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Victoria Advocate, Friday, March 31, 1967

HALLETTSVILLE—Peter Mach Sr., 76, of Rt., Moulton, life long resident of Lavaca County, died at 2:15 a.m. Thursday.

Mr. Mach was born Feb. 25, 1891.

Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Kubena Funeral Home, at 10 a.m. at Praha Catholic Church, with the Rev. Marcus Valenta and the Rev. Henry Psencik officiating.

Survivors include his wife, the former Anne Gajer; a daughter, Mrs. Ralph B. Roush; a son, Peter Jr., both of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Carolina Juricek of Garden City, Tex.; two half sisters, Mrs. Adolph Kocian of Moulton and Mrs. Jim Gasper of Victoria; a half brother, Adolf Motal of Moulton; and one grandchild.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 30 Jan 1900, page 1

[illegible] …Mrs. Joe Macha, was given out last Wednesday. The little one had been suffering for some time with capillary bronchitis and the death was not wholly unexpected. Everything possible was done to save the little one, but all in vain, the death angel came and took the suffering little one from the arms of its loving and weeping parents.

The funeral took place Thursday at Flatonia and was attended by the following friends of the family: Messrs. John Valenta, F. P. Luck, F. W. Hillmer, Frank Dolejsi, Jim Dolejsi, Louis Ehlers, Jacob Mulenstein and family and W. Bednar and family.

To the bereaved father and mother The GAZETTE extends its sincerest sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Sep 1903

Death Record.

Macha: Died near Dubina Sept. 4th-03 of gastric carcinoma, Geo. Macha, 75 years and 10 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Mrs. Johanna Macha Dies Suddenly

Mrs. Johanna Macha died unexpectedly early Wednesday morning, July 17th, at the age of 93 years, 2 months and 4 days, in the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jos. W. Kossa of Ammannsville. Funeral services took place Thursday morning at 9:30 o’clock at the Ammannsville Catholic Church, with Rev. Father Alfons Raska officiating. After the services her remains were laid to rest in the Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery.

She was born in Moravia in the old country May 12, 1842, and at the age of 20 she was married to Mikolas Macha, and in 1880 they came to this country with their THree children and settled in the Dubina-Ammannsville community, where they farmed until the death of her husband some twenty-four years ago, then made her home with her children.

Surviving relatives are two daughters, Mrs. Jos. W. Kossa of Ammannsville and Mrs. John Shumbera of Weimar. One son and one daughter preceded her in death some twenty years ago. Twenty-four grandchildren and thirty-one great-grandchildren also are among the survivors.

Weimar Mercury, July 26, 1935, p. 5
Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Victoria Advocate, 24 May 1995, page 10A


FLATONIA – Emma Olga Machac, 83, of Flatonia died Monday, May 22, 1995.

She was born Feb. 20, 1912, in Sublime to the late Frank and Cecila Nesrsta Schoenweitz. The homemaker was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughter, Lexie Carr of Houston; sister, Marie Skolnik of Staple Hurst, Neb.; brother, Joe Schoenweitz of Flatonia; and one grandchild.

Preceded in death by: husband, Engelbert Machac on July 15, 1992.

Rosary: 7:30 p.m. today, Smith Funeral Home chapel.

Services: 10 a.m. Thursday, Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

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

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 16 Jul 1992, page 10A


FLATONIA - Engelbert Machac, 85, of Flatonia, died in a local nursing home Wednesday, July 15, 1992, after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Machac was born June 16, 1907, in Penlope [sic] to the late Frank and Justine Wotipka Machac. He was a retired water operator for an oil refinery, and was a member of the KJT and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors: wife, Emma Machac; daughter, Lexie Carr of Houston; sisters, Gussie Anderson of Houston, Eleanor Mullins of Galveston and Marcella Akkola of Oklahoma City, Okla.; brother, Theodore Machac of Edinburg; and one grandchild.

Preceded in death by parents; infant daughter; eight sisters and two brothers.

Rosary 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Smith Funeral Home.

Services: 10 a.m. Friday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

Burial in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery, Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 865-3311.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, October 25, 1999

FLATONIA—Laddie Machac, 80, of Flatonia, died Friday, Oct. 22, 1999.

He was born Feb. 4, 1919, in St. John's. He was a self-employed carpenter and was a Catholic.

Survivors: wife, Olga Brosch Machac; stepdaughter, Debbie Hall of Schulenburg; son, Darrell Jones of Schulenburg; and brother, Paul Machac of Houston.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg.

Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Flatonia, the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


VESTNIK, Wednesday, December 21, 1960

Frank R. Machala, Sr., 72, passed away at his home near Plum Sunday afternoon following a long illness. Mr. Machala, a retired farmer, was a native of Fayetteville, where he was born on November 1, 1888 the son of Frank and Rosalie Schuma Machala. He was married on September 9, 1917 to Amalie A. Korenek, and the couple has resided in the Plum-La Grange area since.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


undated Lavaca County Tribune news clipping

Rites Held For Jerry F. Machalec

Jerry F. Machalec passed away Dec. 19 in the Youens Hospital in Weimar, following only a few hours illness.

Funeral services were conducted from the Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia, Friday, Dec. 21, at 8:45 a. m., followed at 9 a. m. by Requiem Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, with the Rev. Allen M. Black officiating. The body was tenderly placed at rest in the Praha Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Paul and Victor Machalec, Frank Branecky, Ben Novak, Adolph Vaulik and Albert Bretting.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Magdalene, 10; one brother, C. P. Machalec of San Antonio; two sisters, Mrs. W. A. Farek of Schulenburg and Mrs. Julius Sandera of Flatonia; several nieces and nephews.

Jerry, the son of the late P. V. Machalec and Mathilda (Doubrava) Machalec, [missing text] his entire life on the farm where he was born. He had attained the age of 55 years and four months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 June 1908


Died at Pine Springs, February 17, Paul Machalec, age 77 years, 1 month and 22 days, of old age.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, Friday, April 18, 1919

Ellinger, Tex., April 17. – Joseph Machalek, _ _ years old, died Wednesday at his home, three miles east of town. He immigrated to Texas from Moravia in 18_ _. His wife and five sons, Frank Machalek of Temple, Joe Machalek of Taylor, Emil Machalek of Rosenberg and John Machalek and Louis Machalek of Ellinger. The funeral was held at the Bohemian Lutheran Cemetery in Ross Prairie, Rev. Henry Juren officiating.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Flatonia Argus, 7 December 1939, Page 1


Funeral Services were conducted from the Sacred Heart Church in Flatonia Monday morning, December 4th for Anton Machart 68, prominent Cedar Springs farmer, who died of a stroke of apoplexy while enroute to town Saturday morning. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery here. Rev. J. A. Pustka officiating. Pallbearers were August Machart, Jim Machart, Albert Machart, Frank Machart Jr., Albert Brum and Julius Michalec. Anton Machart was born June 12, 1871 in Europe, and was 68 years, 5 months and 20 days of age at the time of his death. He was married 39 years ago in Europe to Miss Johanna Michal, and they came to America, settling near Flatonia in 1890. He is survived by his widow, one daughter Mrs. Annie Branecky of Flatonia, one son, Henry Machart of Weimar, one sister, Mrs. Mary Rab of Flatonia, two brothers, Frank Machart of Moulton and Jim Machart of Shiner, and five grandchildren. Koenig Funeral Home was in charge of interment.

We join in extending to the sorrowing survivors our sincerest sympathy.

Contributed by Joyce Moore


Flatonia Argus, 25 June 1959
Page 1

Services Held On Saturday For Johanna Machart

Graveside services were conducted in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery Saturday, June 20, for Johanna Machart, who passed away Thursday, June 18 at about 1 o'clock. She was born in Czechoslovakia and had reached the age of 84 years and 24 days.

Funeral services were held in Flatonia at 10:15 in the Chapel of the Smith Funeral Home and at the Sacred Heart Church at 10:30, with the Rev. Allen Black officiating.

Pallbearers were: Emil Branecky, Ladik Branecky, B.J. Machart, Albert Dlouhy, Frank Branecky, and Charlie Vrana.
Survivors include: One daughter, Mrs. John Branecky of Flatonia, a stepson, Henry Machart of Weimar, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Anton Machart, preceded her in death 21 years ago.

Contributed by Joyce Moore


The following is taken from the funeral program. No obituary is available.

In Memoriam of John Henry Mackey

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1976, 11:00 A.M.
1638 Ann Arbor Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75216
John DeLeon Walker, Minister Officiating

John Henry Mackey was born in Louisville, Kentucky to the union of Ida and Dennis Mackey. He was brought by his parents at the age of nine to LaGrange, Fate County, Texas where he was reared with fear and admonition of God. As a young man he lived in Waco, Texas, serving in the St. Paul A.M.E. Church. he came to Dallas in the early part of the 20th century, and joined Bethel A.M.E. Church where he remained until his demise.

In 1924 he met and married Miss Alma Inoma Douglass – to this union were no children, but their efforts blessed the lives of two girls and four boys, who were children of relatives, friends and neighbors. He loved children and reached out to help them in many avenues of life. He was :Daddy Mackey" to youth and many adults of his Church and Community down through the years. Mr. Mackey was as pleased to say that during his life he had only two employers – he was an employee for the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, fo Atlanta, Georgia for fourty-three years, serving in the capacities of Debit Manager, District Manager, State Ordinary Supervisor and SState Field Auditor. Because of his even temper in supervision he acquired the title of "Boss Man Mackey" throughout the Company's systerm.

In his local church he served as president of the senior choir Men Bible Class and a Steward. His tenure as Steward was more than seventy-five years in the A.M.E. Church. He served as a delegate from 1924 through 1948. he organized the Laymen's Organization of Texas in 1951 and was its first president. He supported Social Services Organizations of the Community with the Y.M.C.A. being his preference. He received many placques and rewards for service rendered. One placque cherished – sixty years of service to his Local Church as a Steward.

He was a consistant contributor to Paul Quinn College, Waco, Texas and served as a member of its Trustee Board during the Administration of Bishop George B. Young. He was a member of Paul Drayton Lodge No. 0 – Free and Accepted Masons and a charter member of the Myrtle Street Improvement Club. Paraphrasing the words of General McArthur, "Old Christian Soldier Never Die, They Just Fade Away." Mr. Mackey had his first hospital experience in July 1976. He expired in a local Extended Nursing Facility Wednesday, September 22, 1976 at 4 A.M.

His survivors are: Alma I. Mackey, wife; Robert Mackey, Texas City, brother; Charles L. Taylor, grandson; four nephews, Delane Griffin, Houston, Texas, Robert Griffin, Melvin Griffin and Billie E. Griffin, Texas City, Texas. Four nieces, Mrs. Vastine L. Hall, Los Angeles, California, Mrs. W. Therman Medlock, Texas City, Texas, Mrs. Mable LeCas, La Marque, Texas and Mrs. Phil E. Grant, Texas City, Texas, other relatives and many friends.

Atlanta Life Representatives
Officers of Bethel A.M.E. Church
Paul Drayton Lodge No. 9 F. & A.M.
Paul Drayton Lodge No. 9 F. & A.M.
Lincoln Memorial Park
1938 Singleton Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75212

Contributed by San Marshall


Colorado Citizen, Thursday, April 22, 1926.

News of Ellinger --

John Macuda, aged over 80 years, died at the home of his son in law where he had his home for the last few years. Mr. Macuda came to this country from Europe and lived here over 55 years. All this time in Austin and Fayette Counties. He is survived only by one daughter, Mrs. Paul Slovacek, with whom he had his home. The funeral was held Monday at the residence with interment in the National Cemetery here. Thomas Hruska officiated.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado Citizen, August 19, 1886

Mrs. Louisa Maddox, an aged lady, highly esteemed by her neighbors, after a sickness of eight weeks died last Friday night at her home. She was buried at 4 o’clock p.m. on Saturday in the grave yard near the Methodist Schoolhouse at Colony. —Flatonia Argus
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


La Grange Journal, April 30, 1936 pg. 2

Winchester Section

In Memoriam

Mrs. Traugott Mager died Monday, April 13, 1936; the body of this woman was buried the following Thursday. Rev. L. A. Trienklein, pastor of the Lutheran Church officiated at the home, and also at the open grave; interment was made in the Lutheran Cemetery.

Mrs. Mager was born in Germany in 1852 and grew to womanhood in that country; the family later immigrated to America and made their home at Warda and then removed to Winchester.

There was born to this union eight children, two in Germany and six in this section; the living children are: Gus. Mager of Lester, Okla.; Mrs. Ernst Overtone of Port Arthur; Mesdames Emma Fischer, --Barnes, Otto Zingelmann, Carl Roda, B. Schrup; there are 34 grandchildren and 21 great-granchildren.

C. T. Kasper, W. H. Karisch, Willie Benedix, E. O. Kasier, Joe Pampell and Aug. Kasper acted as pall bearers and carried the body to the open grave, and friends covered the mound with flowers.

Mrs. Mager was another of our good women who ever had a kind word for friend and neighbor, and whose deeds of kindness will remain a thing to remember.

May she sleep in peace; to the surviving relatives we offer our sincere sympathy.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Houston Chronicle, 8 Dec 2000


GLADYS KOEHL MAGRUDER, a native of Wharton, Tx, died peacefully on December 5, 2000. Gladys was born on September 29, 1911 in Ellinger, Tx to Elo John Koehl and Louisa December. Gladys enjoyed her life in Pasadena, Tx from 1946-1962 by raising her family, making many friends, faithfully serving her church and civic organizations, and hosting numerous delightful bridge and dinner parties. She moved to Sharpstown in 1962 with her family and became a charter member of Gethsemane Methodist Church and worked at Sharpstown Hospital. She later lived in Tomball, Alief and Sugar Land. A great communicator and friend to so many, Gladys left no tears, only a long trail of love and laughter wherever she went. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Magruder, Jr. in 1986 and her daughter, Elizabeth Magruder Lundstroth in 1987. She is survived by her son, John M. Magruder, III and wife Sally, and Dan Magruder and wife Suzann, five grandchildren, Erin, Scott, Jennifer, and Matthew Magruder and Jost M. Lundstroth; and son in law John Lundstroth. Visitation will be held at Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer at Dairy Ashford on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Chapel and graveside services will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2000 at 9:30 A.M. with Rev. Jack Henderson officiating. Family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Gethsemane Methodist Church, 6856 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, Tx 77074, or the charity of your choice.

Contributed by Judy Koehl


Fayette County Record, Friday, December 16, 2011

Joyce A. Mahaffey, 68, of La Grange died Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 after a brief stay at Monument Hill Nursing Center.

Memorial services will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. The church is located at FM 2436.

She was born in Wharton June 10, 1943, the daughter of William Pasak and Josephine (Fred) Pasak. She retired from Colorado Valley Bank in La Grange. Her fondest times werre being on the Matagorda beach.

Survivors include her mother, Josephine Pasak Rawlings; sister, Jo Ann Baker of La Grange; nephews Ross Bakier of La Grange and Scott Baker of Houston; step-sisters, Diane Rawlings of Houston, Rachele Rawlings and Molly Rawlings, both of Matagorda, all their families; granddaughter, Kori Lynn Osina of Minnesota, friends, and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father; stepfather, Harold Rawlings; grandparents, Adolph and Frances Pasak and Joseph and Frances Fred; and son, Darryl Wayne Osina.

Memorial contributions are suggested to American Cancer Society; Brazos Valley Hospice, 168 N. Jefferson, La Grange, Tx. 78945; Gardenia Janssen Animal Shelter, La Grange, Tx. or charity of choice.

Fayette Memorial Funeral Home was in charge.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Mar 1904

Death Record.

Mahalec: Died near Praha 2-19-04, of heart disease, Anna Mahalec aged 66 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, February 6, 1997

Leona Mahler

Leona Mahler, 88, died Thursday, Jan. 23.  She was born in Schulenburg and was residing in San Antonio at the time of her death.

Preceding her in death was her beloved sister, Alma Schaaf.

Surviving are her cousins, Ida Schaefer, Norman Schaefer, Cleo Ruhnke, Gladys Giambernardi and Florence Perkins, all of San Antonio, and numerous other family members.

Graveside services were held Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by Porter Loring, 1101 McCullough, San Antonio.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Feb 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Joe Majzsek and 73 years, died at Bridge Valley, Jan 21, 1906.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Feb 1905

Accidentally Killed.

Mr. Ferd. Malcher, living near Rocky was killed by a tree falling on him Monday evening last. As the tree fell on him he cried for aid and was fortunately heard by a neighbor who came to his assistance, only to find him in an unconscious condition and the tree laying upon him in such a way that he had to be dug out and he died while on the way to his home. His remains were laid to rest under the auspices of the Hermann Sons’ lodge in the Catholic cemetery Tuesday last. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the grief stricken family and sorrowing relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


1934 Rosebud Newspaper

Mrs. John Malcik Dies At Her Home Here Sunday Eve

Her death was great shock to Rosebud and entire community

Mrs. Rosa Malcik, wife of John Malcik, passed away at the family home in the Hamilton community Sunday evening, and the sudden death of this beloved woman has cast a shadow of sorrow over a multitude of friends and acquaintances.

Mrs. Malcik was before her marriage, Rosa Bubela, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. P.L. Bubela of Fayetteville, where she was born July 14, 1885. In 1905 she moved to Rosebud with her parents, and in October, 1908, she was married to John Malcik, a representative of one of the most highly esteemed families in this section. Six children blessed this union, Roland, a student of Sam Houston State Teachers College, Huntsville: Milton, Georgie Ann, Wilson, Ola Dee and John Jr., the last , an infant son four days old.

She was truly a good woman in every sense the word implies. A devoted, sacrificing mother and companion and a friend to humanity. A record of efficient and unselfish activities in the realm of membership in the Czecho-Moravian Brethren church, stands unquestionably inimitable and radiant. Her foremost privilege was her church and for many years she was president of the Sunday school at Hamilton; and the past few years was secretary of the Ladies Aid Society of the Czecho-Moravian Brethren church at Hamilton. She was happiest at the Master's work, and this was continued in the wonderful influence she radiated in her home. She shall be greatly missed, but now her range of opportunities are boundless and the Master she served so faithfully has crowned her with greater things to do in that land of cloudless skies.

"Love is and was my lord and king, And in his presence I attend to hear the tidings of my friend, Which every hour the couriers bring. "Love is and was my king and lord, And will be, though as yet I keep Within the court on earth, and sleep Encompassed by his faithful guard. "And hear at times a sentinel Who moves about from place to place, And whispers to the worlds of space In the deep night, that all is well. This was written by the poet " Tennyson".

Besides the grief stricken husband and children there are left to mourn the passing of this much loved woman, four sisters, Mrs. J.F. Novosad of East Bernard, Mrs. Joe Zabcik of Zabcikville, Mrs. John Bartek of Zabcikville, and Mrs. Frank Coufal of Fayetteville; three brothers P.A. Bubela of Rosebud, P.L. Bubela of Taylor and J.F. Bubela of Corpus Christi, and a host of sorrowing friends which was evidenced by the vast cortege which assembled at the home for the service and continued to Woodland cemetery, where the body was laid to rest Monday. Rev. F.H. Horak of Caldwell officiated at the services, where many paid a final tribute of love and respect.

The active pallbearers were, R.H. Sapp, Ed Baca, A.J. Stocklas, J. R. Wright, Paul Braden and Connie Cochran.

The pathway at Woodland cemetery was outlined by classmates of Wilson Malcik, ninth grade student of Rosebud High school.

The News and its readers extend to the bereaved deepest sympathy in the loss of this loved one.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


Weimar Mercury, 25 Feb 1927


Miss Bettie Malik, sister of Mr. Peter Malik, living a few miles northwest of this place, died Saturday last, of a complication of dropsy and pneumonia, aged about 38 years, and the remains were buried in the Dubina Cemetery Sunday, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

Miss Malik had made her home with her brother for many years. In early youth she sustained a fall which crippled her for life. Despite her infirmity she was of cheerful disposition, and bore her suffering uncomplainingly. Her infirmity grew upon her in the latter years of her life, and she was confined to her home practically all the time. She was highly regarded by friends and neighbors, being a naturally good-hearted, good woman, and her death is sincerely deplored.

To the grief stricken bother, our heartfelt sympathy is extended.


Weimar Mercury, 19 March 1920

Thos. Malik, aged 81 years, died at his home on the Rudolf Holas farm northwest of town, Monday. He was buried at Dubina Cemetery the following day.



Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Jan 1902, Fayetteville column

Mrs. Rosina Maliwak died of hemorrhage of the lungs Monday morning and will be laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at Warrenton tomorrow. She was sixty-seven years old. Rev. Father Chromcik will conduct the funeral services.

This grave may be unmarked. Contributed by Matt Cross


Dallas Morning News, March 16, 1928

La Grange, Fayette Co., Texas, March 15.—Frank Malota Sr., 72, died at Fayetteville. He was buried in the Catholic Cemetery there, the Rev. Father Joseph Klobouk conducting the services.

The greater portion of his life was spent in the Fayetteville community. He is survived by hs wife and four sons, all living in the vicinity of Fayetteville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 18 June 1908


Died near Engle, May 12, Malka Maly, age 60 years of coma.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, September 10, 1896

Died at Flatonia, October 25, Ahelia Mancia, aged 40 years, of meningitis.

Contributed by Jon Todd Koenig


Weimar Mercury, 8 Jan 1898

Post Specials: LaGrange, Texas. January 3.—Nellie Mann, the 5-year-old daughter of Deputy County Clerk A. S. Mann, who was badly burned the day before Christmas, died this afternoon as the result of her injuries.

See newspaper account of accident.


Colorado Citizen, 28 Apr 1881, page 2

Charles Manning, a blacksmith in the employ of Messrs. Boykin & Byler, of this town, was found in his room Saturday morning sitting in a chair, with his head lying on the bed, dead. He was in town on the previous evening, apparently well; played dominos with his friends, and seemed in good spirits. He had Asthma and is said to have suffered a great deal periodically. The jury of inquest returned a verdict that he came to his death from natural causes. But little is known here of his relatives, but it is believed they live in Kentucky.—Schulenburg Enterprise.


Colorado Citizen, 9 Apr 1891, page 2

Flatonia Argus: Again it is the painful duty of the Argus to chronicle the presence of the death angel in our midst. At 9 o'clock Monday night Mrs. Deida Manor, mother of Messrs. Wm. and Horace Goode and Mrs. W. A. Thatcher, passed to her eternal reward. The deceased was sick only a few days and her death was a surprise. She leaves three sons and one daughter to mourn her departure, to whom the Argus tenders its sincere condolence.


Weimar Mercury, 26 Nov 1892, page 3

A gentleman named Manovsky, residing over the line in Fayette county, northwest from this city—father-in-law of our townsman Mr. Anton Schindler—while attending to his stock Monday night, ws kicked by a horse, from the effects of which he soon afterward died. He was buried Tuesday afternoon. We extend sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Manowfsky is buried in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, 4 Nov 1938, page 1


Mr. Adolf Marak, prominent farmer of the Sedan section, died at the family home Wednesday night of laast week at the age of 78 years and 6 months. The remains were laid to rest in the Dubina Cemetery Friday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. John Morkovsky officiating.

Mr. Marak was born in Moravia, Austria, and came to this country in 18??. Landing at Galveston he came at once to the home of a relative. Mr. Marak of the Dubina community, where he remained for some time. Afterward he farmed in the Holman section and afterward on the Williams farm southwest of Weimar. He later purchased the DeGraffenreid farm in the Sedan community and lived thereon up to the time of his death.

His wife preceded him in death in 1932. Two of his children died in infancy and oneson died in 1908 at the age of 19 years. He is survived by three daughters — Mrs. Ed Beck of Weimar, Mrs. Millie Lidiak of Houston and Mrs. Theresa Sassin of Schulenburg; also nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Mr. Marak was a lovable character and wherever he was known he had a large circle of friends. He was honest, straight, a very energetic man up to the time his physical condition prevented him taking an active part in work, a man of congenial nature with a kindly word and friendly greeting for everyone, and his passing is viewed with sincere regret by a large circle of friends throuhout this section where he had lived for so long a time.

Our sincere sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.


Weimer Mercury, February 5, 1976

Emil J. Marak Funeral Held At Schulenburg

Funeral services for Emil J. Marak, 83, of Schulenburg were held January 19 at St. Rose Catholic Church, Schulenburg, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Royce Hughes, a nephew, of Rome, Italy, officiated, assisted by Rev. James Moore, also a nephew of Houston. Rev. Roger Robbins of Schulenburg, Rev. Stanley Petru of Hallettsville, Rev. Marcus Valenta of Praha and Rev. Benton Thurmond of St. John's.

Mr. Marak died January 17 in Youens Memorial Hospital here after a lengthy illness.

Born Dec. 4, 1892, in Colorado County, he was a son of Frank and Mary (Barta) Marak. He married Janie Smolik at Schulenburg on Nov. 18, 1913, and they settled in the Hackberry and Oakland area, where he was engaged in farming until his retirement in 1962. They moved to Schulenburg at that time. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1973.

Surviving are his wife Janie; one son, Emil F. Marak of Yoakum; three daughters, Mrs. Agnes Hrncir of Schulenburg, Mrs. George (Emma) Vornsand of Schulenburg and Mrs. Gene (Frances) Valenta of Hallettsville; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Mrs. Sophie Hughes of Schulenburg, Mrs. Hattie Moore of Houston, Mrs. O.J. (Agnes) Walters of Wharton and Mrs. Emilie Petrualsky of Houston.

Pallbearers were grandsons Michael Vornsand, Garry Thomas, Jim Kulhanek, Charles Neumeyer, Capt. I.E. Valenta, and a nephew, Victor Marak.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, June 10, 1932

Worthy, Good Woman Passes Away Saturday

Mrs. Theresia Marak, beloved wife of Mr. Adolf Marak, well known retired farmer of this section, died early last Saturday morning, after an illness extending over two years. The funeral took place Monday morning at Dubina Cemetery, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

Mrs. Marak was 67 years of age at time of death. She was born in Austria and came to this country in the eighties, being married to Mr. Marak after arrival here. She and Mr. Marak had been married about fifty years, their marriage taking place at Dubina. The coupple lived in the Holman, Sedan and Dubina sections, and for a time lived on the Williams farm southwest of Weimar. For the past year they had lived in Schulenburg, but only three days before her death Mrs. Marak expressed a strong desire to return to the Weimar section, as she felt she would get better there. Her wish was gratified, but it proved of no avail.

Mrs. Marak is survived by her husband and three daughters—Mrs. Ed Beck of this vicinity, Mrs. Emelie Dedek of Houston and Mrs. Theresia Sassin of Schulenburg. Three other children preceded her in death—two in infancy and one son, Frank, who died in 1908 at the age of 19 years. Also nine grandchildren.

Mrs. Marak was a motherly, kind-hearted, good woman, beloved by all who knew her. She ever proved herself to be a model wife and mother, and her passing is deeply and sincerely regretted by a large circle of friends throughout this section. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.


La Grange Journal, Monday, November 29, 1971

A. Marburger rites held Saturday

Alfred Marburger, 72, retired Southern Pacific Railroad section foreman of Carmine, died unexpectedly at his home last Thursday morning.

Funeral services were held at 3:00 P.M. Saturday, November 27, at the Foehner Funeral Home Chapel in Burton with Rev. Herbert Knebel and Rev. Ronald Dybvig officiating. Burial was in the Carmine Cemetery.

The deceased was born in Fayette County on January 19, 1899, a son of Edward and Lena Quandt Marburger. He was married to Miss Laura Knebel on April 20, 1924, in Round Top. He was a member of the La Bahia Turn Verein.

Surviving are his wife of Carmine; four brothers, Werner of Jarrell, Wollie and Benjamin of Brenham, and Erwin Marburger of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Olga Weber and Mrs. Clara Kalmbach, both of Houston. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, and one sister.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, March 26, 1936 pg. 3

Charles Wm. Marburger

Funeral services for Charles Marburger were held Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock with Rev. H. Brunotte of the Carmine Lutheran Church, officiating. Mr. Marburger died suddenly at 9:30 p.m., on the 17th of March, of heart failure, at the age of 67 years and 27 days.

Deceased was born February 19, 1869 at Round Top; his parents were Mr. and Mrs.  Jacob Marburger. He was baptized and confirmed by Rev. Neuthard and on December 31, 1900, was married to Miss Bertha Johle of Burton. The made their home in Round Top for 12 years in Giddings 2 years, and for a time lived in Temple; for the last 5 years  the have lived in Carmine.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bertha Marburger, one son, Herbert of Kilgore and Mrs. Herbert Marburger and two grandchildren, all of Kilgore; brothers: William, Gus. And Adolph of Round Top; sisters: Mrs. Lena Schroeder of Carmine, Mrs. Louise Winnesdorfer, Mrs. Mary Schultze and Mrs. Laura Suehs all of Austin, and many other relatives

Our sympathy!

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Shiner Gazette, 7 Oct 1896

Accidentally Killed.

Harmon Marberger [sic.], of Muldoon, was instantly killed Sunday by the accidental discharge of a shot gun. He was driving across the railroad track when the mule attached to the buggy became scared and ran away. The buggy struck a stump, discharging the gun, the contents of which struck Marberger under the chin and came out at the top of his head, scattering his brains in all directions. He was to have been married in twenty days.

There's a marker in the Cistern Public Cemetery for W. H. Marburger, 5 Aug 1869 - 4 Oct 1896. Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 April 1913


Ida Marburger age 22 years and 22 days acute nephritis, near Round Top.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Monday, June 7, 1971

Marburger rites held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Meta Marburger, 87, of Industry were held at 4:00 P.M. Saturday, June 5, at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. A. M. Roos officiating.

Burial was held in the Haw Creek cemetery.

She was born in Haw Creek on June 20, 1883, a daughter of William and Katherina Bauerkamper Menking. She was married to Albert Marburger on November 18, 1909, in Industry. He preceded her in death on September 19, 1955. She was a lifelong resident of the Industry community.

Surviving are one son, Marvin Marburger of Austin; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 20 Jun 1896

News Special: Flatonia, Fayette Co., Tex., June 13.—William Marburger, an old citizen of this county, died yesterday near Cistern. Mr. Marburger came to Texas fifty years ago and has been a resident of this and Austin counties ever since. He was 63 years old.


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 March 1915


William Marburger, age 83 years, near Round Top.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, February 27, 1937

Weimar, Tex., Feb. 26.—Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Marek, 73, pioneer resident of the Dubina community, were held Thursday from the family residence, with Rev. Joseph Szymanski of St. Michael's Church officiating. Interment was in the Dubina Cemetery. She was a native of Austria, but came to this country when quite young and has made her home at Dubina since.

She is survived by two sons, Frank Marek of Dubina and Peter of El Campo, and one daughter, Mrs. Annie Bolcik of El Campo.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, January 18, 1973

Last rites were held Jan. 10 at the Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville for Edward Marek, 17, with continued services at St. John's Catholic Church, the Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Edward died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe H. Marek, at Willow Springs Jan. 8. He was born in La Grange Jan. 12, 1955, and had lived Willow Springs his entire life.

Survivors are his parents; one sister, Mrs. Alfred (Mary) Janacek of La Grange; his grandfather, Henry Marek, of Willow Springs.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 June 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Emil Marek, June 6, age 15 years, 1 month, Ammannsville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Marek: Died at Cistern, Sept 21-03, Imanition, Frank Marek, aged 41 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, November 23, 1967

Final Rites for Frank J. Marek Held at Dubina

Funeral services for Frank J. Marek, 79, retired Dubina farmer, were held Monday morning at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Emil Vinklarek was celebrant of the Requiem High Mass, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Anthony Drozd gave the Czech sermon and Father Vinklarek the English sermon, Rev. Albert Hubertus singing in the choir.

Mr. Marek died during his sleep in the early morning hours of Saturday, Nov. 18.

Born Sept. 14, 1888, in Czechoslovakia, he was a son of Frank and Agnes Nastoupil Marek. The family came to America when he was 12 years old, settling at Cistern and later moving to Ammannsville and Swiss Alp.

Mr. Marek married Miss Cecilia Kossa at Ammannsville on Oct. 1, 1913, and they settled at Dubina, where they have lived since.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one son, Erwin, of Dubina; one daughter, Mrs. Frank (Sylvia) Kolek Sr. of Borden; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Peter of Louise. A sister, Mrs. Anna Bolcik of Hillje, died a year ago; a brother died at the age of 15.

Pallbearers were Frank Kolek Jr., Eugene Marek, Peter Marek Jr., Albert Marek, Eugene Kossa and Emil Bolcik.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, TJune 5, 1999

SCHULENBURG -- Tina Marek, 51, of Schulenburg, died Friday, June 4, 1999.
She was born May 22, 1948, in Shiner, to Helmuth and Sidonia Ehlers Stindt of Shiner. She was owner of High Hill Store.
Survivors: parents; and brother, Harold Stindt of Shiner.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at High Hill Catholic Cemetery. Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, (409) 743-4151.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Mares: Died at Cistern, November 2nd 03, of septicemia, Annie Mares, aged 34 years and 6 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express-News, Aug. 19, 2013

Felix James Mares, born on December 21, 1921 in Cistern, TX went to be with the Lord on August 16, 2013 at the age of 91.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Cyril James and Augustina Mares.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Vida Lucas Mares; sons, Dale Mares and wife, Lori, and Gerald Wayne Mares; brother, Johnny Mares; sisters, Sister Collista and Catherine Camp; grandchildren, Jake and Ashton Mares; numerous extended family and friends.

Felix was a devoted husband and father. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received two Purple Hearts. In his early life he liked to go dancing to Country Music. He enjoyed life to its fullest and had a great sense of humor to go along with his unique laugh. Felix was also known as an avid Spurs fan. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, Funeral Service will begin at 10:30 A.M. with the recitation of the Rosary followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00 A.M. at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church (113 Manchester, Cistern, Texas 78941), followed by interment at St. Cyril Catholic Cemetery.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 11 Jul 1900

Mr. Joe Marik went to Flatonia last Thursday to attend the funeral of his mother, who died there Wednesday night. Joe has the sympathy of his friends in his sad loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 26 Nov 1959

Rites Held Nov. 16 For Mrs. S.J. Marik

Mrs. S. J. (Anna) Marik passed away Saturday, November 14, 1959 at 12:15 p.m. at her Flatonia home of a heart attack.

Rosary was recited by the KJZT Lodge at 3:00 p.m. Sunday and at 7:30 p.m. Sunday by Father Black.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, November 16 at 8:45 a.m. from Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Flatonia, continuing at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Requiem High Mass. Interment was in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery, with Rev. Father Allen M. Black officiating at all services.

Serving as pallbearers were Joe and Frank Rosenauer, Henry Novak, Charlie and Louis Greive and Edwin Schoenweitz.

Born near Flatonia December 10, 1884, deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Greive. October 17, 1905 she was married to Stanley J. Marik and to this union two children were born.

Survivors include her husband of Flatonia; one daughter, Mrs. Frances Meyer of Kerrville; one son, Tommy Marik, of Flatonia; a grandson, Eugene Meyer of Phoenix, Arizona; a brother, Henry Greive of Flatonia; and one sister, Miss Frances Greive of Shiner. An infant brother preceded her in death, as did one sister, Mrs. Mary Novak.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 4 Nov 2002

Julia F. P. Marik

FLATONIA - Julia F. Prihoda Marik, 87, of Flatonia, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002.

She was born April 28, 1915, in Flatonia, to the late Joseph and Julia Vyvjala Prihoda. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors: three nieces; and one nephew.

Preceded in death by: husband, Tommie Marik; parents; one sister; and two brothers.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Smith Funeral Home chapel in Flatonia.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Rev. Charles B. Carolan officiating. Burial will be at Flatonia Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 361-865-3311.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 29 May 1969


Flatonia. - Stanley J. Marik passed away Sunday, May 18, 1969 at 5:45 a.m. at the Flatonia Nursing Home at the age of 94 years, 9 months and 17 days.

Rosary was recited by Johnnie Tupa Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and Monday at 7:30 p.m. by the Rev. Norbert Galle.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning, May 20, from Smith Funeral Home continuing at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Mass. Interment was in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Norbert Galle officiated.

Pallbearers were Joe Svatek, Rudolph Hajdik, Ladik Okruhlik, Lad Muras, August Vyvjala and Frank Tupa.

Born in Czechoslovakia, July 31, 1874, he came to the United States with his parents when he was a small boy. The family settled near Flatonia where he attended school and grew into manhood.

October 17, 1905, he was married to Miss Anna Greive. To this union two children were born. His wife preceded him in death November 14, 1959.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Frances Meyer of Kerrville; a son, Tommy Marik of Flatonia; a grandson, Eugene Meyer; and four great-grandchildren of Tucson, Ariz.

Two brothers preceded him in death.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 11 May 1895

We learn from Harry Vogelsang that during Saturday's storm a Mrs. Marko, living six miles south of Flatonia was killed by lightning. It appears that the current struck the house in which the family were living, killing Mrs. M. instantly and injuring her husband, but leaving the children unhurt.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 28, 1955

Herman Henry Markwardt

Funeral services were held Sunday, April 24, at 2 PM for Herman Henry Markwardt, 69, of Round Top, from the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Shelby.  Burial was in the Shelby cemetery with Rev. W. E. Doerr officiating.  Mr. Markwardt died Friday morning at a Brenham hospital after suffering a stroke at his home on Thursday morning.

He was born on June 22, 1865 in Austin County near Shelby, the son of the late Fritz and Helene Fanning Markwardt.

He was baptised the 20th of February 1887 in Shelby by Rev. J. Maigle and confirmed April 29, 1900 by Rev. C. Frieling in the Frieden Church in Shelby.  On December 15, 1909, he was married to Miss Hulda Siebert.  He lived his entire life in the Nassau community where he farmed until 1947 when he retired.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Markwardt of Round Top; five sons, Roland of Burton, Harold of Dime Box, Lee Roy of Round Top, Chester of Fayetteville and Delton of Nacogdoches; one brother, Otto of Round Top; three sisters, Mrs. Ida Rummel of Round Top; Mrs. Ella Meier of Brenham and Mrs. Lillie Mahlman of Austin and 12 grandchildren.

One daughter and one brother preceded him in death.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Marquart: Died near Oldenburg, Gct [sic] 20 03, of Paralysis, Anida Marquart, aged 3 years and 11 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Marquart: Died at Rutersville Oct. 3-03 of marasmus, Benjara Daniel Marquart aged 1 year and 1 month.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 June 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Chas. Marquart, June 14, age 32 years, LaGrange.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Feb 1904, page 1

Death Record.

Marquart: Died near Plum, 1-32 [sic]-04, of burns, Meta Marquart, aged 18 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange, Journal, March 8, 1934, Page 3

Deaths Reported

Died at La Grange, March 5, of pernicious anemia, Sadie Ann Martin, aged 31 years and 2 months.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Jan 1916


Annie Martincik, died Nov. 23, 1915, near Flatonia, age 62 years and 4 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, June 6, 1974

Arnold Martinek

Last rites for Arnold A. Martinek of Ellinger, retired gravel pit employe, were held Saturday at the Jecmenek Chapel in Ellinger with burial in the La Grange City Cemetery. The Rev. Gordon Hejl of Nelsonville officiated at the services.

Mr. Martinek passed away at his home in Ellinger Wednesday.

He was a son of Joe and Veronica Kotrla Martinek, born in Ellinger July 19, 1918. He was married to Dorothy Schuette in 1950 in Frelsburg.

Mr. Martinek, a lifelong resident of Ellinger, was a veteran of World War II and a member of the Fayetteville Brethren Church.

Besides his wife, Dorothy, he is survived by one daughter, Miss Nina Martinek of Houston; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Martinek of Columbus; 2 sons, Douglas of Columbus and Joe of Houston; 7 sisters, Mrs. Minnie Kotrla, Mrs. L. G. Kubena, Mrs. John Divin and Mrs. Frank Sklar, all of Ellinger, Mrs. Willie Mae Orsak of la Grange, Mrs. Robert Roessler of San Marcos and Mrs. Lad Jurecka of Fayetteville; and 2 brothers, Alfred and Ed Martinek of Ellinger.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, 5 July 1984


Steve Martinek passed away at the Colorado County Hospital in Columbus, June 28.

Funeral services were held at Fayetteville Brethren Church on June 29.

Rev. Jimmy Hejl, pastor, officiating. Services were under the direction of Henneke Funeral Home.

Martinek was born August 5, 1894 in Colorado County to Maria Slovacek Martinek and Stephen Martinek, Sr. He married Amelia Mahalec on June 27, 1916. She preceeded him in death on June 22, 1983.

He worked as a farmer, rancher, and janitor at Colorado County Court House.

Survivors were his two daughters: Mrs. Roger (Evelyn) Meyer of Victoria and Mrs. D. J. (Hilda) Zetik of Columbus; 2 grandsons and 1 stepgrandson; 5 great-grandchildren.

The pallbearers were Henry Kalich, Henry Martinek, Jr., Steve Bertsch, Jimmy Bertsch, Craig Bertsch, and L. G. Kubena.


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

Anton Martis

Anton Martis died at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mrs. And Mrs. Joe Martis, after and illness of several years duration, at the age of 75 years, and is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Willie Shimek, Mrs. Dom. Kollnovsky and Mrs. Willie Jasek; one son: Joe Martis.

Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church with Requiem Mass, Sunday morning, at 9:00 o’clock. His remains were laid to rest beside his wife, who preceded him in death several years ago; Rev. Father Klobouk officiated. Our sympathy is extended.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal, Monday, January 15, 1968

Joe K. Martis

Funeral services for Joe K. Martis, 70, of Rt. 2, Fayetteville, were held Friday, January 12, at 1:00 P.M. at the Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville with continued services at St. John’s Catholic Church. Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiated, and burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Martis expired at his home on Wednesday. [Born] February 23, 1897, the son of Anton and Katherine Matush Martis, he was a retired farmer, a World War I veteran and a member of the K.J.T. He married Miss Vlasta Jasek in Fayetteville on Nov. 10, 1921. He was a [member of] the Fayetteville community.

Survivors include his wife of Fayetteville; and a sister, Mrs. Willie (Mary) Jasek of Fayetteville.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 11 March 1927


Miss Laura Mascheck, 13, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Mascheck of near Roznov, died from burns received when her clothes caught fire Wednesday about noon. No one was present when the girl's dress caught on fire in the hosue. She ran out into the yard and the flames covered her in a few minutes. The flames were extinguished by her mother, who also sustained burns on her hands. The girls died Thursday evening. —LaGrange Record.


Victoria Advocate, 3 Dec 1990, page 12A

Adolph Masek

PRAHA – Adolph H. Masek, 68, of Praha, died Sunday morning in a Victoria hospital.

He was born Oct. 11, 1922, in Praha, to the late Anton F. and Cecelia Kubenka Masek. Mr. Masek had been employed as an equipment operator with Farek Construction. He was a member of the Praha Catholic Church, the American Legion of Flatonia, and the VFW in Moulton. Mr. Masek was also a member of the KJT and the Knights of Columbus.

Burial, with graveside services under the auspices of the American Legion and VFW, will follow in the Praha Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Joe Hamala officiating. A military prayer service will follow the rosary.

Pallbearers will be Thomas, Edward, Frank, Luke, Paul and Don Jasek. Grandchildren and goddaughters will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Olga Masek of Praha; two daughters, Mrs. Jeanette Kurtz and Mrs. Nancy Farek of Flatonia; four sons, Ron Masek of Houston, and Leonard, Robert and Terry Masek of Flatonia; a sister, Mrs. Mary Jasek of Praha; three brothers, Tony Masek of Del Rio, and Jim and George Masek of Flatonia; and eight grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1950

FLATONIA, Jan. 9.-- Funeral services were held for Mrs. Anna Masek, 87. Mrs. Masek had lived in Fayette County for many years. Survivors are her husband, Frank Masek; two sons and several grandchildren, all of whom live near Flatonia.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express-News, June 29, 2005

Anton Masek

Anton (Tony), Masek, 81, of Del Rio, Texas, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away June 28, 2005.

Anton J. Masek was born February 6, 1924 in Praha, Texas to Anton F. and Cecilia Masek. He attended school in Praha, Texas. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1943-1945. He worked more than 39 years for the Southern Pacific Railroad and retired in August of 1985 as a signal supervisor. On February 26, 1946 he married Marie Hromadka in Dubina, Texas. They have been married 59 years and have five children. Mr. Masek was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Del Rio, Texas American Legion in Flatonia Texas, K.J.T.

He is survived by his wife: Marie Hromadka; daughters: Bernadette Carr and Annette Guerra and husband Terry; sons: Gregory and wife Susan Masek, Matthew Masek, and James Masek and Jannine Heath; sisters: Mary Jasek and husband Adolph; brother: Jim Masek and wife Joyce; also, Grandchildren: Scott Bean, James Masek and wife Tracey, Kelly Masek and Michael Guerra; Great-grandchildren: Elizabeth and Katherine Bean.

Visitations will be on Thursday, 3-9PM, June 30, 2005 at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia, Texas, with a rosary scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be on Friday, 10:00 A.M., July 1, 2005 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, Texas. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Praha, Texas. In lieu of usual remembrances, donations can be made to your favorite charity. Services are with G.W. Cox Memorial Funeral Home of Del Rio LTD @ 114 Fletcher Dr. 775 2000. G.W. COX MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME Del Rio, TX 78840 (830) 775-2000

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, 10 Dec 1999

Funeral services for Olga (Janek) Masek, 76, of Praha were held Dec 7 at St Mary's Catholic Church in Praha with burial following in the church cemetery.

She died Dec 5. She was born June 17, 1923 in Novohrad, the daughter of Frank and Mathilda (Grieve) Janek. She married Adolph H Masek on May 8, 1946.

She was a homemaker and farmer and member of St Mary's Catholic Church of Praha, Altar Society, KJZT, Jerome Michal Post 94 American Legion Auxiliary and Moulton VFW Post 6971 Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers Louis and Henry Janek and granddaughter Rebecca Masek.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Jeanette & Calvin Kurtz of Flatonia; 3 sons, Leonard & Sandy Masek and Robert & Kathleen Masek of Flatonia and Terry & Sharon Masek of Katy; son, Ronie Masek of Cypress; grandchildren, Jeff Masek and Eric Kurtz of Houston, Stephanie Kurtz Lopez, Kevin Masek, Jenna and Alex Holden Farek of Flatonia, Aaron Masek of Cypress and Dane and Reed Masek of Katy; sisters, Millie Halata and Vickie Lev of Schulenburg, Anna Schacherl of Shiner and Bridget Lev of Flatonia; brothers, Emil Janek of Weimar and Ernest Janek of Schulenburg and great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Brenna and McKenna Lopez of Flatonia.

Funeral handled by Smith Funeral Home of Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 20 Mar 1897, page 8

Schulenburg Sticker: Many of our readers will no doubt remember that the mangled remains of a negro by the name of Grant Mason were found on the railroad track near the compress last September two yearas ago, and it was supposed that a freight train had run over and killed him. The train had run over the body all right enough, but, if the following facts are true, Grant Mason was killed and placed on the track by Jake McNeely and Uriah Rockins, who were arrested last Wenesday morning upon sufficient informaiton loded by some one. The preisoners were taken to LaGrange and lodged in jail. The examinign trial was set for Tuesday, the 9th inst., but on going to press we were not able to find out the result.


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 Oct 1903, page 1

Death Record.

Deaths reported for the week ending Oct. 24th 1903.

Mateer: Died at Flatonia, Oct. 14-03 of paralysis, James William Mateer, aged 54 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 3, 1960

Mrs. Olive E. Mathews

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel for Mrs. Olive E. Mathews, 77.  The Rev. John F. Jensen officiated with burial in the Byler cemetery.

Mrs. Mathews was born in Nov. 20, 1882, near Dawson City in Navarro county, daughter of Manton and Sarah Jane Spencer Lilly.  She was married on July 26, 1904, to W. E. Mathews, who preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 1952.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. M. D. Stapleton and Mrs. B. F. Adams of Houston, Mrs. W. F. Zimmermann of La Grange and Mrs. H. L. Warren of Muldoon; one half-sister, Mrs. Lucy Stephens of La Grange; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, one uncle, John Spencer and a great number of nieces and nephews.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Mar 1904

Death Record.

Mathews: Died in La Grange, 2-27-04 of La Grip Sylvia Mathews colored, aged 80 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Mathis: Died at Haw creek Nov 9-03, of heart disease Chas. Mathis aged 28 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Alois Matocha

The Schulenburg Sticker, Vol. 24, No. 4, Edition Friday, October 19, 1917.


Died Very Suddenly

"In the midst of life we are in death!" Lightly as this may be regarded, the stern truth is forced for acknowledgment. Monday evening death claimed Louis Matocha, a highly respected farmer of Rabb's Prairie.

Apparently in good health that morning he left the farm home and spent the day on the banks of the Colorada river, fishing, and when he returned in the early evening and performed the usual chores—looking after and feeding the stock—he entered the home, complained of feeling badly and expired before the medical aid, summoned, reached his bedside.

Deceased was about twenty-nine years old and leaves as his chief mourners a widow and five children, the oldest ten, the youngest one year old, and to these our sincerest sympathy is extended.

Louis Matocha was a good man and had many friends. Tuesday afternoon his remains were taken to the new cemetery in La Grange and placed to their last rest, Father Otto Bauer officiating - La Grange Journal.

Contributed by Veronica Valenta Camarillo


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Matocha: Died at Plum, Sept 7-03, of Hematuria, Joe Matocha, aged 30 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, June 11, 1943

John J. Matocha, 74, Is Buried at Plum

La Grange, June 8.—Funeral services for John J. Matocha, 74, a 60-year resident of this county whose death occurred Sunday, were held Monday at the Plum Catholic Church, with the Rev. P. P. Kasper officiating. Burial was in Plum Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Matocha, a native of Europe, where he was born June 30, 1868, came to this country at the age of 14, settling in Fayette County. He married Miss Anna Korenek in 1890.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Anna Matocha of Plum; five daughters, Mrs. Antonia Vacula and Mrs. Sophie Fojtik of Damon, Mrs. Agnes Fojtik of Needville, Mrs. Anna Belota and Mrs. Olga Srubar of Plum; three sons, Louis, Joe and Edward, all of Plum; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Samohyl of Wharton and Mrs. Frances Janus of Plum.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The La Grange Journal, January 23, 1936, page 1

Peter P. Matocha Dies Sunday, 19th  After Long Illness

Peter Matocha, ill for the past three months, died Sunday night. Funeral services were held at the St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church at Plum, Tuesday morning, with Father Heintze of Plum cemetery.

Deceased was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Matocha of Plum, and was reared on a farm near that village. He was united in marriage, five years ago with Miss Bessie Sivek, who survives him; there are no children.

Besides his parents and widow, he is survived by three brothers, Louis, Joe, and Ed Matocha of Plum; five sisters, Mrs. Tony Vacula, Mrs. Sophie Foitik and Mrs. Agnes Foitik of Fort Bend County, Mrs. Olga Srubar and Miss Annie Matocha of Plum.

The Journal offers to these morning relatives its sincere sympathy.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 8, 1934


Friday afternoon the body of Dr. Claude Mattingly was brought to La Grange from Austin, and from the home of his father, Edw. Mattingly, the funeral was held, with interment at the new cemetery, Rev. Connell, pastor of the Methodist Church officiating. Dr. Mattingly was found dead in the Austin Hotel where he had lived for about a month. He formerly practiced his profession at San Antonio.

Dr. Mattingly was born in La Grange, and was the eldest son of Edw. Mattingly and Mrs. Mamie (nee Teichmueller) Mattingly of La Grange. His mother died when he was about five years of age. He is survived by his widow and two children, a daughter of 7 years and a son, aged 5 years, bearing his name; his father, one brother Leroy Mattingly of Harlingen, and one sister, Mrs. Macgruder (Mamie) Martin of San Antonio.

News of his death, and the fact that death was due to the administration of a powerful narcotic self administered was received with expressions of sincere regret. Here in La Grange where he lived as a child and until early manhood, he was universally liked by everyone. He was studious and industrious and advanced rapidly after receiving his permit to engage in the practice of his chosen profession. Choosing and adopting it as a specialty, diseases of children, his practice in San Antonio increased until he could not give it the attention demanded. Recently he removed to Austin.

The published accounts of this death, as they appeared in the press of Friday added nothing but the knowledge that he had weakened and yielded as hundreds of men had done before him. At his side, cold in death and from the same parcotic, was found the body of Mrs. F. A. C. Perrin, about 35, wife of a doctor of psychology on the faculty of the University of Texas. A suicide pact, evidently.

From the daily press a part of the story is taken:

The bodies of Dr. Claude Mattingly, 39 Austin specialist of children’s diseases, and Mrs. Rhea B. Perrin, professor of psychology on the faculty of the University of Texas, were found in a hotel here today, apparently having entered into a pact to die through over-injection of a narcotic.

Doctors who visited the hotel room, where the couple had gone to die, said there were containers that once held 45 rains of a narcotic and needles and tubes that had been used in injecting it. Investigators said it was apparent Dr. Mattingly and Mrs. Perrin had been dead for at least 12 hours.

Mrs. Perrin was Rhea Burgess of Dallas, before her marriage to the university professor September 22, 1921. She had studied at the university. Dr. Perrin had been a member of the faculty at the university for 10 years. They did not have any children.

Dr. Mattingly studied medicine at the Galveston branch of the University of Texas and served his internship there. He came to Austin about six years ago and had enjoyed considerable recognition as a diagnostician of children’s diseases. The appearance of the bodies and the room where they were found indicated the couple had deliberately planned to die together. Doctors said the narcotic evidently had been injected in large doses into the arms. Dr. Mattingly had removed his coat and Mrs. Perrin had taken off a light jacket she had worn. Otherwise the bodies were fully clothed and the room was in order.

San Antonio—Dr. Mattingly was a brilliant young diagnostician and had an enviable war record, according to Dr. Lee Rice of San Antonio, whose assistant the former was before he left San Antonio.

Dr. Mattingly, according to Dr. Rice, left the University of Texas during his sophomore year to go to was with the United States Marines, with whom he served at Chateau Thierry and elsewhere. After the world conflict he returned to finish his medical education. During the war he appeared to have 10 years, declared Dr. Rice.

The latter described Dr. Mattingly as one of the foremost young diagnosticians of early cancer.

Dr. Rice recalled that Dr. Mattingly married while he was still a student and that two children- a daughter and a son- were born to the couple while they resided in San Antonio.

Dallas—Mrs. Rhea B. Perrin, found dead in an Austin hotel Thursday, before her marriage lived in Dallas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Burgess. Mrs. Burgess died several years ago and Burgess recently went to California. He had been an attorney here for many years.

La Grange Journal
February 8, 1934, Page6

The following relatives and close friends attended the funeral of Dr. Claude Mattingly, Friday: Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Marin, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Reutzel, Mr. and Mrs. H. Pohl and R. Martin of San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Mattingly of Harlingen; Mrs. I Graves and Miss McKinzie of Austin; and many physicians from Austin, friends of the deceased, whose names we failed to learn.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


La Grange Journal, Thursday, August 30, 1900

Death of Mrs. Mattingly

After an illness of five days Mrs. Ed Mattingly died at her home in this city at the age of thirty-two years. A week ago today the wife and husband were the happy recipients of a pretty girl baby. From that time on complications set in, and in spite of all efforts to save the mother she passed away soon after the noon hour on Tuesday.

Conscious to the last, and with a firm belief in the immortality of the soul, she implored her husband to be good to the children when she had passed away. She did not tear crossing the dark valley of Death, but longed to stay a little while longer for the love she bore her husband and soon-to-be motherless little ones.

Deceased was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Judge Teichmueller of this city, and became the wife of Mr. Mattingly, Sept. 1st, 1894, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Wimberly. The children born to them and living are Claude, four years old; LeRoy, three years old, and the baby of one week.

The parents of the deceased have been absent from the city for some time owing to the Judge’s very poor health. They were notified Monday afternoon of the daughter’s condition and arrived on Tuesday’s morning train.

The funeral services were held at the family residence Wednesday forenoon by the Rev. Brooks, pastor of the M. E. church, and befitted well the solemn occasion. Many a tear of sympathy stole silently from its fountain and fell upon quivering lips. The entire city mourns with the bereaved in this the dark hour of their lives.

The escort to the cemetery – the repository of all that is mortal – composed of relatives and mourning friends was large and an evidence of high regard for the deceased.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 4 Nov 1896, page 4

Post Special: Ellinger, Texas, Nov. 5.—Yesterday evening Anton Mateleka was shot and killed by his son-in-law, John Maretka. The latter is in the hands of the officers here.


San Antonio Express, Tuesday, January 1, 1935

FLATONIA, Tex., Dec. 31.—Mrs. Joe Matocha, 34, died Sunday night. She leaves her husband and several children. Burial will take place in Cistern Catholic Cemetery.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


See Emil & Mary Chromcak and Charles Matula obituary


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 Oct 1908


Died at Flatonia, Oct. 18, Frederick Matula, age 26 years of intestinal catarrh.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Feb 1907


After a lingering illness of about fourteen months with that dreaded disease, consumption, patiently waiting the call to come up higher, Mr. John Matula departed this life Friday night last, surrounded by all his children, who had lovingly and faithfully attended his every want during his last fatal illness, his good wife having preceded him in death about a year ago.

Mr. Matula was born in Moravia, Austria, Jan. 6, 1852, came to this country when a small boy, first living at Bluff, removing to Schulenburg about 25 years ago.

His remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, Father Mathias [sic] officiating.

He leaves six daughters. Miss Mary, Mrs. Ophila Young, Mrs. Sophia Schaefer, Misses Mollie, Emma, Julia and Louise, one son, Mr. Chas; three sisters, Mesdames Frnak [sic] Adamcek, of Ammannville [sic], Joe Hajek, Moravia, Jim Holub, Moravia, and three brothers, Messrs. Frank Sweet Home, Geo. Yoakum and Joe, of Moulton, to mourn his loss.

The Sticker extends its sincerest sympathy to the grief stricken family and relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 June 1909


It has again become our sad duty to chronicle the death of one of our young ladies. This time the grim reaper, Death, has claimed Miss Julia Matula, a young lady, just at the time when life is most enjoyable.

Suffering for a long while with that most dreaded disease, tuberculoses [sic], she passed away Sunday morning last between the hour of 9 and 10 o’clock, just as if she had fallen in peaceful sleep.

Interment took place in the Catholic cemetery 10 o’clock Tuesday morning, Father Mathis officiating. six young men friends acting as pall-bearers, and surrounded by grief stricken relatives and heart broken friends, she was laid tenderly to rest.

Deceased leaves five sisters, Mrs. Frank Young of Cameron, Mrs. H. A. Scheafer, Misses Mollie, Emma, and Louise, and one brother, Chas. of this city to mourn her untimely demise to whom the sincere sympathy of the entire community goes out to in their hour of sorrow.

It is indeed sad that the young should be taken when life is dear to them, but He who knoweth all things, must be obeyed, and the bereaved ones can be consoled by the assurance that she has gone to her creator on high to enjoy eternal life of peace and happiness.

The following are the out of town relatives who attended the funeral services: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Janda, Misses Martha and Annie Lidiak of LaGrange; Mrs. Walter Fehrenamp of Shiner; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Adamcik, Ammannsville; Mr. Chas. Janda and daughter, Bluff.

Schulenburg Sticker, 22 July 1909


Died at Schulenburg, May 30, Julia Matula age – years of tuberculosis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 May 1907

Miss Mary Matula Dead.

Miss Marry [sic] Matula died Monday night after a lingering illness and her remains were tenderly laid to rest Wednesday afternoon in the Catholic cemetery, Father Mathis officiating.

Miss Mary was preceded in death by her mother about eighteen months ago and by her father only about three months ago. She leaves six sisters, Mrs. Frank Young of Cameron, Mrs. H. A. Schaefer, Misses Emma, Mollie, Julia and Louise, and one brother, Charlie, to mourn her untimely death, to whom we extend our heartfelt sympathy.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, July 12, 1929


Miss Mollie Matula, 44, of Schulenburg, died in a local hospital at 5:15 a.m. Monday. The body was taken overland at noon Monday to Schulenburg, where burial took place under direction of the J.B. Earthman Company.

She is survived by one brother, Charles Matula of Schulenburg; four sisters, Mrs. Frank Young of Temple; Miss Emma Matula of Schulenburg; Mrs. H.A. Schaefer of Houston and Miss Louise Matula of Houston.—Houston Chronicle.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Aug 1903

We received the sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. Frank Matula of Moravia which occured [sic] at 11 o’clock p. m. and her remains were laid to rest in the catholic [sic] cemetery at St. John. She was sick only a few hours, having been stricken with paralysis. The bereaved family has the sympathy of the entire community.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Feb 1906

Mrs. John Matula died Tuesday afternoon and her remains were laid to rest in the Catholic Cemetery the following day. A more extensive write up will appear next week.

Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Feb 1906


After a lingering illness of twelve months, Mrs. John Matula, on Tuesday the sixth, passed to the great beyond, from whose borne no traveler returns, and her remains were laid to rest the following day in the Catholic Cemetery, Father Mathis, officiating.

Mrs. Matula was born in Moravia Austra [sic], in 1857 and came to the United States, with her parents, in 1860. She leaves a husband and six daughters, Mrs. H. A. Schaefer, City, Mrs. Frank Young, Cameron and Misses Julia, Emma, Mary and Louise and one son, Chas, to mourn her loss. The Sticker extends its sincerest sympathy to the bereaved ones in their hour of sorrow.

Schulenburg Sticker, 15 March 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Mrs. Paulina Matula age 49 years, died Feb. 6.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Sep 1901

Little Tillie Rose Matula Dead.

Died Thursday September the 19th, Tillie Rose, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Matula, aged 5 years. The childish form was laid away from mortal sight at nine o’clock Saturday morning Sept. the 21st, while the touchingly beautiful words of the Catholic burial service directed the heart broken father and mother to a land above where there will be no more parting.

Tillie Rose was one of those dear little ones whom God only lends for a season to show how sweet and pure the angels are. Since her departure there is a vacant place in the home of her desolate parents which no other can fill and a reservation in the hearts of many in which her memory will be fondly and forever cherished. The hovering wings of the death angel have shadowed the sunshine of a happy home but we thank the Father above for the hope which He gives to the Christian. May it sustain the bereaved parents in the loss of their worshipped child and may the sad affliction prove but another link forged in the chain which draws them upward to a happier, better land which is even now the harbor of refuge and rest of their little darling.

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Among those from a distance who attended the funeral services over the remains of little Tillie Rosa Matula were Mr. & Mrs. Frank Young of Hallitsville [sic] and Mrs. H. A. Schaefer of Stockdale.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 19 Dec 1896, page 1


Defending His Mother a Young Man Kills His Brother.

Schulenburg, Tex., Dec.. 16.—The farm of Andrew Huebner, located five miles northeast of [Schulenburg], was the scene of a tragedy in which two men, Vincent Krobot and John Matura, met death at 10 o'clock last night.

Mrs. Matura, widow, was a tenant on the Huebner farm, and with her lived her two sons, John Maura, aged agout 28 years, and Clemens Matura, aged about 26 years.

John Matura and Vincent Krobot had rented some farming land a few miles west of Schulenburg and were preparing to cultivate it next year. Together they went to Mrs. Matura's house last night to remove the household effects belonging to John Matura. A dispute arose between Mrs. Matura and her son John in regard to the ownership of some of the effects, which culminated in the killing.

Clemens Matura came to town to notify the officers of the killing. To the justice of the peace he said that when the dispute arose between his mother and brother, Krobot took the part of the son and struck his mother; that he (Clemens) then interfered to protect his mother. Krobot and John Matura both attacked him, the former with a pitchfork and the latter with an ax, when he shot and killed both of them with a pistol. Krobot was shot through the heart and John Matura through the head, the ball entering the left lobe of the brain.

Clemes Matura came to town this morning for coffins for the dead men. During the day a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The Maturas are Moravians and came here from their mother country about three years ago.

Vincent Krobot was also a Moravian and came to this country three or four years ago. He was about 30 years old, a laborer, and had a wife and four or five children in the old country, whom he expected to join him here next year.

John Matura, deceased, and his brother, Clemens Matura, the slayer, were unmarried.


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, July 18, 1963

Final Rites for Mrs. Mary Matura, 87, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Matura, 87, lifelong resident of the Weimar area, were held Saturday, July 13, at Hubbard Funeral Home and Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. John Bily officiated.

Mrs. Matura, who had been bedridden for seven years, died at her home at 9 o'clock Thursday morning, July 11.

Born Nov. 23, 1875, at Dubina, she was the daughter of John and Veronica Bajer. She married to Rudolf Matura at Dubina in 1894, and they settled first at Ammannsville, later moving to Holman and finally to Dubina. Mr. Matura died Dec. 24, 1962.

Mrs. Matura was a member of the Dubina church, KJZT, and the Christian Mothers Society.

Surviving her are two sons, Emil of Weimar and Henry of Dubina; three daughters, Mrs. Annie Picha, who lived with her, Mrs. Albert (Victoria) Cernoch of Dubina and Mrs. George (Mary) Kana of La Grange; 25 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Broz and Mrs. Jim Kuchar, both of Weimar. Three brothers and one sister preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were her grandsons, Henry Joe Matura, Edwin Matura, Erwin Matura, George Kana Jr.; Florian Kana and Eugene Matura.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, January 3, 1963

Final Rites for Rudolf Matura, 89, at Dubina

Funeral services for Rudolf Matura, 89, retired farmer, were held Thursday, December 27, at Hubbard Funeral Home and Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with interment in the Dubina Catholic cemetery. Rev. John Bily officiated.

Mr. Matura died on Christmas Eve at his home after a month's illness.

He had lived at Dubina since 1893. Born March 3, 1873, at Sudkov, Czecholsovakia [sic.], he was the son of Martin and Beata Matura. He was 20 years old when he came to this country, settling at Dubina, where a year later he married Miss Mary Beyer. He was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church and the KJT Lodge.

Surviving in addition to his widow are 2 sons, Emil Matura of Weimar and Henry of Schulenburg; 3 daughters, Mrs. Annie Picha and Mrs. Albert (Victoria) Cernoch of Schulenburg, and Mrs. George (Mary) Kana of La Grange; 25 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were grandsons Emil Joe Matura, Edwin Matura, Erwin Matura, George Kana Jr., Florian Kana and Eugene Matura.

Dates are typed as printed in newspaper. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, December 25, 1947

Fayetteville Man Dies At Hospital

Frank Matus, 72, well-known Fayetteville area farmer, passed away at the local hospital Monday after a four week illness.

Funeral services are tentatively set for Wednesday, but time of the service is uncertain as yet. Rev. Frank Matustik will officiate, E. J. Knesek of Fayetteville is directing, and burial will be in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

He leaves his widow, Mrs. Agnes Sury Matus; five daughters, Mrs. Joe Novosad of Ganado, Mrs. Rud. Mynar of Fayetteville, Mrs. Fritz Krenek of New Ulm and Mrs. Emilie Treybig of San Diego, Calif. and Mrs. Jerome Beseda of Ganado; a son, Otto of Ganado; Mrs. Rosalie Survec of Ganado; 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Contributed by Rob Brown


San Antonio Express, Sat. April 21, 1951

HALLETTSVILLE—The Rev. Frank Matustik, 38, pastor of St. John's Catholic Church at Fayetteville, died Wednesday in a La Grange hospital.

Funeral was held at Fayetteville Friday.

The Rev. Matustik was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Matustik, Sr., of West, Texas. Born at West, Nov, 6, 1913, he was ordained Nov. 14, 1937, and read his first Mass at West. Appointed assistant pastor at St. Mary's Church of Taylor, he was later a Navy chaplain. Since 1945, he had been in charge of the St. John's, Fayetteville, Catholic Church.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 Oct 1903, Warda Items column

Last Tuesday Mrs. Anna Matz, nee Nootny, wife of Mr. John Matz, died here and was tenderly laid to rest at the Lutheran cemetery Thursday morning, Rev. Buschacher officiating. The deceased suffered from dropsy of the heart for some years and a day before her death contracted black jaundice which was the immediate cause of her death. She was a Wend, born in Saxony, Germany, in 1841, married John Matz in 1864, and immigrated to Texas in 1882, settling here at Warda. Besides her husband, two sons survive her. She was a devoted member of the Lutheran church, and loved and respected by all who knew her.

Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Matz: Died near Warda October 20th, 1903, of Heart Failure, Anna Matz, aged 62 years and 8 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Volume 71, No. 38, Friday, July 24, 1959

Funeral Rites for Edward Matzke, 79, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Edward Matzke, 79, an almost lifelong resident of the Weimar rural area, were held Saturday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with interment in the church cemetery.

Rev. Thomas O’Callaghan and Msgr. Drozd officiated.

Mr. Matzke, who came to this country with his parents when he was 4 years old, died at his home Friday after a month’s illness.

Born March 29, 1880, in Deutsch Jassnick, Austria, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Matzke, who immigrated to America in 1884 and settled near Weimar. He married Miss Mary Muehr at High Hill on Nov. 11, 1914.

His wife survives, along with three daughters, Mrs. Adolf (Tillie) Kubica and Mrs. Alphonse (Annie) Hudec of here and Miss Ella Matzke of Columbus; 4 grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Mary F. Kainer of here. Two sisters, Mrs. John L. Herring and Mrs. Max Gobald, and 2 brothers, Adolf and Joe Matzke, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were Bill Hoffmann, Eugene Kainer, Herman Matzke, Ed Matzke, Fred Rabel and Alfred Kainer.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Weimar Mercury, Volume 83, No. 77, Thursday, April 22, 1971

Final Rites for Mrs. M. Matzke, 78, Held Here

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Matzke, 78, were held Wednesday, April 14, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, with burial in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Rev. O.B. Kahlich officiated.

Mrs. Matzke died of a heart attack April 12 at the home of her daughter.

Born Jan. 8, 1893 at Bastrop, she was the daughter of Frank and Aloisia Berger Muehr. She was married to Edward Matzke, November 11, 1914, at High Hill. She was a member of St. Michael’s Church and St. Ann’s Society.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Adolf (Tillie) Kubica and Mrs. Annie Hudec of Weimar and Miss Ella Matzke of Columbus; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother, John Muehr of Sugar Land; and two sisters, Mrs. Victor (Alma) Blaschke of Sugar Land and Mrs. Robert (Rosie) Heinrich of Schulenburg.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Matzke was preceded in death by an infant son, a sister, and four brothers.

Pallbearers were Alfred J. Kainer, Edwin Kainer, Alois Muehr, Alton Muehr, Leo Muehr and Victor Muehr.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Weimar Mercury, 11 Dec 1925, page 2


Telephone news was received here Saturday shortly after the noon hour, which informed friends of the family of Thomas W. Maxwell, formerly of LaGrange, that Mrs. Helen Maxwell, past eighty years of age, mother of T. W. Maxwell, had died at San Antonio that morning. She will be remembered by many here who knew her while the family resided near the Katy crossing, on the highway.

The remains were brought in LaGrange for Interment, being first taken to the undertaking rooms of Reichert & Kneip and at two o'clock Sunday afternoon conveyed to the new cemetery for interment. Mrs. Maxwell was born January 26, 1841. —LaGrange Journal.


Mrs. Maxwell was known to a number of the citizens of this section, and her death is sincerely regretted.


Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1910

Houston Post Special: La Grange, Feb. 11.—Perry, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Maxwell, aged about 7 years, died in this city last night after an illness which lasted several days. The funeral was held today, with interment in the new cemetery.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 25, 1943

Hy. A. Mayer

Hy. A. Mayer, father of our townsman, H. W. Mayer, died at his home at Yorktown, Friday, March 19, aged 68 years and 5 months.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock, Rev. Hankammer, Lutheran pastor officiating.  Interment was in the Yorktown cemetery.

Surviving is his wife, Mrs. Louise (nee Linbrugger) Mayer, two sons, H. W. Mayer of La Grange and Edgar W. Mayer of Sweeney, and one daughter, Mrs. John (Esther) Zioentz of Yorktown.

American Legion buddies of H. W. Mayer, living in La Grange, were in attendance upon the funeral.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 5, 1934, Page Two

Death of Otto Mayer

Many friends of the family, residing in La Grange, attended the funeral of Otto Mayer of near Shelby, Monday afternoon.

Mr. Mayer aged 59 years, 11 months and 20 days, a prominent farmer of the Shelby section, died Saturday evening, March 31, at his home.  He had been failing in health for several years and became a victim of the dread flu, pneumonia followed, causing his death.  He is survived by his wife and four children, two sons, Willie and Elwood, and two daughters (Mildred) Mrs. O.W. Williams and (Dollie) Mrs. Marvin Jaeger of near Bay City.  Lorenz Meyer, a son, died about seven years ago, following an accident.

Beside his immediate family the deceased leaves an aged father, Fritz Mayer, one brother Charles, and two sisters Mrs. W.C. Nagel and Mrs. Henry Spies of Hallettsville.

The funeral took place at 2:00 o’clock Monday afternoon at Krau’s cemetery, Rev. Brunotte of Carmine attending.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Oct 1903


The death angel has again visited our vicinity, this time on Monday night last to claim Mr. J. D. Mayes, who lived just three miles south of town.

Mr. Mayes was born in Alabama in 1828 and came to Texas in ’49 or ’50 and made this home since then; was a gallant soldier in the civil war in Whitfield’s brigade.

The interment took place Tuesday at 3 o’clock under the auspices of the local Masonic order, of which he was a member.

The Sticker joins with a host of friends in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved family and relatives.

Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Mr. J. D. Mayes, who died last week left the following children to mourn his demise: Miss Katye, Mrs. W. H. Morrow of Hackberry, Mrs. Fannie Stewart of Weimar, Mrs. Asberry Bass and Mrs. Bob Williams of Schulenburg. Mr. J. D. Mayes of Hackberry, Mr. Monroe Mayes of Schulenburg, Mr. Burt Mayes of Gleckler.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 15 Apr 1927, page 5


Mrs. Bert Mayes of near Schulenburg died Saturday night and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Schulenburg Sunday afternoon. Rev. C. E. Bludworth, local Methodist pastor, officiating. Several relatives and friends of the family residing near Weimar attended the funeral.


La Grange Journal, September 10, 1964

Mrs. Olga Maynard Rites Wednesday
Funeral services for Mrs. Olga Maynard were held Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating. Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Maynard died at the age of 76 at the Fayette Memorial Hospital on Sept. 7.

Mrs. Maynard was born in La Grange on Jan. 9, 1888. She married Henry Helble on July 15, 1912 in Houston. He died on March 17, 1936. In Sept. 26, 1936, she married Charles Maynard in Plano. He died on Nov. 4, 1940.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Frank J. Pratka of La Grange; a son, Henry O. Helble of Victoria; one sister, Mrs. Max Rosenberg of La Grange; and four grandchildren.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, February 23, 1967

Mrs. A. Mazoch, 72, Succumbs; Buried Friday

Funeral services were held Friday morning, Feb. 17, for Mrs. C. J. (Anna) Mazoch, who died Feb. 14 in Youens Hospital after a 23-day illness.

Services were at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church here, and burial was in Holman Catholic Cemetery. Rev. Joseph Hamala Officiated, assisted by Rev. Albert Hubertus and Rev. Eugene Nee.

Mrs. Mazoch was the former Anna Vacek. She was born Jan. 3, 1895, at Ammannsville, a daughter of Eustach and Frances Balcar Vacek. She was married Oct. 21, 1914, to C.J. Mazoch, and they settled at Holman, where they lived the rest of their lives. Mr. Mazoch died Oct. 12, 1964

Mrs. Mazoch was a member of the St. Wenceslaus Catholic congregation at Holman. She was also a member of the KJZT, Christian Mothers, and the VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Victor (Agnes) Struve of La Grange, Mrs. Aug. J. (Leona) Watzlavick of Schulenburg, and Mrs. Frank (Alma) Berger of Houston; three sons, John of Tulsa, Jimmy and Jerome of Houston; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; four brothers, Emil Vacek of Weimar, Jimmy Vacek of Galveston, Frank Vacek of Holman and Adolph of Schulenburg; and one sister, Mrs. Agnes Crawford of Smithville. She was preceded in death by an infant son; two sisters, one as an infant and the other Mrs. Lena Adamcik; and one brother, Steve Vacek.

Pallbearers were Gene Vacek, Edwin Kunz, Jimmie Mazoch, Charlie Mazoch, Louis Mazoch and Frank Mazoch.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 May 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Barbara Mazoch, Schulenburg, age fifty-three, died April 10.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Baytown Sun, Friday, July 29, 1960

Mrs. Barbara Mazoch, 71, of 2119 Maryland, a 24-year resident of Baytown, died at 1:40 p.m. Thursday in a Baytown hospital.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church and of St. Agnes Society KJZT.

Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday by St. Agnes Society KJZT, at 8 p.m. Friday by the Parish and at 8:30 p.m. by the Legion of Mary, all at Earthman Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Earthman Chapel and Requiem High Mass will be said at 9:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with Rev. Denis Kennedy officiating.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Cemetery in Dubina. Interment will be under direction of Earthman Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mazoch is survived by four sons, Leonard Mazoch and Albert Mazoch of Baytown, Ted J. Mazoch of Sealy and John L. Mazoch of College Station; four daughters, Mrs. Nettie Zapalac of Midfield, Mrs. Hattie Parick, Mrs. Betty Morris and Mrs. Joyce Muckleroy, all of Baytown; three brothers, I. J. Mazoch, Frank Mazoch and Steve Mazoch, all of Granger; three sisters, Mrs. Julian Ermis of Weimar, Mrs. Christine Fredrich of Schulenburg and Mrs. Cecelia Kossa of Rosenberg; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be nephews.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, April 20, 1934


An aged lady of the Ammannsville community, Mrs. Cecelia Mazoch, widow of the late Philip Mazoch, died last Monday and the funeral took place on Tuesday morning. We are informed she was the mother of Messrs. Frank, Joseph, Cyril and Charles Mazoch, well known and highly respected citizens of this section. Also that she was the mother of several daughters, but our informant could not furnish us their names.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, October 15, 1964

Final Rites for C. J. Mazoch, 71, Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Cyril J. Mazoch, 71, retired Holman ginner, were held Wednesday morning, Oct. 14, at Hubbard Funeral Home here and St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Holman, with burial in the Holman cemetery.

Rev. Lambert Laskowski officiated, assisted by Rev. John C. Bily of Weimar and Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz of La Grange. Pallbearers were his nephews, Louis and Laddie Mazoch, Frank V. Cernosek, Rudy Stuckly, Gene Vacek and Charlie Adamcik.

Mr. Mazoch died of a heart attach Monday afternoon in Youens Hospital, after a month's illness.

A lifelong resident of the Weimar area, he was born at Ammannsville March 22, 1893, the son of Philip and Cecilia Jarovek Mazoch, and spent all his adult life in the Holman community. He married Miss Anna Vacek on Oct. 21, 1914; he was looking forward to observing their golden wedding anniversary next week.

Mr. Mazoch operated a cotton gin at Holman 39 years. In his later years he devoted his time to cattle raising. He had been a member of the KJT lodge more than 50 years, serving a number of years as its president, and a member of the Knights of Columbus more than 40 years. He was a member of St. Wenceslaus Church.

Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Anna Mazoch of Holman; three sons, John Mazoch of Tulsa, Okla., Jimmie C. Mazoch and Jerome Mazoch, both of Houston; three daughters, Mrs. Victor (Agnes) Struve of La Grange, Mrs. A.J.A. (Leona) Watzlavick of Schulenburg and Mrs. Frank (Alma) Berger of Houston, 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles Mazoch of Ammannsville; and one sister, Mrs. Mary Bartosh of Damon.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, February 9, 1907

By the accidental discharge of a single barrel shotgun late last Saturday afternoon [2 Feb 1907], the 7-year-old son of Mrs. Annie Mazoch, a widow woman living on a farm just across the road from Mr. Stephen McCormick's home place, was shot and killed. The little boy evidently did not know the weapon was loaded. Anyway, by careless handling of same in the kitchen of his home the weapon was discharged, the entire load of bird shot entering just under the jaw and coming out the top of his skull causing instant death. The remains were prepared for burial and on Sunday were laid to rest in the cemetery at Dubina.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Schulenburg Sticker, 6 June 1907

Mr. Frank Masuch [Mazoch] of Svetlo, died Monday evening and was buried in the Catholic cemetery Tuesday afternoon, Fathers Mathis and Samansky, officiating. Mr. Masuch was 71 years of age. He leaves six sons and six daughters to mourn his loss. We join their many friends in extending heartfelt sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 April 1912, page 1


Frank Masoch [Mazoch], Jr. 1 mo. Plebitis, Holman.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, June 6, 1963

Final Rites For Frank Mazoch Sr., 85, Held May 27

Funeral services for Frank Mazoch Sr., 85, were held Monday, May 27, at Hubbard Funeral Home here and in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church at Holman.

Rev. Lambert Laskowski officiated in the Requiem High Mass and delivered the sermon. Burial was in the church cemetery. Requiem Mass was sung by the Holman and Ammannsville CYO Choir.

Mr. Mazoch died Saturday, May 25, at his home, after a long illness.

A lifelong resident of Fayette County, he was born Oct. 2, 1877, at Hostyn, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Mazoch. He married Miss Marie Horak on Oct. 19, 1899, and they moved to the Holman community where they farmed until retirement a few years ago. Mr. Mazoch was active in the civic affairs; for many years he had been a member of the school board, and he served as a church trustee 25 years.

Surviving in addition to his widow are six sons, Cyril of Louise, Henry and Louis of Holman, Frank of Swiss Alp, Ivan of Dubina and Edmund of High Hill; five daughters, Mrs. Lad (Annie) Cernoch, Mrs. Frank (Martha) Neiser, Mrs. Morris (Agnes) Mican, all of Holman, Mrs. Stanley (Mary) Muras of Houston, and Mrs. Fred (Anastasia) Schram of Ammannsville; 33 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles of Ammannsville and C.J. of Holman; and three sisters, Mrs. Agnes Stuchly of Houston, Mrs. Mary Bartosh of Damon and Mrs. Adela Kulhanek of Ennis.

Pallbearers were eight of his grandsons: Harry Mican, Laddie Cernoch, Fred Schram Jr., Henry James Mazoch, all of Houston; James Mazoch of Louise, Ivan Mazoch Jr. of Dubina; and Frankie Neiser and Mark Mazoch of Holman.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 18 Jun 1964, page 1

Funeral Services For Mrs. Mazoch, 90, Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Genovefa Mazoch, 90, widow of the late Charlie Mazoch, were held Wednesday morning, June 17, at Hubbard Funeral Home here and at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Dubina, with burial in the Dubina cemetery. Rev. Henry O. Rolf officiated.

Mrs. Mazoch, who had lived in the Weimar area more than 50 years, died at 8:15 a. m. Monday in the Czech Catholic Home for the Aged at Hillje, after an illness of about five months. She had lived at the home for the past 6 years.

Born January 31, 1874, at Bluff (now Hostyn), she was a daughter of Joe and Margaret Habernal. She married Mr. Mazoch in 1907, and they settled on a farm near Weimar. He died in 1940, and six years later she moved to the Hillje rest home. She was a member of the Dubina church and the KJZT.

Surviving her are one son, Charles Mazoch of Weimar; a stepson, Max C. Mazoch of this area; three step-daughters, Mrs. Frank Kroboth of the Weimar area and Sister M. Assumpta and Sister M. Gerard of Nazareth Convent in Victoria; 13 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Frank Kroboth, Johnnie Kroboth, Frank Kroboth Jr., and George Mazoch, Joe Mazoch and Johnnie Baresh.


Weimar Mercury, 14 Jan 1955, page 1

Final Rites for Mrs. Helen Mazoch, 69, Held Saturday

Mrs. Helen Mazoch, 69, of Dubina, was buried in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery last Saturday morning after services at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg.

Rev. Eustace Hermes officiated.

Mrs. Mazoch died suddenly Wednesday, January 5.

She had lived in the Dubina community most of her life. Born Sept. 12, 1885, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mazoch. Her husband, Vincent Mazoch, died in 1918, and one son died 15 years ago.

Surviving are two sons, Max and Laddie Mazochof Schulenburg; and three sisters, Mrs. Raymond Kossa of Rosenberg, Mrs. John Friedrich of Schulenburg and Mrs. Willie Ermis of Borden; three brothers, Frank, Steve and Ignac Mazoch of Granger; and two grandchildren.


Weimar Mercury, 27 Feb 1969, page 1

Henry Mazoch, Heart Victim, Buried Sunday

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 23, for Henry J. Mazoch Sr., 61, who died Friday noon at his home, of a heart attack.

Services at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Wenceslaus Church, Holman, were led by Rev. Joseph Hamala and Rev. Albert Hubertus. Burial was in the church cemetery.

A lifelong resident of Holman, he was born June 30, 1907, a son of Frank and Marie Horak Mazoch. He married Miss Alma Kainer on Nov. 12, 1930. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph Society, and the KD.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Georgia) Becak of Palestine and Mrs. Bobby (Jenn) Koym of Houston; one son, Henry James Mazoch Jr. of Houston; ten grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Marie Mazoch of Holman; five brothers, C. F. Mazoch of Louise, Louis Mazoch of Holman, Frank Mazoch Jr. of Swiss Alp, Ivan Mazoch of Dubina, and Edmund Mazoch of Freyburg; and five sisters, Mrs. Vlad (Annie) Cernoch, Mrs. Frank (Martha) Neiser and Mrs. Morris (Agnes) Mican, all of Holman, Mrs. Fred (Anastasia) Schram of Ammannsville, and Mrs. Stanley (Marie) Muras of Houston.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Mark Mazoch, Laddie Cernoch, Ivan Mazoch Jr., Henry Mican, Robert Kainer and Frankie Neiser.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 18, 1942

10-Month Old Baby Buried at Holman

Howard Louis Mazoch, 10-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Mazoch, died Sunday evening in the La Grange Hospital, following a serious operation and complications. His death occurred at about 9:30.

He was born October 20, 1941.

Funeral services and burial took place at Holman on Monday morning.

The youngster, in his short life-time, had endeared himself to his brother, Davy Gene, aged 5, and to his heart-broken parents. To all of them the Mercury extends heartfelt sympathy.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, Tuesday, July 21, 1942

Weimar, Tex., July 20. Funeral services were held here Sunday afternoon for Pvt. Ivan Edmund Mazoch, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mazoch of Holman community who died last Monday, July 13 in Camp George Wright, Spokane, Wash., of jaundice fever. The body arrived from Washington Saturday morning. Burial was in Holman Cemetery,

Surviving, in addition to his parents are: Five sisters, Mrs. Lud Mican, Mrs. Jim Kana, Mrs. Lad Bayer, Mrs. Jim Bordovsky, and Mrs. Emil Bayer; and three brothers, Ignac Mazoch, Willie Mazoch and Jimmie Mazoch all of Weimar.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 15, 1933

Mr. John Mazoch Dead at Midfield

The last remains of Mr. John Mazoch, well known farmer, who for many years lived at the old family home a short distance south of Weimar, and later in the Borden section, and still later in the Midfield section were bought here last Sunday, and after appropriate services by Rev. Jos. Szymanski and a priest from the Blessing section, were laid to rest in the cemetery at Dubina. Mr. Mazoch was between 40 and 50 years of age, according to the best of our recollection.

John Mazoch will be well remembered by many of the old time citizens of this section. The family lived for many years at their home, now owned by Mr. Paul Brandes, and located just south of the McCormick homestead. John was a steady, good man, well thought of by a large circle of friends, and his death is sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the his bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, June 14, 1946

Final Rites for John K. Mazoch, 66, Held Last Week

Funeral services for Mr. John K. Mazoch, 66, of Dubina were held from the family residence Thursday, June 6th, with interment in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Monsignor Joseph J. Szymanski of St. Michael’s church officiated. Hubbard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Born May 12, 1880, in Fayette County, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mazoch. He was married in Weimar in 1920 to Miss Mary Dibola, settling in the Dubina section as a farmer. Mr. Mazoch had been ill about a year at the time of his demise in the Columbus Hospital Tuesday, June 4th.

Surviving, in addition to his widow, Mrs. Mary Mazoch, are one adopted daughter, Miss Georgia Mazoch, one adopted son, Raymond Mazoch, is deceased; five sisters, Mrs. Barbara Mazoch, Baytown, Mrs. W. F. Ermis, Borden, Mrs. R. G. Kossa, Rosenberg, Mrs. Helen Mazoch, Schulenburg, and Mrs. Christina Frederick, Schulenburg; and three brothers, Steve, Ignac, and Frank Mazoch, all of Granger.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the family.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 18 Jan 1962, page 1

Twins Die 4 Days Apart

Joseph Mazoch, 81, Succumbs; Rites Thursday

Funeral services for Joseph Mazoch, 81-year-old retired farmer of Holman, are [scheduled] for Thursday morning at 9:45 at Hubbard Funeral Home here, continuing with services at 10 o'clock in St. Michael's Catholic Church.

Burial will be in the Holman Catholic Cemetery, The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd will officiate.

Mr. Mazoch, a lifelong resident of this area, died at his home at 9:15 a. m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, after several years of failling health. He had been living in Weimar with a daughter, Miss Olga Mazoch, since selling his Holman farm about a year ago.

He was a twin of Mrs. Rosie Cernosek, who died Friday evening at Schulenburg.

Born Aug. 27, 1880, in Fayette County, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Mazoch. He married Miss Elizabeth Barta at Ammannsville in 1903, and they settled near Holman. Mrs. Mazoch died in 1951. Mr. Mazoch was a member of St. Michael's Church and the KJT.

Surviving him are two sons, Jimmy of Weimar and Bill[?] of Ammannsville; six daughters, Miss Olga Mazoch and Mrs. Ludwig Mican of Weimar, Mrs. Emil Bayer of Holman, Mrs. Lad Bayer of Ammannsville, and Mrs. Jim Bordovsky and Mrs. Annie Kana of La Grange; 17 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Charles of Ammannsville, Frank and Cyril of Holman; three sisters, Mrs. Rud. Stuchly of Schulenburg, Mrs. Lad. Bartosh of Damon and Mrs. Adela Kulhanek of Ennis; and one foster sister, Mrs. Alma Odell of Tucson, Arizona. Two sons receded him in death, Ivan, who died in military service in 1942, and Ignac, who died in 1953.


The Fayette County Record, Friday, April 12, 2013

Lillian Hilda Mazoch, 91, of Ammannsville died March 28 at Regency Nursing Home, Schulenburg.

Services were held April 1 at the St.John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville with interment in the church cemetery. Father Tim Kosler of Schulenburg, Msgr. John Bily of Weimar and Deacon William Wagner of Katy officiated.

Mazoch was born Dec. 30, 1921, the daughter of Adolph and Agnes Bily Fajkus of Praha. She received her education at Praha and St. Ludmila Academy in Shiner and worked at Bob Adamcik’s Café in Schulenburg as a waitress. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, member of St. John the Baptist Catholic church, KJZT Society over 50 years, charter member of the Fayette County Czech Heritage Society and sang in the Czech choir since 1979. She married Ladis Mazoch and was a dedicated wife and homemaker.

Survivors include one son, Claude Mazoch and wife Elizabeth of Wharton; daughters, Annette Beiersdorfer and husband Billy and Kathy Volek, all of Schulenburg, Rosalyn Muras of La Grange, and Cynthia Banse and husband Melvin of Weimar; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mary Ann Kokes and Georgie Wendel, both of Houston.

She was preceded in death by husband, Ladis; parents, sisters, Agnes Grahmann and Judith Pavlica; brother, Adolph Fajkus, Jr.; brothers-in-law, Franklin Wendel, Emil Pavlica and Joseph Kokes; and son-in-law, George Muras, Jr.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, March 8, 1973

Mrs. Mazoch's Funeral Held, Holman Church

Funeral services for Mrs. Louis (Mary) Mazoch, 60, lifelong resident of the Holman community, were held Thursday, March 1, at Hubbard Funeral Chapel here and St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church at Holman, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Patrick Fidgeon officiated.

Mrs. Mazoch died Tuesday, February 27, at Youens Memorial Hospital here, after a long illness.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, David Eugene Mazoch of Schertz and Mark A. Mazoch of Galveston; a daughter, Mrs. Elaine Balcar of Houston; two grandchildren; a brother, Otto Adamcik of Victoria; and two sisters, Mrs. Betty Hluchanek of Weimar and Mrs. Bessie Petras of La Grange.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 22, 1965

Funeral Services For Miss Mazoch Held Thursday

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 15, here for Miss Olga Mazoch, who died April 13 of a heart attack.

Rev. Albert Hubertus celebrated the Requiem Mass at 8 p.m. Wednesday in St. Michael's Church, held a day earlier because of Holy Week, and officiated in the Thursday services at Hubbard Funeral Home and at the church. Interment was in Holman Catholic Cemetery.

Miss Mazoch had been mowing the lawn at her home on Huvar street and apparently had stopped to rest in the shade of a tree when she suffered the attack at 4:20 p.m., dying almost instantly.

She was born August 26, 1904, at Holman, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mazoch, and lived there until moving to Weimar in 1960. She was employed at Elsie's Coffee Shop.

Miss Mazoch was a member of the KJZT Lodge at Holman.

Survivors are two brothers, Willie Mazoch of Rosenberg and Jimmie J. Mazoch of Weimar; and five sisters, Mrs. Ludwig Mican of Weimar, Mrs. Lad. Bayer of Ammannsville, Mrs. Annie Kana, Mrs. Emil Bayer and Mrs. Jim Bordovsky, all of La Grange. Two brothers preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Clyde Lemke, Jimmie Kana, Ernest Mican, Dennis Mican, Ervin Bayer and Bobby Bordovsky.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 10 June 1927


Mr. Phiillip Mazoch, an old time citizen of this section, died at Ammannsville last Saturday, aged 79 years. The funeral took place at Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery Monday morning, Rev. Raska officiating. Mr. Mazoch is survived by his widow, four sons, four daughters and one adopted daughter. They are as follows: Frank, Joe and Cyril Mazoch of Homan, Charles of Ammannsville, Mrs. Louis Cernosek of Holman, Mrs. Lad. Bartos of needville, Mrs. John Stuchly of Needville, Mrs. Julius Kulhanek of Ennis, and Miss Alma Mazoch of San Antonio. Mr. Mazoch stood very high among his friends and neighbors and was always considered a good citizen, friend and neighbor. Our sincere sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.


Weimar Mercury, 31 Mar 1933

Raymond Mazoch Dead

Mr. Raymond Mazoch, former resident of this section, died in Houston Monday afternoon, aged 30 years. He leaves a widow, Mrs. Pauline Mazoch, three daughters, Frances, Evelyn and Helen, and one son, Lawrence. They had been living in Houston for some time past.

The remains were brought here on Wednesday at noon and the funeral took place at Dubina Cemetery soon afterward, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

We are told that Mr. Mazoch's death was the result of exposure during a recent fire in the neighborhood where he lived. He worked manfully saving the property of a friend, became overheated, was taken ill, pneumonia developed, and although everything possible was done for him, it was without avail.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.


Schulenburg Sticker, 31 May 1912


Rudolph Mazoch, age 24 yrs. 9 mo Pulmonary Pneumonia, Holman.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 23 Jan 1920

Death of Jim Mazoch.

Jim Mazoch, a young farmer who was born and raised a short distance south of town, died Sunday at his home on the Navidad, a few miles west of town, after a brief illness, of pneumonia. He leaves a widow and several small children. The remains were buried at the Dubina Cemetery Monday morning. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.

[Vincent Mazoch died June 18, 1920.]


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Dec 1917

Mrs. Joe Mazorek died at her home north of town Thursday morning at the age of 73. She was a pioneer of this section, and loved and respected by all who knew her.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Clipping probably from the Texas Methodist Newspaper, 17 Dec 1857, Vol. IV #18

Died, at the residence of his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth McAshan, in LaGrange, Fayette Co., Texas, Nov. 29th, 1857, Edmund V. McAshan, Esq, in the 28th year of his age.

He was born in Buckingham Co., Va., and removed with his parents to Texas in 1845. At the early age of fourteen he consecrated his heart to the service of Christ, and united with the M.E. Church, South. From that time to the period of his death, he was a faithful consistent Christian. Although of a lively, cheerful disposition, he never compromised his religion, by joining in the fashionable follies of the day, but strictly followed the command of the Saviour, "If any man will be my disciple, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me."

Although he was a young man, he had filled the offices of steward, class leader, and superintendent of the Sabbath-school for many years, and was always found faithful to the trust confided to his charge.

But a few short months previous to his decease, he entered the married state, and a life of domestic happiness seemed in reserve for him; but while forming new plans of business, and engaging in new shpheres of usefulness, the Master's voice was heard, saying "It is enough: come up higher." His end was peaceful. He lived the life of a Christian and like a Christian, he died. The sudden call found him with "his lamp trimmed and burning, ready to go forth and meet the Bridegroom."

The Masonic Fraternity, Odd-Fellows, and members of the Bar in attendance on the District Court of Fayette county, and the Sabbath-schools of LaGrange, with a large number of sorrowing friends and relatives, followed his remains to the grave.

His friends have lost a treasure, but they look forward with joyful hope to a re-union in that land, "where this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall be clothed with immortality."

LaGrange, Fayette County, Texas

—The Texas Christian Advocate will please copy.

Texas Methodist Newspaper, 17 Dec 1857, Vol. IV #18

At a called meeting of Lafayette Lodge #34, Nov. 30, 1857, for purpose of paying last sad tribute of respect to the remains of E. V. McAshan. He died the 29th inst. Resolution published.

Contributed by Jane McAshan


Daily Houston Telegraph, 30 Nov 1872, page 5


This estimable lady died on Thursday morning at the residence of her son-in-law, Judge C. S. Longcope, of this city, and her remains were started on the Central train, attended by members of her family, to be interred at the family burial grounds in La Grange.

This excellent lady had attained a nice old age, and had raised a large family and seen them all married and comfortably settled in life.

So much was she beloved among a large circle of friends in this city and at La Grange, where she resided for many years, that she was universally spoken to and of by the name of "Mother McAshan". A consistent, unflinching Christian all her life, death to her was but the gate to Heaven and an eternity of happiness.

She had done her whole duty to her children, and they and their descendants will always bless her sacred memory.

Contributed by Jane McAshan


Weimar Mercury, 12 Sep 1930, page 1

H. McBride Dead.

Mr. H. McBride, a prominent and highly thought of farmer living on Middle Creek, between Weimar and Schulenburg, died at the family home Saturday and the remains were interred in the Schulenburg Cemetery the following day, Rev. C. C. McKinney, local Methodist pastor, officiating.

He is survived by his widow and several children, all grown.

Mr. McBride was highly regarded by everyone who knew him, and his death is deeply and sincerely regretted.


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Aug 1919

Johnnie McBride Dead.

Word was received Sunday of the death of Johnnie McBride at the government hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Johnnie McBride was born in Fayette county on April 15, 1895 and up to the time of the war, spent his days on the home farm east of Schulenburg. When the local company of volunteers was organized he enlisted and went with the company to France. The climate there did not agree with him and he was in the hospital part of the time though nothing serious was anticipated. He returned with the company but was taken from the boat in a serious condition at Newport News, Va. Just recently the father, Mr. H. A. McBride, accompanied by Dr. Hunter Clark, visited him at the Atlanta hospital, intending to have him brought home if possible, but they found him too weak to move and the conditions there are as near perfect as possible for the best of care and treatment. The remains were brought to Schulenburg Wednesday and laid to rest in the City cemetery Thursday afternoon, the entire 36th Division in this section being present to extend the last honors to their comrade. The entire citizenship extend to the father and mother and brother and sisters sympathy in the loss of their loved one in the prime of his young manhood.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Dec 1903, page 1

Death Record.

Deaths reported for the week ending December 5, 1903:
McClannahan – Near Muldoon, November 21, of heart failure. Annie McClannahan, aged 28 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 3 Jul 1897, page 2

Ardmore, I. T., June 20.—Leslie McClatchy, 16 years old, son of Jeff McClatchy, was drowned about 3 o'clock this afternoon in the lake of the Ardmore rod and gun club, about four miles north of the city. Mr. CMcClatchy and family came here about a year ago from Wills Point, Tex., and formerly resided at LaGrange, Tex.


La Grange Journal, Thursday March, 1 1934


Frank McClellan, age 70 years, died at his home in Ledbetter, last Thursday, February 22. Funeral services were held at the home and burial service at the cemetery; Dr. H. G. Hertel, a sincere and true friend of the McClellan family spoke consoling words at the home and at the grave, giving due credit to the good qualities of the deceased.

Frank McClellan was on of those plain, rugged honest men who made friends, ever square in his dealings he commanded the respect of all with whom he came in contact; he had lived in our little village for more than half a century, and leaves to mourn his departure, his widow and eight children. He was born October 6, 1863.

Many who know him intimately frequently referred to him as a “good man to tie to” because he believed in truth and sincerity. He had the courage of his convictions, yet he possessed a heart that was tender and deeds of neighborly and friendly kindness, that he mentioned not but executed because it gave him pleasure.

His living children are: Conway McClellan of Wichita Falls; Mrs. Addie Chamberlin of Calvert; Mrs. Chas. Hill, Houston; Mrs. Robert Rost, Long Beach California; Billie McClellan, Vega, Texas; Milton McClellan, Bergheim, Texas and Miss Johnnie Mae, now at the old home. One brother, Walter McClellan also survives. All children were here to attend the funeral with the exception of Mrs. Rost, who was unable to come from California on account of sickness.

Frank McClellan was a successful contractor and stockman; through his enterprising efforts and energy, he succeeded in shipping many loads of grave from this section to Houston, and was also instrumental in getting the highway through his community.

-A Friend

(The journal editor lost a valuable friend when Frank McClellan died. An acquaintance formed many years ago never lacked its ennobling influence; the editor regarded him as a man of high integrity and considered it a pleasure and a privilege to be numbered with his list of friends. To the family the sympathy of the entire Journal force is offered at this hour.—Editor.)

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 23, 1919

Frank McClelland, Jr.

Fayette County Adds Another Son To Its Honor Roll


Fayette county has added another son to her list of heroes who have made the supreme sacrifice in the name of liberty, in the death of Frank McClelland, Jr., who died at St. Naziar, France, November 22, 1918.? He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank McClelland of Ledbetter, where he was born June 25, 1893.? He has two uncles, John and W. R. McClellan, and many other relatives.

Young McClellan entered the navy in 1913 and served two years, receiving an honorable discharge.? When the war with Germany broke out, he entered the railroad corps and went to France within a month after his enlistment.? On December 19, his family was notified by the government that he had fallen a victim of bronchial pneumonia.? He has a brother in the engineer service in France.

The McClellan family being among the oldest settlers in Fayette county, and Frank being among the best known young men in that section, his death cast a gloom over the entire community in which he lived.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, June 28, 1934

Ledbetter Citizen Attacked by Heart Failure Thursday

Dear Journal:

This, Friday afternoon, June 22, we placed to rest another good and sincere friend, one of whom every man and woman and child in our little village loved because he was honest, upright and a friend to those in need.  Walter R. McClellan died Thursday after an attack of the heart; his age was 68 years and he leaves as his chief mourners, his widow and two sons, and countless friends for his rare qualities.

Walter McClellan was all his friends called him, his life was full of adventure.  In his younger years he served as mail clerk on the run between Houston and New Orleans, and was caught in several railroad wrecks, but always came back smiling; he was for a time chief clerk of the railway mail service.

When the game grew old, he purchased a filling station near Ledbetter, and tourists where “Dad’s Filling Station” was to be found; they visited with him because it was not always business, but a friendly greeting and a smile to add to the days’ blessings.  His true nature, in addition to his many kind deeds was exemplified when, his neighbors and friends desiring to honor the mother on “Mother’s Day he had them to commemorate that day at his grove near to his filling station.  As we who knew him so well, think of what he did and did willingly for others, we refrain not in saying that our hearts bleed at his departure.

There are not many Walter McClellans these days; he caused the bright rays of sunshine to penetrate wherever his presence came; as we stood at his grave last Friday and heard Dr. Hertel of Giddings extoll his virtues and saw the casket that contained the mortal remains of a friend lowered to the depth of the earth, with Masonic honors, the inevitable was forced strongly upon us; may the sod be light and his soul repose in those realms where honorable men have obtained a lease while living.  – L. C. Rummel.

Ledbetter, June 22.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Sep 1901


Mr. George McClennan, an Irishman having been born near Dublin in 1832, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Theo. Bauch of Freyburg Saturday August the 31st 1901. Mr. McClennan came to Texas in 1896 and since that time resided in this vicinity. He was a man who attended strictly to affairs with which he was directly concerned and naturally enjoyed the admiration of his fellow man. His remains were interred in the High Hill cemetery Sunday afternoon – peace to his ashes.

Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Sep 1901

Mr. Louis Schlottmann who died in Schulenburg Friday night and Mr. George McClennon [sic] who died at Freyburg Saturday night were brother-in-laws [sic].

Both contributed by Matt Cross


from unidentified obituary

Mrs. Alma McCook

Alma McCook, 82, a Waco homemaker, died Tuesday at a local nursing home.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Cistern Cemetery in Fayette County, the Rev. L. Johnson officiating.

A wake will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at East Waco Mortuary.

Mrs. McCook was born Dec. 12, 1907, and attended Bethel School in Cistern. She married Shelley Howard; he preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Lola L. Howard of Waco; four brothers, Jurde McCook of Smithville, Robert McCook of Weldon, Felton McCook of Houston and Morris McCook of Schulenburg; and two sisters, Laura Jones of Denton and L. Deshay of Plantory.

Contributed by Yvonne Chambers


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Aug 1912


Eliza Jane McCook, age 24 years, Potomain poisoning, Cistern.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Eagle Lake Headlight, 15 Dec 1906, page 5

A negro by the name of Less McCoy, died in the colored waiting room of the Sunset depot early last Saturday morning. The negro was brought up on the Cane Belt the night previous very low with pneumonia. His home was in Flatonia to which place his body was shipped for burial.


The La Grange Journal
Thursday, December 11, 1947

Former LG Lady Dies Suddenly

The entire community was shocked late Monday when the news was received that Mrs. J. W. McCoy, the former Miss Willie Mae Kreuz of La Grange, had died suddenly that day at her home at Paris, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Kreuz, her parents, and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Webb left shortly after receiving the sad news to be with the sorrowing family.  Mrs. McCoy leaves her husband, three small children, parents and other relatives.

Details of funeral arrangements were not learned.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 15, 1955

West Point Negress, Aged 101 Years, Dies

Mrs. Sallie McDuffie, aged West Point negress died Saturday, Dec. 10, at the age of 101 years, 6 months and 8 days.  Death was attributed to heart failure.

She was born on June 2, 1854, during slave days and was a daughter of the Caesar Moores who lived at West Point.  Her husband preceded her in death a number of years ago.

Funeral services will be conducted by the Pendergrass Funeral Home of Smithville on Friday, Dec. 16, and interment will be made in the McOllie Cemetery near West Point.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Houston Chronicle, November 9, 2002


Survived by daughters, Betty Ward & Patsy Tamborello of Houston; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; sister, Willie Mae Holub of Weimar.

Rosary and funeral services, Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m., from Sts. Cyril & Methodist Catholic Church, Dubina, Texas. Burial, Dubina Cemetery. Visitation, Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at Hubbard Funeral Chapel and after 12:45 p.m., at church. Hubbard Funeral Home, 979-725-8561, Weimar.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 26 Dec 1903, page 8

Flatonia, Dec. 17. — Miss Cornelia McGill, an aged lady, well-known and respected, died at her residence this morning at 11 o'clock. The [funeral] occurs tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. Interment in the City Cemetery. Miss McGill had resided here for a number of years prior to her death.


Shiner Gazette, 15 Jun 1898

We learn on going to press that Mrs. H. F. McGill of Flatonia died last Monday night at 11 o’clock and was buried yesterday at 4 p. m. The sympathies of the GAZETTE are with the bereaved children, who have lost a faithful and affectionate parent.

Weimar Mercury, 18 Jun 1898, page 5

Flatonia Argus: Died, after a lingering illness of several weeks, Mrs. Lydia A. McGill, so well and so favorably known throughtout this section, breathed her last, at her home in this city, her soul wafting its flight to that brighter home beyond, at 10 o'clock p. m., Monday, June 13th, 1898. . . .

Deceased was born in Colorado county, Texas, and was fifty one years old. She was a christian and member of the Baptist church for fourteen years.

Her children who survive her are Mesrs. J. C. and Frank, and Miss Nena McGill and Mesdames Stella Hollifield and Maggie Kempe.

Gazette obituary contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 1 Jan 1902, page 1

The whole community was shocked and saddened by the unexpected and sudden death of Miss Nema McGill at about noon Tuesday at the home of her brothers, Claude and Frank, in the eastern part of the city. When Frank arrived at noon, he found his sister very ill and at once hastened for a physician but she expired soon after his return. Miss Nema was a young lady of a lovable disposition and her sudden death has cast a gloom over the entire city and the bereaved family have the sincere sympathy of all in their time of sorrow. – Flatonia Record.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Dec 1903

Death Record.

McGrew: Died near Mouldoon [sic], Dec 3-03 of Pneumonia, Henry McGrew colored, aged 70 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, March 8, 1934, page 3

Deaths Reported

Died at Plum, February 27, of apoplexy; George McIntire, (colored) aged 80 years.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 July 1903

Death Record.

McKey: Died at Plum, July 22nd-03, of pulmonary consumption, Louisa McKey aged 14 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 7 Jun 1918

LaGrange Doctor Dies.

LaGrange, Texas, May 31.—Dr. R. A. McKinney died here Thursday morning. He retired from the practice of medicine a few years ago, on account of failure of eyesight. He is survived by his widow and three children, all grown, Mrs. Ada White of this city, Mrs. T. A. Edwards of Lake Charles and William McKinney of San Antonio. The funeral took place at 10 a.m. Friday and was conducted by the Knights Templar of Smithville.


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 June 1905


After an illness of several months duration, Mrs. Anthoria McKinnon, one of Schulenburg’s oldest citizens, passed from this earth, Sunday at 1 p. m., to that world from whose bourne no traveler returns.

Mrs. McKinnon was 63 years of age and had lived in this city all her life. Four sons and three daughters survive her: W. H. and Miss Lottie at home; Earnest and Afton, Halletsville; W. E., Colman; Mrs. Annie Marcee, Lampases [sic] and Mrs. Stella Stierling, Fayetteville.

Interment took place in the city cemetery Monday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock and she was laid to rest beside her husband who had preceded her in death a number of years. The services were conducted by Rev. Passmore of Flatonia. The Sticker begs to join the entire community in extending ssncere [sic] sympathy to the bereaved children and relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Houston Post, Monday, May 23, 1949

Ernest McKinnon, 83, of 1510 Pearson, died at 7:45 a.m. Sunday in a Houston hospital. Born in Lyonsville, had lived in Houston four years. Had been retired several years. Member camp No. 120, Woodmen of the World.  Survivors: Widow, Mrs. Gertrude McKinnon; daughters, Mrs. Sam V. McNeill, Galveston, and Mrs. A. T. Reaves, Houston; sisters, Mrs. Lottie Lester, Schulenburg, and Mrs. Stella Sterling, Bellville. Private services Monday at Schulenburg cemetery. Settegast-Kopf company.

The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, May 27, 1949

Ernest L. McKinnon Buried Here

Private funeral services for Ernest Lee McKinnon, who passed away in a Houston Hospital on May 22, at 7:45 a.m., were held here Monday at 2:00 p.m.

Mr. McKinnon, aged 84 years, was born near the present site of Schulenburg at Lyonsville on September 5, 1865 as the son of Neil and Anthora McKinnon.

On January 23, 1893, he was united in marriage to Gertrude Willrich here in Schulenburg. Her father, Judge Willrich, performed the ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. McKinnon made their home here until about four years ago when they disposed of their property and moved to Houston.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Gertrude Willrich McKinnon of Houston; two daughters, Mrs. Hayden McNeil of Galveston and Mrs. Alpin Reaves of Houston; three sisters, Mrs. Stella Sterling of Bellville, Mrs. Annie Marcer of Fresno, California; and Mrs. Lottie Lester of this city; one grand-daughter, and several nieces and nephews.

The body was brought from Houston to the Methodist Church here where Rev. Dennis Macune officiated at the service. Interment was made in the City Cemetery.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, April 30, 1954

Mrs. E. McKinnon Buried Here Sat.

Mrs. Ernest McKinnon, aged 84 years, seven months, and twenty-four days, passed away in Galveston Friday afternoon. Mrs. McKinnon had been making her home in Houston with a daughter, Mrs. A. T. Reaves, but at the time of her death was visiting in Galveston with another daughters, Mrs. Sam McNeil.

Mr. and Mrs. McKinnon operated the McKinnon Hotel here for many years. A number of years ago they sold their property here and moved to Houston. Mr. McKinnon preceded his wife in death several years ago.

Deceased was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania on August 28, 1869. She was the daughter of the late Judge and Mrs. George Willrich of La Grange.

Funeral services were held in Galveston Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., and the body was brought to Schulenburg for interment in the family plot in the City Cemetery. Fulfilling one of her last requests, private funeral services were held and all flowers were omitted. Rev. Parnell, local Baptist minister, officiated at the graveside rites here.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Sam McNeil of Galveston and Mrs. A. T. Reaves of Houston and one grand daughter Sarah Ann Reaves of Denton.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 5 Apr 1890, page 2

The many friends of Mr. Neil McKinnon will regret to learn of his death, which occurred Wednesday night at his residence near Schulenburg. He was well known in this vicinity.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, May 7, 1914

Neill L. McKinnon

When Death’s icy touch stilled the voice of Neill L. McKinnon of Schulenburg, that enterprising city lost a good citizen, his relatives a loving kinsman and his friends in the county a good, honest friend, a true Southern scholarly gentleman.  We knew him well, and his company was always a pleasure to us; he was ever encouraging a friendly feeling for his fellow man, and during his later years seemed to take great pleasure in spreading good cheer and sunshine among all.  Peace be with him.  May his reward be such as his goodly nature merited.  He was given Masonic interment at the Schulenburg cemetery on the afternoon of Sunday April 26th, aged 62 years.

Contributed by Rob Brown

W. H. McLain

Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Mar 1899

Died of Paralysis, near Muldoon last Thursday night, Mr. W. H. McLain, aged about 50 years. He claimed to have been one of Quantrell’s men. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his death.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 19 Dec 1903

Flatonia, Dec. 7.—J. P. McLean, an old gentleman highly connected in this section, died at his home near this city last night. He was an ex-Confederate soldier. The remains were laid to rest in Elm Grove cemetery at 3 o'clock today.

Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Dec 1903

Death Record.

McLean: Died at Elm Grove, Dec. 6th-03 of malaria J. McLean aged 79 yrs. and 6 months.

Death record contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, January 26, 1922

Her Visit Ended

Infant Babe Departs on Her Journey To The Other World

Mrs. F. Nollkaemper returned from Weimar Saturday where for the past three weeks she had been with the family of Ross McMillan, and at the bedside of the little grandchild, Evelyn Marie McMillan. It has seemed that the joy the first born brings into the home was to have been short lived here. Baby Evelyn Marie made her debut into this world and into the hearts of the young parents and grandparents as a New Year’s gift, the cup of happiness appeared to have been filled to the brim, but only for a short while.

On Wednesday morning of last week the visit of the infant boss of the home came to an end. The angelic band hovering near simply stepped in and took the spirit and carried it up to Him who hath said: “Suffer little children to come unto me for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”

Little Evelyn Marie’s precious body was placed into a tiny couch bed and bedded to rest at the Weimar cemetery where many friends and relatives gathered to sympathize with the sorrowing parents, Wednesday afternoon. Rev. J. W. Arnspiger, pastor of the Baptist church officiated and consoled the bereaved by his kind words. Beautiful flowers bedecked the little mound. We regret the loss and offer our sympathy to the young parents and relatives.

The following attended the funeral ceremonies: Fritz Vogt and Miss Louise Schroeder of  La Grange; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Rosenaur of Flatonia; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Balzer, Swiss Alp.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Fayette County Record
Friday, September 4, 1953

Ross McMillan, 61, Dies At Weimar

Funeral services for Ross McMillan, 61, veteran business man of Weimar, who Tuesday morning expired following a heart attack several days prior to that time, were held from the Hubbard Funeral chapel in Weimar at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Mr. McMillan had been identified with Weimar for virtually all of his lifetime and had engaged in the garage and motor company business for several decades.

His wife, by whom he is survived, is a La Grange native, the former Miss Gretchen Nollkamper. Other survivors are a son, Howard Grey; two brothers, Gilford of Schulenburg and Robert of Weimar.

He was a brother-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Greenshield of this city.

Interment was in the Masonic cemetery at Weimar.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 17 Jun 1893, page 3

Oakland Remarks

Mrs. W. J. McMillan, daughter of our neighbor across the creek, Mrs. M. H. Williams, died at his residence [sic.], several miles west of here Saturday evening. She was interred at the Navidad [Baptist] cemetery on Sunday afternoon, Rev. Zach Payne officiating.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 30, 1944

John Mechura – 86

John Mechura of Route No. 1, La Grange, died at his home (Bridge Valley) Sunday, November 26, aged 86 years, 6 months and 18 days. Funeral services were held Monday morning at the Sacred Heart church, Rev. S. A. Zientek, assisted by Rev. Edward Jansky of Plum, officiating.

Deceased, born in Europe, May 8, 1858, immigrated to America at the age of 24 and located in Fayette county where he continued to live until ------------ surviving are his two sons, Rudolph of East Bernard and Frank Mechura of La Grange, and one daughter, Mrs. Bettie ----- of La Grange. There are 17 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Flatonia Argus, 24 Oct 1918


At the Base Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, the death of Private Otto Mehner of the Repair Unit, Motor Transport Corps, 312, U. S. Army, occurred last Saturday morning at about one o'clock. He had been sick about a week with Spanish Influenza which ran into pneumonia.

The remains were brought here on the early morning Southern Pacific train Monday, and funeral services were held at the residence at four o'clock Monday, Rev. A. S. J. Haygood conducting.

At the grave the local Knights of Pythias took charge and gave their burial service. The casket was draped with a UInited States flag. The grave was heaped high with beautiful floral offerings.

Otto Mehner was one of our most popular and promising young men of the city. He was born and raised in this city, attended our school and spent his entire life among our people. He was employed as assistant at the Post Office for about two years. He enlisted in the Motor Transport Corps and took the course of instruction at Camp Mabry and after the course was completed was sent to Fort Sam Houston to work in the Repair Department.

He enlisted about the middle of July, at the age of twenty-two.

Otto Mehner was a young man of exceptionally high moral character, a member of the local Knights of Pythias lodge and of the Home Guard Company, a general favorite among the boys and possessed initiative ability that insured for him a successful career in what undertaking he would have taken.

He is survived by a mother, Mrs. Kate Mehner, five brothers: Carl of Marshall, Will of California, Herbert of this place, and George of the Medical School, Galveston, and one sister, Miss Anna of LaGrange.

The Argus extends sincere sympathy.

Weimar Mercury, 25 Oct 1918, page 6


Flatonia, Texas, Oct. 21.—Private Otto E. Mehner, the first white soldier from this city to give his life for democracy, died at Fort Sam Houston Saturday of Spanish influenza. The city and the public school flags were flown at half mast Saturday and Sunday in honor of this young soldier.

Photo and Argus obituary contributed by Cheryl Cook Singleton


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, June 4, 1970

Final Rites For Theo. Mehrens Held May 26

Funeral services for Theodore Mehrens, 80, were held Tuesday morning, May 26, at Hubbard Funeral Chapel with Rev. Robert Crawford, pastor of Weimar United Church of Christ, officiating.

Burial was in Brandt Cemetery at Holman. Pallbearers were Reinhardt Brandt, Ewald Brandt, Charlie Trefny, Henry Poppe, Emil Kahlden and Arnold Balzer.

Mr. Mehrens died at 6:45 a.m. Sunday morning, May 24, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston after a 10-day illness. He was a World War I veteran.

Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Raymond W. (Pauline) Hiller of Victoria; four grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Frieda Balzer of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Leona Drymalla; a 2-year-old son, Willie; four sisters and one brother.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, April 1, 1932

Wilhelm Mehrens

We learned too late for last week’s paper that Mr. Wm. Mehrens, an aged man of the Osage section, had died Wednesday morning of last week, at the family home on the Theo. Brandt farm, and the funeral took place Thursday afternoon at Holman in the Brandt burying ground.  Rev. Paul Piepenbrook, Lutheran minister of Schulenburg, officiating.

Mr. Mehrens had been in feeble health for the past fifteen or twenty years, and while his death was not unexpected, it is nevertheless deplored by all.  He was a good man and citizen, and highly regarded by those who knew him.  Mr. Mehrens was about 75 years of age at time of death.

He is survived by his widow, one son, Theo. Mehrens of near Weimar, and four daughters, Mrs. Wm. Poppe of near this place, Mrs. Max Argum, Mrs. Chas. Argum and Mrs. Chas. Balzer of Shaws Bend.

The sympathy of all our people goes out to his bereaved loved ones.

Contributed by Jan Jackson


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 18, 1947

Mrs. Meinardus, 86, Dies At Oldenburg

Mrs. Lina Meinardus, widow of the late Albert Meinardus, passed away at the August Keilers home at Oldenburg Sunday, after a two-year illness.  She was 86 years, 11 months and eight days of age.

Funeral was held Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel here with Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating.  Burial was in the Drawe Cemetery.

Mrs. Meinardus, whose maiden name was Schlottmann, was a native of Waldeck.  Born Jan. 6, 1861, she married Albert Meinardus on Dec. 28, 1880 at Warrenton.  Her husband died in June, 1929.

She leaves a daughter, Mrs. Aug. (Johanna) Keilers of Oldenburg; three sons, Fritz of La Grange, W. B. of Hallettsville and Alfred Meinardus of Warrenton; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 19 Dec 1896, page 8

LaGrange, Tex., Dec. 9.—Christian Meinen, aged 28 years, committed suicide by shoting [sic.] himself with a 38-caliber revolver in the head. He died at 4:30 this evening. He wa a well-to-do farmer, living four miles north of the city. Cause, despondency.


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 April 1910


Died, at LaGrange, April 14, Heinrich Meinen, aged 53 years, of dropsy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Apr 1904

Death Record.

Meinen: Died near Warrenton, 8,17,04 [sic] of Paralysis, Margaretha Kathrine Meinen aged 68 years and 10 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Fayette County Record, February 22, 2002


Funeral services for Elvis W. Meiners, 92, of La Grange were held Thursday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Grange with burial in the La Grange City Cemetery. The Rev. Arlyn Hausmann officiated.

Meiners died Feb. 20 in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born March 25, 1909 in Waldeck, he was the son of Walter A. and Julia G. (Heller) Meiners. He married Beatrice Hagemann June 6, 1937 in La Grange. He owned and operated Meiners Motor Company for 48 years. He was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, was a 32nd Degree Mason, 50-year-member of La Fayette Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. in La Grange, Ben Hur Shriner Club, U.T. Ex-Student Association, 50-year plus member of La Grange Lions Club, 30-year­ member of the Fayette Memorial Hospital Board, 15 of which he served as president, was a farmer and rancher, served on the La Grange ISD School Board and was active in various organizations locally and across the state.

Survivors include one daughter, Dr. Elva Keilers and husband Dr. Royce Keilers of La Grange; one son, Don Meiners and wife Akiko of Mansfield; three grandchildren, Dawn (Keilers) Mirran and husband Salar K. of Charlotte, N.C., Amy Beatrice Meiners and Anne Marie Meiners, both of Mansfield; step granddaughter, Hikari Prather; two great-grandchildren, Sophia A. Mirran and Julian E. Mirran; and one niece, Lucille Strickland of Schulenburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Beatrice Meiners; brother, John Meiners; sisters, Delphine Meiners, Annette Meiners, and Edna Blume.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fayette Heritage Library Museum Archives, or St. Mark's Development Fund.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Jan 1903

Mr. R. Meiners of Nechanitz who had attained the unusual age of 88 years, died at his home at the above place last Friday and his remains were tenderly consigned to the grave in the cemetery at Waldeck, Saturday afternoon. Mr. Meiners was well and favorably known throughout the county and leaves, besides a wife and three children, many relatives and friends to mourn his loss. Mr. Meiners was an uncle of Mrs. C. A. Luecke, who, accompanied by her husband, attended the funeral services.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 April 1912


Miss Annie Meinhald, Age 55 yrs, 3mo. 14 da., LaGrippe, near Wahalla

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 24, 1938

Miss Fredricka Meinke

Saturday, Nov. 12, at 11:15 a.m., the Great Redeemer called to His home on high, our friend and beloved sister and aunt, Miss Fredricka Meinke.

Miss Meinke was born in Mecklenburg, Stralitz, Germany, July 20, 1869. Before coming to Texas with her parents at the age of 4 years, she was baptised in the Lutheran faith. She made her home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Meinke in Fayette county.

After the death of her parents she made her home with her brothers and sisters. The last six weeks and at the time she was called to the Great Beyond she was at the home of her niece and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Edmond Albers, who did all that was in their power to make her comfortable. May God bless them!

Miss Meinke lived to reach the age of 69 years, 3 months and 21 days. She was bedded to rest in the Waldeck cemetery, Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2:00 p.m. She leaves to mourn her death the following brother and sisters:

Fritz Meinke of Nechanitz, Mrs. Fritz (Johanna) Zingelmann and Mrs. Eilert (Louise) Koopmann of Waldeck; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The following sisters and brother preceded her to the grave: Willie Meinke, Mrs. Minnie Alschlaeger, Mrs. Phinne Wilkes and a sister, Pauline, as an infant.

Pall bearers were her nephews: Paul Meinke, Paul Meinholdt, Paul Zingelmann, D. J. Meinke, Aug. Tell and Benno Alschlaeger.

In charge of the floral offerings was Misses Viola Zingelmann, Norvella Meinholdt, Ora Nell Albers and La Vern Albers; Rev. H. Brunotte of Carmine officiated at the home and grave. Frank Pratka; in charge of Reichert’s Funeral Home was funeral director.

May we all meet her in the place the angels call home. – A Friend. Waldeck, Nov. 14.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Fayette County Record, August 19, 1938

Last Rights Held for Mrs. Anna Meinen

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Meinen 65, of the Prairie Valley section were held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Minnie Wessels, and the Prairie Valley Lutheran church Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock, followed by interment in the Trinity Hill cemetery. The Rev. R. Heise officiated at the last rights.

Mrs. Meinen passed away suddenly at the home of her daughter Monday morning.

The deceased, a resident of Fayette County since the time of her arrival in the county at the age of seven, was born in Germany, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Diers. She came to America with her parents and settled at Rutersville. In later years she was married with Ben Meinen, who passed away in 1903.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Meinen: Died at Plum, Oct. 14 03 of Heart Failure, Ben Meinen, aged 39 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Dec 1908, page 1


Died near Waldeck, Oct. 28, Mrs. Annie E. Meiners, age 94 years, 9 months and 16 days of [p]aralysis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 June 1908


Mrs. Antonia Meitzen, aged 88 years died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. S. J. Holchak of this city at 1 o’clock p. m., Friday, May 22, after a lingering illness.

Mrs. Meitzen came here to visit her daughter about two months ago from Fayetteville, Texas, where she had resided for about fifty years. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. S. J. Holcak [sic] of this place and Mrs. Matheas of Comfort, and one son, Hon. Max Meitzen of Fayetteville. Her remains were taken to Fayetteville for interment Saturday.  – Shiner Gazette.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Tribune-Herald, April 28, 1978

Mrs. John Mekyna Passes Away

Mrs. John (Agnes) Mekyna, 83, passed away Sunday, April 16, in Youens Memorial Hospital, Weimar, after a brief illness.

She was born in Fayette County on Dec. 12, 1895 to Ondrej and Veronika Halata and was married to John Mekyna at St. John’s Catholic Church. The couple settled on a farm in the Moravia community and later moved to the Velehrad community. 

Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 17, at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel. 

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, from the Praha Catholic Church. Interment was in Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Mekyna is survived by two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Carolina Halata of Moulton and Mrs. Louise Halata of Hallettsville, and numerous nieces and nephews, including Father William Halata of Hostyn.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1957, her parents and two brothers, Charles and Joseph Halata.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Chas. B. Halata, Bernard Halata, Edwin Anders, Marvin Novak, and grand nephews David Halata and Arnold Bohuslav.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Obits from the Lavaca County Tribune
May 1957-May 1969

John Mekyna, 74, Buried at Praha

John Mekyna of Schulenburg, a farmer, passed away at his home Thursday, June 13, after an illness of three weeks. He had attained the age of 74 years, 11 months and 13 days. 

Funeral services were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Saturday, June 15,15 8:00 a.m. and continued at the Praha Catholic Church at 8:30 a.m. Rev. Wm. Halata and Rev. Marcus Valenta officiated and interment was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Chas. B. And Bernard Halata, Frank Skyvara, Eddie Anders, Arnold Bohuslav and Marvin Novak.

Mr. Mekyna was born in Moravia, Europe in 1883, and in 1885 he emigrated to this country and settled at Hallettsville. On June 11, 1916 he was united in marriage to Agnes Halata at the Moravia Ascension Catholic Church. He was a member of the Praha Catholic Church and the K.J.T. Lodge.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. John Mekyna of Schulenburg; a sister, Mrs. Joe Skyvara and a nephew, Rev. Wm. Halata of El Campo.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


La Grange Journal, 6 Jun 1929


Died a the hospital Wednesday, May 29, 1929, Mrs. Anna Melcher, aged 73 years, 10 months and 10 days. She was born July 19, 1855 in Friedland, Bohemia; her maiden name was Hennig. Mrs. Melcher immigrated to this country with her parents when seventeen years of age and has been a resident of Fayette County ever since. She was married to August Nollkaemper on September 13, 1877. Four sons blessed this union: Frank, Robert and Rainer of this county and Ludwig of San Antonio. Mr. Nollkaemper died January 1, 1889. In October of the same year she was married to William Melcher. Two sons of this union survive: Willie and Edwin Melcher. Mr. Melcher died in January 1906.

Mrs. Melcher had been ill the past six weeks. She was a patient at the La Grange Hospital the past three weeks and all that could be done by skillful nursing and doctors was done. She passed away Wednesday and her remains were laid to rst at the Cedar Cemtery Saturday afternoon. Our sympathy is extended to the bereaved.

Transcribed by Norman C. Krischke


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Sep 1903


After an illness of a few weeks duration Mr. C. L. Melcher peacefully passed away at his home in Swiss Alp, Sunday morning at 2 o’clock and his remains were interred in the Swiss Alp’s cemetery at 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Melcher was an old resident of Fayette County and was always indentified [sic] in the up-building, and the county has lost a good man. He was proprietor of the Schulenburg electric light plant which he had just recently purchased and was getting things in a most satisfactory way when his health failed which ended in his death.

The STICKER extends condolence to the heart stricken family.

Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Sep 1903


On last Sunday morning, surrounded by his family, Louis Melcher, well known and esteemed by all, died at his home at Swiss Alp, after a short illness from pneumonia.

Deceased was born in our city September 19, 1851, and when but a mere boy his parents removed to a small farm near what is now known as O’Quinn. He was given the advantages of a country school and in 1873, with his brother, J. C., started a general merchandise store, which business is still conducted by the latter. During his useful career as a resident of Fayette County, he devoted a great deal of time to the discovery of valuable minerals which he reported to the government, and among his finds were several large pieces of meteorite.

By trade Mr. Melcher was a carpenter, and many buildings still stand as a memento to his skill. When the heated discussion over the waterworks and electric light problem occured [sic] at Schulenburg recently, Mr. Melcher became interested and caused to have the new gin, waterworks and electric light plant erected there. Being a scientific and practical man the management of such an enterprise was an easy task to him, and his worth was highly appreciated by the people of Schulenburg. But it was destined that he should not live to enjoy his success. Upon different occasions he became prostrated from overwork and when the attack of pneumonia, came, his weakened constitution could not withstand it. Besides a grief-stricken wife he leaves ten children, the youngest is eighteen months old, as his chief mourner.

Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock the interment took place at the Swiss Alp cemetery, and the high esteem in which the deceased was held is best demonstrated by stating that the cortege was extended one mile in length. Sympathizing friends from all over the country attended and assisted in administering the last sad rites to an honored and useful citizen, Rev. Kern, pastor of the Swiss Alp Lutheran church, conducted the funeral services, assisted by the Hermann Soehne lodge of which the deceased was an honored member. – La Grange Journal.

Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Sep 1903

Death Record.

Melcher: Died at Swiss Alp, Sept 5th-03, of nervous prostration C. L. Melcher, aged 51 years and 11 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 31, 1935

Aged Citizen Dies Saturday

Fritz W. Melcher, aged 79 years, 10 months and 7 days, died Saturday, January 26. Deceased was born in La Grange, and later removed to a farm south of the city; he is survived by several sons and daughters. Interment was has at the new cemetery Sunday morning at 10:00 o’clock, Rev. W.H. Marshal, officiating.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal
September 3, 1936 pg. 1

Max Melcher, Local Citizen Succumbs To Heart Attack

With a swiftness that beggars proper mention, death came to another good citizen of La Grange last Friday when Max Melcher, owner and operator of the Melcher Garage, suddenly expired in the business place following an attack of the heart. Credence could not be given at the first to the report circulated, as he had been mingling with friends days prior and had expressed himself as feeling “just fine.”

Friday morning he arose at his customary hour, bathed, shaved and dressed, ate a light breakfast and in addressing his wife, said that he was feeling very good. Immediately after breakfast he walked the short distance from his home to his place of business and had not been there long when, in conversation with a truck driver, he suddenly collapsed. Dr. Poelsche was hastily summoned, but death was certain before his arrival. Max Melcher died as he had hoped that he would; the shock was heavy to his family and family relatives and friends.

Consulting with the best specialists in regard to his health Mr. Melcher was advised last spring that he would have to go slow, that his heart was weak, that where he had been ever active he would have to be restful. Obeying the behest of that mandate he sought rest wherever possible; several weeks since he left for the hilly country near Kerrville. Returning to La Grange at the beginning of the past week, he gave every evidence of being in excellent health. Death plays until the hour to strike.

Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock at the newly built funeral home operated by A.W. Koenig and son, Rev. Guy B. Duff held services, witnessed by relatives and friends. After which the body was taken by G.A. Koenig to San Antonio to the crematory. The ashes will bill be placed in the vault in the new cemetery.

Max E. J. Melcher was born in the village of O’Quinn, eight miles from La Grange, and grew into manhood in the old family home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Melcher. He became a citizen of La Grange in 1905 and held for several years the position of a clerk in a local grocery. Later he embarked in the tire business and purchased the Karges property and erected thereon the garage owned by him at the time of his demise. He was also agent for the Humble Oil Company, and enjoyed and excellent patronage.

He was united in marriage with Miss Annie Sladczyk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hy. Sladczyk, at Cedar, December 30, 1906. Two sons, Robt. Lee Melcher, recently appointed instructor in the Technical College at Auburn, Alabama, and Max Allen, high school student at La Grange, with his widow survive him. His father J.C. Melcher and the following brothers and sisters also survive: Louis Malcher of Taylor, Ed. of Port Lavaca, Ernst of O’Quinn, Tom of El Campo, and Edison of La Grange, Mrs. Fritz Otel of El Campo, Mrs. A. Lampe of La Grange, and Mrs. Otto Dahlmann of Waco.

Interested in civic work, he was a member of the La Grange Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club, and the time of his death was a director of the Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Hermann Sons lodge, Bismarck No. 8.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed. Photo from Sandy Otto.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 3, 1960

Tom E. Melcher

Tom E. Melcher, 71, died at the Nightengale Hospital in El Campo Friday morning, Feb. 26, after a lingering illness.

The deceased was buried in the ODHS cemetery in El Campo Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Melcher was a native of O’Quinn.  He lived in El Campo about 40 years.  He was associated with the El Campo Rice Milling Co. until several years ago when he retired.  He was married to the former Daphne Redwine of El Campo.

Survivors include his wife; one son, Tom, Jr., one daughter, Mrs. Chas. Elwood and three grandchildren, all of El Campo; two brothers, Ed. of Port Lavaca and Edison of La Grange.

Attending the last rites from La Grange were Mr. and Mrs. Edison Melcher, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar A. Roitsch and son, Eugene and Mrs. Max Melcher.  Max Allen Melcher of Houston and Col. Robert Lee Melcher of College Station also attended their uncle’s last rites.

Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Photo from Sandy Otto.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 25, 1926

Death of Mrs. Melcher

Tuesday afternoon at the family home at O’Quinn, out on Route Number Four, where the Melcher family had resided for fifty years, Mrs. Wilhelmina, wife of J. C. Melcher, passed to her reward, following an enfeebled health condition of several years.  Wednesday afternoon at three o’clock the remains were taken to the Black Jack cemetery and with many of the relatives and neighbors and friends present, were place to their last rest, the open grave filled and then banked with floral offerings; wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was bidden good-bye until a later day.

Mrs. Melcher emigrated to this country with her parents when a girl of perhaps fourteen years of age; the family located in the Freyburg section and there she grew to womanhood.  She was born in Lengensfeld, Saxony, Germany, December 5, 1847.

She became the wife of J. C. Melcher on January 4, 1870.  An interesting family of children followed this union, one of whom, Mrs. Chas. Luck, the eldest daughter, preceded her in death a number of years, September 23, 1909.  The remaining children, grown and married, are:  Louis, eldest son, at present, at Garwood; Mrs. F. Otel of El Campo, Mrs. A. Lampe of La Grange, Mrs. Otto Dallman, Waco; Ed., of Port Lavaca; Max and Edison of La Grange, Ernest at the old home and Tom of El Campo.  Fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren are also left to mourn her departure.

Grandma Melcher is going to be missed by the friends of that section where she established herself in the hearts and minds of the neighbors and friends.  Always encouraging a feeling of good will and also a hospitable spirit, her home, the Melcher home was oftentimes the scene of a happy gathering.  She lived to see her children grow to maturity and happily married, and in the last years, declining in health calmly awaited the dissolution.

The Journal offers its sympathy to all the mourners, and to the widowed husband especially, whose companion of over fifty-six years has gone on ahead.
Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Photo from Sandy Otto.


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Feb 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Wm Melcher age 52 years, died at Cedar, Jan 30, 1906.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, August 13, 2013

Erwin W. Mendel, 81, of Schulenburg, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center following an extended illness.

The funeral Mass was held on Friday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, followed by interment in the St. John’s Cemetery. Msgr. John Peters officiated and Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Scott Henneke, Brett Henneke, Joshua Mendel, Nolan Mendel and Colten Randall, grandsons; Allen Schramek, nephew; and Eugene Pauler and Clint Kainer, friends.

Recitation of the rosary was on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by Deacon Harper.

Mr. Mendel was born on Dec. 21, 1931 in St. John, the son of Willie and Louisa (Berger) Mendel. He and Irene Petter were united in marriage on Oct. 14, 1952 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Praha. A retired farmer at the time of his death, he was a member of St John’s Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Loretta and Dan Henneke of Houston; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Sandra Mendel of Schulenburg, and Greg and Vivian Mendel of Smithville; a sister, Martha Schramek of San Antonio; and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, his parents and two brothers, Herbert Mendel and Willie Mendel Jr.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Weimar Mercury, 25 Jan 1918


Schulenburg, Tex., Jan. 22. - Advices have reached here of the death at Camp Travis of Private Fred Mendel, aged 25, of meningitis. he was the son of Mr. and Mrs Fred Mendel. The body was shipped from San Antonio Monday.

Emil Kiesling, also of Camp Travis, who was ill with pneumonia at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Kiesling, died Sunday. He left Schulenburg for Camp Travis at the same time Mr. Mendel did.


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 April 1911


News was phoned in here Sunday afternoon that Joseph Mendel had killed his wife and himself early that morning.

Mendel came in town Friday last and paid off the notes on his farm and placed some money in the bank to his credit, and when the news of the terrible deed came it could hardly be believed.

It seems he had been acting queer a few days before. He and his wife had had some little trouble a few days past.

From the findings of ‘Squire Vogt who held the inquest Mendel shot twice at one of his little girls then killed his wife, shooting her in the back at close range and then shot himself through the left breast, tearing his heart out. A single barrel shot gun was used, he having purchased same while in town Saturday.

Eleven children ranging from one to thirteen years of age, are left orphans. The remains were laid to rest in the High Hill Catholic cemetery Monday morning at 10 o’clock. Peace to their ashes.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 15 Feb 1908, page 4

Flatonia, Feb. 10.—An old negro named John Menefee, who had lived here for years, was drowned in a small creek about five miles from town. He was returning home and drove through the creek, throwing both himself and wife out. Both landed all right, but John went back to unharness the horses and was washed down the stream. His body was not found until this morning.


Weimar Mercury, 13 Apr 1907, page 2

Flatonia, April 3.—Mr. John A. Menefee, after an illness of several weeks, died yesterday afternoon at the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Menefee. His remains will be interred in the city cemetery this afternoon at 4 o'clock. Service will be conducted at the house by Rev. A. Y. Old and at the cemetery under auspices of Knights of Pythias. Mr. Menefee was 45 years of age, and had been reared in our midst. He leaves a mother, father, three brothers and sisters, besides many near relatives and friends to mourn his loss.


Waelder New Era, 30 May 1924

Elm Grove News


Grandma Meneley died May 26, 1924 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Gosch at the advanced age of 84 years, and was laid to rest in our Cemetery Tuesday at 3 o'clock, amid a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Heard of Waelder. Deceased had been a member of the Baptist Church ever since she was 16 years old. Her maiden name was Miss Celia Davis. She is survived by two sons and three daughters and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one brother, John Davis of Williamson Co. She was twice married, her first husband was Gabriel Zumwalt who died, leaving a son and daughter who preceded her to the grave many years. Her second husband, Joseph Meneley preceded her in death forty years. Her children who survive are L. D. Meneley of near Muldoon, J. D. Meneley, Mrs. Fritz Gosch, Mrs. Henry Gosch of this place, and Mrs. Monroe Gosch, Dilworth, To the bereaved ones we offer our sincere sympathy.

Celia Meneley's grave in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Fayette County, Texas, is marked with a small handmade concrete marker which simply states, "Celie Meneley." Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 25, 1934

Louis Menking died t his home in Pledger, Tuesday, January 16, after an illness of seven years’ duration, aged 54 years.

Mr. Menking formerly conducted a business here, in the building now occupied by B.J Knippel. The family made many friends while living among us who are sorry to hear of his death. His remains were brought to the home of his aged mother, at Haw Creek, where he was laid to rest in the Haw Creek Cemetery, Wednesday.

Mr. Menking is survived by his wife, six children, his aged mother, besides numerous other relatives and friends. He was kind and loving husband and father; though we realize to him death came as a relief, he will be missed by his loved ones, to whom we extend our deepest sympathy and ask Him who doeth all things well, to give them strength to bear their sorrow.

La Grange Journal — County News
January 25, 1934

Haw Creek News – Louis Menking

Monday, January 15, at 8:00 o’clock p.m. Louis Menking died, after a long illness. 

Louis Menking was born in Haw Creek, November 6, 1879; in the year 1907 he was united in Marriage with Miss Minna Marburger, and made their home in the Haw Creek community. Later the family removed to Fayetteville where he operated a store; from there they removed to Sealy; from there to Wallis and from there to Pledger, Matagorda County, where the family was engaged in farming until his death, Monday January 15.

The body was shipped via truck from Pledger to his mother’s home at Haw Creek, Tuesday, January 16.

Wm Menking, father of Louis, died two years ago, and from that time on Louis was in bad health.

In April 1932, his left leg was amputated above the knee, but the sickness remained in his body until death; he was 54 years of age.

He leaves to mourn his grief stricken wife, Minna (nee Marburger) his aged Mother, Mrs. Kathrina Menking, six children, Mrs. Ed (Lillie) Reibenstein, Mrs. Rawlph (Norma), Hanna, Melvin, Wilma, Nola, and Orenell, all living at Pledger; three brothers, Willie of Fashing, Walter of Alice and Henry of Haw Creek; two sisters, Miss Emma Menking and Mrs. Albert Marburger of Haw Creek, and many friends.

Interment took place at the Haw Creek cemetery, Wednesday, January 17, at 2:00 o’clock, Rev. A. C. Peterson and Rev. O. Hentzschel officiating at the grave.

May he rest in Peace!

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 July 1908


Died near Carmine, June 19, Mary Menn, age 3g [sic] years, 4 months and 29 days of epilepsy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Deputy Sheriff Otto Menn

Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Nov 1898

Otto Menn, deputy sheriff and proprietor of the Bismark saloon, at this place, died Wednesday evening about 4 o’clock from a stab in the stomach inflicted with a knife in a difficulty last Monday night. Albert Brau was arrested the same day charged with having committed the offense. The remains of Mr. Menn were quietly laid to rest in the Carmine Cemetery on Thursday evening at 5 o’clock, the Sons of Hermann conducting the funeral rites, he being a member of that noble fraternity. – Carmine Enterprise.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Brenham Banner-Press, November 11, 1898           

Election Killing

Fayette County Deputy Sheriff Stabbed at Carmine

Messrs. L. Grassmuck and Henry Schulz went to Carmine yesterday to view the remains of Otto Menn, who was killed in that town Tuesday by Albert Brau.  The deceased was a friend of Mr. Grassmuck and a customer of Mr. Schulz.  He was a deputy sheriff of Fayette County and also in the saloon business.  Some of the young men of Carmine were creating a disturbance Tuesday and the officer warned them to be quiet.  Words followed and resulted in Menn being stabbed in the abdomen.  He lived until 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.  The Funeral took place Thursday afternoon.  Both the deceased and the young man charged with the killing are well connected in Carmine, and sentiment on the question is divided.

Article and photo contributed by Thomas E. Menn


Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 16, 1953

Funeral Services For Frank Mensik, 79, Held Today

Funeral services for Frank Mensik, 79, of Ammannsville, father of several Weimar people, were held this (Thursday) morning at the family home and Ammannsville Catholic church. Burial was in Ammannsville Cemetery.

Msgr. A.F. Drozd officiated, assisted by Rev. Hanacek of Shiner.

Mr. Mensik died at Youens Hospital Tuesday morning after a heart attack. He had been in the hospital since suffering a first attack October 2.

A native of Europe, he came to this country with his parents when he was 8 years old. They settled in the Ammannsville section, where he has lived since.

Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Mary Walla; 10 sons, Willie and Sylvin of Ammannsville, Dr. J.J. Mensik of Weimar, Method of Needville, John, Sidney and Teddy of Rosenberg, Steve of Columbus, and Theofil and Andrew of Schulenburg; five daughters, Mrs. E.C. Vacek and Mrs. Ed. A. Kloesel of Weimar, Mrs. Mary Bartels and Mrs. Vlasta Pokluda of Needville, and Mrs. Richard Peters of Rosenberg. Forty-three grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren also survive.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 18, 1931


Mrs. Josephine Mensik, beloved wife of Mr. W.. C. Mensik, died at the family home at Needville last Monday, following a lingering illness of over five years duration. The remains were brought through the country and on Tuesday morning were laid to rest in the Ammannsville Cemetery. Revs. Raska of Ellinger and Heintze of Ammannsville officiated.

Mrs. Mensik was 34 years, 8 months and 14 days old at the time of death. She was born at Ammannsville and was a daughter of Vinc and Annie Macha, both of whom died several years ago. She was united in marriage to Mr. Mensik fourteen years ago. To this union four children were born, as follows: Donald, Aged 14; Allen, aged 8; Judith, 11 years, and Loretta, 5 years. These and the heart-broken husband survive; also one brother, Edward Macha, and one sister, Mrs. Frances Kostelnik of Needville. The family moved to Needville some twelve years ago.

Mrs. Mensik was a lovable, good wife and mother, always devoted to her family and friends and all about her. She was highly regarded by all who knew her, and her death at so early an age is deeply and sincerely deplored by a countless number of relatives and friends. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday December 2, 1927


Mrs. Steve Mensik, a widow of the Ammannsville community, died Thursday of last week at the age of 70 years, and the remains were interred in the Ammannsville Cemetery Friday afternoon. Rev. Raska officiating. Mrs. Mensik leaves only one daughter, Mrs. Kasper Soja of the Ammannsville section. Many friends throughout this section regret her death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 1, 1954

Mrs. Mary Mensik Buried Saturday At Ammannsville

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Mensik, 78, who died in Youens Hospital here Wednesday, were held Saturday, Dec. 26, from the family residence and the Catholic Church at Ammannsville with Rev. Adolph Janda officiating.

Burial was in the Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Mensik's death followed that of her late husband, Frank Mensik, by only two and a half months.

Born Jan. 6, 1875, at Praha, Texas, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Walla, she was married to Mr. Mensik Nov. 5, 1894 at Ammannsville, where they spent the remainder of their lives.

She was a member of the Ammannsville Catholic Church, Catholic Mothers Society and the KJZT Lodge.

Surviving her are ten sons, William, Theophil, Andrew and Silvin of Schulenburg, Dr. J. J. Mensik of Weimar, John, Sidney and Ted of Rosenberg, Matt of Needville and Steve of Columbus; five daughters, Mrs. Emil Vacek and Mrs. Ed A. Klosesl of Weimar, Mrs. Richard Petter of Rosenberg, Mrs. H. H. Tartels and Mrs. C. J. Pokluda of Needville; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Rabel of Granger and Mrs. Tom Belto (?) of Houston; two brothers, Joe Walla of Rosebud and Louis Walla of Philadelphia, Pa.; 43 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, April 3, 2012

Martha Edith Mensik, age 95 years, 5 months, passed away on Tuesday, March 27 at 5 p.m. at Regency Nursing Center after a two-month illness. She had formerly resided on Mensik Road near Schulenburg.

The funeral was held on Saturday, March 31 a 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville, followed by interment in the church cemetery. Rev. Tim Kosler officiated. Pallbearers were Craig Matzke, Jeff Mensik, Chase Matzke, Danny Herrera, Danny Herrera Jr. and Gary Hackler. Named as honorary pallbearers were Denise Herrera, Lisa Matzke, Susie Hackler, Stacy Mensik, Blake Wines, Kane Mensik, Cole Mensik, Camille Matzke, Bethany Wines, Caitlin Herrera, Chelsea Matzke, Corryn Mensik, Brandon Herrera, Aaron Herrera and Lori Montgomery.
Rosary was said on Friday, March 30 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by the Rev. Kosler.

Born in Ammannsville on Oct. 25, 1916, she was the daughter of John and Agnes (Sobotik) Cernosek. She attended Ammannsville School. On Nov. 8, 1938, she married Silvin E. Mensik at Ammannsville. A lifelong resident of Fayette County, Mrs. Mensik was a housewife. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville, KJZT and Altar Society. She enjoyed cooking and baking – her grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved her “hot cakes.” She also enjoyed playing tarocks and dominoes.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Gloria and Henry Miksch of La Grange, and Helen Ohnheiser of Schulenburg; two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Gerry Mensik of Rosenberg, and Ernie and Dottie Mensik of Lake Jackson; and four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; a son-in-law, James Ohnheiser; and four brothers and six sisters.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, October 2013

Rosie Muzny Mensik, 99, passed away on Friday, Aug. 9 at College Place Assisted Living in Schulenburg.

She was born on March 3, 1914 in Weimar, the daughter of August and Alouise (Sykora) Muzny. She and Theo. Mensik were united in marriage on July 23, 1935 at St. Michael’s Church in Weimar, and resided in Schulenburg for 35 years. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters, KJZT and sang in the St. Rose Church choir for many years. Following her husband’s death in 1970, she moved to Houston where she lived until 2008, when she returned to Schulenburg.

Mrs. Mensik is survived by her daughters, Betty Machalec of Katy, Rose Hollas and husband Leo of Houston, and Mary Jane Christen and husband Don of Houston; daughter-in-law, Ronni Mensik of Katy; son-in-law, Tom Janak of Houston; sister, Pat Evans of Houston; and 13 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death, besides her parents and husband, were a daughter, Dolores Janak; son, Dennis Mensik; and son-in-law, Rock Machalec.

Recitation of the rosary was on Sunday, Aug. 11 at Pat H. Foley Funeral Home in Houston.

The funeral Mass was held on Monday, Aug. 12 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Houston, with Msgr. Jim Anderson presiding. Burial was in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Schulenburg. Pallbearers were grandsons Jim Janak, Mark Machalec, Doug Machalec, Chuck Hollas, Greg Hollas, Ken Christen, Russ Mensik and Brad Hollas.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, November 25, 2001

AMMANNSVILLE -- Silvin E. Mensik, 85, of Ammannsville, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001.

Survivors: wife, Martha Mensik; daughters, Gloria Miksch of Houston and Helen Ohnheiser of Schulenburg; sons, Thomas Mensik of Rosenberg and Ernest Mensik of Lake Jackson; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home chapel.

Visitation will be 9:15 a.m. until service time Monday at Ammannsville Catholic Church.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial will be at Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery. Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, 979-743-4131.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, March 1, 1957

Steve Mensik, 45, Buried Friday At Columbus [sic.]

Funeral services for Steve Mensik, 45, of Columbus, former Weimar resident, were held last Friday morning at Untermeyer Funeral Home and St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with burial in St. Rose Cemetery at Schulenburg.

Mr. Mensik died Tuesday night, Feb. 19, at his home, of a heart attack. He had become ill during work earlier in the day. He was a dragline operator for Texas Construction Material Co.

Born at Ammannsville, he was the son of Frank and Mary Mensik. He attended school here and for a few years was employed with the precinct crew at Schulenburg. He and had his family had lived at Columbus for six years.

Survivors in addition to his wife are a son, Lawrence, a daughter, Bobby; five sisters, Mrs. E.C. Vacek and Mrs. El______ Kloesel of Weimar, Mrs. Mary Bartels of Needville, Mrs. Richard Peters of Rosenberg and Mrs. Vlasta Pokluda of Needville; nine brothers, Willie and Sylvin of Ammannsville, Mr. J. J. Mensik of Weimar, Method of Needville, John, Sidney and Teddy of Rosenberg, and Theofil and Andrew of Schulenburg.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 9, 1960

Stroke Fatal to Wm. Mensik, 65; Buried Aug. 31

Funeral services were held at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg Wednesday, Aug. 31, for William Mensik, 65, who died Monday evening in an El Campo hospital.

Burial was in Schulenburg City Cemetery. The Rev. Jess Mothersbaugh officiated.

Mr. Mensik, an Ammannsville resident all his life until moving to Schulenburg last year, had been employed as a route man for Oak Ridge Smokehouse. He was driving his route Friday morning (Aug. 26) when, two miles out of El Campo, he suffered a stroke. He managed to drive on to an El Campo business house where he regularly called. Unable to get out of the car, he leaned on the horn to summon help.

Born March 23, 1895, at Ammannsville, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mensik. He lost two wives by death, the former Misses Josephine Macha and Mary Sobolik, and 8 years ago married Mrs. Erna McBride.

She survives, along with two daughter, Mrs. Rubin (Judith) Koehl of Pasadena and Mrs. J. D. (Loretta) Hadglas of Houston; three sons, Donald of Houston, Allen of Pasadena and Wm. of Freeport; eight grandchildren; eight brothers, Theophil, Andrew and Silvin of Schulenburg, Dr. J. J. Mensik of Weimar, John, Sidney and Ted of Rosenberg, and Matt of Needville; and five sisters, Mrs. Emil Vacek and Mrs. Ed. A. Kloesel of Weimar, Mrs. Richard Petter of Rosenberg, Mrs. H. H. Bartola and Mrs. C. J. Pokluda of Needville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Wed., April 27, 1977

August Mensing

Funeral services for August Mensing, 92, of La Grange were held at 4:30 P.M. Wednesday, April 27, at the Koenig Funeral Home, Inc. Chapel with Rev. Joe Scott officiating.  Burial was in the Williams Creek Cemetery.

Mr. Mensing, an estate caretaker, succumbed Monday in Retama Manor Nursing Home.

Born Sept. 11, 1884, in Fayette County, he was the son of F. A. and Clara Helmcamp Mensing.  He was a lifelong resident of the county.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs. A. R. Brewton of La Grange; and several nieces and nephews.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, August 13, 1936 pg.3

Mrs. Clara Mensing Dies Wednes. After A Month’s Illness

Another joined the increasing majority Wednesday morning, when Mrs. Clara Mensing , nee Helmcamp, died at the family home in La Grange; she had reached the age of 83 years, 6 months and 17 days. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at the home, at 3:30 o’clock. Interment will be had at the Williams Creek Cemetery.

Mrs. Mensing, whose maiden name was Miss Clars Helmcamp, was born January 25, 1853, and grew to her majority near Bluff where, in the year 1868 she was united in marriage with S. A. Mensing, who preceded her in death in 1908. She is survived by her five daughters and two sons. These are: Mrs. Rudolph Marburger, San Antonio; Mrs. R. S. Jarmon and Herman Mensing, San Antonio, Mrs. Max Marbuger, Flatonia; Aug. Menising, Mrs. H. T. Hamlett and Mrs. A. R. Brewton, La Grange, and Mrs. Elsie Naumann of Cistern, also survive.

During the past twenty or more years, deceased has made her home in La Grange, removing from the farm home south of the city where in 1908 her husband died. Her son, August, the only member of the family not married, ever remained her companion and her daughter, Mrs. Brewton, residing near, gave every care. In her last illness her enfeebled condition became very apparent, and ‘though given medical and loving care, she drifted into the last slumber.

Friends of the family are requested to attend the funeral Thursday afternoon; to the surviving members of the family and relatives, the Journal offers its sincere sympathy.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


The Fayette County Record, December 11, 1956

Mrs. Mensing Rites Set Here Tuesday

Mrs. Elise Mensing, 82, native and long-time resident of La Grange, passed away Sunday at the Youens hospital in Weimer.

Funeral services will be held at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel here Tuesday at 10 a.m., with the Rev. W. M. Anderson of Schulenburg officiating. Burial will be in the La Grange City cemetery.

Mrs. Mensing was born on the bluff on February 25, 1974, daughter of the late Emil and Louise Willrich Koehler. She was united in marriage with Fritz Mensing on March 25, 1898, her husband passing away October 6, 1911. Mrs. Mensing resided here for many years, and had lived at Schulenburg for the past two and a half years.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Gus Balzer of Schulenburg; one son, Weldon Mensing of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Kirsch and Mrs. Julia Gebhardt, both of La Grange; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, June 4, 1908

F. A. Mensing

Thursday the 2nd day of May at his home on the Bluff, our esteemed and honored citizen, F. A. Mensing, departed this life; his remains were interred at the Williams Creek Cemetery in the presence of a vast concourse of people. The floral offerings were beautiful, the grave could not be seen for the flowers that covered it.

Mr. Mensing left surviving, a wife and nine children; he was born in Germany Nov. 14th, 1841. In 1849 he came to Texas with his parents who settled on the farm now owned by John Kubala.

In 1861 when the war between the states broke out, Mr. Mensing at once enlisted in the Confederate army and served until the end of the war; he was a brave soldier and when the war ended he was discharged as a non-commissioned officer. After the war he returned to his old home and engaged in farming and stock raising. January 25th, 1868; he married Miss Clara Helmcamp. In 1876 he moved to the place on the Bluff where he died. It was in 1876 that he engaged in the mercantile business which he continued until 1901 when he disposed of all the goods he had on hand and from then on devoted his time and attention to his other many interests. For many years Mr. Mensing had been sick but such was his strength of character and sunny disposition that he never complained or in the least showed that he was suffering from any ailment. He was a loving husband, an indulgent and affectionate parent, a true and loyal friend, a kind and obliging neighbor. He was a strong, forceful and determined character, but withal gentle as a woman. He was a man whom to know was to esteem, respect, honor and love. To the bereaved widow and children the writer extends his heartfelt sympathy.    W.

The La Grange Journal
Thursday, June 4, 1908

The high esteem in which F. A. Mensing was held was fully attested to by the large concourse of sorrowing friends who accompanied the remains to the last resting place at Williams Creek cemetery. The cortege was very large. Elsewhere from the pen of a friend, appears an obituary of the deceased. Not only were his friends from the county, but from town as well, in attendance, and with sorrowing heart they committed the remains of this good man to mother earth. Our sincere sympathy is extended.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 8, 1909

George Mensing Dead

Tuesday morning the report of a gun in an old store building now used as a barn, sounded the death knell of a young farmer who lived at the old family home of Mrs. F. A. Mensing, three miles west of -------- .

George Mensing had been at times very despondent, and since the death of his father, a year ago, had become still more melancholy. Giving no outward sign of his intention, he went into the old Mensing store, shot-gun in hand, and removing his right shoe, placed the gun in position, and it is presumed pulled the trigger with his toes, the entire charge entering the upper portion of the forehead. The Journal learns that he left a letter, which doubtless explains the reason for the act.

Death must have been instantaneous. The gun was found leaning against the wall as though placed there, the body lying near.

The verdict of the coroner was that deceased came to his death by a gun-shot wound, self-inflicted.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Victoria Advocate, 11 Jan 2009


FLATONIA - Olga B. Merecka, 88, of Flatonia passed away on Jan. 8, 2009. She was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Flatonia, to the late Frank R. and Henrietta Sembera Barta. She married John J. Merecka and they were blessed with 68 years of marriage. She was president and a charter member, 50-plus years, of the American Legion Auxillary and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, John W. Merecka and wife Delrose of Spring, and Ronald D. Merecka of Houston; one daughter, Madeline J. Castille of Bastrop; two brothers, Frank Barta of Schulenburg and Louis Barta of Flatonia; three sisters, Herminia Tucker of Brenham, Vlasta Pavlas of Moulton, and Georgia White of Alvin; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Brent Merecka; four brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers: Jeffery and Gregory Merecka, Jack Poole, Joshua Castille, Jason Welch and Justin Ward.

Honorary pallbearers: Jordan and Brandon Merecka, and Brent Wright.

Visitation began at 4 p.m., Jan. 10, 2009 at Smith Funeral Home-Flatonia. Rosary will be at 6 p.m., Jan. 11, 2009 at Smith Funeral Home-Flatonia. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Jan. 12, 2009 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha and burial in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Praha with the Rev. Edward Bartsch officiating.

Smith Funeral Home, 128 E. 5th St., Flatonia, 361-865-3311.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 May 1900, page 1

Mrs. Frances Meredith, formerly Mrs. Stremler, died at her home, four miles east of Warda, on Tuesday night after an illness of four days. She leaves six children. – La Grange Journal.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 10, 1927

Mrs. Anna Merrem

Early Tuesday morning, after a brief illness, Mrs. Anna Merrem, aged eighty-five years and thirteen days, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hugo Lueders, in this city, and the next morning the body was taken to the Williams Creek cemetery and given Christian burial.

Mrs. Merrem, a sister to the late John Laux, was bereft of her husband in the latter sixties, during the prevalence of the yellow fever siege, and was left with two daughters, small children to raise, one child, and infant preceded her. Mrs. Merrem remained on the farm after the family removed from La Grange, where she reared the two daughters who were later united in marriage with Paul Lueders and Hugo Lueders. Both of the daughters, a number of grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren survive.

We bid the pilgrim to rest in peace and extend to the daughters and other relatives our sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Fayette County Record, March 20, 1957

Rites Held Friday for Fritz Metzdorf

Funeral services were held at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel here Friday at 3 p.m. for Fritz William Metzdorf, 77, who resided alone on his farm about four miles west of La Grange.

The Rev. Raymond W. Durst of Rutersville officiated and interment was in the Prairie Valley cemetery.

Mr. Metzdorf, who was better known as Fede Brabus was found dead atop a barb wire fence, which he apparently was attempting to cross when he was stricken, by Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Giere. The Gieres are neighbors, who had been looking after the elderly man’s personal needs.

Peace Justice Pete Jurasek held the inquest and rendered a verdict of death due to natural causes. Mr. Jurasek said the aged man evidently passed away late Wednesday afternoon, as there were no footprints visible since the rain of Wednesday night. An axe and walking cane were found near the body.

Mr. Metzdorf was born May 27, 1979, in Germany and came to Fayette County at the age of five. He was never married.

Only survivors are a half sister, Mrs. Reinhardine Kirchoffer of La Grange; and several nieces and nephews.

Contributed by Gene L. Freudenberg


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Aug 1908


Died at LaGrange, July 24, Julius Meyenberg, Sr., age 89 years and 6 months of cardiac dropsy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 June 1904


On Saturday morning last Mr. August Meyer, aged 48 years. 11 mo and 28 days residing at Freburg [sic] another one of Fayette County’s most esteemed citizens passed away, and his remains were interred in the Freyburg Cemetery, under the auspices of the Woodmen of the World, of which order he was a member, Sunday morning at 10 o’clock June the 26th. Mr. Meyer was respected and loved by all who knew him, he is survived by a wife and 7 children, three boys and four girls to whom the sympathy of the entire community is extended.

Schulenburg Sticker, 30 June 1904, Engle Items column

Quiet [sic] a number of the Woodmen of the world [sic] of Engle attended the funeral of their brother August Meyer last Sunday. The remains were interred in the Methodist Cemetery at Freyburg. Mr. Meyer was born in the Biegels neighborhood. He leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his death. The reporter sympathizes with the bereaved family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, October 15, 1942


C. W. Meyer

C. W. Meyer of Ellinger died at the La Grange Hospital, Wednesday, Oct. 15, aged 80 years, 3 months and 26 days.  Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, after which the body will be brought to La Grange and interred in the new City Cemetery, Kroll Funeral Home in charge of the interment.

Deceased was born June 18, 1862, and has lived in the county all his life…………[was a prom]inent citizen of Ellinger where he was engaged in the lumber trade.  He was a member of the Lutheran church and the Sons of Hermann Lodge.

Surviving are his wife, nee Miss Minnie Beyer, two sons, C. A. J. and Leon Meyer of Ellinger, two daughters, Mrs. F. J. (Minnie) Scheel of Raymondsville, and Mrs. Alma Cordes.

Rev. R. Heise will officiate at the funeral. Friends of the family are requested to attend.

Carl Wilhelm Meyer was the son of Jacob Meyer and his wife, Friedericke Schwarting Meyer, the youngest of their five children. Contributed by Judy Koehl


La Grange Journal, March 30, 1905

Died near Fayetteville, March 9, of peritonitis, Mrs. Christine Meyer, aged 78 years, 9 months and 27 days.

Contributed by John Todd Koenig


Colorado Citizen, Feb. 18, 1910, page 3

Santa Anna etchings

Mrs. Dick Cook died last Wednesday, age 87, and Mrs. John H. Meyer last Thursday, age 78, both were buried at the [St. John] Lutheran Cemetery at Ross Prairie. May they rest in peace.


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Sep 1900

DIED. – Edna, the 15-months old daughter of Professor and Mrs. Meyer died last Sunday morning after a very short illness. The remains of the sweet little tot in its tiny white casket were followed to the cemetery by a large concourse of sorrowing friends and tenderly laid away; Rev. Bohmfalk of Freyburg, officiating. The children of the public school attended in a body and the following little girls were the pall bearers: Misses Nora Friederich, Selma Turner, Clara Wolters, Mollie Matula, Isabel Ruhmann, Alice Friederich. Willie Brocks and Emme Cornelson.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Oct 1902

Mrs. Meyer, an esteemed lady in her eighty-second year, who resided with Mr. Vincent Hallas, her son-in-law, died at the home of the latter Sunday morning, and her remains were interred in the Schulenburg Catholic cemetery Monday morning at 10 o’clock, the funeral services having been conducted by Rev. Father Mathis. The funeral was largely attended by sympathetic friends of the family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Mar 2009, page 3

Emma Meyer

Mrs. Emma Brossmann Meyer, age 101 years, 1 month, 10 days, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 22 at Stevens Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of Hallettsville, where she had resided since October 2002.

Born Jan. 12, 1908, at St. John, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary Kloesel Brossmann. She attended St. John Catholic School. On Nov. 6, 1928, she married William Joseph Meyer at St. John Church. They resided in the St. John community about three years and later moved to the Meyer family farm southeast of Schulenburg where she resided until nearly age 95. William and Emma Meyer had been married 65 years at the time of his death in December 1993.

“Emma Meyer will long be remembered by her family and friends. She lovingly enjoyed seeing her extended family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren,” her family writes. She was a hard worker both on the farm and in the home. She spent many years gardening, cooking, home-canning, sewing and crocheting. She and her husband both enjoyed dancing to waltz and polka music. Even in her last days at Stevens nursing home, she could be seen tapping her toes to the beat of the music whenever an event was celebrated there. She cherished her Catholic faith and always looked forward to Rev. John Peter’s [sic] visits and celebration of the Mass at the nursing home. Mrs. Meyer was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, St. Rose Altar Society and Sons of Hermann Lodge 14 in Schulenburg.

A wake service was held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home. Eugene Hollas led the rosary. James Brossmann, nephew, made an honorary presentation to his “Aunt Emma” in memory of her having been the oldest person in attendance at past St. John School reunions.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Church, followed by interment in the St. Rose Cemetery. Concelebrants of the Mass were Rev. Tim Kosler, pastor of St. Rose Church, and Rev. John Peters, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Hallettsville.

Lector was Edward Perkins, son-in-law. Altar servers were great-grandsons Travis and Tyler Janik, Blake Hermes and Nolan Orsak. Gift-bearers were great-granddaughters Megan and Robyn Pavlicek, Caitlyn Orsak and Brett Hermes. Catherine Cacy, granddaughter, gave the eulogy on her grandmother’s century of life. Pallbearers were grandsons Michael and William Janik, Harvey Popp, Gregory and Chris Hermes, and grandsons-in-law William Johnson, Michael Cacy and Charles Miller. John Dujka, grand-nephew of Emma Meyer, provided organ and accordion music as well as being the soloist for the funeral Mass.

Preceding Mrs. Meyer in death was her husband, William J. Meyer; an infant son, William J. Meyer Jr.; two sons-in-law Erwin Popp and Mike Beard; grandson, George Wayne Janik, and grandson-in-law, Donald Ray Obenhaus. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Joe, Herman, Frank, Karl and Otto Brossmann; and her sisters Martha Mendel and Ann Mullin.

Surviving Mrs. Meyer are her four daughters, Erline Janik and husband George of Schulenburg, Mable Popp Beard of Garwood, Billie Jean Perkins and husband Edward of Bellaire, and Joyce Hermes and husband Emil of Hallettsville. Additionally, she is survived by a sister-in-law, Hertha Meyer of Sugar Land, 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1908


Died at Biegel, Aug. 20, Friederike Meyer, age 80 years of old age.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Dec 1917, page 1

Fayette County Pioneer Dies

Fritz Meyer, born in Wartenburg Province, Oldenburg, Germany, December 24, 1848, died Thursday evening after a week’s illness from a paralytic stroke, which was a sad shock to his many friends, having lived in Fayette county about forty-five years.

There are left to mourn his death his wife, Mrs. Mary Kiesling Meyer and the following children: Mrs. Frank Obenhaus of Lexington, Mrs. Jno. Pansewang of Marion, Mrs. Gehr. Diers of LaGrange, Mrs. Henry Knape, Mrs. Emil Knape, Mrs. Louis Knape, Adolph and Emil Meyer, Swiss Alp and Henry J. Meyer of our city.

The funeral was held at 2 p. m. Saturday in the Philadelphia Lutheran cemetery at Swiss Alp, of which church and property, Mr. Meyer was one of the faithful trustees for many years. Rev. K. Kern conducted the funeral services. Many came to attend the last sad rites in spite of the most inclement weather.     C.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, May 2, 1958

Last Rites Are Held For Fritz Meyer, 91

Fritz Meyer of San Antonio passed away in that city on April 21, 1958, following an illness of six weeks. At the time of his death, he had reached the age of 91 years, eight months and twenty-one days.

Mr. Meyer was born on July 29, 1866, in Austria as the son of Joseph and Anna Meyer. At an early age he emigrated to this country and settled in Fayette County. He was united in marriage to Mary Anders on October 27, 1891, in the St. Rose Catholic Church. He was a retired farmer of this area and a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg.

The funeral services were held April 23, 1958, from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel with continued services at the St. Rose Catholic Church. Rev. Eustace Hermes officiated at the Requiem Mass and last rites. Burial was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Anton Polk, James Eppler, Billy Galbreath, Ed Klesel, Thomas Meyer and Fred Lammers.

Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. F. W. (Annie) Ueckert, San Antonio; one son, Rudie Meyer, Schulenburg, one sister, Mrs. Theckla Lammers, Houston; a brother, Henry Meyer of Flatonia, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his wife and two sons.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Galveston Daily News, 16 Feb 1900

Death of Mrs. H. Meyer

At the residence of her son near Swiss Alp, Fayette County, February 11, Mrs. H. Meyer, aged 95 years and 5 months, died. Mrs. Meyer was a native of Oldenburg, Germany, from whence she emigrated to Texas with her husband and children in 1867[?] having resided in Fayette County, ever since. She was the mother of four sons and two daughters, of whom three sons and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive her.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson


Hallettsville Planter, 8 Oct 1874, page 2

On the 24th of September, Henry Meyer, living with Mr. Weber, four miles from Lagrange, was shot by Isaac Oglesby, who had with him two others as accessories, viz; Gib Clarkson and Moses Williams, all colored. It seems Moses' cow got killed in Webers' field, and Meyer was killed in retaliation. The parties accused are all in jail, and the Record says; "No politics in the case."


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Jan 1913, page 1


Mr. Henry Meyer, of Swiss Alp, one of Fayette county’s oldest and respected citizens, died Wednesday night last. Deceased was the father of our fellow townsman, Mr. Harry Meyer, and an uncle of Mr. Henry Meyer of our city. His remains will be interred in the Swiss Alp cemetery today at 11 o’clock. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Schulenburg Sticker, 31 Jan 1913, page 1


Mr. Henry Meyer, whose death was chronicled in our last issue, was born in Wardenburg, Oldenburg, Germany, Dec. 11, 1836. He came to America in 1857 and settled in Galveston in 1858. Was married to Miss Antoinetta Wessels of Galveston in 1865. Lived awhile in Houston and afterwards removed to Swiss Alp.

Deceased leaves a wife and nine children. The children are Fritz of Flatonia, Ben of Galveston, Louis of Port Lavaca, Harry of Schulenburg, Gus of O’Quinn, Mrs. O. P. Knape of Moulton, Cleveland, Misses Ella and Julia of Swiss Alp.

Mr. Meyer was an old Confederate soldier and fought through the entire civil war. He was a member of Co. B. of the 2nd Texas Infantry. He never tired of telling of his war experiences and always cherished the thought that what he fought for was right. He was a kind and loving husband and an indulgent father.

His remains were consigned to mother earth Thursday the 23rd, in the Swiss Alp cemetery, Rev. K. Kern officiating. Peace to his ashes.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Weimar Mercury, 31 Jan 1913, page 1

Galveston News Special: Schulenburg, Tex., Jan. 23.—At 12:30 this morning occurred the death of Henry Meyer, a prominent farmer and citizen of the Ammannsville community, after a short illness. The deceased was born in Germany in 1837 and had been a resident of Fayette County for nearly forty years, whence he came from Houston, where he was engaged in business for a number of years. He served in the confederate army throughout the war between the states as a member of a Houston company, and though participating in many skirmishes and battles, was never even scratched. He is survived by his widow, daughter, Ella, and sons, John and Cleveland, at the old home; his sons, Fritz and Gustav of Fayette county; Louis of Calhoun county, and Bernhard, a citizen of Galveston, and daughter, Mrs. O. F. Knape of Moulton, and numerous other relatives. The funeral will take place Friday morning.


Fayette County Record, Friday, April 24, 1959

Henry J. Meyer, 81, Taken By Death

Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church in Schulenburg Friday, April 17 for Henry J. Meyer, 81, of that city who died Wednesday. Officiating were the Rev. David Parsons, Methodist pastor, and Rev. David Parsons, Baptist pastor, of Schulenburg, and Rev. H.H. Washinngton of Austin  Mr. Meyer was born at Swiss Alp on Oct. 3, 1878, the son of Fritz and Marie Kiesling Meyer. He grew to manhood on the family farm and attended school in the Swiss Alp. At the age of 19 he moved to Schulenburg and engaged in the contracting business with his brother-in-law. He later purchased a confectionery which he operated for 19 years. He was christened and confirmed in the Philadelphia Lutheran church at Swiss Alp. On Dec. 28, 1904 he was married to Miss Minnie Hoeffert. In his early years Mr. Meyer helped the late O.B. Schwenke in the undertaking business. Mr. Schwenke and Mr. Meyer assisted the late Rev. T. Bohmfalk in raising funds for the construction of the First Methodist church in Schulenburg. Mr. Meyer was active in Schulenburg civic affairs. He served as vice-president of the Schulenburg school board and a member for more than 18 years. During his tenure he was instrumental in getting the gymnasium and manual training building constructed, and many other projects accomplished. Mr. Meyer was active in the First Baptist church for many years, and joined the church in later years. He is survived by his wife; five daughters, Mrs. Melba Neumann of Houston, Mrs. Gertrudy Ivy of Ringold, Mrs. Minnie Sloan of Arlington, Va., Mrs. Roselyn Williams of Austin and Mrs. Caroline Waid of Muskogee, Okla.; six sisters, Mrs. Johanna Obenhaus, Mrs. Helene Pusewang, Mrs. Louisa Diers, Mrs. Augusta Knape, Mrs. Hedwig Knape and Mrs. Elsa Knape; a brother, Emil Meyer; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 March 1916, page 1

Navidad River Bottom

John Meyer died last Thursday evening at the home of his son, Joe H. Meyer, aged 76 years. Funeral services were held Friday evening at 4 o’clock at the Catholic cemetery. Sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 March 1910


Joseph Meyer, aged 79 years, 8 months and 11 days, died at his residence, three miles south of the city Friday afternoon last and his remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3:30, Father Mathis officiating.

He leaves a wife, three daughters and two sons to mourn his demise.

The Sticker joins the many friends of the family in extending heartfelt sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Nov 1911

Little Josephine Anna, the two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meyer, living south of the city, died Thursday last and the remains were laid to rest in the St. Rosa’s cemetery Friday, Father Mathis officiating. The Sticker extends sympathy to the bereaved parents.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Nov 1899

MEYER – Fayetteville, Tex., Oct. 25, - Mrs. Julie A. Meyer, widow of J. D. Meyer, deceased, aged 75 years, died here this morning and will be buried here to-morrow. Mrs. Meyer was a highly esteemed Christian lady. She was one of the oldest residents here, having resided in this neighborhood for over fifty years. She leaves seven children and a host of grandchildren to mourn her loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Feb 1900, From Swiss Alp column

I regret to chronicle the death of Mrs. Kathrine Meyer, aged 95 years, who departed this life Feb. 11th at the home of her son Henry Meyer. The remains were laid to rest in the Swiss Alp Lutheran cemetery, Rev. Korn conducting the funeral service. Mrs. Meyer was born in Wartenburg, Germany, September 7th, 1804, and came to America in 1867 with her husband, who died shortly afterwards, leaving six children, four sons and two daughters. Of these three sons survive, who, together with many grand-children and great-grand-children mourn the loss of this good woman. The great loss sustained by her death can better be felt than estimated by those who knew her as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and as a true friend. The entire community joins in extending condolence to the bereaved. God reigns and we have to yield to the inevitable. May she rest in peace.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 May 1906


Saturday morning at 1 o’clock the little soul of Baby Meyer, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meyer, took its flight to Heaven and is now resting in the arms of Jesus. His tiny remains were tenderly laid to rest by loving hands in the City Cemetery Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. F. Piepenbrok officiating.

Little Lester was only 20 months and 12 days old. His baby chatter and laughter is stifled for ever and the house once gay and happy is now sad, but the fact that their little darling is an angel up there where all is joy, peace and happiness is a balm to the hearts of the grief stricken parents. The sincere sympathy of the entire community goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Meyer in their sorrow of the loss of their little baby. May he rest in peaceful sleep.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Feb 1909


Died at LaGrange, Dec. 15, Lillian Meyer, age 10 years of obstruction of bowels.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 5, 1948

Mrs. A. W. F. Meyer, 75, Expires Here Tuesday

Mrs. Louise Eck Meyer, 75, wife of Albert W. F. Meyer of La Grange, passed away at the local hospital Tuesday morning.

Funeral services were held at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. J. H. E. Willmann officiating, and interment was made in the New City Cemetery.

Mrs. Meyer, daughter of the late Albert Herman Eck and wife, Augusta, was born in the Bluff community on Jan. 20, 1873 and on Nov. 1, 1893 she was united in marriage with Mr. Meyer.  They had been residents of La Grange since that time.

Beside her widower, she leaves two daughters, Mrs. C. E. (Eva) Miller of San Antonio and Mrs. Alvin (Viola) Gaertner of La Grange; one son, Albert H. Meyer of Harlingen; two brothers, Herman Eck of Schulenburg and Louis Eck of La Grange; and four grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Schulenburg Sticker
Friday, April 24, 1953

Last Rites for Mrs. F. Meyer Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Frederich Meyer, were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral home on Sunday morning, April 19, 1953, at 10:15 a.m. with continued services at the St. Rose Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Leo Goertz officiated and interment was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Eppler, Billy K. Galbreath, Thomas Meyer, Anton Polk, Bill Bednarz and Johnnie Richter.

Mrs. Meyer passed away at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Meyer of Schulenburg, on Friday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., following an illness of four years.

Deceased was born on January 27, 1869, in Germany as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Anders. She emigrated to this country at the age of seventeen, coming here alone, and settled in this area where she made her home with an uncle. On October 27, 1891, she was united in marriage to Frederich Meyer in the St. Rose Catholic Church. She was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church, Mothers’ Society, and the O. D. H.S. Sister Lodge.

Surviving are her husband, who makes his home with Mr. and Mrs. Rudy Meyer; one daughter, Mrs. Fred (Annie) Ueckert, San Antonio; two sons, Herman and Rudy Meyer of Schulenburg; an adopted daughter, Mrs. Johnny Richter of Schulenburg; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


The Shiner Gazette, 26 Sep 1900, page 8

A Sad Case.

A poor, hard-working farmer, by the name of Steve Meyer, living near Flatonia, was taken from his home on a charge of lunacy and carried to LaGrange for trial. He had been there but a few weeks when he was taken sick and died; he was buried, we presume by the county, but his wife and children were left in total ignorance of his death until a few days ago. This is what the Flatonia Record has to say of the affair, and we must say we agree with it in full:

"The idea that a man could be taken to the county site charged with lunacy and turned over to the proper authorities and by them be allowed to die and be buried within 20 miles of his home, wife and children, without any effort on their part to ascertain where he came from and who his relatives were, is too ridiculously stupid to think about. Such contemptible negligence should not be tolerated but should be rebuked in the severest tones."—Flatonia Record.


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 March 1921, page 4

Death Claims Baby Son

The little 26 day old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Meyer was claimed by death on Sunday, March 6th, being claimed after such a few days of life, and leaving a great sadness in the hearts and thoughts of the fond parents, as well as their many friends.

The little fellow, christened Wesley Anton Gustav was born on Thursday, February 10.

Funeral services were held from the home on the following Monday, conducted by Rev. K. Kern, and the remains laid at rest at the Swiss Alp Cemetery.

Their many friends sympathize with them in their loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Dallas Morning News, 14 September, 1888

Fatal Encounter Between Section Hands

Ellinger, Tex., Sept. 13—On the evening of Sept. 7 a difficulty occurred near here between two section hands employed on the LaGrange branch of the Southern Pacific railway, named John Wade and John Meyers. The difficulty grew out of a dispute regarding their capacity as truck men and resulting in John Meyers attacking Wade with a barrel stave, knocking him down. Wade in return cut Meyers twice across the right arm and pit of the stomach, from the effects of which he has died. After the cutting Wade made his escape going toward Columbus.

Transcribed by Debbie Hanson