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
Edgar H. Rodgers Dies Suddenly; Burial Sunday
Last rites for Edgar H. Rodgers, 65, were held at Columbus Funeral home Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Logan Cummings of the First Baptist church of Columbus officiating. Burial was in Live Oak cemetery.
Mr. Rodgers died suddenly at his home of a heat attack shortly after midnight Oct. 5. He had suffered with heart trouble previously but had seemed in good health for the past several months. He and Mrs. Rodgers had just attended the Fort Bend county fair Saturday and had returned to their home late that evening.
A native of Skidmore, his birth date was July 10, 1898. He and Mrs. Rodgers had lived in the Live Oak community until 16 years ago when they moved to Columbus. He was a member of the Baptist church.
Besides his widow, the former Annie Ehlert, he is survived by a son, Lester, of Greenville; 2 daughters, Mrs. Leo Kohleffel of Columbus and Mrs. Tom Holland of Houston and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Bernice Rodgers of the Mentz community. A son, Alton, was killed May 28, 1958, in a gravel pit accident. Thirteen grandchildren also survive and 4 brothers, Earl and Homer of Weimar and Urban and Everett of Galveston and 2 sisters, Mrs. Pearl Wagley of Galveston and Mrs. Archie McGowen of South Houston.
Pallbearers were his nephews, Roger Foree, Urban Rodgers, Carl Stibbens, Brandon Vickers, Floyd Green and Elton Volkman.
Colorado County Citizen, October 10, 1963, page 8
Mrs. Emma Rodgers Rites Held Sunday
The body of Mrs. Emma Catherine Rodgers, 76, wife of the late Dave Washington Rodgers and resident of Galveston for 25 years, who died at 3:15 a. m. yesterday at John Sealy Hospital, will be forwarded over the Southern Pacific Railway by Malloy & Son at 7:10 p.m. today to Weimar for services and interment.
Mrs. Rodgers, who was born in Georgia Oct 19, 1861, and who resided here with her daughter, Miss Jodie Rodgers, 1713 M 1/2, is survived by: Three sons, Duff Rodgers of Galveston, Jim Rodgers of Sealy, and Lee Rodgers of Fort Worth; two daughters, Miss Rodgers of Galveston, and Mrs. C. L. Hornback of Fullerton, Cl.; four sisters, Mrs. J. G. Berthold of El Campo, Mrs. Louis Berthold of Glidden, Mrs. W. A. Rodgers of Weimar, and Mrs. W. A. Falks of Galveston; ten grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and other relatives.--Galveston News.
Mrs. Rodgers’ funeral took place Sunday afternoon at the Live Oak Cemetery, south of Weimar, with Rev. C. L. Boone, Baptist minister,officiating. The funeral was largely attended.
Pall bearers were: Thurman, Hanzie Lee, Walter and Edgar Rodgers, grandsons, and Edgar and Earl Rodgers, Nephews.
Mrs. Rodgers was the widow of the late Dave Rodgers, and the family lived in this city for several years, Mr. Rodgers being employed as warehouseman at the freight depot here. His death occurred in Galveston several years back. Mrs. Rodgers, although away from Weimar for many years, is still well and favorably remembered. She was a devoted wife, mother and neighbor, and her passing is noted with extreme regret by many citizens of this city and section.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.
Weimar Mercury, February 11, 1938, page 1
Rodgers, Longtime Store Owner, Dies
Gilbert "Doc" Rodgers of Weimar, retired owner-manager of Western Auto Assoc. Store, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 6:28 p.m. in Colorado-Fayette Medical center, after a short illness. He was 70.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 4, from St. Michael Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Father John Bily officiated, assisted by Deacon Joey Targac.
Rodgers was born Oct. 4, 1920, at Zapp, a son of Willie Earl and Clara (Hoyo) Rodgers. Before moving to Weimar in 1936, he lived at Willow Springs, Oak Grove and Glidden. After graduation from Weimar High School in 1940, he enrolled in Landig College of Mortuary Science & Embalming School at Houston, receiving his license as a mortician. He was in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945, serving as a surgical technician at Aloe Field in Victoria.
On Dec. 26, 1942, he married Dorothy Vacek. He owned and managed Western Auto Store here for 32 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion and was a past commander of the Legion post.
His wife survives him, along with three sons, John Rodgers of Conroe, Luke Rodgers of Conroe and Paul Rodgers of Richmond; a daughter, Ann Toppel of Conroe; 10 grandchildren; one brother, Clifton Rodgers of Dallas; and three sisters, Earline Alexander of San Antonio, Una Mae Muse of San Antonio, and Gladys Lamkin of Weimar. A son, Gilbert H. Rodgers, his parents, and a brother, Calvin Rodgers, preceded him in death.
Serving as pallbearers were John Hoyo Jr., a cousin; David Rogers, Ron Rogers, Brad Lamkin and Jerry Landers, nephews; and Marshall Toppel, a son-in-law.
Weimar Mercury, January 10, 1991
Rodgers 4-Year-Old In Critical Condition
The sympathy of numerous friends here is with Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert E. (Doc) Rodgers of Glidden, whose 4-year-old son, Gilbert Jr., is critically ill in Hermann Hospital, Houston.
Under hospital treatment for about the past two weeks, the little lad was operated upon twice, the second time revealing a malignant tumor.
Gilbert Jr. is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Rodgers of Oak Grove and Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Vacek of Weimar.
Weimar Mercury, June 27, 1952, page 1
Illness Fatal to Rodgers Child, 4; Rites Held Tuesday
Funeral services for Gilbert Henry Rodgers, 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. (Doc) Rodgers of this city, were held Tuesday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery.
The little boy’s condition, since the discovery of a malignant growth last June, had at times been critical and at other times very encouraging. After two months in Herman Hospital, Houston, he had been at home since the first of September. While the nature of his illness made recovery almost impossible, his death Sunday at Renger Hospital, Hallettsville, came as a saddening shock to his family and their many friends.
Survivors in addition to his parents are a sister, Ann 3; a brother, John Charles, 14 months; and his grandparents, Mr. and E. C. Vacek of Weimar and Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Rodgers of Oak Grove.
Weimar Mercury, December 12, 1952, page 1
OAK GROVE ITEMS
The body of the infant babe of Mr. and Mrs. Charley Rodgers of Galveston was brought here Friday of last week and laid tor rest by the side of its grandparents, Billie Rodgers and David Rodgers, in the Live Oak Cemetery.. Baby Rodgers was born Jan. 17, 1928, and its little spirit was called back to its Creator the following day. What a precious gift to be recalled so soon from a home that so craved the little life. Weep not, young parents. Born to this earth an angel, it is with the angels of Heaven now; a tiny bud on earth, a perfect rose in Heaven. Think of the sweet little jewel all your own that the Saviour counts among His gems.
Weimar Mercury, February 2, 1928, page 3
Galveston Lady Is Buried Here
The body of Mrs. Jewel Smith Rodgers. beloved wife of Mr. Chas. Rodgers, of Galveston. was brought here Friday morning, and in the afternoon of same day was laid to rest in the cemetery at Live Oak. a few miles from Weimar. Rev. J.. H. Hall, local Baptist minister, officiating in the presence of a large gathering of mourning relatives and friends.
Mrs. Rodgers is survived by her husband, Mr. Chas. Rodgers, two children, Marvin and Dorothy, six brothers and two sisters, all of Missouri, except one residing at Barker, Texas. Mrs. Rodgers was born Feb. 9. 1904. and died Aug. 20. 1929. She was a member of the Christian Church. Her husband is a son of the late David Rodgers, who lived in this section for many years, later removing with his family to Galveston.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.
Weimar Mercury, August 20, 1929, page 1
Lester G. Rodgers
News of the above tragic happening reached Weimar citizens about 9 o’clock Thursday right, and sent a thrill of horror into their hearts. We have copied above from the Beaumont Enterprise, which paper had the most graphic report of the accident of any that we have seen. [See page one of Weimar Mercury, January 29, 1932]
The remains of young Rodgers were brought here early Saturday morning and that afternoon were conveyed by hearse and wagon to the Live Oak Cemetery southeast of Weimar for interment. Due to terrible condition of roads, it was impossible for the hearse to negotiate the distance from the highway to the cemetery, hence use of the wagon. It was also necessary to repair the roads in several places before vehlcles of any kind could traverse them. Despite the many hindrances the funeral was largely attended, as this young man was one of the most popular and highly regarded of any that ever lived in this section. Deep sorrow was in evidence on every face as the body of the young man was tenderly laid to rest in the Live Oak Cemetery.
Lester P.[sic] Rodgers was born and raised in the Live Oak community. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Rodgers, respected residents of Live Oak. Ambitious, the young man early m life came to Weimar to attend our Weimar High School, working his way through, with what assistance his parents could render him. He roomed and boarded at the home of Mrs. Sallie Chandler during his stay here. He graduated with distinction, and afterward secured certificate to teach school, which profession he adopted as his life's calling. He was elected principal of various schools, where he served with satisfaction and distinction.
The last school he served was the one at Winnie, and here we are told be gave the utmost satisfaction to both patrons and pupils. Deeply interested in athletics, he had organized a fine basketball team, and this team on that
Lester Rodgers was a noble young man. The writer knew him from infancy and always regarded him as one of our finest, most upstanding young men. Upright, honorable, ambitious, studious, courteous to everyone with whom he came in contact, devoted to his aged parents, brothers and sisters, he was a welcome addition to any circle in which he chose to move. Not one word against his character did we ever hear uttered, and that can be said of but few young men in this day and time. Lester Rodgers led a good, clean life, arid with such a record behind him we know the pearly gates opened far and wide to receive him as he entered into "that bourne from which no traveler returns.”
Our deep and sincere sympathy goes out to his aged parents, brothers and sisters in their tragic hour of grief. May a Merciful Father comfort them in their sorrow!
Weimar Mercury, January 29, 1932, page 8
OAK GROVE ITEMS
...Lester was born Feb. 6, 1902, and had attained the age of 29 years, 11 months and 21 days. He had taught school bout ten years, in different places, and this year was teaching in Winnie, Texas, near which place the accident occurred. His death, at an age when life held forth so many pleasures and opportunities, is indeed sad to contemplate.
Funeral services were conducted from the Baptist Church in Weimar to the family lot in the Live Oak Cemetery. Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the Baptist minister of that place. Rev. Clem Hardy, officiating in a touching burial service. The floral tributes were many and beautiful, showing the high esteem in which this beloved young man was held.
He is survived by his grief-stricken parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Rodgers of this community; two sisters. Mrs. O. H. Wagley of Bay City nd Miss Elva Rodgers, who is teaching school in Genoa. Texas; and five brother, Homer and Edgar Rodgers of this community, U. R. Rodgers of Galveston, W. E. Rodgers of Fayetteville and Everett Rodgers of Oklahoma City, besides a number of nieces and nephews, to whom we extend our sincere and heartfelt sympathy. May God comfort them as He alone can.
Weimar Mercury, January 29, 1932, page 3
Mrs. Urban Rodgers
The death of Mrs. Urban Rodgers occurred in Galveston Tuesday. The remains were brought here and funeral services held at the residence of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Mehrens, at Glidden this morning at eleven o'clock. Interment was made in Odd Fellows Rest.
Rev. W. A. Flachmeier officiated at the burial.
Miss Lillie Mehrens was born at Oak Grove August 30, 1900 and was married to Mr. Urban Rodgers in January 1924. They moved to Galveston about three years ago.
Mrs. Rodgers had been in a hospital in Galveston for some four weeks. She is survived by the husband and two little daughters, also by her parents, one sister, Miss Minnie Mehrens, and two brothers, Herbert of Cuero and Owen of Glidden.
The sympathy of the community goes out to the sorrowing ones in their great loss.
Colorado County Citizen, September 15th, 1932
Mrs. Lula Rodgers, 81, Interred In Live Oak Cemetery