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Sommerlatte, August Jr.

Miss Hilda Sommerlatte’s Father Died Wednesday

The sad news came to this city Wednesday afternoon that Miss Hilda Sommerlatte’s father, Mr. Aug. Sommerlatte of Halletsville, had died suddenly and unexpectedly. He had been in ill health for a long time, we understand, but it was not thought that Death was so near.

He is survived by his widow and three daughters, Mrs. Ida Balzer, who lives near Halletsville, Mrs. Lydia McCarty of Yoakum and Miss Hilda Sommerlatte of this city.

The funeral will take place at Shaw’s Bend [Interment in Brune Cemetery], former home of the Sommerlattes, Friday. Shaw’s Bend is located in the northeastern part of Colorado county.

In the loss of her beloved father Miss Hilda, one of most bloved and popular young ladies, as well as other members of the family, have the sincere sympathy of the people of this community.

Weimar Mercury, April 13, 1934

Sommerlatte, August Sr.

Another Pioneer Passes

The death of Mr. August Sommerlatte, Sr. occurred at his home in Shaws Bend early Wednesday morning at the age of 69 years and five days, after an illness extending over a long period of time.

Funeral services were held at the residence Thursday afternoon and the remains laid to rest in the Brune's Community Cemetery at Shaws Bend, Rev. Lindenberg of the Lutheran church conducting the service.

Pall bearers were August Giese, Henry Baumbach, Wm. Plengemeyer, Henry Scheel, Henry Reising and Fred Fuchs.

Mr. Sommerlatte was born in Worlitz, Anhald, Germany on Dec. 16, 1856 and came to Texas with his parents and a brother in May, 1858, settling at Frelsburg., He married Miss Rosalie Lange and later moved to Shaws Bend. He was a charter member of Lodge No. 44, Sons of Herman at Ellinger.

He is survived by his brother, Mr. F. A. Sommerlatte of Bryan, seven sons, five daughters and by twenty-four grand children. [names and residences of sons and daughters are illegible in the copy I have.-- JT]

The bereaved ones have our sincere sympathy.

Columbus Citizen, December 21, 1925
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Sommerlatte, Fritz A.

Mr. F. A. Sommerlatte

The tragic death of Mr. F. A. Sommerlatte occurred at Bryan on Monday evening of this week. He was struck by an auto while attempting to cross the street at Bryan, suffering a fractured skull from which he expired an hour later.

Funeral services were held at the residence of Mr. Otto Schobel at Shaws Bend yesterday at three and the remains laid to rest in Brune’s Cemetery, north of town.

Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of the local Lutheran Church conducted the service.

Mr. Sommerlatte was well known here, having spent his early life in this country, and his occasional visits to the city were a pleasant event to many of the older residents. He has resided in Bryan for perhaps twenty years, and spent two or three days visiting friends in this section about twice a year.

He was 76 years of age and had never married.

His death caused deep sorrow in this community.

Colorado County Citizen, October 1, 1931, page 1

Sommerlatte, Henrietta (Richter)

Sommerlatte Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Mrs. Henrietta SommerIatte, 88, of Eagle Lake, were held Tuesday, February 17, 1987 at the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Charles E. Runk, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Eagle Lake, officiating.

Interment was in the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Sommerlatte died Sunday, February 15, in Brenham following a sudden illness.

Born in Frelsburg August 10, 1898, she was the daughter of Frederick and Natalie (SommerIatte) Richter. She was reared in Frelsburg and had resided in Eagle Lake since the early 1940s.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Hilda Trojan of Columbus; a son, Lonnie SommerIatte of Eagle Lake; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Matula of Eagle Lake; two brothers, Leo Richter of Fayetteville and Ewald Richter of New UIm; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

New Ulm Enterprise, February 26, 1987, page 3

Sommerlatte, John

Last Rites Held for John Sommerlatte Here Friday

Funeral services for John Sommerlatte, 47, who died Thursday April 24th, in the state hospital at San Antonio, were held Friday at the home of E. J. Untermeyer, Rev. Blinka officiating. Burial was in the Brune Cemetery at Shaws Bend under the direction of Untermeyer Bros.

Mr. Sommerlatte was born February 3rd, 1894, at Shaw's Bend, the son of August Sommerlatte. Survivors are a son, Johnnie, and a daughter, Geraldine, of Fayetteville; four brothers, Lee, Charlie, Joe and Fritz; five sisters, Mrs. Annie Grewe of El Campo, Mrs. Mary Balzer and Mrs. Clara Nelson of Cat Spring, Mrs. Alma Schobel of Shaws Bend and Mrs. Lillie Hennecke of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, May 1, 1941

Sommerlatte, John L. Sr.

Funeral services were scheduled 2 p.m. Thursday at Henneke Funeral Home for John L. Sommerlatte Sr. of Columbus. Mr. Sommerlatte died Monday at Columbus Community Hospital. He was 59 years of age.

A disabled mechanic, Mr. Sommerlatte resided here all of his life. He was born here on Dec. 4, 1919, the son of John Sommerlatte and Frances Untermey. He was affiliated with the Lutheran Church. Interment was to be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Survivors include his mother, Frances Sommerlatte of Columbus; two daughters Mrs. James Zwernemann of Austin and Mrs. Delphine Merkel of Houston; one son John Sommerlatte Jr. of Brenham; one sister, Mrs. Geraldine Avery of Columbus, and two grandchildren. Pallbearers were to be Manuel Schneider, John Peters, Simon Wilde, Alvin Coufal, Lester Coufal and Carl Kleppel.

The Columbus County Citizen, August 16, 1979
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Sommerlatte, Lee Joseph

Funeral services for Lee J. Sommerlatte, 82, were held Thursday, October 7, at St. Anthony's Catholic church under the directions of Henneke Funeral Home with Father Brian Crookes officiating. Burial was in Brune Cemetery, Shaw's Bend.

Mr. Sommerlatte was born December 14, 1899, in the Shaws Bend Community to August and Rosalie Sommerlatte.

He was lifetime resident of Shaws Bend and was a member of the Catholic church.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Henry (Ruby) Reinhardt of Mentz; two sons, Leroy Sommerlatte of Bellville and Vernon Sommerlatte of Houston; seven grand children; and seven great grand children.

Pallbearers were Michael Roy Sommerlatte, Dale Wayne Sommerlatte, Byron Lee Sommerlatte, Earl Allan Sommerlatte, Roy Dwayne Sommerlatte, and Walter T. Whitt.

Colorado County Citizen, October 14, 1982

In last week's Sommerlatte obituary, the names of his widow, Mary Mahalitic Sommerlatte of Shaws Bend, and his stepson, William Ordner of Columbus were inadvertently omitted.

Colorado County Citizen, October 21, 1982


Sommerlatte, Mary (Mahalitc)


Funeral services for Mary Sommerlatte, 90, of Shaws Bend were held Thursday, Feb. 21 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus. The Rev. Tim Kosler officiated with burial in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Sommerlatte passed away Thursday[sic], Feb. 19 in Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, Weimar.

Born Jan. 24, 1901 in Columbus, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Veronika (Jasek) Mahalitc. She was united in marriage with Lee Sommerlatte who preceded her in death Oct. 5, 1982.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Henry (Ruby) Reinhardt of Bernardo; three sons, Vernon Sommerlatte and his wife Nelda of Houston, William Ordner of Columbus and Leroy Sommerlatte and his wife Mathilda of Industry; one sister, Minnie Balzer of Weimar; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements. [The Social Security Death Index gives her date of death as Feb 15, 1991 - Texas Death Records as Feb 19, 1991]

The Fayette County Record, February 26, 1991

Sommerlatte, Selma (Hoffman)

Sister of Paul Hoffman Is Buried At Shaw's Bend

Funeral services for Mrs. Selma Sommerlatte, sister of Paul Hoffman of Columbus, were held Jan. 17 at the Lutheran Church in Hallettsville, followed by burial in Brune cemetery at Shaw's Bend

Mrs. Sommerlatte, over 80 years of age, died Jan. 15 in a Yoakum hospital. She was living with a daughter, Mrs. C. J. McCarty, in Yoakum at the time of her death.

She and Mr. Sommerlatte lived at Shaw's Bend many years ago, before moving to Hallettsville where they operated a business. Mr. Sommerlatte died several years ago.

Relatives attending the services included Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hoffman, Raymond Hoffman, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Schobel and son Gene, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gartner, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Henicke, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Henicke and Gus Henicke, Columbus;

Also, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hutchison, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Willis, Lt. Col. and Mrs. M. F. Finch, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Byrd, John Bowen, Mrs. Lottie Gowens, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Haby, Mrs. C. A. Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Balzer, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kimball, Mrs. W. H. Cole, Mrs. Mae Bosworth and Mrs. Clary McCarty, San Antonio,

Also, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mercer and daughter Mary Jo, Sugar Land; Miss Nelda Klavermann, Sinton; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kollmann, Houston; Mrs. J. L. Richardson, New Gulf; Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Buckner, Lockhart; Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Hoffman and Ernest Hoffman, Wharton.

Active pallbearers were Mrs. Sommerlatte's grandsons, Leslie Balzer, Yoakum; Harvey Balzer, San Antonio, and Douglas Reese, Yoakum; and her nephews, Ernest Hoffman, El Campo, and Paul Raymond Hoffman and Edgar Schobel, Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, February 6, 1958



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