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Yackel, Adam J.

Adam Yackel, 78, Lifelong Borden Resident, Dies

Funeral services for Adam J. Yackel, 78, a retired farmer and lifelong resident of the Borden section, were held at 2:30 p.m. today, Thursday, at Hubbard Funeral Home.

Interment was in Weimar Masonic Cemetery. The Rev. Charles Bawel, pastor of Weimar United Church of Christ, officiated.

Mr. Yackel died Wednesday morning, March 29 after a long illness.

Born March 25, 1883, he was the son of John and Lena Janik Yackel. He married Miss Hulda Richter of Borden in 1908, and she died in October 1950. They had no children.

Surviving Mr. Yackel are two brothers, Frank and Ed Yackel, and two sisters, Mrs. Jack Wise and Mrs. Henry McIntire.

Weimar Mercury, March 31, 1961, page 1

Yackel, Hulda (Richter)

Final Rites for Mrs. Adam Yackel, 62, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Adam Yackel, 62, of the Borden section were held from Hubbard Funeral Home here Tuesday afternoon, Rev. C. Emigholz of the Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was made in the City Cemetery.

Mrs. Yackel, a lifelong resident of Borden, expired at Youens Hospital at about 1:30 Monday afternoon after a lingering illness that had kept her almost bedridden for many months. She died shortly after being admitted to the hospital.

Born Hulda Richter August 5, 1888, she was the daughter of Frank and Anna Richter. She was married to Mr. Yackel in 1908.

Hers was the third death in the Richter family within the past six weeks; her sister, Mrs. Mary Latcham, died six weeks ago, and another sister, Miss Minnie Yackel, died eight days later.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three brothers, Emil Richter of Glidden, Adolf Richter of Robstown and Albert Richter of Weimar; and one sister, Mrs. Louise Jurasek of Taiton.

Weimar Mercury, October 13, 1950, page 1

Yancey, Agnes B. (Tanner) Hawkins

Mrs. Agnes B. Yancey, wife of Mr. Wm. Yancey of Columbus, and grandmother of THE MERCURY editor, died at the family residence in Columbus last Saturday morning, after a long and painful illness, and was buried at 4 o'clock that afternoon at the the city cemetery. She was a most estimable lady, kind-hearted and charitable to a fault, ever ready to aid and comfort those in distress, and though an invalid for years, bore up with christian fortitude until called to that eternal home above. Peace to her memory! [Interment in Columbus City Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, February 16, 1895
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Yancey, Nathan


Editor Citizen:
Please allow me space in your paper to say a few words concerning the death of NAT, YANCEY, which sad event occurred on h 19th of November, 1881, at 5 1/2 o’clock in the morning. He had the unremitting care and attention of Dr. Harrison, who did all he could for him, but without avail, for the Angel of Death had marked him for his own. At half-past 4 o’clock Nat. commenced prayer meeting, and he called on one and another to pray, to the last. Nat was good and a hard-working boy, and he has left us all in sorrow and sadness over his untimely demise; but we are in hopes that he has gone to a better home than this world. His age was 20 years, 4 months and 19 days. He was buried in the city cemetery in the evening by mourning relatives and friends.

Colorado Citizen, November 24, 1881

Yancey, Richard


At Columbus, on the 2d day of July, 1875, at the City Hotel, RICHARD, youngest son of William and Agnes Yancey.

"Whom the Gods love die young," was said of yore.
And many deaths do they escape by this:
The death of Friends, and that which slays even more,
The death of Friendship, Love, Youth--all that is
Excep' mere breath; and since the silent shore
Awaits at last even those whom longest miss
The old Archer's shafts, perhaps the early grave
Which men weep over may be meant to save."

Colorado Citizen, July 8, 1875
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

Yancey, William

Mr. Wm. Yancey, one of Colorado county’s oldest citizens, died Tuesday morning at 4 o’clock a the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. W. Holt, in this city, after a long illness. Mr. Yancey was for many years a resident of Columbus, but after the death of his wife he moved here and made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Holt. “He was a good man,” is the verdict of all who knew him. He leaves a large number of relatives and friends who feel that to him at least death was a sweet release from the toils and cares of life and the infirmities consequent upon an advanced age. HIs remains were carried to Columbus [City Cemetery] Tuesday afternoon and laid to rest by the side of his loved ones who had gone before.

Weimar Mercury, August 27, 1898, page 5

Yanez, Lucio Garza

Mr. Yanez dies in hospital

Lucio Garza Yanez died last Tuesday morning in the Eagle Lake Community Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Gethsemane Baptist Mission with the Reverend Mathia V. Quintanilla officiating. Mrs. Charles Spalinger was the organist.

Mr. Yanez, a resident of Eagle Lake for over 75 years, was born in Mexico on February 8, 1893. He was a member of the Gethsemane Baptist Mission and worked in the rice fields here in Eagle Lake.

He is survived by his daughter, Mary Ann Toriz; his brother, Cayetano Yanez, both of Eagle Lake and other relatives and loved ones.

Interment followed at Lakeside Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of the Mill-Bauer Funeral Home.

Sympathy is expressed to the family.

Eagle Lake Headlight, February 10, 1983

Yanez, Natividad (Pineda)


Funeral services were held for Natividad Yanez, 89, of Eagle Lake, at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25 from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic with the Rev. Jesse Euresti officiating.
Burial was held in Lakeside Cemetery, Eagle Lake. A rosary was held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24 at Dulany Funeral Home Chapel.

Mrs. Yanez passed away June 23 at the Eagle Lake Community Hospital.

She was born in Mexico on Dec. 25, 1898 to Emilio Pineda and Simona Catillo Pineda. She moved to Eagle Lake as a child and had been a resident of this area all her life. She married Cayetano Yanez in Eagle Lake on Feb. 21, 1921.
She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Yanez was preceded In death by her parents, an infant son, Bonifacio Yanez. and another son, Jessie Yanez; who was killed in action during World War 11 in Europe.

Survivors include her husband, Cayetano Yanez of Eagle Lake; daughters, Lydia Yanez and Rose Martinez, both of Eagle Lake; sons, Tiodoro Yanez of Eagle Lake, Gonzalo Yanez of Houston and Raul Yanez of Ft. Worth; a sister, Benina Almaraz of San Antonio; 22 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and, other relatives and loved ones.

Colorado County Citizen, June 30, 1988, page 2

Yanez, Ralph J.

E. Lake Boy, 10, Dies of Rifle Wound

A 10-year-old boy was found Friday in his home at Eagle Lake dying of a 22 caliber rifle shot in the head, the bullet having entered through the left eye.

The boy, Ralph J. Yanez was given stabilizing aid at Eagle Lake Community Hospital and sent to a Houston hospital but he died a few miles out of Eagle Lake.

Chief of Police Roy Chisum said the tragic event appeared to be an accident. The boy, whose mother, Mrs. Mary Yanez is a beauty operator, had stayed home form school Friday because of sickness and apparently was there alone.

Some of the other children in the family &endash; he has seven brothers and sisters &endash; found him when they came home from school at 2:45 p.m., a happy day otherwise because it marked the beginning of the long Christmas holiday.

Chief Chisum said it is believed Ralph had been shot no more than an hour earlier.

Funeral services for the lad were held Monday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Eagle Lake, with burial in Lakeside Cemetery. Father Edward Geisler officiated.

Weimar Mercury, December 25, 1975
Transcribed by Judy Talkington

Yanez, Raul

Raul Yanez

July 1, 1934-October 22, 1996

Raul Yanez, 62, of Fort Worth, passed away Tuesday, October 22, 1996, at a Fort Worth Hospital.  He was born July 1, 1934, in Eagle Lake to Callentano and Natividad Pineda Yanez.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ralph Yanez Jr.; and two brothers, Tiodoro and Jesse Yanez.  Following cremation, the remains will be brought to Eagle Lake where memorial services will be held at 5 p.m., Friday, October 25, at the Parish of the Nativity’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Sanctuary.  Rev.  Father Eddie Winkler is to officiate.  Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery.

Eagle Lake Headlight, October 24, 1996
Contributed by Patti Hall-Smith

Yanez, Tiodoro P. "Lolo"

Tiodoro P. "Lolo" Yanez, 68, of Eagle Lake, a highly-decorated World War II veteran, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 1994, in a Houston hospital.

Born April 4, 1926, in Eagle Lake, he was the son of Cayetano and Natividad (Pineda) Yanez. A native and life-long resident of Colorado County, he was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church of Eagle Lake and retired in 1983, after 33 years with Tenneco. On Jan. 18, 1948, he married Angelita Peña in Eagle Lake. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U. S. Army. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge on Luzon in 1945, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Star; the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star; Army of Occupation Japan Ribbon and two Overseas Service Bars.

Funeral services will be held Aug. 17, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church with Rev. Father Eddie Winkler officiating. Graveside services and interment will follow at Lakeside Cemetery, under the auspices of VFW Post 8783 of Eagle Lake. Services are under the direction of Dulany Funeral Home, Eagle Lake.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jesse Yanez, Arthur Yanez, Leo Cordova, Alfred Torres, Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Romo.

Mr. Yanez is survived by his wife of Eagle Lake; daughters and sons-in-law, Hortincia and Leo Cordova, Noelia and Alfred Torres, Sylvia and Carlos Gonzalez, all of Eagle Lake; sons and daughters-in-law, Jesse and Martha Yanez of Eagle Lake and Arthru and Janie Yanez of Stafford; sisters, Lydia Yanez and Rose Martinez, both of Eagle Lake; brothers Gonzalo Yanez of Houston, Raul Yanez of Fort Worth; 21 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, infant Bonifacio Yanez and a brother, Jesse Yanez, who was killed in action during World War II.

Colorado County Citizen, August 17, 1994
Transcription by Dennis Boatright

Yarborough, Bessie (Wilson)

Final Rites for Mrs. B. Yarborough, 65, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Bessie Wilson Yarborough, 65, who died Monday, May 27, of a cerebral hemorrhage, were held Tuesday at the Columbus Cemetery, with the Rev. W. H. Nichols reading the final rites.

Mrs. Yarborough was stricken Sunday night, and died at one o’clock Monday morning after several years of failing health. During the six and a half years she lived here, she had made many friends. Mr. Homer L. Koliba came from Columbus to assist her in her last hours, a kind deed much appreciated by the family.

Born in Beeville Nov 14, 1881, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson. Her husband was the late Dr. H. E. Yarborough, who died at their home in Markham a number of years ago. Before their marriage, Dr. Yarborough was a practicing physician in Houston; after their marriage they moved to Senora then to Columbus, and finally to Markham. Mrs. Yarborough was a member of the Christian Church.

Survivors include one son, Wilson Yarborough, of Weimar; one brother Dan Wilson, of San Antonio; and three sisters, Mrs. G. R. Martin of Floresville, Mrs. C. R. Mitchell of Waco, and Miss Lucille Wilson of Columbus.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the family.

Weimar Mercury, May 31, 1946, page 1

Yarling, Evelyn (Kielman)

Funeral services for Evelyn (Kielman) Yarling, 84, of Schulenburg were held Saturday, May 22 at 1 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Inc. With burial in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery. The Rev. R. T. Maddox officiated

Mrs. Yarling died Wednesday, May 19 in De Tar Hospital in Victoria.

Born Jan. 29, 1915 in Hungerford, she was the daughter of Fred S. and Lillie (Rimmer) Kielman. She married John M. Yarling on April 7, 1937. A resident of Fayette County for 45 years, she previously lived in Wharton, Rosenburg and Richmond. She was a homemaker and member of the Central Christian Church of Rosenburg. She was a charter member of the Smith- McMillan Chapter of the DAR, Texas Hereford Auxiliary and Fayette County Republican Party.

Survivors include one son, John M. Yarling Jr. of Schulenburg; and three brothers, Fred S. Kielman of Houston, L. E. Kielman of Baltimore, Maryland and Toxie L. Kielman of Baytown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Yarling; parents, Fred S. and Lillie Kielamn and one sister, Leta Scott.

Schwenke-Baumgarten funeral Home of Schulenburg was in charge of arrangements.

The Fayette County Record May 28, 1999
Transcribed by Jennie Muggli

Yates, Alma Lee (West)

Alma Lee Yates

Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Lee Yates, 69, were held Tuesday at Columbus Funeral Home, Rev. Clarence James officiating. Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Mrs. Yates, who was born in Indian Territory, Oklahoma Oct. 22, 1901, came to Columbus about 3 years ago for eye surgery and remained here to be near her doctors. Not liking to retire from active life, she was employed at the Hodgepodge as a refinisher of furniture.

At the time of her eye surgery, she suffered a heart attack and it was such an attack that claimed her life Sunday afternoon at her home here.

Mrs. Yates had a varied life, having been married to a contractor and oil operator in the 20's and 30's. She became a widow when her 2 sons were very young and saw that they were educated in high school and college. Most of her early life was spent in Hamilton.

She was one of 9 children of Baptist minister, Rev. John West and his wife, the former Minnie Ola Virginia Curry. Mrs. West died in 1917.

Mrs. Yates had done newspaper work and had operated a motel in Hallettsville before moving to Columbus.

She is survived by: the 2 sons, John of Yorktown Heights, NY and Fred of Houston; 2 sisters, Mrs. Lee Chesley of Hamilton and Mrs. Ethel Chomyk of Trenton, Ill., and 4 brothers, H. C. West of Austin, Paul West of Hamilton, John West of Bowlin, Kan. and Luke West of Coahoma, Tex.

Pallbearers were: Art Willis, Richard Lynton, Douglas Davenport and Homer Koliba, Columbus; Art Arbuckle, Arlington and Donn Flatt, Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, April 1, 1971
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Yates, Andrew Lynn "Step"

Mr. A. L. Yates--familiarly known by his friends as “Step” Yates--died at nine o’clock Tuesday night at the residence of Sheriff Burford in this city. Deceased was reared in this community and had many friends who will regret to hear of his death. He had many generous and excellent qualities, and faults mostly concerning himself. His remains were committed to earth at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, the Rev. T. J. Windham officiating. To his bereaved relative[s] and friends we tender our condolence. [Interred in Columbus Odd Felllows Rest Cemetery.]

Colorado Citizen, September 21, 1899
Contributed by Deborah Smith

Yates, Martha R. (Glenn)


Three deaths have occurred in town during the past week, which has cast a gloom over almost every home, Mrs. Martha Yates died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Heyser, on the 3d inst.; Mrs. Bettie Toliver, consort of Mr. Jas. A. Toliver, died at her home on the 6th, and little Willie Monroe, the 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam E. Monroe, died on the 8th instant. All were interred at the Odd Fellows’ Rest. The bereaved families and friends have our sincere condolence.

Weimar Mercury, September 13, 1902, page 5

Yearwood, Charles E.

Charles E. Yearwood

Charles E. Yearwood, 87, of Columbus, passed away March 1 at his residence.

He was born in Edna, Feb. 25, 1923 to Thomas Bethel and Olive Lucretia (Shows) Yearwood and married Florence Unger, Jan. 24, 1947.

He was a retired mechanic for Southern Pacific Railroad, served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Gladys McGill, Birdie Branham, Ina Mae Taylor, Aline Reid and Ivy Walker; and brothers, Roy Yearwood, Carl Yearwood and Elroy Walton.

He is survived by his wife; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Bill Hargrave of Tomball; sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley and Linda Yearwood of Welcome and James and Marilyn Yearwood of Columbus; grandchildren, Bradley Yearwood and wife Elizabeth, Cheri Mannen and husband Mike, Christi Evans, Greg Evans and wife Madeline, Nicholas Yearwood, Eric Yearwood and Jennifer Hargrave; great-grandchildren, Emily, Sarah and Laura Yearwood and Emily, Jack and Lucy Evans; and sister, Letha Peterson and husband Irvin of Palacios.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, March 4 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus. Visitation will take place at Henneke Funeral Home, Wednesday, March 3 from 5-7 p.m. and Thursday from 8-11 a.m. [burial place unknown]

Colorado County Citizen, March 3, 2010
Contributed by Judy Talkington

Yell, unknown


The twelve year old son of Mr. M. Yell, who was on the Worthy place near town, was killed by a cow last Thursday while endeavoring to separate the cow from a young calf. He was a bright and promising youth. The sympathies of the community are extended the afflicted family. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, April 17, 1890, page 1

Yell, unknown


Mrs. M. Yell, a most estimable Christan lady, died near town Tuesday night, We greatly sympathize with the bereaved family. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, February 5, 1891, page 3


Mr. M. Yell left here Monday with his family for San Marcos, where they expect to reside in the future.

Colorado Citizen, February 19, 1891, page 3

Yeverino, Petra

P. Yeverino Funeral Held Here April 27

Funeral services for Petra Yeverino 78, of Weimar were held from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery. Rev. John C. Bily officiated.

Mrs. Yeverino died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, April 26, in Colorado-Fayette Medical Center, after a heart attack.

Born August 1, 1911, at Flatonia, she was a daughter: of Jesus and Teresia (Martinez) Yeverino. She was married to Gonsato Yeverino in Flatonia on August 2, 1932.

Her husband survives, along with one son Domingo A. Yeverino; two daughters Florencia Yeverino Garza and Aurora Yeverino Gonzales; 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bennie Lleverino; and three sisters, Trineda Yeverino Martinez, Cecilia Yeverino Elisondo, and Ramona Yeverino Varrera. Four sons and two daughters preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Nick Guerrero, Bobby Calabeas, Jose Espitia, Roy Davila, Ralph Davila Jr. and Candebaro Campos.

Weimar Mercury, May 3, 1990, page 2

Yoder, Robert Hill

Former Publisher R. H. Yoder Dies

Funeral services for Robert Hill Yoder, 77, former publisher of The Mercury, were held Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 12, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with Rev. Howard MacAllister, pastor of First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.

Mr. Yoder, who had retired a little less than two years ago after 62 years of newspapering, died at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb 10, at his home. He had suffered a light stroke on April 15, 1961, which had left him partially disabled. He remained up and about, however,until a few days before his death.

He had lived in Weimar since 1909 and was associated with The Mercury 52 years, 48 as its publisher. His tenure with the paper was longer than that of any other individual in its 74-year history. He served as a trustee of Weimar Independent School District, and secretary of the board, for 25 years. A member of the Presbyterian faith, he was a former member of the Masons, the Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce and other local organizations.

Born April 12, 1885, in the rural community of Taberville, near Appleton City, Missouri, he was the son of Wm. B. and La Dora Artman Yoder. He was 14 when he began newspaper work as a printer's apprentice on the Appleton City Tribune in 1899. He worked in Miami, Oklahoma for three years, then went to Fresno, Calif., where he was employed on the Fresno Daily Republican from 1903 to 1909. He joined The Mercury in 1909 as shop foreman. Ernest Goeth bought the paper in 1910 from John H. Brooks, and Mr. Yoder bought it from Mr. Goeth in 1913.

In 1916 Mr. Brooks bought back a half-interest, and the paper was operated by the Brooks & Yoder partnership until Mr. Brooks retired in 1939. Mr. Yoder was then sole owner again until 1946 when his son, J. R. Yoder, became his partner. This partnership ended June 1, 1961, with Mr. Yoder's retirement.

Mr. Yoder married Miss Beuna Jane James on July 31, 1911, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mr. P. S. James in Sabinal, Texas.

She survives, along with four daughters, Mrs. H. M. (Mattie Louise) Schlieker of Bryan, Mrs. W. F. (Helen) Oder of Houston, Mrs. James ( Beuna Marie) Chandler of Austin, and Mrs. Fred (Betty) Jaye Jr of Houston; one son, J. R. Yoder of Weimar, 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Wm. Yoder of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Frank Yoder of High Ridge, Missouri; and one sister, Mrs. Florence Nixon of Auburn, Nebraska.

Pallbearers were Henry Brasher, F. F. Brasher, Grady Shaver, Milton Booth, Dan Herder, Gene Schlieker and H. Ed Rabel.

Weimar Mercury, February 14, 1963

York, Calvin

The Masons of the Osage and Weimar Lodges on Tuesday last buried, with befitting ceremonies, the late Mr. Calvin York, of Colorado county.
[Buried Osage Cemetery]

Colorado Citizen, 8 February 1877
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

York, Hatch


Last Wednesday evening about 6:45 o'clock, as an eastbound freight train pulled into Weimar, a brakeman notified the officers that two negro tramps on board the train had drawn pistols on him and commanded him to stand back when he had ordered them to get off the train, a short distance out of Schulenburg. The negroes were reported lying down in a coal car on the train, the car being near the seed house, east of the depot. City Marshal Hatch York secured the assistance of Messrs. J. K. Tooke and Sim Watson, and went down to arrest the negroes. It seems that just at this point, Mr. Dan Armstrong had left home and was running toward the train to see a friend who was a brakeman on the train. As he came around the stockpens he came across the negroes, who had left the car and were lying on the ground near the seed houses. He yelled to them something like, "Better get up, or the marshal will run you in." At this, one of the negroes, who probably supposed Dan was an officer, and that he was about to be surrounded, rose up and opened fire on Dan, narrowly missing him. The negroes then probably heard the marshal and his men coming, and turned and began firing at them, the officers returning the fire. One of the negroes, John Foley, alias Ira Foley, fell shot through the thigh, the bone being shattered. The other negro, Jim Harrison, then ran, but was pursued by Marshal York. The negro ran toward Leidolf's gin, but being closely pursued, turned and fired a shot that went straight through the brave marshal's heart. York fell dead. The negro then ran around through the alley in the rear of the MERCURY office, past Ben Roger's residence, on up past Mrs. Darby's then cut across to the Christian church, and on out through the fields and pastures west of town. The news was telegraphed all over the country in a few moments, and in about an hour Sheriff Reese and Deputy Larkin Hope came up from Columbus on a special engine. Posses were sent out in every direction. At 10 o'clock an officer arrived from Schulenburg with a pack of hounds. The dogs took the trail and followed it in a westerly direction for about four miles when they lost it. Officers and posses were scouring the country in every direction all night, but did not catch the scoundrel. The wounded negro, was taken to the city prison, where he told his name and that of the escaped negro; said they were in route to Eagle Lake from Hackberry, Lavaca county; had been working on Mr. Hughes' place near there; described the other negro as medium-sized, mulatto in color, mustache, in his shirt sleeves, wearing a black Stetson hat, light pants, rather sharp-toed shoes, had about $2.50 in money, and was armed with a 45-calibre pistol; said this negro had also worked on a ranch near Runge, in Karnes county. The wounded negro was taken to Columbus that night. He is seriously wounded, and may die. Marshal York's dead body was taken in charge by the loving hands of his friends, and carried to his late home. The grief of his wife, mother, sons and sister was pitiful to witness, when they learned of the terrible tragedy. Mr. York had served as marshal here for a good many years, was a faithful and efficient officer, and was popular among all classes. He was a firm friend, a forgiving enemy, bearing malice against no one, and his death is deeply regretted by all our citizens, whose sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved relatives in the loss they have sustained. The remains were committed to the earth at Osage cemetery Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock, under the auspices of the Odd Fellows' lodge, of which he had long been a faithful and zealous member.

Weimar Mercury, 25 January 1896
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

York, Hezekiah K. "Poss"

DIED, in the city of Eagle Lake, last Friday, of inflammation of the bowels, Mr. H. K. York, a brother of Messrs. Hatch and Matt York of this city. He had been afflicted with black jaundice, but had recovered sufficiently to be up and about. A few days ago he relapsed, and although the best medical skill was summoned, all efforts proved unavailing. His remains were brought to this city and interred in the Odd Fellows [Refer to obituary of Matt York. Buried Osage Cemetery] cemetery Saturday morning, followed to their last resting place by a large number of relatives and friends. We drop the tear of sympathy with the afflicted relatives.

Weimar Mercury, 9 November 1889
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

York, Laura (Wilson)

Mrs. Hatch York, formerly of Osage, daughter of C. E. Wilson, died in Lampasas Sunday last. Her remains were brought to this place and interred in the family burial ground at Osage. [Osage Cemetery] Mrs. York was a noble wife and mother, a rare Christian, an exemplary member of the Methodist church.

Colorado Citizen, 15 November 1883
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

York, Martha Jane (Goode)

Death of "Grandma" York

Mrs. M. J. York, familiarly and lovingly known as "Grandma" York, died Wednesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jas. McMillan, in this city, after a long illness, aged 90 years. The funeral will take place at the McMillan residence this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o'clock, with interment at the Osage cemetery at 4 o'clock. We will endeavor to publish a sketch of the life of this aged and most estimable lady in our next issue.

Weimar Mercury, 3 March 1916

Death of Grandma York.

Mrs. M. J. York, was born Nov. 24, 1825, in Tennessee; moving with her father Mr. H. Goode, to Mississippi, when five years old, married to Mr. Calvin York July 10, 1845; mother of eight children, all dead except three-- Mr. T. J. York of Troupe, Mrs. __. C. Miller of Elgin, and Mrs. Jas. McMillan of Weimar; grandmother of fifteen, and great-grandmother of seventeen children, moved to Texas in 1854, settling in the Osage community, where she lived continuously for a period of sixty-two years. The long trip from Mississippi to Texas was made in an ox wagon, and took seven long weeks on the land. Was a member of the Methodist church practically all her life. Died Wednesday, March 1, 1916, aged 90 years, and was buried Thursday afternoon at the Osage cemetery, Rev. Roy Rader, Methodist pastor, performing the funeral obsequies in a most beautiful and touching talk.

Such in brief is the life history of that grand old lady known for many years past to the people of this section as "Grandma" York. During her residence here no one wanted a better friend or neighbor. Until age confined her to her home, she was every handy to answer the call of the sick and distressed, to feed the needy and hungry, to do every good deed within her power to alleviate the suffering or make the happiness of those around her. As a wife she was without fault; as a mother and grandmother her happiness was never complete unless she was ministering to the comforts of those dependent upon her; as a friend and neighbor she had but few if any equals. A grand old character passed from this earth when "Grandma" York left us.

Her life was an exemplary one. In the early days when Texas was first settled she endured many hardships, but did so uncomplainingly. In her latter years her children caw(sic) to it that she had every comfort and pleasure possible and in passing away can feel that dear old grandmother is only gone on ahead that we too, will soon follow___that she will be there at pearly gates to 'welcome' us. The world is better for such grand characters as "Grandma" York. She is no longer among us, but her memory will ever be revered.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes to the bereaved ones in their sorrow.

Weimar Mercury, 10 march 1916
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

York, Matt

On account of the uneasiness about the smallpox several families have moved out in the country for the time being.

Mr. Matt. York, who unfortunately contracted smallpox while on duty as a guard on the pay train, at some place where they stopped to pay off, came home Christmas, and while here sickened and died last Sunday night about 8 o'clock at residence of his mother. The remains were interred early Monday morning in the Osage cemetery by the side of his brother Poss. Every thing was done that possibly could be done under the circumstances. The family are now isolated and doing all in their power to prevent the spread of the disease; sanitary rules are being enforced, and at this writing no new cases have developed, and it is hoped the worst is now over. This entire community extend their deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.

Owing to the smallpox scare the fireman's ball, which was advertised to come off on the 20th, has been indefinitely postponed. Due notice of the time will be given later.

Colorado Citizen, 8 January 1891

Sunday night a little after dark Mr. Mat York, died of smallpox at the residence of his mother in this town. That night the remains were carried to Osage, about five miles distant, by Constable Hatch York, brother of the deceased, Dr. W. T. McLeary, the attending physician, and a colored man who had formerly had the disease, and were buried there by these persons in the family graveyard. Friends, to whom word was sent, had dug the grave, and retired before the corpse reached the spot. Mr. York was a young man, about 22 or 23 years of age, we suppose, judging from his appearance. For several months proceeding his sickness he was a guard on the Southern Pacific pay train, and a few days before Christmas came from New Orleans on a leave of absence from his employers to spend the holidays at his home in Weimar. Two or three days after Christmas he was attacked with the disease, and had been sick about a week at the time of his death. It is not known where he caught the disease. Their many friends deeply sympathize with the afflicted family, and greatly deplore that they can not visit them and extend them aid and comfort. This family now consists of six members. All of those having been exposed, are quarantined. One of them, Miss Kate York, took the disease Monday; but it is in the very mild form called varioloid. She was vaccinated several weeks ago, during the excitement about the disease at Yoakum, and no doubt this has caused the attack to be very light for her. The other members of the family have also been vaccinated, and they may also have varioloid, or they may fortunately escape altogether. Dr. T. C. Cook, who is attending Miss Kate York, says her case is very light, and that she will be entirely well in a few days. It is also the opinion of the doctor that the disease here has virtually ended. It is the opinion of others, however, that a few other persons who were exposed may yet take it; but if they do, it is expected to be varioloid, as they have been vaccinated. But few have many fears, and Weimar is generally considered quite safe from the disease.

Weimar Mercury, 10 January 1891

Weimar has had smallpox, of which there can be no question. The history is given below to alleviate the many fears that have taken hold of our neighboring towns, and also that of the country. A few days before Christmas Mr. Matt York, who has been guard on the pay train of the Southern Pacific received a leave of absence to come home and spend Christmas with his mother and sisters here. He arrived here a day or two before the 25th, apparently well, but upon Christmas day complained of feeling bad, and on the 26th was taken to his bed. A physician was sent for and it was thought at first that his di[s]ease was measles, but it finally developed into smallpox. The yellow flag was immediately placed out by the attending physician, Dr. T. McLeary, and every precaution taken by himself and the authorities to confine the malady to that place. Officer Hatch York, a brother, was quarantined both by himself and city, and was a faithful attendant upon his poor brother who, having never been vaccinated, succumbed to the disease and was buried by his brother and an attendant. Some of the family of Justice Holt, F. D. Moore and Mrs. Hamilton and others who had visited the house during the sickness of Mr. York, were immediately quarantined for the term of twenty days and are yet under quarantine. The house where the disease occurred has been isolated; a man has been stationed at the cotton platform within call of the house to attend to any messages and convey provisions to a given point, so as they can be reached by the inmates. After the death of Mr. York, Dr. McLeary, who having been broken down by constant worry and the injuring of a limb, resigned as health officer and Dr. T. C. Cook was appointed in his stead. In about twenty-four hours after the appointment Dr. Cook reported a case of varioloid at the house, the party being Miss Kate York, who has now entirely recovered. There are at the house who are still subject to the disease: Mrs. M. J. York, (mother of the family) Miss Mollie York, and officer Hatch York and his two sons, Thornton and Ervin, who of course are expected to be stricken with the malady. Sunday morning health physician T. C. Cook reports Mrs. York, who is 65 years old, down with every symptom of the disease; also Mr. Hatch York; and that Miss Mollie was complaining. He also states that they all have been vaccinated and expects no serious results and theirs will be cases of varioloid only, as was the case with Miss Kate. The boys as yet show no signs of the disease. Nothing more is expected than all of the parties confined in the stricken premises will take the disease but as all have been thoroughly vaccinated, all who may take the sickness will have it in the form of varioloid. Other parties who visited the house and who are quarantined show no signs of the disease. Weimar is careful to keep the disease confined as our sister towns would have her. Our people will do their duty, and treat the disease in a humane and civilized kind of a way -- have competent nurses to stay with it and use every precaution; and from the reports of the health officer there is no necessity for people running like a scared fowl.

Colorado Citizen, 15 January 1891
From the files of Dorothy Albrecht. Contact Rox Ann Johnson

York, Thomas J.


Relatives in this city were informed a few days ago of the death of Mr. Thomas J. York, former resident of the Osage
section and well and favorably known throughout the Weimar territory, which occurred at the home of his daughter Mrs. Dan Wilson in Dallas Monday of this week.

The remains were taken to Troup, Texas Tuesday and laid to rest by the side at his beloved wife. who preceded him to the grave some twelve years ago.

Thomas J. York was born May 31,1846, and came to Texas about the age of seven years. He was united in marriage to Miss Marsellus Coble on Oct. 19, 1870. He is survived by four children--Mrs. Dan Wilson and Mrs. R. A. Trousdale of Dallas, Roy York of Dallas and Coble York of Tyler--and two sisters--Mrs. J. C. Miller of Elgin and Mrs. James McMillan of Weimar
Torn York. with his family, lived for many years in the Osage section, moving to East Texas a long time ago. During his long residence here he a!ways had the respect and esteem of everyone who knew him. He was a man of strong convictions, a man of upright character, a man who was always true to his friends, a good friend and neighbor to everyone he knew, and his death Is noted with genuine regret by numerous friends of “the days of auld lang syne."

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, February 17, 1933, page 4

York, Thornton

Thornton York, 67, Retired Army Man, Dies At Marlin

Thornton York, a native of Weimar and retired from the U. S. Army passed away at Marlin, where be had been for several weeks taking treatments, Saturday morning. Funeral services were held here at the Hubbard Funeral Home, Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock, with the Rev. S. L. Atkison, local Methodist minister, officiating interment was in the Masonic Cemetery. The local American Legion had charge of the funeral services.

Pallbearers, members of the American Legion, included Tye Holman Felix Melor, John Janak, Jr., S. K Seymour of Columbus. Joe Lebeda, Louis Kubenka, A. J. Kristek and Fred Vornsand.

Mr. York was a son of the late Harrison and Laura Wilson York, and was born January 22, 1978, in the Osage community. When he reached the age of five years his mother died. He and his brother then made their home with their grandmother and aunt, Mrs. Jas. McMillan. He never married. He was a member of the Methodist Church since early boyhood. He was also a member of Otto Rahlwes Post, American Legion.

He enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1898 and served through three wars--the Spanish-American war and the Philippine insurrection, and World War I. After thirty years of army life he was retired in 1931, holding the rank of First Lieutenant at that time. After his retirement he spent a good portion of time here in Weimar. The last few months he was at Marlin.

A couple of paragraphs from a bulletin from the War Department, dated Sept. 30, 1931, reads as follows:

“During the period of the World War, Sergeant York was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of infantry. His services were so outstanding as a commissioned officer that be soon was promoted to the grade of First Lieutenant. This grade he held thru out the remainder of the war and until May 1919, when he was discharged by general demobilization. This commission entitles him to be retired in the grade of a Warrant Officer. Early in his career, Sergeant York was ordered to duty in the Philippine Islanrs[sic], and it was during his period of service there that he was cited for gallantry in action and authorized to wear a silver star on his Philippine Campaign ribbon”

Survivors include one brother, Urban York of Houston; one niece, Mrs. F. Warren Spangler of Corando, Calif.; one aunt, Mrs. James McMillan of Weimar, and other relatives.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence to the bereaved.

Those from out of town attending the funeral included R. O. York of Arlington, Cable York of Tyler, John York of West Columbia, Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Haynie and JosephIne of Elgin, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Miller of Elgin; Mrs. W. A. Trousdale, U. S. McMillan and Mrs. Sam C!app of El Campo; Chas. Taylor and Miss Willie Pearl Taylor of Pattison: Mr. and Mrs. W. Kindred, Earl Sandmeyer, Sam Seymour and J. D. Seymour of Columbus; Mr. Steiger and Judge Lester Holt of Hallettsville.

Weimar Mercury, November 23, 1945, page 1

York, Urban Spencer

Funeral Services For U. S. York, 70, Held Here Sunday

Funeral rites for Urban Spencer York, 70-year-old retired druggist and World War I veteran, were held at Hubard[sic] Funeral Home here Sunday with Rev. Walter J. Cartwright, Methodist minister, officiating.

Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery, where local veterans paid graveside tribute.

Mr. York had been ill about two weeks when he died Thursday evening at 7:30 at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Mollie McMillan. His death was believed to have been caused by a stomach ulcer.

Born February 28, 1883, at Osage, he was the son of the late Harrison and Laura York. His mother died when he was 8 months old, and his aunt, Mrs. McMllian[sic], took him into her home and reared him. He married Miss Clara R. Wells at Houston in 1919.

Surviving in addition to his widow, Mrs. Clara York of San Diego, Calif., and his aunt, Mrs. McMillan, is a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Sarah Jane) Lanis of San Diego.

Pallbearers at the funeral were A. J. Martin, Ben Holt, Judge Lester Holt, J. Haynie, Sam Holloway, Geo. F. Loessin, F. H. Berger and Robert Hyman.

Weimar Mercury, March 20, 1953, page 1

Youens, Charles Langdon Sr.

C. L Youens Sr. Funeral Services Held Yesterday

Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Columbus Funeral home for Charles Langdon Youens Sr., who died at the Youens hospital at Weimar at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Mr. Youens had been taken to the hospital after having suffered an attack sometime last week.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest with Rev. Norman L, Roberts of the Baptist church officiating.

Born April 4, 1886 at Columbus, Mr. Youens was a son of Harry Thomas and Ruth- M. Whitfield Youens. His father was a native of England.

Mr. Youens operated a farm across the river, north of Columbus for many years and drove a school bus for the Columbus school district until 2 years ago.

He is survived by his widow, the firmer Margaret Gay; 4 sons, Charles Jr., Jim T. and Freddie, all of Columbus, and E. C. of' Chickasaw, Okla., and 2 daughters, Mrs. D. A. Becker, Houston, and Mrs. MacRae Gross, Alleyton.

Six grandchildren also survive, and 2 sisters, Mrs. Ruth Gillespie and Mrs. H. B. Tanner Sr. of Columbus. A brother, Dr. Willis G. Youens, died here several years ago.

Pallbearers were J. W. Tolbirt, Otto Schobel, Lloyd Foster, Delmar Fehrenkamp, Arthur Brune Jr. and Jack Rau.

Colorado County Citizen, November 22, `1951, page 11

Youens, Cynthia (Tanner)


Cynthia Tanner Youens, 90, of Columbus, died Friday, Jan 5, 1996 at Rosewood Hospital in Houston. Born Sept. 7, 1905 in Columbus, she was the daughter of John Osborne and Phryne (Claiburne) Tanner. On Feb. 13, 1935, she married Willis G. Youens Sr., M. D., in Holbrook, Ariz. Mrs. Youens, who had lived in Houston since 1945, was a retired teacher for Alief Independent School District and a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Houston. An Alief school, Cynthia Youens Elementary, had been named in her honor.

Funeral services were held Jan 13 at Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus with Rev. Joseph Spitler officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery, Columbus.

Serving as pallbearers were Leonard Youens, Stephen Youens, David Gilmore, Stuart Youens, Shon Youens and Robert Youens.

Mrs. Youens is survived by her daughter, Phyrne Bacon of Gainesville, Fla.; sons Leonard C. Youens of Boston, Mass, and John T. Youens of Rusk; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, on April 25, 1943 and her son, Phillip W. Youens.

Colorado County Citizen, January 17, 1996, page 12

Youens, Dan

We regret very much to learn from last issue of the Columbus Citizen that the infant son of Dr. and Mrs. W. T.[sic] Youens died Sunday before last. Mrs. Youens is former Osage girl, and in her misfortune she has the sympathy of many old time friends. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery]

Weimar Mercury, February 25, 1927, page 4

Youens, Ernest Creston

Ernest Creston Youens, 81, passed away Jan. 10 in Daphne, Ala.  He was born in Columbus, April 21, 1922, to Mr. & Mrs. C. L. Youens.  He graduated from Columbus High School in 1939 and married Eugenia Ramey on Jan 1, 1943, in Gulfport, Miss.  He was a retired electrician foreman with Scott Paper Company in Mobile, Ala.  He was an antique car enthusiast and a dozen antique cars were included in his funeral procession.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Charles L. Youens Jr. and Jim T. Youens; sister, Betty Becker; and son, Charles Ernest Youens.  He is survived by his wife; sons, Robert Melvin Youens of Fairhope, Ala. And John Eric Youens of Magnolia; sister Ruth Gross of Columbus; and brother, Alfred G. Youens of Houston.  Funeral services were conducted Jan. 13 at Chapel of Radney Funeral Home in Saraland, Ala.  Interment followed at Mobile Memorial Gardens in Mobile, Ala.

Colorado County Citizen, January 21, 2004
Submitted by David Hahn

Youens, Florence Fay (Burford)

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. this afternoon at Columbus Funeral Home for Mrs. Fay Burford Youens, who died in the Youens hospital at Weimar at 10:30 a.m. yesterday morning. She had been in ill health for a long time.

Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest cemetery here, with Revs. C. Jordan Mann of the local Methodist church and Walter J. Cartwright of the Weimar Methodist church officiating. Mrs. Youens was born Mar. 4, 1885, at Osage, a daughter of William Thomas and Mattie Pinchback Burford. Her home was in Columbus, but she had spent the past several months with her daughter, Mrs. James J. Hopkins, in Garwood. Besides Mrs. Hopkins, she is survived by 3 sons, Dr. Willis G. Youens of Weimar, Dr. W.T. "Tot" Youens of Columbus and Harry Youens of Lake Jackson. Three sisters, Mesdames T. C. Hairston, W. M. Paulsen and A. W. Hahn Sr., and a brother, J. F. Burford, all of Columbus.

Colorado County Citizen, November 20, 1952
Submitted by David Hahn<

Rites Set Today For Mother of Dr. W. G. Youens

Funeral services for Mrs. Faye Youens, 67, of Columbus, mother of Dr. Willis G. Youens Jr. of Weimar, will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 2 o’clock from Shatto Funeral Home at Columbus. Rev. Walter J. Cartwright, Methodist minister of Weimar, will officiate, and burial will be in the Columbus Cemetery.

Mrs. Youens succumbed at 10:30 Wednesday morning in Youens Hospital here, after an illness of about six months.

She was a native of Osage, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Will Burford, but had lived in Columbus since she was 14. Her family moved to Columbus in 1898 when Mr. Burford became county sheriff. Mrs. Youens’ husband, the last Dr. W. G. Youens Sr., died in 1943.

Survivors include three sons, Dr. Youens of here, Dr. W. T. Youens of Columbus, and Harry Youens of Lake Jackson; a daughter, Mrs. James Hopkins of Garwood; three sisters, Mrs. Albert Hahn, Mrs. W. M. Paulsen and Mrs. T. C. Hairston, all of Columbus; one brother, Frank Burford of Columbus; and 14 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Burford Hahn of Austin, Albert Hahn, Robert Earl Wolters, Lee Hammond, O. P. Moore, Jr., and Ruthven Tolbert[sic], all of Columbus; W. M. Paulsen Jr. of Houston and Norbert Zatopek of here.

Weimar Mercury, November 21, 1952, page 1

Youens, Harry Thomas

Though an event not unexpected, the news of the death of Mr. Harry T. Youens last Monday night at the home of his brother-in-law, Dr. Chas. Whitfield, of Montell, Uvalde county, was the source of profound regret to his many friends in this city. Encouraging letters as to his condition received but a few days ago tended to build up the happy hope his family and friends entertained that he was slowly but surely overcoming the fatal disease with which he was suffering - a lung affection - and that he would soon be restored to health and the pursuit of the avocation of his useful life.

Alas! these hopes were illusive - these happy beliefs erected with ropes of sand. The end came gently, the soul passed silently to the blessed realm in the Great Beyond. Harry Youens was a noble man, a good citizen, an affectionate husband and father, who yields up a life of use to his fellow men, a fine character as a worthy exemplar for those who come after him, a soul as pure as was ever vouchsafed to mortality. He was a consistent member of St. John's Episcopal Church of this city and his daily walk and conversation an example of his trust and belief in the saving power of the Master. He was member of the Masonic fraternity and Knights of Honor, the first named order performing the last sad rites. His remains were committed to earth in the city [Odd Fellows Rest]cemetery, from the residence of Miss Sallie Whitfield and the church, at 9:30 yesterday morning, Rev. H. Howard officiating. The Citizen tenders bereaved relatives and friends regretful sympathy.

Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, May 7, 1896, Columbus, TX
(Transcribed by James G. Hopkins)
From: Bob Gillespie

Mr. H. F.[sic] Youens died of consumption Monday night at New Valde[sic]. His remains were brought to Columbus where they were interred Wednesday morning [Odd Fellows Rest]. Mr. Youens has been an employe of the S. P. at this place during the past twelve years, serving as agent until a few months previous to his death.

Weimar Mercury, May 15, 1896, page 6
Photo courtesy Carolyn Youens Hastedt

Youens, Harry Thomas II.


Harry T. Youens Sr., 68, died Friday, January 13 at his home in Columbus.  He was born on June 27, 1914, the son of the late Dr. Willis G. Youens Sr. and Fay Burford Youens.  After attending the University of Texas, he worked as an engineer for the Texas Highway Department.  His was one of the first five families to live in Lake Jackson, Texas when he went to work for Dow Chemical Co. in 1942.  After working for Dow 37 years, he retired to Columbus in 1979.  He is survived by his wife, Ruby; two sons, Robert Youens of Austin and Dr. Tom Youens of Houston and Columbus; one daughter Judy Park of Beaumont; one brother, Dr. Willis G. Youens, Jr. of Weimar; one sister Mrs. James Hopkins ( Mary E.) of Garwood; and five grandsons, Greg and Hal Youens of Houston and Ricky, Spencer, and Andy Park of Beaumont.  Services were held Saturday, January 15 at the First United Methodist Church in Columbus. [Interment in Odd Fellows Rest]

Colorado County Citizen, January 20, 1983.
Submitted by David Hahn

Youens, John Tanner

John Tanner Youens, 57, of Rusk, died Tuesday, Aug. 12, 1997 in Rusk.  Born Sept. 27, 1939 in Phoenix, AZ, he was the son of Willis George Youens, Sr., M.D. and Cynthia (Tanner) Youens.  Graveside services and interment were held Aug. 17 at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus with Rev. Joseph Spittler officiating.  Honorary pallbearers were Robert Youens, Stuart Youens, Shon Youens, Billy Youens, Kenneth Brune, Dr. H.T. Youens Jr., Dr. Robert Youens and Karl Youens.  Mr. Youens is survived by his sister Phyrne Youens Bacon of Gaineville, FL., brother Leonard Claiborne Youens of Cambridge, Mass;  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Philip Whitfield Youens.

Colorado County Citizen, August 20, 1997.
Submitted by David Hahn

Youens, Ruby (Green)

Ruby Youens, 89, of Columbus, passed away March 12 at her residence.

She was born in Dublin, Feb. 20, 1913 to Ernest R. and Catrene (Sutton) Green and married Harry Yoens May 18, 1935 in Columbus.

She graduated valedictorian of her high school class and became one of the youngest Western Union telegraph operators at age 17. She was promoted to management and traveled throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana filling in for absent managers. She met her husband when she became the permanent manager of the Western Union Office in Columbus. While living in Columbus she gave birth to her first son, Dr. Tom Youens. The family relocated to Freeport in 1943 and helped found the new town of Lake Jackson as the fifth family. Mrs. Youens was the first president of the Lake Jackson PTA. While in Lake Jackson, Mrs.Youens gave birth to Judy Youens Park and Bob Youens. All three of their children graduated from the University of Texas in Austin; Tom with a medical degree and Judy and Bob with degrees in education. In 1978, Mr. and Mrs. Youens retired and moved back to Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral services were conducted March 14 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Columbus with the Rev. Joseph Spitler officiating. Interment followed in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Columbus.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Gregory Youens, Hal Youens, Richard Park, Spencer Park, Andrew Park and Rachel Youens.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 1495 West Hwy. 71, Suite K, La Grange, TX 78945.

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

Youens, Ruth Marina (Whitfield)

Mrs. R. M. Youens, Columbus Native, Buried Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Marina Youens, 87-year-old native of Columbus, who died at her home here Saturday were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Columbus funeral home with Rev. Denton of Wharton officiating.

Mrs. Youens was born on July 26, 1858, a daughter of Dr. Exam Phillips Whitfield and Sarah Palmer Whitfield. She was married to Harry Thomas Youens on Dec. 18, 1878.

Mrs. Youens, a member of the Episcopal church since early girlhood, is survived by two daughters, Mrs. H. B. Tanner and Mrs. Ruth Gillespie; a son, C. L. Youens; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Her husband and son Harry Thomas, Jr., died many years ago and another son, Dr. W. G. Youens, died in April 1943.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Rest. Pallbearers were W. G. Dick, W. H. Miekow, Dr. W. W. Gunn, Ford Wegenhoft, W. G. Clayton and Ellis Miller.

Relatives from out-of-town here for the funeral were Mrs. W. G. Youens and children Phyrne, Leonard and John, Mrs. Phyrne Tanner and Mrs. E. A. Kiker, Houston; Mr. and Mrs. Euiis Nunez, Galveston; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Youens and children Judy Beth and Thomas, Freeport; Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Youens and children Carolyn, Billy and Carl, Weimar, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gillespie, Jr., and children Eva Jo, Ruth and Bobby of Sulphur Springs.

Colorado County Citizen, May 23, 1946
Photo courtesy Carolyn Youens Hastedt

Youens, William Thomas

William Thomas Youens, M.D., passed away August 13, 1973 in Hermann Hospital, in Houston. Resident of Columbus, Texas and member of First Methodist Church.  Graduate of the University of Texas Medical School of Galveston, Member of Alpha Omega Alpha, Honor Medical Society and Hermann Hospital Opthamalogy Residency.  Was a founder of Youens Eye Clinic, Columbus, Texas.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. William T. Youens; children: two sons, William T. Youens Jr. and Karl D. Youens; two daughters Mrs. Joe Hastedt of Columbus and Mrs. John H. White, Jr. of Uvalde; sister Mrs. James Hopkins of Garwood, Texas; two brothers, Harry T. Youens of Lake Jackson and Willis G. Youens Jr., M.d. of Weimar, Texas and three grandchildren.  Services will be held 5 p.m. August 14, at the Columbus Funeral Home. Interment will be in [Odd Fellows Rest] Columbus, Texas.

Houston Chronicle, Tuesday, August 14, 1973, Sec. 5 Pg. 7
Submitted by David Hahn
Photo courtesy Carolyn Youens Hastedt

Youens, Willis George


Death of Native Physician Leaves Columbus With One Doctor

The sudden collapse and death of Dr. W. G. Youens here Sunday night came as a distinct shock to a wide circle of relatives and friends, and left the city of Columbus, which formerly kept three or four physicians busy, with only one doctor to serve its needs.  Dr. Youens had accompanied his sons Harry and Thomas to the old Tanner place to pick dewberries, and suffered a heart attack from which he died immediately as the trio was on its way back to the car.  Funeral servies were held Tuesday afternoon at four o'clock at the Columbus Funeral Home, with interment in Odd Fellows Rest.  Rev. Richard A. Park  officiated.  Active pallbearers were F.M. Tolbirt, A.I. Chapman, W.H. Miekow, J.J Austin, Sam K. Seymour Jr., H.G. Hope, Nat Goodwin, W.A. Struss.  Named as honorary pallbearers were Dr. R. H. Harrison, John Adkins, W. G. Dick, Dr. A.H. Potthast, O.A. Zumwalt, W.L. Nesbitt, Dr. C.I. Schult, E.G. Miller, Dr. W.W. Gunn, L.S. Lawrence, H.C. Paulsen, J.D. Seymour and S.K. Seymour Sr.  Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Ruth Youens; his wife, Mrs Cynthia Youens; eight children, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Brune, Columbus, Harry Thomas Youens of Freeport, Dr. Willis G. Youens, Jr. of Kansas City, William Thomas Youens of Galveston, Phyrne, Leonard Claiborne, John Tanner and Philip Whitfield Youens of Columbus; a brother, C.L. Youens of Columbus; and two sisters, Mrs. H.B. Tanner, Columbus, and Mrs. R.W. Gillespie, Alleyton.  He was a member of St. John's Episcopal church and the Knights of Pythias lodge.

Willis George Youens was born in Columbus on January 17, 1884, a son of the late Harry Thomas Youens and Ruth Mariana Whitfield Youens.  At the death of his father he quit high school and began work in Zumwalt's drug store where he took up the study of pharmacy.  He was later admitted to the University of Texas Medical School after passing entrance examinatios and during his freshman year made the highest grades in the class.  He was graduated with honors in 1907 and after a year's Internship at St. Mary's hospital in Galveston came to Columbus and established his practice. On December 5, 1911, he was married to Miss Fay Florence Burford of this city, and to this union were born five children, four of whom survive. At the outbreak of World War I Dr. Youens was commissioned a lieutenant in the army and was subsequently promoted to the rank of captain. He served 18 months overseas, first as head of an ambulance company and later in a base hospital.  After being discharged from the army he returned to Columbus to resume his practice.  In 1934 Dr. Youens went to Arizona as camp phisician for the CCC.  He renewed his commission as captain in the Officers Reserve Corps and was on active duty until he was placed on the inactive list because of high blood pressure.  In February of 1935 Dr. Youens and Miss Cynthia Tanner were united in marriage and they have four children.  The return of Dr. Youens in Columbus last August relieved the shortage of physicians somewhat until Dr. A. J. Brohn removed to Houston some months later since which time the two remaining doctors have been in constant demand.  Two of Dr. Youens sons are preparing themselves to be physicians, both studying at their father's alma mater.  Dr. Willis Youens is serving his internship at Kansas City General hospital.  William Thomas Youens will receive his degree on July 23 and will intern at Herman hospital in Houston.

Colorado County Citizen, April 29, 1943
Submitted by David Hahn
Photo courtesy Carolyn Youens Hastedt

Youens, Willis George, Jr.


Funeral services were held for Willis G. Youens, Jr. M.D. Sunday, December 14 at the First United Methodist Church in Weimar. [Interment in Weimar Masonic Cemetery] Mr. Youens died December 13 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar.  Mr. Youens was born December 11, 1918 in Columbus to Dr. Willis G. Youens, Sr. and Fay Burford Youens.  He graduated from Columbus High School in 1936.  He received  bachelor of science degree from University of Texas and M.D. degree from UT Medical School in Galveston, December, 1942.  Mr. Youens served in the United States Army from February, 1944 until September, 1946 as a captain.  He practiced medicine in Halletsville for one year, June 1946 - June 1947.  He then went to Weimar on June 15, 1947 to join his brother Tom in practice (Dr. Adolph Potthast practice).  He and his brother Tom built the Youens Hospital in Weimar which was opened in December, 1949.  Mr. Youens served as chief of medical staff.  He worked on the Southern Pacific Railroad as company surgeon in 1947-1954.  He was also a member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Colorado-Fayette Co. Medical Ass'n, Delegate to the State Medical Association for nine years and President and Secretary of the C.- F. Medical Ass'n and he was charter member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.  In Weimar he was president of Chamber of Commerce in 1951, Weimar Public Library Board of Directors, Finance Committee, 1964 and Chairman of the first Library Fund Drive.  Mr. Youens was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Weimar since 1947, served on the Official Board and he was a teacher of Men's Bible Class.  He was on the School Board of Weimar Public Schools from 1963-1971.  He was also the Little League Baseball team manager.  He was on the Advisory Committee in Weimar and Columbus School of Vocational Nursing in 1969.  He was the Weimar City Health Officer in 1951-1983.  He was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.  Survivors include four children, Willa Jepson, teacher in the Alief ISD of Houston, Vance Youens, account executive, Prudential-Bache of Austin, James Youens, engineer, Dresser Industries of Corpus Christi and Robert Youens, M.D., Youens Clinic of Weimar, and eight grandchildren.  Dr. Youens has not practiced since December 1982 when he had a stroke.

Colorado County Citizen, December 18, 1986
Submitted by David Hahn
Note: The Colorado County Citizen had numerous mistakes in 1986 when Willis died.   Please note that he was not preceeded in death by one sister. He only had one sister, Mary Elizabeth Youens Brune Hopkins, who survived him by several years. She died in January, 1990. Mary Elizabeth was the oldest child in her family, and outlived all of her three brothers, thanks in many respects to the good care she received from Willis. Mary Anne Pickens, June 9, 2004

Young, Anna Laura

Anna Laura Young, the 23 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Young of Sour Lake, died at that place last Monday morning, and was brought here the following day for interment [Weimar Masonic Cemetery]. The cause of her death was congestion of the stomach. The Mercury tenders sincere sympathy to the bereaved parents in the loss of their beloved babe.

Weimar Mercury, March 19, 1904, page 4

Young, Fred Earl


Fred Earl Young Sr., 77, of Eagle Lake passed away June 26, 2005 at The Methodist Hospital in Houston after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born July 13, 1927 in Doleen, Louisiana to James Thomas and Mallie Emmaline Young.  He attended school in Hempstead, San Felipe, Simonton and Columbus.  At the age of 16, he had to leave school to help support his parents and siblings.  On October 11, 1958 he married Mary Frybert.

Mr. Young worked for 25 years at Thorsenburg-Tamborello Gravel Pit in Ramsey and for the Southern Pacific Railroad for 17 years as an Assistant Foreman.  Years ago, he was a member of the Eagle Lake Volunteer Fire Department and the Knights of Columbus.

Fred Earl Young Sr. was a beloved husband, father and grandfather.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Mary Magdalene Young; a daughter, Mary Katherine Young Frick; parents; brothers, Mountebille Perez, Howard Perez, Murl Young, John Young; and a sister, Katherine Steffens.  Survivors include his sons, James, Fred, Jr., John and wife, Jeanne, all of Eagle Lake, and Joe Mike and wife, Theresa, of Frydek; daughters, Frances Young of East Bernard and Elizabeth Young of Eagle Lake; grandchildren, Kent and Lauren Frick, Brittany, Alyssa, Logan Christopher, Austin, Matthew and Kendall Young; sisters, Justine Hill and Nell Purkerson of Houston; and many nieces and nephews.

A rosary was recited at The Parish of the Nativity on June 27 in Eagle Lake.  Funeral services were held Tuesday June 28 at 10 a.m. in Eagle Lake with Father Eddie Winkler celebrating mass and rite of committal.  The eulogy was given by his nephew, Joe S. Fybert.  Interment was at Lakeside Cemetery in Eagle Lake.  Services were under the direction of Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel of Sealy.

Pallbearers were James, Fred Jr., John, Joe Mike, Frances and Elizabeth Young.  Honorary pallbearers were Drs. Robert Rubin, Howard Rubin, Henry Zaleski and Bharat Pothuri, all of Houston.  The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of The Methodist Hospital Main Building Eighth Floor for the wonder care they provided.  Sympathy is extended to the family for their loss.

The Colorado County Citizen, July 7, 2005, Pg. 4
Transcribed by David Hahn

Young, George Ramon

George Young, 44, Drowns In Stock Tank

A sudden urge to take a swim in a stock tank, on the banks of which he and two companions had been enjoying a bottle of wine, resulted in the drowning Friday afternoon of Georfge[sic] Raymon Young, 44, reportedly a non-swimmer.

Young’s body was recovered from about 12 feet of water close to the dam of Walter William’s farm tank, some 2 1/2 hours after he impulsively shucked off his clothes and jumped in. His companions, John Solansky and Warsaw Burley, told Justice of the Peace H. W. Hasse Sr. that Young went under water immeditely and never came back up.

According to the two witnesses, this happened about 2:30 p. m. It was almost 4:30 by the time they got word to Mr. Williams in town, when he arrived home from his school bus route. George Andel, one of several men who went out from here, dove in and pulled young’s[sic] body out at about 5.

Young was a part-time worker at the Williams farm. [Interment in Paradise Gardens]

Weimar Mercury, September 23, 1960, page 1

Young, John

John Young, Colored, Meets Tragic Death

John Young, well known colored citizen of this place, about 50 years old, met with a tragic fate late Saturday evening while engaged in hauling sand from the Paul Brandes farm just south of town, to the residence property of Frank J. Kahlich. With him at the time of the accident was young Steve Grohmann.

The two men were engaged in hauling the sand in a truck. They had dug out to a considerable depth underneath a big flat rock in the pasture. Between 4 and 5 o'clock just as they were loading the truck, the big rock, evidently undermined., gave way and fell with a crash on John Young, crushing him to death, narrowly missing young Grohmann. Practically every bone In John Young's body was crushed and broken. and his skull crushed until the brains oozed out. Death in his case was doubtless Instantaneous.

So heavy was the immense rock that young Grohmann could not lift same, and he was compelled to come to town for assistance. Even then we are told seven men were unable to lift it, and the rock finally had to be broken before the dead man's body could be removed.

John Young's body was brought to town and on Monday afternoon was laid to rest in the colored people's burying ground [Paradise Gardens]. He was a hard working, Industrious colored citizen, well thought of by both whites and blacks, and his tragic death is indeed deeply regretted.

Judge A. J. Ratliff held an inquest and returned a verdict of accidental death.

Weimar Mercury, February 27, 1931

Young, John Harvey

Husband of Former Weimar Lady Buried Here Last Sunday

The body of Mr. John H. Young of Houston was brought here by train Sunday and taken to the funeral parlors of Jno. C. Hubbard, from which point the funeral procession wended its way to the Masonic Cemetery at 2:30 p. m., where interment followed. With Rev. W. L. Hightower, local Methodist minister, officiating.

Mr. Young, a stranger to our people, was the husband of a former Weimar lady., Miss Anna Barnett (daughter of the late Lon Barnett, born and raised in this community) Mr. Young was a native of Rock Hill, S. C., and was 56 years of age at time of death. While yet a boy he moved with his family to Crockett Texas, afterward moving to West Columbia. He was happily married to Miss Anna Barnett at Velasco Feb. 10, 1901. To this union was born two daughters, one dying in infancy, the other--Mrs. E. J. Dick of Houston--together with the widow, surviving. Mr. Young and family had been residents of Houston for the past ten years.

Mr. Young was a man of generous disposition and freely contributed to those in need of assistance. It has been said of him that if you spent the entire day speaking of the good he had done in this tile, even then you would not have finished the subject at close of day

A sister-in-law of Mr. Young--Mrs. Lula Barnett Lambert of Houston together with several other relatives and friends, accompanied the remaIns to their last resting place here

To the bereaved ones our heartfelt sympathy is extended

Weimar Mercury, April 15, 1932, page 1

Young, John Lessie

Prominent Garwood Citizen Fatally Hurt

Mr. J. L. Young, prominent Garwood businessman, was fatally injured Tuesday evening when struck by an automobile on the road near Vox Populi. He had been working on the distribution of his telephone system, being assisted by Leo Schilling, when he stepped in the road to remove a string of wire from in from of a coming car. Mr. Dave Lundquist, driving a car with a trailer loaded with cattle, swerved to avoid striking Mr. Young, but the trailer swung out and hit him, breaking an arm and leg and inflicting internal injuries which resulted in his death soon after he reached a physician's office here.

Mr. Young was one of the most highly respected and loved men of the Garwood section. He had owned and operated the Garwood telephone exchange for some seven years and was a long time resident of that community.

Immediately [after] the accident happened, he was rushed to a physician here but lived only a few minutes after reaching the office. Mr. Lundquist, driver of the truck, escaped injury when his truck and trailer overturned, spilling the cattle to the ditch and injuring them badly. He was so upset by his unavoidable part in the tragedy that medical attention for him was necessary yesterday morning.

Mr. Young came to Texas from Illinois and has been a resident of Garwood for many years. His death at the age of 64 years is a distinct loss to the community and county. He is survived by the wife and nine children, Mrs. Roy Shoop of Garwood, Mrs. Marshall McMillan of El Campo, Mrs. F. L. Green of Ganado, Mrs. L. J. Werla of Rosenberg, Mrs. Homer Matthews of Wharton, Misses Grace and Edna Young of Garwood, Roy Young of Refugio and Fred Young of Conroe, also by his mother, Mrs. H. D. Young of Garwood, who is 96 years of age. [Interred at the Nada Cemetery]

Colorado County Citizen, July 25, 1935
Transcribed by Dennis Boatright

Young, Marcella Elizabeth

Marcella Young Funeral Services Held April 13

Marcella Elizabeth Young, 29, of Houston died April 4. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 13 at Tommy Taylor Funeral Home. {Interment in Paradise Gardens]

She was born on June 17, 1976, in Houston to Hattie Young and Troy Henry

Marcella graduated from Elsik High School in Alief in 1995.

She is survived by her daughters, Keanna Weaver and Chakera Jackson both of Houston; a loving companion, Steven Smith of Houston; father, Troy Henry of Houston; step-mother, Rosa Henry of Houston; brother, Tyrone Sherman of Houston; sister, Darlene Sherman of Houston; and a host of nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Hattie Young.

Weimar Mercury, April 20, 2006

Young, Mary

Mrs. Mary Young, an aged lady at Columbus, died in that city Thursday evening of last week, and the remains were brought here Friday afternoon and laid to rest in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, March 30, 1907

Young, Nugent


A telegram from Washington Saturday announced the death of Private Nugent young, colored soldier from this point, which occurred in France, from pulmonary tuberculosis on May 14. Nugent Young was a grandson of Ned Jones, a well known colored farmer of the New Bielau section.

Weimar Mercury, May 30, 1919

Young, R. B.

Weimar Local Matters

Mr. R. B. Young, a man 27 years of age, and brother-in-law of S. P. King, yardmaster at Glidden, died in that place Saturday morning last after an illness of some time. Mr. Young was an exemplary young man, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He leaves an affectionate wife, one child and a devoted mother besides many other relatives, to mourn his loss. The remains were interred in the family lot in the Odd Fellows’ cemetery Sunday, many friends and relatives attended the last sad rites. We extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved relatives.

Colorado Citizen, January 21, 1892

Young, Rufus

Rufus Young, a well known colored citizen of this section, died Sunday and the remains were interred in the colored people’s burying ground west of the city Tuesday afternoon.

Weimar Mercury, January 9, 1914. page 8

Young, Thomas J.

The Journal has been informed that the remains of Mr. Thomas J. Young, who died recently on the Sandies, in Colorado county, and was interred in the Buckner creek graveyard, were exhumed last week for the purpose of making a post mortem examination and analyzing he contents of the stomach. There is suspicion of foul play. The result of the analysis will probably be made known this week.--La Grange Journal

Colorado Citizen, June 30, 1887

Yow, Jimmy R. Sr.


Jimmy R. Yow Sr., 69, of Rock Island passed away July 28 at his home.

He was born Nov. 28, 1938 in Poteet, to Dan Curtis and Mammie Johnson Yow. He worked for Layne Christensen as a water well Driller.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Rosela Richey and brother, Bobby Leon Yow.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Yow of Rock Island; daughters, Kathy Stern and husband Mike of Edgewood, Sara Gaddy of Orange, Christy Waddell of Columbus and Shelley Kazmir of Rock Island; sons, Jimmy Ray Yow Jr. and wife Donna of Centerville, Wesley Yow of San Antonio and Joseph Kazmir of Rock Island; sister, Maxine Klemcke of San Antonio; sister-in-law, Nancy Jane Yow of Poteet; brother, Dan Yow and wife Dorothy of Poteet; 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services took place July 31 at Henneke Funeral Home with the Rev. Bishop Melvin Harris officiating. Burial followed at Rutledge Cemetery in Poteet.

Pallbearers were Luis Vega, Johnny and Clint Yow, Travis Moss, Jeffrey Kazmir and Stephen Perry.

Colorado County Citizen, August 6, 2008
Courtesy The Citizen

Yuen, Ila Catherine (Whitehead)


Ila Catherine Whitehead Yuen, 84 of Eagle Lake, passed away May 1 while at Southwest Memorial Hospital.
She was born on March, 1917 in Memphis, Tenn. to Archie Sr. and Ila Martin Whitehead and married Joe Deep Yuen on March 14, 1934. They owned and operated numerous grocery stores and restaurants throughout their marriage.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Joe L. (Sonny) Yuen; her parents; a sister Myra Kernell, two brothers Archie Lee Whitehead and Joe Henry (Buddy) Whitehead; and a son-in-law James H. Ishee I.

She is survived by her daughter Chiquita K. Ishee of Eagle Lake; son Joe (Buddy) Yuen, Jr. of Idaho; sister Ruth Starrett of Tennessee; grandchildren from Eagle Lake are Keith A. Ishee Sr., Kathy Stern, Lynn Ellis and Keith A. Ishee Jr.; other grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren.

Memorial services were conducted May 12 from the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake with Rev. Brent Beasley officiating. Interment followed at the Lakeside Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake.

Colorado County Citizen, May 23, 2001
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