Final Rites for Mrs. S. S. Rollins, 59, Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. S. S. Rollins, 59, who died unexpectedly after a heart attack last Sunday night, were held Wednesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home.

Rev. Howard L. MacAllister, local Methodist pastor, officiated. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Mrs. Rollins was visiting in the home of her son, Robert Koenig, when she suffered the attack. She had had no previous heart attacks as far as is known.

Except for an 8-year residence in Houston she had lived in this area all her life. Born Dec. 24, 1898, in the Dubina area, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stahl[sic]. She was married in about 1921 to Steve Koenig, who died in 1930. In 1932 [sic] she was married to Mr. Rollins. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are five sons, Robert and Steve Koenig of here, Sgt. First Class Albert Koenig of Huntsville, Ala., Pfc. Raymond Rollins stationed in Germany and Roy Rollins here; three daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Lucille) Koller and Misses Ruby and Rosine Rollins, all of here, eight grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Fred Kosler and Mrs. Roy Palmer, both of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Freddie Anders, Fred Elstner, Hugo Koenig, Herbert Ulrich, Emil Kosler and Adolf Nohavitza.

Weimar Mercury, January 10, 1958, page 1

Rollins, Roy S.

Roy Rollins Funeral Services Held Feb 4

Roy S. Rolling, 53, of Columbus, died Feb 2 at his residence.

Funeral services were held Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. at the Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Burial services were held at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery in Weimar, with the Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating.

Mr. Rollins was born on July 19, 1943 in Weimar to Silas S. and Mary (Stall) Rollins.

He lived in Columbus for about 20 years and was a truck driver for Texas Untied Transportation.

Mr. Rollins was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Roy “Scotter” Rollins; half-brothers, Albert Koenig, Steve Koenig and Leslie Rollins.

His is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law, Daniel Rollins of Columbus, Gregory and Juana Rollins of Columbus; sisters, Ruby Schmidt of Austin, Rose Harper of Austin, Lucille Koller of Weimar and Mildred Barton of Shelbyville; half-brothers, Robert Koenig of Weimar, and Harold Rollins of Columbus; one brother, Raymond Rollins of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Eugene Rosenauer, Raymond Koller, Tommy Hahn, Ray Rollins, Jr., Lee Charles and David Rollins.

Weimar Mercury, February 6, 1997
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Rollins, Selma (Martin)


Funeral services for Selma Martin Rollins, age 81, were held January 5 at Henneke Funeral Home with Reverend Raymond Cox officiating. Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Selma was born May 5, 1903 in Gillette to Eureka Billings Martin and F. D. Martin. She married James F. Rollins on November 5, 1937. She lived in Columbus for 23 years.

Selma was a member of the Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, James F. Rollins of Columbus; two daughters, Dora Mae Briton of Columbus and Bonnie Kay Craft of Bay City; three sisters, Martha Neuszer of Blessing, Eula Martin and Dora Martin both of Lockhart; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Pallbearers include Leo Neuszer, Jr., Bob Ackerman, Eddie Moran, Wayne Ackerman, Donald Wesselman, and Dr. Carl King.

Honorary Pallbearers Include Dr. Tom Hancher, Bill Smith, Clinton Voelkel, Dick Hillyer, Dr. H. T. Youens, and Columbus Ambulance Corp.

Colorado County Citizen, January 10, 1985, page 2

Rollins, Silas S.

Silas S. Rollins Funeral Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Silas S. Rollins, 80, of Weimar were held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 23, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Jerry Walker officiated.

Mr. Rollins, who had been ill just over a year, died at 10:45 p.m. Thursday. Jan. 20, in Columbus Convalescent Home.

A farmer, he had lived in this area the past 45 years. He was born Feb. 3 1897, in East Texas, a son of Sam and Ellie (Dunn) Rollins. He married Mrs. Mary Koenig here in 1932, and she preceded him in death in 1956.

Mr. Rollins is survived by four sons, Harold Rollins of Eagle Lake. James White of Ohio, Raymond Rollins of Weimar and Roy Rollins of Columbus; four daughters, Mrs. Mildred Oliver of Wells, Mrs. Lucille Koller of Weimar, and Mrs. Ruby Schmidt and Mrs. Rosine Harper, both of Austin; two stepsons, Robert and Steve Koenig., both of Weimar; 45 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Burt Thomas of Houston. Two sons preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Glenn Schmidt, Joe Till, George Kazmir Jr., David Gerloff, Eugene Rosenauer and Ollie Delgado.

Weimar Mercury, January 27, 1977

Rolluson, Thomas H.

Mr. Thomas H. Rollusson[sic], an old resident of Colorado county, died at his residence near Alleyton, on the 15th inst., of pneumonia.  He was an industrious, hardworking planter,with few faults and many friends, a good citizen of our county.  We sincerely sympathize with his distressed family. [Alleyton Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, March 22, 1877, page 3
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Romo, Jose P

Jose P. Romo, 90, of Eagle Lake, passed away Jan. 1, at Rice Medical Center of Eagle Lake following a brief illness.

Romo was born Oct. 8, 1913 in Jalisco, Mexico to Lino and Eulalia (Perez) Romo. He was a resident of Eagle Lake for most all his life and led a career working in local sand and gravel quarries retiring from Thorstenberg Materials Company and was a member of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Nativity in Eagle Lake. He and Carmen Sosa were married on Sept. 25, 1937.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jesse Romo; sisters, Luisa Valadez and Fidela Palacios; brother, Frank Romo; and son-in-law, Mike V. Duarte.

He is survived by his wife, Carmen Sosa Romo of Eagle Lake; daughter, Virginia Duarte of Eagle Lake; sons and daughter-in-law, Mike Romo, and Tony and Rosa Romo, all of Eagle Lake; sister, Refugia Barela of Bay City; brother, Raymond Romo of Rosenberg; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Romo of Eagle Lake; 13 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

The Mass of Christian Burial was conducted Jan. 4, from the Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sanctuary with the Rev. Eddie Winkler, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in Nativity Cemetery of Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Michael Romo, Carlos Hernandez, Tony Romo Jr., Michael Duarte, Randy Duarte and Jason Duarte.

Colorado County Citizen, January 7, 2004
Courtesy of the Citizen

Rondeau-La Barge, Rosemary V.

Rondeau-La Barge

Rosemary V. Rondeau-La Barge, 57, of Sheridan, passed away June 19 in Sheridan.

She was born June 24, 1946 to Adolfo and Natalia (Garcia) Vela and married Jerome La Barge Sr. Dec. 17, 1994. She was a member of the Centro de Avivamiento Internacional Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her husband; mother; daughters, Lisa Holbrook of Goodrich, Mich. and Lori Rondeau of Sheridan; sons, James Altenburg of Placentia, Calif. and David Rondeau of Sheridan; sisters, Tina Armendariz of Rancho Cuca-monga, Calif. and Marie Vega of San Leandro, Calif.; brothers, Ray Vela of Carson City, Nev. and Rick Vela of Lytle Creek, Calif.; and grandchildren, Amanda Altenburg, Kaitlyn Holbrook, Nicole Holbrook and Aaron Rondeau-La Barge.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, June 26, at Centro de Avivamiento Internacional Church in Columbus with Pastor Francisco Hernandez officiating. [Place of interment not known]

Colorado County Citizen, June 23, 2004
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Roper, F. Henry

F.H. Roper RItes Held THursday.

 Funeral Services were for F.H. Roper of Rock Island, who died Thursday, May 5, in Columbus were held Friday at 2:30 o'clock in the Methodist Church at Rock Island.  Rev. A.F. Foerster, officiated.  Burial was in Rock Island

 Mr. Roper is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nellie Roper; one daughter, Mrs. Fred Miller of New Port Beach, Calif.; a sister, MRs. Fred McGowan of McCune, Kan.; one brother, E.E. Roper of Parsons, Kan.

 Mr. Roper, who was 74 years old, was born October 15, 1863 in Bond County, Illinois.  He had lived at Rock Island 28 years and was a member of the Methodist Church.

 Pallbearers were Owen Miller of Glidden, D.E. Foster of Columbus, and R.E. Maze, M.I. Nicewander, Mose Townsend, Prof. Moody Gilbreath, Oscar Baker and Homer Wheeless of Rock Island.

 Funeral was under direction of Columbus Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, May 12, 1938
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Roper, Nellie J. (Young) 

Rock Island:
Mrs. Nellie Roper, Kansas Native Succumbs at 75

By Mrs. M.I. Nicewander

Mrs. Nellie J. Roper passed away Friday in the Columbus hospital after an illness of several weeks. 

She was born in Iola, Kans., 75 years ago and came to Texas in 1911.

Her husband and 2 children preceded her in death.  She is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. J.C. Young of Cotulla, 4 nieces and nephews, and a number of great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church with Rev. Jordan Mann of Columbus officiating.  Interment was in Myrtle cemetery with Columbus Funeral home in charge.

Relatives attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Young of Seminole, Mr. and Mrs. Miles Bingaman and Paulline of Asherton, Ruth Alilce Bingaman of San Marcos, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Earnest of Sugar Land, Mr. Paul Bingaman of Alice and Mrs. J.C. Young and son Jessie of Cotulla.

Colorado County Citizen, Feb 19, 1953
Submitted by Regena Williamson

Rosario, Camelo


Carmelo Rosario, 67, of Eagle Lake, passed away Nov. 22 at his residence.

He was born in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, to Victor Rosario and Angelica Gonzales and married Wandarine Brown, Dec. 14, 1989. He was a diesel mechanic and owner/operator of Lake Diesel Repair.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife.

He is survived by his mother-in-law, Reba Whipkey Brown of San Antonio; children, Carmelo Rosario Jr. and wife Sandra of Radford, N.C., Connie Wavra and husband Duane of New Ulm, Karl Rosario and wife Tandee of Austin, Hernan Rosario of Needville, Arthur Querner and wife Mandy of Sheridan and Sharra Sadler of Houston; sisters, Carmen Newkirk and Gloria Folken of California and Anarelly Rosario of Puerto Rico; brothers, Robert, Angel and Rafael Rosario of Puerto Rico; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 27 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Larry Smith officiating. Interment followed at Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Pallbearers were Carmelo Rosario Jr., Arthur Querner, Karl Rosario, Duane Wavra, Hernand Rosario and William Holt.

Honorary pallbearers were Angel Diaz, Angelo Serano and Robert Garza.

Colorado County Citizen, December 1, 2004
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Rosario, Wanda (Brown)

Wanda Rosario, age 57, passed away December 2, 2003. She was born in Brackettville, Texas on August 4, 1946.

Wanda always took pleasure in helping others. She had a heart of gold that shined through her beautiful smile and caring touch. Wanda was a wonderful mom, wife and friend and was deeply loved by everyone around her.

She has been described by friends and colleagues as an exceedingly kind, compassionate and generous person.

Wanda was an active individual with many interests. She loved to go to the beach, go fishing and take long rides in the beach buggy. One of her favorite hobbies was painting various types of arts and crafts. Wanda loved spending quality time with family and friends. She enjoyed cooking and planning parties. Her specialty was chicken and dumplings, which everyone loved. She liked playing cards and bingo.

Funeral services were held at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus on Friday, December 5th with a graveside service following at the Cheetham Cemetery in Sheridan.

Wanda is survived by her husband, Carmelo Rosario; mother, Reba Brown; brother, Robert Brown; sister, Ethel LePori; children - Arthur Querner and wife, Mandy; Sharra Sadler (Querner); Carmelo Rosario Jr. and wife, Sandra; Connie Wavra and husband, Duane; Karl Rosario; Hernan Rosario; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Association, Colorado County Unit, P.O. Box 772, Columbus, TX 78934.

Colorado County Citizen, December 10, 2003
Courtesy of the Citizen

Rosas, Esequiel and
Cantu, Anestacia

Two Killed at Mexican Dance on Tuesday Night…

One is Stabbed and Died in Short While; Brother of Slain Man Fires Charge of Bird Shot Into Stomach of Man He Thought Did Cutting and Made Escape

Manuel Naranjo, Mexican, about 25 years of age, is in the county jail at Columbus charged with murder, and officers are searching for Peter Rosas, another Mexican about the same age, principals in a double killing at a dance platform between Ramsey and Alleyton early Wednesday morning.

During the evening in which the Mexican people were staging a dance on the eve of their annual September 16th celebration day, a difficulty is said to have arisen when one Mexican claimed he had not been given his change after paying admission to the dance platform.

Esequiel Rosas, about 23 years of age, working on the Ramsey section under H. D. Swearingen, was stabbed in the stomach and bled to death within a short time.

Peter Rosas, a brother, is said to have left the platform immediately after the stabbing and returned with a shotgun. He fired the full charge of birdshot from the gun into the stomach of Anestacia Cantu, a Mexican of about 31 years who died four hours later. Rosas made his escape and at the time of going to press had not been captured.

It is stated that Cantu, who for some time has been foreman at the Thomas Bros. Farm camp near Lissie, was pointed out to Rosas when he returned with the gun as the man who had stabbed his brother. Other reports given the Headlight by local Mexicans are that Cantu attempted to intercede and prevent further trouble when he was killed, Naranjo, however, had used the knife and Cantu had no connection in the difficulty when Rosas was stabbed. It is also said that when Cantu fell after being shot he pulled a pistol and fired at Naranjo, striking him in the shoulder. Other reports are that Naranjo was stabbed in the shoulder. Neither pistol nor knife, however, was found near Cantu's body when officers reached the scene.

The Headlight was told by local Mexicans that some of the participants in the tragedy were crazed from the effects of marihuana, a native weed of Mexico which Mexicans smoke for the drunken effect which its smoking produces.

If Rosas, for whom officers are searching is wounded in the shoulder, it is believed that he will son be apprehended. If he is not wounded, officers are of the opinion that he will make his way to Mexico or wherever Navidad de la Cruz has been in hiding since the slaying of Joe Golla, section foreman here a year ago. De la Cruz, who is charged with murder of Golla, made his escape twenty-four hours before the body of Golla was found in high weeds on the site where the new Negro school building is now being erected, where he had been slain, his head having been beaten into a pulp. Peter Rosas and De la Cruz are said to have been great friends and companions.

Esequiel Rosas, the dead Mexican, had also been working at the Thomas Bros. Farm. He was buried here [Lakeside Cemetery] Thursday. Anestacia Cantu, who was a son-in-law of Frank Garcia a well-known Mexican of the Rock Island section, was buried at Rock Island. [Myrtle Cemetery]

The dance platform where the double killing was enacted is located a short distance west of the highway near Burttschell and Wright farms in the vicinity of the Taggart filling station on the highway between Ramsey and Alleyton.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 19, 1931
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright


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Rosenauer, Jim

J. Rosenauer Funeral Held Here June 15

Funeral services for Jim Rosenauer, 80, of Holman were held Saturday, June 15, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Father Charles Carolan officiated.

Rosenauer, a farmer, died Thursday, June 13, at Youens Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 12, 1904, in Germany, he had lived most of his life in Fayette County. He married Mary Ducho on Oct. 22, 1926. He died Sept. 5, 1974.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Richard (Shirley) Coughran of West Columbia, Mrs. Bennie (Irene) Cernoch of Holman and Mrs. Rudy (Mathilda) Stuchly of Sealy; five sons, Leroy and Eugene Rosenauer of Weimar, James Rosenauer of Pasadena and Alvin and Harvey Rosenauer of Houston; 24 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and a half-brother, Edward Liebicher of Moulton.

In addition to his wife, a half-sister and a half-brother preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, June 20, 1985
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Rosenauer, Mary (Ducho)

Final Rites for Mrs. Rosenauer Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Jim (Mary) Rosenauer, 70 of La grange, formerly of the Weimar area, were held Saturday, Sept 7, from Sacred Heart Catholic Church, La Grange, with burial in St. Michael's Cemetery here.

Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiated.

Mrs. Rosenauer died Thursday at 9:15 p.m. in Fayette Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for five and a half months. She had been ill a year.

Born October 18, 1903, at Moulton, she was the daughter of John and Anna Kohler Ducho. She was married to Mr. Rosenauer at Moulton on Oct. 20, 1926. They moved to the Weimar area in 1945 and to La Grange in 1963.

Mrs. Rosenauer is survived by her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Rudy (Tillie) Stuchly of Sealy, Mrs. Bennie (Irene) Cernoch of Houston and Mrs. Richard (Shirley) Coughran of Brazoria; five sons, Alvin and Harvey of Houston, James of Pasadena, and Eugene and Leroy of Weimar; 24 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and two brothers, Joe Ducho and Frank Ducho, both of San Antonio. One brother, John Ducho preceded her in death.

Weimar Mercury, September 12, 1974
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Rosenbaum, Aleridge

A. Rosenbaum Funeral Held Here Saturday

Funeral services for Aleridge Rosenbaum, 75, of Weimar were held Saturday afternoon, April 12, from Weimar United Church of Christ, with Rev. Ernest S. Dean Jr. officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Rosenbaum died April 10, at Youens Memorial Hospital.

Born in Czechoslovakia on May 9, 1904, he was a son of Frank and Anna (Veverka) Rosenbaum. He moved to Lovelady, Texas, in 1909, and had lived in this area the past 46 years. He married Libbie Krejci here on Dec. 18, 1935.

Before retiring several years ago he was employed as maintenance man at Youens Clinic. He had also done mining work and farming.

His wife survives, along with three sisters, Mrs. John (Veronica) Adamek of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mrs. Tom (Annie) Steffek and Mrs. George (Bessie) Farek of Crockett. One sister, Mrs. Frank (Mary) Snoble of Crockett, preceded him in death a year ago.

Pallbearers were Joe Krizak, Glen Mason, Emil Shumbera, Charlie Shumbera, George Krejci and Raymond Littlefield.

Weimar Mercury, April 17, 1980
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Rosenbaum, Henriette

Mrs. Rosenbaum, aged 84 years, mother of Mrs. B. Tiemann of this city, died Thursday of last week, and the remains were buried at New Bielau cemetery the following day. Bright’s disease was the cause of her death.

Weimar Mercury, March 12, 1909, page 8

Rosenbaum, Libbie Ann (Krejci)

L. Rosenbaum Funeral Services Held July 25

Libbie Krejci Rosenbaum, 89, of Weimar died July 23 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home. Funeral services were held July 25 at Weimar United Church of Christ with Rev. Sharon K. Sabon officiating assisted by Rev. Marshall Monroe and Rev. Malcolm B. Monroe.

Interment followed in Masonic Cemetery, Weimar.

She was born Sept. 20, 1910 in Czech Republic to Joe Krejci and Anna Cerny Krejci.

She married Aldridge Rosenbaum on Dec. 18, 1935 in Weimar. She attended school through the ninth grade.

She was a member of the Weimar United Church of Christ, Dorcas Circle and the SPJST Lodge. She was a resident of his area for about 85 years also living in Europe in the early 1900’s.

She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: her husband in April of 1980; two brothers, Charlie and Emil; two sisters, Ludmia “Lillie” Shumbera and Millie Krizak.

Pallbearers were: Melvin R. Shumbera, Steve Baxter, Glen Mason, Duffie G. Monroe, R. D. Krejci and Emil Krejci Jr.

The Weimar Mercury July 27, 2000
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Rosenfield, Fannie

The body of Mrs. Fannie Rosenfield, aged 79, who died at Columbus Wednesday, arrived in Houston on the Southern Pacific yesterday morning and was buried in the Jewish cemetery yesterday afternoon, the services being conducted at Monteflore hall.--Houston Post.

“Aunt Fannie” was an old-time resident of Columbus,and a visit to that city without seeing her good-natured countenance was indeed not a visit. She was a good woman, beloved and popular with all and her death removes a familiar face from the ranks of Columbus’ older inhabitants. Peace to her memory.

Weimar Mercury, December 11, 1897, page 5

Rosenfield, Joe G.

The news of the death of Mr. Joe G. Rosenfield of San Antonio on the 27th ult., of smallpox, was received here with universal sorrow. He was formerly a resident of this city, and in the course of an extensive business here made many warm friends, who will be pained to hear of his untimely death. He leaves a wife, three children and aged and respected parents, who have the sympathy of this entire community.

Colorado Citizen, March 5, 1891, page 3


We were pained to hear of the death of Mr. Jo. Rosenfield, which occurred at San Antonio on the 25th ult. of confluent small pox, contracted while traveling. Mr. R. was raised in Colorado county, was the son of Uncle Johnnie and Aunt Fannie, (well known in our midst for their kindness and good deeds) and respected by all who knew him. This entire community is in deep sympathy with the wife, children and aged father and mother, and extend sincere condolence to them in their sad hour of distress. Peaceful be his last sleep.

Colorado Citizen, March 5, 1891, page 3

Rosenstein, Louis

Mr. Louis Rosenstein, for some time a resident of this city, died after a very short illness last Thursday night. He was about sixty years of age, and numbered many warm personal friends among those who knew him best. He was the father-in-law of Messrs. M. Schlessinger and M. Lauterstein, and leaves many relatives and friends to mourn his loss. His remains were committed to dust in the Jewish cemetery last Friday evening, there to await the judgment day.

Colorado Citizen, October 15, 1891, page 3

Rosewall, Grace (Bowdon)

Grace Rosewall Died On Aug. 18

Grace Bowdon Rosewall passed away on Saturday, Aug. 18, in Houston.

Grace was born on July 30, 1928 to Richard and Lauretta Bowdon.

She attended L.S.U. where she met Robert Oscar Rosewall.

They married and moved to Midland to start their life together and Bob's career with Exxon.

They purchased property in Weimar in 1972, planning for their dream of retiring in the country.

They finally retired to Weimar in 1986, and Bob passed away later that year.

Grace had a great appreciation of nature and love for all living creatures.

She donated her time to the Houston Zoo as a docent with the "Zoomobile," and as a board member of the Bellaire Nature and Discovery Center.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and James Koehl of Weimar, Patty and Ed Maly of Sugar Land, and one brother and sister-in-law Bill and Dot Bowdon, plus grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nephews.

"Gigi," as she was affectionately known, is also survived by her long time friend and helper, Rona Harrow of Houston.

Grace has been put to rest next to her late husband in Osage Cemetery in Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, August 30, 2007, page 2A

Rosewall, Robert Oscar

R. O. Rosewall Funeral Held Here Aug. 7

Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 7, for Robert Oscar Rosewall, 61, of Weimar, who died Aug. 5 in his Houston home. He had been a member of First United Methodist Church in Weimar.

A memorial service was held in Houston at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, with Rev. Bob Kristensen officiating. Burial was in Osage Cemetery with Rev. Robin Reed officiating.

Born Feb. 11, 1925, in Baton Rouge, La., Rosewall served as a lieutenant in the US Navy during World War II. After the war he graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University, where he was a member of Sigma Nu and Alpha Xi Sigma. After graduation he married Grace Bowdon and began his career with oil and gas management with Exxon. During the 38-year career with Exxon, the Rosewalls and their daughters Patricia and Cynthia lived in Connecticut and in Houston before moving to Weimar.

Rosewall is survived by his wife, Grace Bowdon Rosewall of Weimar; his mother, Elizabeth Berttram Rosewall of Houston; daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Edward Maly of Sugar Land and Cynthia and Vincent Contorno of Bellaire; grandchildren, Cynthia Contorno, Andrea Contorno and Robin Maly; mother-in-law and her husband, Lauretta Bowdon Krueger and Elton Krueger of Houston; brother-in-law and his wife, Bill and Dot Bowdon of Houston; and nephews Dick Bowdon of Midland, Brad Bowden of Houston and Bob Bowdon of New Jersey.

Weimar Mercury, 14 August 1986
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Rossiter, William Morris Jr.

Rossiter, Jr.

Funeral services were held for William Morris Rossiter, Jr. Wednesday, November 27 at the graveside of Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus, with the Rev. Raymond Cox officiating.

Burial was also held at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. Rossister[sic], Jr. was born July 19, 1909 in Sunburry, Penn. to William Morris Rossiter, Sr. and Ella Gross Rossister[sic]. He married Irma D. Palmer Rossiter September 5, 1937.

Mr. Rossister[sic], Jr. was a retired carpenter. He was also a resident of Lubbock for 13 years.

Survivors include his wife Irma D. Rossiter of Lubbock; four daughters Joan Baumann of Lubbock, Madge Ella Hill of Houston, Diana Sue Chappel of Lubbock and Janet Ewing of Columbus; one son William Morris Rossiter III of Lubbock; three sisters Marcella Stout of Mesa, Arizona, Mary Killen of Florida and Martha Robinson of Albuquerque, NM; and six grandchildrens[sic].

Colorado County Citizen, December 5, 1985

Rote, Faith Elizabeth (Bingaman)

Mrs. Faith Rote, 77, Last Rites Held

ROCK ISLAND-- Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Mill-Bauer Funeral home in Eagle Lake for Mrs. Faith Rote, 77, and interment was in the Myrtle cemetery in Rock Island.

Rev. W. F. Hathaway, pastor of the Columbus Methodist church, officiated.

Mrs. Rote was born Faith Elizabeth Bingaman Feb. 18, 1883, in Pennsylvania. She came to Rock Island in 1913 and spent most of her time here with short residences in Yoakum and California during that time. She has been in a nursing home in Houston for the past 3 1/2 years.

Surviving are one son, Dreece Rote of Houston; one brother, Miles E. Bingaman of Uvalde; 2 nieces and 2 nephews.

Mrs. Rote was a member of the Methodist church in Rock Island, was very active and faithful in all duties of the church during her active years.

Colorado County Citizen, December 1, 1960, page 12

Rountree, Charley


A few minutes before 1 o’clock last Sunday afternoon the sound of two shots fired in rapid succession was heard in the neighborhood of the postoffice. Your reporter arrived upon the scene shortly afterward, and ascertained that Mose Allen (colored) had shot and fatally wounded Charley Rountree (colored). From Constable Hatch York, who arrested Allen, we obtained the following particulars regarding the shooting: Mose Allen’s son was enamored of Rountree’s wife, and Mose tried to break off the attachment. He and Rountree had some words about the matter Saturday night, and came near fighting, but Officer York being near by, prevented it. York was expecting further trouble between the parties, and kept an eye on them. About 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon Rountree was walking toward Mose’s beef market, when the latter appeared at the door, Constable York was standing near by, and Rountree said to him: “You had better make that ____ let me alone, or I will hurt him.” Just about this time Mose again appeared at the door, this time with a winchester in his hands. Seeing him armed Rountree turned and started to run, but Mose was too quick for him and shot at him twice, one ball taking effect, entering the back and going through the liver and stomach. The wounded man ran a few yards, jumped up on the fence surrounding Boettcher’s lot, and fell flat. Office York at once arrested Allen, and Dr. Cook was hastily summoned to attend Rountree’s wound. He extracted the ball, which was a 38-calibre. Rountree died about 5 o'clock Monday morning. [Place of interment unknown] Allen had an examining trial Monday afternoon, and was remanded to jail without bail. Both negroes were well-known in this community.

Weimar Mercury, February 28, 1891

LOUIS ROUNTREE, the father of the negro who was killed last Sunday in this city, heard of the affair at 4 o'clock that afternoon, and walked all the way from Columbus to Weimar, arriving here at 7 p.m.

Weimar Mercury, February 28, 1891

The body of Chas. Rountree, who was killed last Sunday by Mose Allen, was taken to Columbus Monday afternoon for interment.

Weimar Mercury, February 28, 1891

Rouse, Rachel (Rivenburgh)

Funeral for Mrs. Rouse Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Rachel Rouse, 84, of Weimar were held Tuesday, Nov. 4, from First United Methodist Church, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Lyle Pierce officiated

Mrs. Rouse died at her home Saturday.

Born Sept. 13, 1896, at Chatham, New York, she was the daughter of Edward Phillip and Helen (Fowler) Rivenburgh. She was married to Wilson M. Rouse at Chatham on Nov. 28, 1920. They lived in Pennsylvania, then in Port Arthur, Texas, before moving to Weimar 19 years ago.

She was an active member of First United Methodist Church, the Christian service Group of that church, and Youens Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and a past member of the Weimar Garden Club and the Home Demonstration Club.
Mrs. Rouse’s husband died on April 3, 1975. She is survived by two sons, Phillip Rouse of Weimar and Richard of Weimar and Richard Rouse of Corpus Christi; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A grandson preceded her in death.
Pallbearers were Joe Kaye, Wylie True, Walter Scott, Davis Gindler, Ed Rabel, Tommy Brasher, Henry Brasher, and Malvin Merrem.

The Weimar Mercury November 6, 1980
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Rouse, Robert W.

Bobby Rouse, 30, Killed in Car Wreck

Robert W. ("Bobby") Rouse, 30, a detective in Houston Police Department's homicide division, was killed early Saturday when his car went out of control on a rain-slick curve in Houston, hit a wooden barricade and plunged 138 feet into a bayou embankment.

Rouse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Rouse here, was alone in the car, on his way home from work a little after 3 a.m. His wife, the former Gracie Winkler of Schulenburg, also worked at night and had arrived home at 2:30 a.m.

Apparently he died instantly. The wreckage of the small car was found by passers-by in the 15400 block of Aldine-Westfield at about 9:45 a.m.

He had been a police officer more than nine years and a homicide officer four and a half years.

Born November 23, 1948, at Port Arthur, he came to Weimar with his parents in 1963 as a high school freshman. After graduation from Weimar High in 1967 he attended Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University before entering the Houston Police Academy. He was graduated from the Academy on May 23, 1970.

He married Gracie Ann Winkler, daughter of Anton Winkler of Schulenburg and the late Mrs. Winkler, on May 9, 1970. They lived at Spring, a suburb of Houston.

Survivors in addition to his wife and parents are two sisters, Mrs. Phyllis Hurst of Houston and Linda Rouse of College Station; a brother, John P. Rouse of Bryan; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. McKay of West Mountain and Mrs. Rachel Rouse of Weimar.

Police Chaplain H. L. Hannah officiated in the funeral service at Heights Funeral Chapel in Houston Monday morning with fellow officers serving as pallbearers and forming an honor guard.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery here at 2 p.m. with Rev. Richard Worringham, Methodist pastor, officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were Bobby's cousins, Scott Rouse, Dickie Rouse, Stuart Rouse and Bill Fuller.

Weimar Mercury, March 8, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Rowden/Royden, Nelson



Nelse Rowden, negro, overcome by gas in a twenty-four foot well he was digging at the Ramsey Hotel, was pulled from the well, dead, shortly after noon Saturday, and B. B. Passmore of Houston, stationed here with the Texas Company forces, who went into the well in a futile attempt to save the negro, experienced a narrow call from death. [Place of Rowden/Royden's interment unknown]

Shortly after Rowden had gone back into the well after lunch, the two negro boys who were helping him, in pulling up the buckets of dirt, heard nothing from him down in the hole and no buckets were ready to coming up. Looking into the well, they saw him lying in a heap on the bottom, and gave an alarm.

Mr. Passmore, who has an apartment at the hotel, believing the negro had become overheated, climbed down the rope to the bottom, and as he leaned over to put a rope under Rowden's arms, he collapsed on the bottom of the well.

E. H.. Mooney, although realizing now that the hole was filled with gas, volunteered to go down, and was lowered on a rope. Reaching the bottom and using his knife to cut a rope, he too, became unconscious, and was immediately drawn up. He revived shortly after reaching the surface.

Mr. Passmore was in the well probably fifteen or twenty minutes before those working at the top were able to rescue him. A hook tied to a rope was lowered, the hook catching one of his trousers legs. In this manner the foot was raised and a loop lowered, roping the foot, and by this foot his unconscious form was pulled to the top.

His body was an ashy-slate color, and after electric fans were turned on him and oxygen administered by Dr. J. R. Laughlin, whom Mr. Passmore had summoned before going into the well, he began to revive, when his body could be seen to gradually take on the redness of flesh color again.

He was unconscious and talked almost incessantly for two hours or more after having been placed in bed at the hotel.

"When I waked up at about 3:30." Mr. Passmore told the headlight, “I had no remembrance of anything that happened, though I still had a vague, hazy, half-way kind of a feeling of some connection with a well. It was more like I had just suddenly awakened from a dream."
“Did you smell any gas in the well or feel any difficulty in breathing before you became unconscious?" the Headlight asked him.
"Not the slightest," Mr. Passmore said, "though I had a cold and might not have detected the odor had there been any. I did not feel any difficulty whatever in breathing, and I remember leaning over the prostrate form to tie a rope under the negro's arms. I don't remember another thing until I awakened in my room three hours later."

“If a fellow just had to go, I don't know of an easier way," Mr. Passmore said, in commenting on this harrowing experience, "for I must have passed out in a second, and don't remember anything about it. From the time I leaned over to tie the rope, everything else is an absolute blank.”

Wearing a gas mask, Bennie Blair was lowered into the well, and tied a rope around the negro's body, by which he was pulled out. He was dead when pulled out, and had-been in the well probably a half to three quarters of an hour.

The general belief is that gas seeping through the gravel and sand came into the well from a septic tank or from sewers some distance away, and that the bulk of it had gathered in the hole during the last two feet of digging.

The well depth was measured at 22 feet when Rowden quit for lunch, and after the accident it showed 24 feet, leading to the belief that he had dug two feet in soft sand and gravel after resuming work in the afternoon. It is believed that the fumes came into the well in sufficient volume to overcome him in the last two feet of digging.

Mr. Passmore his asked the Headlight to express his. sincere thanks to all who worked so faithfully in getting, him out of the well and to the doctor and others who worked so strenuously over him to bring him out of it. "Believe me," Mr. Passmore said, "when I say I'm thankful to these men, I mean thankful--from the very bottom of my heart."

His brother, Dr. G. G. Passmore, and his mother, Mrs. Helen Peck Passmore, arrived from San Antonio Saturday as soon as they were able to reach here after learning of the accident.

Dr. Passmore. complimented Eagle Lake and the attending physician highly in that the town has an oxygen equipment for emergency cases of this nature.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 11, 1936, page 1

Rowe, Larrel Lee

Our deepest sympathy is extended Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Rowe of Houston in the death of their little five-month’s-old son, Larrel Lee, which occured[sic] at their home in Houston last Friday afternoon. The remains, accompanied by the sorrowing parents were brought here Saturday and interred in the Lakeside cemetery at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the services being conducted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Buchman, parents of Mrs. Rowe by Rev. J. E. Morgan the Methodist minister.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 18, 1908, page 1

Rowe, Lola Dean

The HEADLIGHT extends its deepest sympathy to Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Rowe in the death of their little eight months’ old daughter, Lola Dean, which occurred in Houston last Monday night. The remains were brought here on the noon train Tuesday and interred in the Lakesde cemetery same afternoon, the funeral occurring from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Buchman.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 15, 1906, page 3

Rowe. Madison

Madison Rowe, Colored, Died In Houston After Using Medicine For Toothache; Was Buried Here

Madison Rowe, colored,twenty-three years of age, died in Houston on Wednesday night of last week. The body was shipped to Eagle Lake and interred in the colored cemetery [unknown] here on Sunday afternoon. Madison was born and raised in this locality and has lived in Eagle Lake up to about two months ago when he went to Houston to work. While, his death occurred on Wednesday night, it was not learned here by relatives until Saturday morning. It seems, from best accounts, that the boy was suffering from toothache and was using carbolic acid for the trouble and it is believed that he swallowed too much of the acid which, resulted in his death. After being found dead his body was taken to a Houston undertaking establishment and prepared for burial, but relatives here were not informed of his death until Saturday morning. Madison was a nephew of Madison Rowe, a well known colored drayman of this city, and a brother of Henry Rowe, also a well known local drayman.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 8, 1917, page 1

Rowland, Eutie Marie (Lowe)


Funeral services for Mrs. Eutie Marie Rowland, age 75, were held November 12 under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home. Rev. Charles Runk officiated. Burial was at Myrtle cemetery in Rock Island.

Mrs. Rowland was born January 1, 1909 in Mineola, Kansas to Frank Wilson Lowe and Laura Etta Wilkerson Lowe. She was a resident of the Sheridan area for almost 20 years. She was also a member of the Methodist Church.

Mrs. Rowland was preceded in death by parents, husband, three sisters and 2 brothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Betty A. Mitchell of Houston; three sons, Jon C. Byrn of Sheridan, William E. Rowland of Oakland, Calif., and Joe R. Rowland of Orchard; one sister, Kenneth Riddick of Eagle Lake; Fifteen grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and loved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, November 22, 1984, page 2

Rowton, Edwin “Andy”

Edwin Rowton Services Held April 29

Edwin (Andy Rowton, 77, of Weimar, died on April 25 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center. He was born on April 3, 1931, in Mineral Springs, Ark., to Daniel and Hester (Wilson) Rowton.

He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from Sept. 27, 1950 to Sept. 26, 1952.

On March, 16, 1976, he married Patricia Schmeer in Monroe, La.

He resided in El Campo for 16 years and was a past member of the El Campo Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club and American Legion.

He also helped start Crime Stoppers in Wharton County.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 29, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Bielau with Rev. Jon Siemsglusz officiating.

Interment followed in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery.

Pallbearers included Jimmy Dwiggins, Kevin Schimcek, Joseph Schimcek Tommy Schimcek, Wayne Fleck and Leonard Schimcek.

He is survived. by his wife, Patricia of Weimar, two sons, Eddy Rowton and wife Joyce of. Houston, Lucas Rowton and wife Sara of Grand Rapids, Mich.; three daughters, Kay Spifiers and husband E. H. of Shreveport, La., Christie Rowton of Weimar. and Kathryn Sharp and husband Mike of Weimar and one brother, Elvin Rowton of West Monroe, LA.

He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, two brothers and one sister.

Weimar Mercury, May 1, 2008, page 2A

Roy, Geneva (Lyons)

Colored Woman Dead

Geneva Roy wife of a well known colored citizen of this place and daughter of Stephen Lyon, died of a combination of the flu and pneumonia Sunday night, after a few days’ illness. The remains were buried in the colored people’s burying ground west of town Tuesday.

Weimar Mercury, March 12, 1920, page 1

Roy, George

Alleyton, Tex., Feb 14.--George Roy, a colored man about 20 years old, was found about one and a quarter miles east of Alleyton with his neck broken. Squire Davidson was notified and proceeded to the place and held an inquest. Verdict: Accidental death. [place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, February 17, 1894

Roy, Harrison

Services Held For Harrison Roy, Long time Citizen Here

Funeral services were held Sunday for Harrison Roy, respected colored citizen who passed away last Wednesday morning, April 29th.

He was among Eagle Lake’s first Negro painters and was well known among both colored and white. He was a member of he Friendship Baptist Church: a member of the American Woodman’s Camp of Eagle Lake and of New Cabletow Lodge No 39, F. and A.M. Masons of Texas

Many out-of-town relatives and friends attended.

He is survived by his wife, Josie Roy, and one sister, Amanda Roy of this city and other relatives. [Interment in Farmers Improvement Society Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 7, 1959


Roy, Nancy


Nancy Roy, colored, wife of Berry Roy, one of the well known colored women of this city, died sometime during last Friday night. She had been in ill health for some weeks past. Her death is due to heart failure, she having been found dead in her bed Saturday morning when relatives went to her room to take her breakfast to her. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon and was largely attended, several automobiles owned by colored people being noted in the procession. Nancy was well like by the white people of the community and was very popular among her own race. [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight March 9, 1918

Roy, unknown


There were two deaths among the colored population the first of the week. The 4- months-old baby of Geneva Roy, who died last week, also died and was buried the following day. Pearl Linton, aged 34 years, step-daughter of Dick Hodge, a well known colored citizen of this place, died on the 13th and was buried the following day in the colored people’s burying ground west of town.

Weimar Mercury, March 19, 1920, page 1

Roznovak, Agnes Albina (Marek)

Funeral for Mrs. Roznovak Here Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Albina Roznovak, 79, a resident of Autumn Hills Convalescent Home in Columbus, were held Monday afternoon, Feb 19, from Weimar United Church of Christ, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Ernest S. Dean Jr. officiated.

Mrs. Roznovak died Saturday afternoon in Columbus Community Hospital, where she had been a patient for two days. She had been ill for four years.

Born December 7, 1899, in Lavaca County, she was a daughter of Josef and Frances (Fojt) Marek. She was married to Willie Paul Roznovak at Hallettsville on September 21, 1920. He died October 16, 1978.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Joe (Elenora) Hadash and Mrs. Walter (Lorene) Koenig, both of El Campo; one son, James W. Roznovak of Weimar; three grandchildren, David James Roznovak, Mrs. Eddie (Jo Ann) Schneider and Mrs. Kenneth (Portia Carol) Powell; four great-grandchildren, Robin M. and Kevin Schneider, Troy and Blake Balusek; one brother, Otto Marek of Port Lavaca; and three sisters, Mrs. Annie Buchanek and Mrs. Emma David of El Campo and Mrs. Gusta Kingston of San Antonio.

An infant daughter, a sister and three brothers preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Otto David, C. L. David, Eugene Nitschmann, Bill Buchanek, Raymond Fojt and Alton Fojt.

Weimar Mercury, February 22, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Roznovak, Frank J.

Frank Roznovak Funeral Held

Funeral services for Frank J. Roznovak, 80, were held Nov. 9 from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. The Rev. Henry E. Beseda officiated.

Mr. Roznovak died Sunday morning, Nov. 7, in Youens Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 22, 1896, near Oakland, he was a son of Josef and Anna (Nosek) Roznovak.
He married Lydia Valchar on Jan. 23, 1940, at the bride’s home.

Mr. Roznovak was a member of the CMB Lutheran Church at Vsetin. He was a veteran of World War I, having volunteered for military service on Aug. 5, 1917. A private first class in the 143rd Infantry,36th Division, he spent 22 months overseas, including 23 days on the battlefield, and received his honorable discharge on June 19, 1919.

With the exception of a few years when he lived in Bee and Victoria counties, he had lived all his life in the Oakland vicinity, where he was a farmer until his retirement.

Surviving him are his wife Lydia; one brother, Willie Roznovak; and several nieces and nephews

Preceding him in death were two sisters, Mrs. Frances Holubec and Mrs. Annie Marak; two brothers, John and Joe Roznovak; and three nephews.

Pallbearers were his nephews, James Roznovak, Frank Holubec, Charles Galloway, Jaro Fojt, John Fojt, Jerry Valchar and Johnnie Valchar.

Weimar Mercury, November 18. 1976

Roznovak, Lydia (Valchar)

Mrs. Roznovak Funeral Held Here Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank (Lydia) Roznovak, 74, were held Thursday, March 10, in the Hubbard Funeral Chapel with Rev. Henry Beseda officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Roznovak died Tuesday evening, March 8, in Youens Hospital, where she had been a patient for two weeks.

The daughter of Josef and Theresa (Coufal) Valchar, she was born in the Oakland community on April 19, 1902, and lived in the area all her life. She was married to Frank J. Roznovak on January 23, 1940, in the home of her parents.

They continued living in the Oakland community and engaged in farming until retiring a few years ago. Mr. Roznovak died in November last year.

Surviving Mrs. Roznovak re two sisters, Mrs. John (Annie) Fojt, and Miss Martha Valchar, and nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death in addition to her husband were seven sisters and one brother.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Jaro Fojt, John Fojt, Jerry E. Valchar, Johnnie Valchar, Frank Rokyta, and Julius Ermis.

Weimar Mercury, March 17, 1977, page 12

Roznovak, Mary Ann (Vacek)

M. Roznovak Funeral Services Held Feb. 22

Mary Ann Vacek Roznovak 66, of Weimar died of cancer Feb. 20 at Parkview Manor.

Funeral services were held Feb. 22 at St. Michael Church with Father John Bily officiating.

Interment followed in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mary Ann was born on Oct. 17, 1940 in Fayette County to Frank and Edith (Rainosek) Vacek

She attended Needville High School.

She married James Roznovak on Dec. 29, 1968 in Needville.

She lived in the area for 38 years and enjoyed life as a housewife. She was a member of Hermann Sons, and served as the secretary of the KJZT.

She was famous in Colorado County for her crochet hot pads and for making baby blankets and quits for the WIC Clinic.

She was also a rodeo grandma to Shelby and her "adopted" granddaughters: Ashlie Hall, Amanda Jasek, Elaine Jasek and Shannon Stoudard.

Mary Ann loved to watch them ride and cheer them on.

She was also very proud of her grandson, Office Justin Holman of the Lewisville Police Department

And let us not forget her famous fruitcakes she distributed every year at Christmas.

She is survived by her husband, James Roznovak of Weimar, son, David Roznovak and daughter in law, Sherri Roznovak; grandson, Justin Holman, and granddaughter, Shelby Ellis.

She is also survived by her brother, George Vacek of Needville; sister, Evelyn Buenger and her husband Leland of Wharton. Brother Jerome Vacek and his wife Tillie of Houston, brother, Troy Buenger, his wife Margaret, and son Justin, all of Katy.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Edith Vacek, and brother, Milton Vacek

Pallbearers were Willie Joe Vacek, Leo John Rainosek, Willie Rainosek, Thomas Rainosek, Ivan Anders, Stanley Cerny, and David Cerny.

Weimar Mercury, March 8, 2007, page 2

Rubalcaba, Oscar Medin


Oscar Medina Rubalcaba, 64, of Eagle Lake, passed away July 9 at Rice Medical Center in Eagle Lake.

He was born January 25, 1942 in Richmond the son of Longino and Juanita Medina Rubalcaba.

Oscar was a laborer and member of the Catholic Parish of the Nativity Church.

His parents; brothers, Manual and Pedro Rubalcaba; and a sister, Suzanna Soliz, preceded him in death.

Survivors include brothers, Longina (Roy) Rubalcaba of Seadrift, Texas, Paul Rubalcaba, Benjamin Rubalcaba, Felix Rubalcaba and Clemente Rubalcaba of Richmond; sisters, Guadalupe Rodriguez of Eagle Lake; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services are set for Thursday, July 13 at 2 p.m. from the Catholic Parish of the Nativity Church with Father Robert Guerra officiating. Interment will follow in San Gabriel Cemetery in Richmond. Eagle Lake Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 13, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Rucka, Ervin John “Shorty”


Ervin John "Shorty" Rucka, age 50, of Eagle Lake, passed away Jan. 27, 1985 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital at 6:39 P.M. following a sudden illness. Born, March 24, 1934 In El Campo to John Rucka and Albina Roznovsky Rucka. Married to Wilma Barbara Weselke, Aug. 11, 1953, at St. Phillips Catholic Church in El Campo. Moved to Eagle Lake 21 years ago and operated his own welding business until retirement. Member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Eagle Lake Knights of Columbus, Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Dept. and was active in the Eagle Lake Little League Programs.

Survivors include: Wife, Wilma Barbara Rucka, Eagle Lake. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Rucka, East Bernard. 7 Daughters, Ramonda Ray, Eagle Lake. Linda Polach., Eagle Lake, Denise Thompson, Marlin, Texas, Loretta Lange, Eagle Lake, Brenda Potter, Sugarland, Texas, Karen Rucka, Eagle Lake and Beverly Rucka, Eagle Lake. 4 Sons; Michael, Eagle Lake, Gary, Houston, David, Eagle Lake and Brian, Eagle Lake. Sister: Mary Ann Shelton, East Bernard. Brother; Albert Rucka, El Campo, Texas; 11 grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Parish Rosary 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, Jan. 29, Dulany Funeral home Chapel followed by K.C. Rosary at 7:30 P.M. Funeral services, 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, Jan. 30, 1985, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Rev. Ray Widacki officiating. Interment, Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake. Pallbearers: Sonny Spanihel, Gean Jones, Johnny Prazak, August Mrkwa, Jack Leopold and Bill Wilkerson. Honorary Pallbearers: Members of Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Dept., Knights of Columbus, Dr. Raymond Thomas, and Dr. Russell Thomas. Arrangements under the direction of Dulany FuneraI home.

Colorado County Citizen, February 7, 1985

Rudicil, Cora (Shaw)


Last rites were held in Columbus Funeral home Saturday for Mrs. Cora Rudicil, 87, who died Thursday in Flatonia Modern Nursing home, where she had been for 2 weeks.  The Rev. J. Wesley Jones officiated and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.  The former Cora Shaw, Mrs. Rudicil was born at Sunnyside plantation of her parents, A. J. and Mahala Lackey Shaw, Aug. 1, 1876, at Shaw's Bend.  She was first married to Ed Fitzgerald, who died many years ago.  Her 2nd husband, Ed Rudicil, died in 1951.  Her only surviving child is a daughter, Mrs. Lurline Johnson, who came from her home in Fort Stockton for the services, but who arrived here ill and went to Columbus hospital with pneumonia.  She was still in the hospital yesterday.  Other surviving relatives are a brother, Joe Shaw, of Columbus, 2 grandsons, Ray Munn Fitzgerald of Houston and Howard Johnson of Fort Stockton and a grand daughter, Mrs. Roger Olsen of Midland.  Mrs. Rudicil was a teacher for many years in rural schools of the county, teaching at Shaw's Bend, Borden and Glidden.  She was a member of John Everett chapter, D.A.R.  Her last 8 years were spent in a wheelchair due to a broken hip.  Pallbearers were W. H. Miekow, C. K. Gay, Hugo Grabow, Forrest Brooks, C. L. Griffith and J. H. Langston.

The Colorado County Citizen, March 19, 1964
Submitted by David Hahn

Rudicil, Marion Edward

M. E. Rudicil, 84, Local Rancher, Is Buried Here

Death came Sunday afternoon for Marion Edward Rudicil, 84 year-old rancher whose body was found by his wife in a cowshed on his farm west of Glidden. He was believed the victim of a heart attack.

Justice of the Peace Earl Joe Frnka rendered an inquest verdict of death from natural causes.
At the farm home with Mrs. Rudicil were Edward Moeller of Garwood and George Edward Gold of El Campo who had come to visit Mr. Rudicil. They were looking for him when his body was found about 4 p.m. He was believed to have died about an hour earlier.

Funeral services were held for the well-known rancher Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Columbus Funeral home with Rev. C. Jordan Mann in charge.

Mr. Rudicil, an active man for his 84 years, was born May 13, 1867, in Milam county, and he had lived in Columbus, where he also had a home, and Glidden for 40 years.

He is survived by his widow; 3 sisters, Mrs. Robert Talley of Beaumont, Mrs. Martha Hamel and another sister who lives in California.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery with the Columbus Funeral home in charge.
Pallbearers were Lester Hastedt, Frank Miekow, Otto Burger, Lawrence Hodde, Sam Sutherland and Charles Kearney.

Colorado County Citizen, December 20, 1951, page 5

Rudolf, Anton

Despondent Farmer Seeks Relief In Suicide

Anton Rudolf, well known farmer of the Osage section, committed suicide Sunday morning, due, it is said, to financial reverses and general despondency. The remains were brought to Weimar for interment Monday afternoon [In St. Michael’s cemetery]

Rudolf, it is said, had been very despondent for several weeks. Sunday morning he decided to end it all by swallowing a quantity of strychnine. His wife was not in the house at the time and when she came in later heard him groaning and apparently in a dying condition. Help was summoned as quickly as possible, but it was too late, the deadly poison having done its work.

We understand the couple had no children of their own, but possessed an adopted son, Joe Rudolf. Both Mr. and Mrs. Rudolf were well along in years. The tragic happening is sincerely deplored by all. The bereaved widow has the sympathy of the entire community in her misfortune.

Weimar Mercury, November 20, 1931, page 1

Ruesch, Harvey Walter


Funeral services were held for Mr. Harvey Walter Ruesch of Columbus, Tuesday, February 4 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Bob Walker officiating.

Burial was held at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery also in Columbus.

Mr. Ruesch was born October 6, 1908 in Medford, Wisconsin to Mr. Herman Isaac Ruesch and Minnie Grahl Ruesch. He married Bobbie Hairston Ruesch on May 18, 1936.

Mr. Ruesch was a retired maintainer operator. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Columbus.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie Josephine Ruesch of Columbus; two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Ann Kessey of San Antonio and Mrs. Joan Graham of McAllen; three brothers, Wilbur and Milton Ruesch both of Medford, Wisconsin and Arthur Ruesch of Ower, Wisconsin; and three grandchildren.

Pallbearers were F. E. McDuffie, T. W. Kotzebue, Bill Hartley, Lee Hammons, AI Radke and Clarence Bubela.

Colorado County Citizen, February 6, 1986, page 2

Ruhmann, Allen E.

Allen E. Ruhmann

Allen E. Ruhmann, 89, of Frelsburg, passed away Feb. 19 at his residence.

He was born in Pesek, Jan. 28, 1921 to Emil Fred and Emma (Koenig) Ruhmann and married Leona “Lee” White, July 5, 1970. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was a member of American Legion, Bellville; Colorado County Historical Society; Live Oak Art Center, Columbus; Colorado County German Society; Frelsburg Historical Society; Texas Historical Society; Trinity Lutheran Church, Frelsburg; and the Frelsburg Volunteer Fire Department. He retired from the U.S. Air Force and was retired from quality control with Bell Helicopters.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Albert, Willie and Clemens Ruhmann; and sisters, Earlene Booth and Edna Meith.

He is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Gayla Jo and Christopher Grubbs of New Braunfels; stepdaughter and husband, Robbie Ann and Don Merritt of Euless; sons and daughter-in-law, Gary and Joy Lynne Ruhmann of Houston and Dale Ruhmann of Houston; stepsons and wives, Joseph R. and Laura Whittenberg of Russellville, Mo. and Charles L. and Debbie Whittenberg of Morgan Hill, Calif.; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating. Interment followed at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery with full U.S. Military - Air Force Honors.

Pallbearers were Jozeph Grubbs, Jorden Grubbs, Jonah Vonruhmann, Charles Whittenberg, Jakob Grubbs and Christopher Grubbs.

Colorado County Citizen, February 25, 2010

Ruhmann, Emma (Koenig)

Funeral Services for Mrs. E. F. Ruhmann Held November 13th

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Ruhmann, 52, who died in the LaGrange hospital Monday, November 11th following an illness of several weeks were held Wednesday, November 13th, at the family residence at Frelsburg, Rev. Leo H. Simon officiating. Burial was in the Frelsburg Cemetery. The choir of the Trinity Lutheran Church sang several beautiful songs.

Mrs. Ruhmann was the daughter of Ernest Koenig of Sealy. She was born near Frelsburg, February 29th, 1888.

She was a member of the trinity Lutheran Church of Frelsburg. On March 16th, 1909, she was married to Emil Ruhmann, who survives with six children, Albert of Alvin, Mrs. Edna Meith of New Ulm, Clemmens of Columbus, Willie of Frelsburg, Mrs. Earline Booth of Sweeney and Allen of Galveston.
She is also survived by her father, four brothers, Ernest of Waelder, George, Willie and Charles Koenig all of Sealy; three sisters, Mrs. Louise Emmerson of Sealy, Mrs. Bessie Shell and Mrs. Minnie Bartlett of San Antonio. Her mother and two sisters preceded her in death.

Six grandchildren also survive, Iris Sue and Joyce Ellen Ruhmann, Georgie Lee and Ivan Gene Meith, Charles Bennett and Harold Gene Ruhmann.

The large attendance at the funeral and the profusion of beautiful flowers attested the high esteem in which Mrs. Ruhmann was held.

Colorado County Citizen, November 21, 1940
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Ruhmann, Gustav C.

Gustav E. Ruhmann
(Frelsburg Correspondent)

The Frelsburg community was saddened by the news of the death of Gustav E. Ruhmann who, after an lingering illness, died at the home of his son Henry Ruhmann. Mr. Ruhmann was a life long resident of Frelsburg, and at the time of his death, he had reached the age of 84 years. His wife preceded him in death a great number of years, and since that time he made his home with his children who guided and helped him faithfully in every time of need. Funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church, Sunday, Rev. H. C. Poehlmann officiating. [Interment in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery]

The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Frank Huebner of Shiner and Mrs. Henry Kickler and two sons Emil and Henry Ruhmann of this community with whom we sympathize sincerely in their great sorrow.

Colorado County Citizen, April 5, 1934

Ruhmann, Hilda Louise (Reising)


Funeral services were held for Mrs. Hilda Ruhmann Thursday, April 10 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with the Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating.

Burial was held at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mrs. Ruhmann was born July 5, 1918 in Shaws Bend to Albert Reising and Annie Ohl Reising. She married Clemons B. Ruhmann October 9, 1934. She was a housewife.

Mrs. Ruhmann spent most of her lifetime in the Columbus area and she was affiliated with the Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Ruhmann was preceded in death by her husband and one daughter.

Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Ann Fitzgerald of Pearland and Laura Lee Kulhanek of Lone Oak; two sons, Charles Bennett Ruhmann of Azel and Harold Gene Ruhmann of Clute; two sisters, Lydia Kirsch of La Grange and LaVerne White of Austin; three brothers, Leon Reising of Columbus, Walter Reising of Lake Jackson and Rubin Reising of Columbus; and thirteen grandchildren,

Pallbearers were Charles Ruhmann, Robert Ruhmann, Ronnie Ruhmann, David Berry, Danny Berry, Robbie Ruhmann and Clinton Ruhmann.

Colorado County Citizen, April 17, 1986, page 2

Ruhmann, Willie Gustav


Willie G. Ruhmann, 88, of Frelsburg, passed away Nov. 12 at Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange.

He was born in Frelsburg, July 13, 1915 to Emil and Emma (Koenig) Ruhmann and married Elbirth Meyer, June 26, 1945. He was baptized in Trinity Lutheran Church, was a life member of the same church and attended Herman Seminary in Frelsburg. Ruhmann lived in Frelsburg all his life except for the four years he was in the U.S. Army. His unit was sent to Ireland as part of the American Expeditions Force. He served as a radio operator in the US. Signal Corps. He later went to Africa with his unit and ended up in Italy when the war with Germany ended. His first job was with Sinclair Oil Co. as a pump station operator in Junction and later worked for Pisek pump station. He also raised cattle, baled hay and sold eggs. He was a member of the Colorado County Farm Bureau and Frelsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brothers, Clemens and Albert Ruhmann; and sister, Earline Booth.

He is survived by his sister, Edna Mieth of Frelsburg; brother, Allen Ruhmann of Frelsburg; brother-in-law, Donald Booth of Manvil; sister-in-law, Nora Marek Ruhmann of Canyon Lake; and friend and companion, Hazel Smith of Frelsburg.

Funeral services were conducted Nov. 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gary Ruhmann, Gene Ruhmann, Allen Koenig, Chris Grubbs, Delbert Kulhanek, Charles Ruhmann and Church Ruhmann.

Colorado County Citizen, November 19, 2003
Courtesy of The Citizen

Ruiz, Anita (Castillo)

Requiem High Mass Is Said Saturday For Mrs. Ruiz

Requiem high mass for Mrs. Anita Ruiz, wife of Pedro Ruiz of Alleyton, was held at St. Anthony’s Catholic church Saturday morning, Rev. Thomas Collins and Joseph Deane officiating. Burial was in St. Anthony’s Catholic cemetery. Rosary was recited in Untermeyer Funeral home Friday evening.

Mrs. Ruiz died in Columbus hospital after an illness of a month. Born Jan. 22, 1895, in Mexico, she came to Columbus in 1916 with her husband. She reared her family in and around Columbus, spending her later years in Alleyton.

Besides her husband, she is survived by 8 daughters, Miss Horenica Ruiz and Mrs. Jane Garcia, Alleyton; Mrs. Hope Andrade, Columbus, Mrs. Betty Martinez, Mrs. Maria J. Garcia, Mrs. Marie R. Deriberprey and Mrs. Rosie Maldonado, California, and Mrs. Angela Rodriguez, Imlay, Mich., and 2 sons, John Ruiz, California, and Leo Munoz, Eagle Pass. Also surviving ae 47 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Ruiz had been married 51 years and 6 months. All their children and families came to spend the last days of her life with Mrs. Ruiz.

Colorado County Citizen, November 26, 1964

Ruiz, Hortencia "Maquita"

Hortencia “Maquita” Ruiz

Hortencia “Maquita” Ruiz, 81 of Alleyton, passed away May 2 at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Weimar.

She was born in Columbus Feb. 9, 1928 to Pedro Ruiz and Anita Castillo.

She was a lifetime resident of Alleyton and was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Janie Garcia, Helen Rodriquez, Rosie Maldonado, Hope Andrade and Julie Tristan; and brother, John Ruiz.

She is survived by sisters, Marie Darius of Bakersfield, Calif. and Betty Martinez of Colton, Calif.

Funeral services will take place Wednesday, May 6 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich and Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Edward Garcia, Albert Rios and Jimmy Garcia.

Colorado County Citizen, May 6, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Ruiz, Pedro


Funeral services were held for Pedro Ruiz, Friday, December 20 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church under the direction of Hennecke Funral Home with Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial was in the St. Antony’s Catolic Cemetery.

Mr. Ruiz was born June 29, 1896 in Mexico to Remigio Ruiz and Albina Gaitan Ruiz. He married Anita Castillo Ruiz.

Mr. Ruiz was a retired gavel worker for Lone Star Industries.

He was preceded in death by his wife Anita Castillo Ruiz.

Survivors include eight daughters,Petra R. Martinez and Rosie Maldonado both of California, Angela Rodriquez of Michigan, Marie Darius of California, Janie Garcia of Alleyton, Jessica Ruiz of Califorina, Hortencia Ruiz of Alleyton and Esperanza Barba of California; one son John Ruiz of California; 43 grandchilden; 88 great-grandchildren; and 39 great-great-grandchilden.

Pallbearers were Joe Ramirez, Jesse Banegas, Eddie Pulido, Manel Rios, Pete Garcia and Frutose Garcia.

Colorado County Citizen, December 26, 1985

Ruiz, Ysabel M.

Ysabel Ruiz, 94, of Eagle Lake, died Wednesday, Sept. 7., 1994, at his residence.

Born July 8, 1900, in Monte Morelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, he was the son of Perfecto and Juliana (Mesa) Ruiz. Mr. Ruiz had been an Eagle Lake resident most of his life and was a member of the Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held Sept. 9, at Getsemani Iglesia Bautista in Eagle Lake with Rev. Mario Vasquez officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake. Services were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Serving as pallbearers were Mr. Ruiz' grandsons. Honorary pallbearers were his great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Eugenia Ruiz of Eagle Lake; four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, September 14, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Runk, Cecil M. “Jack"

Mr. J. M. Runk

The death of Mr. J. M. Runk occurred at the family residence in this city last Saturday, following illness with flu and pneumonia. Funeral service was held Sunday evening at three o’clock. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Deceased had been a resident of this place for some four years. He worked at the Horton gravel pit and later on the highway maintenance force, at both of which places he was known by the name of Williamson. His army record shows the name of Cecil M. Runk.

He was 36 years of age and is survived by a wife and five small children. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of the community.

Colorado County Citizen, January 12, 1933

Runk Harold W.

Columbus Boy Dies March 4 In Germany

Mrs. Mamie Runk has been informed of the death of her son Pfc. Harold W. Runk in a telegram from the War Department which reads:

"The Secretary of War asks that I assure you of his deep sympathy in the loss of your son, Private First Class Harold W. Runk. Report received states he died four March in Germany. Confirming letter follows. J.A. Ulio, The Adjutant General."

A letter received by Mrs. Runk Tuesday reads:

"Dear Mrs. Runk:

"It is with deep regret that I confirm the telegraph of recent date informing you of the death of your son, Private First Class Harold W. Runk, 38,239,746, Infantry.

"The official casualty report states that your son died on 4 March, 1945 in Bardenburg, Germany, as a result of an accidental gunshot wound.

"I fully understand your desire to receive as much information as possible concerning his death. Recently provisions were made whereby there will be sent directly to the emergency addressee or the next of kin a letter containing further information about each person who dies overseas in the service of our country, and if this letter has not already been received, it may be expected soon

"I sincerely regret that this message must carry so much sorrow into your home and I hope that in time you may find sustaining comfort in knowing that he served his country honorably.

"My deepest sympathy is extended to you in your bereavement.

"Sincerely yours,
"J. A. Ulio,
"Major General
"The Adjutant General."

In the same mail Mrs. Runk received a card of sympathy from General Marshall.

Harold, who was 23, had been overseas with an infantry unit since June and his relatives believe he was with the Ninth army. While in this country he received training in a camp in

Colorado, coming home on furlough last spring before he sailed for overseas Here at the same time was his brother, Pfc. J. C. Runk, on furlough from Louisiana maneuvers. J. C. is now in France and the boys exchanged letters often over there.

Besides his various marksmanship medals. Harold wore the Presidential Citation and the Combat Infantryman's badge. He entered Germany through Belgium, participating in the battle of Aachen and others.

Harold was a boy who loved the outdoor life with its dogs, horses, and hunting. He had been a member of the Baptist church since he was 14. Prior to entering the service he worked with the highway maintenance department and with Ned Burford.

Born September 18, 1921, he attended school in Columbus. His death came on the birthday of his father, J. M. Runk, who died in 1933.

His relatives here had received numerous letters from him since he had been in Germany, the last one dated February 13.

Besides his mother and his brother in France he is survived by a sister, Miss Juanita Runk, senior in high school; two younger brothers, Dick and Gus; a grandfather, W. M. Smith, Liberty; his maternal and paternal grandmothers, Mrs Joe Moore, Fort Worth and Mrs. Charles Streuble, Glidden, Wis. [Reinterred at Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado County Citizen, March 22, 1945

Runk, J. C.

J. C. Runk, 69, of Bay City and formerly of Columbus, died Thursday, July 28, 1944, in a Houston hospital.

Born Aug. 6, 1924, in Vivian, La., he was the son of Jack and Maime (Smith) Runk. On Oct. 26, 1950, he married LaVerne Schobel. A self-employed businessman, Mr. Runk had been a resident of Columbus for 50 years, and had lived in Bay City since 1973. A world War II veteran, he was a Baptist and a member of the Columbus Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6113.

Funeral services were held July 31, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Gerald Hendon officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Jack Brock, Gary Hamon, Mike Marshall, John Dickinson, Chris Jacobs and Curtiss Bennett.

Mr. Runk is survived by his wife of Palestine, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Bobby Coker, also of Palestine; sons and daughter-in-law, David and Loretta Runk of Columbus and Jay Allen Runk of Bay City; sister, Juanita Chollett of Glidden; brother, Gus Runk of San Antonio; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dick Runk and Harold Runk.

Memorial donations may be made to Texas Sportsman Association, the Columbus Volunteer Fire Department or Glidden Baptist Church.

Colorado County Citizen, August 3, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Runk, Oneta Alice (Fee)


Mrs. Oneta Alice Runk, age 58, of Eagle Lake, passed away Thursday at 2:40 p.m. at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

Funeral services for Mrs. Runk were held Saturday, November 16 at the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Gilbert, Victoria District Superentindent[sic] of the United Methodist Church and Rev. E. B. Beasley, pastor of Lissie United Methodist Church officiating.

Burial was held at Shiner City Cemetery in Shiner.

Mrs. Runk was born, September 29, 1927 in Medina to Charles Scott Fee and Allen Eugenia Tobey Fee. Mrs. Runk has been a Eagle Lake resident since June 1980 after moving here from Austin. She married Charles E. Runk on June 6, 1954 at the Methodist Church in Medina.

Mrs. Oneta Alice Runk was a member of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the Heritage Home Nursing Home Auxiliary.

Mrs. Runk has taught Sunday School for many years and was a favorite among all children in the Church. She has been preceeded[sic] in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Rev. Charles E. Runk of Eagle Lake; one daughter Alice Ruth Runk of Austin; one son and daughter-in-law Charles W. and Kristine Runk of Bastrop; mother-in-law Mrs. Mattie Ruth Runk of Eagle Lake; two sisters Mrs. Natalie Orand of Lovington, New Mexico and Mrs. Blix Gammenthaler of Houston; one brother Charles Avery Fee of Chico, California; three grandchildren Michael, Brian and Marijane Alice Runk all of Bastrop; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of loved ones.

Pallbearers were: Frank Higgins, Ralph Truly, Don Bendy, Jim Wiese, Bob McInteer and Dexter Anderson.

Family request memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association, 221 Norfolk. Suite No. 225, Houston,TX 77098-4096.

Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, November 21, 1985

Runk, Virgil Dickson “Dick”


INGLESIDE - Virgil Dickson Run, 61, passed away Wednesday, February 13, 1991 at his residence after a long illness.

He was born May 7, 1929 in Columbus, Texas. He had been a resident of Ingleside since 1968. He was retired from Reynolds Metals Company at the San Patricio Plant where he was a Pipe Fitter and Grievance Committee Man for the United Steel Workers of America local #4813 ASL-CIO. He served in the United States Navy in the Korean War and served aboard the USS MT MC KINLEY AGC7 in the Korean War. He was a member of the VFW #6396 in Ingleside. He attended the First Baptist Church in Gregory, Texas.

Survivors include: his wife, Lula Runk of Ingleside; two sons, William Cecil Runk of Ingleside and Barney Dixon Runk of Bay City, Texas; one daughter, Bonnie Lou Fahrenthold of Van Vleck, Texas; two brothers, J. C. Runk of Bay City,Texas and Gus L. Runk of San Antonio; one sister, Juanita Chollette of Glidden, Texas; three grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be conducted 2 p. m. Saturday February 16, 1991 at the Marshall-Ramey Chapel in Aransas Pass with Rev. Glenn McCollum officiating. Interment will follow at the San Patricio Memorial Park in Gregory-Portland.

Expressions of Sympathy, made by made by donations to the American Cancer Society in Corpus Christi or M. D. Anderson in Houston, Texas,


Corpus Christi Caller-Times, February 15, 1991, page 15D

Runnels, Bettie Jo (Vinson)


Bettie Jo Runnels, 63, of La Grange passed away Dec. 26 at Southwood Care Center in Austin.

She was born in Columbus on Jan. 13, 1944 to Henry Charles and Gracie Lee (Jones) Vinson. She was a graduate of Riverside High School in Columbus and St. Phillips Junior College. She was a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

She is survived by her companion Jerome Lewis of La Grange; daughters, Monica Vinson of Alleyton, Andrea Lewis of La Grange and Wendy Runnels of Austin; sisters, Jewel Jones of Carson, Calif. and Gussie Mack of Fort Worth; uncle June Jones of Altair; aunts Daisy Langston of Malvern, Ariz., and aunts Dorothy Ball and Gwendolyn Adams of Springfield, Ill., along with a host of nieces, one nephew, cousins and five grandchildren.

Funeral services took place on Thursday, Jan. 3 at Tommy E. Taylor Funeral Home in La Grange with the Rev. Martin Williams officiating. Interment followed at Willing-Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, January 9, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Russell, Elizabeth Trisinia (Walker)

Eagle Lake Headlight:
Mrs. Russell, the aged mother of Mrs. Winfree of this city, was laid to rest in the cemetery last Monday, Mr. Carnes officiating. She had been sick for several months. Her face in death, wore a sweet smile as if glad to be free from suffering. She left a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn her departure. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 18, 1896, page 2

Russell, Gloria Beth (Baker)


Gloria Beth Baker Russell, Ph.D., died at her home in Kingsville Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2006.
She was born Aug. 15, 1928, to Helen Harp Baker and Dudley E. Baker.

Her friends said Dr. Baker will always be remembered as an intelligent, independent, modest, kind, generous person who always encouraged her students to educate themselves and to help others.

"Dr. Baker's life was truly an example for those who knew her," close friend Goldia Hubert said.

A fiercely independent woman, she graduated from high school at age 15, and from Trinity University, with a B.A. in history at age 19.

She taught history several years and returned to Trinity University for her M.A. in English in 1957.

Dr. Baker earned her Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina where she was a member of SPURS and the Mortarboard Society.

Dr. Baker began her tenure at Texas A&I University, now Texas A&M-Kingsville, after her marriage to the well-known Texas Ranger, Walter A. Russell. After Mr. Russell's death, Dr. Baker continued to teach at A&M-Kingsville until she retired in the late 1990s.

Dr. Baker chaired the Faculty Senate in 1978-1979. She was director of the Conner Museum from 1968-1972, and continued as a board member.

Dr. Baker was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Kingsville Tri-City Retired Teachers, Kingsville Garden Club, was chairman of the Kleberg County Historical Commission, also vice president of the Kleberg Heritage Foundation, and an officer in the South Texas Historical Society.

Dr. Baker was board member of the Presbyterian Pan American School of Kingsville, and a director of the Texas Ranger Museums, both in Kerrville and Waco.

While at the university here, Dr. Baker established the Baker Scholarship and the Russell Scholarship to help promote excellence and opportunity for scholarship.

Dr. Baker's philanthropy included gifts of a parcel of land to the Riviera Cemetery.

Dr. Baker was a life-long Methodist and was affiliated with both the Riviera Methodist Church and the First Methodist Church of Kingsville.

She belonged to the United Methodist Women and was a staunch supporter of the Methodist Women's Christmas Brunch-Auction to raise funds for childhood development education.

"Dr. Baker would quietly help others when she saw the need. She never complained. She will be greatly missed," Hubert said.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Colorado County Citizen, December 6, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

"Dr. Baker would quietly help others when she saw the need. She never complained. She will be greatly missed," Hubert said.

She is survived by her uncle Eddie Atwell, Columbus;. cousins: Ann Atwell Lindsey, Frisco, Kay Frederick Monahan, Goliad, Larry Harp Frederick, Corpus Christi and Austin Harp, Fort Worth.

A memorial service was conducted Friday, Dec 8 at the First Methodist Church, 230 W. Kleberg, Kingsville. Private burial followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus

Colorado County Citizen, December 13, 2006
Courtesy The Citizen

Russell, Irene (Staten)

Mrs. Irene Staten Russell, 59, of Stafford, died Friday, Dec. 16, at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Dec. 23, from Sugar Land Church of Christ, at 15590 Voss Rd. in Sugar Land, at 11 a.m. Visitation at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday and a wake from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday. Burial will be in the Williams Paradise Cemetery, Vox Populi Community, near Garwood.

Mrs. Russell was born to Mr. Jerry Staten and Mrs. Mollie Ann Weams, Sept. 17, 1935, in Sugar Land. After leaving sugar Land and moving to Columbus, she belonged to the Alleyton Church of Christ. She married David Russell Sr. on Feb. 13, 1952.

She is survived by her mother; her brothers and sister, Earlean Williams, Brena Marshall,Elaine Weams, Michael Williams, John W. Staten, John L. Staten and Otis Weams; three daughters, Diana, Lindy and Angelia; three sons, David Jr. Kirk and Ronald; several grandchildren and a host of other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband and her father.

Colorado County Citizen, December 21, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Russell, Junius Brownrigg




Columbus, Oct. 19, 1873.
There is terrible excitement here. Yeloow fever is reported, and there is riot in our midst [riot refers to later story]. Drs. Bowers, Moore and Brown report the following cases of yellow fever this morning: J. B. Russell, manager of Western Union Telegraph office; L. Boatright, Mr. Sachs, Mr. Brown and Mr. McCoy. Messrs. Sachs, Brown and McCoy have since died. Many of our citizens are leaving town, and seeking refuge in the country. . . .


Columbus, Oct. 20.
There is great excitement here, and citizens are fleeing on trains, carriages and otherwise. There have been five deaths since yesterday morning, including J. B. Russell, telegraph operator.

The physicians disagree—two call the disease yellow fever, while others think differently.


Columbus, Oct. 20.
Yellow fever is reported to be on the increase. J. B. Russell and L. Boatright died last night. A number of new cases this morning Many of our citizens are leaving on the morning's train and otherwise. [Interred at Columbus Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Galveston Daily News, October 21, 1873, page 2

Death of Railroad Men.

Sam. Fry, principal contractor on the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Rairoad, died at Columbus on Sunday last. Mr. Fry was from Lawrence, kansas, was well and favorably known, and had a host of warm friends.

Mr. Russell, the telegraph operator for the railroad, also died at Columbus on Sunday evening. He is highly spoken of by his acquaintances and the officers of the road.

Galveston Daily News, October 21, 1873, page 3

Rutledge, Annie

The remains of Mrs. Annie Rutledge, former resident of the County Line section, who died in Houston Monday, were brought here for interment Tuesday at noon. The remains were first carried to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Thumann, thence to the Live Oak Cemetery a few miles southeast of town, for interment.

In the community in which she formerly lived Mrs. Rutledge was highly thought of, being a kind, motherly disposition, a good friend and neighbor, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored by all.

A number of children survive among them being Mr Libe Freeman and sister, Messrs. Harvey and Walter Lee, Mr. Jesse Lathan, Mrs. Ernest Lamkin, and one or two others whose names we fail to recall ____ present time.

Our heartfelt sympathy go out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, September 12, 1930

Rutledge, Cornelia (Henderson)


We regretted to learn of the death of Mrs. Cornelia Rutledge, which occurred on Wednesday last, at the residence of her mother, Mrs. T. J. Henderson, near this place. She leaves a husband and four children to mourn her loss. “Thou art gone,but we will not deplore thee,” for
“Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled,
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed.”
[Place of interment unknown, possibly Clear Creek Cemetery where her husband and parents are buried]

Colorado Citizen, December 4, 1884

Rutledge, Henry Charles


Henry Rutledge, 88, of Bonus, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 1995 at Gulf Coast Medical Center Hospital in Wharton.

Born Oct. 1, 1902 near Weimar, he was the son of Charles and Sophie (Berthold) Rutledge. He grew up south of Weimar, attending local schools. On Sept. 26, 1934, he married Elenora Thumann in New Bielau. Mr. Rutledge had resided in Bonus for most of his life, where he was a farmer and rancher and a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake.

Services were held Dec. 19 at the First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. David Mann officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, was in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were Bill Harrison Jr., Travis Wegenhoft, Roy Sunders, Jack Obenhaus, Carl Reynolds Jr. and Charlie Hattermann.

Mr. Rutledge is survived by his wife, of Bonus; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Ken Wright of Conroe, Evelyn and Don Rossow of Pearland and Linda and Frank Baca of Richmond; son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Ray Rutledge of Eagle Lake; eight grandchildren, Jeffery Wright and wife Claudine of Houston; Stacey Wright of Houston; Jason Wright of Conroe; Roger Rutledge of Eagle Lake; Lynette Rossow of Pearland; Travis Rossow of Stephenville; Brandon Baca and Brooke Baca, both of Richmond.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Tom, Walter, Delno and Alson Rutledge.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 339, Eagle Lake, TX 77434-0339.

Colorado County Citizen, December 20, 1995, page 15

Rutledge, Lena A.(Miller)


Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Miller received the sad news Tuesday night announcing the death of their niece, Mrs. R. Rutledge, of near Columbus. Mrs. Rutledge was formerly Miss Lena Miller, niece of Mr. Geo. Miller. They have our sympathy [Interment in the Gerhard Miller Cemetery].

Weimar Mercury, March 1, 1919

Rutledge, Pink A.

Mr. Pink Rutledge died at the residence of Mrs. Tom Henderson last Thursday of that dreaded disease, consumption. Mr. Rutledge was in his forty-second year and formerly resided near Oakland, but for the last year at Yoakum, and came from the latter place about six weeks ago to pass his last days with relatives of this section. He leaves three children to mourn his death with a host of relatives. His remains were laid to rest in the old Clear creek cemetery by sorrowing friends. He was a consistent member of the Baptist church.

Colorado Citizen, Sep 15, 1892
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Rutledge, Sophie (Berthold)

Funeral services for Mrs. Sophie Berthold Rutledge were held from the Hubbard Funeral Home Monday, May 6, with interment in the Miller's Creek Cemetery south of this city. She was 65 years and 7 months old when she died May 4 in Schulenburg after a brief illness.

Rev. C. Emigholz ministered the final rites.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Berthold, she was married December 13, 1901 to Chas. Rutledge, in Columbus. She was a lifelong citizen of this area and a member of the Lutheran Church.

Surviving her are five sons, Tom, Walter, Delno and Allison, all of Weimar and Henry of Bonus, Texas; also one sister, Mrs. Annie Strunk of Oakland.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the family in their sorrow.

Weimar Mercury, May 10 1946
Submitted by Frank Berthold

Rutledge, Tom

Heart Attack Is Fatal for Tom Rutledge

Funeral services were held here Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 25, for Tom Rutledge, 64, of the Oak Grove community, who died of a heart attack at about 2:30 p.m. Monday.

With his brother Walter and another man he was repairing fences about four miles from Schulenburg early Monday afternoon when he became ill. Within a few minutes he fell unconscious, and he died as they were driving him to a doctor’s office at Schulenburg.

Born March 13, 1904, near Rock Island, he had lived in this county his entire life, mostly in the Oak Grove area. He was a son of Charles and Sophie Berthold Rutledge. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He and his brother Walter, neither of whom had married, made their home together.

Surviving him are four brothers, Walter and Delno of Weimar, Alton of Schulenburg and Henry of Eagle Lake. [Interment was in Miller Creek Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, September 26, 1968, page 4

Rutledge, Walter

W. Rutledge Funeral Held Here Sept. 8

Funeral services for Walter Rutledge 85, of Weimar were held Saturday, Sept. 8, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel,with burial in Miller Creek Cemetery. Rev. Jerry Adkins officiated.

Rutledge died Sept 6 at Parkview Manor.

Born June 28, 1905 in Colorado County, he was a son of Charles and Sophie (Berthold) Rutledge. He served in the U. S. Army from May 18, 1942, to July 16, 1945. He was a member of First Baptist Church here.

Surviving are two brothers, Henry Rutledge of Eagle Lake and Alson Rutledge of Flatonia.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1990

Rutta, Alfred Lee "Fritz"

Fritz Rutta Funeral Held at Columbus

Funeral services for A. L. 'Fritz' Rutta, 72, of Columbus were held Tuesday, Jan. 8, from Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Rev. David Map officiated.

Rutta, a rancher and lifetime Columbus area resident, died Jan. 7 at his residence.

Born July t, 1918,at Columbus, h was a son of Dominic and Frances (Zapalac) Rutta. He married Martha Fojtik on Nov. 26, 1942. He was a member of Gates of Praise Church in Columbus and served as a deacon of First Baptist Church in Columbus for a number of years. He was a World War II veteran.

His wife survives him, along with two daughters, Jane Fruge of Mont Belvieu and Barbara Hromadka of Highlands; one son, David Rutta of Columbus; eight grandchildren, Vicki Rowlett, Erick Fruge, Alan Fruge, James Hromadka, Tim Hromadka, Jennifer Hromadka, Jared Rutta and Jordan Rutta; one sister, Lillian Ragsdale of San Jose, California and three brother, D. H. (Butts) Rutta, all of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Milton Kollman, Gus Miller, Nello Strickland, Jimmy Seymour Carl Milentz and Bill Lattimore.

The Weimar Mercury, January 17, 1990
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Rutta, Charles Doninic

Judge Rutta, Stroke Victim, Buried May 28

Funeral services for County Judge Charles D. Rutta, 62, who suffered a fatal stroke while hearing cases May 26 were held Wednesday, May 28, at Columbus Funeral Home, with interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery there.

The judge collapsed at 4:30 p.m. near the end of a full court day. He was taken to the Columbus Hospital, where he died at 8 p.m. as he was being prepared for transfer to a Houston hospital.

He had been county judge and presiding officer of commissioners court since 1962 when he ran unopposed, succeeding his brother, J. M. (Bill) Rutta. He won reelection in 1966 to a term that would have ended Dec. 31, 1970.

Former State Representative

A native of Live Oak Hill and resident of Columbus area for 55 years, he had held several public offices. He served as county attorney from 1930 to 1932 and in the Texas House of Representatives from 1935 through 1938. He was an assistant attorney general of Texas for one year.

Born March 31, 1907, he was a son of D. A. and Frances Zapalac Rutta. After graduation from Columbus High School in 1927 he attended John Tarleton Agricultural College and South Texas School of Law, receiving his license to practice law in 1929.
War Veteran

He was a veteran of World War II, enlisting as a private in the Army in 1942 and emerging as a captain in December 1945. From January 1948 until the end of 1962 he was attorney and secretary-manager of the Colorado County Federal Savings & Loan Association, resigning to begin his first term as county judge.

He was a member of the Baptist Church, the Rotary Club, the American Legion, and the Masonic Lodge. He was also an active director in the Alamo Area TB association.

Surviving are his wife, the former Mattie Hudson of Rock Island, whom he married in 1932; four daughters, Mrs. Emil Frieberg of Ft. Worth, Mrs. Dan P. Duff of Grand Prairie, Mrs. James Gillien of Alexandria, Va., and Miss Martha Rutta of Ft. Worth; one son, Charles D. Rutta Jr. of Columbus; five grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Milton Ragsdale of Eureka, Calif.; and five brothers, Jerry Rutta of Stockton, Calif., D. H., A. L., J. M. and Sidney Rutta, all of Columbus.

Weimar Mercury, June 5, 1969, page 1

Rutta, Dominic Alphonse

Judge Rutta’s Father Dies At Columbus

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at Columbus for A. D. [sic] Rutta, 88-year-old father of County Judge Charles D. Rutta, who died Monday at Columbus Convalescent Home.

Services were held at Columbus Funeral Home, with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Columbus.

Mr. Rutta, a retired farmer, had lived at the Home about four years. His wife preceded him in death in 1965.

Born in the Ross Prairie community of Fayette County, he moved to a farm near Columbus in 1915.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Lillian Ragsdale of California; six sons, Jerry of California and Charles, D. H., A. L., J. M., and Sidney B. all of Columbus; 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Offices at the courthouse were closed Wednesday afternoon to allow county officials and employees to attend the 2 p.m. services.

Weimar Mercury, April 3, 1969, page 1

Rutta, Dominic Henry


Dominac[sic] H. “Butts” Rutta, 79, of Columbus, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 1995 at River Oaks Nursing Home in Columbus.

Born Nov. 24, 1915 in Fayetteville, he was the son of Dominac[sic] A. and Frances (Zapalac) Rutta. Mr. Rutta, a longtime resident of the Columbus area, was a retired dragline operator for Lone Star Industries. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Columbus, the Columbus Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6113 and the American Legion Post 383. Mr. Rutta was a World War II veteran, having served in the U. S. Army. For his military and wartime service, he received the Bronze Star, Distinguished Unit Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the American Defense Service Medal.

Funeral services were held Sept. 4 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Sammy Carr and Dr. Bob Utley officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Jim Rutta, Bob Rutta, Barry Rutta, David Rutta, Jared Rutta and David Fojtik. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Men’s Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church of Columbus.

Mr. Rutta is survived by his wife, of Columbus; daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Bob Utley of Marshall; son, Don Rutta of Columbus; sister Lillian Ragsdale of Eureka, Calif.; brothers Bill Rutta and Sidney Rutta, both of Columbus; grandchildren Michelle Thompson and husband John, Jason Utley and Jeremy Utley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Susie Rutta; a son, Johnny Rutta; and brothers, Jerry, Charlie and Fritz Rutta.

Colorado County Citizen, September 6, 1995, page 12

Rutta, Jerry Peter

Jerry Rutta

Jerry P. Rutta, 62, died in Stockton, Calif., Jan.4. Born Sept. 11, 1909, at Nada. He was a son of D. A. and Frances (Zapalac) Rutta. He was a member of the Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at Columbus Funeral Home Saturday at 3 p.m. with Rev. Jim Heath officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Surviving are: 2 daughters, Mary Muir and Jerrie Lee Cook; one sister, Lillian Ragsdale; and 4 brothers, D. H., A. L., Bill and Sidney, all of Columbus.

Pallbearers were his nephews, David, Charles, Don James and John Rutta and Lester Urban.

Colorado County Citizen, January 14, 1971
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Ryba, Blake

Two Weimar students die from injuries in Saturday wreck

Barry Halvorson

WEIMAR - Weimar school students Monday were still dealing with the news that two of their classmates died over the weekend from injuries received in a one-vehicle wreck.

Some of the students sought counseling services made available by the school district.

Blake Ryba, 18, and Katie Schimcek, 17, both died at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston from injuries they suffered during the roll-over wreck around 2:25 a.m. Saturday on Farm-to-Market Road 109, about 1.7 miles north of Industry in Austin County.

A Department of Public Safety spokesperson said that Ryba died Saturday and Schimcek died Sunday. A hospital spokesperson, in a phone conversation, confirmed the deaths on Monday.

Three other Weimar teens who were passengers in the 1994 GMC Suburban were listed in fair condition Monday afternoon at Memorial Hermann, the spokesman said. They are, Luke Janak, the driver, and passengers Oscar Rubio and Mario Nino, all 18.

Ryba, Schimcek and Nino are seniors, while Rubio is a junior and Janak graduated in May.

On Monday morning, teachers throughout the district read to all students a statement prepared by Weimar High Principal Michael Laird telling them of the counselors and pastoral support available at the school if they needed help dealing with the deaths.

Monday afternoon, Laird said between 10 and 15 students had requested counseling during the day.

The school district had made coping assistance available to the students over the weekend as well.

"Once I heard what had happened, I went to the hospital in Houston to get information," Laird said. "And we opened up the school to give the students some place to gather together. In part it was to discourage them from getting in their cars and driving to Houston. We had teachers and coaches at the school to help deal with rumors and give the students current information."

Laird said the district has an established procedure for handling such emergencies. He said faculty and staff from all the schools were contacted over the weekend and met at 7:15 a.m. Monday. The teachers were then sent to their classrooms at 7:40 a.m. with the prepared statement to read to the students.

Laird said that in addition to the district's own counselors and the local ministerial association, the district also received offers of assistance from several other sources.

"All of the surrounding communities were very supportive and contacted us to offer an assistance that we might need," he said. "That included the surrounding schools as well as city and state agencies. We are truly grateful for that support."

While funeral services have not been finalized, Laird said students will be allowed to attend the funerals.

"We have already discussed several scenarios about how it will be handled," Laird said. "But the final decision will have to wait until the services are announced and then we will communicate to the students the necessary information. The students will be allowed to attend but will have to follow certain guidelines."

A DPS wreck report said the Suburban was traveling north on the road when the driver attempted to negotiate a curve to the right. The vehicle when into a skid and when the driver overcorrected the vehicle rolled several times, left the road to the right and came to rest upright. The report said all five occupants were thrown from the vehicle and none were wearing seatbelts.

Victoria Advocate Online, Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Submitted by Matt Cross

Blake Ryba - WEIMAR

WEIMAR - Blake Ryba, 18, of Weimar, died Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005.

He was born Aug. 6, 1987, in Weimar, to Roger and Barbara McClanahan Ryba of Weimar. He was a senior at Weimar High School and a member of the football and power lifting teams.

Survivors: brother, Spencer Ryba of Weimar; and grandmother, Lillie Ryba of Weimar.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hubbard Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Schulenburg, the Rev. Jeff Atchison officiating.

Burial will be at Masonic Cemetery in Weimar. Hubbard Funeral Home, Weimar, 979-725-8561.

Memorials: Weimar High School Athletic Department, Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, or donor's choice.

Victoria Advocate Online, August 30, 2005
Submitted by Matt Cross

 Blake Ryba Funeral Services Held Sept. I

Blake Ryba, 18, of Weimar died Aug. 27 at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Funeral services were held Thursday, Sept. 1 at the First Baptist Church in Schulenburg with Bro. Jeff Atchison officiating.

Interment followed in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery .

Blake was born on Aug. 6, 1987 in Weimar to Roger and Barbara (McClanahan) Ryba.
He attended St. Michael School, Weimar Elementary, Weimar Junior High and Weimar High Schools and had lived in Weimar his whole life.

Blake was a member of the Who's Who Among American High School Students 2002-2003, 2003-2004, National Honor Roll in Spring 2003, Weimar Wildcat varsity football team, varsity powerlifting team - most improved player 2004.

Blake loved spending time with his brother, Spencer and great-uncle Norbert "Bulldog" Beyer.

Blake "Big Red" was a great University of Texas fan and that was evident to everyone who knew him. He enjoyed an impromptu game of basketball at his house with his friends and a game of cards.

He enjoyed meeting his friends at Wildcat and hanging out with them.

Blake planned to join the Air Force after graduation and "See the world." However, even in our sadness and grief, his family and friends take comfort knowing Blake lives on through his participation of organ donation in the Life Gift Donation Program.

He is survived by his parents, Roger and Barbara Ryba of Weimar; brother, Spencer Ryba of Weimar; and grandmother, Lillie Ryba of Weimar.

He is also survived by his uncles and aunts, Mark and wife Tonja McClanahan of Hope, Ark., Emil and wife Karen Ryba of Houston, David Ryba of Houston, and Linda and husband Kent Crabtree of Odessa; and cousins, Brian, Tammy and Samantha Cannady of Odessa, Matt, Kristie and Emillie Ryba of Sumter, S.C., Bennett, Jennifer and Eric Steil of Houston, Rosanne Ryba of Houston, and Dillon McClanahan of Hope, Ark.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Emil Ryba Sr., grandparents, Hershel and Mary McClanahan. and cousin, Nathan Mazoch.

Pallbearers were Jason Oncken, Matt Ryba, Kody Hayward, Steven Stock, Jeremy Dusek, Andy Fox, Michael Fox, Brian Hudec and Trevor Meysembourg.

Honorary Pallbearers were Katie Schimcek, Luke Janak, Oscar Rubio, Mario Nino, Tammy Cannady, Nathan Mazoch, Jennifer Steil, Matt Ryba, Rosanne Ryba, Dillon McClanahan, the entire Administrative, Faculty and Coaching Staff of WHS, Class of 2006 and the Varsity Football and Powerlifting Teams.

Weimar Mercury, September 8, 2005, page 2A

Ryba, Emil G. Sr

Funeral for Emil Ryba Sr. Here April 14

Funeral services for Emil G. Ryba Sr., 55, were held Friday, April 14, at St. Michael's Catholic Church, with Father Daniel O'Brien officiating. Burial was in Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Ryba died of cancer at 5:45 p.m. April 11 in Veterans Administration Hospital, Houston, where he had been a patient five days. He had been ill three months. A former county precinct employee, he had retired because of sickness.

Born December 14, 1922, in Fayette County, he was a son of Joe and Mollie (Dedek) Ryba. He married Lillie M. Kunschick on April 4, 1949, at Schulenburg.

He served three years in the Army during World War II, mostly with the 1878th engineers Batt. (Avn.). His decorations included the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two bronze stars, Good conduct medal, Victory Ribbon, four Overseas Service Bars, and the Meritorious Unit Award. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion posts here.

He is survived by: his wife, Mrs. Lillie Ryba of Weimar; three sons, Emil G. Ryba Jr., and Roger W. Ryba of Weimar, David M. Ryba of Houston and Mrs. David (Linda) Mazoch of Holman; two grandchildren, Tammy and Nathan Mazoch; and four brothers, Edwin of Schulenburg, Alfonse of Chicago, Ill., George of Houston and Cyril of Corpus Christi.

Pallbearers were Adolf Hudec, Adolf Shumbera, John Fojt, Fritz Kunz, Edwin (Bubba) Billeck and Louis Richard, all VFW Post 5875 members and Precinct 2 employees.

The Weimar Mercury, April 27, 1978
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Rypple, George

George Rypple, 58, Succumbs; Buried Friday

Funeral services for George Rypple, 58, were held Friday morning, June 14, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with Rev. Albert Hubertus officiating.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Fellow veterans paid graveside tribute, presenting a US flag to the widow.

Mr. Rypple died Wednesday, June 12, in Veterans Administration Hospital at Houston, after a six-week illness.

A lifelong resident of the Weimar area, he served three years in the Air Force in World War II, two years and four months in the Philippine Islands with the 1055th Quartermaster Co.

Born Jan. 3, 1910 at Weimar, he was the son of Joseph and Sophie Dittrich Rypple. He married Miss Leona Briscoe here in 1945.

She survives, along with two daughters, Mrs. Andrew (Martha) Mensik of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Debby at home; two sons, George Gene and Manuel, both of Weimar; his father, Joseph S. Rypple, Weimar; and stepmother, Mrs. Minnie Shimek Rypple, Weimar; and a sister, Mrs. Wm. (Bessie) Holub of Weimar. His mother died in 1942.

Pallbearers were his two nephews, Edwin and George Holub; Morris Janda, Henry Adamcik, Emil Neiser and Henry Laqua. Mass servers were Mark Janda and Bobby Kana.

Weimar Mercury, June 20, 1968, page 1

Rypple, Joseph S.

J. S. Rypple, Former Merchant, Dies at 87

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home for Joe S. Rypple, former Weimar merchant, who died at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at Columbus Convalescent Home. He was 87.

Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Rev. John Robinson Methodist pastor, officiated.

Mr. Rypple, a resident of Weimar since 1904, was owner of a general merchandise store for about 30 years.

Farmed First

Born April 20, 1882, at Goliad, he was the son of Joseph and Frances Rypple.  He grew up in the Victoria-Goliad area and for a brief time lived at Beeville.  He married Miss Sophie Dittrich in 1902, and they came to Weimar in a wagon.  They settled on a farm in the Clear Creek area, but Mr. Rypple’s health forced him to seek inside work, so in 1904 they moved to Weimar, where Mr. Rypple first worked for the Boettcher Co., when  it was located at the present Western Auto corner.

Own Business in 1926

Later he worked for Chas. Fahrenthold and then for Joe Shimek, and in 1926 he went into business for himself, continuing for the next 30 yeas.  During part of that time he was in business with his son-in-law, Willie Holub, and later with his son, George Rypple.

Mr. Rypple’s wife died in 1942 and in 1943 he married Mrs. Minnie Shimek, who died just a few weeks ago.  His son, George, died in 1968.

Mr. Rypple was a former city council member, fireman, and Hermann Sons member.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Willie Holub; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jim, of Port Lavaca.  Another brother, John, died last year.

Pallbearers were George and Edwin Holub, Andrew Mensik, George Gene Rypple, Henry Hnatek and Henry Adamcik.

Weimar Mercury, January 22, 1970, page 1
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Rypple, Manuel David

Death Claims Manuel Rypple; Rites Oct. 7

Funeral services were held Saturday, Oct, 7, in St. Michael's Catholic Church for Manuel David Rypple, 17, who died Thursday in John Sealy Hospital at Galveston after a week's illness.

Rev. Owen O'Donnell officiated. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery

Manuel, son of Mrs. Leona Rypple and the late George Rypple, was a student in Weimar Junior High School. He was born here June 20, 1955.

Survivors in addition to his mother are two sisters, Mrs Andrew Mensik of Pasadena and Miss Deborah Rypple of Austin; and one brother, George Rypple of Houston. His father preceded him in death in 1968.

Pallbearers were Andrew Mensik, Edwin Holub, George Holub, Henry Janda, Henry Laqua, and Dan Huper, Jr.

Weimar Mercury, October 19, 1972

Rypple, Minnie (Herder)

Final Rites for Mrs. M. Rypple Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Herder Rypple, 89, were held Sunday afternoon at First United Methodist Church, with Rev. John Robinson officiating.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Rypple died at 8 p.m. Friday in Youens Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient three weeks.

Born July 24, 1880, at High Hill, the daughter of Henry and Josephine Russek Herder, she had lived here most of her life. The early part of her life she was active as a clerk and business partner in a dry goods store.

Mrs. Rypple was a member of the Methodist Church and an honorary member of the Women’s Society of Christina Service.

She is survived by her husband, J. S. Rypple, a resident of Columbus Convalescent Home; one son, E. Joe Shimek of Houston; two daughters, Mr. B. B. (Isabel) Braun Sr. of Weimar and Mrs. Reid (Eunice) Hodgson of Houston; six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; three[sic] half sisters, Mrs. Adolf Widde and Mrs. Charles Hinricks of Brenham; and a half-brother, Edwin Schindler of Brenham. She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Herder Sr.

Pallbearers were B. B. Braun Jr. James Weatherred, Jerry Don Keesee, Glenn Hodgson, Charles Herder Jr., Leroy Herder, Henry Herder and Paul Herder.

Weimar Mercury, November 27, 1969, page 5

Rypple, Sophie (Dittrich)

Mrs. J. S. Rypple, 59, Passes Away, Funeral Today

Funeral services for Mrs. J. S. Rypple, 59, wife of a well known Weimar merchant, were held this Thursday morning at St. Michael’s Church, the Rev. Vaclav Bily officiating. Interment was made in the St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Mrs. Rypple had been ill about two weeks, and a few days ago she was taken to the Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio for treatment. She passed away Tuesday morning. The body was brought to Weimar and lay in state at the Hubbard Funeral Home until time of funeral services, at 9:30 Thursday morning.

Mrs. Rypple was born August 20, 1882. She was married to Mr. Joe S. Rypple in 1902, at Houston, and settled in Weimar where Mr. Rypple has been in the mercantile business for a number of years. She was a member of the Catholic Church. At the time of her death she was 59 years, 6 months and I8 days old.

Mrs. Rypple is survived by her mother, Mrs. Mary Dittrich; husband, Mr. Joe S. Rypple; and two children, Mrs. Willie Holub of Weimar and Mr. George Rypple Of Sheridan. Also surviving are six sisters, Mrs. Raymond Clark of LaSalle. Mich.; Mrs. Emil Boehm of Sugar Land; Mrs. Aug. Schimcek of Oakland; Mrs. Louis Janda, Mrs. Joe Holub, Mrs. Victor Bartosh, all of Weimar; one bother, Emil Dittrich of Corpus Christi. Three brothers preceded her in death.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved husband and children in their great loss.

Weimar Mercury, March 6,1942, page 1
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