Fayette County Obituaries

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Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Jan 1913


Anton Doch [Dach], Sr., age --, endo corpitis with npritis [sic], near High Hill.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, February 26, 2009

Anton Dach Sr. Services Held Feb. 18

Anton Dach Sr., 82, of Schulenburg died Feb. 16 at Regency Nursing Home in Schulenburg.

He was born Aug. 16, 1926, to Anton and Mary (Schenk) Dach in High Hill.

He attended High Hill School.

Anton married Julia Staha on Oct. 11, 1948, at St. John.

He worked as a farmer, construction worker and carpenter.

He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, St. Joseph Society and High Hill Life Member.

Anton was a devoted husband and a loving dad who praised the Lord in everything he did.

He also loved hunting, fishing, farming and playing his accordion for his family and friends.

He cherished the time he spent with his family and grandchildren whom he loved with his whole heart.

Funeral services were held Feb. 18 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg with Rev. Timothy Kosler officiating.

Burial followed at High Hill Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were John Oncken Jr., A. J. Dach III, B. J. Dach, Shandy Oncken, Keven Dach and Cody Vecera.

Honorary pallbearers were Misty Dach Kersh, Christy Dach Brosch, Megan Dach Tuttle, Jaime Dach Brocker, Chendra Oncken, Holly Vecera, Heather Dach, Trent Ohnheiser and Dustin Ohnheiser.

Anton is survived by his wife of 61 years, daughters Delores Antosh and husband Ronald of Houston/Schulenburg, Irene Oncken of Katy, Betty Vecera-Tucker and husband Phillip of Schulenburg and sons Anton Dach Jr. and wife Ernestine of Trinity, Daniel Dach and wife Carolyn of Schulenburg, Ben Dach and wife Carol of Schulenburg and Donnie Dach and wife Nancy of Weimar.

His sister Annie Polnick of Schulenburg along with 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren also survive him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Rose (Dach) Vrana, son-in-law John Oncken Sr. and grandson-in-law Ronnie Pfuhl.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


See newspaper article contributed by Vanessa Burzynski about death of Maria Dach.

Josef Dahm

Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Sept 1922, page 1

Joseph Dam [sic.] Dies

Joseph Dam passed quietly away last Wednesday, Sept. 6th. at his home near High Hill after a brief illness. Deceased was 75 years old. He had lived near High Hill for about four years.

The remains were buried at the High Hill Cemetery, Father Schweller officiating.

He is survived by his wife and several children.

To those the Sticker tenders its sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, July 23, 1936 pg. 1

Thomas Daly Dies At Gregory, Texas Buried At La Grange

The body of Thomas Daly of Gregory, Texas, was brought to La Grange Monday night, and placed in state at the home of Miss O. H. Harlgel, where funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, Rev. Guy B. Duff, pastor of the local Presbyterian Church, officiating. Interment was made at the old cemetery, at the side of his wife, who preceded him in 1922.

Few in La Grange knew the deceased; his wife, nee Miss Fredricke Ruhland, was born and reared in La Grange; her father Henry Ruhland lived on Jefferson Street where now stands the home of Dr. Ivan Knolle. Many of our old citizens will remember the family.

Mr. and Mrs. Daly were united in marriage in San Antonio, February 1895; deceased at that time was engineer on the S.A. & A.P. passenger run from San Antonio to Corpus. Prior to that service he was with the Southern Pacific Lines. At his death he was 82 years, 10 months, and 5 days old.

For the past 40 or more years he had been a member of the Masonic fraternity; the local lodge, Lafayette No. 34, had charge of the burial service, at the cemetery. Surviving him are his four children: Mrs. Edward (Lucille) Gallagher, Ruhland H. Daly, Miss Marie and Thomas Daly, Jr. Deceased retired from railway service in 1918, locating at Gregory, on a farm, where he continued to live until his death.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


The Weimar Mercury, 21 Nov 1896, page 1

News Special: Warrenton, Tex., Nov. 15.—Frank Danek, a Bohemian, was killed late yesterday evening near Oldenburg. Danek drove the horses of a negro boy off his sugar cane and told him to keep them off or his fther would have to pay damages. The youth became enraged. Danek was knocked down with a rock, and while insensible was stabbed to death. The murderer is not yet 15 years of age.


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Oct 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Marie Danek, age 16 years, died September 2.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, January 2, 1931


The 7-year-old son of Sam Daniels, colored, living on the Albers farm near Waldeck was severely burned while playing with the fire in the stove on the morning of December 23. After his clothes caught fire, the lad ran out into the yard, it is said. His parents were not at home at the time, and the fifteen-year-old sister managed to extinguish the flames, after being also badly burned on the hands.

Dr. Kieke of Round Top has the case in charge. The boy is not expected to live, it is said. The girl will recover. —LaGrange Record.

O. A. Daniels

The Galveston Daily News, 23 Mar 1869, page 3

The LaGrange Democrat of the 19th announces the death of Capt. O. A. Daniels, who died at his residence in Fayette county, on the 16th of consumption.


The Fayette County Record, August 19, 1938

Mrs. Rosie Danisch Rites Held Tuesday

Mrs. Rosie Danisch, 33, of near Weimar, passed away at the family home Monday. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. with burial at Schulenburg, Rev. L. Goertz officiating.

Nee Miss Rosie Buschmihle, she was born Sept. 16, 1904 and had been a resident of Faytette county practically all of her life. In 1928 she was married to Herman Danisch, who survives together with two daughters, Ruby Mary and Rosalie; two sisters, Mrs. Sophie Byers of Houston and Mrs. Lena Krauskopp of Hallettsville; and two brothers, Joe Buschmihle and Frank Buschmihle.

Koenig Funeral Home directed the funeral.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


From an unidentified newspaper clipping:

Funeral Mass of Celebration will be at 10 a.m. June 30 at St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Cistern, for Conrad Danner with burial in church cemetery.

He was born on June 4, 1938 in Boston, Mass., and died in Austin June 27, 2009 after a short bout with cancer.

After serving in the Air Force, Danner moved to Ft. Worth and then to Austin where he worked as a car salesman for 40 years. After retirement he moved to Cistern. There he owned and operated the Cistern Country Store with his wife Betty for 6 1/2 years until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents, August and Gladys Danner and brothers, Don and Sonny Danner.

He is survived by his wife, Betty (Otahal) Danner; daughter, Stephanie Woodworth of Cistern; sons, Chade Danner and wife Shelley of Marion, Ohio, Eric Danner and wife Kim of Pflugerville; and Vance Danner of Ft. Worth; nine grandchildren, Cory, Keith, Cody, Chloe and Lindsey Danner, Laurie and Jonathan Wordsworth and Tia and Tynae Hill; sister, Clare Green of Dedham, Mass., brother, Robert of Attleboro, Mass., and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donations in Danner's name may be made to the American Cancer Society, The Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center, P.O. Box 6, LaGrange, Tx. 78945, the church or a charity of your choice.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 27 Feb 1904, page 8

West Point, Feb. 22.—Capt. J. Ad Darby died at this place this morning at the age of 74, after a long illness. He was born in Alabama in 1830, and with his father moved to Texas in 1838, settling in Washington county, Texas, moving to Fayette county and settling near West Point in 1840, remaining there until his death. He was a member of the famous Green's brigade, and fought through Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and New Mexico. He was captured near Vicksburg, Miss., and sent to Johnson Island prison near Chicago, where he remained thirteen months, and was finally discharged. Afther the war he returned to Texas, where he followed the mercantile business, planting and stock raising until the time of his death. One child, a daughter, survives. him.


Fayette County Record, 12 Dec 1997


Last rites for Myrtle Lee Darden, 94, of DeSoto, formerly of Fayetteville, were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. in the St. James United Methodist Church in La Grange with the Rev. Carl Evans of Columbus officiating. Burial was in the Darden Memorial Cemtery, Fayetteville.

Mrs. Darden died Ded. 6 in Methodist Hosptial, Dallas.

She was born Sept. 6, 1903 in Hallettsville, the daughter of the late Prince and Eliza (Paine) Stevens. She was united in marriage with William Darden Jr. May 9, 1928 in Fayetteville. She was a retired teacher in the Fayetteville ISD. Mrs. Darden was a member of the Sweet Home United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one stepson, Melvin Darden of Seattle, Washington; a nephew whom she reared as a son, Wilford E. Stevens of DeSoto; a sister, Nobia Issad of kerrville; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, five sisters and two brothers.

Tommy Taylor Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 July 1912, page 1


Minnie Darhinns, age 9 years 11 mo. 10 days. Typhoid Fever, near Fayeteville [sic].

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, June 28, 1973

Charles W. Darilek of Flatonia passed away Sunday, June 10, 1973 at 12:15 a.m. in Citizens Memorial Hospital, Victoria, at the age of 81 years, 9 months, and 25 days.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 12, at 9 a.m., continuing at the Praha Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m., with Requiem Mass offered by the Rev. Marcus A. Valenta.

Burial was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were his grandsons, Michael and Mark Darilek, Manuel Anderle, Jerry McGuffin, Daryl Janicek, Alston Brown, Tommy Svatek, and Roger Friedeck.

Mr. Darilek, one of 13 children three of whom died in infancy, was born August 16, 1891, near Praha, Fayette County, Texas, son of Vinc and Anna (Beran) Darilek. His parents and three children arrived in America in 1877 coming from a town called Chrudin which was the county seat of Landscroun in the state of Hermanice in Czechoslovakia, settling at Praha.

On November 18, 1914, he was married to Emma Hrncir. They resided in the Praha community, until three years ago, at which time they moved to Flatonia to make their home. In addition to being a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Flatonia, he was a member of the K.J.T. Society.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Emma Darilek of Flatonia; one son, Jerome Darilek of Cameron; four daughters, Mrs. Robert Hines of Victoria, Mrs. Carl Dietzel of Seguin, Mrs. J. C. Janicek of Premont, Mrs. Harry Long of Miami Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Frank (Emelie) Kocian of Shiner and Mrs. Frank W. (Agnes) Bohuslav of Moulton; 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, January 16, 1937; his father, July 4, 1945; three brothers, Vinc J. Darilek, November 19, 1959; Frank J. Darilek, Februarys 16, 1937; John Darilek of Megargel; four sisters, Mrs. Marie Zabransky-Mladenka, February 18, 1903; Mrs. Willie (Albina) Pavlas, October 1922; Mrs. Henry (Anna) Parma and Mrs. Joe (Sophie) Maresh.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, July 13, 1945


Flatonia, July 5.—V. M. Darilek, who was 100 years old last December, died at his farm home south of town Tuesday night and was buried Thursday in the Praha Catholic Cemetery. He was a pioneer citizen of Fayette County.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 4 Jul 1896, page 2

Flatonia, Texas, June 30.—The town was startled yesterday evening by the announcement of the sudden death of Mr. Dattner. Deceased was a blacksmith, and had been at work during the day at his shop. At about 5 p.m., while striking at the anvil, he fell to the ground and died within thirty minutes. The attending physician pronouced it a case of sunstroke.


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Feb 1906

Mr John David.

Mr. John David committed suicide Friday night last by shooting himself through the heart and death was instantaneous. John was 36 years of age and was born in Germany. Came to Schulenburg in 1892, and conducted a restaurant in the rear of Sengelmann’s Saloon.

Interment took place at the City Cemetery Saturday afternoon at 4:30, Rev. Bohmfalk officiating.

Deceased had been sick for several days and his mind had become effected [sic; affected] which led to the deplorable affair. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his untimely demise, to whom the Sticker extends its sincerest sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Weimar Mercury, 8 Aug 1896, page 1

LaGrange News: Capt. W. N. Davison dropped dead at the Confederate home in Austin last Wednesday. His death was [caused] by heart disease. Deceased was for many years a citizen of Fayette county, of which he was once sheriff. He was a native of Shelbyville, Tenn., but had for forty years been a citizen of Texas.


La Grange Journal, February 1, 1940

Mrs. Lelia Davis

Mrs. Lelia Davis, wife of Ollie Davis, died at the La Grange Hospital, Thursday, January 25, aged 41 years, 7 months and 25 days; she had been ill for two weeks.  Funeral services were held at the family home at Muldoon, Friday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Mrs. Davis was born in Bellville, Texas, May 30, 1898, and in the year 1919 she was united in marriage with Ollie Davis and located at Muldoon.  She was a member of the Methodist church and was insured in the La Grange Burial Association.

Surviving is her husband and the following sons and daughters: Eugene and Harvey James Davis at home; Misses Luella, Estella and Dovie Mae, also at home; sisters surviving are: Mrs. Howard Tredway of Flatonia and Mrs. Henry Brown of Muldoon; brothers are: George, Henry and Albert Bell of Muldoon and Jesse Bell of Flatonia.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Nov 1908


Died at Ammannsville, June 24, Magdalena Davis, 77 years and 8 months of old age.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 28 Sep 1895, page 2

Died at LaGrange, September 31st, 1895, Mrs. E. J. Day, wife of Mr. R. F. Day.


La Grange Journal, 14 Jan 1932


 Mrs. Amalia December (nee Meyer) widow of the late Rudolph December—who died near to two years ago—died at Biegel, Monday night; she was 72 years old.  The body was buried at Fayetteville, Rev. C. O. Boatman, pastor of the Travis Street Methodist Church of LaGrange, officiating, Wednesday afternoon.  She leaves as her chief mourners, three daughters, these are:  Mrs. Elo (Louise) Koehl, Wharton; Mrs. Walter (Mary) Schroeder, who lived with the deceased; Mrs. Frank (Clementine) Koehl of San Antonio; and Mrs. Theo. Kroll, Sr., as sister at LaGrange and C. W. Meyer, brother, at Ellinger.  There are also 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. 

Mrs. December was born in the home in which she died at Biegel; January 14, forty-seven years ago she was united in marriage with Rudolph December, and to this union there was [sic] born four children, one a son, died in 1910.

Up to the time she was stricken, she seemed to enjoy good health, though afflicted with heart trouble.

The inevitable is ever apparent; age had come to the mother, and ‘though allotted the three score years and ten, her presence was ever such that love prompted the hope to have her remain with the descendants and relatives.  The will of Him who issues a decree is recognized, while her going is mourned the submission is .... [last line of microfilm is illegible]

Amalia Meyer December was born at Biegel, 29 December 1860, the fourth child of Jacob Meyer of Baden, and Johanna Hel. Friedericke Schwarting Meyer of Rastede, Oldenburg, Germany.  Amalia December died 11 January 1932.  She and her husband are buried in the City Cemetery at Fayetteville. Contributed by Judy Koehl


From an undated clipping, probably from a Nordheim paper, just after August 19, 1969


NORDHEIM—Funeral services were held Tuesday at 3:45 o’clock P. M. in the chapel of the Lamprecht Funeral Home for Mrs. Louis December, 85, who died in the Siesta La Casa Nursing Home, Yorktown, at 10:29 P. M. Sunday, August 17, 1969 after a prolonged illness.

The Rev. Nelson Klar of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Nordheim officiated at the chapel and at the graveside.  Burial was in the Nordheim Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Alfred Butschek, Rudolph Leister, Ernest Wolf, Willie Buesing, Otto Bolting and Fred Surl.

Mrs. December, nee Bertha Eckel, was born in Fayette County on January 8, 1884, one of seven children of Chas. Eckel and wife, nee Fredericka Krempil.  She grew up in Fayette County and on January 7, 1904 was married to Louis December in Rutersville Lutheran Church by the Rev. Baer.  The couple lived in Fayette County engaged in farming for four years when they moved to Nordheim where her husband was employed with the former Osterloh and Neutzler firm.  One son was born to them.

She was an active member of the Lutheran Church, the Nordheim Garden Club and the Kraenzchen No. 2 until her health failed about fifteen years ago when she became a semi-invalid.  With determination and with the care of her husband she carried on as long as she could.  Her husband preceded her in death just a few months ago on April 29, 1969. 

She had been in the Nursing Home in Seguin for awhile [sic] and for the past two years in the Laster Nursing Home, now the Siesta La Casa, Yorktown. The couple had the pleasure of celebrating their golden and 65th wedding anniversaries. 

She is survived by a son, Edwin December of San Antonio; a grandson of Birmingham, Alabama, and four great-grandchildren.  She was the last surviving of her family.

Besides her husband she was preceded in death by three sisters, Mrs. Rosa Schmidt, Mrs. Annie Gabler, and Miss Helen Eckel, and by three brothers, William, Chas., and Otto Eckel.

She attained the age of 85 years, seven months and nine days.

Contributed by Judy Koehl.


The La Grange Journal, 13 August 1931. 

Joins her husband after a week’s separation

Saturday morning the message came from Orange Grove, where the widow was receiving nursing attention, at the home of her son, Joseph, that Mrs. Catherina December had yielded 8 August 1931 after an illness of many months.  Ten days previous, her husband, Battes December, had died at the home of another son, Theophil, at New Braunfels.  The hand of fate asserts itself; united in marriage 17 November 1885, they were separated for only ten days in death.

The body was brought to La Grange and from the home of R. H. Beyer, the funeral was held Sunday afternoon with burial beside her husband in the La Grange City Cemetery.  Mrs. December was born in the Fayetteville section 1 July 1864. In addition to her two sons, Joseph and Theophil and grandchildren, she is survived by two sisters; Mrs. Julia R. Weber of Baltimore and Annie, wife of R. H. Beyer of La Grange, and one brother, Joe Sommer of San Antonio.  We extend our hand in sincerity and offer our consolation.

Transcribed by Norman C. Krischke


La Grange Journal, 3 Feb 1910


There died at the old Biegel settlement last Friday morning, 29 January 1910, Mrs. Christine December, aged seventy-five years and two days, one of the pioneer settlers of that section, and one whom the entire section loved and respected. She was a daughter of Jacques and Barbie (Schmid) Winnisdoerffer and had married Jean Baptiste December 18 October 1853 in France.

The deceased had, just two days prior to her response to the last call from the Great Master, celebrated her birthday, born 27 January 1835, upon which occasion her many friends and relatives called to wish her many more happy returns, when she became ill and in two days after, passed to the great Beyond.

Mrs. December was bereft of the protecting care of her loving husband nine years ago, and since that time, while devoted to her children, and kind and ever considerate to her neighbors, ever loyal to her friends, awaited the summons that would bring about the re-union with him whose joys and misfortunes she ahd shared for many years. The announcment of her death created many expressions of regret, for all who knew her spoke only of her tones of affection.

Mrs. December was the mother of six children, four of whom are still living. One of these died years ago, and the other, Clementine, the beloved wife of Theophil Heller of Halsted, died two years ago. The remaining and chief mourners are: Joseph December of Nordheim, John Baptist "Battes" Jr. and Rudolph of Biegel, and Mary, Mrs. Chas. Harlfinger also of Biegel.

In the absence of the pastor, George Mauer, Sr. of Rutersville, spoke at the grave. She was buried in the family cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Transcribed by Norman C. Krischke


An undated news clipping, probably from a Nordheim paper, just after January 31, 1976.


Funeral services were held Saturday, January 31, 1976 at 11:00 A. M. in the Georgian Chapel of Porter Loring Funeral Home, San Antonio, Texas for Edwin W. December, who died in San Antonio on January 29, 1976 at the age of 69.  The Rev. Harold W. Moench of Christ Lutheran Church, San Antonio, officiated at the service.  Burial following in the Nordheim Cemetery at 3:00 P. M. with services conducted by the Rev. Jeffery Thompson, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Nordheim and under the direction of Porter Loring, assisted by the Lamprecht Funeral Home of Yorktown.

Pallbearers were Travis Semper, Walter Schlinke, Dennis Schlinke and Vernon Osterloh, all of Nordheim, and Cliffe Semper of San Antonio and James Wagner of Dallas.

Edwin December was born in Rutersville, Texas, March 27, 1906 to Louis and Bertha December.  At an early age, he and his family moved to Nordheim, where he was confirmed in the Lutheran faith and where he attended the Nordheim school system.  After his graduation in 1923, Mr. December attended Draughan’s Business College in San Antonio. Upon completing his education he returned to Nordheim where he became assistant cashier for the Osterloh & Neutzler Mercantile Firm.

On June 1, 1927, Annette Osterloh and he were united in marriage.  They lived in Nordheim until 1928 when they moved to San Antonio where they were blessed with the birth of their son, Gary.

Mr. December was employed by the San Antonio Drug Company and 1928 and continued in their service until his retirement in 1972.  He served as Secretary-Treasurer and Credit Manager for the company until its merger with the Southwestern Drug Corporation, at which time he became their Regional Financial Service Manager in charge of Customer Relations, retiring after 44 years. 

Edwin December was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, a life member of the Texas Pharmaceutical Association, the past president of the National Association of Credit Managers-Texas, a member of the Sons of Hermann, Harmonia Lodge, a member of the Patterson Masonic Lodge No. 1177, the San Antonio Chapter of R. A. M., the San Antonio Council No. 7, K. T., and a member of the Alzafar Shrine.  He was also a long-time member of the Nordheim Shooting Club.

Mr. December was a resident of San Antonio for 48 years, and is survived by his wife, Annette December, San Antonio, his son, Gary December, his daughter-in-law, Cynthia December; and his grandchildren Stephanie, Pamela, Cathey and Christopher December, all of Slidell, Louisiana. 

He was preceeded [sic] in death by his parents, Louis and Bertha, both of whom passed away in1969.

Contributed by Judy Koehl.


From an obituary transcribed by Lunes Schlinke, probably from a Nordheim paper shortly after February 26, 1931:   

Seated in his rocker, at 7:45 o’clock last Thursday morning, after a fairly restful night, Emil December passed, suddenly and peacefully, away from heart failure.  He had been dangerously ill and [sic.] preceding ten days but was up most of the time and did not seem to realize the seriousness of his condition.  News of his passing brought sadness to many hearts, though the surprise was not great, as his physician had said he had only a very brief span of life left.  The funeral was conducted at the home in North End at 2:30 o’clock Friday afternoon.  Rev. T. J. Roth holding appropriate services at the home and at the grave in St. Paul Cemetery.  Pallbearers were F. Bruns, D. Mueller, H. A. Stuermer, Fritz Onken, J. A. Reuser and C. A. Meischen.  Floral tributes to the memory of the deceased were abundant and lovely.  The Hermann Sons also paid their customary tribute at the grave, and the Elks of Yoakum, of which he was a member, had arranged to attend, but were prevented by rain.  Mr. December was born in Biegel Settlement, July 5, 1879.  He came to Nordheim about 1900, after a few years as a ginner and carpenter, engaged in business himself, continuing with the town’s interest until about a year ago, when he entered the restaurant business in Yorktown. He was a sick man when he left here and gradually grew worse.  Two weeks ago at his doctor’s order, he retired from business and returned to Nordheim, to rest as he thought, to die as the family and friends believed.  Out-of-towners who attended were Mrs. George Etzel, Round Top; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Meinert, Hallettsville; and Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Meinert of Columbus.

Emil December was the elder son of Joseph and Marie (Meinert) December.  In Nordheim, Mrs. Schlinke writes, “In December 1911, he became the sole owner of the Aransas Pass Saloon.   When prohibition was to become legal on the first of July, he hung a sign on the door that read ‘The first of July will be the den of December’.” (See her book, From Alsatians to Texans:  The December Family 1695-1991, p. 25.) Emil, Louis and Hulda were the three childrenof Joseph and Marie (Meinert) December. Contributed by Judy Koehl.


La Grange Journal, Mar 1901

Suffering for several weeks from the effects of Lagrippe, "Battes" December, one of Fayette's old landmarks, died at his home near Biegel on Wednesday, 19 March 1901. December was a very honarable and industrious farmer, a good neighbor and a friend to everyone. He was born 26 March 1825, came to Texas in 1854 from his home in France and a a renter located at Biegel. Through diligent work and economy he became the owner of considerable landed property and lived to be 76 years of age. He married Christine Winniedoerffer 10 October 1853.

He leaves his first love, Mrs. C. December, who crossed the big pond with him, besides three sons, Joseph, John Baptist "Battes", Jr. and Rudolph and two daughters, Clementine, Mrs. T. Heller, and Mary, Mrs. Chas. Harlfinger, as his chief mourners, all of whom reside on their farms near Biegel. The funeral took place Thursday in the [Biegel-December] family cemetery with a large number of sympathizers in attendance.

Transcribed by Norman C. Krischke. Photo contributed by Judy Koehl


Transcribed by Lunes Bues Schlinke from the Nordheim View in November 1929.

Joe December

Born:  Mar. 23, 1855
Died:  Nov.17, 1929
Funeral at home 1:30 p.m. Tues. Nov.19, 1929
Burial at 2 p.m. in St. Paul Cemetery, Nordheim

Nordheim was much shocked Mon. morning by the news that Joe December had died at 10:20 Sun. night. He was in town as usual Sat., ate a hearty supper that night and a hearty breakfast Sun. morning.  After that he did his customary chores about the barnyard, but was stricken and fell before he could get back to the house.  His cries brought Mrs. December and some neighbors to his assistance.  He was put to bed where Dr. Volgyi was summoned.  The doctor pronounced it an attack of acute indigestion.  Mr. December rallied somewhat during the day and was conscious all the time and seemed to be getting better.  About 10 p.m. his condition became alarming, his heart failing to withstand the weakening effect of the stomach disorder.  He died at 10:20.

Mr. December was born in Biegel Settlement, Fayette Co. on date above given.  Married in that neighborhood more than 50 years ago to Marie Meinert.  He lived in Fayette Co. till 1904, since which time Norheim has been his home.  Mr. December is survived by his wife, two sons Emil and Louis and one daughter, Mrs. Hulda Bues.  Frive grandchildren.  Two brothers, Batiste and Rudolph and a sister Mary Harfenger of La Grange.  One brother and two sisters preceded him in death.

Funeral was held at 1:30 Tues. afternoon with Rev. Roth conducting services at home and the grave.  Sons of Herman paid their last tribute at the grave.  An immense gathering at the funeral attested to Mr. December’s deserved pdopularity.  Many relatives and old friends from Fayette and adjoining counties, from Orange Grove, San Antonio and other places were present. The View can’t attempt to mention them individually. Flowers in great abundance marked the last resting place of the good and kind old man.  Pall bearers were C. A. Meischen, Willie Buesing, E. V. Krause, J. A. Schroller John Wendt and J. A. Reuser.  This ends a long and useful life. The world is better for Mr. December having lived in it.  He was honorable, earnest and loyal and wronged no man.  He was a faithful member of the Sons of Herman and local Schuetzenverein and held office in both organizations through the years.

Contributed by Judy Koehl


The La Grange Journal, 6 August 1931

The surprising and most unwelcome news came from New Braunfels, Thursday afternoon, that John ‘Battes’ December of La Grange, aged 73 years, 3 months and 15 days, had died in that city at the home of his son, Theophil.  He died 30 July 1931.  A week prior to the passing of Mr. December, he had been ill and was taken to the home of his son, with the conviction that his illness was only a temporary matter. 

The body was brought to La Grange on the morning Katy train Friday, and taken to the home of R. H. Beyer, and from there the funeral was held Friday afternoon with interment in the La Grange New Cemetery.

The pallbearers were: Otto Eckel, Chas. Eckel, V. C. Sladczyk, John Wessels, Hermann Schulze and George Wolle.  During the past several months the health of Mr. December had been such that the family experienced much concern, but none expected that the husband would be called. Mrs. December was recuperating at the home of her son, Joseph at Orange Grove following an illness and was unable to be present at the funeral.

John Baptiste "Battes" December was born 15 April 1858 at the Biegel community a son of Mr. and Mrs. John Batiste December Sr. pioneers of Fayette County.  He continued after reaching his majority and his marriage to Catherina ‘Katie’ Sommer 17 November 1885, to reside in that community until about three years ago when he removed to La Grange.  He is survived by his wife and two sons:  Joseph of Orange Grove and Theophil of New Braunfels; three grandchildren and one sister, Mary, Mrs. Charles Harlfinger of Biegel.  Our sincere sympathy to the surviving members of the family.

Transcribed by Norman C. Krischke


From an undated newspaper clipping:

L. December

NORDHEIM  Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock P. M. Wednesday in the chapel of the Lamprecht Funeral Home for Louis December, 87, who died in the Siesta La Casa Nursing Home at 6:15 A. M. Tuesday April 29, 1969, after several months of illness.

The Rev. Nelson Klar of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Nordheim officiated and burial was in the Nordheim cemetery.

Pallbearers were Otto Bolting, Rudy Leister, Ernest Wolf, Elo Pfeifer, Edwin Weise and Willie D Buesing, all of Nordheim.

Louis December was born August 29, 1881, one of three children of Joe December and wife, nee Marie Meinert, in Fayette County, Texas.  He grew up in the Bietel [sic] settlement and attended school there and at Rutersville.  On January 7, 1904 he was married to Bertha Echol in Fayette County by the Rev. Baer.  The couple lived in Fayette County for four years engaged in farming and then moved to Nordheim where he was employed by the late Osterloh & Neutzler Mercantile Firm until 1928. For several years he operated his own grocery store in partnership with the late C. A. Meischen. After selling out to his partner, he worked in the W. C. Stuermer Hardward Store and served for many years as secretary of Nordheim city and also The Nordheim Shooting Club.  He retired several years ago but assisted as secretary and at other employment wherever needed. 

His life was a life of service.  For many years he was the help and mainstay of his semi-invalid wife.  Two years ago they became residents of the Laster Nursing Home, now the Siesta La Casa Nursing Home in Yorktown where he passed away.

He was a member of The Nordheim Lodge O. S. H. T. for 60 years and received 50 and 60-year membership pins.  The couple had the pleasure of observing their golden and their 65th wedding anniversaries.  He was also a long-time member of the Nordheim Shooting Club and contributed to all civic and community projects.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Edwin December of San Antonio; a grandson of Birmingham, Ala, four great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. W. J. (Hulda) Bues of Nordheim.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Emil December.

He attained the age of 87 years and eight months.

Contributed by Judy Koehl


The Nordheim News, June 1930

Mrs. Joe December was found dead at her home Thursday morning, 29 May 1930, by her daughter, Mrs. W. J. Bues. Mrs. December had talked with neighbors after sundown and her body was still warm when found, all indications being that she had just completed her evening chores. Mr. December's death November 17 last year was under circumstances very similar.

The funeral was held Friday afternoon, Rev. Roth conducting services at the home and at the grave in St. Paul Cemetery, Nordheim Texas.

Mrs. December, Marie Meinert before marriage, was born August 28, 1854 in Beigel Settlement, Fayette County. Married to Joe February 17, 1879 at Biegel where they lived until 1904; since which time they made their home here in Nordheim. Surviving are three children: Emil of Yorktown, Louis of Nordheim and Mrs. Hulda Bues of Nordheim, five grandchildren: a brother, Otto Meinert of Halsted and a sister, Mrs. Sophia Stuevich of Shawnee, Oklahoma. May her rest be sweet.

Transcribed by Norman C. Krischke

Marie December

Mrs. Joe December was found dead at her home Thurs. evening about 8 o’clock by her daughter Mrs. W. J. Bues, who had come in to spend the evening with her, while Mr. Bues attended a meeting of the school board.  Mrs. December had talked with neighbors after sundown, and her body was still warm when found. Hence her death was very sudden and probably painless.  She was found in her yard, all indications being that she had just completed her evening chores.  Mr. December’s death Nov. 17 last was under circumstances very similar, though he lived several hours after being stricken.

The funeral was held from her home at 4:30 Fri. afternoon.  Rev. Roth conducting services at the home and grave in the presence of a large assemblage of friends of the good old lady.  Her body was reverently laid to rest beside that of her late husband in St. Paul Cemetery, Nordheim.  Many beautiful flowers attested the esteem in which the deceased was held by the people of Nordheim.  Pall bearers were J. A. Reuser, Martin Osterloh, C.. A. Meischen, C. J. Onken, M. G. Mueller, and J. W. Blanton.

Mrs. December, Marie Meinert before marriage, was born Aug. 28, 1854 in Biegel Settlement, Fayette Co    Married to Joe December, also a native of Biegel Settlement more than 50 years ago.  They lived in that vicinity till 1904, since which time they have been at home in Nordheim.  Surviving are three children—Emil of Yorktown, Louis of Nordheim, and Mrs. Hulda Bues of Nordheim. Five grandchildren—Mrs. Emilie Wofford of Beeville, Edwin and Werner of San Antonio, and Waldin and Lunes Bues of Nordheim.  A brother, Otto Meinert of Halsted and a sister, Mrs. Sophia Stuevich of Shawnee, Okla. also survive.  All were present at the funeral.  Also the following kindred and old friends from distant points:  B. December, Edmund Eckel, Wm. Eckel, Mrs. J. R. Koenig, Mrs. Otto Eckel, Mrs. Joe Boehler, from La Grange; Chas. Wolle, Chas. Harlfenger, T. Heller from Halsted, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Eckel, Alfred Eckel, Mrs. A. J. Reinhardt from Poth; George Etzel and Mr. Gutschke from Round Top.

Mrs. December’s sudden summons to the world beyond is of course a great shock to children and friends.  In just a little more than 6 months, she and her good husband have been called from among us without warning.  They were a dear old couple, highly esteemed by the people of Nordheim with whom they had been so intimately associated for more than a quarter of a century and by the people of Fayette Co. where they were born and lived half a century before coming here.  May their rest be sweet and may we cherish in memory their many and good and kind deeds.

Clipping transcribed by Lunes Bues Schlinke, probably from the Nordheim View. Contributed by Judy Koehl.


Rudolph and Amelia Meyer December

La Grange Journal, 24 Apr 1930


The death of Rudolph December, of the Biegel Community, came very suddenly Saturday morning. He had been to Fayetteville on a business errand and returned at about eleven o'clock, changed clothes and told his wife he was going to fix fence. He also complained of a pain in his chest and had been admonished by his better half not to go. When he had walked as far as the gallery, she saw him sit down and rushed to him immediately, asking if he felt worse. His answer was that he did; she went back into the house presumably for medicine, and on her return, he had succumbed. Death was due to heart failure.

Deceased was 67 years, 6 months and 15 days of age. He was born and reared in the Biegel Community where he was a successful farmer. He leaves a wife and three daughters, all married: Louisa, Mrs. Elo Koehl, Wharton; Mary, Mrs. Walter Schroeder, Houston and Clementine, Mrs. Frank Koehl of San Antonio. A son, Rudolph, Jr., 21 years of age, preceded his father in death 20 years ago. Also survivie are a sister, Mrary, Mrs. Charles Harlfinger of Biegel and a brother, John Baptist December of La Grange.

His remains were laid to rest in the Fayetteville City Cemetery. Rev. Boshart of Warrenton officiating. Our sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

Transcribed by Norman C. Krischke. Photograph from Judy Koehl.


Fayette County Record, La Grange, Texas, Wednesday, August 3, 1910, p. 1

Rudolph December Dead.

All deaths are sad, but when one just in the bloom of manhood passes into the Great Beyond it is sadder still.  Our people were grieved when the news was telephoned here late Wednesday evening that Mr. Rudolph December of this city had died at the St. Joseph Infirmary in Houston at 5:45 o’clock the same evening of that dread disease, typhoid. Rudolph was [a] traveling salesman for the Schuhmacher Grocer Company of this place.  He was sick in all about two weeks, and was taken to the infirmary in Houston about ten days ago.  He was thought to be improving, until Wednesday when he suffered a sinking spell from which he never rallied.  The remains were shipped from Houston to the home of his parents near LaGrange, where the funeral took place.  Mr. E. Middleton, manager of the Schuhmacher Grocer Company, and Mr. George Herder of this city accompanied the remains and attended the funeral.  Rudolph came to Eagle Lake from La Grange about two years ago, and since that time has made hosts of friends here and in every town where he traveled.  The news of his death was a shock to his friends here.  Rudolph was in his twenty-first year, so good natured, so full of life, of such a happy disposition that we can not realize that he is dead.  Peace to his ashes!—Eagle Lake Headlight

This young man was at one time a resident of this place and a trusted employee of E. J.  Weber, one of our substantial merchants.  He had a host of friends here, all of whom are grieved that he should be carried off in the prime of life, and join with The Record in extending heart-felt sympathy to the grieved and stricken relatives.

La Grange Journal, August 4, 1910.

A Good Man Has Gone.

The phone message Wednesday evening, coming from Houston, announcing the unexpected and untimely death of Rudolf December, was received by the young man’s many friends here with expressions of genuine regret.  Rudolf, who several years ago was in the employ of E. J. Weber as clerk, became a great favorite with all who knew him.  His gentle disposition, his kind consideration and ever friendly spirit was such as to bring to him the friendship of everyone.

Shortly after leaving LaGrange, two years ago, he entered into the employ of the Schuhmacher Company at Eagle Lake, and proved to be a very valuable assistant.  His illness dates back two weeks since, when he was taken to Houston and placed in a hospital.  Every effort was made to assist Nature in throwing off the terrible effects of typhoid but without avail, and Wednesday afternoon saw the last final struggle result in the victory of death.

Rudolf December was born near Biegel, October 18, 1887, and was an only son, the other three children, Mrs. Elo Koehl of Ellinger, and Misses Mary and Clementine December, together with the parents, mourn the loss of a loving, kind and affectionate brother and son.  Rev. Heise officiated at the home and grave, and his kind and consoling words found response in the hearts of all who heard him.

The remains reached Halsted Thursday forenoon and from the family home the funeral was held.  A large number of friends from here attended the obsequies.  May he rest in peace.

Rudolph December, Jr., son of Rudolph and Amelia (“Molly”) Meyer December, was born October 19, 1888, in Biegel, according to family records, and died July 27, 1910, in Houston, Harris County, TX.  He was buried July 28, 1910, in the Biegel-December Cemetery, which was moved by L. C. R. A. Photo and obituaries contributed by Judy Koehl.


Weimar Mercury, 30 Apr 1920

Flatonia Man Dead.

Flatonia, Tex., April 21.—Edgar A. Decherd, Jr., aged 25, died Monday at the home of his mother and was buried Tuesday morning. He is survived by his mother and a brother.


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Aug 1912


Henry Decker, age, - Bright’s Disease, near Park.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 March 1915


John Dedek, Sr., aged 72 years. Weimar, R. 2.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, July 27, 1945

Dedek Funeral Is Held At Dubina

(La Grange Record)

Funeral services for John Dedek, 71, were held at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home at Schulenburg July 19, followed by services at the Dubina Catholic Church, Msgr. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

Interment was made in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Dedek was born in the Dubina community June 24, 1874, and lived in the area practically all of his life. He was united in marriage with Miss Otilia Klezel at Dubina in 1879, his wife preceding him in death about five years ago. Mr. Dedek retired from farm labor in 1938 and moved to Schulenburg. He had been ill for about a year.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mary Bayer and Mrs. Otto Kocian; one son, Eddie, all of Schulenburg; two sisters, Mrs. Louis Godfrey of Los Angeles, California, and Mrs. Agnes Mican of Schulenburg; one brother, Louis Dedek of Houston; and two grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, July 1, 1965

Ludvik Dedek, 71, Retired Farmer, Buried Friday

Funeral services were held Friday morning, June 25, at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael’s Catholic Church for Ludvik Dedek, 71-year-old retired farmer.

Burial was in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery at Schulenburg.

Mr. Dedek, a bachelor who had a room over Frank Lebeda’s Café, was found dead, apparently of a heart attack, in his room Wednesday morning, June 23. He had retired from farming a number of years ago but still took some day-labor jobs now and then.

Born Dec. 28, 1893, in Fayette County, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dedek. He had lived in the Weimar area since 1925.

Surviving him are two sisters, Mrs. Edward (Millie) Solansky of Columbus and Mrs. John (Celia) Solansky of Weimar.

Pallbearers were his nephews, Bill Dornak, Rudolf Solansky, Oscar dHolub, Ray Zalesky, Cyril Zalesky and Bill Sassin.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 3, 1937


Schulenburg, Aug. 31.—Funeral services were held Monday for Mrs. Theresa Dedek, 79. Interment was in the Dubina cemetery, Rev. J. Szymanski officiating.

Mrs. Dedek, born in Moravia, Czechoslovakia, came to this country at the age of 12, living in this section since that time. Surviving are two sons, John of Ammannsville and Louis of Houston; three daughters, Mrs. Agnes Mican, Ammannsville; Mrs. Amalia Ryba, Ammannsville; Mrs. Frances Godfrey, San Antonio.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis



Lockhart Post Register, December 1, 1921

Tragedy in Niederwald Community

Victor Dedek was found dead near his home in the Niederwald community sometime after 12 o'clock Monday morning. Sheriff Walter M. Ellison received a phone call and arrived at the place where Dedek lay in the pasture about 2 o'clock Monday morning. He came to town and took Justice of the Peace W. R. Clark and County Attorney Fred L. Blundell to the scene and an investigation was made. It seems that the place where Dedek and his wife were sleeping was entered about midnight by a man with a gun who threatened Dedek who ran into a pasture having no clothing but an undershirt.

The wife of Dedek grappled with the man who entered the home but was unable to keep him from following her husband. Dedek is said to have run to a Mexican's house but only the Mexican's wife was at home and there the pursuer came upon Dedek and beat him with the shotgun. Through help of the Mexican woman, Dedak again escaped his pursuer and ran into the pasture. The pursuer then left and after a time Dedek's wife went and called her husband but failing to receive a response sent her 2 sons who were away from home at the time of the attack but had returned. The boys took a lantern and found their father who was dead.

It was then that Sheriff Ellison was called. The officers found on the body of the dead man evidence of a severe beating. An arm was broken and there were many ugly bruises on the head. The body also bore scratches supposed to have been received as he fled through the brush.

The officers placed under arrest and brought to Lockhart and placed in jail Joe Zaleski a double brother-in-law of the dead man. Zaleski is said to have been incensed against Dedek because he heard that Dedak had reported that he, Zaleski, had whipped his, Zaleski's wife. Many reports in connection with the case would not be proper for publication at this time."

Photo and obituary contributed by Jaime Teas Lodge. Victor Dedek was married first to Mary Dornak Jul 26, 1898 in LaGrange and second to Anna/Annie Zaleski on April 15, 1914 in Schulenburg at St. Rose Catholic Church. Please contact Jaime if you know where Victor Dedek or his first wife was buried or Mary Dedek's death date.

CLARA LOUISE degarideau

Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Degarideau: Died near Winchester, Sept 19-03, of Malarial fever, Clara Louise Degarideau, aged 11 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Mathilda Demel

Schulenburg Sticker, 29 Sept 1922, page 1

Miss Mathilda Demel Dies

Miss Mathilda Demel, aged 27 years, passed peacefully away at the La Grange Hospital Tuesday afternoon at 5 o’clock, when a ninth hour operation was performed to save her life, but in vain.

She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mathis Demel, known throughout this entire community.

Deceased was a faithful employee in the Gus Russek household a number of years and was highly esteemed by him and his family.

Funeral services were held from the family residence near Middle Creek at 8:30 Thursday morning, Sept. 28th. She was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery at High Hill, Rev. Father Schweller officiating.

Besides her parents she is survived by four sisters and several brothers and many other relatives. To these the Sticker joins the community in extending its sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


From an April 1971 newspaper clipping

DEMEL - Paul Frank Demel, 72, passed away Thursday, April 22, 1971, in Polly Ryon Hospital, Richmond, Texas. He was born in Freyburg, Texas, and a longtime resident and barber of Needville. Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Rosa Demel, Needville; son, Edgar Demel, Houston; daughter, Mrs. Clarence Hackstadt, Needville; sisters, Mrs. Frank Kasperzik, San Antonio, Mrs. A. B. Christ, Rosenberg, Mrs. Arthur Kahlich, Slaton; brothers, Rudolph Demel, Schulenburg, Norbert Demel, Schulenburg, Leo Demel, San Antonio, Alfred Demel, Needville, Alex Demel, Richmond. Rosary Friday 8:30 p.m. Triska Chapel, Needville. Funeral services from the Triska Chapel 10:15 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 1971, followed by mass at St. Michael's Catholic Church with Rev. Ludos Anzelle officiating. Interment East Garden of Gethsemane. Services under the direction of Triska Funeral Home, Needville.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


La Grange Journal
July 23, 1896

Dr. F. A. Denkert, a resident of Cedar vicinage, and an old resident of this county, died one day last week.  He had lived in Texas, fifty years and was greatly esteemed by those who knew him.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, 27 Oct 1932

Taken To Hospital

Miss Julia Denker, residing in the Cedar neighborhood, was brought to the La Grange Hospital, Saturday evening; later a surgical operation was performed, to relieve her of an annoying appendix and gall stones.

This, Monday afternoon the patient is reported to be resting well and her condition very favorable. 
Contributed by Rob Brown

La Grange Journal, 27 Oct 1932


Miss Julia Dencker, aged 67 years, a life-long resident of Cedar, this county, died at the La Grange Hospital, 25 October 1932, Tuesday afternoon at 5 o'clock, after an illness of only a few days.

Miss Dencker was the last survivor of the family of Dr. and Mrs. Friedrich Dencker, who, in the early days, were among the most respected people of this county. Her mother died when she was 14 years old, her father died 36 years ago.

The happiest days of her life were her childhood days, she frequently referred to them as such. Her interested friends and relatives had suggested that she remove to La Grange in order to be near her, but no, she cherished the memories of the long ago, remained on the farm left her by her parents, enjoyed raising fine stock, treated them humane and thus spent her last days, not in the old folks home, but in a small cottage erected on the highway several years ago. Miss Dencker was an educated woman, fond of music, of good voice, an excellent pianist. Neighbor's children ever found a welcome at her home.

She was born 21 August 1865. The family consisted of Dr. and Mrs. Dencker and four daughters. Louise died in infancy; two, Mrs. Gertrude Bauch and Mrs. Minna Bauch, each left two sons, Carl and Rudolph Bauch of Goliad, Fritz and Willie Bauch of Mexico and California, who with their families are her only survivors. The funeral will be held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ernst Knigge in La Grange, Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock; interment will be at the Cedar Cemetery.


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Dennis: Died at Cedar, Sept 14-03, of Congestion of the Stomach, Mike Dennis, aged 18 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


November 2005 newspaper clipping

Lucia Robson Logan Derrick

MRS. LUCIA ROBSON LOGAN DERRICK of Houston, Texas passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2005 in Houston. She was born on May 1, 1923 in La Grange, Texas the daughter of the late John Alexander and Juanita Robson Logan. She has been a resident of Houston for many years, having retired from Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner and Smith after service of 25 years as an Account Executive. As such she was well known by many of her longtime customers and clients of that firm. Mrs. Derrick graduated from the University of Texas in 1944 and entered Case Western Reserve University that same year. She graduated from Case Western Reserve with a Master's Degree in Sociology, and returned to Houston as a Clinical Social Worker. After several years service as a social worker in Houston she was chosen by Merrill Lynch as one of the first women to attend training school in New York and become an Account Executive. She filled that position admirably for 25 years and retired in 1977. Lucia was an accomplished pianist, as she studied that instrument all her years in La Grange and was chosen as the accompanist for several vocal societies while at the University of Texas. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in La Grange, Texas. She loved travel and had a particular interest in the Indians of Sante Fe. Her other pleasures in retirement were reading, gardening, and visiting with her family. Preceding Mrs. Derrick in death were her husband, Ira Sharkey Derrick and her parents. Surviving include a sister, Marjorie L. Williams of Jacksonville, Texas; a brother, The Rev. Canon John A. Logan of Houston; niece, Dr. Lucia L. Williams; nephews, Dr. John Williams, Bruce G. Williams, Dr. E. T. Williams; 3 great nieces, Lauren Signorino, Brynna Williams and Eleanor Williams; great nephew, Alexander Williams. The funeral service will be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Tuesday, the 15th of November in the Golding Chapel of Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue, with The Very Rev. Joe D. Reynolds, officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at half past one o'clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, the 15th of November at La Grange City Cemetery, La Grange, Texas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Houston or the Indian Children's Fund.

Contributed by Bruce G. Williams


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Aug 1903, page 1

Death Record.

Derry: Died 6 miles north-west of Flatonia, July 31st-03 of wound from target rifle, Bennard Derry, colored, aged 14 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Dec 1903

Death Record.

Derry; Died near Flatonia, Dec 2-03, of Appoplexy [sic], Charles Derry colored, aged –  – years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 8 Jun 1882, page 2

Frank Derry, jr., colored, living a few miles from town, committed suicide one day last week, by cutting his throat and jumping into a water tank. It seems he contemplated hanging himself, as a rope was found attached to the limb of a tree near where he committed the deed. But he doubtless thought he would make quicker and surer work of it, by terminating his existence in the manner he did. The Argus heard that unrequited love was the moving cause of rash act, but cannot vouch for its authenticity.—Argus.


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 July 1913


Lonvenia Derry, age 93 years, Senility, Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 16 Jul 1896, page 3, column 2

While working at his anvil the other day, at Flatonia, Fayette county, Mr. Dettner, a blacksmith, fell to the ground and died within twenty minutes. Physicians pronounce it a case of sunstroke.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, April 19, 1934, Page Two

Judge Joseph  Burton Dibrell

Resolutions of Sympathy

Whereas, it has pleased the Almighty to remove from our midst, Judge Joseph Burton Dibrell, a member of the Ladies’ Cemetery Association and Whereas, the Association has lost a loyal friend and member, RESOLVED, that we extend to the bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy; and be it further RESOLVED, that as a comforting expression of the high esteem the departed enjoyed, we offer this consolation and sympathy.  RESOLVED, that a copy of these resolutions be furnished the family of the departed, be placed on the minutes and also published in the La Grange Journal.

Mrs. J. H. Killough
Miss Lyttie Moore

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Nov 1921


The little six months old infant daughter of Frank Deirringer [Dieringer] and wife of Freyburg passed peacefully away after a brief illness last Wednesday. She was buried in the High Hill cemetery Thursday, Nov. 17th, Rev. Father Schweller officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 24 Dec 1892, page 4

Schulenburg, Tex., Dec. 13.—D. Dieringer, a farmer 55 years of age, committed suicide strychnine [sic.] near High Hill this morning. He was independent financially and leaves a wife and twelve children. Domestic trouble is assigned as the cause of his suicide.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 17, 1938

Christian Diers

Enfeebled, having reached the age of 88 years, 2 months and 9 days, and apparently contented to answer the call, Christian Diers fell peacefully asleep last Friday morning.  Armistice for him meant a rest from earthly cares, a journey hence to join his departed wife who had preceded him to the grave several years.

Sunday afternoon funeral services were held by Rev. A. E. Moebus, at the Trinity Hill Lutheran church west from La Grange, and interment was made in the cemetery near the church.  Rev. Moebus paid a tribute, well merited to the aged citizen, and reviewed his connection with the church and his long and useful citizenship in the county.  Many friends joined the immediate relatives at the cemetery and shared their sorrow.  Koenig Funeral Home had charge of the funeral.

Christian Diers was born in Germany, Sept. 2, 1850; immigrating to Texas in 1872, he first settled at Warrenton, Fayette county, later removing to the Trinity Hill section.  He was united in marriage with Miss Meta Renken and pursued the life of [a farmer] ----- until 16 years ago when he removed to the city, purchasing the home formerly occupied by the late C. H. Steinmann and family.

Surviving him are his three sons: Geo. And Gerhard of La Grange, and Henry of near La Grange; two daughters: Mrs. H. C. Ritter of La Grangeand Mrs. R. Osthoff of Lincoln, Lee county.  Surviving also are 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  Two sisters, Marguerite Klarman, and Cratine Lamken, in Germany, also survive Mr. Diers.

Mr. Diers was one of those plain, honest citizens of whom only the kindest words may be spoken.  He had, and encouraged, the happy faculty of being friendly, and was a devout christian, as implies his surname.  One daughter, the wife of a Lutheran minister, and one grandson, a Lutheran missionary in China, amply gives impetus to his faith.  May he rest peacefully.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 May 1900

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dietterich, living east of town, died last Friday night.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 21 Dec 1907, page 1

Houston Post Special:
Fayetteville, Dec. 13.—Miss Emma Dietrich died on December 11 at 6:30 p.m. of a lingering illness. She was born here June 22, 1867, and leaves a mother, three sisters, Mrs. J. Zweiner of Columbus, Texas, Mrs. J. D. Meyer of Dallas and Mrs. H. W. H. Zapp of this place, and one brother, W. F. Dietrich of Kaufman, Texas, to mourn her death. Her father died in 1891. She was highly respected and very attentive to the social life here. Her remains were interred here in the American cemetery at 3 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. Mr. Weinert of Patterson performing the ceremonies of the Lutheran church.


Weimar Mercury, 15 Dec 1894, page 2

Schulenburg Sticker:

Mr. Franz Dietrich, an honorable and well-to-do farmer, who had been suffering for over a year with dropsy, died at his residence four and a half miles southeast of town last Friday, Dec. 7, and was buried in the Catholic cemetery here last Saturday afternoon. He leaves a wife and seven children.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 6, 1900

Death of Mrs. Mabel Dietrich

Again the curtain of the unknown future has been turned aside and the spirit of Mrs. Mabel, wife of Will Dietrich, has passed beyond its folds and into the great unfathomed Beyond.  Again the harsh hand of Death has been laid upon the wife of but a year; and the young husband mourns the loss of the idol of his soul!  Young in years – entering upon life’s billows hopeful of a joyous journey and with the meridian of their lives far in the distance, the dark storm clouds came and sadly touched them.

Mrs. Dietrich died at Fayetteville, on Sunday, Sept. 2d, in the twenty-fourth year of her age after a long and painful illness of consumption.  She was the daughter of Rev. Willenberg, a clergyman of the Presbyterian faith, who, together with the mother, died while the daughter was quite young.  All of her girlhood days were spent in La Grange, and her many schoolmates and friends grieve at her early demise.  On the 10th of August, 1899, she became the wife of Will Dietrich, jeweler of this town.  The wedding took place in New York city, and the couple made an extensive trip over the continent; but it soon became apparent that the same disease which had carried off others of her relatives was fastening its grip upon her, and a change of climate was sought.  Some months were spent at Fort Davis, in the northwestern portion of the state, but the relief was but temporary, and some two months ago the couple came to Fayetteville – Mr. Dietrich’s boyhood home.  It was evident the end was gradually drawing nigh, and the husband, his sister and aged mother, did all loving hands could devise to lighten the dissolution.

The remains were brought to this city, accompanied by the husband, relatives and friends, for burial, on the noon train of Monday, and deposited in the Willenberg home – relatives of the deceased – until three p.m. when the funeral services were held in part by the Rev. Brooksof the M. E. church, and concluded at the grave.  Fifty-five carriages, many of them heavily laden; escorted the remains to the final resting place.  The heart of this community goes out in sympathy to the bereaved husband, and may the voice that stilled the storm stay his sorrow.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Dec 1913


Emma Dillard, age 15 years, 11 months and 9 days, appendicitis, Fayetteville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Oct 1917


Walter Dippel, Aug 29, age 40 years, Round Top.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, June 19, 1902

Wm. Dippel was born March 2, 1824, in Velmen-Hessen, Nassau, Germany, where he grew to manhood and was, in 1849, united in marriage to Elizabeth Heine. In 1851 he emigrated with his wife and one child to America, locating at Lewiston, Pa., where he resided seven years. In 1858 he came to Texas and at once began the life of a farmer, making Winedale, Washington county, his home for ten years. In 1869 he found himself a home upon a farm at Haw creek, upon which he lived and which he continued to improve until a year after the death of his life partner, which occurred November 4, 1894. A few years after the death of his helpmeet he left the farm to live upon a small place near the Haw Creek school house until two years ago, when he went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Hy. Mayer, where he remained until the Good Shepherd called him to his fold. In the autumn of 1895 he was taken very ill, from which illness he never entirely recovered. Some months ago his strength began to decline rapidly and continued to do so until June 11, when death, the grim reaper, appeared and relieved him of all worldly sorrows.

The interment took place June 12, at the Haw Creek cemetery under the auspices of Bro. R. Heise of Ellinger, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran church, of which denomination deceased was always a member.

Besides his wife, five children, two sons and three daughters, preceded him to the beautiful land where partings are unknown.

Mr. Dippel was ever faithful to his convictions of duty, following the dictates of his conscience in all things, and the large cortege which accompanied his remains to the last resting place showed how highly esteemed he was by all who knew him.

Besides more distant relatives and a large circle of sorrowing friends, he leaves four children, Mrs. Hy. Myer and Adeline Dippel of Haw Creek, H. C. Dippel of Nada and A. J. Dippel of Ellinger to mourn his loss.



La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 14, 1948

William J. Dippel Dies At Round Top

William J. Dippel, 77, life-long resident of the Round Top community, passed away at his home Sunday night after a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held at the Von Minden Funeral Home Chapel at Round Top Tuesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. A. B. Weiss officiating, Koenig Funeral Home directing, and interment was made in the Townsend Cemetery.

Mr. Dippel was born near Round Top on May 20, 1871, and on Dec. 29, 1895 was united in marriage with Miss Johanna Ahlhorn.

Beside his widow, he leaves three daughters, Mrs. Albert Marburger of Round Top, Mrs. Otto Kiel of near Carmine and Mrs. Wm. Mueller of Shelby; four sons, Hubert and Delwin of Round Top, Clinton of Burton and Vastine Dippel of Fayetteville; three brothers, Henry and Edwin of Round Top and Arthur Dippel of Woodsboro; one step-brother, George Dippel of Round Top; and six grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The Weimar Mercury, Friday, July 12, 1979

Mrs. Dittrich Funeral Held at Dubina

Funeral services for Mrs. Robert (Firmina) Dittrich, 64, of Austin were held Tuesday, June 26, at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Dubina with Rev. Arnold Anders, Rev. Benton Thurmond and Rt. Rev. Msgr. Victor G. Schmidtzinsky officiating.

Burial was in the parish cemetery.

The Rosary was recited Sunday evening at Cook-Walden Funeral Home in Austin by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Edward C. Matocha, and mass was concelebrated at St. Louis Catholic Church in Austin Monday morning by Rev. Michael Mulvay, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Edward C. Matocha, and Rev. Fred Bomar.

The Rosary was recited Monday afternoon and evening at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funearl Home, Schulenburg, by members of St. Ann Society of Weimar and Rev. Arnold Anders of Columbus.

Mrs. Dittrich died June 23 in Austin after a brief illness.

Before moving to Austin in 1964, she lived in the Schulenburg area.  A daughter of Anton and Anna (Dreitner) Anders, she was born October 15, 1914, at Dubina.  She was married to Robert Dittrich on October 25, 1938, at the Dubina church.

She was a member of St. Ann Society in Weimar and of St. Louis Catholic Church and St. Louis Altar Guild in Austin.

She is survived by her husband, of Austin; three daughters, Mrs. Waldemar (Catherine) Huebner of Houston, Mrs. Dennis (Mildred) Scharfe and Mrs. Ricky (Joan) Bates, both of Austin; a son, Jerome Dittrich of Austin; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Joe (Gertrude) Hoog of Castroville.  A son, Emmet, died in infancy.

Pallbearers were Bernard Hartensteiner, Leo Dreitner, Joe Christ, Theo Kloesel, Frank Kloesel and Frank Anders.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, August 5, 2004

Robert Dittrich Funeral Services Held July 27

Robert F. Dittrich, 88, of Austin, formerly of Schulenburg, died on Friday, July 23 at Regency Village Care Center in Austin, following an extended illness.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 27 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Dubina with Msgr. Arnold Anders officiating.

Interment followed in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Robert was born on May 26, 1916 in High Hill to Frank and Anna (Klesel) Dittrich.  He attended school in High Hill.

On Oct. 25, 1938, he married Firmina Anders in Dubina.  He lived in the Schulenburg-Dubina area until 1964 when they moved to Austin.

He was employed with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) for 22 years and retired in 1979.

He volunteered at Seton Hospital in Austin for a number of years until his illness last year.

He also enjoyed doing other volunteer work at the Senior Citizens Activity Center and playing dominoes.

He was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church in Austin and also belonged to several organizations at the church.

He is survived by three daughters, Catherine Huebner and husband Waldemar of Schulenburg, Mildred Scharfe of Austin and Joan Bates and husband Ricky of Elgin; and one son, Jerry  Dittrich and wife Amy of Elgin.

He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Gregory Huebner, Suzanne Wilganowski and husband Bill, Tommy Dittrich, Jennifer Dittrich, Janet Melvin and husband Paul, Robert Scharfe, Theresa Contreras and husband Trey, and Leslie Bates; and five great-grandchildren, Nicole and Kyle Wilganowski, Taylor Curtis, Matthew Melvin and Cameron Contreras; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his wife in 1979; his parents; five brothers, Paul, Henry, Frank, Leo and Joseph Dittrich; infant son, Emmett; daughter-in-law, Linda, and son-in-law Dennis Scharfe.

Pallbearers were Gregory Huebner, Tommy Dittrich, Robert Scarfe, Bill Wilganowski, Paul Melvin and Trey Contreras.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Fayette County Record, February 25, 1997


Funeral services for Gloria Jean “Dixie” Dixon 54, of Dallas, formerly of La Grange, were held Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. in the Koenig-Peel Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kurt Johnson officiating. Burial was in the La Grange city Cemetery.

Ms Dixon died Feb. 19 at her residence in Dallas and was buried on the date of her 55th birthday.

She was born Feb. 22, 1942 in Shiner, the daughter of Tommy and Nelda (Hauschild) Dixon. She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Pririe Valley and was co-owner of Clip ‘n Dip Grooming Salon, Dallas. While in La Grange she was employed at the United Gas Company.

Surviving are her father, Elton Freudenberg of La Grange; one brother, Harry Lee and his wife Stacey Freudenberg of Katy; one sister, Betty A. Barney of La Grange; a special friend Karyl Day of Garland; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Nelda (Hauschild) Freudenberg in 1964.

Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, SPCA or animal shelter of one’s choice.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Koenig-Peel Funeral Home.

Contributed by Gene L. Freudenberg


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Apr 1904

Death Record.

Dobbins: Died at Oldenburg, 4-8,04, of Hemmorrhage [sic], Alandes Dobbins colored aged 18 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, February 22, 1934


Died at County Hospital, February 15, of Tuberculosis; John Dobbins, colored, aged 79 years.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, March 11, 1971

Joe Dobrava's Wife and Brother Die

The wife of Joe C. Dobrava of Oklahoma, Okla. died Feb. 6 in a hospital there. On Feb. 17 his brother, Emil DeBravo [sic], 65, died in a Santa Rosa Hospital, San Antonio, after a heart attack.

Mrs. Dobrava, the former Judith Fillip of Ammannsville, was buried in the Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery Feb. 9 after services in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Besides her husband, two brothers, Louis and Jerome Fillip of Ammannsville survive.

She was born Dec. 5, 1915, at Ammannsville, the daughter of Louis and Albina Fillip. She was married to Mr. Dobrava on Nov. 30, 1941, and they moved to San Antonio. They moved to Oklahoma City in 1942.

Emil DeBravo was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. V. Dobrava of Ammannsville. He is survived by his wife Margaret and several adopted children; two sisters, Mrs. Della Vasut of Schulenburg and Mrs. Annie Barta of Swiss Alp, and his brother, Joe C. Dobrava of Oklahoma City.

He had lived in San Antonio 43 years.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Sep 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Frank Dobrik, of Bluff, age 55 years, died August 25.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 18 Feb 1904

Death Record.

Doby: Died near LaGrange, 2-7-04, of fatty degeneration of the heart, Lucy Doby, colored, aged 75 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, December 27, 1902, page 1

Hallettsville Dec. 18.—Mr. James C. Doggett died at the City hotel at 4 o’clock this morning from injuries he received at Altair yesterday afternoon. He was a brakeman at the Aransas Pass and San Antonio freight train, westbound, and while making a coupling was severely mashed about the head and chest. He resided at Yoakum, was about 24 years old and unmarried. His father, T. S. Doggett, resides near Weimar and arrived here last night. The local lodge, Woodmen of the World, took charge of the remains, which will be laid to rest in Flatonia cemetery by the side his mother, long since deceased.

Transcribed by Sharon Sutton


Cuero Record, Friday, October 25, 1963

Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Dolejsi, 79, who died unexpectedly at her home at 305 Clinton St. Thursday, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from Freund Chapel. The Rev. Walter C. Guin, Presbyterian minister, will officiate. Graveside services will be held at Flatonia.

Mrs. Dolejsi was born July 9, 1884 at Flatonia, a daughter of G.W. and Johanna Roeben Hoefner.

Her marriage to J. W. Dolejsi took place August 6, 1907 at Flatonia. He died April 20, 1954.

Mrs. Dolejsi was a devout member of the Presbyterian Church and served as organist for the Sunday School. She was also a member of the Pythian Sisters.

She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. J. C. Hartman, Sr., of Cuero and Mrs. Mattie Schorre of Flatonia and a number of nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Cuero Record, Wednesday, April 21, 1954

Funeral services for Jim W. Dolejsi, 75, well-known barber here for almost 50 years, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from Freund Chapel, the Rev. John P. Minter, Presbyterian pastor officiating.

Graveside services were held at Flatonia at 3:45 p.m.

Pallbearers were: Willard L. Kleinecke, William Henry Kleinecke, J. W. Jackson, Fred Wolter, Jr., Frank R. Thieme and Gerhard C. Frels.

Mr. Dolesi died Tuesday shortly after 9 a.m. at his home at 305 Clinton street, following a week's illness.

He was a native of Bellville in Austin County, and came to Cuero with his bride, the former Miss Helen Hoefner of Flatonia, in 1907.

Members of the Knights of Pythias to which Mr. Dolejsi belonged for many years, and of the Presbyterian church, took turns at sitting up at the Chapel Tuesday night.

Mr. Dolejsi is survived by his wife, Mrs. Helen Dolejsi; three sisters, Mrs. J. J. Kollatschny and Mrs. Tony Jancek of San Antonio, and Mrs. Anton Hesse of Brenham; one brother, Charles Dolejsi of Shiner, and several nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 20 April 1901, page 4

Ellinger, April 8.—Valentine Dolesal, a young Bohemian, shot and killed himself this morning with a pistol.


Weimar Mercury, 27 Nov 1897, page 7

Schulenburg, Texas, November 18.—John Doniak, a Bohemian farmer, committed suicide in town today by shooting himself through the head. No cause known for the rash deed.


Galveston Daily News, 25 Apr 1874


[Special to the Galveston News.]
Columbus, April 25, 1874.

A brakeman by the name of Thomas Donovan was mashed to death in Flatonia this morning, while trying to couple the cars.

Galveston Daily News, 5 May 1874, page 2

COLORADO COUNTY.—. . . .The Citizen, of the 30th ult. says: "A brakesman named Thos. Donnelly was killed on Friday night last, at Flatonia, while coupling the cars. His lamp had gone out, and thinking he could do the coupling without it, he spoke to the engineer directing him to back the engine. In doing so he was caught between the cars and crushed to death. No blame can be attached to the engineer."


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 May 1905, Poth News column

Mr. Edward Donerberg [Donnerberg], who lived a few miles southeast of Floresville got a fall last Thursday afternoon in R. O. Lange’s pasture, which caused his death Friday afternoon. He was seen on horseback after cattle and when next seen he was unconscious on the ground. It is supposed his horse fell with him. The funeral took place Saturday afternoon in the city cemetery near Floresville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, August 11, 1944

Funeral Rites for Mrs. Dornak, 62, Held Friday, Aug 4

Funeral services for Mrs. Adolphin[sic] Dornak, 62, were held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Hubbard Funeral Home, with the Rev. H. R. Yount, local Baptist minister, officiating. Interment was made in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dedek, Mrs. Dornak was born October 3, 1881, in Europe. She died at her home here in Weimar Wednesday night of last week.

Mrs. Dornak came to this country with her parents about 60 years ago and settled in Fayette county. She was united in marriage to Stephen Dornak, Sr., on Feb. 11, 1900, in Schulenburg, and to this union seven children were born. At the time of her death she was 62 years, 9 months and 29 days of age.

Pallbearers named by the family included B. B. Holt, Elmo Chandler, S. M. McCormick, G. W. Shaver, E. C Vacek, Dewey Good.

Survivors are her husband, Steven[sic] Dornak, Sr., of Weimar; four daughters, Mrs. Tony Goode of Weimar, Dorothy Dornak of San Antonio, Lillie Dornak of San Antonio, Mrs. Marie Hunt of San Antonio; three sons, Roy and Stephen Jr. of Weimar, and Pvt. Frankie Dornak, now with the U. S. armed forces somewhere in New Guinea; eight sisters and one brothers, Louis Dedek, of Weimar.

The Mercury extends sincere sympathy to the bereaved.

Contributed by Jaime Teas Dilger.


Corpus Christi Caller, Sunday, April 12, 2015

Annie Marie Dornak passed away peacefully on April 9, 2015, at the age of 92. She was born on a farm in the Novohrad Community of Lavaca County on March 5, 1923 to Felix and Anna Okruhlik.

She married Anton (Tony) Dornak in Praha, Texas on June 17, 1946. Their's was the first wedding after World War II at St. Mary's. It was a big celebration, beginning with 6 a.m. Mass and continuing with lots of family, friends, food, beer; dancing beautiful waltzes and polkas, late into the night. It was a way of life they continued to treasure throughout their nearly 60 years of marriage before the death of Tony in 2005.

Annie and Tony moved to Corpus Christi in 1953 where they raised their family. Annie loved tending her vegetable garden and always had some type of flower in bloom throughout her yard. She was a wonderful baker of kolaches and strudels as long as she was able. She enjoyed Czech music, playing dominoes, attending family reunions, and parties of all kinds. She loved spending time with her family.

They moved to Yoakum in 1980 where they remained until Tony's death, after which, Annie moved back to Corpus Christi to be nearer to her children.

She was a devout Catholic her whole life. Until 1980, the family were members of St. Theresa's where she was a member of the altar society, always a room mother for the school, and helped out wherever the parish church needed. While in Yoakum, she and Tony were members of St. Joseph's Parish.

She had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother Mary. Reception of the Holy Eucharist and hearing recitation of the rosary was especially calming and provided so much peace to her and her family.

Together Tony and Annie were blessed with five children. Arnold Anton (deceased hours after birth), Annette Alice Wik (David), Arthur Anton 'Artie' (Pam), Audrey Antoinette Foust (Ricky), Anthony Alan 'Tony' (Gloria).

Granny loved and is survived by ten grandchildren and their spouses Teresa (James), Brian, Tiffany (Justin), Kevin (Jessica), Aaron (Christi), Cody, Cory, Cheyenne, Megan and Kenneth. Granny loved visits from great grandchildren Hannah, Jadyn, Trenton, Finley, Tripp, Jillian and Austin.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, brother Louis, sisters Emillynn, Bene, and Edith. She is survived by sisters Bernice, Ellie Jo and Rosemary.

Annie is also survived by her loving and devoted true Angel sent from God, Leandra Villarreal, who provided Granny's last five years with comfort, company, and wonderful compassionate care.

The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Wooldridge Place Nursing Center, Corpus Christi, who always put forth extra effort to treat Mom (Granny Annie) and her family with such amazing care, patience, and compassion.

Visitation will be held at Cage-Mills Funeral Directors on Monday, April 13, 2015 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. with a Holy Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. that same evening.

Visitation will continue at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 821 FM 1295 in Praha, TX on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. with a funeral mass to be celebrated at 11:30 a.m.

Interment will follow at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, 31 Oct 1986, page 12A

Anton Dornak

FLATONIA – Anton Dornak, 64, of Flatonia, died Thursday in his residence following a sudden illness.

He was born Aug. 22, 1922, in Shiner, to the late Anton and Frances Hanzalik Dornak. A World War II veteran, he was a self-employed auto mechanic.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia with the Msgr. Anthony Matula officiating.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday evening at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Flatonia.

Burial will follow the services in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife, Irene Dornak, of Flatonia; a daughter, Donella Doehring, of Flatonia; a sister, Mrs. Mary Zapalac, of Moulton; and a grandchild.

Contributed by Matt Cross

BEN Dornak

Eagle Lake Headlight, Feb. 13, 1969

Brother of Mrs. Dostal Passes Away

Funeral services for Ben Dornak, 68 of Ellinger were held Wednesday, February 5, at 2:00 p.m.at the Jecmenek Chapel in Ellinger with continued services at the Hostyn Hill Catholic Church. Rev. Francis Kolar officiated, and burial was in the church cemetery.

He was born in Nada on September 8, 1900, and was united in marriage with Matilda Pokorny on January 20, 1924, at Hostyn Hill. A member of the KJT, Ellinger Chamber of Commerce, and the Volunteer Fire Department, he had resided in Ellinger the past 43 years.

Surviving are his wife of Ellinger; two sisters, Mrs. Verna Dostal of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Cecilia Sodek of Temple.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Weimar Mercury, February 25, 1971

Funeral for Mrs. Dornak Set Thursday

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Hubbard Funeral Home for Mrs. Bill (Dorothy) Dornak, 57, who died at 12:35 p.m. Tuesday, just after she arrived at Youens Memorial Hospital.

She had suffered with spinal arthritis for seven years, and Tuesday morning suddenly developed an extremely high fever.

Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.

Daughter of the late Joe Dittrich and Mrs. Bertha Dittrich Anders, Mrs. Dornak was born Nov. 6, 1913. She was married to Bill Dornak in 1935; he died in November 1967.

Mrs. Dornak is survived by four sons, William J. Dornak of San Antonio, Glenn R. Dornak, Daniel S. Dornak and Leroy J. Dornak of Weimar; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Wm. J. Dornak of San Antonio; her mother, Mrs. Bertha Anders of Weimar; and three half-brothers, Edwin F. and Charles Anders of Weimar and Freddie Anders of Wharton. A half-sister, Florence Anders, preceded her in death.

Contributed by Jaime Teas Dilger.


Victoria Advocate, 4 Sep 1992, page 12A


YOAKUM - Elsie Barta Dornak, 74, of Yoakum died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 1992.

She was born Jan. 19, 1918, in Flatonia to the late Frank and Henrietta Sembera Barta. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.

Survivors: sisters, Lillie Novak and Olga Merecka, both of Flatonia, Hermenia Tucker of Houston, Vlasta Pavlas of Moulton and Georgia White of Alvin; and brothers, Ladik Barta and Bill Barta, both of Houston, Frank D. Barta of Schulenburg and Louis Barta of Flatonia.

Preceded in death by husband, Willie Dornak, in 1976; and daughter, Jeanette Dornak, in 1967.

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

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

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 13 Oct 1967, page 13

Rites Slated For Victims Of Wreck

SHINER - Services for two girls killed in a car-pickup truck wreck Wednesday will be held Friday.

Killed were Marjorie Ann Benes, 18, of Shiner and Jeannette Dornak, 19, of Yoakum.

Services for Miss Benes will be held at Buffington Funeral Home in Shiner at 9:15 a..m [sic] and at Sts. Cyrill [sic] and Methodius Catholic Church at 9:30. Burial will be in the Shiner Catholic Cemetery.

Services for Miss Dornak will be conducted at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia at 9:30 a.m. and at Sacred Heart Catholic Church there at 9:45. Burial will be in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Miss Benes is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Benes; a brother, Patrick Benes; three sisters, Helen, Dorothy and Dolores Benes, and grandparents, Mike Benes and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kramitbarer, all of Shiner.

Miss Dornak is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Dornak of Yoakum, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Cyrial Dornak and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barta, all of Flatonia.

The girls were passengers in a car driven by Robert T. Wendel, 17, a Yoakum High School student. The car collided with a pickup driven by Walter H. Paul Sr., 68, of Shiner.

Highway Patrolman R. L. Whitcomb of Hallettsville said the fatal accident occurred on State Highway 96 a mile south of Shiner. Whitcomb said the vehicles were headed in opposite directions on the highway when Paul attempted a left turn onto a country road.

Both vehicles were demolished.

Wendel and Paul remained patients in Wagner Memorial Hospital Thursday. Wendel received a broken right leg, dislocated left wrist and facial and scalp lacerations. Paul suffered lacerations and fractures.

See a second article about the accident in which Marjorie Ann Benes was also killed. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 24 Nov 1897

John Donak [sic.], a Bohemian farmer, killed himself at Schulenburg last week by shooting himself with a pistol. Despondency over the low price of cotton is the only cause assigned.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, June 4, 1987

Lillian Dornak Service Held Here May 30

A graveside service for Lillian Dornak, 79, of San Antonio was held Saturday, May 30, at Masonic Cemetery, with Rev. Emil Kiesling of La Grange officiating.

Miss Dornak died Thursday, May 28, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, San Antonio, after a stroke.

Born May 20, 1908 in Fayette County, she was a daughter of Stephen and Adolphine (Dedekk) Dornak. She had retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.

She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Lindsay of Weimar, Mrs. Marie Hunt of San Antonio and Mrs. Maurice Teltschik of Houston, and a brother, Frankie Dornak of Tacoma, Washington. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Contributed by Jaime Teas Dilger.


Weimar Mercury, November 8, 1918


The family, residing on one of the McCormick farms, between here and Schulenburg, received word a few days ago of the death of Louis Dornak, a young man well and favorably known throughout this section, whose death occurred Oct. 5th as a result of wounds received in battle over in France.

The sympathy of many friends goes out to the family in the loss of a beloved son, who offered up his life that our homes and lives might be saved from Hun invasion.

Contributed by Jaime Teas Dilger.


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, September 16, 1971

Mrs. C. Dornak Dies at Flatonia

Mrs. Cyril Dornak of Flatonia, sister of A. K. Pesl of Weimar, died Sept. 3 of cancer, at the age of 77.

She was buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Cistern after a funeral mass in Sacred Heart Church, Flatonia.

In addition to Mr. Pesl, survivors are three sisters, Mrs. Joseph (Rose) Urban and Mrs. O. T. (Antonia) Zapalac of Smithville, and Mrs. Joseph (Katherine) Burger of Flatonia; three other brothers, John and Cyril Pesl of Smithville and Henry Pesl of Schulenburg; her husband; five sons, William of Yoakum, Henry of Moulton, Anton of Corpus Christi, Alois of Robstown, and Victor of Pensacola, Fla.; a number of grandchildren, and one great grandson.

One son, Cyril Jr., preceded her in death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Weimar Mercury, February 18, 1971

Roy Dornak’s Funeral Held Here Feb. 10

Funeral services for Roy Dornak, 71, retired farmer of Oakland, were held Wednesday morning, Feb. 10, at Hubbard Funeral Home, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. E. L. Vance officiated.

Mr. Dornak died Feb 7 in Youens Memorial Hospital, where he had been a patient two and a half weeks.

Born June 10, 1899 at Schulenburg, he later lived on a farm between Schulenburg and Weimar and for the past 22 years had lived at Oakland.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clara Boykin Dornak, of Oakland; two daughters, Miss Beatrice Dornak of Weimar and Miss Leila Dornak of Oakland; six sisters, Mrs. Tony Goode and Mrs. Dorothy Lindsay of Weimar, Miss Lillian Dornak and Mrs. Marie Hunt of San Antonio; Mrs. Agnes Jurak of La Grange and Mrs. Fannie Teltschik of Houston; and a brother Frank Dornak, in military service in Washington state.

A brother, Louis died in World War II. Another brother, Bill, and a sister, Mrs. Minnie Lindsay also preceded him in death.

Contributed by Jaime Teas Dilger.


Weimar Mercury, February 21, 1958

Final Rites for Stephen Dornak, 82, Wednesday

Funeral services for Stephen Dornak, 82, a lifelong resident of this area were held Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 19, at Hubbard Funeral Home with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Walter Wooley officiated.

Mr. Dornak, who had been seriously ill about two years, died Monday at 3:15 p.m. in the home of one of his daughters, Mrs. Lindsie Goode.

Born Dec. 4, 1875, on the old McLeary place northeast of Weimar, he was the son of Joseph and Barbara Dornak. He married Miss Adolphine Dedek in 1899 and they first settled in Fayette County, moving to Weimar 28 years ago. Mrs. Dornak died in 1944.

Surviving are three sons, Roy of Oakland, Bill of Weimar and M.-Sgt Frankie Dornak of Tacoma, Wash.; five daughters, Mrs. Lindsie Goode of Weimar, Mrs. Morris Teltschik of Houston, and Mrs. Dorothy Lindsay, Miss Lillie Dornak and Mrs. H. L. Hunt all of San Antonio; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Frances Dittrich of Weimar; and a half-brother, Cyril Peters of Idaho.

Contributed by Jaime Teas Dilger.


Victoria Advocate, 7 Feb 1976, page 12A

Area Man Dies In Auto Crash

YOAKUM - Willie Frank Dornak, 60, of 112 Elenora St., was killed early Friday morning when his car left Farm Road 318 two miles north of Yoakum and struck a guard rail and the end of a bridge.

Highway Patrolman Todd Kidd of Hallettsville said Dornak was killed instantly in the accident leaving his southbound car at 1:30 a.m. He was alone in the vehicle.

The fatality was first on rural highways in Lavaca County this year as compared to one at this time last year.

Dornak's daughter, Jeanette, was killed in a traffic accident near Shiner about seven years ago.

Dornak, a resident of Yoakum for 12 years, operated a tavern at Sweet Home. He was born Jan. 29, 1916, in Harwood in Gonzales County.

The body was taken to Buffington Funeral Home and then to Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia with burial in Catholic Cemetery in Flatonia.

A Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elsie Dornak of Yoakum and four brothers, Henry Dornak of Moulton, Anton Dornak of Corpus Christi, Alois Dornak of Robstown and Victor Dornak of Pensacola, Fla.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Dec 5, 1947, page 1


Tom Dodd, 37, of Houston, former owner of a cafe at Schulenburg, was buried at Schulenburg Wednesday afternoon.

Mr. Dodd succumbed Sunday night at a Houston hospital, victim of a brain tumor.

Among the survivors are his wife, the former Miss Violet Miller of Schulenburg, two daughters and a son.

Mr. Dodd was well known to many here and was a frequent visitor to Weimar's golf course during his stay in Schulenburg.


La Grange Journal
Thursday, December 1, 1938

Dorsey Family

The Houston Post of Sunday contains the death notice of Mrs. Lena Pearl Dorsey, 35, and her two children, Calvin 9 and Kathryn 5, death due to asphyxiation.  The Dorsey family formerly lived at Flatonia before removing to Houston, where the husband, J. H. Dorsey, is now employed as linesman for the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.  The Post has the following reference:

The victims were found dead in their home at 112 East Twenty-fourth Friday night when the husband and father, J. H. Dorsey, returned from work.

Miraculously surviving, 1-year old Mary Edna Dorsey was found clasped in the arms of her dead mother.

Funeral services for Mrs. Dorsey and her two children were held at 1:30 p.m., Sunday in the Heights funeral home chapel, with Rev. T. C. Jester in charge.  Burial was in Brookside cemetery.

Mrs. Dorsey is survived by her husband; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Bertling, and two sisters, Mrs. Frances Johnson and Mrs. Eula Brown, all of Flatonia; three brothers, Lawrence and George Bertling of Flatonia and Roger Bertling of Cameron.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Dallas Morning News, 24 May 1896


Doss--Flatonia, Fayette Co., Tex. May 22--
Carl Antonia Doss died at Cistern yesterday, aged 89. Mr. Doss was born in Berlin, Prussia, in 1807. He came to America in 1850. He lived in Austin county twenty seven years and removed to Cistern, Fayette County, where he has been living for nineteen years. He leaves a wife 81 years old and three children.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson


Victoria Advocate, Wednesday, January 17, 1968

Alois Dostalik, 88, father of Mrs. Fred Niemann of Victoria, died at 7 p.m. Monday in a Gonzales hospital.

Mr. Dostalik was born June 26, 1879 in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Funeral services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia, and at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will be in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Survivors include four sons, Louis of Yoakum, Joe of Houston, and Adolph and Ernest Dostalik, both of Flatonia; two other daughters, Mrs. H. H. Stein of Flatonia and Mrs. Arthur Krause of San Angelo; 10 grandchildren, and 31 great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Oct 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

John Dastalik [sic.], age 46 years, died October 4.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 April 1921, page 3

Flatonia Route One

We are sorry to report the sad news of the death of Miss Bettie Doubora [sic.].

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Light, Tuesday, June 21, 1955

John J. Doubrava, age 84, passed away in Flatonia, June 16. Interment was in Flatonia, Texas, June 18.

He is survived by widow, Mary; son John E.; daughters, Angeline Wilson, Mary Kana, Annie Stieber, Alvina Peters, Lillian Cherry.

Cuero Record, Sunday, June 26, 1955

Funeral services for John Vincent Doubrana [sic.], 78, father of Mrs. H. F. Peters of Cuero, were held recently in Flatonia from the Catholic Church, Father Raska officiating. Burial was there in the Catholic Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Pavlas Doubrana; five daughters, Mrs. August Kana of Flatonia; Mrs. Richard Strieber of Houston; Mrs. Harry V. Cherry of Columbus; Mrs. Glen C. Wilson of San Antonio; and Mrs. H. E. Peters of Cuero; one son, John E. Doubrana of San Antonio; 17 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

David fulton Douglass

The Patriot, July 15, 1865


DAVID FULTON DOUGLASS, second son of Mrs. Rebecca L. Douglass, of Hays Co. Texas, departed this life, December 30 1863, at LaGrange, Fayette Co., from diseases contracted while a soldier in Co. K. Allen's Regiment, Texas Infantry.

The writer knew Mr. Douglass almost from his boyhood; and to know him was but to love him. He was a man of unsurpassed moral character, a generous hearted and agreeable companion, and a true, faithful, and gallant soldier. He possessed not only a good intellect, but was gifted in an eminent degree with those qualities of heart, which adorn and bless the domestic circle.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 10, 1955

Zane Doyle

Funeral services were held for Zane Doyle of Houston on Wednesday, February 2 at 4 PM at the Elm Grove Baptist Church.  The Rev. Claude O’Neal officiated.

Mr. Doyle, 30, died Tuesday, February 1, in Houston.  He was employed as a window washer and was killed instantly when he fell from a ten story building.

Mr. Doyle was born on October 21, 1924 in Elm Grove, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Doyle.  On August 31, 1945, he was married in Elm Grove to Mrs. Ruth Doyle.

Survivors include his wife of Houston, two daughters, Suzette and Eugenia, both of Houston; two brothers, Pat of Waelder and Bernell of San Antonio and his grandmother, Mrs. S. B. Sellers of Flatonia.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 14 Nov 1891, page 2

A very sad accident occurred about 7 o'clock p. m. last Saturday on J. B. L. Primm's farm four and a half miles from West Point in which, Dick Chappel accidently shot and killed his cousin, Jack Dozy, with a 39-calibre pistol. The deceased was 16 years of age.Democrat.


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Jan 1902, Fayetteville column

Mr. John Drab, who has been suffering with asthma for many years died last week and was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery at this place, Rev. Father Chromcik officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, April 24, 1980, page 2

Mrs. Julia (Baca) Drab

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Drab, 76, of La Grange were held Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in  La Grange.  The Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiated, and burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Drab passed away Thursday at Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born March 26, 1904 in Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late Emil E. and Mary (Fojtik) Baca.  She was united in marriage Feb. 15, 1922 in Ellinger with Louis John Drab who preceded her in death in 1967.

She spent her entire life in Fayette County and had served as an aide at Wunderlich’s Boarding House.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Malinowski of Houston and Mrs. Judy Supak of Columbus; two sons, Gilbert L. and Rudy E. Drab, both of La Grange; one sister, Mrs. Sophie Novosad of Houston; one brother, Elo Baca of Austin; 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Annie Hollan.

Koening Funeral Home, Inc., of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.

Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht


Shiner Gazette, 3 May 1984

Frances Bujnoch Drabek Dies

SCHULENBURG – Mrs. Frances Drabek, 75, of Schulenburg died at 3 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 28, 1984.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Apr. 29 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg.

Burial followed in the St. Rose Catholic Cemetery. Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home of Schulenburg was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Sept. 28, 1908, in Shiner, daughter of Anton and Julia (Simper) Bujnoch. She was reared on the family farm near Shiner and attended school here.

On Nov. 10, 1931, she was married to Leo Drabek of Shiner. The couple made their home at Shiner until about 1956 when they moved to the Middle Creek community near Schulenburg about 1956. Her husband died May 10, 1972. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg.

She is survived by two sons, Roman Drabek of Schulenburg, Bennie Drabek of Shiner; three daughters, Mrs. Justine Roliard of Schulenburg, Mrs. Charlie (Annie) Herschek of Columbus, Mrs. L.J. (Frances) Vacek of Schulenburg; a sister, Mrs. Emil (Emily) Eicher of Yoakum; two brothers, Roman Bujnoch of Houston, Anton Bujnoch of Shiner; and 26 grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her father, Dec. 29, 1921; her mother, Sept. 5, 1975; stepfather, Anton Chalupa, Mar. 10, 1961; two infant brothers, Robert and Joseph Bujnoch; and one sister, Mrs. Louis (Frances) Harabis, Apr. 27, 1979.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 25 May 1972

Rites May 11 For Leo Drabek

Leo Drabek, farmer of the Middle Creek community, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 1972 at Youens Memorial Hospital, Weimar, after being seriously ill only one week. He attained the age of 64 years and 4 months.

Funeral services were held from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel, Schulenburg, Thursday, May 11, at 3:15 p.m. with continued services at St. Rose Catholic Church at 3:30 p.m. Rev. Eugen O’Callaghan officiated at the funeral Mass and burial was in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery, Schulenburg.

Pallbearers were Robert Georgi, Henry Berger, Daniel Anders, Johnnie, Edward and Laddie Patek.

Mr. Drabek, son of the late Frank and Mary (Janacek) Drabek, was born January 10, 1908, in Shiner. On November 10, 1931, he was united in marriage to Miss Frances Bujnoch at Shiner where the couple settled. They moved to the Middle Creek section sixteen years ago and he was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Frances Drabek of Schulenburg; three daughters, Mrs. L. J. (Frances) Vacek and Mrs. Justine Rolirad, both of Schulenburg, Mrs. Charlie (Annie) Herchek of Columbus; two sons, Roman Drabek of Schulenburg, Bennie Drabek of Hallettsville; a sister, Mrs. Laddie (Justina) Patek of Shiner; and 17 grandchildren.

His father passed away February 28, 1948; and his mother died about 1913.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 10 Sep 1898, page 7

LaGrange, Texas, August 31.—Mr. Daniel Draub, 82 yeaers of age and an old Texan, was interred in the cemetery here last Sunday. He was a teacher in his younger days, having taught in the Rutersville college of this county as early as 1845. Mr. Draub was well known as an educator throught this section in the early days of Texas, but for several years past has been in feeble health and lived wiht his son, Otto, at this place.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 15, 1934


Death came to the relief of one of our older citizens last Thursday, after the patient had sought to overcome a lingering illness; Conrad Drawe, aged 77 years, 11 months and 6 days, died at the family home in the city, leaving as chief mourners, his widow and 11 children, all grown, and 12 grandchildren, 2 brothers and four sisters, besides other relatives and numerous friends.

Funeral services were held at the home and also at the grave by Rev. Bosshard, who in paying a tribute to the deceased expressed the words that many had ever encouraged for this citizen.  The body was placed to rest in the City Cemetery last Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, and present to witness the last rites were many who had know him for years.

During his prolonged illness he received the careful nursing from his wife; every means at the command of medical science and faithful nursing, failed to stay the approach of the Grim Reaper.  He had lived among us and enjoyed health until his last illness, and was regarded by all as a good and honorable man, a loving husband and father.

We offer our sincere sympathy to the surviving relatives; may He who giveth and taketh away, heal their broken hearts, and may the soul of this faithful father rest in peace.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, August 21, 2012

Alvin Junior Dreahn, 74, of Schulenburg, died on Friday, Aug. 17 at 9:55 a.m. in Flatonia after having congestive heart failure for many years. The funeral was held on Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home. Burial took place in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Visitation was held Monday, Aug. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m., with an American Legion memorial service at 6:30 p.m. Named as honorary pallbearers were Larry Osina and Bennett Krhovjak.

Born on Dec. 29, 1937 in Brookshire, he was the son of Alvin C. Dreahn and Evelyn Mikeska Gosnell. During the Korean Conflict, he served in the U.S. Air Force. He married Jo Ann Wood-Crawford on June 15, 1963 in Rosenberg. He lived in Fayette County for approximately 20 years, and also lived in Houston, Brookshire and Heights. He was retired as a quality control lab supervisor. Mr. Dreahn was a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include a son, Michael L. Dreahn of Galena Park; two step-sons, Richard L. Crawford of South Houston and Ronald W. Crawford of Pasadena; and four grandchildren, Justin Dreahn, Ashley Dreahn, Ronald Crawford Jr. and Jason Crawford.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Daryl Dreahn and a grandson, Daryl Dreahn Jr.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 Jan 1900

Franz Dreitner, one of the early settlers of High Hill vicinage died last week. He has reached a ripe old age.

Contributed by Matt Cross

William edward DRISDALE

Weimar Mecury, 5 Mar 1904, page 8

LaGrange Journal: News reached this city Tuesday afternoon that W. E. Drisdale, well known here and a highly respected farmer, had died at his home near Plum that day. Mr. Drisdale was an extensive planter and popular with all classes, very successful to his pursuits and by his removal from our midst, the community loses a valuable citizen. His untimely death is due to a cancerous grown in his face, from which he had been a long and patient sufferer. He leaves a widow and three children, all grown, as the chief mourners. May he rest in peace.

Schulenburg Sticker, 31 Mar 1904

Death Record.

Drisdale: Died near Plum 3 1 04 of asthenia, William Edward Drisdale aged 72 yrs and 11 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, November 18, 1955

Brazdo [sic], Drozd Funeral Rites At Schulenburg

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

. . . . Mr. Drozd was buried in St. Rose Catholic Cemetery in Schulenburg after services at Moravia Catholic Church. His survivors are his wife; a son, Vernon, of Schulenburg; three daughters, Mrs. Ethel Mae Kalne, Mrs. Gladys Shimek and Miss Geraldine Drozd, all of Schulenburg; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Drozd of Hallettsville; and six grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 4 Apr 1900, page 1

DIED – John Drozd, of the firm of Drozd & Parmer, of Praha, on Wednesday morning March 28th of Bright’s disease. Mr. Drozd has for some time been a leading merchant of Praha and in his demise the community loses a good citizen and his family a kind husband and father. His remains were interred in the Catholic Cemetery. – Flatonia Argus.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Sep 1903

Death Record.

Drozda: Died at LaGrange, Sept 5th-03 of congestion of the brain, Ellie Drozda, aged 1 year, 2 months and 7 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, April 9, 1936, page 1

Mrs. Duehlberg Dies At Cuero, Sunday Buried At Flatonia

Mrs. Hulda Duehlberg, formerly of La Grange, and who, with her husband (who died February 4, 1935) occupied the home now the property of John G. Riehs, at the river bridge, died at Cuero, Sunday, April 5, at the age of 80 years, 3months and 6 days. The body was taken to Flatonia, and interred in the Flatonia cemetery, Monday afternoon Rev. R. Heise of La Grange, and Rev. Kern, of Cuero, officiating. Many from La Grange were in attendance upon the funeral.

Three sons and two daughters, surviving, were present to pay their last respects; also present was her stepchildren, born to her husband and wife at a previous marriage. Deceased, nee Francke, was the widow of the late Mr. Seekamp , at the time of her marriage to Henry Duehlberg, in 1906.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Colorado County Citizen, December 5, 1940

Funeral Services Held Friday for Mrs. Freida Duerr

Funeral services for Mrs. Freida Duerr, who died Thursday night at her home three miles north of Columbus, were held at the residence Friday afternoon at four o'clock. Rev. W. A. Flachmeier, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial was in [Oddfellows] Rest under the direction of Untermeyer Bros.

Mrs. Duerr had been ill two weeks. She was born October 2nd, 1888, at Rockhouse in Fayette County, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Linke. She was married to [Ceasar] Duerr in 1913.

Survivors include her husband, her mothers, Mrs. Pauline Linke of Columbus, two brothers, Elo and Alvin Linke of Eagle Lake, two sisters, Mrs. Ralph White and Mrs. H. C. Gillon of Houston.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 3, 1921

William Duerr Dead

William Duerr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Duerr, died at the home of his parents 3 miles north of this city Monday.  Deceased was born February 8, 1872, at Frelsburg, and had spent his entire life in Colorado county.  About fifteen years ago, Mr. Duerr met with a railroad accident in which he lost both legs, and has been almost an invalid since that time.  Besides his parents, he is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Otto Heyne of Glen Flora, Mrs. Henry Burger of this city, Mrs. Henry Heyne of Glen Flora, Mr[s]. Nannie Lampke of La Grange; there [three] brothers, Caesar Duerr of this city, and Henry and Walter Duerr of Glen Flora, all of whom have the sympathy of a large number of friends.  – Columbus Citizen.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal
January 16,1936, page3

Aged Negress Dies

They do grow old; Sarah Duncan, negro woman, died last Saturday, at her home at Buckner’s Creek.  Her age was given at 112 years. Not long since her husband died.  The two were ex-slaves and had lived in Fayette County for 75 years.

The La Grange Journal
January 16,1936, page 6

Deaths Reported

Died at La Grange, January 10, of apoplexy; Sarah Duncan (col.) aged 111 years.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal, December 9, 1897


At her home in Ellinger, on the 5th day of December, 1897, Mrs. Bettie Dunlevy, after a long and painful illness, passed from death unto life eternal. Mrs. Dunlevy was, if we mistake not, born and raised in this county, and her death will be mourned by many relatives and friends. Her remains were taken to Fayetteville and interred in the old family burying ground by the side of the dear ones who had preceeded her to the better land.

She is buried alongside her husband, Henry Franklin Dunlavy, in the Fayetteville City Cemetery.
Contributed by Sue Dunlavy McIlveen


The Austin Weekly Statesman, 31 Dec 1874, page 2

Mr. Henry Dunlevy died at his home in Fayetteville, on Tuesday night, the twenty-second instant.


Dallas Morning News, 27 Apr 1890


B.F. Dunn

Columbus, Tex., April 26.
Major B.F. Dunn of La Grange, one of the oldest mostly wide known and respected citizens of this part of the state, died here this morning. He was a partner in the practice of law with J.C. Brown and was on his way to Wharton to attend the term of the district court there when he was stricken down sick here and died.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson

Colorado Citizen, 1 May 1890, page 3


With sentiments of poignant regret the CITIZEN announces the death of Major B. F. DUNN of LaGrange, which occurred at the Woolton House in this city last Saturday morning, of malarial hematuria. The best medical skill and kindly nursing availed not to avert the attack of the grim destroyer. Major DUNN was born in Alabama Feb. 7, 1833, and removed in childhood with the family to Bastrop, afterwards to Fayetteville, Fayette county, where, in 1847, he was baptised by Rev. P. B. Chandler into the Baptist church, of which church he remained a consistent member until "life's latest day." His life affords a bright exemplar of usefulness and disinterested labor for the betterment of his neighbors, his town, his county, his state, and abounded in good works. His voice and hand was in every good work, every enterprise, and his counsel for the promotion of good and the repression of wrong remain silent monuments to his sterling integrity and inherent worth. He was universally popular, and "to know him was to love him." No man in the community where he lived could be so badly missed in all the walks of life. Citizens and personal friends throughout the state will join his home people in the universal sorrow the solemn announcement of his death occasions.

His remains, under the tender escort of relatives and sympathising friends, were removed to LaGrange last Saturday afternoon, where memorial services were held in the Methodist church, the Revs. Q. T. Simpson of the Baptist church, J. T. Browning of the Methodist church, and B. R. Saunders of the Christian church, paying just and feeling tributes to the memory of the departed. At the conclusion of these impressive ceremonies the deceased was laid to rest after the rites and ceremonials of the Masonic fraternity, in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. The CITIZEN tenders the bereaved ones sincere condolence in their hour of supreme sorrow.

"Life's duty done, as sinks the day.
Light from its load the spirit dies,
While heaven and earth combine to say
How blest the righteous when he dies."


Weimar Mercury, 12 Jul 1890, page 2

MRS. B. F. DUNN of La Grange died Monday afternoon at 4:30 at the family residence in that city. Her death was caused from catarrh of the stomach. She was a most estimable lady, popular with every one, and her death has caused a general feeling of sadness among her many relatives and friends.


La Grange, Journal, March 15, 1934, page 1


Friends in La Grange were grieved  to hear Monday of the sudden death of R.E. (Dick) Dunn, for more than a half century a farmer of the Muldoon section of Fayette County.  Mr. Dunn died at the home of his sister, Mrs. S.K. Seymour at Columbus, Sunday; the body was taken to West Point, Monday and buried at the side of that of his wife.

Dick Dunn, as the Journal man and his many friends here knew him, was for many years a citizen of Fayetteville and La Grange, his youthful days were spent at these two towns in Fayette County; he was the eldest son of the late Major B. F. Dunn who practiced law in La Grange in the period following the civil war and up to the latter 1880’s.

Uncle Dick, as he was called, was born February 18, 1859 at Fayetteville; he was united in marriage with Miss Sally Darby who, as stated, preceded him in death twenty years ago.  He leaves one sister, Mrs. Sam K. Seymour, (Katie Dunn) and several nieces and nephews in Columbus and in other parts of the State.

Officiating at the cemetery, were three ministers; Uncle Dick Dunn was not a member of the Baptist Church but in many ways assisted in the upkeep of the church and was a constant attendant at services.  Rev. W.D. Wyatt of Columbus officiated at the cemetery; assisted by Rev. J.E. Roth of La Grange, and Rev. J McLain of Muldoon, the services under the shade of tall cedars were held.  Rev. Roth offered a prayer, and  Rev. McLain paid a tribute to the deceased that was beautiful, a eulogy that conveyed to all, the character of Dick Dunn, and which gave to everyone an inspiration to be loved as he was loved.  Rev. Wyatt, quoting from the scripture drew a parallel, depicting the life of the deceased and the scripture.  Dick Dunn belonged to no church, but worshipped with the little congregation at Muldoon, and by manual labor and donations contributed to the welfare of that church.  Rev. Connel of the Methodist Church offered a prayer at the conclusion of the services and all that was mortal of  the man whom everyone in that section loved, was placed beneath the sod.

The Dunn family was among the earlier settlers of Fayette County, and were prominently connected, and helped materially in building up the county.  The subject of this  sketch belonged to old school of Southern gentleman; dignified yet humble, honest and Christian-like, believing in the golden rule in all phases of life.  His friends believed in him, he believed in them.

The departure of another friend is thus recorded; it was ever an inspiration to meet with him, and his visit to La Grange was incomplete without a half hour visit with the Journal folks who ever held wide open the door so that he may enter.  May he rest in peace the oft-repeated phrase: “ He will sleep in sleep of the just”.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, June 2, 1960

Flatonia. – Mrs. F. W. (Annie) Dusek of Flatonia passed away Friday, May 20, 1960 at 12:30 p.m. at the age of 83 years, 3 months and 25 days in Flatonia’s Modern Nursing Home where she had made her home during the past 2 years.

She was born at Sweet Home January 25, 1877, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Bittner, where she lived until the age of two years, when she moved with her parents to Flatonia.

May 25, 1897 she was married to Frank W. Dusek who preceded her in death eight years ago.

Soon after their marriage they moved to Praha where they lived for two years, returning to Flatonia where they lived for the remainder of their lives.

The last sad rites were held from the Smith Funeral Home Chapel Sunday afternoon, May 22 at three o’clock, with Rev. Joe Sott, Methodist minister, officiating. The body was tenderly laid to rest beside her husband in the Flatonia City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Rolla Mueller, Christian C. Barta, Arnold Wiedemann, T. J. Marik, W. W. Mueller, Frank Pechacek Jr., Harry Otto, and A. E. Mueller, members of the Flatonia Fire Department.

She leaves to mourn her passing one son, William M. Dusek of Mission; two sisters, Mrs. Matilda Wotipka of Corpus Christi, Mrs. Marie Nitschmann of Luling and one brother, Anton E. Bittner of Flatonia; one grandson and numerous nieces and nephews, among them Adolph Scheer of Flatonia, whom they raised from a boy.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, February 20, 2000


SCHULENBURG—Cyril H. Dusek, 77, of Schulenburg, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000.

He was born July 1, 1922, in New Bielau. He was a carpenter and school bus driver employed by St. Rose Catholic School.

Survivors: wife, Alma Dusek; daughter, Peggy Kusy of Schulenburg; son, Ron Dusek of Austin; sister, Rosie Mazac of Weimar; brother, Joe Dusek of Weimar; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild

A VFW memorial service will be 6 p.m. tonight at St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg.

A K of C parish rosary will be 6:30 p.m. tonight at the church.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the church.

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

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


San Antonio Light, Monday, December 15, 1952

FLATONIA, Dec. 15.—Funeral services for F. W. Dusek, 77, Flatonia, were held at the Smith Funeral home chapel with Rev. Jim Lewis, pastor of the Flatonia methodist church, officiating.

Dusek was a retired merchant of Flatonia and was president of the Flatonia State Bank.

Interment was in the Flatonia City Cemetery. Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Annie Bittner Dusek, Mission, and sister, Mrs. Adler, California.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, February 28, 1958

John G. Dusek, 91, Buried Last Friday At Ammannsville

Funeral services for John G. Dusek, 91, who died Feb. 11 at Colonial Rest Home in Schulenburg, were held Friday, Feb. 14, at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel, continuing with services in the Ammannsville Catholic Church.

Interment was in the church cemetery. Rev. Roman Janak officiated.

Mr. Dusek had lived in the Ammannsville area over 60 years. Born Dec. 21, 1866 in Europe, he married Miss Anna Faltysek there in 1893 and they came to this country in 1898. Mrs. Dusek died in 1941.

Survivors include one son, John J. Dusek of Ammannsville; six daughters, Mrs. L. B. Kossa of Ammannsville, Mrs. John Vanicek of Schulenburg, Mrs. Joe Herzik of El Campo, Mrs. George Bumbera of La Grange, Mrs. Albert Kubersky of Weimar, and Mrs. Joe Malata of East Bernard; 20 grandchildren and 64 great-grandchildren.

One daughter, Mrs. Albina Genzer, died in 1938 and two sisters and two brothers also preceded him in death.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, August 16, 1940


(La Grange Record)

Josef Dusek, 86, passed away suddenly Saturday at the home of his son, Josef V. Dusek of Near La Grange.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at 8:30 o'clock from the home, followed by services at the Hostyn Catholic church at 9. Burial was at Hostyn, the Rev. P. P. Kaspar officiating at the last rites.

Mr. Dusek was born in Czechoslovakia on Nov. 1, 1856. He came to Fayette county in 1898 and had resided here since. His wife, Mrs. Rosalie Dusek, passed away in 1929.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Jos. Sruba of Abbott; one son, Joseph V. Dusek; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Obzor Hospodárský, Saturday, June 15, 1907

Fayetteville, May 30. - On 23rd of this month, Mr. Rudolf Dybala's daughter died. She was buried in the Catholic cemetery. Grieving parents, accept from me deep condolences.

Fayetteville, 30. května. - Dne 23. t.m. zemřela p. Rudolfu Dybalovi dceruška. Pohřbena byla na katolickém hřbitově. Zarmoucení rodiče, přijměte ode mne hlubokou soustrast.

This grave appears to be unmarked. Submitted by Rosemary Ermis. Translated by Alfred Ermis.


The Fayette County Record, Friday, October 30, 2009

Joe Dybala, 88, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 at Care Inn of La Grange.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John's Catholic Church, Fayetteville at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 with Rev. Stephen Nesrsta officiating. Burial will follow at St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Fayetteville.

He was born in Fayetteville March 11, 1921, the son of William Dybala and Julia (Novosad) Dybala. Joe was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He spent 27 years working with the Fayetteville Fire Department and 18 years with the Fayetteville ambulance service.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Martha Ann (Ryza) Dybala of Fayetteville, numerous nieces and nephews and two close friends, Sandra Janish and Justin Malota, Sr.

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

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record,  September 17, 1884

Funeral services for Mrs. Julia Dybala, 89, of Fayetteville were held Wednesday at 9:30  a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church with burial in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.  The Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz officiated.

Mrs. Dybala passed away Tuesday in the Bohne Hospital in Brenham.

A daughter of the late Frank and Veronica
 (Prasifka) Novosad, she was born in Fayetteville on June 4, 1895.  She was united in marriage with William Dybala on Oct. 19, 1915 at Fayetteville.  Mr. D y bala preceded her in death on June 24 of this  year.  She was a member of the KJZT and the Altar Society.

Surviving are two sons, Joe Dybala of
 Fayetteville  and Ben Dybala of Rosenberg; one sister, Hermina Svrcek of Columbus; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a baby daughter, Clara.

Koenig Peel Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis

Olga Dybala

Schulenburg Sticker, 9 June 1922, page 1

Two Year Old Daughter, of Louis Dobala [sic.] Dies

The little two year old infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dobala passed peacefully from this earth to her home in Heaven last Wednesday morning. Death was due to spasm.

The little body was laid to rest at St. Rosa’s Cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, Rev. Leo Moczygembo [sic] officiating.

The Sticker tenders its heartfelt Sympathy to the parents in this their hour of sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross

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