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Waddle, Arthur

Waddle

Funeral services were held for Mr. Arthur Waddle, Sunday, April 27, at New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. G. W. Clark officiating. Arrangements. were under the direction of Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Burial was held at Willing Workers Cemetery.

Mr. Waddle was born November 17,1888 to the late Will and Josephine Waddle. He was united in Holy Matrimony with Miss Thunia Miller, to this union-six children were born.

He attended public school in Colorado County and first confessed Christ at an early age at Miller High Hill Baptist Church. He later joined New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Willie Mae Tatum of Columbus; four sons, Mr. Robert Waddle, Sr., Mr. L. D. Waddle of Columbus, Mr. Eugene Waddle of Waco and Mr. A. D. Waddle of Palestine; one sister, Mrs. Emma Wallace of Pacomia, California; twenty-three grandchildren; thirty-seven great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

Mr. Waddle was preceded in death by his wife, Thunia Waddle and one son, Mr. Arthur Waddle, Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were L. D., A. D., Robert, Sr. and Eugene Waddle. Active pallbearers were Robert L., Robert H., Jr., Eddie Lee, Charlie and Percy Waddle, Sr. Leon and James L. Tatum.

Colorado County Citizen, May 9, 1986, page 2

Waddle, Magnolia “Mama Sylvia” (Tumer)

Magnolia “Mama Sylvia” Waddle, 91, of Columbus, passed away Aug. 1.

She was born to Jettie Tumer July 16, 1918. She attended public schools in Columbus and worked at the Live Oak Hotel for many years. She was an active member of New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church, where she enjoyed gospel music and was an active member of the Senior Missions Society.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert H. Jr. and Barbara Waddle; daughter and son-in-law, Pandera Waddle and Willie E. Ford; grandchildren, Robert Lamonte Waddle III, Richanne Lanae Waddle, Andrel D. Waddle and Torrey A. Allen; great-granddaughter, Adreanna Dalynn Waddle; sister, Alma Dillard; brother, L.V. Tumer and wife Ida; and caregivers, Brenda Jones and Beatrice Johnson.

Funeral services were conducted Aug. 8 at New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist church with the Rev. Joseph Hargrove officiating. Interment followed at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were DeShon Hargrove, Howard Evans, Jeremy Hargrove, Joe Dancy and James Tatum.

Honorary pallbearers were Clarence Bratcher, Robert L. Waddle, Leon Tatum, Percy Waddle, Robert E. Tatum and Joe L. Tatum.

Colorado County Citizen, August 11, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Waddle, Willie B. (Windle)

Willie B.Waddle,86,of Alleyton, passed away April 19.

She was born April 6,1916 in Alleyton,to Willie and Elnora Windle and married Arthur Dan Waddle Jr. She was baptized as one as Jehovah's Witnesses on Aug.29,1961.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; step-father, James Clayton; sons, Melvin Hill and EddieWaddle; grandchildren, Sheryl Hill, Michael Hill and Mike Dancy.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Judy Denley of Houston, Doris and Roosevelt Herndon of Houston, Lillian and Clyde Ashton of Portland, Ore., Carolyn Waddle of Columbus, Marilyn Kaye and Marvin Pitre of Columbus; sons and daughters-in-law, Roland and Sonja Shirley of San Bernadino, Calif., James Percy and Lillie Waddle of

Columbus, Robert Lloyd and Tonya Waddle of Columbus, and WillieCharles and Voncille Waddle of Houston.

Memorial services were conducted at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus April 23. Interment followed at Willing Workers Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Joe Dancy, Anthony Waddle, Corret Blain, Roderick Waddle, James Tatum, and Percy Waddle Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Lloyd Waddle, James Percy Waddle, Roland Shirley, Willie Charles Waddle, Ray Charles Dancy, Robert Charles Waddle, Clyde Ashton, Walter Sutton, Leon Tatum, Thomas Rainbolt, Darrell Rainbolt, Wendell Waddle, Willie C.Waddle Jr., Gregory Hill, and Alvin Rainbolt.

Colorado County Citizen, May 1, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Wade, Ida (Carson).

Ida C. Wade's Funeral Held Here June 21

Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Carson Wade, 81, of Oakland were held Friday, June 21 from Hubbard Funeral Chapel with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Rev. Robin Reed officiated. Pallbearers were Douglas McKinnon, Ernest Scott, Joe Kaye, Wylie True, Jack Montgomery, Billy Strunk, and Clem McKinnon.

Mrs. Wade died at 5 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Youens Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient for three days after suffering a stroke.

A lifelong resident of Oakland, she was born March 17, 1904, the daughter of James W. and Ella (Simpson) Carson. She was married to Houston Wade, who preceded in death in 1947. He was a noted Texas historian and she was a naturalist and "a friend of animals on her farm."

Mrs. Wade's only survivor is a brother, James S. Carson of Schulenburg (former Oakland postmaster). A sister, Arabella Fisher, died in 1961.

Weimar Mercury, June 21, 1985
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Wade, Joe L.

Joe L. Wade, 70, of Alleyton, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 1994, at his residence.

Born July 17, 1924, in Columbus, he was the son of Frank and Gussie Lee (Dehmer) Wade. Mr. Wade,. Who had resided for most of his life in Columbus, was a self-employed electrician and owner/manager of a wrecker service. He was a member of Woodmen of the World and was a World War II veteran having served in the U. S. Navy.

Graveside services and interment were held Sept. 17. in Columbus at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery with Rev. Sammy Carr officiating. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Mr. Wade is survived by his brother, W. D. Wade of Devine; nieces Lisa Wade and Katie Wade Wiemers and husband Onis, all of Devine and great-nieces Jaclyn and Leann Wiemers, also of Devine.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, David Lee Wade.

Colorado County Citizen, September 21, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Wade, Mary (Miller)

Mrs. Mary Wade

The remains of Mrs. Mary Wade, wife of Everett Wade of Yoakum, were brought here Saturday and laid to rest in St. Michael's cemetery. Rev. Jos. Szymanski performing the burial service. Mrs. Wade was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus. Miller of the Oakland section, a lady who was esteemed far and wide for her many virtues of head and heart, popular with all who knew her, and her death at so early an age is deeply and sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved family.
Weimar Mercury, October 3, 1913

Remains Sent to Weimar

The remains of Mrs. Everett Wade, whose death occurred in this city Friday afternoon, were shipped to Weimar, the childhood home of the deceased on the Waco train last night, and services were held on arrival of the train at Weimar.

The deceased was 20 years old, and was born and reared near Oakland, Colorado county, where she was well known and loved by all. The cause of her death so we learn was acute Brights disease, with other complications. All that medical skill and loving hands could do was done for the sufferer, but to no avail, and death softly kissed her eyelids down Friday afternoon.

Besides her young and broken-hearted husband, she leaves an infant about two weeks old who will sadly miss the loving ministrations of mother. Decedent was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Miller of Oakland, and the parents were at her bedside when the end came, as was also her sister, Miss Pearl Miller. Other members of the family had been here to see her, but had returned home two days before the death angel called.

To the bereaved husband and other relatives and friends the Herald extends sincere sympathy in their hour of sorrow.

Yoakum Herald, October, 1913
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Wadsworth, Infant Son

The infant son of Mr. Tom Wadsworth died in this city, at the residence of Mrs. B. W. Payne, Wednesday morning, after an illness of several weeks, and was buried in the County Line cemetery. The baby’s mother died a few months ago, and although it had the best of care and attention, it was not for this world and quietly passed away to seek its mother in the heavenly hosts above. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, March 16, 1901

Wadsworth, Lizzie (Payne)

Mrs. Lizzie Wadsworth, the beloved wife of Mr. Tom Wadsworth of Shimek community, died Thursday night at the family residence,of heart disease, and was laid to rest in the Count Line cemetery the folowing day. Mrs. Wadsworth was a daughter of Mrs. B. W. Payne of this city, and was a most excellent and highly estimable lady, possessing traits of character which endeared her to all who met her. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives and friends.

Weimar Mercury, January 19, 1901

Wagenfuhr, August

Mr. August Wagenfuhr died about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the residence of his son, Henry Wagenfuhr, of this city, in the 78th year of his age, of dropsy. Deceased has resided several yars in this city at the home of his son, was a member of the Lutheran church, and his quiet, unobtrusive life was a daily exemplar of his steadfast faith. Peace to his memory.

Colorado Citizen, March 7, 1889, page 2

COLUMBUS CULLINGS

Mr. August Wagenfuhr, father of our county clerk, aged 78, died last Wednesday universally lamented. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, March 14, 1889

Wagenfuhr, Gussie E.

With regret the Citizen announces the death of Gussie, the bright and interesting youngest child of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wagenfuhr, which occurred about 10 o'clock last Sunday morning of heart disease. She had been ill about a week, and all that loving care and kind nursing could do for the alleviation of her sufferings was freely performed. She was about ten years of age, a native of Columbus, a beautiful girl, with many graces of manner and intellectual accomplishment. Her cherished remains were consigned to mother earth [Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery] at 2:30 Monday afternoon, Rev. T. B. Lawson officiating, and the blessed belief is that the earthly darling is now with the angels in Paradise, united with her devoted parents. To the surviving sisters, brother and relatives our sincere sympathy is extended.

Colorado Citizen, February 9, 1899

Wagenfuhr, Gustav

SUDDEN DEATH.--On the 22d inst. Mr. Gus. Wagenfuhr died suddenly at his home in this city of congestion, aged 29 years, 1 month and four days. He had been up, and attended the market in the morning, and died during the night. Deceased was a brother of Mr. Henry Wagenfuhr, our County Clerk, and a native Texas, having been born in New Braunfels, Texas, September 18, 1851. He was a quiet, unobtrusive man, a good mechanic and citizen. He was a member of the Knights of Honor, and in his last hours was attended by members of the fraternity, and the lodge turned out at his burial. The funeral services at his home and the grave were conducted by Rev. Mr. Gertsmann, of Frelsburg, in German. Deceased leaves a wife, one child, and many friends to mourn his untimely demise. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, October 28, 1880

Wagenfuhr, Henrietta (Kulow)

Columbus, Texas, January 3.--After ten days’ lingering illness, Mrs. Henrietta Wagenfuhr died here last evening at 6:30 o’clock. The funeral was conducted this afternoon by the members of Henrietta lodge, Knights and Ladies of Honor, named for her and of which she was a member. Religious services were held at the home by Rev. T. B. Lawson and at the grave by Rev. T. J. Windham. Deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kulow, the wife of the late Henry Wagenfuhr, Sr., for many years county clerk of Colorado county. She leaves two married and three younger children to mourn her loss.[Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, January 8, 1898
Submitted by Rox Ann Johnson

Wagenfuhr, Henry

DEATH OF HENRY WAGENFUHR

With profound sorrow the CITIZEN announces the death of Mr. Henry Wagenfuhr, county clerk of Colorado county, and one of the most prominent and useful citizens of Columbus. He passed away at 9 o’clock last Sunday night, of a complication of diseases, the heart, liver and kidneys being affected. Henry Wagenfuhr was born October 7, 1848, at a small village called Rohden, Prussia, and came to Texas with his parents in 1850, settling at New Braunfels, Texas. He resided there with his parents until he was twelve years old, receiving only three years schooling at the public school at that place. He then started out in life on his account, serving an apprenticeship at the saddlery business, and worked at the trade for four years in New Braunfels and Columbus, and at various other callings. In 1869 he became Deputy Postmaster at Columbus, Texas, in which capacity, in connection with clerking in a general merchandise store he acted until December 1872. On the 17th of December, 1872, he was sworn in and acted as Deputy District Clerk until April 18, 1876, he having been elected County Clerk February 15, 1876. He qualified as County Clerk April 18, 1876, the duties of which office he has since continued to perform, through election by the people, which is a sufficient commentary upon the satisfactory manner in which those duties have been discharged. March 19, 1873, he was married in this city to Miss Henrietta Kulow, who, with five children survives him.

Mr. Wagenfuhr was a member of the Masonic fraternity, an Odd Fellow, K. of H., K. & L of H., A. L. of H., K. of P., A. O U. W., Hermann Soehne, and the Columbus Fire Department, all of which orders were present at the funeral ceremonies last Monday. He was Grand Master of the I. O. O. F. of Texas from February, 1887, to February, 1888, and in 1889 a representative to the Sovereign Grand Lodge which assembled at Columbus, Ohio. In all these orders he was a worthy and working member, and in most of them had been honored by his brethren with the principal chair, and took great interest in acquiring their laws and rules of benevolence and charity. He was examined and admitted as an attorney at law by the District Court of Colorado county, September 21, 1885. When twelve years of age he was confirmed in the Lutheran church at New Braunfels, of which church he died a member. He was essentially a valuable and useful man to our city, working in many ways to its advantage, and taking great pride in all things conducing to the prosperity and advancement of Columbus; and no one of our citizens could be more sadly missed by this community. His funeral was one of the most largely attended of any we have ever witnessed in the place, many of his friends in different parts of the county being present to join in the sad rites. He was buried with the beautiful and impressive ceremonies of the Masonic fraternity, Rev. G. H. Collins assisting at the house and grave. To his bereaved relatives and friends we extend sincere sorrow; and though we know no words of condolence can mitigate the pangs of death, or light the shimmer and gray of the solemn tomb, yet this sentiment is commended as affording surcease from the deep-seated gloom:

”Weep for the days that will come no more,
For the sunbeam down from heart and door,
For a missing step, for the nameless grace
Of a tender voice and loving face.
But not for the soul whose goal is won,
Whose infinite joy is just begun;
Not for the spirit enrobed in light,
And crowned where the angels are tonight.”

Colorado Citizen, September 22, 1892, page 3

Wagenfuhr, William Helmuth

We deeply sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wagenfuhr in the loss of their infant son, Willie H., which occurred Monday night 3d inst., and a notice of which was prepared for last issue, but by some unaccountable means, was omitted. Willie was a bright little fellow about three months old, and gave promise of an useful future. None but parents who have lost loved ones can feel the true depth of early sorrow. Little Willie was consigned to the dust on Tuesday evening in the presence of many sorrowful relatives and friends of the family. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado Citizen, December 13, 1883

Wagley, Clara (Coody)

Mrs. Clara Wagley Dies Suddenly

Funeral services were held Monday morning at Weimar for Mrs. Clara Wagley, 70, who died at her home Saturday night. Burial was in Weimar Masonic cemetery with the Rev. Claude Boone of the Baptist church officiating.

Mrs. Wagley, who had spent the past 36 years of her life at Oak Grove and who was a member of the Live Oak Baptist church was born in Hayes county near San Marcos on March 22, 1875, a daughter of Warren O. and Sarah Elizabeth Coody. On August 28, 1888, she was married to J. W.Wagley of Sealy. Mr, Wagley died in October, 1924.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Gus Williams of Glidden and four sons, R. G. of Houston, W. H. of Galveston and O.M. and Virgil of Weimar. Two sisters, Mrs. Susie Burleson of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Dora Hunt, San Marcos, and two brothers, W. G. Coody of Wallis and Barney Coody of Sealy, also survive.

Pallbearers were Harvey Hope, Sam Sutherland, Freelan Glithero and Henry Scheller of Glidden, Grady Shaver of Weimar and Conrad Reichardt of Oak Grove.

Colorado County Citizen, May 17, 1945

Wagley, John W.

GOOD CITIZENS CLAIMED BY DEATH

J. W. WAGLEY, HONORED, GOOD, CITIZEN, DIES SUDDENLY AT FAMILY RESIDENCE

In the death of Mr. J. W. Wagley last Thursday morning, Oct. 2, (brief mention of which was made in last week’s Mercury), Colorado county lost one of its best citizens. His death, due to heart failure, caused by acute indigestion, was very sudden and unexpected. When he rose in the morning he seemed entirely well and ate a hearty breakfast. Before leaving the house, however, he complained of pain in his chest, for which he drank some soda water, and then went off to work with his son, Virgil. In a short time he again complained of his chest hurting him and he and son returned to the house. He again drank some soda water, and, while sitting on the back steps of his residence, drank some hot coffee which Mrs. Wagley had brought him. Mrs. Wagley returned to the kitchen with the cup and saucer, and when she came back a little later he had fallen out in the yard. When Mrs. Wagley reached him he was already dead. Her startled cry brought Virgil to her side at once, when he found the mother frantically trying to raise Mr. Wagley in her arms and carry him into the house. Together they carried him in and laid him on the bed. Realizing that he was dead, or in a dying condition. Virgil hastily called some of the neighbors, over the telephone. Dr. Duve of Weimar was also quickly called, and together with Rev. C. E. Dearman, pastor of the Baptist Church at Weimar, went at once to the home. On arrival they found Mrs. Wagley and Virgil still alone and almost in paroxysms of grief. A brief examination by Dr. Duve revealed the fact that Mr. Wagley was dead.

It was only a few minutes until a number of neighbors came. The children and other relatives were notified and came as quickly as possible.

The funeral services, conducted by Rev. Dearman, were held at the home at 2:30 p.m. Friday and interment was in the Masonic Cemetery at Weimar. The pall bearers were W. B. Lowrey, John H. Miles, W. W. Williams, Ernest Obenhaus, E. D. Blair and Olin Boeker.

Mr. Wagley was born in Brazoria, Texas, Aug. 6, 1867. While still a small child, he was left an orphan by the death of his father, after which he was carried to North Texas, where he lived until a young man. At that time he went to Austin county, where on August 28, 1890, he was married to Miss Clara Cody. In this county they lived until 1908, during which time there were born to them four sons and one daughter--Riley, now living at Port Arthur; Ollie, of Galveston; Willie of Sealy; Virgil, living with his mother, and Mrs. Gus Williams of Glidden.

In 1908, Mr. Wagley came with his family to Live Oak, where he has lived ever since.

Mr. Wagley was an avowed christian, and was so regarded by those who knew him. He was a deacon of the Live Oak Baptist Church.

His death is not only a serious loss to his family, but is likewise a great loss to his church and community. Just as every man should be, he was a good neighbor and a fine citizen, and earnestly strove to live up to his duties and obligations in every relation. He will be greatly missed.

The sincere sympathy of a great multitude of friends goes out to Mrs. Wagley and her children in their great sorrow. May Divine Grace comfort them! REPORTER

Weimar Mercury, October 10, 1924, page 1

Wagley, Lillie Pearl (Rodgers)

Mrs. Pearl Wagley Victim of Burns; Buried Sunday

Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral home in Weimar Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Pearl Wagley, 70, who died at 4 a.m. Saturday in a Galveston hospital. Mrs. Wagley’s robe caught fire early Friday morning in her apartment and she died the next morning as result of the sever burns to her body.

She was a native of the Live Oak community, southeast of Weimar.

The Rev. Logan Cummings of First Baptist church of Columbus officiated and burial was in the Live Oak cemetery.

Mrs. Wagley’s only son,Oliver Wagley, died in Fort Worth, 7 years ago. She is survived by 5 grandchildren, 4 brothers, Earl and Homer Rogers[sic] of Weimar and Everett and Urban Rogers[sic] of Galveston, and a sister, Mrs. A. L. McGowan of South Houston.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Roger Faroe, Gilbert Rogers[sic]; Floyd Green, Mack Allen, Billy Bob Alexander and Brandon Vickers.

Colorado County Citizen, December 24, 1964

Wagley, Oliver M.

Ollie W. Wagley Dies at Oak Grove

Funeral services were held at Live Oak Baptist church Monday at 10 a.m. for Ollie W.[sic] Wagley, 64, who died Saturday at his home in Oak Grove. Burial was in Live Oak cemetery. Rev. Clarence James, pastor of Live Oak church officiated.

Mr. Wagley had suffered with heart trouble for several years. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Vernon Wagley and a brother, Virgil Wagley, of Oak Grove; a sister, Mrs. Gus Williams of Glidden and 5 grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, May 2, 1963, page 5
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Final Rites for Ollie Wagley, 64, Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Oliver Wagley, 64, resident of the Live Oak section most of his life, were held Monday morning with burial in the Live Oak Cemetery.

Rev. Clarence James officiated.

Mr. Wagley died shortly afternoon Saturday, April 27, at his home, of a heart attack. He had been in ill health for some time.

Born Nov. 11, 1898, at Sealy, he was a son of Will and Clara Coody Wagley, who later moved to the Live Oak area. He was a veteran of World War II. He married Miss Leona Emma Pachal June 20, 1944.

Surviving in addition to his widow are a young son, Vernon, and a brother, Virgil, both of Live Oak; and a sister, Mrs. Mabel Williams of Glidden. A son, Oliver, died in 1957. Two brothers, Riley G. and Will Wagley, also preceded him in death in recent years.

The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, May 2, 1963
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Wagley, Riley Gilbert

R. G. Wagley, 63, Former Detective, Buried Here Friday.

Funeral services for Riley Gilbert Wagley, 63, who died last Thursday morning about 10 days after suffering a heart attack, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home Friday afternoon Dec. 9, with burial in the Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. W. L. Crouch of El Campo, missionary pastor serving the Live Oak Grove Baptist Church, officiated, assisted by Rev. Howard Parshall, Baptist pastor here. Weimar veterans conducted graveside military rites.

Born in Austin County Jan. 1, 1892, Mr. Wagley moved to Colorado County with his parents when he was about 14. He served in the Navy in World War I, and was aboard the Mt. Vernon when she was torpedoed. After the war he joined the Pinkerton Detective agency and was associated with it for 28 years. About 10 years ago he retired to make his home in the Live Oak section with his brother, Virgil.

Survivors include three brothers, Virgil and Oliver Wagley of Weimar and Will Wagely[sic] of Galveston: a sister, Mrs. Mabel Williams of Glidden; and several nieces and nephews.

Weimar Mercury, December 16, 1955, page 1

Wagley, Vernon Oliver

Wagley

Vernon O. Wagley, 58, of Weimar, lost his vigilant battle with colon cancer, at home surrounded by family and friends on Wednesday Aug. 1. Vernon was born Sept. 22, 1948 and grew up south of Weimar on the family homestead. He accomplished many things in his life. At a young age he started breaking horses, raising cattle and helped his mother tend the farm. He was a hard worker and when he accomplished a trade he would move on to a new challenge.

Vernon was always full of life and enjoyed many great adventures. These included owning and operating a gravel trucking business, two cafes The Pizza Patch and The Lone Wolf Cafe and did custom farming.

He earned a 3rd degree black belt in martial arts and was also in security business. His bounty hunting days gave him the opportunity to travel the world and his favorite resting spot was Jamaica, which unfortunately he hadn't been able to visit in many years.

He also owned Oakland Express Hot Shot Delivery Service for six years in Houston, which he closed in 1991 to move back to the country. At that time he used his great carpentry skills and remodeled many homes in the surrounding area and designed and built custom decks. He loved being outdoors, riding in his pickup truck, hunting with Tina and Richard, riding his Kawasaki Mule and growing roses. He was a great cook and loved cooking for his family.

His barbeque was always slow smoked and he made his own BBQ sauce and he could grill a perfect steak.

He was preceded in death by his father Oliver Miles Wagley in 1963. He is survived by the love of his life Jeri Wagley, his mother Leona Wagley, both of Weimar. His daughters Tina Harbers and husband Richard of Plum Texas and Kristal Mosley Chambers and husband Kelly of Clovis N.M.

He is also survived by his grandchildren Brett Harbers, Luke and Kayley Schmidt, Ginny Birmingham and Jyllian Chambers and a close cousin Sandra Johnson who was like a sister to him.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Aug. 12 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Bielau at 2:30 p.m. and a Celebration of Life Party will be hosted on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 1 pm at Holman Hall in Holman Texas where we will celebrate his life, tell great stories and listen to Vernon's favorite music. [Vernon was cremated]

Our family would like to thank M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and a special thanks to Hospice of South Texas, especially April, Jessie and Barbara for all of their love, kindness and support during this difficult time.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of South Texas, 404 N. Texana, Hallettsville, Texas 77964, 1-800-685-5268.

Colorado County Citizen, August 8, 2007
Courtesy of The Citizen

Wagley, Virgil S.

Virgil S. Wagley

Funeral services for Virgil S. Wagley, 80, of Glidden were held Dec. 4, 1981 at the Columbus Day Funeral Home. Rev Clarence James officiated.

Interment was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery under the direction of the Columbus Day Funeral Home.

Wagley died Dec. 2, 1981. He was born near Sealy on Sept. 16, 1901, the son of John W. and Clara Coody Wagley.

He was a farmer and belonged to the Live Oak Baptist Church.

Wagley is survived by one niece and four nephews.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Steve Williams, Roland William, Michael Williams, Vernon Wagley, Pete Besch and Shorty Besch.

Colorado County Citizen, January 7, 1982, page 2

Wagner

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Wahrmund, Edgar Arno

Edgar Arno Wahrmund

Edgar Arno Wahrmund passed away August 27 in El Paso.

He was born September 20, 1909 in Eagle Lake the son of Arno Louis and Ella Koennecke Wahrmund.

Edgar was of Presbyterian faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, James David Wahrmund.

Survivors include, his wife, Sarah Ella Black Wahrmund; sons, Glen Richard Wahrmund of Houston, and Barry Hall Wahrmund of El Paso; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Thursday, August 31 at 2 p.m. from Masonic Cemetery in Eagle Lake with Rev. Ardie Nelson officiating. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were family members

In lieu of flowers send donations to the Deacon's Fund, University Presbyterian Church, 2010 Wisconsin, Las Cruces, NM 88001.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.  

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

Waits, Earl Freeman

Final Rites for Earl Waits Held Fri.

Friends learned with sadness of the death of Earl Freeman Waits Tuesday, March 28 in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital at 9:20 p.m. He had been in failing health for the past five years.

Funeral services were held from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home March 31 at 2:30 p.m., with Interment following in the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. The Rev. J.F. Maguire and the Rev. A. L Cooke officiated. Bearers of the casket were Bobby Guttenberger, Bob Criswell, Gerald Reinhardt, Frank Collins, Elmo Werlla and A.T, Blanchard.

Mr. Waits was born August 13, 1904 in Angelina County. His parents were John Thomas and Abby Taylor Waits. He lived in the Rock Island area most of his lifetime. In 1968 he retired from Shell Oil Co.

On August 15, 1930 in Cleveland, he and Miss Margurite McShan were united in marriage. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Norman (Sue) Hooper of Rock Island; two sons, Harold Waits of Houston and Earl W. Waits of Erath, La.; seven grandchildren; one brother, Eulus Waits of Jefferson; and four sisters, Elvie Burke of Dallas, Ollie Carroll of Farmers Branch, Hattie Campbell of Lindale and Mattie Lee of Lufkin; and other relatives and friends.

Mr. Waits was a member of the Rock Island Baptist Church.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 6 1978, page 15
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Waits, Eulus

Eulus Waits

March 24, 1909 - December 16, 1996

Eulus Waits, 87, of Rock Island, passed away December 16,1996, in the Columbus Conununity Hospital. He was bom March 24, 1909, in Van, Texas, to John Thomas and Abbie Taylor Waits. He and Lillian Walden Waits were married on August 11,1931. A veteran of World War II, he worked as a construction worker with Commercial Construction. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife (April 11,1990). Survivors include a sister, Elvie Burke of Dallas and a niece Sue Hooper of Rock Island. Services were held Friday, December 20, at 2 p.m. from Henneke Funeral Home. Graveside service and burial were held Saturday, December 21, at 3 p.m. at Oakwood Memorial Cemetery in Jefferson with Brother Nick Williams officiating. Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus was in charge of arrangements. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 26,1996
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Waits, Marguerite "Margie" (McShan)

Marguerite "Margie" Waits, 92, of Rock Island passed away Sept. 8 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

She was born Aug. 7, 1910 in Security to William H. and Minnie (Walker) McShan. She married Earl F. Waits on Aug. 13, 1930. She was a member of the Rock Island Baptist Church. She was a resident of the Rock Island area for 59 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three sisters, Bonnie McDonald, Mae Carter and Florence McShan; and two brothers, Joe McShan and Bill McShan.

She is survived by daughter and son in law, Sue and Norman Hooper of Rock Island; sons and daughters in law, Harold and Paula Waits of Houston and Earl W. and Mazie Waits of Toleda Bend, La.; 9 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Funeral services are Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Bob Gregory and the Rev. Nick Williams officiating. [Interment Myrtle Cemetery)

Pallbearers were Bob Guttneberger, Gerald Rein-hardt, Buster Defoor, Butch Meyer, Lonnie Owers and John David Carter.

Colorado County Citizen, September 11, 2002
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Waits, William Lonnie

Waits

William Lonnie Waits, 90, of Bernardo, passed away May 8 at his residence.

He was born in Woodworth, La., April 22, 1917 to William Thomas and Rose (Tyler) Waits and married Ethel Randall, May 21, 1938. He was a retired machinist with Shovel Supply in Dallas, was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8790 in Houston and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Germany.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Randy Kay Waits and Barbara Waits; and sisters, Lottie Threadgill and Hazel Moore.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Lonnie and Henry Buhler of Bernardo and Judy and Ray Taylor of Simonton; grandchildren, Tina Buhler Miller and husband Gary of Mentz, Robin Buhler and wife Sandra of Columbus, Scott Buhler of Bernardo, Jason Taylor and wife Shara of Houston, Travis Taylor and wife Tracey of Pacific Palisades, Calif. and Jeffrey Taylor and wife Sara of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Lynsey Miller of Austin, Whitney Miller of Mentz, Tim Buhler and wife Brittany of Huntsville, Kari and Kim Buhler of Columbus, Jason and Jeslyn Taylor of Houston, and Van and Eisley Taylor of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; and great-great-grandchildren, Blayne and Mason Buhler of Huntsville.

Funeral services were conducted May 11 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Lynn Burling and the Rev. Jason Taylor officiating. Interment followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Houston.

Pallbearers were Robin Buhler, Scott Buhler, Gary Miller, Jason Taylor, Travis Taylor, Jeffrey Taylor, Matthew Miller and Tim Buhler.

Colorado County Citizen, May 16, 2007
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Walchar, Annie (Hnatek)

To our Content correspondent "Old Timer" the heartfelt condolence of the Mercury goes out in the misfortune visited upon him this week in the loss by death of his beloved mother, Mrs. Jos. A. Walchar, Sr. The death of a good, true mother is the saddest that could be visited upon anyone, and friends everywhere deeply sympathize with him.

News was received here Wednesday morning of the death of Mrs. Annie Walchar, wife of Jos. Walchar, Sr., of the Content section, which occurred at a hospital in Houston, following an operation two weeks ago for tumor. The remains were brought here Wednesday afternoon and laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' cemetery. Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, the Lutheran minister, performing the funeral services. With her at the time of death were her husband and son, Jos. Walchar, Jr. Mrs. Walchar was about 52 years of age at the time of death. She was a kind, good woman, loved by neighbors and friends, the best of wives and mothers, and her death is indeed a sad blow to the family circle. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, August 23, 1912
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Walchar, Frank

We regret very much to learn of the death of Prof. Frank Walchar, teacher of the New Brunn school and Correspondent of the Mercury at Content for many years past (known as "Old Timer), which occurred at the home of his father, Jos. Walchar, Sr., on the Koehn farm south of Weimar, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 1st, after a brief illness of acute tuberculosis, coupled with pneumonia. Although physicians, trained nurse and family did everything in their power to save the life of this noble young man, it was otherwise decreed by an All-wise Providence. Mr. Walchar was a fine young man, bright, studious, upright and honorable, one who had chosen teaching as his life's profession, and he was making good in same, giving splendid satisfaction to his patrons and pupils. Tuberculosis in an acute form recently attached him, and this followed by an attack of pneumonia was more than his rather frail constitution could stand. He had lived in this section for may years, was well thought of by all, and hid death at such an early age, when life held out to him so many promises, is indeed to be deplored. The funeral will take place at the Masonic cemetery this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o'clock. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, March 3 1916

Walchar, Joseph

Old Settler of This County Passes On

News was received here Saturday night that Mr. Joe Walchar, Sr., an aged settler of this county, had died near Columbus on Saturday evening. The remains were prepared for burial and brought here, to be laid to rest in the Weimar cemetery by the side of his late wife, who passed on to her reward some twenty-three years ago. Rev. O. A. Meyer, local Evangelical pastor, officiated at the funeral.

Mr. Walchar was born in the old country, but had been a resident of this county for many years. He was a farmer by profession until ill health forced his retirement from said calling. He was a man of nearly 78 years of age, a quiet, peaceable citizen, and his passing is viewed with regret by those who knew him through his long period of residence in this section.

Jos. Walchar, Sr., was born in Moravia, Austria, Oct 11, 1857. Died Sept. 22 [21]at the age of 77 years, 11 months and 10 days. He came to America in 1882. Had lived in Colorado county ever since, some fifty-three years, most of the time in the Weimar section. He was member of the S.P.J.S. T. Lodge. He was a member of the Evangelical faith for many years of his life. He is survived by three sons, Joe Walchar of San Antonio, John of Houston and Will W. of Weimar section, and four daughters, Mrs. Charlie Stefka of Shiner, Mrs. Charlie Holly of East Bernard, Miss Rosie Walchar of Austin and Miss Emily Walchar of San Antonio.

Weimar Mercury, September 27, 1935

Walchar, Julia (Zahradnik)

Funeral for Julia Walchar Held May 22

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Walchar, 83, of Weimar were held Monday, May 22, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Father John Peters officiated.

Mrs. Walchar, a resident of River Oaks Convalescent Center at Columbus, died May 20 in Columbus Community Hospital, after a heart attack.

Born May 11, 1906, at Weimar, she was a daughter of Joseph and Agnes Zahradnik. She was married to Will W. Walchar at Weimar on April 21, 1924. He died Oct. 11, 1986.

Surviving are three sons, George and Willie Walchar of Weimar and Franklin Walchar of Las Vegas, Nevada; one daughter, Evelyn Shumbera of Weimar, 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A daughter, Esther Marie Korenek, preceded her in death.

Serving as pallbearers were Alfons Genzer, Robert Gadbois, Larry Shumbera, Allen Shumbera, Joe Peters, and Henry Adamcik.

Weimar Mercury, June 1 1989, page 6
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Walchar, Will W.

Will Walchar Funeral Held Here Oct. 13

Funeral services for Will W. Wincher, 89, of Rt. 3, Weimar, were held Monday, Oct.13, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Father John Peters officiated.

Walchar, a retired farmer and lifelong resident of the Weimar area, died at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, of a stroke.

Born Feb. 1, 1897, in the New Bielau community, he was a son of Joseph and Anna (Hnatek) Walchar. He married Julia Zahradnik on April 21, 1924, at Columbus.

Walchar was well known for his prize-winning watermelons, many of which weighed more than 100 pounds. He also was a Mercury correspondent for the Live Oak - Bois d'Arc area for many years, using the pen name of "Uncle Sam." A favorite hobby was his daily record of the weather.

His wife survives, along with three sons, George W. Walchar of Schulenburg, Willie W. Walchar of Weimar and Franklin D. Walchar of Victoria; one daughter, Evelyn A. Shumbera of Weimar; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A daughter, Esther Krenek of Flatonia, five sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.

Pallbearers for his funeral were Henry Adamcik, Johnny Kasper, Bobby Gadbois, Larry and Alan Shumbera and Alfons Genzer.

Weimar Mercury, October 23, 1986
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Walchar, Willie

Willie Walchar Funeral Services Held June 13

Willie Walchar, 73, of Weimar died Thursday, June 9. Funeral services were held Monday, June 13 at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with Father John Peters officiating. Interment followed at Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Walchar was born on Feb. 10, 1930 to Will W. and Julia Walchar in Weimar.

He attended Weimar schools and was a member of the American Legion. He lived his entire life in Weimar.

Mr. Walchar served his country in World War II.

He was the owner of Willie’s Grocery in Weimar and also did yard work for people in and around the Weimar area.

Mr. Walchar is survived by a sister, Evelyn Shumbera and a brother, George Walchar, both of Schulenburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Esther Marie Krenek and a brother, Franklin Walchar.

Weimar Mercury, June 16, 2005

Walden, Miriam Estelle (van Wagner)

MRS. W. J. WALDEN, FORMER OAKLAND RESIDENT, BURIED

Graveside services for Mrs. William J. Walden Sr. of Houston were held at Weimar Masonic Cemetery Monday afternoon, with Dr. Kenneth Pope of Houston officiating.

Mrs. Walden was a Miss Van Wagner before her marriage and was a native of Oakland. She had lived in Houston 45 years and was a a member of First Methodist Church, River Oakes Friendship Club and Blue Bird Circle there.

Services were held at 10 o’clock Monday morning in the chapel of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons funeral home preceding burial here.

Survivors in addition to Mrs. Walden’s husband are one son, Wm. J. Walden Jr., and three grandchildren. All live in Houston.

Weimar Mercury, November 23, 1956, page 8

Waldrop, Celia (McClure)

Mrs. J. W. Waldrop

The death of Mrs. J. W. Waldrop occurred at the hospital here yesterday morning at about eight thirty, following an illness since last Sunday. During this brief illness her husband, Dr. J. W. Waldrop had been in constant attention to her and a physician was also called from Eagle Lake for conference Tuesday.

Funeral services were held at the hospital this morning at ten thirty, Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt of the First Baptist Church officiating and being assisted by Rev. A. Guyon of the Methodist Church. Interment took place at Odd Fellows Rest.

Miss Celia McClure was born in Chelsea, Maine, April 5, 1875. She was married to dr. Waldrop in Houston June 15, 1907.

Dr. and Mrs. Waldrop have lived in Columbus for some three years, during which time they have made many friends in this section.

Mrs. Waldrop’s passing causes our people deep sorrow, and the sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved husband, the only survivor.

Colorado County Citizen, September 11, 1930
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Waldvogel, Fannie

PROMINENT COLUMBUS LADY IS CLAIMED BY DEATH

News was received here Sunday afternoon that Mrs. Fannie Waldvogel, beloved wife of Mr. Abe Waldvogel, merchant of Columbus, had been claimed by death, at the age of 55 years. Her death occurred Saturday evening, we learn. The funeral was to take place in Houston Monday evening.

Mrs. Waldvogel is survived by her husband, two sons, Louis and Max, of Columbus, and two daughters, Miss Florence of Columbus and Mrs. Wm. Schleissinger of San Antonio.

Weimar Mercury, June 9, 1933, page 1

MRS. A. WALDVOGEL PASSES TO REWARD AT HER HOME HERE

The death of Mrs. A. Waldvogel occurred at the family residence in this city last Saturday night at about 9:45, following an illness of more than a year. She had been confined to her bed for some six weeks.

Funeral services were held at the Westmoreland-Vollus Funeral Chapel in Houston at 10 Monday morning, Rabbi A. Schechter officiating, and interment was made in the Adath Yeshurun Cemetery.

Active pallbearers were, Max Westheimer, Phil Nussbaum, Ernest Nussbaum, Louis Silver, Sam Hambuger and Eugene Westheimer. Honorary pallbearers: Dr. W. G. Youens, S. J. Nussbaum, H. Braden, E. G. Miller, Charles Klein, W. H. Miekow, B. Rauh, O. G. Hoegemeyer, Leo Steiner, Felix Fehrenkamp, B. A. Hastings, D. Steiner, W. H. Lawless, Herman H. Girndt, George W. Martin, W. L. Nesbitt, J. Mattern, O. A. Zumwalt, Thurmond West, R. R. Hadden, S. K. Seymour, A. I. Chapman, W. W. Williford, Albert Brune, C. A. Schobel, S. A. Harbert, E. E. Irwin, James Sikora, E. L. Kollmann, J. W. Busselman, E. J. Burger, W. C. Papenberg, E. H. Rabel, H. Buescher, John Hastedt, Dr. W. W. Gunn, all of Columbus; B. H. Daily, Henry Landa, Max Landa, Meyer Nathan and W. E. Rauh, all of Eagle Lake; M. Lauterstein of Weimar, M. Nussbaum, Leo M. Furman, Sam Paine, I. Mark Westheimer, R. E. Burger and I. B. Westheimer.

Miss Fannie Littery was born in London, England, 55 years ago. She came to this country with her parents when quite young, and was married to Abe Waldvogel in 1895. They have resided in this city since that time, Mr. Waldvogel operating a big dry goods and clothing business here continuously since then.

Mrs. Waldvogel was a devoted wife and a loving and solicitous mother, and was highly respected in this community.

She is survived by four children, Louis, who is postmaster at this place, Mrs. William L. Schlesinger of San Antonio, Miss Florence and Max Waldvogel, her husband, and also five grandchildren.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the sorrowing ones.

Colorado County Citizen, June 8, 1933, page 1

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Walla, Charles H.

Charles WaIla

Charles H. Walla died at Sweetbriar NursIng Home in Columbus Christmas Day at the age of 45.

He was born in Houston Oct. 29, 193O, and was reared in Frelsburg by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Walla.

He served in the U.S. Air Force being honorably discharged in 1949.

He suffered with muscular dystrophy which totally disabled him the past 6 years which were spent in nursing homes. Mr. WaIla made national news in February when his plight was published in the National Inquirer, which told of his loneliness. The nation responded with 30,000 letters, wires, calls, gifts and concerns up to the time of his passing.

Rosary was recited at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus 8:30 p.m. Saturday by The Rev. Werner Bockholt.

Funeral services were Sunday at the funeral home with mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Rev. Bockholt officiating assisted by Rev. Edward Geiser of Eagle Lake. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were John A. Vayo, Willie Ruhmann, Julius Ruffeno, Darrell GuIIy, Leslie Heinsohn and Leonard Girndt Jr.

He is survived by his grandfather Willie Walla of Frelsburg; mother, Isabella Dernehl, half-sister, Mary Lou Sustek and half-brother, Herbert Dernehl, aIl of Stafford; and a number of aunts and uncles.

Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, Jan 1, 1976, page 3

Walla, Charles J.

Walla

Funeral services for Charles J. WaIla, 67, were held on Sunday, March 10, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus with Bishop Hugo Gerberman officiating.

Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. [Interment in St. Anthony's Cemetery]

He died at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston on March 8.

Mr. Walla was born on August 16, 1917 in Holman to Anton J. Walla and Teresa Ripper Walla. He married Eloise M. Kalous on Sept. 12, 1942.

He was a resident of Columbus for 40 years. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, and the Knights of Columbus Council 2971.

Survivors include his wife, Eloise M. Walls of Columbus; his mother. Teresa Walls of Chute; a daughter, Cindy Marie Waila of Columbus; a son , Robert C. Walla of Columbus; six sisters, Alice Jasek of Lake Jackson, Rose Maus of Chicago, Ill., Dorothy Pargac of Houston, Jean Gering of St. Louis, Mo., Mildred Maus of Minneapolis, Minn., and Doris Namann of Denver, Colo.; a brother, Max P. Walla of Houston, and grandchildren, Tracy and Glen Walla of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Daniel Kovar, Daniel Streckfus, Bob Schobel, Andy Schobel, Justin Stein, and R. F. Kalous, Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, March 4, 1985, page 2

Walla, Eloise M. (Kalous)

Eloise M. Walla

Eloise M. Walla, 88, of Columbus passed away on Thursday, Feb. 18 at the Methodist Hospital of Houston following a sudden illness.

Eloise was born in Weimar on June 30, 1921 to Charles F. and Mary Kalous. She grew up in Weimar, and married Charles J. Walla on Sept. 12, 1942. The couple moved to Columbus in 1946.

Eloise worked as a homemaker, bookkeeper at Walla’s Clothing Store and dental assistant before her employment with Schobels’ Restaurant began in 1979. Over the course of 29 years with the restaurant, she worked as a cashier, manager and most recently, bookkeeper. She retired from Schobels’ in 2008 at the age of 87. Since 1989, she has also assisted at a family furniture store, Southern Comfort Furniture. Family, friends and coworkers admired her for her work ethic, active lifestyle and independence.

Eloise was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus and rarely missed Mass. Her faith in God was strong and her love of his creation was obvious. She loved working in her yard and tending to her flowerbeds and pot plants. She also enjoyed playing bingo along with the occasional trip to the Louisiana casinos. She could usually be found in the crowd at various school or community events, showing support for her loved ones.

Eloise was preceded in death by her parents, Charles F. and Mary Kalous; husband Charles J. Walla; and her brother, Robert F. Kalous.

She is survived by her daughter Cindy Kovar and husband Tom of Columbus; son Bob Walla and wife Patsy, of Columbus; grandchildren Glen Walla and wife Laura, Tracy Olivarez and husband David and Haley Kovar, all of Columbus; and great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Kristin Walla and Madi, Marcus and Molly Olivarez.

A parish rosary took place on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus followed by a funeral Mass on Sunday, Feb. 21 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Burial was at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Glen Walla, David Olivarez, Andy Schobel, Bob Schobel, Ryan Schobel and Tommy Hahn.

Honorary pallbearers were her great grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, February 25, 2010

Walla, Jennie (Janish)

WALLA

Funeral services for Jennie Walla were held Monday, August 20, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, with Father Edward Geiser officiating. Burial was at the St. Anthony's Cemetery.

Jennie Walla was born on March 27, 1907 in Eagle Lake to Eddie and Sophie Janish. She married Walter Frank Walla on March 26, 1926. She lived in Ramsey for 45 years, as a housewife.

Mrs. Walla was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, in' Eagle Lake.

Survivors include her husband, Walter Walla of Frelsburg; two sons, Leander Walla of, New Ulm, and Leon Walla of Mentz; one sister Lila Prasek of Crosby; and one brother Joe Janish of Ellinger; 13 Grandchildren, and 5 Great-Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Lourine Girndt.

Pallbearers were: Donald Walla, Kennith Walla, Wayne Walla, Larry Walls, Leonard Girndt, Jr., Stephen Girdnt[sic].

Colorado County Citizen, August 23, 1984, page 2

CORRECTIONS:

In the August 23 edition of the Colorado County Citizen the place of birth and death for Mrs. Jamie Walla were inverted. Also in that article the home of Mr. Leander Walla was inadvertently listed a New UIm instead of Ramsey, and the name of one of her pallbearers, Mr. Stephen Girndt, was spelled incorrectly.

Colorado County Citizen, September 6, 1984, page 2

Walla, Leon Frank

Walla

Funeral services were held, Monday, September 30, for Leon F. Walls of Mentz. Services were held at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz with the Father Bernard Snoch officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Burial was held at St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery in Mentz.

Mr. Walla was born November 27, 1931 in Frelsburg to Walter Walla and Jennie Janish Walla. He married Ruth Frances Miller Walla, December 22, 1952 in Mentz.

Mr. Walla was a welder and maintenance man for Ideal Basic Industries. He spent 33 years in Mentz. Mr. Walla was affiliated with the Columbus American Legions and W.O.W. He was also a peacetime veteran.

Mr. Walla was preceded in death by his mother and one sister, Lorene Girndt.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Walla of Mentz; father, Walter Walla of Ramsey; two sons and a daughter-in-law; Wayne Walla of Mentz and Larry Walla and Peggy of Mentz; one brother, Leander Walla of Ramsey; and one grandchild, Ryan Walla of Mentz.

Pallbearers were Dan Magjarevich, Leonard Girndt, Jr., Donnie Walla, Jack Hodge, Marvin Neuendorff, and Frank Ziats.

Colorado County Citizen, October 3, 1985, page 2

Walla, Lucy (Brokmeyer)

Mrs.Willie Walla of Frelsburg Services Thursday

Funeral services were held at the Knezek Chapel in Fayetteville last Thursday morning for Mrs. Willie Walla, 77, of Frelsburg, who died the preceding Monday at Cozy Rest Home in La Grange.

Continued services were held at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Rev. Edward Geiser officiating. Burial was in the Church cemetery.

Mrs. Walla was born Lucy Brokmeyer Jan.21, 1881, a daughter of August and Frances Zeiner Brokmeyer. She and Mr. Walla were married Feb. 4, 1902.

Survivors are: her husband; 4 daughters, Mrs. Herbert Dernehl and Mrs. Joe Agnello of Stafford, Mrs. Richard Schmidt of Fayetteville and Mrs. John Vayo of Cuero; 3 sons, Walter of Alleyton, Edwin of Houston and Rudy of Denton Place, N.J., also 2 brothers, Charles Brokmeyer of Frelsburg and Herman Brokmeyer of Fayetteville; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, July 31, 1958
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Walla, Walter F.

Walla

Funeral services were held for Walter F. Walla Wednesday, December 11 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus under the arrangements of Henneke Funeral Home with the Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial was at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Walla was born March 13, 1903 in Frelsburg to Willie Walla and Lucy Brookmeyer(sic) Walla. He married Jennie Janish Walla, March 26, 1926.

He was a retired maintanence(sic) man at a gravel pit called Thorsenburg(sic) Materials Company. He had spent a lifetime in the community. Mr. Walla was affiliated with Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Eagle Lake.

He was preceded, in death by his parents, his wife, Jennie, one daughter, Lourine Girndt, and one son, Leon Walla.

Survivors include one son, Leander Walla of Ramsey, Texas; two sisters, Regina Agnello of Stafford and Nancy Vayo of Austin; one brother, Rudy Walla of New Ulm; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Leonard Girndt, Jr., Stephen Girndt, Larry Walla, Wayne Walla, Donald Walla, and Kennith Walla.

Colorado County Citizen, December 25, 1986

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Walling, Fred William

Walling

FuneraI services were held for Fred. W. Walling Thursday, March 24 from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor Robert Schlortt officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. Walling was born October. 22, 1895 in Wharton County to John B. Walling and Johanna Osthoff Walling. He married Selma George Walling August. 14, 1926.

He was a self employed retired building contractor. He was also a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Mr. Walling was confirmed March 20, 1910.

Mr. Walling was affiliated with Senior Circle of St. Pauls Lutheran Church. He was a veteran of WW I.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Selma Georg Walling May 23 1987.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Neal Stallman, Leonard Stolle, Billy Hagan, Mitchell Smith, Elmer Struss and John Foley.

Honorary pallbearers were Ned Stallman, Raymond Roecker, W. A. Hefner, Bruce Fling, Bernard Walling, Louis Fleming, Wilton Stallman and W. W. Walling.

Colorado County Citiizen, March 31, 1988, page 2

Walling, Johanna Marie (Osthoff)

Johanna Marie Osthoff Walling

Services Held Sat. For Mrs. Johanna Marie Walling, 90 Last rites were held Saturday morning, August 14th at 9 am. at Amighton Hinze Funeral Home in Wharton for Mrs. Johanna Marie Walling, who died at Glen Flora at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Paul Roecker, last Thursday, August 12th, Mrs. Walling, who would have been ninety years of age in less than a month, fell Saturday, August 7th , and although she was able to walk the following days she reportedly suffered a stroke shortly afterward. The Rev. E. F. Lampe of Trinity Lutheran Church in Wharton officiated at services at the funeral home. Interment was in Odd Fellow Cemetery at Columbus with the following grandsons serving as pallbearers: Raymond Roecker, Ned Stallman, Wilton Stallman, Neal Stallman, Walter W. Walling and Elmer Struss. She was a member of the Lutheran Church since her childhood, and was a faithful mother and wife to her very death. Although she had been blind for five years, she was able to remain active by using a walking cane, and gained the admiration and love of every person who knew her. Of interest is the fact that five generations of her family are listed among survivors and other than she was preceded in death by her husband, her’s was the only death in the Walling family in five generations. Surviving are: six daughters, Mrs. Paul Roecker, with whom she lived in Glen Flora; Mrs. M. L. Heiman. Mrs. W. A. Stallman, Mrs. Ed Stallman of Garwood, Mrs. A. J. Struss of Eagle Lake; and Mrs. W. A. Heise of La Grange; three sons, Fred Walling of Columbua, C. H. Walling, Austin, and W. O. Walling, Houston; and sixteen grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and 1 great, great grandchild.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Aug. 19, 1954
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Walling, Selma M. (Georg)

Walling Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Mrs. Selma Georg Walling of Columbus were held Monday, May 25, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating.

Interment was in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mrs. Walling passed away Saturday, May 23, 1987, in the Columbus Community Hospital. She was 87 years of age.

Born January 12, 1900 in Frelsburg, she was the daughter of John and Ida (Venghaus) Georg. She was a housewife and lifelong resident of the Columbus area. She married Fred Walling on August 14, 1926.

Survivors Include her husband, Fred Walling of Columbus; a sister, Alma Wagner of Columbus; a brother, Otto Georg of Columbus; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Anton Aschenbeck, August Aschenbeck, Nelson Aschenbeck, Weldon Neuendorff, Billy Hagan and Leonard Stolle.

Funeral Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

New Ulm Enterprise, June 4, 1987, page 2

Walney, Lena (Formann)

Mrs. Lena Walney Laid To Rest Here Monday PM

Funeral services were held here Monday afternoon, March 2nd at 2:30 o’clock for Mrs. Lena Formann Walney of Houston, formerly a resident of this community. Mrs. Walney, the sister of Mrs. S. C. Smothers of Eagle Lake died at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening in the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston after an illness of two weeks.

The Rev. John Rhodes of the Southminister Presbyterian Church in Houston officiated at the services held from mill-Bauer Funeral Home.

Interment was in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Serving as pallbearers were : three nephews George, Edward and Arthur Formann of San Antonio; George Basquez of Houston; Lester Bunge of Garwood and Phil Davis of Houston. Graveside services were held by the Eagle Lake Chapter of Order of Eastern Star.

Mrs. Walney was born on November 7th 1888 in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of Carl and Caroline Neimann Formann. She resided there until 1914 and in that year she was married in Eagle Lake to Ed Walney.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Maurice (Nancy) Westerfeld and Mrs. Louis (Nita) Fritz, both of Houston; five grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Rose Shanley of San Antonio and Mrs. Smothers of Eagle Lake; and two brothers, Ed Formann, Sr., and George Formann, Sr. of San Antonio.

She was loved by her every acquaintance and her wealth of friends throughout the community join in extending sympathy to the family in the loss of their loved one.

Out of town guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Westerfeld and three children, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Fritz and two daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Davis, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. George Basquez, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Walney, Herman Emshoff, Mrs. Mable Cook Rogers, Mrs. S. B. Symington and Mrs. Charles Murphy of Houston; Frank Kallina and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Bunge of Garwood; Mrs. Annie Meinert of Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Formann, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Formann; Mrs. A. J. Shanley and Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Johnson of Sean Antonio.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 5, 1959
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Walter, Magdalena (Byrd)

Died in Columbus, November 2, 1874, Mrs. MAGDALENA WALTER, of this city. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 5, 1874, page 2 

Walters, Caroline (Pustejovsky)

COLUMBUS LADY IS BURIED HERE MONDAY

Mrs. Otto A. Walters died at the family home in Columbus Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The funeral was held from the Columbus Funeral Home with services at St. Michael’s Church in Weimar by Rev. Jos. Szymanski, followed by interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery, at 9 o’clock Monday morning.

Mis[sic] Caroline Pustejovsky was born at Engle, Fayette county, Aug. 20, 1879. The family moved to the Hackberry section in 1893, and she was married to Mr. Walters June 15, 1897. The family moved to Columbus Dec. 10, 1937.

Survivors are her husband, four daughters, Mrs. Carl Heidt of Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. P. A. Norton of San Antonio, Mrs. E. M. Snell of Los Angeles, Mrs. A. C. Bravenec of Bellville, two sons, Mrs.[sic] O. J. Walters of Wharton and Mr. Albert C. Walters of Alleyton, and nine grandchildren.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1938, page 1

Walters, Genevieve Kathryn (Frnka)

Genevieve Walters

Genevieve Kathryn Walters, 60, of Austin, died Thursday, April 28, 2005.

She was born Sept. 2, 1945 in El Campo to Frank W. and Laura Kosler Frnka. She was a graduate of Garwood High School. She was a receptionist for a doctor in Austin.

Survivors include her daughter, Kristy Walters Burchett of Fort Worth; one granddaughter; sisters, Madeline Shimek of El Campo, Rita J. Vanek of El Campo and Janette Canaris of Eagle Lake; brothers, Leroy J. Frnka of Columbus and Dr. Jerome V. Frnka of The Woodlands; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

El Campo Leader News, April 29, 2005

Genevieve “Genny” Kathryn Walters, 59, of Austin, died Thursday, April 28, 2005.

She was born Sept. 2, 1945 in El Campo to Frank W. Jr. and Laura Kosler Frnka. She was a receptionist and a Catholic.

Survivors include her daughter Kristy Burchett of Fort Worth; sisters, Madeline Shimek of El Campo, Rita J. Vanek of El Campo and Janette Caneris of Eagle Lake; brothers, Leroy J. Frnka of Columbus and Dr. Jerome V. Frnka of The Woodlands; and one grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, May 14 at 1 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nada with the Rev. Joseph Koebel officiating. [Interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery]

Memorials can be made to Emery J. Lilge Hospice House, 301 Medpark Circle, Burleson, Texas 76028.

El Campo Leader News, May 10, 2005 online edition

Walters, Orange

Judge Laidley was called early New Year’s morning to go out on Sandies, in the neighborhood of Mr. Le Tulle, to hold an inquest on the body of a freedman by the name of Orange Waters[sic], who was assassinated the night before. Evidence led to the arrest of three freedmen who were brought into town and held for an examining trial, which was in progress all day Saturday and :Monday, and up to this writing is still not closed. [Place of interment unknown] [For additional information see Oakland Notes, page 3, Colorado Citizen, January 7, 1886]

Weimar Gimlet, January 7, 1886

Walters, Otto Arthur

Otto A. Walters, Former Oakland Blacksmith, Dies

Funeral services for Otto Arthur Walters, 88, of San Antonio who once operated a blacksmith shop at Oakland, were held here Saturday morning, Jan. 15.

Mr. Walters, who had been retired for many years, died at 4:40 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at a rest home in San Antonio.

Rev. John Bily officiated in services at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church here. Burial was in St. Michael's Cemetery. Mr. Walter’s grandsons served as pallbearers.

Mr. Walters was born Nov. 29, 1877, in Louisiana. He and his family moved to Oakland in 1914 and he operated a blacksmith shop there from 1917 to 1924, when he moved to Granger. His wife, Carolina, preceded him in death Feb. 11, 1938.

Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Lillian Jeffs of Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. Carrie Norton, Mrs. Viola Kreitz and Mrs. Tracy Bravenec of San Antonio; two sons, Albert C. Walters of San Angelo and Otto J. Walters of Wharton; 9 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Willie Walters of Hallettsville and Albert Walters of San Antonio. A son, Victor, a brother and three sisters preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, January 20, 1966

Walters, Patricia Lynn (Clark)

Patricia Lynn Clark Walters

Patricia Lynn Clark Walters, 71, passed away Friday, March 10, at her home in Houston, after a courageous and graceful battle with cancer.

Pat was born on November 8, 1934, in Eagle Lake to George and Pauline Clark. We will always remember Mom's grace and beauty inside and out and her unwavering devotion to her family. She will be forever in our hearts.

Pat is survived by her mother, Pauline Austin Clark of Eagle Lake; brother, Jim Clark of Eagle Lake; daughter, Lori Leatherwood, and husband, Del of Houston; sons, Mike Thomas and wife, Joan of Houston, Geryk Thomas and wife, Shyree of Lake Conroe, Patrick Thomas and wife, Michelle of Houston; stepdaughters; Jana Walters of Fort Worth, Shanon Kuykendall and husband, John of Irving; Kelly Harmon and husband, Lenny of Houston; grandchildren; Matt Leatherwood, Lorin Leatherwood, Chad Thomas, Courtnea Thomas, Christian Mazzini, Ethan Thomas and Damon Kuykendall. She is also survived by brothers-in-law Tom Walters, Floyd Walters, Noel Walters and wife Annie Mae, and Brian Walters and their families and many other relatives and friends.

Her husband of 26 years, Mike Walters, her father, George M. Clark, and her grandparents; Tom and Ethel Austin, and Oscar and Mary Clark preceded Pat in death.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Monday, March 13, at Eagle Lake Funeral Home. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Del Leatherwood, Matt Leatherwood, Christian Mazzini, Lenny Harmon, H. L. Austin, and Timmy Austin.

Honorary pallbearers were Norman Clark, Greg Clark, Roger Clark, John Kuykendall, Gregory Clark, Glendon Walters.

A special thanks to Dr. Barry Siller and his staff for their compassionate care of Mom during the past year and to the many supportive friends and family members.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

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

Walton, Abigail

ALLEYTON ITEMS

Mrs. G. S. Walton died at an early hour Saturday morning and was buried in your city cemetery [Odd Fellows Rest] in the afternoon, Bro. McMahon officiating. The deceased was an old resident of this place, and had been an invalid for many years. She leaves an aged husband and other relatives to mourn her loss.

Colorado Citizen, October 26, 1899, page 3

Walzel, Anton

Columbus, Texas, July 10--Yesterday afternoon the body of Anton Walzel was found hanging from a rafter of his home on the farm of Charles Glithero, seven miles south of Columbus. He had shaved, dressed in his best clothes, tied a silk handkerchief about his neck to prevent the rope from coming in direct contact with the flesh, climbed a stool which he kicked from under him, and was found with his toes barely touching the floor. He was an Austrian, about 50 years of age, and had lately had family troubles. Not long since his wife was placed on the county farm, insane, and his children have since deserted him. He left a note requesting that he be buried in a cemetery. He leaves three brothers at Beasley, Fort Bend county. [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 19, 1908

Walzel, Emilie (Beck)

Final Rites For Mrs. Walzel, 89, Here Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank (Emilie) Walzel, 89, of the Wildwood section near Weimar were held Monday morning, Feb. 28, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Rev. Albert Hubertus officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Walzel,. an almost lifelong resident of this area, died Saturday morning at Youens Hospital.

Born May 30, 1876, at High Hill, she was a daughter of Anton and Rosina Beck. The family moved to the Sedan community when she was a young girl. She was married to Mr. Walzel here Nov. 17, 1896, and they settled at Wildwood, where she has lived since. Mr. Walzel died April 7, 1953.

She was a member of St. Michael’s Church and St. Ann’s Society.

Surviving are three sons, Otto of El Campo, Bennie and Robert of Weimar; two daughters, Mrs. Joe (Christina) Michalek of Rosenberg and Mrs. Louis (Martha) Rabel of Houston; six grandchildren and seven great-grand-[sic] and one sister, Miss Christine Beck, both of Weimar. Two sons and two daughters preceded her in death, one son and one daughter as infants.

Pallbearers were Alfred Kainer of Schulenburg; Otto Beck, Willie Schubert, Woodsboro; Leon Beck, San Antonio; Gus Beck Jr., Weimar; and Eddie Michalek Jr., Houston.

Weimar Mercury, March 3, 1966, page 1

Walzel, Frank

Final Rites for Frank Walzel, 82, Held Thursday

Funeral services for Frank Walzel, 82, resident of the Wildwood community for more than half a century, were held last Thursday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church, with burial in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Msgr. Anthony Drozd officiated, assisted by Rev. Benton Thurmond and Rev. Clarence Leopold.

Mr. Walzel's death Tuesday morning, April 7, at his home ended an illness of about two year.

Born May 17, 1870, in Helnzendorf, Austria, he came to this country with his parents when he was 13 years old, the family settled on a farm near Schulenburg. He married Miss Emilie Beck November 17, 1896, and they made their home at Wildwood, where they have lived ever since. He was a farmer and cattle raiser until ill health forced him to retire several years ago.

Survivors in addition to his widow are two daughters, Mrs. Joe Michalek of Rosenberg and Mrs. Louis Rabel of Houston; three sons, Otto of El Campo, Robert and Bennie of Weimar; two sisters, Mrs. Amalie Greggors and Mrs. Annie Boeker, both of Houston; and two brothers, Anton and Albert of Houston. A daughter, Mrs. Elsie Michalek, died in 1941, and a son, Frank Emil, died in 1946.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Herman and Arno Walzel, Rudolf and William Schubert, Leo Beck, Gus Beck, Jr., Alfred Kainer and Frank Partridge.

Weimar Mercury, April 17, 1953, pages 1 and 8

Walzel, Frank Emil

Frank Emil Walzel Dies, Funeral Rites Held Wednesday

Frank Emil Walzel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Walzel of Weimar, died at the home of his parents on Monday of this week, after an illness of three days.

Funeral services were held Wednesday from the Hubbard Funeral Home with services being conducted at St. Michael's church a t 9:00 o'clock, the Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. Interment was in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Herman Walzel of Woodsboro, James Beck of Victoria, Alfonse Kainer of Schulenburg, August Walzel of Houston, Herbert Beck of Weimar and Leon Beck of San Antonio.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Walzel of here, Frank Emil was born December 25, 1905. Being partially paralyzed, but never complaining of his infirmity, he made his home with his parents. He was a member of the Catholic Church. He attained the age of 40 years.

Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Walzel of Weimar; two sisters, Mrs. Louis Rabel of Houston and Mrs. Joe Michalek of Rosenberg; three brothers, Robert and Bennie of Weimar, and Otto Walzel of Houston.

Out-of-town people here to attend the funeral were, from San Antonio: Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Beck, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Beck and Mrs. Wayne Wood; Miss Edna Beck of Castroville; from Victoria, Mrs. John Beck and James Beck; from Woodsboro, Mrs. Fred Walzel, Mrs. Frank Rooke, Mrs. Eddie Schlabak, Mrs. Rud. Schubert, Mr. Herman Walzel; from Schulenburg, Mrs. Anton Kainer, Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse Kainer, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Kainer and Miss Emma Kainer. Relatives of Houston attending the funeral were: Mrs. O. L. Gautney, Mr. Bobby Rittenhouse, Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Walzel, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Walzel, Mrs. Rudolph Walzel, Mrs. C. F. Boeker and Mr. August Walzel.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence to the bereaved.

The Weimar Mercury, March 22, 1946
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Walzel, Magdalena

Mrs. Rudolf Walzel, living a few miles northeast of town died Wednesday evening, after a brief illness. [Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, September 28, 1907, page 4

Walzel, Maria/Mary

Miss Mary Walzel, a popular young lady of this section, died Sunday after a week’s illness, from a complication of measles and lagrippe, followed by congestion of the stomach. The funeral took place Monday morning at St. Michael’s church, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating. The funeral procession was escorted to St. Michael’s church by the Schindler band, playing the funeral march. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family in the heavy loss sustained.

Weimar Mercury, March 14, 1908, page 4

Walzel, Robert

Robert Walzel FuneraI Held Here Jan. 30.

Funeral services for Robert Walzel, 78 of Weimar were held Saturday, Jan. 30, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Father Charles Carolan officiated.

Walzel, a retired farmer and rancher, died Jan. 28 at 1 a.m. at Monument Hill Nursing Center La Grange.

Born Aug. 1, 1909, at. Weimar, he was a son of Frank and Emilie (Beck) Walzel.

Surviving are a brother, Bennie Walzel of Weimar; a sister, Martha Rabel of Houston; and several nephews and nieces. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Serving as pallbearers were Eddie Michalek, George Hargrove, Curtis Rabel, Duane Rabel and Curtis Walzel, nephews, and Herbert Stern.

Weimar Mercury, February 4, 1988, page 14

Walzel, Rosina (Winkler)

Beloved Mother Is Claimed by Death

Mrs. Rosina Walzel, beloved mother of Mr. Frank Walzel, died at her home in Houston, 222 West Twenty-ninth street, last Friday night, at the advanced age of 83 years. The remains were brought to the residence of Mr. Anton Beck of this city, and on Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, after appropriate ceremonies at St. Michael’s Church by Rev. Jos. Szymanski, they were laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery. A large crowd of mourning relatives and friends witnessed the last sad rites.

Mrs. Walzel is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Amalia Greggans of Los Angeles and Mrs. Annie Boeker of Houston; five sons, Mr. Frank Walzel of the Wildwood community, near Weimar, Mr. Fred Walzel of Woodsboro, and Messrs. Anton, Rudolph and Albert Walzel of Houston; one brother, Mr. Fred Winkler of Austria; twenty-eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Those who were intimately acquainted with this good wife and mother say she was a splendid character, one beloved by all who knew her. She was devoted to her children, and no sacrifice was too great for them. She was known to many of the people of this section and all express deepest regret at her passing.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, March 23, 1934

Wampler, Dorothy Mae (Williams)

Dorothy Mae Wampler

Jul. 30, 1920 – Dec.13, 1996

Dorothy Mae Wampler. 76, of Austin. died Friday, December 13, 1996, at Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawson, Oklahoma. Bom July 30.1920, in Lingle, Wyoming, she was the daughter of Glen E and Oillie Mae McDowell WilIiams. She and James Wampler were united in marriage on October 26, 1940. Having lived the last three years in Austin. Wampler was a member of Austin's Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ and the A. A.R.P. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a brother, William Eugene Williams. Wampler is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dottie and Ross Bransford of Austin; sons and daughters- in-laws; Jim and Lynda Wampler of San Antonio and Glen and Lee Wampler of Lawton; her sister, Carol Wiese of Eagle Lake; a brother, Ralph Williams of Rock Island; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at Rock Island Baptist Church on Sunday, December I5, at 3 p.m. with Pastor Clyde Freeman officiating. Interment followed at the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island. Serving as pallbearers were Marty, David, Buddy and Wayne Wampler, Gary Russell and Leland Williams. Named honorary pallbearers were Robert Perkins and Dick Mott. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus. Sympathy is extended to die family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; Dec. 19, 1996
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Wanja, Edgar Joe

Edgar Wanja

Funeral services were held for Edgar J. Wanja, former Colorado County Citizen employe, March 8 from the Columbus Funeral Home and at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery with Rev. Patrick Palmer officiating. Pallbearers were Tom Rau, Joe Rau, David Johnson, Barney Kuhn, Jack Rau and Lawrence Kuhn.

Mr. Wanja was born May 8, 1923 at Woodsboro, the son of Joe and Mary Wanja. He served as radioman in the European theater of war during World War II with the Navy aboard the U.S.S. Catoctin. He was with President Franklin Roosevelt at the Yalta Conference as radioman; he took part in the invasion of Sicily, Salerno and Palmero and also Southern France where his ship served as the flag ship when Winston Churchill, DeGaule and others held meeting.

In 1946, Mr. Wanja started his apprenticeship as a linotype operator at the Colorado County Citizen in Columbus under the management of Mr. and Mrs. Truman McMahan. From there he went to Corpus Christi, Beaumont, Galveston and El Paso Papers, the Chicago Tribune and was employed by The Houston Chronicle at the time of his death.

Mr. Wanja is survived by his parents of Columbus; a daughter, Mrs. Don (Sandra) Hengst of Groves; and 4 sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Harry, Mrs. Barney Kuhn and Mrs. Jack Rau of Columbus, and Mrs. Dorothy Fink of Chicago.

Colorado County Citizen, March 16, 1972
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Wanja, Frank Joseph

Frank Wanja, 82, Heart Victim, Buried Tuesday

Funeral services were held here Tuesday for Frank Joseph Wanja, 82, retired city employee, who died of a heart attack Sunday in a Houston hospital.

Rev. Oswald Kahlich officiated in services at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

Pallbearers were John Hajovsky, Oscar Brandt, Anton Schindler, John Horak, Chas. F. Kalous and Edwin Peter.

Austrian Native

Mr. Wanja was born Dec. 19, 1886, in Bolten, Austria, now a part of Czechoslovakia. His parents were Anton and Margaret Wanja. He came to Texas as a small boy and lived for awhile on a farm near Palo Pinto. He was about 15 when he came to Weimar.

Working as a bridge man for the T&NO Railroad Co. for awhile, he developed an unusual interest in the steam locomotive that stayed with him for the rest of his life. (As a hobby in retirement many years later he filled a one-room building in back of his home with an elaborate system of five model trains, all running at once on 160 feet of track.)

Power Plant Employee

After six yeas with the railroad he became an employee of F. E. Leidolf, whose “light plant” provided Weimar’s first electrical power. Later he worked for Till & Seifert, then for Texas Public Service Co. When that company sold the electric system to the City 30 years ago, Mr. Wanja went along with it, as a lineman and plant operator, retiring in 1954.

Longtime Fireman

He was an honorary member of the volunteer fire department which he served 30 years before going on the inactive list 17 years ago, and had belonged to the Catholic Knights of America and the Knights of Columbus.

Mr. Wanja married Miss Louise Gertrude Horak on July 28, 1909. She died June 17, 1951.

Surviving are two sons, Lawrence F. Wanja of Dallas and James T. Wanja of Houston, one daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Leona) Brinegar of Houston; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Joe Wanja of Columbus. A sister and a brother preceded him in death.

Weimar Mercury, July 31, 1969, page 4 

Wanja, Joseph Frank

Joe Wanja Funeral Held At Columbus

Funeral services for Joe Frank Wanja, 89, of Columbus were held Sunday, Dec. 27, from St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with Father Arnold Anders officiating.

Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Mr. Wanja died Dec. 25 at Columbus' Community Hospital.

Born April 27, 1892, in Bolten, Mahren, Austria, he came to America with his mother and sister when he was four years old. He married Mary Mathilda Kasper of Weimar on Oct. 9, 1916, and they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last year. He was a retired mechanic.

His wife survives, along with three daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Harry, Mrs. Barney Kuhn and Mrs. Gladys Rau, all of Columbus; ten grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A son, Edgar, and a daughter, Dorothy Mae, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers at the funeral were his grandsons, Joe, Tom and John Rau, Rusty Harry and David Johnson, and his son-in-law, Barney Kuhn.

Honorary pallbearers were grandsons. Douglas Rau, Jim Haller, Kenneth Harry and Harold Kuhn.

Weimar Mercury, January 7, 1982, page 1

Wanja, Lillian Elizabeth (Banse)

LILLIAN ELIZABETH BANSE-WANJA

Lillian was born in Weimar, Texas May 25, 1914 and passed away July 30, 2005 in Dallas, Texas. She was a loving mother and outstanding homemaker and proud of her family. She was a witness to the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, an event that left a vivid memory. Lillian was a devout Catholic and the first child baptized in the new St. Michael’s Church and had been a member of the Legion of Mary since high school. As a young girl, she didn’t much like outside work on her parent’s farm and instead prepared meals for those in the field and became an excellent cook. Later in life, her neighbors in Dallas bought and marveled over her delicious breads. She learned to speak the German language from her parents and from teachers at St. Michael’s school. During several trips to Europe with her husband Lawrence, many Germans asked where she learned their language. They were genuinely flattered. She once even talked a German policeman out of a traffic citation there, no easy task. She and her family were and are appreciative of her Weimar heritage.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Banse and Annie Rainoshek, her brother Edgar J. Banse, her husband Lawrence F. Wanja, and her daughter Margaret M. Leach. Her son Joseph N. Wanja, and her daughters Patricia L. Love, Barbara L. Heaney, and Pamela A. Wanja survive her. She has 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. 

Submitted by Joseph Wanja

Wanja, Mary (Nohavitza) Anhaiser

Mrs. Mary A. Wanja, 67, Dies Suddenly On Wedding Day

A happy wedding celebration came to a tragic end at Dubina last Thursday night as Mrs. Mary Anhaiser Wanja, 67, suffered a fatal heart attack just a few hours after her marraige[sic] to Frank Wanja.

The wedding had been held that morning in the Dubina Catholic church, followed by an all-day celebration. She was at the Anhaiser home at Dubina when the attack came; she succumbed before a doctor could reach there at about 10:30.

Funeral services were held Sunday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Church, with Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiating, assisted by Rev. Clarence Leopold and Rev. Benton Thurmond. Burial was in St. Michael’s Cemetery.

A lifelong resident of the Weimar area, she was born Dec. 12, 1886, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Nohavitza. She was married in 1904 to Anton Anhaiser, who died in 1953. Mrs. Wanja was a member of he Dubina church, KJZT, and St. Ann’s Society.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Frank Wanja of Weimar, are three sons, Ray of Sugar Land, Anton Jr. of Fairchild, Wash., and Joe of Houston; five daughters, Mrs. Helen Tannich of Deming, N. M., Mrs. Ann Gassmann of Schulenburg, Mrs. Mary Heinrich of Weimar, and Sister James Marie of Corpus Christi; three sisters, Mrs. Jerry Zapalac, Mrs. Joe Sekerka and Ms. Frank Sekerka; one brother, Adolph Nohavitza; 30 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three step-children, Lawrence and James Wanja and Mrs. Thomas Brinegar, all of Dallas.

Pallbearers at the funeral wee Ray Anhaiser Jr., Leonard Joe Anhaiser, Leon Anhaiser, Edwin Gassmann Jr., Daniel Gassmann and Edwin Vacek.

Weimar Mercury, July 16, 1954, page 1

Wanja, Mary Mathilda (Kasper)

Funeral for Mrs. Wanja Held July 10

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Kasper Wanja, 92, of Columbus were held Wednesday, July 10, from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Columbus, with burial in the parish cemetery.

Father Timothy Kosler officiated. Altar boys were her great-nephews, Todd Radke and Wade Schindler. A granddaughter, Sharron Johnson, played organ music.

Mrs. Wanja died July 8. Born Sept. 6, 1892, in Weimar, she was a daughter of Joseph and Maria (Schilhab) Kasper. She was married to Joe Wanja on Oct. 9, 1916, at Columbus. He died Dec. 25. 1981. A son, Edgar, and a daughter, Dorothy Mae, also preceded her in death.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Harry and Mrs. Gladys Rau of Columbus and Mrs. Barney Kuhn of Glidden; 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Anders of Weimar and Mrs. Martha Beck of San Antonio; and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Grace Kasper of Schulenburg.

Pallbearers were grandsons Rusty Harry, Doug Rau, Joe Rau, Harold Kuhn, Tom Rau and John Rau. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Heller, Kenneth Harry, Don Hengst, Barney Kuhn, and David Johnson.

The Weimar Mercury, July 18, 1985
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

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Ware, unknown (Mrs. R.M.)

Mrs. R. M. Ware, the aged mother of Mrs. R. T. Farrar of this city, died at the home of here daughter last Thursday evening, after a lengthy illness. She was 77 years old. The funeral took place Friday afternoon at the Masonic cemetery, Rev. J. E. Stack, Baptist pastor, officiating at the grave. Mrs. Ware came here in December last for a visit to her daughter, was taken ill shortly afterward, and remained so up to the time of her death. Mrs. Ware was born in Shawnee, Ill., in 1839, moved to Uvalde County, Texas, in 1852, and was married to R. M. Ware in 1854. Her husband was the first sheriff of Uvalde County when the county was first organized. He was a Home Guard during the civil war and for many years captain of a Ranger company. Her husband died about twelve years ago. Mrs. Ware's people were among the first white people to settle in Uvalde County. She was a kind hearted, estimable lady, a true and devoted wife and mother, a consistent Christian, and her death is sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the surviving children in the loss of a devoted mother.

Weimar Mercury, March 3 1916
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Warner, Hugh

FROM EAGLE LAKE

A fatal accident occurred down in the bottom near here, on Tuesday,the 6th inst. Two negro boys named Alex Parker and Hugh Warner, aged respectively four and six years, while playing with a loaded shot gun, Parker accidently discharged the gun, shooting Warner through the stomach, from the effects of which he died in a few minutes. Capt. Ziegler being notified, summoned a jury of six men and proceeded to the place of killing, and the jury, after investigation, returned the following verdict: “We, a jury of inquest duly sworn to well and truly inquire into the cause, time, manner and circumstances of the death of Hugh Warner, do say that he came to his death from a gun-shot wound on the 6th day of October, 1885, said shot being accidental.” [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, October 15, 1885

Warner, John Thomas

NOTES FROM CHEETHAM

This stown and communtiy was saddened by the sorrowful news early last Saturday night that Rev. J. T. Warner had passed away. Your scribe was at his bedside wihen he died, and can say he passed away peacefully. Deceased was born in January, 1823, and was a few days over 80 years old at the time of his demise. Reverend Warner was grand, good man,an earnest christian worker, and will be sadlymissed by everyone who ever knew him. Our sympathies are extended. [Interment in Cheetham Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, January 31, 1903, page 5

Warner, Oscar

Two Negroes Dead, Two Ill of Poisoned Meat.

Eagle Lake, Texas, Feb. 14.--Melissie Bedford and Oscar Bedford [sic] are dead, and John Crowder and Wesley Long are seriously ill from eating meat last night that is thought to have been poisoned

All parties are colored and live on the McCarty plantation, six miles from Eagle Lake.

The officers are investigating the case and arrests are looked for.

Charged With Poisoning

Eagle Lake, Texas, Feb. 16.--Nat Parker, a negro, was arrested Sunday morning by Deputy Sheriff N. W. Callison, charged with having connection with the poisoning of a negro family near Eagle Lake on Saturday night. Immediately after eating supper at the home of Piney Warner, colored, Melissie Bedford, 17 years old, her nephew, Oscar Warner, 10 years old; Piney Warner, her 4-year-old baby, John Crowder and Wesley Long were taken violently ill, the first named two dying within a few hours, and only by hard work of the physicians were the lives of the others saved. Two, Crowder and the Pine baby, are yet critically ill. Some of the food eaten at the supper table is believed to have been poisoned. The stomach of the dead boy was sent to Houston for examination. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, February 20, 1914, page 7

Warner, Susan Ellen (Curtis)

Sheridan News
DEATH OF MRS. WARNER.

June 19.--This community was shocked to learn of the sudden death of Mrs. S. E. Warner, of Cheetham. She was known to be in bad health, she being afflicted with dropsy of the heart, but no one dreamed that the end was so near. She was up in the forenoon, and even cooked her own dinner, but at about seven p m. Saturday she was found dead in bed, the end coming, apparently without a struggle. She was a widow of the late Rev. J, T. Warner, and since his death has lived alone. She was of an accentric[sic] disposition and did not mingle much with the outside world, and always contended that by a decree of the district court several years ago, whereby the property of the late J. T. Warner was divided between his heirs, she was robbed out of half of her property. She has one brother some where in Georgia, who has been notified by wire. Justice H. S. Lundy held an inquest and rendered a verdict that deceased came by her death from heart failure. Her trunk was opened and the sum of $994.50 was found secreted therein. The remains were interred in the cemetery at Cheetham Sunday afternoon, Rev. R. C. Myers conducting the service. Peace to her ashes.

Weimar Mercury, June 23, 1916, page 5

Warner, Unknown

A child of Kate Warner, a negro woman living in one of the little houses on the street in the rear of the Drummers’ Home, last Sunday swallowed some corrosive sublimate, which it had gotten hold of, and died shortly afterward. [Place of interment unknown]
Eagle Lake Headlight.

Weimar Mercury, May 25, 1907, page 2

Warning, John

BORDEN LETTER

Quite a gloom was thrown over the Borden community last Thursday by the death of one of our best citizens, Mr. John Warning. He died Thursday eve, after a brief illness of chronic Bright’s disease of the kidneys and paralysis. [Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery] Our heartfelt sympathy is tendered his bereaved wife and children.
“The living are the only dead;
The dead live, nevermore to die;
And often when we mourn them fled,
They never were so nigh.”

Weimar Mercury, March 20, 1897, page 4

Warnken, Minetta

Mrs. Minette Warnken, the beloved wife of Mr. Wm. Warnken, and mother of Mesdames Ed Seydler and Hugo Richter, died at the family residence three miles south of this city last Sunday afternoon, after a brief illness. Her remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' cemetery at 4 o'clock the following afternoon. She was indeed a good estimable lady. Of generous, kindly disposition, thoughtful of the wants of others, all who knew her prized her friendship. She leaves a husband, two daughters and one son, to whom in this dark hour of sorrow the kindliest thoughts and sympathies of all our people are extended.

Weimar Mercury, November 3, 1900

Warnken, Otto

WEIMAR LOCAL MATTERS

We regret to learn of the death of the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Warnken, that occurred last Tuesday morning. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, February 17, 1887

Warnken, William

Old Time Settler Dies at Waco, Texas

Mr. Wm. Warnken, an old time settler of this section, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. S. Rabel in Waco, Thursday night of last week, and the remains were brought here for interment in the Odd Fellows’ Cemetery Saturday afternoon, the funeral service being held from the Lutheran Church at 3 p.m., Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, local pastor, officiating.

Mr. Warnken had been a resident of this section for many many years. He farmed for a long time on his home place, a few miles southeast of Weimar. His health failing him a short time since, he went to the home of his daughter, Mrs. Rabel in Waco, and there lingered until Death came to his relief. His death, we are informed followed a severe attack of influenza.

Wm. Warnken was born in Fayette county, near the Bluff, Dec 1, 1853 and was 74 years, 4 months and 19 days of age at the time of his death. He was united in marriage to Miss Minetta Kahlden in 1872. To this union six children were born. Two died in infancy, while four survive. The surviving children are as follows: Mrs. J.H. Connor of Houston, Mrs. S. S. Rabel of Waco, Mr. Henry Warnken of Paducah, Texas, and Mr. Edmund Warnken of Temple. Also surviving him are fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

Active pall bearers were as follows: F. E. Leidolf, Emil F. gold, O. Hilden, Jno C. Hubbard, H. Birkmann and Ed Rabel. Honorary pall bearers named by the family were as follows: Henry Guenther, Chas.Fahrenthold, F. J. Nitschmann, Fritz Thumann, Henry Seifert and John H. Brooks.

Mr. Warnken, as stated above had lived in this section for many years. He was a man of engaging personality, a hustling, rustling, successful farmer and business man, and although well along in years, continued his activities in business up to within a few months of his demise.

Many friends join us in extending sincere sympathy to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, April 27, 1928

Warren, Rose

Aged Colored Woman Dies Here Wednesday

Early Wednesday morning Death stepped in and claimed “Aunt Rose” Warren, one of Weimar’s oldest and most respected colored citizens. The funeral is held up pending arrival of several near relatives of deceased, but will likely take place tomorrow (Friday).

“Aunt Rose: undoubtedly was the oldest person in this city or section.

According to report, she was 8 years old “when the stars fell”. Figuring on this basis she must have been in the neighborhood of 112 years old at time of death. She was one of the old time slavery darkies and as such was connected with a number of old time Southern families of this section, notably the Hubbard family of this city. The devotion that existed between these Southern families and their colored servants was touching, and it is known that “Aunt Rose” during her long lifetime never wanted for anything that her good white friends could supply. And her devotion to “her white folks” was just as touching.

But few of these good old characters are still with us. Their number grows smaller each year, and soon they will be but a pleasant memory. “Aunt Rose” lived the life a good, christian woman,and as such met Death, strong in the faith! She will be missed by many of us! [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, November 13, 1931, page 1

Warschak, Clarence H.

Warschak

Clarence H. Warschak, 84, of the Zimmerscheidt Community passed away Sept. 24 at Columbus Commun-ity Hospital.

He was born in Frelsburg Aug. 4, 1920 to Henry and Helen (Schuette) Warschak and married Viola Buxke-mper April 25, 1943. A rancher and retired gravel pit worker, he retired from Horton & Horton Gravel Company and Colorado Rock Company. He was an honorary member of Frelsburg Knights of Columbus and service in the United States Air Force during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Barry Barsuhn of Bastrop and Loretta and David Runk of Zimmerscheidt Community; sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Patricia Warschak and Vernon and Mary Frances Warschak of Zimmerscheidt Community; brother and sister-in-law, Delmo and Bernice Warschak of Zimmerscheidt Community; grandchildren, Donald Warshak and wife Gail; Angie Dungen and husband Dodie, Brian Warshak and wife Janell, Christi Trapp and husband John, Rodney Warshak, Rhonda Heffley and husband John, Russell Warshak, Julie Templeton and husband Derrick, Roderick Barsuhn, Durand Runk, Crystal Kittrell and husband James, Devin Flowers and husband Terry and Cole Runk; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 27 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers were Donald, Brian, Rodney and Russell Warshak, Durand and Cole Runk, Roderick Barsuhn and Dodie Dungen.

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

Warschak, Erwin

Warschak

Erwin Warschak Sr., 88, of Bernardo, passed away Monday, Nov. 8, 2004, at his Bernardo home.

He was born April 12, 1916, in Frelsburg to Edward and Frances (Maertz) Warschak, who both preceded him in death. He married Margaret Strieder on Oct. 21, 1952.

Warschak, a self-employed farmer and rancher, was a member of St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Warschak; two daughters, Clara Crawford of Pasadena and Darlene Brown and husband Mike of Angleton; a son, Erwin Warschak Jr. of Bernardo; two sisters, Lola Cejka of Columbus and Myrtle Kretschmar of Lone Oak; five grandchildren, David Brown, Eric Brown, Scott Brown and wife Kathy, Adam Harry and wife Vanessa, and Jennifer Bennett and husband Jeff; and three great-grandchildren, Jimmy Smith, Jason Bennett and Justin Bennett.

Funeral services were held Nov. 11 at St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz with Fr. Wayne Flagg and Fr. Leon Strieder officiating. Pallbearers were Scott Brown, David Brown, Eric Brown, Adam Harry, Bobby Cejka and Donnie Strieder.

Interment followed at St. Roch's Catholic Cemetery.

Colorado County Citizen, November 10, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Warschak, Pauline (Moeckel)

Mrs. John Warschak Dies At Age Of 95, Rites Wednesday

Services were held at the Frnka Funeral home in New Ulm and later at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Frelsburg Wednesday morning for Mrs. John Warschak, 95, who died at her home in Frelsburg Sunday night. Mrs. Warschak had been blind for 11 years and had been in frail health for some time.

Rev. Edward Geiser officiated and burial was in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery. Rosary was said Monday evening at the funeral home.

Mrs. Warschak was born Pauline Moeckel at Frelsburg June 9, 1858. Her husband, John Warschak, died 14 years ago. She is survived by one son, Eddie of Pisek, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Hugo Schuette and Miss Linnie Warschak of Frelsburg; also 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Clarence, Delno and Erwin Warschak, Eddie Krenek, Leroy Schuette and James Berger.

Colorado County Citizen, December 31, 1953

Washburn, John C.

John C. Washburn, an old time conductor on the Sunset road, died at Houston Wednesday. The remains were taken to Columbus (his former home) for interment. [Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, September 15, 1906, page 4

Washburn, Judith Ann

Washburn

Judith Ann Washburn, 59, of Columbus passed away Jan. 11 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born June 15, 1943 to Henry Kretschmar and Margaret Krieger in Denver, Colo.

She was a Retail Control Coordinator at H.E.B. Pantry Store.

She is survived by her mother; daughters, Connie Hubble of Loveland, Colo. and Laura Lahmeyer of Dacona, Colo.; sons, Robert Beasley of Denver, Colo. and Noel Washburn of Wheatridge Colo.; brothers, James and Colleen Kretschmar of Denver, Colo., special friend, John Huebel of Columbus; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 14 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. [Cremated]

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

Washington, Carroll

OLDEST COLORED CITIZEN OF EAGLE LAKE PASSES ON

Uncle Carroll Washington, Old Time Slavery Negro, Passed Away On Wednesday.

"Uncle Carroll" Washington, possibly the oldest colored citizen in this section, passed away at the home of his daughter here at noon Wednesday, the funeral taking place the following afternoon. [Interment in Eagle Lake Community Cemetery]

Uncle Carroll is thought to have been one hundred years of age, He one was of the very few remaining old-time slavery -negroes. In slavery days he belonged to the C. C. Herbert family, Mrs. Herbert having inherited him, with other slaves, at the death of her parents.

Uncle Carroll came to Texas with the Herbert family in 1853, having driven the family overland here from Mississippi, the family settling near Eagle Lake on what is now known as the, Brandon place. With the exception of a short time following the emancipation, which he spent in Columbus, he has lived in and around Eagle Lake since coming to Texas in 1853.

As near as can be estimated, he would have been 100 years old on his birthday some time this year. Some incident in his life remineded[sic] him that his "Old Master" told him way back in' the year of 1836 that he was 9 years old. This he always remembered and from it his age was estimated to be 100 years.

Old Uncle Carroll for the past two years has been practically an invalid at the home of a daughter. He is survived by two sons and two daughters.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 13, 1927, page 1

Washington, Ella (Evans)

Ella Washington, 77, Buried Here April 16

Funeral services for Ella Washington, 77, half-sister of Eddie Holt and Virge Evans, died April 9 at the Evans home in Oakland and was buried April 16.

Rev. Hubbard led services in Mt. Arie Baptist Church. Burial was in the Weimar Colored Cemetery.

A lifelong resident of the Weimar area, she is also survived by a half sister, the former Lou Holt.

Weimar Mercury. April 28, 1961, page 1

Washington, George

George Washington, one of our respected colored farmers, passed away last week and was buried Sunday. He was upright, polite, industrious and consequently bore a good reputation and had the esteem of both black and white. [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 8, 1905, page 4

Washington, George

Go to Lee Wall

Washington, Henry

News from Altair

We were called on one day last week to hold an inquest on a dead negro, who died on Captain Jack Duncan’s rice farm. His name was given us as Henry Washington, and from all appearances he died with smallpox. [place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, March 22, 1902

Washington Infant

WEIMAR LOCAL MATTERS.

A negro girl by the name of Julia Washington, who claims to live in Wharton county, came to our city a few days ago, stopped with an old negro woman near here named Polly Small. Monday she left the house, and being gone so long, excited suspicion. A party was sent to see what had become of her. She was found a short distance off in the bushes, had given birth to a child, and the inhuman wretch had dug a hole in the ground and buried it alive! It was taken from the ground and lived half an hour afterwards. She waived an examination, and was sent to jail without benefit of bail. [Burial place unknown]

Colorado Citizen, December 28, 1882

Washington, Shack

BODY OF MAN IS INDENTIFIED[SIC]

A mangled body, identified here as that of Shack Washington, about 72, colored man of Eagle Lake, was picked up at a railroad bridge east of town about 2 a.m. Monday after Southern Pacific employes had called in to local officers.

The colored man was visiting here Sunday and his whereabouts was not known until relatives of Washington identified the body at Columbus Funeral home, Sheriff Harvey Lee said.

The man was reported walking on the trestle early Monday when the westbound passenger train came along.

Justice of the Peace C. L. Griffith held the inquest. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, September 12, 1946

Washington, William

Unless the governor intervenes, of which there appears to be no evidence, William Washington, colored, will be hanged tomorrow, for the crimes of murder and rape committed a few months since upon the person of Mrs. Miller, a German lady who resides near Frelsburg, in this county. The murderer, is a half-witted, brutal-looking specimen, and his punishment is just. He has disposed of his body to one of our local firms of physicians for $25, and has been preparing to meet his fate. The CITIZEN does not know at precisely what hour the execution will take place. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, October 18, 1888, page 3

Wasinka, Annie

FAYETTEVILLE

Miss Annie Wasinka who died in Vancouver, Brittish[sic] Columbia, Sunday, May 17th, 1931 was sent here for burial. Funeral services were held at the Thomas Schmidt’s residence in Pisek, Sunday morning at 9 o’clock, May 24 and her remains were laid to rest in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery.

Miss Annie Wasinka was born in Austria in 1870. In 1871 she came to the United States with her parents and made her home here. After she was grown she moved to La Grange and then to Taylor where she resided for fifteen years. From there she moved to Mexico, as a nurse and a companion, to a pleasure seeking family. After a couple of years she came to Frelsburg again for a short stay, about 25 years ago, this was the last time her kinfolks had seen her. After that the people with whom she stayed moved to Saint Barbara, California, where with them she spent a number of years traveling all over the beautiful resorts of the Pacific and western states. From there she moved to Vancouver, B. C. where she made her home until her death May 17, 1931.

She was a lady of a very pleasing personality and always had many friends. She also was a great lover of nature. Miss Annie Wasinka is survived by three sisters and two brothers; Mrs. Robert Krenek, Taylor, Texas, Mrs. Thomas Schmidt, Frelsburg, Texas, Mrs. Ed Krenek, Frelsburg, Texas, Mike Wasinka, New Mexico, Joe Wasinka, Taylor, Texas and 16 nieces and nephews. May she rest in peace.

Colorado County Citizen, May 28, 1931, page 4

Wassman, Margaret (Harrison)

Dr. Harrison's Sister Buried Here Thursday

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Columbus Funeral Home for Mrs. J. E. Wassman of Compton, Calif., with the Rev. J.K. Ridgeway of the Baptist church officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mrs. Wassman died in California on December 13. She was born at Sherman in 1872, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Harrison, former residents of Columbus. She had been residing in California for the past 17 years.

She is survived by her husband; a son Jesse H. Poole of Los Angeles, Calif.; a brother Dr. R. Henry Harrison of Houston; a niece Mrs L. H. Schulenburg, Alleyton; two nephews, Lt. Col. Robert Ditman Harrison and William Henry Harrison of Houston, and an aunt Mrs. J. W. Hume of Austin.

Active pallbearers were Lt. Col. Harrison, William Henry Harrison, Mr. Schulenburg, Stephen McCormick, A. W. Hahn and Albert Goldsmith.

Honorary pallbearers were E. G. Miller, Herman Braden, S. K. Seymour, O. A. Zumwalt, John Hester, E. H. Rabel, R. W. Byars, W. A. Struss, W. G. Dick, Dr. W.W. Gunn, James H. Wooten, Columbus and S. O. Boothe, G. W. Keith and Hayes Stephens, Eagle Lake; Dr. J. Mark O'Farrell, Jesse Anderson and T. K. Dixon, Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, December 28, 1914

Waterhouse, Mamie B.

Waterhouse Funeral Held Here June 5

Funeral services for Mrs. Mamie B. Waterhouse, 78, a resident of Parkview Manor, were held Thursday, June 5, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Father Charles Carolan officiated.

Mrs. Waterhouse, a licensed vocational nurse and 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, died at 4:30 p.m. June 3 in Youens Memorial Hospital.

Born Nov. 9, 1901, in New York, N.Y., she was married to H. H. Waterhouse in 1918 in Louisiana. He preceded her in death. She had lived in Weimar four and a half years.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. James Canter of Houston; one son, Charles Waterhouse of Weimar; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. One son preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Stan Waterhouse, Buddy Kusey, Ed Rabel, Daniel Ulbricht, Fred Vornsand, and Walter Scott.

Weimar Mercury, June 12, 1980

Waters, William Walter

GARWOOD
(Mrs. M. L. Heiman)

Word was received here of the death of W. W. Waters, which occurred at Sheridan last Friday. Mr. Waters was well known here as he lived here for a number of years. Mrs. George Eaton is his daughter.

Colorado County Citizen, June 22, 1933, page 4

ROCK ISLAND
(Mrs. M. I. Nicewander)
AGED CITIZEN PASSES

W. W. Waters, 80 years of age, died at his home in Sheridan Friday, June 16th. Mr. Waters was born in New York State, and has lived in Colorado County a number of years. Surviving him are his wife and one daughter, Mrs. George Eaton of Garwood. Funeral services were held at the Myrtle Cemetery Saturday afternoon with Rev. E. Homer Miller of Garwood conducting the services.

Colorado County Citizen, June 22, 1933, page 5

Watkin, Annie Ray (Townsend)

Mrs. William Ward Watkin, [Annie Ray Townsend] wife of the prominent Houston architect, died at the American Hospital in Paris, France, early Saturday morning, according to word received in Houston Saturday. Mrs Watkin was well known in Houston, where she had been closely identified with social activities for some time. The Watkins resided at 5009 Caroline. Mr. and Mrs. Watkin with their three children went abroad last August for a year's stay in Europe while Mr. Watkin continued his special architectural studies in the Old World. Their residence was established in Parks. Mrs. Watkin is survived by her husband and three children, Rosemary, Annie Ray and William Ward Watkin, Jr. Mrs. Watkin was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Townsend. Mr. Townsend was former state senator from Columbus, Texas, where the family made their home and where Mrs. Watkin was born. Later they moved to San Antonio where Mrs. Watkin made her debut. She was a graduate of the Washington School at Washington, D.C. Mrs. Watkin had been ill for about two months preceding her death, which followed a major operation at the American Hospital in Paris. Mr. Watkin has been professor of architecture at Rice Institute and a leader in athletics there.

Eagle Lake Headlight. Saturday, March 9, 1929, Eagle Lake, Texas
Submitted by David Hahn

Watkins, Joe

EAGLE LAKE ITEMS

This has been an eventful week with Eagle Lake. Last Wednesday night two negroes entered the house of Mrs. Schiller and blew out the light, which she had left burning. As soon as the light was extinguished Mrs. S. awoke, and, having matches by the bed, struck one as soon as possible, and by the light thus furnished plainly saw the negroes, both of whom left immediately. The next day two negroes were arrested on suspicion and taken to Mrs. S. for identification, neither of whom, however, were identified, and they were discharged the next night (Thursday.) One Warren Edwards was arrested, who also proved to be the wrong man. Later the same night a party of armed men went to the residence of Joe Watkins, a freedman living in town, and shot him four or five times, from the effects of which he died early the next morning. Watkins also shot four times the balls hitting the wall just above the door. The coroner’s inquest was in session for some time examining witnesses, but failed to elicit any information relative to the guilty parties, and rendered a verdict accordingly. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, December 9, 1886

Watkins, John O.

Funeral services were held yesterday morning from Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home for John O. Watkins, 64, of 506 Wilmington, who died Saturday.

Burial was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Pass [sic].

Mr. Watkins was an inspector for the City of Houston health department. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include two sons, John Watkins Jr., of Waco, and Leslie Watkins of Guaymas, Mexico; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Garrard, and granddaughters Cecelia Gail and Jann Marie all of Bellaire.

Bellaire Texan, 14 Nov 1956, page 16
Contributed by Matt Cross

Watslavik, Darrel Dean (Miller)

Watslavik

Funeral services for Darrell Dean Watslavik, 55, were held Sunday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Burial was held at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Darrell Watslavik was born June 15, 1929 and he[she] was affiliated with St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lafayette, La.

Survivors include his[her] two daughters, Claudia Hawthorne of Houston and Jackie Andel of Eagle Lake; one sister, Geraldine Piazza of Groves; four brothers, M. A. Miller and Willis Miller, both of Columbus, Lever Ray Miller of Tyler. and Lee Miller of Altair; and three grandchildren, Christin Ashley Andel. Eric Justin Andel, and Erin Amanda Hawthorne.

Pallbearers were: M A. Miller, Lever Ray Miller, Willis Miller, Ed Andel, Albert Watslavik, and Walter Lee Miller.

Colorado County Citizen, June 6, 1985

Watslavik, Edwin H.

Edwin Watslavik

Funeral services for Edwin H. Watslavik of Sandy Hook, Miss., were held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Columbus Monday with The Rev. Patrick Palmer officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mr. Watslavik died in the Walthall County Hospital in Tylerton, Miss., Saturday. He was born April 4, 1915 in Shiner, a son of Albert and Pauline Drabek Watslavik.

He married Darrell Dean Miller of Columbus in 1959. Mr. Watslavik was employed as a pumper with the Skelly Oil Co. and attended the Catholic Church.

Survivors are his wife of Sandy Hook; mother, Mrs. Pauline Watslavik of Bay City; 2 step-daughters, Claudia Marie Briscoe of Lafayette, La., and Jacquline Dean Andel of Eagle Lake; 2 sisters, Louise Faktor of San Antonio and Mrs. Stanley Kopnicky of Blessing; and 3 brothers, Steve Watslavik of Point Comfort, Albert Watslavik of Sulphur, La., and Victor Watslavik of Alvin.

Pallbearers were M. A. Miller, L. R. Miller, Walter Lee Miller, Willis Miller, Martin Piazza and Ed Andel.

Henneke Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Colorado County Citizen, August 30, 1973
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Watson

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Watts, James

Died at the Davidge House, in this city, of pneumonia, on the 13th inst., Mr. James Watts, son of Col. E. T. Watts, and brother of Mrs. J. W Brown. The remains were conveyed to Eagle Lake on Sunday for interment. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, December 18, 1879

Watts, Margie Ann (Montgomery)

EAGLE LAKE ITEMS

Mrs. W. W. Watts died at her residence in the bottom Monday night, and was buried Tuesday in the family graveyard. Mrs. Watts was a most estimable lady, and leaves a host of friends to mourn her death. Our sympathies are with the bereaved family.

Colorado Citizen, March 26, 1891, page 3

Watts, S. Maude (Nickens)

Among the death notices received here Wednesday morning was that of Mrs. Maude Watz, nee Maude Nickens, only daughter of Rev. and Mrs. John Nickens, her death occurring at Eagle Lake, we understand of typhoid fever. The body was prepared for burial [Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery] and brought here Thursday at noon, the funeral taking place from the Baptist church. Mrs. Watz was about 18 or 19 years of age, born and raised in this city, a bright, lovable young lady, and one who during her residence in Weimar possessed the friendship of all. She was married a short time since and a bereaved, sorrowing husband survives. Our deepest sympathy is extended the bereaved ones in the heavy loss they have sustained.

Weimar Mercury, July 18, 1913

Waugh, Andrew Miller

Mr. A. M. Waugh Buried In Columbus

Andrew M. Waugh, 70, of 324 Hawthorne, Houston, died at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in a Houston hospital.

He and his family were citizens of Eagle Lake many years ago, where he was cashier for the old Vineyard & Walker bank. Mr. Waugh served two terms as mayor of Eagle Lake prior to 1907. [Interment in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest]

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hattie M. Waugh, who was formerly Miss Hattie Hahn of Columbus; two daughters, Mrs. E. A, Niles of New York City, and Miss Martha Miller Waugh of Houston, and a grandson, Andrew Abbe Niles of New York. Eagle Lake Headlight

Weimar Mercury, June 30, 1939

Burial Services Held Here For Retired Houston Attorney

Burial services were held here Wednesday at Odd Fellows Rest for A. M. Waugh, 70, retired Houston attorney who died at 3:20 Tuesday afternoon in a Houston hospital. He lived at 321 Hawthorne in Houston.

Mr. Waugh had practiced law in Houston for 35 years. He was a member of Houston Lodge No. 1182, A. F and A. M and Scottish Rite bodies.

Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. E. A. Niles of New York City and Miss Martha Miller Waugh of Houston; a grandson, Andrew Niles of New York City.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the family residence in Houston with the Rev. Charles L. King officiating. The body was brought overland to Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, June 22, 1939
Transcribed by Judy Talkington
Photo courtesy David Hahn

Waugh, Hattie (Hahn)

MRS. WAUGH DIES IN HOUSTON BURIED HERE

Burial rites for Mrs. A. M. Waugh, 73, sister of A.W. Hahn Sr. of Columbus were held at Odd Fellows Rest cemetery here Friday following services in the Holy Rosary church in Houston. Rev. Emmett Kolodxie conducted the Columbus services. Mrs. Waugh, widow of the late Andrew M. Waugh and a native of Columbus, died at her Houston home last Thursday morning following an illness of over two years. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hahn. Two daughters and a brother survive. They are Mrs. E. A. Niles of New York, Miss Martha Waugh of Houston and Mr. Hahn.

Colorado County Citizen, December 23, 1948, Pg. 8
Submitted by David Hahn

Wavra, Anton P.

Anton P. Wavra

Anton P. Wavra, age 80, passed away Wednesday, May 9 at the Columbus Community Hospital.

Born April 29, 1904 at Frelsburg, Texas to Anton Wavra and Mary Meyer Wavra, he was a retired farmer and carpenter and a lifetime resident of the Frelsburg area.

Survivors include his wife Elizabeth of. New Ulm; a son, Milton Wavra of Columbus; two sisters, Josephine Reed of Livingston and Frances Meyer of Alleyton, a brother, Pete Wavra of Mentz, 6 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

Rosary was Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Henneke Funeral Home.

Funeral service was at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 11 at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg, with the Rev. Werner Bockholt officiating. Interment was at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Thomas Wavra, Denver Meyer, Harvey Meyer, Gene Menke, Melvin Meyer, and Leonard Wavra. Funeral services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, May 17, 1984, page 2

Wavra, Charlene (Slanina)

Charlene Wavra

Charlene Wavra, 74, of Columbus passed away Sept. 30 at Christus St. Catherine Hospital in Katy.

She was born Oct. 18, 1934 in Ellinger to parents, Charles and Mary (Novasad) Slanina. On Jan. 12, 1954, she married Milton Wavra. She served as a homemaker for much of her life. She was also a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, and had lived in Columbus since 1954.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband.

She is survived by her son, Roy Wavra and wife Miriam of Houston.

Funeral services took place Oct. 3 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus, with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Internment followed at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Donnie Wavra, David Wavra, Duane Wavra, Stephen Girndt, Matthew Girndt and Charles Reising.

Funeral services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus

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

Wavra, Elizabeth (Mai)

WAVRA

Funeral services for Elizabeth M. Wavra was held September 15 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Frelsburg under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Burial was at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery of Columbus.

Elizabeth was born July 26, 1905 in Frelsburg to Frank Mai and Antonia Suchadoll. She married Anton P. Wavra November 11, 1924. Elizabeth lived her lifetime in Frelsburg as a housewife.

Survivors include: son, Milton Wavra, Columbus; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include: Thomas Wavra, Calvin Harris, Harvey Meyer, Gene Menke, Melvin Meyer, and Edgar Suchadoll.

Colorado County Citizen, September 20, 1984, page 2

Wavra, Milton W.

Local council member passes
By Staff Reports

Columbus has lost one of its long-time public servants and residents.

City Council member Milton Wavra passed away Sunday, Jan. 6 at his residence following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Wavra served the City of Columbus for 32 years as director of public works, retiring in 1996.

"The city has lost a loyal and dedicated employee and city council member," said Columbus Mayor Richard Heffley.

Mayor Heffley continued, describing Wavra as a dedicated council member who took his job seriously.

Columbus City Manager David Meisell described Wavra as "consistently demanding, but consistently fair."

"He expected problems to be identified and solved," continued Meisell. "Mr. Wavra was committed to Columbus. Few citizens, in the long history of this town, have demonstrated their commitment more fully than Milton Wavra."

As an example, Meisell cited Wavra's involvement in the 2005 water and sewer survey and the debt placement that provided the funds for a series of needed projects.

"Without his support, many of these solutions would not be reality today."

Some other major projects he was involved in over the past years included construction of a waste-water plant and replacing all of the gas lines and building regulator stations, implementing the city's maintenance operation and emergency manuals, construction of a new water treatment plant and installing filter and aeration systems at all water plants.

He also oversaw the construction of the city park on Montezuma Street, reworked a great number of city streets and installed storm sewers and curb/gutters all over town.

During the 1990s he served as interim city manager until John Brasher was hired in 1993.

He is survived by his wife Charlene Slanina Wavra, along with son Roy Wavra and wife Mirian of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, January 9, 2008, page 1

Wavra

Milton W. Wavra, 76, of Columbus passed away Jan. 6 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 3, 1931 in Frelsburg to Anton Wavra and Elizabeth Mai. On Jan. 12, 1954 he married Charlene Slanina. He was a lifetime resident of Columbus where he worked as a city employee for 32 years. He was a retired Public Works Director and a member of the Columbus City Council. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Ralph Wavra.

He is survived by his wife; son, Roy Wavra and wife Mirian of Houston and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services took place on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers included Donnie Wavra, David Wavra, Duane Wavra, Steve Girndt, Matthew Girndt and Charles Reising.

Honorary pallbearers included Richard Heffley and all the Columbus City Council members.

Colorado County Citizen, January 9, 2008]
Courtesy The Citizen

Wavra, Ralph R.

Ralph Wavra

Ralph R. Wavra, 47, of Columbus died in New Ulm at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23. He had resided in Columbus 24 years. Born in Frelsburg Jan. 23, 1927, he was a son of Anton and Elizabeth Mai Wavra.

He was married to Miss Mary Havran April 10, 1951, and was employed by Schobel-Schneider Co. He was a veteran of World War II and attended the Catholic Church.

Funeral services were held at Henneke Funeral Home Sunday with The Rev. Patrick Palmer officiating. Burial was in St. Anthony’s Cemetery.

Memorial mass was Monday, 7:30 p.m., at St. Anthony’s Church. Rosary was recited Saturday, 8:30 p.m., at the funeral home.

Survivors are his wife of Columbus; his parents of New Ulm; 2 daughters, Darlene and Diane Wavra of Columbus; 3 sons, Donnie, David and Duane Wavra of Columbus, and one brother, Milton Wavra, Columbus.

Pallbearers were Manuel Schneider, William Schneider, Robert Schobel, Walter Divin, Edgar Machinsky and Henry Adamek. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Holub, Wayne Holub, George Koudelka, Pete Spoelstro, Johnny Wessels, Leland Moeller, Gary Miller, Glen Horndt.

Colorado County Citizen, August 29, 1974
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Wavra, Sophie

WAVRA – Frelsburg, Tex., Jan. 24. – Mrs. Sophie Wavra, wife of John Wavra, died at her home after a lingering illness on the 20th here at the age of 42 years. Her remains were laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery on the following day.

Galveston Daily News, Wednesday, January 25, 1911
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis
Death certificate lists age as 43 years 4 months and 15 days

Wavra, Vivian (Buckalew)

Wavra

Vivian Wavra, 86, of Mentz, passed away Nov. 15 at her residence. She was born Dec. 18, 1917 to George and Nolia Buckalew. She married Pete C. Wavra on Feb. 24, 1954. She was a member of West End Baptist Church in Industry.

She was preceded in death by her husband; sister, Viola Lungsford; brother, Morris Buckalew; and nephew, Joe Nedbalek.

She was survived by her foster daughter, Sharon Morris, of Crosby; sisters, Tommie Casey, of Mentz, Doris Taylor, of LaMarque and Cannen Nedbalek and husband, Sonny, of Mentz; brother, Aubrey Buckalew and wife, Sandra, of Baytown; and eight nephews and nine nieces and numerous grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 17, at West End Baptist Church in Industry officiated by the Rev. Dennis Keen. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Jeff Casey, Mike Casey, Frank Nedbalek, Gary Foster, Kenny Childress and Bruce Chumley. Honorary pallbearers were senior Sunday school class of West End Baptist Church.

Colorado County Citizen, November 24, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Wearden, Robert John

Judge Wearden of Glen Flora Passes Away in San Antonio on Sunday

Was Citizen of Colorado County for Many Years, and Was Father of Mrs. Annie Taylor of Eagle Lake

A pall of sorrow fell over the quiet of Glen Flora Sunday when news reached there of the death of Judge R. J. Wearden, who passed away early Sunday morning at the Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio.

Judge Wearden had not been in the best of health for some weeks and on September 9th, on advice of his physician was taken to the San Antonio hospital for treatment.

A minor operation had been performed on the morning of the 10th, and while he was not up all the time, he used a wheel-chair, and it was thought that he was doing nicely. He was to have undergone a more serious operation on the 20th, but the Angel of Death visited him at six-thirty Sunday morning the 18th, and his spirit took its flight into the peace that knows no awakening.

Robert John Wearden was born in Blackpool, England, December 6, 1860, and was 71 years, 9 months and 12 days of age at the time of his death.

When 19 years of age he came to the United states, locating at Columbus, this county where he continued to make his home for thirty-eight years. There he was married to Miss Mary Addie Halyard, who preceded him in death seventeen years ago.

To this union eleven children were born, eight of whom survive. In January, 1922, he was married to Mrs. Mary Frances Bone. Besides the widow he leaves to mourn his loss, one brother, Richard Wearden of Bell county, sixteen grand children and the following children: Mrs. Annie Mary Taylor, Eagle Lake; Joseph Wearden, Goliad; Edward Wearden, Glen Glora; Arthur Wearden, Victoria; Albert Wearden, Tivoli; Mrs. Oscar Johnson, Port Lavaca; Leo Wearden, Corpus Christi and Lester Wearden, Port Lavaca.

Judge Wearden resided in Glen Flora for the past fifteen years. At the time of his death he was Justice of the Peace in Precinct No. 2, Wharton county, which office he has held since 1926, when Judge Davidson created a vacancy in the office by his removal to Rio Hondo.

Judge Wearden was a devout Catholic and was buried from the Catholic church in El Campo with Requiem High Mass, and was laid to rest in the O. D. H. S. Cemetery in El Campo. Services were conducted at the church and at the grave by Rev. V. A. Raska of El Campo and Rev. C. P. Sullivan of Eagle Lake.

The pallbearers were W. A. Dayvault, C. J. Williams, Otto Heine, Jodson M. Rich, Raymond Schramm and Raymond Matzke.

A host of friends from Columbus, Eagle Lake, Glen Flora, Wharton, El Campo, Victoria and other places, who attended the funeral, gave mute testimony of the high regard in which he was held by all who knew him.

His familiar figure and pleasing manner will be missed by his many friends, who join with the writer in extending deepest sympathy to the sorrowing members of the family who grieve so deeply in the loss of this fine man.

Eagle Lake Headlight, September 24, 1932
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Weatherlow, Camillo Charles

It was with deep regret THE MERCURY learned of the death of Mr. C. C. Weatherlow of Lott, Falls county, which occurred Monday. Mr. W. was once railroad agent at this place, and his many friends in this place will be grieved to learn of his sudden death. He leaves a wife and several children, to whom we extend our sincere sympathy.

Later.—His remains were brought to this city Wednesday evening, conveyed to the residence of Mr. J. R. Gusman, and on Tuesday[sic] morning at 9:30 were laid to rest in the Masonic cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, December 31, 1892

Weaver, Cherry Lynn (Barnett)

Cherry Lynn Weaver

Funeral services for Cherry Lynn Weaver, 54, will take place Monday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, Oct. 18 from 4-7 p.m. and on Monday, Oct. 19 from 8-10 a.m.

Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.

Colorado County Citizen, October 13, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Weaver, William Howard

Weaver Funeral Services

Funeral Services for William Howard Weaver of Columbus were held Tuesday. May 18, 1993 at Henneke Funeral Home with burial following in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Pastor Sammy Carr officiated.

Mr. Weaver passed away Sunday. May 16. He was 73 years of age.

Born October 31, 1919 in Houston, he was the son of William Walter and Della Weaver. He owned and operated the Western Auto Store in Columbus from 1966 until his retirement in 1986. Prior to 1966, he was a dairy farmer in Fayette County.

A veteran of World War II, he was a member of VFW Post 6113 and American Legion Post 383 in Columbus.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Thelma Weaver; a daughter and son-in-law, Nettie and Frankie Joe Cernosek of Schulenburg; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Cherry Weaver and Walter and Judy Weaver, all of Columbus; one sister, Ruth DeLean Mayes of Conroe: six grandchildren, Craig and Courtney Cernosek of Schulenburg, David, Casey, Kevin and Matthew Weaver, all of Columbus.

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

Pallbearers were nephews, Roger Swetnam, Brian Swetnam, Scott Swetnam, Kenneth Weaver, James Mayes, Elton Mayes and Mike Chevalier.

Honorary pallbearers were members of VFW Post 6113 and American Legion Post 383 of Columbus.

New Ulm Enterprise, May 20, 1993, page 2

Webb, Elizabeth A. (Betts)

Mrs. Lizzie Webb, the wife of T. H. Webb, died at the residence of Capt. Wm. G. Beard, of this place, last Saturday evening. the deceased was the daughter of Mrs. C. S. Betts, of Harris county, and was loved and esteemed by all who knew her. Her remains were interred in the Masonic cemetery last Monday, followed by an immense concourse of relatives and friends. The sympathies of the entire community are extended the bereaved husband and relatives.

Colorado Citizen July 5, 1888, page 3

Webb, Isabelle (Jackson)

Isabelle Webb Funeral Set This Saturday

Funeral services for Isabelle Webb, 65, of Weimar will be held Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m. from Mt. Arie Baptist Church. [Interment in Paradise Garden Cemetery}

Mrs. Webb, a lifelong resident of Weimar, died Thursday, March 12, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, where she had been a patient for a week.

Born Oct. 4, 1921, at Weimar, she was the daughter of Richard and Bessie Jackson. She married John Webb on Dec. 14, 1941.

Her husband survives her, along with a brother, Israel Jackson of Houston, and several nieces and nephews.

Weimar Mercury, March 19, 1987
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Webb, T. H.

Eagle Lake, Texas, January 18. Information reached here by telephone at noon to the effect that T. H. Webb had just been killed in Yoakum. Mr. Webb is a resident of Eagle Lake and has a wife and two children here. He has been away from home several days in the country buying stock for Q. F.Walker. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 27, 1900, page 8

Webb, Tom

TOM WEBB, COLORED CITIZEN HERE, DIES

Tom Webb,colored citizen of Weimar, died Monday night. Death was caused from wounds received about a month ago when he was cut severely with a razor, it is reported.

Tom had been employed by the Kasper Meat Market for the past several years. He was a hard worker and bore a good reputation, and was well thought of by both white and colored people here.

Funeral arrangements has not been announced. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, December 18, 1942, page 1

Webb, W. J.

W. J. Webb Killed at Eagle Lake

Last Saturday night W. J. Webb ws killed in Eagle Lake by M. L. Womack. Webb entered Womack’s saloon with the declaration that he would kill him, and with a cocked pistol in his hand. He at once presented the pistol and fired at Womack, but missed him. Womack then fired two shots, one of which took effect in Webb’s breast and killed him in a few minutes. Womack was placed under a $500 bond for his appearance at the district court. It was rumored here that Col. Watts was accidentally killed in the same affair, by one of the shots fired from Womack’s pistol, but a gentleman who was in Eagle Lake at the time informs us that Col Watts was but slightly wounded. The gentleman said that Eagle Lake was in great excitement; and it is not to be wondered at, as two men were shot and killed there in two successive nights. The excitement caused by the killing of [Rufus] Stewart had not passed away when Webb was killed. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Gimlet, December 10, 1885

Webber, George B.

George Webber, 72 years old, a lawyer by profession, died at 2:10 o’clock Tuesday morning at his residence, 1112 Avenue D, after an illness of pneumonia of two weeks, although he had been in poor health for the past two years. He was a native o Burlington, Vt., and a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was a resident here for the past ten years. Surviving are his widow and two daughters of San Antonio. The funeral will take place at 10 o’clock this morning from the home, 1112 Avenue D, under the auspices of the G. A. R., of which he was a member. Interment will be made in the National cemetery.--San Antonio Express, Dec. 21.

Mr. Webber, spoken of in the above item, was at one time county attorney of Colorado county, residing in Columbus where in the early eighties he was married to Miss Jennie Yancey. He and his family lived here for a number of years, moving from here to San Antonio. He was a man of brilliant attainments, being a graduate of West Point Military college. His death is sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved widow and daughters.

Weimar Mercury, December 23, 1910

Weber, Alice (Branstatter

Mrs. Alice Weber Buried Here on Sunday Afternoon

Funeral services were held at the Colly Memorial Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Alice Brandstatter Weber who died at her home here last Friday morning, February 1st at 8:30 o’clock. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery with her pastor, Rev. J. W. Griffin conducting the services.

Pallbearers were Gus Seaholm, Ernest Seaholm, Simon Sinclair, Sam Davidson, Armitt Thomas, and Edgar Adkins.

Mrs. Weber was born March 2, 1880 in Johnson County, Iowa. She came to Texas in 1898 with her parents and settled in Lissie. For the past thirty years she made her home with Mrs. George Gray. On the death of Mr. Gray, Mrs. Weber came into the Gray home to manage the household affairs, and during the years that followed the two ladies enjoyed an affectionate companionship that continually made new comers think they were sisters. Mrs. Gray’s devotion to Mrs. Weber during her long illness was a true expression of the love she felt for her friend of so many years.

At the age of eleven Mrs. Weber united with the Evangelical church and later became a member of the Methodist Church here. She served the church as steward for ten years, and Sunday School secretary for a number of years, holding office until about three months ago when her physical condition would no longer allow her to assist in making out the orders for literature. She was a member of the Board of Education until her death, and served faithfully at every appointed task, unselfish with her time and talents when church, family or friends needed her services.

She has been in ill health for several years and had confined to her home for six months on the day of her death, Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Weber’s sisters tenderly administering her every need.

Survivors include five sisters, Mrs. Mary Snively, Iowa, Mrs. Nell Clapp, Eagle Lake, Mrs. Clara Terry, Iowa, Mrs. Bell Cutsinger, Iowa, and Mrs. Edith Blakesley, Iowa, and Mrs. Edith Blakesley, Iowa, two brothers, Philip Brandstatter and Clarence Brandstatter, both of Iowa, a number of nieces and nephews and Mrs. Geo.Gray who was as dear to her as a sister.

Out of town relatives here for the funeral services included Mrs. Mary Snively, Perry, Iowa; Mrs. Ira Mulcaley and children of Seguin; Mr. and Mrs. J. Mills, Robstown; Henry Campbell. Earl McCormick and daughter of San Marcos; Mrs. Charles McCormick, Rosenberg; Mrs. Roy Jerrels, East Bernard.

Among the out of town friends were Mr. and Mrs. George S. Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Gray, L. G. Gray of San Antonio; Mrs. Thelma Gray Lotspiech and daughter of Kerrville; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Larsen of Jackson, Alabama, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Milner, Bay City; Mr. and Mrs. E. Harrigel, Wharton; Mrs. E. C. Tilton, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Tilton, Alvin; Dale Hagen and Willard Hultgren of Hayfield, Minn.; Charles Kaechele and Miss Edna Kaechele of Wallis; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Brandes and Delbert of East Bernard Mr. and Mrs. John Larsen and son, Mrs. Cordell Austin and children, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Clingman of Houston, Mrs. James Tellaro and Sylvester Tellaro of Chesterville.

The Headlight joins with the many friends of the family in extending deepest sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, 7 Feb. 1946
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Weber, Henry

Henry (Puder) Weber of Columbus died April 16 at Sweetbriar Nursing Home. He was 88 years of age.

Funeral services were held April 17 at Henneke Funeral Home, with interment at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. Arnold Anders officiated.

Weber was born to Frank Weber and the former Mary Henneke at Mentz on Oct 15, 1891. He had resided in Columbus the past 45 years and was a retired rancher. 

Survivors include foster nieces and nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers were Bobby Cejka, Gus Miller Jr., Lester Schneider, Reuben Maertz, Eugene Drescher and Jerry Henneke.

Colorado County Citizen, April 24, 1980, page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Weber, Joseph

Final Rites for Joe Weber, 82, Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Joe Weber, 82, retired farmer and brick mason, were held Wednesday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Mr. Weber,who had lived in the Weimar area 47 years, died unexpectedly at Colonial Rest Home in Schulenburg at about 5 o’clock Monday evening, after a heart attack. He had lived at the Rest Home a little over a year.

Born in Austria, he came to this country in 1902, settling first in Pennsylvania and later in Tennessee, then in the Weimar area about 1910. His wife, Maria, died in 1926. He was a member of St. Michael’s Church and the Hermann Sons.

Survivors include four daughters, Miss Mary Weber of San Antonio, Miss Annie Weber, Mrs. Julia (Joe) Pavlik and Mrs. Rosie (Herman) Guenther of here, a son, Frank, of Hempstead; and several brothers and sisters whose addresses are unknown. One sister, Mrs. Chas. Hartensteiner, died in 1954.

Weimar Mercury, August 30, 1957, page 1

Weber, Lauretta J. (Browne)

Final Rites for Mother of Mrs. Russell Jessup

Mrs. Lauretta J. Weber, the mother of Mrs. Russell L. Jessup of Rock Island, died suddenly In the Eagle Lake Community Hospital at 12:30 a.m. Friday, December 6th.

Mrs. Weber would have been seventy-four on December 26th of this year. She was taken to the hospital for tests on Wednesday of last week, and died suddenly, bringing great sadness to her relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Sunday, December 8th, at 2:30 p.m. from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake. The Rev. Edward Geiser, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, officiated at the services and in the recitation of Rosary on Friday evening.

Burial was in the Myrtle Cemetery at Rock Island. Serving as pallbearers were four grandsons, James and Douglas Jessup of Rock Island, and Robert and Richard MacPherson of Kalamazoo, Mich.; also S. A. DeFoor and Bob Hooper, Jr., of Rock Island.

Mrs. Weber was born Dec 26th, 1894 in Chicago, IL. She spent most of her life in Illinois and Michigan. In April of 1967 she came to the Rock Island community to reside with the family of her daughter. She had been looking forward to moving Into her own small house at the Jessup property upon completion of the building. Surviving are: one daughter, Mrs. Jessup; four grandsons, and five great-grandchildren; also one brother, Richard Brown of Gary, Indiana; and a number of nieces and nephews. Sympathy is extended to the family In the loss of this Loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 12, 1968, page 11
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Weber, Maria

MRS. JOS. WEBER DEAD

Mrs. Jos. Weber, wife of a well known farmer living near this place, died Saturday evening at the famly residence, aged about 40 years, and her remains were laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery Sunday afternoon, Rev.Jos. Szymanski officiating. A large crowd of sympathizing relatives and freinds was on hand to pay the last tribute of respect to this good woman. Our heartfelt sympaty goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, September 24, 1926, page 4

Weber, Will Family

Will Weber, a well known young German farmer of the Borden vicinity has indeed been unfortunate the past week. On last Saturday his little baby died and was buried, and on Tuesday night of this week his wife also died. Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Osage Wednesday afternoon. In this terrible double affliction he has the sympathy of all our people.

Weimar Mercury, 25 August 1900
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Weeks, Garland H.

Garland H. Weeks, 72, of Columbus, passed away Feb. 16 at his residence.

He was born in Longstreet, La., May 10, 1929 to Shelby and Opal (Simpson) Weeks and married Sally Grey, Nov. 27, 1948. He worked in gas pipeline construction for Tennessee Gas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, Scott Weeks.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Thea Weeks Ramirez of Columbus, Carol Weeks of Austin, Bonnie McCausland of Houston and Amy Spoon of Sharpsburg, Ga.; son, Russell B. Weeks of Houma, La.; sisters, Barbara Ann Allen of Longview and Gloria Elliott of Greenwood, La.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was conducted Feb. 19 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Don Delaplain officiating. (See Weimar Cemetery)

Colorado County Citizen, February 20, 2002
Courtesy of the Citizen

Weems, Eva Lee (Vickrey)

Weems

Eva Lee Weems, 83, of Columbus entered eternal rest on Friday, Sept. 14.

Eva will be greatly missed by her family and friends and will be remembered as a woman of strong character, wisdom and integrity. All who knew her admired her fun-loving sense of humor and quick wit.

She is survived by her loving son, Wesley Sewell and wife, Jan; brothers, Gene Vickrey, Clyde Vickrey and Clifford Vickrey; sisters, Nadine Henson and Alice Dodd; granddaughters, Wendy Swanson, Deborah Costello and Kim Callison; grandson, Grant Sewell; great grandchildren, Lillian Grace Sewell, Holly Costello and Mark Callison; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sweet, precious Eva - cherished mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend - you will be greatly missed. May you be in the Lord's presence and be filled with his eternal peace. You will be forever in our hearts. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery]

Donations may be made in memory of Eva Lee Weems to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, Texas 77030.

Colorado County Citizen, September 25, 2007
Submitted by Diane Scannell

Weete, Agnes

Columbus Citizen: Little Agnes, the 7-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Weete of this city, died last Thursday night, after a long illness, and buried in the city [Odd Fellows Rest]cemetery at five o-clock Friday afternoon. To the bereaved we extend our most sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, August 18, 1900, page 4

Weete, Benno J.

Mr. Ben Weete Dead

Mr. Ben Weete, son of Mr. L. Weete of this city, died at his home in Tulsa, Okla., last Sunday. Particulars of the death had not been learned at the time of going to press.

The remains were brought here for burial yesterday and funeral services held at the L. Weete residence at five o’clock, Rev. F. M. Johnson of the local Episcopal church officiating. Interment was made in Odd Fellows'’ Rest.

Mr. Weete was born and reared in this city and was known to many here. He is survived by a father, three brothers, Gus of Douglas, Ariz., and Louis and Ferdinand of Dawson, Okla., and one sister, Miss Tillie Weete of this city, all of whom were present at the obsequies.

The Citizen extends sympathy

Colorado Citizen, July 17, 1924

Weete, Elizabeth (Beyer)

Post Specials: Columbus,May 4.--Mrs. Lizzie Weete, wife of Postmaster Louis Weete, died at the family residence at 6 o’clock this morning. She was 54 years of age, a resident of Columbus since infancy. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Beno Beyer, pioneer citizens of Colorado county. She is survived by her parents, her husband and six children. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Weimar Mercury, May 11, 1907, page 1

Weete, Louis Henry George

Mr. Louis Weete

The death of Mr. Louis Weete occured[sic] at his home in the city Tuesday morning at about nine thirty. Funeral services are to be held this evening at four, at the home, with Rev. W. A. Flachmeier of the local Lutheran church officiating. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Mr. Louis Henry George Weete was born in Oldenburg, Germany, on September 29th., 1844. He came to this country at the age of 18, and taught school at Frelsburg for some years. He married Miss Wilhemine Beyer in 1874 and began work as clerk at the Witting store in this city, later entering business for himself in partnership with Mr. Ilse under the name of Weete and Ilse.

He was post master here for sixteen years.

Mr. Weete was one of the pioneer citizens, of generous attitude toward others and tolerant of their views. He had many friends in this section.

He is survived by three sons, Louis G. of Tulsa, Okla., Ferdinand of Oklahoma City and Gus A. of Douglass, Ariz., to whom the sympathy of our people is extended in their great sorrow.

Colorado County Citizen, September 17, 1931, page 1

Weete, Mathilde Johanna Wilhelmina

Miss Tillie Weete

The community was saddened by the death of Miss Tillie Weete, which occurred in the Nix Hospital in San Antonio last Saturday night at about eleven o’clock. She had been in the hospital since August 28th. and was to have undergone an operation as soon as she became strong enough. A stroke of paralysis Saturday morning was followed by another that evening, bringing the end to a life of unselfish service.

The remains were brought here Sunday evening by train and funeral services held at St. John’s Episcopal Church at four thirty Monday evening, Rev. J. W. E. Airey officiating. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Miss Tillie was born in this city February 4th., 1890, and had spent her entire life here among those who love her.

She is survived by the father, Mr. Louis Weete, and three brothers, Louis G. of Tulsa, Okla., Ferdinand of Oklahoma City and Gus A. of Douglass, Ariz., to whom the sympathy of the entire community goes out.

Colorado County Citizen, September 10, 1931, page 1

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Wehling, Jessie (Card)

Final Rites for Mrs. Wehling, 87, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Card Wehling, 87, who died at 3 a. m. Saturday, were held Saturday afternoon, July 7, at Hubbard Funeral Home.

Rev. Kyle Nagel, Methodist pastor, officiated. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Wehling, enjoying excellent health In spite of her advanced age, had been ill only a few hours when she died in her sleep, at her home.

Born in the Cedar community near La Grange, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Card. Her mother, the former Elizabeth Harper, was a native of London, England.

Her husband, Henry C. Wehling, died in California about 25 years ago after a long illness, and since then she had lived here and in San Antonio at various times. Six years ago she moved back to Weimar to settle permanently.

Her only survivors are a niece. Mrs. J. 0. Boettcher of Weimar, and a nephew, Lyle Harper Wall of Biloxi, Mississippi.

Pallbearers were John Hajovsky. Mannie Lauterstein. Henry Brasher. Fritz Tell, Grady Shaver and Bill Hopper.

Weimar Mercury, July 13, 1956, page 1

Wehmeyer, Martha M. (Kubesch)

Wehmeyer Funeral Held Here April 11

Funeral services for Martha M. Wehmeyer, 74, of Weimar were held Saturday, April 11, from St. Michael's Catholic Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Father Charles Carolan officiated.

Mrs. Wehmeyer, owner of Weimar Automatic Laundry for 39 years, died at 1 a.m. Thursday, April 9, in St. Luke's Hospital, Houston, after a heart attack

Born here Aug. 19[10], 1912, she was a daughter of Joe and Mary (Dobecka) Kubesch. During World War II she lived in Houston, working at Hughes Tool Co. She was a member of St. Michael's Church, St. Ann's Society and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

She was married to Henry Wehmeyer here on Jan. 6, 1960. He died in 1982. Also preceding her in death were a sister, Angeline (Kubesch) Bahner and four brothers, Lewis, Joe, Emil and Raymond Kubesch.

She is survived by four sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.

Serving as pallbearers were Joel Kubesch, Wilburn Bahner, E. Joe Bahner, Lewis Kubesch, Anton Kubesch and Harold "Buddy" Brandt.

Weimar Mercury, April 16, 1987
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Wehner, Lelia (Rau) Crawford

LELIA RAU CRAWFORD WEHNER

Lelia Rau Crawford Wehner, 100, passed away on Dec. 3, 2011 in Weimar.

She was born on Oct. 30, 1911 to Albert Washington Rau Sr. and Maud Leyendecker Rau.

Lelia was a fourth generation Texan who was very active in her community. She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, German Society, Columbus Garden Club, Colorado County Historical Commission and the United Methodist Women’s Society. She served on the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery board and worked on the Magnolia Homes Tour. She acted as a docent in many of the historical homes of Columbus. One of her favorite activities was guiding bluebonnet tours around Columbus and Fayetteville. She loved the outdoors and was a deer hunter until she was 90. She was a true Texan.

Lelia was preceded in death by her first husband, Velton Marion Crawford Sr., who passed away on Jan. 11, 1935 and second husband, Herman H. Wehner Jr., who passed away on Sept. 11, 1982; brothers, Raymond “Utzie” Rau, Jack Rau, Dave Rau and Donnie Rau; and sisters, Belle Pophankin and Meryl “Bootsie” Youens.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Ann Dowden and husband Carl of Hitchcock; sons, V.M. “Pet” Crawford and wife Margie of Columbus, and Herman H. Wehner III and wife Judy of Columbus; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. A private family graveside service will take place at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with the Rev. Mike Morris officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to First United Methodist Church, 1229 Milam St., Columbus, TX 78934.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.hennekefuneralhome.com.

Colorado County Citizen, December 6, 2011
Contributed by Anne C. Cain

Weichman, Johann Ernst Wilhelm

No cause is known why Mr. E. Weichman committed suicided[sic] a[t] Frelsburg last Thursday, by hanging. He was comfortably situated, and in good circumstances. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 20, 1881, page 3

Weigel, Lizzie (Woodruff)

Mrs. Weigel Dies After Long Illness; Burial Here

Last rites were held Tuesday morning at Untermeyer Funeral home for Mrs. H. C. Weigel, aged 62, who died at her home here May 2 at 11 a.m. after having been in bad health for several years.

Continued services were held in St. Anthony’s Catholic church with Rev. Alex J. Kraus officiating. Rosary was said Monday evening in the funeral home. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mrs. Weigel is survived by her husband of Columbus; 2 daughters, Mrs. Louine Zinke of Houston and Mrs. Irene Crumpler of Katy; 9 grandchildren, Linda Young, Grand Prairie; Mrs. Betty Lou Hyman, Throckmorton; David Young with the Airforce in Maryland; Beatrice Stroud of Abilene, Charles Beckmeyer of Lamesa; Lee Anthony Crumpler and Richard Dale Yarborough, Barker, and Fred Herman and Dorothy Woodruff, Houston, also 9 great-grandchildren. Four brothers, Neely and Bill Woodruff of Houston and Ben and Tilford Woodruff of El Campo also survive.

Most of them were present for the rites. Others here included Paul Treybig of Alta Loma, an uncle who reared Mrs. Weigel; Mary Schultz and Butler Day of Grand Prairie; Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Weigel, Luling; Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Weigel, New Taiton; Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Church, Houston; Mrs. Lillie Schilling and Mr. and Mrs. Lee Glass, Garwood; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Treybig, El Campo; Mr. and Mr. August Venghaus, Eagle Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Alvester Venghaus. Alta Loma; Mrs. Bertha Stallman, La Marque; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hennecke, Mentz, and Mr. and Mrs. O. D. Steenkin, Burton.

Pallbearers were Fred and Harold Barnett, Joe Buxkemper, Leslie Miller, Reuben Maertz and Royal Hennecke.

Colorado County Citizen, May 7, 1959, page 6

Weir, Nora (Barrow)

Last Rites for Nora Weir Sat.

Mrs. Nora B. Weir, a native of this county and a longtime resident of Eagle Lake, passed away in the Autumn Hill Nursing Home in Richmond last Thursday morning, January 25th. Mrs. Weir had been making her home in Houston but had been in the Autumn Hill a home for the past three weeks.

Services were held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27th at the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake. Members of the Eagle Lake Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star No. 483 conducted the services. Mrs. Weir was a fifty-year member of the Eagle Lake OES chapter.

Interment was in Masonic Cemetery. Pallbearers wee Lloyd Spalinger, Ed Tate, Joe Lee McCreary, Earl Rodgers, Jr., Harold Thomas and James Cash.

She was born on Sept. 19, 1893 in Columbus, the daughter of Vincent and Nannie S. Barrow. She was a retired stenographer.

Surviving are: one sister, Mrs. U. J. (Alice) Dupree of Richmond; three brothers, W. H. (Bill) Barrow of Eagle Lake; Claude Barrow of Oklahoma City and Monroe V. Barrow of Conroe; a number of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Deepest sympathy is extended to the family in the loss of this loved one.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 1, 1973
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Weise, Cora

Cora, the little baby daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Weise of Content, died Saturday night at 9 o’clock, of fever. The little body was interred Sunday afternoon at 3, Rev. Wilson of Halletsville[sic] officiating. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones in their sad loss. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows' Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, June 24, 1893

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Weisler, Dorothy Natalie (Dixon)

Dorothy Natalie Weisler
August 13, 1910-May 2, 1996

Dorothy Natalie Weisler, 85, of Brenham passed away Thursday, May 2, 1996, in the Trinity Medical Center in Brenham.

She was born August 13, 1910, in Victoria to Sam Hayne and Natalie Sullivan Dixon.

Dorothy and Julian E. Weisler were married on March 8, 1930, in Houston.

She was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Brenham and a member of Rice Alumni.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in May 1974; two brothers, Sam Brisco Dixon and Mike Dixon; one son, James Steven Weisler.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Julian II and Gerry Weisler of Brenham, daughters and son-in-law, Natalie and Charles Andreas of Brenham, Marjorie Penelope Bond of Conroe; Grandchildren and their spouses, Chip and Patsy Andreas, Chris and Nancy Andreas and Allison Andreas, Christine Weisler, Caryn Weisler and Chris Jones. Claire and Allen Hammack and Coburn Bond; sister and brother-in-law, Maide Jan and Harry Congdon of Houston; tow sisters-in-law, Jean Dixon of Houston and Doris Dixon of Conroe; a dear friend, Ora Lee Edwards of Brenham; great grandchildren Eric, Christopher and Meridith Andreas and Montana Hammack.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 6, at 10 a.m. from St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Brenham with Fr. Carl Shannon officiating.

Interment followed in the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake at 1 p.m. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Memorial Oaks Chapel of Brenham.

Pallbearers were Chip, Christopher and Eric Andreas, Coburn Bond and Jim and Dennis Congdon.

Those who wish may give memorial gifts to their favorite charity.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight.Thursday, May 9, 1996
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan

Weisler, Gustavus Charles

Funeral Services Held Here Today for G.C. Weisler

Death came as a relief to a prolonged illness, attended by intense suffering, when it touched the tired eyelids of G.C. Weisler, Tuesday afternoon at five o'clock.

For the past several weeks he had been confined to his bed, lest the least exertion cause a collapse of his heart. He had seemed better than usual during Monday and expressed the desire to walk around in his home but was persuaded to remain quiet.

About midnight he suffered a heart attack and throughout Tuesday his condition remained critical. He had been a resident of Eagle Lake for nearly forty years, having come here to reside in 1906.

He was born in Chapel Hill, November 9, 1873, the son of Wilhelmina and Frnaz Weisler. January 17, 1900, he married Miss Jane Brownson at her home in Lavaca County. Born to this union were five children, all of whom survive. They are Mrs. Y.T. Harris of Dallas; Mrs. R.L. Brittain of Jasper; Mrs. J.C. Fant of Bellville; Louis W. Weisler of Berkley, California and Capt. Julian Weisler of the U.S. Army, formerly County Attorney of Washington County. Ten grandchildren also survive, and his faithful and devoted wife. There are no surviving brothers and sisters, Mr. Weisler having been the last of his immediate family circle.

Awaiting the arrival of his son, Louis, from California, funeral services were not held until this morning, Friday, at ten o'clock. The rev. G.A. Shultz conducted the last sad rites at the Methodist Church of which deceased had been a faithful and loyal member throughout his life. Burial was in Lakeside cemetery. Named as honorary pallbearers were Dr. S. E. Stafford, A.H. Wegharst, Dr. Waldo Knolle, P.N. Roberts, Brenham; Jack and Obe Goode, Weimer; Loy Duddlesten, Houston; C.S. McLellan, Palacios; G.Y. Morgan, George H. Heck, Victor Englehard, Dr. J.R. Laughlin, W. D. Estlinbaum; Joe D. Luna, Harry Moland, F.T. Bell, J.M. Chumney, Ben Ahlers, Chas. Von Lengerke, R. Killough, Ernest Seaholm, S.E. Cooper, Henry Beckman, A.F. Harbert, S.O. Boothe, L.J. Burger, G.A. Seaholm, E.H. Rodgers, A.A. Klockman, J.R. Colly, J.N. Frazar.

Casket attendants were George Goode of Weimar, W.H. Abell of Garwood, Ray F. Arnold of Houston, A. J. Struss, E.H. Rodgers and S.C. Smothers of Eagle Lake.

Another native Texan and pioneer has "crossed over to rest in the shade of the trees." To those who are grief stricken over his passing the Headlight offers tender and abiding sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight. Friday, August 20, 1943

Impressive Rites For G.C. Weisler

Impressive Funeral rites were held Friday morning at ten o'clock from Colly Memorial Church for G.C. Weisler. A large number of friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect and esteem to his memory. Floral tributes that were lavish and of rare beauty adorned his final resting place in Lakeside cemetery.

All of the children were present at the last sad rites except Louis W. Weilser of Berkley, California. Delayed trains caused him to miss the funeral services, which had been postponed to Friday for his arrival. He did not get in until Saturday.

The Rev. G.A. Schultz officiated at the burial rites. Mrs. W. M. Lindsay played the prelude of funeral music. A quartet composed of Mrs. Oliver Westmoreland, Mrs. G.D. Gerstenberg, Miss Sue Colly and Rev. G.A. Schultz rendered "Peace Be Still."

Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were Mr. And Mrs. Will Pinchback and Alma Dayle, Mrs. Bob Shaw, Mrs. Otto Braden, Mrs. Clarence martin, L. E. Cornelius, and Ben Schultz of Garwood; Mrs. Mose Townsend, Rock Island; Herman and James Brownson of Provident City; Mrs. And Mrs. Jack Goode, Obe and Alice Goode, Mrs. Tye Holman, Weimar; Mr. And Mrs. Bill Griffits, Dayton; Mesdames W. B. Heaton, F.L Carpenter, Fred Love, R.E. Kilpatrick, J.F. Richards, N.O. Dickie, J.G. Clerk, Burford Bracy, Bob Lange and M.F. Riley of Bellville; Mr. And Mrs. Joe Edwards, Mr. And Mrs. Carl Reich, Mr. And Mrs. Alvin Weghorst, Travis Phillips, Mrs. S.E. Stafford, Leslie D. William, Albert Stone and H.C. Buck, Brenham; Mr. And Mrs. E.E. Magill and Marion, Mr. And Mrs. Ligon Loughridge, Mr. And Mrs. Ray Arnold, Mr. And Mrs. H.S. Trousdale and children and Mrs. Oscar Baker and Mr. And Mrs. Albert Loughridge of Houston.

Eagle Lake Headlight. Friday, August 27, 1943
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan

Weisler, Julian E.

Julian Weisler Buried Here Monday

Julian E. Weisler, 67, of Brenham and a former resident here for many years, passed away at his rural residence at 10 p.m. Saturday. Funeral services were held from S. Peters Episcopal Church of Brenham at 2 p.m. Monday. Father Billy Tomlin officiated. Graveside rites were held at 4 p.m. Monday at the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake by the Masonic Lodge of Eagle Lake.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Dorothy D. Weisler of Brenham; two daughters and two sons, Mrs. C. R. Andreas of Brenham, Julian E. Weisler II of Brenham, Mrs. R. H. Bond of Conroe, and Stephen Weisler of Houston, seven grandchildren.

Brenham Memorial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 16, 1974
Submitted by Catherine Balusek Ryan

 

Weisler, Melissa Jane (Brownson)

Services For Mrs. Weisler To Be Held Here Thurs., 2 pm

Mrs. Melissa Jane Weisler of Bellville, formerly a citizen here for many years, passed away at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in Dallas. Funeral services will be held in Eagle Lake Thursday afternoon, August 21st, at 2:00 o'clock p.m. from the Colly Memorial Methodist Church. She passed away from heart failure and had been ill for some six weeks.

The Rev. W. A. Menking of Bellville will officiate at the services. Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. The Pete E. Etlinger Funeral Home of Bellville will direct the services.

The body will lie in state at the Colly Church from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. Thursday.

Mrs. Weisler was born on June 8, 1874, in Sublime, near Hallettsville, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Brownson. She was married to G. C. Weisler in Garwood on January 18, 1900.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Y. T. Harris of Dallas, Mrs. John Fant of Bellville and Mrs. Roy Brittian of Jasper; two sons, Lewis Weisler of Saratoga, California and Julian Weisler of Fort Richard, Alaska; two sisters, Mrs. Daisy Pinchback of Garwood and Mrs. Flossie Loughridge of Houston; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 21, 1958
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Weiss, Arthur W.

Pfc. Arthur Weiss Killed In Action On Italian Front

J. F. W. Koehn received news from the War Department on Thursday, Dec. 2., that his nephew, Pfc. Arthur W. Weiss had been killed in action November 27, 1943, on the battle front in Italy. No further information has been received.

Pfc. Weiss had been in the service about one and one-half years. At he time of his death he was a member of Company K, 141st Infantry, his company being engaged in pushing back the enemy in the Italian campaign.

He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Weiss, and was born at Sublime on August 27, 1916. He was 27 years and 3 months old when he met his death. At the time of his enlistment he was employed by a dairy in Houston.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church.

urvivors include one sister, Mrs. Edgar Raabe; one brother, Pfc. John Weiss, now somewhere in the Pacific area of war.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to bereaved relatives.

Weimar Mercury, December 10, 1943, page 1

Burial Rites for Pfc. Arthur Weiss To Be Held Monday

Reinterment services for Pfc. Arthur Weiss,nephew of Mr. and Mrs. _. W. Koehn of Weimar, who was killed in action in 1943, will be held Monday at Fort Sam Houston, near San Antonio.

Pfc. Weiss was 27 years old when he lost his life on one of the battle fields in Italy, while fighting with the 41st Infantry.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Weiss, he was born August 17, 1916 at Sublime. For a number of years he made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Koehn near Weimar and at the time he entered the service had been employed in a dairy in Houston. He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Survivors include one sister, Mrs. ____ Raabe of Louise and a brother, Cpl. John Weiss, who is stationed at Melbourne, Australia.

Weimar Mercury, April 8, 1949

Welch, James Murphy

MR. J. M. WELCH DIES AT HOME IN COLUMBUS

Mr. J. M. Welch, for many years a resident of the section lying southeast of Weimar, but moving a few years ago to Columbus to make his home, died in that city Sunday a week ago, and was buried the following day in the Ijams Cemetery.

He was a native of Mississippi, born in 1848, but had live in this county and section since early manhood. He was married to Miss Mary Lou Clapp, member of a well known old time family of this section, in 1871. He is survived by two daughters, Misses Ninon and Leona.

Mr. Welch was an unobtrusive, quiet, peaceable, good citizen, highly regarded by neighbors and friends, and his death is sincerely deplored.

Weimar Mercury, May 11, 1928, page 4

Welcome, Nancy

WEIMAR LOCAL MATTERS

Aunt Nancy Welcome--a very old and pious colored woman--wife of Uncle Sam Welcome died on the 21st instant, in great peace. Aunt Nancy had been raised in the Insall family, and had assisted in rearing he fourth generation of that family. She was loved by all who knew her, and her remains were followed to the grave by the largest concourse of her race that ever assembled in this section to perform the last rite. Peace to her ashes. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, February 28, 1884

Welcome, Robert “Bud”

Bud Welcome, a well known and popular colored farmer living on the highway a few miles east of Weimar, died Wednesday morning following a stroke of paralysis. He was buried in the colored people’s burying ground west of town today, Thusday.

Weimar Mercury, April 14, 1922, page 8

Welcome, Sam

A negro man named Welcome, residing in the Borden section, died early Tuesday morning. The man had been out hunting the day previous, and was apparently well and hearty up to the time his wife went ot call him Tuesday morning, when it was discovered that he was in a dying condition. Congestion is supposed to have been the cause of his death. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 28, 1910, page 8

Weller, Annie Cordelia

DIED, in this city, at twenty minutes to eight o'clock yesterday morning, of measles, ANNIE CORDELIA, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. C. O. Weller. The funeral services took place at the family residence at half-past eight o'clock. The body will be interred at Osage Cemetery this evening, beside her little brother. CORDIE was a bright, intelligent little girl aged 2 years, 4 months and 9 days. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.

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ALTHOUGH the measles have prevailed in our town for a month past, the little daughter of Dr. Weller is the only case in which it proved fatal. In this case the patient had just recovered from a severe attack of threatened pneumonia, and hence was illy prepared for another attack.

Colorado Citizen, 10 March 1881
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson
Photo courtesy David Hahn

Weller, Cyrus Ottway

Dr. C.O. Weller died at his home in Austin last Sunday of Pneumonia. He was buried on Monday, and the following day Mrs. Weller died of the same disease, having contracted it while nursing the doctor. Dr. and Mrs. Weller were well known in Columbus, this place having been their home for many years. Mrs. Weller was a sister of the late Sheriff Burford, and a sister of Mrs. M.H. Townsend. They moved away from Columbus over twenty five years ago, but still share a warm place in the hearts of all the older citizens of this place. We tender our sympathy to the family and relatives.

Colorado County Citizen, November 10, 1911
Submitted by David Hahn

Weller, Florence Marion (Burford)

MRS. C. O. WELLER DIES

Austin, Texas, Nov. 6.- Death today claimed Mrs. C. O. Weller, widow of the late Dr. C. O. Weller, who died Wednesday and who was buried yesterday afternoon. Pnuemonia carried both away.

Mrs. Weller would have been 59 years of age on the 24th, and the forty-second anniversary of her marriage to Dr. Weller would have been on Thursday of next week. She contracted pneumonia while nursing her husband in his last illness and was stricken two days ago. Elizabeth, the elder daughter, reached home from New York a few hours before her mother died. McLeary Weller, the oldest son, arrived from New York yesterday in time for the funeral of his father. Three other children, Dr. C. Burford, Clarence and Sallie Belle, survive. The funeral will be at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in University Methodist church, of which she and her husband were leading members. Brief services for relatives only will be held in the Weller homestead, 608 West Twenty-fourth Street, at 2:15 o'clock.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, November 17, 1911, Weimar, Texas.
Submitted by David Hahn

Weller, Infant Daughter

New Notes From Altair
(Delayed Letter from Last week.)

It is with regret that we report the death of the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Weller, who died at her parents’ home Tuesday night and was buried at the Wright cemetery Wednesday eve at 5 o’clock. The sympathy of the community is extended the bereaved father and mother. Bro. Thompson of Columbus officiated at the grave.

Weimar Mercury, August 15, 1903, page 4

Weller, Samuel McLeary

MCLEARY WELLER, COLUMBUS NATIVE, DIES IN NEW YORK

Samuel McLeary Weller, aged 81, died Sunday in New York City, where he had made his home for many years. He was a native of Columbus, son of Dr. and Mrs. Cyrus Otway Weller. His mother was the former Florence Burford. Mr. Weller was a cousin of the Burford and McLeary families and had visited here on several occasions. His father was a partner with Will Burford in the ownership of Zumwalt drug store in the '70's. A member of the famous Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War, he was New York newspaperman before joining the Schuberts for a 25-year theatrical association. He later worked with Henry Miller and the late Walter Hampden and handled publicity for the Alfred Lunt-Lynn Fontaine production of "The Taming of the Shrew"; Marice Evans' "Richard II," also "Life With Father," "Guys and Dolls" and "Oklahoma." In recent years he had been a personal representative for his daughter, Carola Goya, an internationally-known dancer. His wife, Hortense, died several years ago and a son, Cedric, died about 20 years ago. He is survived by 2 other daughters, Mrs. Richard Beller and Mrs. Travers Le Gros, also of New York. Mr. Weller is also survived by 2 sisters, Mrs. Legal Robinson of New York City and Mrs. Eugent Sydnor of Richmond, Va. Two brothers, Drs. Clarence and Burford Weller, who practiced medicine in Austin, died several years ago.

Colorado County Citizen, September 26, 1957
Submitted by David Hahn

Wells, Marshall

Weimar Local Matters

Another bloody, cowardly murder was committed the morning of the 25th on the farm of D. W. Hancock, near this place. One Jerry Wilkins shot and killed Marshall Wells, both colored. It seems the parties were brothers-in-law. The murdered man was farming with Mr. Hancock in partnership with his mother-in-law. Some words passed between the murdered man and the mother-in-law about the division of some money from the sale of cotton. The murderer, who was a transient fellow on the place, was present, and made some remarks about it, when he was told by the man killed to attend to his own business, or he would make him. With this Wells stepped out of the cabin door, when Wilkins walked to the corner of the house, picked up a shot gun loaded with duck shot, and discharged a load into Well’s head killing him immediately--tearing the whole side of his head off. The murderer made his escape, and is still at large, though the officers are on his track, and the probabilities are that he will soon be apprehended. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 30, 1882

Wells, Trula Joyce (Harbert)

Services Held Here Tuesday For Mrs. Wells

Funeral services were held in Christ Episcopal church in Eagle Lake Tuesday at 11 a.m. for Mrs. Trula Harbert Wells, who died in Laughlin hospital Sunday evening after an illness of 16 days with a heart condition. The Rev Irvin F. A. Kraeke officiated. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest at Columbus

Mrs. Wells was a native of Altair, born Aug. 24, 1895, daughter of the late John Alvey and Carrie Stafford Harbert. She lived in Columbus, later moving to Eagle Lake, where she spent the last years of her life. She was married in Houston Mar 27, 1920, to Robert Rush Wells.

Her husband survives, along with a son, Robert Rush Wells Jr. of Eagle Lake and 2 daughters, Mrs. I. W. Russek of Lafayette, La, and Mrs. Gardner Duncan of Eagle Lake and 6 grandchildren, Carol Beth, Julia and Jane Wells, Dianne and Vance C. Duncan and Myra Ann Russek.

She was a member of the Eagle Lake Episcopal church and a charter member of John Everett chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Pallbearers were Joe Reed, Fulton M. Dromgoole, W N. Lehrer, Joe Lee McCreary, Dr. J C. Laughlin and R. L. Cook Sr.

Colorado County Citizen, November 17, 1966

Wendel, Albert

Albert Wendel’s Services Are Held At St. Roch's

Funeral services for Albert Wendel, born Oct. 9, 1882, were held Monday at 9 a.m. at St. Roch's Catholic church in Mentz with Rev. Leonard Vassinski and Rev. Andrew Didner. officiating.

Mr. Wendel, who died in the Eagle Lake hospital last Saturday afternoon, was 73 years of age. He was born in the Bernardo community and lived there all his life as a farmer. At Mentz he was married to Frances Jalloway about 46 years ago.

Untermeyer Funeral home was in charge. Rosary was recited Sunday evening. at 7:30 and Monday morning at 9:30. Burial was at the Mentz Catholic cemetery.

Survivors include his widow; one son, Alvin of Bernardo; a brother, J. L. Wendel of Alleyton, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Anton Drymalla and Mrs. John Drymalla of Bernardo.

Pallbearers were Wilber Smith, Elvoit Drymalla, Elo Kotrla, Sylvester Drymalla, Ervin Drymalla and Charles Twardsky.

Colorado County Citizen, July 12, 1956, page 6

Wendel, Bertha (Meismer)

FRANK WENDEL'S MOTHER. 89, DIES; FUNERAL AT MENTZ

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha M. Wendel, 89, mother of Frank J. Wendel of Weimar, were held last Friday at Untermeyer Funeral Home and St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus, with Rev. Leroy Braden of Galveston, a grandson officiating.

Burial was in the Catholic cemetery at Mentz.

Mrs. Wendel died Nov. 11 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Cyril Gloger, in Columbus. She was the widow of Frank X. Wendel, who died In 1948, shortly after the couple had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They had lived In Columbus since 1921.

Survivors Include four sons, Chas. and Edmund of El Campo, Arthur of Richmond and Frank of here; three daughters, Mrs. R. G. Braden of Wharton, Mrs. Willie Maertz of El Campo and Mrs. Gloger; 25 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, November 20, 1953, page 1

Wendel, William

Weimar Local Matters

Wm. Wendel, a well known saloon man of this place, died Sunday last, at 3 o’clock a.m. with the flux, and was buried Sunday evening. Mr. W. had accumulated quite a nice little property in this city. He willed one house and lot to a friend, one to the poor of the city of Weimar, and the balance to his brothers and one sister. He was a single man. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, June 21, 1883

Wendt, Bertha L. (Dahse)

Final Rites For Mrs. Fritz Wendt, 90, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Wendt, 90, widow of he late Fritz Wendt, were held Saturday afternoon, Aug. 17, at Weimar United Church of Christ, with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Frank Horak Jr. officiated.

Mrs. Wendt died Thursday, Aug. 15, in DeTar Hospital at Victoria, where she had undergone surgery.

Born June 25, 1878, at Welcome, Texas, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dahse. The family moved to New Bielau when she was a young girl. She was married to Mr. Wendt in 1900 and they lived in the old Content community until his death in 1955.

Mrs. Wendt was baptized and confirmed in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at New Bielau and at the time of her death was a member of the Weimar United Church of Christ.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. William (Hilda) Skotnik of Victoria and Mrs. Oscar (Elsie) Schaefer of Weimar; three sons, Alfred of Houston, Emil and Werner of El Campo, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Gus Dahse and Louis Dahse of Weimar and Herman Dahse of Nordheim; and three sisters, Mrs. Robert (Hulda) Schoenemann of Nordheim, Mrs. Theodore (Mary) Havemann Sr. of Houston and Mrs. Paul (Elsie) Piepenbrok of Navasota. Three brothers, Otto, Eddie and Rudolph Dahse, and two sisters, Mrs. Charlie Thumann and Mrs. Henry Rathke, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Paul Carson, Edwin Derrick, Arnold Parker, Herbert Wendt Jr., John E. Gore and Fred Dahse.

Weimar Mercury, August 22, 1968, page 5

Wendt, Alfred J.

Alfred Wendt Funeral Held Here

Funeral services for Alfred J. Wendt, 69, of Houston, formerly of Weimar, were held Thursday, Dec. 13, at Hubbard Funeral Chapel here, with interment in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Walter Simpson officiated.

Mr. Wendt died at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Brookshire Home, after six years’ illness. Earlier he had been a patient in Veterans Administration Hospital.

He had lived in Houston the last 45 years and had worked at Hughes Tool Service until entering military service in World War II. He served three years in the Army.

Born near Weimar January 25, 1904, he was the son of Fritz and Bertha Dahse Wendt. He was baptized and confirmed in New Bielau Trinity Church. He attended Durham’s College in San Antonio. He was a member of the VFW.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Willie (Hilda) Skotnik of Victoria and Mrs. Oscar (Elsie) Schaefer of Weimar; and two brothers, Emil and Werner Wendt of El Campo.

Pallbearers were Arnold Parker, Ed Rabel, Rubin Dahse, Fred Vornsand, Willie Wienken and Emil Helmcamp.

Weimar Mercury, December 20, 1973, page 12
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Wendt, Carl

NEW BIELAU NEWS

Sept. 30.--Today the sad news reached us that Mr. Charles Wendt, an old settler of this neighborhood, was dead. His corpse was found on his bed by Messrs. Fritz Wendt and Chas. Hartensteiner, who had been called to investigate. Judge VanAlstyne of Weimar held the inquest, and the remains of this citizen will be laid to rest tomorrow morning at New Bielau cemetery. For years this old gentleman lived here on his small farm as a hermit, and was last seen alive by one of the neighbors last Thursday, when he got his mail from his mailbox. Nobody knows when death claimed him. However, his decomposed body shows that he has been dead for several days. May he rest in peace.

Weimar Mercury, October 4, 1918, page 2

Wendt, Fredericke (Boesel)

Death of Mrs. John Wendt

Mrs. Fredericke Wendt, the beloved wife of John Wendt, Sr., of Content, died at the family home Thursday morning, and the remains were interred at the city cemetery Friday afternoon, a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends witnessing the last sad rites. Mrs. Wendt was born in Pommern, Germany, September, 4, 1839, and was 72 years and 8 months old at the time of her death. She had lived in Texas 45 years, and had for many years resided at the family home at Content, where she raised a large and interesting family of children, all of whom are grown. She was a kind-hearted, good woman, the best of friends and neighbors, ever thoughtful of those about her, and a wife and mother whose equal it would be hard to find. She leaves an aged husband and a number of children, to whom our heartfelt sympathy, is extended.

Weimar Mercury, May 24, 1912, page 1

Wendt, Fritz A.

Final Rites for Fritz Wendt, 80, Held Saturday

Funeral services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Saturday for Fritz Wendt, 80, of El Campo, a former Weimar resident. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery

He died at 1:45 last Tuesday afternoon in Nighingale [sic] Hospital in El Campo, where he had been under treatment for about 10 days.

A farmer and carpenter in the Weimar area for nearly 50 years, Mr. Wendt and his wife had moved to El Campo several years ago, when his health began to fail. Two of their sons live there.

Born at Weimar Sept. 15, 1875, when the town itself was but two years old, Mr. Wendt was confirmed in 1871[sic] in the Lutheran Church at New Bielau. He married Miss Bertha Dahse in 1900. In 1950 a large group of relatives and friends gathered as they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

Five children were born to the couple, all of whom are still living.

Surviving Mr. Wendt are his wife, Mrs. Bertha Wendt of El Campo; two daughters, Mrs. Hilda Skotnik of Victoria and Mrs. Oscar Schaefer of Weimar; three sons, Alfred Wendt of Houston and Emil and Werner Wendt of El Campo; 10 grandchildren; and one brother, John Wendt of Nordheim. Two sisters, Mrs. Augusta Hasse and Mrs. Regina Richter, and two brothers, Adolph and Charlie Wendt, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers for the services were George Sciba and Harry Jensen of El Campo; Ben Holt, John Hajovsky, Henry Hasse and Benno Rose of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, September 23, 1955

Wendt, John Heinrich Christoph

TWO DEATHS IN ONE NIGHT
Two Old Citizens of Weimar Pass Away Tuesday Night

Two highly respected and honored citizens of this community passed away Tuesday night almost at the same moment. Mr. W. A. L. Smith and Mr. John Wendt, Sr., both aged men and well and favorably known throughout our community. Both had been ill for quite awhile, and while their deaths were not unexpected, nevertheless they were sincerely regretted by a large circle of friends. Mr. Smith was a member of the local lodge of Masons, and was buried at the Borden Cemetery Wednesday afternoon under the auspices of that order, quite a large number of relatives and friends witnessing the last sad rites. Mr. Wendt was buried same afternoon in the Masonic Cemetery at this place, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran minister, conducing the funeral services. His funeral, was largely attended. Both decedents leave a number of children, all grown. We were unable to gather data in regard to the lives of these two worthy men in time for this issue, but hope to secure and publish same in our next issue. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives and friends.

Weimar Mercury, November 30, 1917

Wennenweser, Irene (Becker).

Wennenweser

Irene Becker Wennenweser, 81, of New Ulm passed away Jan. 10 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born Aug. 14, 1921 to Arthur and Nola Becker and married Max Wennenweser Sr. on Jan. 27, 1989.

She was a self-employed rancher and member of St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Max Wennenweser Sr.

She is survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Max Jr. and Jeanette Wennenweser of Houston; granddaughter, Amy Wennenweser of Durham, N.C.; sisters and brother-in-law; Earline and Bill Blackburn of Austin, Becky Wilburn of Columbus and Lillian Cain of Ariz.; brothers and sisters-in-law; Arthur and Connie Becker of New Ulm, Clifton and Estella Becker of La Grange and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Jan. 13 at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating. Interment followed at St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm. [Interment was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.]

Colorado County Citizen, January 15, 2003
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Wennenweser, Max

Wennenweser Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Max Wennenweser of New Ulm were held Sunday afternoon January 29, 1989, at 2:30 p.m. at the Henneke Funeral Chapel in Columbus with the Rev. Clarence Oestreich officiating.

Interment was in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Mr. Wennenweser passed away Friday, January 27, in the Columbus Community Hospital. He was 83 years of age.

Born April 20, 1905 in Austin County, he was the son of William and Emma (Kollatschny) Wennenweser. A farmer and rancher and lifetime resident of the area, he was a member of the Austin County Farm Bureau and was instrumental in promoting the screwworm program in the county. In 1983 his farm was recognized as part of the Land Heritage Program for being one of the remaining farms owned and operated by one family for over 100 years.

He was united in marriage with the former Irene Becker December 24, 1944.

Survivors include his wife, Irene Wennenweser of New Ulm; one son and daughter-in-law, Max Jr. and Jeanette Linney Wennenweser of Houston; one brother, William Wennenweser of New Ulm; one granddaughter, Amy Wennenweser of Houston; many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Greg Montello, Edwin Steinhauser, David Mikulenka, Mark Wilburn, Kelly Wilburn, Ronnie Becker, Brady Becker and Jim Eltemann. Honorary pallbearers were Marvin Becker, Harold Marek Jr., Leon Davis, David WiIhelm, Tony Beach. Marty Becker and Scott Lawrence.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of funeral arrangements.

New Ulm Enterprise, February 2, 1989, page 2

Wensel, Leslie

Wensel

Leslie Wensel, 83, of Frelsburg passed away Friday, Oct. 15, 2004, at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born on Feb. 18, 1921, in Welcome to Adolph and Tony Eben Wensel. He was a retired linesman for REA and Houston Light and Power.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Mary Dell Loehr Wensel, whom he married on May 10, 1944.

Wensel is survived by his daughter, Dale Heinsohn and her husband Leslie of Frelsburg; two grand children, Brandy Heinsohn Divin and her husband Shannon of Houston and Heidi Heinsohn of Frelsburg; sister, Laura Huff of Houston; and brother-in-law, Winston Loehr of Needville.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg, American Legion Post 442 of Sealy, VFW Post 6522 of Bellville, the Sealy Volunteer Fire Department and the Peters Gun Club. He was also a U.S. Navy veteran.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 17 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating.

Pallbearers were Randy Hegenmeyer, Glenn Bryant, Randal Tipp, Edmund Novicke, John Loehr, Henry Potter, Justin Kubicek and Tommy Horien. Honorary pallbearers were Winston Loehr, Shannon Divin, Calvin Heinsohn, Bubba Bradford and Russell Leyendecker. Interment followed at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Colorado County Citizen, October 20, 2004
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Wenske, Edna (Roensch)

Edna Wenske, 76, of Columbus passed away July 24 at Spring Shadows in Houston.

She was born Dec. 17, 1925, in Fayette County to Willie and Alma Roensch. She married Lee Roy Wenske on April 8, 1972.

She was preceded in death by her father and daughter, Patti Mrazak.

She is survived by her husband; mother; sisters and brothers-in-law, Florence and Bill Jurajda of Columbus and Amelda and Earnest Peikert of Sealy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ernie and Peggy Roensch of Victoria and Calvin and Sharon Roensch of Bernardo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Having donated her body to science, [ashes were later interred in Weimar Masonic Cemetery] a memorial service was held Sunday, July 28 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating.

Memorials can be sent to the American Diabetes Association or the charity of your choice.

Colorado County Citizen, July 31, 2002
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Wenske, Irene (Johnson)

Wenske

Irenek[sic] Wenske, 90, of Columbus, passed away July 29 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born n[sic] Moulton, March 7, 1914 to James Louis and Iola Mae (Cooper) Johnson and married Herman Wenske, May 13, 1931. She worked as a bookkeeper for Hermans Garage in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Woodrow and Glenn Johnson; and an infant sister.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Pauline and Robert Reese of Albany, Ga.; sons, Lee Roy and Clifford Wenske of Columbus and Donald Wenske of Brenham; sisters, Laura Mae Zouzalik and Gertrude Branisky of Flatonia, Winnie Bohnstedt and Dorothy Schoubert of San Antonio and Fern Prufiri of San Marcos; brothers, Cooper Johnson of Flatonia, John Louis Johnson of Bay City and David Johnson of San Antonio; 12 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted July 31 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Deacon Bennie Holesovsky officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Charles Brandon and Don Paul Wenske, and Mark, Randy, Cliff, Kip, Kevin and Robbie Reese.

Colorado County Citizen, August 4, 2004
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Wente, Stanley B.

Wente

Stanley B. Wente, 23, of Burton, died Friday, Sept. 1, 1995 at his Burton residence.

Born April 25, 1972 in Houston, he was the son of Jerry and Margaret (Tucker) Wente. On June 3, 1992, he married Rachelle Raena “Shelly” Herring. Mr. Wente, who had resided in the Burton area for the past 3 1/2 years, was a welder for Valmont Industries of Brenham.

Funeral services were held Sept. 3 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Heath Herring, Danny Warrea, Kenny Moore, Albert Perez, Jimmy Perez and Ignacio Juarez. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Wente, Bobby Maples and Wayne Maples.

Mr. Wente is survived by his wife, and daughters Tiffanie Lyne Wente and Deborah Raena Wente, all of Burton, mother and step-father, Margaret and Clark Cuvieler and brother Jerry Wente, all of Independence, Texas and a sister, Krista Hensley of Dallas.

Colorado County Citizen, September 6, 1995, page 12

Werland, Albert F.

Werland

Albert F. Werland, 94, of the Brushy Community passed away on March 29 at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus.

He was born on Nov. 25, 1913 to Otto Werland and Johanna Becker and was lifetime resident of the Brushy Community near Columbus. He was a retired oil field worker, farmer and rancher. On Oct. 13, 1937 he married Minnie Reising Werland. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Ellinger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Elsie Georg and son-in-law, Floyd L. Schlichting.

He is survived by his wife Minnie Werland of Brushy Community; daughter, Patsy Werland Schlichting of Seguin; sons, Clyde Werland of Brushy Community and Larry Werland and wife Judy of Brushy Community; bro-ther, Arthur Werland of Frelsburg and grandchildren, Larry Werland II, Jason Werland, Josh Werland, Jeremy Werland, Jeffrey Werland and Kylee Werland.

Funeral services took place Sunday, March 30 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus the Rev. Karl Johnson officiating. Interment followed in Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Pallbearers are all his grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, April 2, 2008,
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Werland, Anastasia (Burger) Krause

Prominent Brushy Lady Succumbs Last Tuesday
(Frieda Vogelsang)

The news of the death of Mrs. Henry Werland came as a shock to her neighbors and friends, although in feeble health for the last year, Grandma Werland, as she was fondly called, did not complain. Her death came very suddenly Tuesday, Nov. 20th at 8:00 p.m. at the home of her son, Leo, with whom she made her home since the death of Mr. Hy. Werland. Grandma Werland (nee Burger) was born in Germany, Apr. 2, 1851 and belonged to a pioneer family. Coming to this country in her childhood days. During her maidenhood days she was married to Mr. Krause, who died after only a few years of married life and left her a widow and two small children, a daughter and a son. Mrs. Werland was later married to Mr. Henry Werland and to this union seven children were born, four daughters and three sons, who with the son and daughter of her former marriage survive their mother, and were all present at the funeral. They are Mr. William Krause, Burlington, Mrs. Henry Dungen, Brushy; Messrs. Otto and Leo Werland, Brushy; Mr. Elo Werland and Mrs. Charles Hengatter, Burlington; Mesdames Theo Priesmeyer, John Priesmeyer and Gus Lille of El Campo. Thirty-eight grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. W. Hoelscher of Westphalia, Falls County and one brother, Mr. Godfred Burger of Brady. Pallbearers were her grandsons Messrs. Gus Ashenbeckt, Walter Hasselman of Houston, Herbert Priesmeyer and Albert Lille of El Campo, Nick Krause of Burlington, Roy Dungen, Albert and LeRoy Werland, Brushy. Remains were laid to rest at Live Oak Hill. The local priest assisted by Father Fellmann of St. John church officiating. Floral offerings were numerous and beautiful. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family.

Colorado County Citizen, November 29, 1934
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Werland, Anna M. (Lohr)

Werland Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Mrs. Anna M. Werland of Rt. 1, Columbus were held Monday, November 9, 1992 at 10:30 a.m. from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Pastor Mike Bums officiating.

Interment was in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Mrs. Werland passed away November 6 in a Temple hospital. She was 65 years of age.

Born in Connevelle, Pennsylvania July 24, 1927, she was the daughter of Howard Ray and Sarah Irene (Wagner) Lohr. She was united in marriage with Arthur F. Werland February 20, 1959 and had been a resident of Frelsburg for some 20 years.

Survivors include her husband, Arthur F. Werland of Frelsburg; daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Gary. Pavalock of Frelsburg; son and daughter- in- law, Bobby and Marie Breakiron of Brazoria; brother, George Lohr of Florida; grandchildren, Jerod and Robert Breakiron and Sloane and Megan Pavalock; great-grandchildren, Kyle and Cody Breakiron.

Pallbearers were Gary Pavalock, Jimmy Hayman, Clyde Werland. Robert Breakiron, Charles Huges and K. F. Hodge.

Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus.

New Ulm Enterprise, November 12, 1992, page 3

Werland, Frances M. (Fellman)

Frances Werland

Funeral services were held for Frances M. Werland February 8 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus with Father Ben Mazurkewltz officiating. Burial was at St, Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

Frances M. Werland, 90, was born October 16, 1893 in Colorado county to Louis Fellman and Louisa Burger Fellman.

She was united in marriage to Leo Werland November 23, 1915. She was a resident of the community her entire lifetime and was affiliated with St. Mary's Catholic Church, Live Oak Hill.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Kermit (Leona) Stolle of West Point and Mrs. W. 0. (Louanna) Hoelscher of Columbus; one son, Leeroy Werland of Columbus; two sisters, Mrs. Celestine Schneider of Columbus and Mrs. Emma Becker of Columbus; five, grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eleven great-grand-children; and three step-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Earl Stolle, Steve Hoelscher, Bernard Mikulenka, I. A. Smahlik, John Dotson, and Lester Schneider.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, February 16, 1984, page 2

Werlla, Charles L.

AFTER LONG ILLNESS MR. WERLLA ENDED LIFE FRIDAY EVENING
Aged-Citizen Shoots Self in Head Late Friday Evening; Was In Ill Health For a Long Time.

Mr. C. L. Werlla, sixty-seven yeas of age, and one of the well known citizens of the community, ended his life by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun at his home in this city late last Friday afternoon. Mr. Werlla had been in ill health for a long time, and despondency over his continued illness is believed to have been the cause of his act.

Mr. Werlla was born in Austria in 1852, and at the age of three years moved to this county[sic] with his parents, who settled at Millheim, in Austin county. Here he grew to manhood and in 1874 was married to Miss Julia Schneider, who, with ten children, survives him.

Mr. Werlla was a good man, attending strictly to his own affairs and enjoyed the respect and esteem of all who knew him. He has been ill for more than a year, and at times his death was not unlooked for. Brooding over his condition, and his continued illness, are responsible, no doubt, for the method he took to end his sufferings.
Mr. Werlla, with his family moved to Colorado county in 1902, and for the past eleven years has been a resident of Eagle Lake.

The funeral services were held at the home Sunday morning, Rev. Mr. Render, the Episcopal rector conducting the services. The services at the grave were conducted by the Woodmen of he World and Rev. E. B. McLaughlin.

Mr. Werlla leaves to mourn his death his wife and ten children, five daughters and five sons, Mesdames, C. H. Brosig, C. H. Harter, Tim Tilson, Louis Hintz, all of this city, and Mrs. Blair of Houston. Messrs. G. C. Werlla of Altair, E. A. and C. J. Werlla of Dallas, W. S. Werlla of New Orleans and Julius Werlla of this city, all of whom were present at the funeral, and fourteen grand children and one great grandchild.

Other relatives and friends from out of town who were here for the funeral were, Mr. and Mrs. J. Hintz, Mr. and Mrs. Theo Brosig and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hillboldt of Millheim, Mrs. Augusta Schneider and daughters, Mrs. L. Hillboldt and Mrs. R. Lawrence, and Mrs. J. Heitmann of Bellville; Mr. and Mrs. J. Willrodt of Shaw’s Bend; Mrs. Mary Anderson of Wallis, Mr. John Werlla, a brother, of Louise, and Mr. Paul Schroeder of Houston.

The Headlight extends its deepest sympathy to the sorrowing relatives in their hour of deep sorrow.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 2, 1919, page 1

Werlla, Elmo Eddie

WERLLA

Elmo E. Werlla, 96, of Seguin, formerly of Altair, passed away Aug. 25, in Seguin.

Werlla was born Sept. 24, 1906 in Skidmore, to Gus and Fannie (Kveton) Werlla. He lived on a ranch in Altair until he moved to Seguin in 1998. He owned a general store in Altair for many years and was active in ranching. He volunteered in World War II and was a non-commissioned officer in the Army Air Corps.

He is survived by his niece Jo Emily Prochnow and husband Harold of Seguin, and numerous grand-nieces and nephews.

Graveside services and interment with military honors were conducted Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Memorial contributions may be made to Emanuel's Lutheran Church, 206 N. Travis, Seguin, TX 78155.

Colorado County Citizen, September 3, 2003
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Werlla, Gustave Charles

Funeral Services Held at Eagle Lake For G. C. Werlla

Funeral services were held in Eagle Lake Monday for Gustave Charles Werlla, 69, who died in Bell hospital at Columbus Sunday. Burial was in Lakeside cemetery at Eagle Lake with the Rev. John G. Larson of the Episcopal church of Wharton officiating.

Mr. Werlla was born in Austin county on September 8, 1875, a son of Charles and Julia Schneider Werlla who came to America from the old country

He was married to Fannie Emily Kveton in 1897. The couple settled near Altair and he had lived in the county for 50 years at the time of his death. He was a farmer and rancher.

He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Evie Winkel of Columbus and Mrs. W. G. Sawyer of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sons, Elmo E. Werlla of the Army Air Forces and A. A. Werlla of Wichita Falls; three sisters, Mrs. Annie Hintz and Mrs. Gus Seaholm of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Ida Stafford of San Antonio; four brothers, J. O. Werlla, Houston; Phillip Werlla, New Orleans; Charles Werlla, Dennison, and Eddie Werlla, Temple.

Active pallbearers were Lavo Wegenhoft, Lester Bunge, Oscar Bunge, Major Brosig, W. H. Miekow and R. R. Wells.

Honorary pallbearers were H. Lee Johnson, Charles Walker, H. C. Miller, John Miekow Sr., H. B. Tanner, J. W. Stafford and Will Waddell.

Colorado County Citizen, July 12, 1945

Wessels, Mary Augusta (Reimers)

Mary Wessels Funeral Held at Columbus

Funeral services for Mary Augusta Wessels, 84, of Columbus were held Friday, April 26, from Henneke Funeral Home Chapel, Columbus, with burial in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Pastor Robert Schlortt officiated.

Mrs. Wessels died April 23 in Columbus Community Hospital.

Born April 24, 1906, at La Grange, she was a daughter of William and Conradine (Benkelberg) Reimers. She was married to Johnnie Wessels on Oct. 14, 1948. He died Oct. 21, 1960.

Surviving are two sisters, Elsie Stair of Glidden and Lillie Brown of Houston and one brother, Alfred Reimers of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Gerald Brown, Ervin Lee Reimers, Walter Divin, Leroy Reimers, Clemens Noska and Alton Machinsky.

The Weimar Mercury, May 2, 1991
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Wesselski, Frank, Jr.

Frank Wesselski Jr., 78, of Garwood, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 1994.

Born March 5, 1916, in Garwood, he was the son of Frank Sr. and Emilia (Staff) Wesselski and was married to the former Leona Hoelscher. Mr. Wesselski was a retired farmer, a Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Funeral services were held Aug. 9, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with rev. Victor Schmidtzinsky officiating. Interment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery. Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, was in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were Edward Wied, James Ondrias, Steve Faas, Glenn Wesselski; Mike Hoelscher and Larry Cranek.

Mr. Wesselski is survived by his daughter, Mary Lee Ondrias of Wharton; son Frank Wesselski III of Garwood; sisters Helen Ondrias of Wharton, Frances Nolan of Texas City, Annie Labay of Nada and Leona Cranek of Garwood; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Colorado County Citizen, August 17, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Wesselski, Leona Mary (Hoelscher)

LEONA MARY WESSELSKI

GARWOOD - Leona Mary Wesselski, 97, of Garwood, entered heaven's gates on Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Columbus. She was born on November 23, 1915 in Ellinger to the late Otto Anton and Mary Supak Hoelscher.
Lorena was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada. She loved her Church and had an unwavering faith in a loving God. She was a long standing member of the Catholic Daughters, Christian Mothers, and a member of the Gadabouts.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Lee Ondrias of Wharton; son, Frank Wesselski, III of Boling; grandchildren: Sheila Svatek Cook, Susan Svatek, Julie Ondrias Washburn, Frank Wesselski, IV (Jason) and Jamie Wesselski, and 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Wesselski, sister Regina Wied and brothers: Leo, Albert, and Johnny Hoelscher.

Visitation will begin Tuesday at 5 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with a Wake Service following at 6 p.m. A Celebration of her life will on Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Nada with Reverend Gary Janak officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Mary's Cemetery.

Memorials in her memory may be made to St. Mary's Church.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at triskafuneralhome.com

Triska Funeral Home, El Campo, 979-543-3681

Victoria Advocate, January 21, 2013
Contributed by Rosemary Ermis

Wesson, James M. Jr.
Wesson, Walter Bryant

COLUMBUS CULLINGS

The remains of Mr. J. M. Wesson, who was drowned at San Antonio, in the San Antonio river Friday, were brought here and interred last Sunday in the city cemetery. He was a brilliant young attorney, and was first introduced into Columbus society about fourteen months ago, when he married Miss Bettie Bryan. The deplorable accident by which he lost his own life and that of his sweet little four month old child was shocking in the extreme, and was deeply regretted by all. The remains of the little child were not recovered till late Sunday night, and were buried Monday beside those of his father.

Weimar Mercury, May 16, 1891

The particulars of the unfortunate drowning of J. M. Wesson, Esq., and his infant child, at San Antonio last Friday, are correctly presented by our San Antonio correspondent, who took some trouble to gather them properly, eliminate the false, and present the true. He was the son of the Rev. J. M. Wesson, an aged and respected minister of the gospel, greatly esteemed by the older citizens of this place, who have known him for a quarter of a .century.

Jas. M. Wesson, Jr., was born in Anderson, Grimes county, Texas, December 18, 1863. Being the son of an itinerant Methodist preacher he moved from place to place till 1880, when he entered the A. & M. College, where he graduated in the mechanical department with honor in 1883. He was employed In a .clerical position in Chappell, Hill till 1885, when he entered the law office of Boone & Cobbs, Navasota, and was admitted to the. bar in 1886, and was at once appointed city attorney, which position he held three years. He was then elected county attorney, an office he filled two years. He then moved to San Antonio for the, purpose of practicing his profession. February 12th, 1890, Mr. Wesson was married to Miss Bettie Bryan of Columbus, who survives him. Mr. Wesson was a member of the Texas Volunteer Guards, and had risen to the position of Lieutenant Colonel.

General regret was expressed in this place when the sad news was received, and universal sorrow for the young wife in her double bereavement. The body of Mr. Wesson arrived by the train last Sunday, and was buried from the residence of Mr. Thos. Wagner, the Rev. G. H. ColIins performing the solemn service at the house, and the Masons taking charge of and interring the body, members of the Legion of Honor (to each of which lodges the deceased was attached,) being present assisting. A very large concourse of our citizens were in attendance at the funeral, attesting their sympathy and sorrow for the stricken ones. The body of the little child was received from the train last Monday, and, committed to earth beside the father in the family burial ground at the city cemetery. The CITIZEN tenders sincere condolence to the sorrowing wife and relatives.

"Then be content poor heart!
God's plans, like lilies, pure and white unfold;
We must not tear the close-shut leaves apart,
Time will reveal the calyxes of gold;
And when, through patient toil, we reach the land
Where tired feet with sandals loose may rest,
Where we shall clearly know and understand,
I think that we will say, “God knew the best.”

Colorado Citizen, May 14, 1891, page 3

Wesson, Thomas H.

Post Special: Glidden, Feb 28. Mr. Thomas H. Wesson, who has been in charge of the coal department of the Southern Pacific railroad at this place for many years, died Saturday night at 11:20 o’clock from dropsy, and was buried Sunday evening at Odd Fellows’ Rest, Columbus, Texas.

Weimar Mercury, March 5, 1904, page 1

West, Aaron

A boy about 14 years old, named Aaron West, was drowned in the Colorado river near Eagle Lake last Tuesday. He was working for Mr. Tom Bouldin, and in crossing the river with hay, the river being high, the boat tipped and Aaron jumped out and was drowned before assistance could reach him. His body has not been recovered. [Unknown burial]

Colorado Citizen, March 5, 1896, page 3

West, Mary Elizabeth (Naill) Robson

Mrs. West,wife of Major West, died at Columbus Sunday night at 8:30. She was well-known in Columbus, and her death is deeply regretted. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, October 28, 1893, page 3

West, Oscar Gregory

News was received here Wednesday morning announcing the sudden death of Oscar West, son of Railroad Agent Thurmond B. West and wife of Columbus, which occurred at Houston early that morning, following an operation for appendicitis. Oscar was just entering into young manhood, was a student of the A. &. M. College, a young man of unusually bright intellect and prospects, and his sudden death at a time when life was holding out its most glowing prospects, is deeply and sincerely deplored. The funeral took place at Columbus today (Thursday). The heartfelt sympathy of numerous friends at Weimar goes out to the bereaved parents. {Interment in Odd Fellows' Rest]

Weimar Mercury, July 18, 1913

West, Stephen Munson

Columbus Citizen:
Died in Houston at 9:30 Friday morning last, Stephen Munson West, aged three years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thurmond B. West of this city. He accompanied his mother and brother upon a visit to her sister, Mrs. Nettie Matthee of Houston, a few weeks ago and shortly after their arrival both boys were the victims of measles. Unfortunately little Stephen’s case merged into scarlet fever, and though Drs. Massie and Stuart and their family physician, Dr. R. H. Harrison of Columbus, combatted the disease with all the skill of science, his frail strength was insufficient to overcome the ravages, and he sank into the dreamless sleep. His parents returned with him Saturday morning and his funeral occurred from the early morning train, at the Odd Fellows’ Rest, Rev. T. J. Windham, officiating.

Weimar Mercury, April 28, 1900, page 4

West, Walter R.

Walter R. West, 96, of Alleyton, died Saturday, April 9, 1994, in Columbus.

Born June 25, 1897, in Stedman, NC, he was the son of Murdock and Florence (Carter) West. On Sept. 15, 1925, he married Sophie Pavlu. He moved from Galveston to Alleyton in 1979. Mr. West was a retired sea captain and had been captain of the Bolivar Ferry for 20 years. He was a member of Master Mates and the Pilots Association.

Services were held Monday, April 11, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Robert Schlortt officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Robert L. West, Raymond Gould, Steven Hayden, Gary Kimmons, Cliff Ethridge and M. V. (Bud) Hayden.

Mr. West is survived by his daughters, Judith Henicke of Alleyton and Morjorie Hayden of Pearland; son, Robert L. West of Dickinson, Texas, sister, Melba Katherine Williams of Fayetteville, NC, brothers Hersey Winford West and Ollie James West, both of Stedman, NC; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife on Aug. 12, 1991, and a son, Walter C. West.

Colorado County Citizen, April 13, 1994
Translated by Dennis Boatright

West, W. W.

WEIMAR LOCAL MATTERS

W. W. West, nephew of Mrs. M. H. Sanders, of this neighborhood, committed suicide Monday evening last at J. H. Taylor’s farm, four miles north of here, by taking strychnine. The cause of this sad act is shrouded in mystery. He was a young man of most exemplary moral habits, beloved by everybody. Was living with Mr. G. S. Chapman, doing well, was a strict member of the Baptist Church. Last fall he had the misfortune to lose his right arm while working in a gin at Columbus. This possibly may have had something to do with disorganizing his mind. He called at Mr. Taylor’s last Monday evening, seemed much disturbed in mind, asked for some cold coffee. Mrs. Taylor being his cousin, told him to go in the kitchen and on the stove he would find a pot of coffee. He took a cup, poured some coffee in it and as was afterwards discovered, put a quantity of strychnine in it, which he drank. In a few minutes he was taken with convulsions and in a short time died in great agony. Never spoke but one word after he had the first spasm and that was to his aunt whom he seemed to recognize, told her to kiss him. He was about 28 years of age, the very specimen of splendid manhood. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, August 5, 1886

Westbrook, Mary (Stahl)

Mrs. W. R. Westbrook passed out of this life at the family home near Altair Sunday afternoon, from blood poisoning following childbirth. Burial took place at Colony, in Fayette County west of Flatonia, Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Westbrook have been living on the Bunge ranch in the Altair section for some seven years. Mrs. Westbrook was Miss Mary Stahl before her marriage. She is survived by the husband and three small children, also by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Stahl of Cameron, three sisters and four brothers.

The home will be broken up by the death of the wife and mother, the three children going to Cameron to live with Mrs. Westbrook's sister, Mrs. Annie Arzemann, the husband will sell off what effects he has and look for work elsewhere.

The Citizen and the community fell deep sympathy for the bereaved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, October 3, 1935
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Westbrooks, Richard E.

Westbrooks, Noted Lawyer Is Buried

Richard E. Westbrooks, nationally known lawyer and pioneer Chicago citizen was buried in Lincoln cemetery Saturday following rites at Metropolitan Funeral chapel.

The services were attended by prominent national, state and city officials as well as a host of friends from all stations of life.

The eulogy was delivered by the Rev. Archibald J. Carey, pastor of the century-old Quinn Chapel AME church. 

Attorney Westbrooks died last Wednesday morning in his South Parkway home after being ill for several months.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Essie Gaskill Westbrooks; a sister Mrs. Hines Washum, and a brother Charles T. a resident of Los Angeles, Calif.

When death struck early Wednesday morning it erased from the Chicago scene one of the most colorful characters the city has known for more than 40 years. 

Dick Westbrooks, as he was familiarly known to ordinary citizens, policemen, judges, fellow lawyers and city officials, was born “up on the hill” (as he used to relate) at 11 Bacon St., in Waco, Texas, Oct. 13, 1886. He finished his elementary education in that city and was graduated from high school in Columbus, Texas.

From 1903 until 1908 he was a high school principal in Moody, Texas. Three years later he was graduated from the John Marshall Law school in Chicago and in 1912 the noted Texan was admitted to the Illinois Bar and the U.S. District Court of Appeals. The same year he became the junior member of the fir of Ellis and Westbrooks, 3000 State st. Following Ellis’ death Westbrooks became the senior member of the firm which is still in operation and for more than a generation has been a haven for young barristers just out of law school.

For about two years he served as an assistant state’s attorney of Cook county, and for many years after he was the Liberian consul of Chicago. Outstanding among myriad nationally known cases in which he participated were the porter-breakmen case in which he succeeded in saving the jobs of colored railroad workmen in defiance of Brotherhood of Trainmen plan to have them ousted in favor of white employees, and the famous Mitchell case.

In 1941 Congressman Arthur W. Mitchell of Illinois filed a $50,000 damage suit against a railroad after he had been denied first class accommodations from Chicago to Hot Springs, Ark. Dick Westbrooks took the case to the U.S. Supreme court and the majority opinion was in favor of Mitchell. The opinion in this case was the last one written by the late Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes who read it, as Westbrooks described, “with great fervor.”

Attorney Westbrook’ motto was: “Worry kills but hard work stimulates you if you love your work.” As proof for this statement the noted attorney was in court every day in some part of Chicago for years and years, even against the advice of his physician. Further evidence that he kept busy away from and at the bar is revealed by his membership in the Cook County Bar association which he helped organize in 1913, he was director of Chicago Branch of National Lawyers Guild, Illinois Bar association, National Bar association, chairman of the civil Rights committee, member American Judiciators society, the English Speaking union, and the National Congress of Parents and teachers.

Westbrooks was a 32nd degree Mason and is listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest, which is a biographical dictionary of noteworthy men and women of the central and Midwestern states. Dick Westbrooks was a man who believed that law profession was designed exclusively for gentlemen who being able to support themselves would live primarily to help the weak. His life was an outstanding example of his belief.

The Chicago Defender, December 27, 1952
Transcribed by David Hahn

Westmoreland, Beulah (Newsom)

Mrs. Beulah Westmoreland, (nee Newsom,) wife of Mr. W. Y. Westmoreland, died last Tuesday morning at half past three o’clock and was laid to rest at four o’clock in the Masonic Cemetery the funeral services being held at the Methodist church by the pastor, Rev. Nichols. Mrs. Westmoreland was thirty-seven years old and had been a conscientious and faithful member of the Methodist church all her life. Her heart and soul were in that work. Mrs. Westmoreland’s death was not unexpected as she had been in ill health for a long time. She leaves a husband and three sons, Charley, Oscar and little Billy, to whom the Headlight extends its deepest sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, November 25, 1905, page 2

Westmoreland, John Blasdell

Funeral Rites for Eagle Lake Flier Killed In Crash

Eagle Lake, Jan. 30--Military funeral services were held here Sunday afternoon for Lt. John B. Westemoreland, 23. Services will be under the supervision of Camp Hulen and the local American Legion. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Westmoreland was killed when a four-motored army bomber exploded and crashed Tuesday near Springfield, Ohio.

Lieutenant Westmoreland was the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Westmoreland, prominent and pioneer citizens of this community. He was born here, graduated from the Eagle Lake High School and attended State University.

He was outstanding in all local school activities and received the annual trophy award for outstanding man in athletics. He volunteered when war was declared and received his training at Kelly Field, Vernon, Enid, Okla. Lubbock and Fort Worth. He received his wings at the Lubbock Flying School early in October. Since that time he had been on duty in Salt Lake City, Tucson, Ariz. He was transferred to Patterson Field. Ohio. about a week ago. [See Remembering Our War Dead]

Weimar Mercury, February 5, 1943, page 1

Westmoreland, John T.

Chronicle Special: Eagle Lake, Oct. 30.--J. T. Westmoreland, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this city, died yesterday at the age of 84 and was interred [Lakeside Cemetery] this afternoon. The deceased was the father of Messrs. J. R., W. Y., O. W., J. C., R. T. and E. S. Westmoreland and Mrs. J. D. Odom of this city, Mrs. A. S. Holley of Bradey and Mrs. Lena Smith of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, November 3, 1911, page 1

Westmoreland, John W.

Express Special: Eagle Lake, Tex. Mar 17.--J. W. Westmoreland, one of the most prominent and widely known citizens of Eagle Lake, died at his home here this evening at 5 o’clock after an illness of less than a week. Mr. Westmoreland was one of the most progressive citizens of the city and his death is deeply deplored. Besides a wide connection, deceased leaves a daughter, Miss Ima, and one small son, Mark Gwynn Westmoreland, The funeral will be held tomorrow in the famly burying grounds at the Lakeside Cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, May 26, 1911, page 1

Westmoreland, Mark Guynn

Mark Guynn Westmoreland, son of he late J. W. Westmoreland, an account of whose serious illness was printed in this paper last week, died shortly after 7 o’clock yesterday evening. Mark Guynn was fifteen years of age on the 26th of last July, and was a bright, polite and manly boy. His polite and gentlemanly manners and his respect shown to older people was often commented on while he lived. All deaths are sad, but this bright young boy taken so early in life, is indeed sad. For more than a week his death has been expected. Everything that medical skill and loving hands could do for him was done, but to no avail. To his only sister, Mrs. G. R. Abney, and his many other relatives, the HEADLIGHT extends its sincerest sympathy. The funeral services will be held at the Lakeside cemetery at 4 o’clock this afternoon.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 13, 1912, page 7

The funeral of Mark Guynn Westmoreland, which was held at Lakeside at half past four o’clock last Friday afternoon, was largely attended,and was one of the largest funerals held in Eagle Lake for a long time. Mark Guynn was an exceptionally bright, manly boy and was a favorite with all who knew him. His death is deeply regretted, and the HEADLIGHT extends its heart felt sympathy to his sister, Mrs. G. B. Abney, the only surviving member of his father’s family.

Eagle Lake Headlight, April 20, 1912, page 2

Westmoreland, Nannie (Guynn)

MRS. WESTMORELAND DEAD

Eagle Lake, Tex., Aug 19.--Mrs. J. T. Westmoreland, 85, one of Eagle Lake’s oldest and best loved citizens, died Thursday evening at 8 o’clock. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock. [Interment in Lakeside Cemetery] She is survived by four sons, W. Y., R. T., mayor of Eagle Lake; J. C. and O. W., and three daughters, Mrs. J. D. Odom of this city, Mrs. Lena Smith of Houston and Mrs. Ella Holley of Galveston. All of the sons live here with the exception of O. W., who is a resident of Kansas City.

Weimar Mercury, August 26, 1921, page 3

Westmoreland, Robert Wood

County Capital Comments

A large number of ladies and gentlemen attended the funeral of Mr. Robt. W. Westmoreland at Lakeside last Sunday. Mr. Westmoreland was well-known and very popular here. He was interred with Masonic honors and many of the Masons from this place were to be seen in the procession. [Interment made in Lakeside Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, March 29, 1902

News of the death of Robert W. Westmoreland, which occurred at Eagle Lake that morning ws received here last Saturday with genuine regret. As deputy for Sheriff Burford for quite awhile, he became quite well acquainted with our people, and among them won many friends, who deeply regretted his sad and untimely death. We understand the cause of his death was appendicitis. He was in Columbus alive and well Tuesday of last week, but while returning on the train that afternoon he was taken ill, and grew worse rapidly. An operation was performed upon him by two Eagle Lake physicians, assisted by one of Houston’s leading physicians, but to no avail, and he died at 11 o’clock Saturday morning. He was married to a Miss May Wagner of Columbus only two months and fifteen days prior to his death. He was a candidate for sheriff of this county at the November election. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Weimar Mercury, March 29, 1902

News from Altair

Our little town was shocked last Saturday when a message was received here stating that Mr. Robt. Westmoreland had died at his home in Eagle Lake, after being sick only two days. Robert was a favorite with our people and liked by all who knew him. Your scribe has had considerable business with him in days gone by and always found him honest and agreeable in every respect. He was a gentleman of many noble traits--brave and always true to his friends. He was married a short time ago to Miss Wagner of Columbus, and now in so short a time she is left heart-broken. He also leaves an aged father and mother, seven brothers and sisters, and a whole host of friends to morn the untimely demise. It is sad, but we must remember that we, too, some day must go, and we know not when we must pay this debt. May God bless and protect, the heart-broken family and comfort them in their bereavement. [Interment made in Lakeside Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, April 5, 1902

Westphal, Carl

A German farmer named Westphal, living a few miles southeast of Weimar, died last Monday night and was buried the following afternoon at New Bielau.

Weimar Mercury, May 24, 1902

Westphal, Charles “Carl”

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Tesch received a message last Wednesday stating that Mrs. Tesch’s brother, Mr. Chas. Westpaul of Dallas, had died in the Baylor Hospital the previous day. Mr. and Mrs. Tesch and daughter, Dorothy, attended the funeral held in Dallas last Thursday.

Weimar Mercury, October 27, 1944
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders
Submitter’s Note: The death certificate is under Westfahl. Carl Westphal was buried in El Campo

Westphal, Helene (Kickler)

MRS. WESTPHAL DIES AT 86, FUNERAL SUNDAY

Funeral services were held at Untermeyer Funeral home Mar. 15 for Mrs. Helene Westphal of Frelsburg, with continued services in Trinity Lutheran church in Frelsburg, Rev. Sam Wiederhold officiating. Burial was in Trinity Lutheran cemetery. Mrs. Westphal, who was 86, died Mar. 13 in Columbus hospital after having suffered a stroke Mar. 9. Her husband died about 5 years ago. She is survived by 2 sons, Herbert of Houston and Willard of Frelsburg and 6 daughters, Mrs. Ada Swoboda, Frelsburg; Miss Viola Westphal, Banning Calif.; Mrs. Alice Huvar, Garwood; Mrs. Taska Leyendecker, Frelsburg; Mrs. Pearl Fieldes, Houston, and Miss Lorene Westphal, Frelsburg, also 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were 6 of her nephews, Kermit and Reno Kickler, Walter Kollmann and Johnnie, Walter and Emil Moeckel.

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

Westphal, Herbert Hugo

HERBERT HUGO WESTPHAL
October 30, 1908 – April 27, 1990

Services for Herbert Hugo Westphal, 81, of Frelsburg were held Sunday, April 29 at 4 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church of Frelsburg with Pastor Michael Burns officiating.

Interment followed at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Mr. Westphal was born in Frelsburg to Hugo H. and Helene Kickler Westphal. He married Olga Brune on May 22, 1938.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, served on the church council and was an active member of the Frelsburg Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Westphal was a member of East Gate Masonic Lodge in Houston and Caledonia Masonic Lodge in Columbus.

He was past recording secretary of A. F. of L.C.I.O. United Steel Workers of America Local 2783 and was inducted into the South Central Texas Baseball Semi-Pro Hall of Fame.

Mr. Westphal was a newly elected delegate to the Texas Democratic Convention.

He is survived by his wife, Olga, of Frelsburg; two sons, Douglas Westphal of Sugar Land and Wayne and wife, Chris Westphal of McAllen; one sister, Lorene Westphal of Frelsburg; one brother, Willard Westphal of Frelsburg; and four grandchildren, Barbara, Christi, Dirk and Clint Westphal.

Pallbearers were Selton Kickler, Milton Kollmann, Crockett Leyendecker, Russell Leyendecker, Desmond Schweke and Leroy Weishuhn.

Honorary pallbearers were Donald Brune, Lellius Brune, Wesley Ordner and Wilburn Ordner.

Henneke Funeral Home Inc., Columbus, directors.

The Banner Press, May 3, 1990
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders

Westphal, Hugo H.

LAST RITES FOR HUGO H. WESTPHAL HELD LAST SUNDAY

A prayer service was held last Sunday afternoon for Hugo H. Westphal at Untermeyer Funeral home, followed by services in Trinity Lutheran church in Frelsburg [Interment in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery], Rev. Milroy Gregor officiating. He died April 17 in Youens hospital at Weimar of a heart attack after being rushed there April 15 with a severe virus condition. He was 84 years old. A native of Frelsburg, he spent his entire life there, engaging in farming. Until his strength began to fail last fall, he did the lighter chores around the place. Survivors include his widow; 6 daughters, Mrs. Ada Swoboda, New Bielau; Miss Viola Westphal, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Alice Huvar, Garwood; Mrs. Taska Leyendecker and Miss Lorene Westphal, Frelsburg; Mrs. Pearl Fielder, Houston; and 2 sons, Herbert Westphal of Houston and Willard Westphal of Frelsburg. Ten grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren also survive. Pallbearers were his 6 nephew, Kermit Kickler, Emil, John and Walter Moeckel, Walter Kollmann and Emil Dieterich.

Colorado County Citizen, April 23, 1959
Submitted by David Hahn

Westphal, Lorene “Dutch”

Westphal

Lorene “Dutch” Westphal, 76, of Frelsburg, died Sunday, May 12, 1996 at Columbus Community Hospital.

Born Dec. 1, 1919, she was the daughter of Hugo and Helene (Kickler) Westphal. Ms. Westphal was a retired long-tme clerk for The Vintage Shop in Columbus and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg.

Funeral services were set for 10 a.m., today, May 15 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Mike Burns officiating. Interment will follow in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Scheduled pallbearers include Billie Halamicek, Carol Jean Meitzen, Chris Westphal, Liz Westphal, Nancy Leyendecker and Lillian Hoppe. Honorary pallbearers will be Juerline Boeer, Lois Bartlett and Kathy Fielder.

Ms. Westphal is survived by her daughter and son-in-law JoCarol and James (Butch) Besch of Columbus; brother Willard Westphal and sister-in-law Olga Westphal, both of Frelsburg; and two grandchildren, Shannon Besch and Blake Besch.

She was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters and a brother.

Colorado County Citizen, May 15, 1996, page 14
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Westphal, Olga Clara Ida Fredricka (Brune)

Westphal

Olga Clara Ida Fredricka Brune Westphal, born to Louis H. and Wilhemia Krause Brune on Nov. 1, 1912, joined her husband, Herbert Hugo Westphal, in heaven on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Olga was born on the family farm on Cummins Creek near Zimmerscheidt Comm-unity and was baptized and confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg. The Brune family owned and operated The L.H. Brune General Store in Frelsburg.

On May 22, 1938 Olga married Herbert Westphal and moved to Houston where they raised two sons, Douglas and Wayne. Olga was devoted to her family, and she enjoyed crocheting, dancing, dominoes and gardening.

In Houston she was treasurer for the Lantrip Elementary PTA, received a PTA life membership, was president of the Jackson Junior High music club and was a member of the Eastern Star. In 1969, Olga and Herbert retired to Frelsburg where she served as secretary of the Frelsburg Fire Department Auxiliary and secretary of the ELCA Women of Trinity Lutheran Church. For the last eight years, Olga has resided at the Oaks in Columbus.

Olga is survived by her sons, Douglas Westphal and wife Liz of Sugar Land, and Wayne Westphal and wife Chris of McAllen; grandchildren Barbara Westphal of Frelsburg, Christi Westphal of Houston, Dirk Westphal and Clint Westphal of McAllen; great grandchild Courtney Westphal of Frelsburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Olga was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Albert Brune and sister Alma Brune Ordner.

Funeral services took place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating and under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus. Burial followed at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Pallbearers were Donald Brune, Crockett Leyendecker, Russell Leyendecker, Bill Ordner, Charles Ordner, Jerry Ordner and Glenn Weishuhn. Honorary pallbearers were Wesley Kollmann, Lester Weishuhn and Leroy Weishuhn.

Memories of Olga's smile, love and devotion will always remain in the hearts of her family and friends, and we will miss her.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in her memory to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 2309 FM 1291, New Ulm, Texas 78950.

Colorado County Citizen, January 9, 2008
Courtesy of The Citizen

Olga Brune Westphal

OLGA BRUNE WESTPHAL, born on November 1, 1912, joined her husband, Herbert Westphal, on Saturday, January 5, 2008. Olga was Treasurer for the Lantrip Elem. PTA, received a PTA Life Membership, was President of the Jackson Jr. High Music Club, and was a member of the Eastern Star. She served as Secretary of the Frelsburg Fire Dept. Aux. and Secretary of the ELCA Women of Trinity Lutheran Church. Olga is survived by her sons, Douglas (Liz) Sugarland, TX., Wayne (Chris) McAllen, TX.; grandchildren Barbara, Christi, Dirk, Clint, and great grandchild Courtney; and numerous nieces and nephews. Olga was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother Albert Brune, and sister Alma Brune Ordner. Visitation will be at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2008, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, TX. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg, TX. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 2309 FM 1291, Frelsburg, TX. 78950. HENNEKE FUNERAL HOME Columbus, Texas 78934 (979) 732-2143

Houston Chronicle, 6 Jan 2008,
Submitted by Matt Cross

Westphal, Viola Gertrude

Funeral services were held for Viola G. Westphal Sunday, April 3 from Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Pastor Lynn Rostedt officiating. Burial was at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Frelsburg. Viola G. Westphal was born January 21, 1903 in Frelsburg to Hugo Westphal and Helene Kickler Westphal. She was a retired housekeeper. survivors include a sister, Lorene Westphal of Frelsburg; and two brothers, Herbert and Willard Westphal both of Frelsburg. Pallbearers were Russell Leyendecker, Wayne Westphal, James Besch, David Fielders, Werner Boeer and Selton Kickler. Honorary pallbearers were Douglas Westphal, Randy Bartlett and Glenn Bartlett. 

Colorado County Citizen, April 7, 1988
Submitted by David Hahn

Wetzel, Phillipina (Hahn) Jaeger

Mrs. John Wetzel [Daughter of Jacob & Elizabeth (Ehlinger) Hahn] was born March 23, 1854 in Ellinger, Texas. Died June 19, 1925 at Marlin Sanitarium. The remains were shipped to this place where the funeral services were conducted Saturday even by Rev. Raska from the Catholic church and interment made at the O.D.H.S cemetery. Mrs. Wetzel is survived in her first marriage, by three children: Mrs. Gus Seydler and Mrs. H. B. Gilmer of El Campo, and Charlie Jaeger, of Texas City; from her second marriage by her husband of Alvin, Texas, and two sons, Harry Wetzel of Galveston and Wilbur Wetzel of Alvin. One brother, Peter Hahn, of Houston, one half brother Henry Hahn, El Campo, and three half sisters, Mrs. Chas. Leyendecker, Frelsburg, Mrs. John Hasteasat [Hastedt] and Mrs. John Perry of Columbus, Texas, and seven grandchildren.

El Campo Citizen, June 26, 1925
Submitted by David Hahn

Whear, Mary (Master)

Mrs. Mary Whear, 64 years of age, passed away at her home here Monday night at 11 o'clock, after an illness of just a few days. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning, and the remains were laid to rest in Myrtle Cemetery where a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives accompanied the body to its resting place, Rev. Geo. L. Ryan and Rev. David Bain conducting the services. Mrs. Whear united with the reform Church at the age of 14 years and had been active and faithful in her Master's work. She came to Rock Island 18 years ago from Pennsylvania and the Christian life that she led here has been a blessing to all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, two sons, John and Paul A., and one daughter, Mrs. Laura Kula of Anamosa, Iowa, and two grandchildren, Harold and Martha Louise, of this place.

Eagle Lake Headlight; October 2, 1926
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Wheeless, Carrie B. (Fisk)

Mrs. Wheeless Passed Away

Mrs. Carrie B. Wheeless passed away at her home in Abilene on October 5th, at the age of 92. She had been in ill health for about three years, but had been able to care for herself and her home until recently. She suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on Thurs. For sixteen years she owned and operated the Fisk Hotel here in Rock Island and was married to U. A. Wheeless on Oct. 18th, 1911. He preceded her in death in 1955.

She is survived by two step children, Mrs. Ethel Redmond of Abilene and Owen Wheeless of Midland, a number of nieces and nephews, two step grand daughters and four great step grandchildren.

The body was brought overland to Rock Island. Interment was in Myrtle Cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Oct. 12, 1961
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Wheeless, Mae Jewel (Rhea)

Formal Rock Island Lady dies at Galveston Home

Mrs. Mae Jewel Wheeless, 24, died at her residence, 2023 Avenue K, in Galveston Friday night at 9 o’clock.

She had been a resident of Galveston for the past six months, coming to Galveston from Rock Island, Texas.

Survivors are her parents, two brothers and one sister, all of San Antonio, Texas.

The body was forwarded to Rock Island, Sunday at 6 a. m. where funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church. Interment took place in the family burial ground [Myrtle Cemetery].

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 30, 1928
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Wheeless, Oma May (Cannon)

Mrs. Oma Wheeless Funeral Held

ROCK ISLAND--Funeral services for Mrs. Oma Wheeless, 86, a resident of Galveston for the past 33 years, was held in Galveston at 10 a.m. Friday in the First Baptist church with the Rev. John Salzmon officiating and burial was in Myrtle cemetery in Rock Island in the family plot.

The Wheeless family was among the early settlers in Rock Island and lived here a number of years before going to Galveston.

Survivors include 4 sons, Homer G. of Commerce, Allen and Earl of Galveston, Elmer E., Dickinson; a sister, Mrs. J. E. McCormick of Los Angeles; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, July 2, 1959, page 11

Wheeless, Uriah Allen

U. A. WHEELESS, FORMER ROCK IS. RESIDENT, DIES

The Rev. Wm. Lee, pastor of the Sheridan Baptist Church conducted graveside services in Rock Island [Myrtle Cemetery] last Wednesday afternoon for U. A.Wheeless who passed away at his home in Abilene Monday, March 21st. Mr. Wheeless was born in Elkton Ill., on August 23, 1872 and came to Rock Island about 1900 where he made his home for many years.

Survivors include his wife, the former Carrie B. Fisk, whom he married in 1910, one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Redmond, one son, Owen O. Wheeless, two granddaughters, three great grandchildren.

Among those from out-of-town attending services were: Mrs. U. A. Wheeless, Mrs. Ethel Redmond, Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Chastine and three children, Abilene; Mr. and Mrs. Owen Wheeless and daughter, Midland; Mrs. Julia MacOliver, Mrs. Hedwig Richey, Aransas Pass; Mrs. Oma Wheeless and son, Elmer of Galveston; Mrs. Jack Hand, Mrs. Laura Starkey of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wright, of Himpstead; P. A. and L. O. Lundy, El Campo: Mrs. Fritz Schilling and Mrs. Cornelius of Garwood; Mrs. Owen, Glidden and Lee Stahl of Eagle Lake.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 31, 1955
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Wheland, Phyllis (Piwetz)

Wheland

Phyllis (Piwetz) Wheland, 50, of the Cedar Creek (Bastrop) area died Jan 16 in Austin.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan 19 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Curch with the Revs. Robert and Matthew Groenke officiating. Burial was in the Weimar Masonic [Odd Fellows] Cemetery.

She was born Aug. 17, 1955 in Baytown, the daughter of James J. Piwetz Sr. and Wilma L. Rahlwes) Piwetz. She married James Wheland Nov 1, 2003 in Basrop. She was employed by the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Offfice and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Heather Dawn England of La Grange; one son, Jason England of Austn; mother, Wilma L. Piwetz of La Grange; one sister, Cheryl Lee Piwetz of Rockport; and three brothers, James Piwetz Jr. of Midland, Gary Piwetz of La Grange, and Warren Piwetz of McKinney.

She wass preceded in death by her father in 1987.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette County Animal Shelter or the charity of choice.

Fayette Memorial Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge.

Fayette County Record, January 20, 2006

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Whitehead, Emma J.

COLUMBUS CULLINGS

Mrs. Em Whitehead died in this city last Tuesday evening, She leaves a husband and a little girl to mourn her demise.

The City

MRS. EMMA WHITEHEAD, wife of Mr. Joe Whitehead, died at Columbus Tuesday night. [Place of interment Columbus City Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, March 21, 1891

Mrs. I. C., consort of Mr. Jo. H. Whitehead, died at her residence in this city Tuesday night, of paralysis, in the fiftieth year of her age. The deceased was an old resident of this city, with many estimable qualities of head and heart, and a large circle of relatives and friends who will mourn her demise. She leaves a husband and daughter in deepest grief. The funeral took place at the city cemetery at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, Rev. G. H. Collins officiating. Sweet be her last sleep.

Colorado Citizen, March 19, 1891, page 5

Whitehead, Tom

DEPUTY SHERIFF KILLED NEGRO ON MONDAY NIGHT

Columbus, Texas, Dec. 26,--Tom Whitehead, a Negro, was shot and killed on the street here early Monday night by Deputy Sheriff Jack Hillmer. Two shots took effect and the negro ran a few yards and died immediately. [Place of interment unknown]

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 29, 1917, page 8

Whitehead, Tye Verner “Sonny” Jr.

Whitehead

Tye "Sonny" V. Whitehead Jr., 70, of Columbus, passed away May 19. He was born March 17, 1937 to Tye Sr. and Princess "Cindy" Whitehead, and married Margie Wilson in 1957.

He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. He attended school in Columbus and graduated from Columbus Colored High School in 1956. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army for two years. Afterwards he worked for local gravel pits and later as a certified truck driver. He was an aspired rodeo fan who enjoyed traveling to attend rodeo events throughout the area.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charlie Prince Whitehead and Theodore "Teddy" Connor; and sister, Mattie Winn Jordan.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Timothy Wayne and Tyrone, of Houston and William Thomas and wife, Donna, of Glidden, Tyza Miller, of Fort Bliss, Okla.; daughter, Wanda Faye Denley, of Houston; seventeen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and niece, Bettie Jo Hood, of Houston; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends.

Funeral services were conducted May 26 at First United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. C. Purnell, pastor and the Rev. B. A. Miller, officiating. Interment followed at the City Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Thomas J. Axel Jr., Larry Toliver, Kirk Glenn, Willie Stovall, Joseph Glenn, Roy Lee Smallwood, Kevin Glenn and Greg Denley. Honorary pallbearers were Roy B. Wilson, William Wright, Charles Fitzgerald, Andrew Lee Smallwood, Alfred Smallwood, Willie Glenn Jr., Maurice Smallwood, Lawrence Smith, Ronnie Whitehead and James R. Glenn.

Colorado County Citizen, June 5, 2007
Courtesy of The Citizen

Whitelock, Allen R. Jr.

Whitelock

Allen R. Whitelock, Jr., age 72, died on Sept. 17. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at St. John’s Episcopel[sic] Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. [Cremated]

Mr. Whitelock was born July 11, 1916 in Maryland to Allen R. Whitelock, Sr. and Eloise Brown. On April 6, 1940, he married Virginia Whitelock. She died on May 6. 1988. He was a retired project manager in the construction business and had been a resident of Columbus the past nineteen years. He was a veteran of WW II.

He is survived by two sons, A. Roy Whitelock, Dallas, and James M. Whitelock, Houston and four grandchildren.

Colorado County Citizen, September 29, 1988, page 2

Whitelock, E. Virginia (Schaeffer)

Whitelock

Funeral services were held for E. Virginia Whitelock Friday, May 13 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Joseph Spiller officiating.

Mrs. Whitelock was born July 10, 1919 in Baltimore, Maryland to Millington A. Schaeffer and Mae Weigand Schaeffer. She married Allen R. Whitelock April 6, 1940.
She was a housewife and a member of St. John's Episcopal Church.

Survivors include her husband, Allen R. Whitelock of
Columbus; two sons, A. Ray Whitelock of Dallas and James M. Whitelock of Houston; brother-in-law, Henry J.

Whitelock of Houston; aunt, Mildred Borchers of Baltimore, Maryland; and four grandchildren. [Cremated]

Colorado County Citizen, May 12, 1988, page 2

Whitfield, Della Irene

Della Irene Whitfield, 27, Buried Thursday

Funeral services for Della Irene Whitfield, 27-year-old colored woman of Weimar, who died on Christmas Day in Youens Hospital, were held at the Colored Cemetery here last Thursday, Rev. Hubbard officiating.
She is survived by her mother, Annie Whitfield of Weimar; two brothers, Charles, Jr. of Weimar and Fred of Eagle Lake, and five sisters, Mary Curtis of Schulenburg, Callie Taylor and Ola Whitfield of Weimar, Stella Millen of San Antonio and Sarah ____ of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, January 1, 1951, page 1

Whitfield, Exum Phillip

DEATH OF DR. E. P WHITFIELD

Our community was startled and shocked in the early afternoon of Saturday last by the announcement of the sudden death of Dr. E. P. Whitfield, for thirty-six years a resident of our city. He died from heart disease. He had been complaining of not feeling well for several days, but his friends apprehended nothing serious, and believed his trouble would soon pass off, but, alas their hopes were vain.

Dr. Whitfield was born in Nash county. N. C., on the 22d day of April, 1819, immigrated to Texas in the year 1846, first settling in Victoria, remaining there about five years, and removing to Columbus in 1851, since which time he has resided in this city. In 1855 he was married to Mrs. Sarah J. Palmer, the union having been blessed with ten children, nine of whom are now living. Since his residence here he has been engaged in various occupations, but confined himself principally to mercantile pursuits. He was a man of indefatigable energy, and one of the most accomplished salemen[sic] in the State. Through his aid, perseverance and solicitations, the proprietors of the CITIZEN were induced to remove the establishment to this point in 1857, and he rendered it every aid in his power, not only by an always liberal support when in business for himself, but by soliciting support from his many friends in this section, when the publishers were strangers. He purchased the heading for the paper in New Orleans in 1857, while selecting a stock of goods for this section--long before the days of railroads in Texas. He was for a time President of the Tap railroad to this place, and devoted himself to the work with his usual energy and enterprise, until it was sold to Col. Peirce[sic]. Of late years he has been connected with the dry goods and grocery house of Mr. Jas. E. Carlton, of this city, and contributed his mite to building up a fine business; and outside of his immediate family, none will miss the energy, aid and counsel of the deceased more than the proprietor of that establishment.

For forty years the deceased has been a consistent member of the Methodist Church in this city, and for many terms the Superintendent of the Sabbath School. He died as he predicted he would go, very suddenly; and in speaking of the event which he seemed to realize could not be far off, expressed himself as willing to go. Death had no fear for him.

He was a kind husband, indulgent father, and seemed in his happiest moods when speaking of the loved ones at home. His remains were committed to the dust in the city cemetery, last Sunday afternoon, Rev. S. C. Littlepage officiating, and his funeral was largely attended. His faithful wife preceded him to heaven many years ago, and now he goes, with--
The hope that cheers united hearts
The hope to mankind given,
The hope that when the soul departs,
‘Till meet its mate in heaven.

Colorado Citizen, September 22, 1887

Whitfield, G. T.

The many friends of Captain G. T. Whitfield, a former resident of this section, but later of Yoakum, will regret to learn of his death, which occurred in that city on the 26th ultimo, of heart disease. He was a scholarly, genial, honest gentleman, possessed of a large circle of friends, and his death is deeply regretted by the many friends of the family in this section.

Weimar Mercury, January 6, 1894, page 3

Whitfield, Luvenia

Luvenia Whitfield Is Buried Tuesday

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Greater Smith Chapel Baptist church for Luvenia Whitfield, about 78, who died at her home here July 3 after having been ill about a month.

Rev. R. B. Sanders officiated and burial was in the colored city cemetery. Davis Funeral home was in charge.

Luvenia was a native of Columbus and had spent her entire life here.

She leaves 2 daughters, Anita and Willie Whitfield of Columbus and Eliza Mae Williams of Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, July 8, 1954

Whitfield, Richard "Dick"

The many friends of Mr. Richard Whitfield of this city will regret to hear of his death, which occurred at the old homestead in Columbus last Monday afternoon, of peneumonia. The remains were committed to earth at 3:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Brinson of Weimar officiating. The deceased was a native of Columbus having been born here, February 12, 1865, where he was reared, educated and resided most of his life. He was one of nature's noblemen, honest, upright and courteous, and numbered among our people as host of friends. In the bloom of manhood he has been cut off inetiable reaper, leaving us to marvel at the inscrutable working of an overiding providence. To the bereaved relatives and friends we render sincere sympathy.

Colorado Citizen, Thursday Morning, January 12, 1899
Submitted by Mary Anne Pickens

The sad news of the death of Mr. Dick Whitfield, at his home in Columbus, Monday night, of pneumonia, was received with deep and unfeigned regret by his numerous Weimar friends. The writer, in the days of “auld lang syne,” attended school with “Dick” Whitfield, and knew him then as we did in later years, to be a gentleman, every inch of him; the possessor of a kindly and generous disposition that won for him friends wherever he was known. We loved him for his many admirable traits, and in his death we grieve with the family over the loss of one so noble and good. Peace to his memory. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 14, 1899, page 5

The death of Mr. Dick Whitfield, which occurred at the family residence at Columbus Monday at 3:30 P. M. has cast a gloom over our community. Mr. Whitfield for several years has been an employe of Southern Pacific at this place, and during that time he made warm friends here. We will miss his presence, his merry [ ] and kindly voice. May the [. . .] angel be very near to his bereaved sisters and to all to whom he was dear in their hour of sorrow.

Weimar Mercury, January 14, 1899
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Whitfield, Sallie Palmer

COLUMBUS WOMAN’S FUNERAL IS HELD

Columbus, Texas, May 5.--Funeral services were held here for Miss Sallie P. Whitfield, 84, a teacher for 40 years in the Columbus public schools.

Rev. Frank E. Walker conducted the services. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Miss Whitfield was born here. She attended school here and at the Sam Houston Normal, now known as the Sam Houston State Teachers college.

Miss Whitfield organized the P.T.A. in the Columbus schools. She was the oldest member of the Columbus Episcopal church. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Eva Greenwood and Mrs. R. M. Youens; three nephews and three nieces.

Weimar Mercury, May 9, 1941, page 3

Whitfield, Sarah J. (Palmer)

We deeply sympathize with Dr. E. P. Whitfield, of our City, in the loss of his wife, whose death occurred last night at his residence, of typhoid fever. The funeral will take place at the City Cemetery this evening at 3 o’clock. She was a most estimable woman, a faithful helpmeet, devoted mother, and Christian lady. That household has lost its guiding star, its presiding genius, its loved director. Peace to her remains.

Colorado Citizen, November 4, 1880

Whitfield, Willie "Callis"

Callis Whitfield

Miss Callis Whitfield passed away Jan. 22 at Herman Hospital in Houston.

Funeral services were held at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus Jan. 26, with interment in City Cemetery. Ben Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Miss Whitfield was born in Columbus Oct. 13, 1902, the daughter of Clemon and Luvenia Hunter Whitfield.

She attended school in Columbus and Prairie View College. She taught in Altair and Shaw’s Bend. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one sister, Miss Anita Whitfield of Columbus; a cousin, Mrs. Grace Munson of Houston and a host of other relatives and friends.

Colorado County Citizen, February 7, 1980 page 2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Whitley, Nelson

Died, in Colorado county, Texas, October 1st, 1881, Mr. Nelson Whitley, in the 66th year of his age.

Deceased was a native of Bath county, Va., and came to Texas in 1841. He was body servant to Major Montgomery during the Mexican war, and was at San Jacinto when Gen. Santa Anna surrendered. Since then he has resided in this county and was the father of a large family of sons and daughters, of which our fellow townsman, Rev. Daniel Whitley, is the youngest. The funeral procession was very large and well attended by both white and colored, there being between three and four hundred persons present. Peace to his ___.
A Friend.

Colorado Citizen, October 6, 1881, page 3

Whitmann, Steave

Oakland cor. Citizen; Mr. Steave Whitmann died here Monday at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. He was a resident of this portion about 16 years; formerly of Columbus. He was 69 years old. Two years ago he bought a home in Oakland where he was living at the time of his death. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 18, 1899

Whitsitt, Elmer E.

E. E. Whitsitt Dies Suddenly; Funeral Monday

Last rites for Elmer E. Whitsitt, 65, of Columbus were held in St. Paul’s Lutheran church Monday at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. H. L. Anderson officiating.

Mr. Whitsitt suffered a stroke Saturday morning and was taken to Columbus Hospital Foundation where he died at 7:30 p.m. without regaining consciousness. He was a retired Houston fireman and had lived in Columbus for the past 2 years. He was a member of St. Paul’s church Columbus Sons of Hermann, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and was a Veteran of World War I.

Survivors are his widow, 2 daughters, Mrs. H. S. Taylor of Port O’Connor and Mrs. C. L. Clausen of Houston, and a son whose whereabouts are unknown; 3 brothers, N. M. Whitsitt of East Bernard, H. E. Whitsitt of Fannett and O. R. Whitsitt of Plainview; 5 sisters, Mrs. A. H. Bentley of DeQuincy, La., and Mrs. W. D. McRae, Mrs. T. W. McQueen, Mrs. Q. M. Grasty and Mrs. W. O. Glaesmann, all of Houston; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were the Houston fire prevention department members. Burial was in Odd Fellows cemetery with Untermeyer Funeral home in charge.

Colorado County Citizen, October 24, 1963, page 2

Whitten, Hazel

LITTLE HAZEL WHITTEN

After a very brief illness, Hazel, aged nine years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Whitten, died Tuesday morning, just at the dawn of a new day. The news of her death came as quite a shock to the friends of the family, as it was the general impression that she was rapidly improving.

All of her short and happy life was spent among us and as the sad news rapidly spread every heart was touched with sympathy for the strickened ones. During her brief school days Hazel was a favorite with her teachers and classmates. School was dismissed at ten o’clock Wednesday and the teachers and pupils came to the sadden home, bringing flowers in token of loving remembrance, and looked their last upon the sweet, placid face of their departed pupil and classmate.

Her remains were accompanied to Eagle Lake by the broken hearted father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Whitten, brother and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Burkholter and little brother, Robert, and Mrs. B. F. Pennington, Misses Susie Johnson and Bulah Boston, where they were laid to rest in the family burying grounds, Rev. Loving of the M. E. church, officiating.

Our deepest sympathy is extended the bereaved parents, sisters and brothers in their sad hour.

Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Feb 1913
Contributed by Matt Cross

Little Hazel Whitten

Little Hazel Whitten, the ten year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Whitten of Schulenburg, died at their home in that city Tuesday. The remains were brought to Eagle Lake on the 1:25 o’clock train Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church at 2 o’clock same afternoon, with interment in the Lakeside cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Whitten are former Eagle Lake citizens, he being a brother of Mr. Stout Whitten of this city. The HEADLIGHT’S sympathy is extended the bereaved parents.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 8, 1913, page 1

Whitten Infant

The infant son, aged nine days, of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Whitten, died Friday morning last from rupture of the naval [sic]. All that medical skill could do was done for the little one, but it seemed God’s will that it should not remain in this wicked world to withstand the cares and troubles that beset one at all times and on every hand, so He took the little babe to dwell with Him in that land where peace and joy reigneth without ceasing. The tiny remains were taken to Eagle Lake Saturday morning and tenderly laid to rest, the father and sisters, Misses Mattie and May and B. F. Pennington, accompanied the remains. Although the baby was not long in this world the tender love of a mother, father, sisters and brothers were not lessened by the short stay, and they are grieved for the little darling, but they can with assurance find condolence in the blessed truth that it is resting in the arms of one who said while on this earth: “Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for as such is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Its tiny hands are beckoning them up higher. May they, when the Angel Gabriel shall declare “That time shall be no more,” be reunited in that land beyond the skies.

Schulenburg Sticker, 5 April 1912
Contributed by Matt Cross

Whittington, B. W.

Houston Funeral Held for Former Weimar Resident

Funeral services were held Wednesday for B. W. Whittington, 78, of 7320 Brownwood Street, a 45-year resident of Houston and a former long-time resident of Weimar, whose death occurred at his home in Houston Tuesday morning. Services were held In the Fogle-West Chapel with Rev. R. F. Halbert of Harbor Baptist Church and Rev. Grady Hollonquist in charge.

The deceased, an uncle of Mr. Elmo Chandler, retired Weimar mail carrier, was a 25-year resident of Weimar, friends report, prior to his becoming a resident of Houston. He was at one time peace officer at Weimar and had countless friends here.

He was a member of the W. 0. W. Lodge, Magnolia Camp No. 13 of Houston.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. B. W. Whittington of Houston; three daughters. Mrs. Bessie Hines, Mrs. T. M. Williford, and Mrs. E. L. Caldwell; a granddaughter, Miss Hazel Williford; and two grandsons. James H. Sikes and W, E. Sick, all of Houston; three nieces. Mrs. C. E. Winter of Houston, Mrs. Eugene Hines of San Antonio and Mrs. Joe Shamberger of Tyler; and three nephews, one of whom is Elmo Chandler of Weimar.

Pallbearers included Sheriff Norfleet Hill, O. M. Duclose. E. R. Coffee, J. Dixie Smith, A. H. Neuthard and A. Copeland. Burial was in Hollywood Cemetery. Houston.

Weimar Mercury, February 2, 1940, page 1

Whittington, G. Z.

"Another good citizen gone!" was the expression heard on every side last Wednesday morning when news of the death of Mr. G. Z. Whittington became circulated over the city. And it was a true expression of the esteem in which he was held by the Weimar people, for Mr. Whittington was a quiet, peaceable, honest citizen and neighbor, ever ready to do for others, and his cheery voice and presence will ever be missed by his large circle of friends. Mr. Whittington was taken sick about three weeks ago with bilious fever, but soon became better, and was apparently getting well fast. But the latter part of last week he was very suddenly taken worse, and congestion set in Monday night, resulting in his death Tuesday night at 9:30. Rev. T. O. Sallee held impressive funeral services at the residence Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, and the remains were laid to rest in the Odd Fellow's cemetery at 5 o'clock, the local lodge of Knights of Honor officiating at the grave. Mr. Whittington was a popular man in this section, and his funeral was largely attended. As a friend and neighbor, the editor of this paper respected and admired him, and in death we mourn with the wife, daughters and sons in the irreparable loss they have sustained. Peace to his memory.

...Mr. J. W. Whittington of Yoakum came over Wednesday morning to attend the funeral of his brother.

Weimar Mercury, July 27, 1895:
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Whittingston, Geo. W.

With regret the Mercury learns that Uncle Geo. W. Whittington was found dead in his bed this (Thursday) evening at 2 o'clock. Mr. Whittington has been in feeble health for a long time and his death was not therefore unexpected. For many years Mr. Whittington has been a prominent citizen in this county; he was an honest man, a good man. The Mercury would be pleased if some friend would write an extensive account of his life. We have not learned yet where he will be buried. [Place of interment unknown]

The Weimar Mercury, August 23, 1888
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Whittington, Jas. C.

AN OLD LANDMARK PASSED AWAY

Jas. C. Whittington was born in South Carolina, May 20, 1820. Moved with his parents to Alabama in 1836. Married Miss Mary J. Brooks October 12, 1843 with whom he lived 59 years. Joined the order of Masonry in 1852. Moved to Texas in 1854, locating in Austin county. In 1866 moved to Colorado county where he spent the remainder of his days. He was a devoted Christian, having lived a consistent member of the Methodist church since 1857.

Uncle Jim, as he was familiarly known, had been in bad health for the last two years, but on the day of his death he said he was feeling unusually well. He got up early, dressed himself, ate a hearty breakfast and at 11:30 a.m. retired to rest. At 12 o'clock his wife went to his bed and discovered that he had fallen into his last sleep. His remains were taken charge of by the Masonic fraternity and laid to rest in the Odd Fellow's cemetery.

He was the father of five children, four of whom are living, viz: Mrs. R. B. Hollingsworth of Santa Ana, J. W. Whittington of Yoakum, B. W. Whittington of Houston, and Mrs. Sallie Chandler of Weimar. G. Z. Whittington, a son, died in Weimar July 23, 1895. He leaves a devoted wife in her 79th year, who for 59 years sympathized with him in adversity and rejoiced with him in prosperity.

Weimar Mercury, August 30, 1902
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Whittington, Mary Jordan (Brooks)

The death of Mrs. Mary Jordan Whittington occurred Thursday afternoon at 3:45 at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Sallie Chandler, about three miles southwest of this city, after a long and painful illness. Her remains will be laid to rest beside those of her late husband, Mr. J. C. Whittington, in the Odd Fellows' cemetery this (Friday) afternoon at 4 o'clock. She was a splendid type of the true Christian woman, ever a good neighbor and friend, and bore her sufferings with the greatest of fortitude, "falling asleep in the arms of Jesus" peacefully and with the contented thought that "it is all for the best." She leaves a large number of relatives and friends throughout this section, to whom our sincere sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, April 25, 1903
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Whittington, Virginia A.

DEATH OF MRS. V. A. WHITTINGTON

News was received here Tuesday evening of the death of Mrs. V. A. Whittington, a former resident of this community, which occurred in Houston at 6:30 same day at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sallie Wall, after a long illness. The remains were brought here this (Thursday) afternoon for interment. Mrs. Whittington lived in this city for many years, moving to Houston a few years ago, in which city she made her home up to the time of her death. She was 65 years of age. Surviving her are one daughter, Mrs. Sallie Wall, a son, Will Whittington, one granddaughter, Miss Virginia Wegenhoft, and one grandson, Lee Wall. As a close neighbor of Mrs. Whittington for many years, we knew her well, and sincerely deplore her death. She was kind-hearted, a devoted wife and mother, a thoughtful good neighbor as anyone could wish for a good, Christian woman known and beloved by all. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, August 23, 1918
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Whittington, William C.

Whittington Funeral Held In California

The following additional information has been received from the family of the late William C. Whittington, a notice of whose death appeared in an early September Issue of the Mercury.

Mr. Whittington was in the V. A. Hospital In Oakland, Calif., when he developed acute appendicitis; four days after his operation he got pneumonia, from which he died, at the age of 78.

Services were held in Sacramento, Calif., his home city.

A native of Weimar, he began his railroad career with the Santa Fe in Los Angeles, as a brakeman. In about 1913, he joined the Southern Pacific, for whom he served as yardmaster and later a freight conductor. In about 1919 he joined the Sacramento orthern Railroad, retiring in 1940.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Johnnie S. Whittington, a daughter, two sons, two grandsons and a greatgranddaughter. A sister, Mrs, Sallie Wall Winter of Houston, also survives.

Weimar Mercury, October 1, 1954
Submitted by Deborah Smith


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