Fayette County Obituaries


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Weimar Mercury, 31 Jan 1891, page 2

On the 18th inst, Mrs. Sadie Phares, a near relative of Mr. John T. Holman's family, died at Burnet of consumption, aged about 50 years. She was the daughter of Capt. Burnham, well kown and respected Texas veteran. She was a consistent christian and died with christian resignation. The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of THE MERCURY.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 3, 1938

Hugh H. Phelps

The Houston papers of Monday recorded the death of Hugh H. Phelps, for the past 35 years a citizen of Houston.  The news of the death came to the friends of the Phelps family, as unwelcome.  Hugh was the son of Major E. S. and Mrs. Fannie Phelps, formerly of La Grange; the Phelps family lived where the home of Mrs. Mary Otto is now located.

Hugh spent his boyhood days in La Grange; his father was an insurance agent and had his office in the Masonic building, across from the Journal office, occupying the rooms now used by the Keilers Cleaning and Pressing Shop.

Hugh is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lola Phelps of Houston; three brothers, Ed. S. and Guy B. Phelps of Houston and L. C. Phelps of Alabama.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Dallas Morning News, 25 Mar 1898


Commander of the Confederate Veterans In Texas Dies at La Grange.

LaGrange. Fayette Co., Tex., March 24— Capt R. H. Phelps, aged 54 years, died this morning at his home and was interred in the City cemetery under the auspices of the Methodist church. He was a member of the Knights of Honor, Ancient Order of United Workmen, American Legion of Honor and Woodmen of the World.

He leaves a wife and three children and a large concourse of relatives and friend's to mourn his death. The funeral was one of the largest ever witnessed here. Deceased has been one of the most prominent lawyers in southern Texas for the past twenty-five years and was one of the foremost leaders of the democratic party. Born in Virginia, he as a young man enlisted in the confederate service in the army of northern Virginia, and did gallant service in the many historical campaigns of that division of the southern army. He lost his right leg at Lynchburg while leading a charge against the enemy, and on that occasion the confederates were repulsed, leaving the wounded on the field1, and as the cavalry swept over the filed in pursuit of the retreating confederates. Capt Phelps would have been crushed beneath the enemies horses but for a federal soldier who, seeing the wounded southern officer, dismounted and tenderly lifting his wounded foe carried him to a safe retreat, gave him his own canteen of water and thus saved the life of Capt. Phelps. The federal soldier, who before the war ended became a major, after the war began to make inquiries for the southern officer he had aided, and after years of search found Capt. Phelps here and a few years ago they by prearrangement met at the confederate reunion at Mobile. They formed a friendship that lasted to the grave. In 1886 Capt. Phelps was within four votes of being nominated as a member of the court of appeals of Texas. In 1896 he was elected major general of the Confederate Veterans’ Association of Texas, succeeding Gen. H. H. Boone, who died a year ago. His successor, Gen. Sayers, was elected in San Antonio last fall and died but a few weeks ago, and he is the third of the association’s general commanders to pass away within the past twelve months. Twenty years ago he served as prosecuting attorney for Fayette county, and as such represented the state in some of the most notable criminal cases ever tried in Texas. He was a Cleveland elector in 1888. He was always a devout member of the church and a total abstainer from intoxicating drink, but in 1887 he was one of the most prominent and active leaders in opposition to the prohibition amendment. He was senior editor and proprietor of the LaGrange Journal. While for months his condition has been critical, still there was hope of his recovery, and now that the soldier, lawyer and patriot is no more, all Fayette county mourns the loss of one of her people loved so well.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson

Weimar Mercury, 2 Apr 1898, page 6

Capt. Phelps' Death.

Capt. R. H. Phelps departed this life at his residence in La Grange, Texas, at 10 o'clock Wednesday, March 23, 1898. This announcement brings sadness and gloom to this community and frief to his friends. He was a native of West Virginia, and as a youth joined the army of northern Virginia, and lost his leg in Stuart's cavalry charge at Lynchburg. He came to Texas in 1879 and at once took a front position as a lawyer at the LaGrange bar. He was elected county attorney of Fayette county in 1876-78. He married Miss Nettie Shaw, who, with three children, survive him. He was appointed Major General of the U. C. V. of Texas, and has given almost his entire time and attention to this noble organization of the Confederate veterans for several years. He was an exemplary and devoted member of the M. E. church, south. At 54 years of age he has closed his useful and honorable career. All grades and classes of our citizens now mourn his loss. He bore his great [sic.] and suffering and affliction for several months without complaint and with the greatest christian fortitude and resignation. He died as he had lived, a brave soldier wounded for his beloved country. To his bereaved family we extend, in common with his countrymen, our sincere sorrow and condolence.—LaGrange News.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 9, 1944

Mrs. Anna Philippus

Mrs. Anna Philippus died at the home of Willie E. Jurica near Muldoon, Friday, Nov. 3.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 5:00 o’clock by Rev. Peterson, with interment in the Freyburg cemetery, Koenig Funeral Home in charge.  She was born in Fayette county, Aug. 12, 1868, became the wife of Rudolph Philippus in 1895 and was bereft of her husband several years ago.  Her age at the time of her death was 71 years, 2 months and 15 days.

Mrs. Philippus is survived by her two sons, Edward of Houston and Ben Philippus of Schulenburg, her two daughters, Mrs. Mathilda Jurica and Mrs. Alma Jurica, both of Muldoon, one sister, Mrs. Mary Philippus of Rehn, Texas and one brother, Charley Prieger of Schulenburg.

Contributed by Rob Brown

philippus INFANT

Schulenburg Sticker, 16 June 1904

Death Record.

Phillippus – Diek [sic] near Muldoon 6,8,04, of congestion of bowels Baby Phillippus, aged 1 yr and 5 mos.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Sep 1901

Died at her home near Freyburg Tuesday Sept. the 17th Mrs. Juliana Philippus, a Christian lady, favorably known for her many good deeds and admired for her noble character. Her remains were interred in the cemetery at Freyburg on the afternoon of Sept. 18th. To the sorrowing relatives and friends the Sticker extends its condolence.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Jun 1901

Little Ludwig Philipus, aged about twelve years, died at the home of his parents near Freyburg on June the 12th and his remains were interred in the cemetery at that point on the afternoon of the thirteenth. The bereaved parents have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

Contributed by Matt Cross

rud. philippus

Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Sep 1906

Mr. Rud. Philippus aged 48 years died at his residence near Muldoon Wednesday the 12th and was buried at Fryburg [sic] cemetery, Rev. Bohmfalk officiating. Mr. Philippus was at one time mail driver between Schulenburg and Fryburg and has quite a number of friends in the city who will regret to learn of his death. He leaves a wife, four children and four brothers to mourn his loss, to whom the Sticker extends its sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Undated Gonzales Canon newspaper article

Christine Kadlecek Philips, 104, born March 27, 1909, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother was called home December 25, 2013 to spend Christmas with Jesus.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Walker L. Philips, sons Wilbur Lee Philips, William L. Philips and Franklin Delano Philips.

She is survived by children, Evelyn Pickering of Springville, TN, Alva Dalton of Dayton, Tx., Jeanette Boutwell of Houston, TX., BJ Philips and wife Lois of Gonzales, Tx, Leslie and wife Kathryn of Houston, Tx, Michael Philips of Corpus Christi, Tx. and Daughter-in-Law Jean Philips of Canyon Lake, Tx; 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church for 33 years. A special thanks to hospice, care givers, Nicole Nellums, Linda Divers, granddaughters Debbie Waller and Donna Dalton for their tender loving care.

You taught us all, family is love and we will continue that tradition.

Visitation was Sunday, December 29, 2013 from 5-9pm and a rosary at 7 p.m. Services were held December 30, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church. Interment was held at La Grange City Cemetery at La Grange, Tx.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


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Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Dec 1903, page 1

Death Record.

Phillips – At West Point, November 25, of malarial hemoglobinuria, John Phillips, aged 58 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, March 18, 2014

Charles Rudolph Phillipus, 85, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 6 at St. Mark’s Medical Center in La Grange after four months of having leukemia.

He was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Ammannsville. He was born to Edward and Julianna (Zweschper) Phillipus on Sept. 3, 1928 in Muldoon, and he was the third of seven sons. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joy Lee (Vacek) Phillipus; two daughters and sons-in-law and four grandchildren, Nancy and Mike Leer and daughter Julia of Ammannsville, and Karen and John Carroll and children Dustin, Mariah and Logan Carroll of Weimar; two brothers, Leo Phillipus and wife Shirley, and Jerome Phillipus and wife Allene; five brothers-in-law, Larry Vacek and wife Sharon, Leroy Vacek and wife Charolette, Ernest Vacek, Allen Vacek and Paul Schweiger; and nieces and nephews plus many cousins.

Mr. Phillipus was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alois Phillipus, John Phillipus and wife Bernice, Joseph Phillipus and Leroy Phillipus; sister-in-law, Marylyn Schweiger; and grandchild, Kirsten Renee Carroll.

Rosary was held Sunday evening Feb. 9 and the funeral Mass was held Monday, Feb. 10 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville, with Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Altar servers were Michael Bartosh and Frankie Osina, who was also Eucharistic minister. Lector was Mariah Carroll, and organist was Sharon Kana. Carrying up the gifts during offertory were Nancy Leer, Julia Leer and Karen Carroll. Pallbearers were Michael Zweschper, Allen Vacek, Mike Leer, Ernest Vacek, John Carroll and Dustin Carroll. Graveside services were held at the parish cemetery where the United States flag was presented to the family by Schulenburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5623 and American Legion Post 143. A reception meal was held at the Ammannsville KJT Hall.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Aug 1917

Rev. F. Piepenbrok

In the little town of Washington, near Brenham, Rev. F. Piepenbrok, the founder and at one time pastor of the Lutheran parish of this city, peacefully passed away on Monday, August 20, at 4 p. m. He was born and reared in Germany and came to this country in 1900, following his profession as a minister in the northern states. In 1903 he went back to Germany to bring over his wife and their five children. A year later death claimed his wife and in 1905 he married Miss Anna Pries, came to Weimar, Texas, and organized Lutheran communities in Weimar, Neu Bielau, Schulenburg, Needville and Columbus. The members of the Lutheran church still remember how much hard work it required on the part of Rev. Piepenbrok to get up a Lutheran community here. The membership was very small at first and services were conducted in the old Baptist church. When the weather was unfavorable and people living a few blocks from church thought it too bad to go to church, he made the nine-mile trip across the country that he might not disappoint those who had come to church to hear his sermon or that he might assist at choir practice. No day was too cold, no night too dark that he would not venture out in the pursuit of his life work. But, not content with having founded the community, it was his aim to have his own church in which to preach the Gospel, and with his whole heart he went to the task.

Through his love for the good work, his untiring efforts and his never failing patience he finally accomplished what was though [sic] impossible, he had raised the funds and in the fall of 1911 the new church was dedicated. Having thus firmly established the Lutheran community in its own church building, he longed for other yet unexplored fields where an efficient worker was needed. Much to the regret of the community, he was called in 1912 to Port Arthur, where his hard work was also crowned with success. In 1914 he was sent to Washington, Texas, where he lived a quiet life, enjoying the long deserved rest.

All who knew the late Rev. Piepenbrok respected and revered him. He was a man of sterling qualities, highly educated yet simple in his ways, self denying, hard working and modest. His last great joy came during the last days of his sickness when he learned that his son, Rev. Paul Piepenbrok was continuing his good work.

Schulenburg had required his greatest efforts and it lightened his last hours to know that the work had not been in vain. He was brought here for his last resting place and interment took place Wednesday morning after an impressive ceremony in his church.

The community will cherish his memory and their sympathy goes out to his faithful helpmate who shared his joys and sorrows, who hardly left his bedside during his illness, the one he called for in his last hour.                  C.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Oct 1903, From Warda column

There has been considerable sickness here for some time and two deaths have occurred caused by black jaundice. However, sickness is growing less now. Andrew Michalk and August Pietsch were the two who died, aged respectively 63 and 29 years. Mr. Michalk was a German war veteran fighting in the wars between Germany and Denmark in 1864, and Germany and Austria in 1866. In the latter he took part in the battle of Koenigsgraetz. In the war between Germany and France in 1870-71, he did garrison duty. He came to Texas from Germany in 1881 and settled here where he lived up to the time of his death. He leaves as widow his second wife, and six children from the first, to mourn his loss. He was laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery, Rev. Buschacher officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 May 1910

Died at -- --, April 19, Clara Hulda Anna Pietsch, age 3 months and 12 day of congestion of brain and spinal cord.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 26, 1973

Last Rites Held Wed. for Mrs. Pietsch

Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Pietsch, 86, of La Grange were held at 3:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 25, at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Warda with Rev. Marcus Wolfram officiating.  Burial was in the Warda Cemetery under direction of Koenig Funeral Home.

Mrs. Pietsch passed away Monday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Warda on August 1, 1886, a daughter of Christian and Magdalena Schoppa Schulz, and was married to Traugott G. Pietsch on November 29, 1906, in Warda.  Her husband preceded her in death on April 21, 1950.  She had resided all her life in Warda until 12 years ago when she moved to La Grange.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Louise) Bloedorn of New Braunfels, Mrs. David (Ella) Specia of San Antonio, and Mrs. Leslie (Ruby) Schuster of Houston; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mildred Pietsch of La Grange, two sons, Carl A. Pietsch and Edwin H. Pietsch, both of La Grange; one sister, Mrs. Emma Heune of La Grange; one brother, Edwin Schulz of Giddings; 13 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday January 10, 1935

Michael Pietsch Dies

Michael Pietsch, who lives near Warda, died Thursday of last week, and was buried Sunday afternoon in the Lutheran cemetery at Warda. He was well known here in Winchester, and also at Warda and was a very successful farmer. He had reached the age of 87 years. In our next week’s budget we shall try and five a more complete biographical reference, we were unable to get it for this issue. Rev. Paul Eifert of Warda conducted the religious services.

One son of the deceased, Carl Pietsch, who lived in California, had been notified and telegraphed that he would be in Winchester Monday; his brother Andrew, however, was again in receipt of a telegram Monday from Carl, stating that he had reached Fort Worth, but could not be there Monday due to illness.

(The Journal publishes a short biographical sketch of the deceased in another part of this issue.—Editor.)

The La Grange Journal, Thursday January 10, 1935

Aged Citizen Dies Friday At Farm of Son, Near Warda

Michael Pietsch, aged 87 years, died at the home of his son Traugott Pietsch, of the Warda neighborhood, last Friday, January 4, and was buried at the Warda Lutheran cemetery Sunday afternnon, at 3:00 o’clock; Rev. Eiffert, Lutheran minister at Warda officiated.

Deceased was born in Europe and came to America about 53 years ago, living chiefly in the Warda section. He was thrice married, all of his wives preceding him in death. During his earlier period of young manhood, her served in the military of his country , and after coming to America, engaged in farming. His six sons and two daughters, together with several grandchildren, survive. The children are: Ernest Pietsch of Ledbetter, Hermann of Warda, John of Lee county, Traugott of near Warda, Andreas of Winchester, Carl of California;Mrs. Anna Lehmann of Warda and Mrs. Emma Lehmann of Giddings.

The Journal is indebted to Koenig & Mueller, who had charge of the funeral, for the above information.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Victoria Advocate, 11 Feb 1994, page 14A


FLATONIA - Charlie Joe Pilat Jr., 85, of Praha died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1994.

He was born Aug. 14, 1908, in Praha to the late Charlie and Annie Kleckar Pilat Sr. He was a member of Knights of Columbus, St. Isidor Society and St. Mary Catholic Church in Praha.

Survivors: wife, Hattie Pilat; sisters, Annie Migl of Galena Park, Della Janek of Weimar and Leorna Herzik of Praha; and brother, Frank Pilat of Schulenburg.

Rosary service: 6:30 p.m. today, Smith Funeral Home chapel.

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Saturday, Praha Catholic Church, the Rev. Edward Bartsch officiating.

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

Pallbearers: Donnie Migl, Mitch Migl, Tommie Janek, Weldon Janek, Michael Herzik and Marshall Herzik.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 18 Mar 1994, page 20A


FLATONIA - Hattie Marie Pilat, 85, of Praha died Thursday, March 17, 1994.

She was born Sept. 23, 1908, in Praha to the late Frank and Anna Holub Brosch. The homemaker was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and Altar Society in Praha.

Survivors: sister, Della Grieve of Flatonia.

Preceded in death by: husband, Charlie Pilat on Feb. 9, 1994; four sisters; and five brothers.

Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, at the church, the Rev. Edward Bartsch officiating.

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

Pallbearers: Jimmy Brosch, Gene Brosch, Ronnie Brosch, Tommie Janek, Donnie Migl and Michael Herzik.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Sep 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

William Pinso of Cistern, age 15, died August 13.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 April 1937

Pioneer Fayette County Woman Passes Away

Mrs. Clara Pitschke died at her home near Engle, Friday, April second. Deceased was born in Belmsdorf, Saxon, Germany on January 23, 1841. She came to this country at the age of 13 years with her parents. They landed at Galveston and traveled from there with an ox team to New Ulm. There she made her home until she was united in marriage. She and her husband then moved to High Hill where she lived for about 50 years. At one time she and her husband conducted a store at High Hill that handled general merchandise. Later she moved to Engle where she made her home until her death. For the past eighteen years this good woman has been ill and confined to her bed. She has suffered untold agnoies [sic] but through it all she was uncomplaining. She lived to the ripe old age of 96 years and saw many changes take place in this section. She was a hard working woman who taught her children to be honest and upright and living her own life as an example. She was the last member of the Clara May family. Funeral services were held on Monday from the family resident with Rev. Steinman officiating, Interment was in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Surviving are one daughter, Miss Julia Arnold of Engle; two sons, Arthur Pitschke of Engle and Edward Joe of San Antonio; one grand son and four great grandchildren.

Contributed by Joyce Moore


Weimar Mercury, 1 Sep 1894, page 2


John Pivoda Shot Down by a Negro Gambler.

Our neighboring city, Schulenburg, came to the front with an assassination Thursday night, whereby the constable, John Pivoda, lost his life. Pivoda was acting as marshal that night, during the absence of Marshal Eilers, and as he had received a writ from Luling to arrest a certain negro, he was on the lookout for him. At about 10 o'clock he went over to the freight depot, and from the suspicious sounds emanating from a box car he knew that several negroes were in there gambling. He walked up to the car and, putting his head inside, asked who was there. Some on replied, "Who are you?" and an instant later a shot was fired. The ball struck Pivoda about three inches below the left nipple, ranging downward, inflicting a fatal wound. The constable managed to fire on shot, and then fell. The negroes at once fled, and when a crowd of citizens arrived upon the scene, not a one was to be seen. The wounded, dying constable was taken home and given every attention, but the wound was a fatal one, and he breathed his last at 9 o'clock Friday morning. In his dying statement he named a negro "Rhine" Stewart as his assassin. The negro Stewart left town that night, and has not been seen since. Quite a number of negroes have been arrested on suspicion of being implicated in the killing, but they all swore they knew nothing whatever about it. Had the assassin been captured that night, he would have been lynched by the justly enraged citizens of the town.

Shiner Gazette, 6 Sep 1894

The Assassination of Pivoda.

Constable John Pivoda was shot and mortally wounded at Schulenburg last Thursday night by a notorious negro named Ryan Stewart. A crowd of negroes were gambling near the depot in a box car and Pivoda, who was acting marshal, approached the car to investigate. The negro Stewart came out and calling, “who’s that? fired without further warning. The ball struck Pivoda in the bowels and he died at nine o’clock the next morning. Stewart made his escape. He is a notorious character, having shot a bartender in Schulenburg about two years ago. At this writing he is still at large.

Gazette article contributed by Matt Cross
See memorial at Peace Officers Memorial Foundation web site.


Eagle Lake Headlight, June 4, 1953

Mrs. Marie Piwetz Passes Away Here Last Thursday

Mrs. Marie Alma Piwetz, 60, a life-time resident of Fayette County succumbed of a heart attack on Thursday, May 28h which she suffered at the home of her daughter Mrs. John Beseda in Eagle Lake.

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 30th at 8:45 a.m. from the Knesek Chapel at Fayetteville with the Rev. Thos. Matl [Motl] officiating.

Interment was made in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery with the services directed by the Koenig Funeral Home.

She was born in Fayetteville on November 16, 1892 and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Topolanek. In 1915 she was married to Robert Piwetz and resided in the town of her birth for her entire life.

Survivors include her husband Robert Piwetz of Fayetteville; two daughters, Mrs. John Beseda of Eagle Lake, Miss Lorrayne Piwetz of Dallas: a son, Ludwig J. Piwetz of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. Betty Seltz of Sugar Land, Mrs. John Shula of El Campo; and three brothers, John Topolanek of Fayetteville, Henry of El Campo and Frank of Sugar Land.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 April 1909


Died at Fayetteville, March 7, Katherina Plagens, age 73 years, of lagrippe.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 July 1904


Plagens – Died at Fayetteville, June 9th, of malarial fever, Mrs. Fritz Plagens, aged 38 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Feb 1904

Death Record.

Plagens: Died near Fayetteville 2-3-04, of Chronic Leukaemia, William Plagens, aged 15 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, 30 May 1963, page 6

W. H. Plengemeyer, Ellinger Resident, Succumbs at 92

Last rites for William H. Plengemeyer, 92, a long-time resident of Ellinger, were held in the Jecmenek Funeral home in Ellinger May 19 with Rev. Francis Kolar officiating.

Mr. Plengemeyer died in Columbus hospital May 16.

He was born in Germany and came to this country at the age of 18.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Annie Jecmenek of Route 1, Columbus and Mrs. Louise Beyer of Ellinger; 6 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Burial was in the St. Mary's Catholic cemetery, Columbus Funeral home handled arrangements.


Shiner Gazette, 2 Oct 1901

Mr. W. F. Wunderlich received a sudden call by telephone last Saturday from Cistern, announcing the death of his father-in-law, Mr. Adolph Plendel. Mr. Wunderlich left at once to attend the funeral.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Oct 1901

Mr. Adolph Plentl Dead.

Mr. Adolph Plentl, a prosperous German citizen of Cistern, 58 years of age, died at his home, at the above point, Friday, Sept. the 27th, at 8 p.m. and was interred in the Cistern cemetery Saturday afternoon. The immediate cause of Mr. Plentl’s death was heart disease, with which he had been afflicted for the past twelve months. Mr. Plentl is survived by a wife and eleven children – four sons and seven daughters. His funeral services were largely attended by the Hermann Sons of which he was for years a consistent member.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, 18 Mar 1918

Moritz Ploss Shot Himself

Farmer Near Cedar Ends Life with Small Rifle

The sheriff’s department was notified Wednesday morning of the suicide of Moritz Ploss of near Cedar, and the sheriff promptly went out to the farm, accompanied by Squire Moss who heal an inquest.

Ploss, who was about 48 years of age, born November 2, 1870, had suffered greatly from rheumatism, and probably became very melancholy.  Wednesday morning he went out to the barn and, with a 22-calibre rifle, ended his career, the bullet entering the forehead.  When found life was not yet extinct.  Medical aid was secured, but he soon passed away on 20 March 1918.  A wife and six children are the chief mourners.  He was buried in Cedar Cemetery.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 March 1915


Heneretta Pohl, age 70 years, near LaGrange.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, 25 Mar 1943

Louis Pohl

Louis Pohl, aged 73 years and 3 months, died at his home Sunday afternoon after a brief illness.  Mr. Pohl, retired farmer, was a native of Fayette county.  In 1892 he was married to Miss Sophie Struve, in Fayetteville who, with four sons, survives.  The sons are Edwin of Bastrop, Arthur of La Grange, and Herbert and Clement Pohl of Dallas.  -------- Kneip of Coupland, and a brother, Henry Pohl of La Grange, and one grandchild, are among the surviving relatives.

Mr. Pohl was laid to rest Tuesday morning in the new cemetery at La Grange, Rev. Guy B. Duff officiating.  Funeral services were held in the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, 2 Jan 1936


Tragic Accident

A fatal accident occurred near the  “Y” who miles from here, Sunday night, when Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pohl were on their way home to Latium.  Mrs. Pohl accidently fell out of the car and lost consciousness which was never regained; her death came Monday afternoon.  Further details will be given in the next issue.

La Grange Journal, January 9, 1936


Mrs. Arthur Pohl

Funeral services for Mrs. Arthur Pohl, aged 23 years, 2 months and 1 day, where held on New Year’s day at Winedale, with Rev. H. Brunotte, pastor of the Carmine Lutheran church, officiating. Mrs. Phol died Monday December 30  from injuries received in the tragic auto accident Sunday night.

Mrs. Pohl, nee Nita Elda Mayer, was born October 29, 1912 at Latium, and received the rites of baptism on March 13, 1913, in the Lutheran church at Greenvine by Rev. Miller. On August 15, 1926, she was confirmed by Rev. A. H. Falkenberg in the Winedale Lutheran church. On February 17, 1935 she was married to Arthur Pohl of La Bahia community.

Surviving are her husband, Arthur Pohl, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Mayer of Latium, a brother, Leslie, and a sister, Mrs. Clemens Brandt, a brother-in-law, sister-in-law, five uncles and five aunts, and many other relatives and friends.

We express our sincere sympathy!

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 5, 1959

Yoakum—Msgr. F. J. Pokluda, 70, who started his ministry here, died at Wall Tuesday.

Funeral services were held at Wall at 10 a.m. Friday. Services at Schulenburg with burial in a Schulenburg cemetery. Bishop John Morkovsky of Amarillo officiated.

Born in Czechoslovakia in 1888, Msgr. Pokluda and parents settled first at Ammannsville in 1892, north of Schulenburg, then came to Hallettsville where he grew to manhood. Ordained at Schulenburg, he served at many parishes besides Yoakum and was twice appointed administrator for the archdiocese of Amarillo, holding the position of vicar general.

He became ill recently while serving at the parish of Wall, near San Angelo.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Aug 2010, page 3

Ludmila Pokluda

Ludmila Pokluda, 94, of Flatonia, died on Saturday, Aug. 7.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Praha, with burial in the church cemetery.

She was born on Feb. 9, 1916, the daughter of Vaclav and Matilda Lala of Flatonia. She was a member of KJZT St. Anne’s Society No. 4.

Survivors include three sons, Leonard Pokluda and wife Annette of Port Lavaca, Benedict Pokluda of Houston, and Joseph Pokluda and wife Kathleen of Round Rock; four daughters, Margaret Tumlinson of Harwood, Rita Kozel and husband Albert of Swiss Alp/Hostyn, Mary Bartos and husband Charles of Flatonia, and Anne Wick and husband Elroy of Weimar; two sisters, Agnes Mazoch and Mary Kurtz, both of Houston; 30 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers, half-brother, sisters, son-in-law and daughter-in-law.

Smith Funeral Home of Flatonia was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, Saturday, August 26, 1967

SCHULENBURG—Funeral services for Miss Mary Pokluda, 69, will be held at 8:45 a.m. Saturday from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel, and at 9 a.m. from Saint Rose Catholic Church, with the Rev. Hubert Janak officiating.

Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery.

Miss Pokluda was born Sept. 24, 1897 in Lavaca County, the daughter of the late Joseph and Frances Pokluda. She was housekeeper for her brother, the late Rt. Rev. Msgr. Francis Pokluda in Wall, Tex., then moved to Schulenburg after his death nine years ago.

Miss Pokluda died at 12:15 a.m. Friday in a Hallettsville hospital. A rosary was recited at the Funeral Home Friday night.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 July 1913


Frank Pokorny, age 25 years, 6 months and 22 days, gun shot wounds, suicide, Ellinger.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, 20 Feb 1936, pg. 6

Mrs. Joe Pokorny

Tuesday morning, February 18, at 5:00 a.m., Mrs. Joe Pokorny died at the family home, of pneumonia, at the age of 64 years. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday morning, February 20, at 9:00 o’clock, from the Catholic church, with mass. Rev. Father Klobouk will officiate.

She is survived by her aged husband who, at this writing is quite ill. She was a member of the S.P.J.S.T. lodge of Roznov where they lived up to about five years ago when they removed to our little city. She was also a member of the D.Y.D. club.

Our sympathy, real and sincere, goes out to the bereaved husband. Burail will be in the Catholic cemetery.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, Friday, April 16, 1948

Ruben Pokorny, Formerly of Here, Drowns In Bay

Ruben Pokorny, 27, of Houston, who formerly lived here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Pokorny, was drowned at 10 o’clock Sunday morning near the old causeway over the Galveston Bay, it was learned here Monday.

The body of the former Brasher Motor Company mechanic was taken to La Grange, where his parents now live, for burial. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon.

Mr. Pokorny was riding in a boat with Joe Rohan of Houston, for whom he worked as a mechanic; the two men were on a fishing trip. The boat swamped in a strong current and high wind. A nearby cabin cruiser picked up Mr. Rohan but it was unable to reach Mr. Pokorny before he sank. The Coast Guard found his body shortly after one o’clock that afternoon. A verdict of accidental drowning was returned.

Born at Ellinger in 1920, he was the only child of W. C. and Bertha Hlinsky Pokorny, and had been a Houston resident for the past seven years. He had received a medical discharge from the armed forces after a short period of service.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his widow, the former Miss Marjorie Swain of La Grange; and a daughter, Betty Jane, age 2.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, May 22, 1952

Lifelong Resident, 74, Dies Saturday [Thursday]

Alois (Louis) Polasek, 74, of La Grange R1 passed away at his home last Thursday.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 8:30 AM at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. Edward J. Jansky officiating.  Burial was in the Plum Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Polasek was born at Fayetteville on Feb. 19, 1878, married Miss Frances Hurtek at Warrenton on Oct. 17, 1899, and since 1914 they have lived in the Plum community.

Surviving are his widow; four daughters, Mrs. Bill Rucket of La Grange, Mrs. Louis Kadlecek of Angleton, Mrs. August Deller of Galveston and Mrs. Bell Hajek of Rosenberg; three sons, Henry and John of La Grange, and Ludwig of Lake Jackson; four sisters, Mrs. John Chovanec of Rutersville, Mrs. Frances Chovanec of Hostyn, Mrs. Johnnie Klecka and Mrs. Frank Marek of Wallis; eight brothers, Anton of Galveston, John of Yoakum, Joe and Frank of Rutersville, Charles, Ignac, Rudolph and William of Wallis; 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Brazosport Facts, Wednesday, May 5, 1976

Services have been set for Ludwig Ben Polasek, former Lake Jackson resident, who died Tuesday (May 4, 1976) in Houston.

Rosary will be tonight at 7:30 at the Koenig Funeral Home in La Grange.

Funeral services are set for 2 p.m. Thursday in the Catholic Church in Plum, Tex. Burial will be in the Plum Cemetery.

Besides survivors listed in Tuesday's Facts, Polasek is survived by sisters, Annie Deller of Galveston, Frances Hayek of Rosenberg, Millie Kadlecek of Rosenberg, and Albina Ruckert of La Grange; and brothers, John Polasek of La Grange and Henry Polasek of Dallas.

Pallbearers are Bill Vasek, Charlie Havlik, Louis Kadlecek, Bill Hayek, Otto Korenek and Leo Zovenk.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 31 July 1914


Oma Polasek, 57 years, Fayetteville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 June 1917

At a Ripe Old Age

Stephen Polk, Sr., aged 89 years, 4 months and 26 days, died at Mart, Texas, on May 26 and was buried at the Catholic cemetery in Schulenburg on the following afternoon.

Mr. Polk came to this country from Prussia in 1875, locating on what was known as the Crauzbauer farm, near Schulenburg, a year or two later purchasing what is now known as the Fritz Meyer farm, residing there until about five years ago, when he moved to Mart with his only son, Stephen, and where he resided up to the time of his death.

Mr. Polk, when a young man and in his native country, was a subject of Von Kadetsky.

Schulenburg Sticker, 1 June 1917

Emil Polk was here Sunday to attend the funeral of his grandfather, Stephen Polk, Jr. [sic.]

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal
Wednesday, November 23, 1977


Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Poncik, 76, of Rt. 1, Ellinger were held Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Hostyn Hill with Rev. Francis Kolar officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery under direction of Koenig Funeral Home, Inc.

Mrs. Poncik passed away Saturday at the Autumn Hills Nursing Home in Columbus 

Born August 9, 1901, in Colorado County, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ruether.  She was married to Frank Poncik Oct. 30, 1923 in Ellinger.  A member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Altar Society, Mrs. Poncik was a lifetime resident of the Ellinger community.

Survivors include her husband of __ [54] years; three daughters, Mrs. Bennie (Bessie) Trlicek of La Grange, Mrs. Raymond (Dorothy) Selzer of Ellinger, and Mrs. Amos (Rosie) Hrbacek of Houston; a son, Edward Poncik of Ellinger; three sisters, Mrs. Rudolph (Millie) Noska of Fayetteville, Mrs. Robert (Helen) Bordovsky of La Grange, and Mrs. Hugo (Irene) Mascheck of Fayetteville; two brothers, Charles Ruether of Garwood and Jerome Ruether of Carmine; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Fayette County Record, Friday, June 5, 2009

Lillian Wagner Charba Poncik was born in Shiner, Aug. 21, 1926. She died at her home in Stafford, on May 28, 2009.

The funeral mass was held at Holy Family Catholic Church, Missouri City on Monday, June 1, 2009, with Rev. Kurian Stephen presiding. Rev. Tim Kosler presided at the burial service at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery, Cistern.

Survivors include her husband, Emil Frank Poncik; children: Beverly Filip and husband David, Linda Koudelka and husband Harvey, Ken Charba and wife Susan, Kay Hunnicutt, Melissa Hughey and husband Ray, stepsons Bobby Poncik and wife Jana, Gene Poncik, Allen Poncik and wife Kim; one brother, Rudy Wagner and wife Mary; two sisters Bessie Kubenka and husband Ed and Della Klesel and husband Henry; 17 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Emil Vencil Charba; two grandchildren, Tim Filip and Cory Spencer; her parents, Joe and Mary Matula Wagner; two brothers, Johnny and Bill Wagner; and one sister, Mary Machart.

Glen Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 May 1911


Mr. Ed. Ponder died at Fowler, Sunday, April the 30th and his remains were shipped here for enterment [sic], which took place in the city cemetery Wednesday morning at 10:30, Bro. Henry Hagemeier of San Antonio officiating.

Deceased was born and reared near Hackberry. He was only 19 years, 9 months and 21 days of age. He lived here up until about two years ago. He leaves a father and a mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Ponder of Coleman county, three sisters, Mrs. Ethel Harrison of Leaday and Misses Allie and Zula at home, four brothers, M. A. of this city, Louis of Notowa and Elmo and Jim at home, to mourn his untimely demise. The Sticker extends its sincerest sympathy to those who are bereft.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Oct 1921


Died near Carmine, September 16, of inherited malaria; Anna Bell Ponfick, aged 2 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 3 Dec 1898, page 8

LaGrange, Tex., Nov. 29.—Last night about 7:30 o'clock, Mrs. Winston, a colored woman about 70 years old, and her granddaughter, Ara Pope, 7 years old, were found unconscious in their house. They had been assaulted by someone who evidently came for the purpose of robbery. It was known that the old woman had some money of relatives for safe keeping. On entering the house the old woman was found on the floor with three gashes cut in her head, and her granddaughter also lay on the floor with one gash in her head and one in her neck. The instrument used was a railroad ashplate, which was found on the bed. Three colored men were arrested and placed in jail on suspicion immediately after the tragedy occurred. Foard Williams was arrested at 2 o'clock this morning about twelve miles south of here by Deputy Will Loessin.

The girl, Ara Pope, died about 6 o'clock today, and the old woman, Mattie Winston, is not expected to live until morning.

See newspaper articles about execution of Clay Ford.


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Feb 1904, page 1

Death Record.

Pope: Died at LaGrange 1-16-04 of heart failure, Evaline Pope, colored, aged 56 years and 6 mos.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 2 Nov 1961, page 1

Mrs. Herman Popp Buried Last Week At High Hill

Funeral services for Mrs. Herman Popp Sr., 55, of Schuleburg, mother of Mrs. Leonard Bartos, were held Wednesday, Oct. 25, at High Hill.

The Rev. Benton Thurmond officiated i nservices at St. Mary's Catholic Church and burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Mrs. Popp's nephews, Edgar Besetzny, Patrick Heinrich, Clerus Heinrich, Edgar Heinrich, Erwin Gassmann, and Leonard Berger.

Mrs. Popp died Oct. 22 in Renger Hospital, Hallettsville, after an illness of several weeks.

Born July 31, 1906, near Schuleburg, she was married to Mr. Popp Oct. 12, 1926 at High Hill. She was a member of St. Mary's Church and St. Ann's Society.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Berger of Schulenburg; one daughter, Mrs. Leonard (Dorothy) Bartos of Weimar; three sons, Alton and Herman Jr. of Houston and Leon at home; four grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Henry Besetzny, Mrs. Frank Gassmann and Mrs. Walter Heinrich, all of Schulenburg; and a twin brother, Hugo Berger of Schulenburg. A brother, Victor, and a sister, Flora, preceded her in death.


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Aug 1919

The 11 year old son of Edward Papp [Popp] and wife died Sunday after a year’s sickness and was laid to rest in St. Rosa cemetery Monday.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, Nov 21, 1968

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 22, for Herman Popp Sr., 67, of High Hill, father of Mrs. Leonard Bartos of Weimar.

Mr. Popp died Wednesday morning in Youens Memorial Hospital here.

Services will be at 9 a.m. in the Schwenke-Baumgarten funeral Chapel, continueing with services at 9:30 in High Hill Catholic Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Funeral home.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Aug 24, 1911

Dr. Posch Dead.

News of the sudden death of Dr. A. Posch of Round Top was recived by his friends in this city early Sunday morning with genuine regret.

Deceased, who was well and favorably known here, and who had practiced his profession in the little town of Roud top for twenty years or more, by his gentlemanly bearing and open life endeared himself to the community in which he lived to such an extent that the entire community mourns his loss. Only a few months ago his beloved wife joined the great majority and he has since been disconsolate, as they had ever been lovers. Together, the two were like children, each considerate of the likes and dislikes [of] the other and each seeking to make the other happy by words and deeds of kindness. Small wonder, then, that the lonely husband fondly cherished a hope of joining his departed companion.

Friday night, without warning he was seized with a stroke of apoplexy and early Sunday morning he breathed his last. It was his expressed wish that in the event of his death his personal friend, Geo. Krengel of this city, should speak the last words before mother earth hid from mortal view the casket in which he slept. At the funeral Monday afternoon, at the Florida Chapel cemetery, the Hermann Sons lodge officiated, after which Mr. Krengel spoke as follows:

"It was indeed quite a shock to me when on yesterday I received the sad intelligence that Dr. Posch the well known beloved physician and friend, was no more. At once I was reminded of a promise I had made to him while living. It was that in case of his death I should [illegible line]. I am here, therefore, to fulfill that promise, yet at no time in my life have I ever realized to such an extent that the words at my command are wholly inadequate to express my feelings this afternoon. I deem it a great privilege to stand here, in the presence of this large throng of sorrowing admirers to speak in my humble way of your one time friend and mine. Were we to erect on this spot a magnificent pillar of monumental marble it would still not be greater than the monument he builded [sic.] in our hearts.

For years he followed his profession in an unostentatious and simple way. Whether called early or late, in good or bad weather, by rich or poor, Dr. Posch, the physician and friend, could be counted on when needed. Who can fill the place he has left vacant? He cared nothing for wealth. He was the physician, not because of the lure of money, but to bring relief to suffering humanity. His first thought was to do his duty conscientiously and well—the remuneration but an incidental matter. When not engaged in his professional duties he spent the leisure hours in his study, and up to a short time ago, with his talented and noble wife, who preceded him in death. And she it was who, with unfaltering courage and untiring devotion, proved to be a helpmate in the truest and best sense, and enabled him to carry out his ambitions. And when the Angel of Death came and claimed this good woman as its victim, little wonder was it that the solitary doctor pined away in silent grief, as a tree withered from a cruel storm.

"But today they are united—united there, from whence none have ever returned.

"Peace be to their ashes."


Fayette County Record, June 7, 1911, page 8

Mr. E. A. Frohlich received a telegram this morning announcing the death of his sister, Mrs Clara Posh [sic.], of Round Top, Fayette County, Texas, the wife of Dr. A. Posch. Deceased was born in Round Top and was 51 years of age. She leaves no children. She was a consistent member of the Lutheran church and will be buried under that faith at Round Top Tuesday at 3 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Froehlich left for Round Top today to attend the funeral.—Cuero Star.


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 June 1904

Mrs. Mary Posofskey, an aged and most esteemable lady, died Wednesday morning at the residence of her son, Mr. Ignaz Haidusek, three miles west of the city and her remains were enterred [sic] in the St. John Cemetery.

Mrs. Posofskey was a step mother of Judge A. Haidusek, editor of the La Grange Svoboda. She leaves four daughters and one son and a host of relatives to mourn her loss. We extend sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston Daily News, Saturday, Oct 3, 1931

Mrs. Louis Pospisil

Flatonia, Tex., Oct. 2.—Mrs. Louis Pospisil, 30, was found dead, hung from a rafter in the garage of her home. Her husband found the body on his return from town to their home east of here. Mrs. Pospisil had been in ill health for several years. Burial was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery Thursday afternoon, Rev. Father Anders officiating.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 May 1913


Francis Poposil [Pospisil], age ---, myocarditis, near Engle.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, June 15, 2000

HOUSTON—Gerald J. Pospisil, 58, of Houston, and formerly of Flatonia, died Sunday, June 11, 2000.

He was born Jan. 21, 1942, in Praha, to the late Aurelius and Annie Gast Pospisil. He was employed in fleet maintenance in the beverage distribution industry and was a Catholic.

Survivors: wife, Jo Ann Pospisil; son, Ryan Joseph Pospisil of Houston; sisters, Mildred Roznovsky of Shiner and Ann Petru of Sugarland.

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

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, the Revs. Edward Bartsch and Charles B. Carolan officiating.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Flatonia. Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, (361) 865-3311.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 24 Sep 1987, page 9

Services For Mrs. Bennie Pospisil

FLATONIA – Willie Mae Pospisil of Flatonia died Friday, Sept. 18, 1987 in a Houston hospital at the age of 79.

She was born Jan. 21, 1908, in Waelder, daughter of the late Nolan and Mary E. (Taylor) Haddock.

She was married to Bennie Pospisil of Flatonia, where they made their home. Her husband was employed as an agent for Gulf Gas. They were members of the Catholic Church, and were parents of three children. Her husband died Mar. 20, 1987. She was a homemaker.

A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Flatonia with the Rev. Ed Kelly officiating.

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

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lonnie (Doris) Garbade Jr. of Flatonia; two sons, Vendeline Pospisil of Houston; Herman Pospisil of Rosenberg; two sisters, Katie Blackman and Hanna McGlothin, both of Luling; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.

Among relatives and friends from Shiner attending the rosary service Sunday evening were Mrs. Jim Pavlicek, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Boehm, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sedlmeyer, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Kalina.

Mrs. Mildred Roznovsky of Shiner accompanied by her sister and brother, Mrs. Ernest (Ann) Petru of Sugar Land and Joe Pospisil of Houston, attended the funeral services for her aunt Monday morning. The Kalinas of Shiner accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Claude Kalina Jr. of Victoria also attended the services. Claude Jr. also served as one of the pallbearers.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 April 1913


Forest Powel, age 20 years, killed by train, near Winchester.

According to his death certificate. Powel was an African-American laborer, about thirty years old, who was killed on April 12, 1913 by a train run by the SA & AP Railway Company. He was buried in Winchester. Contributed by Matt Cross


Fayette County Record, 13 Jan 1959

Fayetteville Rites for Mrs. Prasatik

Services were held at the Knesek Chapel at Fayetteville Monday morning for Mrs. Frances Prasatik, 82, of Fayetteville who died at her home Saturday, with the Rev. Thomas Matl officiating.

Burial was in the St. Mary's cemetery at Waller.

The deceased was born in Europe, daughter of John and Frances Hanak Mikulenka, and came to this country in 1883. The family settled near Waller.

In 1906 she was married at Smithville to Edward Prasatik who preceded her in death in 1934. She was a resident of Fayette county for 23 years and had made her home in Fayetteville for the past ten years.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Edmund A. Baca of Fayettevlle; a son, Raymond Prasatik of Austin; eight grandchildren and thre great-grandchildren.

Rosaries were recited at the chapel Sunday night.

Koenig Funeral Home directed the funeral.


La Grange Journal, August 6, 1936 pg. 2

Fayetteville Section

Frank Prasifka

Frank Prasifka died at he family home Sunday, August 21, at the age of 81 years, and is survived by his son Joe Prasifka and daughter. Mrs. Frank Peters, and a number of grandchildren, beside a brother Chas. Prasifka of Ellinger, brother, John Prasifka of Dallas, and a sister, Mrs. John Hajek of West.

Funeral Services were conducted from the Catholic Church here, Tuesday morning with Requiem Mass, Rev. Father Nesvadba officiating. He was buried in the Catholic Cemetery.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the bereaved family. His wife and two sons preceded him in death.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed. The Texas Death Index shows that he died August 2.


Weimar Mercury, January 18, 1968

Funeral services were at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenberg at 2:15 pm Saturday, Jan 13 for Mrs E H Pratka, 77, long time resident of that city, who passed awayThursday in the Columbus Hospital.

Services were continued at St Rose Catholic Church with Rev Hubert Janak and Rev David Muerer officiating, assisted by Rev Alphonse Padalecki. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs Pratka was born December 15, 1890 in Ammansville, the daughter of Bedrick and Veronica Slubar Parma. She was one of nine children. She was married to Henry Emil Pratka on July 18, 1911 in St John's Catholic Church in Ammansville and they settled in Schulenberg.

She was a member of the St Rose School Club and the St Rose Altar Society.

Mrs Pratka is survived by her husband; five daughters, Mrs Charles Munn of Dallas, Mrs H B Shelton of Monith, Mo, Mrs Marley Giddens and Mrs Wilton Stallman of Columbus, Mrs Harian Hall of Bellaire; three sons, George Pratka of New Orleans, Bob Pratka of Schulenberg and E H Pratka Jr of Houston; four sisters, Mrs J E Jochen of Schulenberg, Mrs A J Olsovsky of Victoria, Mrs Edgar Witt of La Grange, Miss Minna Parma of Ammansville; two brothers, John A Parma of Schulenberg and Emil Parma of Ammansville and a number of grandchildren.

Contributed by Terry Jackson


Weimar Mercury, Apr 2, 1970

E. H. Pratka, i0, Buried Saturday at Schulenburg

Funeral services were held at St Rose Catholic Church in Schulenberg for Emil Henry Pratka, Sr, 80, who died March 25 in the Columbus Hospital after a heart attack. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr Pratka had been ill the past 11 years after suffering a stroke in 1959. He lived in the Columbus Convalescent Home for more than four years and since the latter part of January had been a resident of Parkview Manor here.

He had been a cotton buyer and merchant in Schulenberg and was a city councilman there for 9 years.

His wife, the former Angelina Parma of Ammansville, whom he married in 1911, died in Jan 1968.

Survivors are five daughters, Mrs Charles Munn of Dallas, Mrs H B Shelton and Mrs H H hall of Houston, Mrs Marley Giddens and Mrs Wilton Stallman of Columbus, three sons, George Pratka of New Orleans, Robert Pratka of Schulenberg and E H Pratka Jr of Houston; 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Terry Jackson


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

Joseph F. Pratka La Grange Reared Dies at Houston

Joseph F. Pratka, son of Mrs. Mary Pratka of La Grange, and a citizen of Houston for the past 15 years, died at a Houston Hospital Thursday night of last week, aged 37 years, 9 months, and 23 days. Joseph had been in ill health for several months, but with careful nursing rallied, and apparently seemed to be on the road to recovery. Thursday afternoon his mother and relatives were advised that his condition was hopeless; Mrs. Pratka, John, and Frank Left immediately in an automobile for Houston. Death came to the sufferer, Thursday near to the midnight hour.

Joseph Pratka was born and reared in La Grange, he left for Houston fifteen years ago and accepted a position with a wholesale drug firm, and make good. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Mamie Pratka and daughter Doris Jean; his mother, Mrs. Mary Pratka, brothers, John S. and Frank Pratka and sister Miss Christine Pratka, all of La Grange, and all were in attendance upon the funeral.

Saturday afternoon at 1:00 o’clock funeral services were held at the Fogle-West Funeral Home, Rev. H. Edward Smith, pastor of Heights Tabernacle, officiating. Interment took place in the Hollywood cemetery. Active pall bearers were Richard Cribbs, Floyd Peeples, W. R. Zarnow, W. R. Richardson, H. E. Quin and F.E. Emmett.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, June 24, 1910

The messenger from the unseen land came Monday and claimed Mrs. Joe Pratka as his own. The deceased leaves several grown children to mourn her demise. Her remains were interred in the Dubina cemetery. Peace to her memory!

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The Galveston Daily News, 31 Mar 1870

Lewis Price, f. m. c., shot and killed his brother, Jim Price, f. m. c., at La Grange, on the 20th. It is represented, the New Era says, that Lewis killed his brother in self-defence, and no blame is attached to him for the act.


La Grange Journal, January 25, 1934

List of Colored Deaths Reported

Died at La Grange, January 12, 1934 of cancer, Rebecca Oakes Price, age 59 years, 5 months and 8 days.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Price: Died near Holman, Sep 7-03, of Pernicious Malaria, Robert Price colored, aged 52 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Weimar Mercury, March 3, 1911

Ellinger News Items

Feb. 26.--On the 17 of Feb. Martin Prihoda died at the residence of his nephew, Vin Prihoda, after a long illness. For the last few months, he stayed with his brother-in-law, John Ziecheck. He was buried the next day at the Catholic Cemetery at Live Oak Hill. Father of Frelsburg officiating. May he rest in peace.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 22 Mar 1912


The death of Mrs. Vinz Prihoda, which occurred at the family home near Live Oak Hill Friday, was a distinct blow to numerous friends of the family throughout this section. The funeral took place at the Catholic cemetery at Live Oak Hill Saturday morning, Rev. J. Vanicek officiating. May she rest in peace.


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, March 31, 1977

Six-Year-Old Collapses, Dies At Schulenburg

Monica Rose Prihoda, a six-year-old pupil at St. Rose School in Schulenburg, collapsed on the school grounds Wednesday, March 23, and was rushed to the Medical Associates Clinic in Schulenburg, but died shortly after.

Funeral services were held Friday at the High Hill Catholic Church, with burial in the High Hill Catholic Cemetery.

Daughter of James and Caroline Wick Prihoda, Monica was born June 6, 1970. She was a first-grade pupil at St. Rose School and was a member of the Plum KJZT.

Surviving besides her parents are seven sisters, Lisa, Michele, Theresa, Andrea, Vivian, Johanna and Juliana; and two brothers, Gregory and Matthew, all of High Hill; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Prihoda of Plum and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wick Sr. of High Hill. (Fayette Co. Record)

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, 29 Jun 1933, page 1

Vincent Prihoda

(Nada Correspondent)

Vincent Prihoda passed out of this life Tuesday, June 20th, at teight o'clock at the age of 75 years. He was born in the year 1868, at Rosinkor, Checkoslovaka[sic.]. His mother died in the old country when he was ten years old. He came to this country with his father, sisters and brothers, settling at Brenham. His father died when he was 12 years old. He moved to Ellinger at the age of 21 and two years later was married to Mary Zapalac. To this union 13 children were born, only nine surviving; they are Rudolf, Will, Mrs. Albina Zbranek, Mrs. Mary Zbranek, all of Nada, Louis, Vincent, and Emil of Damon, Gregory, Mrs. Bertha Korenek of Ellinger.

His first wife died in 1912 and in 1915 he married Annie Walek. Five children were born to this union: Joe, 16, Annie, 15, John, 12, Vlasta, 10, Martha, 7.

Requiem Mass was held at Nada at 7 o'clock Thursday morning, burial services were held at Ellinger, funeral servieces were conducted by Rev. Father Klobouk and Rev. Father Zeintek of La Grange.

Father Hildebrand of Weimar and Father Raska of Ammansville were also present at the services.

Our sympathy is extended to the bereaved relatives in their hour of sorrow.


The La Grange Journal
Thursday, January 8, 1948

Local People’s Kin Dies in Schulenburg

Mrs. Ernest Prilop, 78, passed away at the family residence in Schulenburg Tuesday, Dec. 30, after a half year’s illness.

Funeral was held New Year’s Day at 2 p.m. at the home with Rev. John Mueller officiating, and burial was in the William’s Creek Cemetery.

Born in the Bluff community March 7, 1869, Mrs. Prilop, nee Eliese Julia Schaefer, in 1886 was united in marriage with Mr. Prilop.  Her husband passed away some years ago.

She is survived by seven children, Mrs. John Lauterbach, Fritz Prilop and Miss Laura Prilop of Schulenburg, Mrs. Herbert Gebert, Mrs. Milton R. Schmidt and Deputy Sheriff Charlie Prilop of La Grange, and Ernest Prilop of Houston; one brother, George Schaefer of La Grange; three sisters, Mrs. Louis Bollmeyer and Mrs. Louis Eck of La Grange, and Mrs. W. O. Luedemann of Schulenburg.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 10, 1929, page 2


Ernst Prilop, aged 63 years, 3 months and 29 days, died at the family, farm home in the Cedar neighborhood early last Wednesday morning, after having been apparently well the day preceding. Our informant states that Tuesday afternoon preceding, he had been with the son assisting in preparing feed for the stock, had come into the house and chatted with the wife and daughters, but decided when asked, to not eat supper, retiring at about 6:30 o'clock. He had been ill from heart trouble some time prior to that day, but his condition was not one to cause alarm. About 2:30 o'clock Mrs. Prilop heard him breathing heavily and called to the son and daughters. He expired without awakening, his position being exactly the same, his hands folded across his breast, as he had retired for the night.

Ernst Prilop was born in Germany, and when four years of age, his parents came to Texas, and located in the Bluff section. Here he grew to manhood, and continued the life of a farmer. Forty years ago or more, he was united in marriage with Miss Elise [illigible] daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. [illegible] them was born seven children; these are:  Mrs.  Erna, wife of John Lauterback of near Schulenburg; Fritz Prilop, Schulenburg; Gertrude, wife of Herbert Gebert, O'Quinn; Ernst, Jr., of Houston; Charles and Misses Laura and Adele at the family home.

Thursday afternoon at one o'clock, the body was taken to the Williams' Creek cemetery, where Rev. Richter committed it to earth and paid a tribute to this good, departed citizen. He also leaves one brother, Heinrich Prilop of Bluff and four grandchildren.

Contributed by James E. Williams


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Jan 1908


Mrs. Frederike Proetzel an old citizen of Schulenburg, died Jan. 2nd at her home in the city, and her remains were laid to rest in the City Cemetery the following afternoon, Rev. Pieperbroke of Weimar, officiating. Mrs. Proetel was only sick a short time and her death came as a shock to her relatives and friends.

Deceased was 79 years of age, she had been a citizen of Schulenburg for 38 years; was married in 1848 to Mr. C. Proetzel in Washington county. He preceded her in death 22 years ago. She is survived by one sister and one brother; one son, Robt. and many other relatives.

Those who attended the funeral from a distance were: Mesdames Wangemann and Meyer of San Antonio, Mesdames Shaver and Fhernholdt [sic] of Weimar- Mrs. Kutchbach and Mrs. Kalb of Houston and Mr. and Mrs. Aug. Schendel of Shiner.

The Sticker joins the entire community in extending sincere sympathy to the sorrowing relatives.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 April 1917

August Prove Dead.

Carl August Prove was born in Brakan, Germany, March 31, 1841 and came to Texas March 31 1873, living in and near LaGrange until 1894 when he moved near Schulenburg where he made his home until the time of his death, April 21, 1917 after a sickness of several weeks. Burial took place in the City Cemetery Sunday afternoon, services being conducted by Rev. Paul Piepenbrok.

Mr. Prove was twice married. Of his first union four children survive, Otto and Paul Prove of San Antonio, Hugo of Lockart [sic] and Mrs. Adolphine Weiss of Houston. He is survived by his second wife and three sons, Max August and Edward all of Schulenburg.

August Prove, quiet and unassuming, was the veteran of three wars in Germany, 1864, 1866 and 1870 and was four times decorated by the Kaiser, one of his honors being the iron cross for signal bravery. Although such a record is very unusual, it was not until the papers were examined after his death that many of his most intimate friends knew of this record on the field of battle.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 July 1908, page 1


Died at Plum, May 23, - Psencsk [sic.], aged 3 years, of hemorrhage of bowles [sic].

Contributed by Matt Cross


Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, August 30, 2006

Adolph G. Psencik born in Fayette County, Texas on Dec. 12, 1918, died on Aug. 29, 2006, at the age of 87, after a short illness. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Edna. He is survived by his daughters, Virginia Psencik, and Kathleen Rose Williams and husband Gordon; grandchildren, Donna Park, Lori Korus and Cheri Bishop and husband Kenny, Andrew Hardy and wife Rebecca, Robyn Litton and husband; great grandchildren, Chelsea Park, Ashley Eaton, Austin Eaton, Mary Lynn Rager, Leslie Brooke Hardy.

He was a veteran of WWII, active in the American Legion Post 245, Germania Bowling League, KJZT, and a member of St. James Catholic Church.
Memorial Contributions may be made to St. James Catholic Church.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 30, from 5-9 p.m. with a rosary starting at 7 p.m. The burial mass will be on Thursday, Aug. 31 at St. James Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. with entombment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in San Antonio. Arrangements are under the direction of Goetz Funeral Home.

Contributed by Connie Sneed


The La Grange Journal, April 2, 1936, pg. 1

Mrs. Agnes Psencik Dies Friday Night at Plum, Aged 65

Ill since the first of this year, with flu and attending complications, Mrs. Agnes Psencik, widow of the late Albert Psencik, Sr., died at plum last Friday night, aged 65 years, 2 months, and 6 days. Funeral was held Monday, with interment at the Catholic cemetery.

Deceased was born in Czechoslovakia, and emigrated to America with her parents when 10 years old, she had lived all the remainder of her life in Fayette County. Bereft of her husband in 1930, she carried on and managed her home and property until stricken with illness.

Surviving her are one son, Albert Psencik, Jr., of Plum, and three daughters, these are Mrs. Millie Fojtik, Plum; Mrs. Lillian Kostak, Shiner; Miss Sophie at home; there are six grandchildren. Four sisters and two brothers also survive. The brothers are Joe Hrncir of La Grange and John Hrncir of Taylor; the sisters are Mrs. Anton Vasek, La Grange; Mrs. John Holotik, Taylor; Mrs. Haynie Barnhill, San Antonio; Mrs. Louis Kocourek, Houston.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker
Thursday, February 6, 1997

Felix Mat Psencik Sr.

Felix M. Psencik Sr. of the Cistern community passed away Thursday, Jan. 16 in a Smithville hospital at the age of 93.

He was born July 9, 1903 in Bastrop County, the son of the late Adolph and Rosa (Ziegelbauer) Psencik.  On Oct. 3, 1927, he and Christine Michalik were married at St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Barton Creek by the Rev. John Anders.  He attended one-room country school and was a retired farmer and rancher.  According to his family, “He was also a wonderful neighbor, always willing to help anyone in need.”  He was a member of St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Cistern and also a member of KJT Society No. 65.

Rosary was recited on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Marrs-Jones Funeral Chapel in Smithville, and was recited by Sister Louise Miksch of Hostyn.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Cistern by the Msgr. Stanley Petru.  Burial was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Smithville.

Offertory gifts were carried by two granddaughters, Lisa Steinmann and Tamra Psencik, and two great-grandchildren, Caitlin Steinmann and Jeffrey Ryan Psencik.  Scripture readings were given by two grandsons, Wayne Psencik and Jeffrey Psencik.  Eucharistic minister was his brother, William Psencik.  Altar server was Ed Hughes.

Survivors are his wife of 69 years, Christine Psencik; three sons and daughters-in-law, Leo and Evelyn Psencik of Cistern, Carolyn and Felix Psencik Jr. of San Antonio, and Johnny and Phyllis Psencik of Eagle Lake; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Adolph and Edna Psencik of Seguin, and William and Edna Mae Psencik of Cistern; two sisters, Rosa Vacek of Smithville and Emma Stryk of Schulenburg; and four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lad Psencik and Max Psencik.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Wayne Psencik and Jeffrey Psencik; and nephews , Larry Psencik, Michael Psencik, Kenneth Zelka and Harold Black.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Mar 1904

Death Record.

Psencik: Died in Cistern 2-15-04 of apoplexy, Frank Psencik, aged 63 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Fayette County Record Nov. 20, 2001

Frank Ernest Psencik, 90, of La Grange died Thursday, Nov. 15 at Care Inn of La Grange.
Private funeral services will be held at a later date.

Born April 28, 1911 in Wallis, he was the son of Bohus and Emilie (Siller) Psencik.  He married his wife, Mary Psencik.  He was a carpenter and a member of the Catholic church.

Survivors include one brother, Jerome Psencik and wife Martha of LaGrange; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife; two sisters, and five brothers.

Sergeant Memorial Funeral of LaGrange was in charge of arrangements.

Transcribed by Gayle Clemons Newkirk


Shiner Gazette, 1 Jan 1902

A Fatal Accident.

Flatonia, Tex. Dec. 25. – At Cistern, 12 miles north of this place this morning, Henry Psinsek, a young man, son of a prominent farmer, was fatally wounded by an explosion of powder put in a log to be discharged. His injuries proved fatal.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Jacinto Newstimes - Obituaries, September 27, 2004


James A. Psencik of Pine Valley, Texas passed away on Sept 10, 2004 at the age of 74. He was born to Ludwig J. Psencik and Lillian Pecha Psencik on Sept 27, 1929. He was married to Aronia A. Hughes on Sept 12, 1958.

He is survived by his wife Aronia of Pine Valley, Texas; sons, Charles William Allen and wife Sharon of Blessing, Arthur A. Allen and wife Judy of Union Grove, Ala; daughter, Debra Phillips and husband David of Blessing; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.; sister-in-law, Mary Catherine Hughes Crossman of Pasadena; step brother-in-law, Maurice Alford of Ammansville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother John and step-sister, Elsie Alford.

Memorial may be sent to Lighthouse Hospice, 14011 Park Dr., Ste. 201, Tomball, TX 77377 in memory of Mr. Psencik. Graveside services were held on Sept 15, 2005 at LaGrange City Cemetery officiated by Rev. Robert Groenke. Sergeant Memorial Funeral Home in LaGrange was in charge of the arrangements.

Trinity Standard - Trinity, TX

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The La Grange Journal, Thursday January 17,1935


Joe, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Psencik of Plum, died Monday morning. The remains were laid to rest at Plum, Tuesday morning at 9:00 o’clock, Rev. Father Heinze officiating.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Fayette County Record Oct 5, 1984

Funeral services for Julia Psencik, a resident of Care Inn Nursing Home were held on Wednesday, Oct 3 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial following in the La Grange City Cemetery. The Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiated.

Mrs. Psencik was born on Dec. 19, 1904 in La Grange to the late Joseph and Louise Sury. She married Frank S. Psencik on Jan. 3, 1946 in La Grange.  She was a department store clerk for many years and was a member of Sacred Heart and the KJZT. She passed away on Oct. 1 in Fayette Memorial Hospital. She was 79 years old.

The deceased, who was preceded in death by her husband, is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Transcribed by Gayle Clemons Newkirk


Obituary and photo on WWII Memorials Page


Galveston Daily News, 4 Nov 1941, page 2


Special to The News.

Flatonia, Tex., Nov. 3. Dr. Emil J. Pulkrabek, 39, of Flatonia, died Monday night at a Temple sanitorium following a lingering illness, according to word received here.

Dr. Pulkrabek, a graduate of Baylor Medical School, had practiced here for seven years. He was a member of the Catholic Church and Flatonia Rotary Club. He came here from Yoakum, Tex.

Survivors are: His wife, Mrs. Loraine Pulkrabek; one daughter, one son, his mother, three sisters and four brothers.

The body was returned here from Temple Monday night. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, August 17, 2004

Sandra S. Psencik

GANADO - Sandra Sue Psencik, 41, of Ganado and formerly of LaGrange, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004.

She was born May 12, 1963, in LaGrange, to Plato and Jane Splawn of West Point. She was a switchboard operator with LaGrange answering service. She was also a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Plum and attended Assumption Catholic Church in Ganado.

Survivors: husband, Charles Psencik of Ganado; sisters, Wanda Montez of West Point and Connie Moeller of Schulenburg; half-sisters, Linda Guerra and Tracy Uballea, both of Seguin; brothers, Marcus Splawn of West Point and Plato Splawn Jr. of Huntsvillle; half-brother, David Corrales of Seguin.

Preceded in death by: sister, Debbie Ann Splawn; and brother, Paul Splawn.

Visitation will begin after 5 p.m. today at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Plum, near LaGrange.

Burial will be at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery. Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, LaGrange, 979-968-3121.

Memorials: donor's choice.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Aug 1903

Death Record.

Pulkraber: Died near Flatonia, Aug. 17th-03 of hemorrhage, Mrs. Anton Pulkraker, aged 40 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, July 31, 1975

Schulenburg – Mrs. August Pustejovsky, 84, died Tuesday, July 1, 1975 in Parkview Manor in Weimar.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 3 at 3 p.m. from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel with Rev. Richard Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Mrs. Pustejovsky, nee Agnes Hollub, was born at Moravia, the daughter of John M. and Johanna (Matula) Hollub. She was united in marriage to August E. Pustejovsky, October 28, 1912. The couple resided in the Moravia community until 1929 when they moved to Schulenburg.

Survivors are two sons, Victor Post of Austin, Jerome Post of Fort Worth; a sister, Mrs. William (Frances) Hajek of Schulenburg; two brothers, William E. and Dr. Charles Hollub, both of Houston; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Preceding her in death were her husband, December 11, 1965, who was a brother of Mrs. Ernest (Millie) Hajek of Shiner; her parents; a sister, Mrs. Anton F. (Annie) Pustejovsky, June 2, 1962; two brothers, James J. Hollub and Edward G. Hollub, April 15, 1970.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


VESTNIK, Wednesday, December 14, 1960


Our deceased Brother Felix Pustejovsky was born January 10, 1892 in Praha, Fayette County, Texas, son of the late Joseph and Theresa Jalufka Pustejovsky and died December 3, 1960 in Houston, Texas. He was 78 years, 10 months and 23 days of age.

He was married to Miss Mary Anne Fabian on January 11, 1910 in Hallettsville, Texas. They observed their golden wedding anniversary last January.

They moved from El Campo to Karnes City and lived here four years and then moved to Hobson in 1914 where Mr. Pustejovsky operated a blacksmith shop until 1922. After discontinuing his blacksmith business, he moved to his farm near Hobson where he lived until his death. For 13 years, in connection withy his farming interests, he was a Watkins product distributor.

Mr. Pustejovsky was well known in the section of the county where he operated his farm and in his travels as a distributor, he made many warm friends. He was a civic worker and until his retirement, he worked diligently in the promotion of the Hobson Hall Association.

He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, St. Boniface Holy Name Society, and SPJST Lodge.

He is survived by his wife Mrs. Mary Anne Fabian Pustejovsky, of Hobson; tow sons, Louis if. Pustejovsky, of Karnes City and Felix Joseph Pustejovsky, employed by Shell Oil Company in New Orleans, Louisiana area.

Two sisters, Mrs. William Walters, of Hallettsville, and Miss Julia Pustejovsky, of Weimar; brother, William Pustejovsky, of Sublime, Texas.

Two granddaughters, Jean Pustejovsky and Kathryn Pusetjovsky of Karnes City.

Burial was in Hobson Cemetery. Pallbearers were Sam Pollok, Leon Matula, Vincent Liska, Valerian Foegelle, Edward J. Ondrej and Edward Shortner.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


LaGrange Journal, January 31, 1884

Schulenburg Skimmings

Ignatz Pustejosky [sic.], a prominent farmer who lives five or six miles from here, came to town one day last week in a wagon and brought his wife with him. During the day Mr. P. become [as printed] intoxicated, the first time in many years he says, and on his way home when about two miles from town, his horses ran away, smashing the wagon to pieces and severely injuring its occupants. Mrs. P. died the next day from the effect of her injuries, and Mr. P. has about recovered.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Dec 1917

Many friends extend sympathy to Rud. Pustka and wife in the death of their infant son whose baby eyes opened to the light of day just twenty-four hours before an angel came and bore him away.

Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Dec 1917

Card of Thanks

To the good people of Schulenburg who were so kind to us and rendered every assistance in their power at the birth and death of our baby darling, Theodore Rudolph, do our hearts go out in their fullness.

Rud. Pustka and Wife.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Pustka: Died near Dubina, Oct 28 03, of Malarial Fever, John Pustka, aged 49 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Merciry, 9 Mar 1956, page 1

Funeral Services For Mrs. Pytlovany, 83, Held Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Sophie Pytlovany, 83, were held Monday morning, March 5, at Hubbard Funeral Home, continuing at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church, Dubina.

Interment was in the church cemetery. Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated.

Mrs. Pytolovany had been ill about a year when she died last Friday at the home of her son, John Pytlovany, of Route 3, Schulenburg.

Born Oct. 8, 1872 in Poland, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jakub Verstuk. She was married in Poland to Simon Pytlovany in 1893, and they came to this country in 1897, settling at Dubina. She was a member of the Catholic church and the SPJST there.

Surviving her are two sons, Anton of Weimar and John of Schulenburg; one daughters, Mrs. Annie Seibert of Cleveland, Ohio; nine grandchildren and 13 great-greandchildren. Two children and her husband preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Robert Kosler, Henry Hollek, Joe Kocurek, Eddie Guenther, all of Weimar; Frank Kubena, Schulenburg; and John Kadlecek, La Grange.

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