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San Antonio Light, Tuesday, March 15, 1949

SCHULENBURG, March 15.—A verdict of suicide was returned by Justice of the Peace H. R. Clark in the death of John Lacina, 69.

Lacina was found dead Saturday morning in his home five miles east of here by his widow.

Surviving are his widow; four daughters, Mrs. Henry Holub and Mrs. Henry Schneider, both of Schulenburg, and Mrs. Robert Kossa and Mrs. Emil Dusek, both of Weimar; a son, Richard, Schulenburg, and two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held from the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral home Monday morning. Burial was in the St. Rose cemetery.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 21 Mar 1963, page 1

Final Rites for Mrs. Mary Lacina, 81, Held Monday

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lacina, 81, were held Monday morning at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Church here, with burial in St. Rose Cemetery at Schulenburg. Rev. John Bily officiated.

Mrs. Lacina, who had been in good health for her advanced age, died unexpectedly during the night Friday, in her home east of Weimar, near that of one of her daughters, Mrs. Emil J. Dusek.

Born in Europe on Dec. 28, 1881, and brought to this country as an infant by her parents, Frank and Mary Dedek, Mrs. Lacina lived in the Ammannsville section until her marriage to John Lacina. They settled near Schulenburg, and Mr. Lacina died in 1949. Six years ago Mrs. Lacina moved to her present home near Weimar.

Surviving her are one son, Richard, of Austin; four daughters, Mrs. Bob (Albina) Kossa, Mrs. Henry (Millie) Hollek, Mrs. Henry (Mary) Schneider and Mrs. Emil J. (Sylvia) Dusek, all of Weimar; three sisters, Mrs. Tony Cerny of Oklahoma City, Mrs. John Solansky of Weimar and Mrs. Emilia Solansky of Columbus; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A son, two brothers and five sisters preceded her in death.

Pallbearers were Eugene Hollek of Houston, Edmund and Robert Lacina of Schulenburg, Wilbert Hollek, Harvey Bartosh and Rudolf Solansky of Weimar.


Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Nov 1916

Raymond, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lacina, was called home by the guardian angel last Thursday and the little body was laid to rest in St. Rosa cemetery.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 26 Sep 1913


Julius Ladwig age 72 years 6 months and 5 days arterio-sclerosis near Flatonia.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Wed., April 27, 1977

Otto Ladewig

Funeral services for Otto Julius Ladewig, 74, of 763 North Franklin were held Sunday, April 24, at 2:00 P.M. at the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in La Grange with Rev. Walter Streicher officiating.  Burial was in the Trinity Hill Cemetery under direction of Koenig Funeral Home, Inc.

Mr. Ladewig, a farmer, died April 22 in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born in Engle Sept. 19, 1902, he was a son of Emil and Marie Koehler Ladewig.  He was married to Hilda Beiersdorfer Oct. 8, 1924, in Engle.  He was a lifelong resident of the county.

Surviving are his wife of La Grange; a daughter, Mrs. Wilbur (Dora) Hoehne of La Grange; a son, Melvin Ladewig of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Lydia Richter of Killeen; two brothers, Ludwig of Schulenburg and Gus of Bryan; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Weimar Mercury, 8 Nov 1962, page 1

6-Year-Old Girl Is 5th Fatality Of Flatonia Crash

Six-year-old Ella Loucille La Fond of Flatonia, who had never regained full consciousness, died Saturday night in Youens Hospital from head injuries suffered in a head-on crash 6 days earlier near Flatonia.

She was the fifth fatality among the 6 who were riding in the 2 cars. The lone survivor, 45-year-old Edward Butler of Flatonia, still is in serious condition but was transferred this week to Galveston for surgery. He had fractures of the skull, jaw, right thigh and left lower leg.

The little La Fond girl had a multiple skull fracture.

Two others riding with Butler and the La Fond girl were dead at the scene of the wreck, which occurred during a heavy rain shower 1.1 miles west of Flatonia on Highway 90 Sunday, Oct. 28. They were Ella's sister, Diane, 9, and Willie Williams, 35, both of Flatonia.

The two women in the other car were also instantly killed. They were Irene Beatrice Lacey, 69, of Dubarry, Florida, and Hazen N. Green of Baltimore, Md.

Ella La Fond's death raises Fayette County's 1962 traffic toll to 10.


Schulenburg Sticker, 5 Sep 1901, Fayetteville column

Mr. Jacob Laferre, Sr., died last Monday morning and was burried [sic] in the evening. He was seventy-seven years old. He came to Texas in 1847 and settled in Ross Prairie. His first wife died soon after his arrival. In 1849 he was one of the company of forty-two, who on May 1, left this county for the gold fields of California. Three of the argonauts, Messrs. Helble, Brendel and Laferre, returned to this vicinity, the latter being the last one to die. Mr. Laferre was married three times. All his wives preceded him in death. Three sons and one daughter, the issue of his second marriage, survive him. They are Jacob Laferre, Jr., and Mrs. Fritz Tiemann of Walhalla. and Chas. and Adolph Leferre of near Rockdale. They were all present at the death of their father. Mr. Laferre was a money lender and living very economically, left considerable wealth to his posterity. He was burried [sic] in the cemetery near his home, Rev. Pazdral, officiating.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Taylor Daily Press, Wednesday, May 25, 1955

Ernest Laidolf, resident of Taylor for the past 25 years, died Tuesday in a local hospital.

Mr. Laidolf was born April 20, 1896 in Czechoslovakia. He was employed by the Taylor Meat Company; was a member of the Knights of Columbus Lodge of Taylor and the SPJST Lodge of East Bernard, Texas.

He was married Oct. 21, 1931 to Miss Frances Zbranek, who preceded him in death in 1942.

Survivors are two sons, Danny Laidolf and Eugene Laidolf, both of Taylor; and one brother, Alfonso Laidolf of East Bernard.

Rosary will be recited Wednesday at 7:30 p m. at the Condra Memorial Chapel where funeral services will he held Thursday at 9 a.m. with the Rev. S. P. Brown and the Rev. J. J. Polansky of St. Mary’s Catholic Church officiating.

Interment will be in the Live Oak Hill Cemetery at Ellinger at 1:30 p m. Thursday.

Pallbearers will be Van Zimmerhanzel, Charlie Zimmerhanzel, Benny Hurta, Dan Valenta, Adolph Janecka and Billy Slagle.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Taylor Daily Press, Thursday, June 18, & Sunday, June 21, 1942

Mrs. Frances Laidolf aged 36 passed away in a local hospital this morning at 6:30. She was born Sept 5, 1905, in Fayette Texas, and had lived in Taylor since 1929.

She is survived by her husband, Ernest Laidolf, and two sons. Eugene and Daniel Laidolf, of Taylor; her father. Paul Zbranek, and two brothers. Ignata Zbranek and Paul Zbranek, Jr., of Nada. Texas; and six sister, Mrs. Joe Urbanovsky of El Campo, Mrs. John Konvicka of Damon, Mrs. Arnold Orbanovsky of Garwood, Mrs. Louis Mascheka of Fayetteville, Mrs. Willie Prichoda [Prihoda] of Nada and Mrs. Joe Kalmus of El Campo.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at eight o'clock from the Sloan Funeral chapel, followed by services at eight-thirty o’clock at the Saint Mary's Catholic church. The Father Frank Matustik will officiate. Interment will be made in the Live Oak cemetery near Ellinger, Texas.

Pallbearers were Charles Stasny, Daniel Stasny, Edward Lightner, Edwin Kovar, Paul Malish and Frank Stasny.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 22 Feb 1905


Succumed [sic] After Several Months of Severe Illness.

Flatonia, Fayette Co. Tex. Feb. 18. – Prof. D. C. Lake, formerly of Palestine, who for three years was a successful superintendent of the Flatonia High School, after several months’ severe illness, died this morning at five o’clock. prof. [sic] Lake was much loved by his pupils. The funeral services will be conducted by the Knights of Pythias lodge Saturday at 10 a. m.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Dec 2010, page 3

Gladys Lamascus

Gladys Karen Lamascus of Schulenburg passed away on Monday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Grimes St. Joseph Health Center in Navasota at age 87 years, 21 days.

The funeral was held on Thursday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Schulenburg, followed by interment in the Schulenburg City Cemetery. Officiating were Rev. Lee Kunkel, pastor of Zion, Schulenburg, and Rev. Donald Kasper, pastor of Trinity, Navasota. Grandchildren named as pallbearers were Donna Gessner, Amanda Jarvis and Analyse Lamascus of Navasota, Roxanne Clipper of Huntsville, Kevin Sabrsula and Rhonda DePaulis of Cypress, Gaston Lamascus of College Station and Andy B. Lamascus of Queen Creek, Ariz.

On Wednesday, Dec. 8, a prayer service was held at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, with Rev. Kunkel officiating, preceded by an American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 143, service at 6:30 p.m.

Born at Swiss Alp on Nov. 15, 1923, she was the daughter of John and Anna (Roitsch) Kaase. She attended Washington and Swiss Alp schools and Schulenburg High School. On May 19, 1942, she married Andy K. Lamascus in Schulenburg. An 82-year resident of Schulenburg, Mrs. Lamascus also lived in Navasota. She was a housewife, checker at Galipp’s Super Market and waitress at Frank’s Place restaurant. She was a member of Ladies Aid, Swiss Alp Home Demonstration Club, American Legion Auxiliary McBride Unit 143 and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, and also served as a 4-H leader. She enjoyed sewing, crafts and cooking for family and friends as well as dinner parties and club dances.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Gale Henderson and husband Roy of Navasota, and Glyn Sabrsula of Cypress; two sons, Arlen Lamascus and wife Linda of Queen Creek, Ariz., and Alan Lamascus and wife Gwen of Navasota; a step-sister, LaVerne Lamascus and husband C.M. “Pat” of Schulenburg; four sisters-in-law, Evelyn Kaase of Schulenburg, Renate Kaase of Enterprise, Ala., Patty Jo Lamascus of San Antonio and Ann Schuetze of Lebanon, Tenn.; and eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The family also acknowledges special people/caregivers Carolyn Kolbasinki, Marie Tomkivits and Josie Torres.

Preceding her in death were her parents, two sisters, one brother, one half-brother, two step-brothers, a daughter-in-law and her step-mother.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The La Grange Journal, 24 Jun 1915


Death claimed J.A. Lampe, one of our oldest citizens, yesterday morning 23 June 1915 after a brief illness.

Deceased had stated to a number of his friends several weeks ago that he thought his name would soon be called, and this came to pass.

Mr. Lampe was born in Hanover, Germany, June 24th, 1835 and emigrated to Texas in 1859. Two years later he enlisted in the Confederacy and served until the close of the war. On January 4, 1866 he was united in marriage with Miss Amalia Reimann, Judge H. Teichmueller officiating, and to them ten children were born: two of them, together with his wife preceded him, the latter having died September 20, 1907. The living children, six sons and two daughters, surviving, are: Chas. and Albert Lampe of this city; Mrs. Chas. Luck of O'Quinn; Will, Fritz and Werner Lampe, farmers near La Grange; Mrs. Ben Chalk of La Grange, and Romeo Lampe of Marlin.

The funeral will be held this Thursday afternoon, and the remains interred at the Cedar Cemetery at three o'clock by the side of his wife. All friends and acquaintances of the family are requested to attend.

Mr. Lampe was the possessor of many friends in this section. He reared a large and interesting family, and during his period of usefulness, lived the contented and peaceful life of a farmer, being also very successful. Yearly he attended the reunion of the old Confederates of the Creuzbauer and Alexander companies, but at the last meeting his absence was noticed by all. As the roll was called on the battlefield he responded, so also did he respond when the Great General called him hence.

Peculiar, yet a coincidence, he died the day before and will be buried on the eightieth anniversary of his birth. May his sleep be peaceful. To his survivors we offer our sincerest sympathy.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 17, 1955

Mrs. Nannie Duerr Lampe

Last rites were held for Mrs. Nannie Duerr Lampe, 66, of Rt. 1, La Grange Wednesday, March 9 at 2 PM at the Trinity Hill Lutheran Church with burial in the La Grange City Cemetery.  The Rev. Schmidt officiated at the services for the home maker who died March 8 at the Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Lampe was born on Jan. 29, 1889 in Columbus.  She was married to Werner C. Lampe on Dec. 26, 1910.  Mr. Lampe preceded his wife in death on May 3, 1954.

Surviving are two sons, G. W. Lampe of Bryan and Walter J. Taylor of Dallas; one sister, Mrs. Henry Burger of Columbus; one brother, Walter Duerr of Glen Flora and two grandchildren.
Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 19, 1907

Death of Mrs. Lampe

At the farm home near this city Mrs. Sarah Maria, wife of J. A. Lampe, died Friday morning, after an illness that had lasted several weeks.  Mrs. Lampe, whose maiden name was Reimann, was born in Berlin, Germany, November 2, 1844, emigrated with her parents to America in 1850, landing in Galveston, from whence they journeyed to Fayetteville and the parents rented a farm.  On January 4, 1866, she was united in marriage to J. A. Lampe, who removed to the present home near La Grange.

Ten children were the result of this union, two daughters, one nineteen years and the other two months, having preceded her to the great unknown.  The balance of the children are grown.  Mrs. Lampe’s untimely demise is a source of genuine regret to a large circle of acquaintenances and friends, who knew her and loved her for her generous and kind hearted disposition.  She was a loving mother, a kind neighbor and ever ready to assist in trying hours.  By her death a chair is made vacant, the sight of which will ever be a sad reminder.

Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock the remains were conveyed to the Cedar cemetery and there interred in the presence of a large number of bereaved relatives and sorrowing friends.  May she rest in peace.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 4 Aug 1904


Landig – Died at Stella, June 26th of premature birth, Mamie Enid Landig, aged 8 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 30 Jan 1907, page 1

Death of Miss Daisy Lane

Flatonia, Tex., Jan. 23. – Died, at the Rice Hotel, Houston, Jan. 22. at 11 o’clock p.m., Miss Daily Lane only child of Hon. Jonathan and and [sic] Mrs. Alma Lane. Miss Daisy was a lovely young lady, loved by all who knew her. She was born in the town of Flatonia, where her parents resided for a number of years and had a host of relatives and friends. Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Harrison, who reside here, were summoned to her bedside. She will be buried in the Flatonia cemetery this afternoon at 4 o’clock. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire town.

Schulenburg Sticker, 7 Feb 1907


Miss Daisy Lane, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Lane, died at nine minutes after ten o’clock, Tuesday January 22nd, surrounded by loved ones and friends.

She was entirely rational to the last, and entered into calm, rational conversation, aware of her approaching demise and resigned to her fate.

Her remains were brought from Houston toFlatonia [sic] to be laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery where so many of her relatives are entombed.

Her parents on their sad mission were accompanied by many relatives and friends from Houston, Eagle Lake and Lane City, and met here by friends from San Antonio, Shiner, Yoakum and LaGrange.

She was taken from the train to the home of her grand father, J. M. Harrison, the casket opened to allow a last look at her beloved person. The casket was bestrewed with a profusion of beautiful flowers brought from Houston, all donated by friends.

Services were held before going to the cemetery, conducted by Rev. J. W. More of Shearn church of Houston, assisted by Rev. A. Y. Old. Her remains were taken to the cemetery, accompanied by six uncles as pall bearers and a large concourse of citizens and deposited in the tomb there to await the final resurrection. But Daisy is not there, it is only the temple of her earthly habitation that was entombed there. When the body wrecked by disease was no longer capable of furnishing her a home she left it and we fondly believe escorted by a convoy of angels (some of them perhaps kindred spirits) was wafted beyond our earthly vision to the heavenly gates of the New Jerusalem, which she found ajar for her admission, and she was able to exclaim, “joy, forever. My task is done the gates are passed and Heaven is won.” And now that she is there, no more pains no more sorrow will she feel, and her ears will be greeted by the melodies of the celestial songs and though some of them may be so soft and low as to appear like the faint exquisite music of a dream, yet her ears will drink with rapture the sweet cadence of Heavens delicious music.

The saying of our savior, that where your treasure is there will your heart be, may be verified by her found parents, for though the gold of Ophir or the diamonds of Golconda would not have bought her from them. their treasure is now in Heaven awaiting the time when she may welcome them home.

Her uncle, J. R. Crockett. – Flatonia Augus [sic].

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 18 Mar 1899, page 7

Flatonia, Tex., March 10.—Mrs. Fannie M. Lane died in this city at 4 p.m. yesterday at the home of her sister, Mrs. H. A. Burke. The funeral took plac this evening.


Schulenburg Sticker, 17 Dec 1903

Death Record.

Lang: Died near Nechanitz, Nov 2-03 of Intussuception of bowels, aged 67 years, 2 months and 18 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Lange: Died near Nechanitz, Sept 22-03, from being kicked by a horse, Anna Lange, aged 10 years and 6 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 7, 1955

Miss Emily Mary Lange

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 2, at 7:45 AM at the Knesek Chapel in Fayetteville for Miss Emily Mary Lange of San Antonio.The Rev. Thomas Matl officiated and burial was in the Fayetteville Catholic Cemetery.  Miss Lange, 82, died Tuesday, March 31 in San Antonio.

Born on November 26, 1872 in Fayetteville, she was the daughter of the late Valentine and Anna Steves Lange.

Survivors are several nieces and nephews.
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 Sep 1913, page 1


Fritz Lange, age 63 years, 4 months and 8 days conjestion [sic] of liver, Warrenton.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Jan 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Chas. A. Langlotz, age 79 years 10 months and 12 days died Jan 5, 1906.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 8 Apr 1938

Negro Killed by Lightning Bolt

Migal Lara, negro farmer of Cistern, was killed by a bolt of lightning Sunday morning during an eletrical storm, and his wife was knocked unconscious by the same bolt that killed Lara.

When the storm came up, Lara and his wife went out to their turkey coops to take care of the small poults. Lara called for a shovel to throw up a trench about the coop, and as his wife turned to get the shovel the bolt struck him, and the shock knocked his wife unconscious. When she regained consciousness she found that he was dead. The bolt tore Lara's shoes from his feet and badly lacerated his legs.—Flatonia Argus.


The Fayette County Record, 27 Feb 2007


Funeral services for Charles W. Larrimore were held on Monday, Feb. 26 at the Mason [Funeral] Home Chapel with Rev. Ernie Williams officiating. Interment was in the Gooch Cemetery.

Charles William Larrimore was born on Sept. 30, 1927, the second son of Irl E. Larrimore and Julia (Bierschwale) Larrimore. He attended public schools in Mason Schreiner Institute, and Sul Ross State College. He received a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology from Sul Ross in 1948. After teaching in the Marble Falls Independent School District two years, he returned to Sul Ross to attend graduate school and received his master of arts degree in 1951, again with a major in biology.

He married Hilda Ruth Smith on Oct. 26, 1951. He taught in the La Grange Independent School District. For two years before entering the Army of the U.S. and serving two years in the Chemical Corps at Camp Detrick, Md. Upon separation from the service, he returned to La Grange where he continued to teach science until his retirement in 1983.

It was during his tenure at La Grange High School that two sons were born, Charles Eugene and Dennis Wayne.

He was a life member of the Texas State Teachers Association and served on the State Executive Committee of TSTA from 1973-77. He also served in many capacities on the local and district levels of TSTA. He was a member of the National Association of Biology Teachers from soon after its organization until he retired in 1983.

Soon after his retirement, he and his wife moved to Mason to live out their remaining years in an old family home, the Bierschwale House.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Hilda Larrimore; two sons, Charles Eugene "Gene" Larrimore and wife Nan of Gerogetown and Dennis Wayne Larrimore of Austin; and two grandchildren, Amy Larrimore and Jordan Larrimore.

Memorials in honor of Larrimore may be made to the First Christian Church in Mason or to The American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at masonfuneralhome@verizon.net.

Mason Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Weimar Mercury, 22 Feb 1924, Page 3


W. Latchnav, a member of the Pavlowa Ballard Co., en route from San Antonio to Houston, was taken from the M. K. & T. passenger train early Saturday morning in a dying condition. He was rushed to the LaGrange Hospital, where he died at about six o'clock. A member of the company remained with him and saw him buried at the new cemetery in this city at four o'clock in the afternoon. Without a relative in this country, a comparative stranger in a strange land, another's mortal remains will rest in our well kept cemetery. — LaGrange Journal.


Victoria Advocate, 26 Dec 1987, page 14A

William Lauer

FLATONIA – William Lauer, 63, of Flatonia died Thursday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston following a long illness.

He was born Sept. 22, 1924, in Cistern, Texas.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Flatonia Catholic Cemetery with the Rev. Ed Kelly officiating. Smith Funeral Home of Flatonia is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by one brother, August Lauer of Flatonia, and one sister, Mrs. Ella Holub of Houston.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, May 14, 1936

Aged Woman Dies Saturday At Muldoon

Mrs. Josephine Laufer, widow of the late C. J. Laufer, died suddenly last Saturday night, while visiting at the home of her son, Richard Laufer, at Muldoon.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 4:00 o’clock, with interment at the Muldoon cemetery.  Rev. Rambo, Baptist minister, officiated at the home and at the grave.

Four sons, Charley, Richard, Edgar and Joseph, and two daughters, Mrs. Irene Jackson and Mrs. Julia Fleck, and 21 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and 1 sister, Mrs. H. S. Minor of West Point survive.

May she rest in Peace!
Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 March 1906

Deaths Recorded Since Last Report.

Wilhelmine Laufer, age 72 years and 10 months, died Feb. 25.

Contributed by Matt Cross


The Fayette County Record, 2 Mar 1984


George Lauterstein, 90, of 260 S. Jefferson, a longtime La Grange businessman, passed away at his residence Tuesday evening February 28, 1984.

Funeral services were set for Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Koenig-Peel Funeral Home Chapel with Rabbi Roy Walter officiating. Interment was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Lauterstein was in the mercantile business with his father in Weimar, then owned a store in Flatonia and later moved to La Grange where he operated a fine department store. During this time he also owned a department store in Bastrop and another store in La Grange known as the Bargain Center. A number of years ago Mr. Lauterstein sold the local store to Gindler Bros which is known as Gindlers today and discontinued the Bargain Center. He resided in La Grange for about 60 years. Mr. Lauterstein was a director of The First National Bank of La Grange for over 54 years and was serving as director at the time of his death. He was very civic minded and promoted many civic affairs. He served as chairman of the Red Cross here for many years. He was a charter member of the La Grange Noon Lions Club and, only recently, was awarded the charter Monarch in recognition of his 65 years of active service as a charter member. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for many years and a 48-year member of the Shriners.

He was a world War I veteran and was a member of the La Grange American Legion Post 102 and the Fayette Memorial VFW Post 5254.

He was born in Weimar January 4, 1894, the son of the late Israel and Bertha (Gebert) Lauterstein. He was united in marriage with Miss Marion Kahn Uhry in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Mrs. Lauterstein preceded him in death on April 18, 1977. Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Marion M. Lauterstein of New York City, and George and his wife, Ellayne Lauterstein of Erie, Pa. and one sister-in-law, Miss Myrtle Uhry of Houston. A brother, Emmanuel "Mannie" of Weimar preceded him in death.


Weimar Mercury, 14 Oct 1921, page 6


Flatonia, Tex., oct. 7.—Fred W. Laux died suddenly at noon Thursday. Laux was postmaster here for many years. He was about 46 years old. He leaves his wife, one daughter and his mother.


The La Grange Journal, 16 Nov 1916

Thursday of last week, 9 November 1916, death claimed one of the oldest, (if not altogether so) citizens of Fayette County, John Adam Laux, who died at the home of his son, F.P. Laux near Plum, where for the past eleven years he has resided. Deceased was born in Nassau, Germany, July 2, 1838 and with his parents came to Texas when six years of age, 1844. Together with other German colonists the family, after landing at Indianola, removed to New Braunfels and then came to Fayette County, locating at La Grange where they remained for some time, later going to Rutersville and thence to Bluff where the parents died.

Before becoming engaged in farming, Mr. Laux was a freight teamster between La Grange and Houston, which business he followed for eleven years. He experienced many hardships while thus engaged, and, as a young man, took up the farm work. In the year 1859 he was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Geis of Bastrop County, and to them were born seven children, four daughters and three sons. Four of the children preceded the parents in death. Eleven years ago Mrs. Laux died at the farm home on Buckners Creek, and since then, up to the hour of his death, Mr. Laux resided with his son, F.P. Laux near Plum. The children living are: F.P. Laux and Mrs. Jacob Reichle of near Plum and Mrs. John Steinmann of Swiss Alp. Fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren will also miss Grandpa Laux. The remains were interred at the Cedar Cemetery by the side of those of his wife. Owing to his long residency in the county and extensive acquaintance, people came from all sections to attend the funeral. Editor Geo. Hansler spoke at the grave and paid a loving tribute to the deceased, and when the mound was completed, it was covered with beautiful flowers, tributes from the friends of the family.


Shiner Gazette, 1 Nov 1899

Killing at Muldoon.

La Grange, Tex., Oct. 25.—Will Laverson was killed at Muldoon Saturday night. Dan Grady is nder arrest, charged with murder. Both parties are negroes. Grady is confined to his bed with a number of knife wounds.


The Galveston Daily News, 28 Mar 1879, page 3


Herald: A sad accident occurred on Sunday at the residence of old Mr. Cook in our county. Some young men seeing a pistol hanging up on the wall, took it down, and in the attempt to buckle it around one of the party it fell, and one charge exploded, striking a young man named Lay in the side just below the ribs. Dr. Bristow was sent for from Flatonia, but we understand gave no hopes of recovery.

Brenham Weekly Banner, 4 Apr 1879, page 2

Chas. Lay was killed near Flatonia by the accidental discharge of a six-shooter.

Edward Lebeda

Weimar Mercury, February 21, 1963, pages 1 and 8

Final Rites for Edward Lebeda, 84, Held Saturday

Funeral services for Edward Lebeda, 84, were held Saturday morning, Feb. 16, at Schwenke-Baumgarten Fuenral Home and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Schulenburg.

Burial was in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery. Msgr. Anthony Drozd, St. Rose pastor, officiated and Rev. Michael O'Shaughnessy led the mass.

Mr. Lebeda, who lived with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Janacek, at Schulenburg, had been ill for two weeks when he died Feb. 14 in Youens Hospital here.

A retired farmer, he was born Jan. 17, 1879, at Moravia, Texas, the son of Joseph and Teresie Haidusek Lebeda. He married Miss Veronica Cernoch at Dubina on Oct. 30, 1900, and she died in 1914. On Jan. 17, 1916, he married Miss Louisa Janacek, who died in 1946. The Lebedas lived at Dubina from 1900 to 1917, then moved to a farm a short distance south of Weimar. After his second wife's death in 1936 he moved to Schulenburg. He was a member of St. Rose Church.

Surviving him are one daughter, Mrs. Wesley (Angelina) Janacek of Schulenburg; one son, Leo Lebeda of Weimar; one sister, Mrs. Katherine Blaschke of Houston; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Leroy Lebeda, Edwin Janacek, Hilton Schimcek, Wilbert Lebeda, Wesley Janacek Jr. and Leo Barta Jr.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, December 5, 1968

Mrs. Lebeda, 93, Succumbs; Rites Held Sunday

Funeral services were held here Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Frances Lebeda, 93, who died Friday noon, Nov. 29, at Colonial Rest Home in Schulenburg.

She had been living at the rest home the past seven years.

Services were held at Hubbard Funeral Home and St. Michael's Catholic Church. Burial was in the Dubina Cemetery. Rev. Albert Hubertus officiated.

Mrs. Lebeda was one of the oldest living natives of this area. She was born Feb. 28, 1875, near Ammannsville, a daughter of Frank and Mary Peter Kneitz. She was married to Joe F. Lebeda on January 16, 1894, and they settled first at Dubina. They moved back to Dubina in 1900, to Oak Grove in 1902 and to Granger in 1908. In 1911 they moved back to Dubina to make their final home. Mr. Lebeda died Sept. 1, 1951.

Mrs. Lebeda is survived by three sons, Joe R. and Frank Lebeda of Weimar and George of Santa Barbara, Calif.; four daughters, Mrs. Vlasta Allen of Wallis, Mrs. Roy (Martha) Worrel of Vista, Calif., Mrs. Reginia Fischer of Torrance, Calif., and Mrs. Marie McCune of Santa Bara, Calif.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Sophie Horak, in 1917; a son, Ray, in 1961; two grandchildren; three sisters and three brothers.

Pallbearers for her funeral were Louis and Joe Kneitz, Joe Macha, Joe Watzlavik, Wesley Janicek, and Leo Lebeda.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Friday, September 7, 1951

Joe F. Lebeda, 81, Dies Suddenly; Rites Held Tuesday

Funeral services for Joe F. Lebeda, 81-year-old retired farmer, who died at about 7:30 o'clock Saturday morning, Sep. 1, shortly after suffering a heart stroke, were held Tuesday morning from Hubbard Funeral Home here and Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church at Dubina.

Msgr. Anthony F. Drozd of Weimar officiated in the services. Interment was made in the Dubina Catholic Cemetery.

Mr. Lebeda had been in good health until a short time before his death. He had been to town for a visit to the doctor only the day before he succumbed.

Born August 14, 1870, at Praha, in Fayette County, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lebeda, who had come to this country from Czechoslovakia. he married Miss Frances Kneitz at Ammannsville January 16, 1894, and they had lived in this section ever since. Mr. Lebeda was a member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church and KJT society.

Surviving in addition to his wife are eight children, all of whom were present for the funeral although five live in California. They include four sons, Joe and Frank of here, Raymond of Glendale, Calif., and George of Santa Barbara, Calif., and four daughters, Mrs. Martha Worrel of Vista, Calif., Mrs. Regina Fischer of Torrance, Calif., Mrs. Vlasta Allen of Wallis, Texas, and Mrs. Marie McCune of Santa Barbara, Calif. One daughter, Mrs. Sophie Horak, died in 19 _7 . Also surviving are seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Otto Hollas, Leo Hromada, Leo Lebeda, Wesley Janacek, John F. Rogers and Joe Herzik.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


The Schulenburg Sticker, July 12, 1990

Mary Lebeda

Mrs. Leo (Mary) Lebeda, 82, of 105 West Converse in Weimar died on Thursday, June 28 at 4 a.m. at Lavaca County Medical Center after a short illness.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 2 at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Dubina, with burial in the Church cemetery. The Rev. John Bily officiated.

Pallbearers were Dennis Lebeda, Michael Lebeda, Bruce Lebeda, Dean Kobza, Dennis Stavinoha and Robert James Krecmer.

She was born on Sept. 8, 1907 to Joseph and Sophie (Raska) Krecmer in Dubina. In October she married Leo Lebeda in Holman.

Mrs. Lebeda is survived by two sons: Leroy Lebeda of Schulenburg and Wilbert Lebeda of Weimar; one daughter: Rose Marie Kobza Manvel; seven grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers: Robert and Joe Krecmer.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, Friday, January 1, 1915

Mrs. Theresa Lebeda

A most interesting character departed from this world on Dec. 2, when the spirit of Mrs. Theresa Lebeda of the Dubina community was wafted unto its Maker. Mrs. Lebeda resided with her son, Ed Lebeda, a well known farmer of that section, and due to her advanced age had been in ill health for some time past. Mrs. Lebeda left three children -- Joe and Ed Lebeda and Mrs. Kate Blaschke. The funeral took place at Dubina cemetery on the 3rd of December, Father Szymanski performing the funeral obsequies. In life Mrs. Lebeda was very fond of flowers, and in death her grave was literally buried from sight by these beautiful emblems. As a Miss Haidusek, she came to this country from Europe in 1856, with probably the first lot of immigrants from the other world to settle in this section. Later in life she was married to Jos. Lebeda, who died some years ago. Of the original lot of immigrants there now remain but two that we know of -- Jos. Peter and Val. Holub, both of whom are getting well along in years. Mrs. Lebeda was born in 1836, and was 78 years old at the time of her death. She was a most estimable lady, a splendid, devoted wife and mother, the possessor of a large circle of friends wherever known, and her death has caused many gloomy hearts among them. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the bereaved children in the sad loss they have sustained.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 23 Jul 1892, page 3

SCHULENBURG, TEX., July 19. —Bernard Lechner suicided by shooting himself with a pistol at his home in High Hill last Sunday. He leaves a family.


The True Issue, Saturday, November 12, 1864


Mrs. Elizabeth Ledbetter.

"Leaves have their time to fall,
And flowers to wither at the northwinds breath,
And stars to set—but all,
Thou has all seasons for thine own, Oh! Death."

The subject of this notice was born in the State of North Carolina, on the 19th day of Dec., 1838, and in the year 1851, having lost her parents, she came with her brothers to Fayette county Texas, and in the year 1860, she was married to Wm. H. Ledbetter, Esq., a member of the bar at LaGrange. The young couple received the congratulations of their friends, and the future spread itself out before them an extended landscape redolent with the flowers of hope, while their young hearts looked forward with gladness to the golden hours, and the bright sunshine with shich their coming life was gilded. They knew not of sorrow, but lived—in the undisturbed enjoyment of domestic life. All was joy, all was peace and comfort—but alas! the fell detroyer came, and on the 6th inst. the spirit of BETTIE returned to God who gave it.

The writer knew the deceased from her childhood up to her death—he knew her when she had no cares upon her mind and when her flowers were the only pride of her young heart—he knew her as a school girl, the favorite among all her companions, by whom the name of BETTIE POPE will never, never be forgotten—he knew her in the bloom of youth, when by the gentleness of her mind, the purity of her heart and her amiable disposition, she called forth the love and admiration of all with whom she associated—he knew her as a wife, who in her conjugal relations, exhibited a love, a fidelity and a devotion, which must cause the heart of her bereaved husband to bleed at every pore—he knew her as the mother of two darling little ones, WILLIE and OLIVIA, for whom she had a love and an affection which none but a mother's heart has ever felt.

Oh! how painful are the dispensations of Providence. Mr. Ledbetter had just returned from the army in which he has been serving for two years—he looked forward while on his return, with pleasing anticipations to the joyful smiles which would gladden his heart when he met the wife of his bosom, and his little children around the social fireside—he had indulged the fond hope, that during a short respite from his labors as a soldier, he could devote himself to the enjoyment of the domestic circle, but oh! how sad the disappointment!—he found his wife on the bed of pain and suffering, and in a few short days he was called upon to bid her a last farewell.

The writer has passed through the same ordeal, and deeply sympathizes with the bereaved husband. May God in the plenitude of his mercy enable him to bear the sorrows incident ot life with becoming courage and fortitude, and aid him in instilling into the hearts of little WILLIE and OLIVIA the same inflexible principles of truth and virtue which characterized their mother. T.

elsewhere on the same page:

Hon. W. H. Ledbetter returned from the army in La., for the purpose of attending the session of the present extra session of the Legislature, but owing to the illness and death of his wife, has been unable to attend. W learn, however, that he started yesterday for Austin.


La Grange Journal, February 1, 1934

Former Texas Attorney Dies in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Jan 26—Walter R. Ledbetter, leader in Oklahoma’s long fight for statehood and one of the writers of the state’s (Oklahoma’s) constitution, is dead at the age of 72 years.

Illness which struck the pioneer lawyer a week ago during an appearance before the Supreme Court caused his death late last night at his home here.

Ledbetter was before the court as a special attorney for Governor Murray, with whom he served in the state’s constitutional convention, in litigation over salary reductions which the last legislature authorized, at the governor’s insistence.

In the constitutional convention Ledbetter was chairman of the judicial committee, and he has been referred to as the “father of Oklahoma’s judicial system."

Born on his father’s homestead in Fayette County, Texas, Ledbetter studied law as a youth, and became a practicing attorney at Gainesville, Texas, shortly after he was twenty-one.

In 1890 he removed to Ardmore, and began a leading part in the territorial development that led to statehood for Indian and Oklahoma territories in 1907.

He was elected a delegate to the constitutional convention in 1906 and was instrumental in getting congressional and presidential approval of admission of the new state, making several trips to Washington for the purpose.

Two years after statehood he removed to Oklahoma City and was attorney for Governor Charles N. Haskell in the latter’s successful fight for the removal of the capitol from Guthrie to Oklahoma City.

Ledbetter sought the Democratic nomination for United States Senator in 1926, but was defeated by Elmer Thomas.  He is survived by his widow, three sons, E.P. and Robert H., of Oklahoma City and Louis A., of Newokla, all lawyers, and four daughters.

Deceased was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Ledbetter, early settlers of Fayette County, relatives of the Robisons.  The elder Ledbetters resided in the northern end of the city of La Grange, in the 1890’s.  H.L. Ledbetter, for many years Justice of the Peace at La Grange, is a brother of the deceased.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Dallas Morning News, 26 April 1896

Capt. Ledbetter Dead

His Family on Returning From a Visit Found His Corpse in Bed

LaGrange, Fayette Co., Tex., April 25—Capt. W. H. Ledbetter, one of the most prominent citizens of the county, was found in his bed today dead. His family had been away from home some days. He was sleeping at home and took his meals at the hotel. He was on the streets yesterday evening. His wife and daughter returned from their visit this afternoon and found him dead in bed. Death resulted from heart failure. The news of his death was brought to the democratic primary which immediately passed the following resolution by a rising vote:

Resolved, that the democrats in convention assembled profoundly regret the sudden death of the gallant democrat, honored and useful citizen, Capt. W. H. Ledbetter, and we extend to his family our heartfelt sympathies.

Deceased served in the confederate army, represented this district in the state senate during the thirteenth and fourteenth sessions, for years served as mayor of LaGrange, held the office of district attorney after the war and practiced his profession here for many years.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson


Schulenburg Sticker, 1 Feb 1929


One of the finest and most highly beloved farmers of the Ammannsville section, Albin Lednicky, passed quietly away at his home last Thursday evening.

Albin was born and spent all his days in that section. He worked hard and saved his money. He took part in all things good for society in his section. He was a member of the Ammannsville K. J. T., being treasurer of this organization.

He reared a fine family and believed in giving his children a chance. His son has been going to the Schulenburg High School and was a valuable member of the Short Horn squad.

Albin developed the flu shortly after New Year, which turned into pneumonia about two days before his death. He was still a young man, only 43 years of age. Everyone who knew this good man loved him, he was a dear friend of the Editor, he took a $2000 life insurance policy from us which was in force at the time of his death, he was a reader of our paper and always loyal and a booster. His family has been dealt a cruel blow in the loss of such a husband and father, and his hundreds of friends realize they have lost a real friend, the kind that is hard to replace.

The remains were laid to rest in the Ammannsville Cemetery Saturday morning, Rev. Father Raska officiating.

He is survived by his widow, six children, Albert, Marcella, Bettie, Vaclav, Helen and Henrietta; two brothers, John and Frank of West; three sisters, Johanna Cernosek of West; Albina Vacek of Rosenberg and Francis Havrnik of Ganado. To them the Sticker tenders its most profound sympathy.

Lucy Bily Lednicky

Weimar Mercury, May 24, 2012, page 2

Lucy Lednicky Services Held On May 19

Lucy Bily Lednicky 84, of Ammannsville passed away on May 16 in Hallettsville.

She was born on February 23, 1928, to Frank Bily and Rosie Okruhlik Bily in Praha.
Lucy married Vaclav “Jim” Lednicky on November 21, 1951, in Praha.

Lucy worked as a housewife, in a factory and was a CAN from the age of 60 to 72.
She was known as a sweet, caring person who always put others before herself.
She cared for her parents and gave up her dream of a nursing career to help them.
Lucy was a member of K.J.Z.T. and the Ammannsville Altar Society.

Lucy is survived by daughters, Peggy Roensch of Ammannsville, Karen Mudd and husband Kelly of Hallettsville and Jane Schneider and husband John of Praha; sons, James Lednicky and wife Sandra of Schulenburg and Jesse Lednicky and wife Nancy of Plum; sisters, Monica Bily Melnar of Hungerford and Sister Rita Rose Bily of San Antonio; brother, Rev. John C. Bily of Weimar.

She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, three step grandchildren and seven step great-grandchildren.

Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother Msgr. Edward Bily.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 19, at St. John the Baptist Church in Ammannsville with Father John Bily and Father Tim Kosler officiating.

Interment followed at Ammannsville Cemetery.

Pallbearers included: grandsons, Curtis Roesnch, Stephen Roensch, Francis Ivy Stoute, Benjamin Stoute, Jim Schneider, and Brett Vasek.

Family requests memorials be sent to Hospice of South Texas or charity of one’s choice.

Submitted by Sandra Long Anders


Weimar Mercury, 8 Aug 1891, page 2

SAD ACCIDENT.—A young man named Lee, residing on the farm of Mr. J. H. Woody, in Plum neighborhood, was riding last Sunday about the farm, and his horse returned to the house riderless. Search was immediately instituted for Mr. Lee, and he was found lying on the ground unconscious and taken to his home. Dr. McKinney of this city was called to see him, but his services were unavailing, as he lingered until Monday night and died. He never became conscious after he was found, consequently it is not known how his death occurred, but is is supposed he was thrown from the horse, causing concussion of the brain. Journal.


The Austin Weekly Statesman, 5 Nov 1874, page 2

The Fayette County Record announces the death of Dr. A. Lee, on the thwenty-third ultimo, from an over-dose of chloral . . .


Weimar Mercury, 15 Jun 1934, page 1

Asleep in Country Road; Wakes in Other World

A young negro man about 17 years old, Clarence Lee by name, living in the Clear Creek section, some six miles southwest of Weimar, for some unaccountable reason went to sleep in the road which leads fom the Clear Creek colored school to the New Brunn school. This was some time Friday night.

That night Raymond Granger, another colored resident of that section, came along in his automobile, and ran over the sleeping form, causing injuries which resulted in the death of the young negro youth. The accident happened early Saturday morning.

Judge A. J. Ratliff went out and held an inquest, returning a verdict that Raymond Granger was in no way to blame for the unfortunate occurrence. The parents of the dead youth are Fritz Lee and wife. The dead youth was buried in Corrinth Cemetery in the Schulenburg section.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, June 7, 1934

Bodies of Aged Man and Woman Found in Brush

Although the sheriff’s office had been notified the Sunday previous, May 27, that Otto Legler, aged 72 and his wife 67, had left La Grange on Thursday, May 23, nothing was given to the public, as the opinion seemed to be that the couple had left here for the purpose of visiting with relatives at San Antonio.  Failing to hear, however, as to their whereabouts, their daughter, Mrs. Ottilie Struve sought aid from Sheriff Loessin.

The sheriff secured connection with the San Antonio relative, and was informed that the couple had not reached there.  He then secured connection with the authorities at Houston, with the request to send information as soon as available.  Nothing developed until Friday, when Houston authorities notified the sheriff’s department that the bodies of an aged man and woman had been found below Harrisburg by a youth.

Whether the couple, after leaving La Grange walked from here to Houston or secured passage over the bus line is not stated; they were seen near the thicket in which the bodies were found, by a Harrisburg resident, and at the time were walking in the direction of the thicket.  Sheriff Loessin, in company with Mrs. Otillie Struve, daughter of the couple, went to Houston early Saturday morning.  The bodies had been buried, however, before they left La Grange.

Identification was temporarily established when the authorities at Houston spoke to Mrs. Struve and gave a description of the clothing worn; the facial appearance of both made it impossible to identify, as decomposition had made too rapid progress.  Upon the telephone identification, however, the bodies were taken to Rosewood Park cemetery and buried.

When Sheriff Loessin and Mrs. Struve reached Houston and visited with the police department, articles that were found near to the bodies were positively identified by Mrs. Struve.  Before the two – evidently a suicide pact – sought to carry out their intentions, they took from their fingers the rings, and destroyed the initial inside the gold bands; a small satchel found near the bodies contained the rings, a pair of glasses, a spoon, a drinking glass and several medicine bottles.  The label on one of the bottles bore the name of Meyenberg Drug Store, which gave the Houston officers the clew and upon which they acted with good results, at indentification.

The place where the bodies were found is thickly wooded with much brush, and only about 100 yards from the home of Mrs. Anderson.  A neighbor mentioned that at night the odor from the dense brush was offensive, and suggested to a youngster to help investigate what the cause might be, thinking that a railway train – the track runs within a short distance of the brush – might have killed a man of an animal.  The boy made the discovery and the man reported the find to the proper authorities.

Sheriff Loessin and Mrs. Struve returned Saturday afternoon from Houston; the photograph in the sheriff’s possession, shows the two bodies . . .

The aged couple lived in the southern part of La Grange, on lower Washington street, in the home formerly occupied by the family of Louis Bollmeyer.  They gave no information whatever of their intention, or their point of destination.  Before removing to La Grange, the deceased farmed a few miles east from La Grange, being tenants of the farm formerly owned by Mrs. Anna Kirsch, near Halsted.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Mexia Evening Ledger, 3 Aug 1899 pg 1

Orange, Tex., Aug. 2.—Franz Legler, aged about 23 years, formerly of Bridge Valley, Fayette county, Tex., was eating dinner at his boarding house yesterday at 12:30 when he told the landlady he believed he felt a chill coming on, pushed his chair back, went to his room and laid down. As soon as the landlord finished eating he went to the sick man's room to see if he needed anything, and when he touched him he discovered that the man was dead and cold, though he had been away from the table less than an hour.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 15, 1943

Mrs. Ida Lehmann

Mrs. Ida Lehmann, aged 68 years, died at Dallas, Friday, April 9.  The body was cremated and the ashes brought to La Grange.

Mrs. Lehmann, a daughter of La Grange parents who lived in this city thirty years ago, was born in La Grange, attended the public schools of the city and after completing her high school education, left for Germany with her mother, to study music.  She remained in Germany and was married there.

For the past two decades she had lived in Dallas.  Many of her classmates are local citizens.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, October 22, 2013

Clyde Dean Lemke from Buda passed away on Friday, Oct. 11 at Muldoon. He died of natural causes at age 68 years, 11 months, 16 days.

The funeral was held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church on Wednesday, Oct. 16, followed by interment in the church cemetery. Rev. Tim Kosler officiated. Pallbearers were Michael Polk, Bryan Pfile, Wade Duty, Aaron Schobel, Andy Schobel and Phil Leaman. Rosary was said on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by the Rev. Kosler.

He was born in Schulenburg on Nov. 27, 1944. His father was Edlee Lemke, who preceded him in death; his mother is Rose Marie Mican Mazoch, who survives him; and his stepfather is Jimmy Mazoch, who also preceded him in death.

He graduated from Weimar High School in 1962 and Texas A&M in 1966. He and his wife, Roberta “Bobbie” Sue, were married in August 1965 in Schulenburg. He worked as a CPA and was a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include his mother, Rose Marie Mazoch; wife, Roberta “Bobbie” Sue Lemke; three sons, Todd Lemke, Robert Lemke and Mark Lemke; two sisters, Shirley Polk and Loretta Kacal; and four grandchildren, Kyle Lemke, Emily Lemke, Max Lemke and Lizzy Lemke.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Fayette County Record, Aug 1984

Charles Lemmons Services Held

Charles A. Lemmons, 71, former superintendent of the La Grange Independent School District for 31 years, passed away Friday night at Breckenridge Hospital in Austin,

Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. Don Carlson officiating. Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Lemmons was associated with the La Grange Public Schools for 41 years.

He came to La Grange in 1936 as a math and science teacher. He served as principal for 18 months prior to joining the FBI during World War II from 1941-46. He then returned to La Grange and served as superintendent until June 30, 1977.

It was under his leadership that 26 school districts consolidated into what is now the La Grange Independent School District. He saw the district grow from an area of 25 square miles to 305 square miles.

Also during his career, a number of bond issues were passed, integration took place and several structures were erected including the auditorium, Hermes Elemen­tary School, new Leopard Field and the vocational education building. When he resigned as superintendent, he stated that he considered his greatest achievement — the organization of the area vocational school and its loca­tion in La Grange.

In addition to his school interests, he was a member of the Lions Club, Lutheran Brotherhood and was a master mason. He was a past president of the Colorado Valley Shrine Club. At the time of his death, he was serving on the Fayette Tax Appraisal Board, the Fayette Memorial Hospital Board and the La Grange and Fayette In­dustrial Foundation Boards. He also was a member of the Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas.

He was born in Hamilton on April 24, 1913, the son of the late Arthur and Grace (Hitt) Lemmons. He received his bachelors and masters degrees at Southwest Texas State University' in San Marcos. He was united in mar­riage with Robbie Schott on Aug. 24, 1936 in La Grange.

Surviving are his wife Robbie of La Grange; one son and daughter-in-law, William R. and Patricia Lemmons of Riviera; two brothers. William M. Lemmons of Granite Sholes and Robert T. Lemmons of Pampa; two grandsons, William R. Jr. and wife Angie of Ft. Smith Ark. and Charles U. Lemmons of Riviera; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial Funeral home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

C.A. Lemmons died 17 Aug 1984. Contributed by Kathy Carter





Weimar Mercury, 25 Mar 1899, page 8

Schulenburg, Tex., March 22.—A ball fired from a Winchester rifle killed Nero Lemmons, a negro, at Engle this aftenoon. Antone Stavinoha surrendered to Constable Williams and is in jail. Stavinoha is a Bohemian, about 25 years old, and was a private in Captain Walker's company, First Texas cavalry.

Schulenburg Sticker, 30 Mar 1899

Killing at Engle.

Not to be behind the excitement, a killing took place at Engle, a quiet little station six miles west of Schulenburg, last week (Wednesday afternoon), in front of Galia’s saloon. The party killed was an insolent negro, by the name of Nero Lemons, who had figured in several brawls there, and who at the time he was killed had threatened the life of A. Stavinoha, who did the killing. The examining trial was held, and Stavinoha was placed under $1,000 bond, which he readily furnished. Stavinoha used a Winchester rifle.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Oct 1902

Mr. A. C. Lenert, of LaGrange’ an esteemed citizen and successful business man, died at Mineral Wells, Tuesday night Oct. 21st, where he had gone in hopes of recovering his health, which had not been good for several months and his remains will be interred in LaGrange at 4 p. m. Thursday, October 23d. Mr. Lenert leaves a wife, three daughters, five sons, a number of relatives and friends to morn [sic] his loss. Mrs. F. W. Perlitz of our city is a sister of deceased. The sympathy of the public is extended the bereaved family.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 21 Mar 1891, page 1

Word was brought here Thursday that Ernst Lenert, a well to do farmer residing near Warrenton, this county, had committed suicide by shooting himself through the head; inquiry developed the fact that the report was true. No cause can be ascribed for the rash act.—Democrat.


VESTNIK—Wednesday, December 28, 1960

Mrs. F.J. Lesikar, 70, of 912 S. Sixth St., Temple, was buried in Seaton Cemetery after services at 11 a.m. Saturday in the East Side Baptist Church, with Rev. Gus Hayworth, pastor, officiating. Mrs. Lesikar died at her home Friday after a long illness.

She was born in Fayette County and came to Bell County 61 years ago, living in Temple for the past eight years. She was a member of the East Side Baptist Church and the SPJST Lodge.

She leaves 5 daughters, 6 sons and 22 grandchildren.

Contributed by Brenda Simek


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Feb 1917

L. P. Lester Dead

The death of L. P. Lester Monday evening was a distinct shock to many friends throughout this section of the State. In the prime of life, blessed with an unusually healthy constitution, the angel of death sent her summons home after but a few days sickness from pneumonia and pleurisy.

L. P. Lester was born in Beaumont in 1882. He came to Schulenburg twelve years ago as operator for the Southern Pacific railroad and on July 5, 1906 was united in marriage to Miss Lottie McKinnon of this city in Houston, Texas. Three children blessed their union, Clayton aged nine, Marjory, aged six, Walter Haword, aged two and a bright little baby daughter born Wednesday morning.

The funeral services were held at the family home under the auspices of Rev. Roeder of the Weimar Methodist church. At the cemetery the Knights of Pythias had charge of the services.

Mr. Lester was an active force in city affairs. A man’s man, it was never necessary to use devious means to find how he viewed any problem effecting [sic] the welfare of his home town. Fair, honest and above board, he was never found on both sides of any proposition.

Although employed as operator here, the field was too limited for his ambition and his enterprise carried him into investments and businesses enterprises of different kinds. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, Elks, W. O. W. and O. R. T.

A life lived to its utmost has ended with the verdict, “Well done.” The concienceness [sic] of achievement brought no fulsome boasting, the dregs of failure no weaklings plea, rest well, good friend. The community has been benefitted, and now that the Master calls you home, to regret your going would be but selfishness.

Surviving are the wife and children, his mother, Mrs. Lizzie Lester, sisters, Mrs. Lucy Baker and Mrs. Kate Posey, all of Beaumont; his brothers, Tom, of Houston; Charles, of Jacksonville; and W. H., of Weimar.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 22 Oct 1903


Prof. Charles H. Letzerich died in Waukesha, Wis., the early part of this week, and was interred near his old home at Warrenton, Fayette County, Texas. The father of the deceased, Mr. C. H. Letzerich, was called to his bedside a few days before his death and accompanied his remains to Warrenton.

The Herald received the sad announcement of the death of this most estimable gentleman with much sorrow and greatly deplores his loss, not only to his relatives and many friends, but also to the cause of education. Prof. Letzerich has for the past four years been connected with the public schools of this city in the capacity of principal, and was at one time superintendent of the schools at Marlow, Indian Territory. In the summer of 1902 he was a member of the State Board of Examiners. He was a native Texan and acquired his finished education in both the literary and legal departments of the State University. He began practice of law at LaGrange, and continued the practice in the city of Brenham, where he remained until four years ago when he took up the cause of education, and accepted the position as principal of the public schools of the city of Wichita Falls, Texas.

Prof. Letzerich was a gentleman of polished manners, refined sensibilities, and rare educational and literary attainments. He was a faithful member of the Lutheran church and always practiced the strict morality that he endeavored to instill into the minds and hearts of his pupils. Few teachers enjoy the distinction which he justly carried while in our schools – that of being popular with his patrons and fellow teachers, beloved by his pupils and honored by his trustees. His courtesy, kindness and consideration won for him many warm friends who mourn his loss while they fully appreciate the example by a life of integrity, sobriety and earnest faithful effort, and rest confident in the belief that he has gone to claim the reward he so justly deserved. – Wichita Herald.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, October 23, 1919


For Fifty-two Years A Resident At Warrenton. Fayette County

Wednesday evening of last week Conrad Letzerich, age 79 years, 4 months and 5 days, died at the family residence at Warrenton. following an illness that had lasted for several weeks. By his death the community of Warrenton has lost a good citizen, his family a loving husband and father; his friends and acquaintances a true and considerate friend. Sunday forenoon the funeral was held from the family residence, and the remains taken to the Florida Chapel cemetery near Warrenton and placed to rest, Rev. J.  Bosshard, pastor of the Lutheran church, officiating.

Conrad Letzerich was born in Kerstenhausen. Kuhrhessen, Germany, June 10, 1840, and when a young man of sixteen years of age, emigrated to America, the land of promise.  He landed at Philadelphia and resided there for eleven years, when the d­sire to go South took hold; hearing of Texas, the great estate, he, in company with his life-long friends, Chas. And Wm. Baur, came to Fayette County and located at Warrenton, where he continued to reside until his death, fifty-two years.

Fifty years ago last May he was united in marriage with Miss Henrietta Knesel of Fayetteville, and this happy event, after a half century, was celebrated May 11th of this year. Six children were born unto them, one of whom, Chas. died in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1903, at the age of thirty-three years. The children living are: Mrs. Adolph Gerjes, Austin; Dr. C.W. Letzerich, Dr. A.M. Letzerich and H.J. Letzerich of Harlingen, and Mrs. Charles C. Zirjacks of Victoria.

Mr. Letzerich, while well known throughout the county, was the possessor of many friends here in La Grange. Time brought no change to him; he was ever the gentleman of old, dignified, polite, and friendly to all. Beginning as a homeless emigrant he, by strict attention to his business, frugal and energetic he succeeded in accumulating a competence which enabled him to enjoy restfully the declining years. To his surviving relatives we offer our sympathy.  May he sleep peacefully.

Conrad Letzerich passed away on October 10, 1919. Contributed by Kathy Carter

Schulenburg Sticker, 21 Nov 1919


At Warrenton, October 15, of necrosis of lung, Conrade Letzerich, aged 79 years, 4 months and 5 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 3 Dec 1903

Death Record.

Letzerich: Died at LaGrange, Oct. 24th-03, of chronic encephalitis, Henry Letzerich, aged 6 yrs. and 7 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, September 14, 1939


Death came to Hy. K. Letzerich, a citizen of La Grange for the past 56 years, Monday, September 11, after an illness that had extended over a period of several months. Funeral services were held at the family residence in La Grange, Wednesday afternoon at 3:00 o’clock, and interment was made in the new cemetery, Rev. R. Heise, officiating. Kroll Funeral Home had charge of the funeral.

Hy. Letzerich was a public spirited citizen, and was identified with all of the progressive movements of the past, of which the Fair Association and the securing of the new bridge at the foot of Jefferson Street may be cited.  He serve the city of La Grange for several terms as an alderman from his ward, and was for more than 40 years a member of the La Grange Fore Department, having his name added to the honorary list only [illegible word] while energy and vigor were impaired. He served as assistant chief for several years.

He was born in Germany, March 15, 1867 and immigrated to America when 14 years of age, coming directly to Fayette County after reaching Texas, and locating at Rutersville where he remained for two years and then removed to La Grange. For several years he conducted a grocery business in the Eastern end of the city, and after disposing of same, was given the responsible appoinyment as manager of the La Grange Cotton Compress, remaining in charge of the local compress until 10 years ago, retiring from active service.

Forty-six years ago he was united in marriage with Miss Lucy Speckels, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. G.E. Speckels of La Grange at Rutersville; the family resided continuously in this city. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Verna Reichert and two grandsons, Frank Henry and Jimmy Reichert, and several family relatives.

Attend Funeral

In attendance upon the funeral of Mr. Letzerich was: Mrs. August Roehl and daughter, Mrs. W.F. Woodul of Angleton; Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Speckels, Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Wessels and E.F. Rehmann of Houston; Mrs. Ed Froelich, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Froelich and Mr. and Mrs. George Dietze of Cuero.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zirjacks of Victoria; and Mrs. Alfred Letzerich and daughter, Miss Elvera, of Harlingen.

Contributed by Kathy Carter


The La Grange Journal, March 5, 1936 pg. 5

Dr. Hugo Letzerich Dies at Harlingen Born at Warrenton

Local relatives were advised by telegraph last Saturday that Dr. Hugo J. Letzerich had died at his home in Harlingen; deceased was about 56 years of age.

Dr. Letzerich, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Letzerich of Warrenton, was born in that village, and grew to manhood there. After completing his studies in the little school of the village, he attended college and later studied medicine, graduating, as did his brother, Dr. D.T. Letzerich, who died at Harlingen last year, and located in Harlingen and became a successful practitioner and one of its leading citizens.

Dr. Letzerich is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Annie Gerges of Austin and Mrs. Chas. (Katie) Zirjacks of Victoria; one brother, Alf. Letzerich, of Harlingen.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


La Grange Journal, Thursday, April 28, 1932

After Much Suffering

Mrs. Justina Letzerich, wife of Wm. Letzerich, died at the family home in this city, Tuesday afternoon, following an illness that had extended over a period of months.  During her long illness Mrs. Letzerich was a patient sufferer, and accepted the inevitable in calmness and contentment.  The funeral will be held from the family residence, Thursday morning, the body is to be taken to the Sacred Heart Catholic church, where Rev. S. A. Zientek will officiate, after which interment will be held at the new cemetery.

Mrs. Letzerich was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Hans, early setlers of La Grange.  Beside her husband, she leaves five children, three daughters and two sons, one son preceded her in death about twenty years ago.  The living children are: Mrs. Sybilla, wife of Gerhard Balzer of Robstown; Mrs. Janie, wife of H. Worthington of Corpus Christi; Dennis, of Jacksonville; Mrs. Julia, wife of Louis Richers of Bay City, and Emil, at the family home in La Grange.  She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, and two brothers, Emil Hans of Los Angeles, California, and Max Hans of Dallas.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 29, 1927

Died From Injuries Received In Auto Smash

Saturday afternoon, after services had been held at the family home of Mrs. Augusta Letzerich, by Rev. R. Heise, the body of Walter Letzerich, the son, was taken to the Townsend cemetery near Warrenton and placed to rest in the family plat, Rev. Heise again conducting the funeral rites and relatives and many friends being present to pay their last respects.

Walter died from injuries received when his car, in which Frank Fritsch, and Walter and Leon Rippel were seated, was returning to La Grange from the farm home of a friend near Ellinger.  Just how the accident occurred will have to be told by others; a soft spot at the edge of the road caused the car to crash against the guard rail of the bridge approach on the Ellinger highway, about eight miles from town.  Whether Walter saw the inevitable crash or not is a matter of conjecture, but it is presumed that he jumped to save himself.  The crash against the guard rail was heavy, the driver was partly unconscious while the other occupant suffered only a few bruises.  Walter was lying on the highway a short distance to the rear of the car and was unconscious.

Zapalac Brothers, young men living near to the scene of the accident came to the rescue of the three and was beseeched by Mr. Fritsch to take Walter to the La Grange Hospital at once.  This was done, and the unfortunate victim given every possible attention.  He died early Saturday morning.

Walter was born at Warrenton, March 8, 1876, and when twelve years of age the family removed to the La Bahia prairie near Carmine, and in 1905 came to La Grange.  Walter later removed to Waller county where he remained for three years, and then removed to the State of Washington where he lived for two years, coming back to La Grange in 1910.  He, with his brother Cooney, managed the farm for their father until he removed to Brazoria county where he remained until 1918.  Since that year he had been living at the home of his mother in the Northern part of the city.

Just another blow to the aged mother who has seen one after another of her loved ones taken.  We offer to her and her three remaining children, Cooney of La Grange, Otto of Houston and Mrs. Augusta roehl of Angleton, our sincerest sympathy.
Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, Thursday, June 9, 1932

Husband Joins His Wife After Six Weeks

Wm. Letzerich of La Grange, died at the family residence in this city last Saturday, June 4, just six weeks after Mrs. Letzerich’s death, which occurred Tuesday, April 26th.  The hand of fate is in evidence here; Mr. Letzerich, at the time of the death of his wife, was not in good health, and gradually declined.  He drifted into that long sleep without much struggle.  Sunday afternoon the funeral was held from the old home, and interment was made in the new cemetery, Rev. S. A. Zientek officiating.

Mr. Letzerich lived in La Grange for more than fifty years; he was a carpenter by trade and well trained in his line of work, there are still in our little city, many homes that were erected under his supervision.  He was also one of the contractors who erected the concrete approach to the old river bridge at the west end of the city.  He retired several years ago and while still very active up to within a year past, did not engage in any public work.  He was one of the charter members of the old La Grange Fire Company, No. 1, few of whom still live.

His living children are: Sybilla, wife of Gerhard Balzer of Robstown; Mrs. Jane, wife of H. Worthington of Corpus Christi; Dennis of Jacksonville; Mrs. Julia, wife of Louis Richers of Bay City, and Emil, who lives with his sister at Bay City.  One brother, Hy. Letzerich, superintendent of the La Grange Compress and 17 grandchildren also survive.

Plain, Hones, a good citizen; may he rest in peace.  To the surviving relatives, our sincere sympathy is offered.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Victoria Advocate, February 11, 2010


PRAHA - Cecilia Lev of Praha passed away Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010 at the age of 96. Miss Lev was born Nov. 2, 1913 in Praha to Frank J. Lev and Maria Novak Lev. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Alter Society, and KJZT.

Miss Lev is survived by one brother, Emil Lev and wife Mary Ann of Flatonia; and two sisters-in-law, Vicky Lev of Schulenburg and Bridget Lev of Flatonia. She is also survived by nieces, Kathryn and late husband, Bobby Pesek, Barbara and husband Jimmy Haenel, and Tracy Lev; nephews, Robert Lev and Stephen and wife, Judie Lev; along with numerous other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Miss Lev was preceded in death by five sisters: Mary Okruhlik, Agnes Jasek, Sister Roberta Lev, Stazie Stryk, and Judith Tofel; and two brothers, John Lev and Charlie Lev.

Visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11 at Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia. A rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Praha with Father Edward Bartsch officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Praha.

Smith Funeral Home, 128 East 5th Street, Flatonia, 361-865-3311.

Contributed by Jeanne Walshak Boothe


Victoria Advocate, 14 Dec 1996


FLATONIA – Charles J. Lev, 73, of Flatonia died Thursday, Dec. 12, 1996.

He was born Aug. 13, 1923, in Praha to the late Frank and Mary Novak Lev. He was a carpenter. Mr. Lev was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, American Legion, KJT and Praha Veterans Memorial.

Survivors: wife, Bridget M. Janek Lev; daughters, Margaret Svatek and Anita Rainosek, both of Flatonia; sisters, Judith Tofel of Ammansville, Cecilia Lev of Flatonia and Stazy Stryk of Victoria; brother, Emil Lev of Flatonia; and seven grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: sisters, Mary Okruhlik and Agnes Jasek; and brother, Johnny Lev.

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

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

Pallbearers: Keith Svatek, Brian Rainosek, Jason Rainosek, Kenneth Lev, Bennie Jasek and Stanley Stryk.

Memorials: donor’s choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, Thursday, February 21, 1963

Frank Lev, 80 years of age, passed away at his home in Praha Saturday night, February 9, 1963 of a heart attack. He had been in ill health for some time, however, his death was sudden.

A long-time resident of the Praha community, he and his wife, the former Mary Novak, spent their entire married life in that community where they farmed for livelihood.

Funeral services were held at the Smith Funeral Home in Flatonia Monday, February 11 at 8:00 a.m. and continued at the Praha Catholic Church at 8:30 a.m. with the Rev. Father Marcus Valenta officiating. Interment was in the Praha Catholic Cemetery.

Surviving are his widow; and nine children, Mrs. Rudie Okruhlik of Yoakum, Johnnie Lev and Mrs. Frank Stryk of Schulenburg, Mrs. Judith Tofel of Ammannsville, Miss Cecelia Lev at home, Charles and Emil Lev and Mrs. Joe Jasek of Flatonia, and Sister Roberta of Shiner.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 7 Mar 1996

Johnnie Lev

Johnnie Lev, age 78 years, 2 months and 21 days of Schulenburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 1996.

A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29 at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home chapel.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg with the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating.

Burial was at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery under the direction of Schwenke Baumgarten Funeral Home.

He was born Dec. 6, 1917 in Praha, to the late Frank and Marie (Novak) Lev.  He was a construction worker of LCRA.

He is survived by his wife, Victoria Janek Lev; three daughters, Laurie Goedecker of Schulenburg, Agatha Fay of Laramie Wyo., and Vicky Daraie of Casper, Wyo.; one son, Kenneth Lev of Schulenburg; four sisters, Sister Roberta Lev and Stacy Styrk, both of Victoria, Cecilia Lev of Flatonia and Judith Tofel of La Grange; two brothers, Charlie Lev and Emil Lev, both of Flatonia and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father Feb. 9, 1963; his mother, Sept. 5, 1969; one sister, Agnes B. Jasek, April 29, 1990.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 Dec 2010, page 2

Victoria Marie Lev

Victoria Marie Lev, age 92 years, 11 months, 20 days, passed away at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center on Monday, Nov. 22. She formerly resided on Baumgarten Street.

The funeral was held at St. Rose Catholic Church on Friday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Entombment followed in the St. Rose Mausoleum. Pallbearers were Greg Goedecker of Schulenburg, grandson; Justin and Jonathan Daraie of Wyoming, grandsons; Michael Dehoyos of Houston, grandson-in-law; Steve Janek of Weimar, nephew; and Ronnie Masek of Flatonia, nephew.

Rosary was said on Friday, Nov. 26 at 9:30 a.m. at the church, led by the Rev. Kosler.

Born on Dec. 11, 1917 at Novohrad, she was the daughter of Frank and Mathilda Janek. She attended Novohrad School. On Oct. 26, 1945, she married Johnnie Lev at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Praha. She lived in Novohrad (Lavaca County) for 25 years, and Schulenburg the rest of her life. She was a professional seamstress, and loved sewing wedding dresses and quilts. She was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church and the St. Rose Altar Society. Mrs. Lev was also a Girl Scout leader, 4-H leader and Czech instructor at St. Rose School.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Laurie and Peter Goedecker of Schulenburg, Agatha and Kenneth Fay of Laramie, Wyo., and Vicki and Ken Daraie of Cheyenne, Wyo.; a son, Kenneth Lev of Schulenburg; a sister, Bridget Lev of Flatonia; a granddaughter, Gretchen Dehoyos and husband Michael of Houston; and four grandsons, Greg Goedecker and friend Amanda Toro of Schulenburg, Justin Daraie of Cheyenne, Wyo., Jonathan Daraie of Laramie, Wyo., and Jared Daraie of Denver, Colo.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband; three sisters, Millie Halata, Anna Schacherl and Olga Masek; and four brothers, Louis Janek, Emil Janek, Henry Janek and Ernest Janek.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

The family requests memorials be made to the St. Rose Family Life Center or St. Rose School Endowment Fund.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 30 February 1923


M.C. Levey died Sunday, February 25, 1923. He was 87 years old. Born in Strassbourg, Alsace-Lorraine (which is on the France Germany border) on January 15, 1836. He received his education, including college, in France and sailed for America to New York in 1857. A year later he went to Galveston and, in time, to Hallettsville where he started a grocery in the settlement known as Sweet Home. This was in 1860 and on February 26, 1871, he married Miss Helena Pepper of Hallettsville. After a few months at Sweet Home, they moved to Hallettsville, where Mr. Levey entered the employ of the firm of Pepper and August. Then the Civil War was started and Mr. Levey enrolled for the Confederate Cause and served during the entire period of the war. In 1879 the family moved to Flatonia where he again entered the grocery business. In 1880 they took up residence in Schulenburg where they stayed until 1913, returning to Hallettsville for the remained of his life. He served as mayor of Schulenburg for several terms.


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Apr 1930


Mrs. Helen Levey, of whose death this paper in its last issue stated details would follow; was born in Kempen, Germany. She came to this country with her parents when quite young. Before her marriage she was Miss Helen Pepper. She was married to M.C. Levey in Hallettsville. To this union five children were born, her husband and one daughter preceded her in death, Mr. Levey passing away seven years ago. The family lived here in Schulenburg for many years. While living here, Mr. Levey was one of our leading merchants and for a long time was Mayor of our city, which office he held until he resigned. Our present City Hall was built when he was Mayor. After his death in Hallettsville, Mrs. Levey made her home here with her daughter, Mrs. Ike Lippman, where she resided until her death last Wednesday afternoon April 17th, 1930. She had been in ill health for a year. She was born Aug. 14, 1850.

Deceased was an excellent mother, a kind, friendly neighbor, she was a member of the old school, who considered it a pleasure to labor and make the pathway of life easier for mankind. Her kind of folks are rapidly thinning out and with each passing the world is truly a poorer place.

The body was conveyed to Hallettsville Thursday where it was laid to rest in the Jewish Cemetery. Rabbi Colish of Houston officiated. The funeral was a very large one and the flower offerings were very numerous.

She is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Margolius of Houston, Mrs. Julius Frosh of Weslaco and Mrs. Ike Lippman of this city; one son, Leo Levey of Houston, and six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.


Weimar Mercury, 3 Mar 1894

Schulenburg cor. Flatonia Argus: The whole community was shocked Monday morning by the news of the death of Miss Emma Levy, one of the most popular young ladies of the city. She had been sick some time previous, but her death was unexpected, and her many friends sincerely mourn her loss. The bereavd parents and relatives have our heartfelt sympathy. Her remains were taken to Halletsville Monday morning for interment in the Hebrew cemetery.


Colorado Citizen, 23 Feb 1882, page 2

A negro named Jno. Lewis was drowned in Dewty's [Duty's] creek near Ellenger [sic.], while attempting to swim it on horseback a few days ago. His body was afterward recovered.—La Grange Journal.


Weimar Mercury, March 21, 1891, page 2

It is with deep regret that THE MERCURY is this week called upon to chronicle the death of Walter, the 4-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Lewis, which sad event transpired Sunday at the family residence in Pecan, Fayette county. Little Walter was ill but a very short time, he being in splendid health last week when his father bade the family good-bye and started for a visit to Alabama. He was a bright little boy, the pride of both mother and father, and his death is a heavy blow to them. THE MERCURY extends its sympathy to the grief-stricken parents.

page 3 of same newspager:


My little cousin, Walter, the four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Lewis, died at the family residence on Pecan creek Sunday night, and was buried in the Odd Fellows' Rest in this city on Monday afternoon.

Little Walter was an invalid almost from his birth, and while his death was expected at any time, it was none the less shocking to the fond parents, who had indulged him all his life. By night and by day his moments were carefully guarded by his tender hearted mother, and so constantly had she watched his sinking life, with now and then an occasional hope for recovery, that even the death which she must have expected, robbed her of the dearest treasure of her life.

The vacant place in the home circle is made desolate by the fact the very absence of someone to care for is the more impressive.

In the last fatal illness of the little son, Mrs. Lewis' troubles were doubly sever by reason of the absence of her husband in Alabama, whither he went a few days before on business.

But the precious throb of Walter's kindly breast can be felt no more again, and the gentle nature which characterized his brief span on this earth will be missed by the entire family, with many pangs of sorrow.

May his fond parents find comfort in the thought of re-uniting in heaven.



Weimar Mercury, Thursday, July 17, 1969

Alf. Lichnovsky Buried Friday At Schulenburg

Funeral services were held at Schulenburg Friday for Alfons Lichnovsky Jr., 36, who died at his home Wednesday, July 9.

Rev. Michael O'Gorman officiated in services at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

A lifelong resident of Fayette County, Mr. Lichnovsky had been a mechanic for E. J. Parma's Allis-Chalmers Agency at Schulenburg for a number of years, then was in business for himself until 18 months ago when his health began to fail.

He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and the SPJST Lodge.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn and two sons, Kenneth and Mark; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfons Lichnovsky Sr. of Ammannsville; a brother, Eugene Lichnovsky of Houston; and his grandmother, Mrs. Emilia Barta of Schulenburg.

Pallbearers were Henry Thompson, Eugene Holub, Laddie Orsak, Raymond Vacek, Henry Hercik and Charles Moore.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Victoria Advocate, August 25, 2005

He was born to Evelyn Trojacek of Schulenburg and the late Alphonse Lichnovsky.

Survivors: brothers, Lad Trojacek and Mike Trojacek both of Schulenburg.

Preceded in death by: one brother.

Visitation will be after 5 p.m. Friday at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home.

A rosary will be recited 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St Rose Catholic Church.

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

Memorials: The St. Rose Family Life Center or donor's choice.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury
1 April 1927, page 1


Mrs. Cecelia Lidiak, nee Bohac, beloved wife of Mr. Bed. Lidiak of the Ammannsville community, died Sunday and the funeral took place at the Ammannsville Cemetery Tuesday morning. A number of relatives and friends from this immediate section attended the funeral.

Mrs. Lidiak was about 37 years of age and is survived by her husband, three children, a daughter and two sons, mother, Mrs. Agnes Bohac, four brother, Mike, Jerome, Albert, and Frank, six sisters, Mrs. John Janak of combus, Mrs. Jos. Motl of Bomarton, Mrs. Alois Shumbera and Mrs. Richard Naiser of LaGrange, Wm. Tumis, Holman, and Mrs. Jos. Till of this city.

Mrs. Lidiak was a devoted wife and mother, a dutiful daughter, a friend and neighbor who presence lent cheer to every gathering where she was present, and her death at so early an age is sincerely deplored.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her bereaved ones.


Schulenburg Sticker, 27 Oct 1916

George Lidiak Dead

George Lidiak, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lidiak, of this city, died at Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tuesday afternoon, the news having been wired to his relatives by his brother, F. J. Lidiak. His mother, who left here Sunday night to be at his bedside, arrived too late to see him alive. The young man was born in this city and was in his twenty-third year. Many friends were his, for he was a good, moral young man. He left for the West several years ago, in the hope that a change of climate would benefit his health. Relief, it seems, was only temporary.

To his parents, brothers and sisters we offer our sympathy. – LaGrange Journal.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 14 April 1916

John Liadik [sic.], who resided in this section for 56 years, died at his home near Bluff Monday, at the age of 72. Funeral services were held Thursday.

Schulenburg Sticker, 24 Nov 1916


John Lidiak, died April 4, age 70 years and 10 months, near La Grange.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 2 Feb 1961, page 1

Mrs. Marie Lidiak, 90, Buried Sunday at Ammannsville

Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Lidiak, 90, of Ammannsville were held Sunday morning at the Ammannsville Catholic Church, with the Rev. Roman Janak officiating. Burial was in ther church cemetery.

Mrs. Lidiak died Friday at Fayette Memorial Hospital, La Grange, after a long illness.

A native of Czechoslovakia, she was brought to this country by her parents when she was 14 and had lived in the Ammannsville area since.

Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Frances Fisher of San Antonio and Mrs. Agnes Walla of Caddo, Oklahoma; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A daughter preceded her in death.


Weimar Mercury, Friday, October 16, 1931


Speaking of the death of Mrs. Pauline Lidiak, a lady favorably known and related to many people of this section, which occurred in LaGrange Monday of last week, the LaGrange Journal says:

Mrs. Lidiak, whose maiden name was Miss Pauline Adamcik, was born in Moravia, Austria, June 21, 1853, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Adamcik. The family came to America in the year 1860 and located at what is known as the Ammannsville section. She was united in marriage with Frank Lidiak, June 19, 1877, and to them was born eight children, two of whom preceded her in death. The living children are: Mrs. L. J. Rose, LaGrange; Mrs. E. E. Buschek, Yoakum; F. J. Lidiak, , LaGrange; Mrs. Edna Zapalac, Austin; Mrs. E. A. Ginzel and Mrs. Hugo Hoppe, Smithville. Mr. Lidiak died August 17, 1923.

She is also survived by twelve grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Mrs. Agnes Stavinoha of Temple, Mrs. Annie Stavinoha of Ammannsville and Mrs. Mary Boehm of Moulton, and two brothers, Frank Adamcik of LaGrange and John Adamcik of Smithville, also survive.

The funeral took place from the old family home Wednesday morning at 9:15 o'clock, the body taken to the Sacred Heart Catholic church where Rev. S. A. Zientek, LaGrange, and Rev. E. A. Holub of Taylor conducted the services. Interment was had at the new cemetery. The pall bearers were her grandsons, Edw. Rose of Houston, Joe Bushek of Yoakum, LeRoy Zapalac of Austin and Robt. Frank Hoppe of Smithville, and her grandsons by marriage, Fred Pape, Jr., of LaGrange; Wm. Klimicek of Houston and Wm. Walker of Smithville.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, Thursday, June 6, 1963

Funeral Services For Mrs. Lidiak 86, Last Week

Funeral services for Mrs. Rosalie Lidiak 86, mother of John E. Lidiak of Weimar, were held Wednesday morning, May 29, at Koenig Funeral Home in La Grange and Hostyn Catholic Church.

Rev. Harry Mazurkiewicz officiated in the Requiem High Mass. Msgr. Anthony Drozd delivered the sermon. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Lidiak died Monday in Fayette Memorial Hospital, after a long illness. Her husband, John F. Lidiak, to whom she was married Jan. 14, 1895, preceded her in death in 1947.

Born at Hostyn on March 13, 1877, she was a daughter of Chas and Johanna Lycka Klecka.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Joseph Muras of Holman, Miss Mary Lidiak and Mrs. Ivan Svec of La Grange, Mrs. George Finn of Houston; four sons, Emil of Houston, Adolph and Paul of La Grange, John E. of Weimar; 28 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren; and five sisters, Mrs. Antonia Hilsher of La Grange; Mrs. Johanna Sliva of Waller, Mrs. Amalia Kossa of Schulenburg, Mrs. Agnes Viaclovsky of Wallis, Mrs. Lillie Mikeska of Houston.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Banner Press, August 13, 1992

Services for Sophie Lidiak, 88, a 21-year resident of Fayetteville were held Aug. 11 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hostyn with Msgrs. Ben Mazurkiewicz and Stanley Petru officiating.  Interment followed at Hostyn Catholic Cemetery.

Lidiak died Aug. 8 at Fayette Memorial Hospital in La Grange.

She was born Feb. 7, 1904 in the Hostyn community in Fayette County, the daughter of Charles and Mary Knesek Janda. She was united in marriage with Adolph Lidiak on Nov. 10, 1924 in Hostyn.

She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, the altar society and a housewife.

She was preceded in death by her husband, an infant son and daughter, 5 brothers and 4 sisters.

Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Koenig-Peel Funeral Home Inc., La Grange, directors.

submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 17 Jan 1903, page 1

Columbus, Jan. 10. — Fletcher Light, aged 19 years, whose parents live near Muldoon, in Fayette county, had both legs cut off by an eastbound freight train near the Colorado river bridge yesterday afternoon. He and his brother, Carey Light, were on their way to Eagle Lake. The young man was brought into town and was attended by the local surgeon of the railway company. Shock came on before amputation could be performed and he died from the shock at 2 o'clock in the night. A purse has been made up to send his remains to his home at Muldoon.


Weimar Mercury, 6 Jun 1890


Death visited the home of Mr. W. M. Lightner last week and robbed it of his bright little jewel, dearer to the mother and father than all the world. The little girl had reached the most interesting age when she just began to slip the words mamma and papa, and had become so endeared to the home circle. The cruel stroke is half divested of the pain it inflicts when we remember the divine injunction so full of promise: "Suffer little children to come unto me, for such is the kingdom of heaven." Schulenburg Messenger.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, May 7, 1936

Died Saturday Night

Local relatives were advised Sunday morning that Killough Ligon, aged 20 years, had died at Menard.  The deceased young man was the son of W. W. Ligon, Jr., and the grandson of the late Lee Ligon.  His father died several years ago.  His mother who survives, will be remembered as Miss Elize Knigge, sister to Ernst Knigge and Mrs. R. T. Huettel of La Grange.

Ill has been the wind that has blown through the Ligon household since the removal of the family from La Grange, more than two decades ago.  Of the Lee Ligon family only two remain; death has been grim, very grim!  The Journal, in all sincerity offers to the survivors, especially the mother of Killough Ligon, its sincere sympathy.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 June 1912


Pinkie F. Ligon, age 24 years, Pulmonary Tuberculosis, Plum.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 12 Jan 1895, page 4


Died at LaGrange, Saturday morning, W. W. Ligon, aged 86 years. The deceased had lived here for many years and was beloved and respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was an honest man, the noblest work of God. LaGrange Journal.


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 July 1904


Ligons – Died at Plum, Mrs. Lina Ligons, colored, of consumption, aged 24 years and 3 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross

dorothy jean liles

Brethren Journal, January-February 2005

Dorothy Jean ("Dottie") Liles, age 68 and afflicated with the Fayetteville Brethren Church, died on November 17, 2004 in Fayetteville.

She was born on January 8, 1936 in Columbus, Ohio.

Mrs. Liles is survived by children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Services were at the Fayetteville Brethren Church on November 19, 2004 with burial in that church's cemetery. Minister: Milton Maly.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Weimar Mercury, 25 Feb 1899, page 8


We regret to chronicle the death of Mr. H. A. Linke [sic.], a well known and respected citizen of Fayette ounty. He died very suddenly at his home near Zapp, Fayette county, from a severe attack of asthma. Mr. Linke was a native of Germany and emigrated to this country in 1878. He was 65 years old, and leaves a wife and large family to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. Our sincere condolence is extended them.



Colorado Citizen, 14 Dec 1882, page 2

DIED.—Mrs. M. E. B. Lindsay, wife of Judge L. Lindsey, died very suddenly last Saturday night. Mrs. Lindsay, was up and doing her usual household duties during the day, and her death was very unexpected.—La Grange Journal.


Weimar Mercury, 30 Jan 1897, page 8

Flatonia Argus:

Died at the residence of her brother, J. McMillan, in San Antonio, January 14th, Mrs. Jennie Lindsey, nee Jennie McMillan. Her remains were brought to Flatonia and buried by the side of her mother and brothers in our beautiful cemetery, there to rest in peace until the resurrection morn. To the bereaved family the Argus extends condolence in this, their sad hour of affliction.


Flatonia Argus, March 1946


Mrs. Ludmilla Ling passed away at her home Tuesday, March 12, 1946. She reached the age of 86 years, 5 months, and 20 days. She was born Sept. 20, 1859 in Austria, Germany, to Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Beier. She came to the United States on a sailboat with her parents, one sister and two brothers at the age of nine years, landing at Galveston. On May 10, 1869 they moved to Brenham and then in 1870 moved to LaGrange in a five yoke oxen wagon.

On Oct 30, 1880 she was united to Rudolf Ling. To this union 11 children were born, three sons preceeding her in death. Her husband preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 1899. One son died in infancy and August in February, 1935 and Adolph in September 1941.

On June 18, 1886 she and her husband came to Flatonia by wagon with three children, the youngest being only ten days old, where she spent the rest of her life.

Funeral services were held from the Catholic Church Thursday morning, March 12, Rev. Bily officiating.

Mrs. Ling was a faithful member of the Catholic Church and lived a worthy Christian life.

She was laid to rest beside her husband in the City cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons, Jessie Morris, William Ling, Rudy Ling, Lonnie Ling, Arvil Hart, and Herbert Agricola.

She leaves to mourn her eight children, Arnold Ling of Comfort, Fred of Schulenburg, Mrs. John Morris (Myrtle), of Clodine, Albert, Mrs. John Kocian (Helen), Mrs. O. B. Hart ( Gussie), Mrs. Theo Agricola (Louise), Mrs. O.D. Wright ( Lottie), all of Flatonia, 24 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Mrs. Ling also raised two nephews, Will Ling of Beeville and Hugo Ling of Luling.

"Gone on to be with Jesus,
To a place of eternal rest,
To reap the reward of a life
To which she gave her best"

Contributed by Brenda Wyble


Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Nov 1899, page 1

DIED. – At 7 o’clock, November 8th, at his home in the northeastern part of town, Mr. R. Ling, from catarrh of the stomach, it is thought. Mr. Ling has for many years run the most popular meat market in town, to the entire satisfaction of his customers. His death was a surprise, for until recently, he had appeared in the best of health. He leaves a wife and nine children to mourn his loss, but owing to his successful management of his affairs he leaves them in comfortable circumstances. The Argus joins his many friends in extending sympathy to his mourning family. – Flatonia Argus.

Schulenburg Sticker, 16 Nov 1899

Flatonia Neighborhood Notes.

Mr. R. Ling, after an illness of only a few weeks, died last Wednesday.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Houston Chronicle, January 25, 2011


Leo Linhart, 83, died peacefully Jan. 19, 2011.

He was a life-time member and very active at his local VFW. He was also very passionate about politics, his tangerines and his cats.

He is survived by son Stephen (Karen), grandson Nathan (Kathy), grand-daughter Brittany, brother Alvin (Tillie), brother Daniel (Evelyn), many nieces and nephews and Mae Travis and her family.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, 6-8pm, with a service Thursday, Jan. 28, 3pm at Sugar Land Mortuary, 1818 Eldridge Rd, Sugar Land, Tx 281-277-1818. Interment will be Friday at St. Mary's Church Cemetery in Praha, TX.

Contributed by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 21 April 1910

Mrs. Wm. Link died at her home in Beeville and her remains were conveyed here and laid to rest in the High Hill cemetery Wednesday morning. We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 11 May 1951

Prominent Local Business Man Expires Suddenly

Death came suddenly and unexpectedly to one of Schulenburg's oldest and most prominent merchants, Ike Lippman, on Friday May 4, 1951 at 11:00 p.m. as the result of a heart attack.

Mr. Lippman, age 64 years, was born in Grodek Powiat-Wilenshi, Poland, on April 23, 1887, as the son of Henech and Rifka Lippman. When he was eighteen, he came to America with his uncle, settling in New York. He then came to San Antonio with a friend, Dave Shapiro, and it was here in 1912, that Mr. Lippman set up in the Dry Goods business. He and his partner had their store on Lyons Avenue where E. K. Deterling and Son are now established. On April 12 of this yera, Mr. Lippman celebrated his 39th anniversary in business in this city. On June 12, 1914, he was united in marriage to Selma Levey in Houston, and this union was blessed with one child, a son named Leslie.

His wife's father, M. C. Levey was Mayor of Schulenburg for three terms, from 1883 to 1889. Mrs. Lippman died on February 10, 1936 and is buried in the Hallettsville Jewish Cemetery.

He was well known to many people in this area for they were his friends. He spoke to all whom he met on the streets or went by his home.

He allowed the Boy Scouts to hold their annual Camporee on one of his farms. Saturday night, Scoutmaster Lloyd Jilek and the Scouts paid their respects to Mr. Lippman at his home when, two by two, they filed into the home.

Funeral services were conducted from the family residence Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Rabbi Robert J. Kahn of Temple Immanuel of Houston officiated and burial was in the Jewish Cemetery in Hallettsville.

Pallbearers were Abe and Ben lewis of Houston, Leon Foitik, Joe Wagner, Harold Pinchin and Joe Stahl of this city.

Surviving are his son, Leslie, of this city, one daughter-in-law, Sarah; one grandson; one uncle, Sam Levinson of San Antonio; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Julius Frosh, nee Levey, of Weslaco; and four nieces of Houston.


La Grange Journal, August 13, 1936 pg.2

Fayetteville Section

Mrs. Mary Liska

Mrs. Mary Liska, wife of Emil Liska, died at the family home here, Sunday morning, after a brief illness, a the age of 50 years; she is survived by her husband, one son and one daughter, her aged father, several brothers and sisters, beside a large circle of other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Liska was a member of the K. J. Z. T. Lodge, which Lodge attended in body, the funeral. Funeral services were conducted from the Catholic Church Monday morning with Requiem Mass, Rev. Father Nesvadba of her and Rev. Father Klobouk of Freydek officiating.

Burial was in the Catholic cemetery. Our sympathy is extended to the bereaved family.

Transcribed by Stacy N. Sneed


Fayette County Record, Friday, January 15, 1960

Adolph C. Listvan, 61, long-time Fayetteville resident and more recently of Garwood, passed away Tuesday at the St. Anthony Rest Home here, where he had been staying of late.

Funeral services were held at the Koenig chapel in Fayetteville Thursday at 8:45 a.m., followed by services at St. John’s Catholic Church.  The Rev. Thomas Matl officiated, and burial was in the church cemetery.

A son of the late Jacob and Agnes Listvan, he was born at Fayetteville on May 28, 1898.  Mr. Listvan was in the garage business at Fayetteville for many years, after which he operated a shoe shop at Rek Hill.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Jurek Listvan of Garwood; four daughters, Mrs. Merle Bridges of Hammond, La., Mrs. Lloyd Santleben, Mrs. Joe Pankratz and Mrs. Erwin Klemstien, all of Comfort; four sons, Adolph J. of Long Beach, Calif., Jerry of Houston, and J.C. and Frank Listvan of Garwood; two sisters, Mrs. Albina Havelik of Lott and Mrs. Annie Marschek of Fayetteville; and 12 grandchildren.

The Rosary was recited at the chapel Wednesday at 7 p.m.

submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Schulenburg Sticker, 28 Oct 1921


Died at La Grange, August 3, of uremia coma; Hugh Faison Little, aged 59 years, 10 months and 3 days.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Dallas Morning News, 12 December, 1899

Court at LaGrange

LaGrange, Tex., Dec. 11—In the district court today the case of the state vs. Dan Grady. Doc Williams and Lon McGrew, charged with the murder of Will Livingston near Muldoon last October, was called. The cases against McGrew and Williams were dismissed and Dan Grady pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was given three years in the penitentiary by the jury.

Contributed by Debbie Hanson


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 July 1912


At the family residence south of Schulenburg Mrs. Louisa Lobpries died at nine o’clock Saturday morning and her remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery Sunday afternoon, Father Mathis officiating.

Mrs. Lobpries was born in Germany and has been a citizen of Fayette county, Texas, for twenty-seven years. She first settled in High Hill and lived there one year afterwards removing a few miles south of Schulenburg. She was forty-nine years of age at the time of her death.

She leaves a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Andras [sic] Geartner, of High Hill, three daughters, Mrs. Mary McLain of Longview, Mrs. Louisa Holloway of Houston and Miss Annie at home, four sons, Joe of Dallas, Willie, Rudolph and Eddie of Schulenburg, to mourn her loss, to whom the Sticker extends its sincerest sympathy.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimary Mercury, November 10, 1966, page 1

Schulenburg Man, 82, Killed in 2-Car Wreck

Willie Lobpries, 82, of Schulenburg, was killed instantly at 9:10 p.m. Thursday when he drove his 1961 Falcon onto Highway 77 near Schulenburg, into the path of a van truck.

The collision occurred 1.4 miles north of Schulenburg, Patrolman Leonard Swan of Schulenburg said. Mr. Lobpries was going west on a country road and the truck, driven by Ernest Scott of Texarkana, was going north on US 77.

Mr. Lobpries was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Joe R. Schwartz of Schulenburg. The truck driver had only a cut hand. The truck was only slightly damaged but the Falcon was a total wreck.

Mr. Lobpries is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Henry Miksch and Mrs. Henry Berger of Schulenburg and Mrs. Donald Masters of Houston;; and three sons, Willie Lobpries Jr. of Schulenburg, Rudolph and Leo Lobpries of Houston.

He was buried Saturday morning in St. Rose Cemetery at Schulenburg after services at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home and St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

Contributed by Dorothy Albrecht


The La Grange Journal, 19 February 1948

Henry C. Loehr, 86, of Bluff Succumbs

Henry Charles Loehr, 86, lifelong Fayette County resident, passed away at his home In the Bluff community Wednesday afternoon. Last rites were held at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel Friday at 2p.m. and burial was in the Williams Creek Cemetery.

Born in the Williams Creek community on Jan. 30, 1862, he married Miss Anna Hausmann at Bluff and the couple resided in the area ever since their marriage. Besides his widow, he leaves a son, Robert E. Loehr of near La Grange, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 7, 1929

August Loessin – Former Sheriff, Passes On

In failing health for the past year, and with no improvement apparent, August Loessin, former sheriff of Fayette county, died at his home in La Grange last Thursday morning, aged 76 years.  Since the death of his companion, Mrs. Loessin in December 1927, Mr. Loessin has been of that mind that leads one to believe he was waiting for the summons to come and join her, and as we so believe, we pen.

August Loessin, his record as sheriff of this county in no wise effecting his disposition, was a man in whom the utmost confidence could be reposed; he lived with the pleasing knowledge that a friend to him, was a friend because of the disposition he ever encouraged.  Although born in Germany, he knew nothing of that country, as he came to America with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Loessin, when an infant of three weeks of age.  And in this country, first on a farm near Fayetteville, then at Black Jack, he grew to manhood, followed the avocation of the farmer, both at Black Jack and at Swiss Alp, and later going to what was better known in former years as Cedar Postoffice, where he entered the mercantile business and continued therein until 1894, when, opportuned by friends, he entered the race for sheriff of the county, and won over several strong opponents.

Immediately after being sworn in as sheriff the family came to La Grange.  Mr. Loessin in the year 187_ was united in marriage with Miss Louise Stegemann.  From his first election as sheriff he continued in office for twenty-four years.  Characteristic of the man, he compelled sincere respect from those who were entrusted in his care at the prison house, yet he forgot not those unfortunates at Christmas time.  They were given a meal, such as the average family provides for Christmas day dinner, and he seldomly found these inmates in enmity toward him.  As one of his friends has said; “August Loessin was liked, he was brave, he was fearless; during his long tenure of office, he never resorted to the use of a gun, in making an arrest.  Yet he frequently had to deal with some tough characters.”

The Loessin family, living in this county since 1853, and their relatives of same name, have caused the name to be known in every home in the county.  One by one, however, the brothers of the ex-sheriff followed the parents, until Wm. Loessin, the present sheriff, and R. H. Loessin, also of La Grange, and a sister, Mrs. R. Hermann, are the only survivors.  Of his immediate family, also only the memory, remains, his only son died in early childhood.

Friday afternoon, the large attendance at the cemetery fully attested the esteem in which he was ever held.  They came from every part of the county, and many beautiful flowers bedecked his mound after Rev. Heise spoke the last words of his brief sermon.

It is so decreed that all men must die; as age comes upon them and their former firm step lapses, and when one by one the family is reduced, the listlessness that comes to the aged, was not absent from this citizen.  He accepted, with becoming grace the signs that never fail, and simply fell asleep.

To those who survive him as his relatives, the sincere sympathy of the Journal is offered.

Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Petersen photo contributed by Sandy Otto.


Weimar Mercury, July 22, 1976

Funeral for Benno Loessin Here

Funeral services for Benno Loessin, 91, were held Tuesday afternoon, July 13, at Hubbard Funeral Chapel, with burial in Masonic Cemetery. Rev. Donald McDougle officiated.

Mr. Loessin died July 11 at Parkview Manor.

Born in the Black Jack community near La Grange, in Fayette County on May 1, 1885, he was the son of Ferdinand and Johanna Hinze Loessin.

He was a rancher at Black Jack until 1957 when failing health forced his sister and him to move to Weimar. He had been a resident of Parkview since 1974.

Mr. Loessin is survived by a brother, Julius of Stockdale, seven nieces and nephews and ten great-nieces and nephews.

Active pallbearers were Larry Loessin, Lloyd T. Prilop, Terry Belt, Gabe Larson, George Ulbrich and Leslie Rabel.
Contributed by Rob Brown. Photo contributed by Sandy Otto.




La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 15, 1906

Ervin Loessin Is Dead

“Life is but a tender dream that, upon awakening, takes wings and passes into a brighter clime.”  We are almost tempted to believe this, when we review the trying incidents of the past week.  Ervin Loessin, only twelve years, two months and three days, after much suffering closed his eyes in that long, blessed sleep Wednesday night, and the tired little spirit spread its silvery wings and journeyed hence.  It was sad, and strong hearts melted when they witnessed the grief of the parents, who no longer tread the path of youth, but who, with the true love of their hearts wrapped in their only son, had hoped that in their declining years he would be their comforter.  And when all seemed brightest, the door was darkened by the visit of the death angel.  And the little mound at the cemetery indicates the resting place of one of the best natured, conscientious, and beloved sons the writer ever knew.  Beneath the surface lies the body of Master Ervin, wrapped in silent slumber, there to remain until the glorious sound of Gabriel’s trumpet is heard, and our Redeemer stands ready to bid him begin life’s struggles in a new home.

Born in Cedar, Texas, January 4, 1894, he was welcomed with hearts that overflowed with joy.  For years had the parents offered prayers for a little babe, and when Ervin opened his eyes in this world, it was to gaze upon two happy people.  From the cradle to the grave he was guarded jealously, he was their only joy.  Ervin grew rapidly, his mother dated on him, his father lived for him.  His classmates at the public school, loved him, and now it’s all over.  He made a brave fight but the torrent became stronger and at last he smiled and in suppressed voice the sad news was gently broken.  To the mother, to whom Ervin was a great comfort, ever willing to obey, and to whom he leaned with a love that was admiring, the blow is a very sad one.  As she passes through her home, the silent reminders appear, and the open wound bleeds.  We mourn with her.  To the father, who grieves in silence, the loss of Ervin is one that only those who have been compelled to yield to the same calamity, can appreciate.  The big heart in his breast, that has responded readily to the appeals of charity, is rent asunder, and he mourns as only a father can.  Both have the sympathy of the entire community.

Ervin Loessin took sick about ten days prior to his demise.  It was not at first supposed that his condition would become so serious, yet medical aid was enlisted and neighbors and friends assisted the good mother in attending to him, but the grim reaper only smiled and waited.  It was reported on Tuesday of last week that death claimed him, but the strong constitution of the lad came to his rescue and he shook off the hold and started the battle for life anew.  A trained nurse arrived from San Antonio Wednesday night but too late, only a tiny spark remained, and at midnight there was a faint rustle of a wing and the still form of the lad was the sequel.  The funeral which took place Thursday afternoon was very large and touching.  Ervin’s classmates and the other school children followed his lifeless body to the new cemetery where Rev. R. Heise committed them to mother earth.  As the floral offerings were placed upon the grave the choir sang “Nearer My God, to Thee!”  And truly is was. Sweetly may he sleep.

Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Photo contributed by Sandy Otto.

Schulenburg Sticker, 15 March 1906, LaGrange News column

Erwin Loessin [sic.] aged 12 years and 2 months, son of Sheriff and Mrs. August Loessin died Tuesday the 6th inst. The remains were laid to rest Thursday afternoon, the attendance of several hundred school children upon the funeral adding to its impressiveness. Mr. and Mrs. Loessin have the sympathy of the entire county in the loss of their bright and promising young son.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 29 Dec 1897

Fritz Loessin.

Fritz Loessin died at his home in LaGrange Sunday. R. H. Loessin received a telegram here Sunday evening announcing the sad event and left at once for LaGrange in a buggy. Fritz was the next to the youngest of five boys. They were August, Herman, Rhinard, Fritz and Willie.

The deceased leaves a wife but no children. He had been ill two weeks with malarial fever. He was in the employ of the LaGrange oil mill at the time of his death.

This Fritz Loessin was baptized Gustav Heinrich Friedrich, according to Sandy Otto. Obituary contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, January 23, 1947

Henry C. Loessin Rites Held Monday

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 20, at 2:30 p.m. for Henry C. Loessin, 57, of Muldoon R1, who passed away Sunday at the La Grange Hospital following a short illness.

A life-long resident and farmer of the Black Jack community, he was united in marriage to Miss Sallie E. Smith, also of that community, in 1911.

Other survivors include five daughters who are Mrs. Jerry Studlar of Gillett, Mrs. Chas. Walters of Indiana and Misses Lucille, Katie and Otillie Loessin of Muldoon; four sons who are Herbert, Alfred and Otto of Eagle Lake and Gus of La Grange.  Mrs. Ida Melcher of La Grange and Mrs. Emma Schubert of Taylor are the two surviving sisters, while Louis of Robstown, Herman of La Grange and Oscar of Taylor are the surviving brothers.  He also leaves seven grandchildren.

Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiated at the funeral service which was conducted in the Chapel of the Koenig Funeral Home.  Burial was in the new city cemetery.
Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Photo contributed by Sandy Otto.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, November 1, 1906

Death of An Old Citizen

Herman Ludwig Loessin, of Black Jack, father of Postmaster Loessin, died at the farm home yesterday morning, age 74 years.  The deceased had just recovered from a prolonged siege of typhoid fever, and to all appearances was regained his strength and health very rapidly, when an attack of heart failure seized him, and without warning, he fell asleep.  Mr. Loessin was born in the province of Pommern, Prussia, in 1823 and come to America in 1853, settling at Ross Prairie and later removed to Black Jack where he resided continuously until his death.  He was united in marriage to Miss Marie Sauer of Pin Oak in 1867 and this union was blessed with ten children.

The remains will be interred in the Black Jack cemetery this morning.  To the bereaved widow and children we extend our heartfelt sympathy.
Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Photo contributed by Sandy Otto.


Weimar Mercury, 30 Dec 1927

Death of Mrs. Johanna Loessin Last Week

From the LaGrange Journal we glean the following facts regarding the life of Mrs. Johanna Loessin of O'Quinn, mother of Mrs. Joe Rabel and Mr. Geo. F. Loessin of this city, who passed away one day last week:

Deceased was born in Germany and when a small child came with her parents to Texas and grew to womanhood in the Black Jack section. She was united in marriage with Ferdinand Loessin over fifty years ago, and the family remained on the farm in the Black Jack section continuously until Mr. Loessin's death and until now.

Mrs. Loessin was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb Hinze, early settlers of this county, and beside her children, four sons, Hugo, Benno and J. W. Loessin of the Black Jack section and George Loessin of Weimar; three daughters, Mrs. Augusta Heller of Ammannsville, Mrs. Anna Rabel of Weimar and Miss Martha Loessin at the family home she leaves the following: Will Hinze of Bluff, Mrs. Minnie Munke of LaGrange, Mrs. Louise Ganzer of Ammannsville.

Wednesday afternoon the body was buried at the Black Jack cemetery, Rev. R. Heise, Lutheran minister of LaGrange, officiating.

Transcribed by Judy Talkington. Photo contributed by Sandy Otto.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, February 7, 1957

Funeral Held For Mrs. Wm. Loessin

Funeral services for Mrs. Katie Loessin, 74, were held Friday, Feb. 1, at 3 PM in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with the Rev. H. T. Flachmeier officiating.  Interment was made in the La Grange City Cemetery.  Koenig Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Loessin passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 30, in the Fayette Memorial Hospital.  She was the wife of former Sheriff Will Loessin, to whom she was married on Feb. 14, 1902.

Surviving her are her husband; one daughter, Mrs. George Giesber; two sons, Wilburn B. Loesin [Loessin] and Roy Loessin, all of La Grange; and five grandchildren.

Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Photo contributed by Sandy Otto.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 29, 1927

Mrs. Louise Loessin

Even the heart of the editor became burdened with sorrow when the visitations of the Death Angel increase.  We have been called upon within the week to make mention of those who have gone to their just reward, and with the advent of the Christmas week had encouraged the idea that the full toll had been exacted.  The ways of God whom we worship are still mysterious, as the last hours of the day preceding the annual Christmas – the anniversary of the birth of the Saviour who, as the Prince of Peace preached good will toward all men approached, Mrs. Louise Loessin, wife of the former sheriff August Loessin, gave up the battle she had waged for several days and yielded to the pressure and command to enter into eternal rest.  As she left, so quickly after so brief an illness, her husband and relatives could hardly realize what it all meant.  But “Mamma Loessin” could hear no more, she had gone elsewhere.

Death during the week when we welcome the gladsome tidings that the Christ child was born at this time, carries a little more heart touch, although it is ever sad to say goodbye.  We cleave to the thought that all are born to die, yet that little bit of selfishness within us all, encouraged by the love we bear for the mother, especially, and the wife as well, overshadows our willingness to recognize a mandate and make it appear that the burden is a little too heavy.  Those who knew Mamma Loessin – and we call her by that affectionate term because she wanted us to – and were neighbors, before she came to town with her husband after his election to the office of sheriff, and which office he held for twenty-four years and who learned to know and love her after she became one of our local citizens, ever had a word of praise for her.  Her efforts to console others and to bring cheer to the afflicted are well known, yet for years she had been suffering silently, and with little complaint.

Last Saturday even the query was still paramount:  “How is Mrs. Loessin?”  And while, in the homes of many there had gathered the absent friend and relative, and the Christmas tree was burning the ‘phone rang, and sadness came with the announcement that she had died, and the gloom of the hour temporarily dispelled the gay and happy atmosphere of a few moments before.  Such, we are told, is life.  We sympathize with the husband who has given up his companion of over fifty-two years, who seems to be crushed by the sorrow that is his, and to his adopted daughter, Mrs. Wm. Loessin, who knew the love of the foster mother and the grandchildren, who learned to love to call the deceased by the name of “Mamma Jail.”

Mrs. Loessin, whose maiden name was Louise Stegmann, was born in Eislathe, Oldenburg, Germany, June 20, 1854.  Her parents emigrated to America in the year 1870 and came to Fayette county, locating in the Swiss Alp section, on a farm.  On August 27, 1875 she became the wife of August Loessin, and the couple made their home in the Black Jack community.  In the year 1882 the family removed to Cedar where Mr. Loessin embarked in the mercantile business and also conducted the theatre and hall at that point.  The home of the Loessins was ever a welcome abode to all acquaintances and friends who journeyed out that way, and no entertainment was ever given by the talented people of that village, that Mrs. Loessin did not have charge of the festive board about which several hundred would congregate.

Mr. Loessin became a candidate for the office of Sheriff in the year 1894, and over bitter opposition was elected.  The family then came to La Grange and she assumed charge of the jail kitchen.  The unfortunates confined in the county prison regarded her ever as an administering angel, she had a word of kindness for them and sought to remind them that the straight path was ever the better.  Shortly after their coming to La Grange, a son died, and later, another son died.  It seemed as if her heartstrings had been torn to shreds by these claims, yet she eventually arose to her duties again and centered her affection on the grandchildren.  No night was too cold or the weather too bad to do something for them.

Beside her husband and one adopted daughter, Mrs. Wm. Loessin, there are three grandchildren, one sister, four nieces and three nephews.  A brother preceded her in death.  She was a devout member of the Lutheran church; a loyal member of the church society and affiliated with other worthy organizations who will miss her counsel and support.  Our sincere sympathy to all.
Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Photo contributed by Sandy Otto.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, March 29, 1934

Pioneer Settler Yields to Edict Dies March 21

Last Thursday evening, with a number of friends of many years, and their children who had known Grandma Loessin since their childhood, gathered at the Blackjack Cemetery, and paid the last respects to one who had lived in that section for more than a half century.  Mrs. Marie Loessin died at the old home the evening previous.

Rev. Dodzuweit, pastor of the little Lutheran church that stands near to the roadside, officiated at the home and at the grave, while friends joined in singing appropriate hymns, beginning with “Nearer My God to Thee.”  Amid the solemn and religious ceremony, the body descended in its couch, to repose until the day when the second visit is made, of Him who promised to come again.

Preceding the religious ceremony by Pastor Dodzuweit, twelve girls, carrying bouquets of flowers, stepped to the grave and placed the messengers of love on her casket.  These twelve are:  Corinne Schwertner, Nelda Spiegelhauer, Verna and Lorine Schubent, Velma Loessin, Gladys Gobert, Alvine and Laura Baumbach, Berniece Vogt, Hattie Koenig, Vivian Naumann and Mary Edna Loessin.  These girls, the majority of whom were grandchildren, thus paid a loving tribute to the aged woman who ever was interested in them.

While the minister chose his words and sought to comfort the sons and daughters, and the grandchildren, he drew a pleasing comparison.  “When we have gathered together as friends and the hour of parting comes, we hesitate not to say:  ‘Come again.’  Our dear sister has yielded to the will of the Creator, and on that Great Day, when the departed shall come forth, we will hear him say:  ‘Come again,’  From the graves will come the new life and sorrow will cease forever.”

Grandma Loessin, and by that endearing name she was known to her neighbors and the Blackjack farmers and their families, had reached the age of 86 years and 20 days; she was born in Vernow, Prussia, March 1, 1848, and upon her baptism day received the name of Marie Sophie Sauer; as a child of seven years she accompanied her parents and four brothers to the promised land of America.  The family made their home near Warrenton after reaching Fayette county, for a few years, later removing to the Blackjack community.

In the year 1867 she became the wife of Ludwig Henry Loessin, and from the hour of her marriage continued to live in that section.  There was born to this union, 10 children, of whom three daughters preceded her in death.  Mr. Loessin, her husband, died October 31, 1906.  The living children are:  Aug. F. Loessin, Mrs. Louis (Ida) Melcher, Mrs. Emma Schubert and Oscar Loessin of near Taylor, in Williamson county; Louis Loessin of Robstown, Hermann of Smithsville and Henry of O’Quinn; there are 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Pall bearers, whom the deceased had helped to cradle, now among the older farmer citizens, are of the Blackjack neighborhood, they too loved Grandma Loessin:  John A. Koenig, Gus. Meyer, Chas. J. Luck, Adolph Bruns, Joe Rosenaur, Richard Hermann.  Honorary pall bearers were:  Hugo Loessin, Julius Vogt, Otto, Fred, and Benno Loessin, Wm. Baumbach, Aug. Sauer, J. C. Melcher, Emil Wagner, Fritz Vogt, Wm. Loessin, Ernst Melcher, Olin Spiegelhauer and W. J. Schwertner.

Contributed by Rob Brown. Photo contributed by Sandy Otto.


Schulenburg Sticker, 15 June 1905

Miss Mary Loessin died at the Lunn sanitarium at Houston Thursday afternoon, and the remains were shipped to Blackjack for burial. Deceased was the sister to Sheriff August, Herman and Will Loessin of this city. The funeral occurred from the family residence Friday afternoon, and interment took place in the Blackjack cemetery, a large number of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends being in attendance. Her death was an exceptionally sad one, and to her bereaved mother, sisters and brothers, the Journal begs to extend its sincerest smypathy [sic]. Sweetly may she sleep. – LaGrange Journal.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Dallas Morning News, 17 Mar 1898

Dangerously Burned

LaGrange, Tex., March 15—About seven miles west of here Sunday night while in her room Miss Tillie Loessin, daughter of Mr. Herman Loessin, a well-to-do farmer, the lamp exploded, setting fire to the house and her clothing and severely burning her all over the body. The young lady is not expected to live.

Weimar Mercury, 19 Mar 1898, page 8

LaGrange, Texas, march 15.—On last Sunday night at Black Jack, in this county, Miss Tillie Loessin, daughter of Herman Loessin, a prominent farmer of that section, had her side, neck and left arm badly burned, caused by the explosion of a lamp by which she was sitting. Drs. McKinney and Lunn of this place were called to see her today, and it is feared that the injury to the arm will necessitate an amputation.

Shiner Gazette, 23 Mar 1898, page 1

A Tragic Death.

The tragic death of Miss Tillie Loessin of Blackjack, Fayette county, adds another name to the list of victims of the deadly kerosene. She had retired for the night and was reading a book and had left her lamp burning on a table by the bed. She awoke and found the lamp blazing. She seized it and tried to throw it out of the window, when it exploded and threw the burning oil all over her. Her frantic cries aroused her parents who rushed to her assistance and strove to tear her burning garments off, but she was burned beyond recovery, and after lingering a few hours in awful agony death came as a relief. She was quite well known here in Shiner.

Weimar Mercury, 26 Mar 1898, page 7

LaGrange, Tex., March 16.—The young lady, Miss Tillie Loessin, who was so seriously burned by a lamp explosion, finally succumbed to the grim monster of death, suffering intense agony. Drs. Lunn and McKinney started out yesterday afternoon to amputate her arm, but she was dead when they arrived.

Dallas Morning News obituary contributed by Debbie Hanson. Shiner Gazette article from Matt Cross. Louis Melcher photo contributed by Sandy Otto.


La Grange Journal, Wednesday, November 23, 1977


Funeral services for Mrs. Sallie Loessin, 85, of Smithville were held Tues., Nov. 22, at 2:00 p.m. at the Koenig Funeral Home, Inc. Chapel with Rev. James L. Densman of Smithville officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Loessin was dead on arrival Sunday at the Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born in Muldoon July 10, 1892, she was the daughter of Ferd and Mary Frances Langston Smith.  She was married to Henry Charles Loessin in 1910, her husband preceding her in death.  She had resided in Smithville the past 3 years.

Surviving are five daughters, Mary Edna Studlar of Karnes City, Gracie Walters and Tillie Remmert of Houston, Lucille Walters and Katy Warnke of Smithville; three sons, Alfred of Stafford, Gussie of Eagle Lake, and Otto of Columbus; 17 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

Mrs. Loessin was preceded in death by her husband, one infant daughter, Irene, and one son, Herbert Loessin.
Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Photo contributed by Sandy Otto.


The La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 22, 1966

William Loessin

Funeral services for William Loessin, 94, of La Grange were held Sunday, September 18, at 2:30 P.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church.  The Rev. Clarence Oestreich officiated, and burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Loessin passed away Friday, Sept. 16, in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

The deceased, a retired public official, was born in Black Jack on August 20, 1872, the son of Frederick and Fredicke Ramthum Loessin.  On February 14, 1901, in La Grange, he was united in marriage with Miss Katie Stiehl who preceded him in death on January 30, 1957.  He was a member of the Masons and lived near and in La Grange all his life.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Geo. (Ruth) Giesber of La Grange; two sons, Wilburn B. and Roy Loessin, both of La Grange; five grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Loessin remained at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel until 12:00 P.M. Sunday.

Obituary contributed by Rob Brown. Photo contributed by Sandy Otto.

Fayette County Record, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 1966

William Loessin Veteran Lawman, Dies; Rites Sunday

William Loessin, an officer of the law for more than a half a century and known to his legion of friends as “Master Will,” passed away Friday morning at Fayette Memorial Hospital.  Death came to the veteran peace officer 26 days after he attained his 94th birthday anniversary.  Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Clarence Oestreich officiating. Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.  Mr. Loessin, who lived near and in La Grange all his life, was born at Black Jack on Aug. 20, 1872, a son of Frederick and Fredicke Ramthun Loessin, and was united in marriage with Miss Katie Stiehl in La Grange on Feb. 14, 1901.  He began his 52-year tenure as an officer in 1895 as a deputy under his brother, August Loessin, then sheriff of Fayette County.  After the adoption of the state nepotism law, he resigned to run for La Grange city marshal and tax collector. Mr. Will served in those dual capacities until the year 1923 when he was elected country sheriff, a position he held for 24 years until he retired at the age of 75 in 1947. The veteran officer, who retained a sharp memory despite his advanced years, enjoyed recounting his varied experiences and especially so at his birthday gatherings in late years.  He often referred to the Langhorne and Dach murder cases as the most sensational, and a shooting scrape during the 40’s as his closest brush with death. In the latter, he and then Deputy Bob Koenig killed two North Texans caught in the act of looting a store and thereby broke up a state-wide burglary ring. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. George (Ruth) Giesber of La Grange; two sons, Wilvurn B. Loessin and Roy Loessisn, both of La Grange; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His wife passed away Jan. 30, 1957. Mr. Loessin remained at the Koenig Funeral Home until noon Sunday.

Contributed by Kathy Carter

Paul Loewe

Fayette County Record, June 19, 1911, page 4

At the residence of his parents in Carmine last Monday Master Paul Loewe, aged 12 years, was accidentally shot and killed by Gus Powloski, while playing with a 22 calibre rifle. Lowe's parents were said to have been absent from home when the killing occurred.—Brenham Banner.

A mention was made in last week's Record of the above unfortunate affair, but no details could be obtained at the time.


The Fayette County Record, Friday, January 8, 1954

John A. Logan, 63, Dies

John A. Logan, 63, retired postal clerk and longtime Boy Scout leader and church worker, died at Fayette Memorial hospital here Tuesday night.

Mr. Logan remained at his home until 2 p.m. Thursday when he was taken to the St. James Episcopal church for burial services. The Rev. Arthur J. Lockhart, rector, officiated, assisted by the Rev. T. M. W. Yerxa of the Good Shepherd, Austin. Burial was in the city cemetery.

The deceased was a lifetime resident of La Grange where he was born October 23, 1890, son of William James Logan and Margaret Bruce Logan, both natives of Scotland. He was married in Smithville on June 15, 1921 to Miss Juanita Robson, who survives.

The marriage was blessed with two daughters and a son. They are Mrs. S. E. Simpson of Detroit, Mich., Miss Lucia Logan of Houston and the Rev. John A. Logan, Jr. of Austin.

Mr. Logan entered the postal service on August 1, 1913 and subsequently served under six La Grange postmasters, retiring February 1, 1951 after 37.5 years of continuous service. During all that time he also was secretary for the Civil Service and conducted all examinations for that agency. In addition, during World War II, he fingerprinted all aliens in Fayette county.

Back in 1916 Mr. Logan was instrumental in organizing the first Boy Scout troop in La Grange and maintained an active interest in Scouting throughout the years, serving in various official capacities. He was presently Scout Commissioner for the Capitol Area Council which serves 15 counties.

A member of the Episcopal church, he was active in all its affairs, also serving formerly as senior warden. He was a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner.

Much as a hobby, Mr. Logan raised registered cattle on his large farm in the Rabb's Prairie area as well as a variety of fine birds in aviaries in the yard of his home.

Contributed by Bruce G. Williams


The Fayette County Record, Tuesday, July 7, 1970

Mrs. Logan, Church, Civic Worker, Dies

Mrs. Juanita Logan, wife of the late John A. Logan Sr., passed away at the Fayette Memorial hospital here Friday morning.

Mrs. Logan, active in the work of Episcopal church and in a number of civic organizations, was 78.

Funeral services were held at the St. James Episcopal Church at 4 p.m. Saturday with Rev. Ed Hartwell and Rev. Samuel H. Baxter, both of Austin, officiating, and interment was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mrs. Logan was a daughter of the late Judge W.S. Robson and Lucy Praetorius Robson, and was born on March 1, 1892 in La Grange, where she lived all of her life. Married on June 15, 1921 to Mr. Logan at Smithville, she was bereft of her husband on January 5, 1954.

Mrs. Logan's grandfather, Dr. John R. Robson, had moved from Morgan County, Georgia in 1854, settling on a large farm near Round Top, Texas. Dr. Robson moved his family to La Grange in 1863 and the family has lived there since.

In addition to having been active in her church, Mrs. Logan was treasurer of the Ladies Cemetery Association for many years, holding that office at the time of her death. She also was active with the Fayette Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the La Grange Garden Club, was a charter member of the amphitheater project, and for a number of years was secretary of the Fayette County chapter for the National Foundation.

Mrs. Logan only recently had been awarded a 10,000-hour service pin by the hospital auxiliary and, at the time of her death, she was completing Fourth of July tray favors for patients in the hospital. A graduate of La Grange High School and Southwest Texas College at San Marcos, she taught for many years in both the local and county school systems.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. E.T. Williams of La Grange and Mrs. Lucia L. Kent of Houston; a son, the Rev. John A. Logan, Jr., of Austin; a sister, Mr. Mae Eldridge of La Grange; and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Logan remained at the Koenig Funeral Home
chapel until 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Contributed by Bruce G. Williams


La Grange Journal, December 22, 1932

Another Gone Hence

Sunday last, Mrs. Maggie Logan, aged 78 years, 6 months and 18 days, died at her home in La Grange; the funeral was held Monday afternoon from the residence of her son, John A. Logan, with interment at the old cemetery, Rev. Chas. A. Nash, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating.

Mrs. Logan, whose husband Wm. Logan, for many years a merchant tailor in La Grange, died when her children were small, bore her affliction and the many sorrows inflicted, with a fortitude that excited the admiration of all. Following her husband, death claimed her eldest son, her eldest daughter, and a f?ew years ago another son. Yet, she carried on. The plot of ground in the old cemetery, tells a story that awakens the keenest sympathy.

Contributed by Bruce G. Williams


Schulenburg Sticker, 25 Feb 1916, page 1

Route Two

Gus. Loth, of near Flatonia, died in San Antonio and was buried at the Freybrug Lutheran Cemetery, Saturday. He leaves a wife and several small children. Our sympathy to the bereaved ones.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Weimar Mercury, 31 Jan 1889, page 1

Died, on Monday, January 14th, 1889, at the St. Louis Hotel, Flatonia, Texas, after a few days' illness, Mrs. Mary W. Lucas, aged about 89 years.—Argus.


Weimar Mercury, 31 Jul 1897, page 8


News Speicals: Schulenburg, Tex., July 22.—H. H. Luchan took an overdose of morphine last night to produce sleep and it resulted in his death a few hours later.


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Luck: Died at O’ Quinn, Sept 23 03, of Typhoid fover [sic], Mrs. Annie Luck, aged 32 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, March 15, 1934, Page 2

Former O’Quinn Citizen Dies at Houston

George Luck, an oil man at Houston, and son of the late ‘Squire Luck of  O’Quinn, aged about 50 years, dropped dead at Lake Charles, Louisiana, Tuesday.

Mrs. Luck  is a cousin of Max and Edison Melcher of La Grange, and  Ernst Melcher at O’uinn, she will be remembered as Miss Mary Melcher.

Max Melcher, Chas. And Louis Luck, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernst Luck (Mrs. Luck, a sister) attended the funeral at Houston, Wednesday.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


La Grange Journal, Tuesday, September 11, 1973


Funeral services for B. W. Luckenbach, 82-year-old retired salesman and branch manager of the H. Dittlinger Co., were held Monday, September 10, at 2:00 P.M. at the St. James Episcopal Church with Rev. Edward Hartwell of Austin officiating.  Burial was in the La Grange City Cemetery.

Mr. Luckenbach passed away Saturday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Luckenbach, Texas on June 26, 1891, the son of Carl Albert and Wilhemina Sophia Engle Luchenbach, and was married to Miss Vada Jones on February 27, 1942, in La Grange.  A member of the Masonic Lodge, he had resided in La Grange since 1940.

Survivors include his wife of La Grange; one daughter, Mrs. Mary McWhirter of Hunt, two sons, Carl Albert Luckenbach of Austin and A. A. Luckenbach of Lake Jackson, five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 July 1908


Died near Distern [Cistern], July 2, Martha Lucus, age 93 years, 6 months and 7 days of dosentery [dysentery].

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 12 July 1906

Little Erwin, aged nearly five years, son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Luecke died at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon afteran [sic] illness of several days. All that loving hands could do was done to keep away the grim reaper Death, but He that doeth all things well, gathered him to His arms where he is sweetly resting. His little remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery Wednesday afternoon, Father Mathis officiating. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Luecke in their hour of sorrow.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, July 18, 1918

Interrred at Cedar

Remains of Mrs. E. T. Lueders Were Brought To La Grange

The remains of Mrs. E. T. Lueders, who died at Houston on Wednesday of last week, reached La Grange Thursday morning and were conveyed to the home of V. C. Sladczyk, in the southern part of the city, from where the funeral was held the same afternoon at five o’clock, and the body then taken to the Cedar cemetery and placed to their last rest, many relatives and sympathizing friends, being present to witness the last sad rites.

Mrs. Lueders, whose maiden name was Miss Annie Willrich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Willrich of Bluff, was born at the present home of the parents, and grew to beautiful womanhood there.  She was united in marriage with Edgar T. Lueders of La Grange on October 22, 1913, and the two lived happily in our city until about six months ago, when they removed to Houston.

To them came to add happiness to their home and hearts two children, the eldest a little daughter; now four, and the youngest, a son, two years of age.  These motherless children are now with Grandma Willrich, though advanced in years, who will devote time and care to their raising.

Our sincerest sympathy is offered to the bereaved husband, the sisters and brothers, and to the parents, to whom such loss means the wounding and bleeding of the heart.

The Houston Chronicle
Thursday, July 11, 1918


The funeral of Mrs. Anna Willrich Lueders, aged 20, a resident of Houston, who died at a local hospital Wednesday, took place at La Grange Thursday morning.  She is survived by her husband, Will Lueders; her parents, four brothers and three sisters, all of Houston.  The remains were sent to La Grange Wednesday night by Wall & Stabe.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The La Grange Journal, Wednesday, April 6, 1977

Edgar T. Lueders

Funeral services for Edgar T. Lueders, 88, of 543 South Madison were held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 5, at the First Baptist Church in La Grange with Rev. Carroll Allen officiating.  Interment was in the Williams Creek Cemetery under direction of Koenig Funeral Home, Inc.

Mr. Lueders succumbed Sunday at his home.

Born March 8, 1889, in Bluff, Texas, he was the son of Paul F. and Emilia Merrem Lueders.  He was married to Helen Robbins March 21, 1934, in Madisonville.  Mr. Lueders, who was in the wholesale sandwich business, had resided in La Grange the past six years.

Surviving are his wife, Helen of La Grange; two daughters, Mrs. Chester (Grace) Allen of Corpus Christi and Mrs. Bob (Barbara) Hairston of Cuero; five sons, Thomas R. of Port Arthur, Paul W. of Sugarland, Gene of New Orleans, David of Houston, and Allen Lueders of Ft. Stockton; 15 grandchildren; and six great-granchildren.

Contributed by Rob Brown


The Fayette County Record, Friday, January 26, 2007, Section A, Page 8


Helen Rebecca (Robbins) Lueders, 93, of La Grange died Jan. 23 at St. Mark’s Medical Center.

Funeral services are set for Friday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at Fayette Memorial Funeral Chapel with burial in the Williams Creek Cemetery.  The Rev. Jim Howard will officiate.

She was born Oct. 6, 1913 in Lott, the daughter of Wiley A. and Ida Bell (Curtis) Robbins. She married Edgar Theodore Lueders in 1934. Formerly of Corpus Christi, she was a member of Bible Baptist church.

Survivors include sons, Paul W. Lueders and wife Norene of Brookshire, Marion Gene Lueders of La Grange, David Lueders and wife Kyle of Houston, and Allen Lueders of Bull Head, Ariz.,; one daughter, Barbara Hairston and husband Bob of Richmond; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; special nieces, Joan Boyd of San Antonio and Chloe Guyn of Shiner; and one special nephew, Gil Chisholm and wife Althea of Shiner.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, eight brothers and sisters, Merle, Wiley, Mattie Mae, Charlie, Marion James, Katie Lee, Arlie Bell, and Millicent.

Fayette Memorial Funeral Home of La Grange was in charge of arrangements.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, 7 March 1940.

Paul Lueders, Sr.

Paul Lueders, a native citizen of Fayette County, died at the family home south of La Grange, Thursday, February 28, aged 85 years, 5 months and 14 days. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the family home and interment was made in the Williams Creek Cemetery, Rev. E. Eilers, pastor of the Swiss Alp Lutheran Church officiating. Koenig Funeral Home was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Paul Lueders had spent his entire life in Fayette County; he was born in the Williams Creek section Sept. 15, 1854. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Emelia Lueders, Nee Merrem, to whom he was married more then 60 years ago; two sons, Paul Lueders, Jr., of near La Grange, and Edgar Lueders of Houston and one daughter, Mrs. Morritz Heller of Ammannsville; one sister, Mrs. Agnes Munke of near La Grange and one brother, William Lueders, south of La Grange. There are 16 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Many changes in the county have been witnessed by the deceased and many interesting stories of such changes were narrated by him. Dissolution of their lives, inevitable ever, has caused a shadow to fall on the doorstep of this couple.


La Grange Journal, Thursday, September 27, 1973

P. Lueders Succumbs Wednesday

Funeral services for Paulie P. Lueders, 79, of La Grange were held Thursday, Sept. 27, at 3:00 P.M. at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Clarence Oestreich officiating.  Burial was in Williams Creek Cemetery under the direction of Koenig Funeral Home.

Mr. Lueders, a farmer, succumbed Wednesday in Fayette Memorial Hospital.

Born on July 16, 1894, in La Grange, he was a son of Paul and Emilia Merrem Lueders, and was married to Laura Nollkamper on September 24, 1938, in Swiss Alp.  He was a lifelong resident of the La Grange area.

Survivors include his wife Laura of La Grange; one step-daughter, Mrs. Otto (Verlin) Wiesepape of Brenham; two sons, Clinton Lueders of La Grange and Glen Roy Hausmann of Austin; one step-son, Elton Jochen of La Grange; one sister, Mrs. Laura Heller of Ammannsville; one brother, Edgar Lueders of La Grange; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one great-grandson; and one step-great-grandson.

Contributed by Rob Brown


La Grange Journal, March 15, 1934, page One


Sunday morning before the gray of in the East permitted the dawn of another day, Mrs. Paul P. Lueders, (nee Pauline Hausmann) died at the farm home South of La Grange, following a brief illness, leaving as her chief mourners her husband and one son aged 15 years, and an infant son of 9 months.  She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Lena Hausmann, and one brother, H.A. Hausmann, the latter of La Grange.  She was at the time of her death, 39 years, 7 months and 7 days old.

Funeral services were held at the family home Monday afternoon, Rev. R. Heise, Lutheran Minister officiating; interment was held at the William’s Creek Cemetery.  Present were many relatives and friends, deeply sympathetic, and bedecking the newly mound with beautiful flowers.

Mrs. Lueders was united in marriage with Paul P. Lueders on October 27, 1915.  Apparently in good health on Monday of last week, cheerfully performing the duties of the housewife, she became ill the next day, pneumonia developed rapidly, and treacherous in its intent sapped strength and vitality with vengeance.  Medical aid and tender nursing availed nothing; she died early Sunday morning.

The sympathy of everyone is extended to the husband and son, and to the grandmother and son in this hour.

The little 9 month old son has been taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Hausmann of La Grange, where loving care and comfort will be given.

Transcribed by Connie F. Sneed


Schulenburg Sticker, 2 June 1904

Death Record.

Lueders – Died at Bluff, 5-2-04 of Aortic Regergitation [sic] Wm. Lueders sr., aged 82 years.

Contributed by Matt Cross


La Grange Journal, Thursday, December 18, 1947

William Lueders Rites Set Thursday

William Lueders, 81, lifelong resident of the Bluff community, passed away ------ Tuesday ----- .

Funeral services will be held at the Koenig Funeral Home Chapel Thursday at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. R. Heise officiating, and burial in the Williams Creek Cemetery.

Surviving are his widow, the former Miss Mary Louise Munke; two daughters, Mrs. Hertha Smith of Galveston and Mrs. Otto Kleiber of La Grange; a son, Charles F. Lueders of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Agnes Munke of Weimar; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Contributed by Rob Brown


Schulenburg Sticker, 23 Jul 2009, page 3

Gladys Lux

Gladys Rektorik Lux, age 92 years, 5 days, passed away at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center on Sunday, July 12.

The funeral was held on Friday, July 17 at 10 a.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, with Rev. Peter Yeboah-Amanfo officiating. Interment took place in the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brad Lux, grandson; Charles “Tippy” Rother, nephew, Gary Rektorik, nephew; Jason McNeely, grandson; Raymond Rollins, son-in-law, and Edward Lux Jr., nephew.

Rosary was said on Friday, July 17 at 10 a.m. at Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home, led by Helen Stanzel of Schulenburg.

Born at Moravia on July 7, 1917, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Blahuta) Rektorik. She attended school at Moravia. On March 4, 1946, she married Albin L. Lux at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Schulenburg. They lived in the Schulenburg area all their lives. Mrs. Lux was a cashier and hostess at Frank’s Restaurant and Oakridge Restaurant, and a seasonal employee at Stanzel’s Airplane Factory. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. She enjoyed traveling and gambling in Las Vegas.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Glen A. and Donna Lux of Schulenburg; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Grace Rother of Hallettsville, Viola and Leroy Goebel of Schulenburg, and Gloria and Gordon Baker of Schulenburg; three sisters-in-law, Doris Rektorik of Schulenburg, Tillie Schott of Hallettsville and Mary Ann Lux of Farmington, N.M.; four grandchildren, Brad Lux and wife Terah of Schulenburg, Amy McNeely and husband Jason of Katy, Coleen Vicenti and Jay Punita of Austin, and Jessalyn Kunz of Weimar; three step-grandchildren, Stephen Mieth and wife Rhonda, Sandy Blaschke and husband Duane, and Sherri Konesheck and husband Al, all of Sealy; and three great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, Henry Rektorik; daughter, Judy Lux; brothers-in-law, Charles “Buddy” Rother, Louis Schott Sr., Billy Lux, Edward Charles Sr. and Joe Lux; and a sister-in-law, Addie Lux.

Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

For those wishing to do so, memorials can be given to Hospice of South Texas, 404 North Texana, Hallettsville, TX 77964, or the charity of one’s choice.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 8 Oct 1903

Death Record.

Lux: Died 7 miles South East of La Grange, Sept 22-03, of Bright Disease, Josef Lux, aged 28 years and 4 months.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Colorado County Citizen, August 4, 1949


Vilem (Willie) Lycka of Ellinger, 66, was buried in the Hostyn Hill cemetery Monday morning, Rev. Anthony Gorek officiating. He died at his home Saturday morning.

Funeral services were conducted from the Jecmenek Funeral Home and the Hostyn Hill Catholic church by the Koenig Funeral Home of La Grange.

Mr. Lycka had been a resident of Fayette county for the past 20 years, having come to this country from Europe in 1910 and settling at Galveston.

Survivors include his widow; 2 daughters, Mrs. Charlie Roensch of Weimar and Mrs. John Urban of Columbus; 2 sons, Robert of Freeport and Louis if Columbus; 9 grandchildren.

Submitted by Rosemary Ermis


Shiner Gazette, 8 Jul 1903


Clyde Lyons, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Lyons, of Austin, formerly of Flatonia, died in Austin on Monday, June 29th and was buried at Flatonia on Wednesday last. Clyde was a brother of Mrs. W. Q. Mewes of our city and Mr. and Mrs. Mewes attended the funeral at Flatonia. Mrs. Mewes was also at Austin at the time of his death. Clyde was but 17 years old and was a bright and promising young man. Our sympathy is extended to the bereaved relatives in their great loss.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Shiner Gazette, 11 Aug 1910

Monte Lyons Dead.

Monte Lyons, aged 42 years, eldest son of Geo. W. Lyons and wife, former respected citizens of this place, died at Austin on Aug. 1st of tuberculosis.

Up to six months ago, the decedent was apparently in the best of health when this dreaded disease seized him.

He held a responsible position as railroad conductor, standing very high in every way.

The remains were brought to this city for interment, the funeral taking place Tuesday at 3:30 o’clock from the residence of H. W. Harrison.

Rev. J. M. Frierman performed the funeral ceremonies.

Messrs. E. J. Merrem and W. O. Mewes of Shiner and G. W. Lyons and wife and daughter, Ada, of Austin, came to attend the funeral.

The Argus offers its sympathy to the bereaved ones. – Flatonia Argus.

Contributed by Matt Cross


Schulenburg Sticker, 10 June 1909

Victor Lyons Buried.

Flatonia, Texas, June 7. – The body of Victor Lyons, who met his death in a prize fight at Austin, arrived this morning and was interrad [sic] in the city cemetery. His body was accompanied by many relatives from Austin and met here by others from Shiner.

Contributed by Matt Cross

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