1910s Fayette County, Texas News

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The Weimar Mercury, August 5, 1910

Frank Koehl, third trick operator at the Sunset, was taken to Santa Rosa hospital in San Antonio Tuesday, being accompanied by Mr. Harry Rather.  Mr. Koehl has been ill with fever for several days.

Contributed by Judy Koehl

Weimar Mercury, 6 Oct 1911

About people we know

La Grange Journal:  Yesterday afternoon at Ellinger, Miss Tinnie December and Frank Koehl were happily married at the residence of Mrs. Mary Koehl.  Both of the young people, Miss Tinnie daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph December of near Halstead and the groom an Ellinger product, have ever been popular in social circles, each possessing a legion of friends.

The Journal, joining their friends here, expresses the wish for a long happy and prosperous union.

Personal pointers

Henry Birkmann attended the marriage at Ellinger last Wednesday of Frank Koehl, a relative, to a popular young lady of that city.

Frank Koehl and Clementine “Tillie” December were married in Ellinger on September 27, 1911.  Henry Birkmann was Mary Birkmann Koehl’s brother and Frank Koehl’s uncle.  Both notices are from the same issue of the paper. Contributed by Judy Koehl

The La Grange Journal
Thursday, January 4, 1912

Miss Elise Knigge, daughter of Mrs. Ernst Knigge, Sr., and Willie Ligon son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Ligon, members of two of the most prominent families of this city were married Monday evening, December 25, at the home of the bride’s mother, in the eastern part of the city.  Present and witnessing the celebration of this happy nuptial event were only the immediate relatives and friends of the bride and groom.  Rev. James, in his usual happy manner, performed the ceremony.  The young people will reside in La Grange, in the northern part of the city.  May they ever be happy and prosperous.

The La Grange Journal
Thursday, January 11, 1912

Annual Mask Ball

The fire boys will have their annual mask ball next month, a decision reached at their last regular meeting, held Friday night.  The committee appointed to look after the arrangements is B. F. Harigel, chairman, H. Lee Bernos and F. J. Lidiak.  The committee will hold a meeting this week and decide upon a date, and everybody desirous of having a good time will be asked to attend.

In the annual election of officers, the following were elected:

Chief – H. W. Speckels.
Assistant Chief – O. E. Stolz.
Secretary – B. F. Harigel.
Treasurer – George Mauer, Jr.
Captain Company No. 1 – Paul Sladczyk.
Captain Company No. 2 – Dan Reiss.
Sponsor Company No. 1 – Miss Lillian Speckels.
Sponsor Company No. 2 – Miss Irene Reiss.

The La Grange Journal
Thursday, January 11, 1912

A Full Grown Wolf

Hermann and August Mensing, who, beside the home farm, operate a ranch near Cistern, occasionally find time to hunt big game, which is not entirely extinct in that region.  The boys were in town Saturday and exhibited to their friends the trophy of their latest chase – the pelt of a large timber wolf.

Tuesday of last week they visited the Cistern ranch.  Taking a negro employee and his dog, they started on a tour of the property.  Soon a wolf was sighted and the chase began.  For three hours, through brush and across vacant lands the night prowler led his merciless pursuers a rapid chase, until, wounded by a shot from the negro’s gun, he turned and faced the dogs for fight.  While keeping the dogs at bay, the darkey crept up and dealt the wolf his death blow with a club.  The pelt, huge in size, evidently came from a wolf five feet in length and not less than three feet high.  The tail measured fourteen inches and was very bushy.  ------- the pelt --.

The La Grange Journal
Thursday, February 15, 1912

Groom Well Known Here

At the church of the Annunciation at Houston yesterday, L. O. Willrich and Miss Norrine Martin were happily married.  “Ludce” — as we remember him here — was born at Bluff, this county, and spent his boyhood days out on the old farm.  His friends here – quite a large number – wish him and his bonnie bride much happiness; and as the catskill mountaineer would say, “may they live long and prosper”.

Contributed by Rob Brown
The La Grange Journal
Thursday, February 15, 1912

Johnny Vogt, son of our townsman, Fritz Vogt, came up from Columbus, where he has resided for several months, holding a position with a law firm as stenographer, last week to accept a similar position with Bernos & Speckels, the Sam Houston Life Insurance agents.

Contributed by Rob Brown

The La Grange Journal
Thursday, February 29, 1912

Struck By Falling Tree

Julius Vogt of the old Cedar neighborhood is suffering from the effects of an accident that came near costing him his life.  While busily engaged Monday in felling a large tree on his farm, a cracking sound informed him that the oak would soon begin to fall.  He ceased his labors and stepped out of harm’s way, but discovered, to his dismay, that his little son would, unless hastily removed, be struck.  It was while in the act of getting the little fellow away that the crash came, the tree carrying the father crushingly to the earth.

Mr. Vogt was struck on the head, receiving an ugly wound which partially stunned him.  His body and lower right limb were badly bruised.  Medical aid was hastily summoned, and Dr. Knolle, of this city, accompanied by Fritz Vogt, repaired to the scene of the accident at once.  The wound was dressed and the sufferer made as comfortable as possible.

Julius is the youngest of the large family of John (now deceased) and Mrs. Francisca Vogt, old settlers and highly respected people of the Cedar community, and the last and only remaining member at the old neighborhood.  His aged and widowed mother lives within a stone’s throw of his residence.

Contributed by Rob Brown

The La Grange Journal
Thursday, September 19, 1912

Knigge – Amberg

There was a pretty little home wedding last evening at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Otto L. Amberg, when their daughter, Miss Else Marie, became the bride of Mr. George Knigge, a La Grange boy, but now of Galveston.  None but relatives of the immediate families were present, and the ceremony, performed by the Rev. Heise of the Lutheran church, was all the more impressive for its simplicity.  The Journal joins their many friends in sincere congratulations and good wishes for their future.  The newly married couple left last evening on the Katy flyer, and will be at home in Galveston after the 25th.

Weimar Mercury
24 Jan 1913, page 7


Jan. 19. — Last Tuesday morning, at the Catholic church at Frelsburg, Mr. Emil Liska and Miss Mary Janish were united in the holy bonds of matrimony by Father D. Berberich. We wish the young couple an unending future of health, happiness and prosperity.

Weimar Mercury, 13 Oct 1913


September 29.—Last Tuesday Mr. Walter C. Beyer a clerk in Koehl & Prasifka’s store of Ellinger and the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Beyer was married to Miss Annie Prasifka of near Fayetteville.  After the wedding they took the train to Galveston.  May  their life be a happy one.

Contributed by Judy Koehl

The La Grange Journal
Thursday, October 23, 1913

Happily Married

Last evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Willrich of Bluff, their daughter, Miss Anna and Edgar T. Lueders were united in marriage, the ceremony being witnessed by a few friends and a number of relatives.  In this union of two offsprings of old and highly respected families of this county, we can see aught else than a continuous honeymoon, and combine with this wish that, prosperity will ever smile generously upon them.  They have many friends in this city.

Contributed by Rob Brown

The La Grange Journal
Thursday, November 27, 1913

Happily United

Yesterday afternoon at five o’clock at the Jefferson Street Lutheran church in this city, Rev. R. Heise, pastor united in marriage F. W. Koehler, of Houston and Miss Irma Augusta Amberg, of this city.  Long before the appointed hour friends and relatives of the contracting parties had gathered at the house of worship to witness the impressive ceremony.

Prior to the arrival of the wedding party, Miss Edna Heilig sang “The Sweetest Story Ever Told, “ and Mrs. Lad V. Vanek, presiding at the organ, at the close of the song, played Mendelssohn’s beautiful wedding march; the bride, leaning on the arm of her chosen companion slowly entered, preceded by the ushers, Messrs. Alfred Moellenberndt and Leon Bodungen.  As the wedding couple were leaving Mrs. Vanek played the “Bridal Chorus” from Wagner, the sweet, soul-inspiring strains adding solemnity to the occasion.

The interior of the church was handsomely decorated with ferns, pot-flowers and festooning.  The scene, enhanced by the glow of the electrical light was enchanting.  The bride’s aunt, Mrs. C. W. Amberg supervised the transformation.

The bridal party drove to the home of the bride’s parents where a wedding spread was partaken of, after which all repaired to the Katy passenger station where Mr. and Mrs. Koehler boarded the cars for Houston, their future home.

In joining their legion of friends, we express the hope that the future of the happy young couple will ever be bright and that prosperity will be a constant companion.  The bride-groom, youngest son of Emil Koehler and wife, is an example of that type of fine young men, whose energy and morality prompts good citizenship.  He was born and reared near La Grange and only recently removed to Houston where he is now associated with the Schuhmacher Company.  Miss Irma, second daughter of Otto Amberg and wife, possessing an admirable disposition of friendliness and a loving daughter, will make an excellent helpmate.

The La Grange Journal
Thursday, January 8, 1914

Marriage Licenses

Louis Richers and Miss Julia Letzerich.

United in Marriage

Last Wednesday afternoon Rev. Otto Bauer performed the ceremony which united in marriage Miss Julia Letzerich and Louis Richers.  Present and witnessing the ceremony which took place at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Letzerich, were immediate relatives and a few friends.  Following the ceremony, and the receiving of congratulations, the guests partook of a sumptuous wedding supper.

The young couple, reared here, possess a legion of friends, and are entering upon their matrimonial journey with the best wishes of all for a prosperous future.  They left on the belated Katy passenger train for Bay City, where the bridegroom is engaged in farming.

Contributed by Rob Brown

La Grange Journal
November 4, 1915

Silver Wedding Anniversary

Thursday night of last week, Victor C. Sladczyk and wife celebrated the twenty-fifth anniversary of their wedding day, and in the celebration they were affably assisted by their relatives and several friends.  The gathering occurred at the family home on South Jefferson street.  Plenty of good cheer prevailed, refreshments and edibles were lavishly served and music, especially vocal added to the evening’s enjoyment.  “Hoch sollen sie leben” was lustily sung, in which all joined.

Twenty-five years of congenial happy married life is a blessing not all can enjoy.  As the years pass and age creeps upon us gradually we are more apt to recognize the real blessings and be thankful for them.  The Journal congratulates the couple, and expresses the hope that their fiftieth anniversary will be celebrated with as much pomp and glory. 

Contributed by Rob Brown

La Grange Journal
November 4, 1915

F. W. Hunger is having a neat , five-room cottage built on the lot next to his mother’s property.  As Fritz has always been conceded to be a confirmed bachelor, there is some speculation among his friends.

Contributed by Rob Brown

La Grange Journal
November 18, 1915

Married Sunday

At the Methodist church Sunday afternoon, Rev. Gibbons united in marriage F. W. Hunger and Miss Francis Richers, relatives of the contracting parties only, witnessing the ceremony.  The couple is present domiciled at the home of the bridegroom’s mother.

The contracting parties are both well known to our readers.  The bride was reared near this city, possesses many accomplishments and a legion of friends.  The bridegroom, one of our successful business men was born and reared here.  We join their friends in wishing them bon voyage.
Contributed by Rob Brown

La Grange Journal
November 18, 1915

Personal Pointers

Mrs. George Willrich and Miss Gertie Alexander left for Brownwood Sunday, to be in attendance upon the meeting of the State Federation of Woman’s Clubs.

Contributed by Rob Brown

The Weimar Mercury, July 7, 1916

Henry Birkmann is the proud owner of a fine new Buick automobile, a recent purchase.  Henry has very near learned to manage the ‘critter’.

Contributed by Judy Koehl

Weimar Mercury
9 Nov 1917, page 7


Mrs. Fritz Klaus, who was stricken dumb more than four years ago, and, as a consequence, has been obliged to resort to the sign language, has suddenly recovered her power of speech. While engaged in milking Thursday morning, she fainted and upon being revived, found to her delight and to the delight of her husband that she was able to speak. Fritz says she doesn't know when to stop now, but as it is of such cheerful nature, he takes a delight in being a silent listener.—Fayetteville Fact.

The Schulenburg Sticker
Friday, April 25, 1918

In Houston Thursday last a marriage license was issued to S. V. McNeill and Miss Hayden McKinnon.

Contributed by Rob Brown

Weimar Mercury
7 Jun 1918

Texan Cited for Heroic Conduct Against Enemy

With the American Army in France, June 3.—Private Alfred G. Beyer of Ellinger, Texas, is amon 38 officers and men of the American expeditionary forces cited for gallantry.

After being seriously wounded, he remained at his post until the enemy was driven off.

The La Grange Journal
Thursday, July 14, 1919

Quiet Wedding

Otto Willrich, salesman in the employ of the Von Rosenberg Company, and Mrs. Annie Addicks, accompanied by Misses Mary Sulak and Agnes Meinen, autoed out to the home of Rev. K. Kern at Swiss Alp Wednesday afternoon of last week and were quietly married at the home of the pastor.  Immediately after the ceremony they left for Schulenburg where they boarded the east bound Southern Pacific passenger train for Houston and Galveston to enjoy a brief honeymoon.

The contracting parties have a legion of friends in this city and wherever known, all of whom join the Journal in extending congratulations and good wishes for a happy married life.  They will reside in this city.

Contributed by Rob Brown

Fayette County Journal
August 28, 1919 



Heavy Instrument Used-Jaw Shattered by Blow-Victim Taken to Houston Hospital

Considerable excitement prevailed in our quiet little city Sudnay morning when the report was spread that someone had attempted to kill one of our citizens during the early hours of Sunday, sometime between midnight and three o’clock.  Exactly as to the hour may be determined when the culprit is caught, and the real facts are obtained.  The victim of the crime was Fritz Vogt, one of our best known and most highly respected citizens.

Fritz Vogt, who, in company with Arthur Koehler, maintains an auto service and feed store at the old livery barn one half block west from the public square, on Travis street, has for some years, during the summer months slept on a canvas cot in front of the barn on the sidewalk.  Being a man befriended all with whom he came in contact, and wishing ill to no one, he had, presumably, no cause to fear that anyone would wish him any harm.  With the canopy of heaven for cover and the stars for light, he slept nature-like and rested with conscience clear.  Yet it seems that there was somebody who wished to have him removed, to destroy a man whose main aim in life was to live and provide and be a friend to man.

Next to and adjoining the livery barn, Mr. Vogt had erected a large garage, its service, however, being not yet completed.  It was his custom, when about to seek the rest which all mortals relish, to have the light in the garage burn, and be of service to him should there be a call for his services.  After midnight of Saturday, returning from a country trip, he retired and was soon asleep.  And while he slept there came the supposed enemy, the light was extinguished and, armed with a broken tinner’s anvil, the murderer crept up to the sleeping victim and struck him on the face, the horrible blow breaking the right jaw and presumably causing unconsciousness.  How long the victim lay thus is a matter of conjecture.

Lee Cox, returning home from Rutersville, was passing by the garage at 2:30 o’clock, and was hailed by Mr. Vogt, who had struggled to a sitting position, with the request to come to his assistance.  Lee responded, saw the condition of the unfortunate man, and very promptly secured Dr. Knolle, who later secured Dr. Hock, to attend to the sufferer.  The officer next notified and got busy.  A few hours later three suspects were arrested, two of whom were released Sunday afternoon.  The other, colored, and an ex-soldier, was kept in confinement.

Drs. Knolle and Hoch made the patient as comfortable as possible, the son and relatives were notified, and when the southbound Katy passenger reached La Grange, Mr. Vogt, accompanied by Dr. Knolle and John Vogt, a son, left for Houston where the sufferer was placed in a hospital.

When Mr. Cox came to the sufferer he was, as stated, seated on his cot; in his hand was a portion of the jaw bone, and his plate of false teeth.  His appearance was gruesome, blood was spattered on the ground, on the cot and his night apparel.  He frequently vomited blood and the fact he may have, in his moments of unconsciousness, swallowed much of the oozing liquid, lead many to believe that his recovery would be a miracle.  To restore him, therefore, the doctors suggested the trip to Houston, which was taken.

All Sunday morning the people flocked to the barn to view the evidence of the ghastly deed.  The expression, when made, were, we might say, very modest, but all greatly deplored the occurrence.  Known to have very few, if any, enemies, the motive of the crime was discussed.  Robbery was waived, for the few dollars he had in his possession, were found in the pillow slip, and yet who could bear so great a grudge as to wish to kill a man who never sought to or did injure anyone.  The sentiment, when it was expressed, was such that, had the perpetrator then and there been found, he would have been severely dealt with.  Cowardly whelps have their methods of working, they prefer to attack the unsuspecting and the innocent asleep.  Let the wish of all, that the culprit be found and lawfully dealt with, prevail.

Latest reports coming from the patient’s room at St. Joseph’s Infirmary at Houston, and which have been received by his relatives here, are to expect that Mr. Vogt’s condition is such that his recovery is certain.  He has maintained his strong will and has waged a strong fight; his jawbone having been broken by the cowardly blow give promise of healing rapidly, and the eye will not lose is usefulness.

La Grange Journal
September 20, 1919


Fritz Vogt, accompanied by his son, John, left for Houston on Wednesday,  Mr. Vogt having experienced such excruciating pain in the injured eye, the result of a blow received several weeks since while asleep.  Shortly after their arrival at Houston, Mr. Vogt was given an anaesthietic and eye, which had in the meantime sundered, was removed.  Later another fractured portion of the jaw was  removed, since which, we are informed, the patient has been feeling exceptionally good.  We sincerely hope that will continue to improve.

LATER—Since the above has been put in type, Mr. Vogt has returned to LaGrange, and feels, as he says exceptionally well.

Contributed by Gene L. Freudenberg