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Weimar Mercury, November 20, 1925, Page 2

Adolph Haas

Mr. Adolph Haas died last Thursday as a result of poisoning, self administered. He was in town that day and purchased a quantity of London purple and on the way home he took the portion mixed with fruit. On arriving at the gate at home, he was barely alive and expired shortly afterward. A doctor was called, but it was too late.

Mr. Haas was an invalid for about seven years as a result of a stroke of paralysis and could not walk. He was a familiar figure in town, always driving up to the stores and was waited on from his buggy.

His helpless condition is probably the reason for taking his life. He leaves a wife and several children. Interment took place in the City Cemetery here Friday.

The Argus extends sympathy to the bereaved ones.—Flatonia Argus

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders
Transcriber’s Note:  Adolph was the son of Oswald and Rosina Theif Haas according to his death certificate.


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, August 6, 1954

Alfred Haas Interred At St. John Sat.

Funeral services for Alfred Haas of the St. John section, were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home on Saturday, July 31, at 8:45 o’clock in the morning with continued services at the St. John Catholic Church at 9:00 o’clock. Rev. Albert Maneth officiated at the last rites and interment was in the St. John Catholic Cemetery.

Deceased, who had reached the age of 41 years, was born at St. John on August 12, 1912, as the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Haas. He was reared in that community and lived there all of his life. He passed away at the family residence on Thursday, July 29. He was a member of the St. John Catholic Church.

Surviving are his father, Frank Haas of St. John; two sisters, Mrs. Wilhemina Bunhauer of Victoria, and Mrs. Henry (Hedwig) Melcher of Schulenburg; and one brother, Ed Haas of St. John.

His mother preceded him in death in 1938.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, Sept. 21, 1945

Mrs. Ferd. Haas Buried Thursday

Funeral services for Mrs. Ferdinand Haas [nee Carolina Berger], age 83, were held from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Eschenberg this Thursday morning at 9:45, followed by services at the St. John Catholic Church.  Rev. Petru officiated at the services and interment was in the St. John Catholic Cemetery.

Born as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton [and Theresia Keiner] Berger on March 3, 1862, she came to the United States [from Boelten, Austria] at the age of 22 years and made her home in this section of the country where she remained for the rest of her days.  She was united in marriage to Ferdinand Haas in 1882 to culminate a romance that began in Europe.  The wedding ceremony took place in the High Hill Catholic Church.

Mrs. Haas was a devout member of the St. John Catholic Church and a member of the Altar Society of that Church.  She passed away on September 18, at about 7:45 p.m. after an illness of short duration.  Her husband preceded her in death, having passed away on July 5, of this year.  A daughter died in 1919, and a son died at the age of nine months.

Surviving are the following children: Mrs. Henry Boehm of Victoria; Mrs. John Beyer of High Hill, Mrs. Joe Pauler of St. John; Mrs. Frank Neisser of La Salle and Mrs. Paul Neisser of Inez.  A sister, Mrs. Frank [Aloisia Berger] Muehr lives at Sugar Land.  Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, March 14, 1952

Edward Haas Succumbs to Heart Attack

Edward Haas, age 75 years, passed away in a Weimar Hospital Sunday night at 11:00 P.M. following a heart attack suffered a few hours earlier.

Mr. Haas was born in Fayette County on Jan. 29, 1877, as the son of Joseph and Theresia Haas. He was baptized in the St. Mary’s Church at High Hill.  Deceased, a farmer by occupation, had never married. He had lived in this vicinity all of his life. He was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church and also a member of the W. O. W. Lodge.

Funeral services were conducted from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home Wednesday morning at 8:45, followed by services in the St. Rose Catholic Church. Father Leo Goertz officiated and interment was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are three brothers, Ferdinand of Fredericksburg, Joe of Schulenburg and Frank of Weimar, and one sister, Mrs. Emil Polk of Schulenburg.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, July 13, 1945

Ferdinand Haas Buried at St. John

Ferdinand Haas, age 81 years, was laid to rest in the St. John Catholic Cemetery on Saturday, July 7th.

Mr. Haas was born in Balten, Germany [actually Bölten, Austria] July 24, 1864, and came to this country when nine years of age.  The family settled at High Hill where he grew to young manhood.  In the meantime their friends from Europe also came to this country and in a few years a childhood romance, begun in Europe, terminated in this country.  He and Miss Carolina Berger were united in marriage at High Hill on January 11, 1885.  They then moved to the St. John section where they have made their home up until the time of his death, Thursday, July 5.  Mr. Haas was a farmer by trade, a kindly neighbor, honest and a devout member of the St. John Catholic Church.

Funeral services were held from the St. John Catholic Church with Father Julius Petru officiating at the last rites.

Death was due to an injury received about a week previous when he fell from a horse drawn slide and broke his hip.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Carolina Haas; five children, Mrs. Henry Boehm of Victoria; Mrs. John Beyer of High Hill, Mrs. Joe Pauler of St. John; (twin daughters) Mrs. Frank Naiser of La Salle and Mrs. Paul Naiser of Inez; one brother, Frank Haas of St. John, and one sister, Mrs. Rud. Schilhab of St. John; 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.  A daughter, Emelia Beyer, died in 1919, and a son, Frank, died at the age of eight months.

Pall bearers were: Gus Eschenberg and Alfred of Schulenburg; Charles and Victor Boehm of Victoria; Rud. Schilhab of Victoria and Edwin Beyer of Wharton.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


The Schulenburg Sticker, October 4, 1962

Frank Haas Rites Read at St. John

The funeral services for Frank Haas were conducted from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Saturday, September 22 at 9 a.m. with continued services at the St. John Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Edward Bartsch officiated at the Requiem Mass with interment in the St. John Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Haas, age 92 years, eight months and 20 days, passed away September 20 at his home in the St. John community following an illness of one week.

He was born on December 30, 1869 in Austria as the son of Andreas and Rosalie Haas. A resident of this community for 80 years, he was engaged in farming and ranching. The deceased was a member of the St. John Catholic Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Wilhemina Beinhauer and Mrs. Henry (Hedwig) Malcher of Schulenburg and a sister, Mrs. Mary Schilhab, also of Schulenburg.

Preceding him in death were his two wives, a daughter and two sons.

Pallbearers were Ludwig Dittrich, Alfonse Berger, Joe Pauler, Alfred Sokol, Leo Sternadel and William Beinhauer.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, August 11, 1922

Jos. Haas, Sr.

Jos. Haas, Sr., who passed the ripe old age of 80 years last December, passed peacefully from his earthly labors to his final reward at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 8th.

Mr. Haas had resided near Schulenburg for about 45 years. He was well known and was highly esteemed by all, was truly a good man, always having a good word for everyone, and was never known to have an enemy.

Funeral services were conducted at his home and at the St. Rosa’s Catholic church here Thursday morning, internment was at the St. Rosa’s Cemetery, Father Lenzen officiating. The Catholic Knights of America of which he was a member attended his funeral in a body.

He is survived by his wife, three daughters and four sons. The daughters are: Mrs. Emil Polk, Mrs. Emil Winkler and Mrs. Ed. Kossler. The sons are Ed., Joe, Ferd., and Frank.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, September 2, 1938

Life Long St. John Resident Passes Away

Mrs. Frank Haas, 57, passed away at the St. Rosa Hospital in San Antonio last Saturday morning at 9:30 o’clock. She had been ill for about a month and everything possible was done to prolong her life, but all in vain.

She was born in the St. John section as Mary Sokol, on October 28, 1881.  On May 4, 1903, she was united in marriage to Frank Haas and made her home at St. John. She was a devout member of the St. John Catholic Church. During her life time she has spread sunshine and happiness along life’s pathway and in doing so made innumerable friends. She was a good mother, a devoted wife, doing all in her power to make her life time one of enjoyment and happiness to all those about her.

Funeral services were held from the family residence on Tuesday morning at 9:30. Services were also held at the St. John Church.  Rev. Hildebrant officiated at the last sad rites. Interment was in the St. John cemetery.

Surving are her husband; two sons, Eddie and Alfred at home; two daughters, Mrs. Willie Mae Beinhauer, of Victoria and Mrs. Herwich Melcher of Hackberry; two brothers, Adolf Sokol of St. John and Charles Sokol of Slaton; two sisters, Mrs. Emil Berger of St. John and Mrs. Fred Schenk of High Hill.

Pall bearers were: Alfred, George, Herbert, Julius and Charles Sokol and Victor Berger.

The Stickers tenders sincere sympathy to the bereaved relatives in their great loss.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Sep 1916, page 1

From Freyburg

Grandpa Haas died very suddenly Monday morning, at a ripe old age.

Oswald Haas, 4 Feb 1841 - 18 Sep 1916, was buried in Schulenburg. Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, December 14, 1934, page 1

Otto Haas Passes Away

Otto Haas, one of the good and prominent farmers of the Freyburg section, passed from this earth to his Heavenly Abode above last Thursday morning at 10:30 o’clock at the age of 65 years, one month and twenty four days.

Deceased was born in Fayette County October 12th., 1869. He was married to Miss Frederika Olle Nov. 7th., 1895, and to this union six children were born, all of who survive.

Mr. Haas had been suffering more than two years, during which time he suffered several strokes of paralysis.

Mr. Haas was a good man, a good husband and father who reared his children to be honorable ladies and gentlemen. He was a good neighbor and friend.

Funeral services were held Sunday from the family home with burial in the O.D.H.S. Cemetery. Rev. Paul Piepenbrok officiating.

The funeral was one of the largest held there in some time.

He is survived by his grief stricken wife and the following children:  Mrs. Minna Koehler, Swiss Alp; Mrs. Bertha Koehler, La Grange; Ben Haas, Mrs. Alma Dieringer, Freyburg, Mrs. Ella Koerth, Hallettsville, and Mrs. Lillian Spence of Muldoon.  He is also survived by twelve grandchildren and two brothers, William and Rudolph Haas. To them the Sticker and it’s many readers extend sincere sympathy in this their great sorrow.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker, July 22, 9132

Mrs. Threasa Haas

Mrs. Threasa Haas died Wednesday, July 13, at 7:15 P.M. at the family residence just North of the City limits, after a lingering illness of about six months, three months of which she was confined to her bed.

Before her marriage to Joseph Haas she was Miss Theresa Stanzel. She was born in Austria, Germany, Aug., 15th, 1856. She came to America with her parents at the age of twelve years, the family settling near Schulenburg, and for the past 42 years she has lived in the Northern part of this City.

In 1873 she was married to Jos. Haas and to this union ten children were born, four children preceded her in death, one son and one daughter dying in infancy and two daughters died after they were married. Her husband preceded her in death eleven years ago. She is survived by four sons, Ed, Joe, Ferd, and Frank Haas; two daughters, Mrs. Emil Winkler and Mrs. Emil Polk. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren.

The remains were laid to rest Friday morning, July 15, at 9 o’clock with services in St. Rosa Catholic Church and interment in the St. Rosa Cemetery. Rev. Hildebrand officiating.

The Sticker, in common with all it’s readers, extends its sincere sympathy to the bereaved children.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, June 15, 1967

Walter J. Haas Rites Held June 7

Funeral services for Walter J. Haas, age 46 years, 6 months, and 5 days, were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Wed., June 7 at 2 p.m. with continued services at St. Rose Catholic Church at 2:15 p.m. Rev. Hubert Janak officiated at the Requiem Mass and burial was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery. American Legion McBride Post #143 conducted military rites at the graveside.

Pallbearers were Louis Pavlas Jr., Edwin Janacek, Herb Rode, Leo Dittrich, Fritz Michalke and Robert Cernoch.

Mr. Haas, the son of Joe Haas and Mrs. Agnes Bednarz Haas, was born Nov. 29, 1920 in Schulenburg. On Sept. 22, 1942 he was united in marriage to Helen Heinman at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and the young couple settled in Schulenburg where he resided until his death. A veteran of World War II, he was a member of American Legion McBride Post #143 and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. He succumbed Sunday, June 4 in the VA Hospital in Houston.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Helen Haas; his mother, Mrs. Agnes Haas and his father, Joe Haas, all of Schulenburg; two daughters, Miss Dorothy Haas of Houston and Miss Joyce Haas of Schulenburg; two sisters, Mrs. Lawrence (Mabel) Mazoch of Houston and Mrs. Thomas (Elsie) Farek, Dickinson; brothers, Hugo Haas, Ness City, Kansas, Herbert Haas of Carlsbad, N.M. and E. J. Haas of Houston.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, May 11, 1945, Page 8

Haas Funeral Held

Schulenburg, May 8.—Funeral services were held at Freyburg for William Haas, 73, with burial in the Freyburg O.D.H.S. Cemetery, Rev. A.C. Peterson officiating. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clara Haas; five sons, Henry and Ernest of Houston, Tony of Dallas, Willie of Engle and Wilbert in the armed forces; four daughters, Mrs. Olga Janitz of Houston, Mrs. Viola Jochen of Swiss Alp, Mrs. Lona Jochen and Mrs. Elenora Roeder of Freyburg.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, April 18, 2012

Lawrence Haba Jr.

Lawrence Louis Haba Jr. was born on Sept. 7, 1960 in Schulenburg, and died suddenly on Monday, March 26 in Kenedy from a heart attack at age 51 years, 6 months. He was the first of seven children born to the late Lawrence Haba Sr. and Violet (Roeder) Haba.

He attended St. Rose of Lima and Bishop Forest Catholic Schools in Schulenburg, graduating in 1979. After graduation, he worked in the oil field business for five years before returning to Schulenburg and purchasing Vanek's Exxon (currently Speedy Stop). It became known as Haba's Exxon and he later opened a second location off I-10 in Columbus. After several years, he sold his business and became an owner/operator of his own semi-truck. He worked as a truck driver for the past 20-plus years. He loved his job as he got to travel and see the sites of the various states he visited. It was through his work that he made many lifetime friends along the way and made an impact on those whose paths he crossed. Mr. Haba also absolutely loved the outdoors and spent all of his free time hunting, fishing or working in the yard with his wife Pam at their home in Sealy.

A rosary/vigil service was held on Thursday, March 29 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, with Rev. Eddie Winkler officiating.
The funeral Mass was celebrated by Rev. Tim Kosler on Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, followed by interment in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were brothers Darryl Haba and Steven Haba, along with close friends George Crawford, Vernon Morris, Richard Philpitt and Jeff Sparks. Honorary pallbearers were nephews Darren Haba, Shay and Reid Ulrich, Tyler Rolirad, and Justin, Michael, John and Charlie Sutherland, and nieces Karina Haba, Alycia Ulrich and Bailey Rolirad.

Mr. Haba is survived by his mother, Violet Haba of Schulenburg; wife, Pam Ritchie of Sealy; daughter Lauren Bubela and husband Chad of Katy; son, Dustin Haba of Columbus; step-son, Nathan Barton and wife Amy of Eastland; step-grandson, Tyler Barton of Eastland; sisters, Terri Rijos of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Jeanine Ulrich and husband Steve, Lisa Rolirad and husband Andy, and Kim Haba, all of Schulenburg; brothers, Darryl Haba and wife Lora, and Steven Haba, all of Austin; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Louis Haba Sr.

Memorials may be made in Mr. Haba's name to the Bishop Forest High School Memorial Museum, c/o Carol Kana, 7640 Anders Bottom Road, La Grange, TX 78945, or to the American Heart Association.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

“Those who knew Lawrence knew he definitely had a story to share for every occasion,” his family writes. “He was loved by many and will truly be missed. While we may all agree that his life was way too short, what we also have to agree with is that his life was very full – overflowing with laughter and joy and love for his family and friends.”

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Brazosport Facts, Clute, TX, June 27, 2006

Doris Jean Haberlein was born March 27, 1927, to Henry August Haberlein and Emma Olga Knebel Haberlein in Carmine, Fayette County, Texas. She was baptized and confirmed in the Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine. She attended first grade through freshman year in high school at the Carmine School. As a sophomore, she entered La Grange High School since her parents moved to La Grange in 1941. She graduated from La Grange High School in 1944, third-highest in a class of '55. Immediately after graduation, she attended Durham's Business College in Houston as well as working part-time. Graduating from Durham's after a year, she went to work for Hartwell Iron Works in Houston, and after two years there, she went to work for the City of Houston in the Civil Service Department as a personnel assistant. In 1950, she moved back to La Grange, taking a job at Stolz Memorials. On March 25, 1951, she married Lloyd M. Bohot in La Grange, Texas, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church. They had two children, Barbara Elaine Bohot Langdon, born March 5, 1952, and Robert Glenn Bohot, born February 17, 1954. She continued working at Stoltz Memorials until October 1959, when the family moved to West Columbia, Texas, and very soon afterward to Angleton, Texas. After Hurricane Carla ravaged the area in September 1961, she went to work for Dow-Badische Company, jointly owned by Dow Chemical Co. and Badische Analin and Soda Fabrik of Germany, where she worked as executive secretary, purchasing agent and, finally, when the company became BASF, as computer programmer and analyst. She retired in 1980.

Lloyd died on July 18, 1965, when the children were 13 and 11, respectively, so it was up to her to keep the family together. She, together with the help of the children, remained in their home, took care of rent houses and paid all outstanding debts within three years. In 1968, she married William Bert Glover and helped him take care of his ranching work at Chenango in Brazoria County, as well as continuing to work at BASF. In 1974, they moved to West Columbia, as they had sold the Chenango ranch and bought 414 acres on the west side of the Brazos River on County Road 25. They maintained that ranch, together with their home on County Road 810 west of West Columbia. In 1992, they moved to Columbia Lakes Resort to be nearer their County Road 25 ranch. In 2001, she wrote and had published an American historical novel, "The Medallion," that told the story of three generations of Americans, the first of whom were immigrants, the second who were entrepreneurs of the Gilded Age in America and the third who lived during the Roaring '20s. She was a life-long member of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, serving in various capacities. She was also a member of the Columbia Lakes Civic Association and the Columbia Lakes Retirees Club.

The funeral service will be on Thursday, June 29, 2006, at 2:00 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Angleton, Texas. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Columbia Cemetery in West Columbia, Texas. She is survived by her husband, William "Bill" Glover; son, Robert Glenn Bohot of Friendswood, Texas; daughter, Barbara Elaine Bohot Langdon of Tulsa, Oklahoma; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church.

Contributed by Connie Sneed


Weimar Mercury, Friday, November 1, 1940

Funeral Held Here For Charles Anton Habernal, Teacher

Funeral services for Charles Anton Habernal, 71, a 65-year resident of this area and a pioneer school teacher whose death occurred early Saturday morning, were held Monday morning from the residence of Mrs. Charles Mazoch and at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church, Dubina, with the Rt. Rev. Msgr. S. J. Szymanski officiating.

The deceased, a son of Joe Habernal and Margaret Billeck, was a native of Palcovic, Moravia where he was born in 1869. At the age of six, he came with his parents to America, the family settling in this section. He later became an educator and for fifteen years taught school at Dubina and two years at Svetlo. He retired from the teaching profession in 1920.

Survivors include a brother, Frank Habernal of El Camco [Campo] and three sisters, Mrs. Charlie Mazoch of Weimar, Mrs. Frank Mazoch of Granger and Mrs. Charles Horak of Penelope, Texas. A brother, John, died in 1900, and a sister, Mrs. Joe Sassin, expired about 14 years ago.

Widely-known, well-educated, Prof. Habernal during his many years as a teacher, was a strong factor in molding the education and character of hundreds of his students, who today are saddened by his passing. Though gone, his influence lives on in the lives of those pupils whom he taught.

Burial was in the Dubina Cemetery.

The Mercury extends to survivors sincere sympathy in their bereavement.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, September 8, 1880

Joseph Habernal, an old citizen of the southern portion of our county, died on the first day of September last.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 March 1913, page 1


Sunday morning Mrs. Annie Hackebeil, wife of Chas. E. Hackebeil, after an illness of several weeks, gave up the struggle and drifted into enternal [sic] slumber, leaving a bereaved husband and an orphan boy to mourn her departure.

Mrs. Hackebeil at the time of her demise was in her fortieth year. She was born and reared in this county, near Oldenburg. A loving wife and mother, and one who had many friends. Monday afternoon the remains were consigned to the new cemetery and conveyed to rest. Beautiful floral tributes bedecked her couch. Rev. A. S. J. Haygood officiated both at the home and the cemetery.

Mrs. Hackebeil, whose maiden name was Miss Annie Thormaehlen, became the wife [of] her now bereaved husband September 24, 1896, and to them one child, Larry, now sixteen years of age, was born. A brother, August Thormaehlen of Robstown, and a stepsister, Mrs. Hermann Schroeder of Warrenton are her near relatives.

Practically all her life she had been a Christian, having united early in life with the Lutheran church. She spent much of her time in prayer especially near the close of her life. As a friend of the departed has said: “We expect to meet her in the better land.”

The husband, son and relatives of the deceased have our sincere sympathy. – LaGrange Journal.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, May 21, 1936 pg. 3

Chas. E. Hackebeil Ex La Grange Mayor Dies At San Antonio

Chas. E. Hackebeil, aged 61 years, formerly of La Grange, and a former Mayor of this city, died at San Antonio, Tuesday; the body was brought to La Grange and from the home of Gus. Herzik the funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, with interment at the new cemetery.

Deceased was born and reared in this county near Ruetersville and taught school for many years. He is survived by his wife, and one son, Larry, for the past ten years he had lived in Ennis.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


from an unidentified news clipping:



Died, at her home at Oldenburg early Monday morning, Miss Ida Hackebeil, aged 60 years, 1 month and 22 days.

Sunday, Miss Hackebeil had visited, in company with her aunt, Mrs. Carl Fiebig, who was also her neighbor. Monday morning Mrs. Fiebig noticed Miss Ida's chickens had not been fed and went to the home to find out the reason, but received [no] response when she called. Upon investigation, Miss Ida was found dead in bed.

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Hackebeil, Sr., deceased. One brother, Aug. Hackebeil of Beaumont, a niece, Miss Ethel Lee Hackebeil of Beaumont and two nephews, Vastine and Wilburn Hackebeil of La Grange, are the surviving relatives.

Her remains were taken in charge by the Koenig Funeral Home, from where the funeral was held at 3:00 o'clock, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Bosshard officiating. Interment was in the new cemetery.

Ida Hackebeil, 3 Aug 1879 - 25 Sep 1939, was buried in the La Grange City Cemetery.


La Grange Journal, Wednesday, October 19, 1977


Funeral services for Virgil A. Hackemack, 65, of Burton were held at the Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1:30 p.m.  Burial was in the Carmine Cemetery with the Rev. Stephen Clark officiating with the Foehner Funeral Home of Burton in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hackemack passed away last Friday in a Brenham hospital.

Born in Round Top Dec. 27, 1911, the son of Robert and Hilda Foehner Hackemack, he engaged in farming most of his life.  He was married to Miss Minnie Meyer at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rehburg Jan. 18, 1939.

Surviving are his wife, Minnie of Burton; one son, A. G. Hackemack of Tehran, Iran; one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and James Pietsch of Giddings; his mother, Mrs. Hilda Hackemack of Brenham; four brothers, Robert of Burton, Quinton and Kurby, both of Houston, Elwood of Richmond; one sister, Pearlie Wagner of Brenham; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and three brothers.

Pallbearers were Ralph Hackemack, Rudy Hackemack, Arwel Wagner, Corvin Frenzel, Billy J. Meyer, and Lee Leonhardt.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 July 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Miss Tonie Hacklark, age 23 years, died at Flatonia June 18.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 Nov 1906


The home of Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Hagemann was visited by the death angel during the midnight hour Friday, and Baby Cleo Marie, their little daughter, responded to the call of Him who had said: “Suffer little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven”. The illness of the beloved child was of short duration, as on Friday she was playful and of a happy disposition. During the evening she became violently ill and all that loving parents, friendly neighbors and medical skill could do, was futile.

Mr. and Mrs. Hagemann have the sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction. The tendrils of love have so entwined their hearts that life without the dear baby almost seemed a blank. In their happy hours that were theirs, their hopes and their plans for the future happiness of the little one were unselfish, fostered upon the consoling thought that “blessed are the pure in heart.” Only a week previous to the interment Baby Cleo had received the rites of baptism, a comforting balm to a bleeding heart.

Sunday morning, in the presence of a number of sympathetic friends the little white casket, containing the mortal remains of what was one the pride of a happy home, was most tenderly committed to Mother Earth. In a voice, full of sympathy, and burdened with a sorrowing hear, Rev. Hese spoke consolingly and offered a prayer for the comfort of the bereaved. The confirmation class sang “Sweet Rest” and decorated the little mound with the beautiful foral [sic] offerings. To the family The Journal offers its sincere sympathy, and trusts that they will find comfort in the belief that the temporary parting is for the happy purpose of preparing for a future meeting in a tearless home. – La Grange Journal.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, February 2, 1905

We regret to announce the demise of that highly respected and venerable citizen, Adolph Hahn, which occurred at the home of his son, near Lexington, on Tuesday evening, January 25, 1905, aged eighty-five years. He had been suffering for some time from throat trouble and the affection [sic.] became so severe that he was unable to swallow anything whatever. His remains were conveyed to Round top, in Fayette county, the former home of the deceased, where they were intered [sic.] on Thursday morning. We extend to the bereaved relatives our sincere sympathy in this, their hour of great sorrow.—Lexington Enterprise.


Weimar Mercury Supplement, May 31, 1902

Moulton, May 24.--Mrs. Hahn, mother of Mrs. Henry Krause, was found dead in her bed this morning. When found her body was cold, showing that she had been dead for some hours before. She had retired the evening before in apparently as good health as usual and not appearing for her breakfast at the usual hour, the family thought perhaps she was still sleeping until they went to awaken her. Her remains were taken to her home at Columbus for burial.

Weimar Mercury, May 31, 1902

Last Sunday the remains of Mrs. Elizabeth Hahn, mother of Tax Collector P. [Peter] Hahn, passed through Columbus on the way to Live Oak Hill, Fayette county, for interment. Mrs. Hahn was 69 years of age and died suddenly of heart disease last Saturday night at the home of her son-in-law, Mr. Henry Krause, at Moulton.

Moulton Eagle

Mrs. Elizabeth Hahn died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Krause, on May 24th. Deceased was in her 70th year, being born in France June 22, 1832. She came to this country with her parents in 1842, and located at Houston. In about 1846 they moved to Live Oak Hill, where she married Mr. Jacob Hahn, by whom she had four children, two sons and two daughters. The remains were shipped to Columbus, and from there taken to Live-Oak Hill and laid to rest Sunday, March 25th. Deceased had a large circle of acquaintances, and was beloved by all. We extend condolences to the bereaved.

Contributed by David Hahn


Weimar Mercury, 6 Apr 1928, page 1

Death of Mrs. Eva Hahn Monday Afternoon

Mrs. Eva Hahn, beloved wife of Mr. Chas. Hahn, who lives between Dubina and Ammannsville, passed away Monday afternoon, after an illness of several days, her death resulting from a complication of measles and pneumonia. Everything possible was done to save her, but without avail. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon, and was largely attended by many sorrowing relatives and friends.

Mrs. Hahn was in her 46th year. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Munke, respected residents of the Ammannsville community, and besides her parents is suvived by her bereaved husband, two brothers, Messrs. Julius and George Munke of Houston, and four sisters, Mrs. Oscar Kuhn and Mrs. Otto Kuhn of Glidden, Mrs. Richter of Ammannsville, and Mrs. S. J. Heller of this city.

Mrs. Hahn was a lovable, good woman, a devoted wife, neighbor and friend, and her death is sincerely and deeply deplored by all.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out ot her bereaved ones.


The La Grange Journal, January 30, 1936 pg. 1

Schulenburg Banker Dies

Adolph Hahnke, aged 78 years, a former citizen of High Hill, died at his home in Schulenburg, Friday. The body was taken to High Hill for burial, Sunday. Mr. Hahnke was vice president of the Farmers State Bank of Schulenburg, and was well known in La Grange and surrounding sections. He is survived by his wife.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Nov 1913


Relatives and friends of Mr. Arthur Hahnke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ad Hahnke of Victoria and nephew of Mrs. Alwina Herder, were shocked and grieved to learn of his death which occurred early Thursday morning, the result of an accident which happened to him the evening before.

He came home about 10 o’clock and had placed his gun on a table in the room and it is thought while pulling off his coat he brushed the gun from the table and when it struck the floor it fired and the bullet lodged in the unfortunate young man’s ankle, shattering the bone so that amputation was deemed necessary by the attending physicians. The operation was performed about 2 o’clock that morning, but he was unable to rally from the shock and the great loss of blood and passed away at 8 o’clock Friday a. m.

His remains were conveyed to this city and laid to rest in the family burying grounds in the Old High Hill cemetery Sunday afternoon, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok performing the last sad rites at the grave.

Arthur was born in Shiner January 30, 1884, and removed to Victoria in 1902. He was a frequent visitor in this city and had many friends here. He was a young man who was well thought of by all who knew him.

Friends and relatives who attended the funeral from a distance were: Mrs. Davis, Miss Lucy Fiek, and Messrs. Albert and Ad. Schawe of Victoria; Mr. G. W. Eschenburg and children and Mr. Ed. Busch of Shiner; Mr. and Mrs. Hester Strecht of Hallettsville; Mr. Albert Herder of Floresville; Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Nitschmann and family, Mr. Wm. Hillje and family; Mesdames Chas. Fahrenthold, O. and C. Potthast of Weimar.

The Sticker joins the many friends of the family in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Nov 1913

In response to a telegram conveying the sad news of the death of Mr. Arthur Hahanke [sic], Mrs. Alwina Herder and Mrs. H. A. Herder left Friday for Victoria, returning Saturday with the corpse. Mrs. Alwina Herder returned to Victoria with Mr. and Mrs. Hahanke, and will be their guest for a few days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 5 Feb 1926


Mrs. Adolph Hahnke of Schulenburg, who had been very ill for the past several weeks, died Wednesday night at 11 o'clock at the family home in Schulenburg. The funeral will take place Friday, we are informed. Mrs. Hahnke was a sister of Mrs. F. J. Nitschmann of this city, a lady of many estimable qualities, known and beloved by all, and her death is sincerely deplored by many friends in our city. Our heartfelt synmpathy goes out to the bereaved ones.


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Feb 1910

MR. AUG. HANKE [sic.].

Mr. Aug. Hanke an old and esteemed citizen of Fayette County passed away Saturday morning at his residence and was laid to rest at the High Hill cemetery Monday afternoon, Rev. Peipenbrok of Weimar officiating.

Deceased was 54 years of age. Leaves his parents, a wife and two children, Gus and Annie to mourn his loss. Peace be to his ashes.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, August 26, 1910, page 1

Wilhelm Hahnke, of Schulenburg.

The Mercury is pained to chronicle the death of Wm. Hahnke, which occurred at 4 p.m. at his residence at Schulenburg, August 24. The funeral will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, interment following at the High Hill cemetery.

Wm. Hahnke was in his 69th year and is one of the pioneer settlers of this section, having first settled down on Middle creek about 4 miles north of Schulenburg, where he successfully farmed up to about 1888 when he moved to Schulenburg and built his home where he now lived.

He was well known here and had many friends, who were all heard to remark, "well a good man has gone." And no one can doubt but these expressions came from people who were sincere. In life, in deed and in thought he was a good man, always treating his fellow man as he would like to be done by.

He leaves a wife and four children; Mrs. Aug. Herder, of Schulenburg; Mrs. F. J. Nitschmann, of Weimar; Mrs. Ad. Hahnke, of Victoria, and Edw. Luedke, of Shiner. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the bereaved.

Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Sep 1910


Another name is stricken from our ever lessening roll of old settlers.

Mr. Hahnke in his 68th year, passed away, Wednesday afternoon of the 24, 1910, after a brief illness. At his bedside when the end came were his wife, children, grandchildren and many relatives and life-time friends to bid him that last farewell.

Interment took place in the family buring [sic] grounds in the High Hill cemetery, by the side of loved ones gone before. Impressive and solemn services were held at the residence and the grave, Rev. F. Piepenbrok, the Lutheran minister, officiating. The funeral procession was the longest we have witnessed in the city and the floral offerings surpassed in profussion [sic] and beauty anything ever seen here before.

Mr. Wm. Hahnke was born in Wittelbresse, Province, Brandenburg, Germany and came to Texas, when only eleven years of age. with his parents, first settling at Brenham, afterwards removing to Schulenburg in 1866, making this place his home ever since.

Deceased was a gallant Confederate soldier and was in Walker’s division which was attached to Greene’s Brigade. He fought in several battles. He attended the reunion at Beeville of the boys only a few months ago. The old fellows are rapidly passing to their last reward.

He was a man of excellent habits, fine moral character, and sturdy constitution, and he continued to be active in the pursuits of business life till the last. To this end there is no doubt that his sunshiny disposition largely contributed. He met most of the conditions of life with a joke. He was a practical, matter-of fact man, but had his own peculiar way of extracting merriment from life as it went a long. To the outside world he did not show that he worried about matters that could be bettered in other ways. This cheerful spirit remained with him to the last. He was invariably a good neighbor. When he died full of years, and ready to be gathered to his fathers, the grief that was felt over the close of his long career was widespread and sincere. His best monument will be the good part that he has left behind him in the community in which he lived for the past forty-four years.

Deceased leaves an aged wife, four daughters, Mesdames Edward Luedtke of Shiner, Adolph Hahnke, Victoria, Alvina Herder, city Frank Nitchmann, Weimar; fourteen grand-children and eight great-grand-children to mourn his demise, to whom the Sticker joins the many friends in extending sincere sympathy.

Those from a distance who attended the funeral were:

J. F. Nitschmann and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hillje, Mrs. C. Fahrenhold, H. Shawe, Mrs. E. Potthast, Mrs. A. Richter, W. A. Kunz, Chris Dahse of Weimar.

Gus Eschenburg and family, Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Luedtke, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Zanders, Ed. Busch, Wm. Herder, Mrs. Albert Birkenhoff [Berckenhoff] of Shiner.

Miss Bettie Hohlt, Brenham, Mr. and Mrs. Ad. Hahnke and Arthur Hahnke of Victoria, Mrs. F. H. Streich of Halletsville, R. Klatt, Wm. Mennike and Hugo Ehlers of LaGrange, Gus Herder, Port Lavaca.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 May 1913, page 2


After an illness of some length, Mrs. Wm. Hahnke passed to her reward Tuesday morning at two o’clock.

Mrs. Hahnke had reached the ripe old age of eighty years. Was born Jan. 28, 1833 in the neighborhood of Perlinburg Province, Brandenburg, Germany. Came to America with her parents in 1852, settling in Brenham. Was married to Mr. Fred Eicholt in 1853. Mr. Eicholt died in 1861, leaving his wife and four children. She and Mr. Wm. Hahnke were married in 1865. One daughter blessed this union, who died at the age of eight years. Mr. Hahnke also preceded her in death only a few years ago.

Mrs. Hahnke leaves four daughters, Mesdames Alvina Herder of the city, Adolph Hahnke of Victoria, F. J. Nitchmann of Weimar, and Edward Luedtke of Shiner, fourteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren to mourn her loss.

Deceased was one of the few kind old motherly women who are swiftly passing out. She was loved and esteemed by all who were fortunate to know her; a kind, sweet patient, indulgent and lovable mother and grand mother.

Her remains were laid to rest in the family burying grounds in the High Hill Cemetery Thursday afternoon, Rev. Peipenbrok officiating.

Our sincere sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones in their sorrow.

Schulenburg Sticker, 9 May 1913

The relatives of Mrs. Wm. Hahnke who attended her funeral services at the High Hill cemetery Thursday of last week were: Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Hahnke and Mr. Arthur Hahnke of Victoria, Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Luedtke, Mr. G. W. Eschenburg and family and Mr. Ed Busch of Shiner, Mr. and Mrs. Hohlt and Miss Bettie Hohlt of Brenham, Mr. F. J. Nitchmann and family, Mrs. H. Birkmann and Miss Hilda Birkmann, Mrs. Chas. Potthast, Mrs. E. Potthast, Mrs. Chas. Fahenhold, Mr. H. Schone, Mr. Wm. Hillje and family of Weimar, Mr. F. H. Streech and family, Mrs. F. Hillje and Mr. Alfred Rusner of Halletsville, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Herder of Port Lavaca, and Mr. Albert Herder of Floresville
Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Sept 1922, page 1

Mrs. Annie Haidusek

News reached the city Wednesday of the passing of Mrs. Annie Haidusek of LaGrange, wife of Editor Haidusek of the Svoboda.

Mrs. Haidusek was ill about three weeks. Burial services were conducted Thursday afternoon at 5 o’clock.

To Editor Haidusek and family the Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Galveston Daily News, Saturday, September 2, 1922

La Grange, Tex., Sept. 1—Mrs. Anna Haidusek, wife of Judge August Haidusek, 66 years old, was buried here. She leaves, besides her husband, one son, George, and one daughter, Mrs. Joe Koss; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. J. Haidusek, and a number of grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Weekly News, 4 Jul 1886, page 3, column 4


FLATONIA, July 3. - Adolph Hajek, a man about 25 years of age, of late working for F. Kubitjek [Kubicek?], at his gin, was run over and killed by a freight train about 1 o'clock this morning, about 5 miles east of here. No blame was attached to the employes [sic] of the road, as they were running their train 18 miles an hour. The deceased is supposed to have gone to sleep on the track.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Sept 1922

Praha News

Mrs. Joe Hajek, Jr., passed out of this life last Saturday. Funeral services were held at the Catholic church at four o’clock, Father Neubert officiating, the remains were laid to rest in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, 23 Feb 2000

Angelina A. Hajek

Angelina A. Hajek, 91, of Flatonia, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000.

She was born Feb. 3, 1909, in Hallettsville, to John and Mary C. Havrda.

She was a homemaker and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Flatonia.

Survivors include five daughters, Annie Bartos, Della Bartos, Lillie Vanicek and Rosie Koncaba, all of Flatonia, and Emma Welfel of Yoakum; one son, Henry Hajek Jr. of Benton, Ark.; two half-sisters; 22 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Hajek Sr., one son, Adolph Hajek; her parents; one sister and two brothers.

Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia.

Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 at Sacred Heart Church. The Rev. Charles B. Carolan officiated.

Burial followed in the Praha Catholic Cemetery, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia.

Pallbearers were grandsons.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 27 Feb 1964

Services Held for Mrs. John Hajek

Requiem Mass for Mrs. John Hajek, 79, native of Fayette County and resident of Praha all of her life, was offered Friday, February 14, 1964 at 9:30 a.m. at St Mary's Catholic Church in Praha. Mass followed the 9 a.m. chapel prayers. Rev. Marcus Valenta officiated with Rev. Emil Vinklarek of Moulton giving the Czech Sermon. Interment was made in Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Hajek died Wednesday, February 12 at 12:15 p.m. at Youens Hospital in Weimar.

Rosary was recited Thursday night at 7:30 at Smith Funeral Home by Rev. Marcus Valenta.

Mrs. Hajek was the daughter of the late Joseph and Clara (Bednar) Barta of Novohrad. She was born August 1, 1884. She and Mr. Hajek were united in marriage November 9, 1909 at the Catholic Church in Praha.

Pallbearers were Theodore Barta of Moulton, Alvin Barta and Julius Pospisil Sr., both of Praha; Charlie and Felix Hajek of Houston and Frank Vrana of Flatonia.

Survivors are her husband; one brother, Vince Barta and a sister, Mrs. John Rab of Yoakum.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 23 Jul 1959

Rites Held For Mrs. Annie Hajek

Mrs. Annie Hajek passed away at the home of her son, Julius Hajek, in the Scotts community Sunday, July 5, following a serious illness of about six weeks.  She had reached the age of 76 years, 6 months, and 10 days.

She was born  in Czechoslovakia, Dec. 25, 1882, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Machac, and came to this country at the age of seven years.  The family settled at Praha, later going to Gonzales County, in which she lived for the remainder of her lifetime.  She was wed to Anton Hajek at Praha very early in the century.  The couple lived in Gonzales County near the Scotts School, engaged in agriculture.  Mr. Hajek died April 8, 1925.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 7, at 9:45 a.m. from Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia, and at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father O. L. Kalich officiating at the Requiem Mass and at burial in the Praha Catholic Cemetery, assisted by Father Marcus A. Valenta.

Pallbearers were Henry Salas, Raymond Hajek, George Hajek, Victor Stary, Frank Branecky, and Joe Branecky.

Those left to mourn her passing are: Two sons, Julius Hajek of Scotts and George Hajek of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. John Branecky of Flatonia and Mrs. Mary Grill of Shiner; 3 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Two brothers, John Machac of Penelope, and Frank Machac of Houston, preceded her in death.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, Wednesday, May 29, 1912

Flatonia, Tex., May 28.—Anton B. Hajek, age 10 years, died at his home, three miles south of here, Monday. Interment was in the Catholic Cemetery at Praha.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 8 Feb 2005

Cecelia R. Hajek - TOMBALL

TOMBALL - Cecelia Rochen Hajek, 93, of Tomball, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005.

She was born May 11, 1911, in Waller, to the late John and Marie Hajek Rochen. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha.

Survivors: sons, Charlie Hajek of Waller and Victor Hajek of Somerville; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Preceded in death by: husband, Charlie Hajek; daughter, Cecelia Hajek; sons, Clarence Hajek and Eddie Hajek; one sister; and 10 brothers.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, the Rev. Edward Bartsch officiating. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 361-865-3311.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 16 Nov 2004

Charles J. Hajek - FLATONIA

FLATONIA - Charles J. Hajek, 92, of Flatonia, died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004.

He was born Oct. 14, 1912, in Flatonia, to the late Frank Sr. and Elizabeth Rab Hajek. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha and Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Moravia. Survivors: wife, Mildred Trlica Hajek; stepsons, Everett "Joe" Zatopek of Houston and Alan Zatopek of Moravia; brother, Edward Hajek of Hallettsville; and two grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: stepson, Larry Zatopek; and sisters, Annie Hajek, Mary Vana, and Lillian Barthels.

Visitation will begin 10 a.m. today at Smith Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, the Revs. Joseph E. Hybner and Edward Bartsch officiating.

Burial will be at Praha Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 361-865-3311.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 9 Apr 1942


Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Hajek, age 70, were held from the home of her son, William, on Wednesday morning at 9:45 o’clock, followed by services at the St. Rose Catholic Church.

Mrs. Hajek, nee Clara Matula, was born at Moravia on May 5, 1872. She lived there until she met and later was married to Frank Hajek. The ceremony took place at Praha in 1889. They made their home in Moravia for about a year and then moved to Sweet Home, in Lavaca County, where they lived for a number of years. Later they moved to the Novohrad section where they made their home until the death of Mr. Hajek about 32 years ago. Since that time, the family have been living in Schulenburg. Mrs. Hajek was a devoted mother and a true christian [sic] friend. She had a ready smile and a word of cheer for everyone with whom she came in contact.

She passed away at the home of her son, William Hajek, on last Tuesday, March 31, at 2:15 a. m. Mrs. Hajek had been in ill health for about a year, and seriously ill for the past number of weeks. Her husband, three sisters, and two brothers, preceded her in death.

Surviving are: two sons, Ed and William of Schulenburg; one daughter, Mrs. Louis (Mary) Knesek; five grand children and one great grand child.

The Sticker, along with the many other friends of the family, offers sincere sympathy to the bereaved relatives. – Schulenburg Sticker.

Contributed by Matt Cross


SPJST Vestník, 1978

Expression of Sympathy

We, the resolution Committee of Bratri Svobody SPJST Lodge No. 67, Schulenburg, in behalf of our membership, wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to the brereaved family of our lodge brother,

Ed J. Hajek,

age 90, who passed away Friday, September 22nd, at Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg, after being in ill health forfour years. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25th, from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, with Father Roger Robbins officiation. Interment followed at St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were W. A. Farek, Sr., Walter Roeder, Emil Barton, Arthur Graf. Johnny Tumis and Emil Pesek.

Brother Hajek, a retired cafe man was born Oct. 5th, 1887, to Frank and Clara Hejek at Sweet Home.  He Married Emma Kahanek at St. John on Oct. 17th, 1916.

Brother Hajek was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, the American Legion and SPJST Lodge No. 67.  He also was a veteran of World War I. 

Surviving is his wife, Emma of Schulenburg.

May our departed brother rest in eternal peace and may we always remember him in our prayers.

Resolution Committee:
Mrs. Mary Olle
Emil Pesek
Erwin Holub, Sr.

Contributed by Matt Cross


SPJST Vestník, 3 Mar 1982, page 11

Expression of Sympathy

We, the Resolution Committee, of SPJST Lodge No. 67 Schulenburg, on behalf of our officers and entire membership, wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family of our departed lodge sister

Mrs. Edward J. (Emma) Hajek,

of 833 South Main St., Schulenburg, who died Thursday, February 11, 1982 at the Colonial Nursing Home.  She reached the age of 83 years, 10 months, 9 days, and has been ill for the past three years.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 13 at the St. Rose Catholic Church, with Rev. Jim Barlow officiating.  Interment was in the Church cemetery.  Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel was in charge ofarrangements.

Pallbearers were Eugene Pauler, Emil Pesek, Emil Barton, Arthur Graf, Alton E. Meyer and George Urbish.  Honorary pallbearers were Joe King, Oscar Gresser and Sylvin Muzny.

Rosary was recited Friday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel.

The daughter of Ludwig and Mary (Zacek) Kahanek, she was born 2 April 1898 at Velehrad.  She married Edward J. Hajek 17 October 1916 at St. John's Catholic Church in St. John.  They settled in Schulenburg.  A life long resident of this area, she was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, St. Rose Altar Society, and the SPJST Lodge No. 67of Schulenburg.

Although she has no immediate survivors, she leaves a host of friends and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

May our departed sister rest in eternal peace and may her memory live among us forever.

Resolution Committee:
Mary Olle
Emma Kubala

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Post, 27 Jul 1980

MRS. FRANCES HELEN HAJEK, died July 25, 1980, in Houston, Texas.  Born in Moravia, Texas, January 26, 1895.  Resident of Houston many years.  Member of the Methodist Church in Schulenburg and Schulenburg Garden Club.  Survivors: Son, James D. Hajek, Houston; one grandson; two granddaughters; one niece and several nephews.  Services will be from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Monday at 11:00 a.m., with Rev. Andy Pate officiating.  Burial: Schulenburg City Cemetery.  SCHWENKE-BAUMGARTEN FUNERAL HOME, Schulenburg, Texas, 713-743-4151.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville New Era, 26 Nov 1909

F. J. Hajek Shoots Himself

Nov. 22—F. J. Hajek committed suicide Monday morning by shooting himself with a shotgun into the heart.  What led him to the rash act is a mystery except that he was long in bad health.  He was the owner of the mercantile establishment and saloon at Novohrad.

He leaves a heartbroken wife, two sons and one daughter to mourn his untimely demise. 

When the message spread it caused great regret among our people.  We extend condolence to the bereaved ones.  May he rest in peace.

Hallettsville New Era, 26 Nov 1909

A good many from here attended the funeral of Fr. Hajek, Tuesday in Praha.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, Monday, April 6, 1925

La Grange, Tex., April 5.—Frank Hajek, young La Grange farmer, died in a hospital here today as a result of gunshot wounds received several days ago when he accidentally discharged his shotgun while hunting.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 27 Dec 1992, page 12A


FLATONIA – Frank Hajek Jr., 88, of Praha died Saturday, Dec. 26, 1992.

He was born April 9, 1904, in Praha to the late Frank and Elizabeth Rab Hajek Sr. Mr. Hajek was a farmer and member of the KJT Praha Catholic Church.

Survivors: wife, Stazy Hajek; daughters, Georgia Cerny, Martha Chernosky and Margaret Davis all of Houston; son, Alvin Hajek of Houston; sisters, Mary Vana of Hallettsville and Lillian Barthels of Yoakum; brothers, Edward Hajek of Moulton and Charles Hajek of Praha; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.

Rosary: 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia.

Services: 10 a.m. Monday at Praha Catholic Church, the Rev. Anthony Matula officiating.

Burial: Praha Catholic Cemetery, Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 865-3311.

Pallbearers: Clarence Cerny, Allen Cerny, George Cerny Jr., John Cernosky, Curt Chernosky, Darrell Cauley and Chris Spaniel.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 20 Sep 1972, page 12A

Frank Hajek Sr.

FLATONIA - Funeral services for Frank Hajek Sr., 94, of Flatonia, were held Sept. 12 at Smith Funeral Home and at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Hajek died Sept. 10 in Hallettsville.

Survivors include four sons, Felix, Frank Jr., and Charlie of Praha, and Edward of Moulton; three daughters, Miss Annie Hajek of Praha, Mrs. Mary Vana of Hallettsville and Mrs. Lillian Barthels of Yoakum; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Jul 1916

Joe Hajek, living near Moravia, was taken to a Houston hospital Sunday afternoon. An operation was performed that night, death following soon thereafter. The body was brought back to Schulenburg Monday for burial. He was an old resident of this section and there will be many friends who will mourn his death.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Tuesday, January 21, 1930

FLATONIA, Tex., Jan. 20.—Joe Hajek, Sr., 95, died at his home in the country south of here Friday. He has lived in this locality over 50 years. He leaves a wife, several sons and daughters. Funeral took place at the Praha Catholic Cemetery Sunday, Rev. Father Makowsky officiating.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Hallettsville New Era Herald, Fri., 7 Jun 1912


Mr. Hajek Dead

Sorry to report the death of John Hajek Sr. which occurred Monday night.  He was buried Wednesday in the Catholic Cemetery at Praha.  A large crowd attended the funeral.

Schulenburg Sticker, 14 June 1912, page 1


John Hajek, age 67 years, sudden death, near Praha.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Saturday, April 11, 1925

LA GRANGE, Tex., April 10.—John Hajek, 14, died at a local hospital from an accident shot wound Sunday morning, and was buried from the Catholic Church Monday morning, the Rev. Father Holub officiating. His parents, two brothers and two sisters survive.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 2 Apr 1970

Flatonia - Funeral services for John Hajek, 89 years, 2 months and 25 days, of Praha were held Monday, March 23 at Smith Funeral Home at 9:30 a.m. with a Mass following at St. Mary's Church in Praha, Rev. Marcus Valenta officiating. Burial was in Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were great-nephews, Edward, Clarence, Alvin, Ernest, Steven, and Bennie Hajek. Honorary pallbearers were Victor, Felix Jr., and Alvin Hajek.

Mr. Hajek, or "Uncle John" as he affectionately called, was born December 26, 1880 near Praha, son of Joseph and Mary (Polivka) Hajek. He married Annie Barta November 9, 1909 at St. Mary's Church in Praha. Mrs. Hajek preceded him in death February 12, 1964.

He was a well known butcher in his early years and a rancher. He never retired and "cattle" were his biggest joy. He had been ailing for some time, but always railed until last Saturday morning, March 21, 1970, when he suffered a stroke and died in his sleep at his home, as he wished.

Surviving is a brother, Frank Hajek Sr. of Praha, and approximately 76 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death also by three sisters and a brother, Joseph Hajek, May 27, 1968.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, 24 Jan 1930, page 8

Funeral held for Man near Flatonia

Flatonia Jan. 26 [sic.]- Funeral services were held at the Praha Cemetery for Joseph Hajek Sr., 95, who died here Friday. He had lived in this vicinity for over 50 years. He is survived by his wife, several sons and daughters.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 25 Jan 1968


Schulenburg - William Frank Hajek, longtime Schulenburg businessman, succumbed Monday, January 8, 1968 in the Youens Memorial Hospital, Weimar. He had reached the age of 75 years, 2 months and 24 days.

Funeral services were held from the First Methodist Church Wednesday, January 10, at 2 p.m. The body lay in state at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, thence at the church from 1 p.m. until service time. Rev. Carl Taylor officiated at the last rites and burial was in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jerome Bucek, Paul Huser, W. R. Keuper, Leon Klesel, Leslie Lippmann and Grover Redding.

Mr. Hajek, who had resided in Schulenburg more than 50 years, was born at Sweet Home Nov. 15, 1892, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hajek. January 15, 1917 he was united in marriage to Miss Frances Hollub at Moravia. A self made successful business man, he had operated Hajek's Hdwe. & Appliance for 25 years and before that had operated the Greyhound bus station and a cafe.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Frances Hajek of Schulenburg; a daughter, Mrs. Marvin (Grace) Tooley of Corpus Christi; a son, James D. Hajek of Houston; one brother, Ed. Hajek of Schulenburg and three grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 3, 1958

Final Rites for Adolf Hajovsky, 71, Held Monday

Funeral services for Adolf Hajovsky Sr., 71, of Holman, who died during his sleep Friday night or early Saturday morning, were held Monday morning Dec. 30, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Holman.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Rev. Roman Janak was celebrant of the Solemn Requiem Mass. Rev. John Hanacek of Shiner was deacon and Rev. Adolph Janda of Plum was sub-deacon. Rt. Rev. Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd presided.

Mr. Hajovsky, a resident of the Holman area nearly all his life and prominent in all affairs of that community, had been in poor health for some time, but his death was unexpected. He had attended church Friday night.

A son of John and Frances Klecka Hajovsky, he was born at Hostyn but moved to Holman as a small child. He married Miss Antonia Muzny at Dubina in 1910.

Mrs. Hajovsky survives him, along with three daughters, Mrs. Adolph Ryza of Smithville, Mrs. Ben Krislek of Baytown and Mrs. James Neiser of Houston; 10 sons, Edmond of Hallettsville, Jim of Schulenburg, Adolf Jr. of Caldwell, George of La Grange, Joe of Luling, Albert of Cameron, Frank and Charles of Holman, Benjamin of Brenham, and Bernard of Gonzales, 32 grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Cernosek of La Grange, Mrs. Frank Stavinoha of Holman and Mrs. Mary Kana of Weimar; and a foster sister, Mrs. Lotina Jalufka of Galveston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, May 1, 1925, page 1


Mention was made in our last issue of Miss Agnes, 12-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Hajovsky of Holman, being taken to San Antonio for operation for abscessed or ruptured appendix. The ink on the paper was hardly dry ere word was received that the little girl had succumbed and was no more.

The deeply bereaved father returned home Thursday night with the body of his beloved daughter and the funeral took place the following day, same being attended by a very large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends, many from this city going out to pay the last sad tribute to the bright and pretty little girl.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.


Weimar Mercury, 17 Jun 1893

Just as we go to press we learn that Charles Hajovsky, a young man of Schulenburg, was killed by his team running away. The particulars of the accident we are unable to learn.


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 June 1915


Helene Hajovsky, age 14 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, April 7, 1961, page 1

3 BFH Students Killed As Car Skids Into Bridge

Three 16-year-old Bishop Forest High School students, two of them from Weimar, were killed and two others injured when their car skidded on wet pavement and hit a culvert on Highway 90 at the western edge of Schulenburg Wednesday night.

Dead are:
Lawrence (Larry) Bartosh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Kunz of Weimar.
Herbert Zimmermann Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Zimmermann sr. of Weimar
Jimmy Hajovsky, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. V. Hajovsky of Schulenburg.

Another Weimar youth, Freddie Berger, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Berger, was brought to Youens Hospital.

Least hurt was the driver of the car, Richard Lee Pavlas, 16, of Schulenburg. He received cuts and bruises but was not hospitalized.

The tragic accident [occurred] at about 10 p.m. at the culvert just this side of Lakeside Cafe. Highway Patrolman Charles Polansky said the boys had been cleaning up the Knights of Columbus Hall, where their junior class had sponsored a prom for the seniors two nights earlier, and were on their way to Bob Adamcik’s Cafe, west of Schulenburg.

Young Pavlas told Patrolman Polansky that as he was passing a car in front of him his car went into a skid and as he applied his brakes it began to skid broadside toward the culvert railing on the south side of the highway.

The car had almost straightened out again when it hit the culvert. The back part of the car on the right side was crushed in, killing the three occupants in the back seat, probably instantly.

Pavlas and Berger were thrown out of the front seat by the impact. Pavlas told the patrolman he got Bartosh out. The other two boys were pinned in the back seat and it was sometime before officers were able to extricate them.

The car, a 1951 Ford sedan owned by Pavlas’ parents, was demolished.

Patrolman Leonard A. Swann and Schulenburg Police Chief Fritz Prilop collaborated with Patrolman Polansky in the investigation.

Double Funeral Set for Weimar Wreck Victims
Double funeral services will be held Saturday morning April 8, for Herbert Lee Zimmermann and Lawrence Frank Bartosh, at Hubbard Funeral Home at 10:30 and at St. Michael’s Church at 10:45.

Herbert will be buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Lawrence in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery at Holman.
Rosary will be recited tonight (Thursday) and Friday night, at 8 o’clock.

Services for Jimmy Hajovsky will be held Saturday also, at 8:45 a. m. in Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and at 9 a. m. in St. Rose of Lima Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A rosary service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 6, 1933


Mr. J. J. Hajovsky Receives Fatal Injury; Funeral Monday.

News of the distressing accident which befell our good friend, Mr. J. J. Hajovsky of Holman, last Friday afternoon at about 6 o'clock caused much uneasiness and regret among the citizenship of this section, among whom no man stood higher.

From particulars at hand, it seems that Mr. and Mrs. Hajovsky spent most of the day in Weimar. Returning home late in the evening, they decided to move several pieces of furniture in antipation of the coming wedding of one of their daughters. In moving a large safe a single barrel shotgun hung on the wall became dislodged and fell to the floor, was discharged and the full contents of the load of No. 2 shot struck Mr. Hajovsky in the legs just above the ankle. One leg was almost severed, the foot hanging by a few shreds of skin and one of the tendons. A large hole was shot in the other leg. He fell to the floor, bleeding at an alarming rate.

As quickly as possible Dr. A. H. Potthast was summoned. He did everything humanly possible, but realizing the seriousness of the injury summoned Hubbard's ambulance and made hurried preparations to take the wounded man to Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio.

Mr. Hajovsky evidently understood the seriousness of his injuries, but was the coolest person in the home. He talked to members of the family, told them what he wished done in case the injury proved fatal, chided them for grieving over the accident, and in every way tried to cheer up his grief-stricken family.

The run to San Antonio was made as quickly as possible. On arrival at the hospital amputation of one leg between the knee and ankle was resorted to at once. The wounded man's conditions was such that it was deemed necessary to give him a blood transfusion at once, and Dr. Potthast, who accompanied Mr. Hajovsky to San Antonio, gave his blood in an effort to save the patient. Everything known to medical science was resorted to in an effort to save the injured man, but it was without avail, and soon after the noon hour Saturday, conscious almost up to the last moment, he bade his beloved ones goodbye, and quietly passed into "that bourne from which no traveler returns."

The body was prepared for burial and brought home by the Hubbard Undertaking Company, being taken to the family residence in the Holman section, from which point it was transported Monday morning at 9:30 to the Catholic Cemetery at Holman, where it was tenderly laid to rest. It was the largest funeral procession ever seen in this section, attesting the immense popularity of Mr. Hajovsky among his fellowmen. The floral tributes were profuse and beautiful.

At the funeral services, Rev. A. Raska of Ammannsville sang the solemn requiem; Rev. C. J. Benes of Nada who had twenty-eight years before performed the wedding ceremony for Mr. and Mrs. Hajovsky delivered an address in Czech; Very Rev. Szymanski addressed those present in English, and Rev. J. J. Holdebrand represented the Knights of Columbus of the local council, for the deceased had been a member for many years, and his son, Mr. John Hajovsky, is the present grand knight. The funeral was held under auspices of the Knights of Columbus.

Active pall bearers at the funeral were Edmund Hajovsky, Silvian Vacek, Frankie Cernosek, Eddie Vacek, Adolf Vacek and Fred Kana. Honorary pall bearers named by the family were as follows: F. F. Anders, C. A. Lidiak, C. J. Adamcik, E. J. Watzslavick, E. R. Hluchanek, Roman Bartosh, Jr., Henry J. Laas, Ed Neiser, E. F. Gold, Jno. C. Hubbard, Frank Hluchanek, Frank Mazoch, Fred Cernosek, Frank Hluchanek, Jr., Willie Mazoch, Louis Hluchanek.

Mr. Hajovsky was born at Holman, Fayette county, April 30, 1894, and was 49 years and 5 months old at time of death. His father died when he was 6 years old, and he then moved to Hostyn to make his home with his grandparents. Here he lived until about 17 years old. Then he moved to Dubina, and when about 21 years of age was united in marriage to Miss Mary Vacek. The young couple lived in the Dubina community two years, when they moved to Holman, where Mr. Hajovsky purchased the Paul Benedict farm property, which he greatly improved and made one of the most valuable pieces of farm property in Fayette county. Here he resided up to the time of his death.

Mr. Hajovsky was a consistent and faithful member of the Catholic Church, a zealous member of the K.J.T. and Knights of Columbus order, and for many years an active director of the Hill Bank & Trust Company.

Mr. Hajovsky is survived by his widow, five daughters, Mrs. John Harrie [as printed] of San Antonio, Mrs. John Hluchanek, Misses Annie, Lillie and Georgie Hajovsky of Holman; five sons, Messrs. John and Joe Hajovsky of this city, Henry, Steve and Jerome of Holman; his stepfather and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Hluchanek of Holman; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Cernosek, Mrs. Henry Kana and Mrs. Frank Stavinoha of the Holman-Ammannsville section; one brother, Mr. Adolf Hajovsky; two half-sisters, Miss Cecelia Hluchanek and Mrs. Emil Jalufka; and one little grandson, Steven Hluchanek, to whom Mr. Hajovsky was very much devoted.

No man has ever lived in this section who stood higher among his fellowmen than did Mr. Hajovsky. He was a man of integrity, honesty and uprightness of character, a man who had few equals and no superiors. He was true to his friends and convictions, a man of whom it could be truly said, "His word was as good as his bond". Seeing him in town Friday morning the writer could not help but admire him as a fine looking man, the very picture of health and vigor, yet in a few short hours, the accident had happened which soon removed him from among us forever. How true it is that Life is the most uncertain thing on earth! This good man, the very picture of health and vigor, and in a few hours cold in death! Yet such an ending may come to any one of us. It is but proper to say we all should be prepared for it as was our good friend, Mr. Hajovsky. He regretted leaving his family, it is true, but so far as meeting his Creator he was unafraid, for he had never harmed his fellowman, and had lived a life above fear or reproach. Truly it may be said of him, "A good man has gone from among us".

To the grief-stricken family the heartfelt sympathy of all is extended. We all loved this good man, and in his passing we all mourn with those who feel it most keenly. May God be with and comfort you is the sincere wish of all.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, 4 Apr 1959, page 4

Steve Hajovsky Dies Suddenly Here; Funeral Saturday

Funeral services were held Saturday at Hubbard Funeral home in Weimar for Steve Hajovsky, 41-year-old brother of Henry Hajovsky, Colorado county tax assessor and collector.

Mr. Hajovsky died in Columbus hospital where he was taken after becoming suddenly ill while working on a farm he had leased near here.

Continued services were held in the Holman Catholic church, with the Rev. Roman Janak officiating, assisted by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Anthony Drozd and Rev. THomas Flanagan of Weimar.

Born in the Holman community, the deceased had spent his entire life there with the exception of his military service during World War II. He was a son of the late Joe Hajovsky and Mrs. Mary Vacek Hajovsky.

Besides the brother here he is survived by his widow, the former Evie Dunn of Weimar; a son, David, freshman in La Grange high school; a daughter, Jo Helen, 3rd grader; 4 sisters, Mrs. John Hluchanek of Columbus, Mrs. Henry Sumbera of La Salle, Mrs. Lillie Kennedy of South Carolina and Mrs. Edward Seifert of Weimar, and 3 other brothers, John and Joe of Weimar and Jerome Hajovsky of Elkhart, Kan.


Victoria Advocate, 1 Nov 2004

Emilie J. Halata - HALLETTSVILLE

HALLETTSVILLE - Emilie Janek Halata, 96, of Hallettsville, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004.

She was born Aug. 17, 1908, in Lavaca County, to the late Frank and Matilda Grieve Janek. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church of Hallettsville.

Survivors: daughter, Gene Marie Bohuslav of Hallettsville; sisters, Anna Schacherl of Shiner, Victoria Lev of Schulenburg, and Bridget Lev of Flatonia; brothers, Emil Janek of Weimar, and Ernest Janek of Schulenburg; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sister, Olga Masek; brothers, Louis Janek and Henry Janek; and 1 great-granddaughter.

Visitation will be 12 noon today at Kubena Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at Praha Catholic Cemetery. Kubena Funeral Home, Hallettsville, 361-798-3271.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal
Thursday, April 5, Page One

Died Thursday at San Antonio Buried in La Grange

Mrs. Martha Farley Halbert, widow of the late Dr. Walter L. Halbert, died at her home in San Antonio, Thursday morning, March 29.  The body was brought to La Grange the next day, and from the Missouri-Kansas-Texas passenger station, the funeral was held Friday afternoon, with interment in the old cemetery.  Rev. J. E. Roth, pastor of the First Baptist Church of La Grange conducted the services at the cemetery, in the presence of relatives and a large number of friends from La Grange, Eagle Lake, Flatonia and other cities.

Mrs. Halbert is remembered by a number of our older citizens, she was born in La Grange, January 14, 1864, and was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Farley, who practiced medicine at La Grange and at Rutersville, where deceased spent many years of her girlhood.  She was united in marriage with Walter L. Halbert, who preceded her many years in death.  There was born to this union, four daughters, two dying in infancy.  One daughter, together with her husband and an 8 year old son, perished in the storm that ravished Corpus Christi in September 1919.  The only surviving member of the Halbert family, Miss Elizabeth V. Halbert of San Antonio, with whom the mother lived, survive.

Mrs. R. Moore, a sister, now of Ada, Oklahoma, and who for a number of years resided on Travis Street in La Grange, one brother, Bart Farley of Philadelphia, PA., and two nephews and three nieces also mourn her death.  The nephews are Ernest Moore of Ft. Worth and Wm. Moore of Fairfax, Oklahoma; the nieces are:

Mrs. I.G. Killough of Langtry; Mrs. A.S. Gimble of Brownsville and Mrs. Emanuel Roos of Eagle Lake.

Early in life she became a member of the Baptist Church, and remained a consistent and faithful worker for her church.  Rev. Roth, unknown to the deceased, learning of her Christian life and devotion to her Savior, paid to her by reading from the Holy Scripture, a tribute that commended her fortitude and faith.  Members of the First Baptist Church sang that beautiful hymn,  “This is my story, this is my song,” praising the Savior all the day long and sympathizing friends bedecked the mound with flowers.

                                                                        —A Friend

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Dallas Morning News, 14 Oct 1896

Accidentally Killed

Muldoon, Fayette Co., Tex., Oct. 12--
Yesterday evening Henry Hale was driving along when his gun fired and shot him just about the head killing him instantly.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson


La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 8, 1921

Death Claimed Young Lady of Frelsburg

Miss Annie Halfmann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Halfmann, died at the family residence near Frelsburg early Tuesday morning, after an illness of about one year’s duration.  The immediate cause of her death, however, we understand, was due to discussion of the brains.  Deceased was in her twenty-fifth year of her age, and prior to her taking sick, was a devoted church worker and staunch member of the Catholic church.  Possessed of a kind and genial disposition and friendliness to all mankind, she enjoyed the esteem and respect of a large number of relatives and friends, who will be grieved to learn of her untimely demise.

Her grief stricken parents, four brothers and two sisters mourn her earthly departure.  Her mortal remains were taken to the Catholic church at Frelsburg, where services were held by Father Dura of Mentz, after which interment took place in the Frelsburg Catholic cemetery in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends.  Our sympathy to the bereaved family in the hour of their irreparable loss.  – New Ulm Enterprise.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 27, 1921

Death Claims Another

G. A. Hall, aged 73 years, 11 months and 26 days, died at his home in the northern part of the city, Sunday morning, following an illness that had lasted for some time.  With the same grit and determination that characterized him thru life, he battled against the approaching end, and only recently took to his bed; the inevitable followed and he passed to his reward.

Mr. Hall was one of our eldest citizens, from point of residence, and for many years was a prominent planter.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Hall, pioneer residents of Fayette county and during his early life, served as a Texas ranger, ever fearless.  His widow, a daughter of the late W. W. Ligon, one of the earliest settlers, three step-children, two sons and one daughter, and a brother, T. Hall, survive.

The last respects were paid to the departed Monday afternoon when Rev. J. H. Wiseman officiated at the home and cemetery, and friends came in large numbers to share the grief of the mourning relatives.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 28 Jan 1899, page 4

LaGrange, Texas, January 20.—Mrs. Mary A. Hall, who died at San Antonio on the 18th, was buried here this morning. She was the wife of Mr. A. O. Hall, an old Texas veteran of '36, and one of Fayette county's most prominent and respected citizens. The cause of the death was a surgical operation performed for cancer.

Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Feb 1899, page 1

The remains of Mrs. Mary Hall, wife of C. A. Hall of this city, and who died at San Antonio on the 18th inst., arrived here on the 19 and were committed for burial in the old cemetery on Friday of last week. Mrs. Hall has been a sufferer for some time and went to San Antonio for treatment. – La Grange Journal.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, September 12, 1889

Died – Near Stellar post office, September 6, 1889, Dr. W. C. Haller.

The deceased came to this county from Louisiana after the war, and having considerable means invested in lands quite extensively on Buckner creek, where he resided with his wife until he died.  His remains were interred at Elgin, Bastrop county.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, April 2, 1936, Carmine Section, page 3


Mrs. Oswald Halm, nee Stoerner, dies Monday at her home near Greenvine, after a lingering illness of several months. Funeral services held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, with interment in Meyer’s cemetery; Rev. H. Brunotte officiated.

Mrs. Halm is survived by her husband, three daughters and one son, and many other relative and friends.

Our sympathy!

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Nov 1908


Mrs. W. S. Halsey, aged 70 years, 7 months and 21 days, died at 1:50 o’clock Monday morning surrounded by loved ones, after an illness of only a few days. She was conscious to the last and although knowing that her life was near its close, she maintained no dread but bravely awaited the termination of the struggle. She called her husband, who has been her life companion for forty years, and bade him good bye and said she was ready to die and that she had prepared to meet her God. Then she passed away as if she was going to sleep. She willawake [sic] in the arms of Jesus.

Her life was gentle. In her heart of hearts she carried those she loved, and her hand was never weary, her step never failed in ministering unto, caring for, waiting upon those who were dependent upon her.

“Then fell upon the house a sudden gloom,
A shadow on those features fair and thin;
And softly, from that hushed and darkened room,
Two angels issued where but one went in.”

Mrs. Halsey was born in Pulaski Co., Va., and with her husband and daughter came to Texas in 1872, settling in Fayette County a few miles east of Schulenburg, afterwards moving to town when it was first built. They made this their home ever since until last year they wanted to see the country of their childhood and removed to Virginia, remaining there only a short time and again removed to Texas, settling at Beaumont and afterwards returning to Schulenburg.

Deceased leaves a husband, one daughter, Mrs. Jennie Rose and two sisters, Mrs. Gill of Stockdale Texas and Mrs. Gott of parisburg [sic], Va., and a number of relatives and a host of friends to mourn her demise.

Interment took place at the City Cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 3 o’clock, Rev. Worrel of Weimar, officiating. The floral offering was beautiful indeed.

The Sticker extends its sincerest sympathy to the bereaved ones in their hour of sorrow and may they be consoled by the fact that their dear wife and mother is now in that home above not prepared with hands.

Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Dec 1908


Died at Schulenburg, Nov. 16, Mrs. W. S. Halsey, age 70 years and 9 months of gangrene of bowels.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 June 1911


Thursday, between the hours of 12 and 1 o’clock, W. S. Halsey died suddenly from the effects of drinking too much ice water while very warm. He had been doing some work for G. M. Johnson and just before going home for dinner, and while hot, drank freely of the ice water and when he arrived at home he was in terrible pain and the medicine administered by his daughter did not take any effect and before a doctor could arrive he passed away to that great beyond.

The sympathy of the Sticker and of her many friends go out to the daughter, Mrs. Jennie Rose, who is left all alone now, her mother having died but a short time ago.

The funeral services will take place at the City Cemetery beside his wife today at 10 o’clock

An appropriate obituary will be published in our next issue.

Schulenburg Sticker, 7 July 1911


Mr. Halsey was born in Wytheville, Va., June the 15, 1848. Married March 3, 1870 and came to Texas in 1872 and settled just a few miles north of Schulenburg, afterwards moving to town when Schulenburg began to build. We might say he was one of the first citizens of our city and made it his home only on few occasions.

Mr. Halsey leaves one sister, Mrs. Josie Jones of Wytheville, Va., and a step-daughter, Mrs. Jennie Rose of this city, and a host of relatives and friends in Virginia and Texas, to mourn his loss.

The immediate cause of his death was from drinking too much cool water while very warm.

Interment took place at the City Cemetery at 9:30 Friday morning last, his remains, surrounded by many of his friends were consigned to their last resting place, Undertaker O. B. Schwenke, speaking a few befitting words of condolence to the bereft.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 4 Feb 1927


Crushed between a steel column and heavy crane, Fred J. Haluska, 25, of 1013 Louise, an employe [sic.] of the Houston Structural Steel company, was killed instantly early Thursday at the Hughes Tool company plant, 300 Hughes.

He had been working on an addition to the foundry deparment of the tool company, under construction by the steel company, when the cane crushed him. Other employes of the company worked for 45 minutes cutting the steel column with acetylene torches that his body might be removed without further mutilation.

G. M. Larkin of Pasadena, and operator of the crane, said that he did not see Mr. Haluska until the machine was upon him. The operator was badly shaken by the accident, and was placed under a doctor's care.

Justice of the Peace Campbell R. Overstreet returned an inquest verdict of accidental death.

Mr. Haluska is suvived by his father, John Haluska, of Fayetteville; two brothrs, E. F. Haluska of Houston, and W. Haluska of Fayetteville; three sisters, Miss V. Haluska of Houston and Mrs. Rosa Horek and Mrs. Jessie Urban of Fayetteville.

The body will be sent to Fayetteville by the Fogle-West Undertaking company for burial. —Houston Post-Dispatch.


Shiner Gazette, 17 Feb 1983, page 4B

John Hanacek, 99
Father of Msgr. Hanacek Dies

John Hanacek of Rt. 2 Fayetteville passed away Friday, Feb. 4, 1983 at the Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg, at the age of 99 years, 1 month and 6 days.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville with the Most Rev. Charles Grahmann, Bishop of Victoria, as principal celebrant of the Mass which was concelebrated by Mr. Hanacek’s son, the Rev. Msgr. John J. Hanacek, and a large number of other clergy. Interment was in the Fayetteville Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Hanacek was born Dec. 28, 1883 in Czechoslovakia, son of the late Fabian and Marie (Gall) Hanacek.

On Sept. 12, 1906, he was married to Anna Nemec in Czechoslovakia. The couple immigrated to America in 1912 and since resided in the La Grange - Fayetteville area. He was a retired farmer. His wife died Nov. 11, 1978 at the age of 92.

Mr. Hanacek served as treasurer of the Farmers Mutual Protection Association (RVOS) for 20 years. He served in the US Army during World War I with the 36th Infantry Division. He was the oldest member of American Legion Post 102 in La Grange, members of which made the flag presentation and sounded taps at the cemetery. He likewise was the oldest member of the KJT.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Theo (Annie) Kulhanek of Fayetteville; two sons, Msgr. John J. Hanacek, pastor of parishes at Holman, High Hill and Ammannsville, and Frank J. Hanacek of La Grange; one granddaughter, Mrs. James A. (Diane) Wessels of La Grange; and two great-grandchildren, Gregory and Amy Wessels of La Grange.

Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three children, one grandson, SP/4 Arnold Kulhanek, June 3, 1970; four brothers and one sister.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express-News, September 17, 1994

Monsignor John J. Hanacek

Hanacek served Texas Catholics

Monsignor John J. Hanacek attended to the spiritual needs of countless Catholic parishioners across Texas as a priest in the Archdiocese of San Antonio and the diocese of Victoria for 57 years.
Hanacek, 87, died Wednesday in La Grange.

Born July 26, 1907, in Ruzombrk, Czechoslovakia, Hanacek and his family immigrated to the United States on March 19, 1920.

Hanacek entered St. Procopius College in Lisle, Ill., in 1924. Four years later, he entered St. Mary's Seminary in San Antonio to study the priesthood.

He remained at the seminary until ordained a priest March 19, 1936 - exactly 16 years to the day after he came to Texas.

In July 1936, Hanacek was appointed assistant pastor at St. Phillip's Catholic Church in El Campo, where he remained until 1939.

That year, he became pastor of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing and of the St. Anthony mission in Palacios until 1942.

From there, Hanacek served as the pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church in D'Hanis until 1945 before leaving for St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammansville. There, he also served as head of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Holman until 1947.

From 1947 to 1974, Hanacek served as the pastor of St. Cyril and Methodius Church in Shiner. He was appointed Domestic Prelate by Pope Paul XI in 1971 and received the title of monsignor.

"It was honor he deserved," said Hanacek's brother, Frank Hanacek of La Grange.

Hanacek retired briefly from 1975 to 1978, but was asked to resume his pastoral duties in Holman, Ammansville and High Hill.

He continued to faithfully serve as pastor until last year when an illness forced him to become inactive, his brother said.

"He loved to hunt and fish in his spare time," the brother said. "He had a workshop where he did a lot of lathe and carpentry work."

Hanacek said his brother was also a well-respected man who was an eloquent speaker.

Hanacek was preceded in death by his sisters, Viasta and Beatriz Hanacek and brother, Lad Hanacek.

In addition to his brother, survivors include sister, Annie Kulhanek of Fayetteville.

A parish rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Koenig-Peel Chapel in La Grange.

Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammansville, and a funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John the Baptist Church, with the Bishop Bernard Popp officiating.

Interment will follow at 2 p.m. Monday at the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Arrangements have been made with Koenig-Peel Funeral Home in La Grange

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Nov 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Mary Hanacik, age 26, died October 15.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 14 Jun 1894

Mr. J. H. Hancock, a barber of Flatonio [sic], recently fell dead from supposed heart failure.

Contributed by Matt Cross


See obituary and photo at WWII Memorials page


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Dec 1902


Mr. Johan Hanke, residing about three miles west of Schulenburg, died at his home on Wednesday morning last and his remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon, the services having been conducted by the Rev. Father Mathis, in the presence of the family of the deceased and a concourse of sorrowful friends. Mr. Hanke was about 50 years of age, possessed a quiet but industrious disposition and had by his close attention to his own affairs, combined with faithful efforts paid for one of the best farm’s [sic] in this section, as well as acquired other valuable property. Mr. Hanke is survived by his wife and six children, one of whom, Mrs. Chas. Schindler, resides in Schulenburg. He was, for years, a member of the Hermann Sons and the members of that society paid their last respects to their lamented brother in a body. This entire community extends its sincere sympathy to the bereaved wife and family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 June 1905


Mrs. Rosa Hanselka, a most estimable old lady died at the home of her son, Mr. John Hanselka, at 1:30 the morning of the 29th and her remains were tenderly consigned to their last resting place in the Catholic cemetery, Father Mathis performing the last sad rites.

Deceased was seventy-four years of age. She leaves one daughter and two sons and innumerable relatives and friends to mourn her loss. May she rest in peace.

Schulenburg Sticker, 22 June 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Rosina Hanzelka, May 28, age 74 years, near Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Jan 1916


Sophia Hanselka, died Dec. 5, 1915, near Praha, age 2 years and 3 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 18 Aug 1881, page 2

W. J. Jourdan, the man who killed Hanselmeyer, near Flatonia, was admitted to bail last week by Judge Moore in the sum of $2500. He has not been able to give the bond yet, but we understand his friends are making efforts to give the bond—Journal.


The La Grange Journal, February 27, 1936 pg.6

Mrs. Ella Hansen

Friday morning C.G. Vetter was notified to come to the bedside of his sister, Mrs. Ella Hansen, who had suffered a stroke of paralysis at her home. Mr. and Mrs. Vetter, accompanied by Mrs. Bertha Shaver of Weimar, left immediately for San Antonio, where they found Mrs. Hansen in a dying condition, in the Medical Arts Hospital. All that medical aid could do was done but to no avail, at 1:25 a.m., Saturday she gave up the struggle and journeyed on, to join her husband, Julius Hansen, who precede her in death, 25 years ago, and her son Theo., whom she buried only five weeks ago.

 Mrs. Hansen was born August 12, 1866, in Fayetteville; lived here up to 17 years ago, when she removed to San Antonio, where she died February 22, at the age of 69 years, 6 months, and 10 days. Twenty eight years of her life she had spent teaching in the Fayetteville public school, and was loved and respected by all who knew her, both old and young alike.

Funeral services were conducted from the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Vetter, Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock, with interment in the City Cemetery. Tears of friends and pupils mingled with those of the relatives when her remains were lowered to their last resting place. Rev. Bain of La Grange officiated both at the home and the grave.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Bertha Shaver of Weimar and a brother, C. G. Vetter of here. One sister Mrs. Agnes Thanheiser, and one brother Otto Vetter Preceded her in death. Our sympathy real, and sincere, goes out to surviving relatives.

Pallbearers were: W.C. Langlotz, J. R. Kubena, B. C. Wertzner, Leo Frede, Sr.,(of La Grange), L. W. Noack and R. B. Spacek.

Services were conducted in San Antonio, Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, after which her remains were brought to Fayetteville overland by Edwin Knesek, local funeral director.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Aug 1910


It is with profound sorrow that The Record chronicles the passing away of one of Fayette county’s old and most highly respected citizens, Julius Hansen, Fayetteville’s popular post master, who died at his home in that city Sunday night last at 10:30 o’clock of cancer of the stomach.

The funeral services were held at the family residence and at the grave by Rev. Heiser, of the Lutheran church, after which the Herman Sons held impressive ceremonies, the Woodmen lodge being present.

In our next issue The Record will publish a biographical sketch of the life of this very worthy citizen. – Fayette County Record.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, January 23, 1936 pg. 2

Theo. E. Hansen

Theo. Hansen died at the Medical Arts Hospital in San Antonio, Friday, January 17, at the age of 23 years, 7 months and 10 days, after an illness of about two months’ duration.

Mrs. C. G. Vetter of here and Mrs. Bertha Shaver of Weimar, who were at his bedside last week, returned home Tuesday evening, January 14, and reported his condition somewhat improved. Friends of Theodore here encouraged every hope for his recovery, but God deemed it otherwise, and on Friday evening at 7:00 o’clock, he answered the call and journeyed on to that land from whence no wanderer returneth. 

Theo. was employed as mail clerk with the post office staff in San Antonio, and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ella Hansen of San Antonio and one sister Mrs. Walter Stieler of Comfort. Theo. spent his boyhood in Fayetteville, and at the age of 13 years removed with his mother to San Antonio, where he lived up to the time of his death.

Funeral services were held in San Antonio, Saturday morning at 11:00 o’clock, after which his remains were shipped to Fayetteville. His remains lay in state at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Vetter from where services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock. The body was laid to rest beside his father in the City cemetery, who preceded him in death 25 years ago.

To the bereaved mother and other relatives we extend our deepest sympathy; Rev. Guy B. Duff of La Grange officiated; pall bearers were: E.S. Kovar, Jerry Kubala, B. Klimicek, Rud. Kubena, Ben Wied, and Ed. Sarrazin.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 29, 1929

John Hanusch, an old citizen, if not the oldest citizen in this community, pass to his reward Saturday morning, reaching the age of 98 years, 10 months and 16 days.

The deceased was born February 20, 1835, in Gleunau, Saxony, Germany.  Here he was also baptised and later confirmed his baptismal vow through act of confirmation.  On the 1st of September, 1867, he became married to Miss Marie Zuschke.  This union was blessed with eight children; of these four preceded him to their heavenly reward.  In the year 1883, he with his family emmigrated to America, locating in the Ward community.  He chose farming as his vocation.  Facing the hardships ---- severe blow became his lot when in the year 1892 his devoted wife was taken from him by death. He continued his vocation with his children until about twenty years ago when his strength became impaired on account of age. His children having established their own households by this time, he spent the remainder of his declining years with his son-in-law, Richard Walther. Here he was cared for with loving hands until the end.  The surviving children are: His son, August of Warda, and three daughters, namely, Mrs. Rich. Walther of Warda, Mrs. John Booth of Jacksonville, Texas, and Martha, whose location the writer failed to get; besides seventeen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and one brother, Andrew Hanusch of The Grove, Texas.

The deceased was a devoted Christian at heart.  He became a member of the Warda Lutheran church shortly after he located here with his family in 1883, and remained as such until his death.  Although feeble and his vision and hearing greatly impaired during the last years so that he was in need of a guide, he attended divine services as regularly as his strength would permit him, and strengthened his faith by regularly partaking of holy communion.  In his devotedness and faithfulness to his church, he was an example to the flock.

Burial took place Monday morning at ten o’clock in the Warda cemetery; Rev. G. Buchschacher officiating.  NEWS GATHERER.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Galveston Daily News, Monday, May 17, 1937

Flatonia, Tex., May 15—Mrs. Mary Hanzelka, 72, died at her country home and was buried from the Cistern Catholic church, Rev. Father Janysek officiating. She was a native of Moravia, Europe. She is survived by numerous relatives and came here nearly 50 (or 60) years ago.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, 13 Jun 1963, page 4

Mrs. Mary Harbich Buried in Flatonia

Requiem mass for Mrs. Mary Agnes Harbich, 87, was held at Port Lavaca in Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic church June 6, at 9 a.m. Rev Vincent Verderame officiating.

Mrs. Harbich died in Victoria June 4 following an illness of about 3 months. Burial was in the Sacred Heart cemetery in Flatonia.

She had lived in Port Lavaca 13 years. Born Dec. 22, 1875 in Fayette county, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hopp.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Sister Mary Donatus of Our Lady of the Lake convent in San Antonio, Mrs. Rose Berry of Austin, and Mrs. Catherine Maeker of Port Lavaca; 4 sons, Jerome P. of Yoakum, Eugene J. of Columbus; Alfonse E. of Galveston, and Thomas J. of Houston; 3 sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Butler of Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. Ambrosia Gosch of Mission and Mrs. Rosa Adams of Dallas; 11 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Jan 1913, page 1

Pat Hargrove, one of Schulenburg’s oldest colored citizens, died Tuesday. Pat’s exact age was never known but he was probably over 100. He remembered many incidents before the Civil War and when asked about his age, his answer was usually, “I was here before the Stars fell”. Pat has been in Schulenburg almost since its existence as a town and was known by every man, woman and child. Pat was an uneque [sic] character and delighted in talking to strangers and telling them of his experiences which were varied and interesting.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, Jan. 20, 1949 p.5

Mrs. Bertha Harigel

Mrs. Bertha Harigel, aged 98 years, died at her home in Bellville last Friday, Jan. 14.  She had been in ill health for several weeks.

Bereft of her husband more than 50 years ago, she gathered together the tangled and broken threads of life, fastened them again, reared her four children to manhood and womanhood, only to witness the invasion twice again, and mourn the loss of her two daughters, Hedwig and Norma, the later to pass on in August, 1947, at the age of 73 years.

Born January 20, 1851, she grew to young womanhood in Germany and became the wife of Wm. Harigel, an immigrant from Germany, in Oct. 13, 1868.  The couple made their home in Bellville.

Judge and Mrs. F. L. Harigel of Robstown, arrive in La Grange Saturday afternoon and on Sunday afternoon, accompanied by Miss Otilie Harigel and Mrs. B. F. Harigel were at Bellville to attend the funeral of their aunt.

Mrs. Bertha Harigel was, in truest sense, a Christian woman, she bore her cross with a fortitude most commendable, always cheerful and willing, and ever ready when sorrow came to the home of a neighbor, to assist in lessening the burden and directing afflicted to the brighter lights that shine beyond.  Her advanced age was not a detriment to her wish to come to La Grange last September, and witness the last rites courtesied to her nephew. (Uncle Buck) Alfred Harigel.  May she sleep peacefully.

(A merited tribute from her nephew, B.F. Harigel, La Grange.)

Transcribed by Carolyn Heinsohn


La Grange Journal, March 31, 1892


DIED – At La Grange, March ____, 1892, Henry Harigel in the 70th year of his age.

The deceased was born in Prussia on September 8th, 1822, and emigrated to Texas with his family and settled in La Grange in 1852, where he continued to reside until his death.

In the year 1867 during the yellow fever epidemic, he lost his wife and eight of nine children, in one week.  In 1868 he was married to Miss ______ Reichert, who with five children, survive him.

During Mr. Harigel’s forty years in residence in this city, he was a dealer in furniture and by his strict integrity and straight forward manner of doing business built up a large trade and accumulated a handsome competence. 

As a citizen he was liberal, enterprising and charitable.  His purse was always open to alleviate human suffering and the promotion of enterprises which tended to build up and accelerate the growth and prosperity of La Grange.

He was a mason in high standing being Past Master of LaFayette Lodge No. 34 A. F. & A. M. and Most Excellent King of Murchison Chapter No. 18 R. A. M.  He was also a member of la Grange Council No. ____, American Legion of Honor.

His brethren of both orders turned out in large numbers and his remains were quietly laid to rest by his mason brethren, the beautiful ceremony being conducted by W. M. Blackstone White, assisted by officers and members of Lafayette lodge.  The religious services were conducted in the family residence by Rev. G. E. Clothier, Pastor of the M. E. church of the south.

The funeral cortege was large and imposing, being among the largest ever seen in La Grange, which evidenced the great respect and esteem this community held for the deceased.

Contributed by Jon Todd Koenig






Mary December and Karl Harlfinger

La Grange Journal, 17 Jan 1963

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Harlfinger, a lifetime resident of the Beigel area were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from the Koenig Funeral Home with Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating. Burial was in the Rutersville Cemetery beside her husband, Charles, who had died 5 October 1929. Mrs. Harlfinger died at the Fayette Memorial Hospital at the age of 89 years. She died Sunday, 13 January 1963.

The deceased was born 5 April 1873, daughter of John Baptiste and Christina (Winnisdoerffer) December. She was united in marriage with Charles Harlfinger 16 November 1892. The union was blessed with one son, Charles W. Harlfinger born 3 August 1894. Charles Jr. served in the army during World War I. May she rest in peace!

Transcribed by Norman C. Krischke. Photo from Judy Koehl


The Fayette County Record, Tuesday, February 25, 1992


Memorial services for Frances Nell Harmon, 68, of 610 S. College were held Monday at 10 a.m. at Sergeant Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.  The Rev. Newton Cox officiated.  Mrs. Harmon passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, at her residence.  Born in Eden Nov. 12, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Nellie (Greebon) Rudder.  She was united in marriage with William G. “Fuzz” Harmon on April 16, 1949 in Odessa.  Formerly of Casper, Wyoming, she resided in La Grange since 1981.  Surviving are three daughters, Carole Fulghum and Julie Snow of Aurora, Colorado, and Billie Traver of Idaho City, Idaho; two sisters, Bessie Bownds of Odessa and Emma Barnard of Clyde; one brother, Earl Rudder of Alpine; her mother-in-law, Julie Michalke of Schulenburg; 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Fayette County Record, Tuesday, February 28, 1984


William G. (Fuzz) Harmon, 56, of 610 S. College St. died Thursday in Holy Cross Hospital in Austin.

Memorial services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenberg with the Rev. Duane G. Contois officiating.  The body was taken for cremation.

Mr. Harmon was born in Schulenburg on June 8, 1927, the son of William G. and Julia (Vogt) Harmon.  He was reared by his stepfather, Fritz Michalke, and his mother, Julia Michalke.  He was united in marriage with Frances Rudder on April 16, 1949 in Odessa.

He was the owner of Intermountain Bit and Supply in Casper, Wym.  After semi-retiring he and Mrs. Harmon moved to La Grange and have resided here for about two years. During World War II he served in the SeeBees.  He was a member of the VFW.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Frances Harmon of La Grange; his mother, Mrs. Julia Michalke of Schulenburg; three daughters, Carol Fulghum of Casper, Wyo., Julie Snow of Aurora, Colo., and Billie Ruth Traver of Boise, Idaho; and 10 grandchildren.

The family requests that memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 10 Jun 1899

LaGrange, Texas, May 30.—G. Harmon or Hermann (believed to be an assumed name), an old man about 71 years, committed suicide yesterday via the morphine route.

The deceased has been here several weeks, working at the carpenter trade; he was a good worker and had been sober and steady until a few days ago.

Nothing was known about the deceased except a few remarks he had let fall among his fellow-workmen and acquaintances to the effect that he was a German and had came to this country in 1846; that he had a wife, a son and a daughter; that his son had ccrossed him in some matter and he had disowned him and that his wife sided with the boy, on account of which he had turned over to her all his property, amounting to about $20,000, except $300, and had left home; when and where this happene he would not say; he also stated that his son was now a celebrated lawyer. The deceased evidently desired to keep his identify [sic.] concealed and his whereabout unknown to his relatives and friends, for after taking the poison, he walked out into the yard of the house at which he was rooming and burned all his private papers and letters, after which he called to a man who was working nearby and told him he had taken poison. These were the last words he ever uttered, and though the doctors and several citizens worked with him all night, they could not get him out of the [stupor] into which he had fallen, and early in the morning he died.

Deceased claimed to be both a Mason and an Odd Fellow, but never tied to prove this to the lodges of the above orders here.


The Austin Weekly Statesman, 29 Oct 1874, page 2

The Fayette County New Era states that "a respectable German citizen, named Frederick Harms, about twenty-five years old, residing in Black Jack Grove, suicided on Saturday, the seventeenth instant, by deliberately hanging himself."


Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 7, 1949

Final Rites for Mrs. Marie Harrie Held At Holman

Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Hajovsky Harrie, 43, were held from the home of her mother, Mrs. Mary Hajovsky, at Holman Friday morning, followed by Requiem High Mass at the St. Wenceslaus Church in Holman.

Rev. Adolph Janda officiated, assisted by Msgr. Anthony Drozd and J. R. Till, seminarian. Interment was in the Holman Catholic cemetery.

Mrs. Harrie, formerly of San Antonio, had been ill for about the past two years, during which time she made her home with her mother at Holman. She succumbed at Columbus Hospital Wednesday morning, December 29.

Born at Holman August 6, 1905, she was a daughter of the late Joe Hajovsky and Mrs. Mary Hajovsky.

Surviving are her mother; five brothers, John and Joe of Weimar, Henry of Columbus, Steve of Holman, Jerome of Elkhart, Kansas; and four sisters, Mrs. John Hluchanek of Columbus, Mrs. Henry Sumbera of La Salle, Mrs. J. P. Kennedy of South America, and Mrs. Edward Seifert of Weimar.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 26 Oct 1928, page 3


Henry Harris, colored, employe at the LaGrange Oil Mill, lost his life Friday when he went into an underground fuel tank to clean it out. A ladder was placed into the tank thru the manhole and Harris went in. When he reached the bottom he is said to have told the superintendent, who was present looking in, that the odor in the tank was bad and the superintendent immediately requested him to comeon out, which he started to do.

When he climbed the ladder to where he could cathch the top of the tank his head fell to the side. He was caught by the superintendent, and two other employes of the mill were asked to help. As the superintendent loosend his grip to straighten the man's head so he could be drawn up into the manhole, thte other parties dropped hiim and he fell to the bottom of the tank lifeless.

In speaking to Mr. M. F. Granville, manager of the mill, he stated that he did not know if the negro's death resulted from gas or from the fall into the tank.

The man had oil on his hands and arms and the other negroes holding him while the superintendent was trying to lift his head into themanhole let him slip from their hands.

Inquest was held by 'Squire G. M. Schleier, who pronounced death caused by effects of gas.—LaGrange Record.


La Grange Journal, 13 August 1903


Squire Chas. Schiege of Round Top, passed through our town Saturday evening on his way to hold an inquest on the body of Savannah Harris colored, who died suddenly on the Marguhart [Marquart, or possibly Markwardt] farm.


Weimar Mercury, 21 Mar 1891, page 1

After the Democrat was off the press, we learned of this most tragic and heartrending accident, the particulars of which, so far as we can learn are as follows:

Miss Harrison, in company with her sister Miss Edna and Mr. Phil Saunders had started for a walk to the cemetery. As they reached the M., K. & T. track, they noticed a freight train coming along. Mr. Saunders crossed in safety and Miss Bessie Harrison made the attempt when the engine struck her, carrying her a distance of probably 50 feet, when she fell off and rolled under the wheels of the locomotive, her head being completely severed from the body. This affair is a particularly sad one. Miss Harrison was but embarking on the voyage of life. She was but standing in the threshold of womanhood, with all the grand expectations of a noble and glorious future opening before her. Struck down by the fell hand of Death just as the roseate dawn of unlimited possibilities was making its presence known—it is indeed sad; it seem cruel.—LaGrange Democrat.


Colorado Citizen, 8 May 1890, page 3

Last Saturday Dr. John H. Bowers, Hon. I. W. Middlebrook, Wells Thompson, S. L. Green and C. W. Harrison, Esqs., and Mr. Henry Ilse visited Eagle Lake on a fishing expedition. They left the city in high spirits, bent only on amusement and the capture and enjoyment of the fish of the lake. Late in the afternoon Gov. Thompson and C. W. Harrison, Esq., determined to take a sail on the lake, procured a boat and went out. A short time after going out by some means the boat capsized, and Mr. Harrison was drowned. With the aid of an oar of the boat Gov. Thompson succeeded in swimming to where he could touch bottom, and hold on to some lake weeds where he was rescued. Although search was made for Mr. Harrison's body that evening and night, it was not discovered until next morning. The contraction of the limbs revealed the fact that he had taken cramp while swimming, causing his drowning. He was a young attorney of fine mind, well versed in the law, and numbering many friends in this section. His body was brought to Alleyton by private conveyance, and thence conveyed by rail to Flatonia last Sunday for interment. The party on the trip greatly regret the sad occurrence.

. . .

Much credit is due the Southern Pacific railroad company for their action in getting the remains of C. W. Harrison, Esq., to the home of his relatives in Flatonia last Sunday. Because of the high water they were unable to run their trains to Eagle Lake, the scene of the unfortunate accident, and the friends of Mr. Harrison brought his body to Alleyton. Without extra charge, the company ran a special to Alleyton and conveyed the body to relatives and friends in Flatonia, that the last sad rites might be performed at his old home. Mr. Harrison was not a rich man, and no motive other than the kindliest actuated the company in "their labor of love." To Mr. J. T. McQueeny, division superintendent of the company at San Antonio, especial credit is due for his efficient and heart-whole services in the premises. Let the railroad company and employes have full credit for their good deed.


Shiner Gazette, 10 Jan 1900

Died at Flatonia.

Died, Thursday December 22, 1899, Frances Arbuckle Harrison, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Harrison. She was aged 4 years and 10 months and was a bright, promising little girl, universally loved for her winning ways and dainty, sweet little personality. – Houston Post.

Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Jan 1900

Died. – Thursday morning, Dec. 21st, at 5 o’clock, the angel of death visited the heretofore happy home of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Harrison and snatched from their embrace their sweet little daughter, Francis. – Flatonia Argus.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 29 Jun 1917

Woman Burns to Death In Her Home at Flatonia.

Flatonia; Texas, June 25.—Mrs. Henry. H. Harrison, wife of a prominent stockman and former merchant of this place, was burned to death in the flames when their home in the northeastern part of the city was consumed by fire at an early hour this morning.

How the fire originated has not been determined. When it was discovered in a closet, at about 3 o'clock, both Mr. and Mrs. Harrison, who were the only members of the family at home, attempted unsuccessfully to extinguish the incipient blaze, and while her husband was occupied in giving the alarm over the telephone, Mrs. Harrison ran upstairs, presumably to save some valued article, and her absence was not noticed for some minutes, Mr. Harrison supposing that she had then left the house. When he came out and looked about for her she was not to be seen, and by this time the flames had made such headway that there was no possibility of a search in the house being made nor of the fire being extinguished, although the alarm had been made general all through the town by ringing bells, blowing whistles and firing pistol shots, and a large crowd had gathered to see the fire, which was spectacular in the extreme.

It was two and one-half hours before the flames died down sufficiently to allow any search to be made for the body. Until this time it had not been certain whether Mrs. Harrison had perished in the burning house, or had wandered away while overcome by excitement; but she could not be found elsewhere, and immediately after the search in the burning embers was begun some charred remains were found, and later other parts, shrunken and distorted out of all human resemblence, setting at rest all doubt as to her horrible death.

Mrs. Harrison, previous to her marriage, was Miss Ellen Douglas Mitchell of Cold spring, San Jacinto county, and taught several terms of school here. During her long residence in this city after marriage she had entered energetically into the social life of the community and was known as a leading spirit in intellectual and philanthropic work.

The family consisted of three daughters, one of whom, Miss Helen, has recently been instrumental in the formation of a Red Cross chapter here and is now at Wichita Falls, attending the National Honor Guard Girls' encampment. Another, Miss Marie, is visiting in Houston at the home of her aunt, Mrs. John Lane, a sister of Mr. Harrison. Both were immediately notified by
wire. The remaining daughter, Miss Alma, was spending the night with her grandmother, Mrs. -J. M. Harrison, in another part of the town at the time of the tragedy.

The house w a handsome two-story frame residence. Nothing, was left standing above the foundation except two tall brick chimneys, built up from the ground, which after the fire loomed from a square of glowing embers like ghastly monuments to the destruction they had witnessed. The contents of the house,inciuding many rich furhishings and elaborate furniture, represented a total loss of well over $10,000, partially covered by insurance. This fire was
the first in Flatonia for some fifteen months.

Mr. Harrison was nearly crazed at the loss of his wife, and the tragedy has had a depressing effect upon the entire community, coming as a climax upon the heels of several violent deaths by accident here within the past two weeks.


The Galveston Daily News, 23 Mar 1869, page 3

The LaGrange Democrat of the 19th announces the death of Capt. O. A. Daniels, who died at his residence in Fayette county, on the 16th of consumption.

The same paper contains an announcement of the death of Mr. L. L. Hart, who died at Winchester, on the 14th, of pneumonia.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, June 6, 1957

Services Held For Mrs. Pearl Hart

Mrs. Pearl Estella Hart, age 71, passed away Monday, May 27 at Austin.  Services were held for her Thursday, May 30 at 4 PM at the Winchester Methodist Church with Rev. C. B. Diltz officiating.  Burial was in the Winchester Cemetery.  Koenig Funeral Home was in charge.

Mrs. Hart was born on February 6, 1886, at Taylor.  She was united in marriage with James L. Hart, who preceded her in death on December 16, 1954, in Winchester on January 30, 1912.  She was a member of the Methodist Church there.

Survivors are her two sons, James Clay of Austin, and Calvin Bert of Hi Point, North Carolina.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, January 19, 2012, page 2

D. Hartensteiner Funeral Service Set Jan. 19

Donald W. Hartensteiner, 50, of Richmond, died Jan. 15 in Houston.

Donald was born Nov. 14, 1961, in Houston to Herman and Viola (Genzer) Hartensteiner.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Richmond.

Donald was a member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 4550.

He is preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Marcella hohmann.

Donald is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Wanda (Hohmann) Hartensteiner; daughters, Megan and Ashley Hartensteiner; parents, Herman and Viola Hartensteiner; siblings, Mike Hartensteiner and wife Janice; Carol Rektorik and husband Gary; Steve Hartensteiner and Kathy Pyka and husband Greg; nieces and nephews, Chad Rektorik and wife Kelly; Jane Hartensteiner, Melissa Hartensteiner, Lori Rektorik, Ryan Clark and lauren Pyka; father-in-law, Louis Hohmann; and sister-in-law, Jennifer Hall and husband Tim; along with other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. with a rosary at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Chapel of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home in Rosenberg.

Funeral series will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 507 South 4th St. in Richmond.
Entombment will be at 3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19, at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Schulenburg.

Father Joe Templado will officiate the services.

Pallbearers will be Chad Rektorik, Ryan Clark, Dale Genzer, Andy Engleman, John Clark, Gary Menzik and Gerry Veazey.
Honorary pallbearers was Garrett Veazey.

For those wishing, memorials in Donald’s name may be made to your charity of choice.
Words of condolence may be left for the Hartensteiner family at www.davisgreenlawnfh.com.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, January 16, 2014, Page 2A

H. Hartensteiner Services Held On January 14

Herman “Ham” Hartensteiner, 85, of Schulenburg passed away January 9 in Austin.

Herman was born on May 23, 1928 to Charles and Ida (Berger) Hartensteiner of New Bielau.
He went to school at the New Bielau Content School.
He married Viola Genzer on June 15, 1953 at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Houston.

He lived 31 years in this County.
He was the owner of Hartensteiner Construction, Inc.
He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Herman was very proud of his Army service and sponsored an annual army reunion for his fellow Korean War veterans for more than 25 years in Schulenburg.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the VFW.

A Rosary was held on January 13 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral home with Father Tim Kosler and Chuck Towne of the Knights of Columbus leading it.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 14 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with Father Tim Kosler officiating.
Entombment followed at the St. Rose Catholic Mausoleum.

Pallbearers were grandson, Chad Rektorik and members of the K of C 4550 softball team: Leo Hollas, Richard Hollas, Bobby Schmidt, Donald Schmidt and Michael Mazoc.

Herman is survived by his wife, Viola; daughters, Carol Rektorik and husband Gary of Houston; Kathy Pyka and husband Greg of Dripping Springs and daughter-in-law, Wanda Hartensteiner of Richmond; sons, Mike Hartensteiner and wife Jan of Cypress and Steve Hartensteiner of Richmond; sister, Margaret Havrda of Schulenburg; brother, Norbert Hartensteiner and wife Gwen of Colorado Springs, Colo.
He is also survived by seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Donald Hartensteiner; six brothers and three sisters.
Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


The Weimar Mercury, January 4, 2001, p. 2A

M. Hartensteiner Funeral Service Held Dec. 21

Margaret M. Anders Hartensteiner, 83, of Dubina, died Dec. 18, at Colonial Nursing Home in Schulenburg. Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec 21 at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church in Dubina with Rev. Arnold Anders, Rev. John Bily and Rev. Tim Kosler officiating.

Readings were read by granddaughters Shelly Bungie, Angela Nester, Vicki Diaz. Offertory gifts were brought up by granddaughters Amy Adams, Kelsey Hartensteiner, Gretchen Hartensteiner, and great-granddaughter Jordan Anderson.
Interment followed at the Dubina Cemetery.

Mrs. Hartensteiner was born Aug. 17, 1917 in Dubina to Frank and Annie Guenther Anders.
She attended St. Edwards in Dubina, and St. Rose in Schulenburg.
She married Bernard Hartensteiner on Nov. 27, 1948 in Dubina.

She was a retired homemaker and dairy farmer lived in this area all her life. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, St. Ann's Society, KJZT, and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Dubina.

She is survived by three sons, James Hartensteiner and wife Peggy of Deer Park, Marcus Hartensteiner and wife Sharon of Dubina, and Clarence Hartensteiner and wife Carol of Schulenburg; two daughters, Anna Nester and husband Mike of Schertz, and Barbara Adams and husband James of Houston; and one daughter-in-law Edith Hartensteiner of Sugar Land.
She is also survived by one sister, Leona Garza of San Antonio; four brothers, Arthur Anders of Longview, Frank Anders of Weimar, John Anders of Rosenberg and Rev. Arnold Anders of Corpus Christi and eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, David Hartensteiner and one granddaughter Mary Louise Adams.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Fred Hartensteiner, Bobby Joe Hartensteiner, Kevin Hartensteiner, and Danny Hartensteiner, and nephews, Roger Jurica and Phillip Anders.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 June 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Anton Hartmann, May 28, age 53, Holman.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 May 1910

Died at Ellinger, April 28, Anton Hartmann, age 81 years, 4 months and 3 days, of stenosis aesophgus.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, July 23, 1936 pg. 6

Carmine Section

Death Claims Another

Hermann F. Hartstack died at 9:00 o’clock, a.m. Monday at the home of his son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Fuchs. Heart failure is the cause of his death.

Mr. Hartstack was born February 24, 1864, in Prov. Brandenburg, Germany. When and infant he was Christened in the home Lutheran Church. At the age of six years he emigrated with his parents and the family to America, arriving at Galveston, December 31, 1870; they settled near Burton.

He was instructed and confirmed in the Lutheran faith on April 6, 1879, by Rev. John Neuthard, at Round Top. On November 24, 1889 he was united in holy wedlock with Miss Hulda Gregor, at Berlin, Washington County. God blessed this happy union with five children, all of whom survive him. His faithful wife preceded him in death in 1931. Since then he made his home whit his children. He reached the age of 72 years, 4 months and 26 days.

Surviving are his children, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Kieke of Carmine, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Hartstack of Washington, Mrs. and Mrs. W.L. Fuchs of Burton, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Hodde, and Mr. and Mrs. O. L. Fuchs of Carmine. One brother William, aged 82 years, nine grandchildren, many other relatives and a host of friends also survive. We extend our sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 March 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Augusta Haschke age 63 years 6 months and 13 days, died Mar. 4.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 19 Nov 1898, page 8

Winchester, Texas, November 13.—An accidental killing occurred here today about noon.

Mr. Mac Haschke, Jr., in company with his brother Otto and James[s] Wroes were out hunting and by an accidental discharge of Mr. Wroe's gun the above result happened.

The deceased was highly respected.


Colorado County Citizen, December 31, 2009

Mildred Sauer Hassler

Mildred Sauer Hassler, 81, of Columbus, passed away Dec. 26 at her residence.

She was born in Mouldoon, May 1, 1928 to Robert and Thelma (Smith) Sauer and married Kervin J. “Sleepy” Hassler, Aug. 28, 1973. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Raymond Sauer and Leroy Sauer; and sister, Viola Haney.

She is survived by her husband; sons and daughters-in-law, Melvin R. and Vickie Alexander of Clarksville, Ind. and Robert H. and Melba Alexander of San Antonio; step-son, John Moss and wife Tamara of North Pole, Alaska; sister, Dorothy Haseloff of New Braunfels; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were conducted Dec. 29 at Pin Oak Cemetery near Flatonia with the Rev. David Haseloff officiating. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home in Columbus.


La Grange Journal, February 1, 1940

C. A. Hatch

Death came to C. A. Hatch, aged 82 years, 7 months and 5 days, at his home north of Flatonia, Monday, Jan. 29.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, at the family home and interment was made in the Pitman cemetery near Muldoon; Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Deceased was born in Louisiana, for the past 72 years he had resided in Fayette county, and lived on a farm near Flatonia.  He was a member of the Baptist church.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Blasedale.  Surviving are the following sons and daughters:

E. W. Hatch of Smithville, Tom Hatch of Dallas,W. B. Hatch of Fort Worth and A. C. Hatch, Jr., of Flatonia; Mrs. F. W. Needham of Flatonia, Mrs. R. K. Marburger of New Mexico, Mrs. R. R. Lauflin and Mrs. Ed. Lauflin of Muldoon.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 17 Sep 1898, page 8

Flatonia Argus: The community of Muldoon was suddenly stricken with dread surprise last Sunday evening, by the death of Miss Lizzie Hatch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Asa Hatch, living near the Presbyterian church, five miles west of Muldoon. The young lady was in usual good health, and attended services at Muldoon at 11 a. m., returning home late in the afternoon. Soon after her return home she remarked to her father that she would die in a short time, which proved sadly true in a few minutes. A note was found in her trunk containing instructions as to her burial. No indications of suicide, as she was peaceful and conscious to the moment of her death. Her friends remember remarks of her's recently made that she would not live long. Whatever may have been the cause for such an untimely ending of her life is clothed in the mysteries of her silent grave. She was 18 years of age, an affectionate daughter and sister, and a devoted christian, and a member of the Baptist church at Muldoon. She had participated in the communion services the day of her death. A large concourse of people attended her burial Monday afternoon; [services] conducted by her pastor, Rev. T. E. Muse.


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Mar 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Winter [sic.] Hatch, Muldoon, ten years of age.

Contributed by Matt Cross

La Grange Journal, March 30, 1905

Died near Muldoon, March 11, of hepatic abscess, Walter Hatch, aged 10 years.

Contributed by John Todd Koenig


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Mar 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Minnie Hatfield, West Point.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Jan 1909


Mrs. Mattie Norton Hathaway of Needles, Cal., age 24 years died very suddenly at the home of her father, Mr. Jim Norton of Houston Tuesday and her remains were conveyed to this city Saturday and tenderly laid to rest by loving hands in our silent city of the dead, Rev. Worrell of Weimar in a very solemn and impressive manner officiating.

Mrs. Hathaway was born and reared here and spent most of her life among our citizens until about six years ago when she accompanied the family to Houston where later she was happily married to Dr. C. B. Hathaway of California. They resided in Arizona for a short time and then removed to Needles, Cal.

Deceased was on a visit to home folks in Houston, when death so suddenly came.

Funeral services were delayed until her grief stricken husband could arrive from his far away home.

Deceased leaves a husband, father, four sisters, and one brother and a host of relatives to mourn her untimely death.

Those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mr. Jim Norton, and Mrs. Nellie Mann of Houston, Mrs. Eve Folks of New Orleans, Mr. Jim Norton, Jr., of Arizonia [sic], Mr. John Arnim and Mrs. Coltermann of Weimar, Mrs. T. B. Edgar, of Edna, Little Miss Virginia Norton who was living with her sister, Mrs. Hathaway and Mr. Monroe Garrett of Eagle Pass.

The Sticker joins the many friends of the bereaved ones in extending sincere condolence and heartfelt sympathy in their sad hour.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, 13 Jun 1929

Mrs. Carolina Hattermann

Mrs. Carolina Hattermann, aged 94 years, 11 months and 8 days, died Monday, June 10, 1929 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Theodore Andre, in La Grange funeral services being held at Ross Prairie on Tuesday, at three o'clock, interment followed in the Ross Prairie Lutheran Cemetery [St. John Ev. Lutheran Cemetery]. Mrs. Hattermann was born July 1, 1834. She was the mother of twelve childrn, ten of whom are living, eight boys and two girls. Mr. Hattermann, the husband, died in 1888.

The boys surviving are: Dick and John Hattermann of Rutersville, Fritz, Garrett and Otto Hattermann of Fayetteville, Ben Hattermannn of Milam County, William Hattermann of Halsted and Albert Hattermann of LaSalle County; Charles, another son died several years ago. The girls are: Mrs. Theodore Andre, La Grange; and Miss Frederica Hattermann of La Grange; Minnie, a daughter, died very young. The bereaved relatives of Mrs. Carolina Hattermann are extended the sympathy of the community, in which the Journal joins.


Weimar Mercury, August 25, 1900, page 5

The 10-year-old daughter of a farmer named Hatterlan[sic], living in the Holman valley, died Wednesday evening from sunstroke. She picked cotton during the day, became overheated and died soon afterward.

Frieda W. H. Hatterman is buried in the Brandt Family cemetery. Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht.


Schulenburg Sticker, 18 Jan 1900

DIED. – Mrs. Friedericka Hauschild residing in the Freyburg community died on the 11th of January. Deceased has been a resident in the state for 33 years – three sons and three daughters are left to mourn their loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 18 Jan 1900, Freyburg Fancies column

Died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. H. Stoerer, in the 92nd year of her age, Mrs. Johanne Hauschild.

Is this the same person as Friedericka Hauschild? Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, 23 Jun 1932


The body of Frank Hauser, Sr. was found in a pasture near his farm home several miles west from La Grange, about 9 o'clock last Sunday morning. Death came to him from a gunshot wound. Whether the shot was fired on Saturday night early, or later the next morning, is a matter of conjecture. Squire Schleier was called to the scene Sunday morning and held an inquest, rendering his verdict that death came to Frank Hauser, Sr. as the result of a gunshot wound, self-inflicted 18 Jun 1932. Frank Hauser was an industrious farmer, and a man of strong physique; he must have left his home in the early evening carrying his shotgun. In his pasture, he rested the gun—after removing the trigger guard, on a strand of wire, then sat down and pulled the gun toward his body. Death evidently came quickly according to our informant, as he still clutched the pipe he was in the habit of smoking, in his left hand. He was born 18 December 1861.

The funeral was held Monday. He is survived by the widow and three children, all grown, two sons and one daughter.

Transcribed by Norman C. Krischke


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Mar 1904

Death Record.

Hauser: Died in LaGrange 2-20-04, of pneumonia, Franz Hauser, aged 78 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, June 20, 1957

Edwin Hausler Dies In Austin

Edwin Lowell (Ed) Hausler, 66, died in Austin Tuesday afernoon, just three days after his sister-in-law, Mrs. Lee A. Hausler of La Grange passed away.

Mr. Hausler died at his office of the Texas Employment Commission where he had served as manager until about a month ago.

Funeral services were held for the deceased Thursday at 1 p.m. in Austin at the Hytlin-Manor Funeral Home.  The Rev. Dick Lear officiated.  Graveside services followed in the La Grange City cemetery at 3:30 with the members of the Masonic lodge in charge.

Mr. Hausler was a son of the late George and Ida Hausler and was born in La Grange.  He had been a resident of Austin for the past 12 years.

Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Margery Pollard of Kerrville; one son, Lowell of Houston; two brothers, Lee A. of La Grange and Leslie G. of San Antonio; one sister, Mrs. Kermit Voelkel of Austin and five grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, June 13, 1957

Mrs. Lee Hausler dies Saturday

Mrs. Elizabeth Frances Hausler, 62, died at the Fayette Memorial Hospital Saturday, June 8.

Mrs. Hausler was born on June 10, 1894 at La Grange.  Her parents were Mrs. Bozena Weisner Pastusek and the late Mr. Pastusek.  She married to Lee A. Hausler on July 31, 1920 in La Grange.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 10, at 10 AM at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with continued services at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.  Msgr. S. A. Zientek officiated.

Survivors include her husband and mother of La Grange; three daughters, Mrs. Max A. Melcher of Houston, Mrs. Martin Manuel of La Grange and Mrs. Wayne Higgins of Baytown; two sisters, Mrs. Henry Schurig of Houston and Mrs. Bozena Kallus of La Grange; one brother, Henry Pastusek of La Grange and 6 grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Hausmann: Died at Halsted, Oct 30-03, of Premature birth, infant girl of Mr. Frank Hausmann and wife.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, 10 January 1931

Prominent Farmer Passes

Not withstanding the fact that he had been in good humor and apparently healthy the day previous, August J. Hausmann of the Bluff section, died at his farm home last Thursday morning, death coming quickly. He was 68 years, 2 months and 19 days old at the hour of his demise.

Mr, Hausmann can be properly referred to as a native citizen of Fayette County, who by his honorable dealings with his fellow man won the respect and good will of those with whom he came in contact. Such citizens are to be encouraged and their passing on to yonder shores creates ever, a regret. May he rest peacefully and be called when the judgment of all creatures are enforced.

Mr. Hausmann was born in the Bluff neighborhood and grew to manhood there, and after acquiring his majority was united in marriage with Miss Lena Hensel, the marriage occurring in the year 1891. To this union there were born two children, H.A. (Hank) Hausmann, automobile mechanic of La Grange and Mrs. Paul Lueders of near La Grange, or what we have termed, Bluff. The widow, the two children and one grandchild and other relatives survive. Friday morning the body was taken to the Williams Creek Cemetery and interred there, with Rev. R. Heise conducting the religious ceremonies. In attendance were many who sympathy was real and who regretted that this friend had been called, yet were willing to submit to the decree as issued by Him who hath said, "Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give thee rest." Another good farmer passes.


Schulenburg Sticker, 6 Oct 1904, Swiss Alp column

A son of Mr. Joe Hausmann of the Bluff vicinity died Wednesday of typhoid fever. Deceased was but 17 years old and well liked by everyone who knew him.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 March 1913


Frank Hausmann, age 92 years and 3 days, senility, LaGrange.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, August 13, 1936 pg. 1

Death Claims Wife Following Surgical Operation—Saturd.

The shadow fell Saturday across the doorstep of a home where happiness had reigned for the past nineteen years; Mrs. Giralda Hausmann, nee Tiemann, wife of Gus. Hausmann, died at the La Grange Hospital, Saturday at noon, after the surgeons has exercised all diligent efforts and attention to restore her to temporary health.

Braving the approach of the reaper Mrs. Hausmann, a patient sufferer for several months, sought relief at the hands of the skilled surgeon; violating as we do, the privacy of what transpires, we do mention the fortitude and the fail encouraged by theis God-fearing woman. Resigned, yet because of home ties and sincere affection, essaying to keep; the threads of life intact; singing low while her pastor offered a prayer. And then oblivion, merciful in its effect and stay of pain. He who doeth all things for the best, willed it that the pilgrimage on earth should end.

Mrs. Hausmann was a daughter of late Albert Tiemann, and his widow, who survives. She was born at the farm home several miles East from La Grange, and was united in marriage with Gus. Hausmann, of the Bluff section, April 15, 1917. No children blessed the union, the two were real pals, and happiness was there lot until invaded by illness. Dissolution, in this instance, has its painful hurts.

Services were held at the home south of the city, Sunday afternoon, which the body was taken to the St. Paul Lutheran Church; Rev. Heise, in his effort to be calm, found it difficult to outlaw his heartfelt interest; he paid to the departed a merited tribute. “Whenever her kind services were needed, she responded, sacrificing herself for those she believed she could aid.” Interment was made in the new cemetery, in the presence of a very large number of relatives and sympathizing friends.

Flowers, blanked high at the cemetery, were sent by friends and neighbors ; she had endeared herself to the people of that Bluff neighborhood, and being at all times active in the club work, both for the school of that community and the Home Demonstration Club, the lass to her fellow workers is recognized. She was president of the Club at the time of her death.

The Journal offers its sincere sympathy to the bereaved husband, and to the mother, Mrs. Louise Tiemann, also to her surviving brothers, Guy and Aaron Tiemann of La Grange, and sister, Mrs. Reinhard Weishuhn of Nechanitz.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


The La Grange Journal, 21 January 1937

Joseph Hausmann

Native Born Citizen Dies After a Brief Illness, Jan 15th.

Joseph Hausmann, born in the Bluff section of Fayette County, March 19, 1857, died after an illness of two weeks at the age of 79 years, 10 months and 26 days. Death came to him peacefully last Friday afternoon.

Deceased was listed with the oldest 1iving native born citizens, and had Mved in the neighborhood where he was born all of his natural life. He developed, as a youth, a fancy for the work of the mechanic, and as he grew to manhood, established his blacksmith shop and store which soon became known throughout that section as "Hausmann's Store" and which was extended liberal patronage. His gin, also in that neighborhood, was the farmers' mecca it cotton ginning periods and grist needs. Honest, upright and friendly, he merited the goodwill of everyone; his word was his bond, and ever good to take. His death, expected because of his age, nevertheless created a wave of sincere sorrow among his relatives ans many friends.

Joseph Hausmann was united in marriage with Miss Dora Loehr, a maiden of the immediate neighborhood in 1882. To them was born two children, Ernest a son who died at the age of 17 years; and one son who survives: August Hausmann. Also surviving beside his widow is one brother, Flem Hausmann of Houston and four grandchildren.


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, April 17, 1958

La Grange.—Frank L. Havel, 78, of New Ulm, Rt. 2, passed away at his home Friday, April 11, 1958.

Funeral services were conducted from the Knesek Chapel at Fayetteville Monday morning, with continued services at the Fayetteville Catholic Church and burial in the church Cemetery. The Rev. Father Thomas Matl officiated.

Mr. Havel was born near Hallettsville, son of Joseph and Anna Sablatura Havel. He was married to Miss Lena Krenek at Fayetteville August 5, 1925. He resided near Fayetteville for the past 50 years.

Surviving are his widow; four daughters: Mrs. Jonnie Heintschel of Baytown; Mrs. Bessie Weiser of Houston; Mrs. Jack Lindsey of Crosby and Mrs. Edwin Zapalac of Houston; two step-daughters: Mrs. Joe Sherdick of El Campo and Mrs. Anton Trlicek of Uvalde; three sons: Joe Havel of Fayetteville, Rt. 2, Jerry Havel of Columbus and Victor Havel of New Ulm, Rt. 2; two step-sons, Arnold Kneblik of Fayetteville, Rt. 2, and Nick Kneblik of Columbus; 29 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Rosary was recited at Knesek Chapel Sunday night.

Koenig Funeral Home directed the funeral.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, October 18, 1975

Helen Havel

Mrs. Helen K. Havel, 82, of the New Ulm area, passed away Oct. 6 at a San Antonio hospital.

A lifelong resident of the community, she was born Aug. 19, 1893, a daughter of Vinc and Johanna Martusek Krenek. She and Frank Havel were married in Fayetteville Aug. 5, 1925. Her husband preceded her in death some years ago.

Services were held at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 9 at the Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville and were continued at Fayetteville Catholic Church with The Rev. Msgr. John Hanacek officiating. Burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Alma Trlicek of San Antonio; 4 step-daughters, Mrs. Maryt Heintschel of Baytown, Mrs. Bessie Wieser of Columbus, Mrs. Angeline Lindsey of Crosby and Mrs. Justine Zapalac of Katy; 3 sons, Nickola Kneblik of Weimar, Arnold Kneblik of Fayetteville and Victor Havel of Columbus; a step-son, Jerome Havel of Columbus; 2 sisters, Mrs. Alma Karasek of New Ulm and Mrs. Jennie von Minden of Fayetteville; 6 brothers, Willie, Lebert and Ewald Krenek of Fayetteville and Fritz, Vince and Leo Krenek of New Ulm; 34 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston News, Monday, January 1, 1951

Funeral services for Frank P. Havelka Jr., 39, Robstown general contractor, will be conducted in Fayette County Tuesday with Broadway Funeral Home in charge.

Havelka died Sunday at John Sealy Hospital following long illness. He was born at Granger Aug. 1, 1911 and was a member of the Catholic Church at Violet, Nueces county, Knights of Columbus, Czech Lodge.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Rosalie Havelka; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Havelka.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Fayette County Record, August 19, 1938

Funeral Rites Held For Mrs. Haverland

Mrs. A. D. Haverland passed away at the hospital Tuesday at about 11 a. m. after a short illness. She attained the age of 41 years and 11 months.

Funeral services were held from the Koenig Funeral Home chapel Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock and interment was made in the new cemetery, Rev. R. Heise officiating.

Mrs. Haverland, nee Miss Lillie Witte, was born near Elgin. In 1914 she was united in marriage with Mr. Haverland and to this union two children were born. For the past three years the Haverlands have lived in La Grange. She was a member of the Lutheran church.

Besides her husband, she leaves her mother, Mrs. Minnie Witte of La Grange; two daughters , Ora Dell and Geraldine; and a brother, O. J. Witte of Truscott.

Koenig Funeral Home directed the funeral.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


Victoria Advocate, Tuesday, May 25, 1971

Charles Havlik Sr.

Advocate News Service
YOAKUM—Charles Havlik Sr., 87, of Sweet Home, a resident of the Yoakum area for the past 35 years, died in a Yoakum hospital at 5 p.m. Sunday. He was born in Washington County on Feb. 27, 1884.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. D. I. Dolton and Edward L. Marek of the SPJST Lodge officiating. Burial will be in the Roznov Cemetery near La Grange.

Mr. Havlik is survived by his wife, Mrs. Julia Havlik of Sweet Home; three sons, Lad Havlik of San Angelo, Charles Havlik Jr. and Lawrence Havlik, both of Yoakum; six daughters, Mrs. Lilie Mae Keilers of Houston; Mrs. Anita Havran of La Grange; Mrs. Julia Bernshausen of Yoakum; Mrs. Martha Sirey and Mrs. Alice Wiseley, both of Houston, and Mrs. Anne Havel of Gonzales; four brothers, Henry of Cameron, Oscar of Palacios, and Joe and Louis Havlik, both of Temple; four sisters, Mrs. Minnie L. Johnson, Miss Frances Havlik, Mrs. Garner Brown and Mrs. Frank Wright, all of Temple; 27 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Banner Press, December 2, 1999

Services for Anita Havlik Havran, 85, of La Grange were held Nov. 26 at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange. Burial followed at Halamicek Cemetery near Fayetteville.

Havran died Nov. 23 at Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange.

She was born April 8, 1914, in the Roznov Community, Texas, the daughter of Charles and Julie Halamicek Havlik.

Havran was united in marriage with Victor P. Havran on Nov. 8, 1937, in Sweet Home.  She was a homemaker, worked at Care Inn in La Grange, and a member of SPJST.

Havran was preceded in death by her husband, a great-granddaughter, Macy Renee Wenske, parents, a sister, Martha Sirey, and a brother, Lad Havlik.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Kerry Sue and Ashton Baurax of Pasadena and Ellinger; two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Jean Havran of La Grange and Victor and Kathy Havran of Lexington; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike and Luella Havlik and Lawrence and Viola Havlik, all of Yoakum; four sisters, Lillie Mae Keilers and Alice Wisley of Houston, Julia Bernhausen of Yoakum and Anne Rubac of Gonzales; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of one's choice.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home. La Grange, directors.

submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Apr 1904

Death Record.

Havran – Died near Oldenburg, March 31, 1904, of convulsions, Ferdinand Havran, aged one month and three days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, April 17, 1975

John J. Havran

Funeral services for John J. Havran, 86, father of Mrs. Frank Wavra and Mrs. Ralph Wavra, both of Columbus, were held Monday at St. John's Catholic Church in Fayetteville with the Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Havran died in Columbus Hospital Sunday.

A retired farmer, born in Fayette County Sept. 13, 1888, he was a son of Joe and Anna Baca Havran.

Rosary was recited Sunday at Henneke Funeral Home.

Besides the 2 daughters of Columbus, survivors include another daughter, Mrs. Arnold Polasek of La Grange; one son, Victor Havran of La Grange; a brother, Anton Havran of Sealy, and 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Donnie Wavra, Leonard Wavra, Johnnie Polasek, Victor Havran, James Havran and Leroy Palach.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, April 28, 1944

Fayette County Man Killed In Truck Wreck At Flatonia

Joe Havrda, Jr., of the St. John Community in Fayette County, was killed instantly in a highway wreck Saturday morning when a large gasoline truck in which he was riding left the roadway and struck a concrete culvert.

Allen Stallings of Victoria was driving the truck. He also was killed instantly as the truck turned over several times and landed in a ditch along the highway.

Officials investigating the wreckage stated that Stallings evidently fell asleep and lost control of the truck which left the highway on the left and crashed into the concrete culvert. The bodies had been crushed in the cab of the truck.

The gas tank was empty and was bound for Houston.

Young Havrda, 17, was a native of Fayette County and a son of Joe Havrda, a former peace officer of St. John.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette news clipping

Joseph G. Havrda Accident Victim

SCHULENBURG – Joseph Gaylord Havrda, 22, of Schulenburg, was killed in a motorcycle accident Friday, Oct. 12, 1984 at 11:30 p.m. in a private drive on Highway 77 at the Fayette-Lavaca County line.

According to Joe Boyd of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, investigators are still unsure as to exactly what happened. Another person involved in the accident was Charles Sedlar of 914 James St., Schulenburg.

Funeral services for Joseph Havrda were held Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in St. John’s with Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Tim Muras, Leo Kopecky, Dempsey Ison, Daniel Ison, Calvin Hopkins and Don Keese, all of Schulenburg; Paul Beale of Flatonia and Russell Miksch of Houston.

Named as honorary pallbearer was Kenny Havrda of Schulenburg, a nephew and godson of the deceased.

Rosary was led by Father Kosler, Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8:00 p.m. at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel where the body lay in state.

Joseph Havrda, who reached the age of 22 years and 11 months, was born Nov. 12, 1961 in Spokane, Washington, son of Erwin E. and Sharlene (Samsel) Havrda. He attended West Jefferson High School in Harvey, Louisiana. The family lived in various places in the United States and in Schulenburg for the past 3 years. Joseph Havrda worked as an auto body painter and repairman. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Erwin E. Havrda of Schulenburg; three sisters, Davene Marie Havrda, Nancy Jean Muras and Sherry Kay Havrda, all of Schulenburg; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Joseph (Carrie;) Havrda of Schulenburg (at St. John’s); and his maternal grandparents, William K. Samsel of Missoula, Montana and Mrs. Hallie Stock of Delta Junction, Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Joe G. Havrda, Sept. 2, 1984; and an uncle, Vernon Victor Havrda, Jan. 14, 1984.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Monday, August 2, 1976

SHINER—Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Havrda, 88, of Shiner, who died Saturday in a local hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Praha Catholic Church in Praha, with burial in Praha Catholic Cemetery under direction of Buffington Funeral Home.

Survivors include eight sons, Joe of Schulenburg, Albert of Marble Falls, Leo of Brenham, Joe of Shiner, Robert and Bernard, both of San Antonio, Frank of Houston and Jim of Kyle, Tex.; four daughters, Mrs. Charlie Krause of Weslaco, Mrs. Felix Petrash of LaGrange, Mrs. Ewald Billimek of San Antonio, and Mrs. Victor Blaschke of Corpus Christi; 49 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


We are sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Hayden of Rutersville. She died after a lingering illness, at her residence upon last Monday afternoon, and was buried at about noon the next day. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Fre L. Allen of this place. Mr. [sic.] H. was very old, having been a resident of Rutersville for some thirty or forty years.—La Grange Record.

The Weekly Colorado County Citizen, January 1, 1880


Weimar Mercury, 11 Jun 1964, page 1

Funeral Services For Mrs. Haydon, 87, Here Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Bessie B. Haydon of San Antonio, 87-year-old retired school teacher, were held at Hubbard Funeral Home at 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 10, with burial in the Flatonia City Cemetery. Rev. H. L. MacAllister officiated.

Mrs. Haydon was a sister of the late Mrs. Grace Shaver and was the former Miss Bessie Beckham. Widely known as a teacher of commercial subjects, she retired in about 1949. She taught at Draughon's business colleges in Houston and San Antonio and at Sidney Lanier High School in San Antonio. For many years of her early liife she was countyy superintendent in Goliad County.


Colorado Citizen, August 4, 1887

Yesterday the remains of ex-Grand Master James A. Hayne, of Waco, who died on the 1st instant, passed through this city on the way to LaGrange (his old home) for interment. Col. Haynie has been for years a prominent and influential Odd Fellow—one of the pillars of the order—in our State. He was an old citizen of Texas, distinguished for integrity of character. Grand Master Wagenfuhr and several members of Kosmos and Columbus Lodges, of this city, accompanied the remains to LaGrange.

Colorado Citizen, August 4, 1887


Our neighbor, W. A. Baar, received a telegram from Past Grand Master J. T. Walton, of Waco, announcing the death of P. G. M. Jas. A. Haynie, father of Mrs. Amsi Bradshaw, of LaGrange. Our heart was greatly pained, when we heard of the death of that good old Mason and Odd Fellow, with whom we have been intimately acquainted with for the last thirty years. He was buried in La Grange last Wednesday, the 3d. We, with others, extend our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.

Buried in the Old La Grange City Cemetery. Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, 2 Dec 1893

Died, at Lockhart, November 25, 1893, Mr. Miles Haynie, formerly of West Point. The deceased was a nephew of Mrs. A. T. Bradshaw, and lived at West Point, or in that vicinity, for many yeasrs. He was highly respected for his strict integrity and great moral worth. He was a consistent member of the Baptist church. His remains were brought to West Point and interred alst Sunday by the Knights of Honor, of which order he was a member in good standing. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his death.


Dallas Morning News, 7 Apr 1900

Old Texan Dead

Corsicana, Tex., Apr 6—Mr. C. F. Haynie of this city received a telegram today announcing the death at Winchester, Fayette County, of his father, Col. S.F. Haynie, who would have been 79 years of age had he lived until tomorrow.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson

Mrs. Richard HAYS

The Austin Weekly Statesman, 5 Nov 1874, page 2

The Fayette County Record announces . . . . Mrs. Richard Hays died on the eighteenth ultimo.

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