Fayette County Obituaries

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Fayette County Record, Tuesday, May 5, 1970

James C. Head Expires Here; Rite Saturday

Funeral services for James C. Head, 54 year-old La Grange dairyman, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Little and Rev. J. F. Jensen officiating.

Graveside services and burial followed in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens at Houston.

Mr. Head passed away at Fayette Memorial Hospital Thursday night after having been suddenly stricken ill at his dairy near La Grange.

He was born at Alief on May 5, 1915, and was united in marriage with Alta Doty at Alief on July 31, 1938.  The Heads have lived at La Grange for the past nine years, having resided previously in California. 

Surviving Mr. Head are his wife of La Grange; his mother, Mrs. Alice Braziel of San Angelo; three daughters, Mrs. O. K. Jones of Houston, Mrs. William G. Bacon of Shreveport, La., and Miss Vicki Head of La Grange; a son, James A. Head of La Grange; two brothers, Billie E. Head of San Angelo and Troy H. Braziel of New Mexico; and two grandchildren.

Mr. Head remained at the Koenig Funeral Home chapel until noon Saturday.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, Friday, July 6, 1951

Preparing for Weimar Visit

Electric Shock Kills Adamcik Son-in-Law

A tragic accident at Houston last Friday morning turned what was to have been a happy weekend into one of shock and saddness for the Wm. Adamcik family of Dubina. Their son-in-law, Paul J. Heck, 43, of Houston, was getting the family car ready to come to Weimar when a shorted electric buffer electrocuted him.

Mr. Heck, a West University Place, a boiler engineer, was using the electric buffer to polish his car at his home at 3003 Tennyson Street. It was the first day of his vacation from his job with the American Rice Growers Association. His vacation was to last until July 16, and he and his family planned to begin it by attending the Dubina church feast and visiting the Adamciks. From here they had planned to go to Corpus Christi.

He washed his car on the grass in his front yard before starting to polish it.

West University Chief of Police Harold E. Skipp said Mr. Heck was barefooted and on wet grass, and the buffer apparently shorted. Mr. Heck screamed and attracted neighbors, who called the police and the fire department.

The fire department's emergency squad found Mr. Heck on his back beside his car, still holding the buffer, when it arrived. Chief Shipp said Capt. John D. Allstett of the emergency squad unplugged the buffer cord and received a shock in doing so. The emergency squad tried to revive Mr. Heck for about 20 minutes.

The body was taken to the Pat H. Foley & Co. Funeral Home, and later brought here. Funeral services were held Monday from Hubbard Funeral Home here and the Catholic Church at Dubina, with interment in the Dubina cemetery.

Mr. Heck's survivors include his widow and two daughters, Patsy Heck, 16, and Miss Betty Heck, 19, none of whom were at home when the accident occurred.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, September 23, 1893

LaGrange Journal: Died, at the family residence, near Swiss Alp, September 20, 1893, the infant daughter of Prof. and Mrs. E. Heimann.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht


La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 10, 1938

Mrs. Annie Hein

Early Tuesday morning Mrs. Annie Hein, aged 81 years, 6 months and 16 days, ended her earthly pilgrimage, after a brief illness.  Funeral services were held by Rev. Guy B. Duff, pastor of the Presbyterian church, Wednesday morning, and interment was made in the new cemetery at La Grange.  Deceased died at her home at Halsted.

Surviving are two sons, for whom she kept house:  Otto and Hermann; two other sons, Albert and Richard of La Grange, one daughter, Mrs. Fred Janda  of Halsted and two other daughters, one in Austin and the other at Garwood, also survive.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Sep 1903

Death Record.

Heinecke: Died 8 miles north of LaGrange, Sept 10th-03 of uremic coma, Gustav Heinecke aged 19 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 18 May 1899

The two-weeks old infant of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Heinrich died last Sunday and was buried at High Hill Monday.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 31 Oct 1901

Mrs. Anna Heinrich age 63 who was born in Neidek Machaln Austria, died at her home near High Hill Thursday Oct. 24th and was buried in the Catholic cemetery, at the above point on Oct. 25th, the Rev. Father Gerlsch having performed the last sad rites. Mrs. Heinrich came to Texas in 1860 and has resided in this vicinity since that time. She was a christian [sic] lady, having for years been a consistent member of the Catholic church and leaves a large number of relatives and friends to bemourn her loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 June 1904

Miss Emilie Heinrich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Heinrich living two miles north of the city, died Monday morning at 5:30 and her remains were consigned to their last resting place in the Catholic Cemetary [sic] at High Hill Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock. Miss Heinrich was just 22 years of age making her untimely taking a way all the more sad. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 6 Feb 1902

Mr. Joseph Heinrich, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of High Hill in which place he settled in 1860, having come direct from Germany to the above point in company with the Wicks. Hallis’ and four other families, died at his house on the afternoon of January 28th and was buried in the Catholic cemetery at High Hill on the 29th, the Rev. Father Garlach officiating. Mr. Heinrich leaves several children and a number of friends to mourn his loss. Of the seven families who came over on the ship on which Mr. Heinrich came only the members of the Wicks and Hollas survive.

. . . Mr. Ferdinand Billecwork of Floresville came down for the funeral of Mr. Heinrich.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Sep 1904


One by one our old land marks are passing a way. This time it becomes our sad duty to chronicle the death of Mr. Joseph A. Heinrich of High Hill, who died at his home Monday morning at 7:10 o’clock, after a lingering illness of about six weeks and his remains were tenderly consigned to their last resting place by kind and loving hands, under auspices of the St. Joseph Verein, in the High Hill Catholic cemetery, Tuesday morning at 9 o’clock.

Mr. Heinrich was born in Austria, Germany, and had attained the ripe old age of 63 years, 26 of which he spent in this country.

The deceased leaves a wife, one daughter, Miss Mary, and five sons, Messrs. Joseph, Edward, Elous, Ferdinand and Adolph to mourn his loss, to whom the sympathy of the entire community is extended.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, May 22, 1975

Final Rites for Lee Heinrich

Funeral services for Lee Heinrich, 64, of Schulenburg, a retired farmer, were held Monday morning, May 19, from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg, with Rev. Roger Robbins.

Burial was in High Hill Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Heinrich, a former resident of Weimar area, died May 17 at Renger Memorial Hospital, Hallettsville, after two years' illness.

He was born Aug. 9, 1911, at High Hill, a son of August and Magdalena Billeck Heinrich, and married Tillie Kosler at high Hill on March 29, 1932.

His wife survives, along with four daughters, Mrs. Nelson (Alice) Jochen and Mrs. Jerome (Bernice) Kolek of Houston, Mrs. Herbert (Loraine) Ulrich of Weimar and Mrs. Frank (Georgie) Krecmer of Schulenburg; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; six sisters, Mrs. Mary Ulrich and Mrs. Katie Klesel of San Antonio, Mrs. Lina Lamascus, Mrs. Annie Wick and Mrs. Rosie Schilhab of Schulenburg, and Mrs. Albina Bookil of Whittier, Calif.; and three brothers, August and John Heinrich of Schulenburg and Alvin Heinrich of San Antonio.

Four brothers preceded him in death.

Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Harlan Jochen, Ronald Petter, Herbert C. Ulbrich Jr., Michael Krecmer, Patrick Krecmer and Jerry Kolek.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 July 1921

Death Of Mrs. Heinrich

The High Hill community was saddened last week when the news of the death of Mrs. Magdalena Heinrich was received on Friday, July 15th.

Funeral services were conducted from the home of her son F. A. Heinrich on the following afternoon, when a large concourse of relatives and friends called to pay their last, but saddened respects to her whom He had called home.

The remains were laid at final rest in the High Hill cemetery.

The family has the sympathy of the entire community.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, March 24, 1978

Robert A. Heinrich Rites Held Monday

Robert A. Heinrich, 70, a retired farmer of the High Hill community, passed away on March 17 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Houston, after being ill since August of 1977.

Born near High Hill on Sept. 2, 1907, to F.L. Heinrich and Leopoldina Kainer Heinrich, he was married to Rosa O. Muehr at St. Rose Catholic Church in Schulenburg on Sept. 25, 1928.

Mr. Heinrich, an ardent church and community worker, was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the St. Joseph Society and Knights of Columbus Council No. 2902, Schulenburg.  He was also treasurer of the High Hill Cemetery Committee, director of the Parish Hall Committee and a member of the High Hill choir.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 20, from St. Mary’s Catholic Church, High Hill, with Fathers Larry Stuebben, Frances Vanderwall, SJ, Enda McKenna, Msgr. John Hanacek, Benton Thurmond, Robert Schmidt and Roger Robbins as concelebrants of the mass.  Interment was in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery with Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Leo Muehr, Victor Muehr, Robert Schumann, William Schumann, Arthur J. Heinrich, and Alois Muehr, all nephews.  Honorary pallbearers were Frank Schmidt, Herbert Demel, Rudolf Miksch, Milton Kaase, Edmund Kasper and Albert Severa.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Rosa O. Heinrich of Schulenburg; five daughters, Mrs. Ewald (Mildred) Demel of San Antonio, Mrs. Eugene (Darlene) Kainer of Weimar, Mrs. Marvin (Elvira) Kuhn of Houston, Sister Dianne Heinrich, CDP, of Castroville and Mrs. Monte (Marie) Stutes of Conroe; four sons, Arnold F. Heinrich and David F. Heinrich, both of Houston, Robert L. Heinrich of Webster and Michael F. Heinrich of Schulenburg; one sister, Mrs. Olga Muehr of Rosenberg and ten grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Leon, in 1942 and a brother, Arthur in 1972.

Contributed by Mark Schumann


Colorado County Citizen, 23 Jul 1920, page 6


August Heinsohn, a native Texan and a life long resident of Fayetteville and vicinity, died at the family residence Friday night, July 9, aged 62 years. His mortal remains were lowered into the grave in the city cemetery of his home town. Sunday evening, after services were held in the Lutheran church, of which he was a life long member, by Rev. Krause of Bellville. The funeral cortege and the concourse of relatives, friends and acquaintances was the largest ever assembled there to witness the burial of a private citizen. It is estimated that upward of one thousand or more people attended the obsequies held over his mortal remains.

Deceased was born and reared on a farm near Fayetteville and devoted all his younger days to agriculture until Fayetteville became a railroad station in 1888 when he entered the lumber business retaining his interest in the cattle business and made feeding and shipping of fat cattle to northern markets, a success. About three years ago he retired from the lumber business, his only son, Lee, being his sucessor. Failing health compelled him to withdraw from active farm work, he took life easy and devoted most of his time seeing that his cattle was well taken care of. Surviving him are his widow and one son, Lee Heinsohn—one son preceeded him in death several years ago—and 2 brothers and 7 sisters who deeply mourn his death. Being a man of economical habits and good business judgements he accumulated a large fortune. In spite of his good luck and fortune he was a friend of the poor. Many relativies and friends of the departed citizen, of New Ulm and vicinity attended the funeral. Peace to his ashes!—New Ulm Enterprise.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Aug 1908


Fayetteville, Texas, August 10 – Emil Heinsohn, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Heinsohn of this place, died very suddenly this morning before he could be escorted to the train on which he intended to go to Waco for treatment of spinal cord ailment, from which he had suffered since last October. He was only 20 years of age – a good young men [sic] and a graduate of Massey Business college of Houston. His remains will be laid to rest Tuesday in the American cemetery here.

Deceased was a nephew of Mrs. Monroe Johnson of this city.

Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Aug 1908


Died at Fayetteville, Aug. 10, Emil Heinsohn, age 20 years, 3 months and 25 days of Tabes Dorsalis.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Bellville Wochenblatt, 7 Apr 1892

Willow Springs, Fayette Co.
April 2. 1892

Vorige Woche ist hier die 5jährige Tochter [Etna Heinsohn] des Prof. T. Heinsohn an Lungenentzündung gestorben.  Sie wurde auf dem hiesigen Friedhof unter zahlreicher Betheiligung zur Ruhe bestattet.  Friede ihrer Asche und Trost und Beleid den trauernden Hinterbliebenen.

[Last week the five-year-old daughter of Prof. T. Heinsohn died here of pneumonia.  She was laid to rest in the local cemetery with a great many in attendance.  Peace to her ashes and comfort and condolences to the grieving survivors.]
Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


La Grange Deutsche Zeitung, 25 September 1902

Gerhard Heinsohn, Sr.

Gerhard Heinsohn died last Thursday evening peacefully and without pain, a few minutes after he had eaten his supper.  Although he had been in bad health for several months, he did not complain and his good sense of humor never left him.  There was a large attendance at the burial the next day.Mr. Heinsohn was born on February 13, 1822 in the Duchy of Oldenburg and therefore was 80 years, 7 months, and 5 days old.  In 1847 he came to Texas and in 1856 he was married to Miss Sophie Fehrenkamp.  This union was blessed with twelve children, of which ten are living namely:  Wilhelmine, wife of W. Schweke; Emma, wife of A. Wagner; Marie, wife of C. T. Zapp; Misses Mathilde, Emilie, Ida and Ella, and August, Gerhard and Louis, all adults.  Of the 21 grandchildren, 19 survive him.

Of the 6 Heinsohn brothers who settled in Texas, only Mr. John Heinsohn near Bluff Post Office is still living.

Mr. Heinsohn was a good representative of the fine state of Oldenburg; open, honest, upright,  and fearless, and healthy, strong, and sturdy.  Through hard work and taking advantage of opportunities he had acquired a substantial fortune here in Texas.  He was respected and honored by all who knew him.

The deeply grieving wife and the other survivors have our heartfelt sympathy.
Translated obituary contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


Fayette County Record, 13 Oct 1953

Gerhard Heinsohn Interred Monday

Gerhard W. Heinsohn, 87, and a lifelong resident of the Fayetteville, Rt. 2 area, was buried Monday afternoon from the family home following his death Saturday after a year's illness.

The Rev. H. F. Wolber officiated and burial was in the Fayetteville City cemetery. Koenig Funeral Home directed the funeral.

The deceased was the son of Gerhard and Sophie Fehrenkamp Heinsohn. He was married to Miss Emma Lincke at Frelsburg in 1895.

He leaves his widow; two daughters, Mrs. Wilma Hartfiel of Houston and Mrs. Estella Onken of Fayetteville; two sons, Arnold and Bernard Heinsohn of Fayetteville, Rt. 2; three sisters, Mrs. Mathilda Fehler of McGregor, Mrs. Ida Beteit of Austin and Mrs. Ella Krause of McGregor; and one grandson, Kermit Heinsohn of Fayetteville.

Contributed by Rox Ann Johnson


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 1, 1943

John Heinsohn

John Heinsohn, aged 55 years, 1 month and 5 days, died at La Grange, Monday, March 29.  Funeral services were held in the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home, Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock and interment was made in the new city cemetery.

John Heinsohn had lived in La Grange for 12 years and was engaged in the café business; he is survived by one son, Kermit Heinsohn of La Grange and one daughter, Mrs. Janice Sager of Houston.  Three brothers, Edward Rinn of Arizona, Max Heinsohn of Marion and Otto Heinsohn of New Ulm, and four sisters, Mrs. Geo. Schroeder of Galveston, Mrs. Dan Rinn and Mrs. Gussie Kretzschmer of New Ulm, and Mrs. Colbert Helwig of Belton also survive him.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 6 Oct 1916


Mrs. Gerhard Heinsohn, died Sept 8, age 78 years, 7 months and 29 days, Fayetteville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, May 21, 1964

Fayetteville Native Dies in Baytown

A native of Fayetteville died at his Baytown home Sunday afternoon. He was 66-year-old Joe Heintschel, who was born and reared in the Fayetteville, area before moving to Baytown.

Mr. Heintschel retired in August, 1958, from the Humble Oil & Refining Co. where he had served as a pipe department foreman.

Funeral services for Mr. Heintschel were held Tuesday from the Paul U. Lee Funeral Home in Baytown with the Rev. H. O. Bomhoff, pastor of the St. Paul’s Lutheran church and the Rev. Basil Jones of St. Mark’s Methodist Church from Baytown officiating.  Burial will be in the Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.

Mr. Heintschel is survived by his wife; one son, Joe Fred of Jacinto City; one daughter, Mrs. Davis Conway of Baytown; and four grandchildren.  Also his mother, Mrs. Henry Heintschel; one sister, Mrs. Albert Nitschke Jr., both of Fayetteville and a brother, Charlie Heintschel of Bellville.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 3, 1963

Mrs. Tonie Heintschel

Mrs. Tonie Judith Heintschel, 49-year-old resident of Baytown was interred in the Fayetteville Catholic cemetery following services at the Knesel Chapel and St. John Catholic Church there Wednesday morning.  Rev. Ths. Matl officiated.

The deceased, who was the former Tonie Kolonovsky and had lived in the Fayetteville community, died in Baytown on Dec. 29.

She is survived by her husband Frank of Baytown; 3 daughters, Mrs. Anita Jane Holcomb of Orange, Mrs. Rose Marie Watson, of Baytown, and Mrs. Minnie Mae Bomhier of Evansville, Indiana; 2 sons, Lery of Baytown and Tommy John of Huntsville, Alabama; one sister, Mrs. Henry Chovanec of Fayetteville and 5 grandchildren. 

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, January 18, 1971


Funeral services for Alfred J. Heintze, 90, of La Grange were held Sunday, January 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel and con- [illegible] Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Heintze, a retired salesman, passed away Friday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Warrenton on July 16, 1880, the son of August and Johanna Speckels Heintze, and was married to Annie Kainer on November 23, 1937 in La Grange. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and a lifelong La Grange resident.

Only immediate survivor is his wife, Mrs. Annie Heintze, of La Grange.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


Fayette County Record, September 19, 1980


Mrs. Annie O. Heintze, 80, of 348 N. Franklin passed away early Tuesday morning at Care Inn of La Grange where she resided for the last several years.
Funeral services were scheduled for this Thursday at 2 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Msgr. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiating and interment in the La Grange Cemetery.

Born in High Hill on Sept. 5, 1900, she was the daughter of the late Adolph and Caroline (Blaschke) Kainer. On Nov. 23, 1937 she was united in marriage with Alfred Heintze who preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 1971.  She resided most of her life in La Grange where she was a sales lady. She was a member of the Altar Society and CDA.

Only immediate survivors are a number of nieces and nephews, among who is Robert A. Winkler of La Grange. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joe and Adolph Kainer, and four sisters, Mary Winkler, Agnes Kainer, Caroline Winkler, and Sister M. Celine Kainer.

A parish rosary was recited Tuesday evening and an Altar Society and CDA rosary was recited Wednesday evening at the Koenig-Peel Funeral Home, Inc. chapel.

Annie Heintze died 16 Sep 1980. Contributed by Kathy Carter


La Grange Journal, July 5, 1923

When friends of the family were advised Saturday morning that August Heintze had been claimed by death, they could not give credence thereto, because of the fact that Mr. Heintze had entertained several the morning previous and had maintained his usual jolly disposition with them. It is true, acting under advice of his physician, he had not sought to become active in the affairs of the business with which he was so long connected, or to be associated, actively with some of the movements that had for their aim, the general advancement of the community of La Grange. Yet there was an interest manifested, and his counsel was not sought without results. The announcement of his departure was, however,  only too true;  he became ill suddenly at eleven o’clock on Friday night, and at three-thirty Saturday morning, the struggle ended, he passed to his reward, maintaining consciousness until the last breath was from out of his nostrils. Another good citizen, one whom all La Grange had loved, had entered upon the last journey.

Saturday, all forenoon and afternoon, and on Sunday, there came to his bier, besides his relatives, friends from every part of the city and of the county. He had sent greetings to the friends in other parts, in the neighboring sections, as the messengers  departed for Shiner Friday, and these greeting had been received with  pleasure; the next morning the same friends had been advised that August Heintze had departed.  As the friends looked with dim eyes and saddened hearts upon the quiet, calm face of one who had befriended them, they proclaimed his fidelity to the little city in which he had made his home and to them, in the course of their career.  Of August Heintze it can be said that the greatest pleasure he derived, in addition to that of being with his family, was to have his friends with him, and this especially applied to those who had passed through the years when the struggles of life seemed the greatest. As the editor recalls, while this is being written, August Heintze was a man with wonderful disposition [illegible] sympathy with the afflicted, and after the manner born, a man who ever had at his command, the moment when he could have social intercourse with his fellow man.

Mr. Heintze had a hobby—if it can be so called—and that hobby was to collect curios and museum relics.  He began this manner of collecting interesting relics; such relics as were connected with the history of this country, and of the foreign countries, when still a boy.  His collections grew to such proportions that it was soon known as the Heintze Museum. It was referred to by intelligent men in every section of Texas, and in other states,  and he [illegible] from a distance, believed that a visit to La Grange was complete without having visited the founder and his magnificent collection. His being of a philanthropic nature, Mr. Heintze essayed to create interest among some of the educational institutions of Texas, to induce them to take over this museum, but the worth of this vast collection was either not recognized or the public was insufficiently interested. Only recently, when the school bond election, called for the purpose of determining whether the people of this district desired a new school building, he was one of the most enthusiastic supporters, but, because of his enfeebled condition, could not take active work in the campaign.  He encouraged the hope, however, that in some manner his collection would become part of the school’s interior holdings.

As a friend, we bid him rest in [illegible] sod press lightly upon his pulse less breast, and may the journey he has entered upon, end happily, and he reach the destination that all honorable men are seeking and eventually find.  There he can await the coming of those who will someday follow; he leaves a widow, one son, A.J. Heintze, a sister in Germany, many family relatives to mourn his going.  With these grieve many friends in La Grange and elsewhere.

August Heintze was born in Kappeln, Schleswig, Germany, and was educated by a private tutor.  He received his commercial training in Flensburg and Hamburg in large manufacturing establishments. He remained in Germany until after the Franco-Prussian war, of which he was a veteran, and emigrated to America in the year 1873.  After a brief business career on the Rio Grande border he came to Fayette County and engaged in business at Warrenton.  In 1878, he was united in marriage with Miss Johanna Speckels, a daughter of John Speckels, Sr. of the Warrenton section, and to them was born the son who now survives him.  In the year 1883 he removed to La Grange and engaged in the mercantile business, and since that date has been identified with business interests in La Grange. One of the greatest pleasures to him was to regularly arrange for the annual Fourth of July celebration out at his former home, and whenever a celebration of a like nature occurred here, the name of August Heintze was associated with the movement and evidence given by some entry of a complementary nature. Could his friends’ wish have been granted at this time, he would have been with us today and have witnessed the celebration now in progress. “Man proposes and God disposes.”

Sunday afternoon they carried his remains out to the new cemetery and placed them in the earthen couch. The attendance was very large and sympathetic tears were mingled with those tears of grief on the part of his [illegible] decked with a profusion of beautiful flowers. Rev. R. Heise, pastor of the St. Paul Lutheran church, officiated at the home and the grave. He was 79 years of age.

August Heintze, Sr. was born 30 Dec 1850 and died 30 Jun 1923. Contributed by Kathy Carter


La Grange Journal, February 8, 1945

Mrs. Johanna Heintze—90

Mrs. Johanna Heintze, widow of the late August Heintze of La Grange, died in this city Wednesday morning, Febr. 7, aged 90 years, 2 months and 7 days.  The body will lye [lie] in state in the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home until Friday morning, 11 o’clock and will then  be taken to the home of her son, A. J. Heintze, where services will be held by Rev. R. Heise and Rev. H.T. Flachmeier. Interment will be made in the new city cemetery.

Deceased, born at Warrenton, was the daughter of early settlers of that village, Mr. and Mrs. John Speckels, Sr. She had spent her entire life in Fayette county; since 1887 was a citizen of La Grange, coming from Warrenton with her husband who engaged in the mercantile business in this city.

Mrs. Heintze is survived by her one son, A. J. Heintze, and one sister, Mrs. Meta Walter, widow of the late Louis Walter. Mr. Heintze, her husband, preceded her to the grave in 1923.

Johanna Heintze was born November 30, 1854. Contributed by Kathy Carter


The La Grange Journal, February 27, 1936 pg.1

Mrs. Louise Heintze Dies Thursday Night Interment Saturday

Mrs. Louise Heintze, wife of A.J. Heintze of La Grange, died at the La Grange Hospital at 11:00 o’clock, Thursday night. She had been a patient for several weeks, her condition gradually growing worse, every aid at command without arresting the approach of the Reaper.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the family home on North Franklin Street, and the body then taken to the Sacred Heath Catholic Church where Father S.A. Zientek held services and Mass. Ineterment was had at the new cemetery.

Mrs. Heintze, a daughter of Jos. And Anna Kainer, deceased, was born at High Hill, the family later removing to Schulenburg and then to La Grange. She was united in marriage with A.J. Heintze June 2, 1909, no children blessed this union. She is survied by her husband, who sisters Mrs. Geo. (Anna) Mauer of San Francisco, California and Mrs. Alex E. (Martha) von Rosenberg of La Grange; two brothers Ed. Kainer of La Grange and Chas. Kainer of Port Arthur.

The sincere sympathy of their many friends in La Grange and elsewhere, is extended to the mourning relatives.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 Feb 1904, page 1

Death Record.

Heise: Died at Ellinger 12-23-03, of Hemorrhage, Louis Heise, aged 29 years. 

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, March 19, 1936 pg. 1

Hy. Helble Found Dead In Bathroom Tuesday Morning

 Upon her return to the house, after the usual chores in the poultry yard, and cow lot, Mrs. Hy. Helble failed to find her husband abed; on the floor of the bathroom the husband was laying, dead. An inquest was held by Justice Marburger.  Mr. Helble died about 7:30 o’clock, Tuesday morning.

Funeral services were conducted at the family home one mile east from La Grange, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. R. Heise officiating.

Henry Helble had been in ill health for the seven years; intense suffering was experienced, and of late he adopted a very cheerful manner, presumably resigned to the knowledge that his condition would not improve. He was born in Fayette County, and was united in marriage with Miss Olga Schott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Schott, (east of La Grange) July 15, 1912, at Houston. The young couple resided in Temple of seven years, the removing to the home east from La Grange. The widow, Leroy, and Son and Irene, a daughter survive.

Mother of deceased, Mrs. Amalia Helble of Temple, and the following brothers and sisters also survive: Albert Helble of Temple, and Alfred Helble of Temple; Mrs. J. R. (Annie) Newbury of Galveston; Mrs. J.V. (Millie) Kohut of Cyclone; Mrs. E. W. (Ella) Hoelscher of Burlington, Mrs. Joe (Emma) May, of Near Temple and Mrs. Will (Tillie) Green of Burlington.

The Journal extends its sincere sympathy to the family; Henry Helble had many friends in the section, always in happy frame of mind, his affliction to the contrary. He was for many years engaged in cement construction, stucco and plaster work, health forced him to abandon his work and all medical help was enlisted. He bore his affliction with apparent resignation, and then, while temporarily alone, sought as he believed, the best solution.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal, 21 Apr 1932

John C. Helble, Jr.

It is with deepest sorrow that we chronicle the death of John C. Helble,. Jr. who passed away at his home in Houston, Tuesday morning, April 19, 1932 at the age of 65 years, 11 months and 18 days. He was born to John C. and Johann (Gierchen) Helble January 5, 1866.

Mr. Helble was stricken with paralysis at 2:30 a.m. and died at 6:00 a.m. He was born and reared in our community and conducted a business in Fayetteville. From here the family moved to Houston about 8 years ago.

Deceased is survived by his wife, Emma; three sons and one daughter. Also by one brother, Otto, of Biegel. He was buried in the Fayetteville City Cemetery by the side of his mother. May he rest in peace.

Transcribed by Norman C. Krischke


The Weimar Mercury, January 31, 1919, p. 1

Mrs. Annie Heller Dead

Mrs. Annie Heller, widow of the late Jos. Heller, died at the family home at Ammannsville Saturday night and the remains were buried at that place Monday morning, quite a number from this city attending the funeral.  Mrs. Heller was about 69 years of age. We understand the cause of her death was tumor of the stomach. She was a splendid, good woman, an excellent friend and neighbor, well liked by all who knew her, and her death is deeply and sincerely regretted. She leaves four children, all grown, as follows:  Mrs. Gretchen Genzer, Mrs. Aug. Rabel of this city, and Messrs. John and Moritz Heller. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders
(Submitter's note: Her husband was Theophilus "Joe" Heller.)


The Weimar Mercury, Friday, May 15, 1975

Mrs. A. Heller Expires at 99; Rites Monday

Funeral services were held Monday morning from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home at Schulenburg and St. John Catholic Church at Ammannsville for Mrs. Augusta Heller, who died Saturday morning at Youens Hospital at the age of 99.

Rev. Patrick Fidgeon officiated in the last rites.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Heller had been in the hospital three weeks.

A lifelong resident of Fayette and Colorado Counties, she was born Sept. 6, 1875, in the Black Jack community near La Grange.  She was married to Theofil Heller and they settled at Ammannsville.  He died in 1903 and later Mrs. Heller lived for many years at Schulenburg with her children.  She moved to Weimar in 1961 and she and her daughter Olga lived here until 1972, when they moved to Schulenburg.

Mrs. Heller is survived by two daughters, Miss Olga and Mrs. Fritz (Leona) Prilop of Schulenburg; two grandsons and four grandchildren; and two brothers, Ben Loessin of Weimar and Julius of Stockdale.  A son, Hubert, preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Leo Heller, Harold Schietinger, Leslie Rabel, Gabe Larson, Lawrence Loessin and Thomas Loessin.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


La Grange Journal, February 22, 1900

Mrs. Caroline Heller passed peacefully away on Sat. at her home in Waldeck, at the ripe old age of seventy-eight years, surrounded by her kindred and friends. Deceased was a native of Rastede, in Oldenburg, Germany, and came to Texas some sixty years ago. During this time she was a resident of Fayette County, and for thirty seven years a widow. Two sons and three daughters are left to mourn her loss. The remains were committed to earth in the Florida Chapel Cemetery between Round Top and [Warrenton], accompanied by a large following. Mrs. Heller leaves five children: Louis and Thomas Heller, Mrs. Lizzie Neese, Mrs. Mary Goerner of Fayette County and Mrs. Frederica Goerner of Bastrop County."

Note: Caroline Hillmann Heller was born August 28, 1821. She was a sister of Carl Anton Hillmann, Ludwig Hillmann, Hermann Gerhard Hillmann, Johann Hillmann, Bernhard Hillmann, and Meta Hillmann Ahlhorn. Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Mar 1900, page 1

Mrs. Catherine Heller.

Mrs. Catherine Heller passed peacefully away on Saturday last, at her home near Waldeck, at the ripe old age of 78 years, surrounded by her kindred and friends. Deceased was a native of Rastede, in Oldenburg, Germany, and came to Texas some sixty years ago. During all this time she was a resident of Fayette county, and for thirty-seven years a widow. Two sons and three daughters are left to mourn her loss. The remains were committed to earth in the Florida Chapel cemetery, between Round Top and Warren, accompanied by a large following. The services, conducted by Rev. Neuthard, were deeply impressive. – LaGrange Journal.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 12 Dec 1891, page 3

MR. JOE HELLER, who was brought up from Rosenberg Saturday night in a dying condition, died Sunday afternoon at the residence of his brother, Mr. Henry Heller, in this city. Mr. Heller was a victim of consumption, and although in a dying condition for several months, he was possessed of such an indomitable will that he did not give up until the very last moment, being at work on his ranch near Rosenberg the day previous to his death. He was in his 47th year, and considered a wealthy man. He leaves a wife and several children. His remains were interred at the Catholic cemetery at Dubina Monday afternoon, Rev. Father Lagleder performing the burial service.


Weimar Mercury, 9 Jan 1914, page 1

Mrs. John Heller.

Mrs. John Heller, daughter of Chas. Bitner [sic.], Sr., residing north of town, died in San Antonio and the remains were brought to this city Saturday and laid to rest in the family burying ground on Mr. Bittner's farm. Mrs. Heller leaves a husband and two children. She was well and favorably known throughout this section, was a kind, good mother, wife and daughter, and her death is sincerely deplored. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.


Weimar Mercury, 9 Mar 1928, page 1


Mrs. John Heller, a popular and highly respected lady of the Ammannsville community, died Tuesday evening, after being sick for some time, and the remains were laid to rest in the Ammannsville Cemetery Thursday morning. She was a lady of many estimable qualities and highly regarded by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband and several children. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.


Colorado Citizen, May 4, 1882

Mr. P. Heller, an old citizen of this county, died on the 27th of April.  He was old and had lived in this county many years; raised large family of children; lived to see them all grown, married and settled.  He was buried by his Catholic brethren in their cemetery at Navidad, in Fayette County.  He was a man of classical attainments.  He leaves an aged companion, several children and a host of friends to mourn his loss.

Note: Burial in Dubina Catholic Cemetery. Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Weimar Mercury, Friday, May 29, 1975

Mrs. Heller’s Funeral Held Ammannsville

Funeral services for Mrs. Laura Heller, 91, widow of the late Moritz Heller, were held Saturday morning from Koenig Funeral Home and St. John Catholic Church at Ammannsville, with burial in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Heller, a Parkview Manor resident, died Wednesday, May 21, at Youens Memorial Hospital here.

She was a lifelong resident of Fayette and Colorado Counties.  Born January 11, 1884, at La Grange, she was the daughter of Paul and Emelia (Merrem) Lueders.  She was married to Mr. Heller at Bluff (Hostyn) Oct. 15, 1902, and they settled at Ammannsville.  Mr. Heller died July 8, 1947.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Arthur Brietkreuz, Mrs. Emil Berger, Mrs. Arnold Fietsam and Mrs. Fred Ulrich, all of Ammannsville, and Mrs. Theo Antosh of Schulenburg; one son, Leo Heller of Ammannsville; eight grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Edgar Lueders of LaGrange.  Also surviving is a nephew, Edgar Anders of Ammannsville, whom she raised.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Weimar Mercury, Thursday, 1998

Leo Heller Funeral Services Held April 20

Leo Joseph Heller, 81, of LaGrange died April 18 at Colorado-Fayette Medical Center due to a massive stroke.

Mr. Heller was born Sept. 30, 1916 in Ammannsville to Moritz and Laura (Lueders) Heller.  He attended Ammannsville School.

He married Libbie Vasek on Oct. 24, 1939 in Plum. 

He lived on the Heller Home Place all of his life.  He was a farmer and rancher.

Mr. Heller was a Lay Leader at St. John the Baptist Church.

He was a past Grand Knight of K of C, past County Farm Bureau President and local (Ammannsville-Dubina) past Farm Bureau President.

Funeral services were held April 20 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammannsville with Fathers Timothy Kosler and Royce Hughes officiating.  Burial followed at Ammannsville Cemetery.

Pallbearers included:  Don Berger, Arthur Breitkruez of Houston, Harold A. Fietsam Sr. of Schulenburg, Johnnie Kasper of Weimar, Lawrence Matocha of LaGrange, all nephews and brother-in-law, Loydie Tiedt of LaGrange.

Survivors include:  his wife; sister, Elma Ulrich of Weimar and a number of nephews and nieces.

Mr. Heller was preceded in death by:  his parents; sisters, Clara Breitkreuz, (Vera) Berger, Irma Fietsam, and Rubie Antosh.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


La Grange Journal, 13 Jun 1940

Louis Heller of Walhalla, aged 84 years, 2 months and 2 days, died at the La Grange Hospital, Thursday, June 6; he had been ill for two days. Funeral services were held in the chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home, Saturday at 9:00 a.m., by Rev. R. Heise, and interment was made in the Townsend cemetery at  Round Top, Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Deceased had lived his entire life in Fayette County; he was the son of Francis and Caroline Hillmann Heller,immigrants from Germany in the early days of Texas statehood, and was born near Round Top, October 4, 1855, and. has been a farmer and stockman since reaching his majority.

One brother, Tom Heller of Millett, Texas, and other family relatives survive.

Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff


The Colorado Citizen, Thursday, December 21, 1882

Mrs. T.[sic] Heller, mother of Henry Heller, near this place, died a few days ago at her son’s residence, and was laid away in the Catholic cemetery, by the side of her husband, who preceded her a few short months ago.  We drop the tear of sympathy for the bereaved children.

The article should have read Mrs. P. Heller.  She was the wife of Francios Placide Heller. Burial – Dubina Cemetery. Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Schulenburg Sticker, Friday, July 11, 1947

Moritz Heller Buried At Ammannsville

Moritz Heller one of the most prominent farmers and cattlemen of the Ammannsville section, passed away on Tuesday, July 8, following an illness of some time, though not considered serious.  His death was attributed to a heart attack.

Mr. Heller was born at Ammannsville on November 12, 1878, and at the time of his death had reached the age of 68 years, seven months and 26 days.  He was united in marriage in October, 1903, to Miss Laura Lueders and the family have made their home in the Ammannsville section, since that time.  Mr. Heller was a prominent business man of this area and operated a large farm in addition to the cattle raising business.  He was kind of heart and a good and honest neighbor.  Besides his own family, he and Mrs. Heller reared a nephew, Edgar Anders, to young manhood.

He was a member of the Ammannsville Catholic Church and also a member of the O. D. H. S. Lodge.

Funeral services were held from the Koenig Funeral Home in La Grange at 8:00 A. M. on Thursday, July 10, followed by services at the Ammannsville Catholic Church at 9:00 A. M. Interment was in the Ammannsville Catholic Cemetery with Father Adolph Janda officiating at the last rites.

Surviving are his widow; five daughters, Mrs. Arthur Breitkreuz, Houston; Mrs. Emil Berger, and Mrs. Arnold Fietsam, of Ammansville; Mrs. Fred Ulrich, and Mrs. Theo. Antosh, Schulenburg; one son, Leo Heller of Ammannsville; two sisters, Mrs. Fritz Ganzer, La Grange, and Mrs. August Rabel, Weimar; one brother, John Heller of Schulenburg.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Weimar Mercury, March 11, 1976, page 3

Funeral Service for Miss Heller

Funeral services for Miss Olga Heller, 79, of Schulenburg, were held Sunday afternoon, Feb. 29, from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, with burial in the Schulenburg City Cemetery.

Rev. D. L. R. McDougle, pastor of Weimar United Church of Christ, officiated. Miss Heller was a member of the Weimar church.

She died Feb. 27 at Youens Memorial Hospital here after two months’ illness.

Miss Heller was born August 23, 1896, at Ammannsville, the daughter of Theofil and Augusta (Loessin) Heller.  After her father’s death, the family lived for many years at Schulenburg. From 1961 until 1972 she and her mother lived in Weimar. Her mother died in May of last year.

Miss Heller is survived by one sister, Mrs. Fritz (Leona) Prilop of Schulenburg; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Linda Heller; a brother-in-law, Fritz Prilop; and two nephews, Lloyd Prilop and Kenneth Heller.

Pallbearers were Leo Heller, Leslie Rabel, Thomas Loessin, Lou Yelich, Lawrence Loessin, and Martin Manz. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Heller, Lloyd Prilop, Floyd Belt, Harold Schietinger, Weldon Strayhorn and Gabe Larson.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders





La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 25, 1926

Old Resident Passes

The death of P. F. Heller, Sr., occurred at his residence in this city Tuesday afternoon at 2:30.

Funeral services were held at the Catholic church at two o’clock yesterday, Rev. E. F. Park officiating, and the remains laid to rest in Odd Fellows Rest.

Mr. Heller was born in Alsace-Loraine, France, and came to this country when he was seven years of age.  The family settled in Fayette county and came to this county about thirty-five years ago.  Mr. Heller had lived in Columbus for some eighteen years.

He was a farmer and stockman and one of the prominent and substantial citizens of the community, respected by the many who knew him.  He was eighty-six years of age at the time of death.

He is survived by a wife, two sons, Joe Heller of Halsted, and P. F. Heller, Jr., of this city, and five daughters, Mrs. Katie Spies of Breslau, Mrs. J. H. Wessels of Halsted, Mrs. A. Stein of Seguin, Mrs. Louis Bunge of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Fred Bunge of this city, to all of whom our deep sympathy is extended in their loss. – Columbus Citizen.

Deceased, the father of Joe Heller and Mrs. J. H. Wessels of Halsted was born on September 22, 1840, and beside the children mentioned in the above article taken from the last issue of the Columbus Citizen, he leaves twenty-two grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.  He was the father of eight children, one a boy, Oscar by name died many years ago.  The living children are mentioned in the Citizen’s obituary notice.

When the hostilities between the North and the South began, he enlisted in the Confederate army and served under General Albert Sidney Johnston.  His widow is now eighty-four years of age.  In the year 1865, sixty-one years ago, Mr. Heller and Miss Eva Braden were united in marriage.

At the funeral which was held on Wednesday, November 17 at 2:30 o’clock in the afternoon, eight of his grandchildren acted as pall bearers.  These active pall bearers were:  Garland P. Wessels, Edward W. Wessels, Leon A. Wessels, Russel G. Stein, Lester Bunge, Herbert Spies, Arthur Spies; honorary pall bearers were:  Peter Dehmer, R. R. Hadden, C. R. Grobe, Willie Merkow, R. O. Goldsmith, Frank Weber, G. Brodt, Herbert Nichols.

Deceased was a member of the St. Roehms Verein of Mentz, Colorado County, Texas, and from this organization, the following were elected as honorary pall bearers:  Charlie Wieke, Elo Braden, Tom Braden, Lewis Wink, Albert Wendell, Henry Burtschell, Jake Braden, Jake Kuhn, Adolph Fuehs, Frank Weber, Peter Dehmer.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, October 19, 1944.


Theo. Heller

Theo. Heller, aged 76 years, 1 month and 10 days, died at his home at Halsted, Sunday, October 16; funeral services were held in the chapel of Koenig Funeral Home Monday morning at 10:00 o’clock, Rev. S. A. Zientek officiating.  Interment was in the new city cemetery.  Koenig Funeral Home in charge.

Deceased was born near to his late home, at Halsted, Sept. 12, 1868, and had lived his entire life in that immediate section.  Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. W. E. (Eva) Melcher of LaGrange, one granddaughter and two great-granddaughters.  Four sister, Mrs. J. H. Wessels of Halsted, Mrs. Angala Stein of Seguin, Mrs. Fred Dunge of Columbus and Mrs. L. E. Dunge of Garwood, also survive.

Elsewhere in same issue:


The following from a distance were in LaGrange, Monday to attend the funeral of Theo. Heller:

Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Koehl and son, E. T. Koehl, of Wharton; Mr. and Mrs. Rabel, John Heller, Steve Heller, Sr., and Steve Heller, Jr., of Weimar; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Spies of Hallettsville; Mrs. H. C. Fertsch and Mrs. Theo. December of Nordheim; Mr. and Mrs. Leon Wessels of Schulenburg; Rose Marie Baumbach of Austin; Mrs. H. A. Heideke, Mrs. Angala Stein, Mrs. Lucile Stein Smith of Seguin; Mr. and Mrs. Leon Lampe of San Antonio,; Mr. and Mrs. James Bunge, Lester Bunge, Mrs. Ida Bunge, Mrs. Loueva Causey and Geneva Bunge of Garwood; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Bunge of Eagle Lake; Mrs. Fred Bunge and daughter, Freddie Louise, of Marion.

Theo. Heller was son of P. F. Heller and Iva Braden Heller, and the husband of Clementine December Heller, whom he married October 16, 1890.  She died on December 28, 1907. Contributed by Judy Koehl


The Weimar Mercury, December 12, 1891, page 3

Mr. Joe Heller, who was brought up from Rosenberg Saturday night in a dying condition, died Sunday afternoon at the residence of his brother, Mr. Henry Heller, in this city. Mr. Heller was a victim of consumption, and although in a dying condition for several months, he was possessed of such an indomitable will that he did not give up until the very last moment, being at work on his ranch near Rosenberg the day previous to his death.  He was in his 47th year, and considered a wealthy man. He leaves a wife and several children. His remains were interred at the Catholic cemetery at Dubina Monday afternoon, Rev. Father Lagieder performing the burial service.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


The Weimar Mercury, February 14, 1903

LaGrange Journal: The Journal regrets to learn that T. R. Heller of Ammannsville is seriously ill from typhoid. Monday night a trained nurse arrived from Houston to attend the unfortunate man.

The Weimar Mercury, February 21, 1903

Theophil Heller, a well-known farmer and businessman of Ammannsville, died Tuesday night of typhoid fever, after a long illness. His funeral took place Thursday morning. Our sympathy is tendered the bereaved family.

Both articles contributed by Sandra Long Anders.

Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Feb 1903


The announcement of the death of the above named gentlemen [sic], which occured [sic] at his home in Ammannsville Wednesday morning caused universal sorrow in Schulenburg and throughout the county by the majority of whose citizens the gentleman was favorably known. Mr. Heller had been ill with typhoid fever for some time and while it was known that his condition was serious his family and friends were of course, hopeful until the last and were not prepared for the announcement that he had really passed to the great beyond. The deceased was about 30 years old and one of the most successful business men of Ammannsville. He is survived by a wife and three children a number of relatives and a host of friends. The remains will be interred in the Catholic Cemetery at Ammannsville this Thursday afternoon, the Rev. Father Shimonsky officiating. Peace to his ashes.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Eleanor Anna von Rosenberg Hellmuth

La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 6, 1928

Death Invades Happy Home

We chronicle this week, with sincere regret another invasion of the grim reaper – death – when it would be far more pleasant to us to announce that the patient was on the mend.  Mrs. H. F. Hellmuth, whom we knew as Ellie Anna Rosenberg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. von Rosenberg, died at the La Grange Hospital early Tuesday morning.  Just one week prior to her departure, Mrs. Hellmuth submitted to a serious surgical operation and gave every indication that she would soon be restored to good health, and enabled to go back to the home she had left at Waco, to be near her relatives.  All went well; suddenly intestinal flu developed and with all constant and good attention, she drifted into the last sleep.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at three o’clock, with interment at the new cemetery.  Attesting the high esteem in which the deceased and her family were held, was the presence of many friends from here and elsewhere.

Mrs. Hellmuth was reared to womanhood here in La Grange; it seems as Fate decreed that she should come here to end her journey.  Giving every indication of good health, barring the affliction that necessitated the surgical operation, she submitted with smiling willingness.  It is also another chapter of Fate’s decree, that she should not be granted her wish for a speedy recovery.  She leaves a husband, one grown daughter, her parents, two sisters, and other relatives.

Our sympathy is offered to the husband and the other relatives; words thus expressed give the assurance that they do not grieve alone, but they do not remove that pang which only Time alleviates.  We realize the loss that has come to them, and grieve with them.  And with the extending of our sympathy refer to her death as being the going of a good and noble woman.  Peace be with her!
Contributed by Rob Brown. Photo contributed byJon Todd Koenig.


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Oct 1904, Swiss Alp column

Mrs. Hermann Helmcamp died Sunday night. She leaves a husband and child to mourn their loss.

Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Oct 1904


Another sad death has visited this community and another young matron has been called to her reward from earthly cares to a home of peace and rest above.

Mrs. Agnes Helmcamp, wife of Mr. Herman Helmcamp died at the family home in Swiss Alp Monday morning at 3:30 o’clock after a lingering illness of several months and her remains were laid to rest in Swiss Alp cemetery by relatives and friends with loving care.

Mrs. Helmcamp was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris. Steinmann. She leaves a husband and son to mourn her los to whom the sympathy of the entire community is extended.

Schulenburg Sticker, 20 Oct 1904

Those who attended the funeral of Mrs. Herman Helmcamp Monday at Swiss Alp were Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Sengelmann, Miss Minnie and little Hester, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Baumgarten, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Luecke, Mrs. W. Kueper and Messrs. Henry Skarke and Max Ruhmann.

Contributed by Matt Cross

La Grange Journal, November 17, 1904


Died at Swiss Alp, Oct. 17, of pulmonary ordenea, Mrs. Hermann Helmcamp.


Weimar Mercury, June 18, 1909

LaGrange, June 12.—Charles H. Helmcamp died here this morning after an illness of many months, aged 63 years. He leaves besides his wife the following children: Herman Helmcamp of Waco, Mrs. Charles Steinmann of Yoakum, Louis Helmcamp of Waco and Mrs. C. R. Schmidt of LaGrange. The deceased was married twice, the children named being born by the first marriage. He came here in the early 50s and lived in Fayette county all of his life, except when he was in the Union army during the civil war. He was born in Mecklenburg, Schwerin, Germany, and came here when quite a young man. He was a member of the Order of Hermann Sons and of the Alph Tau order. The body will be interred in the new cemetery tomorrow afternoon and the ceremonies will be conducted by the local lodge of the Hermann Sons.


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Nov 1898

Death of “Fadding” Helmcamp.

“Fadding” Helmcamp, known by every child in Fayette county, the father of Theodore Helmcamp of High Hill and Postmaster Chas. Helmcamp of LaGrange, died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. M. Nnuman [sic], at Swiss Alp Sunday night. He was in his 85th year and was beloved by all who knew him. The STICKER will be under many obligations to some one who will write an obituary on this grand old man and send it to us. He was one of the oldest settlers of this county. Peace to his ashes.

Contributed by Matt Cross

Weimar Mercury, 26 Nov 1898, page 5

Mr. Helmcamp, father of Wm. Helmcamp of this vicinity, died at Bluff, Fayette county, last Monday night.


The La Grange Journal, 28 September 1899

Death of Fritz Helmcamp

After an illness of more than a year, Fritz Helmcamp, brother of the postmaster, Chas. Helmcamp, died in this city on Monday at 3:30 a.m., aged forty-one years. Deceased was born in this county and continuously resided in it up to his death.

For a number of years he followed farming, but later moved with his family to La Grange and found employment with B.L. Zapp after which he served G.A. Heilig in the beer agency of the San Antonio Brewing Company. Deceased leaves a wife and four children. Interment took place in Williams Creek Cemetery under the auspices of the Sons of Hermann of which he was a member, on Monday afternoon. An immense following accompanied the remains. The family will receive $1000 from the Order.


The La Grange Journal, 10 May 1900

He Followed His Father

Gustav P.O., the seventeen year old son of Fritz Helmcamp, deceased, died at the home of his widowed mother at the Bluff on May 4th, 1899. Deceased was laid low with typhoid fever following the death of his father in the early autumn which changed into consumption. He never left his bed from that time until death relieved him of his suffering. For about a year and a half previous he was an employee of the firm of Mistrot Brothers & Co. in this city and when the lad's spirit had flown to the better land and the remains were to be committed to the earth, Mr. Mistrot closed his place of business and together with all the employees attended the last rites in a body. Gustav was conscious to the last, and when the soul was about to break its fetters, he implored his brothers to "be good to mamma", telling them that he was going to meet his father, and bade them farewell. The interment took place at the Williams Creek Cemetery and was attended by a large number of relatives and friend. He was born 4 August 1882.


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 July 1910

LaGrange Journal:

The funeral of Herman Helmcamp, who died at Yoakum, took place from the Katy pssenger [sic] depot last Sunday evening, under the auspices of the Herman Sons lodge of which order he was a member. Mr. Helmcamp had been ill a long time and his affliction was such that baffled medical skill and he succumbed, after a long and painful life battle. He was an old resident of this place and a large concourse of sorrowing friends and relatives followed his remains to their last resting place.

Herman Helmcamp was interred at La Grange City Cemetery. Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, June 3, 1893

LaGrange Democrat: Died at Swiss Alps, Thursday, May 25, 1893, Mrs. Chas. Helmcamp. The deceased was highly respected for her kindness of heart, and leaves behind her a sorrowing husband to mourn her loss. The Democrat extends condolence.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 11, 1945

Mrs. Pauline Helmcamp

Mrs. Pauline Helmcamp, widow of the late Rudolph Helmcamp, died at the St. Joseph’s Hospital at Houston, Thursday, Jan. 4, aged 66 years, 7 months and 20 days.  The body was brought to La Grange and taken to the Koenig Funeral Home where services were  held Saturday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock, Rev. J. W. Shepherd, pastor of the Travis Street Methodist Church, officiating.

Deceased was born at Bridge Valley, May 14, 1878, and was a daughter of Anton and Annie Legler; she was united in marriage with Rudolph Helmcamp in October 1908, and to this union was born four children, all living.  These are Leon and Lenert Helmcamp, in the service of Uncle Sam, Mrs. Herbert (Alice) Lillie  of ------ and Eleanor Helcamp of Columbus.

Brothers surviving are:  Louis, Joe and Anton Legler of Plum, Frank of Goose Creek and Otto Legler of La Grange; sisters are: Mrs. Anna Mozisek of Plum, Mrs. Mary Peschke of Austin, Mrs. Emma Witt of La Grange, Mrs. Ida Vasina of San Antonio and Mrs. Minnie Schroeder of Maxwell.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 April 1916

Theodore Helmcamp Dead

Theodore Helmcamp, Sr., died Wednesday at midnight after a weeks serious sickness. Since his stroke of paralysis last year he has not been in robust health, though able to attend to business until the last two months. Since that time he has been slowly sinking and surrounded by the family the end came peacefully. The funeral services will be held today (Friday) from the family home at 3:00 and the burial take place at Old High Hill cemetery at 4 o’clock.

Schulenburg Sticker, 9 June 1916


Theo Helmcamp, age 60 years, 2 months and 3 days, died April 26, at Schulenburg.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 31 May 1912


Theresa Hemple, age 36 yrs. 4 mo. 10 days Coupstive Typhoid, LaGrange.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Gimlet, 6 Aug 1887

Monday a telegram called Rev. Q. T. Simpson to Schulenburg to perform the religious services at the funeral of a three-year-old child of Mr. Dick Henderson.


Weimar Mercury, 25 Nov 1893, page 3

Col Alfred Henderson of Schulenburg died last Saturday morning, after a brief illness, of pneumonia. Col. Henderson was in his 98th year, the oldest living Mason (having been initiated in the year 1816), a gentleman reverenced by all, and in his death the country loses a noble old man. His remains were committed to the dust Sunday afternoon, a large concourse of friends witnessing the last sad rites. Peace to his ashes.


Weimar Mercury, 25 March 1927, page 2


LaGrange, Texas, March 21. —John Henderson, a negro about 70 years old, deliberately stepped in front of a doubleheader Katy train at Plum Saturday evening and was instantly killed.


La Grange Journal, 9 May 1940


Mrs. Elenora Hengst, aged 79 years, 4 months and 8 days, died Wednesday, May 2, 1940. Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10:00 o'clock at the KoenIg Funeral Home and interment was made in the Cedar Cemetery. Rev. Erhard Eilers officiating.

Deceased had lived in Fayette County for 66 years; she was born December 12, 1860 in Friedland, Austria and came to America in 1873. Survivors are her six sons: Rudolph, Ernst and Charles Hengst of La Grange, Hugo and Walter of Port Lavaca and Henry of Marlin; her three daughters: Mrs. Frank Nollkamper, Mrs. Alfred Reichle and Mrs. Henry Fritsch of La Grange.


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 June 1921, page 3


We wish to thank all our friends and especially our neighbors for their kind deeds during the illness of our belored [sic] father, Moritz Hengst. And especially do we wish to thank Rev. Raeke for his kind words at the grave, and also do we thank for the beautiful floral offerings.

The Children.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 1 Aug 1896, page 4

LaGrange Journal: Frank Henke a young Bohemian farmer, living between this place and Plum was accidentally shot and killed last Friday. He let a 22 calibre rifle fall from his hand to the ground while riding on a wagon, it was discharged, the ball (Dr. Ed Lunn the attending physician, informs us) penetrating his bowels. He was about 18 years old and is said to have been a very industrious and good young man.


Weimar Mercury, 2 Apr 1898, page 5

Geo. Henkel received the sad news Thursday morning from Round Top of the death of his mother, Mrs. Henkel, at the age of 70 years. She was in good health up to a day or two before her death, and her demise was very sudden. Our sincere condolence goes out to Mr. Henkel in the loss of the best friend that a man ever possessed.


Weimar Mercury, 3 Aug 1895

The News is sorry to learn of the death of Mr. E. Henkel at his home at Round Top, this county, who died last Tuesday morning of paralysis. Mr. Henkel had been a citizen of Fayette county since '44 and held the office of justice of the peace of his precinct or a number of years, and was a man who was held in high esteem by all.—LaGrange News.


Shiner Gazette, 25 Jan 1899

Mr. Gustave Henkel, of Stellar, Fayette county, step-father of our townsman, Mr. J. M. Krueger, died last Wednesday, of cancer of the stomach, Mr. Krueger left Thursday to attend the funeral.

Contributed by Matt Cross


El Campo Leader-News, June 14, 2006

Robert Henneke

Robert Henneke, 76, of El Campo, formerly of Columbus, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006.

He was born May 10, 1930 in Frelsburg to Anton and Lena Moeckel Henneke. He was a gravel pit mechanic.

He is survived by his wife, Leara Heintschel Henneke of El Campo; sister, Virginia Polasek of La Grange; and brother, George Henneke of Fayetteville.

Mr. Henneke was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Gilbert Henneke.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17 at 3 p.m. at Fayetteville Brethern Church with the Rev. Milton Maly officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Triska Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Fayette Brethern Church, P.O. Box 11, Fayetteville, Texas 79840.


La Grange Journal, 13 Jan 1898


Died January 4th, the little 4 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Hennicker [sic.], after an illness of eight weeks, he received all the medical attention possible, and the nursing and care that is in the power of loving parents to bestow, but to no avail. He was called home to the abode from where no one returns.


Colorado Citizen, 29 Jan 1891, page 3

The CITIZEN hears with regret of the death of Mr. Charles Henry at Ellinger last Tuesday of pneumonia. He was well known in this section, and has many warm friends who admire him for his many good qualities. He will be buried in the city cemetery at this place.


The La Grange Journal, 17 Sep 1936

Chas. Hensel Dies Wednesday , Sept 16

Chas. Hensel, aged 59 years, 11 months and 16 days, and who has been in ill health for the past two years, died at the home of his brother, Paul Hensel, one mile south of La Grange, Wednesday morning. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hensel, deceased, was born October 30, 1876, near La Grange, and lived his natural life near to this city.

Surviving him are one sister, Mrs. Lena Hausmann and three brothers. Paul, August and Herman Hensel, all living on farms south of La Grange. He was a member of the Lutheran Church.

Funeral services will be held at the Koenig Funeral Home at 10:00 o'clock Thursday morning, September 17; Rev. R. Heise, pastor of the St. Paul Lutheran Church will officiate. Interment will be had at the Williams Creek Cemetery, south of La Grange. Friends and acquaintances of the deceased and family relatives are requested to attend.


La Grange Journal, 22 Apr 1930

Ernst Wilhelm Hensel

Ernst W. Hensel, aged 75 years, died at his home on Saturday night at 8:20 o’clock, after a long lingering illness.

Deceased was born on March 29, 1855, in Bremen, Germany, and in 1861 at the age of six years came to this country with his parents, locating in this community in Fayette County, where his entire life was spent.  In 1866 he was married to Miss Anna Helmers, who preceded him to the great beyond in April 1927.  To this union were born eight children, three having passed on in childhood.

Religious services were held Easter Sunday afternoon at 4 pm at the family home when his last mortal remains were laid to rest  beside the graves of his wife and children in the family burial plot in the new cemetery, Rev. R. Heise, officiating.

Pallbearers were Frank Hausmann, Clay Rabb, Dr. B. Schmidt, H.G. Gerdes, Ed. Geise, and W.L. Turnage.

Surviving are five daughters: Mrs. Emma Tielsch, LaGrange; Mrs. John Fein, West Point; Mrs. Geo. J. Bolton, Schertz; Miss Alma Hensel, LaGrange; and Mrs. W.A. Steinmann, Waco.  Besides eight grandchildren he leaves one sister-in-law, Mrs. Karl Hensel of La Grange and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Journal joins the many friends in expressions of sympathy to those whose hearts are heavy with sorrow.

Contributed by Jan Jackson


La Grange Journal, April 20, 1977

Helene (Frerichs) Hensel

Funeral services for Mrs. Helene Hensel, 86, of Rt. 3, La Grange were held at 3:30 pm Wednesday, April 20, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Don Carlson officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery under direction of Koenig Funeral Home, Inc.

Mrs. Hensel succumbed Monday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 21, 1891, in Riverside, Texas, she was a daughter of Henry and Johanna Diers Frerichs.  She was married to Paul S. Hensel on Nov. 25, 1913, in Rutersville.  Her husband preceded her in death March 17, 1971.  She was a lifelong resident of the county.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Jack (Elsie) Campbell and Mrs. Leo (Clara) Tiemann, both of La Grange; two sons, Herbert L. and Delvin Hensel, both of La Grange; three sisters, Mrs. Paul (Mary) Moellenberg of Dallas, Mrs. John (Ida) Bruns of Marble Falls, and Mrs. Anton (Annie) Bruns of San Antonio; one brother, John Frerichs of Rutersville; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Contributed by Jan Jackson


The La Grange Journal, 17 November 1938

Mrs. Pauline Hensel

Death came to Mrs. Pauline Hensel, widow of the late Chas Hensel, and ill for the past six years, peacefully last Saturday morning, November 12, at the home of her son, Hermann Hensel, about 4 miles south of La Grange. Her maiden name was Pauline Kugler.

Deceased was born in Germany December 20, 1850, and had reached the age of 87 years, 10 months and 22 days. She was a daughter of Carl Kugler who immigrated to America in the year 1854 and when the deceased was 4 years of age; the family settled in Fayette County, remaining here until death. Mrs. Hensel had lived in Fayette County 84 years. Her church affiliation was Lutheran of which she remained constant and firm.

Rev. R. Heise, Pastor of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of La Grange held services at the home of Hermann Hensel, Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock and interment was made in the Williams Creek Cemetery by the side of her husband who had preceded her many years ago.

Surviving Mrs. Hensel is her daughter, Mrs. Lena Hausmann, of near La Grange and her three sons, August, Paul and Hermann, all of whom are farmers south of the City. Mrs. Gus Boerr, living south of the city, a half-sister, also survives.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 29 March 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Samuel Hensel aged 86 years and 11 months died Feb. 16.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Nov 1919


Colored List.

At Muldoon, October 24, of lympho sarcoma, Monroe Hensen, aged 54 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


From Funeral Program

In Houston, Texas on Saturday, May 5, 1979 at 6:A.M. the angel visited us and took from our midst our dear mother, MRS. ALMA HENSON.

Mrs. Henson was one of eleven children born to Mr. Ben Gragg and Mrs. Francis Riley Gragg on the 24th day of Decenber [sic.] 1899 in Arnetta, Texas, Parker County.

She confessed Christ at an early age. In 1918 she united in Holy Matrimony with Litt Henson. They moved to Muldoon, Texas Fayette County. To this union ten children were born. Mr. Henson preceded her in death in 1972.

She leaves to mourn: seven children; (five daughters) Francis Cooper of Cleveland, Ohio, Elizabeth Roberts, Della J. Armstrong, A. Bateman of Houston, and Lillie B. Henson of Crosby, Texas; (two sons) Leon and Norris Henson of Houston; two daughters-in-law: Billie A. Henson and Lucille Henson; four brothers: Max and Bennie ragg of Forth Worth [sic.], Roosevelt of Weatherford, Texas and Lennis of California; one sister: Della Bennett of Portland, Oreon; three sons-in-law: John Bateman, Roy Cooper, Reggie Armstrong; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Alma Henson was interred in the Henson Cemetery. Contributed by Yvonne Chambers.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 5, 1934, Page Two

Died in Atlanta, Georgia

Friday afternoon on the 2:18 Katy passenger train, the remains of Louis Herbig were brought here, taken to his home in Industry in the Knesek Ambulance, and laid to rest in the Methodist Cemetery, beside those of his father.

Mr. Herbig died in Atlanta, Georgia, at the age of 33 years; he is survived by his mother and other relatives, to whom we extend our sympathy.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Weimar Mercury, 29 Jul 1927, page 1


Friends and acquaintances were saddened to hear of the death of Mrs. Agnes Hercik, beloved wife of Mr. Joe Hercik of the Dubina section, on last Monday. Mrs. Hercik was 37 years old and the mother of three children, one nine years, one three and a babe six days old at th the time of the mother's death. All that medical skill and nursing could do was done, but to no avail.

The funeral took place at the Dubina Catholic Cemetery on Tuesday, Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved ones.


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, February 23, 1967

Funeral Services For J. R. Hercik, 81, Wednesday

Funeral services for Joseph R. Hercik, 81, of Dubina were held Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Hubbard Funeral Home here and Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Dubina, with interment in the church cemetery.

Rev. Albert Hubertus officiated at the Requiem Mass and Rev. Edmund Bily of Nada delivered the Czech sermon.

Mr. Hercik, a lifelong resident and prominent farmer of Dubina, died Feb. 12 at Renger Memorial Hospital in Hallettsville after a lingering illness.

Born Feb. 2, 1886, at Dubina, he was a son of Frank and Magdalena Valeta Hercik. His entire lifetime was spent on the farm where he was born. He married Miss Agnes Janacek on Nov. 7, 1916, at St. Michael's Catholic Church here. She died in June, 1927. On Oct. 17, 1929, he married Miss Aloise Korenek at the Dubina church.

Three of the four children by his first marriage survive: two sons, Rudolph Hercik of Rt. 1, Schulenburg, and Henry Hercik, Schulenburg; and a daughter, Mrs. Erwin (Georgia) Marek of Rt. 1, Schulenburg. Another son, Robert, died as an infant.

Both children of the second marriage survive: A son, Joseph Hercik of Weimar, and a daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Alice) Prochazka of El Campo.

Also surviving are the widow, Mrs. Aloisie Hercik, and 16 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Herman Novak, Emil Herzik, Emil Janacek, Albert Janacek and Jim Korenek, nephews, and Raymond Hercik, a cousin.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, May 26, 1933

Old Settler of Dubina Section Passes Away

An old settler of the Dubina section passed away last week when the spirit of Death stepped in and claimed Mrs. Magdalena Hercik, prominently connected with a number of families of that community.

Mrs. Hercik was born May 4, 1849, married Mr. Frank Hercik, Sr., Nov. 6, 1883. Her death occurred Sunday night of last week at the ripe old age of 84 years. Funeral services were held the following Tuesday morning at Dubina Cemetery, with Revs. Schoenberger of Schulenburg and Anders of Praha officiating.

Mrs. Hercik came to this country from Austria when she was only 28 years of age and had resided in the Dubina section ever since. Her husband preceded her in death some fifteen years ago. She became ill with flu several months ago and was never able to fully recover from same, her decline in health being noted from this attack. She was a faithful member of the Dubina Catholic Church, a devoted wife and mother, a true friend and neighbor, and her death is deeply and sincerely deplored.

One son, Jos Hercik, Jr., survives, to whom our heartfelt sympathy is extended.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 May 1909


After an illness of about six weeks Miss Adele Herder died Wednesday morning at 3 o’clock at the residence of her grandfather, Mr. Wm. Hahnke, surrounded by loved ones and friends. Interment will take place in the High Hill cemetery this afternoon at 4:30 o’clock.

Miss Adele was born in this city, December 9, 1890, and grew to womenhood [sic] among our citizens, by all of whom she was loved.

No one can explain why a young girl, such as she was, should be called from this life at eighteen. She had not a thought that was not a gentle one, not one that did nor [sic] hold all the world in the arms of its kindliness. She was sorely needed here. She was the light of the eyes of a great company of relatives and friends, and the light has now gone out. To them she was what the sunshine is to the world, and this eclipse to them brings both darkness and chill.

Her funeral will be pathetic beyond expression, for not one, as the last good-byes shall be said, but will feel that a total loss has been sustained for which there is no compensation.

May time bring its resignation, and may the shores of eternity that receives her soul, surround it with everlasting sunshine and flowers.

Vainly groping after the Infinite meanings we cry: Why should so precious, so necessary a life be taken? Theold [sic] old question which will never be answered till the veil of our mortal vision be rent by Immortality, and we see, not as now, darkly, but face to face. Then also may we behold the heavenly mansion which perhaps she was called thither, thus early, to help prepare for her loved ones

“For none return from those Spirit shores.
Who cross with the boatman cold and pale.
We hear the dip of the golden oars,
And catch a gleam of the snowy sail.

“We only know that their barques no more
May sail with us o’er life’s stormy sea;
Yet somewhere, I know, on the unseen shore
They watch and beckon and wait for me.”

Schulenburg Sticker, 3 June 1909


The sad news was received here this morning that Miss Adele Herder, a cousin of Mr. E. Herder had died in Schulenburg this morning early. Miss Herder is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Herder of that place. Miss Herder has been quite sick for some time and was to be married on the fifth of May, but owing to her serious illness the marriage ceremony was postponed until the lady recovered sufficiently from her illness, but in spite of medical skill the disease gradually fastened its deadening fangs tighter and tighter until death came and relieved her of suffering and carried her soul to Glory. Mr. E. Herder will leave tonight for Halletsville and from there will drive over to be present at the interment which will take place tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 o’clock in the Schulenburg cemetery. Miss Herder was also a sister to Mrs. T. H. Streitch of Halletsville. The Herald extends sympathy and condolence to the bereaved family and friends in their time of deepest grief. – Yoakum Herald.

Schulenburg Sticker, 3 June 1909

Halletsville Herald: … We regret to learn of the sad death of Miss Adele Herder which occured [sic] on last Wednesday morning at Schulenburg at the home of her grandfather, Mr. Wm. Hahnke. She was 19 years of age and was buried at the High Hill cemetery yesterday at 4 p. m. She was the sister of Mrs. Hester Streitch of this city. To those bereaved the Herald extends sympathy.

Weimar Mercury: – Sincere and unfeigned regret was expressed in every portion of the city Wednesday morning when the news of the death of Miss Adele Herder of Schulenburg was learned. This young lady, daughter of Mrs. Alwine Herder of that city, was 18 years old in December last. She was taken ill some nine weeks ago, and although everything possible was done for her, the skill of the best physicians was baffled. An operation was performed Saturday last in the hopes of prolonging the life of this estimable and lovable young lady, but it proved unavailing. Her death occurred at 3 o’clock Wednesday morning and the funeral will take place at High Hill cemetery this (Thursday) a[t] 3 o’clock. It was our good fortune to know this young lady, who visited our city often in days gone by, the guest of her aunt, Mrs. F. J. Nitschmann, and we esteemed her highly for her friendly disposition, ladylike deportment, and general worth. Few girls possessed such a lovable character as did this girl, and wherever she went she always drew around her a large circle of friends. She was to have been married last month to a most worthy young man of Schulenburg, but on account of her illness the ceremony was deferred. To the bereaved mother, grandparents, relatives and friends the heartfelt sympathy of the writer who recently passed through just such bereavement, is extended. God comfort and console them, is our heartfelt prayer.

Schulenburg Sticker, 3 June 1909


A large concourse of grife striken [sic] relatives and sorrowing friends followed all that was mortal of Miss Adele Herder to the last resting place in the High Hill cemetery Thursday afternoon last to pay their last sad respects to the beloved dead.

The funeral services were conducted in the German language by Rev. Kern of Swiss Alp.

Beautiful songs were rendered at the grave by members of the Sunday schools and the Liederkranz.

The floral offerings entirely covered the grave and was most beautiful. Twelve of her young men friends acted as pall bearers.

Miss Adele’s illness was of a peculiar nature, baffling the skill of the best doctors. She fought for life for nine long weeks, but He Who doeth all things well called her to Him.

None but those who have sat in the shadow of a great bereavement can justly weigh such sorrow as this. Those who have gone down in the valley of suffering and stood for months by the side of a loved one, as hope after hope dropped away as the petals fall from a faded flower, know that such anguish can not find solace in the tenderest words. Yet the loved ones left behind can be comforted by the assurance that their granddaughter, daughter, sister and sweetheart is in that land where there is no sorrow nor pain.

Deceased is survived by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hahnke, mother, Mrs. Alwine Herder, two sisters, Mrs. Hester Streitch of Halletsville and Miss Minnie and three brothers, Henry, Gus and Albert to whom our sincerest sympathy is extended.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 6 Jan 1922, page 1

Albert Herder Dies Very Suddenly At Sugar Land

The remains of Albert Herder, a former citizen of this city whose death occured [sic] in Sugar Land Saturday morning at four o’clock arrived here last Sunday afternoon on the 3:30 p. m. train, and were conveyed to the Adolph Hahnke home.

News of the death of Albert Herder, after a very brief illness, reached his relatives and a host of friends in Schulenburg early Saturday with a staggering shock. He was born here 24 years ago and practically raised here and was known and esteemed by all.

His sudden death has caused a shadow of deepest grief in this city and he is sincerely mourned by every individual who had ever had the pleasure of knowing him.

Funeral services were held at the Adolph Hahnke home here Monday afternoon and interment was made in the High Hill cemetery, Dr. Johnson of Sugar Land and Rev. Piepenbrook [sic] of this city officiating.

He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Alwina Herder, two sisters, Mrs. Gus Ulrich of Sugar Land and Mrs. Hester Streitch of Halletsville [sic], two brothers, Henry and Gus, both of Sugar Land.

Many out of town visitors were here to attend the funeral. The Sticker tenders its deepest sympathy to the grief stricken relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 14 Jan 1916, page 1

Aug. Herder of Houston, aged 61 years, a brother to Hon. George Herder of this city, died in the Bayou city last Thursday [January 6] and the remains were committed to the grave in the High Hill cemetery, near Schulenburg, the following day, several from this city attending the funeral. Mr. Herder was quite well known to many Weimar people, although a resident of Schulenburg up to a few years ago. He was a man of genial presence, popular with a large circle of friends, and his death is sincerely deplored. He leaves a widow, one daughter and two sons.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 18, 1945

Gus. W. Herder

Gus. W. Herder, aged 62 years, a native of Schulenburg, died at his home in Sugar Land where he had lived for 25 years; last week, January 8.  He will be remembered by many local citizens.  Surviving are his mother Mrs. Alwina Herder, a brother Henry Herder, both of Sugar Land, and two sisters, Mrs. Selma Streich of Houston and Mrs. G. D. Ullrich of Sugar Land.  At the time of his demise he was vice-president of the Imperial Bank and Trust Company of Sugar Land.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Dec 1903

Death Record.

Herdler: Died at Flatonia Dec. 6th-03 of Uraemia, Robert Herdler, aged 50 yrs. and 6 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 9 Jan 1897, page 8

Schulenburg, Tex., Jan. 2.—Joachin Herm shot himself in the right temple with a 32-caliber pitol in the pesence [of] his family at his residence in this place at 11 o'clock last night and died instantly. At the inquest Mrs. Herm, wife of the deceased, testified that her husband had been troubled a great deal lately over money matters and his self-destruction is attributed to this cause.

Deceased was about 57 years old, had a family and lived here five or six years. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. and Knights of Honor.


Moulton News, 6 Jan 1897

Death of Joachim Herms.

Adolph Herms received a telegram Saturday morning bringing the sad news of the death of his father which occurred at Schulenburg Friday night. His death was sudden and unexpected as he had not been ill previously. He was about 56 years old. Adolph Herms left at once for Schulenburg on receipt of the telegram.

LATER – The following telegram was sent to the Galveston News Saturday:

Schulenburg, Fayette Co., Texas, Jan. 2. – Joachin Herms shot himself in the right temple with a 32-caliber pistol in the presence of his family at his residence in this place at 11 o’clock last night and died instantly. At the inquest, Mrs. Herms, wife of deceased, testified that her husband had been troubled a great deal of late over money matters and that his self-destruction was attributed to this cause.

Deceased was about 57 years old, had a family and lived here five or six years. He was a member of the I. O. O. F. and the Knights of Honor.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, September 10, 1987

Elmae Hermann Laid to Rest at Black Jack

Mrs. Elmae Hermann of Rt. 3, Box 155, La Grange, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 2 in Fayette County at the age of 75 years, 3 months, 25 days.

Funeral services were held at Koenig-Peel Funeral Home in La Grange, with Rev. Clements O. Richards of Swiss Alp officiating.  Interment was in Black Jack Cemetery.

Pallbearers were David Anders, Steve McGill, Randy Melcher, Jeffrey Otto, Kevin Otto and Gary Otto.

She was born May 8, 1912, in O’Quinn to Julius and Adele (Loessin) Vogt.  She married Guido Hermann in August of 1947 in New Braunfels.  A housewife, she was a lifetime resident of Fayette County.

Surviving her are three sisters, Irene Studlar of Lubbock, Bernice Otto of Pasadena and Elvern Barton of Schulenburg; a brother, Raymond “Bush” Vogt of O’Quinn; and numberous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, who died on May 8, 1985.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Schulenburg Sticker, Thursday, May 16, 1985

Guido Hermann Dies

Guido A. Hermann of O’Quinn passed away on Wednesday, May 8 at his residence at Rt. 3, Box 155, La Grange.  He reached the age of 71 years, 7 months, 0 days.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. at the Koenig-Peel Funeral Home in La Grange, with interment in the Black Jack Cemetery.  Officiating was pastor Clements Richards of Swiss Alp United Evangelical Lutheran Church.

He was born on Oct. 8, 1913 in O’Quinn to Richard and Minnie (Loessin) Hermann.  He married Elmae Vogt in New Braunfels.  A lifetime resident of O’Quinn, he was a rancher-farmer and a member of the Lutheran Church.

His wife and several nieces and nephews survive him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 20 May 1921, page 1

Frank Hermis Dies From Effectsof [sic] Home Distilled Liquor

Frank Hermis, a well known farmer living out on the Moravia Road was found in a dying condition in his yard at home early Tuesday morning, and shortly after passed away, despite efforts of his family to revive him.

Judge Vogt and Constable Cornelson were called by Dr. Clark who had been previously called, and an inquest will be held to comply with the formalities of the law.

The notes taken by the officers and the Doctor’s opinion are positive that he died from the poisoning effects of “homemade” whiskey, a partially emptied bottle of which was found near him.

His skin was badly blotched and spotted, apparently caused from the effects of a liquid containing wood alcohol. A sample of the fluid has been sent away for examination.

He is well known here, being about 50 years of age, and leaves a wife and several children. The funeral services were held on Wednesday.

This is the first death, to be directly traced to the door of home distilled liquor here. It is said that the liquor was purchased while he was in town here on Monday.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 24 Sep 1987, page 9

Rites For Ludmilla Kocurek Hermis

SCHULENBURG – Mrs. Ludmilla Kocurek Hermis, 74, of Schulenburg, died Friday morning, Sept. 11, 1987 in a Schulenburg nursing home.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13 at Praha Catholic Church in Praha. Burial followed in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

A rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home in Schulenburg where the body lay in state.

Surviving are her husband, Linhart Hermis of Schulenburg; four daughters, Martha Lehnart of Moulton, Leona Blaschke and Frances Hermis, both of Schulenburg, Georgie Marek of Hallettsville; a son, Ben Hermis of Schulenburg; four sisters, Hattie Hermis of Moulton, Sylvia Kallus of Hallettsville, Regina Mayer of Granger, Georgie McNatt of Moulton; six brothers, Bohus Kocurek of Moulton, Jerry Kocurek of Victoria, Ben and Julius Kocurek, both of Ennis, Joe Kocurek of Schulenburg, Jerome Kocurek of Flatonia; and five grandchildren.

Contributed by Matt Cross


SPJST Vestnik, Wednesday, July 16, 1969

We the undersigned officers of our Lodge No. 21, Engle, Texas, wish to express our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of our departed lodge brother,

of Schulenburg, who died at his home Sunday morning, June 15, 1969 at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 11 days. He was a retired farmer and for the last six years stayed in Schulenburg. All the rest of his life he spent on his farm near Schulenburg.

Funeral services were held from Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel Tuesday, July 17 at 9 a.m. with continued services at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church at 9:15 a.m. MSGR Hubert Janak conducted the services at the funeral and also officiated at the mass and graveside services. Burial was in St. Rose Cemetery. Pallbearers were his nephews, Rudy, Albert, and Alphonse Hermis of Schulenburg, Henry and Emil Hermis of Houston, and a grandson, Lawrence Kutac, also of Houston.

Mr. Hermis, a son of the late Frank and Mary Hermis, was born Sept. 5, 1891. On Oct. 5, 1915 he was united in marriage to Miss Stazie Svrcula at the St. John Catholic Church. He was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and also SPJST Lodge 21 of Engle for 54 years.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Stazie Hermis of Schulenburg; two daughters, Miss Christina Hermis also of Schulenburg and Mrs. Jerome (Emilie) Kutac of Ammannsville; 7 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Hermis was preceded in death by eight brothers, Emil, Louis, August, Joe, Charles, Frank, John, and Jim; and two sisters who died in infancy.

May our departed brother rest in peace.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 12 Jun 1897, page 1

Schulenburg Sticker: Last Friday evening about 3 o'clock little Christena Herter, granddaughter of Adam Ritter, aged 22 months, fell into a tub of hot soap suds, burning her body and legs. After terrible suffering she died at 5 o'clock Saturday morning. Nearly two years ago, July 5th, her father was burned to death with gasoline.



Schulenburg Sticker, 14 July 1904, Engle Item column

On account of Mr. Ed Herzik’s death the ball which was to be given next Sunday July 17 1904 will be postponed for two months.

Schulenburg Sticker, 21 July 1904


Mr. Edmund Herzik died at his home in Engle on Tuesday, July 12th, 1904 at 4 p. m. The deceased was born at High Hill, Fayette county, Texas, on November 3rd, 1876. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Herzik, sr. At the age of 18 he attended the St. Louis College at San Antonio, and at the age of 19 he began teaching the Dubina school at Dubina, where he taught for three terms. In the year of 1899 he and his brother, Alfonse, started a lumber business. In 1900 he was elected as teacher and principal of the Engle school which he held for three terms, and in the meantime was connected as partner in the lumber business, which he purchased from his brother this year, and during this short time he conducted a successful lumber business up to his death.

Mr. Edmund Herzik was married to Miss Minnie Herder of Weimar, Texas, on November 19th, 1901, and he is survived by a wife and one little girl, nine brothers and two sisters, to whom the hearts of our people go out to in sympathy. His death was caused by heart failure and was very sudden. His remains were laid to rest in the city cemetery at Schulenburg under the auspices of the local lodges, Fruatisek [sic] Polacky No. 21, S. P. J. S. T., and Engle Woodmen of the World, both of which he was a valued and worthy member. He was also a member of the Asveta Theatre Company, of which he was one of the first organizers. The club loses an honorable and respectable member and actor. The entire community has been stricken with grief. All day Tuesday and Wednesday, until the coffin lid hid forever from earthly sight the earnest face of the dead man, men, women and children in all the walks of life filed into the room where lay his remains, to look for the last time upon the face they knew as a child and loved and honored as a man.

The funeral, which took place Wednesday afternoon, was one of the largest ever before witnessed in our little city. The services were conducted under the auspices of the S. P. J. S. T. and Engle Woodmen and Rev. Baumfalk of Freyburg. The floral decorations were numerous being offerings from loving friends in all walks of life. As the closing remarks of Rev. Baumfalk were made and the heart boken [sic] widow’s eyes were moistened with tears, friends and relatives gazed on the grave as it was covered with the choicest flowers of the season.

The writer loses a bosom friend and schoolmate, and his family and friends a warm hearted and lovable companion, one whose place cannot be easily filled, for he possessed a genial disposition and a kindness of heart that shed a halo of sunshine upon all around him. The effect of such a loss is better imagined than described for the pangs of sorrow are great. The writer sympathizes deeply with the young widow, but is somewhat consoled in the belief that he is now in that sweet sleep where trouble comes to no one, and where trouble his spirit will dwell in happiness.                                    ENGLE COR.

Schulenburg Sticker, 28 July 1904


Herzik – Died at Engle, July 12th, of heart failure, Edmund Herzik, aged 27 years and 8 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Schulenburg Sticker, March 10, 1983

Emil Herzik Rites Held

Emil A. Herzik of Weimar died on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 12:52 p.m. at Southwest Memorial Hospital in Houston of kidney failure. He had been in Youens Memorial Hospital in Weimar for four days and in Southwest Memorial Hospital for one day. For the past four years, Mr. Herzik had been in failing health. He reached the age of 77 years, 6 months, 1 day.

Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Weimar, with burial in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery. Fr. Charles Carolan and Msgr. John Hanacek officiated. Hubbard Funeral Home of Weimar was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers included Mark Herzik, James Kolek, Jeff Herzik and Edwin J. Anders, all grandsons; and Leonard Korenek and Eddie Janecka, both nephews.

Rosary was recited on Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hubbard Funeral Chapel in Weimar.

Born Aug. 21, 1905 in Fayette County, he was the son of Joseph and Lucy (Toman) Herzik. He married Frances Korenek on Oct. 15, 1934 at Dubina. The Herziks lived in Dubina for about 10 years after their marriage. They lived at Ammannsville for 33 years, retiring from farming two years ago and moving to Weimar. Mr. Herzik was a member of the Ammannsville KJT Society and St. Michael’s Catholic Church of Weimar.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Kolek of Weimar, Mrs. Rose Listvan of Houston and Mrs. Julie Matus of Spring; one son, Emil A. Herzik of Pasadena; four sisters, Mrs. Lucy Janecka of Dubina, Mrs. Marcella Korenek of Schulenburg, Mrs. Lillie Hoelscher of Nada and Mrs. Sophie Jurica of El Campo; two brothers, John Herzik of Alvin and Raymond Herzik of Weimar; and 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

His parents, three sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, October 23, 1959, page 1

Heart Attack Is Fatal to Frank J. Herzik

Frank J. Herzik, 60, former resident of this area, died unexpectedly last Friday, October 16, shortly after suffering a heart attack while at work as a baker for Schott’s Bakery in Houston. He had had a previous attack some time ago, relatives said.

Funeral services were held Monday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Houston, with the Rev. J. J. Madden officiating. Burial was in the Garden of Gethsemane cemetery.

Pallbearers were his nephews, George Walchar, Johnny Herzik, James Herzik and Charlie Herzik of Weimar and Bob Murgerum (sic) and Alfred Gadbois of Houston.

Mr. Herzik was born Feb. 12, 1899 at Dubina, and at the age of 22 moved to Chicago. There he married Miss Betty Peters on April 2, 1927. They moved to Houston 15 years ago and had lived there since.

His wife survives, along with three brothers, Steve and Charlie Herzik of Houston and Vaclav Herzik of Weimar; and two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Stahl of La Grange and Mrs. Martha Nohavitza of Weimar.

Transcribed by Sandra Long Anders


La Grange Journal, February 1, 1940

Gerald Ralph Herzik

Hon. and Mrs. Gus Herzik of La Grange were in attendance upon the funeral of their grandson, Gerald Ralph Herzik, 6-months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus. R. Herzik, Jr., who died at Austin, Sunday, Jan. 28.  The funeral was held at Forest Park cemetery at Houston, Monday.

The little infant, Gerald III, is survived by his parents, his grandparents and grandmother, Mrs. Chas. Smith of Houston; an aunt, Mrs. A. Pennington of Schulenburg; two uncles, Melvin Herzik of La Grange and J. W. Smith of Houston.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, Friday, August 23, 1935

Joe Herzik, 69, formerly of Engle, this county, died at his home in Gonzales Wednesday afternoon after a long illness. Deceased is a half-brother to Representative Gus Herzik of this city and A. L. and Fred Herzik of Schulenburg. Representative Herzik received a message of the sinking of his brother Wednesday and left immediately for his bedside, but before he arrived the end came. Funeral arrangements had not been made at press time. -- LaGrange Record

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, November 18, 1938


As briefly mentioned in last issue, Mr. Jos. Herzik, Sr., passed away at the family home in the Dubina community Monday of last week. The funeral took place Wednesday at Dubina, with Rev. Jos. Szymanski officiating. The funeral was attended by a large crowd of mourning relatives and friends.

Mr. Herzik was a prominent farmer of the Dubina community. He was born June 29, 1873 at Imdrichove, Moravia, but had lived in this country, in the Dubina community, for many years. He was 65 years, 4 months and 9 days old at the time of death. He was a hard-working, upright, frugal farmer, and always possessed the respect of his friends and neighbors. He was the father of twelve children, eleven of whom are still living.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to them in their bereavement.

Galveston Daily News, Saturday, November 19, 1938

Weimar, Tex., Nov. 18.—Funeral services for Joseph Herzik Sr., of the Dubina community, was held from the family residence with Rev. Joseph Szymanski of St. Michael's parish officiating. Mr. Herzik was a pioneer resident, was born in Imdrichhove, Moravia, in 1873. He is survived by 11 children. Interment was made in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, August 7, 1975

Photographer Louis Herzik Expires at 65

Funeral services for Louis Herzik, Schulenburg photographer, were held Friday at First United Methodist Church, Schulenburg, with burial in City Cemetery. Rev. Richard Johnson officiated.

Mr. Herzik died Wednesday, July 30, in Youens Memorial Hospital here. He was 65.

A lifelong Schulenburg resident, he was born December 14, 1909, a son of Louis M. and Julia Herzik. He and his brother Leon had been partners for 40 years in Herzik Studio, a business established by their father.

Mr. Herzik was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Hermann Sons, the Chamber of Commerce, Schulenburg Lions Club, and First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Dahlin and two brothers, Leon of Schulenburg and Charles of Dallas.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, July 17, 2000


SCHULENBURG—Louis J. Herzik, 91, of Schulenburg, died Saturday, July 15, 2000.

He was born May 27, 1909, in Engle, to the late William Herzik and Anna Urbish. He was a retired self-employed welder and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha.

Survivors: wife, Julie Mikulik Herzik; brother, George Herzik of Schulenburg.

Preceded in death by: parents; and three brothers.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. today at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia.

Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha, the Rev. Edward Bartsch officiating.

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

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 10, 1941

Mrs. Lucy Herzik Dies At Dubina; Funeral Today

The Rev. Louis Blinka conducted funeral services this morning at the Dubina Cemetery for Mrs. Lucy Herzik, 66, of Dubina, who died at her home at about 6 o'clock Tuesday evening.

Mrs. Herzik was a 45-year resident of the Dubina section. She was born at Praha, Fayette County. Her husband, Joe Herzik, preceded her in death in 1938.

She is survived by three sons, Joe Jr., Louis and Raymond, all of Fayette County; and several daughters, whose names were not obtained.

The Mercury extends sympathy to the survivors.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, November 29, 1962

Mrs. Millie Herzik Rites Held In Schulenburg

Funeral services for Mrs. Millie Herzik, 65, postmaster at Engle the past 12 years, were held today (Wednesday) at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Chapel and St. Rose Catholic Church, Schulenburg.

Rt. Rev. Anthony F. Drozd officiated. Burial was in the Schulenburg city cemetery.

Mrs. Herzik died Sunday in Renger Hospital at Hallettsville after an illness of 5 months.

She and her husband, Adolph Herzik, who died in 1948, had operated a general merchandise store in Engle. Mrs. Herzik continued to manage it after her husband's death.

Survivors include a son, Adolph Herzik Jr. of Silsbee, and 2 daughters, Mrs. Floriana Tietjen of Columbus and Mrs. Esther Lee Prihoda of Flatonia.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 7 April 1916


Teresia Herzik, age 78 years, 3 months and 18 days, died March 19, Dubina.

Contributed by Matt Cross


San Antonio Express, Thursday, December 1, 1938

SCHULENBURG, Tex., Nov. 30. Funeral services were held for Miss Virginia Herzik, 20. Interment was in the city cemetery.

She is survived by her mother, Mrs. L. M. Herzik, and four brothers, George Herzik of El Campo, Louis and Leon Herzik of Schulenburg, and Charles Herzik of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 19 Oct 1905

Death at West Point.

Squire Frank A. Hess, well known and well thought of here, died at his home at West Point Sunday evening. Under the auspices of the local lodge A. F. & A. M., the funeral took place Monday afternoon. Deceased was born in Alabama, and for a few years resided in Arkansas. For the past thirty years, with perhaps a brief sojourn at San Antonio, he has made his home in Fayette county. He was well and favorably known in this county and at one time made the race for county judge. Being an old Confederate soldier he was an enthusiastic member of the Confederate camp at West Point.

Judge Hess took active part in the various political campaigns in this county and state, and was always found in the democratic ranks. In his death the county loses another land-mark. During the past six years he devoted much time to farming and conducted a molasses factory. He was progressive and public spirited, and West Point has sustained a great loss. He leaves to mourn his loss a widow, two sons in Arkansas, and a brother who resides near Smithville. Our sincere sympathy is extended to the bereaved. – LaGrange Journal.

Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Oct 1905

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Frank A. Hess, age 61 years, died October 8.

Contributed by Matt Cross


See newspaper article about car accident that killed James Hess and David Hunger



Undated newspaper clipping

Arthur H. Heune

ARTHUR H. HEUNE, 89, of Tomball passed away Thursday, October 4, 1979.

Native of La Grange, Texas. Member of Salem Lutheran Church, Army Veteran of World War I. Lifetime member of Tomball V.F.W.

Survivors: Sister, Mrs. Dorothy Williams, San Antonio; nephew, Edmund Heune, Houston; and other relatives and friends.

Services 2 p.m., Friday, Salem Lutheran Church, the Rev. Wayne Graumann officiating.

Burial Salem Lutheran Cemetery. Klein Funeral Home, Tomball 351-1512.

Transcribed by Cathleen Witt Dunne


Victoria Advocate
February 15, 1958

Mrs. Selma Heune

Mrs. Selma Augusta Witt Heune, 63, a Victoria resident for the past three ears, died at 8:15 a.m. Friday [Feb. 14] in a local hospital.

A former San Antonio resident, Mrs. Heune resided at 604 E. River St. in Victoria.  She was a member of First English Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Heune was born Feb. 17, 1894, in Rutersville Tex., daughter of the late Fritz Witt, who came to the United States from Neucklenburg [sic], Germany, and Frieda Erdmann Witt, who now lives in Victoria.

Besides her mother, Mrs. Heune is survived by her husband, Arthur H. Heune of Victoria; five brothers, Albert Witt, Elo Witt and Edgar Witt, all of LaGrange, Alton Witt and Fred Witt, both of Victoria; and three sisters, Alma Witt, Laura Witt and Nola Witt, all of Victoria.

The Rev. Arthur Rode, pastor of the First English Lutheran Church, will officiate at funeral services at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel in LaGrange.  Burial will be in LaGrange Cemetery under the direction of McCabe-Carruth Funeral Home.

Contributed by Diane Schulte


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 10, 1938

Miss Anna Hibner

Death came to Miss Anna Hibner, 69, Sunday, November 6, after 3 days of illness.  She died at the La Grange Hospital, where she had sought relief from her ailment.  She was a daughter of Frank Hibner and was born in Czechoslovakia, immigrating with her parents in the year 1883 to Fayette county.  She was a member of the Catholic church.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at 9:30 o’clock, and interment was made in the Plum (old) cemetery, Rev. J. E. Roth, pastor of the First Baptist church of La Grange officiating, and Koenig Funeral Home, where, the services were held, had charge of the arrangements for the funeral.  Miss Hibner had lived in the county for 55 years.

Surviving are two brothers, Albert and Joe Hibner, both living near to La Grange.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, Friday, February 25, 1955

Final Rites for Miss Annie Hickel, 77, Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Miss Annie Hickel, 77, sister of Mrs. George Brandt Sr. of the Holman section, were held Tuesday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church at Holman, with burial in the church cemetery there. Rev. A. P. Janda officiated.

Miss Hickel, who had made her home with the Brandts the past 28 years, had been in poor health the past year, but had been seriously ill only a week when she died Sunday evening.

She was born January 24, 1878, in Austria, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kaspar Hickel, and came to this country with them as a young girl.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 13 Apr 1928, page 3


Ernest Hickel passed quietly and peacefully away at the home of his brother-in-law, George Brandt, at Holman. Deceased formerly lived in the St. John section. He was a good, honest, upright man. He had been suffering with tuberculosis, which caused his death. His father and mother both preceded him in death. He was about 40 years of age.

The remains were laid to rest in the St. Rosa Catholic cemetery Tuesday morning at 9:30. Rev. Lenzen officiating.

He is survived by two sister, Mrs. Geo Brandt and Miss Annie Hickel. To them we extend our most sincere sympathy. — Schulenburg Sticker.


The Schulenburg Sticker, 22 April 1927

Kasper Hinkel [Hickel] Dies

Kasper Hinkel, one of the good old pioneers of this section passed into the Great Beyond last Saturday afternoon at about 3 o’clock.

Deceased was born in Europe, coming to this country when young. He had attained a ripe old age, being 88 years and six months when he died.

His wife preceded him in death, having died some 35 years ago.

Mr. Hinkel was a fine gentleman, highly respected and a man of his word.

The remains were laid to rest in the St. Rosa Catholic Cemetery Monday, Rev. Father Lenzen officiating.

He is survived by three children, one son, Ernest, of this section, one daughter, Mrs. George Brandt, who resides below Weimar in the Holman section, and one daughter not married who lived at home.

To them the Sticker extends its sincere sympathy.

Kasper Hickel died April 16, 1927. Contributed by Cathleen Witt Dunne


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Feb 1905

We regret to chronicle the death of Mr. Joe Hilcher, who died at his home in Swiss Alp, the 7th ult. His remains were laid to rest it [sic] the cemetery at Bluff, Father Semansky, officiating. Deceased leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss. We extend our sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 29 May 1901

Miss Martha Hilcher, aged 19 years, died very suddenly at 11 o’clock Monday night, May 20th at the home of Mr. Adam Schutz, 3 miles south of Flatonia. Her remains were interred in the city cemetery in this city, Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock. She had been living with the family of Mr. Shutz for six months. She went to her room about 8:30, apparently in good health and a couple of hours later had a spasm from which she died. The whereabouts of her relatives is unknown. – Flatonia Record.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 June 1907

Our community was greatly shocked Monday when we learned of the death of Miss Frankie Hildebrand. Miss Fraukie [sic] had been sick several weeks but was thought convalescent, but while preparing for a drive to Schulenburg Monday afternoon, fell dead very suddenly.

Miss Frankie’s kind heart won for her many friends. She was a faithful worker in the church, and always present at Sunday school ready to do her part and assist in any way she could the school children. She having tought [sic] the school at Hackberry, four years in succession and everyone speaks in highest praises of her. We learn she had been employed to teach here the coming term. Miss Frankie leaves a mother at this place and a sister, Mrs. Oscar Fertsch, of San Angelo to mourn her untimely demised [sic], our heartfelt sympathy goes out to them in their sad hour of bereavement.

Thou art our precious darling,
Never more canst thou return,
Thou shall sleep a peaceful slumber,
Till the reserection [sic] morn.
There we’ll spend the countless ages,
Ever by our Savior’s side,
There we’ll never know a sorrow,
And our tears will all be dried.


[adjacent column]


It is with sincere regret that we chronicle the death of MissFrankie [sic] Hildebrand, which occurred Monday about 3 o’clock. She had been sick for only a week and was thought recovering, when in a terrible coughing spell, past [sic] suddenly away.

MissFrankie [sic] was a young woman just in the prime of life and the only surport [sic] of her widowed mother. She was loved by all who was fortunate enought [sic] to make her acquaintance. She has taught school at Hackberry for the past several years and was loved by all her pupils and their parents. Miss Frankie leaves a mother and a sister, Mrs. Fertsch of San Angelo to mourn her untimely death.

Her remains were consigned to their last resting place in the City cemetery this afternoon (Tuesday)

The Sticker joins the many friends of the family in extending heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones in their hour of sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Gimlet, 30 June 1887, page 2

J. W. Hildebrand, formerly editor of the LaGrange Journal, was shot and killed on the 22nd inst., at Castroville by Sheriff Thumm, of Medina county. The difficulty was founded in an old feud. Hildebrand fired twice at Thumm, missing him both times. He was shot through the brain and instantly killed.

. . . page 3

Rev. Q. T. Simpson went to Schulenburg last Thursday to perform the funeral services of Mr. J. W. Hildebrand, who was killed by Sheriff Thumm at Castroville on the 22nd. inst. At the time of the fatal difficulty Mr. Hildebrand was a citizen of San Antonio. He was reared at Sculenburg [sic.], and his family stand very high there. He was a promising young man. The GIMLET sympathizes with his relatives in their sad affliction.


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Dec 1921, page 1

Mrs. Hildebrand Dead

Mrs. Malissa Hildebrand, aged 84 years, died at the home of her sister in Austin, Monday, November 21. The body was brought to this city, reaching here Wednesday afternoon, the funeral taking place from the home of J. C. Baumgarten. Interment was made in the City Cemetery.

Mrs. Hildebrand resided for a number of years about two miles south of this city. She was respected and loved by all who knew her.

The last few years of her life were spent with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Fertsch of San Angelo.

Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Dec 1921, page 8

Card Of Thanks

Notwithstanding our inexpressable [sic] grief and sorrow over the death of our dear mother, our hearts go out in the deepest expression of gratitude and love to our friends in Schulenburg for their sympathy and kindness shown us.

This message can convey only a modest expression of our deep appreciation for your goodness.

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Fertsch
San Angelo, Texas.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 30 Mar 1945

Mrs. O. Hilden, 87, Succumbs, Burial Here Monday P.M.

Burial services were held here Monday afternoon for Mrs. Mary Hilden, 87, widow of the late Prof. Oscr Hilden of Weimar, at St. Michael’s Cemetery. Funeral services were under the supervision of the Eschenburg Funeral Home of Shiner with Miss Mary Lee Fietsam directing.

Funeral services were held at the Shiner Catholic Church at 2:15 in the afternoon with the Rev. Msgr. Netardus and Rev. R. C. Hoffmann officiating. Requiem High Mass was held at 9 a.m. in Shiner.

Pallbearers included Jos. Muras, Edwin Wolters, Jos. Miksch, Lee Sedlmeyer, Henry Joe Fietsam and Pvt. Joe Fietsam.

Mrs. Hilden was a native of Fayette county and was born at Bluff on Oct. 18, 1858. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fietsam. She spent her girlhood days at Bluff, moving to Weimar and was united in marriage to Prof. O. Hilden. The couple lived in Weimar until Mr. Hilden’s death in July, 1932. Ms. Hilden moved to Shiner and made her home with the family of her nephew, Fred J. Fietsam.

Her parents, two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Tell and Miss Emma Fietsam, and two brothers, Henry and Joseph Fietsam, preceded her in death.

The Mercury extends sincere condolence.

Transcribed by Dorothy Albrecht

HILL Child

Colorado Citizen, July 6, 1876, page 1

BURNED TO DEATH.—Last Thursday morning after breakfast Mr. Charley Hill, a farmer living 6 or 7 miles S. E. of here, went out into the field to work, leaving his two daughters, respectively 8 and 14 years, alone at the house. About 8 o'clock following, the elder of the girls, desiring to go out to her father, directed the little sister to kindle a fire, while she was gone. This she proceeded to do, putting wood in the stove on top of coals left from cooking the morning meal, and in order to make the fire blaze, took the kerosene oil can and poured the oil on the wood, which . . ing down on the coals shot up a flame instantly, communicating with the oil in the can, producing an explosion, throwing the oil over and completely saturating the clothing of the little girl. In a moment she was a sheet of flame. Emerging from the house, she started screaming to her father, who horrified at the spectacle presented to his view, sped on the wings of the wind, as it were, to the relief of his darling child, but ah, alas! too late to save the poor sufferer. Reaching her, she had fallen—the clothing all burned from her body. In agony, she was conveyed in her father's arms, too the house, and every effort made to palliate her sufferings. Medical aid was dispatched for, but for naught. Lingering in agony about two hours the spirit passed away to join her angel mother. We tender our heart-felt sympathies in this terrible affliction to the grief stricken parent, sister and relatives.—Fayette County Record, 29[?].

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 1, 1938

Mrs. G. A. Hill, Sr.

Funeral services were held at the home of Geo. A. Hill, Jr., Friday, November 25.  Interest in the unwelcome news comes because of the connection of the Hill family with Fayette county’s early history.  Last week was begun a lengthy sketch of the Hill family, and the same was published in the Journal; in this issue Mr. Wade concludes his story.

Mrs. Hill died in New York; in 1887 she was married to George A. Hill, Sr., son of James M. Hill, who fought in the Battle of San Jacinto.  George A. Hill, Sr., served as chairman of the commission that purchased the historic battlefield as a State memorial park.  She is survived by two sons, George A. Hill, Jr., president of the Houston Oil company and of the Houston Pipe Line company, of Houston, and Raymond M. Hill of Austin; three grandchildren: Miss Joanne Hill, George A. Hill III, and Raymond M. Hill, Jr., all of Houston, and one sister, Mrs. Cordelia McHugh of Seattle, Wash.

George Hill, Jr., maintains his love for Fayette county, especially Fayetteville, having recently been identified with the progress of that institution.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, February 1, 1940

Mrs. W. C. Hill

Died at Giddings, Thursday, Jan. 25, Mrs. W. C. Hill, aged 57 years.  Funeral was held from the Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home Friday, with interment at the Giddings cemetery, Rev. H. C. Hooter of Giddings officiating.

Mrs. Hill leaves a husband and six children: Mrs. Ben F. Siebel of La Grange, Miss Hester Hill of Houston, Mrs. Lynn Robert of Witchita, Kansas, Malcolm Hill of Houston, and Wynston Hill at home; also one grandchild, Nina Faye Siebel of La Grange.

Mrs. Ben F. Siebel was with her mother during her last illness, which lasted a week.  Friends from here attending the funeral are: Mrs. Guy F. Tiemann and son Arland, Mrs. C. G. Franz, and Miss Mary Kaulbach.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, October 31, 1889

Marion Hill, colored, died one day last week. The deceased was, if we mistake not, born near this place and lived here continuously, except for a short time, all his life. At one time he owned a ferry across the river just above town and was reported to be quite well off. He was a quiet, inoffensive man and died leaving few, if any, enemies. He died of typhoid pneumonia.


Colorado Citizen, 3 Mar 1881, page 2

DIED.—Last Saturday morning at ? o'clock, Mrs. Susan C. Hill, at the residence of her daughter, Miss Mattie A. Hill, of this county. Mrs. Hill was 66 years old at the time of her death. The relatives have our sympathy in their sorrow.—La Grange Journal.

"Tommy" HILL

The Austin Weekly Statesman, 6 Jul 1876

A little girl, "Tommy" Hill, of LaGrange, in the usual way, attempted to kindle a fire with coal oil. The tin can exploded and the poor child ran ablaze to her father in the fields hard-by, only to fall a charred corpse at his feet.


Weimar Mercury, 3 June 1927

Mrs. Ferd Hillje Dead at Halletsville

News was received here Sunday morning of the death of Mrs. Marguerite Hillje (nee Seydler), a widow of the late Ferd. Hillje, which occurred at halletsville that morning, after an illness extending over a period of many years, many sorrowing relatives and friends from this city being present.

Mrs. Hillje was 56 years, 8 months and 2 days old. She was born at High Hill, afterward moving to Schulenburg, thence to Halletsville, where she lived up to the time of her death. She was married to Mr. Ferd. Hillje some 37 years ago. Mr. Hillje preceded her in death several years ago. Mrs. Hillje is survived by four brothers — Geo. Seydler of East Bernard, Charles Seydler of Rosenberg, Moritz Seydler of Houston and Rudolf Seydler of San Antonio — and one sister, Mrs. Ed Strobel of Schulenburg, besides many relatives and friends thruout this section of the state.

Mrs. Hillje was a woman of lovely disposition. Although an invalid for a number of years previous to her death, she bore her sufferings uncomplainingly, with christian fortitude. She was a general favorite among a large circle of friends, and her sad death is deeply and sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.


Shiner Gazette, 9 Feb 1898


Mrs. Charlotta Hillman, aged 86 years, died at the residence of August Martens Friday night. She had only been since about two days. She was Mrs. Marten’s aunt and had been living with them about five years. She had never had any children of her own but there are a number of step-children. Her remains were taken to Schulenburg for interment.

Charlotta Hillman was the second wife of Carl Hillman. Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff.


Victoria Daily Advocate, Thursday afternoon, June 13, 1929


Herman Hillmann, 77, for over 33 years a resident of Victoria County, died at his home at Telferner Wednesday afternoon at 4:40 o'clock.

Mr. Hillmann was born in Colorado County Spetermber 25, 1851, the son of Carl and Annie Meyer Hillmann, natives of Germany, deceased. He spent his early manhood at Freyburg, Fayette County, and was a retired ginner and farmer of this county.

The decedent is survived by his wife, Mrs. Amelia Hillmann; one son and two daughters, Chas. H. Hillmann and Mrs. F. H. Scherrer of Telferner and Mrs. A. D. Warnken of Poth, Tex.; two brothers, Fritz Hillmann of Alice and William Hillmann of Engle, Tex., and three sisters, Mrs. Caroline Eilers of Yoakum, Mrs. Dora Eilers of Schulenburg and Mrs. Jos. Ripple of San Antonio. He also leaves seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

the body was conveyed by the Goldman-Waters Undertaking company in Schulenburg, where the funeral was held at two o'clock this afternoon under the auspices of Kaiser Frederick Lodge, Order of the Hermann Sons, of Freyburg, of which Mr. Hillmann was one of the oldest members.

Charles Herman Hillmann was married to Emilie Wolters.They are buried in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Contributed by Carla Hillman Ratcliff


Schulenburg Sticker, 9 Oct 1902, page 1, Fayetteville column

Three estimable young ladies, two married and one single, left this vale of tears for the eternal home above. They were: Mrs. Ludwig Hillmann, (nee Mathilda Fritsch of ElCampo [sic], Mrs. Chas. Knippel, (nee Schmidt) of Beaumont, and Miss Ella Baumbach of Ross Prairie. Mrs. Hillmann was brought here and interred in the Catholic cemetery, . . .

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, Friday, July 15, 1938


The body of Mrs. Hilscher of Dallas was brought to this place Tuesday morning, and then taken in charge by the Hubard Undertaking Company for interment at Holman, former home of the decedent. Mrs. Hilscher was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Faldyn of Holman.

We understand she was in this section on a visit about two weeks ago, attending the church feast at Holman. She was taken ill while here, but persisted in returning to her home in Dallas. Soon after reaching there she was taken with pneumonia. Although carried to a Dallas hospital and given every care and attention, it was of no avail, and her death soon followed.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 23 Aug 1912, page 6

News Around Bluff

At 11:30 p.m. Friday another spirit passed away, this being John Hilsher, Sr. He was 85 years old and leaves a number of children and grand children to survive him. His remains were brought to the Bluff cemetery for burial Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended both the . . Hilsher families.

Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Aug 1912


John Hilser [sic.], Sr., age 84 years and 3 months heart failure, Ammannsville.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, July 1, 1920

News has come to us of the death of N. R Hine formerly of LaGrange, and who is probably remembered by many of our citizens, which occurred at Talpa, Coleman county, June 21. Mr. Hine was born in Alabama, March 27, 1861, and when still a small child accompained [sic.] his parents to LaGrange, where his father died in 1865. His mother later was married to Dr. R Wilkinson of LaGrange, and immediately after the yellow fever siege the family removed to Rutersville. Dr. Wilkinson died in 1877.

The death of Dr. Wilkinson left young Hine to care for his mother and two sisters; the mother died in 1887. One year later deceased and his sister[s] removed to Coleman county to live and in 1895 the youngest of the two was united in mariage [sic.] with Chas. Poland of Talpa. In 1900 the other sister became the wife of H. B. Schott of LaGrange. Mr. Hine died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Poland where he had lived since 1916. The two sisters were his chief mounrners [sic.]. Deceased was a member of the Christian church and a loyal mason.

Note: Hine's parents were Edward S. Hine and Mary "Mollie" A. Bowen. His half-sister was Velma (Wilkinson) Schott.


Schulenburg Sticker, 13 Feb 1902

Mr. Joe Hinsher [Hrncir?] [Hilscher?] Jr. of Swiss Alps [sic] had the misfortune to loose [sic] his little boy aged 6. The child was sick only a few days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Oct 1903

Birth [sic.] Record.

Hintze: Died near Freyburg, Oct 15-03, of Oedema lungs, Baby Hintze, aged 2 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 22, 1955

Last Rites Held for Gustav Hinze, 70, Tuesday

Last rites were held for Gustav F. Hinze, 70, of Burton at the Von Minden Chapel in Round Top and at the Round Top Lutheran Church.  Burial was in the La Bahia cemetery on Tuesday at 2 PM.  Rev. A. R. Weiss officiated.

Mr. Hinze was a life-long resident of Fayette County.

Mr. Hinze was a son of Herman and Henrietta Wendland Hinze who came to Texas from Germany.  He married the former Alma Krause at Greenvine on December 15, 1910.  They engaged in farming.

Surviving are his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Leola Althaus; Mrs. Wella Mae Behnke and Mrs. Verlie Wagner, all of Burton; three sons, Wayland Hinze of Carmine, Elmo Hinze of [Round] Top and Delphine Hinze of Burton; two sisters, Mrs. Helen Neumann and Mrs. Luara Makowsky of Burton; two brothers, Elbert Hinze of Burton and Herman Hinze of Carmine; and 12 grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 July 1903

Death Record.

Hlinsky: Died at Ellinger, July 15th 03, of convulsions, Tony Hlinsky, aged 8 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Chronicle, February 17, 2013

William "Bill" Frank Hlozek 96, of Brenham, Texas (formerly of Houston, Texas), passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

Bill was born in Bryan, Texas on November 26, 1916, the son of the late John and Agnes (Nemec) Hlozek. He married Geraldine Pustka on August 26, 1941 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard, Texas. Bill worked as a Meat Department Supervisor for Weingartens in Houston and retired after 39 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.

Bill was 4th degree in the Knights of Columbus, member of SPJST Lodge #88, KJZT, Czech Heritage Society and the Fayette Czech Singers.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Geraldine Hlozek; four daughters: Barbara Fletcher of Houston, Texas; Patricia Peters of Fulshear, Texas; Jeannie Angeli of Houston, Texas; and Marie Worth and husband, David, of Cypress, Texas; two sons: William J. Hlozek and wife, Carolyn; and John Hlozek and wife, Carole, all of Cypress, Texas; eleven grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren: Matthew Fletcher and Douglas Angeli; two sisters: Agnes Prokop and Bessie Kramr; two half brothers: Frank and Rudolph Spurny; and two half sisters: Mary Faltesek, Annie Bartos.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2013. Burial will follow at Hostyn Catholic Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig & Strickland Funeral Home 208 W. Pearl, La Grange, Texas. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at www.lagrangefunerals.com.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, June 7, 1911, page 8

Sunday before last Frank Holzen and Vince Zapalac became involved in a difficulty at Ellinger in which the former received knife wounds from which he died, and Monday the remains were buried in the Ammansville [sic.] cemetery. He leaves a wife and parents to mourn his loss, to whom The Record extends most sincere condolence.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 19, 1947

Funeral Rites for Anton Hluchanek Held At Holman

Funeral services for Anton Hluchanek, 87, of Holman were held Sunday morning, September 6, from the Holman Catholic Church, after services at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kana. Rev. Adolph Janda officiating. Interment was in the Holman Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Hluchanek had passed away at the Kana home early the previous Friday morning.

Born in Frenstat, Czechoslovakia, he came to this country as a young man. In 1899, he married Mrs. Frances Klecka Hajovsky, who preceded him in death in 1945. One daughter was born to them, preceding them both in death.

Surviving are three stepdaughters, Mrs. Henry Kana, Mrs. F. M. Cernosek of la Grange and Mrs. Frank Stavinoha of Holman; one step-son, Adolph Hajovsky of Holman; one adopted daughter, Mrs. Lottie Jalufka of Galveston, a large number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, August 17, 1934

Death of a Good Wife and Mother

Mrs. Antonie Hluchanek, aged 67 years, passed away Monday evening, August 6, 1934, at 8 o'clock at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Hluchanek of this city. The deceased had been sick only three days.

The body was prepared for burial and brought to the family residence in the Holman section, from which point it was transported Wednesday morning at 9:30 to the Catholic cemetery at Holman, where it was tenderly laid to rest. The funeral was largely attended. Rev. A. Raska of Ammannsville sang the solemn requiem at the funeral services.

Grandsons of the deceased served as active pall bearers -- Adolph Kana, Vaclav Hluchanek, Ivan Cernosek, George Zaplac [Zapalac], Ignac Zapalac and Ivan Petrash.

Antonio Hluchanek was born September 2, 1867 in Ratinova, Czechoslovakia. She came to America at the age of 16 with her father, Frank Naiser, settling in the Holman section. When about 22 years of age she was united in marriage to Frank Hluchanek. They settled in the Holman section, where she resided up to the time of her death.

Mrs. Hluchanek is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Rudolph Hajovsky of Liberty and Mrs. Jim Petrash of Weimar; five sons, Mrssrs. Emil of this city, Joe of Liberty, Louis, Frank and John of the Holman section; three step-daughters, Mrs. John Zaplac, Mrs. Willie Cernosek of Smithville and Mrs. Rudolph Kana of Liberty; one sister, Mrs. Maria Tumis of Ammannsville; three step-sisters, Mrs. Mike Bohac of Ammannsville, Mrs. A. Nelson of Santa Monica, California, Mrs. B. B. Stavinoha of Rosenberg; two step-brothers, Mr. Richard Naiser of Holman and Mr. Charles Naiser of El Campo; 17 grandchildren, 19 step-grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

The death of Mrs. Hluchanek is deeply and sincerely deplored by a large circle of friends throughout this section. The greater part of her life spent in the Holman area, she was known and beloved by all. She proved herself to be a good, consistent, christian woman, a devoted wife and mother, a true friend and neighbor, one whose presence ever lent cheer to every gathering. Throughout her long career she proved herself useful and beneficial in all walks of life, one whose presence we can ill afford to spare. Her passing is viewed with keenest regret by one and all.

In the death of this greatly beloved woman, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones. May God bless and sustain them in their deep grief.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The La Grange Journal, February 27, 1936, pg. 6

Robert Hluchanek

Funeral services were held from the Catholic Church here Saturday morning, with requiem mass for Robert Hluchanek, who died at the hospital  in La Grange, Thursday, February 20, of pneumonia, at the age of 53 years; Rev. Father Klobouk officiated. Burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

Mr. Hluchanek is survived by his wife and several children, beside other relatives to whom we extend out deepest condolence.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


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