Fayette County Obituaries

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From an undated ca 1868 newsclipping:

Died - At the residence of his mother in this county, on New Year's night last, Mr. James Eanes, in the 23rd year of his age. Mr. Eanes was a promising young man, beloved by all who knew him, but especially by his widowed mother, who has our sympathies in her great affliction.

Contributed by Jane McAshan


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Feb 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Irma Dick Earnest age 19 years and 4 months died at LaGrange Dec. 18, 1905

She is buried at Oak Hill Memorial Park in McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma. Contributed by Matt Cross


From an undated newsclipping:

Final Rites For Mrs. East To Be Held on Monday

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in LaGrange, Texas, for Mrs. Louise East, 93-year-old Cisco resident, who died at 8:45 p.m. Friday in the Graham Hospital after a brief illness. She fell the day before and suffered a broken hip.

Mrs. East, who lived at 204 Tourist Street, was born March 8, 1872, in La Grange.

Surviving are three daughters, Prudence Dueboyd, Anna Washington and Betty Mitchell all of Cisco; two sons, Lethaniel East of LaGrange and Johnny East of Kermitt; one sister and 14 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and two great-great-great granchildren.

Local arrangements wer in charge of Rust Funeral Home.

Contributed by Latasha Renee Harris


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 March 1916

Mrs. Anna Ebeling

Mrs. Anna Ebeling who passed away at Austin, Texas, in her 82nd year, on Tuesday, March 21, was born at Bautzen, Saxony, Germany, on April 12, 1834.

With her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Seydler, and three brothers, Mrs. Ebeling, at the tender age of fourteen years, emigrated to Texas and in 1849 settled at New Ulm, Austin County, where the family resided for several years and where Mrs. Ebeling met Mr. Fred Ebeling whom she married in march [sic] 1852. Two years later, Mr. and Mrs. Ebeling removed to High Hill where they began a long and happy life of usefulness. About the time the railroad reached Schulenburg, they moved here and at the old homestead that was only recently sold, reared to manhood and womanhood a splendid family of fourteen children.

For many years this home was the scene of much hospitality. Mrs. Ebeling, surrounded by her family, was the central figure around which moved on many happy occasions the young and old of Schulenburg’s population. These years have always been counted by Mrs. Ebeling as the busiest, and happiest of her life. As the years sped on, happy marriages amongst the children, the interest of grandchildren filled her life completely. Then came the years, when one by one, these ties were severed – husband, sons, daughter and grandchildren were taken from her – until in her declining years there remained but two sons and five grandchildren.

It was during this period that the greatness of the soul of Anna Ebeling showed forth. With abiding fortitude, she accepted the vicissitudes of her old age.

Unembittered by grief and losses, when ties of family and friendship of her earlier days had passed out of her life, she drew about her the love of a younger generation, until to-day there mourns in Schulenburg young and old, the loss of a lovable, kindly spirit.

The remains of Mrs. Ebeling were brought from Austin at 3 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon, and after services at the residence of her son, Fred Ebeling, were laid to rest in the family burial ground in the City Cemetery.

Mrs. Ebeling is survived by two sons, Fred of Schulenburg, Gus of San Antonio, two grandsons, Fred Ebeling, Jr., of Schulenburg, Perry Ebeling, of San Antonio, three grand daughters, Miss Elsa Voelkel, of Austin, Mrs. Elliot Ollre, of Robstown, Miss Ebeling, of Mexico, one great grandchild, Murrel Ollre, and one brother, Herman Seydler, of High Hill.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 June 1906


Mr. Ferdinand Ebeling died Thursday last at the home of his brother-in-law, Mr. Henry Voelkel, and his remains were consigned to their last resting place in the City Cemetery Friday, Mr. Joseph Berger officiating.

Mr. Ebeling was born in High Hill in 1856, and on the 29th of next month he would have been 50 years of age; he has been a resident of this county and city all his life, the latter part of which he has been an invalid and it has been only a short time ago that he was stricken with paralisys [sic].

Deceased leaves a mother, and two brothers, Fred of the city and Gus of San Antonio and a number of relatives to mourn his loss. Our sincerest sympathy goes out to the grief stricken family who has been visited by the grim reaper, Death, twice in so short a time, especially to the patient mother who has been so unfortunate as to loose [sic] a daughter and son in one month. May the assurance that she will meet them in that house where there is no more parting, console her in her sorrow.

Contributred by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 Sep 1902


Mr. Henry Ebeling, a Schulenburg reared boy, who belonged to one of the oldest, most extensively known and respected of Fayette County families, died suddenly, of fatty degeneration of the heart, at Houston Wednesday night last, and his remains, accompanied by his brother-in-law, Mr. Henry Voelkel and several of his Houston friends, were brought to Schulenburg Friday morning, on the afternoon of which date, they were interred, by the local Masonic lodge, of which fraternity the deceased had for years been a member. Probably no young man ever reared in Schulenburg was more generously [n is upside-down]  inclined than Henry Ebeling, during his era of prosperity, covering a period of years, those who knew him best, declare that he was the soul of generosity having been ever ready to cheerfully contribute, and bountfully [sic], to those requiring assistance. At Schulenburg his old home, his many good traits were known and appreciated and hundreds of his old companions and friends by their presence at his grave paid their last tribute of respect. To the bereaved Mother and family the Community extends its sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 July 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Wm. Ebeling, age 90, died at Carmine June 20.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 8 Nov 1935, page 6


The little son of Arthur Ebner was crushed to death Saturday night when the wheels of a wagon were drawn over his body. The father was engaged in unharnessing his tem and noticed not that the little fellow was climbing on the wheel. The horses made a sudden start which threw the child to the ground, and the wheel passed over him, crushing out his life. The acciden occurred at Waldeck. Sincere sympathy is extended to the family.—LaGrange Journal.


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 June 1904


Ebner: Died at Round Top 6-12-04 of insufficientcy [sic] of heart, John Ebner, aged 83 years and 1 mo.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, March 13, 1930

Dr. Albert Hermann Eck
Aged Citizen Passes

Dr. Albert Hermann Eck, born 19 July 1834, aged 94 yers, 8 months and 22 days, died at the home of his son, Louis, near Cedar early Tuesday morning.  It may be said that to him the long years of patient waiting was rewarded, his spirit joined his companion, Auguste, of many years who died in December 1923.  He died 11 March 1930.

Dr. Eck was born in Denmark, in 1834 and emigrated to Texas some twenty years later, locating at Houston, where he engaged in the drug business.  Later he removed to La Grange, and for a number of years, was engaged in business with the late Dr. Wm. Hermes as a partner.  Here in La Grange he was united in marriage with Miss Auguste Richers who, as stated, preceded him in death 8 December 1923.  With others who emigrated to this country in the fifties, he experienced much hardship; in his native country he had been destined to become a minister and studied with that aim in view.  Inclining, however, to medicine, he, by his own efforts, succeeded in mastering the studies and was both a pharmacist and physician until forced by misfortune to retire.  He served in the last war between the states and at the close returned to La Grange where he practiced for a number of years.  In the yellow fever epidemic in the year 1867, his eyes became affected, partial blindness resulted and eventually he became blind; for over thirty years the light of day was shut from his vision.

Of the nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. Eck, only three are living today, these are: Louis Eck of near Cedar, Mrs. Louise wife of A. W. F. Meyer of La Grange and Hermann Eck of Schulenburg.

The body was laid to rest in the Cedar Cemetery Wednesday afternoon; friends of the family were present and assisted the relatives in paying their lst respects to this honorable citizen.  May he rest in peace!

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Wednesday, October 5, 1977


Funeral services for Mrs. Augusta Eck of La Grange are scheduled for Friday, October 7, at 2:30 p.m. at the Koenig Funeral Home, Inc. Chapel with Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating.  Interment will follow in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Eck succumbed Monday in Retama Manor Nursing Home.  She was 92.

Born in Fayette County October 27, 1884, she was the daughter of William and Rosa Fredrich Michalke.  She was married to Edwin J. Eck who preceded her in death in 1927.  Mrs. Eck was a lifelong resident of La Grange.

Surviving are two sons, Charles Eck of Houston and Arthur Eck of Thermopolis, Wyoming;  and a grandson, Arthur Eck, Jr., of Washington, D.C.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 13, 1923

Relieved Of Suffering

Saturday evening shortly after the curtains of night had been drawn the Grim Reaper invaded the home of A. W. F. Meyer and peaceful rest came to Mrs. Augusta Eck, wife of Dr. A. H. Eck, after an enfeebled illness that had lasted for several weeks.  Monday afternoon they carried they carried all that was mortal of her to the Cedar cemetery where, with relatives and friends assisting in the last rites, the last rest was granted.  Rev. J. H. Wiseman, pastor of the Methodist church, spoke sympathetically and very religiously at home and at the open grave, bidding the Great Judge above to pass his merciful judgement upon one who had borne her cross through life, with that spirit of fortitude that betokens a good, pure hearts.

Mrs. Eck was born in Gosla, Hanover, Germany, January 4, 1843, and when a mere child came to America with her parents, brothers and sisters.  The family located in the Bluff section of the county where the subject of this sketch lived the remainder of her natural life, excepting a few months since, when she accepted the proffered hospitality of the home of her son-in-law, A. W. F. Meyer.  To Mr. and Mrs. Eck, who were untied in marriage shortly before the civil war, there was born eight children, four of whom preceded her to the Great Beyond.  The living children, grown and the parents of children, are Louis Eck, of near La Grange; Mrs. Louise, wife of A. W. F. Meyer; Hermann Eck of Schulenburg and Edwin J. Eck of La Grange.  These have the sympathy of the entire community.

Death is ever the messenger of sorrow.  In this instance the heavy hand is more keenly felt.  Her aged husband, to whom the light of day has been shut out for some time, is left to mourn his companion of over fifty years; blind he maintains the strong hope that his name will soon be called; a daughter Mrs. Louise Meyer, is in the La Grange Hospital , recuperating from the effects of a surgical operation.  If, in the firm belief that those whom He loves He chastetheth, this burden is given, may he comfort those whose heads are now bowed, and give to them the assurance that the departure of the little mother is only a will expressed, so that she may meet those who have gone before, and arrange for the coming of those behind.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The Houston Chronicle, September 21, 2004

CHARLES HUBRICK ECK passed away on September 15, 2004, at Sunrise Retirement Residence in McLean, Virginia. Mr. Eck was born September 14, 1914, in LaGrange, Texas, to Edwin J. and Augusta Michalke Eck. Mr. Eck married Constance Hazel Zirbel in San Antonio, Texas, on February 20, 1943. Mr. and Mrs. Eck made their home in Houston and were long-time members of St. Mark's United Methodist Church. Mrs. Eck died in 1994. Mr. Eck had one brother, Arthur, who lived in Wyoming and died in 1994. Mr. Eck worked for The Borden Company in maintenance of dairy equipment for many years before retiring. Among his many interests were keeping bees and gardening. Mr. Eck remained an active member of St. Mark's after retirement and devoted many hours to various charitable activities and caring for its rose garden. As a result of his many charitable works, Mr. Eck was the recipient of the Brother Ed Award in July 2001. In July 2001, Mr. Eck moved to Virginia to be closer to family, but always longed for his native Texas. Survivors include nephews: Arthur Eck, Jr. and Nicholas, Arthur and Conrad Clark. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 25, 2004, at 9:00 AM in the Chapel of Heights Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Brookside Memorial Park.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 29, 1926

Edwin J. Eck Pays The Last Debt Tuesday

Hope, encouraged by his friends and relatives that he would recover, failed to prolong the life of Edwin J. Eck, who became seriously ill several weeks ago.  He made a brave struggle to conquer the grim reaper, but early Tuesday morning sleep, more powerful than man can conquer, came to him, he passed over the Great Divide and joined the majority that seems to be ever increasing.

Edwin J. Eck, as stated in our mention of last week, has been a victim of very unfortunate circumstances.  As a child he managed to get in touch with some poison that his father, a physician, had in the home, and he drank therefrom, with the result that he lost both his voice and hearing.  Nursed and reared to manhood, he became not a charge, but learned the cobbler’s trade, the are of mute speech and essayed to earn his livelihood.  In this he was successful as limited earnings in his line permitted.

Seventeen years ago he was united in marriage with Miss Augusta Michalke of Schulenburg, also a mute, and they established a home in the Southern part of the city, on Jefferson street.  To them was born two children, two boys, Charley and Arthur.  These two and the widow survive.  Last December while visiting here with his family for the holidays, the boot and shoe repair shop conducted at Bellville by Edwin was destroyed by fire, but he suffered not because thereof, and with grim determination started anew.  Then he became ill, was brought to La Grange and placed in the La Grange Hospital where surgeon and nurse attended to him constantly, and all means within their knowledge was exercised in order to save his life.

But he passed on; on Wednesday afternoon, from his late home the remains were taken to the new cemetery and placed to their last rest, many friends being in attendance to witness the last rites.  Rev. Paul W. Evans, pastor of the Methodist church conducted the religious ceremonies.

His widow, two sons, two brothers, Louis of near La Grange and Hermann of Schulenburg and one sister, Mrs. A. W. F. Meyer and his aged father, Dr. A. H. Eck are the chief mourners.  We offer to these our sincerest sympathy.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 3, 1960

Hermann A. Eck

Masonic funeral services were held for Herman A. Eck Monday afternoon, Feb. 22, in Schulenburg after a 14-year illness.

The Rev. Fred Mehrtens, pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, officiated at the services at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, and Masonic graveside services were held by Lyons Lodge 195.

Mr. Eck was a former postmaster in Schulenburg, his term having ended with his retirement in 1935.  He was a past master of the Masonic lodge.

He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mrs. Lee Prause of Schulenburg and Mrs. Ernest Scott of Weimar.  The deceased is an uncle of Gilbert H. Eck of La Grange.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 13, 1955

Hubert W. Eck

Funeral services for Hubert W. Eck, 54, brother of Gilbert H. Eck, Fayette County Tax Assessor-Collector, were held at Schulenburg Tuesday.  Mr. Eck, who had been in failing health for the last nine months, passed away Saturday in the Youens Hospital in Weimar.

La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 13, 1955

Hubert W. Eck

Funeral services for Hubert W. Eck, 54, were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg at 9 AM Tuesday, Jan. 11, with continued services at the Saint Rose Catholic Church.

Interment was made in the Weimar Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Eck passed away Saturday afternoon at the Youen’s Hospital in Weimar after having been in failing health for the last nine months.

He was last connected with the real estate business and was an auto salesman for the Boriak Motor Company in Schulenburg.

He was born June 25, 100 [1900], at La Grange and attended schools here.  On August 27, 1928, he married Miss Henrietta Leidolf of Weimar.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Louis Eck of La Grange; his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Bill Wood Jr. of Fort Worth, Miss Jean Eck and Miss Carolyn Eck of Dallas and Miss Catherine Eck of Schulenburg; one brother, Gilbert Eck of La Grange; and two sisters, Mrs. William Meyer and Mrs. Gus Hausmann of La Grange.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 8, 1953

Funeral Tuesday For Louis Eck

Funeral services were held here at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel Tuesday at 2:30 PM for Louis Eck, 82, who expired at his home atop the bluff late Sunday.

Rev. Oscar E. Linstrum officiated, and interment was made in the New City Cemetery.

Mr. Eck, a retired farmer, was a lifetime resident of the community where he was born on Nov. 12, 1870.  He was united in marriage with Miss Lula Schaefer at La Grange on Nov. 28, 1895.

His survivors are his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Wm. (Lillian) Meyer and Mrs. Gus (Edna) Hausmann of La Grange; two sons, Hubert W. Eck of Schulenburg and Tax Assessor and Collector Gilbert H. Eck of La Grange; one brother, Herman Eck of Schulenburg; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 10, 1938

Willie Eckel

Willie Eckel, completing the 63rd year of life, died at a San Antonio hospital early Monday morning, February 7, after an illness that extended over a period of several months.  The body was buried at Poth, in Wilson county, Wednesday morning at 9:00 o’clock.

Deceased was born on a farm in the neighborhood of Park in Fayette county, and remained in the county until about 30 years ago, removing to Poth.  He was prominently connected with the business activity of that little city, was formerly president of the bank, served as mayor of the city and for a number of years managed the water plant.  He retired from all business activity when his health declined.

Surviving him are his wife, nee Miss Katie Reinhardt of Live Oak Hill, two sons, Alfred and Willie Eckel, Jr., of Poth and two daughters, Mrs. J. T. Flores of San Antonio and Mrs. Dick Roberts of Floresville; there are also several grandchildren.

Two brothers, Otto C. and Chas. Eckel of La Grange and two sisters, Mrs. Annie Gabler of Freyburg and Mrs. Louis December of Nordheim also survive.  His two brothers at La Grange were notified of his death and were in attendance upon the funeral.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, May 17, 1934

Chas. Eckels Dies From Injuries He Received May 8th

Within a few hours after the Journal had been placed in the postoffice Wednesday, May 9, and a brief mention published of the accident that befell him Tuesday of last week, Chas. Eckels died.  He had been fatally injured in a team runaway, having been dragged for some distance, having several ribs broken, besides receiving internal injuries.  About a year previous he fell from a scaffolding and was critically injured, requiring many months to recuperate.

Chas. Eckels was born at La Grange, July 9, 1871, and was a son of Andreas and Veronika (nee Niere)  Eckels.  The family resided on Franklin street for a number of years, on the block now the property of the City, and about 100 feet from the present City Hall.  His father was a shoemaker.  In the latter 1880’s the family removed to Rutersville where the deceased, who never married, continued to make his home.  He followed the avocation of a carpenter and was very proficient in his work.

From the home of his mother the funeral was held last Friday morning, and interment was had at the Rutersville cemetery, Rev. Carl Baer officiating.  Deceased is survived by his mother, near 90 years of age, and the following sisters and brothers:  Mrs. Louis Marek of Taylor, Julius Eckels of La Grange, Mrs. Lillie Baumbach of Fayetteville, Willie and Miss Lula Eckels of Rutersville.

At the time of his death Chas. Eckels was 62 years and 10 months old.  The sympathy of all is offered to his survivors.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 1, 1938

Hermann R. Eckermann

Hermann R. Eckermann, aged 70 years ----- died in a hospital in Rosenburg, Fort Bend County, Thursday, Nov. 24, from a heart attack, surviving the attack only two days.  Insured in the La Grange Burial Association, the body was brought to La Grange by the Koenig Funeral Home mortician, and lay in state in that Home until Saturday at noon when taken to Industry for interment.  Deceased was a farmer and a member of the Methodist church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Henrietta Eckermann, Buckholts; a son, Rudolph Eckermann, Weimar, Rt. 1; brothers, Edmund Eckermann of Industry, Earnest Eckermann, Burton; Alex. Eckermann, Industry; sisters, Mrs. Aug. Grams, Cost; Mrs. Theo. Koch, Industry.  There are 3 grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 15, 1943

Mrs. Nancy Eckols

Mrs. Nancy Eckols, wife of R. D. Eckols of La Grange, Rt. No. 1, aged 50 years, 7 months and 16 days, died at the La Grange Hospital, Monday evening, after a lingering illness.  Mrs. Eckols, a daughter of the late Max Albrecht, was a native of Fayette county.  She was married to R. D. Eckols in 1916.  Her husband, her son Hugh, of New Guinea (in the U. S. Army), one sister, Mrs. Alma Oeding, and one brother, G. W. Albrecht, of La Grange, survive.  The funeral was held from the Koenig Funeral Home Wednesday morning at 10:00 o’clock.  Interment was in the Williams Creek cemetery, Rev. J. W. Shepherd officiating.  Koenig Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Photo from Rox Ann Johnson.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 3, 1963

Robert D. (Bob) Eckol

Last rites for Robert D. (Bob) Eckol, 72, were held Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel here.  Interment was in the Williams Creek Cemetery with Rev. T. Gibble of Austin officiating.  Mr. Eckol, a native of Luling where he was born on April 6, 1890, died in the Breckenridge Hospital in Austin on Monday.  The deceased had lived in and around La Grange since 1918 until 8 years ago when he had a stroke and moved to Austin.  He was married to Nancy Albrecht who preceded him in death on April 12, 1943.  Surviving are a son Hugh of Austin; one sister, Mrs. Mayme Cox of Luling; two brothers, Ed of Sugarland and Whit of Dallas; and two grandchildren. 

Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Photo from Rox Ann Johnson.


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Feb 1922, page 1

Andrew Eidlebach Dead

Flatonia, Tex., Feb., 12. – Andrew Eidlebach, aged 87 years, died at his home here Thursday after a short illness. Mr. Eidlebach was one of our early settlers. The Masonic lodge held the services at the City Cemetery at 5 p. m. Friday.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Weimar Mercury, 12 Dec 1896, page 1

LaGrange, Tex., Dec. 7.—Colonel P. E. Edmondson editor and proprietor of the LaGrange Journal, died this morning after a brief illness of black jaundice at the age of 68, leaving an aged widow, but no children. Deceased came from California, where he played a prominent part in politics in 18?0. He edited first the Schulenburg Enterprise, then the Flatonia Argus, and since 1881 was editor of the LaGrange Journal. He was a Mexican war veeran and received a pension a such. He also took an active part in the civil war.


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Aug 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

B. R. Edwards, Flatonia, age 7 months, died July 22.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Weimar Mercury, 28 Dec 1895, page 2

Polk Edwards, a young man who was raised by Mr. Bates Gay near Columbus, was shot in the stomach Thursday night by Mr. Meyer, a saloon keeper, at Ellinger, and perhaps fatally wounded. No particulars obtainable.

The La Grange Journal, 2 Jan 1896

A Homicide – On Christmas Day, at Ellinger, Polk Edwards, employed as a section hand on the La Grange tap of the southern Pacific railroad, went gunning for a man against whom he had some imaginary grievance, and when on the point of entering a saloon, with his gun in hand, he was forbidden by Mr. Otto Meyer, one of the proprietors, not to enter with his gun. He persisted and went in, and report says commenced to cursing and abusing Mr. Meyer saying that he would kill him and started to throw his gun down on him, when a bystander caught hold of it, and at the same moment Mr. Meyer fired, the ball taking effect just below the navel. He lingered until sometime the next day and died. His remains were taken to the Gay Farm, near Columbus, by friends and there interred.

The JOURNAL has been informed that Edwards killed a boy near Luling a few years ago and was tried and convicted and was finally pardoned by the governor. It is also reported that he has since shot a negro, but whether it is true of not The JOURNAL is unable to say.

The general impression is that Edwards was peacably inclined when sober, but when drunk, was a dangerous man.

Otto Meyer had an examining trial before Justice Bertsh at Fayetteville and was released on $5,000 bail, which was promptly given. Mssrs. Brown, Lane, and Jackson have been employed to defend Mr. Meyer. Mr. Lane appeared in his behalf at the examining trial.

Contributed by orval@gvec.net


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 23, 1919

Another Is Called

Death Comes After Illness of Two Days From Influenza

Little Miss Zuma Edwards, aged thirteen years, died Thursday night at the home of her brother-in-law, Prof. Pyle, after an illness that had lasted only two days.  The young lady was making her home with the family of Prof. Pyle and was a student in the high school.

The remains were sent to Brady, where the parents reside, for interment, Friday night.  All death create a shadow of sadness, Miss Zuma’s is not an exception; at the time she became ill the influenza had already compelled the family members to seek medical help, and it almost seemed as though some should answer.  Death, it is said, loves a shining mark, but death also causes many hearts to ache.  Our sincerest sympathy is offered to the mourning relatives.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 6, 1921

La Grange’s Dead Hero

Remains of Private H. J. Ehlers Interred at La Grange Friday

The only toll exacted by the world war from La Grange was Private H. J. Ehlers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Ehlers, who died while in service for his country at St. Etienne, France.  News of Hugo’s death which occurred October 10, 1918, came to La Grange November 12, just one day after the great news that arms had been lowered and preparations for peace were underway.  To celebrate in the hours of one day such glorious tidings as were those which gave us the assurance that armistice had been signed, and in the hours of the morrow bow our heads in sorrow at the unwelcome tidings that Hugo, or Jimmie as we called him – and he whom all had loved so much, had paid the supreme price a few days previous is but another illustration of life’s unfathomable and mysterious ways of awarding destiny.

Hugo was a La Grange boy, in truth and in fact.  His was a disposition – never changing – that won him love, respect and good will, divided among all classes.  No distinction in such friendship, neither was there preference, he was Jimmie Ehlers to all, that meant everybody’s friend.  He cast not his castor into the arena as warriors of old, he went at the call to become a soldier for his country.  With the same cheerful smile that had helped to bring cheer to all he came in contact with, Jimmie walked forward and grabbed the rail of the iron horse drawn coach to appear before his superior officer.  And he died in the service of his country, a true soldier, on the field, in active service.

In bringing back these crumbling remains of our young friend in order that his dust may mingle with the dust of his native land, we come together to pay our last respects, with a feeling of sorrow, yet recognize our duty.  Within the breasts of the all of us there is a revived a strong love for patriotism and a sympathy for those who loved him with a prior right.  Jimmie was one of our young men, and at this late day, as we lower the human clay to the last rest, we pause long enough to shed a tear.

The remains reached La Grange from San Antonio Friday morning, and lay in state at the Presbyterian church until the afternoon, the ceremonies conducted by Rev. M. H. Arnold of Smithville.  At the new cemetery they will rest.  In silent manner the many tokens of love – flowers – were placed upon his earthen couch.  The attendance was very large, and comprised sympathizing friends from all sections.  Private Ehlers was a member of Medical Corps, 143d Regular 36th Division.

Obituary contributed by Rob Brown

Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Oct 1921

La Grange Soldier Hero Is Laid to Rest at Home

La Grange, Texas, Oct. 1. – The remains of Hugo Ehlers, private in the 143d infantry, medical detachment, who was killed in the Argonne, October 10, 1918, were brought here Friday morning and interment was held in the new cemetery the same afternoon at 4 o’clock. The services were conducted by Rev. M. H. Arnold of Smithville and all business houses in the town were closed. The deceased is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Ehlers, his sister, Mrs. J. C. Steinbrook, La Grange and brothers, V. M. Ehlers, Austin, Walter J. Ehlers, Taylor, Alfred Ehlers, La Grange Helmuth Ehlers, Galveston, Werner Ehlers and Leslie Ehlers of La Grange.

Contributed by Matt Cross

See photograph of Hugo Ehlers Funeral and WWI information


Colorado Citizen, 1 Feb 1883, page 2

We regret to chronicle the death of the infant child of county clerk Ehlinger. We extend to the father and mother our deepest sympathies in their bereavement.—LaGrange Journal.


Weimar Mercury, 29 Mar 1890, page 3

Died, at LaGrange, March 20, 1890, ??ara May, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Ehlinger.—Journal.


Weimar Mercury, 24 Jan 1913, page 7


Joe Ehlinger of La Grange, who formerly lived at Live Oak Hill and who served Fayette Co. as county judge, clerk and commissioner, was buried in the catholic cemetery at Live Oak Hill, by Father Vanicek, Frieday at 10 a.m., assisted by Father Bauer of La Grange. May he rest in peace.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 12, 1962



Last rites for a pioneer resident of Ellinger, Mrs. C. W. Ehlinger, were held Thursday, June 28, at the Jecmenek chapel there.  Burial followed in the La Grange City cemetery.  The Rev. Raymond W. Durst, assisted by Rev. A. E. Flathmann, officiated. 

Mrs. Ehlinger, 91, died Tuesday at St. Joseph’s hospital in Houston where she had been a patient since Thursday.

Born on Aug. 24, 1870 at Ellinger, she was a daughter of Henry and Nancy Ellerbusch Birkmann.  She spent her lifetime in that city.  On April 9, 1889, she married C. W. Ehlinger, a member of another pioneer family from which the town received its name.  He was a prominent businessman at Ellinger for many years and owned extensive land interests in the area.  He died on Jan. 2, 1945.

She is survived by five daughters, Mrs. C. A. J. Meyer, Mrs. Leona Meyer, and Mrs. Clara Mae Meyer, all of Ellinger, Mrs. B. F. Knolle of Houston, and Mrs. Leslie Ehlers of New Braunfels; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Note: Nannie Birkmann Ehlinger’s baptismal name was “Henriette Nancy Birkmann” when she was baptized on 10 April 1871, and her birthdate then was given as 22 August 1870.  Both events are in the St. John’s Lutheran Church records, as no. 4 for 1871. She was born in Ross Prairie to Henry and Nancy Ellerbusch Birkmann, who died in 1873 and 1874, respectively. Her father’s last name in Germany was Bergmann. She was known to the family as Nannie, and grew up in the family of her maternal aunt, Dorothea Ellerbusch Meyer, who was married to John H. Meyer. Death records give her date of death as June 26, 1962. Contributed by Judy Koehl


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Jan 1899

Just as the STICKER was ready for the press information came of the death of H. Eilers, Sr., father of City Marshal Eilers, at his home in Fayetteville, Monday, aged 78 years. More extended notice next week.

Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Feb 1899

Aug Eilers of Halletsville passed through town last week en route home from Fayetteville where he had been to attend the funeral of his father.

Contributed by Matt Cross

H. Melchior Eisenmeier

Edgefield [South Carolina] Advertiser, October 28, 1868


Died, at LaGrange, Texas, on 15th of Sept. 1868, in the 37th years of his age, of erysipelas, Prof. H. MELCHIOR EISENMEIER, son of Hon. JOHN DE EISENMEIER of Augsburg Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany.—Prof. EISENMEIER, a few months ago, came into our midst, with the most flattering testimonials, and his brief residence among us fully establish the character, they represented him to have. As a gentleman we had the highest respect for him; but as one of our Southern soldiers, do we more than ever deplore his loss.—LaGrange (tex.) Democrat.


Weimar Mercury, Feb 20, 1920 page 3


Former Resident of Schulenburg Succumbs to Pneumonia.

A telegram received yesterday by W. R . King of the City National Bank announced the death at 3 o'clock yesterday morning in the Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, of Mrs. W. T. Eldridge Sr. of Sugarland, Tex.

Mr. and Mrs. Eldridge had been in New York for the past several weeks. About two weeks ago Mrs. Eldridge was stricken with influenza which followed by pneumonia, resulted in her death.

Before her marriage, less than a year ago, she was Miss Laura Steinmann of Schulenburg and because of her graciousness and personal charm was greatly admired by her acquaintances and enjoyed a large circle of friends.

It is probably that the funeral will take place in Schulenburg early next week, but the arrangements have not yet been announced. —San Antonio Express, Feb. 13.

Weimar Mercury, Feb 20, 1920 page 1


A special train conveying the remains of the late Mrs. W. T. Eldridge and the funeral party passed though this city Monday at noon, en route to Schulenburg, where the body was laid to rest that afternoon. Mrs. Eldridge was formerly a Miss Steinmann of Schulenburg. She died of pneumonia in New York City one day last week. She was the wife of W. T. Eldridge of Sugar Land.


The La Grange Journal, 7 May 1980


Lucia May Robson Eldridge died on May 1, four days after her 97th birthday. Death occured at Parkview Manor Nursing Home, Weimar.

Services were held Saturday, Nay 3, at St. James Episcopal Church, officiated by the Revs. John Logan and David Puckett. Burial was in La Grange City Cemetery.

The deceased was for a number of years city librarian in La Grange. She was born on April 27, 1883 in La Grange to William Sion Robson and Lucy Praetorius Robson. She was married in La Grange in 1917 to Frank A. Eldridge, who died in 1925.

Mrs. Eldridge was a charter member of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; was the oldest member of the La Grange Cemetery Assn.; served 30 years as treasure of the Cemetery Assn; was a charter member of the Fayette Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; and was president of the Etaerio Club.

Surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

The family suggests that any memorials be in the form of contributions to the La Grange Cemetery Assn.

Timothy "Tim" Lee Elliott

Houston Chronicle, October 21, 2018

Timothy "Tim" Lee Elliott


Timothy Lee Elliott , 70, beloved husband, dear friend, co-worker and respected educator, passed away in the arms of Our Lord on September 28, 2018. He taught in 

Aldine ISD, Fort Bend ISD, and finished his 30 years of service at the Opportunity Awareness Center in the Katy ISD.

We would like to thank the many friends who prayed with us through his last battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his mother, Gloria Elliott; his wife of 42 years, Judith; his brothers, Thomas, Donald and David; and many nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass will be offered at Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Community in Katy, TX, with burial to follow at Richter's Cemetery in Round Top, TX. 

Contributed by Judith Elliott


The Fayette County Record, Vol. 1, No. 38, Ed. 1, Tuesday, January 6, 1874

(From the Texas Baptist Herald.)
"The paths of glory lead but to the grave."

SAM ELLIS, was born in Lavaca county, Texas, December 21st, 1849. He was the only son of Richard Ellis and his wife Mary Munn. Of his father, the author of "Flowers and Fruits from the Wilderness," (who was his early associate and knew him well), says: "Richard Ellis preached with great power a number of years, and passed to his reward while in the prime of life." The venerable Judge Baylor has often remarked that he was a worthy associate and fitting compeer in the sacred ministry, of the lamented Wm. M. Tryon. His mother is the sister of Rev. Reddin Andrew, jr. His last illness commented [sic.] on Monday, September 29, 1873, and terminated in his death, at his mother's residence, in Fayette county, Texas, on Saturday morning, at 4 o'clock, October 4th. He professed religion and was baptized into the fellowship of Shiloh church by Rev. P. B. Chandler, on Monday after the fourth Sunday in July, 1865. His uncle, Reddin Andrews, jr., was baptized at the same time. He entered Baylor University in 1868, and with intervals of short or long duration according as his mother's business demanded, has been a student until last June. Seldom has it fallen to the writer to perform so sad a duty as penning tribute to the memory of Sam Ellis.

Socially, he was a general favorite. Among his fellow students,—with citizens of the community,—with ladies and gentlemen,—with Christians and non-professors of religion, where he moved he was a welcome guest and associate. He had rare capabilities for making friends, and if he had an enemy, it is not known. He cultivated equanimity of temper, and while others might be excited or irritated, he would be calm and cool. His sympathies were as well dictated and aroused by his reason as his heart. This was signally manifested in attentions upon the sick. If his comrades were sick, he was the first to call on his fellow students, to accompany him to the sick room and sit up with his sick or dying classmate or school fellow. Nor was he fined to schoolmates only. He took a deep interests [sic.] in all that concerned his fellow creatures, whether political or religious.

He was remarkably guarded in the utterances of his opinions. Seldom, if ever, did he utter unkind remarks about others. His intellect was strong, clear and unusually balanced for one of his years. His powers of application were developing surely and successfully, and would (had his life been spared) have matured his mind beyond the common claims of talent to the high demands of genius. His rank as a student was always creditable, and his ambition aimed at the highest mark. He excelled in general knowledge. Few young men have read so much and digested it so well. It was as writer and speaker, that he was most conspicious [sic.]. The highest evidence of his power as a writer and speaker was exhibited at the last commencement of Baylor University when he received from the Erosophian Society the award of gold medal, as its best declaimer, and also the award of the Umpire, in the contest for the Hiram Woods' god medal, as the best elocutionist. Two gold medals in one day seldom fall to any young aspirant for usefulness or fame.

His instructors and fellow students were daily expecting his return to Independence, when the appalling intelligence came that he was dead. When announced with a choked utterance to the students, hardly a dry eye was seen and when the memorial service was held by the Erosophian Society in the chapel, the whole community came out to listen to the appropriate address of his fellow student, George W. Bain. . .

He had . . [torn] . . . en that he would love . . . preach the gospel. Many he . . . were burdened with the same desire. He was an ardent friend of temperance, and a consistent christian. When about to die, he said [to] his deeply distressed mother: "Mother, you do not know how I have loved you. Don't give up when your only son is gone. I am not excited, I am not afraid to die. I would like to live a few years, for your sake. I know that Jesus is the resurrection and the life, and all who trust in him shall have part in the first resurrection."

Thus has lived, and thus has died, one of the most promising young men on the soil of Texas. Long will he be remembered by his fellow students. Never will he be forgotten in this world by his relatives and intimate acquaintances.

"Like other tyrants Death delights to smite
What smitten most proclaim the pride of power,
And arbitrary nod. His joy supreme,
To bid the wretch survive the fortunate.
The feeble wrap th' athletic in his shroud;
And weeping fathers build their children's tombs."

[W. C. C.]


Colorado County Citizen, September 25, 1953

Mrs. Rosie Elsik Dies, Burial Is In Ross Prairie

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Jecmenek funeral chapel in Ellinger for Mrs. Rosie Elsik, 76, who died at her home in Fayetteville Friday night after having been in ill health for 3 years.

Continued services were held at the Ross Prairie church, with burial in the church cemetery, with Revs. Beseta [Beseda] and Swoboda officiating.

Born in Europe, Mrs. Elsik came to this country when she was 5 and had spent her entire life in Fayette and Colorado counties.

Survivors are 4 sons, Frank and Henry of Columbus, Joe of Fayetteville and Elo of Edinburg; one daughter, Mrs. Millie Skalitsky of Fayetteville and 2 sisters, Mrs. Husal of West and Mrs. Joe Kubin Sr. of Houston.

Pallbearers were her nephews.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 April 1912


Macie Embee, Age 35 yrs. 4 mo. 9 da. Accidental Drowning, Fayetteville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


March 1929 newspaper clipping


Mrs. Bertha Rosalie Emmrich, nee Bauer, was born April 21, 1864. near Round Top, Texas. She was christened in early childhood and confirmed by the late Rev. Neuthard in the Ev. Lutheran Church, Round Top, April 14, 1878. On November 29, 1883 she was married to Mr. Oscar W. Emmrich. This union was happily blessed with ten children as follows: Fritz, and Hans, Giddings; Mrs. Clara Cole, Austin; Mrs. Margareta Richter, Round Top; Mrs. Louisa Werner near Round Top; Walter, Giddings; Mrs. Laura Braun near Round Top; Mrs. Elsa Jaster near Carmine; William, Giddings, and Miss Hildegard, Giddings, and 17 grandchildren. There has never before been a death in the family, and all of the children are steadfast, progressive citizens. Besides these descendents, she leaves her bereaved husband, two brothers, two sisters and their families, and a long list of relatives, friends and acquaintances.

Mrs. Emmrich spent her childhood, her youth and most of her married life on their farm in Fayette County. Four years ago they sold their farm to two of their children and moved to Giddings where they lived together in their new home happily and retired near their children.

Early Thursday morning, March 14, the dearly beloved woman was cheerful and happy as usual; at nine o'clock, how ever, she suffered a stroke of paralysis and died Sunday evening, March 17, at 6:39. In her departure, there passed a faithful wife, a true companion, a sweet precious mother, a loving grandmother, a good house wife, and a sincere, goodhearted friend and neighbor. Her age was 64 years, 10 months, and 26 days.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. H. Falkenberg, a former pastor of the deceased, of Moulton, Texas. In the family home, in the presence of many relatives and friends, the services based on Luke 2; 29-30 were held at one o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The choir sang "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." "Asleep in Jesus," and "Nearer my God to Thee."

The remains were then taken to the family cemetery at Hill's School in Fayette County and tenderly laid to rest in the presence of the largest assemblage of friends and relatives that had ever met in that little cemetery.

Those from a distance attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. Bauer and son, Edwin and wife of Casten, Mrs. Otto Hoffman of Fredericks burg, Emil, Ernst, Vernon and Ben Wolle, Oscar and Albert Richter, Mrs. Luther Hansen of San Antonio, Mr, and Mrs. George Schneider and family of Rockdale, Mr. and Mrs. Arno Wisian and baby of Thorndale, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Fiedler, Mr. and Mrs. Max Citzler of La Grange, Mr, and Mrs. E. Bauer and family of Flatonia, and a large number of relatives, friends and acquaintances of Carmine and Round Top.

Obituary contributed by Terry Matula


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 15, 1938

Charles Emmerich

Chas. Emmerich of near Round Top, farmer, aged 72 years, 5 months and 13 days, died following an accident that befell him Monday afternoon.  Mr. Emmerich fell from a wagon loaded with hay, and in the fall broke his neck.  Death came quickly.  Funeral services were held at his home Wednesday. Dec. 14, at 2:00 p.m., Rev. W. Kralik, Lutheran minister of Round Top, officiating.  Interment at the Hill cemetery near Round Top.

Mr. Emmerich was born in Germany, June 29, 1866, and immigrated to Texas in 1875, locating near Round Top.  He was united in marriage with Miss Ida Conrad in 1886.  He had lived in Fayette county for 63 years.  He was a member of the Round Top Lodge, Sons of Hermann, and also a member of the Lutheran church.

Surviving are his wife and the following children: Mrs. Mary Werner, Mrs. Louise Braun and Ernest Emmerich of Round Top.  There are 3 grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 3, 1907, page 5

Ernst Engel of Bluff died at his home on the 24th of December, at the age of 73 years. Deceased was one of the founders of the Teutonia Society, an honest and highly respected citizen. He leaves a wife, and six children and a host of sympathizing friends to mourn his demise. The remains were interred Christmas day, the attendance being very large. To the surviving relatives THE JOURNAL extends its sincere condolence.
Contributed by James E. Williams


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Nov 1919


Near Moulton, October 20, of obstruction of bowels, Mrs Frieda W Engelmann, aged 23 years, 4 months and 3 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 3 Oct 1919, page 6


Muldoon, Texas, Sept. 27.—Uncle Sam English, one of the oldest residents, was found dead on the public road Saturday morning. Death was due to natural causes and occurred while he was out for a four-mile-walk. He was 84 years of age.


Fayette County Record, January 9, 1925

Carl Erdman

Carl Erdmann, an aged, highly respected citizen of the Rutersville vicinity, quickly passed to his reward Thursday, at the noon day hour at the home of his sister, Mrs. Chas Witt, a widow.  The deceased attained the Biblical age of three score year and ten, even surpassing this by two years last August the 14th.  In his life time he had some exceedingly hard tribulations to endure.  In one week he lost three stalwart sons, Walter, Reinhard, and Louis between the ages of 17 and 21, two of whom were placed in one and the same grave.  All died of pneumonia.  Six years ago his beloved wife preceded him in death and was buried near Taylor.

Rev. R. Heise conducted the funeral ceremonies, then the deceased was placed to his final rest in the Rutersville cemetery.  Mr. Erdmann’s demise is mourned by two sons:  Chas of Sagerton, Will of Hondo; five daughters; Mrs. Aug. Hahn, Sagerton, Mrs. Fritz Witt, Rabbs Prairie, Mrs. Alma Balko, Thrall, Mrs. Johanna Stauffer, Thrall and Mrs. Fritz Lange of Thrall.

The deceased was a fine Christian gentleman as testified to by Mr. Otto Eckel, whose Godfather the deceased was, a good neighbor, and a friend to everybody.
Contributed by Diane Schulte


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Apr 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

 – Ermis died April 8, age 83 years.

Contributred by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Friday, May 31, 1935

SCHULENBURG, May 30.—Funeral services for Mrs. Charles Ermis, Sr., 53. were held here Wednesday.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Ermis Sr.; her mother, Mrs. Anna Kosharek [Kosarek] of Shiner; five children, Mrs. Adolph Zabransky, Mrs. Ruth Schuman. Charles Jr., Rudy and Viola, all of Schulenburg; five brothers, Joe Kosharek of Hockheim, Frank of San Antonio, Jim of Poth, Florian of San Antonio, and John of Ventura, Cal., and three sisters, Mrs. Emilia Turek of Shiner, Mrs. Maria Havel of Corpus Christi, and Mrs. Christine Carrol or Los Angeles, Cal.

Anna Kosarek Ermis is buried at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery in Schulenburg. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, November 3, 1960

Schulenburg. – Chas. Ermis Sr. of Pasadena, age 83 years, passed away October 23, 1960 at Pasadena terminating an illness of five years.

Mr. Ermis was born March 1, 1877, at Shiner as the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ermis. He was united in marriage to Annie Kosarek and the couple resided in Schulenburg for many years. Mrs. Ermis preceded him in death in 1935.

Funeral services were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Tuesday morning, October 25 at 8:45 a.m. with continued services at the St. Rose Catholic Church at 9:00 a.m. Rev. Father Eustace Hermes officiated and burial was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Adolph (Louise) Zabransky of Schulenburg, Mrs. Richard (Albina) Schumann of Houston and Mrs. Charlie (Viola) Eddlemann of South Houston; two sons, Charles Ermis of Austin and Rudy Ermis of Pasadena; four sisters, Mrs. Emma Orsak of Houston, Mrs. Julia Farek of Engle, Mrs. Louise Farek of Houston and Mrs. Clara Jarosek of Kingsville; a brother, Willie Ermis of Schulenburg; ten grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

F. ermis

Schulenburg Sticker, 11 May 1899


At his home near St. John, Monday night, in his 60th year, Mr. F. Ermis.

The deceased was among the oldest settlers in Fayette county, having emigrated from Austria in his 18th year. He was a peaceful and honest citizen, and was loved by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and nine sons, all grown, who live in Fayette county, and are respectable farmers. The STICKER joins friends in extending condolence.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 19, 1941

Mrs. Julia Ermis Dies In El Campo

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Ermis, 77, were held Monday at St. Phillip's Catholic church in El Campo by the Rev. V. A. Raska. Interment was at Schulenburg.

Mrs. Ermis was the mother of Mrs. Felix Barton and William and Frank Ermis, all of Weimar, who survive, along with the following: two other daughters, Mrs. Rudolph Krenek of El Campo and Mrs. Frank Holub of Schulenburg; and a sister, Mrs. Richard Boehm of Port Lavaca; and two brothers, Frank Bartosh of Yoakum and Roman Bartosh of Dubina.

Mrs. Ermis, born in Czechoslovakia, came to Texas at the age of 17 and settled in Lavaca County. Later she moved to Fayette and at the time of her death had been residing with a daughter, Mrs. Rudolph Krenek of El Campo.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the sorrowing survivors.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, August 19, 1965

Final Rites For Mrs. Julia Ermis Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia H. Ermis, 84, were held Saturday morning, August 14, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church with Rev. Albert Hubertus officiating.

Burial was in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery at Schulenburg.

Mrs. Ermis died at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at Youens Hospital.

Born Februry 16, 1881 in the St. John community near Praha, she was a daughter of Frank and Barbara Skarebilla Mazoch. She was married to Wm. F. Ermis at Dubina in 1902. They settled in the Dubina area, later living at Frydek and at Borden, where Mr. Ermis operated a cotton gin, then moving to Weimar in 1957. Mr. Ermis died April 28, 1960.

Mrs. Ermis was a member of St. Michael's Church and Christian Mothers.

She is survived by six sons, Ignac V., William J., and Johnnie A. Ermis, all of Weimar, Herman V. and Victor F. Ermis of Galveston, and Emil Ermis of Sealy; three daughters, Mrs. John L. Saha of Sealy and Mrs. Otis C. Cady and Mrs. Robert Miksch of Weimar; 23 grandchildren; and two sisters, Mr. Raymond Kossa of Rosenberg and Mrs. Christina Frederich of Schulenburg. Seven brothers and five sisters preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Ignac J. Ermis, Patrick Ermis, Marvin Ermis, Wilbur Saha, Floyd Ermis and Johnnie E. Ermis.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Sunday, October 8, 1950

SCHULENBURG—Funeral services for Mrs. Jim Ermis, 66, were held here Thursday. She had been in ill health for about six weeks and had recently returned home from a hospital.

The Rev. Leo Goertz officiated at services at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and the St. Rose Catholic Church. Interment was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Ermis, a native of Schulenburg, was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and the K.J.Z.T. Lodge.

Survivors are the husband, three sons, Jimmie Ermis, Oklahoma, Albert Ermis and Laddie Ermis, Schulenburg; one sister, Mrs. Annie Langerhans, Houston and one brother, Louis Jalufka, Moravia.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Saturday, November 26, 1949

SCHULENBURG, Nov. 25.—Funeral services were held for Raymond Ermis, 39, farmer of the St. John community who was killed when his tractor overturned. Ermis was discovered pinned beneath his tractor by members of his family.

Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Ermis; one sister and six brothers.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, May 6, 1960

Funeral Rites For Wm. Ermis, 80, Saturday

Funeral services for William F. Ermis, 80, were held Saturday, April 30, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church, with interment in St. Rose Cemetery at Schulenburg.

The Rev. Thomas O'Callaghan officiated, assisted by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. A. F. Drozd, the Rev. Louis Fritz and the Rev. Lad. Klimicek of Frydek, Texas.

Mr. Ermis died Thursday at his home after a heart attack. He had been in ill health several years.

Born April 8, 1880, at Praha, Texas, he was the son of John and Julia Bartos Ermis. He married Miss Julis Mazoch at Dubina in 1902, and since that time had lived in the Weimar area, except for six years they lived at Frydek, where he was in the ginning business. Returning from Frydek in 1925 , he operated a gin at Borden for 10 years before retiring. He and Mrs. Ermis bought a home in Weimar and moved here in 1957.

Surviving in addition to his wife are six sons, Ignac V. of Borden, John A. and William J. of Weimar, Emil of Frydek, Herman and Victor of Galveston; three daughters, Mrs. John L. (Lillie) Saha of Frydek, Mrs. Otis (Martha) Cady of Weimar, and Mrs. Robert (Cecilia) Miksch of Borden; 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Frank Ermis of Schulenburg; and one sister, Mrs. Frank Holub Sr. of Schulenburg. Two sisters preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were six grandsons; I. J. Ermis and Gary Cady of here, Marvin Ermis of Galveston, Patrick Ermis of Houston, Edwin Saha and Victor Ermis of Frydek.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 23 Feb 1917, page 8

Schulenburg Pioneer Dies

Schulenburg, Tex., Feb. 19.—Charles Ernst, aged 85 years, a pioneer resident of this place where he had lived for forty three years, died at the family residence Thursday night, following a brief illness. Burial was made at the City Cemetery Friday afternoon, services being conducted by Rev. Mr. Rader of Weimar. Two daughters survive. Mrs. Lillie Brueckel of El Paso and Miss Dollie Ernst of this city.

Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Feb 1917

Charles Ernst Dead

Mr. Charles Ernst, an old and respected citizen of Schulenburg, died at the family home Thursday and burial took place at the City Cemetery Friday afternoon.

Mr. Ernst was born in Wuertenburg, Germany, March 5, 1832. He came to America in 1856, locating in Pennsylvania, where he was united in marriage to Miss Marie Riggen in 1864. Two years later he came to Columbus and the following year located in Schulenburg.

Mr. Ernst was one of the oldest settlers in Fayette county. By thrift, economy and good business judgment, he and his wife had laid up a competency for their old age. In April, 1915, Mrs. Ernst preceded him to the unknown beyond. They were blessed with eight children, of whom Mrs. J. J. Breuckel, of Fort Bliss, and Miss Dolly Ernst, of this city, survive.

[A Card of Thanks lists the daughter as Mrs. J. C. Breuckel.]

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, July 6, 1961, page 1

Last Rites Read For Mrs. L. Eschenburg

Mrs. Louis Eschenburg Sr., nee Amalia Dieringer, passed away June 26 at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eschenburg at 715 Simpson St., Schulenburg. She had been in ill health for the past 18 months.

Mrs. Eschenburg was born October 22, 1876, at High Hill as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Dieringer. On November 19, 1895, she was united in marriage at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church here to Louis Eschenburg, who preceded her in death.

After their marriage, the young couple settled in the Schulenburg area where she lived all her life. She was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church. At the time of her death, she had reached the age of 84 years, 8 months and 4 days.

Funeral services were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Wednesday, June 28 at 8:15 a.m. with continued services at the St. Rose Catholic Church at 9 a.m. Rev. Lambert Luskowski officiated at the Requiem Mass and last rites with burial in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Eugene Eschenburg, Jerome Sassin, Joe Hartensteiner, Bennie Tofel, Robert Eschenburg and Bennie Ulrich.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Annie Hemmerlein and Mrs. Emma Kainer of Schulenburg, Mrs. Paul (Minnie) Smith of Houston; four sons, Willie, Gus, Fred and Charles Eschenburg, all of Schulenburg; a sister, Mrs. Pauline Fiedler of Houston; a brother, Frank Dieringer of Schulenburg; nineteen grandchildren and twenty-four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Mrs. Willie (Louise) Guettermann, Mrs. Alvin (Pauline) Ulrich; two sons, Ludwig and Henry Eschenburg; four sisters, Mrs. Ernest Schilab, Mrs. Anton Schappan, Mrs. Joe Gassmann and Mrs. Anton Winkler and two brothers, Albert and Ferdinand Dieringer.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Jan 2006, page 3

Charles Eschenburg

Charles Victor Eschenburg, age 88 years, 9 months, 12 days, died at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005 after a nine-month illness. He had formerly resided at 206 Kallus St., Schulenburg.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, Dec. 21 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, with Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. A tribute to his life and a poem were read by Kori Dvorak, great-granddaughter.

Pallbearers were Rodney, Russell and Cameron Byrd of the Houston area and Randy Schuetze of Weimar, grandsons; Jerome Sassin Sr. of Schulenburg and Eugene Eschenburg of Frydek, nephews; and Justin Eschenburg of Frybek, great-nephew. Named as honorary pallbearers were Michelle Schuetze of Weimar and Kimberly Dvorak of Schulenburg, granddaughters; and Kodi and Kori Dvorak of Schulenburg, and Colin and Nathan Schuetze of Weimar, great-grandchildren.

Recitation of the rosary, led by Rev. Kosler was held on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.

Born on March 6, 1917 at High Hill, he was the son of Louis and Amalia (Dieringer) Eschenburg. He attended High Hill Catholic School. On May 4, 1943 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in High Hill, he married Regina Beyer, his devoted and loving wife of 62 years. A lifelong resident of Fayette County, he moved from High Hill to Schulenburg in the early 1940s. Mr. Eschenburg worked at various jobs during his lifetime, including the Schulenburg and Columbus Ice Plant for many years, doing yard work and cleaning the St. Rose Cemetery, working for Krause Bakery for a number of years, and doing janitorial jobs in later years along with his wife. In 2002, he retired. Mr. Eschenburg was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. “Charles was a simple but loving and caring person and friend to many,” his family writes.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Helen Koncaba of Schulenburg and Edna Byrd of Tomball; three grandsons, Rodney Byrd of Conroe, Russell Byrd of The Woodlands and Cameron Byrd of Tomball; two granddaughters, Michelle Schuetze of Weimar and Kimberly Dvorak of Schulenburg; four great-grandchildren, Kori Dvorak and Kodi Dvorak of Schulenburg, and Colin Schuetze and Nathan Schuetze of Weimar; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents; five sisters, Annie Hammerlein, Louisa Guettermann, Emma Kainer, Minnie Smith and Paulina Ulrich; five brothers, Henry, Louis, Gus, Willie and Fred Eschenburg; and a son-in-law, Oscar Koncaba.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Dec 2010, page 3

Christine Ermis Eschenburg

Christina Ermis Eschenburg, 93, of Schulenburg, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

She was born on July 1, 1917 in Dayton to John and Mary (Toman) Janik. Mrs. Eschenburg was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg and the Altar Society. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas in Weimar, where she resided for several years.

Mrs. Eschenburg is survived by her two daughters, Christine Kocian and husband Raymond of Schulenburg, and Marie Cernoch and husband Laddie of Hallettsville; a daughter-in-law, Ellen Ermis of Canyon Lake; and six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. She is survived by two brothers, Steve Janik and wife Marie of Spring, and George Janik and wife Earlene of Schulenburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her first husband, Ladik Ermis; her second husband, Bill Eschenburg; her son, Ladik Ermis Jr.; two brothers, Lenhart Janik and Sylvester Janik; and one sister, Helen Ryza.

For the past 13 years, Mrs. Eschenburg was a resident at Schulenburg Regency, where she enjoyed playing dominoes, bingo and visiting with friends.

A rosary was recited on Thursday, Dec. 9 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 10 at St. Rose Catholic Church, with the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Interment followed in the St. John Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons Ray Kocian III, Jeff Cernoch, Ladik Ermis III and Eddie Martin, and nephews Michael Janik and William Janik.

“We will always remember Mom for her love of family, her keen sense of humor, her passion for taking pictures and her deep love of the Lord,” her family writes. “Mom will be truly missed by all her family.”

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 June 1917, page 1

Sudden Death

Henry Eschenburg, the seventeen-year-old son of Louie Eschenburg and wife, died Sunday morning about eight o’clock, from heart failure, at their home near High Hill.

The work horses had been turned out to pasture and “Heiney,” as he was called, had been taking one of the little tots for a romp over the place. On his return he told his father one of the horses was fighting the work horses and in company with another son the father went out to corral the wild one. Henry ran through some brush to head them off and his brother followed him, but in a few minutes returned to tell the father that “Heiney” was lying down and would not answer his call.

Mr. Eschenburg said his son had not been out of his sight to exceed three minutes and when his son told him the news, he was sure at first that he had seen him running just a moment before. It is a sad blow to the parents to lose their son just coming into manhood, and their many friends extend sympathy in their their [sic] bereavement.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, January 6, 1956, page 1

Louis Eschenburg Jr. Interred at Victoria

Louis Eschenburg, Jr., aged 51 years, 11 months, and twenty-two days and a lifetime resident of Victoria, passed away on Thursday, December 22. He suffered a heart attack and died in a Victoria Hospital.

Services were held at 8:45 a.m. Saturday at the McCabe-Carruth Funeral Chapel with continued services at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Victoria. Rev. Clarence Leopold officiated at the Requiem Mass and burial was in the Catholic Cemetery at Victoria.

Survivors of the deceased are his wife, Julie (Jurena) Eschenburg; three daughters, Mrs. Dorwin (Evelyn) Heibel, Mrs. Weldon (Beatrice) Herschhauser, Miss Mary Ann Eschenburg; two sons, Eugene and Frankie of Victoria; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis W. Eschenburg of Schulenburg; four brothers, Charles, Gus and Bill Eschenburg of Schulenburg; Fred of Houston; four sisters, Mrs. Annie Hammerlien, Mrs. Emma Kainer, Mrs. Pauline Ulrich, Schulenburg; Mrs. Minnie Smith, and one grandchild. One sister, Mrs. Willie Gutterman, who died July 1955 and one brother, Henry, who died at the age of sixteen, preceded him in death.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 March 1913, page 1


After an illness of several weeks, Mr. Louis Eschenburg, Sr., passed away Monday night at 10 oclock [sic].

Mr. Eschenburg was born in Pritzwald, Provinz Brandenburg, Germany, March 23, 1835. Came to this country with his parents in September 1852 and after a thirteen weeks’ voyage, landed in New Orleans, from where they moved to Galveston and later to Houston. From Houston they removed to Frelsburg, and in the year 1854 settled in High Hill.

In 1858 he was married to Miss Katherine Siems, who in 1895 preceded him in death. To this union fourteen children were born, seven dying in their youth. Three sons and four daughters survive him. The sons are: Messrs. William of Yoakum; Louis, Jr., High Hill and C. J. of Leroy. The daughters are: Mesdames Alvine Duerringer Emilie Sander and Helena Zwerka of Hochheim; and Frank Mueller of Bluff. Twenty-nine grand children and four great grand children also survive him.

At the breaking out of the Civil War he joined Co. A 3rd Texas Infantry under Captain Sam Alexander and served throughout the war. In 1867 he engaged in the blacksmith trade at Content, Colorado county, and conducted this business for twenty-two years when he removed to High Hill where he lived the remainder of his life.

The Sticker extends its heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones in their affliction.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Oct 1921


Died at Carmine, September 7, of perincious [sic] malaria; Mrs. Anna Etzel, aged 68 years, 2 months and 6 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, July 24, 1975

Albina Evanicky

Miss Albina M. Evanicky of Fayetteville, a retired employee of National Biscuit Co., of Houston, died at her home July 13.

Funeral services were held July 16 at St. Mary's Catholic Church near Ellinger, with the Rev. Francis Kolar officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. July 15 at Jecmenek Chapel. Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Miss Evanicky was a daughter of Frank and Christina Janek Evanicky, born Aug. 23, 1919.

Survivors include her father; one sister, Mrs. George (Doc) Mueller of Weimar; and 4 brothers, Willie Evanicky of Frelsburg, Albert Evanicky of Fayetteville, Elo Evanicky of Columbus and Charlie Evanicky of Brazoria.

Pallbearers were Emil Evanicky, Joe Elsik, Harry Ladewig, Ernest Prihoda, George Prihoda and Lester Schneider.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, April 13, 1972

Christina Evanicky

Last rites for Mrs. Christina Mary Evanicky of Fayetteville were held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Jecmenek Funeral Home with continued services at Live Oak Hill Church. The Rev. Francis Kohler officiated. Interment was in Live Oak Hill Cemetery. Rosary was recited Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Jecmenek Funeral Home. Henneke Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Evanicky, a lifetime resident of the Rocky Hill area, was born Sept. 1, 1902, daughter of Theodore and Julia Janak. She was married to Frank Evanicky in 1918.

Surviving are her husband of Rocky Hill; 2 daughters, Albina Evanicky of Fayetteville and Mrs. George (Vlasta) Mueller of Weimar; 5 sons, Willie of Frelsburg, Robert of Beasley, Elo of Columbus, Albert of Fayetteville and Charles Evanicky of Bay City; 3 sisters, Mrs. Rosalie Berry of Lissie, Mrs. Tony Jordan of Austin and Mrs. Albina Butler of Eagle lake; 3 brothers, Frank and Emil Janak of Eagle Lake and Theo Janak of Columbus, and 15 grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers were Emil Evanicky, Ernest Prihoda, George Prihoda, John Kopecky Jr., Arnold Gayda and Frank P. Noska.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, June 2, 1966

Robert Evanickys Lose Infant Son

Jerome Dale Evanicky, born May 25, to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Evanicky of Beasley in an El Campo hospital, died May 27.

Mr. Evanicky is a brother of Mrs. "Doc" Mueller of Weimar

The baby was buried Saturday in the La Grange City Cemetery after services at Untermeyer Funeral Home, Columbus. Rev. Tom Collins of Columbus officiated.

In addition to his parents, Jerome Dale is survived by two brothers and a sister.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, January 10, 1974

Robt. Evanicky, Mrs. Mueller's Brother, Dies

Robert J. Evanicky of Beasley, brother of Mrs. Geo. (Doc) Mueller of Weimar, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, at a Richmond hospital, of lung cancer. He was 48.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon from Koenig Funeral Chapel in La Grange and Plum Catholic Church, with burial in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Evanicky had been ill since last June.

Born Aug. 23, 1925, in Colorado County, he married Miss Dorothy Kopecky at Plum on Nov. 13, 1951. For the past 10 years they had lived at Beasley, where he was employed as a heavy equipment operator. He was a World War II veteran.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Mrs. Ronald Venghaus of Rosenberg; three sons, Robert Wayne, Don Edward and Daniel Allen Evanicky, all of Beasley; his father, Frank Evanicky of Fayetteville; two sisters, Mrs. Mueller here and Miss Albina Evanicky of Fayetteville; and four brothers, Willie of Frelsburg, Elo of Columbus, Albert of Fayetteville, and Charlie of Bay City.

Pallbearers were Steve Kopecky, Ernest Prihoda, Frankie Kopecky, Emil Srubar, Paul Blaha and Anton Sabrsula.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Nov 1919


Colored List.

At Flatonia October 1, of cancer of stomach, Amanda Evans, aged 75 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Everton Infant

Schulenburg Sticker, 11 May 1899

Died. – The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. M. T. Everton died Monday night after a short illness. The remains were laid to rest at the city cemetery Tuesday afternoon. The STICKER extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved parents.


Vestnik, December 27, 1972

We, the undersigned Resolution Committee, in behalf of the entire membership of Lodge No. 58, Hungerford, wish to express our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of our departed sister, Mrs. Marie Ewanicki, age 88, of Richmond, died Wednesday, November 15, 1972. A native of Czechoslovakia, Mrs. Ewanicki lived here for 58 years.

Funeral Services were held Friday, November 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Richmond with burial at Hostyn Hill Cemetery near Ellinger.

Survivors include a son, Lad Syblik of Sugar Land; daughters, Mrs. Frank Krachala of Richmond, Mrs. Frank Urban and Mrs. Jim Vavrecka of Rosenberg; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Paul Stein, Sam Minter and Tom Stein of Houston; Emmett Krachala of San Antonio, and Frank Urban and Don Landry of Rosenberg.

She was a member of Lodge No. 58, Hungerford.

May our departed sister rest in eternal peace.

Submitted by Ron New

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