Fayette County Obituaries


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Schulenburg Sticker, 1 June 1899

Cora Black, colored, of this place died last Tuesday evening and was buried the following day.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 13 Mar 1888, page 3

It is with the greatest sorrow that we chronicle the death of Robert Kyle, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Black, which occurred on the 7th inst., at their residence about three and a half miles Northwest of Weimar. The little fellow was just eighteen months old, and after a short iillness of two weeks was taken from this world of sin and sorrow, and now with the angels dwells. He was buried in the Odd Fellows' cemetery at Schulenburg on the following day—a large concourse of friends attending the last sad rites. We extend to the parents our deepest sympathy.


La Grange Journal, May 2, 1889

Schulenburg Specials.

T. L Black died at the residence of Dr. Walker in this place April 23d, of consumption. He was born and raised in Fayette county, and left many firends to sympathise with the widow and little daughter, Lillie, in their bereavement.

Elsewhere on the same page:

—THE JOURNAL regrets to hear of the death of Mr. T. L. Black, which occurred at Schulenburg last week. Tom, when a friend, was an ardent one, and when an enemy, a bitter one. THE JOURNAL extends to his widow and relatives its sincere condolence in their bereavement.


Weimar Mercury, 21 Apr 1894, page 2

LaGrange Democrat: Died, at LaGrange Friday, April 13th, 1894, the infant child of Mr. G. Blackburn. The Democrat extends its sincere sympathy.


Weimar Mercury, 20 Jan 1894, page 2

Died, at LaGrange, January 15h, 1894, Mrs. Katie Blackburn, wife of S. G. Blackburn. The deceased was a victim of that fell destroyer, consumption, and for several months prior to her death underwent great suffering, all of which she bore with Christian fortitude and resignation. She left a husband and two small children and other relatives to mourn her death, to whom the Journal extends its sincere condolence.


La Grange Journal, April 19, 1900, page 8

After a long but fruitless battle with consumption Mrs. S. G. Blackburn died at her home in this city on Tuesday evening at 10 o'clock. The interment took place in the old cemetery yesterday afternoon, and the escort was large.


State Rights Democrat, August 24, 1866

Died—We reget to learn of the death of little Itaska, infant daughter of the Rev. E. E. and Mrs. Sarah Blackwell, who died on the 10th inst. Aged five years, eight months, and twenty days.

"He that lent thee hath recalled thee back with Him and His to dwell."


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, July 13, 1967

Mrs. Svetlik's Father Buried, Hostyn Cemetery

Alvin A. Blaha, 67, of Mullins Prairie, father of Mrs. Steve A. (Dorothy) Svetlik of Weimar, died Monday morning, July 10, at Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at Koenig Funeral Home chapel and Hostyn Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery, Msgr. Alois Morkovsky officiated.

A retired farmer and substitute mail carrier, Mr. Blaha was born May 31, 1900, at Oldenburg. He married Miss Rosie Sulik Nov. 20, 1923, at Holman.

His wife survives, along with his daughter, Mrs. Svetlik; a sister, Mrs. Vastin H. Huebel of Dallas; two brothers, Louis Blaha of Ft. Worth and Raymond of Johnson City; and two grandchildren, Paula and Craig Svetlik. Four brothers, August, Jerome, Henry and Zigmund, and a sister, Justina, preceded him in death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


undated Bryan College Station Eagle news clipping

Daniel Frank Blaha

1933 - 2006

Daniel Frank Blaha, 72, passed away April 17, 2006 at his home in Bryan. He was born September 18, 1933 in Ellinger, TX. to Louis and Julia (Krenek) Blaha. He had lived in Bryan for 41 years and had retired from Alenco after 32 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army.

Daniel is preceded in death by his wife, Earline Blaha; father, Louis Blaha; and three brothers, Lambert, Thomas and James Blaha.

He is survived by Gladys Manthei of Bryan; a daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth (Liz) and Shannon Smith of Bryan; a son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Elise Blaha of Bryan; mother, Julia Blaha of Brookshire; four grandchildren, Taylor Smith, Sydney Smith, Jacob Blaha and Joshua Blaha; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Rose and Rudy Minarcik and Judy Catron all of Houston, Helen and Allen Campbell and Becky and Richard Cernoch all of LaGrange, Kate and Jim Reaux of Brookshire; a brother and sister-in-law, Lawrence and Nina Blaha of LaGrange; numerous nieces, nephews, adoptive stepchildren and grandchildren.

Visitation will be held 5-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan with a Rosary service at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Msgr. John McCaffrey officiating. Interment will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery in Plum, TX.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic School Trust Fund or Brazos Valley Hospice Memorial Funeral Chapel-Bryan

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, July 23, 1948

Accidental Shot Kills 3-Year-Old Blaha Boy At Plum

Three-year-old Lambert Eugene Blaha, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis L. Blaha of Plum, near La Grange, was killed Sunday morning by the accidental discharge of a .22 calibre rifle at the Blaha home.

His older brother, Tommy, 9, had found the tot playing with the rifle and rushed to take it away from him. The younger boy, seeing his brother coming, threw the rifle down and started to run, and the rifle discharged as it hit the floor. The shot hit the child’s spine and lodged in the back of his head.

He was taken immediately to the La Grange Hospital, but died shortly afterward. He would have been four years old in September.

Funeral services were held Tuesday morning from the family resident and the Catholic Church at Plum.

Surviving are the parents, four sisters and four brothers.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 1 Apr 1938, page 4


The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Blahuta, elsewhere in this issue reported ill with bronchial pneumonia, died Tuesday noon and was buried in the Dubina Cemetery the following day. The little one was 14 months old. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved parents.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 31, 1941

John Blahuta, 80, Buried At Dubina

Funeral services for Mr. John Blahuta, 80, long-time resident of the Dubina section, were held at Dubina Wednesday, October 22, under the direction of the Rev. Vaclav Bily. Interment was made in the Dubina Cemetery. Mr. Blahuta died Monday, October 20.

Mr. Blahuta spent most of his life in and near Dubina, living the last two years with his adopted daughter, Mrs. Emil Janicek, who is his only survivor.

The Mercury extends heartfelt sympathy.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Nov 11, 1938, page 1


The death of Mrs. John Blahuta, Sr., of the Dubina community was briefly recorded in last issue of this paper. News of her death was recevied here early Thursday morning, and the funeral took place Friday.

A friend has furnished the following informaiton regarding this splended lady:

Mrs. Marie Blahuta died at the age of 76 years, 11 months and 18 days. She was the wife of Mr. John Blahuta, Sr., respected farmer of the Dubina community. She was born in Austria Nov. 15, 1861, came to the United States in 1871, and was a resident of the Dubina section ever since that time. She died at 6 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, 1938. She was buried in the Dubina Cemetery, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. The pall bearers were C. F. Kalous, Joe Klam, Zap Zapalac, Chas. Mazoch, Andrew Barton and Adolf Jurena. She is survived by her husband, Mr. John Blahuta, Sr., and one adopted daughter, Mrs. Emil Janicek.

Mrs. Blahuta was a good, christian woman, highly regarded by her neighbors and friends, and her death is sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to here bereaved ones.


The Huntsville Item, 25 Oct 1992

Trinity residents have bid farewell to special teacher

By Kay Mangum Rosenkranz

TRINITY COUNTY—Marie Kucera Blair, 104, a graduate of Sam Houston Normal Institute and an elementary school teacher for 25 years, died in her daughter’s home in Trinity County Oct. 16.

Mrs. Blair taught the first grade in Trinity from 1929 through 1940.  Her husband, Eric L. Blair, was superintendent of the Trinity schools during those years.

Marie Blair is survived by her son Col. Ben Blair and his wife Doris and her daughter Rowena Blair McPherson and her husband Bill, all of Trinity County. She had 6 grandsons and 2 granddaughters along with 18 great-grandchildren.

She lived a remarkable life and remained alert, clever and witty through her 104 years.

Born in Ellinger, Fayette County, Texas, a few miles southeast of La Grange, on October 4, 1888, Marie Kucera Blair was born to Czechoslovakian parents.  She was the third of twelve children, six boys and six girls.  Marie’s paternal grandfather, Jan (John) Kucera came to America as a young man with his wife and son.  The family settled in Ellinger. 

Her maternal grandparents, Andrew (Ondrey) Steffek and Veronika Michna came to the United States in 1867.  The couple came by sailboat from Bremen, Germany to Galveston. 

From there they traveled by oxcart and on foot to Fayetteville.  At the time of the journey, the Steffek’s [sic] had two small daughters, Johana and Veronika.  Veronika was Marie’s mother. 

John Kucera, born in Prague, came to the United States when he was 17 years old.  He met Veronika Steffek and married her in Ellinger.  The couple made their home on a farm near La Grange. 

Though Mrs. Blair was a native Texan, she spoke with a noticeable Czech accent, many of her friends said.  She began her teaching career in 1907 in Frydek, near her hometown of Ellinger, where she taught the Czech language.

Mrs. Blair then attended Sam Houston Normal Institute to earn a temporary teaching certificate in 1906-1909.  Huntsville Normal Institute [Sam Houston Normal Institute] was the forerunner to Sam Houston State Teacher’s College, now Sam Houston State University. 

The young teacher returned to Ellinger in 1909 to teach first and second graders in a school without electricity.

Three years after returning to Ellinger, her mother died.  Marie stayed on in Ellinger, helping her father to raise and teach her younger siblings.

In 1916, Mrs. Blair returned to Huntsville Normal Institute [Sam Houston Normal Institute] to earn her permanent teaching certificate.  She was awarded her certificate in 1918.

Mrs. Blair and two other college students were selected to become home demonstration agents, the forerunner to extension agents.  Her assignment as demonstration agent took her to Edna, Texas. 

It was in Edna in early 1922 that Marie met and married Eric Lee Blair.  Blair had been recently widowed and brought two young boys to the marriage:  Lee and Ben, an infant.

The couple moved to Austin where Eric earned a masters degree.  While in Austin during January, 1923, Marie had a baby girl, Rowena.

Before moving to Trinity in 1929, the couple lived for a short while in Navasota.  Then Eric accepted the superintendent’s position in Trinity and Marie returned to teaching.

Marie taught the first grade and she remembered her first class had 42 students—a far cry from the teacher-student ratio today.

Just as the United States entered World War II, the Blairs moved to Lake Jackson. Teachers were scarce at that time.  At age 53, Marie resumed her teaching career while Eric continued to tend to administrative duties.

In Lake Jackson, Marie expanded her expertise to include the library arts.  In addition to being a teacher, Mrs. Blair was the school librarian for more than seven years.

In 1956, she retired from the classroom, to concentrate on full time gardening. Her hobbies also included baking bread, preserving fruits and vegetables from her garden, crocheting and sewing.

Mrs. Blair was able to live by herself in her house in Lake Jackson from the time her husband died in 1969 until she came to live with her daughter Rowena and son-in-law Bill McPherson in 1982.

Friends and family members celebrated Mrs. Blair’s 100th birthday in 1988 with a reception at Trinity Plantation.

The funeral service for Mrs. Blair was October 19, 1992, 2 p.m., in the Chapel of Restwood Cemetery, Lake Jackson.

The original article contained a photograph of Mrs. Blair. Transcribed by Judy Koehl


Weimar Mercury
September 23, 1893

Died, at La Grange, September 15, 1883[1893], Mary Delia, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Blaize, aged 14 months.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Colorado Citizen, 10 Aug 1882, page 1

We are pained to learn of the death of Dr. Blanchette, which [occurred] at his residence at Round Top last Sunday. We have not heard full particulars but understand that his death was caused by congestion of the brain. In the Doctor, Round Top loses a valuable and highly respected citizen, and one whose place will be hard to fill.—La Grange Journal.


Schulenburg Sticker, 6 July 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Martin Blanka, age 52 years, Fayetteville, died June 19.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 July 1904

Blankenburg – Died at Cedar, 7-3-04, from premature birth, infant son of Mr. and Mrs.C Blankenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 11, 1907

The news of the death of Mrs. Johanna Blankenburg at Seguin, Monday afternoon was received here with genuine regret.  The estimable lady had gone there for treatment.  Her remains were laid to rest at the Blackjack cemetery Tuesday afternoon, in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends.  Deceased was 50 years of age, and is survived by ten children and numerous other relatives. Among them, being Mrs. Aug. Loessin, a sister, of this city.  To the bereaved THE JOURNAL extends its heartfelt sympathy.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 4 Jul 1924, page 1



One of the most horrible automobile wrecks that has ever occurred in this section of the state happened about 1 o'clock Friday morning at the curve on the highway one mile west of Weimar, when a Chevrolet car occupied by Frank, Alfred and Hugo Blaschke, brothers, aged 19, 21, and 22 years, and Ewald Blaschke, a cousin, all residing in Schulenburg ran into the guard rail along said curve while traveling at a high rate of speed.

A piece of timber from the fence was forced against the entire length of the car through the radiator and . . . , taking off one end of the gasoline tank, . . . the gasoline therein. The fire which resulted burned the three brothers so badly that one, Frank, who was driving the car, was taken out dead, while the other two brothers, Alfred and Hugo, were burned so badly that both died a few hours later, Alfred succumbing early in the morning, and Hugo about noon.

Ewald Blaschke was severely burned about the legs and arms and face, but there is a chance of his recovery.

The accident, as near as we can figure it out, . . . all parties dropping off to sleep, on their return from the dance held that night at New Bielau. The explosion threw gasoline all over the car and its occupants, and their death was a horrible one. The car was completely destroyed.

Shortly after the accident another car came along and rendered assistance in removing the bodies of the victims and spreading the alarm. Judge W. A. VanAlstyne, local justice of the peace, was aroused and went to the scene to hold the inquest on the body of Frank Blaschke, returning a verdict in accordance with the foregoing facts.

The three young men who lost their lives in this awful accident were sons of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Blaschke of Schulenburg. The funeral of the three victims of the accident took place at Schulenburg Saturday morning at 9 o'clock.

The sympathy of everyone goes out to the bereaved parents, who in one stroke of misfortune lost their three youngest sons.


Ther funeral of the three brothers, Blaschkes, took place at the Schulenburg Catholic Church saturday morning in the presence of one of the largest crowds ever congregated there. The Weimar band was engaged to furnish music on that occasion. Rev. Szymanski and Pustka of this city assisted with the services. Burial took place in the Catholic cemetery of that city, the three caskets being placed in one large grave.


Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, September 11, 1986

Alma Blaschke Last Rites Held

Mrs. Alma (Muehr) Blaschke, died in a Houston hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 26 at the age of 87 years, 5 months, 17 days.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 29 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugarland with Fr. Peter Mosteller officiating.  Graveside services were held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery in Schulenburg at 1:00 p.m.

Pallbearers were grandsons Brenson Abbott Jr., Michael Bruce Abbott, Byron Patrick Abbott and David Abbott; and great-nephews Paul Schumann and Alois Muehr.

Rosary was recited at Davis-Dawson funeral Home in Rosenberg at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28.

Mrs. Blaschke was born in Rozanky, Texas, Mar. 8, 1899, the daughter of the late Franz and Aloisa Muehr of Schulenburg.  She married Victor Blaschke on Nov. 22, 1922.  They later moved to Sugarland where they resided the remaining years of their lives.  Mrs. Blaschke was a member of St. Theresa Church, a retired LVN, and a past member of the St. Theresa’s Altar Society.

Survivors are one daughter and son-in-law, Lillian and Brenson Abbott of Meadows, Texas; four grandsons, Brenson Abbott Jr. of Houston, Michael Bruce Abbott of Sugarland, Byron Patrick Abbott of Bellville, and David Thomas Abbott of Centerville, Ohio; seven great-grandchildren, Bruce Abbott, William Abbott, Jason Abbott, Derek Abbott, Thomas Abbott, Brandy Abbott and Heather Abbott; and two step-grandchildren, Heather Lawson and Donny Lawson.  Mrs. Blaschke was preceded in death by her husband in December 1984.

Davis-Dawson Funeral Home of Rosenberg was in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Rob Brown. Additional information contributed by Mark Schumann Alma and twin sister Anna were born March 8, 1899 in Rosanky, Bastrop County to Franz and Aloisia Berger Muehr.  Shortly after her birth, the family moved to Fayette County, having purchased a 100 acre farm near Schulenburg.


Weimar Mercury, 26 Apr 1890, page 3

News has just reached me of the sad drowning of a German by the name of Antone Glaske [sic.]. He had a wife and five children, and lived on the old Carson place, about two miles from here on the Weimar road. Last Wednesday morning he got on his horse and took his little son on another horse and went over to Clear creek, some two miles above here. The creek was very much swollen from the rain the night before, but being back water from the Navidad, he concluded he could swim it on his horse, as he wanted to cross, and put in, but missed the ford bank on the oposite side. His horse struck a steep bank, which he could not ascend and fell over backward, carrying Mr. Blaske under the water. The horse swam out, and the little boy and his horse swam out safe on the opposite side, but Mr. Blaske sank and was not seen anymore. There is no chance to get the body until the water goes down. A great many have gone up there from here, but up to Thursday morning 10 o'clock the body had not been recovered.



Weimar Mercury, 19 Jun 1897, page 5


A cold-blooded assassination was enacted in the vicinity of Dubina, about four miles northwest of Weimar, Wednesday night at about 9 o'clock. The murdered man was Charles Blaschke, an inoffensive young German farmer of that vicinity, but the name of the assassin is not known at present. Blaschke was working for his brother-in-law, Fred Manovsky, and engaged in chopping cotton. He left the farm of his brother-in-law, with his hoe upon his shoulder, after dark, en route home. Nothing further is known of his journey homeward, until he was found about 10 p.m. in the yard of a farmer name Burger, in a dying condition, with thirty-two buckshot in his body, two of the shot entering the hoe handle. He was carried to his father's home, but died ere reaching there. The place where he was fired upon is about 300 or 400 yards from the sot where he was found. Blaschke was about 24 years of age, was well-known in this section, and bore a very good reputation. An inquest was held and the verdict returned was that Blaschke came to his death at the hands of some party or parties unknown. Officers from LaGrange, Schulenburg, Holman and Weimar left for the scene early Thursday morning.

LATER.—The officers found several strong clues in their investigation of the case Thursday morning, and the result of it was that the father-on-law and brother-in-law of the deceased—both named Lebeda, and farmers of that vicinity—were placed under arrest on suspicion of being the guilty parties. Their examining trial will be held at Holman today (Friday).


Shiner Gazette, 1 Dec 1977, page 6

Blaschke Rites In Houston

Charles Frank Blaschke of Houston, 81 years and 16 days, entered into eternal rest Sunday, Nov. 20, 1977 at 11:05 a.m. in a Houston nursing home.

Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Monday by the Catholic Daughters of America at Earthman Funeral Home at the first Tidwell exit on North West Frwy. Christian wake services were held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday by his grandson, the Rev. Father Ronald Fishbeck of Houston.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Houston. Celebrant of the Mass was his grandson, the Rev. Fishbeck, assisted by Rev. Vincent Rozzatto, Rev. Tom Wendland and Rev. Terry Brinkman.

Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were all his grandsons and great-grandsons.

Burial was in Houston National Cemetery with full military services conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, District IV.

Mr. Blaschke was born Nov. 4, 1896, at High Hill, Texas, the son of Joseph and Herminia (Kainer) Blaschke. His father died when he was 3 years old. His mother later married Anton Sommers and continued living in the area.

A Veteran of World War I, he entered the Service in 1918, serving in France with the 143 Infantry, 36th Division. He received an Honorable Discharge June 26, 1919 at Camp Bowie, Texas.

Mr. Blaschke was a retired employee of Reed Roller Bit Co. in Houston, having 23 years of service in the shipping and machine maintenance department.

On August 5, 1919, he was married to Emily Ludwig, daughter of Joseph and Thresia (Hollas) Ludwig in the Blessed Sacrament Church in Poth, Texas.

Leaving Poth in 1925, the family moved to the St. John’s and Moravia community and resided there until the death of Mrs. Blaschke in June 1944, at which time Mr. Blaschke and children moved to Houston. Ten children were born to this union.

Surviving are three sons, Grady J., Howard Eugene, both of Houston, Charlie E. of Conroe; six daughters, Mrs. Weldon (Dorothy) Othold, Mrs. Ervin (Virginia) Fishbeck, Mrs. Doyle (Vivian) Clifton, Mrs. Maydelle Frazier, all of Houston, Mrs. Gerald (Lillian) Dill of Pasadena, Mrs. Robert (Melba Lee) Hayden of Tatum, New Mexico; one half sister, Miss Louise Sommers of Seguin; 43 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emily, June 23, 1944; a son, Leo Blaschke, Dec. 24, 1961; a grandson, Michael Kaufmann, Nov. 24, 1968; his mother, March 26, 1950; his stepfather, Nov. 17, 1942; a half sister, Mrs. Anton (Emma) Klesel of Seguin, Dec. 19, 1976; a half brother, Anton Sommers of Palm Springs, Calif., Oct. 23, 1972; two sisters, Mrs. Fritz (Mary Blaschke) Fremmanel of Amarillo and Frances Blaschke.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 3 Feb 1928, page 2


Ferd. Blaschke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Blaschke, died in Oklahoma City Sunday morning at 9 o'clock. He was in the University Hospital in Oklahoma City for one week previous to his death.

Ferd. was born and reared in this section, but left here eighteen years ago. He was foreman of a pipe line gang in Oklahoma, holding a good position. He would have been 49 years of age on this coming April 10th. He never married.

The body was shipped to this city, arriving here Tuesday afternoon. — Schulenburg Sticker.


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 June 1913, page 1

Mr. Frank Blaschke, aged 28 years, son of Mr. Chas Blaschke, died Tuesday at his home a few miles southwest of the city and his remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery Wednesday afternoon, Father Mathis officiating. He leaves a wife and two small chileren [sic], to whom the Sticker extends its heartfelt sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, January 30, 2013

Gladys Blaschke

Gladys Ann Blaschke, 75, of Schulenburg passed away on Saturday, Dec. 29 at 10 p.m. at Oak Manor Nursing Center in Flatonia. She died of natural causes due to Alzheimer's after an eight-year illness.

The funeral was held on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, followed by interment in the High Hill Cemetery. Rev. Tim Kosler officiated. Pallbearers were Eugene Mikes of New Bielau, brother-in-law, and Craig Mikes of Austin, Cody Haas of LaPorte, Darryl Haba of Austin, Randy Haas of LaPorte and James Kubecka of Flatonia, all nephews.

Rosary was said on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by Rev. Kosler.

Born in Schulenburg on Nov. 6, 1937, she was the daughter of Louis and Anastasia “Stella” Hercek Haba. She attended Schulenburg Elementary School. On April 29, 1957, she married Herbert Blaschke in Schulenburg. A 39-year resident of Fayette County, she lived in Houston until 1973, when she moved to Schulenburg. She was a homemaker, and a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and Schulenburg Garden Club.

Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Rachelle Vento of Houston; two sons, Roger Blaschke and Rodney Blaschke, both of Schulenburg; five sisters, Joyce Kubecka of Flatonia, Rosie Lee Haas of Houston, Jeanette Mikes of New Bielau, Georgia Blanchard of Houston and Dorothy Haba of Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and three brothers, Lawrence Haba, Franklin Haba and Elroy Haba.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 26 Nov 1898, page 8

Monday night of last week, while Jos. Blaschke, who lives on Jos. Schneider's place, near High Hill, was returning home, he was waylaid by two men, who knocked him form his horse and then pounced upon him and stamped and beat him unmercifully, leaving him in the road for dead. He was beaten into unconsciousness, and as soon as he came to his senses he managed to crawl to the nearest farm house, the inmates of which had him conveyed to his home and summoned a doctor. Mr. Blaschke lingered in great agony until Friday afternoon, when death relieved him of his terrible suffering. During his rational spells he was asked to make a statement, which he refused to do and there is no clue to the guilty parties. It was a cowardly deed and the guilty parties deserve the severest punishment.


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Aug 1913


While returning from Weimar Thursday afternoon about four o’clock and when about a mile out the car, driven by Mr. Alois Blaschke, with whom were his father, Mr Joseph Blaschke and Mr. Isador Wind, skidded on a slippery piece of road, into a ditch and turned over, killing Mr. Joseph Blaschke almost instantly. Isador sustained two or three broken ribs and Alois escaped with only a few bruises.

The body of Mr. Blaschke was brought to the Baumgarten-Matula Co’s undertaking establishment and prepaired [sic] for burial.

The deceased was quite aged and lived with son, Alois and family on Middle Creek. The funeral will take place Saturday morning at 10 o’clock at the High Hill Catholic cemetery.

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

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, February 2, 1967

Final Rites for Mrs. K. Blaschke, 91, At Dubina

Funeral services for Mrs. Kathrin Lebeda Blaschke, 91, of Houston were held Sunday afternoon, Jan. 29 at Hubbard Funeral Home here and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina.

Burial was in the Dubina cemetery.

Mrs. Blashke, aunt of Joe and Frank Lebeda here, died Jan. 27 in a Houston hospital, where she had been a patient for four days.

She was born Nov. 25, 1875 in Kansas, a daughter of Joe and Theresa Haidusek Lebeda.

Surviving her are one daughter, Mrs. Katie Story of Houston; two grandsons, and six great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Aug 1922, page 1

Mrs. H. A. Blaschke

Mrs. H. A. Blaschke passed away at her home near this city last Thursday morning, Aug. 17 at 11:00 o’clock after a lingering illness of several months.

Mrs. Blaschke was born in 1878. She is survived by her husband and fiive [sic] children, three sons, Herbert, Victor, Alfred and two daughters, Misses Martha and Mary, one sister, Mrs. Joe Mitchon, four half sisters, Mesdames Frieda Sauer and Millia Mosmeyer and Misses Alma and Pauline Schilhab, two brothers, Ernest and Anton Schilhab, five half brothers, Frank, Eddie, Joe, Ludwig and Willie Schilhab.

Interment were [sic] made in St. Rosa’s Catholic Cemetery at 4:00 o’clock Friday afternoon.

Among the people out of town that attended the funeral were: Mrs. Stirl and sons, Fritz and Hugo of Houston.

The Sticker joins the many friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Aug 1922, page 8

Victor Blaschke of Sugar Land arrived here the early part of last week to attend the funeral services of his mother, Mrs. H. A. Blaschke.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 June 1917

Miss Mary Blaschke, age 28 years, died in a San Antonio hospital Monday and was buried in St. Rosa cemetery here Wednesday morning. Miss Mary was the oldest daughter of Mrs. Prlias, living south of town.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, July 15, 1971

Final Rites For Mrs. L. Blaschke Held At Dubina

Funeral services were held July 5 for Mrs. Leo A. (Rosie) Blaschke, 55, who died July 3 of a heart attack at her home in Hallettsville.

Rev. Oswald Kahlich and Rev. Leo Schmidt officiated in services at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina. Interment was in the Dubina cemetery.

Pallbearers were George Bucek, Melvin Friedrich, Allen Konvicka, Johnny Demel, Michael Narendorf, and Kenneth Narendorf.

Mrs. Blaschke was born Dec. 19, 1915, at Dubina, a daughter of Ludvik and Katherine Kaluza Anders. After their marriage on Oct. 22, 1945, she and her husband settled at Schulenburg. Since 1949 they had lived at Hallettsville.

Her husband survives, along with two daughters, Misses Alice and Darlene Blaschke of Hallettsville; three sons, Leon and Gilbert of Hallettsville and Milton of Cuero; her father, Ludvik Anders of Dubina; two sisters, Mrs. Edwin (Viola) Demel and Mrs. George (Josie) Konvicka of Schulenburg; and two brothers, Al Anders of Weimar and George Anders of Crowley.

She was preceded in death by her mother in 1962, and two brothers, Alois in 1943 and Ray in May of this year.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Wilhelmine Blaschke

Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Mar 1902

Mrs. Louis Blaschke of Middle Creek settlement died at her home Friday night March 14th, after an illness of about two weeks and her remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at High Hill on Sunday, the Rev. Father Gallach officiating. Mrs. Blaschke was a most estimable lady and her sad death is universally deplored. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Feb 1917

From the LaGrange Journal

The six-months-old boy of Frank Blaska [perhaps Blashke] and wife, living west of town, died Sunday night. The funeral occurred Tuesday with interment in the new cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, November 14, 2012


SANTA FE - John Frank Blazek, 75, of Santa Fe, Texas, passed away November 8, 2012.

He was born October 6, 1937 to John and Lucille Blazek in East Bernard, Texas. John retired from Union Carbide where he worked as an operator.

John was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his Mother; Wife; Jeanette Blazek; Daughters, Sharon Ryan (Jeff), Lillian Prejean (Mike), and Lisa Blazek; Son, John David Blazek (Kim); Sisters, Frances Fisher (Don), Virginia Leach (Jimmy), Carol Jaycox, and Rita Schroat (Kevin); Brother, James Blazek (Debbie); 9 Grandchildren; and close family members, Heidi and Romeo Gonzalez.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, November 16, 2012, at 10:00 a.m., St. Mary's Church Praha, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 821 FM 1295, Flatonia, Texas.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Brenham Weekly Banner, 9 Feb 1882, page 1

Mrs. Bledsoe, one of the early settlers of Fayette county, died a few days ago. She was the widow of Henry Bledsoe.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 23, 1923

Died Tuesday Night

Miss Anna Eliza Bledsoe died at the family home near Plum Tuesday night, following a stroke of paralysis that morning.  The deceased, with her brothers, H. E. and Lucian Bledsoe, had lived in the old family home near Plum for many years, and was one of the devout worshippers at the old Baptist church of that section.  We sincerely regret to hear of her demise, and to her brothers we offer our sympathy in this their hour of sorrow.  May she sleep in peace and receive the reward of the faithful.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 22, 1929

Died Near Ellinger

Miss Julia Blinka, aged twenty-three years, died last Saturday, at ------- home, leaving as her chief mourners, her mother and two brothers, John and Joe Blinka.  Her father preceded her in death in 1905, a few months after she was born.

At the age of fourteen years, she was given the rites of confirmation by Rev. H. Juren, at the Evangelical church, and lived at the home up to her demise.  The body was taken to the evangelical church at Ross Prairie, and there interred in the cemetery, with Rev. Carl Baer officiating, Sunday.

Rev. Baer sought to comfort the mourning relatives and the congregation with the text of “The Heavenly Bridegroom.”  The sadness of the hour was manifest, pretty young woman, claimed by death when years of life were still to be granted.  She died from the effects of pneumonia, after several weeks of illness.

Friends of the family sang several beautiful hymns at the house of death and also at the grave.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Jan 1902, Fayetteville column

Martin Blinks [Blinka] Jr., who lived a few miles from here, died of black jaundice. He was buried in the Ross Prairie Protestant cemetery yesterday, Rev. H. Juren officiating.

Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Jan 1902, Ellinger column

We have had two deaths in the past week. Mrs. Jas. Siptak, Sr. and Martin Blinka, Jr.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Blinka: Died near Ellinger Nov. 13-03 of cerebro spinal meningitas [sic] S Blinka aged 3 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, April 14, 2010

Vernon O. Blohm

Vernon O. Blohm, 89, of Schulenburg, passed away Friday, April 2 at Columbus Community Hospital following a short illness.

He was born on June 24, 1920 in Shiner to Oscar G. and Hattie (Seydler) Blohm. At a young age, his family moved to Schulenburg where he attended and graduated from Schulenburg High School. On Nov. 3, 1940 he married Dorothea Marie Kallus.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and saw action in Guam, where he was injured. He was honorably discharged in 1946.

Blohm was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; sister, Bernice Doggett; nephew, Gordon Doggett; and great-nephew, Matthew Doggett.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Roberta Sue and Clyde D. Lemke of Buda, Margaret Louise and Philip B. Leaman of Schulenburg and Donna Marie and Andrew J. Schobel of Columbus; 10 grandchildren, Todd Lemke and wife Stephanie, Robert Lemke and wife Jennifer, Mark Lemke, John Kulbeth and wife Laura, Ann Ohnheiser and husband David, Paul Leaman, Ryan Schobel and wife Andrea, Aaron Schobel and wife June, Matt Schobel and wife Nicole and Amanda Schobel; and 17 great-grandchildren, Kyle, Max, Emily and Elizabeth Lemke, Elise, Blaise and Alec Ohneiser, Maison, Drew, Hudson, Thea, Brock, Erika, John, Tommy, Adam and Jack Schobel.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, April 5 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg with the Rev. Timothy Kosler officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers were Todd and Robert Lemke, John Kulbeth, David Ohnheiser, Paul Leaman and Ryan, Aaron and Matt Schobel.

Honorary pallbearer was Mark Lemke

Citizen photograph. Contributed by Judy Talkington


Eagle Lake Headlight, 26 Oct 1912, page 1

Santa Fe Conductor Killed.

Bellville, Tex., Oct. 20.—A. O. Blucher, a freight conductor on the south end, was instantly killed at the Bellville yards this morning about 2 o'clock by falling between two moving cars while walking over the top of the train from the caboose as his train moved into the yards.

He was literally ground to pieces and his remains had to be gathered up in a blanket. A brakeman saw him stumble and fall between the cars. The brakeman was so shocked that he threw away his lantern and quit his job.

The dead man had worked here for three or four years for the Santa Fe and was well known in railroad circles. He was unmarried so far as can be learned. He was reared at Flatonia, and had a sister living there and another living at Burton. It was some time before either of them could be found by wire. The sister at Burton hurried on to Bellville this afternoon at 5 o'clock and had her brother's remains shipped to Flatonia for burial.

Mr. Blucher was well known to many people in Eagle Lake, having often been stationed here in charge of a train during the fall months.


Weimar Mercury, 8 Aug 1896

News Special: Flatonia, Tex., Aug. 3.—The town was startled this morning shortly after daylight by the discovery of the dead body of Mr. Gus Blucher lying in the yard back of his shoe store. The deceased had not been at home during the night and search was made this morning, with the above result. His sudden death is attributed to heart disease. Mr. Blucher was a member of the Knights of Honor, A. O. U. W. and the Hermann Sons.


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Jan 1907


Mr. Anton Blumerich, probably one of Fayette’s oldest citizens, died at his home in High Hill, Monday the 24th after a short illness. Mr. Blumerich was 85 years and 11 months of age and has always enjoyed the best of health, and he was sick only two or three days before his death.

He was born Jan. 14, 1821 in Bundorf Germany and came to this country in 1854, first settling near LaGrange afterwards removing to High Hill.

Mr. Blumerich leaves 3 sons, Messrs. Frank, Joe and Paul and one daughter, Mrs. G. Nordhausen to mourn his death.

Interment took place in the Catholic cemetery, Father Gerlach officiating.

The Sticker extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Contributed by Matt Cross

edmund blumerich

Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Jan 1910


Mr. Edmund Blumerich died at San Antonio Saturday morning at 12:15 o’clock, after having undergone three operations for appendicitis, the last operation being performed on Sunday, Jan, 2.

Deceased was 21 years of age, ambitious and with a bright future before him, but He that doeth all things well deemed it best to call the young man to a higher place of abode, a place not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

To the broken hearted mother, father, brothers and sisters, who sit in sorrow where his footsteps shall never again find echo, we extend our heartfelt sympathy, joined by the entire community.

He leaves a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Blumerich, three brothers, Gus, of Beaumont, Henry of Lockhart and Paul of Houston; seven sisters, Mrs. Gus Winkler of Lockhart, Mrs. Paul Prove, San Antonio, Misses Selma, Louise, Adele, Mary and Minnie at home.

His remains were conveyed to Schulenburg and tenderly consigned to their last resting place Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock, in the Catholic cemetery, Father Mathis, officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 4 Feb 1927


B. P. Blumrich of the firm of Lewis-Blumrich Company, 907 Congress, died at a local hospital at 9:20 a.m. Monday. He is survived by his father and Mother, Mr. and Mrs. P. F. Blumrich, seven sisters and two brothers. The body will be sent to Mr. blumrich's former home in Schulenburg for burial. The J. B. Earthman company is in charge of the arrangements. —Houston Chronicle.

Weimar Mercury, 11 Feb 1927


G. P. Blumrich of Houston, whose death and burial were recorded in last week's issue of the Mercury and whose funeral took place at Schulenburg, his former home, was the victim of an accident.

Several weeks ago while a pistol was being carelessly handled in an office at Houston, it fell to the floor, exploded, and the bullet wounded a Dr. Storey and also Mr. Blumrich. Dr. Storey died soon afterwards, while Mr. Blumrrich succumbed to his injuries some three or four weeks later.

Just a little bit peculiar that two deaths should result from an accidental discharge of a pistol.


The LaGrange Journal, Thursday, November 23, 1961, page 4

Mrs. C. Boehm

Mrs. Christiana Boehm, 67, died while she was at work at the Bon Ton Café Wednesday morning, Nov. 15. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Last rites were held on Friday at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel and continued in the Sacred Heart Catholic church. Rt. Rev. Msgr. S. A. Zientek officiated and burial was in the La Grange city cemetery.

Mrs. Boehm was born near Schulenburg on March 18, 1894, the daughter of Franz and Ida Eschenberg Mueller. She married Frank J. Boehm Sr. on Sept. 15, 1917. The couple lived in the Bluff community where Mr. Boehm died on Oct. 29, 1957. Mrs. Boehm made her home in La Grange for the past three years.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Harry Sicko of near Schulenburg; one son, George of La Grange; one sister, Mrs. Julia Richter of La Grange; one brother, Frank Mueller of Schulenburg; and three grandsons.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Shiner Gazette, 22 Oct 1902

Farmer Shot Himself.

Schulenburg, Tex., Oct. 17.—Frank Boehm, a farmer, living two miles north of here, committed suicide this afternoon by shooting himself with a shotgun. He was despondent over short crops and attendant evils. He was 45 years of age.

Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Oct 1902


Mr. Franz Boehm, a farmer residing a few miles south of town having grown weary of the burden of life ended his existence on Friday afternoon last by sending a bullet through his brain. Mr. Boehm was an industrious man, his efforts, however, for the past few years had, on account of the boll weevils and poor crops, not enabled him to meet his obligations and fearing that his creditors would force him to sacrifice his farm, which would probably have resulted in his losing the former payments made, he repaired to his home ended his troubles by taking his life. His remains were interred in the Catholic Cemetery Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Father Mathis officiating. The funeral was largely attended.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 1 Aug 1896, page 2

Schulenburg, Tex., July 28.—Gerhard Boehms, a well known retired merchant of this place, died suddenly this morning. He leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. R. A. Wolters, to mourn his loss.


Schulenburg Sticker, 6 Oct 1916


Mrs. Anna Boehnke, died Sept 11, age 75 years and 6 months, at Muldoon.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Apr 1904, page 1

Death Record.

Boehnke: Died between Cistern and Muldoon 1-27-04 of Peritonitis Baby Boehnke, aged 10 day.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 5, 1956

Mrs. Fronia Boehnke Passes At Muldoon

Mrs. Fronia Boehnke, 75, of Muldoon, widow of the late William F. Boehnke, passed  away at the Fayette Memorial Hospital on Monday, Jan. 2, and funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30 PM at the Pitman Cemetery Chapel at Flatonia where interment was made with the Rev. George A. Lewis Jr. of Flatonia officiating, assisted by the Rev. L. L. F. Parker.  Koenig Funeral Home had charge of the funeral arrangements.

A native and lifetime resident of the Muldoon area, Mrs. Boehnke was a daughter of Jessie and Martha Young Parker.

Mr. Boehnke passed away in October, 1951.

Survivors include three daughters Mrs. Ruby Kelly of La Grange, Mrs. Sam Smith of Wharton and Mrs. Mary Lueders of Muldoon; two sons, Jesse Boehnke of Muldoon and Waltis Boehnke of Aransas Pass; one sister, Mrs. Sophie Jones of Comanche; two brothers, Garett Pargerf and William Parker of Muldoon; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 Mar 1940

Adam Bohac Dies

Adam Bohac, aged 76 years, passed away at the family home in the Ammannsville section on Tuesday, March 26th.

Mr. Bohac was a native of Europe but had lived in Fayette country for thirty-eight years.

Funeral services were held Wednesday with interment in the Ammannsville Catholic Church. Rev. Raska officiated at the last sad rites.

Surviving are his wife, Johanna Bohac; three sons, Jim Bohac of Ammannsville, Joe and Albert Bohac of Waco; six daughters: Mrs. Mary Schmidt, Nevada; Mrs. Annie Veselka, Schulenburg; Mrs. Victoria Krenek, Mrs. Christian McGee, Houston; Mrs. Martha Cox, Columbus; Mrs. Leon Karsted, La Grange.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 23, 1942

Final Rites For Andrew Bohac, 85, Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Mr. Andrew Bohac, 85-year-old farmer of the Borden community, were held at St. Michael's Church here at 9:30 Wednesday morning, with interment in St. Rose Cenmetery at Schulenburg. The Rev. Vaclav Bily of Weimar officiated, with Hubbard Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Bohac succumbed at his home in Borden Monday, following an illness of about two weeks.

He was born November 30, 1856, in Czecho-Slovakia. In 1892 he emigrated to the United States, settling in Schulenburg. He married Miss Barbara Labik on January 14, 1907. For the past twenty-two years he had lived in Colorado County. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Surviving are six children, Mrs. John Zapalac of Sealy; Mrs. Jerome Shimek and Mrs. Ed Shimek of Schulenburg; Frank Bohac of Columbus, and Fred and Edward Bohac of Weimar.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the survivors in their grief.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, April 7, 1911

Many expressions of regret were heard on every hand upon learning of the death of Emil Bohac, son of Jos. Bohac and wife of this city, which occurred last week, after an illness of a year or more, of tubercular trouble.

The remains were interred at the Dubina cemetery, Rev. Jos. Szymanski performing the funeral services.

Emil was a bright upright, honorable young, one who possessed the friendship and esteem of all our people, and his death, just at the entrance of manhood's estate, is sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved framily.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 1 Apr 1960, page 1

Mrs. Bohac, 92, Weimar's Oldest Citizen, Buried

Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Bohac, 92, Weimar's oldest citizen and a resident here 65 years, were held Wednesday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home.

The Rev. Charles Bawel officiated. Interment was in the Catholic cemetery at Dubina.

Mrs. Bohac died Tuesday, March 29, after an illness of two years and three months.

Born Nov. 2, 1867, at Dubina, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Valentine Holub. She was married to Joseph Bohac at Ammannsville on March 9, 1886, and they moved to Weimar in 1895. Mr. Bohac died in 1921.

Surviving her are four daughters, Mrs. M. J. Pilat and Miss Isabel Bohac of Weimar, Mrs. R. H. Keuper of San Antonio, and Mrs. S. E. Tolbirt of Sealy; eight grandchildren and six great-greandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Teresa Kubala of Beeville and one brother, August Holub of El Campo.

Pallbearers were Steve Kosler, Chas. F. Kalous, E. A. Cordes, Leonard Pilat, Frank Drew, and Ed Kloesel.


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, February 8, 1968

Mrs. Mike Bohac Succumbs at 83; Funeral Sunday

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Feb. 4 for Mrs. Mike (Frances) Bohac, 83 of Ammannsville, who died Friday in Colonial Nursing Home, Schulenburg, after six weeks' illness.

Services were held at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel and Ammannsville Catholic Church, with burial in the Ammannsville cemetery. Rev. Joseph Hamala officiated.

Pallbearers were Leonard Bartos, John Bohac, Willie Joe Bohac, Boniface Parma, Ronnie Klam, and Victor Michalec, all grandsons.

Mrs. Bohac was born Feb. 6, 1884, at Holman, the daughter of Karel and Frances Vasicek Naiser, and spent her entire life in this area. She was married at Ammannsville in 1901 to Mr. Bohac and they settled at Ammannsville. Mr. Bohac died Oct. 6, 1950.

Mrs. Bohac was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at Ammannsville, the KJZT, and Christian Mothers.

She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Justin (Vlasta) Bartos of Ammannsville, Mrs. Annie Bartosh of Schulenburg, and Mrs. Sylvin (Genevieve) Klam of Weimar; 21 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Anna Nelson of Santa Monica, Calif.

Three sons preceded her in death, Edmund in infancy, Willie in 1955 and Adolph in 1958. A daughter, Mrs. Frances Parma, died Jan. 11 this year.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, August 1, 1941

Mrs. Johanna Bohac Dies, Ammannsville

Mrs. Johanna Bohac, 71, passed away at her home in the Ammannsville community Sunday.

Funeral will be held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock at the home, followed by services at the Ammannsville Catholic Church, the Rev. A. Raska officiating. Burial will be in the Ammannsville cemetery.

Mrs. Bohac, who was before her marriage to Adam Bohac, Miss Johanna Votjlaova, was born on Aug. 15, 1869, in Europe. She immigrated when a young lady and had been a resident of the Ammannsville section for the past 39 years. Her husband passed away on March 26 of last year.

She leaves six daughters, Mrs. Joseph Schmidt of Reno, Nev., Mrs. Herman Vesleka of Schulenburg, Mrs. H. E. Krenek of Houston, Mrs. R. L. McGee of Comfort, Mrs. Ed. Karstedt of La Grange and Mrs. Roy Cox of Alleyton; and three sons, Joe Bohac and Albert Bohac of Waco, and Jim Bohac of Ammannsville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Nov 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Theresa Bohac, age 50 years, died October 24.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 19 Oct 1928, page 1

Young Will Bohac Dies In San Antonio Hospital

Will Bohac, a well known and popular young man of this city, died Monday evening in a San Antonio hospital, following an illness of several weeks, during which time his condition was critical from the first. The remains were prepared for burial and shipment made to his home town Tuesday, the funeral taking place Wednesday afternoon from the residence of his mother, Mrs. J. R. Bohac, with interment in the cemetery at Dubina. Many mourning relatives and friends were present to witness the last sad rites.

Will Bohac was a bright, energetic young man, and u to his last illness had led an active career. He was popular among a large list of friends and associates, and his death at such an early age is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Besides his aged mother, he leaves four sisters, Mrs. M. J. Pilat, Mrs. Richard Keuper of San Antonio, and Misses Josie and Isabel Bohne of this city, to whom the heartfelt sympathy of all is extended.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, June 10, 1955

Willie Bohac, 46, Dubina Farmer, Pistol Fatality

Funeral services for Willie Bohac, 46-year-old Dubina farmer, who died at Youens Hospital at noon Saturday, about five hours after shooting himself in the head, were held Monday morning from Hubbard Funeral Home.

Continued services were held at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church, Dubina, with burial in the church cemetery. Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd officiated.

Doctors at the hospital removed a pistol slug from his head, but he died shortly afterward.

It was not determined just how or why Mr. Bohac shot himself. No coroner's inquest was held, but the death certificate listed the fatality as self-inflicted.

Born April 6, 1909, in Fayette County, he was the son of Mike and Frances Bohac. He married Miss Mary Adamcik at Dubina on Oct. 14, 1931, and they settled at Ammannsville; they had lived at Dubina the past nine years. He was a member of the Dubina Church and KJT Lodge.

Survivors in addition to his wife are five daughters, Mrs. Bennie (Ao Ann) Bartosh of Houston, and Doris Mae, 17, Mary Ann, 12, Barbara Jean, 9, and Shirley, 3, all of whom live at home; a son, Willie Joe, 13, at home; his mother, Mrs. Frances Bohac; one brother, Adolf Bohac of Schulenburg; and three sisters, Mrs. Justin Bartos of Ammannsville, Mrs. Sylvin Klam of Weimar, and Mrs. Frank Parma of El Campo. One brother, Edmund, died in infancy, and the father, Mike Bohac, died several years ago.

Pallbearers were six nephews, Bennie and Frankie Parma, Leonard Bartos, Justin Bartos Jr., Johnny Bohac and Wilburn Leppin.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, January 2, 2002


SCHULENBURG—Willie Joe Bohac, 60, of Schulenburg, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2001.

He was born July 1, 1941, in Ammannsville. He was retired from the postal service and air conditioning business and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville.

Survivors: wife, Florine Bohac; daughters, Jennifer Bohac of Bryan-College Station and Pamela Dornak of Shiner; sisters, Joann Bartosh, Doris Janecka and Barbara Kainer, all of Houston, MaryAnn Kana of La Grange and Shirley Bartek of Weimar; and one granddaughter.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. tonight at St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, the Rev. John Peters officiating.

Burial will be at Dubina Catholic Cemetery. Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, 979-743-4151.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The La Grange Journal, January 16,1936, page 3

Former Winchester Citizen Dies at Smithville

Friends of Wilchire Bohannon were indeed sorry to receive the news Sunday of his death which occurred that day after a heart attack. Mr. Bohannon was universally liked, and for nearly all of his life was a citizen of this section, removing a few years ago to make his home with a niece at Smithville.

He was born August 5,1870; at the hour of his death Sunday he had reached the age of 65 years, 5 months and 7days. The body was buried Monday. One sister , Mrs. Nick Eastling of Houston, and other relatives survive.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


The Schulenburg Sticker
October 22, 1964

Last Rites Read for Henry F. Bohlmann

Henry F. Bohlmann, molding machine operator at Victor Stanzel Company for over twenty years, passed away October 13 in the Renger Memorial Hospital, Hallettsville, following a short illness.  He had attained the age of 51 years, five months and seven days.

Mr. Bohlmann, who resided on a farm south of Schulenburg all his life, was born May 6, 1913 as the son of Mrs. Louisia Stanzel Bohlmann and the late Paul Bohlmann.  On January 30, 1950 he was united in marriage to Agnes Cinadr in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church by Rev. Leo Goertz. He was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church.

Funeral services were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Thursday morning, October 15, at 8:45 o’clock with Requiem High Mass at the St. Rose Catholic Church at 9 a.m. Rev. Hubert Janak officiated at the final rites and burial was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Victor, Joe and Alton Stanzel, Ray Kusey, Otto Bohlmann and Fred Klesel.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a brother, Chas. Bohlmann.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, April 28, 1966

Last Rites Held for Mrs. Paul Bohlmann

Mrs. Paul Bohlmann, nee Louisa Stanzel, succumbed Fri., April 22 at Roeder’s Rest Home terminating an illness of five months. She had reached the age of 88 years, 2 months and 26 days.

Funeral services were held Sat., April 23 from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel at 8:45 a.m. with continued services at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church at 9 a.m. Rev. Eugene Nee officiated at the Requiem Mass and graveside services with interment in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Pall bearers were Joe, Victor and Alton Stanzel, John Cinadr and Adolph Gerlich.

Mrs. Bohlmann, the last surviving member of her immediate family, was born Jan. 26, 1878 at Schulenburg as the daughter of the late Frank and Theresa Stanzel. On Nov. 23, 1908 she was united in marriage at St. Rose Catholic Church to Paul Bohlmann and the couple settled in Lavaca County where she resided until several months ago. She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church.

Survivors are one son, Charles Bohlmann of Schulenburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1948 and a son, Henry, in 1964.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, January 30, 1948

Funeral Rites for Paul H. O. Bohlmann Held Monday

Paul H. O. Bohlmann, age 67 years and ten months, passed away at his home Saturday, January 24, following an illness of about five months duration.

Paul Bohlmann was born on March 6, 1880, in Varel, Oldenburg, Germany.  In 1891, he came to this country with his brother, Frank, landing at Galveston at the age of eleven. They settled in Lavaca County where Mr. Bohlmann spent the remainder of his life. In 1908, he was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Stanzel and to this union two sons Henry and Charles, were born. Mr. Bohlmann spent about thirty-seven years on the old homestead near Schulenburg, in Lavaca County.  He was a member of the O. D. H. S. Lodge.

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 26, from the F. C. Stanzel home at 2:30 p.m., with interment in St. Rose Cemetery. Rev. Leo Goertz officiated at the last rites.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Paul Bohlmann; two sons, Charles and Henry, all of Schulenburg; one step sister, Mrs. J. C. Wallace, Luling; three half-sisters, Mrs. E. R. Lewis and Mrs. F. W. Morris, San Antonio; and Mrs. Roy Hall, Schulenburg; one brother, Frank Bohlmann, Schulenburg and one sister, Olga Stroh-schneider, of Emden, Germany.

Pall bearers were Frank J. Stanzel, Joe Stanzel, Alton Stanzel, Frank Stanzel, Jr., William Bohlmann and Charles Schindler.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 7, 1944

Mrs. Emilie Clara Bohot

Mrs. Emilie Clara Bohot, aged 36 years, 4 months and 26 days, died at La Grange, Saturday, Sept. 2.  She was a patient at the La Grange Hospital and came from near Giddings.  Services were held Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock at the family home and interment was made in the Serbin cemetery, Rev. Herman Smith officiating.

Surviving is her husband, Martin Bohot of Giddings, her father, John Pietsch, a son, Hilton Bohot, and one daughter, Elice Ruth Bohot, at home.  Two brothers, Johnne Pietsch of Winchester and Bennie Pietsch of Giddings and four sisters, Elsie Lehmann and Esther Jurk of Ledbetter, Ruth Gillip of Savannah, Ga., and Lorine Pietsch of Giddings also survive.  Funeral was in charge of Koenig Funeral Home.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, May 1969

Funeral Services for Mrs. Terrye Jean Bohot, 28 of La Grange were held Friday, May 23, at 4:00 P.M. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel.  The Rev. Walter A. Buehrle of Elgin officiated.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Bohot died in the Fayette Memorial Hospital on May 18 from complications resulting from a gunshot wound suffered during a firearms mishap while seated in the family vehicle.

The deceased was born on October 14, 1940 in Milroy Memorial Hospital in Brenham, the daughter of Mr. B. E. Todd and Mrs. Lois von Rosenberg Todd.  She was united in marriage with Mr. Harvey Bohot on June 23, 1962, at the Presbyterian Church in La Grange.  She had lived in La Grange the past 17 years of her life since moving here with her family in 1952.

Mrs. Bohot is survived by her husband and infant daughter, Julie Ann of La Grange, father, Mr. B. E. Todd of La Grange, two sisters Mrs. Rodney (Becky) Koenig of Austin and Lucy Lynn Todd of La Grange, and nephews Erik and Jon Koenig of Austin.  Mrs. Bohot was preceded in death by her mother and younger sister, Kathlyn Todd.
Contributed by Jon Todd Koenig


San Antonio Express, Tuesday, November 7, 1950

FLATONIA—Funeral services for Frank Bohuslav, 96, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Willie Pavlas, Komensky, Thursday, were held from the Smith Funeral Home chapel in Moulton, with interment in the Praha Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. John Matocha and Julius Petru officiated at the mass and at the graveside Friday morning.

Survivors include five sons, Adolph and Bohuslav, Hallettsville; Willie, Ammannsville; Frank and Bohuslav [as printed], Komensky; four daughters, Mrs. John Mikulik, Corpus Christi; Mrs. Frank Mikulik, New Orleans, La.; Mrs. Willie Pavlas, Komensky, and Mrs. Adolph Pesek, Komensky.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, December 27, 2009

Johnnie J. Bohuslav

Johnnie J. Bohuslav, age 82, of Seguin, passed away on Dec. 24, 2009.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the family receiving friends from 3-5 p.m. at Tres Hewell Mortuary in Seguin.

The recitation of the rosary will be held on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at St. James Catholic Church at 10 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Rev. Msgr. Dennis Darilek officiating.

Graveside services and interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cemetery Mausoleum in Flatonia, Texas.

Johnnie was born on Oct. 26, 1927, in Moulton, Texas to Frank and Agnes Darilek Bohuslav. He was a graduate of Komensky and Moulton high Schools. He received his bachelor's degree in engineering from Texas A&M University in 1953.

He proudly served his country as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force, serving both on active duty and in the reserves. He started his own professional engineering and surveying firm after retirement from the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in 1985. He taught us to work and to play. He taught us to save and to give. He taught us to cherish the blessing of our family by sharing the stories of our heritage.

Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents, brother, E. F. (Frank) Bohuslav and sister, Marcella Hanslik. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Clara Mae Freytag Bohuslav; sons, John D. Bohuslav and wife, Filecia; Michael J. Bohuslav and wife, Anne; Thomas R. Bohuslav and wife, Katy; and James A. Bohuslav and wife, Lisa; 10 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; He is also survived by his brothers, Ivan Bohuslav and wife, Margie; Frank Bohuslav and wife, Georgia; and Ben Bohuslav and wife, Lou; and brother-in-law, Herman Hanslik and wife, Palmae; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Catholic Church, 510 S. Camp, Seguin, Texas, 78155. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.treshewell.com.

Arrangements under the direction of Tres Hewell Mortuary, 165 Tor Dr., Seguin, Texas

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Moulton Eagle, Friday, September 24, 1948, page 1

Pfc. Robert V. Bohuslav Buried With Military Honors Thurs.

The remains of Pfc. Robert V. Bohuslav, who was killed in action in North Africa February 3, 1944, arrived in Moulton Wednesday, September 22, about 12:45 P.M. Members of Geier-Merrem Post No. 392, American Legion, and V.F.W. Post 6971 escorted the remains to the Smith Funeral Chapel, where the Rosary was recited at 8:00 P. M.

Funeral services began at the Funeral Chapel Thursday at 8:15 A. M. and continued at the Praha Catholic Church at 9:00 o'clock. Interment was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery. The American Legion and the V. F. W. Posts had charge of the graveside ceremony. Moulton business houses remained closed for 2 1-2 hours in tribute to the fallen soldier.

Pvt. Bohuslav reached the age of 21 years, 3 months and 15 days.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bohuslav of Moulton; two brothers, Ernest Bohuslav of Hallettsville and Herman Bohuslav of Shiner; three sisters, Mrs. Helen Fundling and Mrs. Elsie Darilek, both of Galveston, and Miss Mildred Bohuslav of Moulton; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Migl of Praha, and Frank Bohuslav of Moulton.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 8 Apr 1938, page 1


At the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Bolfik, who live, as best we can learn, between Holman and LaGrange, quite a tragedy was enacted Thursday of last week. As well as we could obtain particulars. Mrs. Bolfik had gone to the field to carry water to her husband, who was at work, leaving her 2-year-old daughter, Annie Marie, in charge of an older brother, Clarence, 5 years old. In playing about the yard the little girl fell into a large twelve-gallon crock partially filled with water and was drowned when the mother returned. Her little brother made frantic efforts to get her out of the crock, but was unsuccessful.

The little body was hurriedly taken to the LaGrange Hospital, but the spark of life had departed forecer. The little form was laid to rest in the City Cemetery at LaGrange, with Rev. S. A. Zientek officiating.


Schulenburg Sticker, 18 Feb 1904

Death Record.

Bolling: Died near Swiss Alp, 2-1-04, of congestion of the bowels, Baby Bolling, aged 14 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal
Thursday, July 24, 1947

H. L. Bollmeyer Dies; Funeral Held Friday

Henry L. Bollmeyer, 75, passed away at his home Wednesday, July 16.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 18 at 10 o’clock at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel.  Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiated and burial was in the New City cemetery.

The deceased, a lifetime resident of Fayette County was born at Frelsburg on February 19, 1872.  In October 1901 he was united in marriage with Ida Schaefer.

He is survived by the following; Mrs. Ida Bollmeyer of La Grange; one daughter, Miss Esther Bollmeyer of La Grange; two sons, Robert of La Grange and Lee Henry of Corpus Christi; two sisters, Mrs. Louise Koehler of La Grange and Mrs. Sophie Hinke of Austin; two brothers, Louis of La Grange and August of Taylor and six grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 4, 1957

Louis Bollmeyer Dies Friday

Louis Bollmeyer, retired La Grange businessman, died at his home Friday at the age of 82 years.  Mr. Bollmeyer was a lifetime resident of this city.

Mr. Bollmeyer was born here on March 7, 1875, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bollmeyer.  He was married to the former Marie Schaefer on September 4, 1902.

Surviving besides his wife is one daughter, Mrs. Louise Curlee of Pasadena.

Funeral services were conducted from the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel Sunday at 5:30 PM with burial in the La Grange City Cemetery.  The Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiated.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 7, 1948

Expires On Monday, Werner C. Bollmeyer

Werner Carl Bollmeyer, 44, passed away at the local hospital Monday after a lingering illness.

Mr. Bollmeyer was born in La Grange Aug. 20, 1904 and lived here practically all his life.  He was assistant cashier of the First National Bank for a time, and of late was bookkeeper for the La Grange Livestock Auction Co.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. R. Heise officiating, and burial was in the New City Cemetery.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Bollmeyer of La Grange; and one sister, Mrs. W. O. Curlee of Houston.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Bolton: Died at Winchester, Oct. 27th 03, of cancer of womb, Mary Bolton, colored, aged 27 years.


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Aug 1908


Died near LaGrange, July 11, Alois Ondrej Bordovsky, age 6 months and 20 days of intestinal intoxication.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 16 May 1941, page 3


La Grange, Texas, May 7. Services were held at Hostyn for John Bordovsky, 80, pioneer resident of this area, who died here. Rev. Paul P. Kaspar officiated.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Joe Hrachovy of Ellinger, Mrs. John Lichnovsky of Moore, Okla., Mrs. Anton Darilek of pflugerville, and Mrs. Joe Dolezal of La Grange; four sons, John of Waco, Anton of Markham and Adolph and Jim of La Grange.


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Dec 1922, page 1

Mike Borma Dies

Mike Borma passed quietly away last Wednesday, November 22nd, at a rooming house in Hallettsville, after a brief illness.

Deceased had reached the age of 68 years, he was well known throughout the Engle section.

The remains were buried in the City Cemetery here Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Rev. A. S. Kattner officiating.

Mr. Borma is survived by two children, one son, Virgil and one daughter, Mrs. Anton Stavinoha.

To these the Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy.

[last page of issue]

Virgil F. Borma Manager of South Texas Lumber Co., of Bishop was here to attend the funeral of his father, Mike Borma.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, May 9, 1925, page 1


Friends here were inexpressibly shocked Sunday morning to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Bosl, wife of Editor E. A. Bosl, of the Schulenburg Sticker. Mrs. Bosl was in apparent good health Friday night up to 11 o'clock, when suddenly attacked with pains similar to acute indigestion. The family physician was hurriedly summoned and did all in his power to alleviate her suffering, but without avail. It was decided ot take here to the hospital at LaGrange and this was done at daybreak Saturday morning. Arriving there an operation was considered imperative and this was performed at once, but the patient never rallied, and at 11 o'clock that night — just twenty-four hours after she was first attacked — this good wife and mother breathed her last.

The remains were tenderly prepared for burial, returned to the family home at Schulenburg, and at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon were committed to mother earth in the family burial plot at Alleyton.

Mrs. Bosl was a lovable woman in every respect. Those who knew and loved her are unstinted in their praise of her many endearing taits of character. A devoted wife and mother, a thoughtful friend and neighbor, a lady of many accomplishments, she endeared herself to all who met her. In her passing there are many hearts deeply and inexpressibly saddened. She leaves a heart-broken husband, two little sons, besides a large number of relatives and friends.

To the bereaved husband in the loss of his beloved life companion, and to the little sons so suddenly bereft of a mother's care and love, our heartfelt sympathy goes out. May the Blessed Savior who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb be merciful to them and comfort them as He alone can. Brother Bosl, our heart goes out to you in your terrible, irreparable misfortune!


Colorado County Citizen, March 30, 1972

Mrs. Florence Bosl, Publisher, Dies at 58

Mrs. Florence Barry Bosl, owner and executive editor of the Schulenburg Sticker, died in Houston early Sunday morning of a heart attack. She was 58 years of age. Funeral services were held from the First Baptist Church in Schulenburg by Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel at 10:30 Wednesday. Interment was in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Mrs. Bosl was born in Granger and grew up in Rosebud. After graduation from the University of Texas with a business administration degree, she took a job teaching school. It was teaching business law that Miss Barry met Charles Bosl Sr., in 1937. The 2 were married and Mrs. Bosl joined her editor-husband in running the Sticker. After her husband died in 1954, she continued her work with the Sticker, and began a new career as an international correspondent and goodwill ambassador. Mrs. Bosl covered stories for The Associated Press in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic and lectured on a 24-country tour of Europe in 1957. Mrs Bosl was fluent in German, French, Spanish and Portuguese and had a working knowledge of Russian. She was appointed Texas Ambassador of Good Will to American National Exhibition in 1959. In addition to her lecture tours, goodwill ambassadorships, she continued active in the Sticker until 1968. She won the Headliner Award in 1959, the Matrix Award from Theta Sigma Phi of San Antonio and served as president of Texas Press Women. She also served as a member of the Texas Gulf Coast Press Association and was on that organization's board of directors from 1956 to 1958. Mrs. Bosl was a regional director of National Federation of Press Women and a member of Delta Delta Delta. At various times, she served as a staff reporter for the San Antonio Express, the Houston Chronicle and the Houston Post. Her name and biography appear in Foremost Women in Communications. The International Biography, compiled in London, lists Mrs. Bosl as an American specialist in international relations and communications. She is also listed as an American specialist in international relations with the State Department, Who's who in American Women, Thousand Most Creative Women in America and other biographies. She was elected to receive the Texas Woman of Achievement Award in 1959 and was an honorary admiral in the Texas Navy. Survivors include 3 sisters, Mrs. Paul Grogan of Conroe, Mrs. Al Davis of LaPorte and Mrs. Fred Heard of Lake Charles, La.

Contributed by David Hahn


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Sep 1903


Died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. M. Wilks, at 8:30 Wednesday morning, the 9th. Mrs. Mary Boudarer, aged 58 years and her remains were interred in the City Cemetery last Thursday at 4:30 o’clock, Rev. Bohmfalk of Freybury [sic], officiating.

Mrs. Boudarer was born in Basel, Switzerland, and came to this country in 1883. She leaves two children, Mrs. F. M. Wilks of this city, and Mrs Fred Weggers of Shiner, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her demise. Our sincere sympathy is extended.

Contributed by Matt Cross


undated newspaper clipping


Mrs. Katie Bowman, a pioneer lady of this section and a highly esteemed citizen, passed away at 2:15 on Friday afternoon [17 May 1929] at the LaGrange Hospital, following an illness of several days, and funeral services were held from the residence of Mrs. H. Moellenberndt Saturday afternoon at three o'clock, Rev. R. Heise conducting the services and arrangement in charge of Reichert & Kneip funeral directors. Interement was in the new cemetery [La Grange City Cemetery].

Mrs. Bowman, aged 43 years, is survived by one son, Eddie, and two daughters, Lois and Elizabeth; one sister, Mrs. E. M. Phillips, and her mother, besides other relatives, and a host of friends are left to mourn the going of this one who was loved by all. Mrs. Bowman was a native of LaGrange.

Photo and clipping contributed by Lois Ferguson


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 Jan 1909

Friday morning the writer in company with Editor Theuer of the Volksfreund, and Messrs. O. B. Schwenke and A. Pennington went to LaGrange for the purpose of witnessing the the [sic] legal execution of one John Boyd, colored, for the crime of rape. Through the courtesy of Mr. Nickel, our deputy tax assessor, we were procured admission tickets. Later our affable Sheriff permitted us to visit the jail and view the victim and other prisoners, several of whom are from this city and vicinity.

Promptly at 11 o’clock Deputy Sheriff O. K. Zapp stepped up to the cell occupied by Boyd and read to him the death warrant. The negro, if at all affected by the instrument, gave no outward show. Rev. William Nickles, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, spoke to the condemned man, recited the trials of Jesus Christ and asked him if he did not desire to make a talk or to pray. To this offer there was only a shake of the head. Sheriff Loessin, Deputy Sheriff Will Loessin Lee Smith, Dan Reiss ank [sic] O. K. Zapp than [sic] stepped into the cell and the prisoner was led to the scaffold. He walked erect and seemed more possessed than the big sheriff whose duty it was under the law to execute him. The steps of the scaffold were climbed with the same ease, and when the top was reached he took the seat at the left and awaited the command to stand upon the trap. A test of his pulse at this moment registered 84 per minute. Rev. Mr. Nickles again admonished him to make peace with hisGod [sic], and asked him if he wanted to make a brief talk to the people and asked that they lead a good life. He listened and noted the approval to the recital, but did not desire to make a statement. At 11:15 his hands and feet were tied; at 11:17 the black cap was placed over his head and one second later the body shot through the trap. The fall broke his neck At 11:19 his pulse beat 23 in 10 seconds, at 11:20 the beat was 74 per minute. The body was permitted to hang until 11:30, when the county physician declared him dead. The body was then lowered, placed in the coffin prepared for him and then carried to the colored cemetery. None of his people except one aunt came to see him.

The execution was as private as possible, a wall having been erected in the rear of the jail where the scaffold, upon which Clay Ford, a negro, was hanged for the killing of an aged negress in 1899, was built.

The rope was purchased by Sheriff Loessin eight years ago. It was to be used to hang a negro from Winchester, this county for a similar crime, but, after conviction and sentence, it was proven that the negro was only 17 years old when the offense was committed, and the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.

Newspaper reporters, doctors and officers were given admission tickets. The death watch was placed on duty the first of the week, but this did not seem to trouble the criminal. In fact, he was quite unruly, and the balance of the prisoners in jail were somewhat afraid of him. One of the colored preachers of this city was admitted to Boyd’s cell and remained with him for an hour, after which the sheriff allowed him to depart. When this was done Boyd told the big sheriff that he wanted no more of such callers, nor did he solicit their advice. He further stated that he would go to hell without the damn preachers.

Upon several occasions Boyd has been very unruly, and at times the jailer was compelled to use a club to subdue him. He has always been known as a worthless negro, and his demeanor since his confinement coroborates [sic] this testimony. Boyd was born and raised near Weimar in Colorado county, but as soon as he became old enough to earn a few nickels wandered about.


On June 16, 1905, John Boyd, a negro, criminally assaulted a farmer’s wife, living six miles west from Schulenburg, in this county. The woman came to her home from the field and was approached by the negro as she came to the yard. After accomplishing his hellish purpose the black brute ran away, leaving his victim lying on the ground partly unconscious. The crime was committed during the absence of her husband, who had gone to Schulenburg to market some potatoes. After recovering consciousness the victim went to the nearest neighbor and gave the alarm. The entire citizenship of Schulenburg, Engle and Flatonia was aroused, and officers from those places and also from LaGrange and citizens began to search, the latter with the determination that has so often been demonstrated in cases of this nature. On the Friday following Marshal Eilers and Constable Williams of Schulenburg, Col. Frank Johnson and Deputy Sheriff Will Loessin of LaGrange captured the brute near Schulenburg and at once took him to the scene of his crime, where he was positively identified by his victim.

The excitement at this time was at fever heat, and threats of lynching were numerous, but the officers carried him to Schulenburg and held him at Sengelmann’s hall, with the intention of carrying him to LaGrange at a favorable opportunity. But the crowd grew rapidly in numbers and congregated to the rear of the hall, and for quite a while it seemed as though a rush would be made for the building and the brute secured. Will Loessin, the deputy sheriff, had secretly ordered a buggy and horse, requesting that the animal be tied in the front of the building. While the crowd was clamoring at the rear entrance the officer made his way to the front of the building, hurried the prisoner into the buggy and was off before the angry people knew of his intention. In fact he was five miles from town when the crowd was informed that the negro had been taken away. The negro was placed in jail, and has been there for over three years. As the crime was committed in June the brute was fed at the expense of the county until District Court met in November. On Wednesday, December 19th, Boyd was placed on trial. The first witness for the state was Mrs. B. A. Barash, the brute’s victim. She related the circumstances of the crime and held in her arms at the time of the trial a two months’ old babe. On direct examination she fully identified the negro. Upon cross examination one of the most remarkable incidents ever witnessed in a court room took place. At the request of defendant’s counsel, L. D. Brown, Mrs. Barash was removed from the court room and then the defendant, together with his counsel, retired from the court room. While out another negro changed clothes with the defendant, and together still with another negro, returned to the court room. The negro that now had on the defendant’s clothes took the seat that had been early in the trial occupied by the defendant, while the defendant took another seat next to his counsel. There was a remarkable resemblance between the two negroes and the defendant.

Mrs. Barash was then brought back into the court room and resumed her testimony upon cross examination. Counsel for defendant after asking many questions, suddenly asked the witness to point out the defendant. As quick as a flash the witness pointed her finger to Boyd and said “That is the man” Fifteen minutes after the case went to the jury a verdict of guilty was rendered.

The case was carried to the criminal court of appeals and the judgment of the lower court was affirmed. This occurred in May 1906. The defendant’s counsel finally took the case to the United States Supreme Court, but that tribunal dismissed it for want of jurisdiction. At the November 1908 term of the District Court Judge L. W. Moore sentenced the negro to hang on Friday January 8th, 1909.


Weimar Mercury, 21 Oct 1893, page 3

Died, in this city, Wednesday night, october 11, 1893, at 11:45 o'clock, Nellie Dawn Boykin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Boykin, aged 8 years and 10 months. The funeral took place Thursday afternoon from the residence of Mrs. W. P. Ballard at 5 o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. Boykin live between Weimar and Schulenburg. Their little daughter was visiting at Mrs. Ballard's when taken ill.—Halletsville New Era.

THE MERCURY sincerely regrets to learn of this sad misfortune, and tenders r. and Mrs. Boykin heartfelt sympathy in this hour of sadness and gloom.


Weimar Mercury
31 Jan 1889, page 2

Died.—Mr. Wm. Braddock, died at his home near Flatonia, on Thursday, Jan. 17, 1889, of pneumonia. He leaves a large family of small children and a wife to mourn his departure. The Argus extends to the afflicted relatives its sincere sympathy.—Argus.


Weimar Mercury, 21 Nov 1896, page 8

LaGrange, Texas, November 14.—Mr. A. T. Bradshaw, of the late firm of White & Bradshaw, and one of the best known men of he state, died here Thursday night at 12:10 after a lingering spell of sickness. Ever since the firm failed he has been greatly troubled and his death was brought on by dislocation of the heart. He was born in Tennessee in August, 1835, and in 1858 he came to Texas, locating in LaGrange. Soon afterward he married Miss S. E. Haynie and engaged in the general merchandise business with Mr. T. A. Hill in 1865, and in 1868 Hill sold out to J. W. White. Consequently the firm of White & Bradshaw have done business here for a number of years.

Mr. Bradshaw was one of the most popular men in the state and was liked and esteemed by all who knew him. He was a kind and loving father and husband. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his death.

The funeral took place at 4:10 yesterday evening and was one of the largest ever witnessed in LaGrange.

He was a member of the Masonic order, Knights of Pythias and Knights of Honor, all of which turned out in full force. He was buried with Masonic rites.

Mr. Bradshaw has done more for LaGrange than any other man here and whenever a young as well as an old person needed help they did not hesitate to seek him for needs as well as advice. The familly and relatives have the deepest sympathy of the entire community.


Weimar Mercury, 5 Oct 1928, page 7


Thursday morning at 9 o'clock Amzi Bradshaw, age 63 years, passed out of this world at his home here. At this writing the funeral arrangements have not been made.

Deceased is survived by his wife, two sons, Bob of Houston and Beverley of here; two daughters, Mrs. Fannie McMillin of Houston and Miss Mary Jane of here. Two sisters, one in Houston and one in California, also survive. Mr. Bradshaw was a life long citizen of LaGrange, his father having served Fayette county as treasurer for many years.—LaGrange Record.

r. t. bradshaw

Schulenburg Sticker, 8 June 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

R. T. Bradshaw, LaGrange, died June 4.

Schulenburg Sticker, 8 June 1905

The death of R. T. Bradshaw of LaGrange has caused sincere regret among our citizens. He was one of the county’s oldest citizens and was county treasurer for thirty-one years.

Schulenburg Sticker, 15 June 1905


Monday morning the sad news spread over the city that our beloved county treasurer, R. T. Bradshaw, had died at 10 o’clock the night before. His death, due to heart failure, was a great shock to our community, as many of our citizens had seen and spoken to him Sunday morning while on his way to spend a day at the farm home of B. White.

Mr. Bradshaw was born in Bedford county, Tennessee, on November 6, 1829, and in 1857, with his parents moved to LaGrange; started a mercantile business in this city in 1859; three years later he joined a cavalry regiment and served as a private. After the close of the Civil war he returned to this city and clerked for Carter, Wedd & Co., then for Capt. S. Alexander, and later for White & Bradshaw.

In 1872, Mr. Bradshaw was elected county treasurer, but it was not until February, 1874, before he qualified and assumed charge of the office, the former incumbent making a contest. He has filled this position of trust and honor continuously since, a period of thirty-one years – the best proof of the implicit confidence the people of old Fayette had placed in his honesty and reliability. At the time of his death, besides being county treasurer, Mr. Bradshaw was vice-president of the First National Bank of this city.

In August, 1860, he was married to Miss Anna L. Cook of this county, with three children Amzi, Mrs. B. White and Miss Mable – survive him.

“Uncle Bob,” as he was familiarly known throughout the county was one of those plain, honest, upright men; a true Christian; ever popular and whose name has always been mentioned with words of praise and respect; one who was loved by his fellow man; a man of his word.

The funeral took place Tuesday morning from his late residence, and was one of the largest ever seen in this city; many citizens from different parts of the county were in attendance, which plainly showed the high esteem in which the deceased was held. Religious services were conducted by Rev. Drake of Austin of the Presbyterian church. Deceased was a member of the Masonic fraternity, the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Knights of Pythias. In the death of Mr. Bradshaw, the city, as well as the county, losses [sic] a most valuable citizen, and the vacancy will be hard to fill. The scene at the grave was heartrending, and, as the strains of “Nearer My God to Thee,” were sung, many an eye was dimmed with tears of true sympathy. Out of respect for the deceased, all offices in the court house, as well as all business houses in the city, were closed during the time for the funeral. The pall bearers were: Lad Vanek, G. A. Stirling, J. B. Holloway, Dr. W. W. Lunn, C. H. Steinmann and B. L. Zapp.

The Journal begs to extend its heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved, and can console them only with the thought ‘tis God’s will – “Thy will be done, O, God!” – LaGrange Journal.

Schulenburg Sticker, 6 July 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

R. T. Bradshaw, age 65, LaGrange, died June 4.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 7 Feb 1889, page 2

Died, at LaGrange, Jan. 29th, 1889, Mrs. Zelma K. Brady, wife of Mr. W. H. G. Brady, aged 22 years. The death of this lady was very sudden. As late as last Friday she was up and able to attend to her household duties. She was married to Mr. Brady only a few weeks ago, and to be snatched, as it were, from her loving husband and friends, in her youth, buoyant and in the hope of a life of happiness and prosperity, does seem hard to bear. But the ways of Providence are inscrutable and all should submit without murmuring to his deserves.—La Grange Journal.


La Grange Deutsche Zeitung, 29 Nov 1900

Willow Springs, 23. Nov

Ein wenige Tage altes Kind des Hrn A. Bräuer ist gestorben und Frau Bräuer liegt schwer krank darnieder.

A few days old child of Mr. A Braeuer has died and Mrs. Braeuer lies very ill.
Probably buried in the Pagel Cemetery. Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 20, 1932

Mother Brandes Passes

Mrs. Anna Brandes, widow of the late Gerhard Brandes, died at the family home at Trinity Hill, Wednesday evening, October 25 (?), folding her hands, drifting into that long, peaceful slumber, confident of a brighter day on the morrow.  Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, neighbors, many friends prompted by sympathy for the surviving children and many relatives, gathered at the home and heard Rev. A. E. Moebus, her pastor, pay a worthy tribute and witness the placing the body to its last rest in the Trinity Hill cemetery.  Many, not related to the deceased, will miss the kindly disposed woman who, meeting the vicissitudes of life, leaned smilingly on the staff the Savior tendered.  As the flowers were banked high, the spontaneous thought of all formed the welcome wish:  “May she sleep peacefully.”

Mrs. Brandes, had she lived until Friday of this week, would have been 71 years of age.  She was born at Schwaetz, Brandenburg-Preussen, Germany, October 21, 1861, she was a daughter of John G. and Bertha Kramer; as an infant she was baptized in the name of the Triune God at the Lutheran church.  When 7 years old, He who works in a mysterious way, decreed that she be left an orphan, both of her parents joined the ever increasing majority, and she was taken under the protecting influence of her aunt and uncle.  The rites of confirmation she received at the age of 14 years.  And then fell to her the coldness of the hour, the compulsion to face the world and earn her own livelihood.  Her brothers and sisters, with the exception of one, Paul Kramer, died within a few years after the demise of her parents.  As a domestic servant she battled on until the appeal came to go to America, the land of great promise.  Brother and sister made the sea voyage in 1884, and shortly after their arrival, Mrs. Brandes made her home in Fayette county, where she continued to live until the last summons were issued.  Her brother died in San Antonio 30 years ago.

Her pastor, Rev. A. E. Moebus, paid this merited tribute to Mrs. Brandes, a devout and faithful member of the Trinity Hill Lutheran church, 3 miles west from La Grange:  “At the age of 25 years she was married to Gerhard Brandes and shared joys and sorrows with him for 43 years.  Her husband was taken ___ on the 1st of May, two years ago.  Their union had been blessed with eleven children, three sons died in infancy:  Paul, Eric and John.

“The sorrowing survivors are her children:  Elfrieda, wife of C. G. Wiemken; Anna, wife of the late Herman Frerichs; Bertha, wife of Gerhard Janssen; Charlotte, wife of Alex Schroeder; Ericke, wife of Wenzil Hannisch; Mary, wife of Eric Poetschke; Felix Brandes and his wife; Hulda, wife of Will Schroeder; her sons-in-law, and 21 grandchildren.

“With the organization of the Trinity Lutheran church, the deceased and her husband became charter members.  She was also a member of the Trinity Ladies’ Aid since its beginning.  The congregation thus loses a faithful member, the children a loving pious mother, all of us a kind-hearted friend.  Our loss however, is her gain as we confidently hope.

“May she rest in peace until the glorious day of resurrection and happy reunion for all the believers in Christ Jesus, our Saviour.”
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 31, 1895

F. Brandes, Sr., Dead.

Many of the readers of The Journal will remember Mr. F. Brandes, Sr., who resided in this county many years, and was held in high esteem by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.  He is dead, and The Journal clips the following from the Victoria Advocate, announcing his death:

Mr. F. Brandes, Sr., died Wednesday evening at the residence of his son, Mr. W. F. Brandes, in this city after a brief illness.  Though 78 years of age, he had enjoyed excellent health to the time of the fatal attack – erysipelas in the face.  The deceased was born in Mecklenburg, Germany, October 25, 1816.  He emigrated to the United States in 1847, settling in Fayette county.  There he engaged in teaching – an occupation which he followed for 38 years. He also at various times, held the office of Justice of the Peace in that county.  About twelve years ago he came to Victoria, and took charge of the Lutheran school.  His aged wife and five children survive him.  The funeral took place Thursday evening, the obsequies being conducted by Rev. C. Weiss.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Sep 1909


Alex Brandstaetter who served throughout the war between the states in the 3rd Regiment Texas Volunteer Infantry died at his home on the Col. John H. Moore place seven miles from town Friday morning and was buried in the Moore burying ground Saturday morning. Mr. Brandstaetter was 74 years of age and leaves a widow and several grown children to mourn his demise.

See another obituary in footnotes on Moore Cemetery page.


See obituary in footnotes on Moore Cemetery page.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 9, 1960

Geo. F. Brandt, 88, Early Holman Settler, Buried

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, Sept. 3, for George F. Brandt Sr., 88, a resident of the Holman area for 73 years, who died Friday in Youens Hospital here. He had been ill about six months.

Services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home with the Rev. Howard MacAllister officiating. Burial was in the Brandt family cemetery at Holman.

He was born Feb. 15, 1872, at Oldenburg, Germany, the son of Ellert and Wilhemina Westing Brandt, and came with them to this country in 1887. They settled at Holman, and on Dec. 26, 1894, Mr. Brandt married Miss Julia Hickel. She died Sept. 1, 1955.

Surviving are four sons, Oscar G. of Weimar, George F. Jr., Hugo and Arthur H. of Holman; two daughters, Mrs. Elo Witt of Holman and Mrs. Gus Ripper of El Campo; 21 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Willie F. Brandt of Arkansas and Theodore H. Brandt of Osage; and one sister, Mrs. Charles Kahlden of Osage. Three daughters and a son preceded him in death.

Pallbearers were John Heger, John Hajovsky, John Miksch, Emil Christ, Gus Spacek, Hy. Brasher, Frank Vacek and Frank Kahlich.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 9, 1955

Pioneer Resident, Mrs. Geo. Brandt, Buried Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Brandt, 80, wife of George Brandt Sr., were held at Hubbard Funeral Home last Saturday morning, Sept. 3, with burial in Brandt Cemetery at Holman.

Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated.

Mrs. Brandt died at 1:05 last Thursday morning in Youens Hospital after several weeks of illness.

Born in Austria, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kasper Hickel, she came to America with her parents when she was 8 years old. The family settled in the Ammannsville section.

She was married to Mr. Brandt Dec. 26, 1894, and they settled at Holman, where they lived ever since.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Mrs. Gus Ripper Jr. of Wharton and Mrs. Elo Will of Holman; four sons, George, Hugo and Arthur of Holman and Oscar of Weimar; 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Three daughters and a son preceded her in death; Mrs. Tillie Genzer of Wharton died in 1951 at the age of 52; Emilia died at the age of 8, Julia Ann as an infant, and Teddy Brandt at the age of 19.

Pallbearers for Mrs. Brandt were six grandsons, Wm. Genzer Jr., Geo. Ripper, Hubert Brandt, Franklin Brandt, Haruki (?) (Buddy) Brandt, Aldred Frerichs, Leonard Stech and Finley Laufer.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 12 Dec 1968

Final Rites for Otto E. Brandt, 65, Wednesday

Funeral services for Otto Eilert Brandt, 65, who died Monday, Dec. 9, were held Wednesday afternoon at Weimar United church of Christ, with Rev. Frank H. Horak officiating.

Burial was in Brandt Cemetery at Holman.

Mr. Brandt, a retired farmer and lifelong resident of the Weimar area, died of a heart attack at the home of a sister, Mrs. Hilda Tengler, at Columbus.

Born Jan. 9, 1903, near Weimar, he was a son of Emil and Helena Schmidt Brandt. He was not married.

Surviving are three brothers, Reinhard and Edwin Brandt of Pasadena and Edgar Brandt of Columbus; and two sisters, Mrs. L. W. Karm of Houston and Mrs. Tengler. A brother and a sister, Herbert and Elsie, died in childhood. Another brother, Adolph, died in 1963.


Colorado Citizen, February 18, 1886

DIED.—At LaGrange, Friday, February 5th, Mrs. Theresa Brandt, wife of Mr. H. A. Brandt.

The deceased leaves a husband and a large family of children to mourn her death. The Journal extends to them its sincere condolence in this sad bereavement. – Journal


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Aug 1962

Ed Branecky Killed in Shredder Mishap

Ed Branecky, 67 year old Flatonia farmer and rancher, was killed instantly Thursday morning August 9 when he fell from a tractor and underneath a rotary shredder on the farm of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Vrana, east of Flatonia

According to Mrs. Vrana, her father apparently lost his balance when he reached for the power take off at the back of the tractor and fell with the moving shredder going over him. Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning at 8:45 at Smith Funeral Chapel in Flatonia with a Requiem High Mass at Sacred Heart Church. Burial was in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Mary Branecky of Flatonia, two sons Frank of Flatonia and Joe Branecky of Seguin, five daughters, Mrs. Werner Klosel of Richmond, Mrs. Frank Holubec of Bryan , Mrs. Charlie Vrana of Flatonia, Mrs. Ludwig Hajek and Mrs. Bohumil Vrana of Victoria, His mother, Mrs. Pauline Branecky of Schulenburg, three brothers and three sisters and 32 grandchildren.

Weimar Mercury, 16 Aug 1962, page 10

Flatonia Farmer Killed By Shredder

Edward Branecky, 67, of Flatonia was killed instantly last Thursday morning when he fell from his moving tractor under a rotary shredder as he was attempting to work the power takeoff.

The accident, which occured on the farm of Mrs. Charlie Vrana, Mr. Branecky's daughter, two miles east of Flatonia, was witnessed by Mrs. Vrana and her eight children.

Mrs. Vrana's husband died less than a year ago of a heart attack at the age of 38.


Lavaca County Tribune, 20 Jan 1942

Flatonia, Texas

Died at Praha

Frank Branecky, aged 78 years, died at his home near Praha on Saturday afternoon, January 10.  The remains were taken here to the home of his brother, John Branecky, from where the funeral took place Monday morning, January 12 at 9:00 o'clock with services at Praha Catholic Church with interment at Praha Catholic Cemetery Rev John Anders of Praha, Rev A. Pustka of Flatonia and Rev Vaclav Bily of Weimar officiating.

Active pallbearers were Frank and John Branecky, Edmund Mikulik, Gus Bily, Edwin Parma and Edwin Sandera. Flower girls were Francis, Emma, Julia and Mary Branecky.  The deceased was never married and lived by himself.  Surviving him are two brothers, John of Flatonia and Willie of Los Angeles, California, four sisters, Mrs. Josephine Mikulik, Mrs. Marie Kubicek of Moulton, Mrs. Wilhemina Kubicek of Shiner and Mrs. Agnes Fanick of San Antonio.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Galveston County Daily News, 12 Oct 2003

James William Branesky

James William Branesky, 92, of Galveston, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2003, at Turner Geriatric Center.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Sunday, October 12th at Malloy & Son Funeral Home. A rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m., with Curtis Kneblick officiating.

A mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 13th with Father Gerald Lewis, SVD, as Celebrant. Burial will follow the service at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 14th, at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Catholic Church, in Praha, Texas, with the Rev. Bartsch, officiating.

Pallbearers will be Vincent Spencer, Cody Spencer, Leroy Huss, Todd Huss, Curtis Kneblik, and Rod Kneblik.

James was born on September 25, 1911, at the Branecky Ranch near Flatonia, Texas. He was the youngest son of John and Paulina Machac Branecky. James attended Branecky School. After selling his acreage, he moved to Galveston and worked at Falstaff Brewery. Then he trained as a pipefitter and welder. He has been a member of Local 211, U.A. of J. & Ass. of Plumbing & Pipe Fitting Industry for more than 55 years.

Preceding him in death were his wife Agnes; his oldest daughter, Florine Huss; his five brothers, Ed, Jerry, Ben, John, and Konrad and four sisters, Aurelia Masek, Adela Fielder, Annie Koblizek, and Julia Pfister.

James is survived by his daughter, Joan Spencer and husband Mike; her two sons, Cody Spencer, all of Galveston, and Vincent Spencer and his wife, Allison, of Houston; his daughter, Delores Kneblik and her two sons, Rod Kneblik and Curtis Kneblik and wife, Tracey, of Dayton, Ohio; son-in-law, Leroy Huss, and his children, Tod, Sherri Mears, and Diane Gates and husband Jimmie, of Houston; six great-grandchildren and numerous other family members and friends.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the nurses and staff of Turner Geriatric, Hospice Care Team, and Concord Assisted Living. They especially thank Dr. Elmer Vogelpohl for his years of care.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton Eagle, 6 Mar 1953

Jerry Branecky Rites In Flatonia

Jerry J. Branecky, 56, passed away in the Wagner Hospital in Shiner Tuesday morning, Feb. 24, at 6 o'clock.  He had been in the hospital only a week before he passed away.

The deceased was born in Gonzales county and in 1919 married Miss Rosie Kubenka at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Moulton.  His entire lifetime was spent in farming, mainly northwest of Moulton, near Flatonia.

Funeral services were held Thursday from the Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, with Requiem High Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Rev. V. A. Raska officiating.  Msgr. Joe Pustka of Yoakum delivered a Czech sermon.  Interment was in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include his widow of Flatonia, five sons: Johnnie of San Antonio; Jerome of Big Spring; Eugene of San Antonio; Arnold and George Branecky at home.  Four daughters also survive: Mrs. Frank (Frances) Kindla of San Antonio; Mrs. Ed (Mary) Boenisch of Tokyo, Japan; Mrs. Roland (Rosalie) Boysen of San Antonio and Miss Evelyn Branecky of San Antonio.  Other survivors include his mother, Mrs. Pauline Branecky of Flatonia; five brothers: Ed and John of Flatonia, Ben of Shiner, Konrad of Victoria, Jim of Galveston, and four sisters: Mrs. Frank Masek of East Bernard; Mrs. Frank Fiedler of Flatonia; Mrs. Julia Pfister of New Braunfels and Mrs. Clem Koblizek of Corpus Christi.  Eight grandchildren and a number of other relatives and friends survive.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 4 Jul 1998, page 10A


FLATONIA - Ladik J. Branecky, 67, of Flatonia, died Thursday, July 2, 1998.

He was born May 30, 1931, in Praha, to the late John and Annie Machart Branecky. He was a machinist for Clay Plant and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors: wife, Lillie Bayer Branecky; daughters, Barbara Ann Hamilton of Bruce, Miss., and Linda Marie Halliburton of Schulenburg; son, Allen Dale Branecky of New Caney; sisters, Georgia Barcak of Houston and Annie Richter of Waco; and two grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: one sister; and one brother.

A rosary will be recited at 1:15 p.m. today at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Flatonia.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at the church, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

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

Contributed by Matt Cross


Flatonia Argus, 4 Nov 1915

Praha Happenings

We are sorry to report the death of Mrs. Branecky which occurred last Wednesday. She was one of the oldest residents of this section, having reached the age of 84. We extend sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Marie Hajek was first married to Cyril Wotipka, who died 8 Jul 1858 in Austin County of pneumonia. She married second Frantisek Branecky on 9 Feb 1861 in Frelsburg, Colorado County. He is buried at the Praha Catholic Cemetery with her. A narrative written by Frantisek Branecky is included in the book, Czech Voices, edited and translated by Clinton Machann and James W. Mendl Jr. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 11 Sep 1977, page 12A

Mrs. Branecky

FLATONIA – Mrs. Mary Branecky, 81, of Flatonia, died at 1:15 a.m. Saturday in a Hallettsville nursing home.

She was a native of Flatonia.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia, with the Rev. Anthony Matula of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia officiating.

Burial will be in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Frank Branecky of Flatonia and Joe Branecky of San Antonio; five daughters, Mrs. Agnes Hajek of Victoria, Mrs. Emma Vrana of Flatonia, Mrs. Cecilia Vrana of Victoria, Mrs. Pauline Klesel of Richmond, Mrs. Lillian Holubec of Bryan; 34 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Aug 1908


Died at Zapp P. O., July 19, Rudolph Brauer, age 84 years and 11 months of Diarrhea.

Contributed by Matt Cross


undated Schulenburg Sticker obituary

Lois Vivian Vacek Brauner

September 22, 1928 - November 20, 2012

Lois Vacek Brauner died peacefully at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center on Tuesday morning, Nov. 20, 2012.

Lois, the daughter of the late Adolph J. and Hilda (Scheler) Vacek, was born on Sept. 22, 1928 in Weimar, and resided most of her life in Schulenburg. She married Royce Otto Brauner on Nov. 23, 1947, in Dallas. Mrs. Brauner worked hard all of her life as a bookkeeper, legal secretary, and owner/operator of Bruno’s Café. She was well-known for her delicious enchiladas. Mrs. Brauner was a member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary; she was also a 50-year member of the Schulenburg Sons of Hermann Lodge No. 14, a member of the St. Rose Altar Society and a parishioner of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

Lois enjoyed music and dancing, working crossword puzzles in ink, reading, cooking, embroidering, visiting, casino gambling, dominoes, tarocks, and especially enjoyed her family. She was so proud to attend as many of the events her grandchildren and great-grandchildren participated in as her health allowed. She also volunteered numerous hours helping others.

Mrs. Brauner was remembered and honored with a beautiful memorial service on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. by the Schulenburg American Legion Auxiliary.

A parish and Altar Society rosary was said by Fr. Tim Kosler and Janet Machac prior to the funeral Mass which was held at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Friday, Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. Fr. Timothy Kosler of St. Rose Church officiated the Mass offering. Granddaughter Staci Fike shared and offered words of remembrance of her grandmother.

The musicians played a favorite song, “Waltz Across Texas,” as a tribute to honor Lois and Royce’s 65th wedding anniversary, Royce’s birthday, and the celebration of Lois’ new life with him again.

Interment was held in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Pallbearers for the service were grandsons Robert Moody, Andrew Florus, and Cullen Machac; nephew and godchild Glen Kahlden; grandson-in-law A.J. Fike; and special family friend, Mike Olle. Honorary Pallbearers were sons-in-law Dave Wyatt, David Florus and David Machac.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Alana and Dave Wyatt of Schulenburg, Lillian and David Florus of Flatonia, and Lynne and David Machac of Schulenburg; one sister and brother-in-law, JaNell and E.J. (Boiler) Kahlden, and one sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Grace (Brauner) and J.R.Yoder of Weimar; and 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Brauner was preceded in death by her parents, and husband Royce O. Brauner.

Services were under the direction of Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Royce Otto “Bruno” Brauner, former Precinct 4 Commissioner, died at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Victoria on Friday evening, November 14, 2003 after battling a two-year-long illness.  He was pronounced dead of natural causes due to a lung disorder caused by asbestoses.

Royce, the son of the late Otto and Lillie (Stuercke) Brauner, resided most of his life in Schulenburg.  He would have celebrated his 77th birthday and also his 56th wedding anniversary on November 23rd.

Better known to the community as “Bruno”, he earned his nickname while serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II from 1944-46.  He returned home and married Lois Vivian Vacek on his 21st birthday in Dallas.  Mr. Brauner worked most of his life building earthen government dams, driving trucks and managing Bruno’s Café.

In 1979, Mr. Brauner was elected as Fayette County Precinct 4 Commissioner, serving the county for 12 years until his retirement in 1991.

He was an active member, past commander and finance officer of American Legion Post 143.  He was also a member and past finance officer of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5623; a member of the Schulenburg Sons of Hermann Lodge 14; an honorary member of the Schulenburg Volunteer Fire Department; and a member of the Swiss Alp Dance Club.

Mr. Brauner enjoyed music and dancing, but especially enjoyed his family.  “He was so proud to attend as many of the events his grandchildren and great grandchildren participated in as his health allowed”, his family writes.

Mr. Brauner was remembered and honored with a beautiful memorial service on Sunday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m.by the Schulenburg American Legion, VFW and Volunteer Fire Department.

His funeral service was held at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home on Monday, November 17th at 2 p.m.  Rev. Paul Warren of St. Paul’s Church officiated the ceremony, offering Mr. Brauner’s eulogy and words of comfort and hope.  Mike Olle and Dan Mueller, close friends of the family, shared and offered words of remembrance of “Bruno”.  Mr. Brauner’s favorite music, “Somewhere My Love”, “God Bless America” and “Sailors’ Hymn”, were played prior and during the service by his niece, Janet Kobza.  A special song of faith, “Amazing Grace”, was sung by Bruce Lebeda and son-in-law- David Machac.

Interment was held in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.  The graveside services included the American Legion and VFW members presenting the family with an American Flag.  The ceremony ended with a 21-gun salute by the VFW and American Legion members, along with “Taps” played by Ronnie Hranicky.

Pallbearers for the service included American Legion members Leroy Lebeda, John Bohac and Louis Nitschke, and VFW members Matt Quinlan, Elroy Dieringer and Ted Kolek. Honorary pallbearers were Dave Noak, Precinct 1 Commissioner; Gary Weishuhn, Precinct 2 Commissioner; Tom Muras, Precinct 4 Commissioner; Ed Janecka, County Judge; and Dan Beck, District Judge.

Survivors include his wife Lois V. Brauner; three daughters and sons-in-law, Alana and Dave Wyatt of Schulenburg, Lillian and David Florus of Flatonia, and Lynne and David Machac of Schulenburg, one sister and brother-in-law, Grace (Brauner) and J. R. Yoder of Weimar, seven grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Brauner was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Aline (Brauner) and Lloid Henderson and Mildred (Brauner) and J. R. Jackson.

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

Contributed by Lillian Florus


Weimar Mercury, Friday, November 18, 1955

Brazdo [sic], Drozd Funeral Rites At Schulenburg

Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Schulenburg for Joseph Brazda, 97, and Emil Drozd, 68.

Mr. Brazda, who was buried in the Praha Catholic Cemetery, is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Mary Chrebek, Mrs. Katie Rosenauer and Mrs. Frances Pavlas of Schulenburg and Miss Annie Kalich of Provident City; and two sons, Frank Brazda and Steve Brazda, both of Schulenburg.

Mr. Drozd . . .

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, June 22, 1945


Schulenburg, June 16.—Funeral services were held at Engle for Mrs. Mary Brazda, 87, a resident of this section for 80 years. Burial was in the Praha Catholic cemetery, Rev. A. Raska officiating.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Brazda, Sr.; three sons, Joseph, Jr., Frank and Stephen; four daughters, Mrs. Annie Kalich, Mrs. Frances Pavlas, Mrs. Mary Chlebek and Mrs. Katie Rosenaur, all of this section.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 20 Jun 1896, page 3

Mr. Henry Breithaupt, an old citizen of Fayette couunty, died June 3 at his residence near Holman, aged 60 years, 6 months and 18 days. His death was caused by cancer of the stomach. He was in bed ten weeks previous to his death, and endured terrible suffering. He leaves a wife and six childrren. He was buried on the 4th of June at the Geo. Chandler burying ground. The Mercury extends sincere sympthy to the bereaved relatvies.

Note: Henry Breithaupt is buried in the cemetery near Holman that the Fayette Heritage Archives & Museum refers to as the Bargas-Breithaupt Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, October 13, 1916

Henry Breithaupt Accidently Killed

An unfortunate accident happened near Holman Monday, in which Henry Breithaupt, a well known farmer of that section, aged 42 years, lost his life. He was assisting his brother in hauling hay. The team became frighened, he ran in front of the animals in an endeavor to stop them, was knocked down, trampled upon, and the wagon running over his head, he received injuries which caused his death nine hours later. One of his arms was broken, his skull was crushed and he received numerous bruises about the body. The remains were brought to the Weimar [Masonic] cemetery and buried Tuesday afternoon. Mr. B. had many friends throughout this section who deeply deplore his tragic death.
Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht.


The Weimar Mercury, August 14, 1997

Breitkreuz Funeral Held On Aug. 6

Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Breitkreuz, 93, of La Grange, were held Wednesday, Aug. 6, from the United Evangelical Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp. Pastor Walter F. Hildebrandt officiated.

Interment followed in the Masonic Cemetery in Weimar.

Mrs. Breitkreuz died Monday morning, Aug. 4, at the Kateland Square Geriatric Center in Richmond.

She was born Dec. 5, 1903 in La Grange, the daughter of Moritz and Laura (Leuders) Heller.

Mrs. Breitkreuz married the late Arthur Henry Breitkreuz in 1927 in Weimar and moved to Houston where she lived until 1950 when she returned to La Grange

She was a long time member of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a retired farmer, rancher and homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years. Arthur H. Breitkreuz, Sr; her parents; and sisters, Vera Berger, Irma Fietsam and Ruby Antosh.

Survivors include her son, Arthur H. Breitkreuz, Jr. and wife Betty of Missouri City; a brother, Leo Heller of Ammannsville; a sister, Elma Ulrich of Weimar; grandchildren, Pattie Blackwell, Jenna Scott, Arthur Breitkreuz, III, Bradley Breitkreuz, Mark Breitkreuz and Kent Duncan. Sixteen great-grandchildren also survive.

Those servings as pallbearers were Arthur Breitkreuz, III, Bradley Breitkreuz, Mark Breitkreuz, Kent Duncan, Jeff Blackwell and Rex Scott.

For those who desire, memorials may be made to the Historical Restoration of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Schulenburg, TX 78956.


La Grange Journal, Tuesday, September 11, 1973


Funeral services for Mrs. Katherine Brendle, 78, of Route 1, Fayetteville will be held Tuesday, September 11, at 2:00 P.M. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Walter Probst officiating.  Burial was in the Rutersville Cemetery.

Mrs. Brendle passed away Sunday in Fayette Memorial Hospital. 

She was born in Oldenburg on Sept. 12, 1894, a daughter of Henry and Friedericke Huber Wubbenhorst, and was married to William E. Brendle on April 3, 1918, in Park.  Her husband preceded her in death on September 3, 1966.  She was a lifelong resident of the Oldenburg community.

Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Warren Wubbenhorst of Oldenburg; two sisters, Mrs. T. R. (Johanna) Keilers of Oldenburg and Mrs. Annie Moellenberg of Blanco; one brother, Henry Wubbenhorst of Oldenburg; and two grandchildren, Mrs. Randal (Katherine) Mundt of Houston and Mrs. David (Penny) Barthels of Victoria.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 23 Mar 1995

Funeral Serivces Held Mar. 18 for Tommie Brewer

Tommie Elman Otho Brewer, 70, of Flatonia died March 16 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center at Weimar.

He was born to Hugh I. and Mae K. (Boone) Brewer on September 21, 1924 in DeWitt County near Yorktown.

Burial was March 18 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Flatonia with military services by American Legion Post 94 of Flatonia and VFW Post 5875 of Weimar. Rev. Clarence Ehler officiated at the Lutheran burial service.

Tommie was inducted into the Army on March 15, 1943. He served in South Pacific battles and was honorably discharged January 13, 1946.

On July 20, 1946, he married Gladys Ulbricht in Trinity Lutheran Church at New Bielau. To this union are three children: Raymond Earl Brewer, Sr. of Seguin, Sharon Kay (Collins) Benton of Moulton and Fayline Elsa Brewer of Seattle, Washington.

Survivors include his wife and children, five grandchildren, five ste-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild and one brother, Cecil Brewer of Flatonia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, James Henry Earl Brewer, two sisters, Zelma Gertrude "TEE" Lacina and Lottie Mae (Dunseth) Koele.

Contributed by Kim Brown


La  Grange Journal, 15 June 1950

A.R. BREWTON, 56, Barber Here Since 1914 Expires Monday.

A.R. Brewton, La Grange barber for 35 years, passed away Monday afternoon about 4 o'clock at his home following an extended illness. Mr. Brewton was 56 years, 10 months and one day of age. 

Funeral services were conducted at the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. wirh Rev. O.E. Linstrum of La Grange and Rev. 0.0. Boatman of San Antonio officiating. Interment was made in Williams Creek Cemetery.

Mr. Brewton was born near Crockett in Houston County August 11, 1893. He came to La Grange in October of 1914 when he entered the barber business and  continued in this work until October of the past year. On June 15, 1915, he was united in marriage with Miss Minnie Mensing. The deceased  was an ardent  sportsman, being especially fond of fox and deer hunting.  His  favorite  hobby  was taxidermy. There are countless mounted deer heads in La Grange homes which are the result of one of his favorite pasttimes.  He  is  survived by his widow; two sons, A.R. Brewton, Jr. of Houston and Charles M. Brewton of San Antonio;  three  sisters,  Mrs.  W.H. Albricht  of  Houston,  Mrs.  F.F. Albricht of Robstown and Mrs. T.E. Powell of Huntsville; three brothers, Joe C. and J. P. (Dutch) Brewton of Houston and Harry Brewton of Chester; and  two  grandchildren. 


Weimar Mercury, 3 Sep 1898, page 5

Mr. Breymann, the Schulenburg druggist, was reported in a dying condition Thursday morning, from dropsy. His numerous friends here were indeed pained to learn of it.

Schulenburg Sticker, 8 September 1898, page 3

Death of Paul Breymann Sr.

Although not unexpected Mr. Paul Breymann, Sr., breathed his last, Sunday morning at 3 o'clock. His illnes [sic.] was of several months standing and latterly he lingered between life and death, with no hope of recovery.

He died in his 52d year and in his death Schulenburg lost a citizen who was popular and enjoyed the highest respect and esteem of the whole community. He was a man who had many friends and no enemies. Paul Breymann was a model man, generous to a fault. His liberalty extended far beyond the knowledge of even his best friend. No man, no matter how poor could come to Paul Breymann and ask for anything, but what he received it cheerfully.

Paul Breymann was born in 1846, in Jutrichan at Zerbst in Anhalt-Dessau, Germany. He came to this country in 1871 and first settled in Baltimore, Md., later he moved to Galveston and also lived at Houston until 1873 when he came to Schulenburg and established himself in the drug business, being one of the first in that line. On October 7th, 1876 he was married to Miss Anna Carlson, who, with an interesting family; Paul, Ebeth, Marie and Freddie survive him.

The funeral took place at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, under the auspices of the A. O. U. W. lodge of which he was a charter member, and was followed to the grave by one of the largest concourse of sorrowing friends, ever witnessed in Schulenburg, Weimar, Flatonia, Shiner, Columbus and various other towns being represented.

To the bereaved the STICKER [There is a large hole in the page at this point.]

. . Richter, Ed. . . . and Max Wolters, of Shiner and Ad. Stahl, of Sweet Home, were here Sunday to attend Mr. Breymann's funeral.

[A Card of Thanks is included in English and in German]

[elsewhere on the same page]


Will Take Place Sunday Night, September 11th, 1898.

On account of the death of Mr. P. Breymann, the Opening Ball, which was to have taken place last Sunday was postponed and will be held at Turner hall, next Sunday, Sept. 11th. Good music will be furnished. The public in general is cordially invited to attend.

John Oltmanns.

Weimar Mercury, 10 Sep 1898, page 8

The news of the death of Mr. P. Breyman [sic.] of Schulenburg last Sunday morning was received with deep and unfeigned regret by the numerous friends of the family in this city. His death was caused from dropsy of the liver. Mr. Breyman was a good citizen a faithful friend, and admired by all for his many good traits of head and heart. His remains were laid to rest in the Schulenburg cemetery Sunday afternoon, the funeral procession being one of the longest ever seen in this section. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved family.


Weimar Mercury, 29 Aug 1896, page 5

LaGrange, Texas, August 15.—Yesterday evening a negro boy by the name of Bridgewater shot and killed his younger brother. The boys' mother had forbidden them going in swimming in the creek near by, but the older brother disobeyed his mother and went in swimming anyway, telling his brother not to tell his mother on him. The boy did tell on his brother and accordingly the slayer procured a pistol and shot his brother dead. The slayer was soon afterward arrested by Deputy Will Loessin.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, Jan. 20, 1949, p. 4


Adolph Brieger, 72, resident of near Fayetteville for 51 years, passed away at his home Sunday. 

Last rites were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Trinity Lutheran Church at Freslburg.  Rev. Paul S. Fischer officiated.  Koenig Funeral Home directed, and interment was in the Freslburg Lutheran Cemetery.

Mr. Brieger was born at Fayetteville on June 20, 1876, and was united in marriage with Miss Emma Minssen on Nov. 24, 1896.

Beside his widow, he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Louis Schmidt of East Bernard; two sons, Alvin and Fenton Brieger of Fayetteville; a sister, Mrs. Emil Wilke of Tohoka; two brothers, Otto Brieger of Richmond, Calif. and Benno Brieger of Wilson, Texas; and four grandchildren.

Transcribed by Carolyn Heinsohn


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 May 1901, page 1, From Fayetteville column

Fayetteville, April 27. – Gottlieb Brieger died of heart failure on the public square last Saturday. He suddenly dropped to the ground, and bystanders seeing it lifted him up and seated him on some lumber lying near by, but in a few minutes he was dead. Mr. Brieger came to Texas from Silesia in his younger days, and has lived in Fayetteville about a quarter of a century. He was sixty-four years of age, and leaves a wife and five children to mourn his loss. His eldest child, a daughter, is married, and lives at Bartlett. He was laid to rest at the Protestant cemetery here, Rev. Padral officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, 12 Dec 1932, page 1

Mrs. E. T. Briggs

The death of Mrs. E. T. Briggs occurred at the home of her daughter in Galveston this morning, following a very brief illness. She was 92 years of age, and a former resident of this place.

Miss Bettie Fraser was born in Kentucky and came to this county in childhood. She was married to Mr. Henry Clayton at Oaklan in 1856. After his death she married Mr. E. T. Briggs. They lived here until a few years ago.

She is survived by three children, Mr. Jim Clayton of Dallas, Mr. J. R. Briggs of Port Arthur and Mrs. W. H. McInteer of Galveston.

Funeral will be held at Schulenburg tomorrow from the 12:03 P.M. train.

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved ones.

Weimar Mercury, 30 Dec 1932


Galveston, Texas, Dec. 22.—The body of Mrs. Elizabeth Turner Briggs, 92, will be sent to Schulenburg this evening for interment. Mrs. Briggs died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. H. McInteer, 1917 Thirty-fifth St., Wednesday afternoon.

Mrs. Briggs, born in Kentucky, had lived in Texas 70 years. She came to Galveston five years prior to her death. She was the wife of the late H. F. Briggs.

Mrs. Briggs' first husband, H. R. Clayton, was a veteran of the Texas revolution. Her homestead was where the town of Schulenburg now is located. She moved to Columbus in 1867 and lived there until five years ago, when she came to Galveston to make her home with her daughter.

She is survived by three children, Mrs. Jeanette McInteer of Galveston, James M. Clayton of Dallas and J. R. Briggs of Port Arthur.

Besides her own family, she reared two of her grandchildren, L. Clayton Watson of Matagorda and Mrs. M. F. Albert of Houston.—Houston Chronicle Special.

OAKLAND SECTION, page 6 of same issue

Mrs. Bettie Briggs, aged 92 years, passed away Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Janet McInteer in Galveston. Funeral took place at the Baptist Cemetery near Schulenburg Saturday afternoon. She is survived by two children, two sisters, Mrs. Kate Edwards and Mr. J. O. Cherry of Oakland, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Elizabeth Briggs is buried in the Navidad Baptist Cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, 18 Jul 1896, page 2


Flatonia, Fayette Co, Tex., July 14.

The excitement over the killing of Dr. B. W. Bristow is intense. The funeral of the dead man will take place at 4 o'clock this evening. Mr. Sol West and Mr. Geo. West, brothers of Mrs. Bristow, arrived last night from San Antonio, and Mr. West Bristow, son of the deceased, is expected to arrive to-day. West Bristow married a sister of Trotter Hopkins who did the shooting. B. F. Hopkins, father of young Hopkins, is also in town. Hon. Jonathan Lane reached here from LaGrange this morning. He was wired for to conduct the defense in the examining trial.

Flatonia, Tex., July 15.—The preliminary examination of Trotter Hopkins for the killing of Dr. B. W. Bristow was set for yesterday. A large crowd was in attendance to hear the testimony. The state was represented by Percy Faison and ex-Congressman Lyt. Moore, the defence by Hon. Jonathan Lane. The state announced ready for trial, but the defendant waived examination and will be taken to LaGrange.

B. W. Bristow, who was killed on Monday by Trotter Hopkins, was a prominent physician, with a statewide reputation. He was appointed quarantine officer at Aransas Pass by Governor Hogg during his second term. He was a brillian man intellectually and a leader in local politics.


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Jul 1954

Pioneer Lady Interred at Praha Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank Brosch Sr. of Praha, were held from the family residence on Tuesday, July 13, 1954 at 8:30 o'clock in the morning with continued services at the Praha Catholic Church at 9:00. Rev Julius Petru officiated at the last rites and burial was in Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Brosch, nee Annie Holub, was born in 1867 in Czechoslovakia as the daughter of Kasper and Veronica Holub. At the age of two and one-half years she immigrated to this country with her parents and settled in Fayette County. In 1887 she married Frank Brosch at Praha and the young couple settled in that area and engaged in farming.

Twelve children were born to the union, three of which preceded her in death, the first child, a daughter, and two sons, Emil, who passed away 25 years ago and Frank who died two years ago. Her husband preceded her in death five years ago. She was a member of the Praha Catholic Church.

Deceased had reached the ago of 87 years and four months. She had been ill at the Youens Hospital in Weimar for the past 17 days. She was feeling better on Sunday, July 11 and taken home where she passed away a few hours later.

Survivors are six daughters, Mrs. Frank (Marie) Faltisek, Flatonia, Mrs. Jim (Laura) Tupa, Ganado, Mrs. Joe (Emma) Rybak, Houston, Miss Millie Brosch, Praha, Mrs. Louis (Adella) Grieve, Flatonia, Mrs. Chas (Hattie) Pilat, Flatonia, three sons, Willie of Flatonia, Fred and Henry, Praha, a sister, Mrs. Josephine Pastusek, Oklahoma, two brothers, Joe Holub of Schulenburg and Charles Holub of Chicago, 27 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 26 Apr 1979

Sisters Killed In Collision

FLATONIA - Two sisters from Flatonia were killed Monday morning, Apr. 23, 1979 in a two-vehicle accident on State Highway 95 in Flatonia.

Mrs. Annie E. Gast, 86, and Mrs. Bertha Brosch, 77, both of Flatonia, were pronounced dead at the scene by Judge L.G. Garbade Sr.  Mrs. Brosch was driver of one of the vehicles.

Injured in the accident were Charlie Krall, 73, of Flatonia, passenger in the Brosch vehicle, and Jody Brown of Jacksonville, driver of the second vehicle.  Both men were taken to Shiner Hospital, but Brown was released Monday afternoon after treatment of facial cuts.  Krall was kept overnight for observation.

Fayette County Deputy Sheriff Joe Boyd said this accident was the first fatal one in Flatonia since 1970.

Boyd, who assisted Flatonia Police Chief James Moore in the investigation, said Mrs. Brosch was trapped temporarily in the vehicle when her legs were caught between the seat and the dashboard.

He said Mrs. Gast and Krall were thrown out of the vehicle, while Brown was thrown out of his car.

Boyd said the Brown vehicle was traveling south on Highway 95 when the Brosch vehicle pulled out in front of the southbound vehicle from Third Street.

He said the accident is still being investigated.

Funeral Mass for the sisters was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Apr. 25 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, with the Rev. Anthony Matula officiating.

A rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia where the bodies lay in state.

The two women lived next door to one another and were retired widows and lifelong residents of the Flatonia area.

Burial for Mrs. Brosch was in Praha Catholic Cemetery, while Mrs. Gast was buried in Moulton Catholic Cemetery.

Both are survived by two sisters, Mrs. Anton (Mary) Pulkrabek of Moulton and Mrs. Willie (Millie) Brosch of Flatonia.

Mrs. Gast is also survived by four sons, Adolf Gast of Flatonia, Joe Gast of Hallettsville, Raymond and Daniel Gast, both of Houston; three daughters, Mrs. Charlie (Helen) Rebecek of Shiner, Mrs. Ray (Frances) Wendell of San Antonio and Mrs. Ivan (Tillie) Kocian of Houston; 22 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Gast was preceded in death by a son, Johnnie Gast; and a daughter, Mrs. John (Annie) Rebecek, Jan. 31, 1960.

Mrs. Brosch was preceded in death by her parents and an infant child.

The sisters were preceded in death by their parents, Paul and Adolphina (Stockbauer) Simcik, natives respectively of Germany and Czechoslovakia; four brothers, Jim Joseph Simcik, Feb. 21, 1967; Frank, Emil and Ed Simcik; one sister, Mrs. Lorenz (Albina) Gast, Apr. 30, 1965.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 May 1930

Emil Brush [sic.] Dies

Emil Brush, a young man of about 27 years of age was found dead in bed at the family home in the Novohrad section last Friday morning. The previous night he had played cards with his friends until about nine o'clock when he retired.

Deceased had been in ill health for a long time but was up and about all the time.

The body was laid to rest in Praha Cemetery Saturday, Father Pustka officiating. The funeral was very large, some 140 cars forming in line.

Deceased is survived by his grief stricken parents, five sisters and four brothers, Frank, Bill, Fred, and Henry. To them we extend our sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 19 Aug 1982

Mrs. Emilie Brosch Service

FLATONIA – Mrs. Willie Brosch, nee Emilie Simcek, passed away Saturday, July 24, 1982 at 11:30 p.m. at the Oak Manor Nursing Home in Flatonia after a 6-month illness. She attained the age of 82 years and 22 days.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 26 at 5:00 p.m. in the Praha Catholic Church. Burial was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were Henry Dornak and Paulie Wagner of Moulton, Jimmie Simcik of Victoria, Jerry Faltisek of Flatonia, Jimmie Brosch of Houston and Ron Brosch of Austin.

Rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 25 at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia.

Mrs. Brosch was born July 2, 1900, daughter of Paul and Adolphina (Stockbauer) Simcek, natives respectively of Germany and Czechoslovakia. She was married to Willie Brosch in 1921. One daughter was born to this union.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Irene and Anton Dornak of Flatonia; a sister, Mrs. Anton (Mary) Pulkrabek of Moulton; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Donnela and George Doehring, all of Flatonia.

Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Jim Joseph Simcek, Feb. 21, 1967; Frank, Emil and Ed Simcek; three sisters, Mrs. Lorenz (Albina) Gast, Apr. 30, 1965; Mrs. Joe (Annie) Gast, and Mrs. Willie (Bertha) Brosch, were both killed Apr. 23, 1979 in a car accident in Flatonia.

Her husband Willie Brosch was actually still alive; he passed away in 1986; Emilie's sister Bertha was married to Willie's brother Frank Brosch. Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Dec 2010, page 3

Eugen Brosch

Eugen Brosch lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, Dec. 18. He was 85.

Gene was born on June 1, 1925, to Fred and Lillie Migl Brosch in the Praha area. He lived and worked in the Praha and Flatonia area all his life. He was a musician, and loved playing music. He performed with various other musicians throughout the area. His later years were dedicated to playing at birthday parties and the various nursing homes. “He was the kindest and most gentle person you would ever want to meet. He was well liked by friends, relatives, and neighbors,” his family writes.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Gladys Brosch Kouba.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Kalinec of Flatonia; his brother, Jimmy Brosch of Houston; step-children, August Kalinec and wife Mary, Walter Kalinec and wife Marilyn, Debbie Jones Hall, and Darrell Jones; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A rosary and memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Praha at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 30.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton Eagle, 13 Feb 1953

Brosch Buried At Praha Wed.

Frank Brosch, 52 years and 8 months, died in the John Sealy Hospital, Sunday, February 8th, at 4 p. m.

Services were held Wednesday from the Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, and continued at the Praha Catholic Church at 9 A. M. Interment was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

The deceased married Bertha Simcik. They had lived in Flatonia for the past eight years, moving there from Praha where he spent most of his life. He had been employed in Flatonia.

Survivors include his widow and mother, Mrs. Frank Brosch, Sr.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Lavaca County Tribune, 1 Apr 1949

Pioneer Man of Praha Dies

Mr. Frank Brosch, father of Mrs. Jim Tupa of Ganado, passed away Friday at 8:20 p.m. at his home. The deceased was 83 years of age and lived in Praha since the time that he came from Europe.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 27, at Praha Catholic Church at 9:00 a.m. Burial took place at the Catholic Church in Praha.

His survivors include; his wife, Mrs. Anna Brosch, six daughters of Moravia, Mrs. Louise Grieve of Flatonia, Mrs. Charlie Pilot of Praha and Miss Willie Brosch of Praha; four sons, Willie and Frank of Flatonia and Fred and Henry of Praha. He is also survived by 26 grandchildren.

Attending his funeral from Ganado were his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Tupa and his grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lesak and family, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Short, Mrs. Chas Psencik and family, Mrs. Clarence Morton and Miss Lillian Tupa.


Moulton Eagle, 14 Dec 1956


Mr. Fred Brosch of the Praha community died suddenly Friday, December 7 around noon from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He reached the age of 53 years, 5 months and 5 days.

Mr. Brosch was born in the Novohrad community, the son of the late Frank Brosch and Anna Holub. He grew to manhood there, attending the Novohrad school. He was married to Lillie Migl at Praha. A member of the St. Isidor Society, he farmed and also followed the carpenter trade as his occupation.

Funeral services were held Sunday morning at 8:30 from the Praha Catholic Church with the Rev. Marcus Valenta officiating. Burial was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Jimmie of Houston and Eugene Brosch at home; one daughter, Mrs. Erwin (Gladys) Kouba of Houston; six sisters: Mrs. Frank (Mary) Faltysek, Mrs. Jim (Laura) Tupa, Mrs. Joe (Emma) Rybak, Mrs. Louis (Della Greive), Mrs. Charles (Hattie) Pilat, Jr. and Miss Millie Brosch; two brothers: Willie and Henry Brosch; also three granddaughters.

Mr. Brosch was preceded to the grave by his parents; and a brother, Frank and twin brother, Emil.

Pallbearers include: Jerry Faltysek, Jimmie Styrk, Johnnie Joe Migl, Kenneth Freytag, Sylvan Pospisil and George Rybak.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 1 Apr 1982, page 3B

Henry Brosch

Patek Band Member Dies

PRAHA – Henry Brosch of Praha, died Thursday afternoon, March 25, 1982, in the Seton Hospital in Austin, at the age of 76 years, 4 months and 2 days.

A rosary was recited at 8 p.m., Friday, March 26, at the Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 27, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Praha, with the Rev. Marcus Valenta officiating.

Burial was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Brosch was born Nov. 23, 1906, at Praha, Fayette County, Texas, son of Frank and Anna (Holub) Brosch.

He was a farmer and musician, and the band leader of the former Henry Brosch Orchestra, a well-known and popular polka band in this area for many years. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Joe Patek Orchestra of Shiner.

Surviving are his wife, Vlasta (Kalmus) Brosch of Praha; a daughter, Mrs. Willie (Mardi Jean) Kopecky of Austin; a son, Ronnie of Austin; a brother, Willie Brosch of Praha; four sisters, Mrs. Laura Tupa of Ganado, Miss Millie Brosch and Mrs. Louis (Della) Grieve of Flatonia and Mrs. Charlie (Hattie) Pilat of Praha; and four grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 Mar 2013, page 2

By Andy Behlen
Schulenburg Sticker Staff

Polka music lost a great man. Praha-native Jimmy Brosch died Friday, March 1. He was 89 years old. Brosch suffered a heart attack while traveling to a fundraising concert on Feb. 24. His health never recovered.

Brosch grew up in Praha where he learned to play the fiddle at a young age. He emulated country music he heard on the radio as a child. He later learned to play the saxophone. When he started playing in polka bands, Brosch incorporated elements of country into his playing. One of his bands even featured a steel guitar.

One of his most famous compositions was the “Corn Cockle Polka,” which is now a standard among central Texas Czech bands.

Over the years Brosch traveled throughout Texas and across the country. He was in many ways a great ambassador of polka music. Once while visiting some friends in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, Brosch played the Cajun favorite “Jole Blon” to the crowd. The group was so impressed with his rendition that they asked where in Louisiana he came from. He replied, “I’m a Bohemian coon—from around Schulenburg.”

Later in life, Brosch worked to preserve polka music’s rich history in central Texas. He teamed with author Laura Cernoch Parker two years ago to document some of the great Texas polka bands in the book Jimmy Brosch Remembers Twenty Legendary Texas Czech Polka Bands. The book covered well known artists like Adolf Hofner and His Texans, but also obscure yet influential bands like Schulenburg’s Gold Chain Bohemians.

Brosch was also a pilot. He served as an Army Air Corps mechanic in India during World War II. After the war, he learned to fly and earned his pilot’s license. He retired from Southern Pacific Railroad after working 38 years.

A polka mass funeral was held on Thursday, March 7 at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Catholic Church in Katy. Burial was at Memorial Oaks Cemetery in Katy.

Brosch is survived by Lucy, his wife of 64 years, and four children, daughters Paula Krametbauer and Janice Hall, and sons Jeff and Bruce Brosch.


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Nov 1960

Mrs. Fred Brosch Interred at Praha

Mrs. Fred (Lillie) Brosch passed away at her home near Praha Monday, October 24, after a lingering illness. She had attained the age of 56 years, seven months and ten days.

Mrs. Brosch, nee Lillie Migl, was born in Praha March 14, 1904. She was united in marriage to Fred Brosch May 1, 1922. They made their home near Praha where they were engaged in farming. Mr. Brosch passed away December 7, 1956.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 26 at 9:30 a.m. from Smith funeral home in Flatonia with continued services at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha Rev Marcus A. Valenta officiating. Internment was made in Praha Catholic Church.

She was a member of the K.J.Z.T. and Altar Society.

Survivors are two sons, Jimmie Brosch of Houston and Eugene Brosch of Praha, one daughter, Mrs. Erwin (Gladys) Kuba of Houston, three brothers, Joe Migl of Houston, Frank Migl of Galena Park and Adolph Migl of Shiner, three sisters, Mrs. Joe (Stazie) Stryk of Praha, Mrs. Mary Pospisil of San Antonio and Sister M. Stanislaus of Selma.

Pallbearers were Johnny and Joe Migl, Jerry Faltysek, Jerry Kubenka, Clifton City, Albin Kocich and Joe Firasek.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 4 Jul 1997, page 12A


MOULTON - Vlasta Kalmus Brosch, 87, of Moulton, died Wednesday, July 2, 1997.

She was born April 28, 1910, in St. John's, Texas, to the late Frank and Molly Houlchan Kalmus. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, KJZT and Altar Society.

Survivors: daughter, Mardi Kopecky of Georgetown; son, Ronnie Brosch of Austin; stepsister, Georgie Pauler of Houston; and five grandchildren.

Services will be 11:30 a.m. today at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, the Rev. Edward Bartsch officiating.

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

Pallbearers: Michael Kopecky, Sue Kopecky, Kevin Brosch, James Farek, Chris Kopecky, Linsey Brosch and Franklin Farek.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 2 Oct 1986

Willie Brosch, 88

Flatonia - Willie Brosch, of Flatonia passed away Thursday, September 18, 1986 at 5:15 a.m. at Oak Manor Nursing Home, where he was a resident since January, 1983. He reached the age of 88 years, 2 months and 11 days.

Mr. Brosch worked at City Market in Flatonia as a butcher for many years.

A Rosary was recited Friday, Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home where the body lay in state.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 20 at 1:30 p.m. at the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha.

Burial followed in the Praha Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were Kenneth Freytag of Pasadena, Jimmie Brosch of Houston, Jimmie Simcik of Victoria, Jerry Faltisek of Flatonia, Henry Dornak of Moulton and Ron Brosch of Austin.

Mr. Brosch, one of 12 children, was born July 7, 1898 at Praha, son of Frank Brosch and Anna (Holub) Brosch.

On October 18, 1921, he was married to Emilie "Millie" Simcek. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 1981. The following January his wife became ill and passed away July 24, 1982 at the age of 82 years. One daughter, Irene, was born to them.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Irene and Anton B. Dornak of Flatonia; a granddaughter, Donell; and great-granddaughter, Tabatha; two sisters, Mrs. Louis (Della) Greive of Flatonia, and Mrs. Charles (Hattie) Pilat Jr. of Praha.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Mrs. Frank (Mary) Faltisek, June 29, 1975; Mrs. Joe F. (Emma Elizabeth) Rybak, Sept. 29, 1979; Mrs. Jim (Eleanora Rose "Laura") Tupa, Oct. 27, 1982; Miss Millie Brosch, in January 1984; and an infant, Annie Brosch; four brothers, Henry Brosch, Sept. 29, 1982; Frank, Fred and Emil Brosch.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Jan 1910


In the death of Mr. Edmund Brossmonn [sic] our city and community has lost a good citizen.

Mr. Brossmann died on Thursday January the 13th and was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery Friday the 14th. Father Mathis officiating.

Deceased was born in Schlesian, Austria, in 1874, and came to this country, when only a year old and had been a resident of Fayette County ever since.

He leaves a wife, mother, Mrs. Thresa Brossmann, five little girls, namely, Annie, Olga, Louise, Mary and Ella; two brothers, Messrs. Joe and Frank, of our city, four sisters, Mesdames Annie Klesel, Mary Diettrich, Sophia Krann and Ludwig Gansky, to mourn his untimely death.

His father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Hinze of Gonzales and brother-in-law, Mr. Willie Diettmann of Falls City, attended the funral [sic] services.

The Sticker offers its sincerest sympathy to the relatives in this their hour of sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 May 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Elisabeth Brossmann age 72 years and 6 months died May 3.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Feb 1917


Frank Brossmann, died Dec 26, ’16, age 12 year, 6 months and 2 days, Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 March 1915


Josef Brossmann, age 48, years Weimar, R. 2.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 May 1901

The little eight year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Brossmann of Middle Creek died last Saturday, and her remains were interred in the High Hill cemetery last Sunday afternoon. This is the second child which they have recently lost, their little boy having died only a few weeks ago. The many friends of the bereaved couple extend their sincere sympathy.

The children were Rudolph Brossmann, 25 May 1899 – 18 March 1901 and Pauliena Brossmann, 22 Dec 1892 – 24 May 1901. Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Feb 1910


Rapidly the Scythe of Time is thinning the ranks of our old people.

Mrs. Theresia Brossmann was the one to answer the summon Sunday morning at 2 o’clock.

Interment took place in the Catholic cemetery Sunday afternoon, Rev. Father Mathis performing the last sad rites at the grave.

Mrs. Brossmann was born in Bielau, Austria, Feb. 11, 1839, and came to this country 25 years ago. She was preceded in death by her husband 14 years ago and by a son January 13th last. She is survived by two sisters, living in the old country; four daughters, Mesdames Aug. Klesel, Ludwig Diettrich, John Kral, Adolf Gansky; two sons, Joe, and Frank, and forty grand children.

The sincere sympathy of the entire community goes out to the sorrowing relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 27, 1924

A. J. Brown, Former Citizen of La Grange, Died at Corsicana

The Corsicana Daily Sun, in its issue of November 19, contained the death notice of A. J. Brown, for many years a resident of old La Grange, and the issue of the next day had mention of the obsequies held in that city.  Local readers will remember well, Mr. Brown, who was an honored citizen of our city for a good many years, residing on the west end of Colorado street, his home being later replaced by the home now occupied and owned by Dan Reiss and family.

A. J. Brown was another of the old Southern stock whom to know was a pleasure.  He numbered man not according to his wealth and influence, but according to his worth as a citizen, ever taking into consideration the honesty and patriotism that was manifested in behalf of the community in which he resided.  The Journal editor valued his friendship very highly, it was the friendship of another man who had extended the glad hand and the willing hand to a struggling youngster and gave encouragement to every effort we exercised in the cause of justice and right.  He never became a part of the opposition to the progress of one who upheld the principles of honest citizenship, and he valued the good will of mankind most highly.

Mr. Brown served our community as alderman for a number of years and was also, at one time, engaged in the general merchandise business in partnership with S. G. (Gid) Blackburn, occupying the old wooden building on the East side of the square where the brick building now used by Prause Market stands.  His passing out was in conformity with the inevitable rules of time, he had reached a ripe age, and has been awarded with that grant of eternal sleep that knows no ill or encourages discord.  May his rest be peaceful!

The Corsicana Sun has this to say about our former citizen:

A. J. Brown, a native of Georgia, but for more than 70 years a resident of Texas, and who would have been 79 years of age on the First day of December next, passed away this morning at 7:45 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hettie Wooton, 319 West Fourth avenue, after many months of ill health.

The deceased came to Texas with his parents and located a La Grange, Fayette county, and made that place his home for more than fifty years, engaged in the mercantile business.  Fourteen years ago he came here to live with Mrs. Wooton, who was his only child, and for these years he had been a quiet, unobtrusive citizen of Corsicana, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him.

The deceased was a member of the First Christian church, and the funeral services, which will be from the home of his daughter at ten o’clock Wednesday morning, will be conducted by Rev. Paul J. Merrill, pastor of that church, and the following will be pallbearers:

Active – J. A. Jarrell, F. A. Elliott, T. L. Scruggs, W. P. McCammon, H. E. Metcalf, W. T. McKee, J. J. Castles, and H. B. Bomar.

The Confederate soldiers in a body and all officers of the First Christian church will be honorary pallbearers.

Funeral Services Well Attended

The funeral services for the remains of the late A. J. Brown, from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hattie Wooton, 319 West Fourth avenue, at 10 o’clock this morning, was largely attended and there were many beautiful floral offerings.

The burial services as conducted by Rev. Paul J. Merrill, were impressive, fitting the occasion of the departure of this good man.

The active pallbearers were: J. A. Jarrell, F. A. Elliott, T. L. Scruggs, W. P. McCammon, H. E. Metcalf, W. T. McKee, J. J. Castles, and H. B. Bonner.  While a number of those who went through the trials and ordeals of the Civil War acted as an honorary escort.

Mrs. Wooton, his only child, who is now thoroughly alone in the world so far as the ties of blood are concerned, has the sincere sympathy of hundreds of friends in the loss of the dear old father to whom it has been such a joy to her to succor and care for in his declining years.  That the memory of this duty so well done will remain a beautiful benediction to her in the years to come no one who knows her will doubt.  May these sweet memories abide with her and be a source of consolation to her in the years yet to come.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, January 20, 1881

A SUICIDE.—Yesterday morning an inquest was held by Coroner Baker over the body of Dempsy Brown, who was found dead at the residence of his son, A. J. Brown, in this city. The verdict of the jury was, that said Brown came to his death at 4 1/2 o'clock a.m., 19th January, 1881, by cutting his throat with a razor, which he held in his right hand. That deceased was laboring under a temporary derangement at the time of the act, caused by long continued suffering.

This may be the D. Brown who has a cement marker with no dates in the Old La Grange City Cemetery.—RAJ


Colorado Citizen, 5 May 1881, page 3

Weimar Locals.

Last Saturday our town was startled with the terrible intelligence that Sam Brown–son of Dr. Brown, of Fayette county–had murdered his wife by cutting her throat with a razor, and then committing suicide. The horrible news proved to be too true. It appears, from what we can learn, that Mr. Brown came into the house and called his wife into an adjoining room to have a conversation with her. She preceded him and observed him pick up something. She inquired of him what he had picked up; he answered nothing. He locked the door behind him. She then became alarmed, and ran out through the other door and across the prairie, he pursuing her. She being sick and feeble, he overtook her about four hundred yards from the house. From what we can learn Mr. Be. [pled] most pitifully for her life for her children's sake, but to no avail. The terrible deed was accomplished and the soul of Mrs. Brown was hurried into eternity. He then stepped off about twenty yards from his dead wife, and with the same razor, ended his life by cutting his throat. The cause leading to the perpetration of this horrible deed is supposed to have been insanity. They were both buried in the same grave, side by side, on Sunday last.

elsewhere on same page:

HORRIBLE DEED.—About 8 o'clock last Saturday morning, Mr. Sam. E. Brown, living near Ammannsville, Fayette county, murdered his wife and himself, the weapon used in the commission of the horrible crime being a razor. The wife attempted to run across the field to Mr. Van Alstyne's house, but was overtaken by her husband after she ran about two hundred yards, and her throat cut with the razor, death ensuing in a few minutes. After killing his wife, he cut his own throat with the same deadly weapon committing suicide. He was presumed to have been insane. A little daughter about nine years old, attempting to prevent the father carrying out his design, was badly cut in the hand.

See Sam and Eliza Brown Graves


La Grange Journal, January 25, 1934

List of Colored Deaths Reported

Died at La Grange, December 20, 1933 of pneumonia; Frances Mae Brown, aged 8 days.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Weimar Mercury
June 30, 1894

LaGrange Democrat: Died, on Wednesday, June 20th, 1894, at 6 o'clock a. m. in La Grange, Texas, Miss Leila Brown, daughter of J. C. Brown, esq., aged 27 years.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


La Grange Journal, June 25, 1935

Negro Woman Found Dead At Her Home

Lizzie Brown, age about 66, was discovered dead at her home about three miles out on the old Ledbetter road Monday morning by her son, Baylor Brown.

Brown, who lives nearby, was chopping cotton and stopped by the house to sharpen his hoe. He called to his mother, but receiving no response, went in to discover her lying across her bed, a lamp burning and a box of soda and a glass of water nearby. He called the sheriff's office at once.

Deputy Jim FLournoy and Justice of the Peace John C. Marburger answered the call. They learned that the woman had suffered considerably from acute indigestion and to all appearances had died from such an attack. Judge Marburger returned a verdict of death from natural causes.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 8, 1934


Winchester friends were advised last Tuesday of the death of Miss Mildred Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Brown of Cedar Park, Texas, who died Sunday, January 28.

Miss Mildred was born and reared in Winchester; her father, a section foreman for the Southern Pacific, with his family resided here about fifteen years.  The family removed to Cedar Park because of Mr. Brown’s health.

Miss Mildred had many friends here who mourn her sudden death.  May God comfort the bereaved parents.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Feb 1904, page 1

Death Record.

Brown: Died at Mullins Praieri [sic], 1-19-04, of Intestinal Obstruction, Noah Brown, colored, aged 50 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 6 Oct 1916


Robert Calvin Brown, died Sept 18, age 1 year, 4 months and 11 days, at Cistern.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 12 Sep 1896, page 4

La Grange, Texas, September 5. A negro named Tan Byers shot and killed Step Brown, also a negro, near Winchester Thursday evening. Sheriff Loessin arrested Tan Byers and lodged him in jail here.


Weimar Mercury, 7 Feb 1890, page 2

We regret to learn of the death of the infant son of Rev. J. T. Browning, which occurred at LaGrange Wednesday, after intense suffering for two weeks.

John Browning

From Funeral program

In the year of 1903, the first month, Bro. John Browning, the second child, was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Browning, Sr., in Muldoon, Texas.

He received his education in the Public School of Fayette County and Prairie View A&M college. He was a 32 degree Master Matron F & A M and Worshipful Master of Southern Cross Lodge No. 77, Flatonia, Texas.

He joined the church at an early age, became a deacon, sunday school teacher and treasurer of his church. These duties in the honor of the Lord. He was happily married to Miss Frankie Scott in 1925. To this union three children were born.

He leaves to mourn his home going, a dear wife, two daughters, and a son.

Mrs. Johnnie Mae Taylor, Houston; Mrs. Willie Estell Isaac, Smithville; S/Sgt James E. Browning, Turkey, Asia. Seven grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Contributed by Yvonne Chambers


Weimar Mercury, January 16, 1969

Final Rites for Mrs. Broz, 90, Held Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Frank (Agnes) Broz, who would have been 91 years old on Jan. 26, were held Friday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church here, with burial in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Rev. Albert Hubertus and Rev. John Muggivan officiated.

Mrs. Broz died Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Youens Memorial Hospital here after a long Illness.

Born Jan. 26, 1878, at Dubina, she was the daughter of John Sr. and Veronica Bayer. She was married to Mr. Broz in 1900 and they settled in the Pecan section near Holman. They moved to New Bielau in about 1905 and in 1921 moved to Victoria. In 1930 they returned to New Bielau to spend the rest of their lives. Mr. Broz died in 1961.

Mrs. Broz is survived by four sons, John and Adolph Broz of Houston, Joe Broz of San Antonio, and Otto Broz of Weimar; three daughters, Mrs. Mary Blahuta of Yoakum, Mrs. John (Rosie) Slavik of Cost and Mrs. John (Alvina) Mitscherling of Houston; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Jim Kuchar of Weimar. One son, Frank, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Emil Shumbera, Lester Johnson, Adolph Orsak, Emil Shubar, Jim Dolezal and Albert Cernoch.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 21 Apr 1961, page 1

Funeral Services For Frank Broz, 83, Held Friday

Funeral services were held Friday at Hubbard Funeral Home for Frank Broz, 83, New Bielau area farmer, who died unexpectedly at his home at 1 p. m. Wednesday, April 12.

Burial was in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. Thomas O'Callaghan officiated.

Mr. Broz was born Dec. 8, 1877, in Czechoslovakia, and came to Texas at the ge of 21, settling at Dubina. He lived at Victoria for a few years, then moved back here in 1939.

He married Miss Agnes Bayer at Dubina in November 1900.

She survives along with four sons, John and Adolph of Houston and Joe and Otto of San Antonio; three daughters, Mrs. Alvina Mitcherling of Houston, Mrs. Rosalie Slavik of Corpus Christi, and Mrs. Mary Blahuta of Yoakum; and several grandchildren.


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Feb 1906, page 1

Mrs. Bruckney at Fayetteville.

Fayetteville, Texas, February 12. – Mrs. Emily Brukner, a highly respected widow and mother of twelve children, died at her daughter’s home in Shaws Bend at 12 o’clock last night at the age of 64 years. She came to Texas in 1852 from Germany and lived near Live Oak Hill since then. She will be buried in the German Lutheran cemetery at Ross Prairie at 2 p. m. tomorrow R. H. Heize officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Weimar Mercury, February 24, 1906

Mrs. Emilie Buckner [Brueckner], one of the old settlers, has passed away. She was born in Provinz, Bradenburg, June 18th, 1840. In the year 1856 she came over from the old country with her parents and settled near Fayetteville. In the year 1860 she married Fritz Hilliuer [Hillmer], and after seventeen years of married life her husband died. In the year 1878 she married again to Wm. Buckner [Brueckner], who died in the year 1886. With her first husband she was blessed with nine children and with her last husband three children. To mourn her death are yet ten children, three brothers and two sisters and sixteen grandchildren. She was buried in the Lutheran cemetery in Ross Prairie, Rev. Heis officiating.


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 July 1908


Annie, the little 8 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brueggemann, Jr., died at their home near Engle Saturday July 18th of congestion and the little remains were laid to rest Sunday afternoon in the cemetery at St. John Rev. Father Neuhard of St. John officiated. O. B. Schwenke funeral director.

We extend our profound sympathy to the grief stricken parents in their deepest hour of affliction.

May “He who doeth all things well” in time heal their bleeding hearts.

‘Life at best is like a summer’s flower,
That opens ‘neath the leaflets shade;
Spends its fragrance in the passing hour
Fades, falls and in the tomb is laid.”

A Friend.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 July 1910


Charlie Christian Breuggemann died Monday morning last at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Wm. Cornelson and his remains were interred in the St. John cemetery Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. Father Neubert officiating.

Charlie took sick with typhoid malaria fever at his home in Halletsville about three weeks ago and gradually became worse until it was decided to bring him to Schulenburg where he could be under the constant care of loved ones, and all that could be done for the young man was done, but to no avail, and just before the noon hour on the 25th his soul took its flight to its eternal abode.

Charlie was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Breuggemann of the Engle neighborhood. Was born in Austin, November 27, 1882. Was married to Miss Clara Hrncir on the 23rd of October, 1906.

Deceased was reared in our midst and grew to manhood in this section, and only recently moved to Halletsville and accepted a responsible position with the creamery.

He leaves a wife and a three-months old baby, a father, mother, three sisters and three brothers to mourn his untimely demise.

To the bereaved wife and fatherless babe, father, mother, sisters and brothers, the Sticker extends its sincerest and heartfelt sympathy.

Those who attended the funeral services of Chas. C. Brueggemann were: Wm. Peterson, A. E. Morris, Fred Reisig of Halletsville, Louis Brueggemann and wife and Mrs. Emil Falke of Houston, Geo. Willrich and wife of LaGrange, Julius and Willie Eckels of Rutersville, H. Prilop and family of Bluff, Chas. Brueggemann and wife, L. Falke and wife and M. Funke and wife of Swiss Alp and Henry Brueggemann and wife of Freyburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 May 1916, page 1

Chris. Brueggmann

Was born at Bluff, near La Grange, in 1858, and died in Schulenburg, May 13, 1916.

When about two years of age he moved with his parents to a farm near Swiss Alp, and while living there in 1890, was married to Miss Friederica Seeberger. Thirteen years later they moved to Engle, and something like a year ago came to Schulenburg.

Mr. Brueggmann was the father of eight children, Louis, Mrs. William Cornelson, Miss Annie, who makes her home in Flatonia, Henry, of Luling, Paul, of Flatonia, Mrs. J. J. Hodanek, of Flatonia, and two dead, Charlie and Mary. The widow, and mother, aged 82, and three grandchildren, also survive him.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal
Thursday, November 10, 1938

Baby Beryl Dale

The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Bruening of Carmine, was taken by the Savior to a heavenly home Saturday, while in a Brenham hospital, ill for only 3 days.  Our Carmine correspondent gives full particulars.  Ernst von Minden of Round Top, had charge of the funeral.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Richmond [Virginia] Dispatch, February 13, 1860

VIRGINIAN MURDERED.—Cola Bruin, late of Alexandria, VA., where he leaves a widow and family, was killed near Lyons, Fayette county, Texas, on the 26 ult., by his landlord, a man named Burns, under the following tragic circumstances, as stated in a letter in the Gazette:

Burns entered the field, armed with a revolver and bowie-knife, where Cola was plowing, and had some harsh words with Cola and, without any attack being made upon him, discharged five barrels of his revolver a the person of Cola, two of which took effect, but did not complete his work of death. He then drew his knife, and literally butchered him. Cola lingered till about 3 o'clock yesterday evening. He was decently interred at a Baptist burying ground this evening Burns has surrendered himself to the State authorities, and will undergo an examination tomorrow, at Lagrange, the county seat.

Contributed by Gary E. McKee


Weimar Mercury
May 28, 1898

Chas. Brumme[sic], a butcher in the employ of C. L. Neese, died yesterday (Wednesday) morning at 5 o’clock. His death was unexpected and a surprise to all, as he had been seen and talked to Tuesday night as late as 10 o’clock. The cause of his death we failed to learn. He became violently ill at 11 o’clock and expired at 5 o’clock the next morning. He leaves two children, a boy and a girl, and other relatives to mourn his loss. His remains were interred in the city cemetery at 6 o’clock p. m. --LaGrange Journal.

Charley Brummie was an old-time citizen of Weimar. Although he was absent for months at a time during the later part of his life, he always claimed this city as his home. He had a large circle of friends in this section, and was popular wherever known. He was a faithful member of the Odd Fellows’ lodge of this city and was buried under the auspices of that order, at La Grange, Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock. Peace to his memory.

Weimar Mercury, 25 Jun 1898, page 8


To the Officers and Members of Weimar Lodge, I. O. O. F, No. 201:

Your committee apointed to draft resollutions touching on the death of Charles Brummie, beg leave to report the following.

Brother Charles Brummie, was born at New Braunfels, Comal county, Texas, May 14, 1847, and died suddenly at thte home of his sister, Mrs. Louis Homuth, on May 25, 1898, aged 51 years and 11 days:

Brother Brummie was made an Odd Fellow on Oct. 6, 1874, and was a charter member of Weimar lodge No. 201. . . .

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


See obituary at WWII Memorials page


Fayette County Record, Friday, September 25, 2015

Daniel Wayne Brunner, 68, of Livingston died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015.

Daniel was born in Schulenburg on July 10, 1947, the son of Edmund Charles Brunner and Catherine Cecilia (Mica) Brunner. He graduated from Flatonia High School in 1965 where he played on the Flatonia Bulldog football team. He moved to Freeport where he lived and worked as a welder until 1997. After he retired he moved to Livingston where he loved to hunt and fish.

Daniel was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by one sister, Linda Polk and husband Dean of Muldoon; one brother, Allan Brunner and wife Sheila of Flatonia, two nieces, four nephews, one great-niece and seven great-nephews.

There will be a graveside service on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Flatonia.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


See account of fatal automobile accident in which Freddie Pechacek also died.


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Jan 1913


Mrs. H. Brunner, sr., age 64, appoplexy [sic], Warrenton.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, November 6, 1953


Funeral services for john J. Brunner, 65, brother of Paul Brunner of Weimar, were held last Wednesday at La Grange, with Rev. S. A. Zientek officiating. Burial was in the city cemetery.

Mr. Brunner, a retired farmer, died Monday at his home near La Grange. A native of Ellinger, he was the son of Leopold and Frances Brunner.

Surviving are his widow, the former Miss Frances Tomecek, whom he married in 1908; a daughter, Mrs. L. R. Hattermann of Victoria; a son, Vastine, of San Antonio; four sisters, Mrs. A. F. Weber, Mrs. Otto Legler, Mrs. John Peters and Mrs. Glen Prause, all of La Grange; four brothers, Paul of Weimar, Alfred and L. C. of La Grange, and Joe of Granger; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Two stepsisters and one step-brother also survive.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Aug 2009, page 3

Martha F. Brunner

Mrs. Martha F. Brunner, 85, of Flatonia passed away on Tuesday, July 28.

She was born on Feb. 17, 1924 to August and Anastasia Tupa Vyvjala. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Flatonia and KJZT.

Survivors include a son, David Brunner and wife Pamela of LaVernia; a daughter, Patricia Steinocher and husband Rudy Lechuga of Cypress; two brothers, Joe Vyvjala of Schulenburg and Bernard Vyvjala of Houston; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eugene Brunner in 1987; a daughter, Dolores Brunner; and a brother, August Vyvjala Jr.

Services were held on Friday, July 31 at 10 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia. Burial followed at the Catholic Cemetery. Smith Funeral Home of Flatonia handled the arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Dec 1916


Xaver Brunner died Aug 25, 86, years.

Brunner's death certificate agrees with this date and adds August 25, 1830 as his birth date. However, it was signed on Nov 25, 1916 and says he was buried Nov 16, 1916. His grave marker in the Praha Catholic Cemetery states Brunner was born August 25, 1830, but died on November 3, 1916. Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, October 27, 1975

Alma Bruns
Age 80, Succumbs

Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Bruns, 80, of Route 1, La Grange, were held Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donald Mattson of Swiss Alp officiating.  Burial was in the Cedar Cemetery.  Mrs. Bruns passed away last Tuesday, October 25, 1975, in the Fayette Memorial Hospital.  Born Nov. 4, 1894, in Bluff, she was the daughter of Henry and Lena (Knigge) Helmcamp and was married to George Bruns January 18, 1916, in Bluff.  Her husband preceded her in death June 1, 1974.  Mrs. Bruns was a member of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Swiss Alp and a lifelong resident of Fayette County.  Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Melcher of O’Quinn; three sisters: Mrs. Delta Hausmann and Mrs. Harry (Elisa) Huelsebusch, both of La Grange, and Mrs. Edwin (Esther) Legler of Richmond; two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal
June 9, 1880

Mrs. Aloysia Bruns

Mr. John Bruns’ wife died this morning; she will be buried tomorrow.  It was only last Friday he buried a child.

Mrs. Bruns was Aloysia Billimek Bruns, first wife of John Bruns, who died May 30, 1880 and is buried in Cedar Cemetery.  Her broken tombstone shows she was born December 10, 184_ (year of birth is unreadable).  The child is believed to be buried on the East side of Aloysia. Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, 13 Jul 1933


In Memory of His Death

Chas. Bruns was born at town O'Quinn, Fayette County, February 19, 1871. He received his education after his common school education, at the Agriculture and Mechanical College, and after his graduation from that institution, he returned to his birthplace, O'Quinn and taught in the village school for a number of years. On September 23, 1897 he was united in marriage with Miss Auguste Blankenburg, and to this union there were born six children, one of whom preceded him in death at infancy. In the year 1901 he removed to the little village of Swiss Alp, and engaged in the mercantile business which he continued to operate until the illness that resulted in his demise, compelled him to seek his bed. His honest manner and his friendly demeanor for everyone, won for him the good will and respect of all with whom he came in contact. While his place of business was small in comparison to that conducted in larger areas and towns, he prospered as one may expect. Situated at the side of the main highway, many found it convenient to stop and spend a short visit with him. And to him such visits were agreeable ever. His illness was of brief duration, he died after all that his loving wife and medical administrations could do for him. Thursday, June 29th 1933 was the date of his death. The body was carried from his Swiss Alp residence to the Cedar Cemetery where Rev. Paul Piepenbrock, Lutheran minister, committed it to the last resting place, with many of his relatives and friends present to pay their last respects. Surviving him are his wife and five children, of the immediate family; the children are: Arthur, at home; Mrs. Lena Bohlmann, Schulenburg; Misses Viola and Addie, at home; Mrs. Margaret Miksch, Weimar; and three grandchildren. Surviving, of his relatives, are: his stepmother, two brothers, John of Coupland and Rudolph of West Point; two step-brothers, Ed. and George Bruns of O'Quinn; two step-sisters, Mrs. Annie Sander of Swiss Alp and Mrs. Marie Otto of Schulenburg, and one sister, Mrs. Lillie Moos of Switzerland.

The pallbearers were: Walter Wagner, Egan Brauner, Rudolph Wick, Emil Knape, Gus Knape, Otto Brauner, Fred Helmcamp and Hermann Eck; honorary pall bearers named are: Tunis Frank and Frank Bohlmann.

Death is no respector of persons; in its march at will throughout the land, wielding with unerring stroke a scythe that cuts down as does the shears a flower, the kith and kin of all mankind, it pauses only long enough to envelope the home of a favored one with sorrow. Death is inevitable; consolidation comes to those who suffer the loss of a good husband and father, a good brother and friend, when his life and kind deeds are recalled. The vacancy that keeps the memory active, adds to the consciousness of his absence. Yet, after all, as is the inevitable toll that comes to every mortal, his death is but an example for those who remain. He served in his capacity, and loved those dependent upon him; he provided and was loved in return. Plain, honest, an example that may be emulated. This last dower, presented for the consolidation of those who miss his presence, shall add only that comfort which, in its offering, may be regarded as a tribute to the one who lived among us as a good citizen and friend. May the sod rest with light pressure upon his dust-returning body.



Weimar Mercury, 28 Nov 1891, page 2

Miss Louise Bruns of Quin [sic.], Fayette county, who had been visiting relatives here for the past five weeks, died Sunday afternoon at 1:45 o'clock at the residence of her uncle, Mr. L. Fahrenthold, sr., after a brief illness of typhoid fever, aed 18 years. Her remains were taken to O'Quin Monday morning for interment. She was greatly beloved by those who knew her best, and her death is deeply regretted. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved relatives.

Louise Bruns was buried in the Cedar Cemetery.


The La Grange Journal
Thursday, September 27, 1928

Sudden Death of a Son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruns

The six and a half-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bruns near Cedar, became ill Saturday night, and a physician was at once requested to come and administer.  The lad rested fairly well that night and on Sunday morning, the physician, Dr. Knolle, returned accompanied by Dr. Guenther, and after examination it was decided to bring the sufferer to the hospital.

The little fellow was placed in the car and held and when out a short distance, expired.  The physicians brought the body to La Grange and later gave it in charge of the undertaker.  Monday afternoon the funeral was held, and the interment took place at the Cedar cemetery.  The little lad’s name was Kirby John Bruns, aged 6 years, 6 months and 17 days.  His parents, a brother and a sister survive as chief mourners.  Rev. R. Heise officiated at the funeral.

Our sincere sympathy is offered to the bereaved.

Contributed by Rob Brown

Mrs. F. Bruns

Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Sep 1900

DIED. – Last Friday Mrs. F. Bruns, living near Freyburg, after a short illness, passed away. She was one among the oldest settlers of Fayette county and her many friends will be shocked to hear of her death. She leaves a husband and a large family of sons and daughters to mourn her demise to whom the Sticker tenders sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Fayette County Record, 23 Feb 2007


Funeral services for Eleanor Hilda (Gresser) Bruton were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the La Grange Church of Christ. Interment was in the Gresser Family Cemetery near Fayetteville.

She was born Dec. 20, 1920 in Fayetteville. She was the eldest of three children of H. B. and Emma Gresser. On Aug 1, 1942, she married Jesse Bruton, Jr. at Luke Field in Phoenix, Ariz. Her husband served as an infantryman in World War II and in the Korean Conflict. She was a chief budget analyst for the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi. She spent the last five years of her career in Austin managing the federal budget for Veterans Administration construction. She served on the Fayette ISD school board and devoted herself to her church work.

Survivors include two daughters, Marjorie Smith and Gwendolyn Mead; one son, Jesse Bruton III; nine grandchildren, De'Anna, Marcella, Wendolyn, Sterling, Kyle, Sarah, Mary Ann, Amy, and Brady; and two great-grandchildren, Corbin and Conner; one brother, Donald Gresser and wife Gladys; and one sister, Grace Bruce and husband Bob.

Memorials may be made to the La Grange Church of Christ, La Grange, TX 78945; Abilene Christian University Biblical Scholarship, P.O. Box 29312, Abilene, Tx. 79699 or any favorite charity.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home of La Grange were in charge of arrangement.


The Fayette County Record, 28 Jul 2006


Funeral services for Jesse Bruton Jr., 85, of Fayetteville will be heid Thursday, July 27 at the La Grange Church of Christ, 646 E. Hwy. 71 in La Grange. Interment will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the Gresser Family Cemetery on FM 1291 near Fayetteville with military honors and Masonic rites.

Bruton died at Warm Springs Specialty Hospital in Luling on Sunday, July 23.

He was born July 2m 1921 in Sealy, the son of Jesse and Agnes (Campbell) Bruton. He married Eleanor Gresser on Aug. 1, 1942 at Luke Field in Phoenix, Ariz. Bruton served as a second Lieutenant in WWII in the United States Army's 87th Golden Acorn Division in the European Theater. He was reactivated for the Korean Conflict. He continued his career as a pilot in both civilian and military capacities flying for Bell Helicopter, where he tested and demonstrated all Bell models of rotary aircraft. He also demonstrated the first successful missile launching from a helicopter. Bruton distinguished his aviation career as a premier flight instructor and test pilot. He achieved the Army's highest certification as a Master Army Aviator before his retirement in 1971. He served in the Texas National Guard's 111th Aviation Group. Bruton was the 111th's Group Safety Officer and the first pilot certified to fly and train pilots in these emerging aircraft models. In this final leg of his career, he earned the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After retirement, he moved to Fayetteville and was a past president and member of the Fayetteville ISD board of trustees for several years and was a member of the Fayetteville Lions Club. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of the Fayetteville Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. and was a Scottish Rite Shriner. He was a member of the La Grange Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters Marjorie Smith and Gwendolyn Mead; one son Jesse Bruton III; nine grandchildren, De'Anna, Marcella, Wendolyn, Sterling, Kyle, Sarah, Mary Ann, Amy, and Brady; and two great-granchildren Corbin and Conner; one brother, Billy Bruion and two sisters, Margie Fuller and Margaret Adcock.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Clarence Bruton.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, La Grange Church of Christ or the Shriners Children Hospital in Kerrvflle.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.


Weimar Mercury, 30 July 1898

Post Special: Ellinger Tex., July 25. Mr. A. Bubela, living about three miles south of this place, committed suicide this morning about 3 o'clock by shooting himself through the head with a revolver. he was 18 years old.


Peter Aaron Bubela

Temple Telegram, October 12, 1964

P. A. Bubela 81, died in a Rosebud hospital at 3:15 P.M. Sunday after a long illness. Funeral services will be held at 3 P.M. Monday at Hoelscher Funeral Chapel with Rev. W.H. Hogg and Rev. W.H. Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery of Rosebud.

Mr. Bubela was born at Fayetteville on April 3, 1884. He had lived in Rosebud most of his life and had been in the grocery business for about 50 years. He was a member of the First Methodist Church.

Survivors are his wife Thelma Bubela and two sisters Mrs. Annie Beran of Zabcikville and Mrs. Mary Coufal of Fayetteville.

The Waco Time Herald, November 1, 1965

Entered into eternal rest Sunday October 31, 1965

Funeral services for P.A. Bubela, 81, of Rosebud, Texas were held at 3 P.M. Monday, November 1, 1965 in Hoelscher Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend W.H. Hogg and Reverend W.H. Bryant officiated. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery at Rosebud.

Mr. Bubela (Mr. Pete) died at 3:15 PM Sunday, October 31 in Halbert Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Bubela was born in Fayetteville, Texas and had lived in Rosebud since 1908. He had been in grocery business since 1918 in Rosebud.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


Shiner Gazette, 5 Apr 1973


Schulenburg.—Mrs. Ed Bucek, age 90 years, 4 months and 14 days, died March 4, 1973, at the Colonial Nursing Home, Schulenburg, after an illness of seven months.

Funeral services were held from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, Tuesday, March 6, at 1:45 p.m. with continued services at St. Rose Catholic Church at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Eugene O’Callaghan officiated at the Funeral Mass and burial was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery near Hallettsville.

Pallbearers were Milton Miculka, Geo. Bucek, both of Hallettsville, Dr. Geo. Bohuslav of Austin, Charles Krenek of Flatonia, Walter Hill of Baytown and Oscar Bucek.

Mrs. Bucek, nee Annie Hajek, was born October 18, 1882 at Moravia, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Matula) Hajek. She was united in marriage in 1901 to Ed Bucek at St. John’s Catholic Church. The couple resided near Komensky for a short time before settling at St. Mary’s where Mrs. Bucek made her home until about 1955 when she moved to Schulenburg.

She was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church and Altar Society.

Survivors are a son, Jerome J. Bucek of Schulenburg; two grandchildren, Mrs. LaNelle Carriero of Brea, California, William E. Bucek of Schulenburg; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Alfred and Willie Hajek, both of Moravia; two sisters, Mrs. John Trojcak of Hallettsville and Mrs. Edgar Eggert of Robstown.

She was preceded in death by her husband, May 26, 1953 and a son, Albert in 1922.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, January 8, 1970

Schulenburg. — Funeral services were held Friday, December 19, 1969 at First United Methodist Church in Schulenburg for Miss Clara Bucek, 80 years, 8 months and 12 days, who passed away Wednesday, December 17, 1969 at Colonial Rest Home in Schulenburg.

Miss Bucek, the daughter of Charles and Barbara (Matula) Bucek, was born September 7, 1889 near Moravia , Lavaca County, Texas. She had resided in Schulenburg for the past 49 years.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Ferd (Emma) Miculka of Komensky and Mrs. A. J (Pauline) Krenek of Schulenburg; two brothers, Roy Bucek Sr. of Schulenburg and F. J. Bucek of Hallettsville.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mrs. Annie Reznicek of Kaufman, Mrs. Millie Maresh of Smohomish, Washington on December 20, 1968, and Mrs. Hilda Kubicek of Schulenburg and two brothers, Ed Bucek of Hallettsville and J. J. Bucek of Taylor.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express & News, Friday, July 17, 1964

Emil Julius Bucek, age 78 years, of 1343 Highland Blvd., died Thursday at a local hospital.

Survivors: Brother, Alex W. Bucek, Dallas, Texas; sisters, Mrs. Julia Bucek Pustejorsky [Pustejovsky], Mrs. Agnes Bucek Mueller, both of Runge, Texas, Miss Elsie Bucek, Beeville, Texas, Mrs. Lillian Bucek Park, Mercedes, Texas.

Arrangements when completed will be announced by Porter Loring.

San Antonio Express & News, Saturday, July 18, 1964

Emil J. Bucek, age 78, of 125 Laburnum Dr., died Thursday at a local hospital. He was a member of Anton Wenzel Lodge No. 174 Sons of Hermann, Slavonic Benevolent Order of the State of Texas and S.P.J.S.T.

Service Saturday morning at 8:30 in the Georgian Chapel of the Porter Loring Mortuary and Mass will be said Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Gerard's Catholic Church.

Should friends desire, contributions may be made to the charity of their choice.

Interment Saturday at 1 o'clock in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery in Flatonia, Texas under the direction of Porter Loring.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Vestník, 19 Feb 1986

We, the undersigned Resolution Committee of Lodge Karel Havlicek, No. 4, Hallettsville, Texas, in behalf of our entire membership, wish to express our sincere sympathy to the bereaved family of our departed lodge brother


who passed away Monday, January 20, 1986, at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center in Weimar at the age of 83 years, 3 months and 9 days.  Brother Jerry Bucek was born October 11, 1902, near Moravia in Lavaca County, Texas the son of Edmund and Annie (Hajek) Bucek.  August 6, 1929, he was united in marrige to Milba Steinmann in Schulenburg.  Brother Bucek was employed by the Farmers State Bank in Schulenburg in 1924 when it opened and served in various positions until he retired in 1974, and continued on the Board of Directors until his death.  Brother Jerry Bucek was an active member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, The Schulenburg Volunteer Fire Department and the Chamber of Commerce.  He was a charter member of the Schulenburg Rotary Club and past president of the Southcentral Texas Bankers Association.  Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 22, at St. Paul United Chruch of Christ.  Rev. Bruce Bergthold officiated at the service, with burial at the Schulenburg City Cemetery.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Melba Bucek; his son, Bill Bucek, and wife, Patricia Bucek of Schulenburg; his daughter, LaNelle Carriero of Brea, California; grandchildren Donna Bennett, Cathy Lundquist, David Carriero, Caryn Carriero, Tracy Pinney, Laurie Fielder, Beth Bucek, and Brooke Bucek; and great-grandchildren, Sarah Lundquist, Shannon Lundquist and William Chase Fielder.

May our departed brother rest in eternal peace.

Gayenell Chudej
Gaye Ann Galetka
Vicky Zak

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Argus, November 2, 1877

Mr. JOHN BUCEK had an accident on his place last week while felling timber. He had a compound commutated fracture of his ankle joint. Dr. Walker informed him the limb needed to be amputated, but he refused. When gangrene set, Dr. Walker and Paulus amputated two inches above the knee. He lingered a few hours and then died.


Galveston Daily News, Monday, April 8, 1912

Schulenburg,Tex., April 7.— John Bucek, an old and well-known resident of this section, died last night at the home of his son, J. C. Bucek, at Engle.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Schulenburg Sticker, 12 April 1912

John Bucek, Sr., died Monday morning at his home in Engle after a long illness. Previous to his death he was in San Antonio at a sanatorium for his health. His remains were laid to rest in the Velohrad [Velehrad] cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock. He was an old citizen of the Engle section.

Schulenburg Sticker, 12 April 1912

Phillip Bucek of Port Lavaca was in the city Wednesday last en route to Houston from Engle where he had been to attend the funeral of his father, John Bucek, Sr.

Schulenburg Sticker, 19 April 1912

In our report of the death of John Bucek at Engle last week we said he died Monday morning. The correct hour of his death was 10:30 p. m. Saturday April the 6th. We gladly make this correction.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 10 Jan 1913, page 1


JAN. 6. — On new year's day the sad news was received of the death of Louis Bucek of Ellinger who died on the 31st of December at 5 p.m. with inflamation of the brain. Mr. Bucek was about 25 years old and leaves a wife, two little children, his parents, several brothers and sisters and a hostof friends to mourn his death. He was buried on the 2nd at 10 a.m. at the Catholic church at Live Oak Hill, Father J. Vanicek of Fayetteville officiating. He was a member of the C. S. P. S. lodge of Ellinger. May he rest in peace.


San Antonio Express & News, Thursday, November 8, 1962

Mrs. Mary Walla Bucek, age 73 of 1343 Highland Blvd., died Tuesday at a local hospital. She was a member of St. Gerard's Catholic Church.

Survivors: Husband, Emil J. Bucek, step-mother, Mrs. Johanna Walla, West, Texas; brothers, Willie Walla, Frelsburg, Texas, Joe Walla, Adolph Walla, Albin Walla, all of West, Texas; sisters, Mrs. Julia Jurica, Waco, Texas, Mrs. Annie Walla, Smithville, Texas, Mrs. Paul Sulak, Laredo, Texas.

Rosary will be said at 8 o'clock Wednesday evening at the Porter Loring Chapel. Service Thursday morning at 8:45 at the Porter Loring Chapel and Mass will be said at 9 o'clock Thursday morning at St. Gerard's Catholic Church. Interment in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery, Flatonia, Texas. Direction by Porter Loring.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Jan 2009, page 3

Melba Steinmann Bucek, who reached the age of 100 years, 8 months, 20 days, passed away at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

The funeral was held on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Dick Druary officiating. Interment followed in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandson David Carriero, great-grandsons Chase Fielder, Bryan Bennett and Dakota Pinney, and grandsons-in-law Troy Gall and Donovan Chudej.

Born on April 5, 1908 in Schulenburg, she was the daughter of William and Minna Knape Steinmann. She attended Schulenburg High School and Southwest Teachers College. Her marriage to Jerome J. "Jerry" Bucek took place on Aug. 6, 1929 in Schulenburg.

Mrs. Bucek lived all of her 100 years in Schulenburg, except the time she spent attending college in San Marcos. She taught in a one-room school in Hackberry. She was one of the pillars of St. Paul's Church, teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir. Her father, William Steinmann, was responsible for St. Paul's "Lighted Cross" erected as a memorial to Melba's brothers.

She was active in the Girl Scouts, teaching many young girls to knit and crochet. She enjoying Bridge and never missed watching her son, Bill, play football.

In 1949, Mrs. Bucek and her husband started the Bucek Insurance Agency and they worked together in the business for many years.

"Melba will be remembered as a devout Christian, as a loving wife, mother to LaNelle and Bill, and was loved and greatly admired by her eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren," her family writes.

Survivors include a daughter, LaNelle Bucek Carriero; a son, William E. "Bill" Bucek; eight grandchildren, Donna Bennett, Cathy Manzak, David Carriero, Caryn Johnson, Tracy Pinney, Laurie Oldham, Beth Gall and Brooke Chudej; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband and brothers, Walter, Edwin and Bill Steinmann.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Fayette County Record, Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Roy Edmund Bucek, 92, of Schulenburg died February 24, 2012.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 27, 2012 at the Schulenburg First United Methodist Church.

Bucek grew up in Freyburg where he learned dedication to his family and the value of hard work. During his high school years, he lived with a family in Schulenburg so he could attend high school and participate in athletics. He played football and ran the low hurdles in the track program. Roy placed first in state in the low hurdles contest in high school and was offered scholarships to Texas University and Texas A&M College. He chose A&M. He played on the 1939 National Championship Football Team and was an All-American in track. He still held the national record for the best time in hurdles on a cinder race.

Roy served in the army during World War II, where he was injured in France, losing an eye in the Battle of the Bulge and became very ill with meningitis. After his recuperation, he returned to A&M and served as the Dean of Men. Several years later he was solicited to come back home to Schulenburg, where he purchased into the Schulenburg Locker Service, whixh later became Oakridge Smokehouse. His business grew from a local locker services for meat to a distribution system for smoked meats. He married Vera Veenstra from Highlands in 1949. During this time, he bought and operated 19 Bucek Drive Ins. He was active in the Dairy Mart Association and served as president of the Southwest Meat Packers Association. In 1967, he and his wife, built and operated the original Kountry Kitchen Restaurant in Hallettsville, which they later sold. In 1969, they build Oakridge Smokehouse Restaurants in Bryan and Schulenburg. In 1974, this business-minded pair built and operated Oakridge Motor Inn in Schulenburg. The land and building used for the restaurant in Bryan was later given to A&M as a way to pay for Roy's undergraduate education. They sold Oakridge Restaurant in Schulenburg to Robert Besetsny in 1994 and in the same year they sold the Oakridge Motor Inn to Roger and Barbara Moellenberndt. After this he opened Bucek Tree Farm and just recently sold it. He provided many jobs for people.

He coached the football team at Bishop Forest High School, for free. He served as a Mason, Lion's Club President, Lions Club Zone Chairman, and Lions Club Regional Chairman.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as Sunday School Superintendent, active member of his Sunday School class. He said he could not have done all these had it not been for God. He also said that he did not want anyone to grieve at his death because he would finally be home with his wife Vera.

Survivors include daughters, Beverley Bucek and Barbara Moellenberndt and husband Roger, all of Schulenburg; grandchildren, Jennifer Vaculik and husband Stewart of Pflugerville, Melissa Hromadka and husband Ryan of Kyle, Julie Moellenberndt of Kyle, and Chelsea and Michael Moellenberndt, both of Schulenburg; great-grandchildren, Madeleine and Christopher Hromadka of Kyle and Carter and Alyssa Vaculik of Pflugerville; sisters, Marguerite Hagens and husband George of Schulenburg, and Joyce Mardis of Lake Jackson; brother-in-law, Sonny Veenstra and wife Mildred of Smithville; sisters-in-law, Tommie Korenek of Pasadena and Essie Plough and husband Herbert of Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; brothers, Felix and Oscar Bucek; sisters, Edna Grasshoff and Olga Kurc; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Theus and Cleo Veenstra; brothers-in-law, Victor Kurc, Harry Rice, James Grasshoff, Wayne Mardis, Henry Korenek, and Martin Veenstra; nephews, Mike Bucek and Danward "Bootsie" Grasshoff; and niece, Barbara Kurc.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Schulenburg ISA, First UMC of Schulenburg or the charity of choice.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Houston Chronicle, March 22, 2011

Vera Bucek age 84, of Schulenburg, Texas.

Survived by husband: Roy Bucek of Schulenburg, Texas; daughters: Beverly Bucek of Schulenburg, Texas, Barbara Moellenberndt & husband Roger of Schulenburg, Texas; sisters: Tommie Korenek Pasadena, Texas, Essie Ploch & husband Herbert of Memphis, Tennessee; brother: Ale "Sonny" Veenstra & wife Mildred of Smithville, Texas; sisters-in-law, Mickey Hagens & husband George of Swiss Alp, Texas, Joyce Mardis of Lake Jackson, Texas; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews.

Preceded in death by her parents & 1 brother.

Memorial services: Friday, March 25, 2011 at 11 a.m., from First United Methodist Church, Schulenburg, Texas.
Family will receive friends at the Church after 10 a.m., Friday.

Memorial donations may be made to Schulenburg ISD or First United Methodist Church, Schulenburg or a charity of one's choice. Schwenke- Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, Texas, 979-743-4151.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Jan 1910


The remains of Mrs. Buchschacher, wife of Rev. G. Buchschacher were interred at Warda Sunday afternoon the 9th inst. The funeral was largely attended, many being from a distance.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 29 Aug 1930, page 3

Aged Minister Dead.

LaGrange, Texas. Aug. 19.—Rev. George Buschacher, 78, died at his home in the Warda community Sunday morning, where he had served in the Lutheran ministry for a half century. Mr. Buschacher is survived by his wife, two sons, Ernst and Emanuel of St. Louis, and two daughters, Mrs. Willie Eilers of Austin and Miss Irene Buschacher of St. Louis.


Weimar Mercury, December 15, 1944

B. G. Buck, 54, Dies in Hospital, Funeral Saturday

Funeral services were held here Saturday for B. G. Bueck[sic], 54, pharmacist of La Grange, with the Rev. J. W. Shepherd pastor of La Grange Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in the Masonic Cemetery here.

A son of Rev. and Mrs. J. E. Buck, Mr. Buck was born July 6, 1890, in Mississippi. He had been a resident of La Grange for the past twenty years as a pharmacist at the Meyenburg Drug Store. He passed away at the La Grange Hospital on December 8 after a long illness.

Mr. Buck was united in marriage to Miss Mattie Garrett of Weimar on September 2, 1914. Mrs. Garrett[sic] died several years ago.

He was a member of the Methodist church. He lived a good christian life and was a favorite with his many friends who knew him best.

Survivors include his parents, Rev. and Mrs. J70. E. Buck, Austin; 2 sisters, Mrs. H. A. Seymour of Eagle Pass, and Miss Lois Buck of Austin; three brothers, S. M. Buck of Evanston, Ill., Edwin Buck of California, and John Buck of San Antoniio.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence to the bereaved family.


Weimar Mercury, November 20, 1975

City's Oldest, Mrs. Buckley, Expires at 102

Funeral services were held Friday morning, Nov. 14, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel for Weimar's oldest citizen, Mrs. Lois Holloway Buckley, who died Tuesday, Nov. 13, two months of her 103rd birthday.

Rev. David Miller officiated. Mrs. Buckley was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Houston where she lived for many years.

Mrs. Buckley, whose parents were Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Holloway, was born on what was known as the Holloway Plantation north of Holman in Fayette County. After her marriage to W. E. Buckley on Aug. 15, 1883, they lived in Weimar for a few years. Her husband operated a shoe store in partnership with her brother, Oliver Holloway. They moved to Houston about 1900 where Mr. Buckley was both a manufacturer and a retailer of shoes.

Some years after her husband's death, Mrs. Buckley and her daughter, Mrs. Edward (Elliott) Lewis, moved back to Weimar in 1957. Mrs. Lewis preceded her mother in death by eight years.

Mrs. Buckley was the last surviving of the seven Holloway children. A brother and a sister, Davis Holloway and Mrs. Mariella Jones died in October 1974 and another sister, Mrs. Ben Holt, died in April of this year. The other were Oliver, Lyt and Sam Holloway.

Survivors are one nephew and three nieces.

Pallbearers were Joe Kaye, Werner Stavinoha, John Hajovsky, Daniel Ulbricht, Jack Montgomery and F. F. Brasher.

Transcribed by Judy Talkington


La Grange Journal, July 30, 1936 pg. 2

Fayetteville Section

Albert Buehring

It is with deepest regret that we chronicle the death of a former Fayetteville boy; Albert T. Buehring, 47, Santa Fe railroad foreman at Somerville, Died at St. Mary’s Infirmary at Galveston after a brief illness, Tuesday, July 21. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.

Burial was is Somerville, Wednesday. Sunday, July 19, Albert with Mrs. Buehring, visited at the home of friends in Fayetteville, and seemed in the best of health, although very down-hearted over the loss of his only son Alfred who preceded him in death four weeks ago.

Albert was a member of out local City Cemetery Association. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the wife and daughters, and one sister, in Iowa.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 18 Aug 1904

Mrs. T. C. Buerger Dead.

Mrs. T. C. Buerger of Skidmore died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Anna Breymann, on Saturday, August 13, 1904, after a lingering illness.

Mrs. Buerger was born in Schulenburg, February 17, 1878, where she lived until her marriage to Mr. T. C. Buerger of Seguin, February 6, 1900.

She had been in poor health for a number of years and all that a loving mother and devoted husband could do to add to her comfort and lessen her suffering was done, which she repaid with her patience and fortitude of spirit. Even in her hours of pain she was too considerate of her dear ones to utter a word of complaint, and when the death angel came to guide her spirit across the dark river, though fondly clinging to life with dear ones here, she resigned herself to God’s will and peacefully breathed her last on earth and sank into that sweet sleep which is a haven of rest for all the suffering children of God. For several days prior to her death loving friends sorrowfully wended their way as the sad message “Ebeth will soon be no more,” passed among them. Dearly beloved by all her schoolmates, now men and women grown, among whom she will always be remembered as a most trusted friend, her death leaves another vacancy in the midst of these young men and women.

To the sorrowing husband, who only a few short years ago proudly led her to the altar, and to whom she was ever a loving wife, life looks dark and dreary, but may God so guide his footsteps that he will find consolation in the sweet thought that “she is not dead, but gone before,” and with the same sweet patience that she had on earth, she awaits the time when he too will join her on that heavenly shore.

May the memory of that sweet young mother ever abide with her little son, that he may fulfill her one great desire, that he grow to be a true man.

Her mother, watching and waiting, as only a mother can, has given up a precious jewel and has seen a beloved daughter join her father, who preceded her only a few years.

With the sorrowing sister, brothers and other relatives the entire community mourns. May they dry their tears, for

“Those we love truly never die,
Tho year by year the sad memorial wreath,
A ring and flowers, types of life and death,
Are laid upon their graves.
For death the pure life saves,
And life all pure is love, and love can reach
From heaven to earth, and nobler lessons teach,
Than those by mortals read.
The blessed sweetness of a loving breath
Will reach our cheek all fresh thro’ weary years,
For her who died long since – ah, waste not tears –
She’s thine unto the end.”
Contributed by Matt Cross

Weimar Mercury, 20 Aug 1904, page 8

Schulenburg, Aug. 14. — Mrs. Eberth Buerger died at the residence of her mother, Mrs. A. Breymann, at 11 o'clock last night. Mrs. Buerger was born in Schulenburg and lived here until her marriage, about three years ago, when she went to Bee county to live. She had many friends and leaves a young son and husband.


From an undated clipping shortly after May 21, 1982:

Hulda Bues, age 91 of Nordheim, died Wednesday, May 19, 1982 in the Cuero Community Hospital.  Funeral services were held Friday, May 21, 1982 at 2 p.m. in the Lamprecht-Janssen Chapel with the Rev. Russell Vardell officiating.  Burial was held in the Nordheim Cemetery.  Mrs. Bues was born on August 20, 1890 in the Biegel Settlement in Fayette County, Texas.  She was the daughter of Joe and Marie Meinert December.  She married Willie J. Bues on November 8, 1914 in Nordheim, Texas.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and was a member of St. Paul Church in Nordheim, the Lutheran Aid, the Garden Club, the Kraenschen, the Cemetery Association and the local Herman Sons Lodge where she had served as secretary for 39 years.

Surviving are one son, Waldin Bues of Nordheim, one daughter, Mrs. Walter (Lunes) Schlinke of Nordheim, two grandsons and five great grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie on Oct. 19, 1965 and also two brothers, Emil and Louis December.

Pallbearers were Lindy Voelkel, Alfred Leister, Laurence Schulz, Louis Mueller, Wille D. Buesing and Willie Harms.

Contributed by Judy Koehl


La Grange Journal
Thursday, January 2, 1936

Former Citizen of Ellinger Dies at Del Rio — Ages 77

(The Journal received the above account (clipping) taken from the Del Rio News, too late for the last week’s issue. Mrs. Buescher was for many years a citizen of Ellinger.)

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Buescher, 77, were held Sunday at 3:00 p.m., in the Doran Funeral Chapel with the Rev. G. Robert Forrester, pastor of the First Christian church, officiating.  Interment was made in Westlawn cemetery under the direction of the Doran Funeral Home.

Mrs. Buescher died Saturday at 6:00 p.m., of a heart attack after an illness of several weeks in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hattie Mills, 601 Griner Street.

Mrs. Buescher came to Del Rio in 1928 to maker her home with Mrs. Mills. She was born near Ellinger in South Texas, on October 2, 1858.

Survivors Listed

In 1878 she was married to Andrew Burtschel.  Three children, two girls and a boy, were born of h marriage, the son dying at the age of six years.

After the death of Mr. Burtschel, she was married in 1893 to Henry Buescher of Ellinger.  Mr. Buescher died in 1922.

Mrs. Buescher’s two daughters, a brother, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren survive.  The daughters are Mrs. Hattie Mills of Del Rio and Mrs. J. C. Sarrazen of Lott, Texas. The brother is Max Schobel of Ellinger.

Paul bearers were J. Autrey Walker, J. S. McWherter, Marvin Ellis, J.T. Laughlin, T.P. Folwer and J.S. Bradford.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Victoria Advocate, November 12, 2012


FLATONIA - Amanda Lauren Bujnoch of Flatonia passed away November 10, 2012 at the age of 25. She was born in Victoria November 24, 1986 to Edward and Judith Minter Bujnoch.

She is survived by her parents; daughter, Tinley; one sister, one brother, two grandmothers, and one grandfather.

A celebration of Amanda's life will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:30 pm at The Flatonia United Methodist Church with Pastor Rob Clopton officiating.
To leave words of comfort for the family please visit: www.smithfuneralhome.com

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Jan 1923, page 1

Mrs. Bujnoch Dies

Mrs. Bujnoch of Ammannsville died very suddenly last Monday evening. It is thought that the shock she received when informed of the death of her grandson, Robert Marek, at noon that day caused her death.

Deceased was about 70 years old. She was highly respected and beloved by a large circle of friends.

The remains were laid to rest in the Ammannsville Cemetery Wednesday afternoon.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Emil Marek, two sons Louis of Ammannsville and John of Wallis.

To these the Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy.

Schulenburg Sticker, 16 March 1923

Death Reports

Theresa Bujnoch, age 71, died January 22, at Schulenburg.

Both contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 14 Jul 1944

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Helene Bunjes, 85, Held Tuesday

Funeral rites for Mrs. Helene Louise Bunjes, 85, were held at the family residence in Schulenburg, Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, with the Rev. C. Emigholz, Evangelical Lutheran pastor of Weimar, officiating. Interment was made in the Schulenburg Cemetery.

Mrs. Bunjes was born in Oldenburg, Germany, August 18, 1859. She died Saturday, July 8, at 10:30 a.m. She was united in marriage to Dietrich Bunjes in Germany on Nov. 27, 1887. The couple came to America in the year 1901. Mr. and Mrs. Bunjes celebrated their golden wedding anniversary six years ago. To this couple seven children were born; one child died in Germany.

Surviving are her aged husband, Dietrich Bunjes; four sons, John, William and Emil Bunjes of Houston, and Charles Bunjes of Los Angeles, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Dora Hodges of Houston, Mrs. Anna Gost of Wheeler, Oregon; and eleven grandchildren. So far as is known a brother and sister also survive and now live in Germany.

The Mercury extends condolence.


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Oct 1903


Mrs. Margarethe Bunjes died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Bohlmann, Tuesday, Oct. 9, and her remains were tenderly consigned to their last resting place by loving hands at 10 o’clock Sunday morning, Rev. Bohmfalk of Freyburg performing the last sad rites at the grave. Mrs. Bunjes was born in Loygrossherrcth, Oldenburg, Germany, on the 28th of February 1823. She and her husband celebrated their golden wedding in 1894 shortly after which he died. She then decided to come to America, arriving in Schulenburg in 1896, having resided here until her death. Eight children survive, three of whom are in Germany, Misses Helene, Mary Bastede and Mr. Gerhard Bunjes; Mrs. Henry Bohlmann, Mrs. Wm. Voelkel and Messrs. D. and J. Bunjes of Schulenburg and Mrs. H. Cornelson of Houston, to mourn her loss. Mrs. Bunjes was a most estimable old lady and a kind and loving mother and will be greatly missed by relatives and friends. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 April 1915


William Burchard, age not known near Round Top.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Feb 1903

Miss Margaret Burger is seriously ill with typhoid fever at the home of her father, Mr. H. C. Burger, who resides a few miles south of town, and is the fourth of her father’s children to have typhoid fever within the last month. Miss Elizabeth Burger was first stricken with the dreadful disease about four weeks ago and afterwards her sister, Miss Wilhelmina, was attacked. The latter had scarcely recovered before her brother, George, was afflicted and now Miss Margaret, who cared for the other children so faithfully during their illness, is beseiged [sic]. The many friends of the family sincerely sympathize with the children who have had so much suffering to endure, and with their devoted father, who has been ever faithful in his vigil and attention.

Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Feb 1903


Elsewhere in this issue will be found an article referring to the unusual hardships which the family of Mr. H. C. Burger has within the past month had to endure on account of four of his children having been afflicted with typhoid fever. Since the other article in which it was stated that Miss Margaret Burger was then suffering with the dreadful disease, was written she, whose constant care and faithful attention restored to health her sisters and brother when their lives were hanging on mere threads, has been relieved of her suffering by the angel of Death, her death having occurred at 6 p. m. Monday Feb. the 9th. Miss Margaret was the oldest unmarried daughter of her parents and since her mother’s death which occured [sic] several months ago had given to her younger brothers and sisters every care and comfort which it was possible for her to bestowed, and to them and to her father who had learned to look to her for cheer and guidance and who regarded her as the comforter and benefactress of their home her death is indeed a calamity. Her remains were intered [sic] in the Schulenburg City Cemetery at 4 p. m. Wednesday Feb. the 11th in the presence of her relatives and a host of admirers and friends. The community at large extends its most sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Feb 1903

Card of Thanks.

We give our heartfelt thanks to those who attended the funeral of our loving daughter, Miss Mary Margurite Kathrina Burger, who died Feb. 9th and was laid to rest in the Schulenburg Cemetery Feb. 11th.

We especially give our thanks to the preacher and the Singing Society of Freyburg and also to the Catholic Sisters who sent their scholars with the beautiful flowers to the side of the grave.

H. C. Burger and Children.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Apr 1902


Mrs. H. C. Burger whose illness was only of a few days duration, died quite sudden last Friday afternoon, at her home about 3 miles south of the city, and her remains were tenderly interred in the city Cemetery Saturday afternoon, is [sic] the presence of a number of relatives and friends, the last sad rites having been performed by the Rev. Mr. Binger of Black Jack.

Mrs. Burger, who an enjoyed an extensively acquaintance and was greatly admired and beloved by her many friends, had been ill several days but was apparently improving when suddenly summoned by the angel of death. To her bereaved husband, Mr. H. C. Burger and family the public in general extends its profound sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Dec 1913


Wm Burk, age 42 years, pleurisy and acute articular rheumatism, Muldoon.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 10 Jun 1903, page 1

Death of Mrs. Mollie Burke.

Flatonia, Texas, June 5. – The sad news of the death of Mrs. Mollie Burke, wife of William Burke, one of the most prominent men in this county, has just been received here. Mrs. Burke died in Louisiana, where she was visiting her son, the death occurring last night. Her remains will be brought here for interment tomorrow.

Mr. Wm. Burke is a brother of Mr. Ben Burke of Sweet Home vicinity.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Oct 1921


Died near Round Top, September 16, of old age, Mrs. Elizabeth Burkhardt, aged 81 years, 4 months 2 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 July 1908


Died near Cistern, July 8, Jeff. Burleson, age 22 pears [years], 3 months and 2 days of Typhoid fever.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 1 Apr 1899, page 7

Flatonia, Texas, March 27.—A difficulty occurred last night between Caesar Burney and Jim Stokes, in which the former was shot and instantly killed. They were both negro preachers, and were on their way to church. Stokes was hotly pursued by both officers and citizens, but succeeded in escaping and made his way to LaGrange, where he gave himself up to the sheriff.


The Austin Weekly Statesman, 24 Jul 1873

Mr. Burnham, living some twelve miles from Lagrange, in handling his gun carelessly, was accidently killed by its discharge. Another warning.


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Sep 1910

Our sincerest sympathy goes out to Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Burt whoes [sic] home has been visited by the Angel of Death and taken from their little darling baby. The babe was only 10 daysold [sic]. Its tiny remains were tenderly consigned with loving hands to their last resting place in the Catholic cemetery Friday afternoon, Rev. Mathis officating [sic].

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Oct 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

 – . Burtschell, age 25 years, died September 12.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Fayette County Record, July 25, 2000


Victor John Buscha, 74, of Smithville died Friday, July 7.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 9 at 4 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church with burial in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Smithville. The Rev. James M. Richardson Sr. officiated.

Born March 3, 1926, he was the son of Gerhart and Minnie Zoch Buscha.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Buscha; dauther, Frances and husband Zane Gray; brother, Alfred Buscha of Giddings, Bobby Buscha of Bastrop and Cecil Buscha of Smithville; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Witt and her husband from La Grange; and Edna Leschper and husband Adolph of Sealy; brother-in-law, Monroe Behrens and wife Betty of La Grange; grandchildren, Teresa Shed, Michelle Mathis, Christin Gray, Stacia Coronado and Johnathan Buscha of Smithville and Rose Miller of Round Rock; great-grandchildren, Austin and Alexa Shed, Hailey Miller, and Garett and Tyler Mathis, all of Smithville.

Contributed by Gene L. Freudenberg


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 March 1913


Daniel Buschacher age 83 years 2 months 14 days. Old age, Warda.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Feb 1904, page 1

Death Record.

Buttler: Died at Cistern, 1-8-04, of burns, Adda Buttler, colored, aged 3 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, February 20, 2013

Ernest Buzek

Ernest Buzek of Texas City passed away at his home on Monday, Feb. 4 at age 69. He died of cancer after a short illness. Graveside services were held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Schulenburg City Cemetery, with full military honors including a 21-gun salute by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 870.

Pallbearers were Don Steven McGary of Schulenburg, nephew; George Tofel of Schulenburg, brother-in-law; Joe Buzek of Hallettsville, cousin; Evan Darilek of Moulton, cousin; Lee Beyer of Weimar, nephew-in-law; and Elias Wood of Texas City, friend.

Born on Oct. 11, 1943, he was the son of Louis and Stazie Buzek. He was a Vietnam veteran, and Purple Heart recipient. Mr. Buzek worked as a welder, rigmaster and vacuum specialist in cryogenics. In 1996, he traveled to Florida to work at NASA with the Jack B. Kelly company. For 15 years, he ran barbecue cookoffs in Pasadena. He once operated Ernie's Cafe in downtown Schulenburg. He was also a devoted fan of the Telstars band.

Survivors include his wife, Nita Nutt Buzek; a step-daughter, Sherita Perez of Texas City; two sons, Shannon Buzek of Spring and Jeffery Buzek and wife Angel of Conroe; a step-son, Clark Covington and wife Amber of Brownwood; a sister, Joyce McGary of Schulenburg; and five grandchildren and one step-grandchild.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Harvey Buzek; and a nephew.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Express, Tuesday, April 12, 1960

SCHULENBURG—John Buzek, 59, farmer, died at home of sister in Fort Worth. Funeral from Ammannsville Catholic Church. Burial in Ammannsville Cemetery.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Jan 1913


Louis Busek [sic.], age 24 years cerebral meningitis, near Ellinger.

Louis D. Buzek, 29 Jul 1888 - 31 Dec 1912, is buried in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery near Ellinger. Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, January 23, 2006

Stazie Buzek - SCHULENBURG

SCHULENBURG - Stazie Buzek, 83, of Schulenburg, died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006.

Survivors: daughter, Joyce McGary of Schulenburg; son, Ernie Buzek of Texas City; three sisters; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: parents, husband, one son; and one brother.

Visitation will be 5 p.m. tonight at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home chapel.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. tonight at the chapel.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel, the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial will be at Schulenburg City Cemetery. Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Feb 1910

Mrs. John Byer died at her home in the High Hill neighborhood, and her remains were laid to rest in the High Hill Catholic Cemetery Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Gerlach officiating. She leaves a husband and four small children to mourn her loss. Sincere sympathy is extended the husband relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross

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