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Weimar Mercury, Nov 17, 1944. page 1

Weimar Pharmicist's Mother Buried At Flatonia Saturday

Funeral services were held last Saturday at Flatonia Catholic church for Mrs. Jacob Hobizal, with Father E. Bily of Flatonia officiating and Father V. Bily of Weimar assisting. Interment was made in the Flatonia Cemetery.

A daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hundl, Mrs. Hobizal was born in Fayette county on February 16, 1868. She had been a life-long resident of that county, her death occurring at the Schulze Hospital, Schulenburg, on November 9, 1944. She was 66 years old. Her death occurred on her wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Hobizal was united in marriage to J. Hobizal on November 9, 1944. She was 66 years old. Her death occurred on her wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Hobizal was united in marriage to J. Hobizal on November 9, 1897, and to this union six children were born. She was a member of the Catholic Church, and had led a devout christian life.

Survivors incllude her husband, J. Hobizal of Flatonia; three daughters, Mrs. E. Kelnar and Mrs. L. Kahanek of Houston. Mrs. John Veselka of Schulenburg; three sons, Tom Hobizal of Flatonia, Louis E. Hobizal of Weimar, and James Hobizal of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. J. Motyl of Midland, Mrs. John Pliska; two brothers, J. Hundl of Houston, and J. Hundl of Midland. One son, Albert, preceded her in death two [years] ago.

The Mercury extends condolence to the bereaved family.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 22, 1951

Funeral Held Monday For Dr. C. M. Hoch, Smithville Physician

Funeral services were held at Smithville Monday afternoon at 3:30 for Dr. Charles Martin Hoch, 39, who was found dead in his car near Yoakum Sunday morning.  The services, held in connection with Masonic Lodge rites, were officiated over by ----- the Rev. J. L. Rea.

The body was brought overland to La Grange for interment in the New Cemetery.

Dr. Hoch, well known Smithville physician, was born at Pearsall, son of the late Dr. C. M. Hoch, and Mrs. Hoch.  The family moved to La Grange, where he graduated from high school and later took training in the medical school at Galveston.  He was united in marriage with Miss Thelma Albrecht, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Albrecht of La Grange, on June 4, 1932, and they had lived at Smithville ever since.

Dr. Hoch, who had been in ill health the past several years, with Supt. Hailds Pearce of Smithville had been on a deer hunt in the Yoakum vicinity.  The doctor left Saturday to visit friends at Yoakum, but when he failed to return, a search was instituted.  His car was found about 8:30 o’clock Sunday morning in a roadside park near Yoakum, with the doctor slumped in the front seat.  Justice of the Peace F. A. Kallus held the inquest and rendered a verdict of death due to self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

He is survived by his widow; his mother of San Antonio; two daughters, June Marie, aged 12, and Betty Sue, 6; and one sister, Mrs. John Kuon of Sulphur, La.

A brother, Phlete August Hoch, lost his life while serving his country in the last world war.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, January 17, 1924, page 8

Mrs. Anna Hodanek

While on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Henry Kainer, who lives near shiner, Mrs. Anna Hodanek of Flatonia, was taken suddenly ill last Thursday night and died about 11 p.m. She was born in Bohemia, coming to America with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Valenta, Sr., settling in Austin county. Two years later she was married to Josef Hodanek and they moved to Flatonia where they had lived 44 years.

She is survived by her husband, eight daughters, Mesdames Anna Studlar, Francis Velek, Amelia Vrana, Emma Varna [Vrana], Vlasta Mueller, Rosie Dulak, Ella Kainer, and Lillie Pavlas, two sons, Lada and Jerome, thirtythree grand children and four great-grand children, a brother, Frank Valenta, living at Flatonia, and a sister, Mrs. J. A. Marik, at Shiner.

The funeral services were conducted at the family residence and cemeteay by Judge E. J. Motis. Burial was made in Flatonia cemeteay. A choir of select voices rendered beautiful hyms.

Those who attended the funeral from Shiner were: Mr. and Mrs. Hy Kainer, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Jemelka, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Chris Sembera, Mrs. Frank Dolejsi, Mr. Frak [Frank] Hodanek, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Picha, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Hodanek, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kurtz, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dulak and family, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Velek, Mesdames J. A. Marik, C. Valenta and Adolph Richter, Mr. John Valenta, Misses Valesta and Valentina Marik.

The Gazette extends sympathy.

Contributed by Nancy Schmidt


San Antonio Light, Monday, June 13, 1949

FLATONIA, June 13.—Services for Jerry Hodanek, 55, life-long Flatonia resident, found dead of gunshot wounds Saturday near his stockyards, were held in the Smith Funeral Home chapel Sunday with Rev. Virgil Culpepper officiating. Interment was in the city cemetery.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Mollie Hodanek; two daughters, Mrs. L. A. Wheeler, Sugarland, Mrs. E. Rollig, Flatonia; six grandchildren; one brother, L. Hodanek, Taylor; seven sisters, Mrs. A. Vrana, Flatonia, Mrs. Joe Dulak, Schulenburg, Mrs. J. Pavlas, Bastrop, Mrs. L. Miller, Sealy, Mrs. G. Vrana, San Antonio, Mrs. Ella Kainer, Rosenberg, and Mrs. Frances Volek, Shiner.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 12 Feb 1902, page 1


Frank Hrvoda Shoots Joe Hodanek at Former’s Home.

Flatonia Record.

[Tuesday or Thursday] night about 7 o’clock Frank Hrvoda, a Bohemian farmer living on the Valenta place 2 miles southeast of town, came in and gave himself up to officers and reported that he had killed Joe Hodanek, said killing occurring between 5 and 6 o’clock at Hrvoda’s home. Squire R. S. Menefee went immediately to the scene of the killing where he reports he found Joe Hodanek in the arms of death from the effects of a gun-shot wound in the right side of the face, just under the eye. The gun used by Hrvoda was a 12 gauge breech-loading shotgun and only one shot was fired.

A six-shooter was found lying in the ground by the side of Hodanek’s body. Two empty shells, two shells snapped but failed to discharge and two good cartridges remained.

The only eye-witnesses to the killing, except the participants, was the wife of Hrvoda. She corroborates the statement made by her husband that Hodanek was trying to enter their home, pistol in hand and threatening to kill Hrvoda who then killed him.

The affair is deeply deplored. Mr. Hodanek has for years been a resident of Fayette, at one time conducting a meat market here. He had many friends and was well connected.

Hrvoda is under arrest; his examining trial occurs today.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, Friday, January 17, 1936

Flatonia, Tex., Jan. 16.—Joseph Hodanek, aged 80 years, died at his home here after two weeks' illness. He was one of the old settlers of this community. He leaves a wife and ten children. Burial took place in the City Cemetery at 3 p.m. Wednesday. Rev. G.B. McLean, Baptist minister, and Rev. Mr. McDaniel, Methodist minister, officiating. F. Svasta read the service of the S.P.J.S.T. Lodge of which he was a member.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The La Grange Journal, Monday, January 10, 1972, page 5

Henry Hodde, 79, passes away

Funeral services for Henry W. Hodde, 79, of Route 3, Brenham, were held Wednesday, January 5, at 2:00 P.M. at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton. Burial was in the church cemetery with Rev. Paul Otto officiating. The Foehner Funeral Home of Burton was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Hodde, father of a La Grange man, died last Monday in a Brenham hospital.

Born in Pleasant Hill July 5, 1892, the son of Fritz and Anna Buenger Hodde, he was married to Miss Annie Witschorke on Dec.25, 1917, in Burton. Mr. Hodde engaged in farming and ranching near Burton until his retirement in 1964.

Survivors include his wife of Brenham; two sons, Erwin Hodde of La Grange and Wilton Hodde of Burton; five daughters, Miss Lorine Hodde of Brenham, Mrs. Allyne Jaster of Burton, Mrs. Annadell Blum and Mrs. Veradell Lehde, both of Brenham, and Mrs. Dorothy Eberhardt of Burton; two brothers, Fritz Hodde of Dallas and Charlie Hodde of Brenham; four sisters, Mrs. Emma Witschorke of Hamilton, Mrs. Minnie Kunkel of Burton, Mrs. Sophie Rosenbaum of Houston, and Mrs. Louise Zibilski of Burton; 20 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Hodges: Died at Ledbetter Nov. 5th 03, of congestion, Robert Hodges, aged 64 years and 1 month.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 July 1912, page 1


Joe Hoefer and wife July 2, 1912 girl Oak Hill.


Ester Hoefer age 8 days Convulsion. Oak Hill.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 Aug 1916


Joseph Hoefner, age 77 years, 7 months and 13 days, died May 20.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Feb 1909


Fredrich Hoehne died at his home near Freyburg, Tex. on the 20th of Feb. 1909, at the age of 75 years 1 month and 3 days. Mr. Hoehne was born Jan. 17, 1834 in Koeselitz Germany. He and his wife came to America in the year 1858, and made Industry his first home. He and his family later moved to this counry [sic] where he spent the last 17 years of his sojourn on earth. On the 7th of March 1858 he was happily married to Christiana Getchmann, who survives him. For over 50 years they shared the joys and sorrows that were allotted to them. God blessed this union with 10 children of whom 6 preceded the father to the grave. One son, 3 daughters and 24 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren mourn the loss of the father and grandfather. The last few years, the deceased was of bad health and in addition to the old troubles a severe case of pneumonia hastened the day of his departure.

Deceased was a true member of the Methodist church for over 50 years. He praised the Lord Jesus Christ and was glad to go forth and meet his redeemer.

The funeral service was conducted by Rev. C. J. Pauling, assisted by Rev. Theo. Havekost of San Antonio, and J. Ott of Industry, at 2:30 p. m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 1909. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, February 7, 2013, Page 2

A. Hoeinghaus Services Held On January 26

Alma Agatha (Heinrich) Hoeinghaus, 96, of Schulenburg, passed way on Jan. 22, at the Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center in Schulenburg.

She was born on April 8, 1916, to Emil and Agnes (Wick) Heinrich in High Hill.

On Aug. 28, 1940, she married Walter F. Hoeinghaus in High Hill.

Although Alma spent a short time of her married life in San Antonio, San Diego, Calif., and Ft. Worth, most of her life was spent as a homemaker on the Middle Creek Farm as a third generation Wick-Heinrich family member with her husband, Walter who preceded her in death.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in High Hill and St. Anne's Society.
Her grandfather, John Wick, helped build the St. Mary Catholic Church in High Hill. Alma's large family of eight children, eighteen grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren, and one great-great grand-child was most dear to her heart evident in the many social gatherings.

She always stated that "Family was everything!"

She loved playing Tarocks, (displayed by her many tournament trophies), quilting, cooking.

Her second passion was, Bingo, often traveling with life-long friend, Viola Demel. She saw the country go from the agricultural, horse and buggy days to the techno age and seventeen presidents in between.

What a lifetime at 96 years and 9 months!
She spent the last three years of her life at the Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center in Schulenburg.

Alma is survived by one sister, Fredoline Otto of Arlington; daughters, Lorene Hasse of Weimar; Shirley Poppe-Meyer and husband Adriane of Weimar; Mary Stavinoha and husband Don of Columbus; Arlene Zapalac and husband David of La Grange; Denise Catron-Trojacek and husband Lad of Schulenburg; sons, Donald Hoeinghaus and wife Doris of Weimar and Larry Hoeinghaus and wife Dolly of Schulenburg and son-in-law, Ray Fogleman of Schulenburg.

She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, Sandy Pesak and husband Douglas; Leland Hasse and wife Holly; Donnie Hoeinghaus, Jr., Dustin Hoeinghaus, Doreen Kittrell and husband Deke; Kassie Jobb and husband Tony; Rebekah Ouellette and husband Edgar; Edward Fogleman and wife Cynthia; Lisa Matula and husband Stephen; Kyle Poppe and wife Heidi; Kim Castilla and husband Philip; Tyler Stavinoha, Holly Zapalac, Collen Zapalac and wife, Megan; Melodi Golden and husband Casey and Travis Catron and wife Christine; B. J. Trojacek, David Trojacek and wife Sara and 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Alma was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Hulda Kainer; brothers, Alphonse, Oswald, Robert Heinrich and Norbert Heinrich, who died in infancy and daughter, Carolyn Fogleman.

Rosary was held at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home on Jan. 25 led by Fr. Tim Kosler and St. Anne's Society of High Hill.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at St. Mary Catholic Church in High Hill with Fr. Tim Kosler, Fr. Frank Lenz and Msgr. John Peters officiating.

Burial took place in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in High Hill.

Pallbearers were Lee Hasse, Dustin Hoeinghaus, Eddie Fogleman, Kyle Poppe, Tyler Stavinoha, Collen Zapalac, Travis Catron and Donnie Hoeinghaus Jr.
Honorary pallbearers included B.J. Trojacek and David Trojacek.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Nov 1913


Amalie Hoelscher, age 58 years 11 months and 10 days, heart failure, near Ellinger.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 6, 1951

Mrs. Hoelscher, 67, Claimed By Death

Mrs. Bertha Carolina Hoelscher, 67, passed away at the local hospital Tuesday.

The deceased, mother of Mrs. Joe (Marie) Hoefer, was born at Biegel on Sept. 20, 1884, and had lived in La Grange since 1919.  She was united in marriage with Charlie Hoelscher on Nov. 22, 1904, at Fayetteville.  Her husband passed away in January 1947.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 PM at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating.  Burial will be in the New City Cemetery.

She leaves her daughter; a sister, Mrs. Irma Clemons of San Angelo; two brothers, B. W. and Leo A. Gruesen of Austin; and two grandchildren.  Valeria Richers, now Mrs. Cotton ------- taken into the Hoelscher home at the age of 2 __ years, and was reared by them.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Colorado County Citizen, January 24, 1974

Henry Hoelscher

Funeral services for Henry W. Hoelscher, 78, of near Ellinger were conducted by Rev. Francis Kolar at the Jecmenek Chapel at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12, with continued services at Hostyn Hill Catholic Church.

Burial was in the church cemetery, under direction of Koenig Funeral Home.

Mr. Hoelscher, a retired farmer, passed away at the family home Jan. 9.

A native and lifelong resident of Fayette County, he was born Aug. 29, 1895, son of William and Mary Naumann Hoelscher. He was united in marriage with Miss Sophie Gully at Frelsburg Nov. 16, 1915.

Surviving Mr. Hoelscher are his wife Sophie of Columbus; one daughter, Mrs. Lester Schobel of Columbus; 6 sons, Willie and Albert of Columbus, Edwin and Clemence of Ellinger, Walter and Henry of Houston; 26 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.

Active pallbearers were Gary Hoelsher, Thomas Hoelscher, Stephen Hoelscher, Charles Henry Hoelscher, Randy Hoelscher and Billy Schobel.

Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Schobel, Jimmy Hoelscher, Frank Edwards, Kenneth Domann, Bernard Mikulenka and George McKirahan.

Altar boys were Kenneth and Larry Hoelscher and Derek Hoelscher.

A family rosary was recited Thursday night and Parish and Knights of Columbus rosaries Friday night.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 18 May 1895

Died, at Ellinger, May 9, 1895, Mrs. Kate Hoelscher, wife of Wm. Hoelscher. Besides her husband, the deceased leaves a number of grown children to mourn her death.


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Nov 1912


Mary Hoelscher, age years, Ellinger, Crushed by R. R. train.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, June 12, 1980 page 2

Funeral services for Mrs. Sophie Elizabeth Hoelscher of Columbus were held Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ellinger.  Interment was at Hostyn Hill Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Hoelscher died June 4 at Youens Memorial Hospital In Weimar at the age of 85.

She was born in Frelsburg, Feb. 26, 1895, the daughter of Eugene and Sophie Geistman Gully. She resided all of her life in Columbus.  Her husband, Henry W. Hoelscher, whom she married in 1915 at Frelsburg, preceded her in death in 1974.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Lester (Nora) Schobel of Columbus; five sons, Edwin and Clemence of Ellinger, Walter of Abbott, Henry of Houston and Albert of Columbus; two sisters, Olive Grave of Houston and Bertha Bludha of San Antonio; 26 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Hoelscher was preceded in death by one son, one grandson, two brothers and seven sisters.

Pallbearers were Derek Hoelscher, Kenneth Hoelscher, Randy Hoelscher, Stephen Hoelscher, James Hoelscher, and Jerry Schobel.  Other grandsons were honorary pallbearers.

Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht


La Grange Journal, April 16, 1936, page 1

F. W. Hoelter is Found Dead Friday by Mrs. Otto Kaase

F. W. Hoelter, aged 81 years, died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kaase two miles west from Swiss Alp, Wednesday afternoon last week. Death had come to this aged citizen unexpectedly and very suddenly.

Mr. Hoelter, with the Kaase family had enjoyed a good
dinner, and had eaten heartily. Shortly after Mr. Kaase had left the home, Mr. Hoelter remarked that he would go to the crib and shuck some corn. All in usual routine and casued no apprehension. Near to 3:00 o’clock, the grand-daughter, Edna Kaase, noticed that the crib door was half closed and that Mr. Hoelter’s feet were protruding. Investigation promptly followed, and the discovery made that he had been dead for a half hour or more.

Rev. A. E. Moebus conducted the religious services at the Kaase home Friday afternoon, and also at the cemetery. Deceased is survived by two sons, Oscar and Fred Hoelter of La Grange, and three daughters, Mrs. Otto Kaase and Mrs. Paul Kaase of Swiss Alp, and Mrs. Hy. Kiesling of Houston; Mrs. Hoelter preceded him in death 13 years.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 July 1904


Hoermann – Died near Carmine, 7-6 04, of asthenia, Fritz Hoerman aged 65 years and 8 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Austin American-Statesman, August 21, 2007

Henrietta Marie Hoes

Henrietta Marie Hoes passed away on August 20, 2007 in Georgetown, Texas at the age of 89. She was a resident of Austin for over 50 years. She was born to Emil Adolph Kubicek and Frances Antonia (Zimmerhanzel) Kubicek, farmers of Czech descent, on November 26, 1917 in Kovar, Fayette County, Texas.

Henrietta was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother who enjoyed cooking, gardening, family get-togethers, and her many friends. She was a longtime member of Faith Lutheran Church where she was active in the Altar Guild and Sewing Circle. She also participated with the Ladies Auxiliary VFW #8787.

Henrietta is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Renard; her parents; sister, Helen Kubicek and brother, Louis Kubicek. She is survived by her two daughters, Linda Fontenot and husband, Kenneth, of Georgetown; Susan Carnes and husband, Burt, of Walburg; four grandchildren: Carrie Gutierrez, Amanda Petter and husband, Greg; Jennifer Carnes Whitman; and Seth Carnes and wife, Amber; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Leonietta Scruggs and Anita Bowden and husband, Oliver.

Honoring Henrietta as pallbearers are Seth Carnes, Greg Petter, Ronald Bowden, Larry Hoes, David Scruggs, and Jason Warner.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be celebrated in the Colonial Chapel of Cook-Walden Funeral Home, on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/Memorial Hill Cemetery in Pflugerville, TX.

Memorial contributions may be made in Henrietta's honor to Faith Lutheran Church, 6600 Woodrow Ave., Austin, TX 78757

Contributed by Connie Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 March 1921, page 8

Death Of Frank Hoffbauer

Frank Hoffbauer passed away last Thursday at the home of his son John, following an illness that has extended over the past several months.

He was about 82 years of age, and moved to town some time ago, and has since made his home with his son. The old home place, which he sold was located in the Moravia section.

Funeral services were held from the home the following day.

To mourn his departure are four married daughters and two sons, John and Louis.

The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, 19 Aug 1974

Mr. Kenneth R. Hoffer, 10305 E. Farm To Mkt. 1518, San Antonio, passed away Sunday, Aug. 18, 1974 in a local hospital at the age of 41 years.

Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Marjorie Hoffer; daughters, Debbie and Brenda Hoffer, Son, Clint Hoffer all of San Antonio, Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hoffer of Hallettsville, Tex.

Rosary will be recited in the Dellcrest Chapel Monday Aug. 19, 1974 at 7:30 p.m.  Funeral Mass will be offered Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1974 at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthonys Catholic Church in Elmendorf.  The interment will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, in Flatonia, Texas.  Mr. Hoffer was an employe of the I. B. M. Corp. and will lie in state after 1:00 p.m. Monday  Arrangements with Dellcrest, 2000 So. W.W. White Rd.     337-4082.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 11 Nov 1932, page 1

Mrs. Lee Hoffmann Claimed By Death

Mrs. Lee Hoffmann, a highly respected lady of the Clear Creek section, southwest of Weimar, died Saturday, Oct. 29rh, a fact that we did not learn of in time to give particulars in our last issue. From the Schulenburg Sticker we glean the following particulars of this very sad occurrence:

"Mrs. Lee Hoffmann, one of the good mothers of the Clear Creek section, made the greatest of all sacrifices, leaving behind her the tiny infant who will never know the tender care of a loving mother.

"Mrs. Hoffmann was truly a christian mother, a splendid neighbor, and we know her soul is now resting in that heavenly home where no sorrow, no suffering and no sacrifices are known.

"Mrs. Hoffmann leaves to mourn her passing her grief-stricken husband, three sons and one daughter, her aged mother, Mrs. Manthil of the Muldoon section, besides a host of relatives and friends.

"It is indeed sad that this young mother, who was only 37 years of age, had to be taken from her husband and children, but this is only an example of the great truth, 'In the midst of life we are in death'.

"The remains were laid to rest in the City Cemetery at Schulenburg on Monday morning, with Rev. Paul Piepenbrok performing the last sad rites. Peace to her ashes!"

To Mr. Hoffmann, his children and others of the bereaved family, the hearfelt sympathy of the Mercury and many other friends of the Weimar section goes out to them in their deep and irreparable loss. May a Merciful Father comfort them as He alone can!


Schulenburg Sticker, January 9, 1954

Last Rites Read For Gustav Hohle Jan. 1

The funeral services for Gustav Hohle of Muldoon, age 60, were conducted from the Koenig Funeral Home in La Grange January 1 at 2 p.m.  Rev. Troy Jarvis officiated and interment was in the Cedar Cemetery.  Mr. Hohle passed away in Schulenburg December 30.  The deceased was born in Warda on July 13, 1903 as the son of Herman and Helen Schulze Hohle.  He was united in marriage to Miss Emma Krause at Black Jack on October 7, 1926.  Mr. Hohle resided in the Muldoon community for about forty years.  Surviving are his wife and two brothers, Herbert Hohle of Schulenburg and Robert Hohle of La Grange.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Brookshire Times, Thursday, December 15, 1960

Lukas Holec of Moulton died Wednesday evening, December 7th at 7:40 p.m. in a La Grange hospital.

Rosary was recited Friday morning at 8:45 a.m. and services were held in the Saint Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg at 9:00 a.m.

Pallbearers were George E., George H., and Edwin Longenbaugh, Franklin and Herbert Beckendorff and M. L. Mansell.

Interment was in the catholic cemetery in Schulenburg.

He is survived by his four children, Mrs. M.L. Mansell, Mrs. Herbert Beckendorff, George and Edwin Longenbaugh and other relatives and friends.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Colorado County Citizen, January 7, 1982, Pg. 2


Funeral services for Stephen Hollan, 87, of La Grange were held Jan. 4 at the Koenig-Peel Funeral Home, Inc. Chapel.  Interment was at the La Grange Cemetery with the Rev. Clarence Oestreich officiating.

Hollan died Jan. 2 at Sealy hospital.  He was born Sept. 23, 1894 in Ellinger, Texas.  He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Annie Baca, who died July 19, 1978.  They were married Sept. 18, 1922 in La Grange.

He was the son of Stephen Hollan and Anna Slovacek Hollan.  Hollan was a lifetime resident of La Grange and a retired farmer.  He was a member of the Lutheran church and the American Legion.  Hollan was a verteran of World War I.

Survivors include:  two daughters, Mrs. Charlie (Mildred) Schmidt of Columbus and Mrs. Leland (Bernice) Alsup of Pearland; three sons, Lee Roy and Jerome, both of Houston, and Albert of West Point.  He leaves eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and two brothers.

Transcribed by David Hahn


Schulenburg Sticker, 31 March 1911


It is with deep regret that we chronicle the death of Mrs. C. H. Holland, who departed from this life Thursday morning about 5 o’clock, just before the dawn of a new day, surrounded by her beloved husband and children.

Mrs. Holland was born in Decatur, Ind., Sept. 23, 1867, being 43 years, 6 months and 7 days of age at the time of her death. Was married to Mr. C. H. Holland on Dec. 26, 1885, in Portland, Ind. This union was blessed by five children. Misses Irene, Mable and Pearl, Frank and Donaly.

Beside her husband and children, she leaves two sisters, Mesdames Ray Hammitt, of Portland, Ind. and Mollie Neal, Elwood, Ind., and three brothers, Messrs. Jay Winters, of Hunnington, Pa., John Winters, of Sheffield, Ind., Tom Winters, of Portland, Ind., to mourn her loss.

Mrs. Holland was a devoted wife and a kind and tender mother, to know her was to be her friend.

To the bereaved husband and orphan children and sisters and brothers, the Sticker extends its sincerest sympathy and condolence in this dark hour of sorrow.

Interment will take place at the City Cemetery this afternoon at 4:30 from the family residence.

Schulenburg Sticker, 7 April 1911

The remains of Mrs. C. H. Holland were laid to rest in the City Cemetery Friday afternoon last, Rev. J. C. Pauling performed the last sad rites. A large assembly of her friends were present to say their last tribute to the one they esteemed most highly. The floral offering were numerous and pretty. May she rest in peace.

Schulenburg Sticker, 21 April 1911


Mrs. Harriet Holland (nee Winter) died at her home in Schulenburg, Texas, March 30, 1911 at 5:20 a. m. at the age of 43 years, 5 months and 7 days. Her death was caused by a complication of diseases; which confined her to the house for the last nine months of her life.

Deceased was born at Decatur, Ind., September 23, 1867. She later moved to Portland, Ind., with her parents. Her mother died when she was only ten years old, leaving her to take care of and perform mother’s duties for her baby brother.

In Portland, Ind., on the 26th day of December 1885 she was married to C. H. Holland. This union was blessed with five children, two boys and three girls all living to mourn the loss of a kind, loving and faithful mother.

Mrs. Holland and family came to Schulenburg, December 21, 1888 and since then have resided here. During her life here she won many friends, numbering them only by her acquaintances.

Two years ago she visited her maiden home in Portland, Ind., and had the pleasure of seeing her brothers and sisters, with the exception of her youngest brother to whom she had been so much.

Besides her husband and children she leaves to mourn her early death three brothers; J. Winters of Huntington, Ind., Thomas Winters of Portland, Ind., and John Winters of Sherrfield, Penn, two sisters, Mrs. Mollie Neal of Elwood, Ind., Mrs. Ray Hammitt of Portland.

Hes [sic] remains were laid to rest in the City Cemetery Friday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock. A large assembly of friends were present to pay their last tribute to the one they had learned to love and esteem most highly. After the last sad rites had been performed by Rev. Pauling, the grave was covered with beautiful and numerous floral offerings.                  A FRIEND.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Sep 1902

We regret to chronicle the deplorable accident, which resulted in the death of the little babe of Mr. and Mrs. Hollas, who live a few miles north of the city. Previous to her leaving the house, Mrs. Hollas prepared a “sugar teat” for the little one to pacify it during her absence, which was only of short duration and upon her return the babe was dead, it having sucked the entire mass down its throat, strangulation being the result.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, November 8, 2013


PORT LAVACA - Clarence Joseph "C.J." Hollas passed away on Monday, November 4, 2013.

He was born on March 31, 1927 in Schulenburg, TX to the late Minnie Adamek Hollas and Ernest Paul Hollas. He married Virginia "Ginger" Wright on June 24, 1961. He worked for Alcoa for over 25 years as an operator. He was a lifelong Catholic and a member of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic church. He loved to dance, do yard work and listen to polka and country western music. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

C.J. attended schools in Vanderbilt, TX before joining the United States Navy as a teenager during the World War II era. He served in Hawaii after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and loved Navy life until he was called to come home and work on the family farm. After his "retirement" from Alcoa, he maintained and operated Hollas Painting for many years and enjoyed painting the homes of many Calhoun County residents. He was even dubbed "the parish painter" for his many hours of service to the Catholic Church of Port Lavaca.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Wilbert Hollas and his nephew, Mark Legler.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Virginia "Ginger" Hollas; daughter, Lisa Hollas-Roberts and husband, Honorable Scott Roberts of San Antonio, TX; son, Scott Hollas and wife, Melanie Hollas of Stamford, CT. He is also survived by granddaughter, Laura Roberts and grandson, Matthew Roberts of San Antonio, TX; sister, Viola Legler and husband, J.D. Legler of La Grange, TX; brother, Ernest Hollas and wife, Patricia Hollas of Weimer, TX and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home in Port Lavaca, TX on Friday, November 8, 2013 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. A rosary will follow at 6:00 p.m. Funeral Mass to be held on November 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg, Texas. Burial will follow at the Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Ronald Hollas, Dr. James Legler, Christopher Hollas, Matthew Hollas, David Higdon, Mark Brown, Dr. Richard Rogge and Ralph Novosad.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff and health care professionals of Memorial Medical Center,Calhoun Home Health and the Port Lavaca Nursing and Rehabilitation facility for the wonderful care given to C.J. during these last several months. The family would also like to thank Dr. Paul Bunnell and Dr. Kwi Timu for their excellent medical treatment and guidance given to the family during this past year.

Memorial donations may be to Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church, 415 W. Austin, Port Lavaca, TX 77979, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 1010 Lyons Ave, Schulenburg, TX 78956 or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave. 7th floor, New York, NY 1001.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.richardsoncolonial.com.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, April 13, 1980

Ernest Hollas

Advocate News Service
SCHULENBURG – Ernest Hollas, 81, of Schulenburg, died Saturday morning in a Weimar hospital.

A retired farmer, he was born in Cameron, Texas, on Jan. 25, 1899, the son of the late Joe and Anna Hollas, and was a resident of Schulenburg for most of his life. He was a member of the St. Augustine Society, and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jim Barrow officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Sunday Schweinke-Baumgarten Funeral Home of Schulenburg.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Minnie Hollas of Schulenburg; one daughter, Viola Legler of La Grange; three sons, Wilbert Hollas of Richmond, Clarence Hollas of Port Lavaca and Ernest Hollas of Humble; two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Sutter of Cameron and Mrs. Pauline Michalwicz of San Angelo; 14 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 March 1923, page 1

Mrs. Emil Hollec

Mrs. Emil Hollec, who had been very sick with a bad case of double pneumonia, passed away Monday night.

Mrs. Hollec was 24 years old, she was born and reared near Schulenburg.

Funeral services were held at the City Cemetery Wednesday morning, Rev. Piepenbrook [sic] officiating.

She is survived by her husband and one little son six years of age. To these the Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Submitted by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Hollins: Died near Warrenton, Sept 25-03, of Pernicious Malaria, Amos Hollins, colored, aged 9 yrs and 9 mos.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 7 Sep 1889, page 1

Died, at his home a few miles southeast of LaGrange on the 22d inst., Mr. David Holloway, aged 78 years.

The deceased was born in North Carolina and came to this county from Mississippi directly after the war and has resided continually ever since. He was highly esteemed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He leaves a wife and three grown sons to mourn his death.—Journal.


Weimar Mercury, 28 Nov 1896, page 8

Post Specials: LaGrange, November 19.—Joseph Robertson, infant son of J. B. Holloway, cashier of the First National bank, died last night after several days of sickness, caused by a brain affection [sic.].


Weimar Mercury, April 25, 1958

Final Rites for Marshall Holloway, 48, Held Friday

Funeral services for Marshall H. Holloway, 48, of La Grange, who died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, April 3, in Fayette Memorial Hospital at La Grange, were held Friday afternoon at Koenig Funeral Home, with burial in the City Cemetery there.

Rev. John F. Jensen of First Baptist Church officiated.

He had been in the hospital 10 days and for several days prior to his death was in a deep coma.

A native of Weimar, Mr. Holloway was a son of Oliver and Maude Lockett Holloway. After graduation from Weimar High School he attended Texas A & M College for three years, then transferred to Baylor where he received his BA degree.

He taught in public schools at Marble Falls, Hallettsville and New Ulm before entering the newspaper business. During the ensuing years he worked as a reporter and advertising man for several newspapers, including the Mercury, and in 1941 became secretary of the Chamber of Commerce at La Grange. He had held a similar job with the Weimar chamber during his employment with the Mercury. At La Grange he also was secretary of the Fayette County Fair Association and headed various drives. In 1946 he took a job as secretary of the Rosenberg Chamber of Commerce, and about a year later he and a friend bought the Ft. Bend Reporter there. Selling that paper in 1950, Mr. Holloway worked briefly for the Texas Coaster at Richmond before returning to La Grange in 1951 to work for the Fayette County Record.

Surviving are his widow, the former Miss Mamie McQueen, whom he married Dec. 28, 1936; a daughter, Dixie Jane Holloway; and a brother, Julian of Memphis, Tenn.

Transcribed by Judy Talkington


The many [friends] in this city of Dr. Geo. T. Holman of Flatonia will be pained to learn of his death, which occurred at his residence in that city Tuesday moroning, of consumption. He was buried in this city by Weimar lodge No. 423, A. F. & A. M., (of which order he was a member) Wednesday morning, a large number of relatives and friends being present. Our sympathy is extended the relatives in their sad loss.

Asleep in Jesus! blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep!
A calm and undisturbed repose,
Unbroken by the last of foes.

Asleep in Jesus! far from thee,
Thy kindred and their graves may be;
But thine is still a blessed sleep,
From which none ever wakes to weep.


Weimar Mercury, May 28, 1926, page 5


Handy Holman, an aged darkey of the Holman section, a few miles north of Weimar, died Tuesday morning and the remains were laid to rest in the Holman colored people's buring ground Wednesday. "Uncle Handy" was a man past middle age when the writer came to Weimar nearly 40 years ago. It is said that he was about 97 years of age at the time of his death. He was a man well liked by both whites and blacks, and was a good farmer and citizen.


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Dec 1902


Henry Holman, aged 17 years, one of the students at the Peacock school, accidentally shot himself and died instantly Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock while hunting. There was but one witness to the occurrence, Denzil Burman, a 16-year-old boy, also a student at the Peacock school.

The two boys, having borrowed a 22-caliber rifle, started out for a few hours hunt and after shooting at birds for a short while, and, according to the statement of Burman, Holman raised the barrel of the gun to his forehead, remarking:

“If this gun were to go off, it would put me out of business.”

At that instant the gun was discharged and the bullet penetrated through the boy’s forehead and lodged into his brain. He fell and died instantly.

Henry Holman lived at Weimar and has been at the Peacock school for two years. He was an orphan boy, but was a ward of Capt. T. A. Hill, a banker of Weimar.

Friends of the boy at Weimar were notified and the remains were shipped to that place Monday, accompanied by Professor Peacock and Captain Conn.

Contributed by Matt Cross
The Peacock School for Boys/Peacock Military Academy was in San Antonio.


Weimar Mercury, 21 Oct 1893, page 2

The Journal has been informed that Mr. Albert Holmecke of Round Top committed suicide last Saturday by shooting himself, but has so far been unable to learn any of the particulars. He leaves a family to mourn his death.


Weimar Mercury, 2 Jan 1897, page 8

Bob holmes, a negro boy, fell under a moving freight train last night and both legs were mashed so badly that amputation was necesary. He died.


Schulenburg Sticker, 31 Mar 1904

Death Record.

Holmes: Died at Round Top 3-10 04 of Odema [edema] of lungs John Holmes aged 87 years and 6 mos.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Jan 1913


Nancy Emily Holstein, appoplexy [sic], near Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, December 28, 1882

Died, at Flatonia, December 13th, 1882, Mrs. Mary R. Holt, wife of T. H. Holt. Mrs. Holt was born in Leon county, Texas, June 2d, 1857, and was married in Colorado county, June 23d, 1875. She was the daughter of Mr. and M. R. H. Walker, of Moulton neighborhood.—Argus


Galveston Daily News, 31 Aug 1869, page 2

A letter dated Round Top, Fayette county, August 24th, says:

"This town was the scene of an unfortunate difficulty on last night, between two young men, Patton Rankin and Walter Holt, Rankin was killed, Holt mortally wounded."

Houston Union, 12 Jan 1870, page 4

Walter Holt, who killed Patton Rankin at Round Top some time since, was killed by Mac Zapp at Wilson’s store, Washington County, last Friday.

Note: Holt not in cemetery database. Transcribed by Donna Baker


Weimar Mercury, 14 Jan 1905

Mrs. Holub of the Dubina neighborhood—the aged mother of Mrs. Jos. F. Bohac of this city—died Wednesday and was buried the following day. A number of relatives and friends of this city attended the funeral.


Weimar Mercury, June 2, 1911

Ellinger News Items.

June 5th.—One of the saddest deaths that ever occurred in the neighborhood of Brush, happened on the 21st of May, when Anton Hollub a young boy of 18 years of age drowned in a tank in Frank Eljacks pasture. He in company with 10 other boys from Live Oak Hill were in swimming. Young HoIIub went in the water and sank, he came up three times, his companions saw it but thought he was playing but soon found out different. Emil Wavra who is a good swimmer jumped in but was not able to find the body, his brother Joe tried to save him and nearly lost his own life. He was laid to rest the next day at the Catholic cemetery at Fayetteville. Peace to his ashes.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Oct 1911, page 1


Friday last at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. E. Jalufka, Mrs. Barbara Holub passed peacefully away after an illness of only a short while.

Mrs. Holub, since the death of her husband, 28 years ago, has been living in Moravia, and during her illness she lived with her daughter, Mrs. Jalufka. She was in her eighty-fifth year. She was the mother of thirteen children, eleven of whom are now living, four sons, and seven daughters. The sons are: John, James, Anton and Frank; the daughters are: Mesdames T. Svoboda, M. Michna, Nickle, Frank Hrncir, Zissa, Ermis and Jalufka. She had 110 grand children and 86 great-grand children.

Her remains were tenderly laid to rest in the St. John cemetery Sunday last. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Fayette County Record, 29 Feb 2000

Funeral services for Derryl J. Holub, 49, of Schulenburg were held Feb 22 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg with the Rev Peter Kaplinski officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

He died Feb 19. He was born April 1, 1950 in Halletsville, the son of Johnnie and Evelyn (Antosh) Holub. He was a member of the Catholic church.

Survivors include his wife, Irma; 2 daughters, Cynthia Cedillo of Schulenburg and Angelica Cedillo of Lubbock; 2 sisters, Charlene Simper of Moulton, Ginger Tilicek of Schulenburg; 3 brothers, Wayne Holub of Schulenburg, John Holub of Columbus, Dale Holub of Austin.

Funeral handled by Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Banner Press, July 6, 1989

Services for Frank J. Holub, 88, of Fayetteville were held July 4 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville with Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating.

Interment followed at the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Frank J. Holub died July 2 at Seaton Hospital in Austin.

He was born Oct. 6, 1900 in Vilcovice, Czechoslovakia, the son of Josef and Agnes (Vasek) Holub.  He was united in marriage with the former Pauline Polasek who preceded him in death on August 28, 1980.

He came to the United States at age 21 and was a resident of the Fayetteville area for most of his life.  Holub was an officer of KJT #9 for over 30 years and was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville.

Survivors include three daughters, Sophie Zvonek of Austin; Bessie Treybig of Houston and Delores and husband Sylvester Schmitt Jr. of Fayetteville; five sons and daughters-in-law, John and Caroline Holub of Sealy; Frank and Georgia Holub and George and Dorothy Holub of Houston; Jerry and Charlene Holub of Shiner; James and Virginia Holub of High Hill.  Thirty-three grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren also survive.

He was preceded in death by his wife, four sisters, one brother, one grandchild and two sons-in-law.

Sergeant Memorial Funeral Home, La Grange, directors.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


SPJST Vestnik, Wednesday, February 26, 1969

We, the undersigned Resolution Committee of Brothers of Liberty Lodge No. 67, Schulenburg, on behalf of our entire lodge membership do hereby express our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family of our departed brother:


who passed away at the age of 53 in the Colonial Nursing Home February 7 where he had been a patient for one week.  He had been seriously ill for about a year and prior to being confined to the nursing home he had been hospitalized for some time at the Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar.

Funeral services for Bro. Holub were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Sunday, February 9th at 1:45 p.m. with continued services at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church at 2 p.m. with the Reverends Al Padalecki and Michael O’Gorman officiating at the Requiem Mass and graveside services.  Burial was in St. Rose Cemetery.

Bro. Holub was a lifetime resident of Schulenburg and was born here October 12, 1915, the son of Frank and Hermina Ermis Holub.  On December 30, 1944 he was united in marriage to Miss Betty Marie Staha.  Before being seriously ill he was employed by the Lloyd Henderson Dairy, and was vice president of our SPJST Lodge 67 at the time of his passing.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Betty Holub; two sons, SP-5 Daniel Holub of Fort Sam Houston, and Glen Holub, student at Bishop Forest High School; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Holub, Sr., of Schulenburg; two sisters, Mrs. Emil (Martha) Pesek of Schulenburg and Mrs. Roy (Lillie) Taylor of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; and three brothers, Frank and Ervin Holub of Schulenburg, and Alfred Holub of Weimar.

May our dear departed Brother rest in Peace Eternal, and may his memory remain with us forever.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Banner Press, July 27, 1995

Services for Henry Frede Holub, 75, of West Point were held July 26 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Plum with the Rev. Jerome Stryk officiating. Burial followed at Plum Catholic Cemetery.

Holub died July 23 a St. David's Hospital in Austin.

He was born June 28, 1920, in Fayette County, Texas, the son of Charles and Annie Trlica Holub.  Holub was united in marriage with Josie B. Srubar on Sept. 30, 1942, in Plum.

He was a retired carpenter and was affiliated with Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Holub was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Josie B. Holub of West Point; two daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and James Recek of Austin and Kathy and Bennie Simek of West Point; two sons and daughters-in-law, Henry L. and Maine and James and Sandra Holub, all of West Point; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home, La Grange, directors.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, October 18, 1882

SCHULENBURG, October 17.—Two old men, W. Matula and Jacob Holub, farmers, living near here, had a fight this morning, during which the latter fell dead from the effects of a kick in the stomach.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, June 3, 1927

Mrs. Holub Dies at the Age of 83 Years

Mrs. Jenovefa Holub of the Dubina community died Tuesday, May 31, at the ripe old age of 83 years, and the remains were laid to rest in the Dubina Cemetery Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock. Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. A large crowd of relatives and sympathizing friends attended the funeral.

For a number of years Mrs. Holub had made her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Fr. J. Kocurek of Dubina. Before marriage to Mr. Holub she was a Mrs. Sassin and was the mother of the late Frank Sassin of this city. Mrs. Holub was a good, christian woman, devoted to her family and those about her, a true friend and neighbor, and was greatly beloved by all who knew her.

Active pall bearers were Messrs. Ignac Hranicky, Hugo Koenig, Leo Hromadka, Julius Peter, Val. Cernoch and Anton Janecka.

Mrs. Holub was the mother of nine children, five of whom are dead -- Mary, Teresa, Edward, Joseph and Frank. The surviving children are Mrs. Alois Holub, Mrs. Agnes Kocurek, Messrs. Cyril and Fred Sassin.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, November 17, 1966

Joe Holub, 64, Buried At Dubina After Inez Rites

Funeral services for Joe Holub, 64, were held Nov. 7 at McCabe Carruth Chapel, Victoria, and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Inez. Rev. Gerard Cernoch and Rev. Edward Jansky officiated.

Burial was in the Dubina Cemetery.

Mr. Holub died in his sleep Nov. 5 at his home.

Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Cernoch of Dubina, whom he married in 1930; four sisters, Miss Mary Holub and Mrs. Sophie Black of Victoria; Mrs. Hattie Merman of Washington State; and Miss Adela Holub of Alice; and six brothers, Frank, Henry, Raymond, Louis and Rudolph of Victoria and Albert Holub of Alice.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Jerry Dean Holub, Joseph W. Holub, Frank Miori, Joseph Kloesel Jr., Joseph Black and Jeffrey Bayer.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 10 Sep 1902


A German Farmer Committed Suicide Near Fayetteville.

Fayetteville, Tex., Sept. 4 – John Holub, a Bohemian farmer, who resided about two miles from here, was buried here today. He died about noon from the effects of poison, taken the night before. Despondency caused by crop failure and heavy indebtedness is assigned as the cause for the rash act.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Eagle Lake Headlight, Friday, February 21, 1936


Funeral services were held Sunday at Dubina, near Weimar, for John Holub, 58, lifelong resident in that vicinity. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Emil and Victor; and four daughters: Philomena, Cecelia and Kristina, of Weimar, and Mrs. Hugo Koenig of Nada.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, Wednesday, November 26, 1924

Weimar, Tex., Nov. 25.—Mrs. Mary Holub, 90 years old, died at the residence of her son-in-law. The funeral was held at the St. Cyril-Methodius Cemetery. Rev. Joseph Szymanski of Weimar officiated. Mrs. Holub was a highly respected citizen of this community.

San Antonio Express, Monday, December 1, 1924

Mrs. Mary Holub, 90, died at the residence of her son-in-law, November 22. A large assemblage of relatives and friends were present for the funeral.

Marie Holub was buried in Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery at Dubina. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 April 1922, page 1

Mrs. Rosina Holub Passes Away

Mrs. Rosina Holub who was nearing her 78th birthday became suddenly very ill and her spirit returned again to its creator at 9 a. m. April 11th at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schindler.

Mrs. Rosina Holub was born in Austria in 1844, she came to this country and landed at Galveston in 1885, She resided at Dubina until two years ago when her husband died, she then moved to Schulenburg and made her home with her daughter.

Funeral Services were held at Dubina, interment taking place at the Dubina Cemetery at 4 p. m. Wednesday, April 12th., Rev. Father Szymanski of Weimar officiating.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Antonia Schindler, three sons, Henry, Joe and John and one adopted daughter, Mary. To these the Sticker tenders its sincere Sympathy in the loss of their beloved mother.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Dec 1916


Valentine Holub died Nov 7, age about 92 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, November 12, 2013

Virginia “Jeannie” (Demel) Holub, 67, of High Hill passed away on Saturday, Nov. 2. She died of peritoneal cancer after an illness of 2 years, 2 months. The funeral was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at High Hill on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m., followed by burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Tim Kosler officiated. Pallbearers, all nephews, were Mark Stang, Darrell Demel, Donnie Demel, Ray Zronek, Ronnie Holub and Franklin Holub. Rosary was led by Rev. Kosler on Monday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.

Born at High Hill on Feb. 12, 1946, she was the daughter of Herbert and Elsie (Hollas) Demel. She attended High Hill School and graduated from Bishop Forest High School in 1964. On June 14, 1969, she married James D. Holub at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in High Hill. She was a housewife. Mrs. Holub was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Catholic Life Insurance and KJZT.

Survivors include her husband of 44 years, James D. Holub; two daughters, Theresa Nidey and husband Drew of Hallettsville, and Sandra Keepers and husband Jason of Frelsburg; two sisters, Sister Denise Demel of San Antonio, and Estelle Stang and husband Franklin of High Hill; two brothers, Elroy Demel and wife Mary,and Wilbert Demel and wife Bibianna, all of High Hill; and two grandchildren, Haley Nidey and Noah Keepers.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Del Rio News-Herald, Friday, March 13, 1987

Rites for Betty Adams Holubec, 59-year-old former resident of Del Rio, were to be held at 2 p.m. today in Flatonia in the Smith Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ken Hayman officiating. Burial was to be made in Oakhill Cemetery in Flatonia.

Holubec died in St. Luke's Hospital in San Antonio Wednesday. She was born Sept. 4, 1927, in San Angelo. She was the daughter of Lee and Ethel Keeton Adams; the family owned and operated the Club Cafe at 101 S. Main St. in Del Rio. Holubec and her husband, Frank, conducted the business after the death of her father.

She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Holubec of Flatonia; her sons, Louis Lee Holubec of Houston and Richard Frank Holubec of Taylor; an adopted daughter, Katherine Daigle of Houston; one grandson.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, March 17, 1950

Mrs. Augusta Holz Succumbs Sunday

Mrs. Augusta Holz, age 74 years, passed away here on Sunday, March 12, 1950.  Deceased was born in Dewitz, Mecklenburg, Germany, on August 26, 1875, as a daughter of William and Mary Koepke.  She immigrated to this country in November 1896, and settled in the O’Quinn Community in Fayette County.  On November 16, 1897, she was united in marriage to Paul C. Holz in La Grange and they continued to make their home at O’Quinn.  Mr. Holz preceded her in death, having passed away on March 26, 1935 and the following year, 1936, Mrs. [Holz] came to Schulenburg to make her home.  She remained here until her death.  She was a member of the St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church and a member of the Women’s Guild of that church and of the O.D.H.S. Sister Lodge.  Surviving are two daughters: Mrs. H. G. Citzler, Schulenburg and Mrs. Fred Getschmann, Freyburg; three sons: Willie Holz of Freyburg, Henry Holz of Waller and Elton Holz of San Antonio; surviving also are four brothers: Louis and Henry Koepke of La Grange and William Toll of Giddings; and Fritz Koepke of Germany; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Two brothers: Carl and Albert and a sister, Minnie, also preceded her in death.  Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, March 14, at 2:00 p.m., from the St. Paul’s Church with Rev. J. G. Mueller officiating.  Interment was in the Cedar Cemetery.  Pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased: Leslie, Milton and Delvin Getschmann, Nelson and Stanley Holz and Clinton Citzler.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, 28 Mar 1935


Paul Holz, aged 63 years, 5 months and 10 days, died at the La Grange Hospital Tuesday night, March 26, 1935. He was brought to the hospital nine days prior to his death, and seemed to be improving rapidly. Stricken with a hemorrhage early Tuesday night, he died within a few moments.

Mr. Holz was of the Blackjack farming section. and from his late home the funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, with interrment at the Cedar Cemetery; Rev. R. Heise will officiate. Friends and acquaintances of the family are requested to attend.

Born in Cammin, Mecklenberg, Strelitz, Germany, October 16, 1871, he emigrated to America in November 1896, and located in Fayette County near La Grange, where he took up farming. He was united in marriage with Miss Augusta Koepke at La Grange, November 12, 1897, and then located near Blackjack. Besides his widow he is survived by three sons and two daughters, these are: Willie Holz of Freyburg, Henry at La Grange, Elton at the family home, Mrs. Fred (Helen) Getschmann of Freyburg and Mrs H.G. (Erna) Citzler of La Grange. There are eight grandchildren.

Sincere sympathy is offered to the relatives who mourn the passing of an honest and good citizen.


Dallas Morning News, 8 May, 1891

Killed at LaGrange

Ex-Marshal Rankin Shoots Homuth Dead

First Since the War

LaGrange, Tex., May 7—Ex-Marshal John T. Rankin shot and killed Mr. F. S. Homuth at 6 o’clock this morning. Ever since the attempted assassination of Rankin he has been sleeping at the Lester hotel. It seems that early this morning he left the hotel and went to Ory’s shoe shop on the west side of the square and Homuth was in the habit of passing this shoe shop in going to his meals every day. There has been an old feud between the parties growing out of Rankin’s candidacy for the office of county clerk.

When Mr. Homuth approached the Ory house Rankin fired the contents of one barrel of his shotgun loaded with buckshot at him. The bullets entered his right side, ranged forward and through his body and lacerated and penetrated the heart. Homuth staggered and turned, when Rankin fired the second barrel but missed his mark. Homuth died almost instantly. Rankin went up to the house of one of our most prominent citizens and asked him to go for the sheriff, as he desired to surrender.

Both parties were born and raised in this county and bad blood has been between them for some time. E. L. Ory and Rankin’s negro driver, were arrested as accessories before the fact. District court will convene next Monday, when the case will receive the attention of the grand jury. A writ of habeas corpus has been sued out for E. L. Ory. The affair is regretted very much by the citizens as there has not been any killing or shooting in LaGrange since the war.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson



Weimar Mercury, 17 Jan 1891, page 3

Last Sunday the death of Mr. Louis Homuth occurred at his home in La Grange. His friends and acquaintances at this place regretted to hear this sad news. He died of paralysis after long suffering. His relatives at this place have the sympathy of THE MERCURY.


La Grange Journal, Friday, Oct. 20, 1950

Mrs. Minnie (Jones) Homuth

Graveside services were held here Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 at the new city cemetery for Mrs. Minnie Homuth, 75, of Smithville.

Funeral services were held at the Marrs Memorial Chapel at Smithville at 2 o’clock with the Rev. Leonard Rae officiating. 

Mrs. Homuth died Monday at her home in Smithville from injuries she received  in a fall.

She was born in Muldoon, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jones.  On October 9, 1895 she was united in marriage with Louis Homuth at La Grange.  Mr. Homuth preceded her in death in 1929.

Survivors are her daughter, Mrs. Minnie Levy of Smithville; two sons, L.V. Homuth, Port Arthur and W.C. Homuth of Smithville; one sister,Mrs. Clarice Emmos of Muldoon; and one brother, C.Y. Jones of Holland, four grandsons and two great-granddaughters.

Contributed by Jan Jackson


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Dec 1903

Death Record.

Homuth: Died at La Grange, Nov 18-03 of Asthenia, Pearl Louis Homuth aged 4 years and 2 mos.


La Grange Journal, April 16, 1936 pg. 6

Percy Homuth Dies Thursday, April 9—Interred Friday

Percy F. Homuth, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Homuth, now deceased, died at the La Grange Hospital, Thursday morning, April 9, at 9:00 o’clock. He had been ill for several days, at Smithville, hi home, and was brought to the hospital ten days since. His body was taken to Smithville and on Friday afternoon, Rev. Aiken officiating, was interred in the city cemetery of that city.

Percy Homuth was born in La Grange, May 17, 1891, one month after the death of his father. Reared here, industrious and willing he had many friends; when the Unites States entered into the World War, Percy was among the first to enlist, served overseas, was gassed and wounded, and returned, although he never entirely recovered from the effects of that service. Upon his return he located in La Grange.

He was united in marriage with Miss Minna McDavid of Bastrop who, with two daughters, Lillian Jewell, aged 12 and Agnes Pearl, aged 9, survive. There is one sister, Mrs. Yates (Agnes) Bowers, (who reared Percy) and three brothers, Albert and August Homuth of Smithville, and Robert of Columbus.

Prosperity and plenty were strangers to this son of an early citizen, but he ever provided, a man of grim determination who never shirked his duty. He refused to yield to the illness call, and sought to continue in service of the Texas Public Service Company, but finally was brought to La Grange, and Thursday, at the age of 44 years, 11 months and 22 days, passed to his reward.

Friends and family join in the Journal in extending sincere sympathy.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Sep 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Rud. Homuth of LaGrange, age 20 years, died July 4.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Dallas Morning News, Friday, June 5, 1925

GALVESTON, Texas. June 4. – Pending funeral instructions from Flatonia, residence of deceased, the body of John Honzelka, who died early Thursday morning at the John Sealy Hospital, from injuries received when the automobile in which he was riding turned over two miles north of La Marque Tuesday, is being held by a local funeral director of Texas City.

August Honzelka, son of deceased, is still confined to the hospital with an injured arm.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Mrs. HOOKS and Children

La Grange Journal, February 14, 1895

Constable Lee Smith informs THE JOURNAL, that the wife and two children of Jake Hooks, a colored farmer living on the Dick Jarmon plantation, a few miles south of town, were burned to death Saturday night. It seems that the woman was sitting reading to her little girl, holding a lamp in her hand, and it exploded setting her's and the children's clothing afire, burning her so badly that she died in a short time her children surviving until the next day. The house was partially destroyed. It seems that there were no one present at the time to render them assistance.


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Dec 1913


Alice Mae Hopper, age 26 days premature birth, Muldoon.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 15 July 1927, page 4


Flatonia, Tex., July 9. — The body of Ben Hopper, 47, was brought here from Louise Friday. Burial took place in the family plot at Muldoon. Rev. McLean, Baptist minister, assisted by Rev. Lambert, local Methodist Episcopal minister, officiated.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 15, 1938

Mrs. Anne Horak

Mrs. Anne Horak died at her home at Ammannsville, Wednesday, December 14, aged 69 years, 8 months and 14 days.  Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 9:30 o’clock, at Ammannsville Catholic church, Rev. Raska officiating; burial will be in the Ammannsville cemetery.

Deceased was born March 30, 1869 in Bohemia (Czechoslovakia) and immigrated to America about 36 years ago.  Surviving are: Her husband, Anton Horak; sons, Peter Horak of La Grange and Alois Horak, Swiss Alp; daughters, Mrs. Rosie Lebeda of Weimar and Mrs. Lillian Blais, Chicago, Ill., her brothers, Frank and Joe Tannyck and sister, Mrs. Emelie Zermicek of Sealy.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, Friday, July 4, 1947

Funeral Saturday For Anton Horak, At Ammannsville

Funeral services for Anton Horak, 77, retired Ammannsville farmer and father of Mrs. J. R. Lebeda of Weimar, will be held from Hubbard Funeral Home here Saturday morning, with further services at 8:30 o'clock at St. John the Baptist Church, Ammannsville.

The Rev. Adolph Janda of that church will officiate, and interment will be made in the Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Horak died at about 2:30 o'clock this (Thursday) morning at the Schulze Hospital, Schulenburg, after a 3-day illness. Born at Hostyn May 8, 1870, Mr. Horak was the son of Frank and Marie Horak. He was married at Hostyn to Miss Anna Tannich, and the couple settled in the Ammannsville vicinity. He was a member of the St. John the Baptist Church. Mrs. Horak preceded him in death about 9 years ago.

Surviving are two sons, Peter Horak of Swiss Alp and Louis Horak of Ammannsville; two daughters, Mrs. Lillian Blais of Chicago and Mrs. Rosa Lebeda of Weimar; and one brother, Rudolf Horak of Weimar.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, May 14, 1936

Chas. Horak Meets Death When Struck By An Automobile

Saturday night, 10:30 o’clock, Chas. Horak of near Ellinger was struck by an automobile, on the Ellinger-La Grange highway, and instantly killed.  The automobile was driven by Jos. S. Ebner of Houston, who was en route to Bastrop.

Shortly after the accident, neighborhood farmers came upon the scene, and the sheriff’s department was notified.  Deputies Koenig and Stanzel and “Squire Marburger repaired to the scene and found Mr. Ebner awaiting their arrival, and several farmers standing near the body.

Conducting an immediate investigation the officers, and the ‘Squire obtained facts that permitted Mr. Ebner to be released and to continue his journey.  Obtaining his address the officers told Mr. Ebner that he was subject to call.  Reichert & Kneip were notified and brought the body to La Grange.

In the statement obtained by ‘Squire Marburger the information is that Mr. Ebner was driving his automobile at a speed of 40 miles per hour, and driving in the center of the highway.  He saw Mr. Horak and entertained no idea of striking the pedestrian.

When within a few yards of the man, he suddenly turned to cross the highway.  Mr. Ebner says he was unable to prevent the accident.  The victim’s legs were broken and his body crushed.  Death, it is believed, was instantaneous.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Jan 1913


Frank Horak, age 96 yrs., 7 mo., 5 da., heart failure, Swiss Alp.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Jan 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Jos Horak, age 3 years and 7 months died Dec 22, 1905.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 May 1912, page 1


Joe Horrak [sic], age 65 yrs. Myocarditis, Dubina.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 21 Nov 1930, page 3


Mr. Joe Horak, aged about 84 years, died Wednesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Julia Novak, in the Breslau section. Deceased had been ill for some time and though the very best of medical attention was administered, he finally succumbed, due to the infirmities of age.

The funeral took place Friday morning at 10 o'clock from the Schwenke undertaking parlors in Schulenburg. Requiem mass was held in the Praha Catholic Cemetery and interment took place in the Praha cemetery. Rev. Anders officiating.

Mr. Horak was born in the old country, coming to Amerca when a young man. Most of his life was spent in the Praha section, and during his long residence in that community he was always held in hgighest regard by all who had the pleasure to make the acquaintance.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Ed, of Weimar; three daughters, Mrs. John Bordovsky of San Antonio, Mrs. Novak of Breslau and Mrs. Frank Koudelka of Komensky, and three sisters, Mesdames Frances Gallia of Moravia, Mary Fojtek of Yoakum and Chas. Sugarek of Beeville. One son and one daughter precedd him in death.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved. — Halletsville New Era-Herald.


The La Grange Journal, Wednesday, November 23, 1977


Last rites for Joe Alfonse Horak, 61-year old retired Air Force veteran, were held at 10:00 a.m. Sat., Nov 19, at the Ammannsville Catholic Church with Msgr. John J. Hanacek officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery under direction of Koenig Funeral Home, Inc.

Mr. Horak died Nov. 17 at his residence in Ammannsville.

Born April 17, 1916, in Ammannsville, he was a son of Peter and Mary Ganzer Horak.  He was married to Lillian Ryza in 1940 in Plum.  A member of the American Legion, VFW, and Disabled American Veterans, Mr. Horak was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict.  He had resided in Ammannsville since 1961.

Surviving are his wife, Lillian of Ammannsville; three daughters, Cynthia Horak of Ammannsville, Judy Poore of Beaumont, and Betty Jean Doyle of Austin; two sons, Daniel Horak of Nacogdoches and Mark Horak of Ammannsville; a sister, Mrs. T. B. (Mary) Rountree, Jr., of Coronado, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, March 13, 1925


Mr. John Horak, aged 83 years, who has many relatives living in various secilons [sections] of Colorado county, died at Fayetteville Monday morning shortly after 10 o'clock.

Mr. Horak was born in Australia [Austria] Jan. 16th, 1842, and came to the United States in 1854 at the age of 12 years. He settled in Fayette county, where he resided the remainder of his life. He enlisted on the Confederate side and served throughout the four years' conflict of the Civil War.

The subject of this sketch was married in 1871 to Miss Apolina Zapalac and to his union Seven children were born. All survive with the exception of one who died in infancy. The children are Joe Horak of Columbus, Mrs. Frank Franka of Garwood, Mrs. John Foyt of Ellinger, Mrs. John Christinek of Crosby, Mrs. Wm. Janak of Wharton, Mrs. Rudolph Kotrla of Ellinger and an adopted son, Ed Horak of Fayetteville, a brother, Victor Horak of Ammannsville, a sister, Mrs. Mishkey of LaGrange, and two half brothers, Anton and Rudolph Horak, of Weimar. He is also survived by thirty-six grandchildren, of which Mr. Fred G. Frnka of this city is one, and eleven great grandchildren. His wife also survives him.

The funeral was held at Fayetteville Tuesday morning, with services at high mass at the Catholic Church by Rev. John Vanicek, interment being made in the Fayetteville cemetery. The funeral was largely attended, many relatives from Colorado county and relatives from all over this part of the state being present. -- Eagle Lake Headlight.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 13 Aug 1937, page 1

Death of a Good Man

Mr. John Horak, a citizen of this community for many years, died at the famiy home near town last Monday and the funeral took place at the Dubina Cemetery Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock. Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiated at the funeral.

Mr. Horak was 72 years old. He was born in Czecho-Slovakia Aug. 29, 1865, and came to this country in 1881. He was married to Theresia Norhavitza, who died Nov. 13, 1928, at the age of 69 years. He is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Louis Horak, his children, Mrs. Anna Hajovsky of Crosby, Mrs. Frank J. Wanja of this city, Mr. Frank Horak of this community, Mrs. Alice Janick of Columbus; one sister, Mrs. Joe Walzel of Beasley.

Mr. Horak was truly a good man. He had lived among our people for many years and was highly regarded by all. Quiet of demeanor, earnest and energetic, a kindly word for every one he met, a dutiful and devoted husband and father, he will be sadly missed.

Our sincere [sympathy] goes out to his bereaved ones.


Weimar Mercury, February 27, 1948

Funeral Services for Mrs. Louise Horak, 75, Held at Dubina

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Horak, 75, who died last Friday at Dayton, Texas, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home her Sunday, Feb. 22, with interment in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.  Rev. B. Pruaki officiated.
Mrs. Horak, widow of the late John Horak, who died in 1937, had lived for the past year and a half with her step-daughter, Mrs. Jos. Hajovsky, in Crosby.  She had been ill for about two months.
Born February 19, 1873 in High Hill, she was the daughter of Frand and Anna Nohawitza.  She was married here in 1890 to John Novak, later moving to Palo Pinto County, where she lived for 30 years.  When her husband died in 1927, she moved back to Weimar, and in 1929 was married to John Horak.  She was a member of the Catholic Church.
Surviving in addition to the step-daughter named are two other step-dauthers, Mrs. Louise Wanja of Weimar and Mrs. Robert Janicek of Houston.  Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.
Pallbearers at the funeral were six grandsons, John, Frank, Leo and Ben Horak, James Wanja and Leroy Janicek.

Contributed by Regena Williamson


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 March 1923, page 1

Mrs. Pete Horak of the Dubina section passed quietly away at her family home Tuesday evening after a lingering illness.

Deceased was about 27 years of age, she was well known and beloved throughout that section.

The remains were laid to rest in the Ammannsville Cemetery at 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.

She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and two small children, and a number of other relatives. To these the Sticker tenders its sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, April 1, 1938


Mrs. Victor Horak of Needville, former resident, with her family, of the Ammannsville section, died first of the week, and the remains were brought to Ammannsville for interment Tuesday morning. Rev. A. Raska officiated in the presence of a large gathering of her former neighbors and friends.

Mrs. Horak, born in Czechoslovakia, came to this country at the age of 6, and lived in this section since that time. She is survived by her husband, Victor Horak; six daughters, Mrs. Frank Mazoch, Mrs. Joe Muzny, Mrs. Emil Vacek, Mrs. Joseph Holub, Mrs. George Kristek, Mrs. August Schramm, all of Ammannsville; two sons, Victor and Raymond of Needville; four brothers, Frank, Emil, Joseph and John Barta; two sisters, Mrs. Louis Vacek and Mrs. Roman Bartosh.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, Friday, April 8, 1938

Those from this section who attended the funeral of Mrs. Marie Horak at Ammannsville included: Mr. and Mrs. Roman Bartosh, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cernoch and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Bartosh and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Cernoch and daughter, Henrietta, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Kobersky, Mr. John Kobersky, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bartosh, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Adamcik, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chernoch and family, Mrs. Charles Adamcik, Mr. Albert Cernoch, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Cernoch, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Cernoch, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Bacek, and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Cernoch.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Dec 1949

Aged Swiss Alp Resident Expires

Rud. Horak, age 86 years, of the Swiss Alp section, passed away aat his home there on last Sunday. Mr. Horak, a retired farmer, was born in Fayette County on April 28, 1863, and had spent his entire lifetime here. He had never married.

Funeral services were held from the Koenig Funeral Home in La Grange Wednesday mrongin at 8:30 a. m., followed by services at the Ammannsville Catholic Church. Rev. Adolph Janda officiated and interment was in the Ammanssville Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are a number of nephews and nieces.


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 May 1917


Sophie Horak, died April 20, age 20 years and 4 days, Ammannsville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 16 Nov 1928, page 1


Mrs. John Horak, wife of a well known and respected farmer of this vicinity, died Monday night, after a long illness, and the remains were buried in the Dubina Cemetery Wednesday morning, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating in the presence of a large assemblage of mourning relatives and friends.

Mrs. Horak was about 60 years of age, and was highly regarded by neighbors and friends. She had been in ill health for a long time, and while here death was not unexpected, it nevertheless caused keen sorrow to pervade the hearts of her family, neighbors and friends.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Feb 1917

From the LaGrange Journal

The little daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. John Hornak Thursday morning died a few minutes after birth. The little one was laid to rest in the new cemetery the same day.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Jan 1916


Mr. Ed. Horner, who passed away at San Antonio on Wednesday, January 5, was born in Schulenburg 38 years ago. Here he was reared to young manhood and in 1907 was married in El Paso to Miss Louise Wolters, niece of, and reared in the home of Theo. Wolters.

After several years residence in the West, Mr. Horner, with his family removed to San Antonio, where he engaged in the manufacture of brooms, and resided until the time of his death.

He is survived by his widow, three little daughters, Hilda, Ida Elise and Jeanne, by his father, Hugo Horner, Sr., and his brother, Hugo Horner, Jr., of Schulenburg, and his sister, Mrs. Stephen Brown, of Brownsville, and many other relatives in our town and in other parts of the state.

A devoted husband and father in life, his early passing causes an irreparable loss to those who mourn him, and the sympathy of the entire community is extended to them.

Interment will take place this afternoon at three o’clock in the Schulenburg cemetery, where the remains will be laid to rest in the family burial grounds, with the Rev. Piepenbrock, of the Lutheran Church, officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Jan 1913

The funeral of the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Horne was held Monday afternoon, Rev. Gibbons of the M. E. Church, Weimar, conducted the services and spoke in words of tenderest sympathy and comfort, of deepest Christian hope and promise. The choir sang with peculiar sweetness several appropriate selections. The little form was laid to rest in the City cemetery by loving hands. The little babe was only two months old and had suffered for the past six weeks but now it has departed to that home where suffering is unknown and peace and happiness reigneth for ever. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved parents.

Walter A. Horne, Jr., 25 Oct 1912-12 Jan 1913. Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Sep 1913

Mrs. Hugo Horner, Sr., an old citizen of our city, died Wednesday evening at San Antonio, where she had gone for her health. Her remains were conveyed here Thursday afternoon for interment which will take place at the City Cemetery at 10:30 o’clock this morning. An appropriate obituary will appear in our next issue.

Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Oct 1913, page 1


In the death of Mrs. Hugo Horner, Sr., which occurred at the home of her sisters, Mesdames A. and L. Roos in San Antonio, on Thursday, September 25, Schulenburg lost one of its most beloved women.

Feeble in health, a sufferer who for years was seldom without pain, Mrs. Horner won the love of all about her through the fortitude with which she bore her affliction. Her interest in her home, her friends, her neighbors, never waned, and the sweetness of her spirit was evidenced by the gentleness of her manner toward all with whom she came in contact.

A mute tribute to the love and respect in which she was held by those who knew her best was the large gathering of friends who braved the most inclement of weather to do her memory honor when the remains were brought to the old home.

Mrs. Horner was born in Blanco County on April 23rd, fifty-seven years ago. At a tender age she moved to Schulenburg with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Wolters, Sr., who were amongst the very early settlers of Texas and who remained honored and esteemed citizens of our town until death claimed them a few years ago. Here Mrs. Horner was reared, here she was in 1878 married to Mr. Hugo Horner, here she reared her family and here she made her home until a few short weeks ago when she went to San Antonio in the hope of improving her fast failing health.

There remain to mourn her loss, the husband, two sons, Ed. of Sugarland, Hugo of Schulenburg, one daughter, Mrs. Stephen Brown of Brownsville, one brother, Mr. Ed Wolters of Shiner, four sisters, Mesdames A. and L. Roos of San Antonio, E. B. Kessler and I. E. Clark of Schulenburg and many other relatives.

The remains were laid to rest in the family burial ground on Friday afternoon, Sept. 26, with the Woodmen Circle conducting services and Mr. Piepenbrok of the Lutheran church officiating.                  Contributed.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Sep 1906


There is no death! The stars go down
To rise upon some fairer shore: And bright in heaven’s Jewelled crown
They shine forevermore.

At his home on Sunday evening at four o’clock, Sept. 9th. Mr. August Horstmann laid down the burden of ill health which he had borne with such patience and courage for so long and went to meet the reward of the good and just which will surely he his in that “Home not made by hands” in that Home where there is neither sickness nor suffering, and “where in all that bright forever sorrow ne’er shall touch the soul.”

He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn the loss of a husband’s and father’s love and care. Mr. Horstmann was born at the old Horstmann homestead near High Hill, in Fayette Co. There also he spent the most of his boyhood’s years. He came to Cameron when quite a young man in 1884 and went into the mercantile business here with Mr. Russek, the firm name being Russek & Horstmann. Mr. Horstmann had in a large measure all of those sterling qualities which always commend the respect and the confidence of the people and while he built up for himself a good business, he was building also as an imperishable inheritance for his loved ones a reputation for honesty and integrity of purpose, deed and thought. He was always ready to respond to the cry of distress, and several lives have been made brighter and their burdens lighter through his generosity and kindness. We are told of the three virtues faith, hope and charity, that the greatest of these is charity and of this greatest virtue he had a most blessed abundance.

Always, he tempered his justice with charity. He never failed to give every one who came within the pale of his judgement, the benefit of every doubt. He had many noble christian [sic] virtues and in his daily life he constantly upheld by deed and word the commandment, which says, “Do unto others as you would that they should do unto you”. We are tought [sic] in God’s word in the Bible “the Lord loveth a cheerful giver”, and since his charity was ever as broad as his knowledge of another’s need surely now he has but gone to receive his reward and resteth now and forevermore in the Father’s love. His last thought his last words were an expression of that thoughtful love and care for his family for his wife and his little ones, that has ever been one of the most beautiful traits in a character that was altogether good and noble. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Oxley assisted by the “Sons of Hermann”, an association of which Mr, Horstmann had been a member for many years.                  A FRIEND.

The LaGrange Deutcche [sic] Zeitung will please copy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Sep 1903

Death Record.

Hotmann: Died at Fayetteville Sept 8th-03, of premature birth baby of H. Hotmann and wife, aged – years – months – days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 7, 1948

Winchester Native Dies At Hillsboro

Mrs. Mary Lee House passed away at 3 a.m. Sunday at Hillsboro at the age of 72 years.

She was the widow of the late H. L. House, who passed away Oct. 4, 1929.

Mrs. Hart, nee Hart and a native of Winchester, and Mr. House were married Oct. 9, 1897.  She was a member of the Methodist Church at Hillsboro.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Winchester and burial was in athe cemetery there, Rev. J. H. E. Willmann of La Grange officiating.

Surviving are a brother, J. L. Hart of Winchester; a sister, Miss Bertie Hart of Winchester; and one son, C. J. House of Hillsboro.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 June 1904

Death Record.

Howard – Died at Muldoon, 5-28,04, of heart failure, Mollie Howard, collored [sic], aged 25 years and 6 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, May 21, 1896

ENTERED INTO REST. – Mr. Elijah Pigott Howland departed this life May 12, 1896, at the residence of Mr. J. J. Pinchback, and his remains interred in the Miller burying ground, [Pinchback Cemetery in Colorado County], Rev. H. C. Howard officiating.  Mr. Howland was born in Newburne, North Carolina, July 31, 1814.  He removed to Texas in 1839, and settled in La Grange, Fayette county, and was for some times sheriff of that county.  He was married to Mrs. Eveline Griffin (nee Simms) of Fayette county, on the 19th day of June, 1844.  She died March 27, 1860, leaving four children, all of whom are married: viz: Mrs. Alia Pinchback of Columbus, Mr. E. P. Howland of Pettus City, Mrs. Ellie Wright of Columbus and Mr. C. D. Howland of Altair.  Mr. Howland’s last days were peaceful.  Surrounded by his children and grand-children, he passed to his everlasting rest.

Obituary and photo thought to be Elijah P. Howland contributed by Hattie Howland McKinley


The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 12, 2004

Arolee (Tookie) Hoy

Arolee (Tookie) Hoy, boarded the Peace Train for Home on Saturday morning, October 9, 2004.  She was 78 years.  She is survived by her two children: Donna Olsen and John Hoy; her sister, Gussie Albrecht Hill Hallam; her brother, Lynn Grasshoff; her nephews: Lynn Howard Hill and Roger Hill; her grand nephew, Sean Eubanks: her grand niece, Allegra Eubanks Calkin; their father, Edward Eubanks; and her cousin, Doctor George Lee Huebner.  She is preceded in death by her parents: Ella and Gus Albrecht; her niece, Jeanette Hill Eubanks; and her daughter-in-law, Pamala Hoy.  She was a long time employee at Sellers and Sanders Clinic where she rose to the position of Manager of the Bookkeeping Department.  She was a kind and gentle soul, and a woman of great personal sacrifice.  She was always good to both people and animals.  She was an avid gardener, a talented artist, and a bon vivant who appreciated the beautiful things in life.  She was loved by all those who knew her, and she will be sorely missed.  Services will be held at noon on Wednesday, October 13, with a visitation between 10:00 AM and noon, at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Ponchartrain Boulevard, New Orleans, LA, 70124, 504-486-6331.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 9, 1960

Chas. P. Hrachovy, 53, Hostyn Native, Buried Monday

Funeral services for Charles P. Hrachovy, 53, at Hostyn, father of Mrs. Victor Adamek and Mrs. Marvin H_ _ek of Weimar, were held Monday morning at Koenig Funeral Home Chapel and Hostyn Catholic church.

The Rev. Louis Fritz of Weimar officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Hrachovy, a lifelong resident of Hostyn, died at his home there Friday night.

Born July 19, 1907, he was the son of John and Rosie Lidiak Hrachovy. He married Miss Tonie Dolezel there Oct. 2, 1924.

Surviving in addition to his widow and the two daughters are three sisters, Mrs. August Mitchon and Mrs. Richard Stos of San Antonio and Mrs. George The_mler of La Grange; four brothers, John, Jerry and Jerome Hrachovy of La Grange and Adolph Hrachovy of Bellville; and eight grandchildren. One daughter preceded him in death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, May 5, 1960

Final Rites Held Wednesday For Mrs. C F Hrachovy

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. for Mrs. C. F. Hrachovy of Ellinger, who passed away at 4:00 a.m. Monday morning after a lengthy illness in the Laughlin Hospital here.

The services were held from the Jecmenek Chapel in Ellinger and continued at the Hostyn Hill Catholic Church. The Rev. A. W. Didner, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Eagle Lake conducted the services.

Interment was in the Hostyn Hill Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Ed Tobias, Otto Wechto, Alvin Minarcik, John Hynar, Lad Krenek and Frank Jurajda.

Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Mrs. Oscar Miller of Eagle Lake, Mrs. R. B. Linke of Morgan City, La., and Miss Blanche Hrachovy of Wharton; three sons, Ben of La Crescenta, Calif., Daniel of Port Barre, La., and C. J. of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Clara Sanchez of Los Angeles, Calif. And Mrs. Emelia Horecka of Hungerford; three brothers, Vince Janak and Arthur Janak of Rosenberg and Robert Janak of Crosby; and 12 grandchildren.

Mrs. Hrachovy was born on Feb. 19th, 1897 in Ellinger to Adolf and Barbara Kristinek Janak. On February 6th, 1915 she was married in Fayetteville to C. F. Hrachovy. She was a devoted wife, mother and neighbor and will be greatly missed by all her loved ones and friends.

She was a member of the K.J.Z.T., Catholic Daughters of America and Altar Society, and was active in her church, the Catholic Church.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, January 13 , 1972

Funeral services were held last Thursday, 9:30 a.m., for Joseph A. (Uncle Joe) Hrachovy, 84-year-old retired farmer who passed away Tuesday at Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Services were conducted by The Rev. Francis Kolar at the Jecmenek Chapel with continued services at the Hostyn Hill Catholic Church, and burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Julia Bordovsky Hrachovy of here; 4 daughters, Mrs. Agnes Daniel, Ellinger; Mrs. Lad Krenek and Mrs. Alvin Minarcik, Fayetteville, and Mrs. L. T. Baron of Columbus; 3 sons, Frank, Henry and Emil Hrachovy of here; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A daughter and 4 sons preceded him in death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Eagle Lake Headlight, Thursday, June 30, 1966

2 Killed As Car Plunges In Creek Near La Grange

The death toll from a one-car accident near La Grange on Tuesday of last week, rose to two when Robert F. Hrachovy, 19, died in Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange last Friday.

Lester Zapalac, 15, son of La Grange Journal publisher and Mrs. L. H. Zapalac, Sr., was killed in the wreck when the car in which five youths were riding ran off a bridge over Rocky Creek and plunged into the creek below.

Two other youths were injured but are recovering. All were from Ellinger.

The funeral services for Hrachovy were held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Ellinger. Burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hrachovy of Ellinger, and a sister, Mrs. Harry Wolff of Rosenberg.

Funeral services for young Zapalac were held at 8:45 a.m. Friday in La Grange. Burial was in the La Grange City cemetery.

Surviving are his parents, two sisters, Mrs. Marvin Janda and Leah Marie Zapalac, both of La Grange.

Others in the accident were Robert Kubena and Clarence and Larry Marusik. They were en route home from a baseball game in Fayetteville.

Hrachovy was a cousin of Mrs. Oscar Miller of this city.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Austin American-Statesman, December 31, 2012

Marietta Virginia (Hoffmann) Hranicky

Marietta Virginia (Hoffmann) Hranicky of Schulenburg, Texas, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012, at the age of 83 years, 8 month, 4 days. A memorial mass celebrating her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with Father Tim Kosler officiating. American Legion Ladies Auxiliary memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, followed by recitation of the rosary at 6:00 p.m.

Marietta was born on April 24, 1929, to Arthur and Emma (Meyer) Hoffmann. She married Wilbur J. Hranicky on September 7, 1948.

Marietta is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Rick Schoenfeld; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Patricia Hranicky; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Marvin Wick; son, Ronnie Hranicky; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Rod Lindahl, and special friend, Teresa Olmas. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Sandra and Marlin Galloway, Jennifer and Mike Zapalac, Greg and Teresa Schoenfeld, Randy Wick and his friend, Brandi Rerich, Jason and Christi Hranicky, Amy and Scott Ramos, and Scott and Courtney Hranicky, and nine great-grandchildren.

Marietta was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur; parents, Arthur and Emma Hoffmann and grandson, Michael Wick.

Services are under the direction of Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg, Texas.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Dec 2010, page 3

Wilbur J. Hranicky

Wilbur J. Hranicky, known as “Papo” to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 11 at age 84 years, 1 month, 3 days.

A memorial Mass celebrating his life was held on Saturday, Nov. 13 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, with Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Interment was in the family plot at the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Pallbearers were his grandsons, Greg Schoenfeld, Randy Wick, Jason Hranicky, Scott Hranicky and Mike Zapalac, and his long-time friend, Jerry Simek.

Mr. Hranicky was born on Oct. 8, 1926 to Frank and Albina (Kubena) Hranicky. He went to school in Engle and continued working on the family farm until he enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 10, 1945. His military travels took him to Germany, Egypt, Israel and Jerusalem. He was decorated with a ribbon for the Army occupation of Germany, the Victory Ribbon and one overseas service bar. Mr. Hranicky was a proud veteran and honorably discharged from the Army on Nov. 11, 1946, and went to eternal rest 64 years later on the most fitting day, Veterans Day.

After returning from the service, Mr. Hranicky married Marietta Hoffman on Sept. 7, 1948, and purchased the Hranicky family farm, where they continued to live and farm. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Schulenburg for 30 years and retired as assistant postmaster on Oct. 9, 1981.

Mr. Hranicky is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marietta of Schulenburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Rick Schoenfeld; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Patricia Hranicky; a daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Marvin Wick; a son, Ronnie Hranicky; a daughter, Nancy Hranicky; a sister, Joyce Peters; a nephew, Larry Peters; and a niece, Patricia Garcia. He is also survived by grandchildren, Sandra and Marlin Galloway, Jennifer and Mike Zapalac, Greg and Teresa Schoenfeld, Randy Wick, Jason and Christi Hranicky, Amy and Scott Ramos, and Scott and Courtney Hranicky; and great-grandchildren, Dakota and Kaylie Zapalac, Lauren, Ashley and Alyssa Schoenfeld, Tommy, William and John Galloway, and Jessie Hranicky.

Mr. Hranicky was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Michael Wick; and a brother-in-law, Frank Peters.

Services were under the direction of Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 July 1917


Jim Hrcek, died May 29, aged – .

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, June 5, 2013


HALLETTSVILLE - The funeral services for Mrs. Dolores Hrncir, age 77 of Hallettsville, Texas, will be held from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 10 am. Visitation will begin to the public after 5 pm on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, with the parish Rosary to be recited Wednesday evening at 7 pm from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel in Schulenburg. Interment will be in the St Rose Catholic Cemetery, Schulenburg, Texas.

Survivors include: husband, Edward Hrncir of Hallettsville; sons: David L. Schneider of La Grange; Darrell Schneider and wife, Kim of Montgomery; Dean Schneider of La Grange; Dewane Schneider of Houston; sister, Elaine Thurman and husband, Jan of Victoria; and 7 grandchildren.

Services under the direction of Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg, Texas. 979-743-4151.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, July 6, 1974

SCHULENBURG—Ed Hrncir, 78, of Schulenburg, died at 4 a.m. Friday in a Weimar hospital.

Rosary will be held Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Rose Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg, with burial at the St. Rose Lima Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include a wife, Mrs. Louisa Hrncir of Schulenburg; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Agnes Hrncir of Schulenburg; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, September 19, 1963

Ignac Hrncir, 81, of Schulenburg, was found dead in his home Friday, September 13. Death is believed due to a heart attack. Mr. Hrncir had been making his home in the Moravia section where he farmed and ranched all his life, until he and his wife moved to Schulenburg several years ago. His wife preceded him in death five years ago.

Funeral services were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home Sunday, Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. and a Requiem High Mass was said at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg. Monsignor Anthony Drozd officiated at the services and at the burial in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons; Ignac Hrncir, Jr., ad Edwin; five daughters, Mrs. Mary Krupala, Mrs. George (Hattie) Olsovsky, Mrs. Henry (Annie) Tlucek of Houston and Mrs. Fred (Julie Ann) Strauss of Hallettsville, and Mrs. Fr. (Judith) Kocian of Wied.

Pallbearers were his grandsons: Frederick and Dennis Strauss, Edwin, James and John Lee Hrncir, Tim Tlucek, James Olsovsky and personal friend, Howard Story.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 27 Apr 1911, page 1, Komensky Kullings column

John Hrncir, an old and respected citizen of this community, died after a few days illness at a hospital at San Antonio last Friday night. His remains were shipped to Schulenburg and then taken to his home near Moravia and will be intered [sic] in the St. John cemetery.

Schulenburg Sticker, 28 April 1911


John Hincir [Hrncir] died very suddenly in San Antonio Saturday the 22d while preparations were being made to perform an operation to remove a growth from his neck. His remains were shipped here Sunday morning and were laid to rest Monday morning the 24th in the St. John Cemetery, Father Neubert officiating. Mr. Hincir was a Confederate veteran, still he was not very old at his death, being 66 years of age.

He leaves a widow and several sons and daughters to mourn his loss, to whom we extend our sincerest sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Monday, Dec. 23, 1963

Laurence C. Hrncir

Laurence C. Hrncir, 46, a conservationist with the Department of Agriculture, was pronounced dead at 12:05 a.m. Sunday at a local hospital after suffering a heart attack a few minutes earlier at the annual Knights of Columbus Christmas dance.

Mr. Hrncir, who resided at 2105 E. Mistletoe, had lived in Victoria for eight years. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, where earlier this month he had been elected president of the church’s Holy Name Society to take office in January.

Born in Lavaca County on May 2, 1917, Mr. Hrncir was also a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, of the Nocturnal Adoration Society and the KJT Lodge. He was a veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Laurence C. Hrncir of Victoria; a daughter, Kathryn Hrncir of Victoria; two sons, Tomas and David Hrncir of Victoria; his father, Charles J. Hrncir of Moulton; a sister, Mrs. Arthur J. Berger of Schulenberg, and a brother, Alex G. Hrncir of Moulton.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at the McCabe-Carruth Funeral Home Chapel and at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Victory Church, with a Requiem High Mass. Burial will be in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery in Schulenburg at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Rosary will be recited at the funeral home chapel at 7:30 p.m. Monday. The Knights of Columbus will have a Rosary for Mr. Hrncir at 8 p.m. Monday, with all members requested to be present.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis




Weimar Mercury, Friday, February 22, 1935


Mrs. Veronica Hrncir, aged 84 years, grandmother of Messrs. "Bill" Hrncir of this city, Prof. Richard Hrncir, teacher of the Bois d'Arc school, and the Misses Annie and Julie Ann Hrncir of Oakland, died Friday last at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Julie Konhler of the Moravia community, and the remains were laid to rest in the St. John's Catholic Cemetery Saturday morning. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 June 1916

George Hromatka [Hromadka], one of the oldest settlers of the Dubina section, died at his home, Thursday, and was laid to rest in the Dubina cemetery, Saturday, a number from here attending the funeral.

Schulenburg Sticker, 4 Aug 1916


George Hromadka, age 59 years, 3 months and 13 day, June 15, near Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 30 Dec 1927

We are sorry to report that little Joseph, the 9-year-old, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Hromadka of the Dubina section, died on Saturday morning. The funeral took place at the Dubina Catholic Cemetery on Sunday afternoon, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. A large crowd attended the funeral. Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Elsewhere in the same issue:


Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to our friends, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hromadka of Dubina, on the death of their little son, which occurred last Saturday, with funeral taking place Sunday afternoon. It is indeed hard to give up our loved ones, and in their bereavement they have the sympathy of a large circle of friends throughout this section. May God comfort them as He alone can!


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, November 3, 1966

Final Rites for Mrs. Hromadka, 73, at Dubina

Funeral services for Mrs. Marcella Hromadka, 73, widow of the late Leo Hromadka, were held Wednesday morning, Oct. 26, at Hubbard Funeral Home and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina.

Rev. Albert Hubertus of Weimar was celebrant of the Solemn Requiem High Mass, assisted by Rev. Sigmund Wojciechowski of Weimar and Rev. Joseph Hamala of Ammannsville.

Burial was in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Born Jan. 10, 1893, at Ammannsville, she was a daughter of Joseph and Marie Hanak Bartosh. She was married to Mr. Hromadka at Ammannsville on Oct. 23, 1911. Mr. Hromadka died only seven months ago, March 20, 1966, and one of their sons, Bennie, died nine months before that at the age of 43. Two other sons preceded the couple in death, one as an infant, the other at the age of 8.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Edward Cernoch of Weimar, Mrs. John B. Janda, and Mrs. Albert Janacek of La Grange, Mrs. Kenneth Smith of Bellaire and Mrs. Anton Masek of Sierra Blanca; three sons, Jeffrey and Leo of Houston, and Edward of Bleiberville; 28 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren, Sammy Hromadka, Johnny and Anthony Janda, and Billy J. Sitka; and nephews, Joe Adamcik and Thomas Bartosh.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, 14 May 1959, page 10

Aged Resident Of Dubina Buried There May 5th

Dubina's oldest citizen, Mrs. Terezie Hromadka, aged 95, died May 3 after an illness of about 5 months.

Last rites were at the Hubbard Funeral home in Weimar, May 5. Mass was said in St. Cyril and Methodius church in Dubina, with the Rt. Rev. Anthony Drozd, Rev. Thomas O. Callaghan and Rev. Thomas J. Flanagan officiating. Burial was in the Dubina Catholic cemetery.

Born in Praha Oct. 15, 1863, she married George Hromadka, who died June 15, 1916.

Two children, a son Leo Hromadka, and a daughter, Mrs. Charles J. Adamcik, survive, along with 16 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Eddie Adamcik of Bellaire, Henry and Joe Adamcik and Bennie Hromadka, Weimar, and Jeffrey and Leo [Hromadka] Jr. of Houston.


Colorado County Citizen, October 13, 1966

Victor Hromadka Dies at Santa Ann [sic.]

Suicide Ruled

The death of Victor Hromadka, 69, of Santa Anna Tuesday morning was ruled a suicide by Ernest (Bob) Weishuhn, justice of the peace. Mr. Hromadka was found hanging from a rafter in the garage of his home about 12 miles north of Columbus by his brother, Joe, with whom he had lived.

Mr. Hromadka, who was ill, had eaten breakfast before he had gone to the garage. Apparently, he had attached an old rope to his neck and had jumped from a 4 wheel trailer. Doc Mueller, deputy sheriff, made investigation.

Mr. Hromadka, a bachelor lived with his brother, Joe, and a sister, Sophie. Another sister, Mrs. Schovasa, survives. The deceased had spent his entire life in the Santa Anna area, with the exception of one month in which he served in the armed forces during World War 1.

Funeral services are set for this (Thursday) morning at 10 at Koenig Funeral home in Ellinger, with continued services at the Czech Moravian church in Fayetteville. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis. According to his death certificate, Victor Hromadka was the son of Frank and Rosie (Hruska) Hromadka. He is buried in the Fayetteville Brethren Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, April 26, 1912

Ellinger News Items

Last Friday, Mrs. Theo. Hruska died at her home at Live Oak Hill, at the age of 52 years, after an illness of one week. She was buried Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Ellinger cemetery. She is survived by her husband and several grown children.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Schulenburg Sticker, 10 May 1912


Anna Hruska, age 51yrs., 2mo., 22 days, Uremic Coma, Ross Prairie.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Hruska: Died at Ross Prairie, Sept 26-03, of Strangulation of Bowels, John Hruska, aged 52 yrs and 7 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, Thursday, October 21, 1915

Ellinger, Tex., Oct. 20.—Joseph Hruska, aged about 28 years, died last night after a short illness. He leaves a wife and one child.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Schulenburg Sticker, 7 April 1916


Joseph Hruska, age 31, years, 8 months and 9 days, died Oct 19, 1915, near Ellinger.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, February 22, 1934

Mrs. E. J. Knesek received a message Thursday telling of the death of her daughter, Mrs. Julia Hruska, who died at her home in Oakland, California, at the age of 47 years.  Her remains were brought to Moulton and laid to rest beside those of her husband, Joe Hruska, who preceded her in death four years ago.

Mrs. Hruska was born and reared in our little city; her many friends here are grieved at her death.  Funeral services were conducted from the Catholic Church in Moulton, Tuesday.

The deceased is survived by her three daughters and one son, her mother, two brothers and two sisters, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy in this hour of sorrow.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Colorado County Citizen, 23 Apr 1931, page 1


Thomas Hruska, father of Charles Hruska of this city, was found hanging to a rafter in the smoke house at his home in Ellinger about noon Tuesday by a neighbor. He had been dead since Monday.

Mr. Hruska was a pioneer citizen of the Ellinger section and had taught school and served as justice of the peace and surveyor. He was born in Austria and came to this country with his parents at the age of two years.

Four sons and one daughter survive him.

San Antonio Express, Saturday, April 25, 1931

LA GRANGE, Tex., April 24.— Tom Hruska, 76, a pioneer Fayette County citizen of Ellinger, took his own life by hanging, in the smokehouse at his home Tuesday.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, interment in the S. S. P. S. Cemetery at Ellinger, the Rev. Mr. Horak of Caldwell officiating.

Over 75 years of deceased's life were spent in Fayette County. He was a county and public surveyor for more than fifty years, also served his precinct as justice of the peace and constable, and taught school for a number of years.

Deceased is survived by six children, four sons, Charles of Columbus, Henry of East Bernard, Ed of Ellinger and Dr. Tom Hruska of Wesley; ;wo daughters, Mrs. Tom Vavra of Wesley and Mrs. William Dockett of East Bernard, and a large number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Express obituary submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 7 Jun 1935, page 1


During the prevalence of a series of thunder showers in this section last Friday afternoon, Bennie Hubbard, 40-year-old negro farmer of the Holman section, and his two sons fled from the heavy downpour of rain and took refuge under a tree. They had been working in the field. They had hardly got settled under the tree when lightning struck, killing the father instantly and stunning both of the boys, one of them so seriously that it was doubted for a while whether he would live. We understand Bennie and one of his sons were badly burned by the lightning. This happened a few miles north of Weimar.


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Nov 1919


Colored List.

Near Flatonia, of nephritis, Gearge Hubberd, born in 1846.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Obzor Hospodárský, Friday, May 1, 1908

Jan Hubenák of řádu Pokrok Texasu, čís. 1, zemřel dne 4. dub. 1908, na zápal plic. K Jednotě přistoupil 6. břez. 1902. Zaměstnáním byl rolníkem. Čís. certifikátu 2135 a dle stanov oprávněn jest k podpoře v částce $1000.

Jan Hubeňák from the order of Progress Texas, no. 1, [Fayetteville] died on 4 Apr. 1908 of pneumonia. He joined the Union on 6 March 1902. By occupation he was a farmer. The certificate number is 2135 and is authorized by the statutes to support in the amount of $1000.

Translated by Alfred Ermis and submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, Sunday, March 7, 1909

Ellinger, Tex., March 5.—John Hubenak of this place died this evening at 5 o'clock at the age of 48 years. He was sick a long time. He was a member of the C.S.P.S. and S.P.J.S.T. lodges. His remains will be laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery at Live Oak, near Ellinger, tomorrow afternoon.

He leaves a wife and seven children.

Obzor Hospodárský, Thursday, April 1, 1909

Tímto se vám oznamuje že br. Jan Hubenák od řádu Věrnost, čís. 51. zemřel dne 5. března 1909, stár jsa 47 roků, na žaludečního raka. K Jednotě přistoupil 17. července 1904. Zaměstnáním byl rolníkem. Číslo certifikátu 2966 a dle stanov oprávněn jest k podpoře v částce $1000.

You are hereby notified that br. Jan Hubeňák from lodge Věrnost, no. 51 died on March 5, 1909, being 47 years old, of stomach cancer. He joined the society on July 17, 1904. By occupation he was a farmer. Certificate number 2966 and according to the articles of the society is authorized aid in the amount of $1000.00.

Obzor Hospodárský, Thursday, March 18, 1909

Ellinger, 8. března. - Jan Hubenák po dlouho trvající nemoci ode,bral se tam, odkud není více návratu. Skonal tiše v pátek večer 5. března a byl v sobotu dne 6 t.m. pochován na kat. hřbitově na Liveockhillu. Pohřební obřady vykonal vdp. Jos. Chromčik z Fayetteville. Účastenství při pohřbu bylo ohromné, což dokazuje jaké vážnosti se zesnulý těšil.

Jakmile se roznesla zpráva, že výše jmenovaný br. zemřel, každý spěchal, aby zesnulému poslední poctu projevil a k poslednímu odpočinku jej doprovodil. V sobotu 6. t.m. odpoledne z blízka i z dáli sjížděly se povozy k domu smutku, kdež vykonal obřady br. Peter Hubenák. Pak ubíral se průvod s pohřebním vozem směrem k Ellinger. Prúvodu súčastnily se oba slovanské místní řády, totiž řád Čechomoravan Č.S.P.S., a náš řád Věrnost, čís. 51. S.P.J.S.T. s odznaky a prapory. Pak hnul se prúvod ku spolkové budově řádu Čechomoravan, odkud po vykonání řádových obřadů, nastoupil průvod cestu ku kat. kostelu na Liveokhill.

V kostele nad rakvi zesnulého pronesl dojemnou řeč vdp. Josef Chromčík. Vylíčil život i přičinu smrti zesnulého, a zdělil shromážděným, že on oddal zesnulého s jeho manželkou roku 1880. Řeč jeho byla vskutku dojemná, za což zasluhuje všechnu čest, jak od katolíků tak i nekatolíků. Většina kat. duchovenstva zatracuje řády, které nejsou náboženské (katolické) obzvláště spolek Č.S.P.S. Ale tento výše jmenovaný, lidumilný kat. duchovní správce nejen že na žádný podpůrný spolek nenarážel ale ač dobře věděl, že zesnulý ku spolku Č.S.P.S. náležel, jej, totiž našeho spolubratra, jmenem "náš spolubratr Jan Hubenák" pří své řeči oslovil.

Řeč jeho učinila hluboký dojem na posluchače, takže které oko zůstalo suché, ba i hlasitý vzlykot bylo často mezi posluchači slyšeti. Po oné řeči p. Karel Čmajdalka se slečnou dcerou zapěl při zvucích varhan krásnou pohřební písen a pak zahrál ku postě zesnu lého pohřební pochod na varhany. Z kostela ubíral se průvod na místo posledního odpočinku, kdež tělesné pozůstatky zesnulého spolubratra odevzdány byly do lůna matričky země. Duch jeho však dosud žije a žíti bude v myslích i srdcích jeho milých pozůstalých, jak pokrevných příbuzných tak i nás, spolubratrů, sousedu a známých.

Náš zesnulý spolubratr byl muž v každém ohledu řádný, jak v rodině své co manžel a otec, tak co dobrý a řádný občan a člen řádů k nimž přináležel. Nemýlímli se, byl zakládajícím členem řádu Čechomoravan Č.S.P.S. a řádu Věrnost S.P.J.S.T. Každý kdo jej znal, cítí hluboký zármutek nad jeho předčasnou smrtí.

Zesnulý byl asi 46 roků stár a zanechává truchlící manželku a 7 dítek; 3 synové a 4 dcery z nichž 4 jsou již zaopatření. Truchlícím pozůstalým projevuji svou upřímnou soustrast a zesnulému budiž země lehká a čest nehynoucí budiž jeho památce !

Ellinger, 8. March. -Jan Hubenák after a long illness, he went where there is no more return. He died quietly on Friday night 5. March and was on Saturday 6 June and was buried in the Catholic cemetery at Live Oak Hill. Funeral rites performed Rev. Jos. Chromčik from Fayetteville. Attendance at the funeral was immense, which shows the kind of respect the deceased enjoyed.

As soon as the news spread that the above-named Br. died, everyone rushed to pay a last homage to the deceased and accompanied him to his final rest. Saturday 6. this month in the afternoon from near and far carriages arrived to the House of mourning, where Br. Peter Hubenák conducted the rites. Then followed the procession with a hearse toward Ellinger. The funeral procession included both Slavic local orders, the order of the Čechomoravan Č.S.P.S., and our order of fidelity, no. 51. S.P.J.S.T. with badges and banners. Then the funeral procession moved to the Čechomoravan building, where after execution of the order's rites, all joined the procession to the Church on the Live Oak Hill.

In the church Rev. Josef Chromčík gave a moving speech over the coffin of the deceased. He portrayed the life and cause of death of the deceased, and told those gathered that he dedicated the deceased to his wife in 1880. The speech was really touching, for which he deserves all the honor from both Catholics and non-Catholics. Most Catholic clergy condemn orders that are not religious (Catholic) especially Association ČSPS. But the above-named, philanthropic Catholic spiritual leader not only mentioned ČSPS the deceased belonged to, but also named our Society during his speech.

His speech made a profound impression on the listener, so that no eye remained dry, and even loud sobs was often heard among the listeners. . After the speech, Karel Čmajdalka played the organ, and he and his young daughter sang a beautiful funeral song. At the end of the services, he then played the funeral march. The procession walked from the Church to the place of the last rest, where the mortal remains of the deceased lodge brother were buried of into the bosom of the mother earth. However, his spirit still lives, and will live in the minds and hearts of his beloved survivors, his blood relatives as well as us lodge brothers, and neighbors and acquaintances.

Our late confrere was a man in every respect, fair, both in his family as husband and father, and a good and proper citizen and member of the order to which was a member. If I am not mistaken, he was a founding member of the Chapter Čechomoravan ČSPS and Chapter Věrnost of the S.P.J.S.T. Society. Everyone who knew him, felt deep sorrow at his untimely death.

The deceased was about 46 years old and leaves behind a grieving wife and 7 children; 3 sons and 4 daughters, of which 4 are already adults and on their own. Grieving survivors, I am showing you my sincere condolences and may his country be light and honor to his memory be eternal !

Translated by Alfred Ermis and submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 May 1912, page 1


Jessie Huchmeick, age 1yr., 5mo. Pueperal Eclampsia, near Round Top.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Galveston Daily News, August 8, 1867

MORE KILLING.—The Columbus (Colorado co.) Times of the 3d records the killing of Mr. L. G. [sic.] De Graffenried and a young man named Hudson in the edge of the county of Fayette, on the previous Wednesday. The parties had a difficulty about De Graffenreid's hogs getting into a field which the two young Messrs. Hudson had rented from him. On Wednesday Mr. G. heard of the boys setting the dogs on the hogs—one account says shooting them—and rode into the field where they were . He remonstrated, and finally attempted to correct the younger Hudson—shoving the boy with his gun, he being still on horseback. The elder Hudson told aim [sic.] if he did not desist he would kill him; but Mr. De G. did not appear to notice him, and puushed the boy again with his gun, whereupon the elder Hudson drewa pistol and shot Mr. De Graffenreid through the heart. As the latter was falling he levelled his gun on the elder Hudson and inflicted a mortal wound, of which he soon died—De Graffenreid falling off his horse and expiring almost instantly. The Times says:

Of young Hudson we have no knowledge, but learn that he was an industrious, peaceable young man. Mr. De Graffenreid was a gentleman of character and good standing. The difficulty must have been the result of sudden passion.

Thomas E. DeGraffenreid, buried in the Clear Creek Cemetery in Colorado County, was paying property taxes in Fayette County in the 1860s and no record has been found of an L. G. DeGraffenreid. Hudson's first name and burial place are unknown.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, August 21, 1947

Columbus Woman Dies Of Accident Hurts

Mrs. Ellie Huebel, 49, wife of Emil Huebel of near Columbus, passed away late Saturday of injuries sustained in an automobile accident at Columbus a week before.

Funeral services were held in the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel, Monday, August 18 with the Rev. Wolf officiating.  Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery at Columbus.

The deceased was born in Industry on October 29, 1897 and in 1928, she was united in marriage with Emil Huebel in La Grange.

Surviving are her husband, Emil Huebel; father, Leo Braun of Round Top; one daughter, Miss Mae Dell Huebel of Columbus; one son, Virga Huebel and one step-son, Emil J. Huebel both of Columbus; three sisters, Mrs. Louis (Elsie) Schaper of New Ulm, Mrs. Oscar E. (Adelia) Linnstoedter of Shelby and Mrs. Leon (Leona) Heintschel of Ellinger; and four brothers, Alfred, and Oscar Braun of Industry, August Braun of Houston and Manfred Braun of West Point.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Sealy News, Thursday, January 11, 1979

Last rites for Mrs. Emma Huebel, 93, of Sealy were held January 3, at 3 p.m. at Koenig Funeral Home Chapel in La Grange with the Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating. Interment was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Huebel passed away January 2 in the Sealy Hospital.

Born October 26. 1885 in La Grange, she was the daughter of the late Ernst and Caroline Horak Nitschke. She was then married to Henry D. Huebel on October 22, 1912, in La Grange. She resided there until 1965 when she moved to Houston. She was a Sealy resident for the past eight years. Mrs. Huebel was the last surviving member of the Ernst Nitschke, Sr. family, a pioneer Fayette county family.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Otto (Louise) Heinrich and one son, Lawrence Huebel, both of Sealy; three grandchildren, Paul and John Heinrich of Houston and Mrs. Gary Chase of Pearland: and a great-granddaughter, Kimberly Chase of Pearland.

Mrs. Huebel was preceded in death by her husband, and one son, Ernest J. Huebel.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 3, 1938

John Huebel

John Huebel, aged 81 years, died at the home of his son, Emil Huebel, near Zapp, Wednesday morning.  He is survived by the following children:

Emil and Henry Huebel of Zapp, Otto and Willie Huebel of La Grange, Frank Huebel of Columbus, Mrs. Louise Buxkemper of Slaton; also one brother Robert Huebel of near La Grange.

Deceased lived with his son Emil; the family found him in his room dead, according to all particulars obtainable this, Wednesday afternoon.  When the son and his wife left to look after the milking chores as was their wont, the father was in his room in a chair.  When they returned and went to his room, they found him dead in bed.  A shot gun was nearby.

Funeral services will be held Friday morning; interment will be made at Live Oak Hill, near Ellinger.
Contributed by Rob Brown

Weimar Mercury, 11 Feb 1938, page 2


John Huebel, 80-year-old retired farmer, died at his home near Ellinger about noon Wednesday of self-inflicted wounds.

Mr. Huebel was born in Austria on Feb. 26, 1857. When a young man he emigrated to Texas and settled first in Colorado county, and was married at Live Oak Hill to Miss Carolina Hans some time later. For the past sixty years he was a resident of this county, and was a member of the Catholic Church. —LaGrange Record.


La Grange Journal, August 7, 1941:


D. A. JUREN, Agent and Correspondent


Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic church at Hostyn (near Ellinger), Friday morning at 8:00 o’clock for Mrs. Mary Huebel, aged 75 years; Rev. In. Raska officiated.

Mrs. Huebel, nee Mary Brokmeyer, had been a life-long resident of this section.  She was united in marriage with --- [sic] Burger when still a young woman; her husband died about 45 years ago, and about 42 years ago she was united in marriage with Frank Huebel.  Born at Frelsburg, Mrs. Huebel enjoyed a wide circle of friends.  She died after a short illness at 7:00 o’clock Wednesday evening.

Surviving are her husband Frank Huebel; three sons, Otto Burger and August Burger of Halsted, and Emil Huebel of here, and one daughter, Mrs. Otto Witte of Bernardo.  To the grief-stricken survivors we offer sincere sympathy.
Transcribed by Judy Rowe Koehl


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 1, 1938

Robert Huebel, Sr.

Robert Huebel, Sr., aged 69 years and 18 days, ill for 7 months, died at his home west from La Grange, Monday, Nov. 28.  He was a member of the Plum Catholic church, also of the La Grange Burial Association.  The body was brought to the Koenig Funeral Home where it lay in state until Wednesday morning, and then taken to the Plum church, where Requiem Mass was held, Rev. Paul P. Kaspar officiating.  Interment was in the new cemetery at La Grange.

Deceased is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ida Huebel, 4 sons, Robt. Jr., Fayetteville; Albert, Vastine and Lee Huebel, La Grange; 4 daughters, Mrs. Josephine Monday, Dallas; Mrs. Millie Polasek, Misses Lena and Annie Huebel, La Grange, and one brother, Frank Huebel, Ellinger.

He was born November 10, 1869 and had lived in this section of Texas all his life.  He was married to Miss Ida Karstedt at Columbus, in 1898.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Daily Tribune, Bay City, Texas, June 11, 1948

Andrew Huebner, Pioneer Cattleman Matagorda County, Dies At Age 94

First Came To County In 1886 To Raise Cattle

Mr. Andrew Huebner, pioneer cattleman of Matagorda County, died Thursday evening at 8 o’clock, following an illness of long duration.  He was 94 years of age and until recently was still “riding the range” with the younger cowboys on his spread.

It was in 1886, sixty two years ago, when Mr. Huebner was then a man of 32 with many tales of the Civil War still vividly in his mind, that he came to Matagorda County from Fayette County where he was born near La Grange. He began then to buy land in the county. In 1909 he moved his family here where they have lived since.

Like many members of his family, he was extremely healthy with a constitution which allowed him to perform duties which would have felled many men younger. He thrived on outdoor life and hard work, enjoying his roundups with the enthusiasm of a tender foot.

At 94 one would have considered him at a ripe old age, but he was four years a junior to his sister, Mrs. Lillie Richers who is now 98. And besides Mrs. Richers there is a younger brother surviving, Mr. Franz Huebner who is now 90. Both reside in Bay City. Another brother, Louis, preceded him in death. He too, had reached near the ninety mark at the time of his death.

Mr. Huebner is also survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ada Hurst of Bay City and Mrs. Lola H. Brown of Ft. Worth; one son, M. D. Huebner of Bay City and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Taylor Bros., are in charge of the arrangements but announcement of the funeral is withheld awaiting arrival of relatives.

Contributed by Rob Brown



The Post’s Texas News Service, Matagorda County, December 1950

Huebner Rites At Bay City Are Set Today

BAY CITY, Dec 13 – Matagorda County Wednesday mourned the passing of a beloved pioneer, Franz Huebner, 91, who died at 11:30 PM Tuesday at his ranch home south of here.

MR. HUEBNER, one of the three largest landowners in Matagorda County, had lived in the county 65 years. He was born in La Grange and when he came to the county to settle, Bay City was not in existence.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Thursday in the First Presbyterian Church here with the Rev. John W. Lancaster, the pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Cedarville Cemetery.

He is survived by three sons, Adolph and John A. Huebner of Bay City, and Otto Huebner of Long Beach, Calif; two daughters, Miss Pauline Huebner of Bay City and Mrs. Donald K. Poole of Brazoria; one sister, Mrs. Elise Richers of Bay City, who is 102 years old; and two grandchildren, John A. Huebner Jr. and Mrs. Robert Coppock, both of Bay City.

Mr. Huebner was the first person to plant rice in Matagorda County. He also pioneered the building of an irrigation canal system for rice growers of the county.

He and two of his brothers, Louis and Andrew, brought in the first sack of rice of the season for so many years that it became a tradition in the county. Louis lived to be 88 and Andrew died at 94. He also survived a third brother, George, who lived at La Grange.

Most of Matagorda Peninsula was owned by Mr. Huebner, who used it for winter grazing for his cattle, of which he had one of the largest herds in the county.

Mr. Huebner was active in the management of his ranch... a year ago. Besides ...major rice producer ... see oil brought in... erties.

Despite his gr ... of hearing, Mr. Huebner ... amazingly alert...up with current ...last. Friends ...

[The end of the article was torn and incomplete.]
Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, May 7, 1936

Death Claims Aged Native Born Citizen of Fayette, Monday

Although in failing health for the past ten days, yet ever in a cheerful mood, even until Sunday night, and entertaining visitors in his usual friendly manner, George Huebner, one of the oldest native born citizens of Fayette county, died at his farm home shortly after the midnight hour of Sunday.  He seemed to know, however, that the oil was fading fast, and accepted the responsibility with grim resignation.

George Huebner was an interesting character; born on what was in the early days of the county known as the Bluff, on a farm November 6, 1851, he grew to manhood on that farm.  During the more than 84 years, in which he lived in Fayette county, he was very observing and knew much of its history, which he ever delighted to refer to when visited by relatives and friends.

George Huebner was a mere lad when he became a teamster in 1863, and one of which carried cotton into Mexico.  To dwell on the incidents of that period would require several columns, yet the Journal refrains not from saying that his recitals of those days, when it required nerve to be a teamster and when one had to forever remain on guard against the seizure of the staple he was hauling by either the Confederates, the Federals or the Mexican governments.  Yet, all turned out well, and the then young man grew in body, and in mind.

When death claimed George Huebner, it took the last member of the teamster force in this county; his fellow teamster in the days that tried men's souls, was John C. Speckels, who died last year.  With him was buried Tuesday, the voice that often, very often entertained those who were seeking history and adventure stories.

After the civil war closed, and reconstruction days followed George Huebner returned to the farm and remained thereon; he was united in marriage with Miss Lizetta Warnken, early settlers of the Bluff section, and farmed on the same farm first settled by his father.  To this union  -------  children, the first born dying in infancy.  The living children are:  Louis and Miss Helen Huebner of  La Grange; Mrs. Forrest (Annie) McMillan of Ballinger; Geo. L. Huebner of Lane City; Mrs. G. W. (Ella) Albrecht of La Grange and Miss Gussie Huebner, R.N., of San Antonio.

Surviving also, are one sister, Mrs. Eliza Richers of Bay City and three brothers, Andrew, Louis, and Franz Huebner, all of near Bay City.  George Huebner was the first to break the family tie of children born to his parents.  There are also nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild, and several nephews and nieces.

George Huebner, prevailed upon to make the race for County Commissioner of Beat No. 1, entered the race and was elected and served for one term (1899-1900) refusing to stand for re-election.  In closing the reference to an honorable and life-long citizen, the Journal refrains from giving many of  the interesting incidents of the eighty-two years in which he lived only a short distance from La Grange.  In bidding him to rest, we have given the last respects to one who lived in the immediate vicinity of La Grange, and gave
what was at his command to the good of the county.  May he sleep peacefully.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Wharton County Newspaper, December 1952

Services Held For Mr. Huebner Mon.

Mr. George Lee Huebner died at a local hospital following a heart attack on Sunday, December 14th.  Funeral services under the direction of Broughton-Hinze Mortuary were held at the graveside in the City Cemetery Monday afternoon, December 15th, at 4 o’clock.  Rev. John Elder, pastor of the Presbyterian church had charge of the religious service.

Mr. Huebner, who was a prominent farmer and rancher in this section of the state, was born in La Grange on August 13th, 1885.  He was married to Miss Leta Belle Taylor and five sons were born to the union, all of whom survive him.

Mr. Huebner was one of the finest men in the County and his high standard of integrity was matched by his qualities of friendship, sympathetic charity, and feeling for the brotherhood of man.  His fine sons are monuments to his life of devotion to his family.  He was a member of the Presbyterian church.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Leta Taylor Huebner; sons, George Lee, Jr., of Bryan, Marcus of Arlington, Burt Lewis, William Glenn, and David Newsome, all of Lane City; six grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Gus Albrecht of La Grange, and Mrs. Forrest McMillen of Ballinger.

Pall bearers were the five sons of the deceased and Mr. Tolliver Huebner.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, September 15, 1938

Miss Gussie Huebner

Miss Gussie Huebner, aged 45 years, 9 months, and 8 days, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. G. W. Albrecht in La Grange, Saturday, September 9.  The body was taken to the Reichert Funeral Home where it lay in state until Sunday afternoon; it was then conveyed to the Presbyterian church on Travis street, and services were conducted by Rev. Guy B. Duff, local pastor.  Interment was made in the new cemetery.

Miss Huebner was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Huebner. and was born on the farm south of La Grange.  She decided, after reaching womanhood, to become a nurse; impressed with the services a trained nurse renders to a suffering patient, she entered the La Grange Training School and successfully completed her studies and later became a registered nurse.  Her services as such were of the most commendable type.  A few years ago she became afflicted with nerve trouble, and although receiving the best care and medical attention, her affliction refused to yield to treatment and she gradually grew weaker.  It may be said, in respectful mention, that death came as a relief.

Miss Huebner is survived by her two brothers, Louis Huebner of near La Grange and Geo. Huebner of Bay City; her sisters, Mrs. G. W. Albrecht of La Grange and Mrs. Forrest McMillan of Ballinger.  There are several nieces and nephews, and other relatives.  To these we offer sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 July 1904


The citizens of Schulenburg were greatly shocked Thursday last to hear of the death of Mr. Hadden Huebner, which occurred in Cuero, after having an operation performed for appendicites [sic].His remains were brought over Friday and the funeral services were conducted from the residence of Mr. H. Hornor, Rev. J. W. Gates of Weimar officiating, and were tenderly consigned to their last resting place in the city Cemetery at 10 o’clock.

Hadden was a youth of 16 years and had just begun to realize the joys of life, but He who doeth all things well deemed it best and took him to that home on high.

He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Huebner, Fayette county’s most prominent and esteemed citizens, living a few miles northeast of Schulenburg; the entire sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved family in their hour of sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 17, 1936

La Grange Woman Is Fatally Injured In Automobile Accident

Miss Helen Huebner, owner and operator of the Helen-Marie Beauty Shop on Colorado street, died in the Bastrop Hospital Tuesday morning from injuries received in an automobile accident that occurred Sunday afternoon.  In the automobile with Miss Huebner was Mrs. Roy Head, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hlinsky and Miss Lillian Hartmann.  Pitcher Hlinsky had fulfilled a contract to pitch in a ball game at Temple.

The accident has been described to the Journal reporter in several ways, each different; it appears, however, that in driving on the highway, following a rain, the machine skidded, when near Bastrop, struck the loose shoulder of the highway and crashed down the 15-foot embankment.  When help arrived it was fund that Miss Huebner's injuries were such as to warrant her being rushed to the Bastrop Hospital a mile or two distant.

Mrs. Head is, as this is being prepared for the paper, a patient at the La Grange Hospital, and is in a dazed condition.  When visiting the Hospital she could not be seen by the reporter, who was informed that she was to be denied all visitors for the day.  Mr. and Mrs. Hlinsky and Mrs. Hartmann received minor injuries.

While hopes were entertained that Miss Huebner's injuries were not as serious as reported, these hopes were shattered when Louis Huebner, a brother, and Miss Gussie Huebner, a sister, returned to La Grange late Monday with the statement that "it was, according to their opinion, a matter of hours."  Miss Huebner died Tuesday morning.  Mrs. G. W. Albrecht, also a sister, was at the bedside of the patient.

Miss Huebner was the eldest daughter of the late Geo. Huebner, who died last May.  For the past eight years she conducted a beauty shop at her home in this city, and was very successful.  She is survived by two brothers, Louis of La Grange and Geo. L. Huebner of Bay City; Mrs. Forrest (Annie) McMillan of Ballinger, Mrs. G. W. (Ella) Albrecht of La Grange and Miss Gussie Huebner, R.N., of  La Grange.

The body was brought to La Grange, Tuesday and taken to the Koenig Funeral Home, and later to Miss Huebner's home, where funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock, Rev. J. E. Roth officiating.  Interment was had at the new cemetery.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, 25 Oct 1894

The Journal regrets to learn that Mr. J.A. Huebner, an old and highly respected citizen of this county, died Monday, Oct. 22, 1894, at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. Emil Richers, of Bluff neighborhood. He was born Nov. 28, 1814. His remains, we understand, were interred yesterday at the Lewis Cemetery near Cedar. The Journal extends to the surviving relatives its sincere sympathy in their bereavement.


Weimar Mercury, 12 Oct 1961, page 1

Final Rites for Joseph Huebner, 92, Held Oct. 2

Funeral Rites for Joseph Huebner, 92, of Schulenburg, were held Monday, Oct. 2, at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg.

Burial was in ther church cemetery. The Rev. Eustace Hermes officiated.

A retired farmer, Mr. Huebner was born Jan. 9, 1869, in Austria, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andreas Huebner. He came to this country in 1891 and married Miss Marie Malcher at Weimar. They settled on a farm here and later lived in the St. John community for some years before moving to Schulenburg. He was a member of St. Rose Church and the Sons of Hermann Lodge.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Joe C. (Adela) Anders of Schulenburg, Mrs. R. L. (Irene) Kuester of Houston, Mrs. John D. (Erma) Harrison of Houston; three sons, Alfred and Henry of Schulenburg and Alphonse of Chicago; three sisters, Mrs. Josefa Wiltsch, Mrs. Anna Mendel and Mrs. Aloisia Benesch, all of Germany; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-children[sic.].

Mr. Huebner's wife died 11 years ago. Two brothers, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild also preceded him in death.


The La Grange Journal, April 10, 1924

Mrs. Lizzie Huebner

Friday morning Mrs. Lizzie Huebner, wife of George Huebner, died at the family residence on Colorado street, following an illness that had lasted for a period of months.  Mrs. Huebner, it may be said, came to her death as a relief from much suffering.  Devoted to her children, her departure will leave a vacancy, such as time alone shall heal.  We deeply sympathize with the husband and the sons and daughters; death comes into a home when we would strive to defeat its approach, but as the flowers bud and bloom in Spring, and the leaves fall with the first blast from the North, so inevitably we must all pay the common debt.

Mrs. Huebner, was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Warnken, early settlers of this section.  For many years the family resided upon a farm several miles from La Grange, and only a few years since removed to La Grange.  The separation or dissolution that has now occurred is the pang of sorrow that only those who have experienced a similar affliction can well appreciate.  She enjoyed the great privilege, however, of seeing her children become grown, and to them was the comfort and solace that a dutiful child finds.

Sunday afternoon they carried her remains to the new cemetery and placed them to rest; in attendance upon the last rites were sympathizing relatives and friends from the town and country and from neighboring cities.  Beneath a bed of beautiful flowers she sleeps peacefully.

The sympathy of the entire community is offered to the husband, the children, Misses Helen and Gussie, Louis and Mrs. Gus. Albrecht of La Grange, Geo. Huebner of Bay City, Mrs. Forrest McMillan, Ballinger.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, June 15, 1944

Former Citizen Dies At Bay City

News came Wednesday morning to the Journal that Louis Huebner, last of the three Huebners of near La Grange and of the original Huebner family, had died at his home in Bay City, Tuesday.  He was, according to our informant, about 80 years of age, and had removed from Fayette county 40 years ago.  Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 4:00 o'clock.

The Daily Tribune, Bay City, Texas, Wednesday, June 14, 1944 

Louis Huebner, Pioneer Cattleman Dies At Ranch Home Early Today

Resident of County For 60 Years, Was 88 Years of Age

Louis Huebner, 88, pioneer of this section of the state and resident here at his ranch just south of Bay City for 60 years, died at his home on the Huebner Ranch this morning at 1 a. m.

With his brothers, Mr. Louis Huebner settled in Matagorda county in 1884. They became large land owners and cattlemen. Mr. Huebner did not confine his activities to ranching however as he became interested in rice farming as well as other phases of agriculture. Up until a few months ago he actively engaged in his business. He retired due to ill health about six months ago.

He is survived by his sister, Mrs. Elise Richers and two brothers, Andrew and Franz Huebner.

Funeral Services, from the Presbyterian Church, with Reverend Ernest Deutsch officiating, will be held Thursday at 4 in the afternoon. His remains will lie in state at the Presbyterian Church from 3 to 4 Thursday afternoon. Taylor Bros. are in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 25, 1947

Louis Huebner, 70, Expires Suddenly

Louis Huebner, 70, passed away suddenly near La Grange late Saturday of a heart attack.

Mr. Huebner had been to his farm, about seven miles south of La Grange, and was enroute to his home here when his pickup became stuck.  He evidently exhausted himself trying to extricate the vehicle, and then sent a Negro for help.  When the colored man returned, Mr. Huebner was slumped over in the cab.  Peace Justice Lloyd Dippel held the inquest and rendered a verdict of death due to natural causes.

Mr. Huebner was born in the Bluff community on April 14, 1877, and had been a resident of this area all his life.  He was never married.

Funeral was held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Guy B. Duff officiating, and burial was in the New City Cemetery.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Forest McMillan of Ballinger and Mrs. Gus Albrecht of La Grange; and one brother, George L. Huebner, Jr. of Lane City.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Victoria Advocate, June 23, 2007

HOUSTON - Funeral services for Bernice Picha Huehlefeld, 69, of Houston, will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 25, 2007, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Weimar.

A rosary will be recited at 6 p.m., on Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Hubbard Funeral Chapel.

Interment will be at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Cemetery in Dubina.

Friends may call Hubbard Funeral Chapel after 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2007.

Survivors: sisters, Margaret Smolik of Hallettsville, Genevive Pekar of Sweet Home, Annie Penner of Alvin and Mildred Lillie of Houston; and nieces and nephews.

Hubbard Funeral Home, Weimar, 979-725-8561.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 Aug 1916


Mrs. Ida Huene, age 54 years, 8 months and 3 days, died June 18, near LaGrange.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 15, 1955

Edward Huepers Sr. Dies in Galveston

Edward Huepers Sr., 68, passed away in Galveston on Sunday, Dec. 4, and last rites were held Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Broadway Funeral Home in that city with interment in the Oleander Cemetery.

Mr. Huepers was a resident of the Holman area for many years and was a native of Weimar where he was born on Nov. 17, 1897.

His survivors include his [wife] the former Miss Annie Goodman of Holman; two daughters, Mrs. E. R. Knehans of League City and Mrs. Thomas Pederson Jr. of Galveston; three sons, Johhnie Huepers and Edward Huepers Jr. of Galveston and William Huepers with the U. S. Army in Korea; three sisters, Mrs. Martha Selzer of Holman, Mrs. Sophia Oncken and Mrs. Ella Palmer of Victoria; one brother, Pete Huepers of Weimar; and six-grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, June 15, 1945

Memorial Services Held Sunday for Pfc. Geo. Huepers

Memorial services were held at the Evangelical Lutheran church in Weimar Sunday morning for Private (First Class) George Reinhard Huepers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Huepers. Rev. C. Emigholz, the pastor, delivered the memorial message.

Pfc. Huepers died April 20, 1945, from wound received on Okinawa Island on April 14. He had attained the age of 22 years, 7 months and 7 days. He entered the service November 23, 1942. He was stationed at Camp Roberts, Calif., and later was sent to Seattle, Wash. From there he was transferred to Fort Ord, Calif., and then back to Seattle, Wash. He left for overseas duty in September 1943, and served in Honolulu and Hawaii, and in November arrived in the Philippines. About the first of April he was sent to the Okinawa theater where he received his fatal wounds.

Mr. and Mrs. Huepers have two other sons n the service. T-5 Pete W. Huepers in Italy and Cpl. Chas. G. Huepers in Germany.

Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1949, page 1

Military Reburial For Pfc. Huepers Held Here Sunday

Reinterment services for Pfc. Geo. R. Huepers, young Weimar soldier who lost his life in fighting on Okinawa nearly four years ago, were held from Hubbard Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, with Rev. C. Emigholz officiating.

Full military honors were accorded by members of the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, assisted by Sgt. Willingham of the Army, who had accompanied the body here Saturday. Reburial was made in the City Cemetery.

Pfc. Huepers, the son of Pete E. and Louise Schneider Huepers, was born near Holman September 13, 1922, living on his parents' farm there until entering the Army November 23, 1942. After being stationed at several posts in California and Washington, he was sent overseas in September, 1943. He served a few months near Honolulu, Hawaii, and in November, 1944, was sent to the Philippines. In the early part of April, 1945, he was sent with fighting forces to Okinawa, where he was seriously wounded April 14. Five days later he succumbed, and was buried there.

For his reburial here Sunday, local veterans made up an honor guard, color guard, and firing squad, and nine served as pallbearers. Pallbearers included Ray Seifert, Davis Gindler, George Kloesel, Edwin Haidusek, J. R. Yoder, Gilbert E. Rodgers, Jeff Cernoch, Thomas Kahlich and Fred Vornsand, Jr. A large crowd of veterans and acquaintances attended the funeral.

Pfc. Huepers is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pete E. Huepers of Weimar; eight sisters, Mrs. Chas. H. Schwegmann of Weimar, Mrs. Louise Baca of Houston, Mrs. Rudolph J. Hercik, Misses Sophie, Lillie, Georgia, Viola and Pauline Huepers of Weimar; two brothers, Pete W. and Charlie G. Huepers of Weimar; and four nieces.

See WWII pages for additional information.
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, January 26, 1934, page 4

A little baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Huepers, only a week old, died Monday and was buried the following day. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family. [Buried in Brandt Cemetery.]

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, November 11, 1932, page 5

We understand that a little baby of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Huepers of this section died the first of the week, but we were unable to learn any further particulars. [Buried in Brandt Cemetery.]

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 July 1903

Death Record.

Huttel: Died at LaGrange, July 14th 03, of typhoid fever, Arnold Huettel, aged 8 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Dallas Morning News, 17 December, 1899

Ended Her Life

Mrs. Huettel Jumped Into a Deep Well at LaGrange

LaGrange, Tex., Dec. 16—Mrs. H. Huettel, aged 62 years, yesterday evening about supper time committed suicide by jumping into a deep well at her home in this city.

She was missed at the supper table and a search disclosed the sad ending. Her husband had died about four or five months ago and she was heard to say shortly before the deed that she wanted to go to her husband.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson


La Grange Journal, August 4, 1938



Another La Grange born citizen, R. T. Huettel, crossed the Great Divide early Tuesday morning; Mr. Huettel had been in failing-health for several months but, in the manner characteristic of the man, he carried on, believing that he would conquer the approach of the reaper and enjoy good health again. He was taken to the La Grange Hospital at the week-end and given every attention possible, by surgeon and nurse, but his age and the ravage of the disease proved too great a detriment.

Evidently Mr. Huettel knew that the light was soon to fade; those gathered about his hospital cot were giyen evidence of this as he spoke of the last journey and outlined some of- the wishes he desired to be fulfilled. He seemed to accept the the [sic.] verdict with calmness and in the same manner that he bore his affliction, calmly and reserved, he drifted on Tuesday morning.

For many years Mr. Huettel was engaged in business, conducting a general merchandise store in the building now occupied by Spears' Dairy, later removing to the building now occupied by Louis Klein & Son. He retired several years ago and has since remained at his home, occasionally about the square to meet with friends, but generally assisting in the chores about the home and garden.
Interested in the public schools of the county he became a county trustee and served for 14 years as president of the County Board. He made a good official and his decisions were ever to the welfare of the school children of the rural sections. He was born in La Grange, October 31, 1864.

Mr. Huettel was united in marriage with Miss Christine Knigge in February 1897 and for a number of years the eouple farmed near Ammannsville; they came to La Grange in 1899 when Mr. Huettel engaged in business. Beside his wife, he is survived by two sons: E. R. Huettel of Smithville and Milton E. Huettel of Burnet; there is one grandchild. Three sons, one an infant, preceded him. One sister, Mrs. Florence Fietsam of Ammannsville, also survives.

Funeral services were held at the St. Paul Lutheran church Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 o'clock, Rev. R.
Heise officiating. Interment was
made in the new cemetery. Koenig
Funeral Home were in charge of the funeral.


Colorado Citizen, July 9, 1885


Mrs. Frank Huff, niece of Mrs. J. A. Stulting, died in this place the eveing of the 27th inst., and was buried in the family burying groud at Pecan, Fayette county. “When we are in life we are in the midst of death.”

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, 23 May 1891, page 3

SCHULENBURG, Tex., May 16.—Nathan Huff was called to his door and shot with a pistol to-night by Henry Hardy. Huff died instantly and Hardy escaped. Officers are in pursuit of Hardy. Both parties are negroes, and no cause is assigned for the killing. Hardy has served a term in the penitentiary, but has recently been at work on a farm near here.


Weimar Mercury, December 12, 1963, page 1

Bill Hughes Killed In Bridge Crash

Funeral services will be held Friday morning for Bill Hughes, 65-year-old retired cafe operator, who was killed shortly before noon Tuesday when his pickup truck hit a bridge bannister on Highway 90.

Mr. Hughes, who operated “Bill’s Place” on the eastern edge of Schulenburg for 26 years, was driving toward Schulenburg when the truck struck the railing of Middle Creek bridge at about 11:40 a.m.

He had retired from the cafe business last July and was raising cattle. Born at Hackberry, southwest of Schulenburg, he was a lifelong resident of the Schulenburg area. His dine-and-dance place was one of the most popular spots during the ‘30s and ’40s. His wife is the former Miss Sophie Marek of this area.

Services will be held at 9:45 a.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, continuing at 10 in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery here. Rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 7 p.m. Thursday.

In addition to his widow, Mr. Hughes is survived by two sons, Rev. Harold J. Hughes of Los Angeles, Calif., and Roy Hughes, student in Rome, Italy; one daughter, Mrs. Don (Rose Marie) DeFonce of Memphis, Tenn.; four grandchildren; two brothers, Ed of near Conroe and Milton of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Annabelle Sladek and Mrs. Esther Foelkel of Houston and Mrs. Ethel Nelson of Pineville, La.; and his stepmother, Mrs. Charles Hughes of Shiloh.


Schulenburg Sticker, July 3, 2012

Adella J. Humplik

Adella J. Humplik passed away on Friday, June 29 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center at age 94. She had previously resided at 417 Humplik Lane.

She was born on Feb. 8, 1918 at home in Fayette County in Schulenburg on their farm to Frank and Frances (Stuchly) Vacek, one of six children. On June 25, 1935, she married George Edmund Humplik at St. Rose Catholic Church. She was a 4-H leader for many years for St. Rose School and Bishop Forest High School, which all three of her daughters attended and graduated from. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters for 60 years and a member of St. Rose Church.

Wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she is survived by her daughter, Rose Marie Parma and husband James of Schulenburg and their children Tina Parma Blaschke and husband James of Katy, and James Gerard Parma and wife Angela of Clear Lake; her daughter, Georg Ann King and husband Thomas of Katy and their son Todd and wife Tomasa of El Paso; and her daughter, Margie Cecil and husband Whitt of Flatonia. Other survivors include great-grandchildren Matthew and Michael Blaschke; James Alfred Parma, Magdalene and Jessica Parma; and Max and Duncan King. One special sister-in-law, Hattie Humplik Kalich of Portland, also survives, and one brother, Edwin Vacek and wife Dolores of Schulenburg, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Eddie and Victor Vacek; and two sisters, Albina Kainer and Adrienne Hadac.

Rosary was recited on Sunday, July 1 at 7 p.m at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home by Rev. Tim Kosler, along with a Catholic Daughters rosary. Visitation began at 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial was held at St. Rose Church on Monday, July 2 at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Kosler officiating. Altar servers were Magdalene and Jessica Parma. Offertory gifts were brought up by Max and Duncan King. Organist was Mrs. Anna Marie Huebner. Pallbearers were Todd King, James Gerard Parma, James J. Blaschke, Matthew Blaschke, Michael Blaschke and James Alfred Parma. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Sunday, June 21, 1936


FLATONIA, Tex., June 20.—John Hundl died Friday at the residence of his son, Anton J. Hundl, in Shiner, Texas. He reached the age of 92 years, one month and three days. A native of Czechoslovakia. He had lived in Fayette and Lavaca counties for the past 56 years. Interment was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Praha, Texas, Saturday.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, February 11, 1971

Parkview Resident John F. Hundle Buried at Praha

Funeral services for John F. Hundle, 90, were held Saturday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic church, with burial in the Praha Catholic Cemetery. Rev. O. B. Kahlich officiated.

Mr. Hundle, a retired carpenter, was born and raised at Flatonia but had lived in Houston much of his life. Born Aug. 12, 1880, he was the son of Albert and Anna Jilek Hundle.

He died at 1:40 a.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Parkview Manor after two weeks' illness.

He is survived by one brother, James Hundle of Midland, and 12 nieces and nephews. Four sisters, Mrs. Louise Motyl, Mrs. Anna Hobizal, Mrs. Rose Spann and Mrs. Pauline Pliska, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Loddy Kahanek, John Pechacek, John Veselka, James Hobizal, Louis Hobizal and Ed Skubala.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange newspaper clipping, October 1963


Two La Grange youths, 1963 graduates of La Grange High school, were killed and another from Sinton was injured in a spectacular one-car accident on Highway 71 about three miles east of La Grange shortly after 11 p.m. Friday as they were returning from the football game at Bellville.

Dead in the mishap are David Lee Hunger, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Hunger; and James Hugh Hess, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hughie Hess, all of La Grange.

Injured was Bob McAbee, 18, of Sinton, who was spending the weekend with young Hunger. He was taken to Fayette Memorial hospital by Koenig ambulance and treated for hand and shoulder injuries, and facial bruises. He was taken to Sinton by ambulance Saturday afternoon.

Hess was a student at Blinn college, Brenham; and Hunger was attending A&I college at Kingsville. McAbee also is enrolled at A&I.

Patrolman A. F. Hall, who investigated along with sheriff's officers, reported the 1961 Corvair in which the youths were riding westward on the highway, swerved across the pavement to the left side of the shoulder and struck a liveoak tree broadside with the passenger side of the car. The impact pulled the tree out of the ground, ripped off the treetop and the car carried it part-way as it rolled over several times. The car landed on what remained of its top, and the tree trunk was hurled across the fence.

Justice of the Peace A. V. Smith held the inquest at the scene, rendering accident death verdicts. Officers said Hunger and Hess were killed instantly. Hess and McAbee were thrown out of the car, and Hunger was pinned in the front seat of the wreckage.

Officers added that Hunger, owner of the car, apparently was the driver. McAbee said he was asleep on the back seat.
The totally demolished car was brought to Brasher Motor Co. here, where it was viewed by hundreds over the weekend.
Young Hunger was born here Sept. 27, 1944 and Hess was born on Dec. 20, 1944, also in La Grange.

Funeral services for Hunger were held the Koenig Funeral Home chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Paul A. Grout Jr. officiating. Burial was in the La Grange City cemetery. Surviving are his parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Hunger, all of La Grange, and Mrs. Rebecca Terrell of Austin.

Rites for Hess were conducted at the Koenig chapel at 4 p.m. Sunday by the Rev. Mr. Grout, and burial was in the city cemetery. He leaves his parents; brother, Gerald Martin Hess, all of La Grange; and his grandfather and step-grandmother, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Hess of Victoria.

The deaths brought the Fayette county traffic toll to 13 for the year. Sheriff's office records show that 10 of them resulted from one-car mishaps.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Austin American-Statesman, Sunday, November 15, 1987

Frances Richers Hunger

Frances Richers Hunger, age 95, of Austin and La Grange, died Friday.  She was born May 18, 1892, in La Grange, Texas, the daughter of Emil Richers and Elise Huebner Richers.  She received a teaching certificate by attending classes conducted in La Grange and graduated with honors from the Normal.  She taught in the Fayette County Schools at Halstead and Bluff from 1911-1916.  After teaching several years, she was married to Fred William Hunger who preceded her in death in September, 1963.  She was active in church work, civic activities, and educational activities in La Grange, prior to moving to Austin to live with her daughter in 1961 when illness of her husband necessitated the move.  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Regina H. Welge of Austin; grandson, Jack H. Welge, Jr., Longview; a granddaughter-in-law, Mrs. Ava Avent Welge, (Mrs. Jack H. Welge, Jr.); two great-grandchildren, Kirsten Welge and Kathleen Welge of  Longview; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Alma Richers, Smithville; and many nieces, nephews and friends.  Services, 1:30 PM, Sunday, Weed-Corley Funeral Home, Austin, Texas, and graveside services at 4:00 PM, Sunday at La Grange City Cemetery, La Grange, Texas.  Honorary pallbearers are Willie Kosurek, Herman Jones, John T. Patterson, Roland Anderson, Charles Dent, Stephen Brougher, Homer Grubbs and Colin Bobbitt.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the charity of your choice.  Arrangements by Weed-Corley Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, 452-8811.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Fayette County Record, October 1, 1963

F. W. Hunger, Retired Merchant and City Benefactor, Expires

Fred W. (Fritz) Hunger, 85, a retired La Grange businessman, passed away Saturday night a Seton hospital in Austin, where he had resided with his daughter, Mrs. Jack H. Welge, for the past two years.

Mr. Hunger was brought to the Koenig Funeral Home Sunday afternoon and taken to the Travis Street Methodist church at 1:30 p.m. Monday where funeral services were held at 3:30, Dr. James Wm. Morgan of Austin and Rev. Paul A. Grout Jr. officiated.  Burial was in the La Grange city cemetery.

Born November 21, 1877, he was the son of Carl August and Augusta Tell Hunger and was a lifelong resident of La Grange.  He was associated with his late brother, Otto A. Hunger, in the mercantile business, a Wells Fargo agency, and the Hunger Variety store from 1903 until retirement in 1946.  He was active in the local chamber of commerce and served as a city councilman for years.  He was an interested member in the formation of the Fayette County Fair Assn., and an early stockholder in the Farmers Lumber Co. and The First National Bank.

Mr. Hunger was interested in developing pecans and raising registered cattle on his farm, was an active oil and minerals scout, member of an orchestra, and developed many interesting inventions.

He was married on November 21, 1915, to Frances Julia Richers, who survives.  In addition to his wife, daughter and son-in-law, he is survived by a grandson, Jack Welge Jr. of Austin, and a cousin Fritz Tell of Weimar.

His brother and business associate, Otto, passed away in August 25, 1960.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Fayette County Record, May 2005


Funeral services for Leon (Rudy) Hunger, 84, of La Grange were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 2, at the Koenig & Strickland Chapel with Rev. Randy Ford officiating. Interment will follow in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Hunger died Friday evening, April 29, in a La Grange nursing home.

He was born Nov. 3, 1920 in the O'Quinn Community, the son of Rudolf and Emma (Mach) Hunger. He married Lorene Terrell on Aug. 21, 1943 in La Grange. He was a truck driver for 47 years, driving for Dittlinger Feed Company for 26 years, the bookmobile for the Fayette Public Library and the last 10 years for the City of La Grange.Survivors include his wife of 61 years; two sisters-in-law, Jerry Terrell of Elgin and Lucille Terrell of Boling.He is preceded in death by his parents and son, David Hunger.Memorial may be made to any favorite charity.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Weimar Mercury
29 Oct 1898

LaGrange, Tex., Oct. 23.—Mr. Oswald Hunger, a prosperous farmer living at Cedar, about six miles west of here, shot himself fatally with a 32-caliber revolver, the bullet penetrating his head. Mr. Hunger has been in bad health.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 1, 1960

Otto A. Hunger

Otto A. Hunger was born in La Grange on Oct. 9, 1875, a son of Carl August Hunger and Agusta [Augusta] Tell Hunger.  He lived in La Grange during his entire life.

Mr. Hunger attended the La Grange Public [schools] and at the age of 15 accepted a position as drug clerk in the Hermes Drug Store.  At the age of 17 he became bookkeeper, Assistant Manager and Assistant Cotton Buyer for C. J. Von Rosenburg General Dry Goods and Grocery Store.

Several years later he accepted a position with Wells Fargo Express Company as their Agent.  In 1903, he and his brother opened the General Dry Goods and Millinery Store.

In 1917, he registered for service in World War I.  The brothers sold out their business and rented the building free to the government for a legal advisory board until the end of World War I.  He was active with Red Cross Work and U. S. Bond Sales.

After the war, the brothers re-entered the business field by operating Hunger’s Variety Store.  Hunger Brothers sold the business in 1946 and retired. 

In April of this year, Mr. Hunger became ill at his home and was taken to the Fayette Memorial Hospital.  On July 22, he was removed to the Cozy Rest Home where he remained until the end when he peacefully fell asleep at 10 a.m. on Aug. 25.  Burial was Saturday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m. from the Travis Street Methodist church.

Survivors include one brother, F. W. Hunger of La Grange, one niece, Mrs. Jack H. Welge of Austin, and one cousin, Fritz Tell of Weimar.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Fayette County Record, July 2008


Funeral services for Pearl Hunger, 84, of La Grange were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, 2008 at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home. The Pastor Ellis McKinzie officiated. Interment followed in the La Grange City Cemetery.

She died on July 22.

Pearl Lorene Hunger was born September 18, 1923 in Muldoon, the daughter of O. T. and Rebecca (Meneley) Terrell.

She married Leon (Rudy) Hunger August 21, 1943 in La Grange.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one son, David Hunger.

Survivors include: sisters-in-law, Jerry Terrell of Elgin; Lucille Terrell of Boling; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity of your choice.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home were in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Weimar Mercury, 16 Aug 1902, page 5

News Special: Flatonia, Aug. 12.—Today at 10 o'clock Captain Robert H. Hunter was laid at rest in the City cemetery. Mr. Hunter was one of the older citizens of this community. He was born in 1813, came to Texas in 1822, settling on Oyster Creek. He was a Texas veteran at the battle of San Jacinto.


The Patriot, July 23, 1864

An unfortunate difficulty occured in the town of LaGrange on Saturday evening last, between N. Womble Esq. a planter of Fayette County, and Capt Hunt, the repsesentative [sic.] of the county; in which, Capt. Hunt was shot in the abdomen. He died from the effects of the wound on the following evening, and was buried by the Masoni Fraternity on Monay at the LaGrange Cemetary [sic.] We deem it improper at this time to make any comments upon the fatal tragedy. Mr. Womble is still at large.

William Hunt, 1/14/1816 - 7/16/1864, is buried in the Old La Grange City Cemtery.


Matagorda County Newspaper, ca June 1992


Funeral services for Ada Huebner Hurst, 97, of Bay City will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Zimmerman officiating.  Burial will be at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.

She was a resident of Matagorda County since 1907.

Mrs. Hurst was born June 14, 1895 in Fayette County to Andrew and Loudie Huebner.  She died June 21, 1992 at Matagorda House.

She is survived by a daughter, Loudie Conklin of Bay City; one grandson, Raleigh Conklin of Bay City; nephews, D. J. Huebner of Bay City, Woodlief Brown of Abeline and Raleigh Huebner of Bay City; nieces, Mary Louise Frazier and Lucille Wilkerson of Bay City, Bernice Milne of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Wiladean Graham of Hobbs, N.M.; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Marcus Frazier, Hollis Frazier, Dudley Huebner and William Glenn Huebner.  Honorary pallbearers will be D. J. Huebner, Raleigh Huebner, W. E. Frazier, Bill Ehlert, Dr. Bryan Simons and Pat Matthes.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Obzor Hospodárský, Thursday, August 1, 1907

Tímto se Vám oznamuje, že br. Jan Hurta od řádu Praha, čís. 29., zemřel 26. června 1907, stár jsa 46 roků, na ochrnutí srdce. K Jednotě přistoupil 17. března 1900. Zaměstnáním byl rolníkem. Číslo certifikátu 801 a dle stanov oprávněn jest k podpoře v částce $1000.00.

You are hereby notified that br. John Hurta from order Praha, no. 29th, died June 26, 1907, being 46 years old, to paralysis of the heart. He stepped into the Union on March 17, 1900. By occupation he was a farmer. The certificate number is 801 and according to the statutes is entitled to support in the amount of $1,000.00.

Translated by Alfred Ermis and submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 26, 1942

Mrs. Annie Hurtak

Mrs. Annie Hurtak of Plum died at the family home Wednesday, Nov. 18, aged 90 years, 7 months and 18 days.  Funeral services were held Friday morning at 10:00 o’clock with Requiem Mass in the Catholic church at Plum, Rev. Paul P. Kaspar officiating.  Interment was in the Plum cemetery, Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Deceased was born in Czechoslovakia, May 1, 1852, and immigrated to America over a half century ago; surviving are her two daughters, Mrs. Frances Polasek and Miss Amelia Hurtak, and one sister, Mrs. Veronika Michalk.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 25, 1943

John Hurtak

John Hurtak, aged 55 years and 25 days, died at his home near Plum Tuesday, after an illness lasting four years.  He was on native of Fayette County, had never married.  He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Emilia Hurtak and Mrs. Frances Polasek, both of R.F.D. 1, La Grange. The Funeral will take place this, Thursday morning at 9:30 o'clock, from the Plum Catholic Church, Rev. Paul P. Kaspar, officiating.  Interment was made in the Plum cemetery; Koenig Funeral home had charge.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Dallas Morning News
10 May 1895

Died of His Wounds

LaGrange, Fayette Co., Tex. May 9—
News was received here this evening that Robert Husse, a blacksmith at Warrenton, shot himself in the head with a shotgun yesterday evening, from the effects of which he died this morning. He was married a few weeks ago and was highly connected.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson


San Antonio Gazette, Friday, January 19, 1906

Rudolph Hutyra, aged 23 years, died yesterday at the southwestern insane asylum of exhaustion. The remains will be sent to Ellinger for interment.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

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