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Wicker, William Franklin Brewer


Was One of Eagle Lake’s Most Prominent Citizens—Funeral Held On Wednesday Morning

Mr. W. F. B. Wicker, one of the best known citizens of our city, died at his home here at an early hour on Tuesday morning following an illness extending over many months.

The funeral was conducted from the family home at half past ten o’clock Wednesday morning with interment in the Masonic cemetery, Rev. H. B. Atkins of the Methodist church, officiating.

Mr. Wicker, “Tobe” as he was familiarly called by his friends, was one of our town’s very best citizens. Tobe Wicker was an honest man, and when that is said much has been said. But he was honest as the days are long, and he willfully did no man an injustice. He was very popular with all who knew him and especially with his business associates, those who were in constant touch with him and who knew him for his real worth.

Mr. Wicker was 58 years of age and was born in Colorado county, near Weimar, and has made this county his home most all of his life. For thirty years or more he was connected with the bookkeeping department of Vineyard & Walker and remained with the firm at the time the business was purchased and taken over by the Frank Stephens Company, and was with the Frank Stephens Company to the time of his death. In his younger days, Mr. Wicker spent ten years of his life in the mountainous regions of McCullough county where he was in charge of a ranch for Mr. Q. F. Walker.

The deceased had long been identified with the interests of the city. He has served on the board of aldermen, the school board and was for a number of years city secretary He had been in ill health for some time, and last spring underwent an operation, but to no avail. Although, for some weeks, Mr. Wicker realized his condition, he bore his sufferings with patience.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Alex Callison, three brothers, Messrs. J. M., N. W. and Ben Callison and a sister, Mrs. Love Kunze of Columbus, and his wife and four children, Preston, Joe, William and Erline, to whom this paper extends its heartfelt sympathy.

Eagle Lake Headlight, January 5, 1918


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Wickwire, Myra (Grace)

Ashes of Myra Grace are Interred Here

The ashes of a lady who formerly lived hear (known to the writer and others as Myra Grace, she being a daughter of the late Dr. Harry Grace and wife, formerly of Oakland, and whose married name is not known to us) were brought here recently from New York City, where she died and were interred in the Masonic Cemetery. We understand that after her death her remains were cremated and then forwarded here for interment. As Myra Grace she is still favorably remembered by many.

Weimar Mercury, May 21 1937

Wied, Edward H.


Edward H. Wied, 78, of Garwood, passed away July 11 at his home.

He was born Aug. 20, 1928 in Nada to Alex and Regina Hoelscher Wied. He worked for Lehrer Interest of Garwood for 50 years and was a longtime member of the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, A.J. Wied.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Schoellmann Wied, of Garwood; sons and daughters-in-law, Chris and Kathy Wied, of Katy and Jeff and Annette Wied, of El Campo; grandchildren, Blake, Stacie and Travis Wied; sisters, Laura Noska, of El Campo, Irene Pargman, of San Antonio, Clara Noska, of El Campo; and brothers, James Wied, of Bay City and Robert Wied, of Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were July 13 at St. Mary's Church in Nada with the Rev. Joseph Vrana officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James, J.D. and Blake Wied, Doug and Brad Baumgarten and Paul Lehrer. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Ray Krenek, Ralph Savino, and Travis and Stacie Wied.

Memorials may be made to the Garwood Volunteer Fire Department, Hospice Support Care or to St. Mary's Church in Nada.

Colorado County Citizen, July 18, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Wied, Eldin L.


Eldin L. Wied, 88, passed away March 28 at his home in Garwood.

He was born in Nada, July 28, 1918 to Adolph and Louise (George) Wied.

He served in the U.S. Army during W.W. II in the European theater. He was a member of the 961st Field Artillery Battalion, which landed at Normandy and advanced through the Battle of the Bulge into Germany and Austria as Germany surrendered. He helped liberate concentration camps as the war ended.

On April 10, 1942, he married Evelyn Schilling. Following his military service, they settled in Garwood, where he became a rancher and a rice farmer for the remainder of his life. He was a lifelong member of the Garwood Lions Club and the Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Church, was one of the organizers of the Farmer's Cooperative of Garwood, and was an honorary member of the American Rice Growers Association, Garwood Division.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and siblings Delta Wied Mendell, Johnny Wied and Walter Wied.

He is survived by his friend, Dorothy Brooks of Columbus; children and spouses, Judy and Brad Engstrom of Garwood, Mark and Jane Wied of Garwood and Melba and Randy Clapp of El Campo; sister Ella Mae Malek of Houston; brother and sister-in-law Albert and Clara Wied of El Campo; grandchildren Lee Higgins, Michael and Natalie Higgins, Doug and Lana Wied, Jennifer and David Peacock and Carrie and Lance Grigar, Donnie Clapp, Christi and Matt DeVillier, Elizabeth Clapp and Walter Clapp; and great-grandchildren Madelyn Peacock, Samuel Peacock and Gunner Grigar.

Funeral services were conducted March 30 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Ardie Nelson officiating. Burial followed at the Lehrer Memorial Cemetery in Garwood.

Pallbearers were Doug Wied, Lee Higgins, Michael Higgins, David Peacock, Lance Grigar, Brad Engstrom, Randy Clapp and Michael Lanier.

Honorary pallbearers were Frank Tillman, Troy Krenek and Robert Schiurring.

Memorials may be made to Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Church, Hospice or Garwood Volunteer Fire Department.

Colorado County Citizen, April 4, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen

Wied, Emma Alma (Mai)

Wied Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Mrs. Emma Alma Wied of Columbus were held Saturday, March 24, 1990 at 11:00 a.m. from St. Anthony's Catholic Church In Columbus with Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Interment was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Wied passed away Wednesday, March 21 in a Columbus nursing home. She was 82 years of age.

Born in Frelsburg May 27, 1907, she was the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Moesmyer[sic]) Mai. She was a resident for Columbus 35 years and had been married to Roy Wied for 62 years.

Survivors include her husband, Roy Wied of Columbus; daughter, Alma Marek of Houston; son, Louios[sic] Wied of Fayetteville; sister, Alma Emma Seidel of Katy; and 11 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two daughters, Lorene Agnes Steinhauser and Rosie Wied, and her parents.

Pallbearers were Edwin Steinhauser, David Steinhauser, Nathan Steinhauser, Bruce Kubena, Mark Wilburn, and Jack Marek Jr.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, March 29, 1990, page 2

Wied, Evelyn (Schilling)

Mrs. Eldin Wied Dies Suddenly Wed.

Hearts of the citizens of the Garwood community and of friends throughout the area were filled with sadness once again last Wednesday morning May 31st, with the sudden death of Mrs. Eldin L.(Evelyn)Wied, a lifetime resident of Garwood.

Mrs. Wied had attended a meeting of the TOPS organization here last Wednesday morning and became ill after returning to her home and she died shortly afterwards of what is believed to be a heart attack.

She was born May 14th, 1923 in Garwood the daughter of Millie and Edmund Schilling.  She and Eldin L. Wied were united in marriage on April 10, 1942.

After attending Southwest Texas University in San Marcos, she taught school in Frelsburg, Alief and Hallettsville.

Mrs. Wied was a faithful member of the Garwood United Methodist Church and was active in church, school and community affairs.

Her warm and friendly disposition and her concern for her family, neighbors and her friends won for her the admiration and respect and love of all who came to know her.  She shall be missed dearly by her loved ones and friends.

Surviving are her husband, Eldin L. Wied, prominent rice farmer and rancher in the Garwood community; a son, Mark Wied of Garwood; two daughters, Miss Melba Wied of Garwood, 1972 Rice High School graduate, and Mrs.  Brad (Judy) Engstrom of Waco, her mother, Mrs. E. C. Schilling of Garwood; one brother, Lellius Schilling of Garwood; and one sister, Mrs. Flora Blankenburg of Alvin and other relatives and friends.

Last rites were held for Mrs. Wied at ten o'clock Friday morning, June 2, 1972 at the Wheeler Funeral Home Chapel in El Campo, The Rev. G. Leo Glasgow, pastor of Garwood United Methodist Church and the Rev. Joe Ader of the El Campo Methodist Church and a former pastor at Garwood, officiated at the services.  William Carpenter, accompanied by Mrs. Herbert Engstrom, sang, "How Great Thou Art."

She was placed to final rest in the Oaklawn Memorial Park in El Campo.  Serving as pallbearers were James T. Danklefs, Herbert Engrstrom, Frederick Priesmeyer, Eugene Ramsey, Robert Schiurring, and Ervin Stienke. [Note: there is a marker for Evelyn Wied at the Lehrer Cemetery in Garwood.]

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 8, 1972,page 12
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Wied, Lera Mae (Foster)

Funeral services for Lera Mae Wied, 77, of Richmond, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Delaney Funeral Home in Eagle Lake. Burial will be at Lehrer Cemetery in Garwood.

Mrs. Wied died Feb. 6 at her home. She is preceded in death by her husband, Walter.

She is survived by her son, John Knesek and wife, Sue, of Missouri City; daughters, Molly Hilburn and husband, Hal, of Richmond, and Nancy Balderach and husband, Walter, of Richmond; brother, Lloyd Foster of Cat Spring; nine grandchildren: Libby Zdunkewicz and husband, Stephen, John Lawrence, Lee, Blake, Sherri, Chad, Melody, John and Casey; one great-grandson, Taylor Cole Zdunkewicz; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fort Bend Herald-Coaster, Rosenberg, TX, 8 Feb 1991, page 2

Lera Mae Wied

May 11, 1913 - February 6, 1991

Mrs. Lera Mae Wied, age 77, passed away at 9:55 p.m., Wednesday, February 6, at the Polly Ryon Hospital of Richmond following a sudden illness.

She was born, May 11, 1913 in Bochita, Oklahoma, one of ten children born, to John Henry Foster and Hortensia Eugenia Riggins Foster.

She was a member of the Lissie United Methodist Church and had been a resident of our area most of her life, living in Rock Island, Garwood and Chesterville before moving to Richmond eight years ago.

In 1947 she and Walter A. Wied were married at the Methodist Church of Columbus. Preceded in death by her parents, seven brothers and one sister and her husband who passed away February 21, 1983, survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Molly and Hal Hilburn, Richmond and Nancy and Walter Balderach Richmond; son and daughter-in-law, John D. and Sue Knesek of Missouri City; brother, Samuel L. Foster, Cat Springs, nine grandchildren and one great grandson, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, February 9, from the Dulany Funeral Home Chapel of Eagle Lake with Rev. Richard Eifert, Pastor, Lissie United Methodist Church officiating.

Interment followed in the Lehrer Memorial Cemetery of Garwood.

Pallbearers scheduled were nephew, T.J. Foster and grandsons, John Knesek, Casey Jones, John and Lee Girndt and Stephen Zdunkewicz.

A quiet, simple lady, dedicated to her Lord and her family, she will be missed by all whose lives she touched over the years.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, 14 Feb 1991, page 8
Both obituaries contributed by Matt Cross

Wied, Meta (Georg)

Post Special: Columbus, June 23.--Mrs. Meta Weed died yesterday at Vox Populi, in the southern part of this county. She was about 23 years of age and is survived by her husband. She was the daughter of Justice of the Peace George and a niece of Tax Collector Fehrenkamp,who in company with County Treasurer Burttschell attended the funeral this morning. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, June 30, 1906,page 1

Wied, Rose Marie

(See obit of Bernard Herman Dybala)

Wied, Roy R.


Roy R. Wied, 90, of Columbus, died Friday, Sept. 22, 1995 at River Oaks Convalescent in Columbus.

Born March 29, 1905 in Rock Island, he was the son of Reinhard and Selma (Ladewig) Wied. He was married to Emma Mai Wied for 62 years. Mr. Wied, who was a lifelong resident of the area and a retired butcher, was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Columbus

Funeral services were held Sept. 23 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with Father Dan Kahlich officiating. Interment followed in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Columbus. Arrangements were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Mark Wilburn, James Guthmann, Bruce Kubena, Edwin Steinhauser, David Steinhauser and Jack Marek Jr.

Mr. Wied is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Alma and Jack Marek, of Houston; a son and daughter-in-law, Louis and Helen Wied of Fayetteville; a brother, Raymond Wied of Garwood; sisters, Delhia Popp of Nada, Stella Tate of Eagle Lake and Laura Mae Vaclavik of Sugarland; 15 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife on March 21, 1990; daughters, Lorene Steinhauser and Rose Marie Wied; a grandson, Nathan Steinhauser; a great-grandson, Brian Pledger; brothers Bill, Henry, Alec, Jessie, Denny and Reinhard Wied Jr.; sisters, Nora Fredrickson, Emma Muesse, Pearl Corliss and Hattie Wishert; and an infant son Ottie Wied.

Colorado County Citizen, September 27, 1995, page 16

Wiehman, Ernst

—Ernest Wichman [sic.], and [sic.] old citizen of Frelsburg, Colorado county, suicided by hanging himself with a leather strap. [Interred at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery]

Brenham Weekly Banner, January 20, 1881, page1

Wienken, Elmer R.

Elmer R. Wienken, 71, of Shaws Bend, passed away Sept. 21 at Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born in Columbus, May 18, 1930 to Emil and Ernestine (Witte) Wienken and married Eunice Treybig, Feb. 10, 1951 in Frelsburg. A retired heavy equipment operator and foreman for Pioneer Concrete Company, he was a member of the Sons of Hermann and served in the National Guard 1949-58.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Bennett Buescher.

He is survived by his wife, Eunice Wienken; daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Dwain Tom of Pflugerville and Anne and Joel Dimas of Universal City; sons and daughters-in-law Kenneth and Rose Wienken of Bellville and Roger and Anita Wienken of Austin. Sisters, Lyn Buescher of Columbus and Ellen and Husband Roy Brendle of Houston; grandchildren, Kristy Michelle, Christopher Michael and Scott Alan Wienken and Jennifer Lynn and Jessica Ann Dimas; and step-granddaughter, Jessi Erin McCollum.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 24 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Pallbearers were Michael Wienken, Eric Brendle, Don Buescher, Darrell Vasut, Chris Treybig and Calvin Treybig Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Larry Poenitsch, Doug Treybig, Bruce Franke, Troy Waddel, Mike Treybig and Vernon Schindler.

Colorado County Citizen, October 3, 2001
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Wienken, Elvira Aurelia (Berger)

Wienken Service Held July 24 In Weimar

Elvira Aurelia Wienken, 91, died Friday, July 21 at a Corpus Christi nursing home. Graveside services were held July 24 in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar. She was born May 13, 1904 in Weimar. Mrs. Wienken's parents were Gustav and Selma Kirsten Berger, who immigrated from Germany in 1891.

She married Herbert F. Wienken on August 15, 1926; they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1976. Mrs. Wienken was a member of the Bethel Assembly of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1977, and by her granddaughter Linda Gail Frye, in 1978.

Survivors include her two daughters Mildred West of Arlington, and Geraldine Boyd and her husband, Bill both of Normanna; five grandchildren; Jeff West of Arlington, Carl West of Memphis, Tenn., Maria Martin of New Orleans, La. Reba Marshall of Corpus Christi, Glen Boyd of Odem: one sister Selma Prensner of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Weimar Mercury, July 27, 1995, page 2

Wienken, Eunice (Treybig)

Eunice Wienken

Eunice Wienken, 77 of Shaws Bend, passed away Oct. 6 at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.

She was born July 22, 1932 to parents, Adalie and Edna (Cordes) Treybig in Walhalla. On Feb. 10, 1951, she married Elmer Ray Wienken, and the couple made their home in the Columbus and Shaws Bend area. She served as a homemaker for much of her life and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Columbus, a coordinator for Lutheran World Relief and a participant in the St. Paul Sewers and Thanks Offering program.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Clarence Treybig, Clemens Treybig, Carroll Lee Treybig and Calvin “Cotton” Treybig; and sisters, Sybil Koether, Anna Mae Crider and Dorothy Vasut.

She is survived by her daughters, Janet Wienken and friend D.W. Stanley of La Grange, and Anne Dimas and husband Joel of Universal City; sons, Kenneth Wienken and wife Rose of Cat Spring, and Roger Wienken of Bastrop; sisters, Sylvia Franke of Houston and Vernell Johnson of Mauriceville; brother, Cleward Treybig of Ruttersville; and grandchildren, Kristy Wienken, Michael Wienken, Jennifer Dimas, Jessica Dimas and Scott Wienken.

A prayer service took place Oct. 9 at Henneke Funeral Home. Funeral services took place Oct. 10 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus, with the Rev. Heath Abel officiating. Internment followed at Brune Cemetery in Shaws Bend.

Pallbearers were Mike Treybig, Donald Treybig, Calvin “Buddy” Treybig, Chris Treybig, Bruce Franke, Don Buescher, Troy Waddell and Eric Brendle.

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

Wienken, Herbert L.

Final Rites for Herbert Wienken Here Sunday<

Funeral services for Herbert F. Wienken, 72, of 3733 Dalraida, Corpus Christi, were held Sunday afternoon, March 6, at the Clifford Jackson Chapel in Corpus Christi, with Rev. W. S. Graham of the Bethel Assembly of God officiating.

Burial was in Masonic Cemetery at Weimar.

Mr. Wienken died Friday morning at Corpus Christi.

A native of Weimar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wienken Sr., he had been a resident of Corpus Christi since 1927.

Survivors include his wife, Elvira, of Corpus Christi; two daughters, Mrs. M. B. Boyd of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Mildred West of Houston; two brothers, Willie Wienken of Weimar and Edwin Wienken of Corpus Christi; five sisters, Mrs. Laura Trefny, Mrs. Erna Koehn, Mrs. Elsie Vornsand, Mrs. Katie Vornsand and Mrs. Olga Fuchs, all of Weimar; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The Weimar Mercury, March 10, 1977
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Wienken, Hermann


Mr. D. Weinken[sic] was buried Sunday., March 5th, at the cemetery here. The deceased was a member of the Pecan lodge No. 44, Order of the Sons of Hermann, and had reached an age of 57 years, leaving a wife and five children. In the absence of Rev. C. Frieling, Mr. W. Woltersdorf conducted the burial ceremonies, after which the members of his lodge fulfilled their duties.

Weimar Mercury, March 11, 1905, page 1

A farmer named D. Wienken, living on the Tell farm eight miles southeast of Weimar, died suddenly Friday afternoon, and Judge VanAlstyne went out the following morning and held an inquest. The testimony of the family was to the effect that the deceased left his work in the field, went to the house, and when they arrived at the house later on they found him on the bed dead. He was afflicted with Bright’s disease,and this is believed to have been the cause of his death.

Weimar Mercury, March 11, 1905, page 4

Wienken, Katie (Schriefer)

Mrs. Wienken Funeral Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Katie Wienken, 92, were held Sunday, May 2, at Weimar United Church of Christ, with Rev. D. L. R. McDougle officiating. She was buried in Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Wienken died at 3:20 a.m. Friday, April 30, at Youens Memorial Hospital, after a month's illness.

Born Nov. 27, 1883, in Oldenburg, Germany, she was a daughter of Friedrich and Elise (Evers) Schriefer. She came to this country as a four-year-old. She was married to William Wienken on Dec. 28, 1903. He died August 3, 1955.

Mrs. Wienken was a member of United Church of Christ and charter member of the Ladies Guild of that church.

She is survived by three sons, Herbert and Edwin Wienken of Corpus Christi and Willie Wienken of Weimar; five daughters, Mrs. Louis (Laura) Trefny, Mrs. Edwin (Erna) Koehn, Mrs. Hugo (Elsie) Vornsand, Mrs Alvin (Katie) Vornsand, and Mrs. Willie (Olga) Fuchs, all of Weimar; 24 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Hugo Schriefer of Yoakum and Otto Schriefer of Houston; and two sisters, Mrs. Reinhard (Martha) Brandt of Weimar and Mrs. Alfred (Elsie) Butscherk of Nordheim.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were two sisters, Mrs. Fred Vornsand Sr. and Miss Sophia Schreifer; three brothers, Fritz, Ernest and Edward Schriefer and one grandson, Byron Fuchs.

Pallbearers were Leonard Wienken, Robert Earl Trefny, Elliott Koehn, Reuben Vornsand, Harvey Vornsand and Wilfred Fuchs.

Weimar Mercury, May 6, 1976
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Wienken, Selma (Dahse)

Selma Wienken Funeral Services Held June 16

Selma Wienken, 94, of Weimar, Died June 14 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 16 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Bielau with Rev. Ken Wheeler officiating. Interment followed in Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Wienken was born Oct. 13, 1908 in New Bielau to Gus and Alma (Poppe) Dahse. She attended New Bielau-Content School.

On Nov. 26, 1928, she married Willie A. Wienken in the home of Gus Dahse.

She was a rancher, farmer, housewife, seamstress and cake maker.

She was a member of the New Bielau Ladies Aid and was the caretaker for the New Bielau Dance Hall. She lived in this area for 92 years also living in Shiner as a child.

Mrs. Wienken is survived by a son, Leonard Wienken and wife Georgia Ann of Dallas; daughter, Aline Adamcik Barta and husband Allen of Weimar; three sisters, Nora VanAlstyne of Willis, Helen Kainer of Weimar and Ellyn Helmcamp Stryk and husband Bill of Weimar; four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one son-in-law, Joe V. Adamick and one sister, Mrs. Fred (Esther) Vornsand.

Pallbearers were grandson, Dean Adamick; grandsons-in-law, Justin Bartos III, Robert Jegstrup and Roger Miller; great-grandson-in-law, Andrew Flanigan, and nephew, Harris Kainer.

Honorary pallbearer was Vivian McGrew, special caretaker and friend.

The Weimar Mercury, June 26, 2003
Transcribed by John Konesheck

Wienken, William Sr.

Final Rites For Wm. Wienken Sr., 78, Set Today

Funeral services for William Wienken Sr., 78, will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 3 o'clock at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev, Frank H. Horak Jr., pastor of Evangelical & Reformed Church, officiating.

Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Wienken, a retired farmer and almost lifelong resident of this area, died at 4 o'clock Wednesday morning at Youens Hospital. He bad been ill for two months and became seriously ill about a week ago.

Born Nov. 22, 1876, in Oldenburg Germany, he was the son of Herman and Meta Wienken, who brought him to this country aa a small child. The family settled in the Holman area.

He married Miss Katie Schriefer Dec. 28, 1903. They settled for a brief time in the New Bielau section before moving to the Wildwood section. They retired from farming and moved into Weimar about 10 years ago.

Survivors in addition to his wife are three sons, Herbert and Edwin of Corpus Christi and Willie Jr. of Weimar; five daughters, Mrs. Louis Trefny, Mrs. Edwin Koehn, Mrs. Hugo Vornsand, Mrs. Alvin Vornsand and Mrs. Willie Fuchs, all of Weimar; 25 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and three half-brothers, Herman Wienken of Hallettsville, Otto Wienken of Alice and Emil Wienken of Columbus.

Weimar Mercury, August 5, 1955, page 1

Wienken, Willie A.

Willie Wienken Funeral Held Here July 8

Willie Wienken, 90, died July 5 due to failing health.

Services were held on Monday, July 8, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. Norman "Skip" Sirnic officiating. Interment was at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

A reception was held at the New Bielau Church Fellowship Hall, with the help of the Church Ladies Aid members.

He was born January 14, 1906, in Weimar, to William Wienken and Katie (Schreifer) Wienken.

Mr. Wienken married Selma Dahse on November 26, 1928, at the Gus Dahse Estate in Colorado County. He was a farmer, carpenter, and surveyor and lived in the Weimar area his entire life.

He was a New Bielau Church Board Trustee. He was also on the New Bielau School Board and New Bielau Dance Hall Board of Directors, and served as caretaker.

Survivors include: his wife, Selma Dahse Wienken of New Bielau-Weimar; a son, Leonard Wienken and wife, Georgia Ann, of Dallas; a daughter, Aline Adamcik Barta, and husband, Allen Barta, of Weimar; four sisters, Mrs. Erna Koehn, Mrs. Elsie Vornsand, Mrs. Katie Vornsand, and Mrs. Olga Fuchs, all of Weimar; six grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Herbert Wienken and Edwin Wienken, both of Corpus Christi; one sister, Laura Trefny of Weimar; and one son-in-law, Joe Adamcik of Weimar.

Pallbearers were: Dean Adamcik, grandson; Justin Bartos III, Robert Jegstrup, and Roger Miller, grandsons-in-law; and Allen Brian Barta and Greg Barta, step grandsons.

Weimar Mercury, July 11, 1996, page 2

Wiese, Carol (Williams)

Carol Wiese

Carol Wiese, 83, of Lissie, passed away December 15 in Eagle Lake.

She was born in Riverton, WY on January 12, 1924 the daughter of Glen and Ollie Williams.

Carol was a housewife and of the Methodist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward Howard Wiese; brothers, Ralph Williams and Bill Williams; and sister, Dorothy Wampler.

Survivors include sons, Glen Edward Wiese and wife, Carman of Del Rio, Texas, Donald Ray Wiese and wife, Anna Mae of Eagle Lake; grandchildren and spouses, Kara Wiese Mihalski and husband, Leslie, of St. Hedwig, Texas, Kenneth Wiese and wife, Jodi of Del Rio, Richard Wiese and wife, Christi, of Virginia Beach, VA; David Wiese and wife, Sheryl, of Eagle Lake, Melanie (Wiese)Marsalia and husband, Bobby, of Eagle Lake; great-grandchildren, Kelsey Mihalski, Garrett Mihalski, Ashley Sosa, Jacob Wiese, Paige Wiese, Hannah Wiese, Benjamin Wiese, Micah Wiese, Mackenzie Wiese, Lauren Wiese, David Wiese, Jr., Alyssa Marsalia and Joseph Marsalia.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 19 at 2 p.m. from Lissie United Methodist Church with Rev. John Woody officiating. Burial followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Allan Labay, Brock Ashby, Jim Wampler, Louis Hobbs, Bill Hobbs and James Wiese.

Honorary pallbearers were Leland Williams, Glen Wampler, Randy Nickleson, Martin Herman, Mark Anderson and Victor Corman.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 20th, 2007
Submitted by John Konesheck

Wiese, Clifford T.

Clifford Wiese, 66, Is Killed In Road Mishap at Eagle Lake

A prominent Eagle Lake rice farmer was killed in a traffic accident Monday morning at the intersection of U.S. 90-A and F.M. 3013 in Eagle Lake.  It was the first traffic fatality this year in Colorado County.

Eagle Lake Police Chief Lupe Villarreal said the victim, Clifford Thomas Weise, 66, attempted to make a turn onto U.S. 90-A from F.M. 3013 and was hit broadside by a gravel truck; Villarreal said Weise apparently never saw the truck driven by Richard Saenz of Houston.

Villarreal said another gravel truck cut in front of the truck driven by Saenz. He said Saenz was applying his brakes when Weise turned into his path.

The gravel truck struck Weise’s vehicle and knocked it into a pickup driven by Roy Lee Heinold of Sheridan. Both Heinold and Saenz were not injured.

Villareal said police failed to locate the other gravel truck. Weise was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace M. M. Jones of Eagle Luke.

Funeral services were scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Robinson officiating. Interment was to be at Lakeside cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Weise was a Rice farmer and a Methodist minister.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; four sons, Riley Weise of Dallas, Larry Weise, Ted Weise and Jimmy Weiss, all of Eagle Lake; one daughter, Dana Anderson of Houston; mother, Mrs. Edward Weise of Weise of Lissie; two brothers, Alvin Weise of Eagle Lake and Howard Weise of Lissie; one sister, Ola Mae Ashby of Eagle Lake; and 10 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and one sister.

Pallbearers were to be Dexter Anderson, Joe Anderson, Ralph Truly, Frank Pidgeon, Ernest Uzzell and James Crabb.

Colorado County Citizen, February 14, 1980 page 1-2
Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht

Wiese, Marjorie Carr (Brown)


Marjorie Carr Wiese, 89 of Eagle Lake, passed away May 2, at the Rice Medical Center Hospital in Eagle Lake.

She was born May 28, 1914 in Pettigrew, Ark. to James Riley and Agnes (Gammadge) Brown. She attended Bethany College in Oklahoma and married Clifford T. Wiese on Aug. 28, 1935 in Kansas City, Miss. She was a member of the Eagle Lake United Methodist Church and Rice District Community Hospital Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Riley Brown and Richard Brown; and daughter-in-law, Peggy Wiese.

She is survived by her children, Dana Anderson and husband, Lyle of Eagle Lake, Riley Wiese of Pensacola, Fla., Jim Wiese and wife, Jean of Eagle Lake, Ted Wiese and wife, Linda of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Larry Wiese of Eagle Lake; sisters, Betty Kelner of Olathe, Kan., Jean Kirby of Denver, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Laura Wiese of Arlington; grandchildren; great grandchildren; and her close friend and caregiver, Lisa Fields.

Funeral services were conducted May 5, at United Methodist Church of Eagle Lake with the Rev. David King, pastor of Eagle Lake and Lehrer Memorial United Methodist Churches and her son, preacher Ted Wiese, with Rockin W Rodeo Ministry in Twin Falls, Idaho, officiating. Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Bryan, Brandon, Michael, David, Scott, Shawn, Cory and Kyle Wiese, and Aaron, John and Phillip Anderson.
Memorials may be made to the Rockin W Rodeo Ministry, P.O. Box 5058, Twin Falls, Idaho 83303; or Lighthouse Ministry, c/o Dana and Lyle Anderson, 601 S. McCarty Ave., Eagle Lake, Texas 77434; or United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 695, Eagle Lake, Texas 77434.

Colorado County Citizen, May 12, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Wiese, Martha (Ehlers)

Mrs. Martha Wiese, Former Resident,Buried, New Bielau

Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Ehlers Wiese, 65, of Yorktown, a former Weimar area resident, were held Friday afternoon, Feb. 6, at Hubbard Funeral Home with Rev. Boehle, Lutheran minister of Yorktown, officiating.

Burial was in the New Bielau Cemetery.

Mrs. Wiese on Christmas Day arrived for a visit with her sister, Mrs. Emil Poppe of New Bielau, and other relatives and friends. She became ill on New Year’s day and died Wednesday, February 4.

Born March 14, 1893, at Pecan, Fayette County, she was the daughter of John and Annie Beken Ehlers. She married Fred Wiese at Columbus on Nov. 9, 1926, and they lived in the Weimar area 18 years before moving to Nordheim. Later they moved to Yorktown, where they had lived the past 13 years. She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Yorktown.

Survivors are her husband and four sisters, Mrs. Annie Kattau of Nordheim, Mrs. John Kattau of Yoakum, and Mrs. Emil Poppe and Mrs. Willie Otto of here.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Lawrence Muehr, Lee Earl Poppe, Edwin Kattau, Alvin Kattau, Edmund Wiese and Wilbert Otto.

Weimar Mercury, February 13, 1959, page 1

Wiese, Peggy L. (Shirley)

Peggy L. Wiese, 56, of Miami, FL, a former resident of Eagle Lake, died Sunday, Jan 16, 1994 at her residence in Miami.

Born Sept. 26, 1937, in Humble, she was the daughter of Clyde and Claudie (Porter) Shirley. She grew up in Manvel and graduated from Alvin High School. Mrs. Wiese had resided in Eagle Lake for a number years, working as an administrative secretary at Eagle Lake High School. On June 16, 1975, she married Riley Wiese in Oklahoma.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan 19, at the Eagle Lake Methodist Church with Rev. Larry Bailey officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake.

Pallbearers were Vic Scott, Bruce Johnson, Major Benge, Sidney Frey, Mike Cooper and Dr. Russell Thomas.

Mrs. Wiese is survived by her husband of Miami; her mother, Mrs. Claudie Shirley of Manvel; daughters, Martha Merz of Austin, Rebecca Jackson of Arlington; sons John Merz and David Wiese, both of Austin, Scott Wiese of Arlington; brothers, John Shirley of Manvel and Bruce Robinson of Greenville, Texas; granddaughter, Megan Jackson of Arlington; mother-in-law, Mrs. C. T. "Marge" Wiese of Eagle Lake and a host of other relatives and loved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, Jan 26, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Wigley, Jimmie Ellis

Services Held For Jimmie Wigley August 3.

Jimmie Ellis Wigley, 58, of Weimar, died Aug. 1 at home as a result of a heart attack.

Funeral services were held Aug. 3 at Hubbard Funeral Home with Pastor Jerry Adkins officiating. Burial followed in the Masonic Cemetery.

Jimmie was born Feb. 4, 1939 to Elmer Latin Wigley Sr., and Iris Obne Bennett in San Antonio. He married Betty Ann on July 5, 1958 in Seguin.

He was a welder, fitter, machinist, carpenter and master of all trades. He previously lived in San Antonio, having lived in Weimar the past three years.

Jimmie is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Patricia Deases and husband Arthur of Columbus; son, James Russell and wife Dana of San Antonio.

Seven grandchildren, Jennifer Wigley, Janet Wigley, David Chancey, Christopher Chancey, Ellis Wigley, Serina Deases, Heather Kerns.

Sister, Elva Virginia Pumphrey of San Antonio, brother, Elmer Latin Wigley, Jr. of New. Caney.

Pallbearers were: Jimmy Fletes. Arthur Deases, William Kuse, Larry Lawrence, Steven Hubbard, Paul Hubbard.

Weimar Mercury, August 7, 1997

Wilburn, Warren E.


GLIDDEN--Warren E. "Bubba" Wilburn, 77, of Glidden, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002.

He was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Glidden, to the late Garland Peel Wilburn and Corinne Alice Ginn. He was a retired construction foreman for Parker Brothers and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was member of Columbus Lions Club, American Legion Post No. 383, VFW Post No. 113 of Columbus and of the National Association of LCS(L). He was a member of Texas Chapter of the United States LST Association and the National association of USS LCS(L) 1-130. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbus.

Survivors: wife, Becky Wilburn; daughters, Peggy Titt of Victoria, Patti Montello of El Campo and Kathy Beach of Temple; sons, Mark Wilburn of Katy and Kelly Wilburn of Columbus; sister, Alice G. Martin of Indio, Calif.; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents; and sister, Martha Meyer.

A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Wednesday with Military Honors by VFW Post 6113 of Columbus at St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbus, the Rev. Joseph Spitler officiating.

Burial will be at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus. Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, 979-732-2143.

The Victoria Advocate, December 10, 2002
Submitted by Peggy Wilburn Titt

Wilcox, Ruth Laverne (Dahse)

Ruth Wilcox Funeral Held Here May 16

Funeral services for Ruth Lavern (Dahse) Wilcox, 62, of Lumberton were held Thursday, May 16, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Weimar Masonic Cemetery. Rev. "Skip" Sirnic officiated. Prior services were held at Kelly-Hixon Funeral Home in Beaumont on May 15.

Mrs. Wilcox, a native of the New Bielau community, died Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m. in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Beaumont, of heart failure.

Born Jan. 12, 1929, at New Bielau, she was a daughter of Otto and Magdalena (Nagel) Dahse. She was married to Charles A. Wilcox in Louisiana on August 22, 1957. She had lived in Lumberton, near Beaumont, the past 20 years.

Her husband survives her, along with two children, Floyd Wayne Castellow and Sandra Lynn Horton, both of Dayton; a brother, Rubin Dahse, and a sister Elvira Poppe, both of Weimar; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A brother, Fred Dahse, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Robert Earl Poppe, James Dahse, Howard Dahse, Dean Dahse, Jackie Dahse and Jerry Vachala.

Weimar Mercury, May 23, 1991

Wilde, Anna (Halfmann)

Mrs. Anna Wilde

Mrs. Anna Wilde passed out of this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. L. Warshak, at Rockhouse yesterday morning, at the age of 83 years.

Funeral will be held at the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery tomorrow (Friday) morning. Rev. Robert Schertz, a nephew of deceased, officiating. [Interment in Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery]

Deceased was born at Frelsburg September 1st, 1850. She married Mr. Bernhardt Wilde, to which union ten children were born. Surviving here[sic] are four sons and three daughters, William H. and Mrs. Gus Dierschke of Ballinger, Ben of Columbus, Louis, Herman, and Mrs. L. Warshak of Rockhouse and Mrs. W. Henkhaus of New Ulm. There are also 35 grandchildren and 10 greatgrandchildren.

The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.

Colorado County Citizen, November 9, 1933

Wilde, Annie S. (Untermeyer)


Funeral services for Mrs. Annie S. Wilde, 89, of the Rock House Community in New Ulm were held Saturday at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. Werner Bockholt officiating.

Burial was in the Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus. Mrs. Wilde passed away August 16 at her residence.

Annie Wilde was born on February 18, 1896 in Brushy Community, the daughter of Frank Untermeyer Sr. and Mathilda Burger Untermeyer. She married Louis Wilde, who preceded her in death on November 19, 1959.

She was a member of the Catholic church in Frelsburg and the St. Anne's Altar Society.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Wilbert (Evelyn) Woltmann, Brenham, and Mrs. Daniel (Aurelia) Janish, Houston; two sons, Seawall Wilde, Rock House, and James Wilde, Lyford; two sisters, Mrs. Frances Sommerlatte, Columbus, and Mrs. Lena Waldrop, Houston. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Leroy, four brothers and three sisters.

Pallbearers were David Wilde, Douglas Wilde, Ronald Woltmann, Donald Woltmann, Timothy Janish and Larry Janish.

Colorado County Citizen, August 22, 1985

Wilde, Bernhard

Bernhard Wilde died at his home at Rockhouse, Monday, July 1st, and was buried in the Frelsburg Catholic Cemetery Tuesday morning. Rev. Dombrouski officiating.

Mr. Wilde attained the ripe old age of eighty years, eight months and twenty six days. He was born in Westphalia, Germany and immigrated to Texas in his early days. When he was only eight years old he came with his parents in a sailboat, landing at Corpus Christi and made their home at Castroville, where they lived one year and then moved to Colorado County. He has lived continuously in this county for seventy years and has lived over fifty years at his present homestead. He served with credit in the Confederate War.

At the age of thirty he was married to Miss Anna Halfmann and to them ten children were born, one daughter, Mrs. H. Geistmann, preceding him to the grave thirteen years ago.

Those surviving him are his widow and nine children, Wm. H. Wilde, Frederick Wilde and Mrs. G. H. Dierschke of Ballinger, Bernhard Wilde Jr., of Fayetteville, Louis R. Wilde, Mrs. H. B. Brockmeyer, Mrs. Louis Warschak and Herman M. Wilde of Rockhouse, and Mrs. Walter M. Henkhaus of Fayetteville.

The Colorado Citizen, July 12, 1918
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Wilde, Bertha Emilia (Stein)

Mrs. Bertha Wilde Interred Saturday

Funeral services were held at St. Anthony's Catholic church Saturday morning, February 24, for Mrs. Ben Wilde who died at Bell hospital early Thursday morning after a short illness. Columbus Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Solemn Requiem mass was offered and funeral rites were conduced by Rt. Rev. Joseph Szymanski of Weimar, assisted by Fr. Andrew Didner of Mentz, cousin of Mr. Wilde, as deacon, and Fr. Edward Geiser of Frelsburg, close friend of the Wilde family, as subdeacon. Fr. Vaclav Bily of St. Anthony's acted as master of ceremonies and delivered the talk. Present in the sanctuary was Fr. Leo Pesek of Weimar. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest. [Re-interment in St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery]

Pallbearers were Herman Braden, Arthur Willrodt, A. W. Hahn, Walter Gartner, E. C. Fehrenkamp and R. E. Tait.

Mrs. Wilde, was born Bertha Stein, a daughter of Justin and Bertha Laake Stein, near Frelsburg on December 10, 1973. she was baptized and received her first Holy Communion at the hands of Fr. Victor Gury and was confirmed on May 3, 1888 by Bishop Gallagher of Galveston. She attended the Catholic school at Frelsburg conducted by sisters.

On November 26, 1901, she was married to Ben Wilde of Frelsburg by Fr. George Apple. After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Wilde settled on a farm near Frelsburg where they spent 17 years. They moved to Columbus in 1919.

Mrs. Wilde was a tireless worker in her church, being a member of St. Anthony's and of the Catholic Altar society. She had been president of the society for a number of years.

Survivors include her husband; one brother, Ewald Stein, Frelsburg, and four sisters, Mrs. Lena Hagemann, Dallas, Mesdames Felix and Arthur Fehrenkamp and Mrs. H. H. Girndt of Columbus.

Out-of-town relatives from both sides of the family here for the funeral included Mrs. Hagemann, Mrs. Ernest Barnes, Caroll Holland and Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hagemann and daughter Geraldine, Dallas; Mrs. G. H Dierschke, W. H. Wilde, Elo, Herbert and W. B. Wilde, Miss Amanda Wilde, Daniel Fischer, Ballinger; Mr. and Mrs. Fenton Wilde, San Antonio; Mrs. Frank Lange, Hugo Barden, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Crockett and Miss Alice Schwartz, Rowena;

Walton Warschak, Burlington; Mrs. Angela Stein, Seguin; Mrs. Joe Smith, Luling; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Wilde and family, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Wilde and family, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Warschak and Lawrence, Mr. and Mrs. Clemons Brokmeyer and family, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Brokmeyer, Rockhouse; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Halfmann, Mr. and Mrs. Ewald Stein, Mrs. Schertz, and Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Halfmann, Frelsburg; Staff Sgt. Leroy Stein, Foster Field; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Henkhaus and daughter, Doris, Herman Brokmeyer, New Ulm; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Seifert and Mrs. Henry Heller Jr. Weimar, Miss Elvera Wilde, Houston and Mrs. Ewald Schmidt, Frelsburg.

Numerous friends from all over the county were also present.

Colorado County Citizen, March 1, 1945

Wilde, Louis R.

Louis Wilde Is Buried Saturday In Frelsburg Cemetery

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Untermeyer Funeral home for Louis R. Wilde, 79, who died Thursday morning in St. Jude’s hospital in Brenham after having been in bad health about 3 years.

Continued rites were held in Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic church in Frelsburg. Mons. Robert Schertz officiated in the requiem high mass and Rev. Werner Bockholt gave the sermon. Burial was in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery.

Rosary was recited at 7:30 and 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.

A native of Rockhouse, Mr. Wilde spent his entire life there. He was born Aug. 23, 1880, a son of Bernard and Anne Halfmann Wilde.

His wife, the former Annie Untermeyer, survives; also 2 sons, Sewall Wilde of Rockhouse and James Wilde of Lyford and 2 daughters, Mrs. Daniel Janish of Houston and Mrs. Wilbert Woltman of Brenham; also a brother, Herman Wilde of Rockhouse and 3 sisters, Mrs. Louis Warschak of Rockhouse, Mrs. Walter Henkhaus of New Ulm and Mrs. Gus Dierschke of Ballinger.

He was a brother of the late Ben Wilde of Columbus, who died about a year ago.

Colorado County Citizen, November 26, 1959, page 9

Wilde, Simon F.


Simon F. Wilde, 75, of Willow Springs, passed away Feb. 22 at his residence.

He was born in Rockhouse Community, Aug. 10, 1929 to Herman and Mary (Untermeyer) Wilde and married Rose Wostarek, Oct. 4, 1949. He was a self-employed farmer and rancher and was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg. He was also a member of Msgr. Gury Knights of Columbus Council 5157 in Frelsburg, president of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery Association, a former sales representative for Catholic Life Insurance for 35 years and secretary/treasurer for Frelsburg Catholic Life Insurance Branch 11.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Dennis Wilde; and sister, Adeline Wilde.

He is survived by his wife; daughters and son-in-law, Ruth Wilde of Austin and Elaine and Jeff Quinn of Canyon Lake; sons and daughters-in-law, Andrew and Geri Wilde of Kingwood, Edward and Robert Wilde both of Willow Springs and Gregory and Kelly Wilde of Magnolia; sister, Elvira Kulhanek of East Bernard; and six grandchildren, Michelle, Kyle, Cameron and Kenadie Wilde and John Brian and Callie Quinn.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 25 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Fr. Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers were Lambert Brune, Joe Munsch, John Brian Quinn, Thomas Wostarek, Dennie Wilde, Lonnie Evanicky, Kyle Wilde and Peter Wostarek.

Honorary pallbearers were his grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, March 2, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Wiley, Molly


Following an operation, Mollie Wiley, a well known colored resident of the Harvey Creek section, died in San Antonio last week, and her remains were brought to Borden [Good Hope] Friday for interment. She was a sister of John Wilson of the Yoakum section, who came over to the funeral.

Weimar Mercury, January 24, 1919, page 1

Wilkins, Alma


Miss Alma Wilkins, twenty-two years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. D. Wilkins, died at the family home on the E. L. Mooney farm, near the Colorado River, at seven o’clock Wednesday morning. While she has been in ill health for a long time, her fatal illness was of but a week’s duration. The funeral was held from the home at three o’clock Thursday afternoon, interment being made in the Lakeside cemetery. The sorrowing relatives have the sincerest sympathy of all the people of the community.

Eagle Lake Headlight, March 6, 1920

Wilkerson, Dennis Wayne

Dennis Wilkerson

Services for Wilkerson were held Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Rev. Tom Hanus. officiated.

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

Wilkerson was born Sept. 24,1957, in Gonzales, the son of Joseph W. "Bill" and Shirley {Marsalia) Wilkerson.

He was a 1977 graduate of Rice High School, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and was active with the Eagle Lake Volunteer Ambulance Corp arid the fire department.

He was employed by Dacon Construction of Deer Park.

Wilkerson is survived by his parents, Joseph and Shirley Wilkerson of Eagle Lake; grandmother, Mrs. Viola Marsalia of Eagle Lake; two sisters, Wanda Henry of Lissie and Glenda Moore of Eagle Lake; three brothers, Walter, Leslie and Howard, all of Eagle Lake and numerous other relatives.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Clinton Masheck, Louden Reel, Duane Austin, Ernest Moore, Darrell Gertson and Randy Barsch.

Colorado County Citizen, January 21, 1982, page 2

Wilkerson, Shirley Lou (Marsalia)

Shirley Lou Marsalia Wilkerson

Shirley Lou Marsalia Wilkerson, 73, of Eagle Lake passed August 11 after a lengthy illness at Avalon Place in Wharton.

Born October 10, 1935 to Viola and Willie Marsalia, Shirley was raised in Eagle Lake.

She married Joseph “Bill” Wilkerson in 1950. They raised their six children in Gonzalez and returned to make their home in Eagle Lake in the early ‘60s.

Shirley was employed with the Food Service Department of both Eagle Lake School District and Rice Consolidated School District. She received a watch for 25 years of service from Eagle Lake Middle School.

As her children grew, Shirley helped with the Girl Scouts and served as a room mother.

When Bill worked as an umpire at the Little League games, Shirley helped in the concession stands for nearly 20 years.

A devoted Christian, Shirley was a member of the Parish of the Nativity. She taught CCD, served as a Eucharistic Minister and was a charter member of the Our Lady of the Fields Catholic Daughters of America parish chapter.

For many years, Shirley volunteered at the Eagle Lake Food Pantry. She assisted in gathering and delivering Thanksgiving meals for families throughout the community. She also volunteered at the Boot Camp when it was open in the community.

For many years, Shirley was instrumental in the organization of the annual church picnic.

When no longer physically able to do the rigors of volunteer work, Shirley continued religious ministry. If anyone needed prayers, community members called on her.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Bill, son Dennis and great-grandsons Cody Kutach and Jake Wittig.

She is survived by daughter Wanda Henry and Roy Cranek of Eagle Lake, daughter Glenda and Willie Moore of Eagle Lake, son Walter and Doris Wilkerson of Houston, son Leslie and Susan Wilkerson of Eagle Lake and son Howard and Gretchen Wilkerson of Eagle Lake; sisters, Mary Lou Spalek and husband Gene and Betty Baish and husband Randy; brother, Wayne Marsalia and wife Thelma; grandchildren and great-grandchildren include: Billy Henry, wife Laura and sons Jacob and Joshua; Edie Henry and son Mark Sifuentes Jr.; Amy Moore Pearson, husband Buddy and children William, Justin and Kesley; Lacy Moore Miller, husband Scotty and daughter Heather; Russell Wilkerson, former wife Bridget Wilkerson and daughters Gabriella and Alexandria; Erica Wilkerson and Clay Zakem; Les Wilkerson and wife Melanie; Brooke Wilkerson Kutach, husband Ronnie and son Riley; Tiffany Wilkerson Wittig and husband Daniel; Kayce Wilkerson and husband Garett Cranek.

Visitation and rosary were at Eagle Lake Funeral Home on August 13, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. The burial mass, officiated by Father Robert Guerra, was held at the Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church on August 14.

Pallbearers were, Willie Moore, Billy Henry, Buddy Pearson, Scotty Miller, Les Wilkerson, Ronnie Kutach, Daniel Wittig and Garett Cranek.

Honorary pallbearers were Roy “Burr” Cranek, Les Wilkerson, Mark Sifuentes Jr., Buddy, William and Justin Pearson, Riley Kutach, Clay Zakem, Wayne Marsalia, Gene Spalek, Randy Baish.

Internment followed at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.

Gifts in Shirley’s name can be made to: Parish of the Nativity Catholic Church; P.O. Box 307 ; Eagle Lake, Texas 77434 or to: Hospice Support; P.O. Box 1417; El Campo, Texas 77437.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their time of loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 20th, 2009

Wilkins, Jerry

Notes from Oakland

Uncle Jerry Wilkins, a good old colored man, died Tuesday at his home near Oakland and was buried Wednesday. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 24, 1894, page 2

Willard, Elsie (Kollmann)

Willard Funeral Services

Memorial Services for Mrs. Elsie Kollmann Willard of Columbus were held Friday, October 22, 1993 at 4 p.m. from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Walt Harting of Huffmann officiating.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mrs. Willard passed away October 19 In Methodist Hospital.

She was born in Frelsburg on June 10, 1900, the youngest child of Mary Ordner Kollmann and Frederick Gustav Kollmann.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Vallie Godwin and husband, Buford Godwin of Austin; her daughter and son-in-law, Gwen Brown and husband, Andrew Coy Brown formerly of Houston but now living in Columbus; her grandchildren, Karin Stephenson of Austin, Clay Godwin of Mesquite, K. D. (Buddy) Dorbritz of Jefferson, Edy Smith of Katy, Adele Elder of Irving, Diana Moss of Irving, Walter Michael Transeau of Uvalde, Jeffrey H. Transeau of Greensboro, North Carolina, Gregg L. Transeau of Houston, Robert D. Transeau of Brighton, Colorado, Ron W. Brown of Houston, Carolyn Littleton of Dyersburg, Tennessee, Kathleen Phillips of Marble Falls, Lawrence A. Brown of Houston; and by 22 great - grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters, Tom Kollmann, Leona Moebes, Hattie Reichle, Albert Kollmann, Lester Kollmann and Percy Kollmann; her husband, Howard A. Willard; and her son. Kollman D. Dorbritz.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of funeral arrangements

New Ulm Enterprise, October 28, 1993, page 3

 Willbanks, Doris J. (Henry)

Mrs. Willbanks' Last Rites Held at Rock Island

By Mrs. M L. Nicewander

Rock Island - Mrs. Doris Henry Willbanks died in a Wharton hosptial July 11 after a long and lingering illness, and funeral services were held Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Methodist church in Rock Island, with Rev. Goodman of the Church of Christ in El Campo conducting the serivice.

A group of singers from El Campo and Garwood gave some numbers.

Mrs. Willbanks was born Dec. 24, 1930 in Sheridan and spent her early life here.

She is survived by her husband, Otis Willbanks; a daugher Linda; 2 sons, James and Steve of El Campo where they have made their home the past 12 years.

Other survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mr. J. D. Henry; a twin sister, Mrs. Dorothy Greak; 5 brothers, Wilbur, Clay, J. D. III of Rock Island, Gentle Lee of Sealy and Billy Earl and another sister, Mrs. Willie May Burger of Houston.

Interment was here in Myrtle cemetery. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.

Colorado County Citizen, July 20, 1967


Willbern, Art D.

Art Willbern Funeral Held at Columbus

Funeral services for A. D. (Art) Willbern, 66, of Shaws Bend were held Tuesday, May 28, from Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus, with burial in Brune Cemetery at Shaws Bend. Pastor Brian Rosso officiated.

Willbern, a retired 40-year employee of Southwestern Bell telephone Co., died May 26 at his home.

Born Sept. 21, 1924, at Llano, he was a son of Alfred Behrens and Selma (Dees) Willbern. He married Lurline Poenitzsch on March 20, 1948. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Ellinger.

A navy veteran, he served in the Pacific during World War II. He was an honorary life member of VFW Post 6282 in Kenedy, and member of Kenedy Masonic Lodge No. 774, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Houston, Telephone Pioneers, and Woodmen of the World.

His wife survives him, along with his mother, Selma Threadgill of Shaws Bend; five daughters, Carolyn Barnett, Cindy Urban and Sherial Boedeker of Victoria. Kathy Martindale of Freer and Mary Willbern of Houston; one son, David Willbern of Shaws Bend; 11 grandchildren; and one brother, B. A. Willbern of Wenatchee, Washington.

Pallbearers were Gary, Leonard, Harvey, Larry, and Robert Poenitzsch and Gerald Heintschel.

Weimar Mercury, June 6, 1991


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 Williams-Stewart, Helen Marie

Helen "Snook" Marie Williams-Stewart
August 4, 1920 - January 12, 2004

The curtains were drawn on the life of Helen "Snook" Marie Williams-Stewart on Monday, January 12, 2004 and she took her flight to Glory to meet her Savior.

On August 4, 1920, a daughter was born to Lee and Creasie Williams in Eagle Lake, whom they named Helen Marie.

She spent her early years in Eagle Lake where she attended public school at E. H. Henry. Her life's journey took her to Galveston, Houston and back to Eagle Lake.

Helen was united in holy matrimony to Robert M. Stewart Junior. They shared in the loving and rearing of three sons, six daughters and one granddaughter.

Her religious affiliations were with Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Eagle Lake, Riverbrook Missionary Baptist Church in Houston and Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Houston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Lillian Dockery; a son, Lester Dennis Pollard; three daughters, Mary Ann, Barbara and Norma Jean Stewart.

Left to cherish her memory are two sons, Alvin (Deloris) Milligan of Eagle Lake and Ricky Williams of Houston; four daughters, Doreta Pope of Eagle Lake, and Joan (John) Murdock, Linda Marine and Melvia (Edward) Matthews, all of Houston; one aunt, Almania Johnson of Houston; 27 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and a host of nieces , nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 17, from Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Eagle Lake with Rev. John D. Murdock, officiating.

Interment followed in Eagle Lake Cemetery East.

Arrangements were entrusted to Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Kerwin Davis, Howard Marine Jr., Alwin Milligan, John Murdock Jr., Gregory and Michael Pope and Jermaine and Lil' Ricky Williams.

Honorary pallbearers were Charles Davis, Paul Henry, Edward Matthews, Alvin Milligan, Frank Sloan, Bernice and Ricky Williams and Roy Worrell.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

The Eagle Lake Headlight, January 22, 2004
Transcribed by John Konesheck


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Williford, Beulah J. (Boston)

Beulah Williford

Mrs. William (Beulah) Williford of Schulenburg, a former resident of Columbus, passed away in the Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar Friday, Jan. 22.

She was a daughter of Joseph and Mary Boston, and was born in Kentucky Dec. 3, 1891. She was a member of the Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star No. 324 of Columbus. She married William Williford April 1, 1913, at her father’s home in Schulenburg. Mr. Williford died Aug. 30, 1970.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p. m. at Schweke-Baumgarten Funeral Home with burial in Masonic Cemetery at Weimar. Rev. Parsons officiated, assisted by Rev. Clarence James of Columbus.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs.B. Jones of Westhoff and Mrs. Mary Dunkin of San Antonio, and one brother, Van Boston, also of San Antonio.

Colorado County Citizen, January 28, 1971
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

Williford, Eli F.

Eli F. Willeford Dies in Houson

ROCK ISLAND--Eli F. Willeford, 56, died at the Veterans hospital in Houston Nov. 25. Services were conducted at Palms Funeral home in Houston Monday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dan Thompsonof Rock Island and Rev. Kerr of Alvin officiating. Burial was in Rosewood cemetery.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. E. F. Willeford; one son, Ray; 2 daughters, Wanda and Ina of Rock Island; his mother, Ms. Claudia Willeford; 3 sisters, Mrs. H. A. Cook, Mrs. S. O. Gandy and Mrs. L. W. Layton; a number of nieces and nephews.

Those attending the services from Rock Island; Mrs. J. A. Speck, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Minter, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Speck, Rev. and Mrs. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Layton, Mrs. Gandy and E. C. Gandy.

Colorado County Citizen, December 1, 1960, page 12

Williford, Jerome Reynolds
Williford, Laura (Reynolds)
Williford, Wallace E.

Sad News -- Our kindliest sympathies are extended our former townsman, Mr. W. L. Williford, in the recent sorrowful ordeal through which he has passed. On the 7th of September he lost by death his son Jerome Reynolds, aged two years and six months -- the joy of the household. Next, his wife Laura L. -- an estimable lady, with many good qualities of head and heart -- died on the 19th September, aged 38 years. And on the 22nd his 9 year old son, Wallace E. Williford, was taken from him. They all died of the same disease, flux and a complication of malaria, at their home in Fayette county, near Waelder [sic]. Mr. Williford asks us to extend his grateful thanks to all -- and especially to Dr. M. W. Henry -- for tender care and kindly ministrations to loved ones while in sore distress. He can never forget their kindly offices.

Colorado Citizen, September 30, 1886
Transcribed by Tammy Blandino. Note, the name "Waelder" has the "ae" together in the German style.

Williford, William Kenan

Ex-Barber Williford Dies at 78

A heart attack at his home in Schulenburg at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, after a long period of failing health, claimed the life of William Kennan [Kenan] Williford, 78, former Weimar resident.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Schweke-Baumgarten Funeral Homes in Schulenburg with burial in Masonic Cemetery at Weimar. Rev. John Robinson, local Methodist pastor, officiated, assisted by Rev. Clarence James of Columbus.

Graveside services were conduced by the Masonic Lodge of Columbus.

A retired barber, Mr. Williford was born March 9, 1892, at Borden, the son of Lindsie and Mary Kennan [Kenan] Williford. He married Miss Beulah J. Boston on April 1, 1913, at her father’s home in Schulenburg.

He worked as a barber in Columbus and Weimar and upon retirement moved to Schulenburg. He was a member of the Schulenburg United Methodist Church, Caledonia Lodge No. 69 AF&AM, Columbus Chapter No. 324 of the Eastern Star, and Woodmen of the World.

Besides his wife, his only survivors are a niece, Mrs. Effie Barton, and a nephew J. D. Goode of Weimar.

Weimar Mercury, August 27, 1970
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

Williford, William Lindsey

A farmer named Willeford, living near Osage, died suddenly Tuesday night, aged about 55 years. He leaves a wife and one little son. His remains were interred the following afternoon. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved family. [Buried in Osage Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, 25 July 1903
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson.

Willis, Cloyd

Negro Victim Of Stabbing To Be Buried Here

Betty Ruth Willis, a cook in one of the industrial plants of Texas City. formerly of Columbus. is under $1000 bond after having been charged with murder In connection with the fatal stabbing of her husband, Claude Willis, in Texas City Saturday night.

It is reported that the Willis couple was fighting and that the wife stabbed her husband after the police arrived at the Willis home. The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. today In Texas City.

Funeral services for the 39-year old victim will, be held here Sunday, with burial In the colored cemetery [Shepard Cemetery] at Glidden.

Besides his wife, Willis is survived by his mother, Parilee Willis, of San Antonio; a daughter, Dorothy, 16, and a son, Claude, 18.

Colorado County Citizen, November 1, 1951

Willis, Floyd

Floyd Willis Rifle Death Investigated

Floyd Willis, 51-year-old Columbus trapper and service station operator was killed instantly at 8:25 p.m. Sunday with his own 22-cal. rifle as he stood in his front yard but authorities were not ruling it as a suicide.

Justice of the Peace Richard Schmidt had rendered no verdict Tuesday night but said the circumstances did not indicate suicide. [Place of interment unknown]

Chief of Police Ed Potter and city Officer Bobby Friedrich said their investigation would list it as an accident.

The slug from the rifle, a type sometimes used in deer hunting, struck Willis about two inches above and behind the ear, exploding as it hit the skull but not actually entering it. It was the only wound.

The Willis home is directly across the street from the agriculture building near the jail.

Willis, in addition to operating a service station, made a living trapping and selling hides. At one time he was employed by the county to trap wolves and he had also been a biologist with the game department. [Interred at Live Oak Cemetery, Youngsport, Bell County, Texas]

The Weimar Mercury, September 16, 1976
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Willis, Lucy Elvada (Mills)


Mrs. Lucy Elvada Mills Willis, age 58, of Eagle Lake, passed away at 4:45 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital following a brief illness.

Born in Detroit, Michigan to Walter Mills and Beatrice Downey Mills, she had been .a resident of Eagle Lake for over 20 years and a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake. She had also been an employee of Wilcox Minimax for over 2 years.

Survivor include; husband, Jack Willis, Eagle Lake daughters, Jacqualynh Day and Rita Willis both of Houston; and a sister, Judy Blake of Florida.

Memorial services were held from the First Baptist Church, Eagle Lake, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 with Rev. David Mann, Pastor, officiating. Cremation followed and a private graveside service was held at a later date. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home of Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, November 2 1988, page 2

Willis, Mamie (Davis)

Mamie Willis Is Buried In City Cemetery Yesterday

Last rites were held here yesterday for Mamie Willis, 44, who died Sunday in Youens hospital of Weimar. She was a daughter of James Henry and Lela Davis of Columbus and was born here Sept. 6, 1911.

Rev. R. B Sanders officiated at services in the Greater Smith Chapel Baptist church and burial was in the city cemetery. Davis Funeral home was in charge.

Mamie is survived by her parents; her husband, Porter Willis, of Houston, and 2 sons, Porter James of Houston and Ernest in the veterans hospital at Waco; and one grandchild.

Colorado County Citizen, April 26, 1956

Willis, Martha Virginia (Smith)

Last Rites Held Saturday For Mrs. S. D. Willis

Mrs. S. D. Willis, a long-time resident of this area, passed away quietly at 2:30 p.m. last Thursday, August 7th in a Houston hospital following a short illness.

Funeral services were conducted from the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 4:00 o'clock Saturday afternoon, August 9th by the Rev. Ralph A. Jones, pastor of the First Baptist Church. Burial was in Lakeside Cemetery.

Pallbearers were: J. W. Brisbois, Lawrence Tate, J. C. Willis, Jr., Jack Willis, R. V. Willis, Jr., and Maurice Willis.

She was born Martha Virginia Smith on October 11th, 1872, in Arkansas. On July 20th, 1890, she was married to the late Sherman Denton Willis in Clarksville, Arkansas. They made Arkansas their home until the moved to the old Indian Territory for several years before settling in Eagle Lake in 1912.

The Couple had five children, Mary Lou, J. C., Sherman, Annis, and Virgil--all of whom preceded her in death except Virgil who resides at Alief, Texas.

Also surviving are: one brother, J. R. Smith of Russellville, Ark.; one sister, Mrs. Newt Orr of Albuquerque, New Mexico; sixteen grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

In her early years she was active in the local Baptist Church of which she was a member. For past eighteen months she had made her home with her son, Virgil Willis in Alief.

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

Willis, unknown

The little son of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Wills of the Osage neighborhood died last Saturday evening, after a painful and lingering illness. We tender our sympathy to the stricken father and mother in their loss.

Weimar Mercury, November 2, 1889

In chronicling the death of the little boy in the Osage neighborhood last week we reported it as the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Wills, when it should have been that of Mr. and Mrs. Z. L. Willis, and take this method of making correction. Again THE MERCURY extends to the bereaved parents its heartfelt sympathy. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 9, 1889

Willis, Wilbur

Last Rites Held Last Thurs. For Wilbur Willis

Wilbur (Webb) Willis of Sheridan was placed to final rest in services at the Cheatham Cemetery last Thursday afternoon, following services at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Sheridan.  He passed away in Weimar Hospital at 5 p.m. Monday, June 17th following a heart attack.  He had been in ill health for three years.

The Rev. Ray Campbell officiated at the services.  Nephews were pallbearers.  Mill-Bauer Funeral Home of Eagle Lake was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Willis was born in Bunkie La. and was married to Miss Dorothy Brisco of Sheridan.  He operated a welding shop in Sheridan for many years.

Surviving are his wife; his mother, Mrs. C.H. Willis of Bunkie: two brothers, L.H. Willis of Bunkie and C.D. Willis of Edgard, La. And six sisters, Mrs. Milller Kincheloe and Mrs. Marvin Tesch of Sheridan, Mrs. V.P. Davis and Mrs. Evelyn Willis of Bunkie, and Mrs. Earl Roberts of Norco, La., and Mrs. Jim Teer of Baton Rouge. 

Eagle Lake Headlight June 27, 1968
Contributed by Regena Williamson


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Willms, Floratine I.

Fall Results in Lockjaw, Death

Eagle Lake, Texas, May 25.— Floratine Willms, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Willms, died at the family home last night of lockjaw. Last Sunday, while playing with other children, the little girl fell from a see-saw. She was not thought to be injured at the time but later was taken ill, dying three days later. [Interment in Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, January 21, 1916, page 7

Willms, Hilda W.


Funeral services for Hilda Willms, age 85, were held at St. John's Episcopal Church, Columbus, Texas, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Rev. David Penticuff officiated. Miss Whims was born October 18, 1899 in Vincinnes, Indiana to Minnie Schuckmann Willms and Fredrick John Willms.

She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and a Charter member of the Columbus Art Club.

She is survived by one sister Ada Hamilton, Columbus; two brothers, Walter J. Willms, Columbus, and Norman F. Willms, Los Fresnos, Texas,

Pallbearers were Frederick Willms, James Cord Willms, Walter R. Willms, John Willms, Robert Collins, Maurice Willis. Interment was in Masonic Cemetery, Eagle Lake, Texas.

Colorado County Citizen, January 31, 1984, page 2

Willms, Janis K. (Maeker)


Janis K. Willms, 56, of Columbus passed away Feb. 15 at Columbus Community Hospital.

She was born in Slaton Jan. 7, 1947 to Walter and Emma Voigt Maeker and married Frederick J. Willms Aug. 24, 1979.

She was an elementary school teacher for the El Campo and Columbus school districts for a total of 29 years. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she served on the church council and was a member of the bell choir. She was a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, Texas State Teachers Association and National Education Association. During her career she served as a grade level chair and as a member of University Interscholastic League maps, graphs and charts committees.

She was preceded in death by her father; half-sister, Barbara Wuensche; and father-in-law, Jim Willms.

She is survived by her husband; mother; mother-in-law, Ella Willms of Columbus; step-son, Cord Willms of Corpus Christi; sister, Eileen Schultz of Slaton; nieces, Kathy Branscomb of San Francisco, Calif. and Kelly Boucher of Suffolk, Va.; grandnieces, Josephine Branscomb and Samantha Boucher; and grandnephew, Nicolas Boucher.

Funeral services were Feb. 18 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Memorials may be made to Columbus Community Hospital Emergency Room and O.B. Expansion Project Fund, P.O. Box 865, Columbus, TX 78934; or St. Paul Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 267, Columbus, TX 78934.

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

Willrodt, Arthur James


Funeral services for Mr. Arthur J. Willrodt, 55, were held Tuesday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Columbus. Father Brian Crookes was the officiating clergy for the services. Burial was at Odd Fellow Cemetery in Columbus. Arrangements were under the directions of Henneke Funeral Home. [Later he was disinterred and reinterred in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.]

Mr. Willrodt was born October 20, 1929 to Arthur William Willrodt and Emma Halfmann in Columbus and he lived in Columbus all his life. He married Colleen Kahlich on January 31, 1953. Mr. Willrodt was in business for himself as an architectural designer.

Mr. Willrodt was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and he was also a founder and past-president of Magnolia Homes Tour in Columbus and was very active in architectural historic preservation projects throughout the state.

Survivors include his wife, Colleen Willrodt of Columbus; mother, Emma Willrodt of Columbus; one daughter, Roseann Willrodt of Katy; three sons, James and John Willrodt, both of Houston, and Bill Willrodt of Columbus; three sisters, Joyce Gordy of Columbus, Helen Reedy of Carmichael, Ca., and Elvera Kahlich of Weimar; two brothers Edward Willrodt of Humble and Joe Willrodt of Leesville, La.; one granddaughter, Karia Davenport.

Pallbearers were: LeRoy Stein, Arthur Evans, Jay Hastedt, Michael Damiani, Jean DuBose, and Jack Gillespie.

Colorado County Citizen, June 13, 1985

Willrodt, Arthur William

A. W. Willrodt, 53, Killed In Columbus Wreck

Instant death came Tues. evening at about 7:15 to A. W. Willrodt, 53, prominent Columbus contractor and rancher, when his pickup truck crashed into a large oil equipment truck on the Speakesville Road five miles southeast of Columbus.

The driver of the other truck, who was uninjured, said Mr. Willrodt appeared to lose control of the pickup after attempting to pass and hitting the soft shoulder of the road. He was dead when he was taken from the wreckage.

Well know to many Weimar people, Mr. Willrodt was a former deputy grand knight of the local Knights of Columbus council and later was an organizer of the Columbus council, which he served as its first grand knight.

Funeral services have been set for Saturday morning at 9 o’clock from St. Anthony’s Church in Columbus. Rosary will be recited Friday night at 8:30. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Surviving are his 93-year-old father, Joe H. Willrodt, his wife, Mrs. Emma Willrodt; three daughters, Mrs. Joy Gordy of Houston, Mrs. Helen Reedy of Modesto, Calif., and Miss Elvira Willrodt of the University of Texas; two sisters, a brother, and four grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, August 10, 1951, page 1
Omitted were his three sons, Arthur James, Edward William and Joe.—DA

Willrodt, Edward William


Edward William Willrodt, 72, passed away Feb. 3. A Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 5 at Rosewood Funeral Home in the chapel. A funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6 at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church with a graveside service on the same day at 4 p.m. at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Willrodt was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He was an alumni of the University of Texas and worked his entire career for Exxon.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy, and his brother, A. J. Willrodt.

Survivors include: wife, Diane Simoneau Willrodt; children, Ken Willrodt, Dan Willrodt and wife Rocio, Cathy Kupstas and husband Jeff, Andy Willrodt and wife Jackie and Tom Willrodt and wife Susan; stepchildren, Anne Witter and husband Bret and Mary Simoneau; grandchildren, Tom, Jennifer, Christina, Jessica, Mitchell, McCall, Sumner, Evan, Kevin, Mark, Matt, Danica, Brynn and Zane; sisters, Joyce Gordy, Helen Reedy and Elvera Kahlich,; brother, Joe Willrodt; and many other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School, 527 S. Houston Ave., Humble, Texas 77396 or Atascocita Public Library, 19520 Pinehurst Trail Dr., Humble, Texas 77346

Colorado County Citizen, February 7, 2007
Courtesy of The Citizen

Wills, Linzy T.

L. T. Wills Dead

Mr. L. T. Wills, an old and esteemed citizen of this place, died at the family residence Saturday evening at 6 o'clock, after a long illness of Bright's disease. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, and was largely attended. Mr. Wills was a familiar figure to the people of this section, his good nature and cheery greeting to everyone making him popular with all. For many years prior to his death he was engaged in the well boring business, and a major portion of the wells of this section area result of his handiwork. He was an ex-Confederate veteran, and did valiant service for his beloved southland in "the late unpleasantness." He leaves a widow, two daughters and one son, to whom the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community is extended. Rev. G. T. Gibbons, pastor of the Methodist church, conducted the funeral services.


L. T. Wills

Mr. L. T. Wills was born in Virginia in 1836 and died at his home in Weimar, Texas, the 17th day of October, 1914, surrounded by his family and friends. Mr. Wills was an early volunteer in the Confederate service, enlisting in the cavalry branch of the army in 1861, and serving continuously until Lee's surrender at Appomattox. The writer never met him until after the war, but as he also served the greater part of the time with Lee in Virginia, he knows that his old friend found plenty of fighting to do and that he did it. For he rode day and night with those immortal heroes, Mosby, Pelemn, Ashby, Hampton and Jeb Stuart. He has gone to his eternal bivouac! Peace to his ashes. J.W. H

Once again our hearts are saddened,
For a comrade has passed away,
And another place is vacant
In the thinning line of gray
When the South he loved so dearly,
Startled, heard war's dread alarms,
He was quick to answer "Ready"
To the stirring call "To Arms".

Never once his courage faltered,
Soldier like he stood the test,
Till he crossed the silent river,
There beneath the trees to rest.
Few are left who stood beside him,
In those thrilling days of yore.
Soon the army all will answer
Roll call on the other shore.

Old Comrade.

Weimar Mercury, October 23, 1914
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Wills, Marvin


Marvin Wills, only son of Mrs. M. _. Wills of this city, who has been an inmate of the state institution for epileptics at Abilene for some time past, died the first of the week and the remains were brought to this city Wednesday afternoon for interment. Rev. J. C. Wilson, Methodist pastor, performed the funeral obsequies in the presence of quite a gathering of friends of the family. At the time of the funeral Mrs. Wills was unable to be about on account of injuries received some time since when she broke one of her limbs hence was unable to be present at the funeral. Poor Marvin! Afflicted from childhood, life held but few pleasures for him. However, he was near and dear to those who cared for him during the years of his life, especially to that dear, thoughtful mother whose very life was sacrificed for her poor, afflicted child, and in his death--a mighty blow to her--the sympathy of all our people is extended. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, February 10, 1922

Wilmeth, Collin McKinney

C. M. Wilmeth Buried in Myrtle Cemetery April 4.

C. M. (Mack) Wilmeth was buried in Myrtle cemetery, south of Rock Island, April 4 with a short service at the graveside conducted by Rev. W. A. Little of the Church of Christ of Hallettsville. Rev. Little also conducted the brief service at the Kubena Funeral home in Hallettsville prior to the service at cemetery.

Pallbearers were Howard Criswell, Charlie Evans, Wm. Benner, Isam Briscoe Sr., B. J. Burris and Lavo Briscoe, all of Sheridan.

Mr. Wilmeth, who had been in poor health for a number of years, was stricken about 8 p.m. Apr. 12, and remained in a coma until just after 1 p.m. Tuesday when he died In Dufner hospital in Hallettsville.

He was married in Hallettsville, Oct. 7, 1933, to Mrs. Etta Cochrane Waters, and the couple had made their home at Sheridan most of the time since. Mr. Wilmeth had been a member of the Christian church since the '20's.

Mr. Wilmeth is survived by one brother Bill John Wilmeth of Ft. Worth and 3 sisters Mrs. Della Turland of Hobbs, N. M,; Mrs. Rilla Malaby of Stockton, Calif. and another in Albuquerque, N. M. He had 13 nieces and nephews who live In West Texas.

The Wilmeths have been running day huntIng deer club, and Mrs. Wilmeth expects to stay on in their home about. one mile northwest of Sheridan.

Colorado County Citizen, April 18, 1957

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Wind, Leona B. (Till)

Funeral for Mrs. L. Wind Held April 10

Funeral services for Mrs. Erwin Wind, 57, of Pearland, the former Leona B. Till of Weimar, were held Saturday, April 10, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel and St. Michael's Catholic Church here, with burial in St. Michael's Cemetery.

Rev. Charles Carolan and Rev. Philip Nessinger officiated.

Mrs. Wind died Thursday, April 8, at 6:15 a.m. in M. D. Anderson Hospital, Houston, after a few days' illness. She had been hospitalized five days.

Born Nov. 4, 1918, at Weimar, she was the daughter of Charles and Mary (Knebel) Till. She was married to Mr. Wind on Feb. 27, 1945, and they settled at Houston. She worked with her husband, owner of Wind's Electric in Houston.

Her husband survives her, along with four sons, Charles, Erwin Jr., Harlan and Kirk; two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Melinda) Caperton and Miss Neresa Wind; one grandson; and her mother, Mrs. Mary Till of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Edwin Haidusek, Eddie Knebel, Herbert Ulrich, Frankie Berger, David Morris, and Robert Earl Wind.

Weimar Mercury, April 23, 1976, page 3


Windrow, Irene

Tribute of Respect
Clear Creek Temple No. 7
March 11, 1871

Whereas, By a dispensation of an All Wise and inserntable Providence, our dearly beloved Sister Irene Windrow, late a member of this Temple, has been summoned to the Great Temple above in the presence of the Great High Priest: therefore be it [Interment in Clear Creek Cemetery]

Resolved , 1. That in the demise of our worthy and esteemed Sister the Temple has lost one of its most zealous and earnest members and the neighborhood one of its most prominent ornaments.
4. That the Colorado Citizen be requested to publish....

Nettie Harrison
Jennie McCormick
Alice Crenshaw

Three named were committee to prepare resolution.
Colorado Citizen, March 16, 1871
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Wines, Ruth (Lytle)

Ruth L. Lytle Wines

December 3, 1901-December 31, 1994

Ruth L. Wines passed away December 31, 1994, at 6:30 p.m at the Heritage House Nursing Home in Eagle Lake. She was born December 3,1901, in West Virginia to William and Susie Lytle. She was preceded in death by her husband. Rev. F. Everal Wines, in 1976; her parents; and great granddaughter, Dana Marie McMillon. Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Loris Marie and James L. Bunge Sr. of Schulenburg, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 3, 1995, at 10:30 a.m. from Dulany Funeral Home in Eagle Lake. Rev. Larry Bailey, Pastor of Lehrer Memorial and Eagle Lake United Methodist Churches, officiated. Interment followed in the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Pallbearers were Les Jr.; Jay and Oscar Bunge. Frank Kasmiersky, Glen Lanier. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

Eagle Lake Headlight; January 5, 1995
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Winfield, Clifton

Cliff Winfield Lifetime Resident Buried Here Oct. 24

Funeral services were held in St. Paul Methodist church Oct. 24 for Clifton Winfield, 66, who died in Columbus hospital Oct. 22 after an illness of about 3 months.

Born in Columbus May 31, 1897, he was a son of the late Clay and Sally Winfield. He spent his entire life here.

For about 25 years he worked for the F. M. Tolbirt Chevrolet garage as mechanic and later did carpenter work. Prior to his death he drove a school bus about 6 years for Columbus Independent school district. He was a member of St. Paul Methodist church.

Rev. J. W. Elliott officiated in the last rites and burial was in the old City cemetery with Ben Davis Funeral home in charge.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha Winfield; 2[sic] daughters, Dorothy Turner, Houston; Vivian Morris, Los Angeles, Calif., and Joyce Hazel Wnfield, Tacoma, Wash. A nephew, Leroy Winfield of Houston also survives.

Colorado County Citizen, October 31, 1963, page 6

Winfree, Charles Jordan


We are sorry to hear of the death of “Uncle” Charlie Winfree, which occurred at Lampasas last Sunday was a week, at the residence of his son, Thos. Winfree. “Uncle Charlie” was in his 84th year, and had been citizen of the county for many years. He was an honored citizen, and was permitted to live to a ripe old age. He leaves a large family of children to mourn his loss. Peace to his memory.

Colorado Citizen, March 11, 1886

Winfree, Nancy Ann (Flake)

Weimar Local Matters

Mrs. Nancy A. Winfree, consort of Mr. Charles Winfree, died at the residence of her son Jack Winfree on the 13th in the 87th year of her age. ----Her remains were laid away by quite a number of her neighbors in the Odd Fellow's Rest at 2 o'clock, PM. the 14th. The Rev. M. G. Jenkins officiated

Colorado Citizen, November 20, 1884
Submitted by Jane Winfree Beattie


Mrs. Nancy A. Winfree, consort of Mrs. Charles Winfree, died at the residence of her son Jack Winfree, on the 13th inst., in the 87th year of her age. “Grandma” as she ws called, had been a consistent member of the Methodist Church for 64 years. She died as she had lived, with the whole armer on. Death had no pangs for her. She had been only “waiting” for the Master’s summons for a number of years. “Grandma’s” delight was in reading the Holy Scriptures, and fathering precious truths from its pages. She was possessed with an extraordinary strong mind, which was not at all impaired by her age. No case of want or distress ever left her floor unsupplied or comforted. She fought a good fight and has gone to her reward. Her remains were laid away by quite a number of her neighbors in the Odd Fellow's Rest, at 2 o’clock, p.m. the 14th inst. Rev. M. G. Jenkins officiating in the burial obsequies in a very impress ive and solemn manner. She leaves a number of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.

Colorado Citizen, November 20, 1884

Wink, Auguste M. (Find)

Mrs. Augusta Wink

Mrs. Augusta Wink passed out of this life at the family home near Glidden Friday afternoon, following an illness of several months, the last week of which she was confined to her bed. Funeral services were held at the Lutheran church here Saturday at three o'clock, and interment took place in Odd Fellows Rest.

Attending the obsequies from out of town were: Mr. J. E. Wink, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wink, Mr. J. V. Wolters, Mrs. Otelia Baumgartener. Mr. and Mrs.E. W. Rudloff, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Pflughaupt and daughters of Houston; Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Wink and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Carter Walker, Mrs. Nannie Barrow, Mrs. Jimmy Dupree, Mrs. Longmire, Mrs. A. J. Struss, Mrs A. L. Baring, Mrs. F. Mozick, Miss Catherine Holman of Eagle Lake; Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Tengler and sons, Mr. Charles Kahlden and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Kahlden and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Tengler, Mrs. Lena Brandt and son of Weimar; Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Tuberville and daughter Willadene of San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs., Wallace Wolters of Baytown; Mr. and Mrs J. H. Allen, Mr. Walter Find, Mrs. Olga Jaetzold, Mrs. Hertha Find Livingston, of Yoakum; Mrs. Emily Rinn, Mr. Authur Rinn, Mrs. J Rinn, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Rinn, Mr Hugo Frnka of New Ulm; Mr. and Mr. J. C. Bunger, Mrs. Emil Rinn, Mr. H. Schraeder , of Industry; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Carter, Bonus.

Augusta Find was born in New Ulm on September 5th, 1855, in early infancy she was baptized by the Pioneer pastor Roehm. In 1875, she married Mr. William Wink. The young couple lived in New Ulm for seven years. In 1883 they moved to Shaws Bend. Here Mr. Wink died in 1903. In 1905 Mrs. Wink moved to Glidden where she lived for the rest of her life. Not only her husband but two children preceded her in death, one at the age of two years and one son at the age of 45.

Her death is mourned by the following six children; Mrs. F. J. Tengler of Weimar, Edmund Wink of Eagle Lake, Mrs. Geo. Becker of Columbus, Miss Louise Wink of Glidden, Jesse Wink of Houston, Marcus Wink of Glidden, and by 17 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by two sisters; Mr. L. J. Rinn of Industry, and Mrs. E. J Rudloff of Walnut Springs.

The bereaved ones have the sympathy of the community.

Colorado County Citizen, February 21, 1935

Wink, Edmund James

Last Rites Held Tues. Morning For E. J. Wink, 78

Last rites were conducted Tuesday morning, August 28th at 10:00 o’clock for E. J. Wink, 78, who was found dead on the back porch of his home at 11:00 a.m. Sunday August 26th. Mr. Wink, a resident of this community for 32 years was retired in 1948 after 42 years of service with the T. & N. O. Railroad company. He was Signal Maintainer for this area at his retirement.

Funeral services ere held from the Colly Memorial Methodist Church with the Rev. Harold S. Goodenough, former pastor of the church, officiating.

A medley of favorite hymns, “Beyond the Sunset”, “Precious Hiding Place” and “Rock of Ages,” was played by Mrs. Clara Mae Nash.

Members of the Eagle Lake Masonic Lodge conducted graveside rites and served as pallbearers. Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Surviving to mourn the loss of their loved one are his widow, Mrs. Maybelle Wink; two daughters, Mrs. H. C. Crenwelge and Mrs. Charles Morgan; one brother, Jessie Wink of Houston; one sister, Louise Wink of Columbus; and three grandchildren, Jim Milby and Dianne and Marilyn Morgan, of Eagle Lake.

Edmund James Wink was born September 13, 1878 in Austin County to William and Augusta Wink. On March 30, 1910 he and Maybelle White were united in marriage in Columbus. The family resided in Flatonia before moving here in 1924.

During his life’s span he made innumerable friends. He continued interest in community affairs throughout his lifetime and always showed an interest for the betterment of his home and community.

Eagle Lake Headlight, August 30, 1956
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Wink, Grace (Walker)


Funeral services were held for Grace Walker Wink Wednesday, August 10 from the Henneke Funeral Home and under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home with Raymond Cox officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mrs. Grace Walker Wink was born August 20, 1890 in Columbus to Robert Walker an[d] Mattie Ruth Carter Walker. She married Louis Jacob Wink.

Mrs. Wink was a housewife and member of the. First Baptist Church in Columbus and she was affiliated with the Eastern Star.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Jacob Wink, son, Harold Gordon Wink and brother, Carter Walker.

Survivors include sons, Robert Earl Wink of Houston and Louis James Wink of Kilgore, Texas; and five grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were James Michael Wink, Robert Louis Wink, Robert Earl. Wink Jr., Hugh Louis Wink, Gary Haydn Wink and Temple Thomas.

Colorado County Citizen, August 18, 1988, page 2

Wink, Louis

Mr. Louis Wink, 83, died at his home in Alleyton last Monday. Funeral services were held yesterday at the Mentz Catholic church and interment took place in the Catholic Cemetery at that place.

Mr. Wink was born at Mentz and had been in the general mercantile business at Alleyton around sixty years. Prior to the time the railroad was extended westward from Alleyton in 1873 he did an immense business there. Recently he has conducted a modest business on a small scale

He was preceded in death by his wife four years ago and leaves only an adopted daughter, Mrs. Peter Dehmer of Alleyton.

Colorado County Citizen, July 12, 1934, page 1, column 6.
From a transcription by Miss Lee Nesbitt

Wink, Louis Jacob

The death of Louis J. Wink occurred at his store in Matthews last Thursday morning.

Funeral services were held at the home by Rev. W. A. Rogers, pastor of the First Baptist Church at Eagle Lake and at the grave at Odd Fellows’ Cemetery in this city by the local Masonic Lodge Friday afternoon.

Mr. Wink was 44 years of age. He worked for the S. P. Railroad but since 1911 he has been in the employ of Horton and Horton Gravel Co. About 3 months ago he went into the mercantile business at Matthews.

He is survived by a wife and three sons, his mother Mrs. Augusta Wink of Glidden, three brothers, E. J. of Eagle Lake, Jesse of Houston and M. H. of Glidden; three sisters, Mrs. Fred Tengler of Osage, Mrs. George Becker of Columbus, Miss Louise Wink of Glidden.

Colorado County Citizen, May 29, 1930, page 4, column 1
From a transcription by Miss Lee Nesbitt

Wink, Minnie (Mehrens)

"Miss" Minnie Dies; Veteran CHS Teacher

Mrs. Minnie. Wink, who taught thousands of students in more than 30 years as a teacher at Columbus High School, died Tuesday in Columbus HospItal.

"Miss" Minnie, as she was known, was born Nov. 20, 1910 and began her career as a public schoolteacher at the age of 19. Except for 2 years In the Bachelor Hill School, 3 years at Floresville and 3 years in the Glidden Public school, her entire teaching career was spent in the Columbus Public School system from which high school she graduated in the year 1928.

"Miss" Minnie held 2 degrees, a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Southwest Texas State College. After acquiring those degrees, she attended the University of Denver, Abilene Christian College and Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.

During the summers of 1951 through 1968 "Miss" Minnie held various office jobs in Denver and Los Angeles. From these experiences she gained knowledge necessary to better train and counsel the hundreds of students she helped to prepare and send into the business world.

In July 1941, "Miss" Minnie married Gordon Wink who died in March, 1942, 8 months later, as a result of injuries sustained in a tragic accident while working for Humble Oil and Refinery Co. in Baytown.

"Miss" Minnie was received into our Lord's Kingdom of Holy Baptism as an infant and near the age of 14 was confirmed and became a member of the
Lutheran Church. She continued an active member until the time of her death.

"Miss" Minnie is survived by one brother, Owen H. Mehrens of Columbus and 3 nieces, Mrs. Mack (Lillian) Allen of Katy, Mrs. Brandon (Urvine) Vickers of Lumberton and Mrs. Mike (Sally) Mitchell of Del Rio.

Last rites will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church Thursday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. with Rev. L. G. Wehman officiating Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. The body will lie in state at Untermeyer-Henneke Funeral Home until 12:30 Thursday and will then be taken to the church.

Serving as pallbearers will be Marley Giddens, John Saul, O. K. Nix, Bill Hartley, David Foster and James Cranek.

Colorado Citizen, January 27, 1972

Wink William


Columbus. Oct 11.--At a dance at Thomas' school house in Shaw's Bend, eight miles northwest of Columbus, last night William Wink was killed, [Place of interment unknown] Rhinehardt Hillebrand was shot through the neck, John Becker was shot in the left ankle and Benno Hillebrand was severely beaten on the head with a six shooter or club. The Wink and Hillebrand families have been on bad terms for some time, but no one has given a reliable account of the immediate cause of the altercation of last night.

Shortly after 1 o'clock Wink called Rhinehardt Hillebrandt[sic] off a few steps from the house and at once the shooting began. Wink was struck by a 45 Colt's bullet at the upper part of the nose and the ball ranged backward, passing through the base of the brain, lodging in and breaking the skull bone at the back of his head. Death was instantaneous.

Rhinehardt Hillebrand was shot with a 38 Smith & Wesson, the ball going through his collar and passing between the left carotid artery and the spinal column, coming out at the upper part o the left shoulder. The ball bruised the left carotid and his life is endangered on account of the possible sloughing of that artery. Another bullet broke his watch chain. Both principals were powder burned.

After that the shooting became general by other member of the two families, and John

Becker was shot by mistake. Rhinehardt Hillebrand came into Columbus after the shooting for medical attention and to deliver himself to the authorities.

William Wink was about 45 years of age and Hillebrand about 24. Both families are landed farmers in prosperous circumstances.--Post Special

Weimar Mercury, October 17, 1903

See subsequent shooting of Rhinehardt Hillebrand

Winkler, Fritz D.

Fred Winkler Buried Saturday Evening

The body of Fred D. Winkler, who died of pneumonia at Camp MacArthur, Waco, one day last week, reached here Saturday afternoon and was laid to rest same day. Peace to the memory of this brave boy who gave up his life for his country. [Interment New Bielau Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, October 25, 1918

Winkler, Herbert Victor

Herbert Winkler Funeral Services Held May 25

Herbert Victor Winkler, 90, of Weimar, died May 22 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center.

Funeral services were held May 25 at Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar with Rev. Doug McLemore officiating.

Interment followed at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Winkler was born Aug. 16, 1911 in St. John to Frank and Marie (Sheppan) Winkler. He mattied O’Tillie (Christen) Winkler on Oct. 12, 1936 in Columbus.

He was a crane operator for Lonestar Cement.

He had lived in the New Bielau area until 1942 when he left to work in Houston and then returned in 1983 upon his retirement

Mr. Winkler is survived by a son, Glenn Winkler of Houston; daughter, Arlene Griffin of Schulenburg; sister, Annie Berger of Floresville; five grandchildren and three great –grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his wife; one daughter, Karen Sherrin; one brother, Robert Winkler; and five sisters, Rose Raabe, Emma Kasper, Minnie Willis, Lottie Koenning and Clara Warren

Pallbearers were Bill Goode, Dennis Christen, Dainen Sherrin, Travis Sherrin, Jay Gebauer and Jason Neiser.

The Weimar Mercury June 6, 2002
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Winkler, Lawrence

Final Rites for L. Winkler, 41, Held Here Friday

Funeral services for Lawrence Winkler, 41, of Rosenberg, formerly of Weimar, were held Friday morning, July 14, at Triska Chapel and Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Rosenberg, with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery here.

Msgr. J. J. Tydlacka officiated, assisted by Rev. Henry Rachunek

Mr. Winkler died Wednesday morning, July 12, after a short illness.

Born Dec. 16, 1925, at Schulenburg, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Winkler. He married Miss Hattie Cernoch here Oct. 24, 1953, and for several years he was employed here by Herder Truck Lines. Twelve years ago they moved to Rosenberg, where he was shop forman of the Lamar Independent School District. He was a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus in Rosenberg.

His only brother, Warner Winkler, died in 1959 at the age of 27.

His wife and his parents survive, along with two sisters, Mrs. Leona Winkler of Schulenburg and Mrs. Viola Rybak of Houston.

Pallbearers were William Graber, Alton Helm, Arkonse Petrosky, Everett Adams, Dennis Hudec and Ted Fajkus.

Weimar Mercury, July 20, 1967, pages 1 and 8

Winkler, Warner F.

Warner F. Winkler 27, Cancer Victim, Buried Saturday

Funeral services were held here Saturday for Warner F. Winkler, 27, of Houston, who died May 28 in Hermann Hospital after two years’ illness with cancer.

Rev. Thomas Flanagan led services in Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Rudy Ohnheiser, Wilfred Kloesel, Adolf Rabel Jr., Herman Bednarz, Frank Klekar Jr., Fred Heger Jr., Melvin Bohac and Herbert Ohnheiser.

Mr. Winkler, who had lived in Houston about 3 years, was a mechanic for Eureka Concrete Co. Born Sept. 10, 1931, at Schulenburg, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Winkler. He married Miss Adeline Rabel here August 28, 1955, and they lived in Columbus for a year before moving to Houston. He was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church there.

Surviving in addition to his wife, and parents are a son, Michael Wayne, 2 1/2 years; one brother, Lawrence Winkler of Rosenberg; and two sisters, Mrs. Alfred (Leona) Winkler of Schulenburg and Mrs. George (Viola) Rybak of Houston. One brother, Clarence preceded him in death as an infant.

Weimar Mercury, June 5, 1959, page 1


Warner Winkler’s death was caused by cirrhosis of the liver and hepatitis, not cancer as last week’s story stated. We were misinformed.

Weimar Mercury, June 12, 1959, page 1

Winter, Charles Edward

Final Rites Are Held Here For Charles Winter.   

Funeral services for Mr. Charles Edward Winter, 72 of 335 West Twenty-sixth St. Houston, and a past 31 year resident of that city, where death occurred there last Wednesday, were held here Friday afternoon at the Hubbard Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev C. L. Boone officiating.  Prior services were held in Houston at the Fogel-West Chapel with the Rev. E. N. Richey officiating.  The deceased had been employed 28 years in the car department of the Southern Pacific Lines.  His wife, who survives, is a Weimar native and spent her girlhood days here.  She will be remembered by many of Weimar's long-time residents.  Survivors include:  his wife, Mrs. Sallie Winters of Houston, a daughter, Mrs. Rosa Powell of Danville, MO; a son, Clarence Winter of Middletown, MO; a brother, J. W. Winter of Middletown, MO; and two sisters, Mrs. Lucy Powell of Tracy, Calif., and Mrs Bettie Marshall of Montgomery City, MO.  Here to attend the services were the following from out of town:  Mrs. J. F. Dupont, Mr. Frank Dessain, Mrs. Rosa Heyer, Mr. Joe Miller, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Wall and daughter, Doris, of Jennings, La. and Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Frazee and Misses Cylda Mae and Madeline Frazee, all of Brenham.  To bereaved survivors, the Mercury publisher extends sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, June 21, 1940.
Submitted by Mildred Ellis

Winter, Sally (Whittington) Wall

Mrs. Winters Buried

Graveside services for Mrs. Sallie Winters of Houston were set for 3 o'clock this (Thursday) afternoon in Weimar Masonic Cemetery. She was the former Miss Sallie Whittington of here. Her first husband, Lee Wall, a peace officer, was killed while making an arrest, here many years ago.

Weimar Mercury, February 12, 1960, page 1

Winter, Watt.

Cullings from Cheetham

Ye scribe is sorry indeed to hear of the death of Watt. Winter, near Altair one day last week. Our sincere condolence is extended the bereaved family. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, January 30, 1904, page 8

Wintermann, Adah (Martin)

Mrs. Wintermann Dies Suddenly; Burial Wednesday

Funeral services were held yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon for Mrs. Adah Martin Wintermann of Eagle Lake, who was found dead in her home by a servant, Tuesday morning. It was believed that she had been dead about 3 hours.

Mrs. Wintermann had been in ill health for a year, but had been out riding Monday afternoon and seemed well and in good spirits.

Services were conducted at Mill-Bauer funeral home and burial was in Lakeside cemetery.

Mrs. Wintermann was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wellington Martin and was born in Davenport, Iowa, Jan. 18, 1880. She was married to Oscar Wintermann of Eagle Lake Oct. 16, 1909. Mr. Wintermann died in March, 1942.

Survivors are a son, David Wintermann of Eagle Lake, manager of Lakeside Irrigation co., a daughter, Mrs. Sam B. Symington of Houston; 2 grandchildren, Judy and Bill Shuart of Houston and a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Braun of Bonus.

Colorado County Citizen, February 18, 1960, page 8

Winthrop, Eleanor (Wilson)

Funeral Services For Mrs. Winthrop, 77, Held Today

Funeral services for Mrs. T. C. Winthrop, 77, who died at her home early Tuesday after a heart attack, were held this afternoon (Wednesday) at St. James Episcopal Church in Hallettsville.

Rev. James Hudson officiated. Burial was in the Hallettsville city cemetery.

She and her late husband moved to Weimar about 10 years ago from Falfurrias, to be near their daughter, Mrs. George Vogt, and her family, Mr. Winthrop died in 1956.
Born Feb. 5, 1885, in Dallas, she was the former Miss Eleanor Wilson, daughter of William and Mary Wilson. She was married to Mr. Winthrop in 1905. He was an employee of Southern Pacific Lines, and they lived at Kennedy and Hallettsville, before moving to Faufurrias[sic], where he retired as a depot agent. Mrs. Winthrop’s grandfather, George H. Wilson, was proprietor of Jackson House, Weimar’s only hotel about the time the railroad was extended here and the town was given its name.

Surviving her are three daughters, Mrs. Henry Marshall Bennett of Victoria, Ms. Gates Beal Mack of Bastrop and Mrs. George O. Vogt of Weimar; 7 grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. John W. Howell of Los Angeles, Calif.

Pallbearers for her funeral were Hans Lunsman, Sam Devall, Clayton Bennett, Fritz Michalke, Ernest Scott and M. D. Booth.

Weimar Mercury, September 20, 1962, page 1

Winzell, unknown


Mr. Paul Winzell, who lives a few miles southeast of Oakland, lost his little child on Sunday night, from flux. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, May 19, 1887

Winzenried, Lillien (Wallace)

Last Rites Held Friday for Mrs. A.B. Winzenried

Last rites were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock for Mrs. A.B. Winzenried, who passed away Thursday night at her home after an illness of over a year. The Rev. Mrs. Selma Burger and the Rev. Floyd Durham officiated at the services at the Eagle Lake Mission Church. Ann Brooks and Vera Flowers sang the favorite hymns, “Where the Roses Never Fade”, “No Tears in Heaven” and “Mansion on the Hilltop.” Interment was at the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island with the Rev. Mrs. Burger and Mr. Durham officiating. The Congregation sang the hymn, "In the Sweet Bye and Bye.” Mill-Bauer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Serving as pallbearers were: Roy Wallace, Jeff Robinson and John Wisda of Houston, Perry L. Bell and Bruce Sullivan, Sequin, and Emil Burger, Eagle Lake. She was born Lillian Wallace to John Ashley and Mary Emma Wallace on March 6th, 1898 in Iola, Texas. On October 14, 1920 she and A.B. Winzenried were united in marriage in San Antonio. The family resided in the Rock Island and Garwood communities and came here thirteen years ago. During that time she made untold numbers of friends in her acquaintances in the community and spiritual life. She was a devout woman and remained true to her faith and belief to the very end. She served as a practical nurse to many of the ill in the local hospital. Surviving are her husband, A.B. Winzenried; two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Goode of Hallettsville, and Mrs. Charles H. (Ruby) Sims of Eagle Lake; two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Geiger of Gonzales and Mrs. Ella Fox of Eagle Lake; five brothers, Morris Wallace of Moulton, Ben Wallace, Houston, Allen and John Wallace, Yoakum, and Claude Wallace, Sequin; seven grandchildren; three nephews and seven nieces. She shall be missed by her many friends and her loved ones.

Eagle Lake Headlight, December 26, 1957
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Wirtz, Andrew S.

Post Special: Columbus, Nov. 7.--Mr. A. S. Wirtz died at his home in this city at 3:30 o’clock last evening. The funeral was held at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the City cemetery, Rev. W. D. Wendell of the Methodist church officiating. Mr. Wirtz was born in Roanoke county, Virginia, eighty-two years ago. He was instrumental in founding the Lutheran church and the principal educational institutions in this town in its earlier history. He is survived by two sons, J. G. and L. M. Wirtz of Columbus, and one daughter, Mrs. William Worthington of Rosenberg.

Weimar Mercury, November 12, 1904, page 1

Wirtz, Eva Ann

Services For Miss Eva Wirtz Are Held Yesterday -

Miss Eva Ann Wirtz, who died at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Colonial Rest home at Schulenburg was laid to rest here yesterday afternoon in Odd Fellows Rest, following services at the Columbus Funeral Home. Rev. Norman L. Roberts of the Baptist Church and W. H. Nichols, Church of Christ minister, officiated.

Miss Wirtz had been helpless since a fall about 2 years ago.

She was born in Columbus Jan. 18, 1976, a daughter of Jacob and Phoebe Hollingsworth Wirtz. Her father died In 1921 and her mother in 1935, here.

She Is survived by a sister, Mrs. Alex McCormick of Columbus and 2 brothers, R. L. Wirtz of Corpus Christi and W. J. Wirtz of Austin.

Pallbearers were J. W. Zwiegel, Jack Leyendecker, T. J. Pesnell, Sam K. Seymour, Jr., Elo Girndt and Bill Till.

Among those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Wirtz, Corpus Christi, W. J. Wirtz and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Warminsky, Austin; Mr. and Mrs. Dan C Smith, Sr., L. M. Wirtz and Mrs. M. H. Rosenfield Sr, Houston.

Also Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Rugeley and children, Wharton. and Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Walker, Emil Helmkamp, Mrs. Otto Burger, Mrs. Henry Dreitner, Mrs. Steve Wicke, Mrs. Joe Cooper, Mrs. Tracy Hoelscher and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wicke, all of Weimar.

Colorado County Citizen, November 8, 1951, page 1

Wirtz, Phoebe Jane (Hollingsworth)

Mrs. J. G. Wirtz, 85, died at her home Tuesday. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church this morning, Rev. Wm. D. Wyatt officiating and the remains laid to rest in Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Miss Phoebe Jane Hollingsworth was born in Maryland July 15, 1849. Later she moved with her parents to Iowa and came to Texas when she was five years old. On March 25, 1875, she married Mr. Jacob Gideon Wirtz of Content, Texas.

The family has lived in Columbus for sixty years. Mr. Wirtz preceded her to the grave in January, 1921.

She is survived by I. G. Wirtz of Sugar Land, Will J. Wirtz of Austin and Robert L. Wirtz of San Antonio, Mrs. A. L. McCormick and Miss Eva Wirtz of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, April 18, 1935, page 1, column 2.
From a transcription by Miss Lee Nesbitt

Wirtz, William Jacob

Will J. Wirtz, Former Tax Officer, Dies

Funeral services for William Jacob Wirtz, 74, were held at Columbus Funeral Home Saturday morning with burial in the family cemetery [Odd Fellows Rest] at Columbus.

He died suddenly Friday morning at Wharton, where he had made his home the past few months.

A former tax assessor of Colorado County, he had recently retired as an accountant for the Lower Colorado River Authority. Born in Columbus, he moved to Austin in 1933.

He was a past master o (sic) the Masonic Lodge Caledonia NO. 68 and a past district deputy grand master of the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ollie Walker Wirtz (sister of the late John F. Walker of here); a daughter, Mrs. C. H. Rugeley of Wharton; two nieces whom he reared, Mrs. J. J. Warminski of Austin and Mrs. Erna Koehler of Dallas; one sister, Mrs. A. L. McCormick of Columbus; and one brother, R. L. Wirtz of Virginia.

Weimar Mercury, September 7, 1956
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

WiIl J. Wirtz Columbus Native, Is Buried Saturday

Funeral service were held at the Columbus Funeral Home Saturday morning for Will J. Wirtz, who died at his home in Wharton early Friday morning. Mr. Wirtz had suffered a stroke about the first of February, while living in Austin, and he and Mrs. Wirtz had moved to Wharton to be near their only daughter. Mrs. C. H. Rugeley.

A Baptist minister from Austin officiated In the services, assisted by Dr. Norman L. Roberts. Masonic rites were performed at the graveside and burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery.

Mr. Wirtz would have been 71 In October. He was born in Columbus Oct. 17, 1882, a son of Jacob and Phoebe HolIingsworth Wirtz.

He held the office of tax assessor of Colorado county for several years and operated a grocery business here before moving to Austin about 20 years ago. There, he worked in the office of the Texas Railroad Commission and was with the LCRA at the time he became ill early this year.

Besides his wife and daughter in Wharton, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. A. L. McCormick of Columbus and one brother, Robert Wirtz of Arlington, Va. Among his nieces are Mrs. Una Mae Warminski of Austin and Mrs. Erna Sue Koehler, of Dallas, who he and Mrs. Wirtz reared; and Mrs. Jack Draper of Columbus. Four grandchildren, Ham Jr., Bill, Malcolm and Kay Rugeley, also survive.

Pallbearers were Edgar Litzmann, E. g. Miller, S. K. Seymour, H. 0. Frerichs, W. A. Struss and W. C. James.

Colorado County Citizen, September 6, 1956, page 1 

Wiseman, Lloyd Clarence

Lloyd Wiseman Dies In California, Burial Here Sunday

Funeral services were held Sunday for Lloyd C. Wiseman, aged 33, who died after a heart attack in California May 18. He had lived there about 5 years.

Funeral services were held in St. Paul Methodist church, with I. B. Kemp giving the funeral sermon, assisted by Rev. J. J. Elliott, new pastor of St. Paul. Burial was in the City cemetery. Davis Funeral home was in charge.

Before going to California, Wiseman worked for the Minimax grocery, Voskamp market and Citizens Ice and Cold Storage co here. He was in the army 3 years, spending a part of that time in Europe.

He is survived by his wife, the former Jewell Williams; a small daughter, his father, Harrison Wiseman; his mother, Hattie Reed; a sister Leona Glass and a brother, Smolie Reed Jr.

Colorado County Citizen, May 28, 1959, page 2

Wiseman, unknown


A most distressing affair occurred in this city Monday evening last. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wiseman were visiting Mrs. Johnson,of this city and had their little child with them, a bright little boy about 12 months old. The little fellow was able to crawl around, in the yard was a tub of water, and by some means the child fell into it and when discovered life was extinct. Medical aid was immediately summoned, but without avail. The little spirit had taken its eternal flight. We deeply sympathize with the young parents in the loss of their only precious jewel. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, November 20, 1884

Wishert, Eddie E.


Funeral services were held for Eddie Wishert Sunday, August 7 from Henneke Funeral Home and under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Charley E. Runk officiating.

Burial was at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Mr. Eddie Wishert was born July 31, 1925 of Garwood to Allen Wishert and Lillie Hein Wishert. He was self employed as a farmer. Mr. Wishert was in WW II Army.

Survivors include brother, Johnnie Wishert of Garwood; and nephew, Kenneth Alien Wishert of Garwood.

Pallbearers were William Abel, Troy Krenek, Eldin Weid, Lawrence Labay, Charlie Schoellmann and Howard Lobpries.

Colorado County Citizen, August 11, 1988, page 2

Wishnow, Maxine (Klein)

Maxine Klein Wishnow, 65, of Houston, died Friday, Sept. 16, 1994.

Born April 4, 1929, in Columbus, she was the daughter of Charles and Clara Klein. She was a long-time sales associate with Beall's and Palais Royal department stores. She was also a life-time member of Hadassah, in which she served in many positions including president, being recognized by the organization with various awards through the years. Mrs. Wishnow was also a member of Avon Presidents Club for over 20 years.

Graveside funeral services were held Sept. 18, at the Jewish Cemetery in Hallettsville. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Inc., Columbus.

Mrs. Wishnow is survived by her mother of Columbus; her daughter and son-in-law, Alicia and Jerry Cagle of Lewisville; son, Norman David Wishnow of Houston; a sister, Evelyn Eneman of Houston; brother and sister-in-law, Herb and Lolly Klein, also of Houston; four grandchildren, Gregory, Jeffrey, Andrew and Carlie Beth Cagle and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father in 1994.

Memorial donations may be made to Hadassah or the American Lung Association.

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

Wister, John

SUICIDE.--A stranger stopping at the boarding house on Milam street kept by Carrie Foley, committed suicide last Monday night. He was found dead in bed the next morning,with a bottle of strychnine in his pocket, from which a portion of the deadly drug had been taken. It is said that he died with convulsions, similar to those produced by the deadly poison. An inquest was held over the remains by Justice Putney Tuesday last. He was buried at the city cemetery. His name was John Wister, of LaGrange.

Colorado Citizen, January 26, 1888, page 3

Witmer, Betty Jo (Stewart-Hope)


Betty Jo Stewart (Hope) Witmer, 78, passed away April 29, in Houston.

She was born June 25, 1926 in Fort Worth and graduated from Columbus High School in 1941 and Baylor University in 1945.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William W. Witmer; parents, Henry and Florence Stewart; foster parents, Harvey and Ethel Hope; brother, Worth Stewart; and sister, Bama Jones.

She is survived by her children, Rebecca Lorino, Sarah Jones, Stuart Witmer, Worth Witmer; five grandchildren; brother, Harold Stewart; sister, Edith Franklin; aunts, Johnnie Lee Moore; Martha Bachman; Sally Pickens; and Ethel Ray.

Graveside services were conducted Monday, May 2, at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with Monsignor Michael Jamail officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, May 11, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Witt, Annie (Ballar)

Funeral for Mrs. Witt, 72, Held Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Witt, 72, were held Thursday at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Albert Hubertus officiated. Pallbearers were Ed Votaw, Felix Hoffmann, Joe Miller, Jack Klesel, Bennie Janecka and Bob Johnson.

Mrs. Witt died at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at Youens Hospital, where she had been a patient five days. She had been in failing health for some time.

Born Nov. 18, 1896, in Austria the daughter of Joseph and Emilia Kasper Ballar, she came to this country with her parents at the age of 6.

She was married to Gus Witt here on March 4, 1919, and they settled on a farm at Osage, where they spent the rest of their lives. Mr. Witt died May 3, 1968.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Leon (Leona) Heinrich of Weimar; a brother, Joe Ballar, of San Antonio; and three sisters, Mrs. George (Emilie) Schumacher of San Antonio and Mrs. Mary Stelzig and Mrs. Rosie (Paul) Gansky, both of Schulenburg.

Weimar Mercury, November 13, 1969, page 4

Witte, Adela C. (Menke)

AdeIa Witte Funeral Held Sept. 1

Funeral services for Mrs. Adela C. Witte, 73, of Weimar were held Tuesday, Sept. 1, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with Interment in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Ernest Dean officiated.

Mrs. Witte died Aug. 31.

orn Oct. 11, 1907, in Oldenburg, Germany, she was a daughter of John and Helen Menke and came to this country as an infant. She was married to Henry Witt[sic] at Weimar Evangelical Lutheran Church on May 14, 1928. Her husband died on Sept. 13, 1975.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Betty. E. Carroll of Yoakum and Mrs Ruby J. Remmert of Arlington; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Fred and Henry Menke of Cat Spring: and four sisters, Mrs. Lena Class and Mrs. Clara Class of Cat Spring, Mrs. Mary Peikert of Columbus, and Mrs. Hettie Ladewig of Waller.

Preceding her in death in addition to her husband were one daughter, Mrs. Adeline Richter; two brothers and two sisters.

Weimar Mercury, September 10, 1981, page 7

Witte, Bernardus


Funeral services for Ben Witte, 91, a 52-year resident of this area, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home last Friday, June 25.

Mr. Witte was a native of Frelsburg, the son of Bernard and Theresa Witte. He was born March 28, 1857. His wife preceded him in death more than 25 years ago.

At the time of this death last Wednesday, Mr. Witte was living at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Witte. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Omerzu, and another daughter whose name was not available. Mr. Witte was a brother of the late Mrs. Gus Ripper, Sr., who died recently. [Interred in St. Michael's Cemetery.]

Weimar Mercury, July 2, 1948, page 8
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Witte, Bernhard

Another Death.

The death of Mr. Ben Witte, an old citizen of our town, occurred Sunday night. He was a very quiet, peaceful, good citizen, always attentive to his own business, and possessed many good traits of character. He was 66 years of age, and leaves a wife and six children. He was buried Tuesday morning at the Catholic cemetery,a large number of sympathizing friends following the remains to their final resting place. Peace to his ashes.

Weimar Mercury, October 17, 1891

Witte, Eberhard

Edmund Witte of Vox Populi, father of Mrs. Richard Wendel and of Mrs. Ad. Maerz, died Thursday, Feb. 10, at his home there. He was 67 years old. Mrs. Maerz and Mrs. Wendel went down Thursday and returned Monday. [Interred in St. Mary Cemetery]

Shiner Gazette, 23 Feb 1898
Contributed by Matt Cross

Witte, Ed

At the alarm of fire this Thursday morning Mr. Ed. Witte, one of our industrious mechanics, go[sic] up to dress to go to the fire. In putting on his shoes he fell off the chair and expired before the doctor arrived, of heart disease. He leaves a wife and friends to mourn his loss.--Columbus Citizen.

Mr. Witte formerly lived in this city, where he had numerous friends. He was a son of Mrs. Witte, and brother of Mrs. Gus Ripper and Mr. Ben Witte of this city and section. His untimely death is deeply deplored. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, November 28, 1903, page 4

Witte, Elizabeth


Mrs. Herman Witte, Sr., of Bernardo died of heart disease at her home last Monday evening and was buried in the cemetery at Mentz on Wednesday, Rev. Herbrich conducted the services.

Mrs. Witte was over eighty years old.

Sympathy is extended to the family of the deceased by the Citizen.

Colorado Citizen, January 24, 1919, page 1

Witte, Henry A.

Henry Witte Funeral Held Here Sunday

The funeral of Henry A. Witte, 74, of Route 3, Weimar, was held Sunday, Sept. 14, at Hubbard funeral chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. D. L. R. McDougle, pastor of United Church of Christ, officiated.

Mr. Witte, a resident of Parkview Manor, died Sept. 13 at Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient for two days. He would have been 75 the following day.

A native of New York City, he had lived in this area since he was a small child. He was born Sept. 14, 1900, the son of Ben and Julie (Jackel) Witte. He married Adela Menke at Weimar on May 14, 1928, and they had lived here since. He had been a pump operator for Exxon before retirement.

His wife survives, along with two daughters, Mrs. Betty Caroll of Yoakum and Mrs. Ruby Remmert of Arlington; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Svetlik of Weimar and Mrs. Josephine Meska of Beasley. A daughter, Mrs. Adeline Richter, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Steve Svetlik, John Heger, Thomas Holub, Jesse Menke, R. L. Menke and Harvey Vornsand.

The Weimar Mercury, September 18, 1975
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Witte, Herman Sr.


Mr. H. Witte, Sr., died at his home near Bernardo Saturday, March 8th., at the age of 77 years. He was born in Germany January 15th., 1842 he came to this country at the age of four with his parents and settled in Colorado county. This has been his home ever since. Mr. Witte had been married 53 years at the time of his death, and his wife had been dead but a few weeks. Mrs. Witte died January 20th., of this year.

Mr. Witte was a Confederate soldier.

His one hobby was to purchase an unimproved farm or a slightly improved one and make it a home worth while and then selling and moving to some other unimproved place and so on. In the fifty-three years he was married he established the unique record of having moved thirty-three times and never having been a renter. He improved thirty-three farms and made them homes and then passed them on. Mr. Witte is said to have been a wonder at improving a farm.

Interment was made in the Mentz Catholic cemetery, Sunday afternoon, Rev. Berberich officiating.

The Citizen extends its sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Colorado Citizen, March 14, 1919, page 1

Witte, Ida Josephine

The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H J. Witte died at their home in this city Saturday night, at the age of nine years, and her remains were shipped to Weimar, where they were laid to rest by the side of a little sister who sleeps the eternal sleep in that resting place. The Herald extends sympathy to the bereaved parents in their hours of trial and trouble.--Yoakum Herald.

The little girl was buried in St. Michael’s cemetery in this city Monday, Rev. C. J. Benes performing the last sad rites. Mr. Witte and family formerly resided here, where they possess many friends. All join us in expressions of sympathy over their sad misfortune.

Weimar Mercury, April 16, 1904, page 4

Witte, Julia (Yackel)


While it had been known for several days past that the life of one of our well known and old-time friends, Mrs. Julia Witte, hung by an exceedingly slender thread, yet all hoped she would survive and be restored to her family circle and again be blessed with good health. But their hopes were blasted Tuesday evening at 4 o’clock when the Death Angel entered the Santa Rosa Hospital at San Antonio and took therefrom the beloved wife and mother. The body was prepared for burial and forwarded home to the family residence near Osage until relatives at a distance could gather for the funeral. The body was laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery Thursday morning, Rev. Jos. Szymanski performing the last sad rites in the presence of a large assemblage of mourning relatives and friends.

Mrs. Witte was born July 18, 1861, at Mentz, Txas[sic], and was 63 years and 2 months old at the time of her death. At the age of 18, she was united in marriage to Mr. Ben Witte. Mrs. Witte was before marriage Miss Julia Yackel. This union was bless with six children, two of whom--John and Joe--died in early childhood. She leaves to mourn her death a heartbroken husband and four children, as follows: Mrs. Josephine Myska of Beasley, Mrs. Marie Macha of Weimar, Mrs. Emma Omerzu of Schulenburg and Gus Witte of Weimar; also eleven living grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Scheller of Milam county and Mrs. Josephine Stock of Frelsburg; also two brothers, John Yackel of Wharton and Pete Yackel of Columbus.

Mrs. Witte had been very ill for a week prior to the time she was taken to the hospital at San Antonio, she underwent a serious operation, but was reported doing finely for awhile. She had been in the hospital for five weeks at the time of her death. Tuesday a telegram was sent to Mr. Witte to come to her bedside at once, as one of the blood veins had clogged, causing a slight stroke of paralysis. This was followed by an attack of pneumonia, and later by blood poison and her death ensured the following Tuesday.

Mrs. Witte had lived in this community for many years, and was well known and beloved by all. Her sad death is indeed deeply regretted. The heartfelt sympathy of all goes out to the bereaved husband, relatives and friends.

Weimar Mercury, September 19, 1924, page 1

Witte, Lillie A.

Lillie, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Witte of this city, died at the family residence last Friday night, after a brief illness, and her remains were committed to the grave in the Catholic cemetery Sunday morning at 9 o’clock. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved parents in the loss of their little babe.

Weimar Mercury, December 11, 1897, page 6 

Witte, Otto H.

Otto H. Witte, Bernardo Farmer, Service Sunday

Funeral services were held at the Untermeyer Funeral Home Sunday morning for Otto H. Witte, 61, who died early Friday at Columbus hospital after an illness of about 10 weeks.

Continued services were in St. Roch's Catholic Church in Mentz and burial was in the Mentz Catholic cemetery. Revs. Andrew Didner and Alex Kraus officiated. Rosary was recited Friday and Saturday evening at the funeral home.

Mr. Witte, as farmer, had spent most of his life in the Bernardo community. Born July 12, 1893, he was a veteran of World War I. His wife, who survives, is the former Mathilda Huebel.

Other survivors are 2 sisters, Mrs. Ed Schobel and Mrs. Emil Wienken of Shaws Bend and a brother, Johnny, of Cameron.

Pallbearers were Edgar Schobel, Elmer Ray Wienken, Bennett Buescher, J. Oscar Braden, Vernon Braden and Herman Ray Braden.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, September 30, 1954.
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Witte, Paul

Young Paul Witte Killed by Katy Train

From A. McBride of Bernardo who was here on business Wednesday, we learn the particulars of the killing of young Paul Witte by the Katy Flyer train at Cat Springs last Tuesday morning. Mr. Witte was hauling bagging and ties for Jos. Braden, Jr. of Mentz, and his wagon was struck on the crossing by the fast train which was about six hours late, and running at a very high rate of speed. Both mules on the wagon tongue were killed, and the wagon smashed up, and a mowing machine which was also on the wagon, was broken to pieces. Mr. Witte was not killed outright, but was taken on same train to Houston, and died at St. Joseph’s Infirmary that night. His remains were brought back to Cat Springs Wednesday and conveyed to Mentz for interment. [St. Roch’s Cemetery] The deceased was a son of John Witte, who is also dead, and a nephew of Louis Witte the merchant of Bernardo. The Citizen extends sympathy to the bereaved family and friends.--Colorado Citizen.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1912, page 1

Witte, Therese (Erke)

In the death of Mrs. Therese Witte, which occurred Tuesday evening at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Gus Ripper, Weimar people lost a good neighbor, friend and citizen. Mrs. Witte had been on a visit to friends down at Garwood, was taken sick down there, and on Saturday was brought home. Arriving here she seemed to rally temporarily, but soon began sinking, and late Tuesday evening Death claimed her. She was in all respects a most excellent woman. With a kind word for every one and possessed of a naturally lively disposition she was always a welcome visitor. Her good deeds were many, and will ever be remembered by a large circle of friends. She leaves several children, all grown and married, we believe. Her remains were laid to rest in St. Michael’s cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. C. J. Benes performing the funeral obsequies. Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives and friends.

Weimar Mercury, September 23, 1905, page 4
Submitted by Sandra Long Anders

Witte, Victor Herman Jr.


Victor Herman Witte Jr., 77, passed away Dec. 27, 2003.

He was born on Jan. 13, 1927 to Victor H. Sr. and Adele Scheribig Witte.

He served as Seaman First Class in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He liked to water ski, golf, fix anything and help any friend or neighbor at any time.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and first wife, Doris Jean Witte.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys Darnall Witte; daughters, Vickie and Steve Miller and Patricia and Ed McDonald; step-sons, Ronald and James Smith; step-daughter, Daphne Sampson; grandsons, Victor Miller and wife, Helen, Michael Miller, Trae and Zeb McDonald, Quinton and Kendrick Sampson; and great-grandchildren, Sara and Steve Miller.

A memorial service was conducted Dec. 30, 2003 at Hilltop Lakes Chapel in Hilltop Lakes. Memorials may be made to Hilltop Lakes Chapel or Hilltop Lakes Fire Department. [Cremated]

The Colorado County Citizen, February 4, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Witter, A. Scott


A. Scott Witter, 67, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2005.  He was born on September 18, 1938 in Eagle Lake, to Edward Albert and Annie Strickland Witter, who both preceded him in death.  Scott lived in Houston since 1941 where he attended Lamar High School.  He also attended  The University of Texas to which he continued to be an active supporter throughout his life.

Mr. Witter was a member of The Houston Club and The Houstonian.  His professional life has been devoted to farming and Oil and Gas exploration.  He is survived by his wife, Norma M. Kunze; sister, June Witter Gillman and husband Charles; and their family; step-son, Steve Kunze, his wife, Flora and their daughter, Sarah; cousins, Walter Broyles and wife Marilyn, Mary Ann Guyon and their families. 

A memorial service was conducted at 1 o’clock in the afternoon on Friday, the 27th of May, in the James Chapel at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, Bering Drive in Houston. [Burial place unknown]

The Eagle Lake Headlight, June 2, 2005
Transcribed by David Hahn

Wobbe, Albina

Miss Albina Wobbe Succumbs at 79

NADA--Miss Albina (Lula) Wobbe, age 79, passed away Mar. 25, and funeral services were held from the family residence near Garwood Saturday at 10:45 a.m.

Services were held in the Nada Catholic church and burial was in St. Mary’s cemetery, Rev. Edmund J. Bily officiating.

She was born at Frelsburg Aug. 9, 1879.

Surviving is a sister, Miss Lena Wobbe, many nieces and nephews.

Colorado County Citizen, April 2, 1959, page 4

Wobbe, Annie

Mrs. [sic]Annie Wobbe Succumbs at 85

By Mrs. Fred Kubesch

Nada--Miss Annie Wobbe, 85, passed away at the family resident Jan. 21 after a lingering illness.

Funeral services were held Friday morning at 9:15 from the family residence, with Requiem Mass at St. Mary's Catholic church at 9:30 with Rev. Edmund J. Bily officiating. Interment was in St. Mary's cemetery.

She was born at Frelsburg June 18, 1874.

Survivors are 2 sisters, Misses Lena and Lula Wobbe.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Leo Hoelscher, Cletus Wobbe, Otto Kuntcher, Lawrence Haby, Fred Huschke and Albert Kempern.

Colorado County Citizen, January 29, 1959

Wobbe, Edward

Mr. Ed Wobbe

Mr. Ed Wobbe, 62, a prominent farmer of the Nada section, died Tuesday morning. Funeral services were held at the Catholic church at Nada Wednesday morning at 9:30, Rev. Pustka officiating. (Interment in St. Mary's Cemetery]

Mr. Wobbe is survived by three sons and one daughter to whom our sympathy is extended.

Colorado County Citizen, November 24, 1932

Woehst, Louise (Frank)


Louise Frank Woehst, 91, of Columbus, TX died October 4, 2004 at Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus. Born April 25, 1913 in Bellville, TX, the daughter of Julius and Ella Schonert Frank. On December 4, 1929, she married Roland Woehst of Bellville. Mrs. Woehst lived in Columbus since 1954 and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus, The Swiss Alp Dance Club and Herman Sons Rutersville Lodge #152.

Mrs. Woehst is survived by a daughter, Deanna W. Beane of Columbus; two grandchildren and their spouses, Rachelle and John Peralta of Del Rio, TX, and Ryan and Jacqueline N. Beane of Columbus, TX; three great grandchildren, Connor Lynn Peralta of Del Rio, TX, Joshua Roland Beane and Lauren Nicole Beane of Columbus, TX; half-sister, Edna D. Krupala and husband Edwin of Bellville; half-brother, Calvin Frank and wife Irene of Houston; and a brother-in-law Woodrow Woehst and wife, Alice.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, October 6, 2004 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor John Hunsicker officiating under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home. Interment followed at Pilgrims Rest Cemetery in Bellville, TX.

Pallbearers were Justin Kubicek, Ronald Heinrich, Weldon Frank, Edwin Krupala, Keeton Woehst and John Nesvadba. Honorary pallbearers were Calvin Frank, Ryan Beane, John Peralta, Woodrow Woehst, James A. Dement, Jr., and Donald Heinrich.

Colorado County Citizen, October 13, 2004
Courtesy of The Citizen

Woellert, Annie (Muehr)

Mrs. Annie Woellert Dies Thursday

Mrs. Annie Woellert, nee Annie Muehr, age 81 years, 8 months and 3 days, died Thursday, June 26, at 7:50 p.m., at the Renger Hospital here, following a serious illness.
The deceased was born in Germany [actually Schlesisch-Wolfsdorf, Austria], and came to this country in 1894. In the year 1896, she married John Woellert, who preceded her in death. She was a member of the Christian Mothers Society.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 28 at 9:15 a.m., at the Kubena Funeral Home, and a Funeral High Mass followed at the Sacred Heart Church at 9:30 a.m. Very Rev. A.J. Morkovsky officiated. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery here. Rosary was recited Friday night at the Kubena Funeral Home at 8 p.m.

Surviving are four daughters, Miss Mary Woellert at home; Mrs. Leo Wenske of Moulton; Mrs. Albert Heinzel of Hallettsville; Mrs. Ed. Rab of El Campo; five brothers, Anton Muehr, Rudolph Muehr and Richard Muehr of Weimar; Charles Muehr of Schulenburg; and Bill Muehr of Bastrop; one sister, Mrs. Adolph Matzke of Weimar, and five grandchildren.

Lavaca County Tribune, July 1, 1947

Mrs. Annie Woellert Passes Away

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Woellert, 81 years, of Hallettsville were held on Saturday of last week with interment in the Hallettsville Catholic Cemetery. She passed away on Thursday of last week at the Hallettsville Hospital.

She was born in Germany and before her marriage was Annie Muehr.

A number of surviving relatives and friends live in the Schulenburg area.

Schulenburg Sticker, July 4, 1947
Submitted by Mark Schumann

Woellert, Josephine


Josephine, the little baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Woellert, who formerly resided near here, but now living on Oakland Route 1, died last Thursday morning at 8 o’clock.

The little girl was nine[sic] months and thirteen days old. She had a bad cold, which developed into pneumonia and caused her death. The little body was laid to rest in the Weimar Catholic Cemetery Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock.

The Sticker in common with their many other friends extends its sincere sympathy to the bereaved parents.--Schulenburg Sticker.

Weimar Mercury, April 1, 1927, page 6

Wojtek, John

Final Rites for John Wojtek, 62, Held Here Friday

Funeral services for John Wojtek, 62, of Oakland were held at Hubbard Funeral Home here Friday, Dec. 25, with Rev. C. Emigholz officiating. Burial was in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery,

Mr. Wojtek succumbed at his home Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 23, after six months of failing health.

Born at Oakland Oct. 24, 1891, son of the late Joseph and Rosina Wojtek, he attended school at New Bielau and worked in a general merchandise store 34 years. Except for 6 years when he lived at Needville, he was a lifelong resident of this county.

He was a member of the Evangelical & Reformed Church at Vsetin and the SPJST Lodge at Bila Hora.

Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Vlasta Valchar, whom he married Nov. 21, 1916; a brother, Frank, of Needville; a sister, Mrs. Frances Prilucik of Needville; and several nieces and nephews. His parents died about 5 years ago and a brother, Joe, died 6 years ago.

Weimar Mercury, January 1, 1954, page 1

Wojtek, Vlasta Verna (Valchar)

Final Rites for Mrs. V. Wojtek Held Sept. 29

Funeral services for Mrs. Vlasta Verna Valchar Wojtek, 80, of Oakland were held Sunday, Sept. 29, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel here with burial in Masonic Cemetery.

Rev. Henry E. Beseda of Caldwell officiated. The Vsetin choir rendered hymns at the Chapel and the grave.

Mrs. Wojtek died at 6 a.m. Sept. 28, in Youens Memorial Hospital.

She was a lifelong resident of Oakland. Born January 31, 1894, she was a daughter of Josef Valchar Jr. and Terezie Coufal Valchar. She was married to John Wojtek of Needville on Nov. 22, 1916, and for the first three years they farmed near Oakland. In 1919 they moved into Oakland, where Mr. Wojtek clerked in a store for 10 years. In 1929 they entered into their mercantile business, continuing until Mr. Wojtek’s death in 1953. After that Mrs. Wojtek worked as a clerk for H. B. Mayes for 10 years until ill health forced her to retire.

She continued to live alone another 10 years, until she sold her home and moved in with her brother and sister.

Mrs. Wojtek is survived by three sisters, Mrs. John (Annie) Fojt, Mrs. Frank (Lydia) Roznovak, and Miss Martha Valchar, and one brother, Henry E. Valchar, all of the Weimar area.

Preceding her in death in addition to her husband and parents were six sisters, Mrs. Joe (Terezie) Wojtek, Mrs. John L. (Julie) Fojt, Mrs. Vaclav (Stasie) Dusek, Miss Antonie Valchar, Miss Agnes Valchar, and an infant, Emilie; and one brother, Jerry J. Valchar.

Weimar Mercury, October 10, 1974
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Wolf, Josephine Wayland (Brooks)

Josephine Wolf Memorial Service Held Nov. 15

Josephine Wayland Brooks Wolf, 91 of Houston, died Sept. 2 in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Bielau with Rev. Kenneth Wheeler officiating.

Mrs. Wolf was born Feb. 12, 1912 in Ardmore Okla. to Joseph Wayland and Alvina Schultz Brooks.

She graduated from Weimar High School and moved to Houston where she was a 1930 graduate of the University of Houston.

She was an assistant cashier at Oakland State Bank, lab technician at Hermann Hospital, and proprietress of Omega House of Beauty in Houston.

She also wrote children’s poetry, designed and made beautiful women’s clothing and hats and was an expert of skin care.

She was a great lover of animals who rescued many strays, and always gave a helping hand to anyone in need.

She was a very creative and loving lady and was always the first one to laugh at herself.

Mrs. Wolf is survived by one daughter, Josiane Wallis Garrett and husband Michael of Houston; one sister, Geraldine Henson of Weimar; two nephews, Newell Henson of Lincoln and Howard Henson of Columbus; and one niece, Valerie Watson of La Grange.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Dr. William Wallis; second husband, Dr. Alexander Wolf in 1993; and one brother, Johnny C. Brooks. [Cremated - ashes interred in New Bielau Cemetery]

The Weimar Mercury, November 13, 2003
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Wolf, Roland O.

Dr. Roland O. Wolf

Dr. Roland O. Wolf of Abilene died Friday, August 8, 2008 two months shy of his 70th birthday. Family visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, August 12 in the chapel at The Hamil Family Funeral Home located at 6449 Buffalo Gap Road in Abilene. The funeral will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, August 13 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1202 South Pioneer Drive, Abilene, Texas. Interment will be graveside at the Clarkesville Cemetery in the Clarkesville, Texas on Friday, August 15, 2008 at 10:00 AM.

Dr. Wolf was born on October 5, 1938 to Ida Luella and Reverend Gottlieb Friedrich Wolf in Fort Dodge, Iowa and was the youngest of five siblings: Raymond, Juanita, Charles and Patricia. The family relocated to Eagle Lake, Texas when Roland was an infant. As his father pastored in the Texas Hill Country, Roland grew up and graduated from Columbus High School in 1956. He completed a Bachelors of Science at Texas Lutheran College in 1959. Demonstrating an industrious work ethic, Roland worked as a graduate teaching assistant and pursued research at MD Anderson in Houston to support his education simultaneously earning a Masters degree during the early years of medical school. His Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas in 1964 was accompanied by earned membership in Alpha Phi honor society. Following internship at St. Joseph hospital in Forth Worth, Texas and graduation from flight school at Fort Rucker, Alabama, Dr. Wolf joined the 101st Airborne, the Screaming Eagles, out of Fort Campbell Kentucky and served with distinction in 1966-7 as a flight surgeon in the United States Army. His tours of duty took him to Fort Campbell, Kentucky and to Camp Howze, Korea as part of the post-conflict occupation force. On returning from Korea, Roland completed a General Surgery Residency at Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans during the years of 1967-1971. Following General Surgery training, he sub-specialized via a three year residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, training under the distinguished Dr. Lewis Blocker, MD. Upon completion of his sub-specialty training, Dr. Wolf established a private practice in Plastic Surgery in Abilene, Texas and worked diligently to serve the community as the sole proprietor of this practice from 1974 to 2002. At the age when most surgeons consider retirement, Dr. Wolf sought additional training in hyperbaric medicine. From 2002 to the present, he served as the Director of the Wound Care Clinic and Hyperbaric Medicine Division at Hendrick Medical Center. Dr. Wolf was a member of numerous professional societies to include: the American Medical Association, the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the Texas Surgical Society and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Dr. Wolf was recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Wolf is survived by his wife of 25 years Elizabeth Blanton Wolf, his three children from his first marriage to Jan Pittman Haley Wolf: Jonathan Andrew Wolf and his wife Amanda, Dr. MaryAnn Wolf Curl and her husband Erik, and Roland O. Wolf, Junior and his wife April, Michael A. Johnson and his wife, Cara and Elizabeth's children from her previous marriage: Pamela Jane Quill and her husband, David and Melissa Sue Millikin and her husband, Hollis. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren: Haley, Tristan, Zane, Liam, Lorilei, Jordan, Jensen, Randall, William, Claire, Joseph, Brieanna, Bailey, Gage, as well as thirteen nieces and nephews. Surviving siblings include: Juanita Wolf Rabel and her husband Reverend Vernon Rabel and Patricia Wolf Gill and her husband Hallie. Dr. Wolf is also survived by sisters-in- law, Dr. Patricia Blanton and Colonel Theresa Gonzales. He is preceded in death by two brothers: the Reverend Raymond Waldo Wolf and Dr. Charles Edward Wolf as well as his brother-in law, Dr. Charles Rennick Blanton.
Dr. Wolf was an avid sportsman and naturalist. He and Elizabeth established somewhat of a game sanctuary on the Gold-n-Wolf Ranch on the outskirts of Abilene. He adored their German Short-Haired Pointers, horses, guinea fowl, wild turkeys and the occasional rabbit. He was known by those closest to him as a gentleman and scholar who was the consummate professional in every sense of the word. Roland's family would like to thank the many loyal patients, friends and family for their love and unwavering support.

Memorials may be made in honor of Dr. Wolf to the Hospice of Big Country, 4601 Hartford Street, Abilene, Texas 79605, the American Heart Association, 149 North Willis Street; Suite 10, Abilene, Texas 79603 and / or the American Diabetes Association, P.O Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.

Online condolences may be sent to:
Submitted by Ernest Mae Seaholm

Wolff, Charles P.

Death Claims Mr. Charles P. Wolff

When last issue of the Mercury came from the press we were under the impression that Mr. Chas. P. Wolff of Houston, former popular Weimar citizen who had been very III, was on the road to recovery and that it was only a question of time when he would be here to mix and mingle with numerous old time friends. The same opinion prevailed among many other friends, for it was understood he had taken a turn for the better and was well, on the road to recovery. How badly our hopes and plans can be shattered was amply proven in this 'instance. Friday morning we learned that our good friend had suddenly taken a turn for the worse and his death quickly followed.

Saturday afternoon the remains were brought to the old home town and laid to rest in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery beside the grave of his beloved wife who preceded him to the grave a number of years ago. Pall bearers were composed of members at the Weimar Fire Department (of which organization he had been a member for many years) and Osterreich Lodge of Son of Hermann of Sedan, Texas, of which he also had been a member for many years.

Services had been held at Houston, and also at the grave here, Rev. J. J. Hildebrand, assistant priest of St. Michael's Church, officiating. At the conclusion of Rev. Hildebrand's services, Chaplain Johnson of the Houston Fire Department, who was among members escorting the body to Weimar, delivered a wonderful eulogy at the grave of his friend, one of the finest tributes from a friend that the writer ever listened to. It was an oratorical gem, closing with a beautiful passage of poetry which the Mercury hopes to reproduce at an early date.

Charles P. Wolff, 58, died at his home, 1127 Harvard Street, Houston, at 2 a. m. Friday. Mr. Wolff had been a resident of Houston for 26 years. He formerly was associated with the Interurban Buffet. 1007 Texas. He is survived by one son, Fred B. Wolff, Sr., and one grandson, Fred B. Wolff, Jr., both of Houston; three brothers, Fred A. Wolff of Galveston, Captain George J.. Wolff of fire station No. 14, and Thebo Wolff, both of Houston; one sister, Miss Alfreda Wolff of Galveston, and many other relatives.

Every citizen of Weimar who ever knew Charlie Wolff deeply regretted to learn of his death. All of his boyhood and far into early manhood was spent here. He was a son of the late Fred and Rosa Wolff, early settlers of Weimar and beloved by all who knew them. Charlie early in life married a Weimar girl, Miss Emma Hefner, and It was one of the happiest marriages ever witnessed here, for it was truly a love match. However, God saw fit to take his beloved companion from him after a few years, and those of us who knew Charlie intimately realized that life was never again the same to him. He "carried on," as the saying goes and tried to make happy all those about him, but his heart was In that lonely grave here in Weimar and we all knew it and grieved with him. His health began to fail a year or two ago and the decline was rapid. It was thought several weeks ago that he was in a dying condition, but he raffled and for a brief time It seemed as if he would again resume his place in the social and business worlds. But it was not to be! Friday night God's finger touched him and he slept. Thus passed away one of the biggest hearted, truest men we ever knew, one who was true as steel to his friends, one who sought always to cheer those about him, to bring sunshine into every heart, and whose presence in every gathering was like a sunbeam on a cloudy day. Charlie may be gone, but he will never be forgotten!

The deepest sympathy of one who knew him from boyhood on up to the day of his death goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 3, 1933, page 1

Wolff, Emma Lee (Hefner)


As briefly announced in last last of the Mercury, the sad news of the death of Mrs. Emma Lee Wolff, beloved wife of Mr. Chas. P. Wolff of Houston (also an ex-Weimar citizen) was received here Tuesday of last week about noon. The remains were brought to this city, former home of both husband and wife, on Thursday afternoon, and after brief services at the home of Mr. Geo. Herder, Jr, nephew of decedent, the services being conducted by Rev. J. C. Wilson, local Methodist pastor, followed by a solo rendered by that sweet singer, Chas. Butler, the remains were carried to the Odd Fellows' Cemetery for interment. There was a very large attendance at the funeral, attesting the high esteem and popularity of Mrs. Wolff among our people.

Mrs. Wolff was formerly Miss Emma Hefner, and, if we mistake not, was born and raised in Weimar. Here she spent her early girlhood, where she was known and loved by all our people, being possessed of a sweet and engaging disposition which won for her friends wherever she was known. She and her husband had made their home in Houston for a number of years, where Mr. Wolff is engaged in business. Her health began falling some time ago, and although the best of medical skill and attention were given her at all times, her death[sic] continued to fail, until a few weeks ago it was realized that her condition was serious. Physicians, nurses, husband, relatives and friends vied, with one another in giving her every attention possible, but it all counted for naught. God needed her in that other home above--"His finger touched her and she slept." Sad indeed is the heart of husband whose life companion is thus snatched away; sad indeed is the home so long graced and cheered by her sunny presence. But, dear friends, God knows what Is best. It is hard indeed to give up our loved ones, but we have the assurance that it is possible for us to meet them in the hereafter, where heartaches and separations will never more be known.

Mrs. Wolff is survived by her heartbroken husband, one son, Fred Wolff. one little grandson, four sisters, Mrs. J. H. Gillespie and Mrs. Lorena Holloway of Dallas, Mrs. Geo. Herder, Sr., of Eagle Lake and Miss Maud Hefner of this city, and two brothers, S. D. Hefner of Cuero and B. B. Hefner of El Campo, to whom our heartfelt sympathy Is extended.

Weimar Mercury, May 28, 1926, page 1


In loving remembrance of our beloved wife and mother, Mrs. Chas. P. Wolff (nee Emma Lee Hefner), who passed away May 18, 1926.

No one knows how much we miss you;
No one knows the bitter pain
We have suffred; since we lost you
Life has never been the same.
In our hearts your memory lingers,
Sweetly, tender, fond and true;
There is not a day, dear one,
That we do not think of you.

Sadly missed by your husband, son and family.

Weimar Mercury, May 20, 1927, page 5

Wolff, Fred sr.


While despondent and in a gloomy frame of mind, Mr. Fred Wolff, sr., took a large dose of laudanum Tuesday morning, and, despite the combined efforts of physician, family and friends, succumbed to its deadly influence at 10:20 that day. Mr. W. had been in low spirits for several days, but no one supposed he contemplated such a rash act. Last Saturday he purchased a 25 cent bottle of laudanum, which he no double used as a means of suicide, as he retired the night previous at 9 o’clock, and did not complain of being ill, and was up about 1 o’clock that morning, but afterward went back to bed. Mr. Wolff was in his 55th year, was a native of France, but had lived in this country a number of years. He was a member of Kosmos lodge, I.O.O.F. , and also the Knights of Honor lodge of Columbus. He was well liked by those who knew him best, and was a good man, although possessed of a disposition differing from most people. He was a good friend of the writer, and his death is deeply regretted by all. He leaves a wife, four sons and a daughter, to whom the sympathy of the community is extended. His remains were laid to rest Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, August 5, 1893

Wolff, Frederick B.


The remains of Mr. Frederick B. Wolff of Houston were brought here Monday afternoon and laid to rest in the cemetery west of town. Mr. Wolff died in a Houston hospital Sunday, after being very ill for a number of weeks He was 35 years of age, and a son of the late Charles P. and Emma Wolff of this city. He had lived in Houston for the past thirty years, where he was employed as a salesman. He is survived by his widow and one son, Frederick B. Wolff, Jr.

Deceased was born in this city, if we are not mistaken. His parents, both of whom died some years ago, were popular Weimar people. Frederick had visited this city oftentimes in past years and was well and favorably known to many of our people. He was an upright, popular, good citizen, a man of most pleasing personality, whom it was a pleasure to know, and his death at such a young age is indeed deeply and sincerely regretted by all.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, November 12, 1937, page 1

Wolff, Hilda L. (Hoffmann)


Hilda L. Wolff, 102, of Columbus, passed away Dec. 3, at River Oaks Health Care Center in Columbus.
She was born April 18, 1903 to Henry and Martha Guettler Hoffmann and married Reinhard G. Wollff on Jan. 4, 1923. She and her husband owned a Case dealership in La Grange where she worked as a secretary for 20 years. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Melvin Paul Wolff; and sisters, Louise Cordes, Alma Wolff and Ida Flocke.

She is survived by her daughter, Arline M. Dippel, of Columbus; grandchildren, Terrell and wife, Cynthia Friedrich, Bill and wife, Holly Friedrich, Ed and wife, Cindy Friedrich, and Bernadette and husband, Clay Hollock; great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Graeme, Braden and Samantha Friedrich and Tyler and Ryder Hollock; step-grandchildren, Warren, Graham and Catherine Williamson and Jamson Pampell.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Bill Mosley officiating. Interment followed at the Florida Chapel Cemetery in Roundtop.

Pallbearers were Terrell Friedrich, Bill Friedrich, Ed Friedrich, James Wolff, Al Cordes, Craig Wick and Scott Bloxon.

Colorado County Citizen, December7, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Wolters, Faybeth (Paulsen)

Mrs. R. E. (Faybeth) Wolters, age 67, a lifetime resident of Columbus, passed away September 15 in Methodist Hospital, Houston, following a prolonged illness.  Born November 23, 1921 in Columbus to Mattie W. Burford Paulsen and William Max Paulsen, Faybeth was actively involved in the community all of her life.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the John Everett Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  A founding member of the Magnolia Homes Tour, she actively supported the efforts of that organization.  Among her interests were children, traveling, cooking, bird watching, and reading.  She was preceded in death by her father, and grandson, Nathanael Paul, infant son of Paul and Regena Wolters.  Survivors include her mother and husband, Robert Earl Wolters, daughter Beth and husband Henry Beken, and three sons: Robert W. Wolters, M.D. and wife Janet, John O. Wolters and wife Karen, Paul T. Wolters and wife Regena.  Also surviving is her brother, Billy Paulsen and wife Betty.  She especially enjoyed her grandchildren: Jesica Beken, 20; Stuart Beken, 18; Jake Wolters, 8; Annabeth Wolters, 2; and Katie Marie Wolters, 5 weeks.  Funeral services were held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, September 17 in the First United Methodist Church, Columbus with the Rev. Robert McGill officiating.  Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.  Pallbearers included nephews, Eric Paulsen and Will Paulsen; close friends, Phil Gates, J.R. Grubbs, Delmar Fehrenkamp and John Story; cousin, Arthur N. Evans, Jr., and niece's husband Roger Fields.  Also honorary pallbearer Dittman Harrison.

Colorado County Citizen, September 20, 1989, pg. 2.
Submitted by David Hahn

Wolters, Hugo

Mr. Hugo Wolters, who was recently removed from this city to the Confederate Home at Austin, died early on the morning of the 17th, and was buried in the cemetery there that afternoon. He has been afflicted with palsy and other troubles for many years, unable to accomplish anything for himself or others, and doubtless to him death was a happy release from suffering. The Citizen teners relatives and friends its condolence. [See Lucinda Wolters]

Colordo Citizen, May 21, 1896

Wolters, Lucinda (Trussell) Jones Frotzling

Died, in this city at 6:15 p. m.,last Saturday, after a long illness, Mrs. Lucinda Wolters, aged 66. Mrs. Wolters, nee Lucinda Trussell, was born in Newbern N. C., in 1830, was married to Mr. E. C. Jones in 1848, with whom she lived happily til his death in 1851. In 1854 she married Mr. Christian Frotzling, who died in 1863. In 1865 she was married to Mr. Hugo Walters of this city, who survives her. For many years she has been afflicted and bore her cross with christian fortitude and resignation, calmly awaiting the summons from the Master. Hers was a kindly, gentle spirit, attuned to good works along unseen paths. Her remains were laid to rest at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon, there to await the resurection morn. To the relatives and friends the Citizen extends deep sympathy. [Burial place unknown, but likely the Columbus City Cemetery. Also see obit for Hugo Wolters.]

Colorado Citizen, April 2, 1896

Wolters, Robert Earl "Rabbit"

Robert Earl Wolters, "Rabbit", 80 died July 17 in Columbus.   He was born November 7, 1918 in Schulenburg, to Oscar and Millie Wolters.   After graduating from Schulenburg High School, he attended Schreiner College and the University of Texas.   He served in World War II as an officer in the Army Air Corp.   He married Faybeth Paulsen of Columbus, and after the war, settled in Columbus where he maintained farming and ranching interests in neighboring counties.   He was a fifth generation Texan.   Wolters was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Columbus.   He was a charter member of the Petroleum Club of Houston, and a lifetime member of Magnolia Homes Tour.   He was involved in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, past Columbus City Councilman, past CISD Board Trustee and Colorado County School Board member, longtime board member of Columbus State Bank, 50 year member of Arabia Shrine Temple, a mason and an avid supporter of Texas-exes.   He was preceded in death by his wife, and brother, James.   He is survived by four children, Dr. Robert W. Wolters and wife Katie of Port O'Connor, Beth Beken and husband Henry L. of Weimar, John and wife Karen of Houston and Paul and wife Regina of League City.   Grandchildren are Jesica Beken, Stuart Beken, Jake Wolters, Annabeth Wolters, Katie Marie Wolters, Luke Wolters, Ethan Wolters and Madeleine Wolters.  

Colorado County Citizen, Wednesday, July 21, 1999, Pg. 10.
From the files of David Hahn

Woltersdorf, Willhelm


On Thursday afternoon of last week, after a long illness, that good man and citizen, Mr. Wm. Woltersdorf, passed unto his eternal reward, his death occurring at the home of his children, Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Koehn of Content, where he had been visiting for a number of days. Mr. Woltersdorf had been in ill health for a long time, suffering from kidney trouble. His death was not unexpected, for It was realized some time ago that the best of medical science could not long stay the hand of Death. However, his death caused much sorrow among relatives and his large circle of friends throughout this section. where be had lived for so long a time.

The funeral took place at the New Bielau Cemetery Friday afternoon, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok. Lutheran minister, officiating in a beautiful burial service, in the presence of a large circle of mourning relatives and friends.

Mr. Woltersdorf was born April 1, 1842, in Boetzow, Prussia, Germany. In company of his wife he came to this country in 1886, first settling in the Miller’s Creek section, southeast of Weimar, where he engaged in farming. Later the family moved to the Content-New Bielau section, where he continued farming up to a few years ago when he retired on account of age and failing health. Of late years he had made his home with his youngest daughter Mrs. Wm. Klesel. Mr. Woltersdorf was about 87 years of age at the time of his death. To Mr. and Mrs. Woltersdorf six children were born, and of these all six survive, as follows: Mrs. Emma Bremser of East Bernard, Mrs. Fred L. Koehn of Content, Messrs. Otto, Reinhold and Will Woltersdorf of San Antonio, and Mrs. Wm. Klesel of near Oakland.

Mr. Woltersdorf was a very religious man, being trustee, Sunday School teacher and a faithful member of the New Bielau Lutheran Church for many years.

To the grief stricken ones the heartfelt sympathy of one who knew Mr. Woltersdorf for many years is extended. May a gracious Father console them in their bereavement.

Weimar Mercury, March 2, 1928, page 1

Woltersdorf, Wilhelmine

Frau Wilhelm Woltersdorf

Unerwartet schnell ist am letzten Freitag morgen, 29, Mai, Frau Wilhelm Woltrsdorf im Alter von 65 Jahren und 4 Monaten in N. Bielau aus dem Leben geschieden. Sie wurde am 28. Jan. 1849 in Staaken bei Spandau, Provinz Brandenburg, Deutschland als Tochter von Herrn und Frau Rettig geboren und wuells im elterlichen Hause unter christlichem Eintiusse heran. Nachdem sie in Staken getauft war, wurde sie Ostern 1853 in der Nikolai Kirche zu Sapndau konfirmiert. Im Jahre 1871 schloss sie den Ehebund mit Herrn Wilhelm Woltersdorf. Die Ehe wurde mit 6 Kindern gesegnet, 3 Sohaen und 3 Toechtern, died ade die Mutter ueberleben. Folgende sind die Kinder der Entschlafenen: Frau Emma Bremser von East Bernard, Frau Clara Koehn von Contect, Herr Otto und Reinhard von San Antoniio, Frau Martha Klesel von N. Bielau and Wilhelm in N. Bielau.

Ihrem Gatten war die Entschlafene nicht nur eine treue Gefaehrtin fuers Leben, sondern auch eine treue Gehilfin in der auferziehund and Pflege der Kinder. Indem sie allezeit, im Glauben in der Liebe and Hoffnung auf Gott beharrte, war sie somit nicht nur ihrer, Familie ein rechtes Vorbild, sondern, auch fuer alle, die mit ihr Frundschaft und Bekanntschaft hegten.

Am nachmittage des Sterbetages wurd im Sterbehause die Gedaechtnisfeier fuer die Entschlfene gehalten. Trotz des sehr unguenstigen Wetters hatten sich eine ganze Anzahl Leidtragender zu der Feier eingefunden Unterzeichneter leitete dieselbe und sprach nach Gesang und Gebet einige Trostesworte auf grund des Textes Roemer 13. 7 S Verse Trauerhause wurde die teure Leiche zum Friedhof in N. Bielau geleitet. Wegen der schlechten Wege hatten sich viele der Teilnehmer nur bis hierher gewagt. Nocheinmal sprach Unterzeichneter Trostesworte auf Grund von Matth. 17, 4. Dannerfolgte die Einsegnung.

Und nun ruht die liebe Entschlafene in ihrem Grabe, sie ruht von aller Arbeit und Sorge des Lebens. Sie ist nicht mehr unter uns. In unsre aller Gedaechtnis bleibt sie. Gott Schenke ihre den Lohn ibres Glaubens, die Krone des ewigen Lebens. Allen trauenden Hinterblieben, besonders dem lieben Gatten and den Kindern wolle Gatt ein reiches Mass seines Trostes geben.
Paul Piepenbrok, Pastor
[interred in New Bielau Cemetery.]

Weimar Mercury, June 5, 1914, page 1

Womack, Mary (Schindler)

Mary Womack

August 9, 1922 - December 13, 1996

Mary Womack, age 74, of Columbus, entered into die peace of die Lord on December 13,1996, at Columbus Community Hospital. Born August 9,1922, in Colorado County, Mary was the daughter of Max and Ida Lee Schindler. On August 11, 1941, she was united in marriage with Virgil E. Womack. They recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Leon A. Schindler. Mary is survived by her husband of Columbus; a daughter, Virgie Ann Neisner Halcom, also of Columbus; a son, John David Womack of Bellville; a grandson. Dr. David Robert Neisner of Columbus; a great grandson, Robert Arthur Neisner of Columbus; her brothers, Raymond G. Schindler of Houston and William A. and Howard J. Schindier, both of Columbus; numerous nieces and nephews as well as other relatives and loved ones. Serving as pallbearers were Fred Verhine, Seigfred Winters; Gary Graybell; Billy Joe, Paris R. and John William Schindier; Crockett Leyen-decker and Thomas J. Etheridge. Services, under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, were held in Columbus on Monday, December 16, at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Sammy Carr officiating. Interment followed at the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss.

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

Womack, Virgil Edward


Virgil Edward Womack, 88, of Columbus, passed away at Connally Memorial Hospital in Floresville, on Dec. 11.

He was born July 29, 1919 in Paulding County, Ga. on Burndt Hickory Ridge to Hosea Robert and Lula Addie (Newbill) Womack. He married Mary Lee Schindler Aug. 11, 1940 in Conroe.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II, from May 19, 1943 until May 18, 1945, in the 43rd Air Depot Supply Squadron Division. He shipped out from New York on the Queen Mary and arrived at Glascow, Scotland. He was stationed at Wantage, England, and was part of the French Invasion at Sainte Mere Egliese, France. His Campaign Ribbons include Northern France and Central Europe. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 6113 in Columbus.

He was a 56-year member of Woodland Masonic Lodge 1157 A.F. & A.M. Houston.

After returning home from the war he and Mary were owners of an upholstery shop known as "Virgil's Upholstery & Mattress Co." in Jacinto City. He was a cattle rancher in the Mentz area and a foreman for Hurricane Steel Industries where he was responsible for many patents. He was an airplane pilot and enjoyed flying for many years.

He is preceded in death by his parents; stepfather Ralph Verhine of Georgia; and brother, James Calvin Womack of Duluth, Ga.

He is survived by his daughter Virgie Ann Womack Neisner Halcom of Columbus; son, John Womack and wife Judy of Houston; grandson, David Robert Neisner M.D. and wife Lurlyn Bremser Neisner of Columbus; great-grandsons, Robert Arthur Neisner, [removed by request] and Erich Reese Neisner; sister, Geraldine Nesbitt and husband Matt of Grayson, Ga.; and brother, Albert Verhine of Clearwater, Fla.

Funeral services were conducted by Henneke Funeral Home on Saturday, December 15, at First United Methodist Church with Pastor John Paul Bruhn and The Caledonia Lodge 68 A.F. and A.M. of Columbus officiating.

Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were members of Columbus Caledonia Lodge 68 A.F. & A.M.

Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Neisner, Billy Neisner, Tye Prause, Billy Joe Schindler, Johnny Schindler, Frank Olivarez and Ron Priesmeyer.

Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church at 1229 Milam, Columbus, Texas 78934.

Colorado County Citizen, December 19, 2007
Courtesy The Citizen


A death from poisoning occurred in this city Sunday night. It seems from what we can learn of the affair that three small children of Ann Womble, a negro woman of this city, in the absence of the mother became hungered, and in their search for something to eat found a can or bucket of flour which they proceeded to form into a kind of dough and cooked. Eating of this, they soon exhibited signs of poisoning, and in a short time one of them was dead. The other two suffered a great deal, but were saved. The flour had evidently been doped with some kind of poison. Just where the children secured same is not known. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, December 21, 1907, page 4

Wood, Charles E.

Charles E. Wood Funeral Services Held Aug. 29

Charles E. "Woody' Wood, 82, of Weimar passed away Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria of a stroke.

Services were held Thursday, Aug. 29 at the Weimar United Church of Christ with the Rev. Norman "Skip" Sirnic officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Wood was born Jan. 5, 1914 to Charles Willis and Mary Elizabeth (Craven) Wood in Ben Wheeler.

He married Aline Rahlwes on Jan. 10, 1942 in Bay City.

Wood attended school in Ben Wheeler and Van High School. He entered the Navy in October 1942 and was discharged in August 1945. During his naval career he was stationed on a destroyer tender in the Aleutian Islands.

He was a member of the Weimar Masonic Lodge and the Arabia Shrine Temple.

He had resided in Weimar for three years prior to his death. Prior to that time he resided in Ben Wheeler, 1914-1939; Bay City, 1940-1942; Baytown, 1943-1993.

Wood is survived by his wife, Aline of Weimar; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Beth and George Lloyd of Manchaca.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Betty Ann; one son, Charles Michael.

Pallbearers were Mack Janak, Bill Rahlwes, Louis Barrilleaux, Clarence Moeckel, Robert Wingate, Al Curtis Janak.

Weimar Mercury, September 5, 1996, page 2

Wood, Charles Michael

Services Nov. 26 For M: Wood At Weimar UCC

Memorial services for Charles Michael "Mike" Wood, 45, were held November 26 at United Church of Christ in Weimar with Rev. "Skip" Sirnic officiating. [Interment in Weimar Odd Fellows cemetery]

He died November 22.

Wood was born on June 23, 1949 in Houston to Charles E. and Aline (Rahlwes) Wood.

He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and the University of Texas with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation from college, Wood lived in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs, Colo., for fifteen years. He then moved to Weimar for four years and most recently to Houston.

He is survived by his parents, one sister and brother-in-law, Marybeth and George Lloyd, and Chel Ann Brio, his fiancee.

He wa preceded in death by a sister, Betty Ann.

Weimar Mercury, December 1, 1994, page 2

Wood, Leon Paul

Many Pay Final Tribute To Leon Wood Last Friday

Last rites were held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 28th, from the chapel of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home in Eagle Lake for Leon Paul Wood of Oklahoma City, a native of the Lissie community. Mr. Wood passed away of heart failure at 5:40 a.m. last Wednesday, May 26th, at his home. He suffered his first heart attack in November of 1962.

Officiating at the services were the Rev. Ervin Veale and the Rev. David Edmonds of San Antonio, and Joe Anderson of Eagle Lake. Favorite hymns were played at the organ by Mrs. Johnnie Schmidt and she accompanied Harry Anderson who sang the Lord's Prayer.

Burial was in the Lakeside Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were C. E. Evoritt, Henry Sunderman, H. E. Burger, Melvin Hayden. Lloyd Spalinger and Russell Cooper of this city; Kenneth Pamplin of Oklahoma City: and Earl Findley of Brookshire.

Leon Wood was born on December 16, 1917, in Lissie the son of Jake Paul and Ada Wood. He resided during his life in Eagle Lake, San Antonio and Oklahoma City. He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1937 and served until June 13, 1945 with overseas duty in Australia and New Guinia. He chartered the Inasmuch Retreat Center in Oklahoma City on Mar. 27th. 1962.

Surviving are his wife. Mary Lou Nunnelly Wood: four children Roxanne and David Wood and Kenneth and Danny Priest; his mother, Mrs. Ada Stahl of Eagle Lake; and a sister, Mrs. R. J. Campbell, also of Eagle Lake.

Eagle Lake Headlight, June 3, 1965,

Wood, Rosemary (Wortham)

Wood, Rosemary Wortham

Services for Rosemary Wortham Wood, 76, of Victoria were held Feb. 1 at Parish of the Nativity's Our Lady of Perpetual Help Sancuary in Eagle Lake with the Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating.

Cremation and private committal services followed.

Wood died January 30.

She was born on June 20, 1926, in Wichita County, the daughter of John and Rosa Price Wortham.

Wood married Dick Wood and the family moved to Eagle Lake in 1967.

She and her husband bought Wiese Drive-In Grocery and renamed it Dick's Minute Stop. Later they opened Dick's Restaurant and Coffee Shop, now called the Sportsman's Restaurant. Following retirement, they moved to Victoria in 1982.

Wood was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Survivors inhclude two sons and daughters-in-law, James R. and Mary Ann Wood of Eagle Lake, Michael D. and Gail Wood of Victoria, five grandchildren, Breana, Brini and Eric Wood, and Robin and Michelle Wood, great-grandson, Austin Sanchez, and two brothers, Dave Wortham of Austin and Tommy Wortham of Katy.

Pallbearers were Eric Wood, Jeremy Werland, rRan Hennecke, Chris Kirkpatrick, Cody May and Chad Kulhanek.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Parish of the Nativity Memorial Fund, P O. Box 307, Eagle Lake, TX 77434.

Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake, directors.

The Banner Press Newspaper, February 4, 2003

Woodard, Caesar/Cesor

Aged Negro Passes

Caesar Woodard, one of the respected old negroes of this section and a resident of this city for more than forty years, died here last Wednesday. Relatives from Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Charleston, W. Va. attended the funeral. [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, August 6, 1925, page 1

Wooddell, Brian James


Graveside funeral services for Brian James Wooddell were held Wednesday, July 3, at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Columbus under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Father Timothy Kosler officiating.

Burial was held at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery.

Brian was born February 11, 1985 in Columbus Community Hospital and passed away at July 1 at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston. Brian was born to Jimmy Wooddell and Linda Baumbach.

Survivors include his parents, Jimmy and Linda Wooddell of Columbus, grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. James Wooddell of Loraine and Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Baumbach of Columbus, great grandparents: Adela Baumbach of Fayetteville, Raymonde Delalende of France, Beulah Wooddell of Loraine, and Nina Hubbard of Converse, La., and two brothers Christopher and Joseph Baumbach of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, July 11, 1985

Wooddell, Jesse Lynn


Funeral sevices for Jesse Lynn Wooddell, infant son of Jimmy and Linda Wooddell, were held on Tuesday. Feb. 9[sic] at St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery in Columbus with Bishop Hugo Gerbermann officiating. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Jesse was born on February 11 and died just five days later.

Survivors include his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Wooddell of Columbus, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lambert Baumbach of Columbus, and Mr. and Mrs. James Wooddell of Loraine. Great grandparents include Beulah Wooddell of Loraine, Nina Hubbard of Converse, La., Adela Baumbach of Fayetteville and Raymonde Delalende of France. Jesse is also survived by three brothers, Joseph, Christopher, and Brian.

Colorado County Citizen, February 28, 1985, page 2


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Woodson, Clarence Rubin

C. Woodson Funeral Services Held Jan. 17

Clarence Rubin Woodson, 64, of Houston, died Jan. 11 at Methodist Hospital in Houston. Funeral services held Saturday, Jan 17, at Greater Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Weimar with Rev. Wanda Bess officiating.

Interment followed at the Paradise Gardens Cemetery in Weimar.

Mr. Woodson was born Sept. 27, 1939 in Oakland to Rubin and Laura (Townsend) Woodson.

He married Carrie (Dorn) Woodson Feb. 26, 1961 in Weimar.

He was a shipping clerk for Star Automotive. He was also a member of the Boynton Chapel United Methodist Church in Houston.

Mr. Woodson is survived by his wife, Carrie (Dorn) Woodson; one daughter, Chandra Titus and husband Reginald of Houston; and two sons, Clarence D. Woodson of Houston and Cedric Woodson and wife Tanisha of Houston.

He is also survived by three sisters, Deloris Jackson of Houston, Willie M. Simmons of Houston and Ivory J. Woodson of Houston; one brother, Herbert Woodson of Houston; step-mother, Maxine Brown of Houston; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother Bennie Woodson.

Pallbearers were Willie Morrow, Samuel Joe Adams, Willie Johnson, Donald Green, David Earl Adams and Melvin Ray Thomas.

Honorary pallbearers were J. B. Bremby, Carl Adams, Paul Woodson, Steven Thompson, Marvin Woodson and Lesory Woodson.

Weimar Mercury, January 22, 2004

Woodson, Fermer “Jesse”

‘Jesse’ Woodson, 33, Area’s Second Polio Fatality

Fermer “Jesse” Woodson, 33-year-old colored man, succumbed to polio at Jeff Davis Hospital in Houston Tuesday night, five weeks after entering there as an iron lung case.

Funeral services have been set for 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon from St. James Methodist Church here, with Davis Funeral Home of Columbus in charge. Burial will be in the Weimar colored cemetery.

Woodson, who formerly worked as a yardman at the Hy. Brasher home here, had been almost totally paralyzed during his entire time in the hospital. He had been able to move his head slightly.

His was the Weimar area’s second polio death this year or ever, as far as is known, and the first among city-limits cases. An 8-year-old boy from the rural area died from polio last spring.

No new cases or suspected cases were reported for the area this week.

Woodson is survived by his wife, Mary Etta Woodson, his mother, Kate Woodson; four brothers and one sister.

Weimar Mercury, August 15, 1952, page 1

Woodson, J.C.

J. C. Woodson, 75, of Lakewood, near Austin, died Tuesday, June 28, 1994 in Lakewood.

Born Nov. 18, 1918, in Itasca, he was the son of Andy Malone and Hattie (Williams) Woodson. He was a graduate of Round Rock High School and on May 17, 1947, he married Lerlene Lam, who preceded him in death Nov. 1, 1983. Mr. Woodson was a retired executive for General Motors Corporation after 27 years with the firm. He served under General George S. Patton during World War II and later with the U. S. Air Corps.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 2, at Cook-Walden Mortuary in Austin. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Columbus with Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus in charge of local arrangements. Graveside services were administered by the immediate family.

Mr. Woodson is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Sally Patterson and husband Brent of Kingwood, Susan Deveraux and husband Mike of Romulas, MI, Teresa Harbich and husband, Charles of Mentz; son Terry Woodson and wife Sally; sisters Frances McDowell of Fort Worth, Irene Weaver of Tow, Texas, Marilee Moore and Ruth Eurvan, both of Pasadena, Texas; brother Ernest Woodson of California; and grandchildren, Merideth, Britt and Lindsey Patterson of Kingwood, Anthony and Stacey Quimby of Romulas, MI, Melissa, Jessica and Casey Harbich of Mentz and Alex Woodson.

Colorado County Citizen, July 6, 1994
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Woodson, Lesory

Lesory Woodson Dies After Short Illness

Lesory Woodson, 41, who had operated an auto repair shop in Weimar 7 years, died Monday, Feb. 23, in a Houston Hospital, after a short illness.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Oakland Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lucretia, 4 sons and 2 daughters; his mother, Mrs. Katie Woodson; 3 brothers, Grady, Johnnie and Rubin, all of Weimar; and one sister, Mrs. Ethel Mae Thomas of Taylor. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, February 27, 1959, page 1

Woodson, Pearl (Holt) Townsend

Pearl Woodson, 75, Buried Here Sunday

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon for Pearl Holt Woodson, 75, who died at 6 a.m. Friday at her home on the Beken place south of Weimar. [Interment in Paradise Gardens. Also listed under Pearl Holt]

She was a lifelong resident of this area and more than half her life had lived on the Beken farm.

Survivors include one son, James Harvey; a daughter, Pinkie Woodson; and a brother, Eddie (Buck) Holt.

Pallbearers were Andrew Bess, Ray Mann, Benzie Burley, Oliver Williams, Walter Johnson and Dave Fisher.

Weimar Mercury, July 5, 1957, page 3

Woodson, Thelma V (Brown)


Thelma V. Woodson, 87, of Columbus, died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 1995.

Born Sept. 9, 1908, she was the daughter of Otto and Martha Brown. She graduated from Columbus Public School and married Joel Woodson. Mrs. Woodson was a member of St. Paul Methodist Church in Columbus and had been a maid for Mrs. Arthur Fehrenkamp and Dr. and Mrs. Charles Moeller Jr. in Columbus.

Funeral services were held Dec. 2 at Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Elsie Ferguson officiating. Interment followed in Willing Workers Cemetery, Columbus. Ben Davis Funeral Home in Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Serving as pallbearers were Elmer Lloyd Mosby Sr., John G. Mosby, Tommy Turner, Elmer Lloyd Mosby Jr. and Joe Louis Dawson.

Mrs. Woodson is survived by her cousin, Elmer Lloyd Mosby Sr. and wife Ruth, Elmer Lloyd Mosby Jr., John G. Mosby and wife Grace, and Seth Ann Forteson, all of Columbus; Dorothy Foster of Houston; Susie Allen of Manhattan, Kan.; Joe Louis Dawson and Tommy Turner, both of California,; and many relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death of her parents and her husband.

Colorado County Citizen, December 6, 1995, page 18

Wooldridge, Albert


The young negro, Albert Wooldridge, who murdered his wife near Borden in the spring of 1921, and who was convicted of the crime and given the death penalty, was hanged at Columbus last Friday by Sheriff John F. Wegenhoft. We understand he died, protesting his innocence to the last. [Place of burial unknown]

Weimar Mercury, December 22, 1922, page 1

Wooldridge, Dof

Oakland Remarks

On Thursday evening about four o’clock little Dof Wooldridge, youngest child of Mrs. K. L. Edwards, died at the residence of his mother near Oakland.

Weimar Mercury, July 5, 1890, page 3


We are again sorry to chronicle another death in our vicinity. This time it is the little son of Mrs. Kate Edwards, who lives in the Oakland neighborhood. Dof was a bright little fellow, and was sick only a short time. He died Tuesday July 1, and was buried at the home cemetery the following day. Rev. Q. T. Simpson offciating. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved mother and family. [Interment in Wooldridge Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, July 10, 1890, page 3

Wooldridge, Emma (Scott)


News of a negro woman having been killed in the vicinity of Borden reached here Friday evening. The woman was the wife of a negro man named Son Wooldridge, and her death occurred last Friday evening. Wooldridge claimed the woman had killed herself accidentlly. Judge Hoyo and Sheriff Wegenhoft came up that night from Columbus and held an inquest. The testimony adduced at the inquest led to Wooldridge being placed under arrest and lodged in jail at Columbus, charged with murder. The weapon used was a double barrel shotgun. The charge of shot struck the woman about the chin and mouth, shatttering the bones badly, also the teeth, and part of her tongue was shot away. The statements made by Wooldridge were not borne out by the physical facts adduced at the inquest, hence his arrest followed. Weimar Mercury [Interred at Pleasant Hill Cemetery]

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 28, 1921

Wooldridge, J. Dick

J. D. Wooldridge, War Casualty, Buried Last Week

Funeral services for J. Dick Wooldridge, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Wooldridge of Eagle Lake and a nephew of R. S. Wooldridge of this city, were held at Eagle Lake Thursday of last week from the Mill Funeral Home, with interment in Lakeside Cemetery.

The Rev. A. D. Jameson, pastor of the Colly Memorial Methodist Church, officiated.

Preceding interment, four members of the American Legion, Commander Melvin Campbell, Fred R. Frnka, Lee

Reid Johnson and Earl Braden, removed the American flag from the casket and Commander Campbell presented it to the deceased's mother.

Mr. Wooldridge died suddenly in Fort Worth Tuesday morning follow a heart stroke. His death was said to be a direct result of injuries suffered in the recent war. His body was brought to Eagle Lake Wednesday morning.

Born November 21, 1907, at Oakland, he lived there until enlisting in the army on October 10, 1940. Before entering the service he was employed in highway construction in this county.

After serving at various places in the States. Mr. Wooldridge, who held the rank of sergeant, saw duty in the Aleutian Islands. He returned to the States and later entered North Africa with the invasion forces. serving thru that campaign, at Anzio, in France, Germany and Norway. He wore the American Defense Service Medal, American Theatre Medal, E.A.M.E. ribbon with five bronze stars, the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon with one bronze star, Good Conduct ribbon, Victory ribbon with one service star, four overseas bars, and the Combat Infantry badge He was honorably discharged from the Army on December 6, 1945. after returning to the States in October of that year.

Pallbearers were H. D. Larson, Lonnie Ringgerburg. T. D. Mock. S. O. Boothe, Jerald Cooper. and Ferdinand Grunewald.

Survivors include his parents. Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Wooldridge, two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Havens of Houston, Mrs. Tommie Nicewander of Eagle Lake, one niece, Shelby Haven of Houston, a brother-in-law, and a number of aunts. uncles and cousins.

Weimar Mercury, July 26, 1946, page 1

Wooldridge, Mattie Emma (Dick)

Mrs. Wooldridge Dies at 90, Funeral In Eagle Lake

Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Emma Wooldridge, 90, were held Aug. 22 at Mill Bauer Funeral home in Eagle Lake with burial in Lakeside cemetery.

Rev. Henry Adrion III officiated. Stanley Irwin sang “In the Garden; and Mrs. Clara Mae Nash was organist.

Mrs. Wooldridge died Monday night in Laughlin hospital. She had been under treatment there for 8 days. She was in the extension department of First Baptist church Sunday school.

Born in Columbus June 29 1872, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Dick. She was married Nov. 24, 1897, to Thomas James Wooldridge and moved to Oakland where the couple made their home until 1944, when Mr. Wooldridge retired and they moved to Eagle Lake, making their home there until Mr. Wooldridge’s death in October , 1958. Mrs. Wooldridge then went to live with her daughters, Mrs. Tommie Neiswender, visiting several months each year with Mrs. Hazel Havens, her other daughter, in Houston.

She is survived by the 2 daughters, one granddaughter and a great-grandson, one sister Mrs. Elma Miles of San Antonio and several nieces and nephews.

Her only son, J. Dick Wooldridge, died in 1946.

Among out of town relatives and friends present for the funeral were Mrs. Elma Miles and son Milton of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. Joe D.. Pierce and son Joey, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Roberts, Corpus Christi; Mrs. Elizabeth Albert, Mrs. Clay Walker and Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Woodruff Jr. and sons, Houston; Mrs. Lena Riggenberg, Mrs. Jack Matthews, Mrs. G. D. Gertsenberg, Mrs. Henry Poppe and Mrs. Willie Shimek, Weimar; Mrs. Amelia Raun, El Campo.

Pallbearers were Herman Booth, Leo Kretzschmar, Jack Obenhaus, H. E. Tate, Edgar Baring and Harry D. Larson.

Honorary pallbearers were Bryant Skeeter, A. W. Linke, Alton Kingsley, Les Euers, Billy Gray, Roy A. Van Nort and Rev. John R. Davis.

Colorado County Citizen, September 5, 1963, page 8

Wooldridge, Thomas A.

Weimar Local Matters

T. A. Wooldridge, who was born and raised in this county--a man about 32 or 33 years of age--committed suicide here last Wednesday evening by taking 18 or 20 grains of morphine. He told every body whom he met that he was tired of life, and was determined to put an end to his existence; but had said the same thing time and again before, when under the influence of whiskey no attention was paid to what he said. He first went to drug store of Dr. C. S. Tatum told him that he wanted 20 grains of morphine that was good; told what he wanted with it, but it was refused him. He then went to another, called for it, purchased and paid for same, still in company with some of the neighbors; walked out, told every one he met what he had, and what he intended to do after awhile, talking to several gentlemen, pulled the bottle of morphine out of his pocket, turned up and shook considerable of the powder into his mouth and swallowed it. Mr. S. A. Whitley tried to get it from him but he would not give it up. Some one then started the report that it was prepared chalk; then the matter of danger was laughed at till the truth of the purchase was confirmed by the clerk in the drug store. He was then taken charge of by the officers who found the bottle properly labeled morphine and empty. He said he had taken the whole of it. Drs. Cook and Harris were then called on to examine him. He was drunk and boisterous and they after looking at him, talking and examining him as best they could were of the impression that he had taken none, as considerable time elapsed from the report of the taking to the examination--long enough, they thought, to have caused death. He was then put into the calaboose to keep him quiet, but released in a few minutes. He then returned to the bar room and began drinking again. Then, towards evening, he was found in one of our stores as every one thought beastly drunk. He was then taken up and carried by four men and placed in the calaboose. At about 9 o’clock at night, L. T. Tooke, marshal, took over water for him. He saw that he was still lying in the same position sleeping apparently very soundly He was not disturbed or roused, and in the morning he was found in the same position dead and stiff--must have died some time in the fore part of the night. Jury inquest decided that he came to his death from morphine, taken with suicidal intent. Mr. Wooldridge’s wife had filed papers for a divorce, alleging brutal treatment, etc., which is supposed to be the cause. He leaves a nice wife and an interesting family of children. [Interment in Wooldridge Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, November 29, 1883

Wooldridge, Robert Stafford

Funeral Rites for R. S. Wooldridge, 72, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Robert Stafford Wooldridge, 72, were held Sunday afternoon from Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. W. E. Brown officiating.

Oral tribute was also paid by Festus R. Carroll, teacher of the Men’s Bible Class of which Mr. Wooldridge was a member.

Interment was in the City [Masonic] Cemetery.

The son of Tom and Kate Wooldridge, he was born October 26, 1876, at Oakland. For many years a hotel clerk at Houston and other places, he retired about 15 years ago to his farm near Weimar, where he actively engaged in farming until a week before his death. He married Miss Beulah Melor Feb. 2, 1919 at Weimar.

Mr. Wooldridge had been in poor health for about two years, and since last Christmas his condition had grown rapidly worse. On March 18, he underwent a major operation at Columbus Hospital, where he succumbed one week later, Friday afternoon, March 25.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are one sister, Mrs. Carrie Rhodes of Corpus Christi; and two brothers, Tom Wooldridge of Eagle Lake and G. Wooldridge of San Antonio.

Active pallbearers were Ben Holt, Walter Black, F. F. Brasher, F. R. Carroll, Will McKinnon of Schulenburg, and Grady W. Shaver. The members of the Baptist Men’s Bible Class were listed as honorary pallbearers.

Weimar Mercury, April 1, 1949

Wooliver, Mary (Shiver)

Rock Island, April 15,--Mrs. Wooliver, a lady of 81, dropped dead last night at her home, six miles west of this place. Mrs. Wooliver was the mother of Mrs. H. Townsend, who resides near here. [Interment in Cheetham Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, April 25, 1903, page 2

Woolsey, Chester Laidly


Died, the 25th of November, at 7, P. M., Chester Laidly Woolsey, the darling baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Woolsey, of this place. It was hard for the loving parents to give him up, but angels beckoned him away. The remains of the little fellow were laid to rest by sympathizing friends in its grandfather’s family graveyard. He is now gone to add another bright star to those realms beyond; for the good Master said, “suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Colorado Citizen, December 8, 1887, page 3

Woolsey, Ina M.

Oakland Newsy Notes

Died, at 8 o'clock, last Saturday night, little Ina, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Woolsey, after an illness of four weeks. She was three years old last September and sad it was for her parents and relatives to give her up. Mr. and Mrs. Woolsey were here on a visit from Floresville but a few days when the little child took sick, and their many friends sympathise with them in this their sore bereavement.

Colorado Citizen, December 28, 1893
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Oakland Remarks

Sorrow visited one family--that of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Woolsey--and they mourned the taking away from their loved embrace, on the 23rd day of December, little Ina M. Woolsey, aged 3 years. She was buried on the 24th at the family burying ground [location unknown], some four miles east of here, near the old homestead. God comfort the bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, January 6. 1894

Woolsey, Martha S.

Oakland Notes

It was with feelings of the deepest regret we learned of the death of Mrs. Wiley Woolsey in Weimar yesterday morning, who was for many years a resident of this community. She was a most estimable Christian lady, a devoted wife, an affectionate and painstaking mother, one whose purity of thought pervaded her every action, and was reflected in the character of her children. She was interred in County Line Cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday. Services at the grave by Capt. J. M. Woolsey. She leaves a husband and seven children and a host of friends to mourn her loss.

Colorado Citizen, November 30, 1882

Weimar Local Matters

Mrs. Wiley Woolsey, of this place, died Sunday morning at 2 o’clock a.m., of Typho-Malarial fever. Mr. Woolsey had recently moved to our town from the county line neighborhood. Mrs. W. was quite sick when they came--was confined to her bed soon after the family’s arrival. She began to sink from the beginning of her illness, and never rallied. She had the most skilled medical attention, but to no avail. This is a terrible stroke upon Mr. Woolsey and his family of seven children, the eldest fourteen, the youngest one year old. Sad, indeed, is it to see the strong man give way to this great affliction, and to hear the little children weep for the dear one who has gone. May God’s mercy sustain them in this hour of bereavement.

Colorado Citizen, November 30, 1882

Woolsey, Matilda A. (Blount)

Oakland Newsy Notes

It is with much regret that we chronicle the death of Mrs. M. A. Woolsey, consort of Capt. J. M. Woolsey, which occurred at this place on Wednesday, January 11, at 7:25 A.m. of acute uremia.  She was in an unconscious state for several hours before final dissolution set in, breathing out her last quietly.  There were present at the time at her bedside, Capt. J. M. Woolsey, Mrs. J. W. Simmons, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Eason, Mr. Wiley Woolsey and friends that had gathered in. Mrs. Woolsey was born in Georgia July 21, 1824, was married to Capt. J. M. Woolsey January 7, 1840, and came to Texas with her husband in 1858, remained one year at Independence and moved to Colorado county locating near County Line, in 1859, until a few years ago when they moved to Oakland.  Since their marriage of fifty nine years, they have been blessed with fourteen children, ninety two grand-children and forty two great grandchildren.  Out of this one hundred and fifty three children, twenty three grandchildren and ten great grandchildren have died.  In early life the deceased committed herself to the Methodist Episcopal church south and lived a devoted Christian life.  Thursday last her remains were conducted by sorrowing relatives, sad friends who witnessed the last sad rites as the body was laid to rest in the family burying ground.  Her loss will be much felt by her companion in this life, who still survives her at a ripe old age.  Friends of this community, with the Colorado Citizen, sympathize and condole with him in his bereavement.

Colorado Citizen, January 1899
Submitted by Deborah Smith

Woolsey, Mattie

Oakland Remarks

Died, last Sunday night, the 7-months-old baby girl, Mattie, of Mr. and Mrs. Sid Woolsey. It was buried near the old Woolsey residence at the family cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, November 16, 1889

Woolsey, unknown

The little son of Mr. Sid Woolsey of Oakland was kicked by a mule Friday of last week, from the effects of which he died soon afterward. THE MERCURY extends condolence to the bereaved parents in their loss.

Weimar Mercury, January 18, 1890

Wooten, Helen (Gordon)

Mrs. Wooten Sr. Funeral Services Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. J. H. Wooten Sr., were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at First Methodist church, the Rev. W. F. Hathaway Jr. officiating.  Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery with Columbus Funeral home in charge.  Mrs. Wooten, who had been critically ill for about a month, died early Monday in a convalescent home in Austin, where she had been a patient for 8 days.  The former Helen Gordon, she was born Sept. 3, 1886, in Durango, Falls county, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. E. C. Gordon.  She spent her early years in Lott, in the same county, moving to Columbus in 1910 with her parents.  She attended the Texas Presbyterian College for Women in Milford.  In 1911, she was married to James Harbert Wooten.  Mr. Wooten served many years as a teacher and as superintendent of Flatonia and Columbus high schools.  He was Colorado county school superintendent for many years.  He is also a rancher.  Mrs. Wooten was a longtime member of the Columbus Methodist church, serving as its organist for 30 years.  She was a charter member of Columbus Study club and was a member of the DC and DAR chapters.  She is survived by her husband; a son Dr. James H. Wooten Jr., of Columbus and a daughter, Mrs. Charles Earl Sanderson of Austin; a sister, Mrs. Mary Everett of Columbus, and 6 grandchildren, Alan, Gail and Deborah Sanderson of Austin and Patti, James Harbert III and Marilla Wooten of Columbus.

The Colorado County Citizen May 17, 1962
Submitted by David Hahn

Wooten, James Harbert, Sr.

J. H. Wooten, Sr., Educator, Rancher Laid to Rest

Funeral services for J. H. (Jim) Wooten Sr., 78 were held at the First Methodist church Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Gregory Robertson officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery. Columbus Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Wooten died at 3 a.m. Monday in St. Mary's hospital in Galveston where he had been a patient 4 weeks. He had resided at Moody House in Galveston, Methodist home for the aged of the Houston district, for the past 2 years.

Born in Eagle Lake, Dec. 4, 1888, he was a son of Joseph Richard and Pearlie Harcourt Wooten. When he was a small child his father bought a block of land in Columbus and the family moved here. The older Wooten studied law with Lucius Adkins and later served in the Texas Legislature from 1900 to 1903, at which time Jim served as a page.

Friend of Dobie

After graduating from Columbus high school in 1906, Mr. Wooten entered the University of Texas where he became a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and was on the football team. Later he attended Southwestern university in Georgetown, where he made friends with men such as J. Frank Dobie, the writer; A. Frank Smith, who later became a Methodist bishop, and Dr. Titus Harris, later professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas. Frank Dobie visited him in Columbus several times and the 2 corresponded. Mr. Wooten received for many Christmases the Dobie's Christmas card, which each year was a different one of Dobie's stories, paper bound. Mr. Wooten used to tell with pride that he learned to spell at The Citizen office when type was set by hand.

Was Educator

In 1911, he was married, in Columbus, to Miss Helen Gordon and for the next several years he taught and was school superintendent of the Flatonia school. He returned to Columbus in 1915 when his father died to manage the Wooten plantation. Here he taught school and succeeded the late W. A. Holland as superintendent in the 20's. In the 30's and 40's, he was Colorado county school superintendent. He continued ranching until 4 years ago when retired after Mrs. Wooten's death.

Activities Varied

He was an early member of the Southwest Texas Cattle Raisers Assn. and one of the first rancher in Texas to appreciate and try to improve the quality in cattle. Also he was one of the few in the early days who helped preserve the deer population in Colorado county. He was a York Rite Mason and served in every office of the local Methodist church. He and Brandon fitzpatrick were the only 2 official board members ever voted to honorary membership. During World War I, Mr. Wooten was a commander in the Home Guard when attack from Mexico was threatened.

He is survived by a son, Dr. James H. Wooten, Jr. of Columbus and a daughter, Mrs. C. F. Sanderson of Austin; 6 grandchildren, Mrs. Edward Price of Hellbrom, Germany; James Harbert Wooten III of the Army, and Marilla Wooten of Columbus, and Allan, Gail and Debra Sanderson of Austin; a great grandson, Edward Price, Jr; a brother, Harcourt Wooten of Houston and a sister, Mrs. Mary Olivia Obenhaus of Columbus.

Pallbearers were Ford Wegenhoft, Gus Miller, Jr., Morris Hodges, L. D. Schilling, Leslie King, Charles Kearney and Dudley Baker.

Colorado County Citizen, July 14, 1966

Wooten, James Harbert Jr.


James Harbert Wooten, Jr., M. D., 80, of Columbus, died October 6, at his residence.  He was a retired physician and rancher.  A native and life-long resident of Colorado County, he was born July 4, 1912 in Columbus to James Harbert Wooten, Sr. and Helen Gordon Wooten.  He graduated from Columbus High School in 1930 and received his M. D. degree in May of 1938 from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  On June 4, 1938 he married Katherine Thomas Evans in Galveston.  He served in the United States Army Medical Corps, attaining the rank of Colonel.  He was chief of the surgical Service of the 110th Evacuation Hospital with General George S. Patton's 3rd Army in Europe until September 1945.  After the war, he returned to Columbus where he practiced medicine from 1946 until his retirement in 1965.  He is survived by his wife Katherine, sister Helen Wooten Sanderson, daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Edward Woolery-Price and Marilla and Jack Shook, son and daughter-in-law James Harbert, III and Nancy Wooten, grandchildren Edward Woolery-Price, Jr., Stephen Woolery-Price, Charlotte Shook Anna Shook, Sarah Jane Wooten, and John Perry Wooten, great grandchildren Alexandra Woolery-Price, nieces Gail Sanderson Mitchell and Debra Sanderson Toenjes, and nephew Alan Sanderson.  Funeral services were held October 8, at the First United Methodist Church in Columbus, with the Reverend Scott Herren officiating.  Interment followed at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.  Pallbearers were A. N. Evans, Jr., Delmer Fehrenkamp, Harry Henkhaus, Guss Miller, Jr., Doug Potter, and John Saul.  Named as honorary pallbearers were Bill Cobb, Dr. Harold Griffin, John Hancher, H. P. Meyer, L. D. Schilling, Leroy Stein, Dr. Raymond Thomas, and Dr. Fritz Zaunbrecker.

The Colorado County Citizen, October 8, 1992
Submitted by David Hahn

Wooten, Mrs.


Mrs. ___ Wooten, of this community, was buried in the Alleyton Cemetery Saturday last. She died, it is said, of consumption after a protracted illness.

Colorado Citizen, September 17, 1885

Wornat, Alice (Barton)

Alice Wornat Funeral Services Held Dec. 23

Alice Wornat, 97, of Glidden died Dec. 20 at Columbus Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 23 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Hospice Chaplain Don Story officiating.

Interment followed at New Bielau Cemetery.

Alice was born Oct. 18, 1909 in Borden to Ed and Luretta (Tollison) Barton.

She attended school through the seventh grade.

She married Charles A. Wornat Sr. on July 27, 1931.

Alice was a member of the Lutheran Church and lived in Glidden for 61 years.

She is survived by her son, Marvin Wornat of Ramsey; sister, Lydia Huebel of Austin; and 5 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Luretta (Tollison) Barton; husband, Charles A. Wornat Sr.; son Charles A. Wornat Jr.; granddaughter, Teresa Wornat; and brothers and sisters.

Weimar Mercury, December 28, 2006, page 2A

Wornat, Charles A.

Charles Wornat Funeral Services Held Dec. 22

Charles A. Wornat Sr. 88, of Glidden died Dec. 19 at his residence in Glidden due to natural causes.

Funeral services were held Dec. 22 at Hubbard funeral Chapel in Weimar. Interment followed at New Bielau Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Craig Noska, Robert Pospisil, Franklin Pospisil, Don Ehler, Alvin Barton and Wilbert Chollett.
Mr. Wornat was born on Nov. 22, 1910 to Gus and Louise (Winkler) Wornat. He attended school at New Bielau.
He Married Alice E. Barton on July 22, 1933 in Weimar.
Mr. Wornat worked for Southern Pacific Railroad. He lived in this area his entire life.

Mr. Wornat is survived by: his wife; sons, Charles A. Wornat Jr. of Richmond and Marvin G. Wornat of Columbus; brothers, Fred Wornat of Columbus and Richard Wornat of Louisiana; a sister, Alma Hrncir of Weimar.

He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Wornat was preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

The Weimar Mercury, December 24,1998
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Wornat, Charles A., Jr.

Charles A. Wornat, Jr, 69, of Richmond passed away on March 2.

He was born on Nov 16, 1932 to Charles A. Sr. and Alice (Barton) Wornat in Smithville. He worked at the WKM ( Oilfield Valve Fabrication), where he later retired. He was in the U.S. Airforce. He was of the pentecostal faith, and was a resident of Richmond for 25 yrs.

He was preceded in death by his father, Charles A. Wornat, Sr.

He is survived by his mother, Alice Wornat of Glidden; daughters and sons-in-law, Wanda and Steve Watson of Shreveport, La. , Gail and the Rev. Gene Curry of Carthage, and Tammy Jo Wornat of Shreveport, La.; son and daughter-in-law, Phil A. and Cindy Wornat of Carthage; brother, Marvin Wornat of Ramsey; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held March 7 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Gene Curry officiating. Interment followed at the New Bielau Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Cory Stewart, Alvin Barten, Loren Brock, Drew Bourgios, Frank Pospisil, and Craig Noska.

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

Wornat, Christine M. (Fojt)

Christine Wornat

COLUMBUS – Funeral services for Mrs. Christine Wornat of Columbus were held from Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar March 13 with Rev. L. G. Wehman, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Columbus, officiating.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Wornat died in Columbus Hospital March 12 after several months of illness.

A daughter of Frank and Molly Kovarek Fojt, she was born Aug. 27, 1917, at Bila Hora in Lavaca County. She married Fred Wornat Nov. 14, 1934, in Weimar.

After World War II, the family moved to Columbus. Mrs. Wornat was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Lloyd (Bernice) Wessels and Miss Marilyn Wornat, both of Houston; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fojt of Bila Hora; two brothers, Raymond Fojt of Bila Hora and Alton Fojt of Houston; and two grandsons, Larry and Gary Wessels of Houston.

Weimar Mercury, April 10, 1975
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Wornat, George John

G. Wornat Funeral Held at New Bielau

Funeral services for George John Wornat, 67, were held Saturday, Dec. 29, from New Bielau Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, with burial in the parish cemetery. Rev. "Skip" Sirnic officiated.

Wornat, a native of the New Bielau area, died Thursday, Dec. 27, at 5 p.m. at his home, 902 Mosher Lane in Houston, after an extended illness.

Born Sept. 24, 1923, in the Harmony/New Bielau community south of Weimar, he was a son of Gus A. and Louise (Winkler) Wornat. In 1944, he enlisted in the Navy C.B. (Seabees) and served primarily in the South Pacific area during World War II. After military service he was employed by Southern Pacific Railroad until he retired in 1978.

Surviving are his wife, Jean Deen Wornat, and three children, Debbie Wornat Curtiss, Deena Wornat Stephenson and Brent Wornat, all of Houston; two sisters, Elsie Noack of San Angelo and Alma Hrncir of Weimar; and three brothers, Charles of Glidden, Fred of Columbus and Richard of Pearl River, La. A sister, Agnes Reue and a brother, Gus, preceded him in death.

Serving as pallbearers were Mark Stephenson, Jason Curtiss, Jeff Dunn, Bill Dean, John Cantu and Glen Bradford. Melvin Reue and Virgil Bennett were named honorary pallbearers.

The Weimar Mercury, January 3, 1991
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Wornat, Gus A.

Gus Wornat Funeral Held Here Friday

Funeral services for Gus A. Wornat, 93, of Rt. 1, Weimar, were held Friday afternoon, April 13, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in New Bielau Cemetery.

Rev. Walter Simpson officiated.

Mr. Wornat died Wednesday April 11, at Columbus Community Hospital, where he had been a patient for just one day. He had been ill for a year and a half.

He was born March 7, 1886, at Bremen, Germany, a son of Wilhelm and Otilie (Will) Wornat, and with his family came to this country at an early age. He married Louise Winkler at New Bielau on June 16, 1908. She died in 1967.

Survivors are four sons, Charles of Glidden, Fred of Columbus, George of Houston and Richard of Midland; three daughters, Mrs. Agnes Reue of Wharton, Mrs. Elsie Noack of San Angelo and Mrs. Alma Hrncir of Sugarland; 18 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul Wornat, and one sister, Mrs. Julia Koehler.

A son, Gus A. Wornat Jr., died in 1978. Two sisters, Mrs. Emma Glenz and Mrs. Hulda Selzer, also preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Joe Hudgins, Charles Wornat Jr., Marvin Wornat, Lloyd Wessels, Perry Wornat and Emil Vrana, all grandsons.

Weimar Mercury, April 19, 1979
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Wornat, Louise Anna (Winkler)

Final Rites for Mrs. Gus Wornat, 81, Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Gus Wornat Sr., 81, were held Saturday afternoon, May 6, at New Bielau Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, with Rev. F. H. Horak officiating.

Burial was in the New Bielau Cemetery.

Mrs. Wornat died during her sleep in the very early hours of Friday morning. While her health had been failing lately, she appeared to be feeling well Thursday night, when she and her husband enjoyed an evening with friends.

The former Louise Anna Winkler, she was born July 1, 1885, near Freyburg in Fayette County, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Winkler. The Winkler family moved to New Bielau in 1903, and she married Mr. Wornat there June 16, 1908. They had lived at New Bielau ever since, and on the same place since 1914.

Surviving in addition to her husband are five sons, Charles of Glidden, Fred of Columbus, Gussie of Moulton, George of Houston and Richard of Port Sulphur, La.; three daughters, Mrs. Elsie Noack of San Angelo, Mrs. Agnes Reue of Wharton and Mrs. Alma Hrncir of Sugar Land; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, August and Fritz Winkler, and a sister, Mrs. Lydia Kruz, preceded her in death.

Weimar Mercury, May 11, 1967, pages 1 and 10

Wornat, Teresa Ann


Teresa Ann Wornat, 39, of Eagle Lake, passed away Wednesday, May 17 from injuries received in a car accident.

She was born January 17, 1967 in Eagle Lake, the daughter of Marvin G. and Bette Lou Goodson Wornat.

Teresa was employed as a secretary-receptionist for Geotrace Technologies in Houston and was of Methodist faith.

Teresa had been a resident of Eagle Lake for 24 years.

She was preceded in death by her mother; grandparents, Maurice and Florence Goodson and Charles Wornat Sr.; infant brother, Marvin Gene Wornat; and infant nephew, Drayton Noska.

Survivors include her father, Marvin Wornat of Ramsey; grandmother, Alice Wornat of Glidden; sisters, Nelda Grayless of Richmond, Renee Noska and husband, Craig, of Rock Island and Evelyn Pospisil of Rosenberg; nephews, Dalton Noska of Rock Island and Franklin Pospisil of Rosenberg; and nieces, Lacy Grayless of College Station and Misty Pospisil of Rosenberg.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 23 at 2 p.m. from Henneke Funeral Home with Rev. Ardie Nelson, pastor of Eagle Lake Methodist Church officiating. Interment followed in New Bielau Cemetery in New Bielau.

Pallbearers were Don Ehler, Charles Jenkins, Wesley Sliva, Bobby Grayless, Chad Noska and Doug Ehler.

Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, May 25, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck
[In an email from Franklin Pospisil, a nephew of Miss Wornat, we learn that he was a pallbearer whose name failed to be included in the obituary. DA]

Wornat, William

Old Time Citizen Departs This Life

Mr. Wm. Wornat, old time citizen of the Honey Creek section, south of Weimar, departed this life at the family home Monday night at 10 o’clock, after a long illness, aged 80 years. The remains were laid to rest in the New Bielau Cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, local Lutheran minister, officiating.

Mr. Wornat did not long survive his aged wife, who died a few days since at the home of her son Paul Wornat, in the Beasley section. At the time of her death he was bed-ridden and in a precarious condition. Following her death he seemed to give up, apparently wanted to die, refused medical attention and nourishment, and gradually grew weaker until the end came for him. Mr. Wornat was born in Germany, but had lived in this section for many years.

He was a quiet, good citizen, and had ever proved himself a good friend and neighbor. His death is deeply and
sincerely deplored by all.

He leaves four children--two daughters, Mrs. Chas. Matheaus of Beasley, Mrs. Emma Glenz of Marlin. and two sons. Mr. Paul Wornat of Beasley and Mr. Gus A. Wornat of the Oakland section, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Weimar Mercury, February 21, 1930, page 1

Worrell, Marion Hamilton


Our people were inexpressibly shocked late Saturday evening when the wires brought the message that Hamilton Worrell was dead. The only particulars obtainable were that he died from some accident aboard ship just before reaching France. That his body had been embalmed and had reached New York, there to await instructions of the family as to disposition of same. Instructions were wired at once to ship the body to Weimar and a message received Tuesday by his father, Rev. J. D. Worrell, stated that the body was shipped from New York Monday night and would reach Weimar Thursday afternoon on the 2:35 train. Arrangements for holding the funeral at this place this Thursday afternoon have been perfected. Particulars of his death will probably not be procurable until the body and escort arrives.

Hamilton was a member of the heavy artillery corps which trained in Galveston. A few short weeks ago the summons came for he and his companions to get ready to embark for France. After a brief visit to the home folks here and at Waelder, he bade all a fond good-bye and embarked for his destination, with every hope and confidence of doing his part faithfully and well and soon returning home. Some time after his departure a card which he had written and left to be mailed when his ship reached port safely was received by loved ones here, and all believed that Hamilton was sound and well. However, later advices indicated that while the ship reached port safely, poor Hamilton at that time was already numbered with those of our brave boys who had made the supreme sacrifice. From advices received it is understood his death occurred October 3, several days before the ship reached the shores of LaBelle France. Just what caused the accident is not know at this writing.

Hamilton Worrell, a son of Rev. and Mrs. J. D. Worrell, as a boy spent several years of his life here. Returning, in after years he wedded his boyhood sweetheart, Miss Grace Hill, and from that time on we always felt that he considered Weimar as home. The young couple lived in San Antonio for quite awhile after marriage and from that point he joined the army, going into the heavy artillery and being stationed at the Fort Crockett training camp at Galveston up to the time of his departure for a foreign shore.

Hamilton Worrell was a noble young man, possessing fine business qualifications, a cheerful, friendly disposition, and wherever he went he won around him a large circle of friends. Brave as a lion, yet tender as a child, thoughtful of those about him, he was a model son and husband.

During his residence among our people he was exceedingly popular, possessing the friendship of all, and the sudden, tragic death of this noble young man has saddened the hearts of our people as never before. To the heartbroken wife, mother, father, sisters and brother, our deepest sympathy is extended. May God comfort them as He alone can, is our sincere prayer.

LATER. Due to having missed railroad connection at New Orleans, the body of Hamilton Worrell will not reach here until tomorrow (Friday) morning at 3:22. The funeral will take place tomorrow morning.

Weimar Mercury, NOVEMBER 1, 1918


Sergeant Marion Hamilton Worrell was born at Camp San Saba, Texas, Nov. 22, 1891, and died at sea Oct.l 3, 1918, aged 26 years, 10 months and 11 days.

The body of Sergeant M. H. Worrell arrived here last Friday morning having been delayed on account of missing rail connection at New Orleans. The body was taken to the residence of Captain T. A. Hill, and from that point was carried to the Masonic Cemetery at 10 o'clock for interment. Flags were flown at half mast and practically every business house in town closed for the funeral of our brave soldier boy. Members of the Home Guard and several members of Captain M. E. Guynn's company, all in uniform, acted as a guard of honor in the funeral procession. The pall bearers were Henry Brasher, Jr., W. P. Ammann, Mannie Lauterstein, Ben B. Holt, Grady Shaver and Leon F.Baar. Revs. McVea of San Antonio and J. J. Mason of this city held touching services at the residence and also at the grave, assisted by a song service from the choirs of the Methodist and Baptist Churches. As the body was lowered into the grave, "taps" were sounded by one of the soldier boys present, and as the mournful stains awoke the silence of our city of the dead the eyes of everyone present were wet with tears and audible sobs were heard on every hand. As the grave was filled, beautiful floral emblems were brought forth and these literally buried the grave from view. They were among the prettiest emblems ever seen here. The emblem sent by the Wells Fargo Express Company, by whom decedent had been employed for many years, was especially beautiful.

The body was accompanied from New York to this place by a soldier boy whose name we failed to learn, but he knew none of the particulars of poor Hamlton's death. The death certificate sent with the casket simply stated that death was caused from a compound fracture. Possibly a little later on fuller particulars will be received.

Weimar Mercury, November 8, 1918

Wostarek, Agnes (Gerngross)

Agnes Wostarek

Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Wostarek were held April 18 at 2 p.m. from the Zaskoda Chapel in Industry with continued services at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg, with Rev. Werner Bockholt officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rev. Rudolph Hoffmann was concelebrant of the mass and Rev. Patrick Palmer of Columbus also officiated.

Mrs. Wostarek, wife of Peter Wostarek of Frelsburg, passed away April 15 in Fayette Memorial Hospital at the age of 71. Born April 11, 1901 at Frelsburg, she was the daughter of Joseph and Agnes Briet Gerngross. She was married to Mr. Wostarek in Frelsburg Nov. 8, 1921.

Survivors include her husband; 4 daughters, Mrs. Simon (Rosie) Wilde of Frelsburg, Mrs. Merle (Isabell) Blanton of Sunny Vale, Calif., Mrs. Harold (Angeline) Munsch of La Grange and Mrs. Clarence (Edith) Evanicky of Wharton; 3 sons, Lawrence of Columbus, Paul of Frelsburg and James Wostarek of La Grange; one brother, Max Gerngross of Frelsburg and 21 grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers were Joseph Munsch, Edward Wilde, Victor Drymalla, Havel Zaskoda, Clarence Brune, and Leonard Wostarek. Honorary pallbearers were Andrew Wilde, Thomas Wostarek and Lonnie Evanicky.

Colorado County Citizen, April 27, 1972
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Wostarek, Bertha (Canik)


Bertha Canik Wostarek,92, of Frelsburg, died Thursday, May 9, 1996 at her residence.

Born Dec. 1, 1903 in Frelsburg, she was the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Kulhanek) Canik.  On Nov. 20, 1923, she married John Wostarek.  Mrs. Wostarek was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg and St. Ann’s Altar Society.

Funeral services were held May 11 at Sts. Peter and Paul with Father Wayne Flagg officiating.  Interment followed in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery.  Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Patrick Wostarek, Kenneth Walla, Thomas Wostarek, Monroe Wostarek, Michael Wostarek and Chris Wostarek.

Mrs. Wostarek is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Bessie and Leander Walla of Ramsey and daughter Julia Wostarek of Frelsburg; son and daughters-in-law Justin and Cora Wostarek and son Leonard Wostarek, all of Frelsburg and Erwin and Helen Wostarek of La Grange; sisters, Hermina Kubicek and Tony Halfmann, both of Frelsburg, Vlasta Vasek of Fayetteville and Christina Pavlicek of East Bernard; brother August Canik and wife Mary of Fayetteville; sisters-in-law Mary (Mrs. Joe) Canik of Frelsburg and Lorene Canik of Fayetteville; 20 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandsons.

She was preceded in death by her husband, on Aug. 13, 1985; her parents, three sisters, three brothers, five brothers-in-law, a sister-in-law, three grandsons and one great-great-grandchild.

Colorado County Citizen, May 15, 1996, page 14
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

Wostarek, Cora (Buxkemper)

Cora Buxkemper Wostarek


Cora Buxkemper Wostarek, 84, of Frelsburg, passed away Jan. 10 at her residence.
She was born in Frelsburg, Dec. 12, 1926 to Emil and Caroline (Gully) Buxkemper and married Justin V. Wostarek, Feb. 5, 1947. She was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and St. Ann’s Altar Society in Frelsburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Elizabeth Klausmeyer; sons, Allen and Karl Jeffrey Wostarek; grandson, Charles J. Shupak; sisters, Elenora Brokmeyer, Otillia Lesikar and Isabella Wilde; and brothers, Benjamin and Felix Buxkemper.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Johnnie Shupak Jr. of Frelsburg, Darlene and Billie Hinze of Round Top, Mary and Ronald Luedke of New Ulm, Adeline and DeWayne Dvorak of Frelsburg and Lisa and Michael Moeller of Frelsburg; sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Cathy Wostarek of Purdy, Mo., Michael and Dorothy Wostarek of Frelsburg, Monroe Wostarek of Frelsburg, Justin C. Wostarek and friend Renee Runge of Frelsburg and Thomas Wostarek; son-in-law, Arnold Klausmeyer Jr. of Welcome; 27 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Sophie Leyendecker and husband Manly of Columbus, Irene Henneke of Frelsburg and Viola Wostarek of Frelsburg; sister-in-law, Loreda Buxkemper of Columbus; and brother, Leonard Buxkemper and wife Juanita of Schulenburg.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 14 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Father Wayne Flagg officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.

Pallbearers were Joseph Wostarek, Michael Wostarek, Monroe Wostarek, Justin C. Wostarek and Thomas Wostarek.

Colorado County Citizen, Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Contributed by Gloria Drabek

Wostarek, Joe

Joe Wostarek, 85, Buried at Frelsburg

Funeral services for Joe Wostarek, 85-year-old uncle of John Wostarek of Frelsburg, were held at the nephew's home in Frelsburg last Sunday afternoon with the Rev. Edward Geiger of Frelsburg officiating.

The elder Wostarek died Friday at his home near Fayetteville.

Mr. Wostarek was born Feb. 14, 1866 in, Europe, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wostarek. He had lived In Frelsburg most of his life before. moving to Fayetteville. Two brothers preceeded[sic] him in death.

Burial was in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery under the direction of the Koenig Funeral home.

Colorado County Citizen, August 9, 1951, page 3

Wostarek, John J. Jr.


Funeral services for John J. Wostarek, Jr., 90, of Frelsburg were held Wednesday, August 14, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Rev. Werner Bockholt officiating. Burial was in the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

John Wostarek was born to John J. Wostarek Sr. and Ameila Cinek Wostarek on February 18, 1895. He married Bertha Canek on November 20, 1923. He was a World War II veteran and a retired farmer and carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha Wostarek of Frelsburg; two daughters, Julia Wostarek of Sealy and Mrs. Bessie Walla of Alleyton; three sons, Justin Wostarek, Frelsburg, Erwin Wostarek, La Grange, and Leonard Wostarek, Frelsburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, two half-sisters, one brother, and one half-brother.

Pallbearers were Christopher Wostarek, Patrick Wostarek, Kenneth Walls[sic], Monroe Wostarek, Justin C. Wostarek, and Joe Wostarek.

Colorado County Citizen, August 22, 1985

Wostarek, Julia Regina

August 31,1924- May 24, 2007

Services for Julia Regina Wostarek, 82, of Frelsburg were held May 27 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg with Father Wayne Flagg officiating.

Burial followed at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg.

Wostarek died May 24 at Bellville General Hospital in Bellville.

She was born on Aug. 31, 1924, in Frelsburg, the daughter of John and Bertha Canik Wostarek. She was baptized at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg on Sept. 7, 1924, and confirmed on Oct. 10, 1943.

Wostarek retired as a L.V.N. and worked for Sealy Hospital for 40 years and Bellville General Hospital for 14 years. She was affiliated with Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg, and member of St. Ann's Altar Society, KJZT, Frelsburg Country Quilters and very active for many year in the Texas Women's Bowling Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Justin V. Wostarek; three nephews, Allen and Karl Wostarek, and Thomas Wayne Walla; niece, Elizabeth Klausmeyer; great-nephew, CJ. Shupak; and great-niece, Monica Muehr.

Pallbearers were Monroe, J. C., Michael, Thomas and Patrick Wostarek, and Kenny Walla.

Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, director.

Banner Press, May 31, 2007

Wostarek, Karl Jeffrey

Wostarek Funeral Services

Funeral Services for Karl Jeffry[sic] Wostarek, 21, of Frelsburg were scheduled for this morning, Thursday, August 30, 1987, at 10 A.M. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg and interment in the church cemetery.

Karl lost his life in a one-vehicle accident between Bellville and Hempstead early Tuesday morning,

Born at Sealy September 5, 1965, he was the son of Justin and Core (Buxkamper) Wostarek. He was a oil field truck driver for T & L Drilling and a member of the Frelsburg CYO and Knights of Columbus Council 5157.

Surviving are his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Justin Wostarek of Frelsburg; grandmother, Mrs. Bertha Wostarek of Frelsburg; sisters, Mrs. Johnnie (Joyce) Shupak Jr. of Frelsburg, Mrs. Arnold (Elizabeth) Klausmeyer, Jr. of Industry, Mrs. Billie (Darlene) Hinze of Round Top, Mrs. Ronald (Mary) Luedke of New Ulm, Mrs. DeWayne (Adeline) Dvorak of Frelsburg and Lisa Wostarek of Frelsburg; brothers, Joseph of Hungerford, Michael of Frelsburg, Monroe of Frelsburg, Justin C. of Frelsburg and Thomas of Frelsburg: 20 nieces and nephews; one step-niece and one step-nephew

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Emil and Caroline Buxkamper and John Wostarek: one brother, Allen Wostarek; and two uncles, Felix Buxkamper and CIemons Brokmeyer.

Pallbearers were brothers, Joseph, Michael, Monroe, Justin and Thomas Wostarek, and Douglas Gerik. Honorary pallbearers were his brothers-in-law, Johnnie Shupak, Jr. Arnold Klausmeyer Jr., Billie Hinze, Ronald Luedke, and Dewayne Dvorak; also Walter Krueger and Michael Miller.

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

New Ulm Enterprise, August 20, 1987, page 3

Wostarek, Peter Frank

Peter F. Wostarek

Funeral services for Peter Frank Wostarek, 80, of Frelsburg were held Monday at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Frelsburg. The Rev. Werner Bockholt officiated. Interment was in the Frelsburg Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Wostarek died at his home Saturday. He was a carpenter and farmer and a lifetime resident of Frelsburg. Born in Frelsburg on July 27, 1897, he was the son of the late John and Amalia Cinek Wostarek. He married Agnes Gerngross on Nov. 8, 1921. Mrs. Wostarek preceded him in death on April 15, 1972.

Survivors include 4 daughters, Mrs. Simon (Rosie) Wilde of Frelsburg, Mrs. Harold (Angeline) Munsch of La Grange, Mrs. Merle (Isabell) Blanton of San Carlos, Calif. and Mrs. Clarence (Edith) Evanicky of Wharton; 3 sons, Lawrence of Columbus, James of La Grange and Paul of Frelsburg; one brother, John Wostarek of Frelsburg; and 24 grandchildren.

Mr. Wostarek remained at Zaskoda Chapel in Industry until 8:15 a.m. Monday and then lay in state at the church until service time. A parish rosary followed by a K. of C. rosary were recited Sunday night.

Colorado County Citizen, December 1, 1977
Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Woytek, Agnes Jeraldine "Pat" (Pitonyak)

Agnes “Pat” Jeraldine Pitonyak Woytek

Agnes “Pat” Jeraldine (Pitonyak) Woytek, 71, of Alvin passed away April 11, 2009.

She was born September 16, 1937 in Rock Island to Joseph and Mary Pitonyak. She lived her life to the fullest from the time she was old enough to help anyone in need. As a young teenager, she was volunteering at her school teaching those less fortunate how to cook delicious homemade meals with government aid they were receiving.

She married her loving husband, Alton Woytek, on April 28, 1956. As a new wife and a mother, she helped and encouraged the other wives and led an impromptu neighborhood protection group when it came to making sure they and all the children were protected. Her helping hand did not stop when she moved to Alvin. Pat volunteered at the Alvin Hospital for 25 years. She made sure that so many would reap the rewards of her love and hard work at the hospital with scholarships. Her home and personal life were no different. She was able to give love and attention to family and dote on grand kids as well as offer a hot meal to anyone walking in the door. Pat would often be found sending meals to those that were sick or elderly and holidays you would find her packing up holiday meals to send out to those who would otherwise not have one.

Making beautiful porcelain dolls with homemade outfits was her passionate hobby. Even these special projects she shared with her loved ones.

Pat was a member of Rock Island Baptist Church and brought her strong sense of right and wrong into her everyday life. Her love for family and giving to those around her will be greatly missed.

Pat is survived by her husband of 53 years, Alton Woytek; children, Sharon, Alton Joseph, Alan and Michael; sister, Kay Rother; aunts, Edith McGlothlin, Lillian Kincheloe and Adele Swindal; grandchildren, Xandia, Kenneth, Xia, Thayleor Joseph, Dylon and Samara; great grandchildren, Isiacc, Adyenn and Jadynn.

Pallbearers included Thayleor Woytek, Kenneth Woytek, Dylon Woytek, Xia Francis, Michael Wayne Woytek and Josh Greer.

Honorary pallbearers included Jeff Woytek, Junior Pitonyak and John Pitonyak.

Funeral services took place Wednesday, April 15 at 10 a.m. at the Jeter Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert McGee officiating. Burial followed at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island with the Rev. Terry Horton officiating.

Colorado County Citizen, April 21, 2009
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Wright, Bessie (Wilson)

Mrs. W. J. Wright Of Pioneer Family, Is Buried Monday

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in Eagle Lake for Mrs. W. J. Wright, granddaughter of one of the pioneers of this area, who died in Laughlin hospital Saturday after an illness of several years. She would have been 86 this Dec. 8.

A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norval C. Wilson, she was born on Wilson’s Hill, about 4 miles east of Columbus, and spent her entire life in that vicinity, on land bought by her grandfather, Dr. Hugh Wilson, when he came to Texas from Virginia with his family in 1945. Her maiden name was Bessie Wilson. Her husband, whom friends called “Jay” Wright, died 15 years ago.

The Rev. Leslie Meaniel of Colly Memorial Methodist church, of which Mrs. Wright was a member, conducted the services. Burial was in the Masonic cemetery at Eagle Lake.

Survivors are her only daughter, Mrs. R. M. Fitzgerald Sr. of Ramsey, a grandson, R. M. Fitzgerald Jr. of Houston and 2 grandchildren; also 2 nieces Mrs. Alvin Raetzsch of Lake Charles, La., and Mrs. Monroe Sells of Olivia and a nephew, Hugh R. Wilson of Alleyton.

Pallbearers were Bob McElhinney, George Salladay, Joe Luna, Elmer Struss and Lloyd Spalinger of Eagle Lake and Urban J. Burtschell[sic] of Ramsey.

Colorado County Citizen, October 22, 1959, page 6

Wright, Calvin


Calvin Wright, age 78, of East Bernard, passed away Thursday on October 15 in East Bernard following a lengthy illness.

Graveside services and interment were held for Mr. Wright Friday, October 16 from the Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake with Rev. Charles Miller, Pastor or the First Presbyterian Church of Eagle Lake officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Dulany Funeral home in Eagle Lake.

Mr. Wright was born September 22, 1909 in Eagle Lake to James Wright, Sr. and Emma Josephine Martin Wright. For most of his life he resided in the Eagle Lake and East Bernard area. He finished high school in East Bernard.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Faith and had served Union Motors of East Bernard for over 50 years as their part manager.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Delphia Alexander (1982) and Jessie Wright (1983). Survivors include a sister, Dicey M. Wright of Eagle Lake; brothers, Martin Wright of Missouri City and James Wright of East Bernard; numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and a host of friends.

Colorado County Citizen, October 22, 1987, page 2

Wright, Catherine

Ex-Slave Expires at Alleyton Home

The small number of ex-slaves still surviving in Colorado County was reduced recently when Catherine Wright, 96-year old negro woman, died at her home in Alleyton.
"Aunt" Catherine, who was born near Memphis, Tenn, often spoke of the family of Richard Crisp, her former owner, as good and kind to their negro slaves. Catherine had been a member of the colored Methodist church for 68 years.
Twice married, Catherine was the mother of 14 children, three of whom survive. They are Emma Wilson and Willie Wright of Alleyton and Mittie Lee of Schulenburg. [Interment in Alleyton Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, April 27, 1944

Wright, Ellen (Howland)

Mrs. Ellen Wright

Our community was saddened by the death of Mrs. Ellen Wright at her home in Glidden on Monday, at 2:30 a.m.

She died after an illness of several months.

Miss Ellen Howland was born in LaGrange, Fayette County, on Sept. 10, 1850. On June 14, 1870 she was married to Mr. Silas Wright. He preceeded[sic] her in death on February 10, 1923.

Funeral services were held at the family residence Tuesday, August 23 at 10 a. m., Rev. D. O. Blaisdell officiating. [Place of interment unknown]

“Grandmother” Wright as she was better known to all of Glidden will be greatly missed. She always had a pleasant word and smile for everyone.

She is survived by three sons W. D. Wright of East Bernard, T. F. Wright of East Bernard and B. S. Wright of Rusk, and two daughters Mrs. Nettie Haralson of Houston and Mrs. J. L. Mabry of Victoria and one brother C. D. Howland of Victoria, twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

The many friends of hers extend their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones who are left.
Pallbearers were: Tom Oakes, Henry Scheller, Freeland Glithero, P. W. Obenhaus, T. W. Maxwell and H. G. Hope.--R.

Colorado County Citizen, August 25, 1932, page 1

Wright, Henrietta

Henrietta Wright Aged Negro Woman is Buried Here

Funeral services were held Mar, 10 at St. Paul Methodist church for Henrietta Wright, 89-year-old Negro woman who died Mar. 4 in Corpus Christi at the home of her sister, Pauline Cole.

Henrietta had lIved In Columbus, 65. years. She was a past worthy matron of the Davis chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and had worked for many prominent Columbus families, among whom were Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Mansfield. Her husband, Horace Wright, drove a horse-drawn delivery wagon for the grocery of George Gegenworth.

Rev. LaValIe Lowe officiated and Davis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. [Place of interment unknown]

Besides the sister, Henrietta is survived by ? nephews, all of Corpus Christi.

Colorado County Citizen, March 21, 1957

Wright, Jessie (Oakes)

Mrs. Jessie Oakes Wright is Buried Here Tuesday

Burial service for Mrs. Jessie Oakes Wright, who died at the home of her cousin, Earl Wilson, in Houston Monday afternoon was held at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery here Tuesday afternoon.

Mrs. Wright was the daughter of Capt. T. J. Oakes and Mrs. Kate Wilson Oakes, late educators of Columbus. She had lived in Houston 25 years and was connected with the Texas company for 21 years before her retirement a year ago.

Survivors are two nephews, Roy B. and J. D. Oakes of Houston.

Funeral services were held at Heights funeral home chapel in Houston Tuesday morning.

Burial was under direction of Columbus Funeral Home.

Colorado County Citizen, August 4, 1938

Former Columbus Girl Dies In Houston

Mrs. Jessie Oaks Wright, former Columbus girl, a schoolmate of the senior editor of this paper, and daughter of the late Capt. P. J. Oakes and wife, prominent educators in the early days of Columbus, died in Houston Monday and the remains were brought to her girlhood home Tuesday for interment. She was an employe of the Texas Company for over twenty-one years. She is survived by two nephews, Roy B. and I. D. Oakes, both of Houston.

Our recollection of Jessie Oakes is altogether favorable. She was a sweet, lovable girl, a living replica of her beloved mother, who was our teacher in the olden days, and we deeply and sincerely regret her passing. One by one the old Columbus crowd of boys and girls is passing, and soon there will not be one left to tell the tale of happier days that are now almost a memory. Gone, but not forgotten!

Weimar Mercury, August 5, 1938

Wright, Judy Faye (Syptak)


Judy Faye Wright, 53, of Cat Spring, passed away Jan. 4 at her residence.

She was born in Bellville, March 17, 1951 to Johnnie George and Vlasta Hermina (Macat) Syptak Sr. and married Everett Wright, June 26, 1971. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus and the SPJST.

She was preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her husband; mother; son, Jason Christopher Wright of Cat Spring; sister, Delores "Kitty" Little of Spring Branch; and brothers, D.J. Syptak and Johnnie Syptak Jr. both of Nelsonville.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 7 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. John Hunsicker officiating. Interment followed in the Zoar Lutheran Cemetery in Mentz.

Pallbearers were Scott Syptak, John Syptak, Ronnie Rogers, Richard Goodlet, James Luedecke and Sam Heritage.

Colorado County Citizen, January 12, 2005
Courtesy of The Citizen

Wright, Julius Caesar


Julius Caesar Wright, an aged colored citizen, came to his death last week from an overdose of morphine, administered by some of his friends, with motives of benevolence. Unfortunately, not being very well versed in the science of medicine and therapeutics, too much was given, with fatal results. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, January 25, 1883, page 2

Wright, Lillie Mae (Woods)


Lillie Mae Woods Wright, 86, of Columbus, passed away June 14.

She was born May 7, 1920, the 16th child to Francis Dotson Woods and Tommy Woods. She grew up in Colorado County and attended Warner Grove School.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Henry Wright; daughter, Ida Bell Gipson; sons, Willie Gipson, George Eddie Wright and Frederick Wayne Wright; and one great-great grandchild.

She was survived by her daughters, Francis Coleman, of San Antonio, Johnnie Glover and husband, Eddie, and Corina Ford, of Columbus and Theresa Wright, of Houston; sons, John Gipson Jr. and Andrew Wright and wife, Susan, of Houston and Henry Wright, of Columbus; 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; sister, Emma Woods Stewart, of Detroit, Mich.; daughter-in-law, Minnie Gipson, of San Antonio; grandchild, LaKisha Wright, of Houston; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted June 18 at New Greater Smith Chapel Baptist Church in Columbus with the Rev. J. Hargrove officiating. Interment followed at Gays Hill Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were John H. Gipson III, Eddie Glover Jr., Tommy Glover, Reginald Ford Jr., Henry W. Ford and Eddie Ladell Glover.

Honorary pallbearers were Henry Wright, John Gipson Jr., Andrew Wright and Eddie Glover.

Colorado County Citizen. June 21, 2006
Courtesy of The Citizen

Wright, Mary (Hubenak)

Mrs. Mary Wright Buried Wednesday

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock for Mrs. Mary Wright, 55, at the Baptist Church at Glidden. Rev. Thos. Bailey of McGregor officiating. Mrs. Wright died Tuesday.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest under the direction of Columbus Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Mrs. Wrights' nephews.

Colorado County citizen March 13, 1941

Wright, Silas


Mrs. J. J. Pinchbck was called to Columbus last Saturday due to the death of her brother-in-law Mr. Silas Wright. [Interment in Wright Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, Feb 16, 1923, page 5


We wish to thank all that so kindly ministered to us in the bereavement of our dear husband and father. May God bless them.
Mrs. Ellie Wright
Mrs. Leta Mabry and husband
Mr. W. D. Wright and wife
Mr. B. S. Wright and wife
Mr. T. F. Wright and wife

Colorado Citizen, Feb 16, 1923, page 5

Wright, Susie (Journey)

Mrs. S. Wright Funeral Held Here Jan. 19

Funeral services for Mrs. Susie Wright, 74, were held January 19 at Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, with Rev. M. L. Williams officiating.

Mrs. Wright died January 14 at Youens Memorial Hospital.

She had lived in Weimar most of her life. Born here July 23, 1901, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mr. George Journey, and lived the early part of her life at Rosebud. She was married to Jessie Wright, who preceded her in death. [Place of interment unknown]

Mrs. Wright was a member of Greater Macedonia Baptist Church, president of the BTU, and a member of the senior choir and the district choir for a number of years. She was also, a member of McGriff Pride No 222, Order of the Eastern Star, and a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was employed as a domestic worker by Mrs. Annie Kusey for a number of years.

She is survived by three daughters, Dora, Shirley and Ella Thompson, all of Houston; and one sister, Mrs. Alton Campbell of Houston.

Pallbearers were George Thompson, Lacene Thompson, Herman Thompson, Earl Thompson, Osibee Thompson and Tom Jones.

Weimar Mercury, February 20, 1975

Wright, Terry

Terry Wright

Terry Wright, 95, passed away Friday, October 13 in Lampasas, Texas.

He was born April 29, 1911 in Eagle Lake, the son of Will and Mattie Cullen Wright.

Terry was employed as a heavy equipment operator and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Maggie Wright; four brothers, Henry, Robert, Will and Everett; one sister, Lena Landry; and one daughter-in-law, Johnna McGraw Wright.

Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Rosalie Wright of Lampasas, Kenneth and Barbara Wright of Eagle Lake, Melvin and Gloria Wright of Cherokee, Texas, Gary and Diane Wright of El Paso and Curtis Wright of Liberty; a daughter, Brenda Wilson of Sealy; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 18 at 1 p.m. from Eagle Lake Funeral Home in Eagle Lake with Rev. Ardie Nelson, officiating. Interment followed in Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Eagle Lake Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jeff Wright, Greg Wright, Tracey Wright, Michael Wright, Gene Strouhal and Roger Rutledge.
Sympathy is extended to the family in their loss. 

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 19th, 2006
Submitted by John Konesheck

Wright, Thomas H.

Thomas Wright
(By Mrs. M. I. Nicewander)

Thos. H. Wright, 75, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Oscar Wegenhoft in Rock Island Thursday afternoon. He had been ill only a few days and his passing came as a shock to his friends here. Mr. Wright and wife had been former citizens of Denton and the past few years have visited often in his daughter's home at Rock Island, where he has made many friends. He united with the M. E. Church years ago and has lived a devoted Christian life, a life of service to the church and his family. Surviving him are his wife, four daughters and one son. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the M. E. Church with Bro. Burns of the Baptist Church conducting the services and interment immediately following in the Myrtle Cemetery. The floral offerings were many and beautiful those from out of town attending the services were: Mr. and Mrs. Lee Powers and three children of White Deer, Texas; Mrs. J. D. Hill and two children of Dallas; Mrs. J. B. Ferris Sherman; Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Wright and daughter, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Cotner and Katherine Wright, Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, November 7, 1935
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Wright, unknown


Edmund Wright and his wife (colored) had the misfortune to lose their infant babe last week, only a few weeks old, which was buried on Sunday evening, being the second one they have lost. [Interment in Alleyton Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, March 4, 1886

Wright, unknown


A young colored boy, son of Ed. Wright, accidentally shot himself while out hunting Monday evening, from the effects of which he died Tuesday morning.[place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, June 11, 1891, page 3

Wright, Walter Roy

Last Rites Held Aug. 3 For Roy Wright

W. Roy Wright, a long time resident of the Rock Island community, passed away on Tuesday evening, August 1st at 8 p.m. in the Columbus Hospital after only a short illness.

Funeral services were held Thurs., Aug. 3rd at 10 a.m. at the Columbus Funeral Home with the Rev. Gus Price of the First Baptist Church officiating.  Mr. Wright was an active member of the church. Interment followed in the Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Mr. Wright died at the age of 82.  He was born in Missouri and came to Rock Island with his parents about 1897 and spent all of his early years there.  He was united in marriage to Miss Winona Milentz.  After a number of years they moved to Hempstead where they owned and operated the Hempstead Theatre and had other business interest.  In 1970 they moved to Columbus and built a nice brick home where they lived at the time of his death but always maintained their ranch home in Rock Island where the family spent part time.

Mr. Wright was a successful rancher.  His father, J. F. Wright, was one of the early pioneers in raising Hereford cattle in this area. His son, W. Roy Wright, Jr., is an active partner in the ranching interests in Rock Island.

He always had time for civic and school and church work in the community and will be greatly missed by his many friends in the area.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Roy Wright, Jr.; two grandsons, W. Roy Wright, III and Robert Wright; two sisters Mrs. Edith Swanson of Baytown and Mrs. Ermine Brown of Eagle Lake; and a number of nephews, nieces and a host of friends, all of whom mourn his passing.

Pallbearers were J. H. Clipson, Sr.; Jimmy Clipson, Jr.; O. W. Powers, Paul Powers, of Eagle Lake; and James Dunn Seymour and H. O. Priest of Columbus.

Eagle Lake Headlight, Aug. 10, 1972
Submitted by Dorothy Cox

Wright, Will

Services To Be Held For Will Wright Thurs a.m.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m. Thursday from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church for Will Wright, 86, a resident of this area for some 65 years.  Mr. Wright passed away at 11:20 on Monday night at the Colonial Rest Home in Schulenburg.  The Rev. A.W. Didner will officiate at the services.  Rosary will be recited at the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night.  Burial will be in the Lakeside Cemetery. Mr. Wright was born on March 23, 1876 to Mr. and Mrs. Will Wright in the Yoakum area.  He came to Eagle Lake while a young man and was a farmer in this area for many years until his retirement.  His first wife passed away in 1924.  He is survived by his present wife; four sons, Terry Wright of Eagle Lake, Willie of San Antonio, Henry of Columbus and Robert of Angleton; two sisters, Mrs. Lena Mae Landry of Angelton and Mrs. Lisa Glueck of California, and a number of great-grandchildren, grandchildren and other relatives.  One son, Everett Wright preceded him in death.

Eagle Lake Headlight; October 11,1962
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Wright, Winona (Milentz)


Winona Wright passed away in Houston, December 19. Funeral services were held for Winona M. Wright, Monday, December 22 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with the Rev. Raymond Cox officiating.

Burial was at Myrtle Cemetery in Rock Island.

Mrs. Wright was born April 5, 1890 in St. Louis, Missouri to Albert Milentz and Winona Pulte Milentz, the only daughter. She moved to Rock Island with her parents and two brothers, Carl and Arthur in 1913. There she met W. Roy Wright whom she married June 5, 1916. They lived in Rock Island until 1935, when they bought the Hempstead Theatre which they operated until 1970; when they retired and moved to Columbus.

Mrs. Wright continued to live in Columbus, after her husband passed, until 1981 when failing health caused her to move to Houston.

She was self employed as a retired rancher and movie theatre operator. She was affiliated with First Baptist Church in Rock Island.

Survivors are a son, W. Roy Wright, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Robbie of Houston; a grandson, W. Roy Wright III and his wife, Monica, and a great-grandson, Robert Raymond Wright.

Pallbearers were Carl Milentz, John Polach, Orville Powers, Paul Powers, Jim Clipson and Clark Powers.

Colorado County Citizen, December 25, 1986

Wristen, Infant Son

One of Twins Born Last Week Expires

Funeral services were held last Thursday afternoon for the infant son of Pvt. and Mrs. Robert W. Wristern[sic], one of twins born to the couple early Thursday morning at Bell Memorial hospital. Interment was in Odd Fellow Rest, and Columbus funeral Home was in charge.

The mother of the twins, before her marriage, was Pearl Irene Schmidt of this city. The other twin, a girl named Gracie Ann, survives.

Pvt. Wristern[sic] arrived Friday from Camp Polk, La, on an emergency furlough.

Colorado County Citizen, March 23, 1944

Wunderlich, unnamed boy
Wunderlich, unnamed girl

Twin babies of Prof. and Mrs. L. O. Wunderlich of the Wildwood community--only a few hours old, we understand--were buried at the cemetery west of town Sunday afternoon, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok, Lutheran pastor, officiating. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents.

Weimar Mercury, June 11, 1915

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