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Kerrville Daily Times, 8 Oct 2002


Services Saturday

HOUSTON - Clara Bernice (Martin) (Larson) Gabbert, 83, of the South Fayette County Area of Engle, near Schulenburg, passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2002, in a Houston hospital following a short illness. She was born to Herman and Clara (Hurty) Martin on Nov. 2, 1918, in Hutchinson, Kan. She was baptized into the Christian faith at the Emmanuel Evangelical Swedish Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.

She lived in Kansas, Minnesota, Illinois and Texas, spending most of her life in Texas - Schulenburg, Victoria and Kerrville. She was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Victoria, Zion Lutheran Church in Kerrville and presently, United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swiss Alp.

Survivors include her husband, Truman B. Gabbert; three sons, Timothy L. Larson and his wife, Lili, of Schulenburg, Thomas M. Larson and his wife, Jennie, of Jacksonville, Ark., and Peter C. Gabbert and his wife, Debbie, of Kerrville; daughter, Kathleen B. Martin and her husband, Jerry, of La Grange; daughter-in-law, Julie Larson Canon of Schulenburg; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Members and friends are invited to rejoice in their baptism and share in the Celebration of the Eucharist (Holy Communion) at the United Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in Swiss Alp, located six miles south of La Grange. Pastor Arlyn Hausmann will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to United Evangelical Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp, 2038 F.M. 3171, Schulenburg, TX 78956, (979) 247-4151.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home in La Grange, (979) 968-3121.

Contributed by Connie F. Sneed


Victoria Advocate, 15 May 1995, page 12A


FLATONIA - Lillie Mae Gabitzsch, 74, of Flatonia, died Sunday, May 14, 1995.

She was born Sept. 17, 1920, in Flatonia to the late Edmund and Annie Zurovec Mikulik. She was a homemaker and a member of the Sacred Heartth [sic] Catholic Church.

Survivors: daughters, Kathy Mladenka of Flatonia, Debra Ratliff of Austin, Ramona Wagner of Smithville and Sharon Miller of Fredericksburg, Va.; brother, E.L. Mikulik of Fredericksburg; and nine grandchildren.

Preceded in death by husband, W.A. "Tiny" Gabitzsch on June 11, 1990 and infant daughter, Virginia Ann.

Rosary: 7:30 p.m. tonight, Smith Funeral Home chapel.

Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Scared [sic] Heart Catholic Church, the Rev. Gabriel Maison officiating.

Burial: Flatonia Catholic Cemetery, Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, 865-3311.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, July 24, 2012

On Saturday, July 14, Elsa Gabler, 92, of Freyburg departed this life to be in the arms of the Lord after lengthy illnesses.

Elsa Gabler was born on Sept. 27, 1919 to Frank and Louisa (Billeck) Dieringer in Freyburg. She grew up in the Freyburg community and attended Abbotts Grove School. She married Alfred C. Gabler on Oct. 1, 1940 in the Freyburg United Methodist Church, where they were members. They were farmers in the Freyburg area where they raised eight children. After Mr. Gabler died in 1972, Elsa Gabler continued to farm. She loved cooking, canning and baking for her family and was known for her help in the church and the community. She later worked as a cook for the Lions Club and Rotary Club and Gabler’s Fried Chicken. Her family was very important to her and she held them dear to her heart. She looked forward to their visits, birthday parties and Christmas gatherings.

She is survived by sons, Quinton Gabler and wife Gabriela of Alvin, Atlin Gabler and wife Dorothy of Schulenburg, Milton Gabler and wife Betty of Flatonia, Lloyd Gabler and wife Shirley of Baytown, Lawrence Gabler and wife Brenda of Alvin, Alfred Gabler and wife Debi of Schulenburg, and Steve and Sylvia Gabler of Schulenburg; daughter, Janice Hogg of Channelview; 26 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Elroy Dieringer of Schulenburg and Clarence Dieringer of Houston; two sisters, Hilda Bednarz of Floresville and Pearl White and husband Raymond of Vici, Okla.; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Dieringer, Mae Dieringer and Lorene Gabler of Schulenburg; and brothers-in-law. Clarence Guentert and Richard Gabler of Schulenburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; granddaughters, Amelia Ellis and Ava Gabler; brothers, Hugo Dieringer and wife Martha, Frank Dieringer Jr. and wife Louisa, Herbert Dieringer and wife Adela, Helmuth Dieringer and wife Adelheid , Oscar Dieringer, Ervin Dieringer and wife Vlasta, and Benny Dieringer; sisters, Adela Dieringer and Lorene Guentert; son-in-law, Royce Hogg; brothers-in-law, Edwin Bednarz and Walter Gabler; sisters-in-law, Leoneta Fiedler and husband George, Leona Fiedler and husband Abdon, Maurine Trefny and husband George, and Georgia Gabler.

Visitation was held at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home on Monday, July 16 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Celebration of Life Service was held at the Freyburg United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17 with Rev. John Britsch and Rev. Rob Clopton officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons Thomas Gabler, Jeffrey Gabler, Jason Gabler, Lauren Gabler and L.A. Gabler, and great-grandson Aric Rodriguez. Service of Committal was held at Freyburg UMC Cemetery where she was laid to rest.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Sep 1909, page 1


Died at Fayetteville Aug. 14, Henry Christopher Gaedke [sic.], age 70 years, 8 months and 11 days of cholera morbus.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Aug 1905, Zapp Zephyrs column

The C. T. Zapp family was present at little Ida Gaedcke’s funeral last Thursday. Ida was six years old in October. When she was two years old her mamma died and ever since she has been with her grand-parents “Gaedcker” who took good care of the four children and idolized little Ida, who was a bright and effectionate [sic] child but frail from babyhood. She took dyphtheria [sic] two years ago and recovered, now became a victim of typhoid fever, suffered 20 days and just before death ceased the beating of the little heart, congestion of the brain set in. The nearest relatives and Miss Rosa Coleman accompanied her remains from Allyton to the Fayetteville cemetery where they were laid to rest beside the dear ones gone before. May God, Who took this innocent child to His glory, cheer the bereft by letting them realize that she died in purity before she was acquainted with life’s worries and miseries.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 13 Apr 1907, page 3

Ellinger, April 5.—Miss Annie Gaertner, a 20-year-old daughter of the family of Frank Gaertner, a German and a prominent farmer of near this place, committed suicide by hanging herself in a stable early this morning.


Colorado County Citizen, January 20, 1999

Gilbert M. Gaertner, 78, of Santa Anna Community, died Friday, Jan. 15, in Houston. 

He was born in La Grange, Tx. On May 22, 1920, to Frank and Leona (Schaefer) Gaertner.  Mr. Gaertner married Elizabeth Polasek on Dec. 26, 1944. 

He worked for Colorado County Precinct #3, Sprint Sand & Gravel, where he retired, and presently he was a self-employed farmer & rancher.

Gilbert was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ellinger. The Herman Sons Lodge of Ellinger, and the Ellinger Chamber of Commerce.

Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ellinger, with Father Ben Mazurkiewicz officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Ellinger.

Pallbearers were Jesse Gaertner, Frankie Gaertner, Ronnie Polasek, Donnie Polasek, James Polasek and Raymond Polasek.

Mr. Gaertner is survived by his daughters & sons-in-law, Barbara & Francis Truchard of Mentz, Leonora & Lenart Zapalac of Ellinger, and Susie & Roy Eon of Keller, Tx., sons & daughters-in-law, Gilbert F. Gaertner of Shaws Bend, Edward & Nancy Gaertner of Fayetteville, and Robert & Carrie Gaertner of Cypress, Tx , brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charlie & Lorine Polasek of Plum, sister-in-law, Lillian Gaertner of La Grange, 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother, Marion Gaertner.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 April 1922

Young Mother Gave Life For New Born Babe, Tuesday

Looking forward to the interesting family event which had been recognized as a blessing to a happy union, death interferred [sic] and shortened the great joy that came to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gaertner, Jr., who resides on a farm about eight miles from town. The infant babe lay asleep in the little crib, while the mother, who had given up her life in order that the stranger might live, slept the sleep of the just in the casket near by.

Frank Gaertner, Jr., and Miss Leona Schaefer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Schaefer, were united in marriage shortly after Frank returned from soldier duty, in the year 1918. And to them was born a little son, now two years of age. The family, small but happy were preparing to welcome and enjoy the advent of another in the home when the untimely end to the mother came. The blow is such that grief is great. The sympathy of all who knew them is offered at this time.

Wednesday afternoon the remains of the wife and mother were brought to LaGrange and placed at rest at the new cemetery with Rev. R. Heise officiating. – LaGrange Journal.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 1 Jan 1932, page 5


Funeral services for Anton Gaidusek, aged about 40, were conducted at Fayetteville Monday at 3 o'clock. Interment was made in the Fayetteville Catholic cemetery. Deceased resided on his farm about one and one-half miles north of Fayetteville. He is survived by his widow and two sons. He died from wounds self-inflicted when Saturday night he shot himself with gun at him home. The motive for the rash act is not known, as the man apparently was in fair health, had no financial or family troubles, and was well thought of in the community in which he resided.—La Grange Record.


Shiner Gazette, 6 Nov 1901


Died – Last Thursday October 31, at her home near Praha, Mrs. Mary Gajer, wife of John Gajer, aged 36 years. Mrs. Gajer was a sister of Messrs. John and Jim Valenta and Mrs. Joe Marik.

The interment took place Saturday morning November 2, at 10 o’clock, in the Flatonia cemetery. The funeral was largely attended by relatives and friends of the deceased.

The following persons attended from this city: Mr. and Mrs. John Valenta, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Valenta, Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Luck, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Marik, Mrs. Rudolph Valenta, Mrs. Jim Dolejsi and sister, Mr. Joe Macha and Mr. Antone Hudanek.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 July 1916, page 1

From St. John

Mr. Gansker [sic.] died suddenly, Saturday, the funeral taking place Monday, at St. John.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, May 6, 1938, page 1

Mrs. Alfred Ganzer Passes Away

Mrs. Albina Dusek Ganzer, 38 years of age, of the Ammannsville section, passed away at the home of her parents last Monday night. Mrs. Ganzer was born and reared in the Ammannsville section as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Dusek.

She was a good, christian woman and a devout member of the Ammannsville Catholic Church. She did all in her power to be a good wife and mother, and her passing on is a severe loss to this good family.

Mrs. Ganzer gave her very all in promoting the good of mankind. She passed away and the little son who was born is doing nicely.

There is no greater sacrifice that woman can make than to give her life that others might live.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning at the Ammannsville Catholic Church, with Father Alfons Raska in charge. Interment was in the Ammannsville Cemetery. Surviving are her husband, Mr. Alfred Ganzer; four daughters, Agnes, Georgie, Elenora and Mary Ann; one son, Patrick Clement; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Dusek; one brother, John; six sisters, Mrs. Lud. Kossa, Mrs. John Vanicek, Mrs. Joe Herzik, Mrs. George Sumbera, Mrs. Albert Kobersky and Miss Agnes Dusek.

The Mercury joins many other friends of the family in offering sincere sympathy to the bereaved relatives.


Bellville Wochenblatt, 22 Jan 1903

[Rockhouse, 18 Jan.]

Also, I just heard, at Zapp P.O. Mr. F. C. Garlin died in the week before last of pneumonia after a short illness and was buried in the cemetery at Shelby. I do not know the exact life story of the deceased, although as far as I can learn, he immigrated to America in theyear 1859 and has lived at Zapp P. O. since that time. "Our live continues seventy years; and on the high end to eighty years, and if it was wonderful, then you go through effort and labor." These profound words of the psalmist are fitting to the deceased, because with effort and labor he brought his life to almost eighty years and with him Fayette County has not only lost one of the oldest, but also a brave German citizen. He lived with his neighbors and friends in harmony and all that knew him, respected and held him in high esteem. Besides his deeply afflicted wife, who for so long shared joy and sorrow with him, he leaves behind two sons [Henry & Charles Garlin], a stepson [Ernst Albrecht] and a large circle of friends who mourn his death.

B. Kautz

Translated obituary contributed by Rox Ann Johnson.


La Grange Journal, 31 Oct 1918


Helmuth A. Garlin, who was in training at the Naval Training Station Mare Island, California, died on Tuesday, October 15, at the age of 22 years and 22 days, of influenza. His remains were shipped to Fayetteville and were laid to rest in the family cemetery at Willow Springs, Monday, October 21, Rev. Julius Bosshard officiating. Helmuth was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Garlin of Willow Springs. He volunteered for the navy about ten weeks ago in Houston and from there was taken to Mare Island for training.

Fayetteville Fact


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Nov 1905

Mr. C. H. Garrett Dead.

Mr. C. H. Garrett, a Fayette County boy, was killed in a wreck Thursday last near Clarendon on the Ft. Worth and Denver R. R. and his remains were shipped to Schulenburg for interment, but owing to another wreck on the H. & T. C. [Houston & Texas Central] they did not reach here until Sunday morning.

Mr. Garrett held a position as fireman and the day he was killed his train was following another one and while going up a steep grade ten cars of the front train broke lose [sic] and ran down, smashing into his train with the above result.

Deceased was 32 years of age and for a number of years was a citizen of Fayette County, living near Schulenburg.

He leaves a brother, Monroe, living at Childress and a number of relatives and friends to mourn his untimely demise.

His remains were laid to rest in the City Cemetery Sunday morning, Rev. J. Sullivan of Flatonia officiating.

The Sticker extends its heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Nov 1905

Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Garrett came down last week to attend the funeral of their brother, Mr. C. H. Garrett, which occured [sic] Sunday morning.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Mrs. Monroe Garrett

Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Aug 1907


Mrs. Monroe Garrette of Abilean [sic] died at the home of her father, Mr. John May, of St. John, Monday morning at 5 o’clock, and her remains were laid to rest in the city cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 4:30, Rev. Buck of Weimar officiating.

Mrs. Garrette was a victim of that most dreadful desease [sic], consumption, having contracted same by waiting upon a friend who was afflicted with it.

The Sticker joins their many friends in extending heartfelt sympathy to the grief stricken husband and the aged father and other relatives.

Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Aug 1907, Hackberry Notes column

The sad news was received here this morning of the death of Mrs. Monroe Garrette who died the 28th We extend our sincere sympathy to her family and relatives in their sad hour of bereavement.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 13 Nov 1969, page 3

Willie Garrison Services Set Sunday, 1 p.m.

Funeral services for Wilie D. Garrison of Houston will be held Sunday, November 16 at 1 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church, four miles south of Schulenburg in Fayette County.

Mr. Garrison died in Veterans Hospital in Houston on Saturday, November 8. The body will lie in state at the church fom 11 a.m. until the service begins at 1 p.m.

He was a 28-year Army veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Hazel, two daughters, Willie Dee Ora and Hazel, one son William, all of Houston; and his father, Lester Garrison of Weimar.


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 July 1908


Died near Ellinger, March 30, Chas. Gartner, age not known, of Typhoid fever.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 23 Nov 1961, page 8

Funeral Services For Mrs. Gassmann Held At High Hill

Funeral services for Mrs. Felix (Anna) Gassmann, 89-year-old mother of Mrs Otto Hollas of the Sedan section near here, were held Sunday, Nov. 12, at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, Schulenburg, and St. Mary's Catholic Church, High Hill.

Burial was in the High Hill Catholic Cemetery. The Rev. Benton Thurmond of that church and Msgr. A. F. Drozd of Weimar officiated.

Mrs. Gassmann was a native of High Hill and spent most of her life there but for the past 6 years she and Mr. Gassmann had lived on the farm of her son-in-law and daughter, the Hollasses, where she died Nov. 9. She had been ill only one day.

Born Oct. 27, 1872, she was the daughter of Franz and Anna Kainer. She was married to Mr. Gassmann at High Hill Oct. 20, 1902.

Surviving in addition to her husband are the daughter, Mrs. Hollas; one brother, Frank Kainer of El Campo; a half-sister, Mrs. Chas. Wicke of Bernardo; and a half-brother, Otto Kainer of Houston. A son, Edwin Gassmann, died March 7, 1956.

Pallbearers were Victor, Elmer and Milton Kainer of El Campo, and Jerome Wicke, Ray and Edwin Braden of Bernardo, all nephews of Mrs. Gassmann.


Weimar Mercury, 5 Dec 1891 page 2

SCHULENBURG, Tex., Nov. 29.—Joseph Gassmann suicided by hanging himself upon a branch of a large tree, near High Hill, yesterday morning. He came here last August from Germany and frequently told his wife and children that he was afraid he could not make a living here. He has a brother, JOhn Gassman, living near here who is a well-to-do farmer.


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 June 1911

The Sticker regrets to report the death of Mrs. Josephine Gassmann which occurred last week at High Hill. Her remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery Father Gerlach, officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


See joint obituary for Mrs. Gast and her sister, Bertha Brosch.

Charles S. Gates

The Independent, Gainesville, Alabama, February 19, 1859


CHARLES S. GATES was born in Greene county, Alabama, June 26, 1826, and died at the residence of his brother, A. R. Gates, Esq., in Fayette county, Texas, on Sunday evening, Jan. 31, 1859. Mr. Gates fell a victim to consumption. Suffering much, he was patient until the Master called him to his reward!

He was a member of the Episcopal Church, and adorned his profession by an humble and godly walk. Prepared for it, his chance, we are assured, was from earth to heaven—from suggering to glory! It is joyous in life to have the Christian's hope! blissful to die the Christian's death.

One by one—friend after friend—loved one following loved one! Such is the lot of our roace. But when we lose one who dies thus full of faith, angels gain a companion! another golden harp is added to the celestial choir that sings in heavenly strains the triumphs of redeeming grace.

Bereaved, but for a time—if we too are followers of the Lamb, we shall again strike hands no more to part.

J. B.
LaGrange (Texas) True Issue

Contributed by Gary E. McKee


La Grange Journal, 25 Feb 1937, page 1

Deaths Reported

Died near La Grange, February 15, of cerebral hemmorhage; August J. Gau, aged 55 years, 4 months and 28 days.


Austin American-Statesman, March 28, 1997

Bettie V. Gau, 79, of Austin, passed away Thursday morning, March 27, 1997. She was born in Fayette County, Texas on January 1, 1918 and was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Lorenz E. Gau of Austin; one daughter, Delores Parker of Round Rock; four sisters, Lillian Wied of Warrenton, Texas, Toni Boatright and Albina Marquart both of Austin, and Ethyln Michalsky of Baytown; two brothers, William Vasek of Lake Jackson and Lawrence Vasek of Houston; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the Austin-Peel and Son Chapel with Reverend Monsignor Edward Matocha officiating. Burial will follow at the Assumption Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Boatright, Bernard Vasek, Roy Gene Wied, Randy Wied, Bobby Vasek and Joe Henry.

Contributed by Connie Sneed


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 19, 1942

Wm. Gau

Wm. Gau, aged 64 years, 5 months and 14 days, died at his rural home, La Grange, Star Route (near Warrenton), Monday, Nov. 16.  Funeral services were held at the family home Wednesday morning at 10:00 o’clock by Rev. Julius Bosshard of Warrenton; interment was in the Rutersville cemetery, Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Deceased, born in Fayette county, lived his natural life in the county, he was a member of the Lutheran church and is survived by the following: Mrs. Dorothy Gau, wife, and four sons: Elmond Gau of Fort Worth, Wilbert Gau in the army at North Camp Polk, Louisiana; Hugo Gau of Warrenton, and Lorenz Gau of Austin.  Also one grandchild.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Gebert: Died near Freyburg, Sept 4-03, of Fever, Gertrude Gebert, aged 9 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 June 1908


Died at Swiss Alp, May 25, Wilhelmina Gebert, age 86 years, 5 months and 22 days, of senility.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Monday, November 29, 1971

Mrs. Gebhardt, 91, succumbs Friday

Funeral services for Mrs. Hedwig K. Gebhardt, 91, of Houston were held Saturday, November 27, at 10:00 A.M. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Clarence Oestrich officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Gebhardt died Friday in the Sharpview Nursing Home in Houston.

Born January 13, 1880, at Bluff, Texas, the daughter of Emil and Louisa Willrich Koehler, she was united in marriage with Julius Gebhardt in March of 1920 in La Grange.  Her husband preceded her in death in 1938.  She had resided most of her life in La Grange and the past four years in Houston.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. J. Y. (Katherine) Powell of Houston; one son, Theodore E. Gebhardt of Dallas; and three grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 15, 1938

Julius Gebhardt

Julius Gebhardt, aged 63 years, 11 months, and 10 days, died Monday, December 12; Mr. Gebhardt had been failing health for the past three months.  Funeral services were held at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel, at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Rev. R. Heise officiating; interment was made in the new cemetery [La Grange City Cemetery], Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Gebhardt, born in Germany, January 2, 1875, immigrated to America in 1900 and settled in New York, remaining in that city for several years.  He came to La Grange in 1914, and became associated with a leading cotton exporting firm.  He was a member of the Lutheran church and also a member of Bismark Lodge, No. 8, O.D.H.S.

In the year 1920 he was united in marriage with Miss Hedwig Koehler at La Grange, and to them was born two children, Katherine and Theodore who, with the widow survive.  He is also survived by two brothers, Theo. and Ernst Gebhardt in Germany.

Mr. Gebhardt was a good citizen, ever encouraging high ideals, and was a close student of world news.  His extensive travel, both in Germany and other foreign countries, and in the United States, enabled him to discuss such with ease, and his knowledge of the financial world made it possible for him to converse with force and intelligence on such matters.

The survivors have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Aug 1908


Died at Schulenburg, July 25, Rosalla [sic] Gedrich, age 20 years of consumption.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 11, 1957

J. A. Gehrels, grandson of early pioneer, dies

J. A. Gehrels of Cibolo died in a San Antonio hospital after a two month’s illness.  He had reached the age of 77 years, two months, and 22 days at the time of his death.

Mr. Gehrels was born at the old Biegel settlement in Fayette County on April 7, 1880, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelious Gehrels.  He was a grandson of Benhard Scherrer, an early pioneer, who came to America from St. Gallen, Switzerland in 1829, served as an officer when the first District Court was held under an oak tree at Columbus, and held various offices both the Republic and statehood days of early Texas.

Mr. Gehrels has attended college at Georgetown, and Massey Business College in Houston.  On February 18, 1904, he was united in marriage with Miss Adelaid Meitzen at Fayetteville, Texas.

He is survived by his wife, one son, and one grandson of San Antonio.  Other survivors include his two sisters, Mrs. Anna Scott and Mrs. Ella Herzog of La Grange, four nieces and two nephews.

During the past forty years Mr. Gehrels has resided at Cibolo where he was a bee keeper.

Funeral services were held on Monday, July 1 at the Rabe Funeral Home in San Antonio.  Old friends from Cibolo were his pallbearers.

Mr. Gehrels had one brother who preceded him in death on September 4, 1941.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 6, 1950

Final Rites for Mrs. Agnes Genzer, 89, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Mrs. Agnes Genzer, 89, twin sister of Mrs. Frank Huvar of Weimar with whom she made her home, were held at St. Michael's Church here Tuesday with interment in the Ammannsville Cemetery. Msgr. Anthony Drozd officiated.

Born in Moravia, Europe, Sept. 25, 1860, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Valentin Kabat, she came to this country about 20 years ago after the death of her husband, Frank Genzer. Mrs. Genzer had been seriously ill for the past three months, and died on New Year's Day. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church here.

Surviving in addition to her sister are several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Fred, Henry, and Willie Huvar, Will Osina, Adolf Schindler and Roman Polach.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 27 Apr 1928, page 4


Mr. Frank Genzer of the Ammannsville community died last Friday, after being in ill health for some time, aged 73 years. The remains were buried in the Ammannsville Cemetery Monday. He leaves a widow and on daughter, Mrs. Spaniel of St. John; also two brothers in Oklahoma and one sister living in Kansas.

Mr. Genzer was an old settler of the Ammannsville section, and was highly regarded by his neighbors and friends.

His death is sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his bereaved ones.


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Nov 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Mary Genzer, age 59 years, died November 1.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Feb 1917


Stephen Genzer, died Dec 25, ’16, Ammannsville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, January 11, 1973

Bill Genzer Rites Held Here Dec. 18

Funeral services for William Genzer Sr. of Wharton, who died Dec. 16 at Gulf Coast Medical Center, Wharton, after a lengthy illness, were held Dec. 18 in St. Michael's Catholic Church here.

Burial was in the Brandt Cemetery at Holman.

Mr. Genzer was born at Ammannsville, a son of Joe and Agnes Genzer, on July 1, 1896. He owned and operated the Farm Center Store at Burr for many years before bad health forced his retirement.

He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Loraine Mae Koenig, Needville, a son, William A Genzer Jr. of Wharton; three sisters, Mrs. Julia Burns of San Francisco, Mrs. Mary Zouzalik and Mrs. Agnes Panacek, and a brother, Fritz Genzer of Iago.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, January 8, 1970

Schulenburg.—Mrs. Leo Georgi of the High Hill community succumbed suddenly Wednesday, December 17, 1969 at the family residence after suffering a heart attack. She reached the age of 57 years, 11 months and 29 days.

Funeral services were held from Schwenke – Baumgarten Funeral Chapel, Monday, December 19, at 9:45 a.m. with continued services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at High Hill at 10:00 a.m. Msgr. John Gebermann officiated at the Requiem Mass and graveside services with burial in Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Eugene Seidl, Marvin Hurta, Donald and Albert Noska, Daniel and Manuel Anders.

Mrs. Georgi, nee Caroline Noska, was born December 18, 1911, daughter of Frank and Minnie Noska at Frelsburg. March 1, 1937, she was united in marriage to Leo Curtis Georgi in Houston and the couple has resided in High Hill since January 1941. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at High Hill and St. Ann’s Society.

Survivors are her husband, Leo C. Georgi of High Hill; a son, Robert F. Georgi of Schulenburg, who is well known here being associated with the Texas Pest Control; her father, Frank Noska of Columbus; three sisters, Mrs. John Seidl of Glidden, Mrs. Albert Noska of Frelsburg and Mrs. Frank Pechacek of Brazoria; a brother, Frank P. Noska of Frelsburg and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother and daughter, Minnie G. Georgi of Houston on October 17, 1969.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, February 17, 1972

Funeral services for Leo C. Georgi, 63, of near Schulenburg were held Feb. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg with Rev. Patrick Figeon officiating. Burial was in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Georgi died at his home Feb. 6.

Survivors include a son, Robert F. Georgi of Schulenburg; one brother, Melvin Georgi of Houston, and a grandson. His wife, who was the former Caroline Noska of Frelsburg, preceded him in death.

Attending the funeral services from Frelsburg were Mrs. Albert Noska and Donald Lee and Frankie Noska. Mr. and Mrs. Frankie Pechacek of Brazoria also attended the last rites.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, November 17, 1904


Died at Round Top, Nov.6, of of [sic.] weakness of heart, Johann Dietrich Gerdes, aged 71 years, 4 months and a 4 days.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, Jan. 20, 1949, p. 5

Mrs. Lula Gerdes

Monday morning Mrs. C. G. Robson was advised by telephone that Mrs. Lula Gerdes, relict of the late John D. Gerdes, had died at the home of her son, John, at Houston, Sunday night.  Mrs. Gerdes may be remembered by the older citizens of La Grange as Miss Lula Mebus, who, with her family while in La Grange, resided on South Franklin street, at the Walnut street intersection.

She was bereft of her husband several years ago, and also her daughter, while the family resided in Dallas.  The daughter Annie, died from burns received as her dress became ignited from a gas flame, while riding a motorcycle.  The Mebus family resided in La Grange on South Franklin street, in the cottage home next to the residence of Mrs. Marie Weber.  Mrs. Gerdes is survived by her son John and her sisters, Mrs. Bertha Martin and Miss Hallie Mebus of Beaumont and her brother, Lee Mebus of Fort Worth.

Transcribed by Carolyn Heinsohn


Galveston Daily News, Tuesday, March 31, 1903

Fayetteville, Tex., March 29. -- On last Wednesday Johanna Gerig, daughter of John Gerig, died here of Consumption, aged 19 years. She was buried here at the Catholic graveyard, Rev. Jos. Chromcik officiating.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Colorado County Citizen, June 5, 1980 page 2

Bennie L. Gerick of Fayetteville passed away Friday, May 23 in a San Antonio hospital.  He was 39 years of age.

Funeral services were May 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ellinger, with the Rev. Ben Mazurkiewicz of Fayetteville officiating.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Born at Fayetteville March 28, 1941, he was the son of Bennie and Leona (Kovar) Gerik.  He was united in marriage with Joyce Hrachovy at Ellinger on April 12, 1965.  He was a rancher.  Survivors in clued his wife, Mrs. Joyce Gerick of Fayetteville; his mother, Mrs. Leona Lave of Ellinger; one daughter, Lisa Gerik of Fayetteville, one son, Rodney Gerik of Fayetteville, three sisters, Mrs. Lois Ruether, Mrs. Bernice Rigamonti and Mrs. Paulette Urban, all of Houston; godparents, Mr. and Mrs. Adoph Kovar of Ellinger, and several nieces and nephews. 

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

Transcribed by Laurie Albrecht


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Jan 1902, Fayetteville column

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

Contributed by Matt Cross


See obituary in footnotes on Moore Cemetery page.


See obituary in footnotes on Moore Cemetery page.


Schulenburg Sticker, March 6, 2012

Clara Louise Getschmann, age 96 years, 4 months, 25 days, died at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 10 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, with the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Interment took place in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Gregory Pospisil, Geoffrey Pospisil, Cade Pospisil, Tod Flores, Daniel Holub and Glen Holub. Named as honorary pallbearers were Erik Flores, Chloe Flores, Mia Flores, Geri Pospisil and Cole Pospisil.

Rosary was said on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by Phyllis Venghaus.

Born on Sept. 19, 1915 in Schulenburg, she was the daughter of Charles and Louise (Jurica) Staha. She married Helmuth Getschmann on Jan. 22, 1941 in Schulenburg. Mrs. Getschmann spent most of her life in Fayette County, except for three years that she lived in Conroe. She worked at Colonial Nursing Home for over 30 years, and she was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. She enjoyed gardening and being outdoors, and was a wonderful cook.

She is survived by two daughters, Ella Pospisil and husband George of Montgomery, and Diane Flores of Galveston and Joe Flores of Irvine, Calif.; a son, Gary Getschmann and wife Marianna of League City; five grandchildren, Gregory Pospisil and wife Christy of Montgomery, Geoffrey Pospisil and wife Julie of Montgomery, Geri Pospisil of The Woodlands, Tod Flores and wife Laura of Galveston, and Erik Flores of Miami, Fla.; a step-grandchild, Steven Sciandra of White Salmon, Wash.; four great-grandchhildren, Cade Pospisil and Cole Pospisol of Montgomery, and Chloe Flores and Mia Flores of Galveston; a step-great-granddaughter, Nina Sciandra of White Salmon, Wash.; two sisters-in-law, Irene Staha of Austin and Bess Staha of Beaumont; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; two sisters, Vlasta Vacek and Betty Holub; and six brothers, Jerry, Leo, George, Alex, Eugene and Ervin Staha.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


The Weimar Mercury, June 26, 2003

Gertrude Getschmann Memorial Service Held June 22

Gertrude Getschmann, 95, of Schulenburg, died June 19 at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Home.

A memorial service was held Sunday, June 22 at Zion Lutheran Church in Schulenburg with Rev. Lee Kunkel officiating. Interment followed at the Weimar Masonic Cemetery.

Mrs. Getschmann was born May 19, 1908 in the Freyburg Community in Fayette County to Frederick and Emilie (Brieger) Suess.

In 1932, she married Bennie Getschmann in Fayette County.

She was a lifelong member (charter member) of Zion Lutheran Church in Schulenburg and Ladies Group at Zion, holding office on numerous occasions.

She was a homemaker and clerk at Gindler's Department Store.

Mrs. Getschmann is survived by daughter, Connie Sullivan of Houston; one grandson, Brad Sullivan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, one daughter, two brothers and four sisters.

Transcribed by John Konesheck


Shiner Gazette, 5 July 1934


Moulton, Texas, June 28 - Emil Gieptner, 77, former member of the legislature from Lavaca County, died at his home at Novohrad, east of here, Wednesday morning after a lingering illness. Burial will take place in the Catholic Cemetery at Praha Friday morning. Surviving are his widow and eight children: Mrs. August Karasek, Mrs. A. Brosch and Alfred Gieptner of Shiner, Emil Gieptner Jr. of Schulenburg, Mrs. Frank Pavlicek and Mrs. Adolph Pavlas of Novohrad and Mrs. J. J. Migl of Seguin.

Contributed by Jeanne Boothe


Weimar Mercury, 18 Feb 1899, page 4

Flatonia, Tex., Feb. 13.—A terrible accident occurred here yesterday morning. Emma, the 13-year-old daughter of Mr. E. Giepener [sic.], allowed her dress to come in contact with a hot stove. Instantly she was enveloped in flames. Before relatives could extinguish the flames the young lady's body was terribly burned. At 11 p. m. she expired in awful agony.


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 May 1910


The Sticker regrets to report the death of Mrs. Alfred Gieptner, which occured [sic] Friday last at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Jalufka of Moravia. Her remains were interred in the St. John cemetery Saturday morning, a large assembly of relatives and friends witnessing the last sad rites.

Our sincere and heartfelt sympathy is extended the grief stricken husband, parents, sisters and brothers.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, August 16, 1956

Mrs. Rosa Giesber Funeral Held Friday Morning

Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Giesber, a native of Germany and a resident of La Grange since 1921, were held Friday morning at 11 AM in the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. H. T. Flachmeier in charge.  Interment was made in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Giesbver, 84, was born in Germany on July 30, 1872, and came to this country at the age of 14 years.  Her parents, Wenzel and Mathilda Miller Richter, resided at Moulton in Lavaca County.  On Aug. 14, 1904, she married Henry F. Giesber at La Grange.

She is survived by her husband, Henry F. Giesber of San Marcos; two daughters, Mrs. Wm. McKellar of La Grange and Mrs. Alyne Barton of Houston; three sons, George H. Giesber and Charlie Giesber of La Grange and Henry G. Giesber of Killeen; one sister, Mrs. Annie Tobola of West; two brothers, Jim Richter  of  ____ and John Richter of Flatonia; and six grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Nov 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Alfred Giese, age 8 yaers [sic], died October 27.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, 24 Sep 1936

Emanuel E. Giese Dies At Houston

Emanuel E. Giese, aged 31 years, 6 months and 1 day, died at a Houston hospital early Monday morning, following a brief illness from appendicitis; the body was brought to La Grange the same afternoon and taken to the home of his brother, District Clerk Roy H. Giese. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon and interment was had at the Haw Creek cemetery.

Emanuel became ill several days prior to his demise and was taken to a hospital in Houston, it was discovered that his appendix had burst. Efforts were diligently put forth to stay the approach of death, blood transfusions were resorted to, and 'though he rallied briefly, his condition gradually grew more alarming, and early Monday morning he passed on this reward.

Emanuel was born and reared near Round Top; seven months since he was united in marriage and is survived by his wife, Mrs. Frieda Giese of Houston, one brother, Roy H. Giese of La Grange and one sister, Mrs. Lillian Noack of Round Top.

The Journal offers to the surviving relatives its sincere sympathy.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 20, 1932

Gustav Giese Dies

Tuesday morning, October 18, Gustav Giese, aged 62 years, 3 months and 29 days died at the home of his son-in-law, Paul Noak, Jr., after a brief illness.  The funeral was held from the Noak home, Wednesday afternoon, and interment was had at the Haw Creek cemetery; Rev. W. J. Kralik, pastor of the Round Top Lutheran church, officiated.

Mr. Giese was born and reared near Round Top, a son of the late Ludwig Giese, and when a young man in his early twenties, was united in marriage with Miss Ida Scharnberg, Mrs. Giese preceded him in death 26 years ago.  There was born to this union five children, one dying in infancy.  The three living sons and one daughter are:  Percy Giese of Schulenburg, Roy H. Giese, our district clerk, of La Grange; Emanuel Giese of Rutersville and Mrs. Paul (Lillian) Noak, Jr., of near Round Top.

Two brothers, Louis and Walter of Haw Creek, 3 sisters, Mrs. Emilie Steenken of Stockdale, Mrs. Hugo Heinz of Latium and Mrs. W. F. Finck of Winedale, and 8 grandchildren also survive.

The Journal offers its sincere sympathy to the relatives.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 28, 1943

Henry Giese

Henry Giese, aged 89 years, died at his home near Round Top last Wednesday, Jan. 21.  Funeral services were held at the home at 1:00 o’clock Friday afternoon, Rev. W. Kralik, pastor of the Round Top Lutheran church officiating.  Interment was in the churchyard cemetery, Ernest Von Minden, funeral director in charge.

Mr. Giese had been in feeble health for several months.  He is survived by one son, A. J. Giese of Brenham; one daughter, Mrs. Willie Noak of Round Top, and nine grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown



Fayette County Record, 14 Nov 2008


Funeral services for H. C. Giese, 87, of West Point were held at 10 a.m. Thursday Nov. 13, 2008 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in La Grange with Pastor Westerfield and Pastor Beyer officiating. Interment was in the Prairie Valley Cemetery in West Point.

Henry Clinton Giese was born Dec. 14, 1920 in West Point, the son of John L. and Alma (Wessels) Giese. Giese served his country in the United States Army from April 8, 1942 to Oct. 31, 1945 during World War II in the 44th Infantry Division. Giese retired from the La Grange Independent School District in 1978 where he was a teacher and high school principal for nearly 30 years. He was a member of the local VFW Post No. 5254 and a noon Lions Club member since 1990 and prior to that during his teaching career he belonged to the Breakfast Lions Club. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie Valley.

Giese died Nov. 10, 2008.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include one son, Cliff Giese and wife Pam of La Grange; daughter, Linda Oltmann and husband Callan of West Point; grandchildren Matt Giese of Dallas; Melanie Niland and husband Tom of Austin; Marian Taylor and husband Jed of Austin; Meredith Oltmann of Placentia, Calif.; and sisters, Doris Koenig and husband Vic of Houston; Annette Binning of Dayton, Ohio.

Memorials may be given to the St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie Valley or St. Mark's Medical Center.

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


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Nov 1912


Louis William Giese, age 11 days, near Haw Creek, hemmohrage [sic].

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 June 1910


Died at Carmine, June 8, Maria Giese, age 73 years, 9 months and 11 days, of hypostatic congestive lungs.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Jan 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Ella Giessel. age 17 and manths [sic] died Dec 22, 1905e [sic]

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 25 Jan 1883, page 2

Mr. J. M. Gilchrist, an old gentleman well known to many of our citizens, died at the Phares House in this place on the morning of the 10th, of urenic poisoning or uremia, in the 76th year of his age. He was in a comatose condition for four days before his death. The deceased has resided here since 1876, and during that time was with Mr. J. P. Ruhmann, the stove and hardware merchant.—Schulenburg Enterprise.


Weimar Mercury, 13 Jul 1895, supplement

Flatonia, Tex., July 8.—Mrs. M. A. Gillaspie, aunt of Mrs. J. W. Mateer, died at this place this morning at 2 o'clock. The cause of death was old age, she being past 80 years. The funeral will take place this evening at 6 o'clock.


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Aug 1903, page 1

Death Record.

Gillian: Died near Muldoon, July 29th-03, of congestion to brain, Baby Gilliam, colored aged 27 years and 5 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, 19 Mar 1936, page 1

Auto Wreck Near Weimar Fatal to Two Women Saturday

Mrs. Agnes Gipson, aged 52 years, and Mrs. Lena Killingsworth, both of Schulenburg, were fatally injured when the automobile in which they were riding turned over, one mile west of Weimar last Saturday. The vehicle was being driven by J.T. Gipson, husband of Mrs. Gipson, who received serious injuries, and was taken to San Antonio; a negro servant also in the automobile, was only slightly hurt.

Mr. Gipson, according to information obtained by the Journal, had passed Frank Schortt, who was driving also to Weimar, when his machine struck a piece of iron. The vehicle turned over four times. By the time medical help arrived the two women were dead; Mrs. Gipson, it is said, was instantly killed. The body of Mrs. Killingsworth was buried at Schulenburg, Sunday.

Mrs. Gipson, who was known to many in La Grange, president of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Texas Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, and interested and active in Eastern Star work, frequently visited with friends here. Her body was taken to Houston, for burial.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 April 1913


Mrs. Emily Girard, age 24 years, 2 months and 6 days, convulsions, Fayetteville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Girndt: Died near Fayetteville, October 23rd 1903 from premature birth, Alfred Girndt aged one hour.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Glass Infant

Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Feb 1900

The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Glass, which was born Friday, did not survive, and it was buried at 10 o’clock Saturday morning.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, 23 Aug 1900

Rev. T. W. Glass died at his home near Schulenburg Wednesday, August the 8th in the 70th year of his age.  Mr. Glass had a great many friends in this community who regret to hear of his demise.  Flatonia Record.

Contributed by Rob Brown

nolie koehl glithero

La Grange Journal, February 8, 1951

Ellinger News

(by Mrs. D. A. Juren)

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Nolie Glithero, 63, at the Columbus Funeral home Saturday at 2:30. Burial was at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church cemetery at Ellinger, in the Ehlinger’s [sic] plot. 

Mrs. Glithero was born Nolie Koehl at Ellinger Jan.14, 1888. Rev. G. Wolf, officiated.

She is survived by a son, Charles Glithero, of Colubus [sic], three grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Joe Prasifka of Wharton, and two brothers, Emil Koehl of Houston and Frank Koehl of San Antonio.

Contributed by Judy Koehl


Fayette County Record, Friday, February 19, 1965

Mrs. Gus Gloeckner

Mrs. Gus Gloeckner, 91, nee Lucy Drawe, died in Rosenberg on Thursday, Feb. 11.  She had lived in Rosenberg since 1918 and was a Sunday School teacher there for almost 50 years.  Mrs. Gloeckner had formerly lived in Fayetteville.

Funeral services were held in Rosenberg at 1 p.m. Sunday and graveside services and burial was held at 3 p.m. in the Fayetteville city cemetery.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Col. and Mrs. Gus L. Gloeckner of Vacation Village, Fla.

Attending the last rites of their aunt were Mrs. W. E. Marburger, Mrs. Herman Schuelle and Mrs. Lucy Muske of Warrenton, Mrs. Gerhard von Minden of La Grange, Ardell Muske and Bradley of Brenham and Mrs. Lee Heinsohn and Mrs Alvin Bunjes of Fayetteville.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 1, 1942

Mrs. Edna Godby

The body of Mrs. Edna Godby, relict of the late John D. Godby of Caldwell, who died at Houston, Wednesday, September 23, was brought to La Grange Thursday afternoon and taken to the Koenig Funeral Home where services were held Friday morning at 10:00 o’clock, spoken by Rev. Guy B. Duff.  Interment was made in the new city cemetery, Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Mrs. Godby, second eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mennike, was born Dec. 22, 1891 at Cistern, Fayette county, where her parents resided until their removal to La Grange in 1905.  She became the wife of John D. Godby and later the young couple removed to Caldwell where they jointly conducted the business of a hotel until Mr. Godby’s death several years ago.

Her son John William Godby of Houston and her daughters, Lavelle of Houston and Gloria, Rose Marie and Barbara; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Mennike, her brother Max C. Mennike of Houston and four sisters, Mrs. Minnie Moore of Houston, Mrs. Lelia Kainer of Port Arthur, Mrs. Exa Ehlers and Mrs. Evelyn Roberts of La Grange, are the survivors.

The death of Mrs. Godby is the first to occur in the Mennike family; her illness dates back for several months, it was not believed to be as ----- later developed. Stricken --- she was rushed to Houston to receive special care and treatment, but failed to rally.  She was 51 years, 10 months and 1 day old.
Contributed by Rob Brown

Joseph Goedrich

Schulenburg Sticker, 17 March 1922, page 1

Joseph Goedrich Dead

Last Thursday afternoon Mar. 9th The Almighty Ruler of the Universe summoned the spirit of Joseph Goedrich unto His Kingdom.

In the passing of Mr. Goedrich Schulenburg and Fayette County lose one of the best of its farmers, a good man well known over the county and admired by all who knew him.

Mr. Goedrich was born in Austria 64 years ago, he spent about 45 years of his life near Schulenburg where he died. He was buried Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the St. Rosa’s Cemetery Rev. Father Lenzen assisted by Father Mathis of Hallettsville and Father Schweller of High Hill officiating.

Mr. Goedrich leaves to mourn his loss his wife, Mrs. Mary Goedrich, five children namely: Mrs. Jos. Hilscher of High Hill, Mrs. Frank Hilscher of Middle Creek, Chas. Goedrich of Hackberry, Henry Goedrich of Oakland and Frank Goedrich of near Schulenburg, also one brother, Chas. Goedrich of Kinkler and one sister, Mrs. Richard Wuerker of Carnegia, Okla.

The Sticker tenders them its sincere Sympathy in their bereavement.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 April 1912


J. F. Goehring, Age 73 yrs 10 mos 20 days, Uramia [sic], Carmin [Carmine].

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 22 Mar 1890, page 2

Sunday morning last the many friends of the family were shocked to learn of the death of Mrs. E. D. Goepf, wife of our esteemed fellow-citizen, Mr. H. Goepf, which occurred very unexpectedly Saturday night. Mrs. Goepf had [been] quite sick for several days, but was not thought to be dangerous, and in fact many of her friends were not aware that she was sick at all. She leaves a devoted husband and several small children to mourn her death, to whom the Argus extends its hearfelt sympathy. The remains were laid to rest Monday morning at 10 o'clock.—Flatonia Argus.

Mrs. Goepf was a sister of our townsman, Mr. Owen Heyer, and a daughter of the late Prof. H. Heyer. She was a former resident of our little city, where she had many friends. Our sympathy is extended the bereaved family in their loss.

on page 3 of same issue:

Messrs. Owen Heyer of Weimar, George Heyer of San Antonio, Charles Heyer of Houston and Bismarck Heyer of Columbus were in town Monday to attend the funeral of their sister, Mrs. E. D. Goepf.—Flatonia Argus.


Fayette County Record, December 12, 1995

Elo J. Goerig Sr. 88, of La Grange died December 10 in Monument Hill Nursing Center.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 12 at 1: 30 PM in Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial will be in the La Grange City Cemetery.

He was born September 6, 1907 in Fayetteville, the son of the late John and Julia Wotipka Goerig. He was united in marriage with Mary Kulhanek November 5, 1939. Mr. Goerig was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Holy Name society and the KJT.

Surviving are three sons, Ralph J. Goerig and his wife Cathy, Elo J. Goerig Jr. and Dennis Goerig and his wife Kathy, all of La Grange; one brother , William Goerig of El Campo; nine grandchildren, two step grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, one brother, eight sisters, 11 brothers-in-law and one daughter-in-law.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Sergeant Memorial Funeral Home.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


Fayette County Record, November 23, 1990

Mary Claudia Goerig, 80, of RT. 2, La Grange, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday night at Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating. Burial will be in the La Grange Cemetery.

Mrs. Goerig was born August 5, 1910 in the Fayetteville area. She was the daughter of the late Anton and Mary Beran Kulhanek. She was united in marriage with Elo J. Goerig Sr., November 5, 1939 in Fayetteville. Mrs. Goerig was a member of the CDA, KJT, KJTZT and Altar Society.

Survivors include her husband, Elo J. Goerig, Sr.; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Ralph and Cathy Goerig, E. J. Goerig and Dennis and Kathy Goerig, all of La Grange; two sisters, Claudia Goerig of El Campo and Annie Kulhanek of Granger; four brothers, Lad an Anton Kulhanek of Columbus, Clarence Kulhanek of Houston and Edward Kulhanek of Pasadena; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

A parish, KJT, KJZT, Altar Society, CDA and K. of C. rosary will be recited Thursday at 7 PM at Sergeant Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Mar 1899

Died – At the residence of Jos. Goerderlich last week, Tuesday, Stephen Goerderlich, father of the above named. The remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, February 15, 1934


Death came to another of the older citizens of Fayette County last Monday, February 12, when Mrs. Mary Heller Goerner joined the ever increasing majority.  The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock, from the home of Louis Heller, and interment was has at the Florida Chapel cemetery, near Round Top, Rev. R. Heise of La Grange, officiating.

In attendance to pay their last respects were friends of the deceased of many years, and the friends and relatives of the family.  At the hour of her death, Mrs. Goerner had reached the age of 80 years, 1 month and 21 days.

Mrs. Heller Goerner was a daughter of Francis Heller and Caroline Heller, nee Hillman, who emigrated to America in the year 1852.  Mrs. Goerner was born December 22, 1853, on the present site of the Heller farm, just one year after her parents had removed from Biegel Settlement to the present farm.  She was the second of six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Heller, the other children are Fredericka, an older sister, three younger brothers, Louis, Johann and Tom; (Johann died in his second year) and one younger sister, Elizabeth.

Mrs. Goerner was united in marriage with Ed Goerner in the year 1875, and from this union there was born one daughter, Julia.  The Goerners lived for a short time near Warrenton, later they removed to the Heller farm.  She is survived by her daughter Julia, the wife of Walter Meiners, five grandchildren, Elvis, Delphine, Annette, Edna and John Meiners; two brothers, Louis, who lives on the Heller farm and Tom of Millett, Texas, and one half-brother William Heller of Canyon, Texas, the only survivor of tow half-brothers and one half-sister, the children of Francis Heller’s first marriage.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


The Austin Weekly Statesman, 16 Sep 1880, page 4

Joseph Goertner, of Fayette county, came home drunk and attempted to kill his wife. She got away from him and went to a neighbor's house. He then got hold of a bottle of sinide [sic.] of potassium, and properly enough conceiving it to be strong drink, quaffed the firery liquid, and in another minute passed in his checks for eternity.


Weimar Mercury, 10 June 1899, page 7

Mr. E. Goeth, sr., father of our townsmen, Otto and Alex goeth, and of Ernest Goeth of Schulenburg, died Wendesday night at the family home stead near Cypress Mills, Blanco county, thirty-five miles from Austin. Mr. Goeth was an old settler of this state, lived at High Hill, Fayette county for a number of yearrs, and was known and beloved by all. He had been in bad health for several years, and his death, while not unexpected, was a sad blow. There was a family reunion at the old home last week, and all of Mr. Goeth's children were with him. He seemed so cheered by their presence, that when Otto and Ernst left there last Monday they felt confident that their father would live quite a while longer. His death is indeed deeply regretted. Our sincere synmpathy is extended the family in their bereavement.


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Nov 1903

Death Record.

Goode: Died at Halstead, Nov. 18 03 of burns, Annie, colored aged 3 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, March 18, 1976

Mrs. Goode’s Funeral Held Here Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs. Lindsie (Tony) Goode were held Sunday afternoon, March 14, from Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. David Miller officiated.

Mrs. Goode died Thursday evening in Youens Hospital of a heart attack. She had been ill for a month and in the hospital three days.

She was a native of Fayette County, a daughter of Stephen and Adolphina (Dedek) Dornak, and lived in this area all her life. She was married to Mr. Goode on June 14, 1928. He died in 1959.

Mrs. Goode is survived by four sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Lindsay of Weimar, Miss Lillian Dornak and Mrs. Marie Hunt of San Antonio and Miss Frances Teltschik of Houston; and one brother, Frankie Dornak of Tacoma, Washington. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Catherine, four brothers and two sisters.

Pallbearers were Johnnie Kasper, Victor Wanjura Jr., Daniel Ulbricht, Henry Mozisek, Russell Elliott, and Daniel Dornak.

Contributed by Jaime Teas Dilger


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 July 1903

Death Record.

Gohrum [sic.]: Died at Black Jack Springs, July 21st-03, of Senility, Mrs. Lucinda Gohrum aged 88 years 11 months and 14 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 9, 1944

Mrs. Emma Gosch

Mrs. Emma Meneley Gosch of Cistern (Flatonia, Route No. 3) died at her home Friday, Nov. 3, aged 71 years, 7 months and 19 days.  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, with Rev. L. Parker officiating.  Interment was in the Elm Grove cemetery, Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Mrs. Gosch whose maiden name was Emma Meneley, was born March 14, 1873, at Elm Grove, and had spent her entire life in Fayette county.  She was united in marriage with Henry Gosch at Flatonia, Dec. 19, 1899.  Surviving are:  Henry Gosch, husband, and the following sons and daughters:  Cleveland and Stell Gosch of Cistern and Lester Gosch, in the armed forces, somewhere in France; Mrs. Myrtle Michalski of Fort Worth, Mrs. M. T. (Maude) Morris of La Grange, Mrs. Grace Kelly of Bastrop; there are 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Nellie Gosch of Goose Neck, a sister, and Joe Meneley of Elm Grove and Luke Meneley of Muldoon, brothers, also survive her.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 March 1915


Jacob Gosch, age 80 years, Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, 1 Aug 1963, page 2

Mother of Vastine Gosch Dies in Flatonia

Mrs. A. M. Gosch of Flatonia, mother of Vastine Gosch of Altair, who is superintendent of the Sheridan school, died July 15 in a Gonzales [hospital] and was buried the following day in the Flatonia City cemetery. She was 87.

Born at Haw Creek Aug. 26, 1875, she was a daughter of early Texas pioneers who came from Germany in 1846, first settling at New Ulm. Her maiden name was Lenora Charlotte Marburger, daughter of James and Mary Doss Marburger.

Mrs. Gosch was married ot Albert Milton Gosch in Cistern in 1896. The couple had 5 children.

A son, Capt. James A. Gosch, died in the South Pacific during World War II. Besides the son at Altair she is survived by her husband, another son, L. C. Gosch of Houston, and 2 daughters, Mrs. F. L. Wotipka and Mrs. W. T. Blackwell, both of Flatonia; 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 6 granddchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and a great grandchild.


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 March 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Mary Gosch age 73 years 5 months and 18 days, died Feb. 6.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado Citizen, 7 Apr 1881, page 2

Mrs. L. D. Gossler died in LaGrange on the 28th inst.


Weimar Mercury, 7 Sep 1895, page 4


Post Special: LaGrange, Texas, September 3.—A homicide occurred at Winchester, Fayette county, on the 1st instant. Mr. Jim Henry Parr, ex-constable of beat 4 of this county, shot and killed one Rufus Gradington; the weapon used was a double barreled shotgun. Parr is a white man and Gradington a negro. Gradington is said to have fired the first shot and Parr shot him in the arm and in the mouth, the last shot tearing away the whole top of his head. parr surrendered and will have his examining trial today at Winchesteer.


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Oct 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Annita Graeter, age 15 months, died October 7.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, July 10, 1997

Thusnelda Graeter

Thusnelda (Kaltwasser) Graeter, age 84 years, 5 months, 27 days, passed away at Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange on Friday, July 4.  She resided at 7015 Falke Heinrich Road in the Swiss Alp area.

Born in the Rosnov community near Warrenton on Jan. 7, 1913, she was the daughter of Theo. H. and Edna (Weikel) Kaltwasser.  On Nov. 21, 1933, she married John Graeter Jr., who preceded her in death on Jan. 11, 1984.  She was a homemaker and helped her husband on the farm.  A member of United Evangelical Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp and the United Evangelical Church Women, she was a Sunday School teacher for many years and active in the church choir.  She was involved in the recreation program at area nursing homes and was a member of the Round Top and Swiss Alp Home Demonstration clubs for many years.  Mrs. Graeter enjoyed gardening and quilt-making.

The funeral was held Monday, July 7 at 10 a.m. at the United Evangelical Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp, followed by burial in the church cemetery.  The Rev. Walter Hildebrandt officiated.

A prayer service was held Sunday, July 6 at 5 p.m. at the Koenig-Peel & Strickland Funeral Home Chapel.

Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Johnelle Minzenmeyer of La Grange, and Carolyn and Melvin Tobola of Houston and Schulenburg; two brothers, Loy Dell Kaltwasser and Ivan Kaltwasser, both of Houston; and sister, Lucille Abbott of Burleson; two sisters-in-law, Lillian Krause of Round Top and Beverly Graeter of Bay City; and six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Elmo Minzenmeyer, and a great-granddaughter, Kala Marie Tobola; and five sisters and two brothers.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Koenig-Peel & Stickland Funeral Home of La Grange.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 5 Dec 1896, page 4

Mr. and Mrs. H. Graf mourn the loss of their little son Walter, aged 19 months, who died Thursday night after a brief illness.


La Grange Journal, January 25, 1934

List of Colored Deaths Reported

Died at La Grange, January 7, 1934 of pneumonia, Lillian C. Grant; aged 1 year and 5 months.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


There was no published obituary. This information comes from the program at Lueberta Grant's funeral.

Funeral Service for Mrs. Lueberta Grant

Saturday, Dec. 23, 1972, 12:00 o'clock
St. James Baptist Church, Plum, Texas
Elder E. Paige – Officiating

Mrs. Lueberta Grant was born in Fayette County, Texas on Mary 30, 1875. She was the daughter of Jim Johnson and Melendia Johnson who preceded her in death. She attended public school in Fayette County. She joined the Methodist Church at an early age, later she united with the Church of God in Christ where she was a member until God called her home December 15, 1972. She was united in marriage to Mr. Jerry Grant in 1905. To this union five children were born.

She leaves to mourn her passing, a devoted husband, four daughters and one son, Mrs. Gussie Davis, West Point, Texas, Mrs. Versie Mae Jones, Houston, Mrs. Novia Ree Broadway, Los Angeles, Calif., Mr. Ulysses Grant, Houston, 14 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.

The Family wishes to thank each and everyone for their kindness in their hour of bereavement.

Contributed by San Marshall


Weimar Mercury, 4 Mar 1938, page 2


Payton Grant, 20-year-old negro [employee] at the laGrange oil mill, was fatally injured in an accident at the plant Wednesday morning, at 7 o'clock. He died at the hospital here Thursday morning at 8 o'clock as a result of injuries.

Grant lost his left leg and sustained fracture of both arms and severe cuts and bruises about the head.

Grant was attempting to put a belt on the line shaft when his clothes became entangled in the band. After being whipped around the shaft, he was thrown off with terrific force against a small platform on which he had been standing. Another negro [employee], who was standing near Grant, was unable to give an eyewitness account of the accident.

After being given first aid at the scene of the mishap, Grant was taken to the hospital, where the leg was amputated just below the thigh and emergency treatment given.

Grant did not lose consciousness until shortly before he died Thursday morning. —LaGrange Record.


Houston Chronicle, January 15, 2010

MR. ULYSESS S. GRANT, 102, Mr. Grant went from labor to reward on Tuesday, January 12, 2010. Mr. Grant was born March 17, 1907, to Jerry and Louberta Johnson Grant, in West Point, Texas. Visitation: Saturday, January 16, 2010, from 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. Funeral services to begin at 3:00 P.M. Both services to be held in the Garden of Hope Chapel of Paradise Funeral Home. Elder Joe Thomas, Jr., Officiating. Interment: Paradise North

Contributed by San Marshall


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 11, 1919

Schulenburg Items (from the Sticker)

Mrs. Alvin Grasshoff died at the family home in the Freyburg section Tuesday night, burial taking place at Cedar Creek cemetery in the Ammannsville neighborhood.  The husband and a babe, their first born, ten days old, are left to mourn her taking away.

Contributed by Rob Brown

Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Nov 1919


At Schulenburg, September 2, of septecaemia [sic], Mrs. Alvin Grasshoff, aged 21 years, 10 months and 20 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Feb 1917


Otto Grasshoff, died Dec 20, ’16, age 32 years, 2 months and 10 days, Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, Sept. 16, 1927

Pioneer Citizen Quietly Passes on Saturday

Paul Grasshoff, a prominent citizen of Fayette County and old settler of the Freyburg section, passed away quite and unexpected on Saturday morning at his home here at 11 o'clock, at the age of 68 years, 9 months and 21 days.

Mr. Grasshoff was born near the Bluff, near La Grange, on November 21st, 1858. His parents later moved to Freyburg and were among the first settlers in this section of the state and charter members of the Methodist church at Freyburg.

On February the 8th, 1882, he was married to Miss Emma Kempe of Freyburg. This union was blessed with twelve children, two died in childhood and two when grown, who both left a family.

Mr. Grasshoff spent the most of his life in the Freyburg section of our county, where he was very successful as a farmer and stockman. He was a very energetic man and worked hard even after he retired from farm life and moved to Schulenburg a few years ago. He took a great interest in his family and helped them the very best a father could. It seems nothing was too much for him when it came to helping them. As a citizen he always tried to do his best. He served his country whenever he could and for years was leading political figure in the Freyburg section. He was a warm friend of the church, contributing liberally to its support and the pastor was always welcomed in his home.

The remains were laid to rest in the Freyburg Methodist Cemetery on Sunday afternoon, Rev. Arthur G. Elley, assisted at the grave by Rev. Hierholzer of San Antonio, officiated. The funeral was one of the largest in many years and the floral offerings were exceptionally beautiful and numerous.

Mr. Grasshoff is survived by his aged wife, four sons and four daughters. The daughters are: Mrs. John Rosenauer of New Orleans, La., Mrs. Hy. Yeager of Texas City, Mrs. Stanley Afferbach and Miss Hattie Grasshoff of Houston. Four sons: Herman, Charles, and Nolan of Schulenburg and Alvin of La Grange. Two sisters: Mrs. Hy. Lauterbach of Fort Worth and Mrs. Hy. Kussel of Bay City. Besides these he leaves 22 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

To them the Sticker tenders its sincere sympathy in this, their great loss.

Contributed by Ray Grasshoff


Baytown Sun, Sunday, January 2, 2011

Rebecca T. (Vlasek) Gray, 57, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 30, 2010. Becky was born June 9, 1953, in Houston, Texas, and was a resident of Channelview for over 20 years. Becky will always be remembered for her out-going personality and will be greatly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph L. Vlasek and Olga M. Supak Vlasek, and her dearest and only child, Larry J. Gray, Jr.

She leaves to mourn, her loving and caring husband of forty years, Larry J. Gray, Sr.; four sisters, Carolyn J. Wackar, Susan M. Stewart, Catherine E. Tillery, and Mary Anne Whitehead and husband, Richard; mother-in-law, Dorothy Gray; sister-in-law, June Hutson and husband, Bob; brother-in-law, Kenny Gray and wife, Susie; numerous nieces and nephews; and many, many loving friends. She will be remembered as a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend.

The family will receive friends on Monday evening, January 3, 2011, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Crespo & Jirrels Funeral Home, with a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 4, 2011, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 827 Sheldon Road, in Channelview, with Rev. Christopher D. Shackelford as Celebrant. A Liturgy Service will be 3:00 p.m. at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Plum, Texas, with Rev. Joseph Karuki officiating. Burial will follow at the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of San Jacinto Methodist Hospital for their professional and loving care during Becky's illness.

Memorial donations may be made to The American Cancer Society.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Crespo & Jirrels Funeral and Cremation Services, 6123 Garth, Baytown, TX

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 3, 1946

Sam T. Gray, 69 Is Buried At Saturn

Sam Tilden Gray, 69, died at his home near Waelder Saturday after a three-day illness.

Funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 3:30 and burial was in the Saturn Cemetery [Gonzales County].  Koenig Funeral Home directed the funeral.

Mr. Gray was born in Fayette county July 7, 1876 and lived in the county all his life.  His wife, Mrs. Mary Lou Gray, passed away Jan. 21, 1942.  He leaves a daughter, Mrs. A. W. (Donda) beaver of Waelder; two sons, James R. and D. J. Gray; two sisters, Mrs. Fannie Parr and Mrs. Lou Brubaker; and a brother, J. A. Gray, all of Waelder.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Nov 1908


Died at West Point, Oct. 26, William Grebe, age 44 years, 9 months and 9 days of tuberculosis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Jan 1902


Dan Green colored, about thirty-five years of age, reputed to be a high flyer among the colored social tendam, was shot to death by Pink Bouldin, also colored, near the compress, about 1 p. m. Monday, the killing having grown out of the alleged too intimate relations existing between Green and Bouldin’s wife. Green, when first located by Bouldin, by whom it seems he was being hunted, was in company with another negro, coming to town in a two horse wagon and had arrived at a point just east of the compress. Bouldin then attempted to execute his intentions to murder the man who had alienated his wife’s affections, but was deterred from doing so by Green’s companion who fearful that he himself would be killed implored Bouldin not to shoot. Both occupants of the vehicle at the juncture deserted the wagon, Green, the persued having, it is said, developed great speed in seeking some place of safety while Bouldin it is claimed broke all previous records as to speed in his anxiety and determination to capture and destroy his enemy. Green finally sought refuge in the house of A. Scallion located on the public road leading to the race track where he concealed himself under the bed. He was closely followed by his persuer who discovered his place of hiding, caught him by the heels, pulled him from his harbor and shot him to death. Public sympathy seems with Bouldin.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Mary M. Black green

Colorado Citizen, September 6, 1883

Weimar Local Matters

Another Christian wife and mother has gone. Mrs. Harris Green, living near here, passed quietly away last Saturday morning with that fearful disease, consumption. Mrs. G. was the daughter of John Black, Esq. of this neighborhood. Had been an invalid for more than a year. She was a devoted Christian, leaves a husband and several small children to mourn her loss.

Colorado Citizen, September 20, 1883

DIED.—On August 31, 1883, Mrs. M. M. Green. Mrs. Green, nee Black, a daughter of Capt. John S. Black, was a native of Fayette county. She has left behind an example of all that was noble as a daughter, wife and mother. From the golden shores of eternity she beckons the loved ones home, with the assurance that the darkness of the way is light to those that are ready.—Schulenburg Enterprise.

Buried in Schulenburg City Cemetery.


Brenham Weekly Banner, 1 Nov 1878, page 1

Minnie Green, aged 23, was drowned near Flatonia by accidentally falling into a well.


Weimar Mercury, 6 Apr 1928, page 7


Tillie Green, the colored girl, died Thursday fom the knife wounds across her abdomen received Wednesday at the Colony school. Gladys Butler was arrested and held and when the other girl died, she was taken to jail at LaGrange, where she will be charged with murder. — Flatonia Argus.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, October 22, 1953

Greenshield Rites Held At Schulenburg

Funeral services were held Oct. 9 at Schulenburg for Mrs. Ada May Greenshield, who passed away here Oct. 8.  Koenig Funeral Home and Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home of Schulenburg directed, and interment was made in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Born at Schulenburg on Sept. 16, 1870, the deceased has spent the major part of her life in Lavaca County.  She had been in La Grange for only 10 days prior to her demise.

She was 83.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Alma Tayler of Corpus Christi; one son, C. E. Greenshield of La Grange; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Williams of Georgetown and Mrs. Cora Ponder of Schulenburg; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Fayette County Record, July 2, 1971

Greenshield Rites Held 0n Thursday

Cyrus Earl Greenshield Sr., well known La Grange resident widely known over much of the country, passed away unexpectedly in Austin Tuesday while visiting a friend at Brackenridge Hospital. He was 73.

The Greenshield home is at 636 S. Franklin St. La Grange.

Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the United Evangelical Lutheran Church at Swiss Alp with Rev. Arlyn J. Hausmann officiating.  Burial followed in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Greenshield was a son of W. H. and Ada May Greenshield, and was born at Engle on Oct. 23, 1897.  He was united in marriage Miss Lucy Nollkamper at La Grange on Nov. 28, 1923.

A resident of this area practically all his life, Mr. Greenshield retired several years ago as superintendent of the cotton oil mill at Schulenburg, of which he was an employee for 32 years.  He was also active in the affairs of his church, a veteran of World War I and member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of La Grange; one daughter, Mrs. Paul (Lottie) Sneed of San Antonio; two sons, C. E. Greenshield Jr. and Gene Greenshield, both of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Alma Tyler Ramsey of Schulenburg and by 10 grandchildren.

Mr. Greenshield remained at the Koenig Funeral Home chaped until 7 a.m. Thursday.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Feb 2004 news clipping

EARL GREENSHIELD was born in La Grange, Texas on September 18, 1926 and went to be with the Lord on February 12, 2004, after a lengthy illness of 7 1/2 years. He is preceded in death by his Parents, Earl and Lucy Greenshield, his Brother, Gene Greenshield and Parents-in-law, Willie and Charlotte Stavinoha. He is survived by his loving Wife, Grace, of 55 years, who cared for him so tenderly, his Daughter: Janis and Husband, Larry Troutt; Sons: Gary Greenshield and Wife, Nancy, and Jim Greenshield, all of Houston. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren: Eric Marta and Wife, Angel, Angie Marta, Will and Gracie Greenshield, Larry and Sarah Troutt, Courtney and Kevin Greenshield. He also leaves behind 7 great grandchildren: Darius, Eric, Logan, Chris, Heather, Daniel and Billy. Earl was a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Friend. In spite of his poor health he enjoyed life to the fullest. Earl served his Country honorably in the U.S. Army Air Corp. during WW II and the Korean conflict. He retired after 28 years with American National Insurance Company. He was a faithful member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, the St. Charles Men's Club, and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus #2917 where he worked with the kitchen crew for 40 years. Earl was also a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 581, and was an active member of the Clark Park Senior Club which he enjoyed immensely. The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 15, 2004 from 4-9 p.m. with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. at Earthman North Chapel. The Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30a.m. on Monday, February 16, 2004 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church located at 501 Tidwell Rd., Houston, TX 77022 with Rev. Nicholas Harding officiating. Interment will follow in Resthaven Cemetery with V.F.W. Military Honors. Pallbearers will be: Will Greenshield, Larry Troutt, Dennis Kallus, Leslie Clifton, Mike Stavinoha, and Richard Sneed.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Houston Chronicle, Friday, September 19, 1997


Eugene Greenshield, age 68, passed away in Houston, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 1997.  He was born in La Grange, Texas on March 5, 1929.  He was employed by Matco Norco in sales.  He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and was very active in the church.  He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Coast Guard.  He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Jacki Grimes; sons, Jay Everett Greenshield, Loren Barry Greenshield, Larry Gene Greenshield; sister, Charlotte Lobasso; brother, Cyrus E. Greenshield, Jr. and 7 grandchildren.  A graveside service will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Swiss Alp Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Fayette County with Rev. Clarence Hagens officiating.  A Memorial service will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church with Rev. John Kieschnick officiating.  Memorials may be sent to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 18220 Upper Bay Rd., Nassau Bay, Texas 77058.  Crowder Funeral Home, Clear Lake, 11 E. Medical Center Blvd., Webster, Texas 77598, 281-280-9000.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Aug 1903, From Engle column

The child born to Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Greenshield Sunday died shortly after its birth. Sympathy is extended.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Austin Weekly Statesman, 28 Jul 1881, page 4

Henry Gregory, a negro cow thief, was shot and killed while under arrest at Ellingen [Ellinger], Fayette county, by an unknown party in the night. He was supposed to be the leader of a gang of cattle stealers.


Weimar Mercury, 7 Sep 1889, page 2

Tuesday night between 8 and 9 o'clock Mr. Hugh C. Gregory, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Gregory, one of the oldest and most respected families of this city, was run over and killed by a freight train of the Taylor, Bastrop and Houston railway. It seems he had undertaken to go to the railroad bridge, for the purpose of lighting a lamp, which is kept buring there by the company dark nights, and, it seems, before arriving at the trestle appproach to the bridge, sat down to pull of his shoes, and went to sleep. His remains were discovered about 2 o'clock a. m. by the hands on the working train and brought to the depot, when they were taken in charge by Mr. Harigel, undertaker. The funeral occurred yesterday at 4:30 p.m. and was attended by a large concourse of friends and relatives. The bereaved family has the sympathy of this entire community in their sad affliction.—LaGrange Journal.


Weimar Mercury, 29 Sep 1894, page 2

Died, on Wednesday evening, Sept. 19, 1894, in LaGrange, Tex., Laura Irene Gregory, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Gregory, aged two weeks. This sweet infant opened its eyes upon the world, was too frail to bear its ills and strifes, and our [Blessed] Saviour took her in His arms and said, suffer her to come unto me and take her place with the beautiful flowers around My throne in heaven. The father and mother have the tender sympathy of friends and relatives in their sore bereavement.


State Rights Democrat, May 3, 1867

Died.—Mrs. MARTHA GREGORY, consort of Capt. A. S. GREGORY, died at her residence in this place last Wednesday, and her remains were followed to the Cemetery last evening, by a large procession of sorrowing relatives and friends. We tender Capt. GREGORY our sincere condolence in this his sad hour of bereavement.


Colorado Citizen, April 3, 1884


It would be impossible to condense in a few lines the many virtues which adorned the character of Mrs. Mary Gregory, who departed this life in the full enjoyment of her Christian faith, in the city of Georgetown, on the 27th day of Feb., 1884. She was born in Adair county, Ky., July 15th 1818, moved to Marion county, Mo., with her parents (Francis and Sallie Hewit) at the age of ten; joined the M. E. Church at seventeen; was married to Umbleton Gregory in the year 1844, and moved with her husband to Fayette county, Texas, in the year 1845. My acquaintance with the family began in 1846 and has been a source of enjoyment and many blessing to me and mine. A short time before she died she requested that I should write her obituary, saying: -”Brother Charlie Thomas, has known me a long time, and knows how I have lived, having been my pastor for several years during that time:” Her superior in all that constitutes a perfect Christian character, we expect not to see; her equal in all womanly grace and Christian charity would be a benediction to any home. She passed through scenes of sore afflictions, but always trusted in God with an unwavering faith. At one time after her husband had been called from earth to heaven it was my sad duty to bury three of her sons in three successive days, yet she could rest in the promise of Christ “my grace is sufficient for you.” But although her faith never faltered[sic], yet her many trials began to tell on her physical constitution, and her health had been declining for some time, and on the 21st, day of Dec., 1883, she was compelled to take her bed, which proved to be the bed of death. Her daughter writes to me, “Our dear mother has gone to a better world, she was fully prepared to go; she suffered the most agonizing pains to the hour of her death, but through all her sufferings she never forgot Jesus. It was always Jesus blessed Savior, and she never got the least impatient with any one, and was thankful for the least favor; she talked to her children and advised them how to live and trust in the Lord; she was such a kind loving mother, she was perfectly conscious to the last. A short time before her death I saw her lips moving, and I stooped over and asked her if she wanted any thing, and she said ‘I want to pray,’ then after awhile she said ‘now Jesus come help me across the river,’ and then she pointed upward and her calm and peaceful and beautiful look, in death, proved to me that she was with the king in his beauty. She left nine children and quite a number of grandchildren, who were very much attached to her, she loved and cared for the little ones, was ever kind and loving in her family, had a kind and loving word for every one. She was such a dear good little mother. It was hard to have to give her up and how we miss her, sweet mother.” I have copied part of her daughter’s letter to me, feeling that it is better than anything that I could have written, We mourn her departure, but we are comforted with the assurance that she is forever with the Lord. Memory reverts with pleasure to the many campmeetings, where Brother and Sister Gregory pitched their tent and spread their table and labored for the Salvation of souls and the glory of God. Their influence and efforts formed a large factor in one of the best revivals that ever occurred at Fayetteville. I can not refrain from saying to their children and to all who may read this brief notice, “ Follow them as they followed Christ.”

C. W. Thomas
March 25, 1884

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


San Antonio Express, 12 Apr 1959

Mr. A. S. "Tony" Greive, 1105 Bandera Rd., passed away in a local hospital Thursday, April 9 at the age of 65 years. Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Pauline "Sweetie" Greive; daughter, Mrs. Mardi Jean Johnson city; sisters, Mrs. Tillie Janek, Mrs. Annie Okrulik, both of Flatonia, Texas, Mrs. Emma Baulek, Yoakum, Texas, Mrs. Mary Janek, Schulenberg, Texas; brothers, Emil, Henry, and Louie Greive, all of Flatonia, Texas, Richard Greive, Victoria, Texas, Willie and Ed, both of Flatonia; three grandchildren. Rosary will be recited in Holy Rosary Chapel Sunday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. Requiem High Mass will be offered Monday, April 13, at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Chapel with Rev. Louis A. Trawalter, S.M., officiating. Interment will be in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors. The remains will lie in state in Rosary Chapel in Holy Rosary Church. Mr. Greive was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, a member of Knights of Columbus, Hermann Sons, Harmonia Lodge No. 1, Elks Club, the Texas Restaurant Assn., and the Texas Livestock Assn. He had been in the restaurant business since 1926. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Brown, Ben Leonard, Chas. W. Kelsey, Burt Andrews, M.J. Chagnard, and W. Woodward. Pallbearers will be William Pollock, Ed Auge Sr., Albert Johnson, Mose Sanderson, Ernest DeWinne and Jimmy Hartsell.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville Herald, Tues., 19 Feb 1924

Death of Mrs. Annie Grieve

Mrs. Annie Grieve, an early settler of Novohrad, Lavaca County, died at the home of her son, H. B. Grieve at that place Monday night at 11:30 o'clock February 11th. Mrs. Grieve had been in feeble health for a long time and confined to her bed for several weeks. She was aged 87 years, five months and six days.

Mrs. Grieve was born in Austria and came to the United States when a child of about 12 years of age with her parents, settling in Colorado County, later moving to Novohrad, Lavaca County where she resided for more than fifty years. She was married to Henry Grieve, his death occurring in 1904. Mrs. Grieve had been a member of the Catholic Church since childhood and was a good woman, a kind neighbor, and friend.

Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery at Praha, Wednesday morning at 10:00 o'clock, Rev Neubert and Rev Kostore conducting the services, a large number of relatives and friends present to pay their respects.

Mrs. Grieve is survived by three grown sons, H.B. Grieve of Novohrad, Frank Grieve of Flatonia and A.J. Grieve of Los Angeles, California, a daughter Mrs. W.C Koch of Flatonia and other relatives. - Flatonia Argus

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 10 Feb 1990, page 10A

Caroline Greive

FLATONIA – Caroline Greive, 93, of Flatonia, died Friday afternoon in a local nursing home.

She was born Jan. 13, 1897, in Praha, to the late John Novak and Frances Beran Novak.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Dan O’Brien officiating.

Burial will follow in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home.

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

Pallbearers will be Paul Machalec, Kenneth Tronieck, Leslie Greive, Clyde W. Baros, Keenan Smith and Don Greive.

Surviving are a daughter, Vlasta Criswell of Yoakum; a son, Maxie Greive of Victoria; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Greive, three sons, Frankie, Edmund and Charlie Greive, and two great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 20 Nov 1986

Services For Charlie Grieve

FLATONIA - Charlie Greive of Flatonia, died at 7:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 1986 in his home after a sudden illness.  He attained the age of 71 years, 5 months and 17 days.

He was born May 27, 1915 to Caroline Novak Greive of Flatonia and the late Henry Greive.

He had been a clerk with Western Auto Associates of Flatonia and a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Flatonia.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the Msgr. Anthony Matula officiating.  Burial followed in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

A rosary was recited Friday evening, Nov. 14 at the Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia.

Surviving are his wife, LaNell Gray Greive of Flatonia; a daughter, Jeannie Greive of Flatonia; a son, Leslie Greive of Flatonia; his mother, Mrs. Caroline Greive of Flatonia; a sister, Vlasta Criswell of Yoakum; a brother, Max Greive of Victoria; two grandsons; and two stepgrandsons.

He was preceded in death by his father, July 9, 1962 and two brothers, Frank Greive, who passed away in 1926 and Edmund Grieve, Dec. 4, 1982.

In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be made to the Catholic Sisters Transportation Fund.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express-News, 11 Jan 1994


Edwin Alphonse Grieve born on August 2, 1914 in Flatonia, Tx. entered rest on January 9, 1994 at the age of 79 years. He was a committee chairman of Boy Scout Troop 360, life member of the American Legion Post 341, Beethoven Maennerchor, Holy Name Men's Club, and a life member of the Praha Veteran's Club. He was an employee of HEB Food Stores for 32 years and retired as a Market Manager. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, active duty in Iwo Jima.

Mr Greive is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Mary Mikel Grieve; sons and daugther-in-laws, Robert Allan and Sue Ann Greive of San Antonio, Gary Edwin and Denise Greive of Praha, Tx.; sisters, Isabella Frieda of San Antonio, and Elaine Petrash of Houston, Tx.; grandchildren, Rosemary Greive and Ernest Mikel Greive, both of San Antonio and Joseph David Greive and John Christopher Greive, both of Praha, Texas; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, January 11, 1994 at 7:00 P.M. at Mission Park Funeral Chapels, South. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 12, 1994 at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Name Catholic Church, with Fr. Gerald Hubertus, celebrant. Interment will follow in Mission Burial Park, South. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Boy Scouts of America or charity of choice. Arrangements with Mission Park Funeral Chapels, South, 1700 S.E. Military Drive. 922-4342.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 21 Jan 1927


Little Frank Grieve, 9 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Grieve of Flatonia, died at San Antonio, following a case of blood poisoning. The boy had a sore on his foot not long ago, which healed apparently very nicely, but afterward turned out to be the source of much trouble. As soon as it was definitely learned that Frank was suffering from blood poison, he was rushed to a San Antonio hospital. Everything that science and love can do was tried, but the little lad's demise soon followed. —La Grange Record.

Moulton Eagle, 21 Jan 1927

Frank Rudolph Greive, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Greive of Flatonia died at San Antonio and was buried in the Praha Catholic cemetery Saturday. Rev. Father Kosterz conducting the funeral services.

San Antonio Express, 16 Jan 1927

Burial Permit

Frans R. Greive, 9 years old, 290 Ogden Street

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 30 Jan 1904, page 8

Flatonia, Jan. 24. – Mr. Henry Grieve, a well-to-do and influential German farmer, died Friday night at 10 o’clock at his home three miles southeast of town. He was quite aged, being 76 years old. He has one son, who resides at Shiner, Albert, and a daughter, Mrs. W. C. Koch of Flatonia. The funeral took place at 2 o’clock today at the Praha church cemetery.

Henry Greive married Anna Hajek. Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 18 Mar 1943

Henry Greive Dies Tuesday

Henry Grieve, of the Novohrad section, passed away at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Fr. Janek, Tuesday morning, March 9, 1943 at the age of 80 years.

Surviving are his wife, née Miss Josephine Pesek, seven sons and four daughters; namely Emil, William, Anton, Henry, Richard, Eddie and Louis; Mrs. Frank Janek, Mrs. Joe Okruhlik, Mrs. Vahalik, and Mrs. John Janek.

Funeral services were held Thursday at 10 AM at the Praha Catholic Church and interment in the Praha Catholic Cemetery. We extend sympathy to the bereaved survivors.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 19 Jul 1962

Henry Greive

Henry Greive passed away at the Frank Wagner Memorial Hospital in Shiner Monday morning, July 9 at the age of 71 years and 16 days.

Funeral rites were conducted Wednesday morning, July 11, 1962 at 8:45 a.m. from the Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia, and continued at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Father Emil Vinklarek officiating. The body was laid to rest in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers were James Novak, Arnold Brunner, Tommy Marik, Charles Lev, Joe Rosenauer, and Frank Tupa Jr.

Those left to mourn his passing include his wife, Mrs. Henry (Caroline) Greive; one daughter, Mrs. Clyde (Vlasta) Baros of Yoakum; three sons, Charlie Greive of Flatonia, Edmund Greive of Shiner and Maxie Greive of Victoria; one sister, Miss Frances Greive of Moulton; six grandchildren.

Henry Greive was preceded in death by one son, Frankie, who died at the age of nine in 1926.

He was born near Flatonia on June 23, 1891 to Frank and Mary (Rosenauer) Greive. He was married to Carolina Novak in the Praha Catholic Church. After marriage, the couple settled in the Moulton community where farming was their occupation. In 1949, they moved to Flatonia where Mr. Greive operated the West End Gulf Service Station until he retired in 1959.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 13 Aug 1987, page 4B

Rites Held For Leslie James Greive, 21

FLATONIA – Leslie James Greive, of Austin, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 4, 1987 in an Austin hospital at the age of 21 years and 1 month.

He was born July 4, 1966 in Weimar, son of Leslie J. and Dolores (Gillar) Greive of Flatonia. He grew up in the family home in Flatonia. A graduate of San Marcos Academy, Mr. Greive had been attending St. Edwards University in Austin.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia. Concelebrants for the Mass were the Rev. Ed Kelly and the Rev. Msgr. Anthony Matula.

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

A rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5 at the funeral home.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his grandparents, Bob and Agnes Gillar of Moulton, his great-grandmother, Mrs. Caroline Greive of Flatonia; and a brother, Chuck Greive of Flatonia.

Among relatives and friends attending the services were Mrs. Edmund A. Greive, Mrs. Kenneth Tronicek, Mrs. Larry Sedlmeyer, all of Shiner, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Criswell of Yoakum, Mr. and Mrs. Max Greive of Victoria.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 12 Oct 1972

Mrs. Charlie Greive

Mrs. Charlie Greive of Flatonia passed away in the Shiner Hospital Friday, September 29, 1972, following an illness of 10 months. She reached the age of 55 years, 9 months and 26 days.

Services were held Saturday, September 30, at 4:00 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Flatonia. Co-celebrants of the Holy Mass were Rev. Anthony Matula, Msgr. Edmund Bily, Rev. Robert Schmidt, and Rev. Marcus Valenta. Interment was made in the Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were her nephews, Harvey Barta, Paul Michalec and Troy Yoakum, all of Houston, Kenneth Tronicek of Shiner, Paul Bonorden of Victoria and Clyde Wayne Baros of Corpus Christi.

Rosary was recited Friday at 8:00 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Flatonia, led by the Rev. Anthony Matula.

Mrs. Greive, nee Lillie Faltisek, was born December 3, 1916, daughter of Frank and Mary (Brosch) Faltisek in Lavaca County. She was married to Charlie Greive June 15, 1937 in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Moulton. They farmed and lived in the Moulton area, moving to Flatonia in January of 1946.

She is survived by her husband, Charlie Greive; a son, Leslie J. Greive, a daughter, Jeanne Greive, and grandsons, James and Chuck Greive, all of Flatonia; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Faltisek of Flatonia; two brother, Ted Faltisek of San Leandro, California, Jerry Faltisek of Flatonia; three sisters, Mrs. Mayme Barta of Moulton, Mrs. Milert (Evelyn) Antrich of Houston and Mrs. Emil (Viola) Bonorden of Victoria.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 2 Aug 1984

FLATONIA - Services for Louis E. Greive, 78, of Flatonia, who died Sunday, July 29, 1984 at his home, were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia.

The Rev. Anthony Matula officiated. Burial followed in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 at Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia where the body lay in state.

Mr. Greive, one of 12 children, was born Dec. 14, 1905 near Praha, Lavaca County, Texas, son of Henry B. and Josephine (Pesek) Greive. He was a butcher for the City Meat Market here for 25 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Della Brosch Greive of Flatonia; a daughter, Loretta Freytag of Pasadena; two sisters, Mrs. Charlie (Mary) Janek of Schulenburg, Mrs. Adolph (Emma) Vahalik of Rt. 2, Shiner at Midway; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, March 9, 1943; his mother, July 27, 1945; seven brothers, Willie Greive, Nov. 18, 1973; Richard J. Greive, October 8, 1969; A.S. (Tony) Greive, April 9, 1959; Emil Greive, November 2, 1959; Rudolph Henry Greive, February 16, 1963; Edward M. Greive, Apr. 10, 1975; and one infant; two sisters, Mrs. Frank (Tillie) Janek, May 19, 1959, and Mrs. Joseph V. (Anna) Okruhlik, April 9, 1967.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Flatonia Argus newspaper clipping

R. H. Greive Laid To Rest Monday, February 18th

Rudolph Henry Greive passed away suddenly at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at his Flatonia home of a sudden heart attack. He had reached the age of 68 years, 9 months, and 27 days.

He was born April 19, 1894 in Lavaca County near Praha, son of the late Henry and Josephine Greive, and was married to Miss Vlasta Vyvjala Nov. 5, 1919 in the Praha Catholic Church by Father Netardus. The couple lived in Moulton for a year prior to coming to Flatonia to make their home, where Mr. Greive was engaged as a butcher and was a partner of the late Frank Starry Sr. in the meat market business for many years; then he served others in that capacity for several more years. He was a veteran of World War I, serving 12 months overseas in Europe.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, Feb. 18, at 8:45 a.m. from the Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia, continuing at 9:15 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Requiem High Mass by Rev. Allen M. Black. Interment was in Praha Catholic Cemetery, where Rev. Black was assisted by Marcus A. Valenta. Full military honors were accorded by members of Jerome Micha Post 94, American Legion.

Pallbearers were Bowd Migl, C. C. Barta, Adolph Masek, Julius Pospisil, Jr., Edgar Steinhauser, Julius Pospisil, Sr.

Those left to mourn his passing are: His widow, Mrs. R. H. (Vlasta) Greive of Flatonia; four brothers, Louis, Eddie, and Willie Greive of Flatonia, Richard Greive of Victoria; three sisters, Mrs. Joe V. (Annie) Okruhlik of Flatonia, Mrs. Adolph (Emma) Vahalik of Midway, Mrs. Mary Janek of Schulenburg; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends in this area.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Emil Greive of Flatonia and Anton Greive of San Antonio, and a sister Mrs. Tillie Janak of Praha.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 6 Dec 1973

Willie Greive of Flatonia, formerly of the Novohrad-Moulton community, passed away Sunday morning, November 18, 1973 in Stevens Convalescent Home, Hallettsville, at the age of 83 years, 1 month and 21 days.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 19 from the Smith Funeral Home, Flatonia, and continued at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church at Praha. Rev. Marcus Valenta officiated at the Funeral Mass, assisted by Monsignor Alois J. Morkovsky and Rev. Anthony Matula. Burial was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Edwin and Bernard Greive, Louis Janek, Boniface Okruhlik, Gary Krause and Paul Wayne Beale.

Surviving are one son, Joe Greive; one daughter, Mrs. Paul (Rose) Beale; two grandchildren, all of Flatonia; two sisters, Mrs. Charlie (Mary) Janek of Schulenburg, Mrs. Adolph (Emma) Vahalik of Shiner; two brothers, Louis Greive of Flatonia and Eddie Greive of Temple.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Emilie Klekar Greive, February 14, 1972; his father, H. B. Greive, March 9, 1943; his mother, Mrs. Josephine Pesek Greive, July 27, 1945; five brothers, Richard J. Greive, October 8, 1969; A. S. (Tony) Greive, April 9, 1959, Emil Greive, November 2, 1959, Rudolph Henry Greive, February 16, 1963 and one in infancy; two sisters, Mrs. Frank (Tillie) Janek, May 19, 1959, and Mrs. Joseph V. (Anna) Okruhlik, April 9, 1967.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Post, Wednesday, January 22, 1896

PAUL GRESAK – Fayetteville, Texas, January 21. – Mr. Paul Gresak, aged 50 years, died of pneumonia yesterday morning and was buried in the Catholic cemetery this evening.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Nov 1959

Mr. Emil Grieve is Interred at Praha

Emil Grieve of Praha passed away on November 2 at his home following an extended illness.  At the time of his death he had reached the age of 70 years.

Funeral services were held from Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia on November 5 at 9:30 a.m. with continued services at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Praha Rev. Marcus Valenta officiated at Requiem High Mass and last rites. Rev. Vaclav Bily of Blessing and Rev Anders of Cistern were present in the sanctuary.  The body was lain to rest in Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Emil; Ernest and Henry Janek, Bonnie Okruhlik, Joe and Bernard Grieve.

Survivors besides his wife, one son, Edwin Grieve, of San Antonio, two daughters Mrs. Ben (Earline) Petrash of Beaumont and Mrs. Bill (Isabelle) Frida of San Antonio, three sisters Mrs. Joe (Anna) Okruhlik of Flatonia, Mrs. Adolph (Emma)Vahalik of Shiner and Mrs. Charles (Mary ) Janek of Schulenburg, five brothers, Richard Grieve of Victoria, Willie Grieve of Moulton. Henry Louis and Edward Grieve all of Flatonia.

His sister, Mrs. Frank Janek, and a brother, Anton Grieve, preceded him in death.
Contributed by Matt Cross


Hallettsville New Era Herald, 10 Dec 1963

Miss Frances Grieve Buried December 4

Miss Frances Grieve of Shiner, was buried in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery, Wednesday, December 4 after religious rites were conducted at Buffington Funeral Home at 9:15 a.m. and at the Shiner Catholic Church at 9:30, Rev J. J. Hanacek officiating.

Born at Praha in Fayette County, she was age 67 years, 10 months and 2 days.  Miss Grieve, who never married, lived at Praha and Flatonia until 1943 when she started caring for Mrs. Therzie Marek.  On Mrs. Marek's death in 1959, she moved to Moulton where she cared for Mrs. Minnie Hoyer until her death, November 11, 1963.  The only survivors are a number of nephews and nieces.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 May 1936

Pioneer Fayette County Resident Expires

Frank Grieve, Pioneer resident of Fayette County for the past half a century, passed away quietly at this home near Flatonia following an illness of several weeks.  Mr. Grieve, who had been in apparent good health until two weeks ago, was suddenly stricken ill and succumbed to the attack Sunday evening, May 17th.

Deceased was born and reared in the Novohrad section.  He was active and instrumental in the progress of the surrounding communities and always willing to offer his services when they were needed.  He was a devoted father and a good provider for his family.

Funeral Services were held Tuesday morning, May 19, from the family residence and a Solemn High Mass was held at Sacred Heart Church in Flatonia at 9:00 o'clock Rev Joseph Putska officiating at the last sad rites at Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Emil, Willie, Louis and Henry Grieve, Joe and Frank Rosenauer.

Mr. Grieve is survived by his grief stricken wife, one son, Henry Grieve of Moulton, three daughters, Mrs. Henry Novak, Mrs. John Marik and Miss Francis Grieve all of Flatonia, two Brothers H. V. Grieve of Novohrad and Albert Grieve of Los Angeles, California, seven grandchildren and one great Grandchild also survive.

The Sticker in common with many friends of the family extend sincere condolences.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Victoria Advocate, 22 Sep 2001

Joe H. Grieve

FLATONIA -- Joe H. Grieve, 84, of Flatonia, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001.

He was born Feb. 14, 1917, in Praha, to the late Willie and Amelia Klecker Greive. He was a businessman and was former owner of Grumpy's Motor Inn and Restaurant in Flatonia. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia.

Survivors: daughter, Sandra Krause of Flatonia; and three grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: wife, Mildred Grieve; parents; and one sister.

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

Services will be 11 a.m. Sunday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Flatonia, the Rev. Charles Carolan officiating.

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

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, Fri., 3 Aug 1945

Funeral Rites Held for Flatonia Woman

Mrs. Josephine Grieve, 81, died at her country home near Flatonia last Friday after several months illness. A large family survives. She was a pioneer citizen of Fayette County.

Funeral services were held Sunday morning from Saint Mary's Catholic Church with burial in Praha Cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Lavaca County Tribune, 30 Apr 1943

Flatonia, Texas


Mrs. Marie Grieve, aged, 80 years, died at her home on Thursday noon, April 15, following an illness of several years duration. The funeral took place on Saturday morning, April 17th at 9:00 o'clock with services at Sacred Heart Church, Rev J. A. Putska officiated and said Requiem High Mass internment took place in the local Catholic cemetery beside her husband, who died in 1936. Survivors are three daughters and one son, Mrs. S.J. Marik, Mr. Frank Novak Sr. and Miss Frances, all of Flatonia and Henry of near Flatonia and several grandchildren and other relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 14 Oct 1982

Grieve Rites

Funeral services for Mrs. Joe Grieve of Flatonia were held Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Rev. Anthony Matula, Monsignor Edward Bily and the Rev. Marcus Valenta officiated. Burial followed in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery.

She died Sunday, Oct. 3, 1982 in the Shiner Hospital at the age of 61 years, 10 months and 10 days.

Mrs. Grieve, nee Mildred Lauer, was born Nov. 23, 1920, daughter of William and Amelia (Kubala) Lauer. Mr. and Mrs. Grieve were the owners of the Flatonia City Market since 1944 and the originators of Grumpy’s Restaurant in Flatonia.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Grieve; a daughter, Sandy Krause; two brothers, August and Bill Lauer, all of Flatonia; two sisters, Mrs. Jerry (Lillie) Biskup of Flatonia and Mrs. Joe (Ella) Holub of Houston; and three grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her father, Jan. 18, 1962; her mother; two brothers and three sisters.

Contributed by Matt Cross


From Mainland Funeral Home, Published September 4, 2007

Billie E. Griffin, Sr.

WEST TEXAS CITY - Mr. Billie Eugene “Jim” Griffin Sr., a self employed Brick Mason, was born to Tom and Malissa Mackey Griffin in Plum, Texas On August 30, 2007, he slept into the arms of Jesus. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 56 years, Estelle Griffin; his children, Jerry Griffin, Linda Perry, Brenda Joyce Griffin, Bille “Spanky” Griffin, Jr., Sandra Marshall (Ben), Donald W. Griffin (Berna), Kerry Griffin (Le Ann); his siblings, James “Buster” Griffin, Helen Medlock, and Ollie Mae “Ann” Grant; host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 5, 2007, with Home Going Services beginning at 11:00 a.m., at Greater Randle’s Temple Church of God in Christ, #25 Highway 3 South in Texas City. Dr. Osha Randle, Sr., officiating. Burial will follow at Mainland Memorial Cemetery in Hitchcock under the direction of Mainland Funeral Home of La Marque.

Contributed by San Marshall


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Dan Griffin

Texas City - Dan Griffin, 56, died Friday morning in John Sealy hospital after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of the Mainland Funeral Home. The Rev. E. J. Johnson officiating. Bural wil be in the Mainland Memorial Cemetery.

A wake service will be held from 7 - 9 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Griffin was born March 9, 1911, in La Grange, TX., and lived at 114 3rd Ave. N. in Texas City. Survivors include his wife, Mrs Hattie Mae Griffin; three sons, Douglas Melvin Griffin, Roger Griffin, and Elton Griffin all of Texas City; six brothers, Dennis Delany Griffin of Houston, John Griffin, James Griffin Sr., Robert Griffin, Sr., Melvin Griffin, Billy Griffin, Sr., all of Texas City; four sisters, Mrs. Mallie Mae Hall od Los angeles, Mrs. Mabel LaCaze, Mrs. Helen Medlock, Mrs Ollie Grant all of Texas City; and six grandchildren.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Contributed by San Marshall


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Delaney Griffin

Services for Delaney Griffin, 69, of 3130 Webster St., in Houston will be held as 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Mainland Funeral home.  Rev. James Carpenter officiating.  A wake will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.

Mr. Griffin died at U.T.M.B., Saturday after a long illness.  He was born Nov. 5, 1909 in Plum, Texas to Tom and Malissie Griffin.  He was a retired repairman.

Survivors include two sons, James of Houston and Freddie Griffin of Brownfield; four brothers, J.E. Griffin, Robert L. Griffin, Melvin Griffin and Billy Griffin, all of Texas City; four sisters M.M. Hall of Los Angeles, Calif., Mable LaCaze of La Marque and Helen Medlock and Ollie M. Grant, both of Texas City; eight grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Visitors may call at the Mainland Funeral Home at 1 p.m. today.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

Contributed by San Marshall


James Griffin, Sr.

May 1, 1921 - February 14, 2012

The Lord blessed the lives of Tom and Malissa Mackey Griffin on May 1, 1921 in Plum, Texas with a baby boy giving him the name of James Edward Griffin. He was one of 14 children born to this union.

He was a member of the Negro Baseball League in Texas City called The Carbide Hawks.

He worked at Union Carbide Corp. in Texas City as a laborer until he retired in 1975.

The union of marriage was instituted on September 15, 1945 in Texas City to Ms. LaRue Henry. To this union was born six children and five were adopted.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Malissa Mackey Griffin; his loving wife, Mrs. LaRue Henry Griffin; his daughter, Mrs. Carolyn Griffin Clark; seven brothers and four sisters.

He leaves to mourn his passing: five children, Ms. Dasiy Malissa Griffin, Deberal Denise Haynes both of Texas City, James Edward Griffin, Jr. of Burke, Virginia, Schineatha Lynn Rodriguez (Anthony) of Houston and Velma Inez Griffin of Dickinson, James Butler (Olivia) and Earnest Johnson (Joycelyn) both of Texas City; his adopted children, Eric Griffin (Karla), Deric Griffin (Norma), OShaunna Wright (Bruce, II), OShay Griffin and Demetria Douglas (Rodney).

Also left to cherish his memories are his loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

Contributed by San Marshall


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John Griffin

Texas City – John Griffin, 66, of 202 8th St. South in Texas City, was dead on arrival at Galveston County Memorial Hospital, Friday morning after a sudden illness.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church in Texas City, the Rev. F.M. Johnson officiating.  Burial will follow in Mainland Memorial Cemetery at Hitchcock.

A wake service will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Mainland Funeral Home in La Marque.

Mr. Griffin was born Jan. 1, 1908, in La Grange to Tom and Mallisa Griffin.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hattie M Griffin of Texas City; three daughters, Mrs. Annie Ruth McAfee and Mrs. Bernice Knotts, both of Texas City, and Mrs. Jean Shirley of Los Angeles, Calif; a son, Sgt. Bennie Creamer of Austin ; four sisters, Mrs. Mallie Hall of Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. Helen Medlock and Mrs. Ollie Grant, both of Texas City, and Mrs. Mable LaCaze of La Marque; five brothers, Robert griffin, Melvin Griffin, James Griffin and Billy Griffin, all of Texas City, and Dennis Griffin of  Houston, 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Friends may visit the funeral home after 1 p.m. Sunday.
Contributed by San Marshall 


There was no published obituary. This information comes from the program at Tom Griffin's funeral.

Funeral Service for Malissie Mackey Griffin

Funeral Ceremonies at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Plum Texas at 3:00 p.m., April 2, 1950

Mrs. Malissie Griffin was born in Fayette County on March 30, 1900 to Mr. and Mrs. Dennis and Ida Scott Mackey.  She spent most of her life in Plum Texas until she fell ill.  Malissie married Tom Griffin on .  She died in Wiemar, Texas on March 28, 1950.

Surviving are sons: : Johnnie, Dan, Delaney, James, Robert, Melvin, and Billy Eugene Griffin, all of Texas City, Texas.  Four daughters, Mrs. Helen Medlock, Mrs. Ollie Mae Grant, Mrs. Mable LaCaze of Texas City, Texas and Mrs. Mallie Mae Hall of Los Angeles, California.  Brothers, John H. Mackey of  Dallas, Texas and Robert Mackey of Weimar, Texas. and three sister-in-laws , Mrs. Carrie Griffin of Thrall and Mrs. Hattie Johnson of Plum, Texas, many grandchildren and great-grand children.

Interment….  Mt. Zion Cemetery of Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Contributed by San Marshall 


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Melvin Griffin

Texas City – Melvin Griffin 56, died Thursday morning at a University of Texas medical branch hospital after a lengthy illness.

A wake will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Mainland Funeral Home in La Marque.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Rev M.C. Bridges will officiate.

Burial will follow the funeral service in Houston National Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Griffin was born Jan. 18, 1929 in Plum to Tom and Mallisa griffin.  He was a self-employed carpenter and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors included his wife Mary Griffin of Texas City, four daughters, LeLisa Preston of La Marque, and Lagaya Griffin, and LaKeitha Griffin and Velma Griffin, all of Texas City; two sons, Steven Scott and Stanley Griffin both of Texas City; four sisters, Helen Medlock of Corsicana, Mable LaCaze and Ollie Mae Grant, both of Texas City and Mallie Mae Hall of Los Angeles; three brothers, Robert Griffin, Billie Griffin and James Griffin, all of Texas City; six grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family.  Visitors may call the funeral home at 2 p.m. Sunday.  Memorials may be sent to the funeral home.
Contributed by San Marshall 


There was no published obituary. This information comes from the program at Tom Griffin's funeral.

Funeral Service in Memory of Mr. Tom Griffin

Sunday, Jan. 21, 1962     1:00 p.m. 
Mt. Zion Baptist Church – Plum, Texas

Obituary of Tom Griffin

Tom Griffin, a son of one of the early families of Fayette County, Texas.  Mr. & Mrs. Dan and Rachel Griffin, was a woodsman, legger and trapper and hunter.  His early days were spent falling trees, legging and clearing land in Fayette County, making the forest into farm and ranchland.  A son was born in 1877 and given the name Tom Griffin. While yet in his teens, he married Miss Melissa Mackey.  This couple reared a large respectable family, who was loved by all who knew them.  Mr. Tom was so devoted to his family and the Plum, Texas community that he lived more than fifty years before he spent one day and night out of Fayette County away from Plum.  As a young man he liked working with tools and machinery rather than going to school.  He was endowed with excellent self-learned wisdom and intelligence.  He worked as a shoemaker and a gin hand for Mr. Legler and a self-employed farmer doing most of his life.  He has ever worked on public jobs as a laborer.

Mr. Tom joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church in his later years.  From that time on he has been a steady church-goer.  Without being confirmed to his bed for any length of time he passed this life January 14, 1962 in Texas City, Texas, while visiting with his children.

Surviving are sons: Johnnie, Dan, Delaney, James, Robert, Melvin, and Billy Jean (Eugene) Griffin, all of Texas City, Texas.  Four daughters, Mrs. Helen Medlock, Mrs. Ollie Mae Grant, Mrs. Mable LaCaze of Texas City, Texas and Mrs. Mallie Mae Hall of Los Angeles, California.  One brother, Dan Griffin of Austin, Texas and three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Griffin of Thrall and Mrs. Hattie Johnson of Plum, Texas, twenty-six (26) Grandchildren and five (5) Great-grand children.

Interment….  Mt. Zion Cemetery of Mt. Zion Baptist Church

Rev. E. L. Mcshan, Pastor

by Willie Drisdale one of Tom’s closest friends

My First Talk With Uncle Tom Griffin

When I was a boy going to public school in Plum, Texas I often came by Mr. Tom’s shoe shop.  As a young man he known as Mr. Tom, and watched him fix shoes.  I was deeply impressed with  his work when I went to Prairie View College and saw that the training that was taught in this College I spent four years to learn to fix shoes like Mr. Tom, but college did not teach with machinery what Mr. Tom could do with his hands and a needle made by him, his fixed shoe was far better than a repaired shoe. 

In his later years, we, the people of Plum loved him as Uncle Tom, herein after I shall refer to Mr. Tom Griffin as an honorary salutation.

Uncle Tom did not go to school many days, he loved tools and machinery better than school.  He cherished a formal education, like one who had been deprived of it.  He was anxious to educate his children and saw to it that most of them received high school training.

The story of Uncle Tom is a story of  a simplistic way of life loved by a rugged individual.  As had been said he was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and paid all dues.  He also gave to all other churches of his community, as much as the regular assessment of each member and more.  On the top list of all community programs, his name stood as one of the most generous givers, to the Red Cross, March of Dimes, Community chest, and the 19th of June project

My Last Talk With Uncle Tom

As I passed his house a few weeks ago I saw him sitting on his porch, he asked me come into his house a few minutes, and showed me through the house, said it was all paid for and said “Fess” (what he called me rather than say Professor), “I have been reviewing my life form six years until now”. He signed many birth certificates for me and always would say  “I remember from six years of age.  I have not harmed no one. I am ready to go with my children, what you think about it, Fess?”  My reply was the Lord will tell you what to do.  His last words to me was, “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand!  If I could place an epitaph for his closing life it would be “With a character of granite, He had a heart of kindness … Always ready and willing to respond to the call for help. There is no death, the stars go down, to rise upon some faire shoe (shore) and bright in heavens jewels crown, The (they) shine forevermore.

Contributed by San Marshall


Colorado Citizen, June 22, 1882, page 3


An unfortunate affair occurred here last Thursday night the 15th inst., in which our Marshal, Geo. H. Allen, was compelled in discharging his official duties, to kill Mr. Thomas Griffith, of Schulenburg. We refrain from commenting upon the sad affair. Surfice it to say, the evidence adduced at the Coroner’s inquest justified the officer.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, July 11, 1907

Flatonia, Texas, July 9.  The remains of W. L. Grissom, who died pf paralysis, were brought over from L Grange Sunday afternoon to be buried in the city cemetery by the side of his mother, Mrs. W. M. Grissom, Monday morning at 9 o’clock.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, November 13, 1930, a look at an earlier issue of the newspaper



Died—Near LaGrange on the 10th of September 1885, at the residence of Mr. Samuel Moore, his step-father, Mr. Charles H. Griswold.

The deceased was the only son of Mrs. Samuel Moore, her youngest having died on the 5th inst. Thus in the short space of five days a mother is bereft of her two sons, one of whom had arrived at the age of manhood and the other had nearly reached that state. Truly the ways of Providence are inscrutable. We, in common with this entire community, deeply sympathize with the bereaved family.


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Jan 1921

Death of Mrs. Grohmann

The sad news of the death of Mrs. Grohmann who passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. D. Keuper last Saturday morning, at an advanced age is reported.

She had been in poor health of late, and the end, though coming unexpectedly, was a peaceful one.

The funeral services were held from the Keuper home on Monday afternoon, followed by interment at the City Cemetery.

Her loss is mourned by a host of friends both here and in surrounding towns, where she was well known, and by the bereaved relatives.

The Keuper Bros. store was closed throughout Monday for the funeral, and in fitting tribute to the memory of the grandmother of the two brothers.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 Jan 1903


Mrs. Anna Gromann, age 79, wife of Mr. Geo. Gromann, departed this life, at the home of her daughter Mrs. Amelia Kalloch at 7 a. m. Tuesday January the 6th and her remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery at St. John Wednesday, January the 7th, the Rev. Father Neubert having performed the last sad rites. Mrs. Gromann was for many years a consistant [sic] member of the Catholic church and was extensively known for her good works. She leaves a husband, six children and hundreds friends to mourn her loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Sunday, November 17, 1946

San Antonian, 103, Dies; Services Planned Monday

Mrs. Anna Groos, 231 Washington St., a great-great-grandmother, died at her home Saturday.  A resident of Texas for 99 years, she was 103 years of age.

Born in Uelzen, Hannover, Germany, March 25, 1843, she came with her mother to a farm near La Grange, Fayette County, where her father, a political refugee, had preceded them by a year.

Married to Gustav Groos in 1865, she spent a few years in Eagle Rock [Pass].  With that exception, she had been a resident of San Antonio since her marriage.  Her husband died in 1885 [1895].

She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Elise Guenther, Mrs. Anna Giesecke, Mrs. Minnie Wilkins and Mrs. Lottie G. Watlington; a son, Gus J. Groos; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  All of her survivors live in San Antonio.

Private services will be held Monday, 10 a.m., at her home.

San Antonio Express, Monday, November 18, 1946

Groos – Private services for Mrs. Anna Groos, of 231 Washington St., will be Monday morning at 10 o’clock at the home, 231 Washington St., with Rev. Samuel O. Capers officiating.  Interment in City Cemetery No. 1 under the direction of Porter Loring.  Please omit flowers.
Contributed by Rob Brown


San Antonio Daily Express, Thursday, August 22, 1895

Death of Gustav Groos

He Passes Away After Two Months Of Illness

A Cerebral Hemorrhage Was The Primary Cause Of Death

A Review Of His Life

After an illness of nearly two months Mr. Gustav Groos died at 5:20 o’clock yesterday afternoon at his residence on Washington street.

Mr. Groos accompanied the T. P. A. excursion to Mexico last June.  He returned about the latter part of the month and on the way home was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage, a blood vessel over the brain bursting, allowing blood to rest on the brain.  He was brought home in a serious condition and ever since has been confined to his bed.  Everything that medical skill and careful nursing could do has been done, but without effect.

About a week ago Mr. Groos became delirious and last Saturday consciousness left him and all hope of his recovery was given up.

Yesterday morning he became much worse and sank rapidly until death relieved him of his suffering.

Mr. Groos was one of the most prominent citizens of San Antonio in financial and business circles, and besides a large business acquaintances he has a host of friends who will be grieved at his death.  His death was quite a surprise to many.  While it was known that he was ill, the fact of his condition being so serious had been kept quiet.

The news of his death spread rapidly and soon a large number of friends began gathering at the home to offer what condolence and assistance lay in their power.

Gustave Groos was born in Nassau, Germany, June 10, 1832, his father was C. E. Groos.  In 1848 Mr. Groos, Sr. and family moved to this country, landing in Galveston.  From there they went to Fayette county, where Mr. Groos purchased a farm and was engaged in that occupation for a number of years.  In the spring of 1850 Mr. Groos, accompanied by his brothers, went to Eagle Pass, where they were engaged in the mercantile business until 1874, when they moved to this city.  Here they opened a wholesale grocery business, which they carried on for two years, and then embarked in the banking business, under the firm name of F. Groos & Co.  Mr. G. Groos has been a member of this firm ever since and actively engaged in the business.  His business operations have been successful and he has amassed quite a fortune.

Mr. Groos was married at Bluff, Fayette county, Sept. 28, 1865, to Miss Anna F. Willrich, daughter of a prominent and wealthy farmer of that place.  His wife survives him.  They have seven children, Mrs. C. F. Guenther, Mrs. Gus Giesecke, Otto Groos, Miss Minnie Groos, Gus J. Groos, Miss Lottie Groos and F. C. Groos.  Deceased leaves two brothers, F. Groos and Adolfas Groos, who resides in Medina, and three sisters, Mrs. J. Giesecke and Mrs. Adolf Giesecke of New Braunfels; also Mrs. Groos, who resides in Germany.

The deceased was a member of the Casino Association, Beethoven Mannerchor and San Antonio Schotzen Verin, and these societies will attend the funeral.

The funeral will take place from the residence at 5 o’clock.  The honorary pall bearers are William Heuermann, Sr., Capt. E. Dosch, C. Griesenbeck, C. H. Guenther, John Ligler, Albert Maverick, John J. Stevens, H. D. Kampmann.  The active pall bearers are Hans L. Degner, Ed Dreims, Albert Steves, Hugo Griesenbeck, Adolf Wagner, Julius Horne, Charles Hummell and George Koerner.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Nov 1916


Peter Gruessen, died Oct 8, age 67 years, 11 months and 15 days, near Rutersviller [sic].

Contributed by Matt Cross

OTTO Grumbkow

La Grange Journal, June 12, 1890

DROWNED—Prof. Otto F. Krumko [Grumbkow] was drowned Saturday night while attempting to cross Rocky creek on his way home from Rutersville. Deceased was about 60 years of age. He served 3 years as a Confederate soldier and was highly esteemed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He leaves a widow and two children to mourn his untimely death.

Justice Baker and Constable Rosenberg on receipt of the news Sunday of the accident, repaired at once to the scene, and found the body still in the water about a mile below the crossing. It was recovered and an inquest held, the facts developed showing that the drowning was accidental. The horse he was riding had not been found at last accounts, but is supposed to be in some of the adjacent pastures.



El Campo Leader-News, June 28, 2006

Martin Guentert

Martin Adolf Harvey Guentert, 84 years, 8 months, 24 days, entered into rest on Wednesday morning, June 21, 2006 at Oak Manor Nursing Center in Flatonia. After several strokes, he had a six year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was a life long resident of the Freyburg Community near Schulenburg, Texas.

Born at Freyburg on Sept. 27, 1921, he was the son of Daniel and Elsie (Loth) Guentert. He attended Freyburg Lutheran School. On June 16, 1945, he married Isabel Gabler at the Salem Lutheran Church in Freyburg and they had been married for 59 years. Fayette County is where he lived his life.

Mr. Guentert served as a staff sergeant in the Air Force and as a sergeant in the Army during World War II. He was a farmer and worked for 32 years at the Fayette County Precinct 4 in Schulenburg. He served as caretaker for the Freyburg United Methodist Cemetery for 36 years. Mr. Guentert was a member of the American Legion McBride Post 143 for 43 years. He was a proud and faithful member of the Freyburg United Methodist Church. His family writes, “He was a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be greatly missed but our memories of him will last a lifetime.”

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Daniel Holub of El Campo; a son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Barbara Guentert of Freyburg; and four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dolly Hatfield and husband James of Freyburg; Faye Whitsett and husband Norman of Longview; two brothers, Clarence Guentert of Freyburg; Curtis Guentert and wife Jeanette of Hunt; and one sister-in-law, Ruby Guentert of Opp, AL.

He was preceded in death by his wife; a son, Alan Wayne Guentert; his parents; five brothers, Eugene, Marvin, Daniel Jr., Nolan and Douglas Guentert; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Evelyn and Philip Fojtik, LaVern and Bennie Mackeal; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Guentert and Lorine Guentert.

Visitation was held on Thursday evening, June 22 at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and services were conducted by the American Legion McBride Post 143 and Pastor Bob White. Great-grandson, Tanner recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.”

The funeral was held on Friday, June 23 at 10:00 a.m. at the Freyburg United Methodist Church with Pastor Bob White and Pastor John Britsch officiating. Interment took place in the Freyburg United Methodist Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Harvey Holub of Tomball, Gary Holub of Houston; and Chad Guentert of Schulenburg. Also serving as pallbearers were Clinton Guentert and Randy Hatfield, nephews and Steve Gabler, cousin, all of Freyburg.

Honorary pallbearers included Christine Guentert, granddaughter, and Tom Hansen, Christine’s fiancée, of Chicago, IL; Julizza Holub, wife of Harvey; Rio Holub, great-granddaughter, of Tomball; Lisa Holub, wife of Gary; Tanner Holub, great-grandson, of Houston.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Freyburg United Methodist Church or Cemetery.

Mrs. Franz Guenther

Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Apr 1899

Death of Mrs. Guenther.

At her home east of Schulenburg last Sunday at 11 a. m. the death of Mrs. Franz Guenther occurred, after an illness of several weeks. Dr. John, Professor and Chas. Guenther of Moulton, and all of her other children were at the bedside, and everything was done in their power, but to no avail, death claimed her. The deceased was a good and kind-hearted woman, and was beloved by all who knew her, which was attested by the long funeral procession last Monday, when the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery, Rev. Father Breucklin officiating. The husband and nine children, the youngest 12 years of age, have the sympathy of the entire community in this hour of their sad affliction.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 Apr 2008, page 3

Leera Guettermann

Leera Knape Guettermann, 92, died Saturday, April 5 at Regency Nursing Center after a three-month illness. She had formerly resided at 6535 Guettermann Ehler Road in Muldoon.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, April 8 at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, followed by interment in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Mark Adams officiated. Pallbearers were Russell Rodecap, Mark Janecka, Todd Cozzaglio, Mark Hanel, Chris Olson, Shane Janecka and Nick Rinchiuso. Named as honorary pallbearers were Leera Janecka, Donna Cozzaglio, Cynthia Rinchiuso, Karen Rodecap, Lori Guettermann, Lisa Hanel, Lynn Olson and Amy Rodecap.

Visitation and a prayer service were held on Monday, April 7 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home. Rev. Robert White led the prayer service starting at 7 p.m.

Born at Muldoon on Jan. 26, 1916, she was the daughter of Frank and Mathilda Strobel Knape. She attended Abbotts Grove School in Freyburg. On June 21, 1936, she married Edwin Guettermann at her home. A lifelong resident of the Muldoon area, she was a farmer/rancher/homemaker. Mrs. Guettermann was a member of First United Methodist Church in Schulenburg and the Hermann Sons. She enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening and baking.

Survivors include a daughter, Junette Rodecap of Freyburg; two sons, Franklin Guettermann and wife Bonita of Schulenburg, and Harlan Guettermann and wife Betty of Houston; 10 grandchildren, Leera Janecka and husband Mark of Weimar, Donna Cozzaglio and husband Todd of Schulenburg, Cynthia Rinchiuso and husband Nick of Katy, Russell Rodecap and wife Karen of Pearland, Amy Rodecap and Karl Keilbach of Florida, Lori Guettermann of Houston, Lisa Hanel and husband Mark of Houston, Lynn Olson and husband Chris of Houston, Franklin Holbeck and wife Tina of Germany, and Debby Werner of Germany; a step-grandson, Gary Brogden of Houston; and 13 great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; two brothers, James Knape and Melvin Knape; and a son-in-law, Bobby Rodecap.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Fayette County Record, Friday, April 11, 2014

Olga Gully, 91, of Fayetteville died March 18, 2014 in Katy Memorial Hermann Hospital. Olga was born in Fayetteville on Nov. 26, 1922, the daughter of William and Mary (Martis) Jasek. She was a lifelong resident of Fayetteville but resided in a nursing home in Katy the last 71/2 years of her life. Olga was a devout Catholic and enjoyed being involved in various church and school activities. In her early years she was President of the Mother’s Club of St. John’s Catholic School. Olga was also an active member of the Altar Society and a Charter member of the CDA (Catholic Daughters of America). She was also a member of the Czech Heritage Society in Fayetteville. Olga worked many years at the Oak Motel in La Grange as a switchboard operator and still found time to care for her family, keep a flower garden and can vegetables.

In Olga Gully’s later years she was known for donating her many beautifully handcrafted quilts that were auctioned at the St. John’s Church Feasts in Fayetteville. She enjoyed quilting so very much and received great satisfaction in helping her Church in this way.

She is survived by her two children, Cynthia (Gully) Henneke and husband Wilfred of Houston; also a son George Gully and wife Linda of Fayetteville. Other survivors include daughter-in-law Dorothy Gully of Fayetteville and son-in-law William Socha. Olga is also survived by her two sisters Effie Piwetz of Houston, Marian Prihoda of College Station and one brother, Lawrence Jasek and wife Verlene also of Houston. Seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great- grandson and soon to be great-great-granddaughter also survive.

Olga Gully was preceded in death by her husband Clement H. Gully, daughter Genevieve Ann (Gully) Socha and son Clem W. Gully, Jr.

Services were held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fayetteville with Father Steve Sauser and Deacon Robert Jasek. Burial followed at the St John’s Catholic Cemetery. Fayette Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 15, 1938

Jose Gunteros

Jose Gunteros, of Mexican parentage, born at La Grange died Saturday, December 10, cause not given.  He had been employed as a member of the railway section crew.  Gunteros was 25 years old.  Meagre information is that he was born March 15, 1913, had lived in the city all his life and was a son of Jose Gunteros, Sr., formerly of Mexico.  Insured in the Maintenance of Way Union; Koenig Funeral Home had charge of the funeral, held Sunday.  The father and one sister, Aurora Gunteros survive.

Contributed by Rob Brown

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