Fayette County Obituaries

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Shiner Gazette, 7 Feb 1900, page 1


Flatonia, Tex., Feb. 2. – Dr. H. M. Cadwell, aged 64 years, an old time resident of Flatonia, and a veteran in the drug business, died at his home in this city at 4 o’clock a.m. today of pneumonia after a brief illness.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 13 Jun 1906, page 1

J. A. Cadwell.

Flatonia, Tex., June 8. – Flatonia mourns the loss of one of her most highly respected citizens today in the death of Mr. J. A. Cadwell, who died this morning at 3 o’clock surrounded by his entire family at his home in this city. Mr. Cadwell was 67 years old Wednesday. He has been a member of the Baptist church almost all of his life and lived a true, honest, upright life and admired by the entire community. Mr. Cadwell has been in the lumber business here almost since the opening of the town. He leaves a wife, two daughters, a son and one brother. The funeral takes place at 5 this evening at the City Cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Cadwell: Died at Flatonia, October 20th 1903, exhaustion, Mrs. Laura M. Cadwell, aged 56 years and 8 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 4 Feb 1899, page 7

Flatonia, Texas, January 27.—Miss Letitia Cadwell, died this morning at 3 o'clock. Funeral will take place tomorrow, January 28, at 10 o'clock a. m. from the family residence. The deceased was very much loved by all and the parents have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their bereavement.


Weimar Mercury, 29 Feb 1924, page 6


A wave of sadness swept the city Saturday morning as the news traveled around telling of the death of Mrs. Frank Caletka, which occurred here at midnight Friday night.

Deceased was only 37 years of age. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Genzer of the Ammannsville section.

Mrs. Caletka had not been in very good health for some time. She was a good mother and a loving wife, doing always the best she knew how and what she thought was right.

The remains were carried to the St. Rosa Cemetery Sunday afternoon and laid to rest, Revs. Lenzen and Szymanski officiating. The funeral was a very sad affair.

Deceased is survived by her husband and four small children, the youngest being only about one week old. She is also survived by her father and one sister, Miss Felimena Genzer of this city. To these the Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy. — Schulenburg Sticker.


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Aug 2009

Laddie Caletka

Laddie Caletka was born on Aug. 12, 1915 in Schulenburg to Frank and Albina Caletka.

He passed away peacefully at age 94 on Thursday, Aug. 20 in Richardson.

Mr. Caletka was raised by his uncle and aunt, Ludwig and Wilhelmina Spaniel, on the family farm in Schulenburg. He was also raised with cousins Irwin and Lorraine Spaniel. At the time he was born, his father owned a leather shop in Schulenburg.

Mr. Caletka eventually spent his adult life in Pasadena. Some of his fondest memories were of the large Spaniel family reunions held in Schulenburg, which he attended faithfully for nearly 70 years.

Mr. Caletka served in the Army during World War II, and was stationed in the Pacific as a technical sergeant in a hospital unit. He was the sand chemist for TESCO (Texas Electric Steel Casting Co.) for 37 years, retiring in 1980. His many nieces and nephews referred to him as “Uncle SandMan.” He was a devoted family man, and was a Scout leader for many years. He was an active member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Houston until he moved to Richardson in 2005 to be nearer his family. He was a loyal supporter of the Houston baseball teams, and enjoyed going to their games with the senior group in his church. He was also an avid lover of music, and played his records and CDs for as long as he was able.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Audrey Morgan Caletka; an infant brother; two sisters, Edith and Lillian; his uncle and aunt, Ludwig and Wilhelmina Spaniel; and cousins, Irwin and Lorraine.

He is survived by two sons, Bruce Caletka and his wife Kathy of Richardson and Chris Caletka of Plano. He was affectionately called “PawPaw” by his four grandchildren, Bryan, Sara, Kristen and Laura Caletka, and a great-grandson Ryan Caletka.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes, Brookside Memorial Park, 13401 Eastex Freeway, Houston. Sparkman Richardson Funeral Home of Richardson was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Moulton News, 23 May 1895

Mrs. Boyd Calhoun died at her home near Flatonia Wednesday of last week and was buried Thursday. The deceased was well known here and at the Institute. Before she was married she was Miss Semantha Stevens, and was raised at Moulton Institute.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Feb 1904, page 1

Death Record.

Calley: Died at Elm Grove, 1-17-04, of entero colitis, John Calley, aged 1 year.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 4 Oct 1877, page 2

FATAL ACCIDENT.—On Saturday last Mr. J. C. Cally, formerly of Toledo but more recently a citizen of the vicinity of Winchester, in this county, fell from his wagon and broke his neck. He only lived about ten minutes after falling.—La Grange Record.


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Oct 1917


Nancy Jane Camp, died Aug. 26, near Cistern, age 79 years, 2 months and 21 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Fayetteville [North Carolina] Semi-weekly Observer, 5 Oct 1857

In Fayette county, Texas, on the 20th of August, ALEXANDER B. CAMPBELLL, in the 54th year of his age. The deceased was a native of Cumberland county; but for many years resided in Harnett county, from whence he removed to Texas in 1852. He died in full hope of happy immortality.

Contributed by Gary E. McKee

j. c. campbell

Brenham Weekly Banner, 1 May 1890, page 1

—J. C. Campbell, of Ledbetter, died suddenly at the residence of R. A. Harvin in Sealy. He had been in failing health for some time, went out driving and died in a few minutes after returning.

Mrs. S. E. Campbell

Schulenburg Sticker, 4 Aug 1916


Mrs. S. E. Campbell, age 57 years, 9 months and 22 days, died June 21, Fayetteville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Feb 1908

Mr. A. B. Campbell left Tuesday for LaGrange in response to a message that his brother, Mr. Taylor Campbell living near Rutersville had died that morning. His remains were laid to rest in the Old Cemetery near Rutersville Wednesday morning. The Sticker extends condolence to the bereaved relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 14 Aug 1897, page 1


Mr. and Mrs. B. G. Moore and Mr. E. L. Moore left for LaGrange Sunday on receipt of a message to attend the funeral of Willie Campbell, their nephew, aged 14 years, who was drowned in the Colorado river Saturday eve while in bathing with a crowd of boys. They were in bathing near the wagon bridge, and on coming out and dressing they found they had lost one of their party. They began searching, but in vain until 8 o'clock Sunday morning, when the body was found about three hundred yards below where he had drowned. To the bereaved ones we extend our sympathy.

in same issue, on page 8

La Grange, Texas, August 8.—Last night twenty-one boys, ranging in ages from 12 to 22 years, went down to the river at the railroad bridge for the purpose of bathing. When they came out and dressed there was a suit of clothes left. Upon investigation they proved to be those of Willie Campbell of Schulenburg, son of Sandy Campbell. The water at that place is ten feet deep and very swift. The boys immediately began to search for their comrade, but his body was not found until this morning at 10 o'clock, at a distance of 300 yards from where he is supposed to have drowned. Jast as he was found and being brought out, his father and mother were crossing the wagon bridge of the river on their way to LaGrange. The anguish and screams of that mother, as she beheld the crowd, where she knew her dead son was, touched the hearts of all. A large crowd followed the remains to the La Grange cemetery this evening.


The Colorado County Citizen, 27 July 2006


Mary Frances Supak Canik, 91, of Fayetteville, passed away July 20 at St. Mark's Medical Center in La Grange.

She was born Dec. 3, 1914, in Fayette-ville, to Raymond and Frances (Urban) Supak. She married August Canik Nov. 9, 1932, in Fayetteville. A lifelong resident of Fayetteville, she was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Fayetteville and was a member of the Altar Society. She enjoyed, as a homemaker, baking, gardening and sewing and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, August Canik Jr.; son-in-law, LeRoy Prihoda; brother, Eddie Supak; and sisters, Bessie Kulhanek and Frances Jones.

She is survived by her daughter, Angeline Prihoda, of Giddings; son, Johnny Canik and wife, Joann, of Lone Oak; daughter-in-law, Henrian Schumacher and husband, Kip, of Warda; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Albina Pavlicek, of Frelsburg; sisters-in-law, Hermina Kubicek, of Frelsburg; Vlasta Vasek, of Fayetteville; Toni Halfmann, of Frelsburg; Christina Pavlicek, of East Bernard; Lorene Canik, of Fayetteville; and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services were July 22 at St. John Catholic Church in Fayetteville with Msgr. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Interment followed in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gregory Prihoda, Tom Prihoda, Robert Canik, John Canik, Steve Pavlicek, David Kulhanek. Honorary pallbearers were her Great-Grandsons and Great-Great-Grandsons.

Memorials may be made to St. John Catholic Church in Fayetteville or to St. Mark's Medical Center in La Grange.


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Aug 1921


Mr. and Mrs. Walter Carby had the sorrowful misfortune to lose their small son through sudden death at the family home near Swiss Alp, on Monday, July 11. All of the community mourns with them in their loss. The funeral services were held the following day.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 18 Apr 1889, page 2

By the Southern Pacific train the remains of Mr. Samuel A. Card were brought on Monday morning to our city for interment. Many of our citizens attended the funeral services, which were held at the grave in the Flatonia cemetery.—Flatonia Argus.


Galveston County Daily News, May 23, 2008

Virginia Baca Carlson

DICKINSON - Our precious mother and grandmother, Virginia Baca Carlson passed away on May 21, 2008. Born on September 14, 1923, in New Orleans, Louisiania, she was a life long resident of Dickinson, Texas. Virginia was preceded in death by her first husband, Cleo R. Baca, her second husband, Harold Carlson, grandchild, Steven W. Johnson and great grandchild, Tristan E. Cartwright.

Virginia is survived by her three children, Sherrie Johnson and son-in-law, Steve Johnson, Deniece Hockett and son-in-law, Corky Hockett, and Darrell Baca and daughter-in-law, Charlotte Baca. She loved her six grandchildren, Dianna Hoke Walker, John Hoke, Shelly McClain Stone, Tyler McClain, Samantha Johnson and Jessica Wilson. She enjoyed six great grandchildren, Dylan and Kyna Hoke, Sage and Emery Stone, Jayden Wilson, and Keaton Walker. Virginia's loyal companion and pet GiGi will reside with her son Darrell.

Our beloved matriarch will be missed by all. We will hold true to the characteristics she modeled her entire life; she was determined, and over came great challenges from the beginning of her life with grace and dignity. A light has left this earth to join her place among the stars in the heavens.

We will be honoring Virginia on Saturday, May 24, 2008, at 10 a.m. with a service in the Chapel of Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas. She will be laid to rest at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Fayetteville, Texas.

James Crowder Funeral Home-Dickinson

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The Austin Weekly Statesman, 7 Aug 1873

Another suicide in LaGrange. A little Miss Annie Carter, eleven or twelve years old, hung herself near the residence of her aunt, Mrs. Carter. No cause assigned.


Weimar Mercury, 1 Feb 1890, page 3

The LaGrange Journal chronicles the death (on the 27th ultimo) of Bertram, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. T. Carter of LaGrange and says:

Little Bert was a sweet, handsome child, between two and three years of age, and was the pride of his parents, who never wearied in their devotion to him. His death was unexpected when it occurred, hence the sad blow fell with redoubled force on the family.


Taken from St. Paul Lutheran Church Funeral program

Harlie Thomas Carter was born June 25, 1915 to Dr. James T. and Johanna C. (Speckels) Carter in the community of Walhalla, Texas. He was baptized into the Christian faith in the Walhalla Community and was confirmed on May 20, 1937.

He was united in marriage with Olive Helen Neese on December 20, 1939. Harlie and Olive were blessed with four children, Joy, Kay, Burt, and Mark.

Harlie was owner and operator of Carter Motel for many years and also a realtor and rancher. He was a member of Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church and served on the church council for many years. He was a member of the V.F.W., the Lion's Club, Lutheran Brotherhood, and a former Assistant County Auditor. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in France and also in Korea.

Harlie Carter was called to his eternal home on December 2, 2000. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Olive Carter of La Grange; daughters Joy Carter Butler of Houston and Kay Carter Crockett and husband, John, also of Houston; sons Burt Carter of Austin, and Mark Carter and wife, Kathy, of La Grange; seven grandchildren, Laurel Butler, Brendan Butler and wife Stacy, Victoria Crockett, Elizabeth Crockett, Grant Carter, Lindsay Carter, and Kristen Carter; sisters-in-law Viola Mae Carter of Alabama and Dorothy Neese of San Antonio; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Contributed by Kathy Carter

Dr. James Thomas Carter

La Grange Journal, June 30, 1930


Dr.  J. T. Carter, well known here and in the section of the county where he had practiced medicine for many years, died at his house at Walhalla, Tuesday afternoon, June 24th. He had been ill for the past year, and had also been a patient at the La Grange Hospital the fore part of this year.

Dr. Carter came from Washington County, but located in this county to practice medicine some forty years ago. He was, at the time of his death, past seventy-five years old. He leaves to mourn his departure, two children by his first marriage, these are: Quintus Carter of Bellville and Mrs. Werner Zapp of Houston.

His widow, who was Mrs. Johanna Speckels, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. John C. Speckels of La Grange, with whom he was united in marriage in 1888, and three children; Mrs. F. F. Spreen of Houston, Kenneth of Bellville and Harlie at home, also survive.

Dr. Carter was a man of many friends, and to his practice of medicine, he was regarded as very proficient; his name has been a family household word for many years.

The body will be placed to the last rest at the Florida Chapel cemetery near Round Top, on Thursday morning at ten o’clock. To his surviving relatives the Journal extends its sincere sympathy.

Dr. Carter was born 29 Oct 1854. Contributed by Kathy Carter


Undated La Grange newspaper clipping

Mrs. J.T. Carter is Claimed by Death

Funeral services for Mrs. Johanna Carter, 85, mother of Harlie T. Carter of La Grange, were held Thursday at 4 PM at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. H.T. Flachmeier officiating. Burial was in the Florida Chapel Cemetery near Round Top.

Prior services were held Thursday at 10 AM at the Heights Chapel with Rev. Elmo Miertschin officiating.

Mrs. Carter, nee Speckels, passed away Wednesday in Houston, where she had lived the past 18 years with a daughter, Mrs. Vallie Spreen.

She was born at Walhalla on Jan. 30, 1874, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Speckels. Her father was at one time a Fayette County Commissioner and also a state legislator. She was married to Dr. J.T. Carter, who passed away June 30, 1930.

Mrs. Carter moved to La Grange to make her home in 1934, and resided here until 1941 when she went to Houston to reside. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church here.

Surviving are two sons, Harlie T. of La Grange and Kenneth Carter of Houston; daughter, Mrs. Spreen; a step-daughter, Mrs. Glennie Zapp:  four brothers, Atlan Speckels of Yorktown, Alvin Speckels of Austin,  Gus  and John Speckels of San Antonio, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Koenig Funeral Home was local funeral director.

La Grange Journal, July 16, 1959

Mrs. Johanna Carter Dies July 8

Mrs. Johanna Carter, 85, died in Houston Wednesday July 8. She was the mother of Harlie T. Carter of La Grange.

Funeral service were held Thursday at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel. The Rev. H.T. Flachmeier officiated and burial was in the Florida Chapel Cemetery near Round Top.

Prior services were held Thursday morning at the Heights chapel in Houston, with the Rev. Elmo Miertschin officiating.

The deceased was born at Walhalla on Jan. 30, 1874, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Speckels. . She was married to Dr. J.T. Carter.

Surviving are two sons, Harlie T. of La Grange and Kenneth of Houston; daughter, Mrs. Spreen, Mrs. Glennie Zapp of Houston;   four brothers, Atlan Speckels of Yorktown, Alvin Speckels of Austin,  Gus  and John Speckels of San Antonio, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Both articles contributed by Kathy Carter


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 23, 1919

John B. Carter

Former La Grange Citizen Died at New Ulm Monday

John B. Carter, aged seventy years, formerly a business man of La Grange and son of the late John H. Carter, and brother to Mrs. J. Meyenberg, died at his home at New Ulm Monday.  The remains were brought to La Grange Wednesday afternoon and taken to the Methodist church, from whence the funeral was held at four o’clock, with interment at the old cemetery.

Mr. Carter lived here for many years, and conducted a general merchandise business on the southeast corner of the public square.  He was, during the period of his residence here, prominently connected with every movement tending to advance the community, and enjoyed the esteem and respect of every man.  He was the first white male born in La Grange.

He leaves a widow and one son, Clifton, and three sisters, Mesdames Judith Harwell of Dallas, F. W. Wagner of Austin and J. Meyenberg of La grange, and one brother, Frank Carter of Oklahoma.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 25 Jun 1892, page 3

La Grange, Texas, June 21.—Mrs. J. H. Carter, wife of Captain, J. H. Carter, one of the oldest residents of this place, died today. The deceased was a native of Virginia, and she and her husband removed to Texas when it was an infant republic. They have made their home in LaGrange ever since and raised a large and interesting family.

The deceased has been in failing health for some time and hence her death was not unexpected. The aged and grief stricken husband who survives has the sympathy of the entire community.


Houston Chronicle, December 8, 1982


KENNETH F. CARTER, 75, of Houston, died Tuesday, December 7, 1982. Retired Accountant for Humble Oil Corp. in 1966. Member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Viola May Carter, of Houston; daughters, Mrs. Frances Al­pha Adams of Dallardsville, Texas, and Mrs. Mary Mar­guerite Babbit of Marietta, Georgia; sister, Mrs. Vallie Calvit of Houston; brother, Harlie T. Carter of La Grange; 14 grandchildren; and one great-granddaugh­ter. Funeral services 10:00 a.m. Thursday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 3816 Bel­laire Blvd., with Rev. Charles Floyd and Rev. Richard Johnson officiating. Graveside service 1:00 p.m. in the Oak Knoll Cemetery in Bellville, Texas. Family suggest memorials be made to the Parkinson Foundation of Harris County.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


La Grange Journal, February 25, 1915

Two Deaths in One Day

Miami Chief

The Great Giver of all good things this week called from our midst two of over very best citizens, Mrs. L. A. Carter and Mr. C. Hall, both old timers of Miami, both dying on Monday, Mrs. Carter died near 11 o’clock and Mr. hall ne 1:00. They lived just across the street from each other and died of the same disease, Bright’s disease.

Mrs. Laura Adelia Carter was born in Fayette County, Texas, February 16th, 1866, died in Miami, Texas, February 8th, 1915.  Mrs. Carter is survived by five children, four sisters and five brothers, her husband died ten years ago.  She has lived in Miami for the past seventeen years, and has numberless friends who mourn her death. She was a member of the Methodist Church art this place, also a member of the Easter Star, and K. and L. of S/ lodges. In her was a woman of great influence over her many friends, she was an ardent worker for everything good and faithful to all with whom she came in contact.  Mrs. Carter had been troubled with Bright’s disease for several years and was sick the last time about a month, her sister, Mrs. George Speckels and brother O.K. Zapp, both of La Grange, was here.

[A double funeral for Mrs. Carter and Mr. Hall was held at the Methodist Church] The procession to the cemetery was possibly the largest ever witnessed in Miami, there being sixty automobiles and a number of teams, besides a large procession walking. The crowd closely estimated was between five and six hundred.

Laura Zapp married George Vincent Carter. Contributed by Kathy Carter


Fayette County Record, March 9, 2004


Olive H. Carter, 86, of La Grange died Wednesday, March 3.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 6 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in La Grange with burial in the La Grange City Cemetery. The Revs. Robert Groenke and Matthew Groenke officiated.

Born June 21, 1917 in Walhalla, she was the daughter of Earl C. and Edna Helen (Schott) Neese. She married Harlie T. Carter Dec. 20, 1939 in La Grange. He preceded her in death on Dec. 2, 2000. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Afternoon Women's Circle, VFW Auxiliary Post #5254 for over 50 years, a member of the Lioness Club for 20 years, and she and her husband owned and operated the Carter Motel, a family business, for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Joy Carter Butler and Kay Carter Crockett and husband John, all of Houston; two sons, Burt Carter of Austin and Mark Carter and wife Kathy of La Grange; two sisters-in-law, Viola Mae Carter of Alabama and Dorothy Neese of San Antonio; and seven grandchildren, Laurel Vincent and husband Joel, Brendan Butler and wife Stacy, Victoria "Tori" Crockett, Elizabeth Crockett, Grant Carter, Lindsay Carter, and Kristi Carter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlie Thomas Carter; a brother, Urban Neese; parents; stepmother, Polly Neese; infant sister; a special aunt and uncle, Tessie and Elo Neese who reared the deceased, two sisters-in-law; and three brothers-in-law.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 12, 1934

P.T. Carter Dies Thursday At California

Brief newsletter  was received in La Grange, Sunday last by Mrs. Ada Baker, from a married daughter in California, advising her that P.T. Carter, well remembered here, had died at his daughter’s home in California, Thursday, April 5, and that the body was buried by the side of his wife who preceded him near to a year ago.

P.T. Carter formerly lived in La Grange, and conducted a jewelry and watch repair business in the Lester Hotel building, in the space now being used by the Bon Ton Café, owned and operated by the Weikel Bros.  The death of Mr. Carter leaves only one member of his family, a married daughter, Olive (Mrs. Chas. Reid); there are two brothers; John Carter and Arthur Carter, believed to be in Caldwell County, and distant relatives, among which are Wm. M.  Stapleton of Weimar, and his daughter, Mrs. Benj. Harigel of La Grange. 

Mr. Carter visited in La Grange a few months since, his purpose being to meet with many of his friends, all of whom were glad to see him.  He seemed to be in good health, and gave promise of living for many more years.  He was taken sick Wednesday of last week, and to all appearances was recovering rapidly.  His daughter entered the sick room at midnight of Wednesday, and upon inquiring about him was told by him that he was “just fine.”  He was dead when she entered the room Thursday morning.  Death is said to have been caused by heart failure.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Fayette County Record, July 5, 1946

Q.E. Carter Dies In Bellville Hospital
Q.E. Carter, 57, Bellville druggist for more than 25 years, expired at the Bellville hospital Tuesday.

Funeral services were held Wednesday with interment in the Townsend cemetery near Round Top, with the Rev. Sadler of Brookshire officiating. The Bellville Masonic lodge participated in the last rites.

Mr. Carter was born at Walhalla and was educated in the Fayette County schools and at Baylor University. He operated a drug store in Sealy for several years before establishing at Bellville.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Annie Rosenberg Carter of Bellville; his step-mother, Mrs. Johann Carter of Houston; two sisters, Mrs. W.A. Zapp and Mrs. F.F. Spreen of Houston; and two half-brothers. Kenneth Carter of Houston and Harlie Carter of La Grange.

Quintus Elton Carter was born 23 Aug 1888 and died 2 Jul 1946. Contributed by Kathy Carter


The Galveston Daily News, 20 Sep 1867 page 2

Zeb. French and Theo. Carter, County and District clerks at La Grange have died with yellow fever. Twelve deaths occurred there on Wedensday and fourteen Thursday.


Houston Chronicle, 19 Dec 1931

Mrs. Virginia R. Carter, 80, of 1225 Columbia, died at a local hospital at 6:25 p.m., Friday. She is survived by one cousin, M. L. McAshan. Funeral services at the Fogle-West Chapel. Body to be sent to La Grange for Burial.

Contributed by Jane McAshan


Shiner Gazette, 19 Nov 1902


At the home of the family in this city Tuesday afternoon between four and five o’clock, Mr. John Castleman, well and favorably known The deceased leaves a brother and several sisters and other relatives who have the sympathy of the community. The funeral took place Wednesday at the family burial place. – Flatonia Record.

Mrs. W. O. Mewes was present and attended the funeral.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Hamilton Guidon,Hamilton, Ohio, 8 Apr 1875


At a regular meeting of Hamilton Lodge No. 17. I.O.O.F., on Thursday evening, April 1st 1875, the committee appointed to report on the death of Matthew Cavanagh (a transient brother,) presented the following which was adopted.

To the Noble Grand of Hamilton Lodge No. 17., I.O.O.F.

We, your joint committee of the three Lodges, beg leave to report the following preamble and resolution:

Brother Matthew Cavanagh held a withdrawal card issued by Lagrange Lodge, in the State of Texas, Sept. 2nd 1874. He was born in this city, Feb. 3d 1812, and with his parents left here when quite young, not returning until about five months since, in very poor health, and continued to decline until the 26th day of March when death released him from his sufferings.

During the short time we watched by the bedside of our departed brother, we found him patient and calmly waiting god's own time to summon him to his eternal home.

We feel that in the death of our brother, the country has lost a valuable citizen, and Odd Felloship a devoted member. We deeply sympathize with the bereaved and afflicted wife and sister of our lamented brother, and with his orphaned child, in this, their sadness and gloom; and while we know how feeble our ministrations of consolation must appear, we would earnestly point to one abundantly able to protect the widow and shield the orphan.

Resolved that the above be published in the papers of this city; also that a copy be sent to the widow of our deceased brother.

Fraternally submitted,
D. D. Conover,
Joseph Traber,
Christian Meyer,
Hamilton O. April 1, 1875

Matthew Cavanagh's wife was Malissa, maiden name unknown. Contributed by Gregory Boyd


Eagle Lake Headlight, Saturday, July 21, 1923


Family Returns From Dance to Find Young Man at Home With His Head Shot Off.

When Rudolph Michalik and his family returned to their home three miles north of Columbus, at 2 o’clock Sunday morning, they found the lifeless body of Otto Chernek lying on the floor beside his bed. His head had been shot away by a shotgun, which lay on the floor beside him. Chernek, who was 24 years of age, was unmarried and was a resident of the Santa Anna community. Santa Anna is in Colorado County, in the extreme northwest end of the county near the town of Ellinger in Fayette County. He had been spending several weeks at the Michalik home in order to be near a physician while taking treatment for chronic disease. Neighbors stated that he had visited the doctor Saturday and had returned home in better spirits than for several days, but refused to go to the dance with the Michalik family, saying he did not care to do so.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 2, 1959

Funeral Rites for Mrs. M. Cernoch, 80, Held Today

Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Cernoch, 80, wife of Matej Cernoch were held this (Thursday) morning at Hubbard Funeral Home here and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church, Dubina, with burial in the Dubina Cemetery. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. A. F. Drozd officiated.

Mrs. Cernoch, who had been in ill health about 2 years, entered the Youens Hospital at noon Tuesday after suffering a stroke and died after a third stroke at 4:15 p.m.

She and her husband had sold their farm at Dubina about two weeks ago. Their son, Joe Cernoch, had moved a small house to his residence property here and they had been living in it just one week.

Born at Bluff, now Hostyn, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Kubecka. She was married to Mr. Cernoch at Ammannsville on October 4, 1898; they would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary this Sunday. They lived at Dubina during their entire married life. Mrs. Cernoch was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church, the KJZT, and the Christian Mothers Society.

Surviving in addition to her husband are the son, Joe, and one daughter, Mrs. Charles Miska, both of Weimar; 7 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Bartosh and Mrs. Henry Bartosh, both of Houston.

Pallbearers for the services were Joe and Bennie Cernoch, Edgar Miksch, Oscar Melnar, Richard Miska and V. O. (Buck) Burgess.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, March 25, 1971, Page 3

Funeral for Albert Cernoch Held at Dubina

Funeral services for Albert Cernoch, 63, of Rt. 1, Schulenburg, were held Tuesday, March 16, at Hubbard Funeral Home here and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with burial in the church cemetery.
Rev. Gerard Cernoch of San Antonio and Rev. Oswald Kahlich of Weimar officiated. Pallbearers were Jeff Cernoch, Frank Klima, Albert Kobersky, Joe Pekar, Erwin Matura and George Kana Jr.
Mr. Cernoch died March 14 at Youens Memorial Hospital after an illness of three weeks.
Born November 23, 1907, in Fayette County, he was a son of Anton and Filomena Cernoch. He married Miss Victoria Matura on Sept. 26, 1933, and they settled at Dubina, where they have lived since.
He was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church, KJT Lodge No. 6 of Dubina, which he had served as financial secretary for 28 years, and the KC Council of Weimar.
In addition to his wife, his survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Thomas (Mary Ann) Demel of Schulenburg, Mrs. Marvin (Lillian) Rabel of Houston and Mrs. Willie (Georgie) Rainosek of San Antonio; two sons, Albert at home and Leon of Houston; ten grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Edmund Mican of El Campo; and three brothers, Edward of Weimar, Victor of El Campo and Robert of Schulenburg.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Dec 2010, page 3

Albert Cernoch Jr.

Albert Cernoch Jr., 76, of Schulenburg, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 9 at Colonial Care Center. He had cerebral palsy since birth.

The funeral was held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3 p.m., followed by interment in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. Tim Kosler officiated. Altar servers were Seamus Bennett and Caity Bennett. Readers were Laura Short and Christine Cernoch, nieces, and gift-bearers were Jane Hosek and Roxanne Orsak, also nieces.

Nephews who served as pallbearers were Barry Demel, Ricky Demel, Glenn Rabel, Brent Rainosek, David Rainosek and Jeff Hosek. Named as honorary pallbearers were Brian Cernoch, Michael Demel, Joe Orsak and Scott Short, all nephews, and Mark Pekar, cousin.

Rosary, led by Rev. Kosler, was said at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2:30 p.m.

Born in Dubina on Nov. 14, 1934, he was the son of Albert and Victoria (Matura) Cernoch. A lifelong resident of Fayette County, he resided in Dubina and later at Colonial Care Center. According to his family, “Even though Albert was dependent on others daily, he was very independent in the things he could do for himself. He never complained about his situation; he was more concerned about others. He loved to see family, friends, relatives and others, always greeting everyone with his signature wave and smile. He had a great memory, remembering family member birthdates and events. He was an inspiration to all. He is fondly remembered and missed by all.”

Survivors include three sisters, Mary Ann Demel of Schulenburg, Lillian Rabel and husband Marvin of Hallettsville and Georgie Rainosek and husband Bill of San Antonio; and a brother, Leon Cernoch and wife Linda of Katy.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother-in-law, Thomas Demel; and a nephew, Stacey Rabel.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, July 26, 1962

Anton Cernoch, 84 Interred at Dubina

Funeral services for Anton Cernoch, age 84 years, were held from the Hubbard Funeral Home in Weimar Friday, July 20 at 9:15 a.m. with continued services at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Dubina at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Louis Fritz officiated at the Requiem Mass and interment was in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Cernoch passed away at the Youens Hospital Wednesday, July 18.

Pallbearers were Rudolf Wanjura, Zigmund Cernoch, Billy J. Sitka, Marvin Rabel, Thomas Demel and Leonard Cernoch.

The deceased was born at Dubina on April 2, 1878 as the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Cernoch. He was married to Filomena Kobersky of Ammannsville in October, 1902. A lifelong resident of the Dubina community, he was a member of the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church there.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one daughter, Mrs. Edmund (Edna) Mican of El Campo; five sons, Albert, Edward and Anton Cernoch of Dubina, Victor Cernoch of El Campo and Robert Cernoch of Schulenburg; four brothers, Joe Cernoch of Ganado, Matej and Jim Cernoch of Weimar and Steve Cernoch of Holman; one sister, Mrs. John (Francis) Surman of Praha; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Five brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, February 22, 1968

Last Rites for Anton Cernoch Held Saturday

Funeral services for Anton Cernoch Jr., 47-year-old farmer of the Dubina area, were held Saturday morning, Feb. 17, at Hubbard Funeral Home here and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Gerard Cernoch officiated.

Mr. Cernoch died Thursday morning in a Houston Hospital after a lingering illness.

A lifelong resident of the Dubina community, he was born Sept. 12, 1920, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Cernoch. He was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church.

Survivors are four brothers, Albert and Edward Cernoch of Dubina, Robert Cernoch of Schulenburg, Victor Cernoch of El Campo; and one sister, Mrs. Edmund Mican of El Campo.

Pallbearers were Leon Cernoch, Billy Joe Sitka, Emil Carlson, Thomas Demel, Marvin Rabel and Willie Rainosek.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 15 Aug 1930

Old Settler of the Holman Section Dies

Mr. Anton M. Cernoch, mention of whose serious illness was made in a recent issue of the Mercury, died at the family home near Holman Mondy evening, aged about 55 years, and the funeral took place at Ammannsville Wednesday morning.

Mr. Cernoch was well and favorably known througout this section. He was a quiet, industrious, good citizen, ever proving himself to be a good provider for his family, a splendid neighbor and friend, and his death is deeply and sincerely deplored by a large circle of friends throughout this section.

He leaves a widow and several children.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Note: If he's buried at Ammannsville or elsewhere in the county, he has an unmarked grave. Please contact Rox Ann if you can confirm where he was buried.


Colorado County Citizen, Thursday, August 3, 1939

Charles Cernoch, aged farmer of the Dubina area, died Saturday, after a long illness, at the family home. The remains were laid to rest in the Dubina cemetery Monday morning, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. Mr. Cernoch was about 70 years old.

He is survived by his widow (nee Krecmer), and the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Joe Holub of Victoria, John Cernoch of Middle Creek, Frank Cernoch of San Antonio, Mrs. Lad. Bayer of Dubina, Jeff Cernoch of Weimar, Edward Cernoch of Dubina, Seigmund, Louisa and Georgia Cernoch at home. One daughter, Marcella, died several years ago at the age of 18 years.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Weimar Mercury, Friday, August 4, 1939


Mr. Charles Cernoch, aged 63 years, of the Schulenburg Route 3 section, passed away at his home last Saturday.

Funeral services were held at the Dubina Catholic Church Monday morning at 9 o'clock, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. Interment was made in the Dubina Cemetery following the services.

Mr. Cernoch was united in marriage to Miss Millie Krecmer at Dubina in the year 1898. To this union four daughters and five sons were born. The widow and children survive.

The surviving children are: Mrs. Mary Holub of Victoria, Mrs. Agnes Beyer, Miss Louise Cernoch and Miss Georgia Cernoch of Dubina; John K. Cernoch of Dubina; Frank Cernoch of San Antonio; Eddie Cernoch of Dubina; Bohumil Cernoch of Weimar; and Sigmund Cernoch of Dubina.

Sisters surviving are: Mrs. Agnes Kadcka of Granger and Mrs. Frances Surman of Praha; brothers, Joe Cernoch of Ganado; John Matej [as printed in obit] and Anton Cernoch of Dubina, Steve Cernoch of Holman and Jim Cernoch of Weimar.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, January 21, 1971, page 10

Final Rites for Mrs. E. Cernoch, 91, Held Monday

Funeral services for one of Weimar’s oldest citizens, 91-year-old Mrs. Emilie Cernoch, were held Monday afternoon at Hubbard Funeral Home and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with burial in the Dubina Cemetery.

Rev. Gerard Cernoch, a grandson, Rev. Gerald Hubertus and Rev. Oswald Kahlich officiated.

Mrs. Cernoch died at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, in Youens Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient for a week. She had been ill two and a half years.

Born Sept. 19, 1879, in Moravia, Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, she was the daughter of Frank and Veronika Krecmer, who came to America, settling at Dubina, when she was four years old. She was married to Karel Cernoch at Dubina in 1898, and she continued living at Dubina after his death in 1939. In 1948 she moved to Weimar with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Novak, with whom she has been making her home.

Mrs. Cernoch is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Marie Holub of La Grange, Mrs. Agnes Bayer of Alvin and Mrs. Jeff (Louise) Novak of Weimar; four sons, John Cernoch of La Grange, Edward Cernoch of Needville, Jeff and Zigmund Cernoch of Weimar; 35 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Jenovefa Cernoch of Weimar and Mrs. Zigmund (Agnes) Jurecka of Schulenburg; and two brothers, John Krecmer of El Campo and August Krecmer of Weimar.

Four children preceded her in death: A daughter, Mrs. George Pospisil, in June, 1968; a son Frank, in September 1962; a daughter, Marcella, at age 19; and an infant son.

Pallbearers were Bill Cernoch, Alois Cernoch, Jimmie Bertsch, Brad Wooten, David Cernoch, and Joe Pospisil Jr.

Contributed by Sandra Anders


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, March 18, 1965

Services for Mrs. Cernoch Held Wednesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Filomena Cernoch, 81, were held Wednesday, March 10, at Hubbard Funeral Home and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina. Burial was in the Church cemetery.

Rev. Gerard Cernoch officiated in the Requiem Mass, assisted by Rev. John Bily.

Mrs. Cernoch died March 8 in the Colonial Nursing Home after a prolonged illness, two days before her 82nd birthday.

Born March 12, 1883, at Ammannsville, she was the daughter of Anton and Mary Kobersky. She married Anton Cernoch at Ammannsville in October of 1902, and they settled at Ammannsville, later moving to Dubina. Her husband died July 18, 1962. An infant son, three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Mrs. Cernoch was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church and the Christian Mothers Society.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Edmund (Edna) Mican of El Campo; five sons, Albert, Edward and Anton Jr. of Dubina, Robert of Schulenburg and Victor of El Campo; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Frank Koenig, and one brother, Theofil Kobersky, both of Weimar.

Pallbearers were Leon, Leonard and Joe Cernoch, Willie Rainosek, Thomas Demel and John Kobersky.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, January 19, 1961, page 1

Mrs. V. Cernoch Rites Held Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Frances Cernoch of El Campo were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Monday, January 16 at 10 a.m. with continued services at the Dubina Catholic Church. Msgr. Anthony Drozd officiated at the Requiem Mass and last rites with burial in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Cernoch, age 79 years and three months, was born October 14, 1881 in Europe and passed away January 13 in El Campo.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Joe (Frances) Mican, Mrs. Joe (Sophie) Krasucky of El Campo, Mrs. Wilbert (Lydia) Dieringer of San Angelo; four sons, Raymond and Emily Cernoch of El Campo, George Cernoch of Houston and Stanley Cernoch of Baytown; three sisters, Mrs. Emilie Cernoch and Mrs. Jim Cernoch of Weimar, Mrs. Zigmund Jurecka of Schulenburg, three brothers, Joe and August Krecmer of Weimar and John Krecmer of El Campo; nineteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Valentine Cernoch, preceded her in death 26 years ago and a daughter, Mrs. John (?) Mican has also passed away.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


San Antonio Light, Friday, September 14, 1962

Frank Cernoch, 58, of 247 Laurelwood, died Thursday, Sept. 13 at a local hospital.

Survivors: Widow, Mrs. Vlasta Cernoch; mother, Mrs. Amelia Cernoch of Weimar, Texas; daughters, Mrs. Harold Reininger and Mrs. L. E. Orsak both of San Antonio; brothers, Jeff, Zigmond, John and Edward Cernoch; sisters, mrs. Agnes Bayer, Mrs. Mary Holub, Mrs. Louise Novak and Mrs. Georgia Posipisial [Pospisil?], all of Weimar, Texas; also 6 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosary Friday 8:00 p.m. at Zizik-Kearns-Downing Chapel. Funeral Saturday 9:00 a.m. at Zizik-Kearns-Downing chapel and 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church with Requiem Mass to be offered by Rev. Peter Higgins. Interment will be in San Fernando Archdiocesan cemetery.

Weimar Mercury, Thursday, September 20, 1962

Frank Cernoch, 58, Ex-Ammannsville Resident, Buried

Funeral services for Frank Cernoch, 58, former Ammannsville resident who had lived in San Antonio approximately 25 years, were held Saturday, Sept. 15, in St. Mary Magdalene Church, San Antonio, with burial in San Fernando Cemetery.

Mr. Cernoch died Thursday in Santa Rosa Hospital after suffering his second heart attack within a short time.

Born Oct. 4, 1903, at Dubina, he was the son of Charlie and Emilia Cernoch. He married Miss Vlasta Dusek at Ammannsville and they lived in that community until moving to San Antonio where he worked as a carpenter. He was a member of the Dubina KJT Society and St. Mary Magdalene Parish of San Antonio.

Surviving are his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Leroy Orsak and Mrs. Harold Reiniger, and 6 grandchildren, all of San Antonio; his mother, Mrs. Emilia Cernoch of Weimar; four brothers, Jeff and Zigmund of Weimar, John of La Grange and Eddie of Needville; and four sisters, Mrs. Jeff Novak of Weimar, Mr. Joe Pospisial [as printed] of Boling, Mrs. Agnes Bayer of Alvin and Mrs. Joe Holub of Inez.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Jan 2009, page 3

George Cernoch

George Cernoch, 98, passed away on Friday, Jan. 2. He was born on July 20, 1910.

The funeral was held on Monday, Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Katy. Rite of committal followed in the Garden of Gethsemani, Forest Park Lawndale. Pallbearers were Darrell Kainer, Eugene Greensage, Daniel Cernoch, Stanley Cernoch, Ronnie Migl and Edward Sodolak.

Rosary was said on Sunday, Jan. 4 at Earthman Funeral Home-Hunters Creek.

He was born in Granger and moved to the Dubina area as a child. On Oct. 9, 1933 he married Christina Janecka. They lived in the Schulenburg and Weimar area until 1949, when he moved his family to Houston.

He was preceded in death by his parents Valentine and Frances (Krecmer) Cernoch; his wife; a daughter, Janet Greensage; three brothers, Raymond, Stanley and Emil Cernoch; and three sisters Bozena Mican, Sophie Krasucky and Frances Mican.

Survivors include his daughter, Joyce Kainer and husband Leonard; a son, George Cernoch Jr.; a sister, Lydia Dieringer; four grandchildren, Darrell Kainer and wife Cheryl; Eugene Greensage Jr., Sharon Harris, and Daniel Cernoch and wife Cheryll; and five great-grandchildren, Christina and Jared Kainer, Taylor and Jordan Harris, and Evan Cernoch.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 12 March 1920, page 1

John Cernoch, Sr., Dead.

John Cernoch, Sr., an aged and respected resident of the Dubina section, died suddenly of heart failure, Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock, at the family home. He was in apparent good health, and had been attending to the chores around the place, when stricken by death. He was a splendid old gentleman, highly regarded by all, and his death is deeply and sincerely regretted by a large circle of friends throughout this section. The funeral took place at the Dubina Cemetery Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock. Our sincere sympathy is extended the bereaved family.

Contributed by Sandy Anders

John Cernoch

The Weimar Mercury, Friday, February 19, 1960

Final Rites for John Cernoch’ 86, Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for John Cernoch, 86, retired farmer and lifelong resident of the Dubina Community, were held Sunday, February 14, at Hubbard Funeral Home and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with burial in the church cemetery.

Celebrant of the mass was the Rev. Thomas O’Callaghan; the sermon was delivered by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. A. F. Drozd.

Mr. Cernoch died Thursday at St. Anthony’s Rest Home in La Grange, after a 6-week illness.

Born Jan. 25, 1874, at Dubina, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Cernoch. He married Miss Mary Culak at the Dubina Church July 17, 1897. She died Feb. 15, 1956.

Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Lillie Horak of Waco, Mrs. Millie Kana of La Grange, Mrs. Rosie Barta of North Pleasanton, Mrs. Filomena Klima of Weimar, Mrs. Albina Mican of El Campo and Mrs. Henrietta Buzek of Rosenberg; four sons, Vlad and Jerry Cernoch of Weimar, Joe of Corpus Christi and Johnnie of La Grange; five brothers, Joe Cernoch of Ganado, Matej and Jim of Weimar, Anton of Dubina, Steve of Holman; one sister, Mrs. Frances Surman of Praha; and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren. One daughter, Mrs. Mary Sveboda, died in 1935.

Pallbearers were Johnnie Kana, Willia Kana, Edwin Cernoch, Bennie Neiser, Frankie Cernoch and Johnnie Cernoch.

Contributed by Sandra Anders


The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, October 5, 1972, page 4

John Cernoch, 70, Succumbs At La Grange

Funeral services for John K. Cernoch, 70, of La Grange, brother of several Weimar people, were held Thursday afternoon, Sept. 28, at Koenig Funeral Home Chapel and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Grange, with Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating.

Burial was in the Dubina Cemetery.

Mr. Cernoch, a 16-year resident of La Grange, died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was a retired employee of the City of La Grange.

A lifelong resident of Fayette County, he was born Nov. 23, 1901, a son of Carl and Emilie Krecmer Cernoch. He married Miss Katie Vacek at Dubina on Oct. 16, 1923. Mrs. Cernoch preceded him in death Nov. 4, 1966.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Milton (Bernice) Rohan of Edna; three sons, Sidney of La Grange, Willie of Houston and Ervin of Pitman, N. J.; 12 grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Holub of La Grange, Mrs. Agnes Bayer of Alvin and Mrs. Jeff Novak of Weimar; and three brothers, Jeff and Zigmund Cernoch of Weimar and Edward Cernoch of Needville.

Contributed by Sandra Anders


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, December 11, 1969

Joseph Cernoch Buried Monday At Dubina

Funeral services for Joseph E. Cernoch, Sr., 65, of Corpus Christi were held Monday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Gerard Cernoch officiated.

Mr. Cernoch died Dec. 4 at Corpus Christi. He was building cutodian for Christ the King Catholic Church and School at Corpus Christi, and a member of the KJT Lodge and the Christ the King Men's Club.

Born March 16, 1904, at Schulenburg, he was a son of John and Mary Culak Cernoch. He married Miss Mary Kubala at Corpus Christi on Feb. 25, 1941, and they had lived there since.

Surviving are his wife; one son, Joseph E. Cernoch Jr. of Corpus Christi; two daughters, Mrs. James Rebecek Sr. and Mrs. Raymond C. Miller Sr. of Corpus Christi; four grandchildren; three brothers, Vlad Cernoch Sr. and Jerry Cernoch of Weimar and John A. Cernoch Sr. of La Grange; and six sisters, Mrs. Joe Horak of Waco, Mrs. Frank Kana and Mrs. Frank Klima of Weimar, Mrs. Anton Barta of Pleasanton, Mrs. Richard Mican of El Campo and Mrs. Felix Buzek of Rosenberg.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, November 10, 1966

Mrs. J. Cernoch Dies in Galveston, Buried in Dubina

Funeral services for Mrs. John K. Cernoch, 62, of La Grange, sister of Mrs. Agnes Adamcik of Weimar, were held Monday afternoon, Nov. 7, at Koenig Funeral Home and Sacred Heart Church, La Grange.

Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiated. Burial was in the Dubina Cemetery.

Mrs. Cernoch died Friday at John Sealy Hospital in Galveston.

The former Miss Katie Vacek, a daughter of Peter and Mary Buzik Vacek, she was born April 2, 1904, in Brooklyn, New York. She married Mr. Cernoch at Dubina on Oct. 15, 1923. They had lived in La Grange the past 10 years.

Survivors in addition to her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Milton Rohan of Edna; three sons, Sidney of La Grange, Willie of Houston and Ervin of Camden, N.J.; 12 grandchildren; the sister here, Mrs. Adamcik; and two brothers, John Vacek of Schulenburg and Pete Vacek of Midfield.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, April 26, 1935, page 1

Mrs. Mary Cernoch

Mrs. Mary Cernoch, aged 87 years, nine months and 28 days, passed away at her home in the Dubina section last Thursday after a lingering illness. She came to this country from Austria, some 50 years ago, and has been living in this section ever since.

Mrs. Cernoch raised a large family and taught her children the most essential things in life. She was a good mother and wife, and her children show that she taught them wisely and well. She was an active member of the Dubina Catholic Church during her entire life. Her many relatives and friends will miss her, as she was kind and good to all with whom she came in contact.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 20th., with interment in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery. Father Szymanski officiating at the last sad rites. The funeral was a very large one and the floral offerings were numerous and beautiful.

Surviving are eight sons and one daughter, namely, Frank of Coupland, Joe of Nada, John, Mat, Charlie, Steve, Jim, and Anton of Dubina, and Mrs. Francis Culak of Moulton.

Her husband, Frank Cernoch, Sr., and one son, Valentine, and one daughter, Veronica, preceded her in death. 

To the surviving relatives, the Sticker, in common with their many other friends, offers its sincere sympathy in the loss of their loved one.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, Friday, Septermber 22, 1922

The wife of Stephen Cernoch, a well known farmer living between Holman and Ammannsville, died Sunday, after a comparatively brief illness. She leaves a little baby only a few days old.

The remains were laid to rest in the Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery Monday morning. The sincere sympathy of many friends goes out to Mr. Cernoch and other relatives in their sad misfortune.

The baby mentioned is Stephen Jr., 15 Sep 1922 - 30 Oct 1922. He was also buried at Ammannsville per his death certificate. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, November 24, 1977

Death Claims Centenarian Matej Cernoch

Matej Cernoch died of a heart attack last Wednesday, three months and eight days short of his 101st year on this planet.

Death came a5 5:50 p.m. in the Columbus hospital, where he had been admitted two days earlier.

A native of Dubina and a Weimar resident for 14 years after retiring, he had lived at Columbus Convalescent Center the past three and a half years.

He was born at Dubina on Feb. 24, 1877, one of 13 children of Mr. and Mrs. John Cernoch, and married Agnes Kucerka there in October 1898. They were living at Sedan when they retired in 1959 and moved to Weimar. Mr. Cernoch was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church here and the KJT society.

His wife and two of their three children preceded him in death. A daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Barton, died in 1928. His wife died Sept. 29, 1959, shortly after moving to Weimar. His only son, Joe M., died March 30, 1976.

Surviving is the other daughter, Mrs. Charles Miska, a resident of Parkview Manor here. Also surviving are a brother, Steve Cernoch of Weimar; seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 18, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel and Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with Rev. Daniel O’Brien officiating. Burial was in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Danny Joe Cernoch, Larry Cernoch, Alvin Cernoch, Michael Miksch, Michael Melnar, David Melnar, Paul Cernoch and Mark Melnar.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, March 4, 1960

Funeral Services For Mrs. Cernosek, 89, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. John A. Cernosek, 89, of Ammannsville, mother of V. A. Cernosek and Mrs. Ed. Barcak of Weimar, were held Sunday morning, Feb. 28, in the R. B. Jasek home near Ammannsville, continuing at St. John's Catholic Church there.

Interment was in the church cemetery. The Rev. Roman Janak, Ammannsville pastor, officiated.

Mrs. Cernosek died early last Friday in Youens Hospital here, one month short of her 90th birthday. She had been ill about two years.

The former Miss Agnes Sobotik, she was born March 25, 1870, in Czechoslovakia, and came to this country with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sobotik, when she was one year old. The rest of her life was spent in the Ammannsville community, where she was married to Mr. Cernosek in 1890.

Her husband survives along with seven daughters, Mrs. Henry Marek of El Campo, Mrs. Lillie Bartosh of New Taiton, Mrs. Rud. B. Jasek and Mrs. Silvin Mensik of Ammannsville, Mrs. Barcak here, Mrs. Ted Mensik of Rosenberg and Mrs. Joe Oswald of San Antonio; three sons, Mr. Cernosek here, John L. Cernosek of El Campo and Frank A. Cernosek of Ammannsville; one sister, Mrs. Betty Sticher of Lolita; 42 grandchildren and 65 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were a son and two daughters, William, Agnes and Annie Cernosek.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 29 Nov 1962, page 1

Mrs. A. Cernosek, 86, Buried Tuesday at Ammannsville

Funeral services for Mrs. Anton (Aloisie) Cernosek, 86, of Ammannsville, who died in Youens Hospital here Saturday night, were held Tuesday, Nov. 27, a the family residence and at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Ammannsville.

Interment was in the church cemetery. Rev. Lambert Laskoviski officiated, with Rt. rev. Anthony F. Drozd delivering a Czech sermon.

Mrs. Cernosek had been ill about 6 weeks. Her husband had preceded her in death in December 1854.

Born Feb. 20, 1876, at Ratimove, Czechoslovakia, she was the daughter of Anton and Maria Kobersky. The family came to America in 1881, settling at Ammannsville. Anton Cernosek and Aloisie Kobersky were married there Oct. 21, 1895, and farmed in the Holman area until they retired in 1945 and moved to Ammannsville.

Surviving are 6 daughters, Miss Annie Cernosek of Ammannsvillle, Mrs. Bessie Janecka of Weimar, Mrs. Mary Ptacek, Mrs. Stanley Cernoch and Miss Louise Cernosek of Baytown, Mrs. Herman Fee of of Dickinson; 7 sons, George of Schulenburg, Fred of Baytown, Clement of Holman, Cyril of La Grange, Anton of Galveston, Albert of Ammannsville and Steve of Weimar; 2 sisters, Mrs. Anton Cernoch of Dubina and Mrs. Frank Koenig of Weimar; one brother, Theofil Kobersky of Weimar; 40 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

One sister, Mrs. Steve Cernoch, and 3 brothers, John, Edward and Anton Kobersky, preceded her in death.


The Fayette County Record, Friday, August 28, 2009

A memorial service for Angelique Cernosek of Fayette County, was held Saturday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn.

She died Aug. 19, 2009 following a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 14, 1961 in Pasadena to Ed and Monica Cooper. She grew up in Pasadena and moved to the Fayette County area in the early 1980s. She was united in marriage to Chris Cernosek on June 11, 1992.

Angelique served her community during her life. She was a foster parent to 13 children, and was president of the La Grange chapter of Seton Associates. She was elected chair of the Fayette County Democratic party in 2006, serving until 2008 when she relinguished the post due to her illness. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. In 2008 she was the top fundraiser for the La Grange Relay for Life, with the help of her many friends, family and supporters.

She is survived by her husband Chris; daughters Bailey Cernosek and Danielle Holzheuser; parents Ed and Monica Cooper of Muntsville; brothers and spouses, Fred and Becky Cooper of Smithville, Mark and Tammy Cooper of Gilomer, James and Kim Cooper of La Grange; and Russell and Stacy Cooper of Barbers Hill; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother Chris Cooper.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 1048 N. Jefferson, La Grange, Texas 78945.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, November 11, 1932

Popular Young Lady Claimed By Death

A pretty and popular young lady of the Ammannsville community—Miss Annie Cernosek—was claimed by death Thursday of last week. This young lady a few days previous had been taken to a Houston hospital for treatment and possible operation, following an illness. After several days' treatment it was determined to operate on her, and this was done Thursday.

However, to the astonishment and grief of all, she failed to rally after the operation, and died a few minutes afterward.

The body was tenderly prepared for burial and brought to Schulenburg, from which poiint it was taken to the parental home at Ammannsville. From there on Saturday morning the body of this pretty and popular girl -- 21 years of age -- was taken to St. John Church at Ammannsville, where appropriate services were held, after which the body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

At the church entrance the body was met by a group of sixty-five flower girls and a similar number of young men who acted as ushers, all of whom were her friends and late associates. The Ammannsville Band was also present and played appropriate dirges. Four lodges and societies of which she was a member, with banners draped in mourning, also took part in the funeral procession. Inside the church requiem mass was held by Rev. A. Raska, followed by interment of the body in St. John Cemetery, near by.

The sad and sudden death of this splendid young lady was a severe blow to her parents, her betrothed, sisters, brothers, relatives and friends. No thought of such a sad event had entered their minds, and it came like a clap of thunder out of a clear sky. They are bowed down with grief over this sad event.

She is survived by her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Louis Cernosek, two brothers, Mr. I. E. Cernosek of Houston and Frank Cernosek of Schulenburg, three sisters, Misses Lennie and Adela Cernosek and Mrs. Mary Kloesel, all of Schulenburg; also her grandmother, Mrs. Phillip Mazoch, one nephew and two nieces.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis





Schulenburg Sticker, February 26, 2013

Annie A. Cernosek

Annie A. (Rohan) Cernosek, 98, of La Grange passed away on Friday, Feb. 15 at 4 a.m. The funeral was held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville on Monday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m., followed by burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Tim Kosler officiated. Serving as pallbearers were grandsons Frankie Cernosek Jr. of Katy, Steven Cernosek of Needville, Wade Cernosek of Weimar and Allen Cernosek of Houston; and great-grandsons Austin Cernosek of Katy, Nicholas McKenzie of Schulenburg and Casey Dunn of Tyler. Rosary was said on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by Kevin Kana.

She was born on Dec. 27, 1914, the daughter of Bedrich and Filimina (Kaluza) Rohan. She was a homemaker, and member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville, KJZT, Altar Society and Christian Mothers.

Survivors include three daughters, Marian Montes and husband Lynn of Lufkin, Clara Christ of Weimar, and Patsy Anders and husband James of Moulton; two sons, Frankie Cernosek and wife Shirley of Rosenberg, and Wilbert Cernosek and wife Susan of Houston; a sister, Bessie Heep of Grand Prairie; and sister-in-law, Annie Rohan of Rosenberg; a brother, Emil Rohan and wife Grace of San Antonio; and 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Frank A. Cernosek; two sons, Daniel and Clarence Cernosek; and a son-in-law, Clarence Christ.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, December 24, 1954

Anton F. Cernosek, 85, Ammannsville Resident, Buried

Funeral services for Anton F. Cernosek, 85, retired farmer of the Ammannsville community were held on Monday morning at the Catholic Church there, with interment in the church cemetery.

Rev. Adolph Janda was celebrant of the requiem High Mass, with Rev. Guido Nuernberger and Rev. Benton Thurmond also taking part.

Mr. Cernosek died after a heart attack at his home Saturday morning.

Born Jan. 16, 1869, in Frenstat, Czechoslovakia, he came to Texas with his parents, Anton and Anna Bena Cernosek, at the age of 11. They settled at Hostyn, later moving to Holman, where Mr. Cernosek lived until he retired about 10 years ago and moved to Ammannsville.

Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Aloise Kobersky, whom he married in 1896; five daughters, Mrs. Bessie Janecka of Weimar, Mrs. Mary Ptacek, Mrs. Stanley Cernoch and Miss Louise Cernosek of Baytown, and Mrs. Herman Fee of Dickerson; eight sons, George and Clement of Holman, Fred of Baytown, Anton of Galveston, Steve of Weimar, Albert of Ammannsville and Cyril J. of La Grange; three sisters, Mrs. Marie Pastusek and Mrs. John Pastusek of Wichita Falls and Mrs. Henry Stleher (?) of El Campo; four brothers, John of Ammannsville, Joe of Magargel, William of Smithville and Frank of Oklahoma City; 40 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 8 Nov 1918, page 6

Schulenburg, Texas, Nov. 4.—Eustice Cernosek, age 26, died Saturday morning of pneumonia following an attack of Spanish influenza. He was a druggist and proprietor of the Cernosek Pharmacy. He is survived by several brothers and sisters. Funeral was Sunday at 4 o'clock with interment in the Catholic cemetery.


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, February 15, 1968

Last Rites for Frank Cernosek Held Sunday

Funeral services for Frank V. Cernosek, 50-year-old carpenter of the Holman area, were held Sunday afternoon, Feb. 11, at Hubbard Funeral Home here and St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Holman, with burial in the church cemetery.

Rev. Joseph Hamala officiated.

Mr. Cernosek died Friday morning at Youens Memorial Hospital here after a short illness. He had been suffering with a flu-like illness at home and on Feb. 3 entered the hospital for treatment of pneumonia.

He was a lifelong resident of the Holman community, where he was born Sept. 25, 1917, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alois Cernosek. He was a member of the Holman church, the Knights of Columbus and the KJT Society.

Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Annie Kana of Holman; three sons, Frankie Joe Cernosek, ag teacher at Bishop Forest High School, and David and Paul at home; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne (Annette) Young of Houston and Miss Lucille Cernosek of Incarnate Word Academy, San Antonio; a sister, Mrs. George Vacek of San Antonio; and a brother, I. E. Cernosek of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, June 10, 1955

I. J. Cernosek, 69, Schulenburg Druggist, Buried

Funeral services for Ignac J. Cernosek, druggist at Schulenburg the past 37 years, were held Tuesday morning at St. Rose Catholic Church there, with burial in the church cemetery.

Mr. Cernosek died at 9:30 Sunday night, shortly after suffering a heart attack. He had apparently been in excellent health lately, and had had no previous attacks.

Son of John and Antonio Cernosek, he was born at Ammannsville Feb. 11, 1886, and for several years worked as a clerk in Weimar stores.

He married Miss Frances M. Parma at Bluff (now Hostyn) in 1914, and they settled at La Grange, where he worked for Hientz-Speckels Mercantile Co. After three years he left to take a job with First State Bank in Weimar, but shortly afterward joined his brother in the pharmacy business at Schulenburg. The brother died in World War I.

A director of Farmers State Bank at Schulenburg, Mrs. Cernosek also was a director and vice-president of South Texas Life Insurance Co. at La Grange, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, KJT, and several business organizations.

His survivors, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Mrs. H. Maroul of Schulenburg and Mrs. Valeria Cheever of Austin; two grandsons; and two brothers, Anton Cernosek of Penelope and John Cernosek of Richmond.

Msgr. A. F. Drozd of Weimar, a cousin, officiated in the services, assisted by Rev. A. Morkovsky of Hallettsville, Rev. H. Rolf of Yoakum, and other priests.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, December 8, 1950

Funeral Services For Ignac Cernosek, 65, Held Thursday

Funeral services for Ignac S. Cernosek, 65, Schulenburg farmer and dairyman, were held from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral and St. Rose Catholic Church, Schulenburg, Thursday morning, Nov. 30.

Rev. Leo Goertz and Rev. Adolph Janda officiated. Interment was made in St. John Cemetery at Ammannsville.

Mr. Cernosek, father of Ray Cernosek who manages Elkins Store at Weimar, died of a heart attack Tuesday, Nov. 28, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edwin (Mildred) Bryant, at Schulenburg.

The son of Frank and Johanna Cernosek, he was a lifelong resident of Fayette County. He was born at Hostyn Dec. 3, 1885, and during most of his life lived at Holman, where he was a farmer and musician. When he moved to Schulenburg in 1931, he retired from his business as a musician but continued actively in farming until his death. His wife is the former Mrs. Vlasta Krupa Vacek, whom he married at Dime Box Nov. 12, 1912.

He was a member of St. Rose Church and KJT Lodge of Ammannsville.

Surviving him in addition to the son and daughter mentioned above are his wife; a step-daughter, Mrs. Ewald (Marie) Blaschke of Schulenburg; two step-sons, Emil F. Vacek of Smithville and George J. Vacek of Vallejo, California; a brother, Frank M. Cernosek of La Grange; four half-brothers, Willie Osina of Weimar; Joe Osina Ammannsville; John Osina of Holman and Charles Osina of El Campo; two half-sisters, Mrs. Theophil Sassin of Weimar and Mrs. Edward Steffek of El Campo; and four grandchildren. One daughter, Marcella Cernosek, had died in 1918 at the age of 14 months.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Berneth Blaschke, Frank M. Cernosek, Jr., Steve Cernosek, Joe Osina, Jr., Johnnie Sassin and Willie Sassin.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 12, 1934, Page One

Ivan C. Cernosek Killed When Car Strikes Another

News was received here Sunday of the death of Ivan C. Cernosek, a nephew of Ignac Cernosek of Schulenburg, and known to many in La Grange.  He was instantly killed last Saturday when the automobile in which he was riding overturned on the highway between Richmond and Rosenberg.

Cernosek was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Cernosek of Taylor—formerly of the county—and a brother of Mrs. Paul Kubala of Schulenburg.  Other relatives surviving are Miss Bernice and John J. Cernosek of Taylor, Miss Marie Cernosek of Dallas, and Misses Agnes, Louise, and Oddie  Cernosek of Houston.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, 7 Mar 1930, page 1

Aged Ammannsville Citizen is Claimed by Death

The funeral of Mr. Joe Cernosek, aged citizen of Ammannsville community, took place Tuesday morning. Mr. Cernosek was a brother of Mrs. Karl Peter of this city and was about 80 years old. His wife preceded him in death several years ago. A number of citizens from Weimar and vicinity attended the funeral. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, April 1, 1965

Final Rites for John Cernosek, 97, Held Friday

Funeral services for John A. Cernosek, 97-year-old retired farmer of the Ammannsville community, were held Friday morning, March 26, in the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Rud. Jasek, and in Ammannsville Catholic Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Cernosek, father of V. A. Cernosek and Mrs. Ed Bacak of Weimar, died Tuesday night in Youens Hospital after a few days' illness.

Born July 22, 1867, in Frenstat, Czechoslovakia, he was 13 years old when his parents, Anton and Anna Bena Cernosek, brought him to this country. The family first settled at Hostyn, then moved to Holman. He married Miss Agnes Sobotik Nov. 19, 1890. Mrs. Cernosek was nearly 90 when she died Feb. 26, 1960, a few months after they celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.

Surviving are seven daughters, Mrs. Henry Marek of El Campo, Mrs. Rud. Jasek and Mrs. Silvin Mensik of Ammannsville, Mrs. Ed Bacak of Weimar, Mrs. Willie Bartos of El Campo, Mrs. Ted Mensik of Rosenberg and Mrs. Joe Oswald of San Antonio; three sons, V. A. of Weimar, John L. of El Campo and Frank A. of Houston; 42 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild; three sisters, Mrs. Louis Paswtusek and Mrs. John Pastusek of Wichita Falls and Mrs. Henry Stieber of El Campo; and three brothers, Joseph of Megargel, William of Smithville and Frank of Oklahoma City.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, Wednesday, December 27, 1989

SCHULENBURG—Katie Cernosek, 86, of Schulenburg died Tuesday at St. Mary's Hospital.

Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg. The Rev. Richard Filice will officiate. Burial will follow at Holman Catholic Cemetery in Schulenburg, under the direction of Schwenke Baumgarten Funeral Home of Schulenburg.

Visitation is set for after 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Born March 20, 1903, Mrs. Cernosek was a housewife.

Survivors include her daughters, Dorothy Allen of Galveston, Bernice McCollum of Galveston, Jeanette Cernosek of Galveston, and Lillian Feliz of San Mateo, Calif.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchid.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 18 Jan 1962, page 1

Twins Die 4 Days Apart

Funeral Services For Mrs. Cernosek, 81, Held Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Rosie Cernosek, 81, of Schulenburg, were held Sunday morning at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, continuing with services in the Ammannsville Catholic Church.

Burial was in the Ammannsville cemetery. The Rev. Roman Janak officiated.

Mrs. Cernosek died Friday evening, Jan. 12 at Schulenburg.

Born Aug. 27, 1880, in Fayette County, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Mazoch. Her husband, the late Louis Cernosek, preceded her in death in 1951.

Surviving her are three daughters, Mrs. John A. Bartosh of Ammannsville, Mrs. Joe Kloesel of Schulenburg, and Mrs. George Vacek of San Antonio; two sons, Frankie Cernosek of Holman and I. E. Cernosek of Houston; 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Rud. Stuchly of Schulenburg, Mrs. Lad Bartosh of Damon and Mrs. Adela Kulhanek of Ennis; a foster sister, Mrs. Alma Odell of [Tucson], Arizona; and three brothers, Charles Mazoch of Ammannsville and Frank and Cyril Mazoch of Holman.

The adjacent heading was Joseph Mazoch, 81, Succumbs; Rites Thursday.


San Antonio Express-News
Wednesday, March 16, 1994


Stanley F. Cernosek, age 88, died Monday, March 14, 1994.  He was born in Fayette County and was a former resident of the Rio Grande Valley and served as a schoolteacher and principal in Bay City from 1946 to 1948 and was the superintendent and principal of the Mercedes I.S.D. from 1951 to 1963.  He was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 3rd and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, life member of the Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers, member of the Confederate Air Force and was very active in the Boy Scouts from 1932 to 1969.  Mr. Cernosek’s last assignment was superintendent at Southwest I.S.D. from 1963 to 1969.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elviera R. Cernosek; children, Mrs. George (Therese) Richard, Mrs. Stanley F. (Rose Mary) Cernosek, Jr., Mrs. Homer (Carolyn) Holland, Mrs. Ken (Juliana) Higgins and Mrs. Robert (Colette) Pieper; 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ann Shimek, Mary Sumbera, Agnes Kovar, Martha Shelly and Lilly Miller; brother, Joe Cernosek and numerous nieces and nephews.  The Rosary will be recited on Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 P.M. at Mission Park Funeral Chapel North, 3401 Cherry Ridge Dr..  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, March 18, 1994 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church, 10703 Wurzbach Rd.  Graveside services and interment will follow at 2:30 P.M. at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Matthew’s School Building Fund, 10703 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78230 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 8546 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78217.  Visitation for Mr. Cernosek will be held at the funeral home from 5:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Wednesday and 9:00A.M. to 9:00 P.M. Thurdsay.  Arrangements are with Mission Park Funeral Chapels North, 3401 Cherry Ridge Drive, 349-1414.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, February 10, 1977

Mrs. Cernosek, 93, Succumbs, Rites Jan. 30

Funeral services for Mrs. Vlasta Vacek Cernosek, 93, a resident of Colonial Nursing Home at Schulenburg the past nine years, were held Sunday afternoon, January 30 from St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg, with burial in the Ammannsville Catholic cemetery.

Rev. Roger Hobbins officiated.

Mrs. Cernosek died January 29 in Youens Memorials Hospital here after a lingering illness.

She was born Nov. 11, 1883, at Fayetteville, a daughter of Joe and Frances (Kocurek) Kruppa. She was married in 1901 at Ammannsville to Vinc Vacek. After his death she was married at Dime Box, in 1913, to Ignac Cernosek.

Over the years she lived in Schulenburg, Dime Box and Holman. She was a member of St. Rose Church and the KJZT.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs.Ewald (Marie) Blaschke and Mrs. E. J. (Mildred) Bryant of Schulenburg; one son, Emil Vacek at Smithville, a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ella Cernosek of Weimar, 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death in addition to her husbands were two sons, George Vacek and Raymond Cernosek, and an infant daughter Marcella.

Pallbearers were Ken Blaschke, E. J. Blaschke, Ed. Carpenter, Jack Leaned, Milton Trefny, and Ronnie Herzik.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 July 1911


William Charnosek, a young man of Ammannsville, aged 20 years, died in Houston Saturday morning last at one o’clock from the effects of an operation for appendicitis and his remains were conveyed to this place by train and were taken charge of by Undertaker O. B. Schwenke, and carried to his home in Ammannsville, where they were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery.

William was an examplary [sic] young man and numbered his friends by thousands and it is said that over 2000 attended his funeral services to pay their last tribute to the departed relative and friend [sic].

He leaves a father and mother, five sistes [sic] and three brothers, to whom the Sticker extends its sincerest sympathy in the untimely death of their son and brother.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Light, Sunday, March 11, 1973

Louis B. J. Cerny, 70, of 2514 Hiawatha, died Mar. 9, 1973 in a local hospital. He was a tax collector-state comptroller for 36 years.

He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church; Knights of Columbus Council No. 2574 of La Grange, Tex., St. Isidor Society of Praha, Tex.

Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Louis B. J. (Elizabeth) Cerny, San Antonio; son, L. J. Cerny, Houston; sisters, Mrs. Felix (Annie) Okruhlik, Praha and Mrs. Joe (Rose) Cerny, El Campo; brothers. L. B. Frank and John Cerny, all of Praha, and Victor Cerny, Moulton; numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosary 8 p.m. Sunday, Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home Chapel, Schulenburg, Tex. Services 10 a.m. Monday from the funeral home chapel, followed by concelebrated mass 10:30 a.m. St. Mary's Catholic Church, Praha, Tex., the Rev. Marcus Valenta, Celebrant. Interment Praha Catholic Cemetery. Local arrangements by Zizik-Kearns-Downing McClaugherty.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 19 Aug 1921, page 3


Flatonia, Tex., Aug. 15.—Esigus Cervantes, 60, was killed Saturday when a horse he was driving ran away and threw him on his head. He leaves a large family.


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Sep 1913, page 1


Alvina Cervonka [Cervenka], age 5 years, 10 months and 28 days convulsions due to malarial fever, nee [sic] Fayetteville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Light, Tuesday, March 29, 1949

LA GRANGE, March 29.—Rudolph L. Cervenka, 48, Fayetteville, died suddenly at his home early Friday morning.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the family residence and at the St. John Catholic church. Burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic cemetery, Rev. Frank L. Matustik officiated.

Cervenka was born at Fayetteville Jan. 13, 1901.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Emilie L. Cervenka; three sisters, Mrs. John Kovar, Plum; Mrs. Paul Vengler, Wharton, and Mrs. Frank Kocurek, Fayetteville, and three brothers, Frank, Shiner and Joe and Jerome both of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, May 14, 1936 pg. 7

Frank E. Chalk, 53 Engineer For Gulf Dies At Shreveport

The Journal made brief mention in the last issue, of the death of Frank Chalk, born at Rutersville, Fayette County; deceased was a son of Mrs. D.J. Chalk and brother to Ben C. Chalk and Mrs. A.V. Smith of La Grange. The following is taken from the Shreveport, (La.) Journal:

Frank Edward Chalk, 53 of 540 Dalzell Street, chief civil engineer for the Gulf Refining Company, who made the first map of the Caddo oil field for the company, died at a local sanitarium early Thursday morning, April 30.

Mr. Chalk is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marie Chalk; two daughters, Mrs. J. A. Box of Shreveport and Mrs. R. B. Young, Jr., of Covington, La.; his mother, Mrs. D.J. Chalk, of La Grange, Texas; five sisters, Mrs. Joe Pradford of Del Rio, Texas; Mrs. W. C. Steffens of Kingsville, Texas; Mrs. J. E. Roensch and Mrs. J. C. Ballard of Houston, Texas; and Mrs. A. V. Smith of La Grange, Texas; four brothers, B.C. Chalk of La Grange, Texas, J. D. Chalk of Flatonia, Texas; R.H. Chalk of Rising Star, Texas; one step-son , J. A. Raburn, of El Paso, Texas.

Mr. Chalk began his career with the Gulf Pipe Line Company at Beaumont, Texas, as levelman under chief Engineer E.R. Armstrong, on October 10, 1905. His first work was on a survey of the Tulsa main line. The survey was completed in March, 1907, after which he was returned to Beaumont and put in charge of the transit party, working Humble, Sour Lake, Batson, Saratoga, and Spindle Top areas. In December, 1907, he was sent to Mooringsport for a short time and made the first map of the Caddo field for the company. He was then transferred to Jennings and remained there for a time, afterward being assigned special duty again in Mooringsport for a short period, and then moving in 1909 back to Tulsa eight-inch line, where he supervised work in connection with construction of Chester and Henderson stations. This work completed, he was again returned to Mooringsport and worked there under the Beaumont office until the Shreveport office was established in 1910. He was then transferred to Shreveport as chief engineer, which position he held as the time of his death.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Victoria Advocate, May 26 to May 27, 2012


MOULTON - Ernest Edmund Chaloupka, 88 of Moulton, peacefully completed his earthly journey on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, and is now enjoying his eternal rewards with our Heavenly Father. He was born on December 3, 1923, in Moravia, Texas, to Annie Chaloupka.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in December of 1943, attended his basic training in San Diego, California, and continued his education in electrician and refrigeration skills. On January 15, 1945, EM2c(T) Chaloupka boarded the APA133 General O. H. Ernest troop ship and stayed aboard the ship until his transfer on May 8, 1945, to Fleet Hospital 114-Samar, Philippines, where he was in charge of the refrigeration maintenance unit until December of 1945. Ernest was honorably discharged from the Navy on January 26, 1946, at Center Camp in Wallace, Texas.

Ernest then settled in the Novohrad community with the love of his life, Marcella (Koudelka) Chaloupka, whom he married on May 21, 1946, and spent 66 blessed years together. In 1947 Ernest started his own dairy, a business that became Four-E Dairy in the 1970s when his three sons joined his venture, and he spent the next 45 years milking and farming until his retirement in 1991.

Because of his love for his country, Ernest was a very active and faithful member in many local veteran organizations including the Moulton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6971 where he was both a past Post and District 24 Commander for several years, American Legion Post #392, and Praha Veterans Club, where he was a charter member.
He was also a member of the Moulton Knights of Columbus and Herman Sons, the Praha KJT, and the Lavaca County Czech Heritage.
Ernest was preceded in death by his mother and infant son. He is survived by his wife, children Jeanette Holub and husband Archie of Kingwood, Eugene Chaloupka and wife Elyse of Moulton, Erwin Chaloupka and wife Helen of Moulton, Ernest "Junior" Chaloupka and wife Helen of Moulton, and Elizabeth Kouba and husband Jimmy of Hallettsville, 12 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin Sunday, May 27, at 6 pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, Texas, followed by a rosary at 7 pm. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 28, at 11 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha with the interment to follow at Praha Catholic Cemetery.

The family requests donations be made to the St. Mary's Praha Restoration Fund or a charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, Texas, 979-743-4151.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate news clipping


MOULTON - Marcella Chaloupka, 86, of Moulton, left this earthly world on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, and joined our Lord in heaven to begin her eternal reward. She was born on October 31, 1926, in Moulton, Texas, to Frank and Amalia (Horak) Koudelka.

She attended school in Komensky and then married Ernest E. Chaloupka on May 21, 1946. They shared 66 blessed years together in the Novohrad community before Ernest's passing in May of 2012.
Marcella spent her early life taking care of her home and five children and made a name for herself as a wonderful cook and baker. She always had plenty of cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip cookies, and rosettes on hand for her family and friends, and she made sure no one ever left her home hungry.

She was also a very devoted Catholic often praying the rosary to the Virgin Mary two or three times a day. Her dedication spilled over into the many organizations she was a part of including the Moulton VFW Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and the Herman Sons, the Praha KJZT, the Lavaca County Czech Heritage Society, and the Texas Extension Education Association.

Marcella was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant son, four brothers, and one sister. She is survived by her sister Lorene Windham and husband Gayron of Houston, sister-in-law Rosie Koudelka of Moulton, her children Jeanette Holub and husband Archie of Kingwood, Eugene Chaloupka and wife Elyse of Moulton, Erwin Chaloupka and wife Helen of Moulton, Ernest "Junior" Chaloupka and wife Helen of Moulton, and Elizabeth Kouba and husband Jimmy of Hallettsville, 12 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin Sunday, January 27, at 1 pm with rosary at 6 pm, both at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, Texas. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 28, at 10 am at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha with the interment to follow at Praha Catholic Cemetery.

The family requests donations be made to the St. Mary's Praha Restoration Fund or a charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, Texas, 979-743-4151.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 April 1915

Drowned Saturday Night

John Chalupa and Emil Mladenka, two Bohemian farmers living about three miles west of Schulenburg, were in town Saturday afternoon and started for home after night, horseback On reaching Mulberry cueek [sic], a little more than two miles out, they found the stream well out of its banks. Mladenka rode in, but went only a short distance before returning and advised his partner not to make the venture. Chalupa paid no heed to the warning and soon was in mid-stream, when he was washed from his horse by the swift current and drowned. The body was found Sundy [sic] morning a short distance down stream where it had lodged on a barbed wire fence.

Deceased was about 30 years old, had never been married, and leaves one sister, Mrs. Joe Hermis, his mother having died a few months since.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Baytown Sun, Sunday, July 6, 1986

Rosary services for Julia Baca Chalupa, 89, of Crosby will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at Earthman Funeral Chapel in Highlands with the Rev. John R. Feidler officiating.

She died Friday in a Dayton nursing home.

She is survived by three sisters, Annie Stasny and Millie Kulhanek both of Fayetteville and Betty Schieuel of Bay City; one godchild, Angelee Selensy of Crosby; and several nieces and nephews.

Burial services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Crosby and graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Fayetteville.

Pallbearers will be Harry Binger, Henry Novak, Rob Rossow, David Selensky, Edward Selensky and Leonard Kulhanuk [Kulhanek?].

Services are under the direction of Earthman Funeral Home in Highlands.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Galveston Daily News, Saturday, February 13, 1999

FLATONIA, Texas—Vlasta B. Kristek Chamberlain, 93, was born June 23, 1905, passed away February 12, 1999.

Survivors are her two sons, Warren Chamberlain and wife, Mary Ellen of Deer Park, Texas, Thomas Chamberlain and wife, Nancy of Temple, Texas; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be a 3 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 1999, by Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, Texas.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, July 13, 2000


CISTERN—Mary Charba, 90, of Cistern, died Monday, July 10, 2000.

She was born May 21, 1910, in Cistern, to the late Frank and Marie Surcina Hanzelka. She was a homemaker and a member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Cistern. She was a member of KJZT.

Survivors: daughters, Georgia M. Thompson of Keyser, W. Va., and Erna Johnson of Cistern; sons, Bernard V. Charba of Cistern, David F. Charba of Houston and Jerome P. Charba of Silver Spring, Md.; brother, Henry Hanzelka of Cistern; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: husband, Vaclav ''Jim'' Charba; daughter, Charlene Dawson Curlee; parents; two sisters; one brother; three half sisters; three half brothers.

A rosary was recited 8 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Funeral Home chapel.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. today at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Cistern, the Rev. Edward Bartsch officiating.

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

Pallbearers: Frank Hanzelka, Gilbert Kouba, Pete Charba, Pat Hanzelka, Al Sandera and Claude Otahal.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Weimer Mercury, 25 Aug 1944


Mrs. Adelle Charbula, wife of Lad V. Charbula, passed away at the family residence Tuesday, August 15, after an illness lasting about four months. Funeral services were held at the Ammannsville Catholic Church on Thursday with the Rev. A. Raska officiating. Interment was made in the Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Charbula was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bartosh of Dubina and was born in Fayette County Dec. 21, 1999. She was united in marriage to Lad J. Charbula on October 26, 1929, at Dubina, and to this union four children were born. Mr. and Mrs. Charbula first lived on a farm near Schulenburg, later moving to the Ammannsville community. Mrs. Charbula was a member of the Catholic Church and the K.J.Z.T. Lodge of Ammannsville.

Survivors include her husband, Lad. J. Charbula, one daughter, Mildred; three sons, Pvt. Arnold Charbula with the armed forces, Lawrence and Erwin Charbula; two sisters, Mrs. Joe Vacek of Schulenburg, Mrs. Howard Adamcik of Houston; two brothers, James Bartosh of Weimer and Willie Bartosh of El Campo.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved family.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, January 13, 1881

The passenger train, on the La Grange Branch, last Friday evening, brought in Mr. Hermann Warnken, constable of Precinct No. 7, at Ammannsville, and Mr. Geo. Allen, Marshal of the town of Weimer, who were guarding one Jake Wise. They turned Wise over to Sheriff Rives, and we learned from Mr. Warnken the following facts. The night before, about 7 o’clock P.M., on the 6th, Wise shot and killed Ferdinand Charbula at Ammannsville. Wise, it seems, had clerked for several years for Mr. Henry Holste, at Ammannsville, until about two months ago, when he was discharged. Charbula was working for Holste at the time of his death. About a week before the killing, Wise got into a row with Mr. Holste and was arrested by T. W. Smith, Esp. Justice of that Precinct. While under arrest, a number of Bohemians, all drinking, came up from the bar room, took Wise away from Smith, and gave him a beating. Wise, on the day of the killing, remarked to several that he intended to either whip or kill deceased, Charbula, that day; and seemed to think that he had taken an active part in the beating which had been given him some days before. Charbula was in the cellar at Holste’s bar room, after supper, when Wise rode up, and called to C. and asked him to bring him some whiskey. Charbula brought the whiskey and as he got nearly to the head of the steps, Wise shot him in the breast with a Smith & Wesson six-shooter. Charbula fell back and cried out that “Jake had shot him.” Wise ran off but was captured by Messrs. Allen and Warnken as he boarded the train that night at Weimar. The Bohemians were very much excited, and a mob was feared. Messrs. A. and W. concluded that it was safest to bring Wise around by rail from Columbus, which they did.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis. Evidently Charbula was not immediately killed. See below.

La Grane Journal, January 20, 1881

Charbula, the man shot by Jake Wise a while bck, died yesterday morning at 5 o'clock, at Ammannsville.

Weimar Mercury, 10 Feb 1881, page 2

LaGrange Journal: . . . T. W. Smith, justice of Precinct No. 7, after holding an inquest over the body of Charbula, the man shot by Jake Wise, some time back, sent a writ to Sheriff Rives directing him to commit Wise to jail without bail. Wise is already in jail, and [doubtless] will remain there.

Burial place unknown.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 24, 1930


Many of our people regretted to learn of the death of Mr. Florian Charbula, old time settler of this section, which occurred at the family home in the Ammannsville community last Monday. We understand his death occurred rather suddenly and unexpectedly. The funeral took place at the Ammannsville Cemetery Tuesday morning, Rev. A. Raska officiating.

Mr. Charbula had lived in this section for many years. He was well and favorably known to many of our people, being an upright, good citizen in every sense of the term, and all deeply regret his untimely taking off.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Mar 1943

Raymond Charbula To Be Buried At Ammannsville Sunday

Raymond Charbula, 53 years of age, passed away at the Legion Hospital at Legion, Texas, on Tuesday, March 9, 1943 after an illness of some three years duration.

Mr. Charbula, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Florian Charbula, was born in the Ammannsville section, August 15, 1889 and spent most of his life time in that area. He was an ex-service man and a member of the local American Legion Post. He was a farmer by trade and made many friends throughout this section of the state. Mr. Charbula was a devout member of the Ammannsville Catholic Church.

His parents preceded him in death and he was never married.

Funeral services will be held from the family residence in the Ammannsville section on next Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock followed by services in the Ammannsville Catholic Church. Rev. Raska is to officiate. Interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are three brothers, Robert, Edmund and Ladwig; five sisters, Louise, Annie, Matilda, Marcella, Mary and Betty.

Schwenke-Baumgarten are in charge of funeral arrangements.

We join the many other friends of the family in offering our sincere sympathy to the bereaved in their loss.


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Jan 1902, Fayetteville column

Died near Rosnox [Roznov]. Joseph Sikora, at the age of sixty-seven. Also Joe Gerek [sic.], son of Frank Gerek, aged eight and a six months old daughter of Joseph Chavanec [Chovanec]. All were buried in the Catholic cemetery, Father Chromcik officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Sealy News, Thursday, January 2, 1964

Mrs. Anna Chovanec, wife of the late Peter A. Chovanec, Sr., passed away on Christmas Day at her home in Fayetteville. She was 87.

Funeral services were held at 8:45 a.m. Friday at the Knesek Chapel with continued services at the Fayetteville Catholic church. Rev. Benedict Mazurkiewicz officiated and burial was in the church cemetery.

Born in Europe on July 23, 1876, daughter of Alois and anna Polasek Petter, she came to this country at the age of 4 years, the family settling near Fayetteville and she spent the rest of her life in that community. She was united in marriage with Mr. Chovanec on January 10, 1899. He preceded her in death on July 8, 1954.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Mary Zapalac of Katy, Mrs. Anton Slansky of Sealy, Mrs. John Novak of Needville, Mrs. Anton Novak and Miss Albina Chovanec of Fayetteville; two sons, Peter A. Chovanec, Jr. and Ludvik M. Chovanec of Fayetteville; one sister, Mrs. Julia Sulik of Houston; three brothers, Frank Petter of Wallis, Willie Petter of Park and John Petter of Rosenberg; 37 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren. One son, Lt. Henry Chovanec, died during World War II.

Rosaries were recited by the Altar Society and KJZT Wednesday evening and parish rosary at 7 o’clock and a KC rosary at 7:30 Thursday.

Koenig Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

joseph chovanec

Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Jan 1913


Josef Chovanec, age 41 yrs., 5 mo., Brights disease, Fayetteville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 July 1904


Chovanec – Died at Fayetteville, July 17th, of tetanus Neonatorum, Julia Chovanec, aged 6 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Wednesday, August 19, 1981


Mrs. Ludmila Katherine Chovanec, 75, of La Grange, passed away Sunday at her home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 2:00 p.m., at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the Rev. Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating.  Interment was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Chovanec was born in Fayetteville on Nov. 25, 1905.  She was the daughter of the late John and Mary Janda Sulak.  She was united in marriage with Zigmund Chovanec on June 12, 1950 in Fayetteville.  Mr. Chovanec preceded her in death on Aug. 3, 1968.  She was a member of the KJZT.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Cyril (Bernice) Kollaja of Columbus; one son, Leroy Zapalac of Austin; three sisters, Mrs. Lillie Vasek and Mrs. Herbert (Annie) Seifert of La Grange and Mrs. Frances Kallus of New Braunfels; three grandchildren, Jimmy Kollaja of Houston, Kimberly Ann and Bradley Scott Zapalac of Austin; and one great-grandchild, Kristy Michelle Kollaja.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Austin American, Monday, April 4, 1949

LaGrange, April 3. (Spl) — Raymond Chovanec, 21, was killed instantly Saturday night when his car crashed into a concrete culvert about a mile from his home on the Rutersville Highway.

He was the only occupant of the car.

Funeral services for Chovanec will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the family residence in Rutersville with burial in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.

Chovanec is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Chovanec; three sisters, Mrs. Joe Kaspar and Mrs. Elo Muesse of Fayetteville and Mrs. Ed Zbranek of LaGrange; and four brothers, Zigmund Chovanec of Fayetteville, Frank and Adolph Chovanec of LaGrange and Bernard Chovanec of Waller.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Feb 1904, page 1

Death Record.

Chovanec: Died at Ross Prairie, 1-24-04, of Consumption, Rosina Chovanec, aged 26 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Chralla: Died near La Grange, Sept 17-03, of Pernicious Malaria, Alwyn Chralla, aged 8 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


September 1943 news clipping


A well-known Hackberry farmer for long years, Adolph Christ, Sr. died Monday (13 September 1943) at Schulenburg, his home for the last seven years. His funeral was held Wednesday, Father Leo Goertz officiating, with Father Oscar Kalich also present.

The deceased was born in Austria, coming to this country when 19 years old. In 1892, he married Miss Sophie Butschek who survives him, together with seven children, all married: Adolph, Mrs. Henry Adamek and Mrs. Ant. Kainer, all of High Hill; Mrs. Paul Demel of Needville, Mrs. Alf. Kahlich of Schulenburg, Alfred B. of Rosenberg, and Emil of Hackberry.

As he lived, so he also died as a good Christian, and many who knew him will be saddened by his passing.

Another unnamed newspaper clipping


Schulenburg - Funeral services for Adolf Christ, 78, who died Sept. 13, were held in St. Rose's church. The Rev. Leo Goertz officiated at the services. Interment was in St. Rose's cemetery.

Mr. Christ was a life-long member of St. Rose's parish, having helped erect the present church. He was married in St. Rose's church, and last October the couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, Adolf, Alfred, and Emil; four daughters, Mrs. Henry Adamek, Mrs. Alfred Kahlich, Mrs. Paul Demel, and Mrs. Anton Kainer.

Both obituaries contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


From an April 1994 newspaper clipping:


Funeral services for ANNA CHRIST, 90, of Rosenberg will be held Thursday, April 28, 1994, at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Rosenberg with interment following at West Gethsemane Cemetery in Rosenberg. A rosary service will be held Wednesday, April 27, 1994, at 7:00 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home, 3900 B.F.Terry (FM 2218 & Highway 59), Rosenberg. Father Dan Warden will officiate the services.

Anna Christ was born July 26, 1903 in High Hill, Texas. She passed away April 25, 1994 in Richmond, Texas. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the KJZT, Holy Rosary Altar Society, and a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of America.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Lenore Marie Christ. She is survived by her husband of sixty-five years, Alfred Christ of Rosenberg; sons, Clarence Christ and wife, Dorothy of Texas City, James Christ and wife, Joyce of Houston, Ralph Christ and wife, Jill of Fox Island, Washington, Allen Christ and wife, Beatrice of Fountain Hills, Arizona; sisters, Olga Kasprzik of Columbus, Texas, and Frances Kahlich of Slayton, Texas; twelve grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Rosary School Library. Friends may call after 5:30 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home, 3900 B. F. Terry, Rosenberg. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Rosenberg, Texas.

Obituary contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


From a September 1995 newspaper clipping:


Emil Henry Christ died of heart failure in Colonial Nursing Home, Schulenburg, Friday, Sept. 8, 1995 at 3:30 p.m. after a five-month illness. He reached the age of 84 years, 4 months, 17 days.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. in St. Rose Catholic Church, Schulenburg. Rev. Daniel Kahlich, nephew, and the Rev. Tim Kosler, pastor, officiated.

Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Robert Christ, Russell Christ and Richard Christ, grandsons, all of Houston; James Christ and Daniel Kainer, both nephews from Houston, and Ronald Bohac, great-nephew from Schulenburg.

Rosary, led by Rev. Tim Kosler, was recited Sunday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary, led by KC members and the Fourth Degree Knights.

Born at Hackberry on April 22, 1911, he was the son of Adolph and Sophie Butschek Christ. He attended school in Hackberry.

In the 1930's he married Olivia Kahlich at High Hill. He resided in Hackberry until 1946, when he moved to Schulenburg. He was a farmer and worked as a carpenter for Bohlmann, Inc., until retiring in 1973.

Christ was a member of the Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 2902, and Fourth Degree KCs.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Florence B. and Lorine Christ of Houston, Roy A. and Pat Christ of Schulenburg, and Allen E. and Doris Christ of Castle Rock, Colo.; a sister, Annie Kainer of Schulenburg; and a brother, Alfred Christ of Rosenberg.

His five grandchildren are Robert Christ and his wife, Anna, of Houston; Russell Christ and his wife, Gayle, of Houston; Richard Christ and Mary Jo Armoto of Houston; Christine Christ of College Station; and Shannon Christ of Castle Rock, Colo.

Preceding him in death were his wife, parents, one brother and two sisters.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, was in charge of arrangements.

Obituary contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Schulenburg Sticker, January 1953


Funeral services for Mrs. Sophie Christ, who entered her eternal reward on Saturday, January 10, at 3:30 p.m., were held from the family residence of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Kahlich, on Monday, January 12, 1953, at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Albert George Henkes, pastor of St. Mary's Church at High Hill, officiated at the Requiem High Mass and at the interment, which was in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Christ, born on June 7, 1871, in Austria, as the daughter of Carl and Wilhemina Butschek, came to this country at the age of eleven years with her parents. They settled in this community and on October 18, 1892, she was united in marriage to Adolph Christ in the St. Rose Catholic Church. After their marriage, they lived in Hallettsville for three years, and then moved to the Hackberry section where they were engaged in farming. In 1933 they retired and moved to Schulenburg. They celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1942. Her husband preceded her in death on September 13, 1943, and she continued to make her home in Schulenburg until about five years ago when she stayed with her children. She spent the last two and one-half years with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Anton W. Kainer at High Hill, where she passed away on Saturday, having reached the age of 81 years, seven months and three days. Deceased had been in ill health for the past several years and suffered a heart attack about three weeks ago.

She was a loving mother and a devout member of the St. Rose Catholic Church and of the St. Mary's Church at High Hill during the time she lived in each place. She was also a member of the Christian Mothers Society, the Altar Society of Schulenburg and of the St. Ann's Society of High Hill.

Those left to survive her are four daughters: Mrs. Henry (Ida) Adamek, Schulenburg; Mrs. Paul (Rosa) Demel, Needville; Mrs. Alfred J. (Emma) Kahlich, Schulenburg; and Mrs. Anton W. (Annie) Kainer, High Hill; three sons, Adolph of High Hill; Alfred of Rosenberg, and Emil of Schulenburg; two sisters, Sister Mary Julia Butschek, Our Lady of the Lake Convent, San Antonio; and Mrs. Adolph (Mary) Anders of Moulton; three brothers, Fred Butschek, Hackberry; Henry Butschek, Moulton and Louis Butschek, Hallettsville; twenty-four grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. A son passed away in infancy.

Pallbearers were Rudy Adamek, . . . [rest of obituary is missing from clipping]

Contributed by Jeanne Boothe. Sophie was a daughter of Charles & Wilhelmina Butschek.


Shiner Gazette, 4 Mar 1909, Komensky Matters column

A phone message was received here last Monday from Moravia announcing the death of Joseph Christien [sic.], an aged citizen of that section. Quite a number from here attended his burial, which took place at St. Johns Tuesday. We extend condolence to the bereaved ones.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Aug 2009, page 3

Tonie Christen

Tonie Matula Christen was welcomed to her eternal home on Friday, Aug. 7 at 4:45 a.m. at Village on the Creek Nursing Home in Clute. She reached the age of 92 years, 8 months, 15 days.

She was born on Dec. 23, 1916 in Shiner to Valentin and Emilie (Konvicka) Matula, the 12th of 15 children. She married Gene Christen on Oct. 7, 1940 in Hallettsville, and lived in Hackberry for over 50 years before moving to Schulenburg in 1993. She moved to Clute in May 2006. Mrs. Christen was a renowned seamstress for over 65 years. Numerous bridal gowns, including her own and her daughter Dottie’s, were lovingly and precisely sewn by her. She was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg, KJZT and Altar Society.

Welcoming her into heaven were her husband, her parents, 13 brothers and sisters, and five sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

She will be missed by her daughter, Dottie Mensik and husband Ernie of Lake Jackson; a son, Don Christen and wife Mary Jane of Houston; three granddaughters, Lisa Matzke and husband Craig of Lake Jackson, Susie Hackler and husband Gary of Lake Jackson, and Amy Christen-Huhn and husband Ray of Pearland; a grandson, Ken Christen and wife Catherine of Katy; 11 great-grandchildren, Chase, Chelsea and Camille Matzke, Blake and Bethany Wines, Quincy, Olivia and Sam Huhn, and Jack, Sylvie and Eliza Christen; a brother, Frank Matula; a sister-in-law, Helen Christen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosary was said on Sunday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by Rev. Tim Kosler.

The funeral was held on Monday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Kosler officiated. Lector was Chelsea Matzke. Gift bearers were Camille Matzke, Bethany Wines, Sylvie Christen and Olivia Huhn. Organist was Peggy Kalich and vocalists were Sarah Olle, Denise Trojacek and Berni Gillings. Pallbearers were Ken Christen, Ray Huhn, Craig Matzke, Gary Hackler, Chase Matzke, Blake Wines, Quincy Huhn and Jack Christen. The St. Rose Altar Society served the luncheon after the funeral.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, January 12, 1882, page 3

Weimar Local Matters

We are sorry to record the death of Dr. R. A. Christian, which occurrd at Serbin, Fayette county, on the 9th inst. He was a brother of our townsman, Dr. G. W. Christian, and had many friends in this community, having formerly resided here.


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 June 1913


Rosalie Christof, age 45 years, 6 months and 25 days organic heart disease, near Weimar.

Rosalie Christof was buried in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Chronicle, Thursday, 12 Mar 1998

Barbara Jean Chromcak

BARBARA JEAN CHROMCAK, 70, loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, entered into eternal rest on March 9, 1998. Mrs. Chromcak was born on December 5, 1927 in Schulenburg, Texas, where she attended school, graduating from Schulenburg High School. Mrs. Chromcak dedicated her life to her husband and family. She leaves behind her loving husband, E.J. Chromcak; sons, Tom Chromcak and wife, Jeanne, and Brad Chromcak; grandchildren, T.J. Chromcak, Chase Chromcak, Justin Boyle and Leslie Boyle; brothers, Larry Cornelson and Bill Cornelson ; and many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, 1998, in the chapel of Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home, 12800 Westheimer at Dairy Ashford, with Rev. Msgr. Edward Randall, V.F. officiating. Interment to follow in Forest Park Westheimer Funeral Home. In lieu of the usual remembrances, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, December 12, 1968

Rudy Chromchak, 60, Dies, Schulenburg

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 30, for Rudy Chromchak, 60, of Schulenburg, brother of Mrs. Tom Hinton of Weimar.

Mr. Chromchak, who had been in bad health about five years, died Nov. 28 in a Moulton Nursing home.

He was a lifelong resident of Schulenburg, son of Mrs. Emilie Jalufka Chromchak.

His wife, the former Frieda Woltersdorf, survives, along with a son, Rudy Wayne, of New York; his mother; and two sisters, Mrs. Hinton here and Mrs. Cary King Sr. of Tullos, La. A brother, Eddie, died in 1962.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 4 Nov 1960, page 1

4 Schulenburg People Killed, Car Hits Train

Four Schulenburg residents well known here were killed instantly when their car struck a train at a Lyons crossing as they were returning from the A&M-Arkansas football game last Saturday night.

Dead are Emil Chromcak, 67; his wife, Mrs. Mary Chromcak, 55; Chas. Matula, 78; and Miss Tonie Mertz, 68.

They were in Mr. Matula’s car, driven by Mr. Chromcak. The car struck a Santa Fe freight train during a heavy fog.

Mr. Chromcak, an insurance and real estate agent, was a past president of the Rotary and Lions clubs and active in the Knights of Columbus and the Democratic party, having been a delegate to several conventions.

Mr. Matula had been a Schulenburg businessman many years and was one of the state’s earliest Ford dealers. He was a past director of the LCRA and was active in many civic movements.

Services for Miss Mertz were held Tuesday morning, for Mr. Matula Tuesday afternoon, and for the Chromcaks Wednesday afternoon. Miss Mertz was buried at Hallettsville, the others at Schulenburg.

Among the Chromcak survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Shelton Wagner of Schulenburg; one son, E. J. Chromcak Jr. of Houston; and four grandsons.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 April 1910


The Sticker regrets to learn of the death of Father Josef Chromcik of Fayetteville which occurred Thursday last.

He was born January 25, 1845, at Olmuez, Moravia, Austria. He came to Texas in 1872 and has resided at Fayetteville ever since.

He was beloved by all who knew him and his death cast an [sic] universal gloom over our section of the State.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, December 24, 1951

Mrs. Annie Chudej, 528 Walton Ave., passed away Sunday, December 23rd, in a local hospital, at the age of 74 years.

Survivors are daughter, Mrs. John F. Womack, San Antonio; sons, Frank Chudej, Schulenburg, Tex., Edward and Charles Chudej, both of Houston, Tex., and 4 grandchildren.

Rosary will be recited Tuesday evening, December 25th, at 7:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Schwenke-Baumgartner Funeral Home, Schulenburg, Tex. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 26th, at 2:00 p.m., in the chapel of the Schwenke-Baumgartner Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Schulenburg Cemetery. Local Arrangements by Alamo Funeral Home.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Feb 1923, page 1

Mrs. J. R. Chudej Dies

Mrs. J. R. Chudej of Hackberry answered the call of the death angel last Friday afternoon, February 16th.

Deceased had the misfortune of breaking her limb about five or six months ago. It seems the injured member did not mend well but weakened her so that other complications which followed could not be overcome, and death released her from her sufferings.

She was well known throughout that section as a good lady, a good wife and mother. She had attained the age of 52 years, at the time of her demise.

The body was laid to rest in the City Cemetery in this city last Saturday. Rev. A. S. Kattner officiating.

She is survived by her husband, two daughters and one son.

To these the Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy.

Submitted by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Sunday, November 12, 1939

SCHULENBURG, Nov. 11.—Services were held for Mrs. John Chudej, 34, by Rev. W. L. Hornung.

She is survived by her husband, John Chudej; one son, John Jr.; her father, Frank Smutana [Smetana] of Hallettsville; two brothers, Henry Smutana of Moulton and Rudolph Smutana of Smithville; three sisters, Theresia Rozonsky of Granger; Victoria Smutana of Moulton, and Helen Smutana of Hackberry.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 27 Mar 1897, page 8

Flatonia Argus:
Died, Tuesday, March 17, 1897, at 11:45 p.m., W. S. Chunn, after an illness of several weeks; death caused from an abcess in his side. Deceased was known throughout the entire country, having lived many years in the surrounding community. About two weeks before his death, he professed religion and joined the Methodist church. He was the father of Mrs. M. Cockrill of this city and leaves several children to mourn his death. His remains were interred in the city cemetery at 4 o'clock yesterday evening.


Colorado County Citizen, 29 Oct 1931, page 1

Mother of Columbus Lady Dies in LaGrange

Mrs. Frances Chupick of LaGrange, mother of Mrs. W. R. Juren, of this city, died on Oct. 17th. The following report is printed from the Flatonia Argus:

Mrs. Frances Chupick, aged 72 years died suddenly at her home in La Grange Saturday evening at 7:30. She had been ailing for several weeks and her condition was thought to be improving and up to within a few moments of her death she was engaged in friendly talk with her family and some friends in her room. She suddenly reclined in her bed and died from heart failure.

Mrs. Chupick was born in Wesley, Texas March 19, 1959. On February 2, 1877 she was married to Mr. John Chupick. In 1883 they moved to their large farm on the river near Ellinger where they lived for many years. Her husband preceded her in death on December 5, 1905.

Nine children were born to them, one daughter died in infancy and another daughter Mrs. Albina Sedlemeyer died September 24, 1930. The surviving children are Mrs. Mary Novosad, East Bernard, Mrs. Dr. T. S. Hruska, Wesley, Texas, Mrs. Annie Sulik, LaGrange. Mrs. Vlasta Kristek, Ellinger; Mrs. Rose Juren, Columbus; Mr. J. F. Chupick, Jourdanton and Mr. J. S. Chupick, Rosenberg. There are also twelve grandchildren.

Mrs. Chupick lived for nine years in her new home in LaGrange with her daughter Mrs. Sulik. Funeral services were held from this place at noon Monday. Rev. F. H. Horak of Caldwell and Rev. Moticka were in charge of the services. Interment was made in the family lot at Ross Prairie, Tesas, after another service at the church there. The funeral was very largely attended and a long cortage of autos followed the remains to the church were another large assembly of friends were waiting. A great mound of beautiful flowers were evident of the great friendship she had among her people.

Mother Chupick will be sadly missed in the writer's house hold. She was a dear friend to us; kind, considerate and good. Her noble live on earth will be richly rewarded in the Great Beyond which gives us comfort.


The Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 22, 1932


Elsewhere in this issue is the report of a tragic happening in a suburb of San Antonio, happening last Friday, in which Joe S. Chupick, native of Fayette county, was killed by accidental discharge of a shotgun. From meager details at hand, it seems that Mr. Chupick, his brother and a party named Waligura were en route to this section from Jourdanton, for a visit, but learning of heavy rains and bad roads down this way, turned back after reaching Gonzales and were headed for Jourdanton.

While at Harlandale, a suburb of San Antonio, Mr. Chupick decided to buy some cigars. Stopping at a drug store, his car bumpers struck the curbing rather heavily, causing a shotgun to fall from the rear seat and be discharged, the entire contents striking Chupick and causing his death. The other men in the car were so stunned they at first did not understand what was the matter until they noted Mr. Chupick slumped in the car seat.

Mr. Chupick was a brother-in-law of Editor Sedlmeyer of Flatonia, and had numerous relatives scattered thruout this section, especially in Fayette County. His mother died and was buried about three months ago.

His tragic death is deeply and sincerely deplored by many friends thruout this section.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 3 May 1935, page 1


News was received here first of the week that Mr. Chas. Chvostek of the Holman community, who was taken to the government hospital at Legion near Kerrville, a few days ago for treatment, had died. He was in a precarious condition from pulmonary trouble when he left here, we understand. The reamins were returned to this section for burial. He was a World War veteran, and we understand his death was caused through disease contracted while over the waters.

His death is sincerely deplored by those who knew him.

Charles Chvostek died on April 30, 1935 and is buried at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery at Ammannsville.


La Grange Journal
Tuesday, September 11, 1973


Funeral services for Mrs. Rosalie (NMN) Chytracek, 84, of Pasadena will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 9, at Koenig Funeral Home Chapel and continued at the Plum Catholic Church with Rev. Rudolph Hoffman officiating.  Burial will follow in the Plum Catholic Cemetery.

Mrs. Chytracek succumbed Sunday in the Blalock Nursing Home in Pasadena.

Mrs. Chytracek, nee Lychnovsky, was born in Czechoslovakia on February 1, 1889, and immigrated to this country in 1908 and settled in Fayette County.  She was married to Leopold Chytracek on October 26, 1909, in Fayette County.  Her husband preceded her in death on January 5, 1949.  She was a member of the KJZT and had resided in Fayette County since 1908.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Nathan (Anne) Ende of Pasadena and Mrs. Adolph (Marie) Bartosh of Navasota; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, October 17, 1974

Schulenburg – Mrs. Frank Cinadr passed away suddenly Wednesday, October 2, 1974 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Agnes Bohlmann. She attained the age of 82 years, 8 months and 14 days.

Funeral services were held from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Friday, October 4 at 2:30 p.m. Rev. C. William Mosley officiated at the final rites. Interment was in Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Casket bearers were Leroy Rehak Sr., Frank Pilat, Larry Mayer, Alphonse Vacek, Lonnie Dittert and James Kouba.

Mrs. Cinadr, nee Agnes Troubl, was a native of Czechoslovakia, being born January 19, 1892, daughter of the late Frank and Johanna Troubl. She immigrated to this country June 11, 1913, and on that same day was united in marriage to Frank Cinadr. After their marriage, the couple settled on a farm in Lavaca County where she resided the remainder of her life.

Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Henry (Agnes) Bohlmann, Mrs. Alfred Frank (Mary) Filla, both of Schulenburg; a son, Charlie Cinadr, of Schulenburg; three step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1957; two sons, Frank Cinadr Jr., February 8 1969; and John Cinadr, October 25, 1971.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis



La Grange Journal, Wednesday, October 19, 1977


Mrs. Herman G. (Erna) Citzler, 77, passed away October 9 at the Eden Home for the Aged in New Braunfels.  She had been ill for 4 ½ months.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 11, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ with Rev. Walter Simpson officiating, assisted by Earl Willoughby.  Burial followed in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Alvin Rauch, Atlan Citzler, Nelson Holz, Kurt Tietjen, Delwin Getschmann, and Danny Gansky.  Honorary pallbearers were Gus Balzer, Eric Munke, Jim Okruhlik, J. J. Bucek, Barney Vornsand, Lloyd Jilek, Fritz Prilop, Fritz Michalke, and Beno Nierlich.

Born on February 13, 1900, near La Grange to Augusta and Paul Holz, she married Herman G. Citzler on June 9, 1920, at the O’Quinn community.  She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Mary-Martha Circle.

Surviving are her husband, Herman of Schulenburg; two daughters, Mrs. Milton (Evelyn) Kaase of Schulenburg and Mrs. Lloyd T. (Laverne) Prilop of San Antonio; a son, Clinton Citzler of Irving; a brother, Elton Holz of Canyon Lake; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 April 1909


Died near Flatonio [sic], March 14, Anna Cizek, age 6 years, 9 months and 1 day of peritonitis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 17 Dec 1908

—Miss Cleo Clark of Schulenburg, only daughter of Dr. I. E. Clark, died last Sunday of Typhoid fever. The interment took place Monday and was attended by the following relatives from Shiner: Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Flato, Mrs. Eliza Welhausen, Mrs. E. F. Wolters, and Mrs. Sophie Amsler. Miss Clark had just reached her nineteenth year and was the pride of her parents.

Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Dec 1908


Died at her home in the city, 10 o’clock Sunday morning, December 13, 1908, Miss Cleo Clark, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. I. E. Clark, aged 19 years. She was born in our city June 14, 1889. She was ill only a short time with typhoid fever, and the news of her death came as a great shock to host of friends and cast a gloom over the entire city.

It was here she spent most of her short but happy life and every heart was touched with sympathy for the srticken [sic] ones, from whose fireside the light has fled.

Interment took place in the family burying grounds in the City Cemetery 2 o’clock p. m. Monday, Rev. Summer, of Flatonia, officiating.

Twelve of her young men friends acted as pall bearers and after they had tenderly consigned her remains to their last resting place, they, as a token of their esteem, silently dropped a rose in the grave.

Deceased is survived by a father and mother and one brother, Harvey, who is attending the V. M. I. of Lexington, Va., two grand fathers, Dr. H. S. Clark and Mr. R. Wolters, Sr., and one grandmother, Mrs. H. S. Clark, and a host of relatives, to whom our sincerest sympathy goes out in their sad bereavement.

In the death of Miss Cleo we fully and keenly realize our loss. She was a true friend, and her devotion to those she loved would make a bright chapter in any life. Nothing but the thought of the loving hand that has removed her can reconcile us to her absence. While she has gone from the scense [sic], the conflicts, the sorrows and pleasures of life, she will still live in the hearts of those who knew her best. Her retiring nature led her to hide her best qualities from public gaze, but they were revealed to those who enjoyed her acquaintance, yet it was in her home that her true worth was most conspicous [sic]. She was a kind, loving daughter, and her devotion to the family circle had no limit. Her future was full of promise, and we dare not ask why she was taken from us in her prime, unless, as flowers are picked before the frost finds them that we may not witness their decay. It is sad, indeed, to see one so well equipped for life taken so unexpectedly, yet for her there was no standing on the border land, gazing into the unknown, for death came as the sunset dies along the hills when the day is over. A life that imparts such lessons is well worth living.

“But now she sleeps where the daisies nod,
And the clover hangs its head,
Where the wild birds come and the wild bees hum,
Above her lonely bed.
She fought the fights, she kept the faith.
Her fame shines bright and clear,
And her memory lives in all our hearts,
Which will hold it ever dear.”

The floral offerings surpassed in profusion and beauty anything ever seen here before. A floral pall composed of white flowers was a gift from a host of friends. On a card appended could appropriately have been these words: “These flowers, so typical of the life of her we mourn, mutely speak the pathos of a parting word, and are placed upon this casket by friends who loved the sweet sleeper. On these petals are tears for the parting, and hopes for the meeting beyond the gates.”

Those of her relatives and friends who attended the funeral from a distance were: Mrs. Chas. Welhausen, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Flato, Mrs. E. F. Wolters, Mrs. Sophia Amsler, Shiner. Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Roos, Mr. Hampus Roos, Mrs. Augusta Roos, Yoakum. Mrs. Oscar Roos and daughter, Mr. Rudi Roos, Victoria. Mr. and Mrs. King and son, San Antonio. Mr. Westmoreland, Miss Ina Westmoreland, Mr. and Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Ben Welhausen, Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Roos, Eagle Lake. Mrs. Annie Weisenfeld, Houston. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Willrich, LaGrange Rev. Summer, Misses Lorena and Anita Johnson, Flatonia. Mrs. I. Gallia and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. A. Herzik, Mr. and Mrs. Chris. Breuggemann, Miss Breuggemann, Engel [sic]. Dr. Sam McLeary, Weimar.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Dec 1903, page 1

Death Record.

Deaths reported for the week ending December 5, 1903:

Clark – At Muldoon, November 24, of pneumonia, Ellen Clark, colored, aged 65 years.

Clark – At Muldoon, November 23, of pneumonia, Lewis Clark, colored, aged 70 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross

DR. Harvey S. CLARK

Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Feb 1912, page 1


After an illness of about two months duration, Dr. H. S. Clark died at his country home, widely known as the Glendale Stock Farm, Tuesday night of the 13th and was laid to rest in the City Cemetery Thursday the 15th at 1 o’clock, Rev. Kiethley pastor of the Methodist church of LaGrange, officiating. A large number of friends followed the remains to their last resting place to pay their last respects to one whom they had learned to love and esteem while he was among them.

Dr. Clark was a man of generous impulses and never forgot the hospitality of the pioneer. He came to Texas in 1851 from Tipton county, Tenn., where he was born, 1834, first settling in Polk county. In 1861 he and his family moved to Gonzales and in 1865 moved to Kinkler, Lavaca county. He quit the practice of his profession a number of years ago and devoted his time to the breeding and raising of blooded horses at which he was quite successful. He was a man of excellent habits, fine moral character and sturdy constitution, and he continued to be active in his accustomed pursuits ‘till long past the age at which men ordinarily drop out of the ranks of the workers. To this end there is no doubt that his sunshiney disposition largely contributed. This cheerful spirit remained with him to the last, and he retained his clearness of intellect up to his closing days. He was invariably a good neighbor, and there was no happier family circle in the land than his. When he died full of years, and ready to be gathered to his fathers, the grief that was felt over the close of his long career was widespread and sincere. His best monument will be the good report that he has left behind him in the community in which he has lived for the past forty-seven years.

Dr. Clark was a conscientious member of the Methodist church all his life and he exemplified, by his life, the teachings of his blessed Savior and the teachings of the Golden Rule. In temperment [sic] he was mild, concillitory [sic] and candid; and yet remarkable for an uncompromising firmness. He gained confidence when he seemed least to seek it.

Deceased was married twice, his first wife preceeding [sic] him in death in 1876. His second wife, two daughters, Mesdames Minnie Meyers of Floresville and Mary Pennel of Smiley, and one son, Dr. I. E. Clark of this city survive him, to whom the Sticker extends its heartfelt sympathy in their bereavement.

Schulenburg Sticker, 15 March 1912


Mr. J. S. Clark is in receipt of a letter informing him of the death of his brother, Dr. Harvey S. Clark which occured [sic] at his country home, Glendale stock farm near Hallettsville, Texas, Tuesday, February 13.

Dr. Clark was born and reared in Tipton county, was a son of the late Isaac E. Clark. He secured his early education under Prof. James Byers at Covington, after which he took up the study of medicine with his uncles Drs. David and W. I. McLeary, at Saulsbury, Tenn., and graduated at Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, Pa.

He practiced his profession successfully until a few years ago when he retired from active practice and devoted his attention to raising stock.

At the breaking out of the Civil war he enlisted in Texas regiment.

Many of our older people remember him affectionately and will regret to learn of his death, though he lived in a distant state his friends remember him as he appeared in his younger days and sincerely sympathize with his kinspeople in their loss. – The Tipton Record, Covington, Tenn.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 15 Dec 1881, page 3

PROF. W. B. CLARK, of Winchester, Fayette county, died in this city at 5:20 o'clcock on the 5th inst. aged 73 years. He had been giving dancing lessons for two terms in our city, and was taken suddenly ill with a complication of diseases, which carried him off. He was tenderly cared for by the ladies at Mrs. Thatcher's, where he occupied a room, and also by the Odd Fellows, of which order he was an old and exemplary member. On Monday his remains were conveyed to La Grange by a delegation of both Lodges of our city, where his bereaved relatives and friends met them and conveyed them to Winchester for interment next day. He was an honest, courtly gentleman, of correct principles, and much respected.


La Grange Journal, April 16, 1936 pg. 2

Fishermen Caught Drowned Negro on Trot Line, Tuesday

Jos. Christen, Sr., his son of the same name, Hebert Kohlleffel, and Joe Lewandorski, farmers of near Ellinger, were given a shocking surprise, Tuesday morning when, “running their trot line” in the Colorado River, five miles East of La Grange.

Instead of finding a large catfish, the dead body of a negro was hanging on the line hook. They promptly notified the Sheriff’s Department. ‘Squire Marburger later held the inquest rendering his verdict that the negro came to his death by drowning.

The dead negro was identified as George Clarkson, aged 20 years, and of the Fayetteville-Carmine section. Surmise is to find that he had sought to “ford” the stream; under his right arm, kept intact with his pants buckle, was his trousers, shoes and other apparel rolled into a bundle.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Victoria Advocate, October 17, 2012


CISTERN - Carol Ann Cline, age 67, passed away Monday, October 15, 2012. She was born January 25, 1945 in Schulenburg, Texas to the late Frank L. and Agnes Frebert Kalinec. She was a member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Cistern.

Funeral Services will be held 10:00 am Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Cistern. Burial will follow at Cistern Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are with Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 361-865-3311.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Houston Chronicle, April 22, 2012

Alois Frank Cmajdalka , 69, passed away on April 20, 2012.

The son of Lad and Annie (Polasek) Cmajdalka, he grew up in Fayetteville, Texas and earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Houston in Chemical Engineering. Alois worked with the Tennant Company Engineers and was a founder of BGRS, Inc. a manufacturer of separation and process equipment.

Alois is survived by his wife of 48 years, Shirley (Coufal) Cmajdalka; sons Michael and wife, Shelly; Paul and wife, Kimberly; Blake and friend Tulu Sarkar sisters Charlene Wick; Lillian and Clarence Krenek; sister-in-law, Shirley Cmajdalka; brother-in-law, Robert Kovar; grandchildren, Jennifer and husband Chester, Andrew and fiancé Christine, Macy, Kyla, Hayley, Zachary, and Emily; great-granddaughter, Olivia.

Alois is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Lad E. Cmajdalka, sister, Annette Kovar, and niece Sharon Cmajdalka.

The family will receive friends Monday, April 23, 2012 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm at Klein Funeral Home, 9719 Wortham Blvd, Houston.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 10:30am at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 11507 Huffmeister Road, Houston, Texas 77065. Interment will be held at 3:00 at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery in Fayetteville, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ the Redeemer Catholic Community or the American Cancer Society, Greater Houston Area Chapter.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Sep 1921, page 5

Shooting Affair At Flatonia

Report comes from Flatonia that last Sunday night about 8 o’clock a fellow by the name of Cochran, who had been in the employ of Jim Robbins, contractor, for but a few weeks, was shot and instantly killed.

The reports circulated here state Robbins returning from Muldoon found Cochran at his home, and shooting through the window with a shot gun.

Details received here were meagre.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Galveston Daily News, 22 Mar 1871

We regret that we are compelled to note the decease of E. S. Cochran, Esq. He died on Thursday at 2 o'clock, A. M., aged fifty-six years.

Mr. Cochran came to Texas in 1830 and has been a citizen of La Grange for twenty-three years. He was out in several expeditions against the Indians, and proved himself a good soldier and a good citizen.—LaGrange New Era, March 17.


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 May 1908


At Cistern, April 1, Baby Cockrell, age 1 month and 8 days, of spinal meningitis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Sep 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Edna Cockrill of Colony, age 10 years, died August 16.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Late Mrs. N. M. Cockrill.

Fayette and Bastrop Counties, particularly the section in and about Cistern have lost one of the earliest settlers in the recent death of Mrs. N.M. Cockrill, who died at Flatonia Friday, February 15, 1924 at 7:50 p.m.

Deceased was born in St. Louis County, Missouri, April 16th, 1835 and had celebrated her 88th birthday last April when she was surrounded by sons, daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

She married December 29th, 1853 to Mr. Cockrill and two years later came to Texas taking up their home at Cistern where the family has resided since and where Mr. and Mrs. Cockrill reared their thirteen children, several remaining in this section of the State while others have gone to distant States and established their homes and five of them with the father have preceded her.  She was a devout Christian and kind neighbor and their home was always one of the hospitable homes of the  Cistern section, and no one appealed in vain at their door for advice or assistance.  For the past twenty eight years, Mrs. Cockrill has been making her home with her son , E.E. Cockrill at Flatonia and it was at his home her tired spirit took it's flight to it's abiding place in the Great Beyond, after an illness of several weeks.

Two daughters and six sons, forty seven grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren remain to mourn the loss of this sainted lady.  The daughters are Mrs. George Renfro, Smithville, and Mrs. Edward House of Los Angeles, California.  The sons are E.L. and S.W. Cockrill of Cistern, B. Cockrill of Smithville, L.Y. Cockrill of Seguin, Claude and E.E. Cockrill of Flatonia, C.N. and C.W. Cockrill of this city are grandson and nephew respectively of the deceased.

Contributed by by Gayle Newkirk


Newton M. Cockrill was born in St. Louis County, Missouri on November 24, 1832.  He  moved to Texas when he was 24 years of age and selected as a place of residence, Cistern, Fayette County, where he died on August 6, 1885.

His large family of relations and his numerous friends all bewail his loss as a man in whom there was much to love.  During his sojourn of 29 years in the same community, he succeeded in attaching to himself the love and services of many dependants, the respect of his neighbors, and the hearty goodwill of all.  And if respect and love enriches and makes the happy the next, as it does this life, then our departed friend may well be a happy man.  However the beatitude of the next world is a matter of mere conjecture, but this we do know, that this was a happy life here.  A farmer by profession, he spent his days attending to the various duties entailed by this occupation he had chosen, and those duties were such that he was never idle.  Spending thus his two score years and ten in pursuit of a simple avocation and in a continued round of activity, we say that his was a happy life and a useful one.  For that life is well spent which labors for the happiness of others.  This he did, and not in temporal affords, but the affairs pertaining to their welfare in the life to come.  Not by showing sinners their errors of their way did he accomplish this thing, but by giving others an opportunity, and if he were missed by no one else, the old camp meeting ground at Cistern would still mourn his loss.

His too, was of a generous nature, and his was an hospitable home, where the stranger, friend, or dependent could always find admittance, a hearty welcome and an abundance of refreshments.  No one can say of him be high or low, rich or poor, "I hungered and you gave me no meal; I thirsted and you gave me no drink."

His life was a mighty river with its rippling murmurs flowing on through pleasant fields, on and on, always happy as testified by it's rippling murmur.  Ever useful, as shown by the revolving wheel that furnished bread to mankind; ever hospitable as evident from the breast laid bare and ever ready to receive winged bird of commerce.  In a higher and noble sense, as was this river, was his life too, and as the river drifted into the great sea, so did his life drift out into the sea of eternity.  Let us hope that it there joins the gulf stream of the pure, and that it wound up to dwell forever around the great throne of God.

Became a County Commissioner for Fayette County in 1882.

Contributed by by Gayle Newkirk


La Grange Journal, Monday, June 7, 1971

Collins Rites held Saturday

Funeral services for Benjamin Collins, 75, of Fayetteville were held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, June 5, at Concord Baptist Church in Round Top with Rev. T. R. Simmons officiating.  Burial was in the Hilderbranch Cemetery in Oldenburg under direction of Pendergrass-Peoples Mortuary.

Collins served in France during World War I and was a member of the deacon’s board of the Concord Baptist Church for 40 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ammie Collins of Fayetteville; two daughters, Mrs. Leezella Baldwin of La Grange and Mrs. Ethel Gilmore of Kindleton; two sons, Bennie Collins of East Bernard and John Collins of La Grange; a sister, Mrs. Virginia Thomas of Portland, Oregon; a brother, Eddy Lovvings of Elgin; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 22 Jun 1889, page 2

A stranger supposed to be one George Collins, died suddenly at the restaurant adjoining John Schutz' saloon on Wednesday evening. Judge Hopkins held an inquest, and from the evidence nothing could be obtained to show that he died from other than natural causes.—Argus.


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 July 1917


Alvina Condl, died May 9, aged 34 years, Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, January 16,1936 page 6

Deaths Reported

Died at La Grange, January 11, of tuberculosis; Elizabeth Conner, aged 28 years.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, May 27, 2014

Joyce H. Cook, 75, of Schulenburg, died on Thursday, May 22 of liver cancer after a two-month illness. The funeral was held on Saturday, May 24 at 10 a.m. at the St. Rose Catholic Church, followed by entombment in the St. Rose Mausoleum. Rev. Tim Kosler officiated. Pallbearers were Kenneth Cook, Jerry Cook, Ralph Kalina, Ross Kalina, Tommy Holub and Ernie Matura. Named as honorary pallbearer was Thomas Rousey. A rosary was led by the Catholic Daughters on Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.

Born on Nov. 12, 1938 in Schulenburg, she was the daughter of Emil and Lydia Konvicka Holub. On June 1, 1958, she married Tommy Cook in Schulenburg. Mrs. Cook worked as a Registered Nurse and was a member of the St. Rose Catholic Church.

A daughter, Sherri Lyn Cook-Rousey of Pflugerville, survives her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a son, Jack Cook.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 17, 1955

Dr. L. D. Cook

Funeral services for Dr. Lafayette DeWitt Cook, 84, will be held Thursday, March 17, at 2 PM in the St. James Methodist Church the Rev. W. M. Ellison of Austin officiating.  Interment will be made in the La Grange Cemetery.

Dr. Cook, resident of La Grange since 1900 and a practicing physician here, passed away at his home early Sunday morning after a heart attack.  The Negro doctor was well-known and frequently contributed materials for medical journals.  He was also widely known for his agricultural experiments.

He was a native of Jackson, La., where he was born Dec. 10, 1871.

Survivors are his widow; a son, Capt. L. D. Cook Jr. of Baton Rouge, La.; a brother. Hampton Cook of Greenville, Miss.; a sister, Maybell Cassacalvo of St. Paul, Minn.; and two grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Wednesday, November 25, 1981


Funeral services for Leon Joe Cook, 75-year-old Fayette County carpenter, were held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, at the Koenig-Peel Funeral Home, Inc. Chapel here with burial in the La Grange City Cemetery.  The Rev. W. C. Harting officiated.

Mr. Cook passed away Monday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born in Fayetteville on August 28, 1906, he was a son of Charlie and Pauline Miller Cook.  He was married to Irene Hlinsky on August 16, 1930, in La Grange.  He was a member of the SPJST.

Surviving are his wife, Irene of La Grange; a son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Annie Cook of La Grange; three sisters, Dela Stibora, Elsie Zatopek, and Lillie Wagner, all of Ellinger; two brothers, Albert and Henry Cook, both of Ellinger; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and a sister.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Colorado Citizen, August 23, 1877, page 3

Death of Hon. R. V. Cook.—With feeling of unfeigned sorrow we announce the death of this gentleman, at his rsidence in Columbus, at 9 o’clock Monday night. The disease which took him from us was congestion, and its work very sudden. He was taken violently ill at 3 o’clock Sunday evening and died the succeeding night. Col. Cook was an old resident of the place, having commenced the practice of law here in 1856. He had served the people several times in an official capacity, representing us last in the Senate in ‘66 after which he withdrew from active participation in politics until the last Presidential election when he was Elector upon the Tilden and Hendrick’s ticket for the Fifth District. He was a gentleman of positive character and varied information, many years’ ago being a contributer for this paper, and a valued correspondent of the State Gazette, under the nom de plume of “Clio,” and occasionally wrote interesting papers for the Galveston News. An appropriate obituary has been promised us for next issue. He was a man with many friends, of Christian principles, devoted to his wife and daughter, and will be sadly missed in this community. His remains were sent to Fayette county for interment. Peace to his memory. [Interred in Moore Cemetery]

The Galveston Daily News, 24 Aug 1877, page 1

Richard V. Cook

The announcement of the death of Richard V. Cook, at his home, in colorado county, which was made in the NEWS of Wednesday evening last, was a surprise and shock to his numerous friends and acquaintances in every part of the State. Educated at Lebanon, Tennessee, of which State he was a native, he emigrated to Texas in 1853, and settled in Fayetteville, Fayette county, where he remained till 1856, when he removed to Columbus, Colorado county, and engaged in the practice of the law. In 1862 he raised a company, was attached to Col. Griffin's regiment, and served until the final dismemberment of the Confederate army. Returning to Columbus, he resumed the practice of his profession. In 1866 he was elected to the State Senate, and in the last presidential campaign was an elector on the Democratic ticket. He was a graceful writer and excellent speaker; earnest and vigorous in all his undertakings, and respected by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.

Colorado Citizen, August 30, 1877, page 3

The news of the sudden death, on last Monday night, of Col.. R. V. Cook, of Columbus, reached here early Tuesday morning, casting a gloom over our community. Here he had many warm and personal friends who unite in a just tribute of respect ... departed worth. Col. Cook came to Texas in 1831[?] and located in this county, at Fayetteville, where he commenced his career in law, in which profession he subsequently distinguished himself. From a successful practice of his profession, he was . . . during his twenty two years residence in Columbus, to fill many postitions of honor and trust. His opinions of the rights of the South were borne gallantly by him as Captain of a company through the four years of the late war. He represented this district as Senator in the Legislature of '66 during Gov. Throckmorton's administration, making an able, active and energetic member. The Democratic State Convention, held in Galveston, January, 1876, appointed him Elector for this Congreessional District, when he became the standard bearer of those principles that made this government, and his sound conservative speeches aided our country im the return to those principles that we are today enjoying. He was a man of great moral worth, resting his hope for a companionship in eternity upon the religion of Christ.—Fayette County Record.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


Colorado Citizen, Feb. 18, 1910, page 3

Santa Anna etchings

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


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Jan 1910


Miss Sallie Cooksey was born in Montgomery County, Texas, Nov. 24, 1850. About ten years later her perents [sic] moved to Lavaca county, where she lived until coming to Schulenburg. Since her mother’s death in 1874, she has lived with her sister, Mrs. Chas. H. Rose. Frequently during the past three years she has been dangerously ill, but at times would be better, and was able to be up the day of her death, Jan. 13. Taken worse at 6:30 she gradually became weakers [sic], and died at 8:38. Death’s blow came quietly and gently, taking with it the earthly body of her who has ever been useful, ever doing something for others.

She leaves two sisters, Miss Fannie Cooksey and Mrs. C. H. Rose, nephews and nieces, who mourn the loss of a loving sister and kind aunt, one who has cared for them in sickness and health, and has rejoiced in their welfare.

Interment took place Saturday morning, Rev. Worrel performing the last sad rites at the grave.

Our sincerest sympathies are extended the sorrowing relatives.

“I cannot say, I will not say
That she is dead – She is just away.
With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand
She has wondered [sic] into an unknown land
And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be, since she lingers there.
Think of her still the same, I say;
She is not dead – She is just away.”
Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 29 Feb 1924, page 2


News was received Tuesday afternoon of a very unfortunate affair that occurred at the home of Eilert Cordes, who lived upon his farm near Oldenburg. The information given was to the effect that both Mr. Cordes and his wife had been shot to death shortly after two o'clock that afternoon, and particulars later obtained from the sheriff's office confirmed the report and also gave the information that one gun had been used; the wife met her death first, then the gun was turned upon the husband, who blotted out his life.

Cause for the unfortunate affair is only surmised. A son, instructed by the father to look after the closing of a gate to prevent the cattle from roaming on to other fields, essayed to carry out the instructions, and upon his return, and when near the stable, he heard a shot. He paused, and resuming his jouney to the home heard another shot; hastening into the home he found the bodies of his parents, eight feet apart, upon the floor of a room.

The gun used was a single-barrel shot gun. Both had been shot in the breast. — LaGrange Journal.


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, February 10, 1977

Schulenburg Woman Dies in 2 Car Wreck

Mrs. Elizabeth Cordes, 71, of Schulenburg, was killed in a two-car wreck on Hwy. 90 just inside the western city limits of Schulenburg at 7:15 Friday evening.

City Police Officer Allen Konvicka said she was thrown from the car when her car and one driven by Mrs. Deborah Jones, 19, of Flatonia collided. Konvicka said Tuesday he had not completed his investigation into the exact nature of the wreck. Mrs. Cordes was dead at the scene.

She was a sister of Miss Matilda Knesek of Weimar.

A native of Fayette County, she was the former Elizabeth Knesek. She and her husband Kunz Cordes lived in the Freyburg area for many years. He died in 1965.

Mrs. Cordes is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Irene, J. Daniels, and one son, Willie K. Cordes, both of Houston; six sisters, Miss Knesek here, Mrs. Emma Sandera and Mrs. Paul Cordes of Schulenburg, Mrs. Aug. Bordovsky, Mrs. Alex Kocurek and Mrs. Emil Veselka, all of Houston; and one brother, Anton Knesek of Richmond.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, with burial in Schulenburg, City Cemetery. Rev. Roger Robbins officiated.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Dec 1904


The Death Angel has again been in our midst, this time to claim little Annie Louise, aged one year, four months and seven days, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Cornelson, on the morning of the 29th ult. and its little remains were interred in the city Cemetery amid sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock.

May the assurance that their precious little darling is sweetly resting in the arms of Jesus console them in their bereavement. The Sticker joins their many friends in extending sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker
Thursday, November 28, 1968

“Red” Cornelson, Veteran Musician, Found Dead Wed.

The body of Fenton “Red” Cornelson, well-known veteran South Texas musician, was found last Wednesday, November 20, in a shallow lily pond next to the American Legion clubhouse at El Campo.

Wharton County Deputy Sheriff Wilbur Mitchell stated the veteran “ragtime” piano player apparently suffered a heart attack after leaving the clubhouse and stumbled into four feet of water.  Justice of the Peace, C. F. Drapela of El Campo ruled the death was due to accidental drowning.

Cornelson, who claimed to have originated “ragtime” piano music in a San Francisco hotel room 60 years ago, spent most of his colorful musical career entertaining South Central Texans with his own orchestra.

Funeral services were held Thursday, November 21, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the Wheeler Funeral Home in El Campo.  Burial was in El Campo’s Oaklawn Memorial Park.

Survivor’s are his wife, Mrs. Olga (Steinmann) Cornelson of El Campo; a daughter, Mrs. Elaine Trammell of Garwood; two sons, Ray C. Cornelson and Bruce O. Cornelson, both of El Campo and a sister, Mrs. Katy Bowen of Sugar Land.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Larry Cornelson and Mrs. Henry (Emmie) Herder of Sugar Land.

Localites attending the services were Oscar Gresser, Mrs. Augusta Gresser, Mrs. Lavina Russek, Mrs. J. J. Bucek and Mrs. Wilburn Wagner.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 8 Sep 1894, page 2

Schulenburg Sticker:
After many weeks of illness and patient suffering the death of Mrs. Henry Cornelson occurred at their home in this city last Sunday night. The deceased lady was at the time of her demise in the prime of life, being 36 yers. She ws born and raised in Fayette county, where she leaves many warm and dear friends and a loving husband and four children to mourn their irreparable loss. The interment took place at the city cemetery at 4:30 p. m. Monday.


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, January 23, 2003

Larry Cornelson Jr.

Larry Cornelson Jr., who resided at 7326 Corian Park in San Antonio, died on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in Schulenburg at age 77 years, 7 months, 22 days.

The funeral was held in Haskell on Monday, Jan. 20 at 10 a.m., followed by interment there.

Born in Schulenburg on May 24, 1925, he was the son of Larry Cornelson Sr. and Ruth Cornelson Balzer and step-son of Gus Balzer.  He attended Schulenburg High School.  On Dec. 22, 1949, he married Betty Balzer in Sagerton.  Retired from the military at the time of his death, Mr. Cornelson served with the 82nd Airborne division and U.S. Air Force Security Service.  He was a member of the Methodist Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Kathryn Sue Cornelson of Lewisville; a son, Douglas Wayne Cornelson of Hana, Maui, Hawaii; and a brother, Bill Cornelson of Wimberley.

Preceding him in death were his parents, step-father and wife; and a sister, Barbara Chromcak.

Holden-McCauley Funeral Home of Haskell was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, January 4, 1946

Sad Death of Larry Cornelson, Sr.

One of the saddest duties of the average newspaper man is to record the death of a close friend, and in recording the death of Larry Cornelson, Sr., we feel our inability to express our sentiments and tell of the manifold virtues of this truly good man.

Larry had been somewhat ailing for about ten days, but had been able to be up and down, however, on last Saturday afternoon, he suffered a heart attack and was immediately rushed to the Hallettsville Hospital where every effort was made to revive him but all to no avail, and at 10:30 Saturday night December 29 the Angel of Death called and his spirit passed quietly on.

Knowing him for many years, we were at all times attracted toward him, and we regarded him as one of the truest and best friends we ever possessed.  A man every inch of him, true as steel to his friends, without a semblance of deceit about him, displaying the same cheerful temperament under any and all circumstances.  His cheerful disposition always looking on the bright side of life, no matter how discouraging the circumstances, was truly remarkable and always marked him as a man of most even temperament.

Larry was born in Schulenburg on February 27, 1893, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cornelson, where he grew to manhood and at the time of his death had attained the age of 52 years, ten months and two days.

He was known throughout the state as a first class musician, and at one time formed his own orchestra.  He was a first class radio man and for some time has operated a Radio Repair Shop here in Schulenburg.

On July 9, 1923, he was united in marriage to Miss Ruth Mensing of La Grange, and to this union three children were born, two sons, Larry Jr., and Billy, and one daughter, Barbara Jean.  Larry, Jr., has been serving in the Army of Occupation in Germany since V-E Day, however, at the time of death of his father was on the high seas, enroute home, having sailed on the Queen Mary for New York last Friday.

Funeral services were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home Monday afternoon, with interment in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.  Rev. Bahnsen, Lutheran minister, was in charge of the services.

Surviving are his grief stricken widow, Mrs. Ruth Mensing Cornelson, two sons, Larry, Jr., in the army, and Billy, and one daughter, Barbara Jean, at home, two brothers, William Cornelson of Schulenburg, and Fenton “Red” Cornelson of El Campo; two sisters, Mrs. Emmie Herder and Mrs. Katie Bowen of Sugar Land, besides many other relatives.

The large gathering of friends from far and near that assembled to join in the last sad tributes to his memory and the vast wealth of beautiful floral offerings gave evidence of the esteem in which he was held.

Our heart is saddened over the death of our friend, yet we bow in humble submission to the will of the Father, knowing that we will in time understand why Larry was taken from us at a time when life held out for him so many hopes and aspirations.

God be merciful to the bereaved ones left behind, is our sincere prayer.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Jan 1902

A Deplorable Affair.

Little Oliver Cornelson the 18 months old babe of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cornelson died at 4 o’clock Friday morning, Dec. 27th. from the effects of having drunk from a bottle of carbolic acid, which the innocent little fellow, in a spirit of play, had pulled from a table in the room in which he was amusing himself with his Christmas toys. He was discovered an instant afterwards by his devoted mother, who had only left the child for a moment, who realizing the gravity of the childish innocence immediately summons medical assistance and did everything possible to controvert the apprehended result of the deathly drug, but the poison which had penetrated the system of the babe was master of the situation and after lingering for fifeteen [sic] hours death claimed the little sufierer [sic] and the soul took its flight. The funeral occurred Friday afternoon and was largely attended by the sympathetic friends of the beloved parents and family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, November 12, 1981

Mrs. Cornelson Funeral Held

Mrs. William (Tillie) Cornelson of Schulenburg passed away on Friday, Nov. 6 at the Colonial Nursing Home here following a long illness.  She reached the age of 96 years, 11 months, 6 days.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Nov. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the St. Paul United Church of Christ, with Rev. Walter Simpson officiating.  Interment was in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Wagner, Bill Cornelson, E. J. Chromcak, Tommy Chromcak, John Dillard and Herbert Lehman.

Honorary pallbearers included Gus Balzer, Larry Cornelson, Johnnie Tumis, E. W. Kasper, J. J. Bucek and Fritz Prilop.

The daughter of the late Christian and Fredericka Bruegman, she was born on Nov. 15, 1884 in Swiss Alp.  She married William Cornelson on Dec. 27, 1908 in Schulenburg.  A life-long resident of this area, she was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ and 60-year member of Lodge 14 of the Order of the Sons of Hermann.

She is survived by a daughter, Cora Wagner of Schulenburg; a sister, Mollie Hodanek of Flatonia; a grandson, Mike Wagner of Lake Jackson; and three great-grandchildren, Sean Wagner, Tricia Wagner and Jeffrey Wagner, all of Lake Jackson.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Aug 1905


Mr. Wm. Cornelson, one of Schulenburg’s oldest and most prominent citizens, died at his residence Tuesday morning at ten minutes past one o’clock, after a lingering illness of several months duration. He was a victim of that dreaded disease consumption, and suffered long, but patiently.

Interment took place in the City Cemetery under the auspices of the I. O. O. F. of which he was an honorable member, at 5:30 o’clock the same day, amid grief stricken loved ones, relatives and sorrowing friends.

Mr. Wm. Cornelson was born in Osten, Ost Provinz, Hanover, Germany on March 23rd, 1856; came to this country and located in Illinois in 1861 and came to Schulenburg in 1875, where he has resided since his death [sic].

He leaves a wife, two daughters, Miss Emma and little Katye, three sons, Willie, Larry and Fenton, one brother, Mr. Henry Cornelson of Houston and two sisters, Mesdames Matilda Balsen and Louise Gravert, both residing in Germany, to mourn his loss.

Deceased was a member of the K. of P., K. of H., Pretorians, I. O. O. F. and a County Mutual Insurance order.

The Sticker begs to extend its sincere sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Feb 2009, page 3

Dolores Ann Corporron

Dolores Ann Corporron, 73, passed away Sunday, Jan. 4 after a 2 1/2-year battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born Dolores Pargac on Nov. 27, 1935 to Alfred and Annie Pargac on the family farm in Lavaca County. She attended high school in Schulenburg. Soon after graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Jim Corporron. Together, they moved with the Air Force to Biloxi, Miss. and Tampa, Fla., before settling in Houston in 1957. Through the years, the Corporrons enjoyed many weekends at their farm south of Schulenburg, and retired there in 1994. “Dolores’ family was the joy and focus of her life. She was a loving wife, devoted Mom, special Aunt Dollie, and big-hearted Momo to her grandkids,” her family writes. “She was the happiest when surrounded by family, who were always welcome and well-fed in her home.” Mrs. Corporron had a close-knit and cherished circle of friends. Together, they bowled, played the slots and played cards, Mrs. Corporron’s favorite pastimes. The friendship, love and laughter they shared over the years were held close to her heart.

Mrs. Corporron is survived by her husband of 54 years; twin sons, Randy Corporron and wife Kay, and Rodney Corporron and wife Barbara; daughter Diane Goulden and husband Doug; eight grandchildren, Kristin, Ryan, Connor McKenna, Calie, Riley, Hannah and Elaine; a sister, Patricia Ulrich and husband Harris; and beloved nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

“Dolores faced her disease with determination and a smile. Her concern for the well-being of her family and friends was always a priority over the concern for herself,” according to the family.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, followed by interment in the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Dolores Corporron Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer, c/o MD. Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 4486, Houston, TX 77030-4486, or St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 1010 Lyons, Schulenburg, TX 78956.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 8, 1934

Deaths Reported

Died at Plum, January 28, of paralysis; Kuben Cotton, colored, aged about 109 years.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


The Banner Press Newspaper, February 5, 2009

Emmett Roy Coufal

September 2, 1924- January 25, 2009
Services for Emmett Roy Coufal, 84, of Fayetteville were held Jan. 28 at St John’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville with the Rev. Father Stephen Nesrsta officiating.

Burial followed at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Fayetteville. Coufal died Jan. 25.  He was born on Sept. 2, 1924 in Fayetteville, the son of Emil and Johanna Slovocek Coufal.

He was united in marriage to Adell R. Malota on Oct. 20, 1953 in Fayetteville.
Coufal worked as a die repairman for El Campo Aluminum plant for 38 years and retired in 199l.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siter, Ruby Reid and grandson, Craig Brian Coufal.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Debra Coufal Glaze and husband Danny of Victoria, and Janie Coufal Wasut and husband Billy of Fayetteville; son, Emmet Coufal Jr. and wife Cherie of El Campo; two sisters, Estella Vasut of Columbus, and Doris Miller and husband Leland of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Christopher Graeter and wife Crystal Richter, Heather McDaniel and husband Charlies, Brandon Lovell, Alicia Glaze, Jeffery Coufal, and Larissa Gilbert and husband Brian; and four great-grandchildren, Aubree Graeter, Julia McDaniel, and Kaela and Morgan Gilbert.

Pallbearers were Christopher Graeter, Jeffery Coufal, Brandon Lovell, Gene and Edward Vasut, and Clarence Gerik.
Honorary pallbearers were Charles McDaniel, Laddie, David, and Terry Vasut, Brian Gilbert, and Tommy Henslee III.
Donations may be made to Craig Coufal Memorial Scholarship Fund % First State Bank, P.O. Box 967, El Campo, TX 77437 or St. John’s Catholic Church.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home, La Grange director.

Transcribed by Gayle Clemons Newkirk


La Grange Journal, 1978

Funeral services for Frank Coufal, 94, of Route 2, Fayetteville were held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, November 2, at the Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville with Reverend Gordon Hejl and Reverend Woodrow Yates of Bellville officiating. Burial was in the Brethren Cemetery in Industry under direction of Koening Funeral Home.

Mr. Coufal, a farmer and rancher, died October 31 in the Sweetbriar Nursing Home in Bellville. He was 94.

Born December 6, 1883, in Willow Springs, he was a son of Joseph and Theresa Marek Coufal. He was married in August of 1908 to Marie Bubela. He was a lifetime Fayetteville area resident.

Surviving are his wife, Marie of Fayetteville; two daughters, Mrs. A.W. (Leona) Wied and Mrs. Frederick J. (Theresa) Ross, both of Fayetteville; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Krenek and Mrs. Lawrence Kulhanek, both of Fayetteville; three brothers, Willis and Emil Coufal of Fayetteville and Alvin Coufal of Shelby; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


La Grange Journal, 1986

Last Rites for Mrs. Marie Coufal, 97, of Route 2 Fayetteville, were conducted Friday at 2 P.M. at the Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville with Mr. Leon Bridges officiating. Interment was in the Industry Brethren Cemetery.

Mrs. Coufal, widow of the late Frank Coufal, passed away Wednesday in Bohne Hospital in Brenham.

She was born in Fayetteville October 12, 1888, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bubela. She was united in marriage with Mr. Coufal August 18, 1908. Mrs. Coufal was a member of the Church of Christ.

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-laws, Leona and Alex Wied and Theresa and Fred Ross all of Fayetteville; and six grandchildren, Alex Wied IV of Leesville, Louisiana, Larry E. and J. Perry Wied of Houston, John W. Wied of La Grange, Frederick Ross Jr. of El Paso and Theresa Pierce of Houston.

Her husband and one grandson, J. Allen Wied preceded her in death.

Koening-Peel Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 17, 1935

Aged Woman Citizen Dies At Muldoon Wednesday, Jan. 9

From Mrs. L.W. Miller of Muldoon who was in La Grange, Saturday, the Journal learned of the death of an aged woman resident of the Muldoon section, Mrs. Mary Coulson, who had been ill for a week.  She was 79 years, 3 months and 7 days old. The remains were placed to rest last Friday, January 11, Rev. G.B. McLane officiating. Mrs. Coulson died Wednesday, January 9.

Deceased had lived in Muldoon all of her natural life; her maiden name was Mary Williford. She was twice married, her first husband being Wm. Monir, and to this union there was born three children; several years after the death of Mr. Minor she became the wife of J.C. Coulson, who died more than twenty years ago. Three children by the last marriage, and 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren survive. A daughter by her first marriage preceded the mother about thirty years ago.

Mrs. Coulson, says our informant, was beloved by everyone in the village of Muldoon, being a Christian woman, devout and maintaining her faith throughout all adversities. 

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal, June 18, 1936 pg. 7

Frank Cowden Dies

This, Monday morning, our people were shocked when a message was received from New Orleans stating Frank R. Cowden had passed away. Mr. Cowden and wife left here early Saturday morning for New Orleans to visit his sister. The remains will arrive here Tuesday and the funeral will be held from the Baptist church, Wednesday morning.

Mr. Cowden has many friends here and over the state; he has been a salesman for the Cowden Grocery Company for many yeas; he was a good husband and will be missed by everyone. His wife, sister, and other relatives survive him.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, 18 Jun 1898, page 5

Flatonia Argus:

Died, Edwin Hood Cowdin, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Cowdin, aged three weeks and twenty hours, died Wednesday morning at 4 o'clock and was buried in the city cemetery in the afternoon of the same day, at 5 o'clock.


Elizabeth Lillian Bowman Cox, a resident of St. Joseph's Nursing Home, passed away Monday, August 8 [2005]. Born December 14, 1914, to the union of Katerina Moellenberndt of LaGrange, Texas and Harry Bowman of Cedartown, Georgia, she was the granddaughter of Frederika and Heinrich Moellenberndt of LaGrange, Texas, and M. H. Bowman and Permelia Collins Bowman of Cedartown, Georgia.

Elizabeth was the first librarian of the Fayette Memorial Library in LaGrange, Texas. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Monroe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Cox, sister Lois Beckham, and brother Edward Bowman. She is survived by her daugher Lois Ferguson and husband, Gary, and granddaughters Laurie Ferguson of Monroe and Katie Ferguson of New Orleans. Other family members included sister-in-law Mozelle Oertli of Arlington, Texas, Marion Ferguson and the Mike Ferguson family of Los Angeles.

The family extends gratitude to the staff of St. Joseph's for their loving care over the past six years, to Dr. Art Yarbrough and staff, and to Hospice Care of Louisiana.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, August 11, at 10 a.m. in Smithville, Texas, under the direction of Marrs-Jones Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 13, at 4 p.m. in Monroe at Trinity Lutheran Church.

Photo and obituary ontributed by Lois Ferguson


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Aug 1913


Julia Craft aged 70 years, cerebral applexy [sic], Round Top.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Crawford: Die at La Grange, Sept 4-03, of Laryngeal Tuberculosis, Mr. Crawford, aged 79 yrs.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Colorado County Citizen, October 29, 1981, Pg. 3


Funeral services for Meta Emily Vibron Creppon, 97, of Needville were held Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of La Grange with the Revs. Garret Creppon and John Jenson officiating.  Mrs. Creppon was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Garhard Creppon; one son, Jacob Creppon; one sister, Lena Gilliam, and five brothers.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in La Grange and a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Charles (Beatrice) Kosler of Rosenberg, Mrs. Albert (Ruby) Inge of Smithville, Mrs. Charles W. (Jessie Lee) Klanke of Houston and Mrs. Julius (Gussie Lee) of Richmond; one son, Earnes Garhard Creppon of  Fort Worth.  Mrs. Creppon also leaves 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. 

Transcribed by David Hahn


Weimar Mercury, 13 Feb 1892, page 3

The death of Mrs. Elizabeth Creuzbaur at her farm near Schulenburg, Saturday at 7:30 a. m., was a severe blow to her many friends in this city, where she had resided for a number of years. The cause of her death is given as capilary bronchitis, the sequel of la grippe. At the time of her death Mrs. Creuzbaur was in her 57th year. She came to Texas when she was about 8 years of age, and had been a resident of this portion of the state ever since. She married a Captain Creuzbaur, and the result of this union was five children, three sons and two [daughters] all of whom are living. They were all present at the bedside during her last moments, and gave her every attention. She was a most excellent lady, kind and hospitable to all, ready at all times to extend aid to the sick and suffering, and the community feels that it has lost a valued citizen. Her remains were interred by the side of her husband at High Hill, Fayette county, a number from this city attended the burial. To the bereaved relatives of the deceased THE MERCURY extends heartfelt sympathy.


Dallas Morning News, 13 Oct 1896


Criswell—Flatonia, Fayette Co., Tex., Oct. 8—
John Y. Criswell, an old resident of this county, a Texas veteran and ex president of the Texas Veterans' association, died yesterday at Waco, where he had gone for his health. He was said to be 84 years old. The funeral took place today.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson


Weimar Mercury, 23 Apr 1898, page 4

Flatonia, Tex., April 17.—Mrs. E. Y. Crisswell [sic.] died yesterday at Waco at the age of 65 and was buried here to-day in the city cemetery. Mrs. Crisswell was the wife of E. Y. Crisswell [sic.], a Mexican war veteran, who died about a year ago at Waco.


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Feb 1899, page 1

Mrs. H. E. Criswell

Mrs. Mary E. Criswell, widow of Wm. V. Criswell and daughter of James McMicken, died at her home four miles east of this city, last Monday, January 23, 1899, death occurring at 2 o’clock in the morning. Deceased had lived in Texas many years, being one of the oldest residents of Fayette county, and when death claimed her she had grown quite advanced in age – being over seventy years.

She was the mother of six children, two sons and four daughters; one son, John Criswell of Childress, and three daughters, Mesdames Lillie Waddell and Mary Lyons of McCulloch county, and Mrs. J. C. Jones of Black Jack, this county; survive her. Besides her son and daughters she leaves a large number of grandchildren and other relatives who were made very sad by her death.

Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Black Jack Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. – Flatonia Record.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 7 Dec 1895, page 2

Express Special: Flatonia, Texas, Nov. 28.—Died today, at 12 o'clock, Mrs. Luna Crockett, passed away at the residence of her sister, Mrs. H. W. Harrison.


Weimar Mercury, 1 Jan 1898, page 5

Schulenburg, Texas, December 29.—Gus Crook, a former citizen of this place, but lately of Guatemala, committed suicide this morning by shooting himself through the brain. Financial trouble is supposed to have been the cause.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Oct 1917

Little Stella Norma Crouch, the five-year-old daughter of J. H. Crouch and wife, nee Miss Ellen Hoeffert, died at the family home inPort [sic] Arthur, and was brought here to be laid to herlast [sic] sweet rest Thursday morning. The many friends of the family in this section extend sympathy to them in the loss of their little darling.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Matthew major crump, Sr.

Matthew Crump

from funeral program

Deacon Matthew Major Crump, Sr., was born on September 28, 1929, to Mr. & Mrs. Isreal Crump. He was the youngest of 12 children.

His school days began in Olinberg [Oldenburg], TX., and later years at Powell Point High School of Kendleton.

Deacon Crump confessed a hope in Christ during 1938 at County Line Baptist Church where he later met and married Miss Rosetta McNeil. And to this union five beautiful children were born.

Having been chosen a man of good report, he was ordained as a deacon December 5, 1976 by Pastor R. Booker. He served Little Zion faithful and taught the Men's Sunday School class for the past two years.

He was employed with Texas Iron Works, Inc. of Houston, Tx., for 9 years, and was respected highly being referred to as "the counselor" to all.

Deacon Crump departed this life on January 3, 1990 at 3:15 p.m., and survivors include a loving wife, Mrs. Rosetta Crump of Kendleton; 3 sons, Matthew, Jr., of Kendleton; Franklyn of Fort Stewart Hinsville, Ga.; and Melvin of Houston. 2 daughters, Mrs. Delore Brown of Houston and Brs. Brbra Smith of Sugar Lnd. 9 grands; 1 sister; 5 brothers; 2 aunts; 2 daughters-no-law; 2 sons-in-law and other relatives and friends. [Interred at Paradise Cemetery, Kendleton, TX]

Contributed by Barbara Jones


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Jan 1913


Edward Crupals [sic.], age 3 years, broncho pneumonia, Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 12 Feb 1902

Crushed to Death.

LaGrange, Texas, February 7.—Joe Cruz, a Mexican, well known in this community, met with a peculiar death last night. He was cutting wood on one of the farms of J. C. Brown, Esq., of this city and last night built a fire against a dead tree and laid down in front of the fire and went to sleep; during the night the tree burned down and fell on Cruz, crushing the life out of him.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Fayette County Record, Tuesday, October 20, 2009

John J. Cufr, 93, of Fayetteville died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009 at Christus Dubuis Hospital in Bryan.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John's Catholic Church, Fayetteville, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17 with Rev. Fr. Stephen Nesrsta officiating. Burial followed at the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery

He was born in Industry, on Oct. 22, 1915, the son of John and Minnie (Hajek) Cufr.

He is survived by his wife, Valerian Cufr and son John Cufr of Fayetteville; son, Dennis J. Cufr and wife Jill of Huntsville; daughter, Patricia Ann Majeske and husband Michael of Spring; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leonard and Joe Cufr.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Restoration Fund of charity of choice.

Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 12 Nov 1892, page 2

Muldoon, Tex., Nov. 9.—Mike Cunningham, a section man, was run over by a hand car and killed. They were [attempting] to remove the hand car from the track to let the passenger train pass when the hand car in running down the embankment ran over him, with the above result.


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 July 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

John Czichos, sr., age 87 years, died at Schulenburg June 21.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Chronicle, December 21, 2018

Michael Czichos

Michael Parrish Czichos, 86, passed away on December 16, 2018 at MD Anderson.  He was born September 24, 1932 in La Grange, TX to John F. Czichos and Viola Parrish Czichos.  Michael grew up in La Grange where he attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and La Grange High School-- he graduated in 1951. Michael continued his studies at Southwest College (now Texas State) where he majored in Agriculture and Biology.  He then obtained a Masters in Chemical Engineering at the University of Chicago while working for Amoco.  He founded Southwest Solvents and sold it to fund his retirement.  However, retirement was not for him, so Michael accepted a position at Westport Fuel and Oil, Inc.  He later purchased and  changed the name to Cimarron Energy Inc.  He also worked for Adams Resources and Energy as well as other oil companies before he founded, with his wife, Panaseas International Manufacturing in China.  Michael owned and operated Panaseas International Houston up until his passing.

His only brother, John F. Czichos, preceded him in death.  Mike is survived by the love of his life his wife, Sandy and his children Blair, Rhea, Mike Jr, Brian Kiep (stepson), and his adopted Chinese son, Bobby as well as 9 Grandchildren, and 6 Great Grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Klein Funeral Home, 9719 Wortham Blvd. Houston, TX 77065.  Services will be held at Klein Funeral Home at 10:00 AM on December 22, 2018.  A Mass will be held in LaGrange at Sacred Heart Catholic Church 539 E Pearl Street 78945 at 1:00 PM on December 27, 2018 followed by the burial at the City Cemetery West. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to MD Anderson, American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.

Contributed by Paul Witt

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